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Saturday, November 1st, 2014 02:21
“The worst thing in the world can happen, but the next day the sun will come up. And you will eat your toast. And you will drink your tea.”


Rhian Ellis, After Life  (via calmfolly)

this is so comforting. 

(via caffheine)

Saturday, November 1st, 2014 03:01

Fall Colors in Western Maryland

Photographer: John Chumack

Summary Authors: John Chumack; Jim Foster


While driving home to Ohio from the Washington, D.C. area in late October, I stopped at Sideling Hill in western Maryland to snap the autumn scene above -- my view is to the east. Vibrant reds and golds of sugar maples, scarlets and coppers of oaks, yellows of hickories, and bronzes of beeches lit up the landscape. Mid to late October is typically when the fall colors peak in the Allegheny and Blue Ridge Mountains. Fog hanging in a distant valley accents this attention-getting scene. Photo taken on October 20, 2014.


Photo details: Camera Model: Canon EOS 6D; Lens: EF24-105mm f/4L IS USM; Focal Length: 82mm; Aperture: f/7.1; Exposure Time: 0.0040 s (1/250); ISO equiv: 100.

Saturday, November 1st, 2014 01:25




High-Res [x]

A Steve is a Steve no matter how small.

A Steve is a Steve no matter how tall.

Really highlights how much of a difference Bucky would have had to get used to.


aslkdfjasdfkljsfjk ITS SO AMUSING!

Saturday, November 1st, 2014 07:36
A great season premiere. S2 had been a mixed affair, not least because as opposed to s1, where you had individual cases but also long term developments (from sober companion and client to friends and partners, Joan's decision to change jobs permanently, Sherlock dealing with the Irene matter, to put it unspoilery), in s2 what long term developments there were had to do with Mycroft and that wasn't the best of arcs, Joan except for the last ep as in something of a standstill, and not coincidentally the standout s2 episodes were all either one shots independent from ongoing developments (the Philip Seymour Hofmann inspired one comes to mind, as does the one with Sherlock's old pen pal) or continuing fallouts from the previous season (the one with Moriarty). Wait, I take it back, there was also the Marcus Bell mini arc which WAS good. But you'll notice none of these, except the Moriarty one, had much to do with Joan (and even the Moriarty one only a little - yes, the thing with the portrait was fanfic inspiring fun, but they didn't really interact in this episode). And part of the charm of the show is the equal partnership, so not a few viewers during s2 often asked in frustration "where's the Joan of it?".

Well, looks like the show found a way to address this... )
Saturday, November 1st, 2014 00:56

Ever since E.L. James’s Fifty Shades of Grey shot to the top of the best-seller list, publishers have been struggling with the tantalizing prospect of bringing more fan fiction writers into the traditional publishing fold.

Part of the difficulty comes from the persistence of negative stereotypes around fan works, which range vastly in terms of the quality of writing. Rather than hide their connection to fandom, the new independent publisher Big Bang Press is counting on the fan community for its talent and the buzz its wide audience can potentially create.

The women behind Big Bang, all connected to fandom in various ways, took a specific tack when entering the publishing fray. First, recruit the best writers from the world of fan fiction. Second, give those creators the support, through professional editing and marketing, to publish original work. Big Bang will publish paperback and ebooks for YA and adults.


Big Bang Press, a New Publisher for Fan Fiction Writers and Artists, by Robin Brenner at School Library Journal. (via bigbangpress)

The Big Bang Press website is here!

Saturday, November 1st, 2014 00:28



The fact that it budged leads me to believe one thing.

If Steve Rogers managed to make Mjolnir budge when even Hulk’s strength couldn’t…..

Something tells me Cap didn’t lift the hammer on purpose.

Lets see what we know about the scene. Thor and everyone else are getting drunk and having fun, yet We know for a FACT that Cap can’t get drunk. He has ALL of his faculties about him.


Thor agrees.

Nobody can even move it, except Cap. Yet he doesn’t pick it up.

My guess, he knew what kind of implications him wielding the hammer could mean, and he is not about to steal Asgard away over a drunken bet.

