Some more MEA, and also Once

May. 26th, 2017 02:21 pm
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I finished Mass Effect Andromeda and my final assessment of the game is that it's flawed, but enjoyable. I think it's safe to say that I won't be replaying it as much as any of the Dragon Age games, but the same was true of the original trilogy.

So much of the critism of this game compares it to Mass Effect 1-3, and can never quite identify with that because I never had that much fun playing them. Biotics aside, I found pretty much every aspect of battle incredibly dry and boring. I adore Ashley and Liara, but there were a whole lot of characters I felt so disconnected from. Plus, the military nature of the game always made the crew seem more like Shepard's employees than the cooky space family I want/need/crave.

(The Citadel DLC is still the greatest thing to happen in our time.)

My small, tiny interest in Sloane Kelly has grown a little bit into a full on obsession after reading the tie-in novel Nexus Uprising. More on that in another post, probably. Too many feelings.

I conclusion, Mass Effect Andromeda appealed to me a whole lot more than the original trilogy, but Dragon Age 1-3 still win out by a mile.

*

In other news, Once Upon a Time season 6 is finished, and though there's a season 7 coming, this very much seemed like an ending to the story started in season 1. I'm assuming, going forward, that seasons 1-6 will be more or less self-contained, while season 7 kicks off a new kind of story.

I... can't quite believe I've stuck with this show for this long. There have been ups and downs, and several points where I was sure I was giving up on it, but I am really happy now that I didn't. This show definitely qualifies as one of the weirdest and most enoyable TV experiences I've had. The sheer absurdity of some of their storylines is staggering, but somehow they always make me believe it.

After we watched the last episode, [personal profile] commoncomitatus and I were both like, "...ha ha, what a weird few years, some of it was great but so much weirdness, wouldn't want to rewatch that, ha ha... unless..... you........... do.................?????"

So we're doing a rewatch from the very beginning now. It's going to be glorious.
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Fannish/Geeky Things

"Artists are creating gorgeous mermaid art all #MerMay". [The Daily Dot]

"Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o will costar in a buddy movie directed by Ava DuVernay for Netflix".

"Josh Boone Says THE NEW MUTANTS Is A Full-Fledged Horror Movie".

"The Origins of Anime: Watch Free Online 64 Animations That Launched the Japanese Anime Tradition". [Open Culture] (Note: I haven't delved into this yet.)


Photography

"How dogs get older: A fascinating and deeply touching photography project".

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] larryhammer, "Photographer Uncovers The White Ravens Of Legend In West Coast Forest".

"Fallen Cherry Blossom Petals Fill a Lake in Japan for Naturally Beautiful Scenes From Above".


Miscellaneous

"All The Wrong People Are Asking All The Wrong Questions About Fidget Spinners". [Sarah Kurchak at The Establishment]

Via [flocked], "Angry otter pursues Scottish man". [~40 sec. video]

"A Moose Destroyed a Flowerbed Planted to Celebrate Canada’s Sesquicentennial". [Atlas Obscura]

"Fairy Princesses And Mermaid Queens Have Been Waiting For These Fishnet Stockings".

"Why Americans Smile So Much".

"Our Mothers as We Never Saw Them". "For me, as for many daughters, the time before my mother became a mother is a string of stories, told and retold: the time she got hit by a car and had amnesia; the time she sold her childhood Barbie to buy a ticket to Woodstock; the time she worked as a waitress at Howard Johnson’s, struggling to pay her way through her first year at Rutgers. The old photos of her are even more compelling than the stories because they’re a historical record, carrying the weight of fact, even if the truth there is slippery: the trick of an image, and so much left outside the frame. These photos serve as a visual accompaniment to the myths. Because any story about your mother is part myth, isn’t it?" There's an accompanying collection of photos on Instagram: [instagram.com profile] mothersbefore.

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] ironymaiden, "I Got Drunk With The Funeral Industry To Find Out What Happens When We Die". [Buzzfeed, 2015] "The Ideal Death Show initially started out in 2011, not as an industry shindig, but as a Six Feet Under fan convention in Bournemouth. It was run by a guy called Brian Jenner, who is a professional speechwriter and not remotely connected to the funeral industry except for this one weird thing. [...] When everyone turned up for the Friday night welcome wake, it was clear that what Jenner had accidentally organised was an industry meeting for people who worked with the dead; undertakers on a busman’s holiday, stood around a cardboard coffin in a room full of lilies.

