Marvel Black Panther

Oct. 16th, 2017 10:47 am[personal profile] grey853
grey853: Cat with a teacup (Catwithteacup_casey28)
It's not due until February 2018, but I'm looking forward to it.

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I'm planning to jump ship and go over to a MacBook. Hooray, I can hear my Apple aficionado friends crying :-)

The problem is that there are so many options out there and I'm wary of making a mistake, because this is an expensive investment. So a bit of advice would be appreciated.

A lot of my usage will be general stuff: browsing the Internet, bit of video watching (not editing), writing and editing documents and spreadsheets, using Scrivener etc. I'm also probably going to be doing bits of development, learning and messing about with Python, doing some courses on data analytics etc. I doubt I'll be running around all day every day with it, because I have an iPad, but for various reasons I don't want a desktop and I'll need something that isn't awful for lugging onto planes and so forth.

I've narrowed it down to absolutely NOT the 12" MacBook (every article on it says its not worth the price-tag) or any 15" monster.

I'd been leaning towards the 13" MacBook Air, with the best CPU on offer and 256GB drive, but it's an older architecture and that makes me wary. I want to get at least five years out of whatever I buy, and I'm concerned that the Air might not match my needs or stay update-able for that long.

I've been looking at refurbed 13" MacBook Pros - October 2016 release or June 2017 release. For not much more than the Air I'd been looking at, it seems like I'd get more power and the architecture is newer (same disc amount, though), so they're likely to stay update-able for longer. But are refurbished models from Apple actually reliable?

Does anyone have any opinions on which way I'm better leaning towards?

And will 256GB be enough disc space? I don't tend to store videos on my machines and I can archive stuff on external HDs when necessary, so it sounds OK to me, but I haven't gone Mac before so I don't know how much space the OS etc. needs.

Any thoughts much appreciated!
goss: (Rainbow - Paint)
Title: Fierce
Artist: [personal profile] goss
Rating: G
Fandom: MCU, Thor: Ragnarok
Characters/Pairings: Valkyrie
Content Notes: Created for Inktober - Day 14, word prompt: Fierce. Drawn with a grey and black marker. This one is based on a promo pic of Valkyrie from the upcoming movie Thor: Ragnarok, but is also somewhat inspired by Beyoncé. *g*

Preview:


Click here for entire artwork )

This past week has been SUPER busy, but I'm glad I got the chance to at least work on a couple pieces. Hope to continue with these next week, but I'm thinking maybe I should switch up from marker to another form of inking - maybe do some brush work...

Still not entirely dead

Oct. 15th, 2017 11:52 am[personal profile] calvinahobbes
calvinahobbes: Calvin holding a cardboard tv-shape up in front of himself (Default)
I have been entirely away from DW, not even lurking. Work sucked me into a black hole of some kind, and now I have a week off (except for a number of things I still need to catch up on). I've been in a lot of physical pain from tension, and had two dives into depressive states - I can just keep it going until the weekend, and then I've crashed.

I have had almost no visits; one weekend with the BFF in August, one weekend where my mom came to my house when I crashed and realized I had no energy left to drive to her's, and one very nice and slow weekend with skuf where I just hope I was not too much of a bickering asshole about things.

At nights I am so tired that I haven't been able to read; only watch The Good Wife, which I feel never ends. I am still enjoying it, though. It doesn't really work for grand arcs, but as an organic depiction of real life it does - the way Alicia can never really get away from Peter, the way her crush on Will keeps resurfacing, the way Cary starts talking about leaving a season before anything starts to happen, the way Kalinda seems to almost leave and then sticks around. It's comforting in how chaotic and non-sensemaking it is.

I also watched The Good Place - the pilot with skuf, who didn't like it all. I was just spoiled enough from gifs to find it intriguing, and the season finale still managed to be not exactly what I expected. I am sad Netflix doesn't have the second season yet. It does, however, finally have seasons two of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend!

Goodreads is so worried about my reading goal for the year now that it is sending me emails asking if I need a boost. In order to hack the system I listened to a BBC adaptation of the Magician's Nephew yesterday, which was not very good.

