I have a new show!

Oct. 21st, 2017 10:17 am
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I have a new show to watch! It isn't fandom material, but it's a show that's on for more than two months a year and honestly? I could use one of those.

The show is NBC's The Brave - or maybe I should say Keshet's and NBC's, because I could tell a familiar touch even before the Keshet logo showed up at the end credits. Keshet's an Israeli network, and they also do content development for foreign/international networks.

Typical to shows I like, the show deals with the world of inteligence and special operations. So far it's more procedural then serialized, which I'm totally on board with. "Procedural" is a misleading word, because whoever developed the missions actually did their homework, which shows in the tactical decisions made by the team in the field. (The ops-room parts are drawn in much more abstract shapes.) Three women out of eight chars, of whom one of them is the boss; four of the eight main chars are non-White as I count these things, which is great - I really can't with obnoxiously White shows anymore.

In terms of ethics, the protags are presented as The Heroes (the antagonists are that more than villains, though), and in at least one case where they could've shown the ugly of this world they opted for a fairytale ending instead (this would be the last ~10min of e03). It's a level of sugar-coating I can live with, particularly as it's more sugarcoating than any of my other shows have. (I mean, two of three made Holocaust comparisons that were actually deserved.)

What's new (on TV)?

Oct. 21st, 2017 05:57 pm
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 What new season shows are people getting in to?  Or are still into I guess?  

I notice there are a lot of new shows coming out, but very few have caught my fancy, so I'm just curious.  Help me weed out the bad stuff and find a few flowery gems instead.  ;)

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Title: hush hush (we both can't fight it)
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] citadelofswords
Reader: [personal profile] kalakirya
Fandom: the Penumbra Podcast
Pairings: Juno Steel/Peter Nureyev
Rating: teen and up
Summary: “You’re not telling me something, Juno,” Nureyev said. “And I don’t like it when people keep secrets from me.” “Pot,” Juno said, gesturing to Nureyev. “Kettle,” he said, gesturing to himself. “You don’t get to say anything to me about keeping secrets.” (or, five kisses Peter gave Juno in the wrong spots, and one time Juno corrected him.)
content notes: none
Length: 0:27:33
text at AO3



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cover by me!

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Title: A stillness full of lights
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] raven
Reader: [personal profile] kalakirya
Fandom: Imperial Radch
Pairings: Awn Elming/Justice of Toren One Esk Nineteen but also gen
Rating: general audiences
Summary: A gift from Mercy of Kalr; or, a brief history of becoming.
content notes: none
Length: 0:13:30
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cover by me!

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Title: sometimes you roll the dice and get a hand full of cards
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] ladyalysv
Reader: [personal profile] kalakirya
Fandom: hockey rpf
Pairings: sidney crosby/evgeni malkin/alexander ovechkin
Rating: explicit
Summary: This is how Sidney Crosby ends up in Alex Ovechkin's living room, one wolf cub in his lap and another gnawing on his Reeboks.
content notes: none
Length: 0:26:43
text at AO3



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I'll be honest, I'm pretty fucking furious that the Pens went to the White House, and between that and many (many many) other things, I'm pretty much out of hockey rpf. But I had recorded this as a gift, and thought other peple might like it too.

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Oct. 20th, 2017 07:27 pm
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Hello! I'm locked out of my Yahoo email account and probably won't be back on it until tomorrow. Sorry for being slow to replying to any email!

(I left my ipad at work but have my work laptop with me at home so was using that. But I had to log in to my Yahoo account, which I never have to do on my ipad and many tries later I was locked out. Will go in to work tomorrow morning to retrieve my ipad. I was planning on working on performance appraisals this weekend at home but maybe will just stay at work for a few hours instead.)

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Oct. 20th, 2017 12:23 pm
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So at work here we do something called Reflections at the start of meetings. My understanding is that it used to be more weighted toward explicitly Christian prayer. Fortunately it's not that slanted though occasionally someone will start praying to almighty father, at which point I stop listening.

So anyway! I've been waiting all the time I've been working here (about 4 years now) to use this bit from Council of Elrond: "I have not called you to me, strangers from distant lands ..." But now I have the opportunity. Am leading a project to launch a new company intranet site and have a kick-off meeting next week. Cyril says, sweet!

Happy Froday. Cannot wait for the weekend to start :-) Am eating a chili dog with leftover chili from yesterday. Yum.

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Oct. 20th, 2017 02:28 pm
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Oh, wow, it's been a while since my last public post.

