Daily Happiness

Feb. 8th, 2016 12:40 am
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1. Well, I was looking forward to catching up on stuff at work today that I didn't get to yesterday, but haha, joke's on me, two cashiers called out again today. >_< It actually was less hectic than yesterday, though, and I got everything urgent that needed to be done done, so there's that at least.

2. Carla got some strawberries that were actually really tasty for being out of season. :D

3. I just checked the weather and the heat spell we're having is supposed to continue for another week! D: At least it's supposed to be back down in the high 70s by Wednesday... The only good thing is that the high doesn't last long and it's pretty cool at night. (I still would rather have actual winter weather, though.)

4. Trader Joe's has these Swedish Fish-esque gummies called Scandinavian Swimmers that are so good! Much better than Swedish Fish (and they have multiple flavors). Since it's Trader Joe's they'll probably disappear soon, but we're enjoying them while they're there.

5. Day off tomorrow! After the hecticness of yesterday and today I'm really looking forward to it.

Justified season 5

Feb. 8th, 2016 06:10 pm
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We finished Justified season 5 last night, gulping down the last four episodes despite my need for an early night (which I managed anyway, somehow, for my own value of "early" \o/).

Plot thing about which I guessed wrong. )

Please, no spoilers for / hints about / reactions to season 6!

Na na na na na na na na

Feb. 7th, 2016 10:07 pm
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Glen Weldon, The Caped Crusade: Batman and the Rise of Nerd Culture:  bitter fangirl ahead )

I can put my finger on it

Feb. 7th, 2016 09:35 pm
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Emma and I are a couple discs into season three of SPN,and this is the moment when their regard for the hosts of demons starts changing, and it's *Sam* leading that charge. I had misremembered Dean as the original main offender, but no. It's Sam.

We know for certain, for example, that Casey in "Sin City" would have survived if Sam had allowed the demon to depart her body; the demon is pretty clear about taking good care of Casey's body. Similarly, with the Crossroads Demon, I've always had the impression that it just jumps into the nearest pretty girl. No reason to believe she couldn't have survived either.

I mean, the gun itself ensures that the host dies, too (Ruby's knife as well although compunction at human death is not one of her key traits). I want somebody to write a fic that starts, "Back in 1835, Samuel Colt made a gun. And then he was really, really, really sad about it and never told anybody else how to make bullets for it because he hated watching people die. That's why he became a hunter. To keep people from dying."

I'm jesting a bit here. I know that within the narrative of the show, sometimes the host has to die. But the boys get so cavalier about it eventually, and this is the start of that slippery slope.

In other news from this rewatch, how freaking much was I pulling on the first watch for Ruby to be another Spike. I was deeply disappointed when she turned out to be a bad guy. One of the problems I've always had with the show is that there's no consistent voice of dissent, no consistent outside voice of reason or point of view. Bela was this. Ruby was this. Castiel is this sometimes. But I wanted her to be this morally gray character that helped them sometimes and did things they thought were wrong sometimes but was a part of the group.

Have some Yuletide recs.

Plus One by [personal profile] executrix
I don't watch this show, but I love everything Exec writes. If she wanted to write about the ingredient list on a cereal box, I guarantee it would be worth reading.

Saving Alex and Lee by randomizer
This is a lovely piece of meta about fandom and fandom tropes. I think it's very clever.

A Normal First Date by alyoraShadow
Fionavar Tapestry
What's that date like now that Dave and Kimberly are back on Earth? I really like fics that explore what the two of them would do after Fionavar.

The Spirits of the Dead by Galadriel
The Following
Ryan Hardy/Joe Carroll
I am thoroughly ecstatic with the story I received for Yuletide this year, so what I am about to say is not a slam on my story at all. The story Galadriel wrote is exactly what I was hoping for if someone chose to write me The Following. This is Ryan hallucinating Joe while he seeks revenge, and well, it's perfect.

Touch the Sky by anr
Galaxy Quest
I love this look at what their relationship would be like post-canon.

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Feb. 8th, 2016 03:46 am
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It's been a beautifully sunny Friday and wonderfully rainy Saturday and multi-rainbowed today, and I am decently caught up on all of my shows; which softens the blow, a little, for the fact that I got home from work today at 11PM.

Here is a fun thing: a person changing her mind about wanting a position in your department, after you've spent an enormous amount of time and energy training them for the job for the past two months; at time while also training another person for a different job, and while doing your own job, and at times while filling in for your boss who was away. Like - it's good that she left now, because better now than in a few months of doing a bad job I guess, if she didn't care and it wasn't good for her, but man, what a stroke of bad luck for the department.

The reason I stayed late wasn't really anything to do with that, but because I finally sent a massive email I'd beet putting off for 2-3 months, so at least that's a giant load off my shoulders. I mean, at least until tomorrow, when I get in the office and see people's responses, but oh well.

I haven't been reblogging Captive Prince things on tumblr because I... don't want to spoil anyone for anything, though I'm pretty sure anyone who might be spoiled has already read the books. And yet. So - some random Captive Prince links:

Captive Prince kink meme on DW! That is a think that is happening :DDD
Combating the King fanart lol
This manip of Laurent - a lot of people have many ideas about what the characters might look like, and while they don't always hit my tastes, this one struck a chord with me. (I also like this Laurent, though there's something about the expression that feels a little... off.)

I have also been reading some fic, which has been fun; I'm happy that now that the series is over and so many questions are answered, there's also more room for people to write fic with a fuller understanding of the characters.

Also: I have seen someone on tumblr reccing Song of Achilles. Has anyone read it? I had not heard of it, though goodreads has... quite a number of reviews. Any thoughts ("nice" "good" "totally overrated") appreciated.

[Writing] Productive Procrastination

Feb. 7th, 2016 02:41 pm
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Instead of writing something I should be working on, I've managed to write 1000+ words of a draft of the handout for the writing tools panel I'm running at Pacificon.


Note: this is just the handout. It's all bulleted lists. I haven't even begun to touch Scrivener yet. Or Word. Or the handful of mobile apps I'll be mentioning.

