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Oct. 15th, 2013

01:26 pm - Yuletide Author Post

It's that time again!

As always, I apologize to the people on my flist who aren't on my fanfic filter and who don't care about this stuff, but this is one post that has to be left public. It shall be cut for your protection.

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Jul. 4th, 2011

12:39 pm - Happy Fourth of July!

It is the Fourth of July, and once again, I will indulge my oddly patriotic streak that tends to show itself in occasional minor obsessions with founding fathers and colonial history in general, as well as obsessive voting and an unreasonable fondness for Sousa marches on national holidays. The other result of this strange patriotism are my annual Fourth of July posts of early American documents, particularly as relating to independence. Here, then, is a list of my previous posts:



This year, I'd like to share the text of a speech on American Independence that Samuel Adams gave at the Philadelphia State House on August 1, 1776. Well, to be fair, it's a pretty damned long speech (and also pretty heavy on the Christianity), so I'll just be sharing portions of it. Those of you with interest can follow the link to the full text.

COUNTRYMEN AND BRETHREN:Collapse )



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Mar. 15th, 2011

01:56 pm - Boosting Signal, Because There's Far Too Much Noise

I have many intelligent and talented people on my friends/reading lists and it's worth sharing when one of them clear, cogent and useful information or analysis. rukusho explains Nuclear Power in Japan and has been updating as the situation changes.



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Jan. 9th, 2011

01:09 am - PLAY ALL THE GAME!

Okay, see, this is why I put off starting Last Window: The Secret of Cape West. I picked it up earlier this evening and now all I want to do is play the game. Sleep? Pssht! I don't have to be at work until two. That's all the time in the world! I can keep playing!

In other news, I remain v. sad that Cing went under because there will be no more Kyle Hyde for me once I finish this game.

ETA:

Also, why the hell do I not have any Hotel Dusk/Last Window userpics on LJ? This is criminal. At the very least I need a 'talking on the telephone' one, preferably of Rachel.

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Jan. 1st, 2011

12:25 pm - 2010 Yuletide Reveal

So, it's time once again for the Yuletide Reveal.

I only wrote one story, for the blog-less Kerioth in the Howl's Moving Castle (anime) fandom. The story is really only the first chapter, with More Stuff Happening in chapter 2. Also, the title should make infinitely more sense if I ever write chapter 2. This one didn't come easy, though, so I'm not sure. I think it may have been because I had trouble keeping the book out of the movie. I didn't think they'd be that hard to separate, but they really, really were.

I will continue to ponder the possibility.

The Only Constant (2542 words) by faviconMsCongeniality
Fandom: Howl no Ugoku Shiro | Howl's Moving Castle
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Sophie Hatter, Lettie Hatter, Markl, Calcifer, Howl Pendragon
Summary:

After the battle, Lettie Hatter looks for her sister.



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12:57 am - 2010 End of Year Reading Poll

I tried posting this about 2 hours ago, but had issues. I'm hoping it goes more smoothly now.

Many members of the the librarything community post end of year reading polls and I always enjoy participating and being amused by the results. If you've ever read any of these books, please check them off!

I had trouble pulling this together because I really didn't track my books very well this year. This may not be everything I read in 2010, but it's pretty dang close. It took me so long to put together and is so down to the wire, you get a largely recycled explanation, but I promise the content is all new for 2010!

As a note: I do include manga in my poll, but list them by series rather than enumerating individual volumes. This is partly because there are so many ways to read manga (scans, magazines, collected volumes) but also because the list would just be even more unwieldy than it already is. It's really just be easier to go by the main series - so feel free to check them off if you've ever read any volumes of that series.

And finally, I make no claim for the quality of the books I've read, only the quantity. ;-)

Cut for one extremely long poll!Collapse )

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Dec. 25th, 2010

07:17 pm - Yuletide Drive-by Reccing

I'm sure I will do a real Yuletide recs post this year, but I just needed to get this out of the way first. I received two insanely awesome Saiyuki Gaiden fics that I recommend wholeheartedly and without reservation as they are just fabulous. They are both set either pre-Gaiden or early in the Gaiden story so they avoid the...baggage that comes along with the ending. The two of them balance each other, completely, and between them, you really get a feel for the range of this story.

