Is this thing on?

1 October 2016 11:03
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[personal profile] ruuger
Hello there!

My social media free September is over, and I wish I could say that it made me more enlightened, but really I just spent that extra time watching TV and playing games on my phone.

It was surprisingly easy, though I did realise that the thing that I missed most was having comversations with people about fannish (and other) stuff. I tell you, it was pain watching Star Trek and not being able to post comments on Twitter or Facebook about it :D

So, how is everyone? Anything interesting happen in fandom that I should know about? I hope you didn't all leave journalspace while I was away? ;D
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The Rosetta mission to Comet 67P came to an end today, with the orbital spacecraft landing on the surface of the comet and switching off.


Cartoon of Rosetta with its busted solar panels, clutching its Mission Achievements log. *sniff*


Cartoon of the Philae lander going to sleep forever on the comet's surface. *wibble*

Poll #17682 Rosetta's Grand Finale
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 34


The saddest cartoon spacecraft image ever is:

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Rosetta with its busted solar panels, clutching its Mission Achievements log
14 (46.7%)

Philae going to sleep forever on the comet's surface
16 (53.3%)

I shed a tear over Rosetta's demise.

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Yes, I did. I'm not ashamed.
19 (57.6%)

That's cometary dust. Dust, I tell you.
8 (24.2%)

Yes, but that's a tear of rage because now the aliens will find our space junk and come to DESTROY US.
2 (6.1%)

I have no idea what you're talking about, but here, have a tissue.
7 (21.2%)

Hallo Yulegoat!

29 September 2016 02:30
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[personal profile] lotesse
Dear Yuletide author,

'lo there! Thanks so much in advance for writing for me this year!

some introductory chit-chat )

BSG 78 (Apollo, Adama) )

The 10th Kingdom (Wolf, Virginia) )

Chocolat (Anouk, Vianne) )

Indiana Jones (Indy, Marion) )

Thanks again for writing for me this year; I will love any story that you make for me <3

(no subject)

29 September 2016 02:24
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[personal profile] lotesse
This election is turning into the Vorrutyer inheritance plot from A Civil Campaign - Trump has to win, or else the law is going to be free to take him down. And he's not going to win. Between the "charitable giving" and the tax evasion and the non-payment and now apparently the deals with still-under-embargo Cuba, someone is going to have to get something to stick. As it is, I gather the Trump kids are mad about the negative impact dad's campaign is having on business.
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I grew up in Honolulu. I was one of the youngest of a large group of cousins, most of whom are male and Filipino, apart from my mom’s sister’s son, who is white. We spent a lot of time together since we all lived pretty close, and my Filipino grandfather (and, until three days before I was born, grandmother) owned a large house that always seemed to have at least two or three aunties and hence vast quantities of delicious food in it (chicken malunggai! pancit! lumpia! suman!) .

I haven’t seen these cousins very frequently since we all became adults. Two of them were in the military for many years. They came to visit us in Monterey on our recent trip to the USA. So before I share the photos from the meals we ate together (because of course there was food, lots of food), here are the photos my parents brought of us as children. Most of these were taken at Waimea Falls on the north shore of Oahu.


I’m on the left. The two cousins in the middle came to Monterey over Labour Day weekend. On the far right, holding the camera to his eyes, is the cousin I shall refer to as Big Keiki, because Little Keiki is named after him. Please note matching bowl cuts. Niiice.

+5 )

Pokémon Go: Week 10

27 September 2016 14:04
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[personal profile] nanila
For various reasons, I'm planning to reward myself with a very, very long Pokéwalk when I'm in London this week. Are you still playing? Has anyone just started? All types and levels of squee are welcome in the comments.

