What does Stocking Hall taste like? Cookie dough, apparently.
The popular ice cream flavor was revamped as part of a popular end-of-the-year project in Cornell’s introductory food science class.
I didn't even know Stocking Hall existed, but then I wasn't in the Ag school. (Fun fact: Cornell is both a private and public institution, which I only even found out because my roommate was in the Ag school and had to be careful about not overstepping the # of private college credits she took. I was in Arts & Sciences, which is one of the private colleges.)
It just figures I majored in something like math where you never get to do fun things like MAKE ICE CREAM FLAVORS.
Although given how bad I am in anything resembling a laboratory situation, that's probably just as well...
Since the top gamebook options were telepathic bond psychopaths and undead fox generals, maybe I'll try to squish them together.
It's probably overkill to write a music piece for a gamebook this tiny. This is known as "cat-waxing," Yoon Ha.
Also, it's Friday? I've been sick the entire week? *cries*
Please send links to cute happy things that require minimal brain-processing? This week has completely sucked. I only sound this manic because I'm quasi-feverish.
day five / 10 songs you love right now
I'm going to do two versions of this because MUSIC.
( 10 songs you love right now )
( Bonus: Top 12 songs of 2013 )
Because sharing music is literally one of my favorite things, I have two public playlists, one on Spotify and one on Soundcloud, both of which I keep updated pretty regularly with new stuff I'm listening to.
March 14-16: Millennicon, Cincinnati, OH ( http://www.millennicon.org/ )
April 25-27: Midwest Media Expo*, Detroit, MI ( http://www.midwestmediaexpo.com/ )
May 2-4: PenguiCon*, Southfield, MI ( http://www.penguicon.org/ )
June 6-8: DucKon, Wheaton, IL ( http://www.duckon.org/ )
June 20-22: FuMPFest, Wheeling, IL ( http://fumpfest.com/ )
June 26-29: LibertyCon*, Chattanooga, TN ( http://www.libertycon.org/ )
Aug. 1: private function
Aug. 14-17: Gen Con Indy*, Indianapolis, IN ( http://www.gencon.com/ )
Aug. 29-Sept. 1: Dragon Con*, Atlanta, GA ( http://www.dragoncon.org/ )
Sept. 26-28: FenCon*, Addison, TX ( http://www.fencon.org/ )
Oct. 3-5: ContraFlow, New Orleans, LA ( http://contraflowscifi.org/ )
Oct. 24-26: Ohio Valley Filk Festival, Columbus, OH ( http://www.ovff.org/ )
Nov. 14-16: Windy Con, Lombard, IL ( http://www.windycon.org/ )
Last month I wrote about how the revival in the popularity of beards was hurting razor sales, causing companies like Proctor & Gamble to ramp up advertising encouraging “manscaping” below the neck. Here’s another response to the trend: hair plugs for your face.
According to a facial plastic surgeon interviewed for an article at DNAinfo New York, the rate at which he is asked to do facial hair transplants has skyrocketed from “ just a handful of beard transplants each year a decade ago” to about three a week. The surgeons mention the hipster beard trend as one cause of the rise in interest, but also cite a wide array of people who might be interested in fuller facial hair:
…clients include men who have struggled since adolescence to grow a beard, those undergoing a gender transition from female to male, men with with facial scarring and Hasidic Jews who hope to achieve denser payot, or sidelocks.
Expense for the procedure ranges from $3,o00 for partial transplants to $7,000 for a full beard.
What a fascinating example of the intersection of race, gender, religion, technology, and capitalism. Which men’s faces have more power to determine appearance norms for men? Or, what does masculinity look like? Men with Asian, American Indian, and African backgrounds are less likely to be able to grow full beards, but a society centered on whiteness can make their faces seem inadequate. If the situation were reversed, would we see white men, disproportionately, going in for laser hair removal? Would transmen feel less pressure to be able to grow a beard to feel fully masculine? Would they feel more if they were part of a Hasidic Jewish community?
Also, is this really about hipsters? How much power does a young, monied demographic have to set fashion trends? To send a wide range of people to surgeons — for goodness sake — in the hopes of living up to a more or less fleeting trend? How do such trends gain purchase across such a wide range of people? What other forces are at work here?
