O, wad some Power the giftie gie us

Jul. 28th, 2014 12:03 pm
the_shoshanna: xkcd stick-figure bride and groom; she asked "Will you marry me?" and he answers "Apparently, yes!" (apparently yes)
[personal profile] the_shoshanna
Last week I performed the marriage of Geoff's brother and his partner of more than twenty years, which was a fabulous thing to get to do! They're a wonderful couple, and the whole ceremony -- setting, symbolism, grooms -- was gorgeous.

This morning I had a dentist appointment, for my regular cleaning. My dentist is an old friend of Geoff's parents, so when he came in after the hygienist had finished blasting away my plaque, he remarked to me that my mother-in-law had been in two or three weeks ago and had caught him up on some family news. "And how was the wedding?" he asked me. "It just happened, right?"

"Yes, last week, and it was lovely," I told him.

Then he asked, "And how did it go with that minister? The guy was ordained over the Internet or something, right?"

Ahahahahah no. Wrong on all counts, actually:
• not a minister
• not a guy
• not ordained
• not qualified by Internet

I gaped like a fish for a moment, and then said, "The person who performed the wedding? No, that was me," and pulled one of my cards out of my wallet to show him. And when I came home and told Geoff, he actually doubled over in laughter.

I have no idea if my mother-in-law is actually that unclear on what it is I am, or if this was just an incredibly effective round of Telephone, but I'm not going to worry about it; I'm just going to be over here giggling to myself.
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[personal profile] laceymcbain
I know, I know, no one wants to hear there might be a delay in the next chapter. But I've been really good so far about updating since spring, so you might have to give me a little break on this one. Summer's finally here in full force, my garden has taken off (with weeds and veggies alike), I have more saskatoon berries than I know what to do with, raspberries are starting, and my mother-in-law's been staying here while she does radiation treatments. It's been a little hectic overall.

This week I'm away at a writing retreat, although it's specifically to work on my children's writing project. I'm going to try to steal some time, though, to get some writing done on "Moving Heaven and Earth for You." I'll try. There's still hope you'll get something before the end of July, but more likely it will be sometime in August. I'm sorry, but hey, it's better than not knowing if another update is ever coming, right?

Okay, I've got to finish packing, and make sure things are in reasonable order for Mr. McBain for the rest of the week. Hopefully a quiet place to write and no interruptions for 4 days (no phone or TV, limited internet, and someone else making meals) will be enough to finish what I need to.

ArmadilloCon and The Cloud Roads

Jul. 28th, 2014 09:03 am
marthawells: Cover for the Cloud Roads, Art by Matthew Stewart (The Cloud Roads 2)
[personal profile] marthawells
First, after being out of print for most of this year, the trade paperback of The Cloud Roads is now back in stock or available for ordering at many outlets, including:

Barnes and Noble, Chapters Indigo, Amazon US, Powell's, Mysterious Galaxy, The Tattered Cover, Books-a-Million, Book Depository.com, Waterstones UK, Book Depository.uk, Amazon UK, Amazon.ca, Amazon.fr, Amazon.de, Amazon Spain, (and all the other Amazons), or look for it it at an independent book store in the US through IndieBound.

It's also been, and still is, available in:

ebook: Amazon Kindle Edition, Baen Webscription eBook (DRM-Free, and cheap), Barnes & Noble NookBook, Kobo, Waterstones UK, Kindle UK, Kindle Germany, Kindle France, Kindle Spain, Kindle Italy, Books-a-Million ebook.

ebook bundle of the Books of the Raksura: Kindle, Nook, and Kobo.

Audiobook: Audible.com, Audible UK, and Amazon.com, narrated by Christopher Kipiniak.

eBook and AudioBook also available on iTunes


I had a great time at ArmadilloCon, as usual, though Friday and Saturday were basically two eight hour work days plus socializing.

We got to Austin on Thursday night, and I had the writers workshop from 9:00 am to 4:00, then a panel. I got to critique with Kat Richardson who is awesome, and we had a really good group. After that we went out with a friend for Mexican food at Curra's, which was excellent.

