out_there: Mycroft Holmes (SH: Prim Mycroft)
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These days, to get me reading a series you have to sneak it in. It has to start with a good story that stands on its own, that makes me want to read more and that can be read in relatively small chunks. While this series is 200K, the longest story is the first at 38K and the rest are a very comfortable 5K - 20K per story. I enjoyed the Greg POV mostly used for this story, the insight into living around a job that comes with a security detail and secret overseas trips, and I always love stories where Lestrade plays a meaningful role in younger Sherlock getting clean and staying clean.

I've been reading this series for the last week, on and off, and really enjoyed it.

Puppet on a String (38518 words) by kazvl
Chapters: 9/9
Fandom: Sherlock (TV)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Mycroft Holmes/Greg Lestrade, Mycroft Holmes/Gregory Lestrade, Mycroft/Greg
Characters: Mycroft Holmes, Gregory Lestrade, Sherlock Holmes, OCs, Anthea
Additional Tags: references to drug abuse, case files
Series: Part 1 of Fire and Ice

"Afraid I'll embarrass you?" mocked Sherlock, looking up suddenly, his stare spearing Mycroft where he sat.

Sherlock was too thin, too dirty - it was always a bad sign when he neglected personal hygiene - and he looked as if he hadn't slept for a week.

"Oh, that ship sailed some years ago. You've been vocal enough about what you don't want. So tell me, brother dear, what is it you do want?"

"You to leave me the fuck alone," said Sherlock venomously.

Several heads turned. Mycroft ignored them. He took such incidents for granted when he was with Sherlock and had never cared what strangers thought - unless required to do so by his job.

Planning is more fun than doing

Oct. 15th, 2017 10:03 pm
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Today is the birthday of the Roman poet Virgil - Publius Vergilius Maro, and to celebrate the day, the British Museum put up a picture of a tablet with a line from the Aeneid (9.473) on their facebook page. Since the link provided by the BM was less than helpful in telling much about the tablet or the line, I had to do some digging myself. This lead me to the Vindolanda webpage, where they have many of the tablets found there in an online index.

And then I noticed that on the main Vindolanda page they had a note up that they would have openings for volunteer diggers at the excavation there this summer. For a fee of course. So then I of course started to think about how I could incorporate that in my summer holidays, because I'd love to do that. Two years ago, I hiked the Hadrian's wall which was a nice combination of several of my interests; hiking, Roman history and England. And getting to go deeper into the subject really appeals to me. they open for sign ups on November 1st, and I have until then to decide. Also figure out whether I'm in good enough shape.

I have a weak spot for the Vindolanda tablets, they are a wonderful way to catch a glimpse into the past, like the tablet BM linked, which is (probably) a writing exercise. There are also a couple of interesting letters I remember reading - or trying to read - for a Latin course once. But the line from virgil amde me think of a rune stick found in the excavations here in Bergen, which also has a line of Virgil: "Omnia vincit amor et nos cedamus amore"), but here in runes.

That led me unto a line of though of one of my many interest, namely grafitti, these little things that we write that is not really meant for posterity, but if they are conserved, they give us a wonderful glimpse into the daily life of people of the past. And the present for that sake, I enjoy reading bathroom grafitti. That made me wonder if there has been written a pop science book on grafitti though the ages. If not there should be, and then I started outlining it in my head. And then even better started to think about all the things I could read while researching, before - eh actually write the thing.

I haven't found a book about it, and definitely not in Norwegian. I'll put it on my to-write list. After that article about Breton. And the tu/vous-distinction in Norwegian. And everything else.

Because thinking about things is fun, doing them on the other hand...

Deletions and Erasures

Oct. 15th, 2017 02:09 pm
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[personal profile] yourlibrarian
1) So hello, I'm back from my trip! ::waves:: I didn't take a whole lot of photos this time but do have a few to share. Read more... )

2) This is rather late now but a side benefit to having a romance-only bookstore is that the owners have a additional incentive to research the stats on romances written by POC.

