*blink*

Jul. 28th, 2017 02:22 am[personal profile] tyger
tyger: Link.  Text: HERO of TIME (Link - Hero of Time)
I coulda sworn it was like 12:30 ten minutes ago... apparently, not so much.

Today I did some gutter cleaning! So gross!! )

Other than that, got a comm done, and organised a bunch of things in Starbound.

Tomorrow will probably be getting some stuff installed for uni - some of the info's FINALLY UP omfg why such a pain in the ass, uni admin, with the exception of the class they're currently rewriting THIS SHOULD HAVE BEEN UP AT LEAST A WEEK AGO - and also starting my habitica tasks/checklist/etc. Don't have ALL the information for everything yet, but I can at least get started on it. Being organised = less stress for me during semester = fucking do it, even if it's boring, self!
spiralsheep: The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity (ish icons Curiosity Cures Boredom)
- Phrases recently captured in the wild: is it possible to live in an "arid backwater"? I mean, technically, yes, but....

- Stourport Canal drained for repairs (more muddy than arid, methinks).

Stourbridge Canal lock restoration 02-17

Stourbridge Canal drained for lock restoration 02-17

- Reading, books 2017: 74

61. National Poetry Competition Winners' Anthology 2015, 2016, poetry. (?/5)

But have the Ledbury Poetry Competition 2016 first prize winner in the "young person" category instead, which I have heard the author read herself through the magic of video: "Zoe Moore lives in Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA, and attends public high school, where she actively participates in the poetry club. Her interests have included art and art history, dance, theatre, singing, ceramics, Spanish, and of course poetry. Her biggest inspirations in poetry include Sylvia Plath, E E Cummings, and Andrea Gibson. She is grateful for her hometown support and this opportunity to share her thoughts to a worldwide audience." 
 
for the birds, by Zoe Moore

her mother tells her not to eat those cherries because they are for the birds
and she reaches up to touch her hair and feels more feathers than fur
Full text of poem. )
st_aurafina: Audrey ftom Twin Peaks listening at a wall (Twin Peaks: Audrey listening)
Title: Grandmothers For Peace
Fandom: Wonder Woman
Rating: G
Words: 100
Characters/Pairings: Diana & Etta
Warnings/Content: Future fic, protests
Notes: For [community profile] multifandomdrabble 2017.

Summary: 1958, The Atomic Research Weapons Establishment, Aldermaston

Also at the Archive

Grandmothers For Peace )

Title: Wuthering Heights
Fandom: Riverdale
Rating: Teen
Words: 100
Characters/Pairings: Cheryl Blossom/Jughead Jones, Cheryl Blossom/Veronica Lodge, Jason Blossom
Warnings/Content: Canonically dead character
Notes: For [community profile] multifandomdrabble 2017.

Summary: Cheryl wished people would be more accepting of her brother.

Also at the Archive

Wuthering Heights )

Title: Under the Sycamore Tree
Fandom: Twin Peaks
Rating: Teen
Words: 100
Characters/Pairings: Dale Cooper/Audrey Horne
Warnings/Content: Post-S2, The Black Lodge
Notes: For [community profile] multifandomdrabble 2017.

Summary: After the explosion, Audrey finds herself in an unfamiliar place.

Also at the Archive

Under the Sycamore Tree )

Title: For Services Rendered
Fandom: The Retired Angel of Death
Rating: Teen
Words: 100
Characters/Pairings: Brittany
Warnings/Content: Post-canon, future fic, alien world, seafood
Notes: For [community profile] multifandomdrabble 2017. The Retired Angel of Death is a sci-fi short story by Jamie Lackey, about a retired assassin who takes up food blogging and travel. You can read it here: The Retired Angel of Death.

Summary: Brittany has no problems eating meat.

