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22 September 2014 17:20
nanila: fulla starz (lolcat: science)
[personal profile] nanila
From the "SPAAAACE" column, we have the following item.

The document package that has eaten the last few weeks of my life (including last weekend and incidentally, today, which is my birthday) has gone off to ESA. If it were printed out, the paper used would weigh more than the instrument we're going to build for the spacecraft. BUT HEY We're goin' to JUPITER!...in about eight years.

Now I get to go be fed by my lovely generous friends and possibly have a very small glass of wine. Happy Birthday To Me!

From the "Children Being Embarrassingly Honest" column, we have the following item.

The toddler & I were waiting at the train platform when a man on a bicycle steamed up. It was pretty chilly out so I mean that literally. Humuhumu turned, pointed at him & said, "Hot, Mama. Hot man. Hot. HOT!" Er. I mean what do you say? "She means that in the thermal sense?" Perhaps not.

the lemon trees blossom

22 September 2014 11:51
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[personal profile] lotesse
The new Leonard Cohen album is everything. It's like, as the years wear him away, he just gets closer and closer to divinity.

streaming link

(yes, I'm still alive)

22 September 2014 11:18
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[personal profile] deird1
Took a week of sleep to recover from England - but the trip was definitely worth it!


On an entirely unrelated subject...
- At the end of season 2, Joyce finds out that Buffy is the Slayer.
- At the end of season 2, the American people find out about the President's MS.
- At the end of season 2, Lois finds out that Clark is Superman.
- At the end of the second movie, Mary-Jane finds out that Peter is Spiderman.

Coincidence? Or is it simply that two seasons is as long as a "main character has a secret" plot can run before it has to change?

(no subject)

22 September 2014 00:11
lotesse: a still from Peter Jackson's "Forgotten Silver" (glamazon)
[personal profile] lotesse
Based on adorable stuff with Nicole Beharie on tumblr, I'm attempting to watch Sleepy Hollow. I didn't realize it was an Orci and Kurtzman production - not a good sign that. Am halfway through the pilot and being driven UP A WALL by the soundscape - terrible scoring, and they've used the same fake-ass "metal gate opening" sound clip three times in fifteen minutes.

On the other hand, competent Black characters interacting competently.

... rargh bad soundscapes are the woooooooorst

housekeeping

21 September 2014 19:54
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[personal profile] snickfic
Have acquired new DW layout. It's very soothing generally, but I wish it would let me customize things a little more. It's very strict about which module is in which column, and it will let me customize all the text except the one piece of text I want to change (the "modules" link on the top right, which takes you down to the modules at the bottom). Mostly I just don't like how hard it is to find my links now. Maybe I'll move them to my profile? Or I could make a post and sticky it to the top? Undecided.

Trick or Treat Exchange needs you!

21 September 2014 21:45
ruuger: Sheridan from babylon 5 pointing at you.  Text: "Babylon 5 needs you" (B5 needs you)
[personal profile] ruuger
Just a quick note to pimp [community profile] trickortreatex/[livejournal.com profile] trickortreatex, a low-pressure multifandom ficathon/artathon that could use some more participants. The sign-ups end tomorrow, and there are still a lot of needy fandoms (for one, I know that I'm currently unmatchable). The minimun requirements are very low - 300 words of fic or a sketch - so you could treat it as a warm-up to Yuletide.

(no subject)

21 September 2014 11:28
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
Hockey people! Sign up for [community profile] trickortreatex! *shakes hockey fandom*

Signups close tomorrow, fyi. Open to many many fandoms besides hockey.

new Uncanny X-Force observations

21 September 2014 09:02
snickfic: [A+X] Fantomex shooting across the snow (Fantomex)
[personal profile] snickfic
Am rereading this and enjoying it possibly more the second time around, now that I have an idea of what's coming and can better interpret foreshadowing and follow plot twists.

Things I have noticed:
* The comic makes it explicit that Fantomex can summon E.V.A. - aka his "external nervous system" ins the form of a spaceship with an AI - at any time and that she pops straight out of his brain. Just. What?

* spoiler )

More thoughts no doubt forthcoming as I continue to read.

