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Legend of Korra: Into the Void/Venom of the Red Lotus

Outside the cut, I have to say, it would have been a million times better if wasn't acting like it was 1998 and buffering every five seconds (clearly I wasn't annoyed enough to buy the episodes but I may just buy this season, which I didn't bother with for the first two), but I enjoyed that a lot.

spoilers )

There's more, but I have to start getting ready to leave. I'm going to a Cyclones game this evening, and meeting up with [personal profile] tenaciousmetoo and [personal profile] innie_darling at Totonno's beforehand, and it takes me two hours to get there from here. Sigh.

But if you gave up on this show for any number of reasons, now that s3 is done, I highly suggest watching it. (You don't really need to catch up first, but there was some good stuff in s1 and s2, despite them not being great.)

[some of this was posted last night to tumblr.]



Aug. 24th, 2014 04:21 am
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[personal profile] tyger
I had one of those days where time isn't much of a thing, but yeah. I played a lot of clickypets, 'cause I friend I've made there mentioned she was trying to get all the event pets but um wasn't super close and so I pretty much went ME ME ME LET ME HELP!!!! and yeah.

Catching pets is FUN, guys. I just. Have caught. All the catchable pets. ¬¬;; So yeah.

I also went outside and played in the garden for AGES. Like. Over an hour and a half, maybe even two hours. Mostly got rid of clover but also other weeds and at the end some IVY MY NEMESIS. Which bit me back a bit but I WILL DEFEAT YOU, IVY, or at least the stuff that's reachable, hahaha. If it's nice tomorrow I'll take out something to cut it with, because fuck ivy, seriously.

I also did a commission! :D That was pretty cool, and I'm mostly happy with it. Gonna sleep on the bit I'm not; hopefully I'll be able to fix it in the morning.

Scanlations: Gunjo ch. 13

Aug. 23rd, 2014 09:39 am
torachan: two women embracing (gunjo)
[personal profile] torachan
By the way, since someone recently asked, I'm aiming for every other month with this series, especially since after a couple more chapters I'll be running out of the raws Kotonoha had sent me and will have to scan the rest myself, which is an extra step.

Title: Gunjo
Original Title: 群青 (Gunjou)
Author: Nakamura Ching
Publisher: Ikki Comics
Genre: Seinen
Status in Japan: 3 volumes, complete
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations + HotCakes + Kotonoha
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Out of desperation, a woman asks an old high school friend to kill her abusive husband for her. The friend, having long been in love with this woman, does it, and now they are on the run from the law.

Chapter Summary: The blonde enjoys a bittersweet reunion with her brother and niece and nephews while the brunette waits in the car.

Chapter 13

Someone who is not me

Aug. 23rd, 2014 10:08 am
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Seriously needs to write the meta on Captain America, fandom, and how fandom uses the Captain America canon (including the fact that he is canonically a celebrity, and a symbol of America, with a fandom) to argue for progressive politics as part of the American ideal.

Or to put it another way - slash inherently has a political subtext, but when you slash Captain America, the politics is textual, and fandom just runs with that.

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Aug. 23rd, 2014 04:13 pm
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[personal profile] cimorene
We 90% finished the Big Clean and stuff still looks good - and [personal profile] waxjism is still feeling a lot like baking, which is nice - but haven't overcome the last hurdles: taking out all the recycling (multiple trips), cleaning out the balcony and basement storage and organizing the potting/plant stuff, and scrubbing down the sauna.

I also drew a map of all the places where things are stored in the entire flat with a list of what is where for Wax, who can never remember (most closet shelves, boxes, and drawers are labelled with masking tape on the front, but this doesn't help either). It took 5 sketchbook pages. We agreed that it probably would not help. Maybe I can come up with an index.

ETA: However, adding another bookcase in the kitchen did solve our storage problem! The kitchen is doing pretty well now, although of course, it's still a pain to use thanks to the people who decided where to place the cabinets, sink, stove, and fridge.

Friday, Friday, finally.

Aug. 23rd, 2014 02:37 am
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[personal profile] aris_tgd
I've been reading X-Men comics, trying to catch up to Rachel and Miles' podcast--and if you aren't listening to Rachel and Miles X-Plain the X-Men, you really ought to be. I'm still several episodes behind, but at least now I've hit the leadup to the Dark Phoenix saga. I'm so excited!

Finished Full Fathom Five today and I LOVED it. Though I'm a little weirded out at how theistic the books are turning out to be. I know it's a fantasy universe and plays by different rules, but as an atheist it's a little weird for the moral to be "Also killing all the gods was a mistake" every time. Not bad, just odd.

