December Daily Meme - Day 20

Dec. 20th, 2014 03:12 am
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Comfort movie (or several). The sort that you can watch infinity numbers of times and it always makes you feel good. ([personal profile] ysobel)

My #1 answer to this question is and will forever be Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Yes, the one with the whales. It is the perfect movie. It is Star Trek, which is very possibly my oldest fandom, and there is time travel, which is one of my favorite tropes, and they go to San Francisco, which is where I was born. Why wouldn't I like this movie? My family and I have pretty much the entire thing memorized now ("the keyboard! how quaint!") and if I am sick or sad or whatever it is guaranteed to make me happy. Yes. Writing this is making me think about rewatching it, actually.

My runner-up answers: Labyrinth. The Last Unicorn. Time After Time (by the director of Star Trek IV, about H.G. Wells and Jack the Ripper time-traveling to modern SF; I think you see a theme here). Jumpin' Jack Flash (80s action/comedy movie where Whoopi Goldberg the bank employee becomes involved with espionage and has kind of a LDR with a spy over the international bank computer terminals). Also The Eagle makes me happy, but you probably figured that. Also if you count movies I've watched repeatedly recently, I seem to be watching the first Iron Man movie a lot lately (I keep putting it on intending to watch the beginning and then, whoops, I accidentally an entire movie); I think it's probably still my favorite of the MCU films, although I feel like kind of a poseur putting that on a favorite movie list when I have really only been in the fandom a few months.
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Tuesday December 9th 2014: Your best friend just broke up with her partner. What movie do you bring over to get her through that first night? (NaBloPoMo)

... This would highly depend on the friend in question (we don't really have anyone we'd call our "best friend" in the typical sense of the word "best friend"), but it's probably highly likely that something from the View Askewniverse will probably be involved.
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Monday, December 8th, 2014: What recipe are you known for amongst your friends and family? (NaBloPoMo)

To be honest, we aren't known for any recipes. We don't really cook much on our own. HOWEVER, fiance and I almost always bring a comfort-food spicy bean dip to parties.
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Sunday Dec 7th 2014: 100 Things We Have/Want To Have in Our Self-Care Toolbox: Reiki

For the past 4 years we've been involved with reiki. Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a healing approach from Japan that promotes the relaxation response and brings the mind and body into its natural balance. Hand placements correspond to the body's energy centers or chakras which parallel the endocrine system.

For us, Reiki is a spiritual practice, a healing practice, and a life practice.

The Reiki precepts are an important part of our spiritual practice:

Just for today, I will be free of worry.
Just for today I will be free of anger.
Just for today I will live the attitude of gratitude.
Just for today I will do my work honestly.
Just for today I will treat all beings with kindness.

The healing practice of reiki has brought so much to me. I am more comfortable talking to people. I'm more grounded in the body (we weren't hurt as kids really, but we grew up with a story that implied our body was breakable because it was born 7 weeks premature). I'm more open to touch in general.


Dec. 19th, 2014 11:44 am
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I've been reading lots of really good articles lately (well, mostly today and yesterday) and I wanted to share. :3

As most of these are social justice links there will be discussion of various -isms, primarily sexism, disablism, body-shaming/fat-shaming and racism.

  • [ profile] stirringwind's posting about how US-centrism can distort discussions about race, and how American (or other western, but mostly American) models of racism don't apply to other countries. She talks about this in her faq as well.
  • 'How I Saved the Internet from Isaac Asimov's Ghost', about the sexism in Isaac Asimov's Foundation books.
  • [personal profile] liv writes about social network trends with a focus on Ello, Livejournal, Facebook and Dreamwidth (and a nice diversion into how people in different countries use the mobile internet and how that affects the sites people flock towards).
  • Marian Rosarum's lovely poem 'Demeter Sails the Stars'.

    And a selection of posts from s.e. smith's blog 'This Ain't Livin'':
  • Costuming while fat and uncrafty - a criticism of people who tell fat people to just 'make their own costume' if they can't find something appropriate for cosplay or Hallowe'en or anything else really. (And honestly I think that applies to buying clothing generally, especially if you want a style that's not commonly available for your body type.)
  • Exploiting imposter syndrome - about the ways men use the idea of imposter syndrome to continue to undermine women's self-confidence about their competence and the quality of their work.
  • A case for universal design - about making sure that accessibility is built into things like events from the start, so people don't find themselves being singled out for needing an accommodation. Lots of people have been in classes with things like laptop bans that were waived because of disability accommodations, and feel awkward about it because it's obvious they're being singled out.
  • An article about 'instant workers' or freelancers that work a variety of small jobs in order to cover the bills. (warning: this article is a bit US-focussed, more so than some of the other ones I've linked.)
  • to do list

