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:: I understand other people have social Saturdays, bing-watch The Defenders*, or combine the two; go, y'all! Me, I write a brief article for work. When I say "brief" I mean it's supposed to be two pages. I didn't write it briefly -- more like five hours for the baseline -- nor is it brief at the moment (though there's always changing the font back to Times New Roman. Which is, let me put it like that, better than Courier New).

* I ask whether to watch The Defenders on Twitter; two threads (the more Yay) here and (the more Nay) here.

:: Well, at least I can claim I had a social Friday -- my naturalized friend in Cole Valley took me in after the Worst Day Ever, got us and his two other flatmates a close-to-perfect gluten-free dinner, and I found out first-hand that Archer really is only funny to some people. I didn't want to aggravate my friend, who is extremely loving to me, always (without, I stress, wanting to sleep with me -- he has a relatively quick succession of girlfriends at all times). But Men Behaving Badly is basically my bullet-proof squick.

Too bad that...well, let's not get into that here.

:: The good thing that I consumed lately was the latest installment of Seanan McGuire's InCryptid series -- "Magic for Nothing". Finally, finally I really connected with a character of hers; Antimony Price is the first of the Price siblings I genuinely like. At first I was wondering whether the voice actress put me off (audiobook listener because of the lack of sit-down free time). But no; the same voice actress voices Magic For Nothing, and I wanted to hug Annie all the time. Or maybe shoulder-bump. She's not a physically affectionate character. Perhaps not incidentally, this was also the first book of the six where I spoilered )

:: What I have just started AND almost finished is one of those cheap offers on Audible**, namely a book called Louisiana Longshot by Jana DeLeon. I enjoy it a lot -- much more than I expected. It's grouped as "cozy mystery", which I personally take to read, "Did you like Miss Marple and her village? Try this!" There is very little cozy about characters or plot, which is really for the better. As you know, I like dragons and spaceships and ladies who kick ass...not all at the same time, necessarily. But this book made me grin, a lot. For one, it's funny. Second, in the Atomic Blonde age, I cannot but picture Charlize Theron in the main role of a basically-benched CIA field agent ending up in a Louisiana bayou. It's an enormously Bechdel-passing book, and while I can already tell the solution to one of the B plots (and you will too), I haven't solved the A Plot yet; I think the straight-up murder has to be misdirection. Weakness: Where the fuck are all the Black people? This is LA; we're talking 33% of the population. I can see small towns self-selecting, especially Sinful, LA, but not to that degree.

** I do give too much money to Jeff Bezos.
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I always hope that the fog will be below the ridge so that the east side will be sunny, but the best I got between 7 and 9 am was drifting fog without wind. First I walked a quarter mile or so up Nimitz Way (in blowing fog). Very quiet; best birds were two fledgling ravens, or at least that's my guess given the fluffy feathers around their legs, with somewhat ratty head feathers, and the fact that they really didn't want to fly (though they finally did). Then I went down Inspiration Trail a quarter mile or so, just up to the junction with the track down to the power towers. I hoped for bluebirds but although I think I heard one, it wasn't enough to be sure. There was one mixed flock on the way down, but that was it, and I didn't have time to hang around to see if it would ever clear (hasn't so far). Best bird there was Townsend's warbler. So an even shorter list: )

Really, I just wanted to go out for a bit because I'm largely packed for tomorrow and don't want to spend all/em> day stressing about it. For that it was definitely worth going.

8/18/2017 The Nature Area

Aug. 18th, 2017 12:47 pm
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I started out not very early (I was the third car in the lot but the other two left while I was getting geared up!) under heavy fog and spent almost four hours walking up and down the Nature Area. Specifically ) It was so quiet! Even after the sun came out, there wasn't even the activity of Wednesday. Bird of the day was Swainson's thrush; at least two were making the 'drip' call between the boardwalk and Lower Packrat Trail, more calls than I generally hear this late in the season. Barely long enough to bother: )

But it was very beautiful, so have some pics of flowers and water. )
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Hopefully last of the really LONG prompts! Also possibly the last structured prompts - there's too many of the rest of the list that don't really apply, I'd be better off funneling the energy into actual words for this.

16) Magic )


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Schadenfreude on weck

NSFW Aug. 17th, 2017 05:19 pm
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deep breaths, baby girl

Aug. 17th, 2017 12:13 pm
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First, [community profile] raremaleslashex reveals happened earlier this week! I wrote two things for it:

With His Need Laid Bare (nsfw), Fire Emblem Fates, Leo/Niles kidnapping roleplay. My recipient had a very open-ended signup, so I figured I would write a story that had themes that were fun for me to work on, and that seemed to go pretty well.

