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Posted by Holly Johnson

Working for someone else can be a drag. Not only do you have to please your boss and toe the company line, but you have to deal with the innate limitations of an hourly or salaried profession: You can only earn a set amount of money.

Staying motivated can be a difficult feat when you haven’t had a raise in two years – or when you get an annual raise, but it’s the same raise as everyone else. How do you justify working harder when your big reward is an incremental 2% raise and a pat on the back? And how do you avoid stewing in your own resentment when you’re earning the same as all your slacker co-workers – you know, the ones who come in late and find any excuse to jet out the door early?

A lot of times, you can’t really justify working harder, and you’re forced to ignore the fact that most of your co-workers suck at their jobs, or risk losing your mind. And that’s why so many offices are filled to the brim with people doing the bare minimum to get by.

But, what if there was a better way – a way to earn more than everyone else if you put in the work? What if you found a job where the effort you put in had a direct correlation with how much you were paid? What if you could graduate into a career where you could determine how much you earn – and send your salary through the roof with your hard work, sweat, and determination?

Eight Careers Where You Can Earn Almost Unlimited Income

Believe it or not, there are some jobs with no set salary. If you can dream it up, reach whatever goals you set, and work harder than most people out there, the amount of money you earn can truly be limitless. While no job is perfect, and some of these options have very little safety net in terms of guaranteed pay, certain careers tend to reward people who go out of their way to succeed.

If you want the opportunity to earn more money the harder you work, here are eight jobs to consider now. (Wage data according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics unless noted.)

Real Estate Agent

  • Education required: High school diploma and real estate license
  • National annual mean wage in 2015: $58,410
  • Average wage for top 10%: $110,560

While we commonly think of real estate agents selling homes, they also help clients sell commercial buildings, farms, and plots of land. Some real estate agents focus mostly on selling and marketing existing properties, while other agents, known as “buyer’s agents,” help people find a commercial or residential property that meets their needs and negotiate on their behalf.

All real estate agents and their offices work differently, but most work by charging a set rate of commission (around 6%) for each property they sell. And when a sale closes, half of that commission goes to the seller’s agent and office, while the other half goes to the buyer’s agent and office. The way the money gets divvied up from there can vary, but this set-up still paves the way for unlimited income potential for real estate agents who make a lot of sales.

Sell more properties, and you’ll earn more money. And since commissions are generally based on a percentage of each sale, assisting with properties on the more expensive side will result in even higher commissions overall. That’s why you see real estate agents who market particularly expensive properties earning a lot more than their peers. Best of all, you don’t need a college degree to work in real estate sales; all you need is a high school diploma and a real estate license, which can usually be earned after several months of training.

Real Estate Broker

  • Education required: High school diploma and real estate broker’s license
  • Annual mean wage in 2015: $80,210
  • Average wage for top 10%: $166,940

Real estate brokers are licensed to run their own real estate business or agency. As licensed real estate agents, they often sell commercial and residential real estate on their own. On the business owner side, however, they also oversee real estate sales agents who work within their agency. As a result, they often earn more money over time – both from their own real estate sales and as a percentage of sales from the people who work beneath them.

Since real estate brokers can work as sales agents and potentially add more and more agents to their ranks, the amount of money they earn is nearly limitless as long as their office maintains a certain level of success. Like real estate sales agents, real estate brokers need a high school diploma and license to work in this profession. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that most real estate brokers start as sales agents, then work their way up as they gain experience and achieve results.

Medical Device Sales

  • Education required: High school diploma to bachelor’s degree
  • Average wage in 2015: $59,606 (PayScale.com)
  • Average wage for top performers: $165,464

Working in medical device sales is a lot more complex and taxing than most sales jobs. First, you need to understand the medical product(s) you’re marking and selling inside and out. Second, you need to be able to sell your product to doctors and medical staff who are already inundated with new products and procedures on a regular basis. Lastly, you must be prepared to accompany surgeons and doctors through procedures in order to demonstrate, first-hand, how the device you’re selling works in the real world.

Medical device sales is both competitive and demanding, but can also be lucrative for those who thrive in this fast-paced profession. A bachelor’s degree in a scientific or medical field can also be helpful depending on the type of device you choose to market and sell although some employers may only require a history of strong sales experience instead of a degree.

Freelance Writer

  • Education required: Typically a bachelor’s degree, although not always necessary
  • Mean wage in 2015: $69,130
  • Average wage for top 10%: $114,530

The internet has made it easier for talented writers to find work and make a living. From larger corporations to medium-sized businesses and blogs, anyone with a website has a need for polished and professional content.

Freelance writers are hired to write nearly anything you might read – from fun blog posts that entertain, to product descriptions in a retail catalog, to technical manuals for the products you buy.

If you have a flair for writing or stories you feel you need to share, it’s not that hard to build a portfolio big enough to start getting paid work. And once you do find those first paid jobs, you’ll find your income is only limited by how much work you can accomplish on a weekly or monthly basis.

A bachelor’s degree is a good start for anyone hoping to launch a writing career, and a background in journalism will also be helpful. Meanwhile, basic knowledge of WordPress and some experience in the online writing world is essential if you hope to acquire work in online media.

Insurance Sales Agent

  • Education required: High school diploma to bachelor’s degree
  • Mean wage in 2015: $64,790
  • Average wage for top 10%: $122,590

Jobs in insurance sales can vary widely. Where some jobs pay a normal salary and offer bonuses when you reach a sales quota, others pay a small salary and huge commissions on products you sell. Still others offer their agents commission-based pay only. Whichever route you choose, it’s important to know that jobs in insurance sales almost always pay a lot more to the agents who perform the best.

