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Saturday, August 29th, 2015 08:29
via at August 29, 2015 at 03:15AM:
MCU Obama WHCD: Epic Shade Edition 

“Tony Stark’s in the house with us tonight! [audience applauds]. And so are six of his robots, who hopefully won’t try to take over the world again and only clean the bathrooms as planned! Alright! Thank you Mr. Stark! No, really, no, we appreciate Tony Stark. Since Mr. Stark’s been around, we’ve only spent 4.3 trillion dollars on warfare instead of 4.4. That’s not counting the two billion we keep tucked away just in case he aggravates another terrorist organization.” 
Saturday, August 29th, 2015 07:44
via at August 29, 2015 at 02:30AM:


Japanese child actress Mana Ashida (little Mako) was embarrassed that she couldn’t pronounce Guillermo Del Toro’s name so he gave her special permission to call him “Totoro-san” instead.

My Neighbor Guillermo Del Toro.

If I don’t reblog this, assume I’m dead.
Saturday, August 29th, 2015 06:59
via at August 29, 2015 at 01:45AM:
“you were named after two of the bravest women i knew, ripley furiosa”
- (via legendofthedudewhosavedzelda)
Saturday, August 29th, 2015 03:55

Vienna Games!Sollux

If you thought I’d do make up for this but not Stevonnie…. well, you were wrong. Grey is work and I have a headache. But at least all the pieces have been put on my body together now. I sort of love these fake tapers from Claire’s - while I have many holes in my ears, none of them are stretched.

Friday, August 28th, 2015 23:30
Er, kab, said [personal profile] sgsabbage after my last post on the topic, do you actually like Frank Turner? I can't tell.

Well, something to that effect.


[personal profile] swaldman noted he'd liked I Still Believe (iirc) when it was performed at the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, or something (I was actually completely oblivious to the fact the guy was performing at that point, but then I was kind of screamingly crazy and also in Edinburgh at the time), but hadn't particularly cared for the others or found them memorable.

And that, you see, is the crux of the matter, and it is this: Frank Turner has written one good song and a lot of variations on it, and he's also written a lot of intensely misogynist bro-y crap. (For my go-to example of the latter, look up the lyrics to Worse Things Happen At Sea, which has content notes for threats of stalking and domestic violence.)

The good song, to be clear, is I Still Believe, and all the songs that sound like it: the rock-anthem paeans to holding fierce & tight & viciously exulting to life (let's grab life by the throat/and then live it to pieces), with an endearingly misguided veneer of assertions that any of this shit is meaningfully punk rock. It's misogynist around the edges, because fundamentally there is absolutely no fucking way I would last longer than five minutes in a pub with this guy before I was yelling at him that the fucking reason he's stuck on I have to say that, honestly,/I still haven't found/the person who can take the strain/.../so I'll do this on my own is that he's straight and he doesn't think of women as people, and he doesn't want a partner he wants a Manic Pixie fucking Dream Girl, and perhaps if he could think of higher praise than Tre's the safest girl I know and if he could conceive of women having complex interiorities with motivations beyond being the addressee of but darling, if you're there, gentle voice and soothing hands,/to quiet my despair, to shore up all my plans he'd have more satisfying relationships--

-- all that aside, right, I Still Believe, and here's a run-down of its variants.
Read more... )

But seriously there are so many other people you could spend time and money on instead. The Indelicates, obviously, though they don't particularly do much of a line in grimly-clinging-on-to-positivity-rock-anthems (and the one they have written I can't share with you, sorry, but they're perfect anyway and you should listen to them); Freshlyground (start with Doo Be Doo and Air Hostess); Matt Fishel, particularly Testament (NSFW music video; it's ok to keep your head held high/and it's ok to doubt yourself sometimes/and it's ok to fall in love), and if you're into Orphan Black please watch this then tell me that Felix isn't into the guy; Muncie Girls (Feel It Soon); everything by ONSIND. Yeah.
Friday, August 28th, 2015 21:53
What I'm feeling towards here, I think, is something along the lines of willingness to assume good faith, and trust in minimally adequate competence.

