Hey-o

Aug. 20th, 2017 07:59 pm
next_to_normal: (Hunger Games)
[personal profile] next_to_normal
Been a while. I spent my summer flailing and screaming and anticipating the end of the world, how about you?

My health still sucks, although that's mostly unrelated to our impending doom. Basically, I still have Crohn's, and while surgery alleviated the worst pain, I'm now discovering all sorts of new things that a year and a half on opioids was masking, like constant diarrhea and joint pain. Whee! I can still only manage to eat vegetables about once a week, and I haven't really attempted alcohol in any realistic quantity.

In other news, I am match-dot-comming again. I might even go on an actual date this time. I am still bitter that my previous (hilarious) reaction posts are now basically toast because all my gifs were on photobucket. I may have to describe my experiences using ACTUAL WORDS from now on (the horror!).

Um, I cooked things? Some of these things were a long time ago, like the Sticky Lemon Cake I made for my dad for Father's Day. This cake is SO good, would make again, but it totally does NOT fit in an 8-inch round pan. It did not even fit in the 8x3 loaf pan I used instead, because of the editor's note and all the comments about it. So... use a bigger pan than that. And also cook it for longer than 30 minutes, like closer to 50. Seriously, does no one actually try these recipes before posting them to make sure they work?

Like this Robinson Cove Crab Salad, which is really more of a dip, and that's even before you account for the fact that it was super watery and I had to literally strain it before eating. I don't know why it was so watery, the only liquid in it is lemon juice and it's not that much. It's also pretty bland. We ate it while my parents were here, and my mom was like, "Eh, not bad," and then dumped a bunch of spices in. (She suggested Old Bay, which I didn't have, so I think we ended up just using ginger, paprika, and nutmeg, which were the components of Old Bay I had.) 

One recipe that actually did work was Prosciutto-Stuffed Chicken. Setting aside the fact that the supermarket only had chicken breasts the size of a football and so three of them managed to last me six meals. (I cut the rest of the recipe in half.) But I didn't even mind eating the leftovers for a week. I used asparagus, not broccoli, because it's friendlier to my digestive system, and honestly felt like the ratio of rice to asparagus was a little high, but more green vegetables probably wouldn't have done me any good anyway.

I also made No-Bake S'mores Bars, which were good. Fair warning, though: these fuckers get VERY hard when you refrigerate them, and then when you take 'em out of the fridge, there's, like, a 30-second window between "break your teeth" and "melty chocolate mess" in which you must consume them. 

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Aug. 20th, 2017 12:48 pm
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[personal profile] lycomingst
Netflix movie Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them )

I made some white bread that was nearly a meal in itself. It had eggs, butter, milk in it. When I put it in the oven I set the temp for 350F, or thought I did. But the numbers on the knob are almost rubbed off and my eyesight is bad. It was actually at 250F. When I went to check it 15 minutes later, the bread had risen to half its size again and was as pale as Casper. Oh dear, oh dear. I upped the temp and hoped for the best. Actually the bread turned out good, a big, springly loaf but good.

When I was reading about C.S.Lewis lately, his brother, W.H.Lewis, was mentioned as an author of books about 18th century France and that his writing was quite good. So I requested the only one available from the library, The Splendid Century and I'm finding very enjoyable.

I’m glad August is almost over. The sun is now set before 8pm. And although we get our warmest weather traditionally in September, we know the rains will be coming.

September will be busy for me; I have a list:
Pay the rest of the car insurance
Take the car in for yearly check-up
Take cat back to vet for thyroid check
Take other cat in for shots
Get six month blood test
See doctor for six month check-up
Make dentist appt. Go to dentist
Anticipate favorite returning tv shows
Watch the skies for rain

Remix Madness

Aug. 20th, 2017 08:48 pm
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[personal profile] lost_spook
Excuse me being spammy today but [community profile] remixrevival has opened up its Madness round early, and it's even more free-for-all than the original version! Go here to throw your hat into the ring.

You can write remixes for it without signing up and you can sign up (offer your fic to be remixed) without writing anything. You can include previous remixes, collaborations, and WIPs and there are art options too, as many safe works as you want, and no eligibility besides "you have one fic in this fandom." So, go on over and offer your fic/art up for people to remix! Or have fun and remix something yourself.

Now I should go off and see about typing up my actual assignment before I go look, because, yay, Remix Madness! \o/

(I do enjoy Remix, sorry; you can probably tell. I suppose it's kind of like the ultimate fic-conversation you can have with someone, in some ways, and it's always pretty fun and fascinating. And you're not writing a gift for someone, so it's different than most exchanges.)

Pfft, hahaha!

Aug. 20th, 2017 08:28 pm
fueschgast: (Jo)
[personal profile] fueschgast
I just watched the Cormoran Strike adaptation's trailer (though I still don't know if I'll watch the show).

