istia: rachid of the golden voyage of sinbad (golden voyage | rachid)
Today's [community profile] thefridayfive questions:

Friday 5 music )

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We are having a run of very hot, very high-humidity days like Philly does gets, but usually they don't last more than a few days. It's been a bit more than that this summer. Do Not Want.

I want autumn and wearing layers and pulling out things made of wool.

Speaking of wool, I am wearing new sneakers made of wool today, for which I paid full price and I don't care because my poor arthritic foot bones are loving them so very much. The tops are soft! The insides are soft! There appears to be adequate support! They are from Allbirds and I never want to take them off. For the most part, they are not too hot, though I haven't tried them standing in the high humidity all day yet.

I am tempted to buy a pair of the loungers as well, for dayjob wear. (I snuck the sneakers in today because it's Friday and also hardly anyone is here.)
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Since Photobucket switched in June 2017 to an exorbitant annual subscription fee for allowing images to be displayed on 3rd-party sites, I'm instead hosting the pictures here & linking to them in the stories they illustrate at the AO3.

Mi Chaqueta, Su Chaqueta )

Ezra Meets His Future Best Friends )

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istia: white background with 7 red counting strokes on it for the magnificent 7 (m7 | poster Saul Bass)
Photobucket finally got around to replacing my images w/ their "pay up" graphic as I discovered today when I checked.

So, as I mentioned I'd do in this event in a recent post, I've deleted the Clothing & Guest Character image pages from the M7 Handbook. Hopefully I also found all the links to those pages in different places.

For the 3 images w/ 2 of my M7 stories at AO3, I'm going to make a post here in a few minutes displaying those images, then link to that post from the fics. All 3 can go in the same post, which will make them easy to find. If I ever want another image associated w/ a fic, I'll just add it to that same post.

Not as great as having the pictures right there at the bottom of the stories--I doubt any reader will bother clicking a link to go elsehwere--but 3 images is not worth trying to find a new host that works on AO3. Unfortunately, Dreamwidth hosted images don't show there; or at least the test image I tried didn't show up.

I tried out flickr, but it's hopeless. I wasted way too much time trying to figure out how to get the image url. That's all I want! Just upload & give me the link. But, no, it's all runaround everywhere trying to find anything as simple as that. /kvetching

I've had that Photobucket account since 2004. That's a long time for something on the internet to last! I've deleted the account now. Won't ever use it again. Glad I did all the moving & replacing of images last week before the ugly replacement graphic showed up all over.

And there's the proof the new policy applies to even the tiniest users. I was using only 2% of the allowable space as a free user.

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My schedule, during the workday and during the evenings, is pretty busy this week, but I did go to the gym last night. I did alternating sets of push-ups and squats, some tricep and upper body stuff, a tiny bit of "bicycle" leg works and a great deal of stretching.

I've been very lazy (also injured) this summer, and I could really feel it as I exercised. But as usual, the first set of push-ups was the worst, and they were less painful after that. I even did one set with my hands close together, which is the hardest for me. My wrists are no worse than usual this morning. My fingers are pretty swollen and not very bendy this morning. The high humidity today might be contributing.

Today is the staff luncheon, and then my group is leaving to do a team-building thing. Tonight, dinner at Kabobeesh. I don't think I will get much done.
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I read two books in the last week!

Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee is more straightforwardly comprehensible than Ninefox Gambit, but still had lots of wonderfully weird worldbuilding and characters with complex motivations. Plus, there were a couple of moments where I said, "Whoa. Wow," which I will not spoil here. Two books in, I still think this is one of the most creative science fiction worlds I've read in a long while.

