Daily Happiness

May. 3rd, 2016 12:04 am
torachan: maru the cat peeking through the blinds and looking grumpy (maru peeking through the blinds)
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1. We took a nice little walk this evening. We didn't really have a destination in mind but ended up at the library and I got a couple books out, so I'm really going to try and read them before they're due back (they're both new books, so I've only got two weeks).

2. I got quite a bit of translating done and also finally got around to taking apart vol. 3 of Gunjo so I can scan it. I tried the hair-dryer method this time (using a hair-dryer to semi-melt the glue on the spine and then pulling the pages out) and it worked really well, so I'll definitely be doing that for any manga I need to take apart in the future.

3. Not like I need new projects, but...I have one? :D :D :D Last night I finished reading vol. 4 of Shimura Takako's Musume no Iede and was like, man, I love this so much! And I went to see if the scanlators ever did anything after the first volume and ended up seeing a note on Batoto from the typesetter that they were looking for a translator and someone to provide raws, and since I can do both, I contacted them and we're going to do it! So I'll be working on three manga by Shimura Takako simultaneously, lol. ^_^;;

4. We started watching Rick and Morty and are really liking it.

5. My mom came over for a bit today and Chloe was super into her purse! I don't know if it smelled like something interesting or it was just that it didn't smell like kitties and Chloe was really determined that it should smell like kitties now. Either way, it was hilarious watching her.

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May. 2nd, 2016 11:30 pm
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The Currency of Flight (3425 words) by BridgetMcKennitt
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Haikyuu!!
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Hinata Shouyou/Kageyama Tobio
Characters: Oikawa Tooru
Additional Tags: POV Outsider, Stalking, Revelations, Jealousy

Oikawa still couldn't believe what happened. There was no way that Karasuno was going to nationals while he wasn't. He needed answers and the only way he'd get them was through stalking Kageyama. Oikawa just never expected to find out that Kageyama was dating Hinata, gaining another mystery to solve.

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[personal profile] alias_sqbr
So! I've been rambling about this under lock but feel like putting it out there publicly and then taking a step back to process some more. I guess because part of me is paranoid people will be weird about it and this way I pull the bandaid off now. But, uh yeah: I seem to have decided I'm non binary? Ish? Currently my best guess is genderfluid demigirl, eg my gender identity fluctuates all over the place but is female more often than not. I've been thinking I might be non binary for some time, all that was holding me back was the idea it would mean letting go of my identity as a woman. But now I realise I can be a woman as well as genderqueer etc and also sometimes maybe a man??? Or at least male-ish?? Still poking at that because uh. What.

I reserve the right to just go "Actually this was an interesting experiment but I'm just a plain girl again now" at some point, but this is where I am right now. Feels pretty good, I have to say. Not changing my pronouns or anything for now, so, I don't require you guys to do anything differently. Just letting you know where I'm at.

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May. 2nd, 2016 06:51 pm
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[personal profile] bridgetmkennitt
Every Shadow is a Memory (2045 words) by BridgetMcKennitt
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hikaru no Go
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Shindou Mitsuko & Touya Akira, Shindou Hikaru/Touya Akira
Additional Tags: Family, Mother-Son Relationship, House Cleaning, Bonding

"You're an adult, Hikaru. I can't have a better relationship with your mother than you."

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May. 2nd, 2016 05:37 pm
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I uploaded a fic for [community profile] blind_go. \o/ I had like three fics written for this and I wasn't sure which one to use, so I randomly chose one. I don't know if anyone will be able to guess mine, but I had a lot of fun writing it.

I finally downloaded the Crunchyroll app onto my ipad so I have a larger variety of anime to watch. But the commercials take forever compared to Hulu. Bah. And I still don't know what to watch.

I am debating whether or not to throw a barbecue party for July 4th. I'd probably invite my future classmates for grad school though the con is if all of them accept the invite (there's to be 40 of us in the class for the next 3 years). Also I've never thrown a party before and I don't even know if the electric grill I inherited even works (I have to buy a replacement cord for it). Also another con is the fact that the 4th is sandwiched between the day after Not Prime Time stories are due and the day before my first day of grad school starts. But I really like the thought of hosting a party. Maybe I should delay the idea and throw a barbecue party later on.

