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([personal profile] wendelah1 Jul. 23rd, 2017 12:56 pm)
We're leaving this afternoon for Fontana, no one's favorite vacation destination. Kyle's surgery is scheduled for 9:00 a.m. tomorrow and he has to be at the surgery center an hour ahead. Rather than getting up at the crack of dawn, we're spending the night at the Hilton Garden Inn Fontana. He should be released before noon so we'll be back home by afternoon.

There is absolutely nothing to do in Fontana. There is not a decent sit-down restaurant in the entire city. Their highly rated Mexican hole-in-the-wall doesn't hold a candle to the one in my neighborhood. There is a pool at the hotel. There's a movie theater right down the street so we might go see the latest Spiderman reboot. (Good grief. How many more times will they reboot that movie franchise?) Or maybe we should see Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets instead. Basic cable is basic. I'll bring my computer but WiFi is spotty.


I didn't get a chance to finish, let alone post this before it turned into old news.

My husband just aspirated again. The hotel is cancelled. The surgery center doesn't open until 7:00 a.m. tomorrow so informing them will have to wait.

I see a trip to Urgent Care in the near future, as soon as I can talk him into it. He's really scared. This could be bad, like our last December vacation in Hawaii kind of bad. At least this time we're at home.
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([personal profile] fueschgast Jul. 23rd, 2017 02:21 am)
...on Flightradar24 and discovered the prettiness of the Outback. I wish they had links in all these places to explain how they came to look that way.


And if you zoom in, you'll find colorful layers.

some more )
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([personal profile] naraht Jul. 22nd, 2017 09:24 pm)
It's that time in the summer when I start to dream about being somewhere far to the north, with a view of the sea. To be fair, I also dream about the north in the depths of winter. To be even fairer, the weather here has been cool and rainy, so maybe that's made me think about northern climes.

If I were for some reason forced to spend a ridiculous amount of money on a hotel, I would go to the Fogo Island Inn, off the northern coast of Newfoundland.

Or maybe a less ridiculously posh place with bonus icebergs, the Hotel Arctic in Ilulissat, Greenland.

I remind myself that I've already got a weekend booked in Iceland on my way home to the States in December. And I can sit and enjoy views of the cold sea from a lovely steaming hotpot at any number of municipal pools. And my room probably has a view of the harbor!

But that's a long ways off. I'm pondering whether to plan an August long weekend somewhere in the UK, and whether it would be worth the faff to travel somewhere more northerly, as opposed to just going to Brighton or something. I'm very fond of Scarborough. I also have this weird desire to see the Isle of Man after watching the national road race championships a few weeks ago.

Also worth pointing out that I'm going to Saint Petersburg at the end of August, and perhaps that counts as northerly if not quite with an unobstructed ocean view? I'm rather tempted by Kronstadt...
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([personal profile] grey853 Jul. 22nd, 2017 04:01 pm)
Guess who just got a letter saying there her mortgage is completely paid off!!!??? They used part of my remaining escrow to pay it off and are sending me the remainder in a check.

I bought the house in '91, refinanced to a lower interest rate in '02, and now it's done. It's mine, free and clear. It's an amazing feeling.



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I had just taken a sip of coffee at one point and nearly choked/slobbered on my keyboard.

God bless this lunatic man!


Summer Safety Tips For Leftists




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([personal profile] lilly_the_kid Jul. 21st, 2017 09:23 pm)
Dear Equinox Vidder,

I want to thank you for making a vid for me! I love all these sources and can't wait to see what you will do with them. I like many kinds of vids, they can be sad, funny, silly, serious, over the top, a mixture of things. I like character studies, ensemble vids, shipping and slash vids, meta vids, it's all good. The same goes for music, I tend to prefer fast paced songs, but there are also vids to slow songs out there that I adore. The only dislike I have is that I don't like voice overs. A bit of dialogue at the beginning or end is fine, but constant dialogue during a vid does not work for me. It pulls me out of the flow and I don't know whether to listen to the song or the lines and I end up not being able to get into it. There are some rare exceptions to this, but I cannot explain why those are working for me, so I'd prefer no dialogue during the vid at all.

These are the sources I chose and love with some thoughts and suggestions:

Dolores Claiborne (1995)
I love Dolores and everything she does for her daughter. I also love her relationship with Vera. Just amazing women being amazing.

