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 Need help deciphering a Japanese doujinshi title.

Cover is here: http://web.archive.org/web/20020811062914/http://www.geocities.co.jp/Playtown-Knight/1736/

Title is in the lower hand right

The circle is the same who did this one:
https://fanlore.org/wiki/Yuugenkairou
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Another belated announcement of fic posted elsewhere...



The Pillow Box: Collected Slave-verse Tumblr Fics
(17200 words):

Chapter 5: Comfort (3502 words)

Not written to any specific prompts, just a hurt/comfort followup to #4. Happy 100th Birthday, Bucky!

Chapters: 5/?
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America (Movies), and Iron Man (Movies)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Choose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes & Tony Stark
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Tony Stark, Jarvis (Iron Man movies), Stark Robots (Marvel), Sam Wilson (Marvel)
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Slavery, Alternate Universe - Dystopia, Master/Slave, Hurt/Comfort, Kneeling, Cuddling & Snuggling, Rewards, Bananas, Robots, Weight Issues, Food Issues, Bathing/Washing, POV Outsider, Eating Disorders, Vomiting
Series: Part 3 of All These Burning Hearts in Hell

Summary:
Collected ficlets from the All These Burning Hearts in Hell 'verse, starring Tony and Threetoo with Threetoo's pillow nest in a supporting role. Prompts for each ficlet in the chapter's summary.

the saints can't help me now

Mar. 29th, 2017 03:33 pm
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- My long black wool coat, which I wore literally until it fell apart, fell apart this morning. Sigh. At least it is finally warming up? A little? The blue wool coat is too heavy for 40-50 degree days, which is where we are now, so my blue jacket will have to suffice. But I loved that coat. It fit well and was roomy enough to wear a fleecy and a big sweater under and also had inside pockets like men's coats do. I wonder if they still sell it. I mean, it's a long black wool single-breast coat. It shouldn't ever not be available right?

- So. My review went well, as these things go. They said a bunch of really nice things about me, so there's that. There are of course improvements to be made and also I at least now know who my direct supervisor is going to be going forward, and hopefully there will be some more transparent communication forthcoming in terms of stuff they want me to know about so I can do all the stuff they want me to do.

- I can't even discuss last night's Flash without an inappropriate amount of anger, which I know has more to do with timing and personal stuff than the show (though the choices made would have still made me angry prior to now, I probably would have shrugged it off a little bit more). spoilers )

- reading meme! It's been a few weeks, huh?

What I've just finished
DC Bombshells volumes 1 and 2, which I highly recommend if you like lady (adult) superheroes kicking Nazi ass up and down the European theater while lady (teenage) superheroes hold down the fort in Gotham (and elsewhere, but we only see the ones in Gotham). And why wouldn't you?! Do I think the Trump metaphor worked? Not all that well. Did I overall enjoy these two volumes a lot? HELL YES I DID. We've got Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Stargirl, Batwoman, a whole roster of Batgirls (and one Robin!), Catwoman, Zatanna, Mera, Huntress, Harley & Ivy (I feel like I might be missing someone? I'm still surprised Canary hasn't shown up yet), plus Amanda Waller. I even like the cheesecakey art, which is loving and fun, rather than gross and off-putting.

Technically I did not finish The Guineveres because it had to go back to the library and I guess I wasn't really feeling it, since it felt like a chore to open it up even on all the long trainrides I had this month.

What I'm reading now
I put aside Hidden Figures, which I own, in favor of library books, so now it's Born a Crime by Trevor Noah, which I am enjoying immensely. I plan to get back to Hidden Figures soon.

I'm also in the middle of volume 3 of DC Bombshells but they are clearly not collecting them fast enough for me.

What I'm reading next
I kind of went on a book-buying spree recently when there was a sale of ebooks for $2.99 and under, so I have even more stuff to choose from. And there's always the library, ready to spring something on me all unawares. So who knows?

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reading wednesday

Mar. 29th, 2017 02:08 pm
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The last days of magic / Mark Tompkins. Blechhhh, she explained. I suppose this could be worse but blechhhhh, I only made it like twenty pages in before I couldn't take it anymore, this is way overambitious and leaden and I duwanna. It reminds me of Grossman's The Magicians and Magician King, both of which I hated, so if you liked those, this may work for you?

The convenient marriage / Georgette Heyer. I'm very disappointed that the secretary didn't marry the remaining Winwood sister, and I wanted a lot more of the hero's sister and frankly a lot less of the heroine's brother. It's a nice change for a Heyer to be set so early -- I'm not sure of the exact date, but it's 1750's, i.e. George II, at the latest, I think.

Life after life / Kate Atkinson. A literary version of Jo Walton's Among Others, which I found much more interesting.

Textu / Fady Joudah. Had trouble connecting to this, and I'm not wholly sure I know what Joudah is trying to do.

Stoppard's theatre : finding order amid chaos / John Fleming. Although I adore Stoppard's work, I haven't read much of the academic criticism, and I'm literally aghast that this book quotes Stoppard extensively and apparently no one reads Arcadia's Gus as on the autism spectrum? Like, it didn't even come up? I'm so confused. Am I the only person who reads him like that?

The tombs of Atuan / Ursula K. Le Guin. This is pretty unrelentingly grim, and while LeGuin is always worth reading, I'm not planning on coming back to this one.
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Fandom: Gundam Wing
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Heero, Duo, Trowa, Quatre, Wufei, Howard, Trieze, Une, Noin, Zechs, Relena
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: unknown
Artist Website/Gallery: unknown

Why this piece is awesome: I remember first first seeing these in 2003 when I was new to Gundam Wing. I loved them back then and found them just as charming when I recently stumbled upon them again. They're so cute and fun. I just want to cuddle them. My favourites are probably Howard, Noin, and the Quatre & Trowa pair, but all of them are just as adorable.