Education requirements can vary significantly depending on the type of insurance sales job and the products you sell. Depending on your employer, you might need anything from a high school diploma to a bachelor’s degree. Depending on the type of sales job and the state you live in, you may also need to become licensed to sell insurance or related financial products.

Sales Manager

  • Education required: High school diploma up to bachelor’s degree
  • Mean wage in 2015: $130,400
  • Average wage for top 25%: $164,300

If you really succeed in sales, you might be able to work your way up to sales manager. These professionals typically pursue sales with their own set of clients, but also manage a team of sales people who work beneath them. As a result, they usually earn their own commissions plus a percentage of each sale made by any salesperson who works in their office.

Sales managers need to be expert salespeople, but also expert motivators. Not only must they perform well in their own role as a salesperson, but they must also promote an environment that encourages others to do the same. Depending on their specific role, they may also need to recruit new salespeople and arrange their initial training sessions, then mentor them throughout their careers.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that most sales managers need a bachelor’s degree and plenty of sales experience to get started. However, some sales managers thrive in their roles with little more than a high school diploma.

Personal Financial Advisor

  • Education required: Bachelor’s degree
  • Mean wage in 2015: $118,050
  • Average wage for top 25%: $153,320

Personal financial advisors help individuals create a long-term financial and investment plan. Working for commission or for a set fee, these professionals help people decide how to invest their money for retirement, plan their estates and minimize taxes, and grow their nest eggs over time.

Personal financial advisors who work for commission can earn significantly more if they work with a lot of customers and sell a lot of investments and financial products on a regular basis. Advisors who offer a set fee or percentage for their advice, on the other hand, can earn more by taking on more clients or managing portfolios that perform well.

The BLS reports that most personal financial advisors need a bachelor’s degree to find entry-level employment. Personal financial advisors who sell stocks, bonds, and insurance policies also need several licenses that can vary by state. Advisors who work for larger firms may also need to register with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Sales Engineers

  • Education required: Bachelor’s degree
  • Mean wage in 2015: $107,160
  • Average wage for top 10%: $165,250

Sales engineers sell scientific and technical products to business and corporations. Their role demands an excellent sales technique plus an in-depth knowledge of how the products they market actually work.

Building a relationship with scientific companies is a must for this career. Plus, you’ll need the confidence and public speaking skills required to give thorough technical presentations to both existing clients and prospective customers.

Since sales engineers usually work on commission, making a living in this profession hinges entirely on the ability to close sales and maintain satisfactory relations with existing clients. And obviously, more sales will always equal more money.

Although experience and scientific knowledge is important for this job, most employers also require a bachelor’s degree. The Bureau of Labor Statistics also reports that individuals without a degree might find work as a sales engineer with the right combination of sales experience and job history in a technical or scientific field.

The Bottom Line

If you’re tired of working harder than everyone else but not earning more, a career with unlimited earning potential can sound extremely enticing. With an incentive to work harder, many people thrive in sales and commission-based careers so much so that they end up earning a lot more than they would in any other type of job.

Still, it’s important to remember the grass isn’t always greener. Where some jobs make it possible to earn a lot of money, they won’t reward you for simply sitting on your duff.

If you hate working under pressure, or the threat of a lean month if things don’t go your way, working in a salaried or hourly profession might be a better deal than you think. At the end of the day, it really depends on your personality, your appetite for risk, and your ability to cope with the additional pressure that comes with eating what you kill.

Have you ever considered a commission-based job? Why or why not?

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Twelve had been arrested. Twelve had been sentenced to execution. Twelve were planning to escape. It had been Auberon’s idea, because he could create doors from anything, which was why they were all standing around in their underwear. It was chilly, but seeing the door come together made it all worth it. Falk was the one who had freed them from their cells, with his ability to unlock doors using magic, while Bran was busy creation illusions of them all. Hopefully they would give them a bit more time to get as far away as possible if anyone happened to notice that something strange had happened. Tanis curled her arms around herself, grateful she had ended up with a group of demons who could escape. If she hadn’t she would still be sitting in her cell, waiting for the morning when they would come for her, and she would end up like so many demons had before. Dead.

Read more: http://www.kawebbwriting.co.uk/the-world-walkers-atharekankirin-tanis-escaping/

Collection: The World Walkers, Status: Complete, Word Count: 3000 - 4000

picking at bricks

May. 24th, 2016 05:24 am
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(FIGO Pasta, West Midtown Atlanta)

The mockingbirds
have been trilling all night

while myrtles groan
like neglected doors.

The moon shines above
the neighbor's roof

among the shreds
of party pink clouds

one more thing
not yet put away

among the snapshots
and sketches
and samples

forming my nest
of songs to be hatched

before the keyholes
kiss encroaching walls

before mortality
mandates a morning
of trowel and mortar --

old clay,
new seals.
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Waiting at the gate

May. 24th, 2016 11:07 am
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Have got as far as the departure gate,and find that there is some problem with the plane, which may or may not be resolved expeditiously.

Did I get up at a horribly early hour for this?


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Posted by Martin Brinkmann

If you are using the popular VPN service Private Internet Access (PIA) and monitor outgoing network connections on your devices, you may have noticed that the program rubyw.exe attempts to connect to various Internet servers when you initiate the VPN connection to Private Internet Access.

