- The English sofa is a loan from Turkish. The Turkish for the English sofa, however, is kanape, as a loan from the French canapé, which has the original meaning of English sofa and, by figurative extension, the meaning of English canapé, because you've got a little piece of bread or pastry or something that looks like a sofa with the topping perched on top of it. (sebastienne conjectured this etymology when I was grumbling about the Turkish last week; they were surprised and delighted to be correct.)
- Fox/vixen is the solitary surviving example in modern English of the Germanic feminine suffix -en, -in: Fuchs/Füchsin.
- The English/French foyer is rendered, in Swedish orthography, foajé. It is pronounced the way one might reasonably expect foyer to be pronounced. See also: restaurang.
This suggests Bannon and Short haven't either:
One Hill Republican aide who was involved in the last-minute negotiations said Mr. Bannon and Mr. Short were seeking to compile an enemies list.
Alternatively, they read about Nixon's "Enemies List" and thought ooh, that sounds great, we should do that, it worked out so well for him.
(Seriously, I don't actually imagine that this is literally Watergate 2.0 or going to play out exactly like that, because that would be too weird and history doesn't work like that, which is one reason why it's so odd when Trump and co. seem to be borrowing such highly-specific things from the Nixon playbook.)
ETA: Do you think they saw a reference to an "enemies list" somewhere and thought whoa, that sounds super-hardcore and badass, we should have one of those? Has nobody told them yet?
Also, these are beautiful words to read:
Mr. Trump’s chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, according to people familiar with White House discussions, described what happened as a flat-out failure that could inflict serious damage on this presidency — even if Mr. Bannon believes Congress, not Mr. Trump, deserves much of the blame.
Dear USians, please enjoy these words and take strength from them.
Meanwhile, I am liberally covered in glitter and I could not be happier about it.
Marg and Helen and the girls all loved their lip balms (and glitter gels), so I feel confident I found a couple of recipes that people other than me like, so that's good.
This morning, I made these chocolate cherry breakfast cookies (pic) and I might have made them too big, since they took more like 15 minutes to cook rather than the 9 to 11 the recipe suggests. I also used almond butter since I don't like peanut butter (I know, I know; I also don't like tuna fish; I was a nightmare child!) and they smell and taste great. And I finally used up the last of the dried cherries from my Christmas chocolate making, which was good. I found they (the dried cherries, I mean) were not as good in salads as dried cranberries, so they've just been sitting around taking up space. *hands*
So I feel like it's been a productive day, even if I didn't get the good sleep I was hoping for last night.
Couch has a red velvet cover (and red velvet pillows) and we also have red fleece blankets we put on it and the whole thing gets so furry you have no idea. Kevin just washed the blankets last week and the fuzz is already mighty.
The spot Isbjorn & Ibsen are snuggling on is where there's a heated cat pad under the fleece blanket. Toasty spot is toasty.
Sometimes they cuddle together in such a way it looks like we have one ridiculously large strange mutant Norwegian Forest Cat but here you can pretty much tell Isbjorn is sorta spooning Ibsen.
Take me there!
Warning courtesy bironic: *The All Articles index has animated gifs, although the mobile version doesn't seem to. You can avoid them if you go to the About page, and the Contributors page links to the articles by author. At a glance, the Glitter and Gold essay had a flashy gif (and the History of Vidding essay had a subtler one) that the gif-sensitive might want to be warned about.
Friday is for Brhenti, so after dinner and playing with Bug it was project time. I decided to try this easy plan for making a tote bag from a t-shirt (verdict: super easy!) and then started on some hand stitching.
Jewelry is really a thing I need to work on at my desk because of all the small pieces and pliers and things, so I’m liking the experiments with things like sock darning and hand sewing that I can do on the couch with the family, and pick up or put down easily depending on what’s going on.
We’re far enough into this project now that I have pretty solid prayers for everyone. I’m making daily offerings but they vary depending on who they’re to, and that seems sensible.
There’s been a lot of medical foo and illness this month, though, enough that I’m wondering if that means I’m still fucking up something in the warding process. Of course, it’s also been widely acknowledged in town that there’s been more and worse winter bugs than usual this year, so maybe I’m being paranoid.
I haven’t actually celebrated the equinox yet, and that actually is a holiday – we should be celebrating Mara’s return from her winter hunt now. Oops. Frankly I think I lost track of it because I knew Easter was so far out. I found a bread recipe that I want to try but I need to find the yeast.
Not an exciting Friday, but I’m looking forward to the weekend.
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I now have most of the props for my book cover photo shoot. Spray paint, pins, hot glue, RIT Dye, masking tape, old curtains, bits of hardware, an actual riding crop off eBay--I really haven't had this much crafty fun in ages.
The lighting is pretty good. I'm pleased with the complementary orange/blue color scheme--which was a happy accident. It was time to put a body in the chair and start testing poses.
