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[staff profile] denise
My talk at this year's was "When Your Codebase Is Nearly Old Enough To Vote": a case study of Dreamwidth and all the horrible horrible things we've found down there underneath the couch cushions, along with the lessons we've learned about when to rewrite them and when to leave them alone.

You can view the YouTube recording (sorry, no transcript), or check out the slides!

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Jan. 26th, 2015 09:10 pm
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[personal profile] erik
Feed your valentine ice cream!

For those of you that are new, the way it works is thus:
  1. I send out an email like this one listing the flavors I'm thinking of making this round and soliciting orders.
  2. You all respond to the email and order what you want.
  3. Some time passes (anywhere from a few days to a few weeks, depending on how many people order, how many different flavors I have to make to fill those orders, other things happening in my life...). If you have a specific date or event you need it by, let me know and I will do my best to accommodate you.
  4. I email those of you who ordered and we arrange to exchange ice cream for money.
  5. You give me $6/pint and I give you ice cream.
  6. Happiness.

The ice cream flavors on offer this month are:

  • Persian Lime
  • Ginger
  • Aztec Chocolate (Xocolatl)
  • Rose PetalCandied Kumquat
  • Dragon Fruit
  • Lulo
  • (Lulo is a South American fruit in the Solanum genus. It has a bright sunny flavor.)
  • Molasses and Toasted Hickory Nut


  • 10" Pineapple Upside-Down Butterscotch Pound Cake: $15

And as always, if you want a flavor you've gotten from me before but I'm not offering this round, let me know. You may have to order enough to cover a batch, and you may have to wait a little longer, but I will do my best to accommodate.


Jan. 26th, 2015 01:47 pm
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[personal profile] xnera
I went shopping yesterday. Yay!

First stop was Starbucks, as my sister had given me a gift card for Christmas. I forgot how expensive they are. I got a grande peppermint mocha and it cost $4.65, wow. I also got a salted caramel square and saved it for later.

Then it was onto GameSpot. I'm a bit superstitious - when the time is a repeated number like 11:11, I make wishes. One of my wishes was that GameSpot would have both games I wanted at an affordable price so I could just use the $25 gift card from my sister and the cash I had on hand, so I wouldn't have to dip into my $100 gift card which I want to use entirely on yarn. Happily, both games were in stock and were indeed cheap enough. I got Final Fantasy XIII-2 for 17.99 and Lost Odyssey (at [personal profile] lassarina's recommendation) for $14.99. Score!

Then it was over to Michaels for another skein of Red Heart Super Saver for my BAMCAL afghan. Truthfully, I like my local Joann better than Michaels, but I wasn't sure they had Red Heart Super Saver and I know Michaels does, so I went there. I was able to pay with cash. I think I have enough cash left over to get a haircut at Great Clips - I need to count it and see. It's about time for a haircut.

After that, my shopping was done, so it was back home. I worked on equalizing two more squares for the BAMCAL afghan. I have 5 large squares left to equalize, plus the 12 small squares. I'd like to finish this week, I think. Then I played some FFTA until dinner time.

After dinner it was time to try out the new toys! Originally I had planned on playing FFXIII-2 first, but I was lucky enough to get the manual for it and read that it featured Serah, which dimmed my interests a bit. So I fired up Lost Odyssey instead. I'm about four hours into the game and am enjoying it so far, though I wish I hadn't used up the 10 healing medicines you get at the start of the game.
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My True Love Gave to Me
Milagro Tequila
The RatQueens Vol. I
The Wicked + The Divine Vol. 1

The RatQueens 1-5
The Wicked + The Divine 1-7

Bamfgirls 1.01
MentalFloss 242
Crash Course World History 222

Tv Shows
Arrow 3.08-3.10
Dr. Horrible Sing-A-Blog 1.01-1.03
Flash 1.08-1.10
Galavant 1.05-1.08
Haven 5.12, 5.13
Lost 5.01-5.06
New Girl 4.13
The Big Bang Theory 8.10
The History of Science Fiction 1.01, 1.02
The Originals 2.10
The Vampire Diaries 6.07-6.11
White Collar 6.01-6.06

