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Present tense, I still have not quite got the hang of you. Let this be a lesson to me: two hundred thirty thousand words are not enough to unlearn a habit. Choose your habits wisely.

"Reckon I oughta git this 'ere bag under control afore I done wreck the house. ...And also, I need to stop reading westerns before my vocabulary deteriorates even further. Naturally I wouldn't like Ezra the walking thesaurus; no, I have to like Vin, the illiterate Texan."
(7 January 2005)

but where did the time GO

Mar. 27th, 2015 11:08 pm
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So this has kind of been a TOTALLY RIDICULOUS WEEK. Well, month, really.

March 4th to March 11th: I still need to do a recap of my L.A. trip. There was DELICIOUS food and JJ's Diner and BEAUTIFUL weather and The Good Wife panel at PaleyFest (!!!!) and some of my favorite people.

March 19th to March 22nd: The last MJ. ;_____; Full recap coming, hopefully.

March 23rd to today: I got a new job???? I put in my two weeks at my current job on Monday, and while it's definitely the right move for me (A NORMAL SCHEDULE. NO MORE RETAIL HOURS. NO MORE RIDICULOUS CUSTOMERS), I'm just incredibly sad and a lot more emotional than I thought I'd be. Because I do genuinely love a lot of my coworkers, and they are like a family to me in so many ways. :(

But also when you get a new job there is a lot of PAPERWORK and meetings and stuff, and also I had to go do a drug screening today???? Which I've never had to do for a job before.

NEW FANDOMS: The great and terrible thing about getting a ton of fangirls together is that they get really excited about their fandoms and it rubs off on other people -- namely, me. I am so easy. /o\ [ profile] bathsweaver got me into Check, Please! (I read the entirety of it on Sunday, SIGH) and also linked me to a, um, hockey primer, which up until this point I had ZERO INTEREST IN, but we got dinner together the Thursday night before MJ started and she told me about Evgeni Malkin and his defection to the U.S. and I was super intrigued and, well. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

If you follow me on twitter, you may have also noticed that I started watching Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, which is like, ALMOST EVERYTHING I HAVE EVER WANTED IN A TV SHOW. I'm obviously disappointed by the lack of characters of color. Other than that, HOLY CRAP. The UST is OFF THE CHARTS. PHRYNE IS MY ROLE MODEL FOREVER. SHE GETS TO SLEEP WITH A LOT OF DUDES AND DOESN'T GET JUDGED FOR IT. ALL THE SUPPORTING CHARACTERS. CANON LESBIANS. I'm just. So overcome.

I have to go to bed because I have work tomorrow (THE LAST SATURDAY I AM WORKING HOPEFULLY FOREVER), but maybe I will have time to write actual posts soon because, you know, I'll have nights and weekends free. THE LUXURY.
scaramouche: Misha Collins as Castiel, from Supernatural (castiel's coat goes swish)
[personal profile] scaramouche
Fandom: Supernatural
Pairing/Characters: Dean/Castiel, Anna, Hannah, Nora
Genre: AU, arranged marriage, marriage of convenience
Rating: Explicit
Words: 8000+ (this chapter)
Series masterpost: Not Part of the Plan
Crossposting: AO3

Contains: Rimming, brief kink negotiation and reference to spanking.

A/N: This is a work in progress, and a continuation from Six Degrees in Either Direction (4/?). I'm making this up as I go, so feel free to point out spelling/grammatical errors, inconsistences or plot holes.

Summary: When Castiel betrayed his king, he decided that his best chance was to stay hidden and out of sight. But that was weeks ago, and the situation has changed. Now Castiel has new options and new priorities to consider.

Six Degrees in Either Direction (5/?) )
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Why is everything in the X universe magical. I love magic, but taken to an extreme it becomes difficult to even pretend there's some kind of predictable cause and effect. Witness (presumably incomplete) paraplegia temporarily cured by a needle to the arm. What is happening. (Also it affects his DNA, which makes him stop being a telepath. WHAT IS HAPPENING.) On the plus side, I guess, effortless muscle maintenance.

1) I heard Madonna's "Ghosttown" today, and I quite enjoyed it. (More before I realized the title is one word.)

