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Jun. 23rd, 2017 03:00 pm
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The deed is done. I filed for bankruptcy, and my court hearing is on August 4 at 9am.

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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2tWNh4y at June 23, 2017 at 07:55AMAnalysis | What the Senate bill changes about Obamacare
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June 23, 2017 at 07:55AM

it's braver sometimes just to run

Jun. 23rd, 2017 10:55 am
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Last night, we had dinner at Joanne's, the Lady Gaga family restaurant. The food was fine, but for the prices they charge, I expected at least two meatballs with my spaghetti and meatball dinner. To be fair, the one meatball was of decent size, but still, it's listed as spaghetti and meatballs on the menu so it's not ridiculous to expect there to be more than one meatball on the plate. I am just saying.

It's warm and clammy today, which is my second least favorite combination (cold and clammy is worse), but I'm looking forward to the weekend, as this week has seemed endless. It was so hard to get out bed. Sigh.

I did just get off the phone with 1. the realtor and then 2. the lawyer, so things are progressing there re: the negotiation of a slightly lower price due to the low appraisal (all thanks, apparently, to the fact that while the seller lists the apartment in Forest Hills, it actually exists in Rego Park which is one - slightly less expensive - neighborhood over. And if you are from Queens, you know what I mean). The question is whether this affects the lender in any way, but since the loan amount is the loan amount regardless, I'm not sure why it would? but what do I know? As per my lawyer's instructions, I am playing dumb (I mean, on this topic, despite all the info from Uncle Google, I actually am kind of dumb? so it's not hard! *hands*) The lawyer and mortgage broker are on top of that.

When I spoke to the realtor this morning, I was like, it's been a week since they received my application but I shouldn't expect to hear from them before the Fourth of July weekend? and he was like, "they don't like to disclose their schedule but I'll ask for an update," and then he just texted me to say that the board has received and is reviewing my application so EEP! That, more than the bank or the seller or the more normal processes of home-buying is what is freaking me out. I have more to say about this but probably not until it's all over, and even then, probably only in a locked post. Mostly what I want to say is EEP! At least I found my black dress (and my mom's pearls *snerk*) so I'm prepared!

I feel like I should have something fannish to say, and I'm sure I did before these phone calls all started happening, but I guess for right now, this househunting business is my main fandom. Sigh.

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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2sI3Lhq on June 22, 2017 at 11:00PM

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Turned Upside Down (Chapter 6)
By [personal profile] dreamlittleyo
Pairing/Rating: Hamilton/Washington, Explicit, Noncon Warnings
Wordcount: 1,300 Words (22,600 Total)
Summary: Alexander Hamilton has always been devoted to his captain; he never intends to admit just how deep his devotion runs. When an away mission goes intimately wrong, both men are left reeling. Hamilton knows there's no going back. But how can he make things right if Washington won't even look at him?

Or: the one where Washington is a starship captain and away missions are terrible.

Read Chapter Six on AO3…
(Read from the beginning on AO3...)

Or read Chapter Six below the cut… )

 
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Why a so-called "pro-life" world has a lot of dead women in it. It isn't really pro-life unless it includes food and shelter and clothes for everyone, health care for everyone, and income for everyone. That's pro-life. RetroRepublicans are only pro-birth; they don't give a damn what happens once that baby is here.

In Missouri, if you use birth control, had an abortion or are pregnant (covering all bases, you notice), you can lose a job, be fired, be not hired. I assume they are not counting condoms as birth control, or they'd have to fire a lot of men, and that just wouldn't do, would it? ::sarcasm filter on full blast:: More on this ignorant stupidity here.



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Police are literally dragging people away from Sen. McConnell's office as protests break out over the Republican anti-health bill. I refuse to call it a health bill; it is against health.

The Trump occupation will allow nursing homes to strip residents of their legal rights. I want this one to go all the way to the Supreme Court so it can be slapped down so hard it echoes. And Trump has removed protections for Yellowstone grizzlies. Can we have *him* tell the grizzlies that? Up close and personal?

Oh, and His Trumpetness's minions say diabetics "don't deserve" health insurance.

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The Supreme Court unanimously made it harder for the government to revoke anyone's citizenship.

Why aren't bisexuals more welcomed at Pride?

A hospice for elderly dogs who have been abandoned by owners who can't/won't deal with the medical costs that come with age, or whose people have died and have nobody to take them.

Unexpected encounters, part 2

Jun. 22nd, 2017 01:32 pm
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The new campsite was a dozen or more miles away, next to a creek, and the only sign of bear was aged dry bear scat that was old and dry enough that it didn't smell. Scotty headed for the outhouse -- and backed out. I took a look in -- I've seen pincushions less full of needles. It seems that a porcupine had climbed in through the outhouse's tiny window (chewed a bit larger for the trip, from the teeth marks) in order to gnaw on and lick salt from the toilet seat (yes, sweat contains salt.) Scotty took a pair of plyers from the car and spent half an hour pulling the most obnoxious of the porcupine quills so the place was usable. (I kept a handful of them for years; I think they vanished in a move.)

We put up the tent, hiked a bit more, cooked dinner, put the rest of the food in the car (the creek was too nearby, and we'd used up the things that needed to be chilled. It was a dark night, clouded over, so we went to sleep fairly early.

And in the middle of the night I woke up.

I had the sense that someone was watching me.

It wasn't Scotty. He was asleep, like a rock.

I could barely hear something walking around outside the tent, circling, looking in at the flap (which was zipped to keep out mosquitos but had a gap where it tied,) and circling again. And again. A faint sense of someone breathing. Not as big as the bear, but with more intention and curiosity. It must have circled half a dozen times before it left.

I fell asleep again.

In the morning, it was plain that we'd had a visitor -- a wolf whose paw prints, with the clearly marked claws, were longer than my hand (and I have long fingers). He'd left us an indication that this was *his* territory -- a small mountain of wolf droppings at least a foot high, right in front of the Mustang's fender. We didn't see him again, and I didn't sense him, but I wished I'd had a bit of plaster of paris to make a cast of one of those tracks, and find some proportion chart to learn just how big he was.

We didn't have any more encounters, and stayed there the rest of the time -- but I had my ears and eyes open in case that wolf was keeping an eye on us still.
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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2sYA3HW on June 22, 2017 at 08:22AM

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Jun. 22nd, 2017 11:13 am
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This has been a tough week. There were the brain shennanigans that colored the early part of the week. Then yesterday I had to do bankruptcy counseling online, a process that asked me to painstakingly enter all my credit card debt, loans, and expenses (which took 45 minutes), and then go over it all again with a credit counselor in online chat (an hour). (This is the . . . third time I've provided this information to someone? Ugh.) This produced a certificate which I sent to my lawyer and allows him to file, so tomorrow I drive an hour to his office to sign off on everything. I don't know what this means in practical terms and it's making me anxious - and that's on top of the regular anxiety I feel around money at all times. Wow, am I tired.

