snowflake bookmark

Mar. 28th, 2015 11:57 am
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I finished this snowflake bookmark a while ago, but haven't got around to editing the pictures until now.

I modified this pattern from Kincavel Krosses to make it shorter—and as you can see, it's still really too big for all but hardcovers:

[Image: bookmark over open copy of Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell]

I could've left the border off, but I was stitching without a hoop or frame for the first time and I was having so much fun—so fast when you're doing whole stitches!—that I kind of didn't want to stop.

details and more pictures )

So that's that. And experimenting with stitching the hand went great—I didn't even have to think about the tension in the stitches, it just came naturally. Works less with for things with lots of quarter stitches, a.k.a. the knotwork bookmark I'm finishing now, but OMG fast on whole stitches. I'm a convert.

(If anyone wants, I can give them the edited image file I used for the pattern, because shortening it means moving the interior slightly to center it.)

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Posted by John Scalzi

Is the novel finished? NO

Today’s question: Name a product brand (or two) that you are not entirely rationally attached to. This is usually expressed is a rivalry (Coke vs. Pepsi, XBox vs. PlayStation) but doesn’t have to be.

My answer: I think Coke Zero is obvious, so I’ll mention a less known one: I have a difficult time buying jeans that aren’t from Levi’s, simply because when I was a kid, they were the brand, as opposed to Lee (for the urban cowboys), Wranglers (dude, who even wore those) or the various “designer jeans” which at the time were targeted more at the women’s market anyway. Nowadays there are all sorts of hipster alternatives for jeans, but I stick with the Levi’s.

Fun fact: I was in Walmart the other day picking up socks and underwear for my trip and decided I should get a new pair of jeans too, but Walmart doesn’t stock Levi’s — but it does stock “Signature by Levi Strauss,” i.e., “the brand that Levi’s makes for downmarket stores that Levi’s wouldn’t otherwise be in” (Lee and Wrangler, I’ll note, were amply represented by their lead brands). And I was all, whatever, dudes, and bought a pair.

Your brand?

The Wizard and His King

Mar. 28th, 2015 10:37 am
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Posted by daintylemonsquare


A long dead, presumed mythical, king arrives at Night Vale and an old friend is coming for him. Also, there is a brand new pastry shop, a look at the community calendar, and a public service announcement from the Greater Night Vale Medical Community.

Words: 5892, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

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Final chapter of the quote-unquote narrative arc of the "Pretty" series.

the man but not the light
Geno/Ekblad, Jagr/Ekblad

I was going to do a big writeup about this story and my process and thoughts and whatnot, but who honestly cares, it's there in the text or it's not.

This is the poem I took the series' titles from:


The paint doesn’t move the way the light reflects,
so what’s there to be faithful to? I am faithful
to you, darling.
I say it to the paint. The bird floats
in the unfinished sky with nothing to hold it.
The man stands, the day shines. His insides and
his outsides kept apart with an imaginary line—
thick and rude and imaginary because there is
no separation, fallacy of the local body, paint
on paint. I have my body and you have yours.
Believe it if you can. Negative space is silly.
When you bang on the wall you have to remember
you’re on both sides of it already but go ahead,
yell at yourself. Some people don’t understand
anything. They see the man but not the light,
they see the field but not the varnish. There is no
light in the paint, so how can you argue with them?
They are probably right anyway. I paint in his face
and I paint it out again. There is a question
I am afraid to ask: to supply the world with what?

[Richard Siken]

Coming Back in April (new seasons)

Mar. 28th, 2015 02:16 pm
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April 2

April 3

  • Derek (Netflix) - Special and final episode (already aired in the UK in December)

April 5

April 9

April 12

April 13

April 17

  • Bitten (Syfy) - Season 2 US premiere (the season is being broadcast on Space in Canada)

April 18

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I wanted these to be in alphabetical order by fandom with crossovers in adjacent sections and it ALMOST works... except for Harry Potter and dueSouth. Damn you two. Well, and "fandom". Eh well.

Okay! Should be in order (fingers crossed), but let me know if you find any broken links or anything that goes astray, especially for the Tumblr stuff. I've linked to my own reblogs where possible on the Tumblr links since that's the only reliable way to make sure they don't disappear, but I didn't want to burn too much bandwidth tracking down the others. (We're switching back to an unlimited provider this summer! Super exciting! Which will average slower speeds! gdi.) Two oddball Tumblr links - I think this was my user error and might have had to do with the queue - is why there's 58 links instead of 60. THIS WEEK, I swear.

Direct Links to Each Section )

Fandom )

Avatar the Last Airbender )

Avengers )

Avengers/Highlander )

Guardians of the Galaxy/Jupiter Ascending )

Jupiter Ascending )

Jupiter Ascending/Leverage )

Leverage )

Due South )

Harry Potter )

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries )

OMG Check, Please! )

Rivers of London )

Stargate Atlantis )

Stargate SG-1 )

Star Trek )

Teen Wolf )

Tolkein )

New Shows (March 31 - April 10)

Mar. 28th, 2015 01:44 pm
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  • Younger premieres on March 31 on TV Land.

