KIDS.

May. 23rd, 2017 10:35 am
newredshoes: I am so hot for Bucky Barnes in his dress uniform. (cap | shipping out tomorrow)
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You may have seen me yelling happily about it on Twitter last night, but I watched Captain America: Civil War again last night for the first time in about a year. There are a lot of things I miss about feeling like I was in fandom, but something I don't miss, particularly about Tumblr, is the endless avalanche of people ripping apart and shitting over every single frame of that movie because it didn't conform to the (amazing!) fanon they'd spent the past two years building. Turns out that removed from that context, it's definitely as fantastic as I remembered from my first time seeing it. (And way more pleasant than my second, which involved a seat-kicker and multiple assholes checking their phones in the audience throughout.) Given distance, I didn't even feel that there was too much Tony, which I felt strongly before, and not enough Bucky. Do I wish it had been a simpler, more intimate film? Yeah, but it was always going to be an overburdened ensemble. Ant-Man is a goddamn joy, Spider-Man is a delight, Sharon Carter is a made-of-competence Maria+Natasha BAMF, Clint Barton finally gets to be recognizably Clint Barton, T'Challa is [INDECIPHERABLE SCREAMING ABOUT HOW AMAZING HE IS] and I still respect the hell out of Bucky's choice at the end.

Not only that, but Sebastian Stan is posting dopey Winter Soldier gym-training selfies again, including with Scarlett Johansson, so you can bet I'm feeling a whole lot of stuff, including Winter Widow stuff, what a good ship. ("You could at least recognize me!" is. Doing things in my head, quite a lot.)

The downside of two nights in a row of amped-up fandom feels (Sunday night was a Winter Soldier rewatch, that movie is still so good!!!!) is that I am not able to wake up on time, not even remotely. Therapy last night was, ironically, "Don't get paralyzed by the things you can't control; focus on what you can do." So I'm waiting to hear back on some pitches I'm excited about and putting together job applications in the meantime. I really need money and good health insurance, not least because while clearing out my 1,000+ OneTab links (I'm now down to 200!), I remembered that LindyBop is a thing, and now I have to contend with cute+affordable shit like this dungaree swing skirt (in nutmeg, teal and navy, oh shoot!!) and this cute-as-hell tea dress with puffins on it.

I have one eggplant left over from this rousing success, so tonight I'm trying charred eggplant and walnut pesto pasta salad, assuming my hand cooperates. Having to keep my bestitched hand away from getting wet or dirty is really messing with my ability to, like, clean up my kitchen, which is frustrating. (I know, I know, get some gloves. I'll get there!) I can get the stitches out on Friday, which I'm really looking forward to. The eventual bill for the initial hospital visit, with my shitty insurance and its 50% ER visit co-pay, less so.

So, okay! Late start, but starting nonetheless. Happy Tuesday, gang. ♥

busy stuff

May. 23rd, 2017 10:02 am
darthneko: bilbo jumping over a fence ([fandom] late for a date)
[personal profile] darthneko
Survived the headache yesterday only to be laid low by my stomach being cranky, which knocked me out most of the way home. Not sure what set it off, but nice mild salmon and a salad for dinner seemed to set it right. Just going to have to baby it for awhile, I guess, so today is totally bland homemade sandwiches for breakfast and lunch and we'll see how that goes.

Patreon! Did the first of the monthly sketches last night, ended up coming out decent. Think I'm streaming Thorin tonight, and then an OC on wednesday, still waiting to know what the fourth person wants. There's 6 slots left, if anyone wants to subscribe for a custom requested sketch-a-month from me. ^_^ Patreons just got the full files and breakdown step by step of the Sha of Anger pic - DVD commentary on it got long and rambly. Also, if you want to watch me stream, I pop onto my picarto channel between 9pm - 10pm EST.

