this is not my beautiful wife

Oct. 16th, 2017 10:50 am
musesfool: a sword (honour demands it)
[personal profile] musesfool
Yesterday, I scheduled my grocery delivery for the 8 am - 10 am slot, since I had plans for the afternoon, and so I set my alarm for 7:30 so I could at least have brushed my teeth and put on pants, but I hit snooze instead of getting up, and then the doorbell rang at 7:45. Needless to say, teeth were not brushed and pants were not acquired - I did pull on a pair of boxer shorts before I answered the door, but I was still half-asleep while the guy handed me my groceries.

I guess being early like that almost makes up for two weeks ago, when they didn't show up at all? Even though they said they delivered it to someone in the household? And I spent half an hour on the phone with Amazon assuring them that as the only person who lives in my household, I had not received any groceries. They refunded my money, of course, but it meant I had to actually go do grocery shopping. And then my baby spring greens froze (I think it was the packaging? because the bagged salad doesn't do that) and I had to buy lunch all week anyway, because ugh, salad that has frozen and then defrosted is all limp and slimy and I couldn't bear a week of lunches of it.

In better news, my plans yesterday were meeting up with [personal profile] tenaciousmetoo, her husband, and [personal profile] innie_darling to go see the 30th anniversary screening of The Princess Bride, which was, of course, fantastic. It opened with Ben Mankiewicz interviewing Rob Reiner, and Rob Reiner telling cute stories about the filming of the movie (and then there was a second brief interview segment bookending the movie).

The movie still holds up. It's still sweet and funny and romantic and funny, eminently quotable with iconic performances, sword fights, pirates, evil princes, and true love conquering all. Do I wish Buttercup were a little more active in the fire swamp? I do. But I am heartened by having seen Robin Wright as General Antiope in Wonder Woman, and the progression of yet another princess from my youth (I was 17 when TPB came out, so I can't say childhood) becoming a general. Anyway! It was great to see it on the big screen again, and I definitely recommend it.

Then we had dinner at the Grey Dog - the food was good but the music was loud - and talked for a couple of hours. All in all, a great way to spend a grey October afternoon.

And then the Giants actually won last night! A game where they were supposed to be annihilated! So that was fun. *g* But now I am very sleepy and wish I was home in bed instead of at my desk at work. Sigh.


Advice needed from MacBook users!

Oct. 16th, 2017 11:33 am
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[personal profile] selenay
I'm planning to jump ship and go over to a MacBook. Hooray, I can hear my Apple aficionado friends crying :-)

The problem is that there are so many options out there and I'm wary of making a mistake, because this is an expensive investment. So a bit of advice would be appreciated.

A lot of my usage will be general stuff: browsing the Internet, bit of video watching (not editing), writing and editing documents and spreadsheets, using Scrivener etc. I'm also probably going to be doing bits of development, learning and messing about with Python, doing some courses on data analytics etc. I doubt I'll be running around all day every day with it, because I have an iPad, but for various reasons I don't want a desktop and I'll need something that isn't awful for lugging onto planes and so forth.

I've narrowed it down to absolutely NOT the 12" MacBook (every article on it says its not worth the price-tag) or any 15" monster.

I'd been leaning towards the 13" MacBook Air, with the best CPU on offer and 256GB drive, but it's an older architecture and that makes me wary. I want to get at least five years out of whatever I buy, and I'm concerned that the Air might not match my needs or stay update-able for that long.

I've been looking at refurbed 13" MacBook Pros - October 2016 release or June 2017 release. For not much more than the Air I'd been looking at, it seems like I'd get more power and the architecture is newer (same disc amount, though), so they're likely to stay update-able for longer. But are refurbished models from Apple actually reliable?

Does anyone have any opinions on which way I'm better leaning towards?

And will 256GB be enough disc space? I don't tend to store videos on my machines and I can archive stuff on external HDs when necessary, so it sounds OK to me, but I haven't gone Mac before so I don't know how much space the OS etc. needs.

Any thoughts much appreciated!

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Oct. 15th, 2017 05:37 pm
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[personal profile] lycomingst
I would like it to be known that I wish everyone in the present administration in Washington ill.

Netflix movie My Afternoons with Margueritte )

Last Monday I got up in the middle of night because I smelled smoke. It took me about an hour to realize that it was the fires up north. I’m about 80 miles south of the fires. The smell has faded but the devastation goes on.

I had some rosemary left over after making some roast chicken. I’m not that fond of rosemary; it’s so strong, but I wanted to use it up. So I made Rosemary Bread. Mine doesn’t quite look like that.

Then I made Molasses Dinner Rolls. They’re a touch sweet but very tasty.

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Oct. 15th, 2017 09:06 am
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[personal profile] turps
Nanna isn't doing well at the moment.

cut for talk of imminent death )

ETA: I got a call and she's gone.

Nanna Rosie, I love you so so much.

newredshoes: Woman in religious ecstasy, surrounded by art implements (<3 | patron saint)
[personal profile] newredshoes
Some dates have been set, some things are happening, I am trying not to take late-afternoon/early evening naps! Moving trucks on Tuesday afternoon, three years to the day after I moved in here. Getting internet at the new place on Monday afternoon (in theory), and so should be getting keys... on Monday afternoon? Apparently this is very complicated. I already sense a pattern with this leasing company (ho ho, no shit!), but fingers crossed I just won't need anything ever. IT WILL BE FINE. Everything will be fine once I am in a new space!

