So this week's AV Club Q&A is favorite one hit wonders (though certainly the definition of "one hit" is...elastic, and dependent in many cases on where you live), and more than a couple of songs I love got mentioned and then I ended up departing from that original premise and going on a youtube spiral of music from my teenage years, a lot of which I hadn't heard in decades probably (and some of which is still in regular rotation on my iPod, though I left out most of the usual suspects), but here are some gems:

- Let Me Go - Heaven 17
- Hit That Perfect Beat - Bronski Beat
- Don't Go - Yaz
- Love to Hate You - Erasure
- Obsession - Animotion
- West End Girls - Pet Shop Boys
- Tenderness - General Public
- I Melt With You - Modern English
- Whisper to a Scream - Icicle Works
- Cruel Summer - Bananarama
- Voices Carry - 'Til Tuesday
- Forever Young - Alphaville
- What Do All the People Know? - the Monroes
- Heart and Soul - T'Pau
- If You Leave - OMD
- Question of Lust - Depeche Mode
- The Promise - When In Rome
- True - Spandau Ballet
- Hold Me Now - Thompson Twins
- No One Is to Blame - Howard Jones
- Don't Dream It's Over - Crowded House

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([personal profile] musesfool Jun. 23rd, 2017 10:55 am)
Last night, we had dinner at Joanne's, the Lady Gaga family restaurant. The food was fine, but for the prices they charge, I expected at least two meatballs with my spaghetti and meatball dinner. To be fair, the one meatball was of decent size, but still, it's listed as spaghetti and meatballs on the menu so it's not ridiculous to expect there to be more than one meatball on the plate. I am just saying.

It's warm and clammy today, which is my second least favorite combination (cold and clammy is worse), but I'm looking forward to the weekend, as this week has seemed endless. It was so hard to get out bed. Sigh.

I did just get off the phone with 1. the realtor and then 2. the lawyer, so things are progressing there re: the negotiation of a slightly lower price due to the low appraisal (all thanks, apparently, to the fact that while the seller lists the apartment in Forest Hills, it actually exists in Rego Park which is one - slightly less expensive - neighborhood over. And if you are from Queens, you know what I mean). The question is whether this affects the lender in any way, but since the loan amount is the loan amount regardless, I'm not sure why it would? but what do I know? As per my lawyer's instructions, I am playing dumb (I mean, on this topic, despite all the info from Uncle Google, I actually am kind of dumb? so it's not hard! *hands*) The lawyer and mortgage broker are on top of that.

When I spoke to the realtor this morning, I was like, it's been a week since they received my application but I shouldn't expect to hear from them before the Fourth of July weekend? and he was like, "they don't like to disclose their schedule but I'll ask for an update," and then he just texted me to say that the board has received and is reviewing my application so EEP! That, more than the bank or the seller or the more normal processes of home-buying is what is freaking me out. I have more to say about this but probably not until it's all over, and even then, probably only in a locked post. Mostly what I want to say is EEP! At least I found my black dress (and my mom's pearls *snerk*) so I'm prepared!

I feel like I should have something fannish to say, and I'm sure I did before these phone calls all started happening, but I guess for right now, this househunting business is my main fandom. Sigh.

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lwaxana:

hey so everyone reblog this with your starbucks order in the tags cause I’m training and I need to practice writing the acronyms and shit on the cups

I’m not american, nor do I live in a country that has starbucks, but I just looked at the tags and I am horrified

I’m no coffee snob but oh my god what the everloving fuck

#double chocolatey chip frappuccino with a pump of toffee nut syrup and a pump of cinnamon dolce syrup

#venti green tea frappe with carmell walls and java chips no whip

#grande starbucks doubleshot on ice breve no classic one pump sugar free hazelnut one pump sugar free vanilla

#vente iced black tea no water with 6 pumps of classic and cream   what does this even mean??? tea with no water????

#vanilla bean frappucino with a pump of raspberry syrup and 2 scoops of java chips with whipped cream and caramel drizzle

these aren’t fucking coffees these are fall out boy songs

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Amazon Prime currently has the best television show ever committed to film streaming.  It is called “Walks With My Dog”.  British celebrities like Bill Bailey go for scenic walks around England with their dogs.  They give a bit of history of the area and maybe meet some locals and their dogs.  The doggos are old and young, well behaved and naughty, big and small, and all adorable.  I basically want to live in this show forever. 

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Here Are 28 Things Millennials Are Killing In Cold Blood

no mercy run

And they say the millennial generation is lazy and entitled.

Here’s a secret: it’s not OUR JOB to adapt to the market. It’s not OUR JOB to buy napkins and golf clubs and drive to the mall on the other side of town to make sure it doesn’t go out of business.

Did previous generations kill the horse and wagons after the car was invited? Did those lazy citizens kill the town crier by buying into that newfangled newspaper business?

What people want and are ready to spend their money on will change over time. Today we have different goals and different standards - like I will invite my friends over for dinner and instead of napkins I’ll put a roll of paper towels on the table. And my friends won’t clutch their pearls and hiss “you uncultured swine” at me, because we value that paper towels are cheap and efficient! Napkins may be pretty but some of them end up being unused, and I’ll have to throw them away after the dinner and it’s a fucking waste.

