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Sep. 23rd, 2017 11:46 pm
conuly: (Default)
[personal profile] conuly
I watch, but nothing moves today.

Looks like it's going to be overcast all week, and next week too. Well, fuck. I'm putting my lightbox back on.

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Superheroes for the Jewish New Year

There Never Was a Real Tulip Fever

The 11 sisters of Siervas are a rock band like 'nun' other

Scientists Once Dressed Frogs in Tiny Pants to Study Reproduction

In Alaska’s Far-Flung Villages, Happiness Is a Cake Mix

Octlantis is a just-discovered underwater city engineered by octopuses

How Two Lesbians Fought the Nazis With a Typewriter

Meet Nazo Dharejo: The toughest woman in Sindh

In a First for the Nation, Portland Police End Gang List to Improve Relations With Blacks and Latinos

The Rust Belt Needs Legal Immigration

That Awkward Moment When Your Twin Brother Is A U.S. Citizen At Birth, But You’re Not

Lawsuit targets searches of electronic devices at US border

New hope for limiting warming to 1.5 C

This Department Is the Last Hideout of Climate Change Believers in Donald Trump’s Government

Child care choices limited for those working outside 9-to-5

St. Louis sees third day of protests after officer's acquittal

ICE Detained This Trafficking Victim on Her 18th Birthday. Why?

Hurricane Maria is following Irma's path and getting stronger

The Sci-Fi Roots of the Far Right—From ‘Lucifer’s Hammer’ to Newt’s Moon Base to Donald’s Wall

Graceful menace: States take aim at non-native swans

New Mideast realities require support for Kurds

What is at stake in Iraqi Kurdish vote for independence?

Iraq says may use force if Kurdish referendum turns violent

Signed Eva up for a drama class

Sep. 21st, 2017 10:58 pm
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[personal profile] conuly
It took a lot of back and forth and emails getting lost, but I got her signed up!

And now she's claiming she didn't ever ask for this in the first place. Yeah, right. I get that she wants to spend time with her friends, but - dude, she spends hours with them every single day. She can take a day off and maybe make some new friends, something she frequently claims she wants.

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10 Badass Trees That Refuse To Die

The Making of the Modern American Recipe

Marilyn Monroe and the Potato Sack Dress, c.1951

DNA triggers shape-shifting in hydrogels, opening a new way to make 'soft robots'

The Spanish Royal Philanthropic Expedition to Bring Smallpox Vaccination to the New World and Asia in the 19th Century

Stopped at US border, Haitians find 'Mexican dream' instead

How Pants Went From Banned to Required in the Roman Empire

Just squeeze in—researchers discover when spaces are tight, nature loosens its laws

In Amish Country, the Future Is Calling

Children Used to Learn About Death and Damnation With Their ABCs

The Problem With Free Menstrual Pads

Tillerson says U.S. could stay in Paris climate accord

The Commuter Parking Benefit Is Seriously Hurting Cities

Dylann Roof requests new attorneys, declaring appeal team his biological enemies (Relevant quote: “The lawyer appointed to represent me at my federal trial was David Isaac Bruck, who is also Jewish. His ethnicity was a constant source of conflict even with my constant efforts to look past it.” All his lawyers deserve medals and a fruit basket. Maybe some booze. They earned it after putting up with him!)

US people of color still more likely to be exposed to pollution than white people

Breastfeeding Behind Bars: Do All Moms Deserve the Right?

When Does the Right to an Attorney Kick In?

Why Many Deaf Prisoners Can’t Call Home

Unbudgeted: How the opioid crisis is blowing a hole in small-town America's finances

See jerkface bacteria hiding in tumors and gobbling chemotherapy drugs

Myanmar Follows Global Pattern in How Ethnic Cleansing Begins

Rohingya Muslims being wiped off Myanmar's map

Three killed in stampede for aid near Rohingya refugee camp

Bangladesh warns Myanmar over border amid refugee crisis

The Ominous, Massive Military Exercises in Eastern Europe

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Sep. 19th, 2017 01:03 pm
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[personal profile] baranduin
As [personal profile] mirabile always says, it is *always* correct to punch a Nazi.

Apparently this is how we roll in Seattle.

