Daily Happiness

Apr. 18th, 2014 11:07 pm
torachan: onoda sakamichi from yowamushi pedal with a huge smile (onoda smile)
[personal profile] torachan
1. Since I've been waking up earlier on a pretty consistent basis, I decided to experiment with a 9-5.30 schedule at work. It's nice to get off earlier (though right now getting off at 5.30 means the sun in my eyes is really bad on the ride home!), though I may change back to 10-6.30 if I start feeling like I'm having to wake up too early.

2. I did not receive any panicked emails from my mom today, so I'm assuming that means everything is going smoothly with the new computer. (I was a bit worried.)

3. Irene has been watching old Simpsons episodes, which made me want to watch old Simpsons episodes, so I've been watching season six. So many great episodes! So many classic lines that have become part of my vocabulary! Hard to believe these episodes are nearly twenty years old. O_o I have coworkers younger than season six of The Simpsons...

manga: Crazy For You

Apr. 18th, 2014 10:58 pm
meganbmoore: (dichen lachman)
[personal profile] meganbmoore
This is a six volume series by Karuho Shiina, the creator of Kimi ni Todoke.

Sachi is 17 and has never had a boyfriend, so she goes to a goukon (dating party) with her friends, where she meets Yuki, who claims to be awkward with girls, who he doesn't spend much time with, going to an all-boys school. The next day, her friend Akemi tells her that Yuki is a playboy who uses girls. Sachi decides to follow Akemi's advice about Yuki, but ends up running into him several times.

Unlike most shoujo, it isn't clear from the start that Yuki will mend his bad boy ways and he and Sachi will sail off into the figurative sunset after a few angsty bumps, but it's less clear here. Yuki (who really isn't much of a bad boy, though he does try at times) is very much in love with someone else, a relationship that ends up affecting pretty much every character, and carries an enormous-and not always emotionally healthy-baggage, and after a couple volume, it seems Sachi might be much better off with Yuki's friend, Akahoshi (Who is something of a tsundere and prone to snarking. One of my favorite things in the series is when he gets upset because Sachi doesn't snark back at him, but instead ends up with important realizations or going off to have deep thinky thoughts.)

I will spoi that everything works out largely satisfyingly, though I spent many chapters going "Everyone likes/is with the wrong person! Fix it!" without really being quite sure how I thought things should be.  (If shoujo series got fandoms the way shounen series tend to, the fandom for this series likely would have been...very dramatic.  Though apparently the fan letters Karuho got had some drama.)

While Kimi Ni Todoke often relies of misunderstandings and lack of communication for conflict (Well, in earlier volumes.  Less so once volumes reach the double digits.) Crazy For You has complicated and messy relationships, and all the drama that goes with them, thought how the problems are dealt with is sometimes similar.  Sachi is also at the complete opposite end of the spectrum from Sawako, and a character I feel would normally be a supporting character.  she has curly hair, is actively seeking a boyfriend, prone to gullibility, and endlessly cheerful and energetic, which is a type I feel is usually reserved for the shoujo heroine's friends, not the heroine herself.  (Not that Sawako is particularly conventional heroine herself, though I feel she's closer to it than Sachi, once you strip away the "looks like the girl from The Ring!" element.

Unrelated note: I am traveling a lot this weekend and so reading a lot of manga in the car.  I am also testing how I do with regular interneting with only my tablet for a couple days, before doing it for a whole week come WisCon.  Utterly random words are likely cases of my not catching autocorrect doing things like changing "manga" to "manta," and I'm sure I missed even more typos than usual.




Where have you gone again, my sweet?

Apr. 18th, 2014 08:55 pm
gorgeousnerd: Patrick Stump and Pete Wentz's heads leaning toward each other. (Default)
[personal profile] gorgeousnerd
-There's nothing like post-concert album revisits. It's kind of tricky when it's music I use for writing - Muse and Queens of the Stone Age have been notable because they were both not too distracting before I saw them live and more so after - but studio versions get more depth for me after live versions. And it's not just the songs from the concerts; Lullabies to Paralyze only got singles play at the QotSA show, and I love the whole thing even more now.

-I've been having a decent mood week, which is nice. A little TMI/depression talk. )

-There's so many corners of New House that I like. I'm on my new desk on my desktop right now - I've been missing my Steam games - and the recliners in the home theater are great for laptop/movie time (although the TV's still getting worked out), and I just spent some time in the hot tub. All of that makes me sound like I'm bragging. I probably am, but it's nice. I just have to get my music stuff set up again, and I'll be on cloud nine.