Haunted bed, anyone?

May. 2nd, 2016 01:58 pm
sholio: Peggy Carter smiling (Avengers-Peggy smile)
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Someone is giving away a free haunted bed on Craigslist. This is the best thing I've seen all day.

And I'm stashing it under my "ideas" tag because this has GOT to be useful in a story someday.

They're not wrong

May. 2nd, 2016 02:41 pm
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[personal profile] telophase
I found this photo on Tumblr with the caption "This is a wizard battle and you can't convince me otherwise."

Hands up! by Georg Charf )
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[personal profile] musesfool
I forgot to do the April writing roundup yesterday, possibly because I forgot I actually finished anything in April. Sigh.

April 2016 writing roundup:

your long shadows and your gunpowder eyes (@ AO3)
Daredevil; Karen/Frank; adult; 1,900 words
Karen wants the truth more than she wants the fantasy.

I did write some stuff in April! Just nothing that is actually finished. Or in some cases usable in any form! Sigh. Work has mostly sucked away my brainpower.

I've gotten some comments recently on older stories, which is fantastic and always welcome, but occasionally someone asks a question and, like, I'm lucky if I can remember what I meant yesterday, let alone in a story I wrote ten or more years ago! And it made me think about the weird timelessness of fandom, which always kind of exists in a permanent now for the fan who is in a particular fandom at any given moment. Though older stories will feel different - different styles or tropes were in fashion then, or the story was in conversation with some bit of fanon or speculation going around at the time, or canon had only progressed so far etc., and the context is often lost if you weren't there (or, in the case of my Swiss cheese memory, even if you were) - they do often hit the spot, and I know a lot of people don't check the date something was posted at first. I mean, I can speak to this from the other side as well, as a reader going through old Star Wars recs lists looking for things to read and coming up with stuff that is five or ten (or more!) years old too.

We're all still here. Even the people who are gone are, if they've left up their stories or their recs or their meta, still here.

I don't know if that's comforting or weird, but it's what I was thinking about this morning. *hands*

In other news, hockey teams which I am rooting for since my team is out did not have the best weekend. I apologize if my rooting for them is what does in the Caps or the Stars, but, you know, I am on your side, guys! On the other hand, the Sharks, whom I'm really only rooting for because of a fictional goalie (sweet baby Chowder!) won, so that was good.

In other hockey news, Amanda Kessel signed with the New York Riveters, which is exciting, even if the local newspapers don't seem to mention it at all. Sigh.


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May. 2nd, 2016 09:14 am
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[personal profile] cereta posting in [community profile] agonyaunt
DEAR ABBY: I have been dating "Miles" for two years. He will move in with me soon. Miles has two sons from his previous marriage. He loves them and sees them regularly.

I can't help but feel a little jealous because he makes a huge effort to be with his kids as often as possible, entertaining them and taking them to nice restaurants. The issue I have is that Miles and I never go out. We have never been on vacation or had a weekend date. Our dates consist of eating a sandwich or me cooking. Is it normal to feel a little jealous, or should I call him out on it? -- AT THE FOOT OF THE LIST

DEAR FOOT OF THE LIST: Miles appears to be a good father, but your feelings are understandable and they should be discussed with Miles BEFORE he moves in. In romantic relationships there is a certain degree of "courtship" that appears to be missing here. And believe me, unless you talk this through, nothing will change because he thinks the status quo is acceptable to you.

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May. 2nd, 2016 08:49 am
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Squirrel that gives no fucks and Sora.

cut for pics )

Coding is stupid and I hate it.

May. 2nd, 2016 11:27 pm
tyger: Xion-sprite, glaring. (Xion - >[)
[personal profile] tyger
/artistic tantrum.

I don't know WHY my code keeps breaking, but at least I'm 90% sure I know *what* is breaking it this time? So I guess that's something. Something utterly incomprehensible - why would a loop in a loop break my code this is what COMPUTERS ARE GOOD AT - but still, something.