Tuesday bits n' bobs

Sep. 19th, 2017 02:56 pm
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[personal profile] shirebound
Uh oh, I discovered a big patch of poison ivy behind the front bushes. I hate to attack plants, but I bought a big spray-bottle of weed killer and sprayed every leaf I could see. (Some of it is winding its way up the inside of a fat bush which may, sadly, become a casualty of the spraying.) Shiremom, Shiredad, and I are VERY allergic to poison ivy. We'll see how things look out there over the next week.

Shiremom and I both really enjoyed "August Rush". Thank you to everyone who recommended it!

In happy-happy news, I sat myself down yesterday, refused to be distracted, and wrote chapter 4 of my fluffy Cormallen story. Hooray! Now it just needs some polishing.

Pippin's been extra alert today, listening to the high winds whip the trees around, but it finally seems to be nap time. zzzzzzzzzzzz

Poem #19: Autumn

Sep. 19th, 2017 12:16 pm
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[personal profile] alexcat
Autumn Song

Know'st thou not at the fall of the leaf
How the heart feels a languid grief
Laid on it for a covering,
And how sleep seems a goodly thing
In Autumn at the fall of the leaf?

And how the swift beat of the brain
Falters because it is in vain,
In Autumn at the fall of the leaf
Knowest thou not? and how the chief
Of joys seems—not to suffer pain?

Know'st thou not at the fall of the leaf
How the soul feels like a dried sheaf
Bound up at length for harvesting,
And how death seems a comely thing
In Autumn at the fall of the leaf?


~~ Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Trick or Treat 2017

Sep. 18th, 2017 02:24 pm
starspray: Frodo reading beneath a tree (Frodo Reading)
[personal profile] starspray
Hello Dear Author!

First of all, I know I will certainly love whatever you come up with, whether you use my prompts or not. I am really not hard to please.

What I Don't Want: No really graphic violence (canon-typical is fine). Canon-divergence AUs are fine, but nothing that takes it out of the canon world--no coffee shop AUs or whatever, in other words. No smut, please, or incest, or anything.

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The Hobbit: Bilbo Baggins, Belladonna Took, Gandalf

Bilbo Baggins: I would like to see something where he meets Elves in the Shire, sometime post-Erebor, maybe? Or maybe before. Whichever you think would be more fun.

Belladonna Took: I would love a story about one of her adventures. She is the Famous Belladonna Took, and I'd love to know how she became so!

Gandalf: Gandalf hanging out with hobbits is always a joy, or on one of his many journeys through Middle-earth.

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The Lord of the Rings: Finduilas of Dol Amroth, Tom Bombadil, Goldberry, Lady of the Blue Brooch, Gilraen, Elrond, Firiel of Gondor, Arwen Undomiel, Daughter of Arwen

Tom Bombadil, Goldberry: I just really like stories about the Old Forest in general. These two interacting with each other or with anyone else who wanders in would be lovely, whether its hobbits or Dunedain or Elves or whoever! Also, a little gapfiller about Gandalf's visit at the end of RotK might be fun.

The Lady of the Blue Brooch: I definitely ship her with Goldberry, but assuming that this is prior to Goldberry's marriage to Tom. Or, any story about who this lady was and what happened to her would be lovely.

Gilraen: I would love to see a story about Gilraen and her mother Ivorwen, or about her in Rivendell, adjusting to living among Elves all the time, or later in life after Aragorn is grown up. Or returning to her people and adjusting all over again to living among the Dunedain in Eriador.

Elrond:
Reunions in Valinor would be lovely--with his parents, especially, but also his meetings with various sundry relatives, both Noldor and Sindar.

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The Silmarillion: Rian of the House of Beor, Galadriel, Luthien Tinuviel, Emeldir, Melian, Finduilas Faelivrin

Rian: She is "a singer and maker of songs," and I would love to see something about that.

Galadriel: I would love any gapfiller about her time in Doriath--her courtship with Celeborn, her friendship with Melian, etc. Maybe part of the Beren and Luthien story from her perspective? 

Luthien: Any part of Luthien's story from her own perspective would be wonderful. I'm also interested in her as a mother and grandmother, before Dior packs up and leaves for Doriath.

Melian: She is the only Ainu to have ever become a parent, and I'd love to see something exploring that, and her relationship with Luthien.

Finduilas: I'd really like to see her perspective on the various events of Nargothrond--pre-Turin, I mean.

Emeldir: She is call the "Man-hearted," and I'd like to see a story about how she got that name. Or what happened to her after she led her people out of Dorthonion--did she stay in Brethil, or go on to Dor-lomin, or what? Did she live long enough to hear about what Beren got up to, with the Silmaril and everything?