What can we learn from this about other plastic surgeries that we are more likely to take for granted as the result of natural or universal beauty? Breast implants for women, breast reductions for men, liposuction, facelifts, labiaplasty, or eyelid surgery?
Lots of interesting conversations to be had.Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.
Tomorrow the OTW will be holding the first of its four March events discussing "The Future of Fanworks." This will be a live chat with fan studies scholars from 1600-1800 UTC (What time is that in my timezone?)
- Moderator: Nistasha Perez, OTW Communications staffer
- Guest: Dr. Paul Booth
- Guest: Dr. Anne Jamison
- Guest: Dr. Frenchy Lunning
- Guest: Dr. Lori Morimoto
To join the chat follow this link to our Public Discussion Room on Campfire. If you are unable to join us, a transcript of the chat should be available on Monday. If you have any questions about the events you can leave a comment here.
Some people say that this doesn't count as "real" censorship because it's done by corporations rather than government. But it has exactly the same effect on your ability to write, read, sell, and buy what you choose. Look around. Corporations are doing a lot of destructive things that the government was forbidden to do because those cause problems, only nobody forbade corporations because nobody thought that businesses would ever have the power to do government-type things. Now they do, and it's a disaster.
When a small business makes personalized decisions, it has a small impact; but when a megacorp does, it has a government-sized impact. That makes it not okay anymore. If you're going to function in an area where you control most or all of the market, then you have an obligation to serve ALL of that market, not cherry-pick just the customers you personally like and freeze out everyone else.
If you think this is only happening to erotica, it's not. That's just a genre where it's relatively easy to catch people censoring content. People who think that censorship is okay will manipulate everything according to their -- usually awful -- worldviews. So there's probably censorship in other areas such as politics, religion, sexual health information, current events, etc. It's a new bottleneck between creators and customers.
This is becoming a huge issue in books, videos, music, all kinds of cultural entertainment. It's a problem with online money handlers who think that they have a right to tell you how you can spend your money. Shopping in niche markets can be fun, but it's less efficient and effective than shopping in a few large places. It wastes your time and causes you to miss some stuff that is available but out of easy reach.
Questions for the flist:
1. A couple of you have mentioned the India Black books. In what order should they be read? I have a gift certificate and I'll be back to reading fiction eventually.
2. Am I missing something or are there no tags or indexing available to find all of Ta-Nehisi Coates's columns about WWII? (I'm pleased to see I made some of the same choices in reading material, and have added a couple things to my already stupidly long to-read list as well, just from the couple of columns I managed to find.) His commentariat tends to be very knowledgeable about stuff but having to use a list of google search results to read from is tiresome. *is fundamentally lazy*
3. WHY DOES THIS WEEK FEEL LIKE IT'S BEEN EIGHT WEEKS LONG? I said something to my boss today about something I'd done earlier this week, except I was like, "yeah, I did that a couple weeks ago" and he looked at me funny, since it was something I not only didn't do, but COULDN'T HAVE DONE, prior to Tuesday of this week. UGH TIME. WHY SO INEFFABLE?
My mystery rash is a symptom of follicular mycosis fungoides (yeah, I had to write it down) which is a form of dermal lymphoma.
This apparently sounds way scarier than it is. She told me not to google it, and if I did, not to freak out.
Basically, as I understand it after a ten-minute discussion during which I was somewhat tense, mycosis fungoides is a nonaggressive form of lymphoma that will probably never enter any of my actual internal systems. It's just gonna hang out in my skin and cause rashes occasionally. The good news is the rashes go away with steroid cream (mine has already actually disappeared). I do need to get checked out every few months, and go back in if I get another Damien, but otherwise basically it's just a thing I have that will probably never impact my health.
It's a bit anticlimactic, but I suppose that's for the best. I AM covered in bandages from the FOUR PLACES they had to stick me to get my labs this morning, but all the labs are normal.
Apparently I caused quite a ruckus amongst the dermatology staff. Not only did they all have a get-together to try and figure out what the fuck Damien was putting out, they had to call some expert somewhere else and have him take a peep.
So, IDK, I guess a nonaggressive skin-based lymphoma IS like a confused Goa'uld, in a way...