-And now the pets need food, so. I'm going to go do that. (Sister has three cats and a dog, all of which are very clingy when hungry. Understandable.)

I'm a paper doll, I'm a cartoon

Apr. 18th, 2014 11:47 pm
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[personal profile] lotesse
Hooooly hannah y'all I was NOT prepared for Farscape 3.16, wow wow wow, I thought I was trippin' earlier this evening.

(I suspect I'm going to end up staying up late tonight; there's an awful lot of partyish noise outside, perhaps some sort of sporting event? What DID we do before Netflix Watch Instant? Actually, scratch that, I remember life before Netflix Watch Instant; I watched all of BtVS and AtS on Netflix delivery DVDs, rationed out in little 4-episode-a-week mini-binges. NOT fun.)

eta: "I don't wanta be like other people. I don't wanta be like you. I don't wanta stoop that low. Kirk wouldn't stoop that low." What the HELLL show you just HIT ME WITH THAT KIND OF SWEET ISH with no warning or nothing? Like. That's even better than Lois McMaster Bujold's continued "City on the Edge of Forever" ref, "I love you" and "let me help."

God, I love science fiction.

On rereading (?) beloved things

Apr. 19th, 2014 12:16 am
umadoshi: (Haru & Rin murder (flamika))
[personal profile] umadoshi
[personal profile] scruloose may be coming down with a cold. :/ He was sore-throated and spacey today, and I think he was in bed by 9:30, right after we watched Elementary 2x12 (one of two he missed back when it aired, and I think the only one of the pair that strikes me as being a candidate for having bearing on the season finale--not that I have the faintest idea what that'll entail) and gave the kittens their yogurt.

This is so not an actual linkspam post I'm writing here, but this post at [community profile] tv_talk features a nice picture of Aaron and Shawn Ashmore at the top, if you haven't ever seen them together. (Aaron plays Steve Jinks on Warehouse 13 and Shawn plays Mike Weston on The Following [as well as Bobby Drake/Iceman in the X-Men movies]. One of these days I need to rewatch the Fringe episode that used them both.)

And I really like the most recent xkcd, about the whole (US-centric) "Freedom of Speech" notion that so many people take to mean "I can be a complete asshole and if you call me on it you're trampling my God-given right to be a jerk!"

(I love the ALT text so much I'm just going to record it here: "I can't remember where I heard this, but someone once said that defending a position by citing free speech is sort of the ultimate concession; you're saying that the most compelling thing you can say for your position is that it's not literally illegal to express.")

When [personal profile] wildpear headed out last night, she took the first three volumes of the Fruits Basket "ultimate edition" (large hardbound volumes containing two volumes each; only about half of the series came out in that format before Tokyopop shut down) with her. ^_^ She's only read the series once, and not for years and years; she read what there was in scans when I first got into it in 2003, and then once [personal profile] scruloose and I moved home from Toronto, she kept up with it as it came out in Japan, same as I did. So it's not surprising that a) most of the series is kinda foggy for her now, and b) most of what she remembers has to do with Rin and Haru, since she betaed most of my fanfic until she got pregnant.

To be honest, I'm not sure I've ever simply sat down and read through the whole series. It just feels like I have. I read what I could in scans when I first fell for it; then I read the Tokyopop volumes as they came out, and simultaneously kept up with the Japanese release; there were group rereads on forums and a couple of people's LJs, which sometimes generating fantastic discussions, but I don't think any of them got all the way through; and of course I did a lot of flipping through and fact-/dialogue-checking when I was adapting the two fanbooks, which were years apart...

(It's equally weird to realize I've only read Newsflesh straight through three times--I read each book the year it came out, and then as soon as I finished Blackout I turned around and reread the whole thing immediately, and I read along when Mark Reads went through the series.)

Maybe sometime soon (whatever that means) I should reread such beloved stories and see who among you might feel like chatting about either or both with me on a regular (or sporadic) basis. I don't know, does that sound appealing to anybody?

