How Yuri On Ice! saved my life

Apr. 23rd, 2017 01:41 pm
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[personal profile] kouredios
Okay, so I've been a fan of the happy gay-ice-skaters anime since the first season dropped last fall/winter, but this week something shifted in my brain and I went full-tilt fannish about it.

Like, rewatching all 12 episodes 2-3 times over April vacation, reading ALL the fic, slowly moving from gen slice-of-life gap-fillers to the hardcore otayuri AUs where Yuri's a tattoo artist who wears stiletto boots and Otabek's a DJ with piercings in delicate places.

How/Why did this happen, you ask? Let me tell you analyze myself.

Preemptive cut, because this may get long, or at least image-heavy )

one love

Apr. 23rd, 2017 03:28 pm
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[personal profile] oliviacirce
An extra poem for today (or for April 16), only a little bit because I was talking with a friend about Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead the other day, and that play always makes me think of tennis. Tennis, and death possibly being a boat.

The International Open (Tennis Players vs. Poets) )

This week in writing, 4/23

Apr. 23rd, 2017 07:19 pm
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
[personal profile] dira
Getting into that dangerous area where I’m like “my WIP list is so short!! WHAT SHALL I START WRITING NEXT?” 


WIPs currently active: 5, because I finished another thing! And posted it! And a bunch of you read it, you brave people. ILU.

Words written this week: 3,786

WIPs that got no words this week: 1 - Slavefic #5

WIPs that did get words this week:

Codename: Aluminum Bastard (aka broken dick epic): 187, many of them about emoji.

Born in the Blood: 446, many of them about Steve freaking out.

Things We’d Held in Secret (formerly known as Loving and Overall Really Mostly Consensual and Well-Intentioned Cannibalism): 643, done and posted!!

Dragon!Bucky/Tribute!Steve Cap Reverse Big Bang Story: 943, and I think I have finally figured out the arc of the story. Or. The arc of this part of the story, and how it fits into the much larger arc of story I have, inevitably, plotted out for this universe because of who I am as a person.

Less-Sad Sequel to “Ring the Bell Backward” (Which is Semi-Officially the Saddest Story in All of Not Without You, out now in PDF and coming soon in hardcover!!):  1,511

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Black Sails | Poll results | RL stuff

Apr. 23rd, 2017 10:04 am
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  1. Pirates!

    So I decided to re-watch S1 of Black Sails last week, before starting the rest, which I hadn't seen as yet. In the last four days, I basically mainlined ALL of Seasons 2, 3 and 4. *___* I have been living and breathing Black Sails for the last week. At this point, I think I'm even *dreaming* Black Sails. LOL.

    Despite all the gratuitous female nudity, I was absolutely enthralled by the storytelling. There was so much that I enjoyed about the series. The sense of continuity, how previous actions had consequences through the seasons. The wonderfully diverse and complex female characters and their relationships with one another. And then of course there was that ending. All in all, a really engaging series. :) I'm not sure if I'll be seeking out fic, but if I do - they've all been through so much - it's probably gonna be futurefic of the Happily Ever After variety. *g*

    ETA: And of course, being from the West Indies myself, I sort of got a kick out of seeing its portrayal on screen, as well as the historical setting.

  2. DW Anniversary Poll Results

    The DW-versary poll results are in! Of the 72 people who participated, more than half of you guys have a DW-versary in April, or thereabouts. So I'm thinking that next year, we could all collectively celebrate it Block Party style in the month of April. :D :D

  3. RL rambling

    Today is my last day of vacation. It went by so fast. *clings* Back out to work tomorrow, and the start of the final term of the academic year. We will be doing Art History this term, on all class levels. So I'm looking forward to introducing the kids to Leonardo da Vinci and Van Gogh, and Egyptian pyramids, and all that cool stuff. Having traveled to Europe last year, it's given this whole other dimension to my understanding and appreciation of the subject matter. In fact, it's also given me incentive to start saving $$ towards more world travel. Who knows where next...

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Apr. 23rd, 2017 09:13 am
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[personal profile] nestra
People Like Us
by Robert Bly

for James Wright

There are more like us. All over the world
There are confused people, who can’t remember
The name of their dog when they wake up, and people
Who love God but can’t remember where

He was when they went to sleep. It’s
All right. The world cleanses itself this way.
A wrong number occurs to you in the middle
Of the night, you dial it, it rings just in time

To save the house. And the second-story man
Gets the wrong address, where the insomniac lives,
And he’s lonely, and they talk, and the thief
Goes back to college. Even in graduate school,

You can wander into the wrong classroom,
And hear great poems lovingly spoken
By the wrong professor. And you find your soul,
And greatness has a defender, and even in death you’re safe.

