I Looked Into Your Eyes and My Heart Lit UpPairing:
This isn't real. None of this is mine. I do not know these guys, nor am I making any profit with this.Prompts:
written for secretlytodream
's prompt empaths
, kinda). HAPPY HOLIDAYS, BB! ♥Summary:
Jared comes from a family of empaths, but his abilities never manifested and after years of trying to find someone who can help him, he's given up hope. Jensen might just be the key to fix him, though.I Looked Into Your Eyes and My Heart Lit Up
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So i did a one day writing class recently and i really want to get better ang writing more regularly whether its blogging or fiction or whatever. And i know some people have been asking for prompts for a "post a day" meme, so I thought i'd do that. So please - ask me something ANYTHING doesnt have to be fandom related, and I'll do a post on it. And if no one does I'll just steal other people's prompts!
In unrelated news, if you haven't caught up with the special unicorn that is Orlando Jones you should check out his SuperWiki entry.
Also i unexpectedly found myself swamped with feels about Kevin. Listen to this "thought diary"
from Kevin that Osric recorded at the end of Season 7. Its sorta poignant and kinda upsetting. I'm finding myself angry at Sam and Dean for not doing more to keep Kevin safe. and especially Dean for not trusting Kevin, and telling him about what was going on with "Ezekiel".
Now, in about 4ish hours I'll post a Rewatch Post. It'll contain -
"This week's password is Jeremy's last name; all lowercase letters."
- the countdown clock link
- the (chatzy) room link
- and a clue to the password to get into the room...and by clue I mean...
Or like"This week's password is the female character who dies in 1.04 all lowercase letters"
etc. So it'll be easy. No muss, no fuss.
For those who haven't participated before, it usually turns into a game of say what you see, as soon as the countdown hits '0'. In that we shout out the characters names when they come on screen, and wonder where other characters are when they're not there. Cats feature frequently, as do spelling mistakes, and pirates. But generally we fangirl: all of Miles' person, Charlie's wilful spirit (and her hair), Bass...and all
his crazy antics, as well as Rachel's tendency to stab first, pout later. And sometimes...we yell at Jason. But if you like Jason just mention it and we'll tone it down :D
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I felt like Will Smith in "Enemy of the State."
I was being hunted, harassed and stalked by criminals with technological expertise. I had been thrust into an unexpected war. I felt exposed, vulnerable and alone on the front line. I had awoken a hideous network of villains and saboteurs, who were in pursuit of me, hoping to ruin my life. I had received creepy emails, backlash on Twitter and three death threats. My computer had been bombarded with viruses, and a technician had advised me to buy all new equipment because the malware was tough to remove.
“Also, be leery of unusual cars or vans in the neighborhood,” the tech added.
“Why?” I asked.
“If someone wants to break into your computer network, he will need to be close to your house. That is, unless he has advanced skills. Then, he could gain access from anywhere.”
I hurried home from the hardware store with my all-important purchase: heavy-duty padlocks. I knew I had to secure the gates at my residence, so that an intruder or a team of intruders could not access my backyard and possibly my home.
I pulled into my driveway and scanned the street, glad that the suspicious white car with the young, male driver was no longer present. It had been there on the previous evening, according to my daughter, Kayla. She’d seen it when she returned from work, and she had monitored it for several hours until it disappeared. She did not report the incident to me until the next day.
“Mom, why was there a guy in a white car, watching our house last night?”
Because she had no knowledge of the “be leery of unusual cars or vans” warning by the computer technician, I could not accuse her of paranoia.
I affixed padlocks to the gates, and the phone rang. It was like a gun. It had become a powerful way to threaten and to terrorize me. It was one of my enemy’s weapons. I reluctantly picked up the receiver.
“We know where you live,” a muffled male voice spoke. “Your life will be ruined.” He hung up.( Read more...Collapse )
BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — A spokesperson for the Wounded Warrior Project told LGBTQ Nation on Friday they had no record of any donations received from a New Jersey waitress who received thousands of dollars in extra tips and donations after she claimed she was stiffed by a family who left her an anti-gay note instead of a tip.
Dayna Morales, a server at the Gallop Asian Bistro in Bridgewater, N.J., said last month she was donating more than $3,000 to Wounded Warriors, a support charity for post-9/11 wounded veterans, after tips began pouring in from around the country on news of the homophobic note.( The backstory for those who haven't seenCollapse )According to her former co-workers, Morales, an ex-Marine reservist, once told co-workers she was sent to Afghanistan and that everyone in her platoon died in an explosion — except her.
