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Sep. 29th, 2016 10:31 pm
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I read two comics today. The first was the Josie and the Pussycats. Predictably, I loved it. I think it's a really good modernization of the material. I'm afraid they might be churning through story a little bit fast, but hopefully that will settle down after the first issue. The art was pretty thoroughly unremarkable, there was a little bit of same face, but it'll do.

I also read the most recent Jem and the Holograms and the story was as good as ever, but, by his noodly appendage, I don't know if I'm going to make it with this new artist. It's not actively repellent, but I don't like how loose the work is, and, again, I feel like we're not getting a real lean into the body diversity that has been a series hallmark. I really don't want to miss the upcoming story arc, but I really am not feeling the art. I'll probably at least buy the rest of this arc in single issues, but then I may switch to trade waiting until they get a new artist.

I also stopped my Lumberjanes subscription. I realized I was hoping for "a reason" to quit. I had actually been planning to quit before the last arc, but I read the first issue of it and wanted to see how it turned out. But when I realized I was seriously hoping to get out, I remembered that comics aren't obligatory, and I pulled the plug.

Also on probation, Pitch. I'm interested in watching Pitch as a show about Ginny Baker, and there were about three storylines about other people tonight. I don't care, and I'm going to be mad if all of her relationships in the present revolve around white people. I'll watch next week, but I'm not committed.
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when I return it's like 10 new horri-mazing things. I will not survive until November.
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Kill monsters, gain XP points, get new skills, acquire weapons, magic spells, and hats.

Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin )

Dungeon crawler with a huge map, more than a hundred enemies, and dozens of weapons. I didn't finish it, but I got all the fun out of it that I was going to.
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 Wisconsin Is Systematically Failing to Provide the Photo IDs Required to Vote in November
Nine percent of registered voters in Wisconsin don’t have a valid voter-ID and many are still struggling to get the documents they need to vote in November. It appears that Wisconsin is violating multiple court orders by not promptly giving eligible citizens free IDs or certificates for voting. This is particularly concerning since early voting began this week in cities like Madison and Milwaukee and thousands of Wisconsinites are casting ballots.

Scanlations: All Out!! ch. 11

Sep. 29th, 2016 08:34 am
torachan: two boys in rugby uniforms (all out)
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Since there's an anime of this coming up soon, I've had a lot of requests to speed up the releases. In the past I always said no, because I knew the cleaner/typesetter wouldn't have time for another chapter per month, but I'm now working with someone new, so from now on we're going to be trying to get out two chapters a month instead of one.



Title: All Out!!
Author: Amase Shiori
Publisher: Morning Comics
Genre: Seinen
Status in Japan: 9 volumes, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Azumi-san
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Gion Kenji is short and perpetually pissed off about it. Iwashimizu Sumiaki is tall but timid. Although it's bullies that bring this unlikely pair together on the first day of high school, it's the rugby club that will make them friends.

Chapter Summary: In a battle between the two biggest players and the two smallest players, who will win...?



Chapter 11: What We Were Taught

I will never be this brilliant

Sep. 29th, 2016 11:10 am
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Many of you have probably already seen this, but I urge you to read this completely straight-faced review of Hitler: Ascent 1889-1939, by Volker Ullrich in the New York Times, by my new hero, [twitter.com profile] michikokakutani.

Obvious content note is obvious.
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Dear yuletide writer:

First of all, I want to say a big thank you for agreeing to write a story for me. I love all the fandoms I've chosen, so I will be happy with a story for any request. If you've already got a story in mind, then go for it! These are all just possible jumping off points if, like me, you like having prompts as a starting point.

Since it's entirely possible we don't know each other, I figured I'd give you some basics about me and some tips on the kinds of things I like/dislike in stories.

Where to find me: I am [personal profile] musesfool on DW/LJ, victoria_p/[archiveofourown.org profile] musesfool on AO3, and [tumblr.com profile] cacchieressa on tumblr, plus I have a recs journal at [personal profile] unfitforsociety.

Likes )

Dislikes )

To sum up, mostly what I want is for the characters to have fun hanging out with each other, because I love hanging out with them. If it can be described by the phrase "hijinks ensue," you're probably nailing it.

In all cases, if you have an idea that uses all the characters I've requested, that's awesome, but if you don't/can't, that's okay, too. Certainly my suggestions include ideas that may not use all the requested characters, so don't feel like you need to shoehorn someone in if it doesn't work with what you're writing.

2016
This year, I consciously chose to have a theme of con artists, grifters, and thieves in my requests, so if you are up for writing heist fic, I sure hope we get matched! If that is not in your wheelhouse (certainly, writing it is not in mine, though I love reading it), I've provided a bunch of other options, so I hope you find something here that sparks for you.

Specifics
In terms of specifics, I tried to expand a little in this letter about what I like about the source (actual request details are in italics, addenda in plain text). I hope you find it helpful.

Note: these are in alpha order by fandom; I really do want all of them, so don't worry about which one you match on - I will be happy with any of them!

The Middleman: The Middleman; Wendy Watson; Noser
details )

Ocean's (Movies): Danny Ocean; Rusty Ryan
details )

Six of Crows Series - Leigh Bardugo: Inej Ghafa; Kaz Brekker
details; contains spoilers for Crooked Kingdom )

A Year and A Day in Old Theradane - Scott Lynch: Amarelle Parathis; Brandwin Miris; Sophara Miris; Shraplin Self–Made
details )

Thanks again, dear writer! I hope you have a great [community profile] yuletide!

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QOTD

Sep. 29th, 2016 04:41 am
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Republicans in Denial That the Debate Exposed Donald Trump As Unfit for Office
So Trump, according to the people trying to help him win, is unable to pick good staff, manage his time, follow advice, or even accept the connection between preparing for an event and succeeding at it. Republicans have so internalized Trump’s wild unsuitability for the presidency that they have decided to treat these facts as mere hurdles to overcome on the path to the presidency. But why are they trying to help him win in the first place?
It really is extraordinary. By every measure Trump is revealing that he cannot be rehabilitated - and half of his platform is anathema to conservatives. Their continued support for him is ... well, disappointing does not begin to cover it. The only bright spot is that so far, even solidly Republican newspapers have refused to endorse him.

Daily Happiness

Sep. 29th, 2016 02:14 am
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1. Well, I went in to work thinking I would probably have a long day, and then it ended up being ridiculously long, but thankfully I was able to get out of there before I had to pick up Carla at the airport (which was midnight, by the way, so that should tell you something). There is actually still stuff going on, but since I had to go to the airport and have to go in early tomorrow, too, my assistant manager agreed to be the one to stay until 3:30am or whenever they get this finished (the produce guy comes in at 4:30am, so if nothing else, my assistant manager can go home then!).

