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([personal profile] kay_brooke Nov. 26th, 2015 07:40 pm)
This was a bit of fun last year, so I'll do it again.

Pick a date in December and give me something to talk about. Absolutely anything - books, TV, movies, fandom, pets, writing, hiking, general life stuff, whatever. You can ask multiple things and pick multiple dates.

Dates under here )
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([personal profile] baranduin Nov. 26th, 2015 05:48 pm)
Sometimes Thanksgiving sort of sucks. My cold got worse enough overnight that I didn't feel comfortable flying so I stayed home, took some meds and slept literally all day.

Awake now, have the Simpsons on, and am roasting a sweet potato and some brussels sprouts. After all, it is Thanksgiving :-)
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([personal profile] settiai Nov. 26th, 2015 07:46 pm)
So... remember how, back in 2012, there was a short video released about an android named Kara? I requested it for Yuletide last year, and got a lovely story based on it?

That one?

They're making a full game out of it! It's for PS4 only, which means I'm not sure when and if I'll actually get to play it (since I'm a PC gamer), but still!

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([personal profile] monanotlisa Nov. 26th, 2015 04:23 pm)
Happy Thanksgiving, my friends!

If you recall one of my earliest blog friends off Livejournal, Darcy? I'm with her and her family in Los Angeles, and there's the whole nine yards of turkeys, pumpkin pies, and lined-up bottles of wine.

The last three pics on my Instagram provide you with some Let's Not Again Be Genocidal Turkey Day snapshots.
Making Friends in Helleron [gen; 5400 wds]
Winning friends and influencing people, Stenwold style. Set before the attack on Myna, so about 20 years before the present day of the books; no spoilers.


So this started out as completely self-indulgent h/c. I had run across this thread on [livejournal.com profile] little_details, on people being suspended by their hands/wrists while being tortured and the physical effects of that, and then I caught myself thinking, "You know, I bet Stenwold pissed off a lot of people back in his firebrand agitator days" ... and then a few thousand words later, there was an actual plot.

And also self-indulgent h/c.

This one is set pre-canon and can be read with no knowledge of the books at all, beyond the general premise.
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([personal profile] settiai Nov. 26th, 2015 06:32 pm)

Beer and pizza, with bonus pie! Much better than turkey, in my mind. ;-)

ETA: And before someone asks, because I know that at least one of you is going to ask, the foxes? Are my salt and pepper shakers.
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([personal profile] kaffyr Nov. 26th, 2015 03:44 pm)
Grace and Gratitude

I had an odd thought recently. 

I wondered if Thanksgiving wasn't in actuality an incredibly smug holiday. Leaving aside the feel-good story of the first Thanksgiving, and all its worrisome aspects, wasn't there something just a little unpleasantly self-satisfied about saying how thankful one was for whatever great or small riches one might have? Was that something I wanted to do, I wondered, when this world is full of people who have nothing, nothing at all, for which to be thankful? Wasn't my being thankful for my life just rubbing my luck in the metaphorical faces of those people?

I don't think I would have had that thought a few years ago. I think this past year has tired me physically, emotionally, and spiritually. I know that the world has always had too much of hell in it -  I've always known that, I am no naif -  but this year seemed particularly awful, with hate, fear, and ignorance nurturing every bloody proclivity toward barbarism that we humans have, and smothering all of our tendencies toward love and grace.

As I said, an odd thought. A weird one. 

But I decided that I was looking at it all wrong, that I was allowing my spiritual weariness to curdle into cynicism and hopelessness. Like the boy whose heart bore a shard of the Snow Queen's shattered mirror, which turned his every thought to darkness, I was looking at the holiday with the hard, half-blind eyes of the hopeless soul. I was a fool to do so, when I was surrounded by so much for which to be thankful. 

Being grateful for the people who I love, and who love me, isn't being selfish or self-satisfied. Being thankful that I have a little home that I love; that I have a job which still, amazingly, means something to me; that I have medical help to wield against the physical and mental illnesses I scuffle with; that I can still write about things I love; that I have Bob and Andy in my life; that I know all of you, my online friends and acquaintances - none of that is wrong. 

Let me now try to work on behalf of people who have less than I have. Let me try to pass on the love with which I am graced. Let me try to help others into a life for which they can be thankful. 

