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Another trailer for The Musketeers. Porthos' laugh at the end brings a large amount of joy to my heart. vague spoilers based on the trailers, which are more speculation than anything ).

Tumblr is depressing me by being about 80% Aramis and hardly any Porthos. It's a good thing I like Athos, is all I can say, as he gets okay representation, and at least I can look at pretty pictures of someone I like. There's a bit of Anne, Anne and Constance too, but not much d'Artagnan or Treville. Bah, tumblr, why are you failing to cater to my precise interests?

I bought "The Hanging Tree" song from Mockingjay and listening to it makes me want to rewatch the film (DVD is too far off!), which was excellent, my favourite so far. I remember hating what comes next, at least when I read the books, but we'll see what the film does with it. I really like Julienne Moore.

Have finished "The Web of Fear" which was highly enjoyable, though I'm not sure I'd go so far as to say it was good, because well, they're fighting robot Yeti in the underground, and Victoria basically does nothing but wander around looking for the Doctor and getting kidnapped, plus everyone making fun of the Welsh. However, I like Anne Travers a lot, and the Doctor and the bb!Brig got good stuff to do. Are there any woobie!Brig serials? I might need to see them. For research.

[personal profile] selenak's post about Babylon 5's weaknesses is excellent, as usual. I'm hanging out in comments with the other Lochley fan. I need a Lochley icon. Though the post is making me mopy about Michael O'Hare all over again. It doesn't take much to make me mopy about Michael O'Hare.

Just listened to the audiobook of Midnight Riot/Rivers of London (Peter Grant #1) by Ben Aaronovitch, narrated by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, which is very well read indeed. Amazing how much of this I'd forgotten in three years.

I think this is still my favourite book in the series. It has the best Nightingale stuff, and the humour is freshest. It also seems to be a series where I like the odd-numbered books the best. It's interesting to go back and see where Peter started out and how much he's grown over the years. The low-level sexism was higher than I remembered, possibly considering how things went in the rest of the series. It's also kind of a builder of expectations of things that we won't get, or won't get in more than small doses, such as building relationships and even expanding the magical world, partly because our one narrator is kind of emotionally constipated.

I really hope that someone does something with the TV rights (Elliot Knight for Peter!), as I'd love to see the world built by other voices.

Poem: "Deceitful Looks"

Dec. 19th, 2014 09:02 pm
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This poem came out of the July 1, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] thnidu. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.

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Poem: "Dangerous Knowledge"

Dec. 19th, 2014 08:47 pm
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This poem came out of the May 6, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by LJ user Wyld_dandelyon. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. This poem belongs to the series Monster House.

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More Books! Also Some TV

Dec. 19th, 2014 06:54 pm
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  • Burned through most of Jennifer Crusie's works and I want more. Really loved Bet Me, Agnes and the Hitman, Getting Rid of Bradley, and Welcome to Temptation. Liked some of the rest, disliked some, really disliked maybe two? It comes down to really liking her writing style but not always caring for her plots/characters.

  • Relatedly, have been dipping into mysteries/romantic suspense/romance. Guys, I still really like Charlaine Harris's mysteries, but I'm so angry about how she ended the Stackhouse series that I find it genuinely distracting. Made it through most of the Lily Bard series anyway.

  • Gave Julie Garwood's Murder List a quick read-through and it was okay. I very much prefer her historicals (The Bride is basically my favorite forever).

    That train of thought led to me reading Loretta Chase's Lord of Scoundrels for the fifteenth time and I JUST LOVE IT SO MUCH. Jess and Dain are the fucking best. I have some more of her books on the Kindle, but I was spoiled by reading Scoundrels first and haven't ever gotten into most of her other books.

  • Re-read Linda Howard's Blair Mallory duo again. Am I the only one who feels like that was some kind of self-insert/Mary Sue thing? Don't get me wrong, I love them, but first-person POV is very weird for her, and Blair's life definitely has the fantasy feel to it.

    Want to read Open Season again, but can't find my copy, even though I can very clearly picture seeing it on a shelf, which means it definitely made the move to the apartment. Discovered while searching that I have two copies of both Drop Dead Gorgeous and Shades of Twilight.

    Picked up Ice and a couple of others in paperback at the used bookstore. LH is apparently one of those authors that doesn't get shared a lot online? People were offering her more "suspenseful" books like crazy, but not one person had Now You See Her and that is hands-down my favorite of hers. I actually bought that one for Kindle more than a year ago, bought a paperback copy used before that, and before that had it in hardback from a library sale.

  • Picked up a digital copy of my favorite Jayne Ann Krentz, Trust Me. The computer parts definitely feel a little dated, but I love Stark and Desdemona so much. I will adore forever the scene she makes in the hallway about her first orgasm. And the Wainwrights are great.

    Debating whether or not to dive into the Arcane Society novels. They might make a good transition back to sf/f, but there are a fuckton and I feel like I'll get burned out on psychics first.

  • Relatedly, someone please recommend me some urban fantasy where the fantasy part isn't a fucking secret. I am thinking specifically Kate Daniels-style, where the whole world has adapted to make room for magic. I am over secret societies and lone heroes on hidden quests. Do you guys remember how fucking amazing the first few Anita Blake books were, before the sex magic, when it was just a world where you could major in paranormal science and raise zombies for a job, because people needed wills clarified?


    Except I am so, so over vampires. And elves, 90% of the time. I want magic and monsters, not immortal angst.

  • Speaking of magic, Vudu was offering the first episode of The Librarians for free (also the first episodes of Haven, Helix, Bitten, Being Human, Game of Thrones - stuff has come and gone, but it is definitely worth a look). Dean Devlin! Christian Kane! A show that feels very much like Warehouse 13!

    I am very much not sold on the Serpent Brotherhood, their apparent Big Bad - I like Du Lac in the broad strokes, but come on, an Arthurian threat and your Head Evil is named DU LAC? Lamia is just a hot mess of a character for me right now. I don't know if it's the acting/accent or the writing but I find most of her stuff unwatchable.

    IDK, I like the show so far, will watch more.

  • I want more Z Nation (haven't seen the finale yet!), but about 1000% less Citizen Z. He works best as a framing device/deus ex machina, please stop giving him plotlines. You can replace all of his stuff with MORE 10K. He is the best and I love him and I want him to run back into sniper girl and for them to murder the shit out of things together.