2. Carla is home safe and sound!

3. I should have some more manga to post tomorrow. *crosses fingers*

4. I have sweet kitties.

This isn't ominious at all

Sep. 29th, 2016 03:57 am
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This May Be The Most Horrible Thing That Donald Trump Believes
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has offered a litany of racist comments, which it turns out may be rooted in his deeper belief in the inherent superiority of some people ― and not others.

The Frontline documentary “The Choice,” which premiered this week on PBS, reveals that Trump agrees with the dangerous and abusive theory of eugenics.

Trump’s father instilled in him the idea that their family’s success was genetic, according to Trump biographer Michael D’Antonio. “The family subscribes to a racehorse theory of human development,” D’Antonio says in the documentary. “They believe that there are superior people and that if you put together the genes of a superior woman and a superior man, you get a superior offspring.”
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Comixology is having a big sale on Vertigo through Monday, use the code Vertigo.

I recommend Y The Last Man, Clean Room, The Kitchen, and Effigy. (Poor Effigy was cut down before its time, and the Clean Room is ongoing. The other two are complete.)

I'm trying to decide if I want to buy Fables. I read the first 40-50 issues maybe 8 years ago? In hard cover trades from the library. And I stopped because Bill Willingham said something assholish about women or media fandom, I don't remember.

But I could now buy the complete Fables (by which I mean the main series, not all of the spinoffs) for ~$100, which is less than half of their usual bundle. (It's vols 1-10, 18-22, and deluxe editions 9-12, if you want to buy Fables.)

It's a really good deal, but what if it's a really good deal for something I end up hating? That's not a deal!

P.S. Lookit! I finally got a comics icon!




My office had a cocktail hour this afternoon, for morale raising purposes or something, I don't know. I went and talked to four people who aren't in my department (that is A Lot for me, I usually stick to my office and talk to no one, if I can help it.) I didn't drink alcohol, just orange juice, apple cider, and tonic water. No one was weird to me about it, but one of my co-workers did say that she doesn't drink and someone was weird at her. I tried to be helpful about her being a grown woman who is allowed to know that she doesn't like alcoholic beverages, but I'm not sure I did it as strongly as I could or should have.

Most of it was that co-worker B didn't seem really bothered by being chided to try something, she seemed like she was used to it and pretty much had a spiel going. The other part of it was that co-worker S was clearly trying to be friendly, just, she was doing it by being an asshole. Also, B and S work together in a different department from me, and I don't really know what their dynamic is like.

So, I guess what I'm saying is, I don't think B was upset, I think she knew that I was not joining S in pressuring her to drink, but I don't know that I was my strongest ally self tonight. [thinker emoji]

All I can do is better next time, at this point.

Dear Yuletide Author,

Sep. 28th, 2016 09:05 pm
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Thank you so much for writing a story for me. I know I will love it. I will tell you some of the things I like about the fandoms I've chosen, but I hope you write the story that makes you happy, the story you've been wanting to write.

Please write whatever you want--mpreg, character death, crossover, coffee shop AU, gen, het, slash, femslash, porn or no porn, whatever. I used to write in this portion of my letter that I was unsquickable, but that's sadly not the case anymore. I really cannot handle reading about child death or child harm now; I get stuck in intrusive thought loops and can't stop thinking about it and becoming more and more anxious. Child death/harm is the only no-go for me, though. Whatever else you want to include in your story is A-OK by me.

Requests for Penny Dreadful, Lucifer, and Live Free or Die Hard )

The current version

Sep. 28th, 2016 05:53 pm
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Of Somewhat Southwestern Soup

(Quantities are kind of a judgement call, but for 3-5 people:)

Chicken broth, one box.
Chicken thighs, diced, roughly one per person, or one breast for two people or the chicken leftover from last night.
Can of black or navy beans, undrained, or a couple of cups of cooked black beans with their liquor.
Can of tomatoes, diced
Frozen corn, maybe a handful. Maybe two.
Fairly tough greens (spinach disintegrates), chopped fine, as many as you want.
Onions and garlic, dried or diced, a ridiculous amount.
Ground ancho pepper, about a tablespoon.
Cayenne pepper, about a half teaspoon.
Black pepper, about a half teaspoon.
Oregano, about a teaspoon.
Cumin, at least a tablespoon.
Salt, maybe, carefully.
Tortilla chips, or corn tortillas, or flour tortillas.

Combine everything but the tortillas/chips, simmer for an hour. Longer if you want.

Pour over tortillas/chips.
You can also add:
Grated cheese, on top of the tortilla chips.
Cilantro, diced, on the chips.
Green onions, on the chips.
Toasted cumin seeds, on the chips.
Ground chipotle pepper, if you want hotter smokier soup.
Cooked rice, instead of tortillas/chips.
Veggie broth instead of chicken and skip the meat.

There are lots of ways to make this fancier, but I tend to end up making it quickly, on impulse, usually because someone's sick or in pain or just out of cope.
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In ‘Hitler,’ an Ascent From ‘Dunderhead’ to Demagogue

How did Adolf Hitler — described by one eminent magazine editor in 1930 as a “half-insane rascal,” a “pathetic dunderhead,” a “nowhere fool,” a “big mouth” — rise to power in the land of Goethe and Beethoven? What persuaded millions of ordinary Germans to embrace him and his doctrine of hatred? How did this “most unlikely pretender to high state office” achieve absolute power in a once democratic country and set it on a course of monstrous horror?

...

Mr. Ullrich sets out to strip away the mythology that Hitler created around himself in “Mein Kampf,” and he also tries to look at this “mysterious, calamitous figure” not as a monster or madman, but as a human being with “undeniable talents and obviously deep-seated psychological complexes.”

“In a sense,” he says in an introduction, “Hitler will be ‘normalized’ — although this will not make him seem more ‘normal.’ If anything, he will emerge as even more horrific.”
 

Mr. Ullrich, like other biographers, provides vivid insight into some factors that helped turn a “Munich rabble-rouser” — regarded by many as a self-obsessed “clown” with a strangely “scattershot, impulsive style” — into “the lord and master of the German Reich.”

