Random facts meme!

27 March 2017 11:44 pm
umadoshi: (kittens - sharing a chair)
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[dreamwidth.org profile] owlmoose tagged me for this a few weeks ago! I'm ignoring the "tag other people" bit, but I enjoy reading things like this, so if you need a nudge to do a random-facts post, consider yourself tagged.

(If I think too hard about "wait, does everyone already know this?" I'll freeze up, so...I'm not gonna think about it much.)


1. On an average day I probably drink three or four mugs of tea, but I didn't start drinking tea at all until I was in my late 20s. (I think I was 27.) One more thing to pin on internet friends, because what got me started was Shadow (from the Furuba days) sending me a small array of flavored black teas to try. I have no recollection of how this came about.

2. Halifax and Toronto are the only places I've ever lived. When [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose and I lived in Toronto, the things (other than people) I missed about Halifax were a) the cleaner air, b) the subliminal awareness of the ocean's presence, and c) pizza. (Halifax pizza, as a sweeping statement, has declined in quality since those days. Alas.)

3. I'm still friends with quite a few people I initially met online, and then in person, via the Sailor Moon fandom, which I haven't been active in since about 2000.

4. My gateway comic was Power Pack, which I read via the library sometime in Grade 2 or 3.

5. I love Siberian cats with all my heart, and may never have any other kind of cat again, but historically my favorite breeds (neither of which I've ever lived with) are Abyssinians and traditional Siamese (which Wikipedia recently told me are now called Thai cats, and it's nice that they have a separate name, I guess, but it bugs me a bit that they didn't get to keep the original name and have the new one assigned to modern Siamese).

6. I took ballet for about seven years, starting when I was 15, and jazz dance for about six (starting the year after ballet). I was never terribly good, but I really enjoyed barre. If I could take a class that was just barre, I'd be very tempted. (Yes, I know that many exercise studios offer a "barre" class these days. I've looked into several. They are not what I want.)

7. I can't drive, ride a bicycle, blow bubbles with gum, or whistle.

8. I had size 4.5 feet until I was about 20. Thankfully they're now a much-easier-to-shop-for size 6/6.5.

9. Drinking milk makes me unwell. I am not lactose intolerant or allergic to dairy; I can and do consume every other dairy product, including milkshakes or hot chocolate made almost entirely of milk poured straight from a carton, and I put milk in my tea. But I haven't had a glass of milk since my early 20s. I still kinda miss it sometimes. (Cereal hasn't ever been something I was into, so I don't have a data point for whether I can eat cold cereal in milk.)

10. I took my minor at a different university from my BA so I could take a few classes from an amazing professor [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose had studied with. Fortunately, Halifax is so packed with post-secondary schools that I could literally walk between the two universities in fifteen minutes.

so sleepy

27 March 2017 10:02 pm
nanslice: ([Kuroshitsuji] workworkworkwork)
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I'm going to be anxious and stressed out until this semester ends and that's pretty much all there is to it. :\ At least the current project for graphic design is almost finished.

I've officially signed up for Camp! My project is here. :3 I signed up for 900 minutes for the month, which comes out to 30 minutes a day. That should be very doable but we'll see.

beauty and the best novel
I bought the Beauty and the Beast movie novelization. I am very weak.

creeper inked
Finally inked the creeper! The background has been painted, along with the words, but I don't have a photo of that yet. It's fun; at least I'm able to work on fun things at home, haha.

The Guns of Navarone

27 March 2017 06:36 pm
nenya_kanadka: text: "Reality has a homoerotic bias" (@ homoerotic bias)
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Mucca's on a Gregory Peck kick this week (one of which I fully approve), and has been showing me the woobie cut of various films. Today's was the slashy cut of The Guns of Navarone (1961).

Two points:

a) James Darren was Tiny Greek Private, omg. He was about twelve. Ahaha omg. <3 (I realize he was trying to get Serious Acting jobs at the time, instead of Teen Heartthrob ones, but since I first became aware of him as Vic Fontaine, my expectations were...not Tiny Earnest Murderstabby Kid. LOL.)

b) It was HELLA slashy. I mean, like. Starts out with two major m/m ships, and by the end of it Gregory Peck has reconciled with his estranged boyfriend from the original ship, and had chemistry with both members of the other ship (one of whom is David Niven: they shout at each other a lot, it's great).

There are lines like, "How long have you two been together?" and (woman, after asking Gregory Peck's Cretan boyfriend his salient details, then turning to Peck) "You're a lucky man." ("I know.") The canon het is very understated and not at all annoying, but it's really awfully slashy.

