July 3rd, 2015
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"Coming in from the Cold" is the next big piece in its series, dealing with Bucky and his continued issues with that piece-of-crap prosthesis. I'm posting each day within the story as a section unto itself, broken down into post-sized parts.

This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Hairpins," "Blended," "Am I Not," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Querencia," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," "Green Eggs and Hulk,""kintsukuroi," "Little and Broken, but Still Good," "Up the Water Spout," "The Life of the Dead," "If They Could Just Stay Little," "Anahata," "Coming in from the Cold: Saturday: Building Towers," and "Coming in from the Cold: Sunday: Shaking Foundations."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Phil Coulson, Bruce Banner, Betty Ross, Bucky Barnes, Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanova, Tony Stark, Clint Barton, Happy Hogan, Peggy Carter, Sam Wilson.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: Mention of past trauma with lingering symptoms of PTSD. Kitchen fail. Tony being a brat. Description of past deaths and self-destructive behavior. Current environment is supportive.
Summary: The Avengers celebrate Memorial Day by going to Washington, D.C. for the festivities. Emotional roller-coasters ensue.
Notes: Hurt/comfort. Family. Fluff and angst. Emotional overload. Coping skills. Healthy touch. Asking for help and getting it. Cooking. Comfort food. Holidays. Medals. Veteran issues. Nonsexual intimacy. Caregiving. Competence. Gentleness. Trust. Emotional confusion. Hope. Crowds. Memorials. Mourning. Letting go. Moving on. Photography. Parades. Storytelling. War stories. Nostalgia. Hand-feeding. Heroism. Public speaking. Flashbacks. Friendship. Counseling. Leaving early. #coulsonlives

Begin with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5.

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Mood:: 'busy' busy

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Posted on July 3, 2015

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MNN. July 4, 2015. The Great Peace showed that we are not independent unless we understand how we are dependent and how we can come to one mind. July 4th is a religious day to show how to worship the Golden Calf, the falsest god, and to celebrate being owned by the corporation of the United States of America
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posted by [personal profile] jenlev at 08:41pm on 2015-07-03
Music:: WHEEE!!!!!!!!
location: Definitely at the show.
Mood:: 'ecstatic' ecstatic
teland: Young brown girl looking replete. (I am a satisfied brown fan.)
Disclaimer: Not mine, just fucking about.

Spoilers/Timeline: AU-ized mentions of season two revelations, but takes place decidedly pre-series.

Summary: "You don't have to use that gorgeous pistol of yours to shoot yourself in the bloody prick, you know."

Ratings Note/Warnings: Sexual content which does and doesn't dovetail with the content some readers may find to be disturbing. More and more spoilery warnings in the tags on AO3.

Author's Note: All Pixie's bunny. "What if Treville picks up a young Porthos some night?" I mean, she probably said something else, but I was already writing in my head.

Also, every year around this time, for reasons that don't need exploring at this juncture, I wind up writing about death at least a little. Consider that another warning.

Acknowledgments: To Melly, Pixie, Spice, Houndstar, Ryn, and, of course, my Jack for audiencing and encouragement. This one means a lot to me, and I really appreciate y'all sticking with me for it.

All remaining mistakes, weirdnesses, and fuckeries are entirely my own fault.

Length: ~19K

Sto-ry! Sto-ry! Sto-ry!

(Look, Iain, look!)
Music:: Howlin' Wolf: "Spoonful"
Mood:: 'accomplished' accomplished
posted by [syndicated profile] cuteoverload_feed at 03:58am on 2015-07-04

Posted by Brinke

[I’ve got TWO front paws there, hoomin. I will let you know when you’re finished. BTW, can I soak these in some Palmolive when you’re done?]

Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: BIG HUGE PUPPEHs
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posted by [personal profile] teaotter at 08:40pm on 2015-07-03
Tonight's round of surprise!ants (I hate this game, but the ants really seem to like it) led to me discovering that the ants were coming into the kitchen from underneath the light switch plate.

So along with the usual ant-related cleaning, I also broke out the caulking and caulked around the switch plates in the outside wall.

Which reminded me that I'd intended to use that caulk to re-caulk the sink...

... and before I knew it, I was two hours into a kitchen project I had had no intention of trying to tackle today. And now I'm exhausted. D:

Does anyone have any suggestions for breaking these kinds of cleaning chains? Where one chore -- sufficiently unexpected that I forgot to set any timers -- leads into a whole string of more chores?

Suggestions would be appreciated.
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Fanlore will be offline for approximately one hour this Sunday, July 5th beginning at 6:45am UTC (What time is that where I live?) while we perform some server maintenance and firewall upgrades.
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THE SIMPSONS #76 was a look at the Simpsons doing some of Shakespeare's works. Itchy and Scratchy get "Titus Andronicus." Be warned: it is gory even for Itchy and Scratchy.

Whoever wrote this is really messed up! )

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Apache Stronghold to begin Caravan to Washington, D.C.

