It's time to announce our theme and logo: It's a tiki party!
A big thank-you to Elyse Maxwell for creating this event logo.
Tiki culture in the United States began in 1933 with the opening of Don's Beachcomber, later changed to Don the Beachcomber, a Polynesian-themed bar and restaurant in Hollywood. [..] Although inspired in part by tiki carvings and mythology, the connection is loose and stylized, being an American form and not a Polynesian fine art form. [Wikipedia]
You've never been more likely to get lei'd at an Icrontic event. [groan]
if you're planning an event or prize, bonus points for tying into the theme.
Hi! I know some Icrontians listen to my podcast, but, like me, they may be podcast-backlogged, so haven't gotten to the most recent one yet. So: Here's a link to the listener survey which would be super helpful if all the listeners would fill out: https://www.surveymonkey.de/r/JM7JBVQ
AND! If you do not already listen to my podcast: now is a good time to jump in. Season 4 just began! Listen to me reading stuff! Here's the promo copy:
Our weekly podcast brings you short-short stories from authors around the world. With a wide mix of stories, both literary and genre, tragic and comedic, deeply-thought and light-hearted, there are stories for everyone, and each episode is less than ten minutes. Find Manawaker Studio's Flash Fiction Podcast where ever you find your podcasts.
This is the easiest bread ever. Here's the famous, original recipe:
But there's a billion other versions out there. The original writer also did a book on the bread.
The basics of the recipe boil down to this:
3 cups of flour
3/4 tsp instant yeast
2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups water
Combine dry ingredients.
Will form a shaggy, wet dough.
Cover dough, then let it sit for roughly 8-24 hours. Dough will rise and form bubbles.
Heat oven to 450 degrees. Stick dutch oven/ some sort of covered casserole dish into oven to get hot.
Cover hands/surface with flour. Turn dough over once or twice. Cover again and let sit for another half hour.
Once the half hour has passed/ the oven is hot, cover your hands in flour again, form the dough into a ball (if possible) and drop into the hot dish in the oven. Can cut slits in the top if you fancy.
Cook for 30 minutes with the lid on, then 15 minutes with the lid off.
Carefully remove from oven and when possible, tip the bread out. If it's done, will sound hollow when the bottom is tapped.
The neat thing about this recipe? You'll see a billion versions of it because it's super super forgiving. Less instant yeast? Sure! Oops, too much water? No problem!
You can also add more stuff to this. I've done:
Chocolate bread-- added 2 tbsps sugar, maybe a tbsp cocoa powder, and a cup of chocolate chips.
Wheat-- two cups wheat flour, one cup white flour, then I also threw in some chia seeds, sunflower seeds. etc.
Cheese-- I usually do a cup of shredded cheese, and then dial back the salt content. Also ends up needing more water. I think next time I'm gonna amp up the cheese, actually.
Cinnamon-- added 2 tbsps sugar, 1 tbsp cinnamon, and a cup of cinnamon chips. WAS CANDY BREAD.
Note: You can also use the instant pot to speed up the rising process! But I have only tried it with chocolate bread, which I do NOT recommend-- the heat melted the chocolate chips. Oops. Very very wet dough, made a very flat, dense bread. But you could probably do that with a normal white bread or a wheat bread no problem.
Show me your sexy bread pics!!
Detroit's annual Marche du Nain Rouge is Sunday, March 24 and thus our annual spring fellowship event will be that weekend as well. As usual, it will be in Detroit at our community headquarters (ICHQ). The official dates are March 21-24.
This discussion is for:
Many Icrontians muster on Sunday around noon and walk (a little under a mile) over for the Nain Rouge parade in Midtown, dressed in silly costumes. When in doubt, just wear something red. Others stay back at the house for afternoon boardgaming. It's up to you!
I did a full ketogenic program last Feb to May.
I lost 51.3 pounds during that time frame.!
After that, I kept to it on and off.
I gained about 14 pounds since then. I've jumped back on a full keto program again since Jan 2, and have already lost 5 pounds.
My next goal is 200 to 210 by my birthday in June.
Our 16th annual gaming event in Detroit will be June 26-29.
Tickets will be on sale May 1-31. They will be priced on a flexible scale again, with a suggested price around $100. Extras and addons will be pro-rated like last year.
Got a request for an event, or something you'd like to run? Get in contact with Linc or primesuspect by the end of February (do it now!).
What are your favorite holiday food and beverages?
I recently discovered hot eggnog + buttershots (butterscotch schnapps) as my new go-to cup of holiday cheer. Without alcohol, I think hot eggnog with a healthy dash of cinnamon would be my jam.
There's an old Lancaster County bakery called Achenbach's that has some of the world's best pastries, no joke. Their long johns used to be a fairly regular treat, but since I don't get to my parents' house as much any more it's become more of a holiday tradition to get a huge order to tide us thru the week (especially Christmas Day - it's the "before presents" snack of choice).
You're probably saying "WTF Digi!? It's not even 2019 yet. What's with the Expo 2019 thread already?"
Well a couple things have lead to this:
A. We are limited to a single special trade per day in Pokemon Go. This includes any trade that includes a Pokedex entry for either party and any Legendary or Shiny whether the receiving player has that Pokedex entry or not.
B. There is an event in the coming weeks that will award double candy for transferred Pokemon. These are rare and it is unlikely to happen again before June. I have too many legendary Pokemon that I would happily turn in for 2 candy but would also be happy to hold on to them for a trade in June. This ended back in December, 2018.
C. Trades are cheaper the higher the friendship level is between the trainers making the trade. Being Great or Best friends would be ideal, Best being the cheapest. It takes 90 days of friend interaction to get to best friends meaning at latest, some point in March 2019 will be the last point when two trainers could start the process and be Best friends by Epic.
So what I would like to do is plan out my (and others can do the same here) special trades for the 5-6 days that I will be there.
For Example @CrazyJoe has indicated he has been picking up some Carnivine to trade. Because I do not have one, I would like to trade Joe for one, but this will be a special trade so I want to focus on being Best friends with Joe by Epic and having a day where both of us will be there set aside for us to trade. I also need to know what he wants for it so I can earmark it.
Here is my Haves/Wants - Don't worry too much about my Wants. If you have something on there, Awesome! Let me know. You DO NOT have to give me something on the Wants for the Haves. Let me know what you want from my Haves so we can work out a trade. I save most of this stuff in hopes I can help someone out with their Pokedex/Raid Teams/Battle Teams, not looking to profit off them.
If there is something you are looking for, throw it out here. You never know what trainer might have a spare of exactly what you are looking for.
Here are the regionals. Take a look and see what you might be able to catch.
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