Dropping links

18 Sep 2017 05:27 pm
clocketpatch: A small, innocent-looking red alarm clock, stuck forever at 10 to 7. (Default)
[personal profile] clocketpatch
I seem to recall that I'm not the only one on my flist attempting to brush up on French. I came across these delightful 80s videos which are perfect for filling that gap between learning vocab and actually being able to understand people talking to you:

http://www.learner.org/resources/series83.html

Unfortunately, they only seem to be available to stream in the US and Canada. Also, there is a creepy mime. Also, I get the distinct impression I'm going to come out of watching these sounding like a character in a French tv show from the 80s. But otherwise they are very good, and hopefully helpful!

Remix Revival

18 Sep 2017 05:30 pm
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[personal profile] lost_spook
[community profile] remixrevival went live yesterday, and Remix Madness today and I had a remixed fic in each! (I didn't until late yesterday, though; only my regular Remix and then I poked at Madness and was startled to see that it had a Chalet School/DW crossover involving Miss Annersley and Seven, because it seemed extremely unlikely that someone else as well as me had done that, and they hadn't. It had just been slipped in while I wasn't looking!)

Anyway, in unexpected Remixes, my official Remix fic is a reworking of my old NYR 2009 Dungeons & Dragons fic, via a clever device:

Among the Shattered Tales (The girl once helped remix) (1235 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Dungeons and Dragons (Cartoon)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Sheila "the Thief", Hank "the Ranger", Original Female Character(s)
Additional Tags: Implied Sheila/Hank
Summary: She has many stories, but for some reason a lot of people like this one.


And in my even more unexpected Remix from Madness, I have this really lovely little reversed-POV version of Each A Glimpse and Gone Forever in which Seven turns up on a train in time to help out a young and grieving not-yet-Miss Annersley; all the more pleasing because the original is an odd little piece I have a lot of fondness for:

In The Wink Of An Eye (Each A Glimpse, And Gone Forever Remix) (819 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Chalet School - Elinor M. Brent-Dyer, Doctor Who
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Hilda Annersley, Seventh Doctor
Additional Tags: Remix
Summary: On the worst train journey of her young life, Hilda Annersley meets a kind - if unusual - stranger.


I see Madness doesn't actually close till the 25th, so maybe I should have another go, but for that I might need brain and mine got used up today dealing with insurance renewal, blah blah blah. (In the usual nature of these things, the simple thing is complicated by technology being disobliging because OF COURSE and is still only part done. Probably.)

Still, I am rewatching The Shadow of the Tower, so that keeps me reasonably happy. (I even dreamt the other night that James Maxwell held my hand for a moment. He was a fleeting sort of time ghost, part of a performance that had slipped through time to where I was lying, which apparently kept my pesky inner dream monitor from spoiling things with the usual "well, that isn't v realistic, we can't have this, and WHY ARE THERE BEES/isn't he dead etc. etc." Bees = totally implausible. Timeslip ghosts = perfectly natural and believable.)

recipe weekend

17 Sep 2017 08:29 pm
kindkit: Two cups of green tea. (Fandomless: Green tea)
[personal profile] kindkit
Something I've cooked recently: Not a lot. I've been on a mission to eat all the summer peaches and tomatoes, and so there's been a lot of bread + tomatoes dressed with olive oil, and bread + tomatoes and mozzarella dressed with olive oil, and bread + tomatoes and ricotta dressed with olive oil. Also I have been "roasting" lots of red bell peppers under the broiler; I should freeze some, because I don't love the jarred kind.

I have baked a couple of nice things with peaches. Last weekend I made this peach and almond upside-down cake. I made a few modifications, as I tend to do: I increased the almond meal to 100 grams and cut the flour down to 155 grams, reduced the sugar in the cake batter to about 180 grams, omitted the almond extract since I didn't have any, and added about half a teaspoon of cardamom to the batter. It turned out very well despite the changes; the cake is a bit crumbly due to the extra almond meal but I don't mind that, and it's definitely sweet enough for my taste despite the reduced sugar.