The main thing going on right now is that I'm making a cautious attempt at work. Very, very cautious, because after the last few years there's no knowing what I am or aren't capable of, and while the only way to know is to try, Significant Failure is not-an-option for safety reasons. So far it hasn't gone as badly as I was concerned about, and that's about the most positive thing I'm willing to commit to for now.

In fic-news, my fandom-beta for Shadowhunters had to bow out - I don't remember if I did or didn't post about it. But she had and that's a problem for me, because I pretty much need somone to talk to in order to write anything more complex than a short story, and the fandom being what it is I'm... Not Thrilled about having to potentially fish for a beta. At some point I'll have to, and that point is probably pretty close, given the sp&g beta nearly caught up with where the story's at now.

I seem to recall that one or two of the new people around here are into Shadowhunters, so if you think you can deal with a talkative author, that'd be super; if not, I'll... sit on it until I decide whether to properly advertise or abandon the fic. (Or - unlikely as it seems - I'll manage to work through whatever's not working on my own. Which would be awesome if it happened, but *shrug* usually I need a team.)

I still won't tank in dungeons

Oct. 20th, 2017 01:58 am
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But the Headless Horseman? Oh, yes, I will take those instantly-popping queues tanks get, thank you VERY much.

20 minutes for Team Hunter (aka DPSx2) to get in to kill the Horseman. Instant for Team Monk (aka tank+healer) and Team Baby Monk (aka level 107 tank and 105 healer).

And then I keybound my insta-cast flying mount and took my max level tank out to Undercity, prepared to die for the honor of the Alliance as I doused the Horde wickerman while PVP flagged...and there was no one there. I can't remember another Hallow's End where the Horde weren't lying in wait for people who came to douse the wickerman. Most years, it's been a matter of creeping around as a ghost trying to find a spot where I wouldn't be noticed until dousing fluid was thrown and then corpse running my way out, but this year...nothing.

Guess everyone is on Argus.

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Oct. 19th, 2017 03:04 pm
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Dang! Color me pleased as punch. I have the most recommended comment on the NY Times article reporting President Bush's speech today where he raked Trump over the coals. I commented:

Wow. Hell has frozen over. I agree with W.

Over 500 people agree with me so far.

Strange days. I believe this is the first time I've ever referred to him as "President Bush" and not asshole or Shrub or W. I guess he seemed presidential to me though maybe it's just the comparison with the current asshole in chief.

Project Runway thoughts and other shows--Mindhunter, Schitt's Creek )

Chili potluck today. I ate two bowls and have needed a nap ever since. I made the mango salsa and it was enjoyed :-)

Raining so hard this morning when I left that Harry would not only not go outside, he wouldn't even go near the door lol.

And one link to a NY Times article entitled Dear Men: It's you too.. Brilliant, logical, common sensical, it aligns with my own experiences and thoughts. The author is being vilified in the comments of course.

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Oct. 19th, 2017 07:03 am
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And now a word from Lord Elrond on the occasion of [personal profile] elwendell's birthday.



Love you! I hope you have a good day!

Things

Oct. 18th, 2017 07:31 pm
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It seems like it's been ages that I've posted anything substantial and non-FMK here (which I knew was a risk; I have enough social media XP (extroversion points) to keep up with approx. 1 DW post a week, that is well-established). So here is a 5 things to break the monotony:

1. Pokemon Go will not let me install the latest update (It gives an error message that says "we hates your phone, precious" [paraphrase] and then won't install.) So instead I have been playing Magikarp Jump, which the app store always tries to tell me pokego players will enjoy. So far:

This is my fish. There are many like it, but this one is mine. )


2. Also I finally won the last boss level in Alphabear, so until I got my fish game, I was totally at loose ends for mindless phone games, and started looking for ports of the ones I played as a kid. HOW IS AN ANDROID PORT OF GODDAMP CATERPILLAR 11 megabytes? I coded that from scratch on my TI83 when I was a kid! In, like, about 100 lines of code! WHAT IS WRONG WITH US?

(I also coded a text adventure with a gender-ambiguous protagonist on that calculator, actually...)


3. I finished cleaning my bathroom yesterday! It only took me about two weeks! It is so nice to go in there and have it be clean! clean ALL the things )


4. So last November I kind of went into power-save mode for awhile, quit using Habitica and also quit a bunch of the things I had been doing on a regular basis (tag wrangling, practicing piano, working on Spanish and Icelandic, writing on a regular basis, using Tumblr...) But my sister got me back onto using Habitica again, and now that all the cat-related tasks are gone (and I trimmed some other stuff) it's a much more reasonable list of dailies.

