Another Ride on the Wire Train

Feb. 23rd, 2017 10:20 pm
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Today was a good day. I knew I picked a good person to fangirl.

I started S2 of The Wire today. I'm two episodes in, and thus far, it feels much more sluggish than season one. The big bad isn't as compelling as the machinations of the Barksdale crew, and the feud over a stained-glass window is so petty as to strain credulity even as the pessimist in me acknowledges its sad possibility. I don't care about Ziggy, and the entire atmosphere strikes me as Sopranos lite.

I do like the fact that McNulty is still managing to piss in Rawls' Cheerios even from the harbor patrol, and I'm interested to see what's happening with D'Angelo Barksdale, doing his stretch in the state pen. He's clearly on coke, and that will doubtless have repercussions down the line. Where is Omar(my money's on McNulty's house), and what happened to the Gant evidence? I want to see Bubbles again, too. Still, it's an amazing show, with excellent, realistic writing, realized characters, and superlative acting. What a treat to see, and because I'm so late to this party, I don't have wait to see how it all turns out.

Ex-Aid happened!

Feb. 23rd, 2017 05:16 pm
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I'm calling it: Nice Emu is actually the Bugster personality and when he dies he's going to inspire Jerkass Emu to be a better person/doctor.

Nice to get some good Hiiro plot, he's been kind of just there lately.
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The Bottle Boys make beautiful music using found instruments:

  • Melodies from blowing across beer bottles (in 10-packs, carefully tuned) and
  • Percussion from shaking pop bottles full of rocks and beating a large, empty carboy.

You can see the many instrumental pop songs they’ve covered at

www.bottleboys.com

Combine that with a quartet of three violin & a cello and you’ve got this video:

Stings Strings & Bottles )

[description: All players are white, blond, male Danes. Additional melodies come from

  • a glass harmonica of wine glasses, their rims excited by chopsticks, finger tips, and violin bows
  • an alto pan pipe of test-tubes
  • a tenor pan pipe of wine bottles
  • a bass pan pipe of growlers
  • inserting fingers in bottle neck and swiftly popping them

Percussion includes

  • hand slapping chest
  • hands & chopsticks on the cello
  • a wee plastic egg full of rice]

Ships that I Ship: Day 54: Harper/Tyr

Feb. 23rd, 2017 04:17 pm
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Canon: Andromeda
Pairing: Tyr Anasazi/Seamus Harper
Canon Level: Coworkers/Antagonists

I must admit that I never watched, like, the last two seasons of Andromeda. Maybe the end of the third season as well. (2003 was a while ago.) The show had become less of an ensemble piece and more focused on Dylan Hunt and, I thought, suffered as a result. But the show had some great potential, which is one way fic can really shine. Harper is smart, sneaky, and sarcastic. He's been through a lot but keeps on truckin', and always with a smart comment on his tongue. Tyr is pragmatic, proud, and ruthless. He's lost basically everything his culture values but has survived because that's what he does. You might think Tyr would look down on Harper for being just human, but I think Tyr might see a lot of what he values--a strong will to survive, a cunning and suspicious mind, a sharp intelligence, and the ability to do what needs to be done--in Harper. If they teamed up, they would most assuredly achieve their goals, albeit with a wake of chaos trailing behind them.

Suggested reading:
The Recreation of the Warrior by [archiveofourown.org profile] twistedchick
Fine by [archiveofourown.org profile] Viridian5
Hypothermia by [archiveofourown.org profile] tosca

UGH, MOTHS

Feb. 23rd, 2017 06:28 am
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Moths are getting to be a problem in our house. Only they don't seem to be attracted to clothes, but to actual food. I just had to throw out a bunch of rice because of wriggly white moth maggots. Given that, and given that I can't stand mothballs, I'm gonna go with a more natural solution and make satchels of red cedar shavings and/or other repellent herbs. Apparently lavender repels moths, too. And lavender is edible, so I might just buy a bunch of lavender and mix it in with the new rice I have to buy now. I'll have lavender flavored rice, but that's the opposite of a problem for me.

