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[personal profile] watersword
There are many things I could and probably should discuss, but I will instead take this moment to shriek to the heavens about the seemingly-eternal fuckedupness of DRM. Adobe and its stupid middleman software that does nothing useful but get between me and my public library have wasted a solid hour-plus of my time this evening, and OverDrive is also a piece of shit, and basically I just want to read a goddamn romance novel without needing to tear my hair out. (I have a lot of hair. A single three-strand braid without any kind of fancification reaches the middle of my back and is thick.) I need to go into the reference desk so they can help me find high-interest-low-readability books for the tutee (he's not there yet, but he's made a lot of progress and I am super proud of him), and I guess I will cry on their shoulder and hope they take pity on me.

DRM is a travesty of literally everything and I hate it. Adobe can go fuck itself. Even the PDFs I have lying around without DRM are getting swept into Adobe's maw.

Jazz fest

May. 28th, 2017 02:54 pm
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[personal profile] goss
Just got back from a weekend up in the northern coast of Trinidad, where they launched a (potentially) annual Jazz festival. We got wonderful weather and I spend all of yesterday on the open air grounds, sitting back, drink in hand, enjoying all these wonderful local artists do their thing.

Here's a pic from the final performance late in the night. She's a young, talented singer/songwriter. (You can hear what she sounds like on YouTube):



It was my bro's birthday, so we ended up popping champagne in the wee hours of the morning in celebration. And below, here's me in my PJs having a cup of tea early this morning, taking in the view before driving home. ^___^ There's a definite difference between Tobago waters (from last weekend) and the Trinidad shoreline. Our waters are way darker, there's a lot more forest/natural foliage and it's not manicured for tourism.

spinach season

May. 28th, 2017 10:28 am
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[personal profile] heresluck
I made this salad last night with spinach and cilantro from my garden, and wow, it is still SO GOOD.

It's furious balancing

May. 28th, 2017 11:15 am
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[personal profile] musesfool
Hey y'all, did you know there's a Rivers of London novella coming out at the end of June? Or possibly September?
The Furthest Station

There have been ghosts on the London Underground, sad, harmless spectres whose presence does little more than give a frisson to travelling and boost tourism. But now there’s a rash of sightings on the Metropolitan Line and these ghosts are frightening, aggressive and seem to be looking for something.

Enter PC Peter Grant, junior member of the Metropolitan Police’s Special Assessment unit a.k.a. The Folly a.k.a. the only police officers whose official duties include ghost hunting. Together with Jaget Kumar, his counterpart at the British Transport Police, he must brave the terrifying crush of London’s rush hour to find the source of the ghosts.

Joined by Peter’s wannabe wizard cousin, a preschool river god and Toby the ghost hunting dog, their investigation takes a darker tone as they realise that a real person’s life might just be on the line.

Amazon says June 30 but Goodreads says maybe June 30 or maybe September 21. *hands* Either way, I've pre-ordered.

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So a while back, I made a vow

May. 28th, 2017 04:45 am
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[personal profile] giandujakiss
I would refuse to see Batman vs. Superman until I had tickets to see a Wonder Woman movie in my hot little hands.

And - guess what? I have those tickets.

So I hunkered down and watched Batman vs. Superman. It was exactly as joyless, miserable, boring, and generally intolerable as I expected - with, of course, the exception of the Wonder Woman bits.

But I did it - and now my appetite is whet for more Wonder Woman!!

i'll be there in a hurry

May. 27th, 2017 12:15 pm
musesfool: darth vader saying "He said what about his sister? Gross." (he said what about his sister?)
[personal profile] musesfool
This morning I got rid of two shopping bags full of DVDs and CDs that have done nothing but gather dust for years, and also got rid of all the shoes I no longer wear, so that was another trashbag full of stuff that is no longer taking up space. It's small but it's a start, right?

Also, two benadryl and I slept through the night! Progress!

In lieu of having anything interesting to say, here are a couple of links from tumblr that made me laugh out loud:

- Darth Vader is not your 'daddy'

- the scandalous backstory of the new Chargers logo

- this amazing new superhero duo

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WisCon 41 premiering vids

May. 27th, 2017 12:49 pm
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[personal profile] cyborganize
A diptych from Janelle Monáe's Electric Lady album.

