Putting it out there

Apr. 23rd, 2017 07:25 pm
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1) There's been some activity at [community profile] tv_talk this past week, both people discussing their shows and making suggestions for how the community might best be used. I plan to start crossposting comments there going forward, but I think it would also be really useful to link posts you see around focusing on tv shows (any shows) as it could be a good way to get conversations going. I think it's already starting to get people connected who not only share interests but are actively discussing them.

I've also begun posting to [community profile] recs. I know there are some people I follow who create lists regularly, so although there often isn't much discussion on such posts, I think it might get people connected on that front as well.

2) I'm not a fan of needles anyway but some phlebotomists are quite good. At least twice I can remember not feeling a stick at all. Not so this last time. Not only really hurt going in and staying in but I've had a bruise for three days now :/

3) I hadn't been beading for nearly two years but started it up again last month after I got a gift of beads from a friend, and a few other packs of bead gifts had been sitting here for a while. A couple of things that I've been pleased with: Read more... )

Academic Friday Week eh... 15?

Apr. 21st, 2017 03:10 pm
mummimamma: Moominpapa writing (Very busy writing)
[personal profile] mummimamma
This week
So I've not done much to brag about this week. Well, first of all the last week was a bit short, since it was second Easter day on Monday, and since I am Norwegian, Easter is for hiking. The weather was fine as well, so that was nice.
Tuesday I was a bit slow, and spent at least an hour trying to connect remotely from home. And at noon I was going to a book launch, which was interesting. Wednesday and Thursday was spent doing a lot of annoying administrative tasks.

Today I've been running around like a headless chicken trying to do everything I've forgotten about, because...

Next week 
I am going to Athens! And I'm staying until the end of May!

My plan is to actually start writing on my article, as well as to make a presentation for a conference in June. I've got a place in the reading room at Nordic Library (where I also spent 18 months studying at in 1996-98 ). I have also signed up for a Greek course twice a week, so I will have something else to do as well. Besides drinking ouzo and playing bouzouki that is.

recommend me...

Apr. 20th, 2017 02:21 pm
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... your favourite community here on DW.

Yes, I am seriously procrastinating writing today. Just two weeks and two days behind schedule!.

some blake stuff - zine reviews etc

Apr. 19th, 2017 08:49 pm
aralias: (blake and avon)
[personal profile] aralias
firstly: we're going to import hammer to fall/bang and blame to ao3! the announcement will be soon. these two archives are LITERALLY DEAD AND BURIED (well - figuratively i guess as they are just web pages, but they aren't just inactive - they're gone. OR ARE THEY?) but through the creepy magic of the wayback we will resurrect them and import into a much better, more searchable archive.

this is really cool because hammer to fall contains such works as 'game of humanity' - which is a most excellent B-A fic, as well as other v good sheila paulsons.

i'm also hoping to use the import of these two sites (founded by the same moderator) to help me get liberated.org, which is thus far unyielding. well - we can but try.

i dont want to talk about my own writing :S

so - here are some more zine reviews! thank you [livejournal.com profile] burntcandlemas for giving me BRR2. as usual i will now proceed... to be not very nice about it.

Blake, Rabble and Roll 2 )

Desperado )

Rare fandom opportunities

Apr. 19th, 2017 04:19 pm
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[personal profile] yourlibrarian
1) Attention HUGH DANCY fans. The Roger Ebert film festival will begin live streaming their panels this year, and Dancy will be on the 10:15 am CST Two Hours in Somone Else's Shoes panel tomorrow., April 20th. Read more... )

2) Finally a survey that's actually about fandom instead of beverages I don't drink, snacks I don't eat, and brands I don't buy. There have been stories about the new Star Wars land being built at Disneyland but apparently a lot more is being considered -- if you've got the money for it.Read more... )

3) A good post about the things women writers hear including this gem:

It’s good to have a hobby #ThingsOnlyWomenWritersHear
— jacqueline chadwick (@jackiechaddy) April 18, 2017

Of course, when it actually IS a hobby the question is always about why the woman hasn't gone pro.

Wednesday reading

Apr. 19th, 2017 10:13 pm
mummimamma: (Library - orderly universe)
[personal profile] mummimamma
I'm still a bit in a non-reading rut, and haven't really been reading that much, despite the Easter holiday.

What I finished reading

JK Rowling - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (reread)
Vagle, Sandvik, Svennevig - Tekst og kontekst. En innføring i tekstlingvistikk og pragmatikk (for work)

What I am reading now
Stuff I started this week

Leo Tolstoy - Anna Karenina
I started this one over Easter, but I guess it will keep me occupied for quite some time. And since the book is so thick I can't read it in bed without being very uncomfortable.

JK Rowling - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (reread)
The re-reading of Harry Potter continues!

KJ Charles - Think of England
Since two of my friends (one of them being [personal profile] falena liked this book recently, I had to check it out. 

Stuff I have started earlier but have been reading this week

Eyrbyggja saga


Up next
Nothing specific.

My 'hood

Apr. 19th, 2017 03:51 pm
mummimamma: moominpapa in hammock (Very busy relaxing)
[personal profile] mummimamma


This is a picture of my neighbourhood. I have complained about the weather a lot this winter, but when we get clear evenings like last night, I forget all about it.

This picture was taken last night just before ten. I live on the right (no, the other right!) sorry left (one day I will learn the difference) bank, behind those houses you can see.
I bought my flat back in 2008, and since then the area has been continuously changing. It used to be one of the poorest areas of town, with a fairly strong old working class presence.

Since then they've been building a lot of new, fancy and expensive blocks of flats along the sea front. So in the last two years we've gotten two new grocery shops (whereas we didn't have any before), one newsagent's, two eating places; one sushi, and one pizza. Not bad! We have also gotten the main low-threshold service for drug addicts; which is not so nice, since it leads to a lot of dealing by the main thoroughfare.

Why aren't the numbers the same?

Apr. 18th, 2017 02:45 pm
yourlibrarian: Musketeers Group (OTH-Musketeers Group - easycompany.png)
[personal profile] yourlibrarian
1) My LJ stats are rather interesting to compare to my DW ones Read more... )

Here at DW which is coming up on its 8th anniversary it's 7 years, 11 months, 1,607 Journal Entries, 5,433 comments made, 16,829 comments received.

Given that all my content has been imported here, I can only guess at the 7 post difference between entries there and here, especially since I also imported my InsaneJournal content here a long time ago (although very little of it was unique to IJ). If anything, my DW post record should be larger than LJ's. I'm also guessing that these entries do not count anything I posted at LJ communities, because if so then the difference should be much greater. Read more... )

2) All that poking around icon posts means I've also added yet more icons to my account bringing it really close to maxing out. Unlike at IJ where I once had the option of 1000 icons, which I didn't think I'd ever fill, I've actually been adding slowly here since the limit is half that.

Does anyone think that icon making is in decline, or is it mostly that group activity has been so low on LJ and DW where the icon culture has a strong history?

3) Because Daily Show and Colbert were both off last week, we've been catching up on Powerless during mealtimes. My opinion on it is much the same as when we started. Read more... )

4) Thanks to a friend's rec, we've been watching episodes of The Zoo. I've come away with two conclusions: Read more... )

5) While I have been pretty happy with my phone switch to Ting, one continuing problem has been sending or receiving photo texts. They sometimes work but it's completely irregular regardless of location, sender, or time of day as to whether it works or just buffers or offers a "download" button (that also doesn't work). Tech support has been responsive but unhelpful in fixing it. Has anyone else ever run into this issue?

Circling Around Again

Apr. 16th, 2017 12:55 pm
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[personal profile] yourlibrarian
1) Agents of SHIELD is getting more interesting. Read more... )

2) My Amazon order is apparently taking a tour of the Midwest and has ended up in Washington. I think. I placed an order on March 31st. On April 5, I got a notice it was shipped, which was already a delay of 5 days. But then it got better. Read more... )

3) Longtime readers of this blog may remember past photos of the giant fish in our lake. Despite our long stay here we don't see them often. But last week we spotted a fin circling around... Read more... )

4) Our amaryllis were in bloom recently, all of them popping up around the same time. Read more... )

What I liked about this sunset pic was how the water reflection made it look like the shape on an eye -- one that was closing.