    I think this is a show that fucks up a lot, but also does some really interesting stuff? Like, a bunch of the Murphy stuff is dumb, many of the plots of the week are pretty dumb (radioactive zombies! zombie tornado!), but everything that wasn't Murphy in the shooting contest episode, for example, was amazing - grief, PTSD, disregard for human life/death, awesome teenage snipers competing with each other and having a really understated zing of attraction. I'm actually really impressed that they're willing to drop characters as quickly and unexpectedly as they have, that Cassandra's Secret Shame has actually been an ongoing thing, that they are showing a legitimate range of responses to trauma (flashbacks, drug use, emotional numbing, alienation, formation of intense bonds, exclusive focus on a self-assigned "mission").

Buy ALL the groceries!

Dec. 20th, 2014 12:40 pm
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This is a crosspost from Chez Skud. You can comment here or there.

Remember when, back in the day, I used to post pics of my market haul? I was inspired by the excellent book Hungry Planet: What the World Eats which shows photographs of families from around the world with a week’s groceries.

Well, today I did what passes for a Christmas shop at my place, which is to say I went to the shops with the main intention of buying tasty things to see me through the next week or so, and without being too finicky about the budget. I wound up spending $93, which is about the national average for an adult’s food for the week, but way more than my usual (which is half that or less). That’s okay; I got lots of tasty stuff, plus I restocked a few pricier items that I’ve run out of lately.

groceries laid out on a table

The full haul: $93 worth.

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The Martian

Dec. 19th, 2014 08:11 pm
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The MartianThe Martian by Andy Weir

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Through a freak set of circumstances, an astronaut is abandoned on Mars when the rest of his NASA crew departs. Now he has to survive.

Ahaha, okay.

Things this book doesn't care about: Doing the omniscient POV well; doing epistolary well; giving characters anything more complex than the most obvious, primary-colored emotions; the actual psychological experience of being left alone on Mars to die.

Things this book cares about: How to extract hydrogen and create your own water molecules from scratch OMG.

This was a lot of fun, and compulsively readable in places. But let's get real here: I can see exactly why this book was self-published for lack of an agent, and simultaneously why Crown later acquired it (though I am baffled as to why, during the editing process, they didn't sit Weir down and have a long, firm talk with him about how jaw-droppingly terrible the last few paragraphs of the book are. Seriously, they're seventh-grade essay about the nature of mankind bad. It's like telling someone their fly is unzipped – it's embarrassing, but someone has to do it). Anyway, this is a cool space survival piece with loving (and fascinating!) descriptions of growing potatoes on Mars and orbital mechanics calculations sprinkled with occasional quips, and really disinterested or just incompetent everything else.

Basically, I really dug this. But I actually bet myself halfway through that this was going to be made into a movie, and yep, I was right. Starring Matt Damon and directed by Ridley Scott, which, uh-huh. And I just . . . look. Being able to spot a book that a major studio is going to snap up for adaptation? That isn't actually a compliment. That usually means the book is a good adrenaline vehicle with only cut-outs of human beings in it, where the emotional arc – such as it is – can go comfortably down in one small swallow and be immediately forgotten. And . . . yeah.

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I'm still cranky, but...

Dec. 20th, 2014 08:44 am
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My scarf got caught up in my zipper Thursday evening. Broke the zipper. Dammit. Thankfully, I am in China. Went to the ops office after school (called ahead to warn them), and Jane took me to the default tailor a couple blocks away. There, I handed over my coat, let Jane translate the urgency (I have only one coat). I'd say 'easy enough', but it was a long zipper and did require some detailed work to properly remove the old one and install a new one. The tailor seemed to think the price of 40rmb was high ("it's 40rmb. is that okay?"). That's less than seven bucks. To replace a long-ass zipper NOW. Nice work, too.

Plus I had part of my latest book depository order waiting for me at the office.

And there's only five days of school left. It's all testing now.

Yeah, working on xmas is going to suck, but I'll survive.

It snowed this week. No more snow forecast between now and Thursday, but what's on the ground isn't going to melt before then. So I should have a technically white Christmas.

I got my new phone a couple days ago. Hopefully I can keep this one longer than two months. *eye roll*

Knitting continues apace. Looking forward to getting back to spinning soon.

I have one trip to make during Winter Break. I have to go to Shenyang to get my passport renewed. Haven't made any arrangements yet. Figured I'd do that once school's done.

I didn't get my timesheet submitted on time last month. I only have to submit one if I have overtime, which I always do because of my Saturday students. So I still get paid regardless. I just didn't get last month's overtime. It will be on this month's paycheck. Along with this month's overtime (provided I get timesheet submitted on time, of course). So that will be *nice*. Just in time for increased food spending - I get two meals a day at school. Not in school, I have to buy more food.

Can I ramble more? Possibly.

I'm watching Forever. Anyone else? Last week's ep... totally saw that coming, but I still enjoyed the hell out of the ep. Don't know why. Not going to question it further. I enjoyed it *a lot* and I will leave it at that.

Elementary... I still don't like Kitty, but she's growing less annoying. Still want her gone.

Haven't watched the new season of Mentalist yet. Got it downloaded though.

Watched the premiere of the Librarians and enjoyed it. Not seen the next ep yet.

Way behind on Scorpion, How to Get Away With Murder.

What are you watching? Any recommendations?

December Meme: Vanyel's Legend

Dec. 19th, 2014 06:16 pm
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My prompt for the 14th was: "What's your take on the whole Vanyel legend/story? What upsets you the most about it?" Thanks, [personal profile] kowe!

There are really two parts to this prompt; Vanyel's legend, and Vanyel's story! In canon, these things definitely differ, so I shall try to address both.

Stories become legends, legends become fanfic. )

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Dec. 19th, 2014 07:34 pm
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All the best fine dining establishments offer a cat snoozing on the chair next to you to accent your meal.

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not the december posting meme

Dec. 19th, 2014 06:24 pm
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I am kind of an emotional basket case this week. No one thing in particular triggering it, but mostly likely a bad case of PMS + weird sleep problems + work stress + Yuletide writing stress. I have a friend coming to visit this weekend, and I'm not sure if his presence will help or hurt. Probably help. It'll at least keep me from getting stuck inside my own head.

One of the best and worst things about Yuletide is being able to delay the feedback anxiety that comes with posting fic. It's nice to just put things out there, knowing that people can't see it. But the waiting to see whether or not anyone likes what I've written is kind of killer.

The series finale of Korra is good, at least. And so is Saga Vol 4.

It'll all be okay.

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Dec. 19th, 2014 06:53 pm
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Ugh, I don't mean not to have been writing here, but my brain keeps on either not coming up with anything to say, or else coming up with things which are long thinky essays that I would like to write but simply do not have the mental space for at this point in time. I will I am sure get to some of them eventually, but in the meantime, well.

