Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 11:31 pm
Evan: "You know, none of this makes any sense."
Alex: "Good. I'd hate for things to start making sense all of a sudden. It would ruin this new trend I've got going."
~Kristine Williams, Keeper
Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 10:08 pm
minor gifted comments )

Side note, Dreamer explicitly refers to John as Thunderbird, even though his interaction with Blink is very Warpath-in-Days-of-Future-Past-like. (The great thing about the about the Proudstar brothers is that James' middle name is John, and he also went by Thunderbird for a short time after John died before taking the name Warpath. They have effectively the same powers. So basically, whatever.)

Also, this was a great episode. I love this show.
Sunday, October 15th, 2017 09:21 pm
Next year's con.txt theme is [Bob Ross and] The Joy of Fandom. How delightful! (Have some happy little trees! Because in art "there are no mistakes, just happy accidents.")

CON.TXT 2018: The Joy of Fandom

"Let’s face it, things in the real world are starting to look a bit dystopic out there, and we’ve begun to wonder if we’ve entered the darkest timeline. It’s a time when we all need Bob Ross to paint us some happy little trees, or some happy little clouds.

"When we REALLY need that fix-it story.

"The joy of fandom is our ability to remix, reshape, and rewrite our favorite media into something that pleases us. We change endings, we bring characters back to life, we reimagine Harry Potter as South Asian or Peggy Carter as Captain America, we put hobbits in coffee shops, boybanders in space, and Alexander Hamilton in a zombie apocalypse, we explore infinite timeline diversions, and most of all, we make our favorite characters get laid, fall in love, destroy their enemies, save the world, and buy some curtains. And always remember, there are no mistakes in Bob Ross paintings, just happy accidents.

"Fandom is not always perfect, and it’s not always the safe space we wish it were, but at least it’s not the real world. With that in mind, we invite you to come and take a break with us, hang out with other fans in person, and celebrate each other and the media we love!"

Sunday, October 15th, 2017 09:09 pm
Thanks, Alex Orlando! How to adjust your bike's shifter cables is a four-minute video that taught me how to fix a cable AND the rear and front derailleur! And I only broke one other thing in the process (okay, two, but that reflector was totally non-essential and came off during the test ride afterwards, so I don't think that counts) which I'm pretty sure means I came out ahead.

Maybe I should google "how to replace a back tire" and fix the other bike while I'm at it. (Except I feel like I might have already tried that and it was much more complicated than I expected. On the other hand, derailleurs! I can't even spell that and I fixed it!)
Sunday, October 15th, 2017 11:32 am
Okay, they weren't lying about iOS 11. It really does make my iPad (and iPod, though the battery's declining fast) more useful: I can open on my tablet today every .htm file I was looking at on my laptop last night! What sorcery is this! I can read old fic that only exists on my backup drives from a remote device! This is a good day.

In related news, the original Keeper series was extensively different. So extensively that I think I'm just going to reread the entire old version as well (what a hardship!) because it wasn't crystals, it was the alien orb they were addicted to, and that was before the whole Maker adventure. Also it ends with Evan breaking Alex out of prison, which means none of the white planet happens, but I'm sure they figured out where the plague came from which in the new series is after all the keepers start being rounded up as enemies of state (it has to be before in the old series or we would have seen lots more of them being pirates).

Also, I'd completely forgotten about the random insect aliens only Alex can see ("by the way, who's Ed?") which means they're entirely absent from the new series. NOW I HAVE TWO VERSIONS OF THIS UNIVERSE TO READ. SWEET ♥

Thanks Kristine Williams! You are my hero!