Spoilers, if you haven't read the book! )

Department S

Aug. 20th, 2017 02:04 pm
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[personal profile] lost_spook
I finished this recently (alas!) and I enjoyed it all. There were some duff episodes and things, but overall it was pretty great and a fun, cheering thing to be watching, and as it's an ITC thing, it should be reasonably accessible, or at least more so than most of my ancient British things.

I'll make a proper post about it, but I went YouTube hunting and came back with these, which I think give a pretty good idea about what it's like:

Cut for embedded vids )

So, that was an enjoyable show for the summer! I will do a proper intro post sometime.

Talking Meme #7

Aug. 20th, 2017 10:02 am
lost_spook: (Northanger reading)
[personal profile] lost_spook
(I found this lurking unposted on my Dreamwidth. I wrote it on April 1st; I don't know why I didn't post it. I suppose a Talking Meme would be no fun if it didn't take me all year to get through it!)

For the Talking Meme, from [livejournal.com profile] dimity_blue: What are your favourite Dumas film adaptations?


I thought this was pretty funny for a minute, as I have only ever actually watched one Dumas film adaptation, and then I eventually remembered that I have in fact seen the 2011 Three Musketeers as well. I suppose I could also count the endless 1980s cartoon version, Dogtanian and the Muskehounds, but it's obvious that there's no competition here. Also I've never seen a Dumas film that isn't The Three Musketeers, so it's really not as if I'm an expert.

Anyway, my favouite out of this *cough* wide line-up is clearly the 1970s Richard Lester films. When I saw them first, I'd just read the unabridged English translation instead of the cartoon and the abridged Puffin version and decided it was one of my favourite things ever after all and that I would never watch an adaptation because no adaptation would get the tongue-in-cheek attitude of the book, and then my Dad made me watch this and while it alters some things, it does indeed get the tongue-in-cheek attitude of the book exactly right, and the cast are hard to beat: Michael Yorke, Richard Chamberlain, Faye Dunaway, Oliver Reed, Racquel Welch, Roy Kinnear, Spike Milligan, Christopher Lee and Charlton Heston.

Cut for graphic )

I have some quibbles about some things, maybe, and obviously it would have been nice if the director had actually paid the actors for two films instead of one, but it still wins easily out of all the three and a bit Three Musketeers adaptations I have seen.

I'm going on an adventure

Aug. 19th, 2017 01:41 pm
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[personal profile] dani_meows
I'm all packed and looking forward to leaving ungodly tomorrow to arrive in Savannah tomorrow morning. I'm looking forward to this trip even if it might be raining during the eclipse time.

I'll be back late Tuesday Night. Hopefully with fun stories to tell.

Fanfic

Aug. 19th, 2017 01:00 pm
lavenderspark: (shock)
[personal profile] lavenderspark
So... I wrote another fic. For a very small (read non existent, seriously, there are only three fics out there other than mine).

This one is quite a bit bigger than the other two I've posted. I didn't expect it to be so long! My other two are less than 1k words and this one is over 2k!!

So if you like the show Younger, or you're just bored and want to kill some time with some random smut, you can find my fic on ff and ao3.

All In on FF

All In on AO3

Battle Results

Aug. 18th, 2017 09:16 pm
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[personal profile] tinny
I did a battle with [livejournal.com profile] nightbulbs last week, and she's been so kind as to lend me the whole battle result code, so we can both post it. Thank you for playing! <3

Here they are:

Teasers:



12 icons - 6 Doctor Who, 6 Black Sails, by nightbulbs and me )


It was a lot of fun, and if you want to go leave praise for [livejournal.com profile] nightbulbs, you can do so here: http://wild-feelings.livejournal.com/29385.html
fueschgast: Sam waking up in 1973, looking confused. (LoM)
[personal profile] fueschgast
Two weird things happened during the LoM rewatch I just had: 1. I actually kind of like Gene now! And 2. I noticed that he's actually nice to look at. And which happened first? Possibility A: Did I realize he's attractive and so I cut him some slack? Or B: Did I find his personality less ugly and that has made me find his face less ugly?

Either way, the thing that happened first had to be brought on by something. Possibility B makes more sense to me (because this is how it usually works for me), though I can think of absolutely no evidence for this in this case. I have no idea why my opinion of Gene would suddenly improve! He's still not my sort of person.
For possibility A I can think of only one potential cause (but hey, that's still more than possibility B has going for itself): that maybe Gene has become somewhat attractive to me because the character and I are a bit closer in age now. Though there's still something weird about that: my last rewatch was only a bit over a year ago.

