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([personal profile] diejacobsleiter Apr. 21st, 2019 01:48 pm)

В немой комедии The Cook (1918), где Бастер Китон еще играет в своем первом, великолепном клоунском трио – с Арбаклом и Сент Джоном, повар наливает из одной бочки и кофе, и суп, и даже мороженое накладывают. 

Эта неуместная ассоциация пришла в голову, когда смотрел новости о взорванных пасхальных службах в церквях одной далекой страны. По этому поводу, в общем, не стоит много говорить. Но есть кое-что, что надо зарегистрировать под рубрикой «банальных, но важных мыслей, требующих постоянного повторения». 

Все упрощенцы налиты из одной бочки: джихадисты и феминистки, красные и зеленые, наци и хиппи. Все люди, которым достаточно одной портативной все-упрощающей доктрины – это цивилизационные лузеры. Выбракованные историей подростки, не сдавшие экзаменов на взрослость. Ими движет лишь страх и комплекс неполноценности.   

Они в состоянии освоить айфон и пользоваться плазменным широкоэкранным холодильником вертикального взлета; только ведь это сегодня умеет каждый дикарь. Но они не смогли освоить мир цивилизационных смыслов во всей его сложности, они не сладили с цивилизацией. Увидев ее неприятные черты, эти тинейджеры обиделись вообще на весь мир. И, каждый по-своему, пытались и пытаются заменить сложную многомерную цивилизацию простым неандертальским суррогатом. 

То, что им по скудоумию кажется ложью, они заменяют ложью уже настоящей, намеренной, стократ худшей. Я уже писал о систематических смысловых подменах ХХ века: первой из них стали фентезийные государства после 1-й мировой войны, они и создали прецедент для остальных. Все следующие идейные революции были уменьшенной копией наци-, фаши- и комми- проектов. В конце концов, как это случилось и с комми, и с наци, и с хиппи, они уймутся. Все дикари, и феминистки, и джихадисты, и трамписты когда-нибудь вернутся в цивилизацию, встроятся в нее, иногда даже с внешним успехом, но всегда с неизлечимым комплексом неудачника, недомерка, выблядка (не в ругательном смысле, а в смысле бастарда, внебрачного сына). 

Все упрощенцы уймутся, но некоторые еще могут натворить много бед. Исламисты страшны тем, что изъяли из своего ислама изначально присущую ему долю эмпатии. Пусть иногда невнятно, пусть с перекосом в сторону единоверцев, но Коран все-таки постулирует базовые правила человечности. Джихадисты не первые, кто убрал эмпатию из своего этического кодекса: комми и наци когда-то сделали ровно то же самое. Прошли они, пройдет и исламизм. Но, боюсь, уймется он, только напившись сначала чужой крови, а потом и захлебнувшись в своей собственной.

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([personal profile] merryghoul Apr. 21st, 2019 03:28 pm)
My gift!

they say you gotta stay hungry (i'm just about starving tonight) (4013 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Original Work
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Female Human/Female Vampire
Characters: Original Female Character(s)
Additional Tags: Blood Drinking, Vampire Sex, Vampires, Danger/Adrenaline Kink
Summary: A late-night YouTube binge sets Lucy on the trail of a vampire with seduction on her mind.

Reveals probably next week, since the archive was delayed by a day because of a late pinch hit.

And speaking of, I wrote something for Be the First, which I know I will have to explain once that archive opens up. But that will be later.
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([personal profile] oursin Apr. 21st, 2019 08:19 pm)

No bread made during the week.

Friday night supper: a rather nice, though I say it myself, sardegnera with salami.

Saturday breakfast rolls: basic buttermilk, 3:1 strong white/buckwheat flour.

Today's lunch: cinnamon aubergines, which turned out v nicely (I thought they might have got a bit burnt, but not), okra and purple sprouting broccoli simmered in coconut milk with ginger puree, minced green coriander (cilantro) and fish sauce (a little bland - perhaps needed more coriander &/or fish sauce), and sweet potato crinkly oven fries.

Bread tomorrow, I think.