Two Days Off!

Sep. 18th, 2017 09:03 am
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[personal profile] ranunculus
It is a foggy, but not too cold morning here in SF.
Forgot to get my name on the work list on Friday.  It is easy to forget when I'm in the middle of some long work day!  Anyway that allowed me to have Sunday and Monday off.  Tue is TBD. 
Got catfood, dogfood, tea and milk yesterday.  Staples for our household!
Had a lovely dinner with Amrit who is here visiting for a while.  Amrit was our tenant for a couple of years.  He is now working all over the world for Google.  It just so happened that he's in town for a couple of weeks, so he's staying with us - sort of.  Being Amrit he's off here and there much of the time. 
Off to help M clean his apartment (not hard).  He has strict instructions NOT to vacuum until his neck heals. 

Poem #18: The Tyger

Sep. 18th, 2017 07:25 am
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[personal profile] alexcat
Simply one of my all time favorites.

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The Tyger

Tyger Tyger, burning bright,
In the forests of the night;
What immortal hand or eye,
Could frame thy fearful symmetry?

In what distant deeps or skies.
Burnt the fire of thine eyes?
On what wings dare he aspire?
What the hand, dare seize the fire?

And what shoulder, & what art,
Could twist the sinews of thy heart?
And when thy heart began to beat,
What dread hand? & what dread feet?

What the hammer? what the chain,
In what furnace was thy brain?
What the anvil? what dread grasp,
Dare its deadly terrors clasp!

When the stars threw down their spears
And water'd heaven with their tears:
Did he smile his work to see?
Did he who made the Lamb make thee?

Tyger Tyger burning bright,
In the forests of the night:
What immortal hand or eye,
Dare frame thy fearful symmetry?


~~ William Blake
1. So, like.... what's the etiquette about following other people on Tumblr? Like, do you just "follow" and go on with your life? Or are you expected to introduce & explain yourself? Or what? HELP ME, FLIST-WAN KENOBI, YOU'RE MY ONLY HOPE.

2. What have I gotten myself into?

Dear Trick or Treat Writer

Sep. 17th, 2017 11:03 pm
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[personal profile] esteliel
Dear writer,

I’m very excited the winter exchange season is starting up again. It’s always my fave end of the year event, and I hope you end up having fun with whatever characters/prompts you end up picking! And in case none of the prompts in my sign-up appeal, here is a list of more general likes/tropes/kinks. I'd be more than happy to receive a story based on any of this, even if it's not something I listed as a prompt. Furthermore, I ship some of the people I requested, but I'm well aware that not everyone ships these characters or that we might only match on one character. So even though I listed several shippy prompts, I'd be just as happy with non-shippy fic that just has my faves interact, or character-focused fic that explores their canon lives some more.

Read more... )

Do not want: gore, modern/mundane AU (unless prompted)


General likes:

Forced intimacy of any kind! This is one of my all-time faves, in any sort of situation or scenario. People thrust into closeness before they are ready for it and forced to overcome their differences is always delightful to me. Any tropefic of the handcuffed-togther, bed-sharing, undercover gay, arranged marriage etc. kind is always going to make me happy!
Huddling for warmth
One character trying to protect another with their own life (or really any sort of loyalty kink!)
Enemies forced to work together
Epistolary fic
Hand-feeding
Hot, sweltering summer days/nights
Bathing/washing - especially if one character is taking care of another
Casefic, or any sort of action/adventure scenario where characters have to work together
Enemies to friends to lovers
Enemy hatesex
Emotional vulnerability
Unhealthy/co-dependent relationships
A character surrendering himself

I'm fine with dub-con/non-con/rape, unhealthy relationships, any kind of D/s, BDSM, power play or pain play. For further porny inspiration, my Smut Swap letter might help: https://esteliel.dreamwidth.org/454688.html

A belated happy birthday

Sep. 17th, 2017 02:47 pm
grundyscribbling: Mr. Green from Clue: "It's a bit late for that!" (clue - bit late!)
[personal profile] grundyscribbling
A very happy birthday, albeit somewhat late, to [personal profile] dawn_felagund!
I hope you had a wonderful day/weekend. :)

Poem #17: All the World's a Stage

Sep. 17th, 2017 02:00 pm
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[personal profile] alexcat
Can't beat the bard!

