current LJ challenges updated

Jun. 29th, 2017 09:15 am
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I've updated (most of) the challenges on LJ here.

I know some people have expressed interest in taking part in a rumble.

A rumble is a challenge where you get concrit! The rumbles at calendarsquares are usually 4 icons long (one icon per week). You get points for incorporating the given themes each week, and for giving concrit. Whoever gets the most points wins the rumble.

The rumble is anonymous, i.e. nobody knows which are your icons and the concrit is given anonymously, too.

The sign-ups are currently open:


[ profile] calendarsquares
st_aurafina: Root's face, words "Inside that storm behind your eyes" (POI: Root Storm)
[personal profile] st_aurafina
I'm deep in the reconstruction of my [community profile] wipbigbang, and it's just so ugh. I have to keep reminding myself that I like this fic. I do like this fic. I do. *kicks it*

I have some neural network links because neural networks are awesome and the future.
- Ancient wisdom from the neural network
(Neural network writes proverbs, is strangely obsessed with oxen)
- Via [personal profile] goss, Quick, draw!
(Can a neural network learn to recognize doodling? Not mine, not often.)
- A Neural Network Turned A Book Of Flowers Into Shockingly Lovely Dinosaur Art
(It really is lovely. Would frame!)
- Inspirobot
I am an artificial intelligence dedicated to generating unlimited amounts of unique inspirational quotes for endless enrichment of pointless human existence.
(It is very addictive and weirdly profound.)
CW: glory holes. )

New comms and challenges and activity and such:
- [community profile] twinpeaks has episode by episode reviews of the new season.
If, like me, you feel a little wracked by Twin Peaks ep 8, there is a discussion post up here: Episode Discussion: Part Eight. With lots of links to other reviews. My mind is blown. I just. *stutters in confusion and possibly pain*

- [community profile] drawesome: A Multi-fandom Drawing community for FanArtists (both traditional and digital art)

- [community profile] unconventionalcourtship is running again, you can go pick a prompt here at Plot suggestions.

I am eying this one for Root/Shaw:
London, 1839
Ex-cavalry officer Captain Grahame Westmore is restless for change, but escorting a diplomat’s spoiled daughter to Vienna isn’t what he had in mind—though for once he hasn’t been hired for his skills in pleasuring women! Independent, fiery and strong-willed, Elowyn Bagshaw is not the simpering lady he expected. Used to getting her own way and giving the orders, Elowyn will not be controlled so easily. Grahame soon realizes that he’s got a fight on his hands—and it’s one they’re both going to enjoy!
Rakes Who Make Husbands Jealous
Only London's best lovers need apply

Reasons to do this:
1. Shaw pretending to be a man
2. Shaw escorting a duplicitous Root pretending to be a diplomat's daughter
3. Shaw in cavalry uniform
4. Shaw in cavalry uniform on a horse
5. Shaw in cavalry uniform on a horse with Root holding on behind as they flee, flee from danger

Reasons not to do this:
1. All the other unfinished fics I have
2. I don't know anything about history ever

Nearly home time for me, then it's nose to the grindstone in fic town.

current DW challenges updated

Jun. 29th, 2017 06:06 am
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[personal profile] tinny posting in [community profile] icontalking
I've updated the list of current challenges on DW here.

Our Ask The Maker activity already has 6 makers signed up and 2 questions asked!

Come check them out, ask more questions, request a tutorial or guide, or maybe give some answers? There is still almost a whole month to go on the activity. Lots of time to think up questions or go looking for tutorials.

Over the last month, some more new comms have been created. Yay!

[community profile] disney20in20
Round 1 still runs until July 16th

[community profile] 10variations
There are two theme sets to choose from

[community profile] fandom10in30
Each round you should have a theme; a show, movie, character, episode etc.

