Things I have learned

Aug. 17th, 2017 09:36 pm
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1. It is possible to grow sunflowers in pots, provided the pots are big enough. A 16" diameter pot works.
2. You will have to brace the pot so that it doesn't fall over in a strong wind.
3. If the sunflower starts leaning to one side, add a counterweight to the other side of the pot to balance the weight. A large rock works nicely.
4. Bees love sunflowers.
5. It takes forEVER for sunflower flower buds to reach full bloom.


I'm pretty sure that at least two different species of bees have been hanging around the sunflowers: big fuzzy ones, and smaller non-fuzzy ones. Bumblebees and carpenter bees, perhaps. They're all welcome.
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I've been craving blue crab on and off all summer...

Anyone want to go with me to a crab shack before the end of the season? I'm sure we can find a place locally.
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Dozen eggs, chicken empanada, corn tamale, donut peaches, yellow-fleshed plums, blueberries, batard of country white bread, bag of mixed greens.

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Aug. 17th, 2017 07:23 pm
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The news is apocalyptically awful, of course. But I'm a Southerner, and I never expected that I would live to see those statues come down. It was something I didn't even dare to hope for.

I don't want to lose sight of how amazing that is.

hope for an answer some day

Aug. 17th, 2017 01:00 pm
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TNT has optioned N.K. Jemisin's The Fifth Season! Which is great news!

I have questions though, because I can't imagine it being an easy novel to adapt. spoilers )

It'll be interesting TV regardless, I bet.

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Title: You Make Me Look Legitimate. (On Archive Of Our Own)
Author: [personal profile] lannamichaels
Fandom: Check Please
Pairing: Eric Bittle/Jack Zimmermann
Rating: G
A/N: This is 100% [personal profile] dira's fault and I have the chat log to prove it. :P The title is from I Make The Dough, You Get The Glory by Kathleen Edwards, which is a wonderful country song about Canadian hockey.

Summary: Eric Bittle gets the call from the national team at 3AM.


2018 Olympics! )

I have officially deleted my LJ

Aug. 16th, 2017 04:28 pm
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... and it feels weird? I backed up everything and a bunch of communities I was a member of (flashfic comms, everything starting in ds_, some other stuff). I also deleted inactive communities I owned that had no other moderators or maintainers, after carefully archiving them three different ways. I'm going to look into where best to store those archives, but nothing I deleted has been lost outright.

The archival process took several days, in part because I kept getting sidetracked on nostalgia journeys. We were doing some really interesting things on LJ twelve years back and more, ways of organizing fannish communities and doing events that I had mostly forgotten, and I may or may not have spreadsheeted a list of ideas for future use inspired by things from over a decade ago. If there is one constant in fandom, it may be idea recycling.

(Recycling? Upcycling? Are derivative works really just fannish upcycling? Now I'm getting sidetracked again.)

In any case, any links you have to my LJ will no longer work, and I deleted my comments and community posts along with. Apologies if this means you no longer have that comment I left on your fic that time; if I was going to delete myself from LJ, I was going to delete the whole of it. I had something like 3,000 comments made various places over there, as big a footprint as my journal itself. I really debated whether or not to do that, but ... better now, while I still can, than if something happens later that makes me wish I had and I no longer have access, you know?

I owe so much that is significant about my life right now to that platform. Every place I've lived over the past decade has been because of friends I met through LJ. My major life decisions in that span have been shaped by people I met in fannish LJ space. Because of LJ, I met [personal profile] jarrow, who I lived with for several years on the west coast, and [personal profile] sisabet, who I lived with for several more after returning east, and [personal profile] sweetestdrain, who just spent several years living next door to me, trading con to-do lists and vid drafts and coffee and random gossip with me across our shared fence at all hours of the day and night. People I interact with on twitter every day, all the fannish organizing stuff that's sometimes its own full time job, the entirety of my Wednesday night bar trivia team, none of this would have ever happened without LiveJournal.

So thanks for the friends and the cons and the momentous life experiences, LiveJournal. I'm taking them with me ... along with a couple thousand archival files. 

i'm not saying you're not on my mind

Aug. 16th, 2017 02:02 pm
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I don't generally play games on my phone - I have a sordid history with computer games going back to the days of Police Quest and the Indiana Jones game, where I would stay up all night playing and then be unable to get up for class. So I've made a conscious choice to just not go there again, though I have been known to waste some time playing solitaire or bubble spinner or Tetris of an evening.

And then I discovered 1010! Which is like Tetris but without the blocks dropping - instead you place them wherever you like/they'll fit to make complete rows etc. And I have spent the past few days enthralled and exhausted because I've stayed up way too late doing this. I even paid $1.99 so I could have it ad free!

And then last night when I looked up from my phone after many, many games, and it was 12:45 am, I deleted it, because I can't be having with that. I was seeing it behind my eyelids while awake, and dreaming about it when I was asleep. Ugh. It was so nice and soothing too. But since I can't control myself, I had to get rid of it. Sigh.

Anyway, Wednesday means books, so buckle up!

What I've just finished
Babylon's Ashes, the last currently available Expanse novel, which I liked a lot. Are these books perfect? No. There's still too much Holden, though I did like that spoilers ) Avasarala, Bobbie, Naomi, and Amos are still my faves, and Alex makes a good showing here, too. This and Nemesis Games are really one long arc, and should probably be read together.

Buried Heart by Kate Elliott, the conclusion of the Court of Fives trilogy. I enjoyed it, though I still think maybe Jessamy made some assumptions that she had no real basis for which turned out to be true (this happened in the first book too), which is a downside of first person POV, because I kept waiting for her to be wrong about some things and she wasn't (well, she was wrong about a bunch of things, but not some of the things I thought she might be wrong about). Anyway, I found it a satisfying if slightly pat conclusion, and as with the Cold Magic trilogy, I found the revolution a lot more interesting than the romance.

Bombshells vol 3: Uprising - after Recent Events, I decided to go back to this and finish it, and the titular uprising made me tear up on the subway. Also, MIRI MARVEL!!! I don't know if I knew about that? But I LOVE IT. ♥♥♥ I can't wait to pick up volume 4.

Star Wars: Kanan: The Last Padawan volumes 1 & 2. These were fine. I enjoyed them, but they were somewhat repetitive when read in trade - there was a lot of catching up in the narration, which is good for a monthly comic but less good when reading it all in one go. Also, every other page, he's like, "Don't call me kid!" which got a little old. Mostly interesting to me for sad Jedi details, like Caleb saying Styles was his first friend even though we see him with Tai and Sammo - were they not friends? That's so depressing. Unless he meant first non-Jedi friend, which is better. I'm just going to pretend that's what he meant so I can be slightly less sad.