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  • Olympus premieres on April 2 on Syfy.

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  • The Comedians premieres on April 5 on FX. It is an adaptation of the Swedish series Ulveson And Herngren.

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Mar. 28th, 2015 11:00 am
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WHAT EVERY MAN FEARS #3285:"Oh, crap - my exes met and actually LIKE each other!!!!" You know, you're nowhere near as sltty as Joe said you were! Thank you! You're not the evil, castrating btch he described you as, either!

LoL by: RandyWeiser

Tagged: color , funny , lady , Photo

Self Control

Mar. 28th, 2015 07:08 am
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Posted by Jathis


Cecil is running a little later at the station and Carlos and Earl wait for him as patiently as possible.

Words: 679, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

Series: Part 54 of Dirty Fun With Boyfriends

Saturday Morning

Mar. 28th, 2015 02:11 pm
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Changed the blankets last night. That certainly helped with sleeping. Still fell asleep late, and was not particularly interested when my dad woke me up because he thought there's planes weather. (There really wasn't.)

And then, while he was still out, I was woken up again. This time, because we had visitors coming in: a 7mo Border Collie and his human. As it turned out, this one's a 100% Border Collie; his human was all, Are you sure you want this hellion in your yard?

And oh yes, yes we did, because finally a dog that can keep up with Pinuki, and the yard has very tolerant landscaping. And if Tim makes Pinuki seem like a slouch, then at least he's half Pinuki's size. Those two are very well-matched, and watching them play was hilarious. It was a lot more like watching kids play because holy shit, you could see them plan and strategize and respond - Elliot just had a "Fuck that, I'm out" face when Pinuki started doing that, and he's not a stupid dog. Just, those two are holy shit smart.

See also: playing tug, and cooperative play with ball.

(I was also weirded out by how small Tim is. Border Collies are kinda hallmark medium-sized dogs, so this gave me a good estimate on how huge Pinuki is for his age.)

(Tim was quicker, and a lot more of a trickster. Pinuki's way more independent, though.) (The nice thing about Tim's human is that once she got to watch Pinuki enough, she went, "Oh, so that's why you're not letting him off-leash yet". A lot of people just go "Bwuh?" or laugh at us, but this lady's on her second purebred Border Collie, so she looks at "How is a dog this strong and this energetic house-safe?" and "How on earth are you handling him?")

(Also she thought I was a high schooler. Elliot's humans thought I was recently discharged. WTF? I can understand people mistaking me for 25yr old, but I just don't look like a teenager. Except a woman with high school-aged kids - so it's not that she forgot what Actual Teenagers look like - mistook me for being the same age today. Uh.)

(I suspect part of it is posture and movement. It's not just face-shape and skin quality - I move in a "light" way that most people lose by 25. But if you look at the shape of my body, I'm definitely full-grown adult.)


Mar. 29th, 2015 12:10 am
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I just spent all evening dancing to Sophie and the Realistic Expectations. Such good times! They even played Hold on, I'm coming, which gave me White Collar pilot fuzzy feels. *twirls gleefully*

And now it's midnight, and I'm home and not very sleepy.

*chair dances to youtube*

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Mar. 28th, 2015 03:35 am
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Oh frabjous day, my netbook is back from the repair shop. Getting it back was pleasant too--I woke up from my afternoon nap to a delivery notice, which I picked up around 5:30pm, and the shop closed at 6; I was able to rummage up a piece of paper with my address on it, get my boots on, and head down the street by 5:45 to pick it up. I love living in a walkable area. ^_^

AND, despite the many many warnings throughout the process that Asus was NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR THIRD-PARTY DATA and so on and so forth, my computer's data was very clearly backed up, the OS reinstalled, and the data restored (but not my programs and many of my settings). That was nice of them, and now I have a renewed commitment to wrangling cloud storage on my machine's slightly unusual setup.

[Unfiltered] On Beauty

Mar. 27th, 2015 11:33 pm
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This is long, but I am not cutting it for a reason. I am not cutting it because it is something that needs to be heard.

I had a conversation with somebody close to me the other day about the definition of beauty. I was in a bad way, and my rare self-consciousness about my body was coming to the forefront. I was looking for reassurance from my friend, and I realized quickly we were using completely different definitions of the word "beauty."

