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Courtesy of [personal profile] gingerschnapps, it's the [mental health] Downswing Party!

Bring your mood disorder, anxiety or other mental health issue! Commiserate! Hang out!

Important note: if you're worrying that you're not doing badly enough to qualify, you are welcome too!

Friday Night Links

21 November 2014 22:13
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[personal profile] next_to_normal
* Some interesting actors being considered to play Jessica Jones and Luke Cage in their respective Netflix series.

* Such a random thing to come from Playboy, but I will take any opportunity to revisit the short-lived series Kings.

* Here's a trailer for the new live-action Cinderella movie from Disney.

* Better Call Saul finally has a premiere date. So does The Americans.

* Adam Pally is leaving The Mindy Project.

* Really interesting account of how Mike Nichols and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? helped to change the MPAA rating system.

* Cecily Strong is hosting the next White House Correspondents' Dinner. Good for her.

* Here's a clip of Meryl Streep singing "Stay With Me" from Into the Woods.

* There's also a trailer for Pitch Perfect 2.

* Donald Sutherland compared Jennifer Lawrence to Joan of Arc and Jesus. Look, we all love JLaw, but that's a little ridiculous even as hyperbole. (On the other hand, now I kind of want a Joan of Arc movie starring Jennifer Lawrence?)

Sometimes it pays to be "nosy"

21 November 2014 15:43
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[personal profile] fenchurch
Okay, not *exactly* nosy, but when I'm in line at the grocery store, I almost always look over what the people in front of me and the people behind me are putting on the belt at the checkout. Often times I find products I had no idea existed by doing that.

Today, there was a woman with a toddler behind me who was buying some Daiya Cheese Blocks. I'd never seen those before, just the shredded (I don't often get Daiya cheese... since I can have the goat and sheep milk cheeses, but sometimes it's not a bad substitute to use) and asked how she liked it. Turns out the little girl can't have any dairy and LOVES being able to have blocks of cheese (and not just slices or shredded) just like everyone else in the family.

I happened to be buying a box of Earth Balance Vegan Macaroni & Cheese (because that stuff is *awesome*) and asked if they'd tried it. Turned out she'd never heard of it... and also hadn't known about Earth Balance Vegan Cheddar Squares (the store had only just started carrying them about a week ago (totally my fault... I've been bugging them for over a year about it, got fed up and bought five boxes when we were in Texas last month, so of course now they started carrying the stuff locally)).

End result: She went running off on a mad dash through the store to get macaroni & Cheese and a box of vegan cheddar squares. I predict a VERY happy little girl in the not too distant future.

Crossposted from my Livejournal

Friday's Unscientific Poll

21 November 2014 15:10
nanila: little and wicked (mizuno: lil naughty)
[personal profile] nanila
This morning, I received an e-mail from a restaurant about a "Christmas Bokking", prompting visions of my fellow lab denizens and myself turning up for our meal dressed as chickens.

Later, someone on my telecon uttered the following words in all seriousness: "So wait, is this the problem we were having with time going backward?"

Poll #16170 Chickens v Time
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 35


Which is better?

View Answers

Christmas bokking
14 (40.0%)

Time going backward
21 (60.0%)

Resting update

20 November 2014 21:50
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[personal profile] juliet
So last week (or the week before; whichever) I decided that I was going to REST in November. (Where "in November" is defined as "in the bits of November which are not Leon-days and when I do not already have commitments, i.e. only actually about 8 days in total.)

My observations so far:

  • I am not all that good at resting. I keep thinking "right, so what am I going to DO today? what is my GOAL? what do I want to ACHIEVE?" and then having to remind myself that what I am DOING today is nothing.

  • I am really not all that good at resting. My idea of 'doing nothing' is only spending an hour or so doing ticky-box useful things, and then the rest of the time knitting. And reading, which ought to count, except I keep finding myself reading things off the 'I really must read this' pile rather than just fun things. OK, sometimes the IRMRT pile contains unexpectedly fun things (if they were truly expectedly fun I would have read them already; they tend to be things that I might be pleased to have read but are not necessarily restful). But still. I mean, I do like knitting! But I find it curious that it is so difficult not to do something that I clock as 'vaguely useful'.