By Wendsler Nosie

Censored News

Phoenix, AZ - On Sunday, July 5th, Apache Stronghold will embark on a caravan through Indian Country to pick up supporters for a protest to be held at the nation’s Capitol July 21-22. The two week cross country journey will make stops in Arizona, New Mexico, Denver, Pine Ridge,
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posted by [personal profile] james_davis_nicoll at 11:16pm on 2015-07-03

Blast from the Past. At Daily Kos on this date in 2011Grand corruption:

When former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich heard the verdict last week in his corruption trial, he reportedly turned to his lawyers and asked "what happened?" Blagojevich later told the press he was "stunned" that a jury of his peers found him guilty on 17 of 20 federal corruption charges.

The years-long circus of the Blagojevich saga with Blagojevich himself willingly playing the jester in the middle would certainly make one think that he is a political animal with no peer. His taped statements about trading a "f*cking golden" U.S. Senate seat and levering his public office for personal gain were so jaw-droppingly outrageous and Blagojevich's hubris so great it seemed that he would forever be in a class of his own.

The fact is, when it comes to corruption, Blagojevich has many, many peers. While his "every politician does it" defense was legally laughable, it had a shade of truth to it.

The marriage of politics and corruption isn't some newfangled concept. Bribes and the horsetrading of favors have shaped public policy since the very beginning of democracy. While many, if not most, of those in public service are hard-working, honest individuals, real power tends to concentrate itself in hands clenched with money.

As Blagojevich listened to the verdict being read in a courtroom in Illinois, in a town square 5500 miles away, Greek citizens battled tear gas and police as they protested their government's imposition of austerity measures.

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posted by [personal profile] lovelyangel at 08:09pm on 2015-07-03 under
Little Witch Academia: The Enchanted Parade premiered at Anime Expo tonight – and we Kickstarter Backers simultaneously got to watch via a password-locked Vimeo feed. The stream has the first 35 minutes of the 40 minute film, so I don’t yet know what happens – but the film was (mostly) fun to watch. Studio Trigger did a great job, and the production is excellent – detailed and expressive like the first film. I’m happy to have been a supporter for the project, and I’m looking forward to receiving my Blu-ray in the mail.
posted by [syndicated profile] cuteoverload_feed at 01:57am on 2015-07-04
Before he became one of the senators from Minnesota, Al Franken wrote a book in which he described the difference between "mommy love" and "grown-up love." Some people define their patriotism the same way a superfan roots for a sports team or a child relates to their mommy. In other words, mommy is always right, because she's mommy. For most people as they grow older, you realize mommy is more than just mommy. She's a person like everyone else, with virtues and faults, who's capable of mistakes. It doesn't mean she's a bad person, or diminish her sacrifices. But a grown-up love is honest in its assessment, because if you truly love someone or some thing, you want to help make it better.

This is not going to be a piece where I'm going to preach the correct way to celebrate patriotism on the Fourth of July, nor is it going to be a criticism of the entire concept. Part of the American ideal should be that people are free to think what they want about the whole thing, and I suspect a significant amount of the public's patriotism will encompass barbecuing and getting shitfaced. Personally, I don't think there's anything wrong with a society celebrating what they've accomplished, the things they've built, the lessons they've learned, and the struggles they've endured. However, there's an ocean of difference between that and thinking there's some sort of mathematical formula whereby the size of the flag in your front yard or the lapel pin on your chest is directly proportional to how much one loves America. But above all, one can't love America and hate Americans.

Movies, TV shows and music that try to attach patriotic feelings to their products usually fall somewhere between the ends of the spectrum, with sometimes hilarious results. Some examine the American experience, spotlight the accomplishments of notable figures, and present an idealistic depiction of the United States at its best. On the other hand, there are some patriotic works of media that are so corny, condescending and gag inducing.

So which ones do you find the best and worst? Continue below the fold for more.

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Because we haven't quite managed to work out a way for us to consume ALL the entertainment yet: to keep us from emerging haggard and zombie like after regular all night box set marathons, book splurges and music overload we've set up this quarterly space where we can express our pure fannish glee at the fact that so many projects of awesome potential are continually being made. All of our past wants and desires can be found in the We Want It! tag.

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posted by [syndicated profile] sumana_feed at 11:44pm on 2015-07-03
I took the train west to Open Source Bridge and AlterConf, crossing in and out of states that supported or prohibited same-sex marriage. And then, a week ago, the Supreme Court's ruling changed that landscape. I crossed a freer country, on my way back home.

Nine years ago I wrote a now-obsolete newspaper column asking how long the waiting period would have to be. I am so glad that period is over. Consider reading the full opinion, and the dissents.

