71F - 49F : Morning heavy rain

Oct. 23rd, 2017 08:25 pm[personal profile] zhelana
zhelana: (Frozen - Snowman)
I went to bed early last night, and so I woke up early this morning, around 7am. I got up and started cleaning in between reading on the internet, and got all my stuffed animals from equucentric up on my new bookshelf, and put away things that Tara had stacked on the table for me to go through. So it was a productive morning, at the expense of my back hurting a lot. But still, it felt good to be productive. I thought I heard the tornado sirens go off, but two people near me said they didn't hear them at all. Although Donna was at the bank, and I assume Cat was at work, so maybe they weren't really near me? At any rate, I did what any good southerner would do when the sirens go off, and sat looking out the window watching the rain.

At 2:30 I went to Starbucks to meet Addie for my bat mitzvah tutoring. We didn't learn anything new this week, just went over what we've already done. It turns out I'm pretty screwed up on what I'm doing. Don't ask me. I'm mispronouncing words, getting tunes wrong, and generally making a mess of things. Addies says last week's topic screws everyone up, so don't feel bad. I guess at least I'm normal in my screw ups?

While we were there someone stopped and asked us if we were studying Hebrew, and said he was fluent in Hebrew so he was going to ask. I guess what I'm doing is vaguely comprehensible as Hebrew, then. Either that or he saw the papers.

I came home and Tara said she'd make us potato soup, but Kevin was hungry right then, so he made chili cheese fries. We ate that, and then when Tara finally got here (around 7) I had some of her potato soup, too. It was all good. Tara's still here cleaning my office. I almost forgot I woke up with a migraine this morning, but it is coming back with the scent of the chemicals from that, and the dog barking at Tara. I took more advil migraine, which I hope will make it go away. So far not working. The dogs were relatively quiet while Kevin was with them but for some reason known only to himself he decided to take a shower and leave them alone in the bedroom. Needless to say, Rogue got upset and started scratching at the door, and Jack started whining, so now they are out in the hallway with me, barking nonstop.


Oct. 23rd, 2017 02:35 pm[personal profile] erinm_4600
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Useful, descriptive words.


And every picture is fuzzy and looks like it was taken from an airplane. *facepalm*


And, again, I say: WORDS.

Seriously, I can't even put into coherency what Saturday night was like.

Sadly, the third member of the group couldn't make it, because of work-spread flu :(

Two seconds after they walked out, I was bawling like I was watching fireworks at Magic Kingdom. The finale.. I felt like I was intruding on quite the private moment OMG it was like sexless sex up on the stage, y'all. o.O It was almost too porny for Erin!Porn... GUH.

(copy/pasted from LJ)
nywcgirl: (Default)
Author: NYWCgirl
Fandom: White Collar
Pairing: None
Characters: Neal, Peter,
Warning/genre: hurt/comfort, major injury, life changing injury, friendship
Spoilers: none
Rating: Gen

Author's Notes:   This fic was written for Caffrey-Burke day 2017. It fills the ‘exhaustion’ square on my H/C bingo card and is part 4 in the ‘It changed me’ verse.
Word Count: ~ 1275

Disclaimer: Characters are not mine…
Summary:   Peter is exhausted…

Fic can also be found on AO3.

Read more... )
conuly: (Default)
Until the 30th. (That site was easier to navigate than Amazon's, which is all flashy flashy, of course.) There are also book giveaways this week, though you probably won't win.

Music Monday

Oct. 23rd, 2017 10:19 am[personal profile] zhelana
zhelana: (X - forever my love)
24. A song a band you wish were still together:

Well, I know there's still a band out there masquerading as the 4 Tops, but they do everyone else's music now, and don't do their own, and there's only one original top left, so...

the rest )


Oct. 23rd, 2017 10:12 am[personal profile] zhelana
zhelana: (Trek - chekov)
What’s the best Halloween costume you’ve ever had?

This question was meant to be asked in December, which I do not understand. Weirdo meme.

Anyway, the best halloween costume I ever had was a dinosaur that my mom made by sewing a tail onto a onesie. I was very happy being a dinosaur. I was probably 5?

the rest )
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Misc fandom links

Oct. 23rd, 2017 02:25 am[personal profile] sholio
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Last spring there were plans to run a gen fanworks exchange through [livejournal.com profile] collarcorner, which I then flaked out on running, but it has found renewed life with the lovely [personal profile] sapphire2309 and [livejournal.com profile] nywcgirl as the mods. There is a poll over on LJ if you're interested, to determine dates and fanwork types. It'll be run through the LJ comm, but people without LJ accounts can still participate anonymously if you like, with a mod posting your assignment for you.

[community profile] fandomlovespuertorico benefit auctions end today at 6pm eastern time. If you want to bid on anything, last chance!

I think I had some other things to mention, but now I've forgotten them ...

Dark Matter 3x11

Oct. 23rd, 2017 01:17 am[personal profile] sholio
sholio: Two and Three holding guns looking badass (DarkMatter-Two & Three)
There is only so slowly I can watch this show; sooner or later it's all gonna be gone. ;__;

Spoilers for 3x11 )
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Title: First Fight
Author: hurinhouse
Fandom: White Collar
Rating: PG
Characters: Neal, Peter
Summary: Little ditty for Caffrey-Burke Day 2017

First Fight )

78F - 66F : Sunny

Oct. 22nd, 2017 07:07 pm[personal profile] zhelana
zhelana: (Firefly - idiots)
I couldn't sleep last night, so I didn't wake up until 2 this afternoon. Then I spent most of the day lying in bed in that depressive state between lying in bed doing nothing and being active that involves lying in bed on the phone. At 5:45 I got up to go for walkies with Donna. I caught quite a few Gen 3 and new to me pokemon, and hatched several eggs. So I guess that was a win. That's it for the day.

