Reading Tuesday

Apr. 25th, 2017 04:15 pm
jesse_the_k: Two bookcases stuffed full (with books on top) leaning into each other (books)
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Past imperfect : history according to the movies edited by Mark Carnes

4 of 5 stars )

Truevine by Beth Macy

4 of 5 stars )

Chenoo by Joseph Bruchac

3 of 5 Stars )

A Life Discarded by Alexander Masters

3 of 5 stars )


  1. discovered in my Cumberbatch-completist mode ↩︎

Gifted

Apr. 25th, 2017 02:38 pm
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I went to see Gifted today. I was shocked at how many people were in the theater. I counted 40 and this was at the first matinee. The last time I went to the movies to see Captain America: Civil War (yeah, I don't go to the movies very often), there were maybe 15 people at the first matinee the second week after its opening.

Back to Gifted. I liked it. There were a couple of occasions where it brought tears to my eyes. McKenna was very good. Octavia was awesome. Jenny was okay though the whole romance was really unnecessary and thankfully very secondary to the main story. Chris gave a wonderful quiet performance. It's great to actually be able to see his entire face. And god, his eyes. He does so much with his eyes in this.

Was it perfect? No, but I can forgive it its flaws. Because Chris was soft and beautiful and luminous and his hair was mussy and floofy.

Revealing requests tomorrow

Apr. 24th, 2017 07:48 am
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I'll be revealing requests on AO3 tomorrow, so if you haven't updated your sign up with your optional details yet and you plan to do so, now might be the time.

Sign ups are open and will close on April 30th.

Useful Links
Not Prime Time 2017 (with schedule) | Prime Time Madness 2017
Frequently Asked Questions | AO3 exchange faq for participants | Pinch Hitting faq
2017 nominations
Dear Prime Time Player on DW

Skate Nashville

Apr. 23rd, 2017 06:34 pm
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Skate Nashville was fun. I actually had competition in the freeskate. There were enough adults that it wasn't just me in my division!

This means I came in last out of the four of us, but I was expecting that as I knew at least two of the three had more difficult jumps than I do. Oh, well. (One of the five judges had me third, which was heartening.) I was uncontested in the compulsory moves event, which was fun to prepare for because the compulsory moves this year were all things I enjoy and am good at, but was over so quickly that I don't know if I'll do it again in August.

I bought the professional action shots a photo company was making of everyone, so here are some selected photos.

The opening of my October Sky freeskate Winding up for a camel spin Starting the footwork sequence I have discovered anti-gravity!  Nope, just a spread eagle. Landing the final jump of my three-jump combo
Sit spin (perching on a barstool spin?) Coming out of the sit spin Compulsory Moves - Spiral Entering a sit spin I saw the photographer at the end. :)

I don't think I'll be trying to do an out of town work conference and a skating competition in the same week again, though. That was very stressful and tiring. (And, unfortunately, this conference next year is going to be Thursday-Saturday instead of Wednesday-Friday, so I really couldn't do both. I'm hoping we'll get a budget from NIH someday soon--thanks, Trump!--and will get to hire someone, and that person can go next year, but I should probably be thinking about a poster I can present, since they have a section for training and educational support posters, and that would get me closer to the quasi-faculty position my boss and I want me to move into someday.)

In fact, it was so stressful that I'm pretty sure it's set off another arthritis flare. I have a previously-scheduled rheumatologist appointment tomorrow, though, so at least relief is in the near future.

White Rim 2017

Apr. 22nd, 2017 02:58 pm
ilanarama: me on a bike on the White Rim trail (biking)
[personal profile] ilanarama
Our friends Ryan and Steve organized a White Rim trip again this year, and this time we were the only other people on it. (We did it with them last year, and also in 2013. We also did it twice in the 1990s with friends from Boulder, where we lived then.)

Ilana at top of Mineral Bottom switchbacks

Read more! See more pictures! And there's even a linked map! )

Or just look at the Flickr album.