Also at the Archive

For Services Rendered )
st_aurafina: Sameen Shaw walking in a desert with a hat on (POI: Shaw hat)
Title: Subtraction
Fandom: Person of Interest
Rating: Teen
Words: 100
Characters/Pairings: Joss Carter/Zoe Morgan/Sameen Shaw
Warnings/Content: Canon character death, mourning, threesome
Notes: For [community profile] multifandomdrabble 2017.

Summary: Vengeance might feel good but it doesn't make things right.

Also at the Archive

Subtraction )

Title: Recovery
Fandom: Person of Interest
Rating: Teen
Words: 100
Characters/Pairings: Root/Shaw
Warnings/Content: Sickfic, Root lives, post-series
Notes: For [community profile] multifandomdrabble 2017.

Summary: Shaw says she has no bedside manner, even though she hasn't left Root's side since the shooting.

Also at the Archive

Recovery )

Title: Favours
Fandom: Person of Interest
Rating: Teen
Words: 100
Characters/Pairings: John Reese/Kara Stanton
Warnings/Content: Pre-series, canon-level violence,
Notes: For [community profile] multifandomdrabble 2017.

Summary: Kara loves to show John just how much she cares.

Also at the Archive

Favours )
st_aurafina: Natasha Romanova, looking down, against a rainbow background (Marvel: Natasha)
Title: Aftershock
Fandom: Agents of SHIELD
Rating: G
Words: 100
Characters/Pairings: Leo Fitz/Framework!Grant
Warnings/Content: Angst, drinking, forgiveness
Notes: For [community profile] multifandomdrabble 2017.

Summary: Fitz can't leave Grant standing on the doorstep in the rain. (Set post S4 finale, but before that future scene in the diner.)


Also at the Archive

Aftershock )

Title: Date Night
Fandom: Captain America
Rating: G
Words: 100
Characters/Pairings: Steve Rogers/Sam Wilson
Warnings/Content: Flirting, Sam showing off, Steve's notebook of modern facts
Notes: For [community profile] multifandomdrabble 2017.

Summary: Sam knows he's being ogled.

Also at the Archive

Date Night )

Title: Air Show
Fandom: MCU
Rating: Teen
Words: 100
Characters/Pairings: Steve/Bucky/Sam/Natasha
Warnings/Content:
Notes: For [community profile] multifandomdrabble 2017.

Summary: After they've found Bucky, they need some time to hide out and recover. (Set after Winter Soldier, on the road trip that should have been.)

Also at the Archive

Air Show )

Short rows! Or, k-r has opinions.

Jul. 26th, 2017 05:29 pm[personal profile] killing_rose posting in [community profile] knitting
killing_rose: Baby corvid, looking incredibly fluffy and adorable (fluffy raven)
So I am currently working on the Wonder Woman wrap (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/wonder-woman-wrap) that's been making the rounds. It's a solidly written pattern. I do freely admit that I am only partially using the pattern; making substitutions and changes is my prerogative and also something that I do on most projects because I can't work with fingering and thus have to make changes to almost any pattern.*

It's also fairly easy, relying on garter, M1, and kfb for most of the shaping. The points of the Ws are made by double decrease. However, it does use short rows. This is, apparently, a reason many people I know do not want to make it.

This is like my at least fifth short row project in a year. I really love short rows. I was, thus, exceptionally confused a couple months ago when someone at the knitting table said, "I don't do short rows. They're difficult and fiddly and I don't like them."

So I poked at them to explain this. And this is when I discovered that this person was under the assumption that there's only one technique for short rows. Guys, here is where I admit: every person I know who likes short rows has their own personal favorite technique. But most people who have met short rows and run away screaming have never said, "I hate this technique, but maybe I won't hate another technique." Mostly because there are like five different ways to do it, but since they evolved in different places, not everyone's heard of them. So, this is me, giving resources in case you want to knit the above project (or a different one) and you just really cannot bring yourself to like short rows.

I loathe wrap and turn with every fiber of my being. It doesn't work for me. It just doesn't. My first couple projects used the yarnover technique. Unfortunately, this doesn't work for all projects. So the first project I made that used wrap and turn I dropped in a heap and said, "NOPE" at very loudly. And then I got a book from the library and studied all the different options to try and figure out what might work for my brain.

