Nov. 27th, 2015 07:56 pm
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[personal profile] jamie
Anyone using it? I'm only on day 2 but I'm really liking it for building positive habits to replace the less positive ones.
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It's the glue that holds it together.

Smart Bomb's a forty-plus-page games magazine about ones that aren't, put together by Wil Overton.

There're pages in it that aren't part of stories, like this guide to beating Live! Hyper Revolutionary Bros.'s final boss..

French players would've known it as Vivre! Le Hyper Freres Revolutionnaires! )


Nov. 27th, 2015 08:26 pm
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Didn't post yesterday, so not actually Thanksgiving, but I'm grateful for...

In laws who are significantly different from my folks. We get along with them well enough, by which I mean, they serve as a foil in discussing philosophy, religion, social mores ... well, pretty much everything, thus helping me teach the kid the value of diversity, differences in faith, and so much of our normal lives that appalls my m-i-l.

Heh funny story, she made a half portion of oyster dressing for my f-i-l, for whom it is tradition. Bear took one bite of everything on display, and she thought to tease him, expecting him to turn up his nose. Nope, he tried it, decided it was a little weird, but worth trying and thank you very much for the opportunity. Her look of shock was pretty damn funny.

Driving home, the radio played Arlo Guthrie's Alice's Restaurant Massacre and Himself and I sang along, giggling, then finished the drive discussing selective service, the draft, the Viet Nam war, and changing job hiring practices in regards to conviction as a career-killer.

I'm ridiculously blessed. He's a good kid, even as he mutters, "oh fine," as I remind him to go practice.

Babies are such fun, cuddly and snuggly and bright eyes and joy in nibbling their toes, and toddlers are great, discovering butterflies and bugs and wide eyed watching the world and and and....

As he has grown, each age is wonderful, and that's why this one, too, is the best. He's old enough now to beat Himself to puns and take the lead in discussion. Teenagers, man. I kind of miss the epic Hot Wheels tracks, but discussing Jackson's movies in contrast to the original Tolkien with him is pretty damn nifty. (He agrees with me - Tauriel wasn't original to the story, but adding her to the sausagefest isn't a bad idea.)

That's good, and I'm grateful for it.
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people dont get fired up by ideas unless its some really stupid idea of freedom. or the concept of white america. otherwise they seem to think that something has to happen to someone close to protag in order for people to get fired up. its the most ridiculous fucking thing.

stop the presses

Nov. 27th, 2015 09:19 pm
inkstone: One Piece's Nami after the time skip (oranges & money)
[personal profile] inkstone
Two fics in one week? Unheard of!

It happened, though.

Close Quarters (1467 words) by inkstone
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: One Piece
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Monkey D. Luffy/Nami/Trafalgar Law
Characters: Monkey D. Luffy, Nami (One Piece), Trafalgar Law
Additional Tags: Cuddling & Snuggling, Canon-Typical Violence, Fluff

Summary: Law is done with the Strawhats. Except for when he's not.
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[personal profile] yhlee
Mac users: If you could recommend one piece of software for an incoming Macbook Air, what would it be?

- I plan on getting a license for Launchbar as the very first thing I do.
- I am planning to use Scrivener for writing because I am comfortable with it and it has been brought to my attention that the project files are now intercompatible.
- I am planning to use Textwrangler for coding/text editing. (I've used older versions of both Textwrangler and BBEdit, and suspect that Choicescript isn't going to require BBEdit. I can always upgrade later.)
- I am NOT going to be using the Air for a music production machine (for that I use Cockos Reaper and various synths, Komplete 8, etc. on my Windows PC) or for graphics/digital painting (Photoshop CS6, Manga Studio 5, Paint Tool SAI, Sketchbook Pro 6.2, and Wacom Intuos Pro tablet, ditto).
- Some form of really primitive turn-based game might be nice--not something that'll tax the Air. I'm thinking something like Nethack. I wonder if Zangband is still around? Or *a dim bulb brightens* I could play IF. Probably install basic Twine and whatever the latest version of Inform 7 is.

