Gratitudes

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
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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 )

Gratitudes

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?

Fiction

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 )

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.

Gratitudes

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.

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

Password = not in that onesie

Download from Mega.nz

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

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)

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 [livejournal.com profile] spnspringfling recipient, [livejournal.com 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 [livejournal.com 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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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
HQ
download
goodbyebird: Close-crop of the Nina as the Black Swan. (ⓕ lose yourself)
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Uncaged Anthology is a collection of myth- and folklore-themed adventures written for Dungeons & Dragons 5th Edition. Each original adventure subverts tropes around a female mythological creature or monster including hags, harpies, medusas, and much, much more.

I'm watching the current one wrap up now, but they've got two more adventures to come. Next up is "6 — 9 a.m.: "A Raw Reprisal" by Amy and Tim Dziewit. Come watch along if it sounds fun, and donate to RAINN if you feel so inclined.

eta: omg I won the cover art!!! SUCH PRETTY

Oops?

Apr. 13th, 2019 10:07 pm
kass: kitten face (Default)
[personal profile] kass
I bought myself a bicycle!

I didn't entirely mean to. I mean, I intended to buy a bike, I just didn't mean to do it right away. But I found one that I like, and it's used, and it was on sale, and I nabbed it. Oops? :-D

I've been thinking idly for a while that this summer I should find a decent used bike, so that I can go to the bike trail with my kid and ride with him. (The bike trail is flat and paved and beautiful; roads around here are often beautiful but also very hilly, and my kid is afraid of going fast down hills and does not enjoy working hard to go up hills, and honestly I cannot blame him for either of those things.)

Anyway: today it was about 70 (F) and it was beautiful out and I drove past the local bike shop and they had tons of bicycles outside, and a big sign proclaiming SALE, and I thought, what the hell, I'll check in and see what they have.

I haven't owned a bike since I was probably 14, and I've ridden one exactly once in the last few decades. I admitted this. They asked a few questions about what I'm likely to use it for, and where I'm likely to ride, and then showed me a few different options. We narrowed options down to one new one, and one used one. I tried both of them out, riding around the parking lot a few times. I read some online reviews. And I chose the used one. Their mechanic gave it a once-over and confirmed that all is well.

I am now the proud owner of a black Biria Easy 7 bike. There's an attachable top bar that facilitates putting the bike on a rack (relatedly, there is now a bike rack on my car that will hold two bikes as needed), but the bar removes easily for general use, which also means the bike is easy to mount.

Once I got home, I rode the bike around the condo complex, just for the sake of practice. I am a rank beginner, which puts me basically right where my kid is. I'm hopeful that we'll do a bunch of riding together once the weather gets good. (Predictably tomorrow it's supposed to be 20 degrees cooler and also possibly rainy.)

Anyway. I own a bicycle. Far out.

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