Dec. 21st, 2014 11:10 am
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* sorted out last-minute presents

B'tulot e04

Dec. 21st, 2014 12:47 pm
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This week on Maidens:

~ Complicated face-off including Shelly, Hefetz, Oggy, several guns and a camel
~ Just because Neri is actually trying to protect Shelly doesn’t mean he’s going to let her get away with shit
~ We find out what Roie is really doing in Eilat
+ La’tai finds Phillipus an appropriate translator (the translator and La'tai's best friend: both women)
+ And Shelly might have some siren in her after all...

Content advisory.
~ Resolution of the situation with Oggy, compliant with the show's line of "The easy suspect is rarely the right supect". Oggy very much presented as an adult, complex person who is loved by his family the way he is, but this sequence (nearly 15min long) may still be difficult to negotiate.
~ The show continues to deal directly and honestly with the vulnerability of refugees, and their extortion by both traffickers or police. (Characters who are refugees are very much presented as their own persons with their own agendas and identities other than "refugee".) Mentions of trafficking and the torture camps in Sinai.
~ There’s an unmistakable sex scene; no genitalia shown (primary or secondary), equal amounts of male and female skin, and some really unmistakable body language and facial expressions. Also kink, under cut because spoilery. )

Streaming: here.
Download: directions for FF here, a similar solution for Chrome should exist.

Holiday Cleaning

Dec. 21st, 2014 11:56 am
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Hi everyone,

I won't actually be home for the holidays to come, but today is a good day brainwise, and I want to have it nice around here for the two days I'll still be here. And I'll try for that goal I haven't reached once yet: coming home to a nice, welcoming place instead of one where last-minute laundry, packing and searching-for-whatever have left the place in chaos.

So far I've started the second-to-last load of laundry before I leave (I hope), did some picking up and started cleaning the kitchen. I mostly do 15 minutes of work, 15 minutes of rest because my health is not too great and I don't want to burn out.

Anyone who wants to join in is very welcome to do so! I guess most of you aren't going to see this for a while, timezones being what they are, but I'll be around all day.

*cheers all of us*

Episode 1134: Insensed

Dec. 21st, 2014 10:11 am
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Episode 1134: Insensed

Be careful when saying you'll take something to your grave. It might be a short trip.

In a game you could potentially have some sort of Death by Dramatic Irony rule. If a character says something that typically foreshadows their own tragic demise in works of fiction, they get a penalty to defence and saving throws for the next few turns or something. (If nothing else, this is a good way to get players to avoid spouting clichés during combat.)

Blessed Solstice!

Dec. 21st, 2014 08:17 pm
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20141214 Sunset 6 HDR

The sun has just set on the longest day of the year, so I'd like to wish a blessed solstice to all those that celebrate it.

omg, this cat.

Dec. 21st, 2014 04:10 am
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We keep the cat treats in a locked Ikea cabinet in my office -- it's a two-drawer cabinet, like this but stacked on top of each other instead of side by side. Ginny loves those damn treats; she comes running every time the cabinet gets opened, even if it's me opening the top drawer (where I keep my snacks) instead of the bottom drawer (where the cat treats, among other things, are).

I just caught her standing in front of the cabinet with her teeth on the key trying to turn it.

Our cat has figured out that keys open doors.

December Daily Meme - Day 21

Dec. 21st, 2014 04:08 am
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If you could custom-order a fandom, what would it be like? Source material, characters, anything you like. ([personal profile] resonant)

The canon would be mediocre.

I don't mean bad. I don't actually want a bad canon. But I don't want something that's perfectly, untouchably good. I want something with inconsistencies and plot holes and room left in the backstories for a thousand different pieces of canon. There will be profound emotional moments of caring and closeness and sadness and then there will be places where there ought to have been profound emotional moments but they happened in between scenes, leaving us to imagine them. It has to be good enough to love, but it has to be bad enough, in just the right way, that fandom will look at it and say yes, like this, only better, watch us make it better.

Ideally it would also be a book and a movie, or at any rate something with adaptations in multiple media, so that fandom could be fannish over all the different types of it and there would be bookfic and moviefic and that way you could have vids. Because I like vids. And then fandom could write bunches of meta about the way the characters differ.

I like things that are either SF/fantasy or historical, so that would be good. It seems like most of the rest of fandom does too, so that would probably be easy.

As for characters, um. I would like interestingly flawed characters who are ideally very very very slashable (though probably not together in actual canon because I am invariably disappointed when couples I ship actually get together because usually one of them dies or something, but I would not like TPTB to queerbait either), and while I'm dreaming I'd also like a fandom with no shipwars about it. Yeah.

Also all the writers I have ever liked would be in this fandom and they would write giant epics featuring all my favorite plots. Every day there would be a story where my BSOs had to get fake-married for the good of the kingdom/country/world/galaxy! Aliens would make them have sex! They would have wings! And so on.

Sunday 21/12/2014

Dec. 21st, 2014 09:33 am
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1) Last night I slept in fresh bedlinen <3

2) I'm going to the seashore this afternoon. Never mind I won't be seeing any sun, the sea is always beautiful.

3)  I don't have to make dinner.
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This post is for [personal profile] ironed_orchid.

