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I just finished The Entropy Effect by Vonda McIntyre and it is one of the best Star Trek books I've ever read.

I've read more enjoyable ones. In terms of sheer enjoyment levels, Vulcan's Heart probably still comes out on top, but Vulcan's Heart has Spock/Saavik, pon farr, Romulans, Tasha Yar, and Sarek. I cannot be objective about that book because it is plugged directly into my id. The Entropy Effect is better written. This is hardly surprising given that McIntyre won a Hugo a few years before she penned it. Clearly the woman knows her craft. But I was frankly disappointed in Enterprise: The First Adventure and didn't know what to expect with The Entropy Effect. Having read it, I suspect that McIntyre may have phoned it in a bit with The First Adventure. Entropy Effect feels more polished, and more...weighty. In a good way.

Also, the cover art with a mustachioed, long-haired Sulu is a sight to see.

So now I'm reading Vulcan's Soul, which is a trilogy written by Josepha Sherman and Susan Shwartz, the same authors who wrote Vulcan's Heart. The Vulcan's Forge/Heart/Soul books is basically the canon of the Spock/Saavik fandom, which is a tiny little corner of fandom that I'm inordinately fond of despite not being especially active in it.

I'm meh on Vulcan's Forge, love Vulcan's Heart for the aforementioned reasons, and don't yet know how I feel about Vulcan's Soul. Based on the first little bit, I suspect I'm going to land closer to Forge than Heart, but we'll see.
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[personal profile] sixbeforelunch
Having names for things is so nice. I used to think, "I need to remember to bring something in case my anxiety spikes" and now I just add to the packing list, "emotional first aid".

In my case, this is usually a book or three, a journal, peppermint oil, and my ear buds so that I can listen to ASMR videos and soothing music on my phone.

That's the travel pack. At home, it also includes the heating pad, and hot showers.

What, dear DW, is in your emotional first aid kit?

Back to Smallville season 5

Aug. 17th, 2017 09:19 am
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[personal profile] shallowness
I last posted about Smallville in May. I’ve found it’s best to leave a good long while between watching each episode, but I have finished disc 2.

Season 5, episodes 5 'Thirst' to 8 'Solitude'. spoilers )

Watching and writing

Aug. 16th, 2017 08:26 am
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[personal profile] shallowness
NCIS: LA 4.9 The Gold Standard

Read more... )

I've also posted a couple of ficlets: ce matin, ce soir, hier soir The Musketeers (BBC), Teen, Aramis/Anne. Written for the prompt ‘The Musketeers (BBC), Aramis + any woman, Consent’; and An unexpected fit Fairy Tales (Cinderella), Universal. King, Queen, Cinderella, Prince. Cinderella/Prince. Written for the prompt ‘Fairy Tales, Cinderella/Prince, King & Queen POV - "This is the girl who fits the slipper!"’

I forgot to mention that both were prompts from [ profile] comment_fic. They were both drafted in the week when the prompts appeared and subsequently edited. Form is important in both, the non-linear structure of the The Musketeers fic and the alternating POV in the Cinderella ficlet. The latter is set in a conglomeration of various versions of the fairy tale as opposed to one. I am thinking about posting the WIP meme, but I don't want to jinx the writing that is currently going on.

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Aug. 15th, 2017 11:35 pm
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[personal profile] musyc
I keep finding books to add to my master list of things-to-read, and discovering that said books are the second, sometimes third, book that an author has written - and I have their first one from a few years ago on my list.

Things stay on my list for a LONG TIME, yes. XD

In cat news, Cinders had a bad night last night. She likes to burrow under the throw on top of my blankets and pretend that she's a ... I dunno, a sandworm or something. So she did that, and she was playing "got your hand" with me, when Jesse snuck up and whapped her on the head.

Then after she recovered from that, Sam kicked her as he was stretching. And then Gidget jumped off the top of my bookcase and landed on her, full-weight. Poor girl scrambled out of the blankets, all wide-eyed and trembling. It took ages to calm her down!

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Aug. 15th, 2017 07:32 pm
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[personal profile] neonhummingbird
My phone is dead.

