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It actually brightens my day to see adorable pictures of Zhu Yilong, so with gratitude to [tumblr.com profile] zhu-yilong-shrine for collecting them and the delightful person who set up a dreamwidth feed for spreading them, I'm an expanding ripple on the surface of the pond.

the "jacket in the sunshine" again
thermos ad behind the scenes

82F - 43F : Sunny

2019-04-22 09:10 pm
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I couldn't sleep last night. I spent most of the night talking to Sarah and Kali, and then after 5 or 6 I spent some time reading. I also did some writing on my Camp story. I tried to go to bed around 4:20 which woke Kevin up and he did a sort of stoner laugh and went "it's 4:20!" and then went back to sleep. I did not get to sleep. I finally got to sleep around 8:30, which is the latest I've ever gone to bed since starting the melatonin. I slept until Kevin got home at 4.

I got up and went to my mom's house to pick up Bennett. He was hiding upstairs from me and wouldn't come down. I had to go up and put him on a leash and then tug on him to get him to follow me. He kept looking behind him like he was afraid he was about to get beaten or something. It was sad and pathetic. I got him in the car, and he came home with me. Then I fed all 3 dogs while Kevin lay around complaining of a pulled hamstring.

Kevin asked if we could order Jimmy John's and I agreed. So we did that, and for some reason there was oil all over the outside of my sandwich. It was covered in it, and it was disgusting. I've never had that happen before, and I don't think I changed my order at all. So I don't know what that was about.

After dinner I started on my reading. I got about 2/3rds of the way through it before giving up. I didn't read from 4 books I think. It's too much, but soon I'll be done with the book club book which will free up some attention for other books. That one has long chapters, but only 10 of them plus an afterword and an epilogue. Why a book needs both of those, I'm not sure.

My endo called at 8:30 this morning when I was still awake in bed. She wanted to start me on a new med but the side effects of it are yeast infections and urinary tract infections. Sorry, I get enough UTIs all the time that I'm not going to start taking a med that causes them. I've never had a yeast infection but I certainly don't intend to go about getting one. The cure to that is too disgusting to contemplate. Anyway, it aggravated my paranoia too much, so I told her I wouldn't take it. She can come up with something else. But apparently the VA decided not to pay for the good med - my A1C was too low for it I guess. But because my sugar has been lower since doubling the one med I usually take, we're not starting insulin either.

It looks like a solid week of 80s and sunny, so hopefully I can get some fighter practices in and some walks.
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[personal profile] kaffyr
For Those Using the Google Drive/gdURL.com Image Hosting Process

I discovered yesterday that gdURL.com has slightly changed how it appears to operate. It confused the hell out of me when I tried to use it yesterday; it seemed to be providing me with gobbledygook partial code rather than the complete URL it previously would provide as a permalink to an image that I wanted to embed on Dreamwidth or elsewhere.

I did some futzing about today, and discovered that gdURL.com is still creating a usable link; it's simply not adding the http://gdURL.com/ section of the URL into the link, as it did before. Instead, you have to append that to the beginning of the newly-created URL yourself.

I don't know whether that's a temporary glitch or a permanent change, and there's apparently no way to ask that question of the gdURL.com creator. However, the process still works.

I've edited my "How To" sticky post to reflect the change, but in case you've been using my original instructions and weren't apt to be checking in on the original post, I'm alerting folks to it now. (Hey, 
[personal profile] azriona  - heads up!)

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2019-04-22 09:36 pm
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There Are Birds Here by Jamaal May, 2016
For Detroit

There are birds here,
so many birds here
is what I was trying to say
when they said those birds were metaphors
for what is trapped
between buildings
and buildings. No.
The birds are here
to root around for bread
the girl’s hands tear
and toss like confetti. No,
I don’t mean the bread is torn like cotton,
I said confetti, and no
not the confetti
a tank can make of a building.
I mean the confetti
a boy can’t stop smiling about
and no his smile isn’t much
like a skeleton at all. And no
his neighborhood is not like a war zone.
I am trying to say
his neighborhood
is as tattered and feathered
as anything else,
as shadow pierced by sun
and light parted
by shadow-dance as anything else,
but they won’t stop saying
how lovely the ruins,
how ruined the lovely
children must be in that birdless city.

I'm not America's nightmare; I'm the American dream
jordannamorgan: Fai, "Tsubasa Chronicle". (Vampire!Fai Japanese)
[personal profile] jordannamorgan posting in [community profile] fan_flashworks
Title: Tranquility
Fandom: None
Rating: G.
Summary: Desktop wallpaper, 1280x720 resolution.
Content Notes: For the "Candles" prompt on my bingo card.

Tranquility )

mekare wins the caternet

2019-04-22 09:18 pm
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Chakotay: "I'd like an opinion on something."
Janeway: "You've come to the right person!"

So I'm pretty sure I'd never heard of nekomimi before this video that [personal profile] mekare and [personal profile] firestar shared, but [personal profile] firestar kindly assisted with some research and I found that one of my other fandoms, X-Men, had a "CatAvoy" phase where nekomimi young!Charles Xavier was a thing (that I apparently completely missed).

