what is the opposite of a fashionista

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

"Wear a jacket." "You wear a jacket!"

Mar. 23rd, 2017 12:28 pm
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Surprise Sephora order: This skincare collection, which seems nice trying it out but I'm not sure I would have ordered it in my right mind. I do like the lip butter. This coconut cleansing water/milk, very nice, would likely order again especially if it came in a larger size (only comes in a travel size right now). Sephora also does a coconut water makeup remover wipe that I like but sometimes the wipe feels a little rough on my stupid overly sensitive skin, and the cleansing milk does the same thing without that roughness.

Also got this Marc Jacobs highlighter that I am so far unsure about. But! I am going to a contouring/highlighting class with A. this Sunday at the semi-local Sephora so hopefully I will figure it out. I mixed a tiny drop into my foundation this morning and my foundation doesn't look any different BUT I probably didn't use enough to make a difference. And finally, this eye cream which I have NO idea why I ordered but after two uses I'm digging it. (I guess I am almost 36 and should probably use an eye cream. I GUESS.)

Email in the police inbox: Hello, I'm not sure of the laws involving bake sales or the permits this group might have but I don't see how raising the price for men is at all okay just because their men. That's flat out the definition of sexist. Please let me know how/if this is okay.

The bake sale in question is charging women 75 cents an item and men $1 specifically to highlight the gender wage gap. This person emailing... wtaf. Also this is not a police matter. Sometimes I just shake my head at the number of things I have to tell people "that's not a police matter".

Also today at P-side - email went out saying former wrestling coach had died (he was hit by a car last week, very sad, a really nice guy). Three hours later, another email: not dead. I know it's morbid humor but it's so P-side. The only way it could have been more P-side is if they'd retracted it by using the actual "so-and-so would like to recall this email" thing.

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

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

Shadowshaper, by Daniel José Older

Mar. 23rd, 2017 05:38 pm
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Shadowshaper Cover ArtI continue to snag books out of my son’s Scholastic book order forms. One of the latest was Shadowshaper [Amazon | B&N | IndieBound], by Daniel José Older. It’s an enjoyable, relatively quick read. Here’s the summary:

Sierra Santiago planned to have an easy summer of making art and hanging out with her friends. But then a corpse crashes the first party of the season. Her stroke-ridden grandfather starts apologizing over and over. And when the murals in her neighborhood begin to weep real tears… Well, something more sinister than the usual Brooklyn ruckus is going on.

With the help of a mysterious fellow artist named Robbie, Sierra discovers shadowshaping, a thrilling magic that infuses ancestral spirits into paintings, music, and stories. But someone is killing the shadowshapers one by one — and the killer believes Sierra is hiding their greatest secret. Now she must unravel her family’s past, take down the killer in the present, and save the future of shadowshaping for herself and generations to come.

The “About the Author” section notes that Older lives in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, which is where the book takes place, and it shows. Sierra’s world feels real and fully developed, populated with interesting people and places. It’s a far cry from some of the generic pseudo-New York settings you sometimes get.

I love the concept of shadowshaping, the way the magic works as a collaboration between spirits and shadowshaper, and the possibilities of that power. One of my favorite scenes was watching Sierra discovering what she could do with a simple piece of chalk.

Sierra and the rest of the cast are great, all with their own personalities and flaws and conflicts. They feel like real people…it’s just that some of them can bring their artwork to life.

My only complaint is that the villain felt a bit flat and obvious. But the ideas behind that villain, the theme of the privileged cultural outsider barging in and making a mess of things, are totally valid and powerful. I wouldn’t want that to change; I just would have liked to see a little more depth to them.

And kudos for the awesome librarian.

I’ve seen a number of reviews praising the diversity in the book. On the one hand, I do think that’s worth recognizing, and I definitely appreciated it. On the other… I don’t know. I wish we could reach a point where we don’t have to praise authors for showing the world the way it is, and could instead just note when authors fail to portray a realistically diverse world. Does that make sense? I dunno…probably something that needs a longer blog post to unpack.

Anyway, to wrap this up, the ending was lovely and made me eager to read Shadowhouse Fall, which comes out in September of this year.

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Yes! I have a balcony this time! And it is lovely. I may go out and write on it. Being on tour has its occasional perks.

I’m in Chapel Hill tonight, at the great Flyleaf Books, where the fun begins at 7pm. If you’re in the area, come on by and see me!

Tomorrow, I return to Richmond, VA for the first time in ten years (yikes! Where does the time go) at the Fountain Bookstore. If you’re near Richmond, I would love to see you there!

Also, in this short entry I have used up all my all explanation points for the day!


Sidetracks - March 23, 2017

Mar. 23rd, 2017 07:02 am
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The Big Idea: Paul Cornell

Mar. 23rd, 2017 12:13 pm
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Posted by John Scalzi

Chalk, by Paul Cornell, is in many ways a remarkable book. But it’s not an easy read, and for Cornell, it’s a story that has personal meaning for him, and is a book that has a lot of him in it. He’s here now to tell you more about it, and why as a writer it took him years to get this story right.

