Yesterday I spent most of the day posting. This is something I won't be doing again, but I found myself putting off the majority of that job until the end of the month, which meant I ended up posting, I think, about 25,000 words of fiction. I did realise there are several stories that need renaming, do I'll be doing that at some point this month, as well as working on getting the collections that aren't yet sorted all nice and easy to read. I will be having a couple of days off, first, though, to do some other things that need doing. The plan for tomorrow is to have a nice sort out of our room, as James has some time off and will be using it to work on the car, because I want to get everything in order. Our work/sleep schedules aren't great for getting things done sometimes.
Next month will be quieter. I'm still going to be posting 20,000 words of exclusive fiction to Patreon and 40,000 words of fiction here, not including Case - with the focus being Thear and the Magi.
The Case of the Counterfeit Enchantments: part 9, 109th continuation; part 9, 110th continuation; part 9, 111th continuation; part 9, 112th continuation; part 9, 113th continuation; part 9, 114th continuation; part 9, 115th continuation; and part 9, 116th continuation.
Free: Arkal: Art: Freedom (part 3)
Arkal: Enid: An Early Morning Surprise (part 3)
Aesurn: Jessica: Stepping Into A Story (part 2)
Earth: Theo: Travelling to Earth (part 2)
Earth: Tybalt: Travelling to Earth (part 2)
Earth: Alena: Travelling to Earth (part 2)
Earth: Rosalind: Spellbound (part 2)
Earth: Adrian: The Coffee Shop (part 6)
Fae School: Kaylyn: Finding the School (part 2)
Fae School: Colton: Finding the School (part 2)
Fae School: Rose: Finding the School (part 2)
Fae School: Iantha: Entering the School (part 2)
Donor House: Melody: Becoming a Vampire (part 3)
Donor House: Ethan: One Careful Owner (part 2)
Donor House: Katie: The Offer of a Vampire Loan Shark (part 2)
Donor House: Living with a Vampire (part 3)
Donor House: Taryn: Rescued (part 3)
Taithmarin: Joel: Stepping Onto Taithmarin (part 2)
Taithmarin: Matt: Arriving (part 6)
Taithmarin: Luna: The Book Portal (part 5)
Taithmarin: Siobhan: Stepping Onto Taithmarin (part 2)
Eorith: Luke: The First Arrival (part 2)
Eorith: Kristen: Waking Up (part 6)
Athare: Mab: Mab's Story (part 2)
Athare: Riordan: Making Worlds? (part 3)
Athare: Bronwen: Plans
Athare: Bryn: Talking to Emrys
Athare: Oscar: Talking to Emrys
Athare: Ianto: Talking to Mab (part 2)
Athare: Piaras: Talking with Mairin (part 3)
Athare: Sibeal: Looking Back
Athare: Lorelei: Travelling Through Time (part 2)
Athare: Frane: An Uncomfortable Landing (part 3)
Athare: Glyn: A Door to an Unexpected Place (part 2)
Athare: Electra: Meeting a Rabbit (part 6)
Athare: Lucille: Becoming a World Walker (part 2)
Athare: Jetta: Saved by Cough Medicine (part 3)
Kankirin: Elodie: Recording Souls (part 2)
Unknown World: Thalia: Meeting the King (part 5)
Aerith: Guinevere: Walking Into A Trap (part 5)
Siaral: Jason: Wish Magic (part 2)
Kniroch: Panthea: Back on Kniroch (part 2)
Athare: Mab: Mab's Story (part 3)
Athare: Mairin: Talking to Bronwen
Athare: Aidan: Talking to Eithne
Athare: Lucille: Becoming A World Walker (part 3)
Labyrinth: Lance: Landing in Labyrinth (part 4)
Gaelom: Aurelia: Training (part 2)
