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Apr. 29th, 2017 07:56 pm
la_samtyr: (Grey Havens)
[personal profile] la_samtyr
Last Monday it was 78. It was just a beautiful, gorgeous day.

Since then, it has gotten steadily cooler (it's cold now) and very rainy and damp. The current weather reports indicate that we are on the edge of a "snow event". Ugh.

ETA: I just heard now that on Monday, May 1st, we are *supposed* to get 3" of snow. Maybe. Go figure, eh?

scribble scribble scribble

Apr. 29th, 2017 02:39 pm
shirebound: (Piglet signature)
[personal profile] shirebound
Wheee, I'm writing! May 6th is my 15th anniversary of posting LOTR fanfic, and I want to have SOMEthing to post next week to celebrate. My gosh, 15 years. And I'm just as much in love with gentle, happy-making hobbit-fic as ever. I distinctly remember thinking, in 2002 when I was writing "Avalanche", that I probably wouldn't be able to think of another story after that and I'd better enjoy every second of it. And I did. And... well, it turns out there were a few other stories after all. That still blows my mind.
I let Harry out early this morning. While he was away (or possibly in the little garden shack out back), Midnight Fluff paid me a visit.

He sat very still about ten feet away from me. I sat very still just inside my house, cross legged in front of the open sliding patio door. It was so pleasant and quiet that I meditated for a little while, eventually closing my eyes and concentrating on my breathing while I listened to morning bird song. When I opened my eyes ten minutes or so later, MF was still sitting quietly.

I did some qigong and some yoga while MF watched me. Eventually I got up and put some kitty kibble into the little dish that found its way outside yesterday evening. MF came right up to the dish after I closed the sliding glass door. I sat on the floor again and slowly I inched the door open until I could get my hand outside. I managed to touch the tip of one ear before he got alarmed and retreated to the recycle bin. After lightly spraying the bin, he sat down next to it nonchalantly and smized at me. Then he cleaned his butt.

I eventually went off to do some dishes and he left. I knew he left from the yowling that started up at the back of the yard. Harry was home!

Or maybe he had never left. He emerged from the little garden shed with a bunch of stuff in his fluff--dirt, twigs, leaves. The last I saw of MF, he was jumping over the back fence.

And now Harry is snoozing on my lap after eating some treats.

Happy Caturday!

Follow the Money

Apr. 29th, 2017 11:55 am
lynnenne: (politics: there are no words)
[personal profile] lynnenne posting in [community profile] thisfinecrew
Update on the Russia story from The Guardian:

The December memo alleged that four Trump representatives travelled to Prague in August or September in 2016 for “secret discussions with Kremlin representatives and associated operators/hackers”, about how to pay hackers secretly for penetrating Democratic party computer systems and “contingency plans for covering up operations”.

Between March and September, the December memo alleges, the hackers used botnets and porn traffic to transmit viruses, plant bugs and steal data online from Democratic party leadership. Two of the hackers had been “recruited under duress by the FSB” the memo said. The hackers were paid by the Trump organisation, but were under the control of Vladimir Putin’s presidential administration.

(emphasis mine)

Hi! Thank you so much for writing for me! I'm really excited about this exchange and am looking forward to reading your fic.

First off: Depending on when fic reveals happen, I may not be online due to the Sabbath. If that’s the case, I’ll read your fic on Sunday.

Likes, Dislikes, and Prompts under cut )

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Apr. 28th, 2017 10:07 am
baranduin: (Goodly men)
[personal profile] baranduin
Good morning and Happy Froodday! Another week, another dollar or two ...

- Been out of metformin for most of the week (going to pick up refill today). No adverse effect on BG at all (100 this morning) but let's not get silly. Though it does always make me wonder about the efficacy of metformin, not that I care to experiment much!
- Looks like the latest attack on the ACA has already folded its tents for the moment. Why do I get an image of Snidely Whiplash? "Curses! Foiled again!"
- In praise of tofu: I've been eating a whole lot of stir fries lately where my protein is tofu. I used to add the tofu toward the end of the process but now put it in at the beginning. That means it browns a bit and has a more irregular texture.
- In praise of tofu 2: Crumbling is more delicious that cubing or slicing. That way all your saucy flavors you add work their way into the tofu. So more flavor and more interesting texture.
- Here's an Anke Eissman drawing of Bilbo I don't think I've seen before. I really like this.

A painting of Bagshot Row I know I haven't seen before, does anyone know the artist's name? )

Have a lovely day, flist!

Gnawing nameless things

Apr. 28th, 2017 12:41 pm
zdenka: The Doors of Khazad-dum. (tolkien)
[personal profile] zdenka
The latest edition of Middle Earth News on LJ had a link to a discussion on TORn concerning something that Gandalf said about his battle with the Balrog:

"Far, far below the deepest delvings of the Dwarves, the world is gnawed by nameless things. Even Sauron knows them not. They are older than he."