A curated collection of art by Banksy, Shepard Fairey, Swoon, Faile, and others in a repurposed moving truck at 11 Avenue and West 53rd Street.
"The Night Sky," March 9 at 7 p.m., Belvedere Castle in Central Park
"Our Urban Park Rangers will be your guides to the solar system, discussing the science, history, and folklore of the universe. Fall and winter are the best times to observe meteor showers, the phases of the moon, and many planets of the Milky Way. Night Sky programs highlight the history and folklore of the solar system, using the naked eye to locate stars and planets."
Muppets Most Wanted opens in theatres March 21! Like The Muppets on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Muppets Follow The Muppets on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/MuppetsStudio Follow The Muppets on Tumblr: http://themuppets.tumblr.com Follow The Muppets on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/themuppets Follow Miss Piggy on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/RealMissPiggy Follow Miss Piggy on Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/RealMissPiggy Official Site: http://disney.com/muppets Disney's "Muppets Most Wanted" takes the entire Muppets gang on a global tour, selling out grand theaters in some of Europe's most exciting destinations, including Berlin, Madrid and London. But mayhem follows the Muppets overseas, as they find themselves unwittingly entangled in an international crime caper headed by Constantine—the World's Number One Criminal and a dead ringer for Kermit—and his dastardly sidekick Dominic, aka Number Two, portrayed by Ricky Gervais. The film stars Tina Fey as Nadya, a feisty prison guard, and Ty Burrell as Interpol agent Jean Pierre Napoleon. Disney's "Muppets Most Wanted" is directed by James Bobin and produced by David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman. Bobin co-wrote the screenplay with Nicholas Stoller, who is also executive producer with John G. Scotti. Featuring music from Academy Award®-winning songwriter Bret McKenzie, "Muppets Most Wanted" hits the big screen March 21, 2014.
From: The Muppets
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This image is a view of South America and portions of North America and Africa from the Mercury Dual Imaging System’s wide-angle camera aboard MESSENGER. The wide-angle camera records light at eleven different wavelengths, including visible and infrared light. Combining blue, red, and green light results in a true-color image from the observations. The image substitutes infrared light for blue light in the three-band combination. The resulting image is crisper than the natural color version because our atmosphere scatters blue light. Infrared light, however, passes through the atmosphere with relatively little scattering and allows a clearer view. That wavelength substitution makes plants appear red. Why? Plants reflect near-infrared light more strongly than either red or green, and in this band combination, near-infrared is assigned to look red.
Apart from getting a clearer image, the substitution reveals more information than natural color. Healthy plants reflect more near-infrared light than stressed plants, so bright red indicates dense, growing foliage. For this reason, biologists and ecologists occasionally use infrared cameras to photograph forests.
> Read more: Why is that Forest Red and that Cloud Blue? How to Interpret a False-Color Satellite Image
Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington
Caption: Holli Riebeek
Ghosts? Gods? God?
In the streets and the trees and the asphalt and stone
In the scrawl of the lights that blink "Open", repeat,
In the hum of the wires, roar of engines, the beat
Of the pulse of the rap from the car at the red
In the streaming of clouds, in the sirens, the dead,
Reach from doorways and kerbside transactions and lies:
We will all be forgotten and everyone dies
But the names of the nameless who died out of hand
Cluster in echoes we don't understand
Get tangled in edges of human and wild
In the road signs, the leaf-shapes: the name of a child,
The thresholds remember, continue to gape
When the patterns are broken and stories lose shape
They crowd at the borders to clothe the cold bone.
Ghosts? Gods? God?
lacigreen: rneowrails: hatefucking: ofthebrokenheartedangel: ...
Awesome protests erupted in my school today. Our student council planned a “fun” game for valentines day. They handed out paper hearts to every girl at the beginning of the day. Only the girls. If a girl speaks to a guy through the duration of the day, she has to give him her heart. Guys get five raffle tickets for every heart they collect. Girls cannot collect hearts, they only have one to give away, and guys do not have to give away anything. A gay male asked for a heart to give away to participate and was told no.
Some girls have taken this as an invitation to say things such as, quoted from twitter, “keeping the whores from talking today haha.” And boasting about “keeping their heart and not being a whore.” This has turned into an excuse to shame each other for talking to guys. And for what? A valentines game?