3) Every piece of software needs to have a giant undo option somewhere. It seems like stuff is constantly crammed into software that maybe 50 people across the globe actually use regularly and everyone else is stymied or tripped up by it. I was typing away on an email, three paragraphs in and I've no idea what a finger hit but suddenly the entire text just vanished. I thought maybe it had somehow been cut by accident but when I tried paste, nope, not there. ARGH!

4) For the probably 2 people actually reading any of my dissertation deleted scenes, here's another bit to share. On a section about conceptual frameworks, the following was cut because it got discussed in a later chapter. But this example described a way of interpreting interactions within the group. Read more... )

hlh_shortcuts is open for signups

Oct. 14th, 2017 08:38 pm
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This is always a good fest. It's small but solid, proud but humble, and the lifeblood of the fandom, which is too quiet these days.

Join in! It'll be a blast!

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Oct. 13th, 2017 11:09 am
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Today I stopped by the shop on my way to work to take a picture of the shelf that had sodium bicarbonate on it, and sent it to a student - just another day at work.

How to say hello in Norwegian

Oct. 11th, 2017 10:58 am
mummimamma: moominpapa in hammock (Very busy relaxing)
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A couple of months ago we got this new PhD at our department. He's a bit older than most of the PhDs here, in his early 30s, having worked for a couple of years. He is also from Latin-America, and not only that, he is an extroverted Latin-American.

And I have been trying to teach him that in Norway you do not ask "How are you?" randomly to people; you can ask that question to people you will engage in conversation with if, and only if, you are interested in listening to the answer. If not, you'd better turn it in to a yes/no-question like "Everything okay?". But now, he asks everyone we walk past that he knows tha question, and being the, admittedly charming and extroverted guy he is, he knows a lot of people. So he calls to them, and they get a bit confused as to why he wants to start a conversation, here, in the middle of the road in the rain (or wherever). So I've been trying to tell him this - with mixed results.

And then, this weekend I went home and visited my uncle, and we went out fishing for lobsters. The weather was wonderful, and we got up before sunrise (which is around 8am at this time of year) to go out in the boat to check our lobster traps and nets. It is truly wonderful to be on the sea in those conditions (although my back now hurts like you have no idea, since I am totally out of practice with pulling in the rather heavy traps). As we were out, we saw another fisherman, and we steered the boat towards him, and he turned towards us, and we met up.

The conversation between my uncle and the other guy was as follows.
- Yes
- Yes
- Yes?
- Six
- Oh. Four.
- Yes, yes.
- Okay.
- Yes
- *handwave*

So now I only have to teach my new colleague that *this* is how Norwegian men communicate. At least men in rural districts. Men in more urban areas may throw in a couple of words. May.
(Yeah, yeah, stereotyping, blah, blah. Makes for easier language learning though.)

And this is a picture of me checking a trap. Just because

Dear Yuletide Author

Oct. 7th, 2017 10:17 pm
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[personal profile] croissantkatie
Dear Author,

Thank you so much for taking part in Yuletide! I hope you're happy with the fandom we matched on and that your yuletide goes as smoothly as possible.

In general, well. I love all sorts of things. I love characters and finding out more about them and how they think and act. I love little slices of life. I love AUs and fluff and angst (so long as there’s a happy ending!). I have a horrible love of puns and wordplay. I ship pretty much anything but also love gen. I am down with kink or no kink. I love sex and romance and friendship and fluff and all sorts of things. I also love poly fic. Poly fic is great. I am also a massive history nerd and all my requested fandoms are historical in some way so that could be fun to play with - slip in the odd period detail! Alternatively, I think they'd all be quite interesting in a modern AU!

A few hardcore do not wants: suicide, self-harm and mental health issues. These are triggers for me so I would really appreciate you steering clear of them.

If you feel like it might be helpful, you can also check out my pinboard and my tumblr.