PAUL CORNELL:

Chalk is a book that’s been with me for over twenty years. It’s taken that long, and many, varied drafts, to shape the ideas in it into a story that, hopefully, works. That was partly because the subject matter is intensely personal to me in several ways. It’s a book about bullying, about growing up in the 1980s, about Wiltshire’s prehistoric landscape, so often I found myself having to force onto the page material I had found difficult to express in real life. It’s a novel about the interaction between magic, consensus reality and the mind (Isn’t ‘consensus reality’ a strange term, when actually what’s involved is the opposite? A simple majority doesn’t make a consensus. Nobody experiencing a different reality seems to get a vote. For a lot of people, ‘non-consensual reality’ would be closer to the truth).

In the real world, it seems to me that every time the impossible touches the accepted it’s a singular event, something so strange and startling that human efforts to categorise those events (crop circles; the UFO myth; ghosts) have come to feel to me to be missing the point to an almost obscene degree. We encounter the unknown and seek to make it mundane. Which is a different thing to seeking to understand it. So I wanted my story of Waggoner, a child at school who has something terrible done to him, and then has horrifying things from both this world and another take an interest in him, to be rooted entirely in his subjective experience.

Waggoner is split into two boys, both with his name, who live alongside each other. I want to underline that that’s not a metaphor, not a literary device, or if it is, only in the same way that all magic is. The book says it ‘really happened’. The way that reality contorts and fudges things to let the second Waggoner be there is an aspect of the text I feel very strongly about, because I feel, again, that’s how the impossible touches the everyday, on a moment by moment basis, not by laying down a set of rules for itself and keeping to them. That’s physics, and/or fiction that seeks to fulfil different expectations than this book does.

‘Are you an evil twin?’ Waggoner asks the other version of himself at one point. But he’s not. He may be the one who does awful, violent things, but the Waggoner who narrates the story isn’t ‘the good one’. Waggoner tries to make sense of what’s happened to him through writing his own stories, and sometimes imagines what he’s going through to be a revenge plot, with the possibility of victory over his tormentors, but it’s not. It’s a lot harder on him than that. Chalk is a book about cycles of abuse, and as a victim, Waggoner’s only possible heroism is in seeking to break those cycles. That point, that there’s no nobility or ending to anyone’s narrative in acts of revenge, has been at the heart of these twenty years of multiple drafts. It’s a hard thing for me to force myself to accept.

In many ways, Chalk is a book about whose narrative wins. The new Waggoner has aims which are part of a great and noble story of heroism and struggle, and are as horrifying as that sounds. The previously whole Waggoner has the stories he writes, which use every genre he can find in his environment to try to digest what he’s dealing with. Angie Boden, the heroine of the book, has created for herself a whole method of practical magic from the pop charts, and her narrative of the world is based on that. And Waggoner’s Mum and Dad are trying to tell a meaningful story of themselves as failing middle-class people in Thatcher’s Britain.

I’m in there somewhere. I’ve decided it’s a very bad idea to indicate how much of Chalk happened to me. If you’re a fellow survivor of, well, virtually anything, I hope it’s a book which leads you along through a narrative that will wake all that stuff and then slay it. It’s the blues. It’s comfort through reworking. I hope it gives you control. I know you don’t want revenge, not really. Not when you look around and see all the revenge narratives unfolding everywhere.

Who would have thought it would take me twenty years to write a book about right now?

—-

Chalk: Amazon|Barnes & Noble|Google Play|Kobo

Read an excerpt. Visit the author’s site. Follow him on Twitter.


linkspam and birds

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

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

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

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

You might need to see this toad with a hat.

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

*

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

A few political links:

People Power.

TaxMarch

Resist repeal of the ACA.

Resist Bot.


*

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

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

Linky linky

Mar. 22nd, 2017 03:31 pm
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SSR Confidential signups are still open - the signup period ends Saturday evening, March 25. You know you want to! :D So far we've got 18 people (not including me - I haven't gotten mine done yet. BAD MOD) - fic, art, and vids are all accepted. Since I'm running this, just ask me if you have any questions.

ETA: Also, if whichever anon promoted it at ffa is reading this, thank you! <3

FK_ficfest (Forever Knight fic exchange) is currently taking signups as well. This is a really pleasant, small-fandom fic exchange with a great mod.

Another thing currently going on is Muse Fusion at Torn World, a shared-world SFF project. Participants in Muse Fusion leave prompts for writers/artists to make a creative work in the shared world setting.

Adventures in home ownership

Mar. 22nd, 2017 06:12 pm
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I received a tax bill today for property taxes for the place where I now live. I had been under the impression that I was paying property taxes into escrow and therefore would not get socked with such bills. I have emailed my banker, and am hoping like hell that it turns out this was in error / I don't have to deal with it. If I do have to deal with it, I will manage it somehow, but it would be a hefty hit to my finances.

I am proud of myself for not panicking; I'm pretty sure that at most other moments in my life this would have caused me to lose my cool.

I have, however, poured myself a glass of white wine. Because it is wine o'clock now.

In other household news, I did order myself a chest freezer, which should arrive by Friday. It is tiny (3.5 cubic feet, probably less than half the size of the one we used to have at the old place) but it will be useful, and I'm glad I ordered it before I found out about the possible tax bill.

And today I managed to remove the ugly wooden shutters from my kitchenette! I am already happier having them gone. (I am hoping that a friend with a power drill will help me hang a curtain rod there soon, whereupon I will have curtains, which will be both less ugly and less dusty than what was there before.)
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Ahhhhh, there we go. Parking lot excellence.

If you’re in or around Raleigh tonight, I’ll be a Quail Ridge Books at 7pm, in its spiffy new location. Come on down!

