glass_icarus: (uraboku: ickle!hotsuma)
1. KALEIDOSCOPE SIGN-UPS ARE OPEN! *\o/* &hearts &Team Darkness; Extra extra heartspam for [personal profile] troisroyaumes for coding the sign-up form.

2. Potluck! As you may have noticed Potluck #3 did not go up as planned, but we are going to relaunch! [personal profile] yifu has a poll re: timeline-planning here, please take it if you are thinking about submitting. &hearts
glass_icarus: (janelle)
1/ ... so, as those of you following [community profile] dark_agenda may have noticed, Kaleidoscope is gonna start rolling soon! *\o/* Our policies and procedures and answers to FAQs are now up and finalized, and the nominations form will open tonight at 9pm Pacific time (currently GMT-7).

1.5/ We've also got a few new promo posts! If you have recs or suggestions for Latin American or Caribbean sources, sources featuring disabled characters, or First Nations sources, please hop over and drop them in the comments! Also, don't forget to check out the older promo posts for African sources, sources featuring GLBTQI characters, and suggestions from the "Rec me!" comment meme. As always, corrections, comments, and concerns are welcome. &hearts

2/ Finally, a quick reminder that the deadline for submissions for Potluck #3 is August 31st (optional theme: fruits)! If you'd like to participate, please do drop your links at the post.

o/

Jul. 7th, 2011 05:47 pm
glass_icarus: (trek: i can do that!)
» [personal profile] yifu kindly agreed to host Potluck #3, which is now open for submissions! The theme is fruits and the deadline is August 31.

» In other news, I have been eaten by work and training and socializing and basically keeping on top of ALL THE THINGS- which has once again left me behind on internet obligations. ><;;; However! Weekend is upcoming, I will be catching up very soon. I don't expect I'll be around these parts very much beyond those for... er, a while, so: &hearts!
glass_icarus: (potluck 2)
» Potluck #2: Comfort Food is up! I do apologize for my disorganized state; I dropped the ball in terms of wider promotions, & I will make sure I have things more together for next time. *shakes fists* In the meantime, we are still looking for volunteers to host the next issue, so please do poke me/[personal profile] yiduiqie if you're interested!

» [personal profile] marina's posted chewy meta and links to X-Men: First Class reviews! :3

» Have posted this elsewhere, but Amina, who blogs at A Gay Girl in Damascus, is currently missing. I can't help but notice who is questioning her existence, how quickly and easily the lives of POC & LGBTQ people in general, but particularly outside of Europe & the United States, are dismissed as fictional, how acknowledgment requires a sufficient body of proof. How ironic that we are called imaginary when the western world can hardly imagine us.

» Via twitter/tumblr, “A darkness was ripped from my eyes”, or, How can anyone like Mary Oliver’s “Singapore”? SIGH, SADFACE, FROWNYFACE. I really like other stuff of hers that I've encountered, but that poem...!

» & finally, thanks to everybody who commented on my rice-love post! It made my life about 1000% better, you should all go and check out the threads because DELICIOUS COMMENTS ARE DELICIOUS. AND WARM. &hearts (Though perhaps it is best to avoid it until you've eaten, ahaha!)
glass_icarus: (saving face: wil bowl)
1. We can almost map out our family history with food. Some of the first memories I have of Taiwan are of sitting at my 外婆's kitchen table, eating 絲瓜 and 番薯 and pan-fried fish, sharing cans of shu pao in front of the living room fans to cool down, and how it was so different to eat the same things in my ama's house in 鳳山 with my dad's family. My dad will reminisce at night about 宵夜 with ama, my mom still drools over the 牛肉麵 she used to eat with her college friends, my sister adores 鹹魚茄子煲 (which I think she first had with our cousin), I still remember the time I woke in the night at my 三姨媽's house and stumbled into the kitchen to find her and 二舅母 in front of the fridge with a just-opened box of creampuffs.

2. When I got sick when I was little, my mom used to stir glasses of Sprite until the carbonation disappeared and give me a couple of slightly crumbled Saltines at a time whenever I woke feverish and nauseous. If I could keep those down, I could have 稀飯 with a little bit of salt the next morning, or- if I was feeling even better than that- with 魚鬆. This led to some perplexity when my non-Asian school friends told me about BRAT diets years later, and also some relief; I have never been particularly fond of applesauce, though I'll eat it.