Next up, I need to start working on my Night on Fic Mountain exchange, and there's some rambling about game making to be done but none of that is really refined yet, more in the babbling stage. I'm really enjoying being held accountable for doing these things on a regular basis, though; it helps keep me on track and get things done. What I fail at is rounding up all the social media - there is no cohesion between tumblr/twitter/instagram for me. =P
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(click to enlarge)

The Book of Home Remedies and Herbal Cures by Carol Bishop (1979)

I used this book as {ahem} Very Important Research in one of my stories (to be honest one of my own favourites of all those I've written) ... Makes You Stronger (Magnificent 7).

But I have loved the book to death (errr, perhaps not the best expression given the contents:) for ages before that. As you can see from the pages below, it's a very attractive book, nicely laid out with old wood-cut-like pictues and lovely edging. Maybe the visual appeal is meant to offset the mental pictures. Read more... )



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--I updated [tumblr.com profile] jinksyandthebrain for the first time in a couple of months. Have some pics [dreamwidth.org profile] seolh took in March. (I especially love the three of Jinksy!bear sprawled on his back on the sofa. The belly is not a trap.)


--I promise not to get in the habit of signal boosting lots of [dreamwidth.org profile] aftertheendtimes posts over here, but [dreamwidth.org profile] cantarina is trying to gauge interest in a fanworks exchange covering all of [livejournal.com profile] seanan_mcguire's worlds.


--[dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose, Ginny, Kas, and I went to Happy Veal for lunch, and we're forced to conclude that while the food ranges from "tasty" to "AMAZING" (hello, green onion pancakes), the service is just always either mediocre or awful, so we're always going to have to calculate if we're up for dealing with that. TL;DR, the food arrived SLOWLY. No, more slowly than that ) And yet I can't swear off the place. The green onion pancakes are so good I could cry.


--Garden: [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose dug out the rough shape of the flowerbed, and it looks like getting that ready will be trickier than we'd hoped. OTOH, transplanting our six tiny Lemon Boy tomato seedlings into their interim pots was quick and simple. And in between those things, when Kas and Ginny dropped me and [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose off, they came in to borrow a spade and see the breathtaking new openness of our small back yard. Ginny got a look at Neighbor L's dandelion ripper, and then [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose brought our shiny new one out...and Ginny proceeded to spend something like half an hour, in her Fluevogs and cute dress, merrily massacring dandelions for the sheer delight of using the thing.

It's remarkably satisfying. [/understatement]
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[personal profile] ellenmillion
The battle of the dill ended in retreat - I took the single straggly stem that survived their last onslaught and planted it in a hanging basket. TRY TO GET IT NOW, YOU GERBIL WANNABES.

I also got some lettuce starts, and now I have salad baskets that are safely out of their reach. (Last summer, I tried planting lettuce and it was gone in a day.) I also planted a few potato buckets, so hopefully we'll get a few dozen red potatoes in the fall.

The weekend was pretty well lost to a garage sale, which was wonderful for getting rid of stuff and also put a few hundred dollars in my pocket. We could not have picked a better weekend - it was sunny and warm, with just enough of a breeze to keep mosquitoes down but not blow anything around. For clutter reduction, it was absolutely wonderful - I got rid of our crib/toddler bed, a dresser, an old chair, a sleeping bag, a set of skis, a bunch of clothing, shoes I'll never wear... just stuff. So much stuff.

The people-watching was amazing. People bargained much less than I expected.

Today, it rains. I cleaned up Guppy's bedroom, and did my chores, took some trash into town, got a load of water, and picked up the mail. After three days of no writing, I did get a little over 1000 words in an hour, so hopefully I can get caught up again. I have a piece of artwork for finish for a client first, though, and bellydance tonight.

Today's artwork is a serious throwback. Like 21 years, throwback. I did this design in 1996 for Denali Science Camp, where I was a junior counselor. So many awesome memories!



Now I have a pile of dishes to wash, and some chicken to cut up and cook for a pot pie tomorrow.

