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([personal profile] frayadjacent May. 27th, 2016 07:06 pm)
Not long now and I'll have a whole season of Elementary and a whole season of Orphan Black to catch up on. I especially mean to watch the latter. But not yet, not for a few more weeks at the earliest. I haven't even managed The Mindy Project or Steven Universe the last couple of weeks.

No spoilers during vidukon please!
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([personal profile] lotesse May. 27th, 2016 04:59 am)
-the leadup to Welsh devolution in the 1990s

-the Soho, London art scene in 1989

-death-related fantasy and YA from the mid-90s

(first two for fic, last one for work)

(tbh i like the idea of making Will and Bran make out someplace where I've already written Holmes and Watson fucking, the continuity is nice)
And the Missing the Point award of the day goes to the late T.S. Eliot, who (while wearing his publisher hat rather than his author hat) sent George Orwell a rejection letter for "Animal Farm". Among other things, it says what the book needs is "more public-spirited pigs".

God bless the British Library for making this available and giving me a giggle. I bet Eliot was kicking himself when Orwell finally got "Animal Farm" published and it turned into a bestseller.
So I normally sleep on my left side, but I also have what is likely bursitis in my left hip and so sometimes it becomes uncomfortable to sleep on that side and I have to roll over and sleep on my right, which I don't like, but whatever. Sleeping shouldn't be so hard. Anyway. Last night I guess I did something in the rolling over or the sleeping or the I don't even know part because my left hip and lower back area hurts and my right shoulder down through to my right elbow hurts. Just. I'm ready for my robot body now. I am just saying.

I did have a good dream where Thor lost his memory and showed up at some either Memorial Day or 4th of July event at the harbor (tall ships? fleet week?) because he knew we were at war and wanted to see the longships row off to battle. And I had to call in Steve Rogers to see if he could jar his memory (apparently in my dream, since Bucky, Steve has been the go-to person for that?) and Natasha was like, "Is he going to punch the memories back into him?" and I was like, "or they could oil up and wrestle..." and she was like, "We can only hope." :D :D :D

Also, smarter people than I said smart things yesterday about Marvel's dumpster fire of a Cap issue, so you can find the stuff I reblogged here.

I know there were other things I meant to say but work has been nonstop and people are just on my nerves and ugh, I am looking forward to the long weekend.

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([personal profile] muccamukk May. 26th, 2016 01:28 pm)
to my overwhelming apathy yesterday (and, for that matter, today), here is a link to a good rant by Jessica Plummer.

Panels: On Steve Rogers #1, Anti-Semitism, and Publicity Stunts.
So I went up to Warrington at the weekend with my mother, to see my grandmother in her new nursing home. CW: dementia )

But despite everything, it actually felt like a pretty good visit. I'm glad I went. And now I can stop feeling guilty for another year or so.

(Then Mum had a flat tyre when we tried to leave the car park, and Warrington buses apparently don't run on Sundays, and I nearly had to walk a mile and a half to the railway station, but fortunately for me she's a Blue Badge holder and gets amazingly fast breakdown service, so I only walked for about ten minutes before she let me know she'd be able to pick me up and get me to the train on time. Thank goodness for having left unreasonably generous amounts of time for my train.)
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([personal profile] edenfalling May. 26th, 2016 03:22 pm)
I had a couple weird dreams last night, which I made a point of remembering after I woke up because I wanted to share them.


1. The first dream was sort of a sci-fi action thriller thing, in which a group of people had the ability to 'abstract' themselves one layer away from normal reality, and then perform the same trick a second time (second-level abstraction), but while it was technically possible to keep going indefinitely, in practice if you went to a third-level abstraction, about half the time what came back (if anything came back at all) was not quite you.

Abstracted people, as viewed from normal reality, were invisible except when they were in motion, at which point they appeared sort of like a silvery column of heat distortion. The people who could abstract (which I think relied on gadgets) were on some kind of heist mission related to maybe overthrowing a dystopia of some sort, and were being chased by agents who could either not abstract at all or could only perform first-level abstractions, BUT they had guns whose bullets could, upon touching the after-image an abstracted person left in the lower reality level, explode in such a way as to send shockwaves through higher levels of abstraction and hopefully knock abstracted people back into normal reality where they'd either be arrested or shot for real.

Being abstracted was visually weird to experience, because it literally was abstraction -- the world went from three-dimensional reality to first being kind of flat color and drawn with heavy linework, and on a second-level abstraction, you started to get light shining through stained-glass color blocks and vaguely cubist distortion effects. Third-level abstractions got really trippy, and that's where the mental effects started to kick in because abstraction didn't erase the world around you, just your perception of it and its ability to interact with you, and in third-level abstractions you could, like, walk through walls if you wanted, or ignore gravity, and sort of see time-currents or something? And your mental processes went all weird, and I guess a bunch of people just didn't want to go back, and some who did couldn't readjust because brain chemistry is delicate, you know?

I might try to work that idea into a proper story someday.


2. The second dream involved me trying to make a baby shower gift for some friends (who are not remotely romantically involved in real life, let alone expecting a child) and I settled on a knit wool hat of many colors which I was going to make via an automatic knitting machine. It was in my public library, over near the paperback fiction shelves, and what you did was enter a pattern into a computer and the machine would produce your design in whatever colors and fibers you wanted. It manufactured your chosen kind of yarn out of a pile of raw synthetic fibers, so I guess it was a bit like specialized 3D printing?

