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This is based off of a recipe found here, which seems to be based off of a Jamie Oliver recipe -
http://intolerantchef.blogspot.com/2014/02/steamed-chinese-pork-buns-char-siu-bao.html

To make the dough -
1 tin coconut milk (coconut cream works, but the texture wasn't great.)
2 tins of a GFree flour
(1 tin rice flour, 1 tin half potato starch, half glutinous / sweet rice flour, 1/4 tsp of guar gum)
2 TB Oil or Lard

Dough should be soft but hold together.

I let the dough sit for about an hour with 1/2 tsp of yeast to give more flavor to the dough.

When the filling is done -
Knead in 1 1/2 tsp baking powder, some sugar to taste (1 tsp would be close to an authentic amount), pinch of salt.

The recipe continues )
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Most gluten free noodles are either oddly colored, oddly flavored, over priced, mushy, or some combination of the above. So the concept of making your own is appealing. Since a bowl of noodles is a comfort food lunch thing for me, it's nice to have a fake pasta that's quick.

Now bear in mind - )
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Logan, elephants in the room, chatting with Beast.

Hank was upside down - )
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Cain talking about Albert and being locked in a cave for a year. More looking at how Albert both meant well and was being stupid, and how Cain got it and still was furious. Vague mentions of violence, but nothing that should be upsetting.

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The cave could've been pretty, if you had a sort of mind for that. It was dry, and fairly warm, and he spent some time trying to decide if it was some kind of lava tube (no sharp obsidian and he couldn't reach the rock he thought was pumice.) He asked Albert about it, and got a sort of whuffing noise and that pained look like Albert couldn't decide if it was too dark and quiet down there.

Albert started adding candles to the care packages after that. He'd )
fakename: A glowing Valia hovers over a schoolgirl with sword (yuko)
Logan talking about memories. Nothing objectionable. (Comic canon, and shoulda been canon - which is to say, trying to get a Logan who's not RARGH RAMBO.)

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He wrote notes to himself. Well to be more accurate )
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This is aiming for two things - a sticky 'firm' granola and a flavor that's similar to commercial granola bars (which tend to have rolled wheat of all things.)

1/2 cup coconut
1/2 cup puffed millet
1 cup puffed rice

Heat the below ingredients until melted -

2 TB butter
2 TB brown sugar
2 TB barley malt sugar (adds a lovely nutty taste)
2 TB corn syrup (could use honey, but it will be tasteable)
10 mini marshmallows

Add 4 TB peanut butter and stir well. Mix with the dry ingredients and pat into a greased pan. Allow to cool and slice. I spread about 2 oz. of dark chocolate over the top for contrast.

Flavor is malty and nutty and pretty addictive. Due to altitude or whatever, this was a pretty dry mix, but at a lower altitude you probably can add up to 1/2 cup additions - rice bran, dried fruit, nuts, coconut flour, etc.
fakename: A glowing Valia hovers over a schoolgirl with sword (yuko)
Thanks to Crantz for the webspace.

Laplace no Ma - A Cluthoid horror game on the SNES


Dragon Quest - A classic.

Final Fantasy II - It's infamous. Why?

And some others. Finally the snow's melting off here. Maybe it'll be spring soon.
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Thanks to Crantz for the webspace.

Hoshi wo Miru Hito - a terrible RPG, and remarkably so.


Verne World - A SNES rpg with some curious choices and a multicultural cast.


Dream Master - A NES rpg / exploration game with some nice sprite work.

And some others. Debating about doing a "Game in 30 minutes" kind of overview of an early game section. Should do it with other people though.
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http://retrojrpg.thefannish.org

Commentary about JRPGs, theory, etc.

Thanks to crantz for the webspace.
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These are 'stodgy' to put it mildly, but crisped in a pan with butter they make a tasty starch to have with stews or sauce.

1/2 cup gluten free flour
1 egg
1/2 tsp xanthum gum
+ flour or water to bring it together.
Click here for the rest - )
fakename: A glowing Valia hovers over a schoolgirl with sword (yuko)
Playing through the Final Fantasy Legend series made me think about optimization in relation to game difficulty or game design. This could be applied to other places - think roleplaying scenario designs or character creation.

Let's put the rest of this behind a link - )
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"Unwelcome" Mary Elizabeth Coleridge

We were young, we were merry, we were very very wise,
And the door stood open at our feast,
When there passed us a woman with the West in her eyes,
And a man with his back to the East.

O, still grew the hearts )
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Trilogy, "The Flowering of the Rood", H.D., New Direction Books, 1998, verse 16 - 19

Mary Magdalene comes to a wise man, on a quest for myrrh, and talks with him.
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[16]

I am Mary, she said, of a tower-town,
or once it must have been towered
for Magdala is a tower;
Magdala stands on the shore;
I am Mary, she said, of Magdala,
I am Mary, a great tower;
through my will and my power,
Mary shall be myrrh )
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Tao is by VAP, which as best I can tell did mostly liscensed anime / manga adaptations. Usually of questionable quality. TAO is noteable for having an amazing cover of a guy in a red jumpsuit riding a dinosaur.

Unfortunately, the game is terrible )
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Kalevala, Lönnrot, trans. Bosley, 1989, "Inside the Giant"

Väinämöinen, seeking spells, forces his way into the dead giant Vipunen's mouth, to try to pry his spells from him. Vipunen tries to destroy him, but in the end, Väinämöinen's threats persuade him. [Warning - the threats include cannibalism in this small segment.]

Old Väinämöinen puts this into words:
"My ruin could be coming
my day of trouble looming
in this lair of the demon
this inglenook of the grave."

. . . .

Then Vipunen full of tales
put this into words:
"What kind of man may you be
what sort of fellow? I have
eaten a hundred fellows
destroyed a thousand man, but
I don't think I've )
fakename: A glowing Valia hovers over a schoolgirl with sword (awe)
I was surprised to find out that the Wild ARMs series was a low budget one. While, yes, the graphics were never outstanding, the ways the game tried to be ambitious was. Let me try to list some hallmarks that I've seen in the series.

The 'feel' of the games )
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Lutter is a Famicom Disk System game - the Famicom Disk system permitted better music and the ability to have slightly cheaper saving systems for developers. It's also semi-interesting for having a belt for running the drive. Needless to say, used disk systems often need that belt replaced.

Lutter itself is not particularly remarkable as a game, though is it unusual. You see - )
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One person told me once that making a character do what you want in a story is like herding cats. Of course, this mostly is short hand for "the characterization of the character and the situation means that there isn't one simple path or one most interesting path." So, how, without changing the situation strongly or the character, can you herd a cat?

For me, there's a couple of ways. )
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Other "canon in fiction" talking here -

If it's not in canon, why write it?

I was thinking about the language of canon. That's really a terrible way of putting it, but if you're dealing with translated work, your canon ends up with the nuances of the original, and the nuances of the translation. It's impossible for a translation to perfectly show the good and the bad of an original. Some times the differences come down to pedantic little details, and some times the differences completely change the meaning of the work. Technically, you could argue that different versions of a canon show similar issues (so, say, movie canon is not book canon.)

But when you say my canon - )