muccamukk: Steve laughing into his hand. (Avengers: Amused Steve)
This morning, Kaylee discovered that Nenya's wastepaper bag is REALLY fun to play in.





Which means my cat is in the trash bin with the rest of us.

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Jun. 14th, 2016 05:17 pm
muccamukk: Jeff and Delenn sitting quietly together, background of starcharts. (B5: Constellations)
DW seems to be letting me log in again, if only to my flist, but yay! Thinking about moving everything back to LJ was way more exhausting than thinking about having to log back in every fifteen minutes, so we'll go with this. If I vanish without reason, that's why though.

Since I'm back, have some slightly blurry wildlife pictures. Read more... )

Meanwhile, [community profile] ssrconfidential reveals are tomorrow or the next day, so if anyone wants to guess what I wrote, now's the time. I did three stories.
muccamukk: Iolaus laughing. Text: "Adorable me-sized warrior friend type" (H:TLJ: Me-Sized Friend Type)
I keep meaning to do a personal post, but then I'd have to talk about feelings, which I'm not good at, so have a picture of a thing I found on the beach last week. I'm good at finding things on the beach.

Picture )

Day 11

In your own space, make a list of at least 3 things that you like about yourself.


I'm going to keep this mostly fannish, I think.

  1. I know how to do multi-fandom tag wrangling for fests on AO3, and am good at it (ditto AO3 tag issues generally, and how to tag fic so people will find it). I should do a post about that, since there are so many new little fests popping up.

  2. My fanfic is generally well done. I think I do especially well at very short fic, but I'm also good of thinking of plots for long fic. I generally do character voices well. I'm also good at researching details for stuff (knowing when to STOP researching, not so much, but eh).

  3. I'm generally supportive of my fandom friends, both as an alpha reader/cheerleader/sounding board/word war haver for fic, but also generally being helpful and kind when people are feeling down.
muccamukk: Storm laughs in the thunder and rain. (Marvel: Exultant)
Your thoughts on wind, water, waves, weather, and other things of that sort. ([personal profile] linaelyn)

I like movement, okay?

I especially like wind, because it makes the element of air alive. The air is (hopefully!) always there, and I need it to live, but I don't really think about it much of the time, unless it's windy. Because then it's pushy and it's noisy and it's cold and warm and steals my breath and tears up my eyes and rampages around doing all kinds of things. And when the air is moving, it makes everything else move too; if you're out on a windy day, the trees are whipping back and forth and roaring, and the tops of the waves are flying through the sky, and the clouds are tearing along, and the sand's making drifts and tiny dunes like snow, and that's nothing on if it's snowing. I find it impossible to feel down or low energy when I'm out in the wind; the wind won't let me.

I am unable to resist throwing my arms wide in embrace and turning my face to the sky.

Waves are different. Waves reveal the shapes of things, but also make them, and are also their own thing. They don't create movement the way wind does (unless you're in a boat), but if you watch waves, you see how they're both positive and negative space at once. A wave is shaped by the shape of the sea floor and the coast and the wind, but it also takes a definite form. You can sort of tell what a wave will do knowing the form of the rocks, and having watched other waves, but it will never look exactly like you think, and the shape it takes will always show you more about the land around it, and the power behind it. It's like a basic physics text book, except when it's like chaos theory.

And of course the wind and the waves shape each other, and the land around them.


"Once by the Pacific" by Robert Frost

The shattered water made a misty din.
Great waves looked over others coming in,
And thought of doing something to the shore
That water never did to land before.
The clouds were low and hairy in the skies,
Like locks blown forward in the gleam of eyes.
You could not tell, and yet it looked as if
The shore was lucky in being backed by cliff,
The cliff in being backed by continent;
It looked as if a night of dark intent
Was coming, and not only a night, an age.
Someone had better be prepared for rage.
There would be more than ocean-water broken
Before God's last Put out the light was spoken.


Two pictures: )

Pictures!

Jul. 15th, 2015 09:31 pm
muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (Lights: Stairs)
The Voyage of New Horizons: Jupiter, Pluto, and Beyond (lots of high res images. Nothing newer than the last ones I linked to, but still worth a look.)

