GoT 7.07

Aug. 29th, 2017 10:12 pm
sealie: made for me by tardis80 (Default)
sealie: made for me by tardis80 (Default)
Hi flist,

any recommendations for a 14 year old, sensitive boy, who is just starting to get into manga? I appreciate that he'll delve in and find stuff any rate, but recs would be good -- graphic art and tv/movies -- but also things to avoid?

He's super excited about the new world he's found.


sealie: made for me by tardis80 (Default)
SO in the morning when you get up and need to go to work, assuming that there is not a massively important meeting*, can you get to work at a specific time?

Does your morning disintegrate into: yes, don’t have to be at work for two… three hours; I can make my breakfast; nice breakfast, coffee, toast; Ooooooooooh; what shall I have, I know Ham… no… peanut butter, CHEEEEEESE. Oh right, check the fridge the door is DEF. closed. Okay, toast. Got toast got breakfast. Right – tele on. Pick a tv programme – pick a movie? Computer on. NEWS! Watch telly; play on computer; write fic. Oh, eat breakfast. Ao3. Dreamwidth. LJ. Tumblr. Write fic. Checks watch. Loads of time. Work in 1.5 hours. This is doable. PotterPOtterPotter. Whoops. Time for ablutions. Cleanliness. Clothes. What clothes? Those clothes. SHIIIIIIIIIIIIIITE – pick default. Packed Lunch? Food – yes. Okay, fridge. Did you prep something on Sunday for the rest of the week? No/yes. Procrastination/distractibility linked to this decision on Sunday. Check time. DAMNITALL TO HELL. Move fast. What about the dishes? Leave them. No/yes – depends. Check clock? DAMN IT ALL TO HELL. Got to get out of the house. Packed lunch. Excellent packed lunch constructed. Check clock. Buggery! Gather up detritus. Shall I water the plants yes/no? Maybe.

Is the gas burner off? IS the fridge door closed? Is the telly on/ Checks. Did you check the gas burner? Check. Glance at clock. OMG. You’ve got to leave. Looks at dishes in sink. Hey, that floor could do with a vacuum.


Rinse and repeat every single *&*%ing morning, for my entire adult life. I had a parent chivvying me out the door as a small person.

Does anyone else do this?

* massively important meeting? 75/25 chance you’ll be on time. You’re not going to be early - ever.
sealie: made for me by tardis80 (Default)
that's rather ironic. I was going to post on LJ that I was *thinking* of joining the migration to dreamwidth, and, I can't bloody well post on LJ until I sign up to a Terms of Service in a language I can't read.

Bugger. Well, hopefully if folk are interested they'll figure out my username.
sealie: made for me by tardis80 (Default)
I did enjoy BSG – a lot. We didn’t get it televised on my side of the Pond for a good long while. But during one long school summer holiday, the film (aka TV movie) was shown at a wee, local cinema for pennies during a Sci-Fi festival. As I had been thoroughly brainwashed as a young child to be a sci-fi fan, being weaned on Star Trek and Star Wars, I might have possibly (likely) lost count of the number of times I watched that movie over the festival. I managed to get my grubby little mitts on the TV adaptation books, and I do have a photobook of the TV movie, and I do recall, getting a Sci-Fi TV Encyclopaedia out of the local library, and I might have cut a picture out of one of the pages… might have….

I still hadn’t seen any of the episodes, but boy did I like Apollo. Gosh, did I like Apollo. I wrote fanfic, albeit I didn’t know the term, but indeedy did I write fanfic, longhand and bashing on my dad’s old typewriter. Whilst I’m fairly sure my first long opus was a Star Trek: TNG ode to Riker, which is another story, I did learn a lot of the art of whumping by whumping Apollo. I recall a fic whereby I put the poor sod in a coma, head injury. After some space shenanigans, he and Starbuck crashed on a jungle-type plant, and poor old Starbuck ended up dragging Apollo on a travois over hill and dale. Poor old Starbuck because he had actually been wounded by some kind of disintergrating projectile laser weapon that refused to heal and wouldn’t stop bleeding. This story went on ad infinitum as our intrepid heroes were chased – tow, tow, tow, Apollo gently through the jungle!

I recall thinking that it was bloody boring having your favourite hero lying inertly on a stretcher, thoroughly hurt but just whumped, that it was more interesting when people were interacting – the comfort part of our favourite equation. I pretty much stopped writing the fic at that point. But I had learned an important thing, for me, about my favourite genre – hurt/Comfort, which I have carried forwards since.