Prince's Gambit, by C.S. Pacat

Feb. 7th, 2016 02:28 pm
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Prince's Gambit: Book Two of Captive Prince, C.S. Pacat: Now that Laurent's out patrolling the borders of Vere, the Regent's stopped being subtle about how much he wants the throne, and Damen knows that if he wants to protect his kingdom, he'll have to work with Laurent to save his. Laurent, of course, isn't going to make it easy.

Happy sigh. This is my second time reading this, and from the first page it just pulled me in, as excellent now as it was the first time. Because, as it turns out, all I need to be happy is four hundred pages of Damen watching Laurent be amazing. That's my sweet spot. Laurent watching Damen be amazing? Also a turn on. This book gets me. So, conflicted longing? Check. Pretty men being very good at what they do? Yes. But also: Politics! Betrayal! Elaborate Plots! Going Undercover! Everyone Thinks They're Fucking! Sharing a Bed Heap of Pelts!

That list ended very differently from the way it began, but no matter.

Because Laurent's mind is like a corkscrew, there's a lot going on here, so much so that I forgot some of it, because even though I've learned by now not to underestimate Laurent, I still forget how canny he is. He was planning shit in the first book that I didn't notice. So some of it still managed to surprise me, but even the stuff I remembered was fraught because the characters' reactions to all the twists and turns made it feel new again. Damen and Laurent are constantly amazed by each other, and it's unbelievably satisfying to watch their relationship deepen as Damen grows to respect Laurent, learns what kind of man he is, and chooses to fight for him. It's heady, powerful stuff, with a shadow of impending doom. Because of all the lying, you see. But that's a problem for another day.

This is a real adventure, with lots of riding around on horseback and running people through with swords and flirting while riding around on horseback, running people through with swords. What? Laurent and Damen have a complicated relationship. Anyway, I want to just hug this book to my chest and roll around on the floor it makes me so happy. I'm already looking forward to reading it, and the rest of the series, again, this time with knowing how the whole thing ends.

Contains nearly everything. If you need content notes for the first two books, the author's put together a list, though it seems she left off animal harm. More women than the last book, though still only a few with speaking roles.

Starts just as the first book ends, and ends right as the third book picks up. So if you're going to read this, and I hope you do, it should be in order, and it's best all in a row.
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I'm here for all your pre-Super Bowl porn needs...

it ain't no sin to be glad you're alive
Captain America; Steve/Bucky; adult; 2,005 words
Steve wants to make sure Bucky knows how he feels about him, especially after all those years they kept silent, and then all those years they'd lost.

Title from "Badlands." Or read it at AO3.

it ain't no sin to be glad you're alive )


Feedback is always welcome.


Writing Beginnings

Feb. 7th, 2016 01:58 pm
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Michael Mock said: Heh. I've got a different problem: I can't find my opening. I know the characters, I have (I think) a pretty good feel for the world, I know what I want to have happen, or at least a loose sequence of events. I know my antagonists, I know how they connect to the characters, I know how they fit into the larger world. I'm pretty excited about the journey, and I feel like if I can just get it started it'll go pretty smoothly. (I could always be wrong about that, of course.) I just... can't seem to get myself onboard the train, so to speak.

I realize there are people who write the opening last, and at this point I totally understand that. I don't think I can do it, but I totally understand it.

There's a lot of reasons why this can happen. There may be something about the story you haven't figured out yet, and your subconscious brain is dragging your conscious brain's feet until you realize. Or you may just not have come up with the right point of attack yet. (Point of attack = point where the story starts.)

I would try focusing in on your main point of view character. Try to get into their head and think about when the story starts for them. The moment where things change, or when they notice something strange is happening. There are writing advice books that say you always need to open with an action scene, and this is not true. You need to open with something happening, but it certainly doesn't have to be action. (Like the way the Lord of the Rings starts with Bilbo's birthday party, even though Frodo doesn't leave the Shire until much later. Bilbo acting on the decision he's made to leave and not take the Ring is the start of the story, even though Frodo doesn't know it yet.)

A good place to start is often with the character leaving a familiar place and arriving at a strange one. (This also gives you a lot of opportunity to describe your world, since your character will definitely be noticing things that are different compared to what they're familiar with.) The arrival of a stranger is also a good start, or a friend or enemy returning. But you need to think about what begins the story for your POV character.

Sometimes it helps to just start freewriting scenes you know you want to have happen and see if that jogs anything loose. I've had books where the first scene I wrote, intending it to be the beginning, actually ended up in chapter eight.
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4.13 Something Wicked
Original air date: Feb 5, 1996
Director: Dennis Berry
Writer: David Tynan


Synopsis: Duncan's old friend Jim Coltec has killed one too many evil Immortals and has fallen victim to a Dark Quickening. It's up to Duncan to try and save him, but if he fails, he risks the same fate.

Please share your thoughts and reactions in comments. The master post for all discussion posts is here.

Daily Happiness

Feb. 7th, 2016 12:49 am
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1. Two cashiers called out sick, so we were super short-handed this evening, but I made it through!

2. I didn't really feel like doing any translating tonight after getting home, but I'd done some in the morning before work, so at least I didn't get nothing at all done.

3. I made a new default icon using this icon maker.
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Title: You're the Heat that I Know
Fandom: Person of Interest
Rating: Mature
Words: 1750
Characters/Pairings: Root/Shaw
Warnings/Content: Some tabletop surgery, not graphic. Handcuff sex. Brainwashing
Notes: Written for [community profile] halfamoon's prompt, Changes. Lyrics from Flume's Drop the Game. Thanks to [personal profile] lilacsigil for the beta.

Summary: Root is here to rescue Shaw, but Shaw is on the way to rescuing herself.

Also at the Archive

You're the Heat that I Know )

Yay Festivids!

Feb. 6th, 2016 05:02 pm
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Festivids 2015 dropped a week ago, but I haven't had a chance to make a post. So here it is.

First of all, I received *FOUR* vids this year. Honestly, I'm absolutely flummoxed and gratified that these even exist. That they are all amazing in their own way is just f**king sweet.

What's especially awesome is that there are now THREE vids for the 1977 what-the-eff-did-I-just-watch masterpiece Hausu that didn't exist before, and they all come from different angles:

Great White Cat (unexpected instrumental music choice works amazingly well)
A Happy Song Where Everybody Dies (bulletproof music kink + dark humor = EEEE)
Rock Lobster (lyrical resonance makes everything MORE WTF, not less)

None of the vids are safe-for-work and they all contain copious amounts of blood (well, red water). Also your brain my never be the same again.

