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April 22nd, 2019

Title: Gift Horse
Fandom: Greek and Roman Mythology
Content notes: no warnings apply
Length: 15
Summary: too short to need one
Author note: also a fill for the Generosity square on my bingo card

Gift Horse )
Today's prompt is "when the island shuddered".
Trying to vid for the first time in years, and I've gone back to MPEG Streamclip for clipping purposes, but as well as no longer being as stable as it used to be, it doesn't seem to be able to deal with large .mkv files.

I have no problem clipping the .mkv that are around 1 gb 720p but can't deal with .mkv files that are around 4gb 1080p. (I'm not technically savvy enough to know whether it's the size or the encoding it's having an issue with).

Any recommendations for for newer software that might deal with files better? (I'm using Lightworks for the actual vidding)
We went to my mom's house on Easter, per tradition. Instead of hiding eggs in her yard, this year she decided to do an indoor hunt with eggs containing a sequence of clues, which the kids tore through in less than five minutes. It was pretty funny to watch. We also played the kids' favorite Looney Labs game, Just Desserts, followed by a version of Monopoly my mom had that was based on the Muppet Show. The cheapest property on the board was the Swinetrek, so I chanted "PIGS! IN! SPAAAACE!" every time someone landed on it. Unfortunately Connor got upset when he couldn't get the properties he wanted and started running low on funds, so we probably won't play it again any time soon. He's very happy with Yoshi's Crafted World, though, and I told him I'd play along with him on that sometime. Meanwhile Will spent the day replaying the original Picross game on the DS.

I saw Shazam on Friday with the usual suspects. It was goofy and heartwarming, apart from the scenes between the villain and his father, which were gratuitously dark. Not sure where it fits in with the rest of the DC Universe, though, since it takes place in Philadelphia and not a fictional place like Gotham or Metropolis or Atlantis. Not that I really care all that much, since I'm not emotionally invested like I am with the MCU. Speaking of which, I have my Endgame ticket for Friday night, since I couldn't go Thursday. Hopefully I will find time to rewatch Infinity War before then.

Tonight is the final rehearsal for the spring handbell program, with concerts on Thursday, Sunday, and the following Monday. I really like the songs we're doing and I'm looking forward to getting them in front of an audience. After that, I will spend Mondays in May rehearsing for Beethoven's Ninth, and some other night of the week rehearsing the handbell pieces for the regional festival in New Orleans in mid-June.
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As for Avengers: Endgame, you need to tell me two spoilers, and nothing else:

Does Steve die? Does Natasha die? )

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kore: (Black Widow - red in my ledger)
One last pre-Endgame possible SPOILER, about Natasha )

A spoiler thought about Steve )
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Pinch Hit 6

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Please leave a comment with what pinch hit you would like to claim, and your ao3 username, or e-mail us at hurtcomfortexmod@gmail.com with the same information. All rules which are relevant for regular assignments also apply to pinch hits.

These pinch hits are due the 12th of May by 11:59 PM EST.

Pinch Hit #1 - Hadestown - Mitchell, Greek and Roman Mythology, Detroit: Become Human (Video Game), Crossover Fandom )

Pinch Hit #33 -The Question (Comics), Midnighter and Apollo (Comics), DC Extended Universe, The Adventure Zone (Podcast), Doom Patrol (TV 2019), The Umbrella Academy (TV) )

Pinch Hit #34 -乙女ゲームの破滅フラグしかない悪役令嬢に転生してしまった… - 山口悟 | My Next Life as a Villainess - Yamaguchi Satoru (Light Novels), Naruto, Leverage, Crossover Fandom, Person of Interest (TV)  )
I did make it in the end, but only for the Saturday. Which was lots of fun and SO MUCH LESS EXHAUSTING than going for the whole con, so I think I'll make it my default from now on.

There's no panel notes or anything, just me rambling about my day.
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‘Avengers: Endgame’ opens this weekend! Behind the cut are a bunch of posters, GIFsets from the various trailers, and a fanvid. They lean pretty heavily towards Steve Rogers and Clint Barton because those are the blogs I follow, though most of the other characters show up in some of the GIFsets.


I’m putting this first one outside the cut because there are no spoilers in it, and also because it’s freaking hilarious! If this doesn’t make you snort coffee out your nose I don’t know what will. *g*



Source: imhereformyshows



the rest back here )

GIP

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kore: (Hope in the dark (Solnit))
The US president said on Thursday he was having a 'good day' after the release of the special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the now-closed Russia investigation.