Also notable for explicitly referencing the "Jedi code" which I hear a lot about in fic but am not sure I'd ever seen in any currently canon material, and it was "emotion, yet peace; chaos, yet serenity; death, yet the Force" which is interesting to me because it makes so much more sense than the other formulation I see in fic a lot: "there is no chaos, there is serenity" etc. I mean, you know me and my "take what I like and ignore the rest" approach to canon, so it's nice to have it there as needed, but as always I find the way things get flattened in fanon so interesting.

Because I mean, yeah, the Jedi were certainly culpable in both Anakin's fall and their own demise, because they were hidebound and corrupt the way any millennia-old organization made of people would be, and they definitely had some blindspots about a variety of things (providing therapy to members who needed it, using a slave army, being co-opted by the Senate, etc.), but they didn't deserve what happened to them. Let's not ever actually grace Anakin's horrific dumbassery ("from my POV, the Jedi are evil!") with any validity. Like, sure, Yoda gave him some poor advice, and Mace Windu was critical sometimes, and they made some compromised decisions, but that doesn't justify slaughtering anyone.

Anyway, it was also nice to see Rae Sloane, despite her poor life choices.

I also read Star Wars #34 this morning, which is mostly a standalone issue featuring Sana Starros swindling everyone in the galaxy from pirates to Hutts to Imperials and back. I would watch a whole movie about her. She might be Han Solo's fake (ex?)wife, but she's also Aphra's ex-girlfriend, so that would be amazing to see on screen. You could cast Nicole Beharie as Sana and Arden Cho as Aphra, and let them go be con artists together and I would line up multiple times to give Disney my money. Especially if Hondo showed up, too.

What I'm reading now
The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin, the third book of the Broken Earth trilogy. But I'm only a few pages in and it's taking me a little while to get back up to speed, especially since my brain isn't working so well today because of my lack of sleep. *g*

What I'm reading next
The next Craft Sequence book comes out in a couple of weeks, but before that, I dunno.

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this may always have happened

Aug. 16th, 2017 10:10 am
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Lately it seems I am constantly - constantly - irritated by a loose hair tickling my arm below the hem of my sleeve or stuck in the band of my bra. It's a well-known issue as my hair grows, and I'm about six months to a year from cutting it (that is, it's been - huh. I don't know how long it's been since the last time I had it cut off. At least a year, maybe a year and a half). But I don't remember this happening as much before I was pregnant as it seems to be happening now. Possibly my hair is falling out more now than it used to? Or possibly the nine-ish months of hardly any hair falling out got me accustomed to no tickly stray hairs and now it just feels like it's happening all the time. AUGH.

In other news, I noticed a couple of months ago that every morning when I start up the breast pump, for the first few seconds I have a little mini anxiety attack that feels like I want to cry. I have no idea why this should be. For a while I didn't understand what was happening, just that I felt a little flash of sadness every morning; and then I managed to link it to the pump; but it doesn't seem to happen when I pump during the day, so I don't think it's a confirmation bias thing? I mean: I'm always paying attention to see if it happens, so I could be bringing it on myself, except that it only happens first thing in the morning. (I don't remember if it used to happen at other times or not, but I don't think it does now.) It's ten or fifteen seconds and my heart kind of does a flutter and squeeze that I totally recognize as anxiety from when I was fretting about my dad's illness all those years ago. Sometimes my breath catches just a bit in my throat and sometimes it doesn't. And then it goes away and I'm fine. The milk supply is not affected. This is quite reliable and totally mysterious to me.

salt water meets with the skies, dear

Aug. 15th, 2017 02:02 pm
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Yesterday, I saw a t-shirt that read, "I don't trust atoms. They make up everything." and I grinned for the rest of my walk home. I love terrible puns.

Anyway. There's a meme going around somewhere? where you post the first lines of some of your works in progress? so I thought, why not? I sure have enough of them. So here are the first lines from a few of my wsip:

Half-Truths and Hyperbole (Star Wars; Obi-Wan/Satine Regency AU)
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a planetary ruler being targeted by assassins must be in need of a Jedi bodyguard.

how strangely my life is curved (Star Wars, Ahsoka unfrozen in the TFA-era)
"There's a message from Lando," Leia says.

How Soon Is Now (Star Wars, sequel to Sing a New Song)
Time moves differently on Malachor.

nobody move, nobody get hurt (Star Wars, Anakin/lady!Obi-Wan au)
Obi-Wan learns two things in the immediate aftermath of the disaster that is the mission to Naboo: one, it's harder to be a master than she ever thought, and two, she cannot--will not--replace Anakin's mother, and the boy won't settle down and learn until he's assured of his mother's safety.

the movement and the spin (Star Wars, Anakin/lady!Obi-Wan au, companion piece to nobody move, nobody get hurt)
Maybe one day he'll look back on this and laugh, but right now, Anakin hates being fourteen.

The Bonds That We Save (Peggy Carter & Etta Candy crossover)
A secretary leads Peggy through a bewildering series of corridors that are clearly meant to confuse the unobservant; even she might have a difficult time finding her way back out.

Drive It Like You Stole It (Star Wars, Han/Leia)
Leia's back hits the mattress, Han's body a warm weight above her, and she thinks, I don't deserve this.

That seems like enough to be going on with.

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i'm gonna drink that sun

Aug. 14th, 2017 02:22 pm
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Miscellaneous Monday:

= thank you to everyone who commented on my post about the offer being accepted! I'm still working on replying, but your cautious yays are much appreciated. *g*

= One of my co-workers recently left for another job, and upon her departure, she gifted a number of us with tiny succulent plants in tiny plant pots. I dutifully looked up how to care for a succulent, because I have a black thumb and have never succeeded in keeping any plant alive (my mother was so good at plants, you guys! and I have always been terrible at them), so last week I watered it as directed, and this morning when I got to my cube, it looked like it had given up on life. It was all slumped and faded. Boss3 was out on vacation last week, so her little plant got no water, but lots of light. It had actually grown by a visible amount! So I just gave her mine to put on her windowsill. *hands* We'll see if it survives, or if my black thumb has claimed another hapless victim.

= I have been in contact with my new loan officer (the one referred by my broker), and she seems very on the ball. She sent me a list of required documents and I diligently attached all of them to my response. She also asked for two forms of ID, and since I have a valid in-state driver's license, according to the instructions, I could use my work ID as the second form. Alas, when I went to scan it, I discovered that my last name had been spelled incorrectly. I've had this ID card for 8 1/2 years, and never noticed that before. Not even last summer when I lost it and found it and had it replaced. (I knew my name was spelled wrong in ADP, but since it's right on my pay stubs, and my money gets deposited every two weeks, I don't really care. Of course, it's spelled wrong in a different way. idek.) So I couldn't use it. I thought I might have to wait until tomorrow, because my passport is at home, but they say they'll also take a utility bill, so I downloaded the latest one from ConEd and sent that along.

