administration update

19 Sep 2017 23:22
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 I expanded the list of interests in the profile, because it was mostly a list of cat breeds. No pedigree required at [community profile] cats !

Although of course pedigreed cats are also celebrated!

I switched to a cat-themed style, although I am open to the idea of improving it if anyone good at styling communities is interested in donating their efforts. I like all your ideas so far and hope this community will grow and become a resource.

That said, I will share that my older cat's health crisis has reached a very sad point and I will be saying goodbye to her on Friday. So I may not be on here that much over the rest of the week and weekend. But I will be back -- I will have one cat (in icon) remaining! 

New administrator

18 Sep 2017 01:27
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[personal profile] egret posting in [community profile] cats
 Hi everyone! 

I succeeded in getting this community transferred to me since its previous administrator had been inactive for ages. 

Unfortunately, the fall semester has taken all my time, and one of my own cats has not been well. 

But out perhaps we can use this post now to start a discussion about what we like to see in a refreshed community.

What should DW's cat community be like?

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17 Sep 2017 23:23
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[personal profile] gramarye1971
Still around and reading, just a bit quiet. Finishing my Remix Revival fic tapped out quite a bit of my creativity. And I keep starting and deleting entire screeds about the current state of North Korean politics and nuclear brinksmanship because I am a rank amateur when compared with the good folks in the disarmament business who can look at a missile for five seconds and say things like ah, yes, that's a second-generation Iranian-produced Scud-D model, only painted black and with extra fins added to it for no good reason that we can determine. I hate feeling only half-informed, if that.

At this point I am crossing off days until my folks swing down from the Frigid North to visit in mid-October, and to my planned Japan trip in mid-November. If anything else creative or similarly productive gets done during the interim, I'm not sure whether it'll be in spite of or because of my own efforts.

But still around and reading, as mentioned.
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A rough decision: This afternoon, I saw an apartment in my dream location. It's literally exactly where I would want an apartment to be, right down to equidistance to my favorite things in the neighborhood. It's within my budget, it's pretty light-filled, it's in the back of the building (a brownstone!), so it should be quiet. I feel like I should be ecstatic.

But the more apartments I see (so many of them utter, utter stinkers!), the more I realize 1) how important having a non-miniscule kitchen is to me, and 2) how little I want to live in the exact same apartment I've lived in since college. This is a steep fourth-floor walkup with no particular amenities, a sloping (and unpretty) floor, bad caulking and a bizarre kitchen (there's a ledge acting as an island that divides it from the living-room area). Plus, no pets. I just have Betta Barnes right now, but I'm really sad any time I think of not having the opportunity to get a dog without moving.

I pretty much have a week to find a place I really like if (and this is still an "if") I plan on going to North Carolina to dogsit Gus while Dad and J are in Thailand. I have to give my management company 30 days' notice that I'm leaving, and honestly, my broker explained today that the most danger I'm in (if that ) is losing my security deposit (which obviously I don't want to lose, but it's also kind of ceased being real money in my head, since it's been out of my hands for three years???).

So, this is my big stress right now. Presumably any place I could sign on for would ask for an Oct. 1 move-in date, which will mean 1) paying rent on two places at once, but 2) the opportunity for a staggered, gradual move. I'm trying to focus on this for the moment, because more immediately, some condensation from a glass of iced tea dripped into my trackpad on Friday, and my laptop has been almost unusably haunted since. (Please let it go away, I don't want to have to buy a new computer too, especially since I don't like any of the new Macs and I'm locked into the dumb system.)

Okay, going to hit post. Hi, friends. I would love to be someplace new already!!!!
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Nothing clarifies one's determination to move out, even if the space and the neighborhood are nice (well, certainly the neighborhood), like spotting Violent Neighbor's husband lingering on the sidewalk in front of the building, talking in a hangdog way with someone clearly blocking the main entrance. I spent 45 minutes sitting on a park bench rather than chance running that particular gauntlet. And weirdly, no one should have to live being scared of that, even if nothing was happening!!! So this evening I've been on the phone and corresponding with varying brokers and agents about no-fee one-bedrooms that are vastly out of my comfort zone financially but which score well on RentLogic, look nice on the inside, have some amenities (a dishwasher!!! A FEW IN-UNIT W/Ds!!!!) and seem to be in interesting neighborhoods. My weekend is quickly getting silly, but shoot, it will definitely be worth it.

