Black cockatoos

Mar. 26th, 2017 11:51 am
rinkle: Blue and purple dragonfly, green background (Default)
[personal profile] rinkle posting in [community profile] common_nature
Christmas Eve last year:

Went outside my parents' house and heard a bird call that didn't fit. Took me a minute to realise that it was a black cockatoo call. Not something I normally hear/see near my parents' house in Australia. Quickly grabbed my sis' camera with her awesome zoom lens to get photos, as the two cockatoos were pretty high in the banksia (I think) tree.

Black Cockatoo nomming on a banksia nut, beak on to the camera

4 more below the cut )

Two reminders...

Mar. 26th, 2017 12:43 am
ffutures: (Default)
[personal profile] ffutures
British Summer Time starts tonight - Clocks go forward an hour at 1 AM Sunday.

And UK postal prices rose at midnight - I've just had to go through all of my ebay listings and change postal prices, because I thought it wasn't happening until the end of the month!
m_findlow: (Vera)
[personal profile] m_findlow posting in [community profile] fandomweekly
Theme Prompt: #036 Charlatan
Title: All you need is love
Fandom: Torchwood
Rating/Warnings: PG
Bonus: No
Word Count: 1,000 words
Summary: The boys may have bitten off more than they can chew this time.

All you need is love )


Mar. 25th, 2017 08:27 pm
astolat: lady of shalott weaving in black and white (Default)
[personal profile] astolat
Reader, I am really fucking tired. *insert long tedious explanation of the past week involving hospital, fainting, copious vomiting (different days, different family members), family visit, 3 playdates, and ending with my current location in hotel room in Disneyworld*

Everyone is okay now but OMG.

HOWEVER I am actually here to share this vidding zine what lim made, which I was so thrilled to participate in:


I think it is really quite awesome and full of interesting and joyful and fannish thought in the very best way. My own contribution was to rave on about [personal profile] sisabet's vid Bad Romance, which spoiler alert is one of my most favorite vids and if you want to know why GO LOOK AT THE SHINY.


still need a new body

Mar. 25th, 2017 08:12 pm
lannamichaels: "(but I digress)" written in black text on textured background (off-topic)
[personal profile] lannamichaels

So, the new muscle pain: it's lower back, hips, and upper thighs. This can make sitting uncomfortale, and also getting in and out of bed. (this morning was an ordeal)

I managed to get more of the Pain Meds Of Last Resort from the doc, but I can't combine it with one of my meds and I'm very cautious about combining it with others, so it remains Of Last Resort.

The muscle pain of ten-on-the-pain-scale i-can't-move doom I usually have is neck/shoulder, or my bad leg. I've had lower back pain before, but not like this. Also, my sides ache sometimes when I cough (I don't understand at all). This pain seems to come and go, at least, but it's still there. Sometimes it feels like it's my lower spine just being really angry.

Ideas for stretches/ways to sit or stand up/good ways to get in and out of bed/tricks or whatnot? I've been doing massage and also using sticky heating pads. I'm really hoping that this is somehow (????) a side effect of the bad cough and will go away once this cough goes away, but... well, either way, I still have to live with it.

(of course, through all of this, I'm still having shoulder pain and cramps because of course i am)

[syndicated profile] snopes_feed

Posted by David Emery

Unreliable sources claimed that Denis Voronenkov, a Vladimir Putin critic who was shot dead in Ukraine in March 2017, was slated to testify against Trump's former campaign manager.
[syndicated profile] emmagrant01_tumblr_feed









i am valjean
i hav one plan
to steal the bred
from the rich man
my sisters chyld
is nearly ded
i do my best

i take the bred

and im javert
you hav done bad
you took the bred
that mayde me sad
a lyfe’s parole
until you’re ded
and all becos

you take the bred

come in valjean
you need some sleep
but hands off the
candles I keep
the silver colour
shyning bryte
do not take them

upon this night

i am the mayor
and you may see
resemblance with
valjean and me
but I must say
it must be said
im not the man

