Reminder: Claiming takes place tomorrow!

Friday, October 20th, 2017 02:45 pm
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Reminder! Claiming takes place tomorrow/Saturday morning, October 21st, 11:00 a.m. ET! (That’s 8:00 a.m. in Los Angeles, 10:00 a.m. in Mexico City, 11:00 a.m. in New York, 4:00 p.m. in London, 5:00 p.m. in Berlin, 7:00 p.m. in Dubai, and 11:00 p.m. in Shanghai.)

Australia-Pacific folks or anyone who can’t be at their computer tomorrow, please send us an e-mail, and we’ll help you out. Note that claiming lasts only 24 hours, and the majority of the claims are made within the first four or five hours.

You can still sign up here until 10:59. Come join the party!


Friday, October 20th, 2017 12:10 pm
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If you could have one person alive today call you for advice who would it be?


Friday, October 20th, 2017 11:53 am
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What do you worry about the most?

Kevin's health

the rest )

Brief Interruption for RS Small Gifts

Friday, October 20th, 2017 09:40 am
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Hi, there!

Please excuse the brief interruption while we promote our friends and another fantastic fest, RS Small-Gifts! It's the perfect way to spend the holidays with the two fictional wizards you love. All the info is below:

Sign ups for the 12th annual, 2017 R/S Small Gifts Exchange are open! Drop by the <a href="">sign up post</a> at Dreamwidth to celebrate the holidays with all of us, in Remus/Sirius style. Sign ups close on Saturday, October 21 at 10:59 eastern time. Claiming then opens 1 minute later at 11:00 eastern time. Drop us an email at if you have any questions. Thanks so much to the R/S Games mods for this signal boost!

So, it used to be that we hadn’t upgraded to

Friday, October 20th, 2017 01:38 pm
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So, it used to be that we hadn’t upgraded to Windows 10 because our IT department hadn’t cleared it as “secure” enough (it’s not that it wasn’t secure, it just hadn’t gone through the security affirmation process). Now apparently it is, since they upgraded me to 10. I’ve never really had 10; I decided not to upgrade my personal laptop, though for a while the laptop I used for travel had it. 

I know this is just me getting older, but I am weirdly suspicious not of Windows 10 as a system but of the Windows 10 aesthetic. Everything is too smooth and square. Things that should be rounded are pointy and things that should be pointy are rounded. Everything is well-animated and in soothing pastel greys. 

I come from an era where computers weren’t even MEANT to be soothing, where it was just accepted that they would challenge you visually as well as implicitly. And I’m not saying we should go back to a Windows 3.0 aesthetic or anything, I don’t want computers to be difficult, I’m just saying. It’s…

It’s quiet. Too quiet. 

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Day 17 - Art: Team Sirius: Stargazing

Friday, October 20th, 2017 01:42 am
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Team: Sirius
Title: Stargazing
Rating: G
Warnings: none
Genres: Fluff/Romance
Summary: Sirius stargazing with Remus in the Gryffindor room window seat.
Prompt: #19 - “A philosopher once asked, 'Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at them because we are human?' Pointless, really.... 'Do the stars gaze back?' Now, that's a question.” - from the movie Stardust

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Team: Remus
Title: The Magical Tale of One Man and His Dog
Rating: G
Warnings: Excessive fluff
Genres: Fluff, AU
Word Count: 3700
Summary: Once upon a time a wizard fell through a veil and was reunited with his love. This is the tale of what happened after. A sort of bedtime story about stories, a second chance at life and happy endings.
Notes: Many thanks to my beta B, this story would not have been the same without you. Thanks also to G who gave me the idea to write this, and the rest of Team Aww for the help and motivation.
Prompt: #92 - photo of an elderly man walking a large black dog.

Day 17 - Fic: Team Sirius: Saving Me

Friday, October 20th, 2017 01:38 am
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Team: Sirius
Title: Saving Me
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Explicit Sex, Prison, Delusions
Genres: Angst, Smut, Canon
Word Count: 5600
Summary: "I don’t have much to do here other than think about things; what I think about the most is you. It’s always been you, Moony. What a twist on those stories, huh? I fell in love with the big, bad wolf. No princes here, just two bloody fools who couldn’t save each other.”
Notes: Special thanks to my fabulous beta, S.L., who makes everything I write infinitely better.
Prompt: #2 - "Once in a while, right in the middle of an ordinary life, love gives us a fairy tale." - Unknown

words and historical research

Friday, October 20th, 2017 01:33 am
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"What year did this word enter the dictionary?"
Not quite the same as "what year was this word invented" (a randomly selected phase existed for at least four decades in African American variations before it was "introduced") but still quite good for "Would Bucky have said this in 1937" type questions. The earlier years in particular are enjoyable.

Thursday, 19th October, 2017

Thursday, October 19th, 2017 08:42 pm
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Posted by stasha2g

Editor's Note: If your item was not linked, it's because the header lacked the information that we like to give our readers. Please at least give the title, rating, and pairing or characters, and please include the header in the storypost itself, not just in the linking post. Spoiler warnings are also greatly appreciated. Thank you!


