Procrastinations r us

Jul. 29th, 2014 09:24 pm
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Me in April: *joins Losers big bang*

Me in May: Yeah, so excited about the thing! *does some stuff*

Me in June: _(:| 」∠)_

Me in early July: I guess I should work on the thing... *does some stuff*

Me in late July: Shit, drafts are due August 4th! *words suddenly appear, wtf*

Guys, I am writing a bloody foreword to the introduction to my bang. Like, IDEK what is happening right now.

Introduction: lady_katana4544

Jul. 29th, 2014 07:26 pm
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I think I've been lurking here long enough that it might be time to say hello.

I am: lady_katana4544 (I can generally be found almost anywhere on under this name unless stated otherwise). I am usually shy with people, so hello.
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The 2014 Sam/Gabriel Big Bang

Jul. 30th, 2014 02:12 am
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Announcing the 2014 Sabriel Big Bang, a fanfic and fanart challenge featuring the relationship between any combination of Sam Winchester and Gabriel of the TV show Supernatural, and/or Jared Padalecki and Richard Speight Jr., the actors who portray them! We're putting a call out to the fandom for writers, artists, and beta readers to make this big bang/mini bang challenge a success!

For those who either can't or don't want to participate as writers or artists, but still want to contribute, we need cheerleaders! Your encouraging words might make the difference for a writer or artist having a difficult moment!

Sign-ups begin August 1st!

Writers | Artists | Beta Readers | Cheerleaders

To the mods: I tried multiple times for several weeks to get in touch with all of you, but without luck. Since the sign-ups are just about to begin, I decided to go ahead and post the announcement so we might gather as many Sam/Gabriel artists and writers as possible.
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This is for all my lovely new and old followers who have made the Cap2 fandom such an amazing experience <3 I meant to do this giveaway when I got 2000 followers but I couldn’t get my shit together soon enough D: Anyway, these prizes are to celebrate my favorite Cap2 characters (minus Sam Wilson bc there is next to nill merch on him >:[ ):


  1. 1st prize: choice of bobblehead, choice of graphic novel or bag
  2. 2nd prize: choice of bobblehead, graphic novel/bag that first prize didn’t pick
  3. 3rd prize: remaining bobblehead


  1. One reblog+like will be counted. Feel free to reblog more to signal boost <3
  2. You do not have to be following me! But if you’re an existing follower, you’ll get a bonus prize!
  3. Your askbox must be open, or opened within 24 hours of the winner being chosen.
  4. No giveaway blogs, please!
  5. Yes, it’s open internationally
  6. This contest will run until 11:59 PM CST, July 20th July 27th.

I think I’ve covered all my bases, but feel free to inbox we with more questions. As always: may the odds be ever in your favor.




i’ll be picking winners tomorrow and shipping the day after that so reblog away my dearies

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I just watched a kid break down in the bookstore because his books for the semester totaled $600 and that’s the american university system in a nutshell

I was on the verge of tears when I got to the cashier so yeah, that’s messed up

Go here and just, don’t waste any more money okay?

While I entirely support following that link, I also suggest going to Abe Books or Book Depository or even eBay to see if there are inexpensive print versions of books you need. I haven’t paid full-price for any of my texts while I’m in school… because that would DOUBLE the cost of school.

I use the ISBN of the require books and search the cheap sites for them.

Good luck out there, guys!

Paging FenrisLorsrai! Come work your resource magic on this post!

I HAVE BEEN SUMMONED. (but I’ll post on my actual bookstore account)

Quick anddirty meta search for books: Addall. it’ll crawl 40+ book sites at once including ABE, ALibris, Amazon, Half in both domestic AND foreign versions.

Meta search #2! which focuses specifically on textbooks. It omits some foreign sites that AddAll includes, BUT it also includes a whole bunch of rentals as well.  Renting is probably the most cost effective method overall.


