Posting from my cell phone...

Mar. 27th, 2017 04:53 am
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...because the AVG technical support I pay for messed up all the text on my computer while trying to fix a different problem. In fact, their work to address something left over from Saturday's help session. My text now looks jagged, hard, and like it's generated dot matrix style, causing massive eyestrain in me. They can't figure out what happened in all the registry, start-up, resolution, and display changes they made, and they claim they have several people they consulted in-house who failed to figure it out, so their "solution" is that I'm overtired and oversensitive and of course it couldn't be something they did so it must otherwise be that my computer is so old--which it is and it runs on Windows XP but it never had this problem--and (cleverly) screwed itself up just as they worked on it. They suggest I get (pay) some local technician to look at it. (Or buy a new computer, with the massive amounts of money I have, that I can pay AVG tech support to foul up my computer and then go out to buy a new one as a result.)

I told the tech on the phone that I'm currently rating AVG technical support and staff in the negative numbers.

After screwing around with it for 8(!) hours, they said my computer might also be stressed at this point and should rest, and they'll call me in 8 or 9 hours after I attempt to sleep in the midst of my fear, rage, and tears.

I don't want to attempt a System Restore because the last time I did it years ago it so thoroughly screwed up my iTunes and AOL that I undid the Restore just to make things work again. Also, a technician actually managed to fix the CD/DVD drive on my computer Saturday night.

I'm begging you guys, if you can help or know somebody who can, please send help.


Mar. 26th, 2017 08:45 pm
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I've hardly been able to write anything but poetry for weeks now. Upside: I've been writing something, and hey, might as well work with that medium a little, why not. And in that format, it's easier to pull out something for canons that, for various reasons, I have difficulty writing prose fic for. Lookin' at you, Small Trolls and Year in Hereafter. Hmph.

I've been trying to put some things together for those two comics due to exchanges - some things related to Ao3 exchanges are easier when the fandoms have an actual category on the site. There's this annoying situation where, if the fandom doesn't have any work for it yet, then if you're posting to an exchange collection, the fandom won't be appear in the collection's fandoms list until someone on Ao3 creates a category for it. And then YiH and SmT have the issue that they both have a character with the same first and last name, and in situations like that, exchange posting is easier when they're already disambiguated behind the scenes, because then the names can appear properly in the drop-down. ...So. Yes. Poetry it is, then. For now.

Today was nice. So mild! +1C! I'm not looking forward to how muddy everything is going to be tomorrow, but it was great to go outside, with only my autumn coat, and without a hat or scarf or gloves. Oh man. Felt so good. I can hardly wait until I can stop carting all of this winter gear around for "just in case" situations - even now, you never know when it'll snow.

There have been assessments of my region's status with regard to what kind of shape we'll be in for the upcoming forest fire season*. The amount of snow we got this winter was 53 percent of the average. Hello, global warming, not-so-nice to see you. Anyway, that part is mildly worrying. But, you know, there's the part about how the Beast burnt up a whole load of the forest last year, so between that and the controlled burning that happened this winter, we're probably going to be okay.

...I know it isn't even April yet, but I wish we could skip straight to June, please. May is going to be a very hard month for all of us here.

Anyway, my mate Gray linked me to a compilation of 40 minutes of Mongolian folk metal by 2 different bands, and it's pretty groovy. Check it out. (Well, technically it's 3 bands, but Ego Fall only has one song in this playlist.) I think I like the songs by Tengger Cavalry the best, especially "Horsemen" in particular. Definitely going to have to look up more of their stuff later.

Oh, another neat thing: sparklingdali posted a rec list of Czech and Slovak movies set during the Protectorate, which is of course relevant to my interests (even if it's such a depressing subject) and oh mannn, I want to watch all of these. Going to have to hunt them down. Our tastes do align in a lot of ways, so I expect I'll like most of them (or, well, be stirred by them, at least. Considering the topic and all. Not exactly happy film-watching, here). …a pátý jezdec je Strach/And the Fifth Horseman is Fear has been on my to-watch for ages, but most of these other ones, I haven't heard of them. Per the recommendation, I'll probably watch the new, recent, non-Czech Anthropoid before tackling Atentát, the old Czech interpretation of that operation. Other than that, no idea which one I'll watch first.