Twin Peaks: The Return 1-4

May. 22nd, 2017 10:20 pm
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[personal profile] naye
Twenty-one years ago the Twin Peaks cliffhanger blew my little teenaged mind and left me scrambling to find things (through AltaVista on Netscape...) to maybe help with the whole "AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!!!" that I was feeling at the time.

I didn't find anything.

But tonight I watched four new episodes (new episodes!!!) of Twin Peaks (four of them!!!!).

Is this about the bunnies? )

Catching up on New Worlds

May. 22nd, 2017 12:57 pm
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I’ve been very remiss in linking to my New Worlds posts over on the Book View Cafe blog (brought to you by my lovely Patreon backers). Here’s the full lineup to date:

If that stuff looks good to you, please consider becoming a backer!

And, for a bonus: I’ve been neglecting the Dice Tales community on Imzy, but I put up a new post today ranting about how combat-oriented rules can screw over plot.

Originally published at Swan Tower. You can comment here or there.

frith_in_thorns: A rainbow of yarn on shelves (.Yarn)
[personal profile] frith_in_thorns
I finished the shawl I was complaining about the other day. I'm still not sure about it, but I do realise I'm biased from how much I hated making this pattern. Most lace patterns just fly off my needles, but this one was horrible. Mostly because of the amount of 3-into-2 stitches, which were incredibly tedious.

Anyway.

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May. 22nd, 2017 01:05 pm
yhlee: Sandman raven with eyeball (Sandman raven (credit: rilina))
[personal profile] yhlee
I owe ten guest blog posts in connection to Raven Stratagem.

So far I have the following ideas:

- Kel military rank structure and culture (why I decided to go with army ranks). (Highly relevant to the plot of RS.)
- Statting out characters for my continuity bible.
- The Shuos, bureaucracy, and that summer job I used to have working for the Cornell Engineering Registrar.
- Ridiculous fuck-ups (uh, except worded more nicely) and how I like using them in fiction, or, why Seth Dickinson and I are antiparticles--cf. Seth's Tweet:
one of my rules for baruworld is that nobody (even extras) can be conveniently bad at their skill. prisons hold, archers shoot straight, etc

By the way, he's not wrong, it's just a different philosophical/aesthetic approach to world/plot. :p
- ?????

Any other ideas?! I have to...come up with...more of these...maybe something on game design and the Shuos?!

too awesome not to share

May. 22nd, 2017 12:49 pm
yhlee: recreational (peaceful) tank (recreational tank)
[personal profile] yhlee
War Aircraft through the Lens of a US Army Training Manual [Ars Technica]. There's a link to the PDF of the training manual, which I have duly downloaded. Don't forget to read the comments--some comedy gold in the anecdotes/quips there. One of my favorites:
bthylafh Ars Tribunus Angusticlavius
MAY 21, 2017 12:15 PM
Voyna i Mor wrote:
JPan wrote:
In the German Heer ( army ) we said that reconnaissance is overrated: If you see an aircraft shoot it down. Nobody likes the Luftwaffe anyway.


Doesn't the US have a similar policy, except that the operating principle of the US Army is broader, i.e., if you're not sure what it is, shoot it?


You can identify an unknown force by firing one shot and judging the response. If the unknowns respond with precise, regimented rifle fire, they are British. If they respond with heavy machine gun fire, they are German. If they hunker down and in fifteen minutes you are killed by artillery or an airstrike, they are American.


(I may have a grimdark sense of humor.)

Man, I wish I'd kept around my M.A.X. Chosen icon...

the light in my eyes is strange

May. 22nd, 2017 12:21 pm
musesfool: diaz & santiago are skeptical, part 2 (how you like me now)
[personal profile] musesfool
I dreamt that I attended a wedding and Ian Holm, Ian McKellen, and Ewan McGregor were also guests, and the entire bridal party (...wedding party? can it be a bridal party if it's two dudes getting married?) was dressed as French sailors (i.e., navy and white striped shirts, high-waisted navy trousers, and berets!). Then LION from Steven Universe showed up. I still don't know who was getting married, though.

