So, Dunkirk

Jul. 23rd, 2017 10:14 pm
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I made a point of going to see Dunkirk at the sooper dooper IMAX laser theater. The picture was very cool, but the sound was overwhelming. Find a big screen, but maybe not the biggest baddest one around. The movie was incredibly intense, even without the extra large picture and sound.

Harry Styles was pretty impressive in a smallish role. I'd like to see more of what he can do acting-wise. But the cast was uniformly terrific. And in case anyone was wondering, THard can still act his ass off behind a mask. But we all knew that, really.
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Because heaven knows my writing has been crap recently. But I've been reading some fun soul mark/soul name AUs in Blakes 7 and Pride and Prejudice fandoms, and I got to thinking how I could do that in TS. I don't know that I want to write a full length story about it, but a few snippety vignettes or missing scenes might be... interesting? Yes. Probably subversion but not absolutely, because I do have ~feelings about destiny in TS fic - but it doesn't get much more Destiny with a Capital D than the soul mate trope, now does it?
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It's roasting hot here in DC. We've had so many days where the temperature was over 90 F.

Last weekend, I volunteered at a three-day conference for WordPress, an interesting blogging platform. I worked registration, which was a great way to meet new people while still in my comfort zone. The I got to go to sessions for free. I learned a lot.

Yesterday I used up a couple of gift cards at the bookstore. There's nothing like browsing actual books. I'm currently reading All the President's Menus by Julie Hyzy. The main character is a chef at the White House. It's light, fun fare.

Work has been really busy. We started 43 new people on 2 projects on Thursday. Tomorrow, we are adding 40 people in the morning and 20 in the afternoon. Good times.

I still take photos, but I haven't figured out a good hosting solution. Anybody happy with what they've worked out?

Leadership - Horses v. Trump

Jul. 21st, 2017 04:29 pm
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We've belonged to Costco for many years and I generally leaf through their magazine when it arrives. I did so with the July issue and ran into this article, Lessons from horses. It's one page, worth reading, and when I got to the part on the Alpha Mare, I thought "No wonder I don't trust Trump, he has none of these things."

Project 52

Jul. 19th, 2017 10:38 am
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Click here for Week 29 )

New due South snippet

Jul. 17th, 2017 05:16 pm
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Title: Drowning Is Just Not Part of a Normal Desire
Fandom: due South
Relationships: Benton Fraser/Ray Kowalski
Characters: Ray Kowalski, Benton Fraser, mention of Diefenbaker
Rating: Teen and Up
Genre: Pre-slash, UST
Length: 251 words
Prompts: from the dSc6dsnippets comm on DW are: "disobey," "disturb," "distress," and "distill" -- and I used all four of them.
Summary: Fraser and Kowalski: introspection after the buddy-breathing incident.




Fic at AO3.

Allons, l'enfants de la patrie!

Jul. 14th, 2017 02:10 pm
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 Happy Bastille Day! I am reminded of a fanfic where Ronon casually observed that the first two weeks of July are a party of nations.

I am attending a conference where I hope to expand my skill set. I'm volunteering for several shifts instead of paying for it which is very nice. So far I have learned new things and eaten a very nice banh mi.

It is roasting hot and very humid in DC (our typical July weather). I hope everyone has a nice weekend!

Too cute (if you like kids)

Jul. 13th, 2017 10:40 am
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A couple of days ago I asked, Do You Know This Vid? I got a couple of things wrong -- the little girl's hair is light brown, not blonde -- but [personal profile] fayance kindly pointed me to the correct site and video. Unfortunately, it didn't allow "cross-domain access". Does that mean I have to be a member of Facebook? I'm not.

But, with a title, I could search Youtube, and found it quickly. Mila talks (the title under the other vid-page) took me to a page of this little girl's discussions about life. The specific vid I wanted was Traveling disasters by two year old Mila.

This little girl is obviously bright, very verbal, quite opinionated (but what little kid doesn't have strong opinions? <g>), and extremely expressive; she's a hoot to watch.

There are several others; Cindy and I will watch this afternoon.


Y'know, it occurs to me... this is the kind of child authors are thinking of when they write a kid into fanfic. *waves to Aly* There are children at the high end of the curve, whose mental and verbal expressions seem two or three -- or even more -- years older than their chronological age. Those of us who work more often with "average" children -- or even those striving to reach average -- may forget that such standouts exist. (More than a few times I've conducted a speech test with a child who seems stupendous -- he/she is answering every question, and I'm sure they will hit standard scores of 12's or 13's, but when I score it, they're only reaching 9's and 10's. I've worked with below-average children so long that my perceptions of "average" are skewed.) But, yeah, the above-average kids are among us, and who can fault an author for putting them in a fic, if they want to include a child? After all, most of our heroes, in fic, movies, or TV, are considerably above average; may as well let our OCs -- adult or child -- have something approaching parity with the leading characters. <g>
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Project 52

Jul. 12th, 2017 10:04 am
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Click here for Week 28 )

Wintry winter

Jul. 12th, 2017 06:10 pm
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By dint of feeding the woodburner full bore for the last twelve hours, we have convinced the temperature at the top end of the house to rise to 16c/60F. Given that it's currently 4C/39F outside I guess it could be worse.

Bro-in-the-South sent me a nice pic on his cellphone of the white stuff on his street this morning.

News pics of the cold

Tonight is a good night for a roast meal - lamb, roasted spuds, assorted green veges, mint sauce. Also, I am sending son out for the firewood because what else are strong young men for? Or even weedy young men?

Do You Know this Vid?

Jul. 11th, 2017 11:49 pm
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I'm trying to find a video on youtube, for which I do not have a name. Cindy opened it on her facebook page and showed it to me. I'd like to show other people, but on facebook it didn't show a name or a link so I could search. It went thusly:

A little blonde girl is sitting in a big easy chair, describing an experience. Her speech is not always clear; there are captions to help us understand her.

She explains that she was riding on a plane, and the lady in the seat next to her kept talking. "She was a real chatty Cathy." The lady asked what she wanted to be when she grew up. "I don't know; I'm only two!" The girl wished the lady would quit talking. "Then the miracle happened! I pooped in my diaper. After that, nobody talked to me anymore."

Those quotes may be a word off, but they're pretty close. I've tried searching, but the terms are too broad to find it. Has anyone heard of this or seen it and can toss me a link? I'd love to bookmark it.
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