Also, please admire my freshly-painted helipad, which will probably not look this nice again, or at least not until I paint it next year.picture )
muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (Avengers: Busy Right Now)
I'm not doing TT this week because there weren't any interesting posts, so here's a picture of a stump that I took on Egg Island on this day in 2006. also, bunch berries )

I'm also behind on the Star Trek meme, which is why I never do these memes. I get three days posted then get distracted an wander off. Also behind on comments.

And [community profile] femslashficlets, but they have a poll about themes for prompt tables, so check that out in lieu of content here. Their theme this week is "faith."

ETA: For those who read Courtney Milan, here's a story where Adam from the Cyclone series meets Free from the Sinister series. This, of course, involves time travel.

Here's my library list! See, content!

Checked out:
Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear
The Secret History of Wonder Woman by Jill Lepore
A God in Every Stone by Kamila Shamsie
Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit by Nahoko Uehashi

Holds:
Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler (ready)
The Color of Heaven by Kim Dong Hwa (ready)
Bad Feminist: Essays by Roxane Gay (in transit)
The Silver Dark Sea by Susan Fletcher (in transit)
The Outside Circle by Patti LaBoucane-Benson (5 on 3 copies)
Uprooted by Naomi Novik (6 on 3 copies)
Nothing Like Love by Sabrina Ramnanan (12 on 3 copies)
What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions by Randall Munroe (20 on 8 copies)
Moving Forward Sideways Like A Crab by Shani Mootoo (23 on 8 copies)

Differed
Lightspeed: Year One (1 on 1 copy)
The Buried Giant by Kazuo Ishiguro (8 on 25 copies)
My Grandfather Would Have Shot Me: A Black Woman Discovers Her Family by Jennifer Teege (2 on 3 copies)
†† The Witness House: Nazis and Holocaust Survivors Sharing A Villa During the Nuremberg Trials by Christiane Kohl (1 on 1 copy)
†† Death and the Maidens: Fanny Wollstonecraft and the Shelley Circle By Janet M. Todd (1 on 1 copy)
* Stiletto by Daniel O'Malley (4 on 3 copies)

† Suspended until 15 June.
†† Suspended until 30 June.
* On order.
muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (Lights: Isolation)
SUN! OMG!
2 June 2004 [start of the summer I spent working on Egg Island Lightstation]

Well, there was sun when I got up, so I immediately climbed to the top of the tower and watched the fog roll in. Lots of pictures.

While I was half way up, I paused to rest and, looking to the south, saw a flock of gulls harassing three immature bald eagles. But being that I was clinging to the side of a nine metre metal frame, I could not take pictures.

I wish I knew the names of things here. Ignorance makes recording them difficult. I think I shall assign my own from now on. The narrow crevasse that nearly bisects the island just north of the engine room shall hence forth be known a Shelly Surge.

This is where I went to photograph rocks and flowers and generally have a good time scrambling over everything. I then explored south along the east shore in a similar fashion which left me entirely confused. After about two hundred metres, I came upon another channel that quite clearly goes west and comes out somewhere else. Only it can't because it doesn't, and it can't be the south coast of the island somehow because a) I hadn't gone nearly far enough and b) I didn't pass the "beach" I can see from the tower. The only thing I can figure is that the apparent exit is actually a trick of the fog. I'm calling it Thomas Surge, anyway.


Egg Island is pretty well half way to Alaska, and marks the safe passage through the open waters of Queen Charlotte Sound, the only major stretch exposed water on the Inside Passage. Basically no one ever goes there. I didn't have Internet access that summer, so I was keeping a paper journal that I later retroposted to my LJ along with some of the pictures I'd taken. Reposting because the pictures are nice, and I have a strong memory of how disorientating and exciting it was to have a whole island basically to myself to explore. Oh, it turned out that the other end of Thomas surge channel showed up over by the engine room, and I was just completely turned around.

Here's the pictures I put with that post, though I've uploaded higher res copies, as the ones on the original post were tiny. I think I made this icon for the occasion, though the picture is of Triple Island, not Egg.

