Daily Happiness

Jan. 29th, 2015 10:42 pm
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1. Got my scanlations posted for the month, and with a couple days to spare! :D

2. I had a nice day off today. I didn't actually do much, because my arm was hurting a lot, but we took a little walk and watched a bunch of old Simpsons episodes and just had a relaxing day.

3. I got new shoes today. My old ones were really falling apart and have been for a long time, but I'm always resistant to getting new ones. Carla's folks gave me money for Christmas to get new shoes, though, so I felt I should probably follow through and not just use the money for other things (it's taken me this long to get over to the shoe store, though).

4. Speaking of Christmas, I also finally used my See's gift certificate from my mom and got myself a box of candy. (It's right by the shoe store!)


Jan. 30th, 2015 02:18 am
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Well, my brain tried to hare off and do everything else it could think of rather than focus on writing the timeline that I really need for my psychic wolves fic, but via the judicious application of tea too late at night (around 12:30 AM) and [personal profile] wildpear letting me cry at her on Twitter while I worked on it, I finally have a timeline written out (and emailed to her).

And gloriously, the time frame leading up to where the story actually starts overlapping with Feed is less of a probable clusterfuck than I thought, in terms of Georgia and Shaun's age and wolf lifespans and reproductive cycles and whatnot. (I've been looking up numbers for gray wolves and will blithely adjust them as needed for trellwolves--it's not as if the circumstances in the Bear/Monette books make for an ideal lifespan for the wolves or anything.)

Alas, things get fuzzy as soon as it reaches the overlap point, which is kind of funny since about half of the current 23,000 words are after that point.

It's a good thing I'd thoroughly let go of the idea of finishing the fic for the fest next month, since the act of assembling the timeline added a whole potential subplot that will likely take quite a lot of words to deal with. I'll see what [personal profile] wildpear thinks. Mostly I'm pleased by the Potential Subplot, but I do want to get this done so I can get back to my mermaid AU.

...remember when I wrote fic that actually fit into canon? Me too. I also really want to get back to that. (But I love my mermaids. And I love Georgia's wolf in this one.)

hi guys

Jan. 29th, 2015 09:43 pm
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I'm sorry if I owe you a phone call or an email - or three - it's because I'm so behind that I can't cope, and I swear I will be getting back to you sometime around the 4th of July.

No sooner do I find a new pair of work pants - than one of my old ones develops a hole. Aargh! And pants are really hard to shop for online. And these days finding time to go to a store in person is a sort of invasion strategy development that involves careful timing and personnel deployment. I might get to try around the end of February.

We need to get in an exterminator because we have so many freaking silverfish. I know they are harmless but they are getting so numerous that I am having nightmares all night about them.

I see people online sneering at vegans because they claim their food is cruelty-free and yet their food is actually picked and produced by brutally exploited migrant workers. Guys: is there a non-brutal-exploitation food production option that I am currently unaware of? Is the idea that working in a slaughterhouse is a much better job? Or is it just sneering at an attempt to do something for not doing everything?

Thank god for the internet. I grimly decided that it was time for the Junebug to learn to wipe his own butt. I… realized I had no idea how to teach a kid to wipe their butt.

To the internet-mobile! THE INTERNET DELIVERS.

(At breakfast, me: "Oh my god! This site totally explains how to teach a kid to wipe their butt!"
Mr. E: "How?"
Me: "You use peanut butter!"
Mr. E: "…

…you must be joking."
Me: "On a PLATE.")

It's brilliant! We're working on it.

Ch10 - p33&34

Jan. 30th, 2015 12:00 am
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Posted by Ashley

Two page update today. Didn't feel like splitting the action up. Have a good weekend!

Scanlations: Himegoto ch. 30 & 31

Jan. 29th, 2015 05:12 pm
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With Audrey on board as cleaner, we can hopefully start to catch up on this series. And I've already read up through volume seven, so I know how exciting those later chapters are and I want to get to them as soon as possible!

Title: Himegoto
Original Title: ヒメゴト~十九歳の制服~ (Himegoto~Juukyuu Sai no Seifuku~)
Author: Minenami Ryou
Publisher: Big Comics
Genre: Seinen
Status in Japan: 7 volumes, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Audrey + Krim
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: This is the story of three college freshmen with secrets: Yuki, aka Yoshiki, a boyish girl who gets off on wearing her old high school uniform skirt; Mikako, who acts innocent around her classmates, but at night pretends to be a 15-year-old and has sex for money; and finally there's Kaito, who's obsessed with Mikako to the point of dressing up like her.

Chapter Summary: Soaking wet from the sudden downpour, Mikako and Yoshiko rent a room in a love hotel to dry off...