    Dec. 19th, 2014 09:26 am
    dreamwriteremmy: Alexis Bledel, a smiling brunette girl wearing a pink shirt, sitting on a bench (Default)
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    brought up clothes
    brush teeth
    get dressed
    reply to holiday_wishes comments
    reply to dog eat dog loyalty challenge
    take meds @ lunch
    heartbeat connection @ 3:15pm
    nablopomo catch up (days 7-19)
    sponsorable works
    post backlog of fic
    jingle blurbs relating universes to joy and connection
    giftmas open mic
    holiday cards
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    [personal profile] ursamajor
    post-tags: instagram, crosspost Like every cop car on the Arlington police force is at the corner of Mass Avenue and Milton right now. Wonder what's going on!

    Saiyuki: Giving the Tree a Trim

    Dec. 18th, 2014 04:45 pm
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    [personal profile] amai_kaminari
    Pairing: 58
    Length: 533
    Summary: "Stalks are stalking you? Very funny, Gojyo. Now please go install the storm windows."
    Note: No beta. All mistakes are mine. Saiyuki belongs to the great Kazuya Minekura.

    On AO3

    Rain, with a side of DISCO!

    Dec. 18th, 2014 01:48 am
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    I remain un-Wham!ed.

    I had grand ideas about how early I would get up. Then they met with my sleep schedule. I did arrive at work for the emergency lunch, which was enjoyable. One of the dudes there thought he recognized me from FOGcon. I mentioned a few people I knew via my professional life who were involved with organization. "And X, who is doing such notable work on [the helldesk software]!" I said.

    The Emergency Class Clown (the clown from the emergency class, not the class clown who gets called in case of clown emergency) noticed that I said "helldesk software" in the same tone of voice which I'd said "Kipper/Llama", and remarked that "notable" is not the same as "good". Well-spotted.

    Something in perhaps the ventilation system is squeaking. I filed a ticket.

    Twitter introduced me to which I inflicted on various places, including #adventuresofstnono and #VirtualH, as well as passing it along on Twitter. Autoplay audio, which may be disturbing to some, although it matches up better than random snippets from 37 Christmas carols rightfully ought to.

    Aside from that, it was a quiet day. It had started to rain harder when Purple came over, so we said a very brief and rained-upon goodnight. My car took him by surprise; he wasn't quite sure why I was stopping. Heh.

    I got up with the early alarm, with no real idea of why I was getting up, just that it seemed like a good idea. I remembered while getting dressed: oh, today was the breakfast! I arrived to find that the food trucks were still there, and had been asked to stay another half-hour for the stragglers.

    Rosemary potatoes in hand, I commenced on my inbox. The font vendor thing was going okay, and I sent various updates on that. The Stage Manager emerged from "our" conference room with a chairful of cruft: namely, a large box of mixed DIMM boxes and other rubbish. Most of it looked recyclable, albeit different kinds of recyclable. He declared that local-helpdesk had used the conference room as a war room some time ago, and that they hadn't cleared up their junk, so it was time to do that, and all this stuff was now my problem. So I shelled the manuals out of the DIMM boxes and put things in places. In between that, I had a delightful chat with a colleague also from Alaska who had worked in the shadow of the big blue dish antenna, and had almost certainly seen me, due to my association with the Duct-Tape Sword Guys. ("I was the girl.")

    The bagel guillotine in the new building is also a "Smushy", and I should file a ticket.

    The helldesk dev team has been inquiring on a number of tickets which have to do with the terrible "Portal" green and black UI, whether the proposed "Self-Service" view in the horrible blue and white UI will suffice. Some, yes. Some, on the other hand ... the phrase "Unless the Portal view is expected to be retired, this should remain a planned enhancement to it" was deployed. I shared the conversation with my manager, who had a many few things to say, and many of them less tactful than mine.

    On one of them, however, the specific one which had nearly sent me sobbing under somebody's desk with vodka, my response was the politest possible under the circumstances:


    Anything more elaborate than that would have run the chance of the out-loud swearing making its way into the text.

    Later in the afternoon, I inquired as to the best place to hang the disco ball. There were a variety of responses. The best one involved the long bar of fluorescents above my head. (There's a diffuser; it's not just naked tubes.) Some shenanigans later, the unit was assembled and hung. The Stage Manager, whose superpowers include being tall, helped route the little power cord. I captured the switch in a fixed location and put up a little sign, reading "DISCO!" My variously amazed and amused co-workers gathered around. The Stage Manager threw a lightswitch rave. My manager looked at it in (slightly wobbly) giggly delight.