I've just started rewatching Ashes to Ashes and I don't know if I realized that during my previous viewings, but A2A!Gene is a bit different from LoM!Gene. He's gotten classier in looks and as a police officer. Gene being more professional gives me feelings: He's learned something from Sam. ♥

Oh hey, the good thing about my generally improved opinion of Gene is that now I'm finally on board with Alex & Gene's UST.

Pirate Battle!

Aug. 18th, 2017 05:49 pm
tinny: Pretty, young, polite, gentlemanly, clean-shaven navy officer James McGraw (blacksails_young james)
[personal profile] tinny
Just another excuse to make more Black Sails icons... :)



The rules are thus:

  • Everyone who wants to may join, both LJ and DW users are welcome!
  • Everyone must make five icons, one for each prompt
  • You may interpret the prompts any way you like, no "pirate connection" required
  • Any fandom is allowed, so are stock images - use any source you like
  • Deadline is in two weeks: Saturday, September 2nd 2017, your end-of-day
  • Comment to this post to sign up and to submit your icons


These are the prompts:

Captain


Gold


To The Death


At Sea


Freedom




Have fun!

Sign-ups:

[personal profile] tinny
[livejournal.com profile] candream



eta: don't you hate it when you accidentally post too early? Prompts are now fixed.
sandy79: (hawkeye)
[personal profile] sandy79
Folks, I did it - I went, signed up to [community profile] wipbigbang (on LJ), chose a fic and made some artwork for it (and right on time too!)!

Things That Go Bump In The Night... )


I hope you like what I did here, and that you head over to the story afterwards and give my lovely author some love too (might get her writing more chapters!!)!


PS: If you have any questions, let me know them in the comments!
tinny: Pretty, young, polite, gentlemanly, clean-shaven navy officer James McGraw (blacksails_young james)
[personal profile] tinny
I was itching for another 20in20 challenge, since I had a lot of free time this month, and when [livejournal.com profile] monthlyinspo's current challenge, "Costume Envy" came along, I knew it was the one I had to do. I am not usually a fan of costume drama (or wardrobe in general), but what better theme to indulge my current Black Sails addiction? :D

Enjoy!

01. bsails203_29_19a1 08. bsails206_07_59b 11. bsails206_26_32

28 Black Sails icons + 2 Jane Eyre )

I love all comments! Constructive criticism is especially welcome.

All sources of textures, stock images, and brushes I use are listed in my resource post.

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Aug. 17th, 2017 08:31 pm
immortalje: Typwriter with hands typing (Default)
[personal profile] immortalje
I was just checking my twitter and saw someone (British) just tweet "Barcelona" with a broken heart next to it.

Out of curiousity I checked the news and I'm simply shocked.

Even more lives that ended short out of the blue. Even more people scarred for life.

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Aug. 17th, 2017 01:31 pm
dani_meows: (dw: JE had a terrible ending)
[personal profile] dani_meows
I made it all the way upstairs and managed to make one whole icon, lol.

I'm still really tired and I don't know if it's the pill entirely or if I've got a slight cold/allergy thing.

I'll probably end up taking an afternoon nap, Ian's already promised not to wake me.

In the good news side of things I made an experimental dish in the crock pot last night and it tasted amazing. Tikka Masala.

My skin is still tingly with improved circulation and all that cilantro makes me want a big bowl of pho.

I also want to figure out how to prevent my pictures from becoming too small on dreamwidth so that I can type up a few recipes.

i'm on the move for you.

Aug. 17th, 2017 04:17 pm
goodbyebird: Wonderfalls: Jane thinks this book sucks. (Wonderfalls)
[personal profile] goodbyebird
* Zavvi is currently selling their previous threads boxes, two for the price of one. So if you're in Britain you can get two books and two t-shirts for 10£. Ending up with an Aliens and a Fury Road t-shirt, plus Charlie Jane Anders' All the Birds in the Sky ([personal profile] renay is vomiting rainbows in the reviews, so I'm guessing it's an alright book hehe), and another book that looks ok.

* [personal profile] musesfool is running an OPI Summer Challenge, and that is pretty much the funnest premise ever. So many good potential prompts to choose from.

* If I ever attempt to give the third season of Twin Peaks a fourth chance, somebody please come punch me in the mouth.

* Found out the next episode of Game of Thrones was leaked, but alas, I'd already been spoiled. Thanks, twitter.

* I really need to finish Mass Effect Andromeda when I'm home, but I haven't even looked at my Playstation the past two weeks *sigh*

* Of course, dumb me just started another game on my laptop, plus a couple of playthroughs on youtube, because why do anything that makes sense ever. Hellblade: Senua's Sacrifice looks all kinds of intense, and I'm holding off watching more than the first play video since I do want to play it myself. But I'd need headphones I can use, hmmm... Meanwhile, I did make some icons.

(it really does look - and sound - amazing)

* Also, a vid rec list should be forthcoming shortly.

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