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([personal profile] shirebound Jul. 21st, 2017 07:35 am)
Here's one more chapter before move-preparations swallow me up completely!

Summary: Two late-comers to Cormallen are nervous about meeting the Ring-bearers. In the process of getting to know them, they learn a great deal about hobbits... and their new king. Characters include Aragorn, Pippin, Frodo, Merry, Sam, and Gimli.

Links to Chapter 2:

http://www.storiesofarda.com/chapterlistview.asp?SID=7551

https://www.fanfiction.net/s/12572274/2/Small-Hands
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([personal profile] gale_storm Jul. 21st, 2017 04:15 pm)
The best cat treats have wings!
Spider Cat!
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([personal profile] supergee Jul. 21st, 2017 07:24 am)
The Middle East really brings out the worst in us. The Chicago Dyke March refused to let people march under the traditional symbol of Judaism because it has Zio* cooties, and now Congress (including some people who should know better) is trying to take First Amendment rights away from Israel boycotters.
*If you hate something enough, you don’t have to say the whole word: Zio, Antifa

Thanx to Charles P. Pierce.
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([personal profile] supergee Jul. 20th, 2017 02:33 pm)
J. Beauregard Sessions sez, “Don’t let them immanentize the eschaton.”

ETA: And Clarence Thomas understands civil forfeiture better than he does.
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'Spider Cat, Spider Cat, doing whatever wherever it wants! Making biscuits, purring loudly, oh so proudly! Zow! This is the Spider Cat!' 
 

Oh, and Spider Cat is waaaay preferable to Cat Spider!


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Rah rah rust, Zombie cheerleader, Lego monsters

- Ethics and a beneficial side effect of the NHS, which arose in my last post (due to via_ostiense's contribution) and is worth top posting imo: one of the benefits of freely available healthcare, especially accident and emergency care, is that normal everyday social interactions such as true accidents are prevented from immediately becoming acrimonious attempts by injured people in mild shock to assign blame to a legally evidential degree. Freely available healthcare = more social cohesion + fewer street incidents needing police attention (= also bad for the income of ambulance-chasing lawyers). I bet it's rare for the social and economic benefits of accidents being agreed to be accidental to be calculated into the value of a National Health Service and other forms of socialised medicine!

- Quote from my current reading for jesse_the_k: "The place Gorsch rented was a shack, really, and in those days shacks were truly shacks." [It's 2015 fanfic but traditionally published as a novel without filing the serial numbers off because the original went out of copyright in 2011.]

- Reading, books 2017: 68

57. Eleven root poems (Undici poesie radice), by Tiziano Fratus, 2000-2017, poetry. (3/5)

• So, firstly I note that that Dōgen was a Japanese Zen Buddhist philosopher and poet whose work is still extremely influential. Secondly I note that in Japanese aesthetics "rust", sometimes synonymous with "patina", is not only decay through time and interaction with environment but also a visual and tactile connection with the history of an object and the past more generally, so a narrow Western perception of "rust" exclusively as corruption often fails to encompass the full connotations within traditional Japanese culture (which shouldn't detract from the following poem as an object in its own cultural place and time, obv).

Parola di Dōgen, by Tiziano Fratus

Alla fine della giornata,
mi sono seduto al centro del vuoto:
ho lasciato che l’IO
a cui tanto avevo lavorato si arrugginisse.
Vedevo che l’acqua corrompeva,
ma smisi di preoccuparmene.
L’uomo che si era seduto
non si è più rialzato

English translation. )
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([personal profile] alatefeline Jul. 19th, 2017 07:46 pm)
Actually worked a bit on the Writey Thing for the first time, I think, since April.

I somehow drabbled. This is pure setting-background scenery-brainstorming sense-detail, came out in second person for no particular reason, dunno if it will be in the story, but I have got to be writing on the regular, I need that habit and that mode of expression. I'll take it.

Mentions food, wilderness. Here it is.

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([personal profile] baranduin Jul. 19th, 2017 03:56 pm)
Harry and MF kinda sorta hanging out together on the patio. They had a snooze though Harry kept an eye on him. Actually this morning Harry achieved a sneak attack on MF, he was so pleased.



Three more pics of Harry beneath the cut.