Another late day

Jun. 28th, 2017 09:43 pm
apollymi: Quentin Collins on a dark green background, one eyebrow raised, no text (DS**Quentin: Oh really? (eyebrows))
[personal profile] apollymi
We had OME testers again today, so we were late getting out again today. I have at least 30 minutes of comp time built up for this week, and I know I have 45 minutes built up from last week. Supposedly I'll be able to get to use them tomrorow and Friday, but we'll see. It all depends on if the MCATs get done on time both days. Otherwise I'll lose that extra time again this pay period like I did when LaTrease was out of town.

Writing is progressing. I'm happy with this.

But that's about all I have to say for myself for today. Later, all.

How to qualify the unqualified

Jun. 28th, 2017 09:56 pm
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[personal profile] srukle
I imagine our world made up of two: the one perceived and the world at work. The world at work is understood through collective perception. The world perceived is unique in that it is the subjective experience of the world collectively experienced. The world at work is what we'd call "practical," while the other would be called something else as it is different for each person.

To create definitions and statements for both, a lexicon of metaphors are used. These metaphors come from a basic mode of senses. You know them as the five senses. The concept can be observed well in wine tasting where testers both subjectively and collectively describe flavor in an array of referential experiences. Saying that something tastes like marshmellows cannot be understood without having smelled and enjoyed a marshmellow; however, if the language for the description had been established prior, someone may be able to say something has the taste of marshmellow without ever having experienced one due to the collective experience that makes up the metaphoric lexicon.

You may not recall a time when you couldn't count past a certain number, but I do. A teacher tells a pupil that two and two makes four, without showing the student a number line or the history of math. The student is bright and grasps onto the concept of arithmetic without understanding the theory of numbers. The student knows that 1 is a basic "counting unit," so this student makes long numeric treks to make numbers like 213 and 241 make 454. Like the person who says something tastes like marshmellows without experiencing one, that student knows math, at least as far he or she can count, until more knowledge is learned from later experience and teaching.

Believe it or not, 1 is not the most basic unit of counting, nor is the concept 0 obvious. They require either assumptions or a lot of experience. Fortunately education hopefully provides us with that collective experience. Through education, we learn the concept of none and later its philosophical problems. Sometimes when learning, we must relearn or shed away assumptions to understand deeper ideas.

What I found the most confounding aspect of education, however, was the notion that someone was smarter than another. For a long time, I admitted to not being so smart, and I got along fine until people in late grade school were suddenly calling me "smart." With a new title, I felt empowered and tried to take ownership of this name. But I wondered what it meant to be smart. I had thought -- that when someone smarter than me called me smart, I must be smart. And since I had thought any person besides me was smarter than me, then if I were to be ever called smart, then it must indeed be true. You should be able to see, these were great odds. I was destined to be smart. What a relief.

My next lesson was in middle school, where I learned that people were not always equal at all times. Rules were no longer a following guide, as both adult and peer seemed to follow none. And so without rules to follow or lessons to learn (well), middle school sorta became this place where people made up their minds on morality. Here too, I was called smart. The word was different now. I no longer felt as if intelligence could be taken for granted. It was earned.

In college, while I studied computer science, humanities, and worked in IT, I focused on my studies, organizations, volunteering, and many hours of work. The concept of fairness etched itself into my brain: if I work very hard now, I will be rewarded. People will see my work. They will see my work. What a disappointment the workforce brought. And I now see why so many college students work in service industries. It was here, senior year, where I learned that intelligence is neither bought or earned, it was given to you as a gift.

Words have power that give and take. When a farmer creates a sling to support a cow's weight while it went outside to graze independent, he or she is called clever. If a Harvard drop-out makes a website using PHP, a well-established programming language, he is named a genius. (Yes, I am talking about Zucker.) For measuring a person's life or intelligence, it does not matter how much effort that agent puts into a life, it matters how much someone else will value it. People value things not because they are beautiful or good things but because their selfish motives determine that such things should be valuable.

