spiralsheep: Evil commandeers the costume budget (chronographia Servalan Evil Costume)
- "I shall always be talking of Bath when I am home again".

'Roman' Baths and Bath Abbey 02-17

Raven, Quiet Street, Bath 02-17

• "The bestest full English I've had in town!" - Jane Austen [/advertising slogan of local cafe]

- Reading, books 2017: 52

Three Georgette Heyers, 5/5, 2/5, 3.5/5, with quotes and observations. )

• Oh, and every time the author uses the word "libertine" my brain responds with this image, lol, which almost certainly isn't the effect she intended....
mific: (John-Ronon profiles)
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis (AUs)
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: John Sheppard and Ronon Dex
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: photomanip
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: unknown
Why this piece is awesome: This manip surfaced a while ago, I think on tumblr, and it was confirmed that the creator was Merentha, as signed. It's such a classic, with John perfect as Solo and I love the way Merentha has blended Ronon and Chewbacca so Ronon really is Chewie. A classic AU fusion, and I wanted to memorialize it here.
Link: John Solo and Chewdexa  (sorry about horrible old photobucket, but press on past the pop-ups - it's worth it!)

Having a Twitter Break

Jun. 29th, 2017 11:01 am[personal profile] miss_s_b
miss_s_b: (Mood: Sorry)
The deluge of awful news is just too much for me right now. Sorry.
st_aurafina: Root's face, words "Inside that storm behind your eyes" (POI: Root Storm)
I'm deep in the reconstruction of my [community profile] wipbigbang, and it's just so ugh. I have to keep reminding myself that I like this fic. I do like this fic. I do. *kicks it*

I have some neural network links because neural networks are awesome and the future.
- Ancient wisdom from the neural network
(Neural network writes proverbs, is strangely obsessed with oxen)
- Via [personal profile] goss, Quick, draw!
(Can a neural network learn to recognize doodling? Not mine, not often.)
- A Neural Network Turned A Book Of Flowers Into Shockingly Lovely Dinosaur Art
(It really is lovely. Would frame!)
- Inspirobot
I am an artificial intelligence dedicated to generating unlimited amounts of unique inspirational quotes for endless enrichment of pointless human existence.
(It is very addictive and weirdly profound.)
CW: glory holes. )

New comms and challenges and activity and such:
- [community profile] twinpeaks has episode by episode reviews of the new season.
If, like me, you feel a little wracked by Twin Peaks ep 8, there is a discussion post up here: Episode Discussion: Part Eight. With lots of links to other reviews. My mind is blown. I just. *stutters in confusion and possibly pain*

- [community profile] drawesome: A Multi-fandom Drawing community for FanArtists (both traditional and digital art)

ETA: - [community profile] fandomgiftbox has sign-ups open! A summer fanworks gifting fest inspired by [community profile] fandom_stocking. Sign-ups are here: 2017 Sign Up Post.

- [community profile] unconventionalcourtship is running again, you can go pick a prompt here at Plot suggestions.

I am eying this one for Root/Shaw:
London, 1839
Ex-cavalry officer Captain Grahame Westmore is restless for change, but escorting a diplomat’s spoiled daughter to Vienna isn’t what he had in mind—though for once he hasn’t been hired for his skills in pleasuring women! Independent, fiery and strong-willed, Elowyn Bagshaw is not the simpering lady he expected. Used to getting her own way and giving the orders, Elowyn will not be controlled so easily. Grahame soon realizes that he’s got a fight on his hands—and it’s one they’re both going to enjoy!
Rakes Who Make Husbands Jealous
Only London's best lovers need apply


Reasons to do this:
1. Shaw pretending to be a man
2. Shaw escorting a duplicitous Root pretending to be a diplomat's daughter
3. Shaw in cavalry uniform
4. Shaw in cavalry uniform on a horse
5. Shaw in cavalry uniform on a horse with Root holding on behind as they flee, flee from danger

Reasons not to do this:
1. All the other unfinished fics I have
2. I don't know anything about history ever
*sighs*

Nearly home time for me, then it's nose to the grindstone in fic town.
nanslice: ([ffviii] stare down)
Title: A Moment of Weakness
Fandom - Pairing: Final Fantasy VIII - Irvine/Zell
Length: 1079 words
Summary: “Oh wow, Zell, look!” Selphie said, bouncing in her seat and tugging on Zell’s arm. “A festival! They’re having a festival! I can see it from here!”
Content Notes: Romance, banter
Author Notes: Written for the 'outdoor music festival' square of my [community profile] fffc card.

A Moment of Weakness )

Updates!

Jun. 29th, 2017 09:02 am[personal profile] jolantru
jolantru: (Default)
I am back from Cambodia. Flew back exactly a week ago. Siem Reap was hot, dry, but an eye-opening experience. Plus, the fried crickets were delicious, yum. Coming back was a culture shock - so much privilege, people taking things for granted.

Then, it's back to normal programming again. I need to plan... things, especially for two books. I ended up starting a new scarf, because this is how I plan: I knit. It's a meditative process where my mind lays out stuff while the needles move.

So, that's about it, small updates. :D
nanslice: ([sherlock] and here we are)
Title: Twilight
Fandom - Pairing: Law and Order: SVU - Barba/Carisi
Length: 898 words
Summary: Barba’s voice was sharp when he asked, “Are you planning on transferring?”
Content Notes: Romance, banter, secret relationship.
Author Notes: Written for the 'moodlight shadows' square of my [community profile] fffc card.