This happens only if you are using the PIA software and not if you have configured connections to the service manually or in third-party network software.

Private Internet Access is a very popular VPN service thanks to anonymous payment options, unlimited bandwidth, impressive number of worldwide services, no traffic logging policy and advanced features such as a kill switch to drop the Internet connection when the connection to the VPN drops.

If you monitor the outgoing connections on the device you will notice that rubyw.exe connect to various remote Internet hosts under the process ID pia_manager, which is the main process of the Private Internet Access application.

private internet manager rubyw

The program connects to several remote hosts in a matter of seconds. Blocking the connections does not seem to have any impact on the functionality of the virtual private network connection.

First, let's talk about the connection between rubyw.exe and pia_manager.exe. Rubyw.exe is the Windows Ruby interpreter, a program that Private Internet Access uses to run its software.

Rubyw.exe is the windows ruby interpreter, and our software, runs as a packaged copy of our script + all required gems + the executable. It bootstraps from the executable, extracts a copy of ruby and all gems needed to run.

The reason why the software is initiating all these outbound connections on start is that it pings PIA servers to check availability, reliability and speed.

Since you can only select a location you want to connect to when using Private Internet Access' software, it is up to the program to find a suitable server in that region, and that is the reason why the connections are being made when you start the PIA software.

If you check the IP addresses that are contacted on start of the VPN connection, you may notice that some are apparently not owned by Private Internet Access while most are.

This is caused by rDNS (meaning remote DNS) errors according to a Private Internet Access representative.

Your application is doing a rDNS lookup, and like a phone book, rDNS has to be updated, we keep ours updated to be reasonable, and to help disguise some of the connections, if you can run this without any access to rDNS, or nameserver lookups, you'll likely see that all of these are to PIA IP addresses.

While you can block the connections from being made, you may be connected to a less-than-ideal server as the program has no way of determining a suitable server in regards to speed and reliability.

Now You: Do you monitor outbound connections on your devices?

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May. 24th, 2016 06:51 pm
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Back from Civil War with the housemate.

spoilery )

At least we have fic!

On the Trail of Whales

May. 24th, 2016 12:15 am
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Posted by Jude Isabella

Forget the engines: shore-based whale watching takes off.

by Jude Isabella | 1,100 words

Stories Posted Last Week

May. 24th, 2016 08:22 am
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Due to Internet issues I couldn't post this Sunday or yesterday, so here's the story list for last week.

The Fae World: Earth: Tamara: Found - repost, split into more parts, next part posted next week

Aurora's World: Ialara: Jillian: Hunted - repost, completed, next part a work in progress

Donor House: Rex: Saving Melody - repost, next part a work in progress

Kim's Earth: Kim: Changes - repost, split into smaller parts, next part a work in progress

Aurora's World: Atecia: Aurora: Harrison's Arrival - repost, split into smaller parts, next part a work in progress

Heliopath's World: Kestrel: Talking to Ash - repost, split into smaller parts, next part a work in progress

The Ships: Alexis: The Letter - new story, next part a work in progress
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Posted by Martin Brinkmann

Microsoft senior program manager Chris Riggs revealed information about the company's Windows 10 update and upgrade in a presentation at the WinHEC technical conference in Taiwan.

While Riggs addressed business and Enterprise customers in the Windows As A Service presentation, some of it is also interesting to Home users.

Microsoft plans to release single cumulative updates each month, and so-called feature updates twice a year.

These cumulative updates are already used by the company. They supersede the previous month's update, and contain only security, reliability or bug fixes according to Microsoft.

Feature updates on the other hand, with the next major one called the Anniversary Update out in July 2016, ship with new features and capabilities but are released less frequently.

Windows 10 update timelines

windows as a service timelines

Microsoft attempts to use the same timeline for each Windows 10 feature build that follows the scheme evaluate, pilot and deploy/use.

After six or more months of active development and testing using the Insider program, the new feature release is published to Current Branch systems.

The update is distributed to most consumer editions of Windows at this point in time. Windows 10 Home users have no option but to accept the update, while Pro, Education and Enterprise customers can configure the operating system to defer upgrades.

Doing so ignores feature updates during the pilot phase which will last for about four months.

The update is then pushed to all audiences after the four month pilot phase.

Microsoft notes that each Windows 10 release has its own lifecycle, and that they all start as Current Branch releases and proceed to Current Branch for Business afterwards.

There is also a Long Term Servicing Branch (LTSB) but it is limited to Enterprise customers. The core difference is that Long Term Servicing Branch systems don't require feature upgrade installations to stay supported.

How to defer upgrades

windows 10 defer upgrades

Windows 10 Pro, Education and Enterprise systems can be configured to defer upgrades. Note that Microsoft makes a clear distinction between updates and upgrades, with the former referring to monthly updates and the latter to the bi-annual feature releases,

  1. Tap on the Windows-key and select the Settings icon from the menu. Or, use Windows-I to open the Settings application right away.
  2. Select Update & Security on the start screen.
  3. Make sure Windows Update is selected on the next screen.
  4. Select Advanced options on the page.
  5. There you find listed the Defer upgrades option. Check it to skip feature upgrades during the pilot phase.

