i had breakfast at 3pm today.
i woke up at like 1pm
this is why i don’t go out a lot.
(it was a lot of fun and it’s not even like im hungover but like i had a ton of shit to do today and now i am gonna be up all night bc my sleep is all whacked up.)
(im bad at being 22)
I was editing someone’s essay and they literally gave a statistic and said, “That’s a big number” afterwards… There was so much wrong with her essay I couldn’t wrap my mind around the fact that it was written by a university student.
THIS IS LITERALLY SO BEAUTIFUL TO ME
Are you even serious?
I hate it when I see shit like that.
One girl sent out a survey for a campaign for a class she was in - and didn’t verify the survey questions before, so they were completely incoherent and wouldn’t lead to any results - questions ignored multiple potential answers, and did not give “other” options or allow you to skip…when I sent her an email stating the flaws in it, she sent me a catty letter back.
Like, wow, when your data is hella skewed that’s all on you girl whatchoo gone do when you present with flawed data?
(Fail. The professor does not let that shit slide.)
A couple of days after I read Pretty Deadly #3, I woke up with the foreign yet insistent impulse to make something inspired by the comic. Something about the world of Pretty Deadly — richly imagined and painstakingly revealed — grabbed my subconscious imagination and refused to let go.
Alas, I do not draw, nor sew, nor have any proficiency in any of the other traditional fan arts. Mercifully, my subconscious realized these limitations and gifted me with the idea to utilize one of my few legitimate creative outlets: Brewing beer.
And so my Big Alice Black Fire Chili Stout was born.
As a character, Big Alice is seemingly full of qualities that I thought could translate well into a beer. She’s a big, bold, larger-than-life presence — a stand-out in a world full of them.
I knew it needed to be a stout, because the beer needed to be dark and big and strong. (Alice wouldn’t have it any other way). Coming in at 8.7% ABV, it’s a tad smaller than I might have liked, but it’s definitely still a beer that requires respect when drinking.
I chose an American-style stout, because I wanted it to be on the drier side of the stout spectrum. (Seems to me Alice wouldn’t hold with an overly sweet beer bearing her name).
For the hop profile, I wanted to use an American hop with predominantly earthy/spicy qualities. (Alice appears to be many things, but it’s pretty clear “earthy” is among them). I chose to use Willamette hops, which have the earthy quality I was looking for, but also an underlying floral presence which didn’t seem out entirely out of place of Alice’s character. I used a bit more hops than is typical for a stout of this kind, in an effort to add an element of surprise to the beer. (Alice is nothing if not full of surprises).
Finally, I knew I wanted it to have a kick worthy of the kick-ass nature of its namesake. Hence the chilis. I added habaneros to the wort towards the end of the boil to bring the heat, and then dry peppered with roasted poblanos to bring the flavor.
After bottling it, I decided to kill some time waiting for it to carb up by designing a label, which is something I try to do for most of my home brews. (Seriously, if you’re a home brewer and you’ve never made a label, try it just once. It’s such a kick to see your creation all gussied up). I think it looks pretty spiffy. (Hope the creators don’t mind me using the image from the book, but it didn’t really work without it).
It’s had two weeks in the bottle, and I’ve got to say that even as green as it still is, it’s pretty damn tasty and I’m pleased as hell at this first effort. It should be fan-freakin’-tastic after six to eight weeks in the bottle. All in all, it’s been a really fun process that I’ll likely try again in the future. (I have a Bones Bunny recipe rattling around in my head that I think may be my next effort…)
Cannot express how awesome I think this is.
this is awesome and sounds delicous
things I want to see:
- tattooed young Hera who redefines what it means to be feminine (ex: x )
- Apollo enjoying counterculture modern music that isn’t what your grandaddy listens to because the god of music loves all music
- Hermes dropping the internet connection of late-night bloggers when he thinks they need to get more sleep
- Aphrodite at the forefront of modern fashion, not just for mainstream fashion but all types of beauty
- Apollo keeping tabs on the mental health of all his followers because mental illness is illness too
- Hera rejecting political campaigns and bringing together queer couples because the goddess of marriage knows better than some old congressman what marriage is
- Zeus traveling the world enjoying the various diversity of his world under culturally-appropriate disguises in each country, stopping to perform quiet blessings to people who deserve it and yet who never know who that strange older man was who helped them or gave them exactly the sort of wise guidance they needed
- Ares annoying Apollo by constantly demanding updates on the wellbeing of his injured veterans and wanting to know what Apollo plans to do about their combat-related injuries and mental illnesses
- Ares whispering in the ears of anti-war protesters to keep world governments from using nuclear weapons
- Ares deflecting bullets in a firefight to protect police officers chasing a gunman and casually pushing criminals’ vehicles off the road in car chases before they can hurt any innocents
- Athena on the ground in the Middle East, following around military scouts and diverting attacks before they even notice them
- Hermes disguised as a male nurse, quietly walking between beds in terminal care facilities, easing pain in everyone he passes by
- Hades patiently explaining the whole “yes, I’m that Hades” “yes, this is that underworld” “no, no one’s going to torture you with fire” thing to every single person who enters his realm and never getting frustrated no matter how many times the Christians ask him about hell
- Poseidon getting a drink in the local bars in small coastal towns because he likes to listen to the tall tales the fishermen tell as they come in from their crab boats
- Hephaestus gleefully inventing new creations because smithing is so much more interesting with modern technology
- Demeter convincing Zeus to sabotage the political lobbying of big agricultural corporations to protect her beloved small-time farmers
- Hestia strolling through the suburbs calming down family arguments in the neighborhoods she visits
- Artemis taking her responsibility for the wellbeing of young ladies seriously and invisibly sitting next to every heartbroken teenage girl crying her eyes out over some lost highschool love
- Dionysus impersonating bartenders and demanding patrons’ car keys when they’ve had too much
- Gods that aren’t stuck in the ancient past
Aphrodite walking in every Slutwalk in every city with signs that say NO ONE ASKS FOR IT.
