Sunday, May 28th, 2017 10:49 pm
Eldest reported last night that the white Arucana had died. So, now at the six chooks that is the goal number. Not getting many eggs - will have to do another hunt to work out where they have moved their nest to.
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Sunday, May 28th, 2017 10:47 pm
Me, 10am: I'm just going to deal with everything on the kitchen table, change the table cloth, put the fruit tray back on with all the new fruit, *then* I'm going to do all those urgent on-the-computer tasks I haven't had brain space for for three days. I should get about 6 hours of computer time before dinner that way.

Me, 10pm: Right, I've moved two bookshelves, sorted a whole pile of other stuff, dealt with that pile and that pile and that pile of Things, cleaned sections of floor, accidentally done a load of washing (or two? mostly other people made those happen), reshelved books, combined that shelf and that shelf of books because they are the same category, nearly filled the two shelves that I emptied so that I can move them, and there are still books all over the floor. Also, I never remembered to get the clean tablecloth out, I covered the table in things that were being sorted from each of the piles so that I didn't have to bend down, and I don't remember even opening the computer all day. There is also extra furniture in other parts of the house, and the drum kit is barely useable.

On the one hand - some of those tasks I didn't deal with are/were urgent. On the other - it is rare that I have *this much* physical capability, and the mess in the games room* has been driving me up the wall. And I have worked a significant amount of the day on this.

* well, it does have two IKEA cube bookshelves (one 4*4, one 5*5, both against the west wall) which contain games, amongst other things. But it also contains a *lot* of bookshelves (the north wall has ~3m of floor to ceiling strip shelves, plus a not-quite-compactus, which is five double sided paperback depth bookshelves and a double depth single sided one; the south wall, which is all windows and sliding doors, now has 2 back-to-back 90cm * 180cm (*30cm deep) black melamine freestanding bookshelves), a drum kit, a rocking chair, and a lego table. Or at least it will, when we get the rocking chair and the lego table back in there.
Sunday, May 28th, 2017 03:12 pm
I wrote some fic for the first time in ages, after feeling super insecure about writing! This is absolutely plotless h/c to get me back in the grove. Thank you to raven, verity and sholio for saying nice things to me, and philomytha for the "huddling for warmth" prompt.

Bitter winter in our bones, 2000 words, gen, Cordelia & Simon (with Cordelia/Aral).
A lightflyer crash leaves Cordelia and Simon stranded.
Sunday, May 28th, 2017 01:39 pm
There are two large cardboard boxes in the office. One is what the cat tree came in; I can't remember what the other one once contained, but it doesn't matter. The boxes now belong to the cats.

When it gets too hot, I often find Lily snoozing in one of them. Callie likes to chew on them (for reasons known only to her; she's a devil for cardboard) or practice shredding things with her claws on them. And today I just got to witness a half-hour game of Box Wars.

The rules of Box Wars seem to be quite simple: there is a box, and both cats want to be in the box. But there is only room for one cat in the box, and so they must fight, beguile, chase and/or trick the cat in the box into coming out of the box. Then they can get into the box, and everything starts again.

Of course, just being a human there's probably a lot of stuff I'm missing (is there a points system? Fouls? Do the rules change depending on the number of cats?), but at the same time there is endless amusement in watching Lily and Callie chasing each other, batting each other, pouncing and rolling and generally having immense fun just so they can sit in a box for a minute or so.
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Sunday, May 28th, 2017 01:00 pm
Title: Good Catch
Fandom: Person of Interest
Rating: G
Words: 100
Characters/Pairings: Finch/Reese
Warnings/Content: Fluff, domesticity, hazardous bathroom floors
Notes: For [community profile] 100_words, Challenge #43: Touch.

Summary: Sometimes for Harold, beauty outweighs common sense.

Also at the Archive

Harold is admiring John's back )
Saturday, May 27th, 2017 07:47 pm
Me: *gets through the last episode of Brooklyn 99 available through the library*

Me: Noooooooooo!

Me: I'm not ready to be stuck streaming episodes yet!

