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naye July 23 2014, 21:30

Words of love?

We've started collecting words of love we like, to - magpie-like - take the things that shine the brightest to us and... here the metaphor tapers off, since magpies don't (as far as I know!) make wedding vows. But that.

For our vows, and for our ceremony.

Does anyone have anything they'd like to share? Post or link to or just tell us about?

The things I've read that's made me tear up (...what?) have been simple statements of what love is to different people. What I feel would suit us best would have to be something secular that doesn't stress the gender difference thing too much - but I suppose anything could be adapted!

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astolat July 23 2014, 20:32

Captain America: Off By Two (Sam/Steve)

Off By Two (8832 words) by astolat
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Sam Wilson
Characters: Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson (Marvel), James “Bucky” Barnes
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Camping, Huddling For Warmth, Bears, Wilderness

“Who sent you?” Steve said.

“Colonel Rhodes tapped me, specifically,” Wilson said. “But pretty much all your friends were behind the idea.”

“All my friends are dead,” Steve said.

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astridv July 23 2014, 18:32

Rec of the day

Psycho by [archiveofourown.org profile] TheGoddessAriadne
Gen; OC & Grant Ward, team; transcript format; teen
Summary: Everyone knows Grant Ward is a psycho.

Great use of the script format and a very likeable OC.
INTERVIEWER: Good morning. I’m Doctor Seraphina Sen. I am conducting research into sociopathy, criminality and pathological behaviour and I have been granted access to interview you, if you are comfortable answering some questions. So, I'll need to ask a few preliminary questions, just to document the basics. What is your full name, please. [PAUSE] Mr Ward? Can you understand me? Oh for the love of...can I get a translator in here?
PRISONER 0849329: I can understand you.
I: Oh. Ok then. Why didn't you say so?
P 0849329: I don't speak.
I: You just did. Twice.
P 0849329: I'm being taciturn, what is this, your first interrogation? What part of SHIELD are you from?

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sholio July 23 2014, 17:29

Fandom question meme

I am running on 2 hours' sleep and currently annoyed at certain RL happenings (not anything big, just health-appointment-related snafus), so I am going to do a meme which I stole from [personal profile] frith_in_thorns's tumblr.

Comment with a letter/question and I'll answer it!
(wow, some of these are really ridiculous ...)

A: Your current OTP.
B: A pairing you initially didn’t consider but someone changed your mind.
C: A pairing you wish you shipped, but just can't.
D: What was the first thing you ever contributed to a fandom?
E: Have you added anything stupid/cracky/hilarious to your fandom, if so, what?
F: What’s the longest you’ve ever been in a fandom? What fandom was it?
G: What was your first fandom?
H: Do you prefer real-life TV shows or animated TV shows?
I: Has tumblr caused you to stop liking any fandoms, if so, which and why?
J: Name a fandom you didn’t care/think about until you saw it all over tumblr.
K: How do you feel about the other people in your current fandom(s).
L: Your favorite fanartist/author gives you one request, what do you ask for?
M: A person who got you into a fandom and what fandom they pulled you in to.
N: Your favorite fandom (for the people; not the thing you fangirl over).
O: Choose a song at random, what ship does it remind you of?
P: Invent a random AU for any fandom (we always need more ideas).
Q: A ship you’ve abandoned and why.
R: A pairing you ship that you don’t think anyone else ships.
S: What's a headcanon you have?
T: What are your favorite male/male ships or female/female ships?
U: What are your favorite male/female ships?
V: Do you have any 3-way ships? If so, what?
W: 5 favorite characters from 5 different fandoms.
X: 3 OTPs from 3 different fandoms.
Y: A fandom you’re in but have no ships from.
Z: What's a ship that you want to ship publicly, but everyone on tumblr hates it so you keep your mouth shut about it?

Closing meme now, 'cause I have to get ready for class!

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kimberlyfdr July 23 2014, 01:24

Skip Skipping

Seems like I've been skipping the posting part of LJ lately :P Reading entries, but not speaking. I've been busy with getting everything prepared for the fall, which is my excuse. Paid my grad school tuition, got my two hotels booked for DallasCon (not the flight yet), and keep looking at the too-high price of my school books. Why should two e-books cost $150? Why? Education is expensive.