who took the bred

i am fantine
i sold my hayre
i sold a tooth
i do not cayre
i do this so
Cosette’ not ded
so my daughter

can hav the bred

i am Cosette
and in the nyte
when the snow is
sparkly and whyte
when the Thenards
hav gone to bed
i sneak around

i lik the bred

don’t be afraid
im here to help
do not scream chyld
don’t make a yelp
I’ll be your dad
and mother too
I’ll bring the bred

back home to you

Monsieur valjean
you got away
but i’ll catch you
another day
i’ll wayt around
till i am ded
to catch the man

who stole the bred


we are the poor
we have no bred
we have no bred
we have no bred
and we are mad
that every day
we have no bred
we have no bred

I’m Pontmercy
I see the girl
Forget to care
About the world
But then she gone
And I am stay
And so I fight
with you this day

mysliwiec: (Default)
[personal profile] mysliwiec
Українець Вороненко

Русский (предки которого, как он сам говорил, из Украины, из Херсонщины) Вороненко+в
(как он сам произносил, ударение на "ов")

* * *
Такой же русский в первом поколении, как Ворошило+в, как Буденный ( именно в 2-мя "н" - по украински - повседневный, обыденный), как Ріпа = Рєпин, Дейнека = Дєникин...

"Но поскольку такой вариант звучит необычно для русского уха",...
(Перевод русских фамилий на русский язык)

Poem: "A Tornado of Thought"

Mar. 25th, 2017 01:33 pm
ysabetwordsmith: Damask smiling over their shoulder (polychrome)
[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
This poem is spillover from the March 7, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] sweet_sparrow. It also fills the "creative solutions to limits" square in my 3-1-17 card for the Disability Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Calliope thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

Warning: This poem includes some touchy topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It has emotional upheavals, Vagary's continued stress over Calliope not wanting to do things with him, Calliope's continued stress over his closeness, tornado formation, interrupted therapy session, which triggers Vagary's abandonment issues, unexpected changes in superpowers, Calliope looming over Vagary, emotional suppression during an emergency, an emergency dispatcher doing a shitty job, negotiating with supervillains, stormchasing, exhaustion, crashing with friends at a weather station, and other challenges. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

Read more... )

Springing and Sprunging

Mar. 25th, 2017 09:53 pm
lurkingcat: (Default)
[personal profile] lurkingcat
The rose bush decided that spring was happening about six weeks ago. The rest of the garden has only just come to an agreement that maybe it is. In the course of a week the vine on the fence has woken up, over-run the japonica, bridged the alley, and is launching an assault on the garden on the other side of the alley. I should probably find the clippers and get out there to hack it back a bit.

Kheldar is also pretty sure that spring has sprung and he's going to spring right along with it. He's been bouncing in and out of the cat flap, pouncing on invisible enemies, chasing paperwork around the study, and then sleeping as hard as he can sleep because all that spring fever is hard work.

Now if I only could keep up with Kheldar...


Mar. 25th, 2017 10:03 pm
kaberett: Photo of a pile of old leather-bound books. (books)
[personal profile] kaberett
  1. The English sofa is a loan from Turkish. The Turkish for the English sofa, however, is kanape, as a loan from the French canapé, which has the original meaning of English sofa and, by figurative extension, the meaning of English canapé, because you've got a little piece of bread or pastry or something that looks like a sofa with the topping perched on top of it. ([personal profile] sebastienne conjectured this etymology when I was grumbling about the Turkish last week; they were surprised and delighted to be correct.)
  2. Fox/vixen is the solitary surviving example in modern English of the Germanic feminine suffix -en, -in: Fuchs/Füchsin.
  3. The English/French foyer is rendered, in Swedish orthography, foajé. It is pronounced the way one might reasonably expect foyer to be pronounced. See also: restaurang.

My baby loves a bunch of authors!