Eight Large Pictures )
muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (Lights: Isolation)
Not a Good Day for Pets
28 May 2004 [my first year going to college in town]

Brother called the shelter and the owners had come for the dog. So they were bummed. I was too, really. I have claimed for years that I am really a cat person. I am. Really. I have no desire to own a dog. It would have been nice to play with theirs though. They will go dog hunting again in a couple of weeks.

The really bad news came when Dad called. A Bear ate his beloved rabbit. Poor Mr. Kiwi Underfoot is no more. Dad was pretty broken up, so was Mom. I don’t feel too badly about it, only a little sad. We really shouldn’t have let him run loose, but he was always so happy out there. He did so love tormenting the chickens. Rest in peace, my love. Poor baby, at least it was quick.

I hadn't realised that I never told the full story of the demise of Mr. Kiwi Underfoot. This post makes it sounds like I was totally broken up or something, when I was mostly trying not to laugh (I remember saying very neutral "Oh, yeah?" a lot in that phone conversation). Poor bunny. And poor Dad, whose rabbit it was. But honestly!

For reference, this is Dad holding the rabbit in question. I think that's about as big as he got. picture of a rabbit )

So Dad had this ridiculous little pet rabbit, which he loved. I think it was the second one we had as a pet not as a garden animal, and I think we got it for him for Christmas or something. From the picture you can see that it's clearly an inside pet not a meat rabbit or anything. But it wasn't really happy running about the kitchen floor, so it was allowed, on nice days, to go outside and do whatever, and it would come back in on its own at night. We assumed it sort of hoped about the edges of the house or something. It was wee! How far could it go?

It was a busy spring day when about forty things were happening. No one had seen Kiwi in a while, but no one had been paying attention either. Then, my folks heard on the radio the ferry operator at the Narrows (about 13km up the coast) calling the resource conservation officers with, "I've got a really strange wildlife report." Which was the following:

Two people who were trying to run the trail in a day had stopped to sit on a bunch and rest. The bench was about four hundred metres down the trail from our station, and, as they were sitting there, this little brown obviously-domestic rabbit hopped by them down the boardwalk. They watched it go out of sight, baffled, then watched it run back towards them. Pursued by a black bear. Which then ate the rabbit right in front of the runners and kept on going.

The runners started up again, and reported the whole incident to the ferry operator, who knowing there are no rabbits native to the area, was totally floored. Which were the unlikely circumstances under which we learned the unlikely fate of Mr. Kiwi Underfoot.

Mom named the bench "Rabbit's Rest."

(My brother did eventually get a dog. Which his wife got in the divorce).

Shrooms

Nov. 2nd, 2014 10:22 am
muccamukk: Gamora surrounded by bits of glowing pollen. (GotG: Space Lady)
New icon by [community profile] idolatry who does some lovely MCU and comics stuff.

Went hiking yesterday, and failed for find any Japanese fishing floats. I did however find some poisonous mushrooms growing on a shipwreck in front of a waterfall.

So I took a picture )
muccamukk: Boromir and Faramir grinning and hugging. (LotR: Squee!)
[community profile] trickortreatex is open!

I got a great fic and two super cute pictures, and am now feeling a little guilty for only writing one thing (well, and another thing under a sock).

Title: August Ancestors
Author: Unknown at This Time
Fandom: Sleepy Hollow (TV)/Carnivale
Characters: August Corbin, Jenny Mills, Abbie Mills, Iris Crowe
Rating: G
Word Count: 531
Summary: Undisputed matriarch of the family, August Corbin's gran was slightly mad and entirely beloved.
Notes: I shook this gift and was terrified that the author was going to make August and Justin the same person, but it does something way better in terms of setting up Corbin's background and motivation, and has nice moments with both Mills sisters.

Art: against the odds by unknown (G). Super cute line art of Gimli and Legolas fighting ghosts.

Art: silken strands by unknown (G). Same of Gimli braiding Legolas' hair.