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posted by [personal profile] meganbmoore at 09:15pm on 2015-07-03
  166 x Empire (eps 1.1-1.4)


@ my DW

Map of population trends in Europe, 2001-2011

(click to enlarge)

The terrific map above comes from a German government agency known in suitably lengthy Teutonic fashion as the Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development (but mercifully shortened as the BBSR in its native language). For the first time, explains the BBSR, researchers have analyzed population trends throughout Europe—43 countries in all—down to a very granular geographic segment known bureacratically as the "local administrative unit, level 2," or LAU-2 for short.

The size and nature of the LAU-2 varies from country to country. Most are known as municipalities—basically a town or a city. In France, though, they rely on "communes," of which there are almost 37,000, hence the pointillist appearance of that country's data. Ireland, meanwhile, is divided into a tenth as many electoral districts (exactly what they sound like), while Lithuania is split into just 518 "elderships" (uh, click the link), explaining its chunkier look.

Whatever unit you use, though, the trends are clear. With red showing growth and blue showing a decline, you can see that there's a mass exodus from most of Eastern Europe over the covered decade, with only capital cities showing any kind of population increase. Most of Western Europe, meanwhile, has seen a boom, though there are notable exceptions, like northwestern Spain.

One very interesting feature is the pattern in the former East Germany. There, almost the entire country has shrunk except for Berlin, which has exploded, suburbs included. You'll notice the same phenomenon across most of Europe's major cities: Madrid, Vienna, Budapest, Warsaw, and many more.

This pattern is also one that's very familiar in the United States and around the globe: As the post-modern era marches on, more and more people are congregating in urban areas. It's a development the world will have to contend with for some time, and this map throws one important slice of that transformation into stark relief.

(Via CityLab/Kottke.org)

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"Initially, ANIMAL MAN was conceived as a four-issue miniseries [...] however, I was asked to continue the series into a regular monthly comic book [...] Having no desire to produce yet another grittily realistic exploration of what it is to be superhuman and/or an urban vigilante with emotional problems, I cast desperately around for a new direction. What I finally came up with was 'The Coyote Gospel,' which became the template for the further development of the series [...] Hilariously enough, during [its] writing [...] I was utterly convinced that what I was writing was absolute unreadable gibberish and that it would hammer the final nail into the coffin of my fledgling career as a writer of American super-hero comics. The success and popularity of the story took me entirely by surprise and encouraged me to go on to produce the entirely unreadable gibberish which has since become my stock-in-trade."
--Grant Morrison, Introduction to Animal Man TPB vol. 1, 1991

Trigger warning for violence/gore.

'Behold! The miracle of the resurrection!' )
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posted by [personal profile] james_davis_nicoll at 09:47pm on 2015-07-03
Pushing things off the top shelf onto or behind Ibid. Happily, I store spare pillows and blankets up there and not, say, my copy of the CRC Handbook on Physics and Chemistry.
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By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

Peabody Coal is crashing and burning financially. The CEO resigned.
So, now that Peabody may not be buying off the media in Indian country with its ads, maybe there will be headline news stories on how Peabody Coal/Navajo Generating Station has long been one of the most polluting, dirty, coal-fired power plants in the world. 
Is southern Arizona scrambling to
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks to reporters at the U.S. Capitol in Washington September 24, 2013. Washington faces two looming deadlines, with the Democrats and Republicans far apart on a solution. The U.S. government runs out o
Looks like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell isn't bowing to the wishes of Scott Walker and Jeb Bush on ending the Senate's filibuster rule in order to ease the path to repealing Obamacare. Alexander Bolton has the details:
Sources close to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) say there’s virtually no chance he will go along with abolishing the filibuster, something he has strongly criticized in the past. [...] 

Bush and Walker recently told conservative talk show host Hugh Hewitt they would support lowering the threshold for major legislation from 60 votes to a simple majority. Curbing the power of the Senate minority would make it easier to repeal and replace ObamaCare in 2017.

Oddly, this is one point on which McConnell and you his usual nemesis, Sen. Ted Cruz, agree.
Cruz told Hewitt Monday that scrapping the filibuster would likely lead to an expansion of government by making it easier to pass sweeping initiatives through Congress.

“I believe ending the legislative filibuster would ultimately undermine conservative principles, because, if you look historically, there have been three major periods where you have had Democratic supermajorities,” he said.

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posted by [personal profile] ashtoreth at 08:24pm on 2015-07-03 under
Today is the day I stopped asking "How can I do that?"
and answered myself with, "I can do that, and so I did."
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posted by [personal profile] ashtoreth at 08:21pm on 2015-07-01 under
Today is the day I stopped asking "How do they do that?"
and began asking "How can I do that?"
posted by [syndicated profile] cuteoverload_feed at 12:00am on 2015-07-04

Posted by Brinke

output_WGjyupTime for a holiday weekend TGIF! “This is my new baby, Rogue (named after my fave X-Men)” says Christina D. “I love how she splays out and sits on her butt when she gets tired. Thanks for making me smile every morning!” [*Note: Also…please note a CLASSIC example of Rule of Cuteness #47: Splayed haunch action is cute. -Ed.]



