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    Sunday, January 18th, 2015
    1:19 pm
    Thursday, June 13th, 2013
    5:28 am
    Teen Wolf thought of the day
    Everyone assumes that Stiles's given name is something unconventional and potentially difficult to pronounce.

    What if it's perfectly ordinary?

    For example: What if the Sheriff is John and Stiles is John Jr. / the III? Maybe at school they called him John because, shockingly, in a classroom of Taylors and Brandons and every other trendy name, he was the lone ordinary and traditional John. And maybe Mama Stilinski (who, interestingly, also remains nameless) called him Johnny or Jack or some other relatively common diminutive?

    When Mama Stilinski died, he threw away his name - that was something he connected with his mom. Sheriff Stilinski went along with it - after the grief and panic attacks, he'd call his kid the QE2 if that's what would make things better. Luckily, "Stiles" is at least predictable from their surname and easy to pronounce.
    Wednesday, February 27th, 2013
    11:30 pm
    Harlem Shake: A linguistic perspective
    So, Internets, you have a new favorite meme the last week or two - Harlem Shake. I'm sure you've all seen one or more videos of this. As someone who's into language things, I found the repeated non-English line interesting and will say a few words about it.

    Cut for linguistic geekery - it might look like chemistry or math, but it's actually social scienceCollapse )
    Saturday, February 16th, 2013
    5:40 pm
    FIC: To Dare, To Will (Teen Wolf, Derek Hale-centric) (1/1)
    Fic: To Dare, To Will
    by LJ [ljs_lj]
    Fandom: Teen Wolf (TV series)
    Type: Gen; epic Derek Hale existential man pain
    Spoilers: Vague Season Two? If you know the end game of Peter and Lydia, I think you’re okay. Not intended to follow or precede any specific episode.
    Warning: Religious themes.
    Notes: See notes at the end for definitions of unfamiliar terms and explanation of the title. This is the first fic I’ve completed in a very long time. SPN and Superman fans, be aware that I am still working on the next installments of those fics, even though it has been ages.
    Many thanks to beatrice_otter, who beta’d and was very supportive of my return to fic writing.

    Summary: Derek Hale might an atheist, but culture has a way of keeping its claws in you.
    Read the fic...Collapse )
    Tuesday, June 12th, 2012
    3:11 pm
    Fic Prompt Meme Thing
    As the school year comes to its end, I need a distraction and something to get the creative juices flowing again. So, give me a prompt and I'll try to write at least a drabble for it!

    Things you can prompt me for:
    Timestamps for fics that I've written in the past, including WIPs and WIP 'verses.
    Any fandom or pairing that I've written in the past.
    Any fandom / media you and I have talked about in the past, but I haven't written fic for. (if you're not sure, go ahead and prompt me)
    Original fic or poetry.

    Possible prompts:
    Word(s) / phrases / quotes (famous quotes or quotes from the source media/actors/creators)
    Situation (1-2 sentences)
    Other media
    Song (must be available on Youtube so I can actually hear it!)

    *hopes to be inundated with prompts*
    Monday, March 12th, 2012
    9:07 pm
    Please take a seat in the shaming room...
    Originally posted by karma_aster at Please take a seat in the shaming room...
    Originally posted by denorios at Please take a seat in the shaming room...
    Since a number of US newspapers have refused to republish the latest Doonesbury cartoon strip which highlights the way Republicans are attempting to undermine a woman's right to choose, I feel it's important to make sure the message still gets across.

    The shaming room awaits.

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    Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
    3:39 pm
    Google Privacy Issues: Web History
    Originally posted by svgurl at Google Privacy Issues: Web History
    Originally posted by meridian_rose at Google Privacy Issues: Web History
    Originally posted by sheryden at Google Privacy Issues: Web History
    Originally posted by anjak_j at Google Privacy Issues: Web History
    If you are going to do this, you need to do it before March 1st. It has been said that users will not be able to do anything about this after that date.

    With reference to Google's policy changes and how everything you do with your Google account will be tied together into their super-cauldron of information, you will probably want to clear your Google Web History out - if you turned that feature on - before month's end. After that, you won't be able to clear it, and everything you search for will be connected with your account.

    To check settings and/or clear out your Web History:

    1. Go to Google. If you aren't signed in already, do so.
    2. In the top right-hand corner you'll find your email address or name, perhaps an icon if you have a Plus account, and a little downward facing arrow. Click on the arrow and a menu will pop up.
    3. Click to 'Account Settings'. This will take you to a page called 'Accounts'. (If you have a Plus account, you might go via a Plus sign-in page.)
    4. Scroll down to a section called 'Services'. Here you'll find an option called 'View, enable, or disable web history', which has a link next to it. Click on the link.
    5. If you never turned web history on, you'll get a page asking if you want to turn this service on. Just click 'No Thanks' and all is good. If you did turn it on, you should have a list of your searches. At the top there is a button that says 'Remove All History'. Click this and follow the instructions which will remove all items from your Web History and pause the feature so nothing else will be added in future.