Link: The 'Infamous' Plushies by Dogmatix (scroll down almost to the bottom)
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I have made a podfic of Gyzym's fabulous HP novel What We Pretend We Can't See, because it is an absolute gem and a balm to my soul in these dark times of Brexit and the Trumpocalypse.

Harry/Draco, set seven years post-Battle Of Hogwarts. Chromatic characters. This is comforting and nostalgia-inducing as a warm blankie and a mug of hot chocolate with a slug of brandy on a cold winter's night, but it's also blessedly diverse - I have utterly embraced black!Hermione, biracial!Harry and Asian!Pansy as canon now. NC17 eventually, but mostly good old fashioned mutual pining, plotty goodness, found family and worldbuilding. Love it.

Massive thanks to the delightful Cybel for generously turning my jigsaw puzzle bits into an audiobook, and for hosting the file. <3

Look at me, reading shit and all

Mar. 29th, 2017 12:58 pm
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Pleasure Bound: Victorian Sex Rebels and the New EroticismPleasure Bound: Victorian Sex Rebels and the New Eroticism by Deborah Lutz

My rating: 4 of 5 stars


I enjoyed this one. I knew a little bit about most of the people discussed in this book (you can't study Victorian literature without knowing bit about Richard Burton or Swinburne or the Rossettis, for example) but only the very superficial. This is a really interesting look at several loosely connected and intersecting groups of people (the pre-Raphaelites, the Cannibal Club, and the Aesthetes) and how their art and lives were focused on their sexual experiences. The book is written much more like creative non-fiction than the usual academic book, so it's incredibly readable. Every now and again, the author uses an awkward turn of phrase or says something in a confusing way or gets out her thesaurus just to remind us that we are reading the work of the erudite, but on the whole, the style is very readable and accessible and the subject matter is deeply interesting.



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Oronooko: The Royal SlaveOronooko: The Royal Slave by Aphra Behn

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Not one I'll be rereading. I somehow missed reading this in college and wouldn't have read it now except that I'm teaching it. I know it's an important text, and I'm glad I've read it, but I found it very underwhelming. Also, the almost complete lack of dialogue made reading it fairly tedious.



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Fic mountain nominations

Mar. 29th, 2017 09:28 am
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Just a followup, Fic Mountain-wise. I ended up nominating:

* Almost Human, John/Dorian

* Rejseholdet, Fischer/La Cour

* The Sting, Henry/Johnny (and also Kid Twist in the character set)

And I added Nero Wolfe to the Nero Wolfe character set.

I feel so lucky re: Almost Human! The rule is that in order to qualify, a fandom has to have fewer than 500 stories (complete, in English, 1000 words or over). And when I ran a filter on Almost Human, its total came to 497. Yikes! That was a close one.

So I nominated it immediately. Once approved it gets to stay in, even if 4 more stories roll in in the meantime, and it has been approved. Whew! \o/
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DEAR ABBY: My husband and I recently had a baby girl, our first. We both work full-time, but my husband is gone nights and weekends and I'm the primary parent at home with our daughter.

Something has been bothering me since my daughter came along. My in-laws have never once told me I'm doing a good job as a mother. I'm critiqued every time they come over, whether it be that her hands are too cold, her room is too warm or her nails are too "sharp."

They compliment my husband repeatedly, and he's the first to give all the credit to me, but I feel like they don't think I'm doing a good job and it makes me feel bad. Am I being too sensitive? -- CRITICIZED ALL THE TIME

DEAR CRITICIZED: It is possible that in making these comments, your in-laws are simply trying to be helpful. Instead of regarding them as criticism, take them under consideration.

However, if your hurt feelings persist, you -- or your husband -- should point out to his parents that in trying to be helpful, they have forgotten to be supportive, and mention some of the things you are doing right.

Daily Happiness

Mar. 29th, 2017 02:35 am
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1. All the people who were out sick last week seem to be back in shape now, and no one called out today.

2. The Panic concert was so good! I had a blast and will write it up in more detail tomorrow.

3. I love the look on Jasper's face here!

Dinner plans, April 11th and 12th

Mar. 28th, 2017 09:10 pm
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So, which of my various SEA-TAC area friends might be available for dinner the evenings of Tuesday, April 11th, and/or Wednesday, April 12th?

Contact me via private means if you wish; my gmail address is pretty easy to guess from my username, and I have been known to use Dreamwidth private messages as well.

This Week in Fandom, Volume 45

Mar. 28th, 2017 03:53 pm
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This Week in Fandom: Furries, female Time Lords, a new vidding zine, and fandom 101 for media creators: https://goo.gl/4QiuJw

misc.

Mar. 29th, 2017 09:52 am
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하나. I spent yesterday morning taking my ancient keyboard to pieces, individually cleaning each key and reconstructing it. It's now so clean, I feel vaguely guilty touching it, and my fingertips are still sore from the cleaning.

This is one of my New Adventures with Furniture Polish. I had a repair guy come to check my exercise machine shortly after I got it, and he recommended I use furniture polish on the casing every couple of weeks, to protect it from sun damage (it's parked right by the French doors). "Furniture polish, what a novel idea!" I thought, never having considered such a thing. So I bought some, and it smells good, and when I clean things, they stay clean for slightly longer than they do if I just wipe them, and it's all very pleasing. So I am now cleaning random pieces of my house at odd times. Including my keyboard. La la la...

둘. But not writing.

Writing seems like a foreign country, and I can't find my passport.

