November 2015 Round-up (Other)

This playlist:

Clothes acquired:

Holy shit, so much business casual.

Clockwise from top left:
Clockwise from top left: Oxfords (Crown Vintage by way of DSW), pants (Gap), cardigan (LOFT), striped sweater (Express), chevron blouse (Express), grid-print blouse (Express), green blouse (LOFT), jeans (H&M)



I am not into One Direction—nothing against them, other than the fact that their music is just super bland—but I do admire Harry Styles’s fashion choices and so this was  sort of interesting.


Books acquired:

  • Kitten Clone: Inside Alcatel-Lucent, Douglas Coupland
  • Selected Letters of E.M. Forster (vol. 1)
  • Selected Letters of E.M. Forster (vol. 2)
  • The Longest Journey, E.M. Forster
  • A Passage to India, E.M. Forster
  • 200 Fair Isle Motifs, Mary Jane Mucklestone
  • My Musical Life, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
  • Alice Starmore’s Charts for Color Knitting, Alice Starmore



Pear gingerbread:

This is a terrible picture. Oops.
This is a terrible picture. Oops.
  • Recipe from the kitchn
  • I think pears are sadly underrepresented in the world of dessert—at least, in the world of standard pastries offered in the average bakery—and so I am on a mission to bake more things with pears in them, because they’re so nice and comforting as a flavor/texture in pastries.  Trying to peel and slice rapidly melting frozen pears (because you bought them a few days before you actually planned to use them and didn’t realize that the skin was pierced when you picked them out at the store) is a fucking nightmare, and the cake also needed much, much longer in the oven than the recipe said, probably because of the liquidy mess of the melting pears. But: delicious!

Other things:

This Daniel Radcliffe interview is good

This article about Tom of Finland (whom I had never heard of) also interesting, although not actually from November 2015.

Also the Captain America: Civil War trailer was released and, well, I’m going to take this as an opportunity to display my shipwatching masterpiece:

Please appreciate the impact of Captain America: The Winter Soldier aka The Movie That Launch’d A Thousand Ships

After first watching the Cvil War trailer, I thought there might be a spike in Steve/Bucky works, but so far, it’s pretty much stuck to the same linear growth that’s been going on since Winter Soldier came out. Not totally sure what’s happening with Steve/Tony yet. Just—the last 20ish seconds of that trailer, man:

STEVE: You know I wouldn’t do this if I had any other choice, but [Bucky’s] my friend.
TONY: So was I.
[cue Steve/Bucky on Tony fight scene that is oddly reminiscent of the Will/Hannibal on Dolarhyde fight scene in the Hannibal finale]

The question raised in many of the comments on this trailer: are Steve and Tony actually even friends in the MCU? Is that just Tony being self-centered and delusional and we’re just not seeing Steve being like, “uh, dude, we’ve been colleagues for a few years, but are you actually going to compare that to being my childhood-through-early-20s best friend?” Or are we imposing the relationship the characters have in the comics onto the movies, where it hasn’t been established as such? Or will it have been established as such in the apparent time jump that takes place between The Winter Soldier and Civil War? I guess that is for fanfiction writers to decide until May.


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