Anyway, I was sitting there trying to translate a set of knitting instructions into a sort of grid pattern, and all around me other people were entering their own programs... one of which was an actual baby. Literally, these two women programmed the machine (in the public library!) to knit a living child out of a pile of synthetic fibers. And it worked. They picked the crying baby up out of the basket of finished products, put on a diaper and a onesie, and took the kid off to get a birth certificate or whatever.

And nobody blinked twice.

I decided to make my friends' kid a blanket as well as the hat, because I felt slightly upstaged after that.
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([personal profile] monanotlisa May. 26th, 2016 11:11 am)
You guys, I know it's one of the White Hipster Havens, and I'm totally just European, but...I hella love Portland, and I'll be there over Memorial Day weekend starting from tonight --

Ping me if you're in or near Portland and have free time. (I had scheduled time with d.irge and am staying at her place not far from Downtown.)

Comments are screened!
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([personal profile] versaphile May. 26th, 2016 09:46 am)
I'm home from my vacation and *COLLAPSES*

I knew going in that this would not be a restful vacation, but oh man. I must admit that I feel only slightly better than death warmed over. That flight back home was a beast -- 10+ hours in a plane plus the layover which is always an ordeal internationally. And flying west so I had to stay up with only a brief nap so I could resync with eastern time. But I think the worst was coming home to a one-two punch of 96F weather and ALL the allergies. I've already gone through a whole tissue box and I'm plowing through the next one. I just hope it's only allergies and not a germ attack because I also have some achy chills -- but that could be because of all the aforementioned. I would have loved to have taken a sick day or two but I've used them all up. :-(

Maybe I'll make some chicken soup for dinner tonight. That sounds nourishing.

As for the trip itself, I saw lots of great history and such. But I was not a fan of the forced march before and after more than a week solid of walking tours, I am entirely resolved against them. We spent the entire trip (when not on the boat) either on a bus or being relentlessly herded up and down stone steps. We literally -- and I am not even exaggerating for effect -- had a max of 15-20 minutes each day of free time (if we were lucky) in the places we visited before we were herded back onto the bus and onto the ship again. I barely had time to buy so much as a magnet souvenir and peeing was a luxury.

Also, all the food had either basil or oregano in it so I spent most of the trip with hives. Not that the food was worth mentioning except to insult it. Again, there was no choice to go to a nice restaurant for lunch or dinner at the places we visited because that would take more than 20 minutes. So we had shitty tourist food if we were lucky and then on the boat we had shitty cruise food.

It wasn't all bad. Crete was the best day of the trip -- a great tour guide who took us to an actually decent place for lunch, and then we had a luxurious two hours of free time. Rome was the WORST. Ugh never again. Our tour guide was absolutely terrible and we spent the whole, long day there on a bus or in some unbearable crowd. (And this was the off season!) We waited an hour to get into St Peter's Basilica and had literally less than 10 minutes inside it. Barcelona (our port of departure) was lovely and I'd happily go back there -- the food was amazing and far and away the best of the trip. And I did see a few bits of inspiration for Falconry.

But on the whole, I am just glad to be home. -___-
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([personal profile] watervole May. 26th, 2016 02:24 pm)
 I am amused by Rated People who claim:

We have 1,800 recommended Gardeners & Garden Designers in Loose

That's more than the population of the village...
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([personal profile] raincitygirl May. 25th, 2016 07:13 pm)
Link from [personal profile] paintedmaypole, apparently Chadwick Boseman (who played T'Challa a.k.a. Black Panther in Captain America: Civil War) and Ta-Nehisi Coates, who is a reasonably well known journalist and non-fiction writer who is now apparently also writing the Black Panther comic book, are very old friends who talk all the time. They both went to Howard University around the same time, which is probably how they met. Fannish streams....crossing.

The Neanderthals built mysterious cave structures in France 175,000 years ago.This would've been before humans wiped them out as a species, obviously.
([personal profile] treonb posting in [community profile] theamericans May. 26th, 2016 08:53 am)
This post is intended to allow discussion of the upcoming episode, as reflected in the official show promos.

Please keep the comments spoiler free from anything not mentioned in the promos (interviews, articles etc).

Clip )

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([personal profile] settiai May. 25th, 2016 09:10 pm)
Harrowing (1949 words) by Settiai
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Dragon Age II, Dragon Age - All Media Types
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Bethany Hawke, Orsino (Dragon Age), Meredith Stannard, Cullen Rutherford
Additional Tags: Circle Mage Bethany Hawke, Demons, The Fade, One Shot, Past Character Death
Summary: It took Bethany longer than it should have to realize that something was wrong.
An Evolution of Sorts (4204 words) by Settiai
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Mass Effect
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Female Shepard/Garrus Vakarian/Tali'Zorah nar Rayya, Female Shepard/Garrus Vakarian, Female Shepard/Tali'Zorah nar Rayya, Garrus Vakarian/Tali'Zorah nar Rayya
Characters: Female Shepard (Mass Effect), Garrus Vakarian, Tali'Zorah nar Rayya
Additional Tags: Accidental Voyeurism, Mass Effect 2, Mass Effect 3, One Shot, Spectre Requisitions, Threesome, Threesome - F/F/M
Summary: It took Tali longer than it should have to recognize what was right in front of her.
A Marriage of State (2037 words) by Settiai
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Dragon Age: Origins, Dragon Age - All Media Types
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Alistair/Anora Mac Tir
Characters: Alistair (Dragon Age), Anora Mac Tir
Additional Tags: Arranged Marriage, One Shot, Wedding Night
Summary: It's not that they hated each other. For all intents and purposes, they were strangers.


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