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locker_monster August 23 2014, 04:15

"Eleven's hour is over now. The clock is striking Twelve's."

- All ready for new Doctor Who tomorrow! I have a viewing party to go to and I've made Doctor Who chocolates. I bought a mold when I was in London last year and I finally put it to use. I quite like it. The molds are small so the chocolates aren't huge chunks and it's quite easy to get the shapes out once the chocolate is cooled. So we have bite sized TARDISes, K9s and Daleks to snack on. :-D

- I saw the new 2015 Doctor Who calendars today at the comic book store and special edition wall calendar looks gorgeous. It's very similar to the 50th anniversary one from last year but now they have all twelve Doctors. One for each month! I was amused by the fact that Eight and the War Doctor have to share August. Though, it's nice that they include the War Doctor. There's also the regular wall calendar which has some pictures of Twelve. I may have to buy the special edition one just because it looks so pretty.

- So Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, and Arthur Darvill will be in Toronto next week for FanExpo. So jealous that they got all three of them. Interestingly, Matt will be in Montreal for another con a few weeks later. He must like Canada. That's three Canadian cons in six months. Considering that we don't have a ton of conventions here, that's pretty good.

- I really am excited for "Deep Breath". I've been reading Peter Capaldi interviews here and there and he sounds so cool. He has such respect for the show and the character. I mean, it's always exciting when they debut a new Doctor, but it just feels like he's bringing an extra something. I would love to see him and David Tennant together, fanboying over their shared love for the show.
kaydeefalls August 23 2014, 02:59

vid beta?

Hey...would anyone be willing to do a quick vid beta of a Steve-centric vid? It's...not quite the vid I had expected to make, very TFA-heavy, with Steve/Peggy and Steve/Bucky both prominently featured (could be read as romantic or platonic, but those are basically the two most important people in his life during the war, so yeah).

I'd originally planned to include a lot of Steve/Natasha and Steve/Sam as well, except then it became all First Avenger all the time instead of an equal balance with Winter Soldier. Hell, I'd planned to include Avengers footage, too. So, yeah, this is why I'd like another set of eyes, if anyone's willing. I need to make sure the damn thing still holds together.

It's also kind of Steve/violence, but to a lesser degree. Steve being attracted to people and situations that are inherently dangerous? Yeah.

(Why is it so much easier for me to vid than to write these days?)

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goldy_dollar August 22 2014, 01:22

Collaboration fic: Out of the Howling (3/?)

Title: Out of the Howling (part 3/?)
Authors: goldy_dollar & _thirty2flavors
Rating: PG-13
Characters/Pairings: Ten II/Rose
Genre: Angst, drama
Summary: Six years after Bad Wolf Bay, Rose gets a message from another universe.
Excerpt: In his long life, Rose knew, the Doctor had made plenty of enemies. But this felt different. She could see the tightly-wound anxiety buzzing beneath the Doctor’s skin. “Who is he?”

Previous parts: Part 1; Part 2

You're not the Doctor.
thistlerose August 21 2014, 00:59

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Mountains I've climbed this year (so far):

1. Wantastiquet (NH, 1335 ft)
2. Little Monadnock (NH, 1900 ft)
3. Gap (NH, 1820 ft)
4. Grand Monadnock (NH, 3165 ft)
5. Cascade (NY, 4098 ft)
6. Porter (NY, 4039 ft)

Books I recently finished:

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. That was cute. A little predictable, and the ending felt kind of rushed, but still very clever and some of it hit home. I recommend it to anyone who was ever involved in the Harry Potter fandom. I'm curious, though - not everyone thinks that Simon/Baz is meant to be Harry/Draco? Because I don't ship H/D in the slightest and that's immediately what I thought of.

The Guns of August by Barbara Tuchman. Once I realized I was never going to remember every last detail in this book about the first month of WWI, I was able to appreciate it more. It's extremely packed with information, but not so dense that you can't follow the action. I recommend this one too, though it's not exactly light reading. It's actually depressing as hell, but it made me want to read more history. What an unbelievable mess.

