rydra_wong: The display board of a train reads "this train is fucked". (this train is fucked)
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No, a literal one, not (just) metaphorical. I had to Google to be sure. Reality is getting way too on-the-nose lately.

Also: TPM: Trump Denies He Said ‘Israel’ When He Shared Israeli Intelligence With Russia

That's right: while in Israel, Buttercup spontaneously confirmed for the press that Israel was the source of the uber-classified intel he shared with the Russians without the Israelis' permission, but he thinks it's all fine because he didn't say the word "Israel" while in the room with the Russians (just, you know, now, on TV, in front of the entire world, in case the Russians had any remaining doubt about where the intel came from), so that's okay.

the light in my eyes is strange

May. 22nd, 2017 12:21 pm
musesfool: diaz & santiago are skeptical, part 2 (how you like me now)
[personal profile] musesfool
I dreamt that I attended a wedding and Ian Holm, Ian McKellen, and Ewan McGregor were also guests, and the entire bridal party (...wedding party? can it be a bridal party if it's two dudes getting married?) was dressed as French sailors (i.e., navy and white striped shirts, high-waisted navy trousers, and berets!). Then LION from Steven Universe showed up. I still don't know who was getting married, though.

Then I woke up and emailed myself a completely unrelated story idea that is feasible but gosh autocorrect makes trying to read those written at 2 AM while half-blind emails difficult. Luckily, since the idea is basically "these characters bang for ~reasons" there wasn't much figuring out to do. *snerk*

This morning, I had one of those eye migraine things, which made me late for work since I didn't feature taking the stairs down into the subway with the vision in my right eye going all fractal, so I waited until it passed. I don't get them very often but they are freaky when I do. And for the first time, today's has left me with a headache. Or maybe it's the weather. Sigh. Monday being Monday, I guess.

***

American Gods: Git Gone
spoilers )

Brooklyn Nine Nine: Your Honor & The Slaughterhouse
spoilers are beloved by mothers )

At some point I'll catch up on other tv shows, but it didn't happen this weekend. Sigh.

In other tv news, [personal profile] skygiants is watching The Clone Wars, and has a fun recap of the first ten episodes here. If I'm stuck having feelings that aren't annoyance and dislike about Anakin Skywalker, I'm going to drag as many people down with me as I can. I am just saying. #i hate that i have ~feelings about darth vader now

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Fate vs D&D (well, mostly Elf vs D&D)

May. 21st, 2017 09:23 pm
elf: Life's a die, and then you bitch. (Gamer Geek)
[personal profile] elf
I've been looking a lot at Fate Core rpg system recently. I sponsored the "Wearing the Cape" superhero game on k'start, and I've looked at a few of the other systems.

I have a friend who's putting together a group for a game to be podcast, maybe vidcast; originally, it was going to be Hero, but wow is that troublesome for fantasy gaming (yeah, there's books, and we looked at 'em and even tried to work with them, but he wants some unique magic details, and that means writing the system from scratch, and Hero's got a lot of number-crunching once you go down that path). We looked at GURPS, which I love - he thinks it's okay, but again, would need to rewrite the magic system. Right now, he's looking at 5e, and seems to think that the magic system is easier to twist into what he'd like than those two. I'm trying to pitch Fate, because I think he wants a strongly narrative game more than one where your stats define what you can do.

Key point: If you want a D&D game, play D&D. If you want a D&D-esque setting but do not want classes, levels, initiative rolls, and saving throws - don't play D&D. Find a system that covers the style of play you want, and use that.

This is mostly me grumbling about D&D )

Poor babies

May. 21st, 2017 10:52 pm
musyc: Close-up photo of black cat's face (Other: Black cat)
[personal profile] musyc
We had a contractor at the house today, replacing the floors in a couple of rooms. (Bamboo planks! Very pretty, very slippery.) Lots of noise, lots of banging. The poor cats. They were terrified. They couldn't stand to be inside the house. And it was raining most of the day. They couldn't stand to be outside the house!

