tahariel: (Cloud for brains)
Headache day = not fun. But I wrote another poem today. It's weird; I was never much of a poet before, but I'm quite enjoying it now. It's like all my creativity is finally finding enough headspace to come back in from the cold wastes of the last few years of struggling to squeeze out enough words to fill a post-it note.

p.s. I know it is not Sunday today but it made a better title


slow sunday prose

I fall in love with
                        narrative
and tone
when
a story is not just a story but
a window; watching
other people’s lives like
            falling
leaves
                        and
                                    blasphemies
and
            the smell of skin under glass
I like to live vicarious
                        deep-ocean feelings
then shelve them when I’m full and brimming with
sweet soft sounds of
distant loves and

pages turning

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You are not
            awake
                      yet.
I messaged you last night by email.
We often speak in pixels; telephone rarely.
Electronic best friend,
  Somewhere you are a person
On the other end of our paper cup ---- and ---- string
    Speaking into the electric air.
I receive your words at the notification sound.
No face
  No outer shell
                  We commune, plugged in
                                  mind to
                                          mind.

Posted via LiveJournal app for iPhone.

tahariel: (Laptop loves you)
There comes a time in every technophile's life where you look into the dark abyss of the miscellaneous cables box and say "Fuck it, I have no idea what these are for. Let's just bin them."
tahariel: (Default)
So I may have kind of inadvertently accidentally-on-purpose volunteered to help with the marketing for my local community theatre when talking to the director and my theatre friends this evening after the production of Alan Bennett's Talking Heads that I went to see my friend Rosemary in. (For those interested, they did Her Big Chance and Bed Amongst the Lentils.)

It's not that I don't think it's important and that I don't think I can do it, but I seem to be volunteering for a lot of things lately before I think them through and then worrying about whether I'm taking on too much. Especially when Rosemary pretty much grabbed at the offer and said I could be ON THE BOARD OF THE THEATRE. When I only just made the offer to help tonight. Urk!

Seriously, how do I get myself into these things is what I would like to know.
tahariel: (Default)
New iPhone OS
I blame you for
Embarrassing me
And
Letting me send that text to my Dad.

I never sent accidental texts before.
You fucked up all my apps and
Told me you didn’t work and
Gave me a heart attack
Then worked the second time
Just to rub it in.

He doesn’t want to know how
Much I love Teen Wolf and
That I wish Derek was the alpha and
Bossed Scott around
Instead of this bullshit terminology
That could have been cleared up by
Using a dictionary or
Asking an eight-year-old.

New iPhone OS
When I am dying of embarrassment
I want you to know
It was your fault.
(Teen Wolf rules.)



Note: I have only seen up to ep 3, but apparently this is enough Teen Wolf to cause a wrongly-directed text messaging incident.
tahariel: (Fury)
So apparently by agreeing to update my software version to iOS5 this means you will delete all of my apps and then NOT PUT THEM BACK ON, so I have to try and sync them with my laptop but my laptop has not synced all of them to it for some unquantifiable reason, so now I am playing detective trying to remember WHAT THE HELL I HAD BEFORE.

THANKS A LOT.
#apple, #ios5 #die in a fire #iphone #iphone wherefore art thou
tahariel: (Washing machine)
Tonight I am flailing around in the twirly, swirly whirlpool of 'what the heck happens next in this story I DON'T EVEN KNOW ARGH.'

(For those unaware, the Whirlpool of WTHHNITSIDKA is one of the more oddly named geographical features of the North Buckinghamshire area, otherwise renowned for the Pit of Holy Shit No It's A Plothole and the Swamp of Why The Heck Am I Doing This Anyway, I Could Have Been A Doctor.)
tahariel: (Harry Potter - Ravenclaws smarter)
Amazon are now taking pre-orders for the complete Harry Potter 1-8 blu-ray or DVD collection for £32.30 on Blu-ray or £25.50 on DVD.

RIDICULOUS. Ordered! I only have 1-4 on DVD so this is about the price I'd pay to get the other four ANYWAY if I waited a year after 8 is released, depending on the price drop.
tahariel: (Default)
Is "living room" a Britishism? Is there a more appropriate American term?
tahariel: (Retard oh no)

I have been racking my brain trying to remember the name of this film, and google isn't helping, so I thought I'd apply to the hive mind and see what comes out :)

It was a French film, released in the UK IN 2011 I think, about a young woman in a sort of urban fantasy world where she fights monsters and there are mummies and zombies or something? And she carts a zombie around in a wheelchair? I only saw the trailer, never quite got to see it but I really want to.

Anyone have any idea what I'm on about?

Posted via LiveJournal app for iPhone.

tahariel: (Fandom Fucks Back)
"You know what would be awesome? If we could stop having to make this post.

Which is to say: there’s a new attempt at commodifying fanfiction in town. It’s called fanfic.me."



Yet another company trying to make money from fandom, and not only missing the point about how fandom works and what fans do and want, but insulting our intelligence too. GREAT, JUST WHAT FANDOM WANTS. Another shitty start-up trying to make money from the stuff we do for free.

A longer and more comprehensive post can be found here.
tahariel: (Shoe and cake)
I just wrote this out to email to someone, so I thought somebody on my flist might like to make this too! It's SO YUMMY.

