Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 07:00 pm
Mostly because I'm trying to get down to like 10 tabs... hope springs eternal, apparently. -_-

1 - Random racoon picture. This should be a scene in the next Guardians of the Galaxy. :D

2 - And some random baking advice.

3 - Neat bit of technology.

4 - And then there's Felicia Day's Memoire. I have such a crush on this woman.

5 - I don't know how true this is as there's large sections of Tumblr that like to post hearsay as fact, but this is an interesting take on why gays die in movies all the time.

6 - A beautiful music video by Lindsey Stirling.

7 - And apparently the oldest star system in the galaxy.

8 - Hilarious pug song.

9 - These gifs are both hilarious and cool.

10 - Most hilarious Christmas story I've read in a long while.

And that's it for tonight.
Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 10:22 pm
[TW: injury, etc]

The "seven things most people don't know about me" meme. All these are about my childhood, because I think people probably know enough about what I've done as an adult.

1) As a toddler, I almost fell off the side of a container ship in dry dock. I was climbing the steps up to the ship, with my father holding my hand, and I managed to slip. Apparently I swung out over the abyss, with my father clinging desperately to my hand, and he remembers how his palms began to sweat with fear and he thought he'd lose me. I have no conscious memory of this, but it may explain my terror of heights.

2) Years later, my dad was in hospital, and someone bought me a newspaper-making kit to keep me occupied. There were various pieces of paper to cut out with headlines and so on. They gave you a few mastheads saying things like "The Chronicle" and "The Daily News", but I decided to call my paper The Thurman Times´╗┐, and it lasted for about ten years in one form or another as a family magazine.

3) At the age of about six I made up a game where our house was a town and all the rooms were streets. This involved naming every room with a street name. For some strange reason everyone still remembers all these room names, especially my own room which is universally known as Moon Drive.

4) I also used to have the habit, which lasted well into my teens of drawing a stylised steamboat in the top right corner of my work. (I think the boat motif came from reading Swallows and Amazons, though of course those were sailboats.) The reference to Jacob's symbol in BCL is partly based on this. Also, those who have the second edition of Not Ordinarily Borrowable (with the dragon on the cover) may notice the same steamboat logo at the top left of the cover.

5) Various things were a terror to me at one time or another. In particular, when I was ten and my grandmother died she left us a framed print of a famous painting, and my parents hung it on the landing outside my room. I was already afraid of the dark, and the painting was a new terror: I would run as fast as I could into my room so I wouldn't see it, and shut my eyes when I opened the door. The worst of it was that I wasn't allowed to sleep with the light on, but there was a light at the other end of the landing, so to avoid the darkness I had to sleep with my door as wide open as possible, and lying there in bed I could see the painting's eyes through the crack between the door and the frame. Horrifying.

6) When I was five I went out into the garden to help build a path. All my life I've preferred to be barefoot,My mother held my hand and and I was that day as well. But it's never wise to carry housebricks about when you're barefoot, especially if you're five and might drop them on your toe. I did. Even worse than the pain was the horrendous hour at the doctor's where they cut open my toe under local anaesthetic in order to "get the poison out", as they told me. The anaesthetic presumably didn't work too well, because I could feel it, and my God it hurt. I squeezed my mother's hand as tightly as I could and tried not to cry out.

7) For about a month, when I was seven-ish, I had three pet balloons. I'd brought them home from a party or something, and I drew faces on them and gave them names. And I went everywhere with them, and I used to read them bedtime stories. I remember my parents were slightly concerned.
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Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 08:39 pm
So, I found an article regarding that archery vid I linked the other day. It's a nice rebuttal and now I really want to do more archery research.
Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 11:10 am
1) So I watched the first season of Brooklyn Nine-Nine because I'd heard people raving about it and it was the right kind of brainless comedy I could half pay attention to while doing other things. There are lots of things I like - particularly the representation of non-male/non-white/non-straight characters (you know, between this and Parks and Rec, I think sitcoms are doing better at this than other media). But I am so so so tired of the young white male who can get away with being a jackass because he is supposed brilliant/good at his job. Does the main character get less annoying?

2) A few days ago I turned on the Battlestar Galactica miniseries. After giving up on the show in early season 3, I'd forgotten just how very good it was early on. The pure gravitas of Commander Adama and President Roslin. The realistic grittiness of the military setting and the strength of the supporting cast. How smoking hot both Starbuck and Apollo are. Too bad I still really cannot stand any of the scenes with Gaius Baltar.

3) This season of Parks and Rec so far feels a little flat (especially after the last episode of season five felt like a really good show ender instead) - almost like it's some weird parody of itself. But the "Ron and Leslie" episode finally clicked for me and felt more like what I love about this show. I hope it stays with that.

4) I miss Stargate and Sanctuary and, okay, maybe I just miss regular doses of Amanda Tapping on my computer screen. Is there even any non-super hero science fiction out there right now?
Monday, January 26th, 2015 08:58 pm
So I decided the heck with it and signed up for Heroine Big Bang.