Did your mall end up as an empty husk outside of town because those pesky millennials buy all their clothes online now? You lucky son of a gun. Now you get to use your ~*IMAGINATION*~ and repurpose that ugly windowless box into something actually useful. Why not a nice office space? (x)

Or how about you make the old stores into cute micro apartments? I WOULD LOVE TO LIVE IN ONE OF THESE! (x)

Are the stores fine but the parking lot empty because those cheap hipsters would rather take a bus or bike to the mall instead of buying a car like regular people? Do like they did in Seattle and turn it into a fucking beautiful water treatment facility and park. (x)

This thing collects storm-water runoff to create and provide nutrients to small pools and green areas. It works like a natural creek that ALSO filters out pollutants that would damage the salmon population! AS A MILLENNIAL I CAN SAY THAT THIS IS SO FUCKING UP MY ALLEY YOU HAVE NO IDEA. I WOULD GO TO THAT MALL, BUY A COFFEE AND GO OUT TO LOOK AT THE BIRDS.

Actual fucking plovers. When was the last time a parking lot did something for the environment except gathering upp more roadkill for the scavengers?

I could also go into why no-one is watching shitty sitcoms or boring movies because we have access to so much media that we can filter out the generic stuff that doesn’t appeal to us, but that is an essay in itself. We are extremely capable on spending it on media that speaks to us though (hey this is unrelated but did you know that Wonder Woman has passed 570M$ worldwide?)

TLDR: Market powers are entitled and used to people spending an ever-increasing amount of money on their shitty products. When this trend turns they are too unimaginative and lazy to do something about it so instead they’ll whine about how their former customers are “killing” them.

They can either DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT or spend the rest of their days crying into their surplus napkins.

Yes.

Also, the idolized lifestyle of the 1950s-2000s was unsustainable. The bubble burst, and my generation inherited a ruined world whose elders refuse acknowledge that their prosperity came at our expense. 

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([personal profile] eldabe Jun. 21st, 2017 10:55 pm)
:D :D :D

So, I'm in a nerdy women's facebook group and one member just posted that she just watched the first episode of Torchwood. AND SHE IS NOT OK with the non-censentual mind-wiping of Gwen and Owen using the pheromone sex cologne. And then the user asked if the show was worth continuing.

AND THEN [livejournal.com profile] jossedintime TAGGED ME.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

My stance on Torchwood has always been, "it's a terrible show, don't watch it, also I love it to pieces and will never let it go." And I have drifted a bit away from the fandom (although really I sort of drifted out of fandom for the last four years, and I'm just now crawling my way back, so...) but TORCHWOOD.

ONE PERSON COMMENTED THAT SHE SHOULD SKIP TO SEASON 3. I have declined to respond to that one. I basically gave the OP my ordinary anti-pitch and then told her that if she makes it to episode four, she should call me.

Then I offered to recommend good fic. :D :D

(And then I turned off notifications because I always disagree with everyone about Torchwood. Did I ever mention when I went to the movie theater screening of Season 4 and a woman told me she hated Ianto?)

Basically, I've been afraid to go back to Torchwood fandom because I'm afraid it's all going to be GONE. I know people have been fleeing livejournal and there's a lot of fic that wasn't posted anywhere else. And I'm going to KICK MYSELF if some of my favorite fics are gone. Thank goodness for AO3 getting in before the fandom totally died. I should...get on that.
Thank you so much! Okay, so, this is the weirdest rumor? Mostly because WHATEVER was actually posted as an original story on AO3 for just about 2 years before I took it down for publishing, and ALSO because WHATEVER was written a good year before Teen Wolf the show even aired.

I honestly don’t think it’s a bad thing for something to start as fanfiction (I’ve been eyeing We Would Bring It On and On for a while now, thinking if it’s feasible or not to convert and expand, because Jersey!transplant!Spencer!), but this wasn’t the case with WHATEVER!

So basically I’m thinking this rumor has spread because 1) I’m pretty prolific in fandom, specifically teen wolf right now, and 2) I don’t care if my original stuff sounds like fanfiction? I consider myself mostly as just a fanfic author, the rest is just my fun ‘life bonus.’ (although I could live without the pr and how it makes me so anxious I feel like I’m going to stroke out at any second- some people are like, oh I’m so bad with people! I’m so anti-social! and then they show up and are so shy and adorable, and then there’s me who panicked and told an entire bookstore that “I don’t read books.” For real.)

SO ANYWAY. Thank you for your ask!

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In the ever-exciting news of the long slow process of co-op buying, late yesterday afternoon, I received a revised version of the appraisal - the one I got on Saturday had one number on the cover page and then another within the body of the document, and when I pointed that out to the lawyer, and he was like, "They're gonna go with the number in the document." Which was the lower number. But as of yesterday, the apartment is apparently worth the number on the cover page, which is $5000 more than the other. It's still $10K lower than the asking price, but it's proof that appraisers are human and make mistakes, so. We'll see what happens. I'm also still waiting to be contacted to set up the board interview. Sigh. I did find my black dress, though, so I'll be able to wear that when the time comes.

