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Sep. 30th, 2014 07:35 am
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I think a bunch of people received their preorders of Stories of the Raksura I from Barnes and Noble yesterday, so that's great!

You can also preorder the next one in trade paperback, Stories of the Raksura II: The Dead City & The Dark Earth Below which should be out on April 7. The ebook preorder links aren't up yet. And I've seen one preliminary cover sketch by Matthew Stewart (who won the Chesley Award for Best Illustration - Paperback for 2012 for The Cloud Roads) and it's gorgeous.

***

And I thought I'd remind people that I have a link list of information for new authors, which includes topics like finding an agent, writing queries, writing proposals, business information, and so on.

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I've been waking up at 5:00 am every morning for no reason. I don't actually need to get up until 6:00 or so, so that's not fun. It's just the usual nerves and anxiety, I guess. That's about all I've got for today.

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Sep. 30th, 2014 12:06 am
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[personal profile] azurelunatic
Purple's lunch call has gone out of sync with his old group's lunch schedule. This occasioned a bit of hilarity when Lennon Glasses Guy said an apparently-sincere thank-you to Purple for making the lunch call -- except that the old group was just finishing up as he and I were just sitting down.

We both got the grill special, which was a very sauce-covered sandwich. I had mine wrapped in a napkin. His dripped sauce all over his plate. Hilarity ensued.

The replacement headset arrived. This was good.

My Overlady made delicious cookies. They were shortbread and preserves and very good. I gave one of mine to Purple, who went into raptures. Apparently jam is good and baked jam is better.

I forgot caffeine, and was exhausted until I remembered it.

I forgot my headset at my desk. I realized in the parking lot. We turned around so I could get it. Purple teased me about it. Purple and I talked cats. Gabrielle became Hellion; Shammash became Mosh.

Tomorrow:

* There's some stuff in the fridge.
* Flu shot early.

Daily Happiness

Sep. 29th, 2014 09:16 pm
torachan: sakaki from azumanga daioh holding a cat, with the text "I like cats" in Japanese (sakaki)
[personal profile] torachan
1. I got Irene hooked on Brooklyn Nine-Nine! :D :D :D

2. Busy day today doing non-work stuff, but it was still nice to have a day off.

3. Got two of the three scanlations I need to post by the end of the month posted and should be able to post the third tomorrow no problem.

4. The kitten has been seeming like she doesn't feel too well for the past couple days, and then this morning I found tapeworms coming out of her butt. >:( So we took her in to the vet this afternoon and got her some worm pills and flea stuff (the fleas are what got her the worms yay). Hopefully she will be feeling better soon.

New fic! For everyone!

Sep. 29th, 2014 09:52 pm
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[personal profile] cofax7
Hey, folks!

So the Narnia Fic Exchange 2014 just opened, and you all should check it out. There are over two dozen stories posted, including stories about the Pevensies, and Polly and Digory, and Eustace, and Bacchus. There are AUs, and there's some porn, and some awesome world-building, and even a few crossovers.

Go read!n

(There are also two stories by me, at least one of which is really obviously by me. But I won't say which.)
jadelennox: Purple Mountains Majesty: 2008 election cartogram shows we aren't as divided as all that. (politics: purple)
[personal profile] jadelennox
I get paranoid about the potential for fake donation sites to appear around any big news story. Anybody can set up a GoFundMe, after all, and do we know how money is being spent?

Missourians Organizing for Reform and Empowerment (MORE), who have one of the Ferguson bail funds, seem to be a legit organization, around since 2010. They told me they're a 501(c)4 -- a non tax-deductible political organization. They appear in multiple news stories as well as Missouri government filings, and Essence specifically namechecked their bail fund.

They also link to a number of other funds and organizations doing work in Ferguson.

