digitalwave: (Default)
Hey, guys, if anyone had problems accessing the mp4 file to download it the last few minutes, I apologize. That was totally my fault.

I wasn't happy with the resolution of either of the files I uploaded earlier but, at the time, that was the highest resolution avi or mp4 files I could find on any of the download sites. I haven't been able to find a better copy of the avi file but I was able to find a nicer copy of the mp4 so I swapped it out with the earlier file just a bit ago. It has a much cleaner, sharper picture than the earlier mp4 file so you might want to re-download it.

Still no luck on a nicer avi file so I've added a 720p mkv copy to the download list. It's a pretty, high res version of the new episode so it's there if you'd like to have it.

I know that this is me being picky but I always want to share the nicest copies of the weekly episodes with you that I can. Here's the links to the files:

Click me! )

Anyway, enjoy and I'll, hopefully, see you guys tomorrow. :)

monanotlisa: (kara/lena - supergirl)
It really didn't warrant its own post, but post-swim I made some tiny blue corn masa griddle cakes (somewhere between tortillas and unfilled gorditas or tlacoyos) sprinkled sea salt across them; roasted fresh rockfish with ancho chili and lemon in the same pan; ground two carrots into a fresh salad...and gobbled it all up. I love twenty-minute meals.


So the Supergirl showrunners did remember this series is about Kara Danvers aka Kara Zor-El, her beliefs and values! Yay. Supergirl 2x18  )

Supernatural 12.19 AVI & MP4 Upload...

  • Apr. 27th, 2017 at 11:29 PM
digitalwave: (Default)
Hi guys! Look, I'm actually getting things posted at a decent time tonight! Haven't seen the episode yet, but I plan to fix that as soon as these are done uploading.

The files are almost finished uploading. Once they're done, just follow the links below and then click to download whichever format you'd like best.

Click me! )

If you have any problems with the file, or if you need to update your audio/video codecs to play the file, you can find them here:

Hope that everyone is doing okay. *hugs you hard*

Cookbook experience

  • Apr. 27th, 2017 at 11:42 AM
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Has anyone created a family cookbook? Or had other print-on-demand experience?

Science and History

  • Apr. 26th, 2017 at 8:26 PM
monanotlisa: (richter abstract - duh)
So last Saturday was a good one: We joined the San Francisco March for Science, only one of several Bay Area Marches for Science reported about in the San Jose Mercury News article linked here -- the paper's count seems off, though. Based on the aerial drone shots and mathematical calculations per the official Facebook page, it was closer to 50,000 in SF alone.

If you are interested in images rather than text, check out the three shots I posted on Instagram -- #1 (fannishly relevant to all fans of the true Captain America), #2 (that captures members of our Berkeley scientist group), and #3 (the most heartening one in many ways, also nerdy).

At night, then, we made it to HAMILTON: second time for me, thanks to an invitation from my wife's family to both the musical and the dinner before. My in-laws are the sweetest and most well as representative; most of the audience of this musical cast only with actors of color were wealthy White-looking people. (Sally has written a HAMILTON review, plus her tag has more entries.)

podcast update, volume 4

  • Apr. 25th, 2017 at 8:17 PM
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In the Dark is hosted by Madeleine Baran and investigates the 1989 kidnapping of Jacob Wetterling and the way the case was handled, and mishandled, by local law enforcement. It's a painful and infuriating story told in nine parts, around 40 minutes each, and while it starts off steady enough, I didn't really get into it until about halfway through when all the pieces started coming together, but then I was hooked.

Baran and her team dig into archived records and interview investigators, experts, family members, and victims. It isn't always clear who's talking, and the interviews with Jacob's parents made me uncomfortable at first. I don't know if it's that Baran approached the subject wrong, was too blunt about it, or what, but I didn't like it. That wore off as Baran got past establishing the circumstances of Jacob's disappearance, and I was particularly impressed by Patty Wetterling, finding her to be a thoughtful, reasonable person. As an advocate for child safety, she's more interested in creating policies that prevent these crimes from happening than unfairly punishing those that commit them. In response, Baran goes into an episode-long tangent on the creation of Megan's Law, the sex offender's registry, and the problems with its indiscriminating scope and the restrictions placed on sex offenders after they've served their time and been released from prison. I appreciated the context.

