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Apr. 28th, 2017 09:36 pm
copracat: Paul Weller reclining in a boat in a scene from the music video for 'Long Hot Summer' (summery boy)
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3.A song that reminds you of summer: Long Hot Summer - Style Council

I do not give a damn what the lyrics are about, it's a music video of a skinny shirtless boy running his hands over his sun-warm skin, over his soft tender belly, writhing on a picnic blanket. Damn.

And yes, this post's icon is one I prepared earlier, years ago. Long Hot Summer has been my go to summer song for over 30 years.

And this one, too
don't look back, you can never look back )

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[personal profile] xdiorix posting in [community profile] amplificathon
Title: can't we get a little grace
Author: [ profile] pearwaldorf
Reader: [ profile] blackglass
Rating: G
Fandom: Critical Role
Pairings: None, Cassandra-centric gen
Summary: She catches Pike’s eye. “Thank you,” she says softly.

“You’re welcome,” she replies. Pike also looks like she’s been crying. Cassandra is glad that her brother has so many people who care about him, but she is also envious of them, the way they know him in ways she never will. How he is part of a family she does not belong to.

Length: 6:50
Download: Right click and save as an mp3. (Thanks to paraka for hosting!)

Streaming available at AO3.

X-posted to [community profile] podfic_bingo

It took a while

Apr. 27th, 2017 07:37 pm
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1) Agents of SHIELD has continued to keep my attention. Read more... )

2) Also, aw to Powerless being cancelled, especially as we may not get the final two episodes of the season. Read more... )

3) As The Mary Sue pointed out, it seems like every company is now starting to offer original content through its own pay service. This doesn't bode well. Read more... )

4) Another academic hacktivist is on the run after having created Scihub, which frees academic articles from paywalls. I have zero sympathy for academic publishers -- zero. They're parasites who slow down advancement in any number of fields both by segregating content subject-wise, as well as restricting it financially and through inconveniences that are designed to protect their IP.

5) We've been happy to see the return of cardinals to our balcony as they've been coming by several times a day to munch that yummy yummy birdseed we have out. What's particularly cute about the cardinal couple is that they feed one another seeds from time to time. We sort of caught that here: Read more... )

Code push scheduled for Sunday night

Apr. 27th, 2017 03:03 pm
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[staff profile] karzilla posting in [site community profile] dw_maintenance
We are planning to do a code push late this weekend, at approximately 8pm PDT / 11pm EDT / 3am UTC on Sunday, Apr 30 (or May 1 for you transatlantic types.).

I don't have a list of changes for you yet, but most will fall into the following categories: things users have complained about to support volunteers, things support volunteers have complained about to developers, things [staff profile] denise has complained about not working the way she expects them to (and as we all know, The Boss is Always Right), and things that were printing warnings over and over in the production server logs, making it hard to spot when less frequent, more urgent errors were being printed. Oh, and also all the unused code I ripped out at the roots, which if you notice that, I did it wrong.

To sum up: we are rolling out a bunch of requested changes, so thank you all for your feedback!

If you're new to Dreamwidth and interested in tracking our development process, our commit logs are published to [site community profile] changelog and [community profile] changelog_digest, and every month or so, one of our volunteers will translate those often-cryptic entries into witty, informative code tours! The most recent one was published on April 1, so we're about due for a new one. Hint, hint.

We'll update here again to let you know when the code push is imminent!
copracat: bowie with text "someday I'll fly away" (bowie fly)
[personal profile] copracat
2.A song you like with a number in the title: Five Years - David Bowie

This song, trying to wrap everything into itself, the singer's restrained, regretful desperation, 'never knew I needed so many people'.

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Apr. 27th, 2017 08:49 am
oursin: Brush the Wandering Hedgehog by the fire (Default)
[personal profile] oursin
Happy birthday, [personal profile] gumbie_cat!
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[personal profile] oursin

Yesterday, bound for a conference. Got the train okay.

About a third of the way into the journey, train stops.

Someone had collided with a train further up the line.

In due course we are informed that train will be terminating at a station not previously on the schedule, where we can change to a train going, presumably by some more circuitous route, to the next scheduled stop, but not, however, onwards to my destination.

When we arrive at designated point, it is chucking down rain. Fortunately the next train is in and we only need to cross the platform. It is, however, rather full, though I did manage to get a seat.

Another, local, and very crowded train at the next change.

