This again?

Apr. 25th, 2017 09:30 am
[personal profile] amandioka
So, people are talking about coming back to Dreamwidth... again. It just shows how long I've been around Livejournal and Fandom to say it's the second time this is happening.

Anyway, I think I'll pick up this chance to start my journal anew (still keeping my LJ though, too many memories there that I don't want to give up). Let me just learn how to cross-post things...


Apr. 24th, 2017 10:23 am
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Have a meme, taken from [personal profile] moetushie, and edited just a tad:

Repost if it’s okay for your followers/circle to leave you a comment telling you what the one thing is they remember you for as a writer. Is it a scene or a detail or a specific line? Is it something like style or characterization? Is it that one weird kink or trope they never thought they’d be into, but oh my god wow self-discovery time?

fiber monday

Apr. 23rd, 2017 10:18 pm
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I want to knit myself a longish cardigan. Reason has asked very nicely whether she might take Cajsa after hearing that it's hard for me to style, to the minimal extent that I care about such things. Though its length is the right thing for my proportions, it looks silly with my shirts, all of which are too long, natch, and I can't tuck them because jeans and slacks never fit my middle (three ways). Because its sleeves aren't full length on me, for her they're wrist-ish, and the difference in shoulder breadth looks charmingly 1980s drop-shoulder on her. Ridiculous. I couldn't have made Cajsa longer due to a lack of yardage, but it's still ridiculous.

At least I know that that manner of knitting neckline-to-armpit fits me and befits me. ___Sand aside (whose CC2 yarn reached me only yesterday), and Little Wave aside (nearly at armpit from bottom up, thanks to a simple motif, though sleeves are next before a complex-sounding yoke join), a plan is taking shape to adapt a not-long cardigan pattern for fingering-weight yarn. I'll have at least five years before Reason could try to seize a longish cardigan from me, by which time I may want to part with one or more of them---who knows. It may be a lot of cardigans, but I haven't managed to keep anything yet (2.Naima, the vest that went to my mother, now Cajsa) and one of my two three-season jackets has begun to wear out visibly. Why not a lot of cardigans, to disrupt a storm-grey jacket and a mushroom-grey jacket and a few flannel shirts. I'd wear a blazer beyond formal talks if they ever fit

Apparently, there's enough remaindered yarn for two garments, despite a few skeins' inclusion in a blanket years ago. (The blanket I'd first set out to crochet, then undone, was a fisher/cabled thing; the blanket that exists is a striped ripple that stopped small because, ah, too heavy to make, the year after I turned 21 and joint woe started to interrupt my sleep sometimes.) I had no idea what thirty 50g skeins of aran-weight wool could be for, back then. It's lucky that it's still in good shape and that I've learned a bit since.

some things

Apr. 23rd, 2017 02:04 pm
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* Before the Ace Attorney team spun off Gyakuten Kenji (Ace Attorney Investigations) featuring Edgeworth, there was a plan to focus the game on Ema Skye instead. AAI was all right, but zomg, there could've been an Ema = Akane game. Nnngh, as Edgeworth says sometimes in the US localization.

* It's a bit wacky to find that several writers whose Ace Attorney fics I find tolerable have also written for Persona 4 and/or The World Ends with You. Read more... )

* Total change in topic! MRI result: Read more... )

* Still coughing.
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Yvonne Monlaur passed away on Tuesday, at the age of 78. May she rest in peace. I remember her primarily as Marianne Danielle in The Brides of Dracula (1960). I’ll watch it again later today in her honor. I saw her death mentioned on Svengoolie’s blog yesterday, but couldn’t find any other articles about it until today; they’ll probably show up at Dread Central and Bloody Disgusting after the weekend.

Erin Moran has passed away at the age of 56. May she rest in peace. She is best known for her role as Joanie Cunningham on Happy Days and Joanie Loves Chachi.
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I wrote this for tumblr, where I've been writing about Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People a lot, and decided to crosspost this one here.

At this point, it’s actually a little sad that Saimdang: Light’s Diary and Rebel: Thief Who Stole the People are airing at the same time. Mind you, it’s not because one is easily one of the most hyped sageuks in years and isn’t performing well, while the other seems to have just been thrown out there as an afterthought and is pulling in good ratings, as well as better critical and popular response, it’s the content and themes. Personally speaking, I spent almost 2 years impatiently waiting for Saimdang, and was pretty sure it was going to be the best sageuk of the year when it did come out, something that I thought would hold true after watching the first two episodes. In contrast, Rebel was barely on my radar, and on my “watch now” list instead of “watch if people say good things while it airs” primarily because I liked Hwang Jin-Young’s previous sageuk (and only previous writing credit aside from a special) King’s Daughter Soo Baek Hyang. Halfway through their runs, Saimdang was moved to “I really like it but it could be better” status (with a lot of anger for how SBS execs screwed the show and LYA over, and now they’re taking their screwups out on the show, but I’m not going to dwell on that today) while Rebel has become the sageuk I just can’t see another sageuk surpassing it for a while. (Particularly since they all seem to at least partly center around the tropes and worldview that Rebel critiques.)

