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PSA: 'Heartbleed' website security flaw

Arnold--Go away! (tersa)
Seriously, read this. I didn't hear peep about it until today.

'Heartbleed' bug undoes Web encryption, reveals Yahoo passwords

Yahoo! is just what's confirmed. The link below says up to 500,000 servers may be at risk, but a tool was written to test for the vulnerability and "Google, Microsoft, Twitter, Facebook, Dropbox, and several other major Web sites [seem] to be unaffected".

"Other Web sites shown as vulnerable by Valsorda's tool include Imgur, OKCupid, and Eventbrite. Imgur and OKCupid both say they've patched the problem, and tests show Eventbrite apparently also did."

How to protect yourself from the 'Heartbleed' bug
'A new security bug means that people all across the Web are vulnerable to having their passwords and other sensitive data stolen. Here's what consumers can do to protect themselves.'
 

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Movie Nite: Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)

Hazel-Rah (tersa)
This Saturday's Movie Nite offering will be Lee Daniels' The Butler starring Forest Whitaker and Oprah Winfrey.

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Time: Saturday April 5th at 7pm (doors open at 6:30pm for socializing)
Where: My place

If you can, please RSVP so I can know whether or not to expect you. If you want to do dinner in some sort of potluck or other fashion, please also let me know.
 

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S5 Castle: a year behind the times

Castle - Fillion-Katic
I started working my way through Season 5 of "Castle" last week--the DVD set was a tax return gift to myself after getting through the gift giving holiday--while incidentally beginning work on knitting a baby blanket for lynthia, a rather spontaneous decision that I'll probably regret given the timeframe, but oh well. :) It's, mostly, an easy knit, just, well, knitting a blanket. Even if it is a baby blanket. It's still huge. But not double-knitted huge, esmerel. I'm not that crazy. :)

(And now that I've had that rambly run on sentence: I'm making the Garter Rib Baby Blanket in a solid burgundy superwash yarn. It looked a brighter red on the Knitpicks website, but oh well.)

But right. S5 "Castle". There seems to be five episodes per disk, and Disk 1 were all episodes I managed to catch off the DVR shortly after they aired. I started Disk 2 this morning with two things notable about it: the first episode marked the first one I hadn't seen yet, and it was the 'convention episode' I'd heard so much about (the fact that my DVR had choked and failed to record this episode is why I stopped watching the show that season, and why I'm having to do it now).

ANYWAY. The 'convention episode'.

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Movie Nite: Chaplin (1992)

Hazel-Rah (tersa)
This Saturday's Movie Nite offering will be Chaplin starring pre-Sherlock, pre-Iron Man Robert Downey Jr. and Geraldine Chaplin.

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Time: Saturday, March 15th at 7pm (doors open at 6:30pm for socializing)
Where: My place

If you can, please RSVP so I can know whether or not to expect you. If you want to do dinner in some sort of potluck or other fashion, please also let me know.
 

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Weekendage with brief reviews

Charmed - Piper-Believe (astral_ficons)
Busy, busy media-filled weekend, between:

* Polishing off the last disk of S3 "Veronica Mars"--which was all special features. Turns out I finished the season last weekend after all. >.<

* Watching The Help again. Sorta. I caught it starting midway through the movie back in January when I was visiting my brother, but not the beginning--I figured I'd watch the beginning up 'til I started it then decide if I wanted to skip to the end.

I wound up watching the entire 2 1/2 hour movie after all (and had a moment of bzzzzzzrt dissonance when I recognized the male romantic lead as a regular introduced in S3 VM. Plus one of the S3 guest stars had a bit role in it as well).

* "Spamalot" Saturday night put on by Stage 1 Theatre -- mostly fun, but it's made me keenly want to see a touring group's production of it.

* A replay of National Theatre's live simulcast of "Coriolanus" -- my second production trying to watch this play (the first being the Ralph Fiennes movie), and made much more accessible this time around. But between "Spamalot" running late and the time change, I was terribly tired and I think it's a criticism of both the work and the direction that I started to fall asleep twice during long, rambling one-note, impassioned monologues in both halves of the production. :P But other parts of it were fantastic, especially the performances of Hiddleston, Gatiss, Hadley, and the two tribunals who played Coriolanus's political adversaries. And I loved what they did with the humor, and some of the interpretations delivered through non-verbal acting. And slashiness so overt it wasn't even subtext.

