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[personal profile] the_rck said: How about the butcher / baker / candlestick-maker: tradesman for an OC view on some part of the Naruto story line?

Note: This is set pre-canon, and hopefully I've included enough context clues about which canon character and part of the story line I threw at my OC businesswoman. :D (1,600 words)

Whose Allegiance Is Ruled by Expedience )

I have Thoughts about economics among the Elemental Countries, in case that wasn't already obvious from my other Naruto fics. *wry* Actually, now I kind of want to work Natsume into "Guardian," if only as a throwaway line discussing some of Amane Eiji's business partners and stuff. (I am pretty sure Natsume uses his company for shipping, since that's something she'd rather subcontract out to avoid headaches.)

big gay ebooks

May. 22nd, 2017 01:10 pm
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The Big Gay Fiction Giveaway is back! May 22-29, around 80 authors are giving away free books, short stories, chapters, and box sets.

It's run by Instafreebie, which means you give them an email address, they sign you up for a newsletter, and you get a DRM-free epub, mobi, or (sometimes) pdf sent to you. It's pretty painless except for all the newsletters you'll then belong to.

gardening update, Monday 5/22/17

May. 22nd, 2017 02:04 pm
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(Back on my regular Monday schedule. *wry*)

two squash seedlings in clear plastic tubs . one squash seedling and two squash sprouts in clear plastic tubs

1. Tan and Tethera, Monday, 22 May 2017
2. Sethera, Azer, and Hovera


As you can see, the newest squash seeds (Azer and Hovera) have both sprouted. They peeked above the soil around 11pm Saturday night and have been going great guns since then. I will give them a week or two of growing before I decide which one gets to live.


six pepper seedlings in black plastic planters . six pepper seedlings in planters and assorted pots

3. peppers A2, A4, A6, B1, B3, and B5
4. peppers C2, C4, C6, D1, D3, and D5


six pepper seedlings in assorted pots . one pepper plant in a terracotta pot

5. peppers E2, E4, E6, F1, F3, and F5
6. the Lazarus pepper


All the peppers are enjoying another day trip outdoors. They will come back in around dinner time, because of the weather. (This has been a weirdly cold, wet spring, and that shows no sign of changing any time soon.) I think I will also bring the Lazarus pepper in tonight, though tomorrow I may finally be able to leave it out 24-7. I intended to do that over the weekend, but I've been a little jittery when temperatures keep dropping below 50F overnight.

The weather has also made it a little tricky to start moving the seedlings outdoors, since I don't want to just toss them out for twelve hours straight while I'm at work (yikes!) and my days off tend to be iffy on the weather front. I assume it can't stay cold forever, though.

And that's about it for the week. :)


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No, a literal one, not (just) metaphorical. I had to Google to be sure. Reality is getting way too on-the-nose lately.

Also: TPM: Trump Denies He Said ‘Israel’ When He Shared Israeli Intelligence With Russia

That's right: while in Israel, Buttercup spontaneously confirmed for the press that Israel was the source of the uber-classified intel he shared with the Russians without the Israelis' permission, but he thinks it's all fine because he didn't say the word "Israel" while in the room with the Russians (just, you know, now, on TV, in front of the entire world, in case the Russians had any remaining doubt about where the intel came from), so that's okay.
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But, in lighter news, I have been spammed by another dodgy journal, which seems to think I am a woman physician and wants me to be on its editorial board. I do wonder what kind of a journal it is when it wants not only a CV but a photo from applicants...:

[L]ooking for prominent physicians in the field of Women's Health, to be a part of the editorial board to convey finest clinical resource and increase scope for best clinical understanding.

The journal is looking forward to peers with top academic aptitude whose judgment is highly regarded within the journals main discipline.

I think judgement will be highly regarded in ignoring such solicitations.

Ironing: done.

Online check-in: done (also I managed to improve my seat somewhat without actually paying and arm and a leg for the upgrade).

So, anyway, general status: wibbling.

[Fic] Black Turns to Blue

May. 21st, 2017 07:11 pm
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Cross-post from my archive.

