The VVitch: Kind of a mess. The elements are there for a powerful, claustrophobic story about a family disintegrating under the pressures of patriarchal religious hysteria, but it never comes together. Some real standout performances, beautiful cinematography and costuming, and a nicely textured (if at times overly manipulative) score, but the film missteps by both playing up period stereotypes of witchcraft and using it as a metaphor for female empowerment, which doesn't really work.

Is it weird to organise your spice rack by brand? (Asking for a friend.)

(I mean, we also wanted to move off of that physical hardware because it's more than a decade old, but laziness was definitely a large factor in how I planned this deployment.)

Ansible has spoiled me. It was less effort to set up a new custom SMTP service in AWS than it would have been to rebuild our MTA software in our legacy environment and update one server.

After exhaustive testing, I've determined that I am composed of 93% bad jokes, 6% really bad jokes, and 1% Foucauldian discourse analysis.

food Show more

"Cook until caramelized, but without allowing them to brown."

I've got some news about what caramelization is that you're not going to like, friendo.

I have more perfume than I'm likely to ever need, but every time a new Halloween collection drops my wallet springs open of its own accord.

Well, darn it all to heck. Our directory allows some Unicode characters, but when I tried to add πŸ’©πŸ’©πŸ’©πŸ’©πŸ’©πŸ’©πŸ’©πŸ’© as an alias it didn't go through.

I'm tempted to ignore the things I should be working on and implement RFC 6531 instead, since it would bring me great personal satisfaction to own an email address containing emoji.

Ocean's Eight is worth watching just for Cate Blanchett's outfits.

I crafted a πŸ”₯ Facebook comment and no one reacted: a horror story for our modern times.

Watching Youtube videos about ZX Spectrum hacks > sleep

I'm not ready to render a final verdict, but the initial impressions of pumpkin spice beets is not incredibly positive.

Shocking no one.

I've made an experimental beet pie filling with pumpkin pie spices. I'm not sure if this is a good idea, but it's certainly an idea.

racism Show more

I generally enjoy Bec McMaster's paranormal novels, but several have featured an unfortunate pattern where the hero is a member of a minority the heroine despises, but rather than truly challenging her prejudice it's resolved by the hero being special and different from the rest, and rejecting his heritage. Neither "what these people need is to be saved by the love of a good woman" nor "he's one of the good ones" is comfortable framing of racial issues, even when justified in-setting.

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