2016 books i didn't write up, 2 of 3

Feb. 21st, 2017 07:40 pm
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Kathy Sierra and Bert Bates, Head First Java: the whole time, I was thinking about internet harassment. HFJ is a reasonable starting point, even a decade later, if one doesn't mind reconciling former and current versions of Java code/practice. It uses more visual aids and character-driven storylets to illustrate examples than the average coding book does. It needs a deep-clean by a proofreader, especially regarding dialogue punctuation.

Joshua Bloch, Effective Java, 2d ed: I was supposed to finish this during 2016, too, and haven't quite. It's a pile of short essays full of cautions and targeted advice, and it's a bit abstract if one is not writing Java actively at the moment. (My summer internship and the job that has followed it are cousins, not quite in the same line.) Good reference, anyway, and I know I'll have cause to refer back.

Piper Huguley, The Lawyer's Luck: novella with nineteenth-century US setting, a black male lawyer only half aware of his relative privilege, and a black woman who escapes a difficult situation. The male lawyer ends with relatively unexamined gender-based privilege, but I think it's not for me to say whether the story feels satisfying; as fix-it "fic" of countless historical situations, it works.

Ovidia Yu, Aunty Lee's Delights: this is the first one. It's fine? I found the mystery unengaging (too simple), but it interested me as itself, a text written by someone with sociocultural and geographical contexts rather different from mine.

James A. Whittaker et al., How Google Tests Software: as it says, vintage 2012. Lately the industry has carried a mix of Google's and Microsoft's respective labelings/differentiations of quality assurance, software engineer in test, software engineer, software development engineer, etc., and this book wasn't a bad way to pick up some of that in a hurry. Because it's written by committee, it repeats itself in places.

Quick Short Story Rec

Feb. 21st, 2017 11:24 am
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I've finally started reading some 2017 short fiction (it only took an month an a half). I quite enjoyed "Microbiota and the Masses: A Love Story" by S.B. Divya Its a sweet story that features microbiology and ecological remediation. Anyways its nice to feel a bit less rushed about my short fiction reading.

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Feb. 21st, 2017 09:03 am
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[community profile] pbam: Porn Battle is still accepting prompts and will continue to do so until February 22nd at 23:00 GMT. So get in there and prompt prompt prompt! :D

I threw in quite a few prompts for various fandoms (Sherlock, MCU, various FFs) but I forgot some fandoms.

I would really like to get a lot of stuff written/drawn for this one! Posting coincides with spring break (March 6th-10th) so here's to hoping! :D

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Feb. 21st, 2017 06:47 am
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I survived the day of the chipper with only more scratches on my arms and legs. And a thorn went through my glove and lodged in my thumb. And another thorn ripped my pants. Fie, autumn olive is quite the nemesis. And i felt a particular delight wrestling the fans of the large shrubs into the maw and watching it spray out the chips. I am delighted with the amount of chips we have to use. I put tarps, sheets, and the wagon in the way of the spray, and so had a full wagon to distribute yesterday evening. Getting more loads into the wagon will be less fun, but i am glad about the foresight of laying out the tarps.

They're not light.

Last night when i took Carrie out i could hear deer browsing about in the underbrush: three, i'm fairly sure. Carrie eventually barked in indignation, and the deer seemed not to care. Later i came back out, turned on the light, and called for Carrie -- this did cause a bit of crashing around. Deer are loud.

Chocolate Box Reveal

Feb. 21st, 2017 05:29 pm
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Title: Collateral
Fandom: Star Wars
Characters: Padmé Amidala & her handmaidens, Jobal Naberrie, implied Anidala and F/F relationships
Rating/Warnings: G, none
Word Count: 2915
Summary: “This is my decoy, my protection, my loyal bodyguard.” ("We are brave, your highness.")

Collateral )

The Magicians, part infinideux

Feb. 20th, 2017 09:44 pm
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Seriously, though, I get it. I know why everyone hates this show. I hate this show. BUT IT IS ALSO SO F*ING BRILLIANT. I just. That last episode.

*headdesk* *headdesk*

also, gdi, I have ANOTHER new pairing now. Hai, Julia/Margo. Welcome to my personal hell.