= My attorney received the new contract, so hopefully one day later this week I'll be able to sign it and get the ball rolling in earnest on this whole process. The contract lists a closing date of 'on or about' October 14, which would be amazing if it actually happened that quickly. I can be hopeful but I don't really expect it to happen like that. (Of course, after closing, I would still have to have some painting done and also the floors, but that shouldn't take too much time, right? *meep*)

= Last night, I was looking to watch something easy and comforting, and I remembered The Toast's recent take on The Hunt for Red October, and it's available streaming via Amazon Prime, so I put it on. I have a fondness for submarine movies in general, and this one in particular - my dad and I saw it together, as we did many other movies over the years. For a while in my teens and twenties, we had a standing Sunday movie date (in the 80s he was even okay with going to movies on opening weekend, and occasionally even on opening night - I'm pretty sure I saw ESB and ROTJ as well as Temple of Doom and Last Crusade with him the weekend they opened), and even in later years I could sometimes chivvy him out of his recliner to go to the movies - especially once reserved seating with in-theater recliners started being available. The last movie we saw together was CATWS, which seems right to me.

= And now, lunch.

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Orphan Black: To Right the Wrongs of Many

spoilers )

The show often got lost in its own convoluted plotlines, but the story of the clones who became sisters for real was great and I'm sad there isn't going to be any more (though I would totally watch a half-hour sitcom spinoff of the sestras going about their 'normal' lives, with occasional visits from Krystal or one of the many clones we never got to meet). I hope Tatiana Maslany goes on to even greater things.

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Shelving! Also, Toshiro Mifune

Aug. 12th, 2017 08:31 pm
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I met [personal profile] greenygal to see Rashomon today, which is one of Kuraoawa's more famous films and a seminal role for Toshiro Mifune. There's a documentary on Mifune on Tuesday night that I might go to.

Walking back to my place, I was bothered by a man who complimented me on my hat and asked where I got it, but then asked if I wanted to make a friend. Given that this indicated he was either trying to pick me up or try to talk to me about Jesus, I told him I was full up on friends and walked away from him faster. Further home, another man tried to get my attention and when I ignored him, called me 'a fat bitch'. I turned around and called him out; his only come-back was 'fat bitch' again.

I'm really tired of men, and it's almost always men, that think a woman being out in public is required to give them the attention they want. It was really annoying because I was obviously walking with someone, but I guess they think that because I was with another woman, that doesn't count.

Anyway, we got both my Kallax units put together, with only a minor mishap. I'll get things moved around tomorrow and during the rest of the week. Hopefully having that much more shelf space will help with the de-cluttering!

nothing else around me looks the same

Aug. 12th, 2017 04:26 pm
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Last evening, I was minding my own business, answering Star Wars meme questions and talking with [personal profile] silveronthetree on tumblr, when I got a call from the realtor saying my offer on the apartment I'd seen on Tuesday was accepted!

!!!!

TBH, I had given up. I hadn't heard anything, so I just figured he didn't want to ruin my weekend, and that on Monday I'd get a call with a rejection and an email with new listings to look at. So you can imagine my shock. I notified my lawyer and then proceeded to text everyone I know with the news. I can think about accent wall colors and sofas! Dinette sets! I can look at my pinterest again without being depressed!

I mean, I still have to 1. get a mortgage approved and 2. get approved by the co-op board, but since this apartment costs a lot less than the other one did, my DTI ratio is where they want it to be, and the realtor referred me to a lender who hopefully handles mortgages of less than $100K, since that is what I'll be seeking, and the lady I worked with before doesn't handle them. I emailed the new lender this afternoon, to get that ball rolling, so we'll see what happens.

So I'm cautiously optimistic this time rather than filled with rapturous glee, because now I understand just how easily it can evaporate. But even so. It was nice to get good news at 6:30 pm on a Friday night.

Then I had to run out the door to meet L., since we were going to see Girls Trip, which we both enjoyed and found hilarious. I for one will never look at a grapefruit the same way again.

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Tiropita, mini-spanakopita, seasonal olive oil lemon cake, bougatsa, pita. I'm meeting [personal profile] fabrisse at the Takoma market tomorrow, so I'll buy fruit then.

I looked at the various wineries and breweries for gift ideas -- my parents' 75th birthdays are next month, and food or alcohol is generally a reliable gift. One of the the brewers pressed when I wouldn't try their samples and just wanted their suggestions based on what their popular items are and my parents tastes (Mom likes Negra Modelo and cafe con leche -- so coffee liqueor made with caramel syrup? maybe?) -- so he got the blunt explanation that all alcohol tastes like cat piss to me -- though next time, I might say 'tastes like soap'; it's similarly inaccurate, but viscerally repulsive to most people so might get my distaste across better. It did make me less inclined to buy his products, that's for sure.

Huh... my sister's 50th birthday is also next month. Maybe I should get her a bottle or two of the fancy vinegar. They had Wild Rose, Wisteria, and Chamomile vinegars today, and while I didn't like the taste of the first, the other two were interesting. Maybe one sweet vinegar and one savory, like Ramp or Heirloom Pepper?

yay

Aug. 11th, 2017 02:43 pm
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I think we just bought a house!

Was not expecting that

Aug. 11th, 2017 01:32 pm
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Man, I think I have to throw in the towel on trying to figure out what people will respond to. I thought for sure, what with Star Wars being a much, much bigger fandom in general than Captain America, that Battleflag would be the Vividcon entry that would do well out there in the world. But it's just sort of sunk into a void, and Chase You Down, which I thought was a weaker vid, is getting more hits and definitely has more notes on Tumblr and comments here. I was actually really happy with how Battleflag turned out, despite the difficulties, and I thought people would like it…

It's cool that people enjoyed Chase You Down, because I didn't think they would (I mean, admittedly I would have loved it if so many people hadn't qualified it with telling me how much they hate Bucky generally), but I just honestly thought Battleflag would be the one people would respond to.

Anyways. Today I went to see the doctor who runs the genetic testing office at my clinic, he's also a breast cancer specialist and surgeon. They were giving me the results from the spit-in-a-tube thing I mentioned a few weeks ago, to see if I had the genetic mutations for ovarian cancer (for those new here, my twin sister died at 45 of ovarian cancer complications, and so there was a concern that they should take out my ovaries during my colon cancer surgery at the end of the month). I've been…pretty much planning since sis_r died for it, that that was what I was gonna die from, or melanoma. So I was really surprised when they told me I don't have the markers, and my risk was not elevated.

