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([personal profile] calystarose Feb. 22nd, 2017 05:36 am)
i apologize for all the times I've posted my pain here. i should just keep it inside. i do actually know that. i feel like i'm in a slow motion dying thing. and idk

i appreciate everyone that is kind to me, that for whatever reason treats me kindly. i'm not sure what your angle is, but thank you

i hurt

i hurt so much and i don't know what to do.

every so often i forget how horrible it is, and i think okay i can survive and make plans

but that's not true

im not going to survive

i can't make it

i have so much debt it's not even funny

im in so much pain i can't even express it

im overwhelmed and there is no hope

as long as the Traitor in chief is there, as long as pence is there, as long as the long line of gop traitors are there, there's no hope

im tipsy right now but even that doesn't help

i hate feeling good, i hate it so much, because it always ends in terror/horror/pain.

i had a lovely saturday and sunday, thus monday was a horror show of pain and terror

and yes, part of this is my pms

but it's just that the pms rips away the lie that im ok

im not okay (i promise) heh

please,please,please i need someone to step up to help my mom and cats survive w/o me

i need to die

i need to stop...being

i cant stand this pain

im so tired of hurting

it's never going to be better

im like 40k in debt and that's just the tip of the iceberg

i can't stand this, this pain this horror this degredation

i want to be dead so bad

i want this pain to stop

why do i have to exist?


i hurt so much
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([personal profile] andrewducker Feb. 22nd, 2017 12:00 pm)
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([personal profile] dglenn Feb. 22nd, 2017 05:24 am)

"The bosom of America is open to receive not only the opulent & respectable Stranger, but the oppressed & persecuted of all Nations & Religions; whom we shall wellcome to a participation of all our rights & previleges, if by decency & propriety of conduct they appear to merit the enjoyment." -- George Washington (b. 1732-02-22[*], d. 1799-12-14; President of the US 1789-1797), 1783-12-02, letter to Joshua Holmes, often cited as "Letter To the Members of the volunteer Associations & other Inhabitants of the Kingdom of Ireland who have lately arrived in the City of New York."

[*] Recorded as 11 Feb. 1731-32 in the Julian calendar, which England and her colonies used at that time; retconned to the equivalent Gregorian date, 22 Feb. 1732, when the Gregorian calendar was adopted in 1752. See a calendar for September 1752 for the changeover (on a Unix/Linux computer, type "cal 9 1752"). Note that different countries adopted the Gregorian calendar in different years.

Mostly what I need is someone to tell me if everyone is in character and if it hangs together on a meta level.
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([personal profile] the_shoshanna Feb. 21st, 2017 06:29 pm)
In conversation with someone yesterday evening, I said that while I'm basically doing fine, I feel scattered. There are a lot of reasons for this -- getting back from a fairly long trip; having a freaking ton of work that I actually got through much faster than I expected, which left me feeling as though I'd been pushing a boulder that suddenly disappeared; not getting enough exercise -- and one of the ways I realized it was manifesting was that I wasn't interested in cooking.

chatting about food and beer )

I don't seem to be doing much fannish stuff lately, unless you count reading lots of fanfic. Geoff and I are watching The Expanse, which I found slow to grab me at first -- partly because I have trouble hearing what the characters are saying! I'm not sure if it's the sound design of the show, the quality of our TV, or my own hearing -- but which is definitely getting interesting as it continues, and it's also gorgeously produced. We were riveted by Westworld, but the second season won't drop until 2018, sigh. I'm still really enjoying Elementary. In the theater, I've recently seen Hidden Figures (wonderful) and Moonlight (stunningly wonderful). And Geoff, a friend, and I just snagged tickets to The Book of Mormon on stage in Montreal in April! I didn't think I'd ever get to see it, but now I will -- yay! (Now if only Avenue Q would come here...)

Escapade is in a couple of weeks, and I haven't even looked at the programming, but then I rarely do; I just see what looks interesting when I get there. I'll be volunteering for the art show, of course, and I expect I'll be auctioning, but I'm so glad not to be running it any more. Mostly I'm looking forward to seeing people!
Previously unread.