Not merely dead, where it won't wake up, or the screen is smashed, or the battery is gone. No, my phone is dead, so thoroughly fried that even God is backing away, hands held up, saying, "Dude, no one's that omnipotent."

As near as the dude at the repair store can figure, my charger died spectacular sometime Sunday night, and fried every electrical component in my phone along with it. Given that I just checked that charger and it was a LOT of years old, I find this explanation highly plausible. Folks, check your chargers. Trade them for new ones.

My photos were on the sd card, which survived, and they were the only irreplaceable things (three+ years of photos of animals I've taken care of the at the shelter, utterly irreplaceable). But I did not have my movie database or my CD database backed up (because I'm stupid), so I have three-some years of acquisitions to rebuild, unless Google was backing them up for me, which I doubt. But the new phone is on the way (Moto G4 Plus from B&H, unlocked, GSM/CDMA, 64gb of onboard memory, 1.4Ghz octocore processor.... it's a nice phone, and only out at the edge of my budget, and yes, I am very grateful I'm in a position where I can replace my phone, thank god/dess), so I suppose I'll exhaust that last hope soon.

(Also changing providers; Virgin Mobile is making it quite clear that they no longer give a crap about Android users; combined with their nasty habit of making you start a new plan with a new phone and not refunding any of the old plan, the time is ripe for a change. MetroPCS seems to win most of the review polls, and it means I can use a GSM phone, and there's a store literally around the corner from my condo, so...)

I would have gotten my phone diagnosed this morning, but there was a dead body on the tracks at Fullerton (a hub for all three northside El lines) and the entire north side ground to a halt for about three hours. I had left early to go to the phone repair place, and was lucky enough to get a seat on the 151 bus; it is literally the slowest bus you can take to the Loop, but it got me there. There were people walking to the Loop because the buses were too full or running too far behind and Uber, of course, switched to surge rates. I briefly berated myself for not trying to switch to one of the expresses, but by the time I realized how bad it was, all of the expresses would have been full, so...

Main Site Down

Aug. 15th, 2017 04:07 pm
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[personal profile] ariane and along with their subdomains are down due to unexpected server issues. My host is working on them, and affected sites will be back ASAP.
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[personal profile] shallowness
An unexpected fit. Fairy Tales (Cinderella), Universal. King, Queen, Cinderella, Prince. Cinderella/Prince.
Summary: This is the girl who fits the slipper
350 words. Written for the prompt ‘Fairy Tales, Cinderella/Prince, King & Queen POV - "This is the girl who fits the slipper!"’

An unexpected fit: shallowness )

Approach to Housesteads

Aug. 14th, 2017 08:41 pm
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[personal profile] purplecat

I've no pictures from last week so have another from the week before. This is the approach to Housesteads fort from the East. Imagine what that must have been like when both wall and fort walls were more than a couple of feet high!
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[personal profile] brightknightie
There's an Articuno raid at the park nearest me right now. What's happening? Is Articuno back, or is this a glitch...?

I'd planned to post briefly this morning to share that I was so very lucky as to catch a 100% IV Zapdos yesterday! Yay! And then I was going to say that I actually hope summer legendary season will end tonight; I'm game-exhausted by these limited-time-only availabilities of the legendary birds. And then I was going to comment on the rampant Ho-Oh speculation. But...

Apparently, Mewtwo has been a raid boss at Pikachu Outbreak! People have caught Mewtwo! And clearly there's this Articuno right now, here, when we all thought that Articuno wouldn't be seen again in the game for many months, if not a year, if not ever.

Why does Niantic do these things on Mondays (work days) instead of weekends?

If all the legendaries are back in the game at high availabilities, I may perhaps feel a little ill-used or tricked for having invested time and effort in catching them while we were told they were limited-time-only. Hmmmm.

Addendum 10:56 PM: Niantic has spoken: Mewtwo and "other powerful pokémon" are coming soon to "Exclusive Raids," and all 4 legendary birds are back through the end of August. Read all about it.

