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Today's Gousto meal was Dal with portaloo mushrooms and something that was CLAIMED to be chutney but was not like a pickle-y jam type thing so I SUPPOSE I don't know what chutney is now. It was quite nice. In fact the hardest thing was opening a lentil can, both of their can ringpulls came off without the lid.

I had to grill the mushrooms but I do not have a reasonable grill. I couldn't use the George Foreman because it would have squished the mushrooms. If I do out the kitchen this year then one thing is to get a proper grill like what I had at Park Cres.

Anyway that is my four meals from the first box. I think I will get another box but maybe not after that because they are expensive. Unless YOU would like a discount code. I mean I have obviously sold you on the idea by being so whelmed.

All four meals had generous portions, they were all for TWO PERSONS but they could have squeezed to a third I reckon. I wish they did boxes for SPINSTERS OF THE PARISH, i.e. one person, then I would get their boxes forever.

Yooka-Laylee arrives tomorrow. Possibly I also go to B&Q for some things. I did a bit of electrical repair today and as usual did not die. I hope I don't get too blase about not dying from electricity, pride goeth before a FALL.
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I did two more GOUSTO meals. Yesterday I did "pulled" chicken burger. I have learnt the following things:

"Pulling" is done with two forks, not the fingers
Salad is actually both easy and edible if the lettuce is a "little gem" and if you mix white wine vinegar and olive oil together to make the dressing-me-do.
You can make potato wedges by "trivialpursuit"ing some potatoes and putting them skins down on a baking tray. I don't know why I thought it was more complicated than that.

So yeh that was pretty good. Then JUST NOW I made a risotto with fish fillets. This is where the TAPENADE comes in. It is capers (I did not know what these are) and black olives and more olive oil because the GOUSTO people are obsessed with olive oil, if fact I ran out and need to go to a SHOP to purchase more. I know now that risotto is easy, it's pretty much just stock + weird rice. With hindsight I should have flaked up the basa fillets and folded them in at the last minute because basa is a bland rather pathetic looking fishy. Anyway that is what I have done with the leftovers. Now I am going to look up capers on the INTERNET.
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I did moar yoga today. I do not feel quite so painful. Down dog is still hardest. I am following the YouTube channel YOGA WITH ADRIENNE which is good except apparently I have to ground into the earth and channel energies and check in with my neck and other things that sound impossible. At one point she goes "try to grow the stretch, EVEN IF JUST ENERGETICALLY." EMPHASIS MINE. I think maybe she means just imagine I did it better than I did. Maybe. Hopefully.

Anyway, what I do like is that like snooker it is all about the ANGLES. Everything is at right angles to something it is very neat. ENERGETICALLY, AT LEAST. NOT LITERALLY. If someone had said twenty years ago "you'd like yoga, it's basically just right angles like snooker" I would have been all over it.

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Today I got me first GOUSTO box and I made PIG CHILLI which was quite nice. I had to pop kidney beans in the OVEN like popcorn which I probably wouldn't bother to do next time. Also I cut up spring onion and CORIANDER which is apparently a PLANT to put in the rice which made the rice all PLANTY.

My current opinion is that I would continue to get further boxes if only they weren't all going to be more expensive in the future. But I still have three POSH MEALS to make so OK.
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Mostly I'm just assuming people's DW names are the same as their LJ names, but that does mean reading some entries to make sure I haven't friended entirely the wrong sort of person. I got about halfway down Whatho's, scrolling past things she knitted (or crocheted maybe), thinking DID SAM DO THAT EVER??! but then I read this:

"I'm watching a Zumba class on BBC Breakfast. It's about the most ghastly thing I've ever seen"

and thought "it is obviously the same person".
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Had a sudden panic that I created the account with the wrong number of Es but no it seems OK.

Yooka-Laylee comes out next week sometime. That is a game by the Banjo-Kazooie people and is effectively a copyright-dodging sequel. Reviews are mixed. The main criticism is that it hasn't learned from the last twenty years of game design. LET'S SEE, WHAT SHOULD IT HAVE LEARNED?

1. Put crafting and skill trees into EVERY GAME so that EVERYTHING is a fake RPG. Locking out all the interesting content until the player achieves certain milestones is a great way to drive them to play more!

2. Don't bother polishing the game, you can always release a patch sometime after everyone stops caring

3. All games should look the same. Same colour schemes, same landscapes, same lighting styles.

4. All games should have the same soundtrack style.

5. If you're going to put in a challenging bit, AND YOU SHOULDN'T, make sure the penalty for failure is minimal. In particular, the game should autosave progress whenever the player does ANYTHING, because otherwise there might be some thrilling tension and we are trying to avoid that.

6. All games must have the same controls. DO NOT HAVE ANY MOVES THAT ARE NOT IN ALL OTHER GAMES.

7. Side content must be lazy and tacked on. Make it as repetitive and flavourless as possible

8. Remember to take a good chunk of the game out before release and rename it "downloadable content" and charge people more money to get the full story.

9. All games must now have complicated storylines with dialogue and motion capture. Yes, the actual plots and characters can AND SHOULD be mediocre, but this is far more important than the actual gameplay. In particular, boss fights should be really confusing as to whether they use regular controls, use quick-time events or are just cut-scenes you sit and watch. If you're feeling really ambitious, aim for a confusing muddle of all three! Make sure that key plot points are delivered at the most hectic moments so that the player's attention is divided and neither story nor gameplay are sufficiently well understood.

Remember, the objective here is for all games genres to smush together into one SUPERGENRE so that we can finally attain the PLATONIC IDEAL OF GAMES and then shut the whole medium down as essentially completed. That is what all creative media wants to do secretly but only WE, only GAMES are tantalisingly close to our goal!

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Hello! Everyone was fleeing LJ, probably Putin did something IDK. Today I did Yoga for the first time. Downdog is hard when you have no flexibility. But ONE DAY, ONE DAY I will be flexcellent! Now I am going to go find and friend people with my detective skills or just asking them.


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