To some extent that's a bare minimum for reconciliation, but I think that while it's necessary for said it's not sufficient; for reconciliation I'd need a more active than passive motivation, which is not the case for this definition I'm proposing. It's a slightly more formalised version of "you won't hurt me again" (as equal parts prediction and instruction; the saying makes it so), I think, in a way that lets me sit with and accept past hurt without requiring me to cross-reference all current patterns against it in a hypervigilant attempt to avert (perceived) disaster.
Friday, August 28th, 2015 17:56


I haven’t taken a lot of WIP photos of this outfit mostly because the pieces were so simple. This is a make-up-less test shot because… I’m lazy, haha. The only thing left is finishing up the gem - I’ll probably do a more in-depth post for how I made that. The clear pink one is the current final one, although I’m contemplating recasting it in less transparent resin (like the middle one in the second photo) so it’ll show up more on me.

Friday, August 28th, 2015 13:38
I wish to thank [personal profile] legionseagle and [personal profile] staranise for invaluable listening and critique while I was writing this. It should never be assumed that their assistance means their agreement with my conclusions, nor that I speak for them in any fashion, nor that they necessarily agree or disagree with one another. All errors and idiocies stem from my very own personal inadequacies, and I look forward to having them addressed. Also I wish to apologise for asking them to do work on this and then sitting on it for ages. I appreciate the indulgence.

I am also, as always, grateful to [personal profile] fairestcat who fixes my coding and my spelling and my punctuation and whose perspective informs pretty much everything I do, particularly when it comes to fandom.

I also want to acknowledge the fans and the academics I have learned from who were not consciously with me as I wrote this. This thing we do is always a communal production, and I've been reading, writing, and talking about these things for many many years now, the last fifteen of them as an active member of fandom. If you recognise your uncredited thoughts or influences here, or those of another, please let me know, with links if you wish, and I will find a way to credit you.

Permission to link/quote: granted. Anon comments are screened on dw, off on lj. Journal rules as laid out in my profiles will be applied here. Anon will not be unscreened unless signed in some fashion allowing me and readers to tell anons apart. Initials and nicks and so forth are just fine and need not be the one you normally use, nor known to me.

So one of the things we do in fandom is talk about writing about rape.

no actual discussion of rape ensues, but much talk about survivors )
Friday, August 28th, 2015 01:45
1. The translation of doom is done! Well, overall it wasn't really too doomy. It was a travel brochure thingy about the Oga Peninsula in Akita Prefecture, so it was fairly interesting subject matter. Lots of beaches and volcanos and local traditions and stuff like that. When I got down to the last ten paragraphs tonight, I had a really happy discovery that half of them were copypastes from one of the other tabs! Otherwise I'd still be working on it... Anyway, I won't get paid for a month due to the way their billing works, but since it's extra money and not my main source of income it will just be a nice surprise when it finally comes.

2. I made instant curry tonight, using a can that had been taking up space in the cupboard for ages. It made two servings, so not only did I use up something in the cupboard, but now I have something all ready to take for lunch tomorrow.

3. I finished up the tea in the fridge and have no teabags to make more (and no more of the delicious nectarine syrup to flavor it anyway), but in the spirit of getting rid of stuff in the cupboards, I got out two bags of instant tea powder (lemon and apple) and will be using those when I want something other than water. That's also nice because I can just make a glass at a time and it won't be something big taking up space in the fridge like the jug of tea was.

4. It's been sooooo gross and hot yesterday and today. The only good thing is with Carla gone I can turn the fan on me and don't have to share it! But it looks like it's supposed to start going down tomorrow and be back in the low 70s next week. I hope so! I'm sick of hot muggy weather. D:
Friday, August 28th, 2015 08:24
via at August 28, 2015 at 03:15AM:















I am three ounces of whoops ass. 

I love this book! I actually picked up a copy of Guide to Troubled Birds last week. It’s so cute and a tad disturbing.
Friday, August 28th, 2015 07:37
via at August 28, 2015 at 02:30AM:



This is supposed to be motivating, but mostly it just… comes off as slightly threatening.

Just do it. Run. Because of what’s out there. Right beHIND YOU DID YOU NOT HEAR ME RUN
Friday, August 28th, 2015 06:48
via at August 28, 2015 at 01:45AM:

Thursday, August 27th, 2015 18:58
The nice thing about not being pregnant is that after a long hot slog of a day--a good day, mind you, but a challenging one nonetheless--I can kick back with something cold and dizzy-making. Also my tolerance is zero these days, or less than zero. I am a cheap, cheap drunk. I don't want more than one, but one is really nice.
Friday, August 28th, 2015 01:15
1. I've dealt with two scary e-mails this evening.

