• PHOTO: Dan Radcliffe in the first official promotion picture as Grand Theft Auto creator Sam Houser in the BBC movie Game Changer.
• INTERVIEW "Grand Gestures" with Dan Radcliffe in Edge magazine.
• hogwarts365 posted Prompt 103: "Finding one's self in a book is a second birth - anais nin", Leather Sofa, and a cool breeze (due up until September 5).
• slythindor100 posted the results of the semi-finals and the last prompt of the H/D Last Drabble Writer Standing Contest.
• Volunteers needed! The crack_broom is looking for volunteers to catalogue the community's years of recs into a searchable database.
• hp_diversity posted about their plans for Diversity Awareness Month 2015 in October.
• interhouse_fest posted a Reminder that claiming is open for one more week. (Claiming closes September 7.)
• hp_drizzle is looking for one last pinch-hitter.
• Poll: dhr_advent announced that Draco/Hermione Advent is back and posted a a Poll about the nomination process. Nominations start September 14.
• snape_potter posted the Prompt List for the Secret Snarry Swap. Claiming starts tomorrow, 12pm EDT.
• hd_owlpost posted the Wish Lists of the participants of the H/D Owlpost Winter Holiday Fest and announced that late sign-ups are welcome until September 3.
Masterlists and Weekly Round-ups:
• hp_crossgenfest posted the Masterlist of the 2015 Harry Potter Crossgen Fest.
• Media References to Fanfiction for the week ending August 29, 2015.
• otw_news posted Talking Fandom: How very out of character of you... with links of interest to fannish characterisation.
• hpbookclub15 posted a Discussion Post about the genre-busting and trope-dusting of the Harry Potter series.
• hp_canon_love posted the weekly Meta Monday topic: Why was Peter Pettigrew sorted into Gryffindor?
• amorette posted meta On Snape.
General Fandom News:
• This year's Bring Back the Porn • This year's Bring Back the Porn bbtp_challenge is open!. is open!.
• OTW Fannews: Staying vigilant: concerning the impact of the Trans-Pacific Partnership TPP on fannish activities.
• leviosa2016 announced the start of the Back to School Sale, a new coffee drink and a sneak peek at the creative track.
• metanews announced that the community will be on hiatus for a while.
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OTOH thanks to the import of 852 Prospect to AO3, I didn't just come across many moved URLs, but also rediscovered some authors whom I really liked in TS in the late 90s, then lost track of, only to see that they are actually still writing fanfic and posting new stuff to AO3.
This tiny silver plated charm is actually an uppercase Greek letter lambda, but what Beadaholique doesn't know is that it also looks like the symbol of origin for Earth, and that's why I bought it. Because I'm a huge nerd and needed to put that on a necklace, pronto.
The charm comes with its own jump ring already attached, so even if you don't know anything about jewelry making, you can just slide the whole thing onto a finished chain and—shazam—you've got yourself a necklace with your home address.
Or maybe it's like being Xander in that BtVS episode where he goes, "Buffy, you've been to Hell, do they have one-bedrooms?"
I need an apartment, dammit! Why does everything have to be so hard?
Ich kann nicht behaupten dass ich in meinem Leben bisher ferne exotische Länder besucht hätte, aber heute, bei meiner Fahrt mit meinem Boot, dachte ich, ich hätte mich im Dschungel verirrt ....
5.9 x 5.9 inch / Oil on MDF board / 15cm x 15cm / Öl auf MDF Bord
If you would like to purchase this daily painting, please send your bid by email. Startprice 150 Euro. End of sale September 1st, 2015 at 6.00 pm (local time Berlin Germany). Terms of Sale and Right of Withdrawal.
Wenn Sie dieses Tagesbild erwerben möchten, senden Sie bitte Ihr Gebot per email . Mindestpreis 150 Euro. Ende des Verkaufs gegen Höchstgebot am 1. September 2015 um 18 Uhr. Beachten Sie bitte die Informationen zu den Verkaufsbedingungen sowie die Widerrufsbelehrung.
© Edward B. Gordon, all rights reserved.
( Wrath of the Lamb Spoilers All the Way Down )
Serena Williams's Moment, Forever, which is not only paean to her greatness that quotes Christopher Logue's All Day Permanent Red, but also includes links to this Times Magazine piece and this New York magazine profile. Greatest of all time, indeed.
And for a little eye candy, Rafael Nadal's amazing Tommy Hilfiger commercial. Oh my. (potentially NSFW)
In baseball news, I don't care about the Blue Jays, but the opening paragraphs of this article are pretty amazing:
For an entertainment venture, baseball really isn't all that escapist. Baseball is an ordeal. The players spend most of a given game needing to pay strict attention on every single pitch, but only have to react a couple of times per game. The sport requires constant mental focus, the overwhelming majority of which is wasted. And even when a player gets involved, he has relatively little control over what results from his actions. Bloopers turn into triples, while scalded line drives can turn into double plays.There's a reason (well, many reasons) my Mets tag on tumblr is #the existential futility of being a mets fan. (sadly, it's too long to be a DW tag.)