Avaera: Kiara: Magical Multiplicity (part 2)
Konoran: Clio: Running (part 3)
Jadir: Sasha: Making a Decision (part 2)
Shael: Malandra: Sanctuary (part 2)
Iliria: Kalena: Returning (part 2)
Pendragon: Clara: Declining an Inheritance (part 3)
Kankirin: Tanis: Escaping (part 4)
Kankirin: Lexi: On Kankirin (part 2)
Donor House: Cate: First Visit to the Donor House (part 2)
Donor House: Jean-Luc: First Visit to the Donor House (part 4)
Donor House: Nick: Autumn (part 2)
Donor House: Alice: A Halloween Surprise
Donor House: Kisten: First Visit to the Donor House (part 2)
Donor House: Garion: Finding a Beaten Vampire (part 2)
Kalinia: Pandora: The Creation of the Fae
Valatar: Anais: Waking Up
Kalinia: Meriel: The Arrival of the Fae
Kalinia: Dietrich: On Kalinia
Kalinia: Fen: The Arrival of the Fae
Quindil: Murphy: The Arrival of the Griffins
Quindil: Meira: Talking to Liesel
Kalinia: Aeron: Creating the Dragons (part 5)
Kalinia: Mira: The Curse (part 4)
Kalinia: Sabia: Talking to Idwal (part 2)
Kalinia: Idwal: How to Change the Past (part 3)
Tuloch: Isibeal: Dreaming (part 2)
Kalinia: Christophe: A Strange Man with a Strange Offer (part 2)
Kalinia: Jackson: The Thieves' School (part 2)
Kalinia: Max: Being a Thief (part 2)
Kalinia: Rae: No Escape (part 2)
Kalinia: Rynne: Living on the Other World (part 2)
Unknown World: Sini: Meeting Riordan (part 2)
Unknown World: Adara: Raining Mushroons (part 4)
Unknown World: Sophie: Listening to an Argument (part 3)
Unknown world: Bellona: Arguing with Anatoliy (part 2)
Kankirin: Rhiannon: Working with Osbourne (part 2)
AU Taithmarin: Anna: Stepping Onto Another World (part 7)
Taithmarin's Earth: Maria: Returning to Earth (part 2)
Taithmarin's Earth: Amy: Losing Someone (part 2)
Thear: Maeve: Moving (part 3)
Thear: Bree: Meeting Quinn (part 3)
AU Thear: Cassian: When Fishing Becomes a Rescue (part 2)
AU Thear: Brooke: First Day on Thear (part 4)
AU Thear: Tabitha: Travelling to Thear (part 3)
AU Thear: Evelyn: A Planet Outside the Window (part 4)
Deities' World: Papa Legba: Choosing to Connect (part 5)
AU Kim's Earth: Joel: Meeting Anna (part 3)
Kim's Earth: Bethany: Waking Up (part 6)
Kim's Earth: Finn: Helping (part 4)
Kim's Earth: Lauren: A Change of Ownership (part 5)
Outside Ildieu: Quartz: Dreaming of Family (part 3)
Outside Ildieu: Dale: Taking Charge (part 3)
Ildieu: Jasper: The Arrival of Kestrel (part 5)
Ildieu: Benedict: Studying (part 3)
AU The Brotherhood: Kara: A Conversation with Lucas (part 3)
AU The Brotherhood: Daniel: Turning Back Time (part 6)
The Brotherhood: Kara: Meeting Daniel (part 3)
The Brotherhood: Kara: Life and Death (part 2)
The Brotherhood: Jasmine: Followed (part 3)
Atecia: Opal: Talking to Margery (part 8)
Haerith: Xavia: Making a Decision (part 7)
Ialaera: Mirica: A Thief in the House (part 11)
Ialaera: Jillian: Hunted (part 6)
Ialaera: Mackenzie: The Thieves' Hideout (part 6)
Konir: Amelia: Going Underground (part 3)
Konir: Clay: Making an Informed Decision (part 5)
Patreon Exclusives (to read these donate $1 or more at my Patreon account): Athare: Emrys: Stepping Onto Athare
Ildieu: Malachi: Creating the Black Hollow
Donor House: Alice: The First Vampire
Atecia: Sauin: Talking to the Dead
The Magi: Lachlan: Talking to Marnie
Pagan: Rose: Changes
Thear: Hecate: Being a Thearan Deity
Donor House: Monty: Vampire T.V.