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Last night, I made formulation #2 of anti-itch lotion and it doesn't have salt in it but it does have baking soda, so the unfortunately slightly gritty feel continues and also it didn't work (not to mention being an unappealing-for-a-skincare-product gray in color), so I think I'm just going to stick to more tried and true methods going forward.

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Wednesday! Books!

What I've just finished
The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo, #2) by Rick Riordan. I enjoyed this - the action is a lot of fun and Leo got more to do - but oy, Apollo as narrator is annoying.

What I'm reading now
Despite an endless TBR pile, how could I resist Joan Aiken's The Five-Minute Marriage after reading amazing reviews by [personal profile] rachelmanija (here) and [personal profile] skygiants (here)?

I have especially fond memories of both The Wolves of Willoughby Chase and Black Hearts in Battersea, though I haven't read either since I was a kid (I probably should reread at some point, and I did not know there were like five other books in that series), plus it's about a fake but real marriage set in the Regency era, so it was like five of my bulletproof narrative kinks in one book.

And boy does it deliver. Not so much on the actual romance, but with the hilarity and the fake marriage that turns out to be legitimate (in the sense of they are actually legally married rather than it being a fraudulent ceremony as they expected) and will likely turn into a real (as in they actually care about each other and stay married) marriage by the end of the book, grand romance notwithstanding, as well as the apparent alpha asshole hero who turns out to just be really stressed about babysitting his sister's TEN kids.

Anyway! I am enjoying it a lot and if that sounds like your cup of tea, you probably will too!

What I'm reading next
I do not know! However, I did want to give a heads up to anyone who doesn't know that Frances Hardinge has a new book coming out in the fall: A Skinful of Shadows. I am excite! And maybe I will read The Lie Tree next. I was saving it because it's the only Hardinge I haven't read yet, but if there's a new book on the horizon, I don't have to hoard it anymore. *g*

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#she needs an oscar for this scene alone

#the sheer OUTRAGE

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([personal profile] musesfool Jun. 20th, 2017 02:04 pm)
I spoke with my lawyer yesterday afternoon and he said that the appraisal coming in low shouldn't affect the loan because I'm putting 50% down, but that it can affect how much I have to pay, and he's going to ask the seller's lawyer what they're willing to do regarding bringing the price down a little to align with the appraisal (or explain why the appraisal is wrong). We agreed that I would still pay the full asking price if necessary, but he's going to see what he can get since this happened. We'll see!

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Last night, I met up with [personal profile] chicklet_girl, who is visiting NYC, and we had steak dinner and fannish conversation and it was lovely. I managed to mostly avoid getting soaked too, right up until I was half a block from the restaurant, at which point the skies opened and I got drenched from the knees on down (I was wearing a dress so it didn't bother me that much). And then later, as we left the restaurant, the sky was a weird yellow color as the storms had moved east. I didn't see any rainbows, but I've heard from various people that they were all over.

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So I made some anti-itch lotion, but I don't find it particularly effective, and also it has salt in it, which makes it gritty, which is not a sensation I want in something that's not meant to be an exfoliant. I mean, maybe if I mixed it up with a mixer it wouldn't feel that way, and but I'm not ready to commit my handmixer to non-food-related items. And since it doesn't really work any better than any of the other million different things I've tried (and it works significantly less well than a few of those methods), I can't see using it again. I do have a couple other formulations to try out, none of which contain salt, so that at least shouldn't be a problem.

The bug repellent lotion bar seems to work, or at least I haven't gotten any new bites since I started using it. I guess we'll see how that goes. it's a good thing I don't mind the scent of citronella.

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taxloopholes:

The only argument libertarians have about this is “it’s not your right to steal from rich people” like, I hate to break it to you but they steal from the poor and you’re helping no one by giving a fuck about the rights they already violate.

This is a pro-steal from the rich blog. If you’re rich I’m already coming for your tax money

I THOUGHT THIS SAID LIBRARIANS

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too right

Friendly reminder that white Western voluntourism (in addition to being the sentimental racist crap that is) can actually do far more harm than good.

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So apparently there are some comics fans who are trying to impose comics canon on Wonder Woman movieverse fans (as seen on Tumblr), and having been there oh so many years ago in the position of a movieverse-only fan, if you are tempted to say, "but in the comics...", my advice is, to quote Captain America: "son, just don't."

The movies are not the comics! They were not the same in 2000 with the first X-Men movie. They were not the same with Iron Man or Captain America or Age of Ultron or Civil War. They are not the same with Wonder Woman (I can't speak to the other DCU movies I haven't seen, but Jonathan Kent in Man of Steel was sure as shit not the Jonathan Kent from the comics, in the worst way possible).

There's a back button/exit button on every screen. Learn to use it if you can't handle the idea of multiple versions of canon that are not the same*. (Though how any (superhero) comics fan can possibly cling to some notion of strict canonicity is beyond my understanding - it was in 2000 and it remains even more so now that I've actually read superhero comics! - because even within the published comics there are multiple universes, alternate realities, reboots and rebirths, and even the published writers/artists pick and choose from that broad swath of material. And that's before even getting into TV/film/video game/animated adaptations! So don't even. I mean, you're not going to bitch at the people who write Ezra Miller movie Flash for not writing Grant Gustin TV Flash, are you? Then stfu.)