I finished Raven Stratagem on Monday, my recovery day from Readercon, and then dove into The Strange Case of the Alchemist's Daughter by Theodora Goss, which I finished last night, and which is about monsters and about women, and how they can be the same thing. I think if you like Karen Joy Fowler's work, you might like this, and also if you love meta and revisionist tales and/or things set in Victorian England and relating to the stories of the nineteenth century. Goss works with female creations of fictional scientists (or hypothetical female creations/daughters) from The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Frankenstein, The Island of Dr. Moreau, and "Rappaccini's Daughter" by Nathaniel Hawthorne (which I have not read). Also, Holmes and Watson are in it, because of course they are. But overall, this is a meta novel, periodically festooned with commentary from the female characters about themselves, their stories, how their stories are told, and the idea of what a novel should be and how it should be written. And besides all that, it was fun. Highly recommended, because I think a lot of my Dreamwidth friends would like this, and I would love to hear what you think about it even if you don't like it.
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I saw many, many people at Readercon, none of them for long enough, but still managed to use up my extrovert energy supply for several years. Goodbye is the hardest part.

My panels went well from my pov, and I had a few people (not people I already knew) tell me they enjoyed them, so that seems good! Next time, I think I will skip anything at 8:00 pm, though, because I have no brain left by then.

When I was home and not working yesterday, I did laundry then spent the rest of the day napping and reading in blessed seclusion.

[personal profile] yhlee gave me a test tube with a Dalek seal on top which makes me very, very happy. I am going to use it as a container for my tiny glow-in-the-dark 3D-printed Daleks and make little squeeing noises at it.
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DS9 rewatch:

"Looking for Par'Mach in All the Wrong Places"

Julian is really invested in the state of O'Brien's marriage, to the point of eavesdropping. That's weird, Julian. As is the idea that Kira is now some kind of pseudo-wife, because she's carrying the baby. We're supposed to be concerned that they're developing feelings for each other, but the complete lack of chemistry torpedoes that. (Poor Keiko. She does not have much to do in this episode.)

Ah, Quark's Klingon ex-wife returns. Not really a storyline I needed follow-up to, but I suppose it's interesting, given the hostilities between the Klingons and the Federation. Or, it's interesting for about 10 seconds, and then the rest of the episode is Worf playing Cyrano for Quark, in between moaning about Klingon opera and Klingon mating traditions.

I guess it accomplishes the main goal, which is getting Worf and Dax together.

"...Nor the Battle to the Strong"

It's a good idea to pair Jake with Bashir in a situation where Bashir is practicing medicine on the front lines. Julian was kind of the baby of the adults when the show started, idealistic about "frontier medicine". Now he's aged into some maturity, while Jake is 18 and still learning how to be an adult. One minute he's fantasizing about something terrible happening so he can write an interesting article, and the next minute he has to confront the reality of that situation.

I am circling back to my theme of DS9 being a show where sometimes, there are no good answers. Bashir's decision to go help means putting Jake in mortal danger. Jake judges a man for injuring himself to get out of battle, but then Jake does something equally as bad, if not worse. These are the wages of war.

The episode title is from the Bible. The verse says that sometimes the fastest person doesn't win a race, or the strongest person win a battle. Sometimes it's just chance, and there's nothing you can do about it.
dorinda: Someone writing at a desk while wearing a large helmet with an oxygen tube attached (a device called "The Isolator"). (isolator)
Another of the commentfics from More Joy Day 2017, this one for [personal profile] mollyamory. ♥ Backstory: there's a videogame series called "Dragon Age". And in Dragon Age II, you play a human character named Hawke (you can choose a male or female iteration). Hawke ends up super-besties with the dwarf character Varric Tethras, who is a storyteller by avocation, and in his spare time writes books--hard-boiled detective stories, romance-adventure, etc.

In the next game, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Varric and Hawke are separated. But in some circumstances, male!Hawke shows up again for a particular portion of the game, and it's still obvious that Varric loves him soooOOooo muuuuch.

And yet, neither of the games allows Hawke to romance Varric, the way Hawke was able to choose from so many other characters! Unfair, unjust. And given Varric's devotion and heart-eyes-admiration for Hawke, plus Varric's subtle ongoing sense of loneliness, mollyamory thought that should be remedied.

