Posts Tagged ‘ awesome ’

Denial, can you spell it?

SOME PEOPLE. SOME PEOPLE, who clearly are incapable of appreciating Penny Arcade, who are unreasonable, WE HAVE SOME KIND OF RAPE CULTURE.

@ kirbybits: Here is a thought: Fuck this noise

@ shakesville: Taking a Brave Stance Against Survivors of Rape

The day I was blocked by Keith Olbermann

Today I got blocked on Twitter by Keith Olbermann.

I shall choose to look on this as an accomplishment.  Since some time Saturday, Keith Olbermann has been blocking feminist tweeters using the tag #MooreandMe and directing calls to Keith Olbermann (@keitholbermann) and Michael Moore (@mmflint) for retractions of and apologies for the deliberately inaccurate information they they aired via Twitter and cable T.V. to hundreds of thousands of their fans.

As of some point this afternoon, I got to join the illustrious company of People Keith Olbermann Has Blocked On Twitter.  We even have our own hashtag, #WeveBeenKOed.

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gotta be cool, relax, get hip, get on my tracks

I don’t have any finished book reviews and my shoulder is giving me grief again after feeling better at the end of last week, so today you get links instead! Isn’t this fun? 😉

Just in time for Christmas: Star Wars paper snowflakes! These look really cool, and if I were more artistically inclined (and had blank paper) I’d definitely give them a go. Instructions and templates are found on the second page of the article.Paper snowflake with the likeness of Darth Vader's head at the end of each 'spoke'

This has been rolling around the internet for a few weeks now, but in case you haven’t seen it, Nat-2 are soon to release their totally awesome Stack4in1 Shoe range.  They’re shoes!  That transform!  Seriously!  Would I lie about something this geeky?

Eight different designs of Nat-2's Stack4in1 shoesWord Wenches have an interesting article on tea in the Eighteenth Century.  If you like tea or history, be sure to take a look.

Speaking of tea, Shui Tea is selling The Vodka Infusion Pack, tea that can be infused in vodka, instead of water, for (allegedly) tasty vodka-based cocktails.
The Vodka Tea Infusion Pack
Also! If you read romance but don’t follow any large book review or author blogs, there’s still time to join in with the Harlequin Historical Giveaway!  For the first 22 days in December a range of  Harlequin Historical Authors have teamed up to create an online Advent Calendar.  Each day, you can visit the host author’s website to enter competitions for various prizes, ranging from tree ornaments to books.  On the 23rd, there will be a draw from all entries for the Grand Prize: an Amazon Kindle!  Go check it out!

Scruffy-looking nerf-herder

From Etsy: Mini Han Solo and Princess Leia ornaments!

Are they not the cutest things evar?

you know what I love?


So my Christmas present arrived early yesterday, instead of the ~two weeks Roger was given as estimated delivery.  And I got to open it!

It’s a Kindle! And a pretty leather case!  And I am so frickin’ excited and it is the best gift ever!

It also came with a gift card.  Considering my undying love for Caroline Linden after she sent me a free ARC of A Rake’s Guide to Seduction, I had to make my first Kindle purchase the other two Reece books, What a Gentleman Wants and What a Rake Desires.  Unsure what to spend the rest of it on so far, but there is no rush.  I also grabbed a few of Amazon’s free ebooks, so there are lots of potential book reviews incoming.  As well as a post about the utter fail that is Sl. L. Farrell’s A Magic of Twilight.

I took the Kindle for its first outing today, to the walk-in medical clinic with Roger, and it was awesome for reading while in the waiting room.  I will have to do a full review/squee at some point, perhaps with pictures.  But right now I am off to beat my remote into submission so I can catch up on this week’s Dancing With the Stars.

Hitachi Magic Wand Epilogue

I am a very happy kitten today – the replacement for my broken Hitachi Magic Wand just arrived in the mail!  I am utterly thrilled that they not only agreed to honour the warranty but also sent me a new one instead of just repairing the old one and sending it back.