He faked not being able to pick it up. He must have been stunned when he realized he could, hence why we see his fingers slip up the handle.

He CAN wield the hammer but doesn’t want to brag about it.

In my humble opinion, this only makes him ALL THE MORE worthy.

In the comics he wields the hammer at one stage

Friday, October 31st, 2014 23:48
This poem came out of the September 2, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] lynnoconnacht[personal profile] stardreamer, and [personal profile] helgatwb. It also fills the "curry night" square in my 12-8-13 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo  fest.  This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette.  It belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of my Polychrome Heroics series.

Read more... )
Saturday, November 1st, 2014 12:53
Today's prompt is "a ghost from the past".
Friday, October 31st, 2014 23:32
tumblr: we've made some more changes to the dashboard
x-kit guy: *sighs loudly, stares wistfully out the window, rolls up sleeves*
Saturday, November 1st, 2014 00:00

The ceiling of the Sistine Chapel in Rome, one of Italian artist Michelangelo's finest works, is exhibited to the public for the first time.

Michelangelo Buonarroti, the greatest of the Italian Renaissance artists, was born in the small village of Caprese in 1475. The son of a government administrator, he grew up in Florence, a center of the early Renaissance movement, and became an artist's apprentice at age 13. Demonstrating obvious talent, he was taken under the wing of Lorenzo de' Medici, the ruler of the Florentine republic and a great patron of the arts. After demonstrating his mastery of sculpture in such works as the Pieta (1498) and David (1504), he was called to Rome in 1508 to paint the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel—the chief consecrated space in the Vatican.

Michelangelo's epic ceiling frescoes, which took several years to complete, are among his most memorable works. Central in a complex system of decoration featuring numerous figures are nine panels devoted to biblical world history. The most famous of these is The Creation of Adam, a painting in which the arms of God and Adam are stretching toward each other. In 1512, Michelangelo completed the work.

After 15 years as an architect in Florence, Michelangelo returned to Rome in 1534, where he would work and live for the rest of his life. That year saw his painting of the The Last Judgment on the wall above the altar in the Sistine Chapel for Pope Paul III. The massive painting depicts Christ's damnation of sinners and blessing of the virtuous and is regarded as a masterpiece of early Mannerism.

Michelangelo worked until his death in 1564 at the age of 88. In addition to his major artistic works, he produced numerous other sculptures, frescoes, architectural designs, and drawings, many of which are unfinished and some of which are lost. In his lifetime, he was celebrated as Europe's greatest living artist, and today he is held up as one of the greatest artists of all time, as exalted in the visual arts as William Shakespeare is in literature or Ludwig van Beethoven is in music.

Friday, October 31st, 2014 23:59
A quieter day, with some shopping and whatnot.

I need to spend a few more hours grinding out some pixel candy to buy a pixel ghost cat for my kid. -_-

(Spouse keeps griping that I'm not advertising stuff enough -- especially that Crucible is out. 'Cept I dunno where I'd ask to see if they'd care to review it, y'know? O:p )

Havva Quote
All I know is money means coffee. And sweets.

INwatch+Bookwatch )
Adopt one today!
Dragons under fold )
Saturday, November 1st, 2014 00:05
Said fuck it to the NaNo party I was going to be goignto.

Anyone wanna have a writing (not necessarily NaNo bt all writing!) party via the internet? We should do the thing.
Friday, October 31st, 2014 20:55
We are planning a memorial gathering for Velma on Saturday, November 8, at 1:30 p.m., at Washington Hall in Seattle. Everyone is welcome.

There’s no formal officiant. Instead, this is an opportunity for her family and friends to get up and share our memories of Velma. We’re still working on the details of the planning. If you know you’ll want to get up and speak, please tell Vicki, by email at vr@panix.com. Or if you just want to be with people, please let Vicki know you’re likely to attend so we can get a head-count for food and drink.

Washington Hall is in the Central District, at 153 14th Ave Seattle, WA 98122. We will be in the Lodge Room. The space is wheelchair-accessible and easily accessible by mass transit; there is also a parking lot. We have the room from 1:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m., including set-up and clean-up time; if you want to come early and help with set-up, please let Vicki know.

