Some more MEA, and also Once

May. 26th, 2017 02:21 pm
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I finished Mass Effect Andromeda and my final assessment of the game is that it's flawed, but enjoyable. I think it's safe to say that I won't be replaying it as much as any of the Dragon Age games, but the same was true of the original trilogy.

So much of the critism of this game compares it to Mass Effect 1-3, and can never quite identify with that because I never had that much fun playing them. Biotics aside, I found pretty much every aspect of battle incredibly dry and boring. I adore Ashley and Liara, but there were a whole lot of characters I felt so disconnected from. Plus, the military nature of the game always made the crew seem more like Shepard's employees than the cooky space family I want/need/crave.

(The Citadel DLC is still the greatest thing to happen in our time.)

My small, tiny interest in Sloane Kelly has grown a little bit into a full on obsession after reading the tie-in novel Nexus Uprising. More on that in another post, probably. Too many feelings.

I conclusion, Mass Effect Andromeda appealed to me a whole lot more than the original trilogy, but Dragon Age 1-3 still win out by a mile.


In other news, Once Upon a Time season 6 is finished, and though there's a season 7 coming, this very much seemed like an ending to the story started in season 1. I'm assuming, going forward, that seasons 1-6 will be more or less self-contained, while season 7 kicks off a new kind of story.

I... can't quite believe I've stuck with this show for this long. There have been ups and downs, and several points where I was sure I was giving up on it, but I am really happy now that I didn't. This show definitely qualifies as one of the weirdest and most enoyable TV experiences I've had. The sheer absurdity of some of their storylines is staggering, but somehow they always make me believe it.

After we watched the last episode, [personal profile] commoncomitatus and I were both like, "...ha ha, what a weird few years, some of it was great but so much weirdness, wouldn't want to rewatch that, ha ha... unless..... you........... do.................?????"

So we're doing a rewatch from the very beginning now. It's going to be glorious.

Languages redux

May. 25th, 2017 09:26 pm
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Tried poking at French on duolingo ... and then realized it would mess up any Spanish attempts (or the Spanish attempts would much up French) because they look similar and sound so different, and I had a moment of "je suis, tu eres, il/elle/es est" (bad jumble of french and Spanish with a soupçon of German). So ... for now I go back to German for Duolingo purposes, and refresh Spanish grammar/vocab through other sites. (I am currently tempted by which is paid, but I will probably get over that temptation and just stick to free resources.)

I did realize why I suddenly had urges to go do other languages, Greek or French or whatnot, rather than continuing with German. It's because the words aren't sticking right now. It's not difficult vocabulary -- z.b. Ort, Kneipe, Bezirk, Grundstück, Umgebung, Unterkünfte -- but I can't remember the words or their meanings at all. Each time it's like I'm seeing the word for the first time, and by the time it comes up again I've dropped it again.

Which is, um. Frustrating. And makes me want to avoid it. And to some extent repetition is the key to learning things like this, but it's hard to repeat things you can't hold on to.

I kind of wish I could just download language knowledge into my brain.

I made it!

May. 25th, 2017 10:39 pm
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[personal profile] elanya
I mean technically I did already update today, but that was supposed to be for yesterday!

I got a lot of actual work done today? Which was good! Yay! I'm excited! I have a meeting tomorrow which will probably be less exciting, but enh, whatever. the weekend is coming! yay!

And the Jukebox deadline! Ahh! I know I have the story under control at this point, but I still might need to ask for an extension /o\ But my beta'cheerreading folks think it's good so that's also encouraging!

The knitting project I started as a quick portable project for knit night and bus knitting is really not good or that purpose @_@ For one thins, it is cabled lace. For another, the directions are really kind of badly written in some ways. Ahh well. I am enjoying it but it requires more focus than I had anticipated! The yarn is really pretty :3
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So there’s a new Twin Peaks… thing…? out? I guess? And I have never seen Twin Peaks (but am fairly well spoiled for whodunnit and so on) and have pretty firmly decided that, NOPE, NOT FOR ME, TOO CREEPY AND AWFUL.

…So tonight I was like “hey, I want to watch some TV and obviously Twin Peaks is not even in the running, but what should I watch? Leverage? Sense8?”

And then Netflix recommended me The Keepers. About the unsolved murder of a nun, and how her murder connected to the horrific sexual abuse of teen girls in the school where she taught because THAT IS MUCH LESS CREEPY AND AWFUL AND HORRIFYING THAN TWIN PEAKS? OR. THE OPPOSITE OF THAT. SO OBVIOUSLY I WATCHED THAT.

(I mean, the series seems amazingly well done and I’m sure I’m going to watch the rest of it, just, you know, this is EXACTLY LIKE that time I decided not to read the second and third books of the Hunger Games trilogy because they were too grim and depressing and instead I went and read a book about the Donner party. GUESS WHAT, GRIM AND DEPRESSING AND THE ADDED HORROR OF ACTUALLY BEING TRUE.)

from Tumblr

Have a good one, guys!