Filed under: Uncategorized Tagged: TGIF, The Rules of Cuteness
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posted by [personal profile] noelfigart at 07:58pm on 2015-07-03 under

Originally published at Noel Lynne Figart. You can comment here or there.

Would you pay $150 to store paper plates?

I have some sad news for you.  There’s a good chance you do.

My husband and I have been on a declutter kick lately and we’re using the Konmari method of decluttering.  We’ve been enjoying the process, as it has been nice for us to be able to have neat surroundings without much work.  Neither of us are much into putting things away and the bar has to be really low for us to want to do so. Part of the Konmari method is getting rid of enough stuff that storage is easy.

Today, we tackled this weird storage area we have between our laundry room and our cellar.  (It’s a cellar, not a basement — dirt floors and walls.  Creepy as all get out and I don’t much like going down there). This is a space that is pretty much good for storage, but not much else.

When we moved into the house, it really became a catch-all for stuff we couldn’t store in the garage, but couldn’t figure out where to store in the house.

Friends, there was stuff we hadn’t touched since we moved in there nearly ten years ago – paper plates, boxes that turned out to be empty but for wadded up newpaper packing, vases we don’t like and never use.  It was a serious mess that we never addressed.

It’s decluttered now and is being used as a cleaning supplies storage for brooms, the carpet shampooer, the vacuum and stuff like that. It’s mostly empty but for those few things, and it’s easy to access what we need.  We like it.

In talking about it with my husband, I did the calculation on how much floor space we have in the house and how much we pay a month per square foot.   One of the things we threw away was a set of paper dinner plate that did take up about a square foot of space.  I did the math and commented to my husband that we had spent $150 to store paper plates WE WILL NEVER USE.  We have glass plates for parties and stuff.  When we eat out on the patio, we just use the regular dishes and we don’t do picnics all that much that wouldn’t be conducive to a bento.   We don’t do stuff that really makes paper plates the more desirable option.

It was a little freaky to realize that those plates had used up $150 worth of storage space over the time we’ve lived here.  We’re going to give them a home somewhere else where people will use them.  But it was really weird to confront that.  Marie Kondo comments that buying in bulk isn’t necessarily saving money, and while I think she goes further with the idea than I would, I do think that calculating what it costs to store those bulk bargains is a useful part of the equation.

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posted by [personal profile] clare_dragonfly at 07:37pm on 2015-07-03 under
27. Womanspirit Rising by Carol P. Christ and Judith Plaskow (ed.) - ***
28. Thirteenth Child by Patricia C. Wrede - ***
29. Embassytown by China Miéville - **** 1/2
30. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo - **** 1/2
31. The Devil's Only Friend by Dan Wells - *****
32. The Scribe by Elizabeth Hunter - ****
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posted by [personal profile] james at 04:23pm on 2015-07-03
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Fic written for me:
Turn and Face the Changes (1384 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan
Additional Tags: Remix Redux
Summary: Two Armsmen's daughter break with tradition, each in her own way.

Other recs:

Always Another One (The Robin Recruitment Remix) (1821 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Batman (Comics), DCU (Comics), Gotham Central
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Harvey Bullock, Renee Montoya, Jim Gordon, Maggie Sawyer, Josie MacDonald, Crispus Allen, Romy Chandler, Dick Grayson, Jason Todd, Damian Wayne, Bruce Wayne, Batman, Robin (DCU)
Additional Tags: Dead Robins, Harm to Children, Remix

There have been Robins in Gotham City for almost twenty years. The detectives of the M.C.U. have opinions about that.

books, nooks, and crooks (keep your eyes open remix) (1524 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Digory Kirke, Mrs. Macready, Original Characters

His role was not to interfere with the Adventures, and therefore, neither was the housekeeper.

A Factual Account of the Important Details of Eustace Scrubb's First Visit to Narnia (1052 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Chronicles of Narnia - C. S. Lewis
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Eustace Scrubb, Jill Pole, Puddleglum, Reepicheep
Additional Tags: Friendship, Loss, Animal Transformations, dragon - Freeform, remembering, Remix

So Eustace recounted the facts of his previous adventures in Narnia, beginning in the middle with the dragon.

Men of Few Words (1027 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Doctor Who (1963)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart, John Benton, Kate Lethbridge-Stewart
Additional Tags: Remix

Aliens or teenaged daughters; it’s all in a day’s work for the Brigadier Lethbridge-Stewart.

The Peculiar Case Of The Man With The Missing Soul (the Turn! Turn! Turn! remix) (8651 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Elementary (TV), Chalion Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Joan Watson (Elementary), Sherlock Holmes, Ms. Hudson (Elementary)
Additional Tags: Crossovers & Fandom Fusions, Alternate Universe - Modern Setting, Alternate Universe - Modern with Magic, The Bastard - Freeform, Case Fic, Character of Faith, Canon Trans Character

At first, Curtis Atherton's death appeared a simple suicide. Of course, nothing is simple when the Bastard is involved.
Sherlock Holmes, Doctor Joan Watson, and Ms. Hudson, Acolyte of the Bastard, are on the case.