  • Having said all of that, I have had a couple of naps in the last fortnight, which were great! And I have done enjoyable reading and knitting rather than (mostly) hurtling around the place with the mile-long to-do list, so we will count this as a win.

  • When I have sat down for an hour with the to-do list, the enjoyment of crossing things off the list has been significantly higher than usual, which I found fascinating. Possibly partly because I was limiting the time I was going to spend doing it? Rather than having a whole day (and more...) of ticky-box tasks stretching ahead of me.

  • I do, overall, feel better than I did when I made the decision.

  • I do need to rethink what I'm trying to fit into my normal life at the moment. I have done some provisional thinking on this and will continue to contemplate it next week.

  • I have also done some writing just because I wanted to, which is an improvement on last month when it was all about ticking things off. This was pleasing. Long may it continue. (The interesting thing is finding the balance between the self-discipline of 'show up and write'; the feeling of 'I want to do this and am enjoying the process' (where 'enjoying' also covers 'this is hard work and exhausting but satisfying'); and the bit where you just need to keep on plugging.



Further updates at the end of the month, if I think of any.

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

20 November 2014 03:36
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[personal profile] petzipellepingo
Keys , Giles/Buffy by [profile] tld8of9.

Provenance , Buffy/Angel by ashes_at_midnight.

Thinky thoughts on writing the Buffyverse by [profile] shadowkat67.

[profile] kikimay talks about Season Ten, Issue No. Nine .

EW previews NB on the season finale of Faking It .

February solicits

19 November 2014 15:13
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[personal profile] snickfic
Snick's somewhat-monthly reaction post to solicits news returns!

Image
* SAGAAAAA. Saga is back, as is almost the entire cast! :DDDD

* This new #1 sounds intriguing: The Empty, by Jimmy Robinson: Tanoor lives in an empty apocalyptic world of poison and decay. Her village is all that remains of humanity as they struggle against mutant beasts and rotting bones.But Tanoor finds a chance to save her people when a stranger drifts into town. A stranger armed with the power to grow life from death. A stranger who could change the world—if Tanoor can keep them alive in the deadly world of The Empty.

* Likewise Postal by Hill/Hawkins and Goodhart: The townsfolk of Eden, Wyoming wake up to the first official murder the town has seen in 25 years. Their reaction to this isn’t normal, and there’s a reason for that. Eden operates as a haven for fugitive criminals who remain here while new identities, often including facial reconstruction, are created for them. There is zero tolerance for any illegal activity that might draw attention to the town and an “official murder” is the last thing they want. A single, tight-knit family runs Eden with the youngest oddball son Mark Shiffron overseeing the postal branch, the only means of shipping in or out of the city.

* Lots of next issues for series I'm enjoying, including East of West, The Wicked + the Divine, Lazarus (although I'm behind on that).

Marvel
* Elektra canceled. The art was so pretty, but the story was so cold. IDK. I wanted to love it.

* Lots of new female-led titles: Spider-Gwen, Silk (both Spider-man affiliated, kind of? Spider-Gwen is AU somehow), and by then we'll be three issues into Angela: Assassin of Asgard, which I must say is not a book that I'm filled with hope for, although I do like women are involved in both the writing and the arting.

* Jorge Molina is taking a shift (or taking over?) on Thor. Given the kind of style he had when he filled in on X-Force, I think he'll be a good fit, especially if they keep the same colorist. Solicit seems to imply that we still don't know new Thor's identity?!

* MS MARVEL VERSUS LOKI. ALL MY DREAMS ARE COME TRUE. I mean, just look at this cover. (Sad we don't have Jake Wyatt back, though - artist this issue is Takeshi Miyazawa, whom I'm not familiar with.)

* I will be interested to read the rest of X-Force once it finally comes to MU. This Fantomex-as-antagonist thing seems designed to make me unhappy, but Spurrier is a clever and complex writer. IDK.