• Hitler was often described as an egomaniac who “only loved himself” — a narcissist with a taste for self-dramatization and what Mr. Ullrich calls a “characteristic fondness for superlatives.” His manic speeches and penchant for taking all-or-nothing risks raised questions about his capacity for self-control, even his sanity. But Mr. Ullrich underscores Hitler’s shrewdness as a politician — with a “keen eye for the strengths and weaknesses of other people” and an ability to “instantaneously analyze and exploit situations.”

• Hitler was known, among colleagues, for a “bottomless mendacity” that would later be magnified by a slick propaganda machine that used the latest technology (radio, gramophone records, film) to spread his message. A former finance minister wrote that Hitler “was so thoroughly untruthful that he could no longer recognize the difference between lies and truth” and editors of one edition of “Mein Kampf” described it as a “swamp of lies, distortions, innuendoes, half-truths and real facts.”

• Hitler was an effective orator and actor, Mr. Ullrich reminds readers, adept at assuming various masks and feeding off the energy of his audiences. Although he concealed his anti-Semitism beneath a “mask of moderation” when trying to win the support of the socially liberal middle classes, he specialized in big, theatrical rallies staged with spectacular elements borrowed from the circus. Here, “Hitler adapted the content of his speeches to suit the tastes of his lower-middle-class, nationalist-conservative, ethnic-chauvinist and anti-Semitic listeners,” Mr. Ullrich writes. He peppered his speeches with coarse phrases and put-downs of hecklers. Even as he fomented chaos by playing to crowds’ fears and resentments, he offered himself as the visionary leader who could restore law and order....

He benefited from a “constellation of crises that he was able to exploit cleverly and unscrupulously” — in addition to economic woes and unemployment, there was an “erosion of the political center” and a growing resentment of the elites. The unwillingness of Germany’s political parties to compromise had contributed to a perception of government dysfunction, Mr. Ullrich suggests, and the belief of Hitler supporters that the country needed “a man of iron” who could shake things up.

• Hitler’s ascension was aided and abetted by the naïveté of domestic adversaries who failed to appreciate his ruthlessness and tenacity, and by foreign statesmen who believed they could control his aggression. Early on, revulsion at Hitler’s style and appearance, Mr. Ullrich writes, led some critics to underestimate the man and his popularity, while others dismissed him as a celebrity, a repellent but fascinating “evening’s entertainment.”


Scared yet?

Edit: More on this, with linkage.

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Sep. 28th, 2016 01:29 pm
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I finished reading Rivers of London this morning! (Just the five novels, I'm saving the ancillary stories so there's something to look forward to.) My summary was fairly accurate! I'm amused that at the end of Foxglove Summer, even Peter was surprised vague spoilers )

I'm mostly surprised that... there wasn't too much that I missed? Okay, I missed most of the main plot in Foxglove Summer, but I think a lot of the fic I was reading pre-dated it, so I was expecting that. It also had probably the strongest plot of the set - the first four really didn't have plot as their strongest point. Which is not, I will note, necessarily a criticism - I like books that don't narrow-focus on plot, as long as the stuff they're doing in the meantime is fun, and it is - I so, so appreciate that Rivers of London has all of the really, really strong sense of place that is completely missing from, say, the Dresden Files. They feel like - like, they've got the voice and trappings of a police procedural, and the setting and characters of an urban fantasy, but the structure and mood of a cozy, and that was apparently what I needed.

And the criticism of police culture that was coming through strongly in the fic is there in canon; not as a central point, but Peter, while being 100% a copper, is never uncritical of what the police are doing. So I could read it without the sour taste in my mouth that pretty much all other police-focused fiction has been giving me lately. (Just Peter Grant and Sam Vimes are exempt, basically.)

(I dare somebody to write Rivers of Ankh-Morpork.)

Unfortunately all the fanfic-y feelings I got involve characters that very clearly have major canon revelations coming up, and I have been reminded by Check Please! how very, very bad I am at being invested that way in characters in an open canon, so probably I will not be writing anything.

(Well, maybe bits of Rivers of Ankh-Morpork.)


...anyway beyond that I've been deep in avoidance mode lately. I am watching the third season of the Great British Bake-Off because sometime you just need Sue Perkins making terrible puns in a tent, and started hopefully a full watch-through of Leverage in order because sometimes you just need to watch asshole billionaires being made to weep bitter tears, and nearly caught up on the Rex Factor podcast because there is nothing like learning about 10th century Scotsmen murdering each other to help one stop catastrophizing about modern politics (#RememberAed). Also found, and watched, "Under the Emerald Sea", a Nature special that aired when I was five that is the first TV show I ever remember bugging my parents to let me stay up late to watch.

So if anyone wants to talk to me about any of those I'm up for it.

Also I went to the beach on what I accurately predicted to be the last day of the year that sea-bathing would be doable, played some Pokemon Go (level 22! Still haven't found any good way to hatch eggs without using a data plan!), and started what is hopefully going to be a full reshelve and clear out of my books, because it was just becoming unsustainable. Step 1: all 1600+ nonfiction books in dewey decimal order. ish.

More liek this please

Sep. 28th, 2016 12:45 pm
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A Grain Of Saul: I Wrote That I Despised Hillary Clinton. Today, I Want To Publicly Take It Back.

When this election began, I was like millions of millennial men: a "Bernie bro" rooting hard for Sen. Sanders.

Watching the candidate of my dreams get steam late and lose in the primary wasn't so different from watching my favorite football team not have enough energy to complete a fourth quarter rally. Hopeful, exciting, but ultimately deflating and disappointing.

When Hillary Clinton became the presumptive Democratic nominee, I was distraught. Months before I had written about her, explaining that I despised her not for her gender — as some of her supporters accused — but for her hawkishness, her center-left policies, her husband's crime bill that incarcerated so many people of color, her support for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and her inability to get progressive on climate change policy.

I've spent almost every waking hour of every day following this election, reading about Hillary, Donald Trump, both parties' platforms, and the under-qualified Libertarian and Green Party candidates running. ...

Let's start with a simple but important position: Hillary Clinton is the most qualified person to ever run for president....

Throughout her time in public service, Hillary Clinton has negotiated ceasefires in Israel, put the Lilly Ledbetter Pay Equity Act into law, authored the Pediatric Research Equity Act (which helped re-label drugs to keep millions of children safe), and she got the EU, Russia, China and other world powers to participate in the crippling sanctions on Iran that forced the country to negotiate its nuclear plan out of existence. All while enduring propaganda that thrust Benghazi and the Clinton Foundation — from which there's also been no evidence of wrongdoing, in fact, quite the contrary — into the public's mind.

