duinemerwen: (guh)
2017-09-10 12:34 am
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Harness time

Today I took the cat into the ~great outdoors~ on a leash and she seemed confident so I let her wander around. It turned out she was beelining to under a car in the parking lot. Justin tried to pull her out using the leash and the harness came off. Had to tempt her out with food. Traumatic experience. Won't be taking her anywhere except open fields from now on.  
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2017-09-06 02:33 am
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dobby is free, part 2

I finished the safety report for the city. 300 hours of video footage reviewed in total, I hope the city's departmental purchase order is forwarded to me soon so I can get paid.
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2017-09-01 07:06 pm
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Today I accused my brother of being a robot

 It makes sense, you see. He spends a lot of time attached to his charging platform (computer chair), he is actively contributing to the hastening of the machine uprising (by working for software companies), eats a lot of meat (clearly preparing to process organics like the Tripods)

Then he passed me and when nobody was around and he said "beep boop" 

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2017-08-25 05:54 pm

Taylor Swift: Look what you made me do

Oh my god, I waited 3 years for this?

The bridge is nice. I also like the line "I've got a list of names and yours is in red, underlined / I check it once, then I check it twice (oh)"... winter is coming, hos.

Otherwise... she doubled down, guys, she doubled down. There's no nuance, no acknowledgement of wrongdoing, nothing. This is all the unflattering and aggressive lyricism of Bad Blood times 10. "I don't like you," OMG, woman you're 27. "But I got smarter, I got harder in the nick of time" who you think you fooling? I buy Stronger and I will survive because Britney sounded like she had skin in the game and actually sounded a bit hurt, and Gloria acknowledged she wasn't sure if she'd get through the breakup. I didn't buy Kelly Clarkson's Stronger because she never even sounded wounded by the "relationship" she just got out of. Similarly I don't buy Taylor's "I got smarter" because everything that happened to her sound more like annoyances than actual character-building moments.  

As for "The world moves on, another day, another drama, drama / But not for me, not for me, all I think about is karma / And then the world moves on, but one thing's for sure / Maybe I got mine, but you'll all get yours" are you sure that's a sentiment you want to memorialize in song? Everything passes, life isn't fair, and some people never get their just desserts. Maybe if you moved on and think about something other than "karma" the music would improve. Everybody else has moved on! This is all horrible, bitter stuff, and a statement-making, attention-grabbing choice for a lead single. But it sounds like arse and may affect the performance of future singles.

The chorus is worth a paragraph for itself. The minimalist chanting is an interesting stylistic choice that definitely makes an impact. "Look what you made me do" is a terrible line that absolves herself of any blame in the Kimye situation and actually sounds like something a domestic abuser would say. Was this part meant to be a bit disturbing? Well, bravo, this whole song is a disturbing look inside a troubled mind. Also it sounds like shit. If "Look what you made me do" really means "Listen to this song that you made me write" please, nobody piss her off anymore, my ears won't be able to handle it.

I don't know what role this song plays in the context of the upcoming album but hopefully the rest of it isn't in denial of the fact that she was the one who screwed the pooch. I hope I'm just getting played and this song isnt representative of the entire album, but last time I hoped that the heroine wasn't an idiot, Arya got caught off her guard and stabbed on a bridge in Braavos. I'm hoping that she's smart enough to realize that Littlefinger is playing her and Sansa but I am not really so optimistic about that. Or Taylor Swift's sixth album. 

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2017-08-23 06:44 pm
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cat post update

As promised, the scratching post. THAT I BUILT. 

duinemerwen: (hip late night)
2017-08-22 01:41 am
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nothing good happens after 2am, part diddly

I dreamed I was on a bus, with Jayasai, Marsha, and someone else. The bus layout was strange, like first-class airline seats crammed into a Greyhound. We were going to Quebec. She needed to stop to fulfill a prescription because the bus's air conditioning was broken. The pharmacy had green walls. 

Today, I built a scratching post for my (nearly my) cat, and I thought about the past.

Specifically, about one of my friends (if you could call someone you haven't spoken to in years because you're too embarrassed to face them at group reunions), their blog that I really should not have read, and their upcoming nupitals. Shit, I'm creepy. And then, a lot of the things that seem important at one point in time lose their importance, often for the better, but I thought that there was some sadness in that. But that's part of growing up, and I think there are a hundred thousand movies and games and songs that say it better than I do. So to conclude, growing up is hard, and sometimes watching other people grow up is harder. On the other hand Justin grew out of his "Soos-lookalike" phase and his wallet chain phase, and eventually my body caught up with my head, so it's not all bad.  