Oh, and c) Peck has a deeper voice than I remembered, and is almost as good at shouting at people as Paul McGann as William Bush is. :D

Hopefully get to watch The Scarlet & The Black later in the week. I remember really liking that one. (Yelling at Christopher Plummer in the Colloseum at night! Yess.)
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1) The second-last round of the Unbound Worlds Cage Match is underway, and Georgia is facing off against Ragnar Volarus from Red Rising. So far things aren't looking good for her, but voting's open for three more days. Please vote for her! Get [livejournal.com profile] seanan_mcguire to write just one more of these little vignettes!

There was nowhere for me to run. Wolf girl had taken her forest with her when she left, and now I was alone in the nothing, looking at a mountain that seemed to have decided it wanted to be a man in its spare time.

I had never been murdered by a landscape before. What an educational day this was turning out to be.

2) And then there's this: "Blizzard is remastering StarCraft [including Brood War] in 4K resolution this summer". I don't have much to say about this, but there was such flailing when it crossed my Twitter feed. Remastered StarCraft, guys. *starry eyes*

Grr. Argh.

27 March 2017 07:04 pm
settiai: (Tegan -- isiscaughey)
[personal profile] settiai
Well, I'm at home right now. My car, however, is still at work. It's been one of those days. :-/

For something like four years now, my car does this odd thing where from time to time it just... won't start properly. The radio turns on. The AC turns on. The light turns on. But the engine itself doesn't actually turn on. If I leave it alone for 5-10 minutes, it will usually start working on its own, but once in a blue moon it takes an hour or two of ignoring it before the problem resolves itself.

Today was apparently one of those rare times where it takes forever to start working again. At least, that's what I'm hoping. If it's still not working tomorrow, then the panic will start gaining a foothold.

When it pulls a stunt like this, jump starting the car doesn't actually fix the problem because it's not actually the battery that's the issue. Since my only other option was hanging around the parking lot for an hour or two and hoping it eventually started (which I didn't particularly want to do), one of my coworkers gave me a ride home. It's usually not an issue to leave a car in the parking lot overnight (not unless it's there for several nights in a row, at least), so she's going to pick me up in the morning and give me a ride back tomorrow in the hope that it will be working again by then.

My fingers are very much crossed that it's the same issue as always and the car starts normally tomorrow. It's been ages since it didn't turn on properly after 5-10 minutes, though, so I can't help but be a bit worried. If it doesn't work tomorrow, well, then I can start panicking about trying to raise money for even more car bills.

Happy Monday?
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Call to action copy/pasted with some edits from this post over yonder at [community profile] thisfinecrew:
The ACLU just emailed me asking me to call the Representative Member of Congress and ask them to protect online privacy. I just spoke to my own Representative; her staffer told me that it had passed the Senate already and that the House bill is Resolution 86.

The house is scheduled to vote on this tomorrow, Tuesday March 28, so if you're going to call or fax, there's not a lot of time.

Here's a script from the ACLU:

"I’m calling to demand Congress protect my online privacy and keep FCC broadband rules intact. Do not pass House Resolution 86. I do not want internet service providers to sell my data without getting my permission."
The Electronic Frontier Foundation aka EFF (where I personally know a bunch of people I admire greatly) has more information on H.J. Res. 86.
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Chapter 7: Abednego
by Lyn Thorne-Alder

He should have stocked his room’s tiny kitchenette.

One of the Fifth Cohort — Wylie or Wayne or something like that – had warned Abednego. “Look, best thing I can tell you is, stock that fridge and keep it full, keep the cupboards full. Sometimes you’re just not going to want to go out to the dining hall.”

read on…
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Y'all who recommended Rivers of London (aka as Midnight Riot in the US for some unfathomable reason) by Ben Aaronovitch to me, I LOVE YOU! ♥ The first book is exactly what I was looking for to keep me entertained during long drives and rides -- it's snarky! It's suspenseful! It's got mystery and magic and a marvelous protagonist; I'm seriously into Peter Grant and his deadpan humor.

I laughed out loud several times, and I'm not even deep into the novel. Here's some choice quotations! )
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Yes, I'm afraid that the [community profile] fkficfest matches are challenging this year. I'm truly very sorry. If any players would like a swap, I'll facilitate!

Perhaps we should switch to machine-matching, like Yuletide?