Fandom/Arc: Nirvana in Fire, Alternatives
Characters/Pairings: Eunuch Gao, Fei Liu, Gong Yu, Jingyan/Shu, Lady Jing, Lin Chen, Lin Shu | Mei Changsu, Liu An, Meng Zhi, Mu Nihuang, Mu Qing, Nihuang/Shu, Xiao Jingrui, Xiao Jingyan, Xiao Liyang, Xiao Xuan, Yan Yujin
Summary: Lin Shu survives, and, with a certain amount of salutary brow-beating, finds a purpose in doing so that moves him to enter the world again, seek out his loved ones, and start walking a meaningful path forward with them.
Meta: Drama with Adorable Romance, I-3
Wordcount: 17363

For a long time, or what might have been a long time, he was afraid he'd failed, each time he woke. He woke weak, groggy, never able to rouse to full awareness, and he knew that sensation from a decade worth of illness, fought stubbornly against it, as he always had, to push his thoughts past the fog to grip on the world again.

This time, though, he could never force himself past the cloudy uncertainness of almost-dreams. And what did that mean, if not failure, to fall ill again before his last task was done?

Black Turns to Blue )

Culinary

May. 21st, 2017 08:19 pm
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Bread made during the week: a brown wheatgerm loaf that seems somehow a bit bland.

Saturday breakfast rolls: basic buttermilk, 50/50 strong white/white spelt flour.

Today's lunch: sea bass fillets marinated in whisky + avocado oil + tayberry vinegar + salt & pepper, and smoked over hickory chips; served with garlic roasted purple sprouting and tenderstem broccoli, oven fried sweet potato chips, seasoned with garam masala, and fine asparagus healthy-grilled in pumpkin seed oil and sprinkled with elderflower vinegar.

Nonconathon letter

May. 21st, 2017 07:42 am
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Dear [community profile] nonconathon writer:

about )

Skyborn - thoughts etc

May. 21st, 2017 09:28 pm
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I actually finished Skyborn last Sunday but I haven't really sat down and focused on writing a DW post about it until now. It was a gift from a friend, which means I really should have prioritised it higher but ... oops. It was one of those games where there were some really cool concepts but the execution didn't quite live up to those ideas.

You sold ME as part of the shop?! )

Next up, probably Akiba's Beat, The Caligula Effect, and it seems that the third game is Soul Nomad because apparently I'm working through my PS2 collection.

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May. 21st, 2017 10:38 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] lotesse and [personal profile] nilchance!

Films watched today

May. 21st, 2017 06:26 pm
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Office Christmas Party, which was actually fun. The beginning reminded me of plenty of offices I have actually worked in, and the end once the drama kicked in was pretty great. Plus, there was the fun of seeing familiar comedians, who've worked together before and are comfortable together, do their thing. The middle was a little uncomfortably awkward, granted, and I still felt by the end of the film that a lot of those characters should have been fired and that party was my absolute nightmare.

I mean, it's not a film for the ages, and it made a lot of very current pop culture references so it will date super fast. But it was mindless fun! Sometimes that's all you need.

• Can you believe I'd never seen Strangers on a Train before? Even with knowing how it would end, that scene on the carousel was tense. Obviously, one of Hitchcock's masterworks, beautifully done, with that slowly increasing tension before it all finally boils over.
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After some sleep, the 'aimless twaddle' I mentioned writing for a prompt response looked a lot less awful and more usable than I remembered. *wry* So I kept plonking away during slow periods at work, and I now have a functional rough draft of nearly 1,000 words. I mean, I still need to tweak it to add some sensory details and highlight the themes and stuff, but hey. Beginning, middle, end: all there. Boom. :)

Garden Check-In

May. 20th, 2017 05:05 pm
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How is your garden going so far? Is it looking great? Is the weather fighting you or working with you?

Not feeling the Gracie Fields here

May. 20th, 2017 03:45 pm
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Sometimes there are projects and commitments that occupy a significant part in one's life, but when they are over, one heaves a sigh of relief and goes off humming 'My chains fell off' to oneself.

In other cases, one thinks, what? what am I going to do now? even if, for the duration, one has been entirely aware of other things nibbling at the edge of one's consciousness that need doing.

Even if it's not entirely over.

(In fact, after I completed the first draft of The Biography, there were rounds of editing it down, followed by all the fun stuff of publication such as copy-edits, proofs, the marketing questionnaire, etc: but still, it was a significant moment.)

One wonders if Arnold Bennett ever had this feeling, or whether he just went banging on to the next thing, whether it was another novel, short stories, journalism, non-fiction, or his diaries.

