My Bingo cards

Feb. 17th, 2019 07:27 am
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For [community profile] b2mem, I can't play to win because I'm a mod, so I went for breadth of numbers in hopes of being able to write something almost every day. I'm only missing three numbers, so I have a good chance at it.

Apart from one card (Maglor Through History), all of my cards are aimed at the Silmarillion-Star Wars fusion I'm writing for B2MeM. I tend to treat B2MeM as a time to be a little less serious in what I write, so hopefully I'll have fun.

My cards:

Maglor through History
Darkness, Darkness
Color Burst Green
Writer's Block Smash
The Late, Great Mary Oliver
Song Lyrics 1
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SpeakMaybe this is part of why I'm a poet: I'm an external processor. "How do I know what I think until I see what I say?" wrote EM Forster. Me too. I write my way to understanding the flow of my emotional life. I write my way out of the hurricane. 

When I had my strokes, I wrote about them here, and about the journey of exploration that followed -- the medical journey (we never did figure out what caused them) and the spiritual journey of seeking equanimity in the face of that enormous unknown. 

When I had my miscarriage, I wrote a cycle of ten poems -- and rewrote, and revised, and polished -- as my path toward healing. And then I shared them here, because I hoped they would help someone else who was navigating those same waters.

When the body involved is my own, when the story involved is my own, I can share openly when the spirit moves me. Because living an authentic spiritual life in the open is a core part of my spiritual practice, and because my words may help others.

And I know, from emails and comments over the 15+ years of this blog, that what I write does help others. That many of you have found comfort and strength here. That when I am willing to be real, that can call forth a mirroring authenticity in you.

But sometimes the story isn't mine to tell. I remember conversations about this when I was getting my MFA at Bennington (20 years ago) -- how do we chart a responsible path through telling the stories of our lives when those lives intersect with others?

I'm not talking about maintaining silence to protect someone who abuses power or causes harm. I'm talking about -- for instance, stories I don't share here because they're about my son. He wants to tell his own stories, and that's as it should be.

I make a practice of wearing my heart on my sleeve. I try not to hide my sorrows or my joys. For me that's part of the spiritual work of being real, which in turn allows me to be a clear channel for the poetry and the other work that comes through me.

But there are some stories that need to stay behind drawn curtains, for the sake of others' privacy. Maybe they will emerge in poems, some years hence. Or in essays, written with the distance of time. Or in a eulogy offered someday in a shaking voice. 

What we see of each other is only ever a partial revelation. As Kate Inglis writes, "Heartbreak, no matter its source, is the most universal tax on the human experience." Be kind: you never know the story that someone is choosing not to tell.

Still invisible

Feb. 17th, 2019 07:22 am
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Air temperature 14 F, clear sky, wind WSW about 5 mph, windchill 8. Have not sighted our neighborhood eagle in several days, mainly significant because I can't enter him/her into the Great Backyard Bird Count. Unless I cheat . . .

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I've not been reading the planned Italian kids book, but have been borrowing others from the local library. This week's is Quando sarò grande (when I am big), which is a delightful story about small child Ettore asking questions about problems they might face when they grow up.

Recording the various words I've had to look up (just the first handful) and phrases that took some thinking about
rondini - swallows
all'altro capo del mondo -- to the other end of the world
non lasciare che vinca -- do not let it win
guardati intorno -- look inside yourself
c'e il fango -- there is mud
rincorsa - run up (as in, take a run-up and jump)
nascondere - to hide
prosegui - continue

100 days of organisation

Feb. 17th, 2019 07:37 pm
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Here I am, more than half way through the 100 days, and I've only remembered to post the once. I did most of the work I wrote about on the 6th January, but then got side-tracked. I got a good day on the Saturday of the January long weekend, co-opted the kids, and moved most everything out of the spare room. Since then, I've been sorting through that. As a result, I have a couch full of 'should this be rehomed' in the lounge, have thrown out a lot of stuff, and the spare room has quite a lot moved back in but is still functional. There is still a lot to be going on with, but I'm making steady progress.

However, what is losing out is the quilt. Eldest's birthday is Friday, and unless I skipped work I don't think there is a chance of even finishing the top. Although I have at least looked at the spreadsheet, and should get on to some of that tomorrow.

