Black Emporium letter

Sep. 23rd, 2017 12:36 am
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Sorry for the novel length rambling, don't stress and have fun following your muse, as long as you avoid my DNWs I am sure whatever you make will fill me with happy shippy joy :)

Basics:

DNWs: Sad endings (a little bittersweetness is ok), contagious zombie-ness, parasites, sympathetic rapists, rape, incest, child harm, underage sex, gender essentialism (Men are like X/women are like Y), simplistic "the chantry is 100% right" attitudes supported by the narrative, onscreen sex without feelings.

I am fine with vague references to my DNWs, especially if they happened in canon and are hard to completely avoid. And I am 100% cool with characters having off screen sex without feelings, and maybe thinking about it positively during the story. Especially Isabela, for whom NOT doing so would be OOC! But actually seeing that sex described in detail sets off a squick.

What I want: something relatively happy and shippy, and either fic that tells a story or art that implies one.

For fic I really want that story to be one where the characters go through (overall positive) emotional change. This means I tend not to like established relationship fic unless it contains some personal or relationship growth. A bit of plot is good too. I like moments of change in art, too, but it's not as much of a priority.

My general preferences

In all works I like a sense of empathy for all the characters, and subverting power relationships both big and small.

Pretty much my favourite thing in ship fic is a POV character with a great deal of self doubt coming to the realisation that they really are important to the person (or people) they love, especially if it's a one two punch of "Gasp! I love them! Oh, but they would never love me" followed by "OMG THEY LOVE ME TOO??". The obvious way to do this is a getting together story, but "realising there is more to this friends with benefits relationship than just sex" moments work too and may be more in character for some of these pairings. I like relationship dynamics to be pretty balanced, and the love interest(s) should have some self doubt too. POV shifts so that everyone in the pairing gets their turn to be all OH NO/OMG is AMAZING if you feel up to it.

With art, I absolutely love "OH NO I LOVE THEM" and "WAIT WHAT THEY LOVE ME" moments if you can come up with a good scenario, but also really enjoy in character moments of connection and affection that capture what makes the couple great. With these pairings in particular pretty much any cute couple scanario will make me go aww :)

One of my favourite plots for shippy fic or art is the couple working together to achieve something, where we see how they bring out the best in each other and work well as a team. A lot of these characters have VERY strongly held beliefs and goals, and I'd love to see them respect each others beliefs and help each other achieve their goals.

Also forced intimacy is my JAM. Huddling for warmth, fake dating, all of it. So great for OH NO THEY'RE HOT :D

Note: I generally prefer non-noble female PCs but just do whatever works for the story. I'm cool with original first names. I tend to get thrown out of works that go too far from canon with the NPCs, but enjoy when OCs and PCs add some subtle background diversity eg disabled/non binary/fat etc characters. No making a big deal about it, though, please.

A post about what I generally like in fanworks if you want EVEN MORE ideas.

On smut

I tend not to enjoy sexually explicit art, though a bit of sexual charge can add spice, especially to OH NO THEY'RE HOT. The dynamic I describe in the next paragraph certainly doesn't go astray in (mildly) sexy art.

I can enjoy explicit fic, but have pretty narrow tastes: mild sexiness or fade to black is fine in a wide range of scenarios, but explicit sexual scenes only tend to work for me if the POV character is (a) Feeling strongly emotionally drawn to their partner and (b) feeling a certain amount of negative emotions about having sex. I don't want to see these characters dubconning each other (except maybe a little from Leliana), or being sexually miserable forever, so it would have to (a) be external to the couple or internal self doubt and (b) get resolved by the end. So, for example: a fic where Fenris has sex with Hawke and Isabela while thinking they are both amazing and he loves them but they are better off without him, then as the fic progresses he realises they love him too and it ends with the three of them happily together. Or Sigrun and Velanna have angsty "we're about to die (oh no you're dying too and I love you)" sex during the fake calling, but then it turns out to be fake. Or disquieting xeno! You'd have to put some creativity into having that be relevant to these pairings (Sigrun becomes a titan??) but if you feel inspired I won't complain ;)

Fenris/Isabela: What I love about this pairing is that they recognise and respect each other's mutual yearning for freedom. I thus see them being VERY careful not to push or pressure for commitment or discussions of feelings. And while I do see those things happening slowly over time, I can't see them ever getting married or being an entirely conventional couple. I tend to imagine them as poly but am fine with them being monogamous.

I'm naturally inclined to stick with the canon that they started out as friends with benefits, but if you'd rather a different start that's cool. Either way, what I live for is moments of tentatively growing trust and connection.