This barrier in value judgment prevents society from recognizing genius as much as it points it towards the right direction. Society does not concern itself with the truth. It is difficult to say what essentially it concerns itself with, perhaps the self. What then in a selfishly driven society has the most value? It must be the personal attributes that make up a life: your meal times, your health, your life's story, etc. make up your personal character. These attributes are shared with a few people, and so the knowledge of your life is valuable as it is scarce.

Cherish what is personal, either be it yours or someone else's.
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[personal profile] piscaria posting in [community profile] black_butler
 Episode 4: "His Butler, Capricious"

Post your reactions and thoughts in the comments. The next post will be up on Saturday, but feel free to continue discussing this episode here afterwards.
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[personal profile] nanslice
Title: A Moment of Weakness
Fandom - Pairing: Final Fantasy VIII - Irvine/Zell
Length: 1079 words
Summary: “Oh wow, Zell, look!” Selphie said, bouncing in her seat and tugging on Zell’s arm. “A festival! They’re having a festival! I can see it from here!”
Content Notes: Romance, banter
Author Notes: Written for the 'outdoor music festival' square of my [community profile] fffc card.

A Moment of Weakness )

More things

Jun. 29th, 2017 12:47 pm
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[personal profile] alasse_irena
So it turns out even though I thought I'd submitted my thesis draft, it didn't go through. I had an email from the co-ordinator this morning that was like "You haven't submitted a draft? Is there one coming? Are you okay?" So I have resubmitted and hopefully that's fine. This is really at least partly my fault for not looking out for the "successfully submitted" email that you get, but I was running out the door when I did it so... Oh well, it's in now, and it doesn't actually contribute to my overall mark, so everything is fine.

Now I have queer podcast editing to do, so I guess I will take a moment to spruik my friends' and my project. We're running a queer history podcast! We publish an episode on the 1st and 15th every month, and talk about queer people in history. I might be biased, but I think we're pretty interesting. But anyway, come find us! We're on itunes or podbean if that suits you better.

Anyway, it is very cold and I must get to work, so I am off to make tea.
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[personal profile] marycatelli posting in [community profile] picture_prompt_fun
Title: Shelter From The Storm
Fandom: original
Character: original
Length: 197
Rating: G

Read more... )

Pokémon: Venting, by DeLiz

Jun. 28th, 2017 11:06 am
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[personal profile] longlivehumour posting in [community profile] gensplosion
FANDOM: Pokémon (anime)
[ profile] DeLiz
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 3,000
MAIN CHARACTERS: Pikachu, Meowth, Ash

Meowth and Pikachu got locked in a cupboard. Pikachu is unimpressed by this, but he's currently unimpressed by a lot of things, so that's normal. Meowth, being the wonderful friendly nemesis he is, decides this is a fact worth exploring.

You know, just for kicks.

RECCER'S NOTES: After a few hiccups, my laptop decided to keep on living after all. Hurray! (This was the monthly reminder to BACK UP YOUR SHIT, kids, brought you by CloseShaveINC.) Let's see if I can't catch up.

A cat, a cupboard, a very angry electric mouse. Meowth works well as the narrator; while essentially a decent person, he's also enough of an arsehole to thoroughly enjoy Pikachu's frustration. (And Meowth's narration means we don't need to hear Pikachu's words, because that would be... weird.)
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The movie is coming out soon so I decided to re-listen to the audiobook. I always laugh at the initial set up because of how ripped from the headlines it is.

Spoilers )

What I'm Doing Wednesday

Jun. 28th, 2017 08:12 pm
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[personal profile] sage
Harry Potter Day (HP20) was Monday, so I cracked open the first volume and reread some of it. I'd forgotten about McGonnagal trying to argue Dumbledore out of leaving H with the Dursleys after she'd done all the Dursley recon that Dumbledore chose not to. *imagines a verse where she and her extended family raised Harry in Scotland, reading to him from Hogwarts: a History every night of his wee childhood and putting him on a training broom at age 3* She would have been the best gran ever. (I don't suppose this exists, does it?)