Last but under no circumstances least is a vid for The Mummy (1932);

Love Lockdown

Oh my heart. This is exactly the kind of vid I was hoping for when I requested the source, but it exceeded all of my expectations by using a Kanye West song that dug to the eternal soul of the material. Plus more Boris Karloff vids are never a bad.

I haven't had a chance to do as much viewing as I'd like, but here are some of the vids that I really dug this year:

For the sake of ongoing mystery, I am not reccing anything that I have been guessed for. We'll see how those guesses turn out in a week.

Hamilton - that song

Feb. 6th, 2016 03:20 pm
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I really think this song works best if you hear it the first time not knowing it's coming. So I'm spoiler-cutting the entire entry. Once again, "Hamilton" refers to the character in the play, not the historical person, unless I say otherwise.

Read more... )

Ex Machina

Feb. 6th, 2016 10:07 pm
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So today I decided to break my streak of going-into-London-thirteen-days-in-a-row! It was a good choice. I spent some of the day literally lying on the couch with my face in the cushions. But I also wrote a couple of thousand words, and submitted to POC Destroy SF, and read a trade paperback of the Brian Vaughan comic, Ex Machina.

Which I feel weird writing about here, because what the shit do I know about comics, nothing at all, that's what. (Fake geek girl, yep.) But, omg, you guys, I love this so much. I've just finished volume 3 (there are 10 in total, I believe) and I'm just hoping and praying it stays this good because so far it could've been made for me. Basically, the story goes like this. Mitchell Hundred, a working-class boy from Brooklyn, the only child of a single mother, grows up loving superhero comics and machines. Then, in his mid-thirties, as a civil engineer for the city, he has a strange encounter with a mysterious artefact in the water below the Brooklyn Bridge, and when he wakes up he's - changed. He can talk to machines. They do what he tells them to do.

So Mitch becomes the Great Machine, a superhero with a jetpack! With his two closest friends, they fight crime!

...and it's a total disaster. He saves some people. Like, a few. But a lot of people are very angry about it. The police commissioner tries to arrest him a couple of times. Insurance premiums are a problem. The NSA get involved. It's messy as shit. Mitch gives up superheroing and retires, and mopes, and drinks.

Then 9/11 happens.

This is a New York City that has one of the Twin Towers still on the skyline. And in the rush of public acclaim following his very visible rescue of a lot of people, Mitch runs for Mayor of New York City and wins. And that's what the comic is about. The first trade paperback is subtitled "The First Hundred Days", I love it. It doesn't have the straightforward idealism of The West Wing and Parks and Rec - for one thing, Mitch is an independent - but it's warm and loving and very invested in the idea of the city itself as a machine that only works because of the people working every day doing things like cleaning out the sewers or driving the subway trains or ploughing snow. And while there are some superhero comic plots - like the ongoing mystery of just where Mitch's powers came from - there are also complex and delightful political plots. It's the early 2000s, they do a gay marriage plot, obviously, and there's also stuff about Mitch being called for jury service and deciding to Be! An! Example! and it's all just wonderful. And my favourite bits are where the two bits of the story intersect: so there's this bit about how Mitch has a no-cell-phones no-other-technology rule in certain parts of City Hall, because machines talk to him and it's exhausting and this is a reasonable adjustment! And there's also a lurking thread I'm interested in, whereby he clearly has some kind of delayed trauma related to 9/11, but the story is spinning it out slowly.

Of course, as mentioned, I'm only at the end of volume 3 so perhaps this isn't an unqualified rec (also fake geek girl feels, omg). But I'm enjoying the hell out of it.

sometimes they come back to hurt you

Feb. 6th, 2016 03:14 pm
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Let's talk TV:

Brooklyn Nine Nine
spoilers )

Legends of Tomorrow
for real though, I think they should ditch the Hawkpeople and Vandal Savage and just have Caity Lotz, Wentworth Miller, and Dominic Purcell traveling through time, plotting heists and getting into bar brawls scored to 70s hits. Victor Garber can come along to be surprisingly resourceful. spoilers )

Jane the Virgin
This show is so consistently good that I don't really have a lot to say about it from week to week - I just enjoy it a lot and wish more people were watching it, because it's fantastic.

spoilers )

Plus, casting spoiler )

The 100
spoilers )

And lastly, [personal profile] selenak finished The Clone Wars and wrote a great review of it. I'm excited that more people are watching it, so they can come talk to me about it, and especially about how great Ahsoka is. *g*

In other news, ugh, the Flyers.

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Due to being sick, by the time I even heard of Hamilton, the Broadway hiphop musical about Alexander Hamilton, it was the hottest thing ever and its fans were pushing it with so much zeal that I was actually put off. I figured it could not possibly live up to the hype.

Also, except for Sondheim, I'm not a huge musical theatre fan, and though I am a history nerd, I'm not much into American history in general, except for the Vietnam war and to a lesser extent the 1930s and 1940s. I find Hamilton's period particularly uninteresting. Hamilton would have to be a staggering work of heartbreaking genius to get me to like it at all. Previously, Gore Vidal's novel Burr, which is indeed pretty great, was the only work set in that period which I liked or even did not find excruciatingly boring.

So I am a little hesitant to put up a post which is inevitably going to make non-converts feel the exact same way I did, and make them even more reluctant to try it. However…

I consider Sondheim to be the genius of American musical theatre. In my opinion, no one has ever even come close to matching him, so far as my personal taste is concerned. Sweeney Todd is my favorite of his plays, and I also think it's objectively his best, insofar as that can be objective. I say this not to say that Hamilton is like Sondheim (though it does have noticeable Sondheim influences) but to explain my own personal standards when I say that Hamilton is the only musical I have ever heard that I think is as good as, and I already love as much as, Sweeney Todd.

I now see why Hamilton is so popular in fandom circles, and why its fans are so enthusiastic. For one thing, no one is going to listen to the whole thing if they don't like it early on, and it seems to be something that either people love or are totally indifferent to. So you only hear from the fanatical fans - everyone else didn't even finish it.

