Rec: Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Mon, Jan. 23rd, 2017 11:07 pm
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Hunt for the Wilderpeople (2018, er, 2016) is on Hulu. It's a New Zealand film about a kid, Ricky, who is in the foster system and goes to live on a farm with an older couple, Bella and Hector. Bella is loving and exuberant; Hector (Sam Neill) is standoffish. Ricky is settling in and starting to be happy, when Bella suddenly dies. A letter comes saying Ricky will have to go back into foster care. He decides to run away into the Bush. Hector comes after him, but neither really want to go back to society, so with one thing and another, they spend five months in the bush, encountering wildlife and eccentric people. They evade the authorities and become minor celebrities.

This film is at turns hilarious and poignant, with real heart all the way through. Ricky shines as a fat, Maori kid who likes rap and haiku and reading-- a misfit looking for acceptance. Hector is also a misfit and their scenes together were wonderful. It's quirky and the landscapes are gorgeous.

I loved this film, laughed my butt off, and will watch again.

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Life stuff

Mon, Jan. 23rd, 2017 11:50 pm
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I am alive, breathing, doing things, struggling to organize my ebook library.

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Headache...

Mon, Jan. 23rd, 2017 08:23 pm
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Bad one too so this is going to be short.

Got 2200 words on the novel. Revealed some very critical information about both Siobhan and Sinead (and yes, I totally regret the early decision for the Delbhana to have lots of 'S' names). Next up with be consequences and action (hopefully).

I updated the Eight Factors stories (5 short stories and 1 collection) on Smashwords, uploaded them direct to Kobo (which I hadn't done before) and got two fixed on Amazon and CreateSpace.

By which point the headache became unbearable so there you go. The others will be done tomorrow.

Goals for tomorrow are thus write the aftermath, upload Eight Factors stories to Amazon and CreateSpace, exercises and enjoy my shiny new gas stove which is made of so much awesome. :D

At least there was one bright spot in the headache ending of the day. Perhaps I shall make cake. 8D

Off to bath, aspirin and bed--goodnight everyone!

[reaching for the beaufort sea]

Mon, Jan. 23rd, 2017 11:07 pm
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It's really lovely when you have a massive mental block against something, and you are able to identify why and work through it enough to at least make a hole in the block.

Mostly this means my Indivisible group is no longer theoretical; I sent the welcome email and did the research for the first call to action. The latter will come with a reason for optimism (Burr is considering voting against DeVos) that conveniently justifies me waiting until tomorrow morning to send it.

So while I feel like I know nothing about anything, I do at least usually know where to find what I need and can save others the legwork. Since I'm doing the legwork anyway, if I can get even half of the subscribers to call for the price of my legwork, that's 10 calls.

I miss fannishness. It's more fun and doesn't involve phone calls.

Moment of Silence: Mike Briggs

Mon, Jan. 23rd, 2017 08:53 pm
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[personal profile] callibr8 shared this news with me:

Mike Briggs (husband of author Patricia Briggs, best known for her urban fantasy series of 'Mercy Thompson' and 'Alpha and Omega' books) died suddenly, this morning. Patty's assistant Ann posted a message on Facebook: "It is with a very heavy heart that I write of the passing of one of the finest men I have ever known. Mike Briggs passed away very early this morning, very unexpectedly. We are all deeply in shock and grieving. Things on the webpage and Facebook will likely be a bit neglected while we sort things out and make all the necessary arrangements.   Mike was simply just an awesome and amazing man; we will miss him every day for the rest of our our lives.  The purple avenger will be doing his good works in heaven; I will strive to live up to the example and high standards that he set."

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Mon, Jan. 23rd, 2017 09:26 pm
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[personal profile] neekabe
I started to watch the Great British Bakeoff and I'm quite enjoying it. It also makes me want to bake things.

We're doing a Robbie Burns party this weekend, I've got big plans so I'm testing one of the recipes out tonight. There's a number of people with various dietary restrictions so I'm testing out meringues made with maple syrup instead of regular sugar. They look good but 2 hours in the oven they're still soft. I'm hoping if I leave them overnight they'll finish up nicely.

These are my plans:

APPS
potato and smoked salmon bites
Oatcakes and whiskey cheddar

MAINS
Haggis
Sausage
Mashed potato
Roast veggies
Potato leek soup

DESSERTS
Carnachan
Maple meringues

snowflake challenge day 7

Mon, Jan. 23rd, 2017 05:46 pm
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[personal profile] runpunkrun
Day 7: In your own space, create a fanwork.