* Storm #8 - Phil Briones arting this issue. I recall quite liking his work on Humphries' UXF, although not as well as I've liked Ibanez.
ruuger: (You made Spike cry)
[personal profile] ruuger
I feel like I'm doing something wrong because I didn't find neither Parks & Rec nor the Community funny, and now I'm watching Brooklyn 99, and I don't like it either.

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

19 November 2014 03:26
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Cake , Buffy/Angel by [personal profile] seraphcelene.

io9 includes "Every Single Male In Buffy Summers' Life" in their "7 Dudes in Distress Who Needed Saving by Damsels". "Angel. Xander. Giles. Spike. If you hung out with Buffy Summers on any kind of regular basis during Buffy the Vampire Slayer and had a penis, then chances are Buffy saved your ass on multiple occasions...To be fair, everyone around Buffy needed saving pretty much constantly, and that occasionally included Buffy herself. But given that the main female characters were Slayers and witches, the less powered male characters were easy pickings for the bad guys".

More news from the Sunnydale Press.

Storywonk discusses Out of Mind, Out of Sight and Prophecy Girl and the problem of Xander .

TheMindRobbers discusses Buffy vs. Dracula and Real Me .

Linkspam

18 November 2014 23:31
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[personal profile] next_to_normal
* Peter Capaldi is confirmed to be coming back for the next season of Doctor Who. Not that anyone really expected he wouldn't, since there's usually much more fanfare when a Doctor leaves and a new one is cast, and also we just did that at the beginning of THIS season. But. You know. In case you were worried. No confirmation on Jenna Coleman, however.

* If you're a fan of The Americans or Masters of Sex, you may be happy to hear that The Millers was canceled, thus freeing up Margo Martindale and Beau Bridges to return to those (much better) shows.

* With Mockingjay coming out soon, Jennifer Lawrence and the rest of the cast are out in full force. JLaw talks about the crazy ways her life has changed since accepting this role and makes plans to fight crime with Stephen Colbert, or possibly commit crimes as part of her downward spiral. Director Francis Lawrence discusses the pressure of being Philip Seymour Hoffman's last film, Sam Claflin talks a lot about his hair, and Natalie Dormer is her usual fierce self as always.

* Marvel has cast Daniel Bruhl to play an unspecified villain in Captain America: Civil War. No idea who he's actually playing, but here's some speculation, which also indicates that the Winter Soldier will still play a major role in the film. You know, in addition to Tony Stark being around, and Cap possibly having a whole new team, and introducing Black Panther... Man, this is going to be one really crowded movie; I'm not sure why they're even bothering to call it "Captain America" at this point.

* This is why it took so long to get Dancing Baby Groot merchandise.

* Rob Marshall and James Lapine talk about adapting Into the Woods for the film. I do not appreciate being told to "chill out." This is only THE MOST IMPORTANT PART OF MY CHILDHOOD YOU ARE MESSING WITH HERE. That is, like, barely an exaggeration, you don't even know.

* First promo for Peter Pan live. Apparently, they are making quite a few changes from the original musical, but some of that's about making it less horribly racist, so I think even the purists would find it hard to argue with that one.

* Fantastic discussion of Connie Britton's career and magnificent hair.

* Interesting piece on how certain casting choices provoke outrage, what the threshold is for authenticity, and why some ethnic minorities get lumped together.

* Mandy Patinkin sings and talks really fast and says the Inigo Montoya quote on 60 Minutes.
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[personal profile] snickfic
This is kind of a gimme topic, because I am always happy to tell you about what comics I am excited about, but it's what [livejournal.com profile] dhampyresa asked for, so. Here are the comics I'm most excited to read each month:

comics below! )

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

18 November 2014 03:28
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[personal profile] petzipellepingo
And For Forgiveness Pray , Buffy/Angel by wrenrambles.

In the Shadow of the Dead , Willow/Angel by [personal profile] velvetwhip.