You may also configure the defer upgrades option using the Group Policy Editor instead. It offers better customization options.

defer upgrades updates windows 10

  1. Tap on the Windows-key, type gpedit.msc and hit enter. This should open the Group Policy Editor. Note that the editor is not available on Home systems.
  2. Follow this path using the tree hierarchy on the left: Local Computer Policy > Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates > Windows Update.
  3. Double-click on the Defer Upgrades and Updates policy.
  4. Switch the policy to Enabled at the top.
  5. Now you can defer upgrades (the bi-annual feature upgrades) by months, and updates (monthly fixes and patches) for weeks.
  6. Feature upgrades can be postponed for up to eight months, and regular updates for up to four weeks.

The same policy holds an option to pause upgrades and updates. This blocks updates and upgrades "until the next monthly update or upgrade becomes available". The value resets automatically when that happens.

Also, Windows Defender definition updates are not blocked if the policy is enabled. Defer upgrades and updates has no effect if the "allow Telemetry" policy is enabled and set to the value of 0.




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Many months ago, before there was a Kit in the world, I went over to [twitter.com profile] kissane and [twitter.com profile] meetar and [twitter.com profile] dailyjuna's place to hang out with them. I think [twitter.com profile] kissane and I were having a work date or something.

[twitter.com profile] meetar came home and was v. tired and shagged out after a long day. He went to their music player and put on some amazing soothing music I'd never heard before. It was the most relaxing. "What is this?" I asked in wonder. He told me it was Brian Eno's "Thursday Afternoon".

I fell in love with it. I played it for X, who fell in love with it. And one night when we had a fussy baby, X played it for them. Now, every night at bedtime, we play "Thursday Afternoon" and rock Kit until they get sleepy, and then we put them in the crib to sleep. And every night I think how glad I am that [twitter.com profile] meetar happened to be in need of some soothing music that day.

Today I downloaded "Thursday Afternoon" to the tablet we have over the crib for a baby monitor, so it could sing Kit to sleep. Just now they woke up yelling--poor baby, trying to get used to dreaming, which really is such a weird thing--and I put my hand on their belly and put the music back on. They settled right back to sleep. Out like a light.

The only snag is that we have to wait for the track to finish, or sneak in and turn it off*, before we can use the sound-activated baby monitor. But that is a very small price to pay for an aural sleep-cue that is 60 minutes long, can be turned off at any point without a strong sense of interruption, doesn't become boring or annoying no matter how long or how often you listen to it, and doesn't require a parent to sing the same three-minute song over and over to the point of hoarseness. New parents and parents-to-be: I recommend it very very highly.

* At some point I'm sure we will set up some sort of networked speakers, or root the tablet so we can remote-control it. Right now, tiptoeing in works fine (and lets us stare at the baby a little bit too).
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Medical Investigation:

I have just rediscovered Medical Investigation - I'd forgotten how much I used to enjoy that show. Anyone else remember it? They are a team from the "National Institute of Health" who go in and figure out why people are dying, then sort it all out. It was surprisingly upbeat considering the number of people who kick the proverbial bucket in it :).
Medical Investigation

It was back in early 90s and stared, among others, Christopher Gorham (young chap on the far right of the piccie). That was back when it seemed that anything he was in was doomed to only last one season :). Oddyssey 5, Jake 2.0, this one - they all got cancelled, which was very frustrating. Good god, he's only 2 years younger than me (just checked his IMDB) - one of those baby faced actors, I guess.

I also love Neal McDonough who has the most amazing eyes (chap in the middle) and seems to show up playing baddies a lot. Actually - I really like all the main cast. Kelli Williams went on to be my fav in Lie to Me; Anna Belknap was awesome in CSI: NY; Troy Winbush is one of those actors who shows up in everything :). They were a great ensemble cast - it's a shame the series didn't go any further. Of course I suspect the writers were running out of deadly outbreaks that made good drama without being utterly icky.

Other stuff:

My schedule still seems to be working - manages to write 16K words last week and have already produced 3.5K this week, so the whole alarms telling me what to do when seems to be working :) Need to set up a different set for Mondays though, because I do the weekly shop first thing in the morning, which buggers up my schedule a bit.

Nearly have a new short story finished - just one scene to go. Of course it's THAT scene - y'know the one. It's supposed to be easy, but it refuses to reveal how it's supposed to go. I've written it twice so far and discarded both. With me luck for getting it done today. It's part of a series I'm planning called Re-Forged Fairy Tales with main characters with alternative sexualities to the usual heterosexual, CIS focus of these things. This one is a bigender Little Red Riding Hood. The next will hopefully be asexual Cinderella. I haven't planned any farther than that :).

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May. 24th, 2016 04:12 pm
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Sign-ups close on Saturday, May 28, at approximately 8PM EDT.

Pinch-hit signups will remain open.

Remix Treats sign-ups are now open.

If you are not participating in the main remix but would like treats, we'd also like to encourage you to sign up as a pinch-hitter (however, you are not obligated to claim a pinch-hit).

The lightning that just missed

May. 24th, 2016 07:01 am
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[From the AMacD- notebooks, Volume 3, decrypted passages]

The most curious event this morn, when I went to visit Clorinda and unfold to her my concerns around M. She listened to me with all sobriety for a while but eventually was overtaken by quite a paroxysm of mirth, quite unlike the dainty laughter she will normally manifest, bringing a flush to her cheek &C. Sure I have ever considered my disposition to be as firmly set and unchanging as the colour of my hair or the weakness of sight that necessitates my wearing of spectacles; and yet, as she laughed so heartily, felt the most distinct signs of desire even unto stirring of the m. v. I have been greatly missing dear G while he must be about the duties of his station at A-; but I would not have supposed that that would incline me in this direction. I said nothing, of course: doubtless had I done so she would have made allusions to love in idleness or fateful philtres; or perchance renewed that kind offer she made on that occasion in Surrey: but my sensations had nothing of the philosophical and scientific about them.

Great relief on discovering that my recent unwonted sensations concerning Clorinda must have been some passing frenzy. Able to feel quite entirely on our usual terms when I visit her. Only wish that I might disclose this strange vagary to her, for I daresay, with her knowledge of the phenomena of desire, she might have some thoughts upon the matter. Perchance as students of psychology suggest, some forgotten association brings it about?

fiber tuesday

May. 23rd, 2016 10:55 pm
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Status: 2.Naima is 10 rows from its bottom hem and in need of pockets. It's a bit snug at the shoulder and loose in the body despite my ignorant, tentative efforts to correct for both; since it fits better than most storebought cardigans I've ever met, I shan't rip it back. :P Perhaps I'll adjust the next garment more cleverly. I've also cast on for Reason's Low Tide sleeveless cardi---only 2 cm so that I could see what the yarns look like when held together. There are worse things than producing candy-cane marl in an alpaca/silk blend. (Hey, *I* won't be wearing it.) The paler pink goes bland against the intense one---all I know is it's Miss Babs; it looks like their sugar and either ruby spinel or lady bug. Can't be sure because the fibers differ and this blend has been discontinued. The frog has gained one more toe and been handed over because "I don't care that it needs more toes. I want to hug it," though then she tied its long forelegs and hind legs in knots, which is not much like hugging. Anyway, I pronounce the frog complete at two front toes per leg and three hind ditto; it ought to be four toes per fore leg, five per hind leg.

Locked photo post of recent stuff will follow 2.Naima's completion, since it's a bit of fuss to place images.

This week's pattern crush: my tentative plan to make Leigh, a nearly sleeveless top that's to be knitted bottom-up, has been threatened by the recent release of Asagi, a similarly loose/wide top. That Asagi is top down is preferable; Leigh's slightly longer sleevelets are preferable. The yarn I have for this pattern-space is the purple wool/silk blend reclaimed from the Conic shrug---anshishoku or sumire, perhaps, instead of asagi. I wonder how hard it would be to adapt Leigh to have a small sleeve decoration, less emphatic than Asagi's because it'd be closer to the sleevelet's edge, and perhaps to echo it near the bottom hem. If Leigh's schematic tells truly, I can knit it nearly as written because it's designed with 9" of positive ease; torso + 7 or 8" is what I need for my shoulders to be admitted, I've determined (ugh).

Remix-Me: a story-specific remix

May. 24th, 2016 03:46 pm
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[community profile] remix_me is a claims-based multifandom remix challenge
where participants offer up specific stories they'd love to see
remixed and claim the particular stories they want to remix.


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May. 24th, 2016 06:51 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] heleninwales and [personal profile] ruudboy!

Winter has come

May. 24th, 2016 05:30 pm
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So have some music. :-)

Nesian Mystik and For The People. If the name doesn't give it away, this is a bunch of Maori and Pasifika boys whose style Wikipedia describes as hip-hop/R&B.

My log fire is getting a workout the last few days - after endless summer we've gone into bloody cold with amazing speed. How fortunate that I'm heading for the US summer, shortly. Whee!

FF6: Choice and Treason (Cut)

May. 24th, 2016 12:00 am
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Title: Choice and Treason
Fandom: Final Fantasy VI
Pairing: Celes/Terra
Rating: G
Prompt: #018 - Cut (#060 - remainder)
Word Count: 300

Celes had an elaborate sword-maintenance ritual. Since she used her blades to catch magic, it was even more involved than Cyan's. She could spend two hours sharpening and oiling her blades easily.

Terra usually matched her work for about fifteen minutes, and then draped herself across Celes' shoulders, meditating. But when Locke approached, she instinctively led him away. Celes had been brittle, since the reunion.

Terra could guess why, and a lot of it had to do with Locke. Who looked, if anything, like he was trying to explain a bad quiz score to his parents. "Um. I just wanted to -"

"Say you're sorry you accused Celes of treason in front of everyone, when she hadn't done anything to deserve it?" Terra finished.

Locke flinched, frowned. "I didn't. And she had. She did betray the Empire."

"I think you forget that I did, too," said Terra.

"But that was different!" said Locke. "They were using you. Controlling you."

Terra just tilted her head. Watched him. Waited.

"It's not the same," Locke insisted. "She could choose."

"She says that too," said Terra. "But I'm not as sure. If your choice is 'do the thing' or 'die', and you've been taught all your life that your whole duty is to obey..."

"She still had a choice," Locke insisted. "It wasn't out of line for me to believe Kefka." And he stopped right there because really, no one in hearing would cut a guy a break for believing anything Kefka said.

"Yes," said Terra. "But she chose to be executed for disobeying. She couldn't pick the locks. She wouldn't have escaped at all if you hadn't turned up. You can be a Returner and it's just risk, it's not fixed. She chose to die rather than obey and you're questioning her loyalty."

Terrible Angel Tropes

May. 23rd, 2016 09:45 pm
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:: Pay Special Attention: Contains discussion of mind control and the violations of autonomy that entails. Discussions of ethics and consequences, along with questions (many, many questions) about age-appropriateness. Public safety concerns remain. ::

“Grimm” has returned to the 'spooky child ' trope used when Adalind's daughter Diana showed evidence of strange abilities within hours after her birth. The season is culminating in a giant battle between a Wesen-only group and the rest of the world, but one tactic has pitted the police captain against a strange opponent… in the race for mayor. The bargaining chip which got Captain Reynard to take up the battle? The return of his daughter, Diana.

The girl is six or seven, blonde and blue-eyed like her mother.. and creepier than the boy from that “Twilight Zone” episode which is older than I am.

I mean it.
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Links: Women and anger

May. 23rd, 2016 09:40 pm
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Passing along a great set of links from [personal profile] firecat.

Girls' and women's experience of anger, a link collection. The comments have another good link and interesting discussion.

Un mème de fandom

May. 24th, 2016 06:40 am
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Pris à [profile] jyanadavega

Donnez-moi un nombre et je dirai :

1) Le premier fandom sur lequel j'ai lu
2) Le premier fandom sur lequel j'ai écrit
3) Le dernier fandom sur lequel j'ai écrit
4) Mon fandom préféré du moment
5) Le fandom qui m'a permis de faire les plus belles rencontres
6) Le(s) fandom(s) que je lis dont j'ai honte
7) Le fandom sur lequel j'ai le plus écrit
8) Le(s) fandom(s) que j'aime voir en crossover
9) Le fandom sur lequel je suis toute seule

No easy calls in Florida for 2016

May. 24th, 2016 03:20 am
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My Wiscon panel schedule

May. 23rd, 2016 10:38 pm
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Will you be coming to Wiscon?

We All Start Somewhere: Welcoming Social Justice Newbies
Fri, 4:00–5:15 pm
Conference 4
Moderator: Jacquelyn Gill.
Many people aren't born into families that talk a lot about or value social justice. We come from all different backgrounds with all different kinds of experiences. When someone wants to gain a better understanding of and start practicing social justice, how do we, as a community, welcome them and offer opportunities for education? How do we deal with the same basic questions over and over again? What do we do well? What could we do better?

Privilege in the Kitchen: Food Snobbery and Culinary Condescension
Sat, 2:30–3:45 pm Caucus
Foodieism is all the rage these days and while there's nothing wrong with making and enjoying good food, it seems to go hand in hand with a sense of condescension when it comes to cheap, simple fare; fattening foods (except for bacon, of course); and "poor food," the kind of thing prepared with a packet of this and a couple cans of that. Let us discuss economics, classism, racism, sizeism, and ableism in the ways we prepare, present, and talk about food.
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Title: An Unexpected Road
Author: Tiamat’s Child
Fandom: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Word Count: 1000
Rating: T
Characters/Pairing: Ahsoka Tano/Kalifa
Summary: On the way back to Coruscant, Kalifa lets Ahsoka take care of her.
Warnings: References to torture, disassociative thinking.
Notes: A "Kalifa Lives!" fixit au.

An Unexpected Road )
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I finished the first volume of Alan Moore’s  Swamp Thing earlier this week. I don’t think I’ve ever read a more compelling—or sadder—opening issue of a comic book.  This right here is all TNC-bait defined:

Swamp Thing #20. Pencils: Denis Day. Colors: Tatjana Wood.

In case this is hard to see, the words read as follows:

Frame #1

“I had to come, Arcane.”

“I had to be sure.”

Frame #2

“Oh, I know I saw your ship falling and burning. I know I saw it..Drop like a wounded sun...exploding beyond the mountains. I know you that you couldn’t have survived.”

“But I didn’t...hear the rattle in your windpipe. I didn’t see….the glaze crawl over your eyes. I didn’t see the body, Arcane...”

Frame #3

“...And I learned that if you don’t see the body...”

“...then the rotten stuff...just keeps coming back.”

For me, the best thing about writing comics is how it takes me back to everything I loved about writing poetry. The game of spacing and efficiency is so challenging and so important. Moore proves himself a master of both here--in three frames he gives you something of Swamp Thing’s compulsions and loneliness. There’s a progressive, forward energy in the first lines—“I had to come, Arcane”—that leaves us wondering what, specifically, could be so important that he had to come. And then the answer slowly dribbles out an air-ship “falling and burning” dropping “like a wounded sun...exploding beyond the mountains,” the angsty feeling, native to the marvelous world of comics, of thinking an antagonist dead but not hearing “the rattle in [their] windpipe,” not seeing “the glaze crawl over [their] eyes,” of never seeing “the body.”

Swamp-Thing’s old foe Arcane is (for now) dead, and though the two were enemies, what we get in the comic is a sense that, somehow, the same forces that hunted Arcane are now hunting Swamp Thing. Those forces don’t just represent “evil” but a kind of modernism which threatens to sweep all the magic in the world away. Swamp Thing #21 (the second issue in Moore’s run) is considered the classic, because it offers a brilliant take on the character’s origins. But for me, it’s really Swamp Thing #20—with its high poetry—that sticks.

I’m thinking about this volume a lot as I start sketching out the second season of Black Panther. I really like how Moore is able to do both broad thematic work and character study with lines like, “Maybe the world...has run out of room for monsters.” Balancing those two things are tough, and if there’s one thing thing I’d like to do better with S2 of Black Panther it’s to figure out how to burrow deeper into T’Challa’s head while at the same time delving expanding and deepening the Wakanda around T’Challa.

Paging Star Wars: The Clone Wars fans

May. 23rd, 2016 08:38 pm
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A friend is looking for a ladies-heavy, Anakin-lite guide to SW:TCW. I've connected her to the Ahsoka primer and given her episodes numbers for Satine's appearances, as well as a few episodes for more minor characters.

I could use some help, though, with Ventress and Padme episodes, since they have more episodes than Satine but less than Ahsoka, so some can be skipped.

(I'm on the fence about Shaak Ti episodes, because she's secondary to the clones in all of those, but those episodes contribute a lot to my clones-related feelings.)
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So, I have this idea for a Babylon 5 AU where John Sheridan dies and Anna Sheridan is the show's messiah. (Come on, we all know Sheridan is Jesus. I just can't remember if anyone denied him three times.) The problem is that I can't figure out how an archaeologist would get involved in the Shadow War. Yes, I could just switch things around and make Anna the soldier and John the archaeologist, but that doesn't really work for either character. Better to have Sheridan as part of a secret military scouting expedition and come back as a brainwashed soldier under Clark. Maybe Anna joined the military after her husband "died", but who makes captain in such a short time? No, better to have Anna in some other career and have Ivanova or Lochley command the station. Actually, I could just have Sinclair not leave after S1.

Also, I would have to build Anna's character from scratch. The only version we've seen of her is a brainwashed agent of the Shadows. There's a tie-in novel about Anna that I read years ago, but I gave it away. It's probably out of print now.

If I do follow this plot bunny, it will be post-ficathon season and I would just sit on it until Babylon love month.

By the way, if there's still a certain watcher journal for a certain newsletter about a certain show following the LJ side, I would prefer that this entry not be linked.

I've been watching Star Trek: The Next Generation on Netflix lately. I'm kind of nostalgic for that era of television where dark and gritty wasn't the norm, characters didn't die at the drop of a hat, and rape plots were rare. Okay, a lot of iffy stuff happened to Troi but it was never officially coded as rape by the producers or fandom. Aargh.

My favorite shows have always been somewhat dark, but there's a big difference between TNG and say...Game of Thrones. Not that I consider the latter to be one of my shows.

My nephew is turning nine soon and it's insane. It seems like yesterday that he was born. I bought him the Chronicles of Prydain for his birthday and hope he likes them. If he doesn't, his sister A will when she's old enough to read them. I just hope the Cauldron-born don't give him nightmares?

My sister's kid, V, is turning two. I bought her a Wonder Woman nightgown, because that's what happens when you have a geeky, feminist aunt. Niece R's birthday isn't until September, but I found a beautiful kid's scarf for her on Etsy.

It's good to be an aunt.

In ficathon world, I really should be working on my [community profile] space_swap fic, which the mods were kind enough to give me an extension for. Then, I'll start work on my [community profile] ssrconfidential story.

You know, I realize I said I was going to stop writing Marvel in a previous entry. (I'm still not sure how the MCU came to be my primary fandom.) Then I realized that my version of the MCU is quite different from canon. I think of Peggy, Maria, Natasha, and Hope when the word "marvel" is mentioned. The only guys that pop up in my head are Steve, Sam, and occasionally Bucky. My only m/m ships are Steve/Sam and Steve/Bucky, although I doubt I'll ever write the latter. *knocks on wood* In that mindset, I'll keep offering the MCU in fic exchanges. My personal plot bunnies however, are for other fandoms, except for a crossover fic where MCU Wanda meets X-men's Quicksilver.

Okay, back to writing.

ETA: I still haven't gone to see Civil War, though I already pre-ordered the bluray.

Sugar Me Sweet

May. 23rd, 2016 06:18 pm
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Title: Sugar Me Sweet
Author: penumbra
Reader: consulting_smartass
Fandom: BBC Sherlock
Pairing: Sherlock Holmes/John Watson
Rating: Mature
Genre/Tags: different first meeting, strip tease, frottage
Length: 25:48

Summary: “Let’s get started, shall we?” Sherlock says as he sheds his coat. A black, diaphanous shirt hangs loose on his shoulders, clings tight to his abdomen. A pair of studded, leather trousers like a second skin. They complement the curve of his plump arse and emphasize the length of his outrageously long legs. Powerful thighs. Muscular calves and...John’s not entirely sure how Sherlock got himself in them, but he’s not complaining. On the contrary. A bit distracted by the idea of him removing them, honestly. Peeling them off, and he’d have to go slow. May even need a little help.

MediaFire (mp3/m4b)
SoundCloud (mp3)

Pre/Post Music - Pour Some Sugar On Me (acoustic) - Def Leppard


May. 24th, 2016 07:35 am
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私信 まるです。


We have braved the bureaucracy

May. 23rd, 2016 07:03 pm
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[personal profile] cattitude and I went to the Registry of Motor Vehicles office today, and handed them forms, ID from other places, and utility bills, and will be getting Massachusetts ID cards in a few weeks. We have also registered to vote.

I had gone to the RMV website, filled in the information ahead of time, and printed out the number-coded receipt it gave me. This seems to have made absolutely no difference to the process: I got to watch the clerk retype information from that printout into her computer. Cattitude got to watch a different clerk retype handwritten information from his form into the same computer system.

We had lunch at Zuzu, a Middle Eastern restaurant and music club in Central Square, on the way to the RMV office in Watertown (which appeared to have shorter lines than the one in downtown Boston). Cattitude had the pumpkin kibby (which is what he had on his previous visit, and why he wanted to go back), and I had lamb shank, on the theory that a restaurant that has lamb shank on the regular lunch menu probably knows what to do with it. Both were excellent; the pumpkin kibby is one of several vegetarian options. They also know how to make a decent cup of tea—the water was hot enough, and they had a black tea that wasn't Earl Grey.

On our way back from the RMV, we went to Toscanini's for hot fudge sundaes; it appears to be strawberry ice cream season there, so I got a large sundae with strawberry and lemon ice cream, because I felt obscurely that I had earned it, even though this wasn't a particularly difficult encounter with bureaucracy (in terms of time or complexity).


May. 23rd, 2016 06:34 pm
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NAME: Jillian
AGE: 25

I’m a Texan (born in Dallas, primarily lived in Austin) who currently lives in Florida for school. I spent about five years growing up in California (Bay Area) though and consider myself more of a west coast type of person- I’m very laid back and open-minded.

I am coming close to graduating college with a Recording Arts degree, and music is one of my biggest interests- whether it’s listening, recording, or mixing it. My favorite genres are electronic (stuff like FKA twigs, Crystal Castles, Cocteau Twins- more chill stuff), alternative rock (Deftones, My Bloody Valentine, Garbage, Nirvana, Silversun Pickups, Sneaker Pimps, No Doubt), and indie/regular pop (Florence + the Machine, Rihanna, Charli XCX, Marina & the Diamonds, some k-pop) but I like to try anything. I used to be a huge film buff but I find myself watching less movies. When I do I tend to watch older movies (90’s and earlier). I like coming of age, dark comedy, thriller, and horror movies. It tends to be similar with television, but I tend to like comedies more like Fresh Prince and That 70's Show. Also, three of my favorite tv shows have strong female leads: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Alias and Veronica Mars.

LOOKING FOR: People that are open-minded and write about their daily lives. I love hearing about people from all walks of life. It would also be nice to befriend people who share some common interests with me.

ANYTHING ELSE?: I tend to write about school life a lot these days, but I’ll still throw in posts about my observations on society/pop culture and some fandom posts from time to time.

All the fandom things lately

May. 23rd, 2016 01:57 pm
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There is a post over at CollarCorner on the next few months' themes and activities, including the possibility of a small, low-pressure, gen White Collar fanworks exchange.

Also, the Vacation prompt at [community profile] starwarsflashmeme is extended for another week ('til Saturday) since SOMEONE (me) forgot to post a new prompt this weekend.

I seem to be mostly talking about fan stuff on Tumblr these days, which isn't something I MEANT to happen, but then interesting pieces of meta come along and I reblog them with notes and, well, yeah. My recent tumblr-reblog meta:

- A gifset and meta on how everyone's reactions to the "suicide mission" in 2x10 are little capsule versions of their personalities
- Daniel's moderating influence on Peggy, and Jack as a cynical balance to their shared idealism

I also stumbled across a tumblr-organized Agent Carter ficathon (not an exchange) with the theme Summer Nights. OF COURSE I signed up, because apparently I now have a Pavlovian reaction to anything with "Agent Carter" and some variation on exchange/ficathon/challenge in the name. >__> Luckily it's only 1000 words and it's not for someone else or anonymous (at least I don't think so), so I can write whatever I want. And just recently I had been wondering if anyone used the word "ficathon" anymore. It's actually very old-school, even though it's on Tumblr! There is a fairly distinctive current style to most fanworks events (run through AO3 exchange-style, anonymous period, fic & art both allowed, etc); either that, or everything is bingo cards. And although I enjoy both of those, it's nice to run across one that's set up differently.

I'd been thinking lately that Agent Carter fandom feels very scattered, compared to LJ-based fandoms; it's harder to find out about the events that are going on, or find all the places where people hang out. But actually, thinking about it and reflecting on past fandoms of mine, I don't think that's true. I think it FELT less scattered when fandom was mostly on LJ if you could manage to get hooked into the "where things were happening" places and get to know people who tended to post about events going on around the fandom. But not everyone was able to do that, and not all fandoms had that, and even so, they tended to localize into little pockets of activity centered around a particular ship or shared interest. Like, when I first got into SGA fandom on LJ, it was the gen everyone-who-met-on-ff.net crowd that I was hanging around with, and while I had a vague idea that things were happening elsewhere in the fandom, I really had no clue about either the het or slash parts of the fandom; aside from a few nexuses like sga_flashfic or the Big Bangs, which involved people from all corners of the fandom, there just wasn't THAT much overlap. Or A:tLA fandom, where the corner of the fandom that I got to know was a small and fairly well-connected one on DW, but I had the vague sense that there was a LOT going on elsewhere, it just wasn't here.

The existence of comms and newsletters did help centralize things, or at least made it easier not to miss events until after they happened. Newsletters don't seem to have made the jump to tumblr and I kinda hope someone will reinvent them someday, though I am certainly not going to be the sucker who has to comb through all the tags to find things. Or maybe they won't; maybe tumblr tags and the fact that most fanfic ends up on AO3 means that newsletters aren't necessary as they once were, just like people don't tend to have dedicated rec sites or directory sites anymore.

Prison date set for Dennis Hastert

May. 23rd, 2016 10:15 pm
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Rachel Maddow reports that former House Speaker Dennis Hastert will begin serving his prison sentence of 15 months by June 22.


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