A U.S. Marines spokesman later said “there is no indication of combat service in Iraq or Afghanistan” in Morales’ military record.
A Pentagon source told LGBTQ Nation Friday that Morales had in fact been given an administrative general discharge for failure to appear at required monthly reserve drills.
Morales could not be reached for comment, and has not spoken to the media since confronted by WNBC-TV with allegations that she fabricated the story.Source
Economic Mobility: On Wednesday, the President spoke about the growing inequality and lack of upward mobility in the United States. “The idea that so many children are born into poverty in the wealthiest nation on Earth is heartbreaking enough,” the President said.
But the idea that a child may never be able to escape that poverty because she lacks a decent education or health care, or a community that views her future as their own, that should offend all of us and it should compel us to action. We are a better country than this.
The President called reversing this lack of upward mobility the defining challenge of our time and said he is driven to expanding opportunity to ensure that if you work hard, you have a chance to get ahead. Click here to read his full remarks.
The passing of Nelson Mandela: Thursday evening President Obama delivered a statement on the passing of former South African President and anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela. “We will not likely see the likes of Nelson Mandela again,” the President said. “So it falls to us as best we can to forward the example that he set: to make decisions guided not by hate, but by love; to never discount the difference that one person can make; to strive for a future that is worthy of his sacrifice.”
White House Youth Summit: The White House held a Youth Summit on Wednesday, where youth leaders from across the country gathered to discuss issues important to their generation, including the Affordable Care Act. They participated in panels and breakout workshops with administration officials, and even had a surprise drop by from the President.
Day 5: If you have ever had a character try to push their way into a vid, what did you do about it?
I'm going to go with Jake, for my Young Americans vid. See, that vid was made for Festivids. The show (which I've described in great detail here
) is mostly about an ensemble of 5 teenagers, and there are two main romance storylines - Scout/Bella and Jake/Hamilton. I am ridiculously, irrevocably in love with Jake/Hamilton, but my Festivids recipient preferred Scout/Bella.
Different vidders have different thoughts about what to do when this happens with Festivids. My view (speaking personally, not as a mod!!) is that if someone requests a character/pairing that's really not where my fannish id is, the best compromise is for me to make an ensemble vid - because presumably, they like the source well enough to enjoy a general tribute, and if I've offered it, I'll like it well enough to handle a general vid - and then, I just make sure the ensemble features a healthy dose of their preferred character/pairing.
So that's what I decided to do. Except I am so
in love with Jake/Hamilton, you guys - and particularly Jake - so she kept trying to shove her way even further into the vid. What ended up happening was, I featured Jake/Hamilton at some critical dramatic
points in the vid - like the climax leading into the second chorus - and then I ended on a moment between Jake and Bella. Which I really shouldn't have done - it was an ensemble vid, it deserved an ensemble shot - and my beta even told me not to, and she was right - but Jake's face
in that scene. I couldn't help myself.
So. That's what happened.( Full list of questionsCollapse )
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I'm so happy other people like B99 too!
And it got renewed, so no nail-biting about that in the spring! eta:
apparently I jumped the gun on this, and it was just mentioned as "likely to be renewed." /eta
I swear I'm going to get on answering comments soon. I just haven't had the brain to do more than nod in response for a lot of things, but now that my board meeting is over and work should be mostly quiet until the new year, maybe I can do that, and also some writing. The Yuletide deadline approaches!
31 Days of December meme: 12/6: my favorite ice cream! (to make and to eat)
I think my overall favorite ice cream of all the ones I've made is lemon sour cream
(I basically halve the amount of sugar in the recipe, otherwise it's too sweet), though the mocha chip
and the strawberry cream cheese
tie for a close second. All three are really easy, no egg/no custard ice creams, which means you can mix them up quickly, and they're all really creamy and flavorful.
I also like the Nutella ice cream
, which is miles easier than making your own gianduja (and I haven't found a non-Nutella one in grocery stores, though I know more high-end versions exist), though I have done the thing where you toast and grind your own hazelnuts etc. and I did not find it all that rewarding.
And of course, the grapefruit champagne sorbet
is a real winner and also super easy.
This is perfectly timed, as I'm in the midst of trying to work out what ice cream to make for Christmas gifts this year, since it was such a hit last year, and when I said I was maybe going to try pie inna jar instead, people seemed upset. So ice cream it is!