In the Research Triangle but can’t make it tonight? I’ll be at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill tomorrow. See me then!

For everyone else not in the area, two interviews with me, talking about The Collapsing Empire and other topics: One at The Verge, and the other at The Chicago Review of Books. Get inside my head! Mind the low beams.


dear 7up: love you

Mar. 22nd, 2017 11:50 am
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I went to work today! I am here! In my chair! I did twelve days' worth of deposits! But now I am exhausted. KB (who also had the plague) says it's more likely the flu than an actual cold, just without the grosser flu symptoms, which makes sense for how I basically didn't get out of bed for a week.

I have not written anything since the couple hundred words I managed before my panic attack adventure two Saturdays ago, and this makes me :( - but I also can barely focus enough to read, uuuuuuuuugh. I want to do things! Seriously though, this needs to end because I need to write at least SOME of my fandom5k story before the mandatory check-in at the beginning of April. (I also, um, sort of want to write two of the prompts? Because I have lost my mind.)

While ill last week I ordered from Sephora because it was double cash back from ebates and I only remember two of the things I ordered so it will be a surprise!!!!! When I open the box tonight it will be like presents. That I paid for.

Here are a couple pictures of kitties being good adopted babies. Goopy hardly left my side this last week.
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So, the latest Wonder Woman trailer is out and I have watched it approximately twenty times.

Just look at it.



Here are just five things I love about this new trailer for one of my most anticipated cinema events of 2017. Wonder Woman is going to be in a movie, everyone!

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The Big Idea: Mishell Baker

Mar. 22nd, 2017 09:05 am
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Here’s the thing about ghosts: Nearly all of them have one thing in common. Or so author (and current Nebula Best Novel Award finalist) Mishell Baker believes. In today’s Big Idea, she tells you what that thing is, and what it means for her new novel Phanton Pains.

MISHELL BAKER:

Long before I began writing stories about a young woman with two lower limb amputations, I was intrigued by the phenomenon of phantom limbs. The idea that a part of your body could stab you with pain from nerve endings long gone, leaving you no way to soothe what was no longer there, struck me as both fascinating and nightmarish. While my protagonist Millie isn’t troubled by this particular malady in a literal sense, I couldn’t resist finding ways to haunt her with it both supernaturally and psychologically.

The Arcadia Project books are all as much about mental health as they are about magic, and often about the way those two things interact. So in Phantom Pains what I wanted to do was take two alternate forms of metaphorical “phantom pain” – grief and ghosts – and see the ways in which the fuzzy edges of these concepts bleed together.

Nearly every ghost story involves grief, or at least a grievance. Spirits don’t tend to hang around on this plane if they have all their problems resolved. But unlike an angry monster, a wrathful or grieving spirit has no obvious remedy. This has always been my favorite part of a ghost story: the quest to discover how to defeat a foe that swords, fire, stakes and poison can’t touch. A foe that nothing can touch. Every ghost story is a detective story, which is why ghosts lend themselves so well to urban fantasy, a type of fantasy that so often has one foot deeply planted in the mystery genre. Before you can rid yourself of a hostile spirit, you have to understand it. Blind stabs can’t kill something that isn’t there.

In a similar way, every story of grief involves a ghost. The loss of a person, a job, a way of life is a messy thing to heal, because every moment in your life is so strangely full of, haunted by, that new emptiness.

I attended Clarion in 2009, and one of my classmates moved just a couple of streets over from me in Los Angeles not long afterward. We saw each other a couple of times, but mostly I’d just tell myself, “Oh, I should go see Leonard. Maybe next weekend.” In 2012, a few months after my second daughter was born, Leonard was diagnosed with leukemia. He was going to be fine, they said—they’d caught it early. But I still made myself leave my brand-new baby and go visit him in the hospital. I’m glad I did, because the next day he surprised all of us by dying.

The worst part of the grief that followed was that my brain kept throwing that old habit at me: “Oh, I should go see Leonard. Maybe next weekend.” That option had been taken from me now, severed cleanly and unexpectedly, and yet my mind still kept trying to put weight on it. Every time I reached to soothe that guilt with a mental promise to myself that I’d go and visit, there was nothing there to follow up on. No way to ease the pain. I’d been given all the visits I was ever going to get, and I had to live with that.

Anytime we battle the invisible, whether it’s a ghost or something that haunts us psychologically, the only weapon is investigation. Find the source of the pain and hold a mirror to it, create something real and tangible that you can fight in its stead. For physical phantom limb pain, the answer is often a literal mirror. If the amputee holds a mirror in such a way that they can now “see” the missing limb in the proper spot, this is, in many cases, enough to make the discomfort vanish.

What would the equivalent be, I wondered, for the invisible enemy in my story? What supernatural equivalent of a mirror could be held up that could force the invisible to become visible, to bring the hidden into the light where it could be vanquished? This question is at the center of the story, because our heroine—who is also suffering the “phantom pains” of grief, guilt and PTSD from the deaths in the last book—is one of the few to whom this lethal invisible enemy has deigned to show itself. She has very few allies in the fight, because the people in charge have every reason to believe that she’s either flat-out lying or crazy.

