You spin me round!

Oct. 19th, 2017 11:26 pm[personal profile] elanya
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Craft night!

I scoured the yarn for a Christmas scarf for my dad.... gonna dye it and then weave a houndstooth scarf.

Then because I read a thing on tumblr about fibercraft and magic, I decided to break out my drop spindle I'm really bad at it still but I made some progress and am understanding predrafting better, so I may get there yet!

now time for a shower and bed.

Tomorrow I get to find out if something at work is really broken or not. I hope not! But probably yes. I might also get to take apart the 3d printer on my own though!

....I almost signed off on this as though it were an email @_@

Cheers ;p


Oct. 18th, 2017 08:05 pm[personal profile] elanya
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My phone was dishing me up some nonsense about its storage space... it was made of lis, and so high ho, high ho, to the factory reset we go :/ Gotta get all my apps again. Wererogue if you see this can I get you to please reinstall the stuff for the kid computers at some point?

I think I have the bare essentials now, and I'll get the rest tomorrow. Sleepos!

Fandom Loves Puerto Rico

Oct. 19th, 2017 04:00 am[personal profile] esteefee
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Posted in full at:
Hey peeps:

I have signed up to be a creator for the Fandom Loves Puerto Rico auction. It’s a charity auction to benefit victims of the recent hurricane by donating directly to ConPRmetidos. The charity is a Puerto Rican-run organization and all the donations go directly to the victims in Puerto Rico. See the links for more information.

If you want to support the auction by bidding on fanfiction, go here. If you’re interested in a story from me in particular, here is my offering. You have until 6pm EST, Monday October 23rd to bid. ¡Buena suerte!

Tags:fandom loves puerto rico, fandom auction, hurricane relief, ptdw

well, here I am!

Oct. 17th, 2017 10:51 pm[personal profile] elanya
elanya: Pensive pony (Default)
Work was somethin' alright. Again.

Finished the band on sockhat II

Took pic of sockhat I!

I feel like I had something else to say but... who knows!

elanya: Pensive pony (Default)
-Games have been super great! I would do a write up of last sessions' Diablotin if I had time :p
-Voltron Season 4 was also great!
-Work has been crap!
-I am slowly formulating ideas for my yulefic!
-I am full of brownies and cheese. so so so full.

That is all, I am up too late, but at least you get this Lucky you?

Temeraire, read at last!

Oct. 16th, 2017 10:41 am[personal profile] nonesane
nonesane: (How Jeeves _really_ manipulates Bertie.)
So, after many years of not having time to read books much at all, I've finally finished Naomi Novik's Temeraire series. What a read! I was very much invested in the characters all the way through and loved every second of it. Well...almost all of it, but I'm wholly to blame for my own disappointment, so to speak.

I know I'm late to the party, and I did try to avoid spoilers as much as possible before finishing the series. But by book 8 I couldn't help but take a quick peek at Deviantart and Tumblr, to seek out some lovely fanart. There was much beautiful art to be seen, but also... Yeah, due to certain artwork and blog posts I thought Laurence would end up with Tharkay in canon.

Now, it wasn't that I needed Laurence to start a romance/sexual relationship with another man because it's "so hawt" or anything. If I hadn't seen those artworks or read those blog posts until I'd finished the series I'd never have expected the relationship to be canon, because, honestly, I rarely expect such representation in published books. I was happy that Granby and Little's relationship was A Thing, because yay, representation! But I must admit that, as a bisexual person, I was excited at the prospect of a bi/pansexual main character in a book series I'd so come to love. So I must admit there was a bit of a let-down when I realized I'd been mistaken.

And then I went down the angry beehive of a rabbit hole that was fandom's discussions on the topic (and Novik's probably well-meaning but a little clumsy reply to questions about said topic), and now I'm much more torn about jumping into the fandom :/

Silly, I know. Why can't we just have nice things...

inktober: week 2

Oct. 15th, 2017 11:15 pm[personal profile] syntheid
syntheid: [Avatar: TLA] Appa face-on in water up to his nose. (yip yip)
(thanks for everyone who comments, I'm kind of unable to respond to every comment individually but I really appreciate them!)