This was educational but disappointing, because even though I had only learned about nekomimi hours before it turned out I already had opinions on it. And CatAvoy's ears are all wrong. (Those are dog ears! I have cat-sized dogs, okay, I know the difference. Just because cat and dog ears are both furry and pointy doesn't mean they're the same?!)

You know what's not disappointing? What is in fact the exact opposite of disappointing?

[personal profile] mekare's nekomimi Yunlan art! ♥♥♥

As soon as I saw it I was like, "Yes! That is exactly how his ears are!"

Tumblr Things

2019-04-22 08:31 pm
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[personal profile] foreverdawning posting in [community profile] historium
I made a directory page on tumblr a long time ago to better help historical / aesthetic blogs find each other. I did the best with what I had, seeing as Tumblr wasn't built for that type of community building. Here is a link if you're interested. 
rose_griffes: Wonder-Woman carries Batman (wonderwoman-batman)
[personal profile] rose_griffes
Hah, I was right. As soon as I made my previous post, I thought of the ongoing disappointment that is the Star Wars sequel trilogy. cut for whinging, again )

Harlequin book

2019-04-22 09:20 pm
[personal profile] cinderella91 posting in [community profile] findthatbook
Hello everyone, so I am trying to find this Harlequin romance novel but I can't for the life of me remember the name or author! It was about a couple who dated as teenagers they saw this ship I think that's only supposed to be seen by lovers. The girl gets pregnant her parents confront the boys parents but the parents are rich snobs and don't want them dating she miscarries and the boy's parents lie that she got an abortion. Years later as adults she come back to town(she moved away after the incident) to purchase some historic manor to cheer up her mom who is grieving her dad. She meets the hero again who is an historian or something and he still thinks she got an abortion but they end up falling for each other again and the snobby parents try again to break them up and get him to marry some high society girl. They find out about parents lie. She gets pregnant again they live happily ever after. Does anyone know the name of this book please? I've tried keyword searching in every search engine I can think of and nothing.
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I Thought It Was You, fic by [personal profile] firestar
Shen Wei is shot with Zhao Yunlan's gun and the Envoy appears to heal him.
(plot bunny by [personal profile] teaotter)

Night of the Dragon, fic by [personal profile] green
"If you were a dragon, what would you hoard? Books? Knowledge?"
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niennanir replied to your photo “All’s right with the world. (Polk is asleep on the laptop cord’s power…”
that’s not really healthy for the power cord, if it overheats you can damage it.

Yeah, I don’t think it’s great for the cat, either :D They can apparently burn themselves. If she hadn’t hoisted herself off, I would have kicked her off in another few minutes, but I figured I’d give her a few minutes of tech cuddle first.

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[personal profile] readera
 Today is the Feathering the Nest prompt call over on [profile] dialecticdreamer’s blog! Drop by, offer a prompt, and get a short story focused on nonsexual intimacy. Fluff and joy for EVERYONE! 

Spring is for reemergence

2019-04-22 08:55 pm
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[personal profile] bironic

Better. Taking a three-day weekend helped, and I'm trying to learn how not to be upset by work-related things that I don't think I should care about so much. Of course, even during what felt like a good weekend, my brain delivered five stress dreams in two nights.

A few friends came over for the first night of Passover; we had good conversation and lots of food and drink. It would be nice to figure out a better furniture arrangement in this small space to accommodate more than four diners for occasions such as these; some people were left out, and that's hard. Recipe-wise, would rec these almond flour jam thumbprint cookies and a chremsele/pancake batter made of matzo meal (1/4 c), eggs (4) and cottage cheese (1 cup).

The monthly local fangirl Bad Movie Night had more attendees than usual, which made for a lively viewing experience of The Fate of the Furious. IMO it is the Batman vs. Superman of the Fast & Furious franchise, in that the basis of the conflict made no sense, a lot of it dragged on and there was gratuitous urban destruction. But a few of the action sequences made up for the rest. And as others pointed out, it had more colors than the DCU, which is to say, it had colors.

Last weekend a group of us saw a burlesque performance of Dracula by a group called The Slaughterhouse Society that had the highest production values, most consistent talent, and most coherent storyline of any burlesque I've seen, the runner-up being the Slutcracker, the annual local burlesque Nutcracker that as a result of its source material suffers from a lack of sexy biting. Details )


The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie. TBD whether this falls on the side of Ancillary Justice, which you ~may recall~ I adored, or Provenance, which I thought was fine with occasional delights. So far, about 150 pages in, it's like the premise of American Gods got tossed in a blender with the "I" and "you" structure of The Broken Earth trilogy, which I'm not sure is a winning combination for me, although it's spiked with Leckie's talent for humorous linguistic play and her interests in intercultural politics and the power of language, which may explain why a couple of people who blurbed it compared it to Ursula Le Guin. Recent chapters did introduce themes about the meaning of life and the tug of war between wanting to be connected to others versus wanting to be, literally, a rock, i.e. an eerie echo of stuff my therapist kept bringing up before we ended our sessions, so there's that.