  • I HATCHED A LICKITUNG! From a 5k egg I picked up in the USA, I think.
  • I also hatched another Vulpix. I’m still not in reasonable candy number/walking distance to a Ninetails, especially with several other candidates that are 5 candies or less from their first evolution.
  • I popped a Lucky Egg and deployed the Spreadsheet of Evolve. I now have: Kadabra, Abrok, Machoke, Primeape, Gloom, Parasect, Graveler and Rapidash.
  • I didn’t even get to the 16 Pidgey evolutions before the Egg ran out, but did them afterward and reached Level 24.
  • I maxed out the Kanto medal with the latest set of evolutions. 102 registered in the Pokédex.
  • Very close to maxing out the Collector (2000 Pokémon caught!), Scientist and Backpacker medals.
  • I now have two Gyarados. So many Magikarp. But it’s worth it because the end result is another beautiful blue dragon. My new dragon is CP1800+ and over 400 kg. Ginormous.
  • Most of the way to silver medals in the following, but assume achieving gold is probably not a sustainable goal: Fisherman, Ruin Maniac, Hiker and Hex Maniac.
  • That said, every time my interest begins to wane, I have a trip to London and I get hooked all over again.
  • I walked my Ponyta for 27 km until I earned a fire unicorn. O gorgeous Rapidash. Such a shame that to stroke your mane and tail is to set one’s hand alight. <333
  • Currently walking my Omanyte. Three candies to Oma-something-or-other!
  • This past weekend I was walking with Keiki in a Poké-rich location. I came across a gym headed by a CP400-ish Pidgeotto and thought, aha, I can take this before Keiki gets bored in his pushchair, so I’ll just have a quick play. No sooner had I installed my Rainer (Vaporeon) atop the gym than a door nearby opened and a boy rushed out. “Was that you?” he demanded. “Er, yes,” I replied, taken aback. “That was my best Pokémon,” he replied, crestfallen. “Oh, um, sorry,” I said. There was a pause. “Tell you what, I’ll drop a lure on that Pokéstop and maybe you can catch something even better.” I did, and he pootled happily back inside, thereby hopefully mitigating the Adult Woman Accidentally Ruins Child’s Day scenario. WHOOPS


(PS I made a thread on [personal profile] littlebutfierce’s A Wild Love Meme Appears. I don’t normally do these things but I could use it right now so if you feel like saying a Nice Thing or two I’d appreciate it, thank you.)

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

27 September 2016 03:29
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Synchronised Moves, Spike/Buffy by [profile] freecat15.

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

BleedingCool announces that Corinna Bechko will write Angel Season Eleven.

Yuletide tagset musings

24 September 2016 23:14
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The Yuletide tag set is available, which I take to mean nominations are close to being final. Inspired by [personal profile] moetushie I've gone through the list and noted fans I'm interested in requesting. Asterisks are on the 3 I nominated and will definitely be requesting. I'm the only person who picked any of these fandoms which I guess is efficient/useful nominating, but hopefully someone will actually offer to write them too!

Books:

Armande Gamache series - Louise Penny. (Armande Gamache & Jean-Guy Beauvoir. I really love this relationship but I don't really know if there's anything I am dying to read that is not in the books. . .)

Book of Strange New Things - Michel Faber (Peter Leigh is the only nominated character but I'm really interested in anything set in this universe which is so weird and glorious and scary. Also I read the whole book without figuring out whether Peter is a good guy or a monster, and there's a lot to explore with that.)

Dracula - Bram Stoker. (Mina Harker)

Dublin Murder Squad Series - Tana French (Frank Mackey, Mick "Scorcher" Kennedy -- I want to know a million things about this history between these two characters.)

Imperial Radch Series - Ann Leckie (Awn Elming, Skaaiat Awer)

Life and Death - Stephenie Meyer (So I am very WTF about this counting as a fandom, since it seems like it's obviously part of the Twilight series but it's still tempting to ask for JULIE OF THE WEREWOLVES)

** The Magicians - Lev Grossman (Plum Purchas, Jane Chatwin, Janet -- I really want Plum's adventures after book 3)

Once and Future King Series - TH White (Lancelot)

Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold (Miles Vorkosigan, Ivan Vorpatril)

**Westmark - Lloyd Alexander (Justin, Stock, Theo, Mickle --Not sure which characters I'm requesting)

Movies:

Dirty Dancing - (Baby/Johnny/Penny)

Notorious - (Alicia Huberman, Alexander Sebastian, Devlin -- Happy someone who's not me nominated this one this time around!)