Mango Tomato Chutney

Feb. 17th, 2019 07:20 pm
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A little while back, I lucked across a green-grocer selling well ripe mangoes by the case for $10, and loose cherry tomatoes for $1/kg. I knew I had a bit of cooking time, so mango tomato chutney was the plan. I don't actually have an existing recipe, so I went wandering. Lots of the online ones have onion, which is a no-no. But I found one that was a good enough basis (from All Recipes Australia) and worked from that.

I used 1 kg of cherry tomatoes, chopped in half; about 8 cups of chopped mango; a chunk of fresh ginger, grated; 1/2 cup panera (palm sugar); some amount of white vinegar. These were all put in the slow cooker pot to sit overnight with a couple of cassia sticks (because I was out of cinnamon) and a handful of cloves. Then it was cooked for ~6 hours

I estimated that I was making about twice the quantity of that recipe, so I aimed to double everything except the sugar. As it was, I either shouldn't have doubled the vinegar, or should have doubled the sugar. Either way, while it is tasty, it is just a bit too sour to eat much of at a go (although it goes really well on pasta), and it didn't quite set. This latter issue may also be related to the ripeness of the mangoes, because they were very very ripe. Or I should have taken the lid off the slow cooker sooner, so that there was greater evaporation (I took it off for the last hour or so).
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Big And Wonky

Feb. 17th, 2019 10:46 am
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Now that we're getting our potatoes from the milkman they come in a cardboard box with Wonky Spuds printed on the side. Ailz did some research and discovered that these are the rejects of the crisp making industry- which explains why they're all so big. Apparently crisp manufacturers can't be doing with small potatoes. I suppose their machines can't handle them- or can't handle them economically. Anyway, that how things stand- and it's always nice to learn something new.

Weekly Check In February 17

Feb. 17th, 2019 10:25 am
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The threat of a renewed shutdown is averted with the the signing of the spending package bill -- without most of the money the Orange Menace was demanding for the wall. Of course, he then declared a "National Emergency" (which he also said was "unnecessary"!), so it's time for the courts to do their work….

It's been quiet in the comm, but [personal profile] sathari posted a great suggesion to Be Kind To Your Democratic Congresscritters (And Their Staffers!), including a couple of suggestions for House bills you might want to urge them to support. And for continued fun/horrified boggling, [personal profile] executrix posted a link to the follow up poll for Trump's SOTU.

As the comm's been quiet, we don't have any other specific ongoing actions, but you can find plenty in our check in posts or use the tagset to find actions on specific issues.

Housekeeping )

So, what have you all been up to in the last week or are planning to get involved in next week?

Poll #21398 The Week
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called my one senator
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called my other senator
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called my representative
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called my governor
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called my state reps
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sent a postcard/email/letter/fax
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attended a town hall
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donated money to a cause
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attended an in-person activist group
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participated in phone/online training
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went to a protest
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signed up for alerts
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worked for a campaign
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did textbanking/phonebanking
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took care of myself
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not a US citizen but worked in solidarity in my own community
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did something else
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committed to action in the coming week
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This really ain't even my problem....

Feb. 17th, 2019 12:08 pm
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entirely unnecessary opinions of a non-lesbian )

But again: I am not a lesbian. I just have Strong Opinions about visual design.

Sunday 17/02/2019

Feb. 17th, 2019 10:04 am
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1) Delicious and healthy breakfast with raspberries.

2) 2 cats of the neighbourhood are entertaining me, almost as if they are playing a scene of the book I'm reading. The playful younger one (who hunts bees) and the majestic older one.

3) I'm wearing my new dress.

Disbelief forcibly unsuspended

Feb. 17th, 2019 08:30 am
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Yesterday I was reading a fanfic where a character applies to a number of UK universities, including Cambridge. I first twitched a bit because the portrayal of applications made no mention of UCAS, or of interviews, and they had stuff wrong about student fees, but reminded myself that that's kind of nerdy detail and I should let it go. (I am an alum and employee of the University of Cambridge, and have spent 15+ years supporting IT systems used for university admissions, the nerdy detail of these things is my daily bread.)

Then the character gets to Cambridge, where there are apparently semesters, and dorm rooms, and RAs, and payphones which take quarters, and they are clearly not even trying.