2. DW work! Cackling with [personal profile] azurelunatic over spite-driven development, updating the list of babydev bait in [site community profile] dw_dev_training, staring in horror at the codebase a bit but then writing a fix that seems (after very cursory testing) to largely behave as intended (so I have submitted a PR so [staff profile] karzilla can tell me to nest conditions instead of replacing them). (The horror in question: the if-statement that determines whether notifications of new entries/comments/whatever provide http or https links? Currently lives in LJ::User::Styles. NOPE NOPE NOPE.)

3. Bimbling about my mother's garden this evening; I've got a box or so of blackberries to take back to London with me, my hands still smell of Liebstoeckel, and I got to eat ripe raspberries and figs straight off their respective plants.

4. Three games of Scrabble with my mother over the past few days! And it is sort of telling that they just went, unlike the last several months, which strongly suggests that this round of antidepressant is starting to work properly. (I normally score 350-400ish. Game the first: opened with three bingos, ended up scoring over five hundred slightly to my surprise. Game the second: I remain extremely pleased about GAZeTTED for 92 and WASH/Ski/Ham for 50ish, finishing comfortably over 400 and on a tie prior to sorting out deductions. Game the third: actually significantly more lacklustre scorewise, but I was still pleased at getting out with OO/bOa/rOte for 15.)

5. I picked up beads for the shawls on Tuesday, and have been cooing gently over them ever since. They are tactile and pleasing and I am making a scientific joke with them that I find far, far too amusing.

6. Cambridge-Oxford-Cambridge over 5 days is actually a really sensible way to spend time: it means middle brother and I aren't in the same building for more than 48 hours at a stretch, which means that we don't hit him actually starting to set me off badly but we do get a high incidence background neutral-to-positive interactions.

7. Lovely grounding restorative reassuring extended conversation with [personal profile] sebastienne this afternoon once I'd finally dragged myself out of bed. I have more of a sense of purpose and more of a sense of where I'm going.

8. That first tattoo makes me think that all of a sudden I know what I actually want Westminster Bridge to be, if I get it. An idea to sit with for sure, but seeing that photo felt like things clicking into place.

9. Pushing home up the hill from the bus stop, toward fiercely atmospheric sunset clouds, followed by turning toward a nearly full moon suspended in the pale blue sky.

10. Here is temporarily who I am.
Friday, August 28th, 2015 00:09
17:02 < kaberett> okay so I still don't bloody know how any of this codebase works. can someone point me at where $u->journal_base is *actually pulled from/defined*?
17:03 < kaberett> wait
17:03 < kaberett> gottit
17:03 < kaberett> maybe
17:04 < kaberett> oooooor not.
17:06 < kaberett> (in that I'm now looking at DW::Controller::Create and I'm still not seeing how _that_'s setting up journal_base)
17:11 < geekosaur> LJ::journal_base and LJ::User::journal_base (the latter just calls the former) are in cgi-bin/LJ/User/ from the looks of it?
17:15 < kaberett> I was kind of assuming that the journal_base that shows up in styles is different from the journal_base that is
17:15 < kaberett> because if it isn't I want to cry :-o
17:15 < kaberett> p
17:16 < geekosaur> the comment on LJ::journal_base claims it is, sadly
17:16 < kaberett> ... yep
17:16 < kaberett> just found it
17:16 < kaberett> okay
17:16 < kaberett> crying
17:17 < geekosaur> (wtf it's doing in is another question / probable crying...)
17:17 < kaberett> brad why
17:17 < kaberett> brad. why.
17:18 < geekosaur> lj / dw: a codebase that can make even experienced developers cry
17:22 < V_PauAmma_V> (to kaberett) I don't think it's brad this time. It was in before that got split to umpteen modules.
17:25 < kaberett> V_PauAmma_V: heh
17:26 < kaberett> V_PauAmma_V: still gonna claim that WHY BRAD. WHY. is the appropriate response, as of invoking a deity
17:27 < V_PauAmma_V> (to kaberett) OK.
17:32  * sgsabbage offers kaberett all the hugs
17:32 < exor674> we are not allowed to worship Brad
17:32 < exor674> nor are we allowed to summon Brad
17:34 < geekosaur> ph'nglui mglw'nafh Brad wgah'nagl fhtagn
17:36 < sgsabbage> damnit geekosaur my satellite just stopped working I blame you

Real Dreamwidth Programmers blame Brad for everything.

