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Oct. 5th, 2015 07:06 pm
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This weekend I semi-successfully made chocolate chip cookies. I say semi-successfully because they came out WAY better than my cookies usually do, but still came out a bit odd. The recipe also made WAY more cookies than I had the energy/appetite for, so this morning I brought a big plate of them in to work and set them in the kitchen with a sign begging people to eat them and enjoy them.

Apparently one of our very senior vice presidents was in the office early for a meeting, and about ten minutes after I set them out, he wandered past eating one and informed me that there were GREAT cookies in the kitchen.

God I hope I didn't give him food poisoning.

I'm off to Austin tomorrow to help Mum through a minor surgery. I think for the first time ever I'm actually eager to be going to Austin, but mum has really good painkillers, and I have a really stiff neck....
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That time of year is fast-approaching us once again - we are mere weeks away from the 52nd Anniversary of Doctor Who! And as in previous years, I thought it would be nice to commemorate it at [community profile] who_at_50 via the medium of fanwork.

Please allow me to announce, therefore, the [community profile] who_at_50 52nd Anniversary Fanwork-a-thon, celebrating more than half a century of Doctor Who-related goodness. All - that is all - forms of fannish endeavour are welcome - fanfic, fanart, fanvids, fanmixes, icons, podfic, and absolutely any other medium in which you want to express your creativity and celebrate your love for that which is Who, almost certainly including some I've never even heard of. Signups are open from today; posting of fanworks will commence from 1 November 2015 and continue throughout the month. Anything evoking the idea of the extraordinary longevity and diversity of Who would be especially welcome, but maybe the best way to do that is by creating the most typically Doctor Who-like Doctor Who fanwork you can?

If you're interested in taking part, please visit one of the signup posts linked to below to see some more specific instructions and, hopefully, to sign up!

Signup post on Livejournal

Signup post on Dreamwidth

See you there!

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Oct. 5th, 2015 08:32 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

A note before we begin -- I've noticed a subtle but steady creep in the number of comments/emails (as opposed to form submissions) requesting a listing on Radio Free Monday, and while that's totally fine (I will still list them!) I want to remind everyone that the absolute best way to enter a listing is to fill out the form here -- it's linked from every RFM post at the bottom, and also on my tumblr sidebar. It gives me all the info I need and helps me write a more effective blurb on your behalf. Also they're WAY less likely to get lost in the mess of my inbox, because the form stores them all in a single spreadsheet I can check.

If you have questions about whether your listing is appropriate or want to make sure it got seen or if you're just more comfortable with email/comments, please, still feel free! I just want to remind everyone that the form makes everyone's lives easier in the long run. :)

Ways to Give:

[livejournal.com profile] digitalwave is raising funds for medical expenses and to cover their monthly tax bill; you can read more and check out their digital yard sale here. There's also a link from the post to their GoFundMe.

[personal profile] yamx linked to a fundraiser for their friend [personal profile] canaan, who is undergoing treatment for Lyme Disease and co-infections. You can read more here or check out her gofundme here.

Ran linked to a fundraiser for their cousin, who has left her husband and is struggling to keep her house and pay some medical bills. You can read more and reblog here and help out here.

[tumblr.com profile] dreamwaffles linked to a fundraiser for a friend who is suffering health issues and being stalked by her parents, who put her through abusive attachment therapy as a child. You can read more and find donation information here.

[tumblr.com profile] amara1783 linked to Alana, a trans woman who recently lost her job as a blacksmith and is fundraising for help with rent. She's reached her goal but has kept hte fundraiser up to help support for transition therapy. You may be familiar with her "never too late to transition" post here. You can read more about her fundraiser and offer support here.

[tumblr.com profile] missworthing's roommate was raped in January, and is now facing a bill for the rape kit she had to undergo post-assault (because she accepted a drink from her rapist). You can read more and help out here.