Theater:

** Henry V - Shakespeare (Boy, Duke of York, Henry V of England, John Duke of Bedford -- I have a few different prompts for this, I might just request 'any,' since they are all my nominations)

TV:

Grace and Frankie (Brianna and Nwabudike)

Killjoys (There are a ton of characters nominated for this show and I'm not sure what I want to ask for after season 2. . .)

Mad Men (Sadly Sally Draper is not in the character list but I'm sort of tempted by 'Five Times Bob Benson Lied and One Time He Told the Truth')

The Magicians (Penny/Quentin)

Mr. Robot (Dominique/Darlene, or Angela/Darlene or Dominique/Angela or ???)

Veep (Dan/Jonah or Dan/Jonah/Amy or Dan + Jonah + Amy running Jonah's congressional campaign)

We get 6 fandoms to nominate and I'm having trouble narrowing it down, obviously!

(no subject)

25 September 2016 00:11
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[personal profile] lotesse
... how tf is the 1995 Pride and Prejudice a yuletide fandom? P&P fic is its own damn industry, and the characterization from the Firth/Ehle film is imo quite dominant.

FIC: Good Eats (GotG fic)

24 September 2016 14:51
snickfic: Peggy in diner, Jarvis behind her (mcu)
[personal profile] snickfic
Written for [livejournal.com profile] avengersfest! Schmoopy team gen. :D

Good Eats (2647 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Guardians of the Galaxy (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Drax the Destroyer & Gamora & Groot & Peter Quill & Rocket Raccoon
Characters: Gamora (Marvel), Groot (Marvel), Drax the Destroyer, Peter Quill, Rocket Raccoon
Additional Tags: Found Family, Food, Family Feels
Summary:

Everyone has a favorite food from when they were young. Gamora just doesn't remember hers.

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

24 September 2016 03:28
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Grace Notes , Spike/Xander by [personal profile] forsaken2003.

Mantids are People Too , Willow/Buffy/Xander/Andrew by [personal profile] st_salieri.

"Stranger Things/BtVS" mashup

Hypable podcast talks A New Man & Expecting.

Bufferingthevampireslayer podcast talks Harvest.

Soundcloud podcast talks The Dark Age .
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[personal profile] rebcake
Rebcake and Shapinglight do Stonehenge! Da da da DA da da. STONEHENGE!

Photo below the cut... )

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

23 September 2016 03:40
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Stamp of Possession , William/Angelus by [profile] xspike4evax.

Chapter Sixty One of Truth Denied by [profile] perverted_pages.

RollingStone listed BtVS as No. 38 in their "100 Greatest TV Shows Of All Time". "Sarah Michelle Gellar created a supernatural feminist avenger in Joss Whedon's saga of Buffy, the California girl who finds herself by kicking vampire ass. On Buffy, surviving adolescence and fighting off the undead forces of evil turn out to be the same thing. And the musical episode – "Once More, With Feeling" – is a classic in itself".

The AVClub offers "10 episodes of Angel that show how it was more than Buffy redux".

Happy Equinox!

22 September 2016 10:16
nanila: wrong side of the mirror (me: wrong side of the mirror)
[personal profile] nanila
Autumnal or vernal, depending on your hemispherical orientation.

Also, it is my birthday and this morning I opened my gifts with two eager assistants. We were all very pleased by the cuddly Jupiter which arrived without sender designation. Mystery sender has since been identified as Dear Friend Josh. \o/


Me, Humuhumu and cuddly Jupiter. Two of the three of us sporting some outstanding bedhead. Photo processed with the "Saturn" filter in Google Photos.

