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An extremely serious work of Neprezi for blurds/eptified.

NEPETA: :33 < the pouncellor rolls to seduce the dragon!

VRISKA: Not this again!

TEREZI: OK4Y F1N3

TEREZI: BUT W3 H4V3 T4LK3D 4BOUT TH1S

TEREZI: 4BOUT HOW 1F TH3 POUNC3LLOR ROLLS TO S3DUC3 TH1NGS 1T 1S OUT OF CH4R4CT3R FOR H3R TO ROLL TO S3DUC3 TH3N SH3 G3TS 4 P3N4LTY TO S41D ROLL 3QU4L 3X4CTLY TO TH3 V4LU3 OF TH3 ROLL?

NEPETA: :33 < yeah but you're making that rule up!

ROSE: Alas, it is in the rule book.

TEREZI: 4LL 1’M S4Y1NG 1S, 1F YOU W4NT TO S3DUC3 TH3 DR4GON, YOU H4V3 TO 4CTU4LLY ROL3-PL4Y 1T! TH3 POUNC3LLOR 4ND H3R P4RTY H4V3 B33N PURSU1NG TH3 W1LY DR4GON WHO S4T ON TH3 C1TY OF LL4NKHM3OWR FOR M4NY LONG MONTHS NOW, SURV1V3D COUNTL3SS TR4PS 4ND T4UNTS! TH3 DR4GON H4S 3V3N STOL3N 4W4Y (4ND P4RT14LLY-34T3N) TH3 PR1NC3SS TO WHOM TH3 POUNC3LLOR H4S SWORN H3R LOY4LTY FOR 4LL T1M3!

TEREZI: T3LL M3, POUNC3LLOR - DO YOU R34LLY W1SH TO 3ND YOUR LONG STRUGGL3 4G41NST TH1S M4J3ST1C B34ST W1TH 4 JOK1NG “ROLL TO S3DUC3?”

VRISKA: Yeah, can we please quit screwing around and get something done, for once????????

NEPETA: :33 < ...all right, then! i WILL role-play it! the pouncellor will seduce her old rival with the very fiercest of furvor!

TEREZI: NOW TH4T 1S WH4T 1 L1K3 TO H34R!

VRISKA: Oh, my god.

TEREZI: SO: HOW W1LL TH3 POUNC3LLOR PL4Y TH1S? 1 R3M1ND H3R TH4T H3R R3L4T1ONSH1P W1TH TH3 K1DN4PP3D C4TK1N PR1NC3SS (PL4Y3D BY 4 C3RT41N 4BS3NT NON-F3L1NO1D PR1NC3SS WHO H4S UNW1S3LY SK1PP3D TH3 P4ST TWO S3SS1ONS) W4S V3RG1NG ON TH3 BL4CK B3FOR3 TH3 DR4GON C4RR13D H3R 4W4Y TO H3R L41R!

TEREZI: W1LL TH3 POUNC3LLOR M3R3LY TOY W1TH TH3 DR4GON'S BL4CK 4FF3CT1ONS WH1L3 R3M41N1NG LOY4L TO TH3 PR1NC3SS? OR 4R3 H3R F33L1NGS FOR TH3 B34ST G3NU1N3?

VRISKA: Oh my godddddddd...

NEPETA: :33 < hmm... rose, can your guy shapeshift me?

ROSE: Given a live sacrifice of appropriate “narrative weight,” the wizard *could* transform the pouncellor into a dragon. However, he is willing to take so drastic a step only for the sake of true hate or love - not merely to avoid a confrontation.

TEREZI: LOOKS L1K3 YOU'LL N33D TO B34T BOTH TH3 W1Z4RD *4ND* TH3 DR4GON'S P3RC3PT1ON CH3CKS 1F TH3 POUNC3LLOR 1NT3NDS TO TR1FL3 W1TH TH3 B34ST’S STR4NG3 BLOODL3SS H34RT! 1S TH3 LOY4L 4DV1S3R TO TH3 QU33N OF TH3 C4TK1N D3V1OUS 3NOUGH TO D3C31V3 3V3N H3R FR13NDS 1N SUCH 4 W4Y?

NEPETA: :33 < the pouncellor’s intentions are pure! it is her heartfelt intention to capture the dragon’s bloodpusher, which i assume is in a box somewhere nearby, and carve her name into it!

