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[personal profile] nanila
The coronation of Princess Humuhumu
The Coronation of Princess Humuhumu. Daisy chain by Daddy.

Princess Humuhumu
Happy Princess Humuhumu in her favourite dress & daisy chain crown.
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[personal profile] aris_tgd posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Hamilton
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: George Washington
Content Notes/Warnings: None
Medium: Digital
Artist on DW/LJ: N/A
Artist Website/Gallery: [ profile] dorothywonderland
Why this piece is awesome: Riffing on potential casting is one of my favorite uses of fanart for Broadway shows. And this piece for a female George Washington--her look! Her attitude! Her style!--is just great. Love the expression, the braids, the freckles.
Link: Lady George Washington
nanila: wrong side of the mirror (me: wrong side of the mirror)
[personal profile] nanila
I've had an epic few days. I went to London on Thursday, worked my butt off getting stuff done for the Friday deadline, did an outreach event (including a talk and three workshops) in Wimbledon for 60 detached-but-then-totally-excited teenagers on Friday afternoon, raced back to college to drop off my kit and then got on a train to Norfolk to meet the bloke & the children at the out-laws for the weekend. Fabulous weather in East Anglia meant we spent nearly all of it outdoors.

We drove back to Worcestershire on Sunday afternoon (a 3.5 hour drive). After turfing everyone out of the car and re-packing my overnight bag, I got back into the car and drove 1.5 hours to a beautiful venue in Oxfordshire to attend an ex-work-colleague's small but perfectly formed wedding. The other work colleague in attendance and I were surprised to find ourselves in the company of mostly-relatives. I feel very privileged to have been invited. There was a band and dancing and wine and laughter, and it seemed to be a memorable and happy occasion for all.

I drove back this morning, arriving home at noon, and worked the rest of the day before going to meet the bloke at the station and pick up the kids. Also, I made supper. Can I have my Supermum badge now please?

Trowel-wielding toddler
Trowel-wielding toddler.

Helping Grandpa flatten molehills
Grandpa flattens molehills with a rake. Keiki supervises.
ruuger: Giles from Buffy with the text "Librarians do it by the book" (Giles - librarian)
[personal profile] ruuger
And once again, I find that my likes do not in no way correspond with what the cool kids like, because I really enjoyed X-Men: Apocalypse, and can't understand why it has gotten such bad reviews.

(or how people can like the snorefest that are the Avengers movies better than the X-Men franchise)

It wasn't as good as X2 or DoFP, but it was miles better than the first X-Men movie. If I was ranking the movies, I would probably rate it slightly above The Wolverine.

some spoilery thoughts )

And now I want to watch all the X-men movies.
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[personal profile] thady posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Gen | Harry Potter, his Patronus
Content Notes/Warnings: none, SFW
Artist on DW/LJ:
Artist Website/Gallery: [ profile] Yanguchitzure

Why this piece is awesome: I love the simplicity of this, and how this still conveys so much emotion. Love the contrast of the black and white, and the sparse use of color.

Link: Patronus.

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[personal profile] petzipellepingo
Chapter Fifteen of Older by perpetual .

Spike/Drusilla/Angel wallpaper by [profile] darkblueorchid.

Spike/Harmony wallpaper by [personal profile] snogged.

Spike/Buffy icons by [profile] sintonia.

[profile] freecat15 chooses her least favorite male character .

Yahoo talks "How the Buffy Finale Took a Step for Women Power".

MoviePilot talks about "7 Adorable Things That Happened In The Original Unaired Pilot Of 'Buffy The Vampire Slayer'". "The ending is charmingly cheesy, with Buffy reassuring Giles that she'll defeat the forces of darkness by throwing a stake at the heart of a poster of Count Orlok from 1922's Nosferatu on a pinboard".
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[personal profile] thady posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Remus Lupin/Severus Snape
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ:
Artist Website/Gallery: [ profile] brunashut

Why this piece is awesome: Love the tenderness between the characters, despite the harsh theme. This art really conveys their emotions. And I like thow this picture hints at a story here.

Link: It Matters.

