Friday, May 6th, 2016 04:05 pm
 I don't remember if I've posted this one before, but the tab is still open, so:

The Avengers as Quintarans

not fic, but meta-crossover; Stucky if you squint. 
Thursday, May 5th, 2016 10:06 pm
* I have been participating a bit in a Stack Exchange subsite in "private beta." Though it seems to be standard practice for seeding the subsite with common topics, seeing that someone asks and answers their own question is frustrating. In a few cases I have written a second response that clarifies and expands upon the topic, but because the question-writer has marked their own response as correct, it doesn't matter. Why should I bother replying at all, then, if the dedicated core users think they have it worked out---I don't have a strong need to be correct on the internet. It's weirder given that the subsite needs a certain number of active users to be considered viable.

* Stephen Sohn will review an Asian Am book a day this month . . . on LiveJournal.

* This One Summer is banned from a small Minnesota town's school library---written up as object lesson for librarians.

* Having occasional requests to play recorded music when Reason "has trouble" falling asleep---easy because the shared office, where I stand nightly, abuts each room but one in this small house---has broadened my exploration of classical music, defined loosely. Recently: Khachaturian's Gayane (three syllables), which has an amazing Wikipedia synopsis. I knew about "Sabre Dance"---I played it at the Dorothy Chandler long ago as part of the LA County holiday celebration (and we, like probably every youth orchestra ever, though this was All Southern [CA], rushed horribly through the Carmen suite)---but not the piece of which the dance forms one small part.

It turns out that there's a Georgian artist named Gayane Khachaturian, who was born the year that the ballet premiered. One wonders. The Russian Wikipedia page via Google Translate has little more info than the English one, and nothing about relatives.

* The Ōkami soundtrack is still what I drag out when I need to work and she needs to sleep. Last few nights have been hard---after injuring her thumb, she's resolved to try not to suck it anymore while falling asleep, which turns out to mean learning all over again how to fall asleep. I wonder how much backsliding there will be on a habit she's had for all but three months of her 5.5 years---but it's 3.5+ years past time to lose that habit.
Thursday, May 5th, 2016 09:53 pm
I've had a terrible week. (Not my worst, but not my best.) It's not looking up any time soon. Please rec a book or fanfic - or, hell, a blog post or online article - and give me something good to read in order to distract me. Thanks!
Thursday, May 5th, 2016 09:21 pm
Didn't have time to puree my smoothie this morning, so I had it for dinner.

* quick oats
* 1 leaf of kale
* fresh mint leaves
* boiling water
* honey
* Greek yoghurt
* low-fat milk
* Splenda

The kale was a mistake. It didn't really blend. Unlike cucumber. And of course I couldn't tell which of the green flecks were mint and which were kale. Still, it was sweet and frothy, not horrible.
Thursday, May 5th, 2016 06:07 am
A Transient Life (503 words) by look_turtles
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Torchwood
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jack Harkness/Ianto Jones

AU. Ianto thinks about his life

Thursday, May 5th, 2016 12:05 am
I feel like I've been super quiet on here while life around me swirls and swirls in activity and stress. It's been busy is what I'm saying. The big thing is we are finally finally finally actually doing stuff to make buying a house happen. That's been the big thing occupying my mind. I feel like it was just yesterday that I was doing this for the first time, and here I am again. So that's to the good.

My dad visited last weekend, which was also to the good, though also stressful because it was the weekend of scheduling conflicts. He was in town for a conference, so visiting time was limited, but still fun. He even took out Fiance's stitches from his finger after dinner (don't worry, my dad is in fact a doctor).

Among all the family time I can confidently say that my niece and nephew are space nerds. They love the space vid I made back in October, and they have a bunch of books about the planets, plus a couple space themed toys. Between my sister (their mom) and me and their tv show Space Racers, my niece totally threw "slingshot maneuver" into a conversation and my nephew plays Curiosity rover in the dirt pile in the back yard. One of their make-believe games is Astronauts, complete with picking up space debris (I think that's inspired from their show) and going to Mars. They're still a little young for The Martian, but it's coming soon. They're also into dinosaurs, and their show Aquanauts gave me the opportunity to wax poetic about pillow lavas and undersea volcanism. We broke out the modeling clay for that one.

In other news, I think I had another plot breakthrough on the Teen Wolf/The 100 crossover. In reworking my outline with the new ideas, I think the story may end up being shorter than I anticipates, which is really good. On the other hand, I'm still not sure I'll finish it in time for [ profile] wipbigbang. I'm okay with that since RL is busy at the moment and will continue to be till at least July, if not longer. Getting momentum on it is enough for now.

Secret Project is also continuing apace and is lots of fun, and I already want to start working on another vid. Except I don't want to make clips. Clips take me forever. Also, I finally started reading some of the really long Steve/Bucky fic that have been on my to read list for a while. Folks who make recs, I don't usually reply to rec posts but know that they are always appreciated!

