Making Haitian Hot chocolate ☕️ 😄 🌴🇭🇹#haiti #hot #chocolate #haitian

* 1 haitian cocoa ball/stick
* 3 to 4 cups of water (or more depending on how consistent you want your hot chocolate to be)
* 1 can of 12 oz evaporated milk (preferable Carnation milk). You can also add some coconut milk if you want.
* Sugar to taste
* 1 pinch of salt
* 2 to 3 Star Anise
* 1 tsp of vanilla essence
* 1 cinnamon stick
1. In a pot, boil your water  with the star Anise and cinnamon stick
2. Add your cocoa ball. Cover your pot and let it boil for about 15 mns or until the ball has completely dissolved in your water.
3. Turn off your fire. Use a strainer to strain your semi homogeneous mix.
4. Turn your fire back on at a low temperature. Bring back your fluid into the pot.
5. Add your milk, sugar, vanilla essence and pinch of salt
6. Boil for 15 more  minutes. Make sure you don’t cover the pot while doing so because your milk might rise and make a mess of your oven.
7. Enjoy with some good Haitian bread and butter. (That’s the traditional way to have it!)

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Every Other Rom-Com Ever

Female Lead: I am an uptight workaholic, and am neurotic to the point of damaging my personal relationships. [trips and tells implausible lies] But I’m also clumsy and awkward so it’s okay.

Best Friend: I am a quirky free spirit who inexplicably enjoys your company. I’m sassy, laid-back, and somehow always right.

Quirky Parents: We’re benignly embarrassing! And also somehow always right.

Female Lead: I’m lonely, but I still have The Plan. That’ll make me happy, right?

Best Friend: [rolls eyes] The Plan can’t keep you warm at night, if you know what I mean.

Quirky Parents: You can’t spend your life with The Plan. [Insert adorkable old people moment]


Male Lead: [enters, probably awkwardly] Hello, I am a charming asshole whose assholery hides a sensitive heart.


Male Lead: Fuck The Plan. Stop being so uptight. Stop caring so much about things I don’t care about.

Female Lead: But I have dreams! Aspirations that have nothing to do with you!

Male Lead: [follows her around] Me, tho.

Female Lead: [relents] Perhaps you are correct.

[They are happy for 5 minutes, in which he is overbearing and she is uncomfortable cool with it.]

[Insert The Event. Maybe she lied to him. Maybe she prioritized her career and life goals over her sort-of-boyfriend. Maybe *gasp* AN EASILY EXPLAINABLE MISUNDERSTANDING. He shames her for what she’s done and storms off.]

Female Lead: I was wrong. But it’s too late to apologize for some reason.

Best Friend OR Quirky Parents: You should apologize.

Female Lead: But it’s too late for some reason! Also The Plan! Perhaps we were never meant to be.

Best Friend OR Quirky Parents: Fuck The Plan. This guy you’ve known for like a week eclipses everything else. Go to him.

Female Lead: You’re right! [leaves friend’s wedding/important meeting/family reunion/etc. Goes to him with big gesture. Trips, because she’s still clumsy and awkward.] I’M SORRY FOR NOT MAKING YOU TOP PRIORITY IN MY LIFE, MAN I’M ONLY KIND OF DATING.

Male Lead: I’m sorry I shamed you for having a life plan that doesn’t revolve around romance/sex, but this scene still implies I was right to do so.

Female Lead: Fuck The Plan.

[They kiss]

Female Lead: [narrating] Thus I learned that romantic love is more important than any other kind of love, or financial stability, or dreams you’ve had for literally decades. And I am better for it now. The End.


iwantcupcakes’ Iron Man random junk giveaway

In brief– I’m a huge RDJ fan who consequently started acquiring Iron Man-related things because Downey. I’m moving and am getting rid of some things that I don’t want, so my loss is your gain.

All of these are new or unused, even those without the original tags/packaging.

