havocthecat: shego facepalms at stupid people, and everything else (kim possible shego facepalm)
Thousands of Bats Slaughtered Annually in Asia End up on Ebay and Etsy for Artsy Americans

Oh, of course they're not "ethically sourced," because why would they be when profit is involved?

(You see skeletal art at local craft shows too.)

(I really wasn't creeped out by dead thing art before.)

(Not that I don't understand "killing lots of shit for profit," but also PASSENGER PIGEONS, enough said there.)

(Damn it.)


  • Oct. 18th, 2017 at 10:04 AM
gorgeousnerd: #GN written in the red font from my layout on a black background. (Default)
1. [community profile] fandomlovespuertorico has started auctions! I'm offering One Direction, My Chemical Romance, Dan and Phil, and Disney's Descendants fic here, but there's a bunch of different kinds of fandoms and types of things offered. Check more out here. Auction ends October 23rd.

Feel free to spread the Tumblr link too!

2. I felt very under the weather yesterday, and I'm not sure why? Maybe just a bad day. I can usually pick some kind of main cause or worsening factor, but I think yesterday was mostly just "you're chronically ill and you're going to have days like that sometimes". My planning format really came through, though - I did a couple of my most important things and let everything else go and went to bed early at least knowing that I did things to help myself long-term but that I was still listening to myself. Balance! It's a thing!

(Also working on forgiving myself when I don't do that, but that's what I'm in therapy for, in part.)

3. Wednesday Reading time!

Books. )
havocthecat: amy pond of doctor who with a magnifying glass (dw amy pond investigates)
I usually ignore the salt measurements except when baking, and just salt to taste, but that's because I've been cooking since I've been old enough to drag a chair to the stove and push vegetables around on a skillet. This is potentially disastrous to people who don't know as much about cooking!

Sometimes your recipes call for a specific type of salt - and there could be an actual reason why. Not if it's trendy salt, usually, but if it's "sea salt," Diamond kosher salt, or Morton's kosher salt, there's a specific reason and you should actually pay attention. Who knew?

I mean, I've been cooking for multiple decades and I had no fucking clue before this morning, so if you didn't know, don't feel bad! Hell, Bon Appetit magazine didn't even know until 2013, and they're goddamn Bon Appetit gourmet magazine.

This is going to make a world of difference in my pickling, that's for sure. No wonder my pickled turnips always turn out too salty.

The Kosher Salt Question

Tagline: Prized for its purity and flaky texture, kosher salt has been a home-cooking standard for decades. But the two major brands, Diamond Crystal and Morton, are very different products. Your ruined meatballs can attest.

Pokemon Go post!

  • Oct. 15th, 2017 at 11:32 PM
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A month since my last post isn't so bad! I went to Disneyland at the tail end of an event and lucky egg'd while walking around in Downtown Disney, so I did a couple major evolutions. And then I leveled while I was there, and played in the gyms...really, I can't imagine I'll have so eventful a time by the end of the year as I did in the one week I was in SoCal.

The details. )

Dear Creator - Holidays!!! on Ice

  • Oct. 15th, 2017 at 10:43 AM
qem_chibati: Coloured picture of Killua from hunter x hunter, with the symbol of Qem in the corner. (A cat made from Q, E, M) (Default)
Dear Creator for Holidays!!! on Ice,

Firstly thank you! I'm really looking forward to whatever you produce. If you want to know more about what I like you can see the sort of art I reblog here on tumblr or you can see my fic bookmarks here on ao3. I also made a longer list of likes and dislikes here.

Best Wishes

Read more... )

Dragon Age Origins: Now with mods!

  • Oct. 15th, 2017 at 2:19 AM
alias_sqbr: Dagna from Dragon Age reaching for a book (dagna)
Did I mention I started a new Dragon Age Origins playthrough with the Complete Bi Overhaul, Polygamey, and Improved Atmosphere mods? It's been great.
Read more... )

Made a Mastodon Account!

  • Oct. 13th, 2017 at 4:28 PM
alias_sqbr: the symbol pi on a pretty background (Default)
There was some discussion on twitter about how appalling twitter is, and since Mastodon seems to be the most popular alternative I decided to check it out. And then the helper tool led me to an instance that let me be sqbr@im-in.space and I had to join.

Anyway, if you have an account add me so I have someone to follow! I can't really speak to whether it's a good social network since my network right now is just me and the status account, but it seems ok for posting and stuff. And I know I have seen interesting looking people mention having accounts, so next time that happens I can follow them.

First Sentence of Fanfic Meme

  • Oct. 13th, 2017 at 2:44 PM
alias_sqbr: She's getting existential again. It's ok I have a super soaker. (existentialism)
Tagged by [personal profile] anghraine, copying her in just doing the top ten by kudos.
Read more... )

Wednesday Reading!

  • Oct. 11th, 2017 at 12:23 PM
gorgeousnerd: #GN written in the red font from my layout on a black background. (Default)
Me before my vacation: I'll have so much time in the car to read! I'm so excited. Even if I don't read, I can watch a lot of TV. And even if nothing happens on the road, I can do some reading in line for rides.

Me on the road: [sleeps a lot because of medication, has to deal with screaming kids when awake]

Me at the park: [almost never alone, absolutely exhausted when I am]

Me after vacation: ...oh well.

I did still make some progress on books in the last couple weeks, though.

Books. Talk of fat shaming, rape. )

In other news, I'm going to try to put up a Pokemon Go post in the next couple days. I did a lot of playing on the trip, and it was a delight!

Weekly Reading

  • Oct. 10th, 2017 at 1:46 PM
tamsin: (Merlin - Gwen fighting)
What I’ve Just Finished Reading

I finished The Lost World. It's a fun adventure novel. If dinosaur in the Amazon sound appealing to you, it's free on Project Gutenberg.
I have to say the ending was very satisfying from a shipping perspective: Spoiler! Malone returns home to find out that the woman he loved and went on the expedition for has in the mean time married someone else. In the end he decides to go on another expedition with Roxton.