I had a fantastic time weaving together the themes of grief and ghosts in this story, because in addition to being creepy and cool, it also had tremendous personal meaning for me. Especially for those of us with mental health challenges, many of the battles we fight in life are invisible. I liked the idea that a battle doesn’t have to destroy a city block in order to be earth-shattering—that sometimes the fate of the world might literally be all in your mind.

That said, in fiction, you’ve always gotta explode something, or someone, right? Otherwise, where’s the fun?

—-

Phantom Pains: Amazon|Barnes & Noble|Indiebound|Powell’s

Read an excerpt. Visit the author’s site. Follow her on Twitter.


Mid-March prompt:

Mar. 22nd, 2017 12:51 am
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Sincere apologies for missing the 15th with the new prompt - last week was ... definitely a week. Back on track and hoping to stay that way! The previous prompt is now closed to new entries.

The new prompt is:
Flight


Next prompt will be posted on April 1!

Rules in brief:

1. All Star Wars canons are welcome, as are non-fic fills. Anonymous fills are fine.

2. Post your fic in a comment to this entry or post it elsewhere and link to it. Headers/warnings are not required, but are suggested. New canon (new episodes, comics, etc) should have spoiler warnings for a week, and after that, no warnings are needed.

Flashmeme collection on AO3 (feel free to add your fills!)
Full rules post
DW formatting help for making italics etc if you post your fic in a comment

Sometimes I’m all like “no no I

Mar. 22nd, 2017 04:41 am
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Sometimes I’m all like “no no I really never wrote terrible stuff happening on-page before I started writing terrible things happening to Bucky Barnes” and then I remember that literally the first explicit story I wrote in a fandom where I was interacting directly with other fans was… 

Relax, a Due South story featuring Non-Con Hypnotism, Dub-Con Hypnotism, and a dude who could give Steve Rogers a run for his money in moral rectitude deliberately inducing amnesia in the guy he’s in love with. More than once. Andthentheyhavesextheend. 

So! Always in character as myself, I guess. Whoever is writing me is really doing a good job at that. 

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People! Friends of mine! There are many awesome vidders signed up for the VVC auction this year, and I am going to be bidding on [personal profile] grammarwoman because a) she is awesome, and b) SHE IS OFFERING TO VID FARSCAPE and I HAVE FARSCAPE VID IDEAS. One of these ideas I am keeping for myself, but trust me, I HAVE IDEAS TO SPARE.

So who wants to go in with me? I know my fellow Farscape fans are out there. Leave a comment and let's do this!

surgery note

Mar. 21st, 2017 04:08 pm
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Hand surgery yesterday...

https://www.tcomn.com/wp-content/uplo...

Will be offline for a couple of weeks. See, I did bring a note from my doctor...

Ta,L. Ow.

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Let's Get Literate! February Reading

Mar. 21st, 2017 05:37 pm
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Winter releases this time around felt a little subdued. I don't know if that's because of politics or whether it's saying something about the books coming out. In February there were some hyped releases, like The Stars Are Legion by Kameron Hurley (which I had to tap out of) and A Conjuring of Light by V.E. Schwab (I still need to read the second book), but otherwise I didn't feel the same energetic push for other titles that I'm used to. Of course, I'm behind on the brand spanking new because what is time management (I don't know, even having read a time management self-help book). Read more... )

This Week in Fandom, Volume 44

Mar. 21st, 2017 01:56 pm
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This Week in Fandom: Race, ethnicity, and nationality in media and fandom. Plus, March Madness and Fifty Shadeas wine (really): https://goo.gl/ouiewq

Gratitudes

Mar. 21st, 2017 03:31 pm
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1. Mr. Kid has learned how to make his own breakfast (cereal with milk, not exactly culinarily complicated, but the point is, he can do it himself now.)

2. I have graduated from weekly allergy shots to bimonthly allergy shots. The number of sharp pointy sticks in my future has been cut in half!

3. Sushi lunch with [personal profile] squirrelhaven, followed by a massage. I am always amazed to (re)discover how much tension I carry in my body without even noticing it (because it is such a constant presence that it doesn't even register as pain.)

4. Zaphod wants to take me out for ice cream this afternoon after school, and has offered to spend some of his own precious allowance money thereon. Awww.

5. So hey, I'm forty-two today. Go me.
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Posted by John Scalzi

And it’s not of a parking lot! I take that as a good sign.

Tonight I’m in Lexington, Kentucky, one of my favorite places, at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, which is one of my favorite stores. The event starts at 7pm and this audience gets to be to guinea pig, because I’m reading everything here for the first time ever (uh, except one thing, which I’ve only read once before). If you’re near Lexington, come on by.

Tomorrow: Raleigh, North Carolina! Thursday: Chapel Hill! Yes, a North Carolina twofer. See you soon!


Atlantis, by WH Auden

Mar. 21st, 2017 01:00 pm
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Being set on the idea
  Of getting to Atlantis,
You have discovered of course
  Only the Ship of Fools is
Making the voyage this year,
As gales of abnormal force
  Are predicted, and that you
  Must therefore be ready to
Behave absurdly enough
  To pass for one of The Boys
At least appearing to love
  Hard liquor, horseplay and noise.

Should storms, as may well happen,
  Drive you to anchor a week
In some old harbour-city
  Of Ionia, then speak
With her witty scholars, men
Who have proved there cannot be
  Such a place as Atlantis:
  Learn their logic, but notice
How their subtlety betrays
  A simple enormous grief;
Thus, they shall teach you the ways
  To doubt that you may believe.

