Rialian's Realm

Thoughts and Considerations

Living a mythic life…

by rialian - December 30th, 2011

===It is interesting how myth informs the aware, and will let you know when you are acting properly or not.  Few know this quite as…directly…as those of an elven persuasion.

===I know in my own life, I tend to get hints when I am acting properly…lines of synchronicity happen more, for example. It seems that those lines have been getting stronger, as of late…

===The thing is, you have to be aware of these things….Now, not all strings of bad luck are signs from the mythic flows that you live, but it never hurts to take a glance and see if maybe your myths are trying to tell you something.  some myths can be really quite obvious when they want to be. (Norse and Irish come immediately to mind.  Had Cúchulainn actually shown a bit more awareness, rather than the self-righteousness…..he might have turned out better in the end, if you asked me…)

===(I can see a few folks glancing and wondering what particular mythos I follow….well, I am one of those odd folks that find some resonance in a weird norse-ish/celtic-ish feel, that really does not fully ascribe to either, but definitely finds itself expressed in both myth-tales. I have a fondness for the Norns….and a few others.  I work with the essences that tend to find themselves expressed in various mythos. (including lovecraftian, to be honest….)

===I do tend to check in with my various myths if I start seeing patterns happening around me.  I mean really…I do not see the point in making things that much harder for myself…it gets interesting enough as it is! (laughter)

===More later…

In come the rains…

by rialian - December 22nd, 2011

=== It is raining now…the incoming front promises much cooler temperatures than we have been having as of late.  Harvested a batch of chard for the 25th, re-worked the quickhoops, and put in some seeds of brocoli rab to see how they might do.  Not a bad day at all.

=== Appologies for the lack of posting…still working on a few things, and I need to look at what gets posted where.

Measure of seasons

by rialian - December 2nd, 2011

===Today was the first morning of frozen water bottles for the rabbits. 

===To be fair, it was more the first morning of the outer hutches water bottles being totally frozen, but still, it is a mark of the cold coming in, a more sure sign that winter has really begun to flex its’ coldness into the world here.  (and yes, I know that thermodynamics and science calls cold a lack of heat, not a thing in and of itself….but it has always felt more like its’s own entity than a lack of something.  Cold has a soul and spirit all of its’ own, something that feels rather different to me than a negative amount of heat, but I suppose that is the more poetic side speaking, the more animistic…)

===All seasons have their telltales, their faery tokens,that are given for your attention to mind and note.  One of mine is apparently the ice in frozen waterers for my animals.

Goblin Markets…

by rialian - November 25th, 2011

===Just letting a bunch of my friends know: Goblin Markets is on sale.  Go HERE for it.  (For those who are not aware of it, Deliria was an awesome game done developed by Phil Brucato, that was meant to be “Changeling done right”.  I would say he succeeded.  This is the long-awaited supplement for it.

===Deliria is to the sort of book that I would tell you to have on your shelves even if you were not a gamer and were never were planning on being a gamer.  It is a GREAT example of what I think an RPG is: Modern mythology-creation by inspired people.  This one I think gets the underlying heart of what faery can be, and is written by someone who understands what the mythic feel IS (and is not).  If you can find the original book…get it.  I suspect they will re-release eventually…but this is worth finding before then.

Kittened!

by rialian - November 11th, 2011

===Ok, I was going to title this something else, but then I suddenly had a kitten in my lap.

===I have things working pretty well with Sabayon…finally got Enlightenment to work properly. (erased the first config file for it, and re-started it.  It wrote a new one up, and that has been doing great.) There are things I like about enlightenment, and things that may take getting used to…will be switching back and forth with XFCE and see what works best. (I have been interested in the Enlightenment desktop for a long while, this is the first time I have had it on a machine and have it work properly.)

===Loading things takes a tad longer in Sabayon that it did with Ubuntu and Crunchbang, but once they are up?  fastest and smoothest functioning ever. 

===Only odd issue I am having is with LJ, where the page sometimes decides to not load completely…I suspect that might be an LJ issue, or might be my https everywhere plugin…hard to say.

===It is wonderful outside today…grey, windy, autumnal….my sort of weather. (I find grey autumn days really beautiful….)

===The plans for this weekend are pretty much going to be inside, though.  I have a table at the Festival of Lights (psychic fair and alternative healing expo in town), so I am hoping to get some exposure in regards to my tarot reading.

Computers stuff….

by rialian - November 10th, 2011

===Finally found something I wanted to have running on the laptop for a while…I decided to test out Sabayon Linux , and I have to say I am rather pleased with the results.  it takes a while to install (it is based off of Gentoo Linux…so it compiles a lot of the programs to suit your computer hardware), it takes a bit longer to boot than CrunchBang did…but the programs run a lot faster and more smoothly, and they are completely current.  I do not have to use a tool to “trick” things like g+ into thinking I had the most recent Firefox. 

===If you decide to try it out, I would definitely recommend Replace NM with WICD for your wireless.  For some reason, networkmanager would NOT save anything, and I had to first open it in root, then run it, in order to get the wireless to work.  WICD is a breeze to use, and has made my getting online easier. (grins)

===I have KeepNote, pidgin, Claws Mail all working quite well, and it is really nice to have an up to date Firefox and Chromium.  LibreOffice is of course also looking quite good.

===I am still working with XFCE 4.8 as my desktop environment.  I do want to play with Enlightenment a bit, but that is giving me intermittent issues: it sometimes works really well, and other times it decides to SVG (effective meaning: break), unless I bring it up as root first, sign out, then start it again as myself.  Very odd.  It is a nifty environment to play with, so I will see what can be done to fix that issue.