Today I finally made a recipe I've wanted to try literally for years: Peach Slump with Ricotta Dumplings, from The Joy of Cooking.

more info and recipe under the cut )

Something I have concrete plans to cook in the near future: I don't have any concrete plans, except to keep eating tomatoes and peaches while they last.

Something I vaguely intend to cook someday: tomatoes and peaches aside, I am looking forward to autumn cooking. I want to bake my favorite apple cake again, and maybe a pumpkin roll or pumpkin muffins, and cook chicken with olives and preserved lemon, and make soups and bake bread. And maybe I'll try that Ottolenghi recipe for roasted vegetable tart, although I should probably do that soon while the veggies are still in season.
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[personal profile] aralias
sunday afternoon, erin's out and will be out for a few days. that means it's either time to apply for a new job... and/or tell you about this early draft of 'voice from the past' that i have! let's do one of them anyway.

i think large parts of this are hilarious, btw - very different from what was one screen. if you read only one long analysis of a blake's 7 script by yours truly, you should read this one (or pressure point, which is similarly interesting, but shorter).

if you'd rather read the script as a PDF, than you would read about me reading the script, it'll be here for a short time.

Meow, pussy (WARNING - IMAGE HEAVY) )
lost_spook: (OUaT - belle)
[personal profile] lost_spook
First, the Characters:

1. Silver (S&S)
2. G'kar (Babylon 5)
3. Beatrice Eliott (House of Eliott)
4. Missy (DW)
5. Adam Adamant (Adam Adamant Lives!)
6. Seventh Doctor
7. The Brigadier (DW)
8. The Cat (Red Dwarf)
9. Snow White (OUaT)
10. Bill Potts (DW)
11. Henry VII (The Shadow of the Tower)
12. Cassandra Cillian (The Librarians)
13. Orac (B7)
14. Dayna Mellanby (B7)
15. Servalan (B7)

Answers under the cut... )

15 Characters Meme

15 Sep 2017 09:19 pm
lost_spook: (OUaT - belle)
[personal profile] lost_spook
I haven't forgotten the other meme, but you know what I haven't done for a year? Yes, that's right! The 15 characters meme. Well, that will never do...


1) Make a list of fifteen characters first, and keep it to yourself for the moment.

2) Ask your f-list to post questions in the comments. For example: "One, nine, and fifteen are chosen by a prophecy to save the world from four. Do they succeed?", "Under what circumstances might five and fourteen fall in love?", "Which character on the list would you most want on your side in a zombie invasion?"

3) After your f-list has stopped asking questions, round them up and answer them using the fifteen characters you selected beforehand, then post them.

Reading, Listening, Watching

13 Sep 2017 09:14 pm
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[personal profile] purplecat
Reading: The Regiment - The Real Story of the SAS as recommended yonks ago by [personal profile] fififolle. I'm not, in general, that much interested by the military but do keep having to write them in stories. I've only just finished the first chapter on the Iranian Embassy siege.

Listening: The Writers' Room have been wrong about a lot of things recently. I've just finished listening to them being wrong about Ian Stuart Black, before that they were very, very wrong about Stephen Gallagher and before that a little bit wrong about Douglas Adams.

Watching: We ran out of Netflix available Killjoys, fortunately the second series of The Expanse turned up to fill the gap.
lost_spook: (dw - bill)
[personal profile] lost_spook
Fic! 500 Prompts fic; also for a bingo square! (AU meme fic 1 down, 10 pending, shhh. I wrote a thing, anyway.)

Title: One Good Fall (Deserves Another)
Author: [livejournal.com profile] lost_spook
Rating: PG
Word Count: 1766
Characters/Pairings: Fifth Doctor, Clara Oswald
Notes/Warnings: Also for [community profile] hc_bingo square “falling.”
Summary: The Doctor finds himself hanging on for dear life yet again…

For [personal profile] romanajo123 in the 500 Prompts Meme: 020 Gaping chasm – Five & Clara.

