Jul. 27th, 2023 08:41 pm
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I read both my DW and LJ feeds. I prefer to read on LJ though, so if you crosspost, I will preferentially leave you on my reading list there and not subscribe here.
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I'm sooo excited that I'm seeing familiar names posting YOI fic! I feel a little out of touch with the fandom because I guess it's mostly on tumblr... But I still can't figure out how to navigate tumblr properly. So I'll just babble about it here.

My current top five list:
1. Home by Pteryx Videos, one of the few vids that I've really enjoyed ever! It was so well cut.
2. Unimaginable by emilyenrose, a short fic that I thoroughly enjoyed and keep coming back to. Teenage!Victor shows up a few years post-YOI and is a bit of a brat. I really loved the Victor characterization in this. (A fic I'd consider in the same genre is Those Second Thoughts You Asked For by akisazame, where Victor can go backwards in time.)
3. Blood In The Water by Mhalachai, a series where Victor's mom is a rusalka. I think Mhalachai tends to abandon some of their long fics, but the fics that are complete in the series are great and standalone.
4. A Roe By Any Other Name by [ profile] mousapelli seriously made me crave sushi and want to go to Japan just to have sushi.
5. Stargazer by Fahye is a sports AU of a sports anime, and has excellent art to go with the fic.

I am also slowly reading the Nirvana in Fire web novel, but it's going... slowly.
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I binge watched Nirvana in Fire this week, AND I AM OBSESSED.

I'd like to point out that I've never ever watched a whole show from start to finish before -- even Hikago, I watched pretty slowly, randomly watching episodes. In fact, I can't think of any other show that I watched a. in order and b. completely.

Sadly, my Chinese is definitely not up to the task of reading the original novel, and the online translations seem to only be for a few chapters.

The (English) fandom, or at least the AO3/pinboard recced part of fandom, seems quite small. I think I've at least read the first bits of all the 93 fics currently up. I guess most of fandom is generally on tumblr, but scrolling through tumblr makes me confused... Will just have to keep trawling AO3.

Basically: I should never get into a show that has a super tiny fandom because it just leaves me dissatisfied without long epic fics / meta to roll in.
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Computers can now compete on the pro level and win. I wonder what Yang Hai would think?

In other news, I've been hit by a wave of historical-fandom interest and reading old-school Star Trek and CLAMP fic. I wasn't exactly ... alive for the former, so it's not quite nostalgia, but it's interesting to see how fandom has changed. For old-school ST, it's especially interesting to me how the reboot fics differ. Is it because of fandom changing or a result of the canon? There's few fic writers who've been around that long and write for both, so it's hard to compare
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Is anyone going to Otakon? (Apart from [ profile] minuara and [ profile] girlluvsviola , since we're going together...)
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I realize I really, really, really enjoy doing demos and such for groups of kids. Volunteering with general after school programs for kids (which I did for 2 years) was fun, but there was lots of down time and it just wasn't as exciting. (And programs with adults are really not my cup of tea, though I didn't realize this until after 4 years...)

Last summer, I was in Minnesota and volunteered a bit with a chemistry program that holds fun chemistry demos in libraries in the area every month. It was exciting and challenging in all the right ways. Like, learning how to explain each experiment and doing each experiment with different age groups meant thinking on the fly, but even if I messed up, the worst that might happen is that the experiment fails.

But what really made me realize this was that tonight, there was a program at the local elementary school for general science? And it was really the most fun I've had in ages. There were such cool experiments, though I didn't get to see much, and to show kids these really strange things you can do with physics? Ultra fun. I did the thing where you set a table and then pull a tablecloth out from underneath! Unfortunately, a plate and a candlestick holder were lost before I learned that actually, really small children can't always pull fast enough, but still. Lost to a good cause :)

I kind of want to try and set up a similar thing at my college. We've been talking about revitalizing the physics department a lot, and it would be so cool! But I don't know how many other people would want to participate -- both events I attended in the past seemed to succeed based on many enthusiastic people, not just pushed through by a few...
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After three weeks of going rock climbing at least once a week, I think I can safely say I'm getting back in the groove of things! For those who were not around ~3+ years ago, I used to rock climb twice weekly in high school. I was pretty serious about it... but when I got into college, the nearest gym was 2+ hours away by public transportation, and I stopped going.

But when I stopped going I also stopped exercising period. So my New Year's resolution was to get back into it! (That was helped by the fact that one of my friends from back then went to nationals last year /o\. She's really good now.)

So my college actually just got a wall last year, but it's quite small and most of the routes are rated 5.8*... but the ratings are massively inflated, so it's really more like 5.6. Going into Boston requires 2 hrs each way... but I'm determined to go at least once every two weeks and to drag some friends along.

In any case, I'm really really terrible now, but it feels good to be climbing again. (For the record: climbing around 5.7 pretty easily right now, and some 5.8s with more difficulty. This is significantly lower than what I used to climb, around 5.11b.)

*The rating system for top roping (climbing with a rope, usually ~20 m) is 5.X, where the X is a number indicating the difficulty. The higher the number, the harder; after 5.9, the numbers go 5.10a, 5.10b, 5.10c, 5.10d, 5.11a, etc. Bouldering (climbing without a rope, usually no more than a few meters) is rated VX, where X goes from 0 up.

Heads up

Aug. 24th, 2012 03:32 pm
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Going to go through my circle and remove subscriptions to people who crosspost to LJ, so that I can actually use my DW reading page. Yep.

I'm going to still be primarily reading on LJ, though


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