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([personal profile] lonemagpie Apr. 21st, 2019 08:16 pm)
JUDGE DREDD: AMERICA by John Wagner and Colin MacNeil
(and Garth Ennis on a couple of extra stories at the back) – a hardback collection of the first Megazine story, of the totalitarian rule of the Judges versus what passes for Democracy told from the POV of a tragic character who grew up in MC-1, and its sequel stories where the duaghter of the original character becomes a Judge. It’s a really good story, with great art throughout – MacNeil slightly varying his style perhaps to fit in with prior and later stories by other artists – and memorable characters who mostly are multi-dimensional. Even Dredd himself is shown a little more three-dimensionally than was often the case beforehand.
The two final short stories by Garth Ennis aren’t too bad, but seem like filler, unrelated to the main volume. Still, a really good hardback collection.
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([personal profile] roselightfairy posting in [community profile] gimlixlegolas Apr. 21st, 2019 12:07 pm)
I am far from the first person to think of this, but I feel like I just need to take all my fic titles for the rest of ever from that one quote of Legolas's about time and mortality as the Fellowship rows down the river:

'Nay, time does not tarry ever,' he said; 'but change and growth is not in all things and places alike. For the Elves the world moves, and it moves both very swift and very slow. Swift, because they themselves change little, and all else fleets by: it is a grief to them. Slow, because they do not count the running years, not for themselves. The passing seasons are but ripples ever repeated in the long long stream. Yet beneath the Sun all things must wear to an end at last.'


Oh, and also this interchange on memory, from just as they leave Lothlorien-- I know at least one fic that has used a quote as a title:

'Tell me, Legolas, why did I come on this Quest? Little did I know where the chief peril lay! Truly Elrond spoke, saying that we could not foresee what we might meet upon our road. Torment in the dark was the danger that I feared, and it did not hold me back. But I would not have come, had I known the danger of light and joy. Now I have taken my worst wound in this parting, even if I were to go this night straight to the Dark Lord. Alas for Gimli son of Gloin!'

'Nay!' said Legolas. 'Alas for us all! And for all that walk the world in these after-days. For such is the way of it: to find and lose, as it seems to those whose boat is on the running stream. But I count you blessed, Gimli son of Gloin: for your loss you suffer of your own free will, and you might have chosen otherwise. But you have not forsaken your companions, and the least reward that you shall have is that the memory of Lothlorien shall remain ever clear and unstained in your heart, and shall neither fade nor grow stale.'

'Maybe,' said Gimli, 'and I thank you for your words. True words doubtless; yet all such comfort is cold. Memory is not what the heart desires. That is only a mirror, be it clear as Kheled-zaram. Or so says the heart of Gimli the Dwarf. Elves may see things otherwise. Indeed I have heard that for them memory is more like to the waking world than to a dream. Not so for Dwarves.


For all your angsty-fic needs.
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([personal profile] yuuago Apr. 21st, 2019 01:09 pm)
I came across this video on using drop-pull tools to make pysanky: Malowanie pisanek woskiem pszczelim (With English subtitles)

I always liked the way this kind looks - it's amazing what you can do with something as simple as a pin stuck in a pencil. *_* Maybe I'll try this kind some time - but for now I'll stick with the kistky I've been using; the kind with a well for the wax, that you heat with a candle. You can do drop-pull with a candle as well, or so I've heard, but... far easier with some kind of heating element to keep a pool of hot wax, which I don't have.

...Also, I will have to remember next time, the tip for keeping the hand stabilized on the table. I never remember to do that, which probably explains a lot about why my lines wobble all over the place! ;p
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([personal profile] sholio Apr. 21st, 2019 11:04 am)
Not Prime Time is taking signups 'til the 30th if you want to join in! Details at the link.

Dear writer: thank you for writing for me! I love all these canons and if you loved writing it, I'm sure I'll love reading it. All my prompts are merely suggestions; if you have a different idea, go for it.

General likes: hurt/comfort (tropey or understated, both are good!), fluff, angst with a happy or at least hopeful ending, found family, curtainfic/domesticity, characters hanging out together (getting drinks, playing games, etc), casefic/action, presumed dead, missing scenes, futurefic, loyalty, enemies to friends, bickering/banter, AUs, ultra tropey tropes (e.g. bodyswap, soulmates, amnesia, etc)

DNWs: character death (death fakeouts are great, though), incest, unrequested non-canon pairings (including canon pairings is always fine), A/B/O, tragic or hopeless endings.

Fandoms:

Iron Fist )

Defenders )

Agent Carter )

Punisher )
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([personal profile] scripsi Apr. 21st, 2019 08:49 pm)
20. Favorite cover.

This answer evolved and got way beyond favourite cover.

Bland tomtar och troll (Among Gnomes and Trolls) is an annual fairy tale collection which has been published in Sweden since 1907. As a child, I was not very interested in the new collections, but I loved those from my parent’s childhood, as well as a re-issue as the first one. It was my introduction to three artists which I love to this very day.