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

22 September 2016 02:54
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[personal profile] petzipellepingo
[community profile] buffyversetop5 will be holding our Classic Recs from October 26 - November 1. Get those lists ready.

Tinyfences podcast talks Superstar.

Joss puts out a PSA for Hillary Clinton.
nanila: wrong side of the mirror (me: wrong side of the mirror)
[personal profile] nanila
A visit to the California Academy of Sciences, located in SF’s Golden Gate Park needs no excuse other than the place itself. However, in this case, there is a story behind our trip there.

We chose our temporary place of abode in SF based on the accessibility it afforded to the park. The N-Judah tram line stopped a mere block and a half away, and dropped us off about as close to the front door of the Cal Academy as it’s possible to get if you’re not already on foot.

On my previous trip to San Francisco in December of 2013, I was privileged to be shown around the Cal Academy by [personal profile] emelbe, who volunteers there regularly. [personal profile] emelbe drew my attention to the book Pierre the Penguin and suggested I take it home to the then-13-month-old Humuhumu. I did.

I have read Pierre the Penguin to her, and then to Keiki, at least once a week ever since. She has the book memorised.

Pierre is an African penguin who lives at the Cal Academy along with 19 other penguins. One day, Pierre moulted as usual. Less usual was the fear he developed of going into the water, a necessary step to stimulate the re-growth of his feathers. He stayed bare. The other penguins began to pick on him. Aquatic biologist Pam tried a heater and medication to get Pierre back into the water, but it didn’t work. Eventually, she hit on the idea of making Pierre a tiny neoprene wetsuit. (The wetsuit is on display in the Academy bookshop.) Not only did this keep Pierre warm in the water, it also made him appear more like a feathered penguin, which stopped the other penguins from bullying him. He was able to resume diving and a few weeks later, his feathers had regrown.

When we told Humuhumu that we would be able to visit Pierre on our trip to the USA, it became her main focus. Every day she would ask, “Are we going to see Pierre?” Finally the day arrived when we could say yes.

It was a tremendous joy to watch her tear from one end to the other of African Hall toward the penguin enclosure, crowing, “Pierre! Pierre! Pierre! Pierre!” If I ever forget to be grateful, I need only remember this event to recall the level of privilege I’m able to afford to my child: to travel from one side of the globe to the other to visit a penguin she’s been reading about since she was one. OK, so that wasn’t the only reason we made the journey, but to be able to include it was still remarkably fortunate.

If that weren’t enough, we got to see Pam (nb: I think it was actually an Amy, but never mind) pop out of the hidden door in the sky-painted wall with fish in her pail, and feed the penguins (twice a day without fail).

On the day Humuhumu returned to nursery, her key worker asked her who she met on her trip to the USA. Her first answer: “Pierre!” The nursery staff asked who Pierre was: perhaps a member of the family? She shook her head. Who is Pierre, then? “A penguin!”

They thought she was joking and asked me about it when I picked her up, so I got to explain to them that yes, Pierre is literally a penguin and yes, that was the highlight of her trip.


Penguins!

Picspam, +25 )

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

19 September 2016 03:24
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[personal profile] petzipellepingo
Chapter Sixty of Truth Denied by [profile] perverted_pages.

perpetual re-watches "Welcome to the Hellmouth" .

Spike/Buffy movie poster here and here by nmcil12.

Mr. Trick banner by [personal profile] chasingdemons.

EOnline includes BtVS in their "7 Television Shows We Still Can't Believe Never Won Emmys". "For seven seasons between 1997-2002, Sarah Michelle Gellar captivated fans with her kicking-ass-and-taking-name's attitude against dark forces. Television junkies have long called the supernatural drama extremely influential in shaping the course of the future of TV, and for that, it's practically criminal Buffy was never formally recognized".

More "Girls" Talk

17 September 2016 22:55
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[personal profile] next_to_normal
I am now finished season 5 and finding that I remember NONE OF THIS.

Read more... )

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