Gundam SEED - Keeping Pace

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 10:10 am
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Title: Keeping Pace
Fandom: Gundam SEED
Rating: AA
Notes: Creuset, pre-canon

keeping pace )

ObWeeklyPost v. 4 -- Nothing of Consequence

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 09:52 am
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I forgot to post yesterday, didn't I? Wups. It's okay, nothing of consequence happened last week, at least nothing that i can recall...

Weather: February-like so far, but we're supposed to get another big sloppy winter storm starting Wednesday. Somewhere around 2-6 inches of snow with a coating of ice on top -- in other words, typical for the storms we have been getting lately. UGH I HATE WINTER.

This week I continue working on the two scrolls I've been assigned, and that's pretty much it. Oh, Sunday Angie and I and Jeni G are going to brunch at The Mint for the first time in awhile! The theme this month is Bob Ross, so how could we not? XD

How are you guys?

This Was Glory, Too

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 01:55 pm
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Posted by David Lehman

Five weeks ago, we set out to write a poem, brick by brick, stanza by stanza. Something happened along the way. Call it the proliferation principle. So many good lines competed for space that I couldn’t resist shuffling them like cards, with the result that I can now present not one but seven poems: a sequence of five four-stanza poems, each with its own title, plus a sonnet assembled by Maureen and completed by Diana Ferraro.

For the sequence, I propose the collective title “This Was Glory, Too,” taken from a line contributed by Christa W. Overbeck. Here is the poem in its entirety, annotated, an homage to the charms of literary collaboration. I use boldface to acknowledge the fourth stanzas’ authors:

1. Sovereign

I spent my days in an expanse of spirits,
vodka, scotch, tequila, gin—pick a poison then— [Pamela Joyce S.]
then spent, I slept; of reality dreamt;
and by mourning, could find no rest. [Koahakumele]

When night unstops its cross-boned bottle,
the dream: he killed a child by accident;
I protected him; even now, parents wait [Angela Ball]
where sat the two children we didn’t have, [David Lehman]

all grown up, as if entire chapters were skipped. [Lutz Ebersdorf]
Their wake precedes dawn. He opens his eyes. [Diana Ferraro]
The wine had turned sour, and the pickled fruit [Donald LaBranche]
smacked us awake in winter, real like medicine. [Stephanie Cohen / Katie R]

I am sovereign of the air-settled world. [Christa Overbeck]
Summer hits the swift wings of a swallow, [Diana Ferraro]
And then the blackbirds escaped, [Katie R]
succumbing in the snow to winter sleep. [Millicent Caliban]

2. The Dream

I spent my days in an expanse of spirits,
vodka, scotch, tequila, gin—pick a poison then— [Pamela Joyce S.]
then spent, I slept, of reality dreamt:
and by mourning could find no rest. [Koahakumele]

When night unstops its cross-boned bottle,
the dream: he killed a child by accident.
I protected him. Even now, parents wait [Angela Ball]
where sat the two children we didn’t have. [David Lehman]

The mother becomes her daughter,
the father leaves for work, and from
the third-floor window the young
brother watches his sister go to school. [David Lehman]

It sits on her, hatches confidence or shame—choose one—
the dog barks—an iron clunk—mail slot
admits envelope, its addressees
our starry successors. [Angela Ball]

3. No Absolution

I spent my days in an expanse of spirits,
vodka, scotch, tequila, gin—pick a poison then— [Pamela Joyce S.]
then spent, I slept; of reality dreamt;
and by mourning, could find no rest. [Koahakumele]

When, like a thieved wallet, the house emptied, [Stephanie Cohen]
I saw the blackbird-clustered face of night. [Donald LaBranche]
No absolution. Spirits, bring me absinthe, [Pamela Joyce S.]
a doleful pour not tasted before. [Charise Hoge]

Could the blackbirds play the role of ravens [Millicent Caliban]
in an empty house, in which I return the thief’s wallet
and then ingest the salt of absolution, [Donald LaBranche]
the final pinch of grass in a sandwich bag? [Stephanie Cohen]

