A post about posting

Oct. 18th, 2017 01:23 pm
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[personal profile] bironic
As anticipated, gym requirements, travel and guest hosting have eaten into the (already diminished) time and energies that would normally go into writing more DW/LJ posts. But I've got some long plane trips coming up and am optimistic about contributing more.

Would you like to help me prioritize topics?

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Recent read: All Systems Red - Martha Wells
5 (45.5%)

Recent read: Provenance - Ann Leckie
5 (45.5%)

Recent read: Stories of Your Life - Ted Chiang
3 (27.3%)

Recent read: Mash Up - ed. Gardner Dozois
1 (9.1%)

Recent read: From a Certain POV (Star Wars stories)
2 (18.2%)

TV: The Good Place
8 (72.7%)

TV: Star Trek: Discovery
5 (45.5%)

Vid notes for "When I Go"
4 (36.4%)

What I've been up to
7 (63.6%)

Thoughts on personal training and touch
7 (63.6%)

Thoughts on body image
7 (63.6%)

Or something else that you are welcome to suggest in comments. :)

I did the scary thing - new MacBook

Oct. 17th, 2017 07:57 pm
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[personal profile] selenay
I did it. I bought a MacBook Pro. Eeeep!

I’m torn between excitement and terror at spending all that money, even though I’ve actually had the money saved up for a while so it’s not like this is an expense that’s going to kill my savings. I’ve specifically been saving for it, outside my regular savings. It’s just more than I usually spend on a computer, but hopefully the investment will pay off.

Thank you for all the buying advice. I’ve learned so many unexpected tips, too, about things to use it with and apps to get for it. It’s made me feel much more comfortable with this choice.

It arrives on Monday. I need to think of a good name for it :-)

Does anyone have a suggestion for a good password manager?
elisi: (Spike DD by ruuger (NOT sharable!))
[personal profile] elisi
Right, Christmas has arrived... Sadly it's two months too early to fit with RL Christmas, but hey ho.

First chapter & notes here (on LJ), for DW just follow the tags, and Master post of whole 'verse here (also tagged on DW).

Can also be found on AO3.

Disclaimer: I own nothing.
Rating: Teen. (Same warnings as the show basically.)
Characters: Spike, Angel, Illyria, Buffy, Scoobies + cameos from more or less everyone in the 'verse.
Main Ships: Spike/Buffy, Angel/Nina
Feedback: Is bloody ambrosia! (The secret ingredient is otter...)
Word count (this chapter): 2400 words approx.
Setting and Summary: As before. (Post-NFA epic quest thing.)
Beta: The ever wonderful [personal profile] kathyh

Chapter 10: Christmas Angel )

Advice needed from MacBook users!

Oct. 16th, 2017 11:33 am
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[personal profile] selenay
I'm planning to jump ship and go over to a MacBook. Hooray, I can hear my Apple aficionado friends crying :-)

The problem is that there are so many options out there and I'm wary of making a mistake, because this is an expensive investment. So a bit of advice would be appreciated.

A lot of my usage will be general stuff: browsing the Internet, bit of video watching (not editing), writing and editing documents and spreadsheets, using Scrivener etc. I'm also probably going to be doing bits of development, learning and messing about with Python, doing some courses on data analytics etc. I doubt I'll be running around all day every day with it, because I have an iPad, but for various reasons I don't want a desktop and I'll need something that isn't awful for lugging onto planes and so forth.

I've narrowed it down to absolutely NOT the 12" MacBook (every article on it says its not worth the price-tag) or any 15" monster.

I'd been leaning towards the 13" MacBook Air, with the best CPU on offer and 256GB drive, but it's an older architecture and that makes me wary. I want to get at least five years out of whatever I buy, and I'm concerned that the Air might not match my needs or stay update-able for that long.

I've been looking at refurbed 13" MacBook Pros - October 2016 release or June 2017 release. For not much more than the Air I'd been looking at, it seems like I'd get more power and the architecture is newer (same disc amount, though), so they're likely to stay update-able for longer. But are refurbished models from Apple actually reliable?

Does anyone have any opinions on which way I'm better leaning towards?

And will 256GB be enough disc space? I don't tend to store videos on my machines and I can archive stuff on external HDs when necessary, so it sounds OK to me, but I haven't gone Mac before so I don't know how much space the OS etc. needs.

Any thoughts much appreciated!

Tooting No Award's horn

Oct. 15th, 2017 09:02 am
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[personal profile] lizbee
The proper grown-up blog I share with [personal profile] yiduiqie has been linked from some amazing places in the last month, and I just want to document it for posterity and ego boosting:
  • The New Yorker linked to our 2015 post about the sinister subtext of Thomas the Tank Engine. Yes, that New Yorker. Ain't no thang. *hairflip*
  • (That article was then shared at BoingBoing, where the comments were filled with nerds taking our silly post very seriously indeed.)
  • BookRiot's crime fiction podcast discussed our post on why we're not supporting the Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries film Kickstarter, and our earlier post (linked in our recent one) about the racism in the books and TV series, and how it's something that non-Australians seem to overlook.
  • The podcast included a wonderful bit where the hosts were like, "Well, these Australian ladies say the books are problematic, but we wanted to make up our own mind, so we read one each." But they chose the books at random, and had the misfortune to end up with Blood and Circuses, The One With The Infamous Clown Sex. (If you watched the series -- which I really love, when it's not being incredibly racist -- you should take a moment to appreciate the lack of clown sex. Really.) Anyway, they concluded that, yes, the books are very bad in terms of exotifying and othering people of non-Anglo backgrounds, but they're also just not well-written and ... bad. Which is fair. 
  • And The Monthly, an Australian publication whose essays and articles appeal to flat white-sipping inner-city lefties (so, me), linked to our first Discovery post in an article about angry, racist nerds complaining that Trek is "suddenly" appealing to an "SJW" agenda.
  • (I am extremely proud to get the word "feelpinions" into The Monthly, BUT I also wonder if my use isn't a bit defensive, ie, no one can accuse me of being emotional, irrational or otherwise a silly lady fan if I say it first. Am I putting myself at a disadvantage by emphasising that my posts are reactions, not reviews, and that my opinions derive from my emotions? On the other hand, what is television for but to elicit an emotional reaction?)
Finally, here is this week's Discovery post, which I almost didn't share because it wasn't wholly positive and ... IDK, I guess I've become protective of this ridiculous show, and don't want to play into the narrative of it being The Worst. On the other hand, it made some Bad Choices this week, along with some better ones. (And I note that the dude reviewers who have decried it as being The Worst really liked this episode, which only reassures me that I'm on the right track.)

soupytwist: Joan Watson working hard on a laptop (tap tap)
[personal profile] soupytwist
Hello Yuletide gift-giver!

I am so happy we matched! Yuletide is just greatness, and the single greatest thing is that other people love my tiny fandoms too. It's awesome. Thankyou for being that person, whoever you are!

Now, I personally always want to hear more about my recipient. If you are not somebody who goes looking for optional details, then that's totally fine! Please go ahead and do your thing! If you have a story of your heart in one of these fandoms, that'll be wonderful. I want that story! Go for it! Stop reading now! But I suspect most of us do in fact want more info. And for that purpose, here is some stuff!

me as a reader )

And my specific requests:

Lynes and Mathey series )

Star Trek: Discovery )

Think of England )

The Good Place )

Thanks again, amazing Yuletide gift-giver, and have fun!


Oct. 8th, 2017 07:45 pm
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[personal profile] chaila
I made two vids for [community profile] equinox_exchange! Too lazy to repost here, but they are on AO3 (now with downloads, if that is a thing people still do).

Oh Boy [Anne of Green Gables] for [personal profile] sisabet. Gilbert/Anne. The existence of this vid is essentially due to [personal profile] runawaynun, who gifted me this song. I was working on a different Anne vid that was a little unfocused and kind of morphed into something I was less sure [personal profile] sisabet would want. I went back to the drawing board to make the Gilbert vid she really wanted but didn't have a song, and voila, [personal profile] runawaynun had the perfect song suggestion! And then it made itself. He pines so very earnestly.

Send My Love (To Your New Lover) [Mansfield Park (1999)] for [personal profile] trelkez. Fanny/Edmund, Fanny/Henry, Edmund/Mary, but Fanny/Mary most especially. I honestly do not even remember how I got obsessed with making this. Mary Crawford is my secret favorite, and I thought it would be fun to do some Austen femslash, and I guess those things merged and this idea happened. It is the femslashiest Austen! Not a ton of people watched this vid, but I think the ones who did liked it. :D It's kind of stealth femslash, but I liked the surprise ending aspect of it.

And I got two vids! [personal profile] aurumcalendula made my Pride and Prejudice (2005) vid, Do You Dance?, a really lovely vid that uses all the feelings and all the gorgeous movement and visuals of the movie. And HANDS, perhaps you guys know how I feel about hands in vids. And everyone is shocked to learn that [personal profile] silly_cleo made my Sense and Sensibility vid, Wherever We Are. As Cleo said, it's the third vid we've made for each other in exchanges, and the third time it's been obvious from space that we made a vid for each other. Hee!
shinyjenni: Martha Jones looking happy (martha happy)
[personal profile] shinyjenni
Title: You Got The Love
Fandom: Hidden Figures
Music: Florence + the Machine
Content notes: none
Summary: "You've got the love I need to see me through."
Notes: For [personal profile] cosmic_llin in [community profile] equinox_exchange Autumn 2017.
Download: here (2:48 minutes, 99MB) | subtitle .srt
Also at: Youtube | AO3 | Tumblr

streaming and lyrics under the cut )

New vid! "When I Go," American Gods

Oct. 7th, 2017 04:09 pm
bironic: Neil Perry gazing out a window at night (Default)
[personal profile] bironic
Title: When I Go (AO3)
Fandom: American Gods (TV)
Characters: The old gods, the new gods, Shadow Moon, Salim, Mrs. Fadil, Essie MacGowan, Laura Moon
Music: by Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer
Length: 4:04
Summary: And the wind will long recount the story, reverence and glory when I go
Content notes: Death and dying. There are also briefly spiders (1:13-:17), sex (1:29-:32), a noose (2:28-:31), and fights/beatings (:41-:45, 2:37-:39).
Physical notes: Flashing lightning (:53-:56)
A/N: A treat for [personal profile] bonibaru for Fall Equinox 2017. This vid was originally going to focus on Anubis & Thoth, but it quickly grew as I realized I wanted to tell more of the old gods' stories along with this beautiful song. I hope you enjoy watching it as much as I enjoyed making it.

I'm not sure how much sense this will make if you're not familiar with the canon (book or show). Here is a quick, spoilery guide if you'd like one.

Thanks: to [personal profile] revolutionaryjo for beta, [personal profile] bessyboo for putting us in touch, and [personal profile] cinco for giving this a look despite not having seen the show.

Embed & lyrics )

Dear Yuletide Writer 2017

Oct. 6th, 2017 04:06 pm
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[personal profile] selenay
Dear Yuletide Writer,

Thank you for writing for me! This is my favourite challenge of the year and I'm looking forward to reading your story on Christmas morning. So without further ado, here are my general loves and hard DNWs, with famdom specific thoughts and prompts behind the cut.


- Women rescuing each other
- Competency
- Cheesy tropes!
- Female friendship and women bonding
- Intense, passionate, world-shattering kissing
- Flirting, banter, humour
- Happy endings

Do not wants:

- Deathfic and sad endings
- Rape and dubcon
- Graphic violence, blood play, extreme kinks etc.
- Incenst, paediophilia, bestiality etc.
- Humiliation, adultery/cheating
- Character bashing

Fandom-specific thoughts and prompts )

Dear yuletide author:

Oct. 5th, 2017 10:01 pm
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[personal profile] raven
Dear Yuletide author,

Hi! I'm [archiveofourown.org profile] singlecrow on the AO3. Thank you for writing for me. First up, please feel free to ignore everything in this letter if you'd rather. I want you to have a good time writing the story you want to write, and if you have that already in mind I'm excited to read it. If it helps you, though, here are some things about what I like:

Generally, I like: loving friendships, snappy dialogue, people being competent at what they do.

Generally I don't like PWPs (which isn't to say I don't like sex in stories! I do, a lot, but with other things) and I don't like men in positions of power over women, particularly in a sexual context but generally.

I don't have any triggers or squicks. If you want to write a story with loads of sex in it or no sex at all in it, I like both of those. Also, I hesitate to say this, but: some people do feel obliged, given the festive element, to write a cheerful and happy Yuletide story. I like those! I like them a lot. But this is me saying: if the story of your heart is bleak and despairing, I'm here for it. I want to hear it.

Here are my fandoms, with a bit more about each:

The Good Place )

Star Trek Discovery )

Murderbot Diaries - Martha Wells )

(One last thing - please feel free to assume I'm all caught up with Disco and the Good Place by Christmas.)

Thank you again, friend! To reiterate: write what you want, and don't mind me.
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[personal profile] shinyjenni
The Fictional Mother - Tansy Rayner Roberts
Please Look After This Angel and other winged stories - Tansy Rayner Roberts
Running Through Corridors, Volume 2: The 70s - Rob Shearman and Toby Hadoke
The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart - Stephanie Burgis
In Other Lands - Sarah Rees Brennan
The Fifth Elephant - Terry Pratchett
The Sword in the Stone - TH White
Doctor Who: The Eighth Doctor: A Matter of Life and Death
The Burning Page - Genevieve Cogman
Black Panther: A Nation Under Our Feet: The People's Revolution
Around India in Eighty Trains - Monisha Rajesh

The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart (five stars), In Other Lands (five stars) )

Didn't finish: A Rising Man - Abir Mukherjee )


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