So thank you, Apollo -- you were awesome.
sealie: made for me by tardis80 (seal_two)
I snaffled this from [ profile] sholio, it looks interesting. Basically, pick a question or two, and leave it in the comments.

1. How did you come up with the title to [insert fic]?
2. Any of your stories inspired by personal experience?
3. What character do you identify with most?
4. Is there a song or a playlist to associate with [insert fic]?
5. If you wrote a sequel to [insert fic], what would it be about?
6. Care to share a favorite hurt/comfort fic?
7. Care to share a favorite crack fic?
8. How would you describe your style?
9. Do you have a guilty pleasure in fic (reading or writing)?
10. Write or describe an alternative ending to [insert fic].
11. What's the angstiest idea you've ever come up with?
12. What's the weirdest AU you've ever come up with?
13. Got any premises on the back burner that you'd care to share?
14. Is there a fic you wish someone else would write (or finish) for you?
15. How do you begin a story--with the plot, or the characters?
16. Are you what George R. R. Martin would call an "architect" or a "gardener"? (How much do you plan in advance, versus letting the story unfold as you go?)
17. Do you have any discarded scenes/storylines/projects?
18. Are there any writers (fanfic or otherwise) you consider an influence?
19. Any fandom tropes you can't resist?
20. Any fandom tropes you can't stand?
21. A pairing you might like to write for, but haven't tried yet.
22. A secondary (or underrated) character you want to see more of in fic?
23. Do you like more general prompts, or more specific ones?
24. A character you enjoy making suffer.
25. A character you want to protect.
26. Major character death--do you ever write/read it? Is there a character whose death you can't tolerate?
sealie: made for me by tardis80 (Default)
so I have to go to a friend's fancy dress birthday party.

And I thought to wear a sleeved dress with a hood -- this is pretty standard fantasy fare. I've got a lightsabre. You can picture what I am after -- I want swish.

I am *stunned* that I haven't been able to find a pattern.

Albeit Google I've noticed recently is much less helpful with searches.

Anyone got any ideas? Have already bookmarked a helpful site?
sealie: made for me by tardis80 (seal_two)

The advice reads well, a fic writer can get lovely feedback, which makes their day and inspires them to write.

But the intent and phrasing -- the goal in the title is to manipulate someone into doing something for you.
sealie: made for me by tardis80 (seal_two)
okay, a mate pointed this out and laughed out loud a lot:

[I can't do the embedded vidoes as I have the most basic free account]

FYI - don't watch at work! NSFW, albeit not massively, but do err on the side of caution.

sealie: made for me by tardis80 (seal_two)
so the comment thing on past fic is an interesting affair. I posted the latest ‘Uhane H5O TS fusion, and I got a few comments on it (which is awesome), and a bunch of new and/or repeat readers (based on numbers and increase in the number of kudos) on all the other stories in the series, and all my other stories including the out-there stuff. But only one person has commented on the old stories.

Why not comment on an "old" fic?
sealie: made for me by tardis80 (seal_two)
I did indeed rather enjoy this film. Intelligent plot, folk working together positively. Me and my mate coming out summed it up as Nice -- nice as in it was positive and brilliant.

More thoughts under the cut. )
sealie: made for me by tardis80 (seal_two)
Nothing worked to repair my old laptop.

I know that I’m sulking. I liked it. I could type on it without looking. I’ve used it every day for 8 years. It didn’t hurt my wrists. It did everything that I needed it to do. I could write on it

AND my old computer had spider solitaire on it! Stupid windows 8 doesn’t, I’ve got to create some kind of Microsoft account which explicitly states that it will contravene my privacy if I want to download games. I tried to get the games off another version of Windows, and with a Hex editor make it Windows 8 compatible, but it didn’t work.

Yes, entitled, pointless whinging. I’m aware.
sealie: made for me by tardis80 (seal_two)
There are a couple of questions at the end of this narrative. But my nature is to tell stories. Ask anyone who has met me.

So this morning my primary computer died. Dell latitude D830

Last night it was working fine(ish --it's been a wee bit buggy for a while), but Norton said there possibly suspicious activity was happening and recommended using Norton Power Eraser. I ran it and it found nothing. And everything seemed to be okay. I ran malwarebytes and it found nothing.

This morning windows refused to load, and nothing worked I couldn’t run it in safe mode or return it to a previous working configuration. Just cycled to a blue screen of death for a millisecond (too short to read), tried to load windows, blue screen of flashing death, and took me back to a DOS screen telling me windows wouldn’t load…. Round and round the garden like a teddy bear.