TEREZI: THE DR4GON WOULD B3 D33PLY MOV3D COULD SH3 H34R TH1S!

NEPETA: :33 < - but the dragon did kidnap the princess, so maybe the shape-shift step isn’t even necessary? i don't know, how big actually is the dragon?

TEREZI: 4NT1C1P4T1NG SUCH 4 CONC3RN, 1 H4V3 PR3P4R3D 4 D3T41L3D 1M4G3 SHOW1NG SC4L3

VRISKA: OH MY GOD I AM LEAVING

ROSE: The wizard is fully prepared to sacrifice the Marquise for this scheme. Or really, pretty much any scheme.

VRISKA: The HELL he will!!!!!!!!

OTW Fannews: Fanficcers for Hire

Mar. 29th, 2015 12:01
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Fanfic isn’t just being sold after the fact by online giants -- some are hiring fans to write-on-demand: http://bit.ly/1xpZu20

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Mar. 28th, 2015 21:56
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Am I going to totally die of serotonin syndrome if I take one of Mom's sumatriptans

Due to Pristiq

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Mar. 28th, 2015 14:00
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You want to make some Heian- or Meiji-era historical figure be a sexy wizard with named secret combat techniques, fine, I will accept this in the spirit in which it is presented.

But if it's the Edo era, it's just. I feel like I'm reading a story where Thomas Jefferson and John Adams are sexy wizards. That's too mundane a time period somehow and I cannot take your shounen manga seriously. I'm sorry but I cannot do this.

Party like it's 1999

Mar. 27th, 2015 07:33
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I feel I should outsource all my media reactions to Vonnie. X Files revival! Already I know it will be terrible and already I know I won't be able to resist watching.

(Chris Carter: still pretending the mythology makes sense. GIVE IT UP, CHRIS. EVERYONE KNOWS.)

I am actually feeling all warm and fuzzy even though I am sure the series will be a disaster. You guys! I met so many of you guys through The X Files! I got into online fandom through The X Files! I got into LJ through The X Files! I want to throw my arms around you like Muppet Angel.

some things

Mar. 26th, 2015 15:28
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* Heard a good, deliberately casual talk over lunch today. It's funny to be in a space where someone can say, "XML is everywhere, it's what people do, but we're going with Drupal for this project." That is, funny both that TEI-XML has reached semi-saturation of a smallish interdisciplinary (and international) space and that there are multiple viable possibilities for technical infrastructure now.

* Different topic: somehow I am the least of several evils awkwardnesses. That was the cause of the BEARS spike, oddly enough, but I am sitting on the head of impostor syndrome for now, if not rash enough to drum it with my heels.

* A senior colleague said today to me in seriousness that he'd never thought of me as not being like him, i.e. white. The thing about having several kinds of imperfect passing privilege is that I have long since schooled myself not to laugh at others' sincerity on the topic; instead, I gave a few easy examples.

I am still having little bubbles of ironic amusement from it. This is convenient because---within the coming fortnight---I am to prepare for least-of-awkwardnesses activity, make an XML template for this year's big book, finalize stuff for a website update (including two chunks I'm to provide, not only QA), and write leaf-by-leaf photographer instructions for an additional box of fragile, handwritten nineteenth-century codices (ongoing project of my choosing: most boxes contain two or three such codices), while keeping up with quotidian stuff. I have pushed two task-sets from the same timeframe, namely reading bunches of website page drafts (not written by me) for consistency and writing some much-needed documentation. Thus I shall take amusement wherever I can find it, she said grimly.

The lead on the awkwardnesses activity has tried joking that it'll take an extra twenty hours per week till it's finished. Not funny, sorry.

OTW Fannews: Fannish Legacies

Mar. 26th, 2015 10:27
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The Conversation featured a discussion of Leonard Nimoy's impact on fandom. "[I]t’s no surprise that for many fans, the loss of Leonard Nimoy felt like the loss of a family member. Nimoy was happy to be known as the 'geek grandpa,' and embraced his key role in history and development of fandom. Those early fans – who, so many years ago, fell in love with Kirk and Spock – proved that their passion could make a difference, that fan communities could be a force for good. They took a page out of Star Trek and refused to apologize for being different. Just like Mr. Spock."

Many centerpieces of fandom are going but will not be forgotten, by either fans or our cultures.

