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Apr. 20th, 2019 12:40 am
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Fannish/Geeky Things

"Fruits Basket: The Three Musketeers Arc is coming to Yen Press!" This is a set of three new Fruits Basket chapters that Takaya-sensei's doing about the Mabudachi Trio. ^_^ "This story takes place around the same time as the last chapter of Fruits Basket, so for those who haven’t read all of the manga, please proceed with caution!"

Via [personal profile] goodbyebird, "2019 PSO Atlantic Pole bronze medalist, Deadpool". [YouTube ~ 4.5 minutes]

"Tour of Duty: Journey back through each Marvel film that defined Captain America: EW visited the set of every movie as Chris Evans brought Steve Rogers to life. With Avengers: Endgame approaching, it's time to look back".

"Marvel's Kevin Feige Promises 'Major Storylines' for Disney+ Shows".

"Avatar: The Last Airbender's Writer Says a Possible Season 4 Was Sidelined for Shyamalan's Film". [io9]

"CinemaCon 2019: Turns Out The Cats In Tom Hooper’s CATS Are The Size Of Actual Cats".

"Manga Answerman - What Are The Best Digital Manga Services?"


Miscellaneous

"Farewell From The Establishment!"

"Sleepovers reduce stress in shelter dogs: ASU study shows short-term fostering temporarily reduces cortisol levels and increases rest in shelter dogs".

"Bok Choy Isn’t ‘Exotic’: A young generation of Asian-American farmers is reclaiming Asian vegetables — and in the process, their own culinary heritage".

Via [personal profile] fred_mouse, "GenX Tribe: Breaking Bones and Other Stories of Walking it Off". [CW: All kinds of medical stuff, focusing on things going un- or poorly-treated.]

"The pink lakes of Australia – in pictures".

"Peepshi: The Next Generation". "Spring is officially here, which means the birds are a-singin', the bees are a-buzzin', and everywhere you look, there are signs of new life. What better time to buy a crap-ton of delicious, squishy Peeps and murder them one by one?"

"‘Angels in America’ Audiobook Will Be Narrated by Full Cast of Broadway Revival".

"We Can’t Get Over This Amazing High School Production of Alien". [The Mary Sue]

A post? A post.

Apr. 20th, 2019 12:30 am
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Right, posting is a thing.

--Until about a week ago, my phone (which will be...three years old this summer?) lived in a case with a cover that flipped shut. It now has a just-covers-the-back-and-edges case. There are benefits to this, like remembering that notification lights are a thing and I can tell if I have email without actually turning the screen on! How clever! But so far my literal grip on the thing still feels tenuous, and my slightly-germophobic brain has yet to come to a decision about whether I should lay the phone face-up or face-down by my bedside (or on other surfaces), because the cats walk over the surfaces that the phone face is touching when face-down, but the cats could also at any moment walk on the screen if it's face-up, and I know where those paws have been, friends. *wry*


--Crocuses are starting to just poke up in the front yard, so I guess soon we'll find out whether the manymany bulbs we planted out back a year and a half ago mostly failed to produce flowers last year because it takes two years or because something went wrong. Here's hoping it's the former.


--Sea is moving away disconcertingly soon. It feels like she just got here! (And she did, really. But the Nova Scotia job market lived down to its reputation. >.<) It's weird and sad to think of her being gone, even though it's not as if we'll never see her again. And in the meantime, efforts are ongoing to make sure she gets to eat ALL THE SEAFOOD, 'cause there's no ocean where she's going. :/


--The entire weather forecast is made of rain or showers. This would be less aggravating if rain hadn't resulted in scheduled work not being done on our townhouse this past Monday. (Non-urgent, but we're looking forward to having it done.) It's been rescheduled for this Tuesday, and so far the forecast only says "showers", so here's hoping things can proceed.


--[personal profile] scruloose and I need to start making solid plans for being in Toronto this year, and awkwardly, the trend of my "I really want to go and will enjoy being there, but holy crap, does the planning exhaust me" feeling getting more intense is continuing. Also, 2019 is likely to be a bit expensive in general, so I want to at least look into cashing in some of our heap of Aeroplan Miles to get to Toronto this time around, but the fact that it's one province too far away to count as a short-haul flight is just irritating. The thought of spending 25,000 miles to get to Toronto (the number needed to get anywhere outside "short-haul" range in continental North America) when 75,000 is enough to get to China or Japan is harsh.