"People Like Us" by Robert Bly from Stealing Sugar from the Castle. © Norton, 2013.

each one of us a queen

Apr. 23rd, 2017 12:14 am
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Tonight I went to see Anastasia on Broadway (it's still in previews, but opens next week). It was fantastic on several different levels, but one of the things I loved most was how great an adaptation of the movie it is—like, no spoilers, but it's really faithful to the movie while also being a really different show, and it works so well. I would also like to give a special shout-out to Dmitry's floppy hair, which was truly superb and made me a little weak in the knees.

We also went for delicious Russian food and vodka beforehand, because we were feeling thematic; so, in keeping with the theme, some Marina Tsvetaeva:

Hell, my ardent sisters, be assured )

Putting down roots

Apr. 22nd, 2017 04:22 pm
kass: A house on a hill; the word "home." (little home)
[personal profile] kass
Today Zaphod and I went to the nursery and came home with a ton of plants!

I dug up the sickly rhododendron bush beside my front door and have replaced it with a lilac. (The woman at the nursery assures me that if I trim it appropriately, it will flower and will not grow up to be 15 feet tall.) I've also put in three daylilies beside the house, and two hostas. All of these are perennials, so assuming that they take root, they'll be here for years to come. They're also all low-maintenance, which is important -- I know myself well enough to know that once it's summer, I don't spend time gardening.

And I bought three window boxes for the railing on the mirpesset. One of them now has three small petunia plants in it (Zaphod chose them, and chose the colors -- purple, pink, and variegated.) Another has potting soil and a bunch of flower seeds, because he really wanted to try to grow seeds. And the third will have herbs in it later in the spring. Best part is, they sit on the railing, so they don't have a footprint! I've watered everything we planted.

Now we are curled up in the living room watching Pokémon XYZ, and I am basking in the satisfaction of a task completed, and the satisfaction of continuing to put down roots in my new place.

memory speaking in dactyls

Apr. 22nd, 2017 12:41 pm
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[personal profile] oliviacirce
I spent a lot of time thinking about this poem while we were in Greece, but I had so many poems I wanted to post while we were there that some of them had to get saved for later, and this is really more of a poem about Latin than about Greek. Luckily, I then missed a whole bunch of days, so here is an extra poem for April 15.

A Meditation on Dactylic Hexameter )

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Apr. 22nd, 2017 09:39 am
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Bredon Hill
by A. E. Housman

In summertime on Bredon
     The bells they sound so clear;
Round both the shires they ring them
     In steeples far and near,
     A happy noise to hear.

Here of a Sunday morning
     My love and I would lie,
And see the coloured counties,
     And hear the larks so high
     About us in the sky.

The bells would ring to call her
     In valleys miles away;
‘Come all to church, good people;
     Good people come and pray.’
     But here my love would stay.

And I would turn and answer
     Among the springing thyme,
‘Oh, peal upon our wedding,
     And we will hear the chime,
     And come to church on time.’

But when the snows at Christmas
     On Bredon top were strown,
My love rose up so early
     And stole out unbeknown
     And went to church alone.

They tolled the one bell only,
     Groom there was none to see,
The mourners followed after,
     And so to church went she;
     And would not wait for me.

The bells they sound on Bredon,
     And still the steeples hum,
‘Come all to church, good people’—
     Oh, noisy bells be dumb;
     I hear you, I will come.

"Bredon Hill" by A.E. Housman from Collected Poems. © Wordsworth Editions, Ltd, 1999.

Friday evening linkspam

Apr. 21st, 2017 10:26 pm
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[personal profile] cofax7
Yum: roasted rhubarb wine compote. Time to buy some rhubarb...

This is a super creative (and surprisingly bloody) animated short.

Community planning needs more people like this, looking at diverse and under-represented communities.

A long profile on Alec Baldwin as Trump.

These posters are awesome.

Word of the day: Abydocomist -- One who brags about their lies. Other fab Old English insults can be found here.

Holy crap, this is too awesome for words: an automated conlang generator. . (I'm sure it's not up to the standards of something created by an actual linguist, but for many purposes, it would be great.)

Also holy crap awesome: Carmen Cusack doing "You'll Be Back". So great. Oh, and check it out: LMM and Raul Esparza singing Anita & Maria in West Side Story. . That's really lovely, actually.


I have the feeling we're at Peak Television. And that soon there will be a bubble. Which is my justification for not really watching much tv right now: I figure there will be enough for years to come.

