Apr. 24th, 2019 11:40 am
kass: chartreuse new leaves (spring)
[personal profile] kass
1. Connecting with a cousin who is dying. We had a beautiful chat on FB messenger. I'm grieving her departure from this life (timeline unknown, as usual), and am also feeling grateful for the connection.

2. I walked 10,000 steps at my standing desk today. Five miles, y'all. Haven't done that in... probably years? It's already worth every penny I spent on the wall-mounted monitor omg.

3. I refilled the bird feeder -- I've seen glorious yellow goldfinches there today, and also female cardinals with their wash of red. I put a little sock full of goldfinch seed in the burning bush, also, and we'll see if it attracts more.

4. Now I have a warm purring cat on my lap, gnawing happily on my belt loops as is his wont. Oh wait, he went to go sit by a window and watch birdfeeder tv instead. But he was on my lap for a minute, and it was cozy.

5. Today when I go to lunch with [personal profile] woobat I will carry a chartreuse-green purse that was my mom's. It matches the baby leaves on the trees.

Game of Thrones: modified speculation

Apr. 23rd, 2019 06:55 pm
trelkez: (Default)
[personal profile] trelkez
I was reminded in conversation over episode 2 that I forgot all about the show version of Daenerys' visions in the House of the Undying, which are undoubtedly important to where the show is going.

Dany's visions and what they could mean for the remaining four episodes )


Apr. 23rd, 2019 03:54 pm
kass: lilacs, "zen fen" (zen lilac)
[personal profile] kass
1. It finally feels like spring. The trees are popping with leaves. Bits of stunning chartreuse and early red.

2. Tonight I'm going to try making karaage (Japanese fried chicken), which is marinated in soy and ginger and sake and then coated with cornstarch and shichimi togarashi, so it's naturally glutenfree and KFP (by my lights; those who don't eat cornstarch during Pesach would obviously disagree; it can also be made with potato starch, if you prefer.)

3. I'm not yet tired of matzah snacking. This morning I had matzah with labneh and zata'ar for breakfast, which does not suck. :-) It will still be nice to return to bread next weekend, but I am not minding the matzah.

4. I did a bunch of work at my walking desk this morning, and now I'm on my mirpesset with a laptop -- still getting work done, but in the fresh air, hooray.

5. Did I mention that it's spring at last?


Apr. 22nd, 2019 03:52 pm
rivkat: Dean reading (dean reading)
[personal profile] rivkat
Michael Rutger, The Anomalycreepy cave )
James S.A. Corey, Tiamat’s Wrathfighting empire )
Ann Leckie, The Raven Towergods and monsters )Michael Marshall Smith, Hannah Green and Her Unfeasibly Mundane Existencedevil's playground )

Robert Jackson Bennett, City of Stairsinteresting epic fantasy )

Robert Jackson Bennett, Vigilanceguns, no butter )
Robert Jackson Bennett, The Troupetraveling players sing the world into being )
Erica L. Satifka, Stay Crazyparanoid schizophrenia and communication with other dimensions )
Tobias S. Buckell, James Bond after climate change )

T. Kingfisher, The Seventh Bride:fractured fairy tale )
Alaya Whiteley, The Loosening Skinlove is skin deep )
thedivinegoat: (Doctor Who - A Little More Sonic)
[personal profile] thedivinegoat posting in [community profile] vidding
Trying to vid for the first time in years, and I've gone back to MPEG Streamclip for clipping purposes, but as well as no longer being as stable as it used to be, it doesn't seem to be able to deal with large .mkv files.

I have no problem clipping the .mkv that are around 1 gb 720p but can't deal with .mkv files that are around 4gb 1080p. (I'm not technically savvy enough to know whether it's the size or the encoding it's having an issue with).

Any recommendations for for newer software that might deal with files better? (I'm using Lightworks for the actual vidding)

Game of Thrones!

Apr. 21st, 2019 05:06 pm
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[personal profile] trelkez
I've had this post sitting in drafts all week, so now in order to get it posted before episode 2 airs, I'm sitting here in a corner at family Easter furiously typing on my sticker-covered nerd laptop.

(I just lost half an hour to Game of Thrones discussion after I said out loud, “is this on brand?” And then had to explain to my cousin that I'm trying to catch up on Game of Thrones “blog posts” before the episode. I'm not the only one here mentally plotting how to get home in time for the new episode!)

This post is ... not brief? My word processor clocks it at 4,716 words. I have a lot of Game of Thrones thoughts. Apologies if I'm overlooking anything or have forgotten any key details -- I did a partial rewatch to get ready for this season, but not a full one, and it's been a while since I've opened the books.

I've seen the trailer for the season and I know when in the season events in it take place (mostly because it has been very, very widely discussed in media). That partially informs this post, so if you skipped the trailer, this will spoil you for part of what was in it.

