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Five things make a post (tech support, TCR, and turduckens edition) September 2, 2013

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(1) I’m having the most aggravating computer trouble.

It freezes. Unpredictably. And in a way I’ve never seen on any other computer: the sound doesn’t cut out, it gets stuck endlessly repeating the last fraction of a second it was on. That means a different droning hum every time, depending on what song or video it was in the middle of when it locked up.

The machine is under warranty, and tech support has been trying their hardest, but it’s not doing much good. So far it’s had the hard drive, the memory, and the motherboard replaced. And something unrelated was botched during the motherboard replacement, so that’s going to be replaced again.

I’m trying to get in the habit of saving things (art, writing, whatever) every minute or two. It really sucks when I forget.

Tech support is still trying to come up with more things to try — here’s hoping one of them takes. Or that they decide to put the whole thing out of its misery and send me a replacement computer.

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(2) Welcome to Night Vale is doing its best to yank my heart out, I swear.

I’ve been doing episode reaction posts over at Night Vale Dog Park, if you’re interested in hearing about the shock and love and fear and wonder in greater detail.

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plant(3) I got a plant!

It sits on the cabinet next to where I work. Grows toward the light from the window. I get to watch it putting up new leaves in realtime. It’s a pretty good companion.

(Anyone know what species it is? It didn’t come with an ID.)

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(4) My Firefox spellcheck didn’t recognize “turducken” as a word, so it suggested “turnbuckle” instead.

How do you get a dictionary that’s expansive enough to know “turnbuckle” is a word, but that’s never heard of turducken? It’s kind of a silly concept, sure, but it isn’t uncommon.

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(5) So happy for Stephen and the Report staff, finally winning themselves an Emmy.

It still doesn’t make sense that they didn’t win the year they broadcast from Iraq. Or the year they did such amazing things with SuperPACs. This year was good, don’t get me wrong, but it wasn’t one of the years where they so clearly blew it out of the water in comparison to everyone else.

Honestly, I think the Academy just wanted to give TDS the glory of a ten-year streak. With a possible side of “oh, geez, we can’t snub Colbert this year, his mom just died.”

But even if they were awarded it for the wrong reasons, they did deserve it, and I’m glad they got it.

If you like Colbert, you need to be watching this April 17, 2013

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And all the other videos from Susie Sampson, bright-eyed star of fake conservative journalism. If the Report employed correspondents, she would be one of them. (Personal headcanon: in any AU where “Stephen” ends up taking over as host of TDS, she is so hired.)

This Week, through 11/20 November 21, 2011

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But I’m A Cat Person
Doll Bianca and Sparrow (art | what it says on the tin | worksafe)

Fake News
Castles In The Sand, chapter 1, chapter 2, chapter 3 (illustrated fic | Jon/”Stephen”, Kristen/Olivia, ensemble | R)
Team of Many Hats (art | Sam, Jason, John Oliver, John Hodgman, Jon, “Stephen”, Olivia, Wyatt, Kristen, Aasif, Lewis | worksafe)
Castle Crossing (fic | Jon/”Stephen”, Jon, “Stephen”, Olivia | G)

Hellsing
Knight Integra – Red (art | Integra, dragon!Alucard | worksafe)

Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Sprinkles (art | Charlotte | worksafe)

Next Week in Shine:
Nothing.

…How ’bout that.

Next Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
The wrap-up of chapter 4, and perhaps an invitation for guest strips…

These Weeks, through 6/26 June 26, 2011

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But I’m A Cat Person
My Little Being: Mastery is Magic (dolls | Patrick, Cybele, Poe, Reseda, Kara Lynn | worksafe)

Fake News
It Came From Beyond The Stars And Stripes, part 0, part 1 (fic | Jon/”Stephen” | through R)
You Laid Eggs In Me? (sketches | Jon/”Stephen” | worksafe)
Tiger Mom and Indigo Child (art | Jon, Olivia | worksafe)
It Came From Beyond The Stars And Stripes, part 1 (fic | Jon/”Stephen”, Olivia, the Word | R)
Sexy, Naughty, Daily (vid | multi-pairing ensemble | PG-13)
Animal Hats (sketches | “Stephen”, Sweetness, George | worksafe)
New York Marriage (comic | Jon, “Stephen” | G)