Though if you like books where the main character is a trans woman and this comes up a couple times in relation to her backstory but not at all negatively in her relationships with other characters and she spends the book being awesome and well-rounded and figuring out all the things and having as much relationship drama as everyone else and totally alive and well at the end? This book has some things you are looking for. Obviously I'm not trans so I can't say how well Kai's experience will resonate with trans women, but I thought she was pretty cool.

Making grudging progress on the fic. *shakes fist at fic*

Tomorrow: errands. I need to buy a book on the Chemistry GRE. This is giving me more anxiety than it probably ought to. Or maybe not. It's been a while since I've actually taken an exam. And I'm not really sure what the next step after "take the GRE" is going to be. I mean, take the general exam, I guess (that's computer-based and less time-sensitive), but... ugh. I want to go to grad school, but the big thing that's staring me in the face right now is letters of rec. I've been out of school a long time, so there aren't that many people who can write me recommendations. And I really feel like I burned up my last year in a haze of stress, so I don't want to go to my thesis adviser, which is kind of a bad place to be in, mentally. Maybe I should just ask her. What's the worst that can happen, she tells me she can't recommend me? Since that's the assumption I'm starting from, I guess that can't make it worse.

I guess I could also enroll locally in a chemistry course and get that professor to write me a rec letter--I can get at least part of my tuition refunded through work. But that means taking a class at the same time I'm working full time, and possibly mucking with my schedule to do it. AUGH. *hands* This is why I don't post about these things, they just make me run in circles and scream.

Oh well. It is the weekend, there is a cool thing I'm going to tomorrow, and hopefully I will spend at least part of the time getting some writing done.

Daily Happiness

Aug. 23rd, 2014 01:53 am
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[personal profile] torachan
1. I got two more hours of overtime today, making it a total of nine hours for the week, so my next paycheck is going to be really nice!

2. Speaking of which, today was payday, so I finally found out how much my raise was!

3. Tonight Irene went to the transgender support group she's been going to every week in Hollywood but was feeling sick on the way home and didn't think she'd be able to walk the mile from the bus, so I was able to rent a zipcar and go pick her up at the bus stop. I'm really glad they have some cars closer to us now, because that really wouldn't be an option if the closest cars were still up in Westwood.

4. I'm so worn out after this week. Today especially was a real scramble to try and finish up everything before tomorrow's grand re-opening (I still think it was a bad idea to have the grand re-opening this weekend; they should have done next weekend to allow for a week of finishing touches and less rushing). I was shooed off home after working ten hours today because they really don't want hourly workers working much overtime, but who knows how long all the exempt guys were there finishing up. (Probably a long time.) But at least today was the worst of it and tomorrow can just go back to the usual hecticness. Also tomorrow I'm closing, so I don't have to be in to work until almost 1pm.

Daily affirmation 22 August 2014

Aug. 22nd, 2014 11:54 pm
[personal profile] seishun
Today's been a bloody pissing wreck for me, emotionally. Came to a fairly important realisation, then found out something which threw me for a loop and caused a *HUGE* crash, which, when combined with the anxiety I was feeling about going to group tonight left me in a very bad way. So I wound up taking half a lorazepam, which I thought would be enough to help me but not so much as to incapacitate me, to get the anxiety under control, since that was the real problem. Anxiety over what to do about something I can do absolutely nothing about: super productive!

Then at group there was a person who took every opportunity to say "I'm a transsexual". Seriously, every damn time they spoke they lead with, "Well, I'm a transsexual". And, apparently they're either bigender or third gender. They didn't seem to have a clear concept of that, or if they do, they failed to communicate it clearly. They were pissed off at the idea of being associated with the B, L and G community and said "I don't want to be under any umbrella. It ain't raining!" They were vehement about that. And any time someone tried to address anything they said, they got super defensive. I…um… I really hope they don't come back. I think that if I were the one saying people with different opinions and experiences were marginalising me, I'd steer well clear of that group in future.

The lorazepam and emotional fun I've had today have left me feeling empty and exhausted and I need sleep, so I'm heading to bed now. I'll do another post later about the important realisation. :)

Aaaand my second Parallels offering!

Aug. 23rd, 2014 12:25 am
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[personal profile] telophase
This was supposed to be uploaded before the reveal as a treat but I didn't get it done until just now.

cut for pic )

Parallels revealed!