In a blackened crown of night and crows. [Dan Bishop]
We watched you raving at the wind, wandering
like a street thief in search of unlocked doors, [Pamela Joyce S.]
succumbing in the snow to winter sleep. [Millicent Caliban]

4. This Was Glory, Too
I spent my days in an expanse of spirit,
gave thanks to God for enemies with bad aim, [Jay Ronson]
as snow fell into the trees and blackbirds clustered
thick as leaves on the limbs, glossy shades of night. [Patricia Wallace]

When feathered darkness lifted up her hood
about my head, I saw that this was glory, too; [Christa Overbeck]
returning birds, retreating foes, [Beth Dufour]
the ache you blame on age and episodic sleep. [Stephanie Cohen]

If I could only sleep the length of clouds
and leap the length of August days again,
the snow would melt off blackbirds’ backs and bud [Eric Fretz]
in a blackened crown of night and crows. [Katie R]

How I miss my enemies, like birds in winter! [Dan Bishop]
I spent my spirit in an expanse of days, [Shari Ayers]
then young again, for you, for one fleeting midnight, [Pamela Joyce S.]
I am sovereign of the air-settled world. [Christa Overbeck]

5. In the Temple of Her Trees

I spent my days in an expanse of spirit,
gave thanks to God for enemies with bad aim, [Jay Ronson]
as snow fell into the trees and blackbirds clustered
thick as leaves on the limbs, glossy shades of night. [Patricia Wallace]

When feathered darkness lifted up her hood [Christa Overbeck]
I worshiped in the temple of her trees. [Millicent Caliban]
Blackbirds scattered at the blast. The snow now [Pamela Joyce S.]
about my head, I saw that this was glory, too, [Christa Overbeck]

and shook with cold or fear or joy. I could not tell. [Christa Overbeck]
Come, sing to the snow something new [Donald LaBranche]
amid the shouts of others. The snow my pillow. [J. F. McCullers]
Could the blackbirds play the role of ravens? [Millicent Caliban]

Perhaps make a crown of crows? I shuddered
with the madness of episodic sleep, dreamt
the house emptied of the spirits, their mourning
and my absolution to wait the wake at dawn. [Maureen]

And here is the sonnet that Maureen and Diana Ferraro came up with:

A Thick of Blackbirds

I spent my days in an expanse of spirits,
with each cross-boned bottle, dreamt
reality quenched: two children killed—
I ached in feathered darkness.

God, no thanks I gave for episodic sleep,
when hood of night, that temple, lifted
and I, mind weak, saw what I worshipped
rent—not once but twice

as blasts un-wrung from limbs of trees
in snow a thick of blackbirds, mourning
all I too well know.

Not age, not episodic sleep—
remembrance of the two shall linger
eternal in that expanse of spirits.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Patricia Smith, whose sonnet is identical except for this final stanza, with its glorious last line:

Glossy shades play the role of ravens,
the snow, my pillow, softens, scatters and sings,
looking for glory.

Kudos to all who took part and contributed to an experience that has been intrinsically enjoyable—and that produced a poem worthy of inclusion in any anthology of collaborative poetry.

Next Tuesday, I will present a new challenge for us. Until then, my thanks to all.

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Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 08:22 am
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I am not okay. If a breakdown is the breaking down of normal function and abilities, then I am having a small one. Thankfully, I got in to see Jan last night on a cancellation, and I'm so glad I did.