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[personal profile] ratcreature posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
It's time for our regular reccer recruiting post, and to look ahead to the next month. So far we have three volunteer reccers who signed up for June with these fandoms:

* Doctor Who ([personal profile] turlough)
* Eagle of the Ninth ([personal profile] mific)
* Steven Universe ([personal profile] sailorptah)

So while we already have some recs to look forward to in June, it would of course be awesome if we had more recs. There is still plenty of opportunity for you to jump in and volunteer to rec next month (or to convince your friends to do some reccing). And many cheers for all of our members who volunteer to rec, especially if you rec regularly. Your valiant repeat efforts keep the comm alive.

Looking even further ahead so far NO reccers have volunteered for July, so that month definitely still needs some love (and recs! *g*) too. So please consider reccing in a fandom of your choice, whether small or huge, and comment on the sign-up post and volunteer for June, July or even further ahead if you are so well organized, that you know your fannish interests and time commitments in advance. It's only four recs as a minimum, and you can rec any genre or rating. Or promote us to your friends or in your favorite communities so others do the work.

Open Rec Posting

The monthly open reccing period for all members starts now and lasts until the end of May. If you are looking for something to inspire you, the prompt for this week is "Nostalgia", but that's totally optional for the recs. However they do still have to conform to the usual rec format and follow the rules for what is allowed to be recced here.

(Comments here are disabled, because I want to bundle volunteering in the sign-up post so that nothing gets lost, and you can see the list of claimed slots there too.)
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[personal profile] turlough posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Tolkien
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Tilion & Arien sailing their vessels through the Door of Night
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [ profile] zdrava

Why this piece is awesome: I love the way this artist can create the most amazing art works out of text. They have a fantastic sense of space and balance and a truely unique style.

Link: Door of Night
ruuger: Giles from Buffy with the text "Librarians do it by the book" (Giles - librarian)
[personal profile] ruuger
I just found out that there's a [community profile] thefridayfive comm on DW. How have I missed it?

1. Can you remember the first book you read?
The first actual novel-length book was probably Animals of Farthing Wood by Colin Dann, which I read when I was seven or eight.

2. What was the last book (electronic or otherwise) you read?
Better Than Before by Gretchen Rubin, a self-help book about how to stick to good habits and get rid of bad ones. It actually had some really good observations and tips, if you can get past the borderline narcissistic descriptions of her own life.

3. Do you read for enjoyment, work or both?
Both. Doesn't everyone...?

4. What is your favorite genre of book to read?
The genre I read most is probably urban fantasy, but I don't really have a favourite genre as such. If a book sounds interesting, I'll read it, no matter the genre.

5. If you could visit your younger self, what book would you tell yourself to steer clear of?
I would tell my 15-year-old self not to read Dean Kootz's Darkfall. Many nightmares would have been avoided if I hadn't read that book (or the first few chapters of it - it was so scary that I actually couldn't finish it until about ten years later).
rydra_wong: Half a fig with some blue cheese propped against it. (food -- fig and cheese)
[personal profile] rydra_wong
Wild garlic (ramsons) is, it turns out, one of the lowest-maintenance, lowest-spoons food plants you can grow.

I planted some in my tiny front garden prior to the Epic Psychiatric Misadventures of '09, during which almost everything in my garden died from neglect.

But every spring, without receiving any care at all, the wild garlic comes back, and I get a waft of that wild-garlic-saturated woodland air every time I walk past. And then a constellation of white star-shaped flowers at the end of the season.

It likes shade; you can buy bulbs or start it from seed. Then it grows like a weed, because it is, and will invasively try to take over as much space as you allow it.

(Safety note: the leaves look like lily and lily of the valley leaves. So don't plant them near those, and make sure you know what you're picking.)

(ETA extra safety note: according to Plants For A Future, it can be poisonous to some mammals -- especially dogs. So, watch out for your pets. This is true for other garlic and onion species, btw.)

You pick the leaves; you can eat them raw in a salad (they seem to complement eggs), wilt them lightly (e.g over pasta, or they might be great with bacon), or use them instead of basil to make a pungent, bright green pesto.

Allegedly, wild garlic is even healthier than regular garlic, as it has higher amounts of some of the important phytochemicals.

More importantly, it is delicious and produces food with no effort -- specifically, salad leaves, which for many people are one of the items most likely to turn to slime in the fridge before you get round to eating them. Wild garlic, you just pick and wash when you want to eat it.