John Bauer, the first to illustrate the collection. His landscapes are very Swedish, and his trolls and princesses are iconic here. (I was delighted to spot one of his illustrations on the wall of Sabrina’s room in The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina)



Read more... )
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([personal profile] mtbc Apr. 21st, 2019 07:27 pm)
This weekend we have had beautifully warm, sunny weather. It reminded me that one of the reasons why I want to return to (a suitable region of) the US is the weather (and the porches and wire mesh screens). Unfortunately I had to avoid the yardwork I would have done because I am trying to allow my shoulder more time to heal so this has been a lazy time for me.

Yesterday afternoon I spent some time around my workplace. DeeCon was happening on campus: anime, comics, gaming, and cosplay. It was fun to sit and walk around campus a little and see what I could from outdoors. In terms of cosplay the unusually warm weather far better suited the scantily clad than those in full-head-and-body mock-armored suits such as a rather hot-looking Darth Vader. Perhaps some of the indoor spaces were air-conditioned.
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([personal profile] rachelmanija Apr. 21st, 2019 11:09 am)
I've had a hell of a year. I broke my foot and was wrongly told that I'd had a heart attack in the same week - and that was a typical week. So, now that I have learned that my heart is fine, and also that I do not have breast cancer and am not in fact likely to have a stroke (you see what kind of year it was), I decided to get my hair touched up to celebrate.

Since enough had washed out or grown out to switch up the colors a bit, I went with "sunset." Tea Cup, the stylist, literally used a photo of a sunset to choose the shades.

Ta-da!



I told Tea Cup that I'd wanted to have rainbow hair ever since I was eleven, and I'm finally fulfilling my dream. All the stylists were thrilled to hear that. It was a really fun atmosphere in the salon, as everyone was just so delighted to be there and be getting truly amazing hair.

Tea Cup said, "It's funny to say this, since obviously these aren't natural colors, but you really seem meant to have this kind of hair. Sometimes people come in and get looks that they thought they wanted, but then they have second thoughts and then the hair doesn't look right on them. But when someone's really happy and confident with what they want, then it always looks good on them. And that's what you got. It's a very bold look, but you're wearing it - it's not wearing you."

More below cut. Read more... )
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([personal profile] taiga13 posting in [community profile] poetry Apr. 21st, 2019 12:00 pm)
Illustration by Adam Ellis. Link
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([personal profile] luthien Apr. 22nd, 2019 04:01 am)
The cats are really starting to take shape. I really like the cat on the right, both the shape and the colours. The middle cat is fiddly because of the nature of the pattern used on it. I'm reserving judgement on that one until it's finished. The cat on the left should look good once there's a bit more of it. Right now it looks a bit freakish!

This week's progress )

And now (finally) to bed!

Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today!
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Last year I wrote a long Haggadah full of quotes and readings that I found thought-provoking and meaningful: some analytical, some mystical, some poetic. My brother edited it down to a very efficient 12 pages (in large type for easy reading aloud) that's more suited to our mixed multitude, and to our practice of celebrating Passover at a restaurant and squeezing the service in between placing our orders and food arriving at the table. I retaliated coped balanced it by moving the readings into an appendix. They remain the best part of the Haggadah for me, and I thought I'd put them here in case they enrich anyone else's Passover. L'shalom!

Cut for length )
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([personal profile] lycomingst Apr. 21st, 2019 10:24 am)
Netflix movie Identity Thief )

Rather than the episode of Game of Thrones tonight I am looking forward to the next chapter of Unforgotten on PBS. I think I’ve found the sweet spot for the antenna to get PBS. It’s been a problem.

The Notre Dame fire was very distressing. I’ve been to Paris twice and I do have a ritual associated with it. The first thing I did (as soon as I could) I went to Notre Dame and lit a candle at the St Joan statue. Did you know that Paris and Philadelphia both have copies of the same St. Joan statues. Of course, it’s been a good long while since I was in Paris. I’ll probably not get a chance to go again.

I saw Tiger Woods win the Masters. I don’t care for watching any sports. But sometimes on the weekend I have the golf on. It’s pretty and the rules are simple. So when I came across the last part of the Masters I kept it on. I think it’s nice that Woods won; he kept plugging along through his slump. I don’t think he’s a very nice guy but he’s good at golf.
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([personal profile] schneefink Apr. 21st, 2019 07:15 pm)
I've decided, at the last minute and after debating for way too long, that I'll do more than one exchange this year :)

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Requested fandoms:
Echoes of the Fall - Adrian Tchaikovsky
The Gardener's Hand - Felicia Davin
Inheritance Trilogy - N.K.Jemisin
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What’s the funny thing about hope…? Oh yeah — “when she gets into your blood, she never leaves you.” But should NCIS fans hold out hope for a flesh-and-blood return by the presumed-dead (but surely alive) Ziva David? In a mid-February episode of the CBS drama, it was revealed that as an NCIS agent, Ziva […]
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