Check-In – Day 24

Jun. 24th, 2016 21:10
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Day 24! It's Friday here, a day I use to relax, more often than not, but that doesn't mean it can't be a writing day, too. How's it going?

— Thinking. Maybe a little, maybe a lot.
— Writing.
— Planning and / or researching.
— Editing.
— Sending things to the beta.
— Posting!
— Relaxing, taking a break, etc.
— Other stuff-ing. Look at the comment.

Do you have a particular day of the week where there's no writing at all, just blowing off steam and relaxing?


Jun. 24th, 2016 21:06
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Posted by atsirc


This is me praying that this was the very first page,
Not where the story line ends.
My thoughts will echo your name
Until I see you again.
These are the words I held back
As I was leaving too soon:
I was enchanted to meet you.

Words: 1047, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

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One thing I have been thinking about today in regard to Brexit: no lives were lost.

Making the decision did not require an army, weaponry or a DMZ. Or some version of Henry V or General Montgomery.

I am not being sarcastic about this. I know the Brexit winning the vote is a huge thing and nobody knows how it will play out -- though I feel the need to mention that *nothing has happened yet*. It will take a couple of years to sort out; if you are British and want to work in Europe? Find the job *now*, so you will already be there when it comes through.

But with all the wars in the world? And all the idiots running around with guns here? I am very glad to see a governmental decision, a major one, that does not require someone to die.

tiny time-waster

Jun. 24th, 2016 17:54
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as seen on [personal profile] centaury_squill's journal: mini meme )

Not the time :(

Jun. 25th, 2016 09:29
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I've finished reading W&P, and was actually full of thoughts about it, but yesterday's news of the UK referendum has overwhelmed that, or made it seem not the time for that post. (If anyone does want to talk W&P, let me know.)

The next bit is about the UK referendum, behind a cut because it's not my country, and I feel I haven't really got the right to comment, other than to reiterate my previously-expressed good wishes for the future of all countries involved. So "read more" means "read more but only if you want to".
Read more... )

sausage rolls of doom

Jun. 24th, 2016 19:04
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Posted by delphinescormier


what happens when delphine eats too many sausage rolls :o

Words: 479, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

Brexit blues

Jun. 24th, 2016 16:51
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My condolences to my UK friends who were hoping for peace, prosperity and an ever-expanding future.

This article by Fusion contributer Felix Salmon pretty much covers my own thoughts. I fear for our country, not to mention our weary world beleaguered already by our poor, ill-conceived choices.

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Jun. 24th, 2016 17:36
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 Between Brexit and US politics, 2016 is bearing more and more resemblance to the backstory of post-apocalyptic fiction.

(I can't believe Leave won, and other countries are considering doing the same during all this fallout.)

What a load of shit that was.

Jun. 24th, 2016 23:42
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I say, Marvel Heroes sure picked the best day to randomly gift me with a cute dog. Though ironically one named Lucky, of all things.

So sorry for all my friends dealing with the Brexit fiasco, the anger, sadness, and uncertainty it all brings. Wish I could rewind to when VidUKon was going on and people had something to smile about. Such a fucking mess.
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I'm numb. Numb or just not processing this.

I remember feeling like this when I was on holiday and the London riots broke out. I felt so helpless. I'm stuck halfway across the world and I want to cry, and everyone is greeting me with a cheery smile and a "Happy Friday!" NO, don't you understand, everything is awful and is just going to get worse.

I'm so, so angry. All those idiots who voted to leave because they thought it would benefit them or because they thought it would never pass, or because they thought it would be 'a laugh'. All those who are complaining that they were lied to, when - consider the source. At some point, you have to accept responsibility that you listened to Nigel Farage and to Britain First and to the EDL and decided to be a xenophobe and ignore the reams of experts telling you that you're fucking up. Coalitions of doctors, teachers, economic experts, industray leaders all lined up to say you're going to do the country and the world an injury, and did anyone listen? "Everyone is at fault except me, because I didn't think my vote was actually a vote."

And then you have places like Cornwall. Where they voted overwhelmingly to leave, and then went - "hold on, but we still keep all that EU money we get every year, don't we?" No, Cornwall. What you've voted on is to land the UK into a 2 decades-long recession, and to bear the brunt of it. Because no one is going to give you anything. You think Farage or Johnson have any interest in sending money your way? You will sink further and further into deprivation and I would have more sympathy if you hadn't done this to yourselves.

I am so tired of people refusing responsibility for their own stupidity. The tens of thousands googling "what will leaving the EU mean" in a panic after they've already voted and the result has been called. Those who argue that somehow we're in a better negotiating position for having given away everything that matters. And that cunt Farage, for saying "without a shot fired" after a political assassination not even a week ago. The white rose from Jo Cox's memorial is still fresh on my bureau. And he sits there and disrespects her life, and her death. It's inhuman.

