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james_davis_nicoll
June 24th, 2017 09:34 am - Ask Lovecraft's YouTube channel cancelled
Why YouTube did this seems unclear so I am just going to jump to a conclusion completely unsupported by the available evidence and assume this is yet another example of right-wing trolls gaming a site's complaint mechanisms.

xpost: http://james-nicoll.livejournal.com/5932281.html

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missizzy
June 24th, 2017 09:03 am - More Fitzsimmons Fic
Title: You're Not Defeated, You're in Repair
Fandom: Agents of SHIELD
Characters: Jemma/Fitz
Disclaimer: Now Disney owns them.
Warning: Reference to noncon, discussion of toxic masculinity
Note: This may or may not turn into a series. I've really not sure.

Just give me your hand and hold on/ Together we'll dance through the storm )

Current Music:: Leona Lewis-Yesterday

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james_davis_nicoll
June 24th, 2017 08:56 am - Question due to what's being reviewed tomorrow
Without spoiling the title, it's old timey SF from a series set on the worlds of the nearer stars. Wikipedia has a current list. In my day, the right hand column would have been filled with "here there be dragons," not lists of exoplanets.

That one KSR about how if you send a generation ship filled with the learnedly ignorant, colonization will surely fail aside, are there any SF novels recent enough to use the exoplanets we now know of as settings?

xpost: http://james-nicoll.livejournal.com/5931950.html

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torachan
June 24th, 2017 01:11 am - Daily Happiness
1. I finished another book tonight, which makes thirty-three for the year so far. I have moved my initial goal from twenty to thirty and then to forty, but I'm thinking I'm going to have to move it again at this rate, because the year's only halfway through.

2. I spoke with the insurance claim person today and she said that it sounded like since we were both backing up, it would be a 50/50 thing, which would mean our insurance wouldn't go up and we would be liable for half the deductible. So, possibly still have to pay a lot in car repairs, depending on how much it costs to repair the damage, but it could be worse.

3. Look at this fluffy Chloe tum! She just loves the tummy scritches. :)


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erinptah
June 24th, 2017 03:13 am - Erin Watches: Scandal s6 continued, e02-05

Just gonna jump right into the liveblogging on this one.

Season 2 episode 2 starts with a flashback to when Mellie accepted the Republican nomination, making it even harder to ignore how unrealistic it is that the Republican party would vote for a woman to get their nomination.

Olivia yells at Fitz for sending "scrubs" to investigate a crime scene. The actual FBI Director steps out and informs her that, no, he sent her to investigate the crime scene. (This director is a black woman with giant hair. I want to like her.)

Cyrus invites Mellie to join him as VP-elect. This is all so terribly incestuous. There's no discussion of what policy would be, because of course there isn't -- I'm not sure if Scandal buys into the fallacy that the two parties are Basically The Same, or if this is just a symptom of it not caring about government except as a dramatic backdrop for sexy power struggles.

Olivia has dinner with the FBI director with the hair. It starts as piercing commentary on the way they get treated, as competent black women in positions of power...and turns into Olivia asking if the director has a thing with Fitz. Turns out no, but not because it's a terrible idea for the head of the FBI to bang the President, it's just because she was worried about disrespecting Olivia.

At the same time as this is happening, Olivia's people are stealing evidence from the FBI, and the White House is having a "confession" tortured out of a suspect who's supposed to be under the FBI's purview.

(The evidence is a hard drive, which, when recovered, has "over 5,000 hours" on it. By my back-of-the-napkin calculations, that would fill 17.6 terabytes. On a laptop drive. As of 2017, if you're willing to shell out several thousand dollars, the most Amazon can get you is 4.)

...I got real worried because Olivia's next thing is to snap at the WH that forced confessions are worthless as intelligence. Which is absolutely true -- but the show has never seemed to realize that before, and also, it's 23 minutes into the episode. (Thankfully, the next one seems to be backing her up.)