And throughout all that time, Clinton has traveled the world advocating a better life for women in places where that concept wasn't even on the radar. She's pushed for paternity leave here in the United States, and became a symbol of women's rights and women's progress everywhere. Looking at Secretary Clinton and reading about her accomplishments, it's tough to think that it was just 100 years ago the U.S. elected the first woman to Congress. That 100 years later, she's our first female candidate for president to win a primary.

And what does she get for all of this work? As the debate wrapped up on Monday night, Clinton endured Trump's threats to mention her husband's adultery despite the fact he's had three marriages, and been accused of rape and adultery himself.


 



Dear Yuletide Writer

Sep. 28th, 2016 08:25 pm
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Dear Yuletide writer,

Thank you for writing for me! I am very non-fussy about Yuletide and love the fandoms I requested, so please don't stress too much about making me happy. Write me something in a fandom I love, and I will be happy. If you click on my Yuletide tag you will find past letters with lots of detail on what I like in general.

Two little FYIs: I started writing my letter at home, then left before I could finish it. I am currently away from home and can't write as much, so less tl;dr isn't indication of which I want most, just due to circumstances. The other is for any friends who might be trawling this letter for treat prompts. I still love anything I requested for any Yuletide in history, so if you don't know any of these fandoms, feel free to pick up anything from past letters that's in the Yuletide tag set.

Read more... )

Posts I want to make

Sep. 28th, 2016 06:45 pm
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[personal profile] roga
-yuletide rec post for the fandoms I nominated even though there's almost NO TIME for people to catch up before sign ups
-yuletide letter - same reason, same urgency
-rec post for some amazing MCU fic I read recently (Steve/Bucky NCAA football AU omgggg)
-talk about the awesome evening I had yesterday meeting a couple of female Israeli Olympic medalists
-talk about Shimon Peres's death
-talk about all of the new TV shows I've started watching

---plus I want to actually go home and watch this week's episodes of my shows tonight

and make dinner

and visit my grandmother if she has time for me??

Likelihood of any of the above posts being written: 10%. I guess it's better than nothing.
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Brooklyn Nine Nine: Coral Palms Part 2
spoilers )

What I'm reading Wednesday:
What I've just finished
Siege and Storm and Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo, books 2 and 3 of her Grisha trilogy. I enjoyed each one a little more than the previous one, but that is mostly due to the introduction of the best character in those books, i.e., Nikolai. spoilers )

I don't know what the actual fandom is like, but the glimpse I had of it on Goodreads made me rapidly back away. I mean, people can ship what they like, I don't really care (I mean, I'll judge, but silently) but there was no way canon was going to go there (even if I was side-eying it for how it woobiefied the Darkling) and yet the outrage that it didn't was potent. smh.

And then I spent yesterday reading Crooked Kingdom, set in the same world but a sequel to Six of Crows. I loved these two books pretty much unreservedly - they might be my favorite thing I've read all year - because they are heist books, a genre I dearly love, so the scope is slightly smaller (though there is still a touch of saving the world, but only as an afterthought, and only because it might impact their revenue stream) and also because Kaz and Inej's relationship hits SO MANY of my buttons.

spoilers )

I mean, I enjoyed the plot a lot, too - it had a lot of moving pieces but I never felt like anything happened that I couldn't have figured out spoiler ) and also, spoiler )

You still have to sort of handwave the age thing - I just think of them as in their 20s instead of teens - but I enjoyed them tremendously. Crooked Kingdom does spoil the Grisha trilogy a little, spoiler ) but I don't think it matters a great deal.

And now I can finish the next draft of my yuletide letter. *g*

I also read the new(ish? it came out a year ago) middle grade novelization of Star Wars: A New Hope: The Princess, the Scoundrel, and the Farm Boy by Alexandra Bracken, which is nice mostly because it gives you a lot more Leia, from her POV even (though it uses the phrase "flipping a table" in her narration, and though I can easily imagine Leia wanting to flip a table and actually flipping a table, I can't quite get to the point of believing she'd use the phrase itself *hands*). I read it because I couldn't figure out when she became a senator, and it's not really clear even in the book, but the stuff in Just a Little Bit of History Repeating about the Emperor congratulating her on her pretty face (and her being a sensation on the holonet) comes from here.

And on the bus this morning, I read Star Wars #23, which I enjoyed, though I wish they'd clear up whether Mon Mothma knows who Luke and Leia's parents are, because of anyone still kicking around who isn't Artoo, she would have enough info to guess! spoiler )

(I mean, I still have to wonder what her reaction was when Leia was debriefed after the battle of Yavin and was like, "Luke Skywalker, the crazy pilot who destroyed the Death Star, brought Obi-Wan Kenobi to rescue me" - I mean, sure, the Empire can erase as much official history as it wants to, but it can't wipe out people's memories and Mothma was there. I mean, I'll accept that nobody ever questioned anything about Artoo and Threepio's ownership, as obviously Bail was good friends with Padme and there at her death, but come on! It's like, if someone said to you, "Eisenhower and this kid named McArthur showed up to rescue me," wouldn't you be like, "...!!!"?)

And huh, was there no new Darth Vader comic in September? Was that supposed to happen? Comics, your ways remain a mystery to me.

What I'm reading now
I'm rereading Crooked Kingdom right now, since I just finished it last night.

What I'm reading next
Ah! I don't know what I'll read in between, but the second Magnus Chase book comes out next Tuesday, so that's definitely next.

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Sep. 28th, 2016 02:40 pm
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I know basically none of you care, but the Black Sails content will probably continue to spam you for a bit longer. At the very least until I'm done watching Luke Cage this weekend, lol.

So, I didn't really realize for a long time after I started watching Black Sails that it was a direct fanfiction of Treasure Island in the way that Wicked is a fanfic of The Wizard of Oz.

When I discovered this I became doubly amused that a children's story was given this very dramatic, adult treatment, and since I rarely get to share the media I like with my parents I decided to delight them with this info as well, which resulted in a hilarious talk with my dad.

(Family lunch, everyone's at the table.)
Me: So, that Black Sails show? Apparently it's a Treasure Island fanfic! It's all the same characters!
Dad: O_o really? That seems... odd. Isn't that a children's story?
Me: Yeah. Well, this show is a prequel to the story, and like, remember the fearsome Captain Flint to whom the treasure on the island belongs? Well in this version he became a pirate because England took away his boyfriend.
Mom: O_o really?!
Me: Yes!
Dad: Well, I guess they're going for an Achilles/Patroclus thing? I mean warrior going mad after losing his male lover is a famous Classics trope.
Me: Actually! Funny story about that. The most recent English language film about Achilles and Patroclus portrayed them as cousins.
Mom & Dad: O_O

Bwahaha, oh Troy. The gift that never stops giving.

