Guess the Equinox vidder!

Apr. 21st, 2019 05:13 pm
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Now that Spring Equinox is live, it's time to play Guess the Equinox Vidder!

Remember: if you already know who made the vid, please don't reveal the vidder; inside information ≠ a guess. And if someone guesses you correctly, don't comment to say so! (At least, not until after reveals.)

Here are a couple of past guessing posts if you want to see examples of how this goes: Spring Equinox 2017, Fall Equinox 2017, Fall Equinox 2018.

So take some wild stabs in the dark, or carefully analyze editing styles, or whatever you'd like -- and post your guesses here!

Game of Thrones!

Apr. 21st, 2019 05:06 pm
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I've had this post sitting in drafts all week, so now in order to get it posted before episode 2 airs, I'm sitting here in a corner at family Easter furiously typing on my sticker-covered nerd laptop.

(I just lost half an hour to Game of Thrones discussion after I said out loud, “is this on brand?” And then had to explain to my cousin that I'm trying to catch up on Game of Thrones “blog posts” before the episode. I'm not the only one here mentally plotting how to get home in time for the new episode!)

This post is ... not brief? My word processor clocks it at 4,716 words. I have a lot of Game of Thrones thoughts. Apologies if I'm overlooking anything or have forgotten any key details -- I did a partial rewatch to get ready for this season, but not a full one, and it's been a while since I've opened the books.

I've seen the trailer for the season and I know when in the season events in it take place (mostly because it has been very, very widely discussed in media). That partially informs this post, so if you skipped the trailer, this will spoil you for part of what was in it.

So with that, I'll jump right in:

Who, if anyone, wins the game of thrones? )

Who makes it to the end? )

Questions I would like answers to before the series ends )

Things I would like to see happen before the series ends )

There are probably a lot of other things I've forgotten that I want to know or see – there's so much in the source that it's hard to sit here and try to come up with every bit of possible foreshadowing, every possible seeded story or dropped thread. And that's part of what I like about Game of Thrones: there are so many things that could turn out to be important, it's almost impossible that we won't be surprised at least a few times as the show winds to a close.

I'm excited! Bring on episode 2, so that all of my speculation can immediately be proven wrong.


Apr. 21st, 2019 11:42 am
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1. Two sedarim -- one with family, one with the shul. So many melodies and words, songs and flavors, that connect me -- in to myself, up to my Source, through to the generations.

2. My kid's glee at whacking [personal profile] sanj and me with a scallion last night at the second seder.

3. Matzah brei for breakfast. I am firmly in the savory camp (this is matzah chilaquiles, basically, not French toast) and mmm, so peppery and good.

4. Iced coffee on my mirpesset. And I put the screens back in four of the downstairs windows and have opened them! because it feels like spring today!

5. A few precious hours of post-seder downtime before the workweek begins, hallelujah.
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[community profile] viddingnewsposted Vidding News | Vol. 012 | 21st April 2019
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Editor's Note: I am now going to be including individual vid announcements in the weekly newsletter instead of on a monthly basis since a) there weren't as many as I thought and b) I missed posting the second month anyway.

Vid: Call Me (MCU, Peter/Tony)

Apr. 21st, 2019 02:47 am
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Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe
Characters: Peter Parker/Tony Stark
Music: "Call Me", by Blondie
Link: here at my journal

Spring Equinox brought me presents!

Apr. 20th, 2019 11:35 pm
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Spring Equinox is up and I got two vids! 

Ultralife | Star Trek: Voyager, Harry/Tom/B'Elanna - A Voyager OT3 vid! For me! Someone said to me (jokingly ... I think), "are you sure you didn't make the Voyager vid made for you?" This vid is so perfectly everything I love that I'm surprised I didn't make it for myself. Just an A+ job of making me happy.

Mykonos | Highlander, Joe/Methos - That's right, I got a Joe/Methos vid and now feel like I win at Highlander fan life. Today I am truly fulfilled as a Joe Dawson slasher.