Chapter Twenty Eight of Shattered Remains by [profile] xspike4evax.

Don't forget to vote at the Sunny D Awards .

EW re-watches Halloween .

sheer randomness

17 November 2014 18:08
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[personal profile] snickfic
1. I was looking at old posts I'd made to [livejournal.com profile] buffyversetop5, and I was dismayed to find that ALL the icon links in my icon recs post had broken except for the handful where I linked directly to my own icons from my profile. WOE. *clutches Buffyverse icon stash to chest*

2. I just figured out that this new DW layout I got switched to recently includes tags in its archive listing. Like, if you want to see subjects for posts made in January 2014, behold! THIS IS AMAZING. Especially given my habit the last couple of years of titling posts with things like "Tuesday things."

talking meme

17 November 2014 18:03
snickfic: [Twin Peaks] Norma and Shelley (Twin Peaks)
[personal profile] snickfic
Okay, y'all. I can't commit to posting every day in December, because holidays, but I posting every day from now to December 16 seems a more manageable goal. So! I would be interested in topics people might be interested in hearing from me about.

I will probably also nab topic ideas from the talking meme I attempted to do in January and then promptly failed at after two days, if you want to see what other people have requested in the past or put in a second vote for them. I'm not going to schedule things, though, because I think that way lies failure.

DW friending meme!

17 November 2014 17:01
snickfic: (Buffy Willow)
[personal profile] snickfic
[personal profile] theladyscribe is hosting a friending meme, very well-timed since I had just in the last week been feeling sad about the state of my flists. (Or circle, whatever. We're old school. We know it's actually an flist.)

So, go forth and find new friends. Shoo.

Edit: ALSO. THERE SEEM TO BE MANY HOCKEY PEOPLE THERE. Where many = six or so? But that is more active hockey people than I have ever seen on DW at one time. So, my hockey people, this meme is for you.

a TV post

17 November 2014 07:43
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[personal profile] snickfic
Bored and in need of free TV, I started watching Jane the Virgin. Let's be clear: this is not the show the title says it is. The title sounds like a sex comedy to me, but in fact what they seem to be going for is a play on Mary the Virgin, ie, immaculate conception. You see why everyone in the titling department should be fired.

So instead of a sex comedy, what it is is a humorously self-aware English-language attempt at a telenovela, or Spanish soap opera - in this case, one about a virgin who accidentally gets artificially inseminated and is now pregnant (which is the first of many, many unlikely happenings). And it's actually really cute! Jane's relationships with her mom and grandmother are complicated but loving, and the main actress in particular is adorable.

I also really love that she is basically constitutionally incapable of lying, which means she spends little to no time hiding things from people. I had NO IDEA how much I wanted this until I started watching this show. People making things harder for themselves by not communicating facts to other people stresses me out; this show is therefore so relaxing for me.

Unfortunately everyone else in the show seems to be some degree of terrible, except for the star of the in-show telenovela, who is terrible but also hilarious, and the narrator, who is just hilarious. I would like to root for the baby's father's sister, a screw-up who's presently banging another man's wife, and the father's wife, who is still unmitigatedly terrible, so I am hoping they both produce some sympathetic qualities soon so I can.

--

I watched the 200th ep of SPN. spoilers )

--

I suspect I may want more TV now with colder weather (26 on the way to work this morning!) and shorter days. Who knows, maybe I'll finally make it through B5. Also I have decided Sleepy Hollow would be the perfect show to watch with ex-roommates - cute characters for the girls, apocalypse for Mr. Roommate. So you may be hearing about that as well.

(no subject)

17 November 2014 10:21
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[personal profile] lotesse
The lake-effect snow is here with a vengeance: near a foot on the ground already, seven more inches predicted today, snow predicted solid for the rest of the week. It's excellent. Mum says that everyone in town is out trying to buy snow tires this morning, having been taken rather by surprise. I am enjoying the benefits of living in a wee little village where you can walk to the grocery and the curry joint - though what I do seem to lack are boots at all. Dunno where mine went after the move.

