General Fandom Adventures

Aug. 28th, 2016 11:07 am
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[community profile] femslashex sign ups are open now through 7 September.

Like most people, I'm over on imzy, which I'm really hoping takes off. It's a perfect low stress, low bandwidth place for communities. I'm not planning to move over there for my own blog, at least until the security functions update, but I'm enjoying it for book/comics/whatever discussions.

I mostly just wish everyone would move to DW, but if that's not happening (which it doesn't seem to be), I'll take imzy.

Done my pinch hit, so hopefully back to regularly scheduled plodding away on WIP.

Bought Supergirl on DVD, still mildly obsessed with Legends of Tomorrow, but otherwise am not feeling that fannish right now. I think my mind is in count down to Luke Cage.
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Final part of the storyline. While DW comes across Isis Vanderchill, Gosalyn deals with Bushroot and Dr. Fossil, whose latest science projet answers the question: what happens when you cross a plant with a dinosaur?

7 pages out of 22 )

Episode Rewatch: 6.02 Armageddon

Aug. 28th, 2016 10:26 am
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6.02 Armageddon
Original air date: October 12, 1997
Director: Richard Martin
Writer: Tony DiFranco


Synopsis: Joe struggles with his own demons as Duncan prepares to face Ahriman in a final confrontation.

Episode Transcript: is here.

Please share your thoughts and reactions in comments. The master post for all discussion posts is here.
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I did the Difficult Thing and it went as well as it could have, and I had the luxury of having to do only a couple more Difficult Things that day before collapsing and ordering Chinese food. However, the aftermath of the main Difficult Thing has not gone as we hoped; it has in fact been entirely unsatisfactory, and we're now waiting to find out just how Difficult the sequelae will be. Sigh.

Words cannot express how grateful I am for the kind and supportive words of friends, though. Thank you.

I went to a play!

Aug. 28th, 2016 01:00 pm
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There's a community theater in the town Geoff's sister and brother-in-law live in, half an hour west of us, and we've been joining them at various productions this past year or so; it's certainly community-theater quality, but it's a lovely space (a converted train station!) and a good organization, and we've generally enjoyed what we've seen there (Though, I mean, we don't go to the ones we don't think we'll enjoy, of course.)

Yesterday we saw a production of Noel Coward's Private Lives that was cross-cast: men played the female roles, and women played the male. I thought it worked very well; so much of the play was concerned with gender roles already that the cross-casting underlined the extent to which they're arbitrary. (It occurs to me that the play may not have been as "concerned with gender roles" in 1930 as it feels today, now that the roles that were taken for granted then have been so challenged and undermined and rewritten. Just the repeated mentions of who divorced or would divorce whom were reminders of how different things were before no-fault divorce!)

I was a bit exasperated by the the time it took a lot of the audience to get over their tee-hee oh-my-goodness reaction to the cross-casting; through the first act, every time one of the couples kissed there would be a stifled explosion of choked giggles. It didn't help that the men (playing women) were both much taller than the women (playing men). (It also didn't help that the two women sitting next to me in the audience would Not. Shut. Up. They so have places reserved in the special level of hell, oh my god.)

Overall, Geoff and I, and my sister- and brother-in-law, enjoyed the play a lot and found it definitely hilarious, but also depressing, because the characters were all, in the end, such tiresomely awful people...

that was a nice Sunday

Aug. 28th, 2016 05:26 pm
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Today was going to be full of Humans outside so we stayed in my house
mum brought around some microwaveable quorn stuff and we ate it
and then we watched Age of Ultron
which remains quite good except for the parts that really really aren't.
My brother also brought my birthday present, all wrapped in marvel paper.
It is Miniverse Captain America Civil War figures, because mum said it was the only ones with a woman in them.
I said again that if I need burying then I should have my action figures with me, because you never know, the Egyptians might be onto something.
Tiny heroes for me :-)

so that was pretty good :-)

Twelve hour warning & 1 pinch hit

Aug. 28th, 2016 12:14 pm
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You've got twelve hours to finish up your fic and get it posted. You know the drill.

We've got one outstanding pinch hit atm. If you want to claim it, pm me, don't claim in the comments. ;)

Below the cut )

Sign Ups Are Open!

Aug. 28th, 2016 09:07 am
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I encourage you to revisit the rules before rolling up your sleeves and signing up.

To be brief, and to borrow (rather heavily) from the sign-ups post from last year:
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  • You may request four to six fandoms from the list of nominated fandoms. (Make sure to check all categories, including "Uncategorised Fandoms" and "No Media" to make sure you don't miss any cool fandoms.)

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  • Again, as for requests, you can offer art, fic, or both.