One bad thing that did happen is that while my husband was out driving around on Friday, he was on Lamar Street and heard a loud impact. He looked in the rearview mirror in time to see a car spinning in the air, and then it landed in the median. So that was a big shock. We never found anything on the news about it, so we're just assuming that no one was killed, hopefully.

Saturday was mostly panels, a signing, a reading, and signing the kickstarter copies of Blade Singer. I had a good crowd of about 9 or 10 people for my reading, even though it was at 5:00. I read from "The Dead City" which is one of the Raksura novellas coming out in April 2015. (The cover copy for it is probably going to be: “The Dead City” is a tale of Moon before he came to the Indigo Cloud Court. As Moon is fleeing the ruins of Saraseil, a groundling city destroyed by the Fell, he flies right into another potential disaster when a friendly caravanserai finds itself under attack by a strange force.)

After the reading was done, we went out with a group of friends to a Thai restaurant, that was crowded and noisy, but not very expensive, and the food was incredible. Sunday I didn't have anything to do, so I just hung out and talked to people while my husband was on an astronomy panel. Then we went out to lunch with a friend, and started the drive back home.


Jul. 28th, 2014 04:38 pm
marina: Spider Jerusalem of Transmet and his mutant cat are outraged (:O!!!)
[personal profile] marina
GUYS, I'M GOING TO LONDON! Who wants to meet up?

I will be there September 26th to October 1st (I leave early in the morning on Oct 2nd). Will be staying with [personal profile] cesy, south of the river.


(Especially if you want to hang out on weekdays since [personal profile] cesy will be away and I would love someone to do stuff with/have dinner with/etc.)

Also, if you are NOT in London please be aware that I will also be in Germany and France in September-October. The schedule for that isn't totally figured out yet, and I'll post when it is, but meanwhile - let me know if either of those places is better for you for a meetup (if you haven't let me know already).

Randall Munroe is Black Hat Guy

Jul. 28th, 2014 09:27 pm
vass: Warning sign of man in water with an octopus (Accidentally)
[personal profile] vass
Last night I spent some time hitting random xkcd comics to calm down before bed. And I discovered that when you hover over xkcd 609 to get the hovertext, the image turns out to be a link. To TVTropes.

And that's how I stayed up until 7:54am on a day when I had to leave for therapy at 2pm.[*]

But at least I learned how to say "Only joking. Not really. Are we still friends?" in Lojban.

[*] Not really. There was also the knitting. And the fanfic. And a POI episode. And planning the week ahead. And the three hours cooking meals for the next two days. And the supermarket trip to buy the groceries for that cooking. And writing in my paper journal. And lurking on IRC and getting my Dreamhack set up again so I can get back to dev. TVTropes is for amateur procrastinators.

Daily Happiness

Jul. 27th, 2014 10:22 pm
torachan: nepeta from homestuck (nepeta)
[personal profile] torachan
1. We got a car today and went to Ikea and Walmart, which is an exhausting combination, but we got some stuff, so that was good. Though one of the main reasons we wanted to go to Ikea is because we're looking to get a chair or small loveseat to put in the computer room now that we took out the CD shelves, but the two we liked turned out to be not available online. >_< (I wasn't planning on buying anything today, but I don't want to buy a chair without trying it out first, so the plan was to see what they had and then order online at some point if we found something we liked.) We also stopped at Smart & Final to get a couple of their gigantic charcoal bags, since they're such a good price, but there's no way you can haul that home on the bus.

2. We've still been watching The Simpsons every night, usually 2-3 episodes with dinner and I've been enjoying it so much. We're on season 11 now and one of the episodes we watched tonight was the one with Gary Coleman, which is such a great episode. Three prawns is hardly a galaxy!

Stuff and things

Jul. 27th, 2014 07:56 pm
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[personal profile] jetpack_monkey
Vividcon is in, like, a week and a half! *GLEE* Who else is going? Can I get a show of hands?