And when I found one that worked for me, I hung out at the knitting table, checked my phone a couple dozen times to make sure I was doing it right, and clung to it like it was the best thing ever. Now, I use that particular technique any time there's a short row project I'm doing. It saves my sanity. (It also means I've never had to use safety pins in my work; there was a project where I may have, in frustration, snarled out the words who the hell thought that the Japanese short row technique was the fastest technique on the planet and or their favorite. However, there are people who do so, and this is fine. [When I am not being introduced to new and fun ways to torture my brain mid-project setup. I am not at my best mid-project setup.])

For me, German short rows are my very favorite thing. This is a good tutorial for them: http://www.lamaisonrililie.com/knittingtherapy/german-short-rows

This is a good instruction for wrap and turn: http://knotions.com/techniques/how-to-knit-short-rows/

This is a free class by the author whose book saved my sanity: https://www.craftsy.com/knitting/classes/short-rows/35255

And this is the book in question: https://www.amazon.com/Short-Row-Knits-Workshop-Learn-as-You-Knit/dp/0804186340/ref=cm_cr_arp_d_product_top?ie=UTF8

As an important note, for patterns like the Wonder Woman wrap, where they use w&t, you knit the stitch you're supposed to wrap, flip around to the other side, and do the german short row technique on that side.

So, what's your opinion on short rows? Or Wonder Woman? Or both? :)


*This is, I note, not a "I don't like fingering" but "I have two projects in fingering right now, and even on size five or six needles (let's not talk about the idiocy of the size 4 project), it still makes my poor, abused hands [thank you chronic illnesses] make me nauseated and need more pain meds." But some yarn is really pretty, so I do about three projects a year in fingering and the rest in medium, chunky, or bulky yarns.

*flomp*

Jul. 27th, 2017 02:02 am[personal profile] tyger
tyger: Axel looking off over the sunset (Axel - into the distance)
Hello I am tire

Failing at time management today, which is annoying. Still got some things done, but I reaaaally need to not play Starbound 'just for a little while', just. No, self. No. Do not pretend you will do the thing, just don't play until you've got everything else done that you want. :|

Bed now, yes. Sleeeeeep~

Domestic day

Jul. 26th, 2017 02:18 am[personal profile] tyger
tyger: Shanks grinning at Mihawk with a drunken blush.  Mihawk is not amused. (ShanksMihawk - drinking)
Today I:

- did a load of washing, including bringing it in, folding, and putting away (except the couple of things that didn't dry in time, so they're on the clotheshorse overnight)
- went for a walk with Mama
- while on said walk, went to the shops and picked up snacks for uni
- got a bunch of shit organised in my room
- found and put together a new knitting project for classes next week
- activated my new debit card, because somehow it's been four years since I last got one and it's replacement card time, whaaaat

So yeah. Pretty productive! Am pleased!
spiralsheep: Sheep wearing an eyepatch (spiralsheep Ram Raider mpfc)
- Mr Tummyness goes for a walk.

Mr Tummyness the Faun stumped by a wish tree

postable  Mr Tummyness the Faun with the skeletal petals of winter

- BBC News online feed pull quote, lol: "A 12ft-long python found on the Norfolk Broads has still not been found." Perhaps it's not a python but a news ouroboros? ;-)

- Small political victories making me happy right left now:

1. In the UK the inquest into the death of Sarah Reed #sayhername found that her death in custody was preventable and the result of systemic racism and disablism. The inquest explicitly stated that Sarah Reed should NOT have been in prison, in addition to listing many forms of abusive maltreatment Sarah Reed was subjected to including the deliberate withholding of medication by prison staff. It doesn't give Sarah Reed her life back but this accurate and comprehensive inquest will help her family, especially her mother, and might even ripple outwards to help every Black disabled woman currently being abused by systemic racism and disablism (including by disabled white racists who volubly deny racism exists, and play at respectability politics, while inflicting their racism and the deadly results on Black disabled people).

