Jul. 24th, 2017 11:08 pm
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  • Some poetry

  • A few poetry prompts coming up

  • emails to people I haven’t in too long, oops

  • not much else

But lots of love, y’all!

Been super busy on the work front and read a book in the last two days on agile IT and did lots of testing while holding off on further documentation that we need. But ugh, we really need customer buy-in to get further on that. I suspect our new approach will help, but I suppose it’s not my job to make it happen. I just hate not making progress on work I actually know what to do next.

There’s other work still on my plate, that I don’t know what to do next.

And tonight I must pack. Have a wonderful evening, y’all!


Jul. 24th, 2017 10:42 pm
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Happy Birthday to [personal profile] badfalcon

It's been a quiet week for me and slowly catching up on Scorpion (season 2 episode 8).

Saw the trailer for the new Star Trek Discovery tv show and will probably watch it on Netflix when it comes out. Also watched the trailer for Orville and that reminded me of Galaxy Quest so will also give that a try.

Luckily we've had a bit of rain over here, so it's not been so hot lately which makes it easier to sleep at night. Sami is glad as I've had to open my bedroom window at night to cool the room down for her.

Had to help my sister with her CV today as I'm the typist in the family, lol.

Bought the Coldplay album - Ghost Stories and the new Star Wars film - Rogue One for my boyfriends birthday on Saturday.
[personal profile] lebateleur
...and so they are here. I wrote a big tl:dr post outlining the decade of WWE storylines that culimated in Tuesday's squee, but realising that that was a little much to inflict on the unsuspecting, here are the Cliff's Notes. )


Deborah Watling

Jul. 22nd, 2017 06:41 pm
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Some more sad news for Doctor Who fans (well, of the Classic variety at least): Deborah Watling has died, aka companion Victoria Waterfield. A lot of people have linked to the clip from Tomb, but it is such a beautiful scene, so I'm going to do it as well:

(Forgive the embed outside the cut this once.)

Victoria was a companion that I always liked the idea of more than what they actually did with her most of the time, but Debbie Watling always seemed pretty lovely, and she had a very good relationship and rapport with both Patrick and Frazer. My old telly adventures have also led to me watching her (at least briefly) appear in The Power Game, along with her father, Jack, who was a regular (a favour which she returned in DW, getting him cast as Professor Travers in two of the Yeti stories).

Happy Birthday...

Jul. 21st, 2017 09:46 am
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... to [personal profile] grondfic and [personal profile] kerkevik_2014! I hope you both have an excellent day!

The Caligula Effect - I Gave Up.

Jul. 20th, 2017 07:02 pm
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I finally gave up on The Caligula Effect.

The Caligula Effect: 2017's first DNF! )

Right now I am playing Final Fantasy XII, Higurashi Chapter 3 and will move onto The Longest Journey once one of those is done. Then that will be it for July! No idea what August will bring...

What Am I Reading Wednesday: July 19

Jul. 19th, 2017 07:26 pm
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What I Just Finished Reading

The Seeing Stone – Holly Black & Tony DiTerlizzi
This book is much better as a full volume than divided into two as Goblins Attack and Troll Trouble, mainly because the fey we meet in the second half are far more engaging than anything we encounter in the first.

The Hacking of the American Mind – Robert Lustig
Lustig is genuinely dedicated to improving health outcomes, but his argument suffers for his devolving everything down to sugar intake. I agree with him that global sugar consumption is far too high and that dopamine reward systems are at the root of this problem. But I'd argue that how corporations use psychology to drive people's behavior, marketing to inflame their insecurities, and data analytics to customize approaches to drive individuals to consume more is a problem that extends far beyond sugar, and that any volume called “The Hacking of the American Mind” needs to delve into these issues to merit the title.

The Essex Serpent – Sarah Perry
The best novels make it hard to pick up another book when you've finished reading because you just want this story with these characters to continue. The Essex Serpent is very well written and I enjoyed the ride, but it failed to grab hold of me the way the best novels do. I think some of this is to do with the fact that Perry devoted less of the narrative to the characters who intrigued me most. But the ending was satisfying indeed, and I adore how Perry avoided the pat and predictable outcome every. Single. Time. I'll be reading more by her.

India – Becky Stephens
This book was a good, albeit superficial introduction to the country, although it did try at times to put too much of a good spin on its major social ills.

What I Am Currently Reading

The Book of Three – Lloyd Alexander
When I read this as a kid, Gurgi and Eilonwy drove me nuts. They both still do, but all these decades later I have such affection for them it makes for an easier read.

The Infidel Stain – MJ Carter
Still truckin.' I still find it hard to believe Avery's opinions on the social order could have remained so retrograde after all his time in India and Afghanistan, but this somehow irritates me less this time through.

Preacher: All Hell's A-Coming – Garth Ennis
Herr Starr is such a glorious villain. And jesus christ, I'd forgotten how horrible Cassidy is, and how groundbreaking it was for Ennis to portray this stuff way back in '98 and '99.

