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Monday Works Roundup, 7/31/17 July 31, 2017

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Leif & Thorn
Armful of Leif (auto-colored art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)
Color Of The Sky (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)
Art roundup 2017 (sketches | various | worksafe)

DC Comics
Robinshipping I (sketch | Dick/Tim | worksafe)
Robinshipping II (sketch | Tim/Jason | worksafe)

Hellsing
Rainbow Victoria (art | Seras, Seras, Seras, Seras, etc | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Picnic (commission | Brian Frost/Lilly Satou | worksafe)
Figure drawings (sketches, NSFW)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Bennett gets warned not to touch, and Cybele asks a pertinent question.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Good going, Thorn, now you made Leif cry….

I created a Photobucket account on November 29, 2006. July 28, 2017

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Over the course of more than 10 years, I uploaded almost 6,000 images.

A month ago, Photobucket broke them all and demanded I pay $400 to fix it.

Wish I’d taken a screenshot of my Account stats page before I started deleting, but here’s what it looks like as of right now:

And I’m about to hit “delete” and make it go away entirely.

It took a bunch of exhausting busywork to get to this point, but I gotta say, now that I’m here, it feels pretty good.

Akemi Homura wields the Shield of Rassilon July 28, 2017

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Madoka Magica features a ton of references and/or obvious influences from other magical-girl series. This bit, I would lay good odds, is a Doctor Who reference.

Here’s some production art of the Seal of Rassilon:

Seal of Rassilon

Here’s Homura with her shield:

Homura and shield

And here they are side-by-side. Either someone on the Madoka design team was a Who fan, or that’s a heck of a coincidence. (The Coincidence of Rassilon, perhaps.)

Seal and shield

Monday Works Roundup, 7/24/17 July 24, 2017

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Leif & Thorn
But I’m A Cat Leif (art | Being!Leif, Thorn | worksafe)
Team Flashback (art | Thorn, team, ex-team | worksafe)
Stave Church Views (art | scenery | worksafe)
Embassy Gem Family Fusions (art | gem!Sven, Ragnild, Iona, Katya, Leif | worksafe)

Animorphs
Mother-Son Reunion (sketch | Marco, Eva, daemons | worksafe)

Danganronpa
I should have been brave like you (sketch | Chihiro/Mondo | worksafe)

Eurovision
Francesco Gabbani (art | Francesco | worksafe)

Overwatch
The Doctor is Into It (sketch | Genji/Mercy | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Figure drawings 7-15-17 (sketches, NSFW)
Hands and Feet 7-19-17 (sketches, worksafe)
Dominik (reward chibi, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Let’s pull this Being apart and take a look at the code.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Thorn confesses his feelings. Then tries it a bunch of different ways just to make sure the point came across.

One more cat on the couch July 21, 2017

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This guy is safely back at the local shelter where he came from.

The name on the shelter paperwork is Eli, so that’s what I’m going to call him, not the name picked out by the roommate who brought him home and then wasn’t around to take care of him.

Eli is super shy and super timid, but also totally mellow — even when he was scared he never bit or scratched, just hid. In the three weeks he was at the flat, there was literally one time when he felt safe enough to approach a human on his own volition. Then he got spooked again, and there weren’t enough days to re-reassure him before returning him to the professionals.

But I did get photos of him on the couch.

Petting for a sweet boy.

I hope he gets adopted by someone he can climb all over.

This Week It’s All Archer/T’Pol Recommendations, 7/19 July 19, 2017

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Star Trek: Enterprise | Archer/T’Pol | M | The Vulcan Agreement
http://archiveofourown.org/works/8074309

Vulcans agree to help each other in Pon Farr. Can T’Pol count on the same help? [Yes.]
Star Trek: Enterprise | Archer/T’Pol | G | Whatever You Want
http://archiveofourown.org/works/8090233

T’Pol spreads a little festive cheer.
Star Trek: Enterprise | Archer/T’Pol | M | Flight Of Logic
http://archiveofourown.org/works/8077993

T’Pol rationalizes.
Star Trek: Enterprise | Archer/T’Pol, ensemble | T | Plan B
http://archiveofourown.org/works/8074168/chapters/18501655

What would’ve happened if Travis’ suggestion was taken in United. [Pretend marriage!]
Star Trek: Enterprise | Archer/T’Pol | T | The First Years
http://archiveofourown.org/works/8090917/chapters/18540079

A 3.08 “Twilight” story. Canon AU.
Star Trek: Enterprise | Archer/T’Pol | G | Soyuz
http://archiveofourown.org/works/8087296

A birthday, and the hope of things to come.
Star Trek: Enterprise, Quantum Leap | Archer, T’Pol | G | Bonnie And Clyde In Detroit
http://archiveofourown.org/works/8064589

Archer and T’Pol go on a little crime spree on their way to locating the Xindi bioweapon.
Star Trek: Enterprise | Archer/T’Pol | G | First Choice
http://archiveofourown.org/works/8075152

Missing scene, 2.25 “Bounty.”
Star Trek: Enterprise | Archer/T’Pol | M | Desperation
http://archiveofourown.org/works/8075350

In the “Twilight” universe, T’Pol’s Pon Farr comes upon her.
Star Trek: Enterprise | Archer/T’Pol | M | In Its Time And Place
http://archiveofourown.org/works/8075590