I have refrained from leaving feedback to this effect on the story, but I had to vent somewhere.

(Also, if you want to have a character go to Cambridge, you could do worse than read this helpful website the university has put together for its students.)

My Sunday

Feb. 17th, 2019 07:31 pm
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Today I:

• Tried to watch a movie by the name of Surivor because Pierce Brosnan! Milla Jovovich! Sadly, it was so boring even with that double dose of pretty that I turned it off early and sent it back.

• Sold five books to a local second hand book seller. I think he was a little amused I was selling him books when I'm usually buying five books at a time from him. He told me it wouldn't fetch me much, just $10, but given I'd been expecting more like $2.50 I was like, "I'll take it!" Four mediocre women's fiction novels and one mediocre travel narrative, now out of my house.

• Read a bit. Ate some red bean paste buns. Didn't write a single word on any of my works in progress, but did decide to put a love triangle into my YA SF dystopia, because why not commit to that cliché?

The Magicians, Season Four, Eps 1-4

Feb. 17th, 2019 01:54 am
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Just mainlined the first four eps of Magicians season 4.

I have...feelings. There are too many and most don't have names. Some are just inarticulate screaming.


Daily Happiness

Feb. 16th, 2019 11:20 pm
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1. After my busy day yesterday, today was so relaxing. I did a few things around the house and did some translating but mostly just read. I finished a book I'd been only a quarter of the way through yesterday!

2. For a lot of that reading time I had a warm sleepy Jasper on my lap. (Which definitely contributed to my focus on reading since I couldn't do much else!)

3. I'm terrible at keeping up with new music, even by artists I like, but I just found out that Mika had a new album out a couple years ago and I listened to it today and it's really good!

4. I will be so sad when the cold weather ends and there are less adorable kitty cuddles like this.

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So, that was a thing, yeah?

Read more... )

Also, 9 episodes is not enough. ::pouts::

Fic Rec: Chocolate Box Part 3

Feb. 16th, 2019 11:53 pm
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First, holy shit, I got another story! It's another original work, survival and a western, and it is gorgeous. The creeping danger of the weather feels real, and it rolls out into a delightful story.

Watch For Me By The Moonlight (1738 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Original Work
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Female Wounded Stranger/Female Homesteader
Characters: Female Wounded Stranger, Female Homesteader
Additional Tags: Western, Fantasy, Hurt/Comfort

A wounded stranger, a snowstorm, a homesteader, and more...


Pacific Rim )

Marvel comics )
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Title: Open The Gates A Little
Date/prompt: 16-Feb-2019 "gates of paradise"
Fandom: Haruhi Suzumiya
Characters/pairing: The SOS Brigade
Type/word-count: Humor; 200 words
Rating/warnings: General.

Open The Gates A Little at AO3

And I'm very annoyed about it, too.

Feb. 16th, 2019 09:22 pm
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I'm writing "Stormy Weather 2" out of the Miraculous Ladybug canon.

Also I'm going to make "Stormy Weather 2 What Stormy Weather 2" an AO3 tag. It is going on all my future ML fics that do not explicitly deal with this episode.

I fucked up

Feb. 16th, 2019 10:56 pm
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I forgot that today is the Mnstf Pool Party.  It is one of the two (three, if you count Minicon) Big Deal parties of the year.  I have been having unusually bad brain weather, and so keeping track of things like, Today Is a Day I Go to Work has been difficult.  I didn't wake up until 9:30 p.m., and had to shower and red up the media room because Eric and Pamela are sleeping here to night, so I wasn't really ready to put on clothes and leave the house until 10:30 p.m.  By the time I got to the hotel, it would be 11:00 p.m., minimum, and many of my friends will have already left.  So, I've decided to stay at home and drink beer and eat nachos.

I'm really angry about this, but there's no one to be angry _at_.  It was no one's job to remind me, and no one's job to make me make plans, and I forgot, and I didn't make plans, and I haven't seen my Mnstf friends in forever, and I'm just really sad and pissed.

Possibly it will be more than one beer. 


Feb. 16th, 2019 11:04 pm
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In 2012, I was briefly a skateboarder. I loved the speed and grace and daring of it--I wanted to touch that and live that.

