Title: In Our Nature
(Ch. 9: "The Fable of the Grieving King")
Fandom: Star Trek (AOS)
Rating: R
Characters/Pairings: James T. Kirk, Nyota Uhura, Spock, Leonard McCoy, Montgomery Scott, mirror!Marlena Moreau, mirror!James Kirk, Christine Chapel, Hikaru Sulu. Kirk/Uhura, Scotty/OC, references to a couple other pairings.
Summary: After four of the ship's officers never returned from an away mission, Spock reluctantly assumed the role of captain on the Enterprise while mourning the absence of his closest companions. Jim Kirk is meanwhile becoming the Terran Empire's most wanted fugitive in a slowly transforming mirror universe. Both of their fates may be affected by the self-fulfilling prophecy of a man who has very little to lose.
Overall Warnings: Violence (including some torture), secondary character death. This has been a WIP for a long while so it will have some inconsistencies with STID and onward.

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I have a friend with a friend who's over Laurell K. Hamilton and is looking for genre recs, so would you please rec your paranormal romance and urban fantasy favorites in the comments here? I've already texted recs, but I'm always on the hunt for new ones and so is the FoaF, so anything you think is good, drop a comment.

Any genre of pairings is welcome. Thanks!
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([personal profile] havocthecat Apr. 20th, 2017 10:47 am)
Still not done with the series. I'm not as into it as Mr. Havoc, who has a long time comics love of Iron Fist. Though now I know why Colleen puts up with Danny. Spoilers, spoilers everywhere. )
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([personal profile] graycardinal Apr. 20th, 2017 07:53 am)

Borrowed from

[personal profile] sharpest_asp, because of course I ought to be working up a couple of exchange signups:

Here are 15 quotes; your job is to guess the movies from which they come.  (For extra style points, identify the actor or character who's speaking.)  A couple of notes on this list, which may or may not be of help: purely for amusement value, I sorted the list alphabetically by film title.  The films date from 1965 to 2015; five are musicals, two are Westerns, and three are Disney movies (by which I mean originated by Disney proper, not from franchises acquired by Disney over time).  All were theatrical releases, although one in particular was an indie project with a narrow distribution window in its initial run.  OTOH, that one also had a couple of other lives on cable and DVD (I bought my disc at a local supermarket/dept. store chain), so it's not hopelessly obscure, only partially so (and worth looking up, IMO).

#1: “I guess a curse just ain’t what it used to be, huh, sir?”

 

#2: “Throwing insults into the mix will not do anyone any good.”

#4: “There goes the 12:20.”
      “At 12:20.  What a terrible time to break a perfect record.”

#5: “He’s altogether a marvelous man.  And he understands the Irish.”

#6 “...there’s a big ostrich-looking dragon chewing on the Chrysler Building, and every tree in Central Park is eating people!”

#7: “You can’t be a leprechaun; you’re too tall!”

#9: “This entire band is under arrest.  You’re confined to quarters until further notice.”

#11: “...there had been abuse in my family, but it was mostly musical in nature.  My father used to lock me away in a room with nothing but the Percy Faith recording of Bim Bam Boom, and then send me to bed with nothing but dessert.”

#13: “Four. The only permissible recorded music shall be the following: Johnny Mathis, Perry Como, Jack Jones, the marches of John Philip Sousa or The Star-Spangled Banner.”

#14 “Dave, you should run.”

#15: “How do you think people responded to the prospect of imminent doom? They gobbled it up like a chocolate eclair! They didn't fear their demise, they repackaged it!”

## Solved ##

 

XX - [personal profile] sharpest_asp (Batman) • #3: “Some days you just can’t get rid of a bomb!”

XX - [personal profile] malkingrey  (The Great Muppet Caper) • #8: “It’s exposition, dear; it has to go somewhere.”

XX - [personal profile] sharpest_asp  (Maverick)  • #10: “Now I’ll bet I can change your mind.  I promise that I will lose for at least an hour.”

 

XX - [personal profile] sanguinity   (Murder By Decree) • #12: “You squashed my pea.”

 

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([staff profile] denise posting in [site community profile] dw_maintenance Apr. 19th, 2017 11:02 pm)
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!
([personal profile] selmak Apr. 18th, 2017 09:15 pm)
Just testing this out.
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([personal profile] lyssie Apr. 18th, 2017 07:33 pm)
1. I have 0 opinion on the LJ thing. I'm just cross-posting everything. Because I can. Also, more icons on LJ.

2. I am so behind on TV I still haven't watched the DW christmas special. No, seriously, I haven't.
(CLARA WAS MY HEART OK. Also, I really should finish my post about my thoughts on CLARA and Twelve and the last season, as it's, like, two years late at this point.)