(We had our last appointment last week. Here's hoping for improvement through other avenues.)


I woke up Saturday, fixed a couple of things that had been bothering me about my [community profile] equinox_exchange assignment, and then… made a second vid? In somewhere between three and four hours, juuuust squeaking in under the deadline? (I backdated it, so this isn't giving anything away.) So that happened. I'm not saying it's a great work of art, but a [redacted] vid now exists where none existed before, and that is pleasing.

Anyway, the exchange went live, and someone made me a Julian Bashir character study vid, yay: I Won't Back Down (DS9) by ?. The vidder covered the spectrum of ways Bashir learned to be brave, plus they featured lots of clips of him looking sexily mussed, dirty, or roughed up, so either we like similar things or they know my heart. :)

Other than that, my favorite in the collection is Stars (Romeo+Juliet), a haunting Mercutio vid by ? for absternr.

Other favorites:
- Sound of Her Wings (The Sandman comics) by ? for mithborien
- Like, Wannabe (Clueless) by ? for bessyboo
- Ice ice baby (Demolition Man) by ? for theletterelle
- Juke Joint Jezebel (The Matrix) by ? for AudreyV
- Take Over (The Craft) by ? for GhostTownExit

And more. Overall a pretty solid collection. As with Festivids, I like the inclusion of more YouTube-style vids and still-source vids. It'll do the community good to continue evolving.

rebooting for fun and profit

2019-04-22 07:02 pm
rose_griffes: hand-written text: "Once upon a time" (once upon a time)
[personal profile] rose_griffes
[community profile] questionoftheday asks: Has a series you cherished in your childhood ever gotten a reboot that disappointed you? How about impressed you?

My answer:
First question: I will undoubtedly think of some new adaptation that I hated as soon as I click the post button. But for the moment all I can think of is Battlestar Galactica, and the reboot of it was awesome. In fact, I recommend leaving the original series back in nostalgia territory, unwatched; I tried a few minutes of an episode and came to that emphatic decision in a very short amount of time.

What happens most often with reboots: either A) I didn't watch the original anyway, or B) for whatever reason the reboot didn't interest me enough to even try watching. So I'm sure I'm missing out on lots of chances to hate a show or movie. I can and do them superfluous without watching, but we all do that. Right?

(Most frequent unwatched target of my "this is superfluous" commentary: all of the live-action Spider-Man movies made since the third and final one starring Tobey Maguire.)

Downtide, FKA Doltaghey House

2019-04-22 08:24 pm
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[personal profile] lb_lee
More pluralwiki stuff!

Downtide, formerly known as Doltaghey House and Ficanoss, are a queer trans plural otherkin who in 2000 created the rainbow seven-pointed Elven Star that became an otherkin symbol (Various, 2001 fall, pg. 9; Arethinn n.d.).  System members included Arhuaine, Lewis, Karl, Maitimo, and Casteglan/Casteylan.  They created comics about the latter, which ran in Kinships magazine.


Plurals of days gone by! (Though downtide are still around.) )


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disease-danger-darkness-silence replied to your photo “All’s right with the world. (Polk is asleep on the laptop cord’s power…”
Is it because Warms or does the cat have an obsession with cuddling cords? Because my cat Emily is obsessed with cuddling cords, and beeped angrily for thirty minutes when I removed the Big Cord (the window AC unit) for winter. It’s so weird.

I think it’s Warms. Usually she just likes batting at them – but I’ve never seen either of them sleep on one before. She got up and moved right after I shot that, so maybe it was too warm. 

spaci1701 replied to your photo “I am home, if only for a few days. They’re pile-driving for the new…”
You could bury a box in blankets in your bedroom, facing a wall for a slightly more soundproofed cave for the sisters while your away. Might help them deal a bit better.

That’s an idea! I don’t know if they’d go for it but I do have plenty of blankets and I think I have a box that will work. Maybe I’ll build one tonight or early tomorrow. 