I haven't created a vid since 2012. It will probably be another 5 years before I can make the time again. But it was totally worth the sleep deprivation!

There was a lot of serendipity involved in this project. "Robot Love Is Queer" was the inspiration for and introduction to my WisCon playlist. I've always wanted to vid one of the talk radio interludes on Electric Lady. When I developed the concept, did I know that George Clinton put out a Metropolis-themed music video in 1996? I did not! I found it randomly after downloading a bunch of George Clinton material for DJ Crash Crash. Hat tip to [personal profile] futuransky for suggesting Westworld's Charlotte Hale to play Peggy Lakeshore. (Gaius Baltar was all me – he's the ultimate Josh.)

Tickled by the challenge playlist for guest of honor Kelly Sue DeConnick, I figured I could also manage a one-shot vid for the Emerald City episode that she wrote. It seemed appropriate to choose another song from the same album, and "Look Into My Eyes" was the shortest! It was perfect for the theme of media authorship as adaptation and transformation. I wanted to incorporate some comics since that's DeConnick's primary oeuvre. Did I know that Marvel did an Avengers reimagining of The Wizard of Oz? I did not! I found that by looking on Wikipedia.

Extra special thanks to [personal profile] metatxt for making it possible for me personally to bring these pieces to fruition – and for bringing Vid Party into the world for all of us!





Audio:
"Our Favorite Fugitive (Interlude)," Janelle Monáe

Video:
Metropolis (dir. Fritz Lang, 1927)
Westworld (2016- )
Battlestar Galactica (2003-2009)
Janelle Monáe, Many Moons (dir. Alan Ferguson and The Wondaland Arts Society, 2008)
George Clinton and the P-Funk All Stars, If Anybody Gets Funked Up (It's Gonna Be You) (dir. David Nelson, 1996)

Warnings: fast cutting; short clip of choking/assault

DOWNLOAD / subtitles





Audio:
"Look Into My Eyes," Janelle Monáe

Video:
Emerald City (NBC, 2017), episode 6 "Beautiful Wickedness," teleplay by Kelly Sue DeConnick
The Wizard of Oz (dir. Victor Fleming, 1939)
Avengers Fairy Tales, No. 4 (Marvel, 2008)

Warnings: bright flashes and fast cutting; short clip of gun violence

DOWNLOAD / subtitles
chaila: Minerva McGonagall, wand pointed, directing suits of armor like a badass. (hp - minerva)
[personal profile] chaila
I Am the One Who Will Remember Everything
Video: Harry Potter
Music: Dar Williams
Notes: Premiered at the Wiscon 41 [community profile] wiscon_vidparty. Thanks to [personal profile] futuransky for the beta and the web space!

"Come over here, kid, we've got all these books to read." Professor Minerva McGonagall, memory, war, resistance and hope.

Stream (Youtube) | Download (98mb, .mp4) | On Tumblr

who does it better than we do?

May. 26th, 2017 02:30 pm
musesfool: Robin and Starfire (Teen Titans animated) (a star between our hands)
[personal profile] musesfool
Generally speaking, I either am totally overprepared for something because I'm freaking out about every little detail, or I completely leave it to the last minute/do it by the seat of my pants, with very little in between, so since I am bound and determined to not fuck up this co-op application process, today I have:

1. gotten a letter from my employer verifying my employment and salary
2. lined up the recommendation letters from people who are not related to me
3. filled out as much of the purchasing application as I can at this moment (since it's been EIGHT YEARS, I had to google to see if any of my old bosses from Big Evol MegaCorp were still there and at least one is - he can direct them to HR to verify my employment if necessary)
4. freaked out a little about my previous landlord, as he is dead and therefore cannot be contacted! But the lawyer was like, there's nothing you can do about that, just put that he is deceased. I mean, I haven't lived there in 15 years so I don't know what the point is anyway, but it's required. *hands*
5. left a voicemail with my current management company asking for a letter verifying my tenancy - I'm afraid this is going to be like pulling teeth and will never happen and will spike all my plans, but dammit, they are professionals and should at least respond on Tuesday (I didn't expect to hear anything back today since it's the Friday before a 3 day weekend).
6. e-signed several documents which all have to be updated since there were typos in the address of the place I'm buying. (The typo was perpetrated by the seller's lawyer, which doesn't fill me with confidence, I must say.)

I'm sorry this is all househunt17! all the time! at the moment. It's basically all I am thinking about, except when I am thinking about how to get Lucy and Wyatt to have sex, and aside from like 3 of you, I doubt anyone is much more interested in that than this, though that might be a little more fun.

At least it is a 3 day weekend and summer Fridays start today! I'm meeting L for celebratory drinks later, and my sister is having a BBQ on Sunday (well, it might be an indoor party if the weather doesn't cooperate, but it'll be fun either way), and my oldest and youngest nieces will be celebrating their birthdays, so it's all good.

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moving weirdness

May. 25th, 2017 07:21 pm
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[personal profile] echan
[personal profile] jmtorres and I are moving to a penthouse apartment in our current building, which was not at all the plan, but it was the winner in terms of low rent reasonable floorplan and non-insane building management.

But still: penthouse. Comes with the benefit of appeasing my very childish impulse that getting off the elevator on a higher floor than other people makes you more important.

The sign for the apartment says "Penthouse 1308". Mail is routinely delivered using "1308" or, more pretentiously, "PH08". Amazon 'corrected' the unit number to "Ph 1308". The power company, and only the power company, insists on using "PH8" which we only figured out after much back and forth.

The mailbox was overflowing when I checked it, and judging by all the election fliers it hadn't been emptied in at least two months. There was a small shipping envelope that was actually addressed to another unit, had been delivered wrong. I was uncertain, at 6am when I checked the mail and found this, how to deliver it to the other unit without making it appear that I had kept it from them for however many weeks it had sat in that mailbox. I went to bed to figure it out later and when I woke up [personal profile] jmtorres had already taken it to building management to handle, because she is wiser than me.
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[personal profile] musesfool
So after a committee meeting first thing this morning at work, I schlepped out to the island to meet with the mortgage broker and the lawyer and sign a bunch of documents (so many documents) and write a shockingly large check (and yet not the largest, if this thing is a go). Then he went through the basic steps of the process with me so that I know what's coming (and what's coming is a lot more of the same re: signing documents, also collecting documents and making copies of them, and then after that, writing more checks, but that's not until I have the actual loan commitment, which will hopefully be soon or at least within the time allotted) and then if they approve that, the dreaded board interview. None of which I am particularly looking forward to, but hopefully I sail through with flying colors instead of getting somehow derailed by picayune bullshit, which I've also heard can happen.

We overnighted the documents to the seller's attorney, so hopefully sometime next week the listing will show as "in contract" rather than "active" (if it continues to appear at all online).

Now I am going to eat my face off, since I haven't eaten since 10 am, and then maybe try to sleep. I remembered that I had an icepack in the freezer last night, so during my now-usual 3 am - 5 am sojourn, I strapped that onto my calf where two of the bug bites are, and it helped immensely with the itching. Eventually they'll go away and I'll be able to sleep again. Just have to stand the itching until then. Sigh.

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Mystery solved!

May. 25th, 2017 05:52 pm
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[personal profile] goss
Thanks to [personal profile] lilacsigil, who correctly named my unidentified flower as being Scadoxus multiflorus. Also known as blood lily - never heard of it.

Hails from Africa, and is maybe poisonous? Very interesting...

Here!

May. 25th, 2017 04:48 pm
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[personal profile] oracne
At WisCon. Have napped. Napping is great.

(no subject)

May. 25th, 2017 04:34 pm
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[personal profile] aurumcalendula
The Hostas I got from a family friend haven’t been eaten yet, which is kind of amazing (there’s ~ 5 deer I see in the area on a semi regular basis and there’s also a new fawn around).

Prey continues to be really good (although I am redoing the last two missions I just did to try and prevent some npc deaths *insert swearing about the black box operators*)

The garlic I planted by the Irises is apparently growing (yay!) and I just realized that the Mysterious Plant I first saw last year is wild garlic.

The awesome Batwoman mug I ordered arrived! (I suspect FedEx doesn’t like Ohio, or something – It was four counties away a few days ago but then went to Pennsylvania where it was finally transferred to the USPS who got it to me within a day)

I’m been enjoying listening to the Leverage episode commentaries.