Me: Oh, well. I guess I could try Parks and Rec, since I did happen to pick up the first three seasons at a Bookmobile garage sale fundraiser today. I mean, it is by some of the same people, and I've heard fantastic things about it. And it's complete, so there won't be any cliffhanger BS. I bet I'll love it!

Me: *puts first DVD in to play*

DVD: *immediately starts with documentary-style storytelling and shakycam footage*

Me: Noooooooooo!


Seriously though, shakycam style makes me feel dizzy :( I had to turn it off. And I guess I don't care much for fake-documentary-style storytelling either? IDK, it's like it's dancing right over a line between actual documentaries and reality TV that my brain insists shouldn't be crossed.

On the plus side, I got Petal Dance scanned and fixed up and almost ready to print, my Accessibility Dept sign is scanned and one-third colored, and my next coloring page, Own Tempo (or possibly Teeter Dance? Featuring a Spinda playing a tambourine), is finished inking, so that's some serious productivity right there :3b

Next up, drawing-wise: A butterfly Pokemon inspecting a flower-y Pokemon ("Sweet Scent"; I'm leaning towards Butterfree/Beautifly and Floette) and a better rough sketch for the charity auction poster.
Saturday, May 27th, 2017 03:35 pm
For the Accessibility Department this year, I thought it would be cool to have a collection of stim toys and related items for our attendees to use at AnimeIowa. I had a budget of ~$200, and this is what I got:

Stim stim stim )
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Saturday, May 27th, 2017 03:08 pm
Hello Dreamwidth! and hello everybody. My lj had lain fallow for a long time but with the recent weirdness, I thought it best to move over here. When I get time I'll go hunting for some old friends and interest groups I belonged to before the invasion 0_0

Also I've developed new interests since then so will be looking up groups relevant to those.

(waves)
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Saturday, May 27th, 2017 03:53 pm
Scallions, sourdough bread, garlic cheese curds, unsalted butter, tilapia and black bean empanadas, jar of local honey, 5 pints of strawberries, and three chile pepper plants -- fish, buena malata, and escamillo.

Currently I'm making Honey-Sweetened Strawberry Jam, and will probably make Whole Strawberries in Vanilla Syrup tomorrow. It's just a process of cooking it down, since it is only suppose to fill 2 half-pint jars, and it starts with a dry quart of strawberries.

I did look at the value tomatoes, but they were all slicers, not pasters, and thus not a good buy, so I won't be making ketchup just yet. On the upside, I talked with the guy who makes vinegar from scratch -- fruits and vegetables to wine and then to vinegar, and I think using his Spicebush Vinegar for half the vinegar in the my tomato ketchup recipe might give a really good base -- really savory and flavorful.
Saturday, May 27th, 2017 02:41 am
Title: The Finer Things
Fandom: Gotham (TV Show)
Characters: Oswald/Ed
Rating: NC-17
Word Count: 500
Summary: Oswald likes the finer things
An: Written for the slashthedrabble prompt: silk sheets
An2: Spoilers 3x19
An3: Also here at AO3

Here at slashthedrabble

gotham )
Friday, May 26th, 2017 11:10 pm
Went to see Synetic Theater's Hunchback of Notre Dame tonight with [personal profile] greenygal as her treat.

This one was a wordless production, but fairly true to the book, including the 'everyone's dead' end.

The use of masks in the production was fantastic, especially with Frollo. There are several scenes where he seems to be fighting his mask -- his real feelings against what he should present to the world -- and in the finale it is Quasimodo against Frollo's mask, to the point where Frollo was killed when Quasimodo broke his mask into two.

Actually, some of the best sequences were of Frollo against himself, generally protrayed by Frollo, a dance troupe of six gargoyles mimicing his every move, and his fevered image of Esmerelda, portrayed in a change of dress and a concealing full-face mask to show this was Frollo's image of her, and not actually her, as Esmerelda wore lighter colors and was one of the few actors not wearing a mask as at all, though she did have make-up making a partial mask across her forehead, as did many of the 'beggar' characters. Phoebus and the guard were portrayed in shiny, military-style gasmasks, which emphasized their authority and also allowed several members of the ensemble to play soldiers (gasmask), gargoyle (plague-doctor mask), or beggar (domino make-up) as the scene required.

