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Tracy K. Smith is fast becoming one of my all-time favorite poets. Finding two new poems in this month's Nation was a gift.

The United States Welcomes You

´╗┐Why and by whose power were you sent?
What do you see that you may wish to steal?
Why all this dancing? Why do your dark bodies
Drink up the light? What are you demanding
That we feel? Have you stolen something? Then
What is that leaping in your chest? What is
The nature of your mission? Do you seek
To offer a confession? Have you anything to do
With others brought by us to harm? Then
Why are you afraid? And why do you invade
Our night, hands raised, eyes wide, and mute
As ghosts? Is there something you wish to confess?
Is this some enigmatic type of test? What if we
Fail? How and to whom do we address our appeal?


— Tracy K. Smith
in The Nation, July 17/24 2017
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I have made both these recipes in the last couple of days, and because those of us in the northern hemisphere are heading into the part of the summer where the prospect of pulling a cold noodle salad out of the fridge is particularly appealing, I figured I might as well share. You can eat either of these salads at room temperature right after making them, but part of the point of them is that they make spectacularly good leftovers straight out of the fridge.

Both sauces are meant to dress about 1 lb of noodles, because I think of these as noodle dishes with other things in them. If you are one of those people who distrust carbs and want the dishes to be more salad-y, cut the quantity of noodles in half and pile on the veggies. For what it's worth, I think both dishes are best with just two or three additions, both because it makes prep simpler and because it keeps the flavors cleaner, but obviously YMMV.

Cold Sesame Noodles )

Cold Wasabi Noodles )

vidding and other fannish matters

Jul. 11th, 2017 10:28 am
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1. I am vidding! Seriously vidding! For the first time in a while! ...I mean, I made a Festivid and also a vid for Club Vivid, but they almost didn't feel like vids because the source was so tiny that I hardly spent any time clipping, which -- look, I kind of hate clipping (what [personal profile] luminosity calls "the sous chef stuff"), because it can be so freaking boring, but apparently it's part of what makes vidding feel like vidding to me. Plus the sheer amount of time spent looking at the characters' adorable faces makes me feel even more attached to them, which it turns out is important, go figure.

2. In related news, I have found the silver lining of the Mon-El storyline in Supergirl S2, which is that it makes clipping really easy because there are so many scenes I can just... skip.

3. I've had more new vid ideas in the last month than in the past couple of years combined. This is delightful, if not precisely convenient. It's partly a side effect of getting obsessed with a new album and doing that thing I used to do all the time where I want to VID ALL THE SONGS, as I once did with Tegan & Sara, Remy Zero, etc. (I am not going to vid all the songs. I might vid two of them, though; see above re: T&S and RZ.)

4. I did an awesome job of future-proofing this vidding machine, if I do say so myself.

5. My love for the Magic Bullet color plugins for Premiere (especially Colorista, but also Mojo) cannot be textually rendered.

6. I am finally catching up on Sense8 S2 and it is making me SO HAPPY. I have missed them all! And their adorable faces! And Lito's histrionics! And Sun's everything!

7. I am also catching up on Empire S3, and wow, I don't know when I am going to get around to this Cookie vid, which has been pre-empted by these new ideas, but when I do, it is going to be EPIC. At least for me. Maybe not for you! But hopefully for you too, because COOKIE.

8. Killjoys S3 has started! How did I not know about this? I was almost caught up on TV and now I am behind AGAIN.

9. ...as problems go, I could do worse. (DUTCH!!!)

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