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Jul. 24th, 2014 02:18 pm
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Ray Lonnen obituary. I only found out about this today thanks to D.; I don't normally notice the deaths of actors much, but I liked Lonnen very much as Willie in The Sandbaggers. RIP.

I need to find out if my sister has The Sandbaggers on DVD or if she rented it; it seems like it'd be a good time to rewatch it. (Actually, any time is a good time to rewatch it, but you know.)

Greetings from Montreal

Jul. 24th, 2014 02:47 pm
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This isn't my home climate either, but the summer plantings look right: similar variety of trees, choices of garden flowers, and the weedy maple saplings growing up through other plants look like home.

The trip itself was fine once I got checked in at the airport: a car service (Eastside for Hire) stood me up annoyingly, with a series of phone calls starting a few minutes before the time I had booked the cab for. The driver wasn't much good at communicating on the phone, and I had to repeat the full street address to her. It didn't help. By the time she called to say she really was at the front door, I was on the 550 bus, about to get onto the highway across the lake, and hoping that the traffic would be better than predicted. At 7:12, on the bus, I told the driver that "6:45 means 6:45, not whenever you find a map of Bellevue." The transit part (bus over the lake, light rail to Sea-tac) all went smoothly, giving me 20 minutes from when I got off the light rail to get to the Air Canada counter before the official cutoff for checked luggage.

There was almost no queue there, and the people in front of me kindly let me go first when I explained, and then I had an easy time at airport security, leaving me time to buy and drink tea before boarding the puddle-jumper to Vancouver.

The lesson here is either "go back to the other car service" or "6:45 is enough time to do this by bus if I actually go to the bus stop at 6:45 rather than 7:05."

I got to Montreal a little late, but at that point I could do it on automatic: find the ticket machine, buy weekly transit pass, 747 bus to Orange Line metro to 90 bus, and here I am. I was very glad to see [livejournal.com profile] rysmiel, and we had a late-by-the-clock dinner including poutine, then stayed up past 1. OK, fine, my body should be on west coast time: except that I was up less than six hours later. Still, I am here, rysmiel is here, there is tea, and we even have plans for tomorrow.
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Today in the Strip, and UNRWA school was hit while it was still populated. There's an awful lot of dead, mostly teachers and children.

Hamas claims that it was IDF fire, arti or armored. The IDF says that Hamas had been firing at IDF forces from the vicinity of the school for days, and that the IDF cautioned the school that there will be return fire - and anyway, Hamas' record of hitting not what they aim at is a lot worse than the IDF's.

Welcome to war in an urban area. Eventually, a school gets shelled.

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Jul. 24th, 2014 02:37 pm
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I am in a terrible mood and discouraged about the vid I'm (not) working on, so let's resurrect this meme:

Pick any section of a vid or a paragraph or any passage less than 500 words from any fanfic I've written and comment to this post with that selection. I will then give you a DVD commentary on that snippet of what I was thinking when I made or wrote it, why I wrote it, what's going on in the character's heads, why I chose certain words, what this moment means in the context of the vid or fic, and anything else you'd expect to find on a DVD commentary track.

Randomly on a Thursday

Jul. 24th, 2014 05:20 pm
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Posted by Stephanie Pearl-McPhee

1. No word yet on the sock. It could be that this story will end sadly, but not for lack of effort in the knitting community, and I don’t know about you, but that makes me feel great about us.

2. The bike rally leaves Sunday. I have just spent a few minutes quietly at my desk trying to work out if what I feel is excitement or terror.  It might be both.  The weather forecast for next week looks really dodgy. So far it’s calling for rain every day, and while I might be able to get my head around riding in the rain (not really – it sucks) I can’t tell you how opposed I am to camping in the rain, and actually, it’s the idea of doing both of those things for days on end that really makes me take a deep breath.

3. I am trying to change the forecast with my mind.

4. I might be making it worse.

5. I totally think I can finish these socks before I go.  I’m so totally in love with them that I have forgiven the toe all its transgressions.

