Finally, not a fan of the theme song

Oct. 1st, 2017 08:14 pm
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Insufficiently "Fanfare to the Common Man" for my tastes, and I don't like the intro video either.

(And I have Thoughts. For a society so obsessed with the Prime Directive, Federation humans are equally obsessed with the idea that secretly, all species would be better off as humans. Here it is AGAIN in this ep. Nevermind that being raised by Vulcans is a strange plot contrivance, isn't it enough that she's content and functional, without having to ditch who she is to be "more human" by some arbitrarily emotional reckoning? Is this universal Trek belief a clever dig at Americans, or do Trek writers really agree with this? Eddington was right - they're worse than the Borg! They assimilate people, and they don't even realize it. This would be an interesting angle to take. They already have the seeds planted with the Klingons. They're not going to go that route, though.)

Ah well. In other news, J was thrilled with his bag. Also, I am sick. *sneeze*

Oh! And when I came home today from walking the dogs, there was a cardboard cat carrier and a small box of cat food on my porch. This is all a bit inexplicable, and I'm wondering if maybe somebody intended to leave a cat there? If so, kitty escaped. Just as well - I'm full up on formerly stray animals.

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Poison Frogs Make Surprisingly Attentive Adoptive Parents

Fish have complex personalities, research shows

Indian Designers Built A Genius Air Conditioner That Works Without Electricity, And It Can Save Lives (Well, "invented" is a stretch, evaporative coolers already exist, but it looks nifty.)

'Cowgirls of Color' break barriers to compete in typically white, male rodeo

Quiet energy revolution underway in Japan as dozens of towns go off the grid

You Need to Try Coffee Lemonade

The Women Miners in Pants Who Shocked Victorian Britain

A Failed 1930s American Town, Lost in Time in the Amazon Rainforest

The EU Suppressed a 300-Page Study That Found Piracy Doesn’t Harm Sales

Group Therapy Is Saving Lives in Chicago

Catalans are not alone. Across the world, people yearn to govern themselves

Iraqi Kurdistan referendum: High turnout in independence vote

Reluctant champion: How Nadia Murad has become the international face of Yazidi suffering – and resilience

The History of Sears Predicts Nearly Everything Amazon Is Doing

Artificial Colors Are Back in Trix Because Nobody Liked Natural Ingredients

Revenge of the Super Lice (Apparently, in Europe it's mostly synthetic oil treatments, not pesticides. I'll keep an eye out for the day that's approved over here.)

Anatomy of a Propaganda Campaign

The family of strangers who fled Boko Haram

Every year, millions try to navigate US courts without a lawyer

How Conservatives Learned to Love Free Lawyers for the Poor

The Brazenness of Trump's White House Staff Using Private Email

Still Fighting at Standing Rock

Trump’s wall could cause the extinction of the American jaguar

Trump Is Helping Airlines Get Away With Breaking People’s Wheelchairs

Silent killer: Sweltering planet braces for deadly heat shocks

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Sep. 25th, 2017 09:09 pm
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Image of my garden haul from Saturday )
Four eggplants and lots of basil! (Three of the eggplants have already disappeared, as I have discovered that nasu dengaku is delicious.) I have another eggplant I need to harvest tomorrow, too, plus more peppers coming in - I finally figured out which pepper was the odd one out because it's growing long fruit that I think are supposed to turn red, not the tiny yellow ones. My basil did start catching some sort of fungal infection :/ but they seem to be recovering, though I need to spray them again. I've been picking plenty of leaves (which they regrow just as fast, it seems) so ventilation shouldn't be an issue. I have been throwing the leaves in anything I can - pasta, soup, pesto.

I've been very busy this month - I had a lit review that I had to finish for my program requirements. I just sent it in last Thursday, and my advisor wants to discuss it tomorrow. My beta readers thought it was great - hopefully he won't be too, "You need to change this and this and I don't know how you even concluded this and take this part out and why didn't you talk about so and so in this part?" (Mostly because it was a pain to write for various reasons. And I still have to do a presentation for it, but that part's easy!) I have an exam tomorrow, too, but I don't think it should be too hard.

Most of my free time not spent writing the lit review was focused on my Relationshipping fic, and as soon as that was done I promised myself not to write anything else until the review was done. You would think that I would be happy to take a break after finishing a 20k fic, but apparently my brain is bursting with ideas and enthusiasm. It'll be nice to write something I actually want to work on again, that isn't academic. I'm not starting anything for Trick or Treat yet, but I have a list of people I want to write treats for, and I might even try drawing something for someone.

And I want to get back to Genji. (I did take a day off to read the last book of Lockwood & co when it arrived, and very much enjoyed it.) And all the longer Rare Ships on Ice stuff I haven't had time to read. Actual research and programming, too, and it would be nice if I knew that the rest of my research group was alive....

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Sep. 25th, 2017 07:44 pm
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I've been trying to find time to write a proper post today, but things keep coming up to distract me. Also, if I don't write something by the time Cordelia gets home, I may not have privacy to write on my laptop. I'm writing this on my phone.
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but given the advanced state of their tech, am I wrong in pegging this as a third universe? Okay, that's my official head-canon. Something, something, temporal cold war - THIRD UNIVERSE! (So does each new parallel universe also have its own twin mirror universe?)

