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Someone is waiting for Tara.

Notes and acknowledgements:
To whoever the anonymous creator of this fic is, thank you for gifting your story to fandom.

Gratitude as always to Paraka and Jinjurly for hosting.

Original Fic: here
Author: orphan_account
Fandom: Discworld, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Pairing: Gen
Rating: Gen
Warnings: Tone is lighthearted and humorous, but does contain references to major character death and animal death.
Length: 00:01:09

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Posted by BD

Retail | Richmond, VA, USA

(I work at an automotive parts store, and we say the name of our store in the greeting when we answer phone calls.)

Me: “Thank you for calling [Store]. This is [My Name]. How can I help you?”

Customer: “What time is Hercules playing tonight?”

Me: “I’m sorry, this is [Store]. You have the wrong number.”

Customer: “I’d like to buy tickets to see Hercules.”

Me: “I’m sorry, you have the wrong number. This is not the movie theater.”

Customer: “Why can’t you sell me tickets? What kind of movie theater is this? Can I speak to a manager?!”

(I put the customer on hold and tell my manager the story.)

Manager: *on the phone*  “Hercules is playing at eight pm tonight and we have two tickets here for you at the counter. Have a nice night.”

The post Requires A Herculean Effort To Make Them Understand appeared first on Funny & Stupid Customer Stories - Not Always Right.

Might it have been a beaver?

May. 30th, 2016 11:46 pm
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Was exhausted yestereen and skipped out and went beddybyes after the GoH speeches and the Tiptree Award Ceremony.

Got up somewhat early this morning in order to get to the panel 'What happened to the Women SF Writers', which, in spite of the somewhat depressing topic and the fact that it was Monday morning and the last panel session of the con, was extremely good and lively.

In the Dealers' Room, I finally succumbed to Dept of Vain Adornment and bought 2 necklaces, both of which, however, were marked down for closing sale.

A book I had spotted on the PM Press stall turned out to be sold out, but I managed, with some cursing, this afternoon in purchasing and downloading the e-version. On the whole I have been resisting buying books when I might be able to get e-versions.

After the post-mortem panel I went for a walk by the lakeside - hot, and a bit humid, but I think I've known it more oppressive.

Walking along, observed the head of a brown animal pop up by the shore: a chap walking past said 'beaver', but I didn't get a chance to look at it long enough before it ducked down again to see whether it had the right sort of teeth - might have been an otter?

Also, there was a train pulling a vast number of freight trucks came along the line by the lakeshore just as I was trying to get across the road. Think it may be the first time I have seen an actual train on that line.

Lots of boats of various kinds out on the lake.

I did the Monona Terrace roof-garden the other day (also the roof terrace of the public library): there are a whole lot of inscribed plaques set into the ground with peoples' names, commemorations, etc. One was '[X] loves [Y]', which struck as possibly being in the same category as getting a tattoo to that effect: it could be a regrettably permanent testimony to something that did not last. wot me cynical.

M/M Rares letter

May. 30th, 2016 03:42 pm
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Placeholder letter post!

(no subject)

May. 30th, 2016 11:38 pm
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Blah.... I specifically said I didn't want a forum-style site, so what do I get? A forum style site. The text is too small. Too much info. Way too many boards and in all honesty, I'm only interested in the fandom my characters are in. Maybe they didn't understand what I was asking.

What A Capital Idea

May. 30th, 2016 09:00 pm
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Posted by BD

Tech Support | TX, USA

Customer: “Can you reset my password for me?”

(We go through the process.)

Me: “Your new password is Password1.”

Customer: “All right. Is the 1 capitalized?”

Me: “…No. But if you figure out how to do that, let me know. I feel like I’ve been missing out.”

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Film Talk: Sailor Moon Crystal Act 34

May. 30th, 2016 10:30 pm
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Missed the previous reaction post? You can find it here!


Hey, look! I am actually somewhat on time with this one this time! Miracles happen! Okay, so let’s start off with the totally not spoilery part: we did get the chance of opening and ending this episode as we all knew we would and… I am not sure on the ending song. But then it feels odd to have such a Mamoru-focused ending song when the show as a whole is so little about him. Maybe it’ll grow on me. I’m not sure.

The opening… I’m a little less divided on. It’s basically the same song, after all, with different singers and a few different arrangements. I think now that I’ve heard all three that the first is my favourite in terms of the opening credits. I’m not decided on the full song yet. (This is partially because when it’s the full song I prefer the second of the first and so I know I can’t base my opinion of the third full version on the opening.)

Anyway! Onto the episode itself!

Standard disclaimer of all-caps everywhere is still in place.

Also. Pictures later because ASGDHSDK. <3

Read the rest of this entry » )

Mirrored from Little Lion Lynnet's.

Monday Yardening

May. 30th, 2016 04:20 pm
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Today I went back out with the stump killer.  I remembered to get a rag to brush sawdust off the stumps, and gloves to protect my hands.  I did the stumps around the septic tank and the ones around the parking lot. 


Second round: started killing stumps in the prairie garden.  I worked around the south edge and some in the middle, then moved partway up the north side.  There is still a lot left to do in the north though.

A conversation starter - I hope!

May. 30th, 2016 10:11 pm
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Hi all!

I am hugely grateful for everyone who's been involved in keeping this community running over the past… however long it's been. Some years? You guys rock – really you do. I sort of ran horribly out of cope and ran away, and people took over in my absence and looked after the community. I'm really glad it's in your hands.