I did have an experience regarding one of the usual dinners I make the other day, which caused me to remember that it's not a dinner I've seen many other households do, and so I thought I'd mention it.

For many years of living with Thrud, one of our default dinners was best describable as antipasto, and it's a really good dinner for a day one has been shopping. You get a loaf of bread, baguette or pain batarde or something of that sort, from the grocery store bakery department, and you get the best tomato you can possibly find in the store, organic if you can swing it; also fresh basil; also the kind of mozzarella that is high-quality enough to come in salt water, but not the ludicrously expensive kind. And you can get a jar of green olives, or of black olives, or of green olives stuffed with garlic, depending on what people like, and a jar of marinated artichokes, and maybe a jar of sun-dried tomato spread, or you can take these jars out of the fridge if you do this frequently enough to have them there. Then you wash the tomato and basil and put everything on plates with serving implements, and everyone takes what they like, in the combinations that they want it, and ninety-five percent of the work was in the shopping, and it is a delicious dinner, good enough for company and reasonably healthy. You can even make other people cut their own tomato and basil. This is of course also especially useful if you need to cause dinner for an unpredictable number of people two minutes after walking in the door, which is a thing that happens around Thrud.

So I was grocery shopping recently at the time of day where when you get home the last thing you want is to make dinner, you just want it to magically appear from the heavens, preferably within thirty seconds after you sit down, and consequently I was shopping for antipasto. But it is the dead of winter, and they did not have any fresh basil. Which is fair. All right, I thought, we just won't have fresh basil this time. Then they didn't have any reasonable mozzarella, i.e. anything other than shredded, which while all very well in its own way is not really mozzarella and does not work for this. And I despaired a little, because I did not want to think of another dinner on no notice at all standing in the grocery store.

Then it occurred to me that most major European cuisines have appetizer-y courses or light meals centered around bread, and there is no reason it has to be, specifically, antipasto. So I bought a jar of hearts of palm, and some of that Portuguese farmer's cheese that is exactly halfway between mozzarella and ricotta in taste and behavior, and some sliced linguica, and a hummus mixed with tapenade, and it was just as good. I could have gotten a jar of white asparagus, and a curdier farmer's cheese, and quince paste, in a vaguely Spanish direction; or a Brie and the fancy European butter and some bitter chocolate and some anchovy paste, in a French one; or even, I suppose, black bread and mustard and sauerkraut and some pickled mushrooms, if I'd been the only person in my house eating it, and called it vaguely German.

This may or may not mean that we have this dinner more often. But it is certainly a useful revelation given the vagaries of season and grocery store.

Well, hmph.

Dec. 19th, 2014 03:40 pm
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The White Collar finale made me cry. I started when Peter said, SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS )

In other news: job interview today. It was somewhat awkward, because my interviewer's assistant had told me 45-60 minutes, so I had prepped for a major interview. But about five minutes in, she stopped me during one of my answers and said, "Sorry, you're giving me more than I need. We're trying to keep this to 20 minutes." And I said, "Oh, I'm sorry, I thought it was going to be 45-60!" It was fine; they have a bunch of searches going, and I think her assistant just got confused. But yeah . . . I was so overprepared. And I did my best to be very succinct from them on.

Anyway. I think the actual interview was fine. But, wow, their timeline is . . . short. They want someone ASAP, but they know that with spring semesters starting in January, very few people can accommodate that. But even if the person can't start fulltime in January, they want them to start part-time and then move ASAP. I'm teaching next quarter, so I'd be working part-time while finishing my dissertation, teaching, and trying not to drop any of the many balls I have in the air next quarter too badly.

Honestly, I think there's a high chance of them going with a local candidate based on logistics alone. And part of me? Would be just fine with that. This is fast enough that none of the other jobs I've applied to (and I've applied to quite a few recently) will have gone anywhere yet. The waiting game is nerve-wracking, but then so would be trying to move to New York while working 60 hours a week in California.

Some thoughts about tagging on AO3

Dec. 19th, 2014 11:08 pm
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Posted by beatrice_otter

There are a lot of people confused about what to tag their stuff on AO3. I mean, like, people who use AO3 regularly sometimes talk about not knowing how to tag their fic. And this is Yuletide; there are people who only post to AO3 for ficathons such as Yuletide, and they probably are even less sure what to do. There aren't many rules, and even the guidelines are kind of fuzzy. But yet there are many dedicated volunteers who spend many hours trying to make some sense out of the mess! It's chaotic and organized at the same time.

Fear not. I'm not a tag mod or anybody from AO3, but I am a power user of the site, and have been since it started, so I have a pretty good feel for the different ways people use the site and how people tag. So here are some suggestions, if you feel you need them.

First, remember that the primary purpose of tags is to help people find stuff they'd like to read. No matter what your philosophy of tagging is, your goal should be to make it easy for people to find your fic and decide if they want to read it.

There are two basic ways people use tags when they're looking for fic.
1. Clicking on tags they want to read. Do you want to look for a particular fandom, character, or pairing? You can click on a tag and get all of them to come up. But you can use tags to find so much more than just the basics! Do you want to read wing!fic? Search for it on the archive and click the wingfic tag and you'll get a list of all fics tagged with "wings" or "wingfic" or something similar. The tag mods have done a lot of background work to make sure that similar tags (i.e. every permutation of wingfic ever used) are put together so when you're looking for wingfic you don't have to think of every possible permutation of what someone might have tagged it. They'll all come up. Now, if you click on the "wingfic" tag, it will bring up every wingfic in every fandom. Which is great if you're polyfannish like I am and don't necessarily care what fandom something is if it hits whatever king you have right then. If you are more monofannish, then the sort and filter bar on the left side of the "Works" list is your friend, but either way, the tag is the first place to start. People look for a lot of things.  Here are some categories that people may search tags for, either within a particular fandom or across the archive:

  • fandoms, characters, relationships, obviously.

  • AU types: is it a canon divergence, is it a highschool au, or a coffee shop, or whatever?

  • SFnal or fantasy elements: time travel, wings, magic, werewolves, telepethy, etc

  • Genres: angst, fluff, mystery, comedy.

  • Trigger warnings to avoid: mentions of rape or abuse (things not warned for in the warning tags).

  • Tropes: Aliens made them do it, kidfic, etc.

  • Sex stuff: kinks, positions, sex toys, polyamory, etc.