Also, I found out today that my new coworker is a Supernatural fan. 12 years of working there, 9 years of the show, never had another fan in the office. Hurrah! :) And in related fandom news, I'm working on a fanfiction primer article for Fandomania that I'll link to when it goes live. I could write for days on fandom off the top of my head. It's fun.

Oh, and I was excused from jury duty. I can't remember if I even mentioned I was called for it. First time ever I got a jury summons and it was the same day as my mandatory on-campus grad school session. I sent in paperwork to explain and asked for deferral, but the letter said it was excused, so I'm not sure if it'll be rescheduled or not. Hopefully, if it is, they won't try to put me on the days I'm in Dallas. I wouldn't mind doing jury duty once, just not when I'm otherwise engaged :P
spacealien_vamp July 22 2014, 02:10

Here a seed, there a seed

I kind of amazed myself with how much I got done this weekend. I credit the WoW beta realm for being completely unstable and disconnecting every couple minutes, making it not worth my while to play all weekend.

Sunday I spent a number of hours working in the back yard. I got my sakura and ume trees pruned, which I've been meaning to do for weeks, cut back the wisteria again, and weeded one of the strawberry patches, which is starting to produce its second crop of the year. I also packed away another quart of blackberries. The first lotus flower of the season was in full bloom and very lovely.

The grapes are starting to soften up and take on the translucent quality of ripeness. They're not quite ready yet, but I couldn't help tasting a couple.


Wow, they are good. Super sweet, with a burst of muscat spiciness up front and a clean acid finish.

I picked a couple more kinds of beans, this time from a Rio Zape × Purple Podded Pole cross. I'm super excited about this particular trial. So far one plant is producing white seeds with black stripes and another has pure lavender seeds. It's so hard to wait for the pods to dry.

Today I attached an insulated water bottle to my bicycle. When going on a shopping trip on a hot day, it makes a world of difference knowing I can stop for a drink of cold water anytime I want. I should have done that years ago. Then I went out and stocked up on cleaning supplies and other things I'll need in preparation for having guests over in a couple weeks. I ran into a co-worker while at the store, which I think is a first.

After I got home, I picked a bunch more cherry tomatoes. I took a whole container full to work last week, and now I've filled the container back up again. It's hard to believe I'm getting so much production just from the two plants that I let grow as volunteers in the front yard. The main crop tomatoes in the back yard are only now starting to flower.

The parsnips that I let flower by the pergola are now dropping their seeds everywhere. I know that fennel grows wild here, and since parsnips are in the same family, I'm hoping that they'll naturalize in the yard and do just as well. Food that will grow on its own without any effort from me, has a root strong enough to out-compete the weeds, AND can be harvested in the winter is definitely something I want to encourage. I collected a bag full of seeds anyway, to keep them in the house over the winter, so I can try planting them in the spring just in case the ones left outdoors have trouble.
wraithfodder July 22 2014, 00:52

Surfacing from the suffering of sububria

Ah, Spring came, and then Summer, and now the weeds have taken over everything. I finally broke down and got a weedwacker (aka oh um, forgot the other name for it). Only real decision was gas vs. battery. I went with battery as well, mixing gas, all that noise. Not for me. I LOVE it! I whacked up a ton of weeds, and of course, being in shorts and tank top (bad idea) got spots of poison ivy or something all over me, but then again, saved days of work.

Then the lawnmower died. It was slogging along okay until I went around side of weedy hurricane-Sandy-debris that has still not been cleaned up and mowed over a truck part. Mower slammed to halt and died. Attempted repair. Thing shuddered so much we figured, time to get new one, so several hundred dollars (gah!) later, I can mow lawn again. I need to win lotto so I can hire someone to mow lawn, preferably Thor from the movies,and I'll let Loki handle the poison ivy patch ;)

I can't believe Stargate Atlantis hit its ten year mark while I'm also scraping up the gravel driveway into a wheelbarrow (got washed away during drenching torrential storms).  I'd love to see an SGA movie, but then again, too many movies done that far out don't work out too well.

