WisCon

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

Anybody else going?

Fic: nothing to declare

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

Fandom: Sherlock

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

Rating: Mature

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

nothing to declare

Sustain, persist, ascend.

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


(Mostly written in early February.)
musesfool: Ahsoka Tano (my power's turned on)
[personal profile] musesfool
At dinner last night (the chicken tenders were AMAZING), I drank three firefly and cranberry cocktails, and they were so good. If you have a place near you that sells Firefly sweet tea vodka, I highly recommend mixing it with cranberry juice and topping it with a slice of lime.

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

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

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

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

spoilers )

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

***

fake it till you make it

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

{also posted to Tumblr}

This week in writing, 3/26

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

WIPs currently active: 7

Words written this week: 3,304

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

WIPs that did get words this week:

Born in the Blood: 1,369

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

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

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

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In Chicago

NSFW Mar. 25th, 2017 06:29 pm
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[personal profile] petra
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Beauty and the Beast

Mar. 26th, 2017 09:53 am
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[personal profile] lunabee34
I went to see this with Emma yesterday, and we thoroughly enjoyed it. I've been reading a lot of grousing about everything in this movie from Emma Watson to the music to the yellow dress to the pacing; lots and lots of people are prepared to despise this movie (most of the grousing is from before the movie even aired, naturally). I thought it was pretty great.

SPOILERS )

Daily Happiness

Mar. 26th, 2017 02:33 am
torachan: aradia from homestuck (aradia)
[personal profile] torachan
1. I posted manga! A new series! (Because that's what I really need right now, a new project. Well, I'm justifying it by the fact that Himegoto just has four more chapters to go...except that I'm probably going to start up something else after Himegoto ends, too.)

2. Had leftover curry for dinner. So delicious. And so easy. I love how much leftovers one of those blocks of curry makes.

3. This is one silly Jasper.

Scanlations: Fulldrum ch. 1

Mar. 26th, 2017 12:45 am
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[personal profile] torachan
Hey, guys! Well, I didn't mean to pick up a new series, but Butcher of Anima Regia (who you may remember from my collab on All Out!) asked me if I would be interested in translating this new series and the first chapter was so funny, I just had to say yes.



Title: Fulldrum
Author: Hakoishi Toru
Publisher: Young Jump
Category: Seinen
Genre: Humor, Sports
Status in Japan: 1 volume, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations + Anima Regia
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Hino is obsessed with playing sports in high school, but not because he loves sports (he doesn't), or is any good at them (he's really not). He's doing it because that's the way to get a girlfriend (or so he thinks). After getting kicked out of half his school's sports clubs, he's still convinced he just hasn't found the sport he's truly destined for. When he (literally) runs into Noborito Ayako, manager of the rubgy club, it's love at first sight (for him), but all she's looking for is another warm body for the struggling rugby club. Could this be the chance he's been waiting for?



Chapter 1: Encounter

Videlicet

Mar. 25th, 2017 08:27 pm
astolat: lady of shalott weaving in black and white (Default)
[personal profile] astolat
Reader, I am really fucking tired. *insert long tedious explanation of the past week involving hospital, fainting, copious vomiting (different days, different family members), family visit, 3 playdates, and ending with my current location in hotel room in Disneyworld*

Everyone is okay now but OMG.

HOWEVER I am actually here to share this vidding zine what lim made, which I was so thrilled to participate in:

Videlicet

I think it is really quite awesome and full of interesting and joyful and fannish thought in the very best way. My own contribution was to rave on about [personal profile] sisabet's vid Bad Romance, which spoiler alert is one of my most favorite vids and if you want to know why GO LOOK AT THE SHINY.

<3
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[personal profile] rydra_wong
(Well, the evidence is fairly overwhelming that he doesn't read books, full stop, but it has been specifically reported that he says he hasn't read any presidential biographies.)

This suggests Bannon and Short haven't either:

One Hill Republican aide who was involved in the last-minute negotiations said Mr. Bannon and Mr. Short were seeking to compile an enemies list.

Alternatively, they read about Nixon's "Enemies List" and thought ooh, that sounds great, we should do that, it worked out so well for him.

(Seriously, I don't actually imagine that this is literally Watergate 2.0 or going to play out exactly like that, because that would be too weird and history doesn't work like that, which is one reason why it's so odd when Trump and co. seem to be borrowing such highly-specific things from the Nixon playbook.)

ETA: Do you think they saw a reference to an "enemies list" somewhere and thought whoa, that sounds super-hardcore and badass, we should have one of those? Has nobody told them yet?