  • Social justice stuff: bechdel pass, character of color POV, etc.

  • Fandom specific stuff: is it related to a particular episode, or season, is there any other fandom-specific thing that people might look for?

2. When they are deciding whether or not to read a particular fic. That is, a potential reader is looking at a fic in a list on AO3 (maybe they're going through the fandom's page, maybe they're looking at an author's works list, etc.) or perhaps have clicked on a link in a rec list and have opened the story up to see more about it, but the fic is in front of them and they haven't yet decided whether or not to read it. In this case, tags are one of a couple of things people will be looking at. The summary is the biggie; at this point it's usually the first thing people look at. They will also look at word count--they may be looking for an epic, they may be looking for a vignette, either way, word count matters. They'll look at the rating--do they want something hot and heavy, or not? They'll look at the comment/kudo/bookmark/hit counts--how popular is this fic? And they'll look at the tags. What is this fic tagged for? Characters, pairings, fandom, etc., all can be useful, but so can many other things. This is why people add chatty tumblr-style tags, such as "Tony Stark has Daddy Issues." That tag tells you a lot about the story that may not be evident from the summary. You can add any tag like that you want, that will help people get a feel for your story. If it's unique, clicking on it won't help them find other stories like it and it won't help people find your fic, either, but it may well help people who have already found your fic decide if they want to read it. And, if enough people tag things with a chatty tag like "Tony Stark Has Daddy Issues," eventually the tag mods will take it and make it into a tag you can search on just like more general tags such as "wingfic." (There are currently 51 fics on the archive tagged "Tony Stark Has Daddy Issues.")

So how does this affect how you tag your fic? I'm so glad you asked. It means you need to take both uses of tags--finding fic, and deciding if you want to read a fic you've found--into account. As you tag, ask yourself: what in my fic might people want to read? What kind of craving would my fic satisfy? Tag for those things (fandoms, characters, relationships, tropes, kinks, whatever). Then ask yourself: once people have found my fic, what might help them decide they want to read my fic? Then tag for that. Autocomplete is your friend. As you start typing in the tag field, it will bring up tags people have already used, which are searchable, and which may therefore help people find your fic.

ETA: section edited because of youraugustine's feedback.
But beware! Before you hit "post," look at your tags and ask yourself: is there any deceptive advertising here? By which I mean, if someone is looking specifically for a fic with something you tagged for, are they going to be disappointed in your fic?  Different people use tags differently, so you can't please everybody.  But sometimes a selective approach can be better than a "kitchen sink" approach where you select every tag that might be half-way applicable.

As an example, take Sam Wilson. He is tagged in over 2800 stories on AO3 ... but in the vast majority of them, he's a sidekick, if that. Yes, he appears in each of these fics, but he's a very small part of the story in most of them. When I go looking for Sam Wilson fic, I sigh, because I may get three pages in to the list of works tagged "Sam Wilson" before I find one where he's important enough in the story to get mentioned in the summary. Having to slog through all those fics about other Avengers to get to the fics about the character I want to read about does not make me likely to read those stories. It makes me annoyed, because they're taking up my time and preventing me from finding the stories I actually want to read right now! I love reading about Steve's angst over Bucky, and Bucky's recovery, but if what I'm craving at the moment is Sam Wilson pwning everything, 50k words of Buck-and-Steve angst in which Sam appears in three scenes is just not going to scratch my itch.  On the other hand, some people may find a mention that Sam plays a role in the story to be the difference that makes them read this Steve/Bucky fic over some other one.  Even so, if he appears briefly but isn't significant to the plot, even they may be annoyed.

Just use some common sense, folks.  Tag for everything important, and don't bother with the minor stuff.

Background information on tagging (you don't need to know this but it's interesting):
When a new tag is created (i.e. when someone tags their fic with something that has never before been tagged) it is not yet canonical--that is, when you click on it, you won't bring up any other fic tagged with it, and even if someone else uses that tag, at this point it won't come up when you click on the tag. That only changes when a tag wrangler--a volunteer with AO3, in charge of wrangling tags for that particular fandom--looks at it and decides what to do with it. Most chatty tags get ignored (unless the wrangler has seen others very similar). New fandom tags and character tags get made 'canonical' and attached to particular fandoms, so that a) they will now be clickable so you can find other fic tagged with that tag once other people use it and b) it will come up in the autocomplete. Other tags that the wrangler thinks will be generally useful (i.e. anything that other writers might use) get made canonical as well, either attached to the fandom (Tony Stark's Daddy Issues) or not attached to the fandom (mpreg, wingfic, etc). Tags that are close to/mean the same thing as other tags already in use get 'synned' to those tags, so "Bechdel Pass" and "Bechdel Test Pass" become functionally the same tag--you click on one, you get all the fics tagged with one or the other, so you don't need to know the exact tag you're looking for if you can get close.

A note: the tag wranglers are awesome, and do a lot of work behind the scenes to make the Archive work right. To learn more, check out this post on AO3. And if you want to make life easier on the tag wranglers, here's something one of them posted on tumblr:

What actually makes life harder for tag wranglers? People tagging obscure characters or OCs who are not in the work. Private bookmark tags that use terms we’ve never seen before. Smushnames. Comma fail. Drafts that stay for months because people keep editing them. All of those are allowed, and hardly anyone ever says anything about them outside of wrangler spaces.

language leisure-learning

Dec. 19th, 2014 03:40 pm
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Poll #16259 hard decisions
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 12

What language should I focus on trying to learn?

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6 (50.0%)

6 (50.0%)

ticky box goes tick-tock
1 (8.3%)

something else that I will explain in comments
1 (8.3%)

ETA: If you want to talk to me about your vote, or rec resources, please feel free! :D

- Korean is not listed as an option because (as near as I can figure out), as it was my first language, it's the single language I have to learn by immersion rather than through textbook methods. I'm ordinarily good with textbooks and I have bounced out of repeated textbooks.

- Japanese is a good choice because I watch anime, so there would be some exposure to the spoken language, and it's one of the countries Joe wants to visit again so there would be additional motivation. The difficulty here is the writing system; the kanji and the katakana are killing me flat dead. I don't anticipate the actual grammar being all that bad. I do have some months left on a subscription to WaniKani for learning the kanji/vocabulary, but really need to crack a text for some grammar fundamentals.