Been to a few library booksales and now have completed my collection of C. .J. Box books. Somehow, I can see Joe Flanigan Joe Pickett. Would love to see those books become movies or a TV series, if done faithfully to the books. Started read the Tim Dorsey serial killer comedies (yes, a humorous series of books about a whacky killer in Florida). The audiobook was a scream. Also have read a few of Deon Meyer's books about an alcoholic policeman in South Africa. Very different and I'll see what else the library has.

TV-wise, we're now in the dearth of summer reruns, reality shows, and the horror of new shows starting and me not knowing. I miss the days of shows started in September. Period. But I've actually started and stuck with The Lost Ship (er, think that's the title, on TNT, er, USA, oh darn, with the guy from Grey's Anatomy, a show I never watched). It's pretty decent. And then i segue into the new FX series The Strain, about a virulent plague and nasty vampires (not of those teen angst vampires, of which I am burned out on and I never even watched 'em). So far it's pretty good and it's actually made me watch TV at 10:00pm. Only other shows I'll stay up for are Longmire on A&E and Person of Interest on CBS (the latter is in repeats though). I'm still checking out Under the Dome as I can catch it on cable rewind.

Still without pet, although I go down periodically to the local cat shelter and get my cat fix (including the occasional scratch and lots of cat fur). One day...

Oh yes, conventions. Did MediaWest*Con,which i go to for the fans, not the fandoms, although did have fun talking Benedict Cumberbatch and Sherlock, which was on my door decoration, which I discovered once I got home that I forgot to take photos of it! *headdesk*

Tried to get a three day ticket to New York Comic Con. What a nightmare! The website crashed, I got locked out of 3 day tickets, had the Saturday tickets in my cart and then, POOF! server error. I lost 'em. Had to settle for Friday. Don't know if I'll go through their hellish queue of getting tickets next year. They really need to limit it to two tickets per person, with names attached to each. Scalpers had over 700 tickets on eBay/Stubhub within an hour of the sale opening up. gah!

And that's about it for. Thinking about getting a tablet though, to of course websurf, answer email, but also to read books and listen to audiobooks. Any suggestions??.
wednesday_10_00 July 21 2014, 15:47

summer means cleaning

...Well, maybe less "cleaning" and more "organizing." (Though I have spent a lot of time with my dust cloth.) My past week has looked like this:

  • mail sorted (junk tossed; useful things filed [actually filed, not just set on file box], former pile on file box sorted and filed
  • manga (all of this year's purchases) sorted and shelved; Japan 2013 manga integrated into greater collection
    (three boxes moved from shelves to closet)
  • Japan 2013 doujinshi cataloged, sorted, and filed
  • DVDs organized and shelved (including ones that had been in a crate since basement renovations last year)
  • new drama CDs ripped to computer and shelved (mostly extras that came with Dear+ issues)
  • Japan 2013 special booklets cataloged [in progress]

Due to the length of time it takes to enter special booklet data, I'm only about a third of the way through that, I think. I'm dreading the Libre "booklets" (can we really call them "booklets" when they're so big I'm planning to shelve them with artbooks?) of 5000 authors each writing a two page story. Once I finish with that, I plan to catalog my artbooks (somehow have never entered those in my database). After that, I'll have to move on to something less fun, like clothes or the bathroom cabinet. (*bleh* to both of those, but it needs to get done.) I also need to dust, and if you think that doesn't sound like a huge project, you've never seen how many knick-knacks I keep on the tops of my bookshelves.

Also, I officially have a doujinshi problem. I did manage to get them all put away, but I'm honestly concerned about the integrity of the file cabinet that holds them. The bottom drawer is alarming in its unwillingness to move; it scrapes the floor almost the whole time, rather than only when pulled out all the way, like it used to. I definitely need to do some purging, and it's been a while since I did a doujinshi purge, so I almost certainly have some I could get rid of, but, well, purging is sad. This would be a first-stage purge (just moving them to my closet), but still. (I should note that the manga mentioned above was moved to the closet only for storage purposes; most of that is stuff I don’t want to get rid of.)