Question for art/design people

Mar. 25th, 2015 14:44
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Is there any quick way to vectorize some simple raster line drawings like this? Or otherwise scale them up smoothly?

Like, there's definitely an appeal to just throwing my opus up on Amazon all pixelated, but I feel that such a stylistic choice would obscure the qualities of my art style. I want it to be appreciated for what it is, y'know?

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Mar. 25th, 2015 13:17
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I unwisely did exercise that is not just walking/running, and now my back and all my joints are bullshit.

Can I sue my high school for making me carry all those goddamn books around, because it's always the same fucking spots on my back and neck that my backpack fucked up, every single time I try to do this.

using bitterness

Mar. 25th, 2015 10:00
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Abena Dove Osseo-Asare, Bitter Roots: The Search for Healing Plants in Africa (U of Chicago Press, 2014): though the emphasis is on Ghana, South Africa, and Madagascar, Osseo-Asare knows what she's done with the title in playing to readers' sense of gestalt, then replacing it with strands about trade, oral history, the mythologizing more common to scientists than to lorekeepers in this context, and so on. The introduction sets the monograph's tone by speaking scholarly language, citing not only published work but Osseo-Asare's own fieldwork, acknowledging specific ways in which her personal identity as read by others has facilitated or closed the collection of information, and revealing what she sees as relevant aspects of her identity. It would have been impossible, in other words, for her to have written this study without being herself, in starker ways than scholars usually need to admit. Honest. One risk from a scholarly standpoint: a critic suggesting that she should have delved more deeply into a given issue may be told that her subject position did not permit it. Then again, sometimes it may be true.

I've enjoyed reading it in all of its hybridities, aside from the conclusion. Instead of warning the reader that "Who was first?" is a poor question, then continuing to address it anyway, Osseo-Asare could have found a stronger orienting issue; it is odd, also, to suggest that people continue with biopiracy and bioprospecting (in search of prosperity) despite the book's significant critiques of them. She has done quite a lot of work, yet one wishes her to have reflected a bit more.

Chapter sequence: periwinkle, grains of paradise, strophanthus, hoodia.

Two sidenotes: during the year when she would have gone up for tenure, she chose to change schools because her former department was distinctly unfriendly. Also, it must be hard to have this person as a parent (see under "Who gets to enjoy your cooking most?" though part two does acknowledge the link; p.s. another leaning towards self-pub).

fiber tuesday

Mar. 24th, 2015 15:17
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Gift #1 has been knitted and gift #2 is 1.5 very long rows from completion, but I'm more interested in today's being the first of my two noncontiguous days of spring break. As promised for a few weeks, we walked to the Native American shop of random gifts and bought a wooden flute. Reason thinks it's for her, but it's on my desk---too fragile for a four-year-old's inconsistency of care.

I've shown her how to pull in the lower lip and blow down towards her chin, then to put the flute's tapered end in her breath's path. Her fingers can reach the six holes, three per hand, which beats my initially futile stretching for the 8.5-hole plastic recorder once imposed upon me. In retrospect, "having" to learn recorder in fourth/fifth grades (mixed classes) was awesome and part of the last gasp of public schools' general music literacy.

Wood has fiber, eh? Xylem? Read more... )

OTW Fannews: For the Fun of It

Mar. 24th, 2015 11:03
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Apparently the Cosmo girl is now a fanfic writer. For those yet unpublished fanfiction writers, Cosmopolitan pointed the way to success in fanfiction writing. Included in their 8 steps were "Don't spend too much time coming up with Most Original Story Ever. Just start writing" and "Prove you're a true fan by incorporating Easter eggs."

How has your Minecraft fanfic been doing? Do you see your culture or gossip in fanworks?

New fic: "Spangled"

Mar. 23rd, 2015 17:58
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Spangled (142 words) by brainwane
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), The Avengers (Marvel Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Steve Rogers
Additional Tags: Astronomy, Wistful, Sonnets
Summary:

In the 1940s, if you looked up from Brooklyn at night, you could see the stars.



I was showing my friend Elisa the "something doesn't smell right" thread and [community profile] cap_chronism, and she reminded me that also Steve Rogers would be surprised that he can't see the stars at night. So I wrote this sonnet.
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I'm going to have to let Buoyancy share Dubiety's expensive medicated food. I've been trying to keep them separated for meals, but they both just spend mealtime walking back and forth between their bowl and the door separating them. Bu mewls and scratches at it.

