Tuesday 09/02/2016

Feb. 9th, 2016 07:46 am
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1) Saturday evening, I ordered some DVD's and they were supposed to arrive today. I got a text message from my boyfriend, yesterday before noon, that my DVD's had already arrived... XD Yay! :D :p So now I have the entire BBC Merlin series and the Kenshin trilogy! Me happy! :D

2) A shower when I get back home from work.

3) Boyfriend's mother is coming over for dinner

fiber tuesday

Feb. 8th, 2016 10:49 pm
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* After some use of the Brother CS6000i sewing machine I bought last summer, I've begun pondering selling it cheaply or giving it away locally, if someone wants it. I have never needed sixty stitch types, most of them decorative, and they're not why I bought the machine---but it seems that having a little computer govern those stitches comes at the cost of good-quality, basic, unfussy stitching with reasonable tension, which I do want. Recently I've read this post on beginner-level machines. Thinking, thinking.

For now I'll buy a packet of bobbins and replacing the needle on the Brother machine, since they're relatively inexpensive. Part of the tension issue is the machine's extreme pickiness about whether the bobbin and top threads match. Two colors of the same type of Gütermann thread (bought at the same time in a set) do not suit; I've spent nearly as much time troubleshooting tension and bobbin-winding as actually sewing during the last two smallish projects. The old Pfaff doesn't mind if bobbin thread and top thread were made two decades apart and are of different materials (cotton, polyester), so I don't think it's all user error.

* Reason's frog still needs three short toes. My mother's poncho has reached ~40%. Progress on MIL's laceweight scarf has slowed because the December replacement glasses cause strain---not as bad as going without glasses, but one eye's astigmatism cares when the axis correction isn't accurate.

* It is oddly difficult to find a sew-your-own bra pattern. Read more... )

To The End of the Line

Feb. 9th, 2016 01:10 am
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Posted by Kellyscams

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This is it. Steve is going to propose to his one and only Bucky.

That's if anything will go right.

And so far, that doesn't seem to be the case.

Words: 2888, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

Series: Part 7 of Kells' February Fic Fest

Bad Tastes Good

Feb. 9th, 2016 12:12 am

Oh, such a wintry night

Feb. 9th, 2016 12:50 am
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I couldn't write the title without googling to make sure my spelling was right; upon finding it is, my next question was: "Why do we spell it 'wintry'"? As a super-literal left-hander I can't process why we'd possibly drop the second vowel - unless maybe hundreds of years ago someone doubtlessly insane repeatedly swung an ax near someone's head over their pronunciation of 'wintery' until the victim, a guy in his early 30s with little kids to feed, put his hands up in surrender and said, "Fine, fine, I will pronounce it 'wintry' from now on. Will you go away now?" and so yet another ridiculous new word was born.

I mean, forget etymology. That's screwed up enough in the UK and US because our language is just one, big messy portmanteau of every well-known language on Earth besides - for the most part - Indo-Asian languages.

I want to talk dialect. I want to talk dropping a vowel for no obvious reason. It makes no sense, but is expedient: you can say 'wintery' perhaps half a second faster by dropping that vowel, but I can't see "extremely fast-paced life" having been an issue back in Ye Olde Crazy Axe Wielder's Tyme. Then again, people only lived until their early 30s and often died in infancy, childhood or early adulthood, so maybe you simply felt the need to talk as fast as possible while you still could.

I don't know. I do know that it's sometime after my birthday, and I Love February; it's the greatest month of the year. People are cursing the blizzards I love and complaining about the cold I can easily endure because just stay the hell inside already and when you do, how it feels so cozy, so safe from the blustery winds that can just blow you apart out there. And I'm making slow cooker chili to make it feel even cozier. This is the recipe.

It's dead simple. It's been on for seven hours now (my beans and onions are taking their time getting soft or I would've stopped the cooking around midnight). For once I had all the ingredients, so no fudging or McGyvering this time. The sauce tastes good (though I completely blanched at, balked out loud over and almost could not go through with adding the 1/4 cup of chili powder the recipe calls for because my God, that's a lot of chili powder! Surprisingly mild once mixed in, though). I added four times the required amount of garlic and still can't taste it, but I stuck with the recipe amount of cumin because I don't care for cumin, plus isn't that what chili powder is mostly made out of?

I'm hoping it comes out good because, like I said, it's dead simple, it's easy and cheap to make, it cooks itself, it's vegan, which, while I'm not vegan, I do like going meatless now and then - I make an even dead simpler black beans and rice for this very reason that others have raved about - so hopefully the chili's also a winner. I'm going to stir and check it for doneness in a few minutes.

ETA: The recipe said to cook the chili 6-8 hours but the beans are so hard that when I tasted them just now, I had to spit them out. Guess I'll have to leave a note for someone to check and turn the slow cooker off in the morning (I'm back to that sleep pattern where I can't do mornings, not any mornings, so hand it off I must).