Right now, I believe I am going to swap out the banana, the orange, and the pineapple swirl from last year, and add in apple cider, amaretto, coffee, and cannoli, and possibly a batch of the champagne sorbet, since the latter two recipes didn't make all that much.
This is what the list looks like right now:
= chocolate peanut butter
= lemon sour cream
= mocha chip
= apple cider
= salted caramel
= strawberry cream cheese
= grapefruit champagne sorbet
I purchased a third freezer bowl for the ice cream maker, so I can make three kinds of ice cream a day (I don't care what they say, I have never successfully frozen two batches in the same bowl - it is always too warm for the second batch), and I've added a couple things that make smaller batches to the list to mix it up a little. Friday, 12/20, is my last day at work, so I'll have that weekend, plus 12/23 and 12/24 to do it, and make fig cookies
. I think it's doable. I guess we'll see.
***This entry at DW: http://musesfool.dreamwidth.org/620884.html. people have commented there.
Utopia-seeking squatters struggle to create oasis in rough Detroit neighborhood
Taylor Dall (center), 20, and Sarah O' Connor, 24, leave the Innate Healing Arts Center owned by Dr. Robert Pizzimenti while heading back to the house they live in on W. Golden Gate in Detroit.
They arrived in the neighborhood speaking of peace and love. They said they wanted to start a community for the spiritually minded and the artistically inclined, a place where people could have self-sufficient lives off the grid.
And they chose one of Detroit’s worst areas as their new home.
A couple years ago, residents of Goldengate Street were scratching their heads as people with strange names like Coconut and Mars started moving into the street’s abandoned homes, decorating them in wild colors and planting vegetable gardens in empty lots.
There’s about a dozen or so of them now, along with waves of couch surfers who pass through. They live in houses with no electricity or water or heat. They warm themselves with wood-burning stoves and wash themselves outside with buckets of water on warmer days. Their toilets are outhouses.
Each wound up here for different personal reasons but with a shared goal of creating a self-sustaining, eco-friendly community. They thought that Detroit, with so much abandonment, would be the perfect place to create it. And they figured if nobody wanted all these abandoned houses, they’d gladly take them over — with or without permission.
It was a culture clash from the beginning. Establishing a utopian community in a rough area proved harder than expected.
Some residents saw the newcomers as easy targets for robbery. Hangers-on showed up and took advantage of the group’s friendliness. Mostly, neighbors complained about suddenly having a circus on their street.
“That’s what I keep telling them — how is it that you’re part of this ‘peaceful community’ when the people who actually belong here, you’re actually screwing over to have your dream?” said Larry Lions, 43, who bought a home here five years ago.
But the newcomers say they came to improve the neighborhood — not take it over or cause a disruption. They give free bicycles to kids, mow lawns on empty lots and hand out vegetables from the garden.
“Everybody’s here because they want to be here, because they see the possibility of creating change,” said Mars, otherwise known as 31-year-old Marshall Symons. “We’re not here to gentrify, we’re not here to turn it into something where poor people can’t afford to live here. We’re here to invest in this community.”( My 12-year-old daughter came in and said, ‘Dad, the ladies is running up and down the street naked,’ And I come outside, and they was just acting the fool.Collapse )source
Fight the right-washing of Nelson Mandela’s legacy
Much of the American right supported apartheid, almost to the bitter end. Why we must remember that
I tried to honor Nelson Mandela on the day of his death, and love my political enemies. But the white-washing of Mandela’s legacy, as well as the role of the United States in supporting both apartheid and Mandela’s long imprisonment, has to be rebutted.
It began on Mandela’s 95th birthday in July, when House Speaker John Boehner had the audacity to declare in a tribute “At times it can almost feel like we are talking about an old friend.”
It got much worse when Sen. Ted Cruz announced Thursday night: “Nelson Mandela will live in history as an inspiration for defenders of liberty around the globe.”
But Cruz’s political heroes opposed Mandela as a terrorist and a communist, and there’s little doubt the red-baiting Texas senator would have done the same had he been in Congress back then. (The Daily Beast’s Peter Beinart
and Foreign Policy’s Sam Kleiner
(from July) have the two best pieces about “apartheid amnesia” I’ve read.)
