Nov. 25th, 2015 09:44 am
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The results on my thyroid-related things are not encouraging. Therefore I am going to do two things, the first of which is to go to the pharmacy and buy some 1000mg vitamin D gel caplets (and a hot water battle because it is terribly cold in my hobbit-hole). Then I am going to make an appointment for an endocrinologist, by phone, which will be very fun. So much fun!

No, I have not gotten around to watching Jessica Jones yet, although I am confident from reactions that it will probably meet 80-85% of my expectations. Roughly. I have also not yet watched the midseason finale of HTGAWM. And I have not finished reading Baru Cormorant.

In fact, I exited Sunless Sea hell only to immediately dig myself a chest-high ditch in 7KPP alpha hell. Yes, there is a new alpha update and I am flipping out every which way. As usual, with a branching storyline the new content is scattered across multiple playthroughs and so unlocking everything I want/need to see is taking some time. I have had a hard time resisting playing the game late at night on my laptop, which has done my circadian cycle no favors.

Meanwhile writing is proceeding sort of apace with 3-4 stories running in parallel. And writing in Hebrew now, because I'm doing a workshop. And thinking of gathering a local writers' social group for chatty meetings twice a month or so.
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Shows I'm gonna give a spin to this winter, new & returning:

Top Chef - Bravo - December 2nd: My first reality show love, I'll give it one last chance.

The Expanse - Syfy - December 14th: Watched the first episode early via Vudu (but also available on Youtube via Syfy - presumably only for the US) and was pleased. It's set in the near future where humans have colonized the Moon, Mars and parts of the Asteroid Belt. Those three groups (Earth-Luna, Mars and the Belters) are in a state of tension due to various things and shit's about to get real. It feels like a very fully fleshed out world and there is enough diversity to keep my interest. It doesn't fill me with glee/joy but it drew me in and made me want to learn more and see more. I found myself thinking about it off and on all day. There's a lot there that I want to roll around in.

Luther - BBCA - December 17th: Luther is such an intense fucking show and weird. But good and compelling. Really fucking intense though. I mean, Idris Elba.

The 100 - CW - January 21st: BFF got me hooked on this, it's really good and I really love it. I'm so happy it's coming back. It satisfies me on so many levels. Scifi, adventure, queerness. It has problems with ethnic diversity, but that's pretty much the only issue I have with it. The woman-focused narrative soothes me.

Legends of Tomorrow - CW - January 21st: Hawkgirl, White Canary, Rory from Doctor Who, Sydney Bristow's dad...I mean it has a lot going for it. Hopefully that'll be enough.

The Magicians - Syfy - January 25th: I know very little about this one, only what they tell me here, but I'm hopeful.

Agent Carter - ABC - January 5th: Little bummed about the change of venue, and the loss of a particular character, but I love Peggy so it should be okay.

How about you? What new/returning shows will you be watching?
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[personal profile] ursamajor
There are YouTube socks! They are not tube socks, alas.


Nov. 24th, 2015 05:09 pm
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[personal profile] cesy
The Fanlore page now has some links to most of what's been happening and some good summaries, for anyone who's not already aware.

I am still trying to figure out what to say publicly, but I am also desperate to talk about it, in between being really nervous of hearing stuff dragged back up that will really upset me. I'm mostly healed from the previous incidents, but not entirely.

I'm tentatively hopeful but still slightly cynical at the moment. Matty and LO (Atiya) are great people and I look forward to seeing what they'll do. They're not perfect people, and fandom's idealisation-devaluation cycle is vicious. A clean slate is easier in some ways than changing a culture when you're a minority, but there are bits of problematic culture that have been spread across the org for so many years that I really doubt they're all gone, so I don't think the Board is the only problem culturally or ethically, let alone in any other way.

I haven't linked it from the Fanlore page as I know she doesn't want the whole of Metafandom descending on her, but [personal profile] recessional's commentary is interesting, for any mutual friends/network who hadn't spotted it yet.

I have been sick for the past five days, I'm exhausted and everything sucks, I still have dayjob to do, chores to do, and a pile of fun stuff including Dreamwidth coding that I'd like to get to at some point. But I've gone and volunteered to share my knowledge on the finance side, because institutional history can help, provided you can prevent it perpetuating bad culture.

(Meme) December Blogging Meme

Nov. 23rd, 2015 04:54 pm
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[personal profile] dreamwriteremmy
Tried this last year, did not do that great (admittedly we got sick in December so that didn't help). Trying again this year.

via [personal profile] yohjideranged

- Pick a date in December and give me something to talk about.
- You don't have to be following me or ever have commented to request a topic.
- If you are doing the meme, I'll leave topics for you, too! Feel free to link me at any time if you want one.
- Feel free to suggest multiple topics/dates.
- Feel free to just leave a topic and no date. I'll fill it in.

