sofiaviolet: rear view of a woman wearing a heavily burdened tool belt (handy)
Lots of snow, but we didn't lose power. Ellie and I have spent most of the weekend cleaning the house. This included trying out our new Laundry Pod (which we got at a pretty steep discount from Fab.com for Christmas), for washing nice wool sweaters and delicates. It is pretty much a giant salad spinner with a drain hose, but it seems remarkably effective as long as you don't over-fill it with clothes. My bras and tights rejoice at the gentler handling.

I bought a lot of groceries a week ago and have been succeeding reasonably well at feeding myself. The only failures have been one under-flavored curry and a poor understanding of how fast the baby bok choy would go bad, meaning I didn't get to use it (and want to replace it before making my first attempt at at-home shabu shabu).

I have taken over the email newsletter for the local historical society.

Planning to do Mardi Gras nails for Tuesday. I have a decent collection of nail polish but I don't wear it very much. I am unskilled at painting my nails and, because I work with my hands a lot of the time, it chips quickly.

Signed up for SuperBetter. I think gamification will help me form better habits.

Hater-Free Wednesdays is a new tumblr aggregating reviews and stories about comic shops to help people find local shops that will not shit all over their gender/race/etc.

I bought a ticket for Fall Out Boy's Boston show in May! Very pleased to have them back. I'm not exactly in bandom any more - I am hardwired mono-fannish, and got into the Avengers thanks to the movie (and then I slid sideways into ALL THE MARVEL COMICS EVER, sort of, so that's a huge canon and fandom) - but I miss going to concerts.

[personal profile] stultiloquentia: Fictions and Elsewheres
Yesterday on the train I read Scientific American's special report on parallel universes. Briefly: they ain't science fiction. They're theoretical, of course, but at least some of the theories are at this point pretty darned solid and make sense of increasingly huge heaps of data.

...

Why should fandom care? Well, mostly because science is cool. But also? It means our stories are real. Quite literally. Every course of events and configuration of particles, every decision and every outcome you can possibly imagine is, in an infinite universe, occurring right now. Kurt and Blaine? Somewhere, incomprehensibly far off, they're as solid as you and I, and muddling through snowstorms and love. Somewhere slightly off to the left, they've already been married for eighty years. We'll never meet them, and nor will our descendants, because, among other problems, the multiverse is expanding faster than it's possible to travel though it. But they're out there.

They're making up stories about you.
I knew there was a reason I made an entire religion in Auriel whose cosmology says that everything is stories and god is a writer. (Well, a reason besides ego. Heh.)

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Sunday, May 15th, 2011 21:01
sofiaviolet: stone steps with moss (stone steps)

21 Days of Dreamwidth

21. What's your favorite thing about Dreamwidth?

The community. :) (I mean, the features are great, don't get me wrong! But the people...)

Links

  • [community profile] multikinkmemes! There's a bandom post, hint hint.

  • [personal profile] littlebutfierce is hosting a love meme. I has a thread. Will monitor the post for other people's threads, too.

  • sofiaviolet: think happy thoughts (think happy thoughts)

    21 Days for Dreamwidth

    a few more )

    Links

  • [personal profile] azurelunatic: I exist, and I exist in many universes. (Yet another rant about queer erasure)
    Silence = Death. If fictional people are silenced by their authors, then fuck yeah, we're marching right the fuck in and giving them voices.

  • Plans

    Get on plane. Change planes in New York. Maybe briefly meet up with Kajsa in Baltimore. Get self + suitcase to the Haus of Fangirl in MD.

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    Tuesday, April 19th, 2011 11:07
    sofiaviolet: lol internets (<3 internets)

    Notes

    Three Weeks for Dreamwidth

    I already have a few ideas of things to post. If there are things you would like me to post about, then prompt me. (No guarantees, since I will be offline for 5+ days, but I will try.)

    Questions meme!

    Long-overdue )

    Links

    2 links: Portal fanart and criticism of rape culture )

    Plans

    Finish up my semester (my last semester of undergrad omfg), MCR concert, Capture the Flag in Franklin Park, play party.

    linkblog

    Monday, March 28th, 2011 23:22
    sofiaviolet: boots with someone's feet in them (boots)
  • The Pervocracy: No and no and no and yes.
    I do this for regular sex, too. If I can say that no, we're not raw-dogging it; no, you're not sneaking it up my ass; no, you really have to stop when I say stop; then I can say "yes" to the sex itself. Limits may feel all limity, but within those limits, some fucking hot sex can happen. Without limits, you're not allowed in my house, much less my vagina.
  • IKEA Hackers: Makeup vanity for small spaces
    My bedroom isn't very large so I needed a small makeup vanity. I'm the type that likes to see all my makeup because if I don't see it, I won't use it.
  • [personal profile] commodorified: Found Goodness
    The Prophet, peace and blessing upon him, said:

    "Help your brother, whether he be an oppressor or one of the oppressed."

