FREE: Comic Book Box Drawers

Hey locals!

I have eighteen cardboard comic book box drawers to get rid of. They are similar to traditional longboxes, save that they are white cardboard drawers. They are incredibly study! But, having gotten rid of my comic collection, I have no further use for them.

Suitable for clothes, tools, sorting craft or engineering supplies! Need them for a craft room or maker space? TAKE THEM. Want your comics to be slightly easier to get at? TAKE THE DRAWERS.

Available on a first-offer basis, for the low, low cost of you come and get them out of my house.

EMAIL me! sigridellis@gmail.com

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City of Blades, by Robert Jackson Bennett

This review is spoiler-free.

Robert Jackson Bennett.

Robert Jackson Bennett, y’all.

I first read Elsewhere. Then The Troupe. City of Stairs came next. Then I read Company Man and Mr. Shivers.

Now, finally, City of Blades is out.

Here’s what I have to say about this man’s body of work.

If I find out, at some future point, that Robert Jackson Bennett’s home has vanished, disappeared into a shimmering, twisting blur that is ultimately determined by physicists to be the key to harnessing faster than light travel AND zero-point energy, just before the planet is invaded by interdimensional beings on which all our nightmares have hitherto-unbeknownst-to-us been based —

I will not be surprised.

Also, I really like the books.

If you like strongly character-driven stories about weirdly complicated worlds of fantasy that are PERILOUSLY close to be original and uniquely developed, and you like those stories to be near-horror mysteries about the universe and the black heart of human nature yet weirdly optimistic and hopeful, Robert Jackson Bennett’s book are for you.

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My favorite sock pattern

My absolute favorite sock pattern for knitting is Kate Atherly’s Basic Ribbed Sock.

“This sock design was developed as a solution to two problems: socks with a plain stocking-stitch leg tend to fall down, and I find k1p1 ribbing tedious.”

If you have any interest in knitting socks, I highly recommend you try this!

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Links for February 3 2016

* NEW URSULA VERNON STORY. Razorback

That was better. If she said Rawhead’s dead, she was going to fold right up like a broken leaf, but if she said Somebody killed him—well, then, that Somebody was going to have to pay.

The core of being a witch is that you don’t fall down while there’s work to be done. Sometimes that means you invent work to keep yourself standing upright.

* The Bacterium Disappearing From Our Stomachs

* Transgender Athletes Can Now Compete in the Olympics

* Issues of Race and Class: Susan Hedman and the Flint, MI Debacle

* Flint Weighs Scope of Harm to Children Caused by Lead in Water

* The Big Search to Find Out Where Dogs Come From

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New genre tv series so far

It’s winter, the slow season at work, so I have more time on my breaks to catch up on some television. Here’s what I think so far.

The Expanse

I’m up through episode five. It’s … fine? I suppose?

+ racially diverse cast
+ plenty of lead roles for a variety of sorts of women
+ nice, chewy worldbuilding
+ tons of show, don’t tell. Excellent use of the visual nature of television to convey story.

– I don’t care

I don’t know WHY I don’t care. I recognize that the characters are interesting, I just don’t care about any of them. I was trying to figure out who I would feel bad about, were they to be shoved out an airlock, and I came up with nothing. I also do not care who is attacking whom and why.

Let me note at this point, that I also tried reading the book and stopped after ten pages. Could not find any caring in me for this story.

HOWEVER. For other people, people who are not me, I would recommend you try the series if you like chewy, dense worldbuilding with a couple mysteries embedded in it.

Oh, though, about 134234% of the screen time is devoted to people suffocating for various reasons, because space, so, that’s a thing.

The Magicians

Now, I ranted about these books a while back. And I urge fans of the books and people who did not like the first book to give the show a try.

See, my main problem with the first book was that the narrator, Quentin, was a vastly self-absorbed wallow of depression and apathy. Which made him a REALLY TEDIOUS narrator. I mean, people I know who are depressed all seem to AGREE that listening to the insides of their heads is exhausting and boring. Why do we want to spend an entire novel listening to Quentin? Especially when there are REALLY interesting things happening all around him that he won’t explore?

Reading Quentin as a narrator is like playing an adventure game set in a rainbow magical world, but the camera is locked on some mold growing under your bed. For fuck’s sake, Narrator, TURN YOUR HEAD.

However. However!

In the later books we find out that all sorts of interesting things were happening during the time of the first book. We learn as Quentin is told about these things by the people who did them. The GENIUS choice the tv series makes is to SHOW US ALL THOSE THINGS as they are unfolding. We get multiple points of view. We get multiple plot threads. It’s wonderful.

If the idea of “a Hogwarts story for grownups” or “a more realistic look at what happens after Narnia” appeals to you, but you just could not stand reading the trilogy, try the tv series. It’s much more balanced.

The 100 Season 3

YAY SHOW.

Season one was a bit uneven. I highly recommend picking this show up with season two, and going from there. The 100 is a genuinely thoughtful character-driven drama (possibly a melodrama, it is a CW show, after all) about the variety of extremely difficult decisions people can choose to make when survival is paramount.

What I love about this show — after the diversity of actors, the range of roles for women, the effortless queer representation — is that everyone is a little bit right and a little bit wrong. No choice is clean. No character is free from guilt and anger and responsibility. They are all doing the best they can with the limited information and resources available to them at the time.

This show, it doesn’t even have any real villains. Just people drawing the lines in different places, for reasons we can’t swear we wouldn’t choose in their position.

I love this show.

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Best Brussel Sprouts

Okay, these are not the BEST Brussel sprouts. I am pretty sure the BEST ones are cooked with bacon. But these are pretty good.

Pre-heat oven to 400 F.

Take some sprouts. Slice off the stem ends. Slice the largest ones in half, so all the pieces are about the same size, bite-size.

Take some carrots. Cut them into pieces about the same size as the sprouts, maybe a bit smaller.

Put the veggies in a casserole dish. Drizzle with olive oil, add salt and pepper. Stir so the veggies are coated in oil. Put the lid on the casserole dish.

Cook for about twenty minutes. Take the pan out and give the veggies a stir. If the carrots are soft and the stray sprout leaves are browned, it’s done. If not, put back in for another fifteen minutes.

Best eaten hot. If you do refrigerate them and re-heat, they smell … very cabbage-y. But they still taste good! Also good with a bit of parmesan or other grated cheese.

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Links for January 27 2016

* What the Meyers-Briggs Types do during the zombie apocalypse.

* Kelly Sue DeConnick has added two Bitch Planet scripts to the script archive.

* Watching Downton Abbey With a Historian: The Case of the Missing Vicar.

* Scientists prove time travel is theoretically possible.

* Suggestions for using Trello to keep track of fabric (or yarn) stashes.

* Lead content in drinking water is problem all over the U.S.

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