*I can see being annoyed when movie characterization etc. invades the comics tag on AO3 (or v.v.), but that's just an inevitable side effect of people trying to grab the widest possible reading audience.

This makes me just as angry now as it did seventeen(!!!) years ago. I thought maybe the MCU blowing up to be a huge and non-comics-corresponding fandom would put a stop to it, but I guess not.

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American Gods: A Prayer for Mad Sweeney and Come to Jesus
spoilers )

I imagine this show will play better once you can view it all at once, because it is glacially slow in parts, and not particularly emotionally evocative, but beautifully rendered.

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I posted a story yesterday! Woo, the streak is intact!

You Can't Front on That (on AO3)
Star Wars; Darth Vader, Obi-Wan, Luke; AU; g; 3,960 words
When he hears Kenobi's voice again months after killing him, Vader wonders if perhaps he's begun to go mad.

[personal profile] silveronthetree and I have talked more than once about all the stories where Luke and Vader meet up and have adventures together, or Vader turns from the dark side earlier than in canon, and yet how those stories almost never have Force ghost!Obi-Wan turn up to commentate (or at least harass Vader for his terrible life choices most specifically regarding his children), and how much we wanted that. And we were tossing around the things they would talk about, and so this story happened. I definitely enjoyed writing it, and I'm glad people are enjoying reading it. <3

And now work has interrupted repeatedly, so I'm going to hit post. Sigh.

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You Can't Front on That
Star Wars; Darth Vader, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Luke; AU; g; 3,960 words
When he hears Kenobi's voice again months after killing him, Vader wonders if perhaps he's begun to go mad.

For [personal profile] silveronthetree. Thanks to [personal profile] snacky. She knows what she did. ;) Title and cut-text from the Beastie Boys.

Or read it on AO3.

You think that you can front when revelation comes? )

~*~

Feedback is always appreciated.

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I got the appraisal yesterday - it came in low, which the internet kind of told me to expect, but the mortgage broker says that since I'm putting 50% down instead of 20%, it shouldn't affect her end of things (i.e., the loan). We'll see what the lawyer recommends about the difference. I know I shouldn't say I'm happy to pay the asking price, but I was happy to do so prior to this, so I'm happy to do so now; I don't care about 1. home values in the neighborhood, or 2. resale value down the line, because I pretty much feel like wherever I buy, it's going to be the place I live in until they cart me off to a nursing home. Otoh, if the seller is okay with lowering the asking price to match the appraisal or splitting the difference, I wouldn't mind having an extra $5-10K at the end of the day. So we're supposed to discuss it on Monday after the professionals have all had their chance to talk.

Why can't anything just be easy? It's always something. Sigh.

I caught up on Orphan Black last night. spoilers )

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([personal profile] musesfool Jun. 17th, 2017 03:05 pm)
Clothes removal = accomplished! Well. At least most of the dresser now only contains clothes I actually wear. Except for the sock drawer. That is a nightmare of single socks I need to get rid of.

Hair cut = accomplished! Woo! And it only took 80 minutes since I didn't have any color done. He was a little judgy, I feel, but I can't help what the last people who did my hair did! Anyway, it looks nice and he blew it out straight and even used the flat iron on it, and meh, the smell of hair being steamed is not pleasant but it's better than the scorching hot blow dryer setting, so I'll take it. Plus it was cheap, since I didn't have any color done. And then of course, I had to walk a whole block and a half in pouring rain to get home, but my hair didn't frizz up, so that's good. (I mean, given the amount of heat used, it shouldn't have, but I am always apprehensive.)

DIY Bug repellent = cooling on the counter! I cut the recipe in half and didn't infuse the oil (also, I subbed mango butter for the coconut oil and used half shea butter and half avocado butter - avocado butter is my new favorite thing I can't even tell you) but just used the Nature's Shield EO blend, which has a bunch of stuff in it but smells like citronella so it's a good thing I like that smell. Now hopefully it will work. (I also have a recipe for anti-itch lotion if this bug repellent doesn't work, but it requires a couple of things I didn't have on hand, so they'll be delivered tomorrow and we'll see how that goes.)

I've also written about 1400 words of the ghost!Obi-Wan trolls Vader story, which is amusing me even though it's not actually funny.

Pretty good for a rainy Saturday.

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Roman Roads in 125AD as a Subway Map, Sasha Trubetskoy

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“At the end of the day, the Senate is like any other workplace. You don’t always enjoy all of your coworkers, but you’re far better off finding a way to get along with them than you are harping on the things you don’t like.

And being a successful senator is as much about being a good coworker as it is about being smart or well versed in the issues or a talented orator. If you can be a pleasure to work with, you’ll get more accomplished than if you’re a pill whom nobody can stand.

Which brings me to Ted Cruz.

As I mentioned in the last chapter, there are unwritten rules of the Senate that everyone follows in order to maintain civility and foster productive working relationships. One of those unwritten rules is that you aren’t supposed to repeat in public a conversation you’ve had with a colleague in private if that conversation makes your colleague look bad in any way.

I’ve decided to observe that practice in this book, with one exception: Ted Cruz.