Drabble: Burden Of Guilt by badly_knitted [Ianto | PG]
Naming rights by m_findlow [Jack, Owen, Suzie, Tosh, Ianto | M]
Singing your heart out by m_findlow [Ianto | PG]

Resurgence (29/43) by milady_dragon [Jack Harkness/Ianto Jones, Phil Coulson/Clint Barton, Arthur Pendragon/Merlin, Eleventh Doctor/River Song, Rowena Harkness-Jones/Henry Morgan, Owen Harper/Suzie Costello/Diane Holmes, Anwyn Harkness-Jones/Gwaine, Emlyn Jones/Aymara Khan, Rhys Williams/Samara Harkness, Others| PG-13 | TW/DW/MCUMerlin/Forever]

If you were not linked, and would like to be, contact us in the comments with further information and your link.

Happy Durin's Day!

Thursday, October 19th, 2017 01:58 pm
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According to the Encyclopedia of Arda, today is Durin's Day.
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So, I think someone high up in management at my institution got hacked last year or something, since in the past year we have developed some serious paranoia regarding data security. Not to say that data security isn’t important or that I dislike the changes, I think they are for the most part sensible, but we went from like, zero to Steranko-System-in-Leverage in the course of a month or two. 

The latest development is a mysterious edict that we all have to leave our computers at work but logged out tonight so that they can “encrypt” our computers somehow – I assume it’s some kind of software they’re going to install, but there’s been a dearth of information over what exactly this Encryption Of Computers entails. Furthermore, I was told that my computer is incompatible with encryption (loose lips sink ships, laptop!) so it will have to be wiped completely and upgraded. Which I’m fine with, all my work is on a network drive anyway and I just had to remember to move a few files. 

But my laptop apparently heard them and knows it’s being wiped. Yesterday the flash stopped working and today my Outlook has decided to neither send nor receive any email. Additionally, a retail clothing website just broke Firefox so hard it no longer allows me to log into anything. 

What I’m saying is that this laptop is going down swinging, and I kind of admire its fighting spirit, but goddamn, could it not have waited until the end of the workday so I wouldn’t have to use Microsoft Webmail to do the last two hours of business today. 

from Tumblr

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Thursday, October 19th, 2017 02:20 pm
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Finished this week
Hit the target with 4 arrows at 30 yards
Score more than 24 points on a RR
have a clean office (Thanks Tara!)

Progress this Week
Score 3 Royal Rounds (Scored 2)
Go to 30 meetings (it was supposed to be dance but we didn't get up critical mass to dance and just sat around talking)
Attend archery 20 times
Post 100 Situations Prompts
Clean off desk
Clean off the table
30 new kiva loans
Read 30 Jews Wikipedia page (Karl Marx)
Listen to 90 podscasts
Read the bible


Thursday, October 19th, 2017 02:10 pm
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Describe the best day of your life so far.

It's funny because the best day of my life is probably my wedding day, but I honestly don't remember much of it. I remember my dad walking me down the aisle and seeing the photographer and Kevin, and I remember saying I do, and then the champagne started. I remember thanking Lowell, who owned the restaurant we got married in, and I remember a stuffed cheetah. But... most of it is gone.

the rest )

Day 16 - Fic: Team Sirius: Burning Candles

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 08:02 pm
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Team: Sirius
Title: Burning Candles
Rating: PG
Warnings: A little bit of swearing and alcohol drinking
Genres: Fluff, AU
Word Count: 11,000
Summary: Being an adult isn’t anything like Sirius expected it to be, and birthday cakes with a growing number of candles on them is just a reminder that he isn’t on track. He’s not quite certain what to do about it, but sharing his worries with his friends might be a good start.
Notes: Thank you to the wonderful mods for making the RS Games happen once again, and to Team Sirius for being the best team mates. You’re all amazing! Last, but not least, thank you to the fabulous S for beta reading!
Prompt: #73 - picture of a birthday cake with lit candles.

Day 16 - Fic: Team Remus: Hiraeth

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 08:02 pm
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Team: Remus
Title: Hiraeth
Rating: R
Warnings: violence, a reference to suicide
Genres: Angst, hurt/comfort, AU
Word Count: 5000
Summary: Hiraeth, noun. Welsh. A feeling of yearning to return to a place that may never have existed. An earnest desire. During the first rise of Voldemort, Remus gets into the spying game. No one told him it would be quite this difficult to lie for a living.
Notes: I stole many ideas from John le Carré.
Prompt: #13 - "A place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most obsessively, wrenches it from itself, shapes it, renders it, loves it so radically that he remakes it in his own image." - Joan Didion

71F - 46F : Sunny

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 11:01 pm
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I woke up before noon because Tara was supposed to come at noon. She showed up at 2. I was cranky. She finished off my office today, which is good. And her husband got the furniture out of our house - however, it is now sitting in our yard instead of going to the dump like she originally promised.

She left around 6, and I went to the SCA meeting. I was the first one there, and it was dark and locked up. Sooner or later (like half an hour later) people started to show up, and opened the room, and we had a business meeting about Castle Wars, and then just chatted for a while.

We went to Imperial afterwards, but they were out of my sandwich so I got falafel which might have even been better.