What I'm reading now:

We Speak No Treason by Rosemary Hawley Jarman. This is an historical novel about Richard III. I've just started it, but so far I like Jarman's prose better than Philippa Gregory's. We'll see how she compares with Sharon Kay Penman. The focus here isn't Richard, but rather some fictional people who find themselves drawn into his life.
copperbadge August 20 2014, 16:30

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Today, for work, I researched a psychologist who once treated me.

THAT'S NOT AWKWARD AT ALL.

Fortunately ethics and confidentiality prevent both of us from revealing what we know about the other, so technically I'm in some kind of endless informational standoff with a woman who doesn't know I know how much her home is worth.

My job is super-weird sometimes.
mctabby August 20 2014, 13:07

random intestine of the day

From some fic, somewhere...

"You wished to speak with me, Headmaster?" Harry asked calmly, standing by the man's desk.

"Yes, please do sit down, Harry," Dumbledore said, indicating the plush armchair beside him and taking his own seat behind his desk. "Lemon Sherbet?" Dumbledore asked, holding up a small crystal bowel filled with the sour candies.

"No thank you, sir," Harry said without even bothering to look at them, while he took his seat.

"Pity," Dumbledore said with a simple smile as he set the bowel back down.

Some typos make me *facepalm*. Others make me *headdesk*.
This one made me crave fan-art.

Crossposted from McTabby@DW.
ellen_fremedon August 19 2014, 13:32

Moving Day!

The movers are coming between 1 and 3. I still need to dismantle the bed, take the shelves out of the bookcases, run out and get a parking pass for the truck and cash for the movers' tips, restage the furniture and boxes in the living room, and sweep and bag up the remaining trash. Also toss my toiletries and robe into my suitcase.

And then tomorrow is cleaning, spackling, and emptying the fridge.

I still have not managed to sell or give away my dining table and chairs; they'll be going out on the curb tomorrow night, so if anyone wants them, let me know.

And after tomorrow I can go back on applying for jobs. And also write a long-overdue update here.

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copperbadge August 18 2014, 12:30

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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

There has been a lot of talk about Ferguson, Missouri this week, and rightly so, and I wanted to take a moment to address it. It can be difficult to sort out what's true and what's not, especially with what appears to be biased media reporting and what is certainly manipulation of the media by police in Ferguson at the moment.

[insanejournal.com profile] shusu has a post up about the events in Ferguson here. I haven't fact-checked the post, but it is pro-protestor, which I believe with regards to Ferguson right now is the proper stance to have, and it contains information about news resources. I have also reblogged a post here containing links to news resources and ways you can help the people of Ferguson. You can also visit the Mike Brown Law petition here and add your support to the petition for a new federal law requiring all law enforcement officers to wear a camera while on duty. (When put into practice, initial studies suggest that body cameras on officers reduce incidents of police brutality, and also complaints regarding police brutality, by 50% or more.)

Ways To Give:

[tumblr.com profile] mouseolaw linked to a fundraiser for the son of a friend, who has Type I Diabetes and is raising funds to get a diabetes alert dog. You can read more about the fundraiser here and support Adam's nearly-there gofund me here.

etakyma and [tumblr.com profile] rach366 both linked to a fundraiser to help get Bristol, a young girl with Rett Syndrome, from Nebraska to Boston for a clinical trial that could help in ameliorating her disease. You can read more and support the fundraiser here.

[tumblr.com profile] primarybufferpanel is raising funds to get out of long-term unemployment and procure disability aid by selling hand-knitted items, hand-dyed superwash yarn, and other fiber products. You can support her through her Etsy store here.

merboo linked to a fundraiser for a comic artist to receive his top surgery, which insurance won't cover. You can read more and give to the fund here and check out his webcomic and store here.