Then, this morning, my company announced a position that I would be really good at, and which would be a promotion, and I'm trying to figure out whether I apply or not. The biggest downside would be the lack of flexibility I would have with my hours if I got it, and I'm not sure that's negotiable. I think that's contributing to my overall state of mind - it's a great opportunity, but I'm really not sure that I can do it and have PTSD at the same time. (I feel like Josh Lyman. Where's my Leo McGarry?)

It's also hot, and my house doesn't have central air, which makes doing the tidying, cleaning, and laundry that would make my house feel like a refuge very hard to accomplish. Yikes-a-mighty, I need a brain transplant. Or lacking that, the equivalent of a caffeine jolt to the brain - something that makes it feel energized and sharp. Right now it's very sluggish. Poor brain. Needs a vacation.

unexpected encounters, part 1

Jun. 21st, 2017 07:18 pm
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It was grad school, and I had a short break coming up. Scotty, the guy I was dating, and I decided to go camping in the Adirondacks for a few days. He was from Alaska; I had gone camping for several years with Girl Scouts. We had the equipment, and we headed off to a campsite in the mountains; you didn't have to reserve one, you could just show up and if it wasn't being used, you could have it.

It was raining the first night we were there, so we slept in the Mustang; Ford should know that Mustangs are designed as road cars, not as hotel rooms. Not the best way to sleep, so I wasn't that awake the next day. I made a fire, we had breakfast, and after we hiked for a bit to find the nearest stream and look around, Scotty went to see if there were any other campsites open, such as ones with a lean-to -- those usually need reservations, but you could get lucky.

I stayed at the campsite, which had an outhouse, a fire pit, and not much more. We'd sunk the food in the creek to keep it cool and also reduce the food smell for any animals around, so I wasn't that worried. It was quiet. I went into the outhouse to do what you do in an outhouse.

And, not long after I'd turned the wooden latch on the door, I heard footsteps outside, heavy footsteps, and the kind of deep-in-the-throat growling that comes from something very large. I thought at first that it might be a puma; they're not common in those mountains any more, but they come through sometimes -- but they're shy. This was a big animal, sniffing and sniffing and muttering to itself. And then it pushed on the outside of the outhouse and made a scraping noise, and I nearly stopped breathing. Then it got quiet. I stayed in the outhouse, barely moving at all, until Scotty's Mustang turned off the road and around the corner into the grassy parking area.

And then I got out, several shades whiter than usual. And told him what had happened.

"Bear," he said. And we both looked up at the scratch marks on the outhouse, about eight feet up. "Marking his territory.

We'd seen a much-rolled-upon area in the tall grass about a mile away that he'd said was probably where a bear had slept -- but neither of us had expected it to visit. It was probably looking for food, which we had not had nearby. We decided to move to a different campsite ....
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Chris Christie's opioid commission and the future of the Affordable Care Act.

Re the article on psychologists who were involved in torture, the movie Doctors of the Dark Side is about this, and is supposed to be good.

Where are the nurses trained in dealing with sexual assault, to take the evidence for a rape kit?

The Supreme Court on free speech and gerrymandering.

The NY State Division of Human Rights is investigating Fox News over claims of sexual harassment and retalliation.

The Seneca Nation of Indians has stopped payments from its casino earnings to state and local governments, based on their interpretation of a contract; the state says the payments should continue, based on further paperwork.

New York State raises the age for marriage to 18, eliminating child marriage. Which confuses me a bit, since I knew a couple who ran off to Virginia to get married because they could do it there but not in NY. She was 18 and he was 17 then; according to this article they might not have needed to cross two or three states to do it.

It will take a village to save the Colorado River.

Senators Diane Feinstein and Kamala Harris have become the stars of the Russia inquiry, and rightfully so for their incisive questions. And we are told that, despite the possibility of blackmail, former National Security Advisor Flynn had access to the most sensitive intelligence.

The race to solar power in Africa.

A new industry in China: mistress dispellers.

Nora Ephron on making "Julie and Julia", and much more. An older article but a good one.

My body doesn't belong to you.
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My housemate Ginger is now playing Until Dawn while Rei and I watch! I robbed myself of the opportunity to play this game unspoiled myself, so this is my vicarious first playthrough. We've only just finished the first chapter, so not much has actually happened yet.

It's been an absurdly warm day, or at least it's been absurdly warm for anyone who grew up in England, so there were a lot of envious noises at all the in-game snow. 'Lucky bastards. I mean, yes, they're probably about to die, but at least they'll die cold.'

The game really can't shut up about the butterfly effect in its first hour or so. We ended up cracking up at every mention of it, which slightly impaired the atmosphere.

Ginger commented that the butterfly shown in the opening ~ooh butterfly effect~ sequence has the same colouring as the butterfly representing Chloe in Life Is Strange. Chloe Price is behind the events of Until Dawn. It all makes sense now.

Ginger doesn't get along with the controls. 'It sort of makes me want to kill all of these characters, just as revenge on the game.' Please don't deliberately kill all the characters, Ginger.


Ginger finds the first totem (showing a glimpse of a possible future event in the game). I explain the concept:

Riona: So, if the totem shows you choking to death on a pie, you turn down the pie when it's offered to you later.
Rei: I'm not sure about that. I do really like pie.
Ginger: Are you willing to die for pie?
Rei: I am willing to chew very carefully.


Mike's intro screen: Intelligent. Driven. Persuasive.
Rei: Dick.

Ginger agrees. I'm not at all surprised that my housemates immediately decided Mike was a dick (I can't even say they're wrong), but I still hope in my heart that they'll warm up to him later on.

Stupid Mike. Of course the arsehole ended up being my favourite character. Not that this game is short of arseholes.

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Jun. 21st, 2017 08:14 pm
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Smokey and I are throwing ourselves around in attitudes, as it’s very hot (for Britain) and very humid. I’m all miserable and sweaty, and I’m sure I can say the same for Smokey but she only sweats through her paws. She has quite sweaty paws, though, and was once found to be allergic to a specific type of kitty litter for that reason.

In other news, I’ve done the first pass of ripping my DVDs to soft copy. I’m left with a few irritations – some of the seasons of Criminal Minds didn’t rip properly and I’ll have to rip them again, this time into MKV files. Plus the titles got somehow mixed up (it was obviously my fault) on the Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes films, and I’m going to have to go through them patiently and make sure the right title is attached to each film. But it is mostly done.