    Also, you can completely remove Web History as a service from your account by clicking THIS LINK, checking the tick-box and confirming you want to remove Web History. To be safe, it is probably best to do the steps above first to remove any history that might have already been collected.

    Thursday, February 23rd, 2012
    5:49 am
    SPN Podfic Archive (Jinjurly)
    Does anyone know why Firefox is warning me that the SPN podfic archive at audiofic.jinjurly.com is reported as an attack site?

    Speaking of podfic, any recommendations, especially for humor/something that will embarrass me on the bus because I'm laughing so hard?
    Tuesday, February 14th, 2012
    5:03 pm
    Jim Beaver (Bobby Singer) eons ago in an episode of "Unsolved Mysteries"
    Wikipedia says he's been working on a biography of George Reeves (of 1950s Superman fame), so my eyes are not deceiving me!

    Unsolved Mysteries: Who Killed Superman?

    Jim Beaver's part starts around the 8-minute mark and continues at least a minute.
    Tuesday, December 13th, 2011
    7:03 pm
    That Fic-Writing Meme That's Going Around...
    Tell me about a story I haven't written, and I'll give you between one and three sentences from that story.
    Tuesday, November 1st, 2011
    12:17 pm
    My dad has been a long-time listener of Coast to Coast AM and so by default so have I. I don't listen very often - I remember listening mostly in the summer when we'd spend a day at the beach and then come back home in the dark, or sometimes when we came back from visiting relatives who lived a few hours away - but I do enjoy the Halloween episodes, when Art Bell (the original but now retired host) returns to moderate listener ghost stories. I haven't heard this year's episode yet, but I did just finish listening to another episode from September that Dad sent me, which also had to do with ghosts.

    The point of this is: as I've often wondered before, do you think that the Winchesters would be Coast to Coast fans, or would they consider it the equal of Ghostfacers?

    Coast to Coast started around 1984 (according to Wikipedia), so by the time John Winchester was on the road, it could have been something to listen to while the boys slept in the back seat. There's got to be a fic in this, of John getting the hell out of Lawrence after learning the truth from Missouri, of John being skeptical but going out of his mind to try to understand what happened, and having no idea where he's driving to but that he has to go some place, and turning on the radio to hear Art Bell talking to someone who believes that ghosts or demons or some other paranormal phenomenon is real and he wonders if he's going crazy - or is he finally understanding the truth?

    And then, of course, there's Unsolved Mysteries, which started in 1987. (Mom and I watched this pretty religiously, starting sometime in the early '90s. I'm surprised I never had nightmares.) More Ghostfacer embarrassment? Or alternative source of information/continuing education? "Dean, tell me three things that the investigators did wrong in this episode and what they should have done instead." - "Only three?" - "Would you rather take it apart step by step while doing push ups?" - "I can do three. Sir."

    Unsolved Mysteries plays an important role in a Forever Knight fic that I've never finished, but Coast to Coast has never appeared. Hm. Something to add, a tiny shout-out, in the next installment of Nephilim'verse? What do you think?
    Monday, October 31st, 2011
    5:45 pm
    Happy Halloween!
    A happy harvest festival to one and all, and may the memories of the ancestors bring you comfort as we travel into the dark and cold of winter!
    Thursday, October 13th, 2011
    3:14 pm
    Mississippi Personhood Amendment
    Originally posted by james_nicoll at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
    Originally posted by soldiergrrrl at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
    Originally posted by twbasketcaseat Mississippi Personhood Amendment
    Originally posted by gabrielleabelleat Mississippi Personhood Amendment
    Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

    Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

    Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

    Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

    What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

    The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

    So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

    If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

    What to do?

    - Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

    - If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

    - You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

    - Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.

    Wednesday, June 1st, 2011
    12:48 pm
    So, on ONTD_P there's an article about a moose hotline in Connecticut
    and in the comments someone asked something about moose being called "elk" in British English. Oh, boy.

    This American, who has had the fortune of seeing Real Alaskan Moose in Actual Alaskan Parking Lots, is slightly annoyed by the Mother Tongue's Mother Land's dialect. Usually I'm simply amused by British English and it gives me something extra to talk about in my classes, since I teach ESL. But moose being called an elk? Even calling it a "Eurasian elk" (as per Wiki)? Hell to the no!

