Daily Happiness

Aug. 1st, 2014 09:13 pm
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Well, I still didn't hear for sure about the promotion. *headdesk* But when I asked my manager if he thought we'd hear before I left for the day (this was about an hour and a half before I left), he said probably not, but that everyone was operating under the assumption that I got the promotion and that he couldn't imagine it not happening. And today there were two instances of me being called in to talk with my new manager and former manager (who is still there for a couple days because it's going to be a super busy weekend) to talk about problems with other employees and basically just being treated like I had got the job. And the former vice president (the guy whose extended leave to Japan is what prompted everyone getting shuffled around) came by today to say goodbye to everyone and said he had recommended me, too, so it really does seem like a done deal? (I just don't feel like I can really celebrate until I know for sure, though!)

In a trice

Aug. 1st, 2014 11:08 pm
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1. Josh and I have decided to table the house dreams for a few months. We sort of jumped into house hunting without doing any research, and every time we went to look at the house, the realtor would mention some other upfront fee that we weren't aware of. I really like her, BTW. She has been a godsend in helping us understand the way the process works, and I think she's a genuine and honest person. We're going to start saving and revisit the market in October. If this house is still up for sale then, we're making an offer. But the decorating dreams will continue! So don't be surprised to see house porn posts in the interim. LOL

2. I was reading this fabulous Star Trek fic and right at the end, the author has Bones receive a top shelf, expensive, very made over gift of . . . Evan Williams. *snicker* Clearly a teetotaler.

3. You know that moment when you're doing something, like balancing the checkbook or scrolling through the news on NPR, and you look up for just a second and you see your kid, this person that grew inside your body and used to be so tiny that you could hold her in your arms for hours and barely feel the weight, and she's so tall so grown up and so beautiful that it's almost unbearable to see? Yeah. Had one of those moments today.

manga: Twin Knights

Aug. 1st, 2014 09:46 pm
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Twin Knights is the sequel to Osamu Tezuka's Princess Knight, and is about Princess Sapphire's twin children, Princess Violetta and Prince Daisy. Mostly Princess Violetta, though. With only one volume, it's shorter than its predecessor. For better or worse, it's also much less prone to random sidetrips, and so also much more comprehensible.  I am not using a spoiler cut because I'm assuming no one actually cares about spoilers.

The kingdom is in an uproar because everyone is feuding over which royal twin should be heir. Now-Queen Sapphire and King Franz pray to God for help, but God is on vacation, and left an angel in charge. The angel in question is Tink, the angel responsible for the whole mess in Princess Knight, because nothing says "qualified to run the universe for a week" like total incompetence. In a show of extreme wisdom and competence, Tink writes "Prince" and "Princess" on the ground and drops his bow to determine which twin is the future ruler, and Prince Daisy is the lucky baby.

When word gets out, a "supporter" of Violetta kidnaps the prince and dumps him in a cursed forest. Fearing civil war, Sapphire and Franz decide to raise Violetta as both herself AND Daisy. One day she's the prince, and the next, she's the princess. For 15 years, exactly one person questions why the twins are never seen together (They're being raised separately! In the same castle!) or why no one ever sees both on the same day at all. There are also a pair of brothers named Prince White and Prince Black. You only get one guess at which is Violetta's dashing love inetrest, and which is the villainous bully.

Violetta and Prince White's romance goes about like this:

PRINCE WHITE: Prince Daisy, you are so wonderful and amazing and I want to spend all my time with you. Also, I'm straight and so completely not into you, but you'd be a totally gorgeous girl. Do you have a sister, by any chance?
VIOLETTA: As a matter of fact, I do.
PRINCE WHITE: Does she look like you?
VIOLETTA: Well, we are twins...
PRINCE WHITE: I am totally and completely and eternally in love with your sister even though we've never met, purely because she looks like you. BTW, I'm still straight.
PRINCE WHITE: *gets injured*
VIOLETTA: Hello, here I am at your sickbed as a girl. In a dress. Meeting you for the first time.
PRINCE WHITE: You are obviously the twin of my precious and beloved Prince Daisy, for whom my love is completely platonic! I am in love with you.
VIOLETTA: I'm ok with this.

Eventually, there's a rebellion and Violetta and her parents get locked in a tower. Somewhere in there, she learns that she actually DOES have a brother named Daisy (because apparently no one ever bothered to tell her why she had to be a boy every other day) and sets out to find him. Along the way, she joins a band of gypsies and becomes a masked swashbuckler named Knight Ribbon, and has various adventures with the gypsy princess, Emerald, who is in love with her.