I broke down and dug out the fine liners and that let me get some better detail for some of them. Day 9 was a study but I really liked how that one turned out, kinda learning about ink washes. Also added in a bit of color with highlighters, even though I'd intended to do all monochrome. I've been kinda trying to go back to a couple of the things I thumbnailed or sketched last week, but I haven't really been able to do it yet. Kind largely referenced work here, because I wanted to focus more on learning how to use the mediums and study lighting, though Day 8 was original. Went with a cartoony style because I thought it'd be easy to do; I was kind of unmotivated that day, so I just wanted to do something relatively fast but 'finished' and it worked out.

stitched-mouth cartoony ink person waving hello

referenced from a photo of a person holding a dead bird spread out on their back

value study with intense shadow on half a face for portrait

a sketchy yelling chameleon

value study on a fuchsia flower

face-on portrait of disheveled person coloed in blue and purple

ink wash study of feet standing on tip toe

chomiji: A ceramic dish of chocolate mouse, with a spoon and some raspberries (Mousse)

... is banana bran muffins:

banana bran muffins cooling

Noir City DC -- first weekend

Oct. 15th, 2017 08:13 pm[personal profile] neotoma
neotoma: Loki from Thistil Mistil Kistil being a dingbat (Loki-Dingbat)
This weekend I've seen 4 movies as part of the Noir City DC film festival with [personal profile] greenygal. This year's theme: 'Heists, Hold-Ups, and Schemes Gone Wrong.'

Kansas City Confidential )

Criss-Cross )

The Asphalt Jungle )

White Heat )

I am amused that the solution in two of the movies to 'how do we make stolen money untraceable' is 'turn it in for the 25% reward from the insurance company covering the place we stole it from'. That's certainly an interesting way to launder ill-gotten gains.

Week 42 - Deadlines

Oct. 15th, 2017 11:43 pm[personal profile] nonesane
nonesane: (Sadly this is true for me.)
I'm a little tired. We'll see how I do this week. Zzzzzz...

Things I need to do )
neotoma: Bunny likes oatmeal cookies [foodie icon] (foodie-bunny)
Greek butternut squash salad, tiropita, figs, beef stew cubes, maple breakfast sausage, figs, nittany apples, and yellow bartlett pears.


Oct. 12th, 2017 11:59 pm[personal profile] elanya
elanya: Pensive pony (Default)
I booked stuff for the conference in November - taking the train up, staying in a hotel for two nights, work covered registration. I opted against the tour primarily because of the bus scheduling.

I also finished my sockhead hat! It just needs to be washed and have the ends trimmed. Let me tell you - it is extremely satisfying to finish a project in two weeks! And I also finished the second to last chart of Pulled by the Sunset! So all in all a great knit night :3

Voltron season 4 drops overnight tonight. My sister is getting up to watch it as soon as it goes live but I have to work tomorrow like a sucker. Maybe this weekend I can watch it... though I'm not sure when. Saturday is the fiber festival. Maybe tomorrow evening if Nary is amenable :3

Tomorrow I will see if I can cast on one of the kids hats.

for now - sleep!

so that happened

Oct. 11th, 2017 10:59 pm[personal profile] elanya
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TOday I was supposed to have someone come in and do a preventative maintenance on our 3d printed and tell me how to do some of the more advanced maintenance we shold be doing ourselves.

He *broke it* -_-

Also I spent my morning (he was supposed to come at 10, and didn't show up until 1, and then I was late leaving waiting on him to at least put things back together) trying to fix a workflow and readjust a bunch fo stuff because at the last database meeting people were like 'oh let's just solve this problem by doing things in a completely different order!'

And, like. First of all, that is a problem we keep running into that no one wants to take seriously but NEEDS A SOLUTION. Second, things were done in the other order FOR A REASON. Now I have to find wasteful workaround that add extra steps. ugh. I at least was getting thigs done today, but they were all aggravating to some degree.

I mean I do know more about how the 3D printer is put together now. Which is good because he's going to send me the parts for it and I'll have to FIX IT MYSELF >_<


Really interested to see what they are planning to charge me for all of this :p

IN other news, we still haven't heard from the landlord about the broken dishwasher. So after I washed the dishes (after I got home an hour late), I warped my loom and am now working on a scarf, I guess.

