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So as my long family trip winds to a close (I'm flying home tomorrow) I got to spend most of my day with my sister-in-law, who is a very cool person. She and my brother are trying to go vegan for health reasons, so if anyone has recs for good vegan cookbooks, especially kid-friendly ones (she has seven and nine-year-old daughters), that would be awesome.

I also introduced her to the concept of fanfic (I can't believe this is the first time we've talked about it, but on the other hand we're usually hanging out with her kids or my extended family), and as she is a pretty big Dr. Who & Torchwood fan, I am seeking recs. She doesn't seem to have any strong Doctor or Companion preferences, so any recs (or good rec sites) would be welcome. Preferably stuff you would rec to pimp someone into a fandom, since she's never read anything fannish before.
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So as my long family trip winds to a close (I'm flying home tomorrow) I got to spend most of my day with my sister-in-law, who is a very cool person. She and my brother are trying to go vegan for health reasons, so if anyone has recs for good vegan cookbooks, especially kid-friendly ones (she has seven and nine-year-old daughters), that would be awesome.

I also introduced her to the concept of fanfic (I can't believe this is the first time we've talked about it, but on the other hand we're usually hanging out with her kids or my extended family), and as she is a pretty big Dr. Who & Torchwood fan, I am seeking recs. She doesn't seem to have any strong Doctor or Companion preferences, so any recs (or good rec sites) would be welcome. Preferably stuff you would rec to pimp someone into a fandom, since she's never read anything fannish before.
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So I was having a moderately good day--I accomplished lots of things I'd been avoiding at work today, so I was rewarding myself by going to a new ice cream shop, pondering whether or not to try the avocado flavor, when I misjudged the height of a curb and tripped and fell in a spectacular and extremely painful fashion. (The plus side to living in a small California town--a ridiculous number of people rushed to my aid. I once sprained an ankle in St. Mark's place in NYC and while I actually tend to think New Yorkers are extremely friendly, that is not a place to have an injury if you want assistance).

Anyway, I seem to be mainly ok outside of very sore and scraped hands and elbows, but I banged one of my knees up pretty badly. I'm hoping it's not anything serious--I was able to limp the quarter mile home, so it's definitely not broken--but as I sit here icing and elevating and all that good jazz, I started wondering why exactly you are supposed to use the RICE method. I mean, I know it prevents swelling, but now that we are so focused on our bodies' natural healing processes etc., it makes me wonder if swelling (increased bloodflow, all that jazz) isn't nature's way of healing things, so why do we try to stop it? Is it just for pain reasons that we do the RICE thing? Faster mobility?
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So I was having a moderately good day--I accomplished lots of things I'd been avoiding at work today, so I was rewarding myself by going to a new ice cream shop, pondering whether or not to try the avocado flavor, when I misjudged the height of a curb and tripped and fell in a spectacular and extremely painful fashion. (The plus side to living in a small California town--a ridiculous number of people rushed to my aid. I once sprained an ankle in St. Mark's place in NYC and while I actually tend to think New Yorkers are extremely friendly, that is not a place to have an injury if you want assistance).

Anyway, I seem to be mainly ok outside of very sore and scraped hands and elbows, but I banged one of my knees up pretty badly. I'm hoping it's not anything serious--I was able to limp the quarter mile home, so it's definitely not broken--but as I sit here icing and elevating and all that good jazz, I started wondering why exactly you are supposed to use the RICE method. I mean, I know it prevents swelling, but now that we are so focused on our bodies' natural healing processes etc., it makes me wonder if swelling (increased bloodflow, all that jazz) isn't nature's way of healing things, so why do we try to stop it? Is it just for pain reasons that we do the RICE thing? Faster mobility?
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I was saying to [livejournal.com profile] rsadelle the other day that when I was recently in a bookstore trying to spend a gift certificate I got for my birthday, I couldn't really find anything that looked interesting to me, as I am so spoiled by fanfic actually giving me all the tropes and kinks I like exactly as I like them. I mentioned that I was tempted to buy the works of a renowned fandom plagiarist, just because I figured her stories would have a fannish sensibility so I would be more likely to enjoy them than other random genre fic. (She strongly discouraged me from doing that, btw).