I also listened to most of BBC's abridged adaptation of The Wind in the Willows, which I had no idea was so very gay: Mole is the main character, and in chapter 1 he decides to quit spring cleaning in favor of adventure. He then meets Water Rat, who invites him to go boating, and then they immediately move in together, becoming Particular Friends and sharing a bed. Toad is obviously the flamboyant friend who is an embarrassment to the establishment, and old distinguished Mr Badger is everybody's queer daddy figure who flies under all the straight people's radars. But most importantly, the story is so damn hyggelig! It soothed my weary brain, and any Brit who claims Brits don't know hygge clearly needs to read Kenneth Graham, who certainly did. Oh, and as I went digging on Google, I came across many an interesting quote about Mr Graham, which makes me relatively sure the gentleman was asexual.

In other news, whenI finally hooked my PS4 up again, it would not play sound. I've tried switching hdmi cables, hooking/unhooking, rebooting, even doing a hard reset. It mocks me through it all. The weirdest part is it CAN play sound when I go to adjust volume, but nothing else - none of the ambient sounds on the main interface, nothing in games, dvds, or YouTube or anything else. It is incredibly frustrating, but I guess there's nothing for it but to send it back?

IT'S RAINING

Oct. 15th, 2017 04:37 pm[personal profile] scaramouche
scaramouche: my cat staring at something (smokey whut is that)
I went searching for mermaid media, specifically a 2000 Hong Kong tv serial someone told me about called Legend of Heaven and Earth: The Mermaid Beauty, and even with the browser translation function the language barrier made it tricky to get useful information in terms of comprehensive plot. It was made even trickier by the fact that there are multiple titles (I think a mix of official and unofficial based on international dubs), which lead to a snowball effect where I ended up finding stuff about a completely separate mainland China tv serial called Legend of Mermaid (aka The Legend of Chasing Fish) which was confusing the heck out of me because at first I thought they were the same because hey, title variants, except NO THEY'RE NOT.

AND THEN because of the clickhole I ended up being bouncing through the internet and found I think three different mermaid-based China/Hong Kong/Taiwan* movies (I think they're movies?) all of which have multiple English titles but came out in the same freaking year of 2016 which I'm suspecting is because that's the year that Stephen Chow came out with his The Mermaid movie which destroyed box office records and... I suspect there may be even more out there. Good grief.

*I'm really sorry but I got so overwhelmed I ended up closing all the tabs instead of trying to identify each one properly.

ALSO I'd made another mistake where with the promos of Siren coming out recently, I thought that that was the Australian TV show that was announced ages ago just with a different name but nO! The Australian TV show is called Tidelands and I swear...

Description of Siren: “Siren,” which has been ordered for 10 episodes, takes place in Bristol Cove, a coastal town known for its legend of once being home to mermaids. When the arrival of a mysterious girl proves this folklore all too true, the battle between man and sea takes a very vicious turn as these predatory beings return to reclaim their right to the ocean. (source)

Description of Tidelands: The drama follows a former criminal as she returns home to the small fishing village of Orphelin Bay. When the body of a local fisherman washes ashore, she must uncover the town’s secrets while investigating its strange inhabitants, a group of dangerous half-Sirens, half-humans called “Tidelanders.” (source)

Plus that freaking indie The Little Mermaid movie with Shirley McLaine and William Moseley is supposed to come out this year!

Never thought I'd say it, but this may be too many mermaids.

Book Log

Oct. 14th, 2017 07:37 pm[personal profile] scaramouche
scaramouche: Door knocker from Labyrinth (labyrinth knocker)
Nancy Goldstone's The Maid and the Queen: The Secret History of Joan of Arc makes it the second book of this author's to have a title that left me confused by the end, though this one a little more disappointing than the last.

This book, thanks to its title and the blurb at the back advertising a "revisionist history" and Joan's having a "forgotten mentor" had me expecting something far more controversial or challenging of the known history of Joan of Arc, perhaps in trying to break down of the mythos of her actions. I braced for that, and there is some interesting theorizing about Yolande of Aragon's role as Joan's secret benefactor, but that comes at the beginning of Joan's arrival on the public stage and... pretty much the rest of it goes on as normal.

Cut for length. )
goss: (Flash)
Man, I got SO HIGH ON BLACK SHARPIE MARKER colouring the background. :b

Title: Shattered
Artist: [personal profile] goss
Rating: G
Fandom: The Flash (TV 2014)
Characters/Pairings: Captain Cold (Leonard Snart)
Content Notes: Created for Inktober - Day 12, word prompt: Shattered. Drawn with a grey and black marker. Continuing from the day before, with the second half of my m/m ship. I wanted to try to get an icy texture with marker. Turns out it was a lot harder than expected. I got tired halfway through and just kinda half-assed the rest of it. So I'm not 100% happy with the result, but at least it was an interesting texture exercise.