Aug. 22nd, 2014 08:28 pm
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[personal profile] telophase
Parallels creators are revealed, so I can now come out and say that I painted Hiromasa Gets It? for [personal profile] lady_ganesh. Were any of you who saw it really surprised? :D Anyway, head on over and take a look if you'd like. Note that there are "chapters" to it: I stuck details in the chapters so they wouldn't clutter up the main page. :)

Aw, hell, here's the picture. BUt you'll have to go to that site for the details.

cut for pic )

And I can now publicly thank opalmatrix for my Blade of the Immortal fic (I finally got a BoI fic! And a GREAT one! Eeeeee!!). I wondered if you were the author, but I wasn't sure, since I don't read widely in fic-dom and so am not familiar with much of it. :D

The author of the excellent little gem in the Di Renjie/Detective Dee and the Phantom Flame fandom that I received is misura. I was hoping I'd be familiar with this author's fandoms so that I could get some reading in after reveals and...oh, look, they've got 26 works in the Dragaera series., like everything else, too. :)

Friday night mishmash post

Aug. 22nd, 2014 08:25 pm
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[personal profile] umadoshi
--I'd be more pleased about having only 60-odd tabs open (..."only 60-odd" *sighs*) if it was because I'd actually gotten them dealt with, but I'll settle for having made the OneTab add-on work. It's not nothin'.

--I meant to mention this back when I saw the Tori Amos concert a couple of weeks ago, but I forgot. *g* One hazard of the way I handle the acquisition of new albums: when I was at the merch table I looked at the deluxe edition CD of Unrepentant Geraldines, with its sticker announcing that it contained the bonus track "Forest of Glass", and I frowned and thought, I'm sure I ordered the deluxe version, so why don't I know that song? Answer: because I bought the album on CD and then torrented it so I didn't have to actually, you know, open the CD packaging and rip it myself. So I've had that song for months without remembering to listen to it, one way or another. *facepalm*

--One of my random to-do list items for a while has been to actually make a list of my computer games, since I know I have a whole bunch that I haven't played. Yesterday I finally threw a basic spreadsheet together, and I have over 70. Of which I've played...fewer than ten, certainly in any real way. This is what comes of Steam sales and Humble Bundles, I tell you.

(Four of those ten-or-so are StarCraft: original, Brood War, and the two chunks of SCII that're out so far. And come to that, I haven't even finished SCII: Heart of the Swarm yet, for all my excitement about it. [I've played through most of it, but Casual Job went back in before I finished, and that was...a year and a half ago? O_o I enjoyed it, but not nearly as much as I enjoyed the Terran campaign of SCII in relation to the original game. The Zerg were changed more, I think.)

--On the games front, while I was away I was persuaded--not through conscious effort on anyone's part--to get a PS3. K and her family have one that they're using largely as a media server (we have a media server here, in the form of my retired desktop system, but I really liked the interface), and Ginny has one, and the combo of "convenient media server interface, Blu-ray (which we didn't have at all), and above all, Netflix" sold me. Netflix is--or was, last I checked--such a pain in the ass to run under Linux that we never bothered, and [personal profile] scruloose flatly refused to maintain a Windows partition solely for the purpose (and fair enough--he would indeed have been the one maintaining it). But inexpensive legal media! I am very much in favor of this. Yes.

(Plus I hear the thing allows one to "play games"...? ^_-)

--A link: Foster Dad John, who operates my favorite kitten!cam Livestream, adopted one of the kittens from his last litter (the first time he kept one, out of 42 litters of fosters). His own cats aren't allowed in with the fosters, but the other day while he was in with the current batch, Trillian--the recent adoptee--got in as he was leaving. And what an entrance! ^_^ Behold: "Suddenly, Trillian!", which includes a slow-motion replay. Hee!

--One more link: via [ profile] knitmeapony, a seriously excellent Captain America: TWS fanvid.

Things I have accomplished today

Aug. 22nd, 2014 05:28 pm
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[personal profile] scheherezhad
* changing my sheets

That's about it. I need to do laundry so I have, you know, socks and underwear and whatnot clean, but I have gone the entire day without convincing myself to get up and do it. Instead, I have reread a bunch of fic from an author I like, refreshed my tumblr dash constantly, and lolled around on the bed being grumpy because my leg hurts and my paranoid brain keeps wondering if something is Wrong.

