tuftears: Happy Lynx (Happy)
For Dracosphynx's purrsday (actually a bit later than that), I headed up to his apartment and we went to Chef Hung Taiwanese Beef Noodles for the noodles he had told me about!

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tuftears: Sleepy Lynx (Sleepy)
No, these have nothing to do with each other. [personal profile] okojosan pointed me at ebearstore which had some stuffed lynxies that I hadn't already had, so... I got them. They made a mistake shipping the first time so they sent me the second stuffed lynx in a separate package and told me to keep the Hermann lioness, as it would cost them too much to get it shipped back.

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tuftears: Sad Kitty (Sad)
Sad to see one of the big-name science fiction authors of my youth pass. I may not agree with some of his conservative stances of the later years but I don't think many people will argue that he helped shape science fiction and its readers.

I took some pictures of his books:

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Mew Car!

Sep. 29th, 2017 09:42 pm
tuftears: Lynx Wynx (Default)
After my air conditioning broke down, and my old car's air conditioning had also broken down, I determined I really needed... well, a new air conditioner, yes. But also, a new car. My 2004 Honda Accord was just about 14 years old after all!

So I went shopping.

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tuftears: Lynx in Chef's Hat (Cooking)
Here's a good experiment! You might recall I'm a fan of Curry House's "keema curry" which is a mix of ground beef with various vegetables, on rice and served with a soft-boiled egg or fried eggs on top. I decided to try making much the same, but this time with chicken thighs to make the recipe slightly healthier.

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tuftears: Thoughtful Lynx (Thoughtful)
Every now and then I get possessed by the odd urge to write something totally unsuitable. Around July 2014, after watching Star Trek: Enterprise, the Augment episodes specifically, I was annoyed that the writers had taken yet another short cut and turned supposedly "super-intelligent" humans into might-makes-right barbarians. "Surely, actually intelligent humans, even if slightly psychotic, would have evolved *some* kind of society that doesn't rely on caveman principles," I thought.

That fanfic (Star Trek with the serial numbers filed off) ran about 20 installments and petered out. The characters just weren't coming together for me, and with 16+ characters, I felt the readers were just getting lost in all the names as well. So I put it back on the backburner for a while.

Well, it's been three years but my unconscious is nagging at me to try it again. Even though I'm not really that keen on trying to write smart-but-evil characters, given the state of the world...

(though maybe I want to prove to myself that evil, once again, DOES NOT HAVE TO BE STUPID.)

For this rewrite, I'm making a prequel before the original fanfic attempt-- and I'm cutting the cast way down. Leave a comment here if you want to read about an idealistic mad scientist trying to raise eight super-intelligent and slightly (not drooling) evil children in a small colony on a barely habitable world well out of the Federation-analogue's borders.

There will probably not be a starship involved in this story, at least not until novella #3. There will certainly be an effort to try and master writing decent characters. I have a plot outline and notes!
tuftears: Lynx in Chef's Hat (Cooking)
It's been a few weeks of random food photos. Let's start with the food I didn't (strictly speaking) cook.

First off, we have a couple unusual "bread" items sold at a Taiwan bakery chain that has a few shops out here, 85C:

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tuftears: Thoughtful Lynx (Thoughtful)
Are you all ready? It's time for the last installment of the Italy trip report! Huzzah!

June 15th began with us waking up at the Hotel Majestic, where we made our way downstairs to the breakfast buffet bright and early-- the tour groups would leave at 8, so we were up bright and early around 6 and had breakfast around 7:30, after our showers.

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tuftears: Thoughtful Lynx (Thoughtful)
This was it, our last night aboard the Le Ponant. As noted in my last entry, we'd actually arrived in Naples last night so the ship wasn't rocking as much as it would have at sea, but I took half a sleeping pill to be on the safe side and get some sleep. We got up bright and early so that we could pack up our luggage-- they needed to be ready at the door at 7:30 AM.

On the downside, one of my suitcase's tiny TSA-approved locks had gone missing. My brother had advised me to take along an extra one or two-- I should have listened! Ah well. I used a bit of wire to secure the now-unlocked compartment.