So with that, I'll jump right in:

Who, if anyone, wins the game of thrones? )

Who makes it to the end? )

Questions I would like answers to before the series ends )

Things I would like to see happen before the series ends )

There are probably a lot of other things I've forgotten that I want to know or see – there's so much in the source that it's hard to sit here and try to come up with every bit of possible foreshadowing, every possible seeded story or dropped thread. And that's part of what I like about Game of Thrones: there are so many things that could turn out to be important, it's almost impossible that we won't be surprised at least a few times as the show winds to a close.

I'm excited! Bring on episode 2, so that all of my speculation can immediately be proven wrong.


Apr. 21st, 2019 11:42 am
kass: A glass of iced coffee with milk. (coffee)
[personal profile] kass
1. Two sedarim -- one with family, one with the shul. So many melodies and words, songs and flavors, that connect me -- in to myself, up to my Source, through to the generations.

2. My kid's glee at whacking [personal profile] sanj and me with a scallion last night at the second seder.

3. Matzah brei for breakfast. I am firmly in the savory camp (this is matzah chilaquiles, basically, not French toast) and mmm, so peppery and good.

4. Iced coffee on my mirpesset. And I put the screens back in four of the downstairs windows and have opened them! because it feels like spring today!

5. A few precious hours of post-seder downtime before the workweek begins, hallelujah.

(no subject)

Apr. 21st, 2019 12:20 pm
goodbyebird: Community: Troy is going to sell this for 60 bucks, and then he is going to join the rich people. (Community hello rich people?)
[personal profile] goodbyebird
I have eaten an entire plate of chocolate and kickstarted a super cute set of tabletop cat miniatures, Happy Easter to me.

Today is also my tenth dreamwidth anniversary. HOW. What even is time. My intro post is still dated 2020, from lj days of yore where we had no stickies and we made a post that would stay on top forever. I guess we're living in the future.

At least the future has VR. And even more so now, with PS5 confirmed to have backwards comparability, including the PSVR. Cranky I left home just as Falcon Age, Ghost Giant, and Table of Tales came out, but very happy to see they've all been reviewed well, especially GG. Fingers crossed ToT does well enough to get some DLCs, more tabletop simulators with neat mechanics and branching storylines is A+ in my book.

While you're here, check out this lovely Notre Dame tribute somebody built in No Man's Sky =)

(sorry for all the PSVR chatter, I know nobody cares. I've actually unlocked my twitter so I can participate in conversations there. Let's hope the horde doesn't find me!)

Vid: Call Me (MCU, Peter/Tony)

Apr. 21st, 2019 02:47 am
thirdblindmouse: Milagro makes her Blue Beetle and Booster Gold action figures kiss: "Mwah!" (slasher doin' her thing (DC))
[personal profile] thirdblindmouse posting in [community profile] vidding
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Characters: Peter Parker/Tony Stark
Music: "Call Me", by Blondie
Link: here at my journal

Vid: Call Me (MCU, Peter/Tony)

Apr. 21st, 2019 01:57 am
thirdblindmouse: Milagro makes her Blue Beetle and Booster Gold action figures kiss: "Mwah!" (slasher doin' her thing (DC))
[personal profile] thirdblindmouse
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Song: "Call Me", by Blondie
Summary: Peter/Tony, Call me for some overtime.

Password = not in that onesie

Download from

Thanks to [personal profile] everysecondtuesday for invaluable beta notes.

Spring Equinox brought me presents!

Apr. 20th, 2019 11:35 pm
trelkez: (HL - Duncan/Amanda laugh)
[personal profile] trelkez
Spring Equinox is up and I got two vids! 

Ultralife | Star Trek: Voyager, Harry/Tom/B'Elanna - A Voyager OT3 vid! For me! Someone said to me (jokingly ... I think), "are you sure you didn't make the Voyager vid made for you?" This vid is so perfectly everything I love that I'm surprised I didn't make it for myself. Just an A+ job of making me happy.

Mykonos | Highlander, Joe/Methos - That's right, I got a Joe/Methos vid and now feel like I win at Highlander fan life. Today I am truly fulfilled as a Joe Dawson slasher.

The exchange is brimming over with awesome stuff this year and I won't try to rec it all (everything is good! I haven't watched all the vids yet but I know this to be true), but here are some I still have open in tabs because I keep going back to watch them again: 

Bad Influence | Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Canyon | Xena: Warrior Princess
Come Away with Me | Northern Exposure
Ice ice baby | Demolition Man
My Hero | Batman movies
Send Me On My Way | Wishbone
Sound of Her Wings | The Sandman (comics)
Take Over | The Craft
This Time's Everything | The X-Files

VidUKon Draft Schedule Announced!