But somehow I ended up on a witchy tumblr, which lead me to look up local pagan stuff because I was wondering if a particular shop still existed but couldn't remember what the name was (still don't know the answer to this yet) (ETA: it does not), and I ended up finding out that there's going to be a Conway Pagan Pride Day in October. The only have a couple of featured guests advertised on the site so far and not much else, so I'm going to try to remember to keep an eye on it, because it is something I would be very much interested in attending.

Also, we got a pamphlet in the mail the other day for this fall's community education courses at UCA, and they're offering a bellydance class! This is also a thing I would be very much interested in attending. Ideally, I would like someone to attend it with me, but this seems unlikely for various reasons. (ETA: Registered!)

Now I'm going to go get dinner and cat sundries, after which I will probably come home and continue to accomplish zero things. Except watching the new ep of Black Butler because it was a full day late getting subbed. (wtf is with these delays, Funimation?) (ETA: Actually did a load of laundry! And put it away immediately!)

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Aug. 22nd, 2014 11:36 pm
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[personal profile] marina
Let's talk about things that are not how my life is falling apart.

Outlander. You are all fired for not properly introducing me to this show.

go to your contracts and leave the orgies to me )

and so it goes

Aug. 22nd, 2014 10:45 pm
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[personal profile] marina
Well, it seems my life was destined to fall apart around this time of year after all.

Two years ago in September I moved into an apartment in the city, all on my own, for the first time. At the same time I fell and dislocated my shoulder, and almost immediately after that my grandfather died. It was a busy, hectic, depressing, miserable period.

Last year around the same time I got suddenly kicked out of my apartment, with barely a month to find something new, while doing grad school exams and trying to plan a month-long holiday in a foreign country where I'd be traveling alone. It was... unspeakably stressful. I looked for apartments every single day for nearly 5 weeks and then had to pack and move in a matter of days. While doing exams, working full time and trying to plan a trip abroad.

This year, I've spent a month in limbo, living in a miserable arrangement with my roommate because she decided to leave the lease early, then at the last minute we found someone to replace her, who 10 days later told me she won't stay to sign the year-long lease (she'd been technically subletting for the month). We talked, I made arrangements, started trying to frantically find someone new, and then this girl told me that no, she's staying. She wouldn't do that to me, she'll sign the lease and give me a few months, at least.

This this morning she called me again and said she won't be staying after all. The reasons don't matter, I think she's a grade-A asshole but that is utterly useless either as data or as an emotion. There's nothing to be done. In a week I won't have anywhere to live.

As usual around this time of year, I'm also trying to arrange travel. (I'm very, very grateful for the ability to travel, but planning it always seems to fall on an already stressful period.) So for the next week I'll need to pack all my earthly belongings, try to sell my furniture (which I only bought in the first place because this girl assured me she'll be signing a lease), and then... move into a life of terror and misery.

I'll move back in with my parents, and try to crash with [personal profile] roga during the week, to minimize how much living with my parents is going to fuck me up physically (my body can't handle 3 hours of driving a day) and mentally (not a single weekend has gone by in the last two years when I didn't think thank god I no longer live with my parents). It's going to be an utter, miserable mess. 3 weeks into September I'll go abroad, come back in November and start apartment hunting again. WHAT JOY. I have not had enough of that over the last two years, definitely!

I just... I don't even know how I'm going to make all of this happen. My parents are still on vacation in France, which sucks pretty bad. It's not even that I miss their emotional support - though I am sorely lacking that as well lately - it's that my mother would snap me out of it somehow and help me be practical and do things instead of sitting here mostly consumed with shock and sadness.

I know this isn't the end of the world. These things happen, people survive and move on. But I just feel... incredibly upset, in this bone-deep way. In a way where all of this is making me have feelings and thoughts that even I know aren't really rational. Like, how am I such a loser that this keeps happening to me? Am I just incompetent, or incapable of making friends, or just fundamentally unsuited for living on my own? Am I asking the world for a beating by daring to live this life I'm not meant for? Immigrant girls like me don't get to have apartments in the city while working low paying jobs. 90% of my friends and cousins live at home, certainly none of them moved out when I did. Am I trying to have something I don't deserve?
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[personal profile] starlady
I'm in Istanbul this week and so far I've been having a very good time. Based on my experiences in Belgium, I was expecting to sleep a lot and not see that much, but so far I think we've actually done quite well--I've seen the Hagia Sophia, the Blue Mosque, the Basilica Cistern, the Archaeological Museum, the Topkapi Palace, and the Chora Museum, the latter of which was particularly fantastic. I'm staying with a friend on the Asia side, so we've been taking the ferry back and forth every day (she doesn't trust the Marmaray line) and it's been pretty grand all in all. I will definitely be back, and in the meantime, it's been kind of wild wandering around a city about which I've only read so far. This is what being in Rome was like when I first went there, except I don't have a map of Constantinopolis in my head the way I do Rome.* There's a lot more porphyry floating around than I would have expected from its rarity in the Western Empire--there's a joke there somewhere about πορφυρογενητος, but let it be. Tomorrow we're going to Taksim and the Galata Tower. Istanbul reminds me a little bit of Cuzco in that the jointures between civilizations are so blatantly displayed. It's all quite fascinating. And the food is good.