Animated movies/shows

Feb. 21st, 2017 09:38 am
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Back on a Moana kick recently. So I made this set and then I made another centering around the use of hongi in the film and belatedly remembered to check the tag first and oh. Somebody else had made it already (with almost the same choices of GIF size and frames- it was bizarre!) and their set already had more than 25000 notes. XDDD The digital release is tomorrow (it's already the 21st here, but I'm assuming most of you reading this are not on this side of the world, haha), and I'm very much looking forward to getting the mini movie with it! :DDD

Here, have some icons in the meantime! GIF ones are sized for DW, but the last two are JPEGs that will work for LJ too.

Pua the pig drooping Maui winking and pointing Moana and Te Ka do a hongi Baby Moana meets the ocean Moana smiling hopefully Moana and Te Fiti do a hongi Moana throwing a spear
Baby Moana reaching up for the ocean Baby Moana tracing Te Fiti's heart Moana shouting at the ocean Baby Moana getting splashed Te ka hongi Te Fiti giving the stinkeye

Your Name (君の名は)

A gorgeous movie that hooks you with its lighthearted and hilarious beginning and gradually ends up heartrending and suspenseful. The bickering between the main characters for "acting OOC" during their inadvertent bodyswapping is just delightful. XDDD My favorite bit is when he's yelling at her for spending his money on cafe food and she's like, "well it's YOUR body I'm feeding and I'm doing your PT job to earn it, so." And then the confusion and loss when that nuisance other half suddenly disappears. The plot is like The Lakehouse, but layered with references, parallels and symbolism, and the attention to detail is astonishing. I loved seeing the red string everywhere. I loved how it really felt like Tokyo, down to the warning stickers on the train doors. I got so nostalgic watching it- I used to live in Tokyo and even hearing that abrupt slamming sound of a train rushing past another made me love it all the more. It does the flip side of country life just as accurately, with the sound of fusama shutting to the accent (Gifu is near where I live, and my kids actually have an accent like Mitsuha's, to their Tokyo relatives' constant amusement.).

Despite all the buzz, I think anybody saying this is the best animated film of the year is kidding themselves? Moana, Zootopia and Kubo and the Two Strings convey much more powerful, universal messages, especially when you consider that the target audience is a lot younger. Yes, it definitely could have gotten an Oscar nod, but I don't think it deserved to win over any of those. Still, it was a wonderful film, and I made some icons to celebrate it too! (Really, I just wanted the words バカ and あほ on my journal. LOL):

Mitsuha and Taki and the fateful string Mitsuha writing aho on her face Taki writing baka on his face Taki and Mitsuha protesting Mitsuha and Taki meet at last

Race to the Edge is back too, but have only watched the first ep so far. It's not as compelling as the HTTYD movies so it's easy to give them to the kids one at a time. (Plus I've already been spoiled via tumblr, so I can just watch those GIFs with glee.) :D

Reveals will be happening for chocolate box soon! Can't wait to see what else my gift maker has written! I think somebody has recced my fic somewhere because I just got a bunch of comments on it in this morning, which just makes me so happy. :D I wrote something that wasn't a popular pairing/character and it's towards the back of the archive because I guess I submitted earlier than most folks, so the hits have been pretty low. I'm glad people who read it liked what I did, at any rate! :D

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Sometime over the weekend I caught myself thinking, Weird--[dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose and I were making such quick progress on The Good Place, and now it's been a week or more since we watched any.

Funny how that happened when I was unexpectedly at Casual Job for a week and then we had a much-anticipated house guest for the entire long weekend, which meant almost non-stop socializing for the duration.

Now Much-Anticipated House Guest is back in Toronto, and Ginny and I are back to work tomorrow morning. Until Friday afternoon we'd thought we'd be back to work tonight at midnight, so the fact that we're actually starting at 9 AM instead is almost relaxing. The thing that's completely up in the air is if we'll basically be working standard workdays all week until we catch up on the "emergency" work (at which point I'll be done again until the actual spring session begins, whenever that is) or if we'll be working long hours for some or all of the days.

All of which is to say that I'm behind on absolutely everything else, other than keeping up with reading DW. And what with non-stop work flowing straight into non-stop socialization, I'm bone-tired now, no matter how good the former is for my wallet and the latter is for my heart.

(Thanks to the Humble Bundle included in the linkspam I just posted, I've had the new Mira Grant novella in my possession for a few days and haven't even started reading it yet. Really, that probably tells you all you need to know about busyness levels. [And that the novella isn't Newsflesh related, because that would've been read immediately...although I have no clue how.])

