30 Day Meme: Artist + character meme

Jun. 24th, 2017 11:12 pm
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[personal profile] perpetual has this very cool 30 Day meme (which shall be known as "The Kairos 30 Day Meme"), which involves coming up with 1 to 30 favorite fannish things in 30 different categories -- X favorite actors, Y favorite books, Z favorite cartoons, etc. etc. Of course, I had to try my hand at it. [personal profile] perpetual is keeping the full list a surprise, so I will, too, and I did have to move things around, because the number of favorite comic books I could come up with, for instance, was much lower, and I ended up substituting some sections entirely, since I'm not a fan of video games at all, for example. I don't think I can post these one a day, but let's see how this goes. Maybe I'll just attach them to regular posts, or unlocked posts, or something...

Day One: Artist

So I wracked my brains a bit to see what category I had truly only a single favorite for, and ultimately the choice is pretty easy: visual artist, and that artist is:

1. Salvador Dali (NSFW?) )

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And a different kind of meme, stolen from Tumblr somewhere:

Give me a character and I'll answer (all or specific prompts of) the following:

Holiday headcanon
Cooking headcanon
Sleeping headcanon
Driving headcanon
Bathing/showering headcanon
Hugging headcanon
Kissing headcanon
Sex headcanon
General physical contact headcanon
Physical appearance headcanon
Wardrobe headcanon
Jewelry headcanon
Nickname headcanon
Dancing headcanon
Singing headcanon
Anger headcanon
Soft spot headcanon
Favorite possession headcanon
Favorite photograph headcanon
Relationship with/thoughts on _____ headcanon


Fandoms of note: ASOIAF, AtLA/Korra, Avengers/MCU, Babylon 5, Buffy (through s6), Discworld, Dragaera/Vlad Taltos, Dresden Files, Firefly, Harry Potter, Killjoys, Kushiel's Legacy, Raven Boys, Rivers of London, Temeraire, Vorkosigan Saga, and anything else you know I'm into.

Some memes

Jun. 20th, 2017 10:56 pm
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First off: The Hardest HP Quiz Evar. I got a 96: Magical Prodigy (76-100): You've got fingers full of magic and a mind like a steel trap! Hermione has nothing on you.

Could you pass a 4th grade science test? Apparently yes: I got a 98%. (It really wasn't a difficult quiz, unlike other quizzes that sound deceptively easy until you try it, like naming capitals of countries you don't know much about.)

A survey meme gacked from [personal profile] meathiel:

Random questions are random )


And a short high school meme, gacked from [personal profile] hamsterwoman:

Favorite subject? )

School is OUT. Should I rejoice or weep?

Good news:
MiniPlu got an A on her bio final today, yay! Geometry and Latin still pending.

Two got on the honor roll again because his only C was for his extra remedial reading class, which is considered an elective and thus doesn't "count." (Kid with straight Bs except one A and the non-counting C gets on honor roll, while my honors student with a 3.65 GPA doesn't get any official acknowledgement. Go figure.)

Bad news:
Upstairs a/c died this morning. We ended up getting several small window a/c units for the bedrooms so nobody steams to death at night. I didn't really care that much - I grew up with worse - but both men in this house would have been unable to sleep in the heat. Unfortunately, the long-term fix is probably going to mean replacement, which is going to cost many many $$$$. Sigh.

Time to crash: must be at hospital at 8am, whee. I'm already hungry but it's getting close enough to the food/drink cutoff that I think I'll just wait. Meh. Stupid polyp.

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Jun. 20th, 2017 06:25 pm
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Funerals and retirement parties, those are the sorts of get-togethers folks in my age bracket seem to go to.  We had both in one day Saturday. 

Funerals are weird.  I've been trying to get my head around the whole ritual and failing.  You die, your body is dealt with, some time in the future people get together and then it's weird.  I've been to too many funerals the last few years.  They're necessary for the living, especially for the families, as they need to know their loved one will be remembered, and it's necessary for the friends who have stories to tell.  Those parts?  I totally understand those.  It's the religious bits that are just weird.

