I had plans to get a whole bunch of household chores done on Monday, but they were postponed when Adam received a notification from the University of Maryland that his apartment had failed inspection and he had until tonight to get it clean. So even though the kitchen mess was almost entirely his ex-roommate's, we had to go to College Park to clean out his kitchen, meaning that half the stuff in the freezer had to be tossed, counters and dishes had to be cleaned, measuring cups had to be replaced, and noodles had to be stored in Adam's closet.
We were tired when we got home and had emails to answer, so we watched Man of Steel while we did those. Our neighbor who was our house- and cat-sitter while we were away stopped by to give the cats a present with an electronic tail, we had chick'n in peanut sauce for dinner, then we watched Suicide Squad, which was remarkably unimpressive; I will never understand what people see in Harley Quinn or The Joker apart from the fun of cosplaying as them. From Paramount Pictures, some more warehouse treasures and working studio sights:
( Paramount Fame )
( You know, after all these years, I still start to use the LJ code )
If we're taking down Confederate statues, can we take the names of Confederate generals off military bases?
SPLC releases new edition of 10 ways to fight hate.
My US Rep., Jamie Raskin, is sponsoring the Oversight Commission on Presidential Capacity Act -- taking the 25th Amendment ability to remove the president out of the hands of the VP and cabinet, and putting it in Congress. The only problem I see with it is that I don't think there are enough doctors in Congress to fill the slots.
Uncovering a colossal Bronze Age battle.
Russia is treating feminists as extremists in a crackdown.
Teenagers going to town halls are owning the Republicans.
Charlottesvile syllabus -- readings on hate in America.
An 8th Circuit district court judge has ruled that we don't have a right to film public officials, including taking phone pix of cops. This needs to go to the Supreme Court.
National Trust for Historic Preservation on confronting difficult history.
NYTimes: The failing Trump presidency.
We need to talk about online radicalization of young white women.
How the Republican Party quietly does the bidding of white extremists, by former Sen. Russ Feingold.
The Republicans who want to legalize running over protesters.
Artistic maps of India and Pakistan showing regional embroidery techniques.
Cross-post from my archive.
Fandom/Arc: Nirvana in Fire, In Every Time and Season
Characters/Pairings: Jingrui/Yujin, Lin Shu | Mei Changsu, Meng Zhi, Xiao Jingrui, Yan Yujin
Summary: Jingrui is finding himself drawn back toward a military position, after fighting at the northern border, and Yujin follows along, as he always has, despite his own reservations. Along the way, the two of them get into trouble, politics, and eventually a deeper understanding.
Meta: Drama with Politics and Romance, and also a Sprinkle of Porn, I-4
( Candles Lit at the Doors )
Very few of Yujin's reservations had ever held up in face of Jingrui's smile. Not when they were little and stealing sweets off Aunt Jing's table (with her amused connivance, Yujin had realized years later); not when they were a little older and Jingrui had dragged Yujin everywhere after their glamorous, if also sometimes alarming, older cousins; not when they'd come of age and Jingrui hauled Yujin out onto the roads to wander the country with that very same smile. He could barely imagine leaving Jingrui's side, at this point. So there was really nothing else to do but elbow him back until they managed to shove each other into the shallows, laughing.
I'm still going to be putting up a virtual garage sale post later in the week, after I more time to go through things and get a list together, but thank you! I very much appreciate it.
If any of you would like a fic from me as thanks, just leave a comment or send me a message. As long as it's a fandom that I'm familiar with, I'd be glad to write something for you.
From my house, this is as covered as the sun got during the solar eclipse. My dad has a special sun filter that he uses for surveying, so I took a bunch of video and pics during the event today. Though not a total eclipse, it was really cool to look up in the sky and see this in real time. :)
Unfortunately, I have never read anything of his. I have always meant to read Frankenstein Unbound, since I enjoyed the 1990 adaptation. So I’ll have to try to do that sometime soon. He also wrote Dracula Unbound, which I was never certain about reading, having not heard the best reviews--but it’s on my list, too, now.
2. Today is Fanfic Writers’ Appreciation Day.
3. wyld_dandelyon is doing a tarot card reading, and the first card is free.
4. Whedonesque is shutting down after 15 years. I think I’ve followed that site via feed (first on LJ, and then here on Dreamwidth via whedonesque_feed; I’ll unsubscribe to it shortly) for at least a decade, if not longer.
Were it not for the Buffyverse, I never would have ventured into writing, in both fanfic and RPG's (I think Willow was the first character I wrote for in any RPG).
I'm not going outside to look at it because I didn't actually realise it was happening here at all until yesterday so I don't have any eye protection. But it's fun watching the bright August day dim down & down to this dulled, kind of eerie light.
Now it'll start brightening again. Unless this isn't an eclipse at all, but the start of the apocalypse....
