this is not my beautiful wife

Oct. 16th, 2017 10:50 am
musesfool: a sword (honour demands it)
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Yesterday, I scheduled my grocery delivery for the 8 am - 10 am slot, since I had plans for the afternoon, and so I set my alarm for 7:30 so I could at least have brushed my teeth and put on pants, but I hit snooze instead of getting up, and then the doorbell rang at 7:45. Needless to say, teeth were not brushed and pants were not acquired - I did pull on a pair of boxer shorts before I answered the door, but I was still half-asleep while the guy handed me my groceries.

I guess being early like that almost makes up for two weeks ago, when they didn't show up at all? Even though they said they delivered it to someone in the household? And I spent half an hour on the phone with Amazon assuring them that as the only person who lives in my household, I had not received any groceries. They refunded my money, of course, but it meant I had to actually go do grocery shopping. And then my baby spring greens froze (I think it was the packaging? because the bagged salad doesn't do that) and I had to buy lunch all week anyway, because ugh, salad that has frozen and then defrosted is all limp and slimy and I couldn't bear a week of lunches of it.

In better news, my plans yesterday were meeting up with [personal profile] tenaciousmetoo, her husband, and [personal profile] innie_darling to go see the 30th anniversary screening of The Princess Bride, which was, of course, fantastic. It opened with Ben Mankiewicz interviewing Rob Reiner, and Rob Reiner telling cute stories about the filming of the movie (and then there was a second brief interview segment bookending the movie).

The movie still holds up. It's still sweet and funny and romantic and funny, eminently quotable with iconic performances, sword fights, pirates, evil princes, and true love conquering all. Do I wish Buttercup were a little more active in the fire swamp? I do. But I am heartened by having seen Robin Wright as General Antiope in Wonder Woman, and the progression of yet another princess from my youth (I was 17 when TPB came out, so I can't say childhood) becoming a general. Anyway! It was great to see it on the big screen again, and I definitely recommend it.

Then we had dinner at the Grey Dog - the food was good but the music was loud - and talked for a couple of hours. All in all, a great way to spend a grey October afternoon.

And then the Giants actually won last night! A game where they were supposed to be annihilated! So that was fun. *g* But now I am very sleepy and wish I was home in bed instead of at my desk at work. Sigh.

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Next year's con.txt theme is [Bob Ross and] The Joy of Fandom. How delightful! (Have some happy little trees! Because in art "there are no mistakes, just happy accidents.")

CON.TXT 2018: The Joy of Fandom

"Let’s face it, things in the real world are starting to look a bit dystopic out there, and we’ve begun to wonder if we’ve entered the darkest timeline. It’s a time when we all need Bob Ross to paint us some happy little trees, or some happy little clouds.

"When we REALLY need that fix-it story.

"The joy of fandom is our ability to remix, reshape, and rewrite our favorite media into something that pleases us. We change endings, we bring characters back to life, we reimagine Harry Potter as South Asian or Peggy Carter as Captain America, we put hobbits in coffee shops, boybanders in space, and Alexander Hamilton in a zombie apocalypse, we explore infinite timeline diversions, and most of all, we make our favorite characters get laid, fall in love, destroy their enemies, save the world, and buy some curtains. And always remember, there are no mistakes in Bob Ross paintings, just happy accidents.

"Fandom is not always perfect, and it’s not always the safe space we wish it were, but at least it’s not the real world. With that in mind, we invite you to come and take a break with us, hang out with other fans in person, and celebrate each other and the media we love!"

~con.txt
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Thanks, Alex Orlando! How to adjust your bike's shifter cables is a four-minute video that taught me how to fix a cable AND the rear and front derailleur! And I only broke one other thing in the process (okay, two, but that reflector was totally non-essential and came off during the test ride afterwards, so I don't think that counts) which I'm pretty sure means I came out ahead.

Maybe I should google "how to replace a back tire" and fix the other bike while I'm at it. (Except I feel like I might have already tried that and it was much more complicated than I expected. On the other hand, derailleurs! I can't even spell that and I fixed it!)
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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2gcP3JZ on October 15, 2017 at 11:05AM

The Infinity Gauntlet: Part 2 - The Infinity War http://ift.tt/2zpQsW3

Tags:IFTTT, Fauxthentic History, DWCrosspost

Tumblr post (this is likely a reblog, and may have more pictures over there)

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Oct. 15th, 2017 11:32 am
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Okay, they weren't lying about iOS 11. It really does make my iPad (and iPod, though the battery's declining fast) more useful: I can open on my tablet today every .htm file I was looking at on my laptop last night! What sorcery is this! I can read old fic that only exists on my backup drives from a remote device! This is a good day.