I've heard some very good things about Czechoslovak cinema, though not a lot of specific things, so viewing the older films will probably be very interesting... Unfortunately, at this point, the only Czechoslovak film I've seen was Kladivo na čarodějnice/Witchhammer, which I had a lot of mixed feelings about. I think I would have appreciated it more if I'd looked up the background beforehand, because while I did understand that the witch trial setting was an allegory for/response to communism, I didn't realize that the film was made only a couple of years after the Prague Spring, and that this was one of the specific things it was responding to. No surprise, then, that the film was banned in Czechoslovakia almost immediately after it was released.

While I'm on the subject, if there are any Central/Eastern European films that you guys like, I'd love to hear about them. Any country/time period/genre, it's all good. I need more CE/EE stuff on my to-watch list in general.

...Anyway. Ugh, I've got a long week ahead of me. Will I go to sleep at a reasonable time? Who knows!


Mar. 26th, 2017 07:46 pm
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Just registered the whole family for WisCon -- it seemed too much of a waste to be this close, and still have the kidlet at home, and yet miss the chance.

Anybody else going?
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At dinner last night (the chicken tenders were AMAZING), I drank three firefly and cranberry cocktails, and they were so good. If you have a place near you that sells Firefly sweet tea vodka, I highly recommend mixing it with cranberry juice and topping it with a slice of lime.

On TV this afternoon, Keith Hernandez called the Atlanta pitcher "a human rain delay." Which I thought was hilarious. I'm so excited for baseball being back soon!

Before that, I caught up on some of the stuff on my DVR.

Steven Universe: Rocknaldo, Tiger Philanthropist, Room for Ruby
spoilers for all three )

I also watched the season finale of Star Wars Rebels: Zero Hour, though I had to hunt the first half hour down online since for some reason my DVR only recorded the second half. (Was the first half not listed as "new"? I honestly don't understand how this works sometimes, but it's infuriating.)

spoilers )

So it didn't reach the emotional highs the s2 finale did, at least for me, but I don't think it could have?


Half marathon race report

Mar. 26th, 2017 01:57 pm
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Way back in January I committed to [personal profile] magnetic_pole's challenge to post 17 times in 2017...and then didn't post anything. For a long time. But posting now is better than never, so here I am!

I had a good experience running a half marathon this morning. In planning for the race, I knew that I was ready to improve on my half PR, so I set a goal of 2:10, which would have been a 2 minute improvement. The first 2 miles I was getting warmed up (due to cool weather, and getting to the race too late to do a warm up) so I was slower than the pace I needed, but talked myself into being confident that I could pick up the pace, and I did. My mile splits varied, but I came through the half-way point on target for 2:09. Around mile 9 I caught up with the 2:10 pacer, who turned out not to be the official pacer, but a guy who had volunteered to take the sign when the pacer had to drop back. He didn't have a watch, and said he was going to err on the side of finishing a little faster than 2:10. He had some friendly advice about the last few miles, which had the potential for a strong headwind blowing off a river, luckily not too bad today. He pulled ahead, but then I caught up to him about 1 mile from the finish and he encouraged me to "run it in" - it was nice to get that extra incentive to pass him, and a bunch of other runners, and I finished in just under 2:07! I had not expected to finish three minutes faster than my goal.

I love attacking the last section of a race, feeling strong and fast, and accomplished at the end.

It's been a while since I've run a race where my main goal was my time. I think it was useful to remind myself that I *can* run faster in race conditions, and that I could actually set even more ambitious goals given the right conditions. On the drive home I was thinking about why I tend to be cautious about race time goals. Some of it is fear of pain, but I think I might also be influenced by being conservative about goals in other settings. At work, for example, I think it's smart to set a realistic rather than overly ambitious timeline for a project.

How do you feel about ambitious vs. conservative goals? When does it make sense to set a goal that you know you can reach?

Fic meme from Tumblr

Mar. 26th, 2017 01:33 pm
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This is one of the best fic memes that I've seen. I love most of these questions.

My fic

1: What inspired you to write the fic this way?
2: What scene did you first put down?
3: What’s your favorite line of narration?
4: What’s your favorite line of dialogue?
5: What part was hardest to write?
6: What makes this fic special or different from all your other fics?
7: Where did the title come from?
8: Did any real people or events inspire any part of it?
9: Were there any alternate versions of this fic?
10: Why did you choose this pairing for this particular story?
11: What do you like best about this fic?
12: What do you like least about this fic?
13: What music did you listen to, if any, to get in the mood for writing this story? Or if you didn’t listen to anything, what do you think readers should listen to to accompany us while reading?
14: Is there anything you wanted readers to learn from reading this fic?
15: What did you learn from writing this fic?