- Within the last few months, I've finished rewatches of Buffy, Angel, and Farscape. Now I'm pondering my next big pop culture move.

- [personal profile] jmtorres is our roommate now. It is awesome. She brought oh so many books.

- I really, really, really want to make an album-vid of Farscape a la Luminosity's Scooby Road, but finding good, consistent albums that are also salient to the subject matter throughout is *hard*. This is especially true since I only really discovered music in the era of MP3s, so I don't keep a lot of albums in my head.

- I'll have DVDs for sale at the orphan vids table at Vividcon again. Nothing new, just a repackaging of Volumes 1 and 2 from last year as a single unit. If you have one and not the other, let me know and I'll bring a few single-volume of each as well.

- Poking at a couple different vids here and there. Finished one vid, then decided it wasn't awesome enough, so I unfinished it.

- Went to see Puppet Up! on Friday. Puppet improv from the Jim Henson Company. Dirty, dirty dirty puppet improv. It was hilarious.

- Running Fiasco again at the con. Interest posts at Dreamwidth and Livejournal. There's still plenty of room on both Thursday and Sunday nights.

That's... pretty much everything I can think of right now.

spnfic: it's the stars that lie, 2/11

Jul. 27th, 2014 09:38 pm
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[personal profile] seperis
Title: It's the Stars that Lie, 2/11
Author: Seperis
Series: The Final Age of Man, Book 2
Codes: Dean/Castiel
Rating: R
Summary: We fight, we lose, everyone dies anyway, I know. However, I don’t see why, if we're going to fight anyway, we shouldn't believe we're going to win.
Author Notes: Thanks to nrrrdygrrrl and obscureraison for beta services, with advice from lillian13, scynneh, and norabombay. The series name will be changed, literally, the moment I think of something I like. Untitled bothered me even more.
Spoilers: Seasons 5, 6, and 7

Series Links:
AO3 - The Final Age of Man
Book 1: Map of the World

Story Links:
AO3 - All, Chapter 1, Chapter 2
DW - Chapter 1

it's the stars that lie, 2/11 )

spnfic: it's the stars that lie, 1/11

Jul. 27th, 2014 08:26 pm
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[personal profile] seperis
Title: It's the Stars that Lie, 1/11
Author: Seperis
Series: The Final Age of Man, Book 2
Codes: Dean/Castiel
Rating: R
Summary: We fight, we lose, everyone dies anyway, I know. However, I don’t see why, if we're going to fight anyway, we shouldn't believe we're going to win.
Author Notes: Thanks to nrrrdygrrrl and obscureraison for beta services, with advice from lillian13, scynneh, and norabombay. The series name will be changed, literally, the moment I think of something I like. Untitled bothered me even more.
Spoilers: Seasons 5, 6, and 7

Series Links:
AO3 - The Final Age of Man
Book 1: Map of the World

Story Links:
AO3 - All, Chapter 1

it's the stars that lie, 1/11 )

iPad for sale

Jul. 27th, 2014 06:17 pm
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[personal profile] torachan
Irene made the switch to an iPad mini, so we're looking to sell her old iPad.

It's a 4th generation black 32gb iPad with retina display and lightning port. It has wi-fi, but is not the cellular-enabled type. More specs here on Amazon.

It's in great condition except for the screen, which is cracked, and one roughed-up corner. It has one of those plastic film screen protectors on it so it's still usable even with the cracked screen (she's been using it like this for months), but it is probably best to replace the screen.

Pics )

There's also a Logitech keyboard/cover. It snaps on as a cover and can be removed to use with the iPad like a notebook.

I'm looking to get $250 for both the iPad and the cover, shipping within the US included. Please comment, DM, or email me at kyuuketsukirui@gmail.com if you're interested.


Jul. 27th, 2014 09:29 pm
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[personal profile] kass
We're back to watching Breaking Bad -- S4 x 11 at this moment, our third one tonight.

