Bechdel test rating movies

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Because I’d never heard about this before and now that I have I cannot stop applying it whenever I am confronted with a movie preview: The Bechdel test:

To get an A rating, a movie must pass the so-called Bechdel test, which means it must have at least two named female characters who talk to each other about something other than a man.

And of course, a reminder:

“There are far too many films that pass the Bechdel test that don’t help at all in making society more equal or better, and lots of films that don’t pass the test but are fantastic at those things,” said Swedish film critic Hynek Pallas.

via Swedish cinemas take aim at gender bias with Bechdel test rating | World news | theguardian.com.

As an advertizement strategy, it’s pretty awesome.  At first, I’d say that it shouldn’t be put in a position to shut out movies that don’t fit, though, it couldn’t do worse than any current rating system.

Recipe – more things on toast

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eggtomatopoachI mentioned before about making things on toast for dinner.  The distraction of looking for a house meant I only made two such meals before the mold came.  Obviously, it’s been a while since that happened; I’ve been keeping this post in my drafts while buying, packing and moving.  Yes.  I have a house!  And pretty soon, this blog will be replete with fix-its and design finishes…once I have a computer set up at home.

Anyway, back to the food.  My husband and I love the taste of this meal, but I hate to cook it since simmering tomato sauce is so messy.  If you are game, I suggest you try it:  poached eggs in tomato sauce on toast.  Here, with a side of steamed and buttered mustard greens.

I don’t really have a recipe for this.  Just fill a pot with enough tomato sauce to poach the eggs.  Add whatever seasoning you want.  Drop eggs in simmering sauce and keep simmering until they are as hard as you like them.  Ladle them on to toast and voila, you have a decadent tasting dinner.

Your email privacy

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I am the kind of person who organizes the emails they want to keep into folders and saves them indefinitely.  It’s nice to be able to search back through them when I’ve forgotten something.  Are you that kind of person too?

If you are, I bet you’ve been functioning, as I have, with the delusion that this was a safe place to put your emails.  That emails, like the post, are protected from data harvesting and warrantless snooping.  The reality is that there are a lot of holes to email privacy.  EFF explains:   Deep Dive: Updating the Electronic Communications Privacy Act | Electronic Frontier Foundation.

The Secret is Murder – posting on Tumblr

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Yup, Levi Levi is on hiatus, but the Levi Levi mini comic ‘The Secret is Murder’ is posting on Tumblr RIGHT NOW.  What?  You say you’ve never heard/red/seen it before?  That’s ’cause it’s never been on the internets.  Only a few very special people with paper in their hands know The Secret is Murder!

Check out the first posting:  The first of my bonus Levi Levi story from… | ALL ABOUT LEVI LEVI.

Dinner time

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rarebitI recently came across the blog Table Matters and it got me thinking about old timey meals like those in my copy of Fanny Farmer’s cookbook, and meals that may be common place elsewhere but not where I live.

Then we got this bread that was REALLY awesome and decided that we would have to have some meals on toast.  This is the first:  my take on Welsh Rarebit, beef and goat cheese gravy sauce with some cheddar sprinkles and a side of cabbage slaw.  It looks kind of blah, but it was awesome!

Ingredients:  beef stock from stewing beef earlier in the week, goat cheese, a little flour (for thickening) and parsley all in the pot for the gravy, and toasted bread to put it on.  Ingredients for the slaw:  chopped cabbage, mayonnaise, lemon juice, salt, pepper, mustard.

floor plans

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Image (50)I am enamored of floor plans.  I don’t gaze wistfully or draw them all the time, but I have amassed a collection of imaginary houses and whenever we are planning a move one of the first things I do is draw a plan of the new place.

So I got to thinking, Why shouldn’t my characters have floor plans? That is, why not combine a couple of passions and flesh out the world I’m writing in/about.

This here is the first.  Levi Levi’s apartment and office.  He thought about staging his desk in the front room, but decided he didn’t really like when people sat across from him there.  He’s not the neatest person, but he doesn’t collect much stuff, so his place always looks spare.