RSVPs to Vicki at vr@panix.com please; I’m trying to reduce the burden on Scraps.

Please pass the word to people who you think should know about this.

There will also be a memorial in New York City, on November 18. Here's information about that: http://elisem.livejournal.com/1896533.html
Friday, October 31st, 2014 22:35





usa gets silver:


russia gets silver:


chinese get silver:


british get bronze:


actually, it’s been psychologically proven that bronze winners are happier than silver winners! silver winners see themselves as being “so close” to gold, while bronze winners are just happy they won a medal. so any silver medalist isn’t as happy as a bronze medalist!

Canada gets silver:image

ok but it’s canada

Saturday, November 1st, 2014 02:47

Posted by John Scalzi

Well, the folks at Shipwreck (the group that puts these writing contests together) have posted my winning entry. It’s here.

Warning: It’s very much NSFW, will probably be a little kinky/disturbing for those of you who aren’t kinky/fans of erotic fanfic, and if you haven’t read Watchmen (which you should, it’s terrific), or at least watched the movie (less good, but okay, whatever), you will miss most of the references and clever bits and it probably won’t be as funny as it would be if you knew the work it was riffing off of.

Got it? Okay, go have fun with it, then.

Friday, October 31st, 2014 22:49
Oh! Have just now reached 20,000 words by my Entirely Inaccurate Word Count!

Novel about story games threatens to be steamrollered by theology arguments please send help.
Friday, October 31st, 2014 22:40
And continuing the trend on these shows of adults who act like adults in complex relationships...

spoilers )
Friday, October 31st, 2014 21:11



This is not a Fugazi t-shirt

Noto’s a great jumping-off point for folks looking to do non-canon plainclothes cosplay!

Friday, October 31st, 2014 20:42







i wasnt going to reblog but then

The ass tho

That’s.. actually incredible. Not the ass, I mean that’s good yes but, fuck yeah Hawkeye Initiative!

I’m just impressed someone can contort themselves into the stupid poses they put women in on the covers of comic books.

^ this

Friday, October 31st, 2014 20:18

These are the dead from this Samhain to last, and you can read more about them -- along with a few other posts about death -- in my Moment of Silence tag.

Read more... )
Friday, October 31st, 2014 20:10
Yuletide: 2,200 words and done.


I think I get to relax now. I still have to do some source-checking for worldbuildy details, and then I will have to locate betas, but it's not like there's a tearing hurry yet!
Friday, October 31st, 2014 19:18


Beyonce’s Halloween costume is Rhythm Nation era Janet Jackson so you’ll have to excuse me from the rest of 2014 as I’ll be clutching my chest and Lamaze breathing.

- Alesia

Friday, October 31st, 2014 20:14

This adorable little girl (probably somewhere in the 8-10 range) just came by my door with a group of five other kids. They were all wearing Marvel-inspired costumes, and all of them but her were obviously superheroes (Hawkeye, Spider-Man, Wolverine, Lady!Captain America, and Iron Man "because girls can call themselves Iron Man if they want and Iron Woman sounds stupid" - the kid's words, not mine).

The girl (who was Asian) was dressed all in black, with the S.H.I.E.L.D. emblem sewed onto her sleeve. I told her that I knew she was a S.H.I.E.L.D. agent but asked if she was anyone in particular.

Her reply? "I'm Melinda May, but you can call me The Calvary."

... there's a chance that both she and Iron Man might have gotten some extra candy based on pure awesomeness.
Friday, October 31st, 2014 23:53

Posted by hhertzof

For #yuletide rpf we did not accept nominations of named people directly in the tag set. Instead, if you are willing to be featured in Yuletide RPF fic, we would like you to comment to this post with your Ao3 name/#yuletide chat name or other fandom handle and the range of ratings you are comfortable with.

This post will be closed on 16th November and the complete list will be alphabetized and edited into this post.

DW Post
Friday, October 31st, 2014 18:41
Good: Yuletide fic has passed 1,100 words.