(I remember seeing an adaptation of Anna of the Five Towns at the Vic c. 1970...)

***

And, I think, completely unrelated, Rome has a problem with wild boar; wolves mingle with surburban Germans; mountain lions frequent LA. All around the world, city life seems increasingly conducive to wildlife. (I was, wot no lionesses whelping in the Roman streets?)

Pink Hair

May. 20th, 2017 08:19 pm
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Is there a comm for pink hair? There was a great one on LJ but it's kind of died off in the last half a decade or so. Whenever I type "pink hair" into the search bar here on DW, the only things that come up are LazyTown fan comms.

Popcorn for everybody!

May. 20th, 2017 09:43 am
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The Guardian: Officials identify White House 'person of interest' in Trump-Russia investigation

The Washington Post reported that investigators have identified a current White House official as a significant person of interest, according to people familiar with the matter. The individual is described as someone who is “close to the president”. (yes, some of us have used up our free articles at the WaPo again)

(The Guardian are also reading Buttercup's claim that he "speaks for himself" in his most recent denials of collusion with Russia as suggesting that he may be preparing to throw others in his staff under the bus. Which, one presumes, those others may be suspecting too.)

Also!

NYT: Trump Told Russians That Firing ‘Nut Job’ Comey Eased Pressure From Investigation

“I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Mr. Trump said, according to the document, which was read to The New York Times by an American official. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”

Mr. Trump added, “I’m not under investigation.”


Also!

Politico: Trump meets with lawyers at the White House

Money quote:

Some aides have begun reaching out to lawyers to see if they need counsel, according to one attorney who has spoken to several of them. This lawyer declined to identify the aides because he said at least two may end up being retained by his firm.

Via John Dean, who has deja vu.

Meanwhile! Madison is grappling with the fact that not every issue can be settled by committee

Reuters: Exclusive: Trump campaign had at least 18 undisclosed contacts with Russians

In January, the Trump White House initially denied any contacts with Russian officials during the 2016 campaign. The White House and advisers to the campaign have since confirmed four meetings between Kislyak and Trump advisers during that time.

(I'm still not clear if those four are included in the 18 under discussion, or in addition to.)

Meanwhile!

Talking Points Memo: Big Trouble

A round-up of multiple links including those related to Flynn's being an unregistered foreign agent for Turkey, including the fact that he blocked a military operation against ISIS that Turkey didn't want, and that according to the NYT:

on January 4th, Flynn notified Trump Transition lawyer and now White House Counsel Donald McGahn that he was being investigated for his undeclared lobbying work on behalf of Turkey.

The article puts the pieces together and makes a very strong case that Pence can't have not known about this:

In this case, Pence was saying in March that he was only just learning about Flynn’s work for Turkey. But we now learn that Flynn had notified McGahn he was being investigated by the DOJ for that work at the beginning of January.

Well, that’s McGahn, not Pence.

But remember, Pence ran the Transition!

Maybe for some reason McGahn somehow didn’t tell Pence. But that’s very, very hard to figure since Flynn was in line for one of the most consequential positions in any presidency and McGahn had just been notified of a fact that under most circumstances would be disqualifying. If Pence lied about this part of the Flynn saga, the idea that he innocently passed on Flynn’s lies about the Kislyak conversation instantly looks much less credible.


In other words, Pence is up to his eyeballs in all of this too.

Slate tries to cope:

Everything Feels Like It Happened Forever Ago
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but please spam your social medias for those who might not -- especially young people, many of whom aren't registered, owing to the shift to individual registration:

https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

You have to be registered by the 22nd May to vote in the election on the 8th June.

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May. 20th, 2017 02:34 pm
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Okay, my thoughts on some movie trailers I've seen lately:

There was a needlessly, tediously long trailer about a doco about Heath Ledger before I went to see GotG2 and people in the trailer wanked on for ages about how "brave" it was for a "heartthrob" to take a gay role in Brokeback Mountain, an Oscar-bait film by and for straight people about how tragic queer lives are, and, please, spare me. I mean, Ledger was a good actor but I can't say I was ever particularly interested in his work, anyway. And I know a lot of people like that film a lot more than I do. I've only watched half of it because it was at the end of the recommended viewing list for my Westerns class, many years ago, and I found it banal and knew I wouldn't like it because I'd hated the short story when I read it (given that I also hated The Shipping News, I may be allergic to Proulx's writing style). Like, yes, there's some very good acting, but I don't think it was edgy to do that film when straight actors always used to get big accolades for daring to play gay back then (and still do in those oscar-bait films, that people would rather watch than queer romantic comedies, apparently).

