General Update

Jul. 22nd, 2014 02:53 pm
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[personal profile] fadeaccompli
* Pixel seems to be doing quite well! At least, she's flinging herself at the fence while barking madly at some unseen bit of wildlife, again, and while she clearly doesn't like the fans or lack of carpets/dogbed/etc., she's generally looking about as happy as ever. A good sign.

* The AC is currently working again; after two emergency calls, and then a check-in to make sure it wasn't about to fall over the same way a third time, it's running just fine. Sadly, "fine" means that it's lucky to get the hottest parts of the house to stay below 90 during the day, or at 85 at night, but that's what happens when you have sixteen industrial fans and two giant dehumidifiers running constantly in a well-insulated house while Texas Summer happens outside. (If only it were January; we could save so much on heating.)

* The disaster people came back and ripped up all the wooden flooring, which got rid of the unsettling fish-like odor. (Why water-soaked wood planks would make the house smell like fish I don't know and don't want to know.) So that's progress, and one more step towards fixing everything. If we are very lucky, they'll be able to even take away all those fans and dehumidifiers on Wednesday. Fingers crossed.

* We went and looked at porcelain tile on Monday morning. Tile, because if water happens like this again we don't want to have to rip out flooring ever again; porcelain, because the guy at the giant store of flooring types told us firmly that if we were concerned about that, porcelain tile would absorb NOTHING from water immersion and was more durable than ceramic in general. (The price certainly indicates that, but, hey. Cheaper than some things.) I had a meltdown over hating all the tile options ever--I was perhaps a bit overwhelmed at the time--and then the nice flooring salesman came back and showed me an aisle I hadn't realized had porcelain tile. Did you know they make sort of pseudo-wood planks out of porcelain? I do now! So that was encouraging. Once the damn fans are gone we'll call installation people to put new floors in.

* Um. I am sort of losing track of things. I paid for a damaged library book, Zabina is delightful when she's not sinking horrifically sharp teeth into my body, it would be nice to clear out enough of the kitchen and have enough electricity free to be able to cook dinner again... That seems to cover stuff. I also need to exchange the water-damaged cable modem for a new one, if I can ever figure out where we put the box it's in.

Good enough, just not transcendental

Jul. 22nd, 2014 08:12 pm
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[personal profile] allochthonous
That's it, I'm done. I've reached the pinnacle of my professional ambition of the past three years - someone is actually paying for me to go back to Central Asia, specifically Kyrgyzstan - and that achieved, I'm not entirely sure what else I want from work. Mountains! Yurts! Kumis! Felt carpets! Plov! Oh, and I have to give some presentations or something, but I'm sure I can muddle through that.

I also lucked out on my timing with visits home and managed to obtain a Chinese visa (a bugger to get outside your country of citizenship, these days, unless you do it in Hong Kong), so I will finally, finally get to see Kashgar. You hear that almost all of the old town these days has been destroyed, and the Sunday bazaar become a complete tourist trap, but some places you just have to go. In the absence of any knowledge of Mandarin at all, I am pinning all of my hopes on the fact that I bought a train ticket in Uzbek once and Uzbek is sort of maybe a bit mutually intelligible with Uighur if you squint. I have no idea. I'll figure it out. I miss travelling, I miss being on a journey, and it's hard to get that sensation back in only two weeks, but I love Kyrgyzstan so much, love the mountains and the smell and the immensity of the landscape, and Xinjiang sounds like it's going to be a proper challenge. I am so happy and excited to be going back.

In the meantime, I hope everyone is enjoying Pi Approximation Day! "Good enough, just not transcendental" has been my life motto for a while and so far it hasn't let me down.

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Jul. 22nd, 2014 12:07 pm
violsva: Sidney Paget illustration of Holmes and Watson, seated, with the caption "Cut out the poetry, Watson" (Holmes)
[personal profile] violsva
I never expected to write Sherlock S3 fic, but I have written Sherlock S3 fic.

Title: Numbers
Author: Violsva
Fandom: Sherlock (TV)
Rating: G
Warnings/Enticements: People with ambiguous moral systems
Word Count: 221
Summary: Even the landlady used to run a drug cartel!

On AO3.

A heap of links

Jul. 22nd, 2014 12:24 pm
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[personal profile] umadoshi
This got just a bit too long for me to feel comfortable about not cutting the list, so there are a wide variety of roughly-categorized links under here )

Fic: Terms of Surrender

Jul. 22nd, 2014 07:35 am
dira: Bucky Barnes/The Winter Soldier (Default)
[personal profile] dira
With many thanks to [personal profile] astolat and [ profile] rubynye for beta! ♥

Terms of Surrender (4654 words) by Dira Sudis
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Sam Wilson
Characters: Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson (Marvel)
Additional Tags: Bondage, Painplay, Impact Play, Masochism, BDSM, Consensual Violence, Plot What Plot/Porn Without Plot

The body he'd been given felt like a layer of uniform he couldn't take off. People looking at it were just admiring perfect design, the same as anybody whose eye was drawn by the stars and stripes.