3. An incomplete list of things I've developed cravings for over the years: 玉米 (so NOT the same as stateside corn), 芭樂, 蓮霧, 蚵仔煎, 烏魚子 (which I didn't like at first, and can still only take about two slices of at a time). Those cravings can't be completely fulfilled even by going back to Taiwan, simply because three of my grandparents are no longer there to share them with.

4. Living in Manhattan during and after undergrad was a great way to expand my culinary horizons, but it also made me recognize just how integral food is to my concept of home. I didn't actually move very far, and I've had countless amazing food adventures with friends (late-night Chicken & Rice treks, bo ssam at Momofuku, Picnic Garden in Flushing, brunch at Popover Cafe, and my former roommate R's quest for the best sushi in Manhattan, just to name a few), but sometimes what I wanted the most was my mom's haphazard noodle soups or experimental casseroles thrown together from a random assortment of things in the fridge.

5. I've realized that I don't so much rely on specific foods for comfort as I do on cooking and eating with specific groups of people. 火鍋 with my immediate family is different from 火鍋 with my relatives in Taiwan is different from hotpot with all the different permutations of my "usual suspects," friends from ballroom/undergrad. Dim sum with my "American grandma" is different from dim sum with my Chinese family friends (where there's never any explanation involved but the check-grabbing fights remain the same). Making far too much frosting with R- and burning my fingers on his molten chocolate cupcakes- for a birthday party we threw for a friend was different from my current adventures in baking, now that I'm living alone. These days it's not that the easiest cake ever is fast becoming a comfort food for me; it's comforting to make it even when I'm the only person eating it because I know I share that experience with so many of you.
glass_icarus: (angel/katie)
1. Announcing Dark Agenda's Kaleidoscope Fanwork Exchange- the sekrit project of Team Darkness is now unveiled and open for feedback! SO EXCITED OMG.

2. We are now exactly one week into the two-week extension for Potluck #2: Comfort Food! As always, signal-boosts are appreciated, and remember- if you've seen a post that you think fits our parameters, you can always suggest that the writer submit it at the link. ;)
glass_icarus: (potluck 1)
The deadline for Potluck #2 has been extended to May 31! You can drop submissions at the link. Hopefully this gives more people the opportunity to participate! All signal-boosting is appreciated. :3

Other nice things: [personal profile] littlebutfierce's 3w4dw love meme! Thank you for my thread, as;dlkfj. I will spam you guys when I have recovered sufficient brain to string words together &hearts

([personal profile] azuire, I will get to your picspam! As soon as I manage to actually... remember my camera, orz.)
glass_icarus: (potluck 2)
Since my Arrival post is still in-progress, have some fandom babble!

1. Remix is live, as is Remix Madness! [community profile] dark_agenda has a list of chromatic Remix stories; please hop over and check them out if you're interested. As always, corrections and additions are welcome! :3 (Please note that we haven't collated the Remix Madness stories yet, though.)

Somebody chose to rework one of my old Good Omens stories; just (or not quite) like (girl afraid remix) is adorable and made me laugh so much, and just. &PEPPER;;;;;;; I miss this fandom kind of a lot right now! Maybe it's time to revisit it.

I haven't had the chance to do much reading yet... or, well, let me say rather that I haven't had time to compile links to my favorites yet. I will get to that, hopefully soon but definitely eventually. >.>

2. It is now May (already! wtf!), which means that the deadline for Potluck is just under two weeks away! You can submit links here or at the DW crosspost. Also, [personal profile] yiduiqie and I are still looking for hosts for future editions, so if you are interested, please get in touch with us!
glass_icarus: (saving face: wil train)
+ [personal profile] yiduiqie's put up a DW crosspost for Potluck #2 submissions.

+ The 5th annual NYC Asian American Student Conference is coming up this weekend! and it's free!

+ Also, since I forgot to mention it when people were talking about AO3's subscription function, I am (predictably) [archiveofourown.org profile] glass_icarus. *g* It's fairly up to date, really; I just haven't written anything in a while.