Specific DNW: either of them being unambiguously only into the opposite sex. You don't have to make it explicit that they're bi, just don't contradict it.

Prompts:
I'd love to hear what they're up to during Inquisition, or see them working together to fight slavers or other bad guys. A quiet moment of peace and connection (maybe after some badassery!) would be lovely too.

Fenris/Isabela/f!Hawke: So what I love about this setup is that it gives all three of them such great reasons to be consumed with self doubt. I like a scenario where Act 2 progressed much like canon does if Hawke romances Isabella and then Fenris, and Act 3 starts with Fenris and Isabela both thinking "I should just accept I ruined things with Hawke and hope they find happiness with [other love interest]", while Hawke thinks "Oh no I alienated BOTH of them" and the three of them are awkward and angsty at each other until they figure everything out.

All the stuff I said about Fenris/Isabela above applies to them inside the triad. Given the dynamics in canon I tend to see them being initially more focussed on Hawke and only coming to feelings for each other more slowly, if at all. I am fine with their relationship not being explicitly romantic in the work as long as they have a strong close friendship, but romance would be awesome if you can get it to work.

I know how hard it is to capture all three sub-pairings in ot3 works, but if you can manage it via multiple POVs/pictures or whatever that would be spectacular.

I don't care if Hawke is a mage or red/blue etc, but so things feel balanced would want her having her own Emotional Issues and not being too much The Well Adjusted One. Maybe similar issues to Isabela and Fenris, or maybe something contrasting like being friendly but socially awkward. Note that while I like nb!PCs, Hawke has to be a woman for this prompt or you'll break the rules of the exchange.

Prompts:
A smooshing together of the Fenris and Isabela romances into a coherent whole would be great. Or if you want to do something bit more original, maybe Hawke is in a relationship with one of them post DA2 and then they all get reunited, and it's all awkwardness and guilt, and then catharsis and smooches. (off on the wild seas with Isabela? I tend to see them as poly already but that doesn't solve everything) Or Fenris and Isabela team up to rescue Hawke from the fade!

Bethany/Merril: What I love about these two is they're both easily dismissed but have hidden depths. I can see them recognising that about each other, and making each other feel understood and respected.

I like this pairing a *little* fluffier and less consumed with angsty self doubt than the others, but cutely shy self doubt is A+. My preferred scenario tends to be post DA2 with Circle Bethany, since that makes it easiest to imagine a happy ending, but there's something to be said for an emotionally fraught reunion in Act 3 with Warden Bethany (a hug at that moment would make for cute art!)

Prompts:
I'd love to see them doing magic together, or helping rebuild/fix Kirkwall (SOMEONE has to do something about all that evil magic architecture). Or working together to rescue Hawke from the fade! If you can fit in Merrill getting the chance to use one of the bazillion working eluvians from DAI/Trespasser all the better :D

No smut for this pairing please but fade to black is fine.

Cassandra/Leliana: Ah, so much history and such complex feelings! I love that they have years of mutual trust and respect, and in some ways are very similar people, yet they have this pain and awkwardness between them (that we can fix with our imaginations ;)).

I'd love to see them work through the pain of the events of Inquisition, and their differing views on the future of the Chantry, and find their ways to a closer and more comfortable relationship. They will never agree on everything, but can still respect and help each other.

Prompts:
I would absolutely love to see Cassandra coming to the horrified realisation that she's into Leliana AFTER Leliana becomes Divine. Leliana could either not realise what's going on and wonder why Cassandra is being so weird all of a sudden, or flirt a bit (either as a joke or sincerely), get rebuffed, and take out her frustration and hurt feelings by flirting and watching Cassandra squirm (which Cassandra would probably read as pure trolling) Since Inquisition I have been tormented by a frustratingly vague mental image of Leliana in her Divine outfit flirting with Cassandra in a somewhat personal-space invading way and Cassandra blushing like crazy as she is torn between retreat and reciprocation. Leliana is a decent person at heart and cares for Cassandra, so she wouldn't take it TOO far, and being me I want her to have some self doubt and mixed feelings too.

If sexy!pope Leliana isn't your jam I'd be happy with anything that gets them closer and happier after the events of Inquisition without glossing over their differences too much.

Velanna/Sigrun: What I love about these two is that they have both, in their way, been made bitter and resigned by pain and loss, and are willing to throw their lives away. They also have a shared love of snarkily deflating privileged humans/nobles/men :) Yet their different personalities make for a charming contrast, and could lead to mutual benefit: Sigrun helping Velanna be less serious all the time, and Velanna encouraging Sigrun to be less passive.