셋. I finished What's Up, Fox?, the Kdrama I was watching on my own. It was a little disappointing. )

Next I'm going to catch up on White Collar for [livejournal.com profile] wc_rewatch, and then maybe revisit Coffee Prince to see if knowing a smidgen of the language adds to the story... and so I can stare at Gong Yoo's faaaaace. Ahem.

넷. What's Up, Fox? was my 7th noona romance (younger man, older woman), and it's becoming evident that there's a formula for these things: Formula. )

다섯. We watched season 4 of Orphan Black over the last week, and I woke up in the middle of last night with this exchange in my head:

someone: Do you know where we're going?
Helena: Australia. We're going to save our seestra and eat the cuddly bears.

FMK #6: Beloved Authors

Mar. 28th, 2017 03:15 pm
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So last week's FMK loser was Ben Bova's The Multiple Man, and tbh my only qualm with dumping that one is that I will no longer have a nice big pile of books with MEN in their title. Well, and also feeling a little bit bad for Jamie Madrox.

The winner was The Female Man by Joanna Russ! (The Bester was surprisingly close for awhile, probably because the Russ was getting a lot of M votes. Predictably.) I will be putting up a response for that one when I have finished reading it.

This week's theme is "Authors who have at least one series on my 'definitely keep' shelf but I am kind of afraid to branch out to their other stuff in case I don't like it". This should be a fun one!

How FMK works, short version: I am trying to clear out my unreads. So there is a poll, in which you get to pick F, M, or K. F means I should spend a night of wild passion with the book ASAP, and then decide whether to keep it or not. M means I should continue to commit to a long-term relationship of sharing my bedroom with it. K means it should go away immediately. Anyone can vote, you don't have to actually know anything about the books.

I pick a winner on Friday night (although won't actually close the poll, people can still vote,) and report results/ post the new poll on the following Tuesday, and write a response to the F winner sometime in the next week.

Link to long version of explanation (on first poll)
Poll: Alexander, Anderson, Bujold, Hambly, Harrison, Leiber, McKillip, Piper, Pratchett, Rosenberg, Smith, Vinge, Wrightson, Yolen )
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Powers, Volume 1: Who Killed Retro Girl?, created and produced by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, color art by Pat Garrahy: I must have enjoyed this a lot more the first time I read it because I gave it four stars on Goodreads. I probably liked its noir superhero vibe and also the width of Christian's shoulders. This time around it took me so long to read—literally months—that I'd forget what was happening. Basically there are people with superpowers, doing their superpowered thing—good and bad—and there's a special unit of the police tasked with investigating crimes that involve powered people. That's where Christian and Deena come in. They're detectives in this unit. Even though Deena dresses like she works in a Claire's.

This was published in 2000, and the art is heavily influenced by the 90s, right down to the fonts; it can't help that, but the boobs are out of control, Deena's waist is so tiny she could wear a watch on it, and there are so many text bubbles they crowd out the art. Also how hard is it to use an m-dash? An n-dash isn't cutting it. That's what we like to call a hyphen, and it creates different expectations than a dash. The layout's also confusing, at times going across both pages without any indication you should read sideways instead of down; that tripped me up several times.

The art, despite everything about Deena from the chin down (her choker, her sometimes pointy sometimes spherical boobs, her crop tops), is interesting in its use of shadow and color, with the tone changing to reflect the mood of the story. I don't really want to go back to the early 2000s, but I do want to know more about this world, and I have a bunch of these I bought back then, so I'll read them. It's just exhausting to continually not be the audience for the media you consume. However, Christian's shoulders remain appealing.

Seattle peeps—Anais Mitchell show

Mar. 28th, 2017 10:28 am
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Hey, Seattle-type people, Anais Mitchell is coming to the Tractor Tavern on Sunday, May 14th (with Hip Hatchet). Anyone interested? *bounce*

Culture Consumed Tuesday

Mar. 29th, 2017 03:53 am
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[being for the past fortnight. I'm posting now before it gets any more behind]

Books

Finished Too Flash. Interesting, and not what I thought it was going to be like. The structure of the book felt like it was searching for its own heart, its own subject, in the same way that the protagonist, Zo, was searching for hers. Both book and character got there in the end. It reminded me of Jenny Pausacker's Central High books in some ways, but more up to date and much less white. I want to read more by Lucashenko. Tiny disappointment: I thought Zo was gay or bi (there was a line earlier on that sounded like it confirmed this, plus she and Missy had some UST going on) but that never got followed up.

Back to wrestling with Pedagogy of the Oppressed. It got better, and then it got worse again.

"Usually this leadership group is made up of men..." [here I stopped reading and said aloud "Well, there's your problem right there"] "...of men who in one way or another have belonged to the social strata of the dominators. At a certain point, in their existential experience, under certain historical conditions, these men renounce the class to which they belong and join the oppressed, in an act of true solidarity (or so one would hope)." Isn't it nice when the picture you draw of What This Revolution Needs comes out looking exactly like you?

So, comrade Freire, why can't the oppressed class be the revolutionary leaders? "It is extremely unlikely that these self-mistrustful, downtrodden, hopeless people will seek their own liberation -- an act of rebellion which they may view as a disobedient violation of the will of God, as an unwarranted confrontation with destiny." Oh. I see.

You know how I wrote earlier about the inherent contradictions in writing a book about revolutionary education for oppressed illiterates written in jargon even most university graduates would have some difficulty with? There is no contradiction. He's THAT guy. The one who is here for you, everything he is doing here is for YOUR sake, he WANTS to help you realise your full potential, but you have to do it on his terms, and he's the one who decides when you've learned the necessary lessons.