We have too many sheets.

Sep. 28th, 2016 02:18 pm
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[personal profile] waxjism and I have a weakness for bright and bold print duvet covers, and for a while couldn't really stop ourselves from buying sets when we found really cute ones, so we have 5 cotton sets from Ikea (which don't even have top hand holes, ugh, but they have great prints)(and none of them are even similar to each other in terms of color scheme...) and then the tartan flannel ones I made last winter and a cotton sateen set that were a gift. (And a few odds and ends. Whatever, this wouldn't exactly be too many, except we don't often have overnight guests so it's unnecessary, and they don't all quite fit comfortably in the closet space, which is at a premium here.)

The problem is I was snuggling under a sateen one the other day and suddenly realized there's a significant difference in how they feel on the skin. They're not just a little harsher, like a couple of the Ikea sets that have a bit of poly in the blend, they're like... so silky and nice feeling that they actually warm up against the skin better, like they feel as much nicer as flannel even though they're the opposite, smoother instead of fluffier.

Preferring flannel in the winter is just plain natural, but preferring sateen to regular cotton is like a permanent thing and it's the worst when you significantly prefer one of something when you have five of the other kind. Not to mention the temptation to buy more, which is a horrible idea in terms of our already-overburdened storage space. (Actually getting sateen sets in appropriately bold prints isn't tough because Finnish textile design is unparalleled - Marimekko, Finlayson, and Vallila are all on the case - but they cost like five to ten times as much as the Ikea ones probably, if you don't catch them on sale.)
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So my healthcare provider attempts to provide world-class service. They try.

... They are trying, yes.

Now, I'm one of those people whose ability to take incoming calls from unknown/untrusted parties is significantly variable, but never great. I'm generally completely unable to take calls before I've properly awakened. If something needs to be communicated with complete clarity and without error, telephone is the worst way to do it. Text is far preferable. That's without even counting in the PTSD... (two terrible phone jobs and one ex-friend having an extended breakdown culminating in serious self-harm. do not recommend.) My sleep schedule is terrible, and there's no guarantee that I'll be coherent before noon, even if I'm awake, without a different medication setup than the one I'm currently on.

They have a website where you can ostensibly manage various parts of the information that is distributed to all of the departments which interact with you. You would think that you'd be able to update your name, honorific, and telephone preferences there...

... and you would think wrong.

99% of the departments who interact with me start their relationship by ignoring the note that says NEVER CALL THIS PATIENT, and ignoring the note that says THIS PATIENT'S NAME IS [INITIALS], and calling me at 9am or shortly thereafter, with a cheerful "Hi [wallet first name, mispronounced]!"

So I put in a request that maybe there should be some place on their fucking website where I could manage preferences for things like DON'T FUCKING CALL ME, EVER.


At 4:50 pm on Monday, more or less, my phone rang. It was Member Services, who had some questions, like, who exactly was it who was calling me? EVERY DEPARTMENT EVER. But Member Services and Marketing didn't call me? MY DOCTORS, EVEN WITH THE BIG NOTE ABOUT NOT CALLING ME. EACH SEPARATE MEDICAL DEPARTMENT. But not Member Services? Because this got sent to Member Services. LOOK I WAS JUST TRYING TO SEND A SUGGESTION ABOUT HOW YOU COULD IMPROVE THINGS, WHY THE FUCK COULDN'T YOU EMAIL ME. But email's not secure? YOUR DOCTORS HAVE THIS NIFTY THING WHERE THEY EMAIL OUT A NOTICE AND I LOG IN TO THE WEBSITE AND READ THE MESSAGE. IT WORKS JUST FINE. Oh. We don't have that. WELL MAYBE THEY SHOULD GIVE IT TO YOU.

Apparently eventually I answered all the questions.

... Except then Tuesday, right while I was waiting for an optometrist, THE PHONE RINGS. IT'S THEM AGAIN. WHY ARE YOU CALLING ME; THIS IS IN FACT A BAD TIME; PLEASE EMAIL IT, WHATEVER IT IS.

... And naturally, dealing with the phone call then? Made me actually incapable of dealing sensibly with the optometrist. WHICH IS WHY YOU MOTHERFUCKERS NEED TO STOP FUCKING CALLING ME.


... seriously. When someone has submitted a grievance about PEOPLE CALLING WHEN THE NOTE SAYS NOT TO CALL, who the *fuck* thinks "Oh, I don't understand this ... I should call them to clarify!"????????

Daily Happiness

Sep. 28th, 2016 12:01 am
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[personal profile] torachan
1. I was hoping to go home a little early today because the next three days are going to be super long (including one day which is actually supposed to be my day off!), but instead I worked like eleven hours. >_< But! Because I know it's going to be a long day tomorrow, I'm going in a little late, so I get to sleep in a little.

2. It was definitely a little cooler today than yesterday, and I had the fans on all day while I was at work, so the house wasn't too bad when I came home. It's supposed be a lot cooler tomorrow and then back into the 70s for at least the next week or so, so that's good!

3. I finished translating another chapter! (Possibly the last translating I do before the end of the month, what with the next three days being super busy, including one day where I won't be home until 3am at the earliest...)

4. Look at this ridic Molly tongue!

some ramblings about myself

Sep. 27th, 2016 10:40 pm
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[personal profile] zvi
The job situation is becoming unstable, so I've added looking for a new job to my to do list. For the end of October, because I honestly don't have time before then. Honestly, I'm glad to be…not pushed, no one's pushing, but prodded by circumstances into looking for a new job, because I kind of hate my current one. It's not that my co-workers or most of what I'm responsible for is bad, but I really don't believe in the product. Anyway.

Yesterday, I got a newsletter from the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee. A couple of years ago, I was really active in church, then I ran for the board, then I served as President of the Board of Trustees, then I walked out when my term was over and I've never…quite…walked back.

I've been feeling the pull of religious worship again, but I also feel, I don't know, embarrassed to go back to the church I walked away from. I'm actually really lucky that I live around here, there's lots of UU churches. If I don't want to go home, there are others I can go to, at least for a while. And I suppose I could make an appointment with the "new" minister at my home church, if I didn't want to just walk in. Or I could do Church of the Larger Fellowship for a bit.