The exchange is brimming over with awesome stuff this year and I won't try to rec it all (everything is good! I haven't watched all the vids yet but I know this to be true), but here are some I still have open in tabs because I keep going back to watch them again: 

Bad Influence | Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Canyon | Xena: Warrior Princess
Come Away with Me | Northern Exposure
Ice ice baby | Demolition Man
My Hero | Batman movies
Send Me On My Way | Wishbone
Sound of Her Wings | The Sandman (comics)
Take Over | The Craft
This Time's Everything | The X-Files

pictures from our trip

Apr. 18th, 2019 01:06 pm
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Geoff took more than eight hundred pictures, and I took twenty or thirty. One of my post-trip jobs is to go through and weed our pictures down into something feasible for showing to family members and interested friends, and I thought some of the people reading might be interested in seeing a few, too -- so here they are! Uh, more than a few.

The photos themselves are in Dropbox, and I'm just linking to them here; clicking the links will take you to them.

At Waitangi Treaty Grounds:
The gorgeously carved Treaty House
A closeup of the carvings over the doorway Remember I said "prominent genitalia"? (But SFW because of cultural and artistic importance.)
The gorgeously carved and paneled interior
The opening of the challenge/welcome ceremony An armed warrior approaches us.

The Bay of Islands:
The view from the top of the island we had lunch on, when we went kayaking Honestly, New Zealand is spectacular.

The mouth of the first glowworm cave we visited Remember I said the big touristy one was glowworm Disneyland, and this one . . . wasn't? Yep.
Inside the first cave This was the one with lights and a pathway built through it.
Glowworm web strands hanging down With a light shining on them, you can see the individual threads and the droplets of sticky liquid on them, like tiny jewels.
Closeup of a glowworm
Inside the for-real unimproved cave that afternoon, with wetsuit, gumboots, and helmet
There were some rude cave formations in there 🍆

Our big hike: The Tongariro Alpine Crossing
A long view of where we were going and what we were climbing
Early in the hike, just after dawn Not so challenging yet!
Then we started climbing
And climbing
Until we reached the top Steaming ground is a warm place to sit to have lunch!
The steep descent down the other side You can see how crowded the trail is getting as the day goes on.
The view as we came down the far side
Taranaki Falls, our slowing-it-down hike the next day

Orekei Kurako Thermal Grounds:
The grounds as seen from across the water The ferry is at the dock on the right, and you can see the safety rail along the start of the pathway. Note the flat rock face slanting down to the water.
What that flat rock face looks like close up
The pathway built over the boiling groundwater
Looking down at the "artist's terraces"
Closeup of more multicolored silica deppsits and extremophile algae
VIDEO of a bubbling mud pool
VIDEO of steaming ground (at the Craters of the Moon)

Whakarewarewa Village:
Dancers performing
One of the natural geothermal pools in the middle of the village
Village kids in the community baths that that pool drains into

Our last day:
Gorgeous scenery from the top of Rainbow Mountain, our final hike
Looking in another direction from Rainbow Mountain Look, there's a lot of gorgeous scenery in New Zealand, okay.
Inscription at the mountaintop, honoring the local iwi
The start of the suspended Redwoods Treewalk
On the treewalk, high enough to look at tree ferns level-on . . .
. . . and from above

In conclusion, glowworms are cool.
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[personal profile] elf posted: Pillowfort is moving to .social
In the various discussions about PF's user content rules, legalities, social standards, and so on, someone happened to notice that PF's domain host, .io, doesn't allow adult content of any sort.


Pillofort immediately started looking for a new domain extension. They found one, and have begun the process of shifting over. The site's been cloned; logins work; posting doesn't. They'll keep the .io addresses for at least a year (unless the NIC.IO staffers happen to notice them and cancel it in the meantime), but the whole site will be officially moving soon, like this month sometime.

... On the one hand, glad they're doing something about this. On the other, how am I supposed to trust they can manage user conflicts and TOS edge cases and the business hassles of running a social platform, when they didn't bother to look at their domain host's content rules.