+ I need to work on Remix. Anybody else need to talk through some things? >.>

+ I've been slacking on poetry month posts. Have a piece of delicious:

Delenda Undone

And so we’ve all been told to shutup (Don’t talk, they say,
too fast, too loud, or for too long. Don’t take too much time
trying to tell the truth
). But this is my work,
to break out —in the presence of strangers— into laughter,
to watch small children, for example, fill with the lucky gust
a poem can ride into the near stillness of a room
and dance. For that, I am always, as now, grateful.

My father tells me, in his seminary days,
during the Japanese occupation,
most of the priests who ran that school were German.
The boys, then, were to speak only in Latin,
and would surely be slapped three Sundays back
if heard speaking the language of my father’s country,
which is a beautiful country and a beautiful language,
and which has a curious word for being
so suddenly seized by affection, you clench
every muscle from your eyelids to your toes
for wanting to hold a loved one tight, to squeeze one
and kiss one so deep, you place yourself and your beloved
on the brink of physical harm. There’s no word for this
in English, no word for those small provinces of silence
or for the kind of love that will trouble that silence
into music. My work is trying to find the very word
rippling in my body, which is a woman’s body,
my mother’s, and a man’s body, my father’s,
and nowhere to be found in the languages
that have conquered the lands of my ancestors.

On the outskirts of every empire, there are man-made
lakes large enough to receive with ease
one hundred villages’ worth of bones tossed into them.
This is a fact: there are more than seven million Ilocanos
in the Philippines, maybe a million in diaspora. All of us,
at one time or another, have been told to shutup, don’t talk
too loud, too slow, or for too long, in Saudi
Arabia, in Madrid, in Tokyo, in Milan, on Bowery
near the foot of 1st Street. We’ve been told this. Some of us
have been famous liars, Ferdinand for example
(who married another liar, Imelda), and my grandfather,
kapitan of the barrio, who claimed to kick the shit
bare-fisted and single-handedly out of fourteen ruffians
in the small barangay of Santo Tomás. Actually,
he kicked the shit out of five – nine ran away. These are not
lies. This is the truth. I’m not wealthy. I can’t buy
space and time on billboards or websites. The name I inherit
doesn’t part columns in the city’s Daily Journal.
My family comes from a long line of farmers.
My cousins scrub their chopping blocks with salt.
They shush the goats before they kill them.

-- Patrick Rosal
glass_icarus: (potluck 1)
[personal profile] yiduiqie and I are happy to announce that Potluck #2 is open for submissions! The optional theme for this round is comfort food, and the deadline is May 15th. Check out the post for further details! :)

Also, we are looking for future hosts, so if you are interested, please get in touch with either or both of us.

Potluck #1

Jan. 25th, 2011 03:15 pm
glass_icarus: (mango man)
Welcome to the first edition of Potluck!

A note on the carnival: Potluck was inspired by a round of internet conversations about food, shame, and culture/ethnicity, including but not limited to [personal profile] deepad's Doodh se Dhuli, [personal profile] vi's gross, weird, inedible, and [personal profile] troisroyaumes's Seven things. It is intended to be a carnival for multicultural and intersectional discussions of food, including but not limited to food discussions intersecting with disability, gender, sexuality, fat, animal rights, and cultural and racial issues. This is not to say that we have or will cover all of these intersections in a single carnival; Potluck is simply a room in which we can talk about them- or so [personal profile] yiduiqie and I hope!

Since we are sort of in the middle of a stretch of fall/winter celebrations, the theme for this edition was holidays: )

I have also included several non-thematic posts: )

This concludes the first edition of Potluck. Thank you so much to everyone who participated! We would love to hear your feedback, and suggestions for future themes and volunteers for future hosts are very much welcome. [personal profile] yiduiqie will be hosting the next edition of Potluck, so keep an eye out for the announcement post!

foooooood!

Jan. 21st, 2011 07:59 pm
glass_icarus: (junjou: akihiko hiroki [JR artbook])
The deadline for submissions for Potluck is today!! I am extending a ~24 hour grace period, though, as I'll be compiling over the weekend.