Many years ago, a friend of mine from work passed, and I drove down to her funeral, not knowing that it was going to be a Fundamentalist ceremony.  Hours and hours of people getting up to testify about how my friend, a wonderful and very earthy woman, had transformed into some sort of evangelical angel who personally led them all to God.  The woman?  Not a word.  Then, family funerals, all weird, because, well, family and history.  The one non-denominational memorial was possibly the best, but I still can't hear any of the Indigo Girls' songs without leaking tears.  This one was Presbyterian, with lots of singing (Oh, Eddie Izzard, how you've ruined me for many hymns!) and stories of a man that didn't mesh at all with the guy I knew.  There was a point when my inner voice needed to whisper to the WBH, "When I'm dead.  None of this BS, okay?  I want birdsong and the wind, while you scatter my ashes or plant a tree in my composted leftovers."  Of course, once you're dead, you don't really have a say in what happens, do you?

The retirement party was better, although all the people standing up to tell carefully-edited tales of the retiree was all too similar to the funeral.  I guess that leaving the working life is kinda like dying.  If you aren't prepared to live outside the office, that is.

The end is near

Jun. 19th, 2017 07:40 pm
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The end of the school year, that is. Ends tomorrow at lunch. MiniPlu's got one final left (biology) and then she's freeeeee! She already has the results back from her honors history final last week (90%) and her public speaking final from this morning (A - exact score not given), but we're anxiously awaiting the results of her geometry final (and, to a much lesser extent, Latin II).

Two bombed his math final (the only final he had), sigh, but still managed to keep a B for his grade, so we rewarded him as promised with some Nerf guns, markers and - of all things he wanted - a poker chip set.

I can't believe he's about to be in 8th grade. O_o

Summer parenting preview, ergh )

My last subbing was last Thurs; I was at the middle school, with the same 6th-grade English class I'd had in April. This time they were doing a Civil War unit; last time they were doing the Black Death - a full range of cheerful topics! ;-)

Father's Day was fairly low-key here. I let Will sleep in and spend the day how he wanted (exercise), aside from briefly helping me with yard stuff that was too heavy for me. I mowed, pruned roses, sprinted through the grocery store, then we went to Two's guitar recital )

After the recital, we rushed home so I could throw dinner together - salmon (Will's request), with roast potatoes. As a side note, I was working from two bags of potatoes when making the cubed roast potatoes; one bag was older, and, let me tell you, a potato that has started to rot smells HORRIBLE. We were hastily lighting scented candles just to get rid of the sense that something had barfed and then immediately died in the kitchen. :-P

But, anyway, Rob had made a massive meatloaf while we were at the recital, for the benefit of those who didn't like salmon, so there was more than enough food for everyone, although, despite my cooking nearly 3 lbs of salmon, there was still some fork-stabby fighting over who got the last piece. ;-)

I finished reading another of the Aunt Dimity books: Aunt Dimity and the Buried Treasure (which actually came before the one I read the previous week, but I didn't realize I'd missed one when I read ...and the Widow's Curse). Again, typical fare for this series, but much enjoyed, especially as this involved digging more into Dimity's past.

I also finished reading The Raven Boys - this took me awhile because I kept stumbling into other books and reading them first, while still mid-Raven Boys. Short version: I really liked it. I didn't have any trouble with the author's writing style at all, like some of you said you did. More thoughts under here )

I look forward to the next book, definitely!

Meanwhile, I'm reading the third (and final) book in the Very Nearly Honorable League of Pirates series, and it continues to be delightful fun.

Oh, and speaking of fun: this hilarious mother/daughter exchange, is hilarious. Dunno if it's "legit" or not, but I don't care. It's still hilarious. (Keep scrolling down - it's not just the lone screencap.)

Ok, gotta go help MiniPlu study for her bio final. Home stretch!

Reading and watching roundup

Jun. 19th, 2017 01:03 am
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26. Cale Dietrich, The Love Interest -- [personal profile] cyanshadow brought it up for a possible synch read, and then [profile] ikel89 kept texting quotes at me, and I succumbed (story of my life). It was... OK, so, when I read Rebel a few weeks ago, that included an "Ember Island Players"-like interlude where Our Heroes go to watch a play based on "ancient literature" (the setting is post-apocalyptic, so 21st century qualifies), which is an excuse to make fun of and subvert YA dystopia tropes. Here are some quotes about it:

"Ten thousand years ago, the evil government controlled everything. [...] But most oppressive of all, the government controlled love. [...] the government assigned Madison two potential boyfriends, one the sweet aristocratic boy she'd known from childhood and the other a prince who appeared to be evil but was secretly a tormented rebel. [...] Then Madison met Kayleigh, a blonde [...] girl who introduced her to the secret underground rebellion. They had much better chemistry than Madison had with either of her assigned boyfriends. [...] Madison and Kayleigh got engaged and established a new and more just government, Madison's assigned boyfriends declared their love for each other."