That time was brought back to me so vividly tonight watching Skate Kitchen (2018), which I requested from Netflix DVD because of [personal profile] osprey_archer's excellent review) of it. The film coveys the feel of skateboarding beautifully (and also the dangers of it--part of why I quit: I loved the daring but wasn't up for the injuries), and I loved the posse of girls--real-life members of the Skate Kitchen, an all-girl skate collective in New York City. The director apparently met members of the collective while riding the subway, and she used Rachelle Vinberg, who plays the main character in Skate Kitchen, in a 2016 short film, That One Day.)

The scenes of New York City's skating haunts are ones I remember from a video of skateboarding I found and posted back in 2012--it made the movie feel extra real to me.

The trailer pretty accurately captures the feel of the film:

And [personal profile] osprey_archer, the quote you were trying to find is the voiceover at the start of the trailer (and the scene with the little girl is in the trailer too). You're right: it's beautiful.
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Title: Wishlist
Day/Prompt: Feb 16/Gates of Paradise
Fandom: Rise of the Guardians
Character/Pairing: Jack, Jamie
Rating/Warning(s): AA
Word Count: 100
Summary: A new toy store

wishlist )

PostSecret Art Exhibit

Feb. 16th, 2019 10:01 pm
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Posted by Frank

PostSecret postcards have been mailed from around the globe. Now, many of them are circulating back out into the world into museums, colleges, and galleries. In the past, they have been displayed at the White House, Smithsonian Museums, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Now you can see them at the institutions below. Contact Jan Warren <> for more information on how to invite the secrets to your museum, college or university.


Museum of Man, San Diego


National Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts


American Visionary Art Museum


Pauly Friedman Art Gallery



Two quick things before bed

Feb. 16th, 2019 10:35 pm
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1. The belated Valentine's Day creme brulees turned out really well! Picture & details on Pillowfort here.

2. An internet friend is seeking donations for her cat's vet bills.

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Feb. 16th, 2019 10:31 pm
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Scott and I went back to the glasses place to double check that my progressives are actually the right prescription. Two different people double checked the glasses against the copy of the prescription. The glasses they made match the prescription I had, so I'm going to have to talk to the ophthalmologist.

I'm pretty sure that wearing an eye patch and changing it back and forth frequently would make the glasses useful, but that seems like it wouldn't be a good longterm course.

Scott and I did the grocery shopping after the glasses store. I wore the progressives there and managed to get by, but they're really most workable at a distance. I got to the point of being able to walk without feeling dizzy, but I still couldn't read the list with both eyes open and the glasses on.

I'm hating my bras right now. I can't tell if it's them getting old or me being more sensitive the last few weeks. Possibly it's both? The problem is largely in the band and is 95% underneath the breast that had the lumpectomy which is suspicious. I don't want to buy more bras right now. Maybe I can start doing without a bra for more of the day. I'd like to. I spent nearly thirty years not wearing the damned things and only started after the lumpectomy.

Jane Austen on Wisdom and Wit

Feb. 17th, 2019 11:59 am
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Wisdom is better than Wit, & in the long run will certainly have the laugh on her side.

-- Jane Austen

This quote, from one of Austen's letters, was introduced in Tony Tanner's 1966 introduction to the Penguin Books edition of Mansfield Park, as part of an explanation of the book's themes and symbolism and why it is so different from her beloved earlier works. It's certainly even more poignant coming from a woman who loved wit as much as Austen did, as Tanner pointed out. Look at her ironic slyness in this very sentence, envisioning Wisdom as "getting the last laugh" over Wit when laughter is generally thought to be the province of the latter.

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Thank you mods for the amnesty! 

The Narnia Fic Exchange always has outstanding fem-centric Narnia fic, and frequently features Lucy, Susan, and others. For the 2018 Exchange there was a lot of lovely f/f content. Here are some of my favorites.

this is a story about wolves (10891 words) by underscored
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Susan Pevensie, Edmund Pevensie, Peter Pevensie, Lucy Pevensie
Additional Tags: Golden Age (Narnia), Intrigue
Summary:But what they didn’t know then (and how could they?) was that war left scars, and Aslan hadn’t just made them Kings and Queens, he’d left them a land broken by two wars and a hundred years of occupation in between. To some, they were saviors, Aslan’s chosen.