2) I bought Mimi a jogging stroller. I'm racing (no dogs or strollers allowed) and snowshoeing (dog will be carried in a bag) tomorrow, so we'll test it on Sunday. Which is the day that work's annual "Couch to 5k" starts - how convenient! (Free giveaways to anyone who completes the weekly workouts, whether they're starting from the couch or not. Heck yeah, safety lights and no-tie shoelaces!)

3) I am finding it enjoyable to write characters who have a decent vocabulary and also say things like "hush" and "shove over" and "if you please."

4) I've been reading some lovely and fascinating posts on dreamwidth about anxiety and commitment and the things people deal with without necessarily realizing that they're dealing with them, and I feel a great affinity for this. Like, it's normal to drive somewhere and then sit in the parking lot for an hour before driving away instead of going in, right? And to do things you don't like because doing them is more exciting than not doing them? I'm asking for a friend (just kidding, I'm not).

5) If you assume that all X powers work based on the belief of their owners (Scott's optic blasts don't go through his eyelids, unless they're triggered by light hitting his retina, in which case he shouldn't be able to use them in dark rooms) then I'm willing to assume that Charles' legs don't work because he thinks they shouldn't. It's the only explanation I've come up with that makes any sense at all.

The True Meaning of Adaptations

Mar. 27th, 2015 09:10 pm
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Spoilers galore for Home, the True Meaning of Smekday adaptation

tl;dr: it was a fun Dreamworks movie which had a protagonist and a premise very loosely based on a book we love.

The different )

The missing )

The bad )

The good )
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[personal profile] settiai
I'm trying to clean out the last of my Disney/Pixar DVDs, and I thought that I'd post them here before I put them up on Amazon or eBay. I'm in a "clean ALL the things" mood, so I'm getting rid of a lot of things that are just gathering dust.

Bedknobs and Broomsticks: 30th Anniversary Edition - $10
A Bug's Life: Collector's Edition - $8
The Lion King: Platinum Edition - $15
The Lion King 1 1/2 - $12
Monsters, Inc.: Collector's Edition - $8
Peter Pan in Return to Neverland - $5
Ratatouille - $5
Tangled - $15

Also, if anyone's interested, I'm still trying to find a new home for the only season of Crusade and Seasons 1-2 of Dark Angel. $15 each per season.

If you'd like anything on the list, please let me know. Shipping will depend on how many DVDs you'd like to take off my hands.
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Media photograph the Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft as it launches to the International Space Station with Expedition 43 NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Gennady Padalka of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) onboard at 3:42 p.m. EDT Friday, March 27, 2015 (March 28 Kazakh time) from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. As the one-year crew, Kelly and Kornienko will return to Earth on Soyuz TMA-18M in March 2016.

Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

make the great escape

Mar. 27th, 2015 04:33 pm
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[personal profile] musesfool
Ugh, this day has been one long interruption.


First Snippet of Gentleman Jole.

Mar. 27th, 2015 03:09 pm
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A snippet of the next Vorkosiverse book, Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen, has been posted on Baen’s Bar. spoiler )

For those of you who, like me, have technical difficulties logging on, I leave this gift. I will note that Toni, the Baen editor, will probably continue posting the occasional snippet to the Bar until the eArc is published.

spoiler! )

As for the plane crash...

Mar. 27th, 2015 10:30 pm
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[personal profile] yvi
... I really hate the German media right now. Deeply.

So much speculation, so much intrusion into people's private life. It's sickening.

So quiet

Mar. 27th, 2015 08:51 pm
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[personal profile] yvi
I probably shouldn't be complaining about my reading list being so quiet when I'm not updating myself, eh?

So, update...

After a 3 month break, I have fallen down the rabbit hole that playing Ingress is again. It gets me out of the house and moving, so that's nice.

Speaking of moving, the previous renters were even bigger jerks than I previously mentioned and so everything is going to be even more stressful - we had hoped we could start painting the walls this weekend, but that'll have to wait until next Friday...

And with all the packing and stress, the cats have started freaking out. They got into a really bad fight on Sunday and now Newton is scared of Marie and stays in the attic except for feeding time and it's all rather sad :-( I hope they get along again really soon.
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Expedition 43 Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), top, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly, center, and Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka of Roscosmos wave farewell as they board the Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft ahead of their launch to the International Space Station, Friday, March 27, 2015 in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

Kelly and Kornienko will spend a year in space and return to Earth on Soyuz TMA-18M in March 2016. Most expeditions to the space station last four to six months. By doubling the length of this mission, researchers hope to better understand how the human body reacts and adapts to long-duration spaceflight. This knowledge is critical as NASA looks toward human journeys deeper into the solar system, including to and from Mars, which could last 500 days or longer.

