[personal profile] lnhammer posting in [community profile] poetry
131. 留別王侍御維

寂寂竟何待
朝朝空自歸
欲尋芳草去
惜與故人違
當路誰相假
知音世所稀
祗應守寂寞
還掩故園扉


131. Parting from Wang Wei

Quietly, I've waited here so long,
Day after day; but now I must return.
Now I go to seek the fragrant grass,
But I grieve to part from my old friend.
Who is there who would help me on the road?
Understanding friends are few in life.
I should just observe my solitude,
And close again the gate of my old home.


(With apologies for posting early, but there's a good chance I'll be offline all weekend and wanted to get this one last poem in. Other poets from this week also wrote to one another -- I originally wanted to post an entire ring of addresses, but couldn't pull it off because some lived later than others.)

Seeing Off a Friend - Li Bai

27 March 2015 07:37
[personal profile] lnhammer posting in [community profile] poetry
102. 送友人

青山橫北郭
白水遶東城
此地一為別
孤蓬萬里征
浮雲游子意
落日故人情
揮手自茲去
蕭蕭班馬鳴


102. Seeing Off a Friend

Green hills above the northern wall,
White water winding east of the city.
On this spot our single act of parting,
The lonely tumbleweed journeys ten thousand li.
Drifting clouds echo the traveller's thoughts,
The setting sun reflects my old friend's feelings.
You wave your hand and set off from this place,
Your horse whinnies as it leaves.


(The author is also known under the Wade-Giles transliteration as Li Po. Translation found here.)

Leela by Rashomonchb (SFW)

26 March 2015 20:19
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[personal profile] turlough posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Classic Doctor Who
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Leela of the Sevateem
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] rashomonchb

Why this piece is awesome: This is one of my favourite drawings of Leela. I love the how vibrant and alive she seems and how strong and fierce her movements are. The way her forward rush has her on the verge of breaking out of the picture. It's a wonderful celebration of the hunter and warrior she never stopped being.

Link: Leela

Grass - Bai Juyi

26 March 2015 08:00
[personal profile] lnhammer posting in [community profile] poetry
152. 草

離離原上草
一歲一枯榮
野火燒不盡
春風吹又生
遠芳侵古道
晴翠接荒城
又送王孫去
萋萋滿別情


152. Grass

The grass is spreading out across the plain,
Each year, it dies then flourishes again.
It's burnt but not destroyed by prairie fires,
When spring winds blow they bring it back to life.
Afar, its scent invades the ancient road,
Its emerald green overruns the ruined town.
Again I see my noble friend depart,
I find I'm crowded full of parting's feelings.


(Translation found here.)
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[personal profile] mific posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Cabin Pressure
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Captain Otter (aka Martin)
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital painting
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: tillieke on DA   on tumblr (sadly not tagged)
Why this piece is awesome: Because, otter! There's a CP episode that features otters and contains speculation about how many otters can fit on a plane - that's led to art as well. The notion of Martin as an otter captain is not part of canon, but it is delightful. And of course with his usual existential angst. Enlarge it for maximum otterness.
Link: Captain Otter

Spring View - Du Fu

25 March 2015 07:42
[personal profile] lnhammer posting in [community profile] poetry
106. 春望

國破山河在
城春草木深
感時花濺淚
恨別鳥驚心
烽火連三月
家書抵萬金
白頭搔更短
渾欲不勝簪


106. Spring View

The country is broken, though hills and rivers remain,
In the city in spring, grass and trees are thick.
Moved by the moment, a flower's splashed with tears,
Mourning parting, a bird startles the heart.
The beacon fires have joined for three months now,
Family letters are worth ten thousand pieces.
I scratch my head, its white hairs growing thinner,
And barely able now to hold a hairpin.