Apr. 20th, 2019 12:11 pm
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[personal profile] vidukonnews posting in [community profile] vidukon_cardiff
 If you're coming to this year's VidUKon, or you're thinking about it, here's what's in store for 2019:
Friday 14 June, 2019
13:00 Registration (registration will continue to be open between sessions after this)
14:00 Informal vid-watching/Social time
15:00 Coffee/tea break
15:30 VIDSHOW: 2009 Retrospective
16:30 Break
18:00 Quiz
19:30 VIDSHOW: Vidder's Choice
21:00 VIDSHOW: Be Gay, Do Crimes
22:00 Lithy & Doccy's "Tea" Party
Saturday 15 June, 2019
09:45 VIDSHOW: Festivids
10:45 VIDSHOW: Behind the Scenes
11:45 Coffee/tea break
12:00 PANEL: Group Vidding Workshop
13:30 Lunch (hallway buffet to allow the group vidding to continue into lunch if necessary)
15:00 VIDSHOW: A Brief History of Found Footage Film
16:00 Break
16:15 VIDSHOW: Monsters
17:15 PANEL: Anatomy of a Vid
18:15 Dinner (Thomas Restaurant)
20:15 VIDSHOW: Eurovision
21:15 VIDSHOW: Premieres
Sunday 16 June, 2019
10:00 Vid Show: Best of CreaSpace
11:00 VIDSHOW: But What About Teh Menz?
12:00 PANEL: New Exciting Tech Developments
13:00 Lunch
14:00 PANEL: Year In Review
15:00  VIDSHOW: Storytelling
16:00 Feedback
This schedule may be subject to small changes closer to the con, but this is the rough shape of the weekend! Since there's only one programming track, attendees who wish to can attend every session, but the breakout room is always available if you want to skip a session to chat, relax or vid!

Registration for the con is open until Sunday 12 May (bear in mind that rooms in the reserved convention block are no longer available.) Supporting membership is available until Friday 31 May if you'd like real-time access to the virtual con. If you'd like to submit a premiere or a Vidder's Choice vid, the deadline is Monday 13 May.

TV and Nonfiction

Apr. 19th, 2019 09:34 am
rivkat: Dean reading (dean reading)
[personal profile] rivkat
Unpopular Magicians opinion (not the big one, probably): Read more... )

Looking forward to Lucifer returning. It's too much to hope that it will be like that one J2 story where SPN got moved to HBO and everything got very hot and heavy, isn't it?

Michael Pollan, How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence: trippy )
Anand Giridharas, Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World: the charitable is political )Pete Buttigieg, Shortest Way Home: he's a mayor )
Bradley Hope & Tom Wright, Billion Dollar Whale: The Man Who Fooled Wall Street, Hollywood, and the World: the banality of evil )
Jeff Kosseff, The Twenty-Six Words That Created the Internet: section 230 )

Jared Diamond, Upheaval: Turning Points for Nations in Crisis: oy )

Larrie D. Ferreiro, Brothers at Arms: American Independence and the Men of France and Spain Who Saved Itworld historical )David W. Blight, Race and Reunion: The Civil War in American Memoryhow the lost cause was won )

Thank the gods for fandom

Apr. 18th, 2019 07:25 am
killabeez: (Penny Magicians)
[personal profile] killabeez
Yesterday was a Very Difficult Day. Today is not going to be much better. Here, have a teaser of what promises to be a fantastic fix-it fic—but even if there were never any more than this, it still is exactly what the doctor ordered:

[personal profile] greywash posted: [FIC] "echo, the echo" [1/10] (The Magicians, Ensemble, Explicit)

Plans pre/post con

Apr. 17th, 2019 10:11 am
goodbyebird: Xena: Xena with armor and sword in hand, ready to do some shit. (Xena strut)
[personal profile] goodbyebird posting in [community profile] vidukon_cardiff
There's a convo going on at twitter atm, some people planning to arrive/leave at various times. Figured a post might be a more organized way of figuring things out :)

In the past there have been various get-together involving board games, outings, food stuffs, and cinema.

Taking Sam/Rowena prompts

Apr. 15th, 2019 06:53 pm
killabeez: (kitties snuggle)
[personal profile] killabeez
Y'all, I accidentally (I swear) wrote (sort of) death fic for my [ profile] spnspringfling recipient, [ profile] de_nugis. And now I feel super guilty about it, and would so welcome any Sam/Rowena prompts that might strike you. I promise nothing, but guilt is a powerful motivator.

While I'm here, let me wholeheartedly rec the Sam/Rowena delightfulness that was written for me:

Title: i saw a video essay about this, once by [ profile] duckondebut
Pairing: Sam/Rowena
Rating: PG-13
Any warnings: vague spoilers for s13, some depictions of violence and gore, mild swearing

Completely charming and hilarious, the author got Rowena to the last beautiful, snarky degree, and I loved it.

Overheard this weekend

Apr. 15th, 2019 08:31 pm
[personal profile] barkley
"There's a show I watch. It's called Game of Thrones."

New Guardian Vid: Fear of the Water

Apr. 14th, 2019 12:35 pm
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[personal profile] lola
I promise next time to make a happy (okay, happier) Guardian vid. This is not that vid. This song came on the spotify station inspired by no_detective's playlist (thank you spotify algorithms) and I immediately stopped everything to listen to it three times in a row and knew I had to vid it (also immediately). Immediately actually took a while, but here it is. Thank you so so much to [personal profile] no_detective for brainstorming and to [personal profile] bonibaru for beta-ing.

Description: You're dislocated//Don't be like that//
And you smile when you dive in//Like you're never coming back

on A03


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