In related news, the original Keeper series was extensively different. So extensively that I think I'm just going to reread the entire old version as well (what a hardship!) because it wasn't crystals, it was the alien orb they were addicted to, and that was before the whole Maker adventure. Also it ends with Evan breaking Alex out of prison, which means none of the white planet happens, but I'm sure they figured out where the plague came from which in the new series is after all the keepers start being rounded up as enemies of state (it has to be before in the old series or we would have seen lots more of them being pirates).

Also, I'd completely forgotten about the random insect aliens only Alex can see ("by the way, who's Ed?") which means they're entirely absent from the new series. NOW I HAVE TWO VERSIONS OF THIS UNIVERSE TO READ. SWEET ♥

Thanks Kristine Williams! You are my hero!

PS, Pretty sure this explains why I remember them taking their shoes on and off so much. It only comes up a handful of times in the new series, but I really remember it being every single time they entered or left the room. I'll keep a count when I'm re-reading the old series. (I know at some point I wrote a journal entry that mentioned how much time they spent looking for their shoes. Or Alex did, anyway. Evan always knew where they were, because that's what he does.)
musesfool: han/leia from TFA (stlil crazy after all these years)
[personal profile] musesfool
I answered the first ten questions of this meme here, and now I'm doing the second set of 10:

Ship Questions for your Current Fandom

11. Who is your current OTP?
I guess if my "current" fandom is technically Star Wars, then Han/Leia is my current OTP. *hands* And also Rey/Finn and Obi-Wan/Satine and Kanan/Hera.

12. Who is your current OT3?
Rey/Finn/Poe. Anakin/Padme/Obi-Wan (which is more...how could these relationships be better/more healthy than fervent shipping; but they do work better as a trio. IJS).

13. Any NoTPs?
Didn't I already answer this last time? Reylo for Star Wars, definitely.

14. Go on, who are your BroTPs?
Han and Luke, I guess? Though I'm okay with Luke being there as part of the OT3 with Han and Leia. *hands*

15. Is there an obscure ship which you love?
Obi-Wan/Satine. Obi-Wan/Ventress. Also, Anakin/Ahsoka. I would also love some Ahsoka/Steela if people would write it.

16. Are there any popular ships in your fandom which you dislike?
Hux/Ren. Ugh. DO NOT WANT.

17. Who was your first OTP and are they still your favourite?
HAN/LEIA. OTP OF OTPS.

18. What ship have you written the most about?
I haven't really written much ship fic in Star Wars.

19. Is there a ship which you wished you could get behind, but you just don’t feel them?
Qui-Gon/Obi-Wan. I guess I can see why people ship them but I find them a huge yawn and have mostly been unable to sustain interest in reading fic about them where the romantic relationship is the focus. See also Finn/Poe, which doesn't interest me unless Rey is also present. I also just don't get any of the Obi-Wan/clones fic. I mean, knock yourselves out, but I don't get it.

20. Any ships which you surprised yourself by liking?
Obi-Wan/Anakin. Which - I don't read most of the fic for it, because I don't see it a regular romance? But I have a hard time with them being separated (before Anakin turns evil, I mean) even if they are technically involved with other people.

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Finally!

Oct. 14th, 2017 12:29 pm
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I have finally found the perfect casting for the part of Jack Reacher (yes, that's totally a thing at our house), and I can't believe it took me this long:

John Cena

It isn't a part that requires stellar acting skills, so the casting is more about the right physical type and age (Adam Baldwin was a great candidate for older Jack Reacher, but not the young-to-middle years anymore). The absolute requirement is that he not be a prissy, midgetory, sportscar-driving wannabe. I.e., *koff*... the current casting.

I see that recasting Jack Reacher is also a thing over at IMDB.com, so we're not alone. :O

And my newest nominee for the "What the hell was that?" Sports Hall of Fame comes from last night's Cal Football game against Washington State: Buzzuh? Damn, why is there no slo-mo replay of that sucker?

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Oct. 13th, 2017 09:43 pm
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I forgot I was reading the Keeper series, so I just went back to it. I still have another hundred pages to go out of a couple thousand, and admittedly I don't remember the story... perfectly? but. I don't think this is how it happened the first five times I read it.