For what it’s worth, I feel fully justified in doing so, because Ted violated basic Senate protocol himself when he went to the floor and called Mitch McConnell a liar. It was the sort of thing that just isn’t done, a breach of decorum so shocking that even I haven’t committed it. And I love calling people liars!

Anyway, here’s the thing you have to understand about Ted Cruz. I like Ted Cruz more than most of my other colleagues like Ted Cruz. And I hate Ted Cruz.

The reason I like Ted more than most of my other colleagues do is that he actually has a decent sense of humor. Ted has tried out jokes on me. They’re usually pretty pedestrian – generally, I can see the punch line coming, and many are not-very-good versions of constructions I’ve heard before. But as politician jokes go, they’re not bad at all. And Ted is a fan of comedy. I think. You’re never entirely sure with this guy.

One Monday, after a week’s recess, Ted came up to me on the floor to tell me that he and some friends had watched a rerun of my Stuart Smalley sketch with Michael Jordan and raved about how funny it was. I think he was being sincere, which meant it was a genuinely nice gesture.

The only problem was that at that moment I was talking to Jeff Sessions about our respective recesses. And now I had to try to explain to Jeff what Ted was talking about. Which meant I had to explain what recovery is, what affirmations are, what public-access TV is, what a parody of public-access TV is – and I had to do it all in about thirty seconds before Jeff lost interest. Which I of course failed to do, and Jeff kind of faded away to talk with someone else. Great.

Anyway, Ted has a sense of humor, even if it’s a lame one. And he did pay me a modest compliment, even if it was some Machiavellian ploy in service of his ambition to take over the world.

The problem with Ted isn’t that he’s humorless. It isn’t even his truly reprehensible far-right politics. No, the problem with Ted – and the reason so many senators have a problem with Ted – is simply that he is an absolutely toxic co-worker. He’s the guy in your office who snitches to corporate about your March Madness pool and microwaves fish in the office kitchen. He is the Dwight Schrute of the Senate.

In a way, he’s a perfect example of what I said…about how it’s not your knowledge of policy or your political talents, but rather your people skills, that determine whether you succeed as a senator.

For sure, Ted is extremely smart. Only the most brilliant young lawyers get to clerk for Supreme Court justices, and Ted got to clerk for Chief Justice William Rehnquist. And he’s a truly gifted speaker who can frame an argument brilliantly. From what I’ve heard, when Cruz later returned to the Court to argue cases in his capacity as the solicitor general of Texas, clerks would all make a point to be present in the chamber so they could watch him do his thing.

I don’t begrudge Ted that. There are plenty of senators who are smarter than I am, or have more natural political aptitude than I do. For example, my own senior senator, Amy Klobuchar. Or my friend Sheldon Whitehouse, one of the smartest people I’ve ever met. Or Lindsey Graham. But I like them all. Because none of them are sociopaths.”

– Senator Al Franken, on fellow Senator Ted Cruz. This excerpt is just the beginning of an entire chapter that Franken writes about Cruz, and the entire chapter is glorious. Excerpted from Al Franken, Giant of the Senate (BOOK | KINDLE), available now from Twelve Books and the Hatchette Book Group.

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Last night, L and I met for drinks after work and she had the frozen watermelon margarita (too much tequila / not enough watermelon flavor for me!) and I had the frosé, which is a frozen rosé slushy - it's really tasty! (we think there must have been something else in it, though - vodka or triple sec maybe? - because two knocked me on my ass and they were not large drinks.) I do love a pink drink, especially an alcoholic one.

Today was supposed to be our employee picnic, but the weather is cool and damp (and lots of rain was predicted but has not yet materialized) so they moved it into the office. On the one hand, it means I don't have spend a day outdoors; on the other, forced work socializing is easier in a park than it is in a conference room. *hands* At least the food will be good.

In other news, I have an appointment to get my hair cut tomorrow by a new (to me) stylist. L's friend KH recommends him quite highly, and he just took care of L's post-chemo hair renaissance (she's now a platinum blonde), so he should be able to cut a few inches off my unmanageable mane. (I won't have to sit through a dye job since I did it myself two weeks ago. whew!) We'll see how it goes. I didn't manage my recent Mother's Day tradition of getting my hair did, so I guess it'll be my Father's Day weekend thing this year instead.

My other big weekend plans are to bag up and get rid of some more books and clothes. Sigh. As I've said before, I keep the pictures of the co-op open in a tab so I can gaze longingly at them during all the stuff I have to do to get moved there. It helps.

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([personal profile] musesfool Jun. 15th, 2017 10:12 am)
Yesterday afternoon at around 3pm, I got a text from the mortgage broker informing me the time had come! The application package had to be sent! So I whipped into a frenzy, ran to the bank, got my certified checks. Hilariously, the teller looked at the balance in the savings account, said, "Are you a priority customer?" and I said, "...no?" so she called her manager over and now I am a priority customer, at least until I write the final check purchasing this apartment and the balance falls below that minimum to more normal levels. It meant I didn't have to pay for the certified checks, though, so go me and go customer service!

