100 Poems: Poem 32

Sep. 2nd, 2014 06:29 am
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I recently acquired Edna St. Vincent Millay's collected poems. I saw Blight in the TOC and I flipped to it. I'm glad I did. I feel like it's talking to me. I have a lot of hate in my heart towards various individuals. I think I need to get rid of it. It would only make me feel better.

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Sep. 1st, 2014 07:38 pm
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 I am stuck without a mouse as Her Ladyship left hers at a playdate yesterday and now I am stuck with a touch pad. Alas, I do not like the touch pad and it makes me not want to be on the laptop.

Despite this, I am having too much fun with the new pup thread. I rediscovered my Tybalt voice while listening to Chimes At Midnight and why I waited so long to get back to the world of Tody Daye I cannot say. I am having enough fun that I am tempted to app Tybalt this month, though I am unsure of Jared Leto as a face for Tybalt. I'm tempted to try out Aidan Turner, maybe in a sandbox tomorrow. I'm open for other PB suggestions.

I think I might be letting go of Mulan this month. I love her and I know what I'd like to do with her but I fear her voice isn't fun any longer. I think I'd still like to try and write some fanfic for what I imagine her journey to Storybrooke would be.

I kind of fear for Brimstone as well. I love the character and feel I have the voice but I don't know that the pup is fun and with the time constraints I have, fun is an important aspect to anyone I play.

Which sort of leads me to Yang Xiao Long, the other voice I'm playing with in the backroom.  She is fun and recent revelations in canon have lead to interesting places in my perception of who she is and how she sees the world. 


Sep. 1st, 2014 04:02 pm
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CDC Media Statement on Newly Discovered Smallpox Specimens: "[E]mployees discovered vials labeled 'variola,' commonly known as smallpox, in an unused portion of a storage room in a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) laboratory located on the NIH Bethesda campus."

Paging Severian cosplayers: Blackest is the new black: Scientists develop a material so dark that you can't see it. "It is so dark that the human eye cannot understand what it is seeing. Shapes and contours are lost, leaving nothing but an apparent abyss." (Also, insert your own Nigel Tufnel quote here.)

Adding volume markings to your kettle using a 9volt battery, a Q-tip, and vinegar and salt. (where 'kettle' appears to mean 'large metal pot.') Useful.

Breaking Out the Broken English: "The 'Asian accent' tells the story of Chinese-American assimilation in a nutshell. Our parents have the accent that white Americans perceive as the most foreign out of all the possible alternatives, so our choice is to have no accent at all."

These Are the Brave and Fluffy Cats Who Served in World War I: "An estimated 500,000 cats were dispatched to the trenches, where they killed rats and mice."

Every housing ad in Vancouver ever: "Second bedroom is actually a patio, and third bedroom is very small, tiled, and has a toilet and sink in it."

Butter and the Before Time: "Memories of Butter ... is an acceptable name for something only if dairy cows have been obliterated by whichever flavor of apocalypse comes home to roost." The comments are pretty good too: "'Our operative theory was that it was badly mistranslated from French': À la recherche du beurre perdu."

100 Poems: Poem 31

Sep. 1st, 2014 05:08 pm
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{Take the 100 Things challenge!}

I just got Aunt Lute's anthology of women writers in the US. This book focuses on the 17th-19th century. I looked through the table of contents and I saw Coquette et Froide. Need I say the title made me flip the page?

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Sep. 1st, 2014 02:09 am
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Hey guys I just posted a little short story on my writing blog. You can find it here.

Oh and a small poem (Like I write anything else): Here

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Aug. 31st, 2014 11:37 pm
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Wrote this a few weeks ago, after I finally gave up on getting any sleep on the plane whatsoever:

Light is amazing. It moves as fast as it is physically possible to go. And it moves across impossible distances.

Somewhere, 10,000 light years away, a star burned. It sent out light in all directions. Some small portion of that light traveled, not in our direction, but towards where we would be 10,000 years later as the Earth sped and spun through the vastness of space.

It went between stars. Past planets and moons and comets and asteroids and more.

It came to Earth. It headed right for you. But it was daytime, and you didn't notice. You couldn't sort it out from all the much younger light around you.

Still it came. This time at night. But it was a cloudy night, and so it was blocked.

Still it came. On a clear night now. But you were in the city, surrounded by street lights and house lights and car lights. So you didn't notice.

Still it came. But you were indoors, and the light couldn't make it through the wall.

Still it came. You were outside on a clear night, far from the lights of civilization. But your eyes were closed. Or you were looking in the wrong direction. And so you didn't see.

Still it came, but it was in the frequency we call ultraviolet, and so you could not detect it.

Still it came. And this time, everything was right. It had come so far. Not a million miles; it could do that in a matter of seconds. Not billion miles; it could do that in under a day. It had been going that fast for 10,000 years. Since before the dawn of human civilization.

A photon came all that way, and it crashed into a single electron in the back of your eye. And that electron gained the tiniest jump in energy. And that jump got turned into a signal.

At the same time, another photon, this one from 5,000 light years away, hit a different electron in your eye.

And another from 15,000 light years away.

And more from incredible distances apart, all converging on your eye, where they are absorbed. In a way, gone. Their journey over.

But the signals from all those absorptions combine in your brain, and you can see it. The Milky Way.

You look at it in wonder and see its beauty.

And then you blink, and the light bounces off your eyelid. And then you go inside to sleep.

And somewhere in your body is a tiny bit of energy from a star 10,000 light years away.

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Aug. 31st, 2014 10:46 pm
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I should probably post something here. It's been a long time. It's just been a crazy summer and I haven't had much chance to catch my breath, let alone organize my thoughts. I've been neglecting all my social media.

The last month or two of my life... )

Fic & Art

Aug. 30th, 2014 02:57 pm
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I wasn't up to posting about my perfect copy fic yesterday (the anime reviews I had in my dreamwidth autosave from a few days ago) since I wasn't feeling fully coherrant and also... It can sometimes be awkward trying to think of words on remixes to begin with, but when I know exactly who wrote for me (*waves*) because it went to the pinch list and as I was one of the two mods handling pinch hits, it starts to feel a little like... A performance art? Because I know, and they know that I know. IDK. If it was the original assignments it would have been able to blur in my memory. BUT. THAT SAID.

I really, really enjoyed the remix to my work Failure to Communicate. I think Failure to Communicate is one of my best works in KnB, it's also a piece which has some stories hinted at in the background as the tale is told, so I knew that there was a pretty good chance that it would be remixed and have been thinking about/curious how someone else would complete their take on it.

Communication Failure (The Duty of Candor Remix) (1870 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Kuroko no Basuke | Kuroko's Basketball
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Himuro Tatsuya & Midorima Shintarou
Characters: Himuro Tatsuya, Midorima Shintarou

Midorima becomes Himuro's doctor and also his friend.

And basically - I think they did a really good job! XD It's got Midorima and Himuro friendship! And it fills in the little gaps that Himuro wasn't saying in his emails in the original (it's actually fairly close to the background I had in my head), and just *loves*.

I'm still reading through the works, but there's some excellent pieces throughout - http://archiveofourown.org/collections/perfectcopy/works

For the sports anime/manga fans on my list - Inter High (A fanart and fanfiction exchange dedicated to sports anime and manga!) is right now taking nominations for it's fic exchange here: http://archiveofourown.org/tag_sets/447

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Aug. 29th, 2014 09:46 am
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 I love waiting for people to get into the office so I can get the answer to a question that is holding up my work.

In other news, being an adult means I can have ice cream for breakfast.

The Eye of the Bee-Holder

Aug. 29th, 2014 02:48 am
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Today Purple called lunch early, as he had a 1pm meeting. I got in shortly after the lunch call, headed for the cafeteria, didn't see Purple, and didn't see any of the usual suspects from his crew. I did see two ladies at a table by themselves (the third who had joined them yesterday having other obligations elsewhere). So I joined them, and texted: "Invisible Purple? I'm outside."

Purple shortly appeared and took the fourth chair at the table; he'd seen no one earlier, so he'd headed back to his desk. I made introductions, and added to Purple that these ladies were two of three of my lunch companions the previous day. Purple cracked a bee joke.

"You told him?!?!"

"He's the friend who I accidentally blew the wasp at."

That broke the ice, and shortly the table was an outpost of vaguely terrible hilarity. Presently Purple said something, so I made the beckon-and-punch gesture at him. Our tablemates spotted it and identified it as some sort of special sign language. "It means, 'come over here so I can hit you,'" I translated.

Apparently I am usually so very supernaturally nice to teammates that it's got to balance out somehow. And I'm not sure how this feeds in to the idea that I teleport everywhere. Purple was charmed by the fact that someone else whipped out a pocket knife and casually sliced up some fruit, as he often gets weird looks for doing the same.

I got into a general data-entry-and-productivity groove late in the evening. The guy emptying wastebaskets came around. I waved to him. The fellow I think of as the ginger security guard came by. "Hey Beautiful," he hailed me, and we made small talk about my cube's refrigerator. His phone whistled at him, and he headed back on his rounds.

Anatomy of a panic attack, discussion of street harassment, discussion of Bad Social Dynamics, and Shawn. )

Various other bits of conversation occurred, and then I got an earworm. I just busted up giggling, and had to do some pretty fancy shenanigans in order to actually explain the earworm when gasping "Cyril Connelly!" and then giggling some more did not make everything clear. There are not all that many songs out there which involve actual bees in figurative birds-and-bees situations which I am aware of. In fact, "Eric the Half a Bee" is the only one where I am aware of the line "I love him carnally" existing in a bee-related context. Oh, Monty Python. Beauty is indeed in the eye of the bee-holder.

More anime review/rec type things

Aug. 29th, 2014 03:15 pm
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Perfect Copy Fics are up - some really great works are included too: http://archiveofourown.org/collections/perfectcopy/

A series that I finished:
Golden Time - This is a soap opera, college, slice of life, romantic comedy. Banri Tada is first year law student at a private law school. Due to the after-effects of a fall from a bridge shortly after his high school graduation, he has lost all of his memories prior to the accident (retrograde amnesia).