The Love Interest takes that joke scene and basically stretches it to a full book, only not as good ) A pity, as the idea had potential, and I do wish someone with the actual skill to write characters, worldbuilding, and decent prose had taken a shot at it instead...

27. Yoon Ha Lee, Raven Stratagem (Machineries of Empire #2) - OK, wow, that was really good! [personal profile] isis, and another person who read it in ARC, said they enjoyed it more than Ninefox Gambit, and I have to agree. (I think in this case, a lot of that is to do with being used to the worldbuilding already, and so getting more out of it from the start, and also the story starting with a lot of balls already in the air rather than waiting to get to the real plot.) MASSIVE SPOILERS from here! )

I also went and read what hexarchate short fiction I could find online while waiting for book 2 to drop:

A ficlet story on [personal profile] yhlee's LJ: The Robot's Math Lessons (featuring wee!Cheris being earnest and mathy).

The Battle of Candle Arc, prequel of sorts to Ninefox Gambit, taking place well before the book starts, Jedao POV. [personal profile] isis mentioned that it was a gentler introduction to the universe of the hexarchate than Ninefox Gambit, and I agree -- it's less in media res, more stuff is explained about how the calendar-based ~magic stuff works, the factions, etc. So if you're looking to test-drive the universe, this could be a good entry point. And I liked the story itself, Jedao being very much the brilliant general already, and the mil-SF tricks. Jedao recovering from injuries throughout the story was a touch relevant to my interests, too.

Extracurricular Activities, Jedao POV from when he was a young man (8 years out of Shuos Academy), rising through the ranks. Jedao gets a care package from his mom, a promotion, and laid, not necessarily in that order. Much lighter than the books, it's a heist-like adventure (mild spoilers) )

Factions cheatsheet, which includes some extra-canonical information (like clearing up for me why the Kel seemed both like an ethno-cultural group and a job-based faction)


28. Nora Sakavic, The King's Men (All for the Game/Foxhole Court #3) -- the end of the 'murdersports anime' trilogy, and every bit as ridiculous as the fist two books. The pacing is so weird with this series. Like, it really should've been one longer book, I think, with the melodrama dialed down about 80% and all the ridiculous mafia stuff and torture porn cut out. As it is, with spoilers! )

Overall verdict: the game moments were fun, and when the series eases off on melodrama and over-the-topness of the narration and leaves the ridiculous mafia stuff behind, there were some nice moments of team-as-family, which is a dynamic that can work for me. The ratio of stuff that worked to stuff that didn't is probably at most 40/60 in any given book, and oveall maybe as low as 25/75. BUT I found that reading the last book after The Love Interest made me more kindly disposed towards it. XP

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We watched the Beauty and the Beast movie it was fine, but very much like the original cartoon )

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L wants to hoard the remaining Sherlock episodes or something, so we went back to watching Buffy instead, having taken a break some time around October-November. We ended up finishing season 3, so here are the write-ups: Bad Girls through Graduation Day )

linkspam on a hot Sunday

Jun. 18th, 2017 05:40 pm
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Courtesy of MetaFilter: some brilliant G&S political filk.

I really enjoyed this set of post-series Harry Potter snippets.

Gotta love Rebecca Solnit.

This site has a great detailed overview of the Trump-Russia scandal.

Oh, this is hella cute.

This story about refugees in Dallas gave me some hope.

This story took some of that hope away. :-(

This article discusses how the federal flood insurance program cannot withstand global sea level rise.

This Outside Magazine article about pre-existing conditions has politics showing up in usual circumstances.

Sophie Gilbert on toxic masculinity, in The Atlantic.

The more studies I read, the more I learn that no single food or diet affects everyone the same way. It's fascinating.