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[personal profile] shallowness
ce matin, ce soir, hier soir. The Musketeers (BBC), Teen, Aramis/Anne.
Summary: Three times Aramis asks for Anne’s consent.
233 words. Three sentence fic. Written for the prompt ‘The Musketeers (BBC), Aramis + any woman, Consent’. Title = this morning, tonight, last night.

ce matin, ce soir, hier soir: shallowness )
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[personal profile] brightknightie

For the month of July, in my corners of social journaling, here are the Forever Knight items that I happened to see:

Ficathons, fests & communities that welcome FK

FK fanfiction & other fanworks
Archive of our Own (AO3) Summary: 7 of the 782 FK stories on the AO3 show posting dates in July.

News & conversation:

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[personal profile] delacourtings
cherry chapstick (the taste of her). harry potter. ginny/luna. pg. 365.
for [community profile] hogwarts365prompt #204: players, cherries.
"alright," ginny said grudgingly. "you won," she sighed. "what do you want?" 
luna considered what it was she wanted most of all before stepping forward. 
"this," she said and then she was pressing her lips to ginny's.

Read more... )

26x icons (Various)

Aug. 11th, 2017 06:53 pm
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[personal profile] lost_spook
Some icons made for [community profile] iconthat, for Department S generally, and others spotted lurking on the hard-drive, including Doctor Who, Dracula (1968) & The Forsyte Saga. I like to save up and post in big sets, but that only means some things never get posted!


It serves him right after all; he should manage his affairs better )

Credits: textures by larmay, tiger_tyger & imemime_art. The usual rules apply - want, take, use, credit. Please no hotlinking.

Happy 49th

Aug. 9th, 2017 04:13 pm
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[personal profile] wendelah1
Today is Gillian Anderson's 49th birthday. Since my favorite GA picspam of all time, by [ profile] amyhit, was ruined by Photofuckit, instead you get one picture plus a link to Syfy's tribute.

Dana Scully and her birthday snowball

Via Tumblr, 49 reasons we're celebrating Gillian Anderson's birthday.

Every now and again, Tumblr is good for something. Also, despite the resemblance, I nabbed this photo from a very old website, not from Syfy or Tumblr.

I am kicking myself for not saving that picspam when I could. Also, I want a Hostess Sno Ball.

wednesday movies

Aug. 9th, 2017 03:13 pm
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[personal profile] sixbeforelunch
(Because I have no attention span for reading these days, but have been watching a lot of movies.)

Recently Watched

Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
Frances Ha - did not finish
The Front Page
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
Singing in the Rain
My Life as a Zucchini

...and probably one or two more that I'm forgetting.

I think I've at least mentioned all of them here before, except maybe My Life as a Zucchini which is a cute little claymation movie about a boy in an orphanage. It's got all of the standard kids in foster care tropes, but it's well done, and short (about 65 minutes) and not a terrible way to pass an evening.

Currently Watching

Dial M For Murder. I've got 40 minutes left so please no spoilers in comments, but I want the bad guy to suffer at the end of this movie.

To Watch

Good Night, and Good Luck
The Narrow Margin
Forbidden Planet
Grand Hotel

I have been scouring the library for all the noir movies. I don't know why I find old noir so bizarrely comforting, but there's something soothing about watching people who aren't me make terrible life choices.
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[personal profile] musyc
Up until this past weekend, I could watch Netflix and be using the internet on my laptop both at the same time.

All of a sudden, I can't. If I even open my laptop and access the wireless network? Wham, Netflix buffers and cuts off. Using my tablet, not a problem. Phones on the net, not a problem. Just my laptop.

Which is verra frustrating, because there are various things I just can't DO on the tablet. I thought it was a weird fluke at first, but now it's been a few days. No longer coincidence. >:|
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[personal profile] damalur
Title: Off the Edge
Characters: Joker/Shepard
Wordcount: 10k
Additional Tags: ME3, Pining, Mass Effect Big Bang 2017
Summary: What Shepard needed was an anchor.
Notes: See AO3.

Read more... )

The Dark Tower...when movies stray

Aug. 8th, 2017 04:15 pm
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[personal profile] ziparumpazoo
So I went to see The Dark Tower on the weekend. Having been burnt by pretty much all the movie adaptations of Stephen King novels, the only expectation I had going in was that Idris Elba would be awesome.

Idris Elba did not disappoint )


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