PS, Pretty sure this explains why I remember them taking their shoes on and off so much. It only comes up a handful of times in the new series, but I really remember it being every single time they entered or left the room. I'll keep a count when I'm re-reading the old series. (I know at some point I wrote a journal entry that mentioned how much time they spent looking for their shoes. Or Alex did, anyway. Evan always knew where they were, because that's what he does.)
Sunday, October 15th, 2017 01:29 am
"I'm reading a story that's posted on my old account and it's not awful!"
"It's not."
"Well. I've written some things that are... well. And I'm pretty sure I spelled "definitely" wrong in all of them."
"I remember that."
"It's not even like I didn't use spellcheck. I just decided spellcheck was wrong."
Sunday, October 15th, 2017 12:54 am
Creature of Legend by [archiveofourown.org profile] palmtreelights, the Astronema and Ecliptor and Scrudley story I never knew I needed. Go read iiiiiit.
Friday, October 13th, 2017 09:43 pm
I forgot I was reading the Keeper series, so I just went back to it. I still have another hundred pages to go out of a couple thousand, and admittedly I don't remember the story... perfectly? but. I don't think this is how it happened the first five times I read it.

ETA: It definitely isn't! First off, I don't think the series ended the first time I read it; on further reflection I do vaguely remember checking the author's site for at least a year - possibly two - for updates before accepting that it might be permanently on hold.

...And lo! Now there is more! But there is also less, because I read the entire new Keeper series, and the continuing conversation about infallibility does not happen in it. Nor does whatever made me remember the spikes. (This is why journaling is important! You never know when someone will rewrite history! George Lucas.)

I think from when they escape the planet they crashed on to the end is new. And I think what used to happen after the crash is missing. (They absolutely explored that alien ship. And I remember everyone being fascinated by crystals, not silver.) Unfortunately, with the demise of geocities, the only way of knowing for sure is either time travel, or the possibility that I saved the entire-series-at-the-time and it still exists on an external drive backup somewhere.

That possibility is not zero.

Friday, October 13th, 2017 07:36 am
Ack, I always forget how freaking fast Bats is!

So some basics: You probably noticed I prefer gen! That I really like sibling relationships (I'm an only child and am fascinated), and that I seriously love a wide variety of Power Rangers seasons (and the movie!)

Please keep the violence show level, and innuendo is not my favorite thing for this fandom.

If you can find a way to make any of my show prompts inter-season crossovers, go for it! I'll love it. (In all honestly, SPD is not my favorite, but everything else I at least connected with the characters enough to enjoy fic.)

So some specifics: I really wanted Tory & Cam friendship fic, but I didn't know what to prompt, so if you have a better idea go for it!

Same with the Ryan & Dana fic: I would love sibling bonding if you don't want to go the possibly angst or hurt/comfort route.

Hopefully, since Bats is very, very good at matching people (besides being fast) you're already bouncing with excitement about the assignment, but if not, I hope this helped!
Thursday, October 12th, 2017 11:32 pm
We saw a lot of "Hike Safe" posters last weekend, and mostly what I took away from them was, "Rescue yourself." (Apparently there's more to it than that, but that's the underlying theme.) With Vulcan's Fury coming up this weekend and us planning another hike before fall freezes us out,* it's a lesson I'm willing to take to heart.

"Don't assume you'll be rescued; know how to rescue yourself."

*Frost warning tonight. All house plants to the indoors: this is not a drill, little planties! (Even using a tray, I had to make four trips. I'd be more worried about the moving damage suffered by the massive ivy I brought in if it wasn't an almost-dead sprig of five leaves a few months ago.)
Thursday, October 12th, 2017 10:00 pm
So I was at the drugstore this morning getting some wart remover, and I foolishly turned down the toy aisle. Why did I not know there is a Magneto Dorbz?! It is now on my desk.
Thursday, October 12th, 2017 07:55 am
Suicide help texting in the US: text "HOME" to 741741 and a volunteer will text with you until you feel safe to continue on your own.

The above link has more information about this free service, along with some simple steps, suggestions, and links/downloads to help you calm yourself - either while you wait, or in place of texting.

Sometimes just knowing someone will be there if you ask for help is enough to get you through a moment of crisis.
Thursday, October 12th, 2017 01:58 am
... My grandma has a TVTropes page.