The next year he stripped away the HBO pretext and just made it that: a bunch of people talking about death, once a year, with other people who know about death. They needed it – death can literally be a lonely business."



Via [dreamwidth.org profile] alisanne:

--"You Can Stay Overnight In A Jail Cell At This Haunted Prison In Canada". (I'll pass, thanks.)

--"10 Beautiful Photos Of Dogs Underwater" by photographer Seth Casteel.

--"I’m A Barista From Korea Who Creates Art On Coffee".

Online Surveys and the Like

May. 25th, 2017 07:24 pm
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[personal profile] settiai
I've mentioned before that I do online surveys and such very regularly, that I can then trade in for things like airline miles (enough for a free flight almost every year), Amazon gift cards, cash, and the like. Several people have asked me about them, so I thought that I'd type up a post for anyone who might be interested.

First is the National Consumer Panel, which is run by Nielsen. The way it works is that whenever you go grocery shopping, once you're done you scan the barcodes on your groceries using an app on your phone. (There are also some surveys you can do from time to time as well.) It's fairly quick and easy, and once you get used to it then it adds maybe an extra minute or two to unpacking groceries and putting them away.

They have a variety of rewards you can trade in points for, including Amazon gift cards (which is a big one for me). They also have random drawings throughout the year for prepaid Visa cards of varying amounts. I've won those several times without doing anything special.

Another that I really like is e-Rewards, which is solely taking online surveys, but unfortunately it's rather difficult to sign up with them as they're invite only. You have to get an invitation from one of their partners in order to join. That's the site that I get my airline miles from, so it's very much worth it if you can get in with them. If it helps any, I got my original invite to join their site by signing up for e-mails from Pizza Hut.

InBoxDollars is another site that I use. It's not as profitable as the others, but they pay cash. I usually earn $50 or so a year from them, but I also only visit their site sporadically each week. I'm sure if I were to spend more time there, it would be more profitable. And I can verify that they do actually pay you, as I've gotten several checks from them.

Last but not least is Swagbucks. It's another one that you can trade in for all sorts of things, including Amazon gift cards or even cash. In my opinion it's more time-consuming than the others, but it's definitely possible to make decent money on their site if you're willing to spend time attempting every survey and such that they offer.

They also have the option to get money back from online shopping, so it can help if you get in the habit of going through their referral link when ordering things online. For example, I used their site the last time I ordered a computer from Dell, and I ended up getting something like 15% back - which is a fairly decent amount of money on large purchases like that.

I've used others in the past, but those four are the ones that I've found to be most profitable and therefore the ones that I've stuck with. If you have questions about any of them, let me know.

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May. 25th, 2017 04:34 pm
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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.

Insomniac City

May. 25th, 2017 04:48 pm
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[personal profile] raven
I'm reading Insomniac City, the Bill Hayes memoir about life in New York with his partner, the neurologist Oliver Sacks. After I reread Awakenings a while ago, [personal profile] happydork directed me to this lovely excerpt in the Observer, and then [personal profile] soupytwist gave me the book with the note that "it's like you would write, only if you were a gay man in New York".

I am not a gay man in New York but I see the resemblance:

"Worse, really, was the L, which I'd take home from Oliver's on the West Side. Not the train itself, which was fast and frequent, but what it represented. In that direction, the L is packed with people on their way to Brooklyn, whether going home or out partying. They always seemed hip and gay (in the original sense of the word) and young, whereas I felt like an old man being taken away from where he really wanted to be.

I feel guilty now that I projected my unhappiness on the subways. The L, and the 4/5? They did right by me, getting me home and to work on time and safely, and each brought its share of discoveries."