Kim's Earth: Jamie: The Supermarket
Earth: Sebastian: Changes
Deities' World: Nyx: Telling Stories
Watched the Hallow Crown version of Richard II with Ben Whishaw as
I'm trying to watch more Shakespeare though, as I've only seen film versions of a dozen or so of the plays (in three or four different versions for some of them, and some filmed stage productions), and want to work though the lot. I seem to make it to the Fringe a lot more than I hit regular theatre, which is fine, but they're more meta commentary than original versions (the only Shakespeare I've seen live was a college production of Twelfth Night and a pro version of The Taming of the Shrew set in the wild west, which... didn't make it better, really). Though the dude who did the one-man version of Romeo and Juliet at the Fringe was both very, very pretty and very, very energetic.
Listening to an audiobook about the shootout at the OK Corral. So far, I'm rooting for the Apache. They weren't actually involved in those specific events, but I feel as though someone ought to be rooting for them, and the author clearly is not.
If we don't hear from you, we'll deposit the checks on Saturday.
Escapade Convention Committee
(Btw, re: the rest of that list, Elephant Man and 1984 I agree with; in Alien John Hurt's character certainly was memorable but that was because of the nature of his demise, not because he got fleshed out before that, so if we go by great cameo John Hurt performances on screen who get killed off early on, his Control from the recent Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy might qualify more.)
Meanwhile, Penny Dreadful goodness:
Vanessa Ives icons! All the Vanessa, all the time.
Courtesy of the recent SDCC: A deleted scene from the finale featuring Helen McCrory and Simon Russell Beale, featuring rhymes and sinister intentions, deliciously played. It also makes me want to rewatch Seance with an particular eye on how Madame Kali/Evelyn interacts with Vanessa there. Bring on the next season!
If we don't hear from you, we'll deposit the checks on Saturday.
Escapade Convention Committee
Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Phil Coulson, Nick Fury
Warnings: Minor character death. Bullying. Fighting. Suicide attempt (minor character).
Summary: This is the story of how a little boy named Flip grows up to save the world a lot.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family. Fluff and angst. Accidents. Emotional whump. Disability. Sibling relationship. Nonsexual love. Parentification. Manipulation. Coping skills. Asking for help and getting it. Hope. Protection. Caregiving. Competence. Toys and games. Comic books. Fixing things. Martial arts. Gentleness. Trust. Role models. Military. BAMF Phil Coulson.
Begin with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, Part 18, Part 19, Part 20, Part 21, Part 22, Part 23, Part 24, Part 25, Part 26.
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Unsurprisingly, this area developed a cavity.
It's my first cavity ever -- combination of really good teeth luck and being diligent about dentist visits etc. But given the tooth situation it was sort of inevitable.
( tooth procedures )
2. Tomorrow I find out whether or not I get the promotion at work... Either way things shake out, at least I won't be waiting and wondering anymore.
The screen continues to turn on randomly at random intervals with no pattern I can detect. Sometimes the battery power lasts a few days, sometime it turns on so often it drains the battery within 12 hours.
For those of you who do not mind explicit spoilers or have already seen it, I will discuss the awesome in more detail.
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( the garden month by month )
( a short digression on animals in the garden )
( harvests )
( vegetables in situ )
And that is the news from the garden so far.
It really says it all. ;-)
In all seriousness, I'll try to type up an actual reaction in a day or two. I might actually try to catch a matinee on Saturday first, to see it one more time. All in all, though, I very much enjoyed the film.
ETA: For the record? I'm sure nobody reading this will be surprised at this news, but there's a post-credits scene. If you're seeing it in the theater, you may want to stay until the end.