I'm gonna try writing my Labyrinth fic for it. Wish me luck, guys!
Sunday, January 25th, 2015 10:32 am
There is snow. For the first time this winter.

I hate snow. Or rather, I hate winter, because I hate the cold and the dark and I hate the roads being icy* and the mud when it all melts and having to wear 4 layers of clothing just to not lose feeling in my fingers.

But so far, thus has been a mild and agreeable winter. Maybe this will be the only snow and maybe it will have melted by tomorrow. Please?

* Might have something to do with having a very serious car accident on black ice, sliding into the Autobahn safety railing thing with about 50 km/h, I suppose...
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Saturday, January 24th, 2015 10:10 pm
Because at this rate, Firefox will explode from tabs before I can coordinate my schedule with Riv's. -_-

1 - Cool short story, like seriously short, but fun.

2 - Archery Video, from some dude who's backtracked to old non-Olympic styles of shooting and if I ever get off my ass and write my Susan post-Narnia fic, I am using these styles and no one can stop me. *cackles madly*

3 - puns! I keep meaning to link these to SpideyWing too.

4 - I don't even need this but I want it.

5 - So there's a Tumblr Femslash BigBang and a livejournal Heroine BigBang. I think I might be able to pull off the herione one, because my femslash longfics are rare and mythical beasts, but I've got like 3 female centric fics I can potentially beat into submission.

6 - And the random Star Wars joke.

7 - I totally forgot about this Ororo manip.

THIS IS WHY I HAVE TOO MANY TABS OPEN AND FIREFOX IS JUDGING ME.

8 - AND TH- Caps was still on... -_- *coughs* And the cat story

9 - And mouldable plastic that- wait, I think I meant to link this to Pocky. *pauses to go pester the poor woman on IM*

10 - I don't know why this is so mesmerizing to watch but I know I have Bats to blame for it. :D

11 - Random funny girl is here.

12 - And then there's Overly honest science methods.

And I have to stop and restart Firefox now because it's making the laptop fan whirr pointedly at me.
Saturday, January 24th, 2015 10:36 am
I was pretty much absent from Dreamwidth for over a year and there's a lot going on behind access lock here at the moment. I really have no qualms giving anyone access as long as they are not family or coworkers, so just tick the poll and I'll grant it :-)

Poll #16388 Access request
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 30

Request access?

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Saturday, January 24th, 2015 12:22 am
I thought we would be 50th. Surprise! We're 37th.

Update: the judge approved a 14 day stay, so the earliest possible start date is Feb 9.
Monday, January 19th, 2015 08:32 am
My friend Mack says his 2014 is not complete without a review of my favorite CDs of the year. Since I dearly want 2014 to be over, I will attempt to honor his request.

I didn't love as many releases this year as I did in 2013, but these are the ones that came out in 2014 that got regular rotation in my car or on my iPod:

- "Brill Bruisers" by the New Pornographers
- "A Dotted Line" by Nickel Creek
- "Awesome Mix Vol. 1" aka the soundtrack to Guardians of the Galaxy
- "Everything Is Awesome" aka the soundtrack to the LEGO Movie
- "Lullaby and the Ceaseless Roar" by Robert Plant
- "Mandatory Fun" by Weird Al Yankovic
- Monument Valley soundtrack (video game)
- "PTX Vol. III" by Pentatonix
- "That's Christmas to Me" by Pentatonix
- "Shatter Me" by Lindsey Stirling
- "Swimmin' Time" by Shovels & Rope

Pentatonix has been in steady rotation all year, both before and after their concert here in March. I saw Lindsey Stirling in concert in July, and the soundtrack of my summer was a mix of her, Pentatonix, and the Piano Guys doing covers of various themes. The new Pentatonix EP dropped in September, and I started listening to their Christmas CD at the end of November, and I never include holiday CDs in my best of list except it was THAT GOOD.

Everything else kind of pales in comparison, really, but since I crave variety, there's still enough other stuff to make a list. I reviewed the Weird Al CD earlier and most of the others are good driving music. The Monument Valley soundtrack gets a lot of bedtime play.

So far 2015 has been all about Guster. I still have one download code left to give away for their new album.
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Sunday, January 18th, 2015 02:01 am


... Oh cool, my journal style will scale large images in small windows now! It didn't do that before.

Responsive design is amazing.
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Friday, January 16th, 2015 09:44 am
I said elsewhere that "rm -rf /" is special-cased to fail under Linux, and some people asked me about it. FTR here's my answer:

I'd thought rm was a bash builtin, but it isn't. The rm in GNU coreutils, however, does check for the root directory as of 2003-11-09 (by inode number, not by name); the warning message is "it is dangerous to operate recursively on /". You can override this using "--no-preserve-root", though I don't know why you'd want to.