(I have put zero thought into this so far, but my immediate impulse would be to do rereads that involved full series spoilers, but I know there are a couple of you who are either planning to read Newsflesh and haven't started yet, or are only one book in, and likewise I know of at least one person who's planning to read Fruits Basket for the first time--depending on availability, presumably. This out-of-print thing sucks SO MUCH. So anyway, I'm saying I could be flexible about working around spoilers or making two posts per chunk or something, if someone really wanted. ^_^)

[ETA: Either way, I'm not really leaning towards doing anything terribly formal. I just think it's long past time to properly reread some of the things I love best, and such things are always more fun if other people feel like dropping by. ^_^]

Your weird animal of the day

Apr. 18th, 2014 10:09 pm
telophase: (Default)
[personal profile] telophase
The Saiga Antelope. Looks like a Star Wars character.

http://www.arkive.org/saiga-antelope/saiga-tatarica/

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[personal profile] snarp
Second Life is still pretty much the only thing like Second Life out there, and it is still a complete fucking mess.
zillah975: Detail of a sleeping cat from Pierre-Auguste Renoir's Sleeping Cat, 1862 (Default)
[personal profile] zillah975
codenamecesare replied to your post “I love technology”

wow! how’d you do that?


It’s this site called IFTTT — https://ifttt.com/

You sign up, and then you can create if/then statements for actions to take on supported sites. I saw havocthecat using it and flailed at her and learned that to crosspost from Dreamwidth to Tumblr, you basically give IFTTT your RSS feed address and tell it “If a new feed item from this RSS feed, create a text post out of it on my Tumblr” — you can set it to have it only match on keywords, too, which I think’ll be handy, and to post as a draft, or private, or queued, etc. And it won’t crosspost locked entries, if I understand it correctly.

You can also edit what it actually posts from your RSS feed. Like, I’ve got it set up to post only the entry title and content, not a link back, and I had to change my RSS feed settings at DW to include the whole entry, but you can set it to link back and only include the title, or whatnot.

And to crosspost from Tumblr to DW, you set up your DW email posting option, and tell IFTTT “if I make a post on Tumblr” (or in my case, “If I make a post on Tumblr tagged with ‘xpost to dw’”), send email to this address,” and set “this address” to be your DW posting email address. You just have to be sure that whatever addy you sign up on IFTTT with is enabled at DW for post-by-email.

It can take a while for the crossposts to happen — I think IFTTT checks every 15 minutes — so if you try it, be patient to see what happens.

from Tumblr http://ift.tt/1jf8vO8
via IFTTT
sholio: Sebastian Stan as Bucky (Winter Soldier Bucky)
[personal profile] sholio
.... I wrote a thing. (I can't even bring myself to apologize for the title.) Thanks for the help with my questions earlier, guys!

Title: The Care and Feeding of Traumatized Ex-Assassins
Fandom: Captain America (movie 'verse)
Pairing/Characters: Gen; Steve, Bucky, Natasha, Sam
Word Count: 6700
Summary: Steve starts to notice someone's been in his apartment while he's not there. Set after Winter Soldier; SPOILERS.
Cross-posted: http://archiveofourown.org/works/1485853

The first time it happens is after one of Sam's VA meetings. )

I love technology

Apr. 18th, 2014 07:13 pm
zillah975: Detail of a sleeping cat from Pierre-Auguste Renoir's Sleeping Cat, 1862 (Default)
[personal profile] zillah975
Woot! I believe I have things set up to crosspost between here and DW. *\o/* Only on certain posts, though, so no worries it’ll become a flood of spam like my poor benighted Twitter feed.

I should probably turn that thing off…. Or use the magic of technology to make it only crosspost what I tell it to!

Here, let’s see what it does with a picture of a cat.

ETA: Ah well, no picture. But a link! So I can live with that. :)

from Tumblr http://ift.tt/1jRnAbT
via IFTTT

just a test, nothing to see here

Apr. 18th, 2014 06:58 pm
zillah975: Detail of a sleeping cat from Pierre-Auguste Renoir's Sleeping Cat, 1862 (Default)
[personal profile] zillah975
just a test, nothing to see here

from Tumblr http://ift.tt/1me48ta
via IFTTT

Hmmm

Apr. 18th, 2014 02:53 pm
zillah975: Detail of a sleeping cat from Pierre-Auguste Renoir's Sleeping Cat, 1862 (Default)
[personal profile] zillah975
Testing?

The Bletchley Circle

Apr. 18th, 2014 08:29 pm
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[personal profile] marina
So, The Bletchley Circle.

I'm so overwhelmed with feelings for this show, I feel like if I wait to review it when I'm calmer it'll never happen. And I need everyone ever to watch this show yesterday, so. The thing is, I've seen it mentioned a bunch of times here and there and yet it never seemed like something I might want to watch. I don't really care about the 1950s as a period (Mad Men has apparently exhausted my ability to care - just seeing the costumes bores me now), and crime mystery shows aren't particularly exciting to me, even if they do have an all female cast.

So, let me rec this to you as it should have been recced to me.