If, later, you run aground
  Among the headlands of Thrace
Where with torches all night long
  A naked barbaric race
Leaps frenziedly to the sound
Of conch and dissonant gong:
  On that stony savage shore
  Strip off your clothes and dance, for
Unless you are capable
  Of forgetting completely
About Atlantis, you will
  Never finish your journey.

Again, should you come to gay
  Carthage or Corinth, take part
In their endless gaiety;
  And if in some bar a tart,
As she strokes your hair, should say
"This is Atlantis, dearie,"
  Listen with attentiveness
  To her life-story: unless
You become acquainted now
  With each refuge that tries to
Counterfeit Atlantis, how
  Will you recognise the true?

Assuming you beach at last
  Near Atlantis, and begin
The terrible trek inland
  Through squalid woods and frozen
Tundras where all are soon lost;
If, forsaken then, you stand,
  Dismissal everywhere
  Stone and snow, silence and air,
Remember the noble dead
  And honour the fate you are
Travelling and tormented,
  Dialectic and bizarre.

Stagger onward rejoicing;
  And even then if, perhaps
Having actually got
  To the last col, you collapse
With all Atlantis gleaming
Below you yet you cannot
  Descend, you should still be proud
  Even to have been allowed
Just to peep at Atlantis
  In a poetic vision:
Give thanks and lie down in peace,
  Having seen your salvation.

All the little household gods
  Have started crying, but say
Good-bye now, and put to sea.
  Farewell, dear friend, farewell: may
Hermes, master of the roads
And the four dwarf Kabiri,
  Protect and serve you always;
  And may the Ancient of Days
Provide for all you must do
  His invisible guidance
Lifting up, friend, up on you
  The light of His countenance.

Vividcon Auction 2017: the vidders!

Mar. 21st, 2017 06:11 am
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Here are the five vidders participating in this year's Vividcon Vidder Auction, ready and willing to work with you!

The auction starts this Saturday March 25, and ends at 11:59pm US eastern time on Saturday April 1. (A link to the auction form will be provided on opening day.)

Alphabetically, your vidders are:

1. Aurum Calendula  )
2. Franzeska )
3. Grammarwoman )
4. kiki_miserychic )
5. sweetestdrain )

Please spread this announcement far and wide, feel free to get together with like-minded friends to pool your bidding funds, and dream up the vids you'd love to see! \o/

The Collapsing Empire is Here!

Mar. 21st, 2017 09:15 am
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Posted by John Scalzi

Hey! It’s out! The Collapsing Empire, my twelfth novel, is here and available at your favorite bookstore and/or online retailer (in the US/Canada; in the UK it’s out in two days). It’s the first book in the new space opera series (called “The Interdependency”) and introduces some of my favorite characters ever in a universe I think you’re going to love.

The reviews have been pretty darn good, too:

“Fans of Game of Thrones and Dune will enjoy this bawdy, brutal, and brilliant political adventure” —Booklist

“Political plotting, plenty of snark, puzzle-solving, and a healthy dose of action…Scalzi continues to be almost insufferably good at his brand of fun but think-y sci-fi adventure.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Scalzi has constructed a thrilling novel so in tune with the flow of politics that it would feel relevant at almost any time.” — Entertainment Weekly

Pick it up at your local bookstore, or get it online here:
Amazon|Barnes & Noble|Google Play|iBooks|Indiebound|Kobo|Powell’s

You can also get signed copies!

It’s also out in audio, with narration by Wil Wheaton, from Audible.

Plus, I am on tour, starting today, beginning in Lexington, Ky. The full itinerary is here. Come see me! I’ll be reading new material plus other stuff, and as always will torture you with a song if someone brings a ukulele (and someone almost always does).

This book means a lot to me, folks. This is the first book in that 13-book contract I signed with Tor a couple of years back; this book is significant not only for itself, but for being a launch project that that particular long journey with my publisher. I wanted to start it off with something new and fun and good, and I really think I have. I can’t wait for you read it.


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So this is either the best discovery ever (for writing purposes) or absolutely terrible. I'm not sure.

In one of the White Collar Werewolf Peter AU stories, it is mentioned that Elizabeth keeps ketamine on hand to sedate him in case he gets out of hand as a werewolf. (His idea, not hers. SHE doesn't think he'd ever do anything. He feels better if she has some way of stopping him in case of werewolf attack.)

I mentioned ketamine because I'd looked up veterinary tranquilizers and needed a fast-acting one. Unfortunately for Peter, it appears that I missed a few side effects. There was a post today at ScriptMedic (a resource Tumblr for writing medical stuff) that talks about ketamine, and apparently, um, well:

In low doses, ketamine can relieve pain. It can also make people feel very “stoned”.
In medium doses, it can cause hallucinations. This is what the drug using community refers to as “falling down the K-hole,” and ketamine is indeed known for its illicit uses.


So now imagine a HALLUCINATING WEREWOLF.

But it actually gets EVEN WORSE:

If the patient develops distress shortly after an initial dose, the patient is not fully dissociated and the best maneuver is usually to give more ketamine. [...]

In high doses, ketamine works as an anesthetic, specifically a dissociative anesthetic. It shuts the brain off from outside stimulus completely. Basically what ketamine does is it shuts the brain off from outside stimuli. That means that even though someone’s eyes are open (and possibly twitching, medically referred to as nystagmus) their brain isn’t processing information from them.