3. I finally broke down and bought a new laptop. Much as I loved Parker, when Firefox tells me they will no longer support the version of Windows I'm running... Anyway, the new computer is not named, and is shiny and all. And also maybe now I can watch Netflix again. Even if Photoshop no longer works (curse the inevitable betrayal of technology).

4. Is anyone watching this APB show Fox is doing? Because it sounds like a low-rent Person of Interest ripoff. (c'mon. "A tech billionaire. A Chicago cop. Giving justice the reboot." It's just missing the ex-CIA operative...)

5. Yes, I do live. =D

6. OMG. I was going through icons and there are like ten billion Kara/Sam icons on my computer and I MISS THEM OK. I miss BSG fandom and SG-1 circa season 9 and, let's be real, Farscape at any season (though I wasn't in the fandom). I also need to make myself more Pryde/Wisdom icons. Because speaking of OTPs... (and maybe I need more icon space on DW'th, as there is a lack of Jean/Scott here).

7. The worst part about moving computers is having to go through all of your files and realizing you don't remember what the actual fuck three-quarters of them are (though at least my music files were mostly in order, and a playlist spanning EVERYTHING is massively entertaining especially when it shifts from The Pogues to the BSG soundtrack...). Also making sure you don't have copies and duplicates. Over-write is my friend.

8. However. Can I talk about how fugly the Windows 10 start menu is? Because it is awful. I don't want this facebook bullshit. (I know there is a shell thing out there). I just want fucking classic view back, dammit.

6B. No, seriously, going through these Kara/Sam (and the BSG ones in general) is making me say all sorts of "OMG OTP. AUGH. STUPID KIDS." type things. so pathetic, I know.
I don't really want to talk about the bad things. I am glad, though, that I was able to help Mom out this weekend, and get her mind off of her problems, at least for a little while. If I let myself think about it too long, I'll start navelgazing about all of them. So instead, have some linkspam:

WordStar: A writer’s word processor - Every now and again, I look at this and think, "Do I want to learn another word processor? Something even more keyboard-intensive to use than WordPerfect? I love Scrivener, but options . I won't install it, but it's fun to think about.

I am not (yet) going to be watching this Carrie Fisher tribute, but I've heard I'll need tissues when I do. Mark Hamill organized his own tribute to her, and I'll have to watch that and laugh - and probably cry too.

One of my favorite ice cream places used to make lychee ice cream, but stopped. I need to start making my own.

Sylvia Volk has written a lot of very good Highlander fiction (though I have issues with her treatment of Cassandra), and I've found out that she's made the leap to original fic. I'll have to check her original stories out later.

I have this project where I've been looking for a stainless steel water bottle that's made in the U.S. instead of China, just to see if any are, and it's awfully difficult to find anything. Like, there are none. I've found one aluminium bottle, not much else. I've found some scaremongering blogs, those are fun (well, not really), and some more balanced ones that point out the costs of making a food-grade stainless steel water bottle in the U.S. are prohibitively high. (The comments are even fairly sensible, surprisingly enough.)

There's a copper travel mug (lined with stainless steel) that's made in the U.S., and probably everyone is paid a living wage and the prices are more than fair. I would love to buy this, but it's $300 and fuck if I can afford a $300 copper travel mug. There's also a stainless steel mug, but it's the "man mug," and I'm vomiting a little in my mouth at the name: You can check out their completed Kickstarter if you want to, though.
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([personal profile] raincitygirl Apr. 15th, 2017 05:00 pm)
I think I may need to revise my tastes in non-fiction. My mum asked me what I've been reading lately, and I said, "Well, I just finished Dead Wake, and just started Shake Hands With the Devil." My mum at first thought they were mystery novels, so I explained they were non-fiction, and then she started laughing at me. She said it's hardly surprising I'm depressed, given the books I read.

Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania, by Erik Larson is very good, very thrilling even though I already know the ending (rocks fall, everybody dies).

And Shake Hands With the Devil: The Failure of Humanity in Rwanda by Lieutenant-General Romeo Dallaire (now Senator Dallaire) is starting out very interestingly even though I suspect it will get horrendously depressing later on.

Any good books out there (in English) about the White Rose? I am contemplating ordering the DVD of Sophie Scholl: The Final Days, but worried that it might depress me. Any suggestions, any better movies or books out there, etc?

Oh damn, my mum was right!
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([staff profile] denise posting in [site community profile] dw_news Apr. 14th, 2017 05:34 am)
Hello, Dreamwidth! Goodness, this past week has been unexpectedly exciting, hasn't it? A warm Dreamwidth welcome to everyone who's just joining us: we're glad you're here, and we hope you're liking the new digs.