That aside, Lin-Manuel Miranda pretty clearly identifies with his own character of Alexander Hamilton. (When I mention Hamilton, I mean LMM's character, not the actual historical guy.) He wrote him as an immigrant and a writer, a man who came from nothing and fought his way up, a man who ran off at the mouth and was told off for thinking he was the smartest in the room (because he often was). He wrote Hamilton as writer, and as a misfit whose intelligence annoyed others even as it made him notable. No wonder so many fans identify!

I have never identified with a fictional character as much as I identified with Hamilton in certain songs and lines. One song in particular is not only a beautiful song, but is about the defining act of my life - the one moment, if I had to pick just one, that sums up the core of my self. It's a song about what makes me who I am.

I've written about that too, but Miranda wrote it in music, which I could never do. He wrote lines that I could never write, not because he's a better artist than me (though he probably is, and I say probably because, like his Hamilton, I do generally think I'm the smartest in the room so I'm not sure) but because only he could write them, just as only I could write what I write. Lin-Manuel Miranda's surely never even heard of me, but he wrote my soul into a song and put it on Broadway.

I assume that's because it's his soul too. I think it's the soul of a lot of writers and artists. Though the particulars are directly applicable to me in a way that's really unusual, and I would not be surprised if some of you have been biting your tongues not to say, "Rachel, you HAVE TO listen to Hamilon because you will identify SO MUCH, let me link you to this one song that is SO YOU."

I heard that song and I was glad that I lived long enough to hear it. I felt as if, had I died the day before, what I would regret most was that I never got to hear that song. I felt that way when I saw Sondheim's Assassins and Sweeney Todd, when I saw The Kentucky Cycle on Broadway, when I saw the first X-Men and Lord of the Rings movies, when I went to Japan for the first time and saw monks practicing kyudo in Kita-Kamakura and autumn leaves falling at Eikan-do temple.

Again, this isn't about my taste and whether it matches yours - it's about that shock of joy at something you experience for the first time, and fall in love with at first sight. It's as if you exist solely so you could experience that moment.

I'm not going to name the song because I managed to be unspoiled for the show, and so it came as the most amazing, poignant surprise. Maybe it will be for you, too.

(I'll talk about it later, in a spoilery post, along with other spoilery things. Obviously the historical events are known; I'm talking about artistic moments, and there are many delicious surprises there which I don't want to ruin.)

If you are unfamiliar with Hamilton, I think watching these two videos will tell you if you'll like it or not. I think if you don't like these, you probably won't like the rest either. I suggest that you watch the videos in this order. They both should actually be watched, as one is a performance and one includes lyrics.

Lin-Manuel Miranda performs an early version of the opening number at the White House

My Shot

The entire thing is streaming for free at Spotify.

Hannibal 1x13, "Savoureux"

Feb. 6th, 2016 10:32 am
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[personal profile] kindkit
Brief episode summary under the cut. As always, discussion will take place in the comments of my LiveJournal. There will be major spoilers for later seasons.

Episode Summary )

Recipe of the day

Feb. 7th, 2016 12:50 am
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I'm fairly determined to finish running the rest of my non-fiction books through LibraryThing tonight (marking the ones already there as keep or probation, removing the ones I'm weeding out, entering the ones I hadn't already entered.) I started doing this back in December, then life hit and they stayed on my bedroom floor, stacked up against the foot of my bed. Well, tonight I'm doing this. And I'm nearly finished.

There were two books I omitted from LibraryThing because I didn't know how to classify them. One's my grandmother's own handwritten recipe notebook. The other is... well, it seems to be a printed recipe book, rebound by my grandmother, rather than (as I originally thought) just a collection of magazine cuttings that she bound together for easy reference. At least, there are page numbers (starting at page 19) and a preface (with about an inch torn off on the righthand side, so that I know that most of the author's first name is Doroth, and that she has a "Diploma of" and that this is the 9th edition of whatever it is.

There are ads interleaved with the recipes, e.g. USE "KREAM BRAND" CORNFLOUR if Recipe Calls for Cornflour. USE GILSEAL HAT DYES --- SAVE £ £ £ AT COST OF SHILLINGS.

Here is one of the recipes, presented as a curiosity rather than anything I'm recommending anyone try making:


Cheese straw pastry, baked in small boat-shaped tins; 2 ozs. spaghetti, 1 gill tomato sauce (page 134), Parmesan cheese.

Method --
1. Prepare the pastry cases.
2. Boil the spaghetti in salted water for 20 minutes. Strain and saute with butter and pepper.
3. Make the tomato sauce and strain it over the spaghetti.
4. Fill the cases with the spaghetti and sprinkle with the cheese. Garnish with sprigs of parsley.
Note. --The cases for all savories may be prepared and baked some days before required, and kept in an airtight tin. They should be warmed through on the day they are to be filled.
Note. --Tomato puree may be substituted for tomato sauce. It is much quicker to prepare.

Nan (I can't remember her birth or death dates, but born somewhere around WW1 and in the early 2000s) lived in a world in which it was necessary to explain how to boil spaghetti, but not how to make cheese straw pastry baked in small boat-shaped tins.

And in which a "gill" is a unit of measurement. (According to Wikipedia, it's 142mL, and pronounced "jill", and Stephen Fry got it wrong on QI. I love living in the future and being able to look these things up.)

Daily Happiness

Feb. 6th, 2016 12:33 am
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1. The two-year contract I had for internet service apparently ran out last month, so they hiked up the monthly fee by about $20. Carla called Verizon today to see if there was any cheaper plan, since the one I had includes basic TV and we don't watch actual live-as-it's-airing TV at all (I only took that plan because it was cheaper for the bundle than just internet on its own). It turns out they don't have anything cheaper, but for only about $10 more than the newly-jacked-up price, we can get 4x faster internet, so...we're switching to that. 100/100!

2. I got a lot done at work today, even though I kept getting interrupted.

3. We got Carl's Jr for dinner. I really like their steakhouse burger with crispy fried onions and blue cheese and bacon. It's so good!

