Daily Happiness

Jun. 27th, 2017 12:54 am
torachan: ryu from kimi ni todoke eating ramen (ramen)
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1. I had a nice, relaxing birthday. I really didn't want to go anywhere or do anything, so I didn't!

2. It was pretty hot and muggy today, but if the forecast is to be believed (and I would like to believe it), today was the worst and it should be getting cooler for the next ten days or so. (It's definitely cooled off a lot tonight.)

3. We ordered Indian food for dinner and it was super tasty. The place we got from was new to us, but I will definitely be ordering from them again in the future. Among other things, we got mango chicken masala, which was amazing. Also cheese naan.

4. I happened to see a really cute Darth Maul Funko Pop the other day and ordered it from Amazon as a birthday present for myself and it actually came right on my birthday. :D

5. Chloe is such a pretty kitty!

decide for me

Jun. 26th, 2017 11:44 pm
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I am supposed to go to rounds every Tuesday from 6 to 7 at the raptor rehab where I volunteer. It's good to be up-to-date on protocols, and to get the news about the cases. On the other hand, there is always a lot of information I don't need, and there are other ways to get the information I do need.

Tomorrow night there is a storytelling event at a coffee house from 7 to 9. "The event will showcase a selection of community storytellers sharing stories on the theme of food and farm. We’ve invited six storytellers — writers, poets, performers, journalists, speakers — to prepare true, personal stories and share them in front of a live audience." I'd like to go. I am always interested in anything that could help me become a better storyteller.

I could skip rounds.
I could leave rounds 10 minutes early and go to both, but I hate getting up when everyone else is still sitting patiently, and also that would be a very long evening for me.
I could just stay home. Staying home is always good.

Discworld fic rec

Jun. 26th, 2017 10:45 pm
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Mister Vimes'd Go Spare! by thezeppelins
Fandom: Discworld
Pairing/Characters: Mostly OCs, plenty of mentions of Sam Vimes, brief appearances from Anoia (Goddess of Things That Get Stuck In Drawers) and Dorfl the golem
Rating: not rated by author; general audiences
Words: 4855

Author's summary/notes: No summary given, but have a quote re: the premise: It felt to Lance-Constable Mangas as though everyone knew this news before it was spoken. By the time it came through the door of the Peristeri Street Watch House, it was already olds. His Grace, Sir Samuel Vimes of Ankh was dead.

My comment: "I was linked to this by a post on Tumblr, believe it or not. It’s awesome! Thanks for a great read. Pterry would be proud. Vimes would be…er… well, you know old Stoneface."

Quote:
She knelt down next to the small pile of ash. “Count Lucien Xavier Willem Mordecai Von Damascene, you are under arrest.” she said. Then she remembered Mister Vimes was watching. “Er, I mean… Consider yourself nicked, sunshine!”

Rec: Smoke

Jun. 27th, 2017 02:45 pm
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Sometimes, the best part of a crossover is wondering how two characters could possibly get on, and then being happily convinced that they absolutely would.


Smoke by esama
Fandoms: Kingsman: The Secret Service (2015)Sherlock (TV)
Relationships: Mycroft Holmes/Gary "Eggsy" Unwin, Mary Morstan/John Watson
Words:48420



I am terribly lazy and procrastinating sharing this simply because it didn't have a handy share button. I am very spoiled these days.

this, that, and the other.

Jun. 26th, 2017 06:50 pm
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I vaguely recall coming up with creative titles for my posts, once upon a time. Ah, fuck it.

Soooo, I've been idle-ish, sort of. I did go to see Wonder Woman....was it last week? Week before? Mostly, I really liked it. I *adored* the bits with the Amazons [Robin Wright <3 <3] and liked the middle bit pretty well. Gal Gadot was excellent, and the other actors were fine. The thing fell apart at the end with dumb CGI and too-high stakes, as per DC standards, and some of it was such a shocking, blatant Captain America ripoff that I gasped and was like "Oh, no, you've GOT to be kidding" out loud in the cinema. Ack. That said, again, mostly I enjoyed it.

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I binge-watched GLOW this weekend on Netflix. I never thought I'd be into it - it's about the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling, and the only reason I checked it out was that it takes place in the 80s and I love me some 80s kitsch. Holy shit was it good. A mostly female, and diverse cast, yay, great acting, excellent storytelling. I may just watch it again, just to take it in at a more leisurely pace.

Speaking of 80s kitsch, I also watched Less than Zero on Friday night. OMG. I haven't seen it since....well, since the 80s, I guess. We had to get in all sneaky-like to that one because it was rated R and we weren't old enough - ooh. So Robert Downey Jr. and James Spader were good - poor RDJ, I wonder if he ever thought back on that role as some portent to come - but Andrew McCarthy and Jami Gertz, holy schlamoly did they suck. Jami Gertz was REALLY pretty. I don't know what Andrew McCarthy's excuse was. I never got his appeal. [I thought Andi should have ended up with Duckie instead of Blane in Pretty in Pink, you know? "I believed in you, you didn't believe in me" - what a cop-out bullshit line that was] Anyway, I forgot it was based on a Bret Easton Ellis book, which I've never read, but if you've read any Bret Easton Ellis you can probably fill in the blanks yourself. I can't remember what I thought of the movie when I saw it back in the day, but on Friday night, seeing it as a jaded 45 year old, it was pretty bad. So 80s, though. So, like, totally awesomely 80s.

Also recently watched I Love Dick on Amazon, about obsession, sex, and art in Marfa, Texas. If you've never heard of Marfa, it's the town where the artist Donald Judd plunked down and made his home, and apparently now it's become oppressively hip. The show was great, funny, with an excellent cast.

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In reading, I decided to revisit the Patrick Melrose novels 'cause BC is going to play Patrick Melrose in a Showtime series I think? Anyhoo, I realized I hadn't read the final book, At Last, so I had to remedy that, but I read the rest of them beforehand so I could re-familiarize myself with them. Yikes. I'd forgotten a lot.

So, Patrick Melrose undergoes a terrible, terrible trauma at the hands of his father at the age of five, and the books follow him into a drug-addicted young adulthood and beyond. Patrick Melrose is not a nice guy. He's miserable, self-loathing, a snob, full of contempt and a corrosive, lacerating wit that hurts and pushes away far more than it amuses and gathers [matter of fact, there are very few sympathetic characters in any of the books]. You can see why and how that is, but it's not exactly endearing. And yet...I do end up feeling for him, even though I don't *like* him. That may be because I am a product of the same trauma [not at the hands of my dad, though, bless him], and I understand that endless wellspring of rage - I'd be curious to see what someone with a 'normal' childhood makes of it.

I should add that the books are romans a clef - the author, Edward St. Aubyn, was similarly traumatized and drug-addicted and so on. I recommend the books. They're not comfortable reads, but they're fine books. I look forward to seeing what BC will do with the role - and I do wonder if he will be portraying Patrick as a very young man, as his drug-addict period takes place in the books at the age of 22. BC can pull off youthfulness quite well [The Hollow Crown comes to mind] but I wonder about this. Hm.

I also read Fingersmith which was much, much better than I'd anticipated. I wasn't a big fan of Tipping the Velvet or The Night Watch but this one skipped right along, very brisk. The very, very end was something of a disappointment, but otherwise I liked it quite a bit.

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So, I got my royalty payment, and as I said, most of it is going toward medical bills, but I did save a portion of it to have some fun. I decided to spend it on perfume, BECAUSE I DON'T HAVE ENOUGH. [spoiler alert: I have way, way too much. Fuck it. You only go round once, and I want to go round smelling pretty] So, I trolled eBay and got a tester of Diva by Ungaro and Paloma Picasso's self-titled perfume, two mega 80s scents. I adore 80s scents, and I particularly remember smelling scent strips of Paloma Picasso in the Architectural Digest magazines my mom used to read and just swoooooning over them. I'm pleased to report that it is just as divine as I recall. The Diva is also lovely, but less distinctive than the Picasso.

I also got a small bottle of L'Occitane's Eau des 4 Reines, which is a rose fragrance. I've always had trouble finding the right rose perfume, and I think I've hit on it at last. This is lovely and rosy, but not too....bathroom cleanser on me. Thank god.

The last one I got was the biggest disappointment. *sigh* Years and years ago, my bff's mom gave me this little Ralph Lauren makeup kit. It had two eyeshadows, a deep sparkly plum and a sparkly pink, a brick-colored blush, and a pinkish lipgloss. It also had a little sample of Tuxedo perfume, of which I took one whiff and fell instantly, deeply in love. It was soooo grown-up and sophisticated. I doled that stuff out like it was unicorn tears, and I even kept the tiny glass tube when it was gone, just to smell the remnants.

Well, Ralph Lauren hasn't made Tuxedo since the 80s. It was a failure as a perfume - I think maybe women thought it was too butch or something? Lauren was much more popular. [I love that as well, though I have to say the reformulation sucks balls. Only buy the vintage versions] Anyway, I've been mourning its demise for years and years, and yearning for its return.

Apparently there's a company called Long Lost Fragrances, and a perfumer called Irma Shorell who recreates defunct scents. Fragrantica users recommended the company, and I discovered that she had a version of Tuxedo, and there was a one ounce bottle available for sale online. [There was a four ounce bottle too, but that seemed like a hell of a commitment, plus it was 80 bucks, a lot for a blind buy]

I snapped the bottle up and got it last week....and I don't like it. I sprayed it and immediately was like OMG YUCK but you know, you've got to wait for the middle notes and then the drydown. Well, the middle notes were no fun, and the drydown was awful too. I am crushed I tell ya, crushed. :( I don't know. It's very much a cold-weather scent, so I'm going to wait until it gets cold and try it again. [although Diva and Paloma P are cold weather scents and I loved those immediately so....] If I don't like it then I guess I'll put it up for sale on eBay. But I am so bummed. It doesn't smell at all like I remember. So either I'm not remembering correctly or they just didn't get the scent right. Scent is SO evocative though. I feel like I would know, and remember if they'd gotten it right. :(

Oh well. Three out of four ain't bad.

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I have my next chemo in a week. My platelets are low, but hopefully they'll go up and won't delay things. I am supposed to be careful not to bruise or cut myself. Then, at some point after chemo, I go for my CT scan. *crosses everything*

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I managed to get another chapter of my Cabin Pressure fic out! I need to be more disciplined about that. I mean, part of the summer has been just a total shitfest with illness and other stuff, but I think I can start re-structuring and getting my shit together to write regularly, for Christ's sake.

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That's about it. Have a great night or day. :D

Drabble: Watching the Weather

Jun. 26th, 2017 05:58 pm
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Title: Watching the Weather
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Character(s)/Pairing(s): Severus Snape/Harry Potter
Challenge: Written for [community profile] harry100/[insanejournal.com profile] harry100/[livejournal.com profile] harry100's prompt 314: Stormy Weather
Rating: PG-13
Length: 100 x 2
Warnings: Silliness, jealous!Severus.
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and [personal profile] emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Watching the Weather )

a little brag

Jun. 26th, 2017 04:30 pm
kindkit: A late-Victorian futuristic zeppelin. (Airship)
[personal profile] kindkit
I now have a 100 day streak on Duolingo!

I find that gratifying in two different directions. First, of course, it's good to feel that I've stuck with my German, practiced regularly and not given up. On the other hand, 100 days is only a little over three months, so when I feel frustrated with my progress I can remind myself how little time it's actually been.

It's just a mountain, I can move it

Jun. 26th, 2017 06:12 pm
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I was completely useless last night after several hours of day drinking. it was a lot of fun, but oy the headache that hit around 7 pm! Even though we definitely hydrated.

Now I have version 3 of some sort of bug bite balm cooling on the counter - it uses coconut oil, which I don't really like the smell of, so hopefully the tea tree oil, peppermint, lemongrass, and lavender essential oils will cover that up. Though I would bear the smell if it meant the itching stopped.

I know I said I was done with trying to make anti-itch cream - hot water, ice, and rubbing alcohol in conjunction with benadryl and zyrtec seem to work best, tbh - but I figured third time's the charm? And I had all the ingredients so...I guess we'll see. Or maybe I am just super itchy, since i am super allergic to bites and swell up and get all welty.

I guess that's all the exciting news from here.

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30 day music meme, day 19

Jun. 26th, 2017 02:44 pm
kindkit: A late-Victorian futuristic zeppelin. (Airship)
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19. A song that makes you think about life

"Thinking about life" seems to me a fundamentally adolescent thing. I don't mean that as an insult; it's just that in my experience, as people get older, the questions become more specific. There's a loss of ambition, or arrogance, or energy; "life" is just too big a topic.

So here's a song about adolescence and (I think) about the looming spectre of adulthood.

The Mountain Goats, "Damn These Vampires"





All the prompts )

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Jun. 26th, 2017 09:15 pm
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It occurs to me I've been on twitter a lot the last two months, but nowhere else. So - hi. Still here. Grieving, but here.

Comments disabled as I think I've had as much sympathy as I can handle (it's much appreciated, just A Lot sometimes).

<3

Coming Out as a Slytherin

Jun. 26th, 2017 02:39 pm
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Ars Technica published an article by me on Pride Day (yesterday, traditionally the last Sunday in June) entitled “Coming Out as a Slytherin.”

In the article I detail how there have been a series of “closets” whose doors I have had to kick down, from coming out as bisexual in the 1980s, to coming out as a pro who also wrote fanfic in the 2000s, to, eventually, realizing I had to come out as Slytherin, too.

In the article I talk about the pervasiveness of the anti-Slytherin bias in the books, which carries right through from Harry’s first hearing of the word through the epilogue:

“One of the magics of the Potter books for me was that as I read them, I was transported back to feeling like a kid again. … My journey as a fan… started from a childlike devouring of the books where I took Harry’s journey at face value. Harry hated Snape and Draco? I hated Snape and Draco. Harry thought all Slytherins are bad? I thought all Slytherins are bad. It’s a book for kids, right? A simplistic worldview is appropriate and comforting.”

“But the moment I leapt into fandom headlong was also when book six, Half-Blood Prince, came out. In that book, Harry keeps on thinking that Snape and Draco are villains. It’s also a book where many adult readers started realizing that Snape and Draco are victims. I went back and re-read the entire series through Snape and Draco’s eyes and what I saw was very different.”

“I guess you could say it was the Potter fandom equivalent of being woke.

Read the rest of this entry »

Mirrored from blog.ceciliatan.com.

Weekly Fic Wrap Up: Week 25, 2017

Jun. 26th, 2017 12:05 pm
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*yawns*
Well, I've survived another Hell week. Tomorrow it's back into the fray. *sigh*
Hopefully we'll all have a great week! <3

Ali's List of Fics: June 19 - June 25 )
And here's what needs to be done:
Ali’s To-Do/WsIP List )

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Jun. 26th, 2017 08:25 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[personal profile] dreamwaffles linked to a fundraiser for Kaye, who has been researching Rat Lungworm, a disease that almost killed her son Graham, who is now disabled and uses a service dog for everyday life. Kaye was a crucial part of the University of Hawai'i's RLWD research team and also the team trying to get legislative support and grant funding, but she's fighting medical debt for Graham's treatment and ongoing needs. You can read more and help out here.

[tumblr.com profile] rilee16 is still struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and is now dealing with an eye infection they need to get treatment for before their roommate and her toddler come back from vacation, so they don't infect the baby. They're raising $50-$60 in the short term for medical treatment; they also have a long-term fundraiser running to cover living expenses, previous medical bills, and a recent rent increase. You can read more and help out here.

[tumblr.com profile] anna-guth is a student from Germany who was recently accepted to Redroofs School for the Performing Arts in England, but her parents can't afford the full GBP24K tuition. She is raising E6.5K for tuition and school fees; you can read more and reblog here, or give directly to the fundraiser here.

[tumblr.com profile] echosiriusrumme is a student trying to buy her own clarinet; at present she doesn't have her own instrument to practice with but has a pressing need to practice before auditions and recitals for a Performance track next fall at her university. She has a few options lined up for between $800 and $1.3K, but needs to raise the funds to cover the cost; she is offering to repay over time any funds contributed to the purchase. You can read more and reblog here (plus find a ko-fi link) or give to her paypal 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.

Daily Happiness

Jun. 26th, 2017 02:20 am
torachan: onoda sakamichi from yowamushi pedal with a huge smile (onoda smile)
[personal profile] torachan
1. Not only is it my day off tomorrow, but it's my birthday, too! That was a nice coincidence.

2. I bought a couple manga tonight and I have to say, I am so happy I finally discovered how to buy ebooks on Amazon Japan. Not only do I prefer the interface of Amazon to the iTunes store (I hate that you can only buy things through iTunes itself and not a webpage), but I can use my own credit card rather than having to get someone to buy me a gift card. With iTunes I always hesitated to buy anything because once I used up the gift card amount, I would have to ask someone to buy me one again, and I'd have to pay up front for it. With Amazon, I am really casual about buying manga, because it's just like $4 here and there. I also like how it's just automatically downloaded to my kindle app and I can load it on my device or delete it in seconds, rather than having to go through iTunes (again).

3. Jasper was being super cute and silly while he was napping tonight. He actually got even sillier after I posted this picture. (I didn't think it was possible.)

in which german is unexpectedly easy

Jun. 25th, 2017 04:58 pm
kindkit: Man sitting on top of a huge tower of books, reading. (Fandomless--book tower)
[personal profile] kindkit
I've finally found one area in which German is superior to French (by which I mean, easier for me as a native English speaker). It's numbers. German numbers seem to work mostly like English ones, but French numbers make you do math. (ETA: They do in the standard French of France; apparently it is not universal and other varieties of French do it differently.) Well, numbers from 70 to 99. 70 in French is "soixante-dix," literally sixty-ten. 71 is "soixante-onze," sixty-eleven. 80 is "quatre-vingt," or four twenties. 90 is "quatre-vingt-dix," four twenties and ten, and so on up to 99, "quatre-vingt-dix-neuf," or four twenties and nineteen.

My French is not too bad, apart from not having a full adult vocabulary, but I still have to stop and think when hearing or speaking French numbers.

This is especially fun in the context of telephone numbers, because the French don't say telephone numbers digit by digit like American English speakers do, they divide them into groups of two. So if somebody's telephone number includes the combination 97, they will say "quatre-vingt-dix-sept," and the unsuspecting English speaker will write down 4 (quatre) and only then realize they've got it wrong, and have to go back and correct while their French interlocutor is now several numbers ahead. You can guess how I know this.

Aaaaaaaaaaaaand all this is probably interesting to no one but me, but I was happy to find a context in which German is simple and straightforward. Unlike its ten million billion pronoun forms.

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