a short break

Oct. 17th, 2017 08:08 pm
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I'm dealing with stomach flu that is keeping me up nights. Not fun. Today I slept like a rock -- until noon. I'm starting to feel better -- but I have no real concentration.

So I'm not doing links again until I feel competent. I used all my competence for today in posting my Stage of Fools story.

But I am reading whatever y'all write, and glad of it.

*hugs flist*

Star Trek: Discovery: Episode 5

Oct. 17th, 2017 08:09 pm
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Well, this was Relevant To My Interests.

Spoilers )

Swan

Oct. 17th, 2017 11:01 pm
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Swan_3


Down pillows are the softest.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.

*PRIMAL SCREAM*

Oct. 17th, 2017 05:50 pm
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So Joe was at D.C. as a LIGO Livingston representative for the press conference on neutron stars gravity waves blah blah and just came home but that's not the part that's making me scream.

He stayed at a hotel four blocks from the White House, which is also not the part that's making me scream.

No: his hotel was ONE BLOCK away from a fountain pen store (Fahrney's) AND HE DIDN'T BUY ME ANYTHING AND BRING IT HOME AS A YOON-OFFERING.

I wasn't expecting him to buy me a fountain pen! (Among other things, Joe has not the faintest clue about fountain pens, let alone what I like.) But he could have bought me a bottle of ink! They would have had ink. And ink is relatively affordable.

*weeps*

Next time he goes to D.C. I'M COMING WITH.

I have informed him that my favorite colors are red and blue. I mean, I like a lot of colors, but this is Joe. He is confused by stationery supplies, so I want to keep it simple for him. He's only an astrophysics Ph.D, not expected to understand things like ink colors. ;)

I MAY BE BITTER.

(He read this over my shoulder then laughed at me. *shakes tiny fist* CURSE YOU, MY BELOVED JOE. CURSE YOU VERY MUCH. Imagine this said in the tone of Batman in the LEGO Batman Movie when he says, "I...hate you.")

In the meantime, I backed the Marigold Tarot (hat tip to [personal profile] pengwern) so I shouldn't complain. :p
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Posted by Charles Pulliam-Moore

Within a matter of minutes after Ron Howard announced the name of his upcoming Han Solo prequel film, Star Wars fans flocked to Twitter to express their distaste for the (admittedly) straightforward title: Solo: A Star Wars Story. Here’s the thing, though, the name is perfectly fine.

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Oct. 17th, 2017 05:49 pm
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Looking at the texture of that cheese spread I think I overdid it on the cranberry goop. Oh darn. So I'll keep it chilled and when I go to the grocery in a few days I'll get more mascarpone and cream cheese and there will be more cheese ball dip thing. Still tastes pretty good though, upon dipping in a test cracker.

Blergh. I'm way behind on Inktober but not, apparently, behind on writing so much since right now I'm supposed to be prepping for Nanowrimo and working on Lifestyles synopses and Long Road. (Note to self: The thing you're looking for about tracing over existing maps? Is here. Which isn't the worst thing in the world. And then, obviously, finishing Starlight and Boon Doggie and maybe outlining The Fae After Tomorrow so I can get to work on it after I recover from Nano. That works as a plan for the rest of the month. I still don't know if I put up the schedule on Patreon but I guess it's a little late for that? Argh. Maybe not, there's only two patrons on that level.

We had a couple of days after we'd put the plants up of Mikey not throwing up but now he's back to throwing up roughly once every 24 hours again and ugh. I don't know. I'm a little worried. I'm a lot anxious but all his other signs are pretty good, the only other test we could run would be an ultrasound to see if something major is wrong. And otherwise it might just be an irritable digestive tract or something, but he won't bloody eat the food for sensitive kitty tummies. Well, he'll eat the dry food well enough, but definitely not the wet. I just don't know. Mikey why must you be so difficult.

(Mikey shrugs and scampers around the house yowling because his energy and every other function is fine, it's just this vomiting thing. Not hairballs and not bolting his food too fast, both of which he's done before but then we knew why.)

I feel a discontent in my head. Not sure why. I'm on time with my writing, the house isn't completely filthy and we're slowly figuring out all the longer term places to put things so half the mess isn't shuffling things from place to place. Work was quiet and not annoying. So what is this? Is this PMS? Current events? Which it bloody well could be. Impending dealing with the Healthcare Marketplace? (Oh god.) Feh. I blame Hamlet.