This is technically a novella. At least that's what the metadata says. It is eminently readable, no matter what category of "size of work" it happens to fall in. Not exactly sure what to say about it, but the term "slow bullet" is in many ways highly plot-relevant. And anything else would probably be spoilery.
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([personal profile] vass Feb. 22nd, 2017 07:30 am)

Read Yoon Ha Lee's 'The Battle of Candle Arc' and 'Extracurricular Activities'. Immediately brandished 'Extracurricular Activities' at two other non-binary people I know, because of Shuos Meng. I should say something about how much I enjoyed the story as a story, because I did, very much, but I am still stuck on THEY/THEM PRONOUNS WITHOUT FUSS OR EXPLANATION. This is such a big deal for me. (And now ironically I have just made a fuss about the thing I'm applauding for not making a fuss.)

About a quarter through Aliette de Bodard's House of Shattered Wings. I like the setting a lot, but I haven't totally warmed up to the characters yet.

Started Cynthia Kim's (blogger of Musings of an Aspie) memoir Nerdy, Shy, and Socially Inappropriate. So far I'm only as far in as the adult diagnosis story, and can relate to her reading the symptom list and going "but wait, isn't that everyone?"

Finished reading Daring Greatly and arguing with Brené Brown in my head. (And making up spoonerisms for the title. Dearly Grating, Grating Dearly, Drear'ly Gating, Dating Grearly (who?), Grading Tear'ly, Gearing Dratly... Okay, maybe I haven't finished doing that.)

"I've come to believe that a leader is anyone who holds her- or himself accountable for finding potential in people and processes. The term leader has nothing to do with position, status, or number of direct reports. I wrote this chapter for all of us -- parents, teachers, community volunteers, and CEOs -- anyone who is willing to dare greatly and lead."

That passage is interesting to me for two reasons. Firstly, it outlines who Dr Brown believes is her audience. She may say it's for everyone, but the people who come to her mind are the two overlapping circles of "people on the PTA" and "people who give TED talks or want to give TED talks and their regular audiences". In other words, her own peers. People who drive minivans, and people who use "disruptive" in an approving way with a straight face. People who were "a little wild in college" but settled down after that and don't want their children to follow in their footsteps. Principally women, specifically mothers.

The other reason it's interesting is that her definition of leadership does not have any requirement at all for the consent of the governed or the accountability of the leaders (except self-accountability.) It doesn't seem to involve a relationship between leader and led at all. By her definition, right here in this blog post, by identifying ways that she could improve her book, without having addressed her or interacted with her at all, I am leading Dr Brown. (But if I lead her to water, will she drink it?)

I suspect this definition of leader would be particularly appealing to people who want to feel like leaders. But then, I'm not "in the arena" with her, so my criticism is not valid. (Question: does she count the people being led as "in the arena" with their leaders? Or only other leaders and would-be leaders? From her previous descriptions of accountability to criticism, I suspect the latter. And for a book about courage, it's striking how the examples she gives of confrontation are mainly lateral or downward, e.g. confronting one's spouse, confronting one's child, confronting one's employee. Not confronting one's parent or supervisor or political leaders.)

My other beef with her last week about "normalising discomfort" as part of the learning process. I agree that discomfort is necessary for real learning. I do agree with that. BUT. She did not discuss the other half of this, which is that comfort is necessary for real learning. I think it's irresponsible not to talk about the one without the other, especially in a culture where "more is better" is such a chronic problem. I think "normalise discomfort", without setting bounds on how much discomfort or for how long, or checking the students' current and historical comfort and safety levels or what their other stressors are, is very dangerous advice to give. I'm sorry if I stated that too strongly, on rereading this paragraph I'm aware I sound like That Person expecting way too much of teachers with limited resources. I'm sorry. I just... "normalise discomfort" without any qualifiers gives me the howling fantods.

Aaaaand then she lost my respect entirely in the chapter on parenting, with this passage:

"If there's real abuse happening, by all means, call the police. If not, we shouldn't call it abuse. As a social worker who spent a year interning at Child Protective Services, I have little tolerance for debates that casually use the terms abuse or neglect to scare or belittle parents who are simply doing things that we judge as wrong, different, or bad."

I would have thought that as a social worker who spent a year interning at Child Protective Services, she'd have learned that sometimes in cases of genuine abuse and neglect, the police cannot or will not help. And I would have thought that as a sociologist she'd care more about the survivors of abuse and neglect having language to describe what they've experienced without having to worry about it meeting the standard of making a police officer care. Not to mention that different police officers will make different judgement calls on the same incident. Can I get a second opinion before I'm allowed to say the A-word or the N-word? What other things does she hold to that standard? Fuck you.

There were good things in this book. I appreciated her ideas on the gap between values and lived experience, and on fitting in vs belonging. Generally I like her better as a researcher than as a "thought-leader". She's a lot better writing about her research rather than her opinions or judgements.