Somewhat less than good news: I am having food aversions, and the latest one? Is to MEAT. If you have recipes for high-protein vegetarian meals, I would happily take them. Cheese, milk, and eggs are all fine. I like beans. I cannot deal with broccoli in any form, but will eat almost all other vegetables. I like most nuts, though I'm not so crazy about filberts (hazelnuts). And my only food allergy is a slight allergy to miso soup :( :( :( though I'm perfectly okay with soy otherwise!
Bonus warm, fuzzy feelings if you can identify the math on each stamp!
(I collect stamps very desultorily, and mourn the days when you can soak off USAn stamps with just water--I have no idea what you're supposed to do with these newfangled sticker stamps. Should Google it sometime.)
Skyler and I are fighting through revisions on the next Incrementalists novel (still not sure what the title will be), and I’m working on Vallista. Vallista (set immediately before Hawk, which moves the story forward) is going slowly, but not badly. On chapter 3 right now.
So, just for shits and giggles, if I were to write something not set in the Incrementalists world or Dragaera, what should I write? I mean, what thing haven’t I done would you like to see me trying to do, so I can fall flat on my face and you can laugh pitilessly at my ineptitude?
Title: What Enjolras Beheld From The Summit Of A Barricade. (On Archive Of Our Own)
Fandom: Les Miserables
A/N: For melannen from her tumblr post.
Summary: We do not fight simply for the great human republic or the great vampire republic, but for the immense republic of all people.
( Vampire Enjolras! )
Last night, I dreamt that Nathan Fillion, Jewel Staite, and Alan Tudyk were starring in a sitcom together. Fillion was a chef and Tudyk was his wacky neighbor/frenemy and Staite was sleeping with both of them, and possibly she was a pastry chef. I don't know for sure. Fillion was a celebrity chef with his own Food Network show. And there were shenanigans I can no longer remember, but which seemed hilarious in the dream.
I would watch that show so hard.
Top 5 Songs – July 2014
5. Magpie to the Morning - Neko Case
4. Level Up - Vienna Teng
3. Goodnight New York - Vienna Teng
2. Drive - Gaslight Anthem
(I freely admit that I couldn't figure out what one line in the chorus was so I was singing "And the only thing we see are the douchebags of the day" but it's really "despairs of the day". Who knew?)
1. I Wanna Get Better - Bleachers
Monthly Writing Roundup – July 2014
Greetings to the New Brunette (at AO3)
Captain America; Steve/Bucky, ensemble; pg; 10,365 words
"You said he should have a hobby. That it would help."
"I meant, like, knitting or coin collecting. Motocross, if he was feeling antsy. A baby's not a hobby. It's lifetime commitment."
I set fire to my maps (at AO3)
Captain America; Bucky/Natasha; adult; 3,575 words
In which Natasha's road trip of self-discovery intersects too frequently with the Winter Soldier's for it to be coincidence.
I am pretty pleased at having finished two stories in a month, especially since one of them is 10k words long! Now if I could just finish the things I'm working on now.
I'm still at work because I just got an email that the 1 train is running with delays. Sigh. I will wait a few more minutes before I head uptown, I guess.
Call for Papers:
- I’m looking for recommendations for fantastic blog posts addressing gender and its intersections for a book project. Self-nominations are welcome! Please send ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Happy birthday, little blog! You’re 7!
Elsewhere on the Web:
- I spent an hour with Sex Nerd Sandra talking the history of hookup culture. Listen here.
- A post about racist color blind dress codes caught the attention of NPR. They interviewed me for a story about the phenomenon.
- New York Magazine wrote about our discussion of rural white men rollin’ coal.
- TV Guide picked up Sezin Koehler’s coverage of the failed coverage of female body parts at HBO.
- I appeared on Portland’s Carl in the Morning to talk about the decline of conformity in America. Listen here.
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Social Media ‘n’ Stuff:
Finally, this is your monthly reminder that SocImages is on Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Google+, and Pinterest. I’m on Facebook and most of the team is on Twitter: @lisawade, @gwensharpnv, @familyunequal, and @jaylivingston.Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.
