lunadelcorvo: (Reason out to lunch)
2017-05-20 04:23 pm

Been a loooong couple weeks....

Sorry to have gone somewhat AWOL. It's been a strange and not at all easy few weeks. My general state of mind has been 'I can not even' more or less 24/7. One week of school left (thank heavens!) and then I can chill and get my brain/life/laundry under control....

Be back soon with substance; maybe not wit or interesting stuff, but some kind of substance....
lunadelcorvo: (Episode badly written)
2017-05-08 12:02 pm
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Marvel, you might just actually suck! (Popping up to rant briefly)

I am, at best, a peripheral comics fan. I more or less know the 'verses, and I like the characters (admittedly more via the films and fan-created media than the comics themselves), but I am by no means a core fan. But seriously? 'Hydra Captain America,' and comic shop employees wearing Hydra t-shirts? Seriously? In THIS political environment, in the era of Trump, Bannon, and Richard Spencer; THIS is what you think is a good idea?????? Oh, fuck no!

For those of you not familiar with this controversy, there is a summary (from this article) below the cut: )
lunadelcorvo: (I meditate and I still want to choke...)
2017-05-03 06:27 pm

Things I am very, very tired of:

1. Being told how to feminist, how to call out racism, and how to phrase my critiques lest I drive away potential allies. Really? Like being an ally should be conditional on getting ego strokes and cookies! If you want to be a gorram ally, then be one! If my being angry AF b/c black boys are being killed and women are getting assaulted every damn day makes you not want to be an ally? Guess what, jackass, you weren't one to begin with, so take your sexist/racist arse the hell outta my way.

2. Being told that I am angry at god and cannot be moral/ethical b/c as an atheist. Punk, which one of us needs a book and an invisible sky-nanny to tell us right from wrong? (Spoiler alert; it ain't me!)

3. Explaining over and over, using as many one-syllable words as possible, why Tantrump is a disaster, and Sanders is neither a progressive nor a Democrat.

4. The weather flailing wildly about from 40 to 80 in a matter of hours. My sinuses are seriously about to explode. OMG, staahhhp!

5. Humana's customer phone service. OMG, just shoot me now! How can any one company have such dedicatedly bad service and make so many completely ridonkulous mistakes and still be the 800-pound corporate gorilla that it is astounds me.

6. Probably a bunch of other obnoxious garbage that I don't want to think about long enough to list. I am going to take a nap and then play games with my kid. Because reasons.

XOXO
lunadelcorvo: (Ferocious rabbit)
2017-05-01 03:54 pm
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What a strange week it's been...

Sorry I've been semi-away, but it was a very odd week. For one thing, it's finals for my college classes, and those always get squirrelly; papers to grade (so far actually pretty good this time, knock on wood!), and panicky students...

After my unpleasant Monday, things looked up a bit, in part because himself kept to himself. Then Thursday, I got his with I don't even know what; either the short-lived stomach bug from hell, or I ate something that disagreed with me, violently! I ended up calling in sick to my middle school classes (first time this school year), but was begged to come in for my evening 'other person in the building' shift anyway. Meh - three hours to play games and surf - I can do that. I did feel better by then, after a horrible morning. By Friday I was fine, though I felt like I'd run a marathon, and my stomach muscles were threatening mutiny....

I was able to take Friday easy, but then turned right around and worked my butt off in the yard on Saturday (for which my back has not stopped chastising me...ouch!) Still, good work was done...

Then Sunday was a brief D&D session with the kiddo, his friend, and my cousin. And grading papers. Have I mentioned I kind of hate grading papers? *sigh*

More than you ever wanted to know about my Struggle for the Yard (See, that's me, in the icon, holding back the ebil weeds...LOL): Read more... )

So first final exam given, one to go, then one school DONE! Huzzah!
lunadelcorvo: (Default)
2017-04-24 10:03 pm
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Music Quiz

A sort of song quiz. (Warning: my musical tastes have been described as 'schizophrenic,' and all answers subject to change on a daily basis...)

1. A song you like with a color in the title
Tangled up in Blue (Dylan)

2. A song you like with a number in the title
I am the One (Inon Zur)

The rest here )
lunadelcorvo: (Numb (from Hero))
2017-04-22 08:48 pm
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Blargh kind of day

I am a bit under the weather today. Nothing serious, just that sort of achy, cranky, icky kind of thing you get when you have't *quite* caught a cold, but you might? Yeah. Doesn't help that it suddenly dropped from 80 to 48 overnight. (Fuck you, climate change!) Although, since my AC is acting up, this is maybe an OK thing, since they can't get here to look at it til Friday. At least I won't bake in the meantime. (Bad things happen when I try to sleep and get too hot... LOL)

Anyway, not a lot of posting happening for a bit, I think. Much sleeping, though....