And it took me like an hour to figure that much out, so I'm going to bed now. Hopefully bugsquishing tomorrow, yes.

Other than that: Lecture things! )

Also, I played the demo for Kathy Rain this evening; seems like it'll be a fun little point and click detective game, though it's got that slightly ~edgy~ feel to it (punk rebel girl comes back to her hometown and investigates her mysterious family history), which is kind of meh for me. Set in the 90s, if you like that sort of thing, so full of analogue tech etc., if you like that kind of mystery. (I fully expect there to be a 'someone cut the phone line and we can't call for help, there's no such thing as mobile phones' sequence in there somewhere, hahaha. It seems like that kind of game.) I probably won't get it at full price - it's like $13USD? - but I've got it on my Steam wishlist so I know when it goes on sale. :3

Kim's Earth: Kim: The Injection

May. 2nd, 2016 11:01 am
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Kimberley knew there was something wrong when no one answered the phone. Without stopping to think about what the repercussions might be she walked home. It had been three days, three very long days, since both her parents had been given the new contraceptive injection and she couldn't help worrying. The World Government said it was safe, that it had been through thorough and rigorous testing, but no one really believed them. Not after what they'd done before. As they had lied then it would be easy enough for them to lie again, which was why her parents had hidden her away in an unused nuclear bunker before the injections. They'd been fined, but they wanted her to be safe. They needed her to be safe, because she had two younger brothers who would have to be looked after if something happened to their parents, although that hadn’t been something they’d thought too much about in advance.

Read more: http://www.kawebbwriting.co.uk/kims-earth-kim-the-injection/

Collection: Kim's Earth, Status: Complete, Word Count: 1000 - 2000

Random things

May. 2nd, 2016 06:20 pm
alias_sqbr: Asterix-like magnifying glass over Perth, Western Australia (australia 2)
[personal profile] alias_sqbr
Feeling motivated but sore, so, a post about various minor things.

First: SOON got (positively) reviewed by PC Power Play Australia!! It got ONE WHOLE EXTRA SALE (which was [personal profile] loic, seeing my post about it on Facebook but shh)

Second: yesterday I went to the Maylands festival and it was super fun, I had fancy meat from the gourmet butcher and fancy toasted marshmallows, and a baby goat at the petting zoo fell asleep in my lap omg it was SO CUTE. At first it was all "wtf who are you" but then it decided I was a friend and then it slowly calmed down and went to sleep. It was all brown with a cute little black nose and floppy ears. Having animals at petting zoos sit happily in my lap is an unexpected upside of the wheelchair. I smsed Cam (who was asleep when I left) that there were some nice looking fancy hotdogs (his weakness :D) so he came down and we had fun walking around together. The accessibility was unnecessarily poor, though, they blocked curb cuts and footpaths in a few places meaning I had to take complex detours a few times to get to things an able bodied person could just step to.

Third...uh...I had a weird pain in my side again? But then it went away? FUN TIMES.

Oh wait! Yeah! I went to the Swancon programming meeting, it was pretty good but I was the only non committee member there so am very glad I came to add a different POV. They want more diverse POVs so contact them with ideas for panels! Especially book/writing/academic/social justicey/cutting edge fandom stuff, since their strengths seem to be more older anime/tv/movie fandoms and fun interactive stuff. I took some notes I'll try and write up when less sleepy.

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May. 1st, 2016 11:40 pm
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Sign ups closed for Not Prime Time, matches have been generated, and now I'm waiting on responses so I can finish assignments and send them out.

I peeked at who'd be writing for me and who I'd be writing for, though there's no guarantee that it'll be the same people when I redo matching. While I know I won't have much time this summer, I definitely want to write all the treats. There's just so many good requests that I want to write for!

I've been watching all the anime on Hulu, but I feel like I'm running out of anime to watch. I know it's not true exactly, but there are a bunch that don't seem like I'd like it, so that leaves me with a smaller option pool.

I renewed the lease with my roommate because it was easier to do it that way (then have her released later). The leasing office for this apartment complex has such strange rules, but whatever, it's done so I don't have to worry about it. One more adulting thing I can cross off my list.