Also, these are beautiful words to read:

Mr. Trump’s chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, according to people familiar with White House discussions, described what happened as a flat-out failure that could inflict serious damage on this presidency — even if Mr. Bannon believes Congress, not Mr. Trump, deserves much of the blame.

Dear USians, please enjoy these words and take strength from them.

my heart is a boat on the sea

Mar. 25th, 2017 04:18 pm
musesfool: sara ramirez applying lipstick (pull on your pout)
[personal profile] musesfool
Last night and then today I made batches of this body balm, though I'm afraid I personally find it too redolent of coconut to use myself - I tried it last night on my lips and it tainted everything with the taste of coconut. #the taste of betrayal I made it with the addition of gold satin mica powder, hoping for a golden shimmer, but alas, I don't think it really provides one. today I tried copper sparks mica powder, which I think might actually impart too much pigment to use it on skin other than lips? But I guess we'll see. I suppose it could be a cream eyeshadow or blush...? I'm meeting L. for drinks tonight, so she can test it out for me. Especially since I substituted shea butter for cocoa butter, which the internet tells me I shouldn't have? It's very rich balm, either way.

Meanwhile, I am liberally covered in glitter and I could not be happier about it.

Marg and Helen and the girls all loved their lip balms (and glitter gels), so I feel confident I found a couple of recipes that people other than me like, so that's good.

This morning, I made these chocolate cherry breakfast cookies (pic) and I might have made them too big, since they took more like 15 minutes to cook rather than the 9 to 11 the recipe suggests. I also used almond butter since I don't like peanut butter (I know, I know; I also don't like tuna fish; I was a nightmare child!) and they smell and taste great. And I finally used up the last of the dried cherries from my Christmas chocolate making, which was good. I found they (the dried cherries, I mean) were not as good in salads as dried cranberries, so they've just been sitting around taking up space. *hands*

So I feel like it's been a productive day, even if I didn't get the good sleep I was hoping for last night.

***

Logan

Mar. 25th, 2017 12:05 pm
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[personal profile] lunabee34
I went to go see this with my friend yesterday. I thought it was an excellent movie, but man is it a bummer.

I'm really glad I didn't take Emma with us, not so much because of the violence (which it is really, really violent), but because SPOILERS )

Emma and I are seeing Beauty and the Beast this afternoon, so hopefully that will raise my spirits.

Vividcon vidder auction is underway

Mar. 25th, 2017 10:34 am
dorinda: Will Graham and imprisoned Hannibal Lecter look like mirror images. (hannibal and will mirrored)
[personal profile] dorinda
This year's Vividcon vidder auction is now open--details at http://vividcon.dreamwidth.org/415659.html or http://vividcon.livejournal.com/394336.html .

So many sources. Soooo many. You can look at an individual vidder's offers by clicking their name on the auction page, or a whole list of all the vidders is here or here.

Seems like there's something for everyone...give it a look!

(no subject)

Mar. 25th, 2017 11:32 pm
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[personal profile] copracat
I thought I'd saved a post I wasn't happy with for later editing but it doesn't appear I actually did that.

In summary, please come and talk to me about the new Anne of Green Gables series, Anne. I have a feeling that Amybeth McNulty may replace Megan Follows as the actor who played Anne of my heart. Did you like it? How about Matthew? What did you think of the differences from canon? When is the next episode already?

I also have thoughts about Fortitude: spoilers )

Daily Happiness

Mar. 25th, 2017 02:57 am
torachan: a kitten looking out the window (chloe in window)
[personal profile] torachan
1. Today was a ridiculously hectic day. With inventory over, everyone ordered a lot for today's delivery...and then four people called in sick (plus one person who'd already asked for the day off), so we were super short-handed. D: But I think I managed to get all the most urgent things done, and hopefully tomorrow will be better.

2. Carla stopped at See's Candy while she was out doing errands this morning. :D

3. I'm still up pretty late, but I'm getting to bed earlier than yesterday at least.

4. Tall Chloe!

Vidthings

Mar. 24th, 2017 05:04 pm
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[personal profile] kass
Okay, this is AWESOME: Videlicet, a vidding zine featuring albymangroves, astolat, bironic, bradcpu, cathexys, gwyneth, hollywoodgrrl, kiki_miserychic, lim, loki, mordandawn, obsessive24, pteryx, speranza, stultiloquentia, thefourthvine, and tons of vids. I've only just started browsing it and it is delicious.

