Cold River by Gwen Benaway

28 April 2017 15:37
[personal profile] yuuago posting in [community profile] poetry
sing that cold water
I know so well,
be that dark current
I carry in my veins.

let it take me under
to the shallows in winter,
see the ice stretch above
an opaque and cracked sky.

listen for sturgeons
and feel the eels,
dream in hibernation
on the lakebed.

sing the winter water
I've been promised,
be that killing cold
I was born in.

wait for my mother,
count the dead here,
my gookum, my uncle,
everyone I knew.

forget the sun
I lied to,
give up the warmth
I wasted away,

sing that ice road,
pray for frostbite,
beg for winter's mercy,
be numbed by snow.
[staff profile] karzilla posting in [site community profile] dw_maintenance
We are planning to do a code push late this weekend, at approximately 8pm PDT / 11pm EDT / 3am UTC on Sunday, Apr 30 (or May 1 for you transatlantic types.).

I don't have a list of changes for you yet, but most will fall into the following categories: things users have complained about to support volunteers, things support volunteers have complained about to developers, things [staff profile] denise has complained about not working the way she expects them to (and as we all know, The Boss is Always Right), and things that were printing warnings over and over in the production server logs, making it hard to spot when less frequent, more urgent errors were being printed. Oh, and also all the unused code I ripped out at the roots, which if you notice that, I did it wrong.

To sum up: we are rolling out a bunch of requested changes, so thank you all for your feedback!

If you're new to Dreamwidth and interested in tracking our development process, our commit logs are published to [site community profile] changelog and [community profile] changelog_digest, and every month or so, one of our volunteers will translate those often-cryptic entries into witty, informative code tours! The most recent one was published on April 1, so we're about due for a new one. Hint, hint.

We'll update here again to let you know when the code push is imminent!
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[personal profile] turlough posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Gundam Wing
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Duo, Wufei, Heero
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: watercolours
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] fastpuck / [tumblr.com profile] dragonhusbands

Why this piece is awesome: This work does a great job depicting these three pilots as they would look as young adults. I'm particularly fond of Wufei and his no-nonsense attitude. And the colouring is just lovely.

Link: ex-pilots lookin good (DeviantART) or here (Tumblr)
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[personal profile] mific posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Riverdale
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Archie
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital painting
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: Nefyria on DA
Why this piece is awesome: This is an excellent, strong painting of Archie, looking moody and haunted. I really like the muted colours that fit the mood, and the 'tangled' texture and brush strokes. Click for the full effect. 
Link: Archie Andrews

M'Lady by AmandaTurnage (SFW)

24 April 2017 19:30
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[personal profile] turlough posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Gundam Wing
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Colonel Une
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] amandaturnage / Amanda Turnage

Why this piece is awesome: This is such a cool portrait of Colonel Une. And the caption is perfect for this side of her personality.

Link: M'Lady
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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 ONE volunteer reccer who signed up for May with this fandom:

* Yuri on Ice ([personal profile] ceares)

So while we already have a few recs to look forward to in May, it would of course be awesome if we had some 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 only ONE reccer has volunteered for June, 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 May, June 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 April. Since the general prompts don't seem to work as inspiration, I've decided to stop adding them, but to keep the open reccing period in case anyone wants to slip a rec in, without having to come up with three others for a fandom. However the recs 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.)

April Showers 2017 - Week 3

23 April 2017 22:16
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[personal profile] fanloremod posting in [community profile] fanlore

Another week of April Showers come and gone! Join us in telling your fandom story or filling us in on your fandom's history!
 

April 16th — Girl Meets World: The bay window would be the perfect place to edit the Boy Meets World & Girl Meets World pages on Fanlore. (retweet, reblog)

April 17th — Yuri!!! on Ice: We were born to ship Victuuri—and so many others! Share your favorite YuriOnIce ships on Fanlore. (retweet, reblog)

April 18th — The Mortal Instruments: No such thing as TMI on Fanlore. Share your Mortal Instruments fandom experience! (retweet, reblog)

April 19th — Binding of Isaac: Is Isaac dead? If you know, grab some pickups and a trinket to help edit Binding of Isaac at Fanlore. (retweet, reblog)

April 20th — Simon Snow series: Calling all Snowflakes! Snowbaz fans gather together to update the Fangirl , Carry On, and Simon Snow pages on Fanlore. (retweet, reblog)

April 21st — Marvel Cinematic Universe: Avengers fans assemble! Let yourself be burdened with glorious purpose to edit Fanlore! (retweet, reblog)

April 22nd — Undertale: Fanlore wants you filled with determination to tell the world about Undertale & share the skelebros squee! (retweet, reblog)


Other fandoms that got some love on Fanlore this week include The Phoenix, The Raven Cycle, and Supergirl. Well done, team! \o/

Every fan perspective is welcome on Fanlore. Get started by visiting our New Visitor Portal so that you, too, can participate in April Showers!



