So, after being 7 hours in, I restarted as male soldier -- which, okay a few things non-spoilery:
1) why do ALL the women faces look like their in the 20s to early 30s and all the male faces look like they are older? Or is that just me? Very disconcerting that my twin is a minute older than me and I look like I've lived 10 more years than she has.
2) Interesting find: a lot of the side missions seem to be class specific? Or you have choice in them? my engineer went to Havarl on a loyalty mission, my soldier is freezing his ass off on the ice world.
3) so far the assault rifles suck regardless of class. I was very happy to get my raptor sniper rifle/decently powered assault rifle
4) the thing about the shotgun being overpowered? TOTALLY true.
5) Okay, so I've only used her on Eos, but for a mercenary, Vetra gets killed a lot. How are my humans more durable than a turian mercenary??
6) I do miss being able to be an asshole and punch people like Shepherd did. Oh well.
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March 27th, 2017: This weekend I got to hang out with 3 (THREE) different dogs and watch a friend pet a new type of dog for the first time, so it's been a great weekend for dogs. I hope yours was the same!!
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Severus Snape and Draco Malfoy
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: Traditional graphite drawing
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: crayon2papier on DA
Why this piece is awesome: It's an excellent drawing of them both, with great likenesses. I love their positioning - crowded conspiratorially together, suspicious, looming. There's a link below to a similar pic of Harry, Hermione and Ron.
Link: Alan Rickman et Tom Felton
From Caitlin Mota in The Jersey Journal: Man busted by feds allegedly detailed drug operation in Reddit 'fan fiction'.
From Amanda Knox in Ballard News-Tribune: Amanda's View: Fandom and fan fiction.
In an Irish Times review of Life, Tara Brady wrote Rebecca Ferguson’s security-obsessed doctor plays awfully like Tasha Yar fan-fiction from someone who never actually got around to watching Star Trek: The Next Generation.
( Angie Thomas, Love Actually, the current catastrophe )
From the Philippine Star: Everyone’s a little obsessed with something. It only takes another person in the fandom circle to drive you further into it. A few YouTube binge-watching sessions and fan fiction after, and it’s already safe to declare that you’re a *insert name of obsession here* geek.
Finally, from Rebekah Lowin in Food & Wine: "Veggie hate crime." It might sound like something out of an embarrassing piece of chef fan fiction fused with an ultra-progressive children's book, but it’s actually the colloquial term for a very real, very relevant set of laws — ones that have been a serious impediment to food critics and health advocates across the country.
2. I hired three new people this weekend. The next few weeks are going to be really busy with training them but hopefully they will work out and it will make things easier overall.
3. Recently we've been catching up on Fresh Off the Boat. This season has been so great. I really hope it gets renewed for a fourth season.
4. Look at Molly trying to hide her cutie snoot!
Now I feel blech because I spent a money and feel foolish for not being an expert on things I only buy very seldom.
But if I have bought a wrong thing then I shall try again, no problem, so.
I also paid for installation so they can make it work with the new fancy recorder box. The new things are Smart because all the new TVs are Smart apparently. I don't know why all things must be Smart now. It seems like more ways to go wrong. Why not just be a TV?
... I do not feel smart. I feel nauseous and tearful. I do not think this is a reasonable reaction to purchasing electricals though so I shall ignore it.
Post purchase rationalisation
Observational selection bias
Status quo bias
Projection bias, false consensus bias
Current moment bias
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When fire comes if you throw water on it, it may or may not go out. If you throw chemicals on it, you've fucked the environment and possibly your health. If you don't cover every last ember in foam, the ashes may yet come roaring back to life.
So you think, hmmph, maybe I'll pray on it. Nope, doesn't make it go out, either.
Learn from the experts: controlled burns are the best.
Firefighters know a thing or two about fires. Their entire job is to save people and put those blazes out. In order to not have to save people, one thing they do to prevent fires is...set them. Now pretend Trump is the fire. How do you put it out?
This is actually kind of easy. He's a Norman Vincent Peale devotee; in my twenties, so was I. While I wouldn't knowingly revisit my NVP days (see this criticism), Trump is currently still living them, so so should you.
What do I mean? A lot of Peale's philosophy was "believe you can". Believe you can make the sale. Believe you can close the deal. Believe you can overcome. Believe.
Russians, Comey, white people: there are so many reasons to think "this is why Trump's in office".
Clear your mind and let yourself think, just for a sec, that none of that even matters because more than anything, he believed himself into office. He believed himself there. You simply want him out more than he wanted in. You want him out that much. More than he wanted in, you want him out.
Will it work? Eh. Odds are a long shot.
Will it destroy his time in office and give him nearly nothing to look back on with pleasure besides the rather questionable act of getting elected? Exactly. So leave him to cherish all his many false memories of that; fair enough trade once he's gone.
If this sounds like religion, fear not, for in a weird way, it is. Norman Vincent Peale was not just the most famous salesman of all time: he was also a minister - Trump's minister, to be precise. Peale's advice, therefore, has religious themes (sometimes blatant) so read his book, and get a feel for how Trump thinks.
If at times he's ridiculously positive it's because he was brought up to be. If he's Teflon™ it's because nothing can stick to that sort of belief. While this might normally be an admirable character trait, Trump's use of it overall has been blatantly selfish and repugnant.
Be the example of what non-stick-coated belief should look like, and give it the reasons why it should exist. Want him out more than he wanted in. He's not wanted in as much as you think, and wants out more than you might know.
Make him want out more than he ever wanted in. Convince him it's the only thing he's ever wanted.
Or in firefighter terms: the whole damn forest might burn if we don't light some weeds on the other side of this, so please pass some matches.