#676 -- #dreamwidth-dev, 2015-08-28 - submitted by [info - DW]kareila in Dreamwidth

Thursday, August 27th, 2015 15:41
What are you currently reading?
Currently almost done with How I Paid for College: A Novel of Sex, Theft, Friendship, and Musical Theater by Marc Acito. This is one I've had on my shelf (and later ereader) for years and just never got around to. It was a slow starter, but once it got going it was really good. I've only got about a hundred ebook pages left (who knows how much that actually is, but it feels very close to the end) and it's all I can do to not just sit here and read the rest in one go, but I have to concentrate on my translating (deadline today!).

For people for whom its a selling point, both the main character and one of the supporting characters are bi. (I was expecting the main character to be gay, since the author is and it's about theater kids, so was kind of surprised.)

What did you recently finish reading?
I've been chugging along with this since whenever I last made a reading post, so I haven't finished anything.

What do you think you'll read next?
Not sure. There is a sequel, Attack of the Theater People, which I will want to read at some point, but probably not just yet. I downloaded all those Nancy Drew books the other day, so maybe one of those? Or possibly catch up on some comics, especially Lumberjanes, which I am a bunch of issues behind on. I had already been planning to catch up soon, but then I read this article (contains spoilers) and now I really, really want to get caught up. (And also maybe reread from the beginning.)
Thursday, August 27th, 2015 22:14
please tell me that blackberry gin made with maple sugar instead of cane sugar is as good as I think it would be
Thursday, August 27th, 2015 23:19
I wrote a few drafts of a post I meant to make before leaving but of course never got the time to post.

So - I am back from 5 days in Prague, with [personal profile] tanndell (and also [ profile] eatingclouds and [personal profile] schneefink).

I am UTTERLY EXHAUSTED (traveling at the tail end of the school summer holidays is a HORROR, I survived my flight home purely by staring at a screen fro 4 hours and having ear plugs when I couldn't stare at a screen) but I can honestly say this was the most perfect little vacation. The only tragedy of is it wasn't twice as long.

[personal profile] tanndell and I walked around what to me is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, drinking absinthe, eating bacon and steak and the highest quality dark chocolate (occasionally shaped like a penis). We watched a Bollywood film, cooked dinner with squid and prawns, saw beautiful castles, took a river cruise (to which we brought 2 bottles of our own wine), drank an uncountable number of cocktails at various locations. All in all, we never got up before 10am, we saw every single attraction we meant to see, made use of the mostly spectacular weather to walk around this wonderfully compact city... I truly do not know how we fit so much into so little time, but we did.

I think the sense of time management came mostly from the feeling of zero stress. Personally this was one of the most relaxed vacations I've ever been on.

And ugh it was just so good to see my friend again. And to meet new fangirls! And to talk hockey and porn and films and scifi and...

I need to sleep, because I am SO TIRED, but world, this was definitely a tiny slice of perfection.
Thursday, August 27th, 2015 21:19
Previously unread.

This one I picked up due to the author guest-blogging on Charlie's blog and the writing seemed sufficiently solid that it was worth shelling out for a book or two.

I was initially somewhat confused by the book. It starts in a slow way, but quickly won me over (I started the book waiting for a plane at SeaTac, I finished it before taking my next plane out of Heathrow).

I am not entirely sure how to describe it without giving anything away, so... Well... I don't know what to do here. I don't even know exactly how to describe the book, but I think "historical fantasy" is as good as any. We see magic, shape-shifting and elfs. They're all integral to the story, but none are huge, even if they all conspire to drive the plot forwards.

Definitely a pleasant read, I shall make a mental note to buy the rest of the series in the not-too-distant future.
Thursday, August 27th, 2015 21:09

Fifth volume of The Laundry Files, the first not intentionally mimicing the style of one UK thriller author or another. This book starts not long after the end of volume #4 (The Apocalypse Codex) and there are some strong hints that it takes place after Equoid.

Why is it that everyone in The Laundry knows that there is no such thing as vampires? Isn't that just a tiny little bit odd? I mean, there's plenty of folkloric stuff running around out there, so why not vampires?

