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May. 28th, 2017 10:36 am
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Yesterday I experienced the first real "transition" day from the unending busyness of the last few weeks at work to the more unstructured time I'll get for the next three months. I'll have plenty to do this summer, but the rhythm will be different - more long periods to do things, less short, sharp pivots to tend to 17 things one after each other. I'm looking forward to that so much!

But I do struggle with the transition. Yesterday I kept having to ask myself "what should I do now?" and answers did not come easily. But I took a walk, and I did a little yoga practice, and I read the beginning of a book by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama about joy. I also spent a lot of time on the internet spinning between facebook, twitter, and tumblr, and I'm hoping not to do that so much today. But every time, this time of year, I have to relearn what it is to do something because of internal impulse instead of external pressure. It takes practice. So today I think I'll be practicing by cleaning up my back porch and yard. This is especially important since people are coming over to enjoy both this week.

Last night I went out to a friend's farm and enjoyed dinner with her, her husband, and another friend of ours. It was such a lovely night - the food was excellent, the company was irreverent, and the farm is really gorgeous. My friend's husband and I bonded over having learned to drive a tractor before a car, and I thrilled to get up close and personal with all the farm equipment, which was all so impossibly large that I felt like a Lilliputian. I got to hang out with their dog, and drive home under a beautiful clear sky, and it was just a wonderful moment out of time. Yay!

I hope Sunday brings you joy!

spinach season

May. 28th, 2017 10:28 am
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I made this salad last night with spinach and cilantro from my garden, and wow, it is still SO GOOD.

It's furious balancing

May. 28th, 2017 11:15 am
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Hey y'all, did you know there's a Rivers of London novella coming out at the end of June? Or possibly September?
The Furthest Station

There have been ghosts on the London Underground, sad, harmless spectres whose presence does little more than give a frisson to travelling and boost tourism. But now there’s a rash of sightings on the Metropolitan Line and these ghosts are frightening, aggressive and seem to be looking for something.

Enter PC Peter Grant, junior member of the Metropolitan Police’s Special Assessment unit a.k.a. The Folly a.k.a. the only police officers whose official duties include ghost hunting. Together with Jaget Kumar, his counterpart at the British Transport Police, he must brave the terrifying crush of London’s rush hour to find the source of the ghosts.

Joined by Peter’s wannabe wizard cousin, a preschool river god and Toby the ghost hunting dog, their investigation takes a darker tone as they realise that a real person’s life might just be on the line.

Amazon says June 30 but Goodreads says maybe June 30 or maybe September 21. *hands* Either way, I've pre-ordered.

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I wrote some fic for the first time in ages, after feeling super insecure about writing! This is absolutely plotless h/c to get me back in the grove. Thank you to raven, verity and sholio for saying nice things to me, and philomytha for the "huddling for warmth" prompt.

Bitter winter in our bones, 2000 words, gen, Cordelia & Simon (with Cordelia/Aral).
A lightflyer crash leaves Cordelia and Simon stranded.

2170 / Hidden Figures

May. 28th, 2017 08:56 am
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I'm off to Europe later today for about six weeks of research, conferencing, seeing family, and perhaps even a few days of actual relaxation in there. (If for no other reason than that if I don't, [personal profile] sheafrotherdon will throttle me.) My internet access will likely be intermittent, particularly for the first two to three weeks. Looks like the north of France is enjoying a heat wave right now, so I'll be discovering what it's like to work in tiny regional archives without a/c.

Hidden Figures )

Sunday morning gratitudes

May. 28th, 2017 07:56 am
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[personal profile] kass
There's a lot that's hard right now. So I'm doing what I can to cultivate gratitude:

1. Iced coffee. Turkey bacon. Challah french toast.

2. Cuddling with my kid yesterday and marathoning a bunch of Sword Art Online, which I enjoy as much as he does.

3. My kid is seven and a half today! On his suggestion, we're going to the grocery store later today to get cupcakes to share with friends later this afternoon.

4. Watching wee birds at my bird feeder, supping on seeds.

5. Friends. Including all of you.

So a while back, I made a vow

May. 28th, 2017 04:45 am
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I would refuse to see Batman vs. Superman until I had tickets to see a Wonder Woman movie in my hot little hands.

And - guess what? I have those tickets.

So I hunkered down and watched Batman vs. Superman. It was exactly as joyless, miserable, boring, and generally intolerable as I expected - with, of course, the exception of the Wonder Woman bits.

But I did it - and now my appetite is whet for more Wonder Woman!!

Daily Happiness

May. 28th, 2017 01:53 am
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1. Not only did I post more manga today, but I posted two different things!

2. We have had no trash pick up at work for a week, for unknown reasons (calling the trash company did not get us anything except promises to come the next day, which were inevitably broken), and our bin outside is jam packed and has been for days, so we just have a huge pile of trash bags building in our back storage area. I've been trying to get someone from corporate to help with this and finally today they called me and said they talked to the manager at the Gardena store and said we could send two pallets of trash per day to them and they would put it in their trash compactor. So a huge chunk of my day today was spent getting pallets of trash made up, which was not fun, but this will help alleviate the situation until we can actually get trash pick-up again, which will probably be Tuesday at the earliest (Monday is a holiday).