Thank the gods for fandom

Apr. 18th, 2019 07:25 am
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Yesterday was a Very Difficult Day. Today is not going to be much better. Here, have a teaser of what promises to be a fantastic fix-it fic—but even if there were never any more than this, it still is exactly what the doctor ordered:

[personal profile] greywash posted: [FIC] "echo, the echo" [1/10] (The Magicians, Ensemble, Explicit)

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[personal profile] lj_writes posted: Set up a Dreamwidth queue, drafts, and local backup on OS X

There isn't much I miss from my stay on Tumblr
and it's a great relief to spend more time on Dreamwidth--
and, these days, my feed reader.
However, there are still some functions that Tumblr has and Dreamwidth lacks, like a draft folder and the ability to queue posts.

Tumblr aside, I also found myself wanting to keep local copies of my posts
and to compose them in an editor with more robust functions, such as live Markdown preview,
than the DW editor offers.
I like the new DW beta editor but it's still not an actual text editor,
nor does it write to my own machine without an extra step like copy-paste.

So I figured, why not set it up on my computer?
It seemed simple enough with Dreamwidth's post by email function and Terminal on Mac.
It took me longer than I thought to get it working reliably
because there were a few different components to it, like Postfix, Bash, and Launchd.

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Apr. 17th, 2019 02:37 pm
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I've been home for a week, now, but I still have some trip blogging to catch up on!

Monday 8 April through to our return )

It was an utterly spectacular trip. After dithering about it for years, largely out of concern about how physically grueling the travel would be, Geoff hadn't been there two weeks before he started talking about coming back, and we haven't converted about NZ$55 we brought back, because he says we might want it again. I would absolutely go back if we can.

And tomorrow I may have time to post some pictures!

Taking Sam/Rowena prompts

Apr. 15th, 2019 06:53 pm
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Y'all, I accidentally (I swear) wrote (sort of) death fic for my [ profile] spnspringfling recipient, [ profile] de_nugis. And now I feel super guilty about it, and would so welcome any Sam/Rowena prompts that might strike you. I promise nothing, but guilt is a powerful motivator.

While I'm here, let me wholeheartedly rec the Sam/Rowena delightfulness that was written for me:

Title: i saw a video essay about this, once by [ profile] duckondebut
Pairing: Sam/Rowena
Rating: PG-13
Any warnings: vague spoilers for s13, some depictions of violence and gore, mild swearing

Completely charming and hilarious, the author got Rowena to the last beautiful, snarky degree, and I loved it.

FanWorks 2019 Themed Vidshows

Apr. 14th, 2019 02:18 pm
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Themed vidshows have been selected for the very first FanWorks con! The following will be scheduled on the vidshow track (in addition to most of the recurring vidshows):


Best Selves (VJ: renenet)
Whether it's realizing their highest calling, living the dream, discovering their personal or collective truth, or learning what they are really made of in the face of adversity, the characters in these vids are living their best selves.

Come Out And Level Up (VJ: FairestCat)

Narratives of Resistance as sung by Vienna Teng

Fan Made Credit Sequences (VJ: Trelkez)
A showcase of fan made credit sequences.

Foe Yay! (VJ: beerbad & elipie)
Enemies to friends to... well, they're something, aren't they?

I love you and you and you (VJs: elipie & pipsqueaky)
A vidshow celebrating poly relationships

Women’s Work (VJ: sweetestdrain)
cooking, cleaning, birthing, changing diapers, changing regimes, smuggling, scheming, fighting with fists, fighting with steel, flying spacecraft, making scientific advances, investigating crime, serving as CEO, saving lives, losing lives, winning wars, losing pieces of yourself, losing all hope, gardening


VJs have been notified by e-mail and will receive instructions on how to submit vidshow playlists within the next few days. Thank you to everyone who contributed their ideas!

As a reminder, if you have registered to attend the con but have not voted for for panel programming yet, today is the last day to do so! Please check your e-mail for the link, or if you're having any issues, contact

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Hi all -- we're entering the last few hours of the first FanWorks auction! Bidding will come to an end tonight at 11:59PM Eastern Time -- you can check out the clock at the top of the FanWorks Auction page to see how much time is left in your time zone!

If you haven't had a chance to check out what's available from our fantastic volunteers, now is your chance. They're offering fic, vids, art, podfic, and beta services, in a wide variety of fandoms!

