Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 08:26 pm
Today I mutilated a fork. I turned it into a lucet.
cut for rambling about lucets )
Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 08:03 am
via at May 06, 2015 at 03:00AM:





i know its supposed to be like social list but did anyone think this through

organize the things you love, like the economy

collaborate in the workplace

share lists, photos, and the means of production

From each according to their to-do list, to each according to their shopping list. 
Wednesday, May 6th, 2015 07:15 am
via at May 06, 2015 at 02:00AM:


mcu meme  - 4/10 scenes.

It’s the unspoken truth of humanity that you crave subjugation.

I see this scene reblogged a lot off the one Hiddleston blog I follow, but it almost always ends with Loki’s “There are no men like me” line, which is completely missing the fucking point of the scene. And I get that it’s about the Hiddleslove, which is great, but it’s completely missing the fucking point of the scene. And it is a very important point.

This is one of my favourite moments in the whole MCU because of its incredible, incredible power and strength. This is not Captain America with his super soldier serum juice standing up to a god. This isn’t even a young man who might think he’s somehow got a chance against the prick with the horns. This is an old, old man who knows, who knows, that he’s probably going to die because of what he’s doing, but he is not going to kneel to another man like Hitler.

Maybe he did, seventy years ago. Maybe that’s why he would rather die now than remain on his knees. Maybe he *didn’t*. Maybe he fought against his own countrymen, because he wouldn’t kneel to a man like this. Maybe he’s always been one to stand up. Maybe he lost everything once because of it. Everything except his integrity, and maybe he’s ready to die instead of risking losing that now, at the end of his life. Maybe his integrity cost him so fucking much seventy years ago that he hopes he’s going to die for it now because he almost wishes he’d have died for it then, but if he’s going to die for it, he’s goddamn well going to die with it.

Maybe he’s a Holocaust survivor. Maybe he’s Jewish. Maybe he’s gay. Maybe he’s Romani. We don’t know.

We don’t know anything about this man, except he’s the bravest goddamn person in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

And that’s why it bothers me every time I see this scene go by with his response cut from it. Because it’s missing. the. point.
Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 09:40 am
I never did put up a picture of Reason's Manu cardigan, did I. Well, she's had a pleasant few months with it, fewer than I'd planned by the garment's length, which (last week) is still slightly long. Round-yoke shoulder is demonstrably not for her. The shoulder is snug, and one armpit has begun to fray from strain, between a correctly sized sleeve and an already snug torso. That upper part is a size 7 according to the pattern, which means only that the pattern's proportions expect a different shape; Reason's upper half is of average build, shoulders aside. She currently wears size 5 or occasionally 6 T-shirts (a.k.a. 110 or 120), yet size 6 jackets/coats swallow her up.

Now I know never, ever to bother with round yoke for myself unless there's a substantial armpit gusset as well. The supply bin does contain yarn for a somewhat larger Reason-sized cardigan, thanks(?) to a local shop's closure, and I've chosen Coquelicot for its construction. The "yoke" has been knitted already in an unexpectedly sturdy lace pattern, as right front shoulder segment, left front shoulder segment, and a seamless join for the upper back. I have hope. And I'm making a size 8 (gulp), not a 6, with the intent of shortening body and sleeves a bit, because dammit, at least one of these child-sized cardigans I make needs to last for more than a season. Starting with the cardi in which we brought Reason home, everything has been three weeks to three months, full stop.

Following up from last week: Larch cardi sleeve based loosely upon Tenaya seems to be all right as of the elbow. Most likely it will pause again, since I'm told that Reason would really, really, really, really like to have another cardigan made by mama to replace the Manu. The Larch needs not only a total of two sleeves but a substantial collar; there's no hurry.
Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 10:34 pm
Stumbled across this in my websurfing: "I'm not telling you it's going to be easy. I'm telling you it's going to be worth it."

My first thought was "if it was easy, it would eventually be boring". We actually do like challenges. When we have enough energy and have rested enough from our stress, we do stuff. Human beings are kind of crazy when you think about it: we do difficult things for fun! We are so needy for mental stimulation that we invented these things called "games" which make us think hard when we don't have to!

Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 08:01 am
via at May 05, 2015 at 03:00AM:


Famous Failures

I stumbled upon this video a long time ago and it honestly made me feel a lot better.

“If you’ve never failed, you’ve never lived.”

I could not fit everyone mentioned in the video in this post so be sure to give the video a look.


Needed this
Tuesday, May 5th, 2015 07:13 am
via at May 05, 2015 at 02:00AM:

Not gonna lie, one of my favorite parts about writing urban fantasy is determining how and where the fantasy meshes in with reality.

Like, I’m not saying Freddie Mercury WAS a siren, but have you ever heard anyone NOT sing along to Bohemian Rhapsody?

I rest my case.
Monday, May 4th, 2015 06:41 pm
...Laverne Cox is doing a speaking engagement here the 19th.

I kinda wanna go. :x
Monday, May 4th, 2015 08:18 pm
Welp, just sent my Intent To Retire e-mail to the convention execs. It's intent to retire from my position as Attendee Relations Head rather than Accessibility Head/the convention entirely, but last week's horrendous senior officers meeting has shown me that even what I had originally perceived as "perks" have huge downsides that I don't want to deal with. I am perfectly okay going back to Accessibility only now, and will hopefully be able to focus better on it in the upcoming year.

I gave it my best shot despite my misgivings, and I found out that my intuition was correct: I am a poor fit for this job, and leadership roles in general. (Boy, how I love learning the same damn lesson over and over and fucking over again! It's so great! Especially when you learn the hard way! That's totally the best thing ever! [/sarcasm])

Anyway, I think my e-mail was clear and to-the-point, though I'm slightly worried that the execs will try to convince me to stay on, even while secretly (or not-so-secretly) agreeing with all of my reasons for retirement. I've been reading a lot of Captain Awkward lately, though, and that's helped me cement my decision (and figure out the wording of the letter, to an extent). The good Captain would probably have advised against me even staying out the rest of the year, but I don't think I'm quite up to that level of assertiveness yet.

Bottom line: I'm out of this leadership position after this year.

In lighter news, I now have not only one, but two recordings of my Marvel Cinematic Universe fic, User Interface! The first one I commissioned for myself (since I thought a lot of people seemed to like the fic, and maybe people would like a podfic of it, too!), and then the second one was a complete surprise (proving my intuition right ;) ). The first one can be found over here [NSFW image at link] (I sure hope I linked it before), and the second one can be found towards the bottom of this post. Happy listening to all those who partake!
Monday, May 4th, 2015 09:10 am
So there's a Mage LARP starting up in June in my area. This should be interesting, given I now that some of the potential players have personality conflicts with other potential players. I wish it wasn't going to be Old WoD, as I prefer New WoD and its lack of demonization of technology.

But it should be interesting to see how this works. I've been itching to play something that's not Vampire: The Masquerade for a while now.