Up and coming about town

Apr. 24th, 2014 10:40 pm
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The USA Science and Engineering Festival is this weekend and it sounds like it might be a lot of fun and it is free to the public, which is always nice.

Next weekend (May 2nd-4th), the AFI is showing the original Godzilla, with restored footage. This week it's the Olivier's Hamlet, Henry V, and Richard III adaptations, and My Neighbor Totoro in the Studio Ghibli Encore.

Next weekend is also Free Comic Book on the 3rd, and the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival and the Old Takoma Art Hop both days. I'm hoping to go to MSWF and at pick up a pair of horehound plants, as I saw some last year and I've had no luck growing them from seed.
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'Community' & 'Almost Human' set for renewal

"TVWise reported last week that Almost Human was looking good for a second season renewal. I’m now hearing that a second season pick up is a sure thing – something Fox recently hinted at by scheduling an encore of the Almost Human season finale for May 17th, just days after their upfront presentation."

Very sad news

Apr. 24th, 2014 09:40 pm
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I just found out that a friend of mine, Bill Patterson has died suddenly. Devastated. We met in 1997 through the Heinlein fandom and it was he who encouraged me to write for the Heinlein Journal, my first experience of being in print. I had the honor of writing a review of his book on Stranger in a Strange Land for the Journal.

Bill was cultured, courteous, and possessed of intellect, charm and integrity. His biography of Heinlein was a tour de force and I was eagerly anticipating the second volume. Amazon has it coming out in June. I wish he could see the reception it will get; I know it will be a good one.

There are a few BNFs in the Heinlein fandom and Bill was indisputably one of them. I'm honored to have been his friend and to have learned so much from him about Heinlein, writing, and the art of diplomacy when we were directors of the Heinlein Society for a brief time.

He was a dear friend of Ginny Heinlein, a lady I was proud to count as a friend too, and he was...he was special.

http://www.tor.com/blogs/2014/04/william-h-patterson-jr-in-memoriam
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Warehouse 13 5x01 - "Endless Terror" / 5x02 - "Secret Services"

I don't have much to say about the season 5 premiere, but since I'm writing a bit about episode 2, I feel like I should at least lead in with a few notes on episode 1. 5x01 )

On to 5x02! )
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 Read about what happened in the Torn World Muse Fusion and vote in the poll to unlock some of my writing.
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If you are interested in applying for a scholarship to help with the membership cost for CON.TXT this year, please send your application in by May 1st.

In memory of Minotaur, the con comm is offering one fully funded scholarship; this is limited to applicants who have not attended any members-only portion of CON.TXT in the past. In addition to the memorial scholarship, five half-price memberships will be available to fans whose financial situation would not otherwise permit them to attend the con; this scholarship is open to anyone. Applications should include a brief statement explaining why applicants need/should receive a scholarship to attend CON.TXT. All applicants must be willing to volunteer a minimum of two hours at the con (don't worry: it's fun too!). Interested? Email your fan name and statement to info@con-txt.net by May 1st, 2014.

Thursday, April 24, 2014, Check-in

Apr. 24th, 2014 08:57 pm
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Haikai Fest: "Wombed"

Apr. 24th, 2014 07:22 pm
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Let's take a breath for poetry. It is April, and as good a time as any for a collaborative poetry fest. Please find below a starting stanza or two of a brand new shiny haikai (what's a haikai, you ask? think extended haiku: alternating stanzas of 5-7-5 and 7-7). Comment with a new stanza responding to the original theme. Someone (most likely me) will respond with another stanza, and so on and so forth throughout the day.
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life with uterus:
just got my first IUD
I thought I knew pain

Rare Ships (AO3 Edition) #89

Apr. 24th, 2014 11:38 pm
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Posted by spnrarewatch

For rare ship art, check out our art Tumblr.

HET
Broken Halos and Bloody Crowns 8/? by saph (Bobby/Ellen, Sam/Ruby; E)
All Good Things by monicawoe (Sam/Tessa; T)
Summer Wind by frecklesarechocolate (Sam/Jody; T)
From Heaven Above 3/3 by SunlightOnTheWater (Jimmy/Amelia, Gabriel/Kali; G)
Supernatural AU: Everything Will Last Forever and Never 11/ by Laurbar2000 (Dean/Lisa, others; T)
Why? 1/? by crowleyscompanion (Dean/Krissy; E)
Maybe 3/? by jo_zabby (Jo/Dean; unrated)
Come Back to Me 7/? by NottheDogPark (Meg/Castiel; M)