(My favorite Tang poet writing, as you can probably guess, in time of civil war -- specifically, while being held captive by the side that ultimately lost. Translation, with notes, from here.)
[personal profile] lnhammer posting in [community profile] poetry
119. 酬張少府

晚年惟好靜
萬事不關心
自顧無長策
空知返舊林
松風吹解帶
山月照彈琴
君問窮通理
漁歌入浦深


119. Replying to Subprefect Zhang

Now in old age, I know the value of silence,
The world's affairs no longer stir my heart.
Turning to myself, I have no greater plan,
All I can do is return to the forest of old.
Wind from the pine trees blows my sash undone,
The moon shines through the hills; I pluck the qin.
You ask me why the world must rise and fall.
Fishermen sing on the steep banks of the river.

(Translation from here)
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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 April with these fandoms:

* Avatar ([personal profile] mific)
* Criminal Minds ([personal profile] ceares)
* Naruto ([personal profile] sylvaine)

So while we already have some recs to look forward to in April, 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 May, 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 April, May 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 March. If you are looking for something to inspire you, the prompt for this week is "Green", 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] sylvaine posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Naruto
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Rock Lee
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: NA
Artist Website/Gallery: [tumblr.com profile] busy-matches (art tag)
Why this piece is awesome: This is such a happymaking picture - everything from the colours to the softness of the drawing to the big smile on Lee's face to his shining eyes makes me smile every time I see this picture.
Link: actual sunshine child on tumblr (if that link breaks, I have reblogged it here)
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[personal profile] turlough posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Classic Doctor Who
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: The Fourth Doctor, Sarah Jane Smith, and Harry Sullivan
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: pens & ink?
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] mystsaphyr

Why this piece is awesome: This is such a fun and cute drawing of the three of them. The slightly naivistic style with its rounded contours and soft shading gives it a very fitting 1970s feel. And I love the feeling of comradeship and closeness you get from their body language.

Link: Team TARDIS 1975
[personal profile] lnhammer posting in [community profile] poetry
This week, I'll be sharing poems from Three Hundred Tang Poems, which is actually 320 or so poems (a few extra were included as a sort of good-luck bonus) compiled around 1763 by scholar Sun Zhu as a summary of the best poetry from the Tang Dynasty, a thousand years before him, where "best" included an eye to their educational value. This one is by my second-favorite Tang poet, Li Shangyin.


298. 夜雨寄北

君問歸期未有期
巴山夜雨漲秋池
何當共剪西窗燭
卻話巴山夜雨時


298. On a Rainy Night, to a Friend in the North

You ask me when I am coming. I do not know.
I dream of your mountains and autumn pools brimming all night with the rain.
Oh, when shall we be trimming wicks again, together in your western window?
When shall I be hearing your voice again, all night in the rain?

NEJIvsSHINO by Djetho (SFW)

21 March 2015 17:53
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[personal profile] sylvaine posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Naruto
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Hyuuga Neji, Aburame Shino
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: NA
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] Djetho
Why this piece is awesome: I love how dynamic this piece is, especially since the pair-up is unusual - and Shino especially rarely gets to shine in fanart.
Link: NEJIvsSHINO on deviantart
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[personal profile] mific posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Cabin Pressure/BBC Sherlock crossover
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Martin Crieff, Sherlock Holmes
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital art, comic
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: nero749 on DA
Why this piece is awesome: Remember I said that in Cabin Pressure Martin's shorter and with reddish hair? So here's one of a number of crossovers that have been drawn or written, with BBC Sherlock. I like the style of this comic, and they both look exactly right to me and are very in character. Poor Martin, why won't anyone believe he's the captain?
Link: Mr Holmes, meet Martin Crieff
[personal profile] taiga13 posting in [community profile] poetry
Note: This poem is about the city of Elliot Lake in northern Ontario, Canada.