In other news, I finally remembered today that when one has an ongoing low-grade cold that doesn't go away with sleep or soup, you can actually just buy cold medicine and it will help a lot.

Pop culture, feminism, etc.

14 Sep 2017 20:22
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NAME: Eve
AGE: 25
INTERESTS & HOBBIES: Pop music, pop culture, trans-inclusive feminism, LGBTQIA issues, social justice, comedy
LOOKING FOR: People from ONTD, or other people interested in discussing pop culture, politics/feminism or our daily lives! (And of course the intersections of it all!) LGBTQIA-friendly people only!!
ANYTHING ELSE?: I'm trying to start up a pop culture/current events community, 
[community profile] howdareuCurrently looking for members/mods to help grow the community, so message me if you're interested! For those who care, my faves include Britney, Madonna, Kylie, Carly Rae Jepsen and Tove Lo. Fave shows include 30 Rock, Sex and the City, Will & Grace (SO excited for the revival!), Drop Dead Diva, and Parks and Rec.

Multi-femslash Big Bang

14 Sep 2017 18:05
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Welcome to the first year of wlwbigbang!



At this point writer sign ups are closed, but artist sign ups are open until October 5th 2017.

Sign Up | Challenge Info | Schedule | Contact


Challenge Overview:

This is a big bang challenge for the sapphics, celebrating femslash pairings across many different fandoms. The main ones are RWBY, Star Trek, and Supergirl, plus more than ten others fandoms.

Authors have to write a minimum of 10,000 words, while artists have to create at least one piece based on the fic they claimed. Various types of art are allowed, including traditional and digital art, graphics, gifsets, moodboards, fanvideos, and fanmixes.

Fics and art pieces are due in late November.

Please check our tumblr, or our our livejournal for more information and specifics.
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[personal profile] china_shop
Reading
Finished Whatever: or how junior year became totally f$@ked by S.J. Goslee and The Bedlam Stacks by Natasha Pulley. Whatever was enjoyable, but I was shipping a non-canon pairing (cf my penchant for friends-to-lovers vs antagonists-to-lovers) so was disappointed by the ending. But the book was mostly about the process of coming out as a teen, to self, family and friends, and that aspect was great.

The Bedlam Stacks was a slow-starter and very world-buildy, and I don't think I was the right audience for it. I'm super-non-visual and there was a LOT of description, most of which didn't settle in my head. I can imagine it really working for some readers, though. I liked the ideas, and the way the magic realism came together.

Next up: no idea. Maybe something by KJ Charles or Cat Sebastian, neither of whom I've read before. I have various books and sample chapters stacking up on my kindle, as always.

Kdramas
I spent a few days idly contemplating Secret Garden OT3 scenarios (Seul/Oska/Ssun, natch) and not starting anything new, but on Monday I dipped a toe into Another Oh Hae Young, and now I am hooked. Grumpy perfectionist Park Do Kyung, in a moment of drunken weakness, let himself be goaded into getting revenge on Oh Hae Young, the woman who jilted him at the altar, by seriously messing up her new fiancé's business. The fiancé broke up with Hae Young (for her own good) before his business disasters cascaded into bankruptcy and imprisonment. Except it turns out to be a case of mistaken identity! A different Oh Hae Young! Do Kyung has epically ruined the lives of two innocent people! Cue oh my god what have I done?!?!? and everyone suffering through the fallout.

There's also some unexplained deja-vu/precognition going on, because of course there is, and Seoul is the size of a postage stamp. I'm good with that.

Past half-way on Chief Kim, and it's still really engaging. There's not even any romance yet; it's pure redemption arc/found family/David vs Goliath.

Moonlight Drawn by Clouds and Goblin rewatches continue. Goblin is especially good to revisit, now that I know what's going on. #immortaldorks

Other TV
The boy and I are continuing our Parks & Recreation rewatch (spurring me to finally buy the last two seasons on DVD).