Now I just have to do [community profile] intoabar Donna Becket meets Stacker Pentecost, and shameless Porthos/All the Ladies porn for [personal profile] seascribe. Oh, and there's a wrap up and discussion post for [community profile] femslashex over here, for those with suggestions on how to build a better mousetrap fanworks exchange.

We don't really do Halloween out here, other than dressing in silly hats, eating pumpkin seeds and playing board games, but I did carve a fannish pumpkin.
Thus: )

On the space theme, read another space book.

My Dream of Stars: From Daughter of Iran to Space Pioneer by Anousheh Ansari, with Homer Hickam
Possibly a bit fluffy, or possibly the author is the most positive person in the world. In either case, it made a fast read, and I enjoyed following her along as she got to do what we all really, really want to do. The sections on training in Star City and on cosmonaut culture were especially interesting, and the writing was engaging enough that I was rooting for her to get through and get to space. Fun book, and interesting to read a completely different perspective on the space program.
muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (DW: She's Alive!)
I can't seem to log on to DW through my browser, so I haven't seen anyone's locked posts in a couple days. Sorry.

Have a picture of a bear, instead. bear )

Just read The Suffragette Scandal (Brothers Sinister #4) by Courtney Milan, which was fantastic. I read it in one sitting, with a huge grin on my face the whole time. Free and Edward have a wonderful sparking relationship with boatloads of chemistry from the start. I love how he respects her from the get go, and she doesn't take any shit from him. The Nellie Bly line was lovely, and Milan really captured how much damn work it would be to get where Free's gotten, and also how scary it would be. It was chilling how little the treatment of outspoken women has changed in the last 150 years. That said, it wasn't all gloom and doom, as Free's newspaper was wonderfully humorous, and she herself got in some great lines. I'm not usually deeply fond of heroes who are scoundrels because of Horribly Tragic Pasts, but this horribly tragic past was actually plausible (nice inclusion of the Frenco-German War in the 1870s), and his reaction to it also worked, and drove the plot a lot better than Sebastian's issues last book.

We didn't see a hell of a lot of the primary characters from the rest of the series, almost no Violet, sadly, but everyone else got a scene, and they all worked perfectly. I'm especially fond of Robert's bit towards the end. There was also a wonderful romance between a couple of tertiary characters from earlier in the series, to which I can only say, Huzzah! Lesbians! The whole thing was adorable. There were also a couple of new characters who were gay men, which is nice to see in historical things.

This ties with The Heiress Effect for my favourite in the series. Must go back and read all of Milan's earlier books, plus the final novella when that comes out.


The crew house movies here are: Miracle at St. Anna, Capote, Motorcycle Diaries, Get Shorty and Cry Baby. One of these things is not like the others. Anyway, watched the first and despite having the dishy guy from Almost Human it was Not Very Good. I feel like modern-day frames for historical movies should be discouraged, and ones that are 40 minutes on top of a 2-hour film is obscenely self-indulgent. The whole thing was thematically muddled, and actually had a character attempt to explain the theme at the end, which was apparently modernism sucks the miraculous out of life. Whatever, dude. Plus all the race stuff was the opposite of subtle, and the women were terrible. Which is what I get for watching a Spike Lee movie, I guess. Might try Cry Baby next, or just stick to the stuff I brought.
muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (Musketeers: Touched)
Which seriously isn't a problem most of the time, as they're pretty identifiable.

Though I've got to say a 4km hike in aid of tracking a black bear wasn't how I planned to end an already long day.

Robot brain needs beer.

Pictures )
muccamukk: Lightstation in evening light. (Lights: Headland)
Or, how to tell cougar tracks from river otter tracks, a visual guide.

Parks staff came by yesterday and mentioned that they'd followed cougar tracks from about 10km north down to here, a pair of very small animals, possibly orphaned young adults(?), walking along the tideline together. This morning, I followed them 4km south of here. Still, while explicitly following cougar tracks there were actually there, I managed to find some hikers who wanted to tell me how they otter tracks they'd seen were cougar tracks.

Usually, the conversation goes like this:
Hiker: I saw cougar tracks.
Me: Were they running in and out of the ocean?
Hiker: Yes.
Me: They were probably river otter.