The Tarot: History, Mystery, and Lore – Cynthia Giles
Hands down, still one of the best volumes on the cards out there. Why it isn't at the top of recent lists on the subject perplexes.

Magic Bitter, Magic Sweet – Charlie Holmberg
With an additional fifth of the book under my belt, I'm less certain I've figured out the big reveal. The writing continues to sparkle, and Holmberg continues to write some of the freshest riffs on YA fantasy out there.

The Souls of China – Ian Johnson
Still truckin'.

Clariel – Garth Nix
Finally, rainstorms, and I could read more of this book. This week's chapters featured a ripping battle with a Free Magic spirit, and for personal reasons, Nix's portrayal of Clariel's affectionate but clueless and spineless father hurt. Also, it looks like everyone has an angle, and it is glorious.

Captive Prince vol.2 - CS Pacat
For reasons.

What I'm Reading Next
I'm about 1/7 of the way through my read-these-first shortlist, and will continue to pick volumes off in the coming week. Black and DiTerlizzi's Lucinda's Secret is currently at the top of the list.

[personal profile] lost_spook
To start at the end, as it were, before I forget everything. The theme for this week in my old telly adventures seems to have mainly been Bad Stuff Happening to Planes.*

Ransom, Secret Army & Department S )
[personal profile] lebateleur
...the first 13 minutes of last night's Raw.

Oh my god. Oh my god. Oh my god. Oh my god. I have been waiting almost half a decade for this story arc and I did not think it would ever happen and it did. And it not only did it happen, but it happened as if ficcers had scripted it.

Oh my god. My little fangirl heart. It may not be able to take this.


GenEx Letter

Jul. 17th, 2017 01:51 pm
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Dear Author,

Here are a few prompts to help you write your story, I'm sure that I'll love anything you will write and thank you for writing for me.


Character bashing, sad endings, death of major characters.


Case fic, happy endings, worldbuilding, team fics, family fics, hurt/comfort.

Fandom Specifics

Fandom: Scorpion (TV 2014)

Ralph Dineen & Walter O'Brien

Doing a science project together, how they interact and bond together.

Paige Dineen & Ralph Dineen

On vacation together, home life or if one is sick and the other has to take care of them.

Toby Curtis & Paige Dineen & Sylvester Dodd & Walter O'Brien & Happy Quinn

Working together to solve a case how they interact with each other and how they come together to support each other when something happens.

Fandom: Lucifer (TV)

Trixie Decker & Lucifer Morningstar

Lucifer has to care for Trixie when Chloe is sick, taking Trixie out for the day.

Trixie Decker & Mazikeen

Maze takes care of Trixie while Chloe is at work - what trouble might they get into? How their friendship develops.

Chloe Decker & Ella Lopez & Linda Martin & Mazikeen

Girls night out, discussing Lucifer, road trip

Fandom: Call the Midwife

Bernadette | Shelagh Turner & Timothy Turner

How Tim thinks about Shelagh becoming his mother one day, Shelagh takes care of Tim when he is sick.

Bernadette | Shelagh Turner & Julienne

How Sister Julienne helps Shelagh when she realizes she's in love with Doctor Turner, how Sister Julienne supports Shelagh throughout her pregnancy and birth of her child.

Bernadette | Shelagh Turner & Angela Turner & Timothy Turner

Showing Shelagh as a mother - perhaps at Christmas time or when the children are sick. Shelagh is taking them out on a day trip.

Fandom: Babylon 5

Delenn & Susan Ivanova

How Susan supports Delenn after John's death, Delenn helping Susan during her years as Ranger One.

Delenn & Lennier

How they support each other, Lennier caring for Delenn after her transformation, taking care of each other when one of them gets hurt.

Susan Ivanova & John Sheridan

How they help each other when a mission goes wrong, How John supports Susan after Marcus dies, John teaching Susan about baseball, having a night out together to celebrate John becoming president.

Doctor Who

Jul. 16th, 2017 07:56 pm
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Spoilers ahead for those who have not heard the news about the new Doctor!

So today we found out that the new Doctor will be a woman played by Jodie Whittaker of Broadchurch fame. I never watched Broadchurch but will probably watch her in Doctor Who to give her a chance. I'm a bit behind the programme as I stopped watching it a while ago - just after David Tennant left but saw the odd show from Matt Smith and recently Peter Capaldi.

Almost finish season 1 of Scorpion will watch the last episode tonight and start season 2 tomorrow. Trying to extend my viewing until most of the programmes start back in September/October time.

Will catch up with some chores this weekend - do a pile of washing, etc. So having a quiet weekend hopefully.

(no subject)

Jul. 16th, 2017 12:25 pm
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the new doctor is a woman and i'm fairly sure steven moffat is leaving.

life is good.