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

21 September 2014 03:50
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Ichthus, Spike/Xander by [personal profile] forsaken2003.

The Which Witch Ficathon is open for sign-ups .

Tara icons and Buffy icons by [profile] spikesredqueen.

ComicBookResources posts a preview of Angel & Faith, Issue No. Seven .

PasteMagazine talks "Buffy the Mid-Life Crisis Slayer : What Joss Whedon Taught Me about Dealing with Your Forties, Facing Your Demons, and Living a Full Life, Even if You’re Dead".

Catch-up linkspam

20 September 2014 20:42
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[personal profile] next_to_normal
Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii guys!!!!! I have been in Chicago, so there's LOADS to catch up on. Which means you probably already saw these links two weeks ago when they were new, but in case you haven't, here they are:

Under a cut because it's super-long )

Gallery.

20 September 2014 16:26
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[personal profile] sister_luck
I promised you more about the gallery.

LAR )

Notes From The Test Kitchen

20 September 2014 04:04
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Vegetable Lasagna

Iterations of this classic pasta dish are plagued with problems like soggy vegetables, grainy ricotta, and dull tomato sauces. We fixed the vegetables first, precooking them to reduce their juices and concentrate flavor. We layered them with no-cook sauces and no-boil noodles for an unbeatable lasagna.

Pan-Seared Chicken Breasts

For a chicken breast recipe that boasts flavorful, moist, tender meat, we turned to a Chinese technique called velveting, where we dip partially cooked chicken in a protective coating of oil and cornstarch. Not only does this keep the meat from drying out, but it also gives the chicken a crisp, even crust.

Garlicky Swiss Chard

For this fresh, simple side dish, we begin by cooking the Swiss chard in a covered pot just until it wilts. Then we uncover the pot and continue to cook the greens until the liquid evaporates. With our method, watery, overcooked greens are a thing of the past.

Our Favorite Crushed Tomatoes

In past years we've often avoided using canned crushed tomatoes in recipes because the differences among leading brands are so dramatic, with textures varying from watery and thin to so thick you could stand a spoon in it. Our aversion to the product changed, however, when we tasted what would become our favorite brand.
Read more... )

Four things make a post

19 September 2014 22:07
ruuger: HAL from 2001 with the text "Computer says no" (Computer says "No")
[personal profile] ruuger
(I know, I have comments to reply to - it's just been a fairly stressfull week at work again)

  1. I have a new laptop. What happened was that yesterday I wanted to make herring patties, except that I hate washing up my blender and so I decided to go and buy an immersion blender. And then I came back with a new laptop (I did also buy the blender). To be fair, I have been meaning to buy a laptop for ages (since I only have a (really slow) netbook and a desktop with WinXP) and this one was really cheap.

    I meant to name it Tony (my last three computers have been Logan, Scott, and Bruce), but it looked more like a Steve to me. And it kinda fits since at the moment I kinda hate it (unpopular opinion: I don't like Captain America at all). I've gotten used to keybords without number pads, so I keep pressing + instead of Enter, and I'm constantly bringing up the charms while typing whenever my hand brushes over the touchpad.

    That said, Win8.1 has been a fairly pleasant surprise so far, since I've used Win8 at work and hated it. The only problem I've had it so far is that apparently Viaplay doesn't support Win8.1 yet (WTF?) so I can't stream movies on it.

    Which leads us to...

  2. To my great surprise, my ancient copy of Paint SHop Pro XI does work on Win8.1, so to celebrate it I have a icon/general graphics request post up at [livejournal.com profile] ruugericon. Go, request stuff! I want to make fanart!

  3. To the people who say that fandom on LJ is dead, go and have a look at the recent posts feed in the fandom category... Does that look dead to you? Honestly, if I was the Queen of the universe, I'd make it a law that you're not allowed to complain about fandom being dead unless you've made at least one post/comment to a fannish community within the last week...

    Which leads us to...

  4. I haven't remembered to promote [livejournal.com profile] xf_is_love here yet, have I? Bad mod. I don't know where I would be without the fantabulous [personal profile] wendelah1 as my co-mod. Anyway, this year we'll be rewatching S2 and there will be a special scary free-for-all on Halloween. Plus I think there are still couple of days unclaimed if you want to contribute something.

