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Oct. 13th, 2017

Posting too much today because I love to share: things I notice in fanvids edition.

In Bucky's flashbacks, HYDRA seems to be amputating his arm a couple of inches above the elbow. It's hard to tell because he's looking down at his body, but it's definitely towards that end of his upper arm. When they're dragging him through the snow the fall itself seems to have taken off most of his lower arm somewhere around the elbow joint. A lot of fic I've read written post Winter Soldier and pre Civil War, if it goes into detail at all, seems to assume that the prosthetic is anchored on the remains of his upper arm, including the bone. That would make a lot of sense if you were attaching a metal arm to someone, after all.

After he and Steve fight Tony at the end of Civil War though, Bucky's arm has been ripped off at the shoulder.

I really, really hope that through the years that metal arm put too much stress on his original upper arm and they'd done further surgery to just anchor it at the shoulder or something, knowing that they wouldn't be keeping him around for that much longer anyway. Because otherwise it would seem that Tony may have removed not just most of his prosthetic, but the remaining pieces of his actual arm.

You're welcome for this very cheerful observation. Someone should write a fic where Tony's like "hey I can see how this arm works now OH SHIT THAT'S NOT METAL."

Apr. 5th, 2017

Reasons New Zealand is in the international news right now:

- someone died in a typhoid outbreak
- our Prime Minister put tinned spaghetti on pizza

Go us.

Feb. 22nd, 2017

six years ago

Nov. 14th, 2016

uh





To be clear on that second pic, those round things on the rock are paua. They're like mussels - they live underwater. A medium-sized one would be about the size of a loosely-made fist. Looking at the rock bed, it's probably a bit taller than I am.

Sounds like a large river that was dammed by debris just broke through as well, they should have had time to evacuate though.

Oct. 13th, 2016

The UK is having a marmite crisis. I'm not saying this because I find it ridiculous. It's not. It's super derivative.

NEW ZEALAND HAD A MARMITE CRISIS FIRST, GUYS. #teammarmageddon

I'm not even kidding, a couple of years ago we ran out of marmite and the entire country freaked the fuck out for months.

Aug. 22nd, 2016

Ugh, Mondays.

1) definitely didn't get the job, which I pretty much knew, but they gave me a bunch of feedback
2) tfw you don't realise you're stressed until you get physically ill
3) it's raining and I wanted to go to the shops fffff
4) going back up to my actual prescribed dose of pills, I'd dropped down slightly for a little while to see how it went but I think back to normal now
5) I'm cold when is winter over

Aug. 9th, 2016

Soooo I have a job interview on Thursday (today is Tuesday). For Statistics NZ. And not one of those interviews where you can just roll in and wing it. At the start I have to give a 5-10 minute presentation on the relevance of recent significant events for StatsNZ. !! Only slightly nerve-wracking, lol. It's cool though, I actually quite like statistics despite having a humanities focus and I'm pretty sure I know more or less what I'm going to talk about, I just have to do a ton of reading and put it into some kind of order and get data to back things up and then practice a bit because oh god I haven't done a presentation in foreverrrrrrr.

May. 14th, 2016

bad feelings )

Apr. 30th, 2016

UGH UGH UGH. Firefox updated and now LJ Login no longer works and the problem causing it to not work can no longer be overridden. No problem, I can start using Chrome which has LJ Juggler... except Chrome doesn't have a thread unfolder. Apparently you can't roll back to an earlier version of Firefox, either. But I need both of these things. Oh my god I'm so annoyed.

Apr. 3rd, 2016

soul-tired. started writing on my tablet so I didn't have to lean up but the on screen keyboard is fucking terrible, randomly duplicates the first few letters of words, sticks a hanging a to the right of the cursor... idek. I have to replace my tablet - not only does it no longer charge while connected to the dock or in use, but the time on the clock is frozen and only updates when you rotate the screen. Looking at the same type that's available now (Asus Transformer) they've changed from Android to Windows OS and I don't want Windows. So I can get basically the same model I have already, which is some years old, or I could get like a Galaxy Tab of some kind and a bluetooth keyboard, because on screen typing sucks.