There's a whole bunch of other stuff that I won't bore you with--other higher risk factors because of my sister and just my general body--but they asked me what I wanted to do during the surgery, if I'd prefer to keep the tubes and ovaries or meet with an obgyn surgeon and plan to remove them, and I didn't know how to answer. I was just gobsmacked: I've planned for this news for so long that I had no idea how I was supposed to decide. There's not a lot of time to meet with another surgeon, and I don't know if insurance will pay for this considering I don't have the gene markers, so I decided to just focus on the colon surgery and whatever happens after that.

I mean, to be honest, I'd love to take them out, but that's an expense I could absolutely not afford and considering what kind of bills I'm already getting for co-insurances and whatnot, I don't feel really positive about them paying for it, nor do I have the time and spoons to navigate the insurance maze. So I'm just staying the course, I guess. He outlined a bunch of breast health stuff for me, since my risk just based on heredity is higher, and I loathe mammograms but I sort of saw it coming that they were going to want to increase my frequency of them. God I hate them, I always end up bruised everywhere and in so much pain, and I hate being touched like that, ugh. But at least I don't have the genetic cancer mutations. Seriously, if it wasn't major surgery, I'd cut these things off happily.

still so easily ignored

Aug. 11th, 2017 12:30 pm
musesfool: anakin's lightsaber (this is your life)
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Hey hey, I actually wrote something yesterday!

On the Day Before (@ AO3)
Star Wars; Vader, Leia; AU; g; 905 words
Darth Vader eavesdrops on a very interesting conversation.

It's just a brief revelation scene, because that is the part that interests me, though one day maybe I'll follow through and write the actual story of Vader teaming up with his kids and overthrowing Palpatine. It's just a lot more plot than I generally find workable as a writer, though I love reading it.

I also realized that in December it will be TEN YEARS since I started the West Wing Title project. And I still have 65 unused episode titles. How even is that possible? I do have current wsip for two (or is it three?) of them, but even so. 151 episode titles is a lot (note: I used parts 1 and 2 of "Inauguration" for one story, hence the count being one off). (The original explanation is here, but I moved the index post to DW when I stopped posting to LJ.)

I also wrote a little bit on one of my other wsip and sketched out notes for a new idea, so I guess the focus to write isn't completely gone. I feel like it's been overwhelmed recently by everything else. *hands* But I still love my works in progress and want to see them done!

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Today I completed my last two required workplace training modules, and the one on workplace violence was 1. terrifying to contemplate as an employee even though 2. it was not really applicable to my work situation (we do have clinics where this could be an issue but I work in the main office, where we don't see clients; much like the Medicare/Medicaid fraud training was inapplicable because I don't do any kind of billing); but also 3. the checklist of warning signs for violence in the workplace read like a summary of Anakin Skywalker's character, which proves that a. the Jedi probably should have seen it coming, and b. a fangirl's mind is never far from the object of her (unfortunate) affections. #the most problematic fave

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Given my penchant for purses, I feel obligated to link you to this adorable dinosaur purse. It's Kate Spade, so it's ridiculously expensive (nobody needs 14K gold plated hardware on a pink dinosaur purse!), but if it weren't I might conceive a mighty need for it.

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Two more hours of work until it's the weekend! I plan to sleep in! Whee!

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I'm getting ready to delete my LiveJournal this evening, so I'm trying to get set up here to actually ... y'know, use Dreamwidth. I've temporarily locked everything down and will be going through and unlocking things one by one so vid posts, fic posts, etc. are public, and I'm wandering around adding people from LJ and such, so a) pardon my dust and b) hello!
musesfool: darth vader saying "He said what about his sister? Gross." (he said what about his sister?)
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I was starting to think I might never write again, but then this happened. Let's call it another variation on a familiar theme. *g*

On the Day Before
Star Wars; Vader, Leia; AU; g; 905 words
Darth Vader eavesdrops on a very interesting conversation.

Written for the West Wing Title project.

Read it at AO3.

On the Day Before )

~*~

Feedback is adored.
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File this under "this was gonna bug me if I didn't make a post about it". :P

So, 17776. This thing has a pretty cool premise and some interesting stuff. It's got cool storytelling techniques! It makes really great use of the medium! It's got space probes talking to each other without any lags! It's got suddenly the humans stopped aging! It's got terrible, terrible worldbuilding.


Problem the First: The name of it.

See, the thing is, "1776" is an important/prominent year for Americans. If you then add another 7, to invoke 1776, that's like putting Chekov's gun on the wall. And then the gun never fires. Dude, if you're gone called something that invoking of 1776, you need to do something with it. Otherwise it's an issue. A distracting issue.



Problem The Second: What football will look like.

The "football" makes no sense. And I don't mean in an "this has no relationship to current day American football except for the ball" way. I mean that in a no-human-being-would-ever-do-this way. It boggles the mind. Okay, so let's say football decided games don't have to have an end point. No one would play one football game for eight hundred or twelve thousand years. That is not how things work. That's not how people work. That's not how time works.



Problem The Third: None of this makes any sense.

I don't mean the instantaneous communication across vast distances in space or humans living forever. That suspension of disbelief is the price of admission. No, I mean the humans. Because...



Problem The Fourth: There is no sense of scale.

It is 2017. To belabor the obvious: the year 17776 is very far from now. However, nothing has changed except football. Nothing has changed in 15,000 years. Dude. No.

OK, ok, so technically, there's ~peace love and kittens~ and all that, which we are told about and never shows up as a thing at all. Especially since we're all post-scarcity and everything is awesome, but there are still beleaguered office workers? And general store owners and basically, enough signs that the current economy is still trucking along. Essentially the only difference is that football is now a game with states as end zones.

This would have worked better if this was fifty or a hundred or so years from now. That would be kinda cool. But 15,000 years?

Like, 15,000 years ago, I don't think agriculture was even a thing yet. And yet humanity has stagnated in such a way that nothing has really changed in 15,000 years except the coast looks different because some cities are underwater and we have magic nano robots to fix all injuries and everyone gets along?

"But this is just a clever little thing about how football could mutate?" okay well, then, why does he keep bringing it up and then going "lol no, that's just how it is now, no one knows why" and stuff like that? Why keep bringing it up just to dismiss it as irrelevant? Why does it spend so much time on it and Pioneer 9 asking about it?

There's any number of worldbuilding problems you can handwave off easily by just not pointing the sphere of attention in that direction. That is *not* what is being done here. It's more like "oh hey, I'll keep bringing up how bizarre and unlikely this is, just to dismiss it as a serious issue of inquiry". C'mon already. You put something under a direct spotlight and then decided to keep pointing at it and never doing anything about it. If you aren't going to explore this stuff or answer any questions, stop being a jerk about it. Going "oooh, oooh, oooh, I got a secret and I'm not telling" is probably fine for getting clicks, but it does nothing good to your story.