The first one I read was:

everything here is yours (1445 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Saiyuki Gaiden
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Konzen Douji, Goku
Summary: There are some things that bureaucracy was not made to deal with.

This story is made up of everything delightful about the dynamic between Konzen and Goku. Seriously, it's spot on. There are hijinks and scowling and a cameo appearance by Tenpou. It is made of love and win.

The second story I read was:

hungry as winter (1558 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Saiyuki Gaiden
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warning: Graphic Depictions Of Violence
Characters: Tenpou Gensui
Summary: This is what the army of heaven does.


This is a showcase of so much of what I love about Tenpou's character. It's a darker story, violent and still note perfect. I particularly like the ending and a cameo by Konzen.

My Yuletide author really did beautifully with this pair of stories.

I haven't read much more yet, though I have marked a few stories for later. One that I did read based on a rec, and really need to re-rec myself is a piece of pure, unadulterated crack and meta. If you can see the humor in the following sentence:

This is the most splendorous of treats to find in your Yuletide stocking which I knitted for you using yarn spun from the hair of unicorn tails, none of whom were harmed in the making.

...then you will enjoy the hell out of this fic. It is a thing of beauty and must be read.

Meta Yuletide Fic (The Fic You Wish Your Fic Smelled Like) (2367 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Yuletide Fandoms (Anthropomorfic), TV Commercials, Old Spice Guy (Commercials), Fandom RPF, TV Tropes (Anthropomorfic)
Rating: General Audiences
Warning: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Old Spice Guy (Commercials) - Character, Old Spice Man - Character
Summary:

Why hello, Yuletide reader. Why don't you sit down for a bit? Get comfortable, because when you click my link you will be reading a work of such magnificence that you won't be able to look away, even if a crew of zombies breaks through your window and bites your neck.




In other news, I think this is my only Gaiden userpic and that makes me sad. I will need to remedy this situation.

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Dec. 17th, 2010

04:37 pm - I Am Easily Amused

From the unfortunate juxtaposition department, we have the following example from WTOP's website:

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Nov. 16th, 2010

02:16 pm - Dear Yuletide Author:

It's that time again!

As always, I apologize to the people on my flist who aren't on my fanfic filter and who don't care about this stuff, but this is one post that has to be left public. It shall be cut for your protection.

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Sep. 3rd, 2010

03:10 pm - For the Record...

With people getting increasingly irritated with some of the changes LJ has implemented (and no, I am not just talking about the comments thing), there's been a lot of Dreamwidth codesharing going on. As it happens, I have a heaping helping of invite codes to share. Here's 5, if anybody is interested, but I've got another dozen I can generate if folks want.

DGZ5NSKTJGFDMAAADQYP
777EPMXHMSHRSAAADQYQ
HRHH8GBWYTT6XAAADQYR
966PF56B8RTVQAAAD6HC
S4ZZYNQAK3X4GAAAECT6

Enjoy!

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Sep. 1st, 2010

01:56 pm - Breaking News...

I was just in the cafeteria and saw on CNN that the Discovery Building has been evacuated because of an armed man who is holding a hostage and may have explosives. I followed up by calling my brother who works nearby, but he hasn't heard anything yet and thinks the most likely scenario for the federal buildings in the area is that they'll shelter in place. Hopefully this gets resolved quickly and peacefully.

ETA:

Additional link at TBD.com Warning: This one automatically plays a live video feed.

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Jul. 23rd, 2010

05:41 pm - An Open Note to zedille

I tried to reply to your message, but your privacy settings wouldn't allow it. I've put in a friend request in the hopes that friending each other will remove that block. In the meantime I figured I'd put my response here for you so you will hopefully find it.

Those of you who are not zedille, feel free to skim on past.

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Jul. 4th, 2010

11:38 am - Happy Independence Day!