Hmm: Fic is not actually yet completed. But at least the pressure of making wordcount is off? I may be able to finish a rough draft tonight, regardless.

(I'm trying to get as much done today as I can because I'm doing NaNoWriMo this year.)
Friday, October 31st, 2014 18:34
We have now squirreled ourselves away in the back of the house with a TV to avoid the hordes of trick-or-treaters prowling the neighborhood. Given that Toby's still recovering and I'm still infectious, we decided parents would be much happier if we didn't pass out germy candy today.

Sent from my Apple ][e
Friday, October 31st, 2014 22:24

Posted by Fred Clark

I both praised and poked a bit of fun at the long list of qualifying adjectives that ethicist Dave Gushee employs when defending a “covenantal-marital” approach to sexual ethics. The key factor, he says, is marriage – but then he quickly has to say what all he means by marriage, clarifying and expanding the meaning of it. A marriage covenant needs to be “faithful and exclusive” and to be “loving, nonexploitative, noncoercive, reciprocal …”

The same thing happens when we look for more than just a momentary glance at any other proposed sexual ethic. Others may say the key factor is mutual consent — but then they quickly add a similar wall of adjectives to clarify that what they mean by consent also includes many of the same qualities. Or a Lennonist may say “All you need is love,” but then again we see the rush of adjectives to explain what they mean — and do not mean — by “love.” (In a sense, that’s what the apostle Paul does, beautifully, in 1 Corinthians 13.)

disturbxyzIn every case, these lists of qualifying and expanding adjectives are needed, I think, because of the intrinsic oddity of trying to talk about “sexual ethics” as something separate and distinct from, you know, just plain ethics. All that other stuff we talk about under the umbrella of ethics for the majority of our lives when we’re fully clothed and out of bed can’t be set aside when we turn to the matter of sex. That, it seems to me, is the pitfall for a lot of discussion of “sexual ethics” — it tries to set all that aside to focus on this particular thing as wholly distinct. And it’s not. It’s a part of our lives, not apart from our lives.

All the rest of what we think of as ethics shouldn’t stop at the bedroom door, replaced there by the separate sub-category of “sexual ethics.” Creating such a separate category creates the danger of exempting that category from all the other stuff we think of as ethical obligations, duties, rights and wrongs. Rather than risk segregating “sexual ethics” from the rest of our ethics, we might be better served by some variation of that silly game we play with fortune cookies. We should reaffirm what we already know or believe about ethics … “in bed.”

If anything, all that other stuff that constitutes the rest of our ethical thinking and practice becomes more important during sexytime, because that is where we encounter one another at our most vulnerable. We’re naked, exposed, open and extended to one another. If we’re doing it right, we’re poised to surrender control to one another. Given all that, it’s strange that most talk of “sexual ethics” mainly involves the preconditions and the context for that activity without addressing the activity itself.*

Part of the weirdness that flows from this separation of sexual ethics can be seen in the way we turn away from the rest of our ought-talk when anything remotely suggests that sexuality is part of the equation.

Think of Micah 6:8. That verse has always been a favorite of mine because growing up in central Jersey we would pass the nearby synagogue where it was carved in huge letters on the wall facing West Seventh Street: “DO JVSTICE • LOVE MERCY • WALK HVMBLY WITH THY GOD.”

Here’s the full verse: “God has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?”

That passage is familiar enough for most Christians that if we quote the first part of it’s question — “What does the Lord require of you?” — it will usually prompt them to give Micah’s answer: “To do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God.”

But if we raise that same question in any context that suggests sex or sexuality is anywhere in the mix, then we’ll get a very different answer.

Ask, “What does the Lord require of you as a single person?” or “What does the Lord require of you as a spouse?” or “What does the Lord require of you as someone who is LGBT?“** and the ensuing discussion won’t sound anything at all like the last half of Micah 6:8.

That’s a weird move. Ask a conservative white evangelical “What does the Lord require of you when it comes to human sexuality?” and they will respond “Chastity until lifelong biblical marriage between one man and one woman.”

That’s the wrong answer.