The Giver
If I Stay
American Sniper
Lord of the Rings Extended: Fellowship of the Ring
Lord of the Rings Extended: Two Towers
Lord of the Rings Extended: Return of the King

The BBC's Real History of Science Fiction

SA Wine: Wine Education
CookClub: Black & White — Italian
Sci-Fi: BBC Sci-Fi History Showing I of II
Tea & Herb: Monday Afternoon Tea
Visual & Preforming Arts: 6 Artists Celebrate 60th

City Events
Readathon 2014: Rat Queens & The Wiked + The Divine
McNay: Six Artists Celebrate the McNay’s 60th Anniversary
McNay: Regarding Ruscha
McNay: World War II Photographs

Teacup Solidarity

Jan. 25th, 2015 10:31 pm
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[personal profile] batwrangler
Shamrock teacup

Recency English Bone China with Abel the Beastlies and jasmine tea. This was one of my great-grandmother's and probably made in the 1950s.

(I took the picture with my iPad Mini and figured out how to send it to tumblr but not how to get it from there to here. Fortunately, I also figured out how to send it to flickr and I know how flickr works with with LJ/DW ... )

The Time Stamp Meme

Jan. 25th, 2015 02:25 pm
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Give me one of my stories, and a timestamp sometime in the future (after the end of the story), or sometime in the past (before the story started), and I'll write you at least a hundred words of what happened then, whether it's five minutes before the story started or ten years in the future.
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post-tags: instagram, crosspost The pile of crêpes, waiting to be turned into a cake. #cookbookclub


Jan. 25th, 2015 12:36 pm
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[personal profile] xnera
Looks like I won't be able to buy FFIX. Sony is not accepting my Vanilla Visa gift card as a valid payment option. Boo.
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post-tags: instagram, crosspost Sunday morning baking: @thewhalewins' gâteau de crêpes for @farmandfable #cookbookclub.

Rest In Peace, Edgar Froese

Jan. 25th, 2015 08:59 am
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[personal profile] calliopes_pen
Edgar Froese has passed away at the age of 70, due to a pulmonary embolism. May he rest in peace. He was the founder of Tangerine Dream—I’ve heard their music in Legend (1985), Near Dark (1987), Firestarter (1984), and The Keep (1983). I listened to enough of the Tangerine Dream bit of Legend’s music for a particular scene when I was writing the Yuletide story Blood Begets A Curse Anew a couple years back. He will be missed.

I have been meaning to watch The Keep or Near Dark again, so this could be the time for it.


Jan. 24th, 2015 10:26 pm
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[personal profile] xnera
I was bored so I did a search for "PSP browser games" and found out there was such a thing. They require Flash, which needed a system update. So I did another search for my missing memory card.

I FOUND IT! It was in a small basket I have. System has been updated and Flash is enabled, yay! I have yet to try it.

I'm thinking again about buying FFIX, now. I tried logging on the PSN Store but there's a forced password change which has to be done from a PC so it'll have to wait until tomorrow.
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[personal profile] erika
I think I've been silent for a long time because of my fear of judgment.

My own judgment. I'm tired of hating myself because of what other people believe, whether it's about me or their ethical quandries with the way I live my life, or whether I'm just setting myself up for a fall. I'm happy. I have a lot of things to work on, but I'm fucking happy.

Josh and I are still together and stronger in love, commitment, kindness, persistence, and security than ever. February 14th will be 2 1/2 years, and I'm excited as hell about that because it's longer than I've ever been with anyone and I'm just—so—so—pleased for so many reasons.

Yes, we're polyamorous. No, I don't particularly want to defend that. It's hard enough dealing with my own insecurity and jealousy while simultaneously managing my triggers and anxiety. Please respect this for the moment, because I want to write about it.

I'm so fucking jealous of Josh's newest conquest friend, A, and when I examine it, do my due diligence, the foot work, the scut work— really peel away the layers, I find the nasty sticky gunk of being unloved, being unwanted, being abandoned, being alone, being worthless.