Then I came back to my desk and finalized everything, made copies, and put together 4 binders, complete with tabs, table of contents, cover letter and cover page. It was like doing my actual job except more terrifying, because I know my board members by now, and I don't know these people at all, and I need them to like me! But it's done, and I have to stop second-guessing myself. They should be receiving it sometime today via FedEx, and then I just have to hope they review it and like it and call me for the interview in a timely fashion. Eep!

The realtor sent me a list of commonly asked questions and some advice ("Wear a suit, and if choosing between accessorizing with diamonds or pearls, choose pearls for your co-op board interview." !!!) and I of course will review the House Rules document repeatedly prior to the actual interview, but ZOMG. Things are happening! I hope! Keep your fingers crossed!

Then on the way home, when I got to the 83rd Street station, I stepped onto the ginormous escalator and it stopped moving. So I had to climb all the way to the street under my own power. Not pleasant under the best of circumstances, but especially not in yesterday's heat. Sigh. Should I be worried that it was a sign? This morning I almost got mown down by a garbage truck when attempting to cross the street (I had the light! Sometimes I don't, and I admit that, but this time I did!) - again, should I take it as an omen? After all, I'm not superstitious but I'm a little stitious. And if I were texting you, I'd put a wink emoji here, because that is just who I am now.

Meanwhile, every time one of my mosquito bites finally passes the itching stage, I end up with two more. This is not fun. Why do we need mosquitoes anyway? What possible ecological niche can they fill that other bugs can't do just as well? And why do they like me so much and why am I so allergic to their bites? These are the important questions that keep me awake at night while I wait for the itching to stop and exercise every ounce of willpower not to scratch.

I also forgot it was Wednesday, because this week has seemed endless and it's still not over yet. Sigh. So books:

What I've just finished
River of Teeth by Sarah Gailey, which I enjoyed - it does justice to the premise, mostly - but which was too short to really invest in the characters.

What I'm reading now
The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan, which is the second Trials of Apollo book, and man, trials is the right word, because I dunno, I am just not digging this series the way I've enjoyed all the others - I am eagerly anticipating more Magnus Chase and I can't wait for more crossovering to happen with Percy et al. and Carter and Sadie Kane - but Apollo is just irritating to me as a narrator and there's not enough Leo.

What I'm reading next
Do I ever know? Though two people on my flist have recently reviewed Joan Aiken's The Five-Minute Marriage, which sounds right up my alley, so maybe that.

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everyworldneedslove:

dirkbolero:

spaceshipoftheseus:

matt-ruins-feminisms-shit:

Look, this is my litmus test: I pretend I am the original Earl of Sandwich. I have asked for non-bread foods to be brought to me inside bread, that I might more easily consume them one-handed while gambling.

This does not enable my wretched regency habits. This is not what I asked for. I do not deign to grace it with the name of my house.

This is the most important addition to the sandwich discourse I have ever read.

THIS IS THE BEST LITMUS TEST FOR SANDWICH-OR-NOT I HAVE SEEN.

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Have fun storming the castle!
 - Miracle Max

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hellyeahrihannafenty:

Tom Holland does Rihanna’s “Umbrella” on Lip Sync Battle

I’m literally zendaya reacting like he didn’t have to go that hard and yet..

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DUE SOUTH

I drew this in a fugue state. It felt like the easiest thing in the world. I love Due South. I especially Love Ben and Ray K’s dynamic, and how Ray wears thick-rimmed glasses when he’s aiming his gun. I also love the manga FAKE, which always had these great flowery book covers, and i felt like these two things needed to be brought together. So here you are.

I’ll have prints of this at HeroesCon and Flamecon! You can also buy a print online here. 

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([personal profile] musesfool Jun. 14th, 2017 12:06 pm)
Another successful board meeting put to bed last night. Whew. One day I might actually tell the story of the Great Page Numbering Debacle, but first I think my eyes need to rest from rolling them so much.

Hopefully now I'll be able to have some brain power left for writing, which was totally backburnered these last few weeks, because of work and househunting. There's nothing I can do about the co-op business for now - either the appraisal was good or it wasn't and I won't know that until early next week probably - but work should be slightly less hectic for a couple of weeks anyway, so hopefully I can do more than become one with my sofa every night for a couple of hours before bed. Hopefully I can keep my 1 story a month promise to myself. Hopefully.

So here is the current wip list:
- Thing 1 and Thing 2, which seem like they will be on here forever
- The Etta Candy & Peggy Carter thing
- project make Lucy and Wyatt have sex: number 1, file name: Do It for the Timeline
- project make Lucy and Wyatt have sex: number 2, titled: No Fate But What We Make
- the Vaderkin/lady-Obi-Wan idfic
- Night Five: the Anakin/Ahsoka bedsharing story for [personal profile] silveronthetree
- how strangely my life is curved: the Ahsoka Steve-Rogers-ing her way through the TFA era story
- stop clicking your red heels and wishing for home: a Steve/Bucky story for the Fourth of July
- Drive It Like You Stole It - the Han/Leia pwp
- Talking Points - the Luke and Rey try not to replicate past mistakes story
- Half-Truths and Hyperbole - the Obi-Wan/Satine Regency AU
- Well, Did You Ever? - the Obi-Wan/Satine Thin Man AU
- Someone else to catch this drift - the single-dad Anakin/Ahsoka AU
- the half-thought-out Luke-and-Obi-Wan-centric sequel to "Just a Little Bit of History Repeating"

Good lord, that's a ridiculous number of wsip, especially considering most of them actually do have some words attached (not the last three though; those are just notes to self so I don't forget what I want to do). Surely I can finish something in the next sixteen days?