Hayes loves cities, the anomie and connection of them, and also the way they hold their own microcosm in mass transit. (He says, mass transit, and I think: golden age SF, that magic gilded modernity. When people say public transport I think of quiet country stations and Yes, I remember Adlestrop. Different, but the same human topology.) And it's a beautiful, beautiful book. Textured by grief, but full of defiance, a willingness to see beautiful things. I think I see queerness in that, the theoretical version? The notion that queerness is some vanguard avant-garde, so we approach it through anti-capitalism and rejecting the sexual status quo, but it advances beyond us, so we are never truly queer. I'm not sure if I could uncritically subscribe to queer theory, or even critically understand it - my mind and/or education never feel like they're up to it - but this I like: that it is queer to reject the mainstream pessimism of the left. You queer the text by daring to find some reason not to give up and die.

And then of course it's a straightforwardly queer book, too. A queer writer, a queer life, a queer city, set out in bitesize vignettes and photography. Everything in it is something Hayes has noticed, something he's chosen to notice, about Sacks and about New York: a smokestack, a fisherman on the subway, a conversation with a stranger waiting for a moving truck, an army of skateboarders on Fourth Avenue. I have been unmedicated for two weeks now and settled to a scratchy, dimmed, distractible baseline. Everyone - GP and therapist and friends - says, one day at a time, rather than rage against the light; which for me doesn't come easily. But I happen to be reading this book as London shifts to summer, which isn't right, because London isn't New York. You don't buy air conditioners in London, or wait until next time for the favourite outfit. I always think it's like a kid playing dress up - look at us, constitutionally raincoated, looking for the window keys, in the dresses we never wear, with the little self-conscious bottles of water on the Tube. It's twenty-six degrees today but it might not be ever again. Some of my colleagues have dug out salwar kameez; a girl I know wore a paisley hijab and tried to put her face in a frappuccino. Meds withdrawal has dialled my hypersensitivity up to eleven but there's something in noticing every small sensory thing: passing perfume, a girl humming, with two different decorated Converse and a Wonder Woman t-shirt; the scent of rotting rubbish (which - I'm sorry - takes me to New York again, the Lower East Side when I lived upstate, and last summer - Hamilton, Pride, and gelato). You may as well notice these things whether or not the world is burning. You might as well live. Also from Insomniac City:

"I once said to someone that one doesn't come to New York for beauty.

I said that's what Paris, or Iceland, is for.

I said one comes to New York to live in New York, with all its noise and trash and rats in the subway and taxicabs stuck in crosstown traffic jams.

I didn't know what the hell I was talking about.

If there could be a chip implemented to track one's vocabulary, as miles logged are counted with those fitness bands people go around wearing, I'm sure
beautiful would be in my top-ten most-used words. I am always saying that that's beautiful or this is beautiful. The thing is, beauty comes in unbeautiful ways here."

Last week in post next week; also, an intake appointment for psychiatric care; and my departmental privilege day. Not sure if I can write on it, or at all. But we shall see.
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[personal profile] umadoshi
If we ignore the fact that I'm behind where I'd like to be on the work front (meep), I've gotten a reasonable amount of adulting done in the last 24 hours or so. I have:

--been to see Lawyer Friend with [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose and signed a heap of financial paperwork;

--voted in the advance polls for the provincial election (which is this coming Tuesday);

--called (CALLED, with the despicable VOICE APP) to follow up with the library branch where I returned the book last week (the library staff member who picked up was awesome);

--successfully ordered a Slasher Chicks tank top from Unicorn Empire (tomorrow is the last day to order, y'all), which I'm counting as adulting because it got stressful when there was a period of many hours when the tank top option vanished, and I really want that and not either of the t-shirts (and okay, the shop didn't respond when I asked about it on Facebook, but the tank top did eventually reappear and I still asked, which is hard for me);

--tweeted at the local community net to ask after my still-unanswered/unverified "please renew my account" email (a small thing, but again, stressful);

--done a fair bit of laundry.


Okay, that's not actually as long a list as I'd hoped, but some weeks you take what you can get. And now I'm gonna get to work.
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[personal profile] lizbee
Title: Detour
Author: LizBee
Fandom: Legend of Korra
Characters and Pairing: Lin/Tenzin
Rating: All-ages

Summary: A few months ago, Lin was a promising young police officer. Now she has to find a new path.

Notes: Set in the same AU as "Avalanche". It's called the President Beifong AU on AO3, even though I haven't really gotten to any of the presidential stuff yet. This fic comes with thanks to multivitamins and praticamente-innocua, which between them gave me the strength to start recovering from The Cold I've Had Since March.