Chocolate Box! I got two stories, Shadow Boxing and What He Needs, both Iron Bull/Vivienne (Dragon Age: Inquisition) and both awesome. And I wrote one story, A Guide To Moods (Long Live The Queen, mind the warnings.)

And Psychic Wolves for Lupercalia, for which I wrote Mouth of the Wolf (Imperial Radch, mind the warnings for this too.)

I particularly enjoyed [personal profile] petra's psychic wolf fic this year, Paperwork can save your life (B99.)

TV and Movies

Watched the DVD of the 25th anniversary concert performance of Les Mis. That was the first time I've ever seen or heard the whole musical. I'd heard songs from it (it is not possible to grow up in this culture without hearing some songs from it, and definitely not possible to study music at university without hearing songs from it!) but I wanted to read the book first because I am strange and obsessive.

So that was a lot.

Not being familiar with the libretto, I was struggling a bit with not laughing at the rhyming couplets. Or at every use of the word "come" in the first act finale, because I'm clearly too immature to be watching this. (The DVD is rated PG for "mild themes". If I were Claude-Michel Schönberg, I think I'd be offended at that. Mild?)

I think this was a good choice for my introduction to the musical. In particular I thought Alfie Boe as Jean Valjean was really, really good. His fil di voce alone was worth the price of the DVD. Norm Lewis as Javert was not as vocally amazing as Boe, but his voice was definitely still good, and his acting and presence were amazing. Lea Salonga, as Fantine, didn't really win me over in the first act, but in her last scene... yeah, okay. ;_____;

I liked Gavroche, but kind of expected there would be more Gavroche in the musical than there was, based on the book. Same problem with the Amis in general. Eponine was awesome. Nick Jonas as Marius didn't impress me. He wasn't terrible by any means, but he didn't impress me. But he was playing Marius, so that worked -- Marius is a very unimpressive character. I have heard better renditions of 'Empty Chairs and Empty Tables', but his wasn't dismal. The staging of that song was great, though, with the ghosts of his dead friends all standing behind him glowering, and then walking away in disgust when he sang "Ah my friends, my friends, don't ask me / What your sacrifice was for."

Tiny Cosette was simple and effective. (Twelve-year-old [personal profile] vass has Opinions about the tempo and phrasing of 'Castle on a Cloud', but is prepared to blame the conductor for that, not the singer. Thirty-six-year-old [personal profile] vass thinks Past Self and the conductor are both wrong, but the conductor's less wrong.) Grown-up Cosette was unimpressive, but like Marius, it's a very unimpressive part. Not her fault.

Generally I liked the Amis. Courfeyrac (Killian Donnelly) looked a LOT like someone I went to uni with. Enjolras, played by Ramin Karimloo, in contrast to Alfie Boe's combination of heroic vocal strength plus really good technique, was singing kinda like he knew he was going to die on the barricades tonight so it didn't really matter if he had no voice left tomorrow. Not saying he wasn't good, just that wow that is not vocally healthy or sustainable. I hope he didn't have a matinee the next day. Or week. Grantaire did not sing like he was about to die (Good. One of those was enough,) but he did act like he had just had the epiphany that if he's about to die on the barricades tonight, he's got nothing to lose by making that pass at Enjolras after all, and Enjolras might just be humanly scared enough to be receptive to "Do you want to die a virgin, Apollo?" as a pick-up line. After Grantaire's verse, Enjolras allowed R to put his hand on his neck in a way that implied he probably would be deflowering him under a table shortly before their shared martyrdom. So that was nice.

This production depicted the deaths by allowing the technical crew to do WHATEVER THEY WANTED with lights. Ouch. I kept thinking of Arthur Wellesly's reported reaction to being asked if Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture was like the battle. "If it had been, I'd have run away myself."

Here is [personal profile] skygiants' review of the same performance, with screencaps.


Still on the Hidden Almanac kick. Am considering writing fanfic. I think it'd be great for fusion fic. "On this day, fifteen years after the end of the Time of Isolation, Emperor Dorca the Just appointed Piotr Vorkosigan to be his general. And it was on this day, four hundred and thirty two years before that, during the Zidiarch Trade War, when the fifth Count Vortala named his horse as heir. It is not known what sort of count Lord Midnight would have made, as the horse did not survive the war. In the garden, bloody puffwort is springing up. Many Barrayarans believe this to be a weed, but there are offworlders who think its rusty colour and unusual texture have a unique charm..." (the host in this particular universe would probably be Ekaterin, Countess Vorkosigan.)


