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alias_sqbr: Asterix-like magnifying glass over Perth, Western Australia (australia 2)
So after vaguely noticing the rise of Ubereats I decided to investigate the options for food delivery in Perth again, and lo! They have improved enough that there are now options I can eat available in my area!

The sites I have found and how they looked for my fairly central suburb:

  • Menulog Moderate range, what I ended up using.
  • Eatnow Similar to Menulog, but website was a little less helpful regarding opening times.
  • Ubereats Largest range. But part of Uber and thus evil.
  • Deliveroo Significantly worse range than all the others.


I ended up picking Taiwanese Cafe which has a nice range of food I can eat as well as some stuff Cameron likes. And Taiwanese desserts!! I LOVE TAIWANESE DESSERTS and have had trouble finding anywhere easy to get them. The food was overall pretty good: the red bean and pearls dessert wasn't the best I've had but still satisfying, the popcorn chicken was super tasty, the teriyaki chicken bento perfectly nice, and the egg pancake a little greasy but ok. The only genuinely mediocre dish was the spring rolls.

The menulog ordering process was very painless, and the delivery guy had my number for when he got lost (our set of units has a very confusing numbering system) You're in trouble if you want ingredient lists etc, but that's true of most delivery.

EDIT for my own use since menulog has no favourites system (*plain rice available)

Untried:


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alias_sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
So I am finally getting around to fixing the NINETY OR SO broken images on my AO3 account. (THANKS PHOTOBUCKET) I settled on Nickpic as a new image host, rather arbitrarily. I've been getting random inconsistent upload errors so I'm not sure I'd rec them, they better not cause me to have to upload everything again.

To make it all feel less like yak shaving(*) I decided to go through from the start and fix up all my old works, since there's a growing list of minor issues like broken formatting I've been meaning to poke at. I am currently one and a half pages in, of nine (eg at about 30 works of 180 /o\)

It's interesting going through everything in chronological order. Right now I'm at April 2010 and past!me still hasn't learned how to format dialogue, but has sort of gotten the hang of chins. Figuring out how long legs are is still a ways in the future. (THEY'RE SO LONG)

A lot of this stuff is not relevant to modern fannish interests (and also...not very good) but I'm going to intermittently post old stuff to tumblr if I think people might enjoy it. I'm still pretty happy with Mafdet Slayer of Serpents, a Stargate comic I did about a Gu'ald cat. Though it's definitely from my pre-understanding-chins period.

(*)A software term I learned from Cam, referring to a large, frustrating and ultimately pointless task. It's easier to spell than sisyphean :)
alias_sqbr: "Creative genius" with an arrow pointing to a sketch of me (genius!)
A while ago I wrote this post about predicting food fads, then didn't get around to posting it. In the meantime [tumblr.com profile] yiduiqie posted links to two different new "Asian food is the new Western food" fads that bear no resemblance to my predictions whatsoever. I am thus posting this now before I look even sillier :)

So! I sometimes ponder what foods will become the new shiny food in Australia next.
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alias_sqbr: the symbol pi on a pretty background (Default)
Neural Network/Deep Learning/Style Transfer art is this sort of thing.

This is mostly for my own reference when I next feel up to poking at the problem some more.

Unfortunately, this stuff is still fairly cutting edge, and all the documentation assumes you're an AI researcher running Linux. I'm sure there'll be simple to use graphics programs aimed at artists eventually, but for now the only things along those lines are websites and apps, which lack the flexibility I want.
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Perspective is hard, and redrawing the same design from different angles is frustrating.
*attempts to learn perspective*
*gives up and learns 3D modelling instead*

These 3D renders are great for perspective and different angles but they're not very pretty.
*attempts to learn digital painting*
*gives up and uses neural networks to process the renders*

These neural networks make everything pretty but it's a pain uploading the render, and I worry the site/app might disappear.
*tries digital painting again*
*gives up and learns how to run and train my own neural networks*

I mean I haven't actually installed the neural network yet, because that would require getting out of bed and installing things on the Windows machine, which I'm not awake enough for today. But it looks like fun :D

EDIT: I am going to be installing packages until I die.
alias_sqbr: Asterix-like magnifying glass over Perth, Western Australia (australia 2)
Prime Video Now available in Australia with a free 7 day trial!

A different 'Amazon Prime' site that seems to list the same stuff if you want to check it out without signing up

I signed up, poked through the fairly limited database, could only find one thing I really liked the look of (American Gods), watched a bit, got bored, and cancelled the trial. So, not a ringing endorsement from me. But hey, it was free and filled some time.

