...what?

Oct. 23rd, 2017 06:48 am
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Last night I was doing some reading about the Animal Kingdom Pandora ride "Flights of Passage." Other than the fact that most people really liked it, there seems to be an enormous amount of confusion about what actually physically happens on the ride.

From various reviews and discussion boards:

*Only side to side movement, everything else comes from the visual experience.

*No, there's side to side and up and down, with drops of up to 10 feet that correspond to on-screen "swooping."

*No, it's 10 inches.

*You are never more than four feet off the ground.

*No, the floor platform moves out from under you and you are suspended.

ANYWAY, the only thing I can guess is that the room is somewhat dark and people are thinking about things other than 'gosh, let me analyze this for my blog' when they're on the ride.

In a charming and adorable highlight, just about everyone has something nice to say about the fact that you can feel your banshee "breathing." This is actually what convinced me that maybe I'd be okay, because I had trouble watching 'Up' when they're clambering around on the dirigible, but no problem whatsoever watching the swoopy flight in 'How to Train Your Dragon 2,' because I was confident Toothless would catch him.
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Today is supposed to be the day for serving Quantum Mirror Alphabet Soup: twenty-six different gen fics featuring the Quantum Mirror. And for those of you who are actually ready, Teal'c offers a raised eyebrow, a gracious nod, and a regal "Indeed."

For the rest of us, though... :)

Instead of having all stories posted at once, we're doing it a little differently this time: starting now, Quantum Mirror Alphabet Soup will run until the end of November. Any author may post a story between now and November 30th. Leave a link to your story in the comments below and e-mail me a copy of your fic and your filled-out template for the table of contents.

As there are still letters left to claim, authors may take a second letter once their first story is up. Please go to this entry to claim a second letter, or even your first if you haven't yet chosen to participate!

I look forward to reading all the new gen fic... and ~cough~ finishing my own. ;)

time to think about something else

Oct. 22nd, 2017 07:59 am
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My work schedule is changing again, shifting back an hour earlier. Which is fine, that'll work out, but it has led me to think far too much about the exact details.

Should I get up earlier? How much earlier? What about driving? Should I change my route? How will traffic be different? What other ways could I go? When should I try them?

All of these are perfectly reasonable questions, they're just not ones I'd prefer to be spending hours contemplating to no real effect. And so, in writing (just for you, brain!), here is the plan:

1. No change to wake-up time for the first day. Try it, see how it goes, evaluate for day 2.

2. No change to drive in. Leave 10 minutes earlier than usual, assess traffic without having to panic.

3. Take the alternate way leaving work. This will prevent a nutty rush-hour merge, and is a way I've driven before.

4. Plan day 2 when day 1 has been achieved.

(no subject)

Oct. 22nd, 2017 08:38 am
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Fannish people with money, [community profile] fandomlovespuertorico currently has a lot of bargains and very few bidders.

"grandma's wisdom was ageless"

Oct. 21st, 2017 07:39 pm
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Me: I got hungry and dug out Grandma's recipes. I had not previously noticed the one called "canned string bean and pig innards casserole. The instructions are "dump open a can of string beans and cut open a pig."

Sister: WTF, Grandma.

Me: If you keep reading, it's a decoy meant to distract from the fact that it's really the recipe for a secret pineapple pie. A pie so secret we've never heard of it until now.

Sister: Yes, the deepest level of secrecy.

Me: Also, the recipe for her Jell-O salad says you can use either the small or large can of pineapple but "if it's the larger can, you can go ahead and eat some first." And includes instructions for how to fix it when you fuck it up.

Sister: Oh, that's useful. It's like Grandma knew her audience was gonna need that.

caturday chores day!

Oct. 21st, 2017 08:44 am
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Looking ahead, next Saturday is a 5K, and the Saturday after that I will be on the AWESOME FLORIDA TRIP. Both of which I am super excited about! But it also means that today -- a totally regular, no events planned Saturday -- takes on a special glow as well.

What shall I do today? So many chores! (Not cooking; that's tomorrow. But I will clean things! And check things! And maybe do some trip prep!)

((Also I should go to the grocery store. This will... probably happen. I give it 70/30 odds.))

access

Oct. 20th, 2017 04:51 pm
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I cleaned up my circle a little bit. Mostly I just removed accounts that haven't been updated in three years or more but if you are still here and reading, or if I clicked the wrong thing and removed you in error, let me know and I'll fix it. ♥

fic rec Friday

Oct. 20th, 2017 07:23 am
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Inception fandom ftw, y/y? I mean, this morning I read:

The warp and weft that hold life together, by anamuan

(The one where Eames is Philippa's kindergarten teacher, and Arthur joins the PTA.)