First attempt at room spray. I used this recipe, but instead of essential oil I used homemade vanilla essence, and instead of following the recipe I filled my little spray bottle about 40% full with distilled water, then another 40% with vodka, then the rest of the way with the vanilla, then capped it and shook it. It turned out very, very mild. Mild enough to be less "room spray" and more "faintly nice-smelling thing you could spritz yourself with to cool down."

In retrospect, duh: my vanilla essence is already a solution of oil in alcohol. I literally made it by covering a bunch of split vanilla beans in vodka and leaving them somewhere cool and dark for a few months. I should have done half an half vanilla extract and distilled water, or maybe 40/60. Also I should add a drop or two of something else, because it is very one note for a fragrance. I mean, literally it is one note.

Made a journal cover like this. Which looks a lot more complicated than what it is, which is like a cross between cutting out Contact paper to wrap school books in, and making a cushion cover. Pro tip: you don't have to do a seam along middle of the top and bottom. That bit can just be folded up and should stay in place because it's connected to the part you do sew (if you don't cut it.) Ironing the seams well is important, though (ugh.)

I used a length of fabric I tie-dyed sort-of-vaguely-Shibori style this time last year. I like to believe that in this way I will eventually get around to completing all my craft projects.

Coloured another bookmark.


Some more tomatoes. Not a huge crop, but already more than I've ever grown in my life. That's not a high bar to clear, though.


Baked this bread. It was as easy as promised, and the texture was good. Nice for Vegemite sandwiches -- the flavour is a bit bland for just bread and butter.
Canon: Ouran High School Host Club
Pairing: Kasanoda Ritsu/Sendou Tetsuya
Canon Level: Friends

Tetsuya and Kasanoda are adorable together. Tetsuya chooses to follow Kasanoda because Tetsuya has never been fooled by Kasanoda's looks and he greatly admires Kasanoda's kindness. Kasanoda turns into a blushy, awkward mess any time any sort of affection, his or other's, is involved. They can't be anything other than utterly adorable even as simply friends.

Suggested reading:
Suspicion by [ profile] tastewithouttalent
Four Times the Kasanoda-gumi Are Confused About Waka’s Sexuality and One Time Everything Works out Okay by [ profile] peroxidepest17
Nice Girls Do by [ profile] miaoujones
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([personal profile] jazzfish Feb. 21st, 2017 08:18 am)
Cripes, how has it been nearly twenty years since Clinton Calls For National Week Off To Get National Shit Together: "'I am certain,' Clinton told the American people during the radio address, 'that you, too, have a great deal of shit piling up. Now more than ever, we, as a nation and a people, need this time off to finally deal with all the shit we've let slide.'"

Because we could use one of those right now, i tel yu whut.
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([personal profile] mrs_sweetpeach Feb. 21st, 2017 09:12 am)
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([personal profile] andrewducker Feb. 21st, 2017 12:00 pm)
My body seems to have decided I only need 5-6 hours of sleep most nights, followed by the occasional 10-12 hour catch-up sleep.

This is...not precisely new, but night precisely not-new either.

For most of my life, when I wasn't going through a deep depression, that was exactly how my body worked.

In middle school and high school I would stay up late reading, in college it was reading, homework, goofing off online or some combination of the three. Some nights it was just because I'm both a night owl and kind of insomniac. Anyway, I'd stay up late get 5-6 hours sleep and then get up early for school the next day and be basically fine, then do the same thing the next day and the next day until eventually I had a weekend day where I crashed and slept until I woke up naturally some 12 hours later.

When I was working I'd stay up late, often talking to my night-owl long-distance girlfriend, or reading fic or otherwise just not bothering to go to bed. And again, I'd use the weekend to catch up on the sleep shortage.

But since I moved up here, that's really not been how my body was behaving and I thought maybe it was just a matter of aging out of it. That kind of thing is a young-woman's game after all and while I'm still younger than many of my online friends I'm 36 and that does make a difference.

But still, except when I was going through an extended depressive period and didn't want to get out of bed period, I was sleeping...normal amounts of sleep.

Then, a couple years ago, I went on the much-loathed olanzapine, and suddenly 8 hours wasn't enough. My body demanded 10-12 hours every night without fail. Often with supplementary naps during the day. This was only one of the unpleasant side-effects of Olanzapine, it wasn't necessarily the worst one (that has to go to the diabetes), but it certainly was the one that had the most deleterious impact on my day-to-day life.