Films watched

Mar. 26th, 2017 08:38 pm
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(1) The Hunt for the Wilderpeople which is sort of like Up, New Zealand style. Strange but ultimately cute.

(2) Paper Planes which is your generic white boy underdog overcomes disadvantages to become best at thing while getting the girl and ultimately befriending his rival story except that it's about international paper plane championships. Yes, really. There's a really serious scene where the main character touches freshly made paper in Japan and looks like he's about to start sniffing it. David Wenham plays a former golf pro, Deborah Mailman has a cartoonish bit part, Sam Worthington (does anyone but the readers of New Idea remember that guy?) is the obligatory parental figure that the main character must reconnect with, and the kid from The Hunt for the Wilderpeople is also in it as the friend back home that supports the main character's dreams. To win a paper plane throwing competition, I shit you not. This was apparently really successful at the Australian box office.

Check Please!

Mar. 26th, 2017 10:05 am
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Last night, in search of stuff that was 'like' (for a given value of 'like') Yuri!!! on Ice, I stayed up late reading through Check Please from the beginning.

Rather than explain it in depth, I'll just link to this (spoilery) primer: The Queer Hockey Bros Webcomic You Should Be Reading.

I enjoyed it and found it a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours. Although my current assessment is "doesn't hold a candle to YoI," I remember that my first assessment of YoI on Dreamwidth was the notably lukewarm "I may be kind of enjoying it... the romance is rather sweet." Interestingly, although the relationship between Jack and Bitty in Check Please has zero ambiguity, we see less of its development than we do of the relationship between Victor and Yuuri. I felt that the narrative skips over a lot, but I suppose that just leaves space for fandom to fill in. There definitely seems to be some good fic available, and a surprising amount of it – over 5000 works!

More observations:
• It's an achievement that this managed to make me feel sympathetic about hockey bros. To be fair, they're Massachusetts liberal arts college bros, who may be a slightly different breed.
• Unlike YoI, this is set in a universe where homophobia exists, but embedded within a basically homophobia-free college and sports team. I feel like we're going to get a collision with the wider world soon, as the characters are closeted beyond the sphere of friends and family, and wonder how it's going to turn out.
• It's interesting how this has many of the same themes as YoI but combined in different ways. YoI if Victor had Yuuri's anxiety and JJ's pushy Canadian family.

In conclusion, or perhaps in a complete derail, I really want to read a proper longfic from someone who knows their sports where Victor ends up going into hockey instead of figure skating. Including his journey from KHL to NHL. It would be most obvious to have him playing for SKA Saint Petersburg – which means he'd still be based at Yubileyny Sports Palace! – but I love the names of some of the other teams. Metallurg Magnitogorsk, Traktor Chelyabinsk, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. Victor is slightly shorter than the average NHL player (though they'd probably just lie and say he was 6 feet even), and certainly a good deal lighter, but the latter would be mainly down to the difference in training regimens. Anyway, it would be interesting, but very much not something that I could write.

ETA: Dear God, I just realised that 'Check Please!' has an exclamation point in its title too. This really is a metric of how gay a source text is, isn't it?

ETA 2: Evgeni Plushenko plays hockey on an amateur team! How did I not know this? So interesting.

my heart is a boat on the sea

Mar. 25th, 2017 04:18 pm
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Last night and then today I made batches of this body balm, though I'm afraid I personally find it too redolent of coconut to use myself - I tried it last night on my lips and it tainted everything with the taste of coconut. #the taste of betrayal I made it with the addition of gold satin mica powder, hoping for a golden shimmer, but alas, I don't think it really provides one. today I tried copper sparks mica powder, which I think might actually impart too much pigment to use it on skin other than lips? But I guess we'll see. I suppose it could be a cream eyeshadow or blush...? I'm meeting L. for drinks tonight, so she can test it out for me. Especially since I substituted shea butter for cocoa butter, which the internet tells me I shouldn't have? It's very rich balm, either way.

Meanwhile, I am liberally covered in glitter and I could not be happier about it.

Marg and Helen and the girls all loved their lip balms (and glitter gels), so I feel confident I found a couple of recipes that people other than me like, so that's good.