My dearios may imagine that all this was by no means conducive to reading a serious academic study for review purposes.

Once at my destination, some 2 hours later than anticipated, there was supposed to be a taxi booked for me - I had been in touch with the conference admin person anent delays - what I had not been told was that it would be round the back rather than the main exit.

Not that it was there when I found the spot, and cameth not as I waited in an increasing state of fume - it would always have been tiresome but after the preceding misadventures this was particularly infuriating - and a chilly wind. Fortunately, what did turn up was the taxi for one of the other participants, so I went with her.

I do not mention the faff over my ticket - got details and booking ref latish previous afternoon.

Inadequate curtainage in hotel room meant undesirably early waking....

And now I have to present a paper, sigh.

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[personal profile] xdiorix posting in [community profile] amplificathon
Title: this heart is a foolish one
Author: [ profile] mischief7manager
Reader: [ profile] blackglass
Rating: T
Fandom: Critical Role
Pairings: mentions of Vax/Keyleth, but mostly Keyleth-centric gen
Summary: "Keyleth doesn’t get the sex thing. The love thing, though, that she gets. If anything, Keyleth might have too much experience with that. Somehow, none of that is any help at all when she’s standing in front of the Sun Tree watching Vax walk away from her. She almost wishes it was just a sex thing. She’s heard enough from the others in Vox Machina that she could probably come up with a response in that case. She has no idea what to do with this."

A character study.

Length: 12:27
Download: Right click and save as an mp3. (Thanks to paraka for hosting!)

Streaming available at AO3.

X-posted to [community profile] podfic_bingo

without a dream in my heart

Apr. 26th, 2017 08:54 pm
copracat: diana putting a flower behind anne's ear (anne girls of summer)
[personal profile] copracat
Of all the strange things in the world right now, watching Madam Secretary change from bog standard but in this case entertaining US exceptionalism to a radical little piece calling out the current White House as a bunch of Nazi idiots is one of the strangest.

Same with Agents of SHIELD. At the same time the white supremacist owner of Marvel comics is making Cap a Nazi (by the way, fuck you), the TV show is also calling out the current White House as a bunch of Nazis. And they are literally saying Nazi, bless their cotton socks. Because Hydra are fucking Nazis, even in Ada/Ophelia's dream world look at what the fuck they are wearing.

In fact many of my US shows are doing this. May you win your current fight, writers, comrades.

And now a music meme I picked up by way of [personal profile] st_aurafina

1.A song you like with a colour in the title: Blue Moon Revisited - Cowboy Junkies )
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Apr. 26th, 2017 06:22 am
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My raspberries made it through the transplant and are all sprouting leaves. Yay! I also have four blueberries -- two died last year so I'm looking to get two more. I'm going to order the variant Blueberry Glaze -- it reminds me of a type that grows in the UP, deep purple-black and sweet.

My crazy schedule has kept me from planting anything, but I got my paper done early, so I have time to go out today. I'm going to plant the broccoli and greens that I shoulda planted two weeks ago. Then I have my last clinical from 2:30 - 10:30 tonight.
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[personal profile] oursin

What I read

Down the JA Jance Ali Reynolds rabbit hole: Fatal Error (2011), Left for Dead (2012), Deadly Stakes (2013). I did start the novella A Last Goodbye, but am now holding off until I get to the right place in series internal chronology.

Alexis Hall, How to Bang a Billionaire (2017). This is a book that one would think had a lot of my NQOSD things all over it - at first glance it was the m/m version of 50 Shades, but I looked at the preview just to see, and okay, it still has a lot of things that are not my usual things, like it is All About The Relationship, at least so far there are no other stakes in place (but there is a sequel forthcoming), and the billionaire thing means a lot of plain practical difficulties do not operate. The title is a bit misleading, on account of the billionaire character is what in a woman would be considered pretty much stone butch - does but will not be touched or done to - it's more 'banged by the billionaire'. The narrator is a somewhat hapless and gauche, though at least not completely naive, gay guy just on the cusp of graduating from Oxford. The billionaire is pretty much on the Violet Winspear romantic hero template:

I get my heroes so that they're lean and hard muscled and mocking and sardonic and tough and tigerish and single, of course. Oh and they've got to be rich and then I make it that they're only cynical and smooth on the surface. But underneath they're well, you know, sort of lost and lonely. In need of love but, when roused, capable of breathtaking passion and potency. Most of my heroes, well all of them really, are like that. They frighten but fascinate.
But, dr rdrz, I could hardly put it down.