I've been off the olanzapine completely for almost two months and one-by-one the olanzapine side-effects are disappearing. Now it seems to be the sleep-issues going away, and apparently they've reset my sleep schedule while their at it.

I got nothing. But considering I have to be up in a little under 5 hours to feed/med the cat, I'm not really complaining.
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([personal profile] sine_nomine Feb. 21st, 2017 06:23 am)
Going back to work today at Major NonProfit after being off since my fall on the 4th. It's only 7 sick days though instead of 10; two days were already scheduled vacation days, one Major NonProfit was closed due to Major Snow (rule of thumb: if NYC schools are closed or delayed opening Major NonProfit goes and does likewise... so now, in my forty-eighth year of traversing this planet of ours, school closings have meaning in my life again), and one was yesterday -- when the organization was shut due to the federal holiday of Presidents' Day (note where the apostrophe is; it honors two presidents -- Lincoln and Washington -- whose birthdays are something like a week apart).

And of course this meant I had stress dreams last night... more not being able to navigate myself around (ostensibly) my neighborhood. Which, for some reason, included a oouple army posts. It was not fun, to be sure.

But I am up, dressed, and have consumed some breakfast. Also loaded lunch and various other things into briefcase and now about to summon a car for the trip into the city... because right now, with various torn pieces of my anatomy, public transport is not wise.

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([personal profile] andrewducker Feb. 21st, 2017 10:52 am)
Yesterday there was a discussion about which tags I used the most, and as I'm at home today waiting for a boiler engineer to give me a check-up I thought I'd have a quick play.

So I downloaded my links from Pinboard's backup page (in XML format), knocked up a quick script to split out the tags and sort them, and then dumped it into GitHub, in case anyone else wanted to play with it.

Of the 4,320 tags I've used over 30,153 links, here are the tags that have over 500 uses:

Which reminds me - I've cut down on the new tags I create, having hit an LJ/DW limit - if I hit 4,000 tags then I break things, and I have 3,377 tags over there. So I've stopped adding new Via tags for anyone who I only get the occasional link through (sorry!) and I'm not creating tags for transient events. Although I am regretting not giving Brexit a tag (it's getting "Europe UK" instead. I don't regret not giving Trump a tag though...

(Some day, when I have absolutely nothing else to do, I may look at the DW tagging system internals and work out if they can be made indefinitely extensible. But today is not that day.)

Oh, and to answer the question from yesterday, OhForFucksSake has been used 327 times, making it about the 48th most popular tag. And if you want to really depress yourself, you can see them all here.
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([personal profile] dglenn Feb. 21st, 2017 05:24 am)

"For me, the end of childhood came when the number of candles on my birthday cake no longer reflected my age, around 19 or 20. From then on, each candle came to represent an entire decade." -- Yotam Ottolenghi

My main fannishness these days is reading a ridiculous number of comics. Since I'm trying to post here more in general and post more than just personal stuff here in specific, I'm going to experiment with posting about the comics I've read. These won't be "Wednesday Reads" posts, because while I usually pick up my comics on Wednesdays (from the fabulous Comet Comics), I wait to read them until I can get together with [personal profile] fajrdrako/Elizabeth because reading and discussing them together is much more fun.

I usually get about 6-8 comics a week, release schedules being release schedules some weeks are lighter and some weeks are heavier. This week was a kind of ridiculous 13 new comics, which took us several hours of gleeful reading to get through. I mostly read Marvel, with some smaller publishers thrown in.

Comics read this week: The Mighty Thor #16, Doctor Strange #17, Spider-Man #13, Patsy Walker, aka Hellcat #15, Ultimates 2 #4, Star-Lord #3, Black Panther: World of Wakanda #4, Invincible Iron Man #4, U.S. Avengers #3, Gamora #3, Lumberjanes #35, Sex Criminals #16.

Everything was pretty great this week, but I think my favorites were Invincible Iron Man and The Mighty Thor, both of which were outstanding.

More specific somewhat-spoilery comments behind the cut.