This is an interesting post to write, and I've been gently thinking on it since the topic was suggested. My conclusion is that although I miss all my networks in Perth, my friends, chosen family, loves. I really don't miss the city much at all.

I miss Tahoo Goreng from Bibik Chan's, outdoor cinema, The Court, Fremantle, and even sometimes Carousel.

But I don't miss living there and I'd never go back and live there.

A large part of this is how much I hate the weather. It just slays me and I can't stand summers in Perth, I don't know how I did it for so many years without aircon. I am in love with Melbourne's changeable weather, especially those days when the Antarctic wind change comes through. I love those weeks where it might be too hot to carry around a jacket but it also might abruptly become cold enough you're glad you bothered. Umbrellas make sense here - they're useful instead of wishful.

I am grateful for the fact that I made Perth's public transport work for me for so long, but I don't miss the hours of bus travel I'd regularly do. The trains and buses were largely very clean and comfortable though which is worth a mention. Also smartrider, so much better than myki.

I miss Imp coffee, especially for ice coffee in Summer with [personal profile] chaosmanor, many lovely afternoons procrastinating study or marking was spent there and their coffee was always awesome. Plus, on my bus route.

I haven't gotten to the point where I enjoy visiting Perth yet, I love seeing people so very much but I still feel discomforted being in and visiting Perth. I get this surreal kind of feeling like I've not moved at all and I'm having some kind of weird dream where I've made up moving to Melbourne.

Whenever I'm in Perth I'm reminded of how expensive it is to eat out, and finding food that's worth the price is a bit touch and go. It's there but, that's one of the things I also love about Melbourne, good cheap food for eating out is abundant and all over the place. You also have to go out and eat early or go hungry - you can't go to an early movie and still get dinner afterwards. I always found that so frustrating. I also hated the restricted supermarket hours, because it meant doing grocery shopping around work time when everyone else was doing it - even when I lived in Darwin I could do grocery shopping on Sunday. Maybe that's changed since but it was still an issue when I moved. Here, local IGA in walking distance closes at 7pm and the local Woolworths is open till midnight. Another nearby IGA is open until 10pm.

So my thoughts about Perth at this point are still largely about being grateful to have moved. I haven't reached a point of feeling nostalgic about it, or where I really enjoy visiting it as a place again yet. I love visiting my loved ones and I always enjoy that marvellously. I do wish I could see people more often.

I want to end by talking about how much I did love living in Perth when I was there, I fell in love with it when I arrived from Darwin and it seemed so huge after living in Darwin for a few years. It was home for a good 10 years, and it was a great home. It is also really clear to me at this point that it was definitely time to move on, I'd outgrown what I needed from Perth and now I have all of Melbourne at my feet. That sense of moving forward is kind of awesome actually and I look forward to feeling more pleasantly nostalgic about Perth - probably when it really actually finally sinks in that I have really truly moved.

A New Species of Lizard

Dec. 21st, 2014 02:20 am
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This article explains how scientists created a new species of lizard not by genetic engineering, but by crossbreeding.  The hybrids are typically not fertile but can reproduce by parthenogenesis.  Whiptailed lizards can wind up with two sets of genes from different species.  But apparently some hybrids are sexually fertile because there have been species with three and even four sets of genes -- created by a monogenetic male mating with a female who has multiple sets.

Most of the time I posit that interspecies sex would not produce viable or fertile offspring in science fiction.  But several times I've written a basis for interspecies procreation, and it tends to be because the alien species is predisposed  to reproduce with the assistance of a different species.  On Earth, for example, there is the cuckoo; and now this, with actual crossbreeding.  It would be interesting if the alien species had the parthenogenesis option.

Pens 3, Panthers 1

Dec. 20th, 2014 11:46 pm
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* I didn't think it was possible for us to get MORE INJURED, but behold, we are MORE INJURED. No Ehrhoff, no Martin. Three of our D were under the age of 23 (and that's not even counting Olli, who it looks like may very well be out for the season with his shoulder *sob*). Please note three of our top 4 D are out.

* On the plus side, we're getting to exercise all that defensive depth! Like Pouliot scoring a goal in his first NHL game.

* On the other hand, the defense's defense, hoo boy. Flower stopped 45 shots out of 46. ALL HAIL FLOWER, but dude, that is crazypants. We should not be making him do that, like, ever.

* But hey, Vezina, anyone? Fleury's 3rd in the NHL for save %, fifth for goals allowed, second in wins, and tops in the league with six shutouts. It's pretty much him and Rinne in the standings right now.

* In other news, Letang got in a fight (!), Downie got 17 more PIM, and Geno roughed up baby Panther rookie Aaron Ekblad, among the many, many crimes and misdemeanors of this game.

* In conclusion, FLOWER.

"Day is done, gone the sun"

Dec. 21st, 2014 12:20 am
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That's about all I've got in me for solstice vigil and ceremony. Are the dark days always so very very dark? It seems really awful this year. (Emotionally and psychologically, I mean. The weather's actually not been too bad.)

But we made it through to the turning of the year. January will be no worse than December, and then February will be terrible but short, with improbable frost-defying buds on the trees--I always fear for the magnolias, and they always come through just fine--and then spring spring spring.
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