Cooking class in Kyoto, January 2015

Oct. 17th, 2017 10:01 pm
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Posted by Toby from Glamorous in Retrospect | http://wp.me/p5ldry-6A

(Resurrecting a post that’s been sitting in the Drafts folder for almost 2 years now, and testing a new crossposting plugin at the same time.)


We are not social people. Well, okay, we’re selectively social. We have our groups of friends that we see now and then, but we don’t generally seek out new acquaintances. This will become important in a bit.


But we do like to cook. When looking for things to do on this trip, Stephanie found this cooking class that covers several Japanese dishes, and includes a main dish of actual Kobe beef. We figured, “Sounds cool!” and signed up.


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Posted by James Whitbrook

Boils and Ghouls, the spooky season is upon us once again, and that can only mean one thing: you’ve already started preparing your fabulous costume for Halloween. That means we want to see it! Yes, the io9 Halloween Costume Show is back, and we’d love to get a look at what you’re working on.

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The 10 Best Deals of October 17, 2017

Oct. 17th, 2017 09:16 pm
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Posted by Shep McAllister on Kinja Deals, shared by Shep McAllister to io9

We see a lot of deals around the web over on Kinja Deals, but these were our ten favorites today.

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Herein: thoughts about theology, Judaism, and The Good Place.

CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR S1 -- if you haven't yet seen the whole season, skip this post and come back to it!

(I haven't yet seen any of S2, so please don't spoil me.)

What the actual fork. )

more fest recs

Oct. 17th, 2017 03:38 pm
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I haven't read everything in Crossovering and Femslashex, but I think I've read everything in fandoms I know and the original works with tropes that appeal to me.

In Crossovering, I want to mention that [personal profile] sovay said that my gift fic Frank & the Phoenix is perfectly readable without knowing David Blaize (it's a crossover with Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Frank Maddox/Newt Scamander) and actually, I think that as long as you are familiar with the Harry Potter-verse, it should be fine. Other Crossovering stories I particularly liked:

And Bide the Danger (6764 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling, Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Amelia Bones/Susan Pevensie, Amelia Bones & Edgar Bones, Aslan & Susan Pevensie, Amelia Bones & Alastor Moody, Edgar Bones/Original Female Character(s)
Additional Tags: Crossovers & Fandom Fusions, The Problem of Susan, Temporal Paradox, Department of Mysteries, Dark Character, Deus Ex Machina, Investigations
Summary: Susan Pevensie: former Unspeakable, legendary beauty, possible Dark witch. A young Amelia Bones, eager to make her mark on MLE, has just been assigned to track her down. But the further Amelia proceeds with her investigation, the more questions she uncovers - especially once she meets Susan herself.

The Start of a Long Summer (1676 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Avatar: The Last Airbender, Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Azula (Avatar), Tumnus
Additional Tags: Crossover, Attempted Kidnapping
Summary: Azula steps through a wardrobe to find a kidnapping faun and a wintry kingdom ripe for regime change.

There are also two lovely artworks for due South/Lost, and although I'm not familiar with Lost I certainly can recognize the dS characters in Bob Pays a Visit to the Travelers and Kenzi Meets Diefenbaker.

In the Femslashex collection, I particularly liked these:

The Part of Her Hair (10596 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Mary Bennet/Original Female Character
Characters: Mary Bennet, Original Female Character, Lydia Bennet, Kitty Bennet
Additional Tags: Falling In Love, Family Bonding
Summary: Miss Gibson said, “In the spirit of truthful admission, Miss Bennet, I intend to spend some time devising the right question for you. If I may see you again?”

Why did that sound strange? But she always sounded strange to people herself. And it was a familiar kind of strangeness, as if it were something she had heard before, only not like this.

Mary, constrained by the principles of truth, could only admit that she would enjoy that very much.

A Golden Thread Between Hearts (1633 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Seasons of Glass and Iron - Amal El-Mohtar
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Tabitha/Amira
Characters: Tabitha (Seasons of Glass and Iron), Amira (Seasons of Glass and Iron)
Additional Tags: Post-Canon, First Kiss
Summary: Tabitha and Amira travel, and grow, and love.

(The canon for the second is a freely-available short story I recced before: Seasons of Glass and Iron by Amal El-Mohtar, which is f/f fairytale fantasy with an edge of grimdark.)

There are actually many other excellent stories in both collections, and I encourage you to browse!