I mean, ffs, you don't just get to briefly sum up major accomplishments and then shrug it off with "you don't see any of those things because people didn't want them. If they advanced too much further technologically, those advances would inevitably intrude on their humanity. People wanted to walk. They wanted to take the bus that smelled like cigarettes. They wanted those precious three minutes between asking a question and knowing the answer.". (also, a minor rage that that's in an image and not text). Again, we are talking about 15,000 years. Where is your sense of scale??? Where is your basic sense of what humans are like???

(also, the idea that we've reached the ~~peak of human achievement that humans actually want to achieve~~ right now is fucking goddamn bullshit that I'm not even going to engage with. Like, the idea that we'll just press freeze on how things are now for middle class America and somehow somethingsomethingworldpeace somethingsomethingpostscarcity and not change a thing and just sit around and watch football all the time? For 15,000 years? This is such bullshit, I can't even begin.)

Like, the only way this makes any sense at all is if Pioneer 10 and JUICE are unreliable narrators and are making this entire thing up to troll Pioneer 9, except that is specifically addressed in the final chapter and denied. But I guess the question is, can we trust an unreliable narrator to admit to being unreliable? Because then there's also the title of the piece to take into account. It's just, it's such a massive part of the story, Pioneer 9 asking about this all the time. And then, no answers! Or, well, only answers that don't hold up at all. You have this mystery at the heart of it, but then you don't solve the mystery.

It's just, it's really frustrating, considering how cool some of this stuff is. :(



Oh, and also...

Problem The Fifth: Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer

This is just a minor nit, especially since it has happened IRL yet, but I feel like it's safe to assume that JUICE is gonna get thrown into Jupiter or something like that to destroy it? Why didn't they just go with the Voyagers or New Horizons or something like that? What, does the Immortalization Of Humans and somehow the Stagnation Of Human Achievement mean that the JUICE mission doesn't end?

you're like all the rest, miss

Aug. 9th, 2017 03:16 pm
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It's so cold in this office. My hands are like blocks of ice. Except for when I'm having a hot flash and sweating like a pig. Ugh.

Anyway, the apartment last night was quirky and cute but of course, as of this morning there are other offers, so I am waiting to hear if mine will be accepted. I am not hopeful. I am finding this whole thing so emotionally exhausting. I just want to stay in bed with the covers over my head.

But enough of that. It's Wednesday, so let's talk about books:

What I've just finished
Nemesis Games, the fifth(?) Expanse book. In which shit gets REALLY REAL. spoilers )

Anyway, I have to say that as much as I enjoyed the first two books and then found Abaddon's Gate a slog, everything since then has been an exciting and compelling read, with the stakes rising with every book. Be warned though, this one doesn't resolve everything neatly at the end, so you'll want to have the next book on hand when you're done.

What I'm reading now
Babylon's Ashes, which again, just keeps ratcheting up the tension. I've been trying to take it a little slower since the next book isn't out until December (and the show doesn't come back until next spring), but I'm almost at the end and I'm enjoying the ride so far.

I feel like I should have an Avasarala icon. Hmm...

What I'm reading next
As I mentioned last week, probably Buried Heart, the third Court of Fives book, and then The Stone Sky, the third Broken Earth book. Because everything's a fucking trilogy these days. I also picked up the first two trades of the Kanan comic, so that's also a possibility.

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Vividcon vid recs

Aug. 9th, 2017 10:19 am
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Back from Vividcon. So much laundry, so much work, so little time. Also, I watched some vids, so here are some recs. These aren't the 'best' vids of the con, or even all the ones I liked. Just some I enjoyed a lot. If there's no active link, the vidder hasn't put the vid up yet or I can't figure out where it is. Happy hunting.

Auction

Blackbird - Harry Potter (McGonagall), sweetestdrain

Premieres

Monsters of the Cosmos - Thor films, Cherryice

Spell - Carol, Hollywoodgrrl

Is It Safe Now? - Eyewitness, Kitty

The Tale of the Three Brothers - Harry Potter, Dar

Birdie - Mad Men (Betty), Lola

Stray Italian Greyhound - Yuri!!! On Ice, Butterfly

This is a Trent Reznor Song - Star Trek AOS (meta, so meta, seriously), Rhoboat

She Said (What She Said) - Supergirl, here's luck


CVV

Chase You Down - Captain America (Steve, Sam, Bucky, Peggy), Gwyneth

Club Can't Handle Me - Lego Batman Movie, elipie

Fall of the Jedi - Clone Wars (lightsaber battles!), starlady

I Ship It - multi, Grammarwoman

Light 'Em Up - Ghostbusters reboot, Bessyboo

Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This) - Legion, sisabet (and yes, the show is even more batshit bonkers than the vid, I promise you)


Vids that aren't new but that I downloaded after the con anyway because feels

Notorious - Spartacus, sweetestdrain

It's All Coming Back To Me Now - Marvel Comics Steve/Bucky, trelkez

Expo - Tony Stark-Iron Man MCU, lim

The beach!

Aug. 8th, 2017 08:56 pm
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Last time we were in Brazil, L knew about five words and most of them were "BEETS!" (aka "beach"). This year the tradition continues. We're staying with my SIL and her family, and today they wanted to go to a rocky beach, which sounded fine in theory but turned out to be way above L's paygrade. So we left them there and headed back to the sandy beach near the house, which my SIL's boys had deemed passé, because they'd been there the day before. But for me and L and a bag of sand toys, it proved perfect. We dug holes and filled them again. We buried toys and ourselves. We talked about the dogs, surfers, and ATV riders we saw passing. It got warm enough--though it's mid-winter here--to bask in the sun. L was even willing to walk most of the way there and most of the way back, a small miracle as he wavers between immovable stubborn independence and desperate gibbon-like clinging. Between [personal profile] bell and I, we even got most of the sand off him. Most, not all; we've told him if anyone ever asks him, he's to say that Anakin was right about sand. It was a beautiful morning.

now with picture! I hope? )

And my heart can't handle anymore

Aug. 8th, 2017 12:58 pm
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I'm sorry this is all boring/depressing househunting nonsense all the time these days. But here's another anecdote that probably only I find hilarious and ridiculous:

Yesterday, the broker suggested seeing a place I had previously turned down, mostly because it's carpeted and I don't like carpeting - especially other people's carpeting ew gross - but he was like, that can be ripped up and this is a large apartment for a good price in a nice building. And the kitchen is cute and relatively updated, which is my #1 priority. So I said okay, and he said he'd confirm the appointment in the morning.