Scanlations: Himegoto ch. 26

Sep. 29th, 2014 09:12 pm
torachan: yoshiki from himegoto (himegoto)
[personal profile] torachan


Title: Himegoto
Original Title: ヒメゴト~十九歳の制服~ (Himegoto~Juukyuu Sai no Seifuku~)
Author: Minenami Ryou
Publisher: Big Comics
Genre: Seinen
Status in Japan: 7 volumes, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations + Krim + Kurokishi Scans
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: This is the story of three college freshmen with secrets: Yuki, aka Yoshiki, a boyish girl who gets off on wearing her old high school uniform skirt; Mikako, who acts innocent around her classmates, but at night pretends to be a 15-year-old and has sex for money; and finally there's Kaito, who's obsessed with Mikako to the point of dressing up like her.

Chapter Summary: Realizing that Mikako's shadow is always over her and Kaito when they're together, Yoshiki feels more alone than ever.



Chapter 26: Shadow

Scanlation: Yasha ch. 23

Sep. 29th, 2014 07:32 pm
torachan: sei and rin from yasha (yasha)
[personal profile] torachan


Title: Yasha
Author: Yoshida Akimi
Publisher: Flower Comics
Genre: Shoujo
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Molly
Status in Japan: 12 volumes, complete
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Twelve-year-old Sei lives a normal, quiet life on a small island in Okinawa until one day a strange man who seems to know his mother shows up and tries to kidnap him. After that, nothing is normal or quiet in this sci-fi thriller from the author of Banana Fish.

Chapter Summary: While Rin continues to work on his deadly virus, Sei undergoes various tests in the Amamiyas' secret lab.


Chapter 23

Captain America Vid: A Thousand Miles

Sep. 29th, 2014 06:58 pm
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[personal profile] rhoboat


Source: Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers, Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Music: "A Thousand Miles"
Artist: Vanessa Carlton
File Info: 3:08, zipped MP4 (H.264) and streaming
Versions: Download HD 1920x800 MP4 (94.9 MB) | Download 848x360 MP4 (27.5 MB) | Stream (18.4 MB) | AO3 | Tumblr
Notes: Steve Rogers/Sam Wilson
Warnings: Action movie violence, some flashing images

Do you think time would pass me by?

Notes, embedded video, and lyrics under the cut )
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[personal profile] skud
This is a crosspost from Infotropism. You can comment here or there.

This is a post I made on Growstuff Talk to propose some initial steps towards interoperability for open food projects. If you have comments, probably best to make them on that post.


I wanted to post about some concepts from my past open data work which have been very much in my mind when working on Growstuff, but which I’m not sure I’ve ever expressed in a way that helps everyone understand their importance.

Just for background: from 2007-2011 I worked on Freebase, a massive general-purpose open data repository which was acquired by Google in 2010 and now forms part of their “Knowledge” area. While working at Google I also worked as a liaison between Google search/knowledge and the Wikimedia Foundation, and presented at a Wikimedia data summit where we proposed the first stages of what would become Wikidata — an entity-based data store for all of Wikimedia’s other projects.

Freebase and Wikidata are part of what is broadly known as the Semantic Web, which has to do with providing data and meaning via web technologies, using common data formats etc.

Read the rest of this entry  )