Preview:


Click here for entire artwork )

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Oct. 13th, 2017 09:55 am[personal profile] twistedchick
twistedchick: General Leia in The Force Awakens (Default)
Rydra Wong has collected links on the horrible ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people in Myanmar, many of whom have gone to a refugee camp in Bangladesh, where the locals are welcoming but there is not enough of much of anything. Doctors Without Borders is there. (NYTimes at the last link) Why don't the Myanmar people like them? The Rohingya are Muslim, in a largely Buddhist country. Not all Buddhists are peaceful.

Apparently Roy Moore, fundy judge and Senate candidate, has received at least $180,000 for part-time work at a charity. Um. If that's part-time, I have to wonder how wealthy the charity is.

Trump's people are keeping unaccompanied immigrant minors from getting abortions. So. Be underage, get raped, be forced to have the child -- who, by being born here, would be a citizen. Or would they be born here?

The Ninth Federal Circuit Court has ruled that there is no constitutional right to sell firearms.

Dakota Access Pipeline update: The oil flows, but the fight continues.

Republicans are kicking people off food stamps.

Conservative leaders call on McConnell to resign, in order to resolve the legislative gridlock.

Rose McGowan's Twitter account has been locked since she posted about Harvey Weinstein's abuse.

An old-school pharmacy hand-delivers drugs to Congresspeople. And that includes prescriptions for Alzheimer drugs.

Out of control on contraception.

The growing use of mandatory arbitration, removing from people their right to a jury trial.

***

The photo ark. And more here.

How about conservation efforts for reptiles?

Black Elk, the Lakota medicine man turned Catholic teacher, is being promoted for sainthood. Is this problematic, and to whom?

Congratulations to the 50+ First Nations who defeated Trans-Canada's Energy East pipeline!

111 types of clothing that changed the world.
twistedchick: General Leia in The Force Awakens (Default)
In the late 1950s or so, how would a couple go about getting married in France? Was there civil marriage (I think there was but I do not know details)? Where would it be conducted? Would a Catholic marriage be refused to a couple if one was Protestant? Was a license needed, and from whom? In either case, was there a waiting period (such as required by banns elsewhere)? I probably wouldn't need to write the details, but it would help to know then so I wouldn't write the wrong thing.

Thanks very much!
goss: (Flash)
I stumbled upon a whole bunch of Flash/Captain Cold fic recs over at [community profile] recs, and IDK just fell down a well. LOL. Just read these two fic by the same author, with a word count of 178K and 276K, back-to-back. O_O

Title: Run
Artist: [personal profile] goss
Rating: G
Fandom: The Flash (TV 2014)
Characters/Pairings: Barry Allen
Content Notes: Created for Inktober - Day 11, word prompt: Run. Drawn with a grey and black marker. I saw this photo of a girl running and just loved the effect with the perspective distortion, and apparently I have Speedsters on the brain, so this was the result. *g*

Preview:


Click here for entire artwork )

I'll try to post more catch-up drawings later this afternoon...
oneiriad: (Default)
Home from Paris - ILL conference and hanging out with robininthelabyrint. Admittedly, getting home involved strikes and SAS being inefficient (aren't they supposed to actually tell you when your plane is cancelled?) and negotiating to not be put on a plane to bloody Oslo (I don't mind Oslo, but when the goal is Copenhagen, Oslo is a bit of a detour). Hopefully I can get these posts back on a regular schedule now - especially since goodreads tells me I am behind on my reading goal now. :-(

Also, I've gotten my Yuletide assignment, and must admit, my immediate reaction was: somebody ships that?

What I've recently finished reading

Steve Kenson: Freedom City
There is some entertainment in just going "Right, so this villain is basically an evil Swamp Thing, and this hero is sort of Black Panther with a different colour scheme, and this is obviously Doctor Strange, etc."

Juan Díaz Canales: Fraternity 1.
Atmospheric.

Makoto Yukimura: Vinland Saga book 7.
Continues to be an occasionally weird read, especially after the main character turned pacifist.

C.J. Cherryh: The Pride of Chanur
This was a delightful read. The poor, furless, hapless alien and the crew of lioness aliens having to deal with him and escape the bad aliens. It's fun and I need to read the rest of the books. Which will involve tracking the last three down somehow.

What I'm reading now

Lucien Soulban's Lockdown, because supervillain prison, and Thit Jensen's Stygge Krumpen vol. 2..