Pointlessly long trailer for the next Pirates of the Caribbean film, with a scene about zombie sharks, as if that's scarier than real sharks: I'm not the audience for this film because I have little to no interest in this franchise and have seen only one and a half of the films (though I saw the first one twice because Commodore Norrington was so dreamy. Genuinely, the second time I saw it at the $5 cinema, a whole row of teen girls in front of me audibly sighed when he let Elizabeth go to Will). Also, I'm so over Johnny Depp's nonsense.

The also pointless Tom Cruise The Mummy: I could probably enjoy it. I'll put it on my DVD queue or wait for it to come to TV.

Wonder Woman: the music over the trailer was hilariously wrong but I DON'T EVEN CARE IF THE MOVIE IS GOOD I AM SO EXCITED. It looks so so pretty. I enjoyed Gal Godot in the F&F films and I'm excited to see her do more action! Chris Pine has finally stopped looking like he was created in a lab and has settled on a level of pretty I don't find uncomfortable to look at! It could be awesome! So going to see this one.

Baywatch: None of the humour in the ad is remotely to my taste.

The next Transformers film: also a no. I didn't realise they were still making them. One year for Christmas my brother got my various of the Michael Bay Transformer films on DVD, and I didn't know how to tell him I don't like them, so I just smiled and said thanks, and the next year (thankfully) we switched to a cheap joke family Kris Kringle.

The next Spiderman film: also deeply unnecessary, and I'm all superhero-d out, but it looks cute so if I ever catch it on TV I'll probably watch.

Dunkirk: Wow, I don't care. I'm sick of Nolan beating off over how amazing he thinks white men are.

The Hitman's Bodyguard: hahaha okay, I'm down for that.

stuff done: Monday-Friday

May. 19th, 2017 10:25 pm
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1. Dental appointment at 8:15am. My teeth are fine, yay! The office manager was out for the week because of some unspecified life crisis, so I did not pay my bill on Monday (the hygienists have not been trained to work the billing program -- scheduling yes, financials no) but I should receive one in the mail sometime this coming week.

2. Made my weekly Facebook update.

3. Emailed the DRE about summer and fall youth group plans. I have not yet heard back, but I will try to corner her in person on Sunday and chat for a few minutes.

4. Caught a bus out to the mall and watched Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which I enjoyed A LOT. :D

more items under the cut )

19. Bought groceries.

20. Repotted my peppers!

...

You will note that I still have not cooked the fajitas for which I did ingredient prep last week. The containers of sliced onion, pepper, and chicken have been sitting in the freezer for a week and a half now. I may try to get that dealt with tomorrow night, but give that I will already be baking brownies (church obligations), I am inclined to doubt I will manage the fajitas until Monday. *sigh*

I failed to get any writing done whatsoever -- like, I got a couple hundred words toward a prompt response, but there were aimless twaddle, totally unusable, and I haven't managed to get any of the slightly less awful ideas onto a page. Blargh.

I think, on the balance of evidence, that I have probably been stuck in a mild blue funk for the past couple weeks. I hadn't noticed sooner because I haven't felt particularly disconnected (one of my main depressive symptoms), but I have definitely been suffering from executive dysfunction (aka, lack of can-do), disordered sleeping patterns, and a general lack of enthusiasm for things I would normally enjoy. I also may have fic-binged a couple times, which is a telling symptom even without the disconnection that usually triggers it.