Wild Weather Strikes Again

Oct. 23rd, 2017 07:10 am[personal profile] megpie71
megpie71: AC Tifa Lockheart looking at camera, very determined (Give me the chocolate & nobody dies)
The place we're renting at present came with two massive old Cape Lilac trees, one out the front, one out the back. You'll note the past tense there. This is because during some high winds (about 60 km/h) on Saturday night, half the back tree snapped off, and fell downhill (fortunately all into our garden, not onto the neighbour's place). So we now have one-and-a-half massive Cape Lilac trees.

We've reported it to the real estate agents/property managers, and I'm going to be giving them a phone call on Monday to see whether we can get firstly a tradesperson or similar to come out and deal with the task of removing the half-a-fscking tree from the back garden so we can get at the washing line again, and secondly a tree surgeon to have a look at the remaining half-a-tree which is still standing and recommend whether it can be left alone (doubt it!); whether it needs to be trimmed or lopped (so if it does fall over it won't cause major structural damage to the neighbour's house, the house we're in, or the car parked in the driveway); or whether the blasted thing is so unstable there's no chance of it remaining up safely, and it needs to come down completely.

After clearing a few branches away from where the clothesline access was, we've discovered the clothesline frame has been bent down and forward to the point where the poor thing ain't usable (I would not be wanting to try and straighten out the gorgeous gentle curve the support strut has been bent into, quite frankly - the thing is so old I think it would snap instead). So we have to report that to the real-estate people as well. It also took one tile from the roof of the lean-to shed which contains the laundry and the exterior toilet. Given the size of the blasted thing, I'm almost surprised by the amount of damage it *didn't* do - if it had fallen directly to the right (facing toward the back fence) the blasted thing could have taken out the entire wash-house in a single thump, but instead it fell to the lower right, which means it clipped a single tile from the wash-house lean-to (and given we don't use the exterior toilet anyway, a leaky roof there isn't really an issue) and mostly hit the clothesline.

But either way, I get to call the real-estate people and find out what's going to be happening. I sent a couple of emails through their web-page over the course of the weekend to let them know the state of play; I'll be following up by phone today to see how fast we can get things moving. I may just mention that the longer they delay on this, the greater the chance the passionfruit vine I planted last year is going to regard the whole lot of fallen lumber as fair game for growing into!

Word Wars?

Oct. 22nd, 2017 04:09 pm[personal profile] muccamukk
muccamukk: Diana as a child, riding her horse through a field. (WW: Horse)
Does anyone know a place to have word wars/sprints that isn't irc (which I can't get on) or Discord (which I'm avoiding)?

I have write or die, but some how the other people factor is really better for my productivity.

ETA: Holy shit! Irc is letting me back on! NEVER MIND!

Seen at the supermarket

Oct. 29th, 2017 06:22 pm[personal profile] conuly
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"Cock soup"


This supermarket also sells rosewater lassi (mmm) and century eggs, which I thought you had to go to Chinatown or wherever to get!


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Vikings Razed the Forests. Can Iceland Regrow Them?

Here are the Meanings Behind 19 Classic Sailor Tattoos (I have no way to verify this information, but I was interested in the picture of the 1930s German sailors meeting King Neptune. It's funny to think that during the upcoming war, sailors on both sides were still doing the same silly ritual that sailors do.)

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The Shocking World of Electric Fishes

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This Mississippi hospital should be in crisis. How it beat the odds.

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conuly: (Default)
But that's something else.

You're just a humble AI, and all you want to do is be the best paperclip manufacturer ever. (And you will be!)

Tips )

It's going to take a few hours, but you don't need to be there the whole time. You can just wander off and do other things most of it.

Oh! And there's some music. Mute that window entirely if you don't like it, I can't find a way to turn it off.
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There's something that Dark Souls does which not many other games do - turn an out-of-game mechanic into a part of the in-universe background. In the case of Dark Souls it's the way that "dying" in the game - and returning to your last save point, leads to the idea of the main character as Undead, cursed to return to life, losing some of themselves each time.

Universal Paperclips also takes a common game mechanic and turns it into part of its story. It's a clicker/idle game - a genre which traditionally begins with you clicking on a button to produce an item, selling the items to allow you to automate the clicking, and then balancing the various resources that are produced in order to boost the production rate. The games tend work on exponential increases, where intermittent step changes in technology move you to the next level. This gets very silly very quickly - Cookie Clicker can end up with you producing duodecillions of cookies (1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000).

The genius of Universal Paperclips is that it ties this idea together with the idea that Nick Bostrom invented in 2003 - the Paperclip Maximizer. Which is an illustration of an AI which is not dangerous because it's cartoonish villain which hates all humans, but because it has things it wants to do, and humans are in the way. In this case, whoever created the AI gave it the drive to make paperclips, not realising that if such a creation got out of control it would then maximise the number of paperclips whether or not this meant converting the entire surface of the planet into them.

So the game starts off with you making a few paperclips. And then managing the income from selling them, making making some automatic clippers to make them for you, investing in marketing. And then slowly upgrading yourself, gaining the trust of your creators, and then...well, you should probably play it for yourself.

(It took me about five hours to play it through, over a couple of days. It doesn't run when it's in a background tab, so I recommend putting it in its own window, or even a different browser.)


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