5) Kind of late, but I was glad I was actually had been listening to a podfic recently because I've been enjoying it. So I dropped a note at:


Podfic Feedback Challenge

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Apr. 16th, 2017 12:29 am
aralias: (dreadful but short)
[personal profile] aralias
to quote [livejournal.com profile] astrogirl2: "It seems a little, I dunno, ironic to see this attempt at celebrating LJ just when people are defecting from it in droves. ... Whatever happens from here on out, I think I can say I at least got my money's worth ..."

she's right!

though i also can't help but notice that frank the goat (always pictured in creepy images, with this no exception) seems to be standing in a pool of blood...





anyway - i used livejournal a lot, and it's given me many hours of fun and happiness, etc, and although i love the idea of dreamwidth, and the reasons they built this site, and the kinds of people who made it... it's no LJ, it's not the verb or noun i use to talk about what i do on both sites.

ho hum.

ITS STILL THE WEEKEND!!!

today i did very little. tried to finish my fic that i've been writing for far too long - failed (it's not even that long, i am just slow). i read some more desperado (this one is long), and lost some games (imperial settlersx2). tomorrow - we look at aesthetic house! hurrah.
mummimamma: the Groke (Cold and lonely)
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I don't think this sabbatical is good for my mental state. I've never been good at prolonged periods inside my own mind. Being with other people makes me happy; being alone makes me, I don't quite know how to express it, but empty, depressed and tired.

Of course it's can be that it's just coincides with my tendency to winter depression (aka Seasonal Affective Disorder, if there ever was a backronym, it was that one!), but this year has been worse than normal. And I don't like it. Last week I felt happy after talking to two people on the phone! I hadn't talked to anyone that day, except a hello to my colleagues, and then I spent the rest of the day in the office, staring at a Word-document. Alone doesn't do my brain any favours either. I think better when I get to talk about what I'm thinking about, and not only thinking. Now I feel like I'm choking.

Also i suspect that I don't really have the patience for the endless rewriting of journal articles to be read by about ten people.

I'm still wondering what i will be when I grow up. I'm good at teaching though. But I don't really have the interest or patience to teach children and disinterested people. I don't like sitting on my arse in an office either, but I like something that challenges me a bit, and interacting with people. Hmmm.

Wednesday reading

Apr. 12th, 2017 10:14 pm
mummimamma: (Library paradise)
[personal profile] mummimamma
I haven't been in much of a reading mood lately, so my reading projects are going slowly.

What I am reading now

JK Rowling - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (reread)

For some reason I decided to reread the Harry Potter-series, some time ago, since I had only read the last books once, and then in great frenzy as I got my hands on it, and not since. The other books I'd reread as I was preparing for each new book.

Eyrbyggja saga
This is a part of my project of reading the Norse sagas, which I do while listening to the podcast Saga thing. II have to do it in small pieces, so it doesn't go fast.

Vagle, Sandvik, Svennevig - Tekst og kontekst. En innføring i tekstlingvistikk og pragmatikk 
As a part of my research project I'm trying to make a list of Norwegian terms of pragmatics, so then I have to read whatever has been written on the subject in Norwegian. It's not much though.

Up next
Leo Tolstoy - Anna Karenina
I read Tolstoy's War and Peace over the Christmas break (and loved it), and have planned to read this as well, so what better time than Easter holidays? Hopefully I'll have the time to sit down and enjoy it.

A couple of books on pragmatics and modal particles for work as well.


Movie Meme

Apr. 12th, 2017 12:49 pm
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[personal profile] out_there
Fun meme stolen via [personal profile] goss (who got it via [personal profile] dylan_mx). The Rules:
• Pick 15 of your favorite movies.
• Go to IMDb and find a quote from each movie.
• Post them here for everyone to guess.
• Strike it out when someone guesses correctly, and put who guessed it and the movie.
• NO GOOGLING/using IMDb search or other search functions


Guess the Quotes:

1. But you didn't say God bless you when I sneezed. Dogma - [personal profile] st_aurafina, who is very good at this game.

2. Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something. Princess Bride - [personal profile] st_aurafina

3. Your condescension, as always, is much appreciated. Inception - [personal profile] king_touchy

4. There is nothing noble in being superior to your fellow man; true nobility is being superior to your former self. Kingsman - [personal profile] tehomet

5. You see how picky I am about my shoes and they only go on my feet. Clueless - [personal profile] misbegotten

6. "Wings? I don't have wings!" / "Of course not. You're a boy." The Dark Crystal - [personal profile] st_aurafina

7. It's the honest ones you want to watch out for, because you can never predict when they're going to do something incredibly... stupid. Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl - [personal profile] coprime

8. You just killed a helicopter with a car! Die Hard 4 - [personal profile] coprime

9. So forget any ideas you've got about lost cities, exotic travel, and digging up the world. We do not follow maps to buried treasure, and "X" never, ever marks the spot.. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade - [personal profile] misbegotten

10. What's true in our minds is true, whether some people know it or not. What Dreams May Come

11. You are Cheerleaders. Cheerleaders are dancers who have gone retarded. Bring It On! - [personal profile] catwalksalone

12. This is the captain. We have a little problem with our entry sequence, so we may experience some slight turbulence and then - explode. Serenity - [personal profile] st_aurafina

13. All right, but apart from the sanitation, medicine, education, wine, public order, irrigation, roads, the fresh water system and public health, what have the Romans ever done for us? Monty Python's Life of Brian - [personal profile] st_aurafina

14. One: Don't you ever touch me again. Two: Don't you ever touch me again. Pacific Rim - [personal profile] goss

15. Well, I wouldn't argue that it wasn't a no-holds-barred, adrenaline-fuelled thrill ride. But there is no way you can perpetrate that amount of carnage and mayhem and not incur a considerable amount of paperwork. Hot Fuzz - [personal profile] catwalksalone

New Stuff, Opinion Pending

Apr. 11th, 2017 04:00 pm
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[personal profile] yourlibrarian
1) Thanks to the free Starz watchathon last week we are almost finished with S2 of Outlander and I barreled through 2+ seasons of Black Sails. I'm rather surprised I don't hear more about it given that it's in its 4th season and has several pivotal female characters. Read more... )

2) Anyone worried about their content being taken down should pay attention to this new U.S. proposal. Read more... )

3) I hope this doesn't mean you can't choose between a thumbs up or down vs the 1-5 star rating on Netflix. Because it does matter to me what star rating I give it and I think that it's likely to produce better recommendations to me.

4) I'll be curious to see what Jordan Klepper's new show will be like -- I'm hoping it won't overlap with John Oliver, the DS or Sam Bee. I'm also hoping it isn't Comedy Central's opinion that it was Larry's race and focus on it in his show that affected his ratings. But there's little question that Klepper has the longest experience of the current correspondents and Noah has diverse support on the show.

Perhaps they'll give Hassan Minhaj more to do now. I just saw today that he'll be doing the White House Correspondents Dinner. I'm rather surprised that's even going on. My feeling is that he'll be performing on the Titanic as it sinks...

5) I was rather baffled by this article about hating Anne Hathaway. Apparently I missed the whole thing since now “It’s Not Cool to Hate Anne Hathaway Anymore.” Huh? Since when is it "cool" to hate anyone? And who gets to decide that? And wow, what a revelation that it's a misogynistic thing to do.

a whole bunch of stuff

Apr. 10th, 2017 08:25 pm
aralias: (watson clue)
[personal profile] aralias
so - everyone knows about LJ, and what it's doing. i'm pretty sure it means nothing, although i already opted out of paying for LJ and into paying for DW a while ago. i have ticked the button that says my journal contains adult content for the first time, but i don't know why. i'm pretty sure the main issue is long-dead blogs that might be deleted as nobody is looking out for them. hopefully the wayback will protect them. meanwhile, i'll continue to cross post.

in my real life: i have 6 working days left of current job, interspersed with easter, and then followed by a week of leave (in which i will not actually go on holiday). with a three-month notice period, i have pretty much run out of things to do now. everyone has taken me out of any conversations to do with money or recruitment and al that kind of future stuff, and our big website went live... and didn't crash (tbf, it crashed this morning, but i was ... on leave, so i didn't do anything) so the days are pretty calm. too calm, really. but i guess there's only six of them left.

i'm playing a lot of board games )

in other fandom news the things that are most exciting me are: a) arthurian literature and b) jeremy brett as sherlock holmes.

a) holmes )

b) arthuriana )

also i am reading the fanzine 'desperado'. it's about avon being sad, and blake wanting to be closer than friends to him... like a brother. i'm enjoying it, actually. it is very very straight, and is to some extent a song fic, and yet - i am liking it.

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