It’s an old computer. I got it in early 2008. And it was running windows XP because I figured it couldn’t handle Windows 8. Yes, I know, but Windows 8 would have cacked it.

But was a virus responsible? Age? Software issue? Is the hard drive all right? Taking it to a specialist is very expensive. So I googled a lot and, subsequently, learnt 1) how to remove a laptop hard drive, 2) you can hook up a hard drive to another laptop -- don’t laugh!learning experience, and 3) SATA/IDE to USB connection via a lot of cables.

So I took myself off to PC World and with the help of a very nice assistant bought a self-contained enclosure which I could put my hard drive in, rather than a bunch of cables.

Long story short. My secondary computer did not recognise the hard drive. It told me that a parameter is missing on one attempt, and two other attempts it simply did not recognise the device.

My three incredibly naïve questions are:
1) Is the hard drive likely to be dead?
2) I now have a shell of a laptop, and apparently, you can buy laptop hard drives and they’re really easy to install! I know, I know – learning experience. So can I buy a new hard drive and install an operating system and use it?
3) Do you think that linux would be a good choice?


Sep. 8th, 2015 06:18 pm
sealie: made for me by tardis80 (seal_two)
I still miss Alphas
I am still narked about the last episode of Quantum Leap
I am definitely still hacked off at the way the Stargate: Atlantis was cancelled and never watched Universe nor have I given Dark Matter a millisecond of my attention.
sealie: made for me by tardis80 (seal_two)
So as folk who read this journal know I write stuff in long hand sometimes ( and then type it into the wip Word.doc. I’m currently working on the next story in the ‘Uhane series – yes, I know, I was supposedly finished with it.

Today, I had the opportunity to pull out my notebook and pen some text. I also went back and read some of the previous scribbles.

Interestingly, whilst I had written some earlier text, I had forgot to transcribe it into the Word.doc. And in the meantime, I had (previously) revisited that part of the story in my Word.doc. Does that make sense?

Compare and contrast? FYI, Danny’s suffering from hypothermia

two separate paragraphs of the same thing. )
sealie: made for me by tardis80 (seal_two)
Why is this trope so prevalent? Jim Ellison hates hospitals, John Sheppard will hide under his puddlejumper after escaping from the infirmary, Steve McGarrett’s bum barely touches an ER gurney before he’s escaped…. And every time my hero makes a break for it, I think twit.

Is it because, we can have hero who’s hurting and likely to have an emergency and end up back in hospital?

What is it with this trope?
sealie: made for me by tardis80 (seal_two)
Honestly, it's glorious out there. and I'm stuck on the sofa sneezing my head off. if i go out I'll probably cough up a lung. Also if I scratch my skin off people might notice.

I want a space suit.

sealie: made for me by tardis80 (seal_two)
My mate [ profile] springwoof tagged for the 7 lines meme. If you haven't seen this on your list yet: if you're tagged, you are supposed to go to page 7 (or page 77 in a longer work) of your WIP and then select 7 lines to post. Then you tag 7 other people and spread the hilarity.

Apparently, generally, sort of… most people playing haven't stuck strictly to 7 lines. I’ve chosen 7 paragraphs, so to speak

h50-TS fusion page 7. )

And because I have an evil streak; here’s seven paragraphs from page 37

h50-TS fusion page 37. )

Hmmm, who to tag. No pressure, if you don’t feel like playing, please feel free not too.

[ profile] kristen999, [ profile] laylalawlor, [ profile] fluterbev [ profile] simplyn2deep [ profile] imaginary_iby [ profile] lavvyan [ profile] aries_taurus
sealie: made for me by tardis80 (seal_two)
so I had to get a new computer -- because well... life.

so it's a leveno and there's so much extraneous stuff on it.

There seems to be loads of icons which are ads. And additional programmes which are leveno things with no function that I can figure out or seem to support/linked platforms for actual programmes -- like to go on the internet. I kind of pick my way around the computer feeling like I'm being monitored and watched and controlled. I loathe it. I don't' actually want to work/write on it.

Theoretically, I understand I could do a 'clean install' but my new computer didn't come with a separate copy of windows (like on a disc or something), which I thought it should, but it didn't

I have removed superfish (ick). I've googled and I now know the term 'bloatware' and have found this site:

there's other programmes out there. But as you can probably tell from this post, I'm not the most technical computer literate person. I can get by, but I can't afford to break this computer.

So, fundamentally, does anyone have advice on what's the best way to identify what programmes/adware/crapware/bloatware can be safely removed without compromising function?
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