Vol gig continues, and lately I've been getting to use my atrophied Spanish skills. Luckily, most Spanish-speakers know a little English or have a bilingual kid with them, so together we've managed to get their questions answered and I've learned some new words. I'm also finding it interesting how often people approach me for help rather than the actual employees. I mean, they don't know I'm a volunteer instead of an employee. Maybe I look especially harmless? Happy to be there? IDK.

activist yarning, aka craftivism
I'm working on an epic something for Independence Day and I am so excited! I forget how much I love turning a photo into a 3D yarn thing. Also, this has been super-therapeutic against this week's horrible news cycle.

art community plug!
ICYMI: the brilliant and talented [personal profile] goss & [personal profile] mific have launched [community profile] drawesome, a comm for drawing fanart. Yay art! <3

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Jun. 28th, 2017 03:44 pm
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NAME: Kimi
AGE: 28
INTERESTS & HOBBIES: Writing, Loki/Tom Hiddleston, Pokemon, disability rights, swimming, Harley Quinn, cartoons, kid stuff, Disney Junior, cold weather and more.
LOOKING FOR: Nothing special, tbh. I'm not going to be really picky as long as people are willing to read my thoughts and such. I'm basically just looking for some new friends and what not.
ANYTHING ELSE?: My journal is going to be based around my life, but it will also have disability and mental heath talk as well. It will also be a place for me to vent my thoughts too. Also, make sure you let me know when you add me because random adders tend to make me nervous. D:

Now: summer

Jun. 29th, 2017 12:33 am
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[personal profile] schneefink
Instead of one of the many posts that I keep planning to make and then don't find the time for, have a sample of things currently occupying my brain.

- The latest season of Natsume Yuujinchou just ended and it was great and I love this anime so much.
- The only "TV" show I'm currently watching is Critical Role, the new episodes and also the early ones that I've been catching up on. The early ones are fun, the new ones are very exciting. 102: [spoiler spoiler]!!
- I have started calling politicians about stuff. This makes me anxious (but so does politics as a whole, so) and is frustrating but at least I'm trying to do something? A tiny little bit? There was a demo last weekend but I missed it because of terrible time management.
(And that is only local politics, got to start somewhere. International? Holy shit.)
- Our newest flatmate is already moving out again :( She's dropping out of her study program and moving back to Germany. Definitely the right decision for her, but sad for me and DD, we really liked her. Also she baked well.
- Last weekend was my mom's 50th birthday party and LB and I wrote a poem. Writing poems is difficult but kinda fun, and it was well received.
- There are so many recs I want to post. This would probably be easier if I would post them one or two at a time, but from somewhere in SGA fandom I got the idea that rec sets have to be a minimum of three recs, which is annoying. (Maybe I should post a poll asking you guys which recs you would be most interested in. Also, ticky boxes.)
- Other things I watched/read that I haven't yet posted about include the Last Herald of Valdemar series, Zootopia, Disney's Hercules, Lilo&Stitch; and of course the latest few D&D sessions (we'll go to the world disc's underside to blow up the evil gods' vaults next session, also I now have an undead minion.)
- Flower went to Vegas, and then weird trades happened and people got very pissed off about it, and to sum up sports fandom is kind of silly.
- I'm not always happy with how many things I manage to do, but despite the heat I've gone running again twice in the past week (at midnight), at least that's good. I've also gone swimming a few times, every time I visit my parents, which is always great.
- I'm barely writing anything right now and not happy with it, so I signed up for h/c bingo in the hopes of finding some inspiration. I have some ideas, now I just need to find the motivation to actually sit down and write them.
- Overall I feel mostly good :)

Extended versions of some of these probably to come later. Maybe. (Better tell me if you're interested in anything in particular.)
Ten minutes after I post this I will think of five things I forgot to add, but hopefully I will have already gone to bed then so I won't get little sleep again. Right now I feel like rambling about anything and everything, definitely time for sleep.