They all had to pick the lesser evil, and all four of them chose to remain outside until dark. The three older cats were okay, but poor Cinders. My little sweetheart. She's not yet a year old, so things still make her nervous. When she finally slinked back into the house, she was wet. And she was so scared she was trembling as she crawled into my lap. She hasn't gone more than two feet away from me since. Many snuggles coming tonight.

Oh, yes, I remember now.

May. 21st, 2017 07:10 pm
jennaria: Stone mural of naked Greek women dancing, with caption in Greek letters, 'Party On, Dudes!' (Party on)
[personal profile] jennaria
The other reason I've been sleeping like crap - I'm out of the habit of sleeping on my own. But Wife is home now, and sitting on me as necessary to keep me from over-doing it in general.

We still went out to see GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2 this afternoon, which I very much enjoyed. Cut just in case - I don't get into detailed spoilers, but for those as are still wary. )
schneefink: (FF Kaylee in hammock)
[personal profile] schneefink
I feel, in good Viennese, "wia daschlogn," i.e. my head weighs a ton and that's after pain pills. I blame the weather, it went from middle of the summer on Friday to autumn on Saturday and then spring today. (Weather forecast: changeable, fuck.) At least it's the weekend and it doesn't matter so much, and in a few minutes I will go to bed. Sleeep.

Today I ran in Vienna's Women's Run, it was nice. 5km, and considering that I didn't train much because my knees hurt if I'm not careful I'm satisfied with my time. Every kilometer I was a little bit faster.

Then I visited my family for lunch & a nap, and when I came home our new roommate Eva offered me still warm apricot pie. We definitely got lucky in the roommate lottery. Then I convinced her to watch her first hockey game, that was fun too. The Pens won 7-0 :) Goals goals goals. And Sweden won gold, capped by attempted goalie murder.

another round of recs

May. 21st, 2017 04:21 pm
glass_icarus: (red cliff: zhou yu)
[personal profile] glass_icarus
I'm obsessively reading Nirvana in Fire and YOI fic lately, so here is a list of recent things that made me gleeful!

Nirvana in Fire: MORE FIX-ITS/ALTERNATE REALITIES I WANT TO ROLL AROUND IN!
- In Time, Once Again (English translation), MCS/Jingyan
- Lithograph, which is a more serious/feelsy followup to Palimpsest's hilarious setup, both MCS/Jingyan
- Woman King, Sword in Hand, aka EMPRESS NIHUANG with OT3!! ♥ (I wish there were more OT3 stories)
- in price, a pearl, MCS/Jingyan

YOI: more things probably most of you have read & maybe a couple you haven't?
- Five Things Yuri Plisetsky Loves Very Loudly (and a quiet one who loves him back), maybe the most satisfying Otayuri I've read to date ♥
- here on the roof of the world, Viktuuri a la jibrailis, who is magic :D
- have you heard there's a rumour in st. petersburg (series), Viktuuri + various Russian skaters, aka one of my favorite things!
- Yuuri!!! on Floor, yet another satisfying alternate-sports world ♥
- If It's You, Viktuuri's media-related shenanigans
- Half a Chance, featuring a chain of love stories, inadvisable crushes, and Yuri figuring out his ~FEELINGS~ which is never not the best thing
- Victor Effing Nikiforov, ALL THINGS BANQUETFIC ARE GLORIOUS
- The Boy Who Watched, the secret fanboy life of Viktor Nikiforov? or something like it
- rose-colored boy, PHICHIT MY PRECIOUS ♥
- And Baby Makes Three, one of the very specific scenarios I find more entertaining than Viktuuri on their own
- Back and Forth, another cute (and illustrated!) Otayuri :D
musesfool: hardison/parker/eliot = ot3 (your desire for explosions and larceny)
[personal profile] musesfool
I said this on Tumblr last night, but that frequently feels like shouting into a void, so I'm going to say it here too, in the hopes that casting it out into the universe means it will shortly appear on the internets for my reading pleasure:

There should be a Leverage/Timeless crossover, where the Leverage crew gets hired to infiltrate Mason Industries ("Let's go steal a time machine!") and they have NO IDEA that the time machine is real, so they are in for QUITE A SHOCK when Parker accidentally sends herself and Lucy back to the Gold Rush or something. Of course, when they discover Rittenhouse it becomes "Let's go steal history!"