The short version is: if you are at all interested in unusual structure, tailoring, creative draping, and couture construction, find a way to go. I seriously think that if all i had done was fly to NYC, go to the exhibit, and fly right back home, it would have been worth it. The exhibit has been SO well-planned and well-executed. It's probably interesting to people who know nothing about how clothes are made, but boy, if you DO know anything about patternmaking and construction, you'll just lose your mind at how well-done it all is.
Not only are the garments displayed on forms, but there are robotic arms with cameras showing you seam placement details in parts of the garment that you cannot physically see, like the back of a displayed coat or up under the skirt of the cloverleaf gown. There are videos that explode and deconstruct the patterns of the gowns in 3D animation, and which show you all the different understructural layers, x-rays showing where the bones and hoops go, and so forth. Just fantastic.
The exhibit is in two parts--one large gallery on the main floor of the Met, and another portion in the basement where the Costume Institute used to be relegated, before they realized what massive appeal those exhibits would have. In the main-floor gallery are all the famous evening gowns--the Swan, the Umbrella, the Cloverleaf--and in the basement are day dresses, tailored suits, outerwear, and accessories, as well as design sketches, collection paperwork, scrapbooks, muslins and half-drapes, etc.
I got some photos to share....
Both galleries were filled with mirrors on which James quotes about his work were etched, like this one:
"Brancusi has his medium, Picasso, Falkner, Shostakovich, theirs. Mine happens to be cloth."
You can see here how low-lit the main gallery is.
Charmeuse on the bias, "Make the grain do the work."
Muslins and foundation experiments, plus a baby jacket and a capelet jacket.
These two boleros were made from millinery grosgrain yardage.
Just beautiful and so crisp and structural!
And, here's a video the Met put out about the exhibit, which takes you through the galleries
and shows some clips of the videos, robotics, and so forth!
(I tried to embed it, but it totally sucked and got cut down weird, so click through. You won't regret it.)
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), The Avengers (Marvel Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe, Marvel (Movies), The Avengers (Marvel) - All Media Types, Captain America - All Media Types
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings, No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: James "Bucky" Barnes/Steve Rogers
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson (Marvel), Natasha Romanov, Nick Fury, Tony Stark, Jarvis (Iron Man movies)
Additional Tags: post Cap 2, It's a slow slow burn my friends, Mature rating for descriptions of violence, Cap's thoughts on suicide/sacrifice are briefly explored in ch 15, CHAPTERS 18 AND 19 HAVE EXPLICIT CONTENT, but the rest of the fic is Mature
Series: Part 1 of We Made Ourselves
Then Bucky licks his lips, tip of his tongue just grazing the sensitive skin of Steve’s ear and Steve moans. Nothing close to the surge of lust behind his ribs, but a tiny, breathy sound all the same. Bucky doesn’t react—he must not have heard. Though a minute later he curls his fingers and extends them again, moving just slow enough for it to be a caress.
Just tip your head into his touch. He’ll take the lead and trace the folds of your ear with his tongue until you can’t keep quiet any more. Then he’ll smother your desperate little noises with his mouth, fingers twisting in your hair. Kissing deeply, tongues reaching to declare your filthy intentions. Find his knee with your hand and slide wolfishly up his thigh until you reach the bulge behind his fly. Palm him through his trousers until he’s panting in your mouth, until he’s pressing his forehead to yours, hips bucking, and you can see his dark eyes, glinting in the screen’s flickering light, pleading—
Steve jolts back to the present. The credits are rolling and Bucky is reading them as well. The screen blacks and two fluorescent lights buzz to life. Bucky loosens his hand from Steve’s head, welcoming the world back in.
This one gives new meaning to pining and slow build, so if that's your thing (it's definitely mine) you'll enjoy. Has an interesting style where it switches between Bucky and Steve POV, and second and third person - it sometimes goes too far and gets confusing, but most of the time it creates a really interesting effect.