Lighthouse (The Lost in the Fog Extended Mix) (1146 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Elementary (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Joan Watson & Mary Watson (Elementary)
Characters: Joan Watson, Mary Watson (Elementary)
Additional Tags: Remix, Relapse, Season/Series 03 Spoilers

People who are in grief come to Mary Watson like birds to a lighthouse. Joan is no exception.

Like No Business I Know (the Climbing Uphill Remix) (3802 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Galaxy Quest (1999)
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Gwen DeMarco/Jason Nesmith
Characters: Gwen DeMarco, Jason Nesmith, Alexander Dane
Additional Tags: Pre-Canon, Sexism, Sexist Language, Sexual Harassment, just so much sexist crap, Show Business, Angst and Humor, Mentions of Stalking
Summary: At the time she read for Galaxy Quest, all Gwen had was a bunch of background credits and two national shampoo commercials, so she wasn't feeling very optimistic about this one.

“Don't get your hopes up, honey,” her agent had said, coughing around the Lucky Strike dangling from her lip. Then she tapped the ash from her cigarette into the coffee mug on her desk and looked Gwen straight in the breasts. “Wear a low-cut top.”

Five years in the life of Gwen DeMarco.

Suppression Systems (the Boardroom Boogaloo remix) (2882 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Iron Man (Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Pepper Potts/Tony Stark
Characters: Pepper Potts, Natasha Romanov
Summary: Four days in the hospital, waiting, have been more than enough, as far as Pepper is concerned. Her vital signs are stable. Her blood work is as normal as it’s going to get. She's going to have to learn to live with the effects of Extremis eventually.
In the meantime, Stark Industries is beginning to implode from the rumors circulating about her condition.
Pepper needs to go back to work.

[set post-Iron Man 3]

Under Your Shield (1350 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Thor (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Natasha Romanov, Sif (Marvel)
Additional Tags: Post-Thor: The Dark World, Friendly Sparring
Summary: Sif might be tall, proud, and beautiful, but she is also terribly lonely. Natasha can relate.

Embrace the World in Gray (The La Cosetta Nostra remix) (6363 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Pacific Rim (2013)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Alison Choi, Stacker Pentecost, Mako Mori, Hermann Gottlieb, Kaidonovsky, Hannibal Chau, Tendo Choi
Additional Tags: Pre-Canon, Black Markets, Remix, Dad Sweaters

Alison may run a thingy mafia, but she's not sure where the Marshall got the idea that it qualified her to negotiate with a mafia mafia.

As Food to Life (6024 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Sam Wilson
Characters: Steve Rogers, Sam Wilson (Marvel), Natasha Romanov
Additional Tags: 5 Times, Canon Character of Color, POV Sam Wilson, Food, Post-Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Interracial Relationship, Bisexual Male Character, Gay Male Character, Travel, Grief/Mourning, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder - PTSD, Relationship Negotiation, Fluff, Dick Jokes, Up all night to get Bucky
Summary: Or: Five meals Sam Wilson shares with Steve Rogers

Victory Conditions (The Rashomon Remix) (8655 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Kostolitz, Miles Vorkosigan, Ivan Vorpatril
Additional Tags: Remix, Hijinks & Shenanigans

Ivan always looked like an actor playing a model cadet in a training vid. This impressed the hell out of Kostolitz when Miles first introduced them, but he'd since amended the comparison to 'an actor in a training vid, who's perpetually on a break between shoots, and is eager to get back to a party – to which common folk are not invited -- going on in his trailer.'
Miles looked like, well, Miles. That had taken some getting used to with the way Kostolitz had been raised. But Miles strategized like he was two meters tall and plasma-arc proof, and that fit Kostolitz's idea of a Barrayaran officer just fine.

And four other perspectives


Happy Birthday 'Murica!

Lest we forget from whence we cometh'd, a classic history lesson---rated "Mostly True" by PolitiFact and "Ten Hallelujahs!" by the Texas School Board---from Michele Bachmann via Jimmy Kimmel:

In 1775, Thomas Jefferson and John Quincy Adams set sail across the Delaware River to tell the King of England they had enough of his liberal agenda. King James called Napoleon and together they decided to kill America. They sent the Nina, the Piñata and the Santa Maria to fight. But then, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln gathered an army to turn back the big government dictators. They told Paul Revere to ride his horse to Frodo to tell him to cast the ring of power into the fires of Mount Doom. But then, John Wilkes Booth showed up and killed Lincoln. But there was still hope, because Jesus appeared on the face of the Liberty Bell and he froze John Wilkes Booth in carbonite. And the liberal homosexuals sailed back to their gay countries, while Americans claimed their land and drank beer. And that's how freedom was born.
Yup. Happy 239th Birthday, America---new and improved with less confederate flag, more health care, and 100 percent of the RDA for equal marriage rights!