Daisy, meanwhile, becomes a Disney Princess, after being found in the woods by a deer named Papi. Papi asks a goddess to turn her into a human so she can raise Daisy properly, and is allowed to become human at night only, with the condition that she'll die if Daisy ever learns the truth about her.  There's no particularly logical reason for the YOU WILL DIE, it just is.  And so Daisy grows up in the woods with only his "sister" for company, and is forbidden to leave the cottage during the day. After Daisy's inevitably tragic origin story-complete with all the forest animals loving him and tending to his wounds even though he's a hunter-ends, Daisy ends up back at the palace, being forced to impersonate himself while Violetta is off having all the adventures.

It's less frustrating than Princess Knight in its gender essentialism (though there's still plenty of that) and has a pretty straightforward story that you can actually follow, and keep track of the plot developments. But if you think the person raised and trained to rule for fifteen years will become the ruler instead of the guy raised by a deer, think again. I mean,the angel flipped a coin, after all. Also, the series totally does not end with a romantic splash page of Violetta tenderly adjusting the necklace of flowers that Daisy is wearing for some reason or another as he stares adoringly at her.

manga: Twin Knights

Aug. 1st, 2014 09:42 pm
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Twin Knights is the sequel to Tezuka's em>Princess Knight, and is about Princess Sapphire's twin children, Princess Violetta and Prince Daisy. Mostly Princess Violetta, though. With only one volume, it's shorter than its predecessor. For better or worse, it's also much less prone to random sidetrips, and so also much more comprehensible.  I am not using a spoiler cut because I'm assuming no one actually cares about spoilers.

The kingdom is in an uproar because everyone is feuding over which royal twin should be heir. Now-Queen Sapphire and King Franz pray to God for help, but God is on vacation, and left an angel in charge. The angel in question is Tink, the angel responsible for the whole mess in Princess Knight, because nothing says "qualified to run the universe for a week" like total incompetence. In a show of extreme wisdom and competence, Tink writes "Prince" and "Princess" on the ground and drops his bow to determine which twin is the future ruler, and Prince Daisy is the lucky baby.

When word gets out, a "supporter" of Violetta kidnaps the prince and dumps him in a cursed forest. Fearing civil war, Sapphire and Franz decide to raise Violetta as both herself AND Daisy. One day she's the prince, and the next, she's the princess. For 15 years, exactly one person questions why the twins are never seen together (They're being raised separately! In the same castle!) or why no one ever sees both on the same day at all. There are also a pair of brothers named Prince White and Prince Black. You only get one guess at which is Violetta's dashing love inetrest, and which is the villainous bully.

Violetta and Prince White's romance goes about like this:

PRINCE WHITE: Prince Daisy, you are so wonderful and amazing and I want to spend all my time with you. Also, I'm straight and so completely not into you, but you'd be a totally gorgeous girl. Do you have a sister, by any chance?
VIOLETTA: As a matter of fact, I do.
PRINCE WHITE: Does she look like you?
VIOLETTA: Well, we are twins...
PRINCE WHITE: I am totally and completely and eternally in love with your sister even though we've never met, purely because she looks like you. BTW, I'm still straight.
PRINCE WHITE: *gets injured*
VIOLETTA: Hello, here I am at your sickbed as a girl. In a dress. Meeting you for the first time.
PRINCE WHITE: You are obviously the twin of my precious and beloved Prince Daisy, for whom my love is completely platonic! I am in love with you.
VIOLETTA: I'm ok with this.

Eventually, there's a rebellion and Violetta and her parents get locked in a tower. Somewhere in there, she learns that she actually DOES have a brother named Daisy (because apparently no one ever bothered to tell her why she had to be a boy every other day) and sets out to find him. Along the way, she joins a band of gypsies and becomes a masked swashbuckler named Knight Ribbon, and has various adventures with the gypsy princess, Emerald, who is in love with her.

Daisy, meanwhile, becomes a Disney Princess, after being found in the woods by a deer named Papi. Papi asks a goddess to turn her into a human so she can raise Daisy properly, and is allowed to become human at night only, with the condition that she'll die if Daisy ever learns the truth about her.  There's no particularly logical reason for the YOU WILL DIE, it just is.  And so Daisy grows up in the woods with only his "sister" for company, and is forbidden to leave the cottage during the day. After Daisy's inevitably tragic origin story-complete with all the forest animals loving him and tending to his wounds even though he's a hunter-ends, Daisy ends up back at the palace, being forced to impersonate himself while Violetta is off having all the adventures.