Here at AO3 | at the Teaspoon.
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[personal profile] aralias
i wrote this. at last - it just took, like, three years.

Indecent Suggestion (16340 words) by aralias
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Blake's 7
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Kerr Avon/Roj Blake
Characters: Roj Blake, Kerr Avon, Ensemble
Additional Tags: Community: unconventionalcourtship, Hypnotism, Episode: s02e10 Voice from the Past
Summary:

There has been a mistake! When Roj Blake and Kerr Avon go to a hypnotherapist, they expect to be deprogrammed, removing the residual influence of Glynd’s ‘course interceptor’. Clearly the treatment hasn't worked, because Blake is still acting strangely. Oh, and now they're having sex. Lots and lots of sex. And it's definitely changing things between them.

Lovers come and go, but what about the needs of the revolution? Is Blake ready to sacrifice his goals for the sake of a little--okay, a lot--of seductive satisfaction? And yet, how can he possibly resist such an indecently sensual suggestion?



and if you liked that (which is not completely implausible), here's some thoughts about picking this fic up 3 years on

Able to get us into trouble )
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[personal profile] purplecat
Every Roman mile along Hadrian's Wall, there was a milecastle. Our walk gradually came to be measured by which milecastles we were between even though no traces of the one's at either end exist and, in some cases, their location is purely speculative. Still we saw quite a few in the middle.

Under the Cut )

(no subject)

11 Sep 2017 08:56 am
jekesta: Friday drowning and grumpy (Friday)
[personal profile] jekesta
1. If every two or three days the most enormous heavy black spider casually wanders across my sitting room, and I put it in a pint glass (the only glass it fits under) and take it half way down the street and release it into a hedge, is it the same spider coming back each time? Do I need to get more murderous? Or is there just a hive of them somewhere in a corner? I really want it to stop.

2. I'm watching Blue Bloods because there are seven seasons of it and an eighth on the way. It is a cop show set in New York, so I'm not a good audience for it. All the television fails to be NYPD blue but when you are literally about the NYPD it is harder for me to cope with you. It's also super scary conservative, and not trying that hard. But there are eight seasons of it, and I am data inputting until death so I am drinking it whole. I've just started season 2 and they've turned the colour up (like the colour colour) and also introduced a liberal black mayor to be reluctantly impressed at magnum's white catholic cop values and how he is always right and conservatism is good and honest.

3. I'm babysitting puppies for a friend from work. They're so gorgeous. They're so small and they weigh nothing and they tumble over each other and wee everywhere. They're two boys, and they're half yorkshire terriers and half shih tzus. They're black and white with brown eyebrows. I was worried that Rita would hate having puppies in her house and I'd have to spend the whole time keeping them apart, but she loves them and started playing with them after just five minutes and then didn't stop until they fell asleep. They're staying til Thursday but actually I'm not going to give them back. (I am definitely going to give them back. They've been here less than 24 hours and I'm exhausted.)

poll for a Sunday night

10 Sep 2017 06:59 pm
kindkit: A late-Victorian futuristic zeppelin. (Default)
[personal profile] kindkit
A semi-serious poll to conclude the weekend. You can guess how much I'm looking forward to Monday morning.

People here via their network or whatever should feel free to answer too--it doesn't matter if I know you or not.


Poll #18799 Sunday Night Blues
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 15


Do you feel sad on Sunday night (or whatever night is the end of your weekend) because you have to go to work the next day?

View Answers

Yes, always or almost always
5 (33.3%)

Yes, sometimes
8 (53.3%)

Yes, rarely
1 (6.7%)

Never or almost never
1 (6.7%)

If you get the Sunday night blues, when do they generally start?

View Answers

Sunday evening
10 (71.4%)

Sunday mid-day
3 (21.4%)

Sunday morning
0 (0.0%)

Saturday
1 (7.1%)

If you get the Sunday Night Blues, do you think you'd feel differently if you liked your job more?