I am seriously all a-flail. I just -- cascading awful decisions for four seasons now and I am still boggling.

Also I have a distressing fondness for some of these appallingly morally ambiguous characters. Not sure what that says about me.

Also also, the show is so fucking pretty that I really want to vid it. And I'd vid it to Calexico, too. I'm just not sure I have the spoons to rewatch all of this gruesome and devastating stuff.

I so do not have the appropriate icon for this. *wry grin*


Jul. 27th, 2014 09:09 pm
melannen: Commander Valentine of Alpha Squad Seven, a red-haired female Nick Fury in space, smoking contemplatively (Default)
[personal profile] melannen
I have my scanner out tonight.

I have also put all of the sheet music I own* into a spreadsheet, so here is your limited-time offer: until I go to sleep tonight, anybody who wants can request one song off that list and I will scan it for them. Enjoy!

Sheet Music Index

I suggest using full-text search if you want to find a certain song, there's almost 4000 entries in the list. It's heavily skewed toward old standards/broadway and pop/folk music from 1979 and before, because that's what you get when you shop at yard sales for it. Highlights include: a bunch of "buy war bonds!" sheet music from the early '40s, the complete Tom Lehrer collection, Donald Swann's settings of the songs of Tolkien.

...no I am not good enough to play most of this. I am a ridiculous person.

* that's not actually all of it, I haven't put in some of the fake books or the any of the hymnal collection yet. or any of the stuff printed off the internet. or most of the stuff in the lesson books, or most of the clarinet/sax/flute/organ music. but it's most of it.

That's a nope

Jul. 27th, 2014 07:00 pm
resonant: Martin Freeman has his doubts (Default)
[personal profile] resonant
I'm crazy about Tom Hardy, but the new Mad Max movie tripped my torture squick repeatedly in the first half of the trailer.

Oh, well. Maybe some of the slash will be safe to read.

how can i be sure?

Jul. 27th, 2014 07:07 pm
musesfool: Tony & Pepper having 12% of a moment (get lucky sometimes)
[personal profile] musesfool
I ended up staying over at my sister's last night, since the party was still going late into the evening. I guess that's the difference between having little kids and having kids who are in their early 20s - the games all suddenly involve alcohol. (I never played drinking games when I was their age - we just went out and drank - but they seem to have a lot of fun, and none of them were going anywhere so...)

So did Marvel not announce any of the mystery movies on their slate? I was really hoping for a Black Widow &/or Captain Marvel announcement, and a Black Panther movie, and maybe Oded Fehr or Alexander Siddig as Stephen Strange. (I also continue to be unimpressed with everything about Ant-Man - a movie nobody wants about a guy nobody likes. Why not a Wasp movie instead? Ugh.)

We did get a lot of Chris Evans grabbing his male co-stars boobs, though, and a James Spader-RDJ reunion, so that was okay. How are they all so adorable?

Today, I came home, did grocery shopping, spent way too much time on tumblr (see above re: CEvans and the ubiquitous boob grab), and then made lemon lemonies (pic), which are like brownies, except lemon flavored. They're not like regular lemon bars. Luckily, I had white chocolate chips hanging around for some reason, so all I really needed to buy were lemons, which I was going to buy anyway because I've decided that I'm not supplying my coworkers with salad dressing anymore. I don't need it, so I'm just bringing half a lemon with me each day for dressing purposes (my salads are very unexciting - I only put raisins, croutons and fresh mozzarella in them, because I always forget to buy walnuts).

ANYWAY. The glaze calls for 2 cups of powdered sugar. I used 1/2 cup, which I think is probably still too much. Ugh. WHO NEEDS THAT MUCH SUGAR IN ANYTHING? Every time I see a frosting or glaze recipe that requires more than, like, 1/2 cup of sugar, I cross it off the list of things to try. This is also why I can't eat buttercream. So disgustingly sweet, and I say that as someone with a massive sweet tooth.