Rather than writing their names on the hearts and giving them away, many girls have written notes of protest on the paper hearts and are wearing them proudly as they associate with whoever they please and refuse to give the heart away.
Proud of some of the people in my school today.
males are rewarded for collecting female “hearts” and are encouraged to collect as many as they possibly can, but females are only allowed to have one heart to give away, and when they give it away they’re not allowed to play anymore
the correlation of “hearts” to how virginity/sex is treated in society is kind of eerie and definitely sexist
This is a really big deal! My elementary had us do this for Valentine’s Day one year. Girls were given a prize if they kept theirs, boys were given a prize if they got one. The boys would harass us - verbally, getting into our personal space, or pulling our hair - until we told them to stop and then they would get to take the heart. A lot of us were pretty mad about it at the time, and now that I see the implications of it, I’m even angrier.
ALL THIS COMMENTARY AND ALSO SOMEONE GIVE THESE KIDS A MEDAL
I do think that if you could get some hot young pop star to autotune his way through a peppy club-mix-with-rap-bridge adaptation of Mac The Knife, Bertolt Brecht might actually rise from his grave. And that would be no bad thing, in this day and age.
FYI, everyone, Lulu.com is having a 20% off sale; everything on their site is 20% off with the code SUPER20. It's a good time to buy books, including mine!
AND ALSO my ancient Roman erotic novella, The City War, is 25% off all this month at Riptide!
By Arturo R. García
This week’s episode was best served when it strayed from the usual tropes. Sure, we got Olivia and Fitz arguing (again) about the rules of their relationship, and starting the episode with them in flagante pugna about her deciding to “date” Jake — with him outside the door — at least made it a more interesting take on the Fight Of The Week.
And really, Jake was in maybe the most awkward position of all. Not only did he get to watch the Secret Service overhear him being called “a fox in the henhouse,” but, thanks to Major Tom, Jake got to listen to Olivia admit she doesn’t know if she even has feelings for her. At least Jake’s spiritual ancestor, Riley Finn, got to leave the drama on his own terms.
But Jake did get a chance to, hopefully for him, stop Olivia from treating him like he’s the next level down on her Pyramid of Screaming. Now that he finally understands how deep in the game his role as Command puts him, he can begin to exert some leverage over not only her, but practically anybody around him.
Olivia also unknowingly lost a chance to exert leverage over Mellie. It’s doubtful that she would, but with Mellie’s continued attacks, you’d think O would at least appreciate having an extra card up her sleeve the next time Mellie insults her. In any event, we get more of a look at Mellie’s state of mind following her rape at the hand of Fitz’s father. It also provides some crucial context for her bond with Gov. Nichols, and her eventual decision to pursue it, however briefly — for now.
(Aside: You have to wonder what would have happened if this show were a period piece; set the Grant White House in the 70s and you have the potential for an epic crossover with Swingtown. But we digress.)
In the end, Olivia’s conversation with Huck might prove to be the most prophetic. Because while her professional reputation has been forged on “holding the leash,” the monsters chasing her, and Fitz, and Quinn, and Harrison, and James are still not far from door.
- I can’t tell who’s worse at being covert, James or David. You’d think a student of history like Mr. “Hey, I’ll name myself Publius” would have read up on Deep Throat’s approach to leaking these types of news.
- It’s a little tough to believe at this point that Olivia wouldn’t even suspect Maya to be behind the (erroneous) leak of information behind the drug shipment. But here’s the thing: wouldn’t whoever arranged for the doctor to talk have eventually figured out Nichols wasn’t the one buying them?
- Also surprising to see Cyrus seemingly running at full speed. He looked more than comfortable hanging out with Hollis and Adnan.(The latter, by the way, is played by Nazanin Boniadi.)
- But while Cyrus is doing alright for now, we have to ask: how long until Sally comes undone?
In TV news, Motive is back. Hi, Lauren Holly. Hi. Though replacing lovely Roger Cross in the first episode with yet another white guy is not of the good. Let's hope that's a short story arc.
I have mixed feelings about Scandal. ( Spoilers are watching you from the car )
I'm also super over the man lifts the woman and holds her up sex scenes. It's boring when it's all you do, people.
