The Evolution of Food

Sun, Oct. 19th, 2014 11:07 pm
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 Explore the massive changes in peaches, watermelons, and corn over millennia.  Science is delicious!

Nepal hiatus

Mon, Oct. 20th, 2014 08:19 am
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Just putting a small hiatus notice until November, as I'm currently in Kathmandu Nepal and about to head to a rural village (which will have wifi because I'm setting it up for a school and teaching them how to maintain it) although it's still east Nepal so not that remote as far as Nepal goes). I should have limited access to email, but other things are proving frustrating. Definitely an experience so far - will blog about it later. Probably November. XD

Traditional Yuletide Signup Panic

Sun, Oct. 19th, 2014 10:17 pm
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You guys.

I am being really, really picky about fandoms I am willing to write this year. (Probably because I defaulted my first year because it was a canon I loved but felt compelled to review all eight books of in order to write it.)

Like, there were about 30 fandoms on my list to start with (compared to 200 the year I defaulted), and when I narrowed it down by "fandoms I would be delighted to open up the assignment for and discover I was writing, no matter what the assignment was" there were...8. And I am 100% ecstatic/thrilled by those eight, but...I feel like I'm being a diva. Or that I should add some of my "I could write this and be generally happy" fandoms in so that I'm Not Being Difficult.

Can someone tell me whether I'm setting reasonable boundaries or being overcautious? (LOL, the answer to that is "no-one but yourself," but helpful thinky thoughts for how to go about figuring out the answer to that question would be helpful!)

I'm likely to pick up pinch hits in fandoms I haven't offered, if that tips the cosmic Yuletide scales in my favor.

Once Upon a Time 4.04, The Apprentice

Sun, Oct. 19th, 2014 09:56 pm
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Reading Tumblr is making me post more often on Dreamwidth. I end up wanting to post with the frequency post on Tumblr, but I want to do it here, where I have a community and we can actually have useful conversation. I don't want to be reblogged by any rando who clicks on the tag, I want to have a conversation with all y'all.

Once Upon a Time, The Apprentice )

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Sun, Oct. 19th, 2014 10:03 pm
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why don’t you crush what’s left of my soul - 15/25

Phryne & Jack - Miss Fisher’s murder mysteries

#just looking at this stupid flippin’ gifset is making my stomach squirm with feelings#uuuugh#UUUUUGH#JUST KISS ALREADY YOU ASSHOLES#a real kiss not a distraction kiss#my sister literally screamed DAMMIT AUNT PRUDENCE#when she cockblocked them#and she did it TWICE!!!#PRUDEEEEENCE#*shakes angry fists at the sky*#she knew exactly what she was doing too#i love you but WHY#;A;#and the my girl Jane (wonderful Jane) tried to get them to kiss under the mistletoe#and we were like WELL YOU TRIED#at least we know she’s got our backs#miss fisher’s murder mysteries (via unfamiliargroundsquirrel)

Watching unfamiliargroundsquirrel fall like a sack of potatoes for this show is amongst my many joys in life.

Posted in full at:

i am basically waxing ostrich at this point.

Sun, Oct. 19th, 2014 08:41 pm
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what i want to do is get back to work, i havent been doing much lately, just reading. reading is so much easier than doing things. at some point i am going to motivate myself to do shit. sooner rather than later...

Hogwart is here!

Sun, Oct. 19th, 2014 09:09 pm
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Hogwart arrived on Thursday. She was a week late, but a mere 7 lb 13 oz. I am reliably informed that she is an unusually attractive specimen of babyhood.

Labor was -- hm. I need to process a bit more before I tldr the whole story, but put it this way: when the details are relayed to someone who knows what they are listening to, their eyes get wider and wider throughout and they usually say something involving swear words by the end. It's -- I'm still thinking about it. Sometimes I feel kind of shitty about it, even though there is no doubt in my mind that I did my best and my best was pretty good. Most of the time, I know I was kind of a superhero, when it comes right down to it. Still processing.

But. There is a Hogwart.

We did it.

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Sun, Oct. 19th, 2014 09:09 pm
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I signed up for Festivids! My ridic long dear festividder letter over here. I possibly went over-board with requesting still image fandoms (…half of my requests…), but who knows! Maybe someone will just be that excited to vid comics and/or will fall in love with one of the webcomic fandoms I requested and vid it. Webcomics are the easiest of my sources to find after all, even more so than Triplets of Belleville probably — you just click a link and they're there! Fandoms requested: Bayou (comic), Hero (webcomic), Hong Gil Dong (kdrama), minus (webcomic), Painter of the Wind (kdrama), The Red Green Show (Canadian sketch comedy), Saga (comic), and Triplets of Belleville (animated film).

I've also been, of all things, writing fic, which gets a huge ?!?! from me. Even if I finish it I'm not sure I want to post it. Still, in service of this fic I've been trying to a) come up with the most ridiculous songs ever for Bucky Barnes, while still more Winter Soldier than Bucky, to karaoke (suggestions welcome), and b) trying to find covers of Taylor Swift's "I Knew You Were Trouble" by men — surprisingly there are a lot of covers by men for that song. Sadly most of them are terrible and/or boring. Uh … here's the list in progress of I Knew You Were Trouble covers by men )

Aaaaaand, in other news, I've had this written up for a while and just haven't gotten around to posting it …ST: Voyager, end of season 4ish, & ST: DS9, mid-season 2-ish )

Read "Spinward" by Dialecticdreamer

Sun, Oct. 19th, 2014 07:27 pm
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 [personal profile] dialecticdreamer has written the science fiction ficlet "Spinward" to someone else's prompt in the Creative Jam, but it's so awesome I wanted to share anyhow.  If you enjoy positive stories about human/AI partnerships, definitely give this a look.