Anon linked to [livejournal.com profile] phantisma, who is raising funds after a creditor deducted $3300 from her checking account instead of $330, and is refusing to return the money. The funds will go to rent and bills; you can read more and donate here or shop her ebay and purchase to support the fundraiser here.

[personal profile] maschalismos was recently diagnosed with lupus and fibromyalgia, and is struggling to cover medical bills for her diagnosis and for ongoing attempts at treatment. You can read more and help out with her medical bills here.

[livejournal.com profile] editrx has been struggling a lot lately, and is facing a lot of bills, a lien on her house, and overdue rent on her independent bookstore. She's currently raising $2250 to pay back rent to keep from being evicted; you can read more and help out here. She also has jewelry for sale on Etsy and her bookshop, Star Cat Books, sells through abebooks here.

[tumblr.com profile] amy-vic linked to London Health Sciences Center in London, Ontario, which is asking for donations of knitted or crocheted purple hats for newborns to raise awareness of "PURPLE" (or inconsolable) crying. You can read specifics about the caps and how to donate here.

Tamy linked to a fundraiser for a friend who is looking at some intense vet bills for their cat, Az; you can read more and help out here.

Whitney linked to a fundraiser for her cat Elle, who as a rescue cat has needed a lot of vet care and continues to need treatment. You can read more and help Elle come home here.

Buy Stuff, Help Out:

[personal profile] killing_rose is a Native knitter who has just started a new job but is not earning a living wage yet, and is selling handcrafted products from her shop to keep her head above water. You can view and buy from her Etsy here, and she's also taking paypal donations at firegoddess666 at gmail.com

Help for Free:

[tumblr.com profile] tacticalteaching is an English Lit teacher in rural England, and is looking to do a unit for 13-14 year olds in how superheroes are drawn and how that art is indicative of social attitudes towards race, sex, gender, sexuality, &etc. She's looking for resources such as infographics showing race/gender breakdown, articles about the subject, and images she can use without violating copyright. People who want to help can contact her through tumblr or at tacticalteach at gmail.com.

Beth is working on a Master's capstone project and is looking for people to playtest a short narrative game, then fill out a survey about it. In the game, you play as a young thief who must make their way though the world, navigating the sometimes dangerous streets of your home city. The game is down at the moment but should be up this week, and in the meantime you can sign up for notification; you can read more and sign up here.


[personal profile] sophie is looking for housing in or around the Greater Bristol area in England, starting in the middle of November. You can read more about who she is and what she's looking for here.

[tumblr.com profile] tzikeh is looking for a housemate to move into a condo in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood; it's a large bedroom and private bathroom for $805/mo plus utilities (which for Uptown, and to judge by the photos, is a hell of a deal). You can read more and get in touch here.

And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form or via email at copperbadge at gmail dot com. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!).
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[personal profile] pessi_mista posting in [community profile] yuletide
Tag Exchange currently has four outstanding pinch hits. Can you please help us ensure that all participants will get a gift? :)

Pinch Hit 1 )

Pinch Hit 2 )

Pinch Hit 3 )

Pinch Hit 4 )

If you like any of these requests and you're confident that you can submit a complete fic within the next three days, please leave a comment here (or here at our LJ community if you prefer), telling us your AO3 username and which pinch hit you want to claim. Thank you!

argh, why is mondays

Oct. 5th, 2015 07:49 am
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[personal profile] synecdochic
Mondays, every week, let's celebrate ourselves, to start the week right. Tell me what you're proud of. Tell me what you accomplished last week, something -- at least one thing -- that you can turn around and point at and say: I did this. Me. It was tough, but I did it, and I did it well, and I am proud of it, and it makes me feel good to see what I accomplished. Could be anything -- something you made, something you did, something you got through. Just take a minute and celebrate yourself. Either here, or in your journal, but somewhere.

(And if you feel uncomfortable doing this in public, I've set this entry to screen any anonymous comments, so if you want privacy, comment anonymously and I won't unscreen it. Also: yes, by all means, cheer each other on when you see something you want to give props to!)