Also, health things

27 March 2017 11:01 am
darthneko: Firefly/Serenity River Tam ([fandom] dresses and combat boots)
[personal profile] darthneko
Going back to the 10mg dose of the Adderall. The 15mg dose just gives me insomnia but doesn't actually help any better with the focus that I can tell. Somewhat less, actually, because now I have insomnia, can't sleep until around midnight or 1am, and am dead tired when I get up at 5am, so that's less than helpful.

The doctor (not my long term usual one, this is a different one who's overseeing the Adderall for me) also finally felt it necessary to tweak at me about my weight. The wanting to check my weight I understand, because a side effect can be loss of appetite and too-fast weight loss. This is not the case for me - my appetite is fine, my weight remains exactly the same. Cut for damned weight things by professionals who should damned well know better but I count it as a win because I had the last word. )

but all my words come back to me

27 March 2017 11:01 am
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[personal profile] musesfool
Writing meme? Writing meme:

my stories:

1: What inspired you to write the fic this way?
2: What scene did you first put down?
3: What's your favorite line of narration?
4: What's your favorite line of dialogue?
5: What part was hardest to write?
6: What makes this fic special or different from all your other fics?
7: Where did the title come from?
8: Did any real people or events inspire any part of it?
9: Were there any alternate versions of this fic?
10: Why did you choose this pairing for this particular story?
11: What do you like best about this fic?
12: What do you like least about this fic?
13: What music did you listen to, if any, to get in the mood for writing this story? Or if you didn't listen to anything, what do you think readers should listen to to accompany us while reading?
14: Is there anything you wanted readers to learn from reading this fic?
15: What did you learn from writing this fic?

Hit me up.

aldersprig: (Aldersprig Leaves Raining)
[personal profile] aldersprig
First: Funeral
Previous: Funeral: Negotiation

The security guards wrapped up with Muirgen and headed back into the lawyer’s office, just as someone in a well-fitted but cheap suit stalked out of the room. Senga watched the man go with curiosity.

“One of Mirabella’s bean-counters,” Silence murmured. “Always thought he was underappreciated. Guess the will hearing justified that.”

“Maybe she threatened his life and reputation too,” Senga responded in the same low term. “Maybe he didn’t appreciate being treated like someone she ‘appreciated’ after all.”

“I’ll note she didn’t do that with her daughters.”

“Neither did she give her daughters diddly. They’re - well. You probably know them better than I do.”

“Ah, but they’re your family. And it’s their mother’s funeral.”

“And they’re on par with Mister cheap suit there,” she added in the same casual, quiet tone. “They don’t get the big things. They’re just not as important as they think they are. Of course, that won’t stop them from killing me,” she added ruefully. “And they’ve wanted to do that for a while.”
Read more... )

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Monday thought

27 March 2017 09:29 am
darthneko: Be a light unto yourself ([personal] light)
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A monday morning thought, taken from streaming art practice last night -

It’s easy to say “That’s good enough”. It’s harder but more satisfying to say “That’s not good enough and I’m going to practice until it is.”

Actual context - I'm teaching myself to paint. Well, backtrack - I'm teaching myself Paintstorm Studio, which is an art program made BY an artist to include all the features he wanted/needed for digital painting and illustration. Not photo manipulation, but painting. It's cheap, light weight, memory friendly, and not the bloated glut that Photoshop is. It is, however, very much it's own beast, so starting there, I'm teaching myself the ins and outs of a new piece of software that does some amazing things but then doesn't do other things at all (there is no good burn/dodge or saturation tools that I can find, for instance.)

Additionally, I'm teaching myself to paint. Like, minimal or no inked lines left by the end of it, that kind of painting, not my usual "colored line art" that I normally do. Or used to do, because I haven't done any of it in years, so yeah, all new. And right now I stream the practice I'm doing on Picarto in the evenings, because my dragon likes to watch me do art but it would be very crowded to have us both hovering around my shoved-in-a-corner desk.

So last night I took a very rough "speed paint" (sloppy mix of sketch lines and color, done on a moving commuter train with all applicable bouncing around, but which came out with very decent mood colors) and started trying to finalize it. I inked over the sketch to nail down some actual lines, but kept in mind that I have every intention of painting over the lines as much as possible. Then I started painting.

Started on the background, ended up erasing and re-doing the sky outside the window multiple times. My dragon said it looked like an early morning sky from the sketch, and I grumbled that it was supposed to be late afternoon, we batted some reference photos back and forth trying to jointly come up with what "late afternoon" sun looked like, and I erased and re-drew, modified saturation with an overlay layer, erased and redrew some more, moved the clouds to a separate layer so I could erase and redraw THEM in assorted colors and shapes, etc, etc. Ended up not getting to the main figures because I fussed around with the background so long.