I'm sure I'm missing stuff, but I don't want to load this thing down.

Also, I still need a name for it, since CERTAIN PEOPLE object to me naming all my technological devices Kujen.

This will be a Good Things post.

1. I finished and turned in my Art Yuletide assignment.

2. I called the vet and have arranged for Cloud's boarding while we are away this Christmas/New Year's. It was surprisingly painless and the lady on the phone was really patient with me fumbling my way through the phone call.

3. [personal profile] lemon_badgeress inspired me to, uh, order a travel watercolor kit. Who knows? I might even get to use it this winter. :)

4. I have uploaded my basic Yuletide assignment sa well as one Treat. So even if I'm not able to *kof* do other things (like more Treats), I'll still have fulfilled my assignment.

5. Leftover pheasant with BBQ sauce (thank you again, [personal profile] tbutler!) makes for a really nice sandwich. =)

6. My dragon and Joe are designing a game using Settlers of Catan gamebits. It's too adorable for words.

7. Although she departed earlier today, my sister visited for Thanksgiving!

8. Joe bought me a book of watercolor exercises. It makes me happy even if I may not get to it this year.

9. Thank you to everyone who weighed in on MacBook Air stuff. I have ordered a reburbished one, which will *knock on wood* arrive next week.

10. FREE SUDOKU PRINTABLES ON THE WEB!!! I can try as many times as I like and it doesn't matter if I get it all wrong! (I let drop that I used to do them on the T in Boston using a ballpoint pen, and Joe said, "That was your first mistake." The ballpoint pen, not the T, I presume.)

What are some of your Good Things at the moment?
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[personal profile] rilina
"Stress is toxic for your health! Minimize stress to be happier and healthier!" I'm sure all of us have been exposed to messages along those lines at one time or another. I know I've seen them in the media and even received recommendations about stress reduction from health care professionals. Our wellness initiatives at work often talk about strategies for stress reduction. Stress is bad, bad, bad.

Except maybe when it's not. That's the premise of health psychologist Kelly McGonigal's new book, The Upside of Stress: Why Stress Is Good for You and How to Get Good at It. McGonigal is a public health professional and she spent many years spreading the message that stress is toxic and horrible. That's why she was dismayed when she saw a study that suggested that the health impact of stress is instead tied to stress beliefs. When people believe stress is bad, stress is indeed toxic and harmful in their lives, associated with an increased death rates, etc. However, when people don't believe stress is harmful, those increased risks disappear. In fact, people who had positive mindsets about stress and high leels of stress had better health outcomes than people who had negative mindsets about stress and low levels of stress.

In this book, McGonigal presents the scientific research on stress for laypeople and then offers practical exercises, mostly mindset interventions, that readers can try in their own lives. In some ways, it all sounds too good to be true, but McGonigal addresses that elephant int he room. She notes there are studies that suggest that mindset interventions can be effective even when they are done openly--the equivalent of an open-label placebo. The first half of the book talks about reframing stress and what a positive mindset about stress looks like. The second half the book focuses on how to change your reactions to stress. Your options aren't limited to fight-or-flight. You can also choose a challenge response (Instead of "I wish I didn't have to do this" to "I can do this")*, a caring/social response (what McGonigal calls "tend-and-befriend"), or even a growth response. McGonigal is careful not to say that trauma or suffering is good, but rather than individuals aren't just doomed to be damaged by adversity.

Though I was initially very skeptical (and okay, still am, to a certain degree) of the power that McGonigal attributes to mindset interventions, there were many points of the book that resonated with me. For example, there have been points in my life where I've had challenge and growth responses to stress and seen what a difference that it's made in my life. And ultimately, one of McGonigal's key messages, which also happens to be one of the last things she says in her TED talk, is that "chasing meaning is better for your health than trying to avoid discomfort." I believe that's true, even if I haven't always done that. And if that's true, it sure can't hurt to give the rest of it a shot.

Overall, a very accessible work of popular nonfiction. Recommended.

