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If you're at all interested in Australian speculative fiction (or just speculative fiction in general), I highly recommend checking out the 2014 Snapshot of Australian Speculative Fiction. Several bloggers, including [personal profile] azhure, are interviewing prominent members of the Australian SFF community. At the moment, these interviews are scattered across a number of blogs but when they are collated at a single site, I will post the link. In the meantime, check out [personal profile] azhure's journal and the link above.

Anti-procrastination Tuesday 7/29/14

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 04:36 am
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[personal profile] sid posting in [community profile] bitesizedcleaning
Is there something you've been procrastinating on? Something that really needs must be done, but is kind of a pain in the tuckus? Today's challenge is to do That Thing.

Go team, go! We can do it together!

NOTE: Optional 5 minute challenge for those who just do not have the brains for this challenge, because it is just too much. (Which is totally okay.) Make something shine! A mirror, a toaster, a window...

BINGO: column

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 04:01 am
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I made bingo down the O column of my 6-1-14 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest.

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Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 09:50 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] opusculasedfera!


Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 03:01 am

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Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 01:52 am
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I am going to be without internet for a bit. Reading recommendations?

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Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 02:53 pm
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[personal profile] mergatrude
Day 1. Discuss something old
Day 2. Discuss something new
Day 3. Discuss something made for someone else
Day 4. Discuss something made just for yourself
Day 5. Discuss something for a large fandom/pairing/character
Day 6. Discuss something for a small fandom/pairing/character
Day 7. Discuss something you're just really proud of

Day 5. Discuss something for a large fandom/pairing/character

When I started to record podfic I had a couple of stories in my head I really wanted to record. This is one of them. [personal profile] exeterlinden wrote Dinner Date for the DS Seekrit Santa exchange one year, and asked me for beta. I fell in love with it immediately. It has a wonderful sense of Ray Vecchio's voice, and a wonderful sense of fun.

Dinner Date (podfic) (8 words) by mergatrude
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: due South
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Benton Fraser/Ray Vecchio
Characters: Benton Fraser, Ray Vecchio
Additional Tags: Podfic, Podfic Length: 10-20 Minutes, Audio Format: MP3, First Kiss

the washing line as art gallery

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 07:00 am

"Hurts so good"

Monday, July 28th, 2014 11:20 pm
rosefox: "He realized that all this time, when he'd been saying OW OW YOU FUCKING BITCH what he really meant was I LOVE YOU." (pain)
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This userpic isn't applicable to many sorts of pain, but it is perfect for physical therapy.

PT is EXHAUSTING. I'd forgotten. Also, going straight from PT to walking half a mile to the subway station, sitting on the L for 45 minutes, and then driving from Manhattan to Brooklyn was maybe not my smartest move ever.

The physio thinks my lifelong right hip wackiness is the cause of the knee issues, which would make a whole lot of sense. Apparently my right ITB and quad are "astonishingly tight". "Wait until you get to my hip flexors!" I said cheerfully. Then he tried to make my right hip bend the way most people's right hips bend and I yelled a lot.

* 8 weeks of biweekly PT
* Daily exercises at home w/ Theraband: 3 x 10 @ leg press, 3 x 10 @ hamstring curls, followed by ice (have the ice pack handy before starting to exercise so I don't have to hobble to the freezer for it)
* Start taking glucosamine/chondroitin/MSM (I've ordered an unflavored drink mix version that I can mix into chocolate milk or something, rather than swallow those enormous pills)
* No more sitting with both knees pointing to the left <.<

I'm seriously tempted to just keep going weekly or every other week after my eight weeks of intensive PT are up. The physio is hands-on and terrific, and therapeutic massage is amazing. And because I'm going to a shabby little PT clinic over in Brownsville (also known as "the neighborhood that will never, ever gentrify"), it's only $50 a session. That's the uninsured rate*. O.O The physio was telling me that he moved to Staten Island because he can't afford Brooklyn--maybe it's because he's seriously undercharging his clients. At that rate I really could go just for... well, not fun, exactly, but because it would probably be good to work on fixing my hips so that the knee problems don't recur, and because it feels good, and because I'm a lot more likely to exercise if it's been prescribed by someone I have to fess up to every week or two.

* I have insurance, but my plan year just started and I haven't met my deductible yet. Insert standard "American health care system is broken and bullshit" rant here.

The drive from Manhattan to Brooklyn was because [ profile] auntyglory is in town and she hasn't driven to our place before. Giving her directions would stress her out and navigating from the passenger seat would stress me out, so she drove into Manhattan from her cousin's place in New Jersey, and I met up with her and drove us home in her car. This was definitely the least mentally and emotionally taxing option, but NYC traffic means a lot of right-leg work, and by the time we got home I was very thoroughly done with any sort of moving around. She wants to go shopping tomorrow; I hope I'm up for it.