Does my brain count as a space?

Joke. Last night I tabbed over to an SGA fic I've been working on, off and on, for about three years. It's a kink bingo fic, just to give you an idea of how long ago I started it. The good news is that the infodump that made me dump it in despair is actually fine. Not a thing wrong with it. The bad news is it's been so long that the science is no longer current and I had to rewrite it. Procrastination: The cause of, and solution to, all of life's problems.

It's almost done now? So I'll, uh, go ahead and finish it, and get it to a beta, and then post it, so be on the watch for that in, like, I dunno, Spring 2018? No. No. I hope not.

In the meantime, I'm also cleaning up and improving the little Pinto fic I wrote last May, and as soon as I'm done, I'll post it to the AO3 like a proper little story instead of some shameful Tumblr secret. I even made a cover for it!

So one of these will count, as soon as I finish them. Stay tuned.

{also posted to Tumblr}

Monday Update 1-23-17

Mon, Jan. 23rd, 2017 07:09 pm
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
These are some posts from the later part of last week in case you missed them:
Go See "Monster Trucks"
Coping with Traumatic News
Grab Him by the Midterm
Poem: "Between Carefree and Careless"
Poem: "Your Heart and Your Trust"
Poem: "The Day You Start to Move Forward"
Hard Things
Today's Discovery


There will be a Poetry Fishbowl on Tuesday, January 24 with a theme of "nature." I'm aiming for short, stand-alone poems this time. Drop by tomorrow and give me ideas!

Nominations are still open for the 2017 Rose & Bay Awards.  Come nominate your crowdfunding favorites in these categories:
Art
Fiction
Poetry
Webcomic
Other Project
Patron

LiveJournal is malfunctioning again, so I'm posting this here in hopes that it will echo over there.  Due to the service disruption, I can't edit the open epics right now.  I'm frustrated because this should all have been done yesterday.  Sorry for the hassle.  I can't post open epics on Dreamwidth because the editing function is lousy.

Poetry in Microfunding:
"A Hope and a Promise" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  Aidan and Saraphina discover a new toy.  "The Sharpest Dose of Reality" belongs to Polychrome Heroics: Shiv.  Pain's Gray attempts to take care of Shiv and Shiv continues to freak out over the intimacy.  This has been fully funded, and will be posted whenever LJ lets me edit the post again.  "So Much Worse in Its Consequences" belongs to Polychrome Heroics.  It shows what happens to Cho-Cho Glow after Antimatter and Stalwart Stan dump him at the police station.  It has been fully funded by an audience poll, and the remainder will go to "A Hope and a Promise" by default.  This means there are slots open for new epic poetry, but please hold off on that until LiveJournal is working again. 


The weather is moderate and damp.  This week at the birdfeeder I have seen some sparrows and a few mourning doves. I also saw a male cardinal by my office window.


January Talking Meme #5

Mon, Jan. 23rd, 2017 06:32 pm
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[personal profile] sage
[personal profile] musesfool asked: What fandoms do you miss?

I miss great universes and fannish zeitgeist. The heydays of SGA and Due South were great for that. On a much smaller scale, so was Slings & Arrows. I also miss the earliest years of Smallville, because it taught me so much about how fandom works and what you could build with legacy characters and a little imagination. And I miss the DCU -- as it was 2003-2004 -- so very much. I LOVE those characters and I love the fic and art of that era of fandom. I can happily go back and reread my old DCU (and interestingly, S&A) fic with minimal cringing, while I have trouble with all my other fandoms.

And, meanwhile, right now Harry Potter fic is my go-to comfort reading, of all things. I love the 'verse and how interpretations of it have grown over time.

I wish I could read MCU/616 fic, but there's very little of it that speaks to me. Exceptions are mostly Natasha-centric, usually gen, and very plotty. Actually, I want all the Natasha action/adventure fic ever. That would rock.

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Mon, Jan. 23rd, 2017 05:19 pm
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I posted about an annoying thing under f-lock, so to get myself feeling better, here's a couple of more positive things:

1) I went on a mad cleaning binge on December 31, and Jan 1 & 2 , and the house is still clean! It's helped that I scrounged and bought large baskets and other containers and put them into the rooms that collect clutter, and made them the Clutter Collection Bins: things that we'd normally just let sit around messing up the place, or things that need to stay out because one of us is returning to continue a project or whatnot go into the bins instead.

2) Toby continues to be hilarious at Fallout 4. Last night he took on dozens and dozens and DOZENS of synth troopers armed with only power armor and a knife. The PS4 almost died under the load of rendering all the bodies. I have a crappy phone video of two minutes of the fight, and we'll be pulling the 15 minutes that he managed to grab off the PS4 tonight and hopefully uploading it. How does this fight happen? Well, if you go into the Institute and lay waste to it, turns out the game really really doesn't want you to leave and so spawns wave after wave of synth troopers in an effort to try and stop you.

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Mon, Jan. 23rd, 2017 02:50 pm
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Been watching Netflix's Series of Unfortunate Events. Absolutely loving Patrick Warburton as Lemony Snicket, not quite so sure about Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf. I mean, decent, but I'm just not sure. I honestly think Jim Carrey did a good job - Count Olaf is supposed to be ridiculous and over the top and Carrey fits that to a T.

But beyond that.

Did anyone but me notice Olaf's red goblet in the dinner scene in the first episode? I can't possibly be the only person to notice that he was using an Avon Cape Cod goblet. I collect them!

I don't know if the props department thought "hey, this is a glass that looks pretty but can be gotten cheap at any yard sale". Because yes. Cape Cod glass is pretty, that's why I collect it. It looks nice and gives the impression of something more expensive/classy than it really is, but totally, you can get them cheap at any yard sale.

Which, let's be fair, is pretty much an excellent metaphor for Count Olaf. XD

A metaphor for white lady feminism

Mon, Jan. 23rd, 2017 12:11 pm
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[personal profile] sonia
One dark December evening, I was biking through a small commercial district, using a high-powered light and reflective gear as always.

As I approached the 4-way stop intersection, a white lady in an SUV-van type vehicle ran her stop sign to turn right in front of me. Then she stopped to parallel park. I stopped behind her to wait for opposing traffic to clear so I could go around her.

She backed her big SUV-van type vehicle straight toward me! I jumped up and down and yelled. She stopped and opened the window and gestured me around her. I said, "Watch the hell out!" She said defensively, "I didn't see you!" As I biked past her, I said, "That's the problem!"

I hope she learned something. I suspect she didn't.

As icing on the cake, someone yelled from a house across the street, "... fuck ..." It might have been, "Shut the fuck up," directed at me, but since I couldn't hear it clearly, I'm going to keep hoping it was directed at the lady's poor driving and judgment. Let's pretend it was, "Wake the fuck up!"

We white lady feminists need to make sure we see the more vulnerable and less powerful women of color, disabled women, lesbian women, trans women, immigrant women around us, rather than focusing only on the oppression of Christmas shopping we experience.

After The Woman’s March: To Do List

Mon, Jan. 23rd, 2017 07:05 pm
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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2jiLxjH on January 23, 2017 at 10:03AM

Tags:not a reblog, activism, polotics, PDWCrosspost2

Tumblr post (this is likely a reblog, and may have more pictures over there)
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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2iWQjEL on January 23, 2017 at 10:41AM

Tags:IFTTT, Fauxthentic History, DWCrosspost

Tumblr post (this is likely a reblog, and may have more pictures over there)

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Mon, Jan. 23rd, 2017 12:10 pm
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I can’t manage to log into LJ today. I keep getting '500 internal server error' messages when I try on my laptop. I can get to other parts of the site, all the things one can access without logging in, and my post earlier crossposted without problems. I’ve been trying off and on since about 7:00 (it’s noon now). I deleted all cookies and cleared my cache. I haven’t tried quitting my browser and coming back in yet, but I’ll likely get to that.

I’ve given up on accessing LJ from my phone at this point because of a different problem (one that worries me more). I use Chrome on my cell to access various things, including LJ. Now, about 1/3 of the time, when I try to log in on LJ, I get diverted to Facebook— specifically to a contest page— while I’m in the middle of typing my password. I don’t use Facebook, not at all. Never have.

I’m not sure if this is a problem with LJ or if there’s something nasty on my phone now. Any ideas? How would I go about looking for problematic things on my phone? I’ve been careful about apps, generally speaking.

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