Back to reality

May. 24th, 2017 10:19 pm
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[personal profile] goss
Back home from Tobago, and back out to work too. :b

I had a wonderful time, and thank you guys for all the good wishes. Here are two more photos from the trip. The first pic was taken on Monday evening as the sun was setting, showing off my hard work decorating around the house/pool, making it all festive for my cousin's birthday celebration.



And the second pic was taken the next morning, as we were packing up to leave. I sat by the pool and did a little sketch in the house guest book, which we all signed. :)



I am quite looking forward to going back to this place when next I visit Tobago. :)

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Oh! One last random thing - This week I took a photo of a flowering plant that we have at home. It's a single stem with no leaves, and it only blossoms once a year, for a very short time. We have had this plant for years, but I have no idea what its name is. So I'm posting it up here in the hope that someone knows what it's called. Can you identify this flower? )

Did you ever see me like I saw you?

May. 24th, 2017 12:15 pm
musesfool: han/leia from TFA (stlil crazy after all these years)
[personal profile] musesfool
In more fannish news, Annie Leibovitz's portraits of the Star Wars cast from the Vanity Fair article about The Last Jedi made me tear up.

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musesfool: Princess Leia (so what level up)
[personal profile] musesfool
This whole thing where I don't sleep between 3 am and 5 am is not really working for me. I took a benadryl and even that wasn't enough to combat the itching for a while. Why do we need mosquitoes again?

On the plus side, I already had the high key "I'm going to be homeless come October 1!" freakout to L and she talked me down (...so I might catastrophize a little. I've actually gotten much better at not doing it over the years, but this whole thing really trips my anxiety wires), so I didn't freak out too much last night when I transferred $$$ to my checking account in order to cover the check for 10% of the down payment I'll be writing when I go to sign the contract tomorrow.

!!!!

It's still a tentative appointment at the moment (I will be confirming shortly - ETA: Confirmed! /eta), but yesterday afternoon I got a call from the mortgage broker, who was like, "Mike just told me you had an accepted offer. You didn't call and tell me!" (Mike is my lawyer. He works in the office next door to the mortgage broker.) and I said the realtor had told me not to until I had the signed contract, and she was like, "I like to get ahead of the game so you don't have to come in to sign stuff twice!" Especially since I have to take the LIRR to get there (the pitfalls of using people recced by family members who live on Long Island), which means leaving work at like 12:30 tomorrow. Eep!

Keep your fingers crossed, folks. This could be one step closer!

And since it's Wednesday, we've got books!

What I've just finished
Thick as Thieves by Megan Whelan Turner. I meant to reread the whole series before this but didn't get to it. I didn't really need to either, as it wasn't heavily dependent on previous books (...though I guess the Attolian's identity was? Though who else could it have been?). There was a lot more ersatz Assyrian poetry than I was expecting, spoilers )

So I definitely recommend it if you've enjoyed the series so far, and if you haven't read the whole series, I highly recommend it. The second book especially is AMAZING.

What I'm reading now
Aftermath: Empire's End by Chuck Wendig, since it came from the library. It's fine, I guess. It's mostly the events leading up to the battle of Jakku. We finally get more Mon Mothma POV and spoilers )

What I'm reading next
*hands*

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ffs

May. 24th, 2017 11:28 am
goodbyebird: Sarah Connor Chronicles: Sarah looking serious. (SCC Sarah no fate)
[personal profile] goodbyebird
I'll be home tonight and the only thing showing at the local cinema for days and days and days is Johnny Depp's ugly face. UGH

Icon Retrospective

May. 23rd, 2017 09:29 pm
goodbyebird: Buffy Summers looks down a road outside of Sunnydale. (BtVS the road goes ever on)
[personal profile] goodbyebird
Since I recently did my 100th icon post, I just wanted to give myself a bit of a bird's eye view of how my process has evolved over the years. So picking one icon per post and gathering them all here, in chronological order.

Bit more that 100, as I started out posting to my personal journal back in the day. )

Well. My eyes are bleeding. I remember some of these so fondly, like I acutely remember nailing it. Icons still really function as touchstones for me in fandom though. Tiny memory puzzle-bits =)

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