To others, they were just tyrants waiting to happen.  All stories are about wolves. This is one of them.

Also, check out this author’s previous outstanding Susan story written for the 2016 NFE
revisionist history

in light inaccessible (1888 words) by Lizzen
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Susan Pevensie/Original Female Character(s)
Characters: Susan Pevensie, Zardeenah (Narnia), Edmund Pevensie
Additional Tags: Dark, Golden Age (Narnia), Protective Siblings

Susan will do much to save her subjects.
Susan will do anything to save her brother.

Distractions & Determinations (1001 words) by snitchnipped
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Lucy Pevensie
Additional Tags: Fluff

“Sweet mother, I cannot weave – slender Aphrodite has overcome me with longing for a girl.” — Sappho. The determined (and distracted) mind of Lucy Pevensie on a Saturday afternoon in the library. Written for the 2018 Narnia Fic Exchange.

a steady presence (4016 words) by PencilDragon
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Susan Pevensie/Original Female Character(s)
Characters: Susan Pevensie
Additional Tags: Romance, Slow Burn, lesbian susan queen of our hearts

Over the early years of her reign, Queen Susan of Narnia slowly falls in love with a Naiad.

they will rush together (6110 words) by Starbrow
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - All Media Types, Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
Rating: Mature
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Lucy Pevensie/Sea Girl
Characters: Lucy Pevensie, Sea Girl (Narnia)
Summary:  Lucy becomes a Land Girl and finds a Sea Girl.

This one was especially delightful as Lucy/Sea Girl is a very popular but very rare pair. 

The Court of Conscience (1782 words) by Elizabeth Culmer
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Susan Pevensie, Lucy Pevensie
Additional Tags: Character Study, Justice, Ethics, Ethical Dilemmas, Capital Punishment, Golden Age (Narnia)
Summary:  With Peter and Edmund away at the wars, Susan is left to preside over Narnian justice. It's a responsibility she takes very seriously, and would give anything not to have on her shoulders.

Bravura (4465 words) by Syrena_of_the_lake
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis, Chronicles of Narnia - All Media Types
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Lucy Pevensie
Additional Tags: Spare Oom, Golden Age (Narnia), Alternate Universe - Everyone Lives/Nobody Dies
Summary:Perhaps things never happen the same way twice, but some stories echo through the ages.

Darling, It's Better (3568 words) by Airawyn
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis, Chronicles of Narnia - All Media Types
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Susan Pevensie/Original Female Character(s)
Characters: Susan Pevensie

Susan forms a connection with one of the Mer People.

And if you made it this far, my own Polly Plummer-centric story.
Rat Catchers (7178 words) by rthstewart
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis, Chronicles of Narnia - All Media Types
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Polly Plummer, Original Female Character(s)
Additional Tags: Magic, World War II, Spare Oom, 1940s
Summary:  During the Battle of Britain and on the eve of what is believed to be the Nazi invasion of England, Polly goes hunting for vermin.

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I have another three three-month subscriptions to the Shatner Chatner to give away; comment here WITH YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS -- comments are screened -- and if I have more than three by Wednesday night, I'll ask the RNG.

Dept. of Saturday

Feb. 15th, 2019 08:05 pm
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Quiche In the Oven

The crust is awful and patchwork, because I can't roll out a crust to save my soul, especially when it's recently thawed pie dough, but the quiche itself is going to be pretty decent, I think. And I managed to clean up the kitchen (more or less; I'm going to get BB to clean the frying pan in which I tried the bacon), and I'll be setting the table soon. This is all good. especially since I spent a lot of the day driving to get groceries, or laying low because of a headache that seems to want to become something more. 

Poor BB is fighting some ailment of his own, and I very much hope to at least cosset him with dinner. And then, I'll settle down with a new drink I learned how to make yesterday; gin in a martini glass that's been coated with four dashes of bitters. Last night I made it with orange bitters, although it's supposed to be made with angostura. Tonight, I'm going to try two mini-drinks, one with the proper recipe and one with the orange bitters, to see which I think is better. 

I had one of my acrylic nails peel off today. It's the first time that has ever happened, and my finger looks naked without a nail. I'm calling the nail salon tomorrow (they're open on Sundays) to see if I can get in. 