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Oct. 5th, 2015 07:08 am
synecdochic: torso of a man wearing jeans, hands bound with belt (Default)
[personal profile] synecdochic
Well, baseball is over for another year. (For us at least -- my emotional involvement in the playoffs is now limited to rooting against the Yankees just to annoy my dad. Heh. Well, okay, and I will also be rooting for the Cubs, who haven't won a World Series in 106 years and who clinched one of the NL wild card slots, to break the Curse of the Billy Goat.)

We didn't go to as many games this year as usual -- we had a 13-game season ticket plan, but kept having to exchange tickets because of other obligations or just wound up skipping games because of other shit going down -- but we did attend the last three games of the season. Around the beginning of July or so, I asked Dad if he wanted us to get tickets for that homestand, since it was against the Yankees, and at the time it looked like there was a chance the Os might be in contention this year. Sadly, it became clear by mid-August or so, if not before, that we would not be in contention after all, but Dad and Mom came down for the weekend anyway, since we had a bunch of unused credit on our account that we needed to put towards tickets. (The season ticket deposit we paid so we could get tickets for last year's playoffs was $500; the season ticket plan we wound up with was like $130/person.)

Despite getting rained out on Friday (thus necessitating a double header on Saturday) and despite Saturday being cold and wet (much to my mother's displeasure), the games themselves were really enjoyable. We won all three, which gave us an actual winning season. (Exactly so, in fact; our final record was 81 wins, 81 losses, for a record of precisely .500.) Hey, we're Os fans, any winning season is a good season.

"I tried to get you girls interested in baseball the whole time you were growing up and you never cared, and now look at you," Dad said to me after the ALCS game we went to together last year. And that's true; baseball never interested me until I moved here and Sarah and I moved into an apartment that was two blocks from the stadium. Sarah said, well, if we're living this close, why not go to a game? At which point I discovered that live, in-person baseball is an entirely different animal than televised baseball: when you're watching it in the actual stadium, the strategy inherent in the game gets a lot clearer and what is stultifyingly boring on TV turns into an exceptionally pleasant way to spend an evening in the stands. (It doesn't hurt that Oriole Park at Camden Yards is widely held, justifiably so, to be the most beautiful stadium in all of baseball; there isn't a bad seat in the house.)

I never expected to wind up a baseball fan, but I was pretty sad when we moved out of the apartment and getting to games became so much less convenient!

Also of note this weekend: in between the day game and the night game of Saturday's double header, we had a few hours to kill, and because my mom was freezing to death, we wanted to spend them indoors. We wound up going to Geppi's Entertainment Museum, which is in the former train station building. (The stadium is on the former site of the B&O Railroad; the warehouse is currently Orioles offices, and the station is the Sports Legends Museum down and the Entertainment Museum up.) We'd never been, though we'd been wanting to for a while. It's a great museum, well curated and well presented, but let me tell you, walking into the first room and being confronted with their actual copy of Action Comics #1 -- the introduction of Superman, and the most valuable comic that exists -- in a case with seven or so other first appearances of various iconic characters is a hell of a moment. Even if it is a little disconcerting to later discover your adolescence on display.
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[personal profile] morbane posting in [community profile] yuletide
There are two weeks left if you're writing a catch-up NYR; the collection will close a little later than that for those (like me) who just really, really want to get another story in.

In the most recent two weeks, ten authors have posted to the New Year's Resolution collection. One fic also fills a Someday My Fic Will Come prompt.

Works below cut in Drunk History, Armadale - Wilkie Collins, The Blacklist (TV), Crusade, Rookie of the Year (1993), Marvel Cinematic Universe RPF, Captain America (Movies) RPF, Sense and Sensibility - All Media Types, Political RPF - UK 20th-21st c., This House (play), Nantucket Trilogy - S.M. Stirling, and Check Please! (Webcomic) )

Come join in!