This morning, I made these chocolate cherry breakfast cookies (pic) and I might have made them too big, since they took more like 15 minutes to cook rather than the 9 to 11 the recipe suggests. I also used almond butter since I don't like peanut butter (I know, I know; I also don't like tuna fish; I was a nightmare child!) and they smell and taste great. And I finally used up the last of the dried cherries from my Christmas chocolate making, which was good. I found they (the dried cherries, I mean) were not as good in salads as dried cranberries, so they've just been sitting around taking up space. *hands*

So I feel like it's been a productive day, even if I didn't get the good sleep I was hoping for last night.


That was easy

Mar. 25th, 2017 02:23 pm
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Well piss, a random stranger in the NaNo facebook group managed to talk me into doing the April camp. XD I'm going to sign up for time durations rather than word counts. I'm thinking fifteen hours? That's a half hour of writing a day. :\a

Anyway, I dunno what I want to focus on, probably this magical realism piece that I need to write for English class. Who wants to read about a novice druid learning about his True Sight? XD
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I was hanging out with other fans this past weekend and one of them pointed out to me that I don't post much anymore. I guess that's probably true. I should try to change that! Here we go.

- After five years of trying and failing to learn to meditate (there's a anxious hamster in my head and it WILL NOT STOP SQUEAKING), I found an app that's extremely helpful. It's called Calm. I mention this in case any of you are similarly afflicted. You can unlock the full app with a subscription, but there are features you can use without that. I regularly make use of the guided meditations and the sleep stories. Yes! Droning bedtime stories meant to knock you out! They work pretty well. Last night I listened to a shipping report. zzzzzzzzzzzzzz

- I went back to re-read some Bruce Wayne/Clark Kent fic I had bookmarked, and I'm very very amused by the notes I used so I could find them again. (There's a reason so few of my 1,760 bookmarks are public.) For instance:

* that one where Bruce is masochistic and Dick is fucking pissed
* ugh stupid men on a farm and domestic goodness
* the one with the swear jar that made me LOL
* so good! go back and slobber on the author later

- Speaking of DCU and/or Berlantiverse, how cute was The Flash/Supergirl musical ep??!! OMG. SO CUTE. And then you juxtapose that with Arrow, which...listen, I want a ton of Diggle/Oliver hurt/comfort fic right this instant, and it just isn't out there. It's the same for Steve/Sam and Tony/Rhodey, and it isn't right.

- Also re the DCU: behold our glorious Wonder Woman.

- I have a non-spoilery confession to make about Legion: I fast forward through about three quarters of every episode because...I just don't care. It's not because it's trippy and surreal; I can deal with that. See: Hannibal. But the reason Hannibal worked for me was my deep and abiding investment in the characters, all of whom were portrayed by tremendous actors. The same cannot be said of Legion. I don't care about the characters. But I did start to cut them some slack in chapter 7 for reasons I won't mention here. (If you're watching, you already know why.)

- Here is a quick rundown of why I think Iron Fist is terrible. I gave up 13 years hours of my life to form these opinions; I therefore feel entitled to share them with you now. Below the cut, spoilers. )

I'm going to leave you with an embed of this year's MIT admissions vid, which is basically a fan film of Riri Williams making her Iron Man suit, because I love it so. Somewhere out there, I think RDJ is applauding.

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Mar. 25th, 2017 11:32 pm
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I thought I'd saved a post I wasn't happy with for later editing but it doesn't appear I actually did that.

In summary, please come and talk to me about the new Anne of Green Gables series, Anne. I have a feeling that Amybeth McNulty may replace Megan Follows as the actor who played Anne of my heart. Did you like it? How about Matthew? What did you think of the differences from canon? When is the next episode already?

I also have thoughts about Fortitude: spoilers )

down a memory rabbit lane hole

Mar. 24th, 2017 11:33 pm
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Since I got the new ipad and read a lot on it, my posting pattern has changed, in that in the evenings I don't always turn on my laptop, thus I don't post as much, or answer comments in a timely way. I do read comments when I get them, usually on my phone, because that's where I read my email. But if I don't answer right away, it's because of the lag time it takes for me to get my computer out in the evening, not that I'm ignoring you.

The experiment in trying not to aggravate my knee is going apace. Sitting in a chair at work with my leg mostly straight isn't very comfy. I've been using my standing desk more than usual. Today I teleworked and got to sit on the couch, which is by far the most comfortable. The good news is, the pain has receded. The bad news is it doesn't take much to bring it back *I'm looking at you, stairs* So I'm avoiding stairs for the time being. I've set up a doctor's appointment, so we'll see what happens.