Eyes in the Dark (not explicit), The Magnus Archives, Jonathan Sims/Gerard Kaey. I love the mysterious feel of this canon and the strong sense of voice we get for the characters (as well we should, given the medium!) and Gerard is such a fascinating enigma. So I wrote something in the style of the canon's first-person statements about supernatural encounters. No spoilers for the series, though it's definitely inspired heavily by Episode 12, "First Aid."

Second, I'm dithering over signing up for [community profile] femslashex -- I'm fairly sure I do want to sign up, but I have eight fandoms in mind and only six request slots, so I'm hesitating. I thiiiink I'm leaning toward using the final slot for Devil Survivor 2; all the options I have in mind are long shots, but I think that's the one I have the most unsatisfied feelings about. Girls surviving the demon apocalypse together, man. It's a thing.

Third: it's really rare for me to watch live action TV but the household has consumed the first four episodes of Wynonna Earp recently and I love it. It's not Quality Entertainment by any discerning measure but it's so much fun, this paranormal romp made of violence and sass, and the actors are having a good time and playing off each other really enjoyably. Dolls is my fave, I think, but the competition is fierce. (Please don't spoil me for future episodes; I've done pretty well at not learning what's up with these characters and I want to find out through watching.)

ETA Fourth, I forgot earlier: I've been playing Fate/Grand Order since it released in NA and I'm having a lot of fun with it, ridiculous history and all. My user ID is 161,219,808 if any of you are playing and would like to add me. I just equipped the Moonlight Festival CE on my Archer Support for grinding purposes.

What are you doing for fun these days?
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So I'm an Amazon Prime member and have been for years; partially it's my physical limitation of carrying heavy things (crates of veggie juice, three-packs of old-fashioned apple cider vinegar in glasses), partially it's my working hours -- even worse now -- and partially, let's be real, it's my innate laziness. I understand I am contributing to the death of live, human retail, which is why I buy all light things I can carry locally with extreme prejudice.

Amazon Prime comes with perks. They're not great perks, but show me a company that doesn't profit from supposed swag, and I'll sell you a bridge in Brooklyn. The one I use most often is Amazon Prime Music. Is the selection dubious? Sure. But it's "free".

This morning when picking "Happy Indie Pop" I saw this:



Whut?
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I'm totally cherry picking the applicable prompts at this point and ignoring the rest. Because yeah - flora and fauna sort of got mostly covered under food, and make no real sense to try to detail when you're talking about one race on spaceships and one race spread over multiple planets with different native whatevers. And I drew a blank at traditions (not as in there aren't any, but as in detailing them felt too static to my brain, so you don't get a write up there.)

11) Language )


14) Food )


15) Technology )


Next up - Magic as seen from these two races in particular and by the Galatics in general (as opposed to the rather messed up Terren take on it), and then I feel like I *might* have enough groundwork laid to start writing.

Also.... I need an icon for this 'verse, dammit. hrm. *goes to browse pics* Icon has! (no, that's not cybertron. or the death star. it's a mandala-esque fractal over a space scene, but the tiny version loses a lot of detail.) Title... not so much. 'Bugs and Bears in Space' is not really going to work, not even as a working title. XD

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Media update

Aug. 17th, 2017 10:23 am
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Reading
Well, I now have even more books out of the library AND more new books on my kindle (In Other Lands by Sarah Rees Brennan!), but in fact, I haven't read any original fiction this week, just Les Mis contemporary AUs of the Combeferre/Enjolras/Grantaire variety, including a very good White Collar AU: Still the Same by [archiveofourown.org profile] tears_of_nienna.

Next up, probably Kept by Y. Euny Hong, since it's the library book that's due back soonest.

Kdramas
Finished Strong Woman Do Bong Soon, about a small young woman with super-strength, who's hired as a bodyguard for the CEO of a video games company. It started out intriguingly wacky and cartoony but turned into a giant mess: endless pointless subplots and a tonally whiplashy crime plot about a serial kidnapper. Similarly, the romance began promisingly but became obnoxiously cutesy by the end. Like, to the point where the leading man's secretary, Mr. Gong, on several occasions, had to politely interrupt their cooing at each other because it was making him super-uncomfortable. At which point, the couple would go, "Oh, are you still here?" and immediately resume giggling and fawning over each other, the moral apparently being that love makes you an asshole.

Also finished Capital Scandal, which was excellent. I chased it down solely for the time period (1930s, during the Japanese occupation), since I hadn't seen anything else set then, and I wasn't at all sure what to expect, but it was adorable and fun (and appropriately distressing in places), and did a great job of balancing romance and revolution. The female leads were outstanding, and the guys eventually caught up, more or less. :-)

Started Suspicious Partner on Sunday and am now nearly halfway through. Ahem. It's about spoilers for the first few episodes. )

Next week: starting a re-watch of Goblin with J.

Other TV
Last Week Tonight. That's about it.

Films
The Midwife (French): The last of our film festival films. It was good, and I liked the no-nonsense main character, but I wasn't quite in the mood to appreciate it, due to Life Things, and it didn't make much of an impression on me.