Wednesday Reading

Oct. 11th, 2017 08:49 pm[personal profile] chomiji
chomiji: Doa from Blade of the Immortal can read! Who knew? (Doa - books)

A digression. When I was a little cho, I loved books with main characters like Dido Twite in Joan Aiken's Wolves series and Goth in James Schmitz' The Witches of Karres: wiry, adventurous girls who could almost be mistaken for boys. I knew I would never be any of those girls, because I was chunky and unathletic and bookish and shy and near-sighted.

Last night I finished Provenance by Ann Leckie. People who wanted more hardcore space opera (and yes, I think it's OK to call it that) like the Ancillary trilogy have been grumpily posting their displeasure with the book around the Intarwebs. Because although Provenance is set in the same universe, and people in the story are talking about the events that occurred in that series, the star of Provenance is not an unstoppable corpse soldier turned engine of vengeance, like Breq. The protagonist is, instead, a chunky, self-deprecating, messy, naive young woman named Ingray Aughskold. And whether you enjoy Provenance, I suspect, will have a lot to do with whether you sympathize with Ingray or think she's a fool.

Ingray has Mommy issues. Mom is a powerful politician who adopted three children, intending to eventually make the most suitable one her heir. This is not an uncommon practice on the world of Hwae. One child made herself scarce as soon as she could legally do so, leaving Ingray to complete with their confident and obnoxious brother Danach. Both Ingray and Danach are certain that Danach will be the heir; nevertheless, Ingray would like to secure some of their mother's regard for herself. So she invests all her own money in a scheme that starts with breaking a famous thief out of the smarmily named prison world Compassionate Removal and goes on from there. As [personal profile] james_davis_nicoll puts it, it is "a very bold scheme, a scheme so well planned that it does not go off the rails until shortly before the book begins."

If the book sounds like a caper novel, that is indeed one part of what it is. It is also a coming-of-age story, a story that addresses the idea of symbols and what part they play in our personal and national stories, a novel that explores families and what parents can do to children, and a science fiction story full of aliens and robots and stolen starships. I enjoyed it quite a lot.

Next, I've started a non-fiction book that is not much like anything I would have picked on my own, but a book club has started at work, and it involves some colleagues that I should get to know better, so. It's called The Undoing Project: A Friendship That Changed Our Minds. The blurb describes it as "How a Nobel Prize–winning theory of the mind altered our perception of reality." I'm about 5% of the way into it, and so far author Michael Lewis has been discussing the idea of using statistics to help make better choices in selecting athletes for pro sports teams. I suppose this is a topic of great interest to many, but not to me, so I hope the book gets into something else quickly.

I also have waiting for me the first volumes of two new-to-me manga series, Golden Kamuy and Complex Age, and also the first collected volume of the comic The Wicked and the Divine.


Oct. 10th, 2017 11:24 pm[personal profile] elanya
elanya: Pensive pony (Default)
I had to take a reactine yesterday after cleaning out the basement, because I had hives and a million sneezes.

Today as a consequence I was an utter zombie and managed to do almost nothing productive all day. It took me three tries to remember my work phone number and write it down correctly *while I was looking at it*. I really hate the feeling, and wish I could find a good antihistamine that didn't give me the same reaction :/

Also I ate way too many snacks. But on the upside - I can touch my toes! my bed time/bus stop stretches are paying off!

Sleep now though :3


Oct. 9th, 2017 03:12 pm[personal profile] elanya
elanya: Pensive pony (Default)
Things I have done today:

Walked the dog
had a nice breakfast
spent several hours cleaning out and reorganizing the basement because of the dishwasher leak, which wound up soaking several boxes of stuff down there
cleaned the bathroom downstairs
vacuumed the stairs
vacuumed the hall upstairs again because OMG shedding season
rescued a chipmunk who had gotten its head stuck in some mesh
emptied all the trash cans

Now I am sitting for a bit. And maybe knitting. I really wanted to work on Pulled by the Sunset this weekend and I haven't gotten to yet :3 Maybe a few rows and then go see what else needs doing downstairs for dinner prep.