Erik linked to [tumblr.com profile] harrimaniac27, who has been accepted to the paramedic program at University of New Mexico, but due to a financial aid mix-up he owes a little over a thousand dollars to UNM, which needs to be paid off by September. You can read more about his situation here, and give to his "paramedic fund" here.

[personal profile] samskeyti linked to a fundraiser to help save the Star Observer, an Australian not-for-profit GLBTI publication that has covered queer issues for the past 35 years. You can read more and support the Star Observer's fundraiser here.

[personal profile] akatonbo linked to a fundraiser for a cat owner who lost her job after extended illness, and needs help covering vet bills their cat, Mohawk. You can read more about their situation here and help with Mohawk's vet bills here.


Help For Free:

grey_bard is looking for recommendations for general practitioners/family doctors/primary care doctors in NYC. You can send your recommendations to fitzrose at gmail.msn.com.

NG linked to an online project to create a more representative version of the "Time 100" most influential people list. They have nominations open and are requesting a number of different demographic nominations based on world population statistics. I haven't examined the project in detail (I'm not sure where those stats are coming from) so I'm putting a little bit of a caveat on this one, but you can read more and participate here.

Anon let me know that the Smithsonian in DC is seeking volunteers to help with a massive project digitizing their archives. You can read more and find links to the volunteer signups here.


Just For Fun:

jadesfire linked to an article about E Forbes Smiley III, a map thief who raided rare libraries from 2002-2005. There's a new book out about him, and you can get more info on his escapades and the book here.


And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form or via email at copperbadge at gmail dot com. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!).
_thirty2flavors August 17 2014, 16:12

fic: out of the howling (part 2)

Title: Out of the Howling (part 2/?)
Authors: goldy_dollar & _thirty2flavors
Rating: PG-13
Characters/Pairings: Ten II/Rose
Genre: Angst, drama
Summary: Six years after Bad Wolf Bay, Rose gets a message from another universe.
Excerpt: In only a week, Rose had become consumed by the mere ghost of the other Doctor. What might happen if the real thing showed up?

Previous parts: Part One

A week had passed since the Doctor had made contact with her, and Rose still did not know why or what he expected her to do.
goldy_dollar August 17 2014, 01:02

Collaboration Fic: Out of the Howling (2/?)

Title: Out of the Howling (part 2/?)
Authors: goldy_dollar & _thirty2flavors
Rating: PG-13
Characters/Pairings: Ten II/Rose
Genre: Angst, drama
Summary: Six years after Bad Wolf Bay, Rose gets a message from another universe.
Excerpt: In only a week, Rose had become consumed by the mere ghost of the other Doctor. What might happen if the real thing showed up?

Previous parts: Part 1

A week had passed since the Doctor had made contact with her, and Rose still did not know why or what he expected her to do.
copperbadge August 16 2014, 14:55

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 FYI guys, for those who asked about it, you can see a terribly-lit but well-narrated shot of my terrace garden here

It mostly just looks like pots of dirt right now, but I promise almost all of them have sprouts. One of the Stevia cups failed to thrive, and I just added a second bowl of California poppies that have yet to sprout, but otherwise everything's at least coming up. The onions seem a little apathetic, I won't lie.

I might be a little obsessive about this garden. It's just nice to go in there once in a while and chill out. 
thistlerose August 15 2014, 17:13

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I can't believe the summer's almost over. I haven't even been to the beach once. Not that we've had much beach weather. It's been comparatively cold this year. In fact, the leaves are already starting to change color. What the hell? I don't love the heat, but I'm not ready for fall.

Since most of my shows have been on hiatus, I've been watching a lot of Netflix.

I've seen three seasons of "Mad Men", which I really like. Everyone's kind of dickish, but there's something very compelling about the whole thing. (And now I know where that "white people" GIF that keeps popping up on ontd_political comes from!) January Jones's acting is so bad, she's actually fascinating to watch. I mean, it works for the character. I like Joan, and I'm interested in Peggy's future. Every now and then Don will do something that makes me think there's hope for him. Then he goes and does something appalling. But I do enjoy looking at him. Not sure if we're seeing the female gaze or if it's just ME.

I've also seen three seasons of "Leverage." I STILL don't care much about Nate (everything about his character seems so ... trope-y) and I'm annoyed that Spoiler?Collapse ) But I love Parker, Hardison, and Elliot; those three have an adorable dynamic. So I keep watching for them.

I've started watching "Sailor Moon Crystal." I'd actually started watching the original series on Hulu+, but then "Crystal" came out, and it's more ... condensed. It's cute. It's one of those series I was always sort of aware of - I knew who the main sailors were - but never really got around to watching.

I've watched a few episodes of "Arrow." It hasn't quite clicked with me yet, but I'm willing to give it some more time. I like Felicity and Diggle.

I'm also watching "Justice League" (the series that came out around 2001). I like it! It works for me in ways that the DC movies just don't. The thing about DC is, all their characters (even Batman) are inherently just a little bit silly at their core. I know walking the line between complete ridiculousness and UTTER DARKNESS can be hard, but that's how these characters work best. The first two Christopher Reeve "Superman" movies work for me (1 more than 2) because, while the stakes were pretty high, they were still somewhat cartoonish. Without sliding into Bat!nipple territory.

Anyway. I like the cartoon, except maybe for Superman, since he doesn't have much in the way of quirks. Everyone else is pretty fun. I LOVE Flash. *draws hearts all around him with a pink glitter gel pen* I'm actually kind of looking forward to his show, which I hope doesn't stink. (Though that one's Barry and I think Wally's the one in the cartoon. Right? Wally's the one who showed up in a few Wonder Woman comics, anyway.) And I love Hawkgirl. I love that she's tiny and snarky and likes to smash things with her mace.

_____

I still haven't been able to write. Sometimes I'll open up a Word doc and just stare at it, but nothing comes. I really want to finish that Pern AU that I started 5 years ago. I wish I could remember all the details. I was smart enough to write some of them down, but not all. And I kind of want to write this story about Mirrim, which has been percolating for a while. It's mostly about her trying to fit in with the other green riders, and about her and T'gellen. And I kind of want to write more about Lance from "Voltron." I have evil things I want to do with him.
copperbadge August 15 2014, 15:41

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IT'S FIFTY FIVE DEGREES IN CHICAGO IN AUGUST.

Normally I'd be way happier about this, but you guys, like half my poppies just keeled over and gave up the ghost between 5pm yesterday and now. I might have to buy a space heater. IN AUGUST.

FOR PLANTS.

It has been a very cold summer. I don't object. But it does worry me a little because while I could deal with a super-cold winter, what if we're using up all the cold right now.

kaydeefalls August 14 2014, 16:56

life's a show, and we all play our parts

Hey, NYC-area Buffy fans! You love "Once More With Feeling", right? You know what would be super awesome? A live performance/sing-a-long produced by a queer group this weekend that is donating 100% of all ticket sales to the Trevor Project!

buffy promo

We're doing two performances this Saturday (2pm and 6pm), at the Parkside Lounge in the East Village. Tickets are only $15-$20, and literally every penny of that goes directly to the Trevor Project. It's an awesome cause, and it's gonna be an awesome show. (And I'm playing Anya, but whatever.) The Facebook event page with all the info (including how to buy tickets) is here. And you can sing along!

I'd love to see you guys there!

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copperbadge August 14 2014, 13:18

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Oh god, you guys, how did I spend six months commuting from Wrigleyville to Hyde Park?

For those unfamiliar with Chicago, this is not a painfully long distance in general terms -- between 12 and 16 miles, depending on how you drive, or between 70 and 90 minutes each way on public transit depending on whether you make your train and how fast your bus driver is. But my commute is now 20 minutes max, I catch my bus in a PARK, and I can't believe the difference.