So I asked my sister to don the shirt and drape the (very skinny) "buckskin breeches" (linen drawstring pants, still awaiting modification) over her legs, and strike the attitude.
I liked the effect, so I pasted on the head of the actual model I hope to hire for the photo shoot.
(The professional graphic designer will be charged with a real layout and real fonts. It's still up to me to tweak the costume. The draped column might have to go.)
What do you think?
[Drabbles & Short Fiction]
- finding my reprieve (it's right here in your arms) (Cordelia/Jhiera, PG-13) by kwritten
- The Gentleman Takes His Leave (Buffy/Spike, PG-13) by Slaymesoftly
- Prom Queen No More Chapter 2 (Buffy/Faith, NC-17) by lesbian_killers
- If You'd Still Chapter 42 (Oz/Willow, R) by mille_libri
- Where Do We Go? Chapter 5 (Buffy/Spike, PG-13) by MixItUp
- Help Wanted Chapter 4 (Buffy/Spike, PG-13) by Baphrosia (spuffy_luvr)
- Someday Chapter 2 (Buffy/Spike, NC-17) by sunalso
- Imperfections Chapter 19 (Giles/Jenny, PG-13) by The_Eclectic_Bookworm
- "So, This Isn't a Vampire Problem." Chapter 21 (Giles/Willow, R) by MyEvilTwin (ProtoNeoRomantic)
- Some Say in Ice Chapter 10 (Angel/Buffy, R) by ariaadagio
- Forward Without Seeing Chapter 6 (Ensemble, R) by queen_insane
- Hellfire and Church Bells Chapter 42 (Drusilla/Spike, Not Rated) by bekindplsrewind
- Somewhere I Know You're Out There Chapter 17 (Faith/Giles, NC-17) by ZaiaFantasy
- The Cyrano Factor Chapter 4 (Buffy/Spike, PG-13) by Medievalchic
- A Walk on the Wild Side Chapters 1-3 (Faith/Willow, Law and Order SVU xover, PG-13) by steeleye
- Come As You Aren't Chapter 7 (Giles/Willow, Indiana Jones xover, PG-13) by ProtoNeoRomantic
- Profit, Stargates and Prophets Chapter 1 (Andrew/John Sheppard, xover with Stargate Atlantis and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Not Rated) by JacobPhoenix34
- Lines (Buffy/Jack Harkness, xover with Doctor Who and Torchwood, Not Rated) by pprfaith
- Scotland, Slayers, and Secrets Chapter 2 (Ensemble, Highlander: The Series xover, PG-13) by rebaobsessions
- Synchronicity Chapter 117 (Faith/Dean winchester, Supernatural xover, PG-13) by Authoressinhiding
[Images, Audio & Video]
- Artwork: Prophecy Girl sketch by abuffyeveryday
- Artwork: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Buttons [Season 1] by consulting-huggybear
- Artwork: Buffy cartoon by heroofthreefaces
- Artwork: Buffy sketch by jeremynixon
- Artwork: "End of Days" poster by no-literally
- Artwork: "Dirty Girls" poster by no-literally
- Fanmix: leave me hypnotized love (Buffy/Faith mix) by joandawson
- Podcast: Season 3 Episode 9 The Wish - LIVE! 20th Buffyversary! by Babes Watch Buffy
- Podcast: Episode #205: BtVS 5×15, Angel 2×15 — All About the Blood Waffles by hypable
- Podcast: S02E11 - The Tortellini Conspiracy - Ted by popculturerolecall
- Podcast: 2.10: What's My Line (Part 2) by bufferingthevampireslayer
- Fanmix: She's My Everything (Tara/Willow mix) by nonbinary-fission
[Reviews & Recaps]
- Joss-xian Universe: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 11 #5: “Desperate Measures”
- Paper Droids: Celebrate Buffy’s 20th Anniversary with Lurk, A Fray Fan Film by Elissa Smith
- Thoughts on Riley by catty-words
- Souled Angel vs souled Spike discussion by easilyhookedwonderfullyweir-blog and keyres
- BtVS shipping meme by demandingbillydolls
- "Freshman" thoughts by sulietsexual
- Vampire arousal: magic or metaphysics. A perhaps NSFW ramble by mikey-gs
[Articles, Interviews, and Other News]
- CBR.com: 15 Deaths That Mattered On Buffy The Vampire Slayer by Victoria Johnson
- Inverse: Netflix is Making a Grave Mistake Losing 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' by Lauren Sarner
a. I realized I'd miscalculated and only had enough lettuce for four days of lunch salads. I still have croutons, cranberries, cheese, and
2. Why is it so hard to find a nice red patent leather tote bag? It doesn't even have to be real leather? I would take PVC! But apparently it's not in style now? I don't understand - how does red patent leather ever go out of style?
iii. I went to bed early last night - the past two nights I've had that low-grade fever feeling, with the aches and the chills - and slept okay but I still did not want to get out of bed this morning. I am hopefully going to get some sleep over the weekend.
