Sick day gratitudes

Mar. 23rd, 2019 04:52 pm
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1. A day in PJs. On the couch or in bed. Catnapping with occasional cat. Watching food tv. (And going through a lot of tissues.)

2. Occasional cat! Who is warm and cosy.

3. The fact that my kid is with his dad today so I don't have to try to parent with a head cold.

4. My latest food tv discovery -- Ugly Delicious on Netflix, which I stumbled onto and am watching now and is pretty charming, ngl. (Also it is making me hungry.)

5. Not unrelatedly, I have a dinner plan -- tom kha gai. The prospect of that flavor is making me happy, and it'll be good for my head cold, too.

an attempt was made

Mar. 23rd, 2019 03:39 pm
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I watched the pilot episode of Whiskey Cavalier, a new American network spy comedy. (It's available on hulu.) It was... Not Good. I thought maybe it was just a very bad case of pilot-itis, but a friend of mine who did like the pilot said that episode three (I think?) was so weak that she may be giving up on the show herself.

At any rate, I have enough to watch without giving episode two a try. They can fix the writing, get another season going, and then maybe I'll try again.

The Magicians (on Netflix) fared better with me; I've watched episodes one and two so far, and intend to continue. It's definitely not perfect; if anyone out there watches it and has a season one guide on what to skip, I'd listen. But I enjoyed it enough to keep going for now.

The movie Captain Marvel lived up to the hype. I enjoyed it a lot; currently wondering if it would be worth a re-watch soon, given how certain revelations were meant to change our perceptions of the story.

Not spoilery unless you've never seen an ad for the movie: I do wonder why the alien race called the Kree had both blue-skinned aliens and aliens with human skin tones. Saving on makeup time and costs, perhaps? At least they avoided doing what Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. did, which was to cast nearly all of the Kree roles with people of color (except for the most powerful Kree, who was played by a white man), and then paint them all blue. It's one of those things Hollywood does far too often: use actors of color in 'alien' roles and cover them with makeup or prosthetics.

Oooh, hang on, I just found a link explaining why the Kree can be blue or 'human' toned... and um. Well. Comics sure are interesting.

Walking: Five walks around Keswick

Mar. 23rd, 2019 07:06 pm
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We hadn't been to the Lake District for a few years, and certainly not since we started walking seriously (I think the last time was June 2013, when we stayed near Cockermouth and I went to Woolfest; we did manage one walk, round St Bee's Head, though I suspect it would seem very short by our current standards), so we decided it was time for a return visit and booked a holiday flat in Keswick for our spring holiday this year on the grounds that it might be nice to be in walking distance of shops and restaurants, and Keswick had seemed like a pleasant place when we were there before and had a branch of Booths (the Waitrose of the north-west). This proved to be a very good decision, as Keswick is very pleasant and pretty much a walker's paradise (rather like Fort William, it must be a bit frustrating to live there if you ever want to buy anything other than outdoor gear, though as well as branches of every single outdoor chain and a couple of independents Keswick also has all of the outdoor-inspired fashion chains - Seasalt, White Stuff, Fat Face, Joules) and we managed to find a week's worth of walks starting from the town itself which meant that we didn't have to use the car at all while we were there.

Walk 1: Latrigg )

Walk 2: Walla Crag )

Walk 3: Derwentwater Circuit )

Walk 4: Catbells )

Walk 5: Castlerigg Stone Circle via Threlkeld )

Lots of flying

Mar. 23rd, 2019 01:33 pm
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I did finish The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie and went to the movies to see Captain Marvel, so please see this as your carte blanche to talk to me about either or both of these in the comments!

The End of the Story, chapter 6

Mar. 23rd, 2019 09:24 pm
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Title: The End of the Story
Fandom: Versailles
Rating: Teens
Chapter: 6/?
Word Count: 1637
Characters Sophie de Clermont, Fabien Marchal
Pairings: Fabien Marchal/Sophie de Clermont
Warnings: References to abuse.
Summary: Sophie de Clermont returns to Paris with a warning to Fabien Marchal, only to find she might be too late.
AN: This fic will spoil all three seasons of Versailles.

The whole fic on AO3

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Posted by Laila

This interview was great fun: I talked to the New York Times book Review‘s By the Book about my reading habits.

How do you like to read? Paper or electronic? One book at a time or simultaneously? Morning or night?

Paper only. Books give me an intimacy that e-readers can’t deliver. I love the heft of a good novel in my hands, the smell of new pages, the fact that I can underline a beautiful sentence or mark an unusual detail. I interact with a paper book in many different ways; I’ve been known to throw a book across the room when it frustrates or angers me, for example. And books hold so many memories of the times and places in which I’ve read them. The other day, I opened a novel, and a bookmark that my daughter made me when she was 4 years old fell out. No e-reader can do that.

You can read the rest here.

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Maybe I'll think of something with enough cookbook flipping.