Earth Day by Jane Yolen

22 April 2017 16:28
[personal profile] bairnsidhe posting in [community profile] poetry
 I am the Earth
And the Earth is me.
Each blade of grass,
Each honey tree,
Each bit of mud, 
And stick and stone
Is blood and muscle, 
Skin and bone.
 
And just as I 
Need every bit
Of me to make
My body fit,
So Earth needs
Grass and stone and tree
And things that grow here
Naturally.
 
That’s why we 
Celebrate this day.
That’s why across
The world we say:
As long as life,
As dear, as free,
I am the Earth
And the Earth is me. 

Suiting Up by sadnobody (SFW)

21 April 2017 20:33
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[personal profile] turlough posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Gundam Wing
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Duo & Deathscythe
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] sadnobody / [tumblr.com profile] kurocodile

Why this piece is awesome: I really like this work. There is something so quintessentially Duo about his determined face and the way he's pulling his cap down and preparing to go into battle.

Link: Suiting Up

Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

21 April 2017 12:07
[personal profile] bairnsidhe posting in [community profile] poetry

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.


[personal profile] substructure posting in [community profile] poetry
sweet spring is your
time is my time is our
time for springtime is lovetime
and viva sweet love

(all the merry little birds are
flying in the floating in the
very spirits singing in
are winging in the blossoming)

lovers go and lovers come
awandering awondering
but any two are perfectly
alone there's nobody else alive

(such a sky and such a sun
i never knew and neither did you
and everybody never breathed
quite so many kinds of yes)

not a tree can count his leaves
each herself by opening
but shining who by thousands mean
only one amazing thing

(secretly adoring shyly
tiny winging darting floating
merry in the blossoming
always joyful selves are singing)

sweet spring is your
time is my time is our
time for springtime is lovetime
and viva sweet love
[personal profile] bairnsidhe posting in [community profile] poetry
 The sun has gone without a glow;
No moon is there to shine tonight,
And sleepy stars refuse to show,
There is no noise; there is no light.

The silent sentinel walks his post,
While thoughts are flying through his head,
Before him stalks a mighty host;
They are the spirits of the dead.

He sees the patriarchs of old,
The scholars of great renown,
The bondsmen who to chains were sold;
He sees the fool and royal clown.

He sees the kings of kingly mien;
He sees the warriors strong and brave,
And all the dead are in that train
For every soul has left the grave.

Belshazzar lived, but had to die,
And mighty Caeser joined the throng;
Napoleon's men had passed him by,
And Washington had come along.

The silent sentinel walks his post
While thoughts are flying through his head.
"How soon," he thinks, "will my own ghost
Be keeping step among the dead?"

Who leads the army of the dead?
The greatest general ever known.
They say that God is at the head
And he commands it from the throne.

On earth the great commanding head
Requires citations for the deed.
Not so the Captain of the Dead,
He sees with omnipresent heed.

In the silence of the night
He notes the struggle for the goal;
He sees the hero bravely fight
The bitter battle in his soul.

We mortals never know the truth;
The bravest deeds are never known
By men of earth forsooth
But by the Commandant alone.

And so He decorates heroes
With His divine, immortal hands,
And those deserving praise He knows,
He knows them all from foreign lands.

He pins a cross upon a mother,
But, no, it's not a Croix de Guerre;
He pins a cross upon another,
It is the cross that Christ did bear.

Women who bear the battle's brunt,
Women who wait in silent prayer
For husbands serving at the front,
Come forth their honor to share.

Before the Army of the Dead,
He calls a boy who peddles news,
A weary soul who scrubs for bread,
A cobbler who repairs old shoes.

And many heroes of the earth
Are never decorated there,
And many men of royal birth
In that great honor have no share.

For God respects no birth or rank
But metes out justice unto men,
Rewarding justly Hun or Yank
For every deed of sword or pen.

The silent sentinel walks his post
While thoughts are flying through his head.
He knows that men from every coast
At last will march among the dead.
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[personal profile] mific posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Riverdale
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Betty/Veronica
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital painting
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: IWillBite on DA
Why this piece is awesome: This is an extremely cute pic of Betty and Veronica post-kiss, at the cheerleader tryouts. I love their expressions so much. Also, Betty/Veronica!!  ♥ ♥
Link: Destined to meet you
[staff profile] denise posting in [site community profile] dw_maintenance
Our content importer has mostly caught up with its backlog; almost everything that's still listed as being "in the queue" are jobs that were tried, failed once or more with a temporary failure, and are waiting to try again. (The importer tries a few times, at successively longer intervals, when it gets a failure it thinks might be temporary/might correct itself later on.) This means that new imports scheduled now should complete in hours (or even minutes), not the "several days" it's been taking.