The Soyuz is set to lift off at 3:42 p.m. EDT, Friday, March 27 on a six-hour, four-orbit flight to the station.

Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls

daily gratitudes

Mar. 27th, 2015 12:20 pm
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[personal profile] watersword
  1. two weeks left to put up with my current boss being himself
  2. it's Friday and I thought it was Thursday!
  3. sweet potato fries
  4. confirmation that other people think my current boss is kiiiiind of a dick
  5. I scheduled a massage for the day before I start the new job
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First, I don't speak for all people with selective mutism, only for myself and my own experiences.

Spoilers for the Fosters through Season 2, episode 6.

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Mar. 27th, 2015 07:44 am
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I went to the Art Institute last night, to have a look at the new Ireland: Crossroads of Art And Design exhibit, which was mainly disappointing because I didn't realize the dates given were 1690 to 1840, meaning most of the art was portraits of men in wigs and most of the design was hideous baroque silver. I blame the English.

Then again, I'm an ancient arts buff so probably some of it was just deep disappointment that nothing was from before the 17th century.

I did get to say hello to my favorites, Ganesh and American Gothic and the new addition to the Samtheon, "Hogs Killing a Snake", which is especially funny because if you stand in the room that houses both the hogs and American Gothic and look back and forth between them, the woman in the American Gothic painting is staring right at the hogs. I'm 100% sure this was done deliberately. Art historians and curators have the best, most warped senses of humor.

It's nice to be able to walk between my place and the museum, at least when the weather's nice. The bus from work drops me practically on the museum steps, and it's only about a mile home from there. Chicago's been cruel about the weather lately, though -- snow and wind are totally normal for this time of year but we're all extra-bitter about them now because we had that one week of 50F weather, and then it was yanked from our grasp like a taunt.

Still, of the seeds I planted two weeks ago about half have sprouted and don't seem to care that it's snowing outside. Grow, little California poppies, and do not wilt as you did last year!

Fried Zucchini Blossoms

Mar. 27th, 2015 12:10 pm
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[personal profile] unovis

And another favorite, without meat

FIOR DI ZUCCHINE FRITTI (Fried Zucchini Blossoms)

Zucchini blossoms
Eggs (1 or 2, depending upon number of flowers)
Parmesan cheese
Salt & pepper

Wash and clean blossoms and gently pat dry; leave a bit of stem to use as a handle. Beat together egg, cheese, salt, and pepper. Have a bowl with a shallow layer of flour in it standing by. Heat oil for frying; dip blossoms in egg mixture, then dredge in flour, then place in pan to fry (just until lightly browned). Drain and serve. You could also beat egg mixture together with flour to form a medium batter, like pancake batter.

Cousin George made these for us on the grill in his garden with freshly picked flowers. He stuffed them with ricotta or mascarpone cheese, dipped them in egg and flour, and then cooked them on the grill.
My old friend Beppie first encountered these when she was a child, on a visit to Sicily. She knew the dish only as "chennay flowers": when she'd asked a woman who'd cooked them what they were called, she was told "Che ne in America" (they don't have them in America). I'm really happy that the Union Square greenmarket carries them every year, when the squash blooms.

Stuffed Veal Breast

Mar. 27th, 2015 12:02 pm
unovis: (mom)
[personal profile] unovis


Definitely something I like, and something I've asked Mom to make for my birthday. I actually have pictures of the last time my mother made this for me, when I got to choose Christmas dinner. She and I are the only ones in the family who like it that much. She found a good butcher down in Florida, who ordered veal breast for her. They carry it at my local market, and the butcher automatically cracks the bones. Sadly, I have no one to cook for in JC but myself, so I can only make it if I buy a breast here and travel down to Baltimore.


Mar. 27th, 2015 11:39 am

What is Creole?

Mar. 27th, 2015 02:04 pm
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Posted by Lisa Wade, PhD

Flashback Friday.