I feel like Eliot and Wyatt would have run into each other before (surely something very distinctive will be mentioned, or perhaps that's in regard to Flynn, whom Eliot would also know and dislike immensely), and Jiya and Rufus know Hardison from somewhere online (or maybe MIT?), while Lucy and Parker would just be super awkward when they got stuck in the past together. Parker might learn a few interesting if non-pertinent historical facts, and Lucy might learn how to crack a safe.

Someone who is not me should totally write that! :D :D :D

In other news, I meant to link to this the other day and forgot in all the househunt excitement: wonderful Kaz/Inej fanart by [twitter.com profile] mimiscribbles. His bare hand! Their linked fingers! Her knives! The twin "we're going to fuck you up" expressions! <333 #otp: we never stop fighting (Thanks to [personal profile] umadoshi for the link!)

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That was ... unusual

May. 20th, 2017 06:21 pm
musyc: Metallicar, the Impala from Supernatural (Supernatural: Metallicar)
[personal profile] musyc
On my way home today, I had to wait for the turn-off to my neighborhood. This in itself is odd, because in a rural area like this, there isn't a lot of traffic.

But today, that wasn't even the really strange part.

Today, the completely unexpected traffic consisted of nearly a dozen Ford Model Ts.

No idea where they came from, no idea where they were going. Just ... hey. That's a bunch of old, old cars. Fun. XD

you've got to get yourself together

May. 20th, 2017 04:40 pm
musesfool: azula, angry (you wouldn't like me when i'm angry)
[personal profile] musesfool
I am so excited about buying this apartment that I have 1. willingly spoken on the phone for no necessary reason other than just to squee about it, and 2. reactivated my Pinterest account and spent several hours pinning potential furniture and other decorating things. I really dislike how Pinterest works (why is it so difficult to get to the original non-Pinterest link to see the thing in its original habitat, i.e., with a price and description etc.) - I feel about it the way many of you probably feel about Tumblr. Which isn't to say I don't also loathe Tumblr, because I do, but at least I know how it works. With Pinterest, I'm always like, what the fuck is happening here?

ANYWAY. I discovered that there is such a thing as the Azula Living Room Collection, and I may need to buy a couch and chair from it. PRECIOUS MURDER PRINCESS SOFA. <333

I also discovered ridiculously pricey writing desks and accent mirrors that don't even list a price so who even knows how expensive they are? Not that I wouldn't purchase them if I had unlimited funds! Needless to say, I found much cheaper but still snazzy versions of most things as well, so once I know this is actually happening (and when), I will be able to buy a new couch and, eventually, a dining set, among other things.

Even as I'm trying to manage expectations, I am excite!

***

Oh, sweetie.

May. 20th, 2017 08:26 am
jennaria: Kitty in a teacup (tea?)
[personal profile] jennaria
Dear adorable small cat,

I love you too. Now please stop trying to climb up and lie across my chest so I can't breathe. (More than I already can't breathe because bronchitis.) Try following your sister's example, and curl up next to me for a change! ...okay, stalking off and leaving the room is also an option.

Dear Hogwarts,

THANK YOU FOR LIKING ME I LIKE YOU TOO. (Annual review! Positive results! And yes, I did say something very similar to this to my boss.)

Dear wife,

Oh thank God you'll be home today. We can haz naptiem?

Popcorn for everybody!

May. 20th, 2017 09:43 am
rydra_wong: Nichole watches TV: "My name is John Dean III and I want to spill my guts out." "Proceed." (john dean III -- watergate)
[personal profile] rydra_wong
The Guardian: Officials identify White House 'person of interest' in Trump-Russia investigation

The Washington Post reported that investigators have identified a current White House official as a significant person of interest, according to people familiar with the matter. The individual is described as someone who is “close to the president”. (yes, some of us have used up our free articles at the WaPo again)

(The Guardian are also reading Buttercup's claim that he "speaks for himself" in his most recent denials of collusion with Russia as suggesting that he may be preparing to throw others in his staff under the bus. Which, one presumes, those others may be suspecting too.)

Also!