But, no, its one of those things that everyone knows. Enter, from stage left (or perhaps right, if you look at a map of London) a splinter quant group from an investment bank arm of The Bank. Who may, just about, have run Computations Man Was Not Meant To Run.

This, of course, lands like a dog turd in Bob's lap, in the messiest way possible. With unforeseen consequences. Some instances of timing make things more complicated, in so many ways.

Form-wise, this feels like an odd Laundry book, since there's no external form to peg it to, but I guess that's OK, it is the first departure in a new direction for the series and it's full of nice nods to former and future works in the series. On the whole, I approve.
Thursday, August 27th, 2015 13:12
I myself am sitting in the middle of a welter of paper, trying to figure out which paper I need to go to talk to some bureaucrats about getting money. But I can't be gone long, because I need to be back at 3 to talk to my academic advisor about my "probation plans" for the rest of the year. (I hadn't known I was going on academic probation...)

Have something happy: How First Nations Kids Built Their Own Internet Infrastructure
Thursday, August 27th, 2015 20:13
Dingsi's Book Exchange Fair (with added book fairies) has gone live. Check it out? I know it looks like a lot to read (haha double meaning) but I'll be around for a bit before I have to go to bed, so why not get the ball rolling while I am still awake.
Thursday, August 27th, 2015 14:53
post-tags: instagram, crosspost Circle gets the square. #Hipstamatic #Oggl #Watts #BlacKeysSupergrain
Thursday, August 27th, 2015 02:10
1. Carla arrived safely in Wisconsin.

2. I was worried that after staying up all night and taking her to the airport, I'd have trouble getting to sleep, but I was able to fall asleep right away and slept all morning.

3. I didn't get as much translating done today as I'd hoped, because I looked at the remaining page of blurbs and saw they were much shorter than the ones I'd been doing on the previous page and then spent the day mostly dicking around on the internet. *sigh* But I did get about a third of it done, and the last two-thirds will be easy enough to finish tomorrow. I just need to buckle down and do it. (And I can't put it off anymore because the deadline is tomorrow.)

4. One of my coworkers was talking the other day about how he's trying not to do any food shopping and just concentrate on eating what's in the fridge/freezer/cupboard, and I really need to do that myself, too, so I think these three weeks while Carla is gone will be a good opportunity to get some stuff cleared out! Today I cooked for both lunch and dinner, and both meals were made using stuff that had been in the cupboard for ages, so I feel good about that.
Thursday, August 27th, 2015 08:32
via at August 27, 2015 at 03:15AM:

fifty shades of bitchface ft. mace windu
Thursday, August 27th, 2015 07:31
via at August 27, 2015 at 02:30AM:
Thursday, August 27th, 2015 06:46
via at August 27, 2015 at 01:45AM:





I love how Harry just genuinely likes Luna. Not in a romantic way, but in a “I don’t know how or why but I get you and you get me and I’d be honored to call you a friend and if anyone messes with you I’ll wallop them” kind of a way. I think he just marvels at her level of don’t give a fuck and her absolute sense of self. And then he and Ginny partially name their daughter after her (Lily Luna) and that to me is just fucking precious.

You have to at least ship their friendship.

It’s because Luna leaves him alone. Harry feels upset? Luna talks about her newest theory on whatever magical creature she believes exists. He feels down and depressed? Luna distracts him by talking about Amazon river spirits. Luna gives Harry what he needs, in that she reminds him he is not the center of the universe. That’s what he wants. Harry never wanted to be the savior of the Wizarding World. He never wanted any of it, and he hates that his parents died for a prophecy about him, and he hates thinking about his miserable childhood.

Everyone else keeps accidentally reminding Harry of who he has to be.

Luna is so absorbed in knowing she never once cares about his name as a legend. He’s Harry, her nice friend who holds her shoes for her when she wants to walk barefoot in the woods so she doesn’t startle the moss-people.And he never complains about her oddities, like so many people, and she appreciates that.  And for him, she’s Luna, the friend who just needs him to hold her shoes for her. Luna never wants anything from him but for Harry to hold her things and listen to her talk and give his own input to her theories, mad as they might be at times. When Harry is with Luna, it’s always these quiet, content moments. She’s a bit mad, yeah, but she gets him. And he gets her.

Harry will fight anyone who calls her “Loony Lovegood”. Even though she doesn’t care, he does.