Chapter 30: Love Hotel
Chapter 31: Separation

Crossword help?

Jan. 29th, 2015 05:55 pm
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Not in filling one out. In making one. :) A couple of years ago I bought a copy of the Crossword Compiler software, for whatever reason, and remembered it recently. So I created a science fiction word list, and finally managed to coax a completed word grid out of the software, albeit without too many SF-like keywords,* that I can make available at ConDFW o announce the 2016 guests of honor (along with an ad in the program book and announcing it publicly at the con, of course!),

Anyway, so I need to put as much of a SF/F/H/genre spin on the clues as I can. So is there anyone out there willing to attempt to contribute a clue or two if I supply the word list? I'd like to do it by email--I'm not sharing the solution publicly at the moment because the GoH names need to remain under wraps until we announce it at the con.

Alas, I have already written the BEST clue of the lot, which is "My hovercraft is full of them." So sorry, you can't write it. I did. :P (All right, if I decide it's too easy I'll change it to "Hovercraft inhabitants," but that depends on how easy or hard the rest of the puzzle seems to turn out.)

*For best results you need word lists that are thousands of words long, not hundreds, like I bodged together from various sources...I need to start compiling lists of authors, titles, and characters in my spare time if I'm going to continue this.
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--The suboptimal stuff first: it's been a not-great couple of days here. My current rewrite is going slowly (it's very text-dense), which is a bit stressful, and poor [personal profile] scruloose was home today because he slipped on a badly-cleared icy patch when going in at work yesterday and wrenched his back. :/ We're really hoping it won't cause any problems when he goes in (again) for his tattoo tomorrow.

--We have another winter storm warning, with the forecast calling for it to hit late tomorrow night and carry over into Saturday.

--For anyone who's sad about Porn Battle not happening this year and who hasn't heard, there's going to be a "golden oldies" round at [community profile] pbam from February 15-25th, using prompts from prior Battles.

(For other Seanan McGuire/Mira Grant fans, yesterday I posted a consolidated list of all of the prompts for her books over at [community profile] aftertheendtimes. Most of the prompts from those previous Battles are for the Toby books and Newsflesh, but there are also a few for InCryptid and Velveteen vs.)

--As my "WHO NEEDS SLEEP?" brain reminded me the other night, I really do need to do up a timeline for the Newsflesh psychic wolves AU (which also really needs a title, because surely the title would be shorter than writing that out). Part of me is resistant, though, and I think it's because an actual timeline, even a draft version, will probably drive home how fast and loose I have to play with the time frame to make the story work, and "fast and loose" isn't exactly one of my strengths. I may post separately about this at some point and seek input (general fannish/fanfic circles sorts of input, not series specific, I don't think) while I try to nail down a bit more of it.

--As I mentioned a few days ago, [personal profile] wildpear does this magical thing of assessing a story or draft that's a tangle in my head and sifting out what I'm actually doing and what impressions she has about what I'm trying to do, which is a lifesaver when I'm messed up about something. She did that for my psychic wolves last week, and this morning I woke up and found an email where she'd written it out for me, and just having that to look at helps. ^_^ (My conscious feelings re: this fic are along the lines of "Ack, this whole thing is a mess and traumatic and characters are hurting and What Does It All Mean? And why is it so fucked up?" [The answer to "Why is it so fucked up?" really does just start with "...take a moment to consider the canon you're drawing on for the wolves."])

What did you recently finish reading?

Most recently, Rainbow Rowell's Fangirl and Attachments, with Holly Black's The Darkest Part of the Forest in between. I really enjoyed all three, although I'd say Fangirl worked best for me. It and Attachments are very different books, which fortunately I knew going in. And where I bonded with Fangirl almost immediately, Attachments took a lot longer. The premise there is inherently skeevy, and self-aware about it, and deals with that as well as possible, I'd say. I did wind up clicking with it fairly strongly about halfway through. But I think I'm far more likely to revisit Fangirl. As for The Darkest Part of the Forest, I'd say it hasn't dislodged The Coldest Girl in Coldtown as my favorite of Black's books, but it was a good read, and I was unsurprisingly pleased by the Newsflesh nod. (It'd be pretty obviously a Newsflesh nod even with no outside context, but lest anyone think I simply see it everywhere, she confirmed it on Tumblr when someone asked.)

What are you currently reading?


What do you think you'll read next?

I'm not sure. I have some graphic novels out of the library (vol. 1 of Velvet and three Marvel volumes, including vol. 1 of Ms. Marvel), so I need to read those fairly soon. I was vaguely planning to pick up The Goblin Emperor next, but right now I'm feeling a bit more like reading something set closer to our own world, so I'm going to have to look over the to-read bookcase. (Reading from my shelves of purchased books for a change is turning out to be quite lovely.) Maybe I should tackle Sinner. Or maybe none of these things will be next!