Also, [livejournal.com profile] sigerson sent me a link to a truly adorable Voltron vid made to "Starships," which I just showed to Zaphod, and which made us both very happy.

Here it is! )

February booklog

Mar. 24th, 2017 08:47 pm
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[personal profile] wychwood
14. Promise of Shadows - Justina Ireland ) Very YA novel - there's some interesting bits, but it's not really the kind of book that works for adults, I don't think. You have to be about fifteen for this one.


15. Hild - Nicola Griffith ) I can see a lot of good things about this book, but ultimately it was just not what I wanted it to be. And I do think she gets religion wrong.


16. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and 18. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets - JK Rowling ) I was planning a whole series re-read, but I'm not sure I'm going to keep on with it - but there are still a lot of good things about this series.


17. Origin in Death - JD Robb ) Solid, as ever, and proper science fiction too.


19. Fashion in Action - John K Snyder III ) Really strange fashion-and-action-adventure, but this was a lot of fun. The 80s were really weird, sometimes.


20. Born to Run - Bruce Springsteen ) Probably not one for readers who aren't already fans, but if you are, this goes from "huh, ok" to fascinating, and it's extremely readable.


21. Better and 22. Being Mortal - Atul Gawande ) Gawande is just great. I'm sorry there aren't more of these to read.


23. Life and Society in the Hittite World - Trevor Bryce ) This was harder work than I expected, and mostly interesting to me as a case study of how little it is possible to know about the past. But it's definitely left me thinking.
twistedchick: General Leia in The Force Awakens (Default)
[personal profile] twistedchick
Die Hard. The original movie, John McClane at Nakatomi Plaza, dealing with terrorists, burglars, cops, the FBI and so on.

When John arrives at the big holiday party on the 30th floor, a small string ensemble is playing classical and seasonal music. They're located in a musicians' gallery, partway up a side wall, a kind of balcony, with a stairway for access from the main room, possibly a doorway to an upper hall behind them. Shots are fired, Hans and his merry men arrive, and the employees of Nakatomi Corp. are harried into the central room with the small fountains, stonework, pools, plants, etc. The musicians are seen once, running down the stairs or away from the situation, with their instruments.

What happens to them?

They can't get out; the building is locked down, the elevators (entrance in the room with the hostages) are stopped. They are not shot, harassed, or anything else onscreen. They are not among the group on the roof, later. Neither they nor their instruments are seen again for the entire movie.

I have a theoretical answer.

They are not human; they are fey musicians, arranged for by someone at Nakatomi who has connections to the Faerie world. When danger arises, they move down, huddle with the crowd and vanish, in such a way that they are not seen doing it -- and so many people are in shock at the terrorists' arrival that their leaving isn't noticed.

They make their way back to their homeland -- there is a gateway nearby, in the green area surrounding the building; the Los Angeles fey community has used it for centuries, and the modern era's takeover of the region with concrete and steel does not affect them; as long as the steel is not exposed and they are not forced into contact with it, it is not an issue. And they report what has happened to their region's queen.

The queen parts the gossamer curtains and scries in a pond in the mortal world. "It will be well. McClane is there." And she forbears to send elven troops to deal with the interlopers.

The magicians huddle and murmur. Who is this McClane? Ahh, *that* McClane, the reincarnation of one of their mightiest warriors, canny and powerful, who goes this time in the guise of a NY city cop, the better to fit into the culture. All will indeed be well.
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[personal profile] musesfool
Five random things on Friday afternoon:

a. I realized I'd miscalculated and only had enough lettuce for four days of lunch salads. I still have croutons, cranberries, cheese, and cashews walnuts (the alliteration was working there for a minute), but no more romaine. So I had an everything bagel with scallion cream cheese and it sure was tasty.

2. Why is it so hard to find a nice red patent leather tote bag? It doesn't even have to be real leather? I would take PVC! But apparently it's not in style now? I don't understand - how does red patent leather ever go out of style?

iii. I went to bed early last night - the past two nights I've had that low-grade fever feeling, with the aches and the chills - and slept okay but I still did not want to get out of bed this morning. I am hopefully going to get some sleep over the weekend.

D. so in the oft-mentioned but still unfinished Thing 1 and Thing 2, I've been trying not to repeat events (it's the same overall story told from two POVs), but I came to a thing that I think has to be told twice - once when it happens, and then once again later, as told by the person it happened to directly. I think that makes it less repetitive? I don't know. I still haven't figured it all out. I've never really done a thing like this before, where it's separate stories rather than just sections from different POVs. I guess we'll see how it works if I ever finish them.