Flashback to Mellie's romance with a campaign staffer, and, oh hey, it turns out Abby knows Olivia broke up her and David! (I don't remember if we knew this already, or if this is the dramatic reveal.) Flash-forward to Mellie confronting Olivia over orchestrating her breakup with the staffer. "Why are you doing this? What is wrong with you?!" Good question!

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Episode 3 retcons the video data to "300 hours of [tip-giving videographer]'s footage, 2200 hours of the security feed." That would need less than 2 TB on the hard drive, which is more believable.

Portia di Rossi's character is back! And she's amazing. Partly because I can't help seeing her as Veronica, all charmingly ridiculous, meant to be judged by comedy standards rather than real-world ones.

This episode uses flashbacks to unveil that, yep, Cyrus isn't the murderer. I was definitely expecting that to be dragged out for longer. (There's a secret video of Frankie yelling at him for being a terrible person who should be in jail, and, look, he's not wrong, but for other reasons.)

Most obvious suspect is the hitman Cyrus was secretly having an affair with, because that's the kind of show this is. Flash-forward to the present, Cyrus secretly meets with the (armed!) ex-boyfriend at night in a park, because that's totally the kind of thing PEOTUS can do. Secret Service, what Secret Service?

Vengeful hitman ex throws a wrench in the works by "admitting" to killing Frankie on Cyrus's orders. This'll be fun.

Olivia: "With Cyrus in jail, the Electoral College will have no choice but to vote for you." Orrr they could vote for the runner-up in the Democratic primary. Without knowing anything specific about these people's policies, that seems like the most moral and honest choice re: the will of the voters.

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Wow, almost nothing to say about episode 4. It's all Cyrus's Adventures in Jail. The narrative woobifies him hard, to the point where in spite of everything I actually feel bad for him by the third act. (Fourth act, he gets a guard murdered. So much for that.)

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And episode 5 focuses on the drama around Jake Ballard -- Olivia's ex, former agent of Olivia's dad, now Mellie's VP candidate, in a politically-orchestrated marriage with a not!Kennedy who's now going into an alcohol-fueled emotional tailspin as she slowly realizes (a) Jake doesn't like her very much and (b) he's a terrible person.

(To illustrate: he seriously considers strangling her in order to keep the angsty tailspin from damaging his career.)

Newly revealed in flashback: Jake blew up the cabin that held the laptop that held the video that came from the photographer that called in the tip that swallowed the spider to catch the fly. Don't ask me why.

Olivia wrangles Mellie to have a heart-to-heart with the not!Kennedy wife, as part of the Women Whose Husbands Like Olivia Pope Better Club. This wrangles the wife back into urging Democrats to fall in line behind Jake's ticket, based on him being a Good and Honorable Person who married someone from Massachusetts. What policies does he support that they should appreciate? Ha. Aha. Ahaha.

Then she spends the rest of the episode trying to get proof that Jake did the murdering, which of course means he didn't do that, although she lets him drive her alone without her phone to an isolated location before she figures it out.

And, whoof, that's about all the Olivia Pope always-rightness I can take in one sitting. (Still working on commissions, but I'll have to switch to some other background TV for the rest.)


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ysabetwordsmith
June 24th, 2017 01:38 am - Super-Queers
 [personal profile] bairnsidhe has been writing a setting called Super-Queers.  Check out "Questions" and "Under the Hood."  If you like Polychrome Heroics, you'll probably love this.

xpost: http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/4379782.html
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elanya
June 24th, 2017 12:11 am - Today
Today was a mixed bag. The strawberries I bought were crappy (sour, watery, and/or overripe), but they had cheap brownie bites at loblaws.

I managed to Do Things at work and not just waste time terribly, but I didn't get all the things I wanted to done, and I am still having trouble making myself work.

The weather was shitty - rainy and humid followed by warm and humid.

After dinner was just an awful stress pile and I'm still grumpy despite leaving the house for a bit.

I went to the mall and didn't buy too much ridiculous crap. I did get a birthday present for Nugsy, which was the goal.

