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I'm all packed to go! And despite the alarming quantity of clothing I'm taking (I can do laundry at Ginny's, but still, it's a two-and-a-half week trip. Also, I'm told Toronto's on the cool side for August lately, but who knows how it'll be in a couple of weeks?), my main suitcase weighs under 40 lbs, which is good, since that's the maximum weight for it on the train unless I want to pay extra fees. (Why the train's baggage weight allowance is lower than the plane's, I do not know. >.>)

I'm not planning on buying much while away, so hopefully I can keep from adding too much weight to my luggage other than the pair of shoes waiting for me at a Toronto Fluevog store. (I had my eye on these for months and months, and then they went on sale so conveniently close to my trip, so I didn't have to pay for shipping! Also, I tried them on in May, so I'm as sure of my size as one can be without wearing shoes for an extended period. Here's hoping, since sale items aren't returnable if they're not shipped out.)

My to-do list still has plenty on it, but all of the vital pre-trip things are done, other than the rewrite that I have to turn in on Monday. (Eep.) My bags are packed, my clothes are laid out for tomorrow, my hair is freshly dyed, the final Feed discussion post is up (as of only about half an hour ago), the rewrite due tomorrow is finished although not turned in...

One very annoying thing: I took my Swiss Army knife off my keychain to put it in my to-be-checked suitcase,'s gone. Poof. [personal profile] scruloose figures it has to have wound up in said suitcase, somewhere, because I can't find it anywhere at all (and hadn't packed my carry-on bag yet, which I now have, mostly). ;_; I know it's in the house somewhere, since I haven't left the house, but I'm irrationally worried that it won't turn up. :/

It was a gift from K (the friend I'm staying with in Ottawa) before we even met each other, so I've probably had it for fifteen years or so. :/ She got it for me in Switzerland while visiting there--and had to argue with the person engraving it over the spelling of my name, which was funny because at that point we only knew each other at all in a text medium--and it's exactly my favorite shade of purple, and I will be very sad indeed if it's inexplicably gone forever.

And now I should really get to bed, since I want to get some work done before I head to the airport, but both kittens are here in the office with me. Jinksy is sprawled on the floor by my desk asking for belly rubs. I'm going to miss them horribly. (I'll miss [personal profile] scruloose more, but I can at least talk to him every day. Hail the cell plan!)

So here, have just a few more links that have accrued since I posted earlier:

A cut scene from the season 1 finale episode of Penny Dreadful.

Over at [community profile] ladybusiness, [personal profile] renay posted "'Who Speaks Chinese, Anyway?' and Other Mortifications from Luc Besson's Lucy". The second half of the very last line sums up why I went to see the movie (although before going I hadn't realized how dire it is on many fronts): "The moral of this story: [...] probably wait for VOD/DVD unless you want to make a political statement about women action leads being able to put bodies in theater seats."

(More specifically, I went in the name of "LOOK! I WILL PAY YOU TO SHOW ME SCARLETT JOHANSSON HEADLINING AN SF/ACTIONY MOVIE! LET ME DO IT AGAIN!", AKA my contribution to the "Where the hell is my Black Widow movie?!" fund.)

[personal profile] kaberett posted "A quick nerdy note on wardrobe decisions in Elementary", with spoilers for episode 2x01.

[personal profile] skygiants posted about Operation Mincemeat: "The amazing true story of one REALLY DETAILED hoax perpetrated by the British upon the Germans. The initial idea seems to have gone basically like this:

Step 1: Obtain corpse
Step 2: Cover corpse with fake British war plans for the Germans to find and be confused by

Then more and more in-between steps began to proliferate[...]"


Jul. 31st, 2014 08:16 pm
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
We watched the movie Lucy today. It was awesome; I heartily recommend it. I had been keeping my expectations down, because the trailers looked promising but I could see some obvious opportunities for things to go wrong (most of which did not happen) and the reviews were mixed. I now suspect that most of the people panning the movie missed 3/4 of the content and got hung up on the obvious cheese factor.  I plan to buy this at full price when it comes out on DVD.  I want to give these people my folding vote.

For those of you who do not mind explicit spoilers or have already seen it, I will discuss the awesome in more detail.

Read more... )

Tatra Puppy

Jul. 31st, 2014 10:22 pm
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Exhausted from traveling.  Tatra Puppy is sleeping in guest room.   Gotta shop for new camera now to share the pics.

Belligerent Chris Evans party

Jul. 31st, 2014 10:15 pm
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Meeting [personal profile] theladyscribe has probably been about five years in the making, but I want to go on the record as saying it was so excellent when we finally did. \o/
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Today's new Kuroshitsuji episode is late (no sub available last time I checked, just raws), so I decided to start Yowamushi Pedal because there was nothing else to do and I've been meaning to check it out. This shit is like Teen Wolf all over again, in that I cannot stop shouting at my computer such charming phrases as "what the shit is this?!" and "what the hell am I watching?!"

Like, the story's not bad? Kinda slow, though. I dislike a lot of the character designs, too. It's like two different styles trying to work together and not quite succeeding, and I hate Onoda's face. Also, he gives me secondhand embarrassment, and I don't even tolerate much of that from characters I'm head over heels for (see: Ryugazaki Rei). OTOH, I think I could potentially love Naruko-kun. He's fucking nutbar.

How am I supposed to get protein?!

Jul. 31st, 2014 06:52 pm
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[personal profile] helens78
Good news: I'm still happily and healthily pregnant! :)

Somewhat less than good news: I am having food aversions, and the latest one? Is to MEAT. If you have recipes for high-protein vegetarian meals, I would happily take them. Cheese, milk, and eggs are all fine. I like beans. I cannot deal with broccoli in any form, but will eat almost all other vegetables. I like most nuts, though I'm not so crazy about filberts (hazelnuts). And my only food allergy is a slight allergy to miso soup :( :( :( though I'm perfectly okay with soy otherwise!

Fic - Listen to the Earth

Jul. 31st, 2014 09:02 pm
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[personal profile] damkianna in [community profile] white_lotus
So it's been a long time (years! multiple years!), but I've finally managed to complete the second work in my ongoing Avatar!Katara AU.

Title: Listen to the Earth (Book Two)
Rating: Somewhere between PG and PG-13 - some violence, mostly inexplicit, and eminently SFW.
Spoilers: In a general sense, for all of S2. However, this story is pretty AU.
Characters/Pairing: Moments of Sokka/Suki. Katara-focused overall. Includes some original characters.
Summary: "Prince Zuko," Yin said, and bowed without awkwardness. Avatar!Katara AU, Book Two.
Wordcount: Around 200,000 words. (!)
Content Notes: none.
Other Notes: As with Book One, more thanks than I can possibly express to my sister, [personal profile] idriya, who was my cheerleader and beta throughout this ridiculous epic.
Links: Fic @ AO3 | Series @ AO3

August prompts: Gdansk!

Aug. 1st, 2014 02:51 am
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[personal profile] crookedspoon in [community profile] 31_days
And we're back with Cabin Pressure prompts. If you're bored with them or just want to suggest new ones, you can do so >here<.

August prompts )

You can archive your fills (past and present) in the 31_days Collection on AO3. Happy writing!

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Jul. 31st, 2014 05:51 pm
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[personal profile] naushika

Happy birthday, Harry Potter!

Jul. 31st, 2014 07:41 pm
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[personal profile] mayhap
I was just thinking that it would be fun to reread the HP books. The last time I reread books 1-5 was just before Half-Blood Prince came out, and I listened to the Deathly Hallows audiobook within maybe a couple of months of when it came out (and I read the whole leaked carpet book to avoid being spoiled, that was fun. Especially the pages that were poorly focused) and that's ages ago now.

First snow!

Aug. 1st, 2014 10:10 am
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[personal profile] puzzlement in [community profile] incrementum
Originally posted to Comments welcome in either place.

Andrew was away in the middle two weeks of July, so I took the kids to visit my parents from July 17 to 20. Lucky thing, because on the 18th, they had their only snowfall that stuck so far this year (and there’s often only one if that). It was V’s first time in the snow:

Snow fight!

I got to do the magical thing of waking him up and surprising him by having him look outside to see that SNOW had come in the night. Luckily I’d brought his rain jacket and boots, but unfortunately not mittens (he doesn’t even have mittens), so his ability to play in it was limited. He was surprised and disappointed by how cold it is. My mother had to make a very token snowman for him:

The smallest snowman

I didn’t take A outside at all, but V had a lot of fun in a snow fight with my parents, and on a tarpaulin which had to substitute for a tobaggan. He retreated inside to watch TV a few times, and pointed all of the fictional snow in various shows out to us.

It didn’t stick for long, here they both are in town the next day (it’s colder than it looks, about 5°C or so, their body temperatures seem to run hot like mine):

Swinging sibs

We’re headed for the ski fields in a few days, at least now V knows roughly what he is in for!

More photos from our stay at my parents’ farm, including lots of snow pics.

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Aug. 1st, 2014 03:05 am
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[personal profile] roga
So things are still - fraught. News just broke that there's going to be a 72-hour (meaning a weekend-long) ceasefire, during which representatives are supposed to meet in Egypt to negotiate further. Honestly though, I don't see this ending in the next week; can't imagine the IDF pulling out without destroying as many tunnels as they can find. Maybe, maybe it'll mean the airfire will stop. If this break even lasts the weekend.

more about life and the news )

And meanwhile, the rest of life is the rest of life. Work is work. Masters of Sex this week was terrible. Hockey fandom continues to provide awesome fics and pretty fun canon. Dira's PTSD-baby-GK fic has epilogues! (You'd think I'd have had enough of soldiers, and indeed I could not stomach looking at a hockey military AU this week, but apparently this fic is absolutely an exception.) Middle sister and I are trying to coordinate our schedules to be able to go to Edinburgh if her vacation days are approved, and baby sister is home on leave until Sunday, and we are planning on Guardians of the Galaxy tomorrow morning. If I manage to make myself wake up early, this will also be post getting a haircut. Chances of that are... let's face it, slim.


And oh, hey. It's August 1st, which wow - makes it a year already, dear god time, a year since I flew to the US for work. It does feel momentous; overall, I spent five and a half of the past 12 months in New York, and I do miss it. Since I never posted photos - and I do still think I will, at some point, but don't take my word for it - here is an image still burned into my mind, from a November day that started with a super-light snow in the morning, and ended with this:


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