Hmm... I wonder if it would work to buy some small cedar planks and put them near the food?

Oh, my heart, part 2

Feb. 23rd, 2017 08:39 am
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LaunchGood: Muslims Unite to Repair Jewish Cemetery

$109,794
funded of $20,000 goal


(If the name behind it sounds familiar -- yes, this is the same Linda Sarsour who was one of the Women's March on Washington organizers, among other activist accomplishments.)
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Canon: Babylon 5
Pairing: Delenn/John Sheridan
Canon Level: Married

When I was a bitty [personal profile] coprime, I used to watch this show every week with my mom, and both of us were rooting for Delenn and John throughout the series. Theirs was clearly a love for the ages, and they managed to make it work! There really wasn't anything more I could ask for. But to elaborate as much as I can given that the show is over two decades old and I wasn't fannish back then in the way I am now, Delenn as a character has always been one I've looked up to and admired--her strength and convictions, her desire to make things better, and her serene grace. And their romance reminded me of a great romance novel, complete with marriage and a kid (even if it was more of a happy-for-now than a happily ever after).

Suggested reading:
the land between solar systems by [archiveofourown.org profile] openended
Respite by [archiveofourown.org profile] LizBee
Where No Shadows Fall by [archiveofourown.org profile] rivendellrose
In Valen's Name by [archiveofourown.org profile] Beatrice_Otter

Wednesday Reading Meme

Feb. 22nd, 2017 05:51 pm
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What I Just Finished Reading

R. A. MacAvoy, The Book of Kells: I really loved The Grey Horse so I keep reading MacAvoy but I am clearly not going to love anything else as much and should probably give up. This is time-travel fantasy where the protagonists end up in medieval Ireland (medieval Ireland = a fuckton of Vikings in addition to the cattle raids, who knew?) and it should have been my thing except I felt like all the spiritual moments were mishandled, I didn't care about the Vikings, and the main male character was a jerk. Also, weirdly, the author made him Canadian, and you could tell he was Canadian because when he finally got to medieval Dublin he started singing "Barrett's Privateers." No, really.

What I'm Reading Now

Comics Wednesday!

Avengers #4.1, Black Panther #11, Captain America Steve Rogers #12, Infamous Iron Man #5, Mighty Captain Marvel #2, Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur #16, Scarlet Witch #15, Spider-Woman #16, Thunderbolts #10, Uncanny Avengers #20 )

What I'm Reading Next

No idea! Books!

Two Great Vids from the Festivids

Feb. 22nd, 2017 03:51 pm
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Vidding defined )

Although the annual Festivids discussion and commenting happen on Dreamwidth (mirrored on Livejournal, Tumblr, IRC and so forth), the vids themselves are posted in many places. In my brief experience, the most lasting is Festivids' own site.

For now, all the 2016 Festivids are here
http://fv-poster.dreamwidth.org/336383.html

and for the future, visit
http://www.festivids.net/festivids/festivids-2016

The two highlights for me: A Better Son/Daughter and Get Better )

New MfU fic! :)

Feb. 22nd, 2017 02:22 pm
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The Navy Gabardine Affair by Aithine
The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (TV)
Napoleon/Illya, ~1,100 words

Explosions and suits and wet Napoleon, oh my!

My Chocolate Box assignment for 2017. :)

Read it on my site or on AO3.
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Someone, save me from myself.

So, tonight I was only supposed to have a four hour shift. But the new person isn't certified yet, because the person who was supposed to train them kept having schedule conflicts (due to work scheduling them when they're not available). So they panicked about being alone, and I stayed and helped out.

At first I was just going to stay til 8pm. But then I decided to stay with them and sort of help them do the work on their own while label-making and re-organizing the cupboards.

I AM THE WORLD'S SECOND-OR-THIRD BIGGEST NERD.

So, I didn't set it completely as I would like to. We're having some conflicts about what would/would not be ideal to do with the cupboard space, clearly, because people keep moving things around like they decided something better. (Or maybe it's a Certain Someone Who Doesn't Do Their Job Literally No Matter How Easy You Make It.)

