Fic: Wine Lessons For Beginners

Aug. 18th, 2017 01:37 pm
alisanne: (HD kiss)
[personal profile] alisanne
Title: Wine Lessons For Beginners
Author/Artist Name: [personal profile] alisanne, based on this fabulous Art by: [personal profile] digthewriter
Challenge: Written for the [community profile] slashorific fest: Prompt Number and/or Title - Photo prompt #2/The wine being poured.
Pairing: Harry Potter/DracoMalfoy
Rating: PG
Word Count: 800
Genre(s): Fluff and EWE
Warnings/Content: Fluff.
Summary: Potter stops by Draco's bar, and he's quite intrigued.
Notes: This was fun! Thanks so much to [personal profile] digthewriter for inviting me to play with her art. ♥ Thanks also to my beta readers, [personal profile] sevfan and [personal profile] emynn for their assistance. *smooches*

Wine Lessons For Beginners )
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Crazy world has finally arrived to my home town, Turku: http://edition.cnn.com/2017/08/18/europe/finland-stabbing/index.html

The situation is still ongoing.

So far no info yet about who the attackers are - home grown lunatics, or foreign fanatics. News say 7-8 people were stabbed, and at least one died.

It happened on Kauppatori and Puutori. I'm very familiar with both, the local busses' main stops are on the Kauppatori and that's where I most often get on the bus or off. Practically every time I go to town, I go through Kauppatori so it feels like my place. I just walked through it today, only about 4 hours before the knifemen attacked people there! I live about 20 minutes from there!
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Hopefully last of the really LONG prompts! Also possibly the last structured prompts - there's too many of the rest of the list that don't really apply, I'd be better off funneling the energy into actual words for this.

16) Magic )


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There are only four days left in Sparkler Magazine's Year 5 Kickstarter, and at this point they're still only about halfway to the goal. Please do check it out if you haven't, if the thought of a wide variety of female gaze-centered comics and prose appeals to you. There's a ton of info on the Kickstarter page, including a link to a starter bundle you can download for free.


Fannish/Geeky Things

"Michael Sheen, David Tennant to Star in Neil Gaiman’s ‘Good Omens’ at Amazon". Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett's Good Omens, people, FFS. >.<

"Dream Daddy, a Queer Dating Sim, Might Be the Gaming Miracle of the Year". (I haven't played the game; please don't comment with spoilers.)

"Suits season 7 finale will be a backdoor pilot for Gina Torres spin-off".

"N.K. Jemisin’s ‘The Fifth Season’ Book To Be Developed As TV Series At TNT".


Social Justice

Great Twitter thread by [twitter.com profile] SmartAssJen, beginning with "To my 'good' white folks scared to speak out about race: no, you won't be 'perfect', you will stumble, but silence is complicity. Speak up."

"Fat-Positive Activists Explain What It's Really Like to Be Fat: Here's how you can be an ally".

"The Recent History of Fat Stigma".

At The Establishment:

--"How To Stop, Drop, And Roll In Mental Crisis".

--"Young Adult Fiction Writers Are (Finally) Ready To Talk About Sex". [January 2016]

--"Your Global Mansplaining Dictionary In 34 Languages".

--"What Happens When Your Biggest Fear Is Something Inevitable?" [Sarah Kurchak] "Sarah, I know your parents are wonderful people, but maybe you can help me understand this,” my therapist asked during a session that happened at some point after the death of my grandmother and the loss of my childhood home but before the death of my dog and the notification that my building’s owners have applied for a demolition permit. “Why did they feel the need to explain the impermanence of the universe to you at such a young age?”"


Miscellaneous

"As a female sex worker, I'd like to propose my own Google-style gender equality manifesto".

"IKEA Releases Instructions How To Make ‘Game Of Thrones’ Cape After Costumer Reveals Actors Wore IKEA Rugs".

"This Brazilian Tattoo Artist Is Horrible At Drawing, But People Still Pay Her To Get Inked".

"Philly company digitizes 25,000 old records and they're free to download".

"Being the Crazy Friend, 101". [Mishell Baker] ["Content warning: blunt descriptions of negative emotions and disturbed thoughts."]

"Story Time: 10 Times Our Favorite Authors Told the Best Stories on Twitter". [Book Riot] (Includes both Seanan McGuire's story about the guy with the lizard in his leg and Ryan North's live tweets when he got stuck in a hole, as is only right and proper.)

"Monkeys, Mermaids and the Evil Eye. Medieval Stone Sculpture at Kilkea Castle and Graveyard". [Pilgrimage In Medieval Ireland]

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] dine, "Forget Tough Passwords: New Guidelines Make It Simple". [NPR] And via [dreamwidth.org profile] hannah, xkcd's take.

Dragons

Aug. 18th, 2017 09:50 am

BONUS BONUS GOOD NEWS

Aug. 18th, 2017 09:43 am
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[personal profile] brickhousewench
Daniel Craig has confirmed that he's coming back for another Bond movie.

Which also means that Christoph Waltz will return as Blofeld. He signed a two-picture deal that was contingent on Craig's return.

