The brand upon his soul (transformed)

Sep. 19th, 2017 06:54 pm
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FIC STUFF

I wrote The brand upon his soul as a gift for [personal profile] plaid_slytherin  during Soul Exchange. It's a 3700 word bit of Les Miserables fic in which Valjean and Javert form a soul bond when Valjean is branded at Toulon.

I feel like it's got a bit of a life of his own! It's not like it has masses of comments, but someone made a Chinese translation and when I signed up for Remix Madness, someone made a remix, too!

Branded (The Is He From Heaven Or From Hell Remix) by Anonymous

Please go read it, it's so good. It retells the story from Valjean's perspective, with the same kind of painful feelings about the soulbond as I gave Javert in my fic, but that feeds into Valjean's encounter with the bishop and the way his path has changed in the most perfect way.

des films des films des films

Sep. 18th, 2017 07:15 pm
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Mouahahaha la Nuit de l'Animation ça va être ce week-end et j'ai trop hâte d'y être !!
Le programme cette année est sacrément alléchant.

Je proposerais bien à tout~ le~ monde~ de venir avec, mais voilà, comme je compte bien y rester toute la nuit, je ne vais pas pouvoir héberger ceux qui seraient moins motivés et voudraient arrêter en cours de route. Et je ne sais pas si moyennant un oreiller, un masque de sommeil et des bouchons d'oreilles il est possible de dormir dans le théâtre pendant les dernières heures ?.

Nabeel has gone Home

Sep. 17th, 2017 08:42 am
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I was shutting down for the night, when I saw this.

I never had any direct contact with him, not even online. But something about him was special. 

I am sorry for his family and friends. My heart aches especially for his little girl. But I am glad we will never again see his dark eyes full of pain and confusion. 

Only that beautiful smile.

No more suffering for you, dear brother. I can't wait to meet you one day and tell you, "Thank you for staying faithful to Christ, even through the horror of this final year."






Tina: The Musical

Sep. 17th, 2017 03:37 pm
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What with the news of there being a Tina Turner musical coming soon, I popped in one of her CDs in to listen (and sing along to) and have decided that I should put together a guess-list for the songs that I want to make it into the musical, arranged roughly from DEFINITELY MAKING IT IN to DEFINITELY NOT MAKING IT IN.

First of all, "What's Love Got to with It" and "Proud Mary" are definitely making it in, 100% guaranteed.



Cut for length, lots of embeds. )

I love this girl so much!

Sep. 16th, 2017 10:23 pm
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As an amateur singer, I know how exhausting it is to sing. (Both emotionally and physically.) People who aren't singers might not really understand how much breath it takes to sing properly and sing well. The fact that Mary can do this with her limited lung capacity is nothing short of amazing.

But more than that, I know it's from the heart. That's what touches me the most.




Oh, I haven't heard this in years!

Sep. 16th, 2017 10:13 pm
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Such powerful lyrics!



Alleluia Alleluia
For our Lord God Almighty reigns
Alleluia Alleluia
For our Load God Almighty reigns
Alleluia
Holy holy
Are You Lord God Almighty
Worthy is the Lamb
Worthy is the Lamb
You are Holy
Holy
Are You Lord God Almighty?
Worthy is the Lamb
Worthy is the Lamb
Amen







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Sep. 16th, 2017 09:36 pm
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Re-reading Gone With the Wind has been so deeply meaningful to me this time around. I've gotten to the burning of Atlanta, and her return home afteward.

I feel her exhaustion, the weight of having to care for others, and the impotent rage that comes when you can do so little, while there's so much to be done. I feel the crushing weight of it all. 

I love this movie so, so much!


Plotting

Sep. 16th, 2017 05:57 am
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There's a nonzero chance Brenda's lawyer in the Chief AU will be Jack Raydor.

I like Gavin, but he doesn't bring anything new and exciting to the story. Everyone has done Sharon and her BFF Gavin, but I feel like we don't see Jack as much, and do we ever see him with Brenda?

It also might let me use my favorite, you-can-pry-it-from-my-cold-dead-hands headcanon (Sharon and Jack have excellent hate sex any time Jack blows through), and I am all about doing that with this fic.

