Finished TAZ: Balance

September 22nd, 2017 12:05 am
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So I kind of blew through the rest of TAZ, including all the freely available live shows except the one that posted today (but not the two Flophouse episodes). I am probably not sucked in enough to shell out the five bucks a month to get at the bonus content -- paying for one D&D show seems to be my limit -- but who knows. From Crystal Kingdom right through the end, the story and characters grabbed me in their teeth and refused to let me go, and I found it one of my more satisfying listening experiences in awhile.

I have a lot to say, but most all of it is spoilers. I am VERY glad that I was not at all spoiled for the main story arc, because watching it all unfold for the players as well as myself was a huge aspect of my enjoyment. So putting a spoiler cut here.

Spoilers through the finale. )

It'll be interesting to see how things change when they start playing their new games next month. I expect that I'll enjoy whatever the Critical Role gang gets up to next, in large part because I've already seen them do other things with their various one-shots, so I feel confident that my attachment is as much to the players (and especially the DM) as to the specific team of Vox Machina. I haven't gotten the opportunity to know the McElroys quite as well yet, so I'm not sure whether the changes will take with me, especially if someone else is GMing. But I'll certainly stick with it, at least for now. I look forward to discovering what direction the boys go.

Game Review: Overlord

September 22nd, 2017 12:07 am
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[expanded from the review I posted on Steam]

Review and Discussion )


Bonus review-let: Forced.

Forced, Gamification of Games, Player vs. Designer )

So, yeah. I am learning something about gaming, game design, or myself from every game I play, and I am glad I seem to have broken through the mountain of shame (OMG, so much stuff I've never played, best never look at them) and guilt (OMG, so much wasted money). I no longer feel compelled to 'give every game a fair chance' just because I once spent money on it. (Frequently, in bundle deals, I did not even set out to buy all of the games.)

Overall, I spend less than £5/month on games and, overall, I enjoy gaming. I'm not going to get the same amount of fun out of every game, but if I can average a couple of hours of fun for every £5 I pay, that's actually not bad value for money.

For trope_bingo

September 21st, 2017 03:01 am
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Prompt: Rare Pairs

Disclaimer: I own nothing.

Artist's Notes: Was mostly thinking of doing things on the Ben and Poe side, as that's mostly where I do my work -- in the backstory. Mostly they're based off my story "The Broken Edge", a.k.a. my giant-as-heck backstory for Ben and company. 

Icons under cut. )
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and then some!

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German Shepherd Mom Tires Out Her Pups In The Most Adorable Way Possible (It is adorable! She alternates between bouts where they can't possibly catch up to her and bouts where they can, clever doggie!)

Scientists Invent a Pen That Can Detect Cancer in Seconds

For Centuries, People Celebrated a Little Boy’s First Pair of Trousers

“Do Sign Languages Have Accents?” (Video, or you can read the transcription)

Is there a single food that you can survive on forever?

The island people with a climate change escape plan

Here’s why you should pay attention to this weekend’s German election

There is meddling in Germany's election — not by Russia, but by U.S. right wing

What A Doctor Calls A Condition Can Affect How We Decide To Treat It

When the Idea of Home Was Key to American Identity

Parents Who Pay to Be Watched (OMG.)

Colombia partners with locals in order to stop cocaine production, US warns it may not be enough

Behind the scenes, Zimbabwe politicians plot post-Mugabe reforms

Iraqi Kurds set to vote on independence, panicking neighbors and Washington

What is behind clashes in Ethiopia's Oromia and Somali regions?

Facebook’s war on free will

Facebook Enabled Advertisers to Reach ‘Jew Haters’

The basic physics of climate change have been known for more than a century, but it is in recent decades that the fundamental science of global warming has solidified

The Minuscule Importance of Manufacturing in Far-Right Politics

Stop acting surprised, America: Donald Trump is a white supremacist

In Month After Charlottesville, Papers Spent as Much Time Condemning Anti-Nazis as Nazis

The Republicans Aren't Even Pretending This Is About Healthcare Anymore

Christians in U.S. Military ‘Serve Satan’ If They Tolerate Other Religions, Air Force Chaplain Says

Making war illegal changed the world. But it’s becoming too easy to break the law

Anatomy of terror: What makes normal people become extremists?

