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Sep. 25th, 2017 09:52 pm
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Ta-Nehisi Coates: The First White President
The foundation of Donald Trump’s presidency is the negation of Barack Obama’s legacy.

Long, but very worthwhile.
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 Hello, friends of Spuffy! By popular demand, Round 23 of Seasonal Spuffy will take place in November. The exact dates will be specified, and signups will open in October.

BUT IN THE MEANTIME, we declare September 29-30 and October 1 to be special, themed free-for-all days!

This weekend event will begin on Friday, because, like Spike, we just can't wait... to celebrate the 20th anniversary of School Hard, first aired on September 29, 1997!

School Hard Spuffy banner by teragramm with dialogue: do we really need weapons for this, etcetera

This time, we invite you to post anything you've got that's directly related to School Hard. New works are great. Previously posted works are good, too! As usual, we'll be delighted to have, in the words of Tom Lehrer, all your "murals, postcards, neckties, samplers, stained-glass windows, tattoos, anything!" We also accept fic, all kinds of fan art, recs, meta... go wild. :) Just remember it should be School-Hard-related and Spuffy. And it shouldn't be an all-human AU... though all-penguin AUs are welcomed. The rest of the standard guidelines are here (let's ignore the part about posting dates the way Spike ignores ritual).

If you want to participate in another way, please leave feedback for our talented fan creators. :)

This three-day School Hard party will take place on Livejournal, Dreamwidth, AND tumblr. You can post on any or all of these places as you prefer. During the event, I will crosspost links on all three Seasonal Spuffy blogs, so it'll be possible to follow all the Spuffy action via any of them: here on DW, on LJ, or on tumblr (though you may have to go elsewhere to read/view the actual content). I will link to Dreamwidth posts from tumblr and Livejournal when I can, but I'll give you at least an half hour first in case you want to repost or link them yourself.

TO PARTICIPATE ON DREAMWIDTH
, simply post to this community. I have experimentally smashed removed entry moderation, so you won't have to wait for the post to be approved. In turn, I made it so you do have to join the community first. I hope that won't be a difficulty.


To help keep our comm organized and beautiful, we've got some header and tagging guidelines. These work the same way as on Livejournal.

Posting Guidelines )

In case of more questions, feel free to ask in comments or contact 
[personal profile] thenewbuzwuzz or [personal profile] teragramm.

Let's Spuffy! \o/
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I've seen the first two episodes, and first impression? Hmmm, Okay, looks beautiful, (particularly the opening titles) but does it feel like Trek?
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Yesterday, the bill arrived for Comcast. We expected this month’s bill to still reflect things from before we cut out watching cable due to whatever reason, but no. It’s better than that. This month, we seem to owe nothing, and we have been credited $65. So…next month the bill should be $5 once that's subtracted, until this returns to the expected $70 in November, I suspect.

Odd, but nice for once.

Meanwhile, as I hunt for a new computer, I realized that just in case of any emergency that requires me to go—either due to being forced to travel out of state again, or not—it might be best to search for laptops. So I’ve been looking at the HP* Pavilion 17 inch sort, since that’s held up well for Dad. He hasn’t had any problems with his, since he got it in 2013.

And since I prefer Windows 7, I purchased an OEM for Windows 7 Professional 64 bit, which should arrive sometime next week. I’ll use it once I have an appropriate laptop actually in my possession. I have also done in depth research of the Intel CPU, which one would allow an installation of 7 over 10, and which ones wouldn’t. I think I’ve figured that one out. I have far too many links gathered for all the steps to everything, so that’s what I’ve been doing this week! I also gathered all relating links to drivers that still support Windows 7 in either the CPU of Intel or AMD.

I also asked questions at Reddit, Seven Forums, Tom’s Hardware Forum, and Bleeping Computers so that I would have everything straight. As a side note, from one of those I gained the alternative of the Acer Aspire desktop, should other ideas not work. So that’s why I’ve been a bit quiet—research!

And on a non computer note, The Collinsport Historical Society has their round-up of everywhere that Dark Shadows can be found this Halloween season. If only I had Decades and TCM, I would be so happy on October 28th.

*We have a local place that works on all things HP, so if anything happens, straight to the manufacturer it can go.

Pronouncement!

Sep. 22nd, 2017 06:41 pm
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The current trend of men in suits wearing dress shoes without socks MUST STOP.

First, it looks silly. No socks is for flip flops, Vans, and top-siders. No socks with a suit looks like you forgot to finish getting dressed.

Second, eeew and ouch. Eeew because most men's dress shoes are made of non-breathing leather (or look-alike) with a minimally padded, kinda slick inside. Which means sweaty and stinky. Ouch, because most men's dress shoes are made of a stiff leather, cut with a sharp edge (as opposed to a rolled or padded edge). Which is just asking for blisters or friction burns.

So now your dude in his $1000 suit is walking around with stinky, blistery feet, and I'm supposed to swoon over that? No fucking thanks.

Not to mention that it makes most guys look like their legs are really scrawny and knobby...

One more week..

Sep. 22nd, 2017 04:52 pm
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Oliver is in the midst of the super-brat phase that made me want to tear my hair out with Hagrid. However, there is light at the end of the tunnel! Next Friday puppy is going in to get snipped, and I am counting the days.