But first I have to get Sharon and Brenda through this fight. Sharon doesnt want to fight and it's annoying me. Sharon! This is Brenda! She's yelling at you! Why don't you want to yell back?

Mermaid watch: A Mermaid's Tale

Sep. 16th, 2017 05:44 pm
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So there's a direct-to-DVD movie called A Mermaid's Tale that came out a few months ago, about a girl who befriends a mermaid, and Jerry O'Connell plays the girl's dad. The film itself is kinda embarrassing in that basic, a-minimum-amount-of-effort-was-made kind of way, but the thing that offends me the most of the entire venture is the following:

This is what the mermaid looks like. (She's the one on the right, and in this scene she has legs.) She's pretty, and pretty typical for a teenager/young woman.

Screencap behind the cut. )

This is what the mermaid looks like on the DVD cover.

DVD cover behind the cut. )

So...

Sep. 15th, 2017 11:31 pm
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... this new laptop business is working out well. I mean, I have done other things today but there's certainly been a lot of marvelling at the wonders of a top-notch piece of new technology compared to the old faithful beast that I've been bumbling along with.

There's also been a certain amount of amusement in the discovery that I hadn't been hearing some of the newer albums in the household properly due to the sound of the fans. I'd gotten so used to the noise that machine made that my brain was mostly ignoring it. Today's been a bit of a revelation.

In other news Special Agent Kheldar would like to register a complaint about the repeated incidents in which water fell from the sky and interrupted his patrols.

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Sep. 15th, 2017 03:18 pm
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I am dying to go to this. We'll see if I am able or if I'm stuck  here. Or if I'm just too sick to even make the trip.

This is the area of the family for whom I used to babysit. I miss the area and I miss that family so, so much. I went back a couple of years ago just to walk around and remember them. I saw their old apartment and the little playground across the street. We spent so much time there.

I admit, I cried.

I don't know how it looks these days, but when I was there, this was one of the most peaceful, beautiful residential areas I'd seen in the city. (The home of He Who Must Not Be Named was just down the street.)

But there was also an "artsy" vibe going on. The Lilltreet Art Center was on the way to their place. 



The Ravenswood Art Walk


This was stunning!

Sep. 15th, 2017 12:39 pm
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I've always loved everything to do with space exploration.

YouTube comments are usually a wasteland of idiocy. But I came upon this today and it was breathtaking. (Just like the video, which is beautiful and unexpectedly moving.)

I don't know if the comments originated with this person or whether they copied it from someone else. Whoever wrote it is an eloquent writer. This is gorgeous. (I broke it up into what I hope are appropriate paragraphs.)

Isn't this beautiful? The narration of the video was good. But I could imagine this one as being even better!

Mushopia


4 months ago

Feel for the scientists and the engineers who made this little probe. To them, it would be nothing short of their child, millions of kilometers away, unseen for twenty years, and taking hours to respond to the simplest of commands, yet it continues to make its parents proud, and delivering what is requested. The suspense and anxiety those mission controllers must have felt in the last twenty years have to result in some kind of emotion bond to that little computer.

Imagine sending your daughter out into the unknown, facing countless dangers and always playing the odds, running on processors two decades old yet still functioning and transmitting massive amounts of data home, never giving up. The little probe has made hundreds of maneuvers, each one painstakingly planned and executed, each one biting into her fuel reserves, each one bringing her closer to her end. Imagine the programmers who gave her the knowledge to keep herself safe, the engineers who designed her to be our eyes and ears, and the flight controllers who worked nonstop for twenty years to keep their child safe. To some it will be their entire career, others their magnum opus, but for all of us Cassini is our trailblazer, for in her footsteps we must follow.

We must continue to send our robotic creations into the abyss, so that someday we might go ourselves, wielding all the knowledge these brave children of ours have collected. Our descendants might never find Cassini after her cremation into Saturn, but they will go where Cassini has gone, see what Cassini has seen, and they will remember her and thank her for leading them there. Cassini might not be able to think as we humans do, or talk as we can, but she is more human than many of us will ever be, she embodies our spirit of courage, curiosity, fascination and exploration, embarking on a one way trip in the hopes that others will follow.