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All The World's A Stage

All the world's a stage,
And all the men and women merely players;
They have their exits and their entrances,
And one man in his time plays many parts,
His acts being seven ages. At first, the infant,
Mewling and puking in the nurse's arms.
Then the whining schoolboy, with his satchel
And shining morning face, creeping like snail
Unwillingly to school. And then the lover,
Sighing like furnace, with a woeful ballad
Made to his mistress' eyebrow. Then a soldier,
Full of strange oaths and bearded like the pard,
Jealous in honor, sudden and quick in quarrel,
Seeking the bubble reputation
Even in the cannon's mouth. And then the justice,
In fair round belly with good capon lined,
With eyes severe and beard of formal cut,
Full of wise saws and modern instances;
And so he plays his part. The sixth age shifts
Into the lean and slippered pantaloon,
With spectacles on nose and pouch on side;
His youthful hose, well saved, a world too wide
For his shrunk shank, and his big manly voice,
Turning again toward childish treble, pipes
And whistles in his sound. Last scene of all,
That ends this strange eventful history,
Is second childishness and mere oblivion,
Sans teeth, sans eyes, sans taste, sans everything.


~~ William Shakespeare
(As You Like It, Act II, Scene VII)
Some years back, I joined the LJ community [livejournal.com profile] photo_scavenger, a great place to share your own pics for a new theme each week. It's gone a bit quiet there, so I'd like to invite you over there, to have a look and enjoy nice and interesting photos, and hopefully also participate yourself. Personally, one of my favourite parts is seeing what everybody's answer to the prompt is, and the more people are posting and/or commenting, the more interesting it gets.

The community is very open and friendly and has absolutely no pressure - everybody can post one or more pics for the weekly prompts at any given time, and there are no requirements other than the photos must be your own, and fit for a general audience. Some people take new pics for each prompt, some use older and perhaps favourite pics they'd like to share, some make a personal challenge trying to fill each prompt, and some pop in with a few pics from time to time. Posting pics is no requirement to join.
More info and the rules can be found on the comm's profile.

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Sep. 20th, 2017 11:18 pm
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[personal profile] conuly
Tough stuff: Spider silk enhanced with graphene-based materials

The Most Inspiring Hot Air Balloon Ride Ever

Scientists use light to purge defects from solar cells

Every childhood vaccine may eventually go into a single jab (Though it does seem that the UK doesn't have as many childhood vaccines as the US, judging by the list)

Mathematicians Measure Infinities, and Find They're Equal (Mind. Blown.)

Can American soil be brought back to life?

Quotas bring wave of Nepalese women into office. What they need next.

Judge: Sessions can’t deny grant money for sanctuary cities

Disability Fraud: You know what?

For Chinese millennials, despondency has a brand name

A Son’s Race to Give His Dying Father Artificial Immortality

Research Shows Spanish Speakers Take Longer To Learn English. Why?

Catalan mayors defy Spanish courts ahead of independence vote

Survey suggests nobody actually watches those Emmy-nominated cable or streaming shows

Suicide among veterans highest in western US, rural areas

Viruses Would Rather Jump to New Hosts Than Evolve With Them

Your Childhood Experiences Can Permanently Change Your DNA

Third-Hand Exposure to Cigarette Smoke Can Still Damage Your Organs

Protesters march through St. Louis after policeman's acquittal

Attorneys Suspect Motel 6 Calling ICE on Undocumented Guests

Since Trump’s Big Photo Op With Black College Leaders, He’s Delivered on Nothing, They Say (Surprise, surprise.)

Homeless And In College. Then Harvey Struck

Hurricanes may be getting bigger, but death toll is shrinking

Irma's 'forgotten' evacuees struggle to find housing

Hurricane Irma Unleashes the Forces of Privatization in Puerto Rico

Philippines' Duterte asks head of human rights agency: 'Are you a pedophile?' (Because, you know, that's the only reason to care about minors being straight-up murdered)

Entire Philippine city police force fired over killings

The Window Is Closing to Avoid Dangerous Global Warming

U.S.-backed Syrian fighters say will not let government forces cross Euphrates

Rohingya crisis: Bangladesh to restrict movement of migrants

Overnight exodus: Rohingya use cover of darkness to reach Bangladesh

Trick or Treat Exchange Letter

Sep. 16th, 2017 11:22 pm
idleleaves: (leaf and fire)
[personal profile] idleleaves
Hello Trick or Treat Writer/Artist!

First of all: I'm not hard to please. I'm sure I'll be delighted with whatever you write or draw, so please don't stress over it.

