[personal profile] penta posting in [community profile] factfinding
So, I have another character being drawn up (by another player) for the same game for which I posted highly detailed questions about Israel (admittedly probably too detailed) - only he's playing Russia, and he's trying to draw up a character who served in the Soviet Army as an officer semi-realistically. (It's *after* the character's military career that everything goes interesting.)

I want to write him a summary of the Soviet Army officer's career path, what service branches are available, etc., but nothing I can find tells me the basic stuff. It's all focused on generals and stuff. (Looked on Wiki, looked on Google, neither helped. I found a monograph on dtic.mil that was from 1975 and provided *some* detail, but expected me the reader to know more than I do to make sense of stuff.)

To quote his draft summary: "(1) Early life.  Born in 1959, he follows a similar course to Putin (joining the military instead, but attached as an "adviser" to one of the Soviet Bloc countries after a tour in Afghanistan which gave him a scar on his upper right arm from a Taliban attack).  He resigned with a TBD officer's rank in the middle of the 1991 coup attempt (a la Putin; he's simply younger) rather than join in the attempt (which he percieved as doomed)."

He's trying to figure it out in more detail than that, but the problem is that he (the player) and I (the GM, one of two, responsible for helping him draw up his character - he does the important work of figuring out policies and stuff, the meat of gameplay, himself) can't find anything much about anything re the company-grade and field-grade officers of the Soviet Army and how they were trained, or how their careers progressed, or anything.

In specific:

1. As the character was born in 1959, presume he enters officer training from civilian life sometime around 1977. How long is his officer training, and how is it decided whether he goes, say, infantry or airborne troops?

2. What's the career path like from initial officer training (including "what rank does he enter service at?" - the materials I can find state "Lieutenant", but the Soviet Army has 3 Lieutenant ranks!) to, say, battalion command?

3. What additional school-type training would he undergo during that career path, and at what times during his career? (I can help the player figure out good tour-of-duty mixes once I have that information.)

4. What service arms existed in the Soviet Army? I often hear of officers referred to as a "Colonel of Infantry", "Colonel of Air Defense", "Colonel of Strategic Rocket Forces" - but what are the possible options for the "of x" formula?

5. Were ordinary officers even assigned as "advisors" to Warsaw Pact forces, or only Political Officers?

I know these are really detailed questions in some regard. I'm trying to keep them general, but even the general stuff is hard to figure out. My objectives for this are:

A. Figure out what rank, highest, would have been plausible for what I'm currently thinking is a fairly obscure-ish Russian serving as a Soviet Army Officer from 1977-1991 - if the player wants lower, cool, but I as GM need to have a clue what's "too high".

B. Figure out what his career would have looked like - where would he have served, at what levels, doing what? (Especially key to figure out when he would have served in Afghanistan.)

C. Figure out if the early life posited is *plausible*.

I thus don't need to know deep details (at least not until a player requests a detailed bio of their Russian adversary from their intel people, at which point I may be back...), but only be able to work out a summary. I can do the hard part of the work myself and with the player, but I need help figuring out the foundational stuff before I begin that.

(Edited to add: Link to something Google *did* dredge up for me, and my note that what I was sent was a draft summary of the character, not a full bio. We'll be working on the full bio once we have the summary agreed to.)

Files to restore to the archive

Aug. 12th, 2017 06:31 pm
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[personal profile] pennyplainknits posting in [community profile] amplificathon
Archivists, I'm not sure what the status is regarding restoring files to the archive, but so many of mine are still missing. 
A friend has uploaded several for me, so I thought I'd drop you the link so you can grab them and re-upload, if that's possible?

Link is here and the zip contains the following
Ach, Das Knaben Augen (mp4)
Je te Veux

As well as some older podfics that I think have been restored to the archive already

hope this helps!