IDEFK, man. It feels like every day we get closer and closer to tyranny. Every minute of every day, even. And even if he's impeached or not re-elected or somehow glory hallelujah convicted, can the country recover? Good fucking question. I just keep trying to kind of cling to "hope in the dark" and, as an example, that little moment in Apollo 13 when Ed Harris says "I believe this is going to be our finest hour." But I just really don't know.



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("Trump tweeted angrily throughout the day." - Guardian ....Good Lord.)
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On Easter, the last day of Minicon, I have done a tarot reading for years, using the Celtic Cross spread. I record notes about the reading in a little notebook I keep with my decks. As I was paging through, ready to begin, I saw a note I'd put there several years ago:

The study of tarot is the study of questions whose answers we fear.


I thought about as I pulled out my deck. I've used my Harry Potter deck for a lot of readings, but I decided for this one to go back to my Jane Austen deck, because the question I had been mulling over was about relationships, specifically, about how to handle a new relationship as well and ethically as possible, and that seemed rather appropriate. Jane does seem to focus a lot in her fiction about how to live an exemplary life.

As I pulled out my materials, I discovered that was just as well. I had grabbed my tarot materials in a hurry when I'd packed for the convention, and I'd managed to leave the companion book to the Harry Potter deck behind. I'd left the companion book to the Jane Austen deck behind, too. Oops. But at least I had the little pocket guide to that deck.

I always try to ask open-ended questions when doing these readings--not asking for a forecast of the future--but framing it along the lines of 'What do I need to know (or think about) X.'

For this year, I asked, "What do I need to know about this new stage of my life, the interstices between widowhood and a potential new partnership?" Keeping in mind the quotation I read in my notebook, I wanted to particularly pay attention to the shadow side, what I feared and how that might get me stuck.

Here's how the reading went )

Reptile tongue.

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hannah: (Laundry jam - fooish_icons)
It's the end of an era: I need a new laundry hamper. The one I've had since grad school ripped its last handle's stitches. What I'm left with is a wobbling tube without any genuine means to move it around. I could keep it for another couple of months before the last of its seams go, but that wouldn't do me much good. So, instead, a declaration I'll get a new one before my laundry is nothing but mismatched piles around the floor.

It's also the start of spring: my window's open with the screens put in. The window isn't shut tight with a towel as a DIY insulator anymore because it's more pleasant to have the airflow now. Soon it won't be. But for now, it is.
Title: let the bad girls bend
Fandom: barely lethal
Rating: teen
Length: ~700 words
Author notes: new fandom, gen- heather & victoria knox, title from metric's gold guns girls


84! )
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Unsorted linkspam

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umadoshi: (Newsflesh - too close to a goat (kasmir))
I've surely shared this classic Easter story before, but if you haven't read it, please do: "The 1969 Easter Mass Incident". The hilarity, it burns. "Content Warnings: Religion, food, symbolic cannibalism, symbolic gore, penis mention, Blasphemy, SO MUCH BLASPHEMY, weapons, war mention. Mind the warnings and your health always comes first. Its a HILARIOUS story, I promise."

Unsorted linkspam:

"‘Ugly Delicious’ Explores MSG Myths in ‘Fried Rice’: On his Netflix show, David Chang looks at the state of Chinese food in America".

"Layers of Deceit: Why do recipe writers lie and lie and lie about how long it takes to caramelize onions?" [2012]

"Autism Self-Diagnosis is not Special Snowflake Syndrome". [2015]

"The Myspace Dragon Hoard (2008-2010)". "A wide-ranging collection of 490,000 mp3 files from MySpace.com, accomplished using unknown means by an anonymous academic study conducted between 2008 and 2010."

"Do People in an Arby’s Know About “Sir, This Is an Arby’s”? Investigating the internet’s favorite joke on the front lines".

And a small heap via [personal profile] conuly:

--"Behind the New, Gloriously Queer Emily Dickinson Movie".

--"Why there’s so little left of the early internet". [BBC]

--"The Strange Beauty of Salt Mines".

--"How A Seed Bank Helps Preserve Cherokee Culture Through Traditional Foods".

--"Killer Rabbits in Medieval Manuscripts: Why So Many Drawings in the Margins Depict Bunnies Going Bad".

--"These ballroom dancers teach a gender neutral way where both people lead". [CBC]

--"How Social-Media Surveillance of Teenagers Led to a New Kind of Policing".

--"The world’s happiest people [note: the Danish] have a beautifully simple way to tackle loneliness".

--"The Extremely Real Science behind the Basilisk’s Lethal Gaze".

--"Webcomics: an oral history: Featuring the artists behind XKCD, Questionable Content, Dinosaur Comics, and more".