    Some said "O Messenger of God, we help him if he is oppressed; but how can we help him if he is an oppressor?"

    The Prophet said, "By stopping him."
  • [personal profile] sassbandit: Bandom-related articles about audio engineering and production
    So I was digging around in the archives of Mix Magazine which is a trade magazine for audio engineers, and thought some of the following articles might be of interest to bandom folks:
  • [personal profile] melannen: AWESOME!!!
    ...So the other day I did that Dinosaur Comics fanart where they have feathers?

    And Ryan North, creator of Dinosaur Comics, found out about it somehow, and he went back in the archives and has posted an alternate, scientifically accurate version of the comic starting at the beginning.
  • [personal profile] azurelunatic: WICKED PRETTY THINGS: My $0.37
    Editing my stories as I did was an act of self-erasure: sometimes necessary to survive, but not okay, never okay, merely the lesser of two evils. Pretending that the world only contains straight people is not okay. Teaching your children that the world only contains straight people is not okay. It is a denial of that-which-is, a denial of c'thia. Treating any mention of same-sex romance as inherently more sexually explicit than an equivalent action of an opposite-sex couple is not okay. Trying to pretend that the only possible ethical instance of human sexual behavior is for reproduction is not okay. Teaching your children that is not okay either.
  • (no subject)

    Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 09:26
    sofiaviolet: Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge (zakim bridge)
    Much of this essay annoys me, but I want to reproduce this quote:
    But, in the digital world, you get to decide exactly who to be, where to go, and how to behave. This can be problematic if you try to create an entirely new persona (it’s a dishonest and unsustainable representation of yourself), but when wielded skillfully, it can propel the real you to new heights. Rather than create a whole new you, create the best you. Choose the traits you like about yourself, and exemplify them online. Let the less attractive qualities fall by the wayside. Place yourself in a digital environment that will allow you to flourish.

    When I focus on creating an improved digital version of me, I find those qualities actually start to carry over into my physical self.
    This is actually something I did in my offline life, parallel to beginning and sustaining my online life. I've referred to the name 'Sofia Blackthorne' (which I use in any context where my legal name is not required and where explaining myself won't be absurd) as an aspirational identity, by which I mean: I had an idea of who my ideal Me was, and I continued to develop that ideal self, and I named it so I'd have easier access to it all.

    links and stuff )

    Now to get ready for my interview. It's going to be great but I am still super-nervous, of course.

    linkity

    Tuesday, September 28th, 2010 21:02
    sofiaviolet: drawing of three violets and three leaves (Default)
    • [personal profile] mizubyte: Master List: Bandom Timeline

    • via multiple people: Avatar Remix - A.V.A.T.A.R. (Anglos Valiantly Aiding Tragic Awe-inspiring Races)

    • [staff profile] denise: (no subject)
      Meanwhile, I'm on the lookout for Dreamwidth users who have Etsy shops -- it doesn't matter what you sell, as long as it's handcrafted of some sort. I'd like to put together a showcase of DW users' creativity -- it's really easy for us to show off writers (of both fiction and nonfiction) on DW, since the tools we have for sharing and promoting writing are fairly well developed, but [staff profile] mark and I always wanted DW to be a place to showcase all kinds of creativity, from writing to craft to photography to just plain chronicling your life, and I'd really like to start doing some work to promote the non-written forms of creative work our users get up to.
    • Related to the above: [community profile] etsy! My comm, which I have thrown into the ring in support of Denise's endeavor. Join, tell me what kinds of things you would want out of such a community, make posts... I will gladly take on co-mods if people want to get involved on that level.

    Con.txt

    Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010 18:17
    sofiaviolet: Sorry, up late. Internet porn. (because the internet is for porn)
    *flop* I definitely ran out of spoons for socializing. I'm still suffering those effects.