Holy crap this is fantastic. In 2013, Ward and a colleague bought an old lobster boat and anchored it in the path of a 40,000-ton coal freighter at Brayton Point in Massachusetts. The state brought charges, and on the day of the trial-with climate scientist Dr. James Hansen and activist Bill McKibben standing ready to testify-Bristol County district attorney Sam Sutter stunned the court by dropping the charges and announcing that the protesters were right. Standing in front of the courthouse, waving an essay by McKibben, DA Sutter called climate change one of the gravest crises our planet has ever faced and declared that the political leadership was failing the people. He then joined Ward in a climate march in New York, in Central Park. From this article about the folks who closed the valves on the DAPL.

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In other news, I reached the end of Marie Brennan's Lady Trent novels this week. In the Sanctuary of Wings was very enjoyable, and my only complaint is that the series is over. :-(

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In other news, it's the hottest day of the year, but I had a head of home-grown garlic from my brother's MIL, so I had to use it to make roasted garlic bread. Roasted garlic bread )

For James Vance, and his family

Jun. 16th, 2017 06:39 pm
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posted by Neil Gaiman
I read James' Vance's work before I met the man. He was a playwright who had discovered comics and  wrote a graphic novel called KINGS IN DISGUISE, set in the great depression. I loved it. Powerful, moving and smart. Years later, when I was creating a line of comics for Tekno Comics, I asked James to write "Mr Hero", because I suspected that someone who could go so deep could also do funny and light and sweet, and he could. We became friends.

James met another friend of mine, who was writing Tekno Comics: Kate Worley. They fell in love, they had two children together.




Then Kate got cancer. I posted their appeal 13 years ago. (This is a beautiful letter from Jim to this blog in 2005, asking people to stop sending money, following Kate's death. It gives you the measure of the man.)

Jim died of cancer on June the 5th, leaving a wife and three children (two Autistic, one with Chronic Fatigue  Immune Disfunction).

Here's his obituary in the Tulsa World.

Go and read all about Jim and Kate and their lives and children at https://www.gofundme.com/vance-family-home-mortgage. If you're someone who was touched by their work, or by their friendship, please donate, even if it's a few dollars.  I did.






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Jun. 12th, 2017 12:16 pm
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1. There were more tears from MiniPlu the day after the academic awards ceremony when she learned (from her friends who were there) that those who had been given the "smart cookie" award (3.875+ GPA) were given, in addition to a certificate and a cookie, a varsity letter. An actual varsity letter. (My high school did award one for the performing arts, after you'd participated for 3 years, not just for varsity sports, but it's a new one for me to hear about "varsity academics".) But since then, MiniPlu has done her best to sit on her feelings and put it behind her, at least long enough to get through her final exams.

2. Saw PotC: Dead Men Tell No Tales on Friday afternoon with Will. Not as good as the first one, but definitely better than the 4th one, and we both completely enjoyed it. Doesn't hurt that the guy playing Will/Elizabeth's son, Henry, is quite handsome. ;) If you saw the movie and want to discuss details, leave a comment.

3. Saw Wonder Woman on Sunday. Apparently I'm a failure as a feminist because while I really DID enjoy it, I don't feel compelled to hail it as the Best Movie For Women Evar, as many people seem to be doing. But as a superhero movie, it was fun and enjoyable, it was nice to see Chris Pine in something that's not Star Trek, and Gal Gadot is amazing for doing it while pregnant. Spoilery comments under here )

On a mostly unrelated note, one of the stupid things I noticed about the movies I saw over the weekend was that the lead characters had brown eyes. Gorgeous, warm, dark brown eyes. There are so many (yes, beautiful) light-eyed celebrities out there, that I just loved they'd cast brown-eyed ones. Stupid, I know, but as someone WITH brown eyes, I notice things like that.

4. I read Aunt Dimity and the Widow's Curse, the latest in a cozy mystery series I like. I actually accidentally missed the previous book, which I went back for in the library and am reading now.

5. My glasses had a bad weekend. Repairable and not )

6. Cervical polyp surgery, which was scheduled for Wed, has to be rescheduled because of my body's poor sense of timing: monthly issues mean no surgery. Argh. Oh, and I have a mammogram today, for further kicks and giggles.

Which means I need to eat lunch and get out the door. It's hot and humid outside and I'm not allowed to wear deodorant before getting my boobs smushed. Great combination. :-P

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