What I'm reading next

Always a good question. Well - there's a Flash comic the library will be wanting back soon? And I got the first volume of Inge Eriksen's science fiction series from the library, so that's a possibility. Also - Yuletide canon review.

Total number of books and comics read this year: 156

Due South: Fic: G

Oct. 12th, 2017 02:26 am[personal profile] love_jackianto1
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Title: Time After Time
Fandom: Due South
Character: RayK/Fraser
Rating: G
Word Count: 200
Summary: soulmate au. Ray has lived countless lives
Written for the ds_snippet prompt: Time After Time and the anythingdrabble prompt: homicide.
Also here at AO3

‘due )
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Title: Time After Time
Fandom: Due South
Character: RayK/Fraser
Rating: G
Word Count: 200
Summary: soulmate au. Ray has lived countless lives
Written for the ds_snippet prompt: Time After Time and the anythingdrabble prompt: homicide.
Also here at AO3

‘due )
twistedchick: General Leia in The Force Awakens (Default)
California: Burning. Here are the numbers -- but with the blaze moving at the speed of a football field every 3 seconds, and 0% contained, this isn't the last of it. Before and after photos.

Puerto Ricans are dying for lack of health care, food and water. Don't believe FEMA: they're saying "delivered" means stuff got to the port, not to the people. An eyewitness account from a former US Army staff sergeant and Cavalry scout.

Harvey Weinstein's having a no good very bad time of it. Women are coming out of every closet in NY and Hollywood and everywhere inbetween to talk about how he sexually harassed them, and worse. The list includes Angelina, Rose McGowan, Ashley Judd, Gwyneth, and Rosanna Arquette. In each case the situation occurred when they were young and vulnerable actresses at the start of their careers, dealing with a man who could make or break those careers. Gwyneth says more here. And so does Jamie Lee Curtis. And a New Yorker article (reviewed here) does not mince words in its title: "From Aggressive Overtures to Sexual Assault: Harvey Weinstein's Accusers Tell Their Stories. Oh, and his wife of 10 years is leaving him.

Yep. We've got a kakistocracy here.

***

In Utah, the cop who arrested and dragged a nurse out of the hospital, because she would not allow him to violate a patient's rights, has been fired.

In Massachusetts, suing Trump over the loss of contraception coverage.

The MacArthur Foundation announces its 2017 Fellows who receive genius grants.

I grew up playing bocce; it was what we all did at some family gatherings. Now Italy is trying to save the game, which dates from the Romans, from extinction -- which would also extinguish dozens of local dialects.

Friends Journal on talking to young people about conscientious objection.

The hidden truth behind Victoria and Abdul -- the relationship the royals didn't want known.
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Five years seems like an awfully short time to build up a functioning Time Bureau, but okay.

Why is Sara working in a crappy shop? Oh, and Nate just grew even creepier, with his Amaya-look-a-like date.

I keep having to pause this episode for embarrassment squick related reasons. Please get past this point, episode.

So, apparently only Mick and Stein are actually happy and functional in 2017. And Rip really should have, oh, I dunno - involved the rest in the Time Bureau somehow? He should have seen this coming.

At least they actually address Caesar speaking English.

"No powers. It can make the anachronism worse!" First of all, they totally stole that from the rewrite. Second of all - this is their own time??? The age of superheroes? How would Firestorm in 2017 Aruba make anything worse?

Now this. This is the legends actually being guilty of breaking history. Never give somebody in the past a history book, damnit. Even if he just pick-pocketed it. (Correction: Nate broke history. Some historian he is. (Also - Nate's a historian and carries around what looks like a very layman's history of Rome type book?))

Can we have Mick stop commenting on women's hotness? It feels like somebody discovered Coldwave and are trying to disprove it by making him aggresively heterosexual - or maybe gay and pretending not to be? I dunno anymore.

And they get to keep the ship and fly about in the end. That wasn't a very interesting opening episode.

Rip said he spent the last five years forming the Time Bureau, right? Where did they get the portal tech? The Time Masters used timeships. Where did he get the temporal portals?

Amaya seems - a bit darker this season? Channeling spirit animals to kill German poachers offscreen?

The Writer's Paradox

Oct. 11th, 2017 09:07 am[personal profile] tigerlilly
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While browsing the news this morning I came upon this manifest of a Turkish imprisoned author which beautifully describes the power of imagination.

The Writer's Paradox - Ahmet Altan

"You can imprison me but you cannot keep me in prison."

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Oct. 10th, 2017 11:37 am[personal profile] twistedchick
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