What I’m Reading Now

By a Lady. Das Leben der Jane Austen by Rebecca Ehrenwirth & Nina Lieke
It's okay. The problem is that there's not that much known about Jane Austen and some of the conclusions the authors draw don't convince me. Just because Austen wrote about romance and got along well with her nieces doesn't mean that she longed to be a wife and mother, you know?

What I Plan to Read Next

No idea.


Burn it down.

  • Oct. 9th, 2017 at 11:04 PM
gorgeousnerd: #GN written in the red font from my layout on a black background. (Default)
1. Oof, I've felt terrible all day. I think most of it is because of choices I made that could have been less painful, and I got a couple things done anyway, but my sleep has been weird lately and I'm feeling it. I keep waking up for various reasons before I've gotten enough sleep - today was sinus pressure, joy of joys - and then I'm too tired to do much but too awake to go back to sleep until like noon, and then I go back to sleep for a couple hours, but it's not the same as getting a full night's sleep at once AND I feel frustrated that I don't feel up to doing much of anything.

Anyway, fingers crossed I actually sleep tonight and that I feel less frustrated tomorrow. If I don't, resting is a big priority.

2. I've only watched the first episode of Star Trek: Discovery because I'm busy and access to the episodes is hard. (THANKS FOR NOTHING CBS. Would it have been so hard to make the episodes to buy on Amazon, at least? Also looking at you, American Gods, although it looks like they have them now.) I'm very sad that there's new Star Trek people are watching and talking about and I'm already so behind! I'm going to try to catch up this week.

3. Because I contain multitudes and can have both Star Trek and Star Wars be big fandom pillars in my life, Last Jedi trailer is a thing!!! Wow. Have more thoughts than anyone needs as I rewatch the trailer.

Star Wars trailer spoilers/speculation. Also original trilogy spoilers. )

It's Halloween, Halloween, everybody.

  • Oct. 8th, 2017 at 6:24 PM
gorgeousnerd: #GN written in the red font from my layout on a black background. (Default)
1. Ah, Yuletide season! When everyone posts on the journal sites more than usual. (I'm barely posting once a week, so I have no room to talk there, heh.) I'm not doing it formally this year; I only officially sign up if there's a fandom I absolutely need to request because the stress of writing to an assignment is a lot for me. I will likely treat, but I'm waiting until December to say for sure. I could use the word count, but I'm working on original work and writing longer, so...maybe I'll write a long treat? It wouldn't be my first time.

2. This past week was the yearly Disneyland trip for the niblings' birthdays, and it was great! It felt more like I was jumping between three group's vacations than doing one; I hung out with Older Sister, Team Sister, and Team BFF at different times, with some overlap (there was a lot of quality sibling time, which was a surprising delight). I think I weathered it pretty well considering how long and intense it was, but I'm having a hard time remembering it all/it all feeling real, so I think I'm more overwhelmed than I'm actively feeling. All worthwhile, though. It's amazing that I've been to the parks so many times but each trip still has such a unique feeling.

A trip highlight: we all went to one of the Mickey's Halloween Parties on Tuesday, and we took pictures in front of the giant Mickey pumpkin. And Dosling was asleep in the stroller, so we got to be silly with it and gesture and stuff. I want to wallpaper my room with the pictures.

3. Who all is doing NaNo this year? I'm going to start outlining my story this week. I like the idea of being super structured and prepared this time around - at most, I usually get the beginning sketched out, and by the time I hit the middle, it's pure messy chaos. I don't need a nearly-finished draft, but lessening the chaos by the end would be nice!

Dear Yuletide Writer 2017

  • Oct. 8th, 2017 at 4:32 PM
mammothluv: (Default)
Fandoms: Nikki & Nora, One Day at a Time, The Young and the Restless, Wentworth

 Dear Author... )
alias_sqbr: the symbol pi on a pretty background (Default)
I wrote an off the cuff review on twitter. But overall: I liked the central arc, about a bladerunner who knows he's a replicant, and is numbed to the emptiness of his life, getting dragged into the mess caused by the events of the previous Bladerunner movie. Ryan Gosling does a good job of looking beaten up and sad, and the visuals were pretty effective in a bleak cyberpunk dystopia kind of way. But for a story about the question of who counts as a real person it sure could have done with 1000% less objectification of women and exotification of POC.

Also there were a lot of random loud Inception-esque BLAAAAARP noises, at least in the Titan-whatever cinema we were in. They undercut the emotion of various scenes and also would probably be unpleasant for people with some hearing issues.

Anyway, sound balance aside I've been pondering how the basic plot could have been made into a more enjoyable movie. I'm having trouble sleeping, I think in part because all those objectified boobs did bad things to my brain, so here's some rambling thoughts.

Spoilers like WHOA, and it won't make much sense if you haven't seen the film.



  • Oct. 7th, 2017 at 9:51 PM
tellitslant: (bond - bond/m - i miss the cold war)
Hello, Yuletide writer! I am excited that you are excited about one of my tiny fandoms. I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with!

I hope what's here gives you some ideas. Don't feel you have to stick to them too closely, though; if you have a story in mind that doesn’t fit my prompts exactly, hey, go for it. Have fun, and thanks in advance for the fic.

I haven't written in any of these fandoms, but if you want to see what my stuff looks like, I'm on AO3 under kathryne.

do not want )

do want! )

9 to 5 - Judy, Violet )

Atomic Blonde - Lorraine, Delphine )

October Daye series - Amandine, The Luidaeg, Quentin )

Thanks a lot, and happy Yuletide-ing!