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tuftears: Thoughtful Lynx (Thoughtful)
Quoting from the paper we were given: Amalfi is a charming, peaceful resort town on the scenic Amalfi Coast of Italy. The town lies at the mouth of a deep ravine, surrounded by dramatic cliffs and coastal scenery. Narrow alleyways wind through the town up the slopes between the sea and mountains.

Amalfi was one of the first Italian cities to emerge from the dark ages and by the ninth century was the most important port in southern Italy. It's the oldest of the four great Maritine Republics (including Genoa, Pisa, and Venice) that lasted through the twelfth century. Its maritime code, known as the Tavole Amalfitane, was recognized in the Mediterranean until 1570. ...


Once again assisted by a sleeping pill to gain sweet Morpheus's embrace, I woke more or less ready to face the world at 6:30 AM-ish. Dracosphynx, up as well, clambered up to go see where we were going to make dock.

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tuftears: Thoughtful Lynx (Thoughtful)
Thanks to confusingly European-named sleeping drugs (Zolpidem, known as Ambien in the States) I was able to get another 5 hours of sleep or so. We got up a bit early and greeted the dawn.

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tuftears: Thoughtful Lynx (Thoughtful)
Readers, I managed to get some sleep and I was finally revived! It was a huge weight off my back.

It was, granted, five hours, but I had a medically guaranteed formula for getting to sleep now, and a decongestant that seemed to do a pretty good job of keeping coughing at bay without interfering with aforementioned sedative.

So, refreshed with sleep, I proceeded to refresh myself with breakfast while the ship was en route to Trapani, Sicily.

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tuftears: Thoughtful Lynx (Thoughtful)
I didn't get any sleep that night. x_x

As such, looking at the schedule for June 9th and finding it centered on another Greek theater, and the back streets of a town, and being desperately tired, I opted to stay on the ship instead of going out.

... You will not be surprised to learn that I didn't manage to get any sleep on the ship, either. Boat gently rocking me to sleep, my left hind-paw.

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tuftears: Lynx in Chef's Hat (Cooking)
Every now and then I get an urge to try making Japanese cuisine. This time it's the Oyakodon - literally the 'parent and child bowl', so named because it features a chicken and egg together.

Well, this isn't really an oyakodon; practically speaking it's just inspired by the concept. I don't know anything about making Japanese dashi, but I do know how to make a chicken stirfry!

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tuftears: Thoughtful Lynx (Thoughtful)
Cue another night of failing to get sleep as the Le Ponant was tossed by waves! A bleary-eyed Tuftears rolled out of bed early in the morning to refresh himself with food.

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tuftears: Thoughtful Lynx (Thoughtful)
I did not so much wake up as toss and turn all night, despite my determination to get to sleep. Partly travel stress and jetlag and being in a tiny hotel bed, partly my cold and drinking lots of fluids meaning that I also needed to go to the restroom frequently. It wasn't an awesome night.

Since we had taken showers immediately before going to bed, so we could get up and out the door bright and early in time for the breakfast buffet and tour group departure... we had pretty bad bed hair.

I should note here: we were strictly warned not to drink the water in Malta, and that goes for the showers as well. It was rather discomfitting. I was glad my older bro had provided me a large refillable water bottle that allowed me to stay hydrated, especially as I was fighting off a cold.

There are no pictures of this. Just the fact I had to ask for a comb from the hotel staff (and thanksfully they were able to provide one) is sufficient shame for me. x_x

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tuftears: Happy Lynx (Happy)
Per Dracosphynx, we had made reservations for this trip well ahead of time-- early in 2016, I think. So I was not thrilled when my co-workers managed to give me a cold just before the trip. Thanks, you plague rats. :P

Fortunately the symptoms appeared to be treatable with DayQuil and NyQuil, and in hope of shortening the duration of the cold, I packed along some zinc lozenges as well. Thus fortified, I shipped out Monday, meeting Dracosphynx at the airport.

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I m back!

Jun. 17th, 2017 09:19 am
tuftears: Sleepy Lynx (Sleepy)
Trip report soon. For meow, I am sleepy. x_x 13-hour flights are annoying, but Economy Plus is definitely a big improvement over just plain Economy.

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