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[personal profile] morgandawn
This year I decided to make a vidshow about how much I hate capitalism. (I’m not kidding.) The working, and probably actual, title is “Be Gay, Do Crimes”.  It will be vid show on queers and marginalized folk doing what they gotta to survive under capitalism/the patriarchy/etc.
Proposal to download YouTube fanvids before Europe's Article 13 takes them down
"I was thinking about each of us downloading videos, and marking them as "Safe/Downloaded" in the comments, until we find another place to put them / way to share them."
PLEASE don’t steal work from vidders.
Whether it is reuploading a video, or taking clips from their edit and passing the editing off as your own, PLEASE DON’T.  
Make things that are bad, silly, self indulgent.  
Making that silly middle school-esque fanvid was the most fun I had video editing in a while. I went to uni for media, I got graded on my editing. It can kill the fun.  Make things that are bad, silly, self indulgent. Just make things because you want to. Don’t let perfectionism kill ideas.
seekingferret: Wiscon Vids/Database Vids  
But it strikes me that vids like "Transmission" and [personal profile]eruthros's "Straightening Up the House", which got its own 7.5K creation essay, are vids that in an essential way may reflect an emerging Wiscon aesthetic that is meaningfully different from VVC-style vids. These are vids that are created by vidders fluent in the VVC house style, but they have the DNA of academic research projects in them as well. Vids are always attractive to me because of the information density they're capable of conveying, but "Transmission" and "Straightening Up the House" intentionally throw more information at you than you can absorb, while making you aware that they are doing this. The kiloword creation essay is an essential part of the art. You can simply sit back and watch "Transmission" and enjoy it, but you do so with the full awareness that you are not seeing everything the vidder has to say. I feel like that stands in confrontational opposition to the idea of Vid as Essay, which is so often essential to understanding VVC vids. 

elfwreck: Vidding 101 Begins
I picked up Sony Vegas 14 at HumbleBundle a while back, and finally got around to installing it. 
I want to make a vid. I want to make a vid I know damn well nobody else will make, so I guess I gotta learn vidding.
However, the vid I want to make is complicated and involves several sources from different eras, which I know is a pain. So first, I gotta make an easy-for-beginners vid to get used to the software.
All this Endgame excitement is really overflowing my brain with ideas for vids. But my only experience with making fanvids goes back more than a decade with a borrowed copy of DVD Shrink and Window Movie Maker on a computer that wasn't really equipped to handle either, and I always wanted something that would let me layer video in more ways that WMM would allow.  
On the plus side, this little exercise in frustration made me finally fully update my index of Vids by Song (I have 3 indexes: by Song, by Vidder, & by Fandom; the other 2 are complete, but I started the Song database later on, so I never got it fully done). Next time I get convinced I have a vid set to a certain song, I want to be able to go directly to the song itself & see! Not combing through every single vid. 

Vid songs database? 
Is there somewhere an index or rec list or database or website or something where you can search for vids by song choice rather than (in addition to) fandom or ship or vidder? 
How to make the perfect fanvid rec list - using vids from multiple streaming platforms (YouTube, Vimeo, Internet Archive, Daily Motion etc).  
"Any recommendations for for newer software that might deal with files better? (I'm using Lightworks for the actual vidding)"

cupidsbow Equinox Vid Recs - Sources from the 1990s


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2019-04-22 06:13 pm
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[personal profile] yuuago
I found out that my parents are going to be going to Athabasca this upcoming weekend. Which means I'll have the house to myself. Hooray!

I'm kind of getting overwhelmed by all of the stuff that I want to do. Not even wild and crazy stuff, just like, the kind of chores that I'm not comfortable doing when there are people around to nitpick the way I do it. Like cleaning the dishwasher. Or rinsing the last bit of winter muck off my car.

And... hopefully I'll be able to find some time to practice my harmonica. I haven't played that thing in ages, because it's not exactly the kind of thing one wants to do when there are other people around.

(Oh snap, I have some writing projects that I need to get done, too. WELL... we'll see about that business. :V )
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Damn it, John McEnery has died.  His Mercutio is what I took away from the Zeffirelli Romeo and Juliet.   Astounding, Dionysian performance.  He needed all that pack of adolescent boys around him as fuel, seemed to draw on their green energy to replenish what he burned.

The great beech at Mount Auburn is gone.  The one like a fusion of elephants, with leaves like porphyry.  I walked in at the gate and didn't know where I was.

At least the bees on the rooftops of Notre Dame survived the fire.


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[personal profile] stultiloquentia
Something neat happened during last week's Star Trek episode. Pike said to Number One, "I'm giving you the conn, Una," thereby officially canonizing Number One's given name. Previously, it had only existed in tie-in novels. One of those tie-in authors, David Mack, confirmed on Twitter that, in addition to being an obvious pun, Una is an homage to Una McCormack, their friend and fellow novelist:

David Macks tweet confirming Number Ones name is an homage to Una McCormack

["Re: Number One's name 'Una' being canonized on @startrekcbs: Pretty darned sweet! As Greg Cox Notes, I first suggested the name 'Una' (partly as an homage to our friend & peer @unamccormack), but it wouldn't have stuck had he, @daytonward & @kevindilmore not all concurred."] Go to Twitter for another few lines of backstory.

Una started out as a fic writer! She's so damned good that somebody recommended her fanfic to an editor at Pocket Books, who invited her to pitch. Her writing is a beautiful balance of the cerebral and the emotional. She's an awesome person, one of the kindest mentors and fannish community-builders I've ever met.