4. It got pretty hot today, which I'm not thrilled about, but the heat peaked while I was at work in the air-conditioning, so that was good! It's back to being pretty chilly now.
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My medical status continues to be a non-stop parade of bad news, and no one still has any idea what the hell is actually causing my symptoms. The latest was an alarming finding (delivered in a probably over-alarmist way by the doctor, who implied that I might drop dead at any second - I have since been told that this is wildly unlikely)... which may well have nothing to do with my actual symptoms. In other words, I may have TWO quite serious medical conditions, one asymptomatic and discovered by chance, and one causing severe symptoms and still undiagnosed. Obviously, I am hoping that the one is actually the cause of the symptoms, but it probably isn't.

[Unless you are a doctor, any amateur diagnoses or advice will be deleted with great prejudice. DO NOT EMAIL THEM TO ME, EITHER. Without exception, they have been both unoriginal and useless, in addition to NOT WANTED. I am not naming the alarming finding in the hope of warding off that. If you are a doctor (or a nurse, etc), feel free to email me and I will tell you so you can give it your best shot.]

But what I am actually here to describe is something of possibly general interest, which is a very unusual medical test I just had, which was an MRI of my abdominal veins and arteries.

I have now twice had doctors say, "You must do this scan INSTANTLY before you drop dead/need emergency surgery!" only to do it and then find that no one's rushing to get me my results if a weekend's approaching. Guess maybe it wasn't such an emergency after all?

That was a truly challenging test. They dress you in a hospital gown, put a needle in your elbow, put heavy weights on your stomach and chest, drape totally inadequate blankets over you (the room was freezing), then slide you into a narrow tube. It lasts over an hour-- I think mine lasted about one hour, fifteen minutes. (It was done both without and with contrast, which may have been why it was so long.)

I asked if I could listen to music, but they said no, because I would be getting constant instructions to breathe in a specific rhythm or speed, and also to hold my breath. It turns out that when I am trying not to stress out (possibly also because I have done a lot of meditation) I tend to breathe very slowly. So I was mostly being told to speed up. And also to hold my breath for up to 30 seconds, often multiple times and in quick succession. With weights on my chest and stomach. In a tube with a completely white ceiling about four inches from my face. For over an hour.

So there I am, trying to breathe fast (as instructed) but without hyperventilating, WITH WEIGHTS ON MY TORSO, right after holding my breath for 30 seconds at a time, three times in a row in quick succession.

I think, "I could really use some music to psyche myself up for this… Well, I'll play it in my mind."

Me (in head): I am not growing old in Salem's Lot!/Success is my only motherfucking option, failure's not!/You can do anything you set your mind to, man.

Radiology technician: "Hey, you just changed the rhythm of your breathing. Can you make it faster and more evenly paced, please?"

A few minutes later, while I was really hitting the wall for basically the same reason, I tried again:

Me (in head): I am not throwing away my shot! I am not throwing away my shot!

Radiology technician: "Can you breathe faster, please?"

Me (in head): I’m takin this horse by the reins makin’/Redcoats redder with bloodstains!

Radiology technician: "Can you breathe slower? This test has thirty minutes to go - I don't want you to wear yourself out."

Me (gives up on musical inspiration.)

Me (thinks): "This will be a great new way to torment DJ when I write his third book." (He's my character from "Werewolf Marines," who is actually a DJ, uses music in his head to psyche himself up, and also has ADHD, hyperactive variety.)

Meanwhile, there were intermittent but frequent and extremely loud banging and screeching noises. It sounded exactly like someone was hammering on the tube.

As I said, it was a genuinely difficult test, and I know it wasn't just me because I am not used to finding physical/mental challenges of that sort difficult. For instance, I'm not claustrophobic. But after an hour plus of lying absolutely still in that tube with the roof four inches from my face, with weights on my chest and stomach, unable to think of anything but the test because doing so messed up the test, while breathing in a way that I would use to induce a panic attack in the office so I can teach people how to cope with panic attacks… I was getting a little claustrophobic.

When I got out of there, my gown was drenched in sweat. I think 90% of that was from physical exertion. Breathing fast and deep with weights on your breathing apparatus is hard.

After the test, the radiology guy told me that it was probably the second-hardest MRI to do and it was especially tough to have it as my first one.

"What's the hardest?" I asked.

"Well, this is pretty rare… but there's a cardiac MRI where people have to hold their breath for one minute."

I asked, "Can people really do that? Cardiac patients can do that?"

"People always think they can't do it," he said. "But then they really put their minds to it, and they find that they can."

You can do anything you set your mind to, man, I thought.

He then added, "Sometimes they can't, though. And then we do it for 30 seconds, have them take a breath, and do another 30 seconds. But you did great! We got perfect images!"

But after all that, it will probably be yet another insanely expensive test that shows nothing. (I won't get the results till Monday, probably.)

It's either unfortunate or just as well that I politically opposed about 90% of all American military interventions since WWII, and also have an issue with following orders that I personally find stupid or pointless or are issued by people whose intelligence I don't respect. Because I am really good at following difficult orders. Hopefully I will not have cause to discover whether or not I can hold my breath for one minute if I really set my mind to it, man.
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Frtnj I was reading an article about a recall of a baby gate known to fall down when repeatedly tugged on by babies. Top comment was some mouthbreather like, “I think this ‘culture of safety’ has gone too far. By this logic they should also recall large bookcases.”

I know you’re not meant to read the comments, but this is practically unbelievable. They’re now applying the concept of pc police to babyproofing?!

The difference, Pekka, is that those bookcases are not specifically FOR BABIES, and unlike the baby gate in question, they all come with a safety warning telling you to anchor them to the wall with screws.

Somebody give this guy a very heavy bookcase before he votes Perussuomalaiset again.

#never read the comments

kings rising!!!!

Feb. 5th, 2016 10:38 am
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I finished Kings Rising (review to come but: loved it) and in the acknowledgments at the end, Pacat lists the usernames of folks who used to comment on LJ back in the day, almost nine pages worth, and I skimmed through, thinking, "I know them! And them! and them and them and them..." Look at you, you're famous! It gave me that feeling of nostalgic melancholy you get when you could have been a part of something but weren't. I knew about the story when she was posting to LJ, but decided to wait until it was finished. Guess that worked out all right.