5. Alyssa texted me that she was feeling sad on Wednesday so she put two of the songs from the Flash/Supergirl musical ("Super Friend" and "Put a Little Love in Your Heart") on repeat along with "Hooked on a Feeling," "December 1963 (Oh What a Night)," and the Lego Batman song and found it very cheering. In case you also feel in need of happiness.

Sigh. I am so ready to go home.

***

All the TV

Mar. 24th, 2017 10:05 am
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[personal profile] lunabee34
1. Downton Abbey watch continues. SPOILERS )

2. I have been enjoying The Walking Dead so much more now that we've gotten past the "must establish Rick's manpain" portion of the season. SPOILERS )

3. NCIS just did an episode where someone has cancer, and it pissed me off. Everyone keeps telling the patient to keep fighting and not to give up, and I don't think that's always good advice. A person has the right to decide she doesn't want to do X horrible thing that may not work. Also, they dangled an experimental drug trial in front of her like a miracle cure, and that is just not the way it works. First off, you might not qualify for the trial, you might end up in the placebo group, and the drug might not even work or it might have terrible side effects (give you a different kind of cancer or make your kidneys explode, who knows?). Bah.

4. Emma and I finished season 1 of Dollhouse and loved it. SPOILERS )

Daily Happiness

Mar. 24th, 2017 04:13 am
torachan: palmon smiling (palmon)
[personal profile] torachan
1. I slept in until about 1pm, so that was good. Unfortunately that seems to have pushed my late sleep schedule even further back, and it was already creeping further than I'd like. (Here it is 4am and I'm a bit tired but not like super sleepy, though I will at least get in bed after posting this, and see if that makes me sleepier.) However! The person who usually closes on Fridays is out tomorrow, so I have to stay till closing, which means I don't have to go in until noonish, and the same goes for Saturday and Sunday, and then I have Monday off and no morning plans, so even if my sleep schedule is terrible, I at least have the next four days in a row I can sleep in. :p

2. Carla happened to see (Japanese) curry on sale at the store today and bought some, so I made curry for dinner. It was delicious and now we have lots of leftovers as well, for easy meals.

3. I finished translating the first chapter of a new series I'm working on, and hopefully will have that ready to post within the next few days.

4. I played a bunch more Zelda tonight. Went back to the area just below the Great Plateau and picked up a couple shrines I'd missed, and that plus the one in Zora's Domain got me another upgrade. One of the shrines was by a stable I hadn't been to yet, and Hestu was there outside! So I was able to get another few inventory slots opened up, though I didn't have a ton of Korok seeds, and it seems that the fee goes up by one with each slot you add. I also found the Zora helm, and upgraded both it and the Zora armor. Now it's time to go get some shock arrows and a photo of a Lynel (and at least try to take him on, while I'm up there; I know I could just stealthily gather arrows and snap his photo and not actually kill him, but where's the fun in that).

5. Carla got some cute pictures of Jasper this morning.

Chapter Update: Celluloid Hero

Mar. 23rd, 2017 10:43 pm
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[personal profile] gwyn
Celluloid Hero (18494 words) by gwyneth rhys
Chapters: 4/?
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe, Golden Age Hollywood Actors
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Steve Rogers, Bette Davis, John Garfield, USO Tour Dancers (Marvel), Original Characters, Barbara Stanwyck, Gene Tierney, William Powell, Cary Grant, Randolph Scott
Additional Tags: Golden Age Hollywood, Hollywood Canteen, World War II, The Star-Making Machinery, Propaganda, someone's going to get his V-card punched, and by someone I mean Steve, Letters, Period Typical Attitudes, Minor Bucky Barnes/Steve Rogers, First Motion Picture Unit
Summary:


The talk of the town last night was Captain America’s star-spangled appearance at the Hollywood Canteen, where the ladies swooned and the gentlemen cheered. Rumor has it he will be meeting with studio heads to discuss bringing his patriotic man with a plan to the silver screen.

Dietician update

Mar. 23rd, 2017 10:36 pm
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[personal profile] fairestcat
I had a phone interview yesterday with a dietitian who specializes in people with disordered relationships with food. I like her, and think I can definitely work with her.

Meanwhile, cut for discussion of weight )

Weekly Reading

Mar. 23rd, 2017 07:24 pm
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[personal profile] torachan
What are you currently reading?
I'm about halfway through Return from Witch Mountain and it's definitely improved from the disappointing impression I had based on the first chapter. The author does make an attempt to explain away the differences from the first book, and while I still find all the scientific terms for their powers and overuse of words like "energizing" to be annoying, I am enjoying the plot.