Good notes to remember from last year:
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I have set up a Harry Potter Fanworks community to have a place to post things, and they gave me MORE invites, so come here either to join the comm or to get an Imzy invite (or just to see the awesome banner lim made me):

Also, Yuletide is officially on Imzy at!

Re Imzy, I feel like I have gotten the vibe of the place and I generally like it. I have heard that their main concept was to be reddit without all the horrible, and it is oriented around communities and ephemeral conversation. It is definitely better for conversations and knowing who is who and what they are saying than Tumblr, and I might like it better than journaling, we'll see. I'm waiting to see mainly how they handle notifying people of activity because that will determine how conversations flourish.

Also right now the flood of notifications and automated imzy posts about how many people are in! your! community! is wildly annoying and creating a lot of noise that drowns out the actually interesting signal of conversations I want to pay attention to, but the volume is clearly related to heaps of us trying it out at once.

And they are of course a commercial startup and if it goes amazing then in five years it gets sold, and if it doesn't then in five years it gets shut down, but because it's ephemeral conversation, I don't mind so much. It's clearly not a place to archive anything, but hey, that's what AO3 is for anyway.

Left of Bang

Aug. 28th, 2016 09:49 am
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[personal profile] yhlee does this thing where it recommends books to you based on what you've bought from them in the past, which seems reasonable enough. My sister informs me that you can tell it to stop showing specific categories, but I rather enjoy the schizoid variety it displays to me, everything from erotic romance to military history to security engineering to sf/f.

I picked up Left of Bang: How the Marine Corps' Combat Hunter Program Can Save Your Life by Patrick Van Horne and Jason A. Riley partly because Amazon has my number, and partly because it's about developing situational awareness and therefore fell under Writing Research for Revenant Gun. In fact, I wish I'd known about this book earlier. But it's not too late for it to be useful to me, as one of the major characters in Revenant Gun supposedly has very good situational awareness.

The premise behind Left of Bang is that it's better to prevent bad situations before they happen than to react to them after they have. If you visualize the timeline running from left (before) to right (after), the "bang" is the event and "left of bang" is prevention before the event has a chance to happen. This material was developed by US Marines, so it's written from that point of view, including the left-is-past-right-is-future orientation of the American/English writing system. However, while a lot of examples are drawn from recent American experiences in the Middle East, there are also examples drawn from civilian incidents.

The book discusses the importance of quickly establishing baselines in the following domains: kinesics (body language), biometric cues, proxemics, geographics (patterns of motion within an area), iconography, and atmospherics. Once a baseline has been established, clusters (generally, three signs) of anomalous signs can be identified as a cue toward action. Action is context-dependent. For a Marine, it might be Kill, Capture, or Contact; for a civilian in most circumstances, they recommend something like Run, Hide, or Fight.

I note in passing that my situational awareness is pretty terrible but I probably look suspicious for my habit of periodically checking rooftops (there is a story behind this) and checking my six.

Beyond obvious real-life applications, other writers who have characters with situational awareness may find this of interest. I found it well-written and well-organized, and am glad I picked it up. ([personal profile] daidoji_gisei, based on your interests, I think you will find this useful, and recommend it to you in particular.)

More relevantly to my writing project, I am grateful that I got some things right by instinct. That being said, it's good to have some confirmation and to have more specific information to work from. (The character in question is a former assassin, among other things.)

There's a bibliography with some interesting-looking articles cited; I figure I'll hit that up when I have an internet connection. (I'm typing up this book report in a text file offline while sitting in Little Wars--I got some writing done earlier.)

Thank you to the generous person who donated this book.

[cross-post: Patreon]

New place and some invites

Aug. 28th, 2016 09:03 am
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Y'all heard of Imzy? Well, I have an account there and I have a bunch of invites. If you want one, just say so in the comments and if you're already there, I am alexcat. Add me.

even more perfect blueberry muffins

Aug. 28th, 2016 12:34 pm
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Posted by deb

even more perfect blueberry muffins

[Get the recipe for Even More Perfect Blueberry Muffins right here]

Since we rolled out the redesign, I've been flagging recipes in the archives I can't stand looking at the pictures of anymore with plans to reshoot them. The perfect blueberry muffins were on this list except on my way to prettying them up, I made four other recipes first. Why make four other batches of blueberry muffins when you already have a favorite, is a pretty reasonable question, only if you've never shopped for jeans before even while wearing the pair you like most... or ordered steak at a restaurant besides the place you think makes it best. What I mean is, when a lot of people say "but the steak/jeans/cake here are amazing!" it's hard not to wonder if maybe they're onto something. What if they were just my favorite blueberry muffins at the time and there's better out there that I didn't know about yet? It's been eight years. Maybe it was time for a re-review. [Note: The prospect of a re-review with outside sources every few years is not recommended to be applied to spouses, children or hairdressers.]


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