    Moose and elk are completely different animals. Here, have some visual aids! Elk look like large, stout deer, whereas moose are giant deerlike creatures with faces only an aarvark could love.

    (And as I add that link, I see that the moose pic was uploaded by someone who speaks German, as they call the moose an "Elch". *sigh*)

    ETA: Wiki's notes on the name origin of elk vs moose. Damn those colonists/explorers who didn't know the difference between the two. So the Old Country had it right and The Colonies Are Doing It Wrong. *gives up*

    Also, wapiti is a badass name.
    Thursday, May 26th, 2011
    5:24 am
    Okay, I still haven't seen the finales of Smallville or Supernatural, but...
    ...I've totally spoiled myself for Smallville and have watched clips on Youtube.

    Supernatural, on the other hand, I have kept as spoiler-free as possible. I tried watching 6.20 but I can only find some random clips on Youtube. I don't know if my parents even have it to burn onto a disc for me (region 1 DVD player in the new laptop), because with Smallville 10.20 they deleted it before they even thought to ask, "Hey, did you want homemade DVDs of Those Boys Who Save The World A Lot and Stuff?" (To which my answer was HELL YES in my brain and "Well, yeah, that would be nice!" in real life. The first package, with the SV finale, is currently in the mail.) SV 10.20 also only has random clips on Youtube. (One of these days I might download one of those anonymizer thingies so that I can watch things on Hulu or whatever, but I'm not quite there yet.)

    ANYWAY, checking the flist has been....interesting...because little things slip out in fic summaries and things that lead me to think about what must have happened in the episode, especially to certain angels. So, based on that, and some spoilerific icons that people are displaying with their links to whole pages of new icons, here are my guesses about what happened in the two-part finale of Supernatural:

    SPOILERS (MAYBE) FOR SUPERNATURAL 6.21 & 6.22Collapse )</lj-cut)
    Saturday, March 12th, 2011
    10:50 am
    Saturday, October 30th, 2010
    2:54 pm
    My laptop screen just died.


    Second time in two years.

    (Technically, the bulb just died, not the screen itself, but the design is such that it's easiest just to replace the entire screen, which is what we did last spring. So this screen only lasted six months or so.)

    Time for a new laptop? Or just go desktop (attach separate monitor/keyboard/mouse) until I have a job that needs one, or I'm going overseas?


    ETA Very weird to have to get used to the monitor again. The monitor and laptop screen are different shapes, so the aspect ratio is off on the laptop, but so normal after a while....
    Wednesday, October 27th, 2010
    2:51 pm
    This is the sort of thing I love - Time Traveler in Charlie Chaplin film?
    The argument is that in this footage from a featurette from a Charlie Chaplin film DVD, there is a woman time traveler talking on a cell phone.

    There are a lot of arguments against it - she's shielding her face from the camera; her fingers are curled from arthritis; it's just a shadow; it's a publicity stunt for the guy's film company; etc - but it's fun to speculate and investigate.

    What do you guys think?
    Friday, October 22nd, 2010
    7:21 pm
    In case you missed it...
    ...since I had to fiddle with the original entry a bazillion times...

    Dream Show Bible Meme!

    (from tafkarfanfic)

    You post a comment on this entry.

    In return, I will give you a list of seven actors. (I may look at your profile for a refresher on your fandoms, so consider this a perfect time to update your Interests section!)

    Then YOU will go back to your LJ and do a quickie show bible. The show bible includes:
    • A one-paragraph blurb on what the show is about (like you get in TV Guide)
    • What character each actor is playing (you don't need character names, but you do need a description
    • For extra credit, a sketch of a plot arc or two OR a couple of two-sentence teasers for first-season episodes.

    ETA: If you choose to cast a few more "roles" in your write-up, all the more awesome!

    Then you post The Deal at the end of your entry, and for anyone who comments on your post and wants to play, give them a list of seven actors.

    C'mon! It'll be fun! Wanna play?
    Thursday, October 21st, 2010
    11:17 pm
    FLIPside (dream show bible meme)
    meme infoCollapse )

    tafkarfanfic gave me the following actor prompts for the current round of the dream show bible meme:

    Jeffrey Dean Morgan
    J. August Richards
    Peter Wingfield
    Gillian Anderson
    Jason Momoa
    Teryl Rothery
    Kristin Kreuk

    I added John Cho to the mix when I realized how serious all my characters and plots were and realized that it would drown in its own drama if there wasn't at least one character who could be more light-hearted on a regular basis.


    Dr. Maura Edwards had no idea what would happen when the Project was finally successful...Collapse )
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