Wonderful news!

September 24th, 2017 07:58 pm
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Today I was combing Callie in the bathroom, and Finn came in and didn't bark or growl or jump at her AT ALL - and this despite the fact that she hissed at him and then growled the whole time he was there! (And I don't blame her.)

He's gotten a lot better at being in the same room as the cats without freaking out, and even a little better at not barking and lunging at the familiar cats we see on our walks. (Not as good as with his own roommate cats, but you can't have everything.)

This is great because, with winter coming, Callie wants to go back to being an indoor-outdoor cat, emphasis on indoor - she doesn't like cold weather!

Gray day... everything is gray

September 23rd, 2017 11:46 pm
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I watch, but nothing moves today.

Looks like it's going to be overcast all week, and next week too. Well, fuck. I'm putting my lightbox back on.

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Superheroes for the Jewish New Year

There Never Was a Real Tulip Fever

The 11 sisters of Siervas are a rock band like 'nun' other

Scientists Once Dressed Frogs in Tiny Pants to Study Reproduction

In Alaska’s Far-Flung Villages, Happiness Is a Cake Mix

Octlantis is a just-discovered underwater city engineered by octopuses

How Two Lesbians Fought the Nazis With a Typewriter

Meet Nazo Dharejo: The toughest woman in Sindh

In a First for the Nation, Portland Police End Gang List to Improve Relations With Blacks and Latinos

The Rust Belt Needs Legal Immigration

That Awkward Moment When Your Twin Brother Is A U.S. Citizen At Birth, But You’re Not

Lawsuit targets searches of electronic devices at US border

New hope for limiting warming to 1.5 C

This Department Is the Last Hideout of Climate Change Believers in Donald Trump’s Government

Child care choices limited for those working outside 9-to-5

St. Louis sees third day of protests after officer's acquittal

ICE Detained This Trafficking Victim on Her 18th Birthday. Why?

Hurricane Maria is following Irma's path and getting stronger

The Sci-Fi Roots of the Far Right—From ‘Lucifer’s Hammer’ to Newt’s Moon Base to Donald’s Wall

Graceful menace: States take aim at non-native swans

New Mideast realities require support for Kurds

What is at stake in Iraqi Kurdish vote for independence?

Iraq says may use force if Kurdish referendum turns violent

Signed Eva up for a drama class

September 21st, 2017 10:58 pm
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It took a lot of back and forth and emails getting lost, but I got her signed up!

And now she's claiming she didn't ever ask for this in the first place. Yeah, right. I get that she wants to spend time with her friends, but - dude, she spends hours with them every single day. She can take a day off and maybe make some new friends, something she frequently claims she wants.

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10 Badass Trees That Refuse To Die

The Making of the Modern American Recipe

Marilyn Monroe and the Potato Sack Dress, c.1951

DNA triggers shape-shifting in hydrogels, opening a new way to make 'soft robots'

The Spanish Royal Philanthropic Expedition to Bring Smallpox Vaccination to the New World and Asia in the 19th Century

Stopped at US border, Haitians find 'Mexican dream' instead

How Pants Went From Banned to Required in the Roman Empire

Just squeeze in—researchers discover when spaces are tight, nature loosens its laws

In Amish Country, the Future Is Calling

Children Used to Learn About Death and Damnation With Their ABCs

The Problem With Free Menstrual Pads

Tillerson says U.S. could stay in Paris climate accord

The Commuter Parking Benefit Is Seriously Hurting Cities

Dylann Roof requests new attorneys, declaring appeal team his biological enemies (Relevant quote: “The lawyer appointed to represent me at my federal trial was David Isaac Bruck, who is also Jewish. His ethnicity was a constant source of conflict even with my constant efforts to look past it.” All his lawyers deserve medals and a fruit basket. Maybe some booze. They earned it after putting up with him!)

