Daily Happiness

Feb. 20th, 2019 11:23 pm
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1. We got new phones! Well, we don't actually have them yet, but they are ordered and should get here within a few days to a week. We both got the iPhone XR, which is a major upgrade from what we currently have (I have a 5S and Carla has a 6+). We got these phones almost four years ago, so they've served us well. They're still usable but have various annoying issues that resist attempts to fix them and with our credit cards paid off we can afford the extra $40 a month on our phone bill for two new phones, so we decided it's time.

2. I had been trying to figure out if something was wrong with my ipad, with my comic reader app, with my computer, or what, because suddenly as of a few days ago I couldn't sync comics on it. Tried and tried and nothing worked. Well, today when I went to update my phone software it said I had to have a wifi connection and I was like wtf of course I have a wifi connection...but I didn't. It wasn't connected to the network for some reason. And then I remembered that when I picked up the Switch the other day it wasn't connected, either. So then tonight when I went to read some new manga I'd bought and they weren't showing up in my Kindle app, the lightswitch suddenly went on and I realized I must not be connected to the wifi on my ipad, either (it's not one that has a phone connection, just wifi only). I reconnected and my Kindle ebooks downloaded and then I was like oh hey, maybe that's what was wrong with my other comic app and it was! I don't use wifi for anything other than syncing on the ipad so that's why I didn't notice what was wrong. No idea why all these devices were kicked off the wifi but at least I solved the mystery.

3. Look at this Jasper! He looks so grown up!


Feb. 20th, 2019 10:41 pm
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My brother just lost his job, so now we're all even more stressed than before. Fluffy animal pics appreciated.

Fic: Alex

Feb. 20th, 2019 06:09 pm
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Title: Alex
Author: [personal profile] dhamphir 
Fandom: SG-1
Pairing: Sam/Janet
Rating: G
Word Count: ~675
Summary: Someone confesses their crush.
Spoilers: None.
Disclaimer: Not mine. They belong to B.W., J.G., MGM and Gekko. No copyright infringement intended and no money being made. 
A/N1: Written for [community profile] fluffbingo, prompt: first kiss, and [community profile] 100prompts, table 1/prompt 4: puppy love
A/N2: Special thanks to my beta extraordinaire [personal profile] jazwriter! All mistakes are my own.


Daily Happiness

Feb. 20th, 2019 12:08 am
torachan: tavros from homestuck dressed as pupa pan (pupa pan)
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1. I had some dark chocolate/orange sandwich cookies today that I hadn't had in ages and they were so good! I forgot how good they are. (Though now I'll probably be tempted to buy them again and again.)

2. We've been eating a lot of fast food/takeout lately and I'm starting to feel kind of bleh and not great, so hopefully we can break that habit and get back to cooking at home (we've both been sick a lot and not felt up to cooking). Tonight we had steak and potatoes and broccoli and it was both easy and delicious.

3. This sweetie Molly is super sweet!

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This afternoon turned into an all-hands to stations sort of day. Monica Roberts' blog, Transgriot, which had been on Google's Blogspot/Blogger platform for many years, had been taken down without explanation.

Just tried into sign into TransGriot and getting a message my blog has been removed.... WTF - [twitter.com profile] transgriot, on learning Google had removed her site

Monica's blog documented a lot of Black trans history over the past few years, and seeing it taken down was terrifying. This was Big Tech, intentionally or not, erasing history.

Google wasn't forthcoming with an answer, so several of us jumped in and started working our contacts there.

Cheryl Morgan reminded everyone on the thread that the Internet Archive may have an incomplete copy of the site. So I decided the best thing to do was grab a copy of that so that Monica could use it to restore the site if Google didn't rescind the take down.

To do that, I needed an archive scraper. The one recommended by [twitter.com profile] textfiles of the Archive, https://github.com/sangaline/wayback-machine-scraper took some work on my part to set up because my computer's default was Python 2.7 and this assumed I was using Python 3 by default.

I ended up using https://github.com/hartator/wayback-machine-downloader, a Ruby gem, to pull down a copy of the site from the Archive. It's sitting in a Zip archive on my computer and I need to get it Monica.

Meanwhile, Google restored the site with no explanation other than "it was a mistake" and no acknowledgement of the distress they caused.