Topic Ideas
Fandoms: Ace Attorney, Welcome to Night Vale, Young Wizards/Cats of Grand Central, Magic Ex Libris, Harry Potter, Pretear, The Hunger Games
Writing: Meta/Process, Ficlet/Poetry/Meta in Original Universes (More Than One, Agent DreamWriter, Willerverse, Intergalactic Urban Search and Rescue, Johanna's Story, The Connector of Stories), Ficlet/Poetry/Meta in Shared Universes (Nine for the Nebula's Heart, Heliodrax), Random prompts for fic/poetry
Misc: Reiki, Oracle Reading, Rehabilitation Psychology/Recovery Model of Psychology, Plurality (and yes you are allowed to ask specific people questions Cast List), Mental Health, Other Life Things

Date Claims/Topics )


Nov. 23rd, 2015 01:06 pm
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[personal profile] lea_hazel
I wrote today, and all else is secondary.

"You have class in four hours and you didn't do the reading."


"Have you eaten today?"


"Are those dirty dishes from last Friday?"

Completely secondary.

"It's the apocalypse! Oh no!"


*disgusted noise* / OTW

Nov. 22nd, 2015 10:59 pm
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[personal profile] lian
For background information:

Background info on OTW Board decision to smuggle a candidate back on the Board in contempt of due elections process

I just sent the following note of protest to the OTW Board of Directors.

Full disclosure: former member of the Board of Directors, member in good standing of OTW.

I'm going to make this short. I need to let you know that, in the strongest terms, I protest and condemn your recent vote to appoint Andrea Horbinski to fill Anna Genoese's vacated seat for the remained of her term.

We all know that you'll write me a boilerplate answer as to how members have no say in internal Board matters, that your decision was completely in line with best practices, above-board and ethical etc.

Except that is BULLSHIT. Look, when you shadily removed sanders people grumbled but you figured no-one liked sanders much, so there would be little protest. But you managed to surpass even that by making a sham out of the election process a second time.

With your decision, you held the membership in contempt.

Why hold elections at all? Why not - for once in the history of the OTW! - be transparent and either include the seat in the elections, or appoint the third place runner-up? It's not as if there's no precedent for short terms!

Have you become so completely insensitive to basic common sense and any consideration of how you appear - how you make the organization appear? The preservation of you power seems to be the only consideration at play. I know you don't care. But apparently I still care enough about the organization that I must at least write, in a futile effort to get through to you.

You think this will blow over? I don't believe so. As a member, as a former member of the Board, as someone who always has, and always will have, the OTW's best interest at heart, and who used to consider some of you friends: You still have time to act, to rescind the vote, to explain yourselves. I urgently ask you to do so.

With sinking regard,

[Real Name]

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Perfect late-fall dinner: burrata ribollita. Especially with the crunchy pancetta.

This Woman's Work

Nov. 22nd, 2015 12:12 pm
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1) Gacked from petzipellepingo, what stood out to me about this story of women in Hollywood is how much their complaints sound exactly like those of fans:

"Female writers in Hollywood told me they are used to hearing things like ‘‘Can you insert a rape scene here?’’ or ‘‘Can they go to a strip club here?’’ ... ‘‘I still see storytelling for men by men that is always reinforcing the male gaze,’’...Karyn Kusama...told me that ‘‘the No. 1 script motif I read is a woman chained to a wall. It’s almost de rigueur now. I look back nostalgically at slasher films. At least then, the girls were main characters in speaking roles.’’ Read more... )

2) We're still an episode behind on Brooklyn 99 but I loved Read more... )

3) I was making a purchase the other day and was browsing my wish list. I have a bunch of books on it which I may never buy -- I've stuck things in there when I read reviews of them but I have 100+ fanfics in my eReader most of the time and am always downloading more.

Getting back to the point, I had saved the new Poirot tie-in and was interested to see that people seemed remarkably divided on it. It's not often I see any items that have virtually equal numbers of people rating something from 1-5.

Anyone here read it?

4) Speaking of reading, I saw this article about Tipsy and liked the general idea but have my doubts it will end up benefitting who they think. Read more... )

5) Nice to see at least a few hopeful stories about the next generation repudiating bigotry.
erika: Lucas from Empire Records with text:  who knows where thoughts come from?  They just appear. (movies: ER: thoughts)
[personal profile] erika
Something was poking me when I sat down.

It was a sharpie.

Where did it come from? I genuinely do not know why I would want to have a sharpie in my pocket today.

More disturbingly, I vaguely recall picking it up and thinking "no reason to carry this around!"