ETA: It definitely isn't! First off, I don't think the series ended the first time I read it; on further reflection I do vaguely remember checking the author's site for at least a year - possibly two - for updates before accepting that it might be permanently on hold.

...And lo! Now there is more! But there is also less, because I read the entire new Keeper series, and the continuing conversation about infallibility does not happen in it. Nor does whatever made me remember the spikes. (This is why journaling is important! You never know when someone will rewrite history! George Lucas.)

I think from when they escape the planet they crashed on to the end is new. And I think what used to happen after the crash is missing. (They absolutely explored that alien ship. And I remember everyone being fascinated by crystals, not silver.) Unfortunately, with the demise of geocities, the only way of knowing for sure is either time travel, or the possibility that I saved the entire-series-at-the-time and it still exists on an external drive backup somewhere.

That possibility is not zero.


ETAA: FOUND IT ♥♥♥

plug it in, change the world

Oct. 13th, 2017 02:50 pm
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[personal profile] musesfool
Well, the coop board application package is all spiffed up and waiting to be picked up by FedEx. keep your fingers crossed!

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Brooklyn Nine Nine: Kicks
Huh. I'd have definitely named this episode after the flan, but that's just me. spoilers )

The Good Place: Existential Crisis
spoilers )

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We saw a lot of "Hike Safe" posters last weekend, and mostly what I took away from them was, "Rescue yourself." (Apparently there's more to it than that, but that's the underlying theme.) With Vulcan's Fury coming up this weekend and us planning another hike before fall freezes us out,* it's a lesson I'm willing to take to heart.

"Don't assume you'll be rescued; know how to rescue yourself."

*Frost warning tonight. All house plants to the indoors: this is not a drill, little planties! (Even using a tray, I had to make four trips. I'd be more worried about the moving damage suffered by the massive ivy I brought in if it wasn't an almost-dead sprig of five leaves a few months ago.)
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So I was at the drugstore this morning getting some wart remover, and I foolishly turned down the toy aisle. Why did I not know there is a Magneto Dorbz?! It is now on my desk.
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[personal profile] musesfool
Another board meeting successfully concluded! Now maybe I can start answering comments again, and maybe do some more writing!

In the meantime, have a househunting update:

Tuesday, I received an updated loan commitment letter - almost final!, they assured me - and asked me to send them two pieces of documentation, one of which I'd sent previously (twice, backup for a deposit which was the payout of the inherited IRA from my dad back in May) and one which was a letter explaining why I was okay paying more than the apartment was appraised for (i.e., the comparables used were six months out of date, and I love the area and the building!), and they were like, okay, you should have a final letter soon!

So I didn't get it yesterday and today was frantic work-wise, but after everything was over, I emailed them and was like, "When do I get the final letter? I need to send this application in!" and they were like, "...that was the version for your application? Have your lawyer look it over and then send it in."

I wish they were more explicit about these things! Because this letter is not executed, nor does it actually specify what my monthly payments will likely be, both of which were done with the letter the last time around. So I was like, "Okay then!" and sent it on to my attorney, who just emailed back like, "Good to go, V!"

Since S. the realtor's assistant has already approved the rest of the package ("You're so organized! You're like my long lost twin!"), I made the required copies (on three-hole-punched paper) and I went and got all the necessary checks; it's costing me $1225 in various application fees this time around(!!!), and luckily I don't have to pay $10 a check for each certified check because I have "priority" status at Big Evol MegaCorp (i.e., my bank and also former employer), because that would have been $50 on top of that. And that's not even getting into the $450 the appraisal cost, or what the closing costs will be (and then the moving costs and cleaning costs and ripping up the carpet and refinishing the floors costs and painting an accent wall costs etc.). Oy.

So tomorrow I'll slip the numbered divider tabs into the pile of papers, put them in the binders, and send the whole thing off via FedEx and hope they call me for an interview soon. Keep your fingers crossed!

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Also...

Oct. 12th, 2017 01:06 pm
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So, while the rest of life seems like a rotating chore chart, there have at least been some entertainment breaks along the way. Here goes:

We finished watching Shetland, which was over all too soon. The story arc grew hard for the character we think of as "comic-relief Tosh", and I kept half expecting Jimmy and Duncan to get together, thanks to Duncan's flirty chemistry with Jimmy (and just about everyone, really). A fourth season has finished filming, which we hope will come to Netflix soon.