Seriously though I got to help and pet a chipmunk :3 Made my entire day :3
chomiji: Sai, the courtly, go-playing Heian ghost, playing a flute - from Hikaru no Go (Sai - music)

So I'm going to do this meme I've seen around ([personal profile] zhelana, I'm looking at you):

1: A song you like with a color in the title

When the Stars Go Blue by the Corrs, featuring Bono


Oct. 9th, 2017 12:32 am[personal profile] elanya
elanya: Pensive pony (Default)
Monday (technically today >.>) is Canadian Thanksgiving! We're making a turkey, and we tag-teamed making the pies today. Wererogue made the crust, Longpig pretty much took care of the pumpkin on her own - while she was putting it together I started rolling the crust for the apple, then she and I peeled/chopped/did the other prep together. It was eerily well timed! Like as I finished one thing it was exactly timed to start the next and so on. They both look beautiful. Tomorrow is for Turkey! We're having some friends over, since they didn't already have plans and we have a 12lb turkey!

I went out this afternoon while the rest of the fam were going to see the new My Little Pony movie, and got apples for the pie and ran some other errands. We did already have apples, but I brought home cortlands, which are the superior pie apple. I should have gotten a nice sharp cheddar to go with it though, damn. Ahh well, I think we have some kind of cheese, anyway.

I also spent some time updating my ravelry stash, though I'm nowhere near fnished. Maybe tomorrow? And of course I posted my Yuletide letter!

And that was most of my day. I did some laundry and slept in and vacuumed and tidied my room, too I guess. It's nice not to feel super rushed, because of the long weekend and for staggering the holiday cooking. I'm grateful to have family to spend it with. Even if I have more cleaning to do tomorrow, including a bathroom and stair vacuuming, which are things I hate the most (other than dusting).

Yuletide 2017 Letter

Oct. 9th, 2017 12:06 am[personal profile] curtana
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AO3 name: Nary

Fandoms requested: The Venture Bros, Gentlemen of the Road - Michael Chabon, Oglaf (Webcomic), Books of the Raksura - Martha Wells, JourneyQuest, Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic

Dear Yuletide author, thank you for writing something for me! I'm really looking forward to your story, whatever it turns out to be :)

General stuff: I love stories where things happen, where characters come out of the story changed in some way, even if it's a subtle change. I especially love the interactions between characters, dialogue, snark, personality clashes, confessions, romance. I love stories that don't provide oversimplified resolutions to complex situations, where things aren't necessarily all neatly wrapped up at the end - it's okay if everything's not happily ever after, as long as there's some hope for the future. I like fic that challenges traditional gender roles and expectations. I love humour, as highbrow or lowbrow as you like, depending on what suits the story. Please feel free to include other characters from any of these canons in supporting roles, or to make up original characters, whatever works for your story.

While I feel that porn can easily be the meat (heh) of a story, I like it best when it is wrapped in at least a delicate layer of plot, and when I can believe that it's these particular characters having sex. But I really and truly am open to fic of any rating! If you are more of a fade-to-black sort of author, that's fine; if you want to show me non-shippy character interaction - friendship, rivalry, adventure, introspection - that's great too. However, if you do feel inspired to go the more porny route, I love m/m, f/f, m/f, threesomes, foursomes, moresomes, poly relationships, bisexuality, kink - and I'm very hard to squick, so don't worry about that. (If you want to read more about my porny likes/dislikes/ideas, you can get an idea by reading my Yuleporn comment.) Please no non-canon deaths or completely depressing endings, otherwise let your imagination run wild!

All the rest of this is just in case you feel more comfortable writing with some idea or starting point to go on - if you have a different idea, please go for it. So, on to the specific fandoms!

Gentlemen of the Road - Michael Chabon (Amram, Zelikman)

More adventures of the greatest con men and thieves of the 10th century, please! Either pre- or post-canon would be fine. The book really gives the sense that they've had so many adventures and so much history together, and anything that shows a bit more of that would be wonderful. Other places they've travelled or other mishaps they've gotten themselves into? I love the banter and the snark and the obvious affection (even if it's sometimes strained by circumstances) between Amram and Zelikman. If you view this as a romantic pairing and want to develop their relationship so that it includes sex, that's great - if you don't, they can be platonic life partners and that's also great! Basically either way I'm happy!