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[personal profile] hanarobi is just leaving to go have dinner with her niece. Today we did nothing but sleep late, then watch Bahubali 2 on youtube without subtitles. We watched the first one, with subtitles, last night. She liked them! Which is good since they're almost three hours each.
got sucked into computerland for a bit

going for a walk

will check things when I get back
The Guardian: Trump had undisclosed second meeting with Putin, White House confirms

New York Times: Trump and Putin Held a Second, Undisclosed, Private Conversation

Note: it was "private" as in "out of earshot of anyone except Putin's translator" and "not mentioned to the public". It was not private as in "it was held in view of most of the other G20 leaders OMFG ARE YOU KIDDING ME".

Just to make the whole thing even stupider (on Buttercup's part) and more of a blatant power play (on Putin's).

[tumblr.com profile] plaidadder breaks this shit down: A Million Encores: Putin And our Playable President

And spells out one point in particular:

Why do we know about this? Because some of the European G-20 leaders were so concerned about this that they called their global risk consultant to get his opinion on it. That’s what Ian Bremmer does: he assesses global political risk for people who want to use it to make investment decisions.
News flash! )

What I Just Finished Reading

I really hit the jackpot in terms of reading this week; the only near-miss was caused by my own lack of planning. *kicks self*

A Tyranny of Queens, by Foz Meadows, the sequel to An Accident of Stars. I did this book a terrible injustice by not rereading the first one before this sequel. I remembered Safi and Gwen, but lost track of most everyone else. So it was a good read, but not the great and engrossing one it could have been for me. So I'm planning a reread of both.

Behind the Throne and After the Crown, by K.B. Wagers. If you love Star Wars but wanted more intrigue, and less explosions, these books are for you! (There are still plenty of explosions, though. YAY EXPLOSIONS.) Non-stop action, fun characterization, unusual South Asian based worldbuilding! I devoted pretty much two whole days of my life to these books last week, and I don't regret it one bit. Third book in the series coming this fall!

Traitor's Blade, by Sebastien De Castell. This is a hilarious, snarky take on The Three Musketeers, and probably any number of other things. Four big fat thick books in this series!

What I Am Currently Reading

Knight's Shadow, the sequel to Traitor's Blade, because it was sitting right there at the library. How could I resist? Still a wild ride, but now with even more fierce female characters!

What I Am Reading Next

Next up is the Frances Hardinge Festival (which was postponed when Knight's Shadow showed up) featuring Fly by Night and its sequel, Fly Trap. So many hilarious quotes from these books on Goodreads - how could I resist?

I am out of exclamation points, so I will stop now *giggle snort* What are all of you up to today?
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([personal profile] supergee Jul. 19th, 2017 08:12 am)
Reading about the subprime scandal, I learned that Angelo Mozilo, the CEO of Countrywide Financial, is a dark-skinned Italian who was once refused service at a Southern restaurant because of his pigmentation. When he told them he was Italian, the reply was, “That’s what they all say.”

The confusion remains:

* Mike Tirico

* Vivian Liberto (Johnny Cash’s first wife): Maybe Yes / Maybe No
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([personal profile] supergee Jul. 19th, 2017 07:33 am)
Sexual aggression as a warning sign of other forms of malfeasance
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([personal profile] supergee Jul. 19th, 2017 06:03 am)
Many of us have rich fantasy lives, dreams that if only things were different, we could be movie stars or business giants or whatever. One survival trait is to realize when those fantasies are unrealistic, because few things are more embarrassing than getting the opportunity and showing the world that you never could have done what you proudly proclaimed. Case in point: The Republicans kept saying that if only they were in charge, wondrous things would happen. Now they have control of all three branches of the government, but they cannot realize their plans because their plans make no sense.
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([personal profile] elwendell Jul. 19th, 2017 10:09 am)
Photobucket has just stomped on me for third party photo posting. Does anyone know a site that will allow posting of pictures on Dreamwidth without charging an arm and a leg?
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([personal profile] alatefeline Jul. 18th, 2017 08:59 pm)
Petted FOUR cats on neighborhood walk this morning. Porch Cat, Calico Neighbor Cat, the little bitty mostly-white calico who seems to be their neighbor and rival, and a black and slightly-tuxedo cat out for a walk with his person.