I hope everyone else is doing swimmingly!  
lunadelcorvo: (Resist Defy Unlearn)
2017-04-20 08:10 pm
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FYI (US-centric)

In case anyone is getting distracted by the Russian spy drama, North Korea, Bill O'Reilly being fired from Fox News, etc. the following bills have been introduced to Congress:

1. HR 861 Terminate the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
2. HR 610 Vouchers for Public Education
3. HR 899 Terminate the U.S. Department of Education
4. HJR 69 Repeal Rule Protecting Wildlife
5. HR 370 Repeal Affordable Care Act
6. HR 354 Defund Planned Parenthood
7. HR 785 National Right To Work (this one ends unions)
8. HR 83 Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Bill
9. HR 147 Criminalizing Abortion (“Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act”)
10. HR 808 Sanctions against Iran

Please copy/paste and share widely. Call your House Representative and ask them to not only vote "NO"...but to speak up for our rights, health & safety, and our beautiful country.

If your senators and reps aren't saved in your phone yet, text your zip code to 520-200-2223. You'll get a text back with everyone's contact info. It gives you Federal and State.

PASS IT ON (copy and paste to share since you can't share from form this page)
lunadelcorvo: (Default)
2017-04-20 04:57 pm
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(no subject)

So, real life entry! Been a pretty good week, actually. This is my last full week of uni classes (thank goodness!) though my HS/MS classes will go through the end of May. 

The yard is pretty much stabilized, so if I can keep up with the few weeds/vines that pop up for a few more weeks, I think I will have a good handle on it not becoming a jungle again! Imagine: I might even be able to USE my patio! Who'dd'a thunk it???

The niblet is in the Chamber Choir at his HS, and last night they did an amazing rendition of Gabriel Fauré's Requiem with the choir and orchestra. There were a few squeakers from the orchestra, but it was a really good performance, especially for such an incredibly complicated piece! I'm so proud of that kid I could burst sometimes. Of course I was geeking out all over the place that they did it in Latin...LOL

Otherwise, I'm just waiting for the weekend! I have a pretty big stack of grading to do, but I should have a good bit of downtime, too. And we should be back to our D&D campaign, which is a lot of work (I'm the DM, and it's an all-original campaign), but a heckuva lot of fun! Mostly, though I'm looking forward to sleeping!

I adore my HS/MS teaching; the school is amazing, the kids are fantastic, I can throw pretty much anything at them and they will tackle it head on. But OMG, I am so not a morning person! At least they start a bit later than Niblet's school, but I still have to get up to get him up, and even so, it's not by much. :( *yawn* Sooooooo sleepy.....
lunadelcorvo: (Abstinence doesn't work)
2017-04-19 05:21 pm

Please come join [community profile] anti_theocracy

(X-posted to a few relevant communities; please pardon me if you see this more than once, but do feel free to share!)

I've been trying to find some of the migrated communities that concerned themselves with the religious right in the Bush era, and found a few, though they seem to have gone dormant since, well, about when Obama took office. I guess we stopped worrying for a while.... But things have changed; a lot.

I do hope that they will revive themselves (I've been trying to contact admins, and not gotten much response), but in the meantime, I have gone ahead and started [community profile] anti_theocracy, a new community dedicated to gathering resources & information on theocracy and the activities of the religious right in the post-Obama era.

It is more imperative than ever that we be aware of what our politicians, religious and cultural leaders are up to, and what they stand for. I hope to make [community profile] anti_theocracy, a clearinghouse and resource for anyone concerned with religious overreach both in the US and abroad.

Please come by and join! I hope to have some solid informational pieces up in the next few days, and I welcome contributions from members.

Here is our Profile Page that has posting guidelines, and a little bit about the purpose of the community.

It's open for everyone to join, so I hope to see some folks there!
lunadelcorvo: (Default)
2017-04-17 10:55 pm
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Diablo 3 icons at my icon com, [community profile] artis_ex_corvus

I just posted 87 Character & NPC portraits for Diablo 3,with three different styles for each. Head on over and grab a few. :)

Teasers:

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Nab them here: Welcome to Sanctuary
lunadelcorvo: (Summer Violets)
2017-04-16 06:48 pm
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Easter-ness

My lily of the valley seem to have survived having been transplanted, and I even have a few little flowers under my window. Now if I can keep the utility workers with their ginormous feet from trampling them, I should have a lovely patch of them in a couple of years. I have planted new foxgloves and lavender, and I think I have saved the heirloom climbing rose in the back, while at the same time going Rambo on the weeds and generally out of control jungle that is my backyard (this is a years-long struggle, and recently took a 30 ft dumpster to clear the bulk of the crap that had taken over my yard. Long story.) So generally, I am very happy to have reclaimed the outside of my house!