General things I love:

★ relationships built on strong/intense friendship
★ strong/intense friendship in general
★ missing scenes from canon and/or reactions to canon scenes
★ all kinds of moods, from quiet to bittersweet to angsty to funny to intense to fluffy
★ slice-of-life and/or character studies
★ simple everyday non-schmoop romance
★ hurt/comfort - especially emotional wounds or injuries sustained by athletes or in combat
★ stoic characters cracking around the edges
★ casual touching and physical affection (between friends and/or romantic partners)
★ non-penetrative sex (don't feel like you have to include smut, though)
★ banter and/or banter during sex
★ autumn and/or winter themes and/or storms
★ canon compliance is great but not required
★ gen- and ship-based works are equally awesome (gen about any of my favourite characters would be lovely; I've listed pairings below, too, in case you want to go that route with either romantic/sexual or platonic relationships)

★ for Silm/LotR I also like fourth-age settings and/or reunions
★ for YOI I also like skaters on the ice together (practicing, performing, or just goofing around)
★ for SSSS I also like atmospheric creepiness and/or the aftermath of combat

★ I'm not great at prompting for art but I do love b&w or limited/muted colour palettes

★ some much-loved pairings are
      ★ Glorfindel/Erestor/Haldir in any combination, Finrod/Maglor, Aegnor/Andreth, Aredhel/Elenwë, Arwen/Tauriel
      ★ Otabek/JJ/Leo in any combination, Otabek/Yuri, Christophe/Victor, Leo/Guang-Hong/Phichit in any combination
      ★ Reynir/Onni, Emil/Lalli, Tuuri/OFC, Aksel/Sigrun

DNWs:

★ character bashing (breaking up a canon couple for a different ship is fine, but please don't bash and/or vilify the leftover character in the process)
★ homophobia
★ non-con, dub-con, infidelity (open relationships are fine), D/s, BDSM, kinks involving bodily fluids, humiliation, A/B/O, mpreg
★ non-canon character death (canon or OCs is fine), animal harm
★ marriage proposals and/or ceremonies
★ high school/coffeeshop/etc. AU, non-canon genders or pronouns

And that's it. I hope something sparks for you.

Happy Birthday, Dawn.

Sep. 16th, 2017 05:25 pm
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[personal profile] heartofoshun
It's been a while now since I first met you. I'm sorry that HASA is not around because I started reading and commenting on Another Man's Cage on there, when it wasn't finished yet--around 2005-6. (It is still my favorite--comfort food for my dark little Feanor-loving soul--without any close second. There may be better stories out there, including ones written by you! But that doesn;t matter. I still love that story with all my heart.) I know I knew you well enough to ask you to read my first Silm fic--a totally useless ficlet, which is still in existence, that I wrote in 2006. And then you Beta-read Maitimo and Findekano for me. There was no turning back for me at that point. We've barely had a spate in all those years--nothing beyond a few moments of irritation with one another. Usually me annoying you! I love ya so much, girlfriend, and consider you one of my besties although we are lucky to meet face-to-face once a year. I feel like you know me. Anyway, oodles of affection and big hugs on your birthday! (Wow! I cannot believe how old you are now!)

Have a happy, happy birthday and I hope you do something awesome and thoroughly satisfying this weekend.

Here's problematic picture of a long-suffering Maedhros. Wow! He looks fit after hanging from that cliff so long and they kept his pretty underwear with the Feanorian star for him throughout all of those years of torment and torture. He's no doubt looking good for Fingon who is due to show up and rescue him at any second.


Then in defiance of the Orcs, who cowered still in the dark vaults beneath the earth, he [Fingon] took his harp and sang a song of Valinor that the Noldor made of old, before strife was born among the sons of Finwë; and his voice rang in the mournful hollows that had never heard before aught save cries of fear and woe. The Silmarillion.

Oh, yay!

Sep. 19th, 2017 04:23 pm
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[personal profile] conuly
NYC Kettle Corn will be right by my sister's office on Friday.

So I can totally ask her to pick some up for me! I love, love, love cheddar caramel, and the best I can get at stores is bags where half is cheddar and half is caramel.

It's a birthday!

Sep. 16th, 2017 08:46 am
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[personal profile] shirebound
Happy Birthday, [personal profile] dawn_felagund! I hope it's a wonderful day!

Party!

Next-Childrens-Birthday-Party

Hardy!

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