Aphrodite patiently counseling the wives of sailors, incognito as that sweet girl at the grocery store.
Hephaistos crouched over a microchip, creating new technologies in instants.
Hermes as the guy behind you in line who covers your latte for you because you can’t find your wallet.
Aphrodite listening to the desperate pleas of domestic abuse victims and bringing suffering and torment to their abusers, working in women’s shelters, as a rape crisis counselor, helping to heal those who are hurt because they thought this was love, teaching them that that wasn’t love.
Demeter lobbying for paid maternal leave because you deserve time off after you’ve given birth to life.
Hera supporting working moms. Zeus making sure stay-at-home dads take proper care of the house.
Hermes as the guy at every funeral, even for people who have no one there for them.
Ares and Aphrodite reuniting soldiers and their significant others and sharing a moment when they lock eyes in the airport.
Hermes as the guy at every funeral, even for people who have no one there for them.
IT GOT EVEN MORE PERFECT.
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you’re in luck! you don’t even need bootlegs thanks to the lovely company at shakespeare’s globe. their shows are all staged in more or less the early modern style, but it just adds to the fantastic aesthetic. if it’s post-2000 stage productions you’re after, i highly recommend them all.
if you use torrents, then here are links to the following productions of shakespeare’s plays at the globe (there might be more dvds available but these were all i could find):
all’s well that ends well (comedy)
as you like it (comedy)
love’s labours lost (comedy)
much ado about nothing (comedy)
merry wives of windsor (comedy)
twelfth night (comedy)
taming of the shrew (comedy)
and this is a production of doctor faustus put on by the globe. it’s marlowe, not shakespeare, but a fantastic play and if you enjoy these productions then you’ll love it just as much.
these are misc stage productions put on by other companies:
julius caesar (history) (royal shakespeare company)
the tempest (tragedy) (stratford theatre)
macbeth (tragedy) (royal shakespeare company)
hamlet (tragedy) (royal shakespeare company)
coriolanus (tragedy) (national theatre live)
much ado about nothing (comedy) (wyndham’s theatre)
speaking of hamlet, some lovely person put together this compilation post a while ago, so there are various productions of hamlet there.
and the duchess of malfi is webster, not shakespeare, but it’s such a fantastic play and he’s another early modern writer. so again, recommended. this production was done at the greenwich theatre.
and i feel like im forgetting some really obvious recent productions, but here’s the collection i devised off the top of my head. as far as movie versions go, if you are interested in those as well, there have been some great productions in the last few years. the hollow crown series (bbc) covered one of the history quartets (richard ii, henry iv part one, henry iv part two, henry v) and i greatly enjoyed all four films (richard ii was my personal fave though). there was also a romeo and juliet movie recently, though they edited a lot of shakespeare’s text so if you’re here for that then i wouldn’t recommend it. in 2011 there was a film version of much ado about nothing which was particularly popular (a joss whedon production with many familiar faces).
there are, of course, countless classics as well. if you’re interested, some of my personal favourite shakespeare movies are richard iii (laurence olivier), much ado about nothing (kenneth branagh), henry v (kenneth branagh), titus (a julie taymor production starring anthony hopkins as titus andronicus - a SUPERB adaptation, unforgettable), romeo and juliet (1968, directed by zeffirelli), hamlet (kenneth branagh - not necessarily a fan of EVERYTHING in this version, but GOD it is a FEAST for the eyes, and when the casting is right it is sooooo right. def worth checking out).
and GOD im sure there are many, many, many more BUT I’VE GONE FOR WAY TOO LONG SO THERE. GO FORTH. if you don’t use torrents, then i recommend a quick google on how to do so. if you can’t, then sorry! but at least you know these copies exist and can look for them elsewhere. and maybe someone else searching for shows can use these.
awwww yessss now i just need links to the tempest and midsummers night dream