Mar. 25th, 2017 03:06 pm
catherineldf: (Default)
[personal profile] catherineldf
Big week coming up on the reading front.
  • Tomorrow, Sunday, March 26th from 1-$PM, I'll be reading at the Anderson Library at the University of Minnesota for the annual Quatrefoil Library/Tretter Collection joint event, Women Who Read. Also reading are Jessie Chandler, Rachel Gold, Stephani Maari Booker and a host of other talented queer female-identified writers. Just as a general observation about the kind of talent that reads at this event, Pat Schmatz won a Tiptree Award 3 days after our reading last year. So come by and check it out! The beauty of group readings is that there's always enough variety to find something you like.
  • Which is why I'm doing 2 readings this week. On Tuesday, March 28th, I'll be reading at Intermedia Arts for Queer Voices, an ongoing series featuring local LGBTQIA_ authors and creators. 7:30-9:30PM, sliding scale admission.
  • My latest Patreon posts on Comfort Reading and Comfort Television are out - check out some new stuff for only $1! Pledge $6 and get my essay on Irene Adler too. This month's proceeds will benefit Planned Parenthood.
It's also my birthday this week and I'm neck deep in projects so it's going to be a wild ride! Send good thoughts and virtual chocolate!


Mar. 25th, 2017 08:40 pm
[syndicated profile] dailykitten_feed

Posted by Tom "The Kittenmaster" Cooper

Please join me in meeting and greeting this Caturday’s Star Kit, Freya. She is a 13 year old DSH from Toronto, Ontario, Canada.


I adopted Freya three years ago when her previous family was unable to care for her. It was hard on her to find herself in an unfamiliar home with a new person but she has adapted well and is now a happy cat.


She is very affectionate, as long as it is on her terms (no picking up), and loves to lie on my chest and rub her face against mine. I am happy I was able to give her a home when she needed one.


starandrea: (bad wolf)
[personal profile] starandrea
Sometimes it worries me that I can't read things in movies. Or on TV. Because supposedly you can't read in dreams, right? It's supposed to be one of the signs that you're dreaming, when you try to read something and you can't. I don't have any problem reading in dreams, but in real life, words that are shown as part of a picture on a screen are unreadable to me.

Which leads to two questions (largely insignificant, in the grand scheme of my actions, but possibly important when it comes to the nature of the universe as I know it). Am I dreaming, and how would I know?
rydra_wong: The display board of a train reads "this train is fucked". (this train is fucked)
[personal profile] rydra_wong
(Well, the evidence is fairly overwhelming that he doesn't read books, full stop, but it has been specifically reported that he says he hasn't read any presidential biographies.)

This suggests Bannon and Short haven't either:

One Hill Republican aide who was involved in the last-minute negotiations said Mr. Bannon and Mr. Short were seeking to compile an enemies list.

Alternatively, they read about Nixon's "Enemies List" and thought ooh, that sounds great, we should do that, it worked out so well for him.

(Seriously, I don't actually imagine that this is literally Watergate 2.0 or going to play out exactly like that, because that would be too weird and history doesn't work like that, which is one reason why it's so odd when Trump and co. seem to be borrowing such highly-specific things from the Nixon playbook.)

ETA: Do you think they saw a reference to an "enemies list" somewhere and thought whoa, that sounds super-hardcore and badass, we should have one of those? Has nobody told them yet?

Also, these are beautiful words to read:

Mr. Trump’s chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon, according to people familiar with White House discussions, described what happened as a flat-out failure that could inflict serious damage on this presidency — even if Mr. Bannon believes Congress, not Mr. Trump, deserves much of the blame.

Dear USians, please enjoy these words and take strength from them.

my heart is a boat on the sea

Mar. 25th, 2017 04:18 pm
musesfool: sara ramirez applying lipstick (pull on your pout)
[personal profile] musesfool
Last night and then today I made batches of this body balm, though I'm afraid I personally find it too redolent of coconut to use myself - I tried it last night on my lips and it tainted everything with the taste of coconut. #the taste of betrayal I made it with the addition of gold satin mica powder, hoping for a golden shimmer, but alas, I don't think it really provides one. today I tried copper sparks mica powder, which I think might actually impart too much pigment to use it on skin other than lips? But I guess we'll see. I suppose it could be a cream eyeshadow or blush...? I'm meeting L. for drinks tonight, so she can test it out for me. Especially since I substituted shea butter for cocoa butter, which the internet tells me I shouldn't have? It's very rich balm, either way.