I had forgotten how very motivating it is to get to tick the thingy. Now I am debating whether to use my Orb of Rebirth and start over or not (And whether to try to get together an active party with more than just me and my sister and a bunch of inactive accounts.)

And I'm trying to get back to doing some of the other things I stopped, too. I gave Tag Wrangling an un-hiatus notice, so I'm committed to trying to be less fail at that, and I pulled out a piano book for the first time in months (I found a copy of the very first one I learned out of, The Joy Of First-Year Piano, to warm me back up) Og ég er að læra íslensku aftur. Þótt jurtabókin er erfitt. Það er of mikið um illt kaffi í bókinni. Y yo hablé español a una clienta hoy! Un poco español, pero un poco es más que nada.

The only thing I gave up that I haven't missed at all is Tumblr. *shrug emoji* (even that's not true, I have a secret backup tumblr to which are added a couple people who post mostly personal stuff and also a bunch of nature and solarpunk and library special collections photos, and no politics or fandom, and it's still fine.)

5. One of the things on my habitica dailies is to post an AO3 comment once a day. Another one is to do something with politics once a week. I got my wires crossed in there somewhere and realized that if I don't feel up to actually engaging with politics I can just send one of my (excellent) congresspeople an email that literally just says, "Hi staffer who reads these, you are fighting the good fight, keep holding the line, thank you", just like when I want to leave an AO3 comment but don't know what to say, and it STILL COUNTS.

Also, people are trying to get public outcry going toward Congress passing the nonpartisan bill Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017. (S. 200 - Senate, HR 669 - House.) which would make it so the US President could not launch a nuclear first strike without a declaration of war. TBH I can't think of ANY reason why that should ever have been possible, but ESPECIALLY now. So write your congresspeople or spread the word to #PULL THE FOOTBALL

/me crosses off "do politics" for this week

I have a narrative "thing"

Oct. 18th, 2017 06:02 pm
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For tank/DPS combos*. This grows more obvious the more I try to brainstorm this years NaNoWriMo project.

Also, if I didn't hate the mechanics/stats side of it, I would totally write litRPG. But even in my gaming, I want less fussing with stats, not MORE.



*I blame [personal profile] darthneko and I swapping to monk mains this expac. One brewmaster plus one windwalker will rip through anything, including heroic dungeons. Sadly, we can't yet duo current-content raids, or the bullshit quests that keep sending me to Emerald Nightmare would be done already.

FMK #27: Judge A Book By Its Title

Oct. 17th, 2017 07:40 pm
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Last week's winners were not what I expected! But F goes to The Red Tent and K goes to The Magicians (which is WAY more hated than I had realized! For good reason apparently.)

How FMK works, short version: I am trying to clear out my unreads. So there is a poll, in which you get to pick F, M, or K. F means I should spend a night of wild passion with the book ASAP, and then decide whether to keep it or not. M means I should continue to commit to a long-term relationship of sharing my bedroom with it. K means it should go away immediately. Anyone can vote, you don't have to actually know anything about the books.

I pick a winner on Friday night (although won't actually close the poll, people can still vote,) and report results/ post the new poll on the following Tuesday, and write a response to the F winner sometime in the next week.

Link to long version of explanation (on first poll)

This week's theme: I have no idea what this book is about, I'm pretty sure I only have it for the title.

Poll: Bail, Capote, Carey, Collins, Connors, Corliss, Ericson, Galloway, Gould, Morse, Shann, Shreve, Townsend, Wodehouse )

Holly_Poly

Oct. 17th, 2017 12:03 pm
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Holly_Poly Letter...

\o/ Poly \o/ I am pretty easy to please, I love characters falling in love, making mistakes, and getting though trouble together. A happy ending is an absolute must, but I don't mind if there are complications and angst along the way. I love all types of fanworks and am happy with all ratings, but particularly love fanworks that are character/relationship focused.

more info )

Today's Major Crimes spoilers

Oct. 17th, 2017 01:37 am
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As a result of this spoiler-y interview with James Duff, Major Crimes fandom is a little bit losing its shit about Sharon's storyline this season. And I get that. I lost my shit, too!

But. (Spoilers, particularly after the first three paragraphs.) )

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