I am trying to think of an idea for a pirate and ghost story anthology (submission deadline is July 7), which you might think would be second nature, but I'm getting bogged down in historical acts and I haven't even thought of a good idea yet :p

Probably at least part of my grumpyness is impending bees. also my tiredness. Time for bed I guess.

Current Mood:: [mood icon] meh

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alatefeline
June 23rd, 2017 07:28 pm - still present
Still present. Staying with things. Uncle slept all day, is declining, no longer able to drink liquids. Aunt got out of the house for a few hours while we (Dad and I) were there. Cousin age 5 is a handful and a delight. We fought many monsters, took the dog for a walk, and ate gorilla food (gorilla munch brand corn pop cereal, yogurt, sliced fruit). At lodge to rest now. I am sad and not okay, but I am okay with not being okay, and I am here.

Current Mood:: [mood icon] sad

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ysabetwordsmith
June 23rd, 2017 09:05 pm - Fireflies!
 Tonight is moist and mild.  There are fireflies everywhere!  :D  Also some fireworks to the west of us.

Current Mood:: [mood icon] busy
xpost: http://ysabetwordsmith.livejournal.com/4379475.html

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cap_ironman
[laireshi]
June 24th, 2017 03:33 am - Captain America, Undone
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lj_refugees
[halley]
June 23rd, 2017 08:51 pm

I hope it's alright for me to post this here.

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tassosss
June 23rd, 2017 08:13 pm - Fic Rec: Ad Infinitum by stormontheocean [Dragon Age]
OMG Amazing! And not finished! I might die. But soooo amazing. Yes, it's Modern Girl in Thedas Mary-Sueish fic, but SOOOO AMAZZZING!

Ad Infinitum (189640 words) by Stormontheocean
Chapters: 68/?
Fandom: Dragon Age: Inquisition, Dragon Age (Video Games), Dragon Age - All Media Types
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Relationships: Female Lavellan/Solas, Cullen Rutherford/OC, Iron Bull/Dorian Pavus
Characters: Iron Bull, Solas, Varric Tethras, Dorian Pavus, Cassandra Pentaghast, Original Female Character(s), Female Lavellan, Cullen Rutherford
Additional Tags: Slow Burn, No really the slowest burn ever, and also Dragons, MGiT, Modern Girl in Thedas, Cullen can sometimes be a dick, But frustratingly not all the time, Ambiguous Bull, Realistic enough to talk about latrines

Summary:After a bus accident, Liz wakes up in Haven, stuck in the fictional world of Dragon Age. How does a modern girl get by when she can't speak the language, and her expansive knowledge of the Blight and Kirkwall, but limited knowledge of Inquisition would only make her look more suspicious? Fake being deaf and mute, and hope not to get caught before she can find proof of her origin. But the best laid plans never work out as expected... -Summary by the magnificent and amazing ElyssaCousland.

Why I love it: So I might have stayed up till 5 am on a work night to keep reading this. I have a soft spot for fish out of water stories, and this one is a Modern Girl in Thedas trope where Liz is not the Inquisitor but ends up joining the Inquisition because she doesn't know what to do. She does have prior knowledge of the first part of the game as a video game in her/our world, but since she never went past Haven, her knowledge is limited. And that's where this fic really takes off. It is not a game rehash. Instead we get Liz adapting to her new world, making friends, losing them, making new ones, working hard, and being sent to the Hinterlands for six months with the Chargers. Brilliant plot twists, excellent writing, and some really layered and well-developed characters from the OC herself, to the Chargers who get fleshed out, to the companions and advisors and even the Inquisitor who is a solid if background character. War and trauma happen and the fallout gets to play out. The functioning of the Inquisition itself is explored, and did I mention that the new plot thing that holds it all together is really fun and amazing? Because it is. This is definitely one to read. Even if it isn't finished yet.

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othercat
June 23rd, 2017 04:12 pm - Fic: The Forest Room Chapter One
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fandomsecrets
[case]
June 23rd, 2017 06:58 pm - [ SECRET POST #3824 ]

⌈ Secret Post #3824 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.