M/M SLASH
Beauty & the Devil 2/? by lordofthegays (Dean/Lucifer, Michael/Dean; unrated)
Three Things by De_nugis (Sam/Kevin; T)
Desperation by Scribo_Vivere (Balthazar/Castiel; E)
American Massacre 1/? by AshSPN (Balthazar/Lucifer; M)
The Road Always Leads Home 4/? by anarchycox (Dean/Benny; M)
Feels Like You Do by alexa_dean (Dean/Benny; E)
On the Side of Angels 5/? by LilliumRosa, StartingWithTheRidingCrop (Sam/John; unrated)
Chained by CosenAngel (Dean/Crowley; E)
Breathe In, Exhale 10/? by glass_jars (Sam/Alastair; M)
A Shattered Gun Under the Hand by Stephanielikes (Sam/Crowley; M)
French Toast and Psychosis by bluetoast (Dean/Gabriel; T)
Never had one of those days by sarcasticconfusion (Balthazar/Crowley; unrated)
Back From Hell 5/5 by Kagemirai (Dean/Alastair; E)
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Cheveaux de Frise by papyrocrat (Sam/Castiel; G)
The Digestive Adventures of the Owl and the Shrew by lemegeekatyou (Sam/Castiel; G)
If You Had Wings by letmegeekatyou (Sam/Castiel; G)
The Stars Aligned 4/7 by Fireworks in Heaven (Sam/Castiel; G)
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Ferris Bueller, You're my Hero 15/? by monoxidegirl (Crowley/Gabriel; M)
Soul Men by greenmage128 (Gabriel/Crowley; T)

F/F SLASH
The Play's the Thing by clotpoleofthelord (Jody/Linda; G)
Always, Always 1/? by mymindsofar (Meg/girl!Castiel; T)
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Anchors and Computer Chips 1/? by mynightmarestays (Charlie/Jo, Bela/Abaddon; M)
Call Me... Maybe? by wincechesters (Charlie/Jo; G)

THREESOME/MORESOME
You Let the Devil In 1/? by dennison (Lucifer/Michael/Chuck; M)
Nesting in Hyde Park by MajorEnglishSquire (Castiel/Benny/Dean; G)
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Apologies and Other Disasters 9/12 by kisahawklin (Dean/Castiel/Sam; G)
Forgive Us Father, For We Have Sinned by hop_in_my_moricarty (Dean/Castiel/Sam; E)
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Confusion 5/? by Fan12 (Dean/Castiel/Sam/Gabriel; unrated)
Surprise by hollydermovoi (Dean/Castiel/Sam/Gabriel; T)


RPF (ALL SHIPS)
No Need to Close the Door 4/? by Kierastarlight (Jensen/Misha; T)
Trailer 4/? by becausecockles (Jensen/Misha; T)

Happy things

Apr. 24th, 2014 07:32 pm
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1. Sunshine today! and some time outdoors in the afternoon.

2. Clean sheets on the bed.

3. Treating myself to a quiet evening in fuzzy bathrobe with creative projects in front of me.

4. Having walked a 10,000+ step day.

5. Trying a new recipe for dinner, and rocking the house.

\o/

More on the Bucky-is-genderqueer fic.

Apr. 24th, 2014 07:23 pm
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So I know I want to write him coming into his own and finding out that these things are things he wants and struggling with that a little. Not the gender norms and such but the actual wanting of things for himself. I was wondering, are there other things anyone wants to see in this fic? My brain is kind of collecting ideas and while I don't promise to add in everything you say, I feel like there's a serious lack of fic like this out there and I know people want things and if I can help fil a gap, I'd b pretty stoked.

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Apr. 24th, 2014 05:22 pm
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Hello everyone, just wanted to let everyone know that I appreciated the help I received from this community before. Things are looking better, but just when I thought things were looking up until Read more... )

On the upside I have gotten help with the student loan issue, and they may be forgiven. Please keep fingers crossed!

Thank you all again for your help and support.

Blog Roundup

Apr. 24th, 2014 11:20 pm
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 Decided as a lot of my blogging energy is going into my other blog right now, I'd do a round up of the posts in the last few weeks

Waking Up on the Wrong Side of Bed - how it feels when I know a down swing is coming
Accentuating the Positive - having cyclothymia isn't always all bad news
Irresistible Draw of Madness - why do I always want to watch stuff about people losing their mind?
Love Me, Love My Cyclothymia - where does my personality end and cyclothymia begin?
Wearing My Heart on My Sleeve - on living with self harm scars and getting angry with strangers

blackcat333_99 @ 2014-04-24T15:08:00

Apr. 24th, 2014 10:08 pm
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Took a few days off work, have been playing catchup with SPN. Am totally, completely current on the new season, yay! I want to get some thoughts organized and posted, but in the meantime, a quickie driveby post:

It was interesting (and awesome) pulling a full season marathon right up to and through this week's new ep. I suspect it really helps with the sense of pacing and flow of the storyline and character arcs.