Daily Happiness

May. 1st, 2016 11:25 pm
torachan: jason momoa/ronon smiling (ronon)
[personal profile] torachan
1. I have tomorrow off! Next week I have to work on Monday, so I'm going to try to enjoy tomorrow double. :p

2. Whatever I did to my back yesterday morning seems to be all better now? *fingers crossed*

3. I made such delicious curry tonight! And there's a lot leftover, too.

4. Work was busy, but I got everything done that needed to get done.

5. Carla sent me some super cute pics of the kitties today.

I drink wine, and I know things.

May. 1st, 2016 11:28 pm
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I've been out of touch this week because my great-aunt died and I had to travel back to MS for the funeral. Minimal proselytizing for a Protestant funeral and some awesome casseroles at lunch. The only downside, I apparently broke my ass by not stopping on the way there or back for much. The ass doesn't want to sit for seven uninterrupted hours. Who knew?

Back in time for Game of Thrones and Penny Dreadful. SPOILERS )

ID this bird?

May. 1st, 2016 10:21 pm
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Anyone know? Its beak is too long to be a house finch.


May. 1st, 2016 09:02 pm
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[personal profile] zulu posting in [community profile] queerparenting
I was wondering if anyone has any experience, stories, or tips/tricks to share around weaning.

My guy is 16 months old and happily getting nearly all of his nutrition from regular food. He seems to be doing pretty well with cow's milk, which we've been gradually introducing in the last few weeks, and he confidently drinks from a sippy cup. He only nurses twice a day, morning after waking up and right before bed.

I really enjoy nursing and I think he does too. He doesn't usually stay for very long, maybe ten minutes total in the morning, a little longer in the evening. However, it seems like it's time? Or perhaps I'm just making that up because it seems like most of the babies I know were weaned long before this age.

According to my google searches on how/when to wean, I'm doing everything correctly, but I guess I'd like a little more reassurance from folks if you have any!
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My premise here is that female gaze barely exists in media, and where it does, in exists in opposition to (in a space empty of) male gaze.

I will start with some background reading. I refer back to these a lot and have learned tons from them.

Bonehandled Knife at Tumblr has a series of amazing posts, focusing on the film Mad Max: Fury Road, and its cinematography.

Mad Max: Center Frame

Eyes Up Here: Composition and Gaze

Mad Max and the Male Gaze (Mad Max eschews the male gaze while other popular fandom films do not).

it’s a choice each time to frame women in one way and men in another.

Composition Choices

Another Tumblr post from Superhuman Disasters:

Filmmaking Intent vs. Theory

This gets at the training and tradition of film making. Some "male gaze" techniques may be so ingrained as to be unintentional.

The 2 hour making-of video with cinematographer John Seale beyond confirms this. Seale is obviously a true artist, but he repeatedly mentioned his frustration with the “on the nose” rule, because it undercut his instinct for rule-of-third framing and more focus on the beautiful women in the back of the cab. Not because he was intentionally trying to be sexist, but because that’s how he’d been trained, both as a filmmaker and a man.

100% of art is manipulation (of the funnest kind) of what the audience receives. We choose where to draw your eye in visual art, where to draw your ear in musical art, where to draw your curiosity in written art, where to draw your emotional response in all of them. It is ALL part of a plan - every bit of it. The better the clarity of purpose, the better the impact of the art.

So... that is quite a bit of reading. BUT I HAVE MORE.

[personal profile] thingswithwings is brilliant and makes brilliant vids and has things to say about what she notices when makings vids.

Many thoughts On Manpain

Gunn and Sayid's manpains are explained to the audience via the camera saying "some white men are sad." Because I guess if there wasn't a white man there, we wouldn't have anyone to identify with.

Briefly, in this post:

The Making of the Yuletide Vid

1) We learned that people of colour are actually filmed differently, in terms of framing, than white people, or at least this was our anecdotal experience; it was often easy to get two white characters, especially two white male characters, in the same frame, but people of colour are by comparison much more isolated, cinematographically - often appearing in one-shots.

And in these tweets which I have storfied, in which [personal profile] thingswithwings and others talk about the challenge of trying to vid for women and minority characters:


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