Three positive things post day 3

Sep. 21st, 2014 12:43 pm
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1. Nice temps are lasting long enough that I am continuing to get much needed yard work done. Also, related, I got the lawn mowed a (probably) last time before it is covered in leaves.

2. I had a medical issue that could have been any number of serious (!) things but turned out to just require some antibiotics. Whew.

3. Mom and I have brought in over $3000 this summer, hosting people through AirBnB. It's the easiest money we've ever made. We've used it to fix some broken furniture, clean the carpets, pay for a regular cleaning service, buy a new dehumidifier, put some on the house taxes, fix a broken window, hook up a rain barrel and buy a new bathroom rug, in addition to buying breakfast food. The remaining $1000 will go to the house painter who starts this week. And! Although the touristy season has ended, we have some people booked for graduation next May (some people plan ahead) and a woman from Thailand may stay for 16 days in January because she has to come for training at the USGS site a half mile from my house. We'd be booked for half of JANUARY! Didn't expect that.
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There's a post-a-day thing going on this month, and while there is no way I could ever do that, I figured I should at least post a little bit this month, especially since I haven't posted since Vividcon. At which I had a great time, and I really meant to post more about what vids I liked and may yet do so, but... eh. We'll see. I will be posting a personal post locked after this one, so if you can't see it and want to, let me know.

There have been two whole episodes of Doctor Who I enjoyed this series - the Robin Hood one, and yesterdays, which was especially enjoyable. I can't remember the last time that happened. And I actually had no issues or complaints at all with yesterday's episode, which is even rarer. I'm afraid to hope for a more general uptrend in enjoyable episodes, but I'll take the good ones if they've got them.Cutting for spoilers for Time Heist )

Let's see, what else. After [ profile] svmadelyn mentioned it on twitter (and after seeing Ken Burns on The Daily Show) last week, I decided to watch Ken Burn's The Roosevelts: An Intimate History this weekend. I didn't know what I was getting myself into - it's 7 episodes, almost 2 hours each. But PBS has made it available online, via the web, Apple TV, and Roku among others, which has made it very easy, and it's very good. If you're a history buff at all, you'll enjoy this. Also I just found out that Meryl Streep and Paul Giamatti are among those lending their voices to this, so that's neat.

I am also watching Outlander, which. Cutting for spoilers for 1x07 )

Let's see, what else am I doing fannishly. Still majorly into MCU, particularly Captain America, and still majorly into Steve Rogers/Bucky Barnes. But for whatever reason, even though I'm really into that, unlike other major pairings of the past, this doesn't keep me from enjoying other pairings involving Steve and/or Bucky. *shrug* I'm just really into this particular one right now, and possibly forever. I am both looking forward to and dreading the next movies because of all this.

Still sort of in Teen Wolf, and marathoned the last season in 1 day (well, more like skimmed through episodes) so I could watch the finale live. I'm still sort of eh about the season as a whole, but there are several things about the finale that I thoroughly enjoyed: Spoilers for Season 4 finale )

Finally, I've gotten into Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries in a major way. It's Australian TV, so it's a little hard to get, but it's about an independent lady of 1920s Melbourne and the mysteries she solves and the trouble she gets into. I'm going going to say it's perfect, because it's not (it's got a few rather glaring racism issues in a couple of eps, for example), but it's got a ton of different awesome ladies being awesome in different ways, and the male characters are pretty great, too. You can see all the Miss Fisher posts I've reblogged on Tumblr here, but here's a good pimping post. Season 1 is currently streaming on Netflix, and both seasons are for sale as DVD sets on Amazon, but I just recently found out that Acorn TV (just Google it) has both seasons for online streaming and they currently have a 1 month free trial offer. Go forth and enjoy! Season 3 has just been greenlit, and I'm looking forward to it a lot.

Feets go right way!

Sep. 21st, 2014 01:55 pm
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Who has two thumbs and is full of estimated 7-8 pounds of vertex baby? Aw yeah.

After nearly three weeks of trying everything, I was pretty solidly convinced she couldn't turn and that, specifically, her head was stuck on a loop of cord or just in my ribs. Everything else moved freely and often, but that giant baby head just didn't go anywhere (and, incidentally, contributed to all sorts of fun activities like waking up from a sound sleep choking on vomit. Isn't pregnancy beautiful?).

Anyway, ECV was a bit of a production – five hours in L&D, monitors, bloodwork, anti-contraction injections. And the consult beforehand contained such alarming pronouncements as, "we will probably have to try a couple different times. If nothing else, my arms will get tired!" O.O

However, when it came to it, she went around on the second try. Of the actual procedure I will say only: imagine what you think it feels like to have an OB grab one end of the baby in you, a resident grab the other end, and both of them shove as hard as they can, and then turn it up to about 8 on the weird/painful scale, and you've got it. Hogwart spent the next couple hours in what can only be described as outraged flailing, but seems to have settled in. There is a 95% chance she will stay put this time, which sounds comforting until you realize that there was a 97% chance she never would have been breech at this point. I've only had one bout of intense paranoia where I was convinced she'd flipped back, so pretty good all around.

And oh my God. If you ever want to genuinely appreciate the physical rigors of the late third tri, spend most of the trimester with a big, high breech. I am so much more comfortable now, I can't even. My ribs don't feel like they're going to dislocate. My diaphragm doesn't ache nauseatingly when I lie on my side. My left side uterine ligaments don't send out sparks of nerve fire when touched. Of course, Hogwart has, from her new perspective, been reminded of her mortal enemy also known as my bladder and has re-initiated hostilities. But in comparison? Bliss.

And now we wait for labor . . .

OTW Fannews: Spotting Fanworks

Sep. 21st, 2014 05:11 pm
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Posted by Jennifer Rose Hale


Graphic of digital music play screen with text Spotting Fanworks
  • Business 2 Community featured fan video work in a recent post and looked at some stats. "In the past 30 days, Doctor Who has garnered 7.9 million views on YouTube with 355 videos uploaded about the show. Doctor Who also had its series 8 premiere in this window of time...By comparison, BBC’s Merlin (which has been off the air for nearly three years) had around 33 thousand views across 140 videos in the past 30 days. It is apparent that new official content drives views, but fandom still makes videos even without any new footage available. If we compare Doctor Who with smash hit Harry Potter for the past 30 days, Doctor Who still wins. But Harry Potter still has a healthy 2.8 million views across 89 videos."
  • The Asian Age looked at audio works. "In an emerging musical microtrend, fans of many such literary and cinematic fictional franchises have taken to creating and downloading 'ambient mixes' in a bid to recreate their favourite spaces and sequences from the narrative...Vasudev Rathore sees in ambient mixes a way to give your life a background score and make routine or even tedious things feel more exciting. Add to this an association with your favourite books or movies and the outcome is unparalleled. 'You can make a novel come alive by recreating its environment using ambient sounds. I have started reading Lord of The Rings and Harry Potter again with these new sound mixes in the background. It is a whole new experience.'"
  • The Hollywood Reporter's feature on the future of films included the role of fans, though it was perhaps a little behind the times in not acknowledging that fan films were already here. "The accessibility of tech makes it all possible for us to produce — and own. The intellectual property of our own tales will be ours to use and repurpose in new innovative ways. We’ll see them screened and voted upon (like The Voice), with the winners getting widespread release. It will be an entirely new business model. You've heard about Fan Fiction? Get ready for Fan Film, in which self becomes film studio."

What fanwork features have you seen? Write about them in Fanlore! Contributions are welcome from all fans.

We want your suggestions! If you know of an essay, video, article, podcast, or link you think we should know about, comment on the most recent OTW Fannews post. Links are welcome in all languages! Submitting a link doesn't guarantee that it will be included in a Fannews post, and inclusion of a link doesn't mean that it is endorsed by the OTW.


OTW Fannews: Spotting Fanworks

Sep. 21st, 2014 12:50 pm
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Graphic of digital music play screen with text Spotting Fanworks
How fanworks made for older fandoms compare to newer ones, and multimedia’s the future.
Read more:
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Vidder: Kitty aka Winterevanesce
Title: How We Roll
Fandom: Jared & Jensen (Supernatural "Gag Reel Season 1-9")
Genre: Comedy, RP
Song/Artist: How We Roll by Britt Nicole
Software: Sony Vegas 12
Characters/Pairings: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles
Summary: "We are gonna dance everywhere we go"

Video Stream + Downloads + Notes

Comments are appreciated <3
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Posted by Fred Clark

Click here to view the embedded video.

“I don’t want my 11-year-old daughter reading stories about incest, murder, and rape. None of this changes just because the cover of the book is a fake black shiny leather with gold printing on it.”

“Only a God willing to compromise on God’s word would write something like this.”

“We simply can’t get past the idea that we are more gracious and merciful than Jesus himself.”

“Sacrifice has no causal potency in the economy of God. Sacrifices bring about absolutely nothing.”

God is always approaching us as the stranger.”

“Many times, messing with someone’s money and flipping their tables is the only option.”

Rainbow“That all Christians should act the same way, say the same things, live in the same neighborhoods, not watch the same TV shows, and eat the same tender, scrumptious brains.”

“Fraud indicators and schemes are constantly evolving, becoming more sophisticated, and sometimes harder to detect. Auditors are encouraged to refer to the lists of fraud indicators and schemes when conducting their work, training new auditors about fraud, or conducting fraud training for other DoD personnel.”

“For some reason there are Dutch women looking on; I’m willing to overlook that because Gaugin knows what a fight looks like.”

My baby takes a contextual approach to understanding scripture.”

“Frankly, Wonder Woman is psychological propaganda for the new type of woman who should, I believe, rule the world.”

“Weird Al has been cool for so long because pop makes everybody feel uncool; that he is the only one to admit it has made him a pop star.”

“The landscape on which all that is built is washing away at a rate of a football field every hour, 16 square miles per year.”

The FMAs are much nicer people than the SHAs, more pleasant to be around, and can be wonderfully helpful and caring when you have a direct, personal problem.”

“We all have vampires in our lives. Remember that something bit them, too.”

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"It was late, late in the evening,
The lovers they were gone;
The clocks had ceased their chiming,
And the deep river ran on.”

Original prompt probably wasn’t thinking something like this, but I love dirty hipsters and trash punks running away together on a bus ride somewhere. This palette was really hard to work with… Slowly getting through these. Quote from W. H. Auden.

If you wanna take a look at the lines, the sketch is here!

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attention passengers this is your pilot speaking, we’re going to be experiencing some heavy turbulence shortly so please strap in. this loser just bet that i couldn’t do a 360 barrel roll in this thing and let’s just say i’m about to be $20 richer real soon

 (via ofjimkirk)

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4.16 Methuselah's Gift
Original air date: April 28, 1996
Director: Adrian Paul
Writers: Michael O'Mahony and Sacha Reins


Synopsis: Someone is willing to do anything to put the Methuselah Stone back together and use its power—and Amanda has the last piece.

Please share your thoughts and reactions in comments. The master post for all discussion posts is here.

Episode Rewatch: 1.07 Mountain Men

Sep. 21st, 2014 09:33 am
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1.07 Mountain Men
Original air date: Nov 14, 1992
Director: Thomas J. Wright
Writer: Marie-Chantal Droney


Synopsis: While photographing petroglyphs in the mountains, Tessa is abducted by mountain men led by Immortal Caleb Cole, who wants to marry her. MacLeod pursues Cole and his henchmen on foot.

Please share your thoughts and reactions in comments. The master post for all discussion posts is here.

31 Tage, 31 Bücher #10

Sep. 21st, 2014 05:40 pm
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Ich habe ein altes meme gefunden, das ich nie beendet habe. Vielleicht schaffe ich es ja im zweiten Anlauf^^

Tag 10 – Ein Buch von deinem Lieblingsautoren/diener Lieblingsautorin

Ich glaube nicht, dass ich eine Lieblingsautorin oder einen Lieblingsautor habe. Ich lese Bücher meistens, weil Freunde sie mir empfohlen haben oder weil ich sie irgendwo gefunden habe und die Prämisse und die ersten paar Seiten gut fand.  Es gibt nur sehr wenige Autoren, von denen ich mehr als ein Buch gelesen habe. Stephen Fry gehört dazu, Tanja Kinkel, Amanda Cross, Robert Merle, Neil Gaiman, Terry Pratchett, JK Rowling, Elizabeth Peters, Douglas Adams und seit neustem Ben Aaronovitch. In meiner Jugend waren es Stefan Wolf und "Alfred Hitchcock" (sprich: TKKG und ???), Enid Blyton (Hanni & Nanni, Dolly, Fünf Freunde, Abenteuer-Bücher) und Berte Bratt.

Wenn ich mich trotzdem für eines entscheiden soll, würde ich im Moment Whispers Underground von Ben Aaronovitch nehmen, das dritte in seiner PC-Grant-Reihe. Und zwar nicht nur, weil ich PC Grant und das Worldbuilding mag und die Handlung OK ist, sondern vor allem, weil er Mornington Crescent* mit den Kapiteltiteln spielt. Ich habe so gefeiert, als ich beim letzten Kapitel angekommen war und gemerkt habe, was los ist^^

*Soweit ich sehen kann in der SouthEast-Variante, mit Tudor Court Rules.

Returning Show: Agents of SHIELD

Sep. 21st, 2014 12:03 pm
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MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. Returns Tuesday September September 23rd

Clark Gregg reprises his role of Agent Phil Coulson from Marvel's feature films, as he assembles a small, highly select group of Agents from the worldwide law-enforcement organization known as S.H.I.E.L.D. Together they investigate the new, the strange, and the unknown across the globe, protecting the ordinary from the extraordinary.


Poll #15947 SHIELD
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 14

What say you?

View Answers

I plan to watch this.
6 (42.9%)

I watch this show, but I’m not caught up.
0 (0.0%)

I watch this show and I’m all caught up.
5 (35.7%)

I've watched some of this show but I'm not sure I want to continue.
1 (7.1%)

I’m curious enough about this to look into it more.
1 (7.1%)

I’m considering checking this out at some point.
2 (14.3%)

I have no plans to watch this at this time.
3 (21.4%)

I've never even heard of this show before today.
0 (0.0%)

4 (28.6%)

Discussion Questions/Topics:

Have you ever watched MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.?
Tell us about your experience with the show!
If you do watch, do you have any favorite characters?
Favorite Episodes?
Are you excited about the new season?

Post anything MARVEL'S AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D. related, gifs, recs etc.

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