Hellsing(/My Little Pony)
My Little Vampire Hunters (art | pony!Alucard, pony!Integra, pony!Pip, pony!Seras, pony!Walter | worksafe)
The Waste Land (art | Integra | worksafe)

Read or Die
Don’t Forget to Eat (art | Yomiko/Nenene | worksafe)

Sailor Moon/Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Minako Magica (art | Sailor V, Kyuubey | worksafe)

Next Week in Shine:
Meanwhile, in the future…

Website Updates
Layout tweaked on The Zen and the Damaged. Articles are still there, but the front page is now all about the fanworks.

“That was fun Leigh. Say goodbye to her.” April 9, 2011

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Olivia and her daemon? Probably not (I feel like she would have a bird), but still cute — look, he has a little bow tie!

…Yeah, judging by this picture, a bird would work well. Also, she is clearly a secret Disney princess. With her own unicorn.

Elsewhere, a mystery solved: Olivia is shorter than Jon, but not by much. (And Kristen is taller than I thought.)

This is the first time I’ve gotten to fangirl a celebrity where the big fannish websites were already set up when I got there, and it’s seriously a trip. All the major Colbert sites rose into being after TCR got going (and one, WonkyEar, already fell); Jon still doesn’t have a proper comprehensive hub. My personal fake-news image collection (partially organized on Flickr) is currently over 5,500 pictures, which is bigger than almost any of the places I could go to get more. (The only exception I can think of is the juggernaut ColbertPics.)

But then you have the Olivia Munn sites. And she’s been doing photoshoots and grand premieres and awards shows for years now, and there are galleries with carefully organized albums full of high-res photos for all of them. Including the sexy bikini ones (don’t judge; you know that if Jon or Stephen did a similar spread, there would be dancing in the streets), and ones with titles like “Olivia Munn Coming Out Of Her Hotel” (…okay, those you can judge. Even though she always looks fantastic in them).

I’m drowning in eye candy, and downloading like there’s no tomorrow.

I want to be sorry for her sake that Perfect Couples was canceled, but would love to see her start getting even more air time on TDS. Most of her ouevre on Attack of the Show! doesn’t look worth wading through to find the gems, and Perfect Couples just plain wasn’t that funny — although she was funny on it. (I would totally watch 22 minutes of that character and “Stephen” having a throwdown.)

These Weeks, through 2/20 February 20, 2011

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Fake News
You Might Say She’s A LOLivia (art | Olivia, a cat | worksafe)

Hellsing
Bubbles (art | young Integra, Puppycard | worksafe)
This Is Not A Valentine (art | Integra/Alucard | worksafe)
I Will Be The Flame (sketch | Integra | mildly NSFW)

The Eagle of Hermes
In Care Of Thee, a new side story, has begun.
Girlycolbert (art | “Stephen” | worksafe)

Pet Shop of Horrors
Little Brother Orcot (art | Leon, Chris, Q-chan, Honlon | worksafe)

Carmen Sandiego/Where’s Waldo
My Favorite Place Is Me And You (mix | Carmen/Waldo | G)

General/Miscellaneous
But I’m A Cat Person – Characters (art | Sparrow, Spot, Peter, Bianca | worksafe)
Wasteland sketchpile (miscellaneous sketches, worksafe)

Next Week in Shine:
Witch Hunter Robin is running around in Rome, we learn how things went down between Walter and Jeeves.