Together with a number of allies, OTW's Legal Committee filed an amicus brief Wednesday in the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals in the case of Capitol Records v. Vimeo. The case began when the record labels sued Vimeo, alleging that a number of fanworks hosted on Vimeo's site infringed the record companies' copyrights.
At this stage of the case, the question before the court has to do with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)'s "safe harbor" provision, which protects content hosts like Vimeo (and the AO3) from copyright liability for material posted by their users. Specifically, the court is addressing what constitutes "red flag" knowledge of infringing material that would require the hosting service to remove the material even without receiving a takedown notice. In the brief, the OTW and its allies argue, among other things, that the standard set by the trial court would place unreasonably high demands on sites that host user generated content and would chill valuable speech protected by the fair use doctrine.
One of our partners, the EFF, has posted about the filing, stating "The safe harbors are critical to the Internet's success as a forum for innovative art, discussion, and expression of all kinds, forestalling crippling litigation that would force most websites to close their doors. Yet the district court created new liability, contrary to the law and the intent of Congress."
Our joint brief highlights the value of fanworks and remix creativity, and explains how increasing liability for content hosts would chill creativity and undermine the objectives of the DMCA's safe harbor provisions, saying:
"The burden would be especially significant for the many small and nonprofit platforms that host remix videos. Such videos often include music from a variety of sources, but the staff that run these sites won’t necessarily be music specialists able to determine when a given track was recorded. Indeed, many remix videos include multiple tracks, making the task still more challenging. The effect of this significantly increased cost and burden, combined with the accompanying uncertainty about potential liability for pre-1972 audio, would almost inevitably be to chill investment in or development of innovative services that might include such content. That chill, in turn, will inevitably stifle the creative works that depend on those services to reach an audience."
We will keep fans informed on future developments in this case.
Online links or enough of a citation (author/title, at least) so I can track it down, please!
Thanks in advance. :)
Length: 73.499 words
Summary: Post-movie AU in which Bucky didn’t just leave Steve on a river bank...he took him.
Reccer's Notes: First off, this is very, very good, but definitely heed the warnings. For one thing, it deals with Bucky's initial brainwashing/conditioning, both from Bucky's POV and what Steve discovers and, to be honest, this was the hardest part for me. There are excellent content notes on each chapter you can choose to view (via the "See the end of the chapter for notes" section at the beginning of each), that I would also recommend you heed, particularly in regard to sexual situations. So this isn't what I would call a light read, but I'm definitely giving stele3 mad props for the warnings.
I read this as a WiP that I picked up around chapter 3 and couldn't put down. At some point, I will definitely go back and reread it in one go, but given the length and content, this sure as hell isn't the week to do it. Unfortunately, that's making writing this rec a little difficult beyond just keysmashing and flailing wildly. It's an intense fic, dealing with a traumatized and exceptionally dangerous Bucky who's spinning wildly out of control, dragging Steve through the darkness with him. Steve is- well. Steve is neither unwilling kidnapee nor a sterling example of mental stability except in comparison, and he is sincerely out of his depth. I'm pretty sure he'd be smashing his way into Bucky's darkness one way or another even if Bucky hadn't already picked him up and carried him there, but because Bucky takes him, it has the effect of isolating them from any kind of support or backup systems for a good portion of the fic, creating a very different atmosphere than a lot of post-CA:TWS explore.
The end - the epilogue - makes it clear that even after coming in from the cold, there's a long road to be walked. It's not magically perfect, but two years later it's far removed from where they started and a happy ending that's a balm to the soul.
- Put my money where my mouth is and finished my Hugo ballot tonight. Okay, the money/mouth equation was when I bought the membership. Delightedly realised that I get to nominate next year. Woo! This feels a little like doing a fanwork exchange. After I finish making mine and the stress abates I realise that someone has made one for me! It's like one exchange but I get two gifts. Anyway, I've been a grumpy sub-tweeting kind of person griping about the old white men of SFF, which is pretty satisfying true, but it's much more fun to go, yes, give this story the award.