On the go

The end is almost in view with the Inchbald biography!

I am on the edge of my seat in re The Course of Honour

Up next

Well, the thing for review I intend to read on the train.

And new Sara Paretsky VI Warshawski!!!

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Apr. 26th, 2017 09:12 am
oursin: Brush the Wandering Hedgehog by the fire (Default)
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] ookpik!
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[personal profile] xdiorix posting in [community profile] amplificathon
Title: Safety in a Fist of Diamonds
Author: [ profile] dimircharmer
Reader: [ profile] blackglass
Rating: G
Fandom: Critical Role
Pairings: None, Vex-centric
Summary: Vex knows the dangers of not having money too intimately to ever take it for granted.
Length: 5:25
Download: Right click and save as an mp3. (Thanks to paraka for hosting!)

Streaming available at AO3.

So, farewell then...

Apr. 25th, 2017 07:05 pm
oursin: Brush the Wandering Hedgehog by the fire (Default)
[personal profile] oursin

#mylivejournal #lj18 #happybirthday

Haven't yet actually deleted my lj - there are still - probably less than a handful? - people posting there whom I read who haven't made the switch to DW - though I rescinded auto-payments back when the server move happened.

What cheered me about this was when I tried whether it would work in DW and previewed the post the misspelling of 'received' that showed up at the LJ is 18 page had been corrected. I was going to say something about it, I R pedant, but it seems I don't need to.

It's been a long time and I've made many friends, I've done things I wouldn't have done if I hadn't been on LJ and made those friends, it's a pity it had to end like this, even if my life has been predominantly at Dreamwidth since 2009, which is, in fact, for somewhat longer.

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[personal profile] opalsong posting in [community profile] amplificathon

Title: Where the Heart Is
Author: KouriArashi
Reader: Opalsong
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Pairings: Allison/Scott, Derek/Stiles, Erica/Stiles
Rating: Mature
Length (total): 9:45:26
Music: Helena by My Chemical Romance
Cover: Opalsong (heavily influenced by Kylie L's gorgeous covers for this series)
Summary:Nobody is more surprised than Derek when Cora turns up on his doorstep in Beacon Hills, to warn him about an alpha named Deucalion.

Podbooks Link:
Podbook [9:45:27; 277.1MB]

Chapter Links [length; size]:
Chapter 1 [31:12; 24.4MB]
Chapter 2 [28:47; 39.8MB]
Chapter 3 [29:21; 22.6MB]
Chapter 4 [38:41; 53.4MB]
Chapter 5 [44:20; 61.1MB]
Chapter 6 [31:53; 24.6MB]
Chapter 7 [44:01; 34.1MB]
Chapter 8 [35:15; 27.5MB]
Chapter 9 [31:33; 24.4MB]
Chapter 10 [26:53; 20.8MB]
Chapter 11 [34:57; 48.2MB]
Chapter 12 [29:59; 22.8MB]
Chapter 13 [27:59; 21.9MB]
Chapter 14 [27:47; 38.4MB]
Chapter 15 [28:13; 22.3MB]
Chapter 16 [29:07; 23.0MB]
Chapter 17 [28:12; 21.8MB]
Chapter 18 [37:16; 28.6MB]

Thanks to Paraka for hosting!!
Thanks to Forzandopod for betaing!

cross posted at amplificathon, my journal, and AO3

Archivists: Please do not archive this work.

looming test week

Apr. 25th, 2017 06:23 am
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I really hate tests.

I've got one week of this semester of nursing school remaining. Remaining is one paper (half way done, due on Thursday, piece of cake), one quiz and two exams -- the section exam on Monday and the comprehensive final on Thursday.

To pass the course, I need to pass clinicals (I have; I am awesome at clinicals), have a greater than 81% average on my exams (currently 80.72%) and have a greater than 81% overall (currently 87%). My main concern is that it is quite possible that I could snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by tanking on the exams. I don't think that this will happen, but that is my fear.

Bleh. Stay on target.

Today I have to run the kids to school and run Jerome to the library and then to DHS, lecture from 10a-2p (we get breaks), pick up Mike from work (his car broke down two weeks ago) and an IEP meeting at the school for Trentyn at 2:30. Then home, supper, and off to finish my paper.

One more week.

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