Les Aventures Extraordinaire d'Adele Blanc-Sec
Characters: Adele Blanc-Sec, Agathe Blanc-Sec, Patmosis, Professor Espérandieu
There's something about the tone of this film that I absolutely love - how absurd it is and yet how Adele takes everything in stride so matter of factly. I love the two sisters and their relationship and how Adele portrays it and how it actually was and how she does love her sister. I love Adele and her penchant for ridiculoaus disguises. To be honest, I'd love to see anything set in this world but particular favourites of mine are the sisterly relationship, Adele going after what she wants with utter determination, and the blending of the historical time period with fantastical elements. Also, Patmosis and the mummies remain hilarious to me.

The Mrs Bradley Mysteries

Characters: Adela Bradley, George Moody, Inspector Christmas
This show is basically catnip for me. I adore it. I absolutely love murder mysteries, and period ones in particular, and fabulous ladies. What I really want is something that explores Adela and George's relationship. I am of the firm opinion that something is going on between them and would love to see something about that, porny or not. If you go down this route, it might also be interesting to look at the tension (or possibly lack of tension) Inspector Christmas and his interest in Adela causes. I'm also super interested in Adela's character and her interest in psychology and her progressive views, so something which looks into that would also be super interesting.

Albert Campion - Margery Allingham
Characters: Albert Campion, Magersfontein Lugg, Amanda Fitton, Stanislaus Oates
I love the tv series with Peter Davison, and came to the books that way. I'm particularly fond of the whimsy in the earlier books and the tv series. I enjoy the way it gentle mocks the trope of the gentleman detective. I love Lugg and his loyalty and his history and his gruffness. I love Amanda and her enthusiasm and her engines. I really enjoy the relationships between all the characters as well. Basically I love all of it and any fic would be amazing.

In which life isn't so bad after all

Oct. 5th, 2017 03:32 pm
mummimamma: mummimamma in the kitchen (Busy busy)
[personal profile] mummimamma
I have now ticked off all the things on my to-do list except two, namely Write article on language policies and Revise article on terminology, and those, those I think I'll postpone until next week. Yeah, I know they will take somewhat more than a day to do...

But life isn't so bad; last week I was reminded of an acquaintance whom I haven't spoken to in ages, and I sent her a message, and we met up on Saturday, had dinner and lots of wine and a really good time. It is fun to talk to someone who gets you, and you don't have to explain the steps in-between when you skip from A to G. These are her words, but I totally agree. So we have already agreed to meet again in November.

And just now I'm off to meet some of the people I shared a reading room with at university, that will be nice too. And this weekend I'm off to go lobster fishing with my uncle - More good things.

In sadder news, a friend of mine died suddenly in an accident earlier this week, and it has really put a lump in my heart and my stomach. He was my age, and had a small daughter. He was one of those guys who was everywhere, knew everyone, and always had time to talk to you. He will be missed.

Arguments Old and New

Oct. 3rd, 2017 06:47 pm
yourlibrarian: Anya's heard about Buffyversetop5 (OTH-HaveyouheardTop5-kathyh)
[personal profile] yourlibrarian
1) In what may be an ongoing series of commentary, I went through an earlier draft of one my dissertation chapters. One part jumped out to me. I'm guessing I was asked to summarize this quote rather than leave it in, but I found the whole thing interesting and still do. Read more... )

2) In another early draft of my opening chapter I had included information about the use of pseudonyms among fans. This data got cut for some reason, but here it is now: Read more... )

3) I found the discussion of the recent The New York Times Book Review feature on romance novels interesting for various reasons. The first was the clear disconnect people in the industry felt between the commercial exposure given to the genre and several authors, and the negative cast of the article itself. Smart Bitches talked to people in the industry but did not discuss how this all benefits the Times. Read more... )

4) Because there are more than a few librarians on my flist, here's one taking an opportunity to make some points to the First Family while she has it.

5) I'm headed out of town this weekend and will be away for a week, but before I left I wanted to remind anyone watching that Top5's Classic Recs session will kick off at midnight UTC on October 28. We will be holding it here on Dreamwidth as well as on the LJ account, so you can take part here, there or both, but just do join in!

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