Period research :P

Jul. 29th, 2016 05:42 am
sarken: baby spice and ginger spice in camo ([misc] girl power)
[personal profile] sarken
People who get (or previously got) periods, a question! Do you always get yours at the same time of day?

That might be an odd question; I just realized that I did and, not only that, but the time recently changed.

Cut for details, but not really TMI. )

So! I'm just wondering if it's just me or if it's other people, too, because it's nothing I've ever seen mentioned as being a thing.


Jul. 29th, 2016 05:24 am
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[personal profile] dglenn

"If you wish success in life, make perseverance your bosom friend, experience your wise counselor, caution your elder brother and hope your guardian genius." -- Joseph Addison [thanks to [info] blueeowyn]


Jul. 29th, 2016 07:15 pm
vass: Jon Stewart reading a dictionary (books)
[personal profile] vass
Updating my LibraryThing catalogue: hmm, have I entered Les Mis into it yet? Searching for "hugo" seems the quickest way. Huh, why are all these science fiction books coming... oh.

(I had not entered it yet. But I do have 20 books in my catalogue that mention the Hugo awards somewhere in their metadata.)

Just One Thing (29 July 2016)

Jul. 29th, 2016 10:02 am
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[personal profile] nanila posting in [community profile] awesomeers
It's challenge time!

Comment with Just One Thing you've accomplished in the last 24 hours or so. It doesn't have to be a hard thing, or even a thing that you think is particularly awesome. Just a thing that you did.

Feel free to share more than one thing if you're feeling particularly accomplished!

Extra credit: find someone in the comments and give them props for what they achieved!

Nothing is too big, too small, too strange or too cryptic. And in case you'd rather do this in private, anonymous comments are screened. I will only unscreen if you ask me to.


Daily Happiness

Jul. 29th, 2016 12:18 am
torachan: close-up of a sleepy kitten face (sleepy molly)
[personal profile] torachan
1. We went to see Ghostbusters this morning and it was SO AWESOME. I saw the original when it first came out and while I liked it at the time, it was never a huge favorite like it seems to have been for so many people, so while I was looking forward to the remake, I didn't think I would love it, but I really did. It was just great. I loved the characters and I laughed out loud so many times.

2. The script book for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child comes out in a few days (on July 31st, of course) and I just went and preordered the Kindle version so I will have it the day it comes out. :D Everything I've heard about the play sounds really cool, so I'm looking forward to it a lot.

3. I had a pretty relaxing day off.

4. Molly spend pretty much the whole evening chilling on my desk.

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[personal profile] selenak
Reveal time: this is the story I wrote for this year's [community profile] history_exchange. I swear I meant to write a short one this time, but while it's nowhere as long as my previous effort, Catherine de' Medici and her daughters still demanded a tale in three chapters.

Reine Mère (10908 words) by Selena
Chapters: 3/3
Fandom: Historical RPF, 16th Century CE RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Catherine de' Medici & Elisabeth de Valois, Catherine de' Medici & Claude de France, Catherine de' Medici & Marguerite de Valois, Claude de France & Marguerite de Valois, Henri II de France/Catherine de' Medici, Catherine de' Medici & Diane de Poitiers, Catherine de' Medici & Francis I. of France, Henri II de France/Diane de Poitiers
Characters: Catherine de' Medici, Élisabeth de Valois | Elisabetta di Valois, Claude de France (1547-1575), Marguerite de Valois, Mary I of Scotland | Mary Queen of Scots, Diane de Poitiers, Francis I. of France, Felipe II de España | Philip II of Spain, Henri II de France, Gaspard de Coligny, Henri IV de France, Henri III de France, Clarice Strozzi de' Medici
Additional Tags/: Mother-Daughter Relationship, Motherhood, Power Dynamics, Character Study, Female-Centric, Parent-Child Relationship, Parenthood, Daughters

Catherine de' Medici and her daughters: what forms a woman, a mother, a queen?


In completely unrelated news, last night just before I fell asleep I saw that Jerry Doyle, Mr. Garibaldi from Babylon 5 had died, at only 60 years of age. The B5 ensemble really looks increasingly cursed. Garibaldi was never my favourite character, but he was a firm entry in what I tend to think of my "secondary faves" category, i.e characters who are never my best beloved but whom I always remain fond off, instead of going hot and cold on them. And not just because he played off beautifully to both my favourites, Londo and G'Kar. I found him interesting in his own right, his scenes with Bester were always riveting (and sometimes darkly hilarious), and his was one of the character voices that are very easy to find for fanfiction. For all that Garibaldi was an immensely talkative character, I find that quiet moments are the ones that touched me most, and that was very much due to Jerry Doyle's acting - Garibaldi's face when hearing that Sinclair had been on B5 and left again without seeing him in "War without End", both the big reveal scene in "Face of the Enemy" in s4 - where you see the horror in his eyes - and the confrontation with Bester in s5 when Bester casually says "how stupid do you think I am anyway?" - and his final scene with Londo in the s2 episode where both Garibaldi and the audience know that Londo crossed a moral threshhold and their relationship has irrevocably changed, but Garibaldi has one last drink with his no-more-friend. I did not know Jerry Doyle as a person. But as an actor, he contributed to creating something that means so much to me.

