My knees are doing better - the fact that I haven't been to see a doctor or anything means I'm a bit paranoid about the potential for invisible damage, but I feel like I'm recovering at a good pace. Obviously with bruises and swelling right on the kneecap and ligament area, it's going to take a while to heal, so right now I'm assuming all pain is normal pain. And fortunately at least one of my knees has started scabbing over rather than -- uh. The messy alternative I'm sure absolutely nobody wants more details on.
Another good distraction from pain and disappointment has been continuing the fabulousness that is JoJo's Bizarre Adventures (ジョジョの奇妙な冒険). The manga has been around forever (almost 30 years!), and I've always been aware of it on the periphery of my "I should check that out someday" sphere - but now they've started animating the series, and it's on Crunchyroll, and it's been on our shortlist for a while. This week we finally gave in.
And it is BEAUTIFUL, in the best kind of over-the-top, wildly stylized melodrama. Just look at this MAGNIFICENT intro to the first arc:
Even the song goes 110% ~JOJO!!~
It's... definitely something else. I love this comment from the internet:
“I can’t tell if it’s a gay manga disguised as a battle manga or an adventure series disguised as a fashion magazine.”
I haven't seen this much Passionate Male Friendship and tender cradling of decapitated heads since CLAMP - only instead of CLAMP it's Tom of Finland?
Yeah. It's definitely different. And fun! And having familiar seiyuu like Koyasu Takehito and Sugita Tomokazu defintely adds to the joy of the experience.
TTTO "Banned From Argo"
©2015 thnidu, 150829
I just got back from watching "Casablanca" with a friend.
We had to see this classic once again, from start to end,
With Bogey, the reluctant hero, coming 'round to see
"What's best for him and her and all the world – is best for me!"
And another cynic joins the fight,
Discovers, after all, he can tell wrong from right.
As he describes his plans for the 10,000 francs he's owed
A lovely friendship's born upon the road.
Passage (5540 words) by havisham
Fandom: The Silmarillion and other histories of Middle-Earth - J. R. R. Tolkien
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Beleg Cúthalion/Túrin Turambar, Finduilas/Nienor (background)
Characters: Túrin Turambar, Beleg Cúthalion, Finduilas Faelivrin, Niënor Níniel
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Literal Found Family, Brother-Sister Relationships, Friendship/Love
Túrin goes down another path -- and changes everything for those he loves.
You can also read it on SWG, here.
I also want to talk about The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay and how it is how it is destroying me emotionally. Here's yet another thing to add to my Yuletide requests!
Kind of relatedly, but I was wondering why I don't ship Steve/Bucky as much as I used to, I realized a few things -- I'm really attached to the WWII milieu of the first movie and the farther canon (and fandom) gets from that, the less interest I have. And, more importantly, is that while I love the epic scope of Steve/Bucky, I feel constrained by the fact that it'll never be canon. Subtext isn't enough anymore, I want text! What I want, I realize, is queer WWII superheroes who may or may not be tragic. That's what I want!
And so, obviously, AAKC is riiiight up my alley right now.
Okay, now I need to go hunt for some dinner. See youse soon!
I’ve been fascinated by all things ‘Geek History’ in the last couple of years, and recently, I’ve been trying to read up a bit more on the history of gaming. If that’s something that you’d like to read up on a bit more, Richard Stanton’s A Brief History of Video Games: The Evolution Of A Global Industry is probably the book that you’re looking for.
So, my family is all pretty sure (like 99% sure) that my aunt has been depressed for a couple of decades (there’s probably an unhealthy dose of anxiety in the mix, too). She does not believe that, however. I’ve suggested talking to her doctor about it, and she says that she’s fat and lazy and useless and no therapist can help with that, and doesn’t listen when I say yeah, but the therapist might be able to help you realize you aren’t lazy and useless, and feel better about the fact that you’re fat.
She has health problems that are very real, but at the very least the depression is making them more difficult to deal with. (Being so mentally fried she can’t cook and goes out to eat instead does not help with the diabetes, for example.) She was depressed but fairly stable for a long time, but Grandma was her main emotional and physical support through that time--they lived on the same piece of property, and Grandma would cook for the both of them and do yardwork and such while Aunt was at work, which allowed her to save up her spoons. But Grandma died a year ago, and I’m not sure if Aunt’s getting worse or if it’s just that she’s overwhelmed by trying to do EVERYTHING. I live half a continent away and I do what I can when I’m home, and talk to her regularly on the phone when I’m not. My parents live in the next town over and visit at least once a week, doing odd jobs and whatnot to help her, but it’s not sustainable for them or her.
Anybody got any brilliant (or, even just vaguely competent, that would work too) ideas for what to say and do to help her at least ask her doctor about it and get an evaluation? I’ve talked to her a couple of times over the years about it, and she’s never listened, but then again, she’s never been this bad before. I sent her the pics about “what depression actually feels like” vs. “what people think depression feels like.” I want her to be happy and to realize that most of the things she thinks are character flaws are symptoms of her illness.Help!
