Salon post: April 19

Apr. 19th, 2019 08:13 am
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Welcome to this week's salon post!

Topic of the week
What's your favourite holiday? (Been thinking about this because of a thing I'll put in a comment.)

What I've been up to
A short work week, and a quiet one, and trying to line up ducks for various other projects (including a "Wow, my June is busy.")

Reminders and tips for making this post flow better )
House rules )

Ospreycam!

Apr. 19th, 2019 10:35 am
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In the last few years, WWF Finland have installed a few live webcams in places where various wild animals spend their time, so people can learn more about their lives. Their osprey webcam now has occupants! They're filming a nesting place of a pair of ospreys, and the birds returned there a couple of days ago and have started gathering nest materials. They've also started attempting to make baby ospreys.

They're magnificent birds, and fascinating to observe. I love looking at them. If you need any proof that birds are actually dinosaurs, ospreys are a pretty good example.

Once May starts, we'll also get the biggest hit of the webcams, the seal cam... Then we'll all watch Saimaa ringed seals rest on sunny rocks to aid their molting.
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I'm sorry that this is so late, the links were really slow to appear tonight. Right now I'm waiting for the uploads to finish, as soon as they're up I'll get these posted.

I've been going through comics and getting them bagged and boarded for sale. I dropped off my Hulk comics tonight at my local comic book store for them to price and let me know if they want them. Fingers crossed they'll want them.

I have the MP4, and MKV files for you this week. They're almost finished uploading. Once they're done, just follow the links below and then click to download.

Supernatural 14.19 - Jack in the Box MP4 File

Supernatural 14.19 - Jack in the Box MKV File

Hope that everyone is doing okay. I'll check back in tomorrow. :)

*hugs you hard*

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Apr. 18th, 2019 10:34 pm
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We had a pretty good game session last night. It took us a while to figure out where we'd left off because it had been so long since we last met. Scott kicked off a major plot for us. Well, maybe 'kicked off' is the wrong phrase. He dropped different bits of it on different characters so that we had to put the pieces together.

We discussed character advancement. The other players seemed to have ideas. I just have this blobby sense that the things my character ought to be good at don't fit the available options unless I twist the names of the skills beyond recognition. Part of that is that I built her backstory to explain her being good at the sort of inference about worldbuilding/plot that I do automatically when I'm role playing or reading or what-have-you. I thought I might as well lean into it since it's not a thing I can manage not to. I can play as if my character doesn't know a plot thread is there, but it's less fun.

I think part of my problem is that, as defined by the rules, there are three skills that my character should be really good at. I want her to be good enough at them to have multiple specializations without necessarily being that good at the other specializations. Scott and I kind of work around this because he knows what I think she can do and agrees that my ideas of what she can and can't do make sense. She has a high sneak skill, but she would actually be terrible at, say, ghosting through the streets or walking silently in the woods. She's good at knowing where the holes are in surveillance systems, and she's good at acting like she belongs wherever she is.

We're still trying to get Scott's sister to tell us what she'd like us to bring to the Easter dinner. Even a general food category would be helpful. She's told us what other people are bringing but not what she'll be making.

Scott bought some new trousers online. One pair fit comfortably, but the other two are going back. I wanted to wash the keepers today, but my hands weren't up to it.

My hands gave up on working properly before Cordelia got home from school. I think a lot of that was me trying to disassemble things that needed to go into the dishwasher. The cold brew coffee making thing wouldn't come apart. I tried several times, with breaks, before just dumping it into the dishwasher still assembled. It kind of got clean, much moreso than I expected, but coffee grounds tend to get wedged in seams and corners when I wash it that way.

kill bill 2

Apr. 18th, 2019 06:46 pm
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canon : kill bill vol. 2
notes : the bride a.k.a black mamba a.k.a beatrix kiddo & b.b.



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Quick question for wheelchair users

Apr. 18th, 2019 05:42 pm
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This is for something I'm writing. The character uses a manual wheelchair. She's visiting an office and is impressed by how accessible it is, unlike pretty much the entire rest of the world. What features can it have that she'd notice?

It's a New York security agency which she's visiting as a client, but she can also notice ways in which it's accessible for anyone who works there as well. None of the current employees are physically disabled, so she'd be seeing the potential rather than noticing someone else navigating it in a wheelchair.

Sidetracks - April 18, 2019

Apr. 18th, 2019 04:53 pm
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Sidetracks is a collaborative project featuring various essays, videos, reviews, or other Internet content that we want to share with each other. All past and current links for the Sidetracks project can be found in our Sidetracks tag. For more links and commentary you can follow us on Twitter, Tumblr. You can also support us on Patreon.