Meanwhile if you're blogging on a platform like Blogger/Blogspot or wordpress.com, make local archives.

I'm going to do a livestream soon on how to blog using tools like Git and Jekyl so you can publish to many places.

Help finding a source?

Feb. 19th, 2019 10:45 pm
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A couple years ago I saw a survey going around that asked fans, "What do you mean when you say you ship something?" It was about the meanings of ship beyond "I think these two will be happy and healthy together forever and ever". I can't find it now. Anyone remember it?

Daily Happiness

Feb. 18th, 2019 11:23 pm
torachan: arale from dr slump dressed in a penguin suit and smiling (arale penguin)
[personal profile] torachan
1. I have really enjoyed this four-day weekend. For me, going out and doing stuff (even stuff I like) is not relaxing and what I want to do on my days off is relax. So it was nice to be able to go to a concert one day and to a movie another day and still feel like I got plenty of time to just unwind. Hopefully I can take some time off again soon, otherwise my PTO is going to max out again.

2. It looks like the rain is pretty much done for now. We've got cold and windy weather at the moment, but the forecast says clear skies for the next week at least.

3. We made nachos last night for dinner and had enough toppings and chips leftover to make another batch for lunch today, too.

4. I finished up Therion's story in Octopath Traveler and now I guess I just poke around with sidequest stuff until I find more hints about the secret final boss or whatever.

5. Chloe was so cute today (as usual).

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Title: Closer
Fandom: Cleopatra Jones and the Casino of Gold
Pairing: Cleopatra Jones/Mi Ling Fong
Music: Closer by Tegan and Sara
Summary: 'I won't treat you like you're typical'
Notes: Premiered at Club Femslash 2019. Password = AurumCalendulaVids
Warnings: physical triggers

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Title: With You
Fandom: NCIS: New Orleans
Pairing:Sonja Percy/Tammy Gregorio
Music: BWU by Tegan and Sara
Summary: 'All the girls I loved before/ Told me they signed up for more/ Save your first and last chance for me'
Notes: Premiered at Club Femslash 2019. Password = AurumCalendulaVids
Warnings: physical triggers

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INN 2.6.3

Feb. 18th, 2019 02:30 pm
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INN 2.6.3 has been released. This is a bug fix and minor feature release over INN 2.6.2, and the upgrade should be painless. The main ISC downloads page will be updated shortly; in the meantime, you can download the new release from ftp.isc.org or my personal INN pages. The latter also has links to the full changelog and the other INN documentation.

The big change in this release is support for Python 3. Embedded Python filtering and authentication hooks for innd and nnrpd can now use version 3.3.0 or later of the Python interpreter. Python 2.x is still supported (2.3.0 or later).

Also fixed in this release are several issues with TLS: fixed selection of elliptic curve selection, a new configuration parameter to fine-tune the cipher suites with TLS 1.3, and better logging of failed TLS session negotiation. This release also returns the error message from Python and Perl filter hook rejects to CHECK and TAKETHIS commands and fixes various other, more minor bugs.

As always, thanks to Julien ÉLIE for preparing this release and doing most of the maintenance work on INN!

Primitive Technology

Feb. 18th, 2019 10:39 am
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I find this fascinating, not only for itself (because whoa, building a whole house out of sticks and mud, wow), but also for the awareness of what pre-industrial building had to involve. The area in the video has plenty of small trees, plenty of vines and grasses, plenty of dirt and nearby water. The first house in such an area would be (relatively) easy, the second even easier (you already know where The Good Stuff is), but by the third or fourth house, plus a pen for livestock and a place to store firewood and tools, the nearby Good Stuff is running thin - you have to travel farther for the right parts or a good place to build, or both. And hey, then someone is upstream and others are downstream, and you now have waste management issues.

Also, he has skills. )

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Feb. 18th, 2019 02:38 am
staranise: A star anise floating in a cup of mint tea (Default)
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A garden of flowers overgrowing crumbling brick ruins

I just watched Big Dreams, Small Spaces and saw this hugely elaborate garden made in somebody's backyard with brand-new custom-made brick ruins, and holy shit, I'm going to spend about two weeks obsessing over it before I get it out of my system and reconcile myself to a garden I can actually build and afford. (Did I mention we're planning to sell our house and move to a similar house in a cheaper and quieter neighbourhood? So I might have to/get to design a brand new garden)

More pictures here.