2. In Poland justice activist Zofia Romaszewska, and mass street protests by ordinary Polish people, persuaded President Andrzej Duda to veto an attempt by the (democratically elected) fascist government of Poland to take control of the judiciary. The EU also protested and threatened sanctions, which is important because that might slow the power grab by fascists in Hungary and the further spread of overt fascism in Europe (which still has too much power and influence over the rest of the world).

3. All those gifs of Sean Spicer stealing a mini-fridge from the White House were 'king lolarious and, no, it's not a *distraction* because people can have fun while simultaneously caring about the srs bznz of resisting fascism.

How Are You? (in Haiku)

Jul. 24th, 2017 06:46 pm[personal profile] jjhunter
jjhunter: a person who waves their hand over a castle tower changes size depending on your perspective (perspective matters)
Pick a thing or two that sums up how you're doing today, this week, in general, and tell me about it in the 5-7-5 syllables of a haiku. I will leave anonymous comments screened unless otherwise asked; feel free to use this to leave private comments if that's what you're most comfortable with.

=

Signal-boosting much appreciated!

Monday, bluh.

Jul. 25th, 2017 01:04 am[personal profile] tyger
tyger: Roxas' Avatar Kingdom chibi. Text: Roxas (Roxas - chibi)
This week's Monday was actually terrible. Though not because Monday, because I decided to finally wade through the first round of Bureaucratic Bullshit Hell, which, uuuuugh.

On the plus side, while I was there I did my taxes! Which took literally less than five minutes. I wasn't timing myself, but according to chat timestamps, um, yeah. Probably something like 2m. Whole year's tax! I know I say this every year, but why, oh why can't all the government departments have their citizen-facing stuff as well organised and user-friendly as the ATO?? Whyyyyyy ;; (ILU ATO <3)

Other than that... went for a walk with Mama! Also POKEMON GO EVENT OH MAN I knew they'd reduced walk-distances for eggs but HOLY CRAP, 2km->700m, 5km->1.7km, whaaaaat. (I didn't have a 10K egg to put on, woe.) Super glad I got an incubator from levelling up last week!! ALSO. I caught an aerodactyl!!! IN MY HOUSE!!!! First one I've seen, and of course by the time we got back from walking I was out of balls so I had to race to the stop down the street and spin that a couple of times and pray it was still there when I got back AND IT WAS and even though I only had literally 4 normal pokeballs, I CAUGHT IT!!!! Whaaaaaat even, I don't know. Super happy though!!! :D

And now, bed. Where I will hopefully actually sleep, not stay up for a couple of hours with stress insomnia. *eyes last night*
spiralsheep: Ladies Sewing Circle and Terrorist Society (Sewing Circle Terrorist Society)
60. June Book, 1976, annual, comic, girls own. (3/5)

• 2-8 & 25-31 Mam'selle X and Operation Danger comic: sabotage and steam engines in occupied France.

• 9-11 Strangest Stories Ever Told (aka The Storyteller &c.) comic: our heroine befriends a tree that is subsequently involved in a fatal accident, made into a sledge, before the sentient and now also mobile tree saves the girl's life, "It's made from Philippa, darling, that's why! Daddy was very clever and sawed strips of wood off her to make it." Randomly set in Canada. SO EXOTIC!

• 12-15 Lucky's Living Doll comic: there are two episodes of this long-running comedy in this annual. Tina, the "living doll", looks after a mum and her baby after they miss the last bus and decide to stay the night in the mysterious invisible stranger's house instead of walking and/or hitching which would be much safer in the real world!