This gave me so many unexpected feels.

bro harry. we rarely see that i think. 
Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 20:34
Based on the oddness of one of the questions I think I've done this meme years ago, but let's do it again!

House questions )

Thursday, August 27th, 2015 03:21

Cosplay WIP - Garfit

With cameo appearance by the disaster in my room. I did get some other stuff done today, but no pictures - tomorrow maybe. Today was finishing up the last of the major sewing work - most of which was on Garfit. As I told Fi yesterday, this capelet is business on the outside, party on the inside.

Now to just bling everything out, basically.

Thursday, August 27th, 2015 01:19
post-tags: instagram, crosspost The closest I get to #nationaldogday is the Doggy Bear on #alphabear.
Thursday, August 27th, 2015 01:19
post-tags: instagram, crosspost #Hipstamatic #Oggl #Salvador84 #Love81
Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 12:05
- [personal profile] bell wanted to go in to work early today, which set off my neuroses around L getting enough sleep--he wakes up really easily in the mornings if he hears anyone moving around. But then I remembered we'd arranged for me to have the car. So I said, "You can take the car and still go early and not have to wake up so soon!" and thus was an excellent compromise born. And L cooperated by sleeping in until nearly 6:15, huzzah.

- I'd arranged to have tea with a friend today, but we don't have much/anything in the house that is nice to serve to guests. So I'd thought with the car I could go out and grab something in the morning. But no car. So L and I braved the smoky air and went on a walk to the nearby pharmacy; I figured I could at least get some chocolates or cookies or something. But then! As we were walking into the parking lot, I was like, "Wait a minute! Isn't there a bakery in this complex?" And indeed there was, and they had about half a dozen different kinds of delicious-looking strudel, zomg.

- The baker was packing up my strudels when I saw the sign by the register: cash or cheque only. And I was like, oops, I rarely carry cash. I do have cheques but that's cumbersome for a five-dollar purchase. But at least I wasn't going to have to, like, be the Joker and steal four tens of strudels or whatever. However, then I looked in my wallet and realized I still had birthday monies! Excellent. Strudels acquired.

- And then we walked home and were right on time for L's nap. The end.
Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 04:40
1. We had to sit through a terribly boring harassment seminar at work today, but it ended up being shorter than advertised (only a bit over an hour!) and I still ended up getting everyone done that I needed to get done.

2. I have tomorrow off! And Thursday, too! Two days off in a row is pretty exciting, especially since tomorrow is usually my early day. (Well, since it's 4am, I guess it's really not "tomorrow" anymore.)

3. Gravity Falls was great! It's only two weeks until the next episode, but Carla will still be out of town then, so we'll have to wait three weeks to watch it.

4. Some of the translation I did tonight turned out to have big c&p chunks. My favorite!

5. Alexander is taking Carla to the airport around five, and I couldn't decide if I wanted to try and get some sleep or just power through, but I guess I'm powering through. I'm super tired, though, so I'm looking forward to sleeping all morning.
Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 00:24
So I get ingrown hairs/blocked pores/assorted woe, in and around my upper thigh area, generally as a herald that menstrual woe is about to rain down out of my very angry uterus. I have "adjusted", in that I generally no longer hit the ceiling and curse audibly when I notice this, I merely get cranky.

Medical shenanigans. )

Between the well-timed virtual hugs and lunch, I became usefully human, and set about stampeding through my inbox. Whee, work.

We'd been going to meet up with The Other Guy for happy hour or something, but it turned out too many of the assorted other dudes could not make it today. Therefore it was bumped to Friday, and Purple and I left at a not-terrible hour and chatted in the parking lot. A car pulled up; it was Mr. Tux, asking why we were here so late. We redefined "late" for him.
Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 08:27
via at August 26, 2015 at 03:15AM:



The Patrician stopped his pacing. “The Watch? The Watch? My dear chap, the Watch are a bunch of incompetents commanded by a drunkard. It’s taken me years to achieve it. The last thing we need to concern ourselves with is the Watch.”

-Guards! Guards!

“Sam Vimes once arrested me for treason,” said Vetinari calmly. “And Sam Vimes once arrested a dragon. Sam Vimes stopped a war between nations by arresting two high commands. He’s an arresting fellow, Sam Vimes. Sam Vimes killed a werewolf with his bare hands, and carries the law with him, like a lamp—”


Who’s character development is this though? Vimes or Vetinari? 