Films/DVD
We watched a NZ documentary called Tickled, which starts off being about competitive endurance tickling and turns into kind of an investigative thriller.

Writing
Nope.

Computer
The list of things that are no longer working now includes torrenting.

Posting
I started a rambly post maybe a week ago, and keep poking it. I seem to have forgotten how to chat to the internet. *waves instead*

Politicking
The election is 9 days away. I've been sign-waving and leafleting for the Greens, and yesterday I went to a branch meeting and talked more than I intended (ie, > 0).
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NAME: Frankie aka Strumbella
AGE: Early 50s
INTERESTS & HOBBIES: Music, guitar, drumming,reading, internet, making lists
LOOKING FOR: I'm looking for some new friends who post and or comment on a fairly regular basis. I do comment in return should I have something to say. Age isn't a factor for me when making friends, we can all learn from one another.
NOT INTERESTED IN: Politics, Racism.
ANYTHING ELSE?: Lived in large cities most of my life and then about 4 years ago moved in a very small town. Still not quite found my niche here, however I'm loving the NO drama and the laid back atmosphere.
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Name: Noa
Age: 30something
Country: Europe
Subscription/Access Policy: Everything is public!

Main Fandoms: Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, RPF and FPF both, but I'm just more into RPF
Other Fandoms: 24, Game of Thrones, Sherlock (BBC), Firefly, Battlestar Galactica, The Killing (Danish Original)
Fannish Interests: Fic, mostly. 
OTPs and Ships: I can get invested into a number of pairings if a fic is well written :) Longtime favorites include Sean Bean/Viggo Mortensen, Richard Armitage/Graham McTavish, Jack Bauer/Chloe O'Brian, Jack Bauer/Tony Almeida. I'm currently writing a Richard Armitage/Orlando Bloom fic with a friend, you can find it here at AO3 if you're interested!

Favourite Movies: mostly Wes Andersen and Lars von Trier movies
Current/recent TV Shows: Orphan Black, Game of Thrones, The Walking Dead, Dear White People, The Fall, Dicte, Call the Midwife. I'd love to see 'The Handmaid's Tale' and am looking foward to the second season of 'Topf of the Lake'.
Other interests: books, design, politics (European, mostly), environmental issues

Other Info: I've only recently moved over from LJ to DW and my subscription page is still mind-numbingly empty. I'd love to widen my circle here, so to speak, and am always happy to engage in fandom-chatter. Fic recs are also very welcome! Just talk to me :)
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[personal profile] newredshoes
Oh man oh man oh man -- I had a truly ridiculous apartment-hunting day. The first place I saw, in my neighborhood but on the other side of it, was gorgeous and gigantic and also in the same building as the guy I dated and then ghosted on last year. His name is still on the mailboxes, AUGH.

The place I just came back from... has an in-unit W/D, a dishwasher, new kitchen (with hiiiiideous floor tile, lol oh well), a good size, no vermin that I could find, decent light (no trees nearby and the view itself isn't great, but fixable if you go for lots of houseplants) and. AND. THE MOST AWESOME ROOFTOP IN BROOKLYN, MAYBE? You can legit see everything, it's great. Pets allowed, so I could actually get a dog!!! Something I said I'd do only if I had access to my own washer and dryer. It's catty-corner from the apartment I live in now, so it might actually be the world's easiest move. If I can give 30 days' notice this week and start this lease... maybe on Oct. 1, the move might be doable, like, over the course of two weeks, in shifts? This might work!

(There are things to be meh about -- the hallways could be a little cleaner, but the broker said that was due to the workers doing the remodel/repair/&c. The apartment is also as-is, so I'd have to negotiate a deep-clean on their dime, I think. But I'd be close to my CVS, my familiar train lines, my bike routes, my co-op membership... I'd be in an elevator building, I'd be free of my evil neighbors... I'd even still be close to my favorite cheap takeout place. I do still want to explore more of Brooklyn, but it's only becoming clearer to me that any nice place that has the neighborhood amenities I imagine for myself is out of my reach unless I get a roommate, and I don't totally know that I can do that.)

So... hey, that might be a thing that I'm okay with. Now to decide if I'll be applying for this assistant editor position at the Mary Sue (which, er, I haven't read in a dog's age)...