Linkspam: fannish/geeky/SFF, misc.

Feb. 20th, 2017 10:37 pm
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Fannish/Geeky Things

[dreamwidth.org profile] pbam (Porn Battle Amnesty)'s second Prompt Stack is open for prompts for a couple more days (until February 22, 23:00 GMT).

Humble Bundle currently has a Subterranean Press bundle that includes Mira Grant's new novella, Final Girls, which doesn't come out in hardcover until April.

"Kino's Journey Novels Get 1st Manga Adaptation Next Month". [ANN]

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] misbegotten, "Learn How To Make An Origami Princess Leia [Video]".

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] spikedluv, "Hayley Atwell to Star in Howards End Adaptation for Starz, BBC".

"Star Trek: Shirts and Skins in TOS". "Two important questions that we are asked fairly frequently are:

Why does Kirk’s command tunic sometimes appear gold and other times greenish?

Why does Mr. Spock’s skin color seem to vary from chicken-soup yellow to crab pink?

They’re good questions, and ones that we ourselves asked when we were learning about TOS. And since they do get asked often, we thought we’d address them here, at StarTrek.com."


"40% of Wikipedia is under threat from deletionists". [Boing Boing]

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] dine, "Overflowing Bouquets Built From Hundreds of Spare Utensils".

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] sovay, "Zealandia – pieces finally falling together for continent we didn't know we had".

"The Mermaid" at Scandinavian ballad blog Balladspot.

"Nokia’s beloved 3310 cell phone is being relaunched".

"Museums Share Their Creepiest Possessions In Twitter Challenge".

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] alisanne, "Bead Dragon Brooches By This Russian Artist Will Make You Want To Tame One".

"Having Disabled Kids In Public School Classrooms Is Good For Everyone". [Sarah Kurchak at The Establishment]

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] jimhines, "Cherry Blossoms Have Just Bloomed In This Japanese Town, And The Photos Are Magical".

"The Improbable Life of the Inventor of the Modern Bra: She was also a pioneering publisher and, later, a princess". [Atlas Obscura]

"McDonald’s Engineers a New Type of Straw for Slurping Shamrock Shakes". [Mental Floss]
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Two characters have sexily stripped off their tops. One is gently laying a line of kisses down the other from neck to … er … is it naval or navel? Using the wrong one is going to generate some confusing mental images.

Let’s look at these two words with some help from the Avengers. )
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Considering that I wrote a draft of this story in 2013, it has taken quite some time to land!

Peaceful Coexistence (7495 words) by Destina
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: X-Men (Movieverse), X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) - Fandom
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Erik Lehnsherr/Charles Xavier
Characters: Charles Xavier, Erik Lehnsherr, Raven | Mystique, Hank McCoy, Pietro Maximoff
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, First Time

They first met again six months later in Paris, after someone stopped the Eiffel Tower from falling on a group of panicked tourists. It was ridiculous really, the way Erik seemed to show off for the bystanders, and tried to hide from them.

Note: Many, many thanks to [personal profile] alby_mangroves, who provided fantastic beta, and whose encouragement made the difference between shoving this in a drawer, and posting it. (If you find any lingering mistakes, those are my fault. Revisions, y'know.)

Newly Archived Fic Post #12

Feb. 20th, 2017 12:24 pm
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One more batch of newly archived fics. As before ALL fics have been polished.
★'d fics are personal favorites.

Stargate: SG-1
Weightless, PG, Daniel, Janet, angst, feelings, PREPARE YOUR TISSUES, episode related "Heroes" (530 words)
this is one of my top five favorite fics

Of Two Minds, NC-17, Jack/Daniel, hand jobs, rutting, first time, dream sex, AMTDI, Season 4-ish (1,790 words)
wow, this is better than I remember! (also apparently I really like writing dream sex)

Whatever I Want, PG-13, Daniel/Vala/Cameron, humor, bondage, not what it looks like (100 words)
ha ha ha, this is 100% believable

Fists and Fangs, PG-13, Spike, Gunn, Illyria, Angel, action, angst, character death, episode tag "Not Fade Away" (1,360 words)
oof, I'd forgotten how real Spike gets in this

How to Seduce a Space Doctor, PG-13, Kaylee/Simon, humor, attempted seduction, season 1 through Serenity (600 words)
hee, hee, I still think this is cute