Around here, about 80% of cougar track reports turn out to be otter tracks, so I've decided to make a visual guide. Not that anyone's going to use this, probably, but you never know.

In summary:
River Otters
  • bound, tracks in bunches of four

  • have five toes and splayed feet

  • have no or small visible claws

  • have webbed feet, but the webbing can only be seen in fine sand or mud

  • on a beach, usually run from the bush line to the ocean.


Cougars
  • walk with an even pace, tracks evenly spaced

  • have four toes and round feet

  • do not usually have visible claws

  • do not have webbed feet

  • on a beach, usually walk parallel to the bush line above the tideline and below the logs (so that they can eat the otters running across their path)


Wolves and Large Dogs (Not relevant to the day, but I thought I'd include them, pictures here)
  • walk with an even pace, tracks evenly spaced

  • have four toes and pointed feet

  • usually have large visible claws

  • do not have webbed feet

  • on a beach, usually walk parallel to the bush line above the tideline and below the logs (so that they can eat the otters running across their path)


Pictures of animal tracks plus a drift card and a lighthouse )
muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (SG-1: Good Times)
Haven't done one of these in a while. Here're recent animal track pictures from hikes around the area.

Four large pictures )

Snowing here today.
muccamukk: Spiral staircase decending multiple levels inside a tower.. (Marvel: Happy Steve)
So I walked out the door to find...

Captain America X2 )
muccamukk: Starsky and Hutch looking at each other with mischief in their eyes. Text: "Two's trouble." (S&H: Two's Trouble)
I got Dad the cookbook Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi for Christmas. It has pretty, pretty pictures, but in my endeavours to actually cook something out of it, I can't say as I've done that well. The recipes work and are good, but they also call for stuff I'd have to hunt down even if I lived in town. Most I have to abandon outright, and the rest have required some heavy substitutions. If I ever get my act together, I'll plan enough ahead to order these things from the store. Not going to be this month though, as I just sent my order in.

Mystery of my life: If I put fruit on the counter, I will eat it. If I leave it in the fridge, it will stay there until doomsday (or I move it to the counter), no matter that I'm in the fridge for other snacks.

I'm trying to tidy up one major mess in the house per day, on the theory that given a month or so I'll reach something approaching tidiness. Maybe.

I'm currently reading a MA: Avengers Poly fic which broke the pairing tags at AO3, and a Professionals/Jane Eyre fusion. I have no idea why on the later one. I don't even like that book. I've just been on a Pros kick of late. Off shoot of my Starsky & Hutch watching kick, perhaps. I can never find slash for the latter pairing that I actually like.

Have been watching this Avengers vid to the point where I have the song permanently stuck in my head.

I have re-labled all my icons to put the fandom first. This will hopefully allow me to actually find things.

The sea is UP here. Big storms in the last few days, and some really enjoyable wind of the kind that shakes the house. I took some pictures of the surf, though such things are difficult to capture in stills. We're standing on the rock at the bottom of the fuel line. Every time one of those wave hits, the entire rock (something about the size of a house) shudders. Then the whole highline rattles as it sweeps over the tail hold rock. Then we got wet.Pictures )
muccamukk: Lightstation in evening light. (Lights: Headland)
Day Five: In your own space, share something non-fannish you are passionate about with your fannish friends.

So you've already heard about this ad nauseum, but them's the breaks, the other choice is queer theology.

Lighthouses. I think they're just awesome. I grew up on one. I work on one. I read about the history. I visit them on my vacation.

Here's some pictures:Some of these you may have seen before )

I can think of no other edifice constructed by man as altruistic as a lighthouse. They were built only to serve. They weren't built for any other purpose. —George Bernard Shaw.
muccamukk: Rebecca and Amanda hugging and laughing (HL: Fun Femslash)
[livejournal.com profile] thepurpledove fandom auction is open until 8 January 2011 (I don't know what time, but there will probably be a reminder closer to the date). I'm offering >3k of Marvel, A-Team, or Highlander fic here, if you're interested in bidding. Money goes to lgbt youth suicide prevention.

Picture taken by my father on a walk a few days ago.Read more... )

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