None of that is true. It's not true anymore, and it never was. Never.

But it's so ... nearly impossible for me to accept that. So much pain and desperation lurk in my psyche, sticky tar over my hopes and dreams, and the jealousy feels like I'm boiling myself alive—but only sometimes.

This is what I will endure to be the person I want to be. See, the thing is, I want to be poly. I spent years saying it wasn't for me and I spent those years cheating. (Ironically, cheaters are much more likely to be concerned about their partner's monogamy.)

I wasn't being true to myself and my desires. I suggested polyamory about a year and a half ago and we've been gradually opening up the relationship ever since, and I feel like I can breathe again. I won't cheat on Josh because he's aware, and he's happy for me.

I want to be happy for him. I know I can be; I feel the happiness shining like a warm sun within me, but the grasping, the attachment of my fears——oh god, the dilemma. Listen to my fears, feel more secure temporarily by restricting his activities, control freak, probably end up losing him—listen to my heart, follow its lead, feel more secure but not for a while, assertive but not aggressive, communication, pain, endurance.

These are the paths I see before me. Maybe poly is my path less travelled, but by god, even if I pay dearly for every mile, I know it will be worth it, no matter what. I want to be the person I know I can be, who's secure in her relationship and enjoys the fact that her partner also has other people to talk to, to spend time with, to love.

I want to be free, and I want to let Josh go knowing that he'll always come back to me. He told me I am his home.

I want to believe.

Yellow house, snowy wood. #bosnow

Jan. 24th, 2015 07:46 pm
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post-tags: instagram, crosspost Yellow house, snowy wood. #bosnow

Rare Ship Swap: Dear Author

Jan. 24th, 2015 12:05 pm
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Hello, my dear author! I hope this letter finds you well. I'm not too picky about exchange gifts, so I'm sure that whatever you make for me will be wonderful! However, if you're looking for a little more direction, I've put together a few thoughts to help you out. For reference, these are me:
[ profile] lnich
[ profile] lnich
[ profile] fenellaevangela

likes: I'm here for both plotty almost-gen and sexy smut, so go with whichever one works best for you. Some tropes/themes I really enjoy are identity porn, secret relationships, zerophiliac AUs, casefic, found families, and missing scenes. I'm also very open to crossovers, so if you think I know another fandom (because I requested both or because you see it on my tumblr) then feel free to give it a shot.

dislikes: Gore, death, and sad endings aren't my cup of tea at all. As long as you avoid making any of those the focus of your work, I'll be pleased as punch. I'm also fine with angst as a plot point, so long as it leads to a happy or ambivalent ending.

Also, some of my requested ships go against canonical pairings. This is par for the course for me, but please don't demonize or kill off the canonical love interests for the purposes of my gift! I'd rather they be written with new partners or into a polyamorous arrangement; even just casually ignoring their existence is better than killing them off.

My requests:

Saga (Comics): The Stalk/The Will

Read more... )

Orphan Black (TV): Angela DeAngelis/Sarah Manning, Felix Dawkins/Raj Singh, Art Bell/Felix Dawkins, Helena/Grace Johanssen, Alison Hendrix/Donnie Hendrix

Read more... )

Star Trek: Voyager: Neelix/Tuvok

Read more... )

Teen Wolf (TV): Melissa McCall/Claudia Stilinski, Talia Hale/Claudia Stilinski, Talia Hale/Melissa McCall, Derek Hale/Kira Yukimura, Derek Hale/Sheriff Stilinski

Read more... )

Gotham (TV): Alfred Pennyworth/Martha Wayne/Thomas Wayne, Jim Gordon/Alfred Pennyworth, Jim Gordon/Barbara Kean/Alfred Pennyworth

Read more... )

Supernatural: Cassie Robinson/Castiel, Cassie Robinson/Jessica Moore, Cassie Robinson/Dean Winchester, Lisa Braeden/Jessica Moore

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