Working Out, PG, Jayne, humor, Jayne's intelligence, crossword puzzles (250 words)
the punch line here still makes me giggle

Christina, PG, Jayne, Mal, humor, weapons (100 words)
Jayne's most romantic moments would be with weaponry

Five Gorram Minutes, PG-13, Jayne, Kaylee, humor, drunkenness, bar room brawl (510 words)
gotta say, I like how I write Jayne

Harry Potter:
Kissing Practice, PG-13, Remus/Sirius, James, Peter, humor, first kisses, boys kissing, ridiculous!James, pillow-fraternization (2,400 words)
this fic is kind of delightful and silly and happy as hell

FMK#1: Arthuriana

Feb. 20th, 2017 09:33 am
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OK! I should have all the fiction sorted and reshelved by tonight, so WE'RE DOING THIS. If I manage to do this weekly we should be done in only a year!

Here's how it will go: I will post a list of 10-20 unread books that I own. Sometimes it will be themed, sometimes it will just be random. It will be a poll, and you folks will get to vote F, M, or K for each book.

F means "melannen should have a single night of ill-considered passion with it and then decide whether to turn that into a long-term thing or dump it with prejudice."
M means "melannen should commit long-term and continue to keep the book in her bedroom indefinitely."
K means "melannen should dispose of it posthaste."

This may remind people of a certain familiar game. Unfortunately I don't think DW polls have any way to force a three-way choice like in the game, so it's a free vote for each title. (Also I don't think I could agree to give up 1/3 of my books anyway.)

I will read the book with the most F votes, hopefully within the next week, and then post about it here.
I will dispose of the book with the most K votes, *if* there are enough total K votes on all titles to make a quorum (i.e., if only one person votes K in the whole poll, I don't consider myself bound to their vote.)
All other titles, I will think about very hard and take your votes into consideration!

Feel free to vote even if you only have a vague idea about the book or author. Or even if you've never heard of it but think the title is cool. That's why I bought most of these, after all.
Feel free to vote F on terrible books just because you want to make me read them.
Please leave comments with more information on the book or justifying your votes if you do have things to say!

Anon/no account votes and comments are on. Some background on me and my library if you wander here from far away: I am an SF fan and aspiring SF writer (emphasis on "aspiring" rather than "writing" rn). I would like to keep books that are a) good and/or b) important or foundational texts in the genre and/or c) help balance the proportion of books not by/about white dudes in my library.

Got that? Time to vote! )
(Books on the topic I have read and am definitely keeping: the Mike Ashley anthologies, Parke Godwin's Firelord, a mysterly Goldsmith "King Arthur" that is hilariously bowdlerized, Sutcliff's Arthur books, Twain's Connecticut Yankee, White's the Once and Future King, lots of pre-1860 retellings and sources, lots of "nonfiction".)

fiber monday

Feb. 19th, 2017 10:03 pm
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Status: Clock had its lower-torso front/back/front and then one front nearly completed up to the shoulder. You may note the past tense: undone because the armhole drop is significantly taller than the distance from lower armhole edge to bottom hem. Swatching beforehand means nothing when the pattern is that distorted, grr. Separately, I need to seam my mother's slippers' ...whatever one calls the segment from heel to low ankle/cuff. I've also begun Reason's requested legwarmers, then rebegun them twice to adjust the size. The pattern's for an adult leg, and it's great---easy to remember, even for me, who leans heavily upon a printout or a scratch sheet's tally marks most of the time.

Okay. tl;dr I hadn't considered necklines' interaction with armholes/armscyes till Ivar failed. Let's clear the decks of prior assumptions, now that 2.Naima has looked okay on me yet fit poorly (too tight two ways near armscye despite mods) and partial Ivar has fit me but looked terrible (v-neck too low and wider than intended by pattern, due to shoulder-induced splay, despite mods). In fact, let's think like a tester and isolate factors to rule some out. To keep the post from choking the internet, I've left example links out---feel free to request them for anything below.

Read more... )

tl;dr We're up to eight me-made tops I've been too big for, despite modifications and increasingly informed garment-size decisions. It is irritating and frankly ridiculous that people of many ethnicities and body shapes have told me all my life that I'm small. I'm bony, yeah, and I was a coltish adolescent (all bumps and angles), but were I small, THIS PROBLEM WOULD NOT EXIST. I would not have knit multiple cardigans two or three garment sizes "too large" and still be unable to get my bones into them.


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