- I got un-crowded PT home even though the weather was wet and woolly.
The Ranger series of spacecraft were designed solely to take high-quality pictures of the moon and transmit them back to Earth in real time. The images were to be used for scientific study, as well as selecting landing sites for the Apollo moon missions. Ranger 7 was the first of the Ranger series to be entirely successful. It transmitted 4,308 high-quality images over the last 17 minutes of flight, the final image having a resolution of 0.5 meter/pixel.
Ranger 7 was launched July 28, 1964 and arrived at the moon on July 31, 1964.
> Moon Mission 50-Year Anniversary: A Vintage Look Back
Image Credit: NASA
Here's my idea: how about two episodes a week? But the two episodes will be 1. Starting from the pilot and 2. Starting from "Methos," and watching the Methos eps only. So, if you want to do both tracks, you can, or if you want to pick only one, that works, too? I'm thinking that having a Methos ep to watch will make the "For Evil's Sake" and "The Zone" weeks more palatable—or if there are some you just want to skip, you'd still have an ep to watch. So the weeks would look like:
The Road Not Taken
etc. What do you guys think? And should we start a comm, or do it here? An open discussion post for each of the two episodes, say, on Sunday nights?
I don't have a paid account on DW, so I can't do a poll, but please feel free to weigh in.
This year, we’re going to try something different for the month of August: we’re going to take the month off.
Fret not, the site’s not going anywhere bad. But, we think — especially coming off of the vortex that was San Diego Comic-Con — this is a good time for our team to step back, recharge and retool a bit. So we’re going to hit the beach, grab some mojitos, help Arturo celebrate his birthday this Saturday (send well-wishes to him here) and we’ll catch you on the flip side — specifically, Tuesday Sept. 2, with new content and ready to roll hard going into 2015. See you soon!
[Top image by James Jardine via Flickr Creative Commons]
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Didn't get as much transcription done as I'd hoped. This was mostly because I was still dealing with more helpdesk software shenanigans.
Did get to attend the training on some of the new various software coming down the pitch. This stuff does not fill me with the same apprehension and mild horror that the helpdesk software did.
I have three recommendations for the helpdesk software:
1) Do whatever is necessary to create a user notification for when a ticket is initially filed, even though ticket numbers are not assigned until the ticket is triaged into Issue or Request. Having the ticket number in the thingy is a bonus, not a strict user requirement, and having a receipt that it's been filed (and a copy of the text that's been filed) is still very useful.
2) Do whatever is necessary to allow the user to optionally mark a ticket as public and searchable. Because some things, like "printer is broken", "dishwasher is broken", "my user account is broken in the following hilarious ways", and "the spiders from building B seem to have followed me back to building D, and I'm not sure I like this" -- these are not things that necessarily need to remain private from your co-workers. "That tech support guy from last week was an utter shitlord and upon reflection I find I still don't want to talk to him ever again" is an example of a ticket which should remain private, and that general helpdesk staff shouldn't even be triaging.
3) The company-branded front end which y'all slapped all over this bad mofo? THAT NEEDS TO GO. The vendor's original interface has more useful information, and breaks less badly on weird screen sizes. Due to the usability issues, I see the interface through a red veil of hatred. Our company's brand images are all over that mofo. I'm viewing our company's brand images with seething resentment. I don't think you wanted me to do that.
If they changed those things, I think it would be not bad.
Purple was back in the office, more chipper than the last week or so. This is good. I don't like to see him all owwy and cranky. He finished up his stuff early-ish tonight, and popped by my cube to say goodnight (and see if I was done). The hilarity that ensued (after we reached the parking lot, where we were not run over by the white panel van) included my explanation that in fact sometimes my cleavage icon came out to play for general technical ranting. Also, Purple does not wax his chest, and the rant about a corner case bug in $PRODUCT is sort of hilarious when given while wearing an "I <3 my $PRODUCT" shirt. Which does not display cleavage.
I hope all is well with Grandmanager's dog, as he was spotted leaving work at high speed while on the phone using phrases that are often associated with dog problems.