There is really nothing to do except try to fight the disordered sleeping patterns and wait it out. And maybe to grit my teeth and force myself to write, because that CAN be done and I do generally feel a lot better for up to a full day after completing some kind of creative work in the face of my brain's attempt to paint the whole world gray. I guess I'll see if I have any free time at work tomorrow to get that prompt response pinned down.

gardening update, Friday 5/19/17

May. 19th, 2017 08:31 pm
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As you have doubtless noticed, I failed to post about my plants on Monday the 15th. This is because depression occasionally whacks me in the brain with a bag of sand for a while, whereupon I let stuff unrelated to immediate survival (or my job) slide until such time as I have the spoons to deal with it. Yes, even fun stuff like gardening. *sigh*

Anyway, I did scrape together a decent bunch of spoons today so here we are with the grand pepper repotting and squash thinning post. Better late than never, yeah? *wry*


four pepper seedlings in black plastic planters . two pepper seedlings in a black plastic planter

1. peppers A2, A4, A6, and B1 (Friday, 19 May 2017)
2. peppers B3 and B5


two more images under the cut )


I decided that this year I wanted to keep better track of my peppers, which is why I 'named' them on a grid system back when they were still in their little black plastic tray. I therefore painted those IDs onto the planters and pots and made sure to transfer each plant to the correct final home.

You may note that several of the seedlings have lost a cotyledon. This is because I was kind of a dumbass and left them out too long one afternoon last week, and then overwatered them in a slightly panicked reaction to their desperately wilted state. :( But they seem to be recovering (I think the fertilizer I gave them last weekend perked them up a bit) and I figure proper soil can only help in that process.


two squash seedlings in a clear plastic tub . one squash seedling in a clear plastic tub

5. Yan and Tan (Thursday, 18 May 2017)
6. Tethera


four more images under the cut )


Meanwhile, all the second-round squash seedlings were doing fairly well, but I had to murder two of them or the only eventual survivor would have been Tethera -- these tubs are not big enough to support two full-grown squash plants. So Yan and Pip got snipped, since Tan and Sethera, their pot-mates, were flourishing just that vital bit more. I hate this part of gardening, which is why I vastly prefer to plant single seeds and transplant the survivors. Alas, that is not practical for squash!

I should mention, at this point, that Meeny (my one surviving first-round squash seedling) died last Friday. I am not sure what went wrong. Perhaps I overwatered there as well? Perhaps Meeny did not cope well with being confined to my kitchen after several afternoons outdoors in proper sun? (I had to bring all the plants inside last week for temperature reasons.) It is a tragic mystery. But I have planted two new seeds in that tub -- henceforth to be known as Azer and Hovera -- and hopefully they will have better luck than their predecessor.

Lastly, I moved the Lazarus pepper outside for good and for keeps a couple days ago... except I think I'll bring it indoors one last time tonight, since the temperature will drop down to about 45F and I would prefer not to test its ability to withstand quite that much of a shock. *wry*

(Oh, PS: the onion was not able to recover from its mold infestation. So it goes.)


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May. 19th, 2017 08:10 pm
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I've mentioned before I think that we're booking a trip to Switzerland and Northern Italy (going to be circumspect about the actual dates for now), and I want you to know that I have just booked:

(1) an apartment in Venice that overlooks the lagoon and has a tiny private rooftop terrace, as well as an elevator in the building AND a washer and dryer

(2) a hotel in a former monastery in Vatican City that is actually ON St. Peter's Square

Now to see if I can find something cool in Florence.

Fallen into the hands of pirates?

May. 19th, 2017 07:32 pm
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Lately, noodling around the interwebs, I came across these and a couple of similar links:

[PDF]The Comfortable Courtesan, Volume 3 - DottorInk www.dottorink.it/.../ZG90dG9yaW5rSVJBWVlFVVctdGhlLWNvbWZvcnRhYmxlL... The Comfortable Courtesan, Volume 3 (Clorinda Cathcart) — 315 pages - ebook. A memoir by Madame C C that has been a Lady of the Demi Monde these ...

[PDF}The Comfortable Courtesan, Volume 1 (Clorinda Cathcart) — 220 ... www.cfjc-investments.com/.../Y2ZqYy1pbnZlc3RtZW50c0lXQUlXQVlJLXRoZS1jb... The Comfortable Courtesan, Volume 1 (Clorinda Cathcart) — 220 pages - ebook. A Memoir by Madame C C that has been a Lady of the Demi Monde these ...

which lead to the following URLs: http://3b0ks.com/books/VWJZa3NJUkFZWUVVVy10aGUtY29tZm9ydGFibGUtY291cnRlc2FuLXZvbHVtZS1V.books http://3b0ks.com/books/VWJZa3NJV0FJV0FZSS10aGUtY29tZm9ydGFibGUtY291cnRlc2FuLXZvbHVtZS1B.books

which have actually changed from when I first clicked through a day or two ago and said WTF.