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Netflix and Marvel made the right decision a few weeks ago when the companies decided to cancel The Punisher panel at New York Comic Con in the wake of the October 1 shooting in Las Vegas that left 58 people dead and 489 others wounded. The timing would have been beyond offensive, which raises the question: When can

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Remember last month when I wrote about Amazon recommending a ridiculous astronaut baby carrier to take your cats for walk in and they were like, “YOU SHOULD TOTALLY HAVE THIS, WIERDO” and I was a little offended? And then I … Continue reading
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Posted by Mark Oshiro

In the tenth episode of the fourth season of Enterprise, a childhood friend arrives on Enterprise to conduct an important experiment. Intrigued? Then it’s time for Mark to watch Star Trek

Trigger Warning: For grief/death 

In the abstract, or perhaps from a distance, I like this episode and its bold attempt to talk about the intersection of technology and grief. Y’all know I love a good story about grief! But somewhere along the way – and I’m having trouble pinpointing it – “Daedalus” stumbles and never really recovers. It’s an interesting premise, but the closer we get to the tragic ending, the stranger it feels.

Which is a shame, since the idea behind this is so cool. We actually get to meet the man responsible for transporter technology, who once paid a very physical price to help advance his theories. (I think? I was a little uncertain on that point.) So much of Enterprise is about bridging the gap between the series, and so I was excited to see how the show would introduce subquantum transportation, despite that we knew it wasn’t a reality in future timelines. What happened? Why wasn’t it a viable form of transportion?

So, yes, I assumed something negative was going to happen here that would prevent it from being a viable alternative. Even so, and even though the episode revealed very early on that Danica and her father, Emory, were lying about their reason for being on Enterprise, I didn’t expect the downward spiral to come. This is an increasingly sad and bleak episode about how Emory has refused to accept his son’s death for FIFTEEN YEARS. He spent that time devising a method to save his son, who was the victim of a transporter accident, and still exists in a weird spatial node where time doesn’t pass??? All of this is fucked up, undeniably so! And it’s not that I experienced this story and thought, “Everything will end up fine, there will be no consequences!” Y’all, a crewmember died when Quinn, Emory’s son and Danica’s brother, touched someone. It was clear there’d be consequences!

Except not really, and it’s one of the major problems I see with this. Emory does end this struggle accepting that his son is gone and that he’ll have to be held accountable for what he did on board Enterprise. It’s left ambiguous as to what that actually looks like, and the same goes for Danica. She speaks of being free to live a life that isn’t centered on her father’s inability to accept that Quinn was gone. But do we know what that is? No. Instead, the first half of this episode establishes that the Ericksons were close with Archer and his father, which undermines the story. Why? Because a very obvious solution was left unaddressed: Why didn’t Emory just ask Archer to use his newfound fame as the savior of Earth and help him with his experiment? It didn’t necessarily have to be an official Starfleet mission, but at least the crew could have known what they were getting into!

Perhaps the attempt here was to say that Emory was so full of his irrational refusal to accept Quinn’s death that he just made bad decisions. I could maybe buy that if it was explored more. But there’s still another problem: ARCHER IS A TOTAL JERK IN THIS EPISODE. And he doesn’t apologize, despite that this is a bad idea, despite that there’s little science to back up Emory’s assertions that he can save Quinn, despite that this whole experiment puts everyone at risk of death, even though they don’t want to AND it’s not a Starfleet mission. Does he ever apologize? Nope. Was he 100% wrong when he told Tucker this wasn’t personal? YES. Ugh, it’s just… it’s not that Archer can’t be stubborn and make mistakes. WELCOME TO SEASON 3. But you can’t have that happen and then just ignore the ramifications of it.

And look, I don’t know how else to explain why I greatly disliked that ending. Please, don’t give me perfectly-wrapped presents as resolutions; fuck me up; ruin my day. I live for dark shit sometimes. But what the fuck was the point of having Quinn pop into this world just to die in his father’s arm seconds later? It was already tragic enough, and that just felt like salt in the wound.

The video for “Daedalus” can be downloaded here for $0.99.

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EA Shuts Down Visceral Games

Oct. 17th, 2017 06:59 pm
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Posted by Jason Schreier on Kotaku, shared by Cheryl Eddy to io9

EA is shutting down Visceral Games, the studio behind games like Battlefield Hardline and Dead Space, the publisher said today. The Star Wars game in development at Visceral will be revamped and move to a different studio, EA says, although it will now be something completely different.

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