I admit I'd never given that bit any thought before. It's a great example of one of my favorite things about Tolkien's writing: the way that he gives a sense of a complete world existing beyond what he writes about, like a painting that goes on in all directions beyond the picture frame. And that particular passage is wonderfully creepy, when you think about it.

People in the comments are talking about Lovecraft and Eddison, but I'm disappointed that no one has yet mentioned Nidhogg, the dragon in Norse mythology that gnaws at the roots of Yggdrasil. That seems like the most obvious reference to me. Though of course Tolkien is doing his own thing and not just making a one-to-one reference.

Random note #1: I am tickled that apparently the only Eddison character Tolkien liked was Lord Gro (according to Letter 199, quoted in the comments). I will not give up my love of Brandoch Daha, but Gro is also a fine choice.

Random note #2: The illustration of Nidhogg on the Wikipedia article is surprisingly cute! OMNOMNOM

Now I'm just a little tempted to work some gnawing nameless things into my WIP-that-keeps-not-being-done about Durin's awakening, but I think that fic probably has enough going on already. Anyone else have thoughts on the nameless things? Are they any relation to the Were-worms of the Eastern Desert, given that "worm" can mean a dragon? (That suggestion is mostly tongue-in-cheek, but you never know.)

Code push scheduled for Sunday night

Apr. 27th, 2017 03:03 pm
karzilla: a green fist above the word SMASH! (Default)
[staff profile] karzilla posting in [site community profile] dw_maintenance
We are planning to do a code push late this weekend, at approximately 8pm PDT / 11pm EDT / 3am UTC on Sunday, Apr 30 (or May 1 for you transatlantic types.).

I don't have a list of changes for you yet, but most will fall into the following categories: things users have complained about to support volunteers, things support volunteers have complained about to developers, things [staff profile] denise has complained about not working the way she expects them to (and as we all know, The Boss is Always Right), and things that were printing warnings over and over in the production server logs, making it hard to spot when less frequent, more urgent errors were being printed. Oh, and also all the unused code I ripped out at the roots, which if you notice that, I did it wrong.

To sum up: we are rolling out a bunch of requested changes, so thank you all for your feedback!

If you're new to Dreamwidth and interested in tracking our development process, our commit logs are published to [site community profile] changelog and [community profile] changelog_digest, and every month or so, one of our volunteers will translate those often-cryptic entries into witty, informative code tours! The most recent one was published on April 1, so we're about due for a new one. Hint, hint.

We'll update here again to let you know when the code push is imminent!

Just an update!

Apr. 27th, 2017 07:39 pm
fernstrike: (Cityscape)
[personal profile] fernstrike
 My lord, it's been eons since I've posted on here! Or it feels like it, anyway. I just wanted to say hello, I'm alive and well, all is good, everything's swell.

We've got final after final and assignment after assignment rearing their ugly heads daily, which is why I haven't had time to do very much at all since I left for Russia. Speaking of which, I'm working on a [very lengthy!] write-up about my trip - we saw and did and learned so much in those 7 or so days, and there's a lot to share! The only thing is that I will post this reflection on Dreamwidth and share the link on LJ rather than directly crossposting. Because of the nature of my study and the country I traveled to, I necessarily had much to comment on in terms of the society, and I'd rather not risk any mines that might be lurking hidden in my writing. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed the trip, and I will definitely be going back to Russia at some point in the future.

My political theory final is tomorrow. I'm not screaming into a pillow, what are you talking about? :P It shall certainly be easier than the midterm, of course. We are doing ideologies, essentially - conservatism, socialism/Marxism, liberalism, nationalism, war & peace - which is markedly easier than social contracts and governance theory. Still, I'm nervous! I have so much respect for my teacher and for the subject, and it's probably just overly high expectations of myself. I want to do really well.

Anyway, I hope to update soon with my reflection on Russia (and a link, for LJ), and with more about uni, fics, other writings, and other adventures! 


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Apr. 27th, 2017 09:20 am
baranduin: (Midnight fluff)
[personal profile] baranduin
Midnight Fluff report.

I opened the patio door early this morning so Harry could go out before I left for work. About ten minutes later, I wandered toward the kitchen and watched MF run for his life out of the kitchen back onto the patio. He fled to the corner of the patio. I shut the patio door. He immediately returned to the patio door and looked at me winsomely. Harry was inside and growling.

What to do? Call [personal profile] hanarobi to give me some backbone. "Don't feed him! He's a player! He's playing you! Be strong!"

I gave Harry a can of food and when I left the house, MF was nowhere to be seen, probably casing the rest of the neighborhood in case someone else left their patio door open.

I hope MF is all right ...

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