In the course of that conversation, it occurred to me that it would be really handy to have a list of names of fannish authors who write pro-fic, to assist in my search for pro-fic I actually like. Does such a list exist? If not, would you mind commenting with suggestions on this post? I'm not looking for you to out authors' fannish identities--I'm sure many of them want to keep their fandom and pro identities separate--so the name they publish under is what I'm really looking for. So, for example, just say "Naomi Novik, (or "Naomi Novik's Temeraire series") not the fannish name everybody knows her by.
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Dear all-knowing flist:

1. Is there an easy way to simply import someone else's delicious bookmarks into one's own account? I swear I have seen this as an option at some point (maybe when adding someone to my network?) but I can't find it. And I have a sock account I created years ago, but I can't remember the password either to it or to the email account I created it with, so I can't give permission for those bookmarks to be rolled over when the big shift happens (June 30, yes?), and it's over 250 bookmarks so I don't want to do them one by one. And I don't want to lose them, either.

2. Does anyone know wtf is up with all the "content encoding errors" message LJ keeps throwing up? It's driving me crazy. Is this a Firefox thing, or another attack on LJ, or something else? (I am also getting lots of actual coding errors, like pages that load with gobbledygook). I know the status says they're checking into it, but is there any more updated info?
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I thought it was in reruns until the end of March. Hey, east coast people, was it a new episode tonight?
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I checked all the usual places and couldn't find listings past February 4--does anyone know if Supernatural is going on hiatus at all during February for the Olympics? I have to do some evening meetings for work, and was hoping to know if I could safely give up any Thursdays or not. (Yes, I completely have my priorities in order.)
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So I gave into temptation and bought that netbook I've been eyeing for a while. And since it has an amazing 10 hours of battery life (holy Moses! My laptop doesn't even get two anymore, and that's after I replaced the battery) I'm thinking that for my crazy-long day of travel next week (3 planes, 14 hours--ouch!) I want to use it to read long stories. And I thought this would be a good time to explore the world of e-books. Anybody have any recommendations? Preferably long, plotty and slashy, though I will also read het if it's well-written and engaging. (And what online presses should I be looking at? I know about Torquere, though the last two stories I bought from there were kind of disappointing, hence my preference for recs of things people have actually enjoyed).
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I am contemplating buying a netbook, mainly to access the internet when I'm travelling, but I also have delusions of doing work on it while travelling. Most of the ones I'm looking at don't have CD/DVD drives on them, which means I don't have a mechanism for uploading work-supplied probably not-licensed-for-home-use Word on them, and it's not preloaded on any of the ones I've looked at.

So my question is for people using Open Office/ Google docs/ other free wordprocessing programs that are downloadable: how compatible are they with Word? Because if part of the point of this is to do work-related writing while travelling, I need something that easily transfers Word docs to the freeware and vice-versa without too much annoying loss-of-formatting, etc, since there's no way I can switch to Open Office on my work computer. Anyone have experience with this? Suggestions?
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Anyone out there have experience with dental implants they can share? I just got the paperwork from my periodontist, and frankly it's freaking me out a little bit. Cut for probably boring details of my dental history )
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For those of you in SPN/J2 fandom, 2 important questions:

1. Did the hot doctor that Sam sleeps with in "Sex in Violence" survive the episode or not? This came up in the context of a debate over whether or not everyone who sleeps with Sam ends up dying, and I can't actually remember what happened to her, but I thought she didn't die.

2. Why is it fanon that Chad Michael Murray is a douche? (Often a loveable one, to be sure)? Is this simply based on his predilection for sleeping with/marrying barely legal women, or is there something more than that?
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What are we calling this new version of trek, oh fans? I need to be using something consistent for my tags. ST:XI? ST: 2009? Newtrek? NuTrek? Something else?

Beware, I expect the comments on this entry may contain spoilers.

Also, some people are already on the ball, collecting links to the newtrek comms: here (warning--also has spoilers for the film) and here (no spoilers).
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When you're trying to read a story but it's been formatted too wide for your screen (in other words, you'd have to use the effing horizontal scroll bar to read every individual sentence) and neither style=mine nor format=light will fix it (question marks omitted here to avoid wonky formatting on this post--I know to insert them), is there anything else you can do other than cutting and pasting the whole story into a word file to read it?
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Many, many, many tedious tasks to complete this afternoon before I can go home. I am deeply in need of periodic distraction.

So first, a meme: Open paint. Close your eyes. Draw a cat.
My result under the cut )

Also, what movie(s) and/or TV show(s) should I upload to my brand-new ipod to watch on my plane trip Sunday? (It can't be too many--I think I might have 3 GB of space left? I have no ideas what that translates to in terms of vid files).
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I have a friend who discovered a love of Michael Rosenbaum/Tom Welling RPS via J2 stories, and is looking for more. Anyone have any good recs for this pairing? All I could point her to was the barista!verse and a couple of Henry Jones' old stories, and I know she's read a few things by [livejournal.com profile] tasabian--any other suggestions or recs?

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