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San Francisco, California, USA
Self-employed as a writer/publisher/game designer, I am the author of two books, Discardia: More Life, Less Stuff and The Art of the Shim: Low-Alcohol Cocktails to Keep You Level. I hold degrees in History and Library Science, and am currently developing Kabalor, an inclusive indie game of storytelling and collaborative spellcasting.
Interests: Sharing information and liking things.
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After a sojourn in the lands of cocktail writing, unexpectedly learning about estate management through a death in my family, and a couple years of having my life completely upended by a rare disease diagnosis, I'm returning to steady work... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2019 at Discardia
My big Quality Over Quantity theme this year (besides not over-scheduling myself, which is a big part of my health management) has been pruning and adjusting my wardrobe. My clothes need to reflect who I am now, feel good on... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2019 at Discardia
Aww, thanks, Lindsey! :)
Toggle Commented Jun 23, 2019 on 12 days of small positive changes at Discardia
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Happy Discardia! Where is the friction that most directly impacted your life over the past month? Turn your attention for the next 12 days to improving things in that area. Just one common example: Bad or insufficient sleep? Take a... Continue reading
Posted Jun 21, 2019 at Discardia
Yay! Be well.
Toggle Commented Feb 20, 2019 on Be kind with yourself this week at Discardia
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State Offices Governor: Gavin Newsom He’s been working well with Jerry Brown and is ideally positioned to carry on that work. The Governor of California is an internationally significant role—5th largest economy in the world—and Newsom can take the heat.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 25, 2018 at MetaGrrrl
Avoid clothes that are too tight or itch. Eat foods that leave you feeling good, not turbulent inside. Surround yourself with silence or soft, pleasant sounds whenever possible. Create room around yourself to raise hunched shoulders, to breathe deep. Let... Continue reading
Posted Sep 27, 2018 at Discardia
Hooray! That is fabulous to hear, MarCat! I will be thinking happy thoughts of your great self-care as you continue with work on many fronts!
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Don't mistake the work of carrying anxiety in your body for progress on what you're worrying about. Real, positive change doesn't require stress. Sometimes it comes along with it, but it's not mandatory & certainly not helpful. Worry without the... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2018 at Discardia
This is a primary election, meaning for the races I’ve marked with an asterisk below we’re choosing candidates to decide between in November. California has an open primary, meaning we choose among all the options (regardless of party affiliation) and... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2018 at MetaGrrrl
Hi Fiona! Thanks for visiting. The trusted system I use, which I still recommend, is OmniFocus: but the most important thing is that you find the combination of habits and tools that work best for you. I offer guidance on that in my book (link at upper right). You might also be interested in the talk linked in the post above because as important as it is to get things captured into your trusted system, it's also important to know that capturing the idea doesn't mean you've made an unbreakable pledge to do that thing. Clearing your mind isn't necessarily the same thing as making your to-do list. ;)
Toggle Commented Mar 18, 2018 on Beware the Auto-Loading To-Do List at Discardia
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After receiving an alarming medical diagnosis mid-month in January*, I've been very actively using computer games to help manage my situation. This autoimmune disease manifests itself in scores of itchy bumps. The initial treatment is prednisone, the main side effects... Continue reading
Posted Feb 11, 2018 at MetaGrrrl
The greatest impact on the character of this city in the decades to come is going to be who can live here. Getting our housing and affordability crisis under control is essential to keeping San Francisco a community which reflects... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at MetaGrrrl
These are from the slides I inherited from my great-grandparents, Reed Walker Sr. and Adena Zippora Nordberg Walker, of Beverly Hills, CA. Reed was the main photographer in their artistic pairing (Adena painted and did fine ceramics), so I'm guessing... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2018 at MetaGrrrl
I'm just starting to get acquainted with the latest version, but the release of Scrivener 3.0 reminds me to give an update here. Definitely still a great tool which I love and highly recommend. I use it for non-fiction, at... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2017 at MetaGrrrl
Though this and last year have had 'not getting to do what I'd planned to do' as their main theme, I have not given up my intention of moving this site to new software. My goal is to integrate all... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2017 at MetaGrrrl
Here's a nice ad (whoever posted it says it's from 1969) for that Pindapoy juice:
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Worth noting: 1966. Kardahi, Mario. Tratado Práctico de Coctelería Pastelería y Afines. Buenos Aires: Editorial Escorpio. page 78 "Principales Recetas de Enzo Antonetti Sin Alcohol PALOMITA En coctelera de metal viértanse sobre hielo en trozos: Bátase bien y sírvase en copa flauta. 50 grs. de naranja Pindapoy. 30 " de pulpa de fruitilla. 30 " de crema de leche." Other recipes in the book call for "de pomelo Pindapoy"—that is, Pindapoy brand grapefruit juice—so despite the name similarity, this is an orange juice mocktail. There are other drinks in the book calling for jugo de pomelo (most of them with the Pindapoy brand specified) but none of them bear any resemblance to the drink we know as the Paloma.