The fact that she's now linked to Number One, of all possible characters, is one of the coolest things that's ever happened in the history of Trek, as far as I'm concerned. My glee is very much coloured by Francesca Coppa's essay from the very first issue of Transformative Works and Cultures, Women, Star Trek, and the early development of fannish vidding, in which she positions Number One (as well as the three aspects into which she was split after the pilot episode—Majel Barrett's Voice of the Enterprise, Barrett's Nurse Chapel, and Spock) as a stand-in for female Star Trek fans:
In these two guises—Nurse Chapel and the Enterprise computer—the displaced character of Number One serves as the model for two archetypical fan positions: the woman who embodies visible desire, and the disembodied but all-controlling voice. The former is often presented as a negative fan stereotype: the groupie, the stalker, the shrieking Beatlemaniac, the "Mary Sue" who dreams herself into the story, the girl with the embarrassing public crush on a movie star. The latter, I would argue, is the voice of the vidder: the woman behind the camera, slide projector, VCR, or computer, the technological woman who controls the machine. The disembodied voice is also the voice of the slash writer (who writes about bodies not her own) or the omniscient and controlling fan artist who takes control of the protagonists' images and bends them to her will. But most fan works seek to unite the analytical mind and the desiring body in order to create a total female subjectivity.
Female fans have always been so central to Star Trek—a woman greenlit it; women resurrected it from cancellation; women ran the first cons; printed the zines; kept the fandom alive for fifty years. How cool, how fitting, is it that a brilliant fan writer who actually got to steer the ship is now honoured as part of the mythology of Star Trek's original woman?
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The Latin Lover, or, Whatever is the Crime Business Coming to These Days

The restaurateur’s body had been despatched to the chilly cabinets of the morgue and the coroner had gone home without being able to answer any of the most burning questions. The autopsy had proved baffling; there was a clear enough head wound, to be sure, but its bizarre size and shape offered little clue as to the nature of the murder weapon.

Detective Inspector Entwhistle stared past her own reflection in the darkened window out into the night. Mr. Sakana had clearly been bludgeoned with some kind of edged club, but nothing remotely matching that description had been found – so how had the murderer managed to get their weapon out of the restaurant? There had been a full complement of customers, and no way out other than through the dining area – it had to have been the man’s wife, but with no weapon anywhere to be found there was no evidence it had been anything other than the accidental fall she described.

Entwhistle knew she was missing something.

She returned to the restaurant, to find the last of her junior officers taking the final statements and showing the last tired and resentful customers to the door. The smells from the kitchen were a torment at this late hour – she’d had no time for lunch, let alone dinner – and she couldn’t resist wandering back behind the counter one more time.

The tragically widowed Mrs. Sakana was sitting at the kitchen table reading, drinking green tea and eating the last of the food prepared for sale only a short while earlier. Imperturbably polite throughout the evening, she remained so now and Entwhistle ultimately could not resist her gesture of invitation as she offered the DI tea and a bowl of rice with half a dozen little pieces of deep-fried eel in the lightest, crispiest batter she had ever tasted.

She glanced at the book in the widow’s hand. She looked again. Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl?

She looked back at her bowl of deep-fried eel.

With a groan, she let her head drop into her hands before looking up again at Mrs. Sakana who was just finishing her last mouthful with a smile.

“Oh tempura, oh morays,” Entwhistle sighed.

by heliophile-oxon


In this story, shit totally got eel. 

PluralWiki: Kinships Magazine

2019-04-22 07:25 pm
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[personal profile] lb_lee

"Kinships was the first in print magazine for Otherkin [people with nonhuman identities, namely mystical beings like elves, angels, etc.] and other 'people who exist anyway'" (Joyner, 2006 May 10a).  It was "a quarterly magazine of stories, comics, reviews, and poetry" (Joyner and Silva, 2001 April 7) and ran for eight issues, including Issue #0.

Though plurality was not a focus, otherkin plurals did take part in the magazine--most notably Criss Itterman, AKA the Crisses of Kinhost (Joyner and Silva, 2000 October) and Doltaghey House, writing under the name Ficanoss (Various, 2001 fall).


Read more... )

Finally actually on Dreamwidth

2019-04-22 06:04 pm
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[personal profile] arkuat
And yes, it's because of the manifesto that was posted at Minicon. Now I just have to figure out how to turn off that twitter feed.
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[personal profile] spindizzy
Right, here's the explanation for Fate/Prototype as I understand it: once upon a time, Type Moon took the original notes and setting they had for the Fate franchise and animated a tiny part of it! This was back when the anime apparently had a female protagonist (I AM SULKING THAT THEY CHANGED THIS) and Saber was a guy! I am confusion at the idea, but also very here for the idea of replacing Shirou with a goth girl who understands the plot and would rather not.

(Obviously the romances with Rin/Saber/Sakura would have to remain unchanged, gimme.)

Read more... )
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I am home, if only for a few days. They’re pile-driving for the new apartment building outside, and it’s pretty loud. So we’re camped out in the bedroom, which has at least a little soundproofing from the construction. Deebs is standing guard while Polk plays Blanket Monster. She’s too upset by the noise to even be mad at me.