Food log, 25-27 July

Jul. 27th, 2014 11:10 pm
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[personal profile] qian
I went to the Isle of Wight! It was quite nice. Here is what I ate:

Friday )

Saturday )

Sunday )

update of Things

Jul. 27th, 2014 06:24 pm
fox: my left eye.  "ceci n'est pas une fox." (Default)
[personal profile] fox
So, um ... we bought a house! )

I got a new job! )

Preparing for the move is, of course, hard. )

I did look in one box in our basement that I didn't know what was in there, and right on the top I found a scarf Himself's grandmother had made him, which we had looked for and looked for in the winter and couldn't find, and he'd more or less resigned himself to the sadness and guilt of having lost it. So that was genuinely awesome.

Corn on the cob for dinner. Hurrah.

for ABQ folks

Jul. 27th, 2014 01:18 pm
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[personal profile] devohoneybee
Dear Friends,
I will be reading about 5 minutes worth of poetry (figure on 3 poems) at a group poetry reading at the Elena Gallegos Double Shelter Amphitheater in Albuquerque on Saturday, August 2nd from 6:45 to about 8:30 p.m. The Elena Gallegos Park is located at the end of Simms Park Road, east of Tramway Boulevard, just north of Academy.
The instructions I got said “you may want bug spray.” There will be a line-up of many other poets. This is being advertised as a “family friendly event,” so kids are welcome. Admission to the event is free except for a $2 parking fee per vehicle.
Poets involved:
Katrina K Guarascio, Zachary Kluckma, Benjamin Borman, Julie Brokken , Jesus Lucero , Sara Roman, Akusua Akoto, Merimee Moffit, Georgia Santa Maria , Mary Oishi, Jim Nye, Andi Penner, Mary Dezember, Susan Paquet, Dvorah Simon, Anthony Hunt, and Aaron Trumm
Hope to see you there!
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
[personal profile] dira
Fic! With thanks to [personal profile] iulia and [personal profile] templemarker for beta! ♥

The Frame You Made (16543 words) by Dira Sudis
Chapters: 4/6
Fandom: Generation Kill
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Brad Colbert/Nate Fick, Brad Colbert/Nate Fick/Original Female Character
Characters: Nate Fick, Brad Colbert, Original Characters
Additional Tags: Kid Fic, Future Fic, Curtain Fic

(Eventually) six further epilogues for Don't You Shake Alone.

Chapter 4: Nate and Brad and a newborn. :D


Jul. 27th, 2014 11:15 am
odditycollector: Supergirl hovering in black silhouette except for the red crest. Cape fluttering. Background is a roiling, raining sky. (Weather)
[personal profile] odditycollector
Even my default icon is a shower. Wow.

Anyway, I took a round of gen shower prompts on tumblr, and I have a couple results that aren't homestuck related!

DS9: Kira and Sisko for hannah )

Girl Genius: Gil and Tarvek )

....And actually, since I am at it, here are some 3 sentence(ish) breakups:

Girl Genius: Axel Higgs/Zeetha )

Comics: Clark/Diana for philippos42 )

Also. *Would* anyone be interested in me collecting homestuck prompt meme ficlets over here? I have done a large amount of them, but I assume everyone who has signed up for this journal back when it was more active is... not really.
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[personal profile] rachelmanija
It just occurred to me that some of you may have never experienced possibly the most amazing song in existence, MacArthur Park. I refreshed my memory of it yesterday. It's not a parody song - I think - but appears to be very serious. Which makes it much more hilarious. Go on, check it out. At least the first minute or so.

Here, have the Donna "17-minute orgasm" Summer cover. I think I left the cake out in the rain. OH NOOOOOOOOOOO!

Good morning, internets!

Jul. 27th, 2014 07:43 am
kass: A glass of iced coffee with milk. (coffee)
[personal profile] kass
Zaphod let us sleep until 7, hooray!

And last night I had the good sense to make a pot of coffee, which means there's nice cold coffee to drink with splenda and milk over ice this morning.

Today I think the only thing on our agenda is a swimming lesson for Z later this morning. (ETA: looks like it's going to storm, so hey, no swimming today.)