While the welcoming party's attention was on the Avatar, Lin climbed gingerly down from Appa and all but collapsed in Tenzin's arms. )

For future reference

May. 24th, 2017 04:00 pm
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[personal profile] aris_tgd
http://www.diversityinya.com/2015/08/sneak-peek-at-jen-wangs-2016-graphic-novel-the-prince-and-the-dressmaker/

ETA: Weirdly enough, while this version has broken images right now, her reblog http://therealjenwang.tumblr.com/post/127570771159/the-prince-and-the-dressmaker has them all working.

“This book is really special to me because I basically wrote it for my teenage self, which is something I haven’t done before. I wanted a story that explored questions about gender and self-identity in a way that was also really colorful and fun and positive. The personal themes are there, but also lots of dresses and princesses. The idea was to create my ideal Disney movie, and writing this has genuinely been one of the most fun, liberating, experiences I’ve had making comics. My awkward confused fourteen year-old self would’ve really connected with this book and I hope it does the same for other young readers,” says Jen Wang.

Why is it not out for months? Why?

Another update of the RL variety...

May. 24th, 2017 06:14 pm
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[personal profile] settiai
I finally sold my car! \o/

The guy who bought it gave me $200 cash for it (which is about what I was expecting) and towed it off as soon as I handed over the title. He's taking it back to his place to break down what he can for parts, and then he's donating it to the local fire department to use for training. So, you know, that works. I got some money for it, plus it's going to be put to a good purpose.

Unnamed Nonprofit is closing at lunchtime on Friday, so I'm heading to the MVA afterwards to turn in my plates and tags. Luckily, it's literally next door to my apartment complex, which is very convenient when it comes to walking home afterwards. Then I can cancel my car insurance, find out what my renters' insurance will be going up to (since I was getting a multi-line discount), and not have to worry about any of that anymore.

Now that I've actually managed to sell my car, I'm feeling much more positive about making it to VividCon. I've got cash in hand for the car itself, plus by the time you add in the small refunds I'll be getting for my car tags/car insurance as well as the fact that my car insurance won't be renewing three days before VVC? That should be enough to cover the costs of the con, especially since I don't have to worry about airfare.

(That said, I'm waiting until June to register. Just to make certain nothing else unexpected happens. Because 2017 has been hell, and I don't trust it.)

Speaking of cons, I'm seriously considering going to Philly in November for PAX Unplugged. The cost of the con itself is very reasonable, and since it's in Philadelphia it's much more plausible for me to pay $20(ish) to just spend a few hours on a bus to get there. The big cost would be a hotel, but I'm hoping that either roommates and/or staying somewhere other than downtown would help.

I'm finally playing Mass Effect: Andromeda thanks to my mom buying it for me out of the blue. I haven't had a lot of time to play yet, but I'm hoping to spend a fair bit of the holiday weekend digging into it.

On the cat front, Garrus has been doing... okay(ish). He's definitely extremely clingy when I first get home from work in the afternoons, and he's being more vocal than I've heard him in the entire 3+ years that he's been here. I'm looking into adopting another cat so that he'll have someone to keep him company during the day, as it's very obvious that a lot of the problem is that he's home alone for 8+ hours on weekdays. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure at least some of it is that he misses Tali specifically, but I'm getting the impression that's not all of it.

I'm supposed to get Tali's ashes back in the next day or two (although I won't be surprised at all if it's pushed back until sometime next week thanks to the holiday weekend). While I'm slowly getting used to not looking for her, I think that's definitely going to hurt. I already know where she's going to be staying, though, so the fact that I've prepared that much will hopefully help a little.

So much for that?

May. 24th, 2017 10:02 am
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[personal profile] aris_tgd
Imzy is shutting down. I have to say, I didn't really use it that much--I had problems with their UI and I got irritated at their digest emails. But I'm a little sad anyway.

I should be at school right now but I'm still tired/sick/not sleeping well. Class was canceled but folks were going to get together and watch a movie for class. (I mean, I was partly the one trying to organize that, so I'm not sure it's even happening since the emails kind of dropped off.) I will need to go in at some point and hang out in my lab and study--we have an exam tomorrow--but ugh. Ugh, I say. Between allergies/spring cold or whatever and not getting enough sleep recently, I just feel rough.

