[Art] A Duck, A Gull, A Hare.

May. 26th, 2017 09:35 am
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These were all inked during Inktober last year.
So much fun colouring them.
I livestreamed the colouring of all of these over at Instagram,
and had really great crowds join me throughout the day.
Also honestly how have I never drawn a Mandarin Duck before,
they're so awesome. :D


Mandarin Duck as Totem
Original available at Etsy

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'Love can be such a bright, brilliant emotion. I teach about eternal love. I don't teach lessons about love that fades, but instead, love that remains, stays steady, flames bright no matter what. I champion fealty and loyalty to one's loved one, will show you why opposites attract, or why two people can fit together like a perfect puzzle even when they're already whole. I also teach about the beauty of the liminal, how to find wisdom in the dawn and dusk, in the mist and fog. I will guide you through confusing places, and you can follow my bright plumage, or, if you get along better with my female counterpart (or myself when I'm in eclipse plumage), you can follow the flashes of green-blue upon her wings. See me at the surface, and I will teach you about the beauty of love, but I am a duck, and we are made to delve deeper, friend. Come with me, learn what lies beyond.'

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Mediterranean Gull as Totem
Original available at Etsy

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'You might think, to look at me, that I am a bird that whispers the secrets of the sea, or squawks them, but I'm the Mediterranean Gull, and you'd best get to know *me!* I cry the secrets of the coast, the shoreline, the cliffs, but especially the reeds, the marshes, the swampy wet places where sea meets land. I'm not about those huge open seas, nor am I about endless land, I love the meeting places. Perhaps you'll not be surprised then, to learn that I also teach about meeting places! How to socialise, interacting with others, loving others and hating them, walking through a social life of literal pecking orders and subtler nuanced association. I am not as brazen as some of my gull counterparts, but I'm not quiet either! I will be near you, and I will talk happily. Do you want someone to walk along the beach with you? To forage through the reeds? To find gems of wisdom in the places other people neglect? Look at how we can become so successful, commanding the places that people put second, to their detriment. I am joyful, determined and outspoken, but respectful and understanding too. I might look like so many of the others, but you will learn that I am only ever myself - as you are too.'

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Mountain Hare as Totem
Original available at Etsy

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'I am integrated into my ecosystem, to the point where the way I live from place to place is variable, as it should be for you as well, if you are hopping from ecosystem to ecosystem. I am aware of my place, I respect it, we have a relationship of mutuality. On the surface, you may think me silly and hilarious, with my hopping antics, my wild racing across the fields or meadows or forests. I am happy in the higher places, I'll never be all that content at sea level, and you may find yourself drawn to the wisdom of hills and mountains and rises. Whether gentle or steep, we know how to appreciate a good hike to see the view beneath us, don't we? It's not always an easy life, I feel you know this well. I am hunted, and I am prey. But there are those who look out for me, and I look out for myself, too. I'm watchful, wary, made to inhabit my environment as perfectly as possible, whether white as new-fallen snow, or as grey-brown as a stone in a grassy field. Look for my moon and goddess wisdom too, if you wish, look deeper, into how I am anchored with the legends of the land and fertility. Oh, we can go so far together, you and I, across the fields or meadows or forests.'

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So there’s a new Twin Peaks… thing…? out? I guess? And I have never seen Twin Peaks (but am fairly well spoiled for whodunnit and so on) and have pretty firmly decided that, NOPE, NOT FOR ME, TOO CREEPY AND AWFUL.

…So tonight I was like “hey, I want to watch some TV and obviously Twin Peaks is not even in the running, but what should I watch? Leverage? Sense8?”

And then Netflix recommended me The Keepers. About the unsolved murder of a nun, and how her murder connected to the horrific sexual abuse of teen girls in the school where she taught because THAT IS MUCH LESS CREEPY AND AWFUL AND HORRIFYING THAN TWIN PEAKS? OR. THE OPPOSITE OF THAT. SO OBVIOUSLY I WATCHED THAT.

(I mean, the series seems amazingly well done and I’m sure I’m going to watch the rest of it, just, you know, this is EXACTLY LIKE that time I decided not to read the second and third books of the Hunger Games trilogy because they were too grim and depressing and instead I went and read a book about the Donner party. GUESS WHAT, GRIM AND DEPRESSING AND THE ADDED HORROR OF ACTUALLY BEING TRUE.)