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Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 12:37 am
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[personal profile] will_scarlett posting in [community profile] milliways_bar
Upstairs OOM:
If we could find our happiness entirely
In somebody else’s arms
We should not fear the spears of the spring nor the city’s
Yammering fire alarms

Entirely by Louis MacNiece

(OOC: Second link contains sexual content, the first contains a brief discussion of torture.)

so you think the world is weird?

Monday, July 28th, 2014 11:38 pm
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[personal profile] seperis
In case anyone missed this:

Satanic Temple seeks Hobby Lobby-style exemption from anti-abortion laws

Thank you, yahoo news; I can state with perfect honesty that I didn't see this coming.

Probably the last linkspam

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014 12:33 am
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[personal profile] next_to_normal
* Paul Bettany talks about playing the Vision. I kind of get the sense he misses showing up for 45 minutes and walking away with a bag of cash? lol

* Kevin Feige talks about Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, and other Marvel stuff.

* Karen Gillan talks about Guardians of the Galaxy and her new TV series, Selfie.

* Another perspective on the Age of Ultron footage shown at Comic-Con.

* Here is a pretty thorough round-up of video interviews with the cast.

* Here is also the full playlist of Nerd HQ videos. So far, I've only watched the Orphan Black panel (which is even more off the chain than last year's - seriously, pants come off and Zachary Levi curls into the fetal position, possibly in horror at what he hath wrought).

* This post-finale video from the TVD panel is pretty hilarious. Ian: "Nuh-uh. I've been killed off a TV show before and this is not how they do it." Paul: "Does this mean that I get more money?" CANDICE'S SANDWICH. And Nina knocking down walls to expand her dressing room, lmao.

* Completely non-Comic-Con related, Audra McDonald talks about playing Billie Holliday and her previous attempted suicide, which I never knew about before, wow. Like, when I first saw the headline, I thought it meant Billie, because that seemed more likely, but no. Audra, who went on to be a Tony-winning goddess.

I will put the rest of this under a cut, because it has precisely zero newsworthiness, and is entirely the cast of Avengers being ridiculous and adorably goofy together.

I fucking love these dipshits )

Cosplay Teaser

Monday, July 28th, 2014 10:12 pm
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[personal profile] redsixwing
Next steps under the cut. )

A pleasant surprise: the duct-tape dummy can stand free with minimal propping. We taped wooden rods to the knees to keep them straight, stuffed the forearms into the stilts, and stood it up. It fell down after a bit, but weighing not-very-much, is undamaged (and so are the stilts, rods, etc).

I took a photo, traced it, and sketched the padding design on top with reference both from the official art of Mega Absol and from veterinary reference of dog musculature, since Absol is roughly canine.

Blue is outlines. Dark green is muscle planning - the individual pads that will have to be shaped and attached. Teal is free-standing pieces that I can build without regard for the rest of it - wings, leg fluffs, tail, possibly the chest fluff.

Red scribbles are technology - we'll see how much of it I get built in time. Sculpting is the next step. I'm running well behind schedule; it's going to be a long few weeks as I try to catch up so we can get Star's suit built, too.

Writing documentation on the stilts' build is still on my list, but it's going to have to be after NDK at this point.

Release 0.9.15 (Part 9): Change Log

Monday, July 28th, 2014 11:53 pm
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  • Coders: Ariana, Elz, Enigel, Sarken, Scott, Stephanie Smith
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  • Testers: Lady Oscar, mumble, Sarken


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Monday, July 28th, 2014 10:21 pm
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Dear Diary,

Now my teenage angst bullshit has a body count. Are we going to Prom or to Hell?

I love how this movie just skewers the commercialization of teenage suicide. I'm a fan of 'high school is hell' movies to begin with, but this one?

Beautiful. Lots of teenage movies pull off dark and subversive. But this one pulls off dark, subversive humor.

To folks who were there: Was teenage suicide truly this new thing that swept the media in the 1980's and early 90's?

By the time I got to high school in 1995, it seemed pretty accepted and mundane that teenagers wanted to kill themselves.

Lolsob: Both friends of mine who have committed suicide loved this movie. They were quite adult when they did kill themselves, though. Both in their 30's.

(I can't quite sleep. So endless posts like this it is.)

But really, those who were there, either as teenagers themselves or parents...was it really big media frenzy in the 1980's? Teenage suicide?

"And what did you do? And what did you think?"