Also I hope to take a walk at some point. Otherwise it is a blissfully wide-open day. The coming week looks likely to be kinda crunched, so I'm grateful for a spacious Sunday.

How're y'all?

for the poetry crowd

Jul. 26th, 2014 11:25 pm
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[personal profile] devohoneybee
Great interview of Hakim Bellamy, the inaugural poet laureate of Albuquerque, by Tavis Smiley.


Saturday night Linkspam

Jul. 26th, 2014 10:04 pm
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[personal profile] cofax7
So I watched Galaxy Quest tonight (see below), and then, for nostalgia's sake, I watched some Stargate SG-1. And you know what?

I still love Jack O'Neill best.


I get all my best links off MeFi now, because Feedly doesn't work at the office (damn it!). Which I assume everyone reads MeFi, so why bother posting links? Anyway.

A couple of links regarding what necklaces go with what necklines: here, and here.

This might be too sad to read: a book about animal mental illness.

Yikes: the lobotomization of Congress. Fun fact: while annual federal spending on intelligence has roughly doubled since 1997, staff levels on the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence have actually declined.

How much sleep do you need?

OK, I seriously have to make these cayenne & cherry brownies. NOM. Here's another variation, but 3 cups of sugar seems excessive for a single batch of brownies.

Oh, fantastic: I found a recipe for a Carter Beats the Devil, a fantastic cocktail I've only had once.

Galaxy Quest is 15 years old and someone at MTV did an oral history for it.

Daily Happiness

Jul. 26th, 2014 09:46 pm
torachan: a cartoon owl with the text "everyone is fond of owls" (everyone is fond of owls)
[personal profile] torachan
1. Irene made super delicious pork chops tonight.

2. Today there were two stockers there at the same time and there wasn't a huge amount of new stuff to stock, so I was able to get one of them to help organise the drinks in back. He did a really good job. It's so organised now and there's so much extra space!

3. I went to bed super early last night and was able to sleep for a couple hours, but then I woke up and was really hot and kind of hungry and I couldn't stop worrying about whether I had ordered enough of a product they were going to do a demo on this weekend and I just could not get back to sleep. But I got up and had some cereal and sat at my computer for a bit and when I went back to bed, it had really cooled off in the bedroom and I was able to get to sleep pretty easily.

4. It looks like I may have someone to help me out scanlating Tera Girl. I do enjoy the typesetting and stuff, but it's just so much extra work to have to do everything myself...

Mostly on twitter now

Jul. 26th, 2014 09:18 pm
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[personal profile] marydell
 I mostly post on twitter or lj these days. Still around and all that, just not longform blogging as much as in the old days. 

Insights and headcanons

Jul. 26th, 2014 03:45 pm
resonant: Martin Freeman has his doubts (Default)
[personal profile] resonant
I'm craving fandom talk. Tell me something about the characters you're fannishly in love with right now.

You can tell me anything you want, but if you need inspiration, here are some prompts.

1. If your two characters got together for a long-term relationship, what would they fight about? What would be the points of tension in that relationship? What would be the things they couldn't even talk about?

2. What do your characters hate about themselves? What do they wish they could change?

3. What do they think they're the world's best at? Are they right about that?

4. Old standby: Can they cook?

5. What do they like to do when they need to get out of their heads a little bit?

6. If they got technomagically regressed to childhood, who would be the best babysitter for them?

7. Old standby #2: Can they sing?


Jul. 26th, 2014 03:53 pm
kass: white cat; "kass" (Default)
[personal profile] kass
Good friends.

Beautiful summertime.

The laundry machines which are even now churning clothes clean and dry.

Muji-cha chilling in the fridge.

Z's glee at rediscovering a toy he thought he'd lost.

Cold fizzy water with lemon juice in it.

Our white fuzzball (see default usericon), who though she is sixteen still purrs like a little lawnmower when I scritch under her chin.

The omens are ... not clear.