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Recent fics

Apr. 19th, 2019 11:47 am
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Guilty (350 words) by Alexandria
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Xena: Warrior Princess
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Eve | Livia/Varia
Characters: Eve | Livia, Varia
Additional Tags: Forgiveness, Episode: s06e14 Path of Vengeance, Community: femslashficlets
Summary: Varia and Eve have a moment of forgiveness.

Stranger Than Fiction
(1059 words) by Alexandria
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Roswell New Mexico (TV 2019)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Jenna Cameron, Alex Manes, Kyle Valenti, Michael Guerin
Additional Tags: Crack, Meta, Characters Reading Fanfiction, Post-episode: s01e11 Champagne Supernova
Summary: The clubhouse team makes a disturbing discovery.

Here with Me (1030 words) by Alexandria
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Roswell New Mexico (TV 2019)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Alex Manes/Kyle Valenti
Characters: Alex Manes, Maria DeLuca, Kyle Valenti
Additional Tags: Post-Episode: s01e10 I Don't Want to Miss a Thing, Drinking, One Night Stands, Less Seen Roswell New Mexico Ficathon
Summary: Alex needs a drink. And some human company.

stuff continues to happen

Apr. 18th, 2019 06:45 pm
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1.
I was staying over with my girlfriend last night, and we both got woken up at like 2am because the people in the apartment above us were shouting at each other. I have a very not great sense of how long they were doing that for, but it was way too long, not that that's hard. Considering that half-heard shouting matches like that give me anxiety even when it's daytime and I'm awake, being woken up by that, unsurprisingly, triggered me rather nicely into a panic attack. Not sure how long it took L to realise that, since for her it's just annoying and not panic-inducing, but at the point that I had enough self-awareness (and internal frustration at states I can't snap myself out of) to like, actually say something, she helped me calm down enough to at least just be normal-awake instead of panic-awake. Probably I technically got enough sleep, but it wasn't great, y'know?

2.
L's landlord apparently lost (says he didn't receive) the renter's application I mailed to him a month ago, so I guess I need to send him a new copy. He gave me another paper copy to mail so... that's on the list of things to actually do tomorrow.

3.
I need to remember to get my car inspection done. This means calling a shop or just showing up and being all 'hello please do this thing', which is much more likely considering that if I go do that tomorrow morning it sort of doesn't matter so long as I get my car back by the evening. (It does not take that long; it just might not happen immediately from when I drop off my car.)

4.
Tomorrow is apparently gonna be a day when I just see a bunch of people, but whatever, that's fine, it's worth it. I can be tired socially when I'm only gonna get tired physically the next day.

5.
Tomorrow I also get my hair cut, which is actually one of those things where I interact with people, considering that the guy who I go to for haircuts is a friend of mine.

6.
I get to do stuff with gamer-friends tonight! Which is nice, I've missed talking to them.

7.
I like things that go in sevens. Also I should write or read or something but really what I've been doing today is listening to the Waypoint P&P podcasts as background noise while doing nothing in particular on the internet.

[ SECRET POST #4486 ]

Apr. 18th, 2019 06:55 pm
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Ageing is strange (and variable)

Apr. 19th, 2019 08:10 am
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Talking about Discovery, I've had it in the back of my mind to point out -- okay, complain -- that as much as I like Rebecca Romijn as Number One, she's significantly younger than Majel Barrett when she played the role.

Only ... I just checked. Barrett was 32 when "The Cage" was filmed. Romijn was 44/45 when season 2 of Disco filmed. (She's now 46.)

Likewise, I did complain about Mia Kirshner being too young to play Amanda, and in her early 40s, she is much too young to play the mother of Michael (29-30) and Spock (late 20s). But she is also just 13 years younger than Jane Wyatt was when "Journey to Babel" filmed, which isn't far off the "ten years before TOS" timeline.

(I figured they cast Amanda on the youthful side because her first appearance was in a flashback to Michael at about 22, and it's easier and cheaper to age a younger actor up than an older actor down. But Kirshner also looks a lot like Wyatt -- moreso than Winona Ryder, in my opinion -- and I kind of like that they aren't bothering to age her up or down. We mostly see her through her children's perspective, and to them, she's constant.)

Anyone who has watched Classic Doctor Who knows that -- for various reasons of lifestyle, experience, diet and access to skincare products -- people seemed to age faster in the sixties. And that's without getting into the relatively subtle plastic surgery options available now. But ALSO I am really, really bad at estimating people's ages, in any era.