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 07:44
via at August 26, 2015 at 02:30AM:
me: whats your opinion on tampons
little brother: they're little fuzzy sticks on strings
me: then you are ultimately more mature than most boys
little brother: why
me: for some reason tampons are gross and taboo just cuz they go in a vagina
little brother: well so does a penis and boys never stop talking about those
little brother:
me: that is a fantastic point
Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 06:57
via at August 26, 2015 at 01:45AM:

He always is
Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 07:52
Because after two week of vacation I basically directly stumbled into two weeks of sick leave for my shiny new gastritis :-\, I had a lot of time to consume a lot of media. Here's a few quick thoughts.

Dexter seasons 1 to 5 )

24 season 1 )

Downton Abbey seasons 1 and 2 )

Mass Effect series )

Dragon Age Origins )

I am currently searching for other games on the PS3. Anyone got recommendations for me? I like RPG and action. I have had a lot of fun with the Assassin's Creed series and Mass Effect.
Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 04:20
I haven't done a lot this month either.

What have you folks been up to?
Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 04:00
It's time for another question thread!

The rules:

- You may ask any dev-related question you have in a comment. (It doesn't even need to be about Dreamwidth, although if it involves a language/library/framework/database Dreamwidth doesn't use, you will probably get answers pointing that out and suggesting a better place to ask.)
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Wednesday, August 26th, 2015 00:17
So much is circumstance and happenstance. I'm stuck on trying to convey my sense of wonder at the fact we've made a ritual of that phrase, when what we are boils down to stellar waste suspended temporarily in an astonishing coherency of water (or, smaller still, of space). And yet: we pay a flippant formulaic lip service to chaos; we take comfort from our small familiarity with mundane chance, from our ability to render down the world to form a habit. But that requires practice lest we twist and catch and tear, like clothing on an unexpected nail: so poetry's a habit, and so's love, in that I'll wear them both and through neglect forget how not to stumble on their edges, how not to trip on my own flighty cleverness, how to respect the work required to wholehearted and carelessly believe that I'm alive, in just the way that I forget to breathe and yet keep breathing. Still, it seems that when I slip I stop or stall into this strange intensely awkward vulnerable hope I'd not at all intended to display; yet here I am, and here perhaps I'll learn to find my balance and, having found it, find that I can't stay.
Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 19:21
It has been a very long time.

I have moved to New York with my wife and my girlfriend, still working for Google. I'm on the Chrome team now, working on Chrome for Mac and iOS. I don't really know what to write but I want to get back into using Dreamwidth, so hopefully you'll see more of me :)
Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 23:08
It's Wednesday in Australia already, does that count?

Currently Reading: Kingsolver, 'Flight Behaviour'

Recently finished: Where recently means 'since 9 Aug 2015'...

Looking for Alibrandi: Australian Children's ClassicsLooking for Alibrandi: Australian Children's Classics by Melina Marchetta

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I bought this in e-book form and I am really regretting it. Usually I only buy e-books of... light reading? Phryne Fisher mysteries, or most YA. And this is YA, so that's the format I bought it in. Up side is, I won't now be tempted to cast off the hard copy when I move house or countries, because damn, how have I not owned this book and not read it since high school?

Longish review hereunder )

Fan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet: New EssaysFan Fiction and Fan Communities in the Age of the Internet: New Essays by Karen Hellekson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This was a quick re-read of about half of the articles - I revisited ones I'd liked before and ignored the rest. The essay on 'archontic literature' remains brilliant, and I'm astounded I've survived this far without citing it.

Getting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the WorldGetting Bi: Voices of Bisexuals Around the World by Robyn Ochs

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

as a book overall, I don't think the tiny-quotes-and-contributions format worked well; it read like a bizarrely large pamphlet. However, it was pretty nifty reading up on 2000s bi... everything; slightly disappointing to think how little has changed; and the last few sections, on politics, were very interesting, especially when some of the authors had fine-tuned their ideas since 'Closer to home: Bisexuality and feminism'.

Bad Feminist: EssaysBad Feminist: Essays by Roxane Gay

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Well, I binge-read this in the space of a few days, that's how much I liked this. It's very, very good.

Thoughts as list )

Also finished: Land of the Seal People, which I'll write up when I've had time to think it over a bit more.

Up next: IDEK, are we pretending I ever have any clue what I'm reading next?