I guess I feel a bit like I've been depressed overwhelmed by life for a bit (if by bit you mean three years), and I somehow don't feel like it is ALL TOO MUCH/not enough of myself anymore? I suddenly…have more space. I don't know what's changed, except going to the gym with some regularity.

I can't wait to stop being sick so I can go back to the gym, honest. Yesterday, I didn't feel well enough to walk from my bus stop to my office (it's 0.7 miles, so it's not nothing. and I walked it on the way home, although I kept having to slow down), but today I did walk both ways (although I had to stop to catch my breath on the way to work). I am literally getting better everyday, but I also keep hauling my gym clothes with the wish that I will have the energy to do even a leisurely 30 minutes on the bike. Maybe tomorrow? More likely Friday.

I had kept my bullet journaling gathering to videos, but just today I was thinking that I might look up the credentials on my pinboard account so I could add bullet journal links there. No one's made a good video about threading or the dotcalendar yet! I need to keep track of all of these innovations that I will never, ever use. (Why the fuck is bullet journaling my new fandom? There aren't any characters! [This isn't true. There's no slash, but there are sure as fuck personalities.])

P.S. For posterity, some debate links. I didn't watch the debate, because I try not to punch myself in the face with tv. My mother did, and she screamed like she was watching the Washington football team lose a game.

NPR Politics Podcast Episode
Preeti Chibber's Leslie Knope reaction gif Twitter thread
That one time Jonathan Mahler, a NY Times reporter, watched the debate with the sound off, but was still pretty sure Clinton won

Slice of life

Sep. 27th, 2016 08:35 pm
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[personal profile] resonant
Me: So I stay up way, way too late.
Kidlet: Uh-huh.
Me: So late. Trying so hard to make myself get up and go to bed.
Kidlet: Uh-huh.
Me: So today I open my laptop, and what I've typed into my Google search field is: "How is John Legend so handsome?"
Kidlet: That late, huh?

New fic: Sway with me

Sep. 27th, 2016 04:13 pm
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[personal profile] gwyn
The coda to my Stucky big bang story Still Let Me Sleep that no one was really clamoring for:

Sway With Me (2673 words) by gwyneth rhys
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: Steve Rogers, James "Bucky" Barnes, Sam Wilson, Natasha Romanov
Additional Tags: Dreamsharing, Dreams, Reunions, Non-Linear Narrative
Series: Part 1 of Still Let Me Sleep
Summary:

Steve loved nights like this most of all, where they went to sleep together yet met within their dreams. And he woke up to Bucky’s face here, too: light breaking on water.

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People who want to vote for the Republican but have doubts about Trump, and people who don't know how to decide.  The latter group are literally people who don't know how to think through political issues and make a choice.  I'm not sure whether these people actually vote at all, but I think fundamentally, they just don't know how to reason through the problem.  (My theory is based on articles involving undecideds, and their comments on the candidates).

And for this latter group, I think this article gives the most insight into how they perceived the debate:
I Muted Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton During the Debate. I Still Knew the Score.

It was a little shimmy of her shoulders — cheeky, insouciant — accompanied by a big, toothy grin. Her opponent smirked.

She looked as if she was having fun. He, not so much.

The exchange came as the first presidential debate was building toward its conclusion Monday night. What was it about?

I have no idea.

Per instructions from my editor, I was watching with the sound off. Alone. No checking my email, no talking to my wife, no social media. It was, for me, a silent debate.

The idea was simple: to test the theory that what presidential candidates — in this instance, Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump — say during debates is less important than what they look like while they’re saying it.

A bit more specific, but not really.

Sep. 27th, 2016 05:24 pm
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[personal profile] jenna_thorn
The kid - Junior in high school this year, but he'll always be my baby. my six foot one baby - had his Open House last week, which we missed, because he and fifteen other orchestra kids were playing in various points around campus - which is relevant to nothing except that I visited his high school library and I remember my high school library as being larger - stacks to lose myself in and hide from the world but his feels smaller. I fear it's because I'm larger and were I to drive east to my old high school, it would be smaller, too. Or turned into adjunct housing for athletics.

Anyway, me + high school librarian = geek fest. I kind of love her. She's created the manga collection for the school and I spotted Cassie Clare and made a crack and she was quick to remind me that no book is bad, and I answered with "You've got the American Gods on the shelf, so I'll forgive City of Bones" and we hugged it out.

Anyway, she loaned me her copy of Hamster Princess: Harriet the Invincible and that's the reason for this note:

[personal profile] havocthecat you were looking for pre-teen recs? This is a little young for a pre-teen, but it's perfect for a middle aged mother. So I'll suggest it to you, and if Kidlet happens to read it, I think she'll get a kick out of it.

Everybody - Ursula Vernon's Hamster Princess is charming and amusing and think of me giving you a hug and handing you a loaned copy (which I can't, because it was Ms. Neal's copy, and I returned it and gave her my duplicates of Fraction's Hawkeye, for obvious reasons.
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[personal profile] jenna_thorn
Hi!

go ahead, hit recent posts to remember who I am, it's okay.

Okay, there is too much to explain, so let me sum up...

I'm now working at Behemoth Corp, and poor Beadslut is talking me off the cliff ... not daily, but a bit more than weekly. I'd forgotten how frustrating working within a company that is too big to see its own fingers or toes is.

But I don't regret leaving, because what I left wasn't the company I'd been working for. I regret not getting another offer, maybe. Holding out for a better personality match. I miss the people, but I don't miss the company
because staying at Merged Co was getting scarier and scarier, so my jump was still better than staying.

I have to remind myself of that periodically. Okay, that really is daily. I don't go to B every single time. 8-) All of my pants at this point are big girl pants.

I'm working for the paycheck and that's disappointing, but also reality and it's been reality for most everyone most of their working careers, so the fact that I've been lucky in the past has spoiled me. But I was able to do good things, helpful things, help people and international projects kind of things, and now I'm spinning as fast as I can to no noticeable effect, a tiny cog in a huge machine. Eventually the churn of change will settle, so I won't be staggering around trying to regain my balance. Possibly by year end? That would be nice. Possibly a bit optimistic.

Work continues apace on the Captain America shawl. There is no more of that yarn for love or money (Oh, my LYS is the best. She didn't have any more (apparently it was a special edition) so she searched the internet, and zilch, Ravelry had none in stash to sell, but! I found the base for it, so that plus a spool of metallic sewing thread and I'm calling it close enough.

And anyone who tells me they can see the difference doesn't get to pet it. Well, once it's finished. I'm just about out of the last of the Starry skein now.