(People outside Australia may not understand how exciting it is to have streaming tv here at all. Thanks for the tip [personal profile] lilysea)
alias_sqbr: (happy dragon)
Remix Revival 2017 A fanart/fanfic remix exchange with signups closing on the 30th. I think this is the first panfandom remix exchange allowing both, I'm pretty excited!

[community profile] drawesome A fanart community that has had some fun prompts

Let's Make Games and Drink Responsibly: A gathering for people in the local games community, it was a lot of fun and I had some really interesting and inspiring conversations. Cam came along and it was perfect for him, as someone who is really interested in discussing and making games but isn't working on anything right now. Also Scott Ludlum was there! (I was too shy to talk to him but he said he was happy to be among friends, which was nice to see) It's apparently going to be monthly, best way to follow it right now is probably the Let's Make Games Facebook group.

Discord!

Jul. 12th, 2017 09:27 pm
alias_sqbr: And yet all I can think is this will make for a great dreamwidth entry. (dreamwidth)
The irc-like chat program Discord is the new shiny fannish social media. One advantage over irc is that it shows all messages posted, not just the ones you're there for, which makes for a better ongoing conversation. The advantage over tumblr etc is the ability to have private-ish, moderated, communal conversations. The advantage over message boards and mailing lists is that it's new and shiny.

I quite like it but it can be tricky finding servers (eg chat rooms) relevant to my interests. Currently I'm only a member of public ones, so I can share the links freely. Here are all the ones I know about.
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alias_sqbr: Me on a couch asleep with a cat sitting on my lap top, with the caption out of spoons error (spoons)
Mostly for my own future reference. I'm making this public in case other people find it useful, but if you don't have a colonoscopy coming up you will probably find it TMI and boring.
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alias_sqbr: Darkwing Duck (dw!)
Tagged by [personal profile] anghraine. I am amused that the format make it seem like the meme is self consciously stuttering.
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alias_sqbr: A stick figure doing cartwheels saying "Yay" (yay!)
Still working from home as a software engineer, but for an Aussie company this time.
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Want to get it it into the world before Season 3 decisively josses it (or, more implausibly, confirms it, and makes me look brilliant) The first draft of this was written post season 1's cliffhanger but ended up working much better for season 2's.

Fandom: Voltron Legendary Defender
Rating: T for violence?
Pairings: Shiro/Allura(/Keith??), Hagar/Zarkon, weird implied Shiro/Hagar sort of
Content: Sort of mpreg-ish, trans issues, body horror, PTSD, death, unreality

The weird little bit I did end up writing )
Summary and worldbuilding )

SO YES. I ran out of momentum for writing the fic, and it would be hard to avoid unfortunate implications if I ever did. But I wanted to get what I have out into the world before Season 3 comes out.

If you are reading this and feel inspired by any of it knock yourself out. Give me some credit if you use a big chunk of them, but don't feel obliged to stick to my plan, such as it is.
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[twitter.com profile] warpwind asked me on twitter on behalf of asinglestarwar and it was easier to compile them here. Extra recs very much appreciated!
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*waves*

May. 30th, 2017 11:44 pm
alias_sqbr: Hannelore: Worry hat! Bravery plus 10, charisma plus 5 (worry hat)
Am still feeling depressed, but getting by. My apologies to the multiple people who subscribed to me recently, you all seem very cool but unfortunately my brain's response to "do I want to see the kinds of posts this person makes on my reading list?" was "Who knows who cares EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE" which was not very helpful.

I have recently made this zuchinni slice minus cheese and oil plus extra egg and some savoury flavours (garlic oil, msg, pepper, salt) a few times using the very convenient zucchini spaghetti from WA Fresh and it is great, though removing most of the fat makes it a trifle rubbery and in need of extra toasting. Going to try it minus bacon next because I don't like eating pork if I can help it.

Though as much as WA Fresh has a nice variety of produce, as I discovered last night they are lacking one very important staple: a "cancel order" button. I had to make a panicked email at 10pm after accidentally ordering twice, it all turned out ok but was rather more stress than I like.
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[tumblr.com profile] hoidn has been posting lots of cute Niles/Daphne gif sets on tumblr and it reminded me how much I enjoyed Frasier but found it frustrating that I was stuck with whatever episodes I happened to catch on tv. So I decided to watch it in order! Not all 220 episodes or whatever just the ones that sound good/shippy. And then Cam was inspired to maybe do the same, so I'm going to write up the episodes as I watch them to help him decide what to watch himself (unless he just watches them all, he is more of a completionist than me)

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So, to the extent my opinion on a show explicitly about the Black American experience matters: I liked it!

Here's a review I read by an Actual Black American which criticises it for being designed to make white allies feel good about ourselves. Even I noticed it was way too easy on the Nice White Dude and looking back I guess I assumed an implicit criticism of him that was never actually said, and may have been entirely in my head.
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