Think of it like this: with most anesthetics, the brain is temporarily turned off. With ketamine, the brain isn’t turned off – it’s just disconnected from the outside world.

However, if someone is unprepared for it, those hallucinations can seem like a nightmare. And there is a portion of patients who get ketamine and, as it starts to wear off, they start screaming uncontrollably. This is called an “emergence reaction,” as they emerge from anesthesia and slip into the K-hole.

Someone who has been sedated/anosthetized with ketamine, especially if it’s against their will (used as a “knockout drug”), will likely have very negative hallucinations. To an outsider they’ll be lying on the floor, eyes open and blinking, unable to move or react to anything. It’s a great moment for a horror scene, or a horrific element to an action plot, especially if they have an emergence reaction and come back to reality screaming.


HALLUCINATING, DISSOCIATING, SCREAMING WEREWOLF. Thanks, Google.

Gifts to myself

Mar. 20th, 2017 09:05 pm
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I unearthed a $100 Amazon gift card earlier today when I was cleaning out my desk.

I am strongly considering getting myself a small chest freezer to put in the garage. There are a bunch of options in the $180-200 range, so with this gift card (that I didn't remember I even had), I can get one for a hundred bucks, which is hard to beat.

My indoor freezer is mostly full of Zaphod foods (frozen waffles, ice cream sandwiches, etc) and a handful of staples. If I had a chest freezer, I could do things like stock up on proteins when they are cheap, and freeze servings of soup when I make a giant batch, and go to the Asian grocery an hour away and come home with frozen chapati and dumplings and stuff like that. And I can fit one in my garage -- space is getting tight, so I can't fit much more in there, but I can manage a wee chest freezer (the 3 cubic feet ones seem to be roughly 2' x 2' x 3', and I can manage that.)

I am caught between feeling ridiculously excited that I can afford this appliance, and wryly amused that I have become the kind of grownup who gets this excited about buying a freezer.

::facepalm::

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Mar. 20th, 2017 01:32 pm
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DS9 rewatch:

"The Muse"

Lwaxanna! And she's...pregnant. This is going to lead to age jokes, I can tell. Also, hey, it's Meg Foster! She's so recognizable with those pale eyes.

Oh, lord, she's playing the titular muse for Jake. This will go one of two ways: she will help him move forward with his writing, or she's going to eat his brain/creativity/soul. Ten minutes later: Yeah, the muse is totally a brain eating pseudo-sex thing. Kind of weird with an adult woman/male teenager. I can see the tie between the creative process and sex, but still.

The novel Jake starts to write is Anslem, the book mentioned in "The Visitor."

Lwaxanna mentions the other child she had that died. That's a nice bit of continuity from TNG. And her estranged husband is a total prick. OH MY GOD Odo's solution is a marriage of convenience. ILU Odo. And he has to prove to everyone that he loves her. It's marriage of convenience PLUS aliens made them do it. Odo's speech is really quite sweet.

"For the Cause"

Eddington! Wassup! Politics is up. Cardassia is asking the Federation for help because of the damage the Klingon invasion inflicted. The Maquis are not happy. Kasidy tries to use her relationship with Sisko to get out of an inspection. Do not like. I'm not really a fan of hers. Of course, the inspection is a cover to see if she's smuggling contraband.

Garak and Bashir are watching some kind of sports match! Except Garak is watching Ziyal. I guess this is the beginning of Garak's descent into heterosexuality.

It occurs to me that since Keiko stopped teaching, Jake...hasn't been in school? Maybe it's some kind of home-school self-directed thing.

Kasidy aside, this is a fun political episode. There are at least three separate agendas at play, with everyone deceiving everyone else, with ugly repercussions.
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Posted by Jim C. Hines

The Book Smugglers are hosting the cover reveal for my next book, Terminal Alliance. While you’re admiring Dan Dos Santos‘ artwork, you can also enter to win an autographed copy of one of my published books!

I’m really happy with this one. I think it captures the feel of the book, and Dos Santos had a marvelous take on the ship’s computer tech Gromgimsidalgak (Grom) — that’s the yellow alien on the right.

The book comes out on November 7. But, of course, you can preorder any time you like! 😉

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Posted by John Scalzi

Hey there! Wanting to have me deface a copy of my upcoming book The Collapsing Empire (or other books of mine), with my signature, and possibly a personalization? Here are all the ways you can make this happen in the next few weeks!

1. Come see me on tour between March 21st and April 29: Yes, it’s a long tour, with two dozen stops over five weeks. Which means there’s a reasonable chance I will be (somewhat) near you. Why not come see in person? I will be reading from the upcoming book (Head On, the sequel to Lock In) and will have other entertaining bits going on as well. And I will sign your copy of TCE while you are there! And other things you might bring. Here’s the tour schedule. Note that some events are ticketed; go through the links for details.

2. Pre-order the book from the stores on my tour: If you can’t make it to one of my events but feel like supporting the stores I’m visiting, call them up, order the book from them, and ask them to have me sign it when I’m there for the event (important note: ask for that before the date I arrive for the event, not after). They will generally be happy to take your order, have me sign it, and then ship it to you, for their usual shipping fee. I will also generally be signing remaining Scalzi book stock on the tour, so even if you call after I’ve gone, they still may have signed stock.