Twilight )

Krikkit

Jun. 28th, 2017 09:10 pm[personal profile] hollymath
hollymath: (Default)
The other day Ali, one of my WI chums, messaged me and another one, Tas, to remind us of something we'd forgotten about: at one of our first committee meetings this year we got chatting about cricket and I mentioned the tickets to the Women's World Cup final that I have (only a few weeks now! can't wait!). Ali looked into other matches from that, to see if we could go see something at Old Trafford or whatever, and Tas asked if we could see Sri Lanka because she's from Sri Lanka.

"They are playing...in Taunton," Ali said, and Tas clapped her hands in anticipatory delight before asking where Taunton is.

"Somerset, I think?"

"Far away, anyway!"

And then, probably not entirely coincidentally, it dropped off the radar for all of us.

Until now! Ali not only reminded us of this but had looked up ticket prices (only £10; it's criminal that tickets sell for so much less if it's women playing sports than if it's men, but it's handy for me because I'm poor, so I'm conflicted...) and best of all she's willing to drive there and back on the day.

In America a hundred years is a long time, and in England a hundred miles is a long way. While I would've grown up thinking nothing of a road trip like this -- it wouldn't happen all the time, but it wouldn't be hugely remarkable either -- here, people don't drive to somewhere 200 miles away and back in the same day. So I feel really lucky that Ali is willing to do this, especially as I of course can be no help with the driving and I don't think Tas drives either. So for the price of admission and chipping in for petrol, we're suddenly having this amazing day out.

I was so excited as we were planning this that I was chair-dancing. Tas is so excited because she's planning to bring her Sri Lankan flag to wave, which my Anyone But England self couldn't be happier with (though I think that applies more to men's cricket; I've never felt such animosity to the women's team...). I think Ali has an English flag to bring, anyway. Also she's bringing a friend she used to play cricket with (she plays cricket!) and when Tas said the one time she's seen cricket she got on TV because she and her Sri Lanka flag were with a British friend of hers with a British flag, Ali said "If any of my friends who are current/former women's team players are going, they can get a bit raucous too! We've been mentioned on the Sky Sports a number of times..."

So yeah, I guess, look out for me on TV on Sunday?

(no subject)

Jun. 28th, 2017 09:31 am[personal profile] phosfate
phosfate: (Default)
Right now my favorite thing in the world is a black felt pennant with the word 'FELT' on it in block letters.
mific: (team AR1)
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis (AUs)
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Teyla, Rodney, John, and Ronon 
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital painting
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: Randommindtime's art on tumblr
Why this piece is awesome: These are portraits for a New York-based detective (Law and Order) AU where the team are in law enforcement - John and Ronon are cops and Teyla and Rodney are lawyers. They all look very cool and determined! It's really lovely work with nifty details, excellent likenesses and great colouring.
Link: Depart and Act Conceptual Portraits
rydra_wong: The display board of a train reads "this train is fucked". (this train is fucked)
In case anyone's got some spare cash they found down the back of the sofa:

The National Immigration Law Center have donation-matching up to $100,000 to help them create a Rapid Response Fund:

Donate to NILC

Planned Parenthood Action have donation-matching up to $350,000:

Donate to PP

The Climate Science Legal Defence Fund have matching up to $50,000:

Donate to the CSLDF

The National Network of Abortion Funds have matching up to $50,000, and their solicitation e-mail ends "Let’s fund abortion, build power, and radically love each other," bless them (they're also the only organization I've encountered where a staff member has their preferred pronouns in their sig which makes me feel warm and fuzzy):

Donate to the NNAF

If you know of others, please comment!
miss_s_b: (Default)
miss_s_b: Vince Cable's happy face (Politics: Vince - happy face)
Definitely not standing: Jo Swinson, Jamie Stone, Layla Moran, Wera Hobhouse, Tom Brake, Tim Farron, Alistair Carmichael, Norman Lamb, Ed Davey
Probably not standing: Stephen Lloyd, Christine Jardine
Probably standing:
Definitely standing: Vince Cable

... Oh arse.

Look, coronations are bad. The "candidate" does not get examined, does not get their feet held to whatever fire the membership is stoking, does not have to state any positions before the crown is lowered. Recent political leaders who have had a coronation rather than an election include TMay, Arlene Foster, and Gordon Brown. We do not want to be in that company.

But even if coronations were ok, the coronation of someone who's published views are 1, so often at odds with the membership and 2, so changeable depending on who he is talking to... Lads, this is really, really, REALLY not good. And given the article I linked to in the very first piece I wrote on potential leadership elections after the GE, this whole situation smells really fucking funny and I do not like it one bit.

I'm in conversation with a bunch of other senior Lib Dems members of the awkward squad to try to do something about this. I mean, if there was a proper election and the members decided that Vince was the best person, that's one thing, but this is just a subversion of party democracy, and I hate it. Eurgh.

But if we can't do something about it... I don't know. The scissors are feeling very close to my membership card right now.

ETA: OfC given the legendary efficiency of the LDHQ membership department, if I were to cut up my membership card and send it back we'd probably have had another 2 general elections before they got round to processing my resignation...
codeswitcher: A rainbow splash of paint exploding upward (Default)
Huh. I was creating a new shared folder on my NAS through its web interface, clicked on the wrong thing, and discovered its drive is pretty close to full.

Well, I figure I've been putting a lot of backups on it. Maybe the pruner for that or the log rotater isn't doing what it should? But no, those are fine.

Then, poking around, I accidentally discovered that in the shared folders directory (/mnt/disk/volume1), there's a file called "backing_file", which is 400G. It's binary, and hasn't been updated since Apr 17 2013.

WTH?

I'm trying to decide if I can delete it or not. It's not impossible I created it by mistake, back when I was setting up my backup system, but I don't know how. Google's only apparent association with that string and Debian is for a utility, qemu-img, which I'd never heard of. I've not messed around with disk images in years and years, and never on that device.

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