Also: Why do all futuristic jails in all universes everywhere have force fields with no physical backup? That seems like a major design flaw.

Also also: Why are all the Klingons bald? Strange fashion choice, or genetic disease?
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OUT OF MY FANDOM.

What the hell sort of Star Trek have they even been watching all this time?

The Age of Remixes!

Sep. 25th, 2017 10:18 pm
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I did Dragon Age Remix and Remix Revival one after the other, which means I have a WHOLE HEAP of remixes by both me and other people to link to. Below the cut: Eight works about female characters from Dragon Age (mostly dwarves), and one Portal fic.

Image descriptions at each link.
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Fic: Pudding First

Sep. 25th, 2017 09:10 am
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I'm super late with this month's DD offering, but at least I managed something.
And this was a fun story to work on. :)
I hope you enjoy!

Title: Pudding First
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Characters: Lavender Brown/Hermione Granger
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: Rimming, cunnilingus, fingering
Themes/kinks chosen: analingus: rimming, yay!, podophilia: foot fettish!, alternate pairing: Lavender Brown/Hermione Granger
Word Count: ~1250
Summary: She’d never considered herself a sensual person, but since getting together with Lavender, she’d learned all sorts of things about herself.
Author's notes: Thanks to my beta readers, [personal profile] sevfan and emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Pudding First

In addition, I've now reposted my August submission, Chosen (Teddy/Victoire/James Sirius), to my journals (LJ/IJ/DW/AO3).

Weekly Fic Wrap Up: Week 38, 2017

Sep. 25th, 2017 08:22 am
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I hope you're all having a fabulous Monday.
Mine has the potential to either be good or very bad. *fingers crossed for the former*

Ali's List of Fics: Sept 18 - Sept 24 )
And here's what I'm working on:
Ali’s To-Do/WsIP List )

little moments of alienness and not

Sep. 25th, 2017 09:10 am
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Years ago, when Leonard was writing Constellation Games, he named the various alien species after different human words for "alien" or "foreigner". So there are Aliens, Foreigners, Farang, Gaijin, Extraterrestrials, the Others, and so on. One species of them is the Auslanders; later a German-speaking friend told us the spelling of the plural ought to be Auslender.

Today I was rereading a little chunk of Lake Wobegon Days and came across Keillor referring to Ausländers, and was reminded of that moment years ago. And then just after that was the passage about Flag Day, and I was catapulted far further back, to fourth grade and the first time I read (or was read?) any of this book. I was in a Gifted and Talented class in an elementary school in the suburbs of St. Louis, Missouri, with that teacher who had a chunk of the Berlin Wall in her classroom. Did she read that to us or did I read it by myself?

Saturday I was on the 7 train back home from Maker Faire and I was sitting near some girls who -- as they happened to say aloud, in their conversation with each other -- were 12 or 13 years old. I am about three times their age. Yet I wanted them to look at me not as an alien grownup but as someone they might be like. They all have smartphones and evidently deal with boys sending them dick pics. And they act blasé about it; I don't know how they actually feel. The next day I talked about this with the people staffing the table next to mine. One of them suggested that boys have always done sort of body-part-display to girls less as a sexual come-on and more as a thrill-of-the-forbidden act, with dick pics as analogous to mooning. We joked about the dedication of an imaginary man from a previous century who worked in rotogravure or lithograph or woodcut. Or at least, like, Matthew Brady or someone using silver nitrate film.

cue "Ashokan Farewell"

My dearest Elizabeth. Tonight the Union Army rests. We know not what battle the general will order us to tomorrow. But know that my love for you is the wind that calls your name through the trees. Here's a dick pic. I had to sit for five hours for the army portrait painter boy to make this.

Sergeant Cowling was killed at the Battle of Bull Run.


I was laughing pretty hard by the end of this.

Maybe one reason I like laughing with others, and making others laugh, is because it is a kind of proof that we are not entirely aliens to each other.

Subclauses to Rule 34, Part Two

Sep. 25th, 2017 08:31 am
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My first smutfic was moderately successful. These are the stats from the first 24 hours after posting:



I had trouble with the rapey dominance bits of the formula, so I decided that it was okay to write rough but happy sex between boyfriends instead. I tried to go for a more hardcore BDSM set-up in the story I'm working on now, but I apparently suck at this and instead wrote about the one guy seducing the other guy into admitting his feelings.

For my next story god help me I am just going to write sweet loving consensual fluff about lesbians.

Anyway, these are some phrases I stole from Nidoranduran that I intend to use in this week's story:

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Writing these prawns is so weird, bros. It's so weird.

[admin post] Admin Post: Drawing Challenge - AMNESTY WEEK

Sep. 25th, 2017 06:43 am
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When is Amnesty Week?

Amnesty Week will run from today, Monday 25th September, 2017 to Saturday 30th September, 2017.

What is Amnesty Week? )

Links to Drawing Challenges #1-8:
#1-4 )

Drawesome's Challenge #5 - Squiggle No.2 (Spiral)
Drawesome's Challenge #6 - Word Prompt: Heat
Drawesome's Challenge #7 - 5th DW Interest
Drawesome's Challenge #8 - Non-Dominant Hand



Yay, rainbow! \o/ Happy drawing, everyone!

[admin post] Admin Post: Drawing Challenge #8 - Round-Up Post

Sep. 25th, 2017 06:00 am
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With ten entries this week, we have crossed over into double digits! \o/ Congrats to all our artists who took part in this challenge!

Drawesome's Drawing Challenge #8 - Non-Dominant Hand



Here's a round-up of all entries submitted for the Drawing Challenge #8 - Non-Dominant Hand:

Previous Challenges )

A very warm welcome to all our newest participants, and special thanks to our regularly posting members for your continued support! :)

Reading and such

Sep. 24th, 2017 08:22 pm
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It isn't Wednesday, but who's counting? ;V

Recently Finished: Packing for Mars by Mary Roach. I've read one of her other books, Stiff, which is about the use of cadavers in science; Packing for Mars, on the other hand, deals with the ins and outs of space travel, both in historical and future context. It was interesting, though I didn't like it as much as Stiff, which was more within my typical niche. ...Also, there are some chapters dealing with bodily functions in detail and in the end I just had to skip through that stuff because it was just more than I ever wanted to know about shitting in space.

Also Finished Reading: Jurassic Park by Michael Crichton. I love the film, so it was interesting to read the novel that inspired it. Overall, I feel that I like the film better - it had a more fun and magical atmosphere than the novel, I think. ...I also found almost everybody in the novel unlikeable, with the exception of Grant and Sattler, so that didn't help much. ;p Upside of reading this: I finally have the context I was missing for the Jurassic Park game I had as a kid on Sega Genesis; there was a lot of stuff in the game that wasn't in the film. Turns out, those scenes were inspired by the novel.

Currently Reading: Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton. This one is a historical novel centred around the rivalry between palaeontologists Marsh and Cope, told from the point of view of a student working with them. Overall, I'm liking this one more than Jurassic Park - then again, I do so love reading about the Bone Wars and other bits of early palaeontology. :D

Also Currently Reading: IT by Stephen King. This is one King novel that I've never managed to get around to, and with the film remake and so on, I was curious. So far, I'm enjoying it, but oh man, it's... longer than I expected it to be.

Anyway! Aside from the above, I bought some books in Victoria....

Book Haul )

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Sep. 24th, 2017 09:09 pm
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I slept badly again last night. It was really hard to relax and fall asleep. If I lie on either side, my left elbow hurts enough to wake me. If I lie on my back, the strap for my c-PAP headgear slides upward until the nose piece is no longer actually over my nose which also wakes me. I got up when Scott went to bed, even though I was tired enough to need more sleep, because Cordelia was already up.

Things with Scott's work schedule are a bit up in the air. They source their raw materials in Texas and so have a supply bottleneck even though they're facing both their busiest time of year due to special orders for cider season and an unusually high demand for the things they make all year. This worries me that they'll only give Scott one day to transition back to day shift by making him work next Saturday night into Sunday morning and then expecting him to start back on first shift at 6:15 Monday morning. It all depends on whether or not the supplies come in and how much of a backlog of orders they have then.

We ended up going to Dairy Queen last night because Cordelia said she really wanted a hot fudge sundae. Seeing what she ended up with, I'd never have called it a 'hot fudge' sundae because the topping was very, very runny. She commented, after eating it, that she really should have thought about the fact that she's not currently all that into chocolate. Her other idea had been an expedition to Novi to the Cheesecake Factory there, but it was 8:00 by the time we were ready to go anywhere at all. Dairy Queen was cheaper and closer.

I'm still working on characters for my game at UCon. I'll be running it from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, and I worry a little that a home rules game won't draw players in that time slot (I was worried about that in any time slot, quite frankly), but I suppose that people who like my games will still see that the game exists. I'm willing to run with just two people. Scott will be running something during that game slot, so I can't ask him to make up numbers.

I have notes, some sketchy and some not so much so, and names for seven characters. It's my intention to write them so that they can be played male, female, or anything else as the player prefers. I did that for my Amber game last UCon, and one of the players decided their character used they/them pronouns. I don't intend to make sex/gender integral to the plot in any way unless the player characters chase after it.

Looking at the online UCon game book section for RPGs is kind of fascinating. There's no character limit for the online listings, and some people post a wall of text while other people say little more there than what will fit in the printed version. It would be interesting to see which of these attract more players or if they simply attract different players. I haven't seen much yet that makes me want to play anything, but many games are better than their blurbs.

I'll be running Sentinels of the Multiverse on Friday morning, so all my GMing will be done by 1 p.m. on Saturday. Sentinels is much less work in the preparation stage. Mainly, I need to pick a villain and a setting and test the combination so that I know what bits of each are likely to kill the superheroes. I may, based on that, offer a limited selection of heroes rather than letting anyone choose any hero at all, but I also may not because that's more work. It's just that there are some heroes who can't function at all against certain villains.

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