3. Call Jay and Mary’s Book Center in Troy, Ohio: I am signing their entire Scalzi stock today before I go on book tour, so you can call and they’ll set you up. Additionally, even if they run out of signed copies immediately, if you’re willing to wait to have me sign your book until I’m back in town (which during the tour happens March 30 – April 2, and April 9 – 16), you can still order from them and I will both sign and personalize your copy.

4. Check with Barnes & Noble: I signed a whole bunch of signature sheets for them earlier this year, which were put into copies of the book. So your local B&N might have them on the shelf. They’re also selling them online.

5. Try an airport bookstore: As I’m slogging through the airports of this great nation of ours whilst on tour, when time permits I’ll pop into their bookstores and sign stock (with their permission). When that happens, I’ll probably note it on Twitter. But otherwise, particularly in a hub airport, just check out the bookstore (which you should do anyway). There might be a signed book!

And there you go — signed copies of The Collapsing Empire. Go get ’em.


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I saw a book title this morning that I misread as “Sampire” (I think it was a really fancy “Empire”) and I thought, haha, yes I rise before dawn to prey on those still awake from the night before. I am the dark hipster, the sampire.

And then I thought, what would you call a hipster vampire, and it came to me, hot sauce dripping off its fangs: 

Sriracula.  

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Mar. 20th, 2017 08:42 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

I had an unusually quiet RFM this week, which sometimes happens, but just in case -- if you submitted an item and don't see it below, please get in touch! I can do a second RFM post if it turns out that like, something ate all of this week's responses or something.

Ways to Give:

Ursula is an aide to a research chemistry professor with physical disabilities who uses a wheelchair. Her professor has been invited to present at a prestigious conference in April, but the University isn't willing to pay for disability accommodations (such as her aide traveling with her). They have a gofundme up to raise funds so that they can both attend; you can read more and support the fundraiser here.

[tumblr.com profile] rilee16 is still struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and hasn't been cleared to return to work, thus can't earn money to cover basic living costs, let alone the bills they've received, including a recent rent increase. They literally have no money left until their next worker's comp check comes, which means no gas money for their car, so they can't get anywhere to do odd jobs for bill money. You can read more and help out here.

Help For Free:

[tumblr.com profile] kitrona is in her last semester of college before graduation, and for her capstone is researching the hypothesis that social support can ease mental health issues that trans* and nonbinary people face. She has a survey up and would appreciate trans* and nonbinary people participating; the survey doesn't collect any identifying information and she is happy to share the resulting paper with people if they're interested. She's planning to specialize in trans* issues, so this is not simply a class project but a foundation for future work in the field. You can take the survey here and please feel free to pass it on to people who could help contribute!

Housing:

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And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.

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Mar. 19th, 2017 10:49 pm
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*waves*

*falls over*

*repeats*

Baja California Sunset

Mar. 19th, 2017 10:06 pm
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Posted by John Scalzi

The sunsets around the Scalzi Compound have been a bit uninspiring recently, so let me offer you this one, from Baja California, on March 8. I think it’ll do quite nicely, don’t you?


This week in writing, 3/19

Mar. 19th, 2017 05:14 pm
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A much better week! Weirdly, due to me writing a lot on the things that actually have deadlines, what is the world even coming to.

WIPs currently active: 7, because I started on my @capreversebb story!

Words written this week: 8,459

WIPs that got no words this week: 0 

WIPs that did get words this week:

Codename: Aluminum Bastard (aka broken dick epic): 273

Born in the Blood: 337

Slavefic #5 (THE DRAMATIC REUNION): 263

Loving and Overall Really Mostly Consensual and Well-Intentioned Cannibalism: 227

Less-Sad Sequel to “Ring the Bell Backward” (Which is Semi-Officially the Saddest Story in All of Not Without You): 785, introducing Rhodey POV! Wheeeee!!

Smut Swap Pinch Hit Story In A Pairing I’ve Never Written Before: 2,487, so it’s halfwayish done! And not due until April, good work me!

Dragon!Bucky/Tribute!Steve Cap Reverse Big Bang Story: 4,087, which… is not halfway done.

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No jellyfish! *__*

Mar. 19th, 2017 08:57 am
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Woke up, took a swim in the (thankfully lethal-free) ocean, and now time for breakfast! :D

Update on the caiman croc front:
They have multiplied! Yes, the two I saw last time inhabiting the empty lot next door have now become Mommy, Daddy and three smaller ones! O_O

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Mar. 18th, 2017 06:44 am
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After feeling like garbage on Sunday and Monday, which I attributed to Saturday's ER adventure, I woke up definitely sick on Tuesday. Thursday I tried to go to work only for MCW to tell me to go home after two hours, but at least I could detour to the Walgreen's and stock up - I really don't get sick enough to require taking something all that often, so all the meds I had at home were several years expired. I do wish all the NyQuil-style stuff worked on me, though - knock me out so I can sleep, damn it!

It's bad enough that I dragged out the humidifier at 2am this morning, and I completely forgot to cheat at my 750 words yesterday so there goes my streak. :( I wish I could say I have accomplished something being at home the last several days but the most I've done is watch one of Amazon's new pilots, Oasis - with Richard Madden from GoT (it's very Solaris meets Earth 2 maybe? I would watch more), and Doctor Strange, which for all the hoopla about special effects looked suuuuuper crappy on my tiny bedroom television.
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Since Tuesday night I have read 1,093,463 words of due South fic.

