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A couple of weekends ago I made it to the local county fair for the first time in years. I finally have the pictures uploaded and organized!

http://flic.kr/s/aHsjCYEesw

I enjoyed the critters and the lights. The exhibit halls were a big disappointment though. I remember when I was a kid the local organizations would go all out on their booths. This year things were mostly sorta slapped together and things like the crafts were just jumbled up and not displayed well at all.

There was an amazing drum group who performed on empty plastic water cooler jugs. I wish I'd thought to get video of them. They were tossing sticks around and mugging for the audience and just having fun.
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I lost the contest at work to Mayhem and the US Women's Olympic Gymnastics Team but I'm pretty happy with my costume and as it turned out TPTB forgot to buy the traditional gift certificate prize so all they get is bragging rights anyway.Halloween 2012

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This week has ended up having a sort of theme. I read Storm Front, the first Dresden Files book and followed it up with The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Both are urban fantasy and are about as different as can be and still be in the same sub-genre. And yet...


More review plus how Death is a theme in real life this week )
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This week has ended up having a sort of theme. I read Storm Front, the first Dresden Files book and followed it up with The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Both are urban fantasy and are about as different as can be and still be in the same sub-genre. And yet...

More review plus how Death is a theme in real life this week )
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I've recently realized that I've been behind on the stuff I follow for over a year. I frantically get caught up on one thing only at the expense of letting other things fall behind and using time I should be using for more productive things.

I'd really like to try to start writing again and all too often the large unread pile facing me when I boot up the computer is an excuse not to. "I'll do that after I catch up on Twitter, after all there's a limit to how far back you can go and I wouldn't want to miss X" has become a lie I tell myself on a daily basis. After all, by the time I catch up on Twitter then I need to catch up on Tumblr and in the meantime I got update notices for stories that I really love reading and I'm two weeks behind on a comic strip I love and I haven't even opened Google Reader in a month.

Since I don't have a TARDIS I'm going to have to bite the bullet and unfollow at least a fourth of the stuff I'm following between Tumblr, Live Journal, Twitter, Blogger, and an assortment of other sites through Google Reader. Better to miss out entirely on a lot of stuff I like then to just end up getting frustrated because it backs up unread. I have several hundred fanfic update notices in my email box right now. It just took me several hours to get caught up on Twitter after a busy week and I'm still at least 3 days behind on Tumblr.

I hate this since I originally followed these blogs, twitter feeds, and Tumblr streams because I liked the stuff that was posted there or personally liked the person doing the posting and wanted to get to know them. I'm trying to ease into it and unfollow one per day until such time as I look around and find I'm managing to read all new material while occasionally having time to read some of the bookmarked backlog.

If someone reading this gets the cut, I'm sorry. It wasn't anything you did to offend. Right now if you aren't personal friend posting about your real life, someone that I have actual conversations with from time to time, someone who posts content directly relevant to my current obsessions, or someone who posts information that keeps me from being culturally illiterate then you have a chance of being unfollowed even though your stuff is really excellent. I'm reading posts about important real life events in the lives of people I actually know several months after the fact and I can't participate in a forum I'd love to be active in with several people I've met in real life because I'm constantly behind there and something has to give.

If you feel that there are other blogs I haven't cut that aren't as good as yours please don't be offended. It may just be that on any given day in the next month your post was the first I saw that didn't fall into one of those safe for now categories, or you post a lot more then they do, and they may be next. You are in good company. I've already unfollowed a well known actor who I admire and a professional journalist. Besides, I found the things I follow when they were linked or reblogged by others so there's a chance I'll still see your best stuff.

If I do unfollow you know that I'll miss your stuff and I really do wish I had a TARDIS or a Time Turner. If you happen to have a TARDIS or a Time Turner please contact me immediately.

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I've recently realized that I've been behind on the stuff I follow for over a year. I frantically get caught up on one thing only at the expense of letting other things fall behind and using time I should be using for more productive things.

I'd really like to try to start writing again and all too often the large unread pile facing me when I boot up the computer is an excuse not to. "I'll do that after I catch up on Twitter, after all there's a limit to how far back you can go and I wouldn't want to miss X" has become a lie I tell myself on a daily basis. After all, by the time I catch up on Twitter then I need to catch up on Tumblr and in the meantime I got update notices for stories that I really love reading and I'm two weeks behind on a comic strip I love and I haven't even opened Google Reader in a month.

Since I don't have a TARDIS I'm going to have to bite the bullet and unfollow at least a fourth of the stuff I'm following between Tumblr, Live Journal, Twitter, Blogger, and an assortment of other sites through Google Reader. Better to miss out entirely on a lot of stuff I like then to just end up getting frustrated because it backs up unread. I have several hundred fanfic update notices in my email box right now. It just took me several hours to get caught up on Twitter after a busy week and I'm still at least 3 days behind on Tumblr.

 

I hate this since I originally followed these blogs, twitter feeds, and Tumblr streams because I liked the stuff that was posted there or personally liked the person doing the posting and wanted to get to know them. I'm trying to ease into it and unfollow one per day until such time as I look around and find I'm managing to read all new material while occasionally having time to read some of the bookmarked backlog.