- I did very well with first-year Latin (Wheelock) and would essentially be reviewing Wheelock, hoping eventually to work up to Brian Beyer's War with Hannibal: Authentic Latin Prose for the Beginning Student (Eutropius). (After that, I would love to someday be able to read Caesar's Gallic Wars in the original, but I don't think that is a realistic goal. I read these accounts of genius historical figures who manage to teach themselves Greek and Latin out of books, and mostly feel too stupid to live.) Here I would have the advantage of having taken a class in the past (albeit years ago), plus answer keys for the exercise books so I can check my work.

I don't know, I find doing language exercises soothing. I don't expect to attain any real fluency with self-study; I mainly want reading comprehension, certainly not conversational.

and then of course there's complex analysis; I should bring the book to read on the airplane. Math is an excellent way to pass airport waits.
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Strawberry Sufganiyot
A sugar-dusted pile of sufganiyot, trickling bright rivulets of strawberry jelly.

In the bottle:
This has that weird sugary cake mix smell and I hope that it smells less floury on me.

Oh thank God. The sugariness recedes a little, ditto the dry cake mix quality.

Yes! I smell like a succulent jelly doughnut! I bought two bottles of this on a gamble because my one bottle of Strawberry Moon (a partial bottle obtained years ago) is running low. Now I have another strawberry option! Granted, this one definitely has a more foodie quality to it, but it's bright and cheerful and exactly what I needed.

ETA: Well, this one's a success, OMG I CAN'T STOP INHALING MY WRIST LOL.

Sword Art Online II through ep. 23. Read more... )

I have been binging on xkcd. Current favorite:

The December Days Meme: Day 19

Dec. 19th, 2014 08:24 pm
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Your favourite Homunculus and why (either manga or first anime, your choice). for [personal profile] elizabeth_rice 

Read more... )

Full list of topics here.
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My bosses are gone for the weekend (well, one is gone until January), and I just wrote the world's dullest action scene. I put myself to sleep with it. But it can be fixed in post! Er, after the deadline, with judicious editing! 1900 words and on to the emotional climax!

(Whoever is writing for me, since I don't have a gift yet, take heart! We're all in this together!)


ETA @ 5pm AND POSTED. WHEW. I mean, it's still in need of a lot of polishing, but I wouldn't be embarrassed completely if the archive were to go live tomorrow. Editing commences tomorrow. Whew. /eta


Saw Annie

Dec. 19th, 2014 02:12 pm
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Mostly harmless, probably entertaining for kids, and certainly for representation alone it's important.

That said, the movie didn't have the courage of its convictions. By which I mean, I feel like in some ways the movie wanted to be kind of like what The Wiz was to the Wizard of Oz, but it wasn't really willing to add that kind of edginess in its desire to appeal to a wide audience, so it ended up coming off bland, and the changes made to the original music did not do much to modernize its appeal - instead, the changes were kind of unnecessary and mostly were for the worse, I thought.

Additionally, the movie lost a lot of what was appealing about the original - the very real poverty of the orphans, contrasted with a conspicuous wealth of Daddy Warbucks. That's a common theme for Depression-era pop culture and which I think the play - and the 80's movie - really do well, but in this case, the movie somehow managed to flatten everything.

The music was ... pretty not good, considering. I guess they had the actors do their own singing, and they aren't particularly good singers, so everything was synthesized to hell with the instrumentals at high volume, to compensate. They weren't fooling anyone.

They clearly didn't want to mimic standard Broadway dance styles but they didn't go all out for anything edgy or modern, which left them doing ... very little, dance-wise.

Absolutely no one can compete with Carol Burnett's virtuoso performance as Miss Hannigan in the 1982 movie. No one.

Also, I saw a preview for Pan, and all I can say is - the Hook/Peter slash will commence about 5 minutes after that movie opens. Peter's a child so they'll find a way to age him, but. Five minutes.

24 hours to go

Dec. 19th, 2014 06:08 pm
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Assignments are due 18:00 UTC on December 20th (What time is that for me?)

Pinch hits assigned on or after the December 10th are due in 48 hours, at 18:00 UTC on December 21st.

i can do this

Dec. 19th, 2014 01:08 pm
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Christmas concerts with the big chorus are done. Work is at a manageable dull roar for the moment. Well, except this one work thing. ) I got my work Secret Santa present on time and my Secret Santee was very pleased with it, including my make-do wrapping job (masking tape inscribed with "THE SCOTCH TAPE IS HIDING" (block print, you see, so nobody could recognize my writing)--because our scotch tape must be in a box somewhere and there wasn't time to go out and buy more. I got presents for my side of the family ordered and shipped. We don't have presents yet for each other or for Himself's side of the family, but that's all a much less fraught prospect because my side is the only one with a four-year-old. I booked our hotel for New Year's, so a road trip is in our future.

My Yuletide is on 1069 words (yay over the max) and I swear I will finish it this afternoon JUST POSTED, WHOOP WHOOP.

I'm up in the Catholics' choir loft twice on Sunday, three times next Thursday (well - midnight Wednesday and then twice Thursday morning), twice next Sunday, and twice the Sunday after that, so that'll be a nice bundle of stipends. Mama's got to pay the contractor: our house addition plans have been approved (although not yet issued) (and just issued this afternoon, whoop whoop) and I am long past ready to roll. The place where a great deal of our stuff is in storage has been acquired and we're not sure we like the new ownership's terms of service, so we might be getting our stuff back and cramming it into the rooms we're not using ... which will make the building work more exciting, but hey, excitement's what it's all about, right? We'll see.

In any case: I'm this close to having made it through December. Bring on January.

Talking Meme: Day #19

Dec. 19th, 2014 12:42 pm
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From [personal profile] hyperfocused: Talk to me about textures, those you love and the ones that give you the creeps.

Hmm. This is a difficult one for me, in a lot of ways. I can totally talk about the ones that I hate, but ones that I love? The thought it kind of foreign to me, because there aren't really any that fit that description. I either hate them or I don't notice them whatsoever.

As for ones that I hate:

When it comes to food, the big one on the list is mushrooms and other edible fungi. There's just something about that rubbery texture that... ugh. I can't deal with it. The other big one of the list is tomatoes. I don't have a problem with them if they're cooked in a dish or turned into sauce, but raw tomatoes? They just have that sliminess that I can't handle. I have a love/hate relationship with okra for a similar reason. Fried okra and fried green tomatoes are amazing if they're cooked correctly, so that they're crisp instead of slimy, but if they aren't? I just can't eat them. It makes me gag just thinking about it.

Oh, and beans! I'm not entirely certain what it is about them -- the mushiness, maybe? -- but I just can't do it.