I'm looking forward to seeing Captain America: Civil War this weekend, and like others hope it doesn't break my ship. From general non-spoilery reactions so far, I think it'll be okay, but you never know. I'm kinda avoiding tumblr till then.

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 08:44 pm
seen variously. 100 MUST-READ SCI-FI FANTASY NOVELS BY FEMALE AUTHORS by Nikki Steele (capslock inherited)

In which I bold the ones I've read, italicize the ones I plan to read, and strike through the ones I quit or refuse to even try. [That too is inherited. Ones I've quit more than a few pages in have both bold and strikethrough.]

Read more... )

Gosh, so many texts and writers missing from this list that I don't know where to start listing glaring omissions. Anyway, that's 40 read, I think.
Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 08:03 pm
Late because I forgot to hit Publish in WP---
A history of the cardigan, using secondary sources only. Interesting to see sewn ones become popular lately---to me they're always knitted from yarn. (The linked blogger has also sewn a 1920s-style one.) Thanks, Chanel twinsets, for making a lightweight, non-pullover second layer fashionable; had I begun this knit journey with pullovers, it would have ended again very quickly.

Someone has tried (again) to reconstruct the Itsukushima braid.

Reason's orange cardigan has been lost. My best guess is that it went with her and partner to the local park and didn't return. :( It happens. Reason has been reacquainted gently with the idea of checking that you leave with everything you've brought. She has a parent who almost never misplaces anything and a parent who's more forgetful of objects than average; we'll see how this goes.

status and this week's pattern crush )
Thursday, May 5th, 2016 09:10 am
Gah! Why did I not notice this before?
Kingsley Shacklebolt.
Used to hold prisoners.
And Kingsley Shacklebolt is an Auror.
Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 10:34 am
Ellasue Canter Wagner, Kim Su Bang and Other Stories of Korea (1909): moral prosing with Korean characters, in English and with glossing suitable for someone who knows nothing of Korean culture or language, or at least, suitable if one wanted to be taught by slightly supercilious American Protestants. eh. There's a PDF as part of the scanned hoard produced for RASKB shortly before former UK ambassador to Korea Martin Uden stepped down.

But wait, there's more.

While looking for something else (seriously, browsing physical stacks in a library cannot be equaled or replaced), I came upon a book spine labeled "The Shaman Sorceress." Startled to see the phrase on a book published within my lifetime, I skimmed the story. It's a novel by Kim Dong-ni originally titled Ŭlhwa = 을화, which is a name, I has several hits for it but all are from this book---and translated into English by Hyun Song Shin and Eugene Chung (1989). At first I was even more surprised to find therein moralizing of the kind Wagner writes, which was common during the late Chosŏn and early Japanese-occupation periods. It emerges that the moralizing is by the son of a shaman, and neither of them can understand the other. The (dark) ending fits nicely with certain cultural stereotypes---very well done, yet expected within a certain context of irreconcilable shifts and changes over time; I can respect its vibrant postcolonial anger without wanting to read every page---and I wouldn't have understood the story's basis as well without this dip into Wagner's stories and some prior reading. Ŭlhwa is one of the things that actually happens, Kim implies, after people like Wagner finish meddling and wander off. I rather agree, though I won't rehearse why (blogged before).
Wednesday, May 4th, 2016 08:45 am
I'm trying to figure out if it gets better or if it's the same old tropes that I'm (almost) never interested in.

Spoilers about the first part of the first episode. )

So. Anyone seen more than half an episode? Can you tell me more about it? Does it get better?
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 09:34 pm
So I thought I had crafting tonight, only it turns out I was reading Steve's text message from last week instead of this week, because he hasn't sent one for this week yet. Which means no crafting tonight actually, but probably tomorrow. Also, it can definitely be All Steve's Fault, which is nice.

Deciding to make the most of my trip out of the house, I stopped by Hy-Vee on the way back and sorted through almost all of the DVDs on their "Movies U Buy!!!!!elevety!" kiosk. After some debate, I decided that yes, I was going to spend the extra dollar to get The Pebble and the Penguin packaged with Once Upon A Forest, rather than just buying the latter, because who doesn't need more terrible penguin movies in their life? (I re-watched it less than ten years ago; it definitely didn't live up to my nostalgia.) I'm especially looking forward to re-watching Once Upon A Forest, because I submitted it as a suggestion to Sistertime, and it was accepted! Also of the three main characters, the leader character is a girl, which is super cool and not something you find often in movies - well, ever, let alone of that era.

My other purchases were a two-pack of Thumbelina and Anastasia, because why not, and the first four episodes of something called Slug Terra (SlugTerra?) that looks delightfully awful. I'm looking forward to watching that as well.

Oh, and my dad found a DVD copy of The Pagemaster at a garage sale, so add that to the nostalgia pile as well. My childhood! It is on DVD!