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

19 September 2014 03:41
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[personal profile] petzipellepingo
Spike fanmix by nohedgehogsok.

[personal profile] rahirah gives us Spike and Buffy as senior citizens .

USMagazine shows us a mini-reunion with SMG, MT & SG.

ASH has a new album out.
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[personal profile] lotesse
Wow reading post-TS-by-BS Sentinel fic is a really different experience once you've started and abandoned a dissertation and an academic career. Damn.

Reading Wednesday, 9/17/14

17 September 2014 21:38
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[personal profile] likeadeuce
I really need to make a proper update but until then...

• What are you currently reading?

Vanity Fair is still happening, I swear. Just, I've had more headspace for audiobooks and comics lately, so it's coming slowly.

I'm listening to Conversion by Katherine Howe, which is a YA book with parallel stories about a 'mysterious illness' at a modern day girls' school, juxtaposed against the narrative of the Salem Witch trials. This is the second book I've read by Howe with a similar premise (the first was the adult-marked Physick Book of Deliverance Dane) and I keep enjoying the author's ideas more than her storytelling. I feel like her work needs a good editor and isn't getting it. As I told a friend, I wouldn't anti recommend this, if the topic sounds interesting to you, but I would go in with expectation calibrated appropriately. I'm going to finish it but will likely end up wishing it was better executed.

• What did you recently finish reading?

I read Tomboy by Liz Prince, a graphic memoir about the author's experiences growing up and struggling with gendered expectations of behavior and presentation. The book really captures the discomfort of adolescence -- in ways that are likely to feel familiar whether you struggled with her particular issues or not. I'm not sure how to feel about the author's framing of her gender identity -- the resolution is basically 'and then I discovered punk/ zine culture and accepted myself and everything was okay! which feels pretty abrupt and incomplete - but looking at this as an individual's story, I thought it was very effective.

Continuing my post-2-comic-cons in 2 weeks reading, Strange Fruit Vol. 1: Uncelebrated Narratives from Black History by Joel Christian Gill is a visually inventive book that straddles the line between comics and illustrated children's book. The style of the writing definitely feels like it' 'for kids' (I think it's supposed to feel like the picture books about 'great men' like Lincoln and Benjamin Franklin that a lot of us were probably exposed to as kids) but since these are all interesting, little-known stories, and since the art is so impressive, it was interesting to read as an adult to. I have some criticisms -- I'm not sure the 'Strange Fruit' reference to lynching in the title is a great choice because it implies something darker than the generally 'inspiring' stories that are included here; and I wish that women had appeared in some capacity other than wives to the male heroes -- but it's a cool project and I hope there will be a volume 2.

I also finished both I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings (which is much more of a darkly comic picaresque story than I had been led to believe; most of what I'd heard about the book focused on the abuse Angelou suffered and her period of elective muteness afterwards, which is definitely a memorable part of the book, but it's not the unmitigated chronicle of suffering that I had expected -- which I think says something not good about our expectations of 'victim' narratives, which assumes that someone who writes about being a victim can't also be smart and funny and adventurous); and Remarkable Creatures (which is the most unimaginatively dopey story anybody could manage to tell about the nineteenth century women who helped invent paleontology; look for a good nonfiction book instead).

• What do you think you’ll read next?

I am very excited to have Louise Penny's The Long Way Home from the library and I haven't decided if I'll have the patience to finish Conversion first or jump straight to Inspector Gamache and Clara Morrow and company.

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

17 September 2014 03:36
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Chapter One , Chapter Two , Chapter Three , Chapter Four , Chapter Five , Chapter Six and Chapter Seven of The Soul Lies Down , NC-17 Spike/Buffy by [personal profile] the_moonmoth.

Chapter Nineteen of Shattered Remains by [profile] xspike4evax.

Meta on Lies My Parents Told Me by [personal profile] gillo.

Thinky thoughts on Angel/Angelus by [personal profile] shipperx.

AtSverse Cordelia icons by [personal profile] sweet_lyri.

[personal profile] rahirah talks about JM's Spike tale .