At around the halfway point, the focus shifts to the investigation rather than the details of the crime. Because this story really is about the investigation and the repeated failures of the Stearns County Sheriff's department to properly canvass neighborhoods, interview witnesses, and process crime scenes. It's fascinating to listen to Baran uncover twenty-seven-year-old clues that had been available to the Sheriff's office at the time. If they had just asked the right questions, this case could have been solved a lot sooner, and Baran establishes this as a pattern with this Sheriff's department. It's really some fine investigative reporting, and that's where this podcast distinguishes itself.

It isn't quite as polished or as confident as some of the podcasts I listen to, and Baron at times stumbles a little in her presentation, but it's technically easy to listen to, with enough music and sound effects to set mood, but not so much that it interferes with the story. I say "technically easy" because the subject matter is, of course, not at all easy to listen to. Trigger warnings for child harm and sexual assault. And also just garden-variety scum—all the basic assholes whose apathy allows, or even encourages, the more dangerous assholes to hurt people. At one point Baran speaks to a man who used to be childhood friends with a now admitted murderer and child molester, and this man's complete lack of reaction to this revelation followed by his breezy remembrances of when he and his friend used to sneak around in the dark looking in girls' windows made me feel like I was going to explode. But I wouldn't be me if I listened to a true crime podcast and didn't get pissed off by some irrelevant detail that has nothing to do with the crime in question.

There's going to be a second season by Baran on a different topic, and I'll definitely give that a try when it's out.

I also listened to one and a half episodes of True Crime All the Time, which is hosted by two guys named Mike and is exactly that exciting. Look, if you're going to be reheating true crime for me, you either need to have engaging personalities or awesome research skills. You can't be boring, play clips without identifying the source or speaker, and preface half your statements with "it was said." I mean, you can? It's just that I'm not going to stick around for it.

And, to completely change the subject, I tried My Brother, My Brother and Me, an "advice" show where three brothers "answer" "listener" "questions." I listened to one podcast, which was fine, but not exceptional, and watched the first couple of minutes of a Seeso episode where there's an unfortunate decision regarding a spider and a spiderphobic brother and then I noped on out of there. That's just not the kind of brothers I want to hang with. I might try these guys again, but honestly, I spend enough of my time listening to men talk; if they're not going to be exceptional, I'm not going to bother.

Bought a Pack for Backpacking.

  • Apr. 25th, 2017 at 6:06 PM
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Oh good, I needed some new madness. Being fair to me, it was a chance to buy a nice $200 backpacking pack for $40. (It’s second-hand but all the wear I saw was cosmetic. It just needs a bath and a few minutes with some strong twine and a needle.)

I got the idea because REI has this program where for $250 they take you backpacking for a weekend, and I looked at that and thought, I’m a cheap asshole but I bet between what I’ve already got and a $250 budget, I can almost completely kit myself out for an entire month of weekends of camping if I so desired. 

$210 to go. Fortunately I have most of the activewear I need, and since I’m only looking at overnighting right now, I won’t need cooking supplies just yet. And my stepdad’s giving me his sleeping bag, so there’s a chunk I won’t have to spend. 

The tent will almost certainly be the only other significant expense, and I can wait a while on that – I have several recon trips planned to the campground before I’ll even be overnighting it. If I get that far this summer, my weekends are filling at an alarming rate. 

But I have my backpack! Now I get to fill it. 

from Tumblr

2162 / Elementary, 5.20; Supergirl, 2.18

  • Apr. 24th, 2017 at 10:32 PM
siria: Close shot of Kara opening a pink shirt to reveal her Supergirl uniform (supergirl)
The cutest news you will read all day: Chris Evans will appear on British TV next month to read a bedtime story designed to help kids cope when they feel overwhelmed by their feelings. It is amazing to me how Evans continues to understand and represent the character of Steve Rogers so many times better than anyone currently employed by Marvel Comics.

Elementary, 5.20, The Art of Sleights and Deception )

Supergirl, 2.18, Ace Reporter )

Apr. 24th, 2017

  • 7:56 AM
copperbadge: (radiofreemondaaay)
Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[ profile] nubpher linked to Second Hand Paws Small Animal Rescue, which is in need of funds after a large influx of animals needing shots, as well as one needing surgery. You can check out their site full of adorable animals here, hit up their facebook here, or donate here. If you'd like to send supplies [ profile] nubpher says you can also contact her about how to get the supplies to the Rescue.

[ profile] rilee16 is still struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and hasn't been cleared to return to work, thus can't earn money to cover basic living costs, let alone the bills they've received, including a recent rent increase. They are frequently running out of money for gas to even do odd jobs for pay. You can read more and help out here.