And they're really stressed out the rest of the day, too - Du won't let me pet him, Bu acts scared of me and his toys. Why am I separating them, why am I locking Du in, why am I taking food away from the anxious former-strays, why am I being meeeeeean?

So, yeah. I gave in and left the medicated stuff out for both of them last night, immediately calming them both down considerably - Du actually purred last night - and called the vet this morning to make sure it was safe to keep doing that. It is, but, like. This is expensive food.

Clothing is blergh

Mar. 23rd, 2015 23:00
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Clothing shopping is the worst, seriously. And I swear I have the worst of all possible circumstances and tastes:

* plus size
* short
* in Australia (small market, and shipping internationally is the worst)
* regional Australia at that (so there aren't many retail choices where I live)
* tastes ranging somewhere between "classic" and "butch"; simple styles, plain colours
* large-busted (and short, as above) so actual men's clothing doesn't fit
* wide feet (5+ years of barefoot shoes is partly to blame)
* super high insteps (always been like that)
* walk and bike everywhere so stuff has to be comfortable/practical for that purpose
* strong preference for natural fibres
* strong preference for fair trade/ethically made (A HA HA LOL NO)
* oh and I'm not very affluent so if stuff's expensive it had better last a few years

Things I have tried very hard to buy this week and so far failed:

* underpants (black cotton hipster briefs, is this too much to ask?)
* black t-shirts (black cotton fitted crewneck, ditto)
* some sort of winter-appropriate shoes (since my old black barefoot boots, which have served me well since 2009, have given up the ghost)

I have favourite US-based brands/styles of all the above[1] and have tried to order them to be delivered to a friend's house for when I'm passing through SF in a few weeks' time. None of the vendors will let me order for delivery to the US unless I have a US credit card. None of the brands are available in Australia, or if they are, nobody has the particular styles and sizes. Shipping to Australia is exorbitant -- total cost for 5 pairs of undies was $120, for instance.

If I show up to run AdaCamp in some sort of lime green swirly polyester kaftan and 100% synthetic, slave-produced sneakers, you'll know I've given up, because that's all that actually seems to be available to me at this point.

--

[1] Someone is probably going to ask, so: Cacique cotton hipster briefs from Lane Bryant, Eddie Bauer short sleeve favorite crewneck t-shirt, and almost any of the Vivo Barefoot men's shoe collection but especially Gobi II Hopewell, Scott, and Ra II.

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Mar. 22nd, 2015 12:07
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so earlier this week i was talking with [personal profile] were_duck, and i said, hey, remember back in like 2005 how i was all UGH I HATE OPEN CANON I WILL AVOID OPEN CANON FOREVER I CANNOT HANDLE IT, THIS IS THE LAST TIME I SWEAR (re: sg:a).

and then how i said WELP, CONGRATULATIONS TO ME, AT LEAST IT'S NOT RPF, THAT IS THE UBER-OPEN CANON, THAT SHIT NEVER CLOSES, AT LEAST NOT UNTIL EVERYONE INVOLVED IS DEAD AND ALSO EVERYONE WHO HAS EVER MET THEM. I WILL NEVER DO THAT.

then in 2007 i fell into bandom ([personal profile] skoosiepants' fault, as when i asked her for a primer, she...created a primer. ugh.). a problem that didn't really get acute until late 2009, when there was a terrible/wonderful pinch-hit crisis during podbang. (podmod created & edited that sucker as a team, at speed and under pressure, and we were victorious. and the raw, unedited file (which is 3x longer than the edited version, iirc) is still one of my favorite things in the entire world.)

anyway, then [personal profile] were_duck and i laughed bitterly (the bitterness may have been only me, idk) at the way fate is supercruel. and also how i am a chump.

over the ensuing years i've been cagey about it for multiple reasons, but actually being cagey is getting more stressful than the reasons i was being cagey are. um. sorry if you talked to me about bandom/mcr (in person/in chat/on convention panels/in bars/on lj, dw, twitter/etc) and i pretended not to know what the fuck you were on about. repeatedly. for years. it isn't you, it's me.

anyway, that's the state of me, fannishly speaking. rpf is the worst, you guys. <3

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