[LOTR] waving flares in the air

Aug. 9th, 2017 10:50 pm
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[personal profile] chestnut_filly posting in [community profile] amplificathon
A fiery sun overlaid with the text "waving flares in the air" nestles between a fall of golden hair over leather and chainmail armor

Title: waving flares in the air
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Cosmogyral
Reader: [archiveofourown.org profile] Chestnut_filly
Fandom: LOTR
Pairing: Éowyn/Faramir
Rating: G
Summary: "The light enters the room before Éowyn does, a rolling dry heat with it; just enough warning for Faramir to close one book and open another. She enters hard on its heels. 'Hail, Steward, from the south fair tidings,' she says, pulling off her helm halfway through, so the words are muffled. 'I can’t stay long. I came to give you word of Harad and your brother. (A Galadriel-accepts-the-ring AU.)"
Length: 7:35

Mediafire download link
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reading game PDFs

Aug. 8th, 2017 09:30 pm
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I was wondering what folks would recommend as a solution for reading tabletop RPG and other PDFs? I used to do this on a Kindle DX, but sometimes the graphics-heavy ones would cause it go slow, and then my DX broke, and I don't think they make new ones anymore so I don't trust them? I have a Kindle Paperwhite, but the screen size is a no-go because they typically make some full-sized (8.5"x11" or thereabouts). And ideally I'd like to be able to just load them from my desktop using a USB cable. I have an older iPad, but it doesn't have the USB thing and it's no good to me because my husband and daughter steal it to play games. XD Help?
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[personal profile] rydra_wong posting in [community profile] metaquotes
I would say having a bird is like a very very very very minor version of having a small child except that it's more like having a tiny version of myself, age 32, viz:


8 am:

me: Good morning little sunshine! How are you? Wakey wakey!
Bird, glowering: enhhhhhh
Bird, half an hour later: enhhhhhhh
Bird, forty-five minutes later, still hiding under covered portion of cage: ENHHHHHH
Bird, minute 53: ::glumly meanders over to the seed tray::
Bird, minute 60: okay. okay. okay. Chirp.

Bird, hours 2 - 18: CHIRP. Chirp? Chirp! CHIRP.
Bird: WHAT IS THAT
Me: that's your swing, bird, it's been here forever.
Bird: IT IS MY ENEMY.
Bird: it is my friend?
Bird: I think I'm going to flirt with it.
Bird: I think I'm going to KICK IT. HWAH! HWAH!
Bird: IT ATTACKED ME RUN RUN RUN RUN
Bird: ... ... ... what is THAT?

Bird: the bell goes ding!
Bird: the bell goes ding!
Bird, four hours later: Ding! Ding! Ding! Ding! THE BELL, IT GOES DING.

Cut for length )

Context.

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Aug. 5th, 2017 10:01 am
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[personal profile] chestnut_filly posting in [community profile] amplificathon
 Cover for "a quiet light," a young woman looking melancholy over a pile of notes written in Japanese.

Title: a quiet light
Author: Bluedreaming
Reader: Chestnut_filly
Fandom: Mushishi
Pairing: Gen, Tanyuu-centric
Rating: G
Summary: The story is everything, but the story is also nothing.
Length: 11:00 w/music, 8:05 w/o music

Mediafire download link w/music
 | Mediafire link w/o music

--

*
attn. listeners: in the version with music, the music does go over some of the speech. In the version without music, there is no music at all, including intro/outro. 

** attn. again: this podfic is rated for soporific effect! Honestly probably not a good idea to listen while operating heavy machinery. I bet it would be great for bedtime, though.

*** the Blonotes: 
2009021720081217,  Nam Jin Woo20080902201509072015083120150328 

***** the music: Mushishi S1 OST, Masuda Toshio. Tracks, in order of play: Ichiya Hashi, Midori no Za, Rinkou, Tabi wo Suru Numa, Biyou no Sakana.
 

[FMA:B] Love is Love

Aug. 4th, 2017 08:25 pm
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(also crossposted at AO3)



Title: Love is Love
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Mjules (Raven)
Reader: [archiveofourown.org profile] Chestnut_filly
Fandom: Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood/Manga
Pairing: Maria Ross/OFC, Maria Ross/Rebecca Catalina (unrequited)
Rating: T
Summary: "Maria's life doesn't always revolve around her sexual orientation. These are five times it did."
Warnings: Canonical character death, encounter with nasty homophobes in a bar
Length: 13:50

Mediafire link.
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... and [personal profile] rydra_wong suggests:

"Heal Your Pain With Pain: A Mindful Self-Flagellation Workbook".


Context is browsing the Mind Bollocks Spirit bookshelves.

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