The wrap around compression thingy they put on me yesterday before I woke up from surgery itches like crazy. I'm very careful not to scratch anywhere I shouldn't, but it's fairly awful that way. I'm stuck with it for at least another twenty four hours and possibly longer if none of the bras fit.
I'm not needing pain killers as much as I did when I had my gall bladder out. The prescription is for 1-2 tablets every 4-6 hours. I'm taking one every four hours, for the most part, and I went longer last night because getting out of bed for medication sounded more painful than just lying there.
Scott and I watched a movie last night. I'll have to watch it again later because I only registered bits and pieces of it. The whole process was very frustrating because we couldn't find the DVD remote. The DVD auto-played, but its default was to Japanese dialogue, no subtitles, with the English commentary. Scott finally gave up and played it in the blu-ray player instead.
I think the remote ended up somewhere weird because of the toddler who visited last Sunday. She kept picking things up and dropping them or having her father take them away and put them out of her reach. I seem to remember remotes among those objects. I just don't remember where that particular one ended up (or for sure if it was one of those she moved). Mom bought us a universal remote that she managed (after considerable struggle) to get synched to the DVD player. It's not able to deal with the fact that the DVD player has multiple slots, but it can navigate menus (something the player isn't set up to allow one to do manually). Turning the dratted thing on and off was the hardest part to set up. The instructions actually say that, sometimes, one has to hold down the button for fifteen minutes in order to get it synched. This only took about three minutes, but that's still a lot longer than it really ought to take.
Scott paid the bills today and applied for a loan for a new car. He also cleared the tub drain. Tomorrow, his goal is to finally locate the title for the old car so that he can complete the donation process.
Cordelia texted Scott this morning to ask how things were going. She doesn't want details, but she is concerned. I talked to her for about a minute yesterday. I'd have been happy to talk longer, but she didn't want to.
I can brush my own teeth, but I can't floss. I made my own coffee this morning. I'm pretty sure, though, that I can't put on my own shoes and socks or put my hair back without help.
I have some bruises on my left arm (the surgery was on my left) that I'm not completely sure where they came from. My suspicion is the blood pressure cuff that they seem to have kept on me all through surgery. After I woke up, it would periodically start itself up and get so tight I was practically crying and stay that way for a long time. It was a great relief when we could get a nurse's attention and get help with that-- She put a cuff on my forearm instead, and that didn't get nearly as tight.
For the actual surgery, they put pressurized things on my legs that kept inflating and deflating. They said those would help prevent blood clots in my legs. I don't remember anything of the sort from the gall bladder surgery five years ago. That surgery took two or three times as long, so I'd have expected the risk to be greater. That leads me to think that either this is something new since then or that, when I had my gall bladder out, they put those on me after I was unconscious. I suppose I could as my SIL, the vascular surgeon. I expect she'd know.
I got a CD that I ordered used on Amazon today, and my CD player doesn't recognize it as playable. The player will still play other things, so it's pretty definitely the CD that's the problem. I had a copy of this CD from the library several months ago, and that played just fine, so I have no idea what the problem is. I've sent a message to the seller. I expect I'll end up sending it back. Such a disappointment.
I'm a lot less anxious than I was pre-surgery. There's a lot still up in the air, waiting for the pathology reports, but at least the surgery part of things is out of the way.
Pompeii by purplefringe
summary: does it almost feel like you've been here before?
It is a vid about Twelve & Clara, learning to get to know each other (again), and their journeys of self-discovery. Which sounds terribly ponderous, so you should just go watch it and bask.
LENGTH: 11,500 words
SUMMARY: Centuries ago, William and Mara were punished, separately, for their collective crimes. While Mara was exiled to the void, William was cursed to come back every 27 years, his gifts and identity subsumed beneath other personalities who would help undo the damage they had done. Until in 2010, Aaron Pallister collides with Nathan Wuornos...
NOTES: Written for Tarlan in Rare Pair Fest 2015.
DISCLAIMER: Not mine, no profit, yadda, yadda, yadda.
( Troublemaker )
⌈ Secret Post #3160 ⌋
Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.
( More! )
Secrets Left to Post: 02 pages, 050 secrets from Secret Submission Post #452.
Secrets Not Posted: [ 0 - broken links ], [ 0 - not!secrets ], [ 0 - not!fandom ], [ 0 - too big ], [ 0 - repeat ].
Current Secret Submissions Post: here.
Suggestions, comments, and concerns should go here.
The first secret from this batch will be posted on September 5th.
1. One secret link per comment.
2. 750x750 px or smaller.
3. Link directly to the image.
- Doing it RIGHT: http://i.imgur.com/KuBug.png
- Doing it WRONG: http://imgur.com/KuBug
Optional: If you would like your secret's fandom to be noted in the main post along with the secret itself, please put it in the comment along with your secret. If your secret makes the fandom obvious, there's no need to do this. If your fandom is obscure, you should probably tell me what it is.
Optional #2: If you would like WARNINGS (such as spoilers or common triggers -- list of some common ones here) to be noted in the main post before the secret itself, please put it in the comment along with your secret.