*Sort of. Long explanation redacted.

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Aug. 22nd, 2014 02:15 pm
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[personal profile] telophase
from Reddit: You're probably having a better day than this guy.


Aug. 22nd, 2014 12:56 pm
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[personal profile] were_duck
I am signing up for the Women and Genderqueer First Podfic Exchange! This is my Dear Podficcer Letter.

Dear Lovely Podficcer!

Thank you so much for the time, thought, energy and talent you are putting into this! I am going to be delighted to experience the fruits of your labor! First and foremost, I would like for you to choose something you enjoy. To that end, I am absolutely delighted to get a podfic in any of these fandoms. I'm mentioning a few characters I particularly like in each of them, but please take that as a guideline if you're stumped and not a hard line.

General Likes:
I LOVE genderqueer fic. I love femslash. I love stories that explore gender and sexuality complexly. I love poly stories and kinky stories (If you are into kink, seriously, go for it. Nothing is off the table for me in terms of reading/hearing about kink). I love queer characters who are fully developed, and I like het relationships that are explored beyond the boundaries of what's normal or expected for het relationships. I like gen, especially if it does great worldbuilding and character exploration. I like canon fic and AU fic, so go where your heart takes you.

General Dislikes (not hard limits, but just in general I tend not to love these to be the major drivers for a story): Birth loss, rape, pregnancy, torture, kink-shaming, slut-shaming. It bugs me when stories present extreme jealousy/possessiveness as romantic.

Hard limits: Suicide and onscreen depictions of self-harm.


MCU (all films). Particularly fond of Natasha/anyone, Gamora/Nebula, and Pepper. Also would love Darcy stories of any stripe.

Ms. Marvel. KAMALA.

Young Avengers. AMERICA CHAVEZ PLEASE. I will gladly soak up ANY Miss America fic, and Amerikate is love.

Janelle Monae. Anything set in the world of her albums, particularly if it's full of robot embodiment and revolution.

Once Upon A Time. Swan Queen is a particular weakness of mine, especially Regina's everything, but I am interested in most of the other female characters.

Glee. I have read a little Pezberry and some Faberry. I like stories when they're adults, but anything femslashy will go over well with me! Santana is my favorite.

Kristen Stewart RPF. Guh. Anything, seriously.

Snow White and the Huntsman. See above.

Teen Wolf. Lydia/Allison, Malia/Kira/Lydia or any permutation thereof, gen fic starring any of the ladies... gosh. Please.

Pern. Anything, especially if it deconstructs some of the Glaring Issues in the books.

Left Hand of Darkness. This is a book I love unironically and I would love fic set on Gethen (or genderqueer or sedoretu fic set in any of Le Guin's Hainish worlds)
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[personal profile] umadoshi
For reasons unknown, today I feel like posting smut. Awkwardly, I don't even have a working draft of any smut, never mind anything actually ready to go. Woe.

Instead, I'm going to post something that may or may not be of any interest to anyone (?); it's an attempt from several months ago to consciously pin down some of the differences in how I write Georgia and Shaun. Their PsOV (POVs?) feel very different from each other in the Newsflesh books, and while I've consciously IDed a few elements (mostly different aspects of "Georgia tends to process things clinically, right down to her own feelings, which Shaun's more prone to filtering things through his emotions" and the way they notice different things), mostly what I'm doing when I write fic for them is intuitive--and pretty comfortable at this point, so my curiosity about what I'm doing is sort of academic? If that makes sense?

Anyway, back when I was writing "We Dreamed a Garden" (Georgia's POV, in which she and Shaun admit to their profoundly socially-unacceptable feelings for each other and start acting on them), I took a few paragraphs from immediately after their first kiss and rewrote them from Shaun's POV. I obviously can't do anything with that, really, so here are both versions, just 'cause.

content warning: two different first-person POV versions of the moments after an (entirely consensual, to put it mildly) first kiss between sixteen-year-old adoptive siblings )


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