Don't be afraid to shed a tear for our little girl, be afraid that we might let her down, and to squander her efforts. Next time you see a bright star in the low summer sky, glistening over the horizon, just know that Cassini is there, beckoning you to come visit her.














Tina

Sep. 15th, 2017 10:07 pm
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Jukebox musicals are a mixed bag, but when I saw that there's going to a jukebox musical based on Tina Turner's life premiering in London next year, my reaction was pretty much just YES THIS IS A THING I NEED GIVE IT TO ME NOW



My needs are easy sometimes.

Tidying Up

Sep. 14th, 2017 11:46 pm
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I spent part of yesterday tidying up my old laptop and transferring files onto a USB disk. Including the stuff that I transferred across to that laptop eight years ago, meant to do something about and never did. I'll get to that folder one of these days, really I will.

Today I got to spend time with [personal profile] teebee again and... the new laptop arrived a day earlier than originally anticipated. I am going to bed any minute, really I am. I just need to install... er... actually quite a bit. It's amazing how much two factor authentication I've got switched on these days. My poor phone isn't used to receiving so many texts.

And I'm leaving this link here mostly to remind myself to read it later because I had a game tonight and it's looong. Jenny Trout's review of Handbook for Mortals, the first few paragraphs of which made me giggle. And which also contain a useful link to a write up of the whole NYT bestsellers list scam.
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Daniel Greenfield is such a powerful (and elegant) writer and speaker.

More importantly, as it relates to Islam/jihad and the struggle for survival going on in the West, he has the moral clarity that is so desperately needed. We would do well to heed him.

The entire thing is worth watching - every last word.


HOW SEPTEMBER 11 CHANGED MY LIFE (VIDEO)



third-day story

Sep. 14th, 2017 12:51 am
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Five Things Naomi Novik Said:

We took a responsibility on and I know that -- even during the darkest moments of the Board where I literally thought that the entire tech staff would quit and there would be no one to run AO3 -- that what kept people on [as volunteers] even though there wasn't any kind of good resolution to the problems, it was the inertia of not wanting to drop the ball.


Now, I read this Q&A at least ten times before it was posted, and every time I read that, I had the same thought: "Wow, wild times. I'm glad I wasn't around for that."

It didn't occur to me until tonight that yes, I was. I very much was. And I don't think I ever appreciated until this moment just how close we came.

Book Log

Sep. 14th, 2017 09:14 am
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Julia Fox's Sister Queens: Katherine of Aragorn and Juana, Queen of Castile is a readable, straightforward biography of the sisters Juana and Katherine, daughters of the most Catholic monarchs Isabella of Castile and Ferdinand of Aragorn. As a combined biography it's fine, if a little one-sided since there's more known information about Katherine than Juana, but it did leave me wondering why it had to be a combined biography at all, and of these two specific ladies.

Like, in comparison, Nancy Goldstone's Four Queens talks about all four sisters as they were involved in marriages across Western Europe and caused intersecting points of interest, while her Catherine & Marguerite combined biography was done so to highlight the conflict between mother and daughter. Fox's book could very well have chosen to talk about all five of Isabella and Ferdinand's kids, giving a wider scope to the Spanish relationships, but she picked Juana and Katherine, who weren't that close and weren't even involved in direct conflict with each other because....?

Maybe it's to highlight their differing experiences as queens, which then turned to similarity as they suffered under the men who had power of them. There is something interesting in that -- I did like the portions pointing out that despite Juana being a queen regnant, she was treated very, absurdly differently from Katherine, who was "merely" a queen consort. But although I very much enjoyed reading about these women, I couldn't quite figure out what the book was trying to do by putting their stories side by side.

That said, the stuff I did like was the book's pushing into the forefront Juana and Katherine's upbringing under their passionate and driven parents, and how it would've influenced their choices as queen (seemingly Katherine more than Juana, which made for reading the later drama with Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn some freshness), plus its defense of Juana against her reputation as Juana the Mad. Good stuff, and only mildly perplexing.

A Trip to the Zoo

Sep. 13th, 2017 10:42 pm
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We went to the zoo yesterday and the British weather managed to mostly not rain on us.

Cut for photos )

Aw, I remember this song!

Sep. 13th, 2017 03:02 pm
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 Jessica Andrews - Who I Am

Not a perfect performance, but that's why I like it.