At least I'm done with grading and one source of stress is gone? I need to do more things to actually unwind now that I have a little bit more free time.

ffs

May. 24th, 2017 11:28 am
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[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
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[personal profile] umadoshi
What with it being (#)Mermay, I keep thinking "maybe I'll post a standalone chunk of my mermaid (currently-)fic under lock" and then feeling anxious about it. These days I'm so tangled up about writing and the lack thereof that I'm not even sure where, exactly, the anxiety is rooted. Maybe in the fact that it'd mean actually opening a writing file for the first time (;_;) in a few months?

Or maybe I feel uneasy because the story is in such a weird place: it's an AU WIP that's so AU that I've basically decided that I'm going to take the serial numbers off and let it breathe as its own thing...except that'll mean rewriting absolutely everything I've already gotten down. So "sharing a chunk" would mean "sharing words that I already expect will never see the light of day even as part of a complete draft". (But I love those words.) (But it's a weird thing to post.) (But I've already shared swaths of it with [dreamwidth.org profile] ushobwri on workshop days, if not for quite a while, so what's the big deal, self?)

Community promotions! [dreamwidth.org profile] china_shop just created [dreamwidth.org profile] nanodownunder, which will run in June and offer daily check-in posts. I've signed up in another attempt at getting an external kick in the pants; I haven't made it anywhere near as far as trying to figure out what I might attempt to work on.

Anyway, [dreamwidth.org profile] china_shop is lovely, and it sounds fun. Do come join!

Also, prompt claims are now open at [dreamwidth.org profile] smallfandomfest! (Complete spreadsheet of prompts here.) The prompt list accrues new prompts with each round, rather than discarding the list of unfilled prompts and starting over, which means it's fairly long. ^_^ And there's a new Newsflesh prompt. Made by someone I don't know. (My fandom is small enough that wholly unfamiliar names literally always startle me for a second.)

And it's a smutty prompt for my ship, so clearly I should try to write something for it, because a) how often does that happen? and b) it's a prompt that meshes perfectly with my headcanon.

Tomorrow we're signing some Very Grown Up (and uninteresting, alas) money-related paperwork, which always feels intimidating. One nice thing is that our lawyer friend (formerly of Casual Job, who passed the bar just last year) is doing the necessary lawyerly things; if we must spend money on getting paperwork extensively handled, I'm glad (some of) it's going to a friend.

I'm waiting on such dull things, guys. For one, an email notifying me that my ancient email account that I never use but don't want to let go of has been renewed for another year (it's with the local freenet, and they require you to say "please renew my account for another year" annually, which is kind of annoying, and I did it a bit late. And I really wish the damn "okay, that's done!" reply would turn up so I can forget about it for another year.

For another, when I was out erranding with my mom last Thursday, we stopped by a library branch I don't usually go to, and since she was going in and I otherwise didn't need to, she dropped a book of mine that was due that day into the returns bin. Great! Except my online account still thinks it's checked out (and thus overdue). I've been logging in once or twice a day to see if it's been checked in, and tonight (after business hours) I finally tweeted to the library system's account to ask "um, when should I start worrying?"

These are small, boring things, and since I'm not wired to put stuff like that out of my mind, I can't stop thinking about them. >.< I've hit the point of actively resenting the amount of mental real estate they're taking up between them.

Misc. linkspam

May. 23rd, 2017 11:05 pm
umadoshi: (Newsflesh - First Lady (kasmir))
[personal profile] umadoshi
"How Pink Heels Became Harper Watters' Signature". [Dance Magazine] "When Houston Ballet demi-soloist Harper Watters first posted a short video of himself in bubblegum pink heels, he went to sleep with 4,000 Instagram followers. He awoke to more than double that, and 500-plus comments. Now at nearly 65,000 followers, Watters knows he (and his partner in crime, fellow Houston Ballet dancer Rhys Kosakowski) struck a fun chord with a new audience."

"Drag Queen Story Hour Puts the Rainbow in Reading".

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] deifire, "George A. Romero Is Planning a NASCAR Zombie Movie".