In order to bid, you will need to create an account on the FanWorks website. This is free, and does not require you to register for the convention. If you have any questions or run into any difficulty, please don't hesitate to email the auction staff and let us know!


Apr. 13th, 2019 10:07 pm
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I bought myself a bicycle!

I didn't entirely mean to. I mean, I intended to buy a bike, I just didn't mean to do it right away. But I found one that I like, and it's used, and it was on sale, and I nabbed it. Oops? :-D

I've been thinking idly for a while that this summer I should find a decent used bike, so that I can go to the bike trail with my kid and ride with him. (The bike trail is flat and paved and beautiful; roads around here are often beautiful but also very hilly, and my kid is afraid of going fast down hills and does not enjoy working hard to go up hills, and honestly I cannot blame him for either of those things.)

Anyway: today it was about 70 (F) and it was beautiful out and I drove past the local bike shop and they had tons of bicycles outside, and a big sign proclaiming SALE, and I thought, what the hell, I'll check in and see what they have.

I haven't owned a bike since I was probably 14, and I've ridden one exactly once in the last few decades. I admitted this. They asked a few questions about what I'm likely to use it for, and where I'm likely to ride, and then showed me a few different options. We narrowed options down to one new one, and one used one. I tried both of them out, riding around the parking lot a few times. I read some online reviews. And I chose the used one. Their mechanic gave it a once-over and confirmed that all is well.

I am now the proud owner of a black Biria Easy 7 bike. There's an attachable top bar that facilitates putting the bike on a rack (relatedly, there is now a bike rack on my car that will hold two bikes as needed), but the bar removes easily for general use, which also means the bike is easy to mount.

Once I got home, I rode the bike around the condo complex, just for the sake of practice. I am a rank beginner, which puts me basically right where my kid is. I'm hopeful that we'll do a bunch of riding together once the weather gets good. (Predictably tomorrow it's supposed to be 20 degrees cooler and also possibly rainy.)

Anyway. I own a bicycle. Far out.


Apr. 13th, 2019 04:07 pm
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I know it's very much not the case everywhere, but my area seems to have finally decided that it's spring for real, and we're having a brief, glorious day in the low 70s (~20C-ish), warm enough to sit outside in sandals and shorts and a tank top, which is exactly what I'm doing. Blissssss. Tonight there will be burgers on the grill, even.

I've been consuming tons of fannish media and just not writing about it, because it's been so fast. Saw Captain Marvel and enjoyed the hell out of it; saw Aguaman and not so much; watched most of the existing MCU repeatedly as [personal profile] mollyamory flings herself headfirst back into her deep, abiding love of Tony Stark. It's been really nice doing such a deep dive into canon; it's been a long time since I did that for any fandom, and I'd forgotten how much fun it is spotting all the little tiny things that you miss when you're not obsessing. It's a little odd in that I'm not actually obsessing like [personal profile] mollyamory, so I'm less invested than I'd expect for something I'm watching so closely, but that's it's own kind of interesting.

We even sat through the 2003 Incredible Hulk, which was worse than Aquaman. And yet unlike Aquaman, we watched the entire thing. I can appreciate the style Ang Lee was going for, but oh my god that was a boring movie. And if you're going to have that many Science Montages, either speed them way the hell up or find more interesting science. Also maybe find an emotional throughline somewhere. Maybe.

All the MCU led to other Marvel universe stuff, and we rewatched Deadpool. I remembered liking it, but I hadn't remembered how much. It shouldn't work for me; it's too violent and gory. And yet! They pulled it off with the style and the humor. Then on to Deadpool 2, which no one in the household had seen, and which hooked us right in with the opening and the credits. I am totally on board for Deadpool 3 if it ever comes out.

This ramble brought to you by fresh air and sunshine.

Sunday 7 April

Apr. 12th, 2019 05:24 pm
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Okay, we’re home, we’ve slept until ten a.m. both mornings so far, but Geoff is back at work and I’m back at all the domestic stuff (I have no work at the moment). So I can start catching up on the last few days of our trip!

Our last stop was in Rotorua, a center of Maori cultural tourism. )