I have repeatedly explained about my oddly patriotic streak that tends to show itself in occasional minor obsessions with founding fathers and colonial history in general, as well as obsessive voting and an unreasonable fondness for Sousa marches on national holidays. The other result of this strange patriotism are my annual Fourth of July posts. Here, then, is a list of my previous posts:


This year, I was kind of at a loss and just started a whole series of random Google searches looking for things like dispatches. What I ended up with was a combination of two things, Richard Henry Lee's Resolution on Independence from June 7, 1776 and a handful of letters from members of the Continental Congress in the weeks leading up to the resolution.

The volume I took the letters from was already heavily edited with a large number of ellipses particularly at the start and end of each letter, and I've edited down a bit further in some places, but I think enough of the gist gets through. Also, please note that I've left the spelling intact and had to re-create some of the punctuation so there may be some periods and commas missing. Despite that, I hope you find these as interesting as I did.


Selections from Letters of members of the Continental Congress, Volume 1
Edmund Cody Burnett, ed.

John Adams to Horatio Gates; April 27, 1776Collapse )

Oliver Wolcott to Samuel Lyman; May 16, 1776Collapse )

John Adams to James Warren; May 20, 1776Collapse )

Richard Henry Lee to Landon Carter; June 2, 1776Collapse )

Samuel Adams to James Warren; June 6, 1776Collapse )



Lee Resolution; June 7, 1776Collapse )

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Jul. 3rd, 2010

12:56 pm - On Live Theater

Or, Why I ♥ The RSC

So I went to the Kennedy Center last night, with my brother and a couple of friends from work. We saw The Reduced Shakespeare Company perform Completely Hollywood (abridged) and, of course, had a great time. The show was, as ever, entertaining and fun and the RSC incorporated a fair amount of audience participation. But there was an incident in the second act that really brought home both the improvisational aspects of their show and, frankly, why it's worthwhile to see theater live.

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Jun. 13th, 2010

04:33 pm - Okay...

So I understand the law of supply and demand, and I know that with CMX dead, its titles are somewhat irrevocably out of print for the moment. BUT $126 for a single volume of manga? Really? Needless to say I'm not quite that desperate yet.

More on the weekend, later.


ETA:

Oooh! There may be a copy on the shelf at the Borders in Germantown. I put in a request online to reserve it because I would far rather drive my happy ass to Germantown than pay upwards of $50 or $100 to track down a used copy.

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May. 15th, 2010

03:20 pm - Random New Use for my Nook

Using the browser to keep game walkthroughs close to hand while I play my Nintendo DS.

ETA:

Yes, it's a DSi so I could probably look them up on the DS but then I'd have to stop the game and it's easier to have it on a second screen.

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Apr. 28th, 2010

11:57 am - Dorktacular!

Okay, so there's a few details available for Max Headroom - The Complete Series. Um...SQUEE!

I already knew a bit about it because @BryceLynch has been tweeting.

IS IT AUGUST YET?

HOW ABOUT NOW?

NOW?

WHAT ABOUT NOW?

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Apr. 17th, 2010

08:39 pm - A Quick Note

Dear Montreal Canadiens:

Please get your shit back together and kick a bit more ass.

Love,
MsC

Edit to Add:

Ugh. I am so disappointed in you. Please pick it up again in game 3? KTHXBAI!

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Apr. 14th, 2010

12:07 am - Okay, So...

Apparently, it wasn't the topamax making me feel like crap warmed over because I'm more awake than I've been in the past day or so.

Hrm.

Unless, of course, I end up dead asleep during the day tomorrow.

Wow, that would suck mightily.

Regardless, I'm going to go back to bed and pretend like I'm going to fall asleep sometime soon. Well, that or keep reading.

Goodnight!

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Jan. 1st, 2010

01:04 pm - The Yuletide Reveal

I think last year I re-posted first and did my 'reveal' afterwards. This time, I'm going to start with revelation and follow up by fixing my notes and re-posting, etc.

I wrote two full-length stories this year, both in the Last Exile fandom.