I've been thinking about this group recently, though. "Just one thing" is a great challenge and it seems like it really works for some people – but everyone's brain is different and not everyone finds it easy to participate in that. So (at the suggestion of [personal profile] syntaxofthings) I wanted to ask the community what you guys think. What kinds of things would you like to see or do here apart from "Just one thing"?

I'm not sure it makes sense for me to jump back in and take things over again; everything seems to be running beautifully, and the chance I'll burn out and disappear again is a bit too high. But I thought it might be a start to open up a conversation about how we can all work together to cheer each other on – I'd love to see this become a collaborative community rather than one that's led by a handful of people. And I'd love to see some different modes for people to contribute. Acknowledging our own and each other's accomplishments is fantastic, but I feel like the other side of dealing with things like impostor syndrome is also acknowledging the hard stuff and the imperfections.

The one example I can think of is this page on the DW Wiki called Things Real Dreamwidth Programmers Do - which is explicitly designed to show new contributors that even the most experienced professionals make mistakes. Would something like that be helpful? Not just real programmers – but real writers, real artists, professionals, jobseekers, students, parents, or whatever else we are? A place to talk about the mistakes and the difficult parts and the parts that made us cry or pull our hair out with frustration?

Those are my first thoughts. What about you? What would you like to see happening here? What might help in your personal battle with impostor syndrome – or whatever else it is that makes it harder to accept yourself as you are?

Thanks again for keeping this place going! It's so awesome to see it thriving.
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By the author of National Velvet, which if you’ve never read it is a quite unusual book with a distinctive prose style and atmosphere that I find quite lovely, especially at the beginning. It doesn’t read at all like your typical girls-and-horses book, though it is that as well.

A Diary Without Dates is Bagnold’s memoir of nursing soldiers during WWI. It’s also written in an unusual, distinctive style, with an unusual, distinctive atmosphere, both gritty and impressionistic. She captures fleeting moments of beauty or horror or unexpected humor, and the sense of how fleeting those moments are, in a way that reminds me a bit of Banana Yoshimoto, of all the unlikely comparisons. I’ve read a number of memoirs by WWI nurses, and this is by far the most interesting on the level of literature. It’s not so much a diary as a record of memorable moments, thoughts, and feelings.

Though it’s not about therapy, it’s one of the books that comes closest to capturing what doing therapy feels like for me. Bagnold delicately and precisely observes the odd mixture of intimacy and distance between nurse and patient, in an institutional setting with inhuman rules against which intensely human dramas are played out, and how you can share a person’s greatest agony one hour, and then walk outside and be moved by the beauty of a flower or annoyed by the next nurse over, and have all those moments be equally real and deeply felt, though some seem trivial and some profound. But to Bagnold, they're all profound because they're all real moments of life, and life itself is profound. A few other works that have that feeling to me are the Tove Janssen's The Summer Book and Anita Desai's The Peacock Garden, and the WWII movie Hope and Glory.

Though it’s not particularly an expose, Bagnold writes rather unflatteringly about some of her bosses and some of the rules at the hospital where she worked. As a result, she was fired when the book came out. So she went to London and became an ambulance driver. I think she must have been quite an interesting person, and reading her diary, I wished that I could have known her. I think we might have had a lot in common and a lot to talk about.

Note: Contains some of-the-period racism and other isms. Not a lot and it’s typical of books written in that period by white people (as opposed to being more racist than usual), but there’s at least one instance though I have now forgotten the details.

A Diary Without Dates (Free on Kindle; the print version almost certainly has better formatting, though the free version is readable.)
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Author: imaginary_golux
Fandom: Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Pairing: Finn/Poe/Rey
Rating: Gen
Warnings: None

Notes and acknowledgements:
Thank you to imaginary_golux for having blanket permission! And hugs to Jinjurly and Paraka for server space as always.


Finn is mending the jacket, and has some questions about the other bits of damage on it.

Original Fic: here
Length: 00:03:36
Paraka: MP3 (9 MB) or M4B (6 MB)
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Rey doesn't know how to swim. Poe is more than happy to teach her.

Original Fic: here
Length: 00:10:15
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"Look, I know my brother's kind of a creep, but he hasn't scared you off entirely, has he?" And Ray kind of laughs down the phone line, and then he's agreeing to go hang out, because it's Gerard, and he's never been able to say no to him, not once.

So he lets himself into their house, and goes down the basement, and there's Gerard on the bed, waiting for him, and there's Mikey, behind him, leaning back against the pillows with one of Gerard's sketchpads on his lap, looking doubtful. "Hi," he says when Gerard doesn't say anything, and Ray kind of pauses in the doorframe, looks between them.

"Hi?" he ventures.

"Look, this is -" Gerard waves between them, seeming to think that kind of encapsulates the whole situation right there. "It's fine, you know? You can -" he kind of gestures vaguely at Mikey, then shrugs. "I guess that's... that's really all I had to say."

"Oh," Ray says. "Oh, um. Okay?" He looks between them a little helplessly until Gerard reaches for the bedside table, holds out a beer.

"We're watching Star Wars," he offers, and Ray takes the beer gratefully, settling onto the bed beside Mikey.

- [archiveofourown.org profile] j_writes' Down the Stairs, First Door on the Left

Vid: Tesseract (Interstellar)

May. 30th, 2016 01:27 pm
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source: Interstellar
audio: Vienna Teng, "The Breaking Light ft. Alex Wong"
length: 4:19
stream: on Vimeo
download: 266MB mp4 on dropbox
summary: “Speaking of ways, pet, by the way, there is such a thing as a tesseract.” ― Madeleine L'Engle, A Wrinkle in Time

My [community profile] wiscon_vidparty premiere!

Password: Wiscon

Notes and lyrics )


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