And yeah. Boris Johnson. A man so self-serving that he attached himself to a campaign he doesn't believe in, assuming it will fail but he can paint himself as the underdog. Guess what, Boris, you fucked the country. You and Cameron will go down in history as the politicians who killed off Great Britain.

Finally, what does this mean going forward? Well, if the EU has any sense, they will slap the most punitive measures imaginable on the UK. They have to persuade other countries where the Right is on the rise that breaking away causes more harm than their xenophobia can stand. They need to be able to point at the broken ruin of Britain and use us as a warning for all others. This, and only this, may stem the domino effect from spiralling out of control. Because of this happens, it won't just be Europe - every other major trading bloc will be dragged in and the recession might be world-wide and lasting. So yeah, to save everyone else, the EU will need to gut the UK. And I am strangely ok with this. Because you know what, we fucked up. I know that those fo us who voted remain, we tried, but it wasn't enough. And so we have to all share in the punishment of it.

So I'm calling it. Up to two decades of recession so severe it might be a Depression. Scotland becoming independent. A united Ireland (with more sectarian violence as a result). Spain taking Gibraltar (and everyone going willingly). A fracture between the trading bloc of London, Manchester, Newcastle and the xenophobic, angry countryside, sliding ever more into complete economic ruin. Millions of forcibly repatriated pensioners previously retired in Spain suddenly dumped on our doorstep. The loss of qualified people - a shortage of plumbers, of builders (because we're drowning in housing, right?), or nurses, of young, motivated workers. Rage by the young at what the old have done. Punitive politics. I was surprised that the student loans didn't trigger it, but it won't be far behind - a political party championing the rights of the young at the expense of gutting old age provision, pensions, etc. Not getting to power, but getting enough traction to stoke further resentment. And meanwhile. Those tariffs, blocking every attempt at trade. Every attempt at growth. For decades. Because what do we have to negotiate with?

Some lawyers are saying that Johnson et al can now stall indefinitely - nothing can legally compel them to press the Article 50 button. This is true. But what does delaying mean? If somehow Johnson can manage a political about-face and call a second referendum once the awful, punitive terms are known, that may be the only way forward. More young voters will be enfranchised, and hopefully the idiotic element will have managed to kill itself by playing in traffic. But how realistic is that? We couldn't even get this right the first time.

Yeah, I'm one of the lucky ones. I have dual nationality and thus will retain my European passport. You can bet that I will be making sure it is up to date.
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Something Good (Will Come From That)
100 years of moving pictures about Holmes and Watson

Download, streaming, and sources at DW/LJ and AO3.
Rebloggable version at tumblr.

In making the vid, I spent the last year watching a LOT of Holmes and Watson while trying not to say too much about any of it in public. (I was ‘preserving my anonymity,’ hah! I needn’t have bothered; the [ profile] holmestice comm seems to have known more-or-less instantly who made that vid.)

So here, have a bunch of random, pent-up commentary, with numerous digressions and side-notes. :-)

A Year Spent Watching Holmes and Watson )

'All the Holmeses' and 'All the Watsons' )

100 Years of Moving Pictures )

100 Years of Cinematography )

Cinematography and Shippiness )

Gender and Race, oh my! )

'Always' 1895 )

Would You Like to Take a Walk? )
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As I said earlier, we've just finished a round of Holmestice. I made a vid for [ profile] gardnerhill.

Streaming and download here and mirrored at AO3.
Rebloggable version at tumblr.
Commentary in a post to follow.

Title: Something Good (Will Come From That)
Characters/Pairings: Holmes & Watson; Holmes/Watson
Rating: General
Summary: One hundred years of moving pictures about Holmes and Watson.

My deepest thanks to my collaborator and source-monkey, [ profile] k_e_p/[personal profile] language_escapes, without whom this would have required twice the work and been half as good. Major thanks also to [personal profile] grrlpup, who watched many hours of source and many drafts of the vid, and to [personal profile] ghost_lingering, who provided excellent beta and technical advice.

If you spot an error in the source list, please say so. I am uncertain that I have credited the correct actors for Jighangsha (1951). If there’s anyone out there who can double-check against the in-film credits (which are in Bengali script), that would be a great boon, thank you.

Something Good (Will Come From That) from Sanguinity on Vimeo.

Download (.mp4, 65MB)

Sources )

Lyrics )
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I'm only halfway through this memoir of a world-record cold-water swimmer, which I am greatly enjoying, but I had to share a few excerpts.

Memoirs by athletes who are famous in non-famous sports are often very interesting: they're not about being famous and meeting other famous people and (often) getting addicted to drugs/fame/sex, they're about what it actually feels like to do their sport. (Also, they're way more likely to be written by the athlete rather than a ghost writer.)