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I ended up just changing the rate of decrease in them, and I think it’s actually pretty good.

6. I still have to plan my rally knitting. There isn’t much time to knit while we’re riding, but it makes me feel better to have it with me, and if it’s going to rain as much as they’re predicting, Jen and I could be spending our evenings huddled in our tent, knitting like mad.

7. Want some presents? Sure you do.

Gwen, over at Petitchoufleur Knits, has a digital and print copy of her clever (and versatile) patterns Oliver and Olivia going out to Abigail N.

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It’s going to be a nice day for Sara N! She’s the lucky recipient of a gift from Helen, who has this beautiful yarn for her.

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It’s two skeins of Terrra – Woad Light, and a co-coordinating skein of Knitpicks Stroll fingering – to use doubled with the Terra for a beautiful scarf.

Heather at Wolowik Ranch has an amazing roving that’s looking for a new home.

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It’s 4oz of hand-dyed merino, and guess who’s going to love it? Mya MG!

Kim C is going to be delighted.  She’s the lucky winner of a gift from Janelle at the Eclectic Closet.

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It’s a beautiful kit for her Fossetta Hat and Cowl set. She’s including both patterns, and 4 skeins of Lang Yak Yarn.  Lucky Kim!

Three cheers for Jeffi at Shantiknits, (right here in Ontario) she’s got this gorgeous skein of hand-dyed sock yarn to give away.

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It’s right up my alley, but I’m thrilled to see it go to Margaret W.

A few last gifts (for today – there’s so much more coming) and these come from our good friend Lucy Neatby. Lucy’s offering up three digital copies of her book,   A Little Book of BIG Holes for Hand-knitters  (I LOVE this book.)

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I hope it makes Nancy S, Charlotte D and Tara G very happy.

Lucy’s also giving away one more amazing prize.  A virtual library of ALL SIXTEEN of her DVDs. 

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I’m lucky enough to own almost all of them, and I swear that no matter how accomplished a knitter Donna W is, they’re going to learn a ton.

Finally, I want to tell you about an email that I got.  An incredibly generous knitter who would like to remain anonymous, has made an offer that just about broke my heart with its loveliness. Beginning tonight, at 7pm EST, she will match the first 10 donations made to my pledge page. (If you’ve lost track of where that is, it’s here.)

This would be a generous and staggering gift at any amount, but get this. She’s willing to match up to a total of (take a deep breath) $5000.

If you, or anyone you know was considering a donation, tonight at 7pm would be an amazing time to do it. Thanks so much for all that you do, and for all your donations, of any size.  I’m overwhelmed with the amazingness of all of this, and it will give me a reason to take heart while I ride in the rain.  It’s totally worth it. Thank you.

OTW Fannews: On fanfiction

Jul. 24th, 2014 04:55 pm
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Posted by Janita Burgess


OTW Fannews: On Fanfiction Banner

  • Blogger Christopher Olah took a look at some Fanfiction.net statistics. "In the following post, we will visualize the Harry Potter, Naruto and Twilight fandoms on fanfiction.net. We will also use Google’s PageRank algorithm to rank stories, and perform collaborative filtering to make story recommendations to top fanfiction.net users." The post includes a look at languages, ships, slash and more.
  • ParentDish advised parents about fanfic reading and writing. "On the plus side, I am thrilled my daughter, who has never been a fan of books, is suddenly carrying stories with her everywhere - she can even read them on her iPhone - and has an insatiable thirst for words she never had before. She has even let me read a few chapters myself (with the caveat: 'Don't worry, Mum, this isn't actually based on anything I've done... yet') and she is a gifted story teller. And as Wattpad.com has over 1000 story downloads per day and with a whopping 25 million users, she is far from alone."
  • NY Mag decided to look for how fanficcers were responding to the World Cup. "Does all of this have you so intrigued? Yes? Well, brace yourself for another enthusiastic subset of World Cup erotica: the One Direction fan-fic crossover. Here’s a book that imagines two of the band members as rival soccer players at FIFA 2014 as well as lovers in bed. Here’s a shorter one about an abandoned blow job. And fear not — no matter where you turn for your World Cup smut — there will always be ball jokes."
  • Women of China took a broader look at slash in China. "With the rise of Sina Weibo and Wechat, two major instant messaging platforms in China, tanbi is no longer the cult genre it was a decade ago. There has been a growing number of girls, or fojoshi (a Japanese term for girls who endorse male homosexual love), who have started to write fan fiction that moves tanbi into the world of mainstream literature. A recent work pairs two X-men, Magneto and Professor X, powerful opponents who care about each other, at least in the Hollywood megahit X-Men: Days of Future Past. 'There are so many fojoshi that it's almost a selling point now,' Yang, the researcher says."