Then I woke up and emailed myself a completely unrelated story idea that is feasible but gosh autocorrect makes trying to read those written at 2 AM while half-blind emails difficult. Luckily, since the idea is basically "these characters bang for ~reasons" there wasn't much figuring out to do. *snerk*

This morning, I had one of those eye migraine things, which made me late for work since I didn't feature taking the stairs down into the subway with the vision in my right eye going all fractal, so I waited until it passed. I don't get them very often but they are freaky when I do. And for the first time, today's has left me with a headache. Or maybe it's the weather. Sigh. Monday being Monday, I guess.

***

American Gods: Git Gone
spoilers )

Brooklyn Nine Nine: Your Honor & The Slaughterhouse
spoilers are beloved by mothers )

At some point I'll catch up on other tv shows, but it didn't happen this weekend. Sigh.

In other tv news, [personal profile] skygiants is watching The Clone Wars, and has a fun recap of the first ten episodes here. If I'm stuck having feelings that aren't annoyance and dislike about Anakin Skywalker, I'm going to drag as many people down with me as I can. I am just saying. #i hate that i have ~feelings about darth vader now

***

Too much adulting on a monday

May. 22nd, 2017 09:28 am
darthneko: purple cartoon bunny (Default)
[personal profile] darthneko
I have two enormous folders of Official House Paperwork - the bank sent one by Fed Ex and one by USPS, both came with envelopes to mail back, and I'm not sure if they duplicate each other or are, in fact, two separate packets of paperwork of Doom. =____= Obviously I need to go through them one dead tree paper at a time and sign/initial whatever and figure out what needs to be sent back. UGH. Real world adult paperwork, DNW.

I also need to finish up that re-design at work, and then start on the monthly work finance spreadsheet. So much epic level DNW. >_<

Got my desk situation sorted out this weekend, which makes me much happier sitting there. Could still use one more side table for total ease of use (I need a U shape with a laptop on either side, basically) but it's good for now. Also still need to wrangle the cords, I have little clips for them, just need to crawl under the desk and start clipping them down.

Other than that, I was fairly useless all weekend, and spent most of my time either petbattling in WoW or building a scale street-map-accurate rendition of Stormwind in Minecraft. I've got the trade and dwarf districts mapped out. The mage district is sadly underwater, but this is countered by old town being in an area that has entirely too much hills - I'll dig out old town to flatten it for building on, and then use all the dirt from that to raise the mage district up out of the water. XD (Believe me, I looked for suitable coastline on this worldmap for HOURS, and this is the best I could find. It's not perfect, but it'll work.) I should take screencaps and share them sometime. ^_^

Mostly, right now, I have a weather (suddenly!rain!) induced pressure headache and a ton of adulting to do and DNW. So much DNW.

American Gods 1.04.

May. 22nd, 2017 02:29 pm
selenak: (Illyria by Kathyh)
[personal profile] selenak
In which it becomes apparant why Bryan Fuller delayed a certain reveal as much as he did.

Read more... )
st_aurafina: Shaw's face, caption: you beat the devil's tattoo (POI: Shaw devil's tattoo)
[personal profile] st_aurafina
Title: Five Birds Harold Has Never Been, Part 1: Muscovy Duck
Fandom: Person of Interest/Elementary
Rating: PG
Words: 6318
Characters/Pairings: Root/Sameen Shaw, Harold Finch, John Reese, Bear, Joan Watson, Sherlock Holmes, Jaime Moriarty, Clyde
Warnings/Content: Show-level violence, crossover, Shaw/Watson flirting, Watson/Moriarty flirting
Notes: Thanks to [personal profile] lilacsigil for the beta.

Summary: Sherlock thinks there's something peculiar about their new neighbour, Mr Muscovy.

Also at the Archive

'There's something peculiar about our new neighbour,' said Sherlock )
umadoshi: (Yotsuba&! at play 1 (ohsnap_icons))
[personal profile] umadoshi
Continuing the theme of "what's a plan?" in terms of gardening, we're not venturing out to Eastern Passage next weekend after all--turns out √Čtoile Estates isn't able to have the scheduled second week of veggie plant sales (the owner has to work), although apparently we can order and have things delivered. Not sure we'll do that; there's only tomato variety I was specifically already interested in on their list, and I mostly wanted to go for the experience of looking around. But we'll see.