BONUS GOOD NEWS

Aug. 18th, 2017 09:33 am
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The Daily Stormer is a horrible Neo-Nazi web site that was part of the group that organized last weekend's rally in Charlottesville. They are a canker on the bum of the internet. But apparently they've finally crossed the line and ISPs can no longer justify hosting them in the name of free speech.

I hope they never find another home for their hateful speech.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/16/us/daily-stormer-russia-domain.html

Andrew Anglin, the website’s publisher, told The Associated Press in an email that he had essentially been “banned from the internet” and that he was having trouble finding a domain registry service that would allow The Daily Stormer’s content.
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It’s Friday! *Kermit arms*

There is a discussion of a possible Guild invasion of Penn Renn at the end of October to to see Wolgemut! And word is that Penn Renn has an Emperor Maximilian plotline this year! Whoo, Germans with the Germans with the Germans! *happy thinky thoughts*

I am looking forward to having a weekend. I need a reset. Saturday I have a bunch of errands and chores that need to get done. And Sunday I’m headed up to Maine to have lunch with Pop and the Momster. My annual reminder about which of my quirks are Nature and which are Nurture. “Oh yeah, that’s why I do that thing….”

It’s been a long week ful of sad and crazy. I’m so ready to unplug this weekend. I’m going to try to mostly stay offline this weekend. I need more creative time and less screen time.

Too many wonder linkies to count
Too Many Wonderful Women to Count The New York Times on all the female acting talent out there right now.

The Invisible Workload the Drags Women Down. Time Magazine on who carries the mental load.
Even when their male partners “helped out” by doing their fair share of chores and errands, it was the women who noticed what needed to be done.
Seidman suggested she had a “seeing superpower” that her husband and children did not. But she doesn’t, of course. It’s just that her willingness to do it allows everyone else the freedom not to.


The Week I was Wonder Woman. (Warning, site has annoying popups)

What’s Better than “Wonder Woman” is Warrior Women
Even though women have participated in almost every aspect of warfare as nurses, pilots, mechanics, and soldiers, women are typically absent from war movies outside of roles as victims, widows, or prostitutes. With women missing from warfare, Hollywood makes it very clear that war is a man’s game only: No women allowed.

From Xena to Wonder Woman: The Physics of Female Fighters
She runs towards it, and with the extra energy she gets from their synchronized push, she reaches her target. Every step of this process mirrors how gymnasts start on the vault, sprinting towards the springboard so they can perform their event with full power. Sure, Wonder Woman is working with godly powers, but the manner of her jump is supported by physics.

Bad Kitties

Aug. 18th, 2017 09:06 am
brickhousewench: (Sam)
[personal profile] brickhousewench
Someone has been playing with the edge of the sheet hanging off the bed and clawed or chewed several holes in the sheets.

I. Am. NOT. Pleased.

Dammit, I don't want to have to tuck the sheets in every day when I made the bed just so they don't destroy my bed linens!

Also, high thread-count sheets are fucking expensive. I was hoping to get a couple more years out of these.

3-4 months' progress

Aug. 18th, 2017 05:55 am
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4-5 months ago in class we read this story:
http://www.aozora.gr.jp/cards/000076/files/4554_15427.html

back then i understood maybe 20-30% of it, but reading it now i understood more like 80%. it hasn't even been half a year, summer vacation isn't even over yet, that's a really big jump.

Drabble: The Summons

Aug. 17th, 2017 05:07 pm
alisanne: (Snarry Tender)
[personal profile] alisanne
Title: The Summons
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Pairing/Characters: Severus Snape/Harry Potter, Ginny Weasley/OFC.
Word Count: 100 x 6
Rating: PG
Challenge: Written for [community profile] snarry100/[insanejournal.com profile] snarry100/[livejournal.com profile] snarry100's prompt# 589: Risk.
Summary: Life catches up.
Part Twenty-Three of the Wisdom Series (LJ/IJ/DW).
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and [personal profile] emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

The Summons )

Family.

Aug. 17th, 2017 02:28 pm
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I am scared of my family right now.

My immediate family are largely good people who generally behave with kindness to all, and abhor the concepts of white supremacy and fascism like any decent person.

My aunts on my father's side are pretty awesome. Hippie Uncle is great, and Woodworking Uncle has good intentions and maybe a few distortions due to assorted experiences of privilege, but he does not appear to go out of his way to fuck other people over.

My aunt-by-marriage scares me. She's a doctor, and things she has said about transgender people, and gender in general, make me feel unsafe around her.

My uncle who is married to that aunt has good intentions, but does not appear to be in a position to temper his wife's attitudes.

"Racist Cousin Anna" has said some things about Mexicans that made me turn away from her. She's married to the older of that uncle's kids.

Both those cousins have posted things about guns and Muslims on Facebook that make me scared, like they wouldn't hesitate to support laws that would marginalize my friends, or might use one of those guns on someone.

I don't have the scariest family in the world. And I'm still skittish of saying anything that might prompt them to stop seeing me as their tame cousin and start seeing me as Other.
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Between North Korea and Charlottesville and everything else happening, it's hard not to feel like everything is burning down. But until the world actually ends, it's better to proceed as if it will keep on turning, so have some linkspam.