Could someone who has watched the tragically short-lived Sirens UK and the very recent Sirens US tell me if I should give the US version a go?
2. Day off tomorrow! I can't really sleep in too much because I'm going to Costco with my mom and she always wants to get there right when they open at ten. But I can sleep in a little, and still, a day off is exciting even if I can't sleep in. :p
Uh, content warning for mild auto accidents; if that is bothersome don't read this
--where I was driving on ... I guess "like the less scary parts of coastal Hwy 1" doesn't help most of you. Coastal highway, one lane each way, limited visibility because of left-right wiggliness and also mild hill-like fluctuations, but without scary cliff drop-offs on the side. And I realized suddenly that while I was explicitly the driver, and alone in the car, I was sitting in the front passenger seat instead of the driver seat. I could lean over to grab the steering wheel, but I couldn't reach the gas or brake. (As is common in dreams, I have significantly more mobility than in RL.)
So I had a choice: try to shift myself over into the drivers seat, which would probably take somewhere between 10 and 30 seconds, during which time I would have to let go of the wheel and not be able to look ahead or correct anything; or steer off road and do friction slowing. There were cars coming in the opposing lane, a risk to the plan A. There was a gravel turnout, the sort of thing meant for slow traffic to pull aside to let faster vehicles past, coming up. I could do a plan C of steering in the pretense of being in normal control, and hope that I didn't end up slowing to a stop blocking the road, but there was no guarantee of anything beyond what I could see.
I chose plan B. Steered off the road, into the gravel. I wasn't slowing quickly enough to be able to stop before the gravel turnout ended, so I made a split second choice to steer into what was basically a guard rail; the front fender crumpled a little, and the car (well, minivan, really) spun around, but stopped.
...at which point my mom showed up and started snarking about how I should have stopped sooner blah blah all my choices are wrong nyah.
I sort of want to blather about how this whole thing applies to my non-dream life -- control, and feelings of same, and then being judged (by myself as much as by others) for the fact that the best possible decision in the moment was not the most perfect of all possible actions -- but eh.
If you'd like to sponsor a particular square, especially if you have an idea for what character, series, or situation it would fit -- talk to me and we'll work something out. This is a good opportunity for those of you with favorites that don't always mesh well with the themes of my monthly projects. I may still post some of the fills for free, because I'm using this to attract new readers; but if it brings in money, that means I can do more of it. That's part of why I'm crossing some of the bingo prompts with other projects, such as the Poetry Fishbowl.
Underlined prompts have been filled.
This fest allows bingo claims for fills that have been written but not posted yet. The card below is Gen.
|keeping warm||courage||parent(s)||pursuit of happiness||artistic endeavor|
|fury||victory||a crowd||prosperity||disability (temporary)|
|peace offering||traditions||FREE SPACE||bribery||silence|
|taking a chance||vulnerability||enlightenment||bad news||fast and loose|
|party / festival||toys and games||taking a break||diplomacy||habits and routines|
Pairing: Merlin/Arthur, Gwen/Morgana preslash
Length: 130k / est 200k
Genre: Adventure, Angst, Romance, Magic Revealed
Summary: Merlin is Arthur's lover, his manservant, his knight, the grain of sand that will make Camelot into a shining pearl. But the one thing he cannot be is a sorcerer. After Merlin confesses, Arthur is determined to find a way to remove Merlin's magic, to remove the corruption without killing him, and before it can destroy his soul. But magic can only be fought with magic. Without Merlin's powers, Camelot will be defenseless against the next magical attack. And that's not all Arthur has to worry about, because there are visitors to the court, alliances and enemies, and a princess he may have no choice but to marry.
( He pulled his sword free, ready to stab her again, but it was a mistake; without the support, without air, under the weight of his heavy armor, he began to sink, and he didn't have the strength to swim upwards. Numbly, he fumbled for the buckles of his plating, but it was too late. His chest felt like it was about to burst, and he couldn't stop himself from breathing in.
There was something familiar about drowning.
Merlin, he thought, as the darkness swallowed him. )
And now I get to post 18. \o/
Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Phil Coulson, JARVIS, Clint Barton, Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanova, Bruce Banner.