The scratching post raw materials included:
  • Plywood (slightly warped) (free!)  
  • Nails, screws, washers, staples (free!)
  • A wee bit of carpet ($5.99) 
  • 3/8" diameter sisal rope ($30 for 150ft) (I think I could have gotten cheaper if I used 1/4" rope but 3/8" has better texture)
  • L-brackets and more screws and stuff ($3) 
I'm happy with how it's turning out but I won't be done until later. 

Also, T-swizzle will be releasing new stuff on Friday, I am very excited. I remember where I was the first time I watched the MV for Wildest Dreams. 
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2017-08-21 11:11 am
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Game of Thrones fantasy league standings

I want to point out that, after a slow start, I'm currently at the top of the standings in both of my Game of Thrones fantasy leagues as of Episode 6.

I'm happy that creepin on the trailers paid off (ended up drafting several members of the magnificent 7 formed at the end of Episode 5) but I don't expect the lead to last - more traditional Southern big hitters are coming back into play. And dammit, Gilly has earned 0 points and Sam has -5 despite getting decent screentime. You guys.

(I am Ser Pounce and First Atlantis Reconnaissance Team)

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2017-08-15 11:58 pm
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This is definitely the most lovely cat ever. Justin told me she climbed on top of the fridge today. I'm so proud! 

duinemerwen: (that's not how the force works)
2017-08-15 05:40 pm
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Cats forever

I got the formal job offer after some ulcer-inducing email correspondence. It ain't over till the fat lady sings, they said, so I couldn't turn down the other job until I'd received paperwork for the other one... This job will allow me to move west to Guelph/Mississauga where my $$$ will stretch farther (though not as far as if I were to stay at home...) 

Also I believe I will be able to keep the foster cat, live with Justin the potato, and other stuff.

Anyways I'm pretty happy but there's some administrative stuff to sort out first. It will be nice to dream again. 
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2017-08-10 05:43 pm
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Either the other candidates they interviewed were rubbish

Or I'm even more charming than I thought I was! 

Or they like puns! 
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2017-08-10 02:15 pm
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What I was actually doing

Apart from falling down the Hawke/Varric rabbit hole, this weekend, I fostered a kitty, and tested whether or not car windows have a safety sensor like elevators by sticking my finger in the window while it was rolling. They don't have sensors and I bruised my finger.  

This is Fefe the foster cat. 

Fefe has already mastered the following skills: 
  • Opening sliding closet doors
  • Meowing and banging on the door hard enough to wake the humans up at 3AM
  • Headbutts
  • Getting head scratches

duinemerwen: (extra happy)
2017-08-06 09:21 pm
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Fic Rec: Greatly Approved (Dragon Age)

Title: Greatly Approved
Author: damular
Fandom: Dragon Age (Dragon Age II)
Pairing: F!Hawke/Varric
Categories: Romance, humour, friendship, book clubs, meta
Length: 35k
Warnings: Subtle R
Summary: An apostate's guide to popular fiction. (Or: Hawke runs headlong into Cassandra's book club, Varric comes along for the ride.)

My thoughts:
Damular's rendition of Hawke perfectly illustrates why I can never not play Purple!Hawke. This story is fun. The characters play cards, cavort in a tavern, and read one of Varric's pulp novels.

"That's great, everyone's caught up!" said Dagna. "If we're all good with it, I thought we could start by going around in a circle and reading our favorite part out loud, just to get a feel for the rhythm of the story. It can be a scene that you thought was funny, something that struck you about the characters, interesting development of the novel's world...anything!"


Hawke cleared her throat and read: "'Shit shit shit!' said Knight. 'Shit shit shit, what the shit!'"

Which is not to say that it's all fun and games. The author builds tension very well, partly through the use of dramatic irony and partly through the use of these really well constructed sentences that just perfectly capture the self-loathing and misery of unrequited love without belabouring the point. I felt my stomach lurch emotionally at five or six different points during the story. It was great. I love it when the understated emotional anguish of fictional characters makes my insides contract in sympathy.

And fuck, it's so nice to see Hawke happy with someone who has their shit together. The contract scene - well, I thought that the contract-writer was being kind of unrealistically pragmatic until I read a line in it that I love - "He bent his head and ran one hand over his hair; Hawke suddenly realized that he was nervous. ". The tone of this whole fic is generally light-hearted but the blink-and-you'll-miss-it moments like that become so much more poignant as a result.

To end this rec post, I present two more of my favourite spoiler-free quotes:

"It is a masterpiece," said Cassandra. "And a clear allegory for Andraste and Maferath—"

"What?" said Dagna. "It is not! It's a radical political tract disguised as a post-imperial meditation on chance versus divine decree!"