Um... er...

It started because I was having a massive anxiety attack over whether or not the stuff I needed to submit my PR card renewal would come in time, and so couldn't sleep.

I decided to watch some vids to settle my brain, got sucked into my due South vids folder and about 3AM decided to switch from vids to fic.

I never did get to sleep. When the mail I was fretting over finally arrived the next afternoon, I was still reading.

The anxiety went away at that point, but the reminder of how much I love Fraser/RayK and how long it had been since I read any kinda didn't. So, I just keep working my way through the Archive.

I haven't fic binged like this in I don't even know how long. I'd forgotten how fun it could be.

The Sea Is History by Derek Walcott

Mar. 17th, 2017 06:24 pm
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RIP Derek Walcott, 1930-2017. He published this poem in 2007.

Where are your monuments, your battles, martyrs?
Where is your tribal memory? Sirs,
in that grey vault. The sea. The sea
has locked them up. The sea is History.

First, there was the heaving oil,
heavy as chaos;
then, like a light at the end of a tunnel,

the lantern of a caravel,
and that was Genesis.
Then there were the packed cries,
the shit, the moaning:

Exodus. )

Logan | Duolingo | Beach \o/

Mar. 17th, 2017 07:02 pm
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  1. YAY FRIDAYYYYYYY! \o/ \o/ \o/

  2. I saw Logan yesterday evening. Was just as emotional as I'd expected, having unwittingly been spoiled for a couple major plot points. I loved it a lot. For me the most gut-wrenching parts were the ones that hit close to home, the effects of aging - frailty of the human body and the degradation of a once-sharp mind. My own father will be hitting 80 next year, and it's hard seeing that slow but inevitable downhill process.

    Is it me, or have there been an unusual amount of AMAZING big screen releases these past few months, each packing a real emotional punch - Rogue One, Hidden Figures, Moonlight, Lion, Logan.

  3. I am using Duolingo once more! :D I had started learning some basic Italian in anticipation of my trip to Europe last summer, and promptly forgot all about the app once that was over. But some weeks ago, while reflecting on my favourite artist Van Gogh, and the unforgettable experience I had spending time in gorgeous Provence (the subject of so many of his famous paintings), I got inspired to take up a bit of French. I am already planning another trip to France, hopefully in a year or two when I save enough for it. ♥

    I'd done the basics in French for a couple years in high school, quite reluctantly actually (hated the teacher :b ), and hadn't retained much. This time it's much different though. It feels good to challenge my brain in a fun, stress-free manner. And I love racking up points for all the little daily accomplishments. It's a great way to learn something new, and keep the mind sharp. :)

  4. More than likely, I'll be going down to the beach for the weekend. Am currently psyching myself for the 2-hour drive early in the morning, and then back Sunday afternoon before work on Monday. Will be worth it though. I haven't been in AGES, and am hoping to get a little bit of watercolour painting done, maybe an early morning dip in the ocean. :)

    Hopefully we get good weather and the water's clear and without dangerous currents or jellyfish. Might have jellyfish. Blech. They mostly wash up on shore around Easter time, which isn't that far from now. Fingers crossed for a non-lethal ocean experience. :b

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I’m gonna write an updated comedy of manners about excel spreadsheets and webcomic artists in which Jack Worthington is a data analyst who has invented a fake free-spirited webcomic artist brother so he has an excuse to visit the city; his STEM mentee Cecily lives in the burbs and builds robots but dreams of going to the city to meet Jack’s romantic artist wastrel brother. Meanwhile Jack’s friend Algernon, who is a “startup entrepreneur” with no visible employment, has discovered Jack’s secret life and threatened to tell his girlfriend, hipster social justice activist Gwendolyn, who thinks Jack works for Algy’s startup because that’s way hipper than wrangling Excel spreadsheets all day. 

All is upset by Mrs. Bracknell, the imperious baby boomer who can never get the right coffee order or change from Dr. Frederica Chasuble, a barista who has an unmarketable PHD in feminist classical theology and a crush on Cecily’s college admissions coach Ms. Prism. Mrs. Bracknell doesn’t want Jack marrying Gwendolyn because due to a database error at the hospital when he was born, most institutions (banks, cellphone providers, insurance companies) think Jack is deceased. 

I will call it The Importance Of Saving Versions. 

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I went downstairs to my office after breakfast this morning, and discovered that the cat had barfed all over my desk. Thankfully he did not destroy the legal paperwork for the wedding I'm doing this afternoon (note to self: putting things front and center on your desk so you don't forget them may not actually be the clever life hack you thought it was), but I do have to ask both my employers/freelance clients to reissue my 2016 tax paperwork. UGH.

In happier news, I had a fantastic Escapade! Amusingly, it was almost half a RL-activist Escapade, which is not what I think many people expect or want from a slash con? But I had plenty of fannishness in there too. I always have a terrible case of con brain and remember afterward only that I loved a thing, not what actually happened or why I loved it, which makes my con reports rather fragmentary and perhaps unsatsfying to others. But hey, that's why there are cut tags )And I beat the snowstorm home and Geoff picked me up at the airport and had dinner ready ten minutes after we got home. It was a wonderful weekend.

Okay, I don't even have time to reread this for coherence, because I haven't even rehearsed this afternoon's wedding text yet, so I will hit Post and hope for the best. It was great to see everyone I saw at the con!

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