this ended up over 2500 words so here's a cut )

The AO3 Stat Meme

Apr. 20th, 2017 06:37 pm
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[personal profile] calliopes_pen
Before I do this meme? Keep in mind that I haven’t gathered everything I’ve ever written on Ao3. Someday, I might import (if anyone is interested in me doing that) the Doctor Who fanfic I’ve got hosted over on Teaspoon And An Open Mind from years ago, and the fanfic still on Livejournal/Dreamwidth, like one Firefly story and who knows how many ancient drabbles.

In the meantime, what’s currently there is a total of 11 works, and that’s primarily Yuletide.

Top 5 Stories By Hits:
-Give Your Soul To The Night (Fright Night (1985); Yuletide 2014)
-Paranormal Pressures (Being Human—the original UK one; Yuletide 2009)
-Blood Begets A Curse Anew (Legend (1985); Yuletide 2013, when my stories randomly went darker and longer)
-Santacide Is Coming To Town (Pushing Daisies; Yuletide 2012)
-If You Could Read My Mind (Back To The Future; Yuletide 2010)

Top 5 Stories By Kudos:
-Give Your Soul To The Night: 47
-Let The Shadows Become Your Shroud (Crimson Peak; Yuletide 2015): 18
-Blood Begets A Curse Anew: 16
-Because We’re Addamses (Yuletide 2008): 14
-The Nosferatu Effect (My Best Friend Is A Vampire (1987); Yuletide 2011): 13

Top 5 Stories By Bookmarks:
-Give Your Soul To The Night: 20
-Blood Begets A Curse Anew and Let The Shadows Become Your Shroud: 6
-Paranormal Pressures and The Nosferatu Effect: 4

January Talking Meme: Warehouse 13

Apr. 19th, 2017 10:50 pm
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January 31 - tell me about your favorite element(s) from Warehouse 13. ([personal profile] umadoshi )

I really like SyFy’s “quirky community” shows which this one falls into, though it’s more in line with Killjoys than with Eureka or early seasons-Haven in that it has the insulated feel even though it’s a smallgroup that travels instead of an actual community. Found family is a big thing, of course, and I liked that thee were no canon pairings among the major characters, even if they took that from us at the very end. I mean, I like canon pairings that are good in my shows, but sometimes it’s nice to take a break from that. My favorite episodes, though, tended to be the ones with previous agents, or that talked about previous agents/previous versions of the Warehouse. It’s never happening but I’m still holding out hope for SyFy to eventually have some TV movies or a prequel miniseries about the past agents.

The importer has (mostly) caught up!

Apr. 19th, 2017 11:02 pm
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Our content importer has mostly caught up with its backlog; almost everything that's still listed as being "in the queue" are jobs that were tried, failed once or more with a temporary failure, and are waiting to try again. (The importer tries a few times, at successively longer intervals, when it gets a failure it thinks might be temporary/might correct itself later on.) This means that new imports scheduled now should complete in hours (or even minutes), not the "several days" it's been taking.

If you tried to schedule a second import while the first one was still running, at any time in the past 10 days or so, you may have confused the poor thing. If you think your import should be finished by now and it isn't, and you're seeing "Aborted" on the Importer Status part of the Importer page, feel free to open a support request in the Importer category and we'll look into it for you. (It may take a little bit before you get a response; those of us who have the access to look into importer problems have been really busy for the past two weeks or so, and I at least need a few days to catch my breath a bit before diving back into the fray! But we'll do what we can.)

I hope all y'all are continuing to settle in well to your new home!
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So it would be a bit less than 2 weeks before my own Dreamwidth anniversary. I didn’t miss it, since I apparently created my account almost a month after almost everyone else I’ve seen doing this meme.

2016 books I didn't write up, 3 of 3

Apr. 18th, 2017 10:10 pm
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Joy Totah Hilden, Bedouin Weaving of Saudi Arabia and Its Neighbours: may even have been 2015, not 2016. Ahem. If the book is as it says, it's an enormously important contribution to documenting how things could be discerned during the 1980s, when the author did her fieldwork. (I can't gauge.)

Susan Whitfield, Life along the Silk Road (2d ed., 2015): these are reconstructive stories by a historian, the current director of the Int'l Dunhuang Project, which I mentioned very briefly in 2010. It's great, at least as far as I got: the copy I was reading was in, so my access vanished when I resigned from my former job. Since I'm still whittling down my research-library borrowings (there's a limit to how many times I may renew with my current status), I haven't sought a paper copy yet.