NYT: Trump Told Russians That Firing ‘Nut Job’ Comey Eased Pressure From Investigation

“I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Mr. Trump said, according to the document, which was read to The New York Times by an American official. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”

Mr. Trump added, “I’m not under investigation.”


Also!

Politico: Trump meets with lawyers at the White House

Money quote:

Some aides have begun reaching out to lawyers to see if they need counsel, according to one attorney who has spoken to several of them. This lawyer declined to identify the aides because he said at least two may end up being retained by his firm.

Via John Dean, who has deja vu.

Meanwhile! Madison is grappling with the fact that not every issue can be settled by committee

Reuters: Exclusive: Trump campaign had at least 18 undisclosed contacts with Russians

In January, the Trump White House initially denied any contacts with Russian officials during the 2016 campaign. The White House and advisers to the campaign have since confirmed four meetings between Kislyak and Trump advisers during that time.

(I'm still not clear if those four are included in the 18 under discussion, or in addition to.)

Meanwhile!

Talking Points Memo: Big Trouble

A round-up of multiple links including those related to Flynn's being an unregistered foreign agent for Turkey, including the fact that he blocked a military operation against ISIS that Turkey didn't want, and that according to the NYT:

on January 4th, Flynn notified Trump Transition lawyer and now White House Counsel Donald McGahn that he was being investigated for his undeclared lobbying work on behalf of Turkey.

The article puts the pieces together and makes a very strong case that Pence can't have not known about this:

In this case, Pence was saying in March that he was only just learning about Flynn’s work for Turkey. But we now learn that Flynn had notified McGahn he was being investigated by the DOJ for that work at the beginning of January.

Well, that’s McGahn, not Pence.

But remember, Pence ran the Transition!

Maybe for some reason McGahn somehow didn’t tell Pence. But that’s very, very hard to figure since Flynn was in line for one of the most consequential positions in any presidency and McGahn had just been notified of a fact that under most circumstances would be disqualifying. If Pence lied about this part of the Flynn saga, the idea that he innocently passed on Flynn’s lies about the Kislyak conversation instantly looks much less credible.


In other words, Pence is up to his eyeballs in all of this too.

Slate tries to cope:

Everything Feels Like It Happened Forever Ago
rydra_wong: The display board of a train reads "this train is fucked". (this train is fucked)
[personal profile] rydra_wong
but please spam your social medias for those who might not -- especially young people, many of whom aren't registered, owing to the shift to individual registration:

https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

You have to be registered by the 22nd May to vote in the election on the 8th June.
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[personal profile] newredshoes
I don't know how to live my life now that I know about Ample Hills Creamery's ice cream-churning bicycle, which is available for parties. (Thanks for the tip-off, Village Voice; for the record, I am definitely an ice cream maximalist.)

Other food stuffs: As soon as I get my hands on some harissa, I am trying this good-looking skillet recipe. Getting some harissa tomorrow might be an adventure for a bit, since it's the Brooklyn Half. I'm pleased not to be running -- the first time was amazing, but honestly the second year was... boring? A bit? Like, I'd done it already, let's try another route, at least.

Another food thing, this time an update on a bread recipe via [personal profile] tassosss -- I finally baked it today, after the dough lived in my fridge for most of this week. The flavor is definitely much better than the other types I've tried! This recipe makes only a small loaf, so I'd be interested in doubling the ingredients with some whole wheat or spelt (I went with all-purpose white flour for convenience, but my best results of had at least some bread flour in them). This recipe also came out the prettiest of all my attempts, even though the loaf was small: here's fresh out, here's the interior. I suspect I underbaked juuuuuust a little bit, but not enough to put me off. I just don't think six days is really worth it in terms of the bread-making experience, so I may have to actually give baking with starter a go. (Thing is, I'm pretty sure I enjoy making the bread more than eating it, in general! I mean, I like it -- but my uses for bread are pretty limited? But making it is SO SATISFYING. A bitter internal conflict I'll have to resolve.)