A miscellany

Sep. 29th, 2014 09:41 pm
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[personal profile] riverlight
 I've got several long, involved, thoughtful posts I want to make—one on feminist theology! one on career guidebooks! one on a Patrick O'Brian threesome I want to read! (category: stories I may or may not ever write). But it's late, and I'm tired, so here's the eternal standby, The List:
  1. The Church Job: I just realized I hadn't mentioned to you guys how the church job actually is going! I've been there two weeks now and I love it. It's a gorgeous old Episcopal church with exquisite architecture and a beautiful organ, and the congregation's pretty small but they apparently support music enough that they pay for it—and it shows. We have a choir of seven, and we sound very good already. The community's warm and friendly, and while it's not, like, ragingly progressive theologically (as I'd prefer), it's solidly on the liberal side of things, so I feel comfortable there. And: best of all, we sing lovely, marvellous music. A lot of the classics of Anglian church music which I adore so much (Tallis, Byrd) and a lot of stuff already that I don't know but that is just exquisite. I'm so looking forward to the rest of this season!
  2. Honey: My brother kept bees last year, and he finally got around to taking the honey off the hives yesterday. He then left me a good three pounds of wax in a bucket, much to my surprise. But I'm game, so today I set up the wax in a colander over hot steam to melt out the remaining honey (I've got a pint already tonight) and tomorrow I'll render the beeswax to (eventually) make candles and lotion and lip balm!
  3. The Messiah: I started learning "Rejoice Greatly" (that classic of the soprano oratorio repertoire) and: two conclusions. a) Handel's runs are hard, yo, and if I keep at this I'm going to be in much better shape at the end than at the beginning, and b) It might be overambitious of me to try to learn the whole Messiah—or, well, the soprano solos and choral parts—by the end of the year, but I'm going to try. 
In conclusion: Ray Kowalsi, as we used to say. (Because I don't know how to end this, and that's as good a way as any!) 

Fic for MEEEEE

Sep. 29th, 2014 09:25 pm
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[personal profile] mara
Eeee! I gotted a fic! PunkPinkPower wrote me the awesomest most adorable PR: Samurai Mike/Kevin fic: Like the Cool Kids, in which the boys are giant dorks and SO CUTE. ::happy sigh::

Just what I needed this afternoon :)

Two frogs in a bowl of cream

Sep. 30th, 2014 11:16 am
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[personal profile] skud
This is a crosspost from Infotropism. You can comment here or there.

A story I got from someone who says she got it from an older Dutch woman. I wouldn’t mention the Dutch woman thing except that this story just seems so Dutch to me. Anyway.

Two frogs fell into a bowl of cream. They swam and swam trying to get out, round and around in the cream, for hours.

Eventually one frog gave up, stopped swimming, and drowned.

The other frog kept swimming, refusing to give up. Finally the frog’s activity, splashing around in the cream, turned it to butter. It became solid in the bowl, and the frog was able to climb out.

The moral, I’m told, is that sometimes if you just keep kicking things will magically solidify under you and you’re can step up out of the trouble and move on. Also, apparently I’m frog #2. Trust me when I say it’s exhausting.

sad

Sep. 29th, 2014 08:45 pm
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[personal profile] the_shoshanna
I logged into Facebook for the first time in ages yesterday morning, and got some sad news, though not about anyone directly in my life; I'm fine. )

I find Facebook pretty confusing, actually. I have managed to lock down every privacy option, by dint of reading things like Lifehacker and following their advice, but I feel like I should be able to read further back on my home page or whatever it's called than I can; why can't I see older posts from people I'm following? And there's so much crap on the pages, stuff I'm not interested in. I just want a boring mundane LJ clone where I can occasionally check in on the inlaws.

I do know that's not what Facebook is, or what it wants to give me. I'm just pouty. On the bright side, I got more editing done today than I'd set as my quota, which makes my Wednesday and Thursday likely to be much less stressful than I'd expected. So yay for that!

Awwwww.

Sep. 29th, 2014 08:54 pm
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[personal profile] kass
We're having one of those brainless kind of nights, so we looked around our assorted media in search of something we would enjoy...

...and pulled S2 of Leverage off the shelf. God, it's so adorable. They're getting the band back together!

♥ ♥ ♥

I always forget how much I love this show.

we're gonna rattle this ghost town

Sep. 29th, 2014 08:10 pm
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[personal profile] musesfool
First thing this morning at work, I stapled my sleeve to a document. I don't even know. The day was so thoroughly Monday, and busy, that I didn't have time to update and soon shows will be on and I'll be behind in writing about last night's shows! Not to mention when I got home this evening, my copy of The Middleman Volume 5: The Pan-Universal Parental Reconciliation was waiting for me! !!!!

