New vid: "Pipeline"

May. 24th, 2015 09:54 am
metaphortunate: (at one with the universe)
[personal profile] metaphortunate
[personal profile] brainwane premiered a new vid at Wiscon 2015!

It's called "Pipeline".

Because the tech industry's got a blank space, baby. And it'll write your name.

Oh, no.

May. 24th, 2015 11:33 am
snarp: small cute androgynous android crossing arms and looking very serious (Default)
[personal profile] snarp
I just remembered that when I was eleven I had a fursona who was a purple cat, and her name was "Slash."
umadoshi: (Frozen - groggy Anna (herbskillz))
[personal profile] umadoshi
Yesterday was...not an exciting day. It was so unexciting, in fact, that after a normal Saturday morning-and-early-afternoon, it basically went like this:

--I started nodding off at my desk around 4:30, so I caved and went to nap on the couch for a little while, planning to get back to work afterwards.

--I woke up around 6:30, had a smoothie for dinner ([personal profile] scruloose had dozed off too, so by that point we didn't have time to do much else about food), and fell back to sleep when [personal profile] scruloose went out shortly after dinner.

--I woke up again when [personal profile] scruloose got home just before midnight, and we went to bed.

Things have been stressful lately, sure, but that's roughly six hours of "napping" followed by eight hours or so of sleep in bed, which adds up to RIDICULOUS. I don't even know.

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May. 24th, 2015 10:12 am
the_rck: figure perched in a tree with barren branches (Default)
[personal profile] the_rck
Neither Scott nor I slept well last night. His cold includes a nasty cough, and his bi-PAP is really giving him a lot of trouble. I have no idea why I didn't sleep, but I tossed and turned for hours. Well, my right ankle hurt a fair amount, but I've slept with it acting up before. I don't know.

I've gotten my Remix assignment, and I'm tentatively pleased. I haven't actually read any of the fics I could remix yet; I've just been skimming through blurbs and seeing which characters are tagged. My remixee's pet characters and pairings aren't mine, and they seem to be doing a lot with the portion of canon I don't know so very well, but I'm confident I can make it work. If I can't, they have three stories in another fandom I know, and those have characters I'm pretty confident I can work with.

Scott's parents had Amazon ship my birthday present to me directly. I was very startled by that because that's not normally something they'd do. We'll be seeing them this afternoon for the birthday gathering (there are four May birthdays), so they could have given them to me then. Of course, they may have been thinking that the package wouldn't arrive until Tuesday or Wednesday, and that would make getting the contents to me difficult.

I spent a little time last night deleting some of my music. I stuck with stuff I own on CD, for the most part, but I did delete a bunch of Christmas music that I don't own in any other form. Scott's got a lot of Christmas music (and more storage space), and very little of what I had was of the sort where I could sing along which is what I want from Christmas music.

Scott can't find the Mountain Lion CDs, so upgrading my OS is on hold for the moment. I really do hope he can find them. Not being able to get Google docs to work in Safari is giving me real problems. Google is 90% of what I use Safari for. The rest is staying logged in to various Metanews accounts so that I don't have to keep logging in and out of the things I use both personally and for Metanews.

I don't know when Scott will be able to do the grocery shopping, and it's an issue because we're out of the things I would normally eat. We're also out of the things Scott prefers to eat when he's this sick. I'm not sure exactly where we stand for things Cordelia will eat, but I suspect that's not good either.

Cordelia and her friends have reached their target of raising $80 to donate to charity. They're going to give me the cash and have me make the donation to Oxfam. They can never remember the name of the charity they picked (they heard about it from a friend whose mother donates regularly. I asked her what the charity was, and she told me). I just have to bring my purse into the living room so that I have my credit card handy.

Why is there blood on my shirt?