Which will only come when you accept him as your new thought leader while simultaneously humouring his fantasy that because he "betrayed" his ruling class background to come help liberate you from their rule by becoming your new leader, that means he's just as working class as you.

He even writes about this particular danger of revolutionary leaders and how they should be careful NOT to fall into that trap.

19 more pages to go. There are some really great paragraphs here, and some fucking awful chapters. :(

[Disclaimer: my parents are an academic and a psychologist. QED, I am not working class myself. I'm on disability, but I have more safety net than most people on disability because of my family, and also the privilege of not having been poor growing up, and of having been taught/enabled to regard authority figures as my social equals. I think it's important for me to acknowledge this while I'm tearing strips out of someone else for his unchecked privilege, lest I sound even more like Seivarden Vendaai Discovers Class Discourse 101. While I have had my own run-ins with "that guy" described above, mine were on a different axis of privilege, disability not class.]

Started reading Kate Elliott's Black Wolves, the first of her books I've read. So far... it's not hard work, and that's a relief, that's why I picked up a blockbuster fantasy novel from the library, and I do like the setting, but I do feel like it's missing something. Some subtle flavour or other. Maybe it'll show up later in the book.

TV and Movies

Went to see Hidden Figures. SO good.

It's so important that this movie got made, and did well, that it'd be churlish to criticise it at all. But if I did have a criticism, it'd be that it bent over a bit too far in the Not ALL White People direction. Which was probably what they had to do, to get it past the gatekeepers. The business with the bathroom sign in particular was a white saviour fantasy on a level I can only express in hexadecimal, namely #FFFFFF. (And I didn't notice the swearword hashtag until looking again at what I just typed, but I stand by it.)

APART from that bullshit, just... well, it's actually amazing how little of that bullshit there was, and how much they pushed back at it. Like the part when Kirsten Dunst's character (successful white career woman who's possibly (the film didn't state either way) very supportive of her white female colleagues, but is pulling up that ladder behind them as fast as she can) meets Dorothy Vaughan in the bathroom and tries to be all "believe it or not, I have nothing against you," and gee, I suppose, but you sure are not even one fraction of one percent for her, are you? And Octavia Spencer, as Dorothy Vaughan, replies something like "I can believe that you might think that," which is as close to a "you keep telling yourself that, arsehole" as she could possibly have gotten under the circumstances.

Taraji P. Henson's performance as Katherine Johnson was the heart of the film, and she and Janelle Monáe's Mary Jackson were amazing, but the part I loved the most was actually Dorothy Vaughan's arc, about thinking forward to the need to retrain herself and her workers as programmers so they wouldn't be put out of work by the new computing machines. When she taught herself FORTRAN and taught all her workers too and insisted they be hired along with her.

And this wasn't presented as some sort of fluffy innate nurturing quality in her, some sort of facile 'Johnson's the smart one, Jackson's the sexy one, Vaughan's the motherly one.' Ugh. It could have been, but it wasn't. You could see that all three of the protagonists were brilliant (and nurturing, and romantic/sexual people.) Vaughan got a couple of scenes on her own with the IBM machine, troubleshooting it and using punchcards for the first time (identifying it as female -- you could see the logic there: all the human computers are women, so the digital computer must be female too; and she could have hated it or wanted to sabotage it, but she didn't, she saw its beauty immediately) and you could see that that was where she wanted to be, where her genius was. Her teaching and looking after her team (above and beyond the requirements of her job, I mean) was because it was the right thing to do. An act of solidarity, of justice.

Watched some more B99. It's interesting, because I do have an embarassment squick, but it's gotten less intense lately and I forgot it existed. The Thanksgiving episode reminded me. *cringe*

Games

More Stardew Valley, of course. My veggies took first prize at the fair. Suck it, Pierre! Emoji have a lot to answer for: every time I pull up an eggplant, I think of dicks. Disconcerting.

Podcasts

Finished the Archon Drom story arc of The Hidden Almanac, which was a lot of fun. I am staring down the barrel of a Hidden Almanac shortage, though. Gonna have to find something else soothing and safe to listen to right before bed. It might be time to catch up on my Jay and Miles X-Plain The X-Men listening. Which is not nearly as soothing, but is safe for whatever nebulous value of safe my backbrain assigns to such things.

Garden

Started my first compost bin. Beatrice and Dorian helped by supplying the bin's first contribution, the contents of their litter boxes. I am informed that this means I shouldn't use the resulting compost on my veggies, under penalty of toxoplasmosis, but it's fine for flowers. So I'll start some flowers, and it'll mean Beatrice and Dorian aren't contributing as much to landfill. Go them.

Bunnings are selling daffodil bulbs, and oh yeah, that's because it's March, and March is when the bulbs go on sale. I forgot, because it is STILL FUCKING SUMMER. I bought a value-bag of 14 and put them in the crisper drawer of the fridge, because like fuck is it time to plant them.

I also bought another marigold (how are marigolds still flowering?) and a couple of tiny cacti which I put in a planter on the windowsill in one room where the cats aren't allowed (the one with what Dorian likes to believe is a cat-sized swimming pool) and added little Pokemon figurines. There is already a plastic skull on that windowsill. I ROCK at interior decor.

Tomatoes are still growing even though it is nearly April. But global warming is just a myth, right? One of the Russian Black ones finally ripened enough for me to eat it, and it may have been the best tomato I ever tasted. I'm not usually given to hyperbole, and I want to hedge that "best" even further because I'm shit at ranking things best-worst and I can't remember all the tomatoes I've eaten, and Russian Black tomatoes are normally very good... but wow that was a good tomato. Easily the best one I've eaten this year.