Here is what JMS wrote about him.

2016: get better, please. You've taken so much already, year.

Ficlet: Inadmissible (White Collar)

Jul. 29th, 2016 06:44 pm
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[personal profile] china_shop
~980 words, mostly gen, Neal on the couch, still woozy. (Missing scene from 1.10.) For [ profile] wc_rewatch. Many thanks to [personal profile] mergatrude for beta.


(Sneaking in, just under the wire... reaching back for my hat as the door closes.)
china_shop: Eun Chan holding Han Gyul's face, both turned towards camera - cuteness! (Kdrama - Coffee Prince)
[personal profile] china_shop
I'm mostly watching the Kdrama bodyswap Big for Gong Yoo (also the male lead in Coffee Prince, and The Suspect). Today, my partner sent me a link to this io9 piece about a new Korean zombie movie, Train to Busan.

Zombies may be a bridge too far.

But... if it gets a theatrical release here, I may not able to resist.

*goes back to endless coughing fits*

FIC: stone floor, ceiling of stars

Jul. 28th, 2016 09:54 pm
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[personal profile] snickfic
Every so often I just have a day where I HAVE to write something. Today was one of those days. The result is... 2600 words of murdery Gamora/Nebula time loops? That is not what I planned to write for my first non-drabble fic in this fandom, but here are.

stone floor, ceiling of stars (2585 words) by Snickfic
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Guardians of the Galaxy (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Gamora/Nebula (Marvel)
Characters: Gamora (Marvel), Nebula (Marvel), Thanos (Marvel)
Additional Tags: Torture, Time Loop, Pseudo-Incest, Hopeful Ending

Her hand was restored, Gamora noted. She looked at Gamora with fathomless eyes. Gamora had known how to read those eyes once, to see the expression in them.

“Nebula,” Thanos said. “Kill her.”

The Vanished Child by Sarah Smith

Jul. 28th, 2016 12:02 pm
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[personal profile] elsane
Another fun article, this time featuring a strong contender for best headline ever: Psychic Snail Sex Couldn't Replace the Telegraph But One Frenchman Sure Tried.

The only way I am reading books right now is in small chunks on my phone overnight, to help keep myself awake. Alas, the physical copy of Ancillary Justice that I checked out of the library has been sitting unopened on my desk; but on the other hand I have finally been reading a few of the books that have been collecting in my Kindle library.
(also I have been compulsively reading political blogs, a terrible habit I really should stop.)

The Vanished Child, by Sarah Smith, is the kind of book that could be classed as a mystery, historical fiction, or the genre-that-is-unmarked of just plain "fiction". The plot: an Austrian chemist reluctantly attends exactly the wrong conference; a 17-year-old blind pianist foolishly agrees to get married; and a very Catholic doctor dances a protracted tango with his conscience.

Less flippantly, Richard Knight, eight-year-old heir to an American Gilded Age fortune, vanishes from a New England vacation home in 1887, following the brutal murder of his grandfather. Twenty years later, the Catholic doctor, friend of the Knight family, happens to see Austrian chemist Alexander Reisden on a train platform in Switzerland, and in a dizzying moment thinks he recognizes Richard Knight. The plot turns around the dual mysteries of what happened in 1887 and whether Reisden is indeed the vanished Knight -- with the interesting twist that Reisden is the main POV character.

The realization of turn-of-the-century Boston and Boston society is stellar, the writing is lovely, and the characters are very well drawn. I got a little impatient with the style of the psychological introspection Smith's characters are prone to – due in part to the demands of the mystery plot, I think. I very much liked that two of the protagonists have a strong abstract calling – music and chemistry, variously – that, and the tensions that come up when that calling is balanced against interpersonal relationships, is something I love in fiction, and the depiction here was organic and rang entirely true. I liked this one enough I'm thinking of buying the sequel.

I'm with her.

Jul. 28th, 2016 11:31 pm
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[personal profile] tassosss
Hillary Clinton just accepted the Democratic nomination for president.

That's pretty special.

2 things

Jul. 29th, 2016 11:21 am
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[personal profile] emma_in_dream
1, The children enjoy karate.

2, Tomorrow is the school disco.

Legends of Equestria

Jul. 28th, 2016 11:08 pm
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The Legends of Equestria server opens in less than an hour and will remain open for the next three days. Go here to download the client that will allow you to walk about in a virtual Equestria.


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