I find it highly amusing that tonight's the first time I've been on F*Book in forever, and Catt's posted her most recent project - a Cap laptop case. 8-) I'm only on F*book tonight because I'm at our California site of Behemoth Corp, sitting in a hotel room waiting for 8 am tomorrow. Well, 7 counting the walk.

Oh! Californians apparently don't eat. I hate navigating strange cities, so I avoid getting a rental if I can, right? So I found a hotel within "walking distance" of the corporate site, and made sure that hotel had a shuttle to the airport. Except there is no food. Or if there is (apparently, there's an In 'N Out right nearby, on Sepulveda. Nope. Nothing. Zip. Zilch.), I could not find it. Could not find anything, but then turned the corner and bam! food truck! which is old hat to the rest of the world, but to my suburbanite ass, is nifty neato keen! So linner (lunch on pacific time, 2 pm to my stomach on Texas time, 8 hours since breakfast) was a food truck chicken sandwich that seemed like a much better idea then than it does now, three hours later. But it seemed like a tourist thing to do. Food truck. 8-)

(edited to add: nope, it's me. Had I gone one more street over, or one more street down, there are new-to-me chains galore. which is refreshing - to know that wherever I am, greasy burgers are an option.)

So yeah, nobody eats in California (okay, the hotel has a $15 buffet for breakfast. I'm hoping this site has a cafeteria like our site does for the rest of this trip. ) and everyone was remarking on how horribly hot it is, which 90 degrees, um, okay, but I swear the sun is closer here or something, because I am sunburned without getting overheated. Weird.

Anyway, kisses from the shadows! Eventually I'll be able to play again. Fingers crossed that's as early as next month. Or maybe December.
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[personal profile] mara
Dear Yule Goat:

I love you already because these are fandoms that need more fic! I'm honestly going to be happy with whatever you choose to write, so don't feel constrained by what I write here, but if you are the kind of writer who likes the optional details, here they are.


Optional details are optional! )

I haven't decided if I'm going to request any other fandoms...

Things and stuff

Sep. 28th, 2016 09:48 am
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[personal profile] china_shop
1. I'm droooowning in tabs. I have 105 tabs 27 tabs open, and it should be 15 max. There are things in there with deadlines attached, things I'm using as reminders that aren't working, various sites about the local body election, various LJ/DW posts to read and reply to, SO MUCH STUFF. And that's after I ebookified a bunch of articles on the US election. I think I'm going to have to allow myself an hour to get ruthless and prune 'em back (but the prospect makes me feel tired).

2. We finished Queen In-hyun's Man last night. It was adorable! I mean, it didn't stir my soul the way Healer did, but definitely a 4/5, would recommend. Very clever use of time-travel, adorable leading lady and impressively smart and chill leading man. Next week we're dipping into the random collection of Kdramas I've Acquired to see what we can find to replace it.

3. I had an excellent day yesterday. There was less of the bone-chilling Arctic wind than there has been of late, so I cycled to meet [livejournal.com profile] vaudevilles for lunch, then went and sat on the waterfront to go through my Korean vocab flashcards and have a brief conversation with a ladybird that landed on my hand. (♥) I went for a swim at the pool and cycled home, intending to drive up to J's for Kdrama watchings, but it was a nice enough day that the car didn't seem justified, so I took the bike there too.

We're watching Sports Night along with our regularly scheduled Kdrama, and a lot of it is putting my teeth on edge this time around, but I'm still all, "Awww! Dan and Casey! Smooshcakes!"

4. Over the weekend I finished the first draft of the fic I was writing! \o/ \o/ \o/ It's an AU of the White Collar s1 finale, and it's the longest thing I've written in ages. Now I just need to hammer it into some kind of shape. [personal profile] wc_rewatch | [livejournal.com profile] wc_rewatch is back, so I don't have much time or I'll get behind on that. (Who am I kidding? I'm already behind on that. I only have three days left to watch 2.01 and make a fanwork for it, and those days are already full of other things. (Note: Fanworks aren't a compulsory part of [livejournal.com profile] wc_rewatch, by any means; I just don't want to break my streak.))

5. My brainwave idea: fanworks creators should be able to pin a work at the top of their AO3 works list.

(My primary motivator for thinking this is that I'm still deeply invested in my Waltzverse, but thanks to my flurry of [livejournal.com profile] wc_rewatch missing scenes and episode tags, all the Waltzverse fics are now buried on the second page, and the first story is probably even further back.)

What do you think? Shall I put in a support request? (Better yet -- does someone else want to?)
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[personal profile] dira
Tada! The sexy consensual Steve/Bucky ageplay that no one asked for! :D

Start All Over (in a Little Bitty World) (18520 words) by Dira Sudis
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers
Additional Tags: Age Play, sexual age play, Daddy Kink, Consensual Kink, Homegrown Kink Practices, In-Scene Kink Negotiation, Bathing/Washing, Virginity Roleplay, please and thank you, Spanking, Corporal Punishment, Face Slapping, 1930s Parenting, Dom/sub, Anal Fingering, Anal Sex, Bruises, Cuddling & Snuggling
Summary:

Steve had been all of nineteen years old, frustrated with the obvious pretense of dominating Bucky when he barely came up to Bucky’s shoulder, even though they both desperately wanted it to work. He’d snapped, “This is stupid, Buck! I couldn’t really boss you around when you were six years old!”

Bucky, without hesitation, had said, “I’ll be five, then. Come on, here, I’m five.”

He’d folded to his knees and looked up at Steve for the first time with Jamesy’s eyes, spoke for the first time with Jamesy’s voice, and said, “Mister? I need somebody to look after me.”

Steve hadn’t always done the best job of it, but God, he’d tried, and he’d loved trying. He wasn’t ever going to quit trying.

i don't care if i never get back

Sep. 27th, 2016 10:14 am
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[personal profile] musesfool
They say there's no crying in baseball, but I cried through the tribute to Jose Fernandez (even the Mets TV broadcast team cried) - that was the most mournful version of "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" I've ever heard - and again when Dee Gordon hit that home run. I feel like they could have called the game for the Marlins then and I'd have been all right with it. I don't know how those guys managed to play nine innings. Otoh, I totally understand the need to have something to do instead of just dwelling on what you've lost, so I guess that's how they did it. I'd like the Mets to not lose the next couple to the Marlins, but I also can't really feel the same intensity about it as I would against another team at this point. I thought this was a lovely take on the situation.

In better news, I have Crooked Kingdom in my hot little hands, and now I am desperate to read it so I can finish writing my yuletide letter. *snerk* I guess there'll be more on that tomorrow in the Wednesday book post.