Nora has opinions about the job market. If you're in the DC area and need a trained professional who knows how to wrangle volunteers via the internet and any other communications method you can get your hands on, and would like to overthrow capitalism in favor of worker-supported, worker-supporting sorts of work, let her know. She is awesome, and, uh, viva something.
Minions' lunch is tomorrow, and then Friday is the goodbye lunch for a teammate. I'm going to try to be awake for those things. Wish me luck.
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My DS9 rewatch got me to Crossover, the S2 mirrorverse ep. Which reminded me in a vague way of the AOS mirrorverse stuff I was toying with, but then at the very end when they got back to their normal universe (because Trek reset button) I got sort of smacked between the eyes with an old and very involved plot bunny. From, of all things, Stargate.
The story idea is basically "a Daniel Jackson from an alternate universe switches places with the normal Daniel Jackson and wacky hijinks ensue" story. Parallel universes, and travel between same, are canon in Stargate. I had initially thought that the interesting thing would be the alternate Daniel in our universe, especially once I posited that a) he and alternate Jack had been in a relationship, and b) alternate Jack was in fact a Goa'uld, which led to alt-Daniel reacting in odd and unexpected ways to the sight of regular Jack. Except it turns out I had way more fun with the other universe. With working out how things had happened there -- because there was not one but two pivot points causing divergences from the canon timeline, but there was a sort of feel of "the more things change the more they stay the same" about how the alternate timeline unfolded, and i was having far too much fun smoothing out the wrinkles -- and also, to a lesser extent, figuring out what our Daniel would do in the alternate timeline, once the swap happened.
And one of the things I remember from my fic planning is a stretch where Daniel is obsessively searching through the quantum mirror, like tuning a radio station, trying to find home again. Because unlike the Trek mirrorverse there is no undo button; it's not just a matter of finding a way to hop universes, it's a matter of finding the appropriate universe to hop to.
...undone tunas, which is my iPad's autocorrect garbling of unfortunately, I haven't written anything in forever, so the likelihood of this fic reviving any time soon is low. Plus I haven't watched Stargate in longer than forever, and even if I don't need to rewatch the whole thing (I think I decided the fic was set somewhere around Shades of Gray) I'd need to go for the first few seasons if I wanted to write Stargate. Also, haven't written in forever,
But man do I want to...
I thought this might be an effective way to attract some new readers. It's also useful for developing some of my more danger-prone series.
If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out. This is a good opportunity for those of you with favorites that don't always mesh well with the themes of my monthly projects. I may still post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it. That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl.
Underlined prompts have been filled.
HURT/COMFORT BINGO CARD
|Stockholm syndrome||self-harm||unrequited pining||coma||stalkers|
|fever / delirium||confession in desperate situation||forced to participate in illegal / hurtful activity||dungeons||septicemia / infected wounds|
|accidental mating for life||torture||WILD CARD||insomnia||cursed|
|prostitution||eating disorders||humiliation||comfort food or item||first transformation|
|counseling||difficult / unexpected pregnancy||grief||loss of limb / limb function||undeserved reputation|
2. Whatever weird stuff was going on with the skin on my fingers seemed to be really getting better now. I had a couple times over the past few weeks where it looked like it was getting better and then just got worse the next day, but this looks like it's the real thing.
3. I logged in to my old megchan email address tonight, which I have set to forward to my mail email but don't actually read directly except when something needs a response and I don't want to respond with my main email. Anyway, I was logging in to email someone and tell them I'd finally added the lyrics they requested to my site but I found that all my emails had been deleted. Well, everything except what was in the spam folder and a handful of emails dating back to March, so I guess this random mass deletion happened in March? Anyway, it's all gone. Thankfully since I have had it forwarding for the past five or six years, I do have most of the relevant emails that I would need in my main account, but it was still a shock. I filled out the form to ask gmail if they could restore my emails and got an automated message back within seconds saying they couldn't. Oh well. :-/