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Posted by 4ster

The National Gay Flag Football League (NGFFL) is a 501(c)(3) sports organization that "seeks to promote the positive social and athletic enjoyment of American Flag Football." It's next championship team will be crowned in Gay Bowl XVII, October 5-8, 2017 in Boston, Massachusetts. However, this year's Gay Bowl will be unique: for the first time, it will count among its sponsors an NFL team: the reigning Super Bowl champion New England Patriots.


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NEW YORK (AP) -- Mark Zuckerberg returned Thursday to Harvard, where he launched Facebook and then dropped out, telling graduates it's up to them to bring purpose to the world, fight inequality and strengthen the global community....

It's dead, dave.

May. 25th, 2017 08:28 pm
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Welp. This'll be the second HD I've bricked in 2 years.


The rest of the laptop's still good---I've pulled and cleaned off the motherboard once, and replaced the keyboard once about 3-4 yrs ago (as it turns out, computers don't like tea, not even a little bit), and 1Tb 2.5 hard drives are thankfully very affordable. So I guess I'll just keep replacing bits until the whole laptop goes up in a dramatic Michael Bay-esque explosion, or else goes entirely obselete.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Authorities released a report Thursday detailing the manhunt and shootout with a husband and wife who killed 14 people and wounded 22 others in the San Bernardino terror attack in December 2015....

nice review of Wholanta 2017

May. 25th, 2017 08:29 pm
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http://pop-culturalist.com/pop-culturalist-attends-wholanta/

There are some pics of cosplayers at the bottom of the article. Most reviews are of the panels in the Gallifrey (Doctor Who) and Otherwords (general sf/fantasy) track rooms, along with reviews of some of the actor and writer guests in the ballroom (Main Programing).

Fic: Heart and Soul

May. 25th, 2017 07:08 pm
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Title: Heart and Soul
Author/Artist: [personal profile] alisanne
Prompt: 76 - A Veela mating gone horribly wrong (by [livejournal.com profile] rzzmg).
Rating: NC-17
Pairing(s)/Character(s): Ron Weasley/Gabrielle Delacour
Word count and/or medium used: ~3500
Warnings (Highlight to view):​ *​ Blood, gore​*
Disclaimer: Harry Potter characters are the property of J.K. Rowling and Bloomsbury/Scholastic. No profit is being made, and no copyright infringement is intended.
Summary: Ron should be careful with his promises.
A/N: Thanks to [personal profile] sevfan and [personal profile] emynn for beta reading, to [personal profile] torino10154 for the handholding, and to the lovely [personal profile] writcraft for throwing this fabulous fast and for making me feel so welcome.

Heart and Soul )
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I just checked Amazon.ca and the mass market paperback editions of my books that used to sell from $10-12 are selling for $11.25 to $12.12.   For example, Neverwhere is https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/0062476378?ie=UTF8&camp=213733&creative=393177&creativeASIN=0062476378&linkCode=shr&tag=eauciuen-20   


The larger format trade paperback editions are selling from between $13.69 to $21.59 depending on the book, just as they did before American Gods was on the TV. Here’s the trade paperback edition of Anansi Boys: https://www.amazon.ca/Anansi-Boys-Novel-Neil-Gaiman/dp/0061342394/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

Near-weekend update

May. 25th, 2017 07:12 pm
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Skating: I kinda did a flying sit spin today! Okay, there wasn't any much sit, but there was some spin and even a couple inches of fly. I landed on one foot and kept spinning. I'll take it.

I also eliminated the entrance to my nascent back scratch spin entirely and actually got a revolution or two in the right place on the blade, with my weight over my right side. BF has done away with the inside three turn everyone uses to start a back spin and is having me enter it from...the closest I can describe it is kind of a mutated Ina Bauer. Just keep curling around on the right foot, dragging the left foot, and the circle gets smaller and smaller until it turns into a spin. In theory. It works better than the three turn entrance, anyway.

Getting my weight over to the right may have helped a little bit with the loop jump, although I'm still too scared to really pick my left foot up and cross it in front while I jump because you cannot save yourself in that position if something goes wrong. I like having an exit strategy. Except my exit strategy leads to me always landing it on two feet, which is not really the goal. Ugh.