That said, I did watch a lot of SW: Rebels, and we're getting close to the end of season 2 (about 4-5 more episodes). I basically know what happens but I want to see it! Hera and Kanan continue to be my favourites. I'm very confused about their relationship though. In some places it seems to be telegraphed pretty hard, but in others not. And tonight I read an old interview with Hera's VA who said as far as she knew they were not a couple - but that it might just not have been something she was told. But, like, clearly they are a couple? At first I thought it was just that they wanted to keep things sanitized for kids, so they never show either of their quarters it means never showing that they share quarters sort of thing, or that they wanted to keep it very in the background? But then there are things where there's *nothing* where there should at least be *something* - Like Hera gets severely injured and they won't show him holding her hand? Like even if they were really close friends and *not* romantically involved.... Really? (Friends, if I'm even injured and in the hospital, even if we are not romantically involved, it is okay for you to hold my hand and offer me comfort. For the record.) Anyway, it's confusing, and aggravating, because I really like how they are there for each other in lots of ways and damnit I want to see more of that!
I also watched a lot of original Voltron on Netflix.... Some of it is really painfully dated (they literally spank Allura when she tried to pilot the blue lion), but it is interesting to see things they drew on for the new show. One of the things I love that they do, and always helped garner some nostalgia feels from me, is the shots with multiple PoVs in the same shot, and the sort of fade-to-line art stuff. That was always something I associated with Voltron, and it makes me smile when I see it in the new show as well.
Anyway, sleepos time!
10 players! 10 new stories! ( Meet this year's players )
Stories are due on May 27. They start releasing on May 29.
Time to brainstorm! Which episode will you rewatch first? :-)
This month's mix is dedicated to the current political situation, in the US and worldwide. Some old stuff, some new stuff. Some angry, some hopeful, hopefully mostly inspiring.
I'm Gonna Spend the Next Four Years on the Barricades
Zip file on dropbox (131 MB) or Individual tracks on dropbox
Talkin' Bout A Revolution - Tracy Chapman
Where's the Revolution - Depeche Mode
The Sand In the Gears - Frank Turner
Enough Is Enough - Chumbawamba
All You Fascists 2010 - Billy Bragg and his Band
Combat Rock - Sleater-Kinney
Immigrants (We Get the Job Done) - K'naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC & Residente
If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next - Manic Street Preachers
Dontfollowtheleader - Headstones
Fuck Police Brutality - Anti-Flag
White Flag Warrior - Flobots Feat. Tim Mcilrath Of Rise Against
Burnin' Streets - Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros
Hey World (Remote Control Version) - Michael Franti and Spearhead
Lovers In A Dangerous Time - Bruce Cockburn
Fishing - Richard Shindell
Weight of the World - Martyn Joseph
We'll Be There - Oysterband
Heads Will Roll - Thea Gilmore
Coming to America - K'naan
¡Viva La Gloria! - Green Day
People Have The Power - Patti Smith
Democracy - Leonard Cohen
Bread and Roses - Brownwen Lewis
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The reassigned Dovana shawl is partly bound off. The baby gift is at 90%, except that my mother has talked me down from bestowing it on that friend. I'll buy a less potentially embarrassing gift, and the knitted gift will go to the relative with a former high-risk pregnancy and now a healthy newborn.
Next up: I began Reason's much-requested replacement orange cardigan some weeks ago, and it has nearly reached sleeve separation point (from the top down, not bottom up), but it emerges from its little bag only after dark because Reason insists she doesn't want to know whether I've decided to make it. Given healthy tiny relative, I've also begun Reason's hooded vest, which is meant to share yarn with a yearling-sized cardigan. Otherwise, there's MIL's Tidblad, and I've taken up a shawl for myself which was begun a year and a half ago to commemorate my final solo project at the prior office. That final project was itself delayed for six years behind "more important" ones; I hope the shawl doesn't dawdle that long. How's that for displacement of another garment-for-self attempt....
The cardigan pattern intended for my mother ought to be released soon.
I am behind on email, btw. Sorry.
I have been enjoying the landscapes I've seen in others' posts, have been feeling even a little envious of their moss-banked waterfalls and rugged declivities -- which envy is mad, given where I live, but the sphagnum is always greener, etc.
Therefore, here are a few photos from today's scramble along the rocks in Beacon Hill Park. The path is a bit dodgy at the best of times, and today it was muddy and the rocks were wet, but I find if I'm willing to lower my centre of gravity more than dignity strictly allows, I can achieve some fair progress.
The rocks are something remarkable -- huge rounded whalebacks banded, veined, and streaked with surprising colour.
In the spirit of shared beauty, then: ( Photos from today's walk )
As I cried out through the wind to S and LB, in my gamin enthusiasm, "This is a downtown park." That's a slight exaggeration, but only a slight one.
Once (R, James Sirius/Lily Luna)
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Busman's Honeymoon (7512 words) by Purna
Fandom: Donald Strachey - Stevenson
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Timothy Callahan/Donald Strachey
Characters: Donald Strachey, Timothy Callahan
Additional Tags: Case Fic
Donald and Timmy's Hawaiian vacation takes a turn for the dangerous. Titled with apologies to Dorothy Sayers.
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Republican's healthcare plan went down, what's next?
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April 1: March for Health
April 15: Tax Day March
April 22: March for Science
News to know
(this section is light this week because I'm getting it up late.)
Trump campaign has been under investigation since July
Chair of House Intelligence Committee's latest stunt could backfire
Linkspam: It was a busy week in healthcare
How is everyone doing out there? Let me know if you want me to add categories to the check-in poll.
called my one senator
called my other senator
called my representative
called my governor
called my state reps
sent and email/letter/postcard/fax
donated money to a cause
went to an in person activist group
participated in an online training or call
went to a protest
signed up for daily alerts
took care of myself
not a US citizen but worked in solidarity in my own community
did something else
committed to action in the coming week