I've also been reading at least a little bit of Modern Romance every day and am a third of the way through. I like it a lot.

No progress on Mayor of Castro Street this week, though.

What did you recently finish reading?
Nothing... :( I've been busy with work, busy translating, and busy playing Zelda, so that doesn't leave much time for reading.

What do you think you'll read next?
I would definitely like to have finished another book by this time next week, so I'm going to concentrate on these three! Considering how short Witch Mountain is and what a fast read Modern Romance is, if I actually make time to read every day, I could finish both of them!

Gratitudes

Mar. 23rd, 2017 08:25 pm
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[personal profile] kass
1. Turns out my property taxes are, in fact, taken-care-of by the mortgaging institution and therefore not my problem.

2. My mother gave me the Hamiltome! I gave it to her last year for her birthday and she finally finished reading it and passed it along to me. I am so happy to have it and am reading it bit by bit.

3. I finally located the beeping smoke detector. (It was in the garage.) My house is no longer intermittently beeping.

4. I don't have to work tomorrow night, which is a rarity. I get the evening off!

5. I am watching the new Netflix reboot of Voltron with Zaphod, and am totally digging it. I think it's my favorite thing he's watched since Avatar. It's fun to have something that we actually both enjoy, to watch while we cuddle on the couch.

what is the opposite of a fashionista

Mar. 23rd, 2017 04:31 pm
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[personal profile] fox
Lately I'm realizing that just as I occupy a space much nearer to the food-is-fuel end (but not at the end) of the gourmet spectrum than the, well, gourmet end, I occupy a space much nearer to the gimme-shelter end of the fashion spectrum than the fashionable end.

What do I mean by this? One of the things I mean is that I have a closet and a dresser full of clothes, and even if we separate out those that don't fit (or don't fit right now, my preferred way of describing them) and then of the ones that fit (right now) we separate out those that are clearly special-occasion or limited-use items - even after all that, if you consider the everyday-able items that fit right now, I only routinely use probably a quarter of what's there. Estimating very generously.

It's hard to find time at the moment to go through and get rid of things I don't use. (It's even harder to consider things that don't fit [right now] and admit that I might well not ever use them if they did fit and harder still to admit that they might never fit again.) Even if I didn't have a four-month-old occupying most of my waking attention the task would be daunting. But sometimes I think what I really want is to clear it all out, all of it,* and begin again with the capsuliest of capsule wardrobes. (Note: What I am about to describe is not the capsuliest wardrobe ever imagined, not by a long shot. But for me?)

  • Blue jeans. Three or four pairs.
  • Leggings. Maybe three or four each in black, charcoal, a good navy blue, and a nice plummy purple.
  • Work-appropriate tops and skirts. About half a dozen of each. Ditto colors - black, grey, navy, plum.
  • Couple of sweaters for colder work days.
  • Weekend tops. Scoop or v-neck too-casual-for-work t-shirts would be okay, or I could revert to printed t-shirts and hooded sweatshirts. These, I have. I tend not to wear the t-shirts because I'm in a place in my life where crew necks kind of throttle me and I'm not bananas about the boxy shape. I bet even printed t-shirts can be altered, though. If one cares enough to do it.
  • A small number of dresses that are dressier than the tops-and-skirts-possibly-with-leggings combos that can be made from the leggings, tops, and skirts already named.
  • Underwear: some bras, each with let's say three pair of matching knickers.
  • Socks: some solid black but otherwise stripes, other fun novelty designs, or handknits.
  • Footwear: one pair each Tieks flats, Mahabis slippers, Hunter welly boots. Some sort of hiking boot for the icy snow we get around here. Sambas? Converse? Dress shoes to go with the dressier dresses named earlier, but not as many dress shoes as I have now.
  • Outerwear: one each light, medium, and heavy coats. I'd probably allow myself to knit as many hats and scarves as I wanted.
  • Nighttime: two sets each jammies or similar for warm/hot and cool/cold weather.


I already make so few choices about getting dressed, I mean; having this level of streamlining would (I often think) make me feel a lot better because there'd be fewer choices even available to me - so I wouldn't ever feel like I ought to be choosing something different. Plus someone else could be using most or all of this stuff that's been in the back of my closets and drawers all this time. That's really the worst of it; my guilt exists on two levels, one being that the contents of my closet and drawers and shoe rack represent a lot of money and not using these things feels like I've just lit thousands of dollars on fire because it burns so pretty - and the other being that well, shit, at least that fire could be keeping someone else warm, couldn't it.