I’m still following what’s coming out about the Grenfell Tower fire – the worst case of a fire since WW2, I think, and was totally avoidable if Kensington and Chelsea had just listened to the people who lived there and actually spent money on the place where it was needed. ‘Not political’ indeed! Ptui!

Compassion on the Inside

Jun. 21st, 2017 11:52 am
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After feeling jetlagged all weekend, I went to work on Monday, did a ferocious amount of cleaning out my inbox, and decided it was time to adult and make appointments for all the medical stuff I needed to get checked. So I made appointments with my therapist, psychiatrist, dentist, dermatologist, primary care physician, and eye doctor. And promptly crashed into depression right afterwards.

I went to therapy yesterday and said, this is so weird – I know the moment it hit, but I can’t figure out why it would hit like this. What’s this about? So we did EMDR because on the surface none of it was adding up.

Here’s what I figured out.Read more... )
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The wildcats you've never seen.

Color-linked feline personalities, and more.

And dogs that are trained to find human remains, even just bones, are to be used to find Amelia Earhart. Thing is, they may be looking in the wrong place. In Adela Rogers St.Johns' memoir "The Honeycomb", she writes about getting to know Amelia when she was flying in the US, and, after WWII, long after her plane disappeared, speaking with Marines who told her that they had taken the body of a white woman that had been identified as Amelia from the island where they had found her, and under strict orders to keep it quiet, flew her back to Hawaii and buried her in the military cemetery called the Punchbowl, without a marker. So I don't know. Either Adela was lied to -- and she had a superb bullshit meter -- or someone else was buried secretly by night in the Punchbowl. It's not a large place; I'm not sure how it could have been done without being noticed by someone.
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Even the Republicans want more details about the health care bill.>/a> And yes, it is frightening that the health care of millions of us depend on a handful of Senators. In addition, some Senators want to change the rules to avoid reconciliation (of the bill) and proceed more quickly. I would call it a deadly scam in the making if it didn't mean life or death for so many of us. But if Mitch McConnell is going to play dirty, Democrats are willing to match him and raise the stakes.

Meanwhile, RetroRepublican VP Mike Pence explains that the Disney movie 'Mulan' is a ploy to get women in the military. He apparently missed the part where a) it's historical, b) she went in instead of her elderly and ill father, c) it's a movie for kids, it's not Top Gun (which could have racked up a lot of enlistments if they'd had recruiters in the theatre hallways when it opened.) Or maybe he's a bit of a nutcase.

298 million US voters' personal information leaked in a security lapse. Read this one.

Trump is taking action against LGBTQ Americans.

Should Amazon become The Place To Buy Everything? And does it want to be more like Apple?

The Green Revolution will happen -- without Trump. But it would work better and faster if pale environmental groups included more diversity.

New Orleans and the Gulf brace for flooding from Tropical Storm Cindy, who is speeding up. Unrelated to Cindy but still FEMA-related, FEMA is preparing for a solar superstorm that would (not could, would) take down the grid in huge sections of the country. We don't know when this one would happen. At least the Trumpets aren't trying to get rid of this... so far.

No, Han Solo isn't a comedian; he's a cynical, sarcastic, selfish jerk (most of the time). And that's why the directors of his movie have been fired, and are being replaced in mid-shoot.

Laura Dern would like actors to get over themselves, please. She should know; she grew up in the business with her father, Bruce Dern, and mother, Diane Ladd.



What the Watergate Committee taught me. The difficulties that cause problems are political alliances, cynicism and fatigue -- sound familiar? Read this.

Where did 'We the People' go?

A lawsuit filed on behalf of former prisoners reveals details about psychologist-approved torture techniques from the psychologists who approved them -- and who now may be held responsible for their use.

Journalist's notebook: Into the battle of Mosul armed with a camera.

The king of Saudi Arabia has replaced his heir with his son. I have no idea how this will affect things, but it will.

The Supreme Court announces broad protections for Internet surfing rights, including for sex offenders.

New York's governor would like to treat hemp like any other crop. This is somewhere between ironic and hilarious to anyone who went to college in the early 1970s--the Doonesbury cartoon about Zonker being jailed for one weed seed is scarily accurate to the times. Yes, I am delighted that hemp is back, and I look forward to being able to buy comfortable hempcloth shirts here instead of going to Canada for them.

The US is relocating a town because of climate change. And this is unlikely to be the last one.

Cats domesticated themselves. And tabby coloring is relatively recent.

It seems a heavy choice to make

Jun. 21st, 2017 10:53 am
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In the ever-exciting news of the long slow process of co-op buying, late yesterday afternoon, I received a revised version of the appraisal - the one I got on Saturday had one number on the cover page and then another within the body of the document, and when I pointed that out to the lawyer, and he was like, "They're gonna go with the number in the document." Which was the lower number. But as of yesterday, the apartment is apparently worth the number on the cover page, which is $5000 more than the other. It's still $10K lower than the asking price, but it's proof that appraisers are human and make mistakes, so. We'll see what happens. I'm also still waiting to be contacted to set up the board interview. Sigh. I did find my black dress, though, so I'll be able to wear that when the time comes.

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Last night, I made formulation #2 of anti-itch lotion and it doesn't have salt in it but it does have baking soda, so the unfortunately slightly gritty feel continues and also it didn't work (not to mention being an unappealing-for-a-skincare-product gray in color), so I think I'm just going to stick to more tried and true methods going forward.

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Wednesday! Books!

What I've just finished
The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo, #2) by Rick Riordan. I enjoyed this - the action is a lot of fun and Leo got more to do - but oy, Apollo as narrator is annoying.

What I'm reading now
Despite an endless TBR pile, how could I resist Joan Aiken's The Five-Minute Marriage after reading amazing reviews by [personal profile] rachelmanija (here) and [personal profile] skygiants (here)?

I have especially fond memories of both The Wolves of Willoughby Chase and Black Hearts in Battersea, though I haven't read either since I was a kid (I probably should reread at some point, and I did not know there were like five other books in that series), plus it's about a fake but real marriage set in the Regency era, so it was like five of my bulletproof narrative kinks in one book.

And boy does it deliver. Not so much on the actual romance, but with the hilarity and the fake marriage that turns out to be legitimate (in the sense of they are actually legally married rather than it being a fraudulent ceremony as they expected) and will likely turn into a real (as in they actually care about each other and stay married) marriage by the end of the book, grand romance notwithstanding, as well as the apparent alpha asshole hero who turns out to just be really stressed about babysitting his sister's TEN kids.

Anyway! I am enjoying it a lot and if that sounds like your cup of tea, you probably will too!