If you've read Kings Rising, and would like a little epilogue, try Epilogue by [archiveofourown.org profile] Josselin, one of my favorite writers in Captive Prince fandom.

we want to keep everyone safe

Feb. 5th, 2016 11:01 am
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I was sitting on the 1 train this morning and at Houston they announced that the train would be skipping the Franklin and Chambers Street stops because of "police activity" and that people who needed those stops should go to Rector Street station and walk, which is much further south than I needed to be.

So I got off the train at Canal, and because it's snowing, all the street signs were covered, and it was very difficult to tell which way was which (and the wind wasn't helping), so I started walking up Varick Street and realized I was going in the wrong direction, so I went back to Varick and Canal and picked another direction (also wrong) before just giving up and using Google maps and discovering I was only about four blocks north of my office. (I am pretty hopeless direction-wise below 14th Street at the best of times.)

In addition to snow and wind, the streets were packed with people wandering around trying to figure out how to get to where they needed to go and also with tons of emergency vehicles and cops. It was about 9 am at this point.

I got to Franklin and Varick (it splits there into West Broadway and Varick), and everything was blocked off, with tons of cops and construction workers and people trying to figure out how to get where they needed to go. A co-worker and I recognized each other and did a little freaking out together, and so when they wouldn't let us through on West Broadway, we walked east to Church Street, but they weren't letting people pass through there either, and we discovered that a crane to the west of our building on Worth Street collapsed. You can see pictures here.

One person was killed and three were injured (all by falling debris), and that's terrible, but it could have been a lot worse. Apparently the crew was trying to lower the crane because of the wind when it collapsed (it had been inspected yesterday because they were adding an extension(!!!) to it). The crane was visible from boss1's office and we were all kind of side-eying it all week because it was pretty huge and, well, things happen.

Apparently the building I work in - 40 Worth Street - was not hit; the crane fell into the street, and the whole area - south from Canal / north of Chambers / west of Broadway / east of Hudson is closed off and will be for a couple of days. So my office is closed (I couldn't remember how to check my work email on my phone but I did check the staff emergency notification site, which is how I learned my office was closed so I emailed my boss and told her I was going home) and I walked over to the 6 and came home, which is where I am now, watching the Mayor's press conference.


The Writing Middle-Slump

Feb. 5th, 2016 08:49 am
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(I'm going to try to do more posts about writing, so here's some thoughts on the difficulties of middles.)

I wanted to do a blog post about getting through writing slumps, because of something someone said on Twitter. (I can't remember what it was now, but that's how my brain rolls lately.)

A lot of people talk about the mid-book slump. Writing the beginning of a book is exciting, everything is new, you're creating the world, meeting the characters for the first time. The end is also exciting, because all the plot threads are tying up and you should be done soon.

The middle is the hard part, where you have to make the magic happen and start pulling things together, increasing the complication but starting to find answers to mysteries. You have to make all the cool stuff you came up with in the beginning make sense. You have to set up the end. The story engine has to be fully engaged, etc.

Sometimes it feels like a slog, and that's when you want to quit and go write something else. You want that really, really bad sometimes. If you do that with every book you write, it's going to be a problem and end up getting you zero finished books. (This, by the way, is why agents, and publishers who take unagented submissions, only want to see finished books from new authors. It's a lot easier to start a book than to finish it, and they want to make sure you can finish. A lot of people are certain they can, and then don't.)

So if your book-middle feels like a horrible slog and you'd rather go out and shovel snow or haul rocks or dig holes in the back yard, it isn't necessarily a problem. It's just that middles are hard.

But one thing I've noticed about myself is that if the writing doesn't come easily (and it's not just because I'm tired or unwell or stressed) then the chances are good that there's a problem that part of my brain is aware of even though the rest of me is willfully trying to ignore it. Figuring out what that problem is can be tricky, but first you have to figure out whether it's actually a problem.

I think you do need to ask yourself some questions. Is the book-middle like climbing a mountain backwards through a mud storm because you're tired and need to just keep going? Or is there an actual problem? Is it a pacing issue, are things moving too slowly? Are the characters still in character, are you making them act in ways you kind of know they wouldn't just to make your plot work? Is there something you're trying to do now that needs more setup earlier in the book? Did you forget to put in something you know you really needed?

Or are you actually getting bored with your plot? Because if you're bored with your plot, readers may be bored with it too.

If you're saying: "I have to write this part and I don't want to." Ask yourself: Do you really have to? Is it necessary for the plot, characterization, the story? Why don't you want to? Is it not right for the pacing, slowing things down when it should be speeding things up? Maybe it doesn't need to be there.

If you don't like it anymore, it's okay to make something else happen instead.

You can always take a step back and re-imagine your plot. You should know the characters better at this point; maybe your plot needs to change to accommodate that. (It's often hard for some writers to create a character in a vacuum. It's only when I write characters interacting with other characters and facing situations that I start to get a real sense of who they are and how they behave under stress.)

What is the coolest, most exciting thing that could happen here that will still fit the story you want to tell? Maybe you should be writing that instead.

Your plot is not carved in stone, even if you did an outline. One thing I've found out over and over again is that plot points can sound great in the outline and it's only when you start actually writing those scenes that you see the flaws.

This is where experience and understanding how your own writing brain works is important. The only way to get experience is of course to keep writing through those middles, no matter what you have to do to get to the end.

Daily Happiness

Feb. 5th, 2016 12:30 am
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1. I got so much translating done today! Like really a lot. I didn't get some of every series I'm working on done, but I did seven different series and instead of my usual five-page chunks, on most of them I did ten or even fifteen pages, so it added up to a lot!

2. I also got the house vacuumed, which I haven't been able to do on my last couple days off, so it really needed it. I hope we can get a quieter vacuum soon because the sound really bothers both Carla and the cats, so I hate doing it, but sweeping just isn't enough to get up all the cat hair and dustbunnies.

3. I totally forgot tomorrow is payday! I just went to check and see if my check had been deposited, since it's after midnight, and not only is my paycheck there, but so is the federal tax refund!

4. My cats are super cute. Look at that Molly loaf.


Feb. 4th, 2016 11:30 pm
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Swung by Purple's desk on my way in to tell him to find a hat (so he could lift it to me, for technical victories); he'd apparently just headed off for what turned out to be lunch.