In wedding plans, I've made my bouquet! That's exciting. We'll need to fold more flowers, but two of my friends at work are actually excited about that.

I'm tempted by [community profile] wipbigbang  again. I dropped out last year because of RL house-buying. This year I'm not even going to sign up. I've got a couple short things I need to get done first, and then my long stuff will have to be on my own time. I'm still in that I want to write but I can't make myself sit down phase, which is driven by not having a lot of writing time at the moment. I'm not worried. I'm past that. Now I'm just patient.

But as a consequence of the comm announcement I found [personal profile] beatrice_otter 's The Genetics Factory, which she wrote for it last year, which is a Criminal Minds/Stargate crossover, which then sent me on a delightful search through Criminal Minds crossovers. I read several crosses wtih Supernatural, which were the first SPN fic I'd read in years, and then of course, segued into a few old favorites with various other fandoms, Ronon's Protection, Branching Out, The Clusterfuck Job, A Fate Worse Than, and In Darkness.

Which then segued into checking in on SGA fandom and John/Ronon fic. I found a new to me little series where Ronon stealth marries John! I was so excited! Getting There by mific.

John/Ronon is my secret favorite pairing in SGA. Don't get me wrong - I was totally there for the John/Rodney for years. Definitely one of my all time OTPs, but as I've faded out of SGA, it's the John/Ronon that keeps me coming back to see what's been happening, and I think it's driven mostly by my love of Ronon. I could read Ronon fic all day, and there's not enough of it. John/Rodney I'm more inclined to stick with old favorites rather than try new stuff because there's so much more to wade through, and it often falls much more into the conventional story lines that I've seen before and I'm less interested in. Also, I'm there for any fic that doesn't make Teyla the wise-calm-serene-friend and OT4 because I am always and forever there for team!porn/feels.

I always kind of have this low-key urge to write John/Ronon fic but then I have no idea what I would write about. My writing style usually wants a plot to go along with it. The one time I wrote a serious romance story (Blueshift [ST:AOS]) it was kind of by accident because that's not how it started in my head.

Norwegian films - 3 recs + 1 anti-rec

Mar. 24th, 2017 07:58 pm
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[personal profile] yuuago
I recently discovered that my local library has a handful of Norwegian films, so I decided to go through them as a half-assed way of working on audio comprehension. (And was once again reminded that my audio understanding is terrible. This is what happens when you rarely study/primarily study in text, alas.) ...Anyway, from a strictly-film standpoint, I enjoyed most of them, which is always good. Details -

Flukt (English title: Escape) Kidnapping and subsequent escape during the years of the black plague, whoo! This one isn't the deepest film out there, but I did enjoy it; I've been wanting to watch it ever since the trailer first came out, and I wasn't disappointed. Nice visuals, a setting that I'm always up for, and - the best part - this is a good one to watch if you enjoy female villains. Ingrid Bolsø Berdal was great as Dagmar (the mastermind behind the roving band of bad guys); she was a pleasure to watch. In general, the female characters in this film had some pretty interesting relationships (in particular the situation between Dagmar and Frigg, and how it leads to the situation between Frigg and Signe). So, if you're into stories that are mainly about women, this might be one to look at.

Kongen av Bastøy (English title: King of Devil's Island) Period dramatic film about an uprising at a prison institution for boys; inspired by actual events*. I liked this one; the early 20th century setting interested me. And there were some recurring motifs that I really liked - the way they create a story/narrative for themselves, the bit with the whale, and so on. And of course the developing relations between Erling and Olav were great. And the bit where the navy is called in was very well-done, visually - I loved it, the way they're planning to escape on that tiny boat but THEN.... OH and also everything with the sea ice - okay, if I continue, I'll gush too much, there were too many moments that I liked. One thing I will mention; this is not a movie to watch if you want to end it in a good mood. It's a deeply unhappy film. Very good, but depressing. (As an aside, the English title rather bugs me. Why not a direct translation? Is it because it's assumed that English-speaking audiences wouldn't know how to pronounce "Bastøy"? Who knows.)