It's less frustrating than Princess Knight in its gender essentialism (though there's still plenty of that) and has a pretty straightforward story that you can actually follow, and keep track of the plot developments. But if you think the person raised and trained to rule for fifteen years will become the ruler instead of the guy raised by a deer, think again. I mean,the angel flipped a coin, after all. Also, the series totally does not end with a romantic splash page of Violetta tenderly adjusting the necklace of flowers that Daisy is wearing for some reason or another as he stares adoringly at her.

An attempt at a meme

Aug. 1st, 2014 02:11 pm
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I am attempting a meme.

[profile] wordsofastory gave me...

rachelmanija and food.

Food is my passion. My first meeting with [personal profile] oyceter consisted of an hour-long discussion of tropical fruit. (Best tropical fruit: fresh lychees and Alphonso mangos. I have still, sadly, never had a mangosteen. Worst tropical fruit: custard apples. They taste fine. I just can't deal with the grainy AND slimy texture.)

One of the very best things about Los Angeles is the food. Even LA-haters cannot deny that this is a great city for food. We have great high-end fancy dining. We have excellent medium-priced restaurants. We have AMAZING low-end cheap food - taco kitchens at the back of corner stores, food trucks, guys with rainbow umbrellas selling fresh fruit - mangoes, soft young coconut, pineapple, oranges, cucumbers- that they slice up while you watch and douse in chili, seasoned salt, and lime.

People in LA love food. They are passionate about food. They photograph their meals and post them on the internet. They follow food trucks on twitter. They make earrings of teeny cupcakes and wear them to pastry shops. If you read the Chowhound board for Los Angeles, every single restaurant thread will have at least three posters claiming that it used to be good, but now it's gone downhill. This includes restaurants that opened last week. The sushi is always fresher on the other side of the freeway.

My grandmother used to say, "Food is love." I would say, "food is feeling." Food is memory. Food is culture. Food is passion. A bad relationship with food, or an illness that affects eating, or only bad food available will make you miserable in a way that goes way beyond the actual moments where you confront the problem food. Being able to enjoy food again is a shocking joy.

As I type, I am drinking a cup of coffee with powdered creamer because my milk ran out, and eating wafer cookies with black sesame cream.

rachelmanija and werewolves.

The biggest influence on how I think of shapeshifters is Ursula Le Guin's A Wizard of Earthsea. If you transform yourself into an animal, you think as an animal thinks. Will you remember how to become a human again? Will you still want to, when you can soar as a hawk?

To me, the most interesting thing about being a person who can become an animal is what it would feel like to be an animal. I can't know what that would be like, but when I think of the moments when I've thought the least and felt the most, when I've reacted most purely on instinct... they're all moments that felt, if not good exactly, very pure. Very clear. Stripped down to the basics. Usually, in fact, that does feel good. If it doesn't, it's because of context - like, you're fighting for your life. But that can feel good, too.

When I imagine being an animal, I think of a combination of being enraptured in the present moment, caught by the beauty of a sunrise or the taste of a peach, and of an adrenaline rush. Halfway between combat and meditation.

I'd like being a wolf, I think. It would be very tempting to stay one.

rachelmanija and fashion.

I had no interest in fashion until [personal profile] oyceter convinced me to watch Project Runway, and in between designers squabbling and having meltdowns, I started getting a sense of how different silhouettes and colors create different feelings, and the history of fashion, and why people get very passionate about matchy-matchy. Watching the designers dissect the designs and listening to them explain why they liked one dress and disliked another, I started seeing what they saw. And then I started having opinions.

I now own quite a few dresses. And shoes. And blouses. And skirts. I periodically poke through ebay and etsy, and I wear shoes to work that I bought in Paris. I have Betsey Johnson dresses and Prabal Gurung for Target shirts and a dress. I wear my matchy-matchy belt and shoes and smile to myself.

For myself, I like very girly dresses with fitted tops and skirts that swing. I like bright colors and jewel tones and patterns, and also slinky black and corsets. I like black leather jackets and Battenberg lace, and slashed tops and high boots and trench coats. I don't wear stiletto heels.