If you do have some effort to invest, here is my best pesto recipe from this year (ideas stolen from all over the place, no originality):

large bunch wild garlic
large bunch cavolo nero/black kale/dinosaur kale*, roughly chopped and with any super-woody bits removed
60g grated parmesan (can be omitted if vegan, in which case maybe add more nuts)
60g walnuts
150ml olive oil
pinch of salt

Mix in a blender (you're supposed to drizzle in the olive oil a bit at a time, though I'm not entirely sure why). Add some more of things if it seems too runny/dry/you want more parmesan, etc.; it's not a finicky recipe requiring precise measurements.

Lasts for a decent amount of time in a sealed container in the fridge.

You can apparently freeze pesto (in silicone ice-cube type trays for individual servings); I have tried this but not tried defrosting any yet, so can't vouch for how well that works.

{*The classic wild garlic pesto uses parsley or rocket/arugula, but the cavolo nero turns out to work awesomely. I suspect watercress would be great too. You can also make it with almonds or pine nuts and probably many other nuts.}
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[personal profile] thady posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Hermione Granger/Ginny Weasley
Content Notes/Warnings: NSFW | content notes )
Medium: CS6, Intuos Pen&Touch
Artist on DW/LJ: [ profile] savagesnakes
Artist Website/Gallery:

Why this piece is awesome: This looks so gorgeaous. The setting is so sensual and intimate. I love the way Ginny looks at Hermione, the blush on her cheeks. And the way Hermione seems lost in her enjoyment.

Link: Like the Sun.

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[personal profile] petzipellepingo
Kintsugi , NC-17 Spike/Buffy by [profile] enigmaticblues.

Good Birthday , Spike/Willow by [personal profile] evil_little_dog.

A New World , Spike/Xander by [personal profile] forsaken2003.

Chapter One , Chapter Two and Alternative of Seeing Pink , Spike/Buffy by [profile] futurescribbler.

Chapter Fifty Two of Truth Denied by [profile] perverted_pages.

Spike/Dru wallpaper by [profile] mwrgana_muse.

Icons from Issue No. Twenty Seven by nmcil12.

Thinky thoughts on Buffyverse characters by [profile] sunclouds33.

EW shows all of SMG's covers.

So sorry to hear that [personal profile] musicbitch has died .
rydra_wong: Text: BAD BRAIN DAY. Picture: Azula, having one. (a:tla -- bad brain day)
[personal profile] rydra_wong (content warning for uncomfortably vivid cartoon depiction of bad mental state happening for no reason)

Not happening to me today, or too much at the moment; my posting this should not be cause for concern. But. Some days, that's how it goes.


20 May 2016 12:32
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[personal profile] lotesse
honestly I'm in terrible shape today. I shouldn't be - work's been going really well, until September I'm going to be writing essays about literature and the supernatural, which is amazing - I've got an Andersen story this week, Garth Nix's Sabriel (!) for next - and ever since the weather turned the afterschool childcare work I've been doing has gone from kinda heavy to just delightful, the little girl with Down's I've been taking care of is super happy to scrounge around in the woods and I don't have to mind her so closely because there's nothing she can break, and mess doesn't matter outside so we've way less conflict and are getting good communication lines set up and it's sunshine and exercise and playing tag and there's a real nice dog -

but I also can't stop crying, and i had an awful punitive dream last night - I wonder if the reason why I hate Dickens so much is that my superego can be distressingly Dickensian, all "let me show you visions of that thing you want so that you can see how you would fuck it up to the harm of innocents." shit. and everything is rubbing me the wrong way; my head aches, my heart aches, my eyes ache. Yesterday morning I heard the mom who lives in the other part of my house spanking her little girl, and the poor baby was crying, and I just about hyperventilated out of my skin.
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[personal profile] mific posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Master and Commander
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Other (Jack Aubrey)
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital drawing
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: leopreston on DA 
Why this piece is awesome: This is such a cool idea and really well realised. It's intended as a page from Maturin's diary, with his humorous drawings of the tortoise he named for Jack - just a little anthromorphised. Very cleverly done, and a great likeness as well. I can just see Jack spluttering with wounded dignity and Stephen laughing his pants off.
Link: Testudo Aubreii
nanila: wrong side of the mirror (me: wrong side of the mirror)
[personal profile] nanila

[My parents, Oma, Keiki, cousins in the front garden at the out-law's house in the Pacific Northwest.]