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10 Sep 2017 01:03
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[personal profile] gramarye1971
My Yuletide nominations for this year are Porco Rosso, Night Raid 1931, and Master Keaton. They're all finally available in English -- the last volume of Master Keaton goes on sale mid-September -- so perhaps this will be my year for rare history-based anime fandoms? I live in hope.

EDIT: I should admit that most of these nomination choices came about because at one point a few months ago I was seriously considering having an all-DPRK slate: the Inspector O novels, The Schoolgirl's Diary film, and the Squirrel and Hedgehog animated series. Much as I would enjoy writing or reading fic for any of these canons, I do not relish the thought of ending up on _coal at this time.

hiss hiss slither slither

9 Sep 2017 22:47
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[personal profile] john_egbert
Haven't been online too much lately. I moved to a new place last week, and my thought process was something like, "Oh, it won't take too long, I don't have that much stuff!"

Aha. Ahaha.

But, anyway, the furniture is (mostly) together and my boxes are (mostly) unpacked and my commute is officially reasonable, so I call that a win! It feels weird to have an extra hour and a half in my day suddenly--what do I even do with myself? (Mostly the answer has been 'play video games and write and nap on the floor', but I think/hope I'll eventually find it in me to go out and explore my new surroundings more.)

Reptilian Ramblings )

In other news, Breath of the Wild continues to be an excellent game. I finished up the Gerudo Desert and Vah Naboris (Gerudo outfit is best outfit, and also I ship Zelda and Urbosa now because dang that height difference), so now I'm wandering the land and tracking down various shrines because I desperately don't want it to be over yet. (Not that I can't keep playing after I beat it, but that always feels different somehow.)

I'm also endlessly amused by how the Great Fairy upgrade animation keeps getting more and more suggestive as I unlock more ranks. I only have one fairy left to find, and I have a feeling the final sequence is going to be just... amazing.
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[personal profile] newredshoes
Today's apartment-hunting apparently left me wiped enough for an early-evening nap, which I'll surely regret. Apartment-hunting is so lolzy. Like, we saw one place that used to be the parlor in a brownstone, and it was HUGE with GIGANTOR CEILINGS and VERY MOULDED CROWN MOULDINGS and a FIREPLACE and... a truly incredible amount of IKEA furniture left by the previous tenant. Then there was the building near Pratt (and the overpass) that was its own duplex -- you could go down an extremely tight spiral staircase and literally have your own garden-level cave the length of most of the building, with access to a tragic concrete patio and a half-built freestanding fire pit.

In 11 days, I have a haircut scheduled. I have no idea what to ask for, but I really would love to try something drastic and new. (I realized recently that in my eagerness for outward Major! Starting! Over! signs, hair could be a good intermediate step before, like, ink I still can't settle on.) I like longer hair because I can retro styles, in theory, but I so rarely actually do them -- usually I default to buns, although because my stylist loves long layers framing my face, I also generally have to deal with hair that hangs in my face and doesn't stay nicely put. Do I want short hair? An asymmetric bob? Does anyone have any suggestions? I have not been posting a lot of selfies, but this is my most recent one.

There is literally nothing on Netflix that I want to watch. (Last night I watched Woman in Gold, in which Helen Mirren and Tatiana Maslany play old/young versions of the same character, which is BRILLIANT CASTING and SUCH GOOD ACTING. It's about a Jewish Viennese woman trying to get back a Klimt portrait of her aunt stolen by the Nazis; the woman playing the aunt was elegant, beautiful, vivacious... and also the actress who was Faora in Man of Steel. The world is weird. The movie was also maybe the best film portrayal I've seen of the rights of Jews being taken away by Nazis? Like, it was so much about suddenly being marooned in the middle of all these ecstatic supporters, and it was so terrifying and really, really hit home.)