These Weeks, through 1/2/2011 January 3, 2011

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Doctor Who(/The Muppet Show)
Muppet Doctors – Four (art | Dr. Teeth as Four | worksafe)
Muppet Doctors – Five (art | Kermit as Five | worksafe)
A Squishy TARDIS Christmas (comic | Five, Tegan, a mystery present | G)
Muppet Doctors – Six (art | Fozzie as Six | worksafe)
Muppet Doctors – Seven (art | Rizzo as Seven | worksafe)

Fake News
Deep-Throat-Off (sketch | Olivia, “Stephen” | worksafe)
La Correspondante En Rose (art | Kristen | worksafe)
Right Winged Angel (art | Jon/”Stephen” | worksafe)
Christmas Fanservice 2010 (art | Olivia, Jon | borderline NSFW)

Hellsing(/Sailor Moon)
Semper Fi (art | Alucard, Integra, Seras | worksafe)
Sailor Seras (sketch | sailor!Seras | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
Erin Watches Sera Myu, stage 3 part 2 (reviews & reactions)
Fire Soul Bird In Love (art | Rei/Usagi | worksafe)
Close In On Sailor Makaiju (art | Terra | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Boxing Day Blizzard (vid of the snowstorm, set to Trans-Siberian Orchestra)

Next Week in Shine:
Meanwhile, in the Popemobile Helicopter…

OMGWTFSTEVIE. April 24, 2010

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Thursday’s TCR: two Words, then an appearance by adorable Steve ColberT himself.

Clearly this was Stevie’s show, y/y?

Evidently the universe really wants me to finish that State of Grace rewrite. (It’s almost there! Just half a dozen chapters to go.)

This Week, 9/7-9/13 September 13, 2009

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Doctor Who
Making StridesDoctor Jones (art | Martha | worksafe)
Making StridesFourpuff (art | Puff!Four | worksafe)

Fake News
Fit For Office (fic | liberal!”Stephen”, Jon | G)
Making StridesLip Bite (art | Jon | worksafe)

Fake News/Sailor Moon
Satire Crystal Power (sketch | princess!Jon, prince!Stephen | worksafe)
The 9/11 Episode (fic | Jon/Stephen, Sam/Jason, Ed/Rob, Steve, Ann Coulter | PG)

Hellsing
30 Alucards in Drag, 21-25 (art | Vladcard, Alucard, Integra, Riocard | worksafe)
Making StridesThat’s Sharp (art | Anderson | worksafe)
Making StridesMiss Victoria (art | Seras | worksafe)
Making StridesYes, Sir (art | Integra | worksafe)

The Shack
Trinity Plus One (art | God, Jesus, Holy Spirit, Wisdom | worksafe)

Original/Miscellaneous
Making StridesKinesis (art | Kinesis [Evil Plan] | worksafe)
Making StridesAlcione (art | Alcione [original character] | worksafe)
Making StridesSailor Red Dwarf, Sailor Earth, LunLun (art | various otaku senshi/characters | worksafe)

Next Week in Shine:
Scarlet sees Pip’s twenty-year flashback, and raises him a fifty-year one.

Happy firework day! July 4, 2009

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As protests continue in Iran, and dramatic pictures keep flowing out, check out these pre-election images to get an idea of what the difference is: part one and part two. People go skiing, feed dolphins, catch trains, bowl, hang out on fast-food playsets, compete in chess tournaments…it’s all overwhelmingly normal. If you haven’t seen Jason Jones’ reports from the country, those, too, are well worth a watch.

Keeping the news of that kidnapped journalist off Wikipedia, in a very personal case of “freedom of information vs. security.”

For the GLBT(TSQQIAAXYZ) folks: a quick roundup of ways in which Jon Stewart is an awesome ally. (Although Stephen tweets that it wasn’t so bad before Stonewall.)

Speaking of Twitter, it’s apparently great for customer service.

White dad willing to put in hours of hair care for adopted black daughter. Probably ought to come standard, but doesn’t, so it’s good to read.

The Practical Guide to Help Spurned Political Wives Survive Old Problems in the Era of New Technology. More and more relevant these days.

News that sounds like an urban legend, but isn’t: one study found that gay men have, on averages, larger penises than straight men. (I know someone out there is thinking it: “And people wonder why straight women like slash.”)

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