I had lunch with the guy who used to be on the A-Team but who was in HR now. From his perspective, I've "come out of [my] shell" quite a bit, what with asking awkward questions in front of all-hands meetings and such, compared to going "aaaaa wtf icebreaker woe :(" -- from mine, I've certainly gained confidence about what exactly will go over well here, but I haven't exaaaaaactly been terrified of public speaking for 20 years, and I'm still an introvert. It costs to be socially On, except with a very narrow range of people. (It may, come to think of it, help that I've been spending several hours a week with one of those people fairly regularly for the past two years.)

Madam Standards dropped by to thank me for putting a reminder about dietary information on the potluck sign-ups.

Purple returned from lunch to tell me that one of his friends had told him: "Wow, your friend [Azure] has some big, um ... balls?" re: last week's pointed question. Heh.

My whole team has been hit by the plague. The Stage Manager sounds about like I feel, and was also from-home on Monday and Tuesday. I'm feeling much better! (I'm still coughing, and still have a damaged throat.) Purple was out with it last week, I think, but for him it was just a head cold.

I have not yet got the information for User Acceptance Testing for the new helldesk software iteration. There are some things that ARE APPARENTLY NOT WORKING AS THEY OUGHT, THE BASTARDS, and I am threatening to assemble a crew of engineers in someone's office. Pitchforks optional.

There was an emergency team ping from the other end of campus. I didn't take it. There was a second ping, still calling for people. I eyed it. The third ping was much more emphatic. I grabbed my gloves and bag and hustled (mindful of my delicate lungs). By the time I arrived, of course, the area was saturated with security, and what they'd needed the emergency team for was crowd control. (In the event of a medical situation, the last thing you need is onlookers going all popcorn.gif.) So I headed back down.

I have been slowly making my way through an album that Purple had mentioned that he was digging (it's good; not the sort of thing that I would have picked up myself, but good) and therefore was lost in a combination of chill noise and inbox when the Commandant poked me in the arm. "Augh! Don't *do* that!!" I said. No, the Lunatic will not notice your approach! This is why there is the doorbell! They have apparently filed a ticket to get the room they're planning to use for the potluck next week, but it is (likely) caught in some godforsaken corner of the helldesk, since the Dean hasn't seen it. I gave sage advice. The fact that I am helping plan my own goodbye party is not lost on anyone.

Eventually the building got cold and lonely enough that I needed to not be alone in there. So I pinged Purple, gathered up my gear, stuffed some stuff in the outgoing mail, dropped the portable hard drive back on R's desk, and wandered down to Purple's office. He was chatting with someone at their cube when I wandered by. I waved, drifted into his office, dropped my bag, drifted out, made myself a cup of tea, and settled in with the iPad quite cozily. His office is warm.

He came back in. We talked for a while. If ever I find myself near Palo Alto at the time of a beer bash, I should consider myself his guest. Was that lemongrass? No, it was "sweet orange" tea; I'd been looking for mint but didn't see any. Had I looked in the other, unlabeled drawer? No? Oh, that's where it might have been. I suggested a "MAYBE TEA?" label to go with the "TEA" label -- sometimes there is tea in that drawer, and sometimes there is not. Purple evidenced amusement at the thought of opening the "maybe" drawer and wondering wtf is in these bags, if there's doubt as to the tea status. I declared that the herbal ones would go in that drawer... This idea met with his approval.

Eventually, we braved the cold and the lingering smell of natural gas that nobody has ever got pinned down and the uncertain traffic in the parking lot. A little bird pecked about, nearly camouflaging itself against the white line, before flittering out of sight. There has been a wire coat hanger stuffed behind one of the pedestrian crossing signs, apparently for days, though this is the first time I noticed it. I held out my arm, and Purple obligingly shuffled closer so I could loop my arm through his as we stood there, chatting about things you find on Goodreads, and old movies, and all manner of wackiness.


Feb. 4th, 2016 08:55 pm
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[personal profile] kass
1. The fact that y'all don't mind when RL gets in my way and I don't post for far too long.

2. [personal profile] sheafrotherdon's lovely wee Star Wars ficlets, which I just belatedly discovered on the AO3, especially this one.

3. Advil. Because my neck and shoulders were hurting a ton, and now they are not.

4. The mostly brainless pleasure of spending an evening tinkering with wordpress templates.

5. The silence after the kid is asleep.

Weekly Reading

Feb. 4th, 2016 05:53 pm
torachan: a cartoon owl with the text "everyone is fond of owls" (everyone is fond of owls)
[personal profile] torachan
What are you currently reading?
Same stuff as last time. Haven't gotten much further on Console Wars, but still haven't given up on it, either.

I'm about a bit more than a third of the way through Kingdom Coming, though, and continue to enjoy that. It was published about ten years ago, though, so a lot of it just makes me want to read a more current take. For example, I just finished a chapter on the Christian attack on gay rights, and obviously in that regard a lot has changed in ten years!

I'm on volume five of Shibito no Koe wo Kiku ga Yoi, and as I mentioned the other day, have already started translating it, despite having a bazillion other ongoing projects. But it's an easy job, so it will be quick going and not take up a ton of extra time. And considering that scanlations is my main hobby these days, one more can't hurt. :)

Anyway, it continues to be a fun read and I'm really enjoying it a lot. Considering the bulk of the chapters are stand-alone events, I'm impressed at the number of scenarios the author has managed to come up with. Some are pretty standard, but others are more unique, such as one where a guy whose house has a "path of the dead" in it, so there's ghosts walking through the house all the time on their way to the afterlife. The twist comes when he gets sucked into the path himself and ends up escaping it only to have the path now run through his own body.

What did you recently finish reading?
I have finished several volumes of Shibito, but that's it.

What do you think you'll read next?
I have only one more volume of that, so I'll have to move on to a new manga soon, but not sure what... (There are seven volumes out, but I haven't been able to get my hands on volume seven yet as it's quite new.)