The main thing I learned from Project Runway is that fashion is supposed to be fun, and it's about wearing things that you like and that make you look good.

I used to think of it as this horrible game of one-upmanship and that it was all about desperately keeping up with the correct thing, or else everyone laughs at you. But now that I'm out of high school, I think of it as a buffet you pick and choose from, and a set of elements that, if you understand them, you can use to create a look that will say what you want to convey. It's like writing, if you think of it. You select the tropes, or you select the silhouettes and colors and shoes. If you do it right, you have said, and you feel, "Playful!" or "Sexy!" or "Badass!" or "Classic Elegance!"

You are embodying a feeling, not just a look. Sometimes you're embodying a story. See how these dressesconvey the sense of an atmosphere and a story? And these convey a different story.
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I couldn't find anything to export Ao3 bookmarks to Pinboard, so I threw together a python script to do so. Some friends of mine wanted a copy, and so I threw it up on GitHub. You have to know how to run a python script, and it relies on a couple python packages, but it's pretty simple to do.
It was a little slapped together, and is not the most beautiful code in the world, but if you want to check it out and let me know how it works for you, that'd be cool. Just remember to turn off any sort of Twitter/etc crossposting or your tlist will want to murder you for spamming. :)

Find script on GitHub

hope for an answer some day

Aug. 1st, 2014 01:31 pm
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So Nick really did pull Korra from the schedule and it's only going to be available online? My internet at home has been very spotty lately - I'm not sure how it'll hold up to streaming video. I am vexed. Terribly, terribly vexed. *shakes tiny, ineffectual fist at Nick* This season has been so GOOD.

I'm seeing Guardians of the Galaxy this afternoon after work. I really hope the theater has stadium seating - it's the only reason I shelled out for 3D (with reserved seats! wtf!?), because I am so tired of the tallest person in the theater sitting in front of me during previews, just when I thought I was safe!

I'm also thinking about yuletide, since I guess there are currently discussions ongoing about eligibility? I find the whole rigamarole exhausting - just tell me what's in and what's out and I'm sure I can make my list of requests and offers. (Though hopefully they've learned from last year and will straighten out Ultimate Spider-Man.)

Right now, here are the likeliest request contenders:

1. Blue Beetle (pre-reboot) - Jaime/Paco/Brenda BFF OT3! - one year I'm going to get this!
2. Middleman - Wendy! MM! Noser! Ida! - I don't really have a particular request (though if someone wanted to write Ida meeting other sentient AIs - JARVIS, John Henry, etc., I might enjoy that a lot)
3. Enlisted - Perez, Robinson, Park, Ladies Night - the Lone Wolf rides again!
4. Brooklyn Nine Nine - Santiago/Diaz, or Terry being awesome or Holt and Terry doing something together. I don't know. Something.

I also really really want the story of Eli Bradley getting his MLS, with visits from Tommy to keep him updated on his old friends, but it looks like YA might be too big this year. Sigh. I JUST WANT FIC ABOUT ELI OKAY. ESPECIALLY IF HE KEEPS BEING ABSENT FROM CANON.

I have a bunch of other things that are possibilities, too (Batman Beyond, MASH, The Steerswoman), plus, I'm planning on watching Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, and Bunheads and s2 of Bletchley Circle and maybe Call the Midwife, so those could pop up, too. And I'm sure there's tons of things I'm forgetting that the whole nominations process will remind me of.

I've come down with a summer cold and I have totally checked out of work and I still have an hour to go. Sigh.

*
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Quoting [profile] firecatstef:

This "spoon shortages explained" poster is good, but I'd prefer a poster that also mentions that any of these activities could randomly develop a spoon leak.
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=657536917659006&set=a.471348919611141.1073741826.345920125487355&type=1&fref=nf [image is below if you don't want to click]
In fact, I am going to generally ponder thinking about disability-related energy shortfalls in terms of liquid rather than discrete entities like spoons. Some liquids evaporate/freeze/boil/expand/contract at different rates depending on conditions. Some liquids interact with their containers. It's easy to spill liquids of the containers aren't handled properly. And so on.


I also liked this image "Understanding Invisible Illness", which shows an iceberg, things above the surface and those below. Taken from FB's "Chronic Illness Cat" page.

image )

Vividcon! Panel! Come!