Meanwhile, I am liberally covered in glitter and I could not be happier about it.

Marg and Helen and the girls all loved their lip balms (and glitter gels), so I feel confident I found a couple of recipes that people other than me like, so that's good.

This morning, I made these chocolate cherry breakfast cookies (pic) and I might have made them too big, since they took more like 15 minutes to cook rather than the 9 to 11 the recipe suggests. I also used almond butter since I don't like peanut butter (I know, I know; I also don't like tuna fish; I was a nightmare child!) and they smell and taste great. And I finally used up the last of the dried cherries from my Christmas chocolate making, which was good. I found they (the dried cherries, I mean) were not as good in salads as dried cranberries, so they've just been sitting around taking up space. *hands*

So I feel like it's been a productive day, even if I didn't get the good sleep I was hoping for last night.

starandrea: (all for one by lelola)
[personal profile] starandrea
*Andrea: A lot of fans seem to like this movie, which makes me nervous.
Marci: Yeah...
*Andrea: Okay, good. I'm glad you understand.

Marci: This is the fantasy version of what detention's like.
*Andrea: No kidding.

*Andrea: I appreciate that she was wearing a towel in that scene.
Marci: Yeah.

Marci: I love that Billy has friends! A lot of friends!
*Andrea: And he's the only one!

*Andrea: What did it say?
Marci: "We should start a band."

*Andrea: Oh my god, it's Amy!
Marci: Where?
*Andrea: And Tommy!

Marci: Well, that was more satisfying than almost any movie we've seen recently.
*Andrea: I think they stayed true to the single most important thing about Power Rangers, which is the team. Even when they're not Rangers, even when they're not heroes, even when they have no chance, they're friends, first and last.

Marci: …Are people taking their small children to see this movie?
*Andrea: I feel like we should warn the parents.

[ SECRET POST #3734 ]

Mar. 25th, 2017 04:00 pm
case: (Default)
[personal profile] case posting in [community profile] fandomsecrets

⌈ Secret Post #3734 ⌋

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

[John Moreland]

More! )


Secrets Left to Post: 02 pages, 42 secrets from Secret Submission Post #533.
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.

Class S1.6 Detained

Mar. 25th, 2017 07:40 pm
elisi: (Class)
[personal profile] elisi
I’m sure one reason there’s been such a gap between the other reviews and this one, is that I’m not sure I can do this one justice. The final three episodes are all so good (and in such different ways) that I just sort of falter.

Read more... )


Mar. 25th, 2017 03:48 pm
case: (Default)
[personal profile] case posting in [community profile] fandomsecrets

The first secret from this batch will be posted on April 1st.

1. One secret link per comment.
2. 750x750 px or smaller.
3. Link directly to the image.
- Doing it RIGHT:
- Doing it WRONG:

Optional: If you would like your secret's fandom to be noted in the main post along with the secret itself, please put it in the comment along with your secret. If your secret makes the fandom obvious, there's no need to do this. If your fandom is obscure, you should probably tell me what it is.

Optional #2: If you would like WARNINGS (such as spoilers or common triggers -- list of some common ones here) to be noted in the main post before the secret itself, please put it in the comment along with your secret.

Optional #3: If you would like a transcript to be posted along with your secret, put it along with the link in the comment!

language drift and queer culture

Mar. 25th, 2017 08:43 pm
baronjanus: All things smut and buggery, the Lord God made them all. Amen (0 smut and buggery)
[personal profile] baronjanus
The damn kids went and changed the meaning of power bottom on us. Now I don't know what the tag "power bottom Bucky" even means

Some Short Fiction Recs

Mar. 25th, 2017 11:36 am
forestofglory: Glasses and books (books)
[personal profile] forestofglory
"Extracurricular Activities" by Yoon Ha Lee A fun twisty story with spies and secret missions. It's set in the same world as Ninefox Gambit, but stands alone. I just love how the author sketches characters and societies with a few key details.