Even if you believe that’s proper sexual ethics, Micah still says that’s the wrong answer. The right answer doesn’t go away just because genitals are part of the discussion. We may want to add to the right answer, to expand on it and clarify it for particular contexts, but we still have to start there.

What does the Lord require of you when it comes to human sexuality? To do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with thy God.

God has told you, O mortal, what is good. God has told you, O single people, what is good. God has told you, O married people, O straight people, O queer people, O all people, what is good.

And what does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?

- – - – - – - – - – - -

* About which, let me just say this much: The Golden Rule is always important as an ethical guide — reciprocity is one aspect of justice and we should always strive to do right by one another. But it’s also practical. The character-building practice of the Golden Rule in all of life helps train us to appreciate and to negotiate — in both senses — the difference between our various diverse ideas about “as you would have them do unto you.” (My favorite beverage is strong black coffee. The Golden Rule doesn’t mean that I should insist everyone gets strong, black coffee, but rather that they get to enjoy whatever their favorite beverage is just as I get to enjoy mine. If my guest prefers tea, then the Golden Rule says I need to learn to make a good cup of tea.)

** No one ever asks “What does the Lord require of you as a cis-het/straight person?” because as the normative majority, people like me enjoy the privilege of not being defined/bounded by our sexuality the way we insist everyone else must be. We’re free to go about our lives as though we don’t have a sexuality, just like we white people don’t have a race/color/ethnicity. It may be impossible to overstate how much time and energy this frees up, or how much psychic/emotional toil this spares us.

Friday, October 31st, 2014 19:15
I got trick-or-treaters! Lots of them!

No, see, this is a big deal for me. Back in Tennessee, we never got trick-or-treaters at our house. Trick-or-treating out in the country where our farm was involved getting into a car and drive from house to house, so people mainly stuck to the "main" road; they never went onto the side roads like the one my parents' house is on.

Then, at my old apartment, it really wasn't a thing either. We might occasionally get a kid or two, but they just... didn't do much trick-or-treating at the apartment complex. Or maybe it was just our side of the complex where they didn't? I think most of the families with kids tended to live on the opposite side, so maybe that explained it?

But at my new place? So. Many. Kids. Some of the parents apparently organized and had the kids meet in groups of 20 or so all over the apartment complex, and then the giant groups all went around together. (It's a fairly huge complex, at least five times larger than the one I was living in previously and probably more than that.)

Oh, and the cats absolutely terrified one of the groups. It's chilly out, but they were in a mood, so I left the balcony door cracked just enough for them to slip in and out. I have some decorations outside, a couple of battery-operated plastic jack-o-lanterns and a fake skull sitting on my table (which is covered in some tattered, cobweb-like cloth), and I guess the kids must have assumed the two black cats were part of the decorations. So when they started moving around? One of the kids screamed, which led to all of the kids screaming, which led to two very startled kitties.

But still, trick-or-treaters! ♥
Friday, October 31st, 2014 23:14
NaNoWriMo starts in about an hour, and I shall not take part. (I have also just unfollowed my old NaNo group on Twitter because they were retweeting *so many* things that I just yawned.)

My writing right now is split between three projects - the WIP (started a little over a year ago), which needs more brains than I've had recently (and with a brain-eating project on my desk, that state will probably continue for a bit), a coming-of-age story that has, what, 60K right now and which is lots of fun (known world, known characters, bits of plot already known); and Valendon's Diary part II, which is backfill for the aforementioned, and which I'm just having tremendous fun with.

New projects? Not wanted at this point in time.

So I will be writing, but I won't chase wordage.

What I will be doing is two things. One, I will try to find something to post every day - an article about writing, if people still post these things (and not in the form of 'twelve things you need to do to succeed at novelling!').

The other is that I am attempting NaNoCoMo - writing code every day. I have a good start under my belt, and am hoping to have a workable prototype (the minimum viable product) by the end of the month. (Three scenes, one monster, three actions.)

I'm hoping to attend a NaNo meeting or two in London, to meet up with people and talk writing, and I most certainly will write.

Just not 50K on a new project.