...Happy consensual beatings! :D

Also I don't actually have a Sam or Steve icon and Bucky is not actually in this story. Hm. Have to work on that.

Failed Experiment

Jul. 21st, 2014 09:02 pm
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[personal profile] aximili
I tried to make myself go out for two hours today. Now my congestion's bad again. Fortunately it was just two hours and not trying to make myself work through an entire shift with animal dander and dust and whatnot... But still. And now I'm just really, really tired again. And trying to hang on until I can take the evening Mucinex dose as well as another two doses of the inhaler. Which would make me faint and light-headed, which is a bad combination for work.

TL;DR: Definitely glad I told work to pull me off of the schedule. This week would have been just as much of a mess as Wednesday night was, maybe even more due to the meds.

I also need to get a new job but that's more for plain survival purposes (especially if my dad loses his job) than anything against work in particular. I need to be able to cover myself. I need to figure out what happens with the animals if he loses his job. I need to get some sort of career going. Like an actual thing that would let me cover my health insurance, school loans, and a fair portion of the rent.

But tonight I'll settle for getting two more pages down of my essay and getting more sleep. (God, I can't stop sleeping. If I were at work this week? I'd be fucking screwed.)

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Jul. 21st, 2014 07:58 pm
sixbeforelunch: michael from burn notice wearing a tight green tshirt and leaning against a truck, no text (burn notice - michael weston in a green)
[personal profile] sixbeforelunch
Using kudos to sort fic is useful, if inexact, and one must always factor character and ship popularity into the equation. A story with Tony and Steve and Bucky that has id-fic tags and 200 kudos has a fair to middling chance of being decently written, but no promises. A Bruce/Natasha fic with 75? Probably pretty good. A Rhodey and Maya Hansen story that manages to get ten*? Has done something very, very right.

* This story does not exist AFAIK, more's the pity. It's just a hypothetical example.


I watched the 5 minute Guardians of the Galaxy teaser. WANT MOVIE NOW. Which was the same reaction that I had to seeing the AoU stills. Marvel owns me. I've accepted this.


I really want to re-watch Burn Notice, but I'm not sure if I'm ready to go through that emotional crucible again. (On that show, it gets bad, and then it gets worse, and then you think it's going to get better, and it doesn't.)

Two entirely unrelated things

Jul. 21st, 2014 04:11 pm
umadoshi: (WotH: making music (iconchacha))
[personal profile] umadoshi
Things I have not yet learned on a gut level: I can't read every interesting thing on the internet. Likewise, I can't read every interesting person on any one social media platform, never mind all of them. ^^;

But I keep trying.

I wanted to link this separately from my usual link dumps! Earlier this month our friend Chantel finished recording one of her songs and posted it. "Little Bird, Hurry" is a soft, contemplative song that's just her and her piano.

Chantel and [personal profile] bosonator used to perform together a lot at open mics and at the market before he moved away to do his post doc work, but since she's a pianist* and he's a guitarist, I've rarely gotten a chance to hear her sing with her piano.

*And a teacher. She was my piano teacher for a couple of years after I bailed on music school [note that I studied voice, not piano].

[personal profile] scruloose and I have had the privilege of being friends with her and her husband for nearly twenty years now (!). She's one of those people who it's hard to say much about without sounding like I'm wildly overselling her--which I would not be!--so I'll end this post there and encourage you to give her a listen. ^_^

And another one

Jul. 21st, 2014 01:30 pm
juliet: (waveform tree)
[personal profile] juliet

Mirrored from Twisting Vines.

Hurrah, another story out.

(Only just realised this, despite having looked before, due to their website being a bit counter-intuitive.)

In other news, I have begun revising the novel I’m working on at the moment. It is a bit like trying to put together a really big jigsaw puzzle in several dimensions, when you keep discovering that some of the pieces are missing, and other pieces that aren’t missing are actually from another puzzle altogether.

Rec of the day

Jul. 21st, 2014 11:15 am
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[personal profile] astridv
Five Times S.H.I.E.L.D. Tried To Recruit Clint Barton (And One Time He Said “Yes”) by [ profile] AlphaFlyer
Gen; Hawkeye & various SHIELD agents; teen; 1676 words
Summary: The first time Clint Barton comes to the attention of S.H.I.E.L.D., his face is on fliers advertising him as The Amazing Hawkeye, The World’s Greatest Marksman.