First determine a few things:

  • Make sure you have the ISBN
  • IF IT IS A BUNDLE: Determine if you need a software key/CD/workbook/lab book or not.  Many times you do not.  Math classes increasingly NEED the software key, but more on that later
  • ASK THE PROFESSOR: If this is not the first edition of the book, can you use a previous edition?  One edition back is generally half the cost of current, two is generally about 1/8th the cost.  Generally you can get away with this if its material that doesn’t change rapidly. Your course on the Civil War, you can probably use two editions back. Your computer programming class on latest greatest language… you probably need newest edition.
  • FOR LITERATURE CLASSES: determine if you book is from before 1929. If it is, its in public domain, you can almost certain get a free copy online.  If they want a SPECIFIC copy for an essay bundled with book, see below.

Now, run your search by ISBN using the two metasearch sites.  Open them in separate tabs.  

gettextbooks shows you WITH the shipping, Addall does NOT show you the shipping.  keep this in mind when you’re comparing.  You’ll see a lot of duplication.  GetTextbooks will also show you SOME variants.

Now that you have those open, open two more tabs.  Run a second search on same two sites using the author and exact title you picked up from search #1.  This will show you all the international editions and weird bundles that don’t exactly match the ISBN of the bookstore

WHAT THE HELL IS AN INTERNATIONAL EDITION: its a paperback version of the US version with an angry notice on the cover saying “NOT FOR SALE OUTSIDE INDONESIA”. Its the same book, but way cheaper.  ignore the angry warning, the US Supreme Court has your back. NO, REALLY. Right of first sale, baby!  ignore the angry warning and you basically have same book, it just isn’t printed with ink made from student tears and unobtanium.

Now filter results based on whether you need any Extra materials or not. 

IF YOU DO NEED THE EXTRA MATERIALS: this is where it gets tricky. an intact bundle is generally the most expensive option or near top end of price curve.  If you NEED the other materials, you may be able to get them cheaper in pieces.  and you can buy mismatched pieces!

Say for example you need a math textbook, but need the software key for the math problem program.  The professor said you can use older book.  Buy a math book that one or more editions back and then buy the software key separately from the SOFTWARE manufacturer.  You’ll find the software keys on booksites all by themselves, but they’re generally way more expensive than buying the key direct from software manufacturer. and no shipping then!

NOW A WORD ON LITERATURE: sometimes profs want you to get a specific edition of something to read a specific essay in the book. You have about 50/50 odds that the essay is in the front of the book. IF IT IS, you may be able to read the essay on Amazon by going to that books page and clicking on the “look inside”.  They generally preview between 10-30 pages of books and that often means its the essay you needed, not the actually BODY of the book.  So you can look up the specific copy of Frankenstein on Amazon, read the essay, then download a free different version from Project Gutenberg.

FOR RECENT NONFICTION, make sure you have an up to date library card for your HOME library and the LOCAL city library where your college is.  Many have digital loans available, where you can check out the ebook for free and popular nonfiction is frequently available that way.

IF YOU CAN GET YOUR BOOKLIST BEFORE GOING TO SCHOOL: shop for the mundane things locally first.  There will be 50 people in CollegeTown looking for that book, you may be the only one in your home town.  supply and demand, if you found it in collegetown, it may be 10X price of your local bookstore.

and check you local library as well!  You may be able to check out some of those books from your local library and take them to school with you and renew them online one or more times, depending on how in demand they are.  There will be NO copies in CollegeTown library because there’s 50 people asking for it.  But your HOME town, you may be able to renew it twice since its low demand. Write on your calender when they’re due or need to be renewed.  Renew them OR tuck the whole pile into a Priority Mail flat rate box and send them home to your folks.  The cost of the priority box to send several library books home is probably way less than what you’d pay for them. (or if its stuff you know you need AFTER a break where you’ll be home, request a hold from school, pick up at home)


You determined you HAVE to buy a book and you’ve narrowed it down to a few choices of source.  Run a search for “coupon + Sitename” what looked like the lowest priced may not if you find a coupon for the 2nd or 3rd lowest priced option. Gettextbook will generate some automatically, but you may be able to find even better ones.