 

If someone reading this gets the cut, I'm sorry. It wasn't anything you did to offend. Right now if you aren't personal friend posting about your real life, someone that I have actual conversations with from time to time, someone who posts content directly relevant to my current obsessions, or someone who posts information that keeps me from being culturally illiterate then you have a chance of being unfollowed even though your stuff is really excellent. I'm reading posts about important real life events in the lives of people I actually know several months after the fact and I can't participate in a forum I'd love to be active in with several people I've met in real life because I'm constantly behind there and something has to give.

 

If you feel that there are other blogs I haven't cut that aren't as good as yours please don't be offended. It may just be that on any given day in the next month your post was the first I saw that didn't fall into one of those safe for now categories, or you post a lot more then they do,  and they may be next. You are in good company. I've already unfollowed a well known actor who I admire and a professional journalist. Besides, I found the things I follow when they were linked or reblogged by others so there's a chance I'll still see your best stuff.

If I do unfollow you know that I'll miss your stuff and I really do wish I had a TARDIS or a Time Turner. If you happen to have a TARDIS or a Time Turner please contact me immediately.

 

 

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It's been a very not fun week. Last week of the financial year and tons of stuff to do related to that, my car broke down and needed expensive repairs, and a tropical storm decided on a Florida vacation.

Lots of flooding in my area and the road I usually take to get from my neighborhood to the highway is going to be closed for a long time but damage at my place was minimal and I have another way out. I lost a medium big tree but it wasn't near any structures. There's flooding in my backyard but it's still a few feet away from my home which is elevated enough to be safe anyway. There was apparently some flash flooding through my yard while I was away overnight and there's a path that is scoured down to the sand leading past my front door and several things that were sitting next to the steps are missing. Found my big outside garbage can floating down in the flood area trapped in some trees so I'll get it back eventually.

I did get to unexpectedly spend two nights in a motel and used their WiFi to download a ton of podcasts and old radio shows to listen to on my commute so there's that. I was so busy with that and other stuff though I only had one thing on my rec list this week and the file got corrupted so I don't even remember what it was. Sorry.

Here's a super short video I took of the road that got closed.

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It's been a very not fun week. Last week of the financial year and tons of stuff to do related to that, my car broke down and needed expensive repairs, and a tropical storm decided on a Florida vacation.

Lots of flooding in my area and the road I usually take to get from my neighborhood to the highway is going to be closed for a long time but damage at my place was minimal and I have another way out. I lost a medium big tree but it wasn't near any structures. There's flooding in my backyard but it's still a few feet away from my home which is elevated enough to be safe anyway. There was apparently some flash flooding through my yard while I was away overnight and there's a path that is scoured down to the sand leading past my front door and several things that were sitting next to the steps are missing. Found my big outside garbage can floating down in the flood area trapped in some trees so I'll get it back eventually.

I did get to unexpectedly spend two nights in a motel and used their WiFi to download a ton of podcasts and old radio shows to listen to on my commute so there's that. I was so busy with that and other stuff though I only had one thing on my rec list this week and the file got corrupted so I don't even remember what it was. Sorry.

Here's a super short video I took of the road that got closed.
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Yesterday I ordered my first Smart Phone. It will get here Tuesday and even though I've resisted getting one for years I'm finding I'm really excited about playing with it. IT at work is making noises about blocking streaming audio again and if I can't listen to music on Pandora or old radio shows on YouTube I might commit work place violence.

After looking at the options it didn't make sense to get an iPod that would stream audio when I was illegible for a free phone upgrade. Plus, I've had a lot more things added to my duties in the last several months that require me to be in a given place at a given time and I can't always rely on being at my desk for Outlook to remind me.
Avengers, Sherlock, Good Omens, Spirited Away, Mythology, and a small bit of the real world behind the cut. )
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Yesterday I ordered my first Smart Phone. It will get here Tuesday and even though I've resisted getting one for years I'm finding I'm really excited about playing with it. IT at work is making noises about blocking streaming audio again and if I can't listen to music on Pandora or old radio shows on YouTube I might commit work place violence.

After looking at the options it didn't make sense to get an iPod that would stream audio when I was illegible for a free phone upgrade. Plus, I've had a lot more things added to my duties in the last several months that require me to be in a given place at a given time and I can't always rely on being at my desk for Outlook to remind me.

Avengers, Sherlock, Good Omens, Spirited Away, Mythology, and a small bit of the real world behind the cut. )
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When LJ did its last update I could finally get it to load on my computer at home without hitting refresh multiple times and disabling Java. I spent a couple of weekends working my way through backlogged update notices and cleared a couple of hundred items out of my overstuffed Gmail inbox.

And then Firefox updated and I'm back where I started.

/sigh/


Read more... )
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I'm sure some of you remember me whining about being on dial-up. Well, something has updated at LJ that hates dial-up even more than I do and it's kept me from posting much for a while now. If I visit LJ from home getting a page to load requires hitting refresh multiple times, sometimes over a half hour or more. Getting the post page to load is just as bad if not worse and even if I get it to load the post itself sometimes glitches.