When I got home last night, every one of my saved listings on StreetEasy was delisted. Not just ones I knew had an accepted offer, where you might expect that, but even ones that were allegedly still on the market, including the one I had made an appointment to see. (It is still up on MLSLI, though.)

So I was like, who did I piss off? Am I under some sort of weird curse? What is happening.

But just now, the broker confirmed my appointment, so who the hell even knows? Will this just be one more disappointment, or will the seventh time be the charm? Tune in tomorrow for answers! Same Bat time, same Bat channel.

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New vid: Stronger (GI Jane)

Aug. 7th, 2017 04:28 pm
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Premiered in VividCon's challenge show. The theme of the show was resistance.

Vid: Stronger
Vidder: Destina
Fandom: G.I. Jane
Song: Stronger Than Dirt by Tom McRae
Run Time: 02:37
Summary: I will still be here when the dust has cleared.

Notes: The program blurb said, 'Resistance creates the future.' Many people at the con were not aware that there are now women trained for the Army infantry, and to serve on Navy subs; women are now being trained for combat in every branch of the service, and they are completing the training at the same standard as the men, no special accommodations. It is happening, slowly but surely, and this movie helped to make a generation believe it was possible. Nevertheless, I kinda think the vid is timely; training women for combat and allowing them to serve in the ways they wish is a necessary thing. We can kick ass in all ways. Not just in the ways we're told we 'should.'



password: stronger

Link to vid on Vimeo if the embed won't play.

lyrics below the cut )
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or better yet, let me show you them...

Instagram is kind of my new happy place. There's so few politics, so little drama, it's so easy to curate the accounts I follow, that it's just full of pretty people, pretty places, friends, and things I generally like. So here are a few of my favorite accounts...

Animals:
foster_kittens -- this account is run by a woman in Seattle who fosters pregnant cats and their kittens until they're ready for adoption. Do you need neverending kitten videos on your feed? Fuck yeah, you do.
stella ra li -- the most adorable black lab puppy I have EVER SEEN. Her latest instagram story is her mom trying to train her to not be afraid of the vacuum cleaner and it is PRECIOUS.
harv and charlie -- adorable fluffballs and occasionally their dad Claude.
cooper and pippa -- precious french bulldogs and occasionally their dad Shane. Don't judge me.

Misc
Buzzfeed Tasty -- if you're a visual learner like me, this is a great way to digest recipes.
Subtle Dildo -- it's not as NSFW as you might think. It's like Where's Waldo but with sex toys.
Think Before You Ink -- despite what the name sounds like it's not actually a collection of terrible tattoos. These are some awesome tattoos which have led me to follow the artists. (Tbh about 40% of my Instagram feed is tattoos. It's great.)

Pretty People
Hot Dudes with Cats -- two things I love!
Men and coffee -- both delicious!
Lumbersexual -- do I really need to explain?

People whose love I love
Alexander Abramov -- he's a big burly bear who lives in the Hamptons with his boyfriend and they're hot and adorable together. 
Indar Smith -- he's a model in LA whose boyfriend is...
Rhys Kosakowski -- who is a ballet dancer in Texas. Honestly, these two probably deserve their own post because they are the two most precious humans who are so in love with each other it honestly gives me faith in love.

I'm gonna try to do a post like this, or just generally a fun, flail, fandom post for every "real" post to hopefully balance out my reading page AND my emotions! I am always looking for other happy/cute/pretty/fun things to follow on instagram, so hit me up if you have recs.

New vid: Club Vivid

Aug. 7th, 2017 11:42 am
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I realized after I told people the story of how this came to be that I was telling it wrong, but here's the actual story. I wanted to make this initially as a Stucky vid, but I felt like I've made so many it was ridic, but I knew I couldn't make it as just a SteveSam vid, because there wasn't enough footage. So then I dithered about whether I should make it as both of them, but I worried that it would be unevenly divided because there's so much more useful Steve and Bucky clips, and I was telling [personal profile] killabeez about that and she said, well, if I was making this, I'd do that last verse as Natasha, because no one would see that reversal of her chasing Steve coming. And I gasped: "Peggy!" I said and she went "Oooooohhhhhh." I was excited to get started and then...it became agonizing. It was so hard to make sure that the POV characters landed on the "I"s and the chased characters landed on the "you"s. This was so hard, and I never did feel like the switch in POV worked. But people seemed to enjoy it, which I guess is what matters in the end. So here, have a vid about the bisexual America deserves.



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So last Monday, I saw a cute apartment (that I offered for and didn't get) and I was supposed to see a second one in the same building, but neither the seller nor their broker showed up. They rescheduled me to see it on Saturday. I said to my broker, would it be possible to bring the offer sheet with you so I can sign it and make the offer on the spot? And he said, how do you feel about making the offer now, since there is another offer already? So I did - $6K above purchase price, even, to be more attractive as a buyer - and then he calls me and says the other offer is more than mine, do I want to go a little higher? So I do, and I end up at $16K above purchase price before I've even seen the place in person. That's how stupid and ridiculous this process is here. The pictures are nice - the kitchen is higher end than the one I actually saw on Monday, and it wouldn't require any of the painting that the other one would have, and also it's the same layout so I did kind of know what it looked like.

So on Saturday I saw it and reconfirmed my offer as the highest I was willing to go (with some trepidation as going that much above the purchase price made me even warier of a low appraisal), and this morning I got the call that they went with the other buyer.

This relentless disappointment is so disheartening. I know I'm supposed to keep up an enthusiastic and optimistic attitude, but I find it really difficult to get excited about something after repeated disappointments. I'd rather just not.

Because the thing is, you need to really love and be enthusiastic about a place to want to spend this kind of money on it (and I am aware of how little money, in the grand NYC real estate scheme of things, I have to spend, but to me it's a lot, and I'm also aware of how lucky I am, for certain values of lucky, to even be able to do this now) and it's really hard for me to do that knowing that I'm just as likely to be disappointed.

I know it's just timing (and money) and not judgement on me as a person, but meh. I don't like it. No sirree, I don't like it at all.

Also, all of this makes me wish I could ask my dad for advice, which is fraught in a number of different ways, so that is making me sad, too. I miss my dad. and my mom. Sigh.

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I don't have a lot to say about this week's Orphan Black. I feel like I'll be much more able to say something after next week's finale, but spoilers )

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What a week!

Aug. 6th, 2017 11:22 pm
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This last week I a)finished moving offices at work, b) attended VividCon, c) wrote A FEW THOUSAND WORDS of fic, wtf.

Work is work and needs no mention, really, just - ow my back.