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

17 November 2014 03:40
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Soleil de nuit and Drinking the Widow Dry , Spike/Buffy by [profile] brutti_ma_buoni.

An Acquired Taste , Spike/Willow by [personal profile] rahirah.

A Light in the Dark , Willow/Cordelia/Faith and What You Want and What You Get , Olivia/Buffy/Tara/Dawn/Anya by [profile] kwritten.

In the Jailhouse Now , Spike by [personal profile] dragonyphoenix.

io9 includes Bewitched, Bothered & Bewildered in their "19 Funniest Nude Scenes in Science Fiction and Fantasy". "Some inadvisable spellcasting turns Buffy into a rat and, as the situation works itself out, she transforms back - sans clothes - in front of Oz. Thankfully, werewolf Oz is somewhat accustomed to waking up naked in strange locations and, as a result, sees the silver lining".

ComicBookResources previews Angel & Faith, Issue No. Nine .

TVGuide says AH will be appearing on The McCarthys December 18.

November rain.

16 November 2014 21:26
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[personal profile] sister_luck
Today was an exceptionally dreary day with the greyest skies and a persistent drizzle.

I had already spent yesterday inside.

So, I took the kid and we went on a walk through the woods where we got lots of mud on our shoes.

Outdoors )

(no subject)

16 November 2014 12:25
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[personal profile] lotesse
courtesy of a lovely nonnie at ffa: a whole comment full of links about how Malcolm Gladwell is a mendacious douchebag. I had to teach one of his books as part of an adult continuing ed program one time, and I have never felt so ashamed in all my life as I did presenting that tripe to a roomful of my elders as if it had value. I was on-script, so there wasn't much I could do, but it itched.

one week old

16 November 2014 17:12
deird1: Buffy and Willow smiling at each other (Buffy Willow friends)
[personal profile] deird1
The kidlet has now been around for one week (minus a few hours). So far, he's pretty cute.

giving birth )

the boy )

Gaiman

15 November 2014 09:57
snickfic: "Nobody can explain a dragon" (Le Guin quotation) (mood fantasy)
[personal profile] snickfic
Just finished The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman's most recent novel. It was fine? The writing and weaving of myth into everyday life was excellent as usual. I was not entirely satisfied by the ending. In terms of tone and emotional complexity, though, it read like an extended chapter of The Graveyard Book or maybe a much less vibrant Coraline, both of which I consider Lesser Gaiman anyway. It is still certainly Gaiman doing Gaiman things, though.

I say that Gaiman is one of my favorite authors, but in fact he's really only written two books I care about, American Gods and Neverwhere. It's just that I care about them a LOT (albeit for different reasons). I also enjoyed Anansi Boys quite a bit, and I've liked some of his short stories. I found Stardust pleasant but forgettable; I actually liked the movie better.

So, I think we may have fewer hits than misses at this point.

(Has anyone read those YA novels he's writing with Michael Reaves? The Interworld series? Are they worth a try?)

Firstable - Firstival.

15 November 2014 09:59
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[personal profile] sister_luck
In response to this post on languagelog about firstable as an eggcorn for first of all:


The version I've seen from several German students is firstival - which you can also find in the last comment on this blog post on first(ly) etc.

Finding authentic examples of this usage isn't easy but here are two:

Firstival what is true love what is being in love... Is there a difference?

Hello everyone, firstival i would like to say that my english is not evry good but i would like to share my experience of playing my little bunny here, so my apology if there r any misunderstandings.

Apparently it is not only used by ESL students as in this quote from a 'funny freshman essay':

Firstival, the president should…

I learned a new word. It appears to sound like “festival,” but is synonymous with “first of all”.


(As an aside: This current teacher isn't too fond of this former teacher poking fun at the ignorance of students and I'm also not completely sold on the authenticity of the quoted student writing.)

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

15 November 2014 03:24
petzipellepingo: (more links by eyesthatslay)
[personal profile] petzipellepingo
A Long Way Down the Road , Dawn/River/Eve by [profile] brutti_ma_buoni.