So make yourself some food, get a beverage, put on some tunes and compare prices!

and if you’re reached point of wanting to curl up in a ball and die, you can send us an ask with the ISBN for your book and answers to questions aobe (extra materials, previous edition, etc) and we’ll send you back an note with a link to the cheapest one we can find.  I do this for a living, send an ask and I’ll get it done usually within about 12 hours.


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EA is giving The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection away FOR FREE on Origin until July 31st!

The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection includes all 18 expansion/stuff packs (??!!!) so the full list of content is:

The Sims 2 base game;

Expansions: University, Nightlife, Open for Business, Pets, Seasons, Bon Voyage, Freetime, Apartment Life

Stuff Packs: Happy Holiday Pack, Family Fun Stuff, Glamour Life Stuff, Happy Holiday Stuff, Celebration! Stuff, H&M Fashion Stuff, Teen Style Stuff, Kitchen and Bath Interior Design Stuff, IKEA Home Stuff, Mansion and Garden Stuff

FOR FREE. FOR ACTUALLY FREE. *___________* I never really got to play The Sims 2 because the combination of Old Sad Laptop and Running Any Tasks was never a happy one but NOW I CAN \o/ And so can you! All you need is an Origin account (which is free). When you open Origin, go to Redeem Product Code from the file menu and enter I-LOVE-THE-SIMS. And you’re done! SIMMING FOREVER!

EA has two help articles about The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection downloads and installation here and here. Happy simming!

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DEAR GOD IT’S A PEN. IT’S A FOUNTAIN PEN THAT LOOKS LIKE A SQUID. Why do such things exist if they can never be mine??? The closest I’m likely to get to a fountain pen that looks like a squid is the Pilot Pluminix.

(From here; photos from here.)

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“I came out to earn a living wage and I’m honestly feeling so attacked right now””

- but actually, Millennials (via theseerasures)
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"To you it looks emotionally straining, but I don’t get emotionally drained, because I don’t invest any of my real emotions. I don’t take any of my characters’ pain home with me, I don’t even take it to craft services. I’ve never been through anything that my characters have been through. And I can’t go around looking for roles that are exactly like my life. So I just use my imagination. If it ever came down to the point where, to make a part better, I had to lose a little bit of my sanity, I wouldn’t do it. I would just do comedies.”

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All Your Tomorrows Start Here (2682 words) by umadoshi
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Newsflesh Trilogy - Mira Grant
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Georgia Mason/Shaun Mason
Characters: Georgia Mason, Shaun Mason
Additional Tags: Canon Disabled Character, Adopted Sibling Incest, POV First Person, Pre-Canon, Community: smallfandomfest

George is no more immortal than I am, and she probably figured that out even younger than I did. The pair of us hit puberty fully aware we were gonna die someday, and confused as all hell by the way people around us acted like they could live forever if they just played it safe enough. But then again, there was no way we could've hung onto that ignorance ourselves. Being raised by people who got lost in grief over their dead six-year-old and never found themselves enough to love you strips away all of your innocence sooner rather than later.

Phillip died young. People died all the time. One of those days, death was going to come for us, too--probably literally, since we live in a world where it's up and walking around.

It took longer to grasp that we might not die together.

Set seven years before Feed.

You can also read the fic under the cut )

Snapshot 2014: Tsana Dolichva

Jul. 30th, 2014 09:00 am
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Originally from Melbourne, Tsana Dolichva is currently travelling the world under the guise of doing a PhD in astrophysics. When not writing she is probably reading, or at a stretch, studying the particulars of dying stars. She also enjoys trying to convince people to respect the laws of physics in their science fiction, at least a little bit. She has previously had short stories published in a handful of venues including Aurealis and Antipodean SF.