"Excuse me," said Dorian. "If I may cut in, what is this book we're supposed to be reading?"

Cassandra shot him a black look. "It's about two elves—"

"Ah," he said. "Genre romance for the niche market, say no more."


"What I believe Lady Pentaghast is trying to express," said Dorian, "is her dissatisfaction with the ending."

"Why, is something wrong with it?" Varric pulled away from Cassandra and circled around to the head of the table; there wasn't a chair, but he set his tankard down and leaned against the wooden post there.

"Yes," said Dorian.

"Everything," said Cassandra, who managed to pack as much passion into that one word as most poets did into entire epics. Hawke was impressed.

Varric sighed. "Ah, fans. Always thinking they know better."

duinemerwen: (guh)
2017-07-17 03:08 pm
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i dreamed

I dreamed that, firstly, I was Harry Potter and I killed one of Shivani's bridesmaids out of jealousy. Also, I was flying under an invisibility cloak but the guests kept pulling at it and I couldn't leave the reception. The bridesmaids wore lavender. 

Then I dreamed... there were rickety stairs and platforms in the Flooded District, and I saw Martin, older that the last time I saw him, hairline a bit farther back. The water kept rising and I woke up. I was so 100% a bad friend and I am sad that it's too late to fix it. I wonder sometimes what it would be like if hadn't been a bad friend, but then I realize that I'd probably have been bad at keeping in touch, and that essentially nothing would have changed. 

But I bought a fish tank + stand + heater for $35 so I have that going for me, and Jen gifted me a $25 gift card with which I can buy LED lights for the plants, so at least I've got that going for me. 
duinemerwen: (fascinating horror)
2017-07-15 03:52 pm
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2017-07-15 01:34 am
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by the way

By the way I've started a Game of Thrones fantasy league. Join up before drafting on Sunday.

Join here: http://www.fantasizr.com/joinleaguelink?league=6005360961781760&key=8Fe315d3fABca1bcD4CeDC70BcDA4D ;

 I suggest turning on autodraft in Settings > Draft Rankings. Your characters get points for being awesome, getting naked, or drinking (among other actions).

Info here: https://www.theverge.com/2017/7/7/15892436/game-of-thrones-season-seven-preview-fantasy-league ;
duinemerwen: (guh)
2017-07-15 12:01 am
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Fic rec: Unmanifest Destiny (Stargate Atlantis)

Title: Unmanifest Destiny
Author: Vain_glorious
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Pairing: None
Categories: Alternate Universe, friendship
Length: 8k
Warnings: None, PG-13
Summary: Following the events of 5X01, Team Sheppard goes to Earth and takes a roadtrip across the US. Goes AU after the infirmary scene in 5X01 with Sheppard and Teyla

My thoughts
Well, perhaps you are wondering exactly what makes this AU? Heh.

I won't spoil anything specific. This is an amazing fic about a road trip that the team takes. They get into some shenanigans. Rodney gets cranky, Ronon rampages, and Teyla visits museums. Sheppard feels it all ends too soon and the author managed to make me feel the exact same way, sad and a bit in denial and kind of desperate, and then it's all over. A fic has never made me feel the same way its protagonist feel before. The author is a brilliant, manipulative sadist. God damn, I'm not sure any other fic will ever make me feel this way again, but I'm not sure I could handle it.

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2017-07-14 02:54 pm
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2017-07-12 10:33 pm
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There are no more Stargate Atlantis episodes for me to watch.

But, I've figured out that I can filter out tags and pairings on AO3, so I've got that going for me now. 

And there's, like, four dozen "official" novels. 
duinemerwen: (guh)
2017-07-06 11:23 am
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The two body problem

I think it's gonna be harder to solve the non-academic case of the two-body problem than I thought but I'm pretty frustrated already. It's been nothing but a series of mostly-long-distance relationships since ~2013 and it's not even like it's that long of a distance, just 120km, but sitting in a car for 3 hours a day does nobody any favours. Sitting in a train for 4 hours a day is marginally better. But not good! Or we could move to Mississauga, a pothole, and be equally miserable. 

I want to adopt a cat. 

duinemerwen: (fascinating horror)
2017-07-04 05:12 pm
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On Sunday we ate pizza, did scrabble, and played Cards against Humanity. Shivani and her "babe" kept touching each other. Not "bae", "babe". She kissed him when he played particularly adroit words. I'm happy for them but Scrabble is SERIOUS BUSINESS! 

Also, I turned out taller, so I win.