Did a bit of chores of the paperwork-y sort, and communicated reasonably well with S about chores’n’stuff.

Sent my sibling B a picture of me with my genderqueer-flag-striped cat-face button!

Today met up with the excellent [personal profile] kengr at Powell’s City of Books in the afternoon. We had a great conversation. Hooray for people I like to talk to actually living somewhere nearish! Did not buy ALL the things though I was tempted. Also I got a couple of books by C.J. Cherryh, who is a very good writer. Mwahahaha.

Had a great walk. [Content note: Exercise, food, brain weirdness, body weirdness] Read more... )

Found some things that might could be useful while walking. Made tentative plans/options for hopefully-productive tomorrow.
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([personal profile] semyaza Jul. 18th, 2017 07:38 pm)
It was smooth sailing once they'd got past the smallpox.

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([personal profile] gale_storm Jul. 18th, 2017 08:34 pm)
Just wanted to capture my thoughts on Doctor Who being portrayed by a woman instead of a man:

The Doctor will be portrayed by a woman. Big deal, in the most sarcastic way one can say! I'm looking oddly forward to how the Tardis is voiced. A few series/seasons past, the Tardis did have a voice. A female one, in "The Doctor's Wife." So? Yeah, that's about all I have to say on the change in the Doctor's (the character's) gender as perceived by people who feel that gender/sexuality is binary only, even in fiction having characters who travel in time as well as space. In other words: so? 🙄
 
 
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([personal profile] baranduin Jul. 18th, 2017 10:34 am)
Jumping on a very nice bandwagon today.

Happy birthday, dearest Mewsie. I see your name so often in so many ways ...



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([personal profile] shirebound Jul. 18th, 2017 07:33 am)
I'll always love you
Feeling your sweet spirit near
nestled in my heart
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([personal profile] spiralsheep Jul. 18th, 2017 10:13 am)
52. June Book, 1971, annual, comic, girls own. Characterised by many reprints from previous decades. It's telling about the general quality when the old fashioned moralising of The Golden Ballet Shoes was my favourite story! (3/5)

• 2 Illustrated rhyming calendar.

• 3-10 Lucky's Living Doll comic: a Christmas hijinks story, with witchcraft as a positive influence! :-D

• 11-17 Deadline for Danger short story: posh French girl resists the Nazis. Didn't read due to my requirement for anti-Nazi stories in 2017 involving more about contemporary neo-Nazis and related fascists, although I'm sure these stories were more relevant to earlier generations. ::wryface::

• 18-19 Puzzle Pages.

• 20-23 Spring Summer Autumn Winter feature: seasonal fashion and beauty tips.

• 24-31 I was Cinderella comic: our anti-heroine is unfair to her new stepmother, and then runs away to her old Nanny, while the stepmother tries extra hard because she was abused as a child.

• 32 Bunches illustrated verse: about a little girl who wants to grow her hair.

• 33-37 Bessie Bunter comic: "Your plump chum goes exploring space!"

Bessie Bunter in Space, June Book, annual 1971

Contents and one scan. )
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([personal profile] alatefeline Jul. 17th, 2017 09:58 pm)
Things which have, today, delighted me:

Improvements in my overall mental and physical functioning of late; most especially, the energy to do small practical things and random acts of kindness without nearly always stalling out somewhere between the idea and the result.

People being happy about things I have said and done for them or for the world in general: an online friend who got a package, a physical-space neighbor who is possibly on the way to being an actual friendly acquaintance, a partner who gave & got help, listening, and smiles, a passerby who called us superheroes for putting out a smoldering leaf pile where someone had tossed a cigarette.

Petting numerous cats. So many! So fluffy! So purr! 3 of 4 cat sightings successfully negotiated to pets on my morning walk, plus 1 kitty this evening on the way back from the car. Cats yesterday, too!

Our garden plot. The shade of the central fig tree is extraordinarily peaceful. In various plots, there are strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, and blueberries in some stage of bearing fruit. In our plot, we have lots of herbs, lots of things growing that aren’t harvestable at the moment, and a tremendous bumper crop of green beans! I am managing - so far - to handle totally-reasonable-in-origin worries about watering enough, weeding enough, and logging required community service hours despite the entirely unreasonable level of anxiety the provoke. With the rich compost that I nurtured on my shovel and the herbs that I grew in my mouth and the sun on my back and the wind on my face, it’s pretty doable.

Dreamwidth, and the community I find there. Thanks.
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([personal profile] semyaza Jul. 17th, 2017 07:51 pm)
A female Doctor. So yesterday. *yawns* *is bored*

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([personal profile] kate_nepveu Jul. 17th, 2017 09:04 pm)
I went with Practicality on [personal profile] jesse_the_k's suggestion; technically the theme is "Calculated Risks" but I changed all the colors and a lot of the decorations so I'm not sure it counts as the same theme any more.

Here's the custom CSS, which is largely ditching a lot of small-caps and extra lines, and making it more boring color-wise. (Edit) Though, if anyone wants to fiddle, there's a thing that's been commented in the code.

CSS )

Thanks for the feedback, all!
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([personal profile] baranduin Jul. 17th, 2017 01:41 pm)
Book meme gacked from [personal profile] el_staplador! 50 questions about reading!

1. You currently own more than 20 books: I was probably born owning more than 20 books, given my family ...

2. You currently own more than 50 books: Aren't there some 0s missing from the '50'?

48 more questions... )
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([personal profile] baranduin Jul. 17th, 2017 10:43 am)
Books finished:
Speak Its Name by Kathleen Jowitt. I think I wrote about this mid-read but I've finished it now and enjoyed it a lot. I hope we find out more about Lydia and Colette. Their first date had my stomach all nervous just like on a first date :-) Not to mention this was a finalist this year for the Betty Trask Award and Prize, a yearly award that celebrates first novels written by authors under the age of 35, who reside in a current or former Commonwealth nation.
The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy. So sad. Plus I got confused by the interweaving of the narratives but I think I wasn't paying as much attention as I might have been. I can see rereading this for the beauty of the language but oh the characters made me sad.
Waking Up: A Guide to Spirituality Without Religion by Sam Harris.
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([personal profile] baranduin Jul. 17th, 2017 10:24 am)
Meme gacked from everyone :-)

Mountain or beach person?
Beach please. Preferably with lots of trees and mountains nearby. But yeah, give me the beach, preferably of the cold stormy kind rather than the tropical kind though really, that's kind of picky. The ocean is good.

Coffee or tea?
Both though they are for separate purposes and times of day. Coffee is for first thing in the morning.

smoothies or milkshakes?
None since they're all pretty much carb bombs so a no-go for me. If I had my druthers, however, I would vote for the bubble tea type smoothies I used to get, it's the bubbles :-)

vanilla or chocolate?
Vanilla. No question.

sun or moon?
Moon. The sun gets too warm for me to warm to it very often.

home body or traveler?
Hard to say. I love to travel and I love to stay home. Having said that, I am getting ridiculously excited about moving to Laramie for many reasons -- but one of them is that I get to move to a new place. I haven't moved in so many years and it's built into my DNA from being an Air Force brat that I GOTTA GO, so moving somewhere, and especially to my best friend's house, is pretty much the most exciting thing that's happened in years. One of my post-move dreams is for me and [personal profile] hanarobi to load up the car and do a wandering US/Canada road trip visiting various flisties.

Sunrise or sunset.
Don't know. Think both are probably pretty darned inspiring.

Mermaid or fairy?
Hmm. I have always found fairies faintly silly so I guess it's mermaids?

Sun or rain?
A nice mix of both, with the balance tilted more strongly to coolness, cloudiness and rain. With occasional sun breaks that make us all go, "So that's the sun! Nice looking! Warm!" And then the clouds come back and we all go, "That's better."

watercolor or acrylic?
Don't know. I don't paint myself and don't think I have particular druthers in either direction. However, in my coloring app on my ipad I usually post-process pics with a watercolor filter so there's that lol.

Eep! It's Monday and [personal profile] hanarobi is coming tonight!

Harry, get ready to have TWO fooders in the house!
Midnight Fluff (currently known as Summer Slick on account of having done a huge shed), prepare to meet a second fooder in this house!
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