(I've also realised it doesn't do to get too caught up in linking actor and character ages with Disco. Saru is about Michael's age; Doug Jones is in his late fifties. Tilly cannot be more than 23 at the absolute most; Mary Wiseman is in her thirties. Michelle Yeoh is two years older than Jason Isaacs, but Georgiou was at the Academy with Pike, and Anson Mount is ten years Yeoh's junior -- and it's easier to assume Yeoh is younger than Mount is older.)

(All this is only a problem if, say, you had headcanonned a timeline for who was at the Academy when, how they overlapped and how that impacted their relationships, and you're still coming to terms with having to throw it all away and start over.)

Meanwhile, separately, casting for the Picard series is still coming out, and people are going, "Oh my God, the majority of the cast are in their thirties, this is going to be a teen drama!" Turns out some fans really did think it was going to be TNG 2.0. 
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Being on crutches, in an apartment up a flight of stairs, has certainly made decluttering more challenging. I cannot take anything to trash/recycling, but have to get someone else to do it for me (and I live alone). Also, it's a lot more difficult to carry things from room to room.

Nevertheless, I persisted!

KonMari has completely changed a lot of household chores for me, from things I hate and avoid to things I actively want to do as a combination of relaxation/meditative activity and geeky hobby. (I still hate washing dishes though). Sherwood and Layla, who have both seen my apartment in various stages, can attest to how much this has changed how it looks.

Here is a set of shelves in my kitchen which had not been decluttered in twelve years. There's a huge space in the back of them which is very hard to reach into. Consequently, when I stash anything there, it tends to drift toward the back, where I can then neither see nor reach it. Otherwise I only opened it to grab a tool from the tool box.



The other day, having hired someone to run some errands for me and also take out the trash, I parked myself on the floor and pulled everything out, a task which at times involved lying flat on my stomach and using a tool to sweep things toward me. I really wish I'd photographed the floor once everything was out, because it was a hair-raising mound of trash and weird junk. I found a half-drunk bottle of Kahlua which had probably been there for twelve years. I found paper towels so old that they shattered like glass. I found a bag of birdseed that was at least ten years old, dating back from when I thought birds would come if I put out food. (They wouldn't.)

I dumped the trash in trash bags and sorted the rest. Here is the end result:

The Magicians 4x13

Apr. 18th, 2019 08:37 pm
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Sooo I just watched the "Magicians" season finale and I don't even know where to fucking start.
Actually (cn: depression) )

More bullshit from this episode:so much (cn: suicide) )

The one thing I liked about the episodefive small things )

Yeah, so to sum up, season 4 was a mess, that I didn't write about because I had hope that they would tie it together well but instead the season finale was an even bigger mess. On the one hand I hope fandom will write a lot of fix-it but on the other hand I also completely understand everyone who's done with the show.
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Waking up in Kyoto with [personal profile] doctorskuld at my side and [personal profile] xparrot and [personal profile] gnine right there is an amazing thing, and I feel I need to do it more often.

I wouldn't have believed it possible, but the day actually just got better from there, with a visit to Katsura Villa, a return to Mibudera, surprise!storytime, chicken nanban, shopping streets and a night at Nijo Castle.

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All of that behind the cut for length )
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Ben and Rose have just gotten married when they receive a letter from Hannibal saying that he's being held prisoner in a Gothic mansion in Mexico where he's forced to play the violin for the delusional owner of the mansion who has regular hallucinatory conversations with Aztec Gods; he can't flee because, among other obstacles, the police want to hang him as the believe he poisoned the owner's son. Ben and Rose to the rescue!

This had a lot of very thought-provoking and sensitive stuff on the historical treatment of mental illness, legal slavery vs slavery in all but name, religion, and Ben's dilemma of never having a place where he can both feel at home and not have to deal with racism. This was all neatly married to a solid murder mystery, a family drama, and tons of adventure and bonding. Hambly is really good at writing established couples who are still madly in love, and I really enjoyed all the Ben/Rose moments as well as the Ben/Rose & Hannibal. The supporting characters were vivid and interesting, as was the new setting.

The climax didn't rise to quite the batshit heights of the last one, but not for want of trying.

Read more... )

Grimness quotient: Low, all things considered. There's a visit to an asylum which is awful and tragic, but the man running it is compassionate; it's mostly about how people just had no idea what to do about mental illness then. Some people stuck in miserable nunneries. Poverty, racism, sexism, homophobia, classism, but also lots of people just living their lives and managing to make pretty good ones despite it all.

Days of the Dead (Benjamin January, Book 7)

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