In his book, Authentic New Orleans, sociologist Kevin Fox Gotham explains that originally, and as late as the late 1800s, the term meant “indigenous to Louisiana.”  It was a geographic label and no more.

But, during the early 1900s, the city of New Orleans racialized the term. White city elites, in search of white travel dollars, needed to convince tourists that New Orleans was a safe and proper destination. In other words, white. Creole, then, was re-cast as a white identity and mixed-race and black people were excluded from inclusion in the category.

Today most people think of creole people as mixed race, but that is actually a rather recent development. The push to re-define the term to be more inclusive of non-whites began in the 1960s, but didn’t really take hold until the 1990s.  Today, still racialized, the term now capitalizes on the romantic notions of multiculturalism that pervade New Orleans tourism advertising, like in this poster from 2011:


Like all other racial and ethnic designations, creole is an empty signifier, ready to be filled up with whatever ideas are useful at the time. In fact, the term continues to be contested. For example, this website claims that it carries cultural and not racial meaning:


This book seems to define creole as free people of color (and their descendants) in Louisiana:


Whereas this food website identifies creole as a mix of French, Spanish, African, Native American, Chinese, Russian, German, and Italian:


In short, “creole” has gone through three different iterations in its short history in the U.S., illustrating both the social construction of race and the way those constructions respond to political and economic expediency.


Cross-posted at A Nerd’s Guide to New Orleans

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.

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Age of Sail Despatches #187

Mar. 27th, 2015 12:13 pm
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Note from the Editor: Just a quick reminder: I'm only linking to stuff posted on DW, or in blogs for which there is a DW feed set up. If people would like me to start posting links to the Acasta blog again, I am more than happy to - I only stopped because the majority of links seemed to be to that particular blog. If you write AoS fic (fanfic or original) I will only link if there is a clear rating given in the header or at the beginning of the post.

A Posy by [personal profile] sharpiefan; Show the Colours; U; Cotton, Maggie, Flowers for your sweetheart
Solutions by [personal profile] barefoot_bard; Show the Colours/Dogwatches crossover; M; Original characters (Sergeant Sweetman and Sergeant Devlin); An old hand deals with a problem. Chatham, April 1798.

Son et Lumière:
Art: [personal profile] sharpiefan: Pictures for your inspiration

Of historical interest:
[ profile] austenblog: Free eBook: Furniture and Draperies in the Era of Jane Austen: Ackermann’s Repository of Arts

Miscellany and meta:

Communities and challenges:
[community profile] mandc_read are reading The Letter of Marque Chapter Seven this weekend.

Rec of the Week:
Regulations and Instructions Relating to His Majesty's Service at Sea, Established by His Majesty in Council, 1808 (On Google Books)

Got a link for the next issue? Please comment and let us know. Remember to please tell your AoS friends about us. The more, the merrier, after all! And if you would like to include a particular favourite of yours in Rec of the Week, please leave a comment with a link.

Party like it's 1999

Mar. 27th, 2015 07:33 am
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[personal profile] coffeeandink
I feel I should outsource all my media reactions to Vonnie. X Files revival! Already I know it will be terrible and already I know I won't be able to resist watching.

(Chris Carter: still pretending the mythology makes sense. GIVE IT UP, CHRIS. EVERYONE KNOWS.)

I am actually feeling all warm and fuzzy even though I am sure the series will be a disaster. You guys! I met so many of you guys through The X Files! I got into online fandom through The X Files! I got into LJ through The X Files! I want to throw my arms around you like Muppet Angel.

General Fund Poll

Mar. 27th, 2015 05:06 am
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
 Surprise!  There's $30 in the general fund, and a poll on how to distribute it.  You can vote in a comment if you don't have LJ.

Daily Happiness

Mar. 27th, 2015 01:32 am
torachan: ryu from kimi ni todoke eating ramen (ramen)
[personal profile] torachan
1. I slept in until like 11.30 this morning!

2. We went karaoke with Alexander this afternoon, which we haven't done in a long time. It was a lot of fun! And I'm hopefully going karaoke again with my former coworker next week, so yay karaoke.

3. I actually got a fair amount of translating done today and should be able to finish up the last few pages of this month's Yasha, Gunjo, and Himegoto chapters tomorrow, which will hopefully mean I can get them all posted by the end of the month (thank goodness for fast typesetters!).