Ys Seven - thoughts etc

Jul. 16th, 2017 06:25 pm
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So this morning I finished Ys Seven! This time around Adol is in AU northern Africa, making friends, influencing people, and surprisingly not getting shipwrecked despite securing passage on four boats. I know, I was surprised too. This is the last game in the Ys series focusing on Adol released in English, and I think the last Ys game I will play until Lacrymosa of Dana comes out in September. (Sorry, Ys Origin - I have too many games in my backlog!)

Adol secures passage on a boat and doesn't get shipwrecked? HOW CAN THIS BE. )

All right! Next up, I'm playing Higurashi Chapter 3 and Final Fantasy XII in part because [personal profile] larissa will likely beat down my door if I don't do FFXII. The Caligula Effect ... continues to be a work in progress sob.

genex author letter

Jul. 15th, 2017 10:30 pm
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Super excited about this exchange (as I am about them all, really). It isn't very often that there are opportunities for gen fic in this manner.

So, dear author, here are some things you should know generally, and then under the cut are some fandom-specific thoughts.

I like world-building, stories that take place in unexpected places or that include some detail about surroundings. I like character-driven stories, ones that include backstory or off-screen speculation and events. I'm fond of secondary and minor characters, their perspectives on the bigger events. I like main characters, too, and getting different viewpoints from them. Angst is my cup of tea, though not sexual violence of any kind.   Non-canonical character death is okay if it furthers your story.  Seeing as how this is a gen exchange, and some of my requests are more traditionally shippy, I need to clarify that I really enjoy friendship stories or stories that deal with non-romantic aspects of a relationship that may BE romantic later. Team-building is awesome, partnerships between people who aren't very connected in canon or have very little screentime otherwise.

Okay, on to the fandoms.

Read more... )

Tokyo Xanadu - thoughts etc.

Jul. 16th, 2017 09:05 am
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[personal profile] batman
I finished playing Tokyo Xanadu earlier this week but because work was brutal I have only now had the opportunity to write this up. Basically Tokyo Xanadu is what happens when the gameplay for Ys and the storywriting for Kiseki had a lovechild, and that lovechild went to school and hung out with the Persona kid for a bit and stuff rubbed off.

'Let me see ... Sweet, I have reception.' - Shinomiya Yuuki, doing what we all do when we arrive at a new place. )

Next up: a post for Ys Seven, and playing either Higurashi chapter 3, The Longest Journey, or the Final Fantasy XII remake!


Jul. 15th, 2017 09:42 pm
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If there's one thing I'll risk signing up for, even in summer, and even verging on Yuletide, it's Remix! And someone has set up a replacement for the much-lamented RemixRedux at [community profile] remixrevival and sign ups are open at AO3 from now until the 30th. If you're also into remixing, or want to be, head over there now!

This version also allows art/art remixes (and art/fic, fic/art remixes) if that would interest you more than writing. (I went for fic/fic; I love the whole thing of writing remixes and being remixed in writing.) It seems to allow origfic as well, and there will still be a Remix Madness collection, when anyone can throw their works into the ring without signing up, which is about as low pressure you can get in a writing exchange. :-)

Catch of the Evening

Jul. 14th, 2017 09:40 pm
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[personal profile] silverr
Microsoft OneNote.

Between speech recognition and the cloud, I can mumble all the thoughts that swirl up as I'm falling asleep into my phone, and in the morning I can go to my computer and they are THERE. I don't have to transcribe them from incoherent texts to myself, or by listening to my crony voice.

(Proper names are generally not done properly, but that's no big. Current mumbles involve Blue and Red.)

i should be happy...

Jul. 14th, 2017 08:05 pm
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... but i feel sick at the news of a new Doctor being named this Sunday. I fucking know it's gonna be another white dude. I'll always be a whovian but I'm done after this season. :/

Life update

Jul. 13th, 2017 08:15 pm
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Almost at the end of season 1 of Scorpion (episode 19) and loving it! I'm glad to hear season 4 starts in September as It'll give me time to catch up, hopefully, lol.

About to start work on my story for Rare Pairs Exchange, thankfully not due until August, so gives me time to get to it.

My boyfriends birthday is at the end of this month so thinking about what present to give him, luckily he's into Star Wars, Star Trek, etc. so it's relatively easy to figure out what to get him.

Wish it was better weather here though, Scottish weather at it's best. It's also quite muggy so hard to get to sleep, but since it's raining today, I hope it'll clear the air a bit.

Signed up for GenExchange so hope to be busy until the TV shows start back up September/October time.

Also hoping to get my aunt out for a couple of day trips when the weather is nicer, probably a drive round the coast or visit a National Trust property (it helps that I'm a member so don't have to pay, lol).


Jul. 12th, 2017 05:34 pm
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So I started playing Runescape again recently! Oldschool of course because the new graphics are like... too good. It's disorienting. I'm also a sucker for nostalgia and the Oldschool servers are right in the sweetspot of the years I played as a youth.


screenshots of ADVENTURE )
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