When I'm coloring a line drawing? I *LOATHE* repainting a piece. I absolutely loathe having to erase and redo, because dammit, I already did it. And really, when doing colored line art, I don't need to re-do that much - color adjustments can be done with select-modify, everything is on its own layer, easy.

Paintstorm? Doesn't have a color modifier like Photoshop does, at least not that I know of. So the only option is repaint. Erase and repaint. Erase again and repaint. The tops of the buildings that can be seen from the window? Yeah, I put those on their own layer after having to erase them multiple times, and thank goodness, because I need to do it again, the colors are too dark and the perspective is totally whack.

Erase, repaint. Erase, repaint. Erase until you're not afraid of erasing what you just spent the last 10-30 minutes doing. Repaint until the painting gets easier, until it gets better, until it WORKS.

It would have been really easy to say "eh, it's a sky, you can tell what it is, it's just supposed to be a quick throw away piece, a speed paint, GOOD ENOUGH". But now I have colors that actually work, clouds that look like clouds, and I will damned well have rooftops that look like rooftops before I move onto the main figure. And that's actually a lot better then "eh, good enough" and then having something that's okay but I can see all the flaws in it and end up hating it afterwards. So yay!

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27 March 2017 08:45 am
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Cordelia stopped using crutches entirely over the weekend. Today, she’s trying school in a light knee brace. She carried all of her things to school and didn’t want me along.

That last was just as well because my back spasmed last night and is still giving me huge problems when I move. I can sit as long as I sit still. I can lie down as long as I don’t change position much. It’s going to make the various household chores I want to get done today problematic. Right now, I’m applying heat to see if that will loosen things enough for me to do anything. It’s the muscles in my lower back, the ones just at and above my pelvis. When I stand up from sitting or lying down, when I sit down, when I turn over in bed, when I bend at all, that area hurts at about a 7 on the pain scale.

Last night, while I was showering, my right hand got so painful that I couldn’t move it at all. I’d call it an 8 or a 9 on the pain scale. It was better if I didn’t so much as wiggle my fingers. That made the process of drying off… interesting. I thought I was going to have to yell for Scott to come help me. My left hand hurt more than usual then, too. I couldn’t even put lotion on my leg without agony. I thought I should be able to because I could just use my fingers and not my thumb and because I had my heavy braces on.

The combination of the hands and the back has me wondering if I did something full body stupid. I can’t think what apart from, you know, taking Tamoxifen.

Feedly, one of the apps I use most on my phone, updated last night and now no longer works at all. Well, I can see that there are articles waiting for me to read them and what the titles and sites involved are. I just can’t open them at all no matter what avenues I try, including forcing the app to quit and restarting it.

We got bubble tea yesterday after our library trip. That was a nice treat. I miss having it weekly, but it is expensive. I’m pretty sure the price has gone up since we were last in there.

I wrote almost 1300 words last night. Sadly, none of them were for the thing with a deadline (though I just now added a sentence to that). I’m having trouble finding the character voice for that because I’m trying to write a character I don’t sympathize with at all. There’s just not much beyond cardboard cutout for the character in canon. I suppose that adding depth to the character that isn’t in canon isn’t a terrible thing. I just worry that it may not be what my recipient wants.
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(this one comes before Luke’s Homework (http://aldersprig.dreamwidth.org/1285682.html) and after Luke Tries to Apologize..

Talking to Mike was somewhere between miserable and awful, but Luke did his best to pretend that nothing had changed. Mike didn’t want his apology; didn’t want to hear about it. Okay. Until he could figure out what he was supposed to say, then, he could pretend like nothing was wrong.

“Stop looming, Birdbrain, you’re going to curdle the paint.”

“That doesn’t even make any sense.”

“Neither does you lingering by the door like you’re trying to figure out ‘goth’ decades too late.”

“Thanks,” Luke muttered. “I figured out goth just fine.”

“Really? Now that I have to hear. Not now, though. What brings you here melting the finish on my doorframe?”
Read more... )
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Icon post: 235x textless icons from Final Fantasy: Kingsglaive. This is BATCH B. Goes from Nyx meeting Lunafreya to the movie's end. Resource post.


235 textless icons here )

Dear DJ

27 March 2017 02:48 pm
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[personal profile] extrapenguin
Here's my [community profile] jukebox_fest letter! Requesting fanfic for all. Likes, DNWs, and prompts beneath the cut. Read more... )


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