  • Stark Industries snap-back baseball cap (not the New Era/59fifty one)
  • Stark French Roast single-serve coffee cups (1 box = 10 cups)
  • Captain America: Civil War - Cap 11″ x 16″ character poster
  • The Avengers eagle gray stereo headphones
  • Iron Man flashlight
  • Iron Man 3 puzzle pen
  • Iron Man pez dispenser
  • Iron Man M&M dispenser
  • Iron Man auto decal sticker
  • Iron Man Pop Spinners lollipop
  • Iron Man single pair knee-high socks
  • Iron Man circular rubber keychain
  • Iron Man plush bedroom slippers
  • Iron Man iPhone lightning cable
  • Iron Man cord scaler by Neca
  • Iron Man helmet/head plush
  • Avengers: Assemble bounce ball
  • Avengers: Assemble Hulk Easter Egg
  • Avengers: Age of Ultron plastic bucket
  • Marvel Legends Iron Man Mark 43 figure
  • Hasbro Iron Man Mark 43 toy
  • Hasbro Hulk and Hulkbuster figures (removed from packaging)
  • Pop Secret popcorn individual packets, Civil War promo (4)
  • Iron Man candy dispenser audio (the tag came off so IDK how this works)
  • EXTRAS:  Gotham lanyard (2), Groot button, Think Geek’s “Geek and Proud” button

Items as pictured above. The Cap poster is in the cardboard tube at the top of the 2nd pic and looks like this).  In order to enter–  

  1. Reblog this post.
  2. Ideally must be 18 or older.

Please, I really don’t want folks to click the “follow” button just because I’m giving away free shit.  Following me is absolutely NOT REQUIRED to enter (admittedly it’d be kinda neat if you are).

(If you love RDJ, it might not be a bad idea to follow me or at least rdjnews.) 

Winner will be chosen on 6/26/2016 randomly by myself and I’ll check the winner’s blog.*** Winner must provide mailing address ASAP via message/email so the package is shipped on 6/28 before I leave town.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

All is full of love (video version)
  • All is full of love (video version)
  • Bjork
  • Homogenic

You’ll be given love
You’ll be taken care of
You’ll be given love
You have to trust it

Maybe not from the sources
You have poured yours
Maybe not from the directions
You are staring at

Twist your head around
It’s all around you
All is full of love
All around you

All is full of love
You just ain’t receiving
All is full of love
Your phone is off the hook
All is full of love
Your doors are all shut
All is full of love


“It’s not about adding diversity for the sake of diversity, it’s about subtracting homogeneity for the sake of realism.”Mary Robinette Kowal

Sorry for all this, but since I’ve been blocked I can’t actually directly respond.

It’s great that you think that A became Asexual from Ally when AVEN forced the issue, but… AVEN formed in iike, what, 2000?

I can personally remember A being Asexual in the 90s, before that event.

My partner remembers it from the 80s, and points out that sometimes there were two As (Asexual and Ally) and sometimes two Qs (Queer and Questioning).

I know Marsha P. Johnson and Silvia Rivera were influential in the late 60s and early 70s, but they did not start the community.  They were organizers IN the community that already existed.  And they were in NYC.  The communities in the midwest and California were not entirely identical back in the before times.  Hell, the lesbians and the gays couldn’t always be in the same room with one another and stay polite.

The internet has homogenized this stuff some, but back in the 80s and 90s things weren’t quite as consistent as they have become.

The ‘X’ that Kinsey discussed were absolutely part of the existing queer community, even if they weren’t calling themselves ‘ace’.  Same people.

I can’t remember citations, but I’m pretty sure if you go dig up some of good old Magnus Hirschfeld work that you’ll find that pre-WWII queer community in Berlin (ie, the San Francisco of Europe at the time) included discussions of people we would recognize as Asexual.

History is long and complicated.  It’s a great story that Aces and Aros are cishet and straight and not part of the community, but it’s a story. It’s revisionist history.  It disagrees with my lived experience (I’m old).