For one thing, I don't spend every morning angry that my company moved us to the south side and I now have a 90 minute commute. I mean, I'm still not happy about it and I'm still insulted by the way in which they chose to pitch it -- bribing us with bullshit (a Chipotle, seriously) while giving us no say in the matter. I would rather they have said "This is shitty, we get it, but it's best for the company, and we need you to grit your teeth and join in" than "But it'll be so much better!" when it visibly wasn't going to be better for most of us and we already had access to a Chipotle.

But I'm no longer angry for 90 minutes of every morning, I no longer have to get up at 4:30 to get to work, and I no longer arrive home feeling like I need to disinfect my entire body after riding the 15 bus every day. Also I'm in a nicer apartment with possibly a ghost but no mice or wasps, and I have a sun room with a garden in my apartment, which is doing wonders for my mental state. (The nice apartment in general, not the garden in specific, but the garden too. My peppers sprouted yesterday, I'm so excited about the idea of making my own paprika.)

Mind you, I know I've been absentee here, and a large chunk of that is that work is increasingly demanding while another large chunk, I won't lie, is Tumblr. But Tumblr, much like Twitter, is not necessarily good for dialogue or for in-depth discussion of anything, so I'm trying to get back here as much as I can. (I find that as I get older I sometimes don't want dialogue, because arguing with 3000 people is exhausting, but that's not usually super relevant.)

Anyway. HI. I'm doing better. Even if this morning I had to teach Office Grandpa how to send a meeting in Outlook and it took way longer than it should have.
hedda62 August 13 2014, 23:08

hills of beans

Shoulder problem turns out to be a pinched nerve, which was made pretty obvious on Friday when I woke up with most of the fingers on my left hand numb (they still are) but confirmed by the PA at the GP's office today. Have a bottle of muscle relaxants to go with the naproxen I'm already taking; at the very least, I'll sleep well. Pain has been bearable (I am too used to pain, really) but tingly fingers are annoying and a bit scary and make me feel asleep all over somehow, so I'm hoping something works; I have a PT prescription too if I need that. For this week at least, no Jazzercise, no walks (arm by my side, especially swinging, is the worst); I feel like a slug, but I've gone through all of Time Goes By again for final edits, and have some book reviews to do and other stuff like that. And ten pages of shoulder therapy exercises.

Bummed beyond measure about losing Robin Williams and Lauren Bacall in the same week (also waiting for the third one; they come in threes). She had a long life, and could make jokes about how much Bogie there'd be in her obituary; his wasn't nearly long enough, and I keep thinking that his illness would have prevented him from realizing what an outpouring of love and regret there'd be when he was gone. It sucks tremendously.

Currently reading a murder mystery with San Francisco character studies by Isabel Allende (Ripper), which I'm enjoying but in a way that I suspect will tug me back in the direction of formulaic genre when I'm done. Unless everything ties up neatly by the end, but I doubt it will. Also read Dominion by C.J. Sansom, which is a brick of a book in the Britain-capitulates-WWII-alternate-history category; the history (it's set in 1952) is very well thought out but the plot left a bit to be desired (someone who'd checked it out before me had written "WHY" in the margins in a few places, and I tend to agree). Also it was a large thing to hold up with tingly fingers. Next I probably need to read the African-American section in A People's History of the American Revolution (for Reasons).

There seems to be no other news my muzzy brain can think of, except that I must go drown many nasty beetles tomorrow before they can further devour my beans. Which are not in a hill.

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_thirty2flavors August 13 2014, 01:27

out of the howling, part one

Title: Out of the Howling (part 1/?)
Authors: goldy_dollar & _thirty2flavors
Rating: PG-13
Characters/Pairings: Ten II/Rose
Genre: Angst, drama
Summary: Six years after Bad Wolf Bay, Rose gets a message from another universe.
Excerpt: Whatever reaction she’d expected from telling her boyfriend that his alien duplicate from another universe was contacting her telepathically, this wasn’t it.

A voice was calling Rose Tyler’s name.

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