4. It was hot today, but at least it's cooled down quite a bit tonight.

Um hi

Mar. 26th, 2015 10:37 pm
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[personal profile] ysobel
Apparently it's been like two weeks since I posted. Oops? Still alive.

Things of note:

- brainweasels (esp. depression related) have been eating me alive

- cancer sucks. not me but family )

- oh and in "thank you universe, I totally needed that right now" timing, the lift I use to transfer between bed and toilet and wheelchair ... decided to stop working. that whole saga )

- chorus starts back up next week. Yay.

- get to visit sister and niecelet Saturday. Yay times infinity.

- am rewatching Leverage. Still awesome.

- Also I am feeling ridiculously and pathetically lonely right now. physical touch more than anything )

Orion Spring

Mar. 27th, 2015 04:58 am
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As spring comes to planet Earth's northern hemisphere, familiar winter As spring comes to planet Earth's northern hemisphere, familiar winter

When Everything Is Awful

Mar. 26th, 2015 08:43 pm
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
... here are some things to try.

Most of this advice is good. It can be boiled down to, if you feel awful, try changing one simple thing.

I will add, don't pressure yourself too much about anything. Also check to see if these things make you feel better or accomplish a practical purpose. If so, keep doing them. If not, quit and try something else. Don't try to force yourself to look or act "normal" if it doesn't help or actually makes you feel worse. You've got better things to do with that spoon.

Beyond that ...

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and miles to go before I sleep by [ profile] cupiscent

"You knew what I was, and you still asked me to stay."

Charles's eyes were soft with fatigue and liquor, warm with bemusement, watching Erik upside down from where he was sprawled across the foot of his bed. "A mutant?"

"A murderer."

But Charles's gaze didn't even waver, so he must have been cheating again; a frown twitched at Erik's face, and Charles blinked. "Sorry." He dragged a hand over his face. Both easier and more difficult when drunk, he'd said that, earlier. Erik hadn't wanted him to try,
he'd said that. "You didn't kill the banker."

It was ridiculous, sometimes, having someone who knew the contents of his head. Like talking about himself behind his own back. Like being naked and unremarked. "I thought I might need him again."

Charles smiled, warm and chiding, his head lolling back again. "No, you didn't."

No, Erik hadn't. "It doesn't--"

"Make you a good man?" Charles rolled to his side, up on one elbow, to look at him almost steadily. It seemed wrong, really, if eyes were the window to the soul, that Charles's should be so innocuous. "I have combed my fingers through minds like a child playing in sand, and I will tell you--Erik." (And Erik may, actually, have preferred it when Charles called him
my friend, too blithe, too presumptuous, but not nearly as intimate.) "Erik, there are no good men. Everyone is selfish. Everyone is afraid."

Poem: "The Noblest of All Animals"

Mar. 26th, 2015 06:16 pm
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
This poem is spillover from the March 3, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] rix_scaedu. It also fills the "drama" square in my 3-16-15 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family, and is a direct sequel to "Man's True Nature" and "Between Power and Vulnerability" so read those first.

Warning: While this poem does not have the gore of the first one, it is much heavier on social and legal tensions. If those are touchy issues for you, please consider your headspace before clicking through.

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Club Vivid?

Mar. 26th, 2015 09:00 pm
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[personal profile] settiai
So, yes, I'm still hiding from fandom at the moment. (I'll eventually make that RL update post. I promise. Just... not now.)

Despite that, I really want to make a vid for Club Vivid this year. It's going to be my tenth year attending the con, and I'm determined to have more than one premiering vid this year.

I already know what I'm doing for Premieres, but I have no idea whatsoever when it comes to CVV. If anyone has any idea whatsoever for a CVV-appropriate vid that they'd love to see made but won't be making yourself, please feel free to throw it at me? My muse isn't cooperating at all, unfortunately, so I could use all the help I can get. I'm more than willing to throw credit/blame in your direction (for example: You Told the Drunks I Knew Karate exists entirely because of [personal profile] pocketmouse and the entire reason The War Was in Color came into existence is because of [ profile] boosette).