Thank you all, for being who you are, and for being in my life. 

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([personal profile] kerravonsen Nov. 27th, 2015 08:09 am)
Douglas Adams had this to say about war:

Three stages in the history of warfare:
RETRIBUTION: I'm going to kill you because you killed my brother.

ANTICIPATION: I'm going to kill you because I killed your brother.

DIPLOMACY: I'm going to kill my brother and then kill you, on the pretext that your brother did it.

(The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)

If he'd been alive today, he might have added another one.

TERRORISM: My brother will martyr himself killing your sister, so that you will martyr his family, so that my cousins will kill you and I'll run away laughing.
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([personal profile] kaffyr Nov. 26th, 2015 02:17 pm)
A Twin Birthday Wish

I should have wished [livejournal.com profile] mack_the_spoon and [livejournal.com profile] namarie24 two very happy birthdays back on November 24. Both of them are delightful to know. They remind me that there are people of faith who make the world a better place. They are also fellow Doctor Who fans, and fellow fic writers (I'm amazed at their energy, given all the work they do in their linguistic studies, and their language-based faith work, being able to stay active in fandom. I hope your birthdays were wonderful; may you get the guest room furniture you need, have fun with your kitties, continue your work with passion, and spread your lovely smiles around!

There are some other birthdays, too: although she seems to be keeping a low online profile these days, I remember [livejournal.com profile] othermewriter with fondness - she shares my appreciation for the Ninth Doctor and Donna, for example - and I know she's having a Thanksgiving Day birthday. I hope she's having a fantastic day, and I hope we see her around here sometime soon. 

Another long-ago friendly fandom acquaintance is [livejournal.com profile] decadentdave, up in Winnipeg. He celebrates his birthday today as well; Happy Birthday!
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([personal profile] watervole Nov. 26th, 2015 06:30 pm)
 You'll have to follow the link to view this one as I couldn't get it to upload to youtube.

Oswin is a happy little soul, and she loves to play games.  In this little video, she's playing ball with Granny (me).

She has only one word at present: "Da" means "Tell me what that is called."
She can probably understand a good hundred words by now.  If you ask her to bring you something, she'll generally come back with the right item, and she's very good at pointing to the correct picture in books.

Everyone should have a toddler in their lives - they're a great source of enjoyment.  But they're even more fun when you can hand them back to their parents at the end of the day!  Being a granny definitely beats being a full-time parent.

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([personal profile] wanderlustlover Nov. 26th, 2015 10:59 am)

I. I give thanks for this hard year, where I learned so much about myself. How strong I could be and how far I could come, from the lowest lows to someone to the most glorious highs, with only more plans for how to challenge and push myself even further into my bliss.

II. I give thanks to the doctor's I have brought into my life. For the therapist who pushes me enough and makes me okay with the things I can't change. For the primary who is as attentive every followup as she was the first time, when I said doctor's made me deeply uncomfortable and she sat on the opposite side of the room, without losing any focus on me.

III. For all the people who took a chance on me at my job, where no one even takes ACP people. For my principal, the Educational Dean, the English Department Head, and the Special Education One. For the people who help me and let me help them run GRACE, and the Book/Comic Book Club. For helping to run Special Olympics for ALE and History/Science Fair for our magnet school.

IV. For the coworkers who went out of their way to help me in every kind of way since I started this job. Gloria, Alfred, Allison, Scott, Susan, Amber, Joel, Maggie, Denise, Tanya, Samantha.

V. For the amazing groups I get to run, which would not exist if it were not for the amazing people who I get to help run them and for the ones that would not happen at all without glorious amazing people who attended, sharing their joy and making it only become bigger and bigger. To everyone in the Sci-Fi group, and all the girls in Geek Girls, Chakra Sisterhood, and RCG.

VI. To Laura, who is the best part of my best and worst days. To my family (Mom, Gordon, Jennifer, Kathleen, James, Uncle Rick, Michelle, Bob, Grama, and everyone else in the smaller families of each) for being a beautiful part of my year, even far away you are always near in my heart.