DW and AO3 stats memeage

Apr. 20th, 2017 02:22 pm
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[personal profile] isis
So people are posting various yearly statistics memes! Why not play along? I missed my DWversary, which was a few weeks ago (and coincidentally on my wedding anniversary):

Created on 2009-04-07 03:15:12 (#15973), last updated 2017-04-12 (1 week ago)
6,022 comments received, 8,543 comments posted
653 Journal Entries, 106 Tags, 11 Memories, 127 Icons


I'm also a little late for the AO3 stats meme, as I last did it February 2016, but hey, that makes it more interesting, because more data. Also it looks like the current meme (or at least the meme on my friends' pages) is different from the one I did before. Hmm.

I currently have 208 stories posted on AO3, which is 10 more than the last time I did an AO3 stats meme. Total wordcount is 709,068, which seems ridiculously huge to me, but that's only an average of about 3400 words/story. And this represents FIFTEEN years of output, yikes.

Top 5 stories by hits:
1. In Your Dreams - 13,767 (Raven Cycle - Maggie Stiefvater)
2. An Eye For An Eye - 12,973 (Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling)
3. Closing the Triangle - 6,437 (Outlander - Diana Gabaldon, Lord John Grey - Diana Gabaldon)
4. Be Careful What You Wish For - 5,920 (Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling)
5. A Strange, Wild Kingdom - 5,539 (Raven Cycle - Maggie Stiefvater)

I didn't check by hits last year, so I don't know how this compares, but those top two have been the top two by other measures for quite some time. Incidentally the two HP stories are quite old and were originally posted on LJ and my own website - I only moved them to AO3 in November 2014 - but they are, you know, super porny and so super popular. Actually, all these stories are E for Explicit except the last, which is only T. The Outlander story, which was originally posted anonymously on the Age of Sail kinkmeme, began to get a lot of hits (and occasional kudos) after the TV show began airing.

Top 5 stories by kudos:
1. In Your Dreams - 866 [last year: 533] (Raven Cycle - Maggie Stiefvater)
2. A Strange, Wild Kingdom - 418 [last year: 290] (Raven Cycle - Maggie Stiefvater)
3. In Borcovicus - 344 [last year: 297] (Eagle of the Ninth - Rosemary Sutcliff)
4. An Eye For An Eye - 343 (Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling)
5. Bearing Gifts - 282 (Raven Cycle - Maggie Stiefvater)

I posted the top three last year, and they were the same fics except that "In Borcovicus" was in second place then. That was my most popular fic by kudos for a long time; on June 20th, 2015 I posted that "In Your Dreams" had finally overtaken it. "In Borcovicus" is currently #9 by hits, and "Bearing Gifts" is #20 by hits. Actually I'm surprised "Bearing Gifts" is so high on this list, as it's only a 588-word T-rated ficlet, but admittedly it has a good punchline.

Top 5 stories by bookmarks:
1. In Your Dreams - 198 [last year: 125] (Raven Cycle - Maggie Stiefvater)
2. A Strange, Wild Kingdom - 98 [last year: 75] (Raven Cycle - Maggie Stiefvater)
3. An Eye For An Eye - 89 [last year: 62] (Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling)
4. Double Occupancy - 69 (Stargate Atlantis)
5. In Borcovicus - 53 (Eagle of the Ninth - Rosemary Sutcliff)

I posted the top three last year, and they were the same fics in the same order. I really don't know why "Double Occupancy", which is #23 by hits and #17 by kudos is so high on this list; maybe it's because it's bodysharing, a somewhat unusual kink. Actually it's rather nice to see all the new(ish, like, since last October) bookmarks for this story, since it was written in 2005 (I don't recall when I posted it to AO3).

So basically, "In Your Dreams" is my most popular fic by all measures, which - it was a relatively early Raven Cycle fic, written for Yuletide before the fandom took off and became, if not a megafandom, at least a fairly big one, and it's smut for the fandom OTP. On the other hand, it's not really a fandom megahit; out of 3478 works (today) in the fandom, it's #34 by hits, #48 by kudos, and #64 by bookmarks. I choose to believe that the reason it's higher up in the list by hits than by other measures is because it's been around for much longer than most other stories in the fandom, not because people click on it and then don't like it. :-)

Thinking about this reminds me that I have a script installed that lets me show kudos/hits ratio, and sort by them. Unsurprisingly my highest ratio stories are exchange fics with few hits; the winner is Neil deGrasse Tyson Space Station, SpaceshipAdvisor Reviews (Excerpt) (Original Work) with 24.5% kudos/hits (34 kudos, 139 hits) - and now that I've linked it, I suppose people will go look at it and mess up that ratio!