It’s shocking how little American leaders of both parties did to oppose the rise and consolidation of the brutal apartheid regime in the ‘50s and ’60s, but it was Richard Nixon who developed closer ties. The anti-apartheid movement of the 1970s and ’80s – where Barack Obama got his political start; I covered the University of Wisconsin’s successful divestment movement with the Daily Cardinal in 1978 — was demonized as the far left at the time. Moderates proposed alternatives like the Sullivan Principles, named after Rev. Leon Sullivan, a General Motors board member, which tried (and failed) to impose a code of conduct on companies doing business in South Africa (Sullivan eventually agreed they weren’t enough).( Read moreCollapse )EDIT:
Well, that didnt take long.Meet The Mandela RINOs: Republicans Who Lost Their R-Card For Praising MandelaSouth Carolina Sheriff Refuses To Lower Flag For Mandela
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Since his first full day in office, President Obama has prioritized making government more open and accountable and has taken substantial steps to increase citizen participation, collaboration, and transparency in government. Today, the Obama Administration released the second U.S. Open Government National Action Plan, announcing 23 new or expanded open-government commitments that will advance these efforts even further.
In September 2010, President Obama challenged members of the United Nations General Assembly to work together to make all governments more open and accountable to their people. To meet that challenge, in July 2011, President Obama joined the leaders of seven other nations in announcing the launch of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) – a global effort to encourage transparent, effective, and accountable governance. In two short years, the OGP has grown from eight to more than 60 member-nations that have collectively made more than 1,000 commitments to improve the governance of more than two billion people around the globe.
Then, in September 2011, the United States released its first Open Government National Action Plan, setting a series of ambitious goals to create a more open government. The United States has continued to implement and improve upon the open-government commitments set forth in the first Plan, along with many more efforts underway across government, including implementing individual Federal agency Open Government Plans. The second Plan builds on these efforts, in part through a series of key commitments highlighted in a preview report issued by the White House in October 2013, in conjunction with the Open Government Partnership Annual Summit in London.
The National Christmas Tree is illuminated during the lighting ceremony on the Ellipse in Washington D.C., Dec. 1, 2011. The White House is visible in the background.
(Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
The White House is officially bedecked with cheer for the holiday season, which means it’s time for another special tradition: the lighting of the National Christmas Tree.
This evening, President Obama, the First Lady and their family will participate in the 91st annual holiday tree lighting ceremony on the Ellipse in President’s Park, just outside the White House gates.
President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama, daughters Sasha and Malia, and Marian Robinson participate in the lighting of the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse in Washington, D.C., Dec. 6, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Lawrence Jackson)
Hosted by Emmy Award-winning actress Jane Lynch, this year’s National Christmas Tree Lighting features a talented line-up of performers including: The Avett Brothers, Joshua Bell, Mariah Carey, Renée Fleming, Forte, Aretha Franklin, Janelle Monáe, Prince Royce, Arturo Sandoval, Train, and Nolan Williams, Jr. and Voices of Inspiration.
asked me about Farscape
. Feel free to give me some more suggestions for topics here
I remember first getting into Farscape
via the Farscape
Proselytizing Brigade of Livejournal around, oh I don't know when that would've been? I was still in high school, I'm sure. Maybe 2005 or 2006 - although possibly earlier because I thought I watched The Peacekeeper Wars
REALLY NICELY sent me the entire freaking show on burnt CDs. It was a huge package and must've taken forever. I mean, damn, online friends are the best, amirite?
Anyway, my favorite thing about this show is my favorite thing about a lot of late-90s, early-2000s shows: the wonderful cast of characters that you genuinely care about. In comparison to shows on today, there aren't really any dramas I can think of with a relatively good-sized cast where I get warm and fuzzies just from seeing their faces - all of them, pretty much - and I am really, deeply emotionally affected by what their characters are going through. Beyond that, though, all of the characters can hold their own in an episode, no matter who they're paired off with. They all have fantastic chemistry with each other, and those relationships, whether romantic or platonic or hateful or a mix of those, are all interesting in their own right. The characters just feel real
, because their characterizations aren't sacrificed for the plot.
But, of course, the crowning jewel of that show is John and Aeryn's relationship, possibly the best canon relationship on any TV show ever, and the golden standard for how to get an UST-y couple together without losing an ounce of drama or tension - in fact, they kicked it into high gear. And I mean, the chemistry my god
. (The only couple that really compares is Beecher and Keller on Oz
, and I'm fairly certain that's because Chris Meloni and Lee Tergesen were in love with each other.) How did they do it? I'm only a few episodes into S1 in my rewatch, and already these two are so great together.
Also, the line "But then you'll never know, the wonders I've seen" is one of my favorite quotes. I love that sense of beauty and wonder at the universe that the show has, even when there is tons of awful shit going on. I feel like that's missing in a lot of sci-fi these days, especially the rebooted Star Trek
movies. I love how not cynical Farscape
is, while still being able to be hilarious or heartbreaking at times. And, yes, it can be very silly and cheesy, but honestly, who cares? That was part of its charm.
Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that's happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. This week, the President spoke on the importance of addressing economic mobility and supporting implementation of the Affordable Care Act, visited fasting immigration reform activists, marked World AIDS Day, celebrated Hanukkah, and visited a local bookstore for Small Business Saturday. That's November 29th to December 5th or, "Olde English."
With solid job growth in November – in addition to strong data on manufacturing activity and auto sales – it is clear that the recovery continues to gain traction. Today’s report was yet another reminder of the resilience of America’s private sector following the disruptive government shutdown and debt limit brinksmanship in the first half of October. Nevertheless, today’s jobs numbers show that too many Americans who have been unemployed for 27 weeks or longer are still struggling to find jobs. That is why the President is calling on Congress to pass the extension of emergency unemployment insurance before it expires at the end of the year, just like they have always done when long-term unemployment remains elevated. The President also continues to work to increase overall growth while ensuring that growth is shared broadly in the form of higher wages and more mobility, which is why he is fighting for a minimum wage increase and expansion of educational opportunities.
FIVE KEY POINTS IN TODAY’S REPORT FROM THE BUREAU OF LABOR STATISTICS
1. America’s resilient businesses have added jobs for 45 consecutive months, with private sector employment increasing by more than 8 million over that period. Today we learned that total nonfarm payroll employment rose by 203,000 in November, with 196,000 of that increase in the private sector. Private sector job growth was revised up for September (to 168,000) and October (to 214,000) so that over the last three months, private employment has risen by an average of 193,000 per month.
I've always suspected that when people say that they hate the shaky cam in The Hunger Games
, part of what they mean isn't shaky-cam shots, but the editing. Because the editing of The Hunger Games
. Cuts come a little sooner or a little later than you expect. You get wide landscape shots when you expect close-ups. The rhythm is odd, off-kilter. Things feel disjunctive, disorienting. It feels like Katniss's stride, long but careful; like her wary hunter's attention, her broad background awareness and abrupt microfocus. It feels like the entire movie is made to the rhythm of Katniss ducking through a rip in a chain-link fence. Arguably, movies are always made to the rhythm of human breath, but most movies are made to the breathing of a person at rest, or in conversation, or in a sprint. The Hunger Games
is made to the rhythm of a cross-country runner, the finish line nowhere in sight; a runner breathing extra deep but not extra fast, clear-headed.
It makes the movie feel odd. Isolated, internal, personal.
I miss that in Catching Fire
. This isn't to say that I dislike Catching Fire
, because I like it a lot. But the editing is more standard, more commercial; invisible, because what you're used to is invisible. And it's not bad
. (Clearly, a lot of people think it is, in fact, better.) But it's less weird, and I miss the weirdness.
: Shelter in PlaceGifter
: foolsdance Pairing
: Implied past non-con; past institutionalized slavery; and all the violence, blood and gore that you might expect to read in a story involving zombies.Summary
: When civilization crumbles and Jared has to flee the death trap that the cities have become, he heads for the refuge of his grandfathers cabin in the pristine Colorodo mountains. He acticipates a long hard winter spent in solitude. What he doesn't expect is that the cabin would be already occupied, or who he would find there.A/N
: Yes, it's a slave!fic set in the middle of a zombie apocolypse. Or maybe it's the other way around. Anyway, you can blame viviansface for this, because her prompts started it.
Also posted here
on AO3, without attached story art.
December means it's time to take stock so this picspam is a little bit of everything... TV, music, the theater... random pictures I've taken.
It is Thursday night. (Yes, it is *actually* still Thursday night and I am posting this. Who's shocked?) 2nd to last Vampire Diaries
episode of 2013. *sigh*( Ian Somerhalder is a beautiful, beautiful man.Collapse )
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I took a sick day today, and basically just answered emails, wrote fic, and watched TV. And I finished a book. I wouldn't say I'm feeling better, but I think this is probably just a cold, and not the flu, and I have things to do tomorrow that simply have to be done. So. I'll go back in then.
On the other hand, the writing bug hit today, and I didn't feel so bad I couldn't write, and I finished a fic. An Ats/BtVS fic, no less! I wasn't sure I'd be able to do so by the deadline, but the story broke for me the other day, and I couldn't stop writing tonight. So yay. Silver lining.
That said, I'm still feeling pretty crappy, so I think it's probably time to go to bed.