Ronja Rövardotter (1984)
This movie is a childhood favorite! I love Ronja and her family, I love the robbers and I love how she and Birk bring their families together.

Justified
I love the show and would love a vid about any of them or an ensemble vid. Though, I have to say that I have a special love for all of Raylan's bad yet awesome choices.

The Vampire Diaries
Some man eye candy stuff would be much appreciated. I love Damon/Stefan, Damon/Alaric and Damon/Enzo.

Multi Fandom
I love vids about certain recurring themes, visual, thematic, narrative, etc., so feel free to do that with my requests. Feel also free to add other based on books sources if they fit your concept.

True Blood
This show is visually stunning, I can't wait to see what you do with it.

Black Sails
I love this gorgeous and perfect show! Flint, Silver, Vane, Flint/Silver, Flint/Thomas Hamilton, Flint&Vane, Flint&Silver,  any of those characters and pairings are fine (other characters and pairings are also fine, these are just my favorites). An ensemble vid would also be amazing and if you have a certain theme/topic in mind, go for it.

The Color Purple
I love Celie and Shug and Nettie! I love that after all the awfulness they win!


These are just some ideas and suggestions. Have fun vidding!!

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([personal profile] veritas_poet Jul. 21st, 2017 10:19 am)
JUSTINE DAMOND: KILLED BY “ISLAMOPHOBIA”

If this had been a Muslim woman (especially a black Muslim woman) killed this way by a cop (especially a white cop) we would NEVER hear the end of it. There would be protests all over the world, maybe even riots. Celebrities would be all over this. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton and Oprah Winfrey would be on our TV screens day and night, condemning it. And they would be right in condemning the act, though I'm sure wrong in assuming the motives/reasons..

But because it was a white, non-Muslim woman killed by a Somalian, Muslim cop, there will be nothing of the sort. This story will quietly disappear from public view. Everyone will soon forget it like it never happened. Everyone, that is, except her shattered family and friends.


As Robert Spencer says in the article, and from the information I've seen, it doesn't seem to be a jihad attack.

Let me repeat that. Right now, it does not seem like this was a jihad attack. Just because a Muslim does it, does not necessarily mean it was jihad. Get that straight, My Side! When it comes to this issue (and others) you can be just as knee-jerk and outright stupid as the liberals.

I don't give a rat's tail whose "side" does and says what. I don't defend people's comments just because they are on "my side" of any issue. What I care about is facts. And from the facts I see thus far, it doesn't seem it was a jihad attack.

What does seem clear is that this man had no business being a police officer. But because Islam has gained Most Favored Status in this country, he was given this job. Now an innocent woman is dead. Needlessly dead, since this story makes very little sense in the way events played out.*

Multiculturalism at its finest.

What a disgrace.















* As always, and in all fairness, if more/different information later comes out, it may impact the story and my views on it. My comments here are based on what I know at this time.
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([personal profile] fueschgast Jul. 21st, 2017 05:24 pm)
So many questions I'm still wondering about. And I'm hoping that because of the new Doctor we'll finally get some answers.

Are Time Lords & Ladies are always cisgender? Because so far we've only seen the Time Ls who've changed sex behave the way it's socially expected of that sex. They accept the associated pronouns and looks. Could that be described as genderfluid from incarnation to incarnation (though not within an incarnation)?

Missy seemed only half aware of her new sex, yet she called herself Missy and was conforming to it in others ways too. It certainly didn't seem to bother her. What's that? Does that still count as cis? Or is that in a way "gender neutral", that Time Ls will conform to whatever body they find themselves in?

Does gender dysphoria not exist for Time Ls? We've heard complaints from the General, but was that just because being male was an annoyance some way or did she actually feel properly unhappy in a male body?

Do Time L's mostly get the sex that corresponds with their gender idenity? Like if a Time Lady feels female, she'll only occasionally - if ever - regenerate into a man? So if a Time L felt comfortable with either sex, could they be expected to change sex several times?
For anyone who might be interested, Pixar has Pixar in a Box on Khan Academy.

It's primarily directed at film writing, but I think it can be used for all types of narrative storytelling. I've been listening to The Art of Storytelling video series.