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(I tried to make this post more cohesive than it is. I really did! Pretend it worked?)

At last, I know what a childhood of X-Men reading prepared me for: coping with the severe cognitive dissonance when different components of/perspectives on a fictional world are staggeringly different from each other in tone.

Except that, where X-Men (and similar) comics have passed through countless creative teams over several decades (and are a big enough thing to have all kinds of quirky sideline projects), in this case, said staggeringly-different aspects are written by the same person.

I'm now mostly caught up on K.B. Spangler's work in the A Girl and Her Fed (AGAHF) universe, which consists of the ongoing A Girl and Her Fed webcomic and five novels (so far), one of which is Not Like The Others. Oh, and the first of a planned series of novellas cheerfully (and accurately) codenamed "Joshsmut".

I came at this world...out of order, I guess, in that I started with the novels. I'd heard of the AGAHF comic and had been meaning to read it, but I do better with novels...and I didn't really realize how intertwined the projects are. Here's an io9 review of Digital Divide, the first Rachel Peng novel. (Four of the five novels currently available focus on Rachel.)

(Note: I'd heard of A Girl and Her Fed off and on for at least a few years, and had it on my to-read list before I mentally connected it to the Rachel books, but I never really looked into what it is...even though I always tripped, and still trip, over the title because I always parse it wrong. My instinct is still to read the "fed" as a conjugation of "feed", not as "federal agent", which makes no sense at all. How am I STILL DOING THAT?)

So Rachel was my gateway. Rachel as we meet her is a smart, driven, ex-military federal employee who's working as the liaison between the D.C. police force and her own federal agency, OACET, which is made up entirely of a large group of cyborgs. More specifically, a large group of cyborgs created in a catastrophically flawed project that took some of the best and brightest young civil servants from across the federal government, put chips in their heads, and left them collectively traumatized and disturbingly overpowered.

Emphasis on the "collectively". The (functionally nonexistent) "So You're A Cyborg" manual didn't have a chapter for "Welcome to Your New Hivemind! (Please stop screaming! Everyone can hear you!)"

Rachel's books start several years after all that, and several months after she's joined the above-mentioned police force, for the express purpose of helping to ease the public into the idea that Cyborgs Are People Too!, and super-useful to boot! And guys, I love Rachel dearly, so she was a great gateway for me. I kept going with her books until I discovered that the sole (so far) Hope Blackwell novel is set before Rachel's fourth book, so I opted to both read that book and finally backtrack to read AGAHF...

And it turns out that my X-Men experience is only barely up to this whole experience. cut for length; there's about as much text under here as there is above )

Two things of note:

1) Spangler is in the process of redrawing the first chunk of AGAHF. I don't know when she started doing that, or how quickly it's progressing, but the result is that the first 90-100 strips or so have been redrawn (each one linking to its original version) and have had some dialogue tightened and some plot holes smoothed out, but then you run out of redrawn art and get dropped into the original art style for a while, and it's...well, it's pretty jarring. (Here is the current/redrawn first comic; here is the original version. So you see.)

2) I'm not great at picking up things that call for content notes/warnings, unless they're pretty obvious. But one thing that bothered me, and recurred often enough that I feel like I ought to mention it, is the frequent use of "psychopath" (plus some instances of "sociopath") as a descriptor. briefly expanding on that; not very spoilery )

Dragons

Aug. 17th, 2017 09:45 am

Cool Science Fact of the Day

Aug. 17th, 2017 09:18 am
brickhousewench: (Star Trek)
[personal profile] brickhousewench
From our internal mailing list, we were discussing the fact that Linux is part of a recent space launch. And a guy who used to work for NASA was telling stories.

FYI – JPL = Jet Propulsion Lab

JPL wasn't allowed to put their own logo on Curiosity - NASA told them no since it was an "agency effort". They then put "JPL" in the wheel treads so that you'd see it in the tracks left in the Martian soil, but NASA told them they couldn't do that either. So, creatively, they actually etched the wheel treads with Morse code for "J" "P" "L" one after the other... NASA didn't catch it :)
darthneko: ([writing] ley lines)
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I'm totally cherry picking the applicable prompts at this point and ignoring the rest. Because yeah - flora and fauna sort of got mostly covered under food, and make no real sense to try to detail when you're talking about one race on spaceships and one race spread over multiple planets with different native whatevers. And I drew a blank at traditions (not as in there aren't any, but as in detailing them felt too static to my brain, so you don't get a write up there.)

11) Language )


14) Food )


15) Technology )


Next up - Magic as seen from these two races in particular and by the Galatics in general (as opposed to the rather messed up Terren take on it), and then I feel like I *might* have enough groundwork laid to start writing.

Also.... I need an icon for this 'verse, dammit. hrm. *goes to browse pics* Icon has! (no, that's not cybertron. or the death star. it's a mandala-esque fractal over a space scene, but the tiny version loses a lot of detail.) Title... not so much. 'Bugs and Bears in Space' is not really going to work, not even as a working title. XD

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