Tonight I'm catching up on Homefires, which is a drama set in an English village at the beginning of WWII. It's not really surprising or creative, but there's some great cast members and heart-warming bits. Also, for Code Name Verity fans, it looks like the one lesbian character might decide to go for pilot's training...

I need to get back to The 100 and Underground. One of these days...


Apr. 21st, 2017 06:01 pm
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[personal profile] kass
1. My kid's new favorite thing to do is invent trivia questions and ask them of each other. (Like: "Which planet in our solar system has the most moons?" or "What can Bulbasaur evolve into?")

2. Saw my therapist today, and she affirms that I am rocking the house on many levels. Frankly I quite agree. :-)

3. Dinner tonight is already made, and it is tasty, and I have a challah to go with it, because Passover is over huzzah.

4. I've actually read two books recently. Like, actual paper books. They were both somewhat work-adjacent, but I derived genuine pleasure from reading them.

5. The trees are so close to leafing! And that makes me happy.

Shabbat shalom to all who celebrate.

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Apr. 21st, 2017 08:28 am
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[personal profile] nestra
A Quiet Life
by Baron Wormser

What a person desires in life
    is a properly boiled egg.
This isn’t as easy as it seems.
There must be gas and a stove,
    the gas requires pipelines, mastodon drills,
    banks that dispense the lozenge of capital.
There must be a pot, the product of mines
    and furnaces and factories,
    of dim early mornings and night-owl shifts,
    of women in kerchiefs and men with
    sweat-soaked hair.
Then water, the stuff of clouds and skies
    and God knows what causes it to happen.
There seems always too much or too little
    of it and more pipelines, meters, pumping
    stations, towers, tanks.
And salt-a miracle of the first order,
    the ace in any argument for God.
Only God could have imagined from
    nothingness the pang of salt.
Political peace too. It should be quiet
    when one eats an egg. No political hoodlums
    knocking down doors, no lieutenants who are
    ticked off at their scheming girlfriends and
    take it out on you, no dictators
    posing as tribunes.
It should be quiet, so quiet you can hear
    the chicken, a creature usually mocked as a type
    of fool, a cluck chained to the chore of her body.
Listen, she is there, pecking at a bit of grain
    that came from nowhere.

"A Quiet Life" by Baron Wormser from Scattered Chapters. © Sarabande Books, 2008.

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Apr. 20th, 2017 07:45 pm
sholio: Chess queen looking horrified (Chess piece oh noes)
[personal profile] sholio
I'm trying to do my signup for MCU AU Fest, and aaaaaugh, how am I supposed to narrow it down from all the many possibilities? Also, for the record, I now have about a dozen brand new plot bunnies, because that is TOTALLY a thing I need.

ha ha HA

Apr. 20th, 2017 08:44 pm
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[personal profile] astolat
So since my LAST post:

- I caught a cold on vacation
- which turned into a sinus infection when we got home
- just as I felt better, husband caught a cold
- just as husband started to feel better, Hypatia caught a cold with fever
- right about this time I started having mysterious joint pain
- which was explained today when Hypatia's cold turns out to be FIFTH DISEASE and apparently I managed not to get it as a kid HA HA AWESOME

APART from the endless courses of disease I have also:

- (mostly) coded a webcam-based Python wand recognizer so we can use our Harry Potter Wizarding World wands at home to trigger IFTTT events

- ripped the bezel off a spare monitor and taken it to framing store so I can turn it into a wizarding family portrait


- obtained (and now thrown out) a printer with invisible ink which instead of printing things in invisible ink just leaked invisible ink all over our lovely built-in office counter (fortunately, the ink is in fact invisible, so no one will ever know unless they tote along a blacklight for inspection)

PS if you think this is so I can print an invisible ink marauders map that will only appear in response to someone using their wand and solemnly swearing they are up to no good HOW DID YOU GUESS

(as I described all this in chat, [personal profile] elynross said, "I'm starting to get the feeling you have a deadline" HA HA HA it's like she knows me)

So yeah, I only just finished rewriting a script treatment a month and a half past when I said I would and have not touched my novel in a month. On the bright side when I finally reopened it today and re-read it, a quarter of the way through the first chapter I knew what was going to happen in the rest of the book, which I have been wondering for some time now, so that was nice.