The shoes will be the hardest to cull, sunk cost-wise. But I need to try on all my shoes and make sure if they fit post-baby anyway; if they don't, there's even less point in keeping them. Clothes that don't fit right now, at least part of my brain tells me there is the possibility I will one day be a size 10 again. (Will I at that time choose to wear what I chose to wear last time I was a size 10? My brain prefers to duck that question.) That is, clothes that don't fit right now don't fit for soft-body-part reasons. Shoes that don't fit right now don't fit for bone reasons, and I don't think the bones are going back.

It's a bit mercenary, but I sort of feel like I should do this cull and then haul the stuff I'm not keeping to a consignment shop first - not that anything I have is at all high fashion (nor has ever been, so don't be thinking "retro" or anything), but wouldn't that be a way to make back some cash on the whole operation? And then take what a consignment shop doesn't want to the Goodwill or similar?

I mean I need to do something. Every time I go in my closet, my self-loathing grows and multiplies. Somebody help.

* I get to keep my wedding dress and a small number of other sentimental items even if I straight up have no intention to use them ever again.

Because it might help to know

Mar. 23rd, 2017 08:01 pm
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that it's NOT just awesome people dying lately:

The New York Times: Joseph Nicolosi, Advocate of Conversion Therapy for Gays, Dies at 70

From five years ago, here's an account of the sort of damage he did (content note for suicidal ideation):

Gabriel Arana: My So-Called Ex-Gay Life

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Mar. 23rd, 2017 01:36 pm
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Fellow Nikita people:

Crap, looks like the Split Personality archive is down. Anyone know anything about it? I mentioned AO3's Open Doors a few times to...someone. Probably not ranma. I wonder if there's any way to reconstruct it or get it saved by AO3 without the original owner.

The Library at Mount Char

Mar. 23rd, 2017 02:24 pm
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The Library at Mount CharThe Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars


I really liked this book. The author drops you right into the middle of the action, and half the pleasure of reading this book is trying to figure out exactly what's going on and who's on whose side. I hesitate to say too much about this one; I think it's better reading it entirely unspoiled. The language is beautiful, the plot is incredibly novel and interesting, the narrative unfolds in unexpected ways, and the characters are richly drawn. By the end, I'd cried multiple times. Highly recommend this one.



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FMK: The Princess and the Goblin

Mar. 23rd, 2017 12:14 pm
melannen: Commander Valentine of Alpha Squad Seven, a red-haired female Nick Fury in space, smoking contemplatively (Default)
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Princess Irene is definitely D'Angeline, isn't she. Which of the angels is her Great-Grandmama?

...Anyway, somehow I was expecting this to be about a princess and a goblin, not a princess and a peasant boy and a WHOLE BUNCH of goblins, none of whom she really interacts with. I think somehow I had got the impression that Curdie was a goblin who helped her out.

That's really the core of my response to this book. As I was reading it (and I'm very glad I did) I was seeing all the ways in which this is really an important foundation block in the later fantasy I've read, missing pieces that I haven't found in extensive folklore reading but still turn up every now and then in post-Victorian stuff, even such little things as the physical descriptions of the goblins. (Such as having a jack-o-lantern face, when folklore pumpkinheads are usually very distinct from folklore goblins.)

And then there's the very strong, and very Victorian, thread in this book of beautiful = good and ugly = bad. Not to say that post-Victorian kidlit has totally solved that one, but still, there's enough pushback against it in newer kids' fantasy (and in folklore) that my response to the lady who is beautiful beyond imagining (*especially* if she admits she's wearing a glamour) is BEWARE, and you should probably go find an ugly crone to talk to instead. Also I can't think of a single reason why the goblins aren't in the right here, given the way they are being dehumanized and their lands are being steadily stolen and then destroyed. They even try for a diplomatic solution first!

Of course, the fairy-story books I was imprinting on instead when I was the age for this were The Ordinary Princess (all about how Ordinary doesn't have to be Beautiful to be Good) and Goblins in the Castle (where Our Hero realizes halfway through that the displaced goblins are in the right and he's been on the wrong side all along). Both of those books are almost certainly arguing with MacDonald and his peers, whether consciously on the part of the writers or not, but I got their side of the argument first and it's a much better side. :P

I was also interested in how young Irene was. There's a standard in kidlit publishing (or at least there was, awhile back) that your protagonist should always be at least a couple of years older than the reading level you're writing for, presumably as an aspirational thing, and also so kids who read a lot can feel smug about reading books for older kids and kids who are a little slower don't have to be talked down to.