For example:

• Tigger organized the fridge based on what resources we use most (well, except dairy milk. We go through that so much we couldn't stock for that all day if we wanted to.) Two rows for soy, one row for coconut, one row for almond milk. It's a system that makes sense. I tried to set up one cupboard in that same general style: Two soy, one coconut, one almond. But someone keeps filling it with one soy, two coconut, two almond.

• The PAR (daily amount used) is no more than three per day for any of our non-milk items. We never use more than three caramel or vanilla. But for some reason we have SIX bottles of caramel and vanilla in the next cupboard.

I decided we could have an alternating setup. One row is caramel/classic, another row is vanilla/cinnamon dolce, etc. As a result:

1. All the syrups we have are represented.
2. We have space for other things, like bases for blended drinks.

Originally I was only going to do that for Peach/Mango. But again: We don't have a PAR of larger than three for any syrup, so why are we wasting the space in the kiosk?

I didn't 100% finish and I may tweak it more. For instance, in the top row (because it's harder to reach) I did make it one row to one syrup. But they're all sugar free ones, so we actually use them even less. If I alternate them, we can dedicate that shelf space to other things. The extra space I made I used for blended drink bases, which I thought worked well. We don't need to grab syrups frequently enough for that to be a huge inconvenience. Especially if the closer and whoever is on support are vigilant about replacing bottles near their empty point.

The inclusions we only have little tupperwares for them. I'd like to get some plastic drawers and label said drawers. That way we can store more of everything and it will be more organized at the same time.

After that, I'll try to remake Kamini's cup cupboard. It's a high maintenance cupboard.

Being Productive

Feb. 21st, 2017 01:08 pm
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I have a cold, so I'm working on being productive. Odd, but a lot of the times being sick makes me more motivated to try to get my life together or... Something.

I drove over to Costa Mesa to try and talk to the district trainer for DH in my current department, but they weren't there today. What I want is to start navigating other stores in the area, offer up my services for Starbucks and bookkeeping*, and preferably I would work with the district trainer so that next time there was a DH position opening up I'd be not just a good candidate, but THE candidate, with more people vouching for my success.

They're not there on Thursdays, either, so I'll be trying again Friday. I could text them, but I would rather pose the topic in person.

I can't do much about getting Jack and Anthony's information. Tyler said he would get the information to me on Jack, Anthony, and Suzette, but he hasn't yet, and I'm not up for trusting him to do so anymore. This is the third time I've asked, and it's the third time he's said he would and it just doesn't happen. I think he's worried I'm trying to talk to them about him, which I'm not. What I want is simple: To know the two contracts relevant to my job and better equip myself for knowing what are/are not reasonable work demands, as well as to know the people who choose the people to be DH.

Uhm, anyway. So, I want to try to work at the location where the trainer is, because even if they can't train me officially, I would end up learning a lot about the position because they sort of approach teaching all of their staff the management aspect.

Then I went and donated the first 'book cull' as I was calling it. I have many less books. This week I will try to part with many more books. Trying to decide to part with more books is a difficult task, but I'll try to get it today. In the boxes, if not actually in the car and to a library or used bookstore. Plus, I need some cardboard boxes to recycle books they've told me are not donate-able.

In the end, I think the main classes of books I will have are:

• Classic/limited edition hardcovers.
• Language learning resource materials.
• Judaica

I'm trying to really move away from all the others. Bring it down to mostly my tablet/book apps, until/unless I start making an income where I have a more permanent living abode. (Or at least can afford a two or three bedroom apartment.) I don't know if I'll succeed, but one day at a time.

I terminated a monthly membership (not the gym) so that is one less bill per month. I thought about terminating the gym, too, and I almost talked myself into it. But I really would like to go to the gym more. Certainly, the gym if I were using it every day would be a great way to not be spending money on other frivolities. But if I'm not using it most of the time, it is in itself a frivolity. I have to think on it.