Anybody have a spare house I could borrow? Mine is out of space.

In other news, I talked my parents into getting me a good rice cooker for my birthday. What happened was this: I ordered myself a tofu press so I can make fresh tofu. And I was imagining how good fresh tofu would taste, and I how could have a meal of just rice and nori and tofu, and then I realized, crap, our rice cooker SUCKS. It burns the rice every dang time. (Never buy American rice cookers. Waste of money.) So...new rice cooker. This one, chosen over the "umami" model mostly because of the retractable cord, though the slow cooker setting WAS tempting.
sholio July 21 2014, 05:54

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I FINISHED MY NOVEL EDITS. This calls for a glass of wine and some relaxation. (I think I'll give it a final pass before sending it in the morning, but I am done, done, DONE! \o/)

And I keep meaning to make more posts about the comics I am reading lately, so I guess I will do a quick roundup on that topic. Some of what I've read in the last few weeks:

Black Widow #1-6 and #8 - Really great, with absolutely gorgeous art! Spoilers and speculationCollapse )

Winter Soldier: The Bitter March #1-5 - Not precisely good (especially the art, ugh) but a lot more fun than I was expecting, except for that WTF trainwreck of an ending. SpoilersCollapse )

Young Avengers vols 1-3 (the Gillen run) - I am SO glad that various people on my flist turned me onto this, because it's great and I love it! Mild spoilersCollapse )

New Invaders #1-5 - Not entirely my cup of tea, but not bad. Further comments, not really spoileryCollapse )

Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Avengers - Meh. I picked this up mostly to get to know the characters in advance of the movie, but it didn't really engage me much. I hope the movie is better. On the bright side, it has mini-origin stories for each character, so it does make a pretty good introduction for someone (like me) who has no familiarity with them at all. And Tony is in it. So there's that.

Lumberjanes #1-2 - It's a good comic but not really for me. I wanted to read it because it's drawn by Gingerhaze, of Nimona (if you are not reading Nimona you should check it out; it's great!), and is all about girls at summer camp having adventures. I think this would be a great comic to give to a kid in the grade-school-to-young-teen age range, and it has a lovely diverse array of female features and body types. But it didn't really engage me enough to keep reading it.

Comics I plan to try next: Saga (which I would actually have bought on my last comic-shop run, except they'd just sold out of volume 1), She-Hulk, and maybe the next volume of Daredevil.

I also appear to have tripped and ordered the Winter Soldier movie art book on Amazon as a birthday present to myself. Oops.

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kristen999 July 21 2014, 03:38

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Today was a good day.

I began the morning by biking three laps around the park which came to about six miles. Then I came home and watched a few episodes of Arrow as I mainline season two. I'm already on eppy 10. The show has really come into it's own and is so entertaining. A perfect summer series.

I had to run an errand, so I walked another two miles and stopped by the Italian Festival going on in another neighborhood. Which honestly was nothing more than ten million food vendors, but it was a nice day out. I went home and took the long way around which looped me by the zoo where I got a peak of the giraffes. I love giraffes!

Then this evening I went with friends to watch The Godfather on the big screen. I forgot how atmospheric that film was shot. What a lovely time.

Now, I'm sacked out on the sofa with a glass of wine and a cupcake. Guess that means more Arrow.

astridv July 20 2014, 12:50

Rec of the day

Two-part fic rec:
goodbye to the roses on your street by [archiveofourown.org 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 [archiveofourown.org profile] Overdressedtokill
Skye/Ward and Miles; 1791 words
Summary: Skye teaches Ward the consequences of stealing.

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spacealien_vamp July 20 2014, 01:12

2014 Kickstarter Game Update Week 29

Game I Viewed:

ElfQuest Adventure Game
Status: Funded

This is a cooperative card game for 1-4 players based on the comic series ElfQuest. I used to be a big fan of the series when I was in high school, and I like the fact that it's a cooperative game. The thing that gives me pause is that the game requires four characters, regardless of how many players there are, which is annoying. I'm taking a "wait and see" attitude with this one.
icarusancalion July 19 2014, 12:49

Athena lost!

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