October 19th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] mab_browne at 07:11pm on 19/10/2017
Apparently we have a Labour/NZ First coalition. Colour me surprised, although certainly not unhappy. I'd have thought that Winston's Blue Rinse support would have had him going with the Nats, although policy-wise Labour is a better fit. Now to see if Jacinda Ardern can wrangle him any better than his past coalition partners.

Interesting times, indeed, although thankfully on a smaller scale than some.
October 17th, 2017
mab_browne: Auckland beach, pohutukawa and a view of Rangitoto from a painting by Jennifer Cruden (Kiwiana)
posted by [personal profile] mab_browne at 05:48pm on 17/10/2017
It's not that I'm not about, I'm just not chatty. Except for Tumblr, which does not count on the communication front. Chat on Chatzy does, but it's not DW/LJ. Ah well.

Have some link stuff:

The Beeb mined this one for human interest too - oh, we wacky Kiwis, right? :-)

There is new Maiden Rose coming, still doujinshi, but I'm forever grateful that their creator still loves Klaus and Taki as much as I do.


And I even posted about TS. Who'd a thunk?

October 14th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] aerianya at 09:39am on 14/10/2017 under
Can't seem to get back in the swing of posting. Missed too many birthdays to count and replying to replies and letting people know how much I appreciate you all. Reading almost every day for a few minutes before work, but I so wish DW had a phone app.
I bring a little of my work home everyday (not really supposed to but sometime evaluating and lesson planning fall by the wayside if you can only get it done at naptime along with the cleaning and maybe someone can't sleep etc. My co teacher hurt her back shortly before we teamed up and can't really do much sooo...
A couple of weeks ago I posted on how much I love my job, it really is all about the kids and the staff is wonderful.
The director came in my room the other day to talk to me and you know that feeling "Oh, Lord what did I do?" she said she wanted to offer me a CDL position which is what I was at the other centers. She told me I was gonna get a little extra training (usually front desk and closing stuff) the same as I did before just a few extra duties. Then she dropped the bomb...a $4 per hour increase. Wow, I'm figuring when does my training start lets get this show on the road! Right?
It was already in my check for the last pay period!
I can't tell you how that made me feel after working in a center that could only find fault and discourage so they didn't have to give a $.50 increase yearly.
I would have happily kept working here for the wage I was receiving, but to feel so appreciated is amazing.
Now our curriculum coordinator gave me homework...I'm to watch Dr Horrible's Sing Along Blog this weekend... yep those are the people I work with.
location: well of chaos
Music:: Dr Horrible
Mood:: 'accomplished' accomplished
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October 13th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] raine at 11:32pm on 13/10/2017 under ,
Mood:: 'accomplished' accomplished
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October 10th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] snycock at 10:14pm on 10/10/2017
Yet another new fic based on the unofficial Sherlock Twitterverse.  This one features Sherlock in drag and is inspired by a conversation from May 1 when Sherlock talked about dressing in drag for a case. 

Title: Constantly on the Cusp
Fandom: Sherlock BBC (Twitterverse)
Rating: Explicit/NC-17
Category: Slash (Sherlock/John)
Word count: 6592

Summary: John always knew that Sherlock was good at disguise.  But he didn't anticipate how strongly this one would affect him. 

Constantly on the Cusp

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October 9th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] ancientsavvy at 07:39pm on 09/10/2017 under ,
MTAC - NCIS Fan Fiction Archive is moving to Archive of our Own (AO3.org)!!

I am very excited about this, it was fun to run the archives for the past decade and more but life has become too hectic and hackers too prevalent for me to continue. I'm happy that all the wonderful fic is going to have a new stable home with active maintenance. :-)

More details on what this means can be found here: http://www.transformativeworks.org/mtac-is-moving-to-the-ao3/
October 8th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] raine at 09:42pm on 08/10/2017 under ,
Mood:: 'sleepy' sleepy
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posted by [personal profile] starwatcher at 07:35pm on 08/10/2017 under , ,
a coatimundi! Picture 1 and Picture 2.