US people of color still more likely to be exposed to pollution than white people

Breastfeeding Behind Bars: Do All Moms Deserve the Right?

When Does the Right to an Attorney Kick In?

Why Many Deaf Prisoners Can’t Call Home

Unbudgeted: How the opioid crisis is blowing a hole in small-town America's finances

See jerkface bacteria hiding in tumors and gobbling chemotherapy drugs

Myanmar Follows Global Pattern in How Ethnic Cleansing Begins

Rohingya Muslims being wiped off Myanmar's map

Three killed in stampede for aid near Rohingya refugee camp

Bangladesh warns Myanmar over border amid refugee crisis

The Ominous, Massive Military Exercises in Eastern Europe

For trope_bingo.

September 19th, 2017 05:30 pm
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Title: The Prince, the Knight and the Dragon

Summary: Once upon a time, there was a prince, a knight and a dragon. This is their story.

Prompt: AU -- Fairy Tale/Myth

Disclaimer: I own nothing.



Fic under cut.  )

Humblebundle: Shadows of Mordor

September 19th, 2017 08:56 pm
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This remains one of my favourite games. I am nowhere near finishing it, and it's not an _easy_ game to play, but I love sneaking up on Uruk-hai and stabbing them in the back...

(The trick for this game is that you have to think in three dimensions: climbing up and jumping down are very much a part of it.)

It's the 'pay-what-you-want' bundle, so currently at $6.11 as I speak, and if you've been wanting to pick it up, now might be a good time.

Me? I'm bitter and twisted that the next offering will be Windows-only. (I seem to recall that Shadows of Mordor also took some time to be ported, so I still have hopes.)

And no, I would not pay $80 for a preorder - I have too many games to play - but still - I'd like to play Shadow of War eventually.

For allbingo

September 19th, 2017 12:34 pm
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Title: Golden

Summary: The fallout of Ben's descent into darkness, and Poe's new role.

Prompt: Gold

Disclaimer: I own nothing.

Fic under cut. )

For whole_new_world

September 19th, 2017 09:01 am
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Title: Broken

Summary: An amnesiac Poe joins Finn and Rey on their quest.

Prompt: Memory Loss

Disclaimer: I own nothing.

Fic under cut.  )

For allbingo

September 19th, 2017 06:31 am
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Title: Dark Labyrinth

Summary: Poe visits Kylo Ren in prison.

Prompt: Revenge

Disclaimer: I own nothing.

Fic under cut. )

Listening to The Adventure Zone; surprise fic

September 17th, 2017 05:16 pm
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There's a lot of fandom cross-pollination between Critical Role and The Adventure Zone, which makes a lot of sense -- they're both story-focused Dungeons & Dragons campaigns, a family of nerds playing their beloved games and sharing them with an audience -- but despite my love for CR, I'd been a bit reluctant to dive in to TAZ. But then I learned that the current campaign would be wrapping up soon (I understand it's recently done so), and I decided to give it a shot. I'd been listening to it every now and again as I had time, but it didn't suck me in as completely as Critical Role did... and then I reached The Eleventh Hour, which is the fifth main story arc. I'd noticed the GM's storytelling and the players' character work improving over time, but everything took a serious level up in the previous arc (The Crystal Kingdom), and early in The Eleventh Hour everything solidified, pulling me into the story to the point that I'm now dying to know what happens next.

It used to be that I never wrote fic for a canon that I hadn't finished, but anyone who knows me and my relationship kinks (specifically, separation and reunion) will probably not be surprised that I was taken by the urge to write about one particular scene. Cut for spoilers. )

I'm sure this moment has been ficced a thousand times, but I learned my lesson about looking for fic when I'm behind on a canon from Dragon Age. ;) So for now I'll just present my own quick take on the scene; maybe once I've finished the Balance storyline I'll revisit it with the full knowledge of anything relevant that happens later. Note, I'm still early in the arc that follows Eleventh Hour (The Suffering Game; I've only listened to the first episode) so please no spoilers for anything later in comments.