But I'm wondering if it's also because adult authors tend to write their protagonists acting a few years younger than kids of that age feel like they are in their heads. Irene certainly feels younger than eight to me, for a lot of the book: at eight I could tell you who my cousins-once-removed were and how they were different from my second-cousins, and I can't imagine many second graders I know being confused by the concept of a great-grandma, or in general have Irene's maturity level. And when I was a kid, reading books about kids a few years older than me, the protagonists didn't usually feel like they were that much older than me. Maybe by telling grownups to write eleven-year-olds for eight-year-olds, you end up with characters who feel like eight-year-olds to eight-year-olds.

I did really like the strong message in this book that adults need to believe what kids say to them, and that if the adults don't, that's on the adults, not the kids. And if the kids let themselves be half-convinced the adults are right and the kids are imagining or exaggerating, it's also the adults' fault, and not the kids failing, and not just "part of growing up." And that the mysterious secret stranger actually tells the protagonist to tell all her grown-ups everything, not to keep it secret, because adults who tell you to keep your relationship a secret are probably not the adults you should rely on. That's something that is REALLY REALLY IMPORTANT to teach a lot of kids (although probably more important to teach grownups), and I think the way MacDonald did it was a lot more emotionally real and with a lot more conviction than a lot of other people, especially modern kids' fantasy, where the parents not believing or not being told is either taken for granted or treated as harmless.

Also wow, you really couldn't get away with handing a character a LITERAL PLOT THREAD in a modern book...

And you're grieving but don't hurry

Mar. 23rd, 2017 12:50 pm
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You know, I've lived at my current address for nearly 15 years(!!!) and for the most part, Amazon, via FedEx, UPS, and the USPS, has never had a hard time finding me. Until this week. Suddenly packages are being "rerouted" after being sent to the wrong facility(!?) or they've been delivered "to my mailbox" when in fact they 1. wouldn't fit in the mailbox and 2. have not appeared in the vestibule or hallway of my building, where such things are usually left. I can't imagine someone, upon opening their stolen booty of roller bottles and tiny gift bags, made toddler fists of glee, so I have to think the box wasn't stolen so much as it just...wasn't delivered as promised. (I mean, I suppose someone out there did in fact get gleeful over the contents of the box - stranger things have happened - but it does seem kind of far-fetched. Unlike the times my order from LUSH went missing. At least that was worth stealing.)

Amazon refunded me and told me to reorder and they would pay any shipping costs (hilarious because I have Prime so there are no shipping costs) but it's just inexplicable that this has happened twice within a week. My address has not changed! It's not wrong in my profile! So I don't even know what's going on.

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In other news, boss1 said something interesting to me the other day when she was offering condolences, that now with my father gone, we'd get back the younger version of him in our memories. And I was telling L about it, because I've been thinking a lot about it.

It's true that the declining years are top of mind right now, and that's why people telling older stories is so important - he wasn't just an occasionally querulous old man with no short-term memory - he was an active member of his community for a long time, he was loved by his family members, and thought of warmly by his co-workers and friends. He did a lot of quiet good in his way for the people in his life, even if he sometimes seemed overly-strict or demanding with us. And I guess that's the man I want to think of, the one who used to send cheery good morning texts every day, who always made us feel like he wanted us to be happy above all - even if he didn't understand what we claimed we needed for that, he wanted us to have it.

I want to remember how he was always ready to believe in the best of us, and bail us out even when we didn't live up to that (I don't mean actually bailing us out of jail - we never had that experience! but with teachers and other school authorities etc. I will never forget his firm insistence of "My son wouldn't do that!" when he got a call saying my brother had been found passed out drunk in the hotel hallway on the school ski trip. And he never yelled at my brother for it - he just made him pay back the cost of the trip over time, since he was sent home the morning after he arrived without ever even making it onto the slopes. As he later said, he figured the humiliation of being sent home like that and missing out on his trip was punishment enough).

He made his share of mistakes and left us with some annoying baggage, but overall, I think he did way more good than harm in the end. At least, that's how I'd like to remember him.

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The Koch brothers and their network, the financiers backing the Republican party, are telling Republicans not to vote for Trump-uncare. What was that about a house divided? ETA: Ah. They're concerned that the Trump plan *doesn't go far enough.* Scratch that bit about compassionate conservatism.