View Answers

Yes
6 (42.9%)

No
8 (57.1%)

Has this poll made you even more depressed about going to work tomorrow?

View Answers

Yes
5 (35.7%)

No
9 (64.3%)

Whose fault is it?

View Answers

Capitalism
13 (92.9%)

Human nature
2 (14.3%)

My boss's
4 (28.6%)

My coworkers'
3 (21.4%)

My own
2 (14.3%)

The patriarchy
5 (35.7%)

Other, which I might choose to explain in comments
1 (7.1%)

TV things!

10 Sep 2017 12:51 pm
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[personal profile] arenee1999

Fall television season is about to start! I’m anxiously awaiting the return of a few shows, The Blacklist, The Flash and Supernatural the most. Also, The Librarians. There aren’t many new ones I’m interested in this year, I will be watching Seal Team, because David Boreanaz.

Other shows, new and returning: Supergirl, Scorpion, Legend's of Tomorrow, This Is Us, Designated Survivor, The Good Place (ridiculous, but I watch it anyway), Arrow, Blindspot, The Gifted (maybe), The Orville (maybe), Black Lightning (maybe).

Then of course there’s the Christmas episode of Doctor Who. I am excited and sad all at the same time for that. Excited and curious to see what happens and how it all plays out. Excruciatingly sad to see the Twelfth Doctor go. I legitimately have no opinion on Jodie as the Doctor. I will wait and see how she does before I judge, I was wrong about Eleven being awful, I've learned my lesson. My worry is Chris Chibnall as show runner. I’ve seen his episodes of Doctor Who and I don’t like them. I’ve seen Broadchurch and I don’t like it. I don’t really like most of his Torchwood episodes, so no I don’t have high hopes for the writing and direction of the show moving forward. But enough of that for now. I’ll complain more in December!

I did take the summer to watch a few things I hadn’t seen before. Star Trek Voyager, which I LOVED! Primeval, I also liked quite a lot. Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, what the frack even is that?!?! Seriously, it’s bat-shit crazy! It’s also just odd enough that I might watch season 2, though I’ll wait for it to finish airing and binge watch it all at once.

55x Dracula (1968) Icons

10 Sep 2017 06:39 pm
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[personal profile] lost_spook
Far more icons than anyone could ever want from the ITV 1968 Dracula, starring Denholm Elliott, James Maxwell, Suzanne Neve, Corin Redgrave, Susan George, Bernard Archard & Joan Hickson. (I posted a handful of these before; also some of them were originally made for [personal profile] calliopes_pen, who was happy for me to share them further.) Including 8 text only icons.

Teaser:




I have long wished to cross swords with your eminent friend - metaphorically speaking, of course. )

Ealing (& Other) rarities

10 Sep 2017 10:04 am
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[personal profile] lost_spook
I find this post has been lurking in draft since the end of June, so I think it's about time I posted it, really. I've watched a fair bit in summer and posted less than usual. Anyway, this is a post of various Old Films.

I got another Ealing Rarities collection (Vol 2) for my birthday, and this one was a bit of a disappointment compared to the previous installments. It contained Midshipman Easy (1935), Brief Ecstasy (1937), The Big Blockade (1942), and The Four Just Men (1939), and this post has been lurking mainly because I couldn't think what to say about Midshipman Easy, but I shall solve that by not bothering. The rest of this post I wrote two and half months ago, as is:

Brief Ecstasy was... well. Couple meet for one evening, the guy is a pilot and v stalkery (because he only has one evening), then he flies off somewhere round the world and sends a telegram asking her to marry him (it was a really great evening, okay), which she doesn't get. So, she gets a science degree, but then marries her science professor, who persuades her to go stay at home, because men are basically rubbish, possibly, I'm not sure what else it was trying to say. More under here )

Disc 2 contained a WWII propaganda film (Big Blockade), which I didn't feel like watching, so I moved onto The Four Just Men, which was really enjoyable until the last twenty minutes when suddenly it broke into an unexpected burst of rabid patriotism. I can't blame them too much, because 1939, obviously, but it does feel so off in tone from the rest of it that I can't help wondering if war was declared when they were halfway through making it and they felt obliged to suddenly alter the ending to be properly supporting the war effort. It's all: la la la shenanigans shenanigans WAIT NO I LOVE THE LITTLE COUNTRY LANES GOD SAVE THE KING AND THE BRITISH EMPIRE THE END and Anna's Lee's reporter character fades away in the blast of it. (The first 2/3s are fun, though.)