Also continuing the 'I just saw you!' theme of the weekend: Volumnia was in "State of Play", the male tribunal was in "Parade's End", Gatiss of course is Mycroft in "Sherlock".

* "The Walking Dead" --
I loved the stuff with Bob, Maggie, and Sasha, but what the actual fuck about Beth being kidnapped by the mortician and Daryl falling in with the biker gang from Rick/Michone/Carl's temporary clubhouse right after he'd seemed to turn the corner about "nice people". Argh.
Only three more episodes left in the season, conveniently wrapping it up before the premier of S4 "Game of Thrones". Hooray!

* The season finale of "True Detectives" --
In the end, it was mildly a let down to discover them solving the season-long mystery wasn't as satisfying as it could have been, but after the final conversation before the end credits between Harrelson's Hart and McConaghy's Cohle, I realized the show was never really about the mystery--it was about the development of these two characters who, for most of the show, didn't actually like each other, but how they needed this case and each other to evolve into better people. The denouement in the hospital was touching and well done.


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I also faffed around on Saturday and hung out with x_jerseygirl on Sunday afternoon for the first time since her semester started in January, just talking, so that was nice as well. :)
 

British poetry & Wilfred Owen

Arnold--contemplative (tersa)
I am not a huge poetry fan. But one of the things that has stuck with me since senior year in high shool and my British Lit class was the introduction, brief as it was, to the young poets serving in His Majesty's army during World War I, namely, Siegfried Sassoon (who wrote a poem that has stuck with me, lo, these many years later), and his protege, Wilfred Owen, who posthumously outpaced him in fame.

While bumbling around the Internet--like you do--reading something else, I stumbled on an article written by the former Archibishop of Canterbury reviewing a recent book about the latter.

I'm not deeply into researching them or anything, but I found it an interesting read (especially after having recently finished "Parade's End" and in the last year, S2 "Downton Abbey") so wanted to share.

Wilfred Owen: The Peter Pan of the trenches
 

The quick'n'dirty

Charmed - Piper-Believe (astral_ficons)
* All caught up on HBO's "True Detectives". Only one more episode to go in the season/series. HOW WILL IT END????

* Admired the hell out of "The Walking Dead" for having last night's episode focus on only two characters the entire time. Especially since one was Daryl.

* Finished up "Parade's End" on Friday. They did a great job on the main story, and hello, Benedict Cumberbatch.

* Watched Murder on the Orient Express, but I think I enjoyed the 'making of' videos more than the movie itself. Albert Finney was almost unrecognizable as Poirot--kudos to him.

* Pushed through an awful lot of S3 "Veronica Mars". I have one disk left (dunno how many episodes, but four or less I'm guessing) which is good because I reasonably need to have it finished by the end of next weekend.

* Restarted the shawl I've been working on since finishing the Ambitious Knitting Project. I was halfway done with it but I was dissatisfied by how it was turning out ('too small'), so after doing the math to reassure myself I would have enough yarn to make it bigger, I ripped it out entirely Friday night and re-cast on (138 stitches instead of 118). All the media watching got me back to finishing the first of seven wedges, so...success. And I'm happier about its preliminary size.

* Made this Stuck pot rice with lentils and yogurt for dinner last night, doing the brown basmati rice variant.
Based on my own logic and an edit made by the blogger after I snagged it, I parboiled the brown rice for longer than the 5 minutes the original recipe (Mark Bittman's) called for--15 minutes instead (15+5+30 = 50 minutes brown rice is usually cooked for). It might want 20, there was a weird crunchiness to it that I couldn't entire tell if it was from the browning or undercooked rice. I also used red lentils instead of the green or brown she called for because I didn't have enough black lentils on hand for the recipe :P, and non-fat Greek yogurt and added a couple more tablespoons of water (because Greek yogurt is thicker than regular). Turned out 'okay'ish, except I think it's missing something. I think my onions needed to be better carmelized, for one, but I'm thinking something like toasted pine nuts or raisins might be a good addition. OTOH, I managed to get it turned out onto a plate 99% intact, so win for me. :)