Jul. 20th, 2014 11:34 pm
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[personal profile] aximili
I'm worried about money, but I am so glad I told my manager to take me off of next week's schedule. I would still have been completely useless. Even with the coughing, vomiting, fever, and achey muscles and headaches (and congestion) being managed by various medications - I'm so sleepy all the time now. And moving is still consistently putting me into coughing fits and needing to spit up congestion.

I really think it might have been Dengue Fever, which is part of why I changed my mind Friday and asked to be taken off of the schedule - it mentions a pretty lengthy recovery period, but I'm hoping if I let my body sleep it off this week I can go in next week strong.

I slept like 12 hours last night. Then I fell asleep three hours. I'm completely useless. I finally managed to sit down two hours today and write some of my essay (due Tuesday.) Forcing myself to stay awake is a huge problem right now. Again, not the best way to go into work. Plus I'm on medications that make me feel light-headed and whatnot (the albuterol*) so being alone at work eight hours would suck and possibly not leave me that safe with the dogs.

*The Albuterol makes breathing sooooooooooooo easy! I want to ask about whether I can have an inhaler for exercise-induced asthma. I wheeze and cough and my chest rattles after strenuous exercise, and if I had this damn inhaler for that I'd be able to possibly get into running for real. Even though the light-headedness can be unpleasant and bad.

Thanks for the input!

Jul. 21st, 2014 01:05 am
umadoshi: (Tutu/ItW "tale you tell" (bookelfe))
[personal profile] umadoshi
Thanks to everyone who weighed in on Teen Wolf post-pilot. ^_^ Given your collective input, I think my current plan is to alter/further lower my expectations and give it at least another handful of episodes. (I've noted which episodes different people have mentioned as being the spot where they got hooked or at least intrigued!) We'll see how it goes! If I bond with a character or two, odds are good I'll stick with it for a while, and it does sound like the characters (and the id candy) are where the interest generally lies.

Happy birthday to [personal profile] kate

Jul. 20th, 2014 08:28 pm
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[personal profile] peoppenheimer
Happy birthday to the wonderful [personal profile] kate. May it be a year of blessings.
dira: Nate Fick, keeping his chin up (Nate - Chin Up)
[personal profile] dira
With thanks to [personal profile] iulia for stepping in to beta this one! <3

The Frame You Made (12205 words) by Dira Sudis
Chapters: 3/?
Fandom: Generation Kill
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Brad Colbert/Nate Fick, Brad Colbert/Nate Fick/Original Female Character
Characters: Nate Fick, Brad Colbert, Original Characters
Additional Tags: Kid Fic, Future Fic, Curtain Fic

(Eventually) six further epilogues for Don't You Shake Alone.

Chapter 3: Now with updated rating and pairing because Marines may Make Do but they do not make babies without a lady getting involved. At least for the purposes of this story.

a moment of fridge brilliance

Jul. 20th, 2014 08:24 pm
sixbeforelunch: Tony Stark and Pepper Potts in Iron Man 3, no text (mcu - tony/pepper)
[personal profile] sixbeforelunch
Spoilers for IM3 )

I love when I can figure my way to internal consistency in my fandoms. :)

BTW, if you're an MCU fan, you might want to head over and watch Counting Stars by [personal profile] such_heights. It's got a nice song choice and clever editing. Just make sure to catch the post-credits scene. It's pretty brilliant. :)

Rec of the day

Jul. 20th, 2014 02:50 pm
astridv: (skye)
[personal profile] astridv
Two-part fic rec:
goodbye to the roses on your street by [ profile] thequeenofokay
Ward/Skye; canon-related AU; G; 1555 words
Summary: She was perfect.
But she was just a mission.
// Grant Ward meets the love of his life in a bar. Unfortunately, it can never get that far.

and the sequel,
i'm somewhere, you're somewhere by [ profile] Overdressedtokill
Skye/Ward and Miles; 1791 words
Summary: Skye teaches Ward the consequences of stealing.
umadoshi: (Yotsuba&! curious (ohsnap_icons))
[personal profile] umadoshi
Since the last couple of new-to-me shows were chosen partly because they were very short, I figured I should try getting started on one of the longer things on my to-watch list. So a few nights ago I watched the Teen Wolf pilot.

I don't think there's a delicate way to say it didn't do anything for me at all, but I know a lot of you are into the show, and of course, it was a pilot episode, which probably means taking it with a handful of salt. I'm not writing the show off after the one episode, but how representative would you guys say it is?

I guess what I'm thinking of mostly is that I bounced really hard off the first six or eight episodes of The Vampire Diaries and stuck with it out of grim determination because many people had told me that the first chunk of season 1 wasn't at all representative. And I wandered off from TVD this year, but for a couple of seasons there I really enjoyed it once it got going, so I'm very glad I kept going through that initial rough patch.

Is there something similar going on here? Or is TW simply not in a genre/not executed in a way that's likely to work for me?


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