I thought this was going to be yet another pattern of me watching a (possibly harem?) romance series staring a guy, and slashing it, (and I was slashing this one for a while - there was some /delightful/ fanservice for my slash ship) but the het romance eventually won me around at the end. ^___^

I really enjoyed the way the characters grew in the series and the way little clues near the beginning turned out to be significant - and the romance was developed - not just "they are now in love for reasons".

A serries that I'm watching:
Sabegebu: slapstick parody series, about the survival game club. Somewhat surreal at times (there's a yellow "platy", of which was originally described as a duck ("Uh huh. I didn't think ducks had tails like a beaver", said Qem.)

I'm surprised by how much I'm enjoying this series as I originally thought it was moe-bait, though the anime self-describes itself as shoujo (although IDK, it also warned me not to take anything the anime series says as pretty much "you'll be laughed at if you try to apply knowledge from this series in the real world".)

The other reason why I'm surprised I'm enjoying it, is because usually I'm not a fan of slapstick comedy, but I think it helps that all of the characters are fairly unrepentent assholes and give as good as they get* + the types of humour that I do like, such as the 4th wall breaking, word plays and sureality moments. ^.^;;

*Yakitate Japan, for example, really went down hill for me when Kawachi basically became permanent butt moneky and never got a chance to get his own back / moments to shine.

A series that I'm stalled on:
Hoozaki no Reitsu: - the only reason I haven't finished it, is I haven't been able to get hold of the last couple of episodes. This series is really funny! It's a supernatural dark comedy, made up of short stories, set in Japan's hell (which as the opening explains "Japan’s Hell is a multi-section Hell. All together it has 272 sections!" ) although there is the occasional "representative from European hell" and they also get to go to Shangri-la sometimes.

The main character Hoozaki, is the first aid to King Yama, is definitely recommended for those who have a competency kink, he is very... blue oni type, being calm, sadistic, and brutal at keeping things (King Enma, handling staff shortages (due to the population booms in the mortal world) in line/under control, while still taking time to enjoy the finer things in life like enjoying cute animals (he goes to Australia and cuddles a Tasmanian devil, ahaha, it's so adorable even if there is like... no way you'd really be allowed to do that). :P As well as growing goldfish (that is not a typo). ^.^;

Speaking of bakers...

Aug. 29th, 2014 08:59 am
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I'm quite surprised that no-one has mentioned anything anywhere I can see about how close Iain Watters is to my name.

I don't watch Great British Bake Off, but even I realise that he's just become reality-show-famous...

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Aug. 28th, 2014 09:18 pm
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 Shit has gotten real with my C25K program. Tonight I ran two different three minute chunks and a straight up five minute. Scary, or awesome, thing was, I wasn't gasping while I was doing it.


Aug. 28th, 2014 02:36 pm
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 Some notes for my Baba Brujas story.
Read more... )

In other news, work had ice cream and mocci!

more writing

Aug. 28th, 2014 01:19 pm
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Another 15 minutes, same story as the last couple of days. Warning for brief animal cruelty this time.

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It will have been raining in Harvard Square for only half an hour when you give up hope.

On Monday I got laid off. I spent the next couple of days lazily rounding up personal documents and potential writing samples from the work laptop.

Today I transferred those to my home machine, cleared all personal touches from the work laptop, and shut it down for the last time. Then I went out and stood on the porch for a little while.

The Fraser River was mostly empty. In the distance, a barge full of dirt passed out of view behind Annacis Island.

You cannot know what will happen next.

Things that make you go hmmm

Aug. 28th, 2014 07:32 am
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 So the past couple of days, I've been writing in 15 minute blocks and have stumbled upon an interesting story centered around an ancient witch and a tough chica in a city that seems like SF in my head. So far, I am treating the 15 minute blocks as snipets of scenes as I work through the plot, with the plan of going back and fleshing out the scenes and maybe stitching together a narrative.

This morning I was all fired up for the next installment. I get to work, bang out a quick project or two, and I just felt my creative drive shrivel. I think I've just pin pointed what has been killing my creative drive, which is good because, if I am right, I now have a target to oppose rather than the general "I don't feel like doing anything".

Writing again.

Aug. 27th, 2014 12:22 pm
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A continuation from yesterday. Warning for transphobia and abuse.
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 Okay, my bad for not tracking my finances very well and being overdrawn for a day. But thanks to this, my debit card pinged as bad and now my account on iTunes is locked until I can prove I have a valid method of paying. So far no problem and totally my bad.

The problem is now I can't access anything I've previously bought (unless I downloaded it instead of using the iCloud service they are so happy to shove down my throat) and I can't even install a free app because I am trapped in "You must update your CC info". I can see getting that message when I try to buy something, until I get this fixed, but to access shit I've already bought?

See this is why I prefer Google Play and Amazon. If only I could get my wife and daughter to play along.