[ SECRET POST #3829 ]

Jun. 28th, 2017 06:31 pm
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⌈ Secret Post #3829 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.


More! )


Secrets Left to Post: 01 pages, 21 secrets from Secret Submission Post #548.
Secrets Not Posted: [ 0 - broken links ], [ 0 - not!secrets ], [ 0 - not!fandom ], [ 0 - too big ], [ 0 - repeat ].
Current Secret Submissions Post: here.
Suggestions, comments, and concerns should go here.

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Jun. 28th, 2017 03:14 pm
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[personal profile] waketosleep posting in [community profile] addme_fandom
Name: Mer/waketosleep
Age: 31
Country: Canada
Subscription/Access Policy: Subscribe away; I subscribe back if I'm paying attention. I grant access sparingly but my locked posts aren't super common, and are more detailed/specific personal life stuff that I don't want to end up in google results.

Main Fandoms: Star Trek Reboot (at least historically), GenKill, Star Wars, Marvel
Other Fandoms: I randomly touch down in different TV/video game fandoms, and I consistently lurk fics on some pairings but don't post about them.
Fannish Interests: I write.
OTPs and Ships: Kirk/Spock, Brad/Nate (GenKill), Darcy/Hawkeye, Steve/Bucky, random ships that I seize on when they catch my eye. American Gods is starting to have me shipping Laura/Mad Sweeney. *facepalm*

Favourite Movies: Alien series, Terminator series, Looper, Mad Max series, 28 Days Later, most of Melissa McCarthy's movies, the Bourne trilogy, North by Northwest, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Casablanca, The Good the Bad and the Ugly, American Psycho, the True Grit remake...
TV Shows: Fringe, Oz, Parks and Rec, B99, GenKill, Chewing Gum, Slings & Arrows, Arrested Development, American Gods, Man in the High Castle, Venture Bros, Bojack Horseman, The Middleman, Fargo... I love TV
Books: Jasper Fforde's books, Confessions of an Ugly Stepsister (Gregory Maguire), Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell, the Discworld books about Death or Moist von Lipwig, Downbelow Station (CJ Cherryh), A Lion Among Men (Gregory Maguire), Bridget Jones' Diary
Music: Foo Fighters, grunge, new wave, Missy Elliott, MIA, The National, Heartless Bastards, The Heavy, Sloan, Blood Red Shoes, CAKE, k-os, Garbage, Florence & the Machine, Lauryn Hill
Games: Mass Effect, Uncharted, Borderlands, Assassin's Creed (shut up), Fallout: New Vegas, Phoenix Wright, Professor Layton, Minesweeper. I just finished Persona 5.
Comics/Anime/Misc: I got pretty into some of those primo storylines in Marvel Now but I haven't had time to read comics in ages so there's a stack of unread issues of Ms. Marvel etc. I did make time to read the first stretch of Ryan North's Squirrel Girl, though. I also try to keep up with the WicDiv and Sex Criminals trades.

Other Info: I've been on DW for years but quit posting when Tumblr killed journaling. I want to get back into it if it has a heartbeat again. Expect AO3 shares of new fic I write and random posts about whatever media I'm watching, with less frequent, slightly more personal posts about things like life updates/craft projects/complaining about law school and law students and the law (I'm heading into 2L). Some of those I lock, depending on their content. I'm also open to discussing my adventures with ADHD.

I picked some tags for things I enjoy that you should feel welcome to talk to me about!
ETA and then I went through the post and added bold tags so you can read it!
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[personal profile] nanslice
Title: Twilight
Fandom - Pairing: Law and Order: SVU - Barba/Carisi
Length: 898 words
Summary: Barba’s voice was sharp when he asked, “Are you planning on transferring?”
Content Notes: Romance, banter, secret relationship.
Author Notes: Written for the 'moodlight shadows' square of my [community profile] fffc card.

Twilight )


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