Our annual posting of the original Cheers and Jeers from July 4, 1776---discovered gathering mold behind some rotten drywall at the farm of Phinneas Pawpatch on July 5, 1776---starts in the Commonwealth of New Billeh... [Swoosh!!]  RIGHTNOW!  [Gong!!]

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posted by [personal profile] case at 06:56pm on 2015-07-03

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posted by [personal profile] ketsu at 02:45pm on 2015-07-03 under , , ,
First of all, these are all fixed-width (800 pixels wide). [staff profile] denise said that was all right here. Well... actually she said it would be all right to have one fixed-width layout, but I already had all three of these in progress when I asked. :x If three is too many then just feel free to pick one, I guess (I'm fond of Reliable myself). (And if three isn't too many, I have several more potential header images I can use...)

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I have yet to see any of this year’s big summer movies, but I will be attending a theatrical re-release of Jaws this weekend. I guess that’s what happens when you age out of Hollywood’s beloved 18-35 demographic.

The Supreme Court’s term was an historic one and I’m surprisingly happy with how it turned out, except for how they botched the botched-execution case. And as much as I loathe the interminable presidential election process, the winner will likely nominate quite a few new faces to to the Supreme Court. But not to replace RBG, who I hope turns out to be immortal.

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posted by [personal profile] bigarmy_strangepants at 12:34am on 2015-07-04 under ,
Ragnar Lothbrok is sitting out by the lake, on a big stone, with a large -- book?

Actually, it's an atlas; and Ragnar is looking at a detailed map of the English shoreline.
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posted by [personal profile] lovelyangel at 03:27pm on 2015-07-03 under ,
Chinese Stone Lions
Chinese Stone Lion
Golden Crown Restaurant • Beaverton, Oregon

Lunch at Golden Crown was a delicious treat, and I brought home some leftovers for dinner. I might make it a standard lunch on those rare weekdays off from work.

Today’s photo is one of the stone Chinese lions that flank the entrance to the restaurant. Just ‘cuz.

After lunch I went across the highway to Uwajimaya, and I was pleased to find an Expiration Date Sale on chocolate Pocky from Japan and strawberry Pocky from Thailand. Normally $2.39, the boxes were on sale for $0.98 – less than half price! I bought 20 boxes. (14 chocolate, 6 strawberry) I have no idea what post-expiration Pocky tastes like. Does Pocky go stale? I’ve refrigerated half, and I’ll try some tomorrow. If the cold works well, I’ll refrigerate the whole lot. (Actually, the expiration date is July 2015 for the chocolate Pocky and August 15, 2015 for the strawberry Pocky.)

Pocky x20
Pocky x20
Music:: ウンディーネ -造語詩Ver.- (河井英里)

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16th Annual Oglala Commemoration – June 26, 2015By Lisa Reinhold

Censored News

Greetings to all, this year’s event was a success and many thanks to everyone who planned, travelled, cooked, volunteered, cleaned, made music, ran and danced to Commemorate the 40th Anniversary of the Incident at Oglala.  This year’s event was marked with loss, after illness, Roselyn Jumping
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Spectacularly Broken by Sage C. Holloway
Gay Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Loose Id LLC (March 3, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: Spectacularly Broken

Turns out naked and hungover on the floor is not the most strategically sound place to be when your dad comes home early. Take it from someone who learned the hard way: nineteen-year-old Lysander Shepherd--son of movie stars, spoiled brat, enthusiastic proponent of drugs and orgies...and now, unwilling resident of Oak Hill Manor, a retreat for troubled teenagers.

Before he knows what's happening, his designer duds have been switched for tie-dye shirts in therapy team colors, and he is surrounded by an assortment of misfits: a timid nerd, a mute girl, a hyperactive kid...and captivating loner Cai Fields, who is admittedly pretty hot, but seems to hate the world in general and Lysander in particular.

Soon Lysander struggles with lies, withdrawal, and several uncomfortable revelations that he never intended to make, but he also gains surprising amounts of support right in the middle of secret late-night parties, fisticuffs over doing the dishes, and, of all things, croissant blackmail. Even as Cai and Lysander finally give in to the irresistible attraction between them and make a grasp for happiness, their darkest secrets remain--secrets with the power to destroy everything they've fought so hard to have.

2015 Rainbow Awards Guidelines: http://www.elisarolle.com/rainbowawards/rainbow_awards_2015.html
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Sail Away (Royal Navy Series Book 4) by Lee Rowan
Gay Historical Romance
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (March 29, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: Sail Away (Royal Navy Series Book 4)

Sequel to Home is the Sailor
Royal Navy Series: Book Four

Sail away once again with Will Marshall and Davy Archer in this collection of missing moments from their saga. Meet some of the background players from their story as they take center stage in tales of their own. Enjoy a journey through the family album of the Royal Navy series universe in the following stories:

Captain’s Courtship is the tale of Cynthia Lancaster and newly promoted Commander Paul Smith as they face revolution in both the Lancaster household and the colonies, unwilling to let anything stand in the way of their love.