Also in the "First World Pampering" category, we've made an appointment with a new groomer for Vincent. He doesn't know it yet. but he's going to get a bath, de-matted properly, and be gifted with at least a modified lion cut to prevent more matting. I'm sure he'll be very excited. 

Yesterday, there was a mass shooting in Aurora, IL, not far from Chicago. A man who'd just been fired from his job, and who had a history of violence, domestic and otherwise, who'd had his FOID card revoked, but who still had a gun, left the building and came back and killed five people. He's dead. too. Six sets of parents and kids, six mothers, sisters, wives. all with gaping. bleeding holes in their souls. Because someone had easy access to guns. Another day in America. 

Fuck the NRA and fuck the culture it has nurtured.
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Title: Returning
Fandom: Etrian Odyssey
Pairing: Gunner / Medic
Rating: Mature
Prompt: 196 – Labyrinth
Word Count: 780
Summary: Two adventurers share a drink after forming a bond in the Labyrinth.

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Notes: This is set during the events of Etrian Odyssey Nexus. The names of the two characters appearing in this story are from the party that I use in the game, inspired – no surprises here – by Mitsuru Kirijo from Persona 3 and Virginia Maxwell from Wild Arms 3.

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So a million years ago last December, I decided I was Done with BoA, and signed up for a fresh business bank account with a new bank. This one is with Webster.

Not much happened in the account in December, what with the various challenges of setting it up (about which I have failed to regale you, o my readers), but starting with the new (fiscal) year, I converted over to using it.

So I just got what is effectively my first statement, covering the month of January. The first month in which I actually ran money through it.

Turns out, the way Webster accounts deposits made at ATMs is that it batches all the checks put in at once as one transaction, and it batches all the cash put in at the same time as another transaction.

So, if you you go to an ATM and deposit a check for $100, a check for $91 and $7 cash, it will appear on your statement as a transaction for $191 and a separate transaction for $7.

Oh hello, this makes my checkbook unbalanceable.

I, like a normal human, record transactions in my checkbook in one of two ways. Either all the money going into the machine at once is one transaction (e.g. of $198) or I break each of the checks out separately (e.g. three transactions: $100, $91, and $7). What I do not do is lump just the checks.

At first, as I started trying to use this statement to reconcile my account, I thought it was merely highly unfortunate. I had been using the batch-everything approach (which is how the previous bank did things), so I was having to add transactions mentally on the statement to figure out which things to mark as cleared in my digital checkbook. Having to do mental arithmetic to balance a digital checkbook is asinine - it's error prone and time consuming, and exactly what I am trying to avoid by having a digital checkbook in the first place.

Then I got to the last deposit I had made, on Jan 31st. The bank only registered part of it - the cash part. The checks I deposited? Don't appear at all. So now I have an entry on 1/31 for $459.00, of which $240 has cleared. I have absolutely no way to indicate that on my register – except to edit in two transactions, one for the cash and one for the checks.

I'm very strongly inclined to close this account rather than change how I keep my books to be compatable with this. I am completely aghast.

This is the first I've ever seen of this practice. Generally "first I've ever seen of this practice" in banking makes me think it maybe is illegal. Certainly it's ridiculous.

Anybody else's banks do this? Apparently I'm back in the business bank account market, and I'd like to know what companies to avoid.

Virtual tea party...

Feb. 16th, 2019 05:25 pm
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I have a cold and feel vaguely terrible but also want company, so I’ll be watching this space.

My current tea: generic black tea a la Lipton, coz I can’t taste it. Going to make some peppermint sweet tea in a bit though.

What’ll you have? *puts kettle on*

ETA: Various folks have brought scones, ginger snaps, and Girl Scout cookies, which may be assumed to be baked in whatever sort of gluten-free, low-glycemic, dairy-free, or whatever manner the eaters desires and feels necessary. We also seem to have All The Tea at this point, with special attention to things that help knock back colds and other minor illnesses. Teatime manners here consist of being not deliberately knocking someone’s tea on the floor ( eying fellow felines known to exist in various households ) though if it should occur by accident I also have All The Paper Towels.

Old friends and new acquaintances are both very much welcome.
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A python script I wrote passed code review on Friday, with a comment that I may want to run it through a style checker or linter to address the (rampant) non-python-isms. So I installed pylint on my local machine, downloaded the script from the prod box, and ran it. Now, for context, this script is 30 lines long, with half of that comments or whitespace.