I'm not normally ashamed of my desires and longings, but this is so noveau-riche I do feel a little bad about how much I love it. BUT HOLY SHIT I LOVE IT SO MUCH.

(It even made me okay with red brick, which is really hard to do, normally)

Daily Happiness

Feb. 17th, 2019 11:55 pm
torachan: anime-style me ver. 2.0 (anime me)
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1. I had to go in to work today just for a little bit to do my ordering but I made sure to go right after I woke up, so I was able to get most of it done before the store opened and was done before 9:30. I think I was there maybe forty-five minutes overall.

2. Alexander came over today and the three of us went to see the Lego Movie 2, which was really cute. Looks like there's a game for it coming out later this month. I haven't played a Lego game in a few years but I might have to buy it. (I did play a bit of the first Lego Movie game and I think that was the last one I played.)

3. I played some more Octopath Traveler today and finished what I think was the last sidequest dungeon and the Warbringer shrine. Tomorrow I'm going to play Therion's final chapter.

4. Cutie kitties looking out the window together!

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Originally posted at [community profile] writing_religion almost ten years ago. (Link.) I keep going looking for it in my blog and realizing it's not here.

I've been annoyed at the lack of information about Paganism for people who aren't planning on joining a Pagan religion. Almost all of the Pagan information websites are aimed at either new members of Pagan religions (most commonly Wicca), or are apologetics trying to explain why Paganism isn't evil and shouldn’t be discriminated against. Neither of those approaches is much use for someone wanting to know about one or more types of Paganism. They're especially not useful for authors who may want to write good Pagan characters or situations, but haven't any idea where to start looking for accurate information. (This doesn't go into that, but it does try to indicate which topics would need what kind of research, depending on the writing goals.)

Disclaimer: I'm only one person, and this is only one list. (Set of lists. Whatever.) This is no doubt biased by my experiences and beliefs, and is necessarily incomplete, because "complete" involves a monograph on each term, plus probably a couple of videos and maybe a stack of original source texts. Please take this as a starting point for research, rather than a definitive source. I've deliberately been vague in spots to encourage that. I've also left out a number of terms that are mostly used by only one tradition/sect/type of Pagans, except for some Wiccan terms that are so commonly-used they needed a mention.

Every one of these terms has been the subject of debate and controversy; with a bit of time, I could probably scrounge up a link to an online screaming match about the exact meaning of every one of these terms. (So when I say a term is "controversial?" That means the average never-heard-it-before person could Google for those controversies. Nonpagans are not likely to be able to find the debates on the differences between a "stang" and a "staff.")


Feb. 17th, 2019 09:25 pm
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☕️...White people love putting black-face on EVERYTHING except for Jesus. - Ally Israel

Vid: No Mercy (Multifandom)

Feb. 17th, 2019 06:42 pm
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Title: No Mercy
Fandom: Multifandom
Music: No Mercy by Heather Peace
Pairing: Various
Summary: 'You've got me thinking reckless things/ Of how to stay in your game/ And I want to stay in your game'
Notes: Premiered at TGIFemslash 2019.
Warnings: physical triggers, a couple of dubcon kisses, a lot of characters pointing guns at each other and themselves (none of the ladies get shot or killed)

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Fic: Storm

Feb. 17th, 2019 04:14 pm
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Title: Storm
Author: [personal profile] dhamphir 
Fandom: X-Files
Pairing: Dana/Jess (OFC)
Rating: PG
Word Count: ~600
Summary: Just a little time for themselves after a case.
Spoilers: none
Disclaimer: I do not own X-Files. C.C. and 1013 Productions do. No copyright infringement intended, no money being made. Jess Morgan is mine. 
A/N1: Written for [community profile] fluffbingo prompt: get away, and [community profile] 100prompts, card 1/prompt 15: storm
A/N2: While this takes place in the Weak in the Knees universe, it is not part of the series.
A/N3: Special thanks to my beta extraordinaire [personal profile] jazwriter! All mistake are my own.