Sun, Oct. 19th, 2014 06:47 pm
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So we moved into a rental house in Dayton, Ohio in August, and T. promised me that this time we would decorate as if we will be living here for a long time. This is a good plan: it makes the house more homey, I feel more grown-up and cheerful and in control of things, and we have been bummed out and extra messy in every location we lived where we acted like we would only be there for a short time (including the 6--COUNT THEM, SIX--locations we lived in our first two years of marriage and the subsequent lovely apartment we would have stayed in long-term if we had stayed in Atlanta).

This means living inside my very own curtain-fic.

"Curtain-fic," as I've always understood it, is fluffy fiction in which not much plot happens but you get to enjoy your favorite characters being in a relationship together, with a large helping of domesticity kink. Some of it even actually involves the eponymous action of happily picking out curtains in story.

But fandom has lied to me about curtains. I am now convinced that "curtain-fic" should be considered a subset of emotional hurt/comfort fic, because, let's face it, picking out curtains is a bitch.

First of all, it involves going shopping. Hate. At furniture/decorating stores. More hate. For fabrics that are inexplicably incredibly expensive. You either get the $6 K-Mart curtains that are a: ugly and b: shoddily made or the $70 department store curtains that were handwoven by yaks using only their teeth. There is no in-between.

Additionally, curtain shopping is a special sort of Groundhog's Day hell wherein one goes shopping over and over again.

Perhaps really rich people have the money to hire someone to bring a whole bunch of curtains home and then come over every few days and change them out so you get the sense of what they look like on your walls, in various kinds of light, when you're feeling happy and feeling sad, when you feel like only wearing pajamas for the next five days and when you feel prissily formal.

But we are not those really rich people, so curtain shopping involves bringing home $200 worth of heavy curtains in tiny vinyl packaging, unpackaging them and hanging them, considering for a few days, then yanking them down and attempting to stuff the unwanted curtains neatly back into the vinyl bags that have certainly shrunk by a few inches since you pulled the the offending pieces of cloth out of them. Then you have to shlep yourself back over to the various home stores, department stores, bargain stores, and thrift stores that you bought the curtains from, coax various receipts back into the light of day (and I am convinced that receipts are a unique breed of burrowing grasshopper that is nearly impossible to catch), return the curtains and pray that the customer service people don't take you to task for not managing to perfectly refold and repackage your curtains because customer service people don't believe in entropy, and it all over again.

If at any point in this process you are tired, hungry, or having menstrual cramps, it will become even more frustrating and a greater and greater source of looming anxiety and passive-aggressive remarks back and forth with your partner.

Currently, there is one curtain each from two different sets hanging in my dining room and five curtains to return (one of which still needs to find its vinyl cage again) on the dining table. So there fucking better be some fuzzy emotional payoff, fluffy vanilla sex, and some damn good beer at the end of this, lest curtain-shopping take a dangerous turn from H/C into dark!fic. Or, dare I say it, mirror-verse. Because in the repressive dystopian regimes where everyone is evil, only the most dictatorial have curtains. And I think they fucking deserve them.

Yuletide 2014: Dear Author

Sun, Oct. 19th, 2014 08:56 pm
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Hello, dear Yuletide Author! I am very excited that we matched on one of these, because I love all of them! I am very easy to please and will be most delighted if you follow your heart and write the story that you want to write most. But if you are looking for a little more guidance on what I enjoy specifically - because god knows I stalk my recipient's letter every single year! - then here you go.

me generally )

I've tagged this post with all the relevant tags, but more specific stuff on my requested fandoms:

Scott and Bailey )

Dublin Murder Squad )

Nobuta wo Produce )

Steerswoman series )

Dear Yuletide Writer 2014 letter

Sun, Oct. 19th, 2014 01:53 pm
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Dear author,

Thanks in advance for writing for me! Let me just say right now that despite the various prompts and ideas I'll be tossing out there for each of my fandoms, you don't have to stick to any of them. As long as you write a fic about any of the fandoms I requested I'll be happy. There are a few things I Do Not Want, but they're pretty minor. I swear I'm not picky.

Read more... )

Today's DailyOM Offerings...

NSFW Sun, Oct. 19th, 2014 12:37 pm

FIC: Virtues (Avengers, Steve/Tony, PG)

Sun, Oct. 19th, 2014 02:23 pm
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Let's just not tag this for a moment and see if the scraper leaves me alone.

Whoop whoop, short fiction challenge this round of 890 Fifth. See, I can write short things! Sort of!

Virtues (487 words) by Sineala
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel (Comics), Marvel 616, Avengers (Comics)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark
Characters: Steve Rogers, Tony Stark
Additional Tags: Early in Canon, Vignette, Clubbing, Period-Typical Homophobia
Summary: "Let me show you 1963," Tony said, smiling.

In memoriam, Velma deSelby Bowen, 1962-2014

Sun, Oct. 19th, 2014 09:57 am
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Velma ([personal profile] roadnotes) died yesterday while I was flying west to see her, but at least she knew I was on my way. This is hard. More later.

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