VVC was great - I got to see so many people and this year tried to actually sit down with as many of them as possible. I still didn't get to spend as much time as I wanted with everyone, but I never do, and I have my eye on a couple of people for next year. :D I even saw a vid show, which I don't always do (Inspiration <3) and found time to get some cross-stitch and some writing done.

So much writing! I added scenes to two of my PSA RPF WIPs this week (a threesome and an SGA AU) and started a third (mpreg) (I don't know, why should I know how I end up writing these things). I'm writing on my lunch hour at work and at home and oops dishes nee/d to be done one of these days. *g* I also signed up for a class through Coursera that starts and preps you for NaNo! My goal this year: more than my 5K existing words on the novel. I have a low bar by design - any extra pressure and I get panicky. And then there's my Star Wars and AI RPF (x2) WIPs...

Drabble

Aug. 6th, 2017 07:51 pm
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I was threatening to spite-write this, and then tonight my self-restraint failed me and I spite-wrote it :P Because, hey, if 17776!football can share just the game equipment and nothing else with current football, if we got that far in the future and the only thing at all to have changed is football, hey, why the hell not destroy baseball as we know it?



Drabble: After The Boys Of Summer Have Gone. (100 words) by Lanna Michaels
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: 17776: What Football Will Look Like in the Future - Jon Bois
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Additional Tags: Drabble, Worldbuilding, Baseball
Summary:

What baseball will look like in the future.



[Real Life] Telephones

Aug. 5th, 2017 07:10 pm
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(Trying to get back into the habit of posting, so this is a random piece of personal telephonic history!)

Lately, I’ve been in a bemusing battle of wills with my phone, where I tell it to sync certain songs and only those songs, and it does grab the ones I tell it to, but also randomly adds other songs from my music library, often ones I’ve never listened to. When I told Best Beloved about this, her take was that I should just live with it. I questioned the Queen of Solving Problems Right Now, Immediately, Using a Hatchet as Necessary on her surprising stance and she pointed out that she knew me in college. When I had the Let Me Call You Sweetheart phone.

See, my college did not have voicemail for landlines in the dorm, and this was back when people still used landlines sometimes. My parents, who were sending a 15 year old off to college, thought they might like to leave messages for me at some point, and so they bought me a combined phone/answering machine to take with me. And for a while, it worked as advertised: people called, I did not answer, they were invited to leave a message, they did, I sometimes listened to the message, I very occasionally called them back. (This is as good as it ever gets with me and telephones. Our relationship can best be described as “mutual disdain.” That’s also why I didn’t have a cell phone back then; smartphones hadn’t happened yet, and I could think of exactly zero reasons why I might want to be MORE available for phone calls.)

At some point late in the first semester, though, people who left messages started to sound a little amused. And then, after a month or so, they began sounding more … annoyed. I checked my outgoing message to make sure no one had recorded weird stuff on it, because, you know, college, but it was still normal and fine. So I shrugged and accepted it, until one of my friends suggested I call my own phone.

I did. The outgoing message played, exactly as recorded. But after it, I was treated to an extremely tinny instrumental version of “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” that sounded like it was played on the buttons of a phone, followed by the customary leave-a-message beep. Bewildered, I checked the box, which I had saved for moving convenience. No mention of “Let Me Call You Sweetheart.” No mention of it on the manufacturer’s website, either. My phone had apparently developed a musical mind of its own.

Huh, I thought, and went about my life.

A few weeks after that, people started sounding really annoyed in my messages. I called my phone again. It now sounded like this:

Me, in a recording: Hi! You’ve reached me, and you know what to do.
Phone: Let me CALL you SWEETheart/I’m in love with YOU/Let me hear you WHISper/That you love me too
[Pause, as though the phone is about to emit that life-giving leave-a-message beep]
Phone: Let me CALL you SWEETheart/I’m in love with YOU/Let me hear you WHISper/That you love me too
[Pause, which only serves to raise hopes that will soon be dashed]
Phone: Let me CALL you SWEETheart…
[Repeat a painful number of times]

Eventually, it broke off in the middle of a line and beeped.

Well. There are only so many times that you want to hear that song, that way, and my phone had begun exceeding people’s lifetime limits in the course of a single call. I apologized, but what could I do? You can’t reason with a phone.

The year ended. I packed the phone into its box and took it home with me for the summer, which it apparently spent plotting. Then I brought it back to school.

Shortly after the school year started, I discovered that my phone had developed a new glitch. If I did pick it up when it rang, I couldn’t hear the person on the other end. On the other hand, if I waited until the answering machine got it and then picked it up, I could hear them, but they couldn’t hear anything I said. However, after extensive experimentation, I discovered they could still hear the beeps if I pressed buttons on the phone. So, as any reasonable person would, I changed my outgoing message to:

“Hi! My phone is broken. If I pick up, I can hear you but you won’t hear me. I’ll beep to show I’m there. Ask yes or no questions and I’ll give one beep for yes and two beeps for no. Thanks!”

(If you are now going WHY DIDN’T YOU BUY A NEW PHONE? – it never even occurred to me. Technically, some communication was still possible with the phone, after all, and I inherited from my father a gene that makes me very anxious in the presence of new objects. This is why my family had a garage door that you could only make work by inserting a penny into the innards of the opener, and that often went up and down on its own, sometimes as many as 60 times in an evening. It’s why I kept, for over a year, a computer chair that would occasionally just collapse, dumping me on the floor, and why I’m sitting on a partially broken chair as I type this. It’s … just who my people are, I guess. We are not so much “make do and mend” as “it’s fine, everything is fine, please stop talking about buying new things because that is the worst thing in the world to do and I’d rather just sit on the floor in the dark forever.”)

This led to a period of my college career where, to call me, you had to:
  1. Sit through what was, by then, up to 15 minutes of “Let Me Call You Sweetheart.” (I know because people timed it, since there wasn’t a lot else to do, and then shared the times with me. I think maybe they were trying to suggest to me that I should buy a new phone, but that kind of subtlety was never going to work. I mean, I come from a family that could afford a new toaster and willingly chose to keep the old one, even though it caught fire from time to time, enlivening many a morning. “Let’s just get a new one” is not a phrase in my vocabulary.)
  2. Listen to my outgoing message.
  3. After the first beep, say, “Hello? Are you there? It’s me, please pick up.”
  4. Wait for the beep that would indicate that I had in fact picked up.
  5. Hold a séance-like session with me wherein you were restricted to yes or no questions or, in cases where that just would not work, you had to count beeps for each letter of the alphabet. (You know: A=1, B=2, etc. Let me tell you from grim experience: it takes a LONG time to beep out even a single word, and also you tend to forget where you are halfway through letters like M and T. I honestly take my hat off to the fraudulent mediums of old. They worked for their money, by gum.)
  6. Hope that the phone didn’t just cut out altogether in the middle of the séance, as it was known to do.
Basically, communicating with spirits was, overall, probably slightly easier than talking to me. I for real do not know why anyone bothered. They did, though, which shows you what excellent and patient friends and family I have had in my life.