I didn't love it but it was fun (it seemed a little more mean-spirited than I remember the show being, Ida aside, but maybe I am also a little raw from stuff). I will probably like it even more after I watch the cast reunion read-through.

So quick takes on last night's shows:

Brooklyn Nine Nine: Undercover
spoilers )

*

The Good Wife: Trust Issues
spoilers )

And now Gotham and Sleepy Hollow! TEEVEE: Teacher, mother, secret lover.

*

Yes Gay YA strikes back!

Sep. 29th, 2014 04:51 pm
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[personal profile] rachelmanija
Due to the upcoming release of Stranger, I am doing some interviews in which I will be asked how or if things have changed in terms of LGBT characters in YA novels. I am armed, of course, with the most recent statistics. (Summary: representation has increased from 0.6% of all YA novels to 2%. However, most of those books are put out by LGBTQ-specialty small presses, and the percentage of LGBTQ characters in YA novels from American large presses has actually gone down.)

However, I spent the intervening years mostly focused on grad school, and so am not caught up on recent books. Are there any YA novels that have come out since 2010 with LGBTQ characters that I should check out or at least be aware of? What about self-published books? Any prominent LGBTQ teenage characters in non-book media (comics, movies, etc?)

Any changes in your own personal experience? For example, I have noticed that just in my circle of friends/acquaintances, kids seem to be coming out younger (13-15, as opposed to 18-20) and with less or no negative reactions from others. Obviously, these are kids from liberal families in LA. But I always knew liberals in LA, and I did not encounter any kids coming out at age 13 until about five years ago. Ditto straight teenage boys wearing gay rights buttons.

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Sep. 29th, 2014 07:33 pm
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[personal profile] general_jinjur
hats off to the UPS person - that was a superconvincing zombies-at-my-door impression, A++ would jump out of skin again.

New Obsessions

Sep. 29th, 2014 03:26 pm
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[personal profile] jetpack_monkey
I've fallen deep down the hole that is Magic: The Gathering. How deep? I actually went out and did a social thing with strangers on Friday and played the weekly Friday Night Magic tourney at a local game shop. Social anxiety be damned.

I am... kind of terrible, but I did win one round! And I learned what was wrong with my deck. Although, honestly, I may have overcompensated in fixing the deck. I dunno.

Anyway, anybody here play the game?

i don't like capitalism: news at 11.

Sep. 29th, 2014 05:51 pm
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[personal profile] general_jinjur
last week i went with lana (who is now writing for women write about comics, which is…how i now know she's into comics, go me, A+ paying attention to other people, yay) to see phoebe gloeckner speak at UM. nominally about banned books, and nominally in an interview format, as conducted by jim ottaviani.

i really like gloeckner. i find her kind of intimidating, because her work seems so exacting, and also so far away from the comics i'm drawn to reading. blah blah imposter syndrome due to low genre expertise.

anyway that's not my point. my point is that the q & a period of the program was pretty terrible. i mean, the first question asked was so terrible that i seem to have wiped it out of my brain, i just remember how i kind of wanted to yell WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK when it was asked. idk. that is also not my point. my point is that the next-to-final question was not terrible in itself, and it took me a couple of hours to figure out what was off about it.

here's the deal: it was about trigger warnings. it seemed possibly prompted by the talk itself (which maybe could have used a content note re: graphic references to sexual violence & violent deaths of children, but…there's maybe a bit of caveat emptor there, too. if you're familiar with gloeckner's current project and the general honesty with which she approaches her work, your eyes were likely already open on that count.) anyway. a woman in the audience asked a relatively thoughtful question that displaced fannish ethics onto a commercial capitalist setting - and that's the problem. you can't do that. i mean, that's part of why monetizing fandom doesn't work, even though people keep right on trying to package and sell us. but this was in the opposite direction. "would you consider putting trigger warnings on your work?" the answer was no. of course it was no. gloeckner gave a thoughtful answer, she took it seriously, and she may even have noted that it's different when people are assigning a book, recommending it - but not when you're selling it. her explicit reasoning was that sticking a trigger warning or a content note on the cover of a book you are trying to sell in a store reduces the entire content to that particular trigger. so a brief mention of past sexual assault in the text gets a big red TRIGGER WARNING RAPE sticker on the cover. consumer capitalism, marketing, is just not built for that. it's anti-subtlety. and that's how & why books get banned. it's tipper gore (remember when tipper was the big bad? oh rosy, innocent past) and the PMRC, and those fucking explicit content stickers. all they create is another class of items to save the children (the ladies, the poor, the lesser) from.