Who else is watching American Gods around here? I don't have any specific thoughts up through 1.03, but I am overwhelmed by how pungently Gaiman-y it all is. Even the credits are so, so heavy on Dave McKean's influence, and I do think there's something very Neverwhere-the-show about AG, despite its production value. I don't know, it's so strange to have spent your teenage and college years utterly worshiping and adoring an author and his work, and to feel so generally over his shtick when you're older, since he just seems not to have grown or changed his tune. Gaiman is so outrageously formative for me, and yet I keep making notes about things not to do in my own writing. This doesn't mean I'm not enjoying the hell out of AG (I can't wait for Mr. Nancy to come back, holy shit!), and I wonder what someone with no previous experience of the author and his work would feel about this series, but. Eh. Weird Friday night melancholy about reading authors for the first time and still being in love.

Books and the Talking-About Thereof

May. 19th, 2017 04:32 pm
elf: Quote: She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain (Fond of Books)
[personal profile] elf
I have [community profile] sps, which stands for "Slushpile sleuths," an ebook review forum created a bit before the big ebook craze. It's been sitting dormant for almost 5 years, and I'd like to change that.

Option 2: Make a book-review tumblr. Pros: Better outreach. Cons: You can't archive on tumblr, can't find anything later, and it takes to serious discussion rather like airplanes take to lakes: Sure, it can be done, but even when it works, it's pretty damned obvious to everyone that it's not how things were intended to happen. Other pros: Nobody cares if you post 30 words or 300.

Not sure where to start, and that's what I want to get feedback about. Should I just... post some reviews of books I've read? I think I'm not going to post Amazing Serious Reviews like [personal profile] james_davis_nicoll does. (Srsly. Looking for reviews? Start there.) I can write like that, but it's not fun for me; that's not how I think about books (first). I'd rather do fannish-style squee or rants.

I'd also like other people to be comfortable posting reviews, which is one of the reasons I didn't get in the habit of posting there - I didn't want to have it overwhelmed by my posts alone. But it's gotten pretty obvious that the choice is "fill it up with my posts" or "leave it dead." And looking around, none of the active book-focused comms are specifically for reviews. ([community profile] book_reviews hasn't been dead as long as this one, but the owner has been inactive since 2010.)

Why I'm suddenly noticing a community I started over 5 years ago and have barely touched since )

It'd be nice to revive a book review comm for the New More Active Shiny Dreamwidth. Extra participation would be more than welcome.

it makes such an almighty sound

May. 19th, 2017 12:36 pm
musesfool: !!!! from Middleman (!!!!)
[personal profile] musesfool
HOLY CRAP THEY ACCEPTED MY OFFER!

!!!!

Now hopefully the lawyers and the bank are also amenable and everything will work out. Meep!

*deep breaths*

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Shortfic: Neither Queen nor Pawn

May. 19th, 2017 04:29 am
attackfish: Jet and Zuko fighting in the teashop, text "Obviously this is the place to come if you want to get murdered by lunatics" (Jet Juko TDL quote)
[personal profile] attackfish
Disclaimer: I don't own Avatar: the Last Airbender. If I did, there would be a a lot more Mai.

Summary: After escaping Ozai's school for the Gifted and Talented, Mai and Zuko fumble their way to love, trust, recovery, and redemption, and maybe, to learning how to be human. Superhero AU.

Author's Note: Written for May Maiko Week 2017. There is a five headcanons post for ths universe here: [link].


Neither Queen nor Pawn )


nanila: little and wicked (mizuno: lil naughty)
[personal profile] nanila
Our corridor was refurbished several months ago, and new door labels were applied. The admin staff have since added names and roles (e.g. “Lecturer”, “Research Associate”) to about 70% of the doors.

My officemate and I grew tired of waiting for ours to appear and have thus created our own.
Door_sign_2017-05-18_1600
[Blue and white door label reading “Mr [Redacted] & Dr [Redacted]: Purveyors of splendid magnetometer data”]

We’re trying to decide how long it will be before anyone notices.

Poll #18391 Purveyors of splendid magnetometer data
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 77


Someone will notice our door label

View Answers

in a few days
6 (7.8%)

in a few weeks
3 (3.9%)

in a few months
3 (3.9%)

if/when you ever move office & it has to be replaced
25 (32.5%)

straightaway, but no one will say anything - see “You work in the Physics Department”
40 (51.9%)

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