What I'm reading next
I do not know! However, I did want to give a heads up to anyone who doesn't know that Frances Hardinge has a new book coming out in the fall: A Skinful of Shadows. I am excite! And maybe I will read The Lie Tree next. I was saving it because it's the only Hardinge I haven't read yet, but if there's a new book on the horizon, I don't have to hoard it anymore. *g*

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I was reading this one at the same time as I was reading Sorting The Beef From The Bull, which was like a natural sciences one-two punch; I would read Sorting while commuting, and Remarkable Creatures in bed at night. 

Remarkable Creatures is the fictionalized story of two real-life people, Mary Anning and Elizabeth Philpot, who were fossil hunters in Lyme Regis in England back when we were just starting to like, figure dinosaurs out. It follows their relationship, and their struggles to be seen as legitimate contributors to the scientific record, for several years.

I didn’t actually know the account was based in real life until after I’d finished reading, which did ameliorate some of my disappointment with the book, because it’s hard to make a climactic narrative out of peoples’ real lives – reality just doesn’t flow as smoothly as fiction. But I won’t lie: I am still pretty disappointed that Elizabeth and Mary didn’t end up together. I thought that was totally where we were heading.

Mind you, the story of their friendship is compelling, and Chevalier did find a way to create rising action within the story, even though as she put it in the afterword, Mary Anning basically did the same thing every day for years, in terms of hunting fossils. 

As an account of fossil hunting, of the religious wrestling that people had to do with the concept of extinction, and of the way women were treated in the era, it’s a really great book. And it’s also a fast read, which I’ve come to expect from Chevalier. And honestly, this is the first book of hers I’ve read where the female leads don’t get married, though this is in part because the real-life Mary and Elizabeth didn’t either. 

But it still feels like Chevalier’s books are always about women settling. It’s the same problem – I know that’s what women have had to do, and I’m sure she does it intentionally at least in part to remind us of that fact. I just want more for these heroines. 

But if you’re interested in paleontology, Do Recommend, it’s a good book. Less frustrating than The Last Runaway, certainly, and the characters feel more compelling, more three-dimensional, than some of those in Girl With A Pearl Earring. 

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WIP Wednesday - More Coasters!

Jun. 21st, 2017 02:44 pm
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Over the past week I've knit some more fruit coasters and now have 9! They are VERY potato-chippy :-) I now have a lemon, a feijoa (although I guess it looks more like an avocado... but I know what it is), a blood-orange, a watermelon, a grape, a lime, an orange, a kiwi and an apple.
Other ideas I'm contemplating: melon (honey and/or cantaloupe), plum, green apple, tomato... oh, and Nina suggested a dragon fruit! Still trying to figure out how to do that one though, as she wants me to add the spikes! :-D


I'm SO CLOSE to being done on my Elphaba! I need to knit another 17 rounds of lace on the left sleeve, and then pick up and knit the neckline. Just in time for summer, of course ;-) But it'll give a lot of extra yardage for stashdash :-D I haven't even broken 2K yet, so I need that!


And since I was in need of some purse knitting, I cast on for a new pair of socks... a very unusual pair though! This is taken from "New Directions in Sock Knitting", and they're not knitting! Each sock is knit out of four strips (plus a heal) that are then knitted together. I've finished the first two strips for the top of the foot and am just hoping it'll be big enough as it looks kinda small... ah well, I'm sure it'll fit somebody even if it doesn't fit me.
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I created [community profile] 10variations for Dreamwidth because it was an old concept from Livejournal that I used to love and many people felt inspired by, and I thought it would be nice to recreate it for a better, safer and cleaner platform like Dreamwidth :3

It's a community where you post a batch of 10 icons each time, made out of the same image but all different (according to a set of themes). It's best if you look at the profile to understand the concept! I hope you will like it and participate, I will participate also :3

Some memes

Jun. 20th, 2017 10:56 pm
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First off: The Hardest HP Quiz Evar. I got a 96: Magical Prodigy (76-100): You've got fingers full of magic and a mind like a steel trap! Hermione has nothing on you.

Could you pass a 4th grade science test? Apparently yes: I got a 98%. (It really wasn't a difficult quiz, unlike other quizzes that sound deceptively easy until you try it, like naming capitals of countries you don't know much about.)

A survey meme gacked from [personal profile] meathiel:

Random questions are random )


And a short high school meme, gacked from [personal profile] hamsterwoman:

Favorite subject? )

School is OUT. Should I rejoice or weep?

Good news:
MiniPlu got an A on her bio final today, yay! Geometry and Latin still pending.

Two got on the honor roll again because his only C was for his extra remedial reading class, which is considered an elective and thus doesn't "count." (Kid with straight Bs except one A and the non-counting C gets on honor roll, while my honors student with a 3.65 GPA doesn't get any official acknowledgement. Go figure.)

Bad news:
Upstairs a/c died this morning. We ended up getting several small window a/c units for the bedrooms so nobody steams to death at night. I didn't really care that much - I grew up with worse - but both men in this house would have been unable to sleep in the heat. Unfortunately, the long-term fix is probably going to mean replacement, which is going to cost many many $$$$. Sigh.

Time to crash: must be at hospital at 8am, whee. I'm already hungry but it's getting close enough to the food/drink cutoff that I think I'll just wait. Meh. Stupid polyp.

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Jun. 20th, 2017 06:25 pm
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Funerals and retirement parties, those are the sorts of get-togethers folks in my age bracket seem to go to.  We had both in one day Saturday. 

Funerals are weird.  I've been trying to get my head around the whole ritual and failing.  You die, your body is dealt with, some time in the future people get together and then it's weird.  I've been to too many funerals the last few years.  They're necessary for the living, especially for the families, as they need to know their loved one will be remembered, and it's necessary for the friends who have stories to tell.  Those parts?  I totally understand those.  It's the religious bits that are just weird.

Many years ago, a friend of mine from work passed, and I drove down to her funeral, not knowing that it was going to be a Fundamentalist ceremony.  Hours and hours of people getting up to testify about how my friend, a wonderful and very earthy woman, had transformed into some sort of evangelical angel who personally led them all to God.  The woman?  Not a word.  Then, family funerals, all weird, because, well, family and history.  The one non-denominational memorial was possibly the best, but I still can't hear any of the Indigo Girls' songs without leaking tears.  This one was Presbyterian, with lots of singing (Oh, Eddie Izzard, how you've ruined me for many hymns!) and stories of a man that didn't mesh at all with the guy I knew.  There was a point when my inner voice needed to whisper to the WBH, "When I'm dead.  None of this BS, okay?  I want birdsong and the wind, while you scatter my ashes or plant a tree in my composted leftovers."  Of course, once you're dead, you don't really have a say in what happens, do you?

The retirement party was better, although all the people standing up to tell carefully-edited tales of the retiree was all too similar to the funeral.  I guess that leaving the working life is kinda like dying.  If you aren't prepared to live outside the office, that is.

Fics from Soulexchange

Jun. 20th, 2017 07:10 pm
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[personal profile] shopfront
Looks like [community profile] soulexchange authors got revealed. I wrote:

Flying Free (1189 words) by shopfront
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Get Down (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Marcus "Dizzee" Kipling/Thor, background Mylene Cruz/Ezekiel "Zeke" Figuero
Additional Tags: Romantic Soulmates, Missing Scenes, Soul Bond
Summary: Like many teenagers, the Get Down Brothers are surprised to discover that having a soulmate isn't a recipe for instant romantic success. A soulbond needs to be acknowledged to fully form, and nurtured with passion and creativity.

Hair of the Bond (5327 words) by shopfront
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Hermione Granger/Luna Lovegood
Characters: Harry Potter, Ron Weasley
Additional Tags: Accidental Bonding, True Love's Kiss, Post Hogwarts, Soul Bond
Summary: Nobody except for Hermione is at all surprised to find out she's capable of performing a complicated soulbonding spell while blind drunk. Unfortunately, finding out who she did the spell with is going to prove a little more difficult.

I really enjoyed this one. It was interesting to do a trope specific exchange because everyone was digging deep on the creativity, and it was also fun to get 'these kinds of the trope' not just 'I like trope' prompts to play with. I am absolutely an exchange participant who thrives on more detail, and it's certainly kept the trope fresh for me.

I've also been really thrilled with the response to Hair of the Bond, and super enjoyed revisiting Harry Potter land after my big annual re-read. Kiinda tempted to keep writing in my super old fandom now, haha.

you oughta keep me concealed

Jun. 20th, 2017 02:04 pm
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I spoke with my lawyer yesterday afternoon and he said that the appraisal coming in low shouldn't affect the loan because I'm putting 50% down, but that it can affect how much I have to pay, and he's going to ask the seller's lawyer what they're willing to do regarding bringing the price down a little to align with the appraisal (or explain why the appraisal is wrong). We agreed that I would still pay the full asking price if necessary, but he's going to see what he can get since this happened. We'll see!

*

Last night, I met up with [personal profile] chicklet_girl, who is visiting NYC, and we had steak dinner and fannish conversation and it was lovely. I managed to mostly avoid getting soaked too, right up until I was half a block from the restaurant, at which point the skies opened and I got drenched from the knees on down (I was wearing a dress so it didn't bother me that much). And then later, as we left the restaurant, the sky was a weird yellow color as the storms had moved east. I didn't see any rainbows, but I've heard from various people that they were all over.

*

So I made some anti-itch lotion, but I don't find it particularly effective, and also it has salt in it, which makes it gritty, which is not a sensation I want in something that's not meant to be an exfoliant. I mean, maybe if I mixed it up with a mixer it wouldn't feel that way, and but I'm not ready to commit my handmixer to non-food-related items. And since it doesn't really work any better than any of the other million different things I've tried (and it works significantly less well than a few of those methods), I can't see using it again. I do have a couple other formulations to try out, none of which contain salt, so that at least shouldn't be a problem.

The bug repellent lotion bar seems to work, or at least I haven't gotten any new bites since I started using it. I guess we'll see how that goes. it's a good thing I don't mind the scent of citronella.

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I have been thinking way too much about the deaths in Until Dawn.


Discussion of Until Dawn deaths. Major spoilers. )


Something that struck me while I was looking up character stats for this entry: Mike's 'romantic' stat is very high, whereas Sam's is very low. Setting them up for one of my favourite het relationship dynamics, where she's just here for a friends-with-benefits thing and he's painfully in love with her. Sorry, Mike.

The end is near

Jun. 19th, 2017 07:40 pm
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The end of the school year, that is. Ends tomorrow at lunch. MiniPlu's got one final left (biology) and then she's freeeeee! She already has the results back from her honors history final last week (90%) and her public speaking final from this morning (A - exact score not given), but we're anxiously awaiting the results of her geometry final (and, to a much lesser extent, Latin II).

Two bombed his math final (the only final he had), sigh, but still managed to keep a B for his grade, so we rewarded him as promised with some Nerf guns, markers and - of all things he wanted - a poker chip set.

I can't believe he's about to be in 8th grade. O_o

Summer parenting preview, ergh )

My last subbing was last Thurs; I was at the middle school, with the same 6th-grade English class I'd had in April. This time they were doing a Civil War unit; last time they were doing the Black Death - a full range of cheerful topics! ;-)

Father's Day was fairly low-key here. I let Will sleep in and spend the day how he wanted (exercise), aside from briefly helping me with yard stuff that was too heavy for me. I mowed, pruned roses, sprinted through the grocery store, then we went to Two's guitar recital )

After the recital, we rushed home so I could throw dinner together - salmon (Will's request), with roast potatoes. As a side note, I was working from two bags of potatoes when making the cubed roast potatoes; one bag was older, and, let me tell you, a potato that has started to rot smells HORRIBLE. We were hastily lighting scented candles just to get rid of the sense that something had barfed and then immediately died in the kitchen. :-P

But, anyway, Rob had made a massive meatloaf while we were at the recital, for the benefit of those who didn't like salmon, so there was more than enough food for everyone, although, despite my cooking nearly 3 lbs of salmon, there was still some fork-stabby fighting over who got the last piece. ;-)

I finished reading another of the Aunt Dimity books: Aunt Dimity and the Buried Treasure (which actually came before the one I read the previous week, but I didn't realize I'd missed one when I read ...and the Widow's Curse). Again, typical fare for this series, but much enjoyed, especially as this involved digging more into Dimity's past.

I also finished reading The Raven Boys - this took me awhile because I kept stumbling into other books and reading them first, while still mid-Raven Boys. Short version: I really liked it. I didn't have any trouble with the author's writing style at all, like some of you said you did. More thoughts under here )

I look forward to the next book, definitely!

Meanwhile, I'm reading the third (and final) book in the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates series, and it continues to be delightful fun.

Oh, and speaking of fun: this hilarious mother/daughter exchange, is hilarious. Dunno if it's "legit" or not, but I don't care. It's still hilarious. (Keep scrolling down - it's not just the lone screencap.)

Ok, gotta go help MiniPlu study for her bio final. Home stretch!
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I don’t know why it surprises me, my summers are always bananas, but July looks especially bonkers this year. Of the 20 possible workdays in July, I’m out for conferences, vacation, or workshops for a full half of them. I’m properly working only ten days in the entire month of July. 

I mean, I’m not unhappy about it. And thank god for a great paid leave package. I’m going to be traveling to cool places and doing neat things. It’s just kind of surreal. Like how last year I was only in the office for one week in all of June. 

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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2tGhvZp on June 19, 2017 at 12:59PM

Tags:not a reblog, books, librarything, cataloging, DWCrosspost

Tumblr post (this is likely a reblog, and may have more pictures over there)

I still hear Coyote out there

Jun. 19th, 2017 03:06 pm
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Reviving a lost language of Canada through film. I am looking forward to this movie -- I thought Atanarjuat (which I have probably just misspelled -- The Far Runner is the translation) was stunning.

National Geographic on the effects of melting in Antarctica.

Another far-right theocrat for the Trump Team.

The Atlantic on how ill-suited traditional the ideas of traditional masculinity are for the life we have now.

TED's playlist of how to deal with everyday life.

Is Mike Pence walking a tightrope? Or is this invisible man one of the ones causing it to exist in the first place?

How the Cosby mistrial happened, and what could be next.

A sociology of the smartphone.

New York City was hilly, varied farmland, with a lot of small farms and communities, at its start -- and here are photos of how it looked before it was leveled.

Photographer Harry Pollard's photos of First Nations people from Alberta, Canada.

Paul Krugman on the inadequacy of understanding of what Trumpcare will do to devastate health in the US -- the silence of the hacks. And here is the impact of Trumpcare, by state, with the people to contact to yell about it.

Amazon's purchase of Whole Foods may usher in the end of the line for many cashiers.

Why many House members aren't rushing to declare themselves candidates for the Senate. Money, money, money.

The incredible shrinking Islamic state -- no matter the noise made by its believers, it's getting smaller.

Podcast: the budget disconnect within the Trump administration.

And it's 3:30 and I just heard the coyote howling again. But it's getting dark and we have storms just west and south that will be moving in. I still have heard only one -- and as I understand it, coyotes howl when they're looking for other coyotes. Maybe it's significant (maybe not) that none of the neighborhood dogs are barking.

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Jun. 19th, 2017 03:19 pm
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Quick Wonder Woman (movie) question: Spoilers )

I need more WW icons.
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So apparently there are some comics fans who are trying to impose comics canon on Wonder Woman movieverse fans (as seen on Tumblr), and having been there oh so many years ago in the position of a movieverse-only fan, if you are tempted to say, "but in the comics...", my advice is, to quote Captain America: "son, just don't."

The movies are not the comics! They were not the same in 2000 with the first X-Men movie. They were not the same with Iron Man or Captain America or Age of Ultron or Civil War. They are not the same with Wonder Woman (I can't speak to the other DCU movies I haven't seen, but Jonathan Kent in Man of Steel was sure as shit not the Jonathan Kent from the comics, in the worst way possible).

There's a back button/exit button on every screen. Learn to use it if you can't handle the idea of multiple versions of canon that are not the same*. (Though how any (superhero) comics fan can possibly cling to some notion of strict canonicity is beyond my understanding - it was in 2000 and it remains even more so now that I've actually read superhero comics! - because even within the published comics there are multiple universes, alternate realities, reboots and rebirths, and even the published writers/artists pick and choose from that broad swath of material. And that's before even getting into TV/film/video game/animated adaptations! So don't even. I mean, you're not going to bitch at the people who write Ezra Miller movie Flash for not writing Grant Gustin TV Flash, are you? Then stfu.)

*I can see being annoyed when movie characterization etc. invades the comics tag on AO3 (or v.v.), but that's just an inevitable side effect of people trying to grab the widest possible reading audience.

This makes me just as angry now as it did seventeen(!!!) years ago. I thought maybe the MCU blowing up to be a huge and non-comics-corresponding fandom would put a stop to it, but I guess not.

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American Gods: A Prayer for Mad Sweeney and Come to Jesus
spoilers )

I imagine this show will play better once you can view it all at once, because it is glacially slow in parts, and not particularly emotionally evocative, but beautifully rendered.

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I posted a story yesterday! Woo, the streak is intact!

You Can't Front on That (on AO3)
Star Wars; Darth Vader, Obi-Wan, Luke; AU; g; 3,960 words
When he hears Kenobi's voice again months after killing him, Vader wonders if perhaps he's begun to go mad.

[personal profile] silveronthetree and I have talked more than once about all the stories where Luke and Vader meet up and have adventures together, or Vader turns from the dark side earlier than in canon, and yet how those stories almost never have Force ghost!Obi-Wan turn up to commentate (or at least harass Vader for his terrible life choices most specifically regarding his children), and how much we wanted that. And we were tossing around the things they would talk about, and so this story happened. I definitely enjoyed writing it, and I'm glad people are enjoying reading it. <3

And now work has interrupted repeatedly, so I'm going to hit post. Sigh.

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Taking a little break from Tracy Chevalier (we’ll be back to her soon)...

So, [tumblr.com profile] terrie01 recommended this book to me during a discussion on food fraud, and it’s been a really...interesting experience. On the one hand it’s a very informative book, packed full of detail and data, but on the other oh man is it dry. I didn’t realize what a struggle it was to get through until I started reading Extra Virginity this morning, which is about the same general topic (focused on olive oil) but is much more engagingly written.

Sorting the Beef From The Bull focuses on food fraud from a legislative and economic angle; I can imagine for people working in the industry it’s a little more accessible, and I don’t think it’s a badly written book. It’s just jammed with a combination of dense law and complex biochemistry, when what I (a non-lawyer, non-scientist) wanted was like...war stories about food fraud.

text )

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Jun. 19th, 2017 08:24 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Before we begin, a quick reminder: when you submit a link and a blurb, you guys are your own best advocates. Try to look at the sites you're submitting and think, If I knew nothing about this situation, would what I'm seeing be helpful? And if not, try to include more context. You can give me more than one link, and it's often helpful to do so.

(This isn't specific to this week, just starting to notice a trend over the last six months where not enough context is available for me to write the blurb, let alone for others to be informed about it. Just a gentle nudge in the right direction!)

Ways to Give:

Julie is raising funds to cover rent; she has a job lined up but won't have a paycheck in time for July's rent. (This is a link I'm sharing rather than one that was submitted to RFM, so while I wasn't sure I should post Julie's username, I'll vouch for her personally.) You can read more and support the fundraiser here.

[tumblr.com profile] charlietheskonk is fundraising for a new Montessori preschool with wrap-around care; the fundraiser is to support startup and licensing costs, and supports a queer-owned business. You can read more and reblog here, or check out the fundraiser and give here.

[tumblr.com profile] digitaldiscipline linked to Jenn Vs. Trevor, a charity deadlift battle to raise funds for the winner's local Humane Society branch. You can reblog the link here and read more and donate here.

[tumblr.com profile] rilee16 is still struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and hasn't been cleared to return to work, thus can't earn money to cover basic living costs, let alone the bills they've received, including a recent rent increase. They are frequently running out of money for gas to even do odd jobs for pay. You can read more and help out here.

Help For Free:

Anon linked to the EPA, which is soliciting public comment about the Second Five-Year Review Report for the Hudson River PCBs Superfund site. The report indicates that the levels of PCBs in the river are still too high, but the EPA is not planning any active measures to reduce them. You can read more here and find contact information here to tell the EPA the Hudson River deserves better.

RSF linked to public comments solicitation about a plan to "trim" the US National Monuments; activists are working to make it known how important they are, and that monuments like Bears Ears should be saved. You can learn more and comment here.

News to Know:

[tumblr.com profile] drgaellon linked to a linkslist for religious LGBTQ people who are struggling with their faith's attitudes towards their orientation; included are sites that validate queer orientations for Christian, Jewish, and Muslim faiths, including a site specifically for trans Jewish people. You can find the links and reblog here.

Housing:

[tumblr.com profile] worldsonpaper is looking for a new flatmate in Sydney, 15 minutes by train from the CBD. She is LGBT+ friendly but requests no male applicants. Bedroom with a shared bath, $250/wk plus internet; electricity and water are covered in the rent. $900 bond. You can contact her via ask on tumblr or at wieldswords at gmail.com.

[tumblr.com profile] blackestglass is looking for a roommate in the greater DC/Northern VA area, to move in on August 1. She is in a 2br/2ba condo, Metro accesible, with free parking, gym access, and in-unit laundry. Master suite is available for $1290/mo plus utilities, or the smaller suite is available for $1190/mo, with lower rent if the parking space isn't needed and can be rented out. You can read more and get in touch here.

And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.

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Jun. 19th, 2017 07:57 am
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This song has been on my mind all morning: the stirring answer to the question "do you know who you are?"; the support of the ancestors who have gone before us; the idea of being part of a chorus of voices, even if we cannot see everyone else who surrounds us. Take a few moments to watch and listen, maybe.

Black_Butler

Jun. 18th, 2017 10:32 pm
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Sebastian whispering to Ciel

[community profile] black_butler  is a discussion community for fans of the manga and anime series Kuroshitsuji | Black Butler. We welcome fans of all (or no) pairings. Join us this week as we begin our season one rewatch. 
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You Can't Front on That
Star Wars; Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke; AU; g; 3,960 words
When he hears Kenobi's voice again months after killing him, Vader wonders if perhaps he's begun to go mad.

For [personal profile] silveronthetree. Thanks to [personal profile] snacky. She knows what she did. ;) Title and cut-text from the Beastie Boys.

Or read it on AO3.

You think that you can front when revelation comes? )

~*~

Feedback is always appreciated.

~*~

Yay! Unconventional Courtship!

Jun. 18th, 2017 03:57 pm
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The Unconventional Courtship fic challenge is about a million times more fun than it should be ;) If you've never tried it, I would urge you to sign up now for a posting date in late August/September.

It's a panfandom challenge, because you're not assigned a recipient, so you don't have to worry about pleasing a specific recipient and you can pick absolutely whatever fandom you happen to be obsessed with at the moment and you can change your mind about what fandom you choose at any point :)

The gimmick is that you scroll through romance novel teasers from Harlequin or Mills & Boone until you find one that tickles your fancy. Then you replace the characters with the characters of your choice and write a story (probably AU but it doesn't have to be!) around that summary. You can, of course, change the genders of the characters if you feel like writing non-het fic.

I will repeat: This is SO MUCH FUN.

Last year I wrote Most Shy and Ladylike, an Ultraman Mebius AU, and in 2014 I wrote The Black Sheep's Inheritance, a Power Rangers Jungle Fury AU.

You can take the prompt seriously or you can be ridiculous (or you can be me and do both at the same time). You'll be surprised how easy it is to find a prompt that works for your fave ship. In fact, in my experience, the problem is choosing just one. I have an entire Word doc of prompts and pairing ideas.

Here are a few prompts that I love for various pairings (and if any of them work for you, please feel free to use them, because no two Unconventional Courtship fics is going to be the same):

Lying in Bed -Jo Leigh

To find a blackmailer, FBI agent Ryan Vail is going undercover as part of a “couple” at an intimacy retreat. But when Ryan meets his “wife” he knows he's in big trouble - this investigation looks set to be one irresistible temptation!

Emergency: Wife Lost and Found - Carol Marinelli

Marriage reunited – in A&E!

Every emergency doctor dreaded recognising someone in Casualty – even cool-headed consultant James Morrell. But he was doubly shocked when the unconscious patient he was asked to treat was instantly familiar. It was his ex-wife!

Dr Lorna McClelland hated being ill, hated being stuck in a hospital bed, but above all she hated having to rely on James. Then, as she recovered, all the wonderful things about their marriage came flooding back…

The Virgin's Proposal - Shirley Jump

HOW COULD HE TURN DOWN A BANANA IN DISTRESS?

Successful rebel Matt Webster came to make peace with his past and his family. But he'd never thought that to appear "respectable," he'd become the pretend fiancé of a banana-wearing storeowner! Yet how could he refuse spunky Katie Dole, the woman under the costume, when she kissed him so sweetly— and so thoroughly—in the spaghetti aisle of the supermarket?
Her blue-green gaze implored him to play the role of lover to show up her ex-fiancé. But remembering the kisses they shared were supposed to be pretend became more difficult, when all Matt wanted to do was to make love to the appealing Katie! Was the virgin's proposal turning into something…real?
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I got the appraisal yesterday - it came in low, which the internet kind of told me to expect, but the mortgage broker says that since I'm putting 50% down instead of 20%, it shouldn't affect her end of things (i.e., the loan). We'll see what the lawyer recommends about the difference. I know I shouldn't say I'm happy to pay the asking price, but I was happy to do so prior to this, so I'm happy to do so now; I don't care about 1. home values in the neighborhood, or 2. resale value down the line, because I pretty much feel like wherever I buy, it's going to be the place I live in until they cart me off to a nursing home. Otoh, if the seller is okay with lowering the asking price to match the appraisal or splitting the difference, I wouldn't mind having an extra $5-10K at the end of the day. So we're supposed to discuss it on Monday after the professionals have all had their chance to talk.

Why can't anything just be easy? It's always something. Sigh.

I caught up on Orphan Black last night. spoilers )

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Instinct Magazine carried Sam Claflin On Finding The Right Gay Role & 'Hunger Games' Gay Fan Fiction.

There was plenty of fanfic talk in Kaitlyn Tiffany’s THE FOUNDER OF PINBOARD ON WHY UNDERSTANDING FANDOM IS GOOD FOR BUSINESS for The Verge.

GQ’s Jay Willis wrote that, following James Comey’s recent testimony, The left began writing its impeachment fanfiction at a more furious rate than ever.

Theater in Ferndale, American Horror Story, Harry Potter, Jane Austen, more Harry Potter, Markov Chains, Wentworth, British politics, The Mummy, Arms, Marie Antoinette )

A Margaret Smith piece in Wicked Local Chelmsford about encounters with Adam West mentioned Batman fanfic.

Andy Greene described Nirvana’s “Floyd the Barber” as essentially an ultra-violent piece of Andy Griffith fan fiction for Rolling Stone.

In ‘The Refreshing Queer Sensibility of American Gods’ for The Atlantic, Manuel Betancourt wrote [showrunner Bryan] Fuller’s trademark style enwrapped NBC’s horror-thriller drama Hannibal, where he turned a notorious cannibal and his FBI profiler into a homoerotic pairing that inspired a fan-fiction genre called Hannigram.

For America Magazine, Rob Weinert-Kendt wrote that Lucas Hnath’s "A Doll’s House, Part 2,” may come off a bit like fan fiction as written by Tom Stoppard.

You won’t believe what kids are writing about celebs, book characters and other pop culture stars (Caroline Knorr, republished on Salon).

Finally, in ‘How Women Are Changing Geek Culture,’ republished on Forbes, Cecilia Tan, in answering ‘What kinds of roles do women play, in nerd culture in 2017?,’ wrote: People put their energies where they get the best encouragement and positive feedback. Perhaps this is one of the reasons why the fandom and nerd culture arenas where women don't just participate but dominate tend to be non-commercial: fan fiction, fan art, cosplay, book blogging and book-tubing. But there are also women making video games, creating comics, hitting the bestseller lists, and winning Hugo and Nebula Awards. There's no space or role that I see in nerd culture that is exclusively a male domain.

listening

Jun. 17th, 2017 10:00 pm
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I am sitting here, in bed, listening for the same thing I heard before I went to bed.

And it's something I did not expect to hear in urban Maryland.

There's a coyote howling out there, somewhere within a block or so.

This development was built in the postwar 1940s, leaving as many of the big oaks and tulip poplars and other trees in place. There's a park at the bottom of the street that runs about 8 miles -- we are somewhere near the middle of it. It has deer, raccoons, possums, foxes... and we saw a coyote a few years ago. One coyote, cutting through the back yards. Normal sized, about 25 lbs.

There are dogs in the area, and when they're outside and want to ocme in, they bark and yip. That's not what I'm hearing out there. This is a howl -- it's singing -- and it's not singing at the moon since we're in the last quarter and it's not that bright. Whoever is howling is moving around a bit, calling from a slightly different place each time.

And it's a deeper voice than I'd expect from a 25-lb coyote. Coyotes tend to be sopranos or altos, in terms of range; this is definitely a tenor with a tinge of baritone. That argues a larger animal making the sound, possibly a coydog--that's what happens when a coyote in season gets caught by a bigger horny dog, and the coyote raises the pups to be coyotes. They can be up to 50 lbs. -- they were that big a dozen or more years ago in Virginia, across a couple of bridges and about 15 miles. And according to studies, the coyotes that are moving in cities are actually coywolves, crossed with Canadian or Adirondack wolves, again, something larger.

I made sure to bolt the back door. I'm pretty sure whatever it is has been around, marking the doorstep and the brick wall -- Beautiful has been afriad to go into the yard at times recently, and when she did, she stayed within sight of me, which she seldom does when she first goes out in the morning.

I wish the coyote, whatever it is, well -- but it is similar to Tevye asking God to bless and keep the Tsar... far away from us. I want it to live on mice or rabbits or squirrels (there are plenty of all three) and not on cats or small dogs.

And now it's quieter...

It will probably be a flurry of comments on the neighborhood listserv tommorow.

Doctor Who 10.10 - "Eaters of Light"

Jun. 18th, 2017 10:05 am
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I watched last week's episode at Continuum, while hiding from people in the committee room, and made a terrible discovery: iView streaming quality is much, much better over 4G on an iPad than over the NBN on a new desktop.

Guys.

That was pretty much the highlight of Gatiss's episode, so let's move on to the triumphant return of Rona Munro.

You never hear the spoilers. )

Justice on the inside.

Jun. 17th, 2017 02:07 pm
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Yesterday, I attended a workshop led by [Dr. Shakti Butler] a social justice educator and filmmaker who is absolutely luminous. She’s one of those people who is so spiritually grounded that you want to just stand around and drink in their presence, as if you’re perpetually thirsty (and I think I am, on some level). I learned so much from her, and considering Trump and Cosby and the verdict in the Philando Castile case, I wanted to share some of what she said.

”More.” )

we go out in stormy weather

Jun. 17th, 2017 03:05 pm
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Clothes removal = accomplished! Well. At least most of the dresser now only contains clothes I actually wear. Except for the sock drawer. That is a nightmare of single socks I need to get rid of.

Hair cut = accomplished! Woo! And it only took 80 minutes since I didn't have any color done. He was a little judgy, I feel, but I can't help what the last people who did my hair did! Anyway, it looks nice and he blew it out straight and even used the flat iron on it, and meh, the smell of hair being steamed is not pleasant but it's better than the scorching hot blow dryer setting, so I'll take it. Plus it was cheap, since I didn't have any color done. And then of course, I had to walk a whole block and a half in pouring rain to get home, but my hair didn't frizz up, so that's good. (I mean, given the amount of heat used, it shouldn't have, but I am always apprehensive.)

DIY Bug repellent = cooling on the counter! I cut the recipe in half and didn't infuse the oil (also, I subbed mango butter for the coconut oil and used half shea butter and half avocado butter - avocado butter is my new favorite thing I can't even tell you) but just used the Nature's Shield EO blend, which has a bunch of stuff in it but smells like citronella so it's a good thing I like that smell. Now hopefully it will work. (I also have a recipe for anti-itch lotion if this bug repellent doesn't work, but it requires a couple of things I didn't have on hand, so they'll be delivered tomorrow and we'll see how that goes.)

I've also written about 1400 words of the ghost!Obi-Wan trolls Vader story, which is amusing me even though it's not actually funny.

Pretty good for a rainy Saturday.

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