Oh and I imported over [community profile] sga_flashfic so if you have old links, update them! Also I banged in so please upload your stories to the AO3 and pop them into the collection! If you happen to be able to throw a few bucks at the AO3 for the fundraising drive that would be pretty cool too. I mention there is an AO3 HAT among the goodies and it says "You have already left kudos here" on it! <3 <3 <3

What I have NOT done: seen Fate of the Furious! So DO NOT SPOIL I!
oliviacirce: (yuletide//livia)
[personal profile] oliviacirce
So I got this dumb cold on our last day in Venice (also my birthday), and then we flew back to New York and it become exponentially worse and morphed into some kind of terrible flu, and I have been sick in bed all week and have missed FIVE DAYS of poetry posts, which is the most I have missed since, like, 2008. I'm going to make up for it by posting a few extra poems over the next few days, probably entirely at random. I mean, it's been ten years, I feel like I can probably be a little bit of a poetry maverick at this point.

Anyway, here is a Jack Gilbert poem for today: Everyone forgets that Icarus also flew )

Simple weeknight supper

Apr. 20th, 2017 07:41 pm
kass: a container full of wooden spoons for cooking (spoons)
[personal profile] kass
I recently unearthed a recipe card I picked up at Zingerman's back in the fall, and tried the recipe tonight, and it is tasty. I suspect I will lose the card, so I'm saving the recipe here.

Fettuccine with tuna, fennel, and pepper )

Department of No Shit Department

Apr. 20th, 2017 12:17 pm
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[personal profile] rachelmanija
The opening paragraphs of the introduction by a psychologist with an alphabet soup of credentials, for Survivors.

This is a book about survivors, that is to say, those who continue to live when others have died. Looked at from one point of view this is very positive, in the sense that anyone who has a brush with death is lucky to survive. However, looked at from another point of view it is profoundly negative, in that one need not have had a brush with tragedy anyway.

It reminds me of the immortal Suicide by Cop: Committing Suicide by Provoking Police to Shoot You.

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Apr. 20th, 2017 08:05 am
nestra: Cameron from the Sarah Connor Chronicles brandishes a gun (Cameron)
[personal profile] nestra
Failing and Flying
by Jack Gilbert

Everyone forgets that Icarus also flew.
It’s the same when love comes to an end,
or the marriage fails and people say
they knew it was a mistake, that everybody
said it would never work. That she was
old enough to know better. But anything
worth doing is worth doing badly.
Like being there by that summer ocean
on the other side of the island while
love was fading out of her, the stars
burning so extravagantly those nights that
anyone could tell you they would never last.
Every morning she was asleep in my bed
like a visitation, the gentleness in her
like antelope standing in the dawn mist.
Each afternoon I watched her coming back
through the hot stony field after swimming,
the sea light behind her and the huge sky
on the other side of that. Listened to her
while we ate lunch. How can they say
the marriage failed? Like the people who
came back from Provence (when it was Provence)
and said it was pretty but the food was greasy.
I believe Icarus was not failing as he fell,
but just coming to the end of his triumph.

"Failing and Flying" by Jack Gilbert from Refusing Heaven. © Alfred A. Knopf, 2005.

MCU Fic: Things We'd Held in Secret

Apr. 19th, 2017 11:46 pm
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[personal profile] dira
I guess this the upside of all those WIP update posts, I can just say: Hey look it's the cannibalism one at last!

Written for [ profile] latenightliar for [ profile] fandomtrumpshate! Thanks to brighteyedjill and Sevvie for beta/encouragement!

Title is from "Psalm 40:2" by the Mountain Goats. Alternate summary: John 6:53.

Things We'd Held in Secret (11146 words) by Dira Sudis
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: Steve Rogers, James "Bucky" Barnes
Additional Tags: Cannibalism, Unknowing cannibalism, consensual cannibalism, Super Soldier Serum, It's Nice Really I Swear, Blood and Gore, Cuddling & Snuggling, Rituals, Catholic Subtext, It's not that far sub the text

Steve and Bucky were trapped together behind enemy lines in 1944. Bucky was badly injured, and for days Steve fed him the only way he could with no supplies on hand but a sharp knife. Bucky didn't understand what was happening at the time, and afterward there was never a good time to tell him--but now that Steve knows what he really did for Bucky, the secret is going to have to come out.

What I'm Doing Wednesday

Apr. 19th, 2017 03:09 pm
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[personal profile] sage
books (nonfiction: trauma; fiction: Commissario Brunetti) )

dirt )

The maintenance mgr came out & saw the burrow under the house. I feel bad for what I assume is the rock squirrel, but I refuse to fight rodents for my veggies. Also, there are a pair of cardinals nesting in the tree canopy over my backyard! Maybe my caterpillar problems are about to end! Possibly I should rehang my bird feeders...