What I really want to see is the two of them helping each other value themselves beyond their use to others, and to find things worth living for. I am imagining a friendship with shippy overtones or a "meaningless doomed fling" where, in either case, they realise they actually want to stick around and open up to each other, and have to reassess their life and plans. I don't want them giving up on their values, just finding a way to pursue them and still be happy.

Prompts: Sigrun helps Velanna find her sister, or come to terms with not finding her. Helping each other through the fake calling, and maybe realising they don't want to die yet. Getting to know each other's cultures and experiences: visiting a Dalish clan (maybe helping them stick it to some sucky humans!), learning about the weird dwarf stuff from Descent etc.
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Hi there,
 
We're putting the Antigua dataset on hold for the moment so that we can cover an urgent need from Rescue Global: basic information about building density in Puerto Rico. Even before post-Maria images come in, we can make maps of population density and expected damage for Rescue Global, but we need more accurate and up-to-date building information than we currently have available.

So this dataset is a bit different than the others: we are only using "Before" images, taken in the past few months, and we are only asking the first question we've been asking of the other datasets: how many buildings do you see?

We're hoping we can get through this quickly, so we're keeping the question to just basic categories of image counts instead of, for example, asking people to spend more time marking individual buildings.

With your help, we can use this information to make a map of expected damage, which will help Rescue Global decide where to focus their initial reconnaissance flights in the days immediately after Hurricane Maria, when power, phones and internet are expected to still be down throughout most of the large island of Puerto Rico.

Please continue to help at www.planetaryresponsenetwork.org.
 
Thank you,
 
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Comic rec

Sep. 21st, 2017 01:10 pm
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I've been enjoying Power Ballad by Molly Brooks. Both the artwork and the story have been very appealing so far.
James Nicoll's review if you want to have a look jamesdavisnicoll.com/review/i-know-at-last-the-secret-of-it-all  but if you would like to wander into it with no pre-conceptions, go ahead, right here.


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Had the surgical dressing removed, and was told it was healing nicely. I had some problems with the medications, and those problems were addressed and taken care of. I have been told that rest, and pain management are paramount for my rehab. Since my liver is so efficient, it filters the medication out a bit quickly, leaving me in pain for an hour or more between pain med dosages. I have been given a different pain medication to take when that happens. Still have to take blood thinners, anti-inflammatory, and unfortunately something to ensure regularity. I'll just leave it at that. Took new dosing schedules and went to see the physio.

Pat is everything a physio can be. A nice sadist. He massaged, bent, pushed, pushed even more. I could take it. He said 'no higher than pain level 5'. I am very fortunate, that all tendons and ligaments are fine. It was just the bone/cartilage. My reward for all the torture was his massaging my foot, pushing up past my knee to reduce the swelling, then fit me with a mid-thigh to ankle compression stocking. He also reiterated the need for pain management being key to doing the exercises. So, no more 'toughing it out'.

Message assimilated. :)

Arrrrr!

Sep. 19th, 2017 09:13 am
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What be your favourite pirate movie?

If ye can't be makin' up yer mind,  pick a couple.

I can't be decidin' between Captain Blood and  The Pirates band of misfits at this very moment. 

Ticky Yessy Postie

Sep. 18th, 2017 10:57 am
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Last week the postal survey for the Australian Marriage Law alteration yes/no arrived.
I opened it, ticked yes and took it to the mailbox that night.
I find it hard to understand why anyone wouldn't.
I'd be guessing most of my readers would be in favour of marriage equality.
Let's support this push for equality so that bigotry, hatred and oppression can take a back step for once.
Let's get in there and let people have the same legal rights.
Let's give the economy one heck of a shot in the arm.

Do this
!


(Edited for a momentary lack of yellow and phrased it betterer)