The next and final production of the season is going to be Mark of Cain, an original (instead of adapted) peice. I'm not sure if I'll go see it, but generally Synetic doesn't disappoint me.

Next season is already available for subscription, being: The Adventures of Peter Pan, The Trial (Kafka), Titus Andronicus, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which is a bit of an odd mix, in my opinion. Of course, it all depends on my employment status when next season rolls around.
Friday, May 26th, 2017 05:07 pm
Intense. Damn.

So, class is 3 hours a day, 5 days a week, for 15 days, in order to get an entire semester's worth of instruction in. This means we read approximately a chapter a day, with 1-2 articles a day in addition (a total of 50-80 pages or thereabouts). Taking graduate-level German classes has me saying "300 pages a week? In English? With no other commitments? Pfffff, easy."

The class has a lot of discussion and presentations, and we had an individual project and a group project. My group project is ok? I guess? but I had to wrangle undergrads, which is annoying. That's due Tuesday, and I can't start data analysis until the last data points are collected.

But the prof only counts the 2 highest tests, and I'm satisfied with my current test scores (100 and 96), so I won't take the third test, which is Wednesday. That definitely makes my weekend a little less stressful. "All" I have to do is write up my paper and put the rest of my things into boxes and take them to the office.

I'm moving out of my apartment, so I have virtually nothing in it. My furniture is at a friend's apartment, so I'm sitting on a spare couch cushion and using a lap desk. I've been eating TV dinners and things I don't need dishes for, using paper plates & bowls and plastic cutlery. I feel very College Student. Small remaining things are going to my office (cleaning supplies, what little furniture I have left) over the weekend, and Tuesday will be the final clean-up before the walkthrough, and I'm driving home Wednesday morning (staying with a different friend Tuesday night).
Friday, May 26th, 2017 09:39 pm
Oh look, more prompts to beat me into writing...

Mini Bingo Card - Summer )
Friday, May 26th, 2017 10:20 am
after a long absence (in which I got into Twitter and Tumblr) I realized I kind of missed Livejournal, and was looking for a site that was "kind of like LJ but with approximately 100% less Russian TOS". I tried Imzy but they're in the process of shutting down... and then I remembered "oh, wait, Dreamwidth is exactly like LJ but with exactly 100% less Russian TOS, and I already have at least one account there."

So. Umm. Hi again.

(Still on twitter at @crwilley. Don't use Tumblr much, it's not the place for the kind of writing I want to do lately.)
Friday, May 26th, 2017 02:47 pm
It's 24 degrees C (and likely to get hotter). I've published a review (Intruders) and now have ice cream.

I'd say anything else I do today is a bonus.
Thursday, May 25th, 2017 09:26 pm
Tried poking at French on duolingo ... and then realized it would mess up any Spanish attempts (or the Spanish attempts would much up French) because they look similar and sound so different, and I had a moment of "je suis, tu eres, il/elle/es est" (bad jumble of french and Spanish with a soupçon of German). So ... for now I go back to German for Duolingo purposes, and refresh Spanish grammar/vocab through other sites. (I am currently tempted by https://www.rocketlanguages.com/ which is paid, but I will probably get over that temptation and just stick to free resources.)

I did realize why I suddenly had urges to go do other languages, Greek or French or whatnot, rather than continuing with German. It's because the words aren't sticking right now. It's not difficult vocabulary -- z.b. Ort, Kneipe, Bezirk, Grundstück, Umgebung, Unterkünfte -- but I can't remember the words or their meanings at all. Each time it's like I'm seeing the word for the first time, and by the time it comes up again I've dropped it again.

Which is, um. Frustrating. And makes me want to avoid it. And to some extent repetition is the key to learning things like this, but it's hard to repeat things you can't hold on to.

I kind of wish I could just download language knowledge into my brain.