The Unchosen One , Buffy/Angel by [profile] leni_ba.

Pimpage : B-Verse Pub : An oddly polite BtVS and AtS place for memes and discussions.

Willow icons by [personal profile] red_satin_doll.

EW re-watches Band Candy .

EW talks Spike in their "Bad Guys Gone Good" poll.

Sochi Olympics plea for help

13 November 2014 21:11
snickfic: text: Sign number 23 that you're obsessed with hockey: you think the proper way to spell the plural of leaf" is "leafs" (hockey)
[personal profile] snickfic
So I am attempting to write this fic that has the Sochi Olympics smack in the middle of it, and I am having a heck of a time finding information about athlete experiences there. If anyone has any articles, blogs they followed, anything like that that went into specifics of how athletes got to Sochi (did the entire US men's hockey team fly to Russia together?) and what they did once they got there (how and when did they get their security passes?), I would be extremely appreciative.

What I'd really love is some first-hand accounts from athletes who competed, but I'm not finding anything like that; so far I've only been able to find spectator accounts.

Ugh, research. :P

Late night linkspam

14 November 2014 00:07
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[personal profile] next_to_normal
* AHHHHHH! There was an Into the Woods reunion!! If, like me, your reaction to the movie is "How uneasy I feel," you can listen to the original Broadway cast singing songs from the show and reminiscing.

* There will be a stage version of The Hunger Games. Somehow.

* In the movie version, Jennifer Lawrence was apparently traumatized by having to sing in Mockingjay.

* Community is adding two new cast members for its 6th season.

* Now that The Newsroom is coming to an end, Aaron Sorkin claims he's done with television. So you can relax now, [personal profile] pocochina.

* Of course, Sorkin will probably be very busy rewriting all the curse words out of A Few Good Men so that NBC can air it live.

* Not one, but two interviews with Adrianne Palicki about playing Bobbi Morse on Agents of SHIELD. Plus, Clark Gregg talks about this week's episode.

* Graceland has been renewed for season 3.

* I really enjoyed Room, and the movie looks like it'll have a great cast, though getting a kid who can play Jack will be key.

* Michelle MacLaren would be an excellent choice to direct anything, so I'd be happy if she directed Wonder Woman.

* Is it me, or does Katie Cassidy just look wrong as Black Canary? Maybe it's because Laurel's never been that kind of character, and/or because Sara was the Canary first, but it's just very weird to see her all dominatrix-leathered up. She looks like Laurel play-acting at being a superhero rather than actually being one.

* Out actors from Arrow and The Flash talk about the increasing presence of LGBT actors in superhero shows.

* Really cool write-up from [personal profile] jae of The Americans set visit.

* More about The Librarians. I LOL'd at Christian Kane talking about how he had to learn how not to hit people. (In his defense, he is really, really good at hitting people.)

* Another article praising John Oliver's Last Week Tonight, because it is just that excellent.

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

13 November 2014 03:28
petzipellepingo: (more links by eyesthatslay)
[personal profile] petzipellepingo
It's Always You , Buffy/Angel by frosty600.

Chapter One of Spike to the Rescue , Spike/Xander by [personal profile] forsaken2003.

Chapter Twenty Seven of Shattered Remains by [profile] xspike4evax.

io9 includes Eternity & Normal Again in their "10 TV Episodes That Everybody Pretends Never Happened". "In this episode, Angel is drugged with a "euphoric" and briefly turns into Angelus… because apparently drugs are as good as true happiness (yay shortcuts!) A lot of people hated the episode (if you can just turn Angel evil with a pill, why don't his enemies do that all the time?)...The famous final scene, showing Buffy back in the mental hospital, leaves room for interpretations either way, and Joss Whedon has said that people can make up their own minds on the matter. For his part, though, he thinks that the events of the series really happened. The show never alluded to the "Buffy in a mental institution" scenario again, in any case".

St. Martin

12 November 2014 18:55
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[personal profile] sister_luck
I love festivals of lights - I absolutely adore the warm glow of bonfires, paper lanterns, candles, carved pumpkins or turnips.