Archer helps T’Pol in a time of need. But unexpected outcomes arise and the two learn the limitations cultures and time place upon people.
Star Trek: Enterprise | Archer/T’Pol, kids | G | Priceless
http://archiveofourown.org/works/8076571

He hadn’t missed the fact that she had called him daddy. It also didn’t escape him that she has tiny pointed ears sticking out through her sandy brown hair.
Star Trek: Enterprise | Archer/T’Pol, ensemble | T | Traditions
http://archiveofourown.org/works/8093968/chapters/18547258

A whole series of adventures. T’Pol tries to create an authentic Earth Christmas atmosphere. Then our heroes have to interact with a strictly matriarchal planet, involving T’Pol breaking someone’s fingers to keep them off “her boytoy” Archer. They develop a bond! They accidentally adopt a kid! Then it cuts short.
Star Trek: Enterprise | Archer/T’pol | T | Whither Thou
http://archiveofourown.org/works/224348

This is the story of everything that happened before breakfast.

I didn’t have enough cat links or enough linguistics links for a full post. July 18, 2017

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Linguistics links:

Nothing new under the sun: “in tibullus 1.8 (a poem about his boyfriend Marathus) has this line about “pugnantibus linguis” (literally battling tongues) which means that the idea of tongues battling for dominance in homoerotic fiction has been going on since at least the 1st century bce

From Seaspeak to Singlish: cool English dialects and English-based creoles.

Hawaiian pidgin has a great all-purpose noun — it’s “you-know-what”, “whatchamacallit”, “so-and-so”, and “the thing” all at once.

Cat links:

Before there were laptops, cats were happy to sit on our portable typewriters.

“I was right there in case he got upset — I was expecting him to hiss or growl or slink away. But then one of the ginger kittens started licking Mason’s ear, and Mason sort of leaned into it and closed his eyes like it was the most amazing thing ever.

Number One Lady Detectives July 16, 2017

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Down to my last 48 images on Photobucket. Have a rescued picspam.

It’s Mma Precious Ramotswe and Mma Grace Makutsi, the heroines of The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency. Hugging. Seriously, it’s just screencaps of this one great time they hugged.

Precious and Grace

That’s Mma Ramotswe on the left. She’s the detective. Very smart, very good with emotions, lots of tragic backstory. IIRC she’s feeling the tragic backstory pretty hard in this moment.

And Mma Makutsi on the right. Very serious secretary/manager, first in her class, doesn’t much approve of Feelings. The fact that she’s having some is a big deal.

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Trump’s White House couldn’t book him a hotel room, and other incompetent-to-treasonous tales from the right July 12, 2017

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While the Internet is going “can we impeach him NOW?” over Donald Trump’s kid releasing his own treasonous emails, here’s a grab-bag of other terribleness the right has been up to.

Donald: “On the campaign trail, Mr Trump repeatedly criticised President Barack Obama for golf outings during his presidency but as of his last trip to his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, Mr Trump has spent his 35th day at one his own golf properties.” That’s over 20% of his “presidency,” for those keeping score.

‘This is an act of insanity,’ a former Trump inner-circle associate told me, ‘but it’s how he functions.’”

Mike Pence: “He touched a piece of critical space flight hardware in the Orion clean room, despite the fact that there was a sign that clearly read, ‘DO NOT TOUCH.’

The State Department: “His team apparently waited too long to book accommodations for the President [at the G20] and his travelling staff and were told none of the major hotels had vacancies.” And this isn’t even the first time: “Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had to stay several miles away – at a sanitarium outside of Bonn – from other leaders at the February G20 ministers’ meeting.”

The Defense Department: “National security adviser H.R. McMaster, Defense Secretary James Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson all supported Trump [reaffirming Article 5] and had worked in the weeks leading up to the trip to make sure it was included in the speech, according to five sources familiar with the episode. They thought it was, and a White House aide even told The New York Times the day before the line was definitely included.”

Eric Trump: “…while donors to the Eric Trump Foundation were told their money was going to help sick kids, more than $500,000 was re-donated to other charities, many of which were connected to Trump family members or interests, including at least four groups that subsequently paid to hold golf tournaments at Trump courses.”

Mitch McConnell: “I didn’t expect Donald Trump to win, I think most of my colleagues didn’t, so we didn’t expect to be in this situation [of having to follow through on our own promises].”

Hobby Lobby: Hobby Lobby has been smuggling thousands of illegally-gained artifacts out of Iraq. In case you’re wondering, yes, this almost certainly means Hobby Lobby directly funds terrorists. Hobby Lobby is a sponsor of terrorism.

The RNC: “Political data gathered on more than 198 million US citizens was exposed this month after a marketing firm contracted by the Republican National Committee stored internal documents on a publicly accessible Amazon server.” (Hey, remember how many Americans’ personal data was exposed because of Hillary’s emails? None of it!)

The House: “Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) praised the recent Islamic State attack in Tehran as a ‘good thing’ and suggested that maybe the United States should work with the militant organization.”

A compendium of cats on this couch July 11, 2017

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The couch I’m sitting on to write this, the one I’m usually sitting on when browsing/coloring/ficwriting, is really old. My parents got it (with a matching set of chairs) when I was in high school. It’s the one big piece of furniture I took when I moved to Massachusetts.

More interestingly, it’s been sat on by every cat I’ve ever lived with.

And I have photos!

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