Title: Magnus Knows
Fandom: The Aventure Zone
Rating: All audiences
Wordcount: 735
Characters: Magnus, the Chalice, Magnus/Julia
Spoilers: Yes, through Ep. 48 (The Eleventh Hour, Chapter 8)
Notes: See above :)

Magnus knows. )

**Great Cheering**

September 17th, 2017 04:04 pm
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I am SO happy right now...



It's RAINING!!

And not sprinkles nor drizzle-- no. An actual soaker. Sometimes pouring, sometimes soft, but just steadily coming down.

It's supposed to rain for 4 days. We need it SO badly!!!


(no subject)

September 20th, 2017 11:18 pm
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Tough stuff: Spider silk enhanced with graphene-based materials

The Most Inspiring Hot Air Balloon Ride Ever

Scientists use light to purge defects from solar cells

Every childhood vaccine may eventually go into a single jab (Though it does seem that the UK doesn't have as many childhood vaccines as the US, judging by the list)

Mathematicians Measure Infinities, and Find They're Equal (Mind. Blown.)

Can American soil be brought back to life?

Quotas bring wave of Nepalese women into office. What they need next.

Judge: Sessions can’t deny grant money for sanctuary cities

Disability Fraud: You know what?

For Chinese millennials, despondency has a brand name

A Son’s Race to Give His Dying Father Artificial Immortality

Research Shows Spanish Speakers Take Longer To Learn English. Why?

Catalan mayors defy Spanish courts ahead of independence vote

Survey suggests nobody actually watches those Emmy-nominated cable or streaming shows

Suicide among veterans highest in western US, rural areas

Viruses Would Rather Jump to New Hosts Than Evolve With Them

Your Childhood Experiences Can Permanently Change Your DNA

Third-Hand Exposure to Cigarette Smoke Can Still Damage Your Organs

Protesters march through St. Louis after policeman's acquittal

Attorneys Suspect Motel 6 Calling ICE on Undocumented Guests

Since Trump’s Big Photo Op With Black College Leaders, He’s Delivered on Nothing, They Say (Surprise, surprise.)

Homeless And In College. Then Harvey Struck

Hurricanes may be getting bigger, but death toll is shrinking

Irma's 'forgotten' evacuees struggle to find housing

Hurricane Irma Unleashes the Forces of Privatization in Puerto Rico

Philippines' Duterte asks head of human rights agency: 'Are you a pedophile?' (Because, you know, that's the only reason to care about minors being straight-up murdered)

Entire Philippine city police force fired over killings

The Window Is Closing to Avoid Dangerous Global Warming

U.S.-backed Syrian fighters say will not let government forces cross Euphrates

Rohingya crisis: Bangladesh to restrict movement of migrants

Overnight exodus: Rohingya use cover of darkness to reach Bangladesh

Games I play (or don't), September Edition

September 16th, 2017 09:56 pm
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This is part 'moar spoons' and part displacement, but I've started to work through some of the assorted games I have, with the goal of at least touching each game for a bit and either enjoying them or ditching them altogether.

7 Mages
7 impossible moves before dinner )

And that's just the tutorial. Nope, nope, nopety nope.

Casual Games x4 )

Don't know what I'll play next, I'll probably burn through a number of casual/freebie games next week before going back to Skyrim.

Oh, yay!

September 19th, 2017 04:23 pm
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NYC Kettle Corn will be right by my sister's office on Friday.

So I can totally ask her to pick some up for me! I love, love, love cheddar caramel, and the best I can get at stores is bags where half is cheddar and half is caramel.
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As recently as 20 years ago, the logo was of an Indian chief with a headdress, but apparently somebody clued them in and now it's a knight's helmet, so that was an easy change. I wonder when they did that?

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Turn-of-the-Century Kid’s Books Taught Wealthy, White Boys the Virtues of Playing Football

At Bug-Eating Festival, Kids Crunch Down On The Food Of The Future (It's a kid-eat-bug world out there, guys.)