In other news, I had a lovely Easter dinner with family (well, most of them anyway).

My cousin (well, technically my ex-husband's stepmother's brother's wife, so 'cousin' it is!), is awesome. We play D&D, go antiquing (and junk shopping) together, and fiddle with pens and crafts and who knows what all. She is also pretty much a full on lefty liberal, and I'd say about 99% heathen, too.

Well, she typically does the family Easter meal. These things can, as I am sure many of you know, be fraught with tension, but this was nice. Niblet (my son for new folks) and I went over, as did my ex, his dad (also my 'Dad,' and always will be), and his wife (also known as SMiLfH; step-mother-in-law-from-hell, because she totally is), and Dad's father. The last three are hopelessly religious (though I suspect Dad fakes it to avoid the wrath of SMiLfH). But my ex, my son, my cousin, and her husband are really not. SMiLfH and ex's grandfather are also super republican conservative types, and while Dad is as staunch a liberal as anyone, he keeps it rather mum for the same reasons as he pretends to rather more religious sentiment than I suspect he really feels.... All in all it is sometimes a bit of a tinderbox awaiting a match...

Nevertheless, there were no disagreements, no bickering, not even very much shade thrown. Signs of relief all round! And then my son and I stayed around to rant about Tantrump with my cousin. Good food, good folks, no conflict? As good an Easter as about the best a heathen like me can hope for!

So a happy walking dead/zombie Jesus/Easter to all of you, as well! ;)
lunadelcorvo: (Oh My God! gopher)
2017-04-16 06:41 pm
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Oh my sweet nellie jesus!

This is an amazing post about the worst written sex scenes (because apparently there is a competition for these things, among actual, serious, published writers, even) and wow. Tumblr hits the nail on the head though - we are spoiled by fanfiction - I don't think even the worst fanfic sex scene I have ever encountered was this bad! (Not even the ones I struggled writing....)

http://dduane.tumblr.com/post/159648336531/azriona-i-blame-this-on-sherlock-bmwiid

You must go and read this - I guarantee you will get a few laughs! (And go give your fave fanfic authors some love while you're at it - thank goodness we have them!)
lunadelcorvo: (Summer light)
2017-04-14 04:00 pm
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Spring has sprung...

...and with, Spring Fever!

My students were positively insane today! It doesn't help that I have them for the last class of the day in Friday. I adore them, but OMG, there were a few I wanted to stuff in a sack!

These are my middle schoolers, BTW, and they are amazing and smart and inspiring, but also wiggly as hell....

Doesn't help that I'"m not immune to the spring fever myself. I am pretty over this semester/year. Oh, and then there is that other spring fever, also known as hayfever.... *achoo!*

Still, I love spring here - I fall in love with living here all over again every spring, and every fall. (Which is a good thing, since the summers nearly cook me, and Jan/Feb just suck in general....)
lunadelcorvo: (Alistair Theirin)
2017-04-13 08:10 pm

Voices (not all in my head)

I have a thing for voices. I recognize them with a weird sort of accuracy SO I started keeping a list. This is highly specific to stuff I watch/play, but it might be amusing.

AtLA Commander Zhao = Lucius Malfoy
Dragon Age II’s Fenris = Diablo 3’s Crusader = C.O.D. Adv. Warfare’s Commander Gideon
Dragon Age II’s Male Hawke = Dragon Age: Origins’ Ser Bryant/Arl of Denerim
Dragon Age II’s Varric Tethras = StarCraft II’s Matt Horner
Diablo 3’s Kormac/Templar = Star Tek: Enterprise’s Malcolm Smith
Fable III’s Ben Finn = Star Trek Reboot’s Scotty
Fable III’s Sir Walter Beck = LoTR’s Theoden
Diablo 3’s Headrig Eamon = Dragon Age: Origin’s Loghain MacTyr = Mass Effect’s Adm. Han Gerrel
Dragon Age II’s Arishock = Diablo 3’s Imperius
Bioshock Infinite’s Booker DeWitt = Diablo 3’s Lyndon/Scoundrel
Dragon Age: Origins’ Alistair = Crossing Jordan’s Nigel Townsend
Dragon Age: Origins’ Morrigan = Diablo 3’s Cydea Mistress of Lust = Farscape’s Aeryn Sun
Bioshock’s Rosalind Lutece = Diablo 3’s Leah = Mass Effect FemShep
Mass Effect’s Grunt = StarCraft’s Abathur = Diablo 3’ Zoltan Kuhle = Dragon Age Origins’ Oghren
Dragon Age: Awakening’s Anders = Dragon Age II/Inquisition’s Cullen (how’s that for ironic?)