--Speaking of money, we have an appointment with our accountant next week--when the company called to see if we were going to be coming in, he literally had one spot left this month. Oops. So this weekend has to include tallying all of my freelance income and deductions to hand off to him. I am very fond of roads and schools and all such things, so I'm philosophically on board with paying my taxes! But oh, the actual paying of them (and paying for his services, but we've plainly established that [personal profile] scruloose and I should not be left to our own devices on this front) is gonna sting.

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Apr. 20th, 2019 12:33 pm
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In spite of all the chocolate and hot cross buns available, all I really want right now is Pomegranate Baklava.

I've made this before back in 2012, but I have a sudden yen for it again...

A Day Off

Apr. 19th, 2019 10:46 pm
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We always get off Good Friday rather than Easter Monday. They say it's so people can go to church but that means we have class Easter monday and their rationale is, everyone is local. That is true. But regardless, I had the day off.

I spent it at the library and/or The Spot on Main coffee shop. I feel very comfortable there. I got some stuff written. That was good. Wish I could do that at home. It would be cheaper.

I have to admit I'm not in love with What We Do in Shadows. The thing that amuses me the most is actually the energy vampire and imagining that this was a lot like the day to day living of other vampires, namely seeing Nadja as Darla and Laszlo as Angelus. Now that makes it funny to me but overall, eh.

However, I think the opening song really fits. I went looking for it and was honestly shocked to learn it's a folk song from 1966!


As a reminder, if anyone wants an advanced reader copy of my SF novella, let me know.


And to all my Jewish friends, have a great Passover

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73F - 52F : Severe Storms

Apr. 19th, 2019 08:59 pm
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Last night was another one of those where I was up every hour. I fell asleep easily at 10:30, but then was awake at midnight, and every hour until 4am. Then I stayed asleep until 8am, went back to bed at 10am, and woke up every hour until I finally woke up for good at 2. When I woke up, the groceries were already here, so I woke Kevin up and we put them away.

When we were finished with that, I read lj and dw, and then did some reading. Around 5 I had a great debate as to whether to cook dinner or just act like a cat and continue reading in a blanket all day. Eventually I decided it was cheaper to cook than to cat, so I got up and cooked Italian Wonderpot, which is one of Kevin's favorite meals. It's one I think I can continue to make if I make it with whole wheat pasta or something. Hopefully that won't change it too much, and Kevin will still like it. There's enough stuff that the pasta isn't the main part of the meal, and you probably don't eat more than a serving of pasta.

After the meal, I tried a larabar brownie. It was not bad for a low carb, gluten free sweet. At any rate, it tasted like chocolate even if the mouth feel wasn't quite right. I guess I can replace some of my candy bars with this. Probably not all of them unless I find a mint option, but I think I did see a low carb mint ice cream, which might do for that flavor. I didn't buy it because I was buying a lot of snacks to try different things this week.

When I was done, I came back and continued with my reading. I gave up on a book I just started yesterday for being too theoretical and not providing enough concrete examples. It's the kind of heady crap you get in graduate school, but it's not fun to just read it. I started a book that is supposed to be a general overview of Russian history from the Kyivan Rus to Putin. There are no realpage numbers on it though, so I guess I'm reading a chapter a day, which is probably significantly more than 10 pages. Unless I read 10 kindle pages, which is significantly less than 10 pages. Or I guess I could figure out how many pages there are supposed to be and what percent of the book would represent 10 pages each day?

Kevin's doctor told him today that our deductible that we have to pay before the insurance will pay any of his new bipap is $1900. But it's on a year long rent-to-own program, which means in January, it'll reset as though we paid 0 of it and we'll be on the hook for the entire thing again. He says he knows where to call to try to buy one outright for the $2000 that our deductible is, which will mean getting no help from his insurance, and I'm not sure why we pay for his insurance because they're always crap. I guess that's what we get for him working for a UK based company where his bosses don't have to deal with the insurance they decide to buy for their US based employees. This has caused more than one headache. Although he may have just found a place to buy a good one for $1700 which is even less than the insurance wanted out of us.

Amazon sent out an email for something or other highlighting 9 free books you can read in translation on the kindle. I downloaded 5 of them, but I'm not going to start reading any of them until I'm done with The Red Tent which I just started. As with anything shiny and new, I want to start right now, but if I'm honest with myself I can't handle any more daily reading. Although there's only 6 more chapters of The Boy on the Wooden Box so theoretically I could start a new book when I finish that, if I acknowledge that I'm going to have to stop reading it when I find out what the next book club book is. That would give me 6 weeks to finish the book, which is about right for a novel, I think? We'll see.