So, this month and next month I'll be looking at severing bills, figuring out what to do about One Cat In Particular, find out if Amanda and her friend are moving out or not, or if I need to move into my own place. Oh, and trying to find a second job.

But the next week or two I'm just going to be trying to shed more and more of my possessions until ultimately I have nothing except which I'm truly passionate about. That includes finding people to whom I may give my Cintiq to. Not the physical art supplies - I like drawing. But I probably won't keep the Cintiq unless I can somehow afford Corel Paint.

It's exhausting to get rid of things. I feel like I'm hurting someone's feelings or wasting money when I do. But I will get there. And afterward everything's going to feel nice and smooth and clean and new. I like the way I feel afterward. It's the beforehand that is hard. Especially when it comes to the books, because I want to build a library so bad, but then I never have money to afford a house or a place where it's consistent.

I suppose my academic textbooks will be next. I have to recycle those - they said they prefer not to get old textbooks. I can probably get the energy to box them, even if I can't get the energy to take them anywhere before Thursday or Friday.

Culture Consumed Wednesday

Feb. 22nd, 2017 07:30 am
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Books

Read Yoon Ha Lee's 'The Battle of Candle Arc' and 'Extracurricular Activities'. Immediately brandished 'Extracurricular Activities' at two other non-binary people I know, because of Shuos Meng. I should say something about how much I enjoyed the story as a story, because I did, very much, but I am still stuck on THEY/THEM PRONOUNS WITHOUT FUSS OR EXPLANATION. This is such a big deal for me. (And now ironically I have just made a fuss about the thing I'm applauding for not making a fuss.)

About a quarter through Aliette de Bodard's House of Shattered Wings. I like the setting a lot, but I haven't totally warmed up to the characters yet.

Started Cynthia Kim's (blogger of Musings of an Aspie) memoir Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate. So far I'm only as far in as the adult diagnosis story, and can relate to her reading the symptom list and going "but wait, isn't that everyone?"

Finished reading Daring Greatly and arguing with Brené Brown in my head. (And making up spoonerisms for the title. Dearly Grating, Grating Dearly, Drear'ly Gating, Dating Grearly (who?), Grading Tear'ly, Gearing Dratly... Okay, maybe I haven't finished doing that.)

"I've come to believe that a leader is anyone who holds her- or himself accountable for finding potential in people and processes. The term leader has nothing to do with position, status, or number of direct reports. I wrote this chapter for all of us -- parents, teachers, community volunteers, and CEOs -- anyone who is willing to dare greatly and lead."

That passage is interesting to me for two reasons. Firstly, it outlines who Dr Brown believes is her audience. She may say it's for everyone, but the people who come to her mind are the two overlapping circles of "people on the PTA" and "people who give TED talks or want to give TED talks and their regular audiences". In other words, her own peers. People who drive minivans, and people who use "disruptive" in an approving way with a straight face. People who were "a little wild in college" but settled down after that and don't want their children to follow in their footsteps. Principally women, specifically mothers.

The other reason it's interesting is that her definition of leadership does not have any requirement at all for the consent of the governed or the accountability of the leaders (except self-accountability.) It doesn't seem to involve a relationship between leader and led at all. By her definition, right here in this blog post, by identifying ways that she could improve her book, without having addressed her or interacted with her at all, I am leading Dr Brown. (But if I lead her to water, will she drink it?)

I suspect this definition of leader would be particularly appealing to people who want to feel like leaders. But then, I'm not "in the arena" with her, so my criticism is not valid. (Question: does she count the people being led as "in the arena" with their leaders? Or only other leaders and would-be leaders? From her previous descriptions of accountability to criticism, I suspect the latter. And for a book about courage, it's striking how the examples she gives of confrontation are mainly lateral or downward, e.g. confronting one's spouse, confronting one's child, confronting one's employee. Not confronting one's parent or supervisor or political leaders.)