Mind. Blown.
lunadelcorvo: (Embarrassed by USA)
2017-04-13 01:59 pm
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OMFG We just bombed Afghanistan!

The US military has dropped an enormous bomb in Afghanistan, according to four US military officials with direct knowledge of the mission.

A GBU-43/B Massive Ordnance Air Blast Bomb (MOAB), nicknamed the "mother of all bombs," was dropped at 7:32 pm local time Thursday, the sources said. A MOAB is a 21,600-pound, GPS-guided munition that is America's most powerful non-nuclear bomb...Officials said the target was an ISIS cave and tunnel complex and personnel in the Achin district of the Nangarhar province.

We bombed a cave.

He's mad. He's utterly fucking power-mad. We have let an insane child run loose in the world's biggest arsenal.

THe story on CNN here.
lunadelcorvo: (Laughing)
2017-04-12 10:49 pm

Iconsssss

I got my old* Icon Community's posts straightened out, so if you're looking for icons, check it out!

[community profile] artis_ex_corvus

I am still working on getting the tags fixed, but there aren't so many posts that it's a problem. I'm thinking I might start making icons again; I always sort of loved the amazing range of what can be done in 100 x 100 pixels....


*OK, yes, some of them are a bit dated, but really, they were quite 'au currant' when they were made!
lunadelcorvo: (President is an idiot)
2017-04-12 08:05 pm
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Well, not every entry can be a happy one: Politics

What a week (and it's only Wednesday!) Tantrump's got Korea rattling its own sabers in response to his threats and swagger routine, he's authorized oil drilling on the Atlantic seacoast, he (or one of his muppets, DeVos - I'll do a whole post on her, soon), overturned protections for student load borrowers, and the nation's first female Muslim judge, Sheila Abdus-Salaam, was found floating in the Hudson River Wednesday afternoon after she was reported missing.

If it were less terrifying, it might be amusing to take bets on which way Tantrump and his GOP puppet show will get us all killed first..... *sigh*

I promise I won't go all doom (or politics) all the time, but there will be political posts (hopefully mostly more analytical than ranty, but...)
lunadelcorvo: (Show you the way)
2017-04-11 07:24 pm

The journey so far....

It's funny - this shift over to DW has me going back and reading entries from well over ten years ago. It's funny how many things have changed, and even funnier how many things haven't. The first couple years are from when I was still working for that horrible ad agency - man, that place almost did me in! And My return to school & academia.... I've never been one to wallow, but it's nice sometimes to look back over where you've been, and how you got where you are....

(Not that I'm going to go so far as to thank LJ/SUP for the prompt; they still suck!)

So now the big question: do I accept the new LJ TOS so I can make a post there telling everyone to find me here? Right now I can't post or comment at all w/o accepting the new TOS.....
lunadelcorvo: (Default)
2017-04-10 09:46 pm

This is to my LJ friends, assuming it will go through:

I haven't been here much, and it grinds my gears that when I finally decide to try and pick this up, LJ goes and sells out to Russian interests (well, the rest of the way, anyway). So I'm dusting off the Dreamwidth, airing out rooms, taking covers off the furniture, and setting the kettle on. I've imported everything I can (couldn't import and newer stuff, so I reposted by hand), and so my whole history is there. It feels more like a museum than home, but it will feel like home with time.... I will keep reading here, but I will be closing this down in stages over the next couple months.

I'm on DW at https://lunadelcorvo.dreamwidth.org/. If we're not already friends there, please add me and drop me a line and let me know who goes with your username, if it's not the same.
lunadelcorvo: (Jo Harvelle Badass)
2017-04-10 08:41 pm
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So, looks like my return to LJ will, in fact, be here instead....

I've been trying to get back to LJ lately (with mixed success; I doubt I'll ever use it or DW as much as I did 'back in the day'), but now it seems it has become a bit of a Russian police state. Lovely. So I suppose I will keep my liberal, democratic socialist, Tantrump-hating commentary here instead. Now the question is - do I delete that journal, or leave it? It sucks b/c I have a permanent account, and this one costs. Like I need another expense these days. Grrrrr.

But OK, then, here I am. :)

P.S. We need new moods! I need 'rebellious' and 'defiant,' just for starters....

P.P.S. Anyone know of any friending things? Anyone out there at all, come to think of it?