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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] daasgrrl at VID: You'll Be Back (Sherlock/Moriarty, PