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([personal profile] ljgeoff May. 28th, 2016 11:37 pm)
This afternoon when I got off from work, I spent a couple of hours with Luke, buying groceries and stuff. We were on our was to drop him off a his buddy Aaron's house, and a motorcycle went by. He made some kind of comment about it, and I said, "I've always wanted to ride around on a motorcycle, but I figured, having kids and all, I couldn't risk it." I grinned at him. "I was thinking that, now that you guys are mostly grown up, I could maybe get one." He gave me a curious look and I shrugged, "I mean, if something happened, statistics and all, well, you guys don't need me like you did when you were little."

Luke considered me. "Hmm." He smiles a lot with his eyes, and that's what I usually see first. But this time, he was outright mirthful. "You can get a scooter. One of those electric ones." Then he put his hands out, as if goosing a motorcycle, and instead of VROOM, he said, "zzzzzzz."

We lost it, both of us going, "ZZzzzzz, zz, zzzzzzzz!"

But I'm sitting here thinking ... what went on in his head between hearing his mom say that she didn't think he needed her so much anymore, to allowing that she might get a scooter, as a compromise, to how funny mom on a scooter would be. In the time it took his grin to go from his eyes to his lips.
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([personal profile] sidonie posting in [community profile] femslashficlets May. 28th, 2016 09:39 pm)
Title: Council of the Pines
Fandom: Claymore
Pairing: Clare/Jean
Rating: PG-13
Prompt: Choice
Word Count: 1000
Summary: Long after the battle of Pieta, Clare has one last ghost to visit.

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My life has been consumed by three things: work, construction of our backyard cottage, and prepping my dad's house for sale.  Each of them is consuming more of my energy than I would want, but there has been a little movement on all fronts lately so I am a feeling more heartened today.

On the cottage front, we finally have the fire sprinklers installed!  That means we need a plumber and the insulation guys in, and then we can get it inspected for final framing and cover.  So the water issues have been resolved, which caused a 4 month delay in the project, but things have moved at last. Once Dad's house sells, we hope to put some of our own work into the finishes and get that wrapped up by fall.  I have hope again!

For my dad's house, last week was my last weekend cleaning and repairing the place.  My sister-in-law did most of the on the ground coordination, as well as boxing up all of the old junk, organizing last month's estate sale (which we all worked  and did well at), getting a realtor in, and being on site for every single contractor we had out to the place.  It was a huge undertaking, and if she hadn't been willing to bail on some of her substitute teaching opportunities, I don't know how we would have managed.  She and my brother live an hour away from Dad's, so it was a pain in the butt for her to do stuff, and I am super thankful that she got it done.

Last looks this weekend, new carpet and vinyl installed Wednesday June 1st,  official photos June 2nd, and the house is on the market. Dad's a little freaked by it and has been very hand's off about selling the house; he wants it done as soon as possible so he can feel more financially secure again. He's doing well, but I can see his inner kid a lot, especially now that his big sister passed. He's really emotionally vulnerable, and I am so glad he's living in assisted care now and has friends now to support him. He's doing much better than he was last year when he was living on his own. He'll feel a lot better once the house is sold, his HELOC paid off, and he doesn't have to worry about paying for water, electric, or the taxes for owning it.

And after it all I will get back to fandom again! Real life just sometimes does a meltdown, and coping is all you can do.  See ya on the flip side.





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([personal profile] telophase May. 28th, 2016 10:37 pm)
Toby is still getting used to the complicated controls in Witcher 3, so that it's at times hard to get Geralt to draw his sword.

Which is why Toby just attempted to punch a bear to death.

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([personal profile] shyfoxling May. 28th, 2016 08:13 pm)


Better or worse American accent than in Gracepoint? I can't decide. Either way it gives me the heebie-jeebies. As other commenters remark, you can still hear Scottish peeking through (just like in Gracepoint). It's like the uncanny valley of accents. And like with Gracepoint, I find myself whispering "ohgoddavidpleasestoptalking", which is not something one says under many circumstances!
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([personal profile] sputnikhearts May. 28th, 2016 09:06 pm)
 I have watched so much Naruto. Chunin Arc over these three days *_____* CHUNIN!ARC!SAKURA eeeeeee Sasuke WTF and also I forgot how easy it was to binge on short anime episodes.

Spousal Unit returns from his trip of creating evil overlords tomorrow. Can't wait. It was not as bad as I thought, but it was only three days.

(... and you know the saying about not counting chickens before they hatch? Chez moi we are busy staking out some velociraptor eggs in case they hatch.)
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([personal profile] umadoshi May. 28th, 2016 11:48 pm)
Fandom/Geeky Things

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] spikedluv, "Summer TV Schedule: 110+ Dates to Save in June and July".

"Sailor Moon Socks Are Exactly What You'd Hope". [Kotaku]

"'Captain America' Filmmakers to Produce Chinese Superhero Franchise".

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] sovay, "The US Army responds to the fan theory that the government owes Captain America $3 million".


Miscellaneous

"Dr. Heimlich Uses His Maneuver At Retirement Home, Saves 87-Year-Old Woman". [NPR]

"A Previously Undiscovered Boa Constrictor Has Been Found". [Atlas Obscura]

"The Illegal, Underground Ballerinas of Iran".

"9 Totally weird things you can do with lube".

"Preserving Ireland's Ancient, Mysterious Tree-Based Alphabet: Across Ireland, hundreds of millennia-old Ogham stones are slowly weathering away". [Atlas Obscura]

"Prevailing winds: The “usage wars” are coming to an end, and good sense is winning". [The Economist]

"What Does It Mean When We Call Women Girls? Robin Wasserman on the Unstoppable Wave of 'Girl'-Titled Books". [LitHub]

A random cool thing: the Canadian Grain Elevator Discovery Centre in Alberta does a haunted elevator at Hallowe'en. Not much detail provided, but it sounds neat!

"We Weren’t That Resilient". "In response to the bell ringing that kids these days aren’t resilient the way their parents were growing up in the Wild West of the seventies and eighties suburban American neighborhoods and schools: I call bullshit."

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] cofax7, "Dinner is Shipped: From Blue Apron to Plated, the definitive ranking of meals delivered in boxes". [The Verge]

"How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds — from a Magician and Google’s Design Ethicist". "Western Culture is built around ideals of individual choice and freedom. Millions of us fiercely defend our right to make “free” choices, while we ignore how those choices are manipulated upstream by menus we didn’t choose in the first place. This is exactly what magicians do. They give people the illusion of free choice while architecting the menu so that they win, no matter what you choose."

"A Sculptor of Black Heroes Leaves a Legacy". [New York Times]

"How the Toronto Symphony Orchestra uses graphic design to guide its audiences though its music".

"New Evidence Suggests a Fifth Fundamental Force of Nature". [Gizmodo]

"I Tried To Follow 8 Different High School Dress Codes And It Was Frustrating". [Buzzfeed]
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([personal profile] redwolf posting in [community profile] dw100 May. 29th, 2016 12:44 pm)
Welcome to [community profile] dw100! Challenges are posted approximately once a week.

Challenge #605 is flow.

The rules:
  • All stories must be 100 words long
  • Please place your story behind a cut if it contains spoilers for the current season
  • You don't have to use the challenge word or phrase in your story; it's just there for inspiration
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  • Please use the challenge tag 605: flow on any story posted to this challenge
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Has anyone has ever said something similar about another character's murdered loved ones. Would anyone say this to Commissioner Gordon about how he couldn't protect Sara and Barbara from the Joker?

Wally West once shouted to Batman: "I'm getting lectured on child safety from a man who's gone through four Robins?"

Hold the eye. And the robot head. )
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([personal profile] telophase May. 28th, 2016 08:59 pm)
(I posted a previous Murderface writeup today. If you want to avoid spoilers, for whatever godforsaken reason, you might want to go back and read it first before you read the next paragraph.)
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So! Murderface has had a lot of things happen at once to him! Last time, he whacked an orphanage owner on the word of an escaped orphan, discovered how dating and marriage work in Skyrim, and was abducted by the leader of the Skyrim assassins before he had a chance to put it into practice.
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([personal profile] lunabee34 May. 28th, 2016 09:40 pm)
I have returned safely from NYC. Incredibly detailed post including links to restaurant menus forthcoming.

Thank you to everyone who wished me safe travels. The traveling gods did indeed have their eyes on us, and the trip was extremely easy and pleasant on that front.

Missed y'all! Let me know if you posted anything I should see since I didn't really get on the internet at all while I was gone. :)
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