He's gotten much better about biting, but he still goes after feet on occasion and he is determined that he will chew my fingers off in the morning before we get up. It's all about challenging the humans!

Little guy is lucky he's so damn cute...

Thread

Sep. 22nd, 2017 08:01 pm
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Originally posted by [profile] xkcd_rss at Thread
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Based on the short stories of Phillip K. Dick and trying to fill the gap left by 'Black Mirror' which was swallowed up by the Americans waving lots of hard cash at Charlie Brooker. *g*

What did I think of it so far? I think this Guardian article sums it up for me....

https://www.theguardian.com/tv-and-radio/2017/sep/18/electric-dreams-the-hood-maker-review-will-make-you-want-to-take-a-look-in-the-black-mirror

"Captivating performances, from Richard Madden from Game of Thrones, and from Holliday Grainger, who’s actually clashing with herself over on BBC1, though she’s hardly recognisable as Robin, the well-groomed, wholesome PA/wannabe PI in Strike. Here she looks more like someone you’d bump into in the stranger fields on the fringes of Glastonbury.

That’s what’s right with Electric Dreams, the first episode, at least. Are there any problems? Two, the seriousness of which I’m not sure. First, it’s not Black Mirror. To which you might say: so what, who says it’s trying to be? But when you have two ambitious sci-fi anthology series about who we are and where we’re going, comparison is inevitable, especially since the new one now occupies the old home of the other. It’s like when you’re going out with someone, and then they leave you (for someone with more money), and you get a new someone, and they’re great, but you can’t help thinking about the old one, missing them…

Actually, it’s not really like that, unless you are Channel 4 I imagine. The rest of us can obviously just spend £5.99 on Netflix to get the old one back. But if you could just have one, then you’d obviously pick the old one. Because while ED may resonate, BM hits an actual nerve, and hurts. Not so much about an imagined future, it’s about now, or no more than five minutes from now. It’s sci-fi for the non-sci-fi fan. And it’s more human, more moving, and wittier. Better, in short. And that brings us to the second – and I think more serious – issue with Electric Dreams. Which has to do with quality and consistency. The Hood Maker is terrific, thoughtful, thought-provoking and compelling. I’ve seen a couple more episodes, though, and without going into detail or giving anything away, they’re simply less engaging."

They All Went Through

Sep. 19th, 2017 06:35 am
calliopes_pen: (lost_spook Mina covets the ring)
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The rest of the nominations have been approved for Yuletide.

✔ Count Dracula (1977)
Characters
✔ Renfield (Count Dracula 1977)
✔ Jonathan Harker (Count Dracula 1977)
✔ Dracula (Count Dracula 1977)
✔ Mina Westenra Harker (Count Dracula 1977)

✔ Dracula (TV 1968)
Characters
✔ Jonathan Harker (Dracula TV 1968)
✔ Mina Harker (Dracula TV 1968)
✔ John Seward (Dracula TV 1968)
✔ Lucy Weston (Dracula TV 1968)
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I'd already part-edited Wild Raspberries so it didn't take too long to get it ready to post. The sequel Wintergreen will take a week or so to get ready.

When runaway Daniel Seaton inadvertently trespasses on Tyler Edward's land, Tyler nearly shoots him on sight.

Tyler's got a lot of years under his belt, and his past doesn't let him accept strangers easily. Dan's situation is dire enough that Tyler takes him home, at least for a little while, and that turns out to be a good decision when Tyler's injured and needs Dan's help.

Tyler's learning to trust, and Dan's settling in to a new life, but things aren't always what they seem. Between interfering friends, injuries, and their attraction to each other, Tyler and Dan have plenty of to deal with even before Tyler's previous career returns to haunt them. Can they overcome what lies in the past to have a future with each other?



Wild Raspberries at AO3

Fic: Divided Destiny. Chapter 8.

Sep. 18th, 2017 07:52 pm
elisi: (Spike DD by ruuger (NOT sharable!))
[personal profile] elisi
LOOK WHO HAS GONE BACK TO WRITING AtS FIC!

*crickets*

In short: This is my big epic post-NFA WIP, where Spike, Angel & Illyria go on a big quest to undo the power of W&H. It has PLOT. And lots of character development and stuff. It is part of a 'verse but can easily be read on its own - if you go to the first chapter you can read a swift summary of what has gone before. And I swear, this time I am actually going to finish it! (It really helps that I always had the whole thing planned out properly. This might be the only fic where I have ever known the ending from the start and actually know what I'm doing. *g*)

Also, I now have not just gorgeous icons by [personal profile] ruuger, but also a banner. Isn't it amazing?

First chapter & notes here (on LJ), for DW just follow the tags, and Master post of whole 'verse here (also tagged on DW).

Can also be found on AO3.


Disclaimer: I own nothing.
Rating: Teen. (Same warnings as the show basically.)
Characters: Spike, Angel, Illyria, Buffy, Scoobies + cameos from more or less everyone in the 'verse.
Main Ships: Spike/Buffy, Angel/Nina
Feedback: Is bloody ambrosia! (The secret ingredient is otter...)
Word count (this chapter): 4700 words approx.
Setting and Summary: As before. (Post-NFA epic quest thing.)
Beta: The ever wonderful [personal profile] kathyh


Chapter 8 )

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