The chronic fatigue component of fibro continues to flare (along with everything else), and I am beyond weary of sleeping 10+ hrs a night and being exhausted by the simplest of tasks. But! [personal profile] goss' post about chocolate reminded me that cocoa powder has no soy in it, so today I made a shake with cocoa powder, peanuts, molasses, vanilla, frozen bananas, and almond milk and immediately felt much better.

As I beheld the calendar today

NSFW Apr. 19th, 2017 10:11 am
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[personal profile] petra
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Apr. 19th, 2017 08:22 am
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[personal profile] nestra
11 Park Vista
by Sue Ellen Thompson

We rented a room from an English violinist
and shared the kitchen that filled the second floor.
We had until the lessons downstairs were finished
to cook and eat our dinner before

he started his. Married now
and beginning to show, I took the train
to London every day and joined the crowd
perched on folding camp-stools at the Tate.

Returning one evening, I saw my husband
wreathed in steam above the kitchen stove
while a young girl raised her violin
and released a flock of sparrows in the parlor below.

I paused on the front walk, breathless with greed.
Food, music, children—all within reach.

"11 Park Vista" by Sue Ellen Thompson from The Golden Hour. © Autumn House Press, 2006.
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[personal profile] goss
Dang, I missed my DW-versary day again this year. But I noticed something - it seems like many of us came here in 2009, and within a week or two of each other. Anyway, it's made me curious, therefore POLL! :D

The date of your account's creation can be seen on your Profile page.

Poll #18231 DW Anniversary
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 63

Which year did you create your main DW account?

View Answers

Before 2009
1 (1.6%)

55 (87.3%)

2010 - 2015
6 (9.5%)

2016 - 2017
1 (1.6%)

Which month did you create your DW account?

View Answers

2 (3.2%)

1 (1.6%)

3 (4.8%)

32 (50.8%)

17 (27.0%)

0 (0.0%)

2 (3.2%)

1 (1.6%)

1 (1.6%)

0 (0.0%)

2 (3.2%)

2 (3.2%)

If created in April, which day?

bye-bye, tax season!

Apr. 18th, 2017 09:13 pm
celli: a calculator and papers with numbers on them, captioned "celli" (accounting Celli)
[personal profile] celli
I still have plenty to do at work and a few things to work on at home, but DONE. DONE DONE DONE.

Hey, the Doctor's back!

Apr. 18th, 2017 08:43 pm
kass: Tardis. Something old, something new... (tardis)
[personal profile] kass
This post from [personal profile] elisi made me intrigued in the new season of Doctor Who. So tonight I watched "Pilot," and I am totally charmed. Bill is every bit as delightful as everyone had indicated, and I am absolutely on board for whatever comes next.

Also, this is another thing I'm pleased to be reclaiming from my former life. About that. )
sholio: Harry from The Flash looking cute (Flash-Harry)
[personal profile] sholio
Title: Solsbury Hill
Artist: Peter Gabriel
Show: The Flash
Character: Earth-2 Harrison "Harry" Wells
Seasons/Spoilers: Season 2 & 3, through 3x14
Summary: You can keep my things, they've come to take me home. Harry and his Flash(es) and Team Flash.
Tumblr: here

So, just to be confusing, there are two versions of this. Initially I made the vid in my usual style, with minimal edits to the clips, then decided to redo it with clip color edits and some f/x to have a more contemporary look. The f/x one is the main one available below, but I'm offering both in case you'd rather watch the more lightly edited version.

Downloads: MP4 (zipped, 126 Mb) | DivX (zipped, 100 Mb)

No f/x version: MP4 (zipped, 126 Mb) | Streaming on Youtube

Subtitles (unzip and put in directory with vid): regular version | no f/x version
(These are exactly the same except for the filename; it just needs to match the vid.)

Embed and lyrics under the cut )
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[personal profile] copperbadge
I just got a robocall from a credit card company….in the elevator…over the elevator’s emergency telephone speaker. 

Is that even possible? I thought elevator phones only went one way and that way was “to the fire department”. 

Apparently the elevator can get a super low APR if it hasn’t missed a payment in six months.

from Tumblr

A tiny reclaiming

Apr. 18th, 2017 05:47 pm
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[personal profile] kass
I'm listening to an old album by The Story -- Grace in Gravity. I love singing along with them. Their harmonies work well for me, and so do their ranges.

And what should come on but "and our faces, my heart, brief as photos."

At my wedding, some eighteen-plus years ago, a friend read a John Berger passage by that title.