(I don't own either of Rowell's other two books, so while I want to lay hands on them reasonably quickly--especially since [personal profile] wildpear read Eleanor & Park last week--they're not high contenders for the immediate future.)

Kiwi Blitz - Page 406

Jan. 29th, 2015 05:05 pm
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New comic!
Today's News:

Monday starts double updates again, for february! Thank you so much to all the patrons!

Pencils by Grace Liu

please do my homework

Jan. 29th, 2015 05:25 pm
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Someone on my flist had data on average age of marriage in various cultures but I have forgotten who it was. Pointers, please?
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Posted by Alex Balk

by Alex Balk

What Time Is The Super Bowl?

The Super Bowl is always now.
It takes place every minute.
It doesn't happen somewhere else
Just look around—you're in it.

You start out full of faith and hope
and joy for what will be.
You end up with your brains bashed in
and fractures in your knee.

Your arms are sore, your legs are weak
Your mouth is slack and muddy.
You've wet yourself and crapped your pants
The rest of you is bloody.

At every turn you're smacked around
And even if and when
You somehow reach a goal of yours
They send you back again.

A bunch of larger angry men
Keep mashing up your head
And when they finally stop the clock
It's over and you're dead.

The Super Bowl? Well, that's your life.
The suffering's what sticks.
Oh, you meant this Sunday's game?
That starts at half past six.


TSA Saves Public From Air Pirates!

Jan. 29th, 2015 12:57 pm
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Posted by Kevin

Hey you guys, the TSA has released its annual Look What We Found summary, and it turns out they found a lot of things!

Like this cannon!


Cannons are prohibited, of course, because of the obvious risk that the enemy would use them to lay siege to the cockpit.  Or, a group of air pirates might stick them out the windows and start firing broadsides at other planes!


Our heroes say they found this last October in the luggage of a passenger planning to fly from Hawaii to San Francisco. It was in a checked bag, not a carry-on, so in fact there was no risk of air piracy in this case. But the TSA noted it both in its week-in-review blog post at the time and again in the recent year-end summary, apparently including it in its list of "firearms" or replica firearms that agents had discovered. The TSA's blogger(s) have never responded to at least a dozen questions from commenters as to whether the cannoneer was allowed to fly or not. (They also wanted to know whether he brought gunpowder, cannonballs, and fuses, but I suspect those questions were tongue-in-cheek.)

Turns out that he was allowed to fly, "but had to make special arrangements to transport the cannon barrel." That report, in the L.A. Times, doesn't say why that was necessary. According to the TSA, size and weight limitations are up to the airlines. So if the airline weighed this bag and was okay with it, it's not clear to me why the TSA had any business telling the guy how to transport his cannon. And why would he have thought there'd be a problem? Their can-I-bring-it search box doesn't say you can't:


Firearms are allowed as long as they are unloaded and carried in checked bags, and this is (or was once) a firearm. So what the hell?

There are more important points to be made about the recent report, of course. For example, the TSA says that on average, it finds six firearms every day in carry-on bags. There are about 30,000 flights per day in the U.S., so the chances someone will try to smuggle a gun on a particular flight are maybe 1 in 5000. But those are the ones they find. If you think the TSA finds any significant percentage of the weapons people try to bring on board, you have not been paying any attention at all. So, let us assume that there is in fact at least one flight every single day on which at least one passenger is armed. Seems like a fair assumption because of the hundreds of attempted hijackings every year that involve handguns.


Not only does that happen approximately never, the TSA does not say whether it (or law enforcement, rather) found the gun owner to be an actual security risk, let alone a terrorist, in any of the 2,212 incidents it's reporting from last year. I bet if it had, it'd say so, don't you think? In other words, I don't know why people are trying to bring guns or knives or whatever on board (and I don't think they should be allowed to). But I do know that the implication that the TSA is important and necessary because they find this stuff should not be taken seriously.

Also, of course, so far as I can tell all of this would have been found by a simple metal detector or by x-raying carry-on bags, again showing that spending many millions on fancy scanners is not necessary.

I will eat these words if I end up being forced to walk the plank by an air pirate, but that doesn't seem very likely.

What Is It, Jessica Williams Day?