Wolves understand cause and effect better than dogs

A Women’s Circus School Is Growing in Gaza

A Story About Singapore’s Urban Development, In Six Parts

How Park(ing) Day Went Global

How to trick your brain into thinking a small animal is hopping up your arm

This Legal Rebel Takes the Cases of the World's Most Vulnerable

Mayor de Blasio: NYC Will Be First City to Mandate that Existing Buildings Dramatically Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Byssus, or sea silk, is one of the most coveted materials in the world – but after more than 1,000 years in the same matrilineal family tree, this ancient thread may soon unravel.

Why Koreans Shun the Suburbs

The Really Weird Link Between College and Brain Cancer

Echolocation and Its Discontents

Focusing on soccer may have a troubling effect on teenage girls

The Case Against Civilization

The Secret History of FEMA

Why We Can’t Stop Hurricanes and All the Ways We’ve Tried

Caribbean families separate to rebuild lives after storm

When Disaster Strikes, the Zoo Must Go On

When Europeans Killed Others to Kill Themselves

Why American Workers Pay Twice as Much in Taxes as Wealthy Investors

Why Trump Sees Moral Clarity in London and Complexity in Charlottesville

UN: Global hunger rising with conflicts, climate shocks

Starting from scratch in Uganda

The Girl Gangs of El Salvador

Is flying coach too cramped to be safe?

Some Syrian schools erase Assad but tensions rise over Kurdish

North Korea fires second ballistic missile over Japan

Fun little time waster

September 18th, 2017 01:15 pm
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[personal profile] conuly
When you click a button, the top right left* square and any same-colored squares contiguous with it turn to that color. The goal is to turn the whole board the same color.

* Once again, I forgot to make the L before talking about left and right.

Moonpie isn't always great with big dogs

September 17th, 2017 10:20 pm
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[personal profile] conuly
Actually, she loathes them.

Interestingly, though, if she sees that Finn can interact with another dog or a human without anybody freaking out, she'll calm down and turn back into lovable Moonpie, eager to socialize.

Finn is rubbing off on her! Good doggie, Finn!

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Researchers just figured out how to get robots to join forces

When It Comes To Romantic Attraction, Real Life Beats Questionnaires

The Transformation of the American Shopping Mall

Like sea stars, ancient echinoderms nibbled with tiny tube feet

Productivity hacks to rule kindergarten like a Silicon Valley boss

The Ultimate Summer Camp Activity: Digging for Dinosaurs

Famous Viking Warrior Was a Woman, DNA Reveals

Oscar Dunn, America’s Forgotten First Black Lieutenant Governor

The First Black Fighter Pilot

Meet the man fighting to save our country's rarest chickens

Between the Holy Land and the Motherland

Eat, pray, live: the Lagos megachurches building their very own cities

When Under Threat From Poaching, Elephants Change Their Travel Habits

The First Species to Have Every Individual’s Genome Sequenced

The Indian women eating with their families for the first time

Amid Hurricane Chaos, Domestic Abuse Victims Risk Being Overlooked

Irma spawns unusual storm surges on both Florida coasts

Hurricane Irma Blasts Into The Record Books With Lasting Intensity

'All We Are Really Living on Is Hope.' Hurricane Irma's Devastation Lingers in the Caribbean

After an earthquake and a hurricane — and Trump's failure to send condolences — Mexico rescinds offer of aid to U.S.

Scientists say damage to Florida’s coral reef has made the state more vulnerable to storm surges

Global Fingerprints of Sea Level Rise Revealed by Satellites

Congress Wants to Change the Americans With Disabilities Act and Undermine the Civil Rights of People With Disabilities

Barzani vows to press on with Kurdish referendum, defying Iraq parliament

The U.S. Thought It Was Rid Of Hookworm. Wrong

The atmosphere is literally changing the food we eat, for the worse. And almost nobody is paying attention.

Why Would Russia Try to Foment Protests in the U.S.?

ISIS' retreat accelerates, but reports of its demise are exaggerated

Brazil Launches Investigation into Alleged Massacre of ‘Uncontacted’ Indigenous Tribe

I like this one!