Hearing the words brings me a pang, at first. I remember planning the wedding. I remember my certainty that life was full of promise and that I would be married to him for the rest of my life.

I consider skipping the track.

In the end, I play it all the way through, and I sing along.

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Apr. 18th, 2017 09:07 am
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[personal profile] nestra
by Ronald Wallace

Some days I find myself
putting my foot in
the same stream twice;
leading a horse to water
and making him drink.
I have a clue.
I can see the forest
for the trees.

All around me people
are making silk purses
out of sows’ ears,
getting blood from turnips,
building Rome in a day.
There’s a business
like show business.
There’s something new
under the sun.

Some days misery
no longer loves company;
it puts itself out of its.
There’s rest for the weary.
There’s turning back.
There are guarantees.
I can be serious.
I can mean that.
You can quite
put your finger on it.

Some days I know
I am long for this world.
I can go home again.
And when I go
I can
take it with me.

"Blessings" by Ronald Wallace from Long for This World. © University of Pittsburgh Press, 2003.
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[personal profile] lakeeffectgirl
Fic check-in for the 16th, not too shabby other than how I didn't plan on writing all this Admirals fic this month. Plan for today is to write another good chunk of my Fandom5k story after work so that by Sunday I can be done with the rough draft and can take advantage of our double monitor setup here at work to rewrite the sections I need to fix all the tenses in while I work an overtime shift. (Of course, now that I have made this my plan, there will be other things going on at work that day.)

Local man, 20, can't tell jokes but scores OT winner. (I was legitimately woken up this morning by a text that was nothing more than "KEVIN KEVIN KEVIN KEVIN KEVIN".)

We have to change our main campus login passwords to something overly long this week and I'm tempted to use "CTSmademedoit01" because it's so annoying. I've had the same computer login password here since 1999! It's the end of an era.

oh god.

Apr. 18th, 2017 08:01 am
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[personal profile] riverlight
 So, funny story: I was working from the bar last night because if I went home I knew I wouldn’t work, and also there was hockey on. 

(I'm working on this horribly long, complicated, never-ending work project, and these days a 12 hour day is nothing.) 

Anyway: there I was! Me, 42 pages of RFP, a little hockey on in the background, a beer to hand! Fun times for all! I did several hours of work there, and then my sister and her bf joined me for a very late dinner. 

And then this morning I woke up and couldn’t find my computer.

So I spent the last five minutes TOTALLY PANICKING because oh god I’d left my computer at the bar!
Spoiler alert: I hadn’t.
But man, that was a five minutes of panic I did not need. I think I’m either working too hard or drinking too much or both. And I definitely need a vacation.
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[personal profile] copperbadge
Spreadsheet test: approved! Look at them weights. 

I realized that I could just…do weights on days I don’t run. And I’m more likely to get out and do them actually because I don’t have to dress quite as specifically (slip-on shoes, shorts instead of running pants, etc). 

I also did half a mile on the treadmill walking, because I mean…I was there. :D 

Tracking: Since October 2nd, I have run 119.2 miles.

Datestamp 4.18.2017

from Tumblr

Guess who just learned a new skill

Apr. 18th, 2017 12:18 am
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Aaaaa! I've learned how to do subtitles on vids!!

I've been wanting to do this for awhile, but I always thought there would be a steep learning curve and/or you'd need special software. Come to find out, you can make .srt files in a text editor; you just have to put in the timestamps for each line of subtitle manually. (I'm using this method.) It really doesn't take long for a 3-minute vid, and I've fallen down the rabbit hole of tweaking the start and end of each subtitle. OH LOOK, A BRAND NEW VIDDING TIMESINK. XD

These subtitles are not embedded in the vid (I think you do actually need special software for that), but if the .srt file is in the folder with the vid and it's opened in VLC, it ought to work - it works great for me!

Right now I'm making subs for the Flash vid I'm currently working on, but now that I know how to do it, are there any of my old vids that anyone would like subtitles for and/or fandoms that you'd like to request subtitles in? In theory I can now make them for literally any vid, not just my own; it's just that I need to be able to open it in a vid player that will give me second-accurate timestamps since I need to look up the start and end for each subtitle line to get the timing right.
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I forgot to tell you guys, when I got to work this morning the door wouldn’t open for my keycard, and one of the guys I used to work with when I was the receptionist let me in from the inside. When I got into the lobby he said, “You might as well sit down, the power is out.”

And I, like the giant nerdball I am, looked at him, looked at the elevators, and fearlessly and idiotically said, “ALL the power?” 

I think he is still laughing, twelve hours later. 