    I went and fetched dinner. When I came back, I read my email. Separate entry to follow. Locked.

    December Daily Meme - Day 18

    Dec. 18th, 2014 12:05 am
    sineala: A white candy heart imprinted in pink with the words "icon meme" (icon meme)
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    How could Marvel Steve & Tony's adventures/relationship unfold in a Sutcliff style AU of Roman times? Antonius & Stephanos, or whatever. :) ([personal profile] chantefable)

    Oh, man. Okay. First off, this can't really be true Sutcliff, because for reasons I'm about to get to, Roman Britain is either too late or too far away from the action. But it would be Roman... uh... Italy!

    I know I said I couldn't write a Roman AU because Captain America is not a Roman hero. And I still maintain that if you want someone who best embodies Roman virtues in the same way that Captain America embodies American ones, you're really looking for someone like Cincinnatus.

    However, that doesn't mean that Steve as-is wouldn't make a damn good mythic epic early Roman hero. The kind who are known, basically, for being incredibly brave warriors. Think about Mucius Scaevola, holding his hand in the flame. Think about Horatius Cocles defending the bridge. Really, really think about Horatius Cocles. Doesn't that sound like the exact kind of badassery Steve Rogers would engage in? I think it does. Sure, you'd have to add some more pietas to the mix, because I'm pretty sure that pietas is key to any Roman hero (and does not appear to be key to Captain America), but I think that's one of those things you'd have to buy as the cost of doing business in an AU.

    Romans, assemble! )

    But there! Roman Avengers!

    Wax clinic!

    Dec. 17th, 2014 10:48 pm
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    Start-of-season wax clinic at Soo Finnish Nordic tonight! Was really looking forward to this, 'cuz my skis haven't really had a proper waxing since I got them -- just whatever the store put on them, plus a daily touch-up with express wax.

    So, my major learning for the evening: it turns out, applying proper wax to skis does indeed make them more slippery, and therefore faster! However, it also makes you more clumsy...! Going to have to check the package to see if this side effect is listed on there. Will be in touch with the wax manufacturer if not. ;)

    Wednesday Reading Meme

    Dec. 17th, 2014 09:36 pm
    sineala: A white candy heart imprinted in pink with the words "icon meme" (icon meme)
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    What I Just Finished Reading

    I don't think I finished anything this week, alas.

    What I'm Reading Now

    Melissa Scott, Burning Bright: I am almost positive I read this one before, but I have no memory of it, so it is a shiny new book to me. SF rather than fantasy, but it's still Melissa Scott, so everyone's still bi. This is the one about political intrigue during a kind of Carnival on a planet where many people enjoy playing a Game that is basically some kind of cyberpunk LARP, so, you know, that part is really fun, if you like that kind of thing.

    This week's comics: Today's dip in the Giant Remender Cesspool is Axis and All-New Captain America. Make it stop. I don't care what Zemo's doing to Ian. I don't care that Evil Tony and Evil Sam want to kill Steve. Shut up shut up shut up. Spider-Woman is interesting but would make more sense if I were actually following the rest of Spider-Verse (and I'm not but maybe I should be because OMG Spider-Gwen is my new fave and now I understand why everyone loves Gwen Stacy). And, uh, Guardians was Guardians. I guess. Yay Carol.

    What I'm Reading Next

    Books! Well, writing all the exchange fic! And then maybe reading books!

    bears. possibly platypus bears.

    Dec. 17th, 2014 05:00 pm
    melannen: Commander Valentine of Alpha Squad Seven, a red-haired female Nick Fury in space, smoking contemplatively (Default)
    [personal profile] melannen
    1. BEARS

    2. So I have now read Avengers: The Children's Crusade (which was very very omg good, all my YA feels are now reignited after being slightly meh about the Secret Invasion and Dark Reign trades).

    Also I really need all the fic about Billy and Teddy and their grandfather and all the different things that family means. (There are only a couple - Trust Me by dangerouscommiesubversive is really really good - but there need to be more.)

    (btw I wrote up an outline of the first issue of the YA-set-in-billy-and-teddy's-apartment series. *innocent whistle*)

    3. I keep meaning to catch up on replies to everyone else's posts but at this point I am SO FAR BEHIND. I am reading and enjoying them all though!

    4. [personal profile] umadoshi asked: Is there a book/show/movie you've been fully intending to get to this year but find yourself putting off for some reason? (Fear of disappointment, not wanting it to be over--whatever!)