Monday, July 28th, 2014 10:07 pm
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[personal profile] rosefox
Today I went looking for a paper I wrote for a college course in 1996--and found it. It's... um. It's not bad, by the standards of papers written by white freshmen about AAVE. There are surprisingly few parts that make me cover my face and shake my head, probably because most of it is primary source quotes. I'm amused to realize that I still write articles basically the same way: quote primary sources as much as possible, with just enough link text to provide some structure and flow.

Anyway, that got me looking through my folder of old text files, and I found a diary entry of sorts, dated December 3, 1996. If LJ had existed at the time, it would have been an LJ entry, so I posted it, backdated. It's here if anyone's curious. I find it of interest mostly because it establishes a date for my first self-diagnosis with depression and describes my experience of being depressed at the time. Also little notes about my life that are very telling:

"I've found a job that makes me almost as happy as writing for a living would, and which requires much less courage." That job was copy editing for the NYU student newspaper. I admire 18-year-old me for being so perceptive; I continue to cherish editorial work, and to choose it as a career, because it requires far, far less bravery than writing.

"I still have my writing talent, but no time to exercise it, and it's trapped in a cage where I can feel it reverting from housepet to wild animal, all the training eating itself away.... I still have story ideas, though they rarely get to bloom, and the only thing that hurts worse than the unsprouted seed is the one which pokes up a few shoots, looks promising, and then withers away because I don't have the time to care for it properly." Clearly I came into my talent for metaphors at an early age. And... yeah, this is all still true, except that I've gotten a lot better at not looking at it.

"The present never interested me; the past, the future, and the timeless are my domain. The present is vaguely repellant. The past is warm and familiar, the future softly bright and promising..." The positive descriptors are misleading. I'm not drawn to the past or future. The description of the present as "repellant" is much more accurate; specifically, it describes what I would now call anxiety. The past and the future are places to hide from the present.

"I use that word a lot these days. 'Safe.' I wonder what I feel that I need to be kept safe from. My own weariness, maybe. Or the world. Or time." These days I challenge the whole notion of wanting to be kept safe. Risk and bravery are better.

And now I'm going to close those folders before I start reading old chatlogs. That way lies days of secondhand angst and misery.

POI watchlong 3x23

Monday, July 28th, 2014 09:06 pm
kindkit: Finch and Reese sitting on a bench together (POI: Finch and Reese on the bench)
[personal profile] kindkit
The last episode. My episode summary is in the post; my own reactions will be in the comments on LJ. Anyone's welcome to join in. I'm avoiding any S4 spoilers that may be floating around online, so please don't mention any.

Summary )

Body Image and Me

Monday, July 28th, 2014 11:11 pm
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I want to start off by saying, I'm sorry this space has been nothing but "sad, depression" stuff for the last... long period of time. I'm very sorry, and thank you all for sticking around.

One of the many things I am working on, as a person, is how I feel about my body. I admit, I've had some not great thoughts about it. Some right there in that I refer to my body as 'it'. Not me. >_< I'm working on it!

I went out on the internet and made myself a sort of inspiration board, I think is the best way to describe it. That these women look awesome just as they are and love themselves, and so do (can) I. Sharing things like this helps me. Thank you for reading, if you do!

Loads of images behind cuts.

women with curves and bumps and extra round bits. Suggested nudity and nudity. NSFW )

I think the big inspiration, tho, is this lady: London Andrews. NSFW. This is what I want for myself. I can fucking do this! )

So, yes. Giant board of inspiration for myself. Thank you, guys, for reading.
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In light of last month's events (and the dour, dire expectations re England's performance before any of the matches), it was rather amusing to come across this statement in a NYT Book Review clipping from 1996: "England will probably never reach the World Cup final again." In light of the attention paid to Yorkshire (b/c of the start of that bike race that just ended), it was also entertaining to reread the opening of the review, titled "Yorkshire Terrors":

Yorkshire has an established and self-nurtured reputation as a place of heroic complaint. Nothing is ever quite so bad as it is in Yorkshire. The weather is worse, life is harder, the coal mines are deeper and darker and the scenery harsher, you will be told, than in other, softer lands.

Until, of course, someone unlucky enough to be born outside Yorkshire should dare to chime in to this litany of grievance, at which point the Yorkshire native will point out that the beer and cricket are better, the emotions richer, the history deeper, the women kinder and the men braver than anywhere else on earth. The sheer bloody awfulness of life is a badge of honor, to be worn with grim humor in the knowledge that while existence may be easier elsewhere, it could not be better.

- Ben Macintyre, March 31, 1996

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