Packing is starting to feel like psychological warfare, though. I have tried to make a list of what's left, which would in some ways be easier to handle if I could get access to my apartment, which legally becomes mine tomorrow. But it's like... the kitchen and the decision-fatigue-inducing papers and knickknacks and the "can I run all over Brooklyn and Manhattan to donate this before Tuesday and still get all my work done?" stuff. I suspect there will be a lot of Tuesday morning "throw it into a garbage bag! God will know his own!" going on.

TV is still good at the moment, though. Riverdale is peak ridonk, The Good Place is making me SO OUTRAGEOUSLY HAPPY and Jane the Virgin is finally back and I'm so overwhelmed by love that I can only watch it in chunks. I finally saw Kung Fury with my friend H, who came over last night for loafing; it was staggering, and it leaves Netflix in a week, so get on that, friends.

Neighbor has not messed with me since Monday night, at least. They seemed to be gone for a few days, but they're definitely back now. I'm worried about that window when the movers are coming in and out for a bit, but there's no way around it and hopefully, well. Movers.

I am still crashing and all my books are in boxes.

Secret Santa UPDATE

Oct. 14th, 2017 09:53 pm
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[personal profile] franztastisch posting in [community profile] be_compromised
Hello hello! Apologies for the little SNAFU with the screened comments on our Secret Santa Sign Up post. It has been fixed and sign ups are a-go!

Sign ups are open 'til 0900 on Saturday 21st October. Again, apologies for the mixup!
musesfool: han/leia from TFA (stlil crazy after all these years)
[personal profile] musesfool
I answered the first ten questions of this meme here, and now I'm doing the second set of 10:

Ship Questions for your Current Fandom

11. Who is your current OTP?
I guess if my "current" fandom is technically Star Wars, then Han/Leia is my current OTP. *hands* And also Rey/Finn and Obi-Wan/Satine and Kanan/Hera.

12. Who is your current OT3?
Rey/Finn/Poe. Anakin/Padme/Obi-Wan (which is could these relationships be better/more healthy than fervent shipping; but they do work better as a trio. IJS).

13. Any NoTPs?
Didn't I already answer this last time? Reylo for Star Wars, definitely.

14. Go on, who are your BroTPs?
Han and Luke, I guess? Though I'm okay with Luke being there as part of the OT3 with Han and Leia. *hands*

15. Is there an obscure ship which you love?
Obi-Wan/Satine. Obi-Wan/Ventress. Also, Anakin/Ahsoka. I would also love some Ahsoka/Steela if people would write it.

16. Are there any popular ships in your fandom which you dislike?
Hux/Ren. Ugh. DO NOT WANT.

17. Who was your first OTP and are they still your favourite?

18. What ship have you written the most about?
I haven't really written much ship fic in Star Wars.

19. Is there a ship which you wished you could get behind, but you just don’t feel them?
Qui-Gon/Obi-Wan. I guess I can see why people ship them but I find them a huge yawn and have mostly been unable to sustain interest in reading fic about them where the romantic relationship is the focus. See also Finn/Poe, which doesn't interest me unless Rey is also present. I also just don't get any of the Obi-Wan/clones fic. I mean, knock yourselves out, but I don't get it.

20. Any ships which you surprised yourself by liking?
Obi-Wan/Anakin. Which - I don't read most of the fic for it, because I don't see it a regular romance? But I have a hard time with them being separated (before Anakin turns evil, I mean) even if they are technically involved with other people.


help meeeee

Oct. 14th, 2017 01:15 pm
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[personal profile] alexseanchai
My brother's birthday is in three days. He is asking for audiobooks. I am going to venture the guess that podcasts would also be welcome (though I suspect podfic would not). He is offering zero guidance on which ones. I have no idea what books he already owns in any format, except that he owns a very great deal of Catholic nonfiction in hardcopy, and also some Tolkien. I asked him in September to name a few genres he wants to read in or subjects he wants to be educated on so I would have a place to start. (I know Catholic theology on the "I went to Sunday school with the parish until I got confirmed" level. He knows Catholic theology on the "I have a Master's in theology from Franciscan" level.) He has not responded.

What should I get him, or recommend to him? The less money I need to spend, the better. (Though I assume pointing him at Amazon Music's $0.00 dramatic reading of the KJV is cheating.)

Secret Santa 2017

Oct. 13th, 2017 10:11 pm
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[personal profile] franztastisch posting in [community profile] be_compromised
Hello! I’m helping out this year with our Annual Secret Santa! So guys... *drumroll* It’s sign up time!

Please read the following information carefully – we like to tweak things to try and make them better – and please do follow the instructions for the sign up form because it makes everything easier. Thank you!