Other

Playing with i3wm customisation. I've been using i3 for nearly a year now, but hadn't done more than the bare minimum to make it habitable (i.e. moved the bar up the top and deleted the alerts I didn't need so they wouldn't glare red at me) until now. I have now learned about the screen locker app, proper deployment of feh as a wallpaper app, and some very minor keybinding adjustments.

I also created a test user account and messed harder than that with the settings there (trying to learn the GNU stash app, and to import other people's dotfiles unaltered) with less success (unless you count the fact that I did so on a test account and didn't lock myself out of my own user account -- that's its own sort of success.)

Other customisations I want to do soon:

- the config line that looks in a wallpaper directory and randomly picks a different one for each workspace, each session (the Arch wiki is extremely helpful on what exact line to put in your config to do that. I love the Arch wiki.)

- the "open this application in this workspace on startup" thing. Which is complicated because I have seven different Firefox windows open, all full of tabs, and Opinions on which one should be in which workspace, but as far as i3 knows they're all just Firefox. And workspace 1 is terminals, of course, but last time I tried to use the i3 script that lets you save your layout, I fell into a maze of twisty Perl back-compatibility problems, all alike. But even if I just tell if to open one terminal in workspace 1, open all the Firefoxes in workspace 2, and open a text editor in workspace 9, that's a start, right?

- the one I would really love to do, but suspect is going to be more difficult and complicated than I'd like to think: terminal transparency, with a different background behind each terminal window. I have these motivational memes (an angry lion captioned 'Gladly Feast On Those Who Would Subdue You' and so on, and of course Heal Yourself, Skeletor, and Calmage Wolfatee and so on) that I'd like to be able to see dimly behind my terminals. I figure that because i3 does containers and each window is in its own container, it should be possible to run a different instance of feh in each new container in workspace 1, but I haven't tested it and this is way beyond my level of knowledge or experience.

- a pleasing and harmonious colour scheme for terminal text and the i3 bar (I'd like to use lemonbar, but haven't gotten lemonbar to work yet.)

Cats

Beatrice would like it noted for the record that she is still a ferocious predator. She would enter the little blue and yellow polyester feather-ball cat toy thing in evidence, but she doesn't want to let go of it just yet. She thinks it might still be alive.

i need you so much closer

Mar. 28th, 2017 11:48 am
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I had amazing cheesy garlic bread for dinner last night but it knocked me the fuck out. I eat carbs a lot more than a lot of people, so I don't usually get that crash afterwards, but I couldn't keep my eyes open! I was afraid I was going to fall asleep in the shower! So I went to bed instead of watching any TV.

I'm sure it's grief more than anything, since I feel like I was starting to emerge from my usual late-winter funk before anything happened, but gosh it's hard to get out of bed in the morning. I have a bad case of the Don't Wannas and nothing seems to help. I spent the weekend feeling like I was supposed to be somewhere else (i.e., the hospital) and it was a jolt remembering each time that no, that's over now.

And I know there are other big changes coming (hopefully good ones, but then again, I have my performance review tomorrow, so who knows?), and I just can't seem to get myself in gear to prepare for them. But I guess not everything can be lip balm and glitter. Sigh.

Adulting is hard. I don't like it.

*

Daily Happiness

Mar. 28th, 2017 02:39 am
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1. Our microwave has been doing a slow fade for...over a year, I think, and finally just dropped dead today. I'm wishing we'd replaced it before it totally died, because then we wouldn't be stuck without one in the meantime, but that's not what we did so we are. We went to a few stores today but the only one that had much of a selection was Best Buy and they were all pricier than I wanted to pay, so I ended up getting one off Amazon, which won't arrive until Thursday. Thankfully we're not really heavy microwave users, so it won't be too much of a hardship to go without one for a couple days.

2. I'm going to see Panic at the Disco tomorrow!

3. I finished reading another book, which makes 17 so far. That's more than I managed to read all last year, so I'm pretty happy about that.

4. I got so many cute kitty pics today! That'll keep me going for days.

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Now with bonus Marna:

black and white cat stretched out on the lap of a woman with blue hair
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[personal profile] fairestcat
It's almost Wednesday and I'm two weeks behind on my comics posting. So, lets try to catch up a bit with my comics from two weeks ago.

Behind the cut: Sex Criminals #17, Black Panther: World of Wakanda #5, The Mighty Thor #17, U.S. Avengers #4, Star-Lord #4, Spider-Man #14, Ms. Marvel #16, Patsy Walker, AKA Hellcat #16 and Bombshells Vol. 3: Uprising

Highlights of the week were definitely Sex Criminals and Ms. Marvel.

So many comics )
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Today seems to be a day for the "parents and adult children" tag.

Alcohol use )

One phone call, for a good cause.

Mar. 27th, 2017 05:23 pm
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[personal profile] twistedchick
Eric Schneiderman, the NY attorney general, is accepting calls to investigate Trump's violations of the emoluments clause and EAGERLY tallying up public support. He doesn't care whether it comes from residents of New York or other states.

Staffers recommended we call AND e-mail, (212) 416-6218 and e-mail address: nyag.consumerbureau@ag.ny.gov.

Your message only needs to say: "Hi, my name is [ ] and as a concerned American, I urge you to please investigate President Trump's possible violations of the Emoluments Clause."

(That's the clause in the Constitution that says that the President may not enrich himself because of his office while serving as president.)

Awakenings

Mar. 27th, 2017 09:25 pm
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I am rereading Awakenings, the Oliver Sacks book about encephalitis lethargica and L-DOPA. I first came across the story as a teenager and predictably found it completely fascinating. But I bounced off the book a bit the first time, probably because I was too young for it and also it has a lot of quite boring prefaces. But this time I found it entirely compelling, prefaces and all, and have been talking about it quite a bit, so here we are.