• 16 Just Joking comic: a page of single panel cartoons. I'm planning to post this image whenever anyone mentions "white feminism" from now on. :-D

Is this an uninhabited island? From the June Book annual 1976

Contents and two more scans. )

Sunday Sunday~~

Jul. 24th, 2017 12:41 am[personal profile] tyger
tyger: Aqua, from the BbS opening cutscene (Aqua - >|)
Sundays are very nice flop days, yes. :3 Did do some art, too - nothing worth posting, because omfg SLOWEST PROCESS EVER, but hey, getting some done = A+++, yup. (I may have been avoiding doing this comm in particular, so um yes. >>;;;; )

Other than that... Mama and I made wayheaps progress on our puzzle, which is boring for you guys but exciting for us, yes. :3 Also, lots more Starbound home-world organising shit, orz. The system, it is VERY SLOW IN COMING TOGETHER, yup. But getting there, maybe?? Yes.

;ldksgja

Jul. 23rd, 2017 12:52 am[personal profile] tyger
tyger: Roxas' Avatar Kingdom chibi. Text: Roxas (Roxas - chibi)
SO OUT OF IT TODAY.

Don't even know why, but ugh, so sleepy. I didn't even get out of bed until like 2, but I'm already all jiiiiiiiii.

On the plus side: got a bunch of art done, yaaay~ Have a look at this ridiculous seagull gryphon:

seagull gryphon
spiralsheep: A raven (spiralsheep Raven Logo)
- Beloved of small children, canines, and corvids: two jackdaws watching me sitting on a wall, because apparently I'm more interesting than all the tourists dropping food a couple of hundred metres away (i.e. within the same birds' territory). I admire the daylight while midnight watches me....

Jackdaw curiosity, Lands End, Cornwall 05-17

- Third book in a row with a shack: "I didn't know then that the crooks were still quite near... hiding in a shack down a side turning." [Note: it's a shed in a European town, 1974.]

- Reading, books 2017: 70

59. The Wolves of Normality, Foyle Young Poets of the Year anthology, 2016, poetry. (?/5)

How to be a patriot, by Sophia Carney (full poem)

1. Plate your pain with reinforced steel;
fit it with tire treads and arm

it with the revolver you keep
in the kitchen cabinet next to the Coco Pops.

2. Exhibit your pride;
curate it like a museum display.

Soak the constitution in formaldehyde
that sticks the imperatives to the page.

Program the X-ray machine at the door to record
the shade of the visitors' skin
in hexadecimal.

3. Press the flag flat.

Turn it to a freeze-frame
between two Perspex sheets labelled
DO NOT TOUCH.

4. Neglect to mention the pixels of
blood that appear
under UV light and human scrutiny.

Whoops up late again.

Jul. 22nd, 2017 02:21 am[personal profile] tyger
tyger: Animated Ven, counting on his fingers.  Text: Uhh... (Ven - uhh)
I am very tired and going to bed now. Yes.

Sorry for such a shitty entry but I know if I stop making daily entries I'll go months without updates and I'm TRYING to keep some sort of life-record so I can remember shit in the future, so yeah.

Nothing much today, domestic stuff and fic, mainly. Now is naptiem, yup.

@___@ *flump*

Jul. 21st, 2017 12:54 am[personal profile] tyger
tyger: Luffy (One Piece) - grinning (Luffy - sparklegrin)
I really, really need to not watch let's plays of 3D open world games, omfg. /o\ Don't ask me why, but they make me SO DIZZY, it's horrible. I'm fine if I'm the one playing them, assuming I have a controller. If I have to try and play with a mouse, though, nope, same problem. Though actually I think she was playing keyboard-and-mouse style, so maybe it's just mouse-controlled cameras that are the problem. Anyway, I need to NOT DO THAT, because the kinda dizziness that comes with it DOESN'T GO AWAY unlike, say, motion sickness, so yeaaaah. Ugh.

In other news, my Cunning Plan to relocate shoes has worked. Definitely need some kinda dividers, because they don't stack as-is, but yes. Progress!! It feels weird, though, when I look at it. I'm hoping that will fade as I get used to it Being Different.