I’ve noticed a few hits lately from search terms like ‘broken Hitachi Magic Wand’ and ‘Magic Wand warranty’, so, in case anyone else needs the information:

According to the info that came in the box, the Hitachi Magic Wand is distributed in North America by Vibratex, Inc., a sex toy wholesaler based in California, USA.  The instruction booklet has Vibratex’s name and a toll-free 1-888 number on the back cover.  The number did not work for me in Canada.  The warranty card mentioned in its small print that the was valid in the United States, but I decided to continue trying to get in touch with them a) in case they would honour the warranty anyway and b) so I could complain if they didn’t

A little bit of googling around got me Vibratex’s website, where their Contact page lists some more phone numbers and a couple of email addresses.  I emailed the address they provide for warranty info, customerservice@vibratex, with a bit of a blurb about my purchase date and location, the problem I was having with the Hitachi Magic Wand, and asking whether they would honour the warranty even though I’m in Canada.  After a day or two I received a reply:

Please send your defective item along with a copy of the receipt and a note with your contact information and send it to:

Vibratex Returns
38 Executive Ct.
Napa, CA 94558.

Upon receiving your item we will process it in our claims department and issue an order for a new unit to be shipped out to you.  The entire process takes about 7-10 days from the date we receive your item.

As per instructions, I stuck the Hitachi Magic Wand back into its box, printed out the customer service email and my receipt email from EdenFantasys, and highlighted my contact information from that.  I also blacked out the names and prices of the two other items I bought, because I really don’t think Vibratex needs to know that I have a purple Tantus Acute and a bottle of Sliquid Organics lube.  YMMV.

I think it took a little longer than the time claimed, but with international shipping and crossing borders it’s difficult to tell whether the delay was with Vibratex or with the mail.  I have my Hitachi Magic Wand back now, and that’s all that really matters in the long run.

If anyone else outside of the US is unsure whether they can get their Hitachi Magic Wand repaired or replaced under warranty, I strongly suggest emailing them to find out.  It worked for me.

Food Pr0n: Beef Stew

Last weekend at the grocery store, I made sure to pick up the ingredients for beef stew so I could try out the crockpot that I’ve had for a while  but never actually used.  I made stew Friday, throwing everything together into the crockpot and leaving it to cook while I went about my The Day From Hell™, and everything was ready when Roger got home, which was just awesome.  It turned out pretty damn good, if I do say so myself.

Again, I forgot to take pictures.

Note: The recipe below is for a crockpot/slowcooker, but I’ll include additional notes at the end on how to adapt it to stovetop pots, since that’s what this recipe originally came from.

This serves probably 4-6 people, depending on portion sizes. We got about six bowls out of ours total.
3lb stewing beef
6 medium potatoes (I used russet, but whatever you like works)
A similar quantity of carrot (to taste, really. I cut it down to about 1/2 the amount of potato since I’m not that into carrot, but YMMV)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce (it’s pronounces wuss-ter-shir)
2 tins condensed beef broth
2 tins cold water (I just re-used the beef broth tins)
2 bay leaves
Table salt
Garlic salt

If your meat isn’t already cut into cubes about an inch around, defrost and do so (you’ll need to take it out of the freezer and put it into the fridge the day before to defrost it). Really, because of the cooking time in the crockpot this works equally well with defrosted or frozen meat, so long as it’s cut to size.

Put the meat into the crockpot, cover with flour.

Wash and cut potato, carrot, any other vegetables you want to add into inch-ish chunks. Add vegetables and bay leaves to crockpot.

Add in Worcestershire sauce, beef broth and water. I tend to mix these together in a bowl first, because of the limited stirring room once the vegetables are in the crockpot.

Add garlic salt and table salt to taste – a light shake of each works well for me.

Stir everything up.

Put on High for 6 hours or Low for 10 hours.

Et voila!  I served in bowls with fresh dinner rolls, and it was just divine.

Instructions (non-crockpot):
Instead of being able to dump everything into the crockpot and let it simmer most of the day, you’ll have to start it off and then add the remaining ingredients towards the end.  It takes less time overall, but I find it easier to just leave everything in the crockpot than to keep coming back to check pots.

The vegetables still need to be washed and cut up, and the meat cubed. You will need to defrost the meat ahead of time.

Put beef broth, water, meat, carrot, and any other non-potato vegetables into a large pot. Bring to a boil, then cover and let simmer on low for about 90 minutes.

Once the time is up, add the potatoes, Worcestershire sauce, salt, garlic salt, flour and bay leaves to the pot. If necessary, add just enough water to cover the ingredients.

Stir, cover again, and simmer on low for another 60 minutes. Check periodically to ensure there is enough liquid.

And serve!

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