The area I live in is big on St. Martin and I am bringing you this year's selection of pictures.

Glow )

PSA: lightboxes

12 November 2014 17:06
rydra_wong: Text: BAD BRAIN DAY. Picture: Azula, having one. (a:tla -- bad brain day)
[personal profile] rydra_wong
Because a lot of people (generally Northern hemisphere) seem to be being hammered by November (me included) --

This is a PSA about lightboxes. They don't work like you think, and you may think you've tried one when you haven't.

Also, they can be effective for non-seasonal depression too (and, the research suggests, for a fun range of other psychiatric and neurological illnesses too -- possibly including things from ADHD to Parkinson's disease -- either on their own or as an augmenter of other meds).

I found out at the turn of last year that bright light therapy (and B-vitamins) are essential to keep my meds cocktail working when things start to wobble; my lightbox saved me from potentially having to change meds.

The vital bit of information:

Bright light therapy is a very specific protocol, involving light of 10,000 lux (which usually requires having your eyes within 30cm of the box -- there are some cheap boxes which will claim "10,000 lux", but it then turns out that this is only true if your eyes are 10cm from the box, so watch out for this), from above your eye level, for a specific time (anything from 15 to 90 minutes, depending), at a certain time (usually first thing when you wake up, depending).

This page has the details (it's from a site aimed at people with bipolar II, but useful for unipolar folk too):

Psycheducation: Light Therapy

"Daylight bulbs" and "dawn simulators" are not the same thing. Having a proper lightbox but being too far away from it is not the same thing. Sitting in front of it for too short a time, or at the wrong time of day -- etc. etc..

WARNING: if you are bipolar, lightboxes can have exactly the same risk as other antidepressants -- i.e. causing mania or mixed states. They can still be useful for some people, but you're going to need to be extra careful, check in with your doc before trying anything, etc. etc..

This is the big orange bible of clinical practice and research geekery, for anyone who is a massive geek and/or desperate (I fall into both categories):

Chronotherapeutics for Affective Disorders: A Clinician's Manual for Light and Wake Therapy

It has all the research stuff and case studies on bright light therapy (and on the targeted use of sleep deprivation and re-setting of sleep patterns, another form of "chronotherapeutics"), and handy things like the Morningness-Eveningness Questionnaire (used to fine-tune exactly when bright light will be most useful).

Link: [personal profile] sparkymonster's lightbox PSA from 2011

Sidenote: I also disable f.lux when it gets dark in the winter, as otherwise I get sleepy and am ready to go to bed by late afternoon (though it does wonders for my insomnia the rest of the year).

ETA:

Online Morningness-Eveningness Questionnaire, which will give recs on when you should be using your lightbox for optimal effects (and it still tells me I should be getting up earlier than I am, but that isn't going to happen unless I get more desperate than I currently am)

ETA2: [personal profile] jesse_the_k's post on lightboxes

MAKIN HISTORY: COMET LANDING DAY

12 November 2014 16:15
nanila: fulla starz (lolcat: science)
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Y'ALL WE DID IT

WE LANDED A TINY HUNK OF METAL ON A SMALL SNOWY DIRTYBALL HURTLING THROUGH SPACE AT THOUSANDS OF MILES PER HOUR

OMG TODAY IS FREAKIN EPIC

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

12 November 2014 03:42
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In Imbolc , Spike/Drusilla/Darla by [profile] duh_i_read.

I Like You at Bedtime , Buffy/Angel by melodys_muse.

Buffyverse icons by [personal profile] red_satin_doll.

EW talks to Ioan Gruffudd about pranking SMG.

Master's thesis on fandom , courtesy of [personal profile] eilowyn.

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

11 November 2014 03:35
petzipellepingo: (more links by eyesthatslay)
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In the Jailhouse Now , Spike/Angel by [personal profile] dragonyphoenix.

Destruction , Buffy/Angel by wrenrambles.

EW re-watches Reptile Boy .

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