REQUESTS: from now until 09:00 GMT Saturday 21st October
CHOICES POST: will go up ASAP and be available until 17:00 GMT Friday 28th October
ASSIGNMENTS SENT OUT: by Tuesday 31st October at the latest
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Midnight (whatever your time zone) Sunday 3rd December
GIFT POSTING STARTS: Sunday 17th December


An exchange is where you sign up with ideas for what kind of gift you’d like and what kind of gift you'd like to give, then everyone gets a gift and makes a gift, and it's all anonymous until reveals at the end. For this exchange gifts can be EITHER a fic OR a gift basket.

This post is to sign up to take part in the exchange. We also like to have a graphics team to make banners for all the gifts. If you would also like to make other graphics goodies, pinch-hit, beta read, and cheerlead, THANK YOU. You can do any or all of these extra things regardless of whether you’re in the exchange or not – either comment to this post or wait until we have a post later on calling for volunteers.



2) Your gifts need to have a focus on Clint and/or Natasha – solo or as friends, partners, lovers, colleagues, spouses, enemies… We love other characters and welcome fics with all pairings and no pairing group gen fics, but the focus of our comm are on these two. SEE THIS POST and message a mod if you have any questions.

3) Fics must be a MINIMUM of 1,000 words and a MAXIMUM of 10,000 words. Gift Baskets are the arty option, but should be the equivalent of the same length fic. They can be made up of art (such as a wallpaper, painting, picset, fanvid, or graphic manip), a fanmix (minimum cover and 5 tracks), icons (minimum 10), or a combination or any of these, or a combination of these and a short fic (minimum 500 words).

4) This is an anonymous exchange, so don’t reveal who your giftee is until after the reveals!


If at any point during this exchange you feel you won’t be able to submit your gift by the deadline please do let us know straight away by email or PM. We don’t yell, we just want to make sure that everyone who participates gets a gift.

To keep things fair, for participants, pinch-hitters, and your mods, if you don’t submit by the deadline a pinch-hitter will automatically be assigned. If you submit by the agreed extension date the pinch-hit will be a community gift. If you don’t submit by the extension then whatever you create will not be posted as part of the exchange and the gift for you will be reassigned as a community gift. We’ll still love you, but please be considerate of your fellow bar members and mods – unlike Santa’s elves your mods can’t work logistical magic.


To take part please copy and paste the sign up form into a comment and fill it in. Instructions are behind the cut.

Comments are screened to keep them anonymous. After the sign up deadline of 09:00 GMT Saturday 21st October we will do a public post of all the requests making them anonymous. You then reply to that post with your top three picks of which requests you’d like to create for. (There will be more information on this in the requests post.)

You’re not guaranteed your choices, but we will be using these to match you up as best we can and will keep to your choices as much as possible. We aim to match everyone up in the best combinations possible, but we make no guarantees of perfection! Please feel free to include lots of info in your sign up form; it actually makes things easier, both for matching and for whoever gets you as an assignment.

Once matching has been done you will receive your assignment by email. We’ll provide information closer to the time on how to submit your gifts, which will be by email to the community email address. Remember, this is an anonymous exchange!

For questions: there’s a thread at the top of this post that we will keep un-screening the comments on so we can chat.


Copy and paste into a comment to this post:


Okay then. HERE WE GO!

Happy ATTF!

Oct. 13th, 2017 04:47 pm
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[personal profile] kiss_me_cassie posting in [community profile] be_compromised
I am a horrible hostess and got so involved with cleaning and clearing out my office that I forgot my hostessing duties! Oh noes! But it's still Friday and we have a whole fabulous fall weekend ahead of us, so here we go...

Once upon a time, there was a Princess named Emily and she adored bubblebaths. She also adored fandom. Hence, bubblefic was born.

What is bubblefic, you ask? Well, if you want to get technical, it's fic that features a bubblebath. But why should we limit ourselves here? It could be anything related to water--a bath, a shower, a hot tub, a kiddie pool.

Sometimes bubblefic is smutty (cause, hello? nekkid people!), but just as often it's not. Sometimes it's art, sometimes it's a drabble. Sometimes it's just a headcanon. Get creative and show us your bubbles!

As always...

Things to remember:
1) Always label NSFW (Not Safe For Work) stuff in the title and post under a cut.
2) Fic and artwork needs to have a rating and warnings (or you can say that you’ve chosen not to use warnings).
3) For people with annoying internet connections, say in the title if a comment is graphic/images/gif-heavy and post picspams under a cut.
4) Have a damn good time! (Because if that’s not happening then this post has clearly failed.)

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Oct. 14th, 2017 09:05 am
turps: (unicorn)
[personal profile] turps
I did get a dress, and we picked up James' tux the other day, so we're pretty much set now. If you're interested, I posted the dress on insta here. Not the best of photos, and I need to decide what to do in terms of hair styles, but you get the idea.

Kayleigh had a lovely birthday, but when she got there the staff told her the room was haunted, so her and her gf spent the night expecting to see ghosts and saying they were going to sleep in the car. Apparently the room we'd chosen for them has been featured on Most Haunted, and the hotel itself left an A4 sheet of paper talking about the supposed hauntings. But they did stay -- and slept in the bed -- so all was well.

We went to see The Snowman yesterday, and like many films lately, I enjoyed it much more than I expected.

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