Cut for mention of abuse; please read or don't with your own self care in mind! )


Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 02:09 pm
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Posted by Kevin

It’s not often that someone screws up so very badly that he must not only apologize to a judge, he must do it in writing, and in fact must do it in pleading form. But Roger Stone managed to do that yesterday, when he posted a photo to his Instagram account showing a judge with crosshairs next to her head, and accompanied the photo with insulting comments to boot:

A tweet version of Stone’s post (highlights added)

To understand just how far off the normal stupidity chart this is, be advised that this is the judge currently presiding over Stone’s criminal trial, and that she had just imposed a limited gag order on Friday that prevented Stone (and others) from making public statements that might tend to prejudice jurors or otherwise interfere with the administration of justice. Friday’s order didn’t apply to social media specifically, but you’d think Stone would have taken the hint. In fact, it looked briefly like he had. “I am pleased that the judge’s order leaves my first amendment right to defend myself in public intact,” Stone said in a text message Friday to the Washington Post. “I will of course continue to be judicious about my comments regarding the case.”

It is possible he doesn’t know that “judicious” means “having, exercising, or characterized by sound judgment,” at least in the kind of dictionaries normal people use.

Anyway, before the day was out, Stone’s lawyers had—most likely after reading their client the riot act and threatening to withdraw if he was going to keep this nonsense up—put together the document below, entitled “ROGER J. STONE’S NOTICE OF APOLOGY.” Attached to the pleading is a brief and rather odd statement signed by Stone. “Please inform the Court that the photograph and comment today was improper and should not have been posted,” Stone wrote, a classic passive-voice non-apology that blames (1) the photograph and comment for being improper and (2) an apparently unknown person for having posted them. And Stone is reportedly claiming, in fact, that a “volunteer” who runs his social media accounts is to blame. That might explain the first part of the second sentence, in which Stone asserts that he “had no intention of disrespecting the Court”—something that is obviously false if he posted it himself. Stone does get around to an actual apology of sorts, though, concluding with: “[I] humbly apologize for the transgression.”

Seems doubtful he means that, since he apparently reposted the item with the crosshairs removed but with the insulting text still attached. That may have been before the apology was filed, though. In any event, if you’re on trial  for allegedly lying about stuff, it’d be a good idea to tell the truth in any public statements you insist on making. I guess we’ll see how that goes.

Though you’ll hopefully never need it, here’s an example of what a formal apology to the court might look like.

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Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 08:50 am
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Just to narrow the field a little, I am *not* running for president.

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Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 08:43 am
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Two of my three calls are done. I'll be leaving in about an hour to head for the ophthalmologist's office. Once I post this, I'll get dressed and make sure I can find all of my glasses as she wants to check them over. I also want to copy the disability review paperwork for my records. With luck, I can drop it off today while I'm out for the eye doctor.

If I have time after I'm ready to go out but before I leave, I'll see about calling the first electrician.

Once I'm home, I need to watch several episodes of Elementary season 5. That's due Sunday and can't be renewed. I also have Elementary season 6 which is due a week from Sunday and can't be renewed. Me watching both is possible. I just don't know how likely it is because I'm more prone to a leisurely watch.

I can likely get season 5 again in a month or, at most, two. Season 6 having just arrived in the system has a long waitlist. I won't be desperately upset if I don't finish, but I'll be a bit annoyed with myself.


Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 08:42 am
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It would not be an understatement to say that I am very excited to get my hands on a copy of Ann Leckie's The Raven Tower when it publishes in a little over a week. And then, to add to my excitement, this poppped up in Amazon the other day:Read more... )


I choose Rock Candies.

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 02:08 pm
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Ever since Funko's Rock Candy line started doing Game of Thrones characters, I hoped and prayed we'd get Cersei in her coronation outfit and those bossass shoulder thingies. AND NOW THEY'VE DONE JUST THAT. *noms it*

The line is also getting Lady Sansa this round, so looking good! (The Daenerys one has a dragon on her shoulder wheeeee)

I already have Daenerys and Brienne at home, and they are most fancy yesyes :D Also She-Hulk, Captain Marvel, Furiosa, Maleficent, Valkyrie, Hela, Supergirl, Buffy, Ripley, Eowyn, and Wonder Woman. Currently drooling after Cruella de Ville. The Gamora one is really pretty, but they didn't make Nebula(!!) so I didn't get it out of petty spite.

(if you're a HP fan, their line is a treat!)