Background: Both my parents are in failing health, with my mom in a nursing home. My sis and I take turns coming to Clovis to help Dad with shopping / cleaning / visiting Mom, etc.* This is my weekend.

Their house is amid farmland -- scattered clusters of houses (and more all the time) -- but lots of cattle pasture and/or cropland all around. This is especially true if I go to the nursing home on the roads through the farmland... which I prefer because [a] no traffic, [b] 1.7 miles shorter route, and [c] the main road is torn up for repaving. And I like the glimpses of nature -- hawk sitting on a fencepost (yesterday), ducks in the playa lake formed by recent rains (day before), and even a herd of Dutch belted cows if their grazing brings them close to the road.

(I was amazed that so many cows in the herd had a white band around their middle; figured the rancher had a bull that consistently passed on the gene. The rancher saw me taking pics one day; stopped to tell me about them, which is how I know it's an actual breed, and not an unusual color variation.)

ANYway, I was traveling toward the nursing home to help Mom with lunch, driving on a narrow paved road with open fields on each side. I saw a big lump in the road ahead of me and slowed down; wasn't sure if it was an animal or a piece of tire from someone's blowout. (I was betting on the latter; it was an amorphous blob, and didn't resemble any kind of animal shape I know.) But it moved, scuttling quickly into the weeds at the side of the road. I had a fleeting impression of hunched back, long nose, long hair and bushy tail. It was about the size of a good-sized cat, and I mentally tagged it as a "small, shorter-nosed, less-bushy-tailed anteater-type thing" to lock it in my memory and help me look it up.

As soon as I got to the nursing home I pulled out my iPad (always with me because I use it as an eReader) and did a search for "New Mexico mammals" while fielding others' suggestions. (I'm familiar with coyote, fox, badger, raccoon, skunk, jackrabbit, weasel, and bobcat; it wasn't any of them.) When I saw the coati's picture, I thought, "Bingo!" Despite the very fleeting glimpse I caught of it, that was the only animal that even came close to a possibility.

I knew about coatis (Captain Kangaroo introduced us to them when I was a wee tyke), but I thought they were only found in Central America and Mexico and didn't come this far north. But according to the internet, they can also be found in southern New Mexico and Arizona, so the possibility was strengthened. Then when I went to help Mom with supper, I showed the picture to some of the staff. Patricia, the lady who brings round the medicine each evening, said that a tech she knows saw one in the parking lot a few months ago (about 1-1/2 miles from where I saw the animal) and took a picture with his cellphone; she recognized it right away.

So, confirmation -- there are at least a few coatimundis living in, near, or around Clovis, New Mexico, and I got a glimpse of one. Woot!

Here's a video of a woman feeding a group of coatis in Mexico. Gotta say, I'd be a little intimidated -- they practically mobbed her, and they are wild animals, after all. But they're cute, and they make a funny bird-twittering sound; not like a mammal at all.

Gotta say -- I am psyched about seeing this little guy, brief as it was. Does me no good at all, doesn't change anything... but this evening, the world is a more amazing place.

(*Which is why I haven't been very active here lately; the little spare time I have, I immerse myself in a fanfic security-blanket. C'est la vie; as Gibbs says, you do what you have to for family.)
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West Wing Fanfiction Central - including National Library is moving to Archive of our Own (AO3.org)!!

I am very excited about this, it was fun to run the archives for the past decade and more but life has become too hectic and hackers too prevalent for me to continue. I'm happy that all the wonderful fic is going to have a new stable home with active maintenance. :-)

Details about what this means can be found at this post:



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Mood:: 'accomplished' accomplished
October 7th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] vamysteryfan at 03:27pm on 07/10/2017
And also deeply weird sometimes. They serve up those tailored ads based on where the algorithms say you are. But the company I work for has a server farm in Kansas City and my laptop visited Tucson along with me. So Google Maps uses Kansas City as my default location. And I get all these ads for the Arizona Opera House, etc. I wish I could go see Hercules vs the Zombies In AZ this month