Blackberry chicken )
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OH THANK GOD DELICIOUS FIXED THE DATE ON THE EXPORT BOOKMARKS THING SO THEY CAN BE REUPLOADED IN THE RIGHT ORDER. BRAINGASM.

Second time deleting all bookmarks and reuploading to replace a worse copy. Now finally back to where I want to be. Other than renaming all my tags to help organise them better... depressingly it turns out I nearly have as many tags as bookmarks.
tahariel: (not obsessive)
I'm looking to redo all of my tagging for the time being so that while there aren't any tag bundles it will reorganise them within the cloud so that they're easier to find. The problem is that I have A LOT of tags. So I'm willing to do a deal: I'll pay for your pinboard account if you'll help me rename my tags.

I'll give you access to my account and tell you how I'm changing it, and it'll be done a lot faster. I can afford to do this for maybe two people so let me know.

I'd prefer to do this for people who genuinely can't afford to buy an account but let's see how we go. If you know anybody who's mentioned it on their lj who you think I can rely on to help me with this then point them my way please?
tahariel: (Fandom Fucks Back)
(I know my icon shows LJ in it, but it seemed appropriate)


So we all know that Delicious' new owners, in their infinite wisdom, decided to revamp the site entirely when they bought it and strip out all that useless old stuff that actually worked and replace it with shiny new stuff that nobody likes. As a... semi power user?... and having been using delicious obsessively and with adulation and adoration for five years, you might say that having my rug pulled out from under me has left me somewhat bereft. SO. What are we going to do about it?


  • There are various alternatives being mooted around fandom, and to which people are exporting their bookmarks. The one most people seem to be going for is Pinboard, a paid site (it's about $10, or roughly £6 to sign up) which has most of the functions of delicious but also has a really friendly, helpful developer who is actively asking fandom what we want. It doesn't have subscriptions, and it doesn't have tag bundles, but there's a lot of hope that it might do in the future.

  • Other alternatives include diigo, which has a questionable history with censorship and randomly deciding fannish accounts are full of spam and poor customer service. It works, though.

  • You can also - very easily, and as a first step - use Google Bookmarks to export your bookmarks to for free, so you can at least get at your own data. It's not terribly functional compared to delicious, but it's a good back-up and way to get stuff out of Delicious. ETA: Exporting from Delicious is now working again, which is good, because doing the Delicious --> Google Bookmarks --> Pinboard transfer alphabetised all of my tags on every post, and I have a particular order I use them in. So deleted all my bookmarks - again - and reuploading from delicious to see if this makes a difference.



  • A spreadsheet is being created of people's usernames on various services so you can find the people you used to follow, which you can find here: The Fandom Spreadsheet. As well as this, someone has set up a webpage where you can not only list yourself but it will see if any of your Delicious network has listed themselves too, which is here: Delicious → Pinboard username mapper.

  • The Pinboard creator is actively responding LIVE to a fannish document being made collaboratively RIGHT NOW, so we can all go and add our comments and ask for specific features and discuss them. You can find this document here.


  • ETA: AVOS is backtracking and saying they'll be fixing their fuck-up, so let's see what they do. I'll be honest, if they fix it back then I will probably crawl back to them like an abusive boyfriend, because I am emotionally involved with delicious in an unhealthy way.



  • I am now on Pinboard and will be spending a lot of time obsessively editing my tags to reorganise them and make them easier to search again. My username over there is also tahariel and you can follow me if you sign up or add me as an RSS feed! ADD ME, WE WILL NETWORK AND HAVE DRINKS AND SHARE PORN.
    tahariel: (Underwater love)
    Oh delicious

    You are not so delicious

    Now.



    My carefully crafted castle

    Of bookmarked fic

    Crumbles like a sandcastle

    Your new overlord has peed on.



    Network, I hardly knew ye.

    But I knew what kind of porn you liked.



    (Come find me on Pinboard)
    tahariel: (Default)
    Was gonna wait til I was done but I had a really awful day so I decided to hell with it, I'll start posting it to the meme now and hopefully get some nice feedback :D



    Title: Everyday Love in Stockholm

    Fandom: X-Men First Class

    Pairing: Erik/Charles

    Prompt: Magneto is the ruler of the posthuman world. His only secret? Charles Xavier, the human he's kept locked in his bedroom ever since his right-hand woman, Mystique, came to him pleading for mercy for her stepbrother, who accepted her mutant form and protected her as a child. The human he started fucking after Mystique was killed in battle, despite the guilt he feels at contaminating even this last promise to the woman who was integral to his life's work and happiness.


    (Everyday Love in Stockholm)
    tahariel: (Star Trek - Kirk - Fuck my life)
    Adult life seems to mostly consist of short periods of contentment interspersed with long shitshowers.
    tahariel: (X-men First Class - Blue Sky Thinking)
    In a surprising turn of events, I have found myself actually writing fic tonight. Considering I can rarely make myself sit down to write at all, let alone fanfic, I'm pretty pleased with myself. Of course it remains to be seen whether I can keep this up or if it's just a flash in the pan.
    tahariel: (this is how i roll)


    She flies through the air with the greatest of ease, that daring young lass on the flying - holy shit WHERE’S THE TRAPEZE

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