When it comes to materials, I can't stand the feel of velvet (or suede or anything else along those lines). Have to touch it makes my skin crawl, which made my childhood a lot of fun at times since my grandmothers loved shoving me into velvet dresses.

More recently, I've starting having an issue with denim. I used to wear it all the time, and I can still wear soft, well-worn denim. Stiffer, more rough denim has started to feel like sandpaper on my skin, though.
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Wow, this is amazing, and super cool. Check it out: Free SFF con memberships available now to fans of color/non-white fans. Escapade is eligible! This is awesome.

Hubble Sweeps a Messy Star Factory

Dec. 19th, 2014 12:00 pm
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This sprinkle of cosmic glitter is a blue compact dwarf galaxy known as Markarian 209. Galaxies of this type are blue-hued, compact in size, gas-rich, and low in heavy elements. They are often used by astronomers to study star formation, as their conditions are similar to those thought to exist in the early Universe.

Markarian 209 in particular has been studied extensively. It is filled with diffuse gas and peppered with star-forming regions towards its core. This image captures it undergoing a particularly dramatic burst of star formation, visible as the lighter blue cloudy region towards the top right of the galaxy. This clump is filled with very young and hot newborn stars.

This galaxy was initially thought to be a young galaxy undergoing its very first episode of star formation, but later research showed that Markarian 209 is actually very old, with an almost continuous history of forming new stars. It is thought to have never had a dormant period — a period during which no stars were formed — lasting longer than 100 million years.

The dominant population of stars in Markarian 209 is still quite young, in stellar terms, with ages of under 3 million years. For comparison, the sun is some 4.6 billion years old, and is roughly halfway through its expected lifespan.

The observations used to make this image were taken using Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3 and Advanced Camera for Surveys, and span the ultraviolet, visible, and infrared parts of the spectrum. A scattering of other bright galaxies can be seen across the frame, including the bright golden oval that could, due to a trick of perspective, be mistaken as part of Markarian 209 but is in fact a background galaxy.

European Space Agency

ESA/Hubble & NASA Acknowledgement: Nick Rose
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Following in the footsteps of trailblazer Melissa Harris Perry, two more braincrushes just launched shows on MSNBC’s Shift streaming media brand.

Maria Teresa Kumar, co-founder of Voto Latino with Rosario Dawson, is now anchoring “Changing America.

And Janet Mock, the queen of Redefining Realness, is set to launch her progressive pop culture show this week. We will update here when the clip is available.


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Sexy Women as Food: A Collection

Dec. 19th, 2014 02:00 pm
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Posted by Gwen Sharp, PhD

Flashback Friday.

In her now-classic books The Sexual Politics of Meat and The Pornography of Meat, Carol Adams analyzes similarities in the presentation of meat products (or the animals they come from) and women’s bodies.

She particularly draws attention to sexualized fragmentation — the presentation of body parts of animals in ways similar to sexualized poses of women — and what she terms “anthropornography,” or connecting the eating of animals to the sex industry. For an example of anthropornography, Adams presents this “turkey hooker” cooking utensil:

Adams also discusses the conflation of meat/animals and women–while women are often treated as “pieces of meat,” meat products are often posed in sexualized ways or in clothing associated with women. The next eleven images come from Adams’s website:

For a more in-depth, theoretical discussion of the connections between patriarchy, gender inequality, and literal consumption of meat and symbolic consumption of women, we highly encourage you to check out Adams’s website.

This type of imagery has by no means disappeared, so we’ve amassed quite a collection of our own here at Sociological Images.

IndianFeminist sent in this example from India for a Mango flavored drink called Slice. “The brand ambassador,” our reader writes, “is Katrina Kaif, undoubtedly India’s most popular actress.” The ad puts her inside the bottle and merges her with the liquid, then offers her as a date.

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An ad I found for I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter turns Spraychel into a female politician:

Blanca pointed us to Skinny Cow ice cream, which uses this sexualized image of a cow (who also has a measuring tape around her waist to emphasize that she’s skinny):

For reasons I cannot comprehend, there are Skinny Cow scrapbooking events.

Mustard and ketchup make up a “sexy” woman (from Las Vegas Living):

Are you hungry for some lovin’, er, lunchin’? Do you have an all-American appetite for chick(en)s? Or are you secretly ravenous for pig? We think we might have just the thing to satisfy your lust for breast, thigh, and rump:

(These ads were designed by a marketing firm in Thailand. Found via copyranter.)

Denia sent in this image of “Frankfurters” with sexy ladies on them. The text says “Undress me!” in Czech.

Finally, Teresa C. of Moment of Choice brought our attention to Lavazza coffee company’s 2009 calendar, shot by Annie Liebowitz (originally found in the Telegraph):

And this, of course:

Spanish-language ads for Doritos (here, via Copyranter):



Amanda C. sent in this sign seen at Taste of Chicago:


Dmitiriy T.M. sent us this perplexing Hardee’s French Dip “commercial.”  It’s basically three minutes of models pretending like dressing up as French maids for Hardees and pouting at the camera while holding a sandwich is a good gig:

Dmitriy also sent us this photo of Sweet Taters in New Orleans:


Jacqueline R. sent in this commercial for Birds Eye salmon fish sticks:

Crystal J. pointed out that a Vegas restaurant is using these images from the 1968 No More Miss America protest in advertisements currently running in the UNLV campus newspaper, the Rebel Yell. Here’s a photo from the protest:


And here’s the ad:

RY grind burger

Edward S. drew our attention to this doozy:

Dmitriy T.M. sent us this example from Louisiana:

Haven’t had enough?  See this post, this post, and this post, too.

Originally posted in 2008.

Gwen Sharp is an associate professor of sociology at Nevada State College. You can follow her on Twitter at @gwensharpnv.

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Today's December posting meme:

December 19: [personal profile] escritoireazul asked, what do you look for when choosing new recipes to try?

There are a few things, I guess:

-whether it's something I would like to eat (or give away)

-whether I have all the ingredients on hand or can easily get them (or substitute)

-whether it requires equipment I don't have

-whether it requires space I don't have (I would love to bake pies, but I have nowhere to really roll out pie crust. the cutting board over the sink is not really satisfactory.)

-how fussy it looks - I have baked things that require a lot of bowls and a lot of fussing, but I have yet to find something that really felt worth it at the end, and again, it's an issue of space. If I had a dishwasher, I might not mind using every bowl and spatula in my arsenal, but having to wash them all by hand and either dry them or find a space for them to dry - not worth it.