I haven't written fiction in a week now, which is pathetic for a camp month. Admittedly I easily made my goal, but stopping 2 weeks into the month, even given that, is not ideal. Maybe I'll try to write something tonight.

Tomorrow is going to be rainy, but it should stop by the time I'm done getting my oil changed. There's really no excuse for not going on a walk. I haven't gone in 3 or 4 days, and I meant to go today, but it never stopped raining, even though the only rain was supposed to be in the morning. After that it should be nice until Thursday evening. We probably won't get a fighter practice Thursday, but Tuesday we should.

I have no plans for Sunday or Monday, and tomorrow the only thing planned is an oil change. I guess it's going to be a boring long weekend for Easter. Kevin was off today, too. At least he's been relatively quiet for whatever reason. I should be able to get a walk in both of those two days since the weather should be nice.
[personal profile] dialecticdreamer
Uncanny Interventions
By Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
Part 2 of 7, complete
Word count (story only): 1210


:: Part of the Strange Family series, in the Polychrome Heroics universe, this story takes place at some point after Genna, Saul, and the others arrive at the Can. It will be clear to readers why Hatter could not be more specific when discussing matters. This story is sponsored by an anonymous Angel who has my eternal gratitude. ::


:: Pay Special Attention: Black hat missions against WORSE people. Mentions of human trafficking, dog fighting (only in the past tense), other criminal actions. Injuries to an adult, kidnapped children (who are physically unharmed), and a laundry list of reasons to dislike the head of the trafficking ring. Please skip this story if the negativity of these issues outweighs the rescue of kidnapped individuals and the dismantling of a human trafficking ring. I have tried to handle these problems gently, but this is NOT gentle fiction. There will be other, gentler stories in the set, but the aftermath of these events will include some heavy topics. ::


Back to part one
On to part three




They took nearly five extra minutes to repeat their searches, since they hadn’t turned up so much as an overdue water bill. The place was exactly what it seemed to be, its staff and owners scrupulously honest. “I almost want to put a couple thousand reals into the register, just to see what they’d do when they found it,” Nix Teir muttered.

“No, we’re done here. Leave it as secure as we found it.” Nix Ein declared. He flicked his fingers, assigning pairs.The building secured again, the four-person team split into pairs and made their way toward different bus stops, heading to their interim contact points.
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Title: Piney
Rating: Gen
Form: Triolet
No. of lines: 8
Length: 45
Prompt: Piney

The piney tallow candle burns,
exhales a fragrance old as time.
The heart remembers sorrow, yearns.
The piney tallow candle burns.
The restless mind, once stilled, unlearns
regret and habit, seeks a peace sublime.
The piney tallow candle burns,
exhales a fragrance old as time.

Portland Mausoleum

Apr. 19th, 2019 04:40 pm
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I spent part of my Good Friday at an 8 story mausoleum. I didn't realize the dates lining up in advance. I was surprised the hiking group was able to get access, but it turns out they have a new employee who has been working on making the place more accessible. She is doing tours regularly. They will even have self guided tours soon.

On one hand: My love for that place isn't totally macabre. It has a vast and important collection of locally produced fine art being shown in it's intended context. There is an actual Luis Comfort Tiffany window in there, again, in it's intended context of an alcove designed around it. The glasswork, tilework, paintings, metal work, enamel work, statues and design is amazing and varied. This is a very culturally important place.

One the other hand: Dude I've been working on shooting and re-shooting for my gallery of pictures of that place for years! Getting access has been a challenge. Sometimes when I've gotten in there I walked the whole 7 miles of corridor trying to make the most of my rare chance. None of my entries have been illegal, but some have been ... creative. Now just anyone can say 'hey I want to see one of the most important collections of local art' and they are just going to be let in??

I am glad it's being more accessible, but at the same time it's like 'do you know how much I've been through for these shots?'

I am going to have to do one of those upcoming self guided tours soon. I still have a list of shots I want, or want to redo. We only walked about 2 or 3 miles of the full 7 today.

My current gallery is here. If you've seen The Librarians, you know that episode where they go to a bunch of different mausoleums around the world? All those shots where actually in this one. There are several distinct styles in the various wings.

I took a few pictures today. Since I had to stay with the tour and wanted to let others get shots I didn't get the shots I'd hope for today. But some aren't bad. I may replace the rainbow window picture on my site with the one from today:



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[personal profile] stonepicnicking_okapi
For a first line and a turn of a phrase, you can't do better than Emily Dickinson.