it stops people from buying the thing. when sales are the aim, that's a problem. of course, there was also a terrible question from the audience about how when books are banned that creates a frisson of scandal that sells more books. ahahahah oh how we laughed at that "fact". or not really, but gloeckner did point out that her books are sometimes sealed in cellophane and stocked not in fiction or graphic novel sections, but rather in self-help. where anyone who buys them will be misled.

i believe strongly in content notes & trigger warnings. i also believe that businesses are never going to prize me as an individual over me as a customer. i don't want professional authors told they need to warn people away from buying their books. i'm not cool with the way it works & doesn't work already. i don't think sales should be the aim, but that's a much larger issue; they need to be the aim in this system we're currently living in, so.

it just made me think about the ways we port pieces of fandom into the rest of the world, successfully and unsuccessfully. we echo-chamber and create false equivalencies, and sometimes, rarely, we bump up against a wall that turns out to be an illusion. not always. just. question-asking-lady, you got all bruised up on that one. :/

Vidding Meme Answers Part 3

Sep. 29th, 2014 02:39 pm
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[personal profile] jetpack_monkey
From[personal profile] violace and[personal profile] killabeez 
1. Describe your comfort zone—a typical you-vid.

I absolutely adore making multisource vids centered around a particular theme or film series. Drawing out meta-narratives and tropes is totally my jam. It's not just the vidding process, though. It's the research. The deep delve into film/television history, looking for those rare sources, finding new favorite sources (or suffering through sources that Should Not Be). Example vids: 

From[personal profile] violace and[personal profile] killabeez and[livejournal.com profile] kiki_miserychic :

2. Is there a genre or style you've yet to try your hand at, but really want to?


I am trying my hand at comics vidding right now and I really really really want to make a video game vid at some point. Mass Effect, probably, but I had a terrible idea for a Mario Kart vid (or, well, [personal profile] jmtorres had it and I stole it)





DC and NYC here I come

Sep. 29th, 2014 01:45 pm
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[personal profile] gwyn
I'm going to be in Washington DC and NYC in a few weeks -- I'll be in DC on the 15th, though I get in kinda late in the afternoon, and then my BFF and I are heading up to NY on the 17th for a couple days up there, returning to Washington on Sunday the 19th. I leave for home late in the day on Tuesday the 21st.

So with that schedule in mind, I wondered if there's anyone who feels like meeting up. I'll have my friend with me in NY, but he's what I call fannish adjacent -- he's a fanboy without really being in fandom, and he's well versed in all my current obsessions, so he's safe for fannish meetups. I haven't made a hotel reservation yet but the place I'm looking at is near Times Square. I'll probably be in a couple different places in the city in Washington.

I don't have a lot of plans other than to hang out with my friend and see some places I haven't been to before. I want to see the High Line when we're in NY, but that's my main focus besides shopping because I always love shopping. So that leaves me with meetup time, for once!

And I don't have much for the positivity meme day 3, but I'll use this, I guess.

1. Got my plane tickets for the trip.

2. Am going on a trip, which, since my plans with the BFF for Hawaii in October fell apart due to his life issues, is at least something to look forward to.