Oglaf (Orc Captain)

What is the war that the New Model Army are engaged in, and how well do their tactics work? (Skin to win!) How did the orc captain rise to her current position of power? What does she like to do in her spare time? Basically tell me more about her! (If we matched on something else but you want to try a different fandom this one is only three comic strips long: starting here)

The Venture Bros. (Jonas Venture Sr., The Original Blue Morpho, Horace Gentleman, Kano (Venture Bros))

I'm curious about the escapades of the original Team Venture, and particularly how the original Blue Morpho fits into them. He and Kano seem to have been vigilantes who were at least in some situations allied with Team Venture, but in other situations opposed to them -
I'd be fascinated to see how they worked in practice. It also seems like the Blue Morpho and Jonas socialized together behind the scenes, so you could tell me more about that!

Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic (Cadugan, Lucas Greyfort)

I'd like something that explores Lucas and Cadugan's gloriously snarky/sweet relationship. If you want to just stick to the two of them and the various challenges they face (Lucas's family curse, his obligation to produce an heir, tension between Cadugan's love for the wilderness and castle life, the current situation with the destruction of the Black Mountain, future adventures, etc.), that's great, but on the other hand please also feel free to incorporate any other characters from the comic as well if it works for your plot! I'd definitely be intrigued to see what happens if Wolf and Cadugan ever meet again, for instance, and where things might go from there... Or if any of Lucas's past girlfriends show up, or the ghost of his father interferes further, that could be interesting too! Whatever ensues, I would prefer for Lucas and Cadugan to ultimately end up together, but if there are emotional complications, arguments, gender-bending, threesomes, that's fine. I love the humour of the comic too, so if you can incorporate any of that flavour, that's great.

JourneyQuest (Carrow, Death, Miad, Daggie)

This is really two sets of prompts (so if you pick one, you are not at all obliged to include the other two characters - although if you can think of a way to combine them, go for it!)

So first, Miad and Daggie! I'd love to see more of how they became friends, what challenges they've faced in running the Beard & Bonnet, or what you think might become of them further down the road. I'm very open to shipping them with one another, or keeping them as gal pals, whatever you prefer!

Second, Carrow and Death. I've been fascinated to see the progression of Carrow's storyline as he falls further into undeath and away from humanity. Death's obviously interested in him too, although her reasons are (I suspect) more complex that what she's stated (that she's intrigued because he's a free-willed undead). I'm interested in something that explores his revulsion/attraction to her, and her manipulation of him.

Books of the Raksura - Martha Wells (Consolation, First, Kethel, Shade)

I fell in love with Consolation and her companions First and Kethel (or whatever Kethel's name is...) I would like to see more of what happens to them after the events of the series. Do they succeed in their efforts to make a home for themselves and live among the Raksura? What are some things they have to learn, or do differently from the Raksura? Scenes of attempted domesticity are great - I adore Kethel's love of stories, for instance, and having his hair braided. How does Consolation take care of her people, or negotiate with other Queens?

Shade is an optional inclusion here - if you want to stick to the Fellborn court making a home and trying to learn about life, that's great, no need to include him. I admit I'm super curious what would happen if Shade ever met Consolation, though. No doubt he would have a lot of complicated feelings surrounding the Fellborn and his own past, and resentment of the expectation that he ought to help them or have anything in common with them, and it would be interesting to see if he could overcome those issues, or how it might play out.
neotoma: Loki from Thistil Mistil Kistil being a dingbat (Loki-Dingbat)
Went to see Gaslight (1944) with A (person without a pseudonym) and [personal profile] greenygal; [personal profile] ellen_fremedon was supposed to join us, but the theater was sold out before she got there... for some reason, they were showing it in one of the smaller cinemas, instead of in the biggest one, which is at least twice as large and wouldn't have been as ridiculously sold out.

It was an excellent film, this print in 35 mm, and still completely relevant and at moments hard to watch. And it passes the Bechdel Test in the first 15 minutes! If you get a chance to see it on the big screen, it's definitely worth it.

This wasn't officially part of the Noir City DC film festival, but it was a nice run up to that. Next week is, though, and I might be seeing three movies next Saturday: Kansas City Confidential, Criss-Cross, and The Asphalt Jungle, with Sunday's White Heat a strong possibility as well.

I am definitely going to see the double-feature of The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3 & Charley Varrick on Friday, October 20th, if anyone wants to join me.
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