Carol Feller, Short Row Knits: knitting how-to book interspersed with illustrative patterns. I'll never have Feller's knack for design or fit, but none of the skills/tactics were new to me, unexpectedly. Also, though we're about the same size, I know now that we're not the same garment size at all and her standalone Bakersville pattern will probably never work for me. More unmodifiability.

Anne Sibley O'Brien, The Legend of Hong Gildong: children's picture book. O'Brien grew up in Korea from age seven as the child of white Christian missionaries during the 1960s; of the half-dozen colonializing texts I've read so far by white Christians constructing their own Koreas, this is the friendliest, most sympathetic, least bad. FWIW. Her autobio essay interests me for acknowledging culture shock upon her return to the US for college: of course, yet few individuals seem to have the ?courage to discuss more than one direction of it. (Note that O'Brien also discusses her subsequent adoption of a Korean child in the linked essay.)

The Import Is Complete

Apr. 17th, 2017 10:04 am
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All comments have imported successfully for [community profile] librarian_films and [community profile] relation_ships as of half an hour ago. I discovered and cleaned up one case of Russian spam in the form of a truly massive wall of text in a comment of the latter from about a year ago, which went unnoticed (but screened, even following the import) until now.

As planned, both communities were deleted from the Livejournal side once I made certain that everything was in order. Following input in favor of not going that route, I plan to leave [community profile] big_damn_quests in both places. It's safely backed up here on Dreamwidth, should anything worse remove it over there.

fiber monday

Apr. 16th, 2017 09:41 pm
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* Contemporary knit/crochet patterns in multiple hues often come with directions split into MC (main color), CC1 (contrast color 1), CC2, CC3, etc. The ___Sand cardigan is on hold because CC2 won't play with MC and CC1 after all; it's too assertive. Reason called it first, as expected, though she had no useful thoughts on a milder replacement color (I did). Several rows in CC2 have been undone. *awaits delivery* Local shops don't sell the yarn I've decided to use, unfortunately.

* Reason's hooded vest has vaulted through eighteen rows of irritating cables. I will probably always prefer lace to cables, though I've become comfortable with skipping a third needle/holder for cable < 4 sts. And then the curse struck: my child tried on one-third of a vest, neckline to mid-rib, and she said, "It's . . . snug already?" True. We have undone one-third of a vest in size 8-9 for a child who wears a size 7 T-shirt, and I have restarted in size 10-12 and I DON'T CARE. The garment's length is adjustable.

* At that point, what with my still being ill but no longer marginal, something went screw it. I've cast on for Little Wave with the remaindered yarn I bought before I ever had a yarn stash, during college. The yarn was supposed to become a throw/lap blanket, but at the time I knew only how to crochet---too heavy. It has also failed to become my first cardigan (2011), a pullover for me, and a dress for Reason---respectively wrong style, too warm, too warm. A blockish cardigan seems reasonable (in time for hot flashes a few years hence? but a front-opening garment in aran-weight yarn is certainly more reasonable than a pullover).
Little Wave's directions can yield a men's- or women's-style garment with the same chest circumference-measurement sizing intervals. Since I'm knitting as written from the lower hem up, there's time to decide which armscye directions to use; the men's version has an extra inch of depth and a wider upper arm, and I may need that despite exceeding row gauge slightly. :P

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Apr. 16th, 2017 05:09 pm
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I came home from Easter travel to Star Wars Trailers.

The Last Jedi, which I would be more excited about without fandom's obsession with a certain character for the last year and a half, which is no doubt returning fullforce:

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All journal entries have been successfully imported for [community profile] librarian_films as of a few minutes ago. It doesn't look like anything accidentally appeared multiple times. Once the comments have made the journey, then I’ll delete the group on Livejournal, as promised.

Edit: As of a moment ago, the same status holds true for [community profile] relation_ships as well.

Sifting Through Dead Groups

Apr. 15th, 2017 12:42 pm
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I just removed a rather large chunk of groups from the friends list over on the Livejournal side. There are quite a few that haven’t had any activity since 2012 or earlier. A few that are dead I’ll keep for now, so I can go through and save whatever posts I feel like I wouldn’t want to lose. As is to be expected from me at this point, it’s a few ancient Dracula groups and one for Gothic horror literature.