Amnesty Round at Fancake

2019-04-22 03:45 pm
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[personal profile] wendelah1
Amnesty week! For the next seven days, we can rec fics that fit any of the themes from the previous eight+ years. All fandoms are welcomed.

fancake banner for round 101d amnesty: thematic multifandom recs

Overheard at the bakery

2019-04-23 12:42 am
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[personal profile] dhampyresa
"C'est pas parce que Notre-Dame a brûlé qu'il faut arrêter de cuire les baguettes!" ("Notre-Dame burning is not a reason to stop cooking the baguettes!")

Given the context -- as the entry title says, I overheard this at the bakery -- it was less a deep, philosophical statement about carrying on come what may and more a pragmatic statement about bread, but then again this is Paris, so who knows.

The truth is... I haven't been doing great and I'll take what I can get. It's not the Notre-Dame thing (not just, at least). Last week I nearly fucking decked a coworker for creeping up behind me in my blindspot. I seem to be unable to say anything uncritical about anything and even with things I overall really like I can only seem to formulate reasons to not like them. I painted something recently and everyone says it's really good and yet all I can think is that "why the fuck you always lying" meme. I keep vaguely meaning to do stuff, even stuff long overdue and then... not doing anything. So yeah. Not doing super great.

Busy busy busy!

2019-04-22 06:15 pm
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The shiny new shoes of my last post got their first Work Trial. Six hours before my feet started to hurt and I switched to rubber not!crocs for the last two. Excellent day, I have to say. Usually I can't go more than three or four hours before the pain gets limp-inducing. Currently my feet hurt, but it's posture/stance shift hurt, not knives-in-feet hurt.

Work was by and large a great deal of fun today. Had a whole passel of people out in the green playing with the atlatls, including one little girl who couldn't have been more than three. She managed to "throw" (with my hand on the thrower XD ) about four feet and was Very Excited. Even managed to sell one thrower and several darts to a gentleman who thinks his Boy Scouts will have a grand time with them. I love getting people to play with those. Easy to learn, hard to master, but even highly unathletic people (IT ME.) can get the basics of it quickly.

Lots of families out, way more than I expected. Had to blow the whistle and gesture two little kids off the burial mound late in the afternoon, but they went quick as soon as they realized I was pointing at them. (I've got one of those "OUT OF THE POOL" lifeguard-style whistles. Niiiiiiiiiiiice and loud.)

Lovely German family visited today, who thought it was either very amusing or very endearing that I knew a whole seven or eight words/phrases in German. XD (Although I don't know "I don't speak German, I'm sorry", so I should probably learn that.) They did appreciate me doing a quick google to convert feet to meters for them. A quarter-mile meant nothing, but 410 meters was impressive. XD

On the other hand, had a group of three women I just had this feeling about once they left the gift shop. So I took a walk out there and yep, caught them starting to pray inside the effigy mound boundaries. The way they bolted up and jumped out of the boundaries when I shouted to them just proved that they knew they were doing something wrong.

No, I don't care how spiritual a place you feel it is, rules are DO NOT WALK ON THE MOUNDS. Whatever goddess you're wanting to invoke will understand, believe me. Pray near the mounds, beside the mounds, around the mounds, whatever! But DO NOT WALK ON THE MOUNDS.
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The gods fell to Earth over a decade ago. Lagos is in chaos, broken and flooded. David Mogo, demigod and godhunter has to capture twin gods—twin Orishas—high gods—and deliver them to Ajala, the city's most notorious wizard.

I was delighted to get an advance reading copy of this from Netgalley because I read it in its early stages when it was a single novella which Suyi brought to the Milford SF Writers' Conference in 2017, all the way from Lagos to a misty North Wales. Several of us said then, that it was excellent, but it should be a novel. Now, it is, though it still feels like novellas tacked together. That's not a bad thing, of course (ref Nnedi Okirafor's Binti books).

 David Mogo feels like a Nigerian Harry Dresden. He’s streetwise but not without empathy. Because it's told in the first person there's a lot of exposition, but the 'voice' is good. I really like Papa Udi, his foster wizard. There's a lot of description which adds to the supernatural Nigerian setting. Even without knowing present Lagos, it feels like something familiar yet strange. The dialogue in Nigerian dialect can be a bit boggling, but mostly it's understandable. The internal monologue of the viewpoint character is in standard English. The dialect and Nigerian words add to the worldbuilding and there’s not much that I can’t infer from the context.

As a bonus, the cover art is gorgeous..

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A research team that has already conquered the problem of getting ketchup out of its bottle has now tackled a new category of consumer and manufacturing woe: how to get much thicker materials to slide without sticking or deforming.

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2019-04-22 05:25 pm
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The tree azalea overwhelms the evening with its scent,
defining everything and the endless fields.

Walking away, suddenly, it slices off and is gone.

The visible object blurs open in front of you,
the outline of a branch folds back into itself, then clarifies—just as you turn away—

and the glass hardens into glass

as you go about taking care of things abstractedly
one thing shelved after another, as if they were already in the past,

needing nothing from you until, smashing itself on the tile floor,
the present cracks open the aftermath of itself.