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So much chocolaaaate @_@

Apr. 17th, 2017 07:01 pm
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[personal profile] goss
Spent the long weekend at my cousin's place in a chocolate-making haze. We accomplished three main things:
1. Professional photography of the entire process (for the future website),
2. Taste-testing different dark chocolate brands for a study, and
3. Making dark chocolate! :D

A few cellphone pics from the weekend. :) These are various species of cocoa pods that were picked from trees on their estate 2 days ago. You can see what the cacao beans look like when the pod is broken open.

Here I am helping my cousin to maintain perfect temperature and consistency, while she takes care of pouring the chocolate into the moulds.

3 more pics... )


Apr. 17th, 2017 06:29 pm
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[personal profile] kass
1. Haircut today! It is so good to feel shorn and well-kept. This is one of my favorite things about having short hair: getting it shortened again. :-)

2. White wine (see icon.) Because today was a long day, and I am so ready to be done.

3. The trees outside my condo are fixing to leaf! I am kind of ridiculously excited. I am so ready for spring. Most of the trees around here are still bare, which is reasonable (it's going to be in the 30s tonight), but the ones right outside my kitchen window are itching to pop, and I am happy to bear witness to that.

4. I am seeing some Doctor Who squee on my reading page, and that both makes me happy (I like it when my friends are happy) and makes me want to watch again so I can join the conversation.

5. [personal profile] kcobweb helped me shorten my kitchen curtains yesterday, and now they are the right length for my windows!

How are y'all?

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Apr. 17th, 2017 01:49 pm
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I am scanning baby's first fanfic (okay, preteen's first fanfic) for posterity, and then tossing it. (No, I will not be posting it here.)

I'd like to note that my grasp on comma usage was very good, though for some reason I didn't start a new paragraph with each change of speaker. Oh, and usage of "alright". Boo, young me.

One is actually a complete story, which impresses current-day me, who did not really write otherwise.

The Disaster Artist, by Greg Sestero

Apr. 17th, 2017 11:47 am
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An account of the making of Tommy Wiseau’s cult classic terrible movie, The Room, by the leading actor, who was also Tommy’s roommate, Tommy’s friend, and one of Tommy’s five credited assistants on The Room, two of whom never appeared on the set and one of whom was dead.

You can get a sense of The Room by watching this thirteen second clip: the unfathomable choice to shoot on unconvincing green screen in a parking lot rather than use the actual roof or studio they had available, Wiseau’s peculiar costume (chosen by himself) and even more peculiar line delivery (“I did not hit her, I did nawwwt! Oh hai Mark”), and most peculiar of all, Wiseau’s acting, which goes beyond mere woodenness to give the impression of an alien or robot attempting to imitate one of those strange “human” creatures.

Those thirteen seconds, Sestero tells us, took three hours to shoot due to Wiseau’s inability to walk, talk, hit his mark, or emerge from the Port-A-Potty-like outhouse without whacking his head.

The Disaster Artist is both an account of the making of a world-class bad movie and a character study of the world-class oddball who created it:

Even today, a decade later, I still can’t unsee Tommy’s outfit: nighttime sunglasses, a dark blazer as loose and baggy as rain gear, sand-colored cargo pants with pockets filled to capacity (was he smuggling potatoes?), a white tank top, clunky Frankenstein combat boots, and two belts. Yes, two belts. The first belt was at home in its loops; the second draped down in back to cup Tommy’s backside, which was, he always claimed, the point: “It keeps my ass up. Plus it feels good.”

Sestero may be a decent actor when not directed by Tommy Wiseau, but based on his lack of other credits, I suspect he’s a much better writer. His prose is a pleasure to read, and his depiction of the doom-laden hilarity of the making of a truly terrible movie is dead-on.

Tommy Wiseau is a strange, mysterious, lonely person who won’t say where he came from or how old he is, and has apparently unlimited funds. He connects with Sestero in a relationship that starts off casual and ends up taking over his life.

Sestero is a struggling actor who is inspired by Wiseau’s ability to be totally himself (he has pens printed with “Wiseau’s Planet,” which he may have beamed down from; that would explain a lot); Wiseau seems to be attempting to figure out human interactions by studying the one person willing to be his friend, with a side of spooky fixation a la The Talented Mr. Ripley. It’s all fun and games until Sestero is lying awake and seething at 4:00 AM while Wiseau is hanging upside down like a bat from the pull-up bar he installed on the door to Sestero’s room.