Arthritis: On Monday night, ever so briefly, I thought the Enbrel might be working, because usually I'm 100 mg of tramadol in by 6 PM and I actually managed to make it all the way to bed without needing any (I had taken some that morning). Alas, it was short-lived and Tuesday was kind of hellish. But it was close enough to when I take my shot (Sunday afternoons) that I'm somewhat hopeful it's related to the medication, and as it continues to build up in my system I might experience longer and longer periods of not hurting.

I finally made an orthopedics appointment for the hip bursitis(?) that's been going on for at least six weeks now. It's been low-level annoying for long enough that I want professional help, even if the professional can't do much. Although apparently they can just remove the inflamed bursa in an outpatient procedure if steroid shots and physical therapy fail, so there's that.

Apartment: I now have 15 plants in various containers, not counting some hibernating bulbs, mostly in front of my huge western exposure living room window. I may need an intervention. But they love that window so. My purple waffle started as basically half the size of my hand, and within six weeks was bigger than my head. It's still growing. And it bloomed! So did two succulents. Adorable pink flowers. And my not-an-aloe-but-looks-like one made a baby once I repotted it. And I added a table to my screened-in porch, which has been very nice since the weather warmed up.

It's quiet in here

May. 25th, 2017 07:40 pm
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Posted by <a href="/users/WolfKomoki/pseuds/WolfKomoki" rel="author">WolfKomoki</a>

by

Julian reflects on his life without Barry.

Words: 555, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

MARKED - Ooops?

May. 25th, 2017 11:49 pm
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MARKED - 8.6

“Hey! I’m nice” The voice came from behind Lorque and Nilien and, as one, they tensed and turned around. Not Istore, not Istore… Chason was looking indignantly at them.

Phew.

“We were saying Istore wasn’t - coming up right behind you,” Lorque ended unhappily. “Hi, Istore, did you get that math problem figured out?”

“I did. What’s wrong with you? You look like you just ate a lemon.”

read on...

WiP Amnesty: Foundations

May. 25th, 2017 07:31 pm
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I have these lingering fics that I know I'll never finish -- for lack of interest or will or whatever else have you. This fic is one of those -- I think it was supposed to be a pinch hit? For one the Slashy Santas? Or something else, because I thought the suggested pairing, Celeborn/Elrond was super amusing ... But ultimately, I couldn't take it anywhere.

So here it is is. I'm posting and letting go.

Foundations, Elrond/&Celeborn, 878 words.

Shake off the dust on your shoulder. )

How do they rise?

May. 25th, 2017 07:38 pm
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DSC_9146

Lilacs on the 25th of May.

MARKED - Post frequency update

May. 25th, 2017 11:41 pm
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MARKED - Post frequency update

Sooo y’all might’ve noticed how it’s been a crazy erratic posting schedule around here lately. I want to apologize for that, first; can’t go into details without going into My Personal Life but I have been dropping the ball a lot.
That, plus talking to Lyn a bit about her...

read on...

Windows is live on Git

May. 25th, 2017 10:42 pm
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Posted by cgc373

Over the past 3 months, we have largely completed the rollout of Git/GVFS to the Windows team at Microsoft.

As a refresher, the Windows code base is approximately 3.5M files and, when checked in to a Git repo, results in a repo of about 300GB. Further, the Windows team is about 4,000 engineers and the engineering system produces 1,760 daily "lab builds" across 440 branches in addition to thousands of pull request validation builds. All 3 of the dimensions (file count, repo size and activity), independently, provide daunting scaling challenges and taken together they make it unbelievably challenging to create a great experience. Before the move to Git, in Source Depot, it was spread across 40+ depots and we had a tool to manage operations that spanned them.
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Posted by Jacen

Joss Whedon, nerd icon, has a new video in support of Planned Parenthood. Joss Whedon, known throughout various demographics for Buffy, Dollhouse, The Avengers, Dr Horrible's Sing Along Blog, and the immortal Firefly, recently released a three minute video made for Planned Parenthood exploring some of the consequences of clinics closing.

Whedon is also known for support of Equality Now.


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