Optional #3: If you would like a transcript to be posted along with your secret, put it along with the link in the comment!
Thanks to the power of technology, there is finally a way to cross post from Tumblr to Livejournal and/or Dreamwidth.
HOW TO HOW DO
Get yourself a free account at IFTT (if this, then that) https://ifttt.com
Then go to this recipe: http://ift.tt/1hnMOl8 and activate it. You’ll need to connect your Tumblr account to IFTTT, as well as your email - I’m using Gmail so I connected my relevant email account.
Then, and this is how I do it, I set up my Dreamwidth account for the postings, because I have DW crosspost all entries to LJ automatically.
In DW: Go to your account settings at http://ift.tt/1KtRNfZ, then select Mobile:
In the box, enter whatever email address you connected in IFTTT. For your pin, go crazy but note that DW doesn’t save capital letters in the pin.
Then string together your account name with your pint in the following form: email@example.com.
Now head back to your IFTTT recipe box:
And enter in that firstname.lastname@example.org into your address bar.
YOU’RE SET TO CROSSPOST.
A word of caution: This recipe will crosspost EVERYTHING on Tumblr, both your new content and all your reblogs. You can turn off the automatic push in the recipe’s top right-hand corner:
And then turn it on just before you make a super-important post. Like this one.
Also, I voted last week, because I'm going to be travelling in October.
1) Because whatever your other political activities and options are, there is absolutely nothing about voting which is going to interfere with them. Really. You can vote on the 19th, write letters on the 20th, march in the streets on the 21st, and organise a program to assist children living in poverty on the 22nd. Maybe take the 23rd off, in that case.
If you feel like casting a secret ballot for a party you think will do a somewhat better job than the Conservatives at looking after the vulnerable and assisting the struggling, so that more Canadians can lead decent lives of reasonable comfort and basic dignity, is going to eternally stain your soul, I invite you to consider that it is perhaps not the business of a person to save the shining purity of their own soul at the expense of others' lives. You can go after dark, if you're really concerned.
2) Because First-Past-The-Post and Parliamentary Democracy may be broken, but they are presently the systems on which we have conferred legitimacy. You don't have to like it, but this is the deal. As a private citizen, this is one of the most important ways you can affect how Canada is run, and it is not an endorsement of how either presently work. Really. Operating realistically and sensibly under the current deal does not constitute giving up your right to fight for a better one, and in fact will probably improve your odds:
3) Because voting actually does make a difference. Why do you think the Conservatives have enacted legislation to make it harder while kneecapping Elections Canada? If voting were pointless, the Conservatives would be tryng to get their opponents to do more of it, not less.
4) Because low turnout favours the right. "It has been well established that a low voter turnout will benefit the Conservatives. Duncan Cameron writes, "The 25/60 rule says when only 60 per cent of Canadian citizens go out to vote, 25 per cent of the voters can deliver a majority government." Elections Canada says there were 24.2 million eligible voters in the last federal election. The Harper Conservatives received their majority with just 5.8 million of those votes. But more than 8.8 million Canadians voted for other parties and 9.4 million Canadians did not vote. 5.8 million Conservative votes from 24.2 million eligible voters is 23.9 per cent. Cameron says, "The disengagement from the electoral process is the key to the success of the Conservatives in Canada and of right-wing politics elsewhere."
And the right knows it. They get their vote out religiously. Whatever you think you're doing, if you don't vote you're improving the Conservatives' position, and I do not think you want to do that.
5) Because voting for a candidate does not constitute a ringing endorsement of their party's entire platform, nor an agreement to support them or refrain from putting pressure on them. Come October 20, we are going to have a government. They are going to need their asses kicked. The question is not, is there a leader whose ass won't need any kicking. The question is, which party do you think you have the best chance of persuading of the rightness of your cause?
6) Because political parties respond to their base. If you make it painfully clear that nothing on earth will compel you to vote, nobody is going to chase your vote. If you consistently vote for the candidate who comes closest to reflecting your views, you send a message. If you actually talk to that candidate, or their representative, about said views, you send a larger one.
I am sorry to tell you this, but if you feel like the NDP is chasing the middle too much? They are doing so because the middle is avaiable to be caught. Making it clear that the left is even more available to be caught - because currently underrepresented - is your best possible move. Hell, you don't even have to vote NDP, though if you're in a heavily-contested riding I strongly urge you to. Vote Green. Vote Communist. Vote Liberal, if it's obviously a Liberal-Conservative race in your riding. But make it clear that your vote is out there, available to be gained.
Just vote. It's important. Just get on the bus, or on your bike, or power up your chair, or get in your car, and vote.
TITLE: To Give My Love Good-Morrow
RATING: PG, no warnings necessary
PAIRING: Margaret Hale/John Thornton
SUMMARY: Margaret Hale has the world at her feet, and all she wants is to go home again.
NOTES: Written for rarepairfest 2015 for tree.
A few bits and pieces are more book-inspired, but this is very much a series story. The title is from a poem by Thomas Heywood, from which Mrs. Gaskell pulled the title of the book's final chapter.
Read on AO3 or below the cut.