The thing that really cheeses me off about this whole conversation is that back in the 80s and 90s you had this exact conversation, except it was about the ‘B’ or the ‘T’.  Not the ‘A’.  Now, the people making these kinds of exclusionary statements are excluding the ‘A’ from the LGBT.  And they use the same kinds of arguments.  B people are either straight (and therefore not part of the community) or confused gay people (in which case they were fine).  T people aren’t ‘really’ women, so they don’t belong in lesbian spaces.  Really they’re just gay men who like dressing up or they’re straight men who don’t belong in the community because they’re some kind of fetishist.

It’s always about peeling off some of these queer identities and reducing them to the ‘actually gay’ part (who are okay, if strange, and part of the community) and the ‘actually straight’ part (who are our oppressors, and don’t belong and are evil and sneaky and trying to horn in on our community and make us unsafe and doing it for attention).

It’s a conversation that makes us poorer every time we have to go through it. 

Magic in North America Part 1: Ugh.
Yesterday I wrote about the trailer for JK Rowling’s new multi-part background pieces on Pottermore, entitled “Magic in North America.” You should read the post here if you need c…

J.K. Rowling has recently expanded her North American magical universe. While most fans are excited she continues to expand her worldbuilding because of how near and dear Harry Potter is to their hearts, she has committed a deeply hurtful act against Native Americans, and the Navajo in particular.

She has claimed part the Navajo religion, applied it to all Native Americans, then said there was no such thing as actual Skinwalkers in “her” world; the “stories” were simply meant to demonize wizards.

This is incorrect. Skinwalkers are a central part of Navajo belief, one they will now be even more closed off in sharing than they were before. They do not exist for her world. They exist for the Navajo, and only the Navajo.

Yes, Skinwalkers are googleable. You can find information about them, scary stories, sensationalist articles. You might argue that this means they are fair game. That they have been integrated into local culture, popular culture, and have the same weight as vampires when it comes to ‘creatures that go bump in the night.’

This is a false equivalence. Native American religions were banned from being practiced until 1978, and that’s assuming people didn’t ignore the American Indian Religious Freedom Act and continued dissuading practice and/or stonewalling people from their sacred grounds. Cultural appropriation was not recognized as an issue by the UN until 2007, which should give you some idea how little changed in 30 years (especially since the countries with the highest Native populations voted against the prevision: Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the USA). 

This means Natives had no agency over their own stories, no freedom to perform their rituals without fear of persecution, until the past 40 years, and didn’t have the issue brought to an international stage until the past 9. As a result, they could not have any recourse over those who misused their stories, because those stories were not recognized as theirs. You cannot say it was willingly shared when there was no dynamic that allowed Natives and other groups to be on equal ground.

Vampires are Christian. They were written about by Christians, for Christians, and used to teach Christian lessons. Most of those meanings have indeed been lost and changed, but vampires still remain in predominantly Christian hands today. Christianity is the dominant religion in the Western world (yes, I know they are persecuted in other parts of the world, why I specified Western), and most people who write vampires are writing their own religion. Even if they’re atheist, Christianity is usually what they became atheist from because it is the culturally dominant culture. This means they have whatever agency they want to change it.

Natives have been denied this agency time and time again. We are still being continually denied the ability to tell our own stories. J.K. Rowling is just the latest in a long, painful history where Native voices are rewritten to accommodate white writers’ plots. WWC has said, multiple times, cultures are not your playthings. This is what treating culture as a plaything looks like.

Please, in your own work, be respectful of appropriation and colonization. Understand that even if something is used everywhere, it might not be yours for the taking. That it might’ve been stolen so much nobody even thinks to ask if it’s somebody’s instead of the world’s. Talk to the groups in question and ask if you can use it.

You might get a no.

If you do, change your plot.

Let us have our own voices.

~Mod Lesya