Does your favorite fanfiction have a page on Fanlore? If not, start one! Contributions are welcome from all fans.

We want your suggestions! If you know of an essay, video, article, podcast, or link you think we should know about, comment on the most recent OTW Fannews post. Links are welcome in all languages! Submitting a link doesn't guarantee that it will be included in a Fannews post, and inclusion of a link doesn't mean that it is endorsed by the OTW.


For the Culinary Record

Jul. 24th, 2014 01:30 pm
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The other day I came into possession of a large head of dead-fresh organic broccoli (my brother, who for all his moroseness is considerably more gregarious than I am -- he spent the '80's clubbing, for heaven's sake -- knows the farmer, and heard from her that she'd be bringing some in to the local farmer's market the next morning, and I acted upon the intelligence received.)

I didn't want to go to the trouble of buying all the extra ingredients necessary to make a turkey divan, and doing broccoli as a side dish for something else would only mean that I'd have to figure out the something else as well. So I followed my usual instinct in such matters, and did some research. Said research turned up this recipe for angelhair pasta with broccoli and garlic. I liked the look of it, especially the way it used the whole head of broccoli and not just the crown, so I decided to give it a try.

The verdict of the diners assembled: This one's a keeper.

My further thoughts: Fast and simple; the only fiddly bits are cutting up the broccoli and mincing the garlic, and those can be done an hour or so in advance. Timing the pasta to come out done at the same time as the sauce finishes: Also simple, provided you have the water boiling. Added bonus: With the substitution of vegetable stock base for chicken stock base, this could make a not-bad addition to my collection of Lenten-Friday recipes. (At that time of year, I wouldn't be getting dead-fresh locally-sourced organic broccoli, but fresh broccoli from other sources would probably be available, depending upon how late Easter was that year.)

So it's all good.

OTW Fannews: On fanfiction

Jul. 24th, 2014 11:24 am
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Automated fanfic recs? It could happen. Meanwhile, parents dig fic and global fandom writes it: http://bit.ly/UqBJo1

Warm broccoli & apple salad

Jul. 24th, 2014 07:22 pm
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Adapted from a cold salad in Leanne Brown's Good and cheap.

Dietary and accessibility notes )

What you need and what you do with it )

I'm assuming this will store & keep overnight and be tasty cold. Note, the broccoli is still crunchy - if you prefer soft broccoli, perhaps steam in the microwave for a few min first.

San Diego Comic-con Addendum

Jul. 24th, 2014 04:25 pm
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Posted by John Scalzi

I’m quoted today in this Los Angeles Times piece on San Diego Comic-con and issues of harassment. It’s an interesting article and worth reading if you’re not up to date on the issue. I have a couple of addendums to it which I think I worth noting briefly now (I will have some longer thoughts on the whole subject, but they will have to wait until after this weekend):

* The article notes that SDCC for the first time sent out e-mails to badge-holders pointing out that it doesn’t tolerate harassment. And you know what? That’s an excellent move and a good way to make the point to 100,000+ people that harassment won’t fly at the convention. I have nothing but positive things to say about that. So good on SDCC for sending those e-mails. I should also say I think SDCC is actively thinking about harassment issues this year, both as a matter of course and because others outside the convention (aside from me, I will note, and in a much more publicly active way than I) are making noise about it. That’s good too, and credit where credit is due.