I accidentally bought a book/memoir yesterday about the three-way border of Greece, Bulgaria and Turkey, which was supposedly a far easier border crossing than the Berlin Wall. I am looking forward to this, but I have some other things to finish up first: I'm close to being done with Our Lady of the Ice, which is set in a domed Argentinian colony in Antarctica sometime in the early '60s. There are androids and gangsters and revolutionaries, it's pretty great. What else is there? Sleeping Giants, about a scientist who, when she was a little girl, fell into a hole in the ground and landed in a giant metal hand. There's also Laurus, a translated Russian novel about a saint who may be trying to get to Jerusalem and may also be traveling through time??? I keep saying I'm going to stop buying books and actually read/finish my stockpiles (I've been not finishing books lately, which is aggravating), especially since I plan on moving soon, but. But books. (If you want to read something amazing electronically, somehow I missed [personal profile] skygiants' novella "Suradanna and the Sea," which is about plucky immortal merchant seafarers and it is great.) All of which reminds me that I guess it's Yuletide nomination season again? Ay me.

Finally, one prediction model shows Hurricane Jose (the one after the one hitting Florida this weekend) possibly hitting New York. I feel it's incumbent on me to now point out, whenever someone brings up Chicago's weather, that at least it is extremely unlikely that it will ever experience a hurricane. #MidwestIsBest
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[personal profile] china_shop
Reading
I read a chapter and a half of The Bedlam Stacks, but nothing was happening so I got distracted with Whatever: or how junior year became totally f$@ked by S.J. Goslee, a fun queer YA book, which I'm enjoying so far. I do plan to go back to The Bedlam Stacks after that.

Kdramas
Just finished Secret Garden, a classic drama from 2010, about which I have conflicting feelings. likes and dislikes, very spoilery )

Next up: If I want to get any writing done I should take a breather, but my willpower is weak and I have many tempting options, so who knows.

On-going viewing: Goblin, Moonlight Drawn by Clouds and Chief Kim.

Other TV
Season 3 of Parks & Recreation, despite having The Expanse season 2 DVDs just sitting there.

Films
We tried a couple of randomly selected DVDs over the weekend (That Girl is Bad-Ass (Thai) and Attack the Gas Station (Korean)), but didn't get more than half an hour into either.

Writing
Stuck in neutral, grinding the gears. Trying to get back into the pre-series WC AU. Which is slightly inspired by Healer. Maybe I should rewatch Healer...

Computer
Still crumbling. Ugh!

Hi, new friends.

6 Sep 2017 14:35
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[personal profile] ryradical posting in [community profile] addme
NAME: Ryan
AGE: 30
INTERESTS & HOBBIES: Music, Outdoors, Fishing, kayak, climbing, reading, food, art, music festivals
LOOKING FOR: People that write about their day to day life. We don't have to have same interests because that's boring. I just want some real people to read about and connect with. People that are fairly active, as in a post a week or so. My reading has been a little shallow lately.
ANYTHING ELSE?: things ive been writing about recently: I'm going through divorce/custody with a woman that i was with for 10+ years. I'm a recovering addict and since being sober i have been struggling with depression and anxiety. About a month-ish ago i got in a bad car wreck that messed up my leg and now i have my cast off and started physical therapy. I take care of two children than i refer to as " The small children" for work right now. I get off parole in about 4 months and will then be moving so no need for a career now. This basically bring you to speed of where i'm at in my life. Feel free to ask anything else!

Else, Inga and Grete

6 Sep 2017 14:10
newredshoes: Peggy in movie theater, looking innocent (cap | just like in the talkies)
[personal profile] newredshoes
Some Nice Links as I Clear Out My Tabs:
  • You guys know about Radiooooo, right? You can browse popular or weird music by decade and by country. I just started listening to the '40s station and it is something else. (For once, it's led me to the Kordt Sisters, the Danish Andrews or Boswell Sisters, and they're great!)
  • How to stop robocalls to your cell phone, omg omg, this is SUCH a problem for me.
  • The International Centre for Picture Book in Society's Migration Postcard Project
  • Please Move New Vilnius Convention Center Project AWAY From the Old Jewish Cemetery: As Belarus destroys Jewish cemeteries to build luxury condos (it's more complicated than that, but it's still infuriating), this is happening in Vilna, my mother's mother's family for centuries.
  • Another Lynda Barry syllabus, because I can't get enough of them.
  • omg, I have to know how the Wampanoag of Massachusetts ended up in Bermuda. (...oh. Oh, it was the usual.)