September 16th, 2017 11:17 pm
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Autumn

By T. E. Hulme

A touch of cold in the Autumn night—
I walked abroad,
And saw the ruddy moon lean over a hedge
Like a red-faced farmer.
I did not stop to speak, but nodded,
And round about were the wistful stars
With white faces like town children.

Still no luck on the middle school front

September 14th, 2017 01:33 pm

Fatigue Flare-- Sigh...

September 12th, 2017 12:55 pm
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I've begun some new medication for nerve pain to help me keep Lyrica doses small. So far it already is helping with background pain, but its taking me some time to adjust. Mainly, it is just making me rather sleepy. I sleep 8 hours a night and then nap 3 hours a day on top of that! I'm hoping my body adjusts more than this in the next couple of weeks or I'll have to drop it.

Separate from the medication, though, I'm struggling with fatigue. (I've both had mediation reaction with and without the fatigue, so I am able to track this separately.) I probably came into contact with some germs on my day out on the sound and Kitsap peninsula. I'm frustrated, but then again-- I'm used to this. Just gotta wait it out until I can function again.

For whole_new_world

September 12th, 2017 02:39 pm
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Alternate Reality/Changing Canon

001.Alternate Showdown002.Alternate Romance003.Altered Past004.Altered Core Values005.Absence of Pivotal Character
006.Fork in the Road and/or Wrong Turn007.Dead Character(s) Alive008.New Skill009.Bad Decision010.Memory Loss
011.Power Loss012.Apocalypse, or Threat of013.Ignored Advice014.Fix the Past015.Never Found

#amreading

September 11th, 2017 11:45 pm
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I just finished - well, finished Saturday night after going to bed - Stephanie Burgis' Snowspelled, which I thoroughly enjoyed, with a big fat caveat: its (perceived-by-me) weaknesses seem very much intended. This is a short book - not much beyond novella length - and it's very clearly influenced by Genre Romance, though that is not the main focus.

This is an alternate Regency story, with lots of magic and interesting politics and a main character who messed up her life really badly and now has to come to terms with that failure. And who _then_ stumbles into a political intrigue of great urgency which has to take precedence over her personal challenges. It's well-written, amusing, has characters you want to hang out with because they are _nice people_, and an interesting magic system. (Through absolutely no fault of its own it clashed a little with the Fey *I* am writing about, but for the duration of the book, I could put that aside.)

'Why, despite keeping me up beyond midnight, this is not my kind of book )

So if you like alternate regencies, particularly one where women DO worry about politics, this is an enjoyable offering. I'll probably pick up the next one, but I don't think I will reread it too often, and I don't intend to buy it in paperback.

For allbingo

September 11th, 2017 02:27 pm
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Title: This Time Around

Summary: In which Poe is captured by the First Order. Again.

Prompt: Captain

Disclaimer: I own nothing.



Fic under cut. )

(no subject)

September 12th, 2017 11:21 pm
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Slovak Village Prospers in Partnership With Roma Residents It Once Shunned (Sorta partnership.)

Trolls Hijack White-Power Sites to Discuss Color Swatches

So much for that Voynich manuscript “solution” (Not surprised. Personally, I'd be astounded if it boils down to be Latin.)

Yakhchāls: Ancient structures used to make and preserve ice in the deserts of Persia.

Taxi Medallions, Once a Safe Investment, Now Drag Owners Into Debt

12 Amateur Spies Paved the Way to War Against the Nazis

The Dream Of North Korea Is Alive In West Africa

They were the first black boys to integrate the South’s elite prep schools. They drove themselves to excel in an unfamiliar environment. But at what cost?

Programs meant to encourage women in STEM may be backfiring — because it’s not women who need to change

Who’s Allowed to Hold Hands?

School Lunches are Too Short. And That’s a Problem

'Plagiarists never do it once': meet the sleuth tracking down the poetry cheats

A Delta flight successfully makes the NYC-San Juan-NYC run in the teeth of Hurricane Irma. (They flew in between the outer arm and the inner storm. They were on the ground less than an hour, including boarding and taxiing. This is some damn good flying here.)