Tomorrow is be clean barfroom day, and hopefully also getting this freaking sorting-out-old-papers stuff done day, I didn't work on it today because reasons. And by reasons I mean I went op-shopping with Mama because she needed a thing, which is super draining. (Not that Mama BELIEVES me when I tell her this, but. Small steps. Small.)
spiralsheep: Flowers (skywardprodigal Cog Flowers)
Rah rah rust, Zombie cheerleader, Lego monsters

- Ethics and a beneficial side effect of the NHS, which arose in my last post (due to via_ostiense's contribution) and is worth top posting imo: one of the benefits of freely available healthcare, especially accident and emergency care, is that normal everyday social interactions such as true accidents are prevented from immediately becoming acrimonious attempts by injured people in mild shock to assign blame to a legally evidential degree. Freely available healthcare = more social cohesion + fewer street incidents needing police attention (= also bad for the income of ambulance-chasing lawyers). I bet it's rare for the social and economic benefits of accidents being agreed to be accidental to be calculated into the value of a National Health Service and other forms of socialised medicine!

- Quote from my current reading for jesse_the_k: "The place Gorsch rented was a shack, really, and in those days shacks were truly shacks." [It's 2015 fanfic but traditionally published as a novel without filing the serial numbers off because the original went out of copyright in 2011.]

- Reading, books 2017: 68

57. Eleven root poems (Undici poesie radice), by Tiziano Fratus, 2000-2017, poetry. (3/5)

• So, firstly I note that that Dōgen was a Japanese Zen Buddhist philosopher and poet whose work is still extremely influential. Secondly I note that in Japanese aesthetics "rust", sometimes synonymous with "patina", is not only decay through time and interaction with environment but also a visual and tactile connection with the history of an object and the past more generally, so a narrow Western perception of "rust" exclusively as corruption often fails to encompass the full connotations within traditional Japanese culture (which shouldn't detract from the following poem as an object in its own cultural place and time, obv).

Parola di Dōgen, by Tiziano Fratus

Alla fine della giornata,
mi sono seduto al centro del vuoto:
ho lasciato che l’IO
a cui tanto avevo lavorato si arrugginisse.
Vedevo che l’acqua corrompeva,
ma smisi di preoccuparmene.
L’uomo che si era seduto
non si è più rialzato

English translation. )

Wheeee

Jul. 20th, 2017 02:01 am[personal profile] tyger
tyger: Izumi hugging Ed and Al (Izumi - hugs)
I threw out something like two kilos of paper today. THAT IS A LOT OF PAPER OKAY?? Just. Wow. SO MUCH CRAP. Still have to organise the stuff I'm keeping, but yeah. It's a thing.

Also there's a hot dog event on the pet site, draw a hot dog custom and get it uploaded for free, and even though I don't like hot dogs and wasn't planning on doing one, well...

grumpy purple dragon eating a hotdog

So much sorting. SO MUCH.

Jul. 19th, 2017 01:31 am[personal profile] tyger
tyger: Sora's fist-in-the-air sprite from Re:coded.  Text: Hell yeah! (Sora - hell yeah!)
I have two large piles and a small pile on my floor right now. Recycling, binders/folders/etc that are now empty, and the stuff I'm keeping, in that order. Mama's getting very ARGH about it, because for whatever reason she's fairly invested in my room being tidy, but I've still got about a third to go, so yeaaaaah.

Still. A LOOOOT of stuff going out! Which means I have more room for things, so HOPEFULLY I'll be able to get some stuff more organised! Haven't 100% decided what I'm going to move into that space, there's a bunch of possibilities. Might move my tech stuff? But I have hopes that I can rearrange my desk so that it both fits on here and is easily accessible, so maybe not... *ponders* May have to play around with things until I find something I'm happy with, honestly.

Though I just Had An Idea - not for this stuff, but for some other stuff - so I might try that out before I actually go to sleep. Yes. Goal for this break, btw, is to find somewhere to keep my shoes, so they're not in a pile on the floor for another six months, hahaha.

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