My other beef with her last week about "normalising discomfort" as part of the learning process. I agree that discomfort is necessary for real learning. I do agree with that. BUT. She did not discuss the other half of this, which is that comfort is necessary for real learning. I think it's irresponsible not to talk about the one without the other, especially in a culture where "more is better" is such a chronic problem. I think "normalise discomfort", without setting bounds on how much discomfort or for how long, or checking the students' current and historical comfort and safety levels or what their other stressors are, is very dangerous advice to give. I'm sorry if I stated that too strongly, on rereading this paragraph I'm aware I sound like That Person expecting way too much of teachers with limited resources. I'm sorry. I just... "normalise discomfort" without any qualifiers gives me the howling fantods.

Aaaaand then she lost my respect entirely in the chapter on parenting, with this passage:

"If there's real abuse happening, by all means, call the police. If not, we shouldn't call it abuse. As a social worker who spent a year interning at Child Protective Services, I have little tolerance for debates that casually use the terms abuse or neglect to scare or belittle parents who are simply doing things that we judge as wrong, different, or bad."

I would have thought that as a social worker who spent a year interning at Child Protective Services, she'd have learned that sometimes in cases of genuine abuse and neglect, the police cannot or will not help. And I would have thought that as a sociologist she'd care more about the survivors of abuse and neglect having language to describe what they've experienced without having to worry about it meeting the standard of making a police officer care. Not to mention that different police officers will make different judgement calls on the same incident. Can I get a second opinion before I'm allowed to say the A-word or the N-word? What other things does she hold to that standard? Fuck you.

There were good things in this book. I appreciated her ideas on the gap between values and lived experience, and on fitting in vs belonging. Generally I like her better as a researcher than as a "thought-leader". She's a lot better writing about her research rather than her opinions or judgements.

Fanworks

Chocolate Box! I got two stories, Shadow Boxing and What He Needs, both Iron Bull/Vivienne (Dragon Age: Inquisition) and both awesome. And I wrote one story, A Guide To Moods (Long Live The Queen, mind the warnings.)

And Psychic Wolves for Lupercalia, for which I wrote Mouth of the Wolf (Imperial Radch, mind the warnings for this too.)

I particularly enjoyed [personal profile] petra's psychic wolf fic this year, Paperwork can save your life (B99.)

TV and Movies

Watched the DVD of the 25th anniversary concert performance of Les Mis. That was the first time I've ever seen or heard the whole musical. I'd heard songs from it (it is not possible to grow up in this culture without hearing some songs from it, and definitely not possible to study music at university without hearing songs from it!) but I wanted to read the book first because I am strange and obsessive.

So that was a lot.

Not being familiar with the libretto, I was struggling a bit with not laughing at the rhyming couplets. Or at every use of the word "come" in the first act finale, because I'm clearly too immature to be watching this. (The DVD is rated PG for "mild themes". If I were Claude-Michel Schönberg, I think I'd be offended at that. Mild?)

I think this was a good choice for my introduction to the musical. In particular I thought Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean was really, really good. His fil di voce alone was worth the price of the DVD. Norm Lewis as Javert was not as vocally amazing as Boe, but his voice was definitely still good, and his acting and presence were amazing. Lea Salonga, as Fantine, didn't really win me over in the first act, but in her last scene... yeah, okay. ;_____;

I liked Gavroche, but kind of expected there would be more Gavroche in the musical than there was, based on the book. Same problem with the Amis in general. Eponine was awesome. Nick Jonas as Marius didn't impress me. He wasn't terrible by any means, but he didn't impress me. But he was playing Marius, so that worked -- Marius is a very unimpressive character. I have heard better renditions of 'Empty Chairs and Empty Tables', but his wasn't dismal. The staging of that song was great, though, with the ghosts of his dead friends all standing behind him glowering, and then walking away in disgust when he sang "Ah my friends, my friends, don't ask me / What your sacrifice was for."