-martha ronk
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I've had a few spectacularly unproductive days. Today, for example, I spent almost the entire day reading ASoIaF fic – I only ever read the first book and didn't like it much, and I never watched the series and don't intend to, but there's some good fic. And by "some" I mean "quite a lot," and a lot of it very long, which is dangerous for people with poor self-control like me.
(I'm currently working on my D&D character for our next campaign. It's wish-fulfilment, so the first thing I put under "strengths" was "self-discipline.")
I did manage to eat something and do a little bit more than nothing, which is, well, better than nothing. Generally it feels like it's getting worse again -.- Tomorrow I'm at work again, which usually helps. (No classes last week and this one, which is never good for my productivity.)

Apart from this, Easter was great! We painted beautiful eggs (my favorites of the ones I painted were the bouquet of daffodils and the Very Hungry Caterpillar eating cherries, an apple, and a pineapple), and then on Sunday we had a great family breakfast, then an outing in a beautiful garden/park, and then more good food. Not religious at all for me this year (I also still have leftovers from the two (!) cakes we had at the D&D session on Good Friday) but I didn't miss it. The spring weather is beautiful.
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Three new songs today, all of which I think are worthy of being song of the day.

First is "Fancy," the new song by Twice.  I think it's the best thing they've done since "What Is Love" - certainly the most memorable.  Even after listening to both of the other songs of the day, it's still stuck in my head.

Next us is "Beatiful" from Target.  They're a relatively new group, having debuted in January 2018, and they not as popular as Twice.  Still, they've got a good sound and it's fun to watch them dance.

And now for something completely different.  Son Dongwoon's "In the Silence" is heartfelt and touching.  If there's not at least one K-drama producer out there plotting how they're going to get this song into one of their shows, then an entire industry is sleeping on the job.

Phantom Thoughts pt. 38

2019-04-22 05:23 pm
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{"Christine," said Raoul, rising, "you tell me that you love me; but you had recovered your liberty hardly a few hours before you returned to Erik! Remember the masked ball!"

"Yes; and do you remember those hours which I passed with you, Raoul ... to the great danger of both of us?"

"I doubted your love for me, during those hours."

"Do you doubt it still, Raoul? ... Then know that each of my visits to Erik increased my horror of him; for each of those visits, instead of calming him, as I hoped, made him mad with love! And I am so frightened, so frightened! ..."}

This is... interesting. I almost wonder if Christine's exaggerating her horror of Erik to Raoul so he won't get jealous.

{"You are frightened ... but do you love me? If Erik were good-looking, would you love me, Christine?"

She rose in her turn, put her two trembling arms round the young man's neck and said:

"Oh, my betrothed of a day, if I did not love you, I would not give you my lips! Take them, for the first time and the last."

He kissed her lips; but the night that surrounded them was rent asunder, they fled as at the approach of a storm and their eyes, filled with dread of Erik, showed them, before they disappeared, high up above them, an immense night-bird that stared at them with its blazing eyes and seemed to cling to the string of Apollo's lyre.}

She.. avoided that question very effectively. Christine said, basically, "It doesn't matter if I love Erik, especially in a circumstance that could never be- I love you and I wouldn't let you do this if I didn't."

But it's an interesting thought. If Erik didn't have such an unfortunate face (therefore making his childhood and life in general a lot less awful and hopefully make him less of a jerk), would Christine still love Raoul? I think she would, but I don't know if she would ultimately choose him as a romantic partner in the end. She loves Raoul, both as an old friend and romantically, but, in this AU, would she love Erik more, enough to spend her life with him? (The E/C shipper in me says YES, but really I could see her falling for and ending up with either one of them in this scenario.)

Also, I'm a little confused. Did they actually see that Erik was there watching them, did they imagine it, or simply recognize the possibility that he could be watching and decide to leave in order to be safe?

{There was no performance at the Opera that night and the passages were empty. Suddenly, a queer-looking form stood before them and blocked the road:

"No, not this way!"

And the form pointed to another passage by which they were to reach the wings. Raoul wanted to stop and ask for an explanation. But the form, which wore a sort of long frock-coat and a pointed cap, said:

"Quick! Go away quickly!"}

Ah, the ever-delightful daroga makes his first appearance!

{Christine was already dragging Raoul, compelling him to start running again.

"But who is he? Who is that man?" he asked.

Christine replied: "It's the Persian."

"What's he doing here?"

"Nobody knows. He is always in the Opera."}

Christine is so chill about this. "Oh, yeah, we have a mysterious creepy guy lurking around the Opera all the time and nobody knows what his deal is... Well, technically we have two counting Erik, but nbd."

{"You are making me run away, for the first time in my life. If we really saw Erik, what I ought to have done was to nail him to Apollo's lyre, just as we nail the owls to the walls of our Breton farms; and there would have been no more question of him."}

Overly violent threats really don't suit you, Raoul. (And you're still harboring the delusion that you could, in fact, take Erik in a fight. Seriously, if it wasn't for Christine you'd be dead.)