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Goddamn it. 

I will never ever get tired of this joke, nor will I apologize for it!

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Suggestions for titles to the American Gods sequel:

Shadow Has a Great Day

Shadow and Charlie Are Now Best Friends

Shadow’s Life Gets Exponentially Better

Shadow Loves Someone Who Loves Him Back and Treats Him Right

75 Coin Tricks You Can Learn Right Now by Shadow Moon, a Happy and Fulfilled Man

feel free to add your own

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the purge but in reverse everything is illegal for 24hrs so we all just go to bed and be quiet for a bit

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woozapooza:

I can’t believe Harrison Ford is Harrison Ford’s real given name. Harrison Ford sounds like the name of a character who would be played by Harrison Ford.

I have thought this so many times but never put it into words this accurately. Bless you.

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the purge except it’s 24 hours where retail workers can talk back to customers and managers

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the thicker your thighs are the more kittens can lay on your lap

This is the body positivity post I’ve been waiting for.

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text posts + the baby-sitters club | part 1 of ?

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Rick O'Connell: a summary

#rick o'connell is 50% screaming#25% ‘are u fucking kidding me rn’#and 25% soft gentle passionate adoration of his wife

I would move to 40% screaming, allowing for 10% “ … fuck this. Rocks fall. Everybody dies.” Which are only better when in direct company with adoration of Evie. 

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Was I into bandom? I DUNNO, CAN YOU THROW POPCORN INTO MIKE CARDEN’S WIDE OPEN MOUTH FROM 50 FEET AWAY? DID TRAVIE DATE KATY PERRY? IS BANG THE DOLDRUMS ABOUT MIKEY WAY? IS FRANK IERO SHORT? DOES PATRICK STUMP WEAR HATS? HAS RYAN ROSS EVER HEARD OF THIS BAND CALLED THE BEATLES? IS PETE WENTZ LAUGHING ON A BOAT THE HAPPIEST THING I CAN THINK OF? DID I OWN UPWARDS OF SEVERAL PURPLE HOODIES? HAVE I SEEN METRO STATION IN CONCERT MORE THAN THREE TIMES? UNTIL I HEAR YOUR BIG GORILLA VOICE AND BIRDS, IS THE HEAT ON? DID I DISCOVER MYSELF IN WAYS I DIDN’T THINK WERE POSSIBLE? DID I FORGE LIFELONG FRIENDSHIPS?

WAS I IN BANDOM??????????? Yes. So much. I still got at least some toes in there, too. Everything hurts forever. I am certain my LJ name/fanfiction output isn’t hard to find either. B-)

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([personal profile] musesfool Jun. 12th, 2017 01:23 pm)
Last night, it took over FIVE HOURS to ahem American Gods. FIVE HOURS. Wtf is this, 1999? Never have I missed megaupload more than I did last night, since I stayed up to ensure the download finished, because I didn't want to have to go through it all again tonight. Which is now when I'll have to watch it. Sigh.

And then I slept poorly and had anxiety dreams (I was especially worked up about the one where I lost my phone and when I got it back, it had been completely wiped of all information), so I'm kind of brain dead today. Luckily, mostly I have been making copies, and that doesn't require a whole lot of thinking.

My appraisal is happening/has just happened (it was scheduled for noon today, and I don't know how long such things take for one bedroom apartments), so hopefully within a week or two I'll be moving onto the next terrifying step of actually finalizing and sending the purchase application to the co-op board. Eep!

Part of me feels like this has already been a torturous, protracted process, and part of me is kind of surprised at how fast it's moving. *hands*

In case you missed it, the Black Panther teaser trailer. My body is ready! GIVE IT TO ME.

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zennistrad:

nitro-nova:

Man yells, “Make America Great Again!” Before shooting 6 people dead.

Man wearing, “Make America Great Again” hat murders 2 strangers for no reason.

A Trump supporter murders 2 police officers because they told him he couldn’t wave a Confederate flag at a high school football game.

Two men beat a homeless man with a metal bar and urinate on him screaming, “Donald Trump was right, all these illegals need to be deported,” When asked for a comment about the incident Trump defends them saying, “My supporters are very passionate. They love this country and they want this country to be great again.”

Trump supporter attacks a Hispanic man and a Muslim student at a gas station while yelling, “Trump! Trump! Trump!”

Trump supporter stabs a black man unprovoked because he was holding hands with a white woman, tells police they need to release him so he can attend a Trump rally that night.

Trump supporter attacks Muslim woman at airport.

A Trump supporter punches a 70 year old protester in the face.

Trump supporter arrested for brutally beating protester.

3 Trump supporters arrested planning terrorist attack to kill Muslims.

Trump supporter confuses an Indian man for a Muslim at restaurant and says, “Things are different now, I don’t want you sand n*ggers sitting next to me.” Before attacking the man.

“We got a new President you fucking f*ggots.” Men yell as they attack gay man.