However, I was particularly amused when one of the four just men (who was an actor) decided to impersonate the evil MP and give a speech in Parliament. It was all v well done, but the MP in question was played by Alan Napier, who was nearly twice the height of everyone else in the 1930s. (IMBD says he was 6"6 and I see no reason to doubt it in this case). It wasn't quite as excellent as that time Patrick McGoohan decided that of all the random impoverished artists in 60s London he was going to impersonate, he should pick David Collings, but it was pretty close.

(Nobody noticed in either case. You have to worry about TV/film people sometimes.)


I also finally got The Stars Look Down (1940) film starring Michael Redgrave and Margaret Lockwood and directed by Carol Reed, set in a small mining community in the north east. What could possibly go wrong? More under here )

Happily, in between all this, I recorded Pride & Prejudice (1940) off the telly, and this was pretty much an unmitigated delight, although I was rather taken aback by the ending where it suddenly veers sharply away from the book into blink-inducing crack. My least favourite part of this being that Lizzy neither has a letter from Mr Darcy, nor visits Pemberley and thus changes her mind after... er... well, Mr Darcy does get to say some of the letter's content in their argument? Plus, she fancies him. (Fair enough, I suppose.) AND THEN LADY CATHERINE WAS IN CAHOOTS WITH MR DARCY AND EVERYONE GOT MARRIED AT ONCE. EVERYONE. Well, not Lady Catherine but if they'd had one more minute, probably.

However, it truly was a delightful thing and now it's joined the ranks of films that I recorded off the TV to save buying but now clearly need my own copy of anyway. Also I said nobody would ever displace Benjamin Whitrow's Mr Bennet in my heart (the true reason P&P 1995 is forever my favourite) but this one had a very good go at dislodging him by casting Edmund Gwenn (frequently one of the best things about any given 30s film he's in, as far as I'm concerned).

prompts, please?

9 Sep 2017 07:58 pm
kindkit: Horatio (Nicholas Farrell) reads Hamlet's letter, text: Hamlet faxed me a soliloquy! (Hamlet: Horatio gets a fax)
[personal profile] kindkit
I'm trying to ease back into writing fanfic, and I could really use prompts to help inspire me. Some of you have already offered prompts, and thank you so much!!, but I'd love to have lots more.

So this is another post for prompts. Please don't hesitate. Leave more than one if you'd like! And it doesn't matter if I've already written something inspired by one of your prompts.

Prompts can be anything you'd like, but I find it most helpful if you give me a fandom, a character or two and/or a pairing, and a little something for me to work with, such as a word, a brief situation, a bit of poetry or song lyrics or other quotation. If you're not sure if I know a particular fandom, you can PM me if you like or you can just leave the prompt anyway. Basically: don't be shy, I'd love any and all prompts you can think of.

At the moment I'm writing drabbles, but hopefully as I start to feel more confident I'll expand into ficlets.

I probably won't be able to write something for every prompt, but I can guarantee I'll be grateful for every prompt.

Thank you!

I wrote another thing!

9 Sep 2017 03:04 pm
kindkit: Man sitting on top of a huge tower of books, reading. (Fandomless--book tower)
[personal profile] kindkit
From [personal profile] lilliburlero's prompt: Lord Peter Wimsey, Peter/Bunter, 'One morn I miss'd him on the custom'd hill.'

Elegy (100 words) by kindkit
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Lord Peter Wimsey - Dorothy L. Sayers
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Major Character Death
Relationships: Mervyn Bunter & Peter Wimsey
Additional Tags: Drabble
Summary: Bunter, Peter, and the choices they made.