MOVED AND SECONDED:

The Epic Tale of Jeon the Giant (1603 words) by Dorinda
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Dragon Age: Inquisition, Dragon Age II, Dragon Age (Video Games), Dragon Age - All Media Types
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Hawke/Varric Tethras, Male Hawke/Varric Tethras
Characters: Varric Tethras, Garrett Hawke
Additional Tags: Requited Unrequited Love, Writing, we already know varric writes rpf
Summary:

Why couldn't the stupid character stay where he was put? No, all that work to get him face-to-face with the bad guy and into a final battle, and afterward there he went, waltzing away into the wilds to...~~do good~~ or ~~fight the good fight~~ or ~~be brave~~.

Screw Jeon, anyway. That big dumb brawny nug-licking Fereldan. That hero.

istia: a stack of books with tasselled bookmarks (x | books)
It's a quiet Saturday of doing nothing but resting my knee, so when better to do a 50-question Book Meme? Seen in many places lately. Warning: it appears to have been originally created by a 12-year-old, so it gets lolaciously ridiculous in the middle. *g*

Book Meme 2017 )

istia: peace symbol on a rainbow flag (x | peace symbol rainbow)
I've been having a lousy week, in part because of an old knee injury acting up. It's been a thing since I was about 20 & I'm used to it periodically aching for several days if I accidentally twist it a bit or something similar. But this week, omg. It hasn't hurt this badly in years.

I've seen folks use round-ups of things in their life that are good or happy or that they're grateful for & figured I'd give it a try. Also: a list! My "i like lists" tag has been sadly underused lately.

1. yesterday, my writing streak at 750words.com reached 500 days & I graduated to the next tier up badge: spacebird!

2. I heard about & signed up for tor.com's ebook club & got a free, no-drm copy of Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Dart - each month, Tor gives away 1 ebook to members of the club, whee!

3. the new series of Who Do You Think You Are (UK) has begun & I have episode 14x02, focusing on Craig Revel Horwood, ready to watch;

4. I indulged in some retail therapy yesterday, ordering a purple bra in a completely new-to-me style along w/ a totally indulgent, cheap but very pretty blue bead bracelet;

5. my weekend plans involve doing nothing whatsoever except rest my knee; I have lots of food (my fridge is full of little bottles of liquid meal replacement as well as fresh raw veggies) & no need to go out for anything, so I'm not!


My knee is actually feeling a bit better today after a mighty 4 hours sleep last night, so I'm cautiously hopeful it will continue to improve!

Hope all of you have, or are having, happy weekends yourselves. :)

nestra: (Garak)
DS9 rewatch:

"The Ship"

O'Brien is spending a lot of time talking to a Starfleet guy we've never met before. I bet he's going to have a great time in this episode and not die tragically or anything. (Also, in an attempt to give them dialogue showing that they're friends! pals! totally met before today!, the writers kind of slide over into flirty. It's odd.)

Also odd, guy who is certainly doomed is apparently Hispanic, just so he can call out to his Papa and mutter in Spanish while he's dying.

The actress playing the female Vorta does a good job with making her attempt at manipulation completely transparent, but still subtle. It's a good episode that's more about the cost of war than any of the actual things at stake.
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istia: white background with 7 red counting strokes on it for the magnificent 7 (m7 | poster Saul Bass)
I've heard mentions in various places recently about the giant solar power farm China is building to help the transition from coal fuel w/ all its attendant pollution & degradation of the environment to cleaner, sustainable energy. I thought it was a great initiative.

Then I saw a picture of it:



And fell over w/ glee! When the solar farm's completed, it'll be twice as big as it is currently & will feature a 2nd panda.

♠ ♠ ♠


I've finished migrating all my journal pics from Photobucket to DW. Whew! I did it a bit at a time, but discovered I'd done a lot of picspams over the years. That was a chore.