The site claims 'It should be noted that http://www.goodzbooks.com is a simple search engine of software/apps available at a wide variety of third party websites'.

And if you click on the links, you get a popup saying you must be registered, and if you click on that link, it goes here. That says it's free, but the actual home page seems to indicate that it's a subscription service.

Okay, inasmuch as I make these available for free, as the unedited, unpolished collation of the freely available original posts, I'm not sure I'd object if someone was making them available similarly gratis, but I'm not entirely persuaded that this is what is happening, or, indeed, what is actually happening here and what the game is.

There seems to be some tie-up (ripoff?) with Goodreads as GR reviews are cited.

Does anyone have better knowledge of what's going on here? And whether there is anything one could/should do?

Has anyone else had a similar experience?

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The Friday post of glee is where you get to tell us about your climbing-related happiness this week.

It can be a new achievement or adventure, or just that you climbed and had fun; it can be that your favourite climbing wall is expanding or that you bought new rock shoes or that you found a cool ice-climbing vid on YouTube. No glee is too small -- or too big. Members are encouraged to cheer each other on and share the squee.

N.B. Please feel free to post your glee on any day of the week; the Friday glee is just to get the ball rolling.

To enhance this week's glee: these young gentlemen attempt to find UK-style bouldering in Massachusetts -- a valiant effort, but I feel lacking the pervasive greyness, drizzle, and whinging needed for true authenticity, though there are some good efforts at '80s-style Christmas jumpers in the second half.

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May. 19th, 2017 09:20 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] clanwilliam!
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Step one: Learn to crochet; start making amigurumi.

Step two: Get a dog.

Step three: Give your dog a crocheted toy or two, because you like making things and also making your dog happy.

Step four: Teach your dog to go down the stairs, because it is an important life skill and maybe you wouldn't mind seeing him down there from time to time.

Step five: Notice that your dog is much quicker to go back up the stairs when he finds something to take with him (such as dryer sheets (acceptable; he tears them apart and then gets bored, allowing whatever humans are near to pick up and dispose of the pieces) and socks (Chester put that down)), which is nice, because although you love him, you don't necessarily want to spend every single moment watching him.

Step six: Start stashing a few of his toys in hiding places downstairs for him to find, on the bases that A) This will be great enrichment and encourage natural behavior, and B) As stated above, this will get him to go back upstairs more quickly. Include your room, where you also store and do much of your crochet, as one of these hiding places.

Step seven: Neglect to close your door all the way before leaving for work, and trust that other people will help make sure that the door at the top of the stairs will be closed to prevent dachshunds from wreaking havoc downstairs.

Step eight: Final step. Return home to find destroyed crochet projects. Reflect on how you got to this point. Make a social media post about it and vow to do what you can to prevent such a thing from happening again.

Optional step nine: Pet your dog and let him lick your entiiiiiire face, because you know it's not his fault that he learned to do a thing you didn't want him to.

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May. 19th, 2017 12:16 pm
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I swear I'm sorry for posting somuch today, but cephalopods in space y/n? (How would space giant squid or similar work? How do you design a space suit for tentacles? This is the mental image I'm amusing myself with.)

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May. 19th, 2017 11:32 am
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RIP Chris Cornell. I can't wait to get home from work and binge on Soundgarden.

I'm exhausted and completely unready to feel this old and tired.

Slain with the adorable

May. 18th, 2017 09:53 pm
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In today’s words, Nihuang and Qing are really the most adorable siblings ever. I rather look forward to Qing’s continued attempts to match-make, when Lin Shu shows.

Today’s writing snippet:

“Don’t challenge envoys just because they’re annoying me.” Sometimes Nihuang wondered whether she should move her daily work into an office of her own, if only to keep her little brother’s nose a bit further out of her business. The rustle of paper from his table caught her ear and she added, absently, “Read the whole thing, Qing-er.”
He gave her a hang-dog look and pulled back the report of crop plans that he hadn’t spent nearly long enough on to be finished with. Nihuang smiled down at her own table, which had almost certainly been her brother’s goal. He’d gotten more subtle about teasing her, this past year. Perhaps she would move to her own office some year soon, but there were compensations for staying here, for now.