    Stuff that happened: I met a bunch of people! Including [personal profile] zeenell in meatspace for the first time, [personal profile] viklikesfic, [personal profile] cesy, [personal profile] cinco, [livejournal.com profile] eleanor_lavish, [livejournal.com profile] schuyler, [personal profile] melannen, [personal profile] libitina, [personal profile] merisunshine36, and lots of other people.

    A+++ con, would attend again. (Already preregistered for 2012!)

    tl;dr )

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    Friday, June 11th, 2010 23:02
    sofiaviolet: Sorry, up late. Internet porn. (because the internet is for porn)
    Another good day of research. Tomorrow is haircuts for Mom and I - I desperately need one; it's been about a year. (My hair has a rapid growth cycle, so the ends get very thin if I forgo trims, which makes them even more prone to tangling.) And I'll probably do at least one more day of research before I head home, but even if I don't manage that, I'm satisfied with the materials I have.

    I'm getting caught up on my dreamroll. I had to use the ?date=YYYY-MM-DD argument to view the older posts, but I have finally caught up to the point where ?skip=NNN works. Links from the past two weeks forthcoming; I foresee a heavier dose of fic recs than usual, because of [community profile] kink_bingo and [livejournal.com profile] bandombigbang.

    links

    Friday, May 21st, 2010 03:15
    sofiaviolet: stone steps with moss (stone steps)
    I Refuse To Dignify This With A Title by [livejournal.com profile] reni_days (Panic, Brendon/Spencer, in which Brendon is a rock star and Spencer writes fic about him, and then they fall in love)

    FEMINIST HULK MAKE TWITTER FUN

    Boston Area Rape Crisis Center blog: How You Can Help

    [community profile] kink_bingo: kinky vid recs

    DREAMWIDTH: WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY?

    [personal profile] copperbadge: It did get me thinking about fanfic in a slightly more abstracted way, and about why this current debate over it really enrages me so much. I don't normally weigh in on wanky matters, so to get me to make a statement about it, it must really have got under my skin. Now I think I know why.

    [personal profile] recessional: Criminal Minds: London, 1435

    You can do something about street harassment (makes me want an iPhone)

    [personal profile] blushingflower in [community profile] kink_bingo:
    Hi! The [community profile] kink_bingo mods asked me to write an essay as part of the lead-up to the next round. You'll be seeing several more pieces in the coming days.

    I told the mods I'd write about my own kink practice and how that relates to my interaction with kink fic. Which is of course a lot easier to say than to do.

    (no subject)

    Friday, May 7th, 2010 23:29
    sofiaviolet: girl in purple dress carrying suitcase and walking down railroad tracks (travel)
    Ellie and I are going to Northampton tomorrow! I should go to sleep as soon as I post this.

    Daily Song (right-click): Morningwood - New York Girls

    linkety link )

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    Thursday, May 6th, 2010 23:00
    sofiaviolet: think happy thoughts (think happy thoughts)
    Today's Daily Song is not a single song! I have zipped eight songs from the supplementary playlist for And In Darkness, Light, the name I use for stories about Marcus (currently in progress: a trilogy plus some other stuff).

    And In Darkness, Light (Supplementary Soundtrack) 47.2mb

    tracklisting )

    how the music for AIDL works )

    If I post about the actual content of AIDL, in terms of themes and plot and everything, that'll probably go in [community profile] auriel, but I'll link to it the next time I update my journal.

    links )

    (no subject)

    Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 23:20
    sofiaviolet: a pair of sexy red heels on a hardwood floor (red shoes)
    Daily Song (right-click): Escape the Fate - Cellar Door
    This may have to go on certain of my writing playlists. (Not playlists I listen to while I write, mind you. More like fanmixes I make for myself.)

    Academichic: Dress Your Best Week
    I'd like to participate in that, but IDK whether I'll have the spoons.* I could try picking out my clothes ahead of time and writing the entry in advance, I guess. I've been meaning to assemble fabulous outfits more often (inspired partly by one of my coworkers and partly by the underutilized parts of my closet), but, ugh, effort. This kind of thing is usually the first to get pushed aside.

    When it comes to picking out clothes in advance, there's also the problem of Boston's highly fickle weather. I can't just glance at a forecast and create five outfits for a work-and/or-class-week! I have to have backup outfits: what if it rains, what it it's suddenly and briefly hot or cold, etc?

    * I'm still trying to figure out the extent to which I'm comfortable with conceptualizing my depression as a disability. I often feel like I am too functional to really count. :\

    dreamwidth linkery )

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