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Feb. 4th, 2016 07:02 pm
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Just in case any of you thought I lived some kind of super intellectual life, most of our discussions at home recently have been about who would win a fight between the Hulk and an Indominus Rex. Now it's Hulk vs. the mosasaur from Jurassic World.
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Arrow: Unchained
spoilers )

Star Wars Rebels
spoilers )


*cough* *wheeze*

Feb. 4th, 2016 01:01 am
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So Sunday I was feeling somewhat poorly... Sunday night I had a hard time getting to sleep for the coughing ... Monday there was no question of stepping out ... Tuesday I was still weak and sore, but much more coherent. Today, finally, I felt somewhat human again.

Therefore I wound up at work. phone is back from Australia. I had lunch with Purple and the guys. Purple was teasing me that oxygen isn't really necessary, because without oxygen, people don't complain at the lack ... therefore it isn't necessary ... right? I told him that he was one of the nicest assholes I knew. (That's the sort of compliment he likes.)

lb came by, and we strolled up in search of pastry. It was a slow stroll as my lungs were not all the way up to the hill yet. On our way back, I decided to try going through a nearby building to see if one of the people I knew from IRC was in. He was. I said goodbye, quite regretful that our first in-person meeting was both hello and goodbye.

One of the new hires had arrived while I was WFH-sick. I helped him navigate the helldesk in order to place the order for his new-hire software. As I popped back out of his office, one of the fellows from down the hall (towards the salesy side of engineering) stopped to tell me that I'd been very courageous on Thursday what with the asking inconvenient questions in public and all. (I hadn't felt *very* courageous, just a little bit. It gets easier after the first time, and it wasn't my dangerous question.)

I am still surprised to work in a place where people go out of their way to tell me that they like me and will miss me. I am still expecting the elementary school paradigm where I'm too weird, and then too oblivious to notice that everyone wants me to shut up and stop being weird at them.

The evening was a bit of an exercise in aslkjdfasdklfjalskdfj, as R had a sudden conference deadline, and therefore there was a bit of a scramble! Factors included: me being out sick, the high-quality photos being on the portable drive, the portable drive being Mac formatted, the general difficulty of getting things off a Mac-formatted drive when what you've got is Windows ...

... and the true helpful glory of a company full of very creative engineers who specialize in certain things, and have certain recommendations and pro tips. For example, they can tell me that certain paths are a fool's errand, and that possibly the simplest route is to plug the drive into an actual Mac. And some other things which might actually work. I decided I would try one of the other things first.

Purple said that he would have to take his hat off to me if I got stuff loaded without resorting to an actual Mac. (He doesn't wear a hat, so this will be hard.)

*gazes serenely at the progress bar*

Daily Happiness

Feb. 3rd, 2016 11:30 pm
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[personal profile] torachan
1. Posted my first manga of February! I'm glad I seem to have gotten on a schedule where I can post at least one or two things earlier in the month rather than everything all in a glut at the end. It's better to space things out a bit!

2. It was so nice to be able to sleep in and not have to wake up at six!

3. I have tomorrow off! I do have a couple work things I need to do from home tomorrow, but other than that, just concentrating on translating stuff. :)

4. We watched this week's Brooklyn Nine-Nine last night just me and Carla, and again tonight when Alexander was over, and while it's definitely an episode filled with embarrassment squick moments, it's a really good one. I especially liked the subplot with Holt and Gina.
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[community profile] hl_chronicles/[livejournal.com profile] hl_chronicles is hosting a party celebrating 30 Years of Highlander! I'm hoping to come up with something to contribute.
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It's been a hell of a week (moved Dad into memory care, sigh), but the worst appears to be over, so I can maybe post.

Currently reading: Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides, for book club. Which I am kinda liking and kinda not. It does hit one of my major squicks, but the writing is very good and the characters engaging, so. I guess we'll see.

Recently finished: Oathbound by Melissa Scott, which is the latest of the Order of the Air novels. I'm finally adjusting to the slow pacing as they very slowly run up to WWII. This one is set in Egypt & Ethiopia in about 1936, when the Italians invade Ethiopia. It's actually a nice counterpoint to Elizabeth Wein's Black Dove, White Raven, which is also about pilots in Ethiopia as the Italian invasion begins.

Up next: probably Lindsay Davis' Master & God, which I just got from the library.


In other news, [personal profile] nestra linked me to this tonight, which is making me go O.O, or some such thing. OTOH, I could post my Firefly/Farscape crossover.... :-D

Scanlations: All Out!! ch. 4

Feb. 3rd, 2016 07:35 pm
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[personal profile] torachan

Title: All Out!!
Author: Amase Shiori
Publisher: Morning Comics
Genre: Seinen
Status in Japan: 7 volumes, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations + Anima Regia
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: Gion figures out the secret to a good tackle, but will the knowledge alone be enough to bring down Sekizan?

Chapter 4: Last

some random thoughts

Feb. 3rd, 2016 08:42 pm
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1. Every time I'm watching Food Network, and a soul food place is featured, my immediate thought is: no way in hell I'm paying good money for shit I can make at home. LOL The exception is well done fried foods because frying food is hard (especially chicken OMG; so sad the handful of times I tried to fry chicken; so sad indeed that we had to go spend too much money on sushi instead), and Lorraine does not fry foods. I'm sure many of you feel the same way about other foods that you're adept at cooking. Tell me about the food you'd never pay for at a restaurant.

2. Bela Talbot is awesome. Awesome, awesome, awesome. We just watched "Bad Day at Black Rock," and laughed our asses off. Her story arc is so satisfying to me (if perhaps for the wrong reasons); I always wonder if they meant to end her character that way or if the writer's strike was a factor. I've only seen BBaBR once, and so when Bela says, "We're all going to hell. Might as well enjoy the ride," my heart stuck in my throat. If only Dean and Sam knew why she'd made the deal, they'd be her biggest champion. The Winchesters do not truck with child abuse, and they would be super sympathetic to a desperate child making a desperate decision. That she dies without them knowing the truth kills me in the most delicious way. This hadn't occurred to me when I first watched, but Bela probably started sourcing and fencing magical items as a way to try to protect herself or figure a way out of the deal.

3. I'm asking my comp students to actually familiarize themselves with the platforms of the Republican and Democratic parties for their final argumentative essay this semester. I just finished writing the assignment. This is going to be interesting for certain values of interesting. LOL In related news, Emma's teachers keep endorsing various Republican candidates during class; one of them is very sad that Ben Carson did so poorly at the caucus.


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