Her book review blog can be found at

1. You’ve been an active and prolific reviewer on your blog, Tsana Reads and Reviews, including taking part in many challenges to read and review Australian books, and have recently been nominated for a Ditmar award for said work.  You are also a writer.  Some people feel that writers should not also be active in reviewing. Do you ever feel as though your writing and current and future plans for publication conflicts with your reviewing? Do you feel that more writers should be reviewing?
I think a lot of the controversy comes from worries about authenticity and potential antagonism. If a writer is friends with the author of the book they’re reviewing, for example, will they write an honest review if they don’t like it? Is a fledgeling writer worried about criticising a Big Name writer in their review? But I think we’re all grown ups and should be capable of writing critical reviews without being rude, or, on the flip side, dealing with negative reviews of our work without having a breakdown on Twitter. I understand some of the hesitancy around the matter, but I don’t think that should be a reason for writers not to review, if that’s what they want to do.
I also try to only read books I think I’ll like, but of course that doesn’t always work. It’s tempting, when you think you’ll probably never meet a particular author (like if they’re not Australian), to be a bit more scathing, especially if they’ve been sexist or haven’t got their science right. But you never know when you might find yourself on a WorldCon panel with one of them… *eyes draft LonCon programme*
The other thing I’ve found is that reviewing is good for making connections with other people in the community. You never know when that might come in handy down the road.

2. What inspired you to begin publishing your reviews?  Has your vision for what you want to accomplish with your reviewing work changed from then until now, and if so, how?

It all started with the Australian Women Writers Challenge (in 2012) and not a whole lot of forethought. I joined the challenge because it seemed like a good idea at the time; I liked reading books by Australian women and I’d never really tried reviewing much before, so why not. I posted the first few reviews just on my general Tumblr (between pictures of cats) before setting up a dedicated blog (still on Tumblr, I later moved to Blogger  because it’s nicer, but all my posts get mirrored on the Tumblr). It kind of snowballed from there. I realised that I’d been a bit isolated from people to talk books to and blogging about them was a good alternate outlet.
So I started with no plan other than the Australian Women Writers Challenge (which, since last year, I’ve become a curator for). When I stopped to think about it, I realised that since I didn’t have the brain space to write much, reading a lot and thinking about what I’m reading was actually a good use of my time. I’ve also intentionally exposed myself to different kinds of writing — horror, Australian-authored science fiction, short stories which I hadn’t read many of since running out of Asimov books in my teens — all of which can only be useful to me down the track. I don’t see myself remaining a reviewer forever, but it’s definitely something I’m going to keep doing for now. And while I’m doing it, I might as well make the most of it. Of course the aspect of promoting little-known books that I like is not something I’ll ever stop doing.

3. Do you have any current writing projects you’d like to share something about?  Do you have any plans for your future as a writer?

At the moment my writing is taking a bit of a back seat, not because of the blogging but because I’m currently doing a PhD. Turns out, that takes up a lot of brain space and I just can’t hold enough story points in my head to make any significant progress on a novel. Both a novel and my research take up too much brain-RAM for me to be able to easily switch between them, especially because astrophysics and fiction-writing have almost no overlap, except maybe slightly in the worldbuilding, since I write SF. I’ve still been working on short stories, but not as much as I’d like.
As well as some random short stories, I’ve been working on a few stories set in the same universe as the novels I have sitting around in various stages of (in)completion. The idea is to explore the characters’ early lives and some less visible aspects of worldbuilding. My most recently published story, “Transit of Hadley” in Aurealis #67 is actually set in that universe, but hundreds of years earlier in than the novels.
One day I’d like to get a novel or two into a publishable state, but I’m not sure when that will be. In the meantime, it’s a good opportunity to work on my short stories.

4. What Australian works have you loved recently?

In reverse order of reading them: I really loved The Year of Ancient Ghosts by Kim Wilkins, which is a collection of really excellent novellas; The Children of the Black Sun trilogy by Jo Spurrier, starting with Winter Be My Shield and recently concluding with North Star Guide Me Home, a complex and fascinating fantasy series; Glenda Larke’s The Lascar’s Dagger, the beginning of a new fantasy series partially set in the spice islands, a part of the world that doesn’t often have a counterpart in fantasy books; and, a bit out of left field, Carrier by Vanessa Garden, a short YA novel set in the post-apocalyptic Australian desert.