Jul. 26th, 2014 02:42 pm
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
[personal profile] dira
Because I saw this somewhere, looked it up, and was too entertained by the results not to recycle this meme: Pick up the book nearest to you and turn to page 45. The first sentence expains your love life.

"In the early 19th century an English convict named William Buckley escaped from a penal colony in Australia and for three decades lived happily with the Wathaurung aborigines."

(From Steven Pinker's The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined, which I find fascinating even though I can only read it for about twenty minutes at a time before I get distracted or fall asleep. I'm really curious about what Steve Rogers would make of The Long Peace, and my opinion of Hydra's organizational efficacy is going down with every page I read--I mean, seriously, they've supposedly been agitating for all this time and we never had a World War III?)

Most obnoxious song of all time

Jul. 26th, 2014 09:39 am
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[personal profile] rachelmanija
Please nominate the most irritating, ear-grating, vomitously sappy, wildly offensive, or otherwise horrifying song, of any era, in any language. Ideally, with a youtube link. (If the horror is partly due to lyrics and they're not in English, please tell me what they mean.)

This is open to anything, including joke songs, avant-garde songs that might secretly be jokes, etc. The only nominees I don't want are songs that you only dislike because you have completely personal bad associations, like that it was playing when your true love dumped you. They should be annoying because of inherent qualities in the song itself. Though being relentlessly over-played can add to the horror. You may make several nominations.

Yes, I am aware of Dave Barry's "Bad Songs" column. It's one of my all-time favorites.

I will start off the race to the bottom with a song that makes me want to rip my ears off every year, I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus. Also They're Coming to Take Me Away, Ha Ha, which I believe has been scientifically proven to induce psychosis. In me, anyway.

ETA: This may be a case of "personal bad associations," but I had a much-loathed roommate whose alarm clock was John Denver's Leaving on a Jet Plane. She always played the entire song, so every morning I was forced to listen to John Denver leeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeaving on a jet plane. Go on! LEAVE.

a day or something

Jul. 26th, 2014 02:42 am
azurelunatic: Azz and best friend grabbing each other's noses.  (Default)
[personal profile] azurelunatic
Meeting happened, reasonably well attended. The gesticulating project manager complimented us on our organization skills as I passed around the pens & post-its.

PayPal saga may have concluded. The things I do for the complicated accessibility situation.

Purple was out of the office today.

My dad called as I was packing up for the day. I told him about the helpdesk occurrence. He quite sharply said that he had been taught that when a woman says stop, you stop.

Nora and I plotted vigorously. A character named possibly Fred (Phredd?) occurred. Plus his genderfluid fabulous government employee partner. Meet-cute being arrested (and not) for gender-biased, cissentialist, bureaucratic, and petty, notions of indecent exposure. Read more... )
musesfool: bucky/natasha, naked (you're the only one who understands)
[personal profile] musesfool
My modem has been acting really wonky lately, so if I disappear over the weekend, it's probably because the internet is not working. I won't be home tomorrow anyway, and I haven't yet decided if I'm sleeping over my sister's or coming home tomorrow night.

I'm so tired of shitty, overpriced tech from TWC. Why can't things just work?


I posted a story last night:

I set fire to my maps (at AO3)
Captain America; Bucky/Natasha; adult; 3,575 words
In which Natasha's road trip of self-discovery intersects too frequently with the Winter Soldier's for it to be coincidence.

I like how it turned out, though ugh, I really should find people to beta for me again, because this morning I had to edit in a couple of missing words, and I also noticed some overuse of certain words that [personal profile] laurificus would never have let me get away with.

Obviously, I feel confident enough to post without a beta most of the time, but having one makes a story better almost every time. That's one of the few bits of writing advice I've ever actually found useful, tbh. Another bit of writing advice I've found super useful - it's on my mind because I mentioned it to someone yesterday - is to start as close to the end as possible. Which is a tip from Kurt Vonnegut. (I also like, "try to leave out the parts readers skip" from Elmore Leonard, though I also think those parts tend to hinge on what you as a reader skip.)