The story in brief, for those who don't know it (and also to give me an excuse to tell it again): after the First World War, there was a worldwide outbreak of Spanish flu, which killed more people than the war did, but has mostly been forgotten. And following that - and yet more forgotten - was an epidemic of an illness later called encephalitis lethargica, also called sleepy-sickness. It was prevalent between about 1918 and 1928, and has never really been seen since (beyond isolated cases). People who got it tended to fall asleep - for weeks or months. And then, when they woke up, they were changed in some deep, indefinable way: neither asleep nor awake, but something in between. They sat motionless in chairs and stared into space. They could be "posed", their arms outstretched, like living statues. They couldn't be woken, and some of them didn't appear even to age - so forty years later some had been frozen in place for decades, still looking largely as they had in the late 1920s when initially struck down by the disease.

In 1969, the neurologist Oliver Sacks - who was one of the few clinicians with responsibility for a large number of post-encephalitic patients, about forty of them, in a hospital in New York - hit upon the idea of giving them L-DOPA, which at the time was a brand-new drug. (It's a chemical precursor to dopamine that can pass through the blood-brain barrier.) So without a great deal of knowledge of what would happen, but that something would, he started giving L-DOPA to these patients who had been out of the world for four decades.

And they woke up. This is the amazing part of the story, and Sacks writes about it like a dream: this glorious New York summer, in which these people not only woke up, and spoke, and moved, but became the people they had been. Sacks mentions one patient who had been a flapper, and the nurses going to the NYPL to look up the people and places she spoke about. He mentions another who had been a young Jewish emigrée from Vienna in the 1920s, and startled the staff because they had never known it until she spoke with an Austrian accent, and asked for a rabbi. It's just incredible to read about. And heartbreaking too, because L-DOPA turns out not to be quite the miracle that it promises. There's a honeymoon period, where Sacks and his colleagues are convinced it's just teething problems and they'll figure it out - and then the realisation that they can't stop the effect of the drug wearing off with time, or giving the patients side-effects that are too much to bear. So while some of the patients stay "awakened", others slip back into their pre-L-DOPA state, or into a coma this time. It's tragic and has an awful inevitable feel but it doesn't take on the feel of a Greek tragedy - you never lose sight of these people as real, individual human beings, not archetypes or fairy tales. I am not always convinced by Sacks' theoretical approaches, which draw a lot more from straight philosophy than I'm accustomed to seeing in a book that also purports to examine the scientific method. And it's also a book of its time and place, and a medicalised book - it doesn't always shine in a good light when considered through the lens of disability activism and theory - but Sacks is always interesting, always humane, and always interested in individuals and their stories.

The coda to this is that I hadn't really gathered, the first time I read this book, that Sacks was queer (although I was reminded of his lifelong friendship with WH Auden, which is the kind of historical congruence I love). And then [personal profile] happydork linked me to this beautiful article: My Life With Oliver Sacks, by Bill Hayes, who was Sacks' partner at the time of his death. It's one of the loveliest things I've read in ages - a snapshot of queer work, a queer life, as well as a love letter and obituary. I adore it. i've been rereading a lot of formative things just recently - all the best-beloveds of teenage crazies, so The Bell Jar and Prozac Nation - but also Slaughterhouse Five, Gender Outlaws, Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail, and Wild Dreams of a New Beginning. (The last of which because I read a poem: Lawrence Ferlinghetti Is Still Alive.)

I feel like there ought to be some sort of conclusion to this thought, something about my foundering mental health, but actually I think it's just, there are always books, and that precious kinship of inquiring queers.

it's a building

Mar. 27th, 2017 03:47 pm
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When I hear someone say, "The White House says..." I don't buy it. Not because someone who is temporarily in that structure might or might not say whatever it is, but because what they're saying should not always have the psychological weight -- the assumed gravitas -- it acquires from being said from within that place.

What is that place? A building, constructed by slave labor from wood and stone and glass, built to be impressive but also built to be a public official's private home. It has had laundry hung indoors from lines stretched across meeting rooms when the weather was wet and the sheets *had* to get dry. (The weather can be wet in that particular part of downtown in summer more often than elsewhere; it has to do with land contours, prevailing winds, and the affinity of humidity for places near major waterways -- the Potomac, the Tidal Basin, even all those reflecting pools. Thunderstorms that turn the sky purple-black can come up out of nowhere sometimes, and afterward it's still as humid as before.)

It's been rebuilt and reworked every few years, sometimes by necessity; Harry Truman's beloved piano was heavy enough that it nearly fell through the floor of the room it was in (damp rot, anyone?) Also, it was rebuilt from the original pale yellow structure after the War of 1812, of which it was a casualty. There is a swimming pool, and a bowling alley, a cafeteria and a catering center. There are guest rooms and historical rooms where previous occupants said or did things. There are public and private areas in a building that is, at least in a titular way, public.

It is just a building. Those who say things, all of them, any of the things, could be out on the lawn instead of in the Oval Office with the blue rug and the changeable eagle (yes, characters on "The West Wing", I do check to see which way it's facing). They could be outdoors under the cover of the portico. They could be in the so-called War Room or the hyperconnected command center downstairs. They could be in the bunker underneath the house itself -- what a message that would make!

The White House does not say anything. Neither does its West Wing, regardless of the TV series. Neither does the Senate wing of the Capitol, or the House wing. Neither do the Senate or House office buildings, whose longer formal names I forget.