D. so in the oft-mentioned but still unfinished Thing 1 and Thing 2, I've been trying not to repeat events (it's the same overall story told from two POVs), but I came to a thing that I think has to be told twice - once when it happens, and then once again later, as told by the person it happened to directly. I think that makes it less repetitive? I don't know. I still haven't figured it all out. I've never really done a thing like this before, where it's separate stories rather than just sections from different POVs. I guess we'll see how it works if I ever finish them.
5. Alyssa texted me that she was feeling sad on Wednesday so she put two of the songs from the Flash/Supergirl musical ("Super Friend" and "Put a Little Love in Your Heart") on repeat along with "Hooked on a Feeling," "December 1963 (Oh What a Night)," and the Lego Batman song and found it very cheering. In case you also feel in need of happiness.
Sigh. I am so ready to go home.
Also it is the spot where a large creek enters the Willamette.
A confluence isn’t the same as a crossroad, energetically. It’s a mingling. These two things are separate, and then they are joined. It’s a little like a marriage, or a merger.
I noticed the repetition as I came down to that overlooking spot and as I offered the day’s prayers. There’s some ideas to chew on there about why a confluence of rivers is sacred to them. Two separate, distinct powers that operate in concert or in opposition but always together… hmm.
For the most part, Pechak and Velos are very straightforward. I ask them for protection from those who would harm our household. There’s some mysteries to them, but those aren’t necessary to get anywhere. They can be blessedly straightforward, and that’s a nice way to start winding down the week. I darned another sock today, and I put dinner together. I’m trying to stay on top of the to-do list thing, in a combination of not being too hard on myself and not being too easy.
Let’s see what Brhenti has to say about that on Friday.
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As you may know, about 2-3 weeks ago the Dreamhack server died. Since then, mark and I have been working on getting its replacement going, and updating a few things.
It should be ready to go in a few days, and I wanted to make a few notes for when it comes back up:
- Firstly and most importantly, you'll need to re-apply for a Dreamhack if you want one, and you'll be set up as if you were a new user. Any changes that you pushed to GitHub will be available, but any other data you may have had will be gone - apologies for that.
- I do still have email addresses for everybody who had an account when the server went down, and I'll send out a one-time email to everybody when the server is up to point them to this post. After that, the only people who will receive emails about Dreamhacks will be those who have applied for one.
- The address you need to use to log into the server via SSH will be different from the Web address domain. The email you receive when applying for a Dreamhack will state this clearly.
- The new server will have an increased quota. The earlier quota of 500MiB was enough at first, but since then the space taken by a base install of Dreamwidth has risen to 270MiB. In light of this, I've raised the quota to 750MiB.
- Each user will automatically get a test database called "test_dreamhack_<user>", accessible using the same database user and password as the main database. You'll still need to configure it properly yourself for now, but the installer will at least copy the required files to $LJHOME/ext/local/t for you to configure. Later on I'm hoping that it'll be possible to have it configured automatically.
- The official email address to contact me has changed - you should now use my Dreamwidth email address (sophie at dreamwidth dot org). Automated emails will come from this address, so if you had the previous email whitelisted you may want to whitelist this new one instead.
If you have any questions, please leave a comment! I'll answer any questions you might have.
TRISH: It's our daughter. She's missing.
CORDELIA: Oh, no. Kidnapped by evil fiends?
TRISH: We're not sure.
WESLEY: I see. Was your daughter involved in any kind of demon worship?
ROGER: Of course not!
GUNN: Could be a vampire. Hard luck tracking one of those in a city this big, but don't worry. We're detectives. We can find anyone.
ROGER: We already hired a detective.
WESLEY: And he couldn't locate her.
ROGER: He said she was staying here - in your hotel.
TRISH: Her name is Winifred Burkle. We call her Fred.
[Drabbles & Short Fiction]
- Project: Relocation_2_move-in_day (Ensemble, G, Iron Man xover) by
- A Little Light Reading (Giles, Xander, G, Iron Man xover) by
- Ease Back into a New Routine (Willow, Xander, G, Iron Man xover) by
- Master Prank (Buffy, Xander, G, Iron Man xover) by
- Off the Wall (Xander, G, Iron Man xover) by
- Model Employee (Xander, G, Iron Man xover) by
- Hanging Out and Paperwork (Xander, G, Iron Man xover) by
- The Fluffy Files 1-25/?: Collected B/S Episode Rewrites (Buffy/Spike, G) by Hils and Shoshanna
[Reviews & Recaps]
- PUBLICATION: Entertainment Weekly BtVS is Leaving Netflix in April
The New York Times: Joseph Nicolosi, Advocate of Conversion Therapy for Gays, Dies at 70
From five years ago, here's an account of the sort of damage he did (content note for suicidal ideation):
Gabriel Arana: My So-Called Ex-Gay Life