I have stuff to plan for during and after weatherbrooke too. but again. tired. when they get back maya's gonna muse about her birthday a bit and then announce she's going on a vision quest (tbd if she actually says it's a vision quest). (lol she'll barely have time to notice elektra. she'll probably name drop wilson though. fun times.) Laura is....... yeah. that'll be interesting. and unfun. but it's basically rock bottom for her so hopefully after that she'll start to improve. meanwhile ianto's going to try to make friends with the TARDIS by playing games with it. and in the doorway I have stuff going on with maya and mcu!matt. but right now I just want to sleep. I have unread mail but eh.

woke up at 4am yesterday. last night took 2mg lorazepam (sedative, normal dose is 1mg), and still woke up at 6am. fuuuuuuck.

I think... I'll make myself go and have something to eat and drink, at the very least some spoonfuls of yoghurt, and then maybe nap again.

Jan. 15th, 2015

Well you can't say they don't warn you.




(I can post this stuff without explanation on Twitter coz they all know I'm obsessed with this game. It's Sunless Sea from Failbetter Games which is coming out of Early Access on Feb 6. It's this ship exploration game that ties in to Fallen London, sort of a Victorian gothic horror world that's delightfully weird and the writing and images are both fantastic.)

Jul. 1st, 2014

The forecast rain didn't get here until tonight so today my sister and I bussed into town so I could see how much it's changed. In some ways, very little. In others, quite a bit. There are a lot more buildings knocked down, and a couple that seem to be going up. Only a couple though. Mostly anything new has been made out of shipping containers and other quick and easy solutions.

https://picasaweb.google.com/103714551722304757462/Chch072014?authuser=0&feat=directlink

77 photos here with captions. The very last one shows the rough route we took moving north up Colombo St and then circling back to the bus station to go home. Almost everything was taken from either Colombo St or on about a block (about a hundred metres) of Cashel St, a pedestrian mall where our local drinking hole used to be.

While most of the damage is from February 2011, some is from September 2010 when the first earthquake hit. It was a larger magnitude than February, but it was on a more rural faultline, and miraculously*, no one died. On February 22 there were 181 deaths, and I think 4 more later died from injuries. Most of them (115) were in the CTV building which included a media company, several offices and an English language school. The man who designed the building had stolen the identity of a qualified engineer and despite being declared safe after both September and December 2010 quakes, in February it collapsed and caught on fire. Almost all of the death certificates I handled at work were of people who died there.


* I actually mean that. Maybe not in the Vatican sense of "there is no explanation but God", but it was extremely lucky. There were several stories of people who only just managed to avoid being killed by sheer luck, without any of them being balanced by people who did get killed by sheer bad luck.

May. 15th, 2014

I'm sort of ridiculously pleased with the PBs I found for the sex swap actually. Especially because now Aurora has this icon:



Wrong bathroom sry. But omg the eyes. The hair. He even has a couple of icons with gestures that look like a woman could be making them.



And most importantly for Ianto is writing icons for his secret private diary in the main journal but also pale and black hair and massive fucking unimpressed face. Brooke Williams also would have worked but uh I had a need for Hel check this damn fine crazy plus she dresses quite femininely. She has astoundingly blue eyes though. All my Portland peeps with their amazing eyes.

But mostly I have been wrapped up in a duvet looking at the rain with dogs napping on my floor watching The Almighty Johnsons while VLC auto-caps it and feeling generally pretty damn flat. I don't know if it's a natural downswing or the start of winter. I've been able to make a few comments around... mostly Hel and SPN-Loki, Storybrooke Ianto and Hermione a little, and the Jack/Ianto log where he finally finds out about them dating. I need to start studying for exams and do more in Triumphant. And the long-dormant PBer of my soul basically wants to icon everyone in TAJ. That's less important though.

And the budget just came out and oh my god. I suppose I should take it as a win that they've moved slightly to the left with dr's visits "free" for under 13s (they haven't increased the funding for this enough to actually accomplish it, I don't think) and an extra four weeks paid parental leave phased in over the next two years. But cuts to public broadcasting, freezes to police after a cut last year, I can't remember if it was a cut or an effective cut for tertiary education, but definitely effective cuts to health that don't even match inflation let alone population growth, and a six year freeze on funding the Cullen fund which last year raised as much money as asset sales did. Oh, and they removed import duty on plasterboard so building a house will cost about $3,500 less now. In Auckland that's a letter box, as someone commented. Plus an "interest free loan" to help fund more roads in Auckland when they claimed they couldn't afford the urban rail.

They're bragging about a $370m surplus (which won't happen, because they never get a surplus) when we owe billions in debt to pay for the shit in the 2011 budget and yesterday they were claiming the floods that suddenly started happening three years ago in Christchurch have nothing to do with the earthquakes.

Wow, that was a rant I did not intend to have. Okay then.

Apr. 24th, 2014

Living in this house is truly excellent for roleplay background knowledge. My flatmate is a cop (on maternity leave atm), her babydaddy is in the army (where they met) and since tomorrow's ANZAC Day another of their old army mates is staying. We've just been in the kitchen chatting about random cop and army stories. Shockingly I did not have to stand silently and awkwardly, because I know about history and pols and shit. It's funny how impressed people like that get that I STUDY. ACADEMIC STUFF. ooooooooh.

Jul. 7th, 2010

I'm alivr (I think)

-I haven't been RPing for ages so there wasn't as much reason to be active here
-LJ still sucks so I mostly post to DW but it crossposts to LJ (is keieeeye on dw)
and I'm iun comms on LJ like wow_ladies and sf_drama and ontd_feminism
- I post some Torchwood stuff, some WoW stuff, some feminism and racial, and queer and lots of bunnies are cute type cool story bros
-still not working. still pretty crazy. I don't even know anymore.
- still on the waiting list for teh anxiety disorders unit. it's supposed to come up sometime in august. been waiting since december.
- my benefit went up $40 when I turned 25! it was so fucking excite.
-really rough right now. Blizarrd is being a cock and I might lose WoW as an outlet/social space. was already bad before that. been under effects of lorazepam for the last day and a half, started after my appt with my new doctor when I had to go over everything. ev.er.y.thing.
- I kind of miss people. and BL. and being more sane. and not feeling like any of my safe spaces could let me down at any minute. even criminal minds is being fucktarded. at least this season of doctor who was amazing but now there's no more for ages and apparently there's lots of character bashing in the fandom.
- getting hard to convince myself there's anything consistently good in the world especially with the oil spill
- QQMOAR

Oct. 30th, 2009

http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/crime/3012655/Sterilise-underclass-to-stop-child-abuse-Michael-Laws

Oct. 16th, 2009

k, so

I have purged my f-list. Remember, f-lists are not a drama zone for me - if I dropped you, it's not because I hate you. I'm not in any games at the moment and I'm much more active over in Torchwood fandom on LJ so I'm checking my f-list less. Just making it a bit less cumbersome. (If you have an LJ and don't mind excessive blather and fic and vid posts, my LJ is ~phaetonschariot, I have the same open friends policy there.)

Also have a picture of bunnies.

Sep. 2nd, 2009

hahaha

So I'm poking around Teh NZ Intarwebs looking at rabbit hutches and prices trying to see if I can find really nice roomy outdoor accommodations that I can afford and there's this one site that is like a directory of website businesses. Apparently if you search for 'rabbit and/or hutches', you get an AWFUL LOT of, erm, "adult self-entertainment" results. Rabbit vibrators, obviously. Somehow I feel that this is not what I'm looking for.

I have a lot of thoughts about fandom as separate from mainstream society.

This got long and rambling. )

Aug. 9th, 2009

Good lord that meta got out of hand. Thinking way too much when I should be working on my prompt for the 10th.

Jul. 26th, 2009

http://www.comicmix.com/news/2009/07/25/exclusive-torchwood-picked-up-for-another-season-by-bbc/

What it says on the tin.

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