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In October of 2016 I wrote a brief history of the Paloma, among the 50+ for the Elemental Cocktails app (which is still free!). Here's what I found: - I agree that the Wikipedia Evan Harrison stuff is bogus. - I have a lot of cocktail books both physical and digital and while I don't have specific notes about what I checked, my procedure in writing these short histories was to check the books first. My notes go quickly into grapefruit soda history research, so I think that was a negative. (Just took a quick keyword search again and no Paloma or grapefruit mention in 1905 Bebidas Americanas Refrescos y Licores from Spain, 1909 GASPARO Guia Practica del Cantinero from Mexico, 1915-Manual-del-Cantinero-by-John-Escalante from Cuba, 1933 JOSA Cocktelera Universal from Spain, or 1964 AMBA Manual del Bar from Argentina. 1937 Cocktails Bar La Florida from Cuba does have gin, sloe gin, and rum drinks with "grape fruit". (Ditto 1939 Floridita Cocktails.) - From my research it appears Squirt was established in 1938 in the US and introduced to Mexico in the 1950s. - I spoke with Jarritos and learned that Jarritos Taronja was introduced in 1960. - David Wondrich said his earliest references to the Paloma by name are from 1998-1999; the combo of tequila, lime & Squirt from the 1970s. He said, "From what I can see, Squirt was introduced to Mexico in the 1950s. Probably mixed with tequila from 1950s +1 day." My conclusion is that once grapefruit soda was available it was used as a mixer just as cola is in the Batanga. (Meehan's book was not out then and I'm grateful to him for getting the statement from Don Javier on his not being the creator of the Paloma.) Note that Lola Beltran's “Cucurrucucu Paloma” was a big hit in 1965.
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Baffled but grateful is better than thwarted! :)
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category: tweets This is a good human. I hope he heals well and quickly. — Dinah Sanders (@MetaGrrrl) February 24, 2017 Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at MetaGrrrl
category: tweets So glad I use @1Password, which makes this kind of hassle not so horrid. Time-consuming, sure, but not the worst. — Dinah Sanders (@MetaGrrrl) February 24, 2017 Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2017 at MetaGrrrl
category: tweets Got one more call in, to Dept. of Justice 202-514-2000, to let them know I support protections for transgender youth. — Dinah Sanders (@MetaGrrrl) February 22, 2017 Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2017 at MetaGrrrl
category: tweets Also thanked @SenFeinstein for fighting for reproductive rights & against assault weapons, & @SenKamalaHarris re: fighting for immigrants. — Dinah Sanders (@MetaGrrrl) February 22, 2017 Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2017 at MetaGrrrl
category: tweets ... opposing anti-semitism & white supremacy in the White House (get Bannon out!); & push back against the Mar-a-lago waste of our $$$. — Dinah Sanders (@MetaGrrrl) February 22, 2017 Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2017 at MetaGrrrl