Pylint gave my script a score of -6.1/10. Which is fricking hilarious, honestly. My initial efforts to improve it got nowhere so I merged it as-is and told my reviewer I intend to go back and clean it up at some indeterminate future point (another item on my infinite to-do list).

On my way home I had my music on Epic Shuffle (all artists & all genres on random) to look for a vid song for that PyCon vid. A song came on with a prechorus that sounds very close to what I said to pylint, the kinds of things programmers everywhere say to programming language compilers and interpreters:
> What the uff do you know?
> Who the hell are you though?
> I didn't even ask for your advice
> And do you think I care?

The chorus I can interpret as "ugly hacks are 100% valid solutions", the verses are vaguely about bravery & caution, the overall structure is such that I could cut it as short or as long as I want, so tada I have a vid song. (Take What You Take, by Lily Allen) This vid may actually happen, and not be terrible.

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Feb. 16th, 2019 04:52 pm
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Hey, do I know anyone affiliated with a Girl Scout doing online cookie sales (with, one hopes, ship-directly-to-buyer as a delivery option) in the Little Brownie Bakers region? I wanna buy a bunch of Thin Mints.

ETA: sorted!
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Initial post on what I'm doing here.

38. If you could go back 5 years, what is 1 decision you made that you would change?

I'm nowhere near enough dissatisfied with any decision I've made over the past five years to want to change anything. Even going back further, I feel like I've managed to get enough of something worthwhile out of every decision I've made. Might things have been better if I had decided differently? Sure, they might. But they also might not, and I'd hazard a guess that some of the tough things I'm dealing with now -- and improving myself by dealing with them -- would have been no better, and possibly worse, if I had not wound up confronting them as an effect of my decision. I'm sticking with how things turned out.

Dark Games: One Night on the Road

Feb. 16th, 2019 04:05 pm
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One Night on the Road is a classic example of "we have a palette of four colors: Grey, black, dark blue, and dark green. We will expand this with pale blue and pale red but only as tiny fragments in the distance." The developer's native language is not English (I have reason to believe it's Russian), which normally isn't a problem, except that it didn't occur to them to find an English beta reader to check their Steam listing text:
One Night On The Road is a quest where you play as a character who ran out of gas in a small town. In search of fuel, he finds a shop where he knock you out down and found himself in a small house. You need to look for items that will help you to get out of the house and leave town.
This looks like an asset flip, the video game equivalent of making a book of nothing but Wikipedia articles. (Okay, the assets aren't all free. It's the video game equivalent of a picture book of royalty-free photographs purchased from istockphoto.) In this one, it looks like they bought a "small town at night" package and maybe threw in some combat details.

A small town with streetlights in the distance

This showed up on my feed because it's tagged "Hidden Object." I like hidden object games. This... does not look like a hidden object game. Normal hidden object games are like Clockwork Tales: Of Glass and Ink (a delightful steampunk-ish HO game) or the Nightmares from the Deep series (also delightful - ghost pirates). Less-normal HO games include weird mobile and Facebook games that add an energy-use mechanism, so you collect "gems" and need to recharge them to do the searches.

This... this does not look like it has any hidden object features at all. Nothing in the trailer (which involves "driving through spooky empty town at night") or the screencaps implies there are any search-for-items scenes. This might be a point-and-click adventure, or it could be a combat-survival game where you have to find weapons, but mostly it looks like a walking sim.

The publisher's other game is a combat-heavy MMORPG with microtransactions; it's a year older and pretty much everyone who tried it, hates it. I suspect the only reason ONotR isn't full of hate-reviews is that nobody buys walking-sim HO games just because they show in in the queue. The walking-sim and HO fans, like me, tend to be more selective than MMO players who will grab anything under $10 with the right keywords.

Violent MMORPG players are not (necessarily) less interested in quality, but their ideas of what "quality" means is different. "Has no real plot" is often not a strong negative; "has great shoot-em-up scenes" can outweigh that. For the walking sim people, there has to be a reason to get this game and not just replay Gone Home or Home Is Where One Starts. Both of those are charming. This? This is not charming. This looks like, at best, the opening act of a real game.


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