3. Uh, made nominations for both Yuletide and Festivids that are adjacent to my current obsession with all things Winter Soldier.

selling star-maps to the sun

Sep. 29th, 2014 07:44 pm
wychwood: Max thinks you confused him with someone who cared (B5 - Max confused)
[personal profile] wychwood
Burning through my notice period. I have less than two weeks left, now. I think partly I've been thrown by how quickly it's all happening because most of the people around me who've been leaving have been going on maternity leave; usually they tell you at three months, and then it's another four or five months before they go, so subconsciously that's how I expect it to work. But no; I'm already halfway there. Writing lots and lots of handover notes.

I've been weirdly lost in time, lately; I keep finding myself drawing conclusions based on the day or the month or the season and being totally wrong. Oh yes, it makes sense that Provence was very green when you visited it last month, because it rains most in the winter and therefore it's green in the spring. Except it's the autumn. Well, I'm this tired because it's Friday already. Except it's Monday. I just don't quite seem to know when I am.

My mother pointed out the other day that my hair is looking very dark, which initially I nodded sagely at (in another instance of the same thing) because of course it gets darker over the winter while I see less sunlight. Only of course we're just coming off a long hot sunny summer, so what's up with that. I mentioned it to my hairdresser while she was cutting it on Friday, and she thought for a second and then asked, "Do you always wear your hat?" And of course that's it; my hair essentially never sees any daylight at all, because if I'm out-of-doors I'm almost always in a hat. I'd just never thought of that before.

Tomorrow I have a singing lesson! I've been meaning to sort something out for a while, but I had trouble finding a teacher - the only one I found even vaguely locally (as opposed to, say, Leamington) is someone with a very good reputation but with whom I could not possibly work. But then my friend C, who I was in youth chorus with, told me about her teacher, so I have bravely booked a lesson with him. Hopefully it'll work out, and Simon will never again have to tell me that I should get singing lessons. I mean, I know he tells everyone that, but still. Should be fun!
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[personal profile] seperis
Briefly surfing from my blanket fort of bronchitis and Robitussin to update. I posted to AO3 last night. (Note: Everyone in my household is sick or pregnant. Or at work today, granted. Casa de Seperis is the Plague House and my doctor can't see me until tomorrow morning. Yes, I am a little high right now and coughing is my new job.)

Title: It's the Stars that Lie, 12/12
Author: Seperis
Series: Down to Agincourt, 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 [livejournal.com profile] lillian13, [profile] scynneh, and [personal profile] norabombay.
Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] bratfarrar for the series name and summary from her sonnet Harry Takes the Field.
Spoilers: Seasons 5, 6, and 7

Series Links:
AO3 - Down to Agincourt
Book 1: Map of the World

Story Links:
AO3 - All, Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4, Chapter 5, Chapter 6, Chapter 7, Chapter 8, Chapter 9, Chapter 10, Chapter 11, Chapter 12
DW - Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4, Chapter 5, Chapter 6, Chapter 7, Chapter 8, Chapter 9, Chapter 10, Chapter 11

it's the stars that lie, 12/12 )

Coloring the blues away

Sep. 29th, 2014 01:30 pm
dorinda: Screencap from Night Court: Harry lays his head on Dan's chest. (harry/dan_NightCourt)
[personal profile] dorinda
In the last few years before I moved here, I took up a..."hobby" sounds a little too focused, kind of. "Activity", maybe. I found that a good way to relax my brain if I were particularly stressed out, especially if my thoughts were racing around in my head, was to sit down and color in a coloring book, with no words/numbers/other left-brainish-aspects allowed.

I picked up a few coloring books at a used book store, which was great--they were technically pre-owned, but not colored in, and very inexpensive. And [personal profile] sakana17 picked one up for me once when she was abroad, too--so awesome. I love historical ones, and also odd or fantastical animals (dinosaurs, for instance). I use crayons sometimes, which is atavistically satisfying but also messy (have crayons always given off this many crumbs?); colored pencils are a tidier way to go.

I was thinking about this because I haven't unpacked my coloring stuff since I moved, which has been a bit more than three years (!), and thus haven't settled in for a session. But I sure could use one right about now. I'll take a look in the remaining boxes and see if the stuff is easy to get at.