It starts out with "We are all storytellers," (I'm there still) which I think is an admirable point and has a number of their creators talking about their amateur efforts and how they got started, like Betty and Veronica fashion fanart. :)

It leads to characterization and story structure, and while I don't know that visual language is going to be terribly helpful to us print writers, it might give good ideas for descriptions of scenery to go around dialogue. There are also lessons and activities that you can do, should you choose.

(I can't find closed captions on Khan Academy, though. That's my one quibble thus far.)

One of my favorite pieces of writing advice is still this graphic: Pixar's 22 Rules of Storytelling.

No, I'm not saying they have to be YOUR rules too. I'm just saying I find the list as a useful set of way to help me go through one of my stories and figure out what's not working and what I need to do to make it work. Or sometimes, for me to just let go and stopy worrying at something, and maybe come back to it later.
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([personal profile] veritas_poet Jul. 20th, 2017 08:41 pm)
 


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* On Fairy Stories - J.R.R. Tolkien


I've found that it helps me relax when I watch a light and/or funny show before going to bed. My show of choice the past few weeks has been Dragons: Race to the Edge. I saw some of the original, How to Train Your Dragon movie with the kids I used to watch. (It still makes me sad to say that.) I'm not sure if we watched the whole thing at the time. I never saw the second movie. Has anyone read the books? 

Anyway, I happened upon this quite by accident on Netflix. I gave it a try and was pleasantly surprised at how well done and enjoyable it is! The characters are all so well developed that you feel like you're watching a live action movie, not a cartoon. And while the dragons have their personalities, they are not "Disney-fied", in the sense that they talk or act too much like people. They are closer to pets and weapons than than the animals in most cartoons. I actually like that. It's a refreshing difference from the usual animal/magical creature sidekick that's been endlessly overdone in kids' movies.

Best of all, so far it hasn't been preachy about anything, there's been no politics, and no inappropriate sexual content. It's said that this even needs to be mentioned regarding a children's program. But that's the world we live in today.

This is just pure storytelling and adventure, with characters who so far seem to be good people. (Even the ones that don't get along. It's the usual "ragtag bunch of people have to work together" sort of thing. And that's just fine.

Best of all, DRAGONS! 




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([personal profile] veritas_poet Jul. 20th, 2017 03:59 pm)
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([personal profile] veritas_poet Jul. 20th, 2017 08:15 am)





Brother

When we were young
We were the ones
The kings and queens
Oh yeah, we ruled the world
We smoked cigarettes
Man no regrets
Wish I could relive
Every single word

We've taken different paths
And travelled different roads
I know we'll always end up on the same one when we're old
And when you're in the trenches
And you're under fire I will cover you

[Chorus]
If I was dying on my knees
You would be the one to rescue me
And if you were drowned at sea
I'd give you my lungs so you could breathe

I've got you brother-er-er-er
I've got you brother-er-er-er
I've got you brother-er-er-er
I've got you brother-er-er-er

[Verse 2]
Oh brother, we'll go deeper than the ink
Beneath the skin of our tattoos
Though we don't share the same blood
You're my brother and I love you
That's the truth

We're living different lives
Heaven only knows
If we'll make it back
With all our fingers and our toes
5 years, 20 years, come back
It will always be the same

[Chorus]
If I was dying on my knees
You would be the one to rescue me
And if you were drowned at sea
I would give you my lungs so you could breathe

I've got you brother-er-er-er
I've got you brother-er-er-er


[Post Chorus]
And if we hit on troubled water
I'll be the one to keep you warm and safe
And we'll be carrying each other
Until we say goodbye on our dying day

Because I've got you brother-er-er-er
I've got you brother-er-er-er
I've got you brother-er-er-er
I've got you brother-er-er-er

If I was dying on my knees
You would be the one to rescue me
And if you were drowned at sea
I would give you my lungs so you could breathe

[Outro]
Oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh oh
I've got you brother-er-er-er
I've got you brother-er-er-er
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ETA: Logged out and gone to sleep. Good night, all!

I'm going to be trying to figure out what city I should be setting my urban fantasy in. (Or at least, what it should be an analogue to, geography-wise.)

I'll be on Discord for a couple of hours, if anyone wants to join me:

https://discord.gg/w9PK3Yg

(This time I'll remember to edit the post to say when I log off Discord!)
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([personal profile] wendelah1 Jul. 19th, 2017 01:44 pm)
Because of all of the kids' books and quickie romances I've been reading lately, I am nine books ahead on my Goodreads challenge. I'm going to have to up the ante by ten books, at least, to compensate.