The best ones are usually by people whose sports involve a lot of endurance and are at least somewhat solo (rather than team sports; you're competing as much against yourself as against others.) I am very interested in physicality, people's relationships to their bodies, the mind-body connection, and pushing the limits of the mind and body, so I like that sort of thing. Especially when interesting locales are involved. People who get seriously into things like rock climbing, long-distance swimming, mountaineering, etc, tend to have mindsets that would not be out of place in a Zen temple.

Cox discovered an aptitude for cold-water, long-distance swimming as a child; she was rather hilariously inept at all other sports, and had a three-year battle with a PE teacher who hated her and kept refusing to excuse her from volleyball to do stuff like train to set the world record swimming the English Channel at age fourteen. Cox was completely self-motivated; her family supported but did not push her.

At this point she is looking for new frontiers. This is all swimming in oceans, not pools. While stymied in her hope of swimming from Alaska to the Soviet Union by 1) everyone telling her that the water is so cold that she would die in ten minutes, 2) her only landing point being a Soviet SPY BASE which they understandably did not want to let an American on to, she joins a study on cold water swimming led by Dr. William McCafferty and Dr. Barbara Drinkwater (seriously), partly to pass the time and partly in the hope that she'll learn something that will enable her to swim in water that normally kills people.

Dr. Drinkwater explains that men have less body fat, and so tend to sink. Women have more, and so tend to float. But… "You're different. You have neutral buoyancy. That means your body density is exactly the same as seawater. Your proportion of fat to muscle is perfectly balanced so you don't float or sink in the water; you're at one with the water. We've never seen anything like this before."

Cox is fascinated by this finding, which meshes with both her abilities and her sense that she is, in fact, one with sea water. But they want to see how she reacts in a natural environment, not in a lab, so Dr. McCafferty and his wife walk their dog on the beach while she does her daily workout in the ocean.

Before and after these workouts, I'd hide behind a bush and take my core temperature using a rectal thermometer, the only way to get an accurate reading after an immersion in cold water. I always made a point of telling Dr. McCafferty my temperature just as joggers were passing; they'd give him quizzical looks, since it appeared to them that he was talking to the bushes.

Dishonored - Pyrophilia

Jun. 24th, 2016 21:46
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Title: Pyrophilia
Author: Emerald Embers
Reader: Emerald Embers
Fandom: Dishonored
Pairing: Geoff Curnow/Slackjaw
Rating: PG13
Format/Length: .mp3/13:11 (11.9 MB)
Dedicated to: [personal profile] kess
Download link: Mediafire link

Okay, it's familial anecdata

Jun. 24th, 2016 21:02
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But my father, 94 next month, cannot even about Brexit. Though I suspect that he is a statistical outlier in a Leave stronghold, i.e. a seaside town where Empire Loyalists saw out their twilight years.

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Jun. 24th, 2016 13:59
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There are not eight middles! There are THIRTEEN middles. How did I not see that? I'm four scenes short of having six middles finished. What is this project? How does it keep growing?

On a happier note

Jun. 24th, 2016 15:40
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Yes, I did just splurge on a paid account so I could create a poll. (Dear icons: I missed you! Never leave again!)

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 7

What type of Pride T-Shirt should I get/make for my straight husband?

View Answers

I <3 my bi wife. (commercially available)
2 (28.6%)

My bisexual wife supports me being straight. (commercially available, if ugly)
2 (28.6%)

I'm not bisexual but my wife is. (make, based on those "I'm not gay but my boyfriend is" shirts.)
3 (42.9%)

I'm straight but my wife isn't. (make, based slightly less on previously mentioned shirts)
0 (0.0%)

Straight ally shirt of some kind, not related to our relationship. (commercially available)
0 (0.0%)

Where We'll Be This Sunday

Jun. 24th, 2016 15:21
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To paraphrase Himself in the Madhouse Manor Blog:

This Sunday, the 26th, we will be reading at the HyperText Bookstore in Lowell, MA.  2:00 pm is the time.
Our reading will very likely be the World Premiere of “Gertrude of Wyoming,” a short story that will be published in Altered States of the Union later this summer.

See also: HyperText Bookstore Cafe expands offerings in Lowell’s city center

HyperText Café and Books is located at 107 Merrimack St., Lowell, Mass. 01852; 978-677-7191.

Road Trip

Jun. 24th, 2016 14:58
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Himself and I are going down below to watch a silly movie about stage magicians with a bunch of other Granite State Magicians, for the presumed purpose of pointing and laughing and nitpicking.

We've got stuff to listen to on the car ride down and back, so we won't need to turn on the radio and have to listen to nonstop person-on-the-street interviews and chin-stroking pundits going on about the Brexit vote.

(I have a profound distrust of person-in-the-street interviews, based on my observation that most journalists have a positive tropism for the outrageous outliers in any crowd. And as for pundits . . . these days, anybody with a blog can set themselves up in that line of work.)

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