Getting to know a person is like a specialist topic. And you probably can't study books about them, mostly, though people something enough to have instruction manuals would be an interesting category. Reading their journal might count, but only i they're, like, super chatty and write all the things.
... my journal. Probably counts.
But I do skim the highlights only, for a lot of topics.
... yes I know it's very wordy for highlights.
Most people most of the time are not deliberately teaching you about themselves. There would be times they were, but probably not often.
And the kind of thing that counts as intensive training? Probably not going to come up in routine social interaction.
So most people most of the time, hanging out with them is like learning on the job.
Some people are in fact your job, but then all you need to know about them relates to your job, so the primary skill is your job skill, and different clients are, like, familiarisation penalties. (B169) Eight hours practice gives you familiarity with a new model. Before then you're at -2 even if you have the relevant skill. So you can improve rapidly in those 8 hours, which seems to be all Torchwood does to teach guns, but might make an instructor think they were really good at teaching. But with people, 8 hours getting to know them would get you over the really awkward stage.
But then just hanging out not teaching in particular? 800 hours. To get one point better. Than default. For a maximum of 8 hours a day.
Sooooo... that could take a while.
And I, personally, leave the house maybe 8 hours a week?
And much of that time is spent on the bus.
So to get over the first awkward might take two or three weeks, but then to actually start getting skill points in This New Person, that will take at least a hundred weeks. Or two hundred. Or... more.
And if any particular person is only there for one activity a month? A hundred months.
... which is a bit of a long time, really, and a complete explanation for only shallow acquaintance, without social skill penalties being involved at all.
Which makes me feel better about it.
... I mean my social skill penalties are also significant, but, theoretically not insurmountable, given sufficient time with an actual particular human.
Finding one you like well enough to invest 800 hours in is a tricky bit.
It was way easier when we got all those hours by osmosis at school, every single day, for years.
... easier in a way that I purely couldn't do any more, but, you know, in the friend-hours equation, that went faster.
So, new theory: just need more hours.
... at my age...
Since my mom's abroad right now, I took my dad to the beach this weekend, with a couple other relatives for company. Saturday was a wonderful, sunny day, driving through the rainforest mountain. I was a bit worried during the week, since a tropical storm was headed to the Caribbean and there'd been a landslide on road along the coastline. But luckily, the storm missed us entirely and went further north. Also the effects of the landslide were mostly taken care of, so the road was clear.
Here's a pic I took on Saturday, of the view from the house. As you can see, we got lovely, clear skies.
And at nightfall it was just amazing to see thousands of stars per square inch in the sky. I mean, I know they're always there, but where I live we never see them all, due to the bright lights.
On Sunday, the weather was a bit more overcast, but it was nice being warm and dry, while still having that lovely view despite the rain. I did a little bit of sketching of the rain falling on the deck. It was oddly mesmerizing watching the raindrops making circular patterns in the pool.
( Pencil Sketch: Raindrops )
Glad the skies cleared up in the afternoon for the long drive in our return journey back home. Here's one more pic of the coastline on that part of the island. Gorgeous as usual. *___* ( Photo )
Hey, I hear there's gonna be a complete solar eclipse over the U.S. today. I think here in the Caribbean we'll be able to see a partial eclipse at around 2:30pm, a few hours from now. So I'm looking forward to that. :)
- The Defenders
EEE! I didn't realised the series came out over the weekend. I see everyone on Tumblr and DW seems to have seen in. EVen my own *brother* has seen it. Where was I? At the beach. lol. Need to watch before I get spoiled somehow. /o\
You can make it all about Rip being a bit useless, going from "I suggest that we next hit Savage when he least expects it" to sitting staring at his wife's last message for a week, but it's a bit jarring.
You can fit a whole story of oops Savage expected that too, oh no we can't think of what to do next, in the jump.
Also, what to do with Snart in an AU: say he never met Mick, but didn't die in juvie. He got stabbed on his very first day, and it made him re-evaluate his life. So there's an AU version of him who is still alive, was never Cold, and then meets Mick after he's lost him. Massive angst potential. Mick blaming himself for every bad thing. But also it's like Tapestry, Len never was Cold but he never was much else neither. Lacked the necessary incentive to give him an edge. Meaning his father didn't threaten Lisa, somehow. Boring if she was never born, make her born and then they both escape. Say if the medical treatment necessary from the stabbing showed them a pattern of existing injuries and someone noticed in a useful way. The system worked, everything worked out different, yaay. That does what Len tried to in season one, just at a different point that makes it seem more about Mick for the angst. And we get different angles on what a 'better' Len would be, because civilian Len who didn't raise Lisa could still be a money hungry bastard, but with no focus outside himself. So he just hurt people with petty capitalism, and never did save anyone. Cold did better when it counted. Just also worse.
I should write. Something. Eventually.