What is my life.
Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 11:06 pm
If the automatic smart quotes in iOS 11 are causing you grief every time you try to use "cut text" on dreamwidth, they can be easily turned off: General > Settings > Keyboard > Smart punctuation.

Thanks, Reddit.

Unrelated iOS puzzle: where did "turn on night shift" go? On the control panel, if you hold down the brightness slider, a new screen will pop up with "turn on night shift" at the bottom.

Thanks, Google.
Wednesday, October 11th, 2017 07:19 pm
Frustration of the day: really fucking missing a 'verse I developed with a writer partner years ago, but the notes on it are so far from comprehensive there's no words, and there's also no words for how little I want to go into the chat logs.

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017 04:48 pm
Like, you're super hyped about several different fandoms, and are inspired for all of them, but it's so much so that everything sort of...cancels each other out? No? Just me?

I've been kinda stagnant and uninspired in my fandoms for a while, nothing really digging it's hooks in me enough to take the plunge into fandom/writing/whathaveyou. This season, though, is giving me new seasons/movies for things I already loved and now I'm having trouble choosing one thing to focus on! *laughs* Which is making deciding what to do for NaNo this year quite tough.

Lemme talk about my fandoms a bit )

But anyway, back on topic... Of course, since I am wanting to write and inspired to write even(!), I've gotten dragged back into playing Atlantica Online. Oops. So, as you can bet, being inspired for two (almost 3, give it a week) different fandoms that I can't decide on, and having AO as an ongoing distraction, well...that writing thing hasn't got anywhere yet. *laughs* A part of me just keeps shrugging it off, but I haven't written anything in nearly a year*, so I definitely need to get a bit of practice in before November kicks off. /o\

*No! I wrote that smutty Roy/Ed thing in March May! It's only been...a few months. Huh. Weird.
Monday, October 9th, 2017 10:10 pm
Dear [personal profile] marcicat,

If you would like to know (a little more, but not too much) about Discovery without having to actually watch it (I don't recommend such a drastic course of action at this time, although since the second episode each episode has been incrementally better than the last, which unfortunately isn't saying much), here is how I perceive the show to be both like and unlike your vision, followed by A Custom Summary By Me ♥

Spoilers, of course. No cats! Disappointing.

compared to the show in your head )

A Custom Summary By Me )

[personal profile] starandrea
Monday, October 9th, 2017 04:16 pm
Full-blown rain-day, right in the middle of Sukkot.

Upside: this is exactly when rain should show up.

Downside: stars are supposed to be visible through the roof-covering of sukkot, and I kinda feel for everyone who'd like to (as customary) dine in theirs.
Sunday, October 8th, 2017 10:51 pm
Ahoy, Yuleperson! )

Well, I feel like I rambled, as per usual, but I hope it was at least a helpful ramble. Thanks again, and happy writing! <3
Sunday, October 8th, 2017 06:42 pm
So I’m reading reviews of this mountain that are mostly like, yeah, it’s pretty hard but the view is definitely worth it, just bring a lot of water and allow enough time before dark, be careful if it rains because the rocks get really slippery, and maybe reconsider if you’re afraid of heights because there are a few sharp drops you have to scramble up.

Okay, I thought, challenging but fun, maybe about eight hours? Most people gave times between 6.25 and 7.5 hours, but I don’t climb many mountains these days and I was planning for carrying a dog in addition to my pack.

I read one anomalous review that was like, this mountain is a nice stroll to a pretty view, great half day trip, up and back in a few hours! And I was like, what? Who is this person?

Then I saw that they’d signed their review, “an athletic 20-year-old woman,” and I was like, ha ha! No. Show me reviews from the 40-year-old office worker and then we’ll talk.

It took us nine hours.

We drove through a McDonalds on the way home and Mimi was rewarded with french fries.

Quote of the day goes to Glenn, but which one is a tossup: “I think this is the craziest thing I’ve gotten us into,” or “Well, that was a rich and full experience.”