I tried to imagine Tommy's mind from the inside out. I saw burning forests, blind alleys, volcanoes in the desert, city streets that plunged into the ocean, barricades everywhere, and all of it lit in the deep-cherry light of emergency.

The book is dead-on about the way you can slip into a friendship with someone you like at first, who then reveals more and more clingy weirdness until you suddenly wake up wondering how the hell you put up with it for so long and run for the hills. Once Sestero is no longer rooming with Wiseau, he’s more able to appreciate Wiseau’s peculiar brand of charm. Which does exist, but is best enjoyed from a distance.

The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made (currently $1.99 at Amazon).

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Apr. 17th, 2017 09:09 am
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He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven
by William Butler Yeats

Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.

"He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven" by William Butler Yeats. Public Domain.

go home and get clean

Apr. 17th, 2017 07:20 am
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Penalty box update: Adam Pardy in full gear on skates is just Too Large. TOO LARGE. (Earlier this season I was at a game with P. & someone behind us was like, "That guy is huge!" like they were just so astounded by his size so now we say it to each other whenever Pardy's on the ice. But yes: huge.) Then we lost in a terribly over-the-top fashion but the team gave Pards an A so he can be an Official Team Dad and I 100% approve of this choice. (Apparently when he was out with the broken arm he acted as an unofficial coach, so yes, Team Dad.) Also great in the game: Douchebag Creepster was nowhere to be seen, hallelujah.

Going from my seat to hang out with A. for the third period, I found myself walking behind our usual starting goalie in the hallway, holding his daughter. Dear Maz: Excellent suit choice, and your kid is super adorbs. The game by that point was a mess they were never going to recover from, so we just took a million pictures of our faves on the bench instead.

I am upset to say that I am not optimistic about playoffs since it's Grand Rapids again but I will take any and all games the universe would like to give me with Large Team Dad and his vaguely gingery beard before he's gone.

The Fate of the Furious no-spoiler review: The first half was Not Good. Then it got 100% ridonkuballs and I forgot about it not being good. 100% of their problems in that movie could have been solved if they'd [done a thing] in [previous installment]. Then it made me cry, twice.

Charlize Theron overall: I am unsure about these choices.

Helen Mirren: Delightful.

Also, I think I 'ship Deckard/Hobbs now. And Roman/Scott Eastwood's unnamed character. I really did not expect to come out of that movie wanting to write fic about The Rock and Jason Statham. This is now two Jason Statham characters I would possibly write fic about (the other being his Expendables character). I can't believe I'm putting this one my Yuletide list.

We got a flat tire coming back from the theater, which neither my dad nor I realized was flat-flat until he was dropping me off and I looked at the tires to see if one was actually low (since he did get a low pressure alert). So between the two of us we got the spare on while my sister just sat in the backseat.

The air pressure in my building is so insane we can barely get the door open back here by the PD, and today it makes a high-pitched feedback noise whenever anyone opens it. This can't be good.

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Apr. 17th, 2017 08:17 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

Anon linked to a fundraiser for the family of Olin Braun, a young man who died in late March. They are raising funds to cover the funeral; any overage will go into a trust fund for Olin's daughter, Kaia. You can read more and give to the fundraiser here.

Anon linked to a fundraiser for Courtney, who is trying to survive until August, when her school funding will come through. She has just left an abusive and violent home, and is dealing with several medical conditions as well; you can read more and help out here.

[personal profile] coyotegoth linked to af undraiser for The Iron Giant Loft, "a community hub for LGBTQIA, sacred sexuality, and consent-focused community meet-ups [...] for the past several years". They are facing eviction and trying to assemble the cash to keep their space; even having a portion of the cash available will help them settle with the owners. You can read more and help out here.

[ profile] swelldame is raising $270 to buy a plane ticket for her best friend to see her graduate in may; they had the money saved but had to pay for emergency medical bills. You can read more and give to the fundraiser here.

[ 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 are frequently running out of money for gas to even do odd jobs for pay. You can read more and help out here.

Buy Stuff, Help Out:

[ profile] magpiesmiscellany has a selection of tree-of-life pendants in various shapes, colors, and sizes for sale, with proceeds going to Planned Parenthood, Lambda Legal, the ACLU, Doctors Without Borders, Earthjustice, Sierra Club, and the National Immigration Law Center. And Mother's Day is coming up, at least in the US! You can read more and purchase them here.

Help For Free:

[ profile] kitsparrow is looking for advice on care, or organizations that provide care, for special needs dogs; her mother's dog recently suffered a spinal cord injury and they're worried they don't know enough to provide proper care. You can read more and offer knowledge or advice here.

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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