It always circles back to free will.

And choices. Everyone writes their own story. Some of those stories are compatible with another's story, and some are in direct opposition. Your truth, my truth. What's the difference between playing God and playing with Conviction? Playing your part vs writing your own script. Characters that need a script to follow, and characters that can go off-script. The angels, demons, Winchesters, humans, and yes, all those "monsters" that are out there.

Free will is always the wild card, the script breaker. But there's always a price. Family is about a choice too. Some families are born, some are chosen.

And sometimes family can be lost, horribly, to the monsters.

Sam better be careful. I'm very worried that he's in danger of losing the one thing he's been able to take for granted his entire life.

Eventually Made The Right Decision

Apr. 24th, 2014 09:00 pm
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Insurance | Minneapolis, MN, USA

(I work as a claims adjuster for a major insurance company and have made a liability decision on a minor parking lot accident in which both parties told the exact same story. Unfortunately my client was majority at fault, but we would only be paying 60% of the other party’s repairs. I call my customer and leave a message regarding the liability decision and my phone number. He calls me back a short time later.)

Customer: “I can’t believe you did this!”

Me: “I’m sorry, sir?”

Customer: “How could you do this without calling me first! You decided I was at fault!”

Me: “Sir, I took a recorded statement from you and from the other party and outlined exactly the kinds of things would factor into the decision.”

Customer: “But you didn’t call me first!”

Me: “I did call you; I took your statement.”

Customer: “But then you made a decision!”

Me: “Sir, it’s my job to make a decision, as you know, and I don’t need your permission or approval to do so.”

Customer: “I know! But I can’t believe you did that!”

Me: “Sir, are you contesting liability? You both told the exact same story and given the facts and damage to both vehicles, you’re both telling the truth. No matter how we look at it, you were backing out and didn’t pay attention to what was behind you.”

Customer: “I know! I agree that’s what happened!”

Me: “Then why are you upset? How can we resolve this?”

Customer: “You made this decision!”

Me: “Sir, I had to make a decision. Again, are you questioning the liability decision? Do you have other information to add?”

Customer: “No!”

Me: “Sir, then please tell me what you want me to say because I simply don’t understand how to resolve this for you.”

Customer: *pauses* “Well, you know what? I’m just mad about the whole thing. You haven’t done anything wrong.”

Me: “Okay…”

Customer: “I’m really sorry. I work in customer service and I hate when people call and yell at me, and that’s what I’m doing to you. You made the right decision, I accept it, and I’m sorry for yelling at you. I just… needed to yell at someone.”

Me: *trying not to laugh* “Well… thank you, then. I can definitely understand that!”

Customer: “Thank you for being so patient with me. I’m really sorry, again, to have yelled at you and hope the rest of your day goes better.”

Me: “Thank you.” *we go on to resolve claim payment and I explain repair procedures, etc.*

Manager: “I heard you talking and picked up to listen in. I didn’t know what he was angry about either!” *laughing* “I’ll put a few notes in file about how you handled the call.”

(A few minutes later, a team leader comes up to my desk.)

Team Leader: “Hey, I just wanted to let you know I just took a call from a guy who said he just yelled at you for no reason. He wanted to make sure your supervisor knows he thinks you’re excellent at your job, you’ve provided great customer service and he’s happy with the outcome of his claim. I’m passing this on to your team leader and manager.”

(I STILL laugh about that call, and think it’s one of the reasons I was promoted shortly afterward. Thank you, sir!)

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Kickstarter for Storium, The Online Storytelling Game, which was pointed out by [personal profile] havocthecat.

Storium is a web-based online game that you play with friends. It works by turning writing into a multiplayer game. With just your computer, tablet, or smartphone, you can choose from a library of imaginary worlds to play in, or build your own. You create your story’s characters and decide what happens to them. You can tell any kind of story with Storium. The only limit is your imagination.

Storium IS FUNDED and as soon as you pledge, you can log into the beta version. However, my personal hope is for them to hit the stretch goal that will unlock Seanan McGuire's world. Only $4k to go!

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