Frosty morning. #latergram

Nov. 22nd, 2015 02:33 pm
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post-tags: instagram, crosspost Frosty morning. #latergram
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This article shows a picture of the GUI on Microsoft's first operating system, MS-DOS - *ahem*...that's MS-DOS Executive if you're fancy. If you look in the lower left hand corner, you'll see what looks like a game of checkers going on with ugly red and blue chips against an even uglier astroturf green background. This - this - is the only game I've ever played on Windows. It's called Reversi (which is basically the board game Othello; strangely enough, I've never played it) and it rocks your brain - but unlike its parent OS, it never got to be 30 years old. I had no idea it was with Windows from its harumpy Executive start.

Not that I'll do the research right now, but one day it would be nice to find out what other games (if any - Solitaire, perhaps?) came with MS-DOS and when Reversi became online-capable (I can't imagine it was that way from the start). I still play it, but beginning with Windows Vista it disappeared, forcing me to re-install XP to play it again, Sam, which I've done many, many times, because there is no better way to kill time while CCleaner wipes data, frees disk space and, more recently, overwrites my pesky cluster tips - wait, I don't even know what that is, I just do it, anyway, so there's something else I should look up - than go kill myself playing Reversi.

One of the few good things about Windows 10? My beloved game is back - without having to reinstall XP - in the form of Online Reversi, which is free (with in-app upgrades; I can't imagine what those are, though, seriously?) in the Windows Store. It's not made by Microsoft (which is a shame, as I still vastly prefer the XP version to all others - even MSN's online game sucks) but it does have neat capabilities that MS's did not, like playing against the AI (XP's version would fail with the message: "Cannot connect to game server/Try again?/Quit?" if your machine went offline) which I can do until my brains are practically popping out from over-exertion - which, being me, is exactly what makes it so much fun.

Trivia question: can anyone recall Reversi's messenger? It had one. Back when I started playing (2004ish) it was considered state of the art, a top of the line medium because it allowed you to communicate with other players while eliminating all forms of harassment by using pre-written text messages in a long dropdown list beneath the game board that you could scroll through and select from. Some of the messages were sort of competitive, like "Ha! I got the corner!" But there was no corresponding "answer" like "Yep asshole, you sure did". The wildest response you could make was, "Good one!" or if you were feeling pretty frisky, something about how you'd get them back in the next round.

Bonus points if you can recall the dialog box at the end of every game: "Play again? Quit?" If your opponent won they'd almost always want to Play Again - unless they wiped your ass off the board, in which case they usually found you unworthy and Quit (we also had the option of quitting midgame regardless of who was winning, which came in handy if something came up). If you lost it was considered bad form to initiate an offer to Play Again unless the score was very, very close or an actual tie or you only lost in the last few seconds after a good, long winning streak; otherwise the winner was expected to invite you back by accepting the Play Again message before you did. If you asked to Play Again but got rejected, it felt like losing twice, so you learned to avoid it.

And bonus bonus points if you can recall either of the following: how long Reversi took to connect to other servers on dial-up (simply forever) and how much longer it took to connect to China, which for some reason it did, usually starting around 3am when apparently all the US players except me had crashed. An extra bonus bonus bonus if you can recall exactly how many servers Reversi connected to, because I can't. The US and China for sure, along with possibly Russia, but for some reason, Poland and perhaps a few other Slavic countries are also jumping around in my mind as possibilities.

crafting update

Nov. 21st, 2015 01:38 pm
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[personal profile] xnera
I finished my first knitted garment for myself - my Harvest Cardigan! I am wearing it right now. It is very cozy. The arms came out too long, but I simply turned back the cuffs, and that is working nicely. So I don't think I will rip out some of the sleeve, as I first thought.

I finished two more shawls. My Wavedeck is going to be for myself, as it came out better than the first one I knitted. That one will go to the ministry. I also finished a Boneyard Shawl. It looks much better in person than it does in the pictures. I liked the colorway enough that I knitted a swatch with the scrap yarn to keep for myself, to remember it by.

I'm working on two mysteries. The first is a knitted mystery that I think will end up being a cowl. I love the pattern so far. That was the yarn I was untangling, by the way -- I did end up cutting the yarn in one place once I got to the knot, as there was no other way to untangle it. The other mystery is a crochet one that I think might be a container for plastic bags. I can't imagine what else it could be that is that skinny.

In December I plan on crocheting a Mini Moods of Change doily, and knitting a Celtic Myths shawl. I've also started on another Boneyard shawl with some more variegated yarn. I don't have enough of the variegated by itself, so I will alternate sections with Red Heart Super Saver in Aran.

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Nov. 20th, 2015 10:37 pm
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[personal profile] adalger
I have been a sad and absent little blogger on DW. Do any of my old friends still remember me around here?

There are so many plot bunnies hiding in the corners of my mind, and I feel like I'd like to take a crack at them, but I don't know if I have the kind of support structure I need to sustain an effort. (I also don't know if having a support structure actually helps me at all, given my executive dysfunction and other lovely autistic traits.)

Anyway, hello?


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