Life lived in dot points

Sep. 17th, 2017 09:45 pm
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I haven't had spare energy for a lot of things lately, in particular for blogging. I've a short term contract, in which I'm attempting to debug some code, which is going somewhat slowly (the first bit was a trivially short piece of code that turned out to have a single wrong command buried in it, but it took some sorting out how that command differed from what it ought have been). Other than that, over the weekend (including Friday night) I
  • Briefly went to work Friday drinks; I think I know everyone's names...
  • Friday dinner at Han's cafe; stupidly ended up ordering a fish dish that came battered. Ate it anyway; stomach sore Saturday, but no emotional meltdown. Will continue minimising gluten, but nice to know that a slip up isn't always a disaster.
  • Went to see Totoro on the big screen at Innaloo on Friday night (with artisanat and friend S)
  • Slept in Saturday, because youngest was in Sydney, and thus did not have training*
  • Went to dance, despite really not wanting to. Entire class was focused on how to push one's heel forward correctly (battement tendu, battement long, fondu, some other things I've forgotten). Hips are Very! Sore! today. Turns out that I have sufficient flexibility in my toes that 'tuck your little toes under' is a cheat for me, so that I don't actually stretch where I should -- everyone else has to stretch to do that.
  • Crafternoon. Finished the border on a blanket that has been abandoned for some time (crochet, all the pink variegated yarns). Sewed in the ends. Now it just needs blocking. Watched the first episode of Outlander, because I had it queued up and ready to go when ariaflame arrived, and they were happy to watch as well.
  • Attended the evening part of a friend's 40th birthday festivities; cocktail bar, I am the kind of person who drinks scotch and dry when cocktails are on offer.
  • Went to a marriage equality rally**. Am very quietly grumpy at all the people calling it 'same sex marriage'. Went and was nice to one of the people standing at the side wearing t-shirts saying something like 'Libs and Nats for marriage equality', to make sure that they got positive feedback for being at an event where they could well be a long way off the political beliefs of the majority
  • Met up with a number of people at said rally; six of us went in to Claisebrook for lunch. Tasty lunch, although not convinced that either of the options were good for me. All were gluten free though (and the pasta was v. nice; risotto was a bit richer than I was expecting).
  • Came home, lay down, failed to achieve anything. I have to go to work tomorrow, but ow, I really really don't want to. Hurts a lot.

    * team came fourth of seven; youngest got to very briefly catch up with a few family members, and delivered some gifts that have been mooching around the house since last December
    ** with artisanat and middlest. Eldest was fast asleep and grunted at the idea of getting out of the house to make it in to the city for 10am

Halfassed Hiveswap Act 1 Walkthrough

Sep. 15th, 2017 03:14 pm
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Hiveswap Act 1 is the long awaited Homestuck point and click adventure game! It's a lot of fun and not TOO hard but I still got stuck sometimes. Also quite short! Here's a full playthrough video I used when I got stuck.

Note for anyone with bad reflexes: the vast majority of it isn't time based but one section is and I found it mildly challenging as someone with very poor hand eye coordination. Also there's some references to abusive behaviour on par with stuff in Homestuck.

Below the cut is a half remembered text walkthrough. It's just the relevant instructions, but still pretty spoilery.
Read more... )

So when I was in Finland

Sep. 15th, 2017 12:04 pm
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We kept seeing women in long black velvet skirts here and there. I wondered who they were, so just now I did some research.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Finnish_Kale - they're descended from Rom who fled England and they make a decision around 15-20 years of age whether to go for traditional dress for the rest of their lives or not.
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Title: The Good Daughter
Author: LizBee
Fandom: Legend of Korra
Characters and Pairing: Lin; Opal; OFC
Rating: All-ages

Summary: Nima confronts her mother in Zaofu.

Notes: "Old Wounds", the President Beifong AU version (sort of).

'I saw you talking to Mom earlier. Do I have to apologise again?' )
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Did you ever wonder what it was like to be John Tracy in International Rescue? Do it for real. You'll be the eye in the sky. Look at photos and get the information to help the rescue teams on the ground. Don't worry, there's a short tutorial to help you!

The details or just go to http://www.planetaryresponsenetwork.org/ )

Afghanistan

Sep. 12th, 2017 06:56 pm
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My Christmas present was a limited subscription to the UWA library. I used the time to download as much as possible.


The most interesting article I read yesterday was by an American folklorist who visited Afghanistan in the 1960s and tooled around gathering traditional stories about the Anglo-Afghan wars (of the late 1830-40s, 1870s-80s, 1919). He followed the route that the fleeing army took in the 1840s (16,500 people of which about 1,600 were soldiers, of which 1 survived) and asked the local villagers for stories about it. Naturally what he got back was telescoped with the events of the different wars conflated and the story tellers prioritised the doings of the ancestors in the different villages.


I guess what amazes me is that 1, I always forget that for a while in the 60s and 70s Afghanistan was an open society.


And 2, what the heck is the obsession with invading Afghanistan every generation. Look:


1840s, 1880s, 1919, not during the 1940s but they did partition India and Pakistan which impacted on Afghanistan, 1980s (on this occasion from the north not the south), 2000s.