May. 24th, 2015 10:11 am
snarp: small cute androgynous android crossing arms and looking very serious (Default)
[personal profile] snarp
a) Intense wuxia battles I dreamed last night were, in fact, real

b) Nosebleed

c) Cat scratched my boob again goddamnit why does he keep doing this

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May. 24th, 2015 08:47 am
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[personal profile] telophase
You know what I'm finding a hard about painting a scene set on a comet? The fact that our normal cues for distance--color, focus, haze, etc.--are based on ATMOSPHERE.

Still going to cheat and use a bit of all that to give that unconscious sense of distance, but not so much it'll be too obvious. Hopefully.

AMV: Just A Dream Away

May. 24th, 2015 10:28 pm
starlady: animated uhura: set phasers to fabulous (set phasers to fabulously awesome)
[personal profile] starlady
My [community profile] wiscon_vidparty 2015 premiere. Post in progress!

source: Star Trek: The Animated Series
audio: They Might Be Giants, "There's a Great Big Beautiful Tomorrow"
length: 2:01
stream: on Critical Commons
download: 48MB mp4 | .srt subtitles
summary: Man has a dream, and that's the start: the final frontier is still out there, just a dream away.

Embed and notes to come!

~Do I look like a waiter?

May. 24th, 2015 04:51 am
zarla: a man lying on a cake (whatismylife)
[personal profile] zarla
in contrast to the previous HERE'S A QUICK POST WITH A COMIC THAT TOOK ME WAY LONGER THAN I ANTICIPATED uuuugh

it's another ff6 one, this better not become a thing

Every time I color things this way it takes a million years )

Daily Happiness

May. 24th, 2015 12:30 am
torachan: karkat from homestuck looking bored (karkat bored)
[personal profile] torachan
1. I usually bring home quite a lot of free meat from work these days, but today I got what is probably the best catch ever: almost half a pound of tuna sashimi that is "sale" priced at like $38 pound. For free! No discoloration or anything. So we made tuna tataki with it and it was SO GOOD.

2. Not only did I get a decent amount of stuff done at work today, I also did some translating this morning.

3. I remembered to do my weekly report on time. (It's supposedly due Saturday nights, but I never have time to actually do it at work, and a lot of times I mean to do it when I get home but then forget.)

I really liked Divine Endurance

May. 23rd, 2015 11:30 pm
snarp: small cute androgynous android crossing arms and looking very serious (Default)
[personal profile] snarp
but I read it during a period in which I was extremely depressed and don't remember much of it, and I'm kind of afraid to re-read it. What if the book itself is extremely depressing? I kind of think it might be.

So, someone else should read it and tell me if it is safe to go back to! Here is the plot: The apocalypse happened and there is a single Manic Pixie Dream Girl Android still hanging around the factory where they made those. She leaves and goes on an adventure in South Asia. A guy mistakes her for a spy and says, "You are Derveet's!" and she thinks, "Oh, so this is the name of my owner, cool!" and imprints forever on this woman she doesn't know.

Fortunately, Derveet is a badass lesbian bandit revolutionary leader, who I think even has an eyepatch?, so this was obviously the best possible outcome for everyone anyway.

Then dystopian stuff happens and I don't really remember much of it. Someone is addicted to future-heroin? It's not Derveet or the robot, it's someone else.

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May. 23rd, 2015 10:48 pm
snarp: small cute androgynous android crossing arms and looking very serious (Default)
[personal profile] snarp
You know how people do screencap-LPs, with all the game's dialog and the important plot things shown? That should be a thing for TV and movies. Specifically that which I am interested, in but cannot watch, due to brain problems.

~With fingers for teeth

May. 23rd, 2015 05:14 pm
zarla: louie doin what he does best (:B)
[personal profile] zarla
Ultramega OK! recording!

Ailsean, Flik - Chrono Trigger - Cronohutt
Knight of the Round - FF6 - South of Jidoor
Goomin Nam - FF8 - Fisherman's Horizon (Christmas Ver)
Thomas B. Yee - Super Mario RPG - Adagio pour Mallow
GENTLE LOVE - Monarch - Gentle Oblivion
FamilyJules7x - The Stanley Parable - Following Stanley

Lot of piano-y remixes, haha.


