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5 фев, 2012

Radiation!

Vids, fic and sundry.

Last night I finished and posted the Damaged People installments Tranquility Base, Where The Frown On My Face and Copernius, thereby closing out the first arc of Damaged People. I'm not sure how long exactly that arc took me to write (I think I started it in mid-to-late 2007?) or how much writing is represented by it (I believe it's up above 100k words?), but that sure is a milestone. Of some sort.

Rambling about the end of Arc 1.Свернуть )

Also, I finally got around to uploading a couple of vids I've had lying around my computer for, er, months or years. Without further ado:

Stargate SG-1: "Window of Opportunity" to the tune of "Every Day Is Exactly The Same".Свернуть )

Torchwood: Suzie Costello in "Maneater", to "People Got A Lotta Nerve" by Neko Case.Свернуть )

There you go. Enjoy.




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30 янв, 2012

Stargate, Science!

[Fic: SG-1] W is for Wait What

Title: W is for Wait What
Author: magistrate
Rating: T.
Genre: Echidnafic. (By which I mean, crack written with a serious tone.)
Beta: Fig Newton.
Continuity: What do you get if you cross an elephant with a rhino? S10. Post-200, sometime in in the undefined chronology of Memento Mori.
Prerequisities: 200. 1969. A Hundred Days. Fragile Balance. Brief Candle. Uhh, Revelations. Memento Mori. Maybe some other stuff. Iono.
Summary: All starting to make sense now, isn't it? (You have to remember. It was the sixties.)
Disclaimer: This is all Fig's fault. Blame Fig. Blaaaame Fig. The opinions expressed herein are the properties of the characters and not of the AABB. Every attempt is made to avoid favoritism, the appearance of favoritism, and conflicts of interest in employment decisions. Questions, comments and chromosomes can be left in replies or directed to magistrata(at)gmail(dot)com. Thank you for reading!

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W is for Wait WhatСвернуть )




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22 янв, 2012

Richard Ill, ...well that was unfortunate.

I'm not even surprised.

Excerpted from Fast Company's January 20, 2012 article The Return of LiveJournal:

However, longtime LiveJournal users are upset by the changes. LiveJournal recently unveiled a complete redesign that overhauled the service's comments system, emphasized social networking, and set the stage for the upcoming communities blitz. Reaction from longtime users has been overwhelmingly negative--LiveJournal patrons slammed the redesign on the service's official blog.

LiveJournal's leadership has made it clear that their future American business strategy lies in generating new traffic rather than catering to the service's current small-but-loyal membership.


The article was linked to by theljstaff in their recent post. Among the comments:

roseredhoofbeat: "Yes, let's link to an article that blatantly states that you could give a shit about the "small but loyal" fanbase that's kept you in business for over a decade. Brilliant."

vodkabeforenoon: "Is this some form of trolling?"

gelbes_gilatier: "So, basically you're proud of saying that the people who were loyal users for years are actually the ones you're not interested in?"

miwahni: "So Livejournal needs to attract new traffic rather than catering to the existing clientele? Someone should explain to these folks that "retention" is every bit as important as gaining new users, only to lose them again the next time LJ institutes wildly unpopular changes. Churning your customer base is not a smart business practice. Instead, develop a reputation for dealing honestly and openly with users, listen to what your users are telling you, and watch your customer base grow. No point attracting new users if you're hemorrhaging users out the other end."

cest_amy: "I've been on LiveJournal for over 8 years. And a permanent account holder for just over 3 years. And it's sad that a place that I have used for so long, and loved for so long, and made friends on over the years, has come out and said that it doesn't value it's "small-but-loyal" pool of people. We're the pool that made it what it is today. If we hadn't stayed around, and been loyal, there wouldn't have been a company to buy."

[ETA]

Worth reading: the excellent and considered comments by hijiri, analyzing this whole mess as fairly as possible, and

Perhaps the kindest analysis, from anikotevet: "It might not be trolling so much as some staff person saying 'Hey, userbase, wake up. Move. The people who manage this company don't care anymore, RUN!'"

4 янв, 2012

Radiation!

:/

One of these days I'll stop being frustrated with Damaged People, but it sure isn't today!

Grousing about sexual politics, implication, and the like; no concrete spoilers but makes more sense if you"ve read through Lights Move/Chains/The World As/What PossessesСвернуть )




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30 дек, 2011

Radiation!