At the end of our recent flying visit to the States, Keiki and my parents and I drove up to my aunt&uncle-out-law's house nearby. Keiki and I stayed overnight, and Aunt-Out-Law treated us to VIP service to the airport the next morning, taking our heavy luggage to the check-in desk and walking us all the way to the security gate. But before that, we had a birthday barbecue for Uncle-Out-Law, with all the cousins. It was brilliant, and there are lots of photos of family and celebrations below the cut.

+15 photos )
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[personal profile] petzipellepingo
David Attenborough Never Covered This, Spike/Buffy by [profile] thisficklemob.

Yahoo says "Not Fade Away is the Best TV Finale of All Time". "Angel did something big. It spent four years being surprising and took a lot of risks, even from the beginning and with the final episode it chose to make it stand for something. This was a show about atonement and in 45 minutes it decided not to have a happy ending but tell a more enriching story by having our heroes not win, but just keep fighting".
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[personal profile] aris_tgd posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Hamilton
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, John Laurens, Lafayette, Hercules Mulligan
Content Notes/Warnings: None
Medium: Digital
Artist on DW/LJ: N/A
Artist Website/Gallery: [ profile] escalusia
Why this piece is awesome: I love, love, love interpretations of this song, and this one is adorable. The colors! The faces! The comic timing! Terrific.
Link: Aaron Burr, Sir
ruuger: Londo from Babylon 5 and the text: "And now for something completely different - a Centauri with seven tentacles" (And now for something completely differe)
[personal profile] ruuger
So I only now realised that I never remembered to post the rest of my Babylon 5 thoughts when I rewatched it last autmn. Oops.

spoilers, spoilers and even more spoilers )
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[personal profile] thady posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Harry Potter
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Gen | Hermione Granger, Harry Potter, Ron Weasley
Content Notes/Warnings: none, SFW
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ:
Artist Website/Gallery: [ profile] vmtr89

Why this piece is awesome: I really like the compostion and the coloring here. Their expressions are great, they so look like themselves.

Link: Gillyweed.

Oh, there's a 3!

19 May 2016 08:14
rydra_wong: Fragment of a Tube map, with stations renamed Piero della Francesca, Harpo, Socrates and Seneca. (walking -- the great bear)
[personal profile] rydra_wong
I forgot about this, but: the feral parakeets have reached Kensington Gardens! I saw several the other day, descending from a tree to be fed by a circle of people holding out palms full of birdseed.

This is amazing because I thought they were still mostly in South London suburbs; I had no idea they'd spread this far.

Google found me video evidence of them from earlier this year, feeding from people's hands:
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[personal profile] ruuger
This is a short fic I originally wrote for last year's Everywoman ficathon (which is currently open for sign-ups, hint, hint) but never finished it until now because real life happened just before the deadline.

No Future But What We Make (1149 words) by Ruuger
Fandom: X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Kitty Pryde & Rogue
Summary: The words slipped out almost before she'd even thought of them. "If I still had my powers, I could have done something."

(I seem to be collecting new fandoms to write this year: first Star Wars and Doctor Who, and now X-Men)
ruuger: (Mentalist: Jane/Cho)
[personal profile] ruuger
I've been reading the spoilers about Castle's series finale (and watched the final scene), and I take back every bad word that I ever said about The Mentalist season 6 finale*. It may have copied its plot from an episode of Friends, but it was still miles better than this mess.

spoilers for the finale )

Also, speaking of Castle, I've been watching some random season 6 episodes of Castle on TV recently, and "Time Will Tell" which ended with the suggestion that time travel was really real, made me think just how differently The Mentalist would have handled the same story. Because I think Jane would have gone with the time traveller's story just like Castle, except that he would have done it just to mess with Lisbon. But after the case was closed, he would have revealed some deep dark trauma he'd discovered from the time traveller's past, and would have helped him to get over it and go back to normal life. The episode would then have ended with an image of Jane sitting alone, looking really sad, while the Jane-thinks-about-his-family theme played as they always do ;)

(I was seriously tempted to rewrite the episode as a The Mentalist fic - in fact, it could be an interesting idea for a ficathon: take one episode from a procedural, and rewrite it for another one)

* Except for the bit about the freeze frame, because I still think that was fucking stupid.


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