If you tried to schedule a second import while the first one was still running, at any time in the past 10 days or so, you may have confused the poor thing. If you think your import should be finished by now and it isn't, and you're seeing "Aborted" on the Importer Status part of the Importer page, feel free to open a support request in the Importer category and we'll look into it for you. (It may take a little bit before you get a response; those of us who have the access to look into importer problems have been really busy for the past two weeks or so, and I at least need a few days to catch my breath a bit before diving back into the fray! But we'll do what we can.)

I hope all y'all are continuing to settle in well to your new home!
[personal profile] bairnsidhe posting in [community profile] poetry

Turning and turning in the widening gyre

The falcon cannot hear the falconer;

Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;

Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere

The ceremony of innocence is drowned;

The best lack all conviction, while the worst

Are full of passionate intensity.


Surely some revelation is at hand;

Surely the Second Coming is at hand.

The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out

When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi

Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert

A shape with lion body and the head of a man,

A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,

Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it

Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.

The darkness drops again; but now I know

That twenty centuries of stony sleep

Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,

And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,

Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

WuFei by Eeni (SFW)

17 April 2017 20:30
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[personal profile] turlough posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Gundam Wing
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Wufei
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] eeni / [tumblr.com profile] gladyscontrerasart

Why this piece is awesome: This is such a wonderfully energetic work. I love the way the sketch-y, messy linework enhances the dynamic quality of the kata he's performing.

Link: WuFei

The Line-Up by Josh Lee

17 April 2017 09:39
[personal profile] bairnsidhe posting in [community profile] poetry
 I lined up for my papers
   When I started the game;
I lined up at the office
   And I lined up at the train.

I lined up when I landed
  And I got my soldier's tag,
I lined up with the rookies,
  And I got my barracks bag.

I lined up in the morning,
  And I lined up for retreat.
I lined up at the canteen
  And I lined up where they eat.

I lined up for inspections,
  And they happened every day,
I lined up at the mailbox
  And I lined up for my pay.

I lined up with my rifle
  And I shot across the farm;
I lined up for the doctors
  And they shot me in the arm.

I lined up for my passes
  So that I could go to town;
I lined up at the harbor
  When the plank was lowered down.

I lined up on the steamer
  For every guard detail,
And when the waves were tossing,
  I lined up at the rail.

I lined up at the sick bay
  When afflicted with disease;
They always marked me "duty"
  And prescribed for me CC's.

I lined up for my choc'late
  And my commissary stuff;
I lined up for seconds
  When I didn't get enough.

And when the war was over,
 I lined up just the same,
But by and by one summer
  That final line-up came.

I lined up for the steamer
  And it brought me home again;
I was so bloomin' happy
  That I couldn't hold it in.

And when I saw the statue,
  It was glory well I reckons;
And if my country needs me,
  I'll line up then for seconds.

April Showers 2017 - Week 2

16 April 2017 15:39
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[personal profile] fanloremod posting in [community profile] fanlore

April Showers continues this week with a whole new set of fandoms! Some of these are still stubs, so join us! Don’t be shy—every fan perspective is welcome. Tell your fandom's history or your favorite fandom stories!


April 9th — Phandom: Hello internet! my name is [Fanlore]. Any Crafties willing to share their #phandom protips? ≥ • ≤ (retweet, reblog)

April 10th — The Baby-Sitters Club: Kristy’s got her greatest idea yet. If you were a member of the Baby-Sitters Club, now’s your chance to relive those memories, and share them with others! The Baby-Sitters Club Fanlore page needs your help to get up to date. (retweet, reblog)

April 11th — Death Note: Rule 1: The human whose name appears as editor of the #DeathNote page shall become part of fandom history. (retweet, reblog)

April 12th — Borderlands: Calling all Vault Hunters! Help us unlock the vault to our #Fanlore Borderlands page. (retweet, reblog)

April 13th — Twin Peaks: f you know whose body was found dead, wrapped in plastic—head over to the #TwinPeaks page and help out! (retweet, reblog)

April 14th — Gravity Falls: Khos xv hglw Judylwb Idoov... #GravityFalls at Fanlore needs your help to decode the secrets of its fandom! (retweet, reblog)

April 15th — Rivers of London: #RiversofLondon Nightingales! Please May you Grant us your song by adding to the RoL #Fanlore page? (retweet, reblog)


Other fandoms that got some love on Fanlore this week include Ella Enchanted, Brothers & Sisters, and Toy Soldiers. Keep up the great work, everybody! \o/

If your favorite fandom's missing, help us fill in the blanks! Here’s our New Visitor Portal and a Guide to Participating in April Showers to help you get started!


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