ETA: 3500 words and several hours later I think I'm done. I'm going to have to try to be less wordy in the future. I'm not sure anyone wants to read 3500 words of me blagging about comics, but I enjoyed writing it and I guess that's what counts.

make mine (mostly) Marvel )
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([personal profile] tablesaw Feb. 20th, 2017 09:47 pm)
I spent most of this weekend at Gallifrey One, but today was a day to catchup on housework, and it provided some new victories. We were supposed to get the washer and dryer installed today, but they delivery people couldn't do everything for us. The previous owner's washer and dryer had left some depressions in the floor that they didn't want to put the new appliances into, and the dryer vent wasn't properly attached. So much of today was spent going to Home Depot, getting a properly sized piece of plywood for the washer and dryer to set on, installing a new dryer vent and connecting the dryer to it.

Every time we take on a new task, it takes longer than we expect because I freak out and overresearch trying to be certain I understand all the parts. But so far I've been pretty successful. An earlier victory was in understanding what sort of wall anchors we need because our walls are plaster, not drywall. But with that knowledge, I installed a new shower rod and a few towel racks today in short order.

Over and over, I thank my theatre education. Set construction provides some great life skills. Hopefully I'll get some time to resurrect my costume-construction skills too.
Sometime over the weekend I caught myself thinking, Weird--[ profile] scruloose and I were making such quick progress on The Good Place, and now it's been a week or more since we watched any.

Funny how that happened when I was unexpectedly at Casual Job for a week and then we had a much-anticipated house guest for the entire long weekend, which meant almost non-stop socializing for the duration.

Now Much-Anticipated House Guest is back in Toronto, and Ginny and I are back to work tomorrow morning. Until Friday afternoon we'd thought we'd be back to work tonight at midnight, so the fact that we're actually starting at 9 AM instead is almost relaxing. The thing that's completely up in the air is if we'll basically be working standard workdays all week until we catch up on the "emergency" work (at which point I'll be done again until the actual spring session begins, whenever that is) or if we'll be working long hours for some or all of the days.

All of which is to say that I'm behind on absolutely everything else, other than keeping up with reading DW. And what with non-stop work flowing straight into non-stop socialization, I'm bone-tired now, no matter how good the former is for my wallet and the latter is for my heart.

(Thanks to the Humble Bundle included in the linkspam I just posted, I've had the new Mira Grant novella in my possession for a few days and haven't even started reading it yet. Really, that probably tells you all you need to know about busyness levels. [And that the novella isn't Newsflesh related, because that would've been read immediately...although I have no clue how.])
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([personal profile] umadoshi Feb. 20th, 2017 10:37 pm)
Fannish/Geeky Things

[ profile] pbam (Porn Battle Amnesty)'s second Prompt Stack is open for prompts for a couple more days (until February 22, 23:00 GMT).

Humble Bundle currently has a Subterranean Press bundle that includes Mira Grant's new novella, Final Girls, which doesn't come out in hardcover until April.

"Kino's Journey Novels Get 1st Manga Adaptation Next Month". [ANN]

Via [ profile] misbegotten, "Learn How To Make An Origami Princess Leia [Video]".

Via [ profile] spikedluv, "Hayley Atwell to Star in Howards End Adaptation for Starz, BBC".

"Star Trek: Shirts and Skins in TOS". "Two important questions that we are asked fairly frequently are:

Why does Kirk’s command tunic sometimes appear gold and other times greenish?

Why does Mr. Spock’s skin color seem to vary from chicken-soup yellow to crab pink?

They’re good questions, and ones that we ourselves asked when we were learning about TOS. And since they do get asked often, we thought we’d address them here, at"


"40% of Wikipedia is under threat from deletionists". [Boing Boing]

Via [ profile] dine, "Overflowing Bouquets Built From Hundreds of Spare Utensils".

Via [ profile] sovay, "Zealandia – pieces finally falling together for continent we didn't know we had".

"The Mermaid" at Scandinavian ballad blog Balladspot.

"Nokia’s beloved 3310 cell phone is being relaunched".

"Museums Share Their Creepiest Possessions In Twitter Challenge".

Via [ profile] alisanne, "Bead Dragon Brooches By This Russian Artist Will Make You Want To Tame One".

"Having Disabled Kids In Public School Classrooms Is Good For Everyone". [Sarah Kurchak at The Establishment]

Via [ profile] jimhines, "Cherry Blossoms Have Just Bloomed In This Japanese Town, And The Photos Are Magical".

"The Improbable Life of the Inventor of the Modern Bra: She was also a pioneering publisher and, later, a princess". [Atlas Obscura]

"McDonald’s Engineers a New Type of Straw for Slurping Shamrock Shakes". [Mental Floss]