Shetland looks as if it was filmed during the summer, in the sunniest and most beautiful part of the year, like a tourist pitch for Scotland. The Welsh series, Hinterland, is just the opposite. It aims for more of a noire effect, set in and around the Cambrian Mountains (which are bleak and sparsely populated) and looking like the tail end of winter—dead grass, glowering skies, and breath-fog temperatures. Wales is a beautiful country, so it's clear that unwelcoming atmosphere is deliberate. Season 3 just went up on Netflix, and we snapped it up. More seasons would be nice, but I don't know if they're planned. The storyline tied up well in S3, so that could be it. :O

The dearth has caused us to sample The Break (I don't much like the main character there) and Death In Paradise (silly fun). We had previously watched Dr. Foster (and wound up hating almost every character in it) and Paranoid (much better). But a Luther re-watch tempts me, just for better quality.

I rat-holed down some Barns Courtney music last week, because I like Fire. The bluesy sound of his music is great, but the choruses often go farther into "pop" than I can generally tolerate. I stumbled across Glitter and Gold, which I did like, and then a video collaboration for it that really grabbed me. It seemed an odd music choice for Marvel, but then I realized it was a fan video, not a Marvel production. Vidders may scoff, but the presentation of the Marvel universe tied in really well with the music, and the video made striking use of all parts of the music (always a huge plus in my book!) So often, 'signature' music themes or moments are ignored in video (and dance choreography), and that drives me nuts. Here, they were used and even highlighted—and tightly so. In a word, from my naive perspective: \o/

Have I mentioned my worthless MP3 player? I bought it last Xmas, after my iPod Nano went from "I will never download new playlists for you again" (which is iTunes' fault) to "What is this on/off button of which you speak? I will not play music at your command! Now go away while I drain your battery..."

The new MP3 player looks pretty, and has lots of memory... but almost no functionality and no firmware updates! \o? So, it's useless for playing music. I've never tried to let it just play its contents in order (alphabetical playlists— kill me now), but on "random" it skips to exactly the same songs every time, in sequence. Plus, once you've paused it or it's gone into sleep mode... when it wakes up, it goes back to the beginning of your playlist and does the whole thing over again. Identically. It's maddening.

I gave up on music, and I'm using it for podcasts instead. So, at our daughter's urging, I started Serial. Wow, I am hooked. I'm in the last episode of Season 1, and desperate to find out what the "truth" is, assuming they find it. I have Within The Wires waiting, and more of The Orbiting Human Circus Of The Air. And of course, Nightvale. So, while I'm not singing during my commute to/from work now, at least I'm entertained. Really, the final straw toward podcasts—apart from the M3 player—was that our local alternative radio station is veering toward pop/rap/reggae, all of which I hate, and another has gone to an "80's as oldies" format (*cries*). I can't change any presets on the car stereo to other stations unless we buy a new dashboard display unit for the Prius, so it's CDs or an auxiliary unit for now. I need to find a different MP3 Player for music. My birthday's coming up, so if I can find a gift for HalfshellHusband to buy me, he'll be pleased.

Will I get Halloween decorations up this year? The thought of NOT doing it is sad, but there are so many endless chores at home on weekends, and I'm there so little on weekdays. *sigh* I need elves. And by that, I mean elves other than HSH sneaking around and doing stuff he shouldn't, while I'm still in bed. :O

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Oct. 12th, 2017 07:55 am
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Suicide help texting in the US: text "HOME" to 741741 and a volunteer will text with you until you feel safe to continue on your own.

The above link has more information about this free service, along with some simple steps, suggestions, and links/downloads to help you calm yourself - either while you wait, or in place of texting.

Sometimes just knowing someone will be there if you ask for help is enough to get you through a moment of crisis.

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Oct. 11th, 2017 11:06 pm
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[personal profile] starandrea
If the automatic smart quotes in iOS 11 are causing you grief every time you try to use "cut text" on dreamwidth, they can be easily turned off: General > Settings > Keyboard > Smart punctuation.

Thanks, Reddit.

Unrelated iOS puzzle: where did "turn on night shift" go? On the control panel, if you hold down the brightness slider, a new screen will pop up with "turn on night shift" at the bottom.