Four women: a mathematician, a linguist, a manager and a girl with a photographic memory get together to solve crimes.

OR

A mother, a waitress, a librarian and a housewife meet ten years after serving together at a top secret military base and decide to stop a serial killer.

OR

Bored with the life of a middle class housewife, an ex-codebreaker gathers together 3 friends and they attempt to outwit the police, the military, and a murderer who's killed a dozen women.

OR

The show that deals with women in the 50s having jobs, ambitions, skills, careers, successes, friendship and superpowers.


And now, because again, we really should get it out of the way, let me babble about why this show, aside from being excellent in general, was so deeply, deeply personal for me, and how this is literally the story I never, ever expected to see told in a piece of media.

personal stuff )

actual discussion of the show, no spoilers )

(no subject)

Apr. 18th, 2014 01:09 pm
snarp: small cute androgynous android crossing arms and looking very serious (Default)
[personal profile] snarp
fall down stairs

Good Friday!

Apr. 19th, 2014 04:33 am
tyger: Demyx's Avatar Kingdom chibi. Text: Demyx (Demyx - chibi)
[personal profile] tyger
It was actually pretty good, in that I didn't leave the house at all and also had hot crosses for brekkist. :3

Played a lot of clickypets, read a lot of mediocre fic. Nested. That's about it.

Tomorrow is going over to E's and stuff. If the weather is icky and blurgh again I'll probably go to the supermarket nearby, then drive over, because I'm smart like that. :3 (Also, will only have a car for a few days, so might as well do the 'oh hey yeah I need like all the drinks' run while I have it, right? Right. Five weeks is a long time, you know! Not that I'll likely get everything everything, but I'll at least want two things of cordial and some juice, just so I don't completely run out of things and have only water and thus get dehydrated. Again.)

And I keep zoning out and curling up, so I should. Go do that in bed instead, I think. Yes.
musesfool: Darcy Lewis from Thor (they call me quiet girl but i'm a riot)
[personal profile] musesfool
So our building is closed today - apparently Good Friday is a union holiday, so there's no HVAC, no maintenance, and no cleaning services, but we're still here working. Or looking like we're working. Whatever. Sigh. I think I'm going to go back to taking Good Friday and Easter Monday off in the future.

In better news, Orphan Black returns tomorrow night for s2, and so far reviews of the first four eps have been promising! I am excite!

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The AO3 hit-and-kudos count meme, since it's exactly a year since the last time I did it (what, I like anniversaries):

Top 10 stories by hit count on AO3:

all Avengers )

For the first time, a Steve/Bucky story breaks the top 10 hits list! (Imagine if I actually had something new to post now, post-Cap 2! I'm kind of sad I'm not ready to post while the pairing is hot, but it's nice having all this fic to read that I didn't have to write. *hands*) Also, goodbye Raj/Howard, which fell from 9th place to 16th in the year since I last did this meme.

Nothing is ever going to catch up to the two Clint/Darcy stories, which got recced around, but I'm always pleased that the Steve-and-Thor bro show is up there so high. Why is there not more fic about Steve and Thor's epic bro-ship?

Anyway. Here are my Top 10 stories by kudos on AO3:

Also all Avengers )

Once again, Steve/Bucky finally breaks the top ten! And the Steve/Peter, which was so close to breaking through last time. (More people should write Steve/Peter. IJS.)

I didn't do it by comments because that's just depressing*, but if I had, both BBT yuletide stories would jump back up into the top 10, as would the Steve/Peter and the Despicable Me/Avengers crossover.

*(also depressing, not even having a 1 kudos per 100 hits ratio on even the most kudosed story. Like Joe Walsh, I can't complain, but sometimes I still do.)

Maybe I will do some writing today! I still have to pick a remix. Um...look over there! A wild pome appears:

Diary [Surface]

Spring is not so very promising as it is the thing
that looking back was fire, promising:
ignition, aspiration; it was not under my thumb.

Now when I pretend a future it is the moment
he holds the thing I say new-born,
delicate, sure to begin moving but

I am burned out of it like the melody underneath
(still not under my thumb)--
was he ambiguous, amphibian?

Underneath, his voice, the many ways
he gathers oxygen; it will not stop raining
until the buds push through the brittle trees.

If they fail we will not survive,
washed and washed with rain, will we?
No, we are not there yet.

She is pushing me two ways until
I am inside the paradox, the many lungs,
and they're at it again, gathering oxygen;

no wonder I am wrung out
holding out for the promise of
something secret, after--

~Rachel Zucker
From Eating in the Underworld

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