"If You're Under 16, You Won't Believe What The Internet Used To Be Like". [Buzzfeed, in case the title didn't give it away]

"'A Kingdom On Wheels': The Hidden World That Made The Circus Happen".

"Nevertheless, He Persisted: Tales of Masculine Perseverance". [McSweeney's]

"13 Real AF Situations Every Anxious Person Has Experienced". [Buzzfeed]

"The need for urgent collective action to keep people safe online: Lessons from last week’s cyberattack".

"Exclusive: Could the legend come true? Tower of London raven allowed to fly free".

"On the radar: receipts". [OxfordWords Blog] "How and when did ‘receipts’ come to mean ‘proof’?"

"Surreal Pencil Drawings Look Like How Repressing Your Emotions Feels". (Really neat; also frequently disturbing.)

"Exploring Yugoslavia’s Mysterious Abandoned Brutalist Monuments: Serbian photographer Jovana Mladenovic photographs forgotten post-World War II sculptures".

"Dear Media: Please Stop Simply Saying the Rape Charges Against Julian Assange Were “Dropped”". [The Mary Sue]

"Why you should never ever feed bread to a duck".

"Coming Up Aces: What does asexual mean?" [Queership]

At Baking Bites: "A Visit to The Museum of Ice Cream, Los Angeles".

"Presenting…The Freelance Writer’s Rebuttal Guide!" [Matt Wallace]

"A Brief History of 'Squee': The word has its fans". [Merriam-Webster]

"The Hot New Millennial Housing Trend Is a Repeat of the Middle Ages: Communal living is hardly a departure from tradition—it's a return to how humans have been making their homes for thousands of years".

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 =)

(US) Political linkspam (10 links)

May. 23rd, 2017 01:11 pm
umadoshi: (Newsflesh - not a pessimist (kasmir))
[personal profile] umadoshi
I haven't sorted these, but here's a smattering of what I think are the best of the US-politics links I've read via Twitter/RTed from [twitter.com profile] ysabet_m. 10 links )

WIP Meme

May. 23rd, 2017 01:24 pm
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[personal profile] lost_spook
The return of that meme where you post random lines from any WIPs you have at the moment, because I felt like it.

(I see that I last did it in Jan 2016, which reminds me, I never did post that AAL! snippet as it stands. I should do that.)


More bondage, vampires, and fatal disasters under here )


That's four out of eight which are still the same old WIPs (and three from the previous post which I did complete in the meantime), but, to be fair, I keep writing and finishing other things in the meantime. I mean, I have [community profile] trope_bingo to finish and then I can destroy worlds for [community profile] tic_tac_woe! (I won't say nothing in the world can stop me, because some days it seems that just about anything in the world can stop me, especially in summer.)
umadoshi: (Newsflesh - check this out (kasmir))
[personal profile] umadoshi
--I updated [tumblr.com profile] jinksyandthebrain for the first time in a couple of months. Have some pics [dreamwidth.org profile] seolh took in March. (I especially love the three of Jinksy!bear sprawled on his back on the sofa. The belly is not a trap.)


--I promise not to get in the habit of signal boosting lots of [dreamwidth.org profile] aftertheendtimes posts over here, but [dreamwidth.org profile] cantarina is trying to gauge interest in a fanworks exchange covering all of [livejournal.com profile] seanan_mcguire's worlds.


--[dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose, Ginny, Kas, and I went to Happy Veal for lunch, and we're forced to conclude that while the food ranges from "tasty" to "AMAZING" (hello, green onion pancakes), the service is just always either mediocre or awful, so we're always going to have to calculate if we're up for dealing with that. TL;DR, the food arrived SLOWLY. No, more slowly than that ) And yet I can't swear off the place. The green onion pancakes are so good I could cry.


--Garden: [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose dug out the rough shape of the flowerbed, and it looks like getting that ready will be trickier than we'd hoped. OTOH, transplanting our six tiny Lemon Boy tomato seedlings into their interim pots was quick and simple. And in between those things, when Kas and Ginny dropped me and [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose off, they came in to borrow a spade and see the breathtaking new openness of our small back yard. Ginny got a look at Neighbor L's dandelion ripper, and then [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose brought our shiny new one out...and Ginny proceeded to spend something like half an hour, in her Fluevogs and cute dress, merrily massacring dandelions for the sheer delight of using the thing.