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Mar. 26th, 2015 08:50 pm
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[personal profile] unovis
Happy Birthday to me -- haven't decided yet which recipe would be pertinent. Actually, today I couldn't come up with a gift for myself, beyond the traditional bottle of Scotch (didn't get it, though). I decided at last that I'd like a bunch of tulips. Olya and Pavel called early a.m. to sing a lovely birthday song in Ukrainian, and the Squid rallied, jetlagged, with another song to my voicemail. The family forgot. I asked Christy to meet me at the Vietnamese restaurant, and I asked, as every year, for a pink drink. Mr. Dan made me a kir royale and his wife, the restaurant owner, gave me a birthday kiss. So tulips, so chocolate, so cheese and strawberries, so home, to the last of the Laphroaig and maybe a re-viewing of Paddington. Many thanks to Jay Tryfanstone for reccing the movie, which I would not have seen otherwise -- I thought the bear looked creepy in the promos, but he was better at length. I've never read the books. Amen.

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Mar. 26th, 2015 07:12 pm
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Welp, I guess the one upside of today is that I know the reason why I've been an emotional basket case all week is because my hormones were because my body is an asshole.

Also, I should be packing, but I am not packing. Story of my life, I guess.
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[personal profile] yhlee
I have two books on perspective, which I'll discuss together because they differ in interesting ways: Perspective! for Comic Book Artists by David Chelsea and Vanishing Point: Perspective for Comics From the Ground Up by Jason Cheeseman-Meyer.

The Chelsea is first notable for treating its subject matter in comic form, which makes it fun to read--I was reminded of Scott McCloud's Understanding Comics and Making Comics (indeed, the author cites McCloud as an influence). The introduction rather brilliantly introduces the question of why one would care about perspective in the first place, by showing a representation of the author himself being called up by an imaginary friend named "Mugg" (his head is shaped like a mug with a face on it, complete with a disconcerting handle sticking out the side) who is trying to draw a comic but running into perspective problems. Right away I could feel Mugg's pain, because I basically can't do anything but one-point perspective, and even then I struggle with knowing where to put the lines to make the heights of things look reasonable, ditto angles. I technically know how two- and three-point work, but I've never been able to use them in practice to make a picture that doesn't look weirdly distorted. (Exception: I can work from photographic or diagram reference, but in that case it's basically a cheat.) Anyway, in the comic narrative, the author walks to visit Mugg and passes by any number of beautifully rendered items (architecture, benches, even railroad tracks--there are always railroad tracks in these things) to illustrate perspective, and then we reach Mugg in his art studio and see his superhero comic sketches where the perspective is all wrong to the point where even I can tell.

Chapter two covers depth cues, including optical illusions and foreshortening. I think I should reread this in depth, in fact. Foreshortening the human figure, especially the arms, completely bollixes me up every time. :(

Chapter three discusses the picture plane, which I think is talking about projective geometry. (Sorry, I donated that book on the mathematics of perspective because I couldn't get through it, but the material is out there for those who want to approach it from that angle.) Chapter four discusses the horizon and the vanishing point. The next chapters introduce one-, two-, and three-point perspective, followed by a special discussion of circles in perspective. The last two chapters deal with the human figure and with shortcuts.

Here's an example from a discussion of two-point perspective and floor plans:

Jason Cheeseman-Meyer's Vanishing Point has a more conventional presentation from an instructional viewpoint. To my fascination, it describes not three types of perspective (one-, two-, and three-point, which I had learned about in 9th grade art class) but five. Apparently there are also four- and five-point curvilinear perspectives! I find them very mysterious and have never attempted them, considering that I find regular perspective confusing enough, but it looks like you could get incredibly cool "fisheye" type effects with them.

Cheeseman-Meyer's book is well-organized into how-to pages, e.g. "draw a box in one-point perspective" or "the 90 degree cone of vision." There are apparently things called diagonal vanishing points (yeah, you can tell how long it's been since I last read this) that you can use to make your drawings more accurate for one-point. Tutorials give examples of using the material to produce a finished work. The one-point homework alone makes me quail:
To really grasp the lessons of one-point perspective, find a room that has good rectangular shapes in it (beds, dressers, coffee tables, etc.). Sit centered ot hte wall, and face the room flat-on. Draw what you see! (25)

I should do this sometime because it'd be good for me, but man, it'll take hours.