Jan. 29th, 2015 08:00 pm
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Posted by Jazmine Hughes

by Jazmine Hughes

If so, I'm ok with that. Here she is in Cosmo:

How has your feminism affected your dating life?
A lot. I can be pretty harsh and judgmental. I'm a very harsh and judgmental person. I like morals, right and wrong, I like to see things in black-and-white when I can, so I will hold a lot of guys to an impossible standard. So that really effects my dating, but it also cuts out a lot of bozos. I got no time for bozos. As soon as I meet a guy who's like, "Hey, what's up, my sista?" I'm like, "Come on, dude." Then I'm like, "Cool, I'm not going to date this person." I'm not going to take this guy to the bone zone, as I eloquently call it.

I look for a man who respects my womanhood and doesn't make me feel like I have to be a stereotype. Like a housewife. I don't think I'll ever be a housewife. I don't know how to cook. I work a lot. So, for me then, it's important to find a man who can cook. Who will make the house a home more than I can. You need someone who is fluid, gender-wise. Sometimes it makes me so anxious, and I get so much anxiety, because I'm like, Well, maybe I should be this; maybe I should be this housewife and be kind of like my mother and take care of the home. But that's not what I want. So I feel like, as a woman of this time, we're often now fighting and coming to terms with what our mothers want us to be or what we feel like we're supposed to be and who we really are and what we really want to do.

and Uproxx:

Most everything I’ve read about you is positive. You seem very popular on the Internet.
You know what it is? People get very possessive about their shows. You’re probably a little possessive about SNL because you’ve been watching it for a really long time.

That’s possible.
So with me being on The Daily Show, people are critical because it’s been on for a long time. People love Colbert, so everybody is always comparing me to Colbert or Corddry or Riggle or something like that. So it starts off, people can be very mean and critique the show and talk to you about how you can improve, which is crazy because you’re doing a really hard thing – a very vulnerable thing. I am in no way an athlete, but it’s how I feel about people who are fans of sports and how people can look at it and be like, “Fuck Kobe, I can’t believe Kobe didn’t land that shit.” So, at first, that was really hard because I really care and it’s very distressing. I want to make sure that you like it and you think I’m good for the show. But that was driving me crazy, so now the more that I do the show, the more I care less a little bit.

I do think people get used to their favorites.
They do.

Then when someone new shows up, it’s hard to get used to it. Like, Taran Killam shows up on SNL and it’s like, “Who is this guy?” Now he’s brilliant.
Right! Yep. And I got a lot of when I first started on the show, “Oh, a black woman is just on the show because Jon needed a black woman.”

People said that?
Yeah, like, “Who’s this fucking black lady doing the show now? Jon only hired her because of this.” I got a lot of that.

In addition to being inspiring as all hell, she's also the Senior Beyoncé Correspondent, and don't you forget it.

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Jan. 29th, 2015 12:29 pm
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It's harder to get myself moving Thursday mornings than it used to be. I'm getting used to lazing in bed while Cordelia gets herself ready for school, and Thursdays, when I have to be out the door ten minutes after she does, are hard. I keep getting distracted and realizing at the last minute that I've forgotten to eat or forgotten to allow enough extra time to put on my winter gear. Fortunately, it's not a big deal if I'm ten minutes or so late arriving at the school. There isn't a class in the library immediately, and the first class in doesn't return or check out books and so doesn't require me to do anything.

This morning, I did a lot of shelf reading. There were a lot of books out of place, so that wasn't a bad thing, but it was indicative of there not being anything else to do. I think the shelving took about fifteen minutes, total. During the last forty five minutes or so that I was there, the librarian had me working on books to be added to the collection. I had to sort out which ones already had bar codes and pockets and which ones didn't. Then I put bar codes and book pockets on some of those books without. I also property stamped a lot of books.

Last night, Scott worked until about 5:00. None of us were particularly pleased by that. I wasn't sure how we were going to fit in dinner before people arrived for gaming. Fortunately for getting dinner, the session ended up canceled. Two players are overseas. One player was sick. Another had a sick wife and baby. The last had a meeting to attend (He's coaching To Infinity and Beyond in this year's Science Olympiad. Scott had some suggestions for him, having coached that last year).

I did manage to do my link finding (a day late) and to make banana bread (we ate half a loaf with dinner). I didn't do Sit and Be Fit. I'm having a really hard time getting myself to buckle down and simply do it. I used to be really regular about it; no matter what I was doing, when 2:30 rolled around, I turned on the TV and did the program. Now, not so much.

Kanye West, "Only One"

Jan. 29th, 2015 03:30 pm
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Posted by Haley Mlotek

by Haley Mlotek

What huh no I don't know these aren't tears there are absolutely no fluids exiting my eyeballs at this moment I mean how do I know that you're not crying oh God I gotta go.

UPDATE: ajsdhfjasdhfjsdnf


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