Thanks, Google.

everybody here has seams and scars

Oct. 11th, 2017 10:44 am
musesfool: Princess Leia (so what level up)
[personal profile] musesfool
Last night, on the spur of the moment, L and I met up for dinner at the bar around the corner, and it turned out it was Bingo Night. I didn't even know bar bingo was a thing, but apparently it is, and so we played, and in addition to getting two free shots when the 'booze ball' came out (a different ball for each round), I won two bingos! Well, the first one I was playing L's card, so technically she won, and she got an adorable pink unicorn bubble gun as a prize. I won the last round, scoring a blackout! And $25 off the tab! It was stupidly fun, though two beers and two shots on a weeknight is not the brightest idea I've ever had.

And now it's time for What I'm Reading Wednesday:

What I've just finished
Star Wars: From a Certain Point of View, which is a short story anthology that retells the story of the original Star Wars (A New Hope, if you must) from the POV of background/secondary characters. Some stories work much better than others, and it spends much too much time with the denizens of the cantina in Mos Eisley (though one of my favorite stories is the one about the lost clarinet or whatever it is called, and the variety of shenangians around it). I also really enjoyed the memo from the admiral that Vader chokes in the conference room, and the report from the stormtrooper with the dewback obsession, both of which are hilarious. There are a few clinkers - the mousedroid one was unreadable for me, and while I liked getting Beru's POV, her story didn't seem to fit at all, and I thought the writing for Biggs's story was way too overwrought.

Otoh, the Yoda section! Oh my heart. spoilers )

What I'm reading now
The Ship of the Dead (Magnus Chase #3). I admit, the way to my heart is definitely to have a Percy cameo at the start of every book. I do like that kid a lot. But this jumps right into the action and so far I'm enjoying it a lot.

What I'm reading next
I've got both The Rules of Magic by Alice Hoffman and All the Crooked Saints by Maggie Stiefvater on the iPad, so probably those, but anything could happen!

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morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2g0oZlc on October 10, 2017 at 09:18PM

Tags:not a reblog, activism, pdwcrosspost2

Tumblr post (this is likely a reblog, and may have more pictures over there)

Tools For Faxing Your Congress Person

Oct. 10th, 2017 09:08 pm
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 If you work and cannot make personal calls during working hours  or are just phone shy, you can can send up to 5 free faxes to your Congress person using FaxZero. It is as easy as clicking on a link. 

Page here: https://faxzero.com/fax_congress.php
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I didn't mention this, but I left work early on Friday because there was a power outage and a smoke condition, so they sent us home at about 4 pm. This happened the week prior as well (the day I was out sick) and is due to the work going on in the street in front of the building, which has basically been going on since the crane collapse in February 2016. Between this and the years of construction near my apartment on the Second Avenue Subway, I feel like I am always in a construction zone. I gotta tell you, I don't love it.

Anyway, since the building was evacuated and then closed yesterday for the holiday, the HVAC took forever to get online, so I sat in a 90 minute meeting this morning in a small conference room with 10 other people, a projector that shed heat like a small star, and no AC. The windows had to be closed because of the construction - we're on a low floor so all street noises sound like they are happening in the room with you. As a way to start the day, I can't say I recommend it.

I guess because of the evacuation, the cleaning staff didn't take out the garbage on Friday, so it's still sitting here in the bin under my desk. Sigh.

Ugh. Tuesday.

In better news, [community profile] yuletide assignments are out! And mine is a good one! It's not even the fandom that I forgot to go into my signup on Sunday and delete because I was having doubts, which I was sure it would be (it typically is). My person only listed one prompt and their letter is only about a fandom we didn't match on, but luckily, the prompt they gave for the one we did match on is right up my alley, so this should be fun! Remind me of this in December when I'm tearing my hair out. *g*

In even better news, The Last Jedi trailer dropped last night! (My tumblr tag is, obviously, star wars: the last jedi, so you can see all the beautiful gif sets people made in the immediate aftermath, or so you can blacklist it so you don't have to see any of it. Whatever works for you, you know?)

I did a Rogue One/New Hope rewatch yesterday, and I have to say I still love Bodhi, Baze and Chirrut best. Sigh. Also, the way it recontextualizes that first scene between Leia and Vader is so great.

Anyway. I suppose this is spoilery? Idek, but here's a cut, just in case: The Last Jedi trailer spoilers: quibbles and concerns )

I did like some stuff though! I'm not a total negative Nelly.

The good things:

stuff I liked! )

In conclusion: I have concerns but I AM EXCITE. GIVE IT TO ME. PLEASE DON'T SUCK!

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