It's remarkably satisfying. [/understatement]
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[personal profile] frith_in_thorns
I finished the shawl I was complaining about the other day. I'm still not sure about it, but I do realise I'm biased from how much I hated making this pattern. Most lace patterns just fly off my needles, but this one was horrible. Mostly because of the amount of 3-into-2 stitches, which were incredibly tedious.

Anyway.

st_aurafina: Shaw's face, caption: you beat the devil's tattoo (POI: Shaw devil's tattoo)
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Title: Five Birds Harold Has Never Been, Part 1: Muscovy Duck
Fandom: Person of Interest/Elementary
Rating: PG
Words: 6318
Characters/Pairings: Root/Sameen Shaw, Harold Finch, John Reese, Bear, Joan Watson, Sherlock Holmes, Jaime Moriarty, Clyde
Warnings/Content: Show-level violence, crossover, Shaw/Watson flirting, Watson/Moriarty flirting
Notes: Thanks to [personal profile] lilacsigil for the beta.

Summary: Sherlock thinks there's something peculiar about their new neighbour, Mr Muscovy.

Also at the Archive

'There's something peculiar about our new neighbour,' said Sherlock )
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Continuing the theme of "what's a plan?" in terms of gardening, we're not venturing out to Eastern Passage next weekend after all--turns out Étoile Estates isn't able to have the scheduled second week of veggie plant sales (the owner has to work), although apparently we can order and have things delivered. Not sure we'll do that; there's only tomato variety I was specifically already interested in on their list, and I mostly wanted to go for the experience of looking around. But we'll see.

Today's plan to dig out a small flowerbed was set aside when the board emailed to take us up on our offer (us and Neighbor G, who'd been planning to take our unwanted shrub) to just dig the plant up ourselves. The landscaper they'd consulted didn't think it was worth it to try to transplant the shrub, which worked out, because G had realized that it wasn't actually a good fit for him after all.

So G and [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose spent a while digging the poor unwanted thing up, which went pretty fast once we thought to truss it up like a Christmas tree (getting its branches out of the way) and our neighbor remembered he has a pickaxe to go with our pair of spades. ([dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose and I spent a chunk of yesterday shopping for garden supplies and equipment.) The combination of a pickaxe and not attempting to save the plant made it go very fast indeed, although then there was another hour or so of digging roots and rocks out of the hole, plus ripping dandelions out of the vicinity--thanks to Neighbor L, from our other side, who'd come outside and, when she heard me sadly mention our lack of a dandelion ripper, ducked in to lend me hers. (And now we have one too--I had to get some work done, so [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose made another shopping run to get one of those, some grass seed, and some spray-on sunscreen. I keep forgetting the latter is a thing; I hate most sunscreen, but G said he actually uses the spray-on stuff, and let me use some to protect my outer-arm tattoo. And lo, I didn't hate it.)

In our shrub's death, I finally learned its name, because its tag was still attached at the base. It was a Tor Spirea/Spiraea betulifolia 'Tor'. I do feel bad for its fate, but I really did try to at least not mind it for seven years. (Or eight. Whichever.) And honestly? As soon as it was gone, while there was still just a big gaping hole where it'd been, I already felt so much better about the space.

Or, as [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose said, "Suddenly it feels like being outside."

In honor of the occasion, I'm using Dreamwidth's image hosting for the very first time. Have a pic of the trussed spirea and one of [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose dealing with its roots: I embedded thumbnails, but I'm still cutting the pics in case you don't feel like actually seeing the poor spirea's fate. There's also a bit of explanation of how much of what's visible in the second picture is space we're allowed to work with )

Anyway, hopefully tomorrow we'll get the little flowerbed dug out so we can plant...next weekend? Or the week after? And I'd like to get the Lemon Boy tomato seedlings settled into their compostable interim pots.

But I also have a half-volume of manga due tomorrow, which until Saturday night I'd somehow thought was due Wednesday. >.> So the amount of garden work we accomplish will depend a bit on that, too.

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