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===I did try a few other distros after I decided that Crunchbang, while quite good, was not quite doing it for me.  I tried ARCH…that decided that wireless was to a hell to be set up.  Tried ArchBang…which had the wireless working, but it did not really “feel” right, and had similar configuration issues for me.  I have been using Debian based distros for a long time (Debian, Mepis, Ubuntu, CrunchBang), and it felt like I really wanted a change.  (I still have Xubuntu on the upstairs desktop.  Not bad, and probably not going to switch that quite yet, but I like Sabayon’s implementation of XFCE 4.8 a LOT better.  I am not fond of the path that Ubuntu has taken with their “Unity” desktop, and the Gnome3 project is not an improvement over Gnome2 to my mind.)

===And that would be the semi-obligatory-semi-computerish-geek post of the blog for now!

Cooking waffles!

by rialian - November 6th, 2011

Used my Griswold cast iron waffle iron today for the second time (first time successfully.) the waffles came out great. I snagged this somewhere (lost website) and adapted it to here. 

Waffles

Ingredients

* 2 cups milk
* 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast (2 1/2 teaspoons)
* 1/2 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
* 1/2 cup butter, melted
* 1 teaspoon salt
* 1 teaspoon white sugar
* 3 cups sifted unbleached all-purpose flour
* 2 eggs, slightly beaten (three eggs here)
* 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Directions

1. Warm the milk in a small saucepan until it bubbles, then remove from heat. In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes. (I melted the butter with the milk, and put the sugar in with the warm water and yeast)

2. In a large bowl, combine milk, yeast mixture, butter, salt, sugar and flour. Mix thoroughly with rotary or electric mixer until batter is smooth. Cover and let stand at room temperature overnight.

3. The next morning, stir beaten eggs and baking soda into the batter; beat well.

4. Spray preheated waffle iron with non-stick cooking spray. Pour mix onto hot waffle iron. Cook until golden brown. (I most certainly did not use a cooking spray. I brushed some olive oil on. )

they came out really well, I think part of the lack of sticking may have been the amount of butter in the mix. I will be experimenting with using less butter next time…even for me, that is a LOT of butter.)

Jamming…I am Jamming…

by rialian - November 1st, 2011

===Ok, I just finished Jamming….between yesterday and today, I have made 14 jars of Jalapeno jam ( http://www.pickyourown.org/pepper_jelly.htm ) would be where I got the recipe.  Definitely check the site out, it also tells you how to make your own pectin….

===Next time I might actually wear gloves.  My hands are actually not bad, I got most of the oils washed off, but there are a few spots that did get a tad bit more exposure, and i can feel a very mild heat.

===Next project in the teaching myself new things in the kitchen is going to be making my own egg noodles, methinks.

===So, we had a fair bit of snow, which is mostly gone as it was 60 around here today.  The quick hoops did their job…my pepper plants under them survived the cold and snow, as did the rest of the plants under there.  My animals and the structures I built for them also did well (one place I had not quite gotten the overlap right on the coop roof has a slight bit of leak-through to the wood, but that is now fixed.)

===Hallows was nice, although far more low-key for us than in past years. (my wife has a bit of the crud that seems to be hitting a number of folks, I may or may not have had it last week, or this is something else I get to look forward to…we shall see). So, a quiet evening at home.

Snow for Hallows…

by rialian - October 29th, 2011

===Well, just about Hallows.  As folks on the East Coast are noting, we have snow.  Just in time for my Anniversary. (chuckles)

===I just barely got things to a place that they could be considered ready for this.  I have the coop chicken-habitable…still have some improvements to make, but for this storm, it is good enough.  (I need to add more windows, and get the run done so that they will be able to go out when there is weather happening. ) I got the quick-hoops up just before the snow weather was coming in…(great link here http://www.waldeneffect.org/blog/Quick_hoops_protect_fall_tomatoes/….read this one as well: http://www.waldeneffect.org/blog/Cold_frames_vs._quick_hoops/ ).  Sadly,I snapped the bolt cutters I borrowed from my neighbor…I have spikes to connect my conduit to that I was making my hoops with, but one side needed the heads cut off.  I got…most…of the spikes trimmed.  However, the hoops are doing well.

====I also have been gifted a fine Flemmish Giant rabbit, which was just bred the other day with another Flemmish Giant.  Now, these are HUGE rabbits, and can get to be 42 inches long and 17 pounds or so.  The usually stick around 10-12 pounds.  They are a good meat and fur rabbit…so I am quite pleased.

===I also got 4 new chickens from someone that needed to have theirs taken off their hands.  Nice birds, sadly they had their beaks trimmed when they were younger.  The beaks are growing back, but the beak-clipping was a bad thing, and they are slower in eating and are noticeably smaller than my full-beaked birds.  I think they will do fine…the snow cooping all the chickens up together may actually be a really good thing for them integrating in.

===I am really glad we got our firewood in when we did…the house is nice and warm, the stove is going well…and I have coffee and fresh english muffins. (grins)

I have been…Kittened.

by rialian - October 24th, 2011

===So, I was driving along a back country road to get to a hardware shop.  Some reasonably large animal (bigger than a squirrel or a groundhog, smaller than a deer) does a damned good attempt at making sure I see it from a reasonable distance…so I slow down.  It is a rather large cat, about the size of a large Norweigan Forest Cat (I had one of those…they are a large cat.) It makes sure I have slowed down, then comes out in front and drops a kitten off in front of me.  I get out of the car, it runs off.

===The kitten comes right to me, and wants affection.  The mother is long gone…I saw her in the distance, still moving through the trees, not responding to the kitten or to me, clearing the next hill.

===I have been kittened.  It is a beautiful short hair cream tortie. 

===My life can be a bit odd at times.  I would like to note that I am not used to a mother cat flagging down my car, and giving me a kitten.