As The Saying Goes, I'm Part Of The Precipitate

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 11:36 am
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Posted by Sumana Harihareswara

Tonight, I'm gonna attend my local Community Board meeting, which will include an MTA presentation on the Astoria Boulevard ADA & Station Renewal project. (I hope that, after the meeting, I can hang out with other locals and toast to the end of the Amazon HQ2 giveaway.) I wondered aloud to Leonard: how will people at the meeting use the Astoria Boulevard station closure as a demand for more parking spots? (The members of my local community board mostly own homes and cars, and are far more interested in the alleged lack of parking in Western Queens than I am.)

The easy answer is: the MTA is closing a station for renovations, so more people will have to drive, so they'll say we'll need more parking spots. But: who should be responsible for providing that parking, and how? Some satirical answers we came up with:

  • The MTA, by magically creating more parking on Astoria Boulevard
  • Auto manufacturers -- after all, didn't they cause the problem in the first place?
  • The MTA, by letting car owners hitch their cars to the end of subway trains
  • Wesley Crusher, who does not need parking himself and should use his Traveller powers to transport people and cars around
  • The city, which should allow buildings to zone far higher into their airspace and build parking garages into the troposphere
  • The city, which should adopt a form of "congestion pricing" where if you are congested you need to pay extra to enter Manhattan -- this would also have a side benefit of reducing infectious disease. If you already live in Manhattan? You can't leave your home -- the "achoo curfew".

I do not recommend anyone do any of these things. I do recommend you joke about parking-hungry community boards.

Also if you can figure out how to make a good joke combining the Lisp function cdr and the fact that we should lengthen the G train, do make it somewhere and let me know.

Still February

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 08:14 am
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Air temperature 4 F, clear sky, wind WNW about 5 mph for a windchill of -7. Sunrise on my return from the newspaper walk, but DST will take that away from me in a few weeks and plunge us back into eternal darkness.

Prompt: #133 - Achievement

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 07:08 am
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This week's prompt is: achievement.

Your response should be exactly 100 words long. You do not have to include the prompt in your response -- it is meant as a starting place only. Please use the tag "prompt: #133 - achievement" with your prompt response.

Please include all necessary content warnings for potential triggers, mature or explicit content, or spoilers.

Here is a template for posting your work, if you so desire:

Subject: Original - Title (or) Fandom - Title

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If you are a member of AO3 there is a 100 Words Collection!

Some things remain the same.

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 07:32 am
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The first day on the new job went well. It's a good group of people and everyone seems to get along very, very well. I attended my first staff meeting and it was nice. I also was taken to lunch with my new supervisor (the Executive Director), and the woman who is training me to take her place.

The procedures are different, but it's simply a matter of learning their coding system and forms. The end results are the same, in terms of bookkeeping. Everyone has their own system. Their system is smaller because it's fewer employees and programs rather than two clinics. (Clinics are WAY more complicated.)

And today I have boxing, so that remains the same. I will be leaving work at 4:30 to make it to boxing. Which is much closer than it was when I was out in the boonies.

In fact, my drive to work took just under 15 minutes. SUCH a big change. I literally left my house at 8:35 and was still there before 9. I'm going to enjoy that, and the savings on gas!
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Tom Taylor to write "DCeased"

Okay my first exposure to this was the Yasmine Putri variant cover, which has a couple of familiar characters in a deeply disturbing homage.

Now look, I like my Roibn's imperilled, but there are limits....

'We all float down here!' - Yeah, they went there )

"Oh my goodness gracious, he just fell to his death"

Tuesday, February 19th, 2019 11:55 am
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This is utterly wonderful:

Including: Mission Impossible, Point Break, Star Trek V, Vertical Limit and Cliffhanger.

He's having SO MUCH FUN: "Oh, this is one of the worst scenes in all of Hollywood climbing. Let's turn the volume up."

(Content note: contains "spastically" used in a kind of derogatory way but when describing spasming movement, which is ... not entirely inaccurate? Anyway.)