Now the only images left at PB are the 3 little pics w/ 2 of my fics at AO3, & the large number at my zeke site illustrating the Guests & Clothing pages in the M7 Handbook. Those are all still showing up, so I'll leave them alone until PB blocks them.

They comprise 148 clothing & 750 guest character images. I don't have enough space on my tiny zeke site to host them; also, there's way too many to bother changing all those image links. I very much doubt anybody ever looks at those pages these days, anyway. New fans probably don't even know about the Handbook & have no reason to care.

So I'll leave them up & check once in a while. When PB blocks them, I'll delete those pages.

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DS9 rewatch:

Season five! Thankfully starting with a recap of season 4, because it's been a while.

"Apocalypse Rising"

I love Kira's maternity outfit.

Plot of this episode: let's go steal an empire. And their plan is a little shaky, to be honest. And requires the help of Dukat. Poor Damar tries to be the voice of reason. Don't hold your breath, Damar.

OMG, Odo makes a hilariously bad Klingon. Avery Brooks digs into it as deeply as possible. Like, you can see the dirt flying as he works those bad teeth and that wig. Frankly, it seems like it would be exhausting to impersonate a Klingon for any longer than 5 minutes.

A decent, if not thrilling, season opener.
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I turned in my PW review on Sunday, and since then have not been reading a lot except bits of magazines and bits of fanfiction that I delete before finishing because it's not hitting the spot.

I started reading Raven Stratagem by Yoon Ha Lee, sequel to Ninefox Gambit, but am only a little way into it. So far, it is a much easier read, with explanations of how this very complex and creative world works.
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1. I went to the gym last night! Go me. I was really tired; I did weights including some barbell squats for the first time in a while, and a smidge of ab stuff, but just could not face cardio after that. And when I got home, I started feeling almost sick with tiredness when I attempted to work on my panel notes, so I set them aside. (It was a really long day at the dayjob.) I slept well once I got to sleep.

2. I put some things into my suitcase for this weekend. Not everything, but most of the things. I still need to pack the things properly, and choose makeup and jewelry.

3. I bought a couple of local items for a friend I'll be seeing at the con. Those get packed, as well.

4. Tonight, I plan to see The Monkeys, and tonight and tomorrow night I need to finish packing (first priority) and put my panel notes in my tiny notebook (second priority). I have to remember that notes can be made during my long train ride to Boston.

5. I still need to withdraw some cash, but I should be able to do that at the train station before I leave, so that's third priority.
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I saw Spider-Man: Homecoming! And it was charming. Make sure to stay through the credits for a funny tag scene.

I also:

1. Collated notes for my Readercon panels, sort of; I hope to tidily inscribe my thoughts in my tiny notebook in the next couple of days. I mean, I can do that on the train ride up, but I would much rather be dozing and listening to music and such.

2. Bought a new scarf! All blues and purples, so pretty and stripey. It was on the clearance rack for weeks and weeks, but I have plenty of scarves, and resisted bravely. Until yesterday, when the price went down again and I snapped and bought it. I also bought a "cold shoulder" shirt in bright blue yesterday...not usually my thing at all. I think I will wear it, though. I am so pale that some of my veins show through my skin, particularly in my upper arms/shoulders from weightlifting, so it is kind of weird but cool that this shirt reveals that. Do people usually try to match their shirts to their veins? That happened by accident.

3. Did laundry. A couple of the items are going to Readercon with me. Also made a packing list, aired out a suitcase, and started piling things to go into the suitcase. I decided to go with a wheelie suitcase instead of my usual knapsack because I still have that sore shoulder, I think from how I sleep, or maybe my messenger bag pulling on it. Geez, these aches and pains.

4. Re-read The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper, for the Readercon book club panel. I read Hidden Figures recently enough that I think I'll be okay without a re-read.

5. Wrote my PW review and turned it in early, because Readercon.
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