5. Have recent changes in the publishing industry influenced the way you work? What do you think you will be publishing/writing/reading in five years from now?

They’ve had some influence on my shifting to reading mostly ebooks. On the other hand, moving two continents away and travelling a lot played a bigger role. I’m happy reading ebooks and books from small presses. I’ve also enjoyed the self-published books I’ve read, although discovery is a bit tricker on that front. In terms of my own work, there’s a certain amount of satisfaction in having a paper book you can display on your shelf and/or hit people with. In some senses, traditional publishing has been flagging in recent years and it’s hard to say in what form it will exist down the line. I don’t think we’ll be saying good-bye to large publishing houses within five years, however. When I eventually do have a novel to shop around, there will be some serious thinking about the best path to take.


SnaphotLogo2014This interview was conducted as part of the 2014 Snapshot of Australian Speculative Fiction. We’ll be blogging interviews from 28 July to 10 August and archiving them at SF Signal. You can read interviews at: Tsana Dolichva, Nick Evans, Stephanie Gunn, Kathryn Linge, Elanor Matton-Johnson, David McDonald, Helen Merrick, Jason Nahrung, Ben Payne, Alex Pierce, Tansy Rayner Roberts, Helen Stubbs, Katharine Stubbs, Tehani Wessely and Sean Wright.

Mirrored from Stephanie Gunn.

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Jul. 29th, 2014 08:58 pm
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At work we have a variety of reference collections. Minerals, auto paint, rope, wood, explosives, glass, things like that.

We also have a glitter reference collection. Glitter. Organized nicely like baseball cards in a binder in little ziplock pouches. Glitter. How is this even?

The July Home Screen

Jul. 30th, 2014 12:00 am
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Posted by Eric Ravenscraft

The July Home Screen

There's always something to be said for simplicity. That's certainly the case with this home screen design. This one features a small overview of your day's events alongside the current date and time, and a few notification badges to let you know how many emails or missed calls you need to tend to.


rocksalt_recs :(

Jul. 29th, 2014 05:21 pm
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After a really great two years, it looks like [ profile] rocksalt_recs is closing down. I am so sad. I haven't used it a ton in the last six months or so, but it's been such a great resource for the SPN fannish community, and I've enjoyed reccing things there.

It sounds like there might be a possibility of it staying open if they found new mods to run it, so if that sounds like something you'd like to participate in, here's your chance.

some things

Jul. 29th, 2014 05:23 pm
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* All right, I said I like The World Ends with You, but I hadn't expected to play the first 5-8 hours of the game thrice in quick succession: first on the little-used Nexus 7 tablet, then on my phone when I realized that the smaller screen abets combat motions, and now on a warranty-covered phone replacement after the front-facing camera had a mechanical failure.

TWEWY keeps one saved game per Android device, not per account, even though it wants one's Google account credential for tracking MPP, one of the ways that pins evolve within the game. On the plus side, one may gain MPP by "mingling" with one's other device if one has two devices that use the same OS, without buying the game more than once; on the minus side, I was doing pretty well in saved game #2. Bah. (In the original Nintendo DS version, mingling could be done with a second DS that didn't run the game. The Android port---and the iOS one as well, I assume---is less forgiving, though at least not cutthroat about it; that is, at least they didn't turn it into a microtransaction opportunity despite having added a few microtransaction items to the ported version. A few pins may be had only via patient accumulation of MPP.)

* Scheduling earthquake retrofit work---reinforcement of the crawlspace walls, bolting the floor's underside to various things---while Reason's preschool has its two-week intersession: not ideal in retrospect for a child who still prefers and needs to nap for 1.5-2 hours almost daily.