May. 26th, 2017 01:22 am
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doesn't feel like friday

May. 26th, 2017 08:52 am
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At this point, I don't even know what Friday should feel like.

My week has been crazy busy - or feels that way. And then a group of women from church are apparently doing something tonight and I've been invited.

Tomorrow night, I am ABSOLUTELY STAYING HOME. There will be no stirring. Not the slightest step off the property once I get home from the osteo.


Fandom 5k

May. 25th, 2017 11:38 pm
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[personal profile] dhampyresa
I wrote a pinch-hit for [community profile] fandom5k.
Pocketful of stories (5031 words) by sevenofspade
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008) - All Media Types, Star Wars Original Trilogy
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Ahsoka Tano, Padmé Amidala
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Worldbuilding, Folklore
Summary: Ahsoka travelled the galaxy, collecting tales and sowing revolution along the way.

I had a lot of fun coming up with the various folktales intersped in this.

All the planets/people have different ways of framing stories.
  • Stories from Naboo start with either "Once upon a time, above wave, below stars" for the Gungan stories and "Once upon a time, below stars" for the non-Gungan stories.
  • Stories on Alderaan start with "Long ago on Alderaan" and by giving the main character's relationship to Queenship.
  • Stories on Pantora start with "When yesterday was yet to be" and end with a bracketed statement including the phrase "Do not believe them." -- they refute other versions of the story.
  • Clone stories are much more informal in tone and start with "They say this is a true story".
  • Ykobar stories start with "There was a time" which is a literal translation of the French "Il était une fois", the traditional start to a fairytale. They end in "The tale still goes on and is only just beginning".
The stories of the Kermor are variations on the tale of the city of Ys -- the word Kermor itself is made up of two Breton words, "ker" (meaning "a place where people live") and "mor" (meaning "sea"). I was originally going to go with "Morvac'h" ("Horse of the sea") -- especially given that it's part of some versions the Ys legend and can be a war omen -- but ultimately decided against it. The c'h sound tends to be confusing for people unfamiliar with Breton; it's a voiceless velar fricative -- the same sound as in loch.

I didn't sign up for [community profile] fandom5k because I didn't know if I would have time -- and I kind of ran out of time on this pinch-hit a bit -- but I should have signed up if I was going to end up writing for it anyway. Then again, given my computer issues, I wouldn't have been able to comment until yesterday/today, which seems like a dick move. Not that could have known either of those things at the time. What I'm trying to say is that I'll sign up next year.

Mystery solved!

May. 25th, 2017 05:52 pm
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[personal profile] goss
Thanks to [personal profile] lilacsigil, who correctly named my unidentified flower as being Scadoxus multiflorus. Also known as blood lily - never heard of it.

Hails from Africa, and is maybe poisonous? Very interesting...

Links Post

May. 25th, 2017 02:33 pm
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The Smithsonian: The Surprising Ingenuity Behind “Goodnight Moon”

My Modern Met: 11 Photographers Who Have Elevated Pet Photography into an Art Form

The Atlantic: A University That Prioritizes the Students Who Are Often Ignored

The Guardian: On the Road to the Summer of Love in Pictures

STAT NEWS: She’s got a radical approach for the age of superbugs: Don’t fight infections. Learn to live with them

The National Review: Trump’s Berating of Comey for the Consumption of Our Enemies

LA Times: How a remote California tribe set out to save its river and stop a suicide epidemic

The New York Times: Stories of New Orleans: As Monuments Go Down, Family Histories Emerge

I will be interested to see if the the Democratic party can get its collective head out of its collective ass pull itself together long enough to swing some districts blue and elect some of their candidates in 2018.

The Nation:

 Pramila Jayapal Wants Democrats to Know That Resistance Is Not Enough The freshman congresswoman from Washington thinks that this is the time when progressive ideas can go mainstream.

 Can Rob Quist’s Full-Throated Populism Win Back Rural America?

We'll see soon enough. Montana's special election is today.

Back to the NYT: What to Watch in Montana’s Special Election

Lovecraft quote

May. 25th, 2017 02:05 pm
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Well, I have failed at updating my journal regularly, but that which we call real life has plagued my mind and free time. I just finished my semester last week, so I have been reading and relaxing since then. Right now, I'm reading through a collection of Lovecraft's Dream Cycle, and I thought I'd share this quote because it seems appropriate:

"There are not many persons who know what wonders are opened to them in the stories and visions of their youth; for when as children we listen and dream,
we think but half-formed thoughts, and when as men we try to remember, we are dulled and prosaic with the poison of life. But some of us awake in the night
with strange phantasms of enchanted hills and gardens, of fountains that sing in the sun, of golden cliffs overhanging murmuring seas, of plains that stretch
down to sleeping cities of bronze and stone, and of shadowy companies of heroes that ride caparisoned white horses along the edges of thick forests; and
then we know that we have looked back through the ivory gates into that world of wonder which was ours before we were wise and unhappy."
- H. P. Lovecraft, "Celephais," The Dream Cycle

(no subject)

May. 25th, 2017 04:19 pm
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[personal profile] thatyourefuse
Name a character, and I'll tell you:

What I like about them

What I dislike about them

Favourite moment

Least favourite moment

A situation with this character that I want to see explored more

An interesting AU for this character

A crossover

OTP (or OT3+ etc…. just… favourite ship)

Other ships



An assortment of headcanons!