"And In Our Daughters, We Find a Voice" by Cassandra Khaw creepy dark little mermaid re-telling (content note: a human character with ambiguous gender traits is referred to as "it")

Humpback Whales Organizing

Mar. 25th, 2017 01:29 pm
ysabetwordsmith: Cartoon of me in Wordsmith persona (Default)
[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
 [personal profile] siliconshaman tipped me to this report about humpback whales forming superpods.  He's already working on a story about it.  :D

I figure, in Terramagne, they're either discussing "Should we all move to the Maldives?" or "That really romantic bay in Japan has stopped murdering everyone who goes there.  Who wants to go on a mating trip?"


Mar. 25th, 2017 02:15 pm

A Wild Writing Meme Appears...

Mar. 25th, 2017 05:29 pm
lost_spook: (I Capture - writing)
[personal profile] lost_spook
My parents came and went (and sooner than expected! They told me they were going home Saturday and then I learned on Thursday evening they were going home in the morning! They forgot to tell me the bit where they changed their mind; honestly, what are parents coming to these days?) And now I am a little tired and probably have a bunch of other things to do (two fake shows, one mostly done, one started among various things), but hey, writing meme, plucked from the wilds of tumblr, because the other one like this worked well:

Send me two characters or more (pairing or otherwise) and a prompt number and I’ll write a ficlet:

Prompts under here )

As usual, no guarantees, but anything I know or have mentioned watching/reading/liking is fair game - I'll just say if I can't do it. (My interests and tags should be a guide.)

Monday Mar. 27 Video Chat #NOKXL

Mar. 25th, 2017 12:48 pm
executrix: (Default)
[personal profile] executrix posting in [community profile] thisfinecrew
Mar. 27, 5 pm Pacific, 8 pm Eastern live video chat on strategy to block the Keystone KL Pipeline.


(no subject)

Mar. 25th, 2017 09:41 am
bridgetmkennitt: (Default)
[personal profile] bridgetmkennitt
A couple of days ago, I found a fic I finished months ago and edited that before posting it to AO3. Huzzah! I've been in a fic writing slump forever it feels like, so I decided to ease my way into it through editing. But when I tried to actually write a fic, I only got a couple of sentences into it before I noped right out. Guess I still have a writer's block. :/

NPT nominations are fast approaching on April 5th to the 15th. Nominations will be through platonic or romantic (/ or &) relationships instead of characters. That means matching will be done through OR matching and not AND matching.

Just One Thing (25 March 2017)

Mar. 25th, 2017 09:42 am
nanila: me (Default)
[personal profile] nanila posting in [community profile] awesomeers
It's challenge time!

Comment with Just One Thing you've accomplished in the last 24 hours or so. It doesn't have to be a hard thing, or even a thing that you think is particularly awesome. Just a thing that you did.

Feel free to share more than one thing if you're feeling particularly accomplished!

Extra credit: find someone in the comments and give them props for what they achieved!

Nothing is too big, too small, too strange or too cryptic. And in case you'd rather do this in private, anonymous comments are screened. I will only unscreen if you ask me to.



reviews_and_ramblings: (Default)

March 2017

    1 2 3 4
1920 21 22 23 24 25

Most Popular Tags

Page Summary


All cover art, photo and graphic design contained in this site are copyrighted by the respective publishers and authors. These pages are for entertainment purposes only and no copyright infringement is intended. Should anyone object to our use of these items please contact by email the blog's owner.
This is an amateur blog, where I discuss my reading, what I like and sometimes my personal life. I do not endorse anyone or charge fees of any kind for the books I review. I do not accept money as a result of this blog.
I'm associated with Amazon/USA Affiliates Programs.
Books reviewed on this site were usually provided at no cost by the publisher or author. However, some books were purchased by the reviewer and not provided for free. For information on how a particular title was obtained, please contact by email the blog's owner.
Days of Love Gallery - Copyright Legenda:

Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags
Page generated Mar. 26th, 2017 01:34 am
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios