Oct. 5th, 2015

kaberett: Stylized volcano against a stormy sky, with streams of lava running down its sides. (volcano)
World On Fire (2011; apparently also called Miami Magma and Swamp Volcano) is something I picked up a few years ago while creating a collection of Terrible Geology Movies; I finally got around to watching it on Saturday night and it was actually surprisingly good.

I mean. Not the science, obviously; the science was gloriously wrong in all the ways one hopes for when one goes about buying this manner of thing. (THAT IS NOT HOW LAVA TUBES. THAT IS NOT HOW OIL FORMATION. THAT IS NOT HOW LAVA. :D) But... it passed Bechdel repeatedly (because the female PI kept talking to her younger sister, a "volcanology prodigy", about science); male characters died in a way that would have been fridging for the sake of the women's character development except they were too busy doing cool science to care particularly; bonus terrible CGI; and mind-bendingly wrong data security. A+ will probably watch again.



The Martian (2015) I unabashedly adore, because it is full of brave space robots and also brave space people and people making hard decisions as best they can and diversity in science and loyalty and brave space potatoes and did I mention the space robots. I cried most of the way through it (BRAVE. SPACE. ROBOTS.), I about corpsed when I muttered to [personal profile] shortcipher "... is that Sebastian Stan" and received the response "[confused look] who's Sebastian Stan?"

Laughed out loud several times in addition to crying, applauded it a fair bit, was gently horrified by the approach to spacewalks but whatever, am now intending to actually acquire and read the book. Probably also the DVD, because I think this can go on my safe shelf. Much gratitude to my useless ex for coaxing me out of the house and to the cinema.
kaberett: Trans symbol with Swiss Army knife tools at other positions around the central circle. (Default)
The proximate impetus to write this is that I'm trying to get back into the swing of technical, information-dense long-form writing. The motivation with respect to content, however, is that there's a whole lot of information about all this stuff and I found it utterly overwhelming when I was first seriously looking at mobility aids, especially in a cultural context that is hellbent on insisting that it's far more important that we look "normal" than that we be comfortable or capable. Form over function, as applied to people, is something that makes me particularly cross. Ergo.

The focus of this guide is manual wheelchairs for everyday active independent use by people who can stand and walk to some extent.

Contents


  • Orientation

    • Price points
    • There are lots of correct choices

  • Decisions

    • Materials
    • Frame
    • Footplates
    • Wheels
    • Seating
    • Additional features

  • Process

    • Measurements
    • Acquisition

  • Recommendations

    • Accessories
    • Aspirational

  • End notes



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kaberett: A stylised potato as background, overlaid with a list of its applications. (potatifesto)
I appear to be on something of a comfort-food kick this month; so far that's meant macaroni cheese with lots of sweetcorn (favourite school dinner at primary school: macaroni cheese, sweetcorn, chips), a replica of my sixth form's canteen's kind of awful penne arrabbiata, endless bagels + cream cheese + black pepper + cucumber, and then yesterday baked apples as my mother used to make them when I was small and sad (and her mother before her, and so on).

What you do is this: you take an apple (slightly elderly and wrinkled is optimal); you core it; and you pack the hole left by the core with a mixture of sugar (preferably brown), raisins (or equivalent), and cinnamon/ground mixed spice/etc nach Geschmack. If you overestimated the amount of filling, you dump it in a microwave-safe bowl with the apple and a teaspoon of water (if you didn't overestimate, you can skip the teaspoon of water) and stick it in the microwave for five minutes.

It is fine as is, or if you are feeling enthusiastic it goes well with vanilla ice-cream or custard or browned butter or what have you.

This is also doable in a conventional oven but I never have; the cooking temperature and duration are left as an exercise for the reader.

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