Consider the two great axioms about hitting, both of which are true: "Even the best hitters fail two-thirds of the time" and "The difference between an average hitter and a great hitter is two hits a month." This is a game for nihilists, and it's played six days a week.
It's an endeavor that requires unceasing effort every day, but in which most of that effort goes to waste, and the bit that doesn't is set adrift in a sea of uncontrollable and often inexplicable factors, ending in failure most of the time. That sounds like real life to me, and this inexorable, beautiful conveyor belt of failure appeals to me the way the novels of Richard Ford and Graham Greene do. Baseball is like having your soul crushed slowly by a steamroller made of platinum and diamonds. (The sunshine and the smell of fresh-cut grass are nice, too.)
You'd think that something so relentlessly awful wouldn't be worth such a great investment of time and emotional capital. But it's precisely because baseball is so torturous when it's bad that it can be so intoxicating when it's good.
And here's one non-sports link that I keep forgetting to mention: Born to Run and the Decline of the American Dream: Bruce Springsteen's breakout album embodied the lost '70s—the tense, political, working-class rejection of an increasingly unequal society.
|Jervis McEntee, The Woods of Asshockan, Catskills (1871), St. Johnsbury Athenaeum|
|Jervis McEntee, View Facing the Catskills, 1863, oil, Private Collection|
|Jervis McEntee, Autumn Reverie, 1880, oil on canvas, David and Laura Grey Collection|
Kingston Exhibition: "Jervis McEntee: Kingston’s Artist of the Hudson River School" is at the Friends of Historic Kingston gallery at 63 Main St. in Kingston and will run through October. The museum is only open Fridays and Saturdays from 11 am to 4 pm through Oct. 31, 2015. There will be "Noontime Conversations" by noted artists and art historians held on Fridays during the month of September.
The catalog of the Kingston show is called Jervis McEntee: Kingston's Artist of the Hudson River School. It's 62 pages, softcover, with contributions by Lowell Thing and William B. Rhoads. The exhibit was coordinated by the Friends' executive director Jane Kellar.
New Paltz Exhibition: The New Paltz exhibition is called "Jervis McEntee: Painter-Poet of the Hudson River School" It will be on view at the Samuel Dorsky Museum in New Paltz through December 13.
The New Paltz show catalog is titled Jervis Mcentee: Painter-Poet of the Hudson River School. This 130-page monograph presents new scholarship by exhibition curator Lee A. Vedder along with contributions by Kerry Dean Carso, a scholar of the historic Hudson Valley and professor at SUNY New Paltz; and American studies professor David Schuyler, the leading historian on McEntee.
They inquired whether I was on Tumblr, as they would like the option of reblogging my fan art as well.
Even though I do indeed have a Tumblr accout, I mostly use it to peruse my dashboard and keep up with the latest in fandom. I don't really make original posts of my own, and I haven't re-blogged in a long time, because apparently you're not supposed to add anything to posts, which is weird to me. So I mostly just press the Like button on cool stuff and that's it.
So why don't I post my art work on Tumblr?
I think it's because for me it's never been a popularity thing. I don't want exposure and numbers. At the root of it, what I want out of fandom is love, encouragement and inspiration. I can't get any of that with an XXXXXX number of Likes/Reblogs. I don't need that particular kind of validation. I've had unshakable certainty of my artistic capabilities since I was three-years-old and took up a crayon (and wowed all the pre-schoolers with my awesome flower drawing. lol).
I share my art on my journal because what I want is the individual bit of feedback, even if it's just "nice work" or "pretty" or "love the colours". I would much rather that little one-on-one, than the faceless numbers. So that's why I'm still here. Your feedback and communication makes all the difference. :)
The piece is more than 30 feet tall, weighs 39 tons and is composed of 42 independently moving layers which are controlled via the internet.
This particular version is located in Prague. But there are alternate versions, including one in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Alex Vause
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: traditional art - drawing
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: Petitehoneybee on DA
Why this piece is awesome: Ending this month of OITNB with a great drawing of the gorgeous Alex. Love the detail in her hair and tattoo, and the texture of the shirt. An excellent likeness as well (I always comment about that as I'm crap at likenesses!) Enlarge for all the details.
Link: Alex Vause
Series: Down to Agincourt, Book 4
Summary: You can't win a war for humanity by sacrificing all of your own.
Author Notes: Thanks to nrrrdygrrrl and scynneh for beta services, with advice from Tkodami and MollyC.
Story summary from a comment by Infie.
Thanks to bratfarrar for the series name and summary from her sonnet Harry Takes the Field.
Spoilers: Seasons 5, 6, and 7
AO3 Links for Down to Agincourt:
Series: Down to Agincourt
Book 1: Map of the World
Book 2: It's the Stars That Lie
Book 3: A Thousand Lights in Space
AO3 Links for The Game of God:
Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3
ETA: p.s. please give the vidder feedback! :D
Been Better by lithiumdoll
Artist: Kyla La Grange
Scottish painter Robert Hope was active in the late 19th end early 20th centuries. He studied at the Edinburgh School of Design and in Paris at the Académie Julian.