Paper Girls #4

Feb. 8th, 2016 10:37 pm
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'I know I said something similar when Steve Skroce and I released "We Stand On Guard," but I seriously never dreamed that a comic about four 12-year-old newspaper girls in Cleveland could sell nearly 100,000 copies, especially without a single alternate cover. But it seems like there's an ever-growing audience out there that's hungry for new ideas and new stories.' -- Brian K. Vaughan

Read more... )

Merrymakers at Shrovetide

Feb. 9th, 2016 12:00 am
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Merrymakers at Shrovetide
Frans Hals

Artist: Frans Hals (Dutch, Antwerp 1582/83–1666 Haarlem)

Date: ca. 1616–17
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 51 3/4 x 39 1/4 in. (131.4 x 99.7 cm)
Classification: Paintings
Credit Line: Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913
Accession Number: 14.40.605

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Fiction: An Open Mind

Feb. 9th, 2016 05:57 am
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[personal profile] lizcommotion asked in another thread whether I have any fiction up anywhere, which reminded me I do have one piece of fan fiction on an old blog, and if I'm pointing one person at it, I may as well put the link where everyone can see. I keep thinking I should move it over to A03, but I haven't gotten round to it as yet.

An Open Mind

It's set in Elizabeth Bear and Emma Bull's Shadow Unit shared world, from when I was active in that fandom.

There's also a 'hidden extra', a standard part of the Shadow Unit stories, which is here if you miss the link in the main story. And some background on Shadow Unit here.

The impetus to writing it was that I and one or two others in the Shadow Unit fora with relevant experience weren't entire happy that ultra duty-driven SSA Esther Falkner was managing her back pain in a sensible manner. It was quite easy to imagine Es doing what she was doing, but there was another member of the team who would have a problem keeping her mouth shut in that situation.

I've just re-read it, and while I could make the writing a tad tighter nowadays, the story still does what I wanted it to. Ironically I gave myself backache in re-reading it, too much of a reminder of what my back is like when it's unhappy!

IIRC the story is set in mid-to-late Season 2, though I'd have to check that.

Magnetism

Feb. 9th, 2016 01:09 am
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Posted by SaySayTheWeirdo

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Whatever is between them, whatever they've found in each other, it's what keeps them drawn toward each other.

Like magnets.

And, when they finally reach that release they've been searching for, it's a power surge.

Words: 704, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

What Am I Wearing?

Feb. 9th, 2016 12:44 am
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Posted by dontbecooler

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Ever since starting this little thing with Bucky, Steve's self control had really gone off the charts. He'd managed to sit in a meeting without getting a hard on despite everything, and he managed not to break any speeding laws on the way home either, even though that was the only thing he could think about. It wasn't fair, when Bucky did this to him, but they were going to have so much fun with it.

(Or alternatively: Bucky and Steve participate in fun sexual escapades)

Words: 4459, Chapters: 2/?, Language: English

Merrymakers at Shrovetide

Feb. 9th, 2016 12:00 am
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Merrymakers at Shrovetide
Frans Hals

Artist: Frans Hals (Dutch, Antwerp 1582/83–1666 Haarlem)

Date: ca. 1616–17
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 51 3/4 x 39 1/4 in. (131.4 x 99.7 cm)
Classification: Paintings
Credit Line: Bequest of Benjamin Altman, 1913
Accession Number: 14.40.605

Information about hundreds of thousands of works of art is available in The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Collection Database.

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Two Weeks

Feb. 9th, 2016 12:06 am
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Posted by honeyfish

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Mini prequel to Civil Law. Captain America meets the Daredevil, unaware of Matt's double life. Bucky comes back.

Words: 1890, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

[art] tonight's sketches

Feb. 8th, 2016 10:45 pm
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Tonight was Pathfinder card game night at Little Wars. The dragon and I both sketched (mostly life drawing for me, dragons for her).

Comments welcome.

Inked everything in Platinum Carbon Black because this stuff clogs like the devil if you let it dry up in the pen, so I basically have to use it every day once I've got it inked. (I don't use it in my vintage pens for this reason.)

Also, as a bonus, because I suck at color [1], have a hexarchate coloring page of Hexarch Nirai Kujen!



Here's the high-res version for printing.

[1] My clever scheme is that by making this a coloring page, adding color will be someone else's problem! Yeah, I don't know either. *g*

actual life drawings beneath cut )

I'll take up to three requests for coloring pages (basically, character lineart; I can't do really fancy backgrounds yet).

1. hexarchate: Moroish Nija (for [personal profile] sovay)
2.
3.

No guarantees! But you might get something fun. =)

We Need to Talk About Bucky

Feb. 8th, 2016 10:51 pm
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Posted by Hekkenfeldt

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“The random barking out the window, the interpretive dance while we’re in public, and now throwing wild parties... that potentially no one else attended? There must be some sort of pattern.”

Words: 563, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

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