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I have made a podfic of Gyzym's fabulous HP novel What We Pretend We Can't See, because it is an absolute gem and a balm to my soul in these dark times of Brexit and the Trumpocalypse.

Harry/Draco, set seven years post-Battle Of Hogwarts. Chromatic characters. This is comforting and nostalgia-inducing as a warm blankie and a mug of hot chocolate with a slug of brandy on a cold winter's night, but it's also blessedly diverse - I have utterly embraced black!Hermione, biracial!Harry and Asian!Pansy as canon now. NC17 eventually, but mostly good old fashioned mutual pining, plotty goodness, found family and worldbuilding. Love it.

Massive thanks to the delightful Cybel for generously turning my jigsaw puzzle bits into an audiobook, and for hosting the file. <3

I do love Housman

Mar. 28th, 2017 08:56 pm
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Her strong enchantments failing,
  Her towers of fear in wreck,
Her limbecks dried of poisons
  And the knife at her neck,

The Queen of air and darkness
  Begins to shrill and cry,
'O young man, O my slayer,
  To-morrow you shall die.'

O Queen of air and darkness,
  I think 'tis truth you say,
And I shall die to-morrow;
  But you will die to-day.

(Anybody want to expound on why it's "I shall" vs. "you will"?)

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Mar. 23rd, 2017 01:36 pm
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Fellow Nikita people:

Crap, looks like the Split Personality archive is down. Anyone know anything about it? I mentioned AO3's Open Doors a few times to...someone. Probably not ranma. I wonder if there's any way to reconstruct it or get it saved by AO3 without the original owner.

linkspam and birds

Mar. 22nd, 2017 09:53 pm
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New icon courtesy of [personal profile] rydra_wong! Seems fitting.

OK, this is cool and hopeful: a new technology for dealing with oil spills.

This is a fab resource for fic- and genre-writers, I believe.

At times they sounded like villains from a Michael Crichton novel. Russian scientists fight to save the earth from climate change by restoring the Pleistocene grasslands in the Siberian Arctic. This includes re-establishing herds of bison, musk oxen, wild horses -- and woolly mammoths. These Russians are bringing back the ice age to protect the future.

You might need to see this toad with a hat.

You might also need to see the art for this awesome mashup.

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Politics is all moving too fast to keep up! Argh. Also, eeps.

A few political links:

People Power.

TaxMarch

Resist repeal of the ACA.

Resist Bot.


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I rarely get into professional stuff here, but I thought I’d share something today. I spent part of this week in training, learning how to comply with the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. What’s that, you say? let me tell you a story. )

Anyway, that’s my little lecture about how the administrative state is responsible for saving tens of millions of birds nationwide.
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Our master bathroom always contains three bathtowels, one on the top of the double rail and two on the bottom. Whenever I change the towels, I hang three; so does my husband. This weekend we found out that each of us thought the other needed two towels, and occasionally wondered why. As far as we can determine, the third towel got used only as an emergency handtowel.

Or maybe it was for the prophet Elijah, who knows.

[Writing] dot dot dot

Mar. 22nd, 2017 01:32 am
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I think I have to finish the Dottie/Nat I started *just* so I can use the tag "Schrödinger's Dove."

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Mar. 20th, 2017 01:32 pm
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DS9 rewatch:

"The Muse"

Lwaxanna! And she's...pregnant. This is going to lead to age jokes, I can tell. Also, hey, it's Meg Foster! She's so recognizable with those pale eyes.

Oh, lord, she's playing the titular muse for Jake. This will go one of two ways: she will help him move forward with his writing, or she's going to eat his brain/creativity/soul. Ten minutes later: Yeah, the muse is totally a brain eating pseudo-sex thing. Kind of weird with an adult woman/male teenager. I can see the tie between the creative process and sex, but still.

The novel Jake starts to write is Anslem, the book mentioned in "The Visitor."

Lwaxanna mentions the other child she had that died. That's a nice bit of continuity from TNG. And her estranged husband is a total prick. OH MY GOD Odo's solution is a marriage of convenience. ILU Odo. And he has to prove to everyone that he loves her. It's marriage of convenience PLUS aliens made them do it. Odo's speech is really quite sweet.

"For the Cause"

Eddington! Wassup! Politics is up. Cardassia is asking the Federation for help because of the damage the Klingon invasion inflicted. The Maquis are not happy. Kasidy tries to use her relationship with Sisko to get out of an inspection. Do not like. I'm not really a fan of hers. Of course, the inspection is a cover to see if she's smuggling contraband.

Garak and Bashir are watching some kind of sports match! Except Garak is watching Ziyal. I guess this is the beginning of Garak's descent into heterosexuality.

It occurs to me that since Keiko stopped teaching, Jake...hasn't been in school? Maybe it's some kind of home-school self-directed thing.

Kasidy aside, this is a fun political episode. There are at least three separate agendas at play, with everyone deceiving everyone else, with ugly repercussions.

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Mar. 16th, 2017 12:52 pm
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DS9 rewatch:

"Hard Time"

Oh, look, someone's in a miserable situation. I bet it's O'Brien. Exactly how did he become the main whump object of the show? Why is it not Bashir? He's the young and pretty one.

So instead of putting people in actual prison, these people simulate the experience of years and years in prison? I'm not sure that's significantly better. And they make sure to design everyone's own special hell. So basically, that's fucked up, and it fucked O'Brien up. I don't know if it's designed as a metaphor for mental illness, or for having a terrible experience in your past that fucked you up. I do like that they get him medication that will help him, and that he has to go to therapy. I don't know if it ever comes up in any other episode, and maybe it's unfair to expect it to.

"Shattered Mirror"

Cirroc Lofton had to wear some ugly-ass clothes.

We just pop over from the Mirrorverse now? I mean, obviously Mirror!Jennifer is there for a nefarious purpose. And I don't think I believe Jake would just pop over to the Mirrorverse without telling his dad.

Ugh, Mirror!Dax just hit Sisko for "making love to me under false pretenses." I remember being quite upset at that episode, so I'm hoping she meant "making love" in the old-fashioned, pitching-woo sense.

Okay, Mirror!Bashir is kind of hot now.

I don't know if I'm really invested in the Mirrorverse episodes, except for cheerfully evil bisexual Intendant Kira.

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