Beyond that, I can find little information and only a few sources of images.
Hope created painterly landscapes and compositions of young women in clothes of silk, satin and other interestingly textured materials, sometimes combining the two in outdoor subjects of young women working or at leisure.
His figures are often fluid and graceful, and his paint handling seems in keeping with some of the most interesting portraitists of the time — which makes the limited availability of larger images frustrating. The largest I’ve found are the zoomable images on Bonham’s (linked below).
Also, new team keeps expressing happiness that I've joined, which is nice.
I'm at the point in the moving process where I have most of what I need, so now I have to get rid of boxes and packing paper. I still want to buy a few more pieces of furniture (bigger dresser and a console table to store my trade paperbacks) and I have art that I need to put on the walls, but I'm getting to the point where I wouldn't be embarrassed if my mother came to visit. I'm still adjusting to things like not having A/C when San Francisco has been unusually hot, having a garbage disposal and a building that provides adequate recycling bins, and cooking on an electric stove. Also hills. UGH, hills. At least they're giving me a cardio workout?
I'm off to DragonCon on Wednesday with my usual suspects. Because my spoons have been maxed out by moving and changing jobs, my plan this year is to maybe go to some panels, maybe watch some US Open tennis (SERENA), have a lot of drinks, and try not to stress out about anything, even the giant crowds. This too shall pass.
Früh morgens an der Alten Oder, ein ganz anderer Fluss mit einer ganz anderen Stimmung…
5.9 x 5.9 inch / Oil on MDF board / 15cm x 15cm / Öl auf MDF Bord
Sold / Verkauft
© Edward B. Gordon, all rights reserved.
Pompeii: fantastic vid about Clara and Twelve. This last season clicked for me in a way no other Moffat season has done, and the relationship between the Twelfth Doctor and Clara is a big part way, along with Clara (present day Clara) coming into focus for me and gong from generic Companion to highly individual unmistakable CLARA. This vid captures a lot about Clara and the Doctor, and why I'm looking forward to the new season starting in a few weeks!
Once upon a Time/Once upon a Time in Wonderland:
The White Queen's Quest: what really happened with Will and Ana post -Wonderland and during the fourth season of OuaT. The way Will was (not) used and there was zilch explanation about Ana, when their story had been my favourite storyline of the spin-offs one season, wasn't my only issue with s4 of OuaT, not by far. But it's one fanfiction can fix, and this is a great example.
(BTW, I've aquired the third season of OuaT on dvd and am looking forward to a rewatch. Because I still love the first three seasons, and am curious to find out whether the third season, which during broadcast I thought was best and should have been the conclusion, still feels that way going back.)
The Sundering Sea: novel-length, amazing fanfiction which can't be described in an unspoilerly for season 2 way, since it's set afterwards. ( Spoiler cut. )
Meanwhile, I think the reason the lemon sour cream pie doesn't use a graham cracker crust is that it doesn't hold up under the filling. Whoops. Tasty, but not neatly sliceable.
In between, I had to call Time Warner because my internet was out again, but it eventually came back, so I will probably cancel the appointment they made for me on Friday afternoon.
And I also did the August recs update:
unfitforsociety has been updated for August 2015 with 20 recs in 7 fandoms:
* 9 Avengers
* 1 Daredevil, 1 Avengers/Narnia crossover
* 3 Harry Potter
* 2 Check, Please!
* 1 The 100, 1 Arrow, 1 Big Hero 6, and 1 Raven Cycle
Read, love, comment!
Also, I see the Sunday Six is making a comeback, so here's a bit from the VMars/MCU crossover that I wrote last night:
Veronica looks at the pictures on the file cabinet--Weevil and his wife on their wedding day, Weevil and his wife and daughter at her christening, Weevil and a couple of guys in coveralls raising the gate on the garage.
Veronica doesn't have any pictures documenting the years she spent at SHIELD. SHIELD agents tended to be camera-shy, even after a few rounds during happy hour, and she'd never become close with any of them. She hadn't had a team; she'd worked regularly with some analysts but that was mostly over conference calls and email. She'd been sociable, not friendly, and she thinks most of them were the same. No use getting too close to someone who might disappear on the next mission. Maybe there'd been people having barbecues and softball games, but Veronica hadn't known any of them. She's glad in a way, because it would have meant even more loss and betrayal, and she's not sure she could have taken it if it was personal.
So I think I'm like 3/4 of the way done with this, though last night I realized I was missing one character who definitely needs to cameo. (I may have texted angelgazing in all caps: "CLIFF!")
Original air date: February 6, 1995
Director: Paolo Barzman
Writer: Lawrence Shore
Synopsis: Watcher Rita Luce is using Watcher intel to help Immortal Michael Christian catch other Immortals when they are helpless so he can take their heads, and Duncan is next on her list.
Please share your thoughts and reactions in comments. The master post for all discussion posts is here.