Trumpery doesn't understand technology and change. And, as you might guess, he's a laughing matter and no joke. Along with which, he threatened a 17-year-old girl who created a satire website with kittens clawing him. The question remains: how did this philandering, lying, cheating, abusive jerk manage to hijack the religious right? He's so far from the moral high ground that he couldn't find it with a compass and a platoon of Marines. But the religious right's ancestry is racism and bigotry, and it has returned to its roots with him.

Meanwhile, during the Senate hearing on the Gorsuch appointment, a unanimous Supreme Court declared that one of his previous rulings was wrong, wrong, wrong in every way it could be wrong. Yes, unanimously. The decision concerned education for disabled students -- Gorsuch said it could be as little as legally needed, and the court said no way to that.

A long long opinion from SIIP traces how what has happened here fits into Russian plans, and where we fit into it. A future article is to suggest some remedies.

***

ETA:

The Wall Street Journal, bastion of the conservatives, tears Trump a new one, in detail.

Trap a self-driving car by using ritual magic. It works!

Verizon, AT&T and others pull ads from Google because of placement next to hate speech ads. Ads with hate speech in them, not ads against it. Google, of course, cannot look up the answer on itself.

Daily Happiness

Mar. 23rd, 2017 05:40 am
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1. Welp, I was at work from noon until 4:30am, so basically I didn't get anything done today except work, but now inventory is done and we don't have to do it again until September!

2. Look at this Jasper! Such a big boy. He's just a few days shy of five months old now. :)

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The Guardian: Donald Trump Jr called 'a disgrace' for tweet goading London mayor Sadiq Khan

Yup, he decided to use the attack on Parliament as an excuse to insult (and misrepresent) the Mayor of London while the incident was still live.

Everyone at Westminster was still in lockdown and trapped in the chamber or their offices while he was Tweeting.

I can't think why he thought London's British-Pakistani Muslim mayor was an appropriate target at a time like this, except that that's a lie, I totally can, because it's really fucking obvious.

Also, the risk of terror attacks is an inevitable part of living in a big city (and I am more than old enough to remember when it was the IRA).

linkspam and birds

Mar. 22nd, 2017 09:53 pm
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New icon courtesy of [personal profile] rydra_wong! Seems fitting.

OK, this is cool and hopeful: a new technology for dealing with oil spills.

This is a fab resource for fic- and genre-writers, I believe.

At times they sounded like villains from a Michael Crichton novel. Russian scientists fight to save the earth from climate change by restoring the Pleistocene grasslands in the Siberian Arctic. This includes re-establishing herds of bison, musk oxen, wild horses -- and woolly mammoths. These Russians are bringing back the ice age to protect the future.

You might need to see this toad with a hat.

You might also need to see the art for this awesome mashup.

*

Politics is all moving too fast to keep up! Argh. Also, eeps.

A few political links:

People Power.

TaxMarch

Resist repeal of the ACA.

Resist Bot.


*

I rarely get into professional stuff here, but I thought I’d share something today. I spent part of this week in training, learning how to comply with the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. What’s that, you say? let me tell you a story. )

Anyway, that’s my little lecture about how the administrative state is responsible for saving tens of millions of birds nationwide.

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Mar. 22nd, 2017 07:36 pm
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Melania, are you ok? Other people seeing what I am seeing: an abused and mistreated woman in a marriage with an egomaniac (to be polite), and whose son may also have been abused by her husband.

The real bombshell of the House Intelligence/Trump/Russia hearing happened in the hallway. AKA someone's either ignorant as an upstream rock, or else lying in front of cameras.

Yes, the FBI did wiretap Trump Tower -- to keep track of the Russian mobsters.

Trumpery fired Preet Bharara as a prosecuting US attorney -- so now he'll teach kids at NYU how to be as tough and critical and prosecutorial as he is.

Farewell, David Rockefeller.

Gorsuch, abortion and the concept of personhood.

White Pride and prejudice. I am not entirely in agreement with their version of what liberal thnking entails.

Trump's exaggerated new border rules keep all the Africans from the African Summit in LA. This is *ridiculous*.

An actual war criminal may become the US's second leading diplomat. Pass me the vomit bowl; I cannot stand this man.

***

These cities are divesting from the banks that support the Dakota pipeline.

The NY state attorney general has hired an attorney to go after Trump full time -- and he knows the territory.

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Ivanka Trump's company over unfair competition.

The country is a mess. Meet the fixers. 50 people with ideas, guts and ability who are making change.

Apologies for typos; my eyes are very tired today.

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