ThisPopCultureBlog talks "Angel, Edward and Abuse Metaphors". Thanks to [profile] sueworld2003 for the link. "even with his soul Angel would be a rather pathetic and useless figure without his love for Buffy, consumed as he was by guilt before being made aware of her presence. It should also be noted that Angel’s condition is not due to his own volition but due to a curse; he did not intend or wish to better himself, but was reduced to a guilt-ridden and conflicted mess who tried and failed to fit into vampiric society after the curse.

Angel is, despite of all this, apparently constructed as a sort of noble monster".

BtVS Lego ! Thanks to [personal profile] gillo for the link.
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[personal profile] lotesse
so I'm kind of freaked about it, but I want to try and go down to Ferguson, MO for the mass mobilization in early October. I've felt so upset and so powerless this last month and a half, and I really want something to DO, some way to be heard. But I've also never done anything like this, and I've been feeling really mentally unwell for a good while now, and I'll admit the idea of going in to the scenes we've seen there scares me to bits. But the powerlessness def. isn't helping with the feeling mentally unwell, and I feel like, if folk don't keep the noise up on this one, justice en't coming. I'm reaching out to rl people, both here and at various academic institutions, to see if anyone wants to ride with me; my undergrad is only about three hrs drive from Ferguson, so something might come of that.

Do y'all have any advice, or experiences that you think would be good for me to hear about? How do I take action and still care for myself?

just begun to write this chapter

15 September 2014 00:48
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[personal profile] lotesse
from f-fa: here is a link to an 09 podcast interview with Andy Blake, aka thanfiction, aka Victoria Bitter, from back when no one knew he was the same person as VB. His interview segment starts at about 1:33, and beyond the hillarible accent, the most striking thing is his insistence on presenting himself as the newbiest of newbs - looking up "fan fiction" on the net with his bandmates for a lark, never written a thing before, no experience with fiction - when zie had been in media fandom for more than a decade at that point, actively producing fic in Star Trek: Voyager and Due South and Hornblower and Sharpe and LotR.

it's super weird to hear Andy as a voice; I'm used to hir being this disembodied and now largely ghostly presence, the author of works that zie can no longer claim because zie's killed off the associated personas that originally posted them.

Dear Trick or Treat Exchange Person

14 September 2014 21:05
snickfic: Jess in nurse outfit (mood kink)
[personal profile] snickfic
YAY, I am super excited about this exchange, partly because it seems so low-key. I hope you are also excited! I tried to include both fluffy/sexy prompts and horror prompts for each character I requested. However, they’re just ideas, so if you have something else you’d like to write or draw related to my requested characters, feel free!

I have fewer horror prompts than sexy/fluffy prompts, but please don’t take that to mean that I’d be disappointed by horror; I would be delighted by horror fic or art, but had a harder time coming up with prompts for it. Below I’ve included some general types of horror I like, though, so maybe that will help inspire you.

I also don’t have much in the way of prompts explicitly for art, but again, that’s because I’m just not as good at thinking visually. Sorry about that, artists. Feel free to take my characters wherever inspiration leads you!

general likes/dislikes )

Fandoms: Hockey RPF, Guardians of the Galaxy, BtVS, Supernatural, Saga, X-Men comics )
nanila: wrong side of the mirror (me: wrong side of the mirror)
[personal profile] nanila

Nephew being a lion atop the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe bench, the back of which is adorned with a magnificent painting of Aslan.

Yesterday, we took the train down to London for the day to meet the bloke's brother, his partner and our nephew. The bloke's brother has worked in Bloomsbury for over a decade and when he heard that I wanted to follow the book bench trail, he volunteered to take us on the best path. We gratefully accepted.

Lots of photos. )

This weekend was the last hurrah of the Books about Town, so sadly we had to leave the last trail (the City trail) unexplored. We also missed out on Around the World in 80 Days and The Day of the Triffids. But I'm pleased we tried.

RE: The Doctor Who episode "Listen"

14 September 2014 21:00
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[personal profile] ruuger
Okay, so maybe I'm just dense, but spoilers )

My generation.

14 September 2014 14:43
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Prompt slightly modified.

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