***

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Sep. 27th, 2016 12:33 pm
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[personal profile] marina
So, work is being even gross-er than usual (it'll only get worse in October, and then maybe, MAYBE get a little better towards the end of November, in my estimation) and the moving-to-a-new-place is looming (and I'm a bit paralyzed, like a bunny in headlights) and I am of course (OF COURSE) getting kind of sick (because everyone is) and desperately trying to keep up my health on the one hand and continue swimming to keep my back from getting fucked up on the other hand and...

Black Sails, friends. Thank god for garbage television to keep me occupied, with all my favorite tropes and settings.

I mean, to be fair, there is a drastic difference in the level of fail between S1 (so far) and S2-3. Like, night and day. Thank god I didn't stick with S1 originally because it's been 5 episodes out of 8 and almost every single one of them has had a moment that made me want to burn down humanity. The only thing that's been genuinely fun is tracing the mindfuck they were doing with Flint and his lady love. So many delicious details the show sowed to make their romance seem completely textbook before flipping everything on its head in S2.

Flint and Miranda in S1 )

Culture Consumed Tuesday

Sep. 27th, 2016 08:12 pm
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[personal profile] vass
[for the last two weeks]

Books

Read Ursula Vernon's Dragonbreath #8: Nightmare of the Iguana. Wendell's mother just took a leap from "your friend's annoying health food and science ed mother" into "your friend's seriously dysfunctional health food and science ed mother who is doing him real harm with her food issues."

Also Dragonbreath #9: The Case of the Toxic Mutants, in which I enjoyed Danny's grandfather and his neighbour more than most of the other characters.

Started Max Gladstone's Last First Snow. Hi Elayne!

Still reading Les Mis sporadically, having fallen off the every day thing again.

Splurged on Kate Bornstein's My New Gender Workbook (I already own the original edition, but this one's ten years newer and vastly updated) which was heavily discounted at the Book Depository, because with Various Stuff that's been going on, I really needed a trans auncy to come tell me my gender identity is valid. (Kate signs hirself as Aunty Kate on Twitter, but I typed auncy above because the fact that ze's genderqueer is relevant here to why I needed hir book right now.)

(Side note: auncy or aunky? "uncle" doesn't have a K in it, but I know some people use "ankle" rather than "auncle" for a non-binary parent's sibling or affectionate title of respect for someone a generation older than one. And I feel like aunky is more fun to spell and easier to figure out how to pronounce. But it's easier to guess what auncy means, so...?) (Another side note: I am so grateful to hir for being Aunt Kate to whoever wants hir to. And the same to George Takei re Uncle George.)

Anyway, that arrived, and I'm flipping through it gratefully.

Reading T. Kingfisher's serial, Summer in Orcus, as it arrives.

Read Courtney Milan's Year of the Crocodile, a short story (10K words) set after Trade Me, in which Tina's parents tag-team Blake's dad. I will just leave that out of context, shall I? So, I read this, then I read the two short stories Milan linked to in the back of the ebook, then I read the spoiler page on her website, then I went !!!!! and now I cannot wait for the rest of it.

I've been really excited about Hold Me (the sequel to Trade Me, about Tina's best friend Maria, who is trans and Latina) since I finished Trade Me, and have been low-key pissed off that apparently AFR bit the author's brain so hard she couldn't finish that one before haring off to write his story. After reading Year of the Crocodile and then those short stories and then the spoilers? I understand now. And I CANNOT WAIT for AFR's story, omg. (I guessed one key element of it when I read Trade Me, which was confirmed in Year of the Crocodile. But there's more.)

Comics and Manga

Read Lumberjanes vol 1. It's not what I expected (a lot more supernatural weirdness) but I like it. Poor Jen.

Crafts

You know that game where you make a fake album cover? Using a random Wikipedia page for the band name, the last 3-5 words of a random quote from Wikiquote for the album name, and the fifth image from the 'Last 7 Days' page on Flickr as the cover art? (I used a random image from Wikimedia Commons instead of Flickr) And put the band name and album title on the image and post the result? I did that. (Description text is in the alt tag.) I may have overdone it a little with the effects, but the random image I got was a crappy diagram, and I kind of haven't gotten around to installing any fonts that GIMP has access to (the font shown is standard Sans with an Oilify filter run over it.) It's been a while since I did any photoshopping. So that was fun.

Garden

Does anyone know how to stop growing broccoli? Like, when the season's over and I'm pretty sure it's too warm for it to produce anything other than flowers. Do I dig it up, or?

Dug up the carrots. All of them. I planted them as seedlings, three months ago. The largest turned out to be the size of my thumb, and most of them were more like toe length, and pencil girth. I chopped them up and cooked them in a chilli situation, with red kidney beans, tomatoes, rice, and spinach. The spinach was also from my garden, and was rather bitten (I suspect snails -- I saw two of the fuckers fucking on the side of my parsley pot a week ago) but otherwise fine.

The kale and spinach are still going. My lunch today involved a kale and chickpea and bacon situation. :D My summer garden plans involve tomatoes and basil.
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Especially as the context is Chuck Tingle, BUT...

Does my pedantic self want to actually edit my great-great grandfather's Wikipedia entry? (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Sturges_Jackson)

I mean, I have no desire to actually add more crap about his career and flesh out the stub, but STURGES WAS HIS MIDDLE NAME. NOT PART OF HIS LAST NAME. STOP REFERRING TO HIM AS STURGES JACKSON, OKAY?

OMG, it makes me so twitchy. Like, dude, his son, who has a full Wikipedia entry because WWI, is clearly just Jackson (also Thomas--there was a line of at least seven of them in a row). His use of his full name, including the Sturges, was probably done to disambiguate him from his father (also as well too Thomas, full entry, not a stub) and grandfather (no Wikipedia entry, I think, and yes, a Thomas, like his father before him--I mentioned the seven in a row?).

"Sturges Jackson was blah blah blah." NO

"Jackson was blah blah blah." YES

Daily Happiness

Sep. 27th, 2016 12:52 am
torachan: ewan mcgregor pulling his glasses down to look over the top (ewan glasses)
[personal profile] torachan
1. It was ridiculously hot today, but very dry, so it didn't feel as awful as it might otherwise have done. (The poor kitties were clearly unhappy with the heat, though.)

2. I got the house vacuumed (so much cat hair!) and also got a lot of scanlation stuff done.

3. I posted manga!

4. I woke up to sweetie kitties in my bed this morning.

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