Today's plan to dig out a small flowerbed was set aside when the board emailed to take us up on our offer (us and Neighbor G, who'd been planning to take our unwanted shrub) to just dig the plant up ourselves. The landscaper they'd consulted didn't think it was worth it to try to transplant the shrub, which worked out, because G had realized that it wasn't actually a good fit for him after all.

So G and [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose spent a while digging the poor unwanted thing up, which went pretty fast once we thought to truss it up like a Christmas tree (getting its branches out of the way) and our neighbor remembered he has a pickaxe to go with our pair of spades. ([dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose and I spent a chunk of yesterday shopping for garden supplies and equipment.) The combination of a pickaxe and not attempting to save the plant made it go very fast indeed, although then there was another hour or so of digging roots and rocks out of the hole, plus ripping dandelions out of the vicinity--thanks to Neighbor L, from our other side, who'd come outside and, when she heard me sadly mention our lack of a dandelion ripper, ducked in to lend me hers. (And now we have one too--I had to get some work done, so [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose made another shopping run to get one of those, some grass seed, and some spray-on sunscreen. I keep forgetting the latter is a thing; I hate most sunscreen, but G said he actually uses the spray-on stuff, and let me use some to protect my outer-arm tattoo. And lo, I didn't hate it.)

In our shrub's death, I finally learned its name, because its tag was still attached at the base. It was a Tor Spirea/Spiraea betulifolia 'Tor'. I do feel bad for its fate, but I really did try to at least not mind it for seven years. (Or eight. Whichever.) And honestly? As soon as it was gone, while there was still just a big gaping hole where it'd been, I already felt so much better about the space.

Or, as [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose said, "Suddenly it feels like being outside."

In honor of the occasion, I'm using Dreamwidth's image hosting for the very first time. Have a pic of the trussed spirea and one of [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose dealing with its roots: I embedded thumbnails, but I'm still cutting the pics in case you don't feel like actually seeing the poor spirea's fate. There's also a bit of explanation of how much of what's visible in the second picture is space we're allowed to work with )

Anyway, hopefully tomorrow we'll get the little flowerbed dug out so we can plant...next weekend? Or the week after? And I'd like to get the Lemon Boy tomato seedlings settled into their compostable interim pots.

But I also have a half-volume of manga due tomorrow, which until Saturday night I'd somehow thought was due Wednesday. >.> So the amount of garden work we accomplish will depend a bit on that, too.

dunno why it's this way but it is

May. 21st, 2017 09:09 pm
mrkinch: Viggo grinning (viggrin)
[personal profile] mrkinch
Dunno where it came from but I did many things over my weekend. I got out birding each day, a long hike on Friday and shorter walks Saturday and Sunday, which really helps my state of mind. It's not only some generic, amorphous "getting out in nature" thing, it's that my mind considers it "being productive". I think the genesis of this equation was problematic but it's evolved into something happy and useful.

I didn't have energy Friday for any other actual activity, Saturday I also made it to the farmers' market, and the rest of both days was spent reading and listening to a couple of Return of the Shadow classes, but today was otherwise. I changed my sheets, did two loads of laundry, caught up on email, dyed some brown clogs black (what a relief - I don't wear brown AT ALL), baked brownies, did dishes, AND read and watched another Return of the Shadow class.

It's odd, though. Sometimes I think I'm in better spirits as the days get long and sometimes I don't. In either event, all time not spent actively is now spent in bed rather than on the couch or sitting at my dining room window, as I did all winter til quite late each evening. I think the difference is that during the breeding season very few birds come to my feeders, and this year ever fewer than most. That was what kept me at the windows until dark. If there's no one to watch I might as well hang out in bed!

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