Warnings: This story is mostly fluff, but it has some intense scenes in the middle. Highlight for details. These include dubious consent as Phil and JARVIS discuss what really happened when Agent Coulson hacked his way into Stark Tower, over which Phil has something between a flashback and a panic attack. They also discuss some of the bad things that have happened to Avengers in the past, including various flavors of abuse. If these are sensitive topics for you, please think carefully before deciding whether to read onward.
Summary: Uncle Phil needs to pick out pajamas for game night. He gets help from an unexpected direction.
Notes: Service. Shopping. Gifts. Artificial intelligence. Computers. Teamwork. Team as family. Friendship. Communication. Hope. Apologies. Forgiveness. Nonsexual ageplay. Nonsexual intimacy. Love. Tony Stark needs a hug. Bruce Banner needs a hug. #coulsonlives.
Begin with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7.
( Read more... )
I have fallen kind of madly in love with Shelly Laurenston's Pride series, y'all. THE WORLDBUILDING IS SO GOOD FOR ME. I poked at her Magnus Pack series, which predates and is loosely connected, but I had to tap out of that. The Pride series, though? I will be exchanging actual dollars for book 9 at the end of the month.
It would have been super easy for me to write them off as more terrible werewolf romance novels and that would have been a very sad mistake. Are they the best things I've ever read? No. But even the short story where a dude kidnaps a girl and they fall in love isn't rapey! He respects and adores her and she makes all the moves and it is great. That's, like, the unicorn of romance novels.
THERE ARE MULTIPLE BOOKS ABOUT BADASS FEMALE EX-MARINES. The scariest person in this whole generation of characters? Dee Ann Smith. Second place I can't decide, but the people in the running are three ladies and one guy.
Also, it's not just wolves, it's all kinds of shifters! THE HEROINE IN BOOK 9 IS A HONEY BADGER SHIFTER. SHE WILL RIP OFF YOUR FACE, SHE DON'T GIVE A FUCK. I LOVE HER. My favorite hero is Bo Novikov, whose dad was a polar bear and mom was a lion. His fiancee (herself a wolfdog, which is a famously unstable mix in-verse) insists on calling him a bearcat. There are jackals and grizzlies and tigers and African wild dogs and I am really hoping for a hyena hero(ine), because even as extremely minor characters those are some creepy motherfuckers.
There are main characters of color! And not just a couple - it's about half and half, at least on the ladies' side. YMMV on that, though, because species is treated as a much bigger issue than race. Personally, I kind of loved that we were halfway through Jess's book before I realized she was black, because it made sense. She and Smitty had known each other since they were kids. Of course he wouldn't think stuff about "that gorgeous black woman", he was just thinking "hot damn, Jessie Ann grew up nice". Blayne was targeted for a hate crime because she was a wolf/wild dog mix, not because she was black. (Blayne and the wild dogs are the best, btw.)
Anyway, the first book (actually two short stories) - not great. Book two, Jess and Smitty - pretty good, but it gets kind of weird for me at the end. Book three, Sissy Mae and Mitch - I love every redneck bit of it. Sissy has a fucked up relationship with her mother that's actually really well explained and the book itself is just really funny. It's the first book in the series I read and I find it a pretty good starting point.
(There are actually quite a few samples and I'm curious about some of them, but right now I am mostly caught up with the generational conflict happening on my arms.)