(You're probably going to have the best luck with: Penny Dreadful, Peaky Blinders, Twin Peaks, The Hour, various things you know I've read. Note: I specifically have not seen enough Billions yet to answer reasonably.)

Moving Things Over

May. 25th, 2017 07:43 pm
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So I ran or helped mod the following comms on Imzy:

I will be moving prompt posts over to this blog in particular at Writing sprints while I may run, it will end up more a personal schedule. The sites I still live on all have writing sites that serve Microfic’s primary functions, just without word count limitations.

I’ll try and get a WordPress comm for Conlang up this weekend.

Two (Or Three) Things And A Meme

May. 25th, 2017 02:09 pm
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[personal profile] calliopes_pen
For those that might have used it, Imzy is shutting down. I never made a single post or comment, but I had registered at some point. I just never went back after that.

Rosario Dawson is reportedly in talks to play Cecilia Reyes in the New Mutants film; also, that film will apparently go full on horror. I'm not sure what to think about that.

Edit: Correction, it's three things of note. It turns out the Icelandic version of Dracula--Powers of Darkness--is really Swedish.

From the article: "First he assumed that Makt myrkranna would be a straight translation of the Swedish publication, but then he found out that the Swedish text is more complete and contains scenes neither described in Dracula nor in Makt myrkranna. And the madman Renfield is still in the story, among others."

So there's that! And on World Dracula Day, no less.

And here’s a meme that I thought it might be fun to try.

meme: If you were to remix one of my stories, 1.) what would it be and 2.) what would you do. TELL ME.

For all of my stories, it’s sort of spread out across Ao3 and the ‘fanfic I’ve written tag’.

FAKE Ficlet: Impractical

May. 25th, 2017 07:27 pm
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[personal profile] badly_knitted

Title: Impractical
Fandom: FAKE
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: Dee/Ryo
Rating: PG-13
Setting: After the manga.
Summary: There’s such a thing as being too practical, so Dee is determined to treat Ryo to a bit of luxury, whatever it takes.
Word Count: 500
Written For: Prompt #448: Silk Sheets at [community profile] slashthedrabble.
Disclaimer: I don’t own FAKE, or the characters. They belong to the wonderful Sanami Matoh.

Impractical... )

Ficlet: Freewheeling

May. 25th, 2017 07:15 pm
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[personal profile] badly_knitted

Title: Freewheeling
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: Ianto, Jack.
Rating: G
Spoilers: Nada.
Summary: Ianto is having great fun riding his bike, until he’s interrupted…
Word Count: 571
Written For: My own prompt ‘Any, Any, Best thing about riding a bike is freewheeling down steep hills,’ at [community profile] fic_promptly.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood, or the characters. They belong to the BBC.

Freewheeling... )
thatyourefuse: Audrey Horne from Twin Peaks, luminous. ([tp] ash and ice)
[personal profile] thatyourefuse
/briefly surfaces for air from a five-day Twin Peaks binge, with hair hanging in my face and a slightly manic gleam in my eyes

I think I may have forgotten how to string together a standard English sentence. I want to hang red drapes all over everything. I love every woman in this pine-riddled hellhole (although Nadine tests me, I must admit). Oh my God James Hurley is boring. I think I'm having some kind of epic dialogue-based hatemance with Ben Horne and I want to write largely plotless novels about One-Eyed Jack's. How does Madchen Amick's face I don't understand (like how do ANY OF THESE FACES, but what kind of ludicrous luminous nonsense is this). I WOULD KILL FOR A DOUGHNUT.

(I haven't even gotten to any of the new material yet. I have to plow through S2 first. But from what I've heard, so far it's most of what I love and none of what I skip through.)

(I have seen Fire Walk With Me, for the first time, because [personal profile] ceebee_eebee insisted, and I can sum up the experience in two statements:

1. I really understand the tags on this post right now.

2. I started crying like a child twenty minutes before the end and didn't stop until it was over.

Like Crimson Peak is still The Movie for me, but god help me I think this is a close second.)

In decline...

May. 25th, 2017 09:52 am
elanya: Pensive pony (Default)
[personal profile] elanya
I don't know why I've been so bad with this lately....

Yesterday I mostly just worked on my Jukebox. And read some Voltron comic to the kids (and myself).

Work computer is having some issues, so posting from phone. Wooh!

Also waiting for my tea to be cool enough to drink...

Welcome to the Madness!

May. 25th, 2017 08:49 am
nanslice: ([FFXV] hands clasped so tight)
[personal profile] nanslice
WELL, uh, I watched Welcome to the Madness, Yuri Plisetsky's standalone (???) performance. Spoilers )

Anyway, so that happened.


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