Challenge information )

Life and random stuff

Oct. 5th, 2015 05:49 pm
china_shop: New Zealand painting of flax (NZ flax)
[personal profile] china_shop
tahi. It was our local mini-slash con [livejournal.com profile] get__together this weekend, and the bits I went to were GREAT! Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] arysteia for organising, and *waves and hugs* to all the usual (and new!) suspects. Sorry I didn't make it to brunch today.

rua. The "being in the body" project continues. Today: pilates; sitting in the sun, stroking cats.

toru. I posted a fic! OMG, it's been so long since I posted a fic, I don't even know what to do with myself now! *flails dorkily* (Correct answer: Finish the other one.)

wha. [redacted]

rima. The boy and I were talking about our mutual lack of interest in the new Pan movie, and how the Peter Pan story generally doesn't resonate for either of us. In the boy's case, it's because of the lack of coherent world-building.

me: Yeah, it's like, who were [Hook and his crew] even pirating off?
the boy: Was it all just an excuse to dress flamboyantly and go boating?
china_shop: Neal, Peter and Elizabeth looking stylish (WC - OT3 stylish)
[personal profile] china_shop
~10,350 words, P/E/N established relationship, PG-13. Set post-series in the Waltz 'verse.

Lightning Storms and Meteor Showers

Summary: Family life. (Three times they fought, and three times they didn't.)

Notes. )
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I spent the last week at Conference No. 1 in Las Vegas. 'twas good; I met old acquaintances and new professionals. There were also poolside meetups, penthouse drinks, Downtown strolls, and a Fedora-wearing startupper trying to teach me how to gamble at Aria. She was pretty good at BlackJack, too, and so was my friend's import-export boyfriend with the high-rise apartment plus pool regarding Roulette...until 8am in the morning (not for me; I left at 3am).

Next week I'll be at Conference No. 2. It'll be an interesting time, for sure: My team, four people, will be crammed into a house with one of our consultants. Each of us is a talker. I can't decide whether to bring more wine, or have less of the bottles said colleagues and consultants will undoubtedly bring.

But, yeah -- this weekend between Conference No. 1 and 2 was spent holed up at home with Netflix, and all I did was go for a swim and a run. And, well -- I made a Summer Peach Pie!

Challenge #572: bridge

Oct. 4th, 2015 08:05 pm
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[personal profile] mad_jaks posting in [community profile] dw100
Welcome to [community profile] dw100. Challenges are posted roughly once a week.

Challenge #572 is bridge.

The rules:
- All stories must be 100 words long.
- Please place your story behind a cut if it contains spoilers for the current/upcoming season.
- You don't have to use the challenge word or phrase in your story; it's just there for inspiration.
- Please use the challenge tag 572: bridge on any story posted to this challenge.

Good luck!

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Oct. 4th, 2015 02:20 pm
bethbethbeth: Drawn Polar Bear stepping into icy water with snow falling (Default)
[personal profile] bethbethbeth
Fixed (or rather, I did what lonelywalker tried...played around with things, then rebooted. :)


Okay, so I bought a new laptop. toshiba, running Windows 10 (doesn't come with a CD disc)

Connectivity is fine (netflix is actually working and it didn't on my old laptop)

Desktop default image is clear

Desktop icons are clear.

But ALL icons/photos/graphics on the net (IE and Firefox, both) are entirely pixelated and useless.

1366 X 768 is apparently the optimal resolution, and that's what I have it set at, but I tried all the other options and none of them work either.

(even lines around forms - like the subject heading box for a journal post - has dashes instead of a straight line

Would any of you be willing to walk me through some options to try and get this laptop to work? Just assume I'm a total Luddite and don't know words like "driver" or "resolution" or "computer" :)

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Oct. 4th, 2015 01:34 pm
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number of times I have made it through the Hamilton cast recording without uglycrying over the death of his son = approx 0

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