Edit: Oh, and since the import is completed on the Dreamwidth side, is anyone not in favor of me deleting [community profile] big_damn_quests from Livejournal? Everything is safely backed up.
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boom. An Ace Attorney fic roundup. It's been a while since I let myself claw through double handfuls of fic, according to my own post tag: nudging Rainbow Magic when Reason first dove into the books was in Sept 2015; I posted some recs for the Yuletides of 2015, 2013, 2012, and 2010 (2016's molders); in 2009 I tried reading some reboot!Star Trek, which I'd forgotten about, but I remember well enough what preceded it and will quit navel-gazing there. Heh. I guess this is why I never really went to Tumblr---too tepid. OTOH, though this pair of posts began a couple of months ago while I was playing Spirit of Justice, I've been bored/sick for more than a week, though also working from home for some of it. I can tell my brain isn't working properly because actual novels remain too hard and because when I pause on a thought, the 1980s haunt me. Now on the mental jukebox: Depeche Mode, "Something to Do." Some great reward, indeed. Anyway, having begun before sick = good because the foolish length of this one is from embroidering an existing structure too much, not from failing to impose one.

long--summary of investigation, a fic or two per artificial category, a Potter comparison )

Maybe I should write a U2 songfic
lol j/k

You know, there are at least a few writers in Ace Attorney fandom who say they identify with bluntly sarcastic Ema or whip-holding Franziska. That's expected, and it continues feeling welcome. Maybe it's too much to ask us to write ourselves when there are easier possibilities, as with the doujinshi-themed short story linked above, or (in other stories) by juxtaposing phobias while kicking characters into bed. One fic has a character ponder that many of their friends and colleagues have survived traumas that may be retriggered by commonplace things: riding in an elevator, climbing a ladder at a crime scene. Though the games don't dwell much on consequences, the fandom has tried; for a writer it's low-hanging fruit. On the other hand, that's one reason why finding little Athena-centric fic felt disappointing: she's not off-puttingly perfect, and her backstory hurts, so why is Apollo the only woobie? Why weren't Maya, Ema, or Kay, all before him?

Two Other Groups Are Being Imported

Apr. 14th, 2017 11:32 am
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Looking through the two other Livejournal communities that I am considered owner of, I decided that I would be bringing them to Dreamwidth as well, so that nothing is lost. Importing has begun on both groups.

So [ profile] relation_ships is now on Dreamwidth as [community profile] relation_ships. [ profile] librarian_films is on Dreamwidth as [community profile] librarian_films.

[ profile] relation_ships was almost completely dead by the time I took over, so that will be for archival purposes only, just as [community profile] big_damn_quests technically seems to be.

The Import Was A Success

Apr. 14th, 2017 09:57 am
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[community profile] big_damn_quests has successfully imported all the comments. So that’s done. I added a note on the user info page to stress that the community is there for archival purposes.

If you are going to primarily post on Dreamwidth, and would prefer that I remove you from my friends list on the Livejournal side, please let me know and I’ll do it promptly.

[personal profile] squidgiepdx is compiling The Big LJ/DW/IJ/etc Community Directory.
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Hello, Dreamwidth! Goodness, this past week has been unexpectedly exciting, hasn't it? A warm Dreamwidth welcome to everyone who's just joining us: we're glad you're here, and we hope you're liking the new digs.

Before we get into all the things I have to cover, though: Given the reasons most people are citing for not wanting to agree to LiveJournal's new ToS, I'd like to take a moment and ask: if you're able to (and only if you're able!), please consider donating to the Russian LGBT Network/Российская ЛГБТ-сеть. They not only do excellent work across the Russian Federation, but are currently mobilizing to help evacuate LGBT people in Chechnya who are in danger of detention or death. (EDIT: If you're outside Russia, you can donate through All Out; the Russian LGBT Network website won't accept donations from outside Russia.)

To our friends in Russia who are LGBT and those who are against the mistreatment of anyone because of their sexual orientation: We stand with you. Please stay safe above all else, but if it would be safe for you to post that link, the LGBT Network is asking that as many people as possible publicly share the information that the LGBT Network is ready to help. (They also ask that you do not contact people in Chechnya directly to let them know, as there are reports the authorities are searching people's phones and computers for evidence of sexual orientation.)

The rest of this post is primarily to give y'all new folks a brief orientation (or as brief as I am ever capable of; no one has ever called me concise) to help you settle in, although I hope at least some of it will be useful (or at least interesting!) to those of you who have been with us for a while. Come with me as we discuss Dreamwidth's history, a bit of what (we think) makes us special, the answers to a few common questions about how we roll, and a few useful tips that may help you with the transition.

Dreamwidth 101! )

Whew! That was a lot to throw at y'all at once, I know. (Yes, I always am this longwinded. And I always use this many parentheses.) Everybody who's been here for a while: thank you for your patience as I got our new arrivals up to speed! We'll be back in a few weeks with a code push and a bunch of new features and fixes, so the next news post should be more broadly applicable.

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