Waterfalls!

Sep. 29th, 2014 10:59 am
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[personal profile] jenna_thorn
What I did this weekend: (as opposed to what I did last weekend, which was mostly sit very still and try not to move, or what I did last week, which involved two separate dentists and two halves of a root canal separated by three days which is not, I am now in a position to advise you, the proper or best way of doing a root canal.)

1. Sleep without painkillers. Not even one after Friday. Temporary crown goes on today (yay!) so I'm not making any promises about tonight, though.

2. Go to the Japanese Gardens, once again with Miss Catt. Very few people here will remember (I moved to DW after the local folks in my circle moved off LJ to Facebook, bleah, ptooey) but through the magic of an online journal, I can take you back there with the click of a button to that visit.

The important part, though, is that on that trip Bear was three and a half feet tall, [personal profile] cluegirl was the Slytherin inciter, there's a "pathway" made of foot wide columns that cuts across water and I didn't fall into the water at all, nor did either of them, no, not even once. Now he's six foot, tallest of the group, and I made both of them go out and pose on those stepping stones in order to take a photo. He kept his shoes on this time. If I could find Buzz Lightyear themed tennis shoes that lit up when stepped on, I'd buy them for him, but while toddler sizes are full of Disney light up shoes, not so much adult men size eleven. Now instead of patting down at the ferns at toddler hip height, he was reaching up to touch the branches I can't jump to touch. Now instead of riding my hip when he's tired of walking, he stretches out across the whole of the back seat and sleeps on the way home. Now instead of nibbling off my plate, he orders the family sized meal, meant to share, and eats the whole thing by himself (Well, mostly. He generously shared the appetizer with the rest of us). Now instead of putting up pudgy arms to be carried, he holds my hand as we leave, then abandons me because his father is leaning over the outside pond, and there's a much better chance of chasing squirrels when Himself is involved. I don't chase squirrels as a rule.

3. Found the Madeline Tosh yarn store in Ft Worth which is wonderful. Light, open, bright, airy, and way out of my normal driving radius. But I came home with eight skeins of yarn that I'm now realizing falls into the "too nice to use" trap that means scouring through patterns until I find something wonderful enough to use this gorgeous yarn in, while I knit project after project in cheap ass yarn. 1600 yards each of a beautiful purple and a fabulous green, fingering weight. I was thinking Shipwrecked for the green; it's a very kelpy color, but Himself reminded me that I don't wear the circular shawls I've made because they are an awkward shape. I'm thinking a cardigan.

Happy Monday, y'all.

It's that time of year...

Sep. 29th, 2014 10:47 am
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[personal profile] mara
If, in the past year, I have done anything to hurt or offend you, whether intentionally or unintentionally, I beg your forgiveness. I hope that in the coming year I may do better.

In return, I will do my best to forget all slights, grudges, and hard feelings I have stored up throughout the year, so that I may begin the year with a clean slate and a clear mind.

G'mar hatima tova and shana tova. May the coming year bring joy and happiness to everyone.

Headcanon for casual flash games

NSFW Sep. 29th, 2014 10:11 am
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upsetting anonymous poll time

Sep. 29th, 2014 09:35 am
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[personal profile] jadelennox
Sometimes you have a really upsetting conversation with someone and then realize you've been on both sides of that conversation.

Poll results are anonymized, anonymous comments are on.

Poll has massive warning for rape and sexual assault )

How is this not fanfic yet?

Sep. 29th, 2014 09:31 am
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At CIA Starbucks, even the baristas are covert
The new supervisor thought his idea was innocent enough. He wanted the baristas to write the names of customers on their cups to speed up lines and ease confusion, just like other Starbucks do around the world.

But these aren’t just any customers. They are regulars at the CIA Starbucks.

“They could use the alias ‘Polly-O string cheese’ for all I care,” said a food services supervisor at the Central Intelligence Agency, asking that his identity remain unpublished for security reasons. “But giving any name at all was making people — you know, the undercover agents — feel very uncomfortable. It just didn’t work for this location.”