If you’re wondering about the resolution of this odyssey of disintegrating telecommunications technology: eventually my parents got tired of only being able to communicate with their youngest child via beeps. My mother (who does not have the “hates new things” gene) suggested several times that I buy a new one, but I beeped twice for no each time, so she, in direct violation of our precious familial traditions, went out and bought a new one and sent it to me at school. I kept it in its box in my room and avoided looking directly at it for a week or so, but then word spread among my friends that I had a new phone and was still using Mr. Beepy, and they basically held a technological intervention until I installed the new phone. (It worked fine for a year and then developed a glitch where it clicked a lot and would only record the first 15 seconds of a message, and no one minded at all because at least it wasn’t playing “Let Me Call You Sweetheart.” My life motto: I can always get over the bar, because I dug a hole in the ground and buried it.)

But times change! Humans age and progress and develop workarounds for their flaws! Which is why, when BB and I were attempting to explain this telephonic family history to our nine-year-old earthling (challenging, as he has never known an answering machine or a time when humans made phone calls to humans other than their senators), we had this conversation, which tells you everything you need to know about the people we’ve become:

Me, thinking back: You know, I probably should have just bought a new phone instead of beeping at people for months.
BB, also thinking back: I should have just broken your phone completely after it started playing “Let Me Call You Sweetheart” more than once per call. I can’t believe I didn’t think of that.

Anyway. That was the start of my long and complex adult relationship with phones. I wended my way through many glitches and minor disasters to arrive where I currently am: in possession of a phone that has its own opinions about music. And, upon reflection, I am prepared to be satisfied with that.
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Spanokopita, pint of cherry tomatoes, donut peaches, red raspberries, blueberries, early apples, bell peppers, and onions.

I'll make red raspberry jam soon.

Also, I went to Behnke's with the Vegan Knitter and got my orchids looked at. Two are in bigger pots, one got its medium changed, and the other is doing just fine. I'll go back around February and have them checked again. I spent a good while chatting with a couple and their godson about fall vegetable gardening (including a plug for growstuff) as we all waited to be seen, so that was nice. I did successfully make a saving throw against the 40% off sale, even though that included 'ornamental' pepper plants. I did pick up some seed packets, so it looks like I'm going to try Romanseco Broccoli again. Maybe I should start the seeds now..?

New vid: Farewell Ride (Tombstone)

Aug. 5th, 2017 07:47 am
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My penultimate VVC Premieres show vid! One more to go, next year. But I probably won't like that one as much as I like this one.

Vid: Farewell Ride
Vidder: Destina
Fandom: Tombstone
Song: Farewell Ride by Beck
Length: 03:14
Thank you to [personal profile] killabeez for looking it over, and for reassuring me it was A-OK to go old skool in Premieres. Thanks to [personal profile] barkley also.

password: huckleberry



Farewell Ride on Vimeo in case embed doesn't work

Notes: A character study of Doc Holliday, and of the relationship between Doc and Wyatt.

Lyrics below cut )

New Vid: Star Wars

Aug. 4th, 2017 11:42 pm
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Sometime when I'm back from the con I'll write up the insane story of all the technical difficulties involved with making this vid. In the meantime, have some Star Wars resistance.




On AO3 here and on Tumblr here.


Your construction
Smells of corruption
I manipulate, to recreate
This air, to ground saga
Gotta launder, my karma
I said hallelujah, to the sixteen loyal fans
You're gettin' down on your muthafuckin' knees
And it's time for your sickness again
Come on and tell me what you need now
Tell me what is making you bleed
We got two more minutes and
We gonna cut to what you need
So one of six so tell me
One do you want to live
And one of seven tell me
Is it time for your muthafuckin' ass to give
Tell me is it time to get down on your muthafuckin' knees
Tell me is it time to get down

I'm blown to the maxim
Two hemispheres battlin'
Suckin' up, one last breath
Take a drag of the death

Hey Mr. Policeman
There's a time for getting away
There's a time for driving down the mother fuckin' road
And running from your ass today

Now tell me if do you agree now
Or tell me if I'm makin' you bleed
I got a few more minutes and
I'm gonna cut to what you need
So one of six so tell me
One do you want to live
And one of seven tell me
Is it time for your muthafuckin' ass to give
Tell me is it time to get down on your muthafuckin' knees
Tell me is it time to get down

Got a revolution behind my eyes
We got to get up and organize

(A new production of a new breed
Leaders stand up, organise)

Will be available for download at my vids site at gwynethr.net once I'm home next week.
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[personal profile] laurajv
So, I had to take a very. long. plane trip recently, and in the process I ended up watching three movies, about which I have some thoughts.

Spoilers below for the live-action Beauty & the Beast, Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, and Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.

jetlagged thoughts below )

oh hello the internet.

Aug. 4th, 2017 02:12 pm
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[personal profile] fox
For reasons I already can't remember, yesterday I started reading old DW entries beginning about five years ago; and I've just reached a point in December 2015 when I had fallen out of the posting habit and was trying to get back into it:
So here's a funny thing - the other day, as I noted, the room was spinning when I woke up. (It got better.) While I was poking around to see how sparse my posts have been and for how long, I found the last time I'd posted about a wake-up vertigo event (which was the time I did have to call out of work) - and it was exactly a year ago, the Monday before Christmas.

It's not like I think I'll be able to remember next year to see how I feel when I wake up on December 20.
So in fact the Monday before last Christmas was December 19, not December 20, because leap year; but yo I was home with a three-week-old baby at that time. No, I did not remember to take note of how I felt when I woke up that morning and see if I had a vertigo thing going on at that time. Come to think of it - who says I'd even slept the night before? :-)

if you want me i'll be in the bar

Aug. 4th, 2017 01:23 pm
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Hayley Atwell and Ewan McGregor are playing a married couple in the movie about Christopher Robin (Milne). I don't mean to be an Eeyore (though I habitually am), but the movie itself sounds like it could be awful, or a rehash of Hook, or I don't even know what*, so they should just be filmed making out for two hours and I'd probably splurge to see it in IMAX. I am just saying.

*I mean, I will take Winnie the Pooh over almost any other childhood classic - I had the sheets and a dish and bowl set - still extant and in my eldest niece's possession afaik - and a variety of other merchandise that was available in the early 70s when I was the target age for it, but even I don't think we need a live action Winnie the Pooh movie.

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Vividcon streaming access

Aug. 4th, 2017 09:32 am
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Just curious, has anyone who bought a supporting membership for VividCon received streaming access info?

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