 

Recipe Roundup: March 2014

Good Eats
  • aberdeen: Lemon blondies (lemon brownies)

  • Steph's Bite By Bite (via Yahoo!): Blueberry coffee cake in a mug

  • Cooking Classy (via Yahoo!): Banana mug cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

  • The Vintage Mixer (via Yahoo!): Gingerbread latte mug cakes (makes 6-8 mugs or two loaves)

  • Coffee & Qunioa (via Yahoo!): Whole wheat pumpkin spice mug cake

  • Willow Bird Baking: Brown butter cookie dough pretzel bars

  • The Pioneer Woman: Pancake mini-muffins

  • The Pioneer Woman: Slice baked potatoes (twice-baked potato slices)

  • Smitten Kitchen: Kale and quiona salad with ricotta salata

  • Gluten-Free Girl: Marinated Flank Steak

  • Simply Recipes (via Gluten-Free Girl): Chimichurri (Argentinian pesto)

  • The Pioneer Woman: Irish coffee (uses Bailey's whipped cream and brown sugar)

  • Smitten Kitchen: Broccoli, cheddar, and wild rice casserole

  • The Homesick Texan: Chicken-fried chicken

  • Gluten-free Girl: Quinoa cakes with garlic-lemon aioli

  • Smitten Kitchen: Double chocolate banana bread

  • Homesick Texan: Orange-pecan cinnamon rolls

  • Oh Bite It: Toasted marshmallow bread (only 3 ingredients)

  • Oh Bite It: Cheesecake Dream Cake

  • Oh Bite It: Apple butter bread (two ingredients)

  • Oh Bite it: Cinnamon roll crust apple pies

  • Oh Bite It: Churro cheesecake

  • Smitten Kitchen: Sizzling chicken fajitas

  • Smitten Kitchen: Key lime coconut cake

  • Smitten Kitchen: Self-rising flour
    For every cup of flour, add a 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1 teaspoon of baking powder, whisk together very well and sift the mixture. Measure your self-rising flour from there.


  • Smitten Kitchen: Alex's Chicken and mushroom marsala

  • Kitchen Heals Soul: Chili lime popcorn

  • A Life #unprocessed: Coconut curry popcorn

  • Homemade Trade: Salty Sweet Seaweed Butter Cookies

  • FANNEtastic food: Pumpkin pie chia pudding

  • Tales of a Kitchen: Coconut chia pudding with mango and mint

  • Alida's Kitchen: Avocado green smoothie

  • Wellness mama: Avocado breakfast bake (eggs baked in avocado halves)

  • Two Peas & Their Pod: Creamy avocado pasta

  • Two Peas & Their Pod: Roasted Cauliflower & Cheddar Soup

  • Jamie Oliver: Creamy mushroom soup

  • Chef Michael Smith: Thai Coconut Curry Soup

  • Bon appetit: Parmesan roasted cauliflower

  • The Kitchn: Sesame roasted snap peas

  • Whole Lifestyle Nutrition: Roasted cauliflower poppers

  • Tasty Kitchen: Pretzel muffins with Chocolate Chips

  • Smitten Kitchen: Whole grain cinnamon swirl bread

  • missdotti: Lemon-ginger syrup

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  • Hazel-Rah (tersa)
    This Saturday's Movie Nite offering will be Murder on the Orient Express starring a bunch of people you will probably recognize and are too long to list.

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    Time: Saturday, March 1st at 7pm (doors open at 6:30pm for socializing)
    Where: My place

    If you can, please RSVP so I can know whether or not to expect you. If you want to do dinner in some sort of potluck or other fashion, please also let me know.
     

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    Fluff

    Good Eats
    The bacon-potato-leek soup was just as good the second night. Nomnomnom.