* PD the biologist and farmer (and many other things) has inspected my non-producing zucchini plant pair. We're not sure why some of its leaves are yellow, but the surmise that something was neatly pinching off flowers/nascent veg before I could have any seems correct; moving it to the former carrot space in the raised planter box has yielded four new flowers within two days, though day one had it keeling over from insufficient water. The box also has much looser soil. Tradeoff: I'll have to water it almost daily now because the box dries out (and runs off) much faster than the ground. Since persuading vegetables to come forth in droughtland is an exercise mostly for Reason's benefit, not a supplement to our weekly consumption, I'm not keen on daily visitation---but "for Reason's benefit" encompasses the idea of not giving up merely because it's a bit more work. It's not even more water. Bah. (Rigging an irrigation drip: not yet.)
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For Ruffalo’s expression. Which is that of a man who, confronted with Hemsworth’s guns, sees the twin barrels of age and genetics pointed straight at him and chooses to laugh.


Jul. 29th, 2014 07:54 pm
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There are valid reasons for why Marvel swapped out Janet Van Dyne and Hank Pym for Natasha Romanova and Clint Barton as founding members of the Avengers in the MCU. Especially for where Marvel's collective head was back in 2008-2011, when they weren't even sure there would be an Avengers to form. It required far less CGI (and thus less money), it fit better with the MCU conceit of the Avengers being a SHIELD-sponsored paramilitary unit instead of Team Treehouse living on Tony Stark's dime, it avoided tipping the team too far into Science Geeks Plus Cap territory, Black Widow and Hawkeye had more currency, etc. These may not be the best reasons, the only reasons, or insurmountable reasons, but they're valid reasons.

But Marvel is going to have to come up with perfect reasons to justify apparently fridging Janet in 2014 to give Hank a tragic past and Scott Lang an age-appropriate love interest.

They had options here, far more than they did in 2008 when this was all a pipe dream or in 2011 when they punched their golden ticket with The Avengers. The MCU has expanded greatly, both on Earth with Agents of SHIELD and out into space with Guardians of the Galaxy and there is plenty of room to fit Janet in. Janet's tiny, she fits everywhere.

Except, apparently, in the MCU as a living woman.

instead of Janet, we get her younger, hotter daughter )

Long weekend in Montreal

Jul. 29th, 2014 04:13 pm
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I'm just back from spending a few days in Montreal with [ profile] rysmiel. We had a good time, mostly in a quiet sort of way: rysmiel was feeling low-energy if not actually unwell, but I think we worked with that reasonably well. (It helped that the only specific plan we had was lunch with [personal profile] anne/[ profile] txanne. The three of us had crepes, after which rysmiel and I walked Anne to a comic shop (because she wanted some specific French-language comics), and then went to Juliet et Chocolat because I concluded that yes, I did have room for dessert. We got there, glanced at the menu, and I was reminded of how much I'd liked the brownie with a balsamic reduction. So I got that again, and it was very good.

Also, one night we sent out for a pizza; rysmiel asked not-very-hopefully how I felt about fresh tuna on pizza, and my reaction was "I've never tried that, let's get it." I liked it, and it goes well with mushrooms, but I'm not convinced the meatballs added anything in terms of flavor. (This is one of the standard toppings at Pizza Pizza, if you're interested.) A less cheerful food note is that the patisserie nearest rysmiel's home has closed, so I didn't get croissants or other pastries this trip. (Next visit, if it's not deep winter, I will make more of an effort; this time, I decided to spare my knee the extra walking and stairs involved in buying some at Marche Atwater on my way to the airport yesterday.

Also, while it's a long trip to Montreal from here, Air Canada inadvertently put that in perspective with an announcement as my flight was landing in Vancouver "for those of you who are continuing on to Sydney…" and then my cab driver mentioned that when he goes home to visit his family, that's 22 hours' flight, because he's from India. (I had a short hop from Vancouver to Sea-tac: window seat in a Dash-8 on a gorgeous evening for flying.)
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Posted by Patrick Allan

Use an Empty Wine or Liquor Bottle as a Rolling Pin

If you're like me and rarely take the time to bake anything, a rolling pin is probably not something you have in your kitchen. In the event the baking bug bites, you can use an empty glass bottle in a pinch to roll out your dough.



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