Having conquered baking with yeast a couple of years ago (and meringues last year; well, sort of), there's not a lot that intimidates me from a baking perspective (cooking, otoh - I have no desire to learn to spatchcock a chicken, for example), but I understand the limitations of my space right now so I haven't ever tried, say, macarons (also, I am bad at making things pretty, so that is also a consideration there), but I would like to!

I also don't make fried things very often, because the smell lingers in my apartment, but I will be making riceballs on New Year's Eve, scent of stale grease and all. *hands*

Now I have to work on yuletide, because L. and I are having our annual Christmas dinner tonight, which usually involves a lot of wine, so I won't be able to work on it when I get home.


Favourites meme

Dec. 19th, 2014 05:56 am
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Nicked from [ profile] fannishliss, because it looked fun.

Favourite main character of 2014: Hmm, tough one. I'll go with Athos (The Musketeers). Also Clarke Griffin (The 100) and Henry Morgan (Forever)
Favourite villain of 2014: Viktor Chlodwig zu Schellendorf von Konigsburg (Grimm), Cardinal Richelieu (The Musketeers), Milady (The Musketeers)
Favourite other character of 2014: Abe Morgan (Forever), Trubel (Grimm), Bobbi Morse (M:AOS), Alphonso Mackenzie (M:AOS)
Favourite M/F couples of 2014: Haymitch/Katniss! (Technically they predate 2014, but I had a huge resurgence after seeing Mockingjay.) Ditto Jody/Sam and "Hibbing 911" (SPN). A nod to Claire/Jamie (Outlander). Athos/Ninon (The Musketeers).
Favourite F/F couples of 2014: Juliette/Rosalee/(Trubel). Grimm has been a big fandom for me this year. Simmons/Morse (M:AOS).
Favourite M/M couples of 2014: Athos/Porthos, Athos/d'Artagnan, Aramis/Porthos—you see where this is going! Also Bobby/Stigman (2 Guns). I'll add Ragnar/Athelstan (Vikings) because although Vikings predates 2014 for me, I wasn't that interested in the slash pairing until this year.
Favourite 3 or moresomes of 2014: Juliette/Rosalee/Trubel (Grimm), Juliette/Rosalee/Monroe, The Inseparables(+d'Art) (Musketeers)
Favourite Crossover couples of 2014: Trubel/Amanda(HL) ;) Lagertha/Tamsin(Lost Girl).
Fandom that you never expected to get into: 2 Guns, omg.
Most recent fandom of 2014: I think it's clear, that's The Musketeers.
Favorite Actors of 2014: Jennifer Lawrence, Woody Harrelson, Matthew McConaughey (for True Detective, not Interstellar), Tom Burke, Howard Charles, Luke Pasqualino, Judd Hirsch
Songs I got Fannish About in 2014: So many! Most of them silly. "Follow the Leader" by Wisin & Yandel (feat. Jennifer Lopez), "Come with Me Now" (KONGOS), "All About That Bass" and "Redemption Song" (Anita Antoinette, The Voice), "Two Against One" by Danger Mouse & Daniele Luppi (feat. Jack White), "Cry Me a River" (Chris Jamison, The Voice), Someone Like You (Damien, The Voice), "Burning Bridges" (Chris Pureka), "Glad I've Done What I Did" (honeyhoney), "Timber" (Pitbull feat. Ke$ha)

Elementary 3.08.

Dec. 19th, 2014 12:19 pm
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Spoilers need to go with the programm )

Wrapping up the year

Dec. 19th, 2014 08:16 pm
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This is a crosspost from Chez Skud. You can comment here or there.

It’s a cliche to blog about how seldom you blog, so I won’t. Instead I’ll just take the opportunity to reflect a bit on 2014 in terms of my home life.

It’s been a dog of a year. It’s been difficult to focus on anything much, let alone communicate about it. The first half of the year I was buried in personal stuff, and the second half of the year had more of that and then a lot of travel and busy-ness piled on top.

Most days I’m happy if I eat regular meals. I’ve had some great food this year, but mostly it just seems like a slog, trying to balance my body’s need for fuel, my inner self’s food-related hangups and issues, and the logistics of having food in the house, and having space and time to prepare it. I’ve had to cut myself a fair bit of slack on convenience foods and on food waste. Sometimes it’s better to buy a pile of fruit and vegetables just so I have them as an option, even if in the end I don’t eat them all and some of them wind up in the compost. Or to open a jar of something perishable so I can eat well now, even if I’m going away tomorrow or the next day and know I can’t finish it.

When times are hard I just keep trying to slog through it, do what I can, and remember nobody’s standing over me with a clipboard awarding points or writing down criticisms in red pen.

Some things I cooked/ate this year and didn’t post to the blog:

broad beans and leek from the garden, with ham, on homemade sourdough

broad beans and leek from the garden, with ham, on homemade sourdough

salad with red rice, sprouted lentils, tomato, kale, fetta, olives, and marinated artichoke hearts

salad with red rice, sprouted lentils, tomato, kale, fetta, olives, and marinated artichoke hearts

nettle soup

virulently green nettle soup with potato and ham


nachos with black beans and fresh jalapeno peppers from the garden

birthday lunch of ethical pork and beef ribs, corn bread, and coleslaw (eaten in a blanket fort! best birthday lunch!)

birthday lunch of ethical pork and beef ribs, corn bread, and coleslaw (eaten in a blanket fort! best birthday lunch!)

I’ve been doing a lot, a lot, of knitting and other crafts. Not least because I’ve had periods where all I can do is watch soothing TV and do something calm and repetitive. I’ve not been good at posting about it, though, nor updating Ravelry, and I have to admit that I’ve been casting on an awful lot of things for the “whee!” feeling of a new project, and not completing them. By my count I currently have at least 17 WIPs, most of which haven’t yet hit the “half done” mark.

I’ve instituted a kanban board on the wall of my living room for my craft projects (with an extra, innovative “> 1/2 DONE” column, because casting on and then putting it aside is a big issue for me) so I can see how many I have to finish. Sadly, it doesn’t work all that well to stop me casting on new things, because I just conveniently “forget” to add a sticker for the new project. Sigh. Oh well, at least every so often I can bring it up to date and it helps me remember what I have going, better than a pile of mystery project bags in the coffee table drawers ever could.