Writing
I had a plan to write pining fic for the Disguise challenge on [community profile] fan_flashworks, but let's just say it hasn't been a fruitful week.
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Happy Wednesday!

Instead of writing about the actual Nazi-themed comics Marvel is currently putting out, I’m going to summarize/review the imaginary Captain America and/or Avengers-centric titles I wish existed.

So, this week is the second issue of The Falcon and Captain America, which debuted back in July and which so far seems to be about Sam and Redwing going on a cross-country roadtrip with their sidekick Bucky!Cap, supposedly so Sam can re-introduce Bucky to modern/twenty-first century America. The first issue ended with them driving off into the sunrise/sunset together to start their roadtrip. This one opens with them in costume together in a diner somewhere along the NJ Turnpike debating their route (Sam has a bunch of old-school road atlases, Bucky accuses him of having spent too much time with Steve) while a douchey-looking guy with a pro-Trump hat makes some comment to his buddies about how nice it is to see “the real” Captain America back. Bucky makes a comment to him on the way out about how “the real” Captain America would probably have stopped to teach him a lesson and he’s lucky Bucky’s only the understudy and he and Sam get into their little red hybrid and drive away. Then they fight Overdrive, who’s created a giant traffic jam by altering everyone’s cars into goofy-looking nonfunctional models to protest overconsumption of fossil fuel (power-creep alert – he apparently has “turbo-nanites” now that allow him to affect multiple vehicles at once now). Sam and Bucky eventually talk him down* and convince him that there are better ways to fight global warming than through traffic accidents and maaaybe this was a poor way to go about trying to turn himself into a good guy. It ends with them getting back in the Falcon-mobile and continue on their way. There was a brief flashback during the diner scene to Steve angsting at Bucky before they left (about having been brainwashed into thinking he was HYDRA, so now he knows how terrible Bucky must feel about having been The Winter Soldier), but hopefully that’s not going to be a major theme and we’ll mostly stick with Epic Roadtrip Adventures from here on out.

*This is when you find out that Sam’s car is a hybrid.

Next Week:
X-Women #3 (I still think this is a stupidly gimmicky title given that there have been multiple all-female X-men line-ups before and all of those runs had normal X-book titles, and that they should just make it X-Men: Red or something to go with the new Gold and Blue X-books, but it has Jubilee and X-23 in it, so I'm continuing to give it a chance)

8/16/2017 The Nature Area

Aug. 16th, 2017 12:26 pm
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Left the car at 7:30 under high fog but without a jacket, walked up beside The Little Farm, into Wildcat View group camp and out through New Woodland group camp, up Pine Tree to Laurel Canyon trails, down Laurel Canyon Road, up to Jewel Lake and back on Upper Packrat Trail. I managed the two occasions of very high steps, but it's discouraging. Bird of the day was Wilson's warbler, there were so many! Feeding young, even a couple of songs. Where were the corvids? )

There was still water moving under the bridge at The Little Farm and even a trickle down Laurel Canyon, but the whole point of going to the Nature Area was to see whether, in mid-August, there is still water going over the dam at the north end of Jewel Lake. There is! No small amount, either; I could hear it from the other end of the Lake. Look! (16 sec vid) And here's a still pic of the Lake from the northeast corner: )

So nice. This time last year Jewel was little more than a stagnant pool.
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And lo and behold, [personal profile] cofax7 offered to go out for a drink and food last night, and that was the bright spot of my day. (I love Bask up on Columbus, where they also never gluten'ed me).

The rest of the day...don't ask. When you schlepp home five pounds of reading at 11pm in order to prepare, and find out after dutifully going through it that none of it was relevant? Suboptimal. Should have known this day, minus the A+ dinner with C, would suck dead rats through a garden hose (Exhibit 1, Exhibit 2).

The mythical wishlist

Aug. 16th, 2017 11:15 am
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Aka, things I wish exist, that I can't find anywhere.

* Standing drafting tables (like the old beat up ones the art institute of seattle had, dammit)
* Standing drafting table where half of the surface is covered in some sort of grippy rubber, like shelf liner, so my pens and stuff stop MOVING (GLASS topped drafting tables? what crack are you people ON?)
* iPad stand that holds it at a good DRAWING angle, not mimicking the angle of a laptop for screen viewage. Like, 10-25degrees, not 45.
* Still looking for an Apple Pencil holder that will attach it to my iPad securely while traveling, but will also work with having a cover on the iPad. And a pencil grip on the damned pencil. =P
* A damned all-in-one social media dashboard for reading the feeds from my social media. I don't care about metrics, I don't care about how popular my posts are, I just want to be able to read my friends list feeds from instagram/twitter/facebook/pinterest all in one damned place.

There's tons of other things, but those are the ones peeving me right now. =P

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