01.


More! )


Notes:

Secrets Left to Post: 00 pages, 00 secrets from Secret Submission Post #547.
Secrets Not Posted: [ 0 - broken links ], [ 0 - not!secrets ], [ 0 - not!fandom ], [ 1 - too big ], [ 0 - repeat ].
Current Secret Submissions Post: here.
Suggestions, comments, and concerns should go here.

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beccaelizabeth
June 23rd, 2017 11:29 pm - Books!
Is there anything more satisfying than spending the day doing inventory?

... or more frustrating? Read more... )



New shelves!

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boxofdelights
June 23rd, 2017 03:41 pm
[personal profile] jesse_the_k tells me all the cool kids are doing this:

what boxofdelights likes to talk about

row 1: my kids; gardening; tutoring; the fanfic community; Octavia Butler;
row 2: stories; books; autonomy; Wiscon; storytelling;
row 3: dogs; Rachel Maddow; math; different points of view; raptors;
row 4: introversion; puzzles; podfic; logic; making people laugh;
row 5: compost; R.A. Lafferty; science fiction; due South; ecology;

I made this at http://myfreebingocards.com
I picked 25 topics that I like, and that I like to talk about.
I let the web page randomize the placement. I was lucky that "my kids" didn't end up in the middle.
I clicked "Play Online Now" to get an image I could snip.

Check off the things that also interest you and see if we have a bingo.

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cap_ironman
[cap_ironman_daily]
June 23rd, 2017 11:09 pm - Friday Fanwork Recs: Marriage & Food
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twistedchick
June 23rd, 2017 03:31 pm - It's Friday and two more coyotes have been singing from the park all day.
A less-than helpful encounter with a Senate committee, when women go to testify about Islamism.

Guatemala doesn't want its emigrants back.

Justice Ginsberg and the price of equality.

Worst Trump cabinet member? Betsy DeVos.

Traveling to Havana? You may need to know this.

In Morocco, a town drenched in blue.

The secret lives of Mexican nuns.

Obama slams GOP Senators for not opposing the so-called health bill, and calls it "a massive transfer of wealth from middle-class and poor families to the richest people in America." Which it is. He has more to say, too.

Why haven't all the Catholic bishops criticized the GOP anti-health bill with the same fervor with which they attacked the ACA?

The US Court of Appeals tells Mississippi LGBT people to "wait till you're denied service" before suing to get rid of the 'religious freedom act', because they "haven't suffered enough" yet. *spits in the direction of the Court of Appeals*

NY Mag: If the president is innocent, then he is insane.

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cypher
June 23rd, 2017 12:45 pm - this has probably at some point been a meme
Beneath the cut: the first line of every unfinished piece of fic in my drive dating back a year or less -- minus the ones that are pieces of anon exchange submissions currently in progress.

Maybe I can convince myself to go back and make more progress on some of these for [community profile] seasonofkink or something. I must have some squares that would fit some of these stories. Or [community profile] iddyiddybangbang!

this is a lot of unfinished fic, jeez )

You can totally watch my fandom spread shifting over time there. Some of these are probably abandoned for one reason or another (I still love the concept of troll Hisoka so much, but I don't have an actual idea for a plot) but hopefully I'll get some of them to see the light of day. :B

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ysabetwordsmith
June 23rd, 2017 02:20 pm - Poll: Free Epic for June 6, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl
The June 6, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl made its $200 goal, so you get a free epic. Everyone is eligible to vote in this poll. I'll keep it open until at least Saturday midday. If there's a clear answer then, I'll close it. Otherwise I may leave it open longer.

These are the eligible epics.

"So Closely Allied"
Twins Phoebe and Floyd have an unusual connection and superpowers enhanced through touch.
164 lines, $82

"As We Have Created It"
Not all dragons are necessarily monsters.
84 lines, $42


Poll #18523 Free Epic for June 6, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 14


Which of these should be the free epic?

View Answers

"So Closely Allied"
6 (42.9%)

"As We Have Created It"
8 (57.1%)


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