A week or so back I decided to try and reduce my WIPs considerably. My new rule (and let’s see how long I stick to it) is to have one large and one small/portable project out and work-on-able at any time, choosing the easiest to complete at any given time, according to the debt snowball method. Right now I’m working on a pair of fingerless mitts made from the tail ends of two colours of Mountain Colors Bearfoot, and a deathly dull product-knitting slog: a black hoodie in Bendigo Woollen Mills Classic 8 ply and in mostly stocking stitch. Both are made-up patterns, the hoodie being vaguely EPS-based, and the mittens basically just tubes with thumb-trick thumbs.

half-finished black hoodie

boring hoodie of boringness

red and brown striped fingerless mitts in progress

slightly less boring, but only just

My only escape from the “get through some bloody WIPs” effort is that I’ve told myself that I can knit hats for charity using wool from my charity-knitting basket, which I gathered up from all the odd scattered places and put in one pile last week. A hat usually takes about 2 evenings and is a quick distraction if I really must cast on something new. There’s at least a dozen hats worth of wool there, or roughly one for each reasonably-finishable project on the WIP list. (Some of the WIPs aren’t reasonably finishable, as they’re things like a mitred sock yarn blanket that will take years to gather odds and ends to make, or are super low priority, like the charming half-finished Scandinavian cross stitch table runner I found at a craft swap day — I have no qualms about that sitting quietly where it is for a long time.)

As for the garden… it’s a mess, and I’m late with planting everything, and that’s okay. I’m eating from it if not every day, then definitely every few days, and I have tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant coming along nicely for later in the summer. No clipboard, no red pen, right?

One thing that has been going well for me is that I’ve been making a pretty steady practice of getting rid of stuff. Somehow I’ve got to a point where it gives me a good, clean feeling to finish something and not have it any more, or to put something unused in the pile for the op shop (which seldom gets bigger than I can carry in my bike basket). Yesterday I had a momentary bout of “what if I applied for this amazing job and had to move house again?” and it made me think even more about how much stuff I have that I don’t need. I’m not going to apply for the job, but it did give me a kick in the pants about all my stuff.

A friend’s recently been talking up a decluttering guru who talks about getting rid of things that don’t spark joy, and it’s been good for me to think of my excess stuff in that way. It makes it much easier to say “no”. I don’t think I’m anywhere near Japanese minimalism (lol, no) but it does make it easier to get rid of things I’m keeping out of a sense of “ought”.

Finally, today I got a cleaner in, and she’s going to be coming regularly. I’ll be interested to see how much it changes my sense of overwhelmedness and whether it helps me get back on a more even keel with some of the other stuff I want to spend my energy on. I’ll give it a few months and then evaluate the costs/benefits; it’s a big chunk of my fairly tight budget, but I hope a worthwhile one for my mental health, which in turn is good for my so-called “actual” work.

I’m not going to make any new year’s resolutions, because they don’t work well for me. But here’s hoping 2015 is a good one!

12 Days Of Escapade: Day 5

Dec. 19th, 2014 08:12 am
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12 Days Of Escapade: Day 5

Dec. 19th, 2014 08:12 am
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Call for Prompts

Dec. 19th, 2014 01:59 am
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 [personal profile] thebonesofferalletters is holding a gift-giving prompt session where you can leave a prompt and get fic or art as a present.

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Dec. 18th, 2014 11:43 pm
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I'm at my parents' house in Edmonton for the holidays. They point out that it is quite warm for the season at ten below freezing! I point out that this is still a 20 degree differential from Victoria's ten above. But no, I am not looking a gift horse in the mouth; I'm glad it's not minus thirty or forty.

I have ABANDONED MY CAT. She is ALL ALONE with no one but my five roommates to care for her. HOW WILL SHE COPE???

This is my first meeting with my parents' new kitten, Gallagher. He is the most hyper, friendly, curious cat I've ever known; I suspect him of using cocaine. Oh my god.
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...well, I'd be pretty proud of myself for having a hit show in its sixth season firing on all thrusters, for starters. No, but seriously, I do have some complaints but generally I'm in awere of what The Good Wife pulls off and continues to pull off. Stll, in the spirit of the prompt, and hidden under a spoiler cut so that readers who are one or several seasons behind are safe if they choose to be:

Spoilers have to do with moving in many ways )

December Talking Meme: The Other Days

The Fall

Dec. 19th, 2014 01:41 am
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Watched the Fall, or rather, the three episodes with Colin Morgan in them. I am, Hannibal aside, rather serial-killered-out, as far as cop shows go. But Gillian Anderson is awesome and Balinor is in it too, so I figured it was worth the effort.

Spoilers below )

Weekly Reading

Dec. 18th, 2014 10:17 pm
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What are you currently reading?
Still reading vol. 1 of Kurage Hime. Because I'm now reading manga on my phone only when I'm at work, and reading on the ipad before bed, I'm not reading Kurage Hime very much at all.

On the ipad I've been reading quite a bit more. I'm back to my Kindaichi reread, which I abandoned about a year ago after reading the first twenty volumes. I've read a couple more now and am totally hooked.

What did you recently finish reading?
Just those couple volumes of Kindaichi.

What do you think you'll read next?
M-more Kindaichi...

December meme #3

Dec. 18th, 2014 06:26 pm
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[personal profile] chagrined asked if I collect anything or have ever collected something. Well, now I don't collect anything, but I certainly have in the past! I don't know what flipped the switch from collecting to not collecting, but I don't really feel the urge to collect stuff now.

When I was really into Digimon, I collected a lot of Digimon stuff. I bought toys and CDs (there was so much Digimon music) and any magazines that mentioned Digimon. But my biggest collection was my Digimon cards. I really wanted a complete collection and I managed it up to a certain point (when I stopped collecting, there were still new packs coming out, but I had a complete collection as of the point where I stopped). Not only did I use auction sites to get rare cards from regular decks, but I also got a bunch of rare cards that were given out at special events and stuff like that. And these were all Japanese cards. I got a lot of them off of Yahoo Auctions Japan and later I got a bunch from this guy who ran a site with scans of all the cards. I guess I must have just contacted him and asked him if he could get me any? I can't even remember now, but I bought a lot through him. I can't seem to find the pictures I must have taken when I sold the lot, but I had hundreds of cards, and since I didn't know anyone local who spoke Japanese and was interested in playing Digimon cards, they were just for collecting, not playing. :p

As a kid, one thing I really loved collecting was Disney figures. These were small plastic figures, maybe an inch and a half to two inches tall. I do have a picture of these that I took when I sold the collection. I kept them all in a big plastic jar and liked to take them out and line them up in various configurations. Because this was back before there was such a thing as the Disney store, and before Disney merchandise was as ubiquitous as it is today, I mostly bought these either at Disneyland or at the Hallmark store, and I was always excited to find a new one.


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