This purveyor of skinny lattes and double cappuccinos is deep inside the agency’s forested Langley, Va., compound.

Welcome to the “Stealthy Starbucks,” as a few officers affectionately call it.

Or “Store Number 1,” as the receipts cryptically say.

The baristas go through rigorous interviews and background checks and need to be escorted by agency “minders” to leave their work area. There are no frequent-customer award cards, because officials fear the data stored on the cards could be mined by marketers and fall into the wrong hands, outing secret agents.

It is one of the busiest Starbucks in the country, with a captive caffeine-craving audience of thousands of analysts and agents, economists and engineers, geographers and cartographers working on gathering intelligence and launching covert operations inside some of the most vexing and violent places around the world.
CIA and coffee shops? Fandom, you disappoint.

on spies

Sep. 29th, 2014 07:25 am
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http://crookedtimber.org/2014/09/23/every-single-it-guy-every-single-manager/comment-page-2/#comment-569836

"we can be pretty sure that Edward Snowden was not the first person to leak massive amounts of NSA information. He was just the first person to leak it to _us_. Remember the acronym for why people become intelligence agents: MICE. Money, Ideology, Conscience, Ego. Snowden was C – but it is a tremendous leap of faith that NSA has had no one before or since who, instead of being C and leaking to everyone, was M, I or E and leaked only to a grateful and rewarding customer in another country."

Daily Happiness

Sep. 29th, 2014 12:38 am
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[personal profile] torachan
1. I went in to work for a couple hours this morning but otherwise had the day off, and I have tomorrow off as well!

2. We had salmon with mushrooms, onions, and rice for lunch and it was super tasty.

3. The season premier of The Simpsons was tonight and the season seems off to a good start! (I also downloaded the premiere of Brooklyn Nine-Nine but haven't had a chance to watch it yet.)

4. I've been listening to Mr.Children this evening and discovered some songs on one of their newer albums that I hadn't really listened to much but turned out to be really good. Also just Mr.Children is awesome in general and if I had to pick just one band to listen to forever, they would definitely be it.

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Sep. 29th, 2014 01:46 am
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[personal profile] saraht
"John McKeever as Another Drunk Dude."

It's been so long since I watched a simple network drama that I hardly know what to make of "How to Get Away with Murder." I don't even know if I'm capable of taking a network show seriously on its own terms!

/pathetic fannish begging

Sep. 28th, 2014 08:38 pm
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[personal profile] watersword
Despite how I really don't trust myself to not default on Yuletide and therefore don't sign up for the actual exchange (I am 99% sure that anything I've written "for Yuletide" has been for Madness or for New Year's Resolutions, an approach I highly recommend except that I am so grateful for all y'all who can be trusted not to default and to therefore make December 25 awesome), I stand by my pathetic begging for fic about Ian McKellan and Derek Jacobi in the '60s, and one of them manning up and confessing his crush, and then HAPPILY EVER AFTER. Please someone nominate this and request it and match on it and write it. This is something the internet neeeeeeeeeeds.

I have nothing to say today.

Sep. 28th, 2014 08:16 pm
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[personal profile] the_shoshanna
Maybe tomorrow. Right now Geoff is home from his weekend away, and I am several days overdue for my footrubs.

Narnia Fic Exchange

Sep. 28th, 2014 07:41 pm
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[personal profile] snacky
The Narnia Fic Exchange stories went live today. It's a week before the authors are revealed, and if you want to try to guess what story I wrote, I will write you a ficlet of your choice (fandom/pairing I am familiar with) if you guess correctly! Find the stories here! :D

And if you feel like trying your hand at some Narnia fic, you can participate in NFE Madness! Pick from the prompts here, and post your story to this collection. You have a week to write a story (or stories!) and post them, and there is no length requirement! They will be revealed next Sunday.

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