There's an extremely helpful section on drawing items rotated with respect to each other (answer: multiple grids, which admittedly gets visually confusing but I presume things like Photoshop have ways of dealing with this). Also a whole bunch on ellipses, circles, and cylinders, which can then form the foundation of things like human figures in perspective. Cheese-

Here's a very useful tip on drawing foreshortened limbs in perspective, plus observations on cross sections and ground planes (67):

(Sorry--the book's pages are larger than my scanner's scanning area, so there's some truncation.)

I also liked the tutorial on how to draw a car--a nontrivial endeavor, considering the number of curves involved.

Cheeseman-Meyer then moves on to curvilinear perspectives with five-point, introduced first because it is (weirdly) the curvilinear equivalent of one-point. (I have no idea how the math works, by the way, so please don't ask me! Although if you want to explain it to me, I'm all ears. I have yet to find an explanation of perspective that makes it feel really intuitive to me.) Four-point is apparently the two-point equivalent. And then there is something called infinite-point perspective, but at that point my brain breaks.

The last part of the book is devoted to such topics as where to put the horizon line for different kinds of perspective, using floor plans (I desperately need to study this section), using thumbnails, and various tricks and shortcuts.

The short version of this post is that these are both great books, but they take different approaches. There's something appealing to the Chelsea's thoroughness with more basic topics (which I need), but it doesn't discuss curvilinear perspective at all, so if you need that, the Cheeseman-Meyer is worth picking up. I like having both on my shelf and I should probably actually draw a picture someday that requires me to use perspective so I start getting practice.

The cooking binge continues!

Mar. 26th, 2015 05:20 pm
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I haven't been posting to my main blog here, but I've been cooking up a storm and talking about it all over on [community profile] faultlessrecipes.

Conversation I just had with D:
screen cap of text convo where I tell d I'm making grass fed burgers and steak next week and she fakes horror at the thought

Ephemeral Histories

Mar. 26th, 2015 02:58 pm
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 [personal profile] cmcmck is a true historian, noting the value of ephemera in history.  See some beautiful photos of graffiti about Charlie Hebdo.  This is raw cultural material.  It's not elite.  It's not meant to last.  It's a snapshot of the human soul in one moment of emotion.  Like a breath of mist on a cold winter day, it is there and gone in an instant.

Unless someone catches it.  This is what historians are for.  We are timebinders.  We see, so that humanity may know.  We witness, so that humanity may remember.

Every tidbit of information is important, although some are more famous or influential than others.  Watch.  Listen.  Record.  For what is considered important today is not always the same as what will be valued or studied tomorrow.  It is ours to keep, so that others who come after us may explore more of our time than we have left of those before us.  Because we know these things matters.

This is what we're here for.

And Je suis Charlie?  It doesn't mean we're all at equal  risk of being murdered for our beliefs right now.  It acknowledges that today they're coming for someone else, but tomorrow they could come for us, if we don't stand up and stop them.  Je suis Charlie,  unless we make a world in which it's not okay to murder people for annoying you.


Mar. 26th, 2015 10:22 am
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So far this morning:

1. I woke up at 7:46am. This would have been less of an issue if I hadn't had a 7am meeting I was supposed to run and a 7:30am meeting I was supposed to take notes for. I managed to join the 7:30am meeting late, but I had to join on my phone and couldn't take notes. I fail at competent employee and I feel really terrible about it. Plus I wanted to be up by 7am anyway so I could have my tea and take my meds and wake up.

2. I took Buddy to the pet country club; we're boarding him for the weekend because Morgan will be at Emerald City Comicon all weekend and I have to work Friday and Sunday evenings. So we wouldn't be able to take care of him properly. I'm not worried about the place taking care of him, but Buddy was seriously freaking out when we got there, like he was panting really hard and literally trembling. I tried to soothe him, as did one of the staffers, and eventually he settled enough to go back and I was able to bring in his things and check him in, but I feel absolutely terrible about leaving him. I signed him up for a "calm & comfort" package today, which is 20 min of relaxation stuff and will hopefully help him relax, and a couple other things. Plus he'll have the activity packages so he'll get walks and playtime and things which will help. I did alternate them once so on Saturday he'll have playtime with other dogs, which should be good; he likes other dogs and is usually happy to meet them and say hi and play around. We have learned from past experience that he prefers the one on one time with staffers more, which is why we don't do the group package that often, but I figured one day would be good.