* However, SDCC still doesn’t actually say on its site (or otherwise as far as I can see) what it thinks harassing behavior is. Which is a really big problem in my book — it leaves no guidance for attendees. Not all harassing behavior is as blatant as a grope; attendees on the receiving end of unwanted attention may not be aware that their harassment qualifies under SDCC standards — nor in the absence of guidance may they be convinced, if they feel harassed, that SDCC will agree with them. That’s a huge hole. I understand SDCC reasoning for not offering that guidance, but with due respect for the thinking behind it, it’s flat-out wrong in my opinion. Not having that language makes the convention less safe, not more. It’s the reason you won’t see me at the convention center or on the floor of the show.

* That said, I noted earlier that my event today, which is off campus (it will be at the Horton Grand Theatre at 1:30pm) was affiliated with SDCC in some way. Certainly the tickets to the event note that affiliation:

I think it’s better for me to put these tickets on the table, as it were, than have someone else do it. As I noted earlier, doing this particular event off-campus allows me to keep a closer eye on things (or as I wrote previously, “if someone acts like a harassing asshole at my event, I can have them bounced and reported”). I’m very sure SDCC knows my thoughts on harassment, in any event.

* What I hope is that all of this helps to make this particular SDCC the safest one so far — and thus the most enjoyable SDCC so far for a large number of its attendees — and keeps the momentum going for the convention to continue making improvements in this area. As I said earlier, the e-mails are a start, and a start I can applaud. There’s more to be done.

Infinite Possibilities

Jul. 24th, 2014 12:49 pm
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Posted by Avilon


Two years after the battle with Chaos, Usagi is finally able to be a normal girl. All of the senshi are moving on with their lives - going on to college, to work, planning for the future. The world is at peace.

But something is off. Something is very off. But no one else seems to think so.

Now it's a race against time, the universe and enemies she might have fought to save the world and return to the ones she loves.

Words: 1323, Chapters: 1/?, Language: English

thursday blahs

Jul. 24th, 2014 08:45 am
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home stuff, dog stuff, and general life stuff )

Meanwhile, I got tired of never finding a phone charger cable when I needed one, so at the advice of a co-worker I went to Monoprice and ordered ten for $7. Much cheaper than picking them up in Walgreens, which is what I've been doing.

My phone did a weird thing yesterday - it was fully charged when I left for work, and I had it in my purse on the drive, but when I got in I discovered it was running super hot and the battery was down to 55%. I rebooted it and plugged it in and it's working fine now, but I don't know what that was all about. Random phone weirdness, I guess.

Only 3.5 hours to go and I'm done with work for the week!

Announcing Premieres Show Pictionary!

Jul. 24th, 2014 12:34 pm
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This year, in place of Vid Karaoke, we're excited to try a new event in the post-Premieres show timeslot: Premieres Show Pictionary!

Inspired by fannish Pictionary events at other conventions, you can test your artistic skills (hint: you don't really need any), your imagination, and your memory of the Premieres show vids you just saw in a game of drawing, guessing and group hilarity moderated by [personal profile] trelkez and [personal profile] sweetestdrain.

We hope you'll join us! The more the merrier (and the more madcap).
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This week's links round-up includes: STEM, race, and gender; new research on babies and birth; new research on Cesarean deliveries; mandatory abstinence education and religious rights; and how to compliment women without objectifying them.

Please note that you can find past MMMMonday posts using the "featured-posts" tag.

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Superstars, thank you so much for giving us feedback on the maintainer-curated content. This is just a quick update to let you know that we're putting MMMMonday posts on hiatus for the summer, due to various life circumstances among the VP team. We'll keep you posted on when to look forward to them again!

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