Tiny Cosette was simple and effective. (Twelve-year-old [personal profile] vass has Opinions about the tempo and phrasing of 'Castle on a Cloud', but is prepared to blame the conductor for that, not the singer. Thirty-six-year-old [personal profile] vass thinks Past Self and the conductor are both wrong, but the conductor's less wrong.) Grown-up Cosette was unimpressive, but like Marius, it's a very unimpressive part. Not her fault.

Generally I liked the Amis. Courfeyrac (Killian Donnelly) looked a LOT like someone I went to uni with. Enjolras, played by Ramin Karimloo, in contrast to Alfie Boe's combination of heroic vocal strength plus really good technique, was singing kinda like he knew he was going to die on the barricades tonight so it didn't really matter if he had no voice left tomorrow. Not saying he wasn't good, just that wow that is not vocally healthy or sustainable. I hope he didn't have a matinee the next day. Or week. Grantaire did not sing like he was about to die (Good. One of those was enough,) but he did act like he had just had the epiphany that if he's about to die on the barricades tonight, he's got nothing to lose by making that pass at Enjolras after all, and Enjolras might just be humanly scared enough to be receptive to "Do you want to die a virgin, Apollo?" as a pick-up line. After Grantaire's verse, Enjolras allowed R to put his hand on his neck in a way that implied he probably would be deflowering him under a table shortly before their shared martyrdom. So that was nice.

This production depicted the deaths by allowing the technical crew to do WHATEVER THEY WANTED with lights. Ouch. I kept thinking of Arthur Wellesly's reported reaction to being asked if Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture was like the battle. "If it had been, I'd have run away myself."

Here is [personal profile] skygiants' review of the same performance, with screencaps.

Podcasts

Still on the Hidden Almanac kick. Am considering writing fanfic. I think it'd be great for fusion fic. "On this day, fifteen years after the end of the Time of Isolation, Emperor Dorca the Just appointed Piotr Vorkosigan to be his general. And it was on this day, four hundred and thirty two years before that, during the Zidiarch Trade War, when the fifth Count Vortala named his horse as heir. It is not known what sort of count Lord Midnight would have made, as the horse did not survive the war. In the garden, bloody puffwort is springing up. Many Barrayarans believe this to be a weed, but there are offworlders who think its rusty colour and unusual texture have a unique charm..." (the host in this particular universe would probably be Ekaterin, Countess Vorkosigan.)

Crafts

First attempt at room spray. I used this recipe, but instead of essential oil I used homemade vanilla essence, and instead of following the recipe I filled my little spray bottle about 40% full with distilled water, then another 40% with vodka, then the rest of the way with the vanilla, then capped it and shook it. It turned out very, very mild. Mild enough to be less "room spray" and more "faintly nice-smelling thing you could spritz yourself with to cool down."

In retrospect, duh: my vanilla essence is already a solution of oil in alcohol. I literally made it by covering a bunch of split vanilla beans in vodka and leaving them somewhere cool and dark for a few months. I should have done half an half vanilla extract and distilled water, or maybe 40/60. Also I should add a drop or two of something else, because it is very one note for a fragrance. I mean, literally it is one note.

Made a journal cover like this. Which looks a lot more complicated than what it is, which is like a cross between cutting out Contact paper to wrap school books in, and making a cushion cover. Pro tip: you don't have to do a seam along middle of the top and bottom. That bit can just be folded up and should stay in place because it's connected to the part you do sew (if you don't cut it.) Ironing the seams well is important, though (ugh.)

I used a length of fabric I tie-dyed sort-of-vaguely-Shibori style this time last year. I like to believe that in this way I will eventually get around to completing all my craft projects.

Coloured another bookmark.

Garden

Some more tomatoes. Not a huge crop, but already more than I've ever grown in my life. That's not a high bar to clear, though.

Food

Baked this bread. It was as easy as promised, and the texture was good. Nice for Vegemite sandwiches -- the flavour is a bit bland for just bread and butter.