It's something to do with Java scripts hanging up, probably because whoever set things up didn't set whatever to allow enough time for dialup to load and it just assumes there's a problem and gives up. If I turn Java off pages load pretty normally except for being not being able to reply to stuff. Of course with Java turned off you can't post. /sigh/ Once I've loaded a Journal sometimes I can turn Java back on, refresh it and have it load okay and be able to reply and even get other entries in the same journal to load but that trick doesn't work well with posting and it doesn't work every time.

It's just such a huge PITA to post under current conditions that it's not really worth it most of the time but I'm not leaving permanently.  If things go the way I hope I'll be able to get a faster connection next year but in the meantime I'll only be showing up when I happen to be able to use Wifi and have something I really need to post about. If you want to keep up with things like links to cool stuff then you'll need to follow me on Twitter or Tumblr. I'm @Ranuel03 on Twitter and you can find me on Tumblr at Ranuel.Tumblr.com 
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It's been a good week for cool stuff but I realized that I had stuff in email, chat, and tumblr that wasn't making its way here so have some linkspam:

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This is the final final edit I hope. I've been trying to get this posted with all links and formatting working for 2 hours.  Tip: Don't use the automatic crosspost feature at Dreamwidth anymore  if you mirror there. Since the last LJ update the HTML will not survive the trip without a gltich.
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It's been a good week for cool stuff but I realized that I had stuff in email, chat, and tumblr that wasn't making it's way here so have some linkspam: 

Sorry there's no cut but for some reason when I put in the cut it made the middle third of the post disappear entirely and I couldn't figure out how to fix the html.

Click here to see my Tumblr main page and scroll through this first batch or use the following individual links:

Oracle addresses the DC Comics Reboot

Supergirl's new costume.

Youko and Kuronue Poker Face by Yon-Kitty

Beefcake!

I "Liked" this:

The Batman is generally a solitary creature


Cute Thor

Other stuff not posted elsewhere:

Via[livejournal.com profile] christinam33  on chat and The Onion  Al Qaeda on US Infrastructure

Hiei cosplay

Kuronue cosplay


Zardra's "Punk Faery" at DA

Great Quote:

After Alfred's literary hero, Jeeves, the most famous butler in fiction is probably Stevens in Remains of the Day. Alfred remembered fondly that book's account of an unflappable butler serving in India, who interrupts his master's tea to report a rabid tiger has entered the house and rests beneath the dining room table. The butler calmly asks permission to use a particular weapon, after which the guests hear three gunshots. The butler returns to refresh the teapot and reports "Dinner will be served at the usual time, milord, and I am pleased to say there will be no discernable traces of the recent occurrence by that time."

Perhaps it was the gift for dignified understatement that put Alfred more in mind of Stevens than Jeeves at this particular moment. Or perhaps it was that Stevens' duties brought him into contact with Nazis and Nazi collaborators, while the worst Jeeves had to contend with were chaps called Tuppy Glossop and Gussie Finknottle.

"There is a matter in the library requiring your attention, sir," Alfred announced soberly. Bruce turned from his place where Signora Rinaldi was measuring counter space for a demonstration on olive pressing, and Alfred continued. "Your immediate attention, sir."

Assuming this was yet another of the endless preparations for the festival, Bruce entered the library with a distracted air, totally unprepared for the sight that would greet him. The transition to Batman was instantaneous as his brain registered it - the Joker! - sitting in an easy chair - feet up on an endtable - balancing a leather-bound volume of Emily Dickenson poems on his chin.

From Cat Tales #15 Something Old by Chris Dee. The entire series can be found here.

Fanfiction Downloader has updated and now does more formats. Also, works better with the latest FF.Net site update.

Elizabeth Warren trounces class warfare meme (Video)

Draw a stickman and have adventures! 


25 Historically Important Photos. Includes the first color photograph but also a couple of disturbing images of hanging and war.

A Moment of WTF: Found this in a summary at FF.Net: 
 "I need OC's for my fanfic Family Means Everything, I will only except 10 characters related to the Marvel characters so get your character in fast."
Rage inducing look at the DC Reboot's redesign of Starfire and what they're saying to women.

And to get you in a better mood: 
When the Lights Come On Again by[personal profile] seanchai & [personal profile] elspethdixonThanks so much[livejournal.com profile] jojo_kun for helping me find this!
Summary: Aliens have invaded earth, and the Avengers are scattered. While Steve leads the resistance, Tony once again finds himself playing captive scientist. In the midst of a violent alien regime, separated by seemingly insurmountable boundaries, Steve and Tony have nothing to keep themselves going but each other.

Steve and Tony are separated for most of this but there's a nice fluffy pay off at the end. Really great characterizations and a gripping story. Better than a lot of canon stuff.

In addition to helping me find stories Jojo has been busy doing Steve/Tony art. Yum! 

Kiss the Sky


Room with a View (NSFW)




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Actually the title sort of applies to something else in my life right now too but I'll cover that in a different post later.

Trigger warning for violent death )

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