(без темы)

...meanwhile, my brain is giving me someone named Tether, an aromantic, touch-hungry, skin-averse, heterophysical, sex-repulsed asexual who undergoes violence-hunger cycles in accordance with lunar cycles, peaking at the new moon. She gets paired with some guy called Knife, who as far as I can tell is a fairly vanilla heterosexual guy somewhere on the aspie spectrum, with a nearly eidetic memory and somewhat decentralized cognition. Who may also be a high-functioning sociopath.

I have no idea where my brain is going with this, but I suspect they fight crime.


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29 дек, 2011

Radiation!

Sure, why not.

I'd like to get better at my strange pseudo-divination. (I don't really do Tarot, I do a completely homegrown... thing... using an art deck, and so long as I'm reading for myself, I tend to get a decent signal-to-noise ratio with high strength and okay clarity. I'd like to get to high clarity as well.)

So I'm offering free one-card draws, for as long as I have card-reading brain. Comment with a question or problem, the more detail you give the more you'll probably get, and I'll tell you what card I drew for you and what my interpretation of its message is.

Comments are screened, and I'll only unscreen if you tell me that's cool. Also tell me how you'd like to receive your comments, whether by PM or email or what (though you may have to leave your email if you don't know I have it).


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Fic Rec: A Strange and Abundant Love, by aceofhearts61

Those of you who watch my journal have probably noticed that I never do recs, usually because I'm too damn lazy, but I have to share this fic with everyone ever because it makes me that damn happy: A Strange and Abundant Love: BBC Sherlock, 20k words and unfinished (I believe?) at the time of this posting, a lovely, deep, intimate gen three-way relationship with a Sherlock who's decidedly asexual and a Watson and Lestrade who are both decidedly straight.

The longer, more review-like rec.Свернуть )

Anyway. You should read it, and love that there's good asexual fic in the world.




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28 ноя, 2011

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[Fic: SG-1] A Long Drawn-Out Breath and an Impossible Sky

Title: A Long Drawn-Out Breath and an Impossible Sky
Author: magistrate
Rating: T
Genre: ...slipstream. :|
Beta: 1 cuil: if you asked me for a beta and I gave you a raccoon.
Continuity: Nothing blatantly canon-defying, so far as I can tell. Some point in canon when they have naqahdah reactors. And Daniel.
Summary: I DON'T KNOW
Disclaimer: I am not Italo Calvino. The opinions expressed herein are the properties of the characters and sometimes of Ferdinand de Saussure. Caution: this machine starts automatically. You cannot swallow. Questions, comments and existential crises can be left in replies or directed to magistrata(at)gmail(dot)com. Thank you for... reading?




She was halfway up the mountain carrying most of Daniel's weight across her shoulders when a flicker of light caught her from the corner of her eye. She turned without thinking, saw some white insect disappear into the jumble of light and flora and scene, and then, in an instant, everything stepped back.

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5 ноя, 2011

Stargate, Science!

[Fic: SG-1] Many Have Said

Title: Many Have Said
Author: magistrate
Rating: T.
Genre: Character study/vignettes.
Beta: Hiding his face. Actually, none.
Continuity: Canon-compliant, pre-series from the movie through to Children of the Gods.
Summary: Impassivity is a learned disposition.
Disclaimer: There's no conspiracy; SG-1 really does belong to MGM. The opinions expressed herein are the properties of the characters and not of Christopher Judge. Jaffa may rebel without warning. Salvation via Amun not guaranteed. Questions, comments and concealments can be left in replies or directed to magistrata(at)gmail(dot)com. Thank you for reading!

Author's Note: 6-hour-or-less ficlet. Also, attempted explanations for a lot of things that confused me about early-season SG-1. See if you can guess them all.

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The slave slipped on the way to the throne room, and Teal'c caught her. That was a mistake. He thought his quick action could only be seen as care for Apophis's property – it would not befit a god of Apophis's rising stature to present a potential host who was bruised or damaged – but some gentleness must have slipped through, and she wrapped her hand around his arm.

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16 окт, 2011

Radiation!

"We could move to Austin." "Isn't it on fire?"

I had this post roughly sketched out in the back of my head, but then my week got all crazy, my basement flooded, and I got sidetracked by writing about space elevators and hydroponic roses, so here's the distilled essence of the Post That Never Was:

Anna Hazare is awesome. You should all take a look at "Escaping Poverty: The Ralegan Siddhi case," and then we should all get started on sensible watershed development here. And everywhere. Though possibly Iowa City needs a different sort of watershed development program than Ralegan Siddhi needed, given Iowa City's aggravating tendency to either flood the Arts Campus or flood my basement.


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