VI. For spending this Thanksgiving in my supermink soft pjs, with a fire roaring, a cup of (perfected this year) cocoa, half under a velvet blanket while watching the Macy's Day Parade, while I prepare for a day of Thanksgiving Dinners with all the family I'm grateful to have loving me, supporting me, and wanting me with them during these seasons.
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([personal profile] settiai Nov. 26th, 2015 11:52 am)
I currently have no interest in the newer/upcoming Marvel movies, and pretty much the only ones I'm rewatching at all right now are those from Phase One and Guardians of the Galaxy. I've also given up on Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. So, you know, the hype about the recent trailer? Isn't doing much of anything for me. Which is kind of sad, considering how much I was in love with the MCU just a few years ago.

I think that part of it is that the comic event said movie was (loosely) inspired by? Actually made me stop reading Marvel comics for years, so the fact that they're bringing it into the MCU is bothering me more than it probably should. Bitter? Me? Where would you get that idea? :-/

That said, I did actually enjoy Agent Carter (and hope that enjoyment continues with the second season) and am pretty positive about the various Netflix series. I think the fact that they're more self-contained, with the broader events of the MCU being more background noise is helping with that. Although gods only know what I'll do if they start tying into the movies more in the future.

Anyway, I've (finally!) watched all of Daredevil. And I absolutely loved it, which surprised me a bit. The various comic titles starring Daredevil have never been my favorites, but I really enjoyed this adaptation. I love the characters and their relationships with each other.

I'm also currently watching Jessica Jones, which so far is as awesome as I was hoping it would be. Because, you know, it's Jessica fucking Jones. ♥ It's also very heavy, so I can't binge watch it like I did Daredevil. Gore and physical violence I can handle in large doses, but the psychological aspect that's so prevalent in Jessica Jones? Not so much.
([personal profile] treonb posting in [community profile] theamericans Nov. 26th, 2015 06:47 pm)
How do you think Henry will respond when he finds out his parents are Soviet spies? 

You can expect spoilers for the entire first three seasons in the comments.

(There's no expiration date on these questions, so if you're reading this post months later and feel like jumping in, please do.)
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([personal profile] masqthephlsphr Nov. 26th, 2015 09:14 am)
Happy Birthday, [personal profile] londonkds!!!

Happy Birthday, [personal profile] butterfly!!!
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([personal profile] kerravonsen Nov. 26th, 2015 08:37 pm)
"Russians" by Sting came up on my randomplay.

Thinking about nuclear bombs (and I followed a few other links which gave me more information on the scale of destruction they are capable of)... it's a bit like Avada Kedavra, isn't it? Not the scale, obviously, but the feeling of a death that there is no defence against. Or like the Deplorable Word - the weapon that is too horrible to use. Too horrible for any sane person to use. Unfortunately, I am certain that there exist human beings on this Earth who would not hesitate to use them if they had them. People who are not interested in their own survival.

There's no such thing as a winnable war
It's a lie we don't believe any more.

War only benefits vultures.

Maybe I should start wearing a Peace Sign. It originated with the Nuclear Disarmament movement.
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([personal profile] legionseagle Nov. 26th, 2015 08:37 am)
[personal profile] moetushie is calling for people to share ghost stories here . I've done my bit, now for yours.

I might contribute the one about the lighthouse keepers, though that didn't exactly happen to me apart from getting the boat grounded on the island where it all happened, and being told it while waiting for the tide to rise. But I don't want to monopolise.

[personal profile] clanwilliam - you're my go-to woman for the spine-chilling stuff. Have at it!
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([personal profile] lotesse Nov. 26th, 2015 02:26 am)
Late-night hypothesis (i had a hard day i'm not thinking about it): might the weird misdirectedness of "sj shipping" and whatnot be a possible aftereffect of the hardcore fannish embrace of the death of the author?

Instead of accepting all fannish responses while questioning the motives/credentials of directors, movie studios, and various financiers, we seem to be ignoring the latter classes of being almost entirely to instead police fannish response.

I am pretty sure that a substantial chunk of this is "women can be easily made to feel badly about libidinal desires," but also think it's interesting that, after having gloriously launched myself into the arms of Barthes during the Harry Potter years, I now find myself endlessly wanting to remind fellow fen about who gets paid for these stories, who has control, and who exactly doesn't (hint: it's us).


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