Stirring

Feb. 21st, 2017 02:27 pm
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Booked my hotel for Dragoncon and plotted the route to Gus' Chicken, which I've wanted to try since I saw it on an episode of The Best Thing I Ever Ate. No sign of Karl Urban or the lovely Craig Parker yet, but there is plenty of time, and I'm excited all the same. Five days without Internet and limited TV and time to stop obsessing over the unfolding drama of current events. Privileged? Certainly, but hiding in my home isn't doing anyone any any favors, least of all me. So, I'm going. Not for Great Justice or to make a bold statement. Just for me. Because I can, and life needs to go on.

In the meantime, however, I'm content to stay home and take refuge in my books and in libraries, which still exist. There is still hope and goodness, and I must remember them.

(no subject)

Feb. 21st, 2017 02:02 pm
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I really sort of wish I could purge the "subscribes-to-me" and "gives-me-access" list of all those journals that haven't updated in more than a year. I could do it if I renamed, but I don't want to rename, plus that would purge everyone. =\ I wonder if it's worth bringing up in [site community profile] dw_suggestions...

wtf

Feb. 21st, 2017 01:58 pm
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[personal profile] phidari
I just saw someone with an icon that says "Feminism - It's not just for lesbians anymore". How fucking tonedeaf can you get?
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[personal profile] coprime
Canon: Ouran High School Host Club
Pairing: Kasanoda Ritsu/Sendou Tetsuya
Canon Level: Friends

Tetsuya and Kasanoda are adorable together. Tetsuya chooses to follow Kasanoda because Tetsuya has never been fooled by Kasanoda's looks and he greatly admires Kasanoda's kindness. Kasanoda turns into a blushy, awkward mess any time any sort of affection, his or other's, is involved. They can't be anything other than utterly adorable even as simply friends.

Suggested reading:
Suspicion by [archiveofourown.org profile] tastewithouttalent
Four Times the Kasanoda-gumi Are Confused About Waka’s Sexuality and One Time Everything Works out Okay by [fanfiction.net profile] peroxidepest17
Nice Girls Do by [archiveofourown.org profile] miaoujones

Piano

Feb. 21st, 2017 10:34 am
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[personal profile] wildeabandon
I’ve been learning the piano again, and it’s giving me a great deal of pleasure. I learned for a few years as a child, but gave up when it started getting difficult, and in the last five years or so I’ve periodically gone “I should learn to play again”, made enthusiastic attempts for a couple of weeks, and then gotten bored. About a year ago, when we were preparing for a couple of singthroughs at Ardgour-en-France, I volunteered to do the easy piano version accompaniment for a couple of the songs. It took a ridiculous amount of time to get these really quite simple pieces to a non-terrible standard, but it got me back into the habit of playing regularly again, and I’ve carried on ever since.

When I moved out to Northampton I had quite a lot of time to myself, so after a little while decided to treat myself to a cheap spare piano out here, and since then I’ve been playing a lot more, and recently started taking lessons again. I’m not someone who’s naturally musically talented, but it turns out that actually practicing a reasonable amount means you get better at a reasonable rate. Who knew? I’m preparing for my grade 5 now, and having a lot of fun with the pieces (not so much fun with the scales, of which there are many, but I do seem to find it easier to be disciplined about them than I did as a youngster).

Kyuranger ep 2

Feb. 20th, 2017 09:03 pm
phidari: shion tsuchiya looking like a nerd (10-4!)
[personal profile] phidari
You know, I can never quite suspend my disbelief when it comes to the whole "person who doesn't have and never has had emotions but wants them" trope. What's causing that want? It can't be curiosity, because that's an emotion. It can't be a logical decision that emotions are better, in this case, because Naga grew up in a world full of only people who don't have emotions.

But then, he was smiling and stuff even before he had his big outburst. I guess the Ophiuchians just weren't that successful at eradicating emotion.

(Also tangent but constellations aren't solar systems, a constellation system doesn't even make sense, plus if you're from somewhere else in the galaxy you'd be seeing different constellations oh my godddddddd)

Also I think I am going to scream the next time I hear the words yosshaa rakkii!



...So, all-in-all, pretty good second episode. Yay space sentai!
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