3. We got pizza for dinner. :D I texted Carla asking if she would be down with that and she had literally just been about to text me and ask me the same thing.

4. I love how Chloe looks like "ugh, stop taking my picture all the time, Dad!"

Doctor Who 10.07

May. 28th, 2017 08:22 am
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This was the first Doctor Who episode since "The Caretaker" I disliked thoroughly, albeit for different reasons.

Read more... )

Reminder: NaNoDownUnder

May. 28th, 2017 06:10 pm
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Just a reminder that [community profile] nanodownunder starts on 1 June (New Zealand time).

Want to kick-start your writing?

Set your own goals -- this doesn't have to be a full 50K-word endeavour, just whatever you want to aim for. Pick a WIP to finish, or set a daily time- or wordcount-goal. Or just wing it, if you prefer.

Daily check-in posts. Locked comm so we can chat/cheer/commiserate in semi-privacy (ie, you have to join to play, but membership isn't moderated). Come one, come all...

Scanlations: Fulldrum ch. 3

May. 27th, 2017 08:59 pm
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Hey, guys. So volume one was finally released last month, and the ebook came out this month, so now we have nice HQ tankobon scans! We are working on getting the first two chapters redone with better quality scans, so I will upload those as soon as we have them ready.



Title: Fulldrum
Author: Hakoishi Toru
Publisher: Young Jump
Category: Seinen
Genre: Humor, Sports
Status in Japan: 1 volume, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations + Anima Regia
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Hino is obsessed with playing sports in high school, but not because he loves sports (he doesn't), or is any good at them (he's really not). He's doing it because that's the way to get a girlfriend (or so he thinks). After getting kicked out of half his school's sports clubs, he's still convinced he just hasn't found the sport he's truly destined for. When he (literally) runs into Noborito Ayako, manager of the rubgy club, it's love at first sight (for him), but all she's looking for is another warm body for the struggling rugby club. Could this be the chance he's been waiting for?

Chapter Summary: Nobody thinks Hino can stand up against Asakura, not even Hino himself. But Noborito still hasn't given up hope...



Chapter 3: Take Back the Honor
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So, it's been a few years, but I made my way back. Special thanks to [personal profile] laurashapiro for beta. And thank you to [community profile] wiscon_vidparty for premiering my vid.

Title: Desperado
Fandom: Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens
Characters: Poe/Finn/Rey
Song: Desperado - Rihanna
Length: 3:06
Content Notes: torture, genocide, canon typical violence
Summary: There ain’t nothing here for me anymore, but I don’t want to be alone. (A WisCon 41 premiere)

Download 720p .avi file from MediaFire (124MB)
Download 720p .mp4 file from MediaFire (128MB)
Download subtitles file from MediaFire (5KB)



See all of the above but on ao3!


lyrics

Desperado
Sitting in a old Monte Carlo
A man whose heart is hollow
Uh huh, take it easy
I'm not tryna go against you
Actually, I'm going with you

Gotta get up out of here
And you ain't leaving me behind
I know you won't, cause we share common interests
You need me, there ain't no leaving me behind
Never, no, no, just want out of here
Yeah, once I'm gone, ain't no going back

If you want we could be runaways
Running from any sight of love
Yeah, yeah, there ain't nothing
There ain't nothing here for me
There ain't nothing here for me anymore
But I don't wanna be alone

Desperado
Sitting in an old Monte Carlo
We've both had our hearts broke, uh huh
Take it easy
I'm not trying to go against you
I can be a lone wolf with ya

Gotta get up out of here
And you ain't leaving me behind
I know you won't, cause we share common interests
You need me, there ain't no leaving me behind
Never, no, no, both want out of here
Yeah, once we're gone, ain't no going back

If you want, we could be runaways
Running from any sight of love
Yeah, yeah, there ain't nothing
There ain't nothing here for me
There ain't nothing here for me anymore
I don't wanna be alone

Dear desperado
Yeah I don't wanna be alone
Dear desperado
Yeah I don't wanna be alone

If you want, we could be runaways
Running from any sight of love
Yeah, yeah, there ain't nothing
There ain't nothing here for me
There ain't nothing here for me anymore
But I don't wanna be alone

If you want, we could be runaways
Running from any sight of love
Yeah, yeah, there ain't nothing
There ain't nothing here for me
There ain't nothing here for me anymore
But I don't wanna be alone

Yeah (x6)
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Title: Good Catch
Fandom: Person of Interest
Rating: G
Words: 100
Characters/Pairings: Finch/Reese
Warnings/Content: Fluff, domesticity, hazardous bathroom floors
Notes: For [community profile] 100_words, Challenge #43: Touch.

Summary: Sometimes for Harold, beauty outweighs common sense.