Aug. 1st, 2014 12:10 pm
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Hey, it occurred to me yesterday that Vividcon is only a week away! It kind of snuck up, largely due to the fact that last week I was on vacation (which, if you're friends with [personal profile] kass, you already knew), and I haven't even posted about THAT yet.

BUT! As the Vividcon scholarship recipient this year, I'm expected to do some volunteering of my time (which I am totally excited about doing, as it's the best way to get to know a new con), and one of the suggested ways was doing a panel.

So I quickly proposed a panel on Teaching Using Vids with my co-presenter, which is a thing we've been doing and talking about for a while anyway. And so those of you who will be at Vividcon on Friday might notice that it's happening at 4pm.

Please come, if you can! And find me so I can meet you all! <3

...yup, still winter.

Aug. 2nd, 2014 02:04 am
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[personal profile] tyger
So I didn't go out today, because ALL THE WATER FROM THE SKY!!! All of it. Also it was apparently the coldest day this year thus far. But mostly because it kept raining. Not steady, but heavily when it was. Also this evening it hailed for at least 5 minutes straight (this is unusual!), and there was a thunderclap so loud/close the power flickered. So yeah. No going outside!

Didn't do a huge amount, either. I *think* I'm on the upswing again, but it's still at that if you try and push it you'll go right back down again stage, so. Yeah. Did empty/fill the dishwasher though, and made mashed potatoes to go with the the leftover goat for dinner, rather than do something one step like rice or even just have it with bread. So that's a good sign. :3

Tomorrow I'm probably going to a wool shop with Mama! :D So that should be fun.

Arcade Fire at the Shoreline!

Aug. 1st, 2014 06:08 am
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I drove down with my friend J to see Arcade Fire at the Shoreline Ampitheater in Mountain View Wednesday night. Arcade Fire were amazing, as usual! They are one of my all-time favorite bands and they never disappoint, of course.

I actually listened to their March 08 concert in Minneapolis while I was studying for orals, and so I was surprised, upon comparing the setlist from that show with the setlist from the show I saw (note: the latter doesn't mention which song they launched into a few bars of New Order's "Temptation") to see that they were quite similar; it felt like our show had fewer songs from Reflektor, but it actually didn't. Compared to the last time I saw them in a comparable venue at the Mann Center in Philly, though (2 August 2010), they did play fewer songs from the new album. But, given that they now have more albums…I don't know. It was awesome all the same, and thanks to the presale code I used we got quite decent seats for less money than might otherwise have been expected. I was glad they did "Normal Person," because that's one of my favorites on the new album, and the split stage with Regine and Win was great on "It's Never Over," and I personally thought the fake band bit with "Tunnel of Love" was hilarious. Win opened "Joan of Arc" by shouting "Dear god, give us a female president," which was also pretty great. The crowd was decent too! The seats were close to sold out, and the lawn was pretty full, and people were, for the Bay Area, pretty into it--they stood up as soon as the band came out and for the most part didn't sit down again, although they did as usual smoke a ton of pot and often stood there like lumps. Sigh. They were better than when I saw Arcade Fire in Berkeley, anyway, though not as good as Philly or Tokyo; I think the band request to come in party clothes or costume helped get people into it.

The Shoreline is decent too; it's pretty comparable to the Mann Center honestly, though with less ease of access to major roads, and frankly, the damn South Bay is just so far away. We missed Dan Deacon entirely because of traffic, which I was a little sad about because he is awesome. In short, I will continue to regard the Shoreline as a venue to go to only if the artist playing there is someone I 200% want to see.

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Hello there! Pardon the intrusion; just dropping by to share a doujinshi I scanlated.


Title: Three Coins Happiness
Circle: Tansan Shounen
Pairing: AbeMiha

Download it on Mediafire, or let me know if that doesn't work for you. Happy reading!

Daily Happiness

Jul. 31st, 2014 09:22 pm
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1. The grocery store we usually shop at has a good clearance section where we've found a lot of gems over the years, and earlier this week Irene found a bunch of jars of Indian sauces for 99 cents each, just slightly sticky because apparently one had come open. We had one tonight and it was so good! (And as it happened, we even had some chicken in the freezer already, so all I had to buy was an onion and bell pepper to go with it.)

2. Tomorrow I find out whether or not I get the promotion at work... Either way things shake out, at least I won't be waiting and wondering anymore.

Sailor Moon: fanart: The Time Door

NSFW Aug. 1st, 2014 12:21 am
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