( 'Queer type,' said Sam profoundly. 'He could act, I will say. Never did anything else of course. Scraped a third, I believe.' )
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DS9 Discussion Post 7x13: 'Field of Fire' by brin_bellway in ds9_rewatch
You gotta be kidding me, Spock! by plaktow (Kirk, Spock, Uhura; G; TOS)
- Fan Fic:
Gen - Completed
Counterstrike by puska_baby (Jim/Bones; M; AOS)
Slash - WIPs
Hi, You Were My Husband in Another Life, Professor (4-5/?) by littlebirdtold (Kirk/Spock; Adult; AOS)
Next Best Destiny (8/?) by rabidchild (Jim/Spock, Bones, Cupcake, Uhura, Sulu, Chekov, Winona, Gaila, Gary Mitchell, OCs; PG-13; AOS)
Slash - Completed
0600 by sinestrated (Kirk/Spock; NC-17; AOS)
By the Numbers by sail_aweigh (Kirk/McCoy; PG-13; AOS)
mr_picard with 21 HD icons. (TNG)
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Trailers and ads at the beginning are okay, even to be expected these days. But look, Disney is one of the worst when it comes to putting how many freaking trailers at the loading of a DVD/Blu-Ray but even they have freaking fastplay, or at least allow you to jump straight to menus by clicking the menu button. No such thing for Universal. There's no clicking the menu button, and even clicking the chapter jump button just pushes you to the next freaking trailer, and there were like, what, five before I even got to the menus of The World's End? There was Ronin, R.I.P.D, Kick-Ass 2 and something-something else I have no idea what, and Blu-Rays are not DVDs, people! They take ages to load! So skipping one trailer to the next takes AGES! And I discovered that if I pause and stop the Blu-Ray in the middle of a featurette, it DOESN'T RETURN TO THE STOP POINT WHEN I RELOAD IT. I have to start all over again, from the beginning! SKIPPING ALL THE TRAILERS AGAIN. This shouldn't happen! WHY WOULD YOU DO THIS NO. THIS IS WHY I HESITATE WHEN I WANT TO REWATCH MY F&F BLU-RAYS AND WOULD RATHER WATCH A *COUGH* PIRATE VERSION JUST FOR THE CONVENIENCE OF IT. I SHOULD NOT WANT TO DO THIS.
"You Are Here" [1.08]
"Are You Receiving" [1.03]
"The Bends" [1.04]
"Blood Brothers" [1.05]
"Simon Says" [1.07]
"Straw Man" [1.13]
So now I have to have a second sleep study to determine the pressure I need on a CPAP to keep me from having sleep apnea, what fun. That's scheduled for next Thursday.
2. Hit the mall to kill some time and get lunch, since I had time between appointments. I got a new case for my phone (at lillian's suggestion, I got an OtterBox and asked the store guy to help me open it and put it on the phone. It's a bit bulky, but it should protect the hell out of my phone.
Speaking of my phone, I downloaded mahjong (well, Shanghai really) and have become utterly hooked. The problem is that it's a huge battery drain, and if I play long enough I get alerts that my battery is draining quickly. But it's fun. I'm also either better at this than I remembered being or the version I have is pretty easy, because even on Expert I can usually win. Sometimes I have to reshuffle tiles to win, but I can still generally beat it.
3. Also swung by Sephora, since Pinky gave me a gift card for my birthday, and picked up some goodies. I had enough points to get the 500-point perk, and this time it was actually something I wanted. It's a L'Occitane kit, with small sizes of their hand cream, their almond hand cream, their verbena body lotion, the almond shower oil, and the almond skin oil. Since I love at least two of these things, I'm looking forward to trying the rest. Oh, and there's a bag to put everything in.
( more princess stuff )
4. Saw Dr. Z and now have pain meds, along with six tabs of Relpax to see how I do with those. Now that I've met my deductible I can afford to do the nerve blocks, so that's in three weeks, and then two weeks after that we're trying trigger point injections for the trapezius muscles in my shoulders as those are really tender and tight.
5. Speaking of shoulder, it's definitely better today. Still hurts, but typing is no longer making me want to cry. Which is fantastic, because hey, less pain and also because I actually have ideas for writing that I haven't been able to get down for days. I'm hopeful PT and chiro will do even more tomorrow, although since the PT is just an initial evaluation I doubt it'll do much.
So how are you all?
So yeah, there are useful things I should be doing if I had the cognitive capacity of a squished nematode. But sadly, I can't even watch TV without aggravating my headache.
Therefore, I will work on a gamebook! Because with a personal project gamebook it can be total crack AWFUL and no one will care, as opposed to actual obligations I owe people, where quality matters. If I could turn out useful work right now, I would. As it stands, if I did "work" right now I would have to do it all over from scratch when my brain returns, so I might as well noodle at something to pass the hours because jeez I have been spending inordinate amounts of time in bed with dizziness, headache, and other symptoms.
What should Yoon write a cockamamie bad tiny!gamebook about?
undead fox generals
dracoliches (hmm, undead is a theme this year)
death plague from outer space
our benevolent feline overlords
telepathic soulmates of psychopathic doom
ticky the tickybox
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