Bølgen (English title: The Wave) It is anticipated that one day the side of a mountain will collapse into the fjord below, causing an enormous wave that will overwhelm the village in on the fjord - but nobody knows when. One day, it happens, and the geologist who came closest to predicting the collapse is caught up in the middle of it. If you like disaster films, watch this one. If you're "eh" about disaster films, but love beautiful landscapes, then definitely watch this one - because of course, Norway's jaw-droppingly gorgeous mountains are the adversary here, and in the end this means that they get almost as much screentime as the protagonist. And finally, if you like imperfect but loving families, watch this one. (To my surprise, I didn't find this film too distressing, though there were certain moments - that line of cars up the mountain, not even moving but at a standstill because of the traffic jam... it reminded me too much of our own evacuation, brrrr.) While we're on the subject, this film is based on actual stuff - other rockslides in the past, as well as one that will happen some time in the future, in the Geiranger area, where this film is actually set.

And one finally, one anti-rec for Reprise. It's about two young novelists trying to make their mark in the writing world. This one was a disappointment, because it has been recommended to me on more than one occasion, so I expected to enjoy it, but I ended up hating it. I've sat through some films I've felt lukewarm about in the name of half-assed studying, but this is one of the few films that I haven't been able to sit through, period. It's possible that I just wasn't in the mood to watch this kind of movie, but regardless, I just gave up on it. I found both protagonists completely obnoxious, and just kind of annoying to watch - I ended up not caring about the story nor the characters; they reminded me of every blowhard novelist wannabe guy I've ever met. To make matters worse, I had difficulty telling them apart - and admittedly I do have difficulty with that, but it isn't a problem I had with the other films in this list, and it probably just boils down to - I disliked both of them so much that I couldn't be bothered to differentiate them. The point I gave up at was when one of them was going on about how he would have to dump his girlfriend, even though he likes her, because ~true artists~ don't have girlfriends. I'm pretty sure he's meant to look like an ass, but that doesn't mean I feel like watching it. ...And also this film didn't even have any of the other things that would cause me to sit through a film I dislike (IE very unconventional format, great cinematography, interesting effects, etc). So, yeah, if your tastes are like mine, don't bother with this one.
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My promotion actually went through at work! I have a modified title and a tiny raise. My supervisor had coached me to brace myself for nothing, given looming budget cuts across the whole organization, so even a little bit is a nice surprise; and while it's taken three and a half years to claw back up to what I was making at my last job, I still don't regret the move. Best of all, the upgrade doesn't involve doing much more than I'm doing now.

This news was especially welcome on the heels of a weekend where I learned that revisiting season one of BtVS + reading some BtVS fics + washing my hair for the first time since the temporary straightening and discovering that it looked like the worst perm I'd ever gotten back in high school = broody, self-recriminating fugue. Fascinating how a couple of days of rekindling a yearning to be Willow and to have an intense core friend group and mentor and whatnot could send me right back to a college-era headspace like that.

But it faded with a little socializing and a return to the work week. I went to an annual St. Patrick's Day concert with a couple of coworkers. This year's theme involved wandering back and forth through time, from the 1600s to contemporary pieces, tracing some of the threads of the evolution of Celtic music, song and dance. A wonderful local-ish musician, Keith Murphy, led a reinterpretation of the shape-note song Clamanda that I'd grown to love when Ann Leckie mentioned it in a discussion of the music she'd included in Ancillary Justice.

(And my hair is fine now. It just took two showers to get back to normal.)


And now today, a vidding zine that Lim has been working on for months has gone live! It's got essays on various aspects of vidding, close readings of vids, ruminations on vidding history, vidder profiles and interviews, stories about copyright appeals, and more, from 16 international contributors.


*warning: the landing page is a still graphic, but when you click through to the article index pages you will get some animated gifs. details below

Lim asked me to write about the Mashup exhibit, so I expanded my Dreamwidth report from last year to include new stuff about, for example, wrestling with legal questions before accepting the invitation to have "Starships!" included, deciding whether to use my RL or fannish name, brief reflections one year on, and some graphics that tried to capture my general feeling of "OMG" from the months leading up to the gallery opening. The article also features write-ins from Kandy Fong, Lim and [personal profile] heresluck. You can check it out here.

I'm at a local conference this weekend and don't expect to be online much, but what I've seen so far has been fantastic -- dynamic design customized to each article, beyond the compelling subject matter -- and I'm looking forward to reading/watching the rest.