My assigned story was Ex Caedis for Penny which is a pre-series fic centering on Delphine's grab for power. That was actually my 3rd or 4th concept and not the first one I had actually started writing, but it was the idea that grabbed me and wouldn't let go. It was not an easy story to write and between being intermittently blocked and fretting about getting it the way I wanted, I really took it down to the wire. In the end, I'm very proud of it, though and was pleased that my recipient liked it.

Once that was done, I went back and started noodling around with another story idea that had come up while writing Ex Caedis. I had gotten about a page of pure dialogue down and then left it aside because it was so radically different in tone than what I was trying to write. That story ended up as At the Festival, a pre-series story centering on the young Alex/Sophia/Vincent. My original intention was to give it as a Yuletide Treat to my original recipient, but once I finished it and was double checking the prompts before posting, I realized that it almost exactly fit a prompt given by in_the_blue (who I, coincidentally had written a Samurai Champloo story for last year). She also seemed to like her gift very much and this is the story that got recced a couple of times. You know, despite being written frantically at the last minute and all.

So...yeah. My recipient got one story instead of the two I'd intended, but since I still intend to finish off the Tatiana and Alister backstory fic I had started, she's probably still going to end up getting two, it's just that one will be an NYR instead.




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Dec. 31st, 2009

12:41 pm - 2009 End of Year Reading Poll

It's common for members of the the librarything community to post end of year reading polls and I always am amused by the results. If you've ever read any of these books, please check them off!

I do include manga in my poll, but list them by series rather than enumerating individual volumes. This is partly because there are so many ways to read manga (scans, magazines, collected volumes) but also because the list would just be even more unwieldy than it already is. It's really just be easier to go by the main series - so feel free to check them off if you've ever read any volumes of that series. Don't worry about where I noted volumes as that's mostly for me. If there's no volume listed, it's for one of two reasons: 1) that's the only volume of that manga; 2) I only read the first volume of the manga.

I also have a couple of omnibus editions among my books this year. I've tried to list out the included books wherever possible.

And finally, I make no claim for the quality of the books I've read, only the quantity. ;-)

Cut for one extremely long poll!Collapse )

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Nov. 12th, 2009

02:51 pm - Dear Yuletide Author:

It's that time again!

As always, I apologize to the people on my flist who aren't on my fanfic filter and who don't care about this stuff, but this is one post that has to be left public. It shall be cut for your protection.

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Aug. 17th, 2009

02:31 pm

Was having a good day but am now v. grumpy because I've realized that my doctor wrote one of my prescriptions wrong and, because I've been taking it properly, I'm now almost halfway through the bottle despite having just filled it.

Of course, when I called my doctor's office, they weren't there. I understand needing to take a lunch break, but at 2:15PM? Theoretically the pharmacy is following up, but I need to know before I leave on vacation tomorrow.

*sigh*

**ETA**

Update: They're there now and are calling the pharmacy to correct the error.

Whew.

Sadly, the incorrect version of the scrip is the standard dose, I just require twice as much to get the same effect.

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Aug. 2nd, 2009

05:14 pm - Unsolicited Update

Not that most of you knew one was necessary, but here's an update on the state of the me.

I got back from the ER about an hour ago. It turns out the swelling on my eye* was from a scratched cornea. I have no idea how it happened as I don't really remember rubbing my eye today and by the time I saw the doctor, whatever it was the scratched me was long gone, but the result is unmistakable. The contrast he put in my eye showed clear linear scratches (plural) so something did a number on me.

I've got some antibiotic drops (to go along with my antibiotic pills, of course) and orders to see an ophthalmologist in the next day or so.

Heaven forbid I go a day without something going wrong with my health!








*Actual eyeball, not the eyelids or anything. Really funky looking.

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Jul. 25th, 2009

10:54 am - In Which I Flail Incoherently

via cheetahmaster:

OMG! They're finally going to publish Miracle/Marvelman! I've only been waiting for this since 1993!

Holy crap! Holy crap! Holy crap!

Maybe we'll finally get to see The Silver Age and The Dark Age published!!!

EEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!



ETA:

For those who have no idea what I'm blithering on about.

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