-- also, my kitchen smells like this cake! Or rather my modified version: I used lemon and orange zest, just because; almond extract instead of vanilla because I failed to find vanilla while rummaging in the cupboards; and I cut down the sugar to somewhere between 1/4 and 1/2 cups on the grounds that I wanted to stir in some honey and/or blueberry syrup instead! Except that- story of my life- my blueberry syrup was half-frozen in the fridge, and my honey was partly crystallized, so I threw up my hands and said fuck it and dumped my shit-ton of blueberries on top. And now I am trying to figure out how to decide when it's done, since I used a tiny oven and lowered the heat so as not to burn it and there are so many blueberries that everywhere I poke a toothpick in, all I get is juice!
glass_icarus: (ofelia)
Just another reminder: the deadline for Potluck is this Friday, 1/21!
Potluck is intended to be a carnival for multicultural and intersectional discussions of food. There are no real limits on theme; however, the focus of the carnival is on thoughts and experiences around food through various topics that you might see around the social justice blogosphere, including but not limited to food discussions intersecting with disability, gender, sexuality, fat, animal rights and of course cultural and racial issues. We welcome you to share your recipes as well as your thoughts and experiences, but we ask that you do not submit posts with recipes only. Submissions can be in any format you choose- essays, personal anecdotes, art, comics, etc.- so long as they meet the previous requirements.

Submissions post is here.

In other news, I finally joined goodreads! Please feel free to direct me to yours. :3
glass_icarus: (avatar: appa's five stomachs)
I look at my calendar and suddenly it's mid-January already, what.

You know what this means? January 21, aka the submissions deadline for the first edition of Potluck, is just ten days away!

Potluck is intended to be a carnival for multicultural and intersectional discussions of food. There are no real limits on theme; however, the focus of the carnival is on thoughts and experiences around food through various topics that you might see around the social justice blogosphere, including but not limited to food discussions intersecting with disability, gender, sexuality, fat, animal rights and of course cultural and racial issues. We welcome you to share your recipes as well as your thoughts and experiences, but we ask that you do not submit posts with recipes only. Submissions can be in any format you choose- essays, personal anecdotes, art, comics, etc.- so long as they meet the previous requirements.

The theme for the first edition, which I will be hosting here, is holidays. Submissions can range from those holidays you might be celebrating approximately nowish, such as Christmas, Lunar New Year, and Hannukah, or recently celebrated, like Eid al-Adha, or any other holidays you observe throughout the year.


You can submit links at this post, or drop me a line at glass_icarus AT dreamwidth DOT org.
glass_icarus: (saving face: wil bowl)
Thanks to several posts (including but not limited to [personal profile] deepad's Doodh se Dhuli, [personal profile] vi's gross, weird, inedible, and [personal profile] troisroyaumes's Seven things), [personal profile] yiduiqie and I were inspired to start an ongoing food carnival! We are happy to announce a call for submissions for the first Potluck, as well as suggestions for themes and volunteers for future hosts.

Potluck is intended to be a carnival for multicultural and intersectional discussions of food. There are no real limits on theme; however, the focus of the carnival is on thoughts and experiences around food through various topics that you might see around the social justice blogosphere, including but not limited to food discussions intersecting with disability, gender, sexuality, fat, animal rights and of course cultural and racial issues. We welcome you to share your recipes as well as your thoughts and experiences, but we ask that you do not submit posts with recipes only. eta; Submissions can be in any format you choose- essays, personal anecdotes, art, comics, etc.- so long as they meet the previous requirements./eta

The theme for the first edition, which I will be hosting here, is holidays. Submissions can range from those holidays you might be celebrating approximately nowish, such as Christmas, Lunar New Year, and Hannukah, or recently celebrated, like Eid al-Adha, or any other holidays you observe throughout the year. You can leave submissions in the comments of this post, or drop me a line at glass_icarus AT dreamwidth DOT org.

Please feel free to submit links to your own posts or to someone else's. You may submit multiple links. Links will be included at the discretion of the host. This carnival is not DW/LJ specific; we welcome anyone to participate from other blogging platforms. The deadline for submissions for the first edition of Potluck is JANUARY 21, 2011.

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