While fleeing an angry mob who takes exception to a despised Aristo courting a French girl, David Archer's cousin Christopher St. John and his fiancee wind up on the HMS Calypso in See Paris and Live.

The relationship between Will Marshall and David Archer has moved beyond friendship into love worth risking death for—even though neither young man has spoken his feelings. But when a storm leaves them Castaway on a deserted island, their fantasy is within reach… if they dare to take the chance.

After the harrowing events in Ransom, David Archer is given the chance to take the test that will promote him to Lieutenant, and secure the first step in his career. But when Will Marshall realizes the vast difference between their social standing in their Voyage to London, he wonders whether there will be room in Davy's life for him, after all.

Finally, enjoy six short Royal Navy stories that show a glimpse of Will and Davy at the holidays—Halloween, Christmas, Valentine's day, shore leave… and a special nit-picking vignette from Charlie Cochrane.

2015 Rainbow Awards Guidelines: http://www.elisarolle.com/rainbowawards/rainbow_awards_2015.html
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Fragmented (Shadow Mountain 2) by Indra Vaughn
Gay Mystery / Thriller
Paperback: 266 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 17, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1632169797
ISBN-13: 978-1632169792
Amazon: Fragmented (Shadow Mountain 2)
Amazon Kindle: Fragmented (Shadow Mountain 2)

Shadow Mountain: Book Two

The capture of the Tattoo Murderer has demanded a heavy price. Doctor Tobias Darwin is dead, Lieutenant Hart is back in Riverside licking his substantial wounds, and he needs to gather his courage and tell Isaac he made a mistake. Isaac will forgive him—he knows that—but he can't promise Isaac an easy life. Being a cop comes with its own risks, after all.

When they finally reach the same wavelength, their idyllic reprieve is cut tragically short. Hart doesn't know yet that Isaac is terminally ill, that he will take off to find the Phoenix to heal him as a last resort. This time, it will be Hart who pays the price.

In the meantime, a new killer roams the streets of Riverside. He kidnaps, tortures, and kills gay men in horrific ways, and he has the newly healed Isaac in his sights. Hart’s time is running out on every level.

2015 Rainbow Awards Guidelines: http://www.elisarolle.com/rainbowawards/rainbow_awards_2015.html
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Starting from June 1, 2015, I will daily feature authors attending the three conventions I will join, Euro Pride in Munich (July), UK Meet in Bristol (September) and GRL in San Diego (October).

For the UK Meet in Bristol, September 11-13, 2015, today author is Anna Martin (Anna Martin will also attend Euro Pride Con in Munich). Moreover I'm hosting the Blog Tour for Devil's Food At Dusk:

Devil’s Food At Dusk by M.J. O’Shea and Anna Martin
Paperback: 200 pages
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 22, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1634762851
ISBN-13: 978-1634762854
Amazon: Devil’s Food At Dusk
Amazon Kindle: Devil’s Food At Dusk

Joe Fitzgerald hates New Orleans, but he’s stuck there until he convinces one stubborn local family to sell Lumière, the crumbling French Quarter restaurant they’ve owned for generations. The place is a wreck, and it’s hemorrhaging money. Joe figures he's their best chance for survival.
Remy Babineaux despises Pineapple Joe’s and everything the chain stands for. He refuses to let Lumière become some tacky corporate tourist trap. Theme drinks and plastic beads in his restaurant? Yeah, right. Over his dead, rotting corpse. The last thing Remy wants is a meeting with the restaurant chain’s representative, but his father agreed to at least listen to the proposal. There’s nothing Remy can do about it.
Remy figures an anonymous hookup is exactly what he needs to decompress. When he ends up across the table from his fling the next morning, real sparks fly. Joe refuses to give up his prime location; Remy refuses to give up his legacy. It’s war, and they’re both determined to win at any cost. Neither of them counted on falling in love.

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About the Author: "I’m Mj O’Shea :) I grew up, and still live, in sunny Washington state and while I love to visit other places, I can’t imagine calling anywhere else home.
I spent my childhood writing stories. Sometime in my early teens, the stories turned to romance. Most of those were about me, my friends, and our favorite movie and pop stars. Hopefully, I’ve come a long way since then.
When I’m not writing, I love to play the piano, dance, cook, paint pictures, and of course read! I like sparkly girly girl things, own at least twenty different colored headbands, and I have two little dogs who sit with me when I write. Sometimes they comes up with ideas for me too…when they’re not busy napping.
Website: http://mjoshea.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mj.oshea.5
Twitter: https://twitter.com/mjosheaseattle
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3512511.M_J_O_Shea
Instagram: http://instagram.com/mjosheaseattle
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/mjoshea5
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/M.J.-OShea/e/B003XERT7M/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1427433101&sr=8-2-ent

