How Are You? (in Haiku)

Jul. 24th, 2017 06:46 pm[personal profile] jjhunter
jjhunter: a person who waves their hand over a castle tower changes size depending on your perspective (perspective matters)
Pick a thing or two that sums up how you're doing today, this week, in general, and tell me about it in the 5-7-5 syllables of a haiku. I will leave anonymous comments screened unless otherwise asked; feel free to use this to leave private comments if that's what you're most comfortable with.

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Signal-boosting much appreciated!

One more cat on the couch

Jul. 21st, 2017 05:23 pm[personal profile] erinptah
erinptah: (pyramid)
This guy is safely back at the local shelter where he came from.

(Full details in locked posts -- if you didn't see them, and would like to be on a filter that includes stuff like cat drama, feel free to comment.)

The name on the shelter paperwork is Eli, so that's what I'm going to call him, not the name picked out by the roommate who brought him home and then wasn't around to take care of him.

Eli is super shy and super timid, but also totally mellow -- even when he was scared he never bit or scratched, just hid. In the three weeks he was at the flat, there was literally one time when he felt safe enough to approach a human on his own volition. Then he got spooked again, and there weren't enough days to re-reassure him before returning him to the professionals.

But I did get photos of him on the couch.



Petting for a sweet boy.



I hope he gets adopted by someone he can climb all over.
ptahrrific: Jon and Stephen, "Believe in the me who believes in you" (fake news)
Medium: Televison
Fandom: The Colbert Report
Subject: "Stephen Colbert"
Title: The Truth

For my 2017 [community profile] hc_bingo card, prompt "atonement."

Stephen has a thing for Jon, but at the same time he's been pushing Jon away with a mix of denial, repression, clinging to a certain public image, and displaced anger at himself. To make this work, he's going to have to own up to his issues, admit his feelings, and try to make amends.

...in song, obviously.

Cover

Truth is I love you / More that I wanted to / There's no point in trying to pretend )
serenadestrong: PB & Marceline (Default)
1) I really like Peter and Bev as a couple. Peter especially has matured a ton over the series and when Bev came to rescue him at the end of book 5, I was just mentally fist pumping all YES, GO BEV RESCUE YOUR MAN and in this one they're just such a good couple? They work well together, they check in with each other, they're such a great team, I love it.

2) Peter has...so many feelings about Nightingale. So many.

3) Nightingale at the very end of book 6. I love how he's slowly been drawn not just into the 21st century but also back into a more youthful persona. Or maybe Peter just knows him better now so he can tell when Nightingale's being cheeky. But I love him watching the rugby in a polo shirt (so casual!!) and telling Peter about his dumb teen shenanigans at school.

4) NIGHTINGALE HAS A LOT OF FEELINGS ABOUT PETER!??? I mean the watch was bad enough, even if it came off as "Nightingale has a large amount of feelings and no idea about appropriate colleague gift giving standards, and overdid it."
But then the car at the end of book 6? LIKE. GUYS.

4.5) Everyone knows Peter as "the starling", how cute is that. He's Nightingale's little bird.

5) We keep being reminded that Peter is an unusually quick study when it comes to learning magic. I love absurdly powerful characters and as he's grown into his skills and become a much more active agent, I've liked the books more and more.

6) So, can we talk about my dream future fic where Peter's caught some variety of slow aging from Bev, and Nightingale is hovering somewhere in a fit early 40s, and Bev is gorgeous and mature with a healthy flow and more natural stream banks and they all have a crazy loving OT3 going with lots of magic sex and raising children.
Peter, Guleed, and Caroline are teaching at the newly recreated magic school in London (Molly is Matron, Abigail is off at Uni getting a doctorate). Bev isn't officially a professor but she does special guest lectures on genius loci and environmental sciences.

7) The only thing I didn't like (or get), why was Caroline poking around the County Guard offices last book? She seemed a bit deus ex machina in this book, conveniently showing up to move the plot along. Did her mother already know about the 3rd principia in the last book? Was this a retcon?

8) I did like the expansion of the magical world in this book, a lot. Like, of course there's some old families who've just passed the craft down. Of course there's a women's tradition, that the men rejected, and of course they didn't abandon it, just flipped them the bird and kept inventing crucial magic. It's a bit stereotypical to have women's ~~healing magic~~, but Lady Helen was such a Rich Old Hippie that it fit right in with her attitude (i.e. I didn't mind it at all in the book, just, noting for posterity). The American Old Boy's Club with its Newtonian English roots fits right in too. There's a whole world out there just magicking away! It's great!
erinptah: Cat in a backpack (cat)
Linguistics links:

Nothing new under the sun: "in tibullus 1.8 (a poem about his boyfriend Marathus) has this line about “pugnantibus linguis” (literally battling tongues) which means that the idea of tongues battling for dominance in homoerotic fiction has been going on since at least the 1st century bce"

From Seaspeak to Singlish: cool English dialects and English-based creoles.

Hawaiian pidgin has a great all-purpose noun -- it's "you-know-what", "whatchamacallit", "so-and-so", and "the thing" all at once.

Cat links:

Before there were laptops, cats were happy to sit on our portable typewriters.

"I was right there in case he got upset — I was expecting him to hiss or growl or slink away. But then one of the ginger kittens started licking Mason’s ear, and Mason sort of leaned into it and closed his eyes like it was the most amazing thing ever."

Number One Lady Detectives

Jul. 16th, 2017 01:16 am[personal profile] erinptah
erinptah: Madoka and Homura (madoka)
Down to my last 48 images on Photobucket. Have a rescued picspam.

It's Mma Precious Ramotswe and Mma Grace Makutsi, the heroines of The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency. Hugging. Seriously, it's just screencaps of this one great time they hugged.

Precious and Grace

That's Mma Ramotswe on the left. She's the detective. Very smart, very good with emotions, lots of tragic backstory. IIRC she's feeling the tragic backstory pretty hard in this moment.

And Mma Makutsi on the right. Very serious secretary/manager, first in her class, doesn't much approve of Feelings. The fact that she's having some is a big deal.

Doubles as an art reference for anyone looking to draw a hug. )
jjhunter: blue monster happ'ly munching munster cheese (monster munching munster)
Lucy Hooker @ BBC News: M&S says labelling avocados with lasers is more sustainable
Previous experiments with citrus fruits proved disappointing

Zach Wichter @ NYT: Too Hot to Fly? Climate Change May Take a Toll on Air Travel
"Airplanes do not fly through a vacuum."

Cathleen O'Grady @ Ars Technica: Ravens ignore a treat in favor of a useful tool for the future
The average would have been higher if one of the ravens hadn’t thwarted the researchers by figuring out a way to open the puzzle without using a tool—she didn’t pick the tool, because she didn’t need to.

Annalee Newitz @ Ars Technica: Intriguing experiment reveals a fundamental conflict in human culture
"Our equality condition shows that people would accept the elimination of hierarchies," write Zhou and his colleagues. "It is only when winners become losers and losers become winners that people object."
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