What I've finished

All the President's Men (1974), Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward. I began reading it because of (1.) this article in Newsweek: "The Eerie Similarities Between Alleged Trump Scandals and All The President's Men, and (2.) because we'd just watched the movie based on it. (Note that the Newsweek story was published back in March. Imagine if they'd written it this week.) The book is award-winning journalism but honestly, the movie makes for a better story. Go rent the movie. Download it. Whatever. (We checked it out of the library). You will not be sorry. The movie gets five stars. The book gets four stars. These reporters, their editors, and their publisher are all American heroes.

Beany and the Beckoning Road (1959), Lenore Mattingly Weber. Beany believes that she has lost boyfriend Norbett to another girl: Cynthia. She and Johnny plan to drive from Denver to California to return their nephew to his parents and advertise for passengers to share the travel expenses. What a surprise for Beany when she discovers that one of the passengers is Cynthia. What will happen to a mismatched set of passengers with very little money and a tomato plant in the back seat?

This was better than the previous book in the series. Beany flies off the handle one time too many for my taste but whatever. Three stars for retro-charm and that tomato plant. I haven't decided if I'm going to continue on with the Malone family, but this book was funny and engaging.

Girl in the Water (2016), Dana Marton. I took a chance and purchased (I know!) this book because of how much I liked Secret Soldier. The online reviews were enthusiastic, but I was not impressed. Marton tried to weave together three stories, and multiple points of view, and couldn't quite pull it off. spoilers ) I applaud her attempt to write something more ambitious than your run of the mill romance but this didn't work for me at all. I give it one star.

I returned Sugar and Other Stories (1987) by A.S. Byatt to the library after reading just one story. Actually, I didn't make it through the first story. I can't recall the title. It was about an unpleasant little girl, attending an atrocious boarding school, with nasty classmates and an appalling, sadistic headmistress, who I've decided in retrospect might be a stand-in for the writer. Byatt enjoys torturing her characters in much the same way that her headmistress character enjoyed torturing her students. Halfway through, I found I wasn't liking anything about this story. Enough was enough. I skimmed through the next two stories and they were more of the same. No, thank you.

What's next?

I borrowed another book in the time travel porn series from the LAPL. I think this one is called "The Slayer" but it has nothing to do with vampires.

I'm still rereading the series for my kidlit fic exchange, titles withheld.

I unearthed an old novel of Margaret Drabble's which I'd never read, The Peppered Moth.

I'm carrying around Mirror Dance from the Vorkosigan saga in my purse.

There's a stack of time travel novels from the library at my bedside.

Entering Space: Creating a Space-faring Civilization by Robert Zubrin is sitting around somewhere, too. I got it out of mothballs because there is a chapter on mining asteroids, which is relevant to my interests. Speaking of space-faring civilizations, season two of The Expanse arrived yesterday!

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Don't mind me, just slowly making my way through my episodic notes...

Extremis )

The Pyramid at the End of the World )

The Lie of the Land )
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([personal profile] havocthecat Jul. 17th, 2017 10:59 am)
The best part of the Doctor Who casting announcement is that it opens up EVEN MORE amazing possibilities for horrifyingly beautiful St. Trinian's crossovers.

"Oh, Beverly!" called Miss Fritton from her office, leaning over and waving one hand. Beverly could see one her out of the corner of one eye.

"Yeah, miss!"

"What's that little knobbly thingummy you're pointing at the door?"

"It's a sonic screwdriver, miss!"

"What's it for?"

"Nothing, miss!" There was Dalek invasion and the First Years were busy lobbing explosives from the tower while Beverly - the Doctor, really, but she'd been undercover for years and thought of herself as Beverly still - remodulated the alarm system to broadcast a frequency that would short-circuit their disruptor beams. The Daleks, not the First Years.

Though Beverly privately thought the First Years infinitely more dangerous to let loose upon the human race than the Daleks, but she did have standards after all, and centuries of enmity with the Daleks to uphold.

"So what you're saying," said Miss Fritton, appearing in her doorway with an empty bottle of vodka in one hand, "is that we're out of vodka and you forgot to stock up, is that it?"

"Get the gin, miss," said Beverly, holding back a sigh.
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