Also at the Archive

Harold is admiring John's back )
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The first episode of the season which hasn't thrilled me, but I liked it better than some.

'I got your spoilers cheap.' )

5 good things

May. 27th, 2017 06:41 pm
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[personal profile] cofax7
1. Yesterday, a meeting I stressed over all week was cancelled, and instead I treated myself to a nice lunch and a long afternoon nap.

2. My house is mostly clean, and the new vacuum cleaner works well.

3. The dog's medication is working, which means she no longer pees in her sleep. (Yes, really. Sigh.)

4. I had a lovely lunch (with gelato!) and a long walk in the redwoods with [personal profile] laurashapiro and [personal profile] shrift.

5. There are still 2 more days of the weekend, and I have no obligations whatsoever. This is kind of awesome.
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Title: Koi-iji: Love Glutton
Original Title: こいいじ (Koiiji)
Author: Shimura Takako
Publisher: Kiss
Genre: Josei
Status in Japan: 5 volumes, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Migeru
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: 31-year-old Mame has been in love with her childhood friend Souta ever since she can remember. Despite multiple rejections, her love has stayed constant. It's become a habit more than anything, but is it one she'll ever be able to break and get on with her life?

Chapter Summary: Souta gets an unexpected visit from the landlady.



Chapter 17: Love, Rosie

i'll be there in a hurry

May. 27th, 2017 12:15 pm
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This morning I got rid of two shopping bags full of DVDs and CDs that have done nothing but gather dust for years, and also got rid of all the shoes I no longer wear, so that was another trashbag full of stuff that is no longer taking up space. It's small but it's a start, right?

Also, two benadryl and I slept through the night! Progress!

In lieu of having anything interesting to say, here are a couple of links from tumblr that made me laugh out loud:

- Darth Vader is not your 'daddy'

- the scandalous backstory of the new Chargers logo

- this amazing new superhero duo

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I Am the One Who Will Remember Everything
Video: Harry Potter
Music: Dar Williams
Notes: Premiered at the Wiscon 41 [community profile] wiscon_vidparty. Thanks to [personal profile] futuransky for the beta and the web space!

"Come over here, kid, we've got all these books to read." Professor Minerva McGonagall, memory, war, resistance and hope.

Stream (Youtube) | Download (98mb, .mp4) | On Tumblr

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May. 27th, 2017 02:53 pm
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I have a reminder set to tell me to update DW every Saturday morning, and as you can imagine I have been ignoring that pretty hard for the past several weeks. But this weekend, as I am not actually doing anything that directly prevents me from updating, I probably should...

I have played a bit more Dragon Age: Inquisition, and it is still imperative for me to find a fandom for this. Who is talking about it? What do? Where go?? I am past the prologue and, uh, in the... Hinterlands? I guess? And I am terribly bored and unable to find out how to cancel this "find the horsemaster" quest so I guess I'm stuck. When does anything cool happen? The first couple of times I only played for short amounts of time, but last night I played for I think 2 hours in total and my hand and neck felt pretty cramped afterwards, so today I don't think I am allowed to play at all. (This was such a dumb idea, screams my barely-still-dormant RSI. At least it's easier to stay away when this quest is boring.)

Instead of gaming I finally got myself together and finished The Power by Naomi Alderman. It is such a good book! The basic plot is, in our world current time teenage girls suddenly develop the ability to conduct electricity. In a matter of years, the world is turned up-side down as the ability spreads and women slowly take over society. It's a very fast-paced, interesting story, but of course it's also really grim sometimes in how Alderman is basically writing the worst sides of our society only in reverse. There is still rape and murder and scheming and abuse of powers, the perpetrators are just women instead. But as she writes this universe, she's making a really interesting exploration of what it means to be powerful and how quickly the culture changes to accommodate that women are in charge without ever really changing its examination or questioning of power. Such an easy, exciting read!

The weather has been really good for the past many days, which means I really get to enjoy my yard, but it is also really hard to get anything done. I am torn about feeling more guilty about how I still have not unpacked properly, and how I am not getting enough work done. But I think I'll just go outside again now and toast some more :P

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May. 27th, 2017 07:11 am
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Yesterday, somewhere out there in the vastness that is the internet, I published something about my experience with sexual assault. (I'm not linking because the piece contains some references that could make it fairly easy to identify 'real' me, and I don't want to cross the streams.)

The comments. Oh my god, the comments - the victim-blaming, responsibility-shirking, rape-culturey comments.

I shouldn't have read them (first rule of the internet!) but I did, and I am aghast by them.

Which made me come here to thank all of you. Because in this corner of the web you have been such a profoundly supportive, wonderful set of people. You have never blamed me for anything, nor suggested I'm "doing it wrong," and I hadn't - before today - really considered how amazing that is. I know I couldn't have made it through these last few years without the opportunity to tell my story on my blog, and to rejoice in things with you, answer questions you've posed, listen to the wisdom you've offered, and bear witness to our collective struggles. You are incredible. Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

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