The only people who let buildings do their talking, or try to, are ones who don't have the nerve to take credit for their own words. It's a political maneuver, to give them deniability. It's also dishonest.

The White House doesn't say a damn thing. Remember that, the next time some bloviating newscaster alleges that it does. If it did, it might say something entirely different from what the current occupants and the officials and anyone else might expect. But that would not make the news, would it?
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Finnish Weird an online journal of fiction and commentary by Finnish authors. ETA: the link has the English translation, so you need not brush up on language skills before reading.

but all my words come back to me

Mar. 27th, 2017 11:01 am
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Writing meme? Writing meme:

my stories:

1: What inspired you to write the fic this way?
2: What scene did you first put down?
3: What's your favorite line of narration?
4: What's your favorite line of dialogue?
5: What part was hardest to write?
6: What makes this fic special or different from all your other fics?
7: Where did the title come from?
8: Did any real people or events inspire any part of it?
9: Were there any alternate versions of this fic?
10: Why did you choose this pairing for this particular story?
11: What do you like best about this fic?
12: What do you like least about this fic?
13: What music did you listen to, if any, to get in the mood for writing this story? Or if you didn't listen to anything, what do you think readers should listen to to accompany us while reading?
14: Is there anything you wanted readers to learn from reading this fic?
15: What did you learn from writing this fic?

Hit me up.

*
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[personal profile] mific posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Harry Potter (a Snape/Alan Rickman tribute)
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Severus Snape and Draco Malfoy
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: Traditional graphite drawing
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: crayon2papier on DA
Why this piece is awesome: It's an excellent drawing of them both, with great likenesses. I love their positioning - crowded conspiratorially together, suspicious, looming. There's a link below to a similar pic of Harry, Hermione and Ron.
Link: Alan Rickman et Tom Felton

Daily Happiness

Mar. 27th, 2017 02:46 am
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[personal profile] torachan
1. It's been an exhausting few days with so many people out sick, but finally tomorrow is my day off and I can relax and just stay home and do whatever I want.

2. I hired three new people this weekend. The next few weeks are going to be really busy with training them but hopefully they will work out and it will make things easier overall.

3. Recently we've been catching up on Fresh Off the Boat. This season has been so great. I really hope it gets renewed for a fourth season.

4. Look at Molly trying to hide her cutie snoot!

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Posting this month's playlist late, because I've been distracted reading due South fic and watching, re-watching and re-re-watching RENT (the Broadway version). I'm apparently in a somewhat obsessive mood at the moment, idk.

This month's mix is dedicated to the current political situation, in the US and worldwide. Some old stuff, some new stuff. Some angry, some hopeful, hopefully mostly inspiring.

I'm Gonna Spend the Next Four Years on the Barricades
Zip file on dropbox (131 MB) or Individual tracks on dropbox

Talkin' Bout A Revolution - Tracy Chapman
Where's the Revolution - Depeche Mode
The Sand In the Gears - Frank Turner
Enough Is Enough - Chumbawamba
All You Fascists 2010 - Billy Bragg and his Band
Combat Rock - Sleater-Kinney
Immigrants (We Get the Job Done) - K'naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC & Residente
If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next - Manic Street Preachers
Dontfollowtheleader - Headstones
Fuck Police Brutality - Anti-Flag
White Flag Warrior - Flobots Feat. Tim Mcilrath Of Rise Against
Burnin' Streets - Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros
Hey World (Remote Control Version) - Michael Franti and Spearhead
Lovers In A Dangerous Time - Bruce Cockburn
Fishing - Richard Shindell
Weight of the World - Martyn Joseph
We'll Be There - Oysterband
Heads Will Roll - Thea Gilmore
Coming to America - K'naan
¡Viva La Gloria! - Green Day
People Have The Power - Patti Smith
Democracy - Leonard Cohen
Bread and Roses - Brownwen Lewis

I'd love it if you commented if you're downloading, just so I know I'm not posting these out into the void :)

Rec: Busman's Honeymoon

Mar. 27th, 2017 03:50 pm
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[personal profile] out_there
This is just delightful! Of course a vacation to Hawaii would involve fruity drinks, a little too much sun, a bleeding head wound and being threatened at gunpoint.

Busman's Honeymoon (7512 words) by Purna
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Donald Strachey - Stevenson
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Timothy Callahan/Donald Strachey
Characters: Donald Strachey, Timothy Callahan
Additional Tags: Case Fic
Summary:

Donald and Timmy's Hawaiian vacation takes a turn for the dangerous. Titled with apologies to Dorothy Sayers.

WisCon

Mar. 26th, 2017 07:46 pm
resonant: Brian from The Breakfast Club: Demented and sad, but social (Default)
[personal profile] resonant
Just registered the whole family for WisCon -- it seemed too much of a waste to be this close, and still have the kidlet at home, and yet miss the chance.

Anybody else going?

Fic: nothing to declare

Mar. 26th, 2017 05:25 pm
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[personal profile] saraht
Title: nothing to declare

Fandom: Sherlock

Characters: Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock Holmes, Anthea, Lady Smallwood

Rating: Mature

Summary: In New York, you can be a new man. In New York, you can be a new man. In New York, you can be a new man... (~9000 words)

nothing to declare

Sustain, persist, ascend.

Mar. 26th, 2017 02:17 pm
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[personal profile] azurelunatic
One brave green shoot pushes through the muck;
more will soon follow.
There will still be storytime at the library next week.
The librarian will still be found wearing a plush ladybug.
Somewhere, a child will move from baby to toddler
in pursuit of that bubble, just out of reach.


(Mostly written in early February.)

March Update: Full Steam Ahead!

Mar. 26th, 2017 11:09 pm
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Hello everybody!