    Oh gosh, there are SO MANY of these. I am totally the person who will listen to your recommendations and nod along sagely, but even if it's something that sounds perfect for me, I can never start reading/watching/listening until the time is right. Sometimes that time is ten years later.

    Today I am going to talk about Avatar: The Last Airbender )

    Anyway just this week I bought a couple of the missing S3 discs at a flea market so maybe I will get back to watching it soon. I could do it over the holiday when I have the TV to myself again except I was planning to spend the holiday watching both series of Cosmos back-to-back (something else I keep trying and failing to watch through.) So I guess we shall see.


    And then I can start putting off watching Korra.

    5. Bears.
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    I'm just curious about this.

    For the sake of this poll, "Christmas carols" means traditional or popular carols and Christmas songs. That is, "white Christmas" and "silver bells", not "fairytale of new york." And the control is "compared to whatever music is playing in that store the rest of the year."

    Also I realize the poll is biased toward those living in countries where they are likely to hear carols in stores, and the questions also assume the kind of Christmas commerce ubiquity you get in the States. So answer as seems appropriate to you.

    Poll #16257 bowing our heads in the wind
    Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 40

    People who DO celebrate Christmas: When Christmas carols are playing while I'm shopping for Christmas items

    View Answers

    I leave the store sooner
    12 (30.8%)

    I stay in the store longer
    1 (2.6%)

    It has no effect on how long I stay in the store
    20 (51.3%)

    I don't celebrate Christmas
    6 (15.4%)

    People who DO celebrate Christmas: When Christmas carols are playing while I'm shopping for NON Christmas items, eg. groceries

    View Answers

    I leave the store sooner
    15 (38.5%)

    I stay in the store longer
    1 (2.6%)

    It has no effect on how long I stay in the store
    17 (43.6%)

    I don't celebrate Christmas
    6 (15.4%)

    People who DON'T celebrate Christmas: When Christmas carols are playing while I'm shopping

    View Answers

    I leave the store sooner
    6 (22.2%)

    I stay in the store longer
    0 (0.0%)

    It has no effect on how long I stay in the store
    1 (3.7%)

    I do celebrate Christmas
    20 (74.1%)

    People who DO celebrate Christmas: When buskers are playing Christmas carols

    View Answers

    I am more likely to give them money
    3 (7.7%)

    I am less likely to give them money
    2 (5.1%)

    It has no effect on the possibility of giving them money
    27 (69.2%)

    I don't celebrate Christmas or never see buskers
    7 (17.9%)

    People who DON'T celebrate Christmas: When buskers are playing Christmas carols

    View Answers

    I am more likely to give them money
    0 (0.0%)

    I am less likely to give them money
    3 (11.1%)

    It has no effect on the possibility of giving them money
    3 (11.1%)

    I do celebrate Christmas or never see buskers
    21 (77.8%)

    December Daily Meme - Day 17

    Dec. 17th, 2014 03:48 pm
    sineala: A white candy heart imprinted in pink with the words "icon meme" (icon meme)
    [personal profile] sineala
    If you could pick another Rosemary Sutcliff book for movie (or miniseries) adaptation, which would it be and who would you cast? ([personal profile] littlerhymes)

    Frontier Wolf.

    I mean, I'd be really scared that they wouldn't do it justice. I can only imagine how annoyed I'd be about the Eagle movie if I'd actually been a fan of the book first, because the movie is definitely not anywhere near being a faithful adaptation of the book. But I wasn't, so I get to like them both for different reasons. But even if they didn't do it justice, there would at least be a Frontier Wolf movie. It is my favorite Sutcliff book. Of course I'd want a movie of it.

    I feel like FW is a lot like what the Eagle movie wanted to be (except, well, not mediocre) -- a lot of tense friendship between Romans and native Britons, thoughts on the nature of imperialism, and most importantly, fleeing south through Scotland in really, really awful weather. It's basically one giant action-adventure story, at least the second half. I think that would film well. I might even want Kevin Macdonald to make it as long as he didn't give all the Romans American accents. Also, hey, this one pretty much has no women with speaking parts, so there are no female characters to remove!

    I don't know who I would cast except Hilarion. I want Laurence Fox to be Hilarion. He's not quite freckly enough but I am pretty sure he's got tall, pale, British, and snarky as fuck covered, and those are all very important. I mean, can you imagine Hilarion saying "I'm not smug; it's just the unfortunate shape of my face" to his superior officers? I totally can!

    (Also I really want to see that Blood Feud miniseries. There is a Blood Feud miniseries, right? I didn't just make that up, did I?)


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