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Or rather: Kidnapped: Being Memoirs of the Adventures of David Balfour in the Year 1751: How he was Kidnapped and Cast away; his Sufferings in a Desert Isle; his Journey in the Wild Highlands; his acquaintance with Alan Breck Stewart and other notorious Highland Jacobites; with all that he Suffered at the hands of his Uncle, Ebenezer Balfour of Shaws, falsely so-called: Written by Himself and now set forth by Robert Louis Stevenson.

The only Stevenson I'd previously read was The Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mister Hyde for school. I picked this one up because [personal profile] sanguinity had great prompts for it in her Chocolate Box letter, and I wasn't feeling the fandom we matched on. I thought, Oh hey, Victorian YA that's supposed to be slashy, that sounds fun. I think I had it conflated with Treasure Island though.

About a third of the way in, I was messaging my wife, "This is not slashy. There are no pirates. No one's been kidnapped. Why is everyone Scottish? What is this book?"

Fortunately right after that, the guileless young true heir was packed onto a ship and about to be transported to the Carolinas as an indentured servant (the involuntary kind), and I said out loud, "Murdered by pirates is good."

Shortly following that, the other half of the slash ship showed up, in a ship, and I texted my wife, "Gay or European?"

The rest of the book is the delightful back and forth between the impossibly flamboyent Alan, an honour-obsessed Jacobite and total fop, and the stolidly pragmatic Lowlander David who just wants to go home, man, but is also a little bit falling in love. This includes fleeing across the heather, constantly sharing the one coat they have to sleep under, sparring practice, fainting, illness, faking fetal illness to resolve an arguement, screaming arguments about honour, challenges to duels, and a lot of h/c. It's total tropes with id sauce for the last third. If I'd read this when I was 12, I'd have imprinted on it like a baby chicken.

There's also like politics and stuff, but who cares?

I have written the only fic for this ship in existence. I realise that David is seventeen at the start of the book, but honestly.
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Carol & Maria’s Friendship In ‘Captain Marvel’ Is The Heart Of The Movie Because Of Editor Debbie Berman (Bustle). This one has some neat stuff on not just the story development of Carol and Maria's friendship in the movie, but also the filming of specific scenes. Also talks about Berman's efforts to help get other, less experienced female editors work on the movie. Berman previously worked on Spider-Man: Homecoming and Black Panther.

'Captain Marvel' Editor Reveals How Carol's Journey Originally Ended (ET). This interview touches on a bunch of topics related to Berman's work on the film, but in particular, this spoilery bit )

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Mar. 23rd, 2019 02:17 pm
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My dad is super excited about a book he found while sorting donations at the charity thrift shop where he volunteers. Love Is in the Earth: A Kaleidoscope of Crystals ♥Updated♥, by "Melody," is "the updated reference book of describing the metaphysical properties of the mineral kingdom." It was published by Earth Love Publishing House in 1995 and is on its 18th (!) printing.

I found an excerpt online. The entry for amethyst rambles on for two pages:
...It provides the 'sense' of common sense and encourages flexibility in decisions. It controls temperament by imparting a soothing, calming and tranquillising influence, while clearing away unproductive and unkind vibrations. It is also said to help business affairs to prosper.

It assists in the assimilation of new ideas; by carrying, wearing, or using amethyst, one can remember and apply the myriad of ways which can be used to overcome any crystallised/stationary areas within one's physical form, intellectual activities, emotional attitudes and state of consciousness.

Vibrates to the number three.
Dad, a retired geologist, is going to show it to all his friends, then leave it in the geology students' lounge next time he swings by the university.

It occurred on me, as I listened to him on Skype this morning, that pulling gentle pranks whose results I will never see is a form of pleasure I inherited from him.

MCU ladies

Mar. 23rd, 2019 11:32 am
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canon : iron man, iron man 2, captain marvel
notes : gwyneth paltrow as pepper potts, scarlett johansson as natasha romanov / black widow, brie larson as carol danvers / captain marvel

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MCU ladies

Mar. 23rd, 2019 11:32 am
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canon : iron man, iron man 2, captain marvel
notes : gwyneth paltrow as pepper potts, scarlett johansson as natasha romanov / black widow, brie larson as carol danvers / captain marvel

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Rise of the Tomb Raider: Lara Croft

Mar. 23rd, 2019 11:27 am
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canon : the rise of the tomb raider
notes : lara croft in the tomb raider reboot (spoiler-free)

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Rise of the Tomb Raider: Lara Croft

Mar. 23rd, 2019 11:26 am
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canon : the rise of the tomb raider
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To accompany the new community [community profile] indeedsir , I've created a P.G. Wodehouse kink meme [community profile] give_satisfaction . It's completely anonymous, unmoderated, unlogged. Any and all suggestions are welcomed! ("I say, Jeeves, tentacles?" "Indeed, sir.") Click on the picture to be taken to the comm! All are welcome!

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November 2014




The collected poems from my descent into madness year spent writing daily poems are now available from Lulu as the cheapest 330-page book they would let me make ($16.20). If that's too pricey, you can also get it from Lulu as a free download, or just click on the "a poem every day" tag to read them here. But if you did buy one, that'd be awesome.

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