The importer has (mostly) caught up!

Apr. 19th, 2017 11:02 pm
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[staff profile] denise posting in [site community profile] dw_maintenance
Our content importer has mostly caught up with its backlog; almost everything that's still listed as being "in the queue" are jobs that were tried, failed once or more with a temporary failure, and are waiting to try again. (The importer tries a few times, at successively longer intervals, when it gets a failure it thinks might be temporary/might correct itself later on.) This means that new imports scheduled now should complete in hours (or even minutes), not the "several days" it's been taking.

If you tried to schedule a second import while the first one was still running, at any time in the past 10 days or so, you may have confused the poor thing. If you think your import should be finished by now and it isn't, and you're seeing "Aborted" on the Importer Status part of the Importer page, feel free to open a support request in the Importer category and we'll look into it for you. (It may take a little bit before you get a response; those of us who have the access to look into importer problems have been really busy for the past two weeks or so, and I at least need a few days to catch my breath a bit before diving back into the fray! But we'll do what we can.)

I hope all y'all are continuing to settle in well to your new home!

There Be C6D Here!

Apr. 19th, 2017 04:36 pm
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Happy National Canadian Film Day! Events, streaming, downloads, TV viewing! CLICK FOR ALL THE DETAILS HERE.

Sign ups are open

Apr. 19th, 2017 09:58 am
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Here is the sign up form. Sign ups close April 30th.

2017 tag set
Dear Prime Time Player letters On DW (optional)

Requests

You can request a minimum of 3, up to 6 fandoms. You may request up to 8 relationships. All fandoms must be unique (cannot be requested more than once).

If you are typing in a nominated relationship, but it is not autofilling, you can copy/paste the relationship name from the tag set onto the sign up form.

Dear Prime Time Player Letter URL: If you want to leave the URL to your Dear Prime Time Player letter, this is the place to do so.

Optional Details: Optional details are optional, however, if you want to give your writer ideas, this is the place to do it, whether you write a letter or not. I highly recommend that you add in bare minimum optional details such as likes/dislikes.

Offers

You must offer a minimum of 3 fandoms, maximum of 10. You may offer up to 10 relationships per fandom or offer Any. All fandoms must be unique (cannot be requested more than once).

Don't forget to request/offer fandoms you want. If you're lukewarm about a fandom, don't request it. Chances are this will be the fandom you receive.

If you are typing in a nominated relationship, but it is not autofilling, you can copy/paste the relationship name from the tag set onto the sign up form.

Once at least five people have signed up, you'll be able to keep track of current request/offer numbers via the signup summary.

In regards to crelationship matching, the challenge's Minimum Number to Match is set to 1 Request, 1 Fandom, and 1 Relationship. Matching is based off OR, not AND.

You may edit your sign up form until sign ups close on the 30th. Requests will be revealed halfway through sign ups.

I may have to email participants and I do this through the email associated with your AO3 account. Please make sure to check this email when sign ups close in case I have to contact you about matching. Otherwise I will delete your sign up.

Useful Links
Not Prime Time 2017 (with schedule) | Prime Time Madness 2017
Frequently Asked Questions | AO3 exchange faq for participants | Pinch Hitting faq
2017 nominations
Dear Prime Time Player on DW
china_shop: Headshot of Mozzie (WC Moz)
[personal profile] china_shop
1300 words, gen or Moz/Sara, set before 2.05. For the Rush challenge on [community profile] fan_flashworks.

Summary: Moz and Sara's professional paths cross on Christmas Eve.

The Accidental Wheelman

Jackpot in a Cemetery

Apr. 18th, 2017 07:27 pm
jesse_the_k: Dreamy photo of playground roundabout in rosy foggy light (lost youth)
[personal profile] jesse_the_k
On nice days like this Sunday, we visit cemeteries. There are always remarkable gravestones to be found, and yesterday we hit the jackpot.

Literally.

The pictured headstone features a detached engraving of a four-reel slot machine. )

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