*Quotes from Hamilton kept popping into my head during this section. "Let's go!"

enya is back.

Nov. 27th, 2015 07:12 pm
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[personal profile] unusualmusic
what i like so far:

Enya Even in the Shadows.

Enya - Echoes in Rain

and for some reason this older song sound right coming after this:

Enya - Caribbean Blue

i dont really like her new ballad tho. i look forward to picking out a few of her songs on the album.


Nov. 27th, 2015 05:17 pm
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Kazuo Ishiguro's Never Let Me Go has been made into a jdrama:
Synopsis: Hoshina Kyoko (Ayase Haruka), Doi Tomohiko (Miura Haruma) and Sakai Miwa (Mizukawa Asami) have been leading ordinary lives working as adults. Raised at Yoko Gakuen which was isolated from the world, the three of them enjoyed child-like lives and education and were supposed to be normal children. One day, they were taught by their principal Kamikawa Emiko (Aso Yumi) that they are special children who have been given a “mission” from birth and were informed of their “true destiny”.
Website: www.tbs.co.jp/never-let-me-go (source)

Settlers of Catan

Nov. 27th, 2015 06:57 pm
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[personal profile] yhlee
Tonight I played Settlers of Catan with Joe and the dragon after successfully avoiding an earlier game that Joe, my sister, and the dragon had played together.

What you should know about me: I loathe Settlers of Catan. I don't have the rules memorized, but they come back to me when I play if I am allowed to ask questions. Mostly, what I loathe about it is that every time I play, I do everything in my power to stop Joe from winning, and he wins anyway. (Joe's mom's rule for playing Settlers of Catan with Joe is "Never trade with Joe." I have heard this multiple times.) It's like being Cassandra at the Siege of Troy. What the hell is the point when I already know how the game is going to end?

I fully acknowledge that I have not done my utmost to maximize my ability to play Settlers of Catan, but I honestly don't find the game enthralling to begin with. To my dismay, Joe likes it and (as you may have gathered) plays like a gameshark, and the dragon doesn't play like a gameshark but she loves the game. I caved and played one round with them because Joe was feeling guilty about not paying enough attention to the dragon. (We were taking care of household stuff.) That is all the concession I will make. I am NOT playing it again tonight. Hopefully not again for the next YEAR.

From a design perspective I acknowledge that it's a pretty slick, nicely replayable (randomized tileboard) game with a combination of randomness and strategy. But that is never going to make it fun for me.

Idiosyncratically, one of the things I hate about this game is that it takes me about three times as long to process the pictures as it seems to take everyone else. If I'm trying to figure out (say) what resources I need to buy a settlement, it is even more helpful for me to rearrange the cards in my hand so they match the order of the little cheat sheet.

One of these days I am going to find a relative pitch training interval program and just play that for a "game" and glory in being actually good at something, as opposed to having to struggle with just having to tell apart little pictures.

[Art Recs] Grabbag Art Recs round 3

Nov. 27th, 2015 07:33 pm
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1. Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Lincoln & Octavia
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: Drawing
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [tumblr.com profile] brandiwine24
Why this piece is awesome: The detail on this is amazing. It's a scene from the show of two characters who are currently enemies (Octavia's wounded, hence the carrying) and the piece without the scenery really focuses on the two of them. I also really love how the artist does hair.

2. Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Anya
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: Digital painting
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [tumblr.com profile] samanthadoodles and [deviantart.com profile] samanthadoodles
Why this piece is awesome: This is an incredible portrait of a contemplative Anya. The colors especially give the painting and Anya in it a warm glow that really brings it to life.

3. Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Murphy and Bellamy
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: Drawing
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [tumblr.com profile] inkyako
Why this piece is awesome: This piece can be read as slash or gen, but either way it hits my buttons of two people who used to be friends, had a massive betrayal, and then work through it to become friends again. I love the harsh lines and the way that Murphy, whose face you see, is really holding onto Bellamy. Murphy really needs a hug and this piece captures that.
Link: Bellamy gives Murphy a hug

4. Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Clarke/Lexa
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [tumblr.com profile] arniearns16 and [deviantart.com profile] spider999now
Why this piece is awesome: I love the color in this piece. It's set in blue which gives the whole thing a very soft, night feel that gives Clarke and Lexa sharing a moment a very intimate feel.
Link: Clarke and Lexa

5. Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Clarke
Content Notes/Warnings: blood, spoilers for season 2 finale
Medium: Drawing
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [tumblr.com profile] walk21miles
Why this piece is awesome: This is a semi-abstract piece, in that it's about Clarke, but focuses on different parts of her. You don't see her face, but the artist has included her hands, her lower body in profile with a weapon, the back of her head approaching a door that she can't walk back out of. It's looking at the internal consequences of her actions, hard lines and spare colors that I think works pretty well.
Link: Clarke at the end of it all
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[personal profile] tassosss posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: The 100
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Clarke
Content Notes/Warnings: blood, spoilers for season 2 finale
Medium: Drawing
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [tumblr.com profile] walk21miles
Why this piece is awesome: This is a semi-abstract piece, in that it's about Clarke, but focuses on different parts of her. You don't see her face, but the artist has included her hands, her lower body in profile with a weapon, the back of her head approaching a door that she can't walk back out of. It's looking at the internal consequences of her actions with hard lines and spare colors that I think works pretty well.
Link: Clarke at the end of it all

[ SECRET POST #3250 ]

Nov. 27th, 2015 06:59 pm
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⌈ Secret Post #3250 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.

[rhett and link]

More! )


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Current Secret Submissions Post: here.
Suggestions, comments, and concerns should go here.
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[personal profile] kaberett
... that was definitely a nonsensical Western about dinosaurs, with a lovingly rendered backdrop of thoroughly referenced completely incorrect geology

I object strenuously to the fact that it made me cry that much in spite of the baffling artistic licence taken with evolution and wish to lodge a complaint

Nipples don't exist! But that's okay because the C4 photosynthetic pathway does, paving the way for remarkably resilient leaf loincloths

This concludes your complementary review of The Good Dinosaur, now showing in cinemas near you!
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[personal profile] jamie
possible unpopular opinion time (re: Captain America: Civil War trailer speculation)

This doesn't have spoilers but is instead a response to the commentary I'm seeing about the trailer.

There is a lot of 'oooh how gay/slashy/it would be a romance if it was a het pair' both on DW and on tumblr about the Steve and Bucky relationship across the three movies. And let me remind you that third movie isn't out yet, the Russos are very good at their job and their job is to pull in the people who went to see that movie a billion times and bought all the merch - and it wasn't 18-30 year old men.

There was a lot of sly and not so sly commentary during the press tour for Captain America: The Winter Soldier about 'how gay the relationship between Bucky and Steve' was by the mainstream press. Admirably both Chris Evans and Sebastian Stan just shrugged and said that it could be interpreted however anyone liked and/or 'I prefer to think they are just friends'. The tone of some of the comments around the trailer is that it is queerbaiting. There was a post on my dash today from a younger fanperson wanting to know if it was at all possible that they'd show a queer relationship in the movie because why not, and the responder saying they wished it was true but nah, and maybe the backlash would lead to it in future movies.

I've been in fandom for a long time. Alias Smith and Jones as well as the original Battlestar: Galactica were nearly as homoerotic in their subtext as Starsky and Hutch. I too, kinda wondered about Luke Skywalker and Han Solo. So I get it - to a point.

I also think that the '80s and '90s had some incredibly toxic backlash about close male relationships, partially around AIDS and put the whole thing underground for a long time. I'm actually interested to see where Civil War goes and all the relationships it shows. Movies tend to be toxic about any kind of friendship at all. Remember Pacific Rim and how excited people were that the two main characters didn't kiss? Yeah, me too.

I guess the tl;dr for me is that I'm just as invested in seeing Steve and Bucky, Steve and Sam, maybe even Steve and Tony (tho we haven't seen it yet) be friends. I miss seeing friendship up on screen and in my fanfic.


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