Warring earworms

Sep. 12th, 2017 10:25 am
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Ada Palmer and Sassafras

Ice and Fire   https://sassafrass.bandcamp.com/track/ice-and-fire


Down, down, down, down, down into Ginnungagap 
Down, down, down, down, down into Ginnungagap
Down, down, down, down, down into Ginnungagap
Down, down, down, down, down into Ginnungagap



battling

Spray and Hyperbubble

We're at the very nerve centre of art video cliche
I think it's going to turn out alright
We're at the very nerve centre of art video cliche
We're going to take it right through the night

We'll be
synchronised
We'll be 
hypnotised
We'll be 
paralysed by the sight

of the imagery
of the irony
of the way we captured the light
CAPTURED the light!





New Dawn, New Day, New Life...?

Sep. 12th, 2017 12:10 am
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Yesterday I deactivated my Facebook profile.

It's something I probably should have done quite some time ago - I've been investing what are, for me, unhealthy amounts of time and energy in posting opinions and getting into arguments (or outright fights) on my page. It's really not been good for my headspace.

So today has been my first full day without Facebooking in any way for probably a few months.

And it's been good, actually.

I feel curiously liberated, in a way. I thought the impulse to share small details about my life would be hard to shake off - but strangely enough, it seems to have simply dissipated with the doffing of the available outlet. Perhaps not that surprising, considering I didn't grow up with social media (which is probably just as well) and have in general been a bit of a late-adopter, compared to most of my social circle.

There's something a bit too fast and loose about Facebook, at least the way I've been using it recently. It's all too easy to post something without really thinking about it thoroughly or considering the possible consequences. There are times when I have had reason to regret something posted in a fit of anger or hurt or just ennui.

This is, in part, why I've come back to Dreamwidth, after - as I noticed when looking back over my account this evening - almost four years since my last blog post here. The longer-form blogging suits my style better, I feel; and it slows me down enough to put more thought and - perhaps - a little more artistry into what I write; and more importantly, to feel that I must have something really worthwhile to say before I commit it to words.

So at this point, I don't think I will go back to Facebook, even though when I deactivated my account, I thought I might at some point. I will take the time to slow down and think and appreciate more; and I will probably get a bit closer to being the person I want to be as a consequence.

Threatened Species Day

Sep. 11th, 2017 06:08 pm
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Another weekend, another total fizzle of a home open. I honestly don’t understand how they work – I advertise, no one comes. How does one sell a house if no one ever comes to the home opens?


Anyway, I have resolved that we have had our lives on hold for long enough. Some stuff has begun to trickle back into the house. Specifically, I could not live without art supplies any longer and went out and bought $180 worth of kit. I’ve brought some of the girls’ toys in from the shed.


We made the most of the weekend. On Saturday the girls went to a friend’s house and played in a mudflat – enormous fun. On Sunday I did some craft and started a song vid. We held our Threatened Species party and made:


Bilbies $14
Turtles $5
Cheetahs $6

The girls had four delightful kids over - great day.

Buckwheat

Sep. 11th, 2017 05:58 pm
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Buckwheat. Despite the name, it’s not a form of wheat. It’s a gluten free grain – the taste is summarised by my children as ‘yuck wheat’ and ‘suck wheat’.


When I gave the remainder of a bag to my Mum to feed to her rabbits, they would not eat it. They ate the other grains and pushed the buckwheat to one side.


Truly, this grain is a reminder that our ancestors gave up trying to grow some crops, they did so for a reason. There’s a reason why quinoa, buckwheat, etc are niche grains.

Soon

Sep. 10th, 2017 08:48 pm
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Took antiseptic shower with the pre-op soap. Needed a bit of help reaching around my back, so called Wing for assistance. He obliged. Skin feels a bit tight now.

Necklace my grandmother gave me, rings, earrings, bracelet, and citrine in a box to keep them safe at home. Have my overnight bag packed.

My stomach is churning with stress/anxiety right now. I should go to bed now, and try to get some sleep, as I will be getting up around 4am to get to the hospital by 6:30am.
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Had a phone call from the anesthesiologist as she wanted a full run down of my medical history (or as near as I can fill her in on) and for what will be happening on Monday.

It seems I will be given an epidural, and then general, as a way to cut back on the amount of general to be used. By keeping me numb from lower back down, the less general anesthesia is needed, and it will clear the system faster for a quicker recovery.

I will also be given an arterial jab as a better way to keep an eye on oxygenation and to keep an eye on my blood pressure.

This is the first time I have had to have major surgery.... and I have no problem admitting I'm scared.