    I'm thinking of making a riff on a Pioneer Woman recipe and making Dr. Pepper-Chipotle pork in the slow cooker this afternoon. I'll need to run to the store (again--but I needed to do that anyway to get more bread to finish out the week) to buy both the pork and the Dr. Pepper. I have potatoes leftover from the soup to make mashed potatoes, just need to find a veggie to go with it.
     

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    10 positive things

    Charmed - Piper-Believe (astral_ficons)
    It's another one of those weeks, where my mood borders on foul and I feel the need to focus on the positives in an effort to keep it on that side of the line.

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    Graze referral codes

    Castle - Fillion-Katic
    Just a reminder: if anyone wants to try Graze snacks and hasn't already signed up, I have a referral code that will get YOU your first and fifth boxes for free (and in return, I'll donate $1 to the Graze school of farming).
     

    Three things

    VM - Train wreck (noelia_g)
    1. I winged a homemade guacamole last night using ingredients given to me by zdashamber from her co-op/Full Circle box: a mix of Bacon and Hass avocadoes, fresh lime juice, a finely diced roma tomato, minced fresh garlic, and a generous amount of sea salt. It may be the best guacamole I've ever made, but I may have also gone a little to heavy on the garlic. XD

    2. We finished watching the BBC "State of Play" miniseries. Everyone in it was fabulous, especially John Simm ("Life on Mars"), David Morissey ("The Walking Dead"), and Bill Nighy (everything). Would recommend.

    3. I have tickets to see the Veronica Mars movie event with jakejr and lynthia. What's funny is that I didn't really care for S2 and didn't like what little I saw of S3 (and then never watched past Ep 3.1 *), but I'm still really excited about getting to see it lol. I think part of it is being a small part of what became a phenomenon; going with Jake Jr. and Lynthia will make it fun regardless.

    (*) - Something I am going to try to rectify over the next month.

    Movie Nite: Almost Famous (2000)

    Hazel-Rah (tersa)
    This Saturday's Movie Nite offering will be Almost Famous starring a bunch of people you will probably recognize, including Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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    Time: Saturday, February 15th at 7pm (doors open at 6:30pm for socializing)
    Where: My place

    If you can, please RSVP so I can know whether or not to expect you. If you want to do dinner in some sort of potluck or other fashion, please also let me know.
     

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    Behold--the Ambitious Knitting Project

    Checkerboard (tersa)
    With a few days to spare, the Ambitious Knitting Project is complete.

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    Weekend round-up

    Tali - FISH
    Philip Seymour Hoffman died at 46, and this makes me sadder than I would expect it to.

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    I've realized I'm not going to have cable/satellite for the Olympics, which start this week, and this makes me sad because I'm going to miss the hockey unless they stream it. :( (Which they have in the past, so...fingers crossed).
     

    Recipe Roundup: February 2014

    Good Eats
  • Gluten-free Girl: Cauliflower fritters

  • Homesick Texan: Spicy Chocolate Pecan Cookies

  • The Pioneer Woman: Spicy Dr. Pepper Ribs (nts: cook time is 3 hours)

  • The Pioneer Woman: Waffles

  • Smitten Kitchen: Stuck pot rice with lentils and yogurt

  • Smitten Kitchen: Dijon and Cognac Beef Stew

  • The Pioneer Woman: Cream cheese wontons

  • Smitten Kitchen: Morning bread pudding with salted caramel

  • TORN: Cheddar Broccoli Soup

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  • Movie Nite: RED 2 (2013)

    Hazel-Rah (tersa)
    Finally! A Saturday night, again, that I have free! This Saturday's Movie Nite offering will be RED 2 starring most of the protagonist cast of the original RED plus Sir Tony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and David Thewlis (what).

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    Time: Saturday, February 1st at 7pm (doors open at 6:30pm for socializing)
    Where: My place

    If you can, please RSVP so I can know whether or not to expect you. If you want to do dinner in some sort of potluck or other fashion, please also let me know.
     

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    Good Eats
    Doing a more formal write-up of the 'finished' recipe, and also decreasing the quantities to be more elegant (and make less)

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