This month we’ve been super busy preparing for April Showers that start next week and we hope you are as excited for the event as we are. April Showers is an annual event where we celebrate fannish history by spotlighting a different fandom every day of the month. If you want to participate but aren’t sure how or where to start, we prepared a short help page with a lot of useful tips!

After a feedback period, we also implemented the Japanese version of Fanlore’s image policy and purpose aimed at non-English speaking doujinshi creators. It was a true labor of love and we’re really happy it’s finally online.

In other good news, we’ve mentioned in our February Update that the Wayback Machine stopped archiving AO3 links and now we are thrilled to let you know that the problem has been solved! You can learn more about the situation here.

After we implemented the new and improved New Visitor Portal, we started working on the new revamped Main Page. After brainstorming, we came up with a new draft, which you can see here. As always, we welcome any and all feedback as we work on the details. Feel free to leave your comments in the talk page of the draft or using our contact form!

As of March 26, Fanlore has 41,353 articles, which have undergone 719,987 revisions. If you're up for doing one more, why not log in? See you on Recent Changes!
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At dinner last night (the chicken tenders were AMAZING), I drank three firefly and cranberry cocktails, and they were so good. If you have a place near you that sells Firefly sweet tea vodka, I highly recommend mixing it with cranberry juice and topping it with a slice of lime.

On TV this afternoon, Keith Hernandez called the Atlanta pitcher "a human rain delay." Which I thought was hilarious. I'm so excited for baseball being back soon!

Before that, I caught up on some of the stuff on my DVR.

Steven Universe: Rocknaldo, Tiger Philanthropist, Room for Ruby
spoilers for all three )

I also watched the season finale of Star Wars Rebels: Zero Hour, though I had to hunt the first half hour down online since for some reason my DVR only recorded the second half. (Was the first half not listed as "new"? I honestly don't understand how this works sometimes, but it's infuriating.)

spoilers )

So it didn't reach the emotional highs the s2 finale did, at least for me, but I don't think it could have?

***

fake it till you make it

Mar. 26th, 2017 01:48 pm
runpunkrun: spock holding a furry alien in his arms (actually a dog in an alien suit) (spock says fml)
[personal profile] runpunkrun
Oh, you know how it is, just re-reading a bunch of Kirk/Spock fake relationship fics. Here are my favorites, all AOS, in decreasing order of how much fake relationship there is:

The Marrying Kind, by spicyshimmy | Mature | 42,318 words | While on a diplomatic mission to Delta IV, Jim flirts too much; Spock discovers the only logical solution to avoid the complications of jealousy between ambassadors is to allow the inference that Jim is already spoken for.

a sequence that you never learned, by annataylor | Explicit | 64,669 words | When Jim gets it in his head to adopt an eight year old Vulcan, Spock presents a logical solution to the issue of Jim's humanity: marriage to a Vulcan citizen.

Dynamic, by coffee666 | Explicit | 16,970 words | Jim is tired of the crew assuming he and Spock don't work well together just because they happen to disagree a lot. To prove them wrong, Jim convinces Spock they should start dating. Playing up their romantic relationship in front of the crew for spite should be fun. The hard part is that they're both secretly crushing on each other.

When Light Shines, by awarrington and blue_jack | Explicit | 15,677 words | Kirk and Spock are negotiating Federation entry with the Athosian government while the Enterprise is away on delivery duties, when one misunderstanding leads to another.

the warp and weft of your being, by tardigradeschool | Teen | 7,697 words | When getting legally married to Spock is the only way to keep him on the ship, Jim is more than willing to do so. (In fact, upon reflection, it turns out that there are very few things he wouldn't do for Spock.)

Challis, by yeaka | Teen | 3,968 words | Spock weasels into Jim's mission via Mrennenimus Prime's strange traditions.

the comfort you drew (from the light of the stars), by tardigradeschool | Teen | 5,331 words | When Jim agreed to pretend to be in a relationship with Spock, he didn't realize exactly what he was signing up for. (See: incompetent aliens and broken bones. It's not great, but Spock is.)

Not In Love Song, by waldorph | Explicit | 2,779 words | The five times Spock wasn't in love, and the one time he couldn't deny it anymore.

Signed, Sealed, Delivered (I'm Yours), by kianspo | Teen | 10,927 words | In which Spock contemplates the laws of attraction and realizes what a slippery slope that is only after he has already fallen. There's no help for him now.

{also posted to Tumblr}

Duo Maxwell by sambees (SFW)

Mar. 26th, 2017 09:07 pm
turlough: Duo Maxwell sitting on top of scrap heap, Endless Waltz ((gw) scrapping to get by)
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Fandom: Gundam Wing
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Duo
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] sambees

Why this piece is awesome: This is such a cool portrait of Duo. I love the sense of movement and the messy linework.

Link: Duo Maxwell

This week in writing, 3/26

Mar. 26th, 2017 05:57 pm
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[personal profile] dira
I was full speed ahead on other writing this week, so fic got a bit shortchanged. Still! Progress here and there!

WIPs currently active: 7

Words written this week: 3,304

WIPs that got no words this week: 3 - broken dick epic, Slavefic #5, and Cap Reverse Big Bang dragon!Bucky/tribute!Steve

WIPs that did get words this week:

Born in the Blood: 1,369

Loving and Overall Really Mostly Consensual and Well-Intentioned Cannibalism: 605

Less-Sad Sequel to “Ring the Bell Backward” (Which is Semi-Officially the Saddest Story in All of Not Without You): 361

Smut Swap Pinch Hit Story In A Pairing I’ve Never Written Before: 969, somehow still exactly as halfwayish done as it was last week. 

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