He'll also get a bath on Monday, which is good, and I'll probably take him to doggy daycare on 4/13 for a day of play and another bath so he'll be nice and clean when Dad gets here. Speaking of, Dad will be here in two and a half weeks. Aieeee!

In good news, L is here to impose order and cleanliness on the mess of the house, and I'm getting my hair cut later today. Much to Morgan's dismay, I want to cut it all off. It's already pretty short, but I want it shorter. Morgan, like many men, prefers long hair and wishes I would grow mine out. But my hair is so fine and thin it doesn't look good when it grows out; shoulder-length is about the best I can do. And I prefer it short. I had it super short my first year of college and no one liked it but me, so I won't go that short again but i do want to cut it.

Just...feeling frazzled and stressed and scattered. I think I'm going to go take myself out to brunch and then find a quiet spot to hole up and stare at my computer until I get my hair cut.

OTW Fannews: Fannish Legacies

Mar. 26th, 2015 04:50 pm
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OTW Fannews banner by caitie~ with the text Fannish Legacies and art of Spock holding his hand in the Live Long and Prosper gesture

  • The Conversation featured a discussion of Leonard Nimoy's impact on fandom. "[I]t’s no surprise that for many fans, the loss of Leonard Nimoy felt like the loss of a family member. Nimoy was happy to be known as the 'geek grandpa,' and embraced his key role in history and development of fandom. Those early fans – who, so many years ago, fell in love with Kirk and Spock – proved that their passion could make a difference, that fan communities could be a force for good. They took a page out of Star Trek and refused to apologize for being different. Just like Mr. Spock."
  • A less positive overview at The Guardian did not see it as a good thing that Trekker culture now rules the world. "The subculture around Star Trek has been famously productive for a long time. There are fan-produced shows, lexicons of Klingon, detailed technical diagrams of the show’s fictional technologies, voluminous Wikipedia entries, and terabytes of fan fiction. Conventions have been running for 40 years; fan-musicians write 'filk music' based on themes and events in the show. This productivity made Trekker a centrepiece of an intellectual effort, starting in the 1990s, to redeem fan culture, one which fed directly into contemporary orthodoxies about the nature of social media and digital culture."
  • One fan was influenced by other fandoms, but found in them equally important life lessons. "I grew up quite poor, and lived in shoddy (to put it politely) conditions until I was nine years old. I split my time between my father and stepmother, and my biological mother and stepfather. This was the way it was for four years. I used to get really jealous over the other students around me, and would cry when I saw happy families joking and laughing together...When I was in first grade, I discovered Batman. This made all the difference in my outlook on things. It didn’t matter that I stuttered, had crooked teeth, or came from a broken home. What mattered the most was what I did with the opportunities presented to me. I sought to excel academically, as well as help others do the same."
  • Fan site The One Ring is looking at its future as the Tolkien films end. "It’s important to remember that while the movies brought many of us to the writing of JRR Tolkien, and we are glad they did, millions of fans supported and loved Tolkien’s writing and the lifestyles and ethics described in them, for decades before the films came around. It was the pre-existing love of Tolkien that brought the founders and early staff together in the first place, before the first movie was released back in 2001. This popular support of Tolkien will continue to exist going forward, we believe for decades to come."

What fannish legacies do you want to see preserved? Write about them in Fanlore! Contributions are welcome from all fans.

We want your suggestions! If you know of an essay, video, article, podcast, or link you think we should know about, comment on the most recent OTW Fannews post. Links are welcome in all languages! Submitting a link doesn't guarantee that it will be included in a Fannews post, and inclusion of a link doesn't mean that it is endorsed by the OTW.


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Mar. 26th, 2015 07:43 am
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There are few things more incidentally satisfying than walking past a bus stop where someone is waiting for a bus, and then two minutes later seeing that bus go past with that person sitting down on it.

It's just a delightful complete little narrative that ends with someone having achieved a simple goal.

daily gratitudes

Mar. 26th, 2015 10:26 am
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  1. impulse purchase of wild mushroom and barley soup was exactly what I wanted last night
  2. a piece of poetry I had damn near given up on was accepted for publication
  3. farmer's market pizza for dinner tonight
  4. I have promised myself white hot chocolate this afternoon
  5. it's Keira Knightley's birthday, which means my tumblr is flooded with her face *\o/*


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