However... With A Hurricane Approaching Florida, Airline Algorithms Show No Sympathy

A tale of two Irmas: rich Miami ready for tumult as poor Miami waits and hopes

Car-centric Houston struggles after loss of countless autos

I downloaded an app. And suddenly, was part of the Cajun Navy. (Content warning, thanks to [personal profile] siderea: volunteer emergency dispatcher winds up helplessly overhearing a lot of death)

Texas Prisoners Are Facing Horrid Conditions After Hurricane Harvey & Retaliation for Reporting Them

Forget Wall Street – Silicon Valley is the new political power in Washington

How Falluja can't forget

Mother Of 9 Goes Door-To-Door As Part Of Yemen's Anti-Cholera Brigade

This Group Has Successfully Converted White Supremacists Using Compassion. Trump Defunded It.

Myanmar accused of laying mines after refugee injuries

Mexico earthquake: Rescue efforts continue as death toll rises

Card for Ladies Bingo

September 10th, 2017 12:15 am
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I realize I haven't had the best of luck with fic bingo cards lately, but how could I resist [community profile] ladiesbingo? My card under the cut.

And Bingo was her name-oh )

There's one prompt on here that I should probably have asked to be excluded, but oh well -- I can work around it easily enough. Or who knows -- maybe I'll get a fun idea to subvert it. I have thoughts about which rows and columns I might tackle, but if there are any prompts in here that you're dying to see me write, let me know!

[MCU] xanadu or xanadon't

September 9th, 2017 10:54 pm
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Marvel Cinematic Universe
Steve Rogers/Tony Stark
6k words; T for Teen
Written for sceaterian

Victor von Doom, to the shock of many, announces that he's got exclusive access to new StarkTech and that he's not afraid to use it to further the betterment of his people in Latveria.

This is news to Tony, since he never gave him anything. He decides to go get his tech back, and Steve plus a few of the other Avengers-- whoever's around for Steve to drag into the Quinjet, basically-- come along for the ride.


read on ao3




Futbol!AU is next, goal is to be done and posted before end of month. Then the Howl's Moving Castle AU and the identity porn/kidfic mashup will be written and posted during October. THIS SOUNDS LIKE A PLAN TO ME, DOES IT SOUND LIKE A PLAN TO YOU????

(I also have to finish my Kylux Reverse Bang draft this month and during October/November write my Fandom Trumps Hate piece but we're talking about Stony right now, so: shhhhhhhh.)

Gearing up for 9/11

September 11th, 2017 03:09 pm
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[personal profile] conuly
NYC is full of cops. Heavily armed cops. Heavily armed cops who have randomly barricaded areas I normally pass through.

I fucking hate 9/11. I'm sure any future terrorist will choose some other day in which to wreak terror. Why would they pick 9/11? They'd always be also-rans. But no, everybody goes on full-alert for an attack that simply isn't going to happen. (And if it did, I'm sure they'd take the guns on the ground into account when planning. It's just security theater. None of this could've stopped 9/11, none of it could've stopped the first WTC bombing, so why do we think it'll stop anything in the future?)

Callie has got to learn

September 10th, 2017 02:30 pm
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There is a time to snuggle and a time to desist from snuggling, a time to kill mice and a time to not kill mice.

Sigh. At least the neighbors ought to be happy, she caught that mouse in their yard. And then ate the entire thing when I told her to finish killing it before coming up and headbutting me, yuck.

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Tiny Water Lilies

September 8th, 2017 11:40 pm
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5 x 7" acrylic on heavy cotton paper. These were started as a demo in class; I finished them the next day just because I wanted to.

Voynich mss: a solution?

September 8th, 2017 03:56 pm
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https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/public/voynich-manuscript-solution/

offers an interesting explanation for the 'mysterious cypher' that makes up the text of the mss. I want to see an actual translation/transcription before I form a final opinion, but it seems at least somewhat plausible.

(The mss is available in PDF form from a number of sources, for instance here)

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