Meanwhile, I am working on another story that grew out of some not-fic I posted on tumblr a while ago, and I can't find a title I like. The story is close to complete - it just needs the climax and resolution - but I've cycled through three or four titles now and while I like the one I've got now slightly more than the others, I still feel like it's not quite right. (The file, meanwhile, is called "bucky's boyfriend crisis," which sadly doesn't fit well enough either, or I'd use it.)

And I have once again run into a wall in the MCU/DCU crossover. I had such a great breakthrough last week, and then bam. I can't figure out how to move forward from there. Sigh. Writing is hard.


Also last night, I finished season 1 of The Musketeers. I really enjoyed it, though I don't really have anything to say. I could just look at their FAAAAACES forever. Nnnggghhh.

And while I was watching, I had Talenti black cherry gelato and while it was not as amazing as the black raspberry, it was pretty great. A++ Will eat again. Having made cherry ice cream that was only so-so (and which made a freaking MESS in the kitchen), I think I might just buy this one from now on when available. *g*


Fic: Faster

Jul. 25th, 2014 04:53 pm
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I wrote a thing!

Faster (10847 words) by lightgetsin
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Rape/Non-Con
Relationships: Jamie Benn/Tyler Seguin
Characters: Tyler Seguin, Jamie Benn
Additional Tags: kink_bingo, Temperature Play, Sensation Play, Relationship Study, Established Relationship, Tattoos, Discussion of past sexual assault, discussion of past drugging, survivor conversations, everyone copes in their own way, Jamie is a good boyfriend, Tyler is too but he hasn't noticed yet, romantic getaways

"Okay," he says, "You know how when you're on a breakaway, and you've got a couple D-men on you? Like, right behind you. You can't see them, but you can feel them right there coming for you?" Jamie nods. "The only thing to do is to be faster than them." Tyler says. "You can't turn and look, you can't slow down. You've just . . . you've just got to skate harder. It's like that."

Fifty Shades Trailer

Jul. 25th, 2014 01:27 pm
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You know, I kind of hated the book (for so many reasons) and still kept reading it (I'm not proud).

The trailer, on the other hands, has possibilities. I'm really hoping they FIXED some of the critical consent and other issues from the book. Wouldn't that be nice?

Yeah, I like bridges in Brooklyn, too.


Con Schedule!

Jul. 25th, 2014 08:02 pm
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[personal profile] such_heights
So like quite a few other people on my rlist, I am attending both Nine Worlds and Worldcon in London this summer. If you are also attending either con and want to hang out, let me know!

Nine Worlds

I will be at Nine Worlds from Thursday - Sunday. Mostly I am doing vid things and Doctor Who things.

list of panels )


I will be at WorldCon on Saturday and Sunday hanging out with the transformative works track doing vid shows.

two panels )

We have always been here

Jul. 25th, 2014 09:01 pm
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[personal profile] rydra_wong
Disabled people: not a modern invention. Not always put out on a hillside.

PLOS ONE: Earliest Cranio-Encephalic Trauma from the Levantine Middle Palaeolithic: 3D Reappraisal of the Qafzeh 11 Skull, Consequences of Pediatric Brain Damage on Individual Life Condition and Social Care

Licescience: 100,000-Year-Old Case of Brain Damage Discovered

So: around 100,000 years ago, a child survived a head injury which would have caused moderate or severe traumatic brain injury. This was "most probably followed by significant neurological and psychological disorders, including troubles in social communication". But they lived a significant number of years after the injury, and were buried in a way that suggest unusual, deliberate ceremony.

(Which could, of course, mean "these deer antlers ward off the evil from this unholy changeling child we finally executed." Many stories are possible.)

Hello, Qafzeh 11. Hello across the millennia.

(Also, hello little Sima de los Huesos Cranium 14, 500,000 years ago, who was not even a modern human but a Middle Pleistocene hominin, possibly a proto-Neanderthal. Hello.)


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