A narrow Fellow in the Grass by Emily Dickinson

A narrow Fellow in the Grass
Occasionally rides -
You may have met him? Did you not
His notice instant is -

The Grass divides as with a Comb,
A spotted Shaft is seen,
And then it closes at your Feet
And opens further on -

He likes a Boggy Acre -
A Floor too cool for Corn -
But when a Boy and Barefoot
I more than once at Noon

Have passed I thought a Whip Lash
Unbraiding in the Sun
When stooping to secure it
It wrinkled And was gone -

Several of Nature’s People
I know, and they know me
I feel for them a transport
Of Cordiality

But never met this Fellow
Attended or alone
Without a tighter Breathing
And Zero at the Bone.

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Apr. 19th, 2019 04:09 pm
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In the process of moving this month, so things are very sparse online!

Also, if you're a fan of interactive fiction (Zork--"You are eaten by a grue" and choose your own adventure style games) or in making them, Twine has got your back if you're a coding newbie. I'm taking a peek to see if it's viable to produce some work I'd like to make less linear.

Hope you're all well and that your spring is going okay.

More once we're out the other side of the rapids, I hope.
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clubjade:

StarWars.com | Inside the Lucasfilm Archives: The Jedi Texts
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belinsky:

tockthewatchdog:

mattheuphonium:

kim-jong-chill:

i need feminism because when jesus does a magic trick it’s a goddamn miracle but when a woman does a magic trick she gets burned at the stake

fabulous 

i mean they did also kill jesus. that was a pretty significant thing that happened. like i understand where you’re coming from here but they very much did kill jesus.

#in honour of they very much did kill jesus day
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thirteenthlocallesbian:

probs not 100% correct innit lads
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ryncoon:

gallusrostromegalus:

prokopetz:

prokopetz:

gazyrlezon:

prokopetz:

So I tried to Google something and didn’t notice my hands were lined up incorrectly, and:

Yes, thank you, Google, I did mean friv;seedorf.

Well did it find anything?

On that note, I once typed in a random string (at least 20 characters) and actually found an exact match, but was too stupid at the time to realise how amazingly improbable that was (or to save the link)

It found a French breast enhancement cream infomercial, a travel guide to Ragusa, Italy, two error 404s, and a DMCA takedown notice for a pirated e-book version of Take Your Time (A Boston Love Story #4) by Julie Johnson.

Fun fact: this post is now the top Google search result for friv;seedorf.

Friv Seedorf sounds like a tertiary character in an excessively complex fantasy or space opera that does something real dumb and becomes the fan favorite.

In this house, we stan Friv Seedorf
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ART: Small Crochet Market Bag v.1

Apr. 19th, 2019 05:00 pm
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I designed a little market bag for one of my bingo squares! Be forewarned, I have not tested this or had anyone else test it, I wrote it as I went. I'll probably make some more to test the pattern more thoroughly later and I plan to make a larger version.

My Ravelry page for the produce is here. Patterns of produce used were by Patti, here and here.

My series that inspired this is called Plums!

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Fic Rec Fridays 2019 - part 16

Apr. 19th, 2019 11:53 pm
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Wild Hunt (917 words) by consumptive_sphinx
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Lord of the Rings - All Media Types
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Legolas/Gimli
Characters: Legolas, Gimli, Thranduil
Additional Tags: Fae AU, Medieval AU, Fantasy AU

Summary:

There’s a knock on the door.

It isn’t quite dusk; it isn’t too dangerous yet. But still, it’s late to be out on Midwinter’s Night. What if he was held up somewhere?

Legolas takes a nail with him when he opens the door. “Gimli. It’s late.”




For one, I think fanfiction has made far too little use of the possibilities of reimagining Tolkien elves as traditional fae -- all the key components already exist in the canon, after all: beauty and wisdom, merriment and mischief, with the potential for the terrible.

This here is a brief and compelling piece about being caught between two worlds, and having to choose, not once, but again and again. And how hard the choice might be to make, if one stood alone.

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rnashallah:

muslim women shouldnt have to conform to western feminist ideals in order to be accepted into feminist circles. i shouldnt have to let you know that i am a muslim BUT i date against my parents will or i’m not actually that religious or i grew up in Whitesville, Alabama for you to feel good about befriending me in spite of ur subconscious beliefs that Muslim women are inherently oppressed and the only way to liberate ourselves is to become more like you. i dont need to justify my beliefs !!!!! i am a feminist BECAUSE i am a muslim woman. not despite it. 
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kyuutier:

LF: we made an irredeemable villain :)

me: you fucked up a perfectly good antihero is what you did. look at him. he’s got cptsd.
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