Before we get into all the things I have to cover, though: Given the reasons most people are citing for not wanting to agree to LiveJournal's new ToS, I'd like to take a moment and ask: if you're able to (and only if you're able!), please consider donating to the Russian LGBT Network/Российская ЛГБТ-сеть. They not only do excellent work across the Russian Federation, but are currently mobilizing to help evacuate LGBT people in Chechnya who are in danger of detention or death. (EDIT: If you're outside Russia, you can donate through All Out; the Russian LGBT Network website won't accept donations from outside Russia.)

To our friends in Russia who are LGBT and those who are against the mistreatment of anyone because of their sexual orientation: We stand with you. Please stay safe above all else, but if it would be safe for you to post that link, the LGBT Network is asking that as many people as possible publicly share the information that the LGBT Network is ready to help. (They also ask that you do not contact people in Chechnya directly to let them know, as there are reports the authorities are searching people's phones and computers for evidence of sexual orientation.)

The rest of this post is primarily to give y'all new folks a brief orientation (or as brief as I am ever capable of; no one has ever called me concise) to help you settle in, although I hope at least some of it will be useful (or at least interesting!) to those of you who have been with us for a while. Come with me as we discuss Dreamwidth's history, a bit of what (we think) makes us special, the answers to a few common questions about how we roll, and a few useful tips that may help you with the transition.


Dreamwidth 101! )

Whew! That was a lot to throw at y'all at once, I know. (Yes, I always am this longwinded. And I always use this many parentheses.) Everybody who's been here for a while: thank you for your patience as I got our new arrivals up to speed! We'll be back in a few weeks with a code push and a bunch of new features and fixes, so the next news post should be more broadly applicable.

In the meantime, let's have a welcome party in the comments:

* If you're looking for new people to subscribe to you, leave a comment with some basic info about your journal and what you tend to write about! Then everybody can browse around and meet each other. (There's also [community profile] 2017revival and [community profile] addme, both of which are unofficial but bustling lately; holler if you know of any more.)

* If you've been here for a while and have a favorite community that's active, drop a link and a brief description!

* If you're new or you've been here for a while, and you're looking for an active community on a particular topic, leave a comment with what you're looking for and people can recommend you some options. (We've done this a few times before, as "the great community rec-o-matic", and it's never a bad time for another round.)

* If you know of any scripts, resources, extensions, tools, or toys that will help someone make the move, get settled in, or customize their DW experience once they're here, drop a link and a description in the comments. (We can't be responsible for unofficial tools, scripts, extensions, etc, so use at your own risk, but I know there are a bunch of them floating around!)

Finally, a quick note on the importer queue: it's still going, I swear. The jobs finishing now are the ones that were scheduled around 48 hours ago, though, so we really appreciate how patient y'all are being!

As always, if you're having problems with Dreamwidth, Support can help you; for notices of site problems and downtime, check [site community profile] dw_maintenance and the Twitter status account. (We can't do support through Twitter, though! Open a support request instead. Me trying to fit into 140 characters is not a pretty sight.)

Comment notifications may be delayed for an hour or two, due to the high volume of notifications generated after an update is posted to [site community profile] dw_news. This was posted at 5:30AM EDT (see in your time zone). Please don't worry about delayed notifications until at least two hours after that.

Title: Wasting Time
Author: danceswithgary
Artist: pattrose
Pairing(s): Ronon Dex/Jennifer Keller
Rating: G
Warnings: None
Summary: Jennifer was glad Ronon had waited until she'd finished with the children before beginning his story.
Sequel to That Which Waits to be Discovered

Link to fic: http://archiveofourown.org/works/10590837
Link to art: http://archiveofourown.org/works/10513854
I don't know that I can keep up on superhero media any more. This is getting ridiculous and over-the-top. I could spend ALL DAY EVERY DAY watching comic book-sourced media and there will come a point where I can't keep up. I think I've reached that point.

We've got everything that already exists (DCU, Marvel Netflix, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., MCU, Arrowverse, Lucifer, anything else I can't think of), films I haven't seen (okay, that's very few), plus Punisher, Cloak and Dagger on Freeform (oh, it's going to be terrible, but it's Cloak and Dagger), Preacher (seen first season and noping the fuck out if it gets renewed), The Walking Dead (noped the fuck out without even watching), Legion, that Amy Acker show, all the X-Men stuff, and also Deadpool.

Now they're going to do Squirrel Girl and the New Warriors and I. cannot. keep. up. Even though I love the New Warriors. (But it's on Freeform, which has only ever done Dead of Summer and done it well, in my opinion, and I've seen a few Freeform shows in the science fiction, fantasy, and horror genres.)

Plus iZombie and Wynonna Earp, and let's not forget that The Middleman (which I love and adore always) was based on a comic book too. If someone starts talking a Sandman animated film, my head might explode. (Please don't tell me if you've heard that. I think I heard some kind of a Books of Magic rumor already.)