Trump supporters track down and brutally beat an artist because she made a painting of Trump with a small penis.

Trump supporter who sucker punched protester: “Next time, we might have to kill them.”

Trump is asked to comment on his supporters brutally beating a black man, he responds with, “Maybe he should have been roughed up,”

“You fucking gorillas and baby monkeys, We voted for Trump. Trump’s building a wall, beaners, and you’ll be going back to where you belong.” Man yells at black elementary school children unprovoked before he swerves his car at them attempting to hit them.

Trump supporters beat black man so badly he’s hospitalized for concussion and call him the n-word.

Trump supporter pepper sprays a 15-year-old girl point-blank in the face after another Trump supporter groped her breasts, shouting “n*gger lover” as she attempted to run away.

Trump supporter walks up to a black man in the middle of a downtown area and says, “Donald Trump will deport you.” Before punching the black man.

“Trump is going to win and if you don’t like it I’m going to beat your ass,” Trump supporter yells at random black woman outside of convenient store.

Man attacks and kicks Muslim airport employee shouting, “Trump is here now, he will get rid of all of you.”

In 8 months Trump supporters attacked protesters at 20 different rallies.

Trump supporter tracks down a local Latino Democratic political candidate and tries to run him and his elderly mother over with a car. (The Latino candidate is also a former marine.)

“This is for Donald Trump!” man yells as he runs up a Latino person and punches them in the head.

Trump supporter goes to Hillary Clinton rally to disrupt the event, ends up punching someone when asked to leave.

Trump supporter punches, chokes and slaps protesters on video during rally.

An angry mob of Trump supporters brutally beat and grab a mans genitals because he held up a, “Republicans Against Trump” sign.

A Trump supporter yells, “Get your black kids out of here. Do you even have a job? Do you know what a job is, n*gger?” Before physically attacking a black man who had come to the hospital to get help for his sick 2 week old daughter.

Local Republican Politician sexually assaults a woman by, “grabbing her pussy.” and then says he is allowed to do it because now that Trump is president he doesn’t have to be politically correct.

Canadian man who was a vocal Trump supporter both online and in person goes into a mosque and murders 6 people.

Trump supporter physically assaults Comedian on stage for making Anti-Trump Joke.

Man yells, “Trump” while beating African immigrant cab driver.

A Trump supporter is arrested for burning a Mosque down.

A Trump supporter sees a car has pro-gay bumper stickers on it and then follows the car, waiting for the 75 year old driver to get out before brutally attacking him while screaming, “My new president says we can kill all you f*ggots now.”

A Trump supporter is arrested after brutally attacking gay men outside a McDonald’s. Witnesses describe the aftermath as, “There was blood everywhere.”

A Muslim refugee gay rights activist is kidnapped and raped by two men in retaliation for, “Trump being mocked.”

A Trump supporter is arrested on terrorism charges for building bombs he was going to use to kill Muslims.

Person spray-paints a transgender veterans car with the word “Trump” then sets it on fire.

A Trump supporter attacks two Muslim women and tries to push over a stroller with a baby in it while screaming, “Get the fuck out of America”

A Trump supporter tells a random Muslim woman he sees on the street, “I’m voting for Trump because he said he would send all of you terrorists out of this country.” Before attacking her.

Man shoots out the windows of two businesses from a car while shouting, “Hail Trump.”

“Leftists are violent thugs.”

but the biggest threat is radical Islamic terrorism

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I work at a kindergarten and this is a collection of cute Wonder Woman related things that happened within a week of the movie being released. 

On Monday, a boy who was obsessed with Iron Man, told me he had asked his parents for a new Wonder Woman lunchbox. 

A little girl said “When I grow up I want to speak hundreds of languages like Diana”

This girl had her parents revamp her Beauty and the Beast birthday party in THREE DAYS because she simply had to have a Wonder Woman party. 

Seven girls playing together during recess on Tuesday, saying that since they all wanted to be Wonder Woman they had agreed to be Amazons and not fight but work together to defeat evil. 

There is this one girl that refuses to listen to you unless you address her as Wonder Woman. 

Another girl very seriously asked the teacher if she could ditch her uniform for the Wonder Woman armor bc she “wanted to be ready if she needed to save the world”. The teacher laughed and said it was okay, and the next day the girl came dressed as Wonder Woman and not a single kid batted an eye.

They are making a wrap-up dance show, and they asked the teacher if they could come as superheroes, they are going to sing a song about bunnies. 

This kid got angry and threw a plastic car over his head and a girl gasped “LIKE IN THE MOVIE”

A boy threw his candy wrapping in the floor and a 5-year-old girl screamed “DON’T POLLUTE YOU IDIOT, THAT IS WHY THERE ARE NO MEN IN TEMYSCIRA”

On Wednesday, a girl came with a printed list of every single female superhero and her powers, to avoid any trouble when deciding roles at recess. 

I was talking to one of the girls that hadn’t seen the movie, and the next day she came and very seriously told me “you were right, Wonder Woman was way better than Frozen.”

Consider this your friendly reminder that if this movie completely changed the way these girls and boys thought about themselves and the world in a week, imagine what the next generation will achieve if we give them more movies like Wonder Woman.  

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