New Toys

A 5-post collection


I have a day to myself, huzzah!

And I have to stay determined to focus on my work because I entered a new Discord chat server which is very active and very tempting and could potentially eat my entire day.

The ribs went well. Kids loved them. I liked them. Turns out the sauce could easily be improved with a single spring onion, finely chopped.

I'm gonna do that to all of my beef roasts from now on.

For those Keto followers out there, the whole thing goes:

  • 1/2 a bottle of coconut amino soy sauce substitute
  • 1/2 bulb of garlic, freshly squeezed [that's 5-8 cloves]
  • 4 tbsp equivalents sweetener of choice [we like Stevia]
  • 1 spring onion, finely chopped

Toss all those in a small bowl and whisk/stir with a fork. Paint that onto your meat and sprinkle the surface with the chopped onion bits. Roast at 180C [app 370F] whilst covered in foil.

My household predators liked it, but my Beloved thought it was 'meh'.

Can't win 'em all, I guess.

In financial news, I'm within spitting distance of finally owning my own personal lappy. My very own thing that I do NOT have to share disk space on. I'm so close I can feel it.

[Of course, Beloved and Mayhem still collectively owe me $6K, I haven't forgotten that]

And what makes it better is that I EARNED this shit. My Steemit blog and 2K Steem turned into Bitcoin gradually got me there over the passage of some months. A lot of writing and a lot of patience paid for this.

I can be proud of myself. I made this happen. This will be the fruits of my labours.

And it's kind of awesome.

Disruption to (ir)regular seervices

Yes, once again, life interferes with my PLNs. This time, it's getting into the inner circuit at Chaos' school so I can help with her learning at home. To that end, I'm turning up to assist at an excursion for her class.

Which means that most of this morning will be eaten up by Parenting instead of my usual faffing about on the internets.

I also have a NEW new keyboard with a programmable light interface :D Which means double the typos

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Tropes That Annoy Me: Manic Pixie Dream Girl

This one's been a long time coming. As John Lennon once said, "Life is what happens when you're busy making other plans". But enough of that noise. Onwards with this noise.

The Manic Pixie Dream Girl is a trope dating way back beyond the dawn of fiction. You can even find her in The Tempest as Prospero's daughter. But that's sort of blended with Born Sexy Yesterday [which might not have a trope page just yet] which I will cover at a

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Best-laid PLNs

I had planned to get some spare change counted, on our travels yesterday. But the banks don't operate on weekends. On the plus side, I got a new keyboard and mouse out of it so that Beloved and I can play a better quality of game together. The downside is that the spiffy new keyboard won't work with a mac.


The mouse looks pretty awesome, though. I just wish I knew how to change all its colours according to my whims.

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New toys

Beloved bought me a vinyl turntable, yesterday. While I was out with Chaos and gently stewing in my own juices, Beloved was rearranging the front room to include surround sound, once more1. Beloved, who claims to be tone deaf, has turned into an audiophile overnight.

So now I own a record player that doesn't take twenty minutes to warm up2 and is compatible with most of the other technology in the house. Plus there's a chance I can bootleg save

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