The city was built on Cambrian rifts,
boot-sucking mid, a rush to stake alliances.
Now it's birch, white pine, and alder creaking,
a low, flat tailings pond where nothing thrives.
Cat's cradle of a radio tower the only hint

that the human hive once buzzed,
air-drilling its way from darkness to darkness.
Like trees in Kyiv that have been dead for twenty years,
still fully in leaf, you imagine breaking a branch
and hearing the hiss and crack of a voice.

Doesn't an engine revving somewhere seem to lend the flies
that gather round us a like a prayer? There's no one here.
Mushrooms tilt their mitres like a brotherhood,
break the locked box in the wood. A sticking point:
that the day has never been more beautiful and clear;

this place you're more likely to be struck by lightning
than attacked by a bear. Into spore-charged air
the blow-by-blow seems to take - that, in the beginning,
houses bloomed like campanulas on the highest point;
that, in the end, it wasn't the mine but the mall that collapsed.
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[personal profile] sailorptah posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Hellsing
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Alucard, Integra, Seras
Medium: Digital art (animated)
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] chickenoverlord

Why this piece is awesome: So much effort for chibis, and so much detailed quality shading for an animation. Our three heroes are just the right combination of fierce and adorable.

Link: Hellsing Group
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[personal profile] sailorptah posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Hellsing
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Baobhan sith
Medium: Digital art
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] Kota-Stoker

Why this piece is awesome: She's a one-off anime-only character who could use more appreciation, and this gorgeous pinup delivers. Love the hair, the clingy fabric, the freckles.

Link: Baobhan Sith

Yeti Hugs by dragon-64 (SFW)

18 March 2015 18:52
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[personal profile] turlough posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Classic Doctor Who
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: The Second Doctor & a yeti
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] dragon-64

Why this piece is awesome: This is such a fun and cute work. I love the Doctor's stunned expression. And I'm glad it's not only me who thinks the Second Doctor looked like a yeti in that gigantic fur coat :-)

Link: Yeti Hugs
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[personal profile] sylvaine posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Naruto
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Akimichi Chouchou
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: NA
Artist Website/Gallery: [tumblr.com profile] rizplease (art tag) / [deviantart.com profile] rizmance (does not include everything)
Why this piece is awesome: I love how badass Chouchou looks on this picture. She exudes confidence in herself and her abilities and her looks and it's great.
Link: here on tumblr (if that link breaks, I have reblogged it here.)
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[personal profile] mific posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Cabin Pressure
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject:
Arthur
Content Notes/Warnings:
none
Medium:
digital drawing
Artist on DW/LJ:
[personal profile] tealin
Artist Website/Gallery:
Tealin on DW  tealin as twirlynoodle on LJ
Why this piece is awesome:
Because it's Arthur, so massively excited about Christmas he's almost exploding. Hilarious, and the details are gorgeous, like the way the reindeer on his jersey's grinning too, and the fairy lights on his hat, and his slippers. I also love Tealin's note.
Link:
Cabin Pressure Advent: Molokai

Scheduled Downtime

18 March 2015 01:13
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[personal profile] fanloremod posting in [community profile] fanlore
Both Fanlore and AO3 will be down for scheduled maintenance this Friday, 20th March. The maintenance will take place from 17:30 to approximately 20:45 UTC. (What time is that in my timezone?)

Note that maintenance may also take slightly longer than expected, so there is no need to contact us if you cannot access the site at exactly 20:45 UTC.

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16 March 2015 00:27
[staff profile] denise posting in [site community profile] dw_maintenance
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[personal profile] turlough posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Classic Doctor Who / Tintin
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: The Fourth Doctor & K9
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: pens?
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] indy1725

Why this piece is awesome: This is such a fun drawing of the Fourth Doctor. It's very much in character. So much in fact that it took me quite a while to realise what else it was reminding me of. It was K9's unusual tail that gave it away in the end :-)

Link: Doctor Who and K-9
[staff profile] fu posting in [site community profile] dw_maintenance
FYI -- We're scheduling a code push for Sunday 9PM PDT / Monday 12AM EDT / 4AM GMT.

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