(no subject)

8 Sep 2017 02:00 pm
pebblerocker: Vila from Blake's 7: I have a very low pain threshold (vila pain)
[personal profile] pebblerocker
I see that UK Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg is in the news at the moment and I am reminded of the dream I had weeks ago, before he was in the news for much, in which I was at Jacob Rees-Mogg's house while he was having a BDSM sex orgy party. I wasn't there for the party, of course*, I was hired to mend his pipes and that just happened to be the timing. I climbed under the sink and did all the plumbing and did an excellent job of it, and then Jacob Rees-Mogg very much wanted to be rid of me, but he had a buffet table of delicious baked goods which were there for the people he had invited to his house, so I got myself a fine bone china plate and loaded it up and ate cakes with enthusiasm while he stared at me in intense discomfort. Jacob Rees-Mogg was most upset that I was eating his cakes that he'd provided for his orgy friends, but technically he had invited me to his house to do the plumbing and so he couldn't ask me not to without being rude. I licked my fingers and picked up every crumb while ignoring Jacob Rees-Mogg completely and then I left.

I considered drawing this dream for NaArMaMo but it was too difficult. I would have had to go into somewhat more detail on the orgy part than my dream bothered to do.

*people are welcome to have BDSM orgy parties but I think doing them with Jacob Rees-Mogg shows extreme bad taste.

I wrote a thing

7 Sep 2017 07:14 pm
kindkit: John Constantine dreaming of the end of the world (Hellblazer: Constantine dreams the apoca)
[personal profile] kindkit
A small thing, but mine own. The first thing I've completed in, literally, years. Thanks to [personal profile] st_aurafina for the prompt!

Two Meetings (196 words) by kindkit
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Hellblazer, Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: John Constantine, Thomas Nightingale
Additional Tags: Double Drabble
Summary: Magicians who pass in the night.


By the way, I'd love to have a big list of prompts to work with, so please don't hesitate to post as many as you like here. I almost certainly won't manage to write something for every prompt, but I'm grateful for them all and hey, I did write something!
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[personal profile] shinyjenni
All Systems Red - Martha Wells
The Bone Readers - Jacob Ross
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - JK Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany
A Spy Among Friends: Kim Philby and the Great Betrayal - Ben MacIntyre
Assassin's Fate - Robin Hobb
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: Enigma Tales - Una McCormack
Station Eleven - Emily St. John Mandel
The World of Arthur Ransome - Christina Hardyment
Swallowdale - Arthur Ransome
Black Panther: Worlds of Wakanda
The Voyage of the Basilisk - Marie Brennan
Snowspelled - Stephanie Burgis

All Systems Red (five stars), Assassin's Fate (five stars), Station Eleven (five stars), Black Panther: Worlds of Wakanda (three stars), Snowspelled (four stars) )

AU Writing Meme

6 Sep 2017 08:43 pm
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[personal profile] lost_spook
Summer's over, so is my BNA subscription, so let's try a meme!

As ever with these things, anything goes from anything I know - character(s)/pairings all fine. (Not any of the characters from last time, though: Dw - Liz Shaw, Nine & Rose, Leela, Six & Evelyn, Jamie & Zoe, River Song & Romana II, The Master; Other - Justin Alastair, Harry Pearce/Ruth Evershed, Adam & Georgie, Miss Annersley & Miss Wilson, Roderick Alleyn.)

Give me a character/pairing and I will write snippets of ten different alternate universes for it. One line, ten lines, a ficlet if you're lucky.

Wild West
Coffee Shop
Shapeshifters
Fantasy/Fairy Tale
. . . In SPACE!!
Apocalypse
Schoolfic
Police/Firefighters/Medical*
Supernatural
Regency


(I tried to mix it up with some slightly different AUs from last time. Whether or not I will regret this soon, only time will tell, but I was getting rather fed up with Born Another Gender last time round.)


* Why should only one of the emergency services be left out?

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