In recent news, it's still hard to get uninterrupted sleep, which is what I'm attributing the frequent headaches to. There was also a bit of soreness and coughing yesterday but that seems to have passed today, so hopefully it's nothing really.

I'm also almost positive I've traced a lot of the sudden crashes on my computer I've been having to Chrome, although I'm not sure what Chrome is doing that causes them. Before whenever I ran Chrome, about an hour or so afterwards the computer would just restart (without Chrome, it'd be fine), although sometimes it'd stay up and running. Closing Chrome caused it to freeze. I completely uninstalled Chrome lately and reinstalled it, which has solved the restart problem, but I've been wary about closing Chrome for a while. Last night I closed it once, and it seemed to be alright, but the second time I closed it, the computer froze again. SOMEthing seems to be having a conflict with Chrome, which is annoying since Xkit only works on Chrome and I use that a lot. Bah. I guess for now I'm just going to have to leave Chrome open all the time.

Let's see, a roundup of things... I got shots of all the rare cats in Neko Atsume! I've heard you can get Samurai cat to sit on the pink pillow but they have yet to do so, and also that Nekomata cat will sit on the kotatsu sometimes but I haven't seen that either. TRUE OR RUMORS? Only one way to find out. Why is this game so addictive.

I was cleaning up my desk and I found a tiny booklet for this old Imagination online service Sierra was trying. It's weird to look back at stuff like this, particularly the part trying to explain electronic mail, haha. It's also amusing to see the bits about playing games online or with friends or watching other people play and being like LOOK IT'S STEAM

I also decided to toss up a few ancient PW kinkmeme fills I did ages ago but always kinda liked. Only one actually has vague sex because of course. I already mentioned putting up Barely There before I think, the one with Eldoon and Yanni meeting up.

Under here )

I also colored some comics and such! Mostly PW related again but there is another FF6 one in here somehow.

Everyone SHOO )

Oh, I also updated the ukagaka (details) with a new item, then got the idea to just throw all my stupid desktop doodads into one big file. SO HERE IT IS! Includes..

-All the Shimejis I've done (ZombieHunter, ZombieSmoker, Hunter/Smoker, Duster, Dieter)
-The two FLELE shells I made and the English patch (Jockey, Gordon)
-The Hunter/Smoker ghost with SSP and such

It should hopefully all work but hey if you wanted to get em all in one whack, voila! I can't believe I've only made five shimejis... actually considering how much I overcomplexify them I totally believe that.

I feel sorta bad putting off entries until I can make a bigger roundup like this, but I haven't had much to talk about lately. :O And presumably no one really minds, I'd guess. I WISH PEOPLE WOULD COME BACK TO LJ but oh well

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May. 23rd, 2015 06:28 pm
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[personal profile] telophase
Taking a quick break from painting to post this picture. It's a bird, but one I shot (with a camera!) in Japan this winter.
pretty damn nice photo, if I do say so myself )

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May. 23rd, 2015 03:43 pm
the_rck: figure perched in a tree with barren branches (Default)
[personal profile] the_rck
Well, good news and bad news-- The good news is that my bone density scan results are in and my bone density is nicely within normal range. Breaking my foot was not due to brittle bones.

The bad news is that my laptop is almost out of storage memory. It gave me a warning message today, and when I checked, I discovered that my available memory was measured in megabytes.

Since then, I've been trying to find things to delete. I got rid of some games that I've finished and am very unlikely to want to replay, and I went through the rest of my applications folder looking for stuff to get rid of. Apparently the chess program I've never used and will never use is an integral part of the OS and can't be deleted. I got rid of about a hundred jpegs and gifs, but those are trivial in terms of memory.