FILM: Matilda

Feb. 17th, 2019 09:33 am
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This is the story of the soon-to-be Tsar Nicholas II's affair with the Mariinsky ballerina Matilda Kschessinska. Obviously my interest in ballet and my upcoming trip to Saint Petersburg meant that I felt at least mildly obliged to check it out. In addition, it was wildly controversial in Russia due to its portrayal of Nicholas II as very human when he's now a saint.

In all honesty I've only watched a third of it, and I doubt I'll watch the rest. It's supremely cheesy, although you have to admit that the costumes are great.

It was apparently made in collaboration with the Mariinsky, which gave me hope, but let me be supremely picky and complain that they clearly made no effort to ensure that the dancing was historically accurate for 1890. Way too extreme in the extensions. Since they cast non-dancers (there are doubles for the dancing scenes), at least their body types are a little more 1890s-adjacent.

(If you have historically-informed ballet performance needs, the ROH has you covered.)

I have to say it was worth watching purely for this exchange about the business model of a cultural organisation in Tsarist Russia...

Matilda: Why all these photographs of the ballerinas? This isn't a brothel.
Artistic Director(?): No, it's far better. Brothels don't get state subsidy.

Daily Happiness

Feb. 16th, 2019 11:20 pm
torachan: close-up of a sleepy kitten face (sleepy molly)
[personal profile] torachan
1. After my busy day yesterday, today was so relaxing. I did a few things around the house and did some translating but mostly just read. I finished a book I'd been only a quarter of the way through yesterday!

2. For a lot of that reading time I had a warm sleepy Jasper on my lap. (Which definitely contributed to my focus on reading since I couldn't do much else!)

3. I'm terrible at keeping up with new music, even by artists I like, but I just found out that Mika had a new album out a couple years ago and I listened to it today and it's really good!

4. I will be so sad when the cold weather ends and there are less adorable kitty cuddles like this.

Dark Games: One Night on the Road

Feb. 16th, 2019 04:05 pm
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One Night on the Road is a classic example of "we have a palette of four colors: Grey, black, dark blue, and dark green. We will expand this with pale blue and pale red but only as tiny fragments in the distance." The developer's native language is not English (I have reason to believe it's Russian), which normally isn't a problem, except that it didn't occur to them to find an English beta reader to check their Steam listing text:
One Night On The Road is a quest where you play as a character who ran out of gas in a small town. In search of fuel, he finds a shop where he knock you out down and found himself in a small house. You need to look for items that will help you to get out of the house and leave town.
This looks like an asset flip, the video game equivalent of making a book of nothing but Wikipedia articles. (Okay, the assets aren't all free. It's the video game equivalent of a picture book of royalty-free photographs purchased from istockphoto.) In this one, it looks like they bought a "small town at night" package and maybe threw in some combat details.

A small town with streetlights in the distance

This showed up on my feed because it's tagged "Hidden Object." I like hidden object games. This... does not look like a hidden object game. Normal hidden object games are like Clockwork Tales: Of Glass and Ink (a delightful steampunk-ish HO game) or the Nightmares from the Deep series (also delightful - ghost pirates). Less-normal HO games include weird mobile and Facebook games that add an energy-use mechanism, so you collect "gems" and need to recharge them to do the searches.

This... this does not look like it has any hidden object features at all. Nothing in the trailer (which involves "driving through spooky empty town at night") or the screencaps implies there are any search-for-items scenes. This might be a point-and-click adventure, or it could be a combat-survival game where you have to find weapons, but mostly it looks like a walking sim.

The publisher's other game is a combat-heavy MMORPG with microtransactions; it's a year older and pretty much everyone who tried it, hates it. I suspect the only reason ONotR isn't full of hate-reviews is that nobody buys walking-sim HO games just because they show in in the queue. The walking-sim and HO fans, like me, tend to be more selective than MMO players who will grab anything under $10 with the right keywords.

Violent MMORPG players are not (necessarily) less interested in quality, but their ideas of what "quality" means is different. "Has no real plot" is often not a strong negative; "has great shoot-em-up scenes" can outweigh that. For the walking sim people, there has to be a reason to get this game and not just replay Gone Home or Home Is Where One Starts. Both of those are charming. This? This is not charming. This looks like, at best, the opening act of a real game.


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