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Dec. 18th, 2014 09:07 am
sporky_rat: Torches outside the Bulgarian Communist Headquarters. (post from the ether)
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via http://ift.tt/1zxWOhs at December 18, 2014 at 03:00AM:


buffy rewatch ❉ homecoming


#how to deal with vampires a book written by cordelia  (via ettadunham​)

#this was the smartest vampire on the show…he actually survived two whole episodes and then left to live his unlife  (via neinka​)
sporky_rat: Torches outside the Bulgarian Communist Headquarters. (post from the ether)
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via http://ift.tt/1C1FcNb at December 18, 2014 at 02:00AM:
No, but I can find some. I’m a librarian! :D

(Sorry - I just did a binge-watch of all The Librarian movies to gear myself up for the TV show. Every time he announced, “I’m The Librarian,” I giggled.)
To start, how about the The Codex Assemanianus?
It was probably 10th century, but it’s still cool. You can read more about it here [link], and there are two pages of scans from it [link] [link]. Quite a few of these pages would be really easy to translate into SCA awards. I might do a few blanks myself for our current blank drive… Here are a couple of my favorites:

f. 157v

f. 10r

link]. I’ve known scribes who have used this. That is, looking at it, I’m going “OH HEY. This is what so-and-so used!” Have a sample:

f. 2r

Lastly, there is the Arkhangelsk Gospel, also know as the Archangel Gospel, which dates to 1092, making it the fourth oldest Slavic manuscript we have. You can view the whole thing online at the Russia State Library [link].

Have fun browsing!

Wax clinic!

Dec. 17th, 2014 10:48 pm
shadowspar: A cross-country skier skiing into a stadium (xcski)
[personal profile] shadowspar
Start-of-season wax clinic at Soo Finnish Nordic tonight! Was really looking forward to this, 'cuz my skis haven't really had a proper waxing since I got them -- just whatever the store put on them, plus a daily touch-up with express wax.

So, my major learning for the evening: it turns out, applying proper wax to skis does indeed make them more slippery, and therefore faster! However, it also makes you more clumsy...! Going to have to check the package to see if this side effect is listed on there. Will be in touch with the wax manufacturer if not. ;)

live-action Korra dreamcast!

Dec. 17th, 2014 09:23 pm
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[personal profile] glass_icarus
[personal profile] yifu has the BEST ideas. ♥ This is definitely a work in progress, so audience participation is welcome and encouraged, lol. Also, I haven't caught up with Korra at all (I lost investment at the end of S1), so if I'm missing half a cast by now, that's why.

Korra: ???
Mako: Harry Shum Jr.
Bolin: Daniel Cloud Campos
Asami: Fan Bingbing

Lin Bei Fong: Michelle Yeoh
Tenzin: Chow Yun Fat
Pema: Joan Chen
Hiroshi Sato: Tony Leung
Tarrlok: ???
Amon/Noatak: ???
Lieutenant: ???
Bumi: Jason Momoa?
Iroh: Daniel Henney
Ikki: ???
Jinora: ???
Meelo: ???

Master Katara: ???
Avatar Aang: ???
Sokka: Naveen Andrews?
Toph Bei Fong: Zhao Wei
Yakone: ???

You may have noticed how many question marks are involved in this list! There are implied question marks even for the names without question marks, so feel free to convince me to change my mind! THROW ME YOUR NAMES AND FACES, EVERYONE. :D

that was an adventure!

Dec. 17th, 2014 05:35 pm
sporky_rat: One of the Phelps brothers with a ukulele in greyscale. (ukuleles are badass)
[personal profile] sporky_rat

My fingers are sore from the results of my adventure today! With the cheerleading of several people (You know who you are, you fabulous people!) I rode to the music store today.

I managed to get appropriately dressed (the teachings of my father are strong within me - you get dressed nice for the music store) with a scent (Clinique Happy) and brush my hair to go to the music store. Granted, I was going on a bike about two miles, but I was crossing two of the four big roads in Hattiesburg on a bike. With a helmet, but I was still apprehensive. And I didn't really want to go.

Why did I go? For ukulele strings, of course! I bought a set of Lanikai by Aquila strings for half off today, plus I managed a set for my brother in law for sixty percent off!

I came home (I didn't get hit by a car EITHER way, winner winner chicken dinner!) and went about the task of changing out strings. I didn't expect this to be difficult, I learned how to change strings on a stringed instrument in community college when I took Classical Guitar.


I'm good. Really. After having to USE A FREAKING KNIFE (not scissors, oh no) to get the damn knots untied and off, I go about replacing the strings. The A, the E, the G, the C. In that order. Then I have to tighten them, and tune them. Fortunately I have a tuner on my phone. I know the strings are going to stretch, so I have to tune it before I play it for a little while.


I imagine I looked a bit odd on the way to and from the music store. I was cheering myself on the whole way there and congratulating myself on the way back. I did a thing!

I've been practicing Leonard Cohen's 'Hallelujah' and it's an easy enough song, it's just getting my right hand to do something different than my left hand. Not an easy trick for me.

bears. possibly platypus bears.

Dec. 17th, 2014 05:00 pm
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[personal profile] melannen

2. So I have now read Avengers: The Children's Crusade (which was very very omg good, all my YA feels are now reignited after being slightly meh about the Secret Invasion and Dark Reign trades).

Also I really need all the fic about Billy and Teddy and their grandfather and all the different things that family means. (There are only a couple - Trust Me by dangerouscommiesubversive is really really good - but there need to be more.)

(btw I wrote up an outline of the first issue of the YA-set-in-billy-and-teddy's-apartment series. *innocent whistle*)

3. I keep meaning to catch up on replies to everyone else's posts but at this point I am SO FAR BEHIND. I am reading and enjoying them all though!

4. [personal profile] umadoshi asked: Is there a book/show/movie you've been fully intending to get to this year but find yourself putting off for some reason? (Fear of disappointment, not wanting it to be over--whatever!)

Oh gosh, there are SO MANY of these. I am totally the person who will listen to your recommendations and nod along sagely, but even if it's something that sounds perfect for me, I can never start reading/watching/listening until the time is right. Sometimes that time is ten years later.

Today I am going to talk about Avatar: The Last Airbender )

Anyway just this week I bought a couple of the missing S3 discs at a flea market so maybe I will get back to watching it soon. I could do it over the holiday when I have the TV to myself again except I was planning to spend the holiday watching both series of Cosmos back-to-back (something else I keep trying and failing to watch through.) So I guess we shall see.


And then I can start putting off watching Korra.

5. Bears.

Week 3 day 3

Dec. 17th, 2014 08:44 pm
liv: oil painting of seated nude with her back to the viewer (body)
[personal profile] liv posting in [community profile] c25k
Total running fail in the past almost two weeks. One of the days I couldn't run I managed to follow [personal profile] rmc28's good example and went for a nice brisk energetic walk instead. I didn't track it, but I walked for about an hour and I'm fairly sure over 5 km. Apart from that, nada.

Today I had another go at week 3, and managed to complete all the 10 kph intervals. The second long one was a struggle, so instead of giving up I held on to the front of the treadmill, so I count that as a win. I think next time I'll try something in between week 3 and week 4, so alternating intervals of 3 minutes running and 3 minutes walking.
jadelennox: Elephants and giraffes comic: "I'm eating a whole leprechaun" (sgnp: leprechaun)
[personal profile] jadelennox
I'm just curious about this.

For the sake of this poll, "Christmas carols" means traditional or popular carols and Christmas songs. That is, "white Christmas" and "silver bells", not "fairytale of new york." And the control is "compared to whatever music is playing in that store the rest of the year."

Also I realize the poll is biased toward those living in countries where they are likely to hear carols in stores, and the questions also assume the kind of Christmas commerce ubiquity you get in the States. So answer as seems appropriate to you.

Poll #16257 bowing our heads in the wind
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 30

People who DO celebrate Christmas: When Christmas carols are playing while I'm shopping for Christmas items

View Answers

I leave the store sooner
9 (31.0%)

I stay in the store longer
1 (3.4%)

It has no effect on how long I stay in the store
14 (48.3%)

I don't celebrate Christmas
5 (17.2%)

People who DO celebrate Christmas: When Christmas carols are playing while I'm shopping for NON Christmas items, eg. groceries

View Answers

I leave the store sooner
12 (41.4%)

I stay in the store longer
1 (3.4%)

It has no effect on how long I stay in the store
11 (37.9%)

I don't celebrate Christmas
5 (17.2%)

People who DON'T celebrate Christmas: When Christmas carols are playing while I'm shopping

View Answers

I leave the store sooner
5 (25.0%)

I stay in the store longer
0 (0.0%)

It has no effect on how long I stay in the store
1 (5.0%)

I do celebrate Christmas
14 (70.0%)

People who DO celebrate Christmas: When buskers are playing Christmas carols

View Answers

I am more likely to give them money
1 (3.4%)

I am less likely to give them money
2 (6.9%)

It has no effect on the possibility of giving them money
20 (69.0%)

I don't celebrate Christmas or never see buskers
6 (20.7%)

People who DON'T celebrate Christmas: When buskers are playing Christmas carols

View Answers

I am more likely to give them money
0 (0.0%)

I am less likely to give them money
2 (10.0%)

It has no effect on the possibility of giving them money
3 (15.0%)

I do celebrate Christmas or never see buskers
15 (75.0%)

tab dump!

Dec. 17th, 2014 01:32 pm
sporky_rat: Sailor V being Sailor V (even more sailor v)
[personal profile] sporky_rat

I have a lot of tabs open that are interesting. Some of them are interesting just to me. Still. I'm going to share them and nothing short of taking away my computer (and if you do that I'll bite you, don't think I won't), you can't stop me. Neener.

Wholesale silver rings. Surprisingly inexpensive. I can't figure out the catch yet.

Uploading to Dreamwidth your pictures. Very bare bones. Haven't tried it out yet, but am sure it would work. Might try it out in a bit.

PACEMAKER. Many helpful. So wow. Excite! (No, really, take a look. Very helpful for working out a writing schedule that doesn't depend on me being in an absolutely foul mood.)

JSTOR....Iiiiiiiinnnnnnn.....SPAAAAAACE!!! Really. It's JSTOR's tumblr. It is the best thing since sliced bread. Who doesn't love JSTOR?

Agent Peggy Carter's lipstick. Straight from the mouth (er, twitter account) of Haley Atwell herself. No joke. Who wants a Peggy Carter cosplay? I DO. GIMME THOSE AWESOME SUITS AND HATS.

These I got from [personal profile] recessional. They look amazing and I want some. It'll have to wait until after I get paid in January, though. But I don't want to lose them.

THE WPA POSTERS IN POSTCARDS. Need I say more? I do? I could go on and on about these and how wonderful they are and how they're a precious restoration of an important time in America's history......you want me to stop now? And put down the history books? Okay. For now. BUT LOOK AT THEM. AREN'T THEY SHINY.

The Mammen embroidery. I want to do up some of the Acanthus vines for some cuffs for Brent. Just because.

MEAN TEDDIES. (link to Youtube) You will take White Bear from me when I have finished ripping you apart with my nails and teeth. That bear is more precious to me than the Ring to Gollum. This Youtube video is all about how bears protect their children from the monsters. I cried. I'm tearing up thinking about it, so moving on. (WATCH IT.)

How to digitize your old sewing patterns and make them a vector image. Holy freaking salmon eggs, Batman! This is going to be SO helpful when I go to make a houppelande (spelling can change. WHY ENGLISH WHY). I'm sure [personal profile] zarhooie is going to be so proud of me.

A list of 25 candy recipes. I haven't tested any of them yet, but I will. I will.

One of the recipes from the above list that caught my eye besides the peanut butter buckeyes. Cinnamon sugar pecans. I love pecans. They are so good and sugared? I will make myself sick.

The Story of How We Got Clue the Movie (and I love this movie). It's from Buzzfeed, but it seems pretty good. And it is dreadfully funny. Go have a read! Laugh a bit! Then enjoy the movie a little bit more.

It's Calming Manatee and Courage Wolf, Together At Last! (takes you to Tumblr) It is a thing of wonder. I want to print out some and take it to work when I go back. IT WILL RULE MY OFFICE.

CAT COLOURWAY YARN. RUN, DO NOT WALK, AND GET THIS YARN. (I'm a fan of the Silver Persian, the Maine Coon, the Russian Blue....heck, all of them, really. Except maybe the Cheshire Cat. Maybe. I don't know. It's warming up to me.)

Browned Butter Toffee Chocolate Chunk Cookies. It sounds almost too busy, but I'm willing to try and make them. We'll see how they go.

December days: Art

Dec. 17th, 2014 05:44 pm
liv: alternating calligraphed and modern letters (letters)
[personal profile] liv
[personal profile] angelofthenorth asked me about Art – what do you respond to?

talking about personal history seems to work well in these posts )

[December Days masterpost]
musesfool: crews and reese (i don't mind the sun sometimes)
[personal profile] musesfool
Oh man, I totally missed posting yesterday. Even after a full 9 hours of sleep on Monday night, I was still out of it yesterday and I went to bed at 9:30 again last night, and slept a lot less well, but I feel a lot more awake. *hands*

Monday night, [personal profile] innie_darling and I went to see Marlon James and Salman Rushdie at NYPL. I thought it was going to be James interviewing Rushdie, and I was a little sad I hadn't gotten around to the rereading I'd planned, but then it turned out that no, Rushdie was interviewing James, and it was all about his book A Brief History of Seven Killings, which is a fictionalized account of the assassination attempt on Bob Marley in 1976. It was a very entertaining talk, I thought (not least because the closed captioning was TERRIBLE and came up with some real 'damn you autocorrect' type doozies), and I now definitely want to read the book, so I think it was successful as well.

Speaking of books, somehow it's time again for What I'm Reading Wednesday:

What I've just finished
I finished The Maker's Mask by Ankaret Wells, which I enjoyed a lot - it's sci-fi that's dressed up as fantasy at first (kind of? they live in grounded spaceships but no longer know how they truly work, except for a class of people called Makers, and they've got kind of a medieval setup with the former spaceships as keeps held by the head of the family) - though it definitely needed another editing and formatting pass, because there are dropped words, and formatting and punctuation errors in the ebook I have.

What I'm reading now
But it was entertaining enough that I'm about halfway through the sequel, The Hawkwood War, now. Of course, The Maker's Mask doesn't actually end so much as stop in the middle, so I would definitely recommend having the second one on hand if you're enjoying the first.

What I'm reading next
The Race Underground: Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America's First Subway by Doug Most just became available from the library, so that will be next.


The December talking meme:

December 16: [personal profile] d_generate_girl asked me to talk about Life and [personal profile] grimorie asked me to talk about Crews and Reese.

Life was such an interesting and entertaining show (even in its less interesting/more conventional second season). On the surface it sounds like all the other "lone antisocial genius herded by woman partner" shows that have proliferated over the last decade, but it really wasn't. Because Crews wasn't antisocial by choice, and he wasn't cranky or superior, and Reese certainly didn't indulge him when they started partnering. I think that the slow growth of their partnership - both of them having trusted and been betrayed before - was a huge draw for me. They're both broken in similar but not the same ways, and seeing them learn to work together, to accept (if not indulge) each other's foibles, was fascinating. Like Crews pulling a knife on a suspect and Reese taking it from him, because she needs to know he's a cop, not a con. But then giving it back to him and not turning it into Lt. Davis when he proves to her that he is a cop and she can trust him to have her back. And I love love LOVE that Crews asks Reese in the beginning of the very first episode "has anyone ever loved you that much?" (re: the dog that took the bullet for the kid and bit the hand of the killer), and Reese is like, "...no" but then in the series finale, the answer is a resounding YES. Plus, the music was awesome. I still haven't bought the dvds because the music isn't right (it was surprisingly jarring when I did a rewatch via Netflix last year).

December 17: [personal profile] vonniek said, Talk to me about Arrow and The Flash! What are some of your hopes and concerns about where they're taking their respective season arcs in the back half?

Broadly, without spoilers, I will say that I have been very pleased with the first half of The Flash's first season. I think nearly everything has worked exceptionally well, there was only one real dud of an episode that I mostly still enjoyed anyway - the casting has been good to excellent for the main and recurring cast, and the villains' casting has also mostly been on point, the special effects are surprisingly good for a CW budget, and oh, the music. I really love what they've done with the music. The score, I mean, and the Flash's theme, not the occasional strummy pop song that gets played over a montage. Gustin, Martin, and Cavanagh are knocking it out of the park, and they've even made me like Cisco, which was in doubt at the beginning. (CURSE YOUR DOPENESS, VIBE. (I never get tired of saying that!)) I enjoy reading the speculation about who the Big Bad is, and who the Man in the Yellow Suit is, etc. etc., and I'm willing to go wherever the show takes me on this, because I'm so charmed and delighted by 98% of it. The one thing I do not like, and that needs to be addressed sooner rather than later, is Barry and Joe keeping the secret identity from Iris. This is a writing problem, not a character or actress problem. I mean, I think choosing to make Barry and Iris step-siblings was not the wisest choice if they're your endgame pairing, and I say that as someone who has shipped actual sibcest pairings! but they can't undo that so they have to fix this end of it! Because not knowing has not only not kept Iris safe, it's actually put her in more danger (because knowing Barry is Flash means she could CALL HIM FOR HELP, for example). I would like to think the writers learned from the mess they made with Laurel on Arrow, but so far, not so much.

Speaking of which, as for Arrow, spoilers all the way down )

I do really like that Barry is positioned as the Superman (light/hopeful) to Oliver's Batman (dark/dour), and I really enjoyed the crossover and hope that they can manage to do that again, and that the shows can also reach those heights individually.


So I have 600 words on my yuletide story and it's only about 1/4 of the way done. I guess this panicky feeling is what people mean when they talk about BEARS? I have never been this late with it before. I know I can do it, but...Eek!


December Meme: Calendars

Dec. 17th, 2014 02:09 am
finch: Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg on beatnik hipsters (hipsters)
[personal profile] finch
[personal profile] yifu asked: If you can have an ideal wall calendar, how would it look like (the pictures, theme, etc.)?

Well, first it would auto-update somehow from one month to the next. Because I am terrible at remembering to turn calendars. At work I had two different wall calendars and both of them were routinely a month behind, sometime two.

With big squares for writing in, and maybe each month's printed on a shiny cardstock and it comes with COLORFORMS and you make your own design.

Actually I think I'd like a wall calendar that I change daily, because I'm less likely to start ignoring it if it's different every day. Or even better, one that changes itself daily.

Either a Disney calendar, or one with nature scenes.
sporky_rat: Torches outside the Bulgarian Communist Headquarters. (post from the ether)
[personal profile] sporky_rat
via http://ift.tt/138PKen at December 17, 2014 at 03:00AM:


Partially inspired by a particularly well-timed quote from Seanan Mcguire. I’m rather fond of this one.



Dec. 17th, 2014 12:23 am

done dids for wednesday

Dec. 17th, 2014 03:00 pm
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[personal profile] skud
Structured procrastination du jour

* sent email to someone who's involved in a large seed-sharing project in India, to talk to them about their data use etc
* sought an introduction to someone who founded an open food project centred on nutrition data
* talked with some people on IRC about Growstuff values and with another set of people about attracting and onboarding designers in open source projects
* finished writing up report for work I did last month (project X woooot!)
* phone meeting re: work for the first quarter of next year
* sent out emails about next year's work (being vague on purpose!)
* womanfully avoided getting into a heated discussion about trigger warnings as an accessibility measure (and thanked someone who stepped up to say the thing I wanted to say, but said it much more calmly)
* made a decision about dropping some work I don't seem to be able to do effectively, and made some steps toward finding a replacement (a different project X potentially off my plate! also woot!)
* arranged time with lawn mower (for vague definition of "arranged" as the time seems to be constantly being pushed back)
* went to shops/ATM to get cash for lawn mower person (and also snacks and gin)
* ate snacks, drank gin
* phonecall with project X that I'm dropping, let them know I'm dropping them, offered to help find replacement, chatted a bit with friend who is my contact there
* improved Growstuff's README to have more information on contributing for designers, writers, etc (it previously only had information for coders)
* wrote fairly epic Get involved page for Growstuff wiki
* decided that since I've been enjoying the December posting meme, I might do a monthly blogging plan thing for the future; set up google spreadsheet for this
* read interesting blog posts about UX and design and stuff

(to be updated as I do stuff)


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