He was using it in the more traditional, conventional sense, as in celebrity beauty. I pointed out that definition of beauty has its issues; it's often racist, sexist, sizeist, and ableist. How often do you see someone in a wheelchair, or with some sort of congenital deformity, referred to as beautiful? How often do you see a significantly plus sized woman described as beautiful? People with disabilities are hardly known in the Hollywood scene; the only actress that comes to mind is Teal Sherer, best known for playing Venom on The Guild, and she has an entire webseries about her experiences in acting as a woman with a disability. Tess Munster is made fun of all the time for her weight. Lupita Nyong'o, who is in my opinion utterly gorgeous, is often called ugly or worse because she's "too black". Natalie Dormer is often criticized and called snobbish or stuck-up or ugly because of her cute little smirk-smile; she's interviewed and said that it's just the way she smiles naturally, and that she has a great deal of trouble smiling any other way. And people call her ugly for this. Jennifer Lawrence has been called fat and ugly because she has somewhat broad shoulders, upper arms that are obviously muscular, and a slightly "non-standard" (by Hollywood standards) torso.

These women have one thing in common: They are all beautiful. But by conventional beauty standards, and the commonly used definition of the word, they are not. This is a problem.

I then described my definition of the word "beauty" to my friend. It goes something like this:

For me, beauty is... the way you catch yourself glimpsing at someone, because there's something about them that you're attracted to, and you find yourself looking at them, not even consciously, just to look, to see these things, to appreciate them, and the person within the body. One of my ex-girlfriends had Bell's Palsy and never fully recovered; she can only smile with half her mouth. It's adorable and beautiful. That's where my habit of smiling with one half of my mouth comes from; I found it so delightful that I unconsciously mimicked it. I think of the Pacific Islander trans woman I met in college, who was very out but self-conscious of her body because she wasn't on hormones yet. I remember the shade of her skin, especially when the sunlight shone on it, the curve of her hips, and the way she walked so confidently despite her self-consciousness. It's the way her smile would reach her brown eyes and they'd just sparkle with life and laughter and love. It's the way she tilted her head thoughtfully, and the way she'd shake her hair back and forth, and the tinkling of the bells she wove into them. I swear I spent half that class surreptitiously catching glances, and I wish now I had told her how beautiful she was, because I'm not sure she ever realized it.

My fiance -- the way I'll glance over at his long strawberry blonde hair, especially when it's loose, and want to play with it and run my fingers through, or how I'll watch when his back is turned and appreciate the sleek lines and strong muscles of his back, especially if he's reaching for something and flexing. It's the aqua-turquoise color of his eyes that I can't look away from, even though I'm autistic and have always had issues with eye contact. It's my ex-girlfriend's surgical scar, reaching from belly to breast, where she nearly died and survived even though everyone told her she wasn't going to live; it's beautiful because it's a representation of her strength and survival. My fiancee has acne marks that she is deeply self-conscious of, and I run my fingers 'cross her face and feel the texture like tiny cobblestones, which is ambrosia to my fingertips. It's when I look into her captivating, intelligent eyes and bask in her laugh that spreads through the room and all the places in my heart and makes me want to laugh too even if I didn't get the joke. My fiancee's husband, who is what the medical establishment would call "morbidly obese", is beautiful in the way he holds himself with confidence, and I love to hug and snuggle him, feeling him squish against me and loving all of him, and his quick wit and intelligence, his long brown hair and the way it falls into his face if it's not pulled back, and the way his smile lights up and spreads through his cheeks, like he's hiding a secret but he'll tell you if you only ask.

These are the things that make someone "beautiful" to me. It's not about weight, body type, skin color, gender, ability or disability; it's not about any of these things. It's about the unique nature of every individual, and all the tiny things you notice and can't take your eyes away from, that make you want to luxuriate in their presence and never stop, that make you wish you could tell them how very beautiful they are, even if they're someone you don't even know. This is beauty.

And you there. Yes, you, reading this. You're beautiful too. You might not be able to see it in yourself; gods alone know how much I have struggled with this myself, being a larger woman and disabled. I have fought my own doubts and demons for years, and it was only when I discussed this with my friend that I realized I was talking about these men and women I have loved either close or from afar, and considered them beautiful, yet I did not apply my own definition to myself. That is a battle I won just yesterday. I'm sure it won't be the last. But I cannot in good conscience hold others to a definition that I am not willing to claim myself. So I say this: I am beautiful. And you: You are beautiful, too, even if you scoff and think you're too fat, too skinny, too tall, too short, too dark, too pale, too "weird", too "much", too anything, even if you read this and wonder, How could anyone ever think me beautiful? I know you're probably thinking that, because I've thought things like that all my life.

Well, I'll tell you this. I think you're beautiful, because there is beauty in all of us, and it deserves to be recognized. If no one in your life has recognized it, you have my sadness and my anger at those who have refused to see the truth: You are beautiful. And while it may be hard, I hope you'll believe me, or at least give my words a bit of consideration. And I hope you'll pass this on, because this is a message I believe everyone deserves to hear.
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At the risk of bringing too much RL in, I would like to say that this is the best tribute I've read all week: AN ANKH-MORPORKIAN TRIBUTE.

Although the idea of Pterry and the person who inspired the tribute meeting in the afterlife is kind of terrifying. Terrifyingly possible, but also terrifying.


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