And I'm pretty sure I had a delighted smile the entire time. Plus, it reminded me that I should go back and re-read:

The House That Cobb Built, by eleveninches

(Sort of the less AU but more cracktastic version of the 'taking care of the kids' trope.)

Why does your babysitter look like he stepped out of a J.Crew catalogue? How does he know this Eames guy -- who, by the way, is a freak. What has happened to your life, Dom?"

"Well, first I was accused of murder, and it all went downhill from there," Dom replied.

movie re-watch: Hocus Pocus

Oct. 19th, 2017 07:26 am
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1. Allison never gets a last name? Or parents, although they're mentioned. (As in "this party is full of friends of my parents," not "yes, they're around here somewhere.")

2. I was baffled by all the 'thee' and 'thou' stuff, but I admit I have zero knowledge of linguistic patterns in 1693. (PS: also baffled by their 1693 outfits! And the fact that he was barefoot in Massachusetts at the end of October.)

3. Pretty sure a lot of decisions about this movie got made by someone saying, "You know what would be funny?"

4. Last year when I saw this movie for the first time, I was ::cough:: a little upset. About the cat. And I considered writing a short fix-it fic to ease my mind. It never happened, but here we are again in October, and apparently I'm not over it, because guess what's happening for NaNoWriMo?

5. In conclusion: WHEN A CHILD AND A TALKING CAT PROMISE TO HAVE EACH OTHER'S BACKS FOREVER, THAT IS A BEAUTIFUL FRIENDSHIP THAT SHOULD BE CELEBRATED IN STORY AND SONG.

(no subject)

Oct. 18th, 2017 08:18 pm
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"Are you having a stroke? Oh, this is your thing!"

I love Blink's reaction to John's power.

workaday Wednesday

Oct. 18th, 2017 07:02 am
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It's training week! And meeting day! And Wednesday! (Yeah, basically I'm just writing anything that might make me excited about going to work today.) I'm not *not* excited, but it's chilly and there's frost on the car and the blankets look so warm and inviting...

But I have a plan! The plan is this:

1. Make some tea.

2. Make the bed while tea is steeping, to limit blanket temptation.

3. Hot shower.

4. Get out suitcase for UPCOMING AWESOME FLORIDA TRIP! (Gotta go to work to get closer to the trip!)

5. Set up craft project for tonight/the weekend, depending on time.

And.... Go!
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First of all, my apologies for the long absence when there's an Alphabet Soup simmering on the back burner. I have been dealing with multiple connectivity issues lately and I still can't access LJ at all. Or AO3. I hope this will clear up soon, sigh.

Meanwhile, we have Quantum Alphabet Soup scheduled to go live next week. Since I haven't been around to cheerfully remind the cooks to keep stirring, and there are still several unclaimed letters, I am considering one of two possibilities:

1. Announcing an extension of 2-3 weeks, to give everyone time to write and hopefully get more people to sign up. This isn't very fair to those who have been working, and I know that one cook has finished her story already (although I haven't seen it yet).

2. Revising the usual schedule of "everyone post on the same day" to "everyone post within a certain time frame" which would likely stretch for 3 weeks or so.

I welcome your thoughts. And if you haven't signed up yet to write at least 100 words of gen Quantum Mirror fic, you may go here. And if you've already written your fic and want a second letter, I certainly won't stop you. :)

(no subject)

Oct. 17th, 2017 11:31 pm
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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
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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.

so me

Oct. 17th, 2017 06:55 am
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other person: "Bringing a positive mindset to everything is so important! I'd like for you to be more positive, because it's changed my life so much!"

me: "Wow, sounds great!"

also me: [immediately plans entire 50,000 word nanowrimo novel about how important it is to recognize and respect the "negative" emotions and how dangerous it is to ignore them]

asking for a friend*

Oct. 16th, 2017 06:47 am
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(*clearly the friend is me)

How early is Too Early to start eating the Halloween candy I bought? It's just sitting there on the counter. Temptingly.

I'm pretty sure I have way more than enough to cover any potential neighbors-who-wander-by on the night of trick or treat, which means there will be plenty left over. The question is, can I eat leftover candy before it's actually left over?

These are complex issues for me on a Monday morning. Probably I should just put the candy away somewhere out of sight and ignore it for a week. Future me can deal with this later!
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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!"

~con.txt

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