This is why I stopped reading comics, people. I couldn't keep up. There were too many crossovers and there was too much knowledge required and too much BACKSTORY and it was getting to the point where you had to read $50 worth of comics a month just to keep up with the X-titles alone - and they tried pushing all the variant covers at you.

I've reached that point with comic book-based TV and movies, when the original draw of Batman: The Animated Series and the other media (Justice League, Justice League Unlimited, Young Justice, even the MCU originally, also Marvel Netflix and the Batman films) was its simplicity and ease of entry compared to the horrendous and tangled backstory of the source material.

It's gotten to the point where, if I've heard a new movie or series is based on a comic book, I start looking at it suspiciously right out of the gate, waiting for the day a spinoff will be announced, and three spinoffs from there. I love fanfic and spinoffs. I'm just tired of executives trying to grab all my attention (and eyeballs for advertising money) with ALL THE COMIC THEMED EVERYTHING EVER!

(Your mileage may vary! You may not be tired of this! If not, I am happy for you and glad that you are happy for all the comic things. I do not expect you to be grouchy about it like me.)
People who are worried because the import of their LiveJournal account has been running for a long time with no real signs of progress: please don't be concerned! The import queue is currently a little long. (In the same way that Mt Everest is a little tall and the Mariana Trench is a little deep.) We're limited in how many import jobs we can run simultaneously and how quickly we can start the next import after one finishes: LiveJournal, like all sites, has restrictions on how frequently we can programmatically request data from their site, so the import queue can get very backed up at times like this when more imports are being started than are finishing. If you look at the import queue and the numbers don't seem to be changing much, or are only going up, it doesn't mean that no imports are finishing: it means a lot of additional people have scheduled an import since the last time you reloaded.

As long as you haven't gotten a failure message in your on-site inbox, your import is still running. (Even if you have gotten a failure message, your import may still be running: if the site thinks that the failure is something that might correct itself, like being unable to connect to the remote site, it will retry for a few times before giving up.) If you have gotten a failure message, the error message in your inbox should tell you what went wrong.

The three common problems right now: 1) you mistyped your username and/or password; 2) you need to agree to LiveJournal's new ToS before they'll permit you to access the data in your account; 3) an entry or entries in your LiveJournal account have a text encoding mismatch and you need to follow the link in the error message to fix it on LJ.

If you haven't gotten a failure message, your import is still waiting in the queue, and will run when it makes its way up to the top of the queue.

People keep asking us how long the queue is (by which they mean, how much time will it take for a job just started to successfully finish: length of time, not number of jobs waiting). I would love to be able to give you a definite answer! It's really, really hard for us to predict how long it will take for a job to get up to the top of the queue, though: how long an import takes to complete depends on a lot of things, including how many posts/comments are in the journal. To give you a ballpark figure that might be off by up to 100% on either side: If I personally started a brand new import right now (in my timezone, the early morning of Monday 10 Apr), I would be pleasantly surprised if it finished before Tuesday morning (24 hours or so), would expect it to finish sometime on Tuesday night or maybe even stretch all the way to Wednesday night (36-60 hours), and wouldn't start to wonder if I should poke [staff profile] mark or [personal profile] alierak to doublecheck that something hadn't gotten stuck in such a way that our monitoring didn't alert us about it until Thursday afternoon or evening (100+ hours).

All of those time estimates, by the way, assume a relatively uncomplicated job that succeeds on the first try. When the site tries again after a failure, it includes a delay that increases after each failure in case the failure was due to transient network issues. So, I know some of you started an import at the end of last week and it's still running: some of you are trying to import very large journals, and some of you ran into errors along the way and are in a retry wait loop. Again: if you haven't gotten the final error message in your inbox (and it will tell you it's the final error), it's still chugging along.

You do not have to leave the importer page open or stay logged into Dreamwidth until your import finishes. (You do have to avoid changing your LJ password until the job is done, or it will fail.) You can close the window/tab and go off and explore Dreamwidth; the movers will be along in a little while with your stuff.

The tl;dr version of my usual longwinded babble: IMPORTER VERY BUSY. MANY PEOPLE MOVING IN. LIKE ON DORM OR APARTMENT MOVE-IN DAY, FREIGHT ELEVATORS VERY SLOW. BUILDING OWNERS RUNNING FREIGHT ELEVATORS AS FAST AS POSSIBLE AND APOLOGIZE FOR THE WAIT.

A housewarming glass of champagne/sparkling cider/fancy handmade soda for all! Welcome to the neighborhood.

EDIT, 10 Apr 2017 7:15PM EDT: the importer is not the only thing that is very busy today! I'm trying to get to all the comments here, but keep getting dragged off to handle other stuff (and will be knocking off for the night soon). If you have a technical support problem, it will probably be faster to open a support request, where there's less likelihood that it will get overlooked in the sea of comments.
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