Also that's just a super disturbing practice?? (I really like owls. They're gorgeous birds. You wouldn't hurt Hedwig, would you?? Or Gylfie, for that matter, if you like semi-obscure fandoms.)

{"My dear Raoul, you would first have had to climb up to Apollo's lyre: that is no easy matter."}

Christine here with a much-needed reality check that manages to convince Raoul of the thoughtlessness of his plan without hurting his ego.

{"The blazing eyes were there!"

"Oh, you are getting like me now, seeing him everywhere! What I took for blazing eyes was probably a couple of stars shining through the strings of the lyre."}


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2019-04-22 11:22 am
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I am not always of this opinion but I am so fucking ready for menopause. I've had a stabbing headache for the past thirty hours or so. Not a migraine, that was weeks ago, just a headache. That periodically stabs me in the front of my head to the left side, hangs around for about an hour and a half, goes away just long enough for me to think oh good maybe it's over, and comes back again. I'm 99% sure this is related to the fact that it's Shark Week. I am so done with the sharks. I only have four shark incursions a year now and that is still four too many. Too many sharks.

Plus the headache impeded getting to sleep last night so I probably passed out finally around 1. Then I woke up at 6.30 in the morning for no goddamn reason. I'm going to need to adjust my bedtime because that's the third or fourth time I've woken up at 6.30 in the morning for no goddamn reason. And ugh.

I've also hit the point where I missed the deadline to change my goal from Camp Nanowrimo, I can still make the deadline to draft everything by the end of the month but it's going to take some heavy lifting, and I do not want to do heavy lifting right now, I want to cry and white and scream and go back to bed and also plant all the things. This is partly my own damn fault, partly life being life and never going to plan because when does life ever, and... and.

But. I did get some gardening and some writing done yesterday. Saturday I went to class, I did class, I got home and after sitting down a while I walked up to the plant shop up the street which I'd often seen but never been to. Not only did they have snapdragon starts which takes care of my most urgent spring demands right there, they had a bunch of books on homesteading topics, jars and bottles of all kinds for preserving and distilling, seeds, succulents, garden tools, knives, knife sharpening stones, a small apothecary section, tomato cages, soil supplements... I got my snapdragon starts and some seeds, planted the seeds that evening and started planning out my garden, went back the next day and got more starts and an aloe and a rosemary because while I was planning I watched Practical Magic and yeah. I do still have my lavender though. I need to weed that poor baby.

And then Sunday I got up, did a shitpot of writing, walked up and got more plants as mentioned, settled them in a sunny corner, went out and started moving the pile of wood even though I only ended up moving it halfway down because there was a ton of wood debris already there and hell with that, I'll do it in short stages. Moved the wood debris, did a bunch of other trimming, found even more random rosebushes trying to pop up, went back inside, did some kitchen tidying, made about twelve breaded chicken tenders for future lunches and, um. Well. Yeah. So if I start wondering in the next few days if my thyroid is all right, someone smack me.

I am still le tired but I suspect that has more to do with the lack of fucking sleep and the PMS than anything. I can do this. I really can. Self, you can do this. Just go to bed earlier tonight.

Rabbit Hole Interview(s)

2019-04-22 08:41 pm
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Posted by Sumana Harihareswara

Recently, the Rabbit Hole developers' podcast interviewed me; we discussed open source sustainability, maintainership, sensationalism among bards who sang the Odyssey, how PyPI is like Wikipedia, and what we think is paranoid.

The interview continued into a second episode discussing PyCon and The Art of Python, my past talks and plays, Halt and Catch Fire, what conferences are for, and the feeling of giving a bad talk.

Thanks to Stride for providing rough transcripts along with the audio!

A listener punned on my username ("brainwane") to tell me, "loved your perspective and insight on the podcast ... for me, it was 'braingain'". Awww!

We recorded these episodes on 27 February. The 7:17-08:06 segment of the first one proved prescient:

David:... NPM does an audit of the packages and says, okay, like, "this version is flagged with a known vulnerability, you should upgrade this." And it will just hammer you with that [unintelligible], infinitely, until you handle it. But like, you know, that’s also a form of open source software, that we’re depending on to nudge us.

Sumana: Right, and then the question of, again, sustainability, of like, well, is NPM, as a venture-backed thing, right..... You stay in this industry long enough and VC sounds like a dangerous term for anything you’re actually going to depend on.

David: Yeah, like the idea of something like PyPI going away. Like, I don't know what I would do? I would just have to find all of the binaries on a website? And like host my own... thing? Or...?

Stride released this episode on 19 March. On 22 March, surprising staff and at least this observer, npm laid off a number of workers on its open source team.

Please note that you can make a one-time or recurring donation of any amount to the Python Software Foundation that specifically supports PyPI and related packaging and distribution work (disclaimer: the PSF currently pays Changeset Consulting to work on PyPI and packaging), and that your org can sponsor the PSF for as little as USD$500 per year. And I am, as always, speaking here entirely for myself and not for any of my clients or colleagues.

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