Reading roundup: VALLISTA (and friends)

Wednesday, October 18th, 2017 06:09 pm
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45. Leigh Bardugo, Six of Crows -- so I've been vaguely aware of this book and sort of avoiding it, until [personal profile] isis/[ profile] isiscolo started reading them, and I found myself intrigued by the description of a layering of backstories and caper plot, gritty and complex characters, and a writing style with a lot of tagless dialogue, sparse on adverbs and adjectives but still strong on flavor. All of this sounded fairly Vlad Taltos-y to me, so waiting for Vallista to drop seemed like the perfect time to try it. Ultimately, it ended up reminding me more of a different book (more on which below), but I ended up enjoying it anyway -- and it was gripping enough in the reading that I missed my return commute stop once, and nearly missed it a few more times, and then lay in bed until I finished the book, which doesn't happen to me very often. (Damn cliffhangerish ending, though!)

I've been aware of Bardugo's Grisha trilogy books for a while, and assiduously avoiding them since I checked out some very basic Goodreads reviews and discovered the fake-Russian was going to be AWFUL for me (pro tip: If you're going to play with Russian last names, the -ov ending is masculine, and the -ova ending is feminine. "Alina Starkov" and especially "Aleksander Morozova" (or "Ilya Morozova") is INCREDIBLY grating, and also REALLY EASY to avoid with a quick beta check. I mean, seriously, Russian speakers are not extinct and do use the internet -- imagine! And don't pick names randomly off the census lists, maybe? At least not in gendered languages. Like, maybe there's even an in-universe reason for this? but I'm never going to read it, because you've lost me at the blurb.) BUT ANYWAY, once I was reassured that Six of Crows (which is a kickass title btw) was set not in !Russia but in !Amsterdam, I felt much more confident giving it a shot. There is a major !Russian character in this book, and some more minor ones, but fortunately she had a decently plausible name, and was also a pretty great character, although not noticeably Russian in any ways that were discernible to me (the way, say, Varvara Sidorovna in RoL is). There is still some fake-Russian mumbo-jumbo built into the fabric of the worldbuilding, but I could mostly ignore that. More, with spoilers )

44. Steven Brust, Tiassa (reread) -- part of my semi-accidental reread to lead up to the Vallista release. I ended up liking the first part (early Vlad), which was my favorite the first time around, less, and the ambigious-POV part 2 more, and still rather ground to a halt on the Paarfi section. I keep forgetting how little I actually enjoy reading Paarfi-prose, because I do enjoy a lot of the things that happen in the Paarfi books, but, gah, it was such a relief to go back to Vlad narration in the epilogue. Also, when I first heard about it, I didn't subscribe to the theory that spoilers )

46. Steven Brust, Vallista -- par for the course, I finished it in less than 24 hours (and what am I going to do now, until Taslmoth comes out?) Once I learned that Vallista was going to be a gothic, that both felt very fitting (duh, of course the Vallista book would have a building-as-character at its center!) and also made me apprehensive, because I just don't care for gothics as such. I needn't have worried, because it's Vlad, and it was both very gothicy and not overwrought in the way that turns me off actual gothics. I liked it! And it's a really clever book, thematically, and there are probably also construction bits I'll notice on rereads. It didn't leave me wanting to know what happens next (because what happens next is Hawk), and it didn't leave me wanting more of the same, which also happens a lot with Vlad books for me. It just felt... complete, which also seems fitting for the Vallista book. But I keep thinking about it and coming to new realizations as I do, which is really neat. I want to write my initial impressions down before I go looking to see what mailing list or chat people are saying (assuming anyone is saying anything anywhere :P), but I'm sure bits of this one will be dropping into place for me for a long time. SPOILERS from here! )

And a Vlad link: SKZB on Vlad reading order. The interesting thing to me is the idea that, once complete, reading in Cycle order will be another possibility. Presumably starting with Dragon (after Taltos) rather than Phoenix, but it would go Dragon, [Lyorn], Tiassa, Hawk, Dzur, Issola, [Tsalmoth], Vallista, Jhereg, Iorich, [Chreotha], Yendi, Orca, Teckla, Jhegaala, Athyra, Phoenix. This is an interesting idea. I can see how some successions would work -- Tiassa-Hawk is publication order, Hawk-Dzur could be fun, Vallista-Jhereg is a bit backwards but both have the reincarnation thing, Jhereg-Iorich is a very nice order, Yendi-Orca I can see, and Teckla-Jhegaala-Athyra makes for a super-depressing triad but actually make a fair bit of sense. The only thing I can't really wrap my brain around is reading Dzur and THEN Issola.


And two fic recs from Crossovering:

- Winterfell Tales (Vorkosigan Saga/Game of Thrones crossover, 2.6k, T), Miles and Ekaterin find themselves in Westeros and meet Sansa and Tyrion. This is a crossover I've wanted to see for ages, and it was a lovely take on it.

- The Start of a Long Summer (AtLA/Narnia, 1.7k, gen), a young Azula steps through the wardrobe. And this is a crossover I had no idea I wanted to see, but marvelously done!


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