Anna Martin is from a picturesque seaside village in the south west of England. After spending most of her childhood making up stories, she studied English Literature at university before attempting to turn her hand as a professional writer.
Apart from being physically dependent on her laptop, she is enthusiastic about writing and producing local grassroots theatre (especially at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, where she can be found every summer), travelling, learning to play the ukulele, and Ben & Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk.
Although her most recent work is in the LGBT romance genre, in the past Anna has worked on a variety of different projects including short stories, drabbles, flash fiction, fan fiction, plays for both children and adults, and poetry. She has written novels in the Teen or Young Adult genre, Romance and Fantasy novels.
Anna is, by her own admission, almost unhealthily obsessed with books. The library she has amassed is both large and diverse; "My favourite books," she says, "are 'The Moonstone' by Wilkie Collins, 'To Kill a Mockingbird' by Harper Lee and 'Oryx and Crake' by Margaret Atwood." She also owns multiple copies of Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park books and re-reads the Harry Potter novels with almost startling regularity.
Website: http://www.annamartin-fiction.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/annamartinfiction
Twitter: https://twitter.com/missannamartin
Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5251288.Anna_Martin
Instagram: https://instagram.com/missannamartin/
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/annamartinficti/

Tour Schedule:
June 22: Fangirl Moments and My Two Cents, My Fiction Nook
June 23: Drops of Ink
June 24: Love Bytes Reviews
June 25: Wicked Faeries Tales & Reviews, Molly Lolly: Reader, Reviewer, Lover of Words
June 26: Because Two Men Are Better Than One
June 29: Diverse Reader, Sid Love Writes
June 30: Gay.Guy.Reading And Friends, Scattered Thoughts & Rogue Words
July 1: Man2ManTastic, JP Barnaby
July 2: Bayou Book Junkie
July 3: Nessa’s Book Reviews, Elisa - My reviews and Ramblings
July 6: BFD Book Blog, Evelyn Shepherd
July 7: MM Good Book Reviews
July 8: Multitasking Mommas Book Reviews, Books N Pearls
July 9: Rainbow Gold Reviews, Foxylutely Books
July 10: A Celebration of Books, Prism Book Alliance

Winner’s Prize: $20 Amazon Gift Card.
2 Runners up win: An e-copy from either MJ O’Shea’s or Anna Martin’s Backlist.
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posted by [personal profile] reviews_and_ramblings at 11:42pm on 2015-07-03 under
Starting from June 1, 2015, I will daily feature authors attending the three conventions I will join, Euro Pride in Munich (July), UK Meet in Bristol (September) and GRL in San Diego (October).

For the GRL in San Diego, October 15-18, 2015, today author is LE Franks: At seventeen, LE Franks walked away from writing for love. Jumping head first into real life and travelling the world seemed to be fair compensation until the characters in her head demanded their turn. Now, living in the San Francisco Bay Area, surrounded by inspiration everywhere, LE is finally taking off the filters and giving the stories free rein. These days, LE can be found frequently writing about sexy men who desperately need a happily ever.

LE writes M/M Romance in a unique mix of humor and drama with enough suspense to produce fast-paced stories filled with emotion and passion and featuring characters that are quirky and complicated. Don’t expect the typical, rugged hero or sophisticated businessman with the world at their feet; LE’s men are living in the margins— they’re in the middle of their journey, doing the best they can while searching for a connection to something bigger than themselves. With a little effort, and a lot of luck, they may actually find their happily-ever-afters.

When not writing, LE wrangles an odd assortment of jobs (six— both paid and volunteer), houseguests (including pro baseball players), family, and friends. Manifesting an odd combination of contradictory talents and traits, LE is tragically honest and personally deceptive and makes the best piecrust— ever.

Further Readings:

My Marine by LE Franks and Sara York
Publisher: Totally Bound Publishing (June 23, 2015)
Amazon Kindle: My Marine

For a man who made his career in intelligence, falling for an Afghani national in the middle of a war zone wasn’t the smartest thing a Marine could do.

Marine Captain Sean Kelley loves his country and the men he serves with, but when he meets Akim, he’s tempted to throw it all away for the mysterious man. He knows better than to chase after a local, but repeat encounters culminating in a moment of passion leave him reeling—he’ll do almost anything to figure out how they can be together.

Akim Bijan has a secret of his own—one large enough to get more than just himself killed if it’s revealed. But from the moment he first lays eyes on the handsome Marine, he’s tempted to do just that rather than hide his growing attraction to the man. Being a translator allows him access to the base and he finds Sean alone one night. They take things farther than he ever intended. If only he could tell Sean everything, but his lips are sealed.

When tragedy strikes, Akim is afraid he’s lost Sean for good and he’s forced to make a decision that will change both their lives. Will love win—or will Sean and Akim be separated forever?



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