I can think of two areas where I can probably get rid of some things. The first is that I have a twenty six episode anime stored on my hard drive. I do want to keep it, but I should probably burn it to disk. The second, unfortunately, is my music. There are a few things I own on CD that I'm not very interested in listening to. I can probably delete those. There are some things I've marked that I never ever want to listen to them but have kept because I only own them digitally. Then there are four audiobooks that I haven't listened to but want to but am probably never going to set aside time for.

I'm pretty sure my laptop is currently at capacity in terms of the memory I can put into it. It's at least four years old and quite probably older than that. I'll have to talk to Scott when he's home and feeling better. (I take it as a very bad sign that he should have been out of work 45 minutes ago but I haven't heard from him yet.)

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May. 23rd, 2015 01:19 pm
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[personal profile] telophase
Hera was out on the windowsill eating mealworms again. And I can pinpoint the EXACT moment when I walked out into the living room.

Read more... )

Book rec: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

May. 23rd, 2015 09:50 am
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[personal profile] cofax7
On the edge of the dangerous Wood is a village, and nearby lives a Dragon, and every ten years the Dragon demands a daughter from the village. This is that story: except it really isn't.

cut for mild spoilers )

I have liked Novik's work in the past (both professional and non-), but this was significantly better than anything she's done since the first of the Temeraire books, and speaks really well of the work we can look forward to in future.

More than anything else, this novel reminds me of Patricia McKillip's work, with a touch of Robin McKinley. It's now a tossup whether this or The Goblin Emperor is the best fantasy novel I've read in the last two years.
umadoshi: (The 100 - Raven in purple (moneypenneys))
[personal profile] umadoshi
Fandom

Via Twitter: Disney is finally selling Black Widow merchandise!

"Life is About More Than Just Surviving: A Strong, Spoiler-Free Recommendation to Watch The 100". This article points out that Javier Grillo-Marxuach is joining the writing staff for season 3, which is fantastic. ^_^

"How Long Is the ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Rogue Cut? [UPDATED]" (The update is director Bryan Singer offering additional/corrected info.)

Brigid Alverson posted her recap of the Toronto Comic Arts Festival.

Note that I haven't actually read this one, since I haven't seen Fury Road yet: "Crone Wars: on the mythology of Fury Road".

"27 Times Mark Ruffalo Won Tumblr".

"One Character, Different Costumes: Toothless".


Writing

Chuck Wendig posts a lot of writing advice. Here's "Dear Writers: None Of Us Know What The Fuck We’re Doing".

A little while back Neil Clarke posted "the top ten most common short story names" in submissions to Clarkesworld Magazine.

"How To Raise The Stakes In Your Story Without Wrecking Your Characters".


Cute

Via a Tumblr gifset, here's a one-minute video of a woman being cuddled by a foal. SO CUTE.

"Photographer [Max Ellis] Gives Squirrel A Tiny Umbrella To Protect Itself From Rain"

"14 Cats Who Really Regret Their Haircuts". Oh, poor kitties. ^^;

"10+ Animals With Butterflies Look Like Disney In Real Life".


Useful

"Top 30 Flowers For Bees".

Via Lifehacker, the Esoteric Order of Gamers has rules cheat sheets for a wide variety of board games.

At Lifehacker, "The Best Self-Hosted Alternatives to Popular Services", including alternatives to Dropbox and Gmail.


Photography

"Why I Did A Nude Photo Shoot Before My Breast Reduction".


Social Justice

"The real reason young people are the poorest generation in 25 years".


Unsorted

"How Wolves Change Rivers", as demonstrated when wolves were reintroduced into Yellowstone Park after 70 years. It's like ecosystems are self-balancing when in their natural state, or as close to it as we can see these days! So it's not hugely surprising that things improved for many other species when wolves came back...but they literally also influenced the river. ^_^ (4.5 minute video.] (Let me be honest--I'm largely there just for the footage of wolves, but it really is a cool thing overall.)

Via [personal profile] alisanne, a faucet design that's gorgeous and conserves water.

The Fabulous World of Japanese Socks!"

"These beautiful flower arrangements are actually desserts from Tokyo Station".

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