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May. 19th, 2017 06:34 am
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I want to be optimistic about Star Trek Discovery now that I've actually managed to see the trailer, but idk, seems like an opportunity for them to fuck up their continuity harder and try to make things ~darker and edgier~ again and we see how that worked out for Enterprise (which I still liked more of than most people did, in what I watched of it).
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They gave me "Cannibalism" on my [community profile] tic_tac_woe card. >_>

Kamen Rider Amazons
~1000 words
work...safe? no sex; canon-typical violence
Jin-centric gen
AU, no identifiable spoilers?
His boots crunch on broken glass as he walks up to stand between the Amazon and the woman it's cornered. "Greedy," he says, and the Amazon hisses at him. "You're not the only one who's hungry, you know."

Acquired Taste )
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I said I wouldn’t be writing every session up, and I won’t be, but you get this session written up because Murderface McKenzie 2.0 accidentally broke Skyrim and it was hilarious. Well, to me, at least.

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Irises

May. 18th, 2017 09:36 am
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My irises are finally blooming so I thought I'd share some of the beauty. :D

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more pretty )

I would like to take this opportunity

May. 18th, 2017 01:13 pm
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To remind people of the extreme excellence (and popcorn-and-schadenfreude delight) that is this four-hour BBC documentary:

YouTube: Watergate (1994)

(I got a friend hooked and since then she and I have both been going round randomly exclaiming "Chinese-motif houseboat!" or "Fire-bomb the Brookings Institute!" from time to time and cackling.)

If you didn't live through those events and are currently going "Saturday Night Massacre, wtf, I thought that was something to do with Al Capone," this is your chance to get caught up.

As I keep saying, I don't think current events are going to play out like Watergate, because that would be bizarrely improbable and weird, and yes history replays itself but not in identical forms -- but then reality seems intent on proving me wrong ...
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No, honestly, one thinks that one has heard it all concerning bizarre things that judges do and say, but, really:

Student who stabbed boyfriend may avoid jail as it would ‘damage her career’.

That would be a career in which the practitioner is exhorted 'first, do no harm'.

And honestly, would you want to be in the hands of a heart surgeon who had form of this kind?

We are talking serious anger management issues*:

Aspiring heart surgeon... punched and stabbed her boyfriend during an alcohol-and-drug-fuelled row at Christ Church College

[She] stabbed her then-boyfriend in the leg after punching him in the face. She then hurled a laptop, glass and jam jar at him during the attack.

Okay, one is infuriated when some privileged bloke gets off very lightly on a rape or domestic violence charge because of his promising career -

- but I don't think somebody's potential 'promising career' lets them off the hook for this sort of behaviour whatever their gender.

I will concede that I have no time for the concept that this sort of thing is worse in a woman, because stereotypes of gender (have we not lately been seeing, yet again, the instance of Myra Hindley?), or the use of ideas of female instability to plead diminished responsibility, but this particular argument strikes me as entirely pernicious.

*Though surgeons have a rep for hair-trigger temper and one might argue that she's entirely modelling herself on the paradigm for a still very male-dominated area within the medical profession.

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In other, unrelated news, I have posted my Wiscon schedule on the Wiscon filter: if you can't see it and would like to, let me know.

Lessons for Emperors:

May. 17th, 2017 09:48 pm
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Do not fuck with the Inner Palace, they will fuck your shit up.

Which is to say, Lady Liu is developing nicely, as Lady Jing’s understudy. Also, I couldn’t quite resist the running joke that she prefers weak teas and doesn’t know why this seems to amuse all Jingyan’s relations.

Today’s snippet:

“There’s a certain amount of risk in it.” Lin Shu took a sip of his tea and, for some reason, gave her a look of deep amusement before turning back to the matter at hand. “He will understand quite well that I’m forcing his hand, and if I then stand openly in support of you, his fear may overcome his good sense. Again.”

Her husband’s face turned set and cold, at that. The reminder of Prince Qi’s fate made An think of something else, though. Of a certain memorial tablet, and what her mother-in-law had never quite admitted to doing, to secure it. “Perhaps,” she said, words falling softly into the quiet between the two men, “that need not be a great concern.” At Lin Shu’s raised brow, she lifted her chin, hands clasped tightly in her lap. “You should consult with Lady Jing, who often has such influence over him.”

She didn’t think her husband knew what she was saying, but Lin Shu went very still for a long moment before nodding slowly. “A wise suggestion, Lady Liu. My thanks.”

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