*The All Articles index has animated gifs, although the mobile version doesn't seem to. You can avoid them if you go to the About page, and the Contributors page links to the articles by author. At a glance, the Glitter and Gold essay had a flashy gif (and the History of Vidding essay had a subtler one) that the gif-sensitive might want to be warned about.

My piece was given an auto-playing background video in the "Screening Room" section, and there's a non-flashy gif in the slide show embedded in the "Sh*t Gets Real" section. Also FYI, the section headers font and a few pix are styled with deconstructed red and blue like you would see in 3D materials before you put the glasses on.
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so after being at the panera for 3 hrs, i realized i had left both my wallet and keys in the bathroom in the first ten minutes i was there. WHY SO STUPID, SELF. Happy ending: the counter lady had them. Everything was fine. I nearly cried, and she gave me a cookie because she felt so bad for me. For real, self, you are too old to do shit like this.

uh hi i haven't posted here since chocolate box letters pfft.

Still writing a ton of Yoi, including an inexplicably 12k of Leo/Guanghong for White Day. but mostly yurabeka.

Currently watching ACCA (not short for anything) which is about spies and best friends and bread and smoking and best friends who are spies. and photography. and toast. and coup d'etat. I wish I could nominate this for SASO.

SASO IS SOON. well sort of. I'm insanely excited for it because of how much fun I had last year and how I have new fandoms this year to read/write in. I think we mostly have our team together even! I'm psyched. And I'm trying to watch enough All Out to make it stick but I'm having some trouble uh falling asleep immediately so I have to keep rewatching episodes.

I got an incredibly drastic haircut that i'm probably not keeping, but it's all short on the sides and long enough to spike on the top and longish down the back. En says in Japan they call it a 'wolf cut' although neither of us knows why.

also I feel asleep and didn't post this last night! all the failure.
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Five random things on Friday afternoon:

a. I realized I'd miscalculated and only had enough lettuce for four days of lunch salads. I still have croutons, cranberries, cheese, and cashews walnuts (the alliteration was working there for a minute), but no more romaine. So I had an everything bagel with scallion cream cheese and it sure was tasty.

2. Why is it so hard to find a nice red patent leather tote bag? It doesn't even have to be real leather? I would take PVC! But apparently it's not in style now? I don't understand - how does red patent leather ever go out of style?

iii. I went to bed early last night - the past two nights I've had that low-grade fever feeling, with the aches and the chills - and slept okay but I still did not want to get out of bed this morning. I am hopefully going to get some sleep over the weekend.

D. so in the oft-mentioned but still unfinished Thing 1 and Thing 2, I've been trying not to repeat events (it's the same overall story told from two POVs), but I came to a thing that I think has to be told twice - once when it happens, and then once again later, as told by the person it happened to directly. I think that makes it less repetitive? I don't know. I still haven't figured it all out. I've never really done a thing like this before, where it's separate stories rather than just sections from different POVs. I guess we'll see how it works if I ever finish them.

5. Alyssa texted me that she was feeling sad on Wednesday so she put two of the songs from the Flash/Supergirl musical ("Super Friend" and "Put a Little Love in Your Heart") on repeat along with "Hooked on a Feeling," "December 1963 (Oh What a Night)," and the Lego Batman song and found it very cheering. In case you also feel in need of happiness.

Sigh. I am so ready to go home.

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I am still dead this morning and instead of spreading germs (like oh, I dunno, my advisor, the head the the art department, my graphic design professor, other students) I'm going to be responsible and courteous and stay home with my sickness. It's a terrible time because there are so many things due next week but I don't know, guys, I just can't find it within me to care.

I made a 94/100 on my introduction speech in public speaking. My only downfall was that I said "uhm" too many times, haha. I hope that my entertaining speech does as well (my topic was "Top Five TV Detectives (And Their Sidekicks) and in no particular order, I talked about: Shawn and Gus from Pysch, Adrian Monk from Monk, Jessica Fletcher from Murder, She Wrote, Munch and Fin from Law and Order: SVU, and of course, Sherlock and John from Sherlock. It was a pretty big hit with the class, I got some laughs and a lot of discussion afterwards, so that's nice.

Today's going to be spent catching up on DW (sorry I've been so absent, guys) and listening to the Beauty and the Beast soundtrack (I bought the deluxe edition, it has something like 52 tracks and they're all wonderful). Maybe, just maybe, I'll get a little something written for one or two of the super short prompt communities I'm a member of.


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