Buy Stuff, Help Out:

[ profile] magpiesmiscellany has a selection of tree-of-life pendants in various shapes, colors, and sizes for sale, with proceeds going to Planned Parenthood, Lambda Legal, the ACLU, Doctors Without Borders, Earthjustice, Sierra Club, and the National Immigration Law Center. And Mother's Day is coming up, at least in the US! You can read more and purchase them here.

Help For Free:

[personal profile] brainwane's friend Zack is doing a research project related to online censorship, and is looking for people to help, particularly people using a computer physically located outside of Europe and North America. You can read more about the fascinating project and help test here.

News to Know:

Anon linked to [ profile] auntmo9, who has a job posting up: the Austen Dooley Company is looking for Direct Support Staff, LPNs, and RNs for the St. Louis/St. Charles area. You can read more and get in touch with questions here.

And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.

Fannish Meme for You, snagged from [personal profile] selenak

  • Apr. 23rd, 2017 at 8:27 PM
monanotlisa: (sierra geek - dh)
Comment with one of my fandoms, and I'll tell you:

1. the character I least understand
2. interactions I enjoyed the most
3. the character who scares me the most
4. the character who is mostly like me
5. hottest looks character
6. one thing I dislike about my fave character
7. one thing I like about my hated character
8. a quote or scene that haunts me
9. a death that left me indifferent
10. a character I wish died but didn’t
11. my ship that never sailed


Science Redux!

  • Apr. 23rd, 2017 at 7:50 PM
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We made it to the Science March today in downtown Louisville. Thunder Over Louisville was here yesterday so that meant they had to wait until today to do the march. Well, Lee marched and I did cheering support from the sidelines. His banner read 'Forget Fossils, Science Fuels the Future!' There was singing, chants, the march itself. All in all it was a great march with really good turnout. TV crews were there so I'm looking forward to seeing the coverage tonight on the news.

I'm glad because fun was sorely needed to offset some stress we've been dealing with. We got the notices from insurance as to what they did, and didn't, cover on Lee's two CT Scans and the Electrocardiogram he had to have. The good news is that we've met our deductible for this year. The bad news is that we now owe Norton's Hospital almost eight thousand dollars in total. Thankfully they're willing to work we us on payments but that is such a scary, scary number. Especially on top of the other bills we have.

Means I'll definitely be selling more stuff to help us pay it down and get by with our day to day. You know I've told you before that when Lee goes to trade shows for work he always enters every drawing he can to try and win goodies for us that we could never afford otherwise. Last year at Statewide he was lucky enough to actually win a Surface Pro for me. I've enjoyed the heck out of having it, especially for reading with my eyesight problems now. But, it's very much a luxury I can do without. I took pictures and posted it for sale on Ebay, along with some other things. There's going to be more to come as I can get to it.

I don't know if any one would be interested or not but it's here if you'd like to take a look:

Otherwise, things are going okay. Lee's doing better healthwise, I've been dealing with a bit of a flare but it's not been too bad. Amber's doing well in her new teaching job. She got her diploma a couple of weeks ago and it's so wonderful to see it and know she made it through. We are so proud of her.

We're still doing cleanup from the plaster repairs we had to have done but the guy did an amazing job. Lee's going to do the repainting we'll need himself to save money. It'll take a little longer but I know it'll look great when he's done.

The dryer is dinging at me so I'd better close for now. I sure hope everyone's had a good weekend. I'll try my best to catch up over the next few days. Love you guys! :)


Europe - UK & France Elections

  • Apr. 23rd, 2017 at 4:31 PM
monanotlisa: (danny - spooks)
:: United Kingdom

Reigning Tory Party Prime Minister Theresa May has called for a Special Election to Parliament early this summer. Given the disarray of the Labour Party, [personal profile] rydra_wong says,
So yeah, I don't imagine we are headed for anything except a Tory victory (yes, we could theoretically get another freaky none-of-the-polls-predicted-this result, but that would be too damn nice of the universe).

But anything we can do to limit their power and make it hard for them to claim an absolute mandate will help limit the damage. And we can also try to stomp on UKIP's attempts to creep in around the margins.
She's got some UK Special Election hands-on information and advice.

:: France

Independent candidate and new political wunderkind Emmanuel Macron has secured most votes (24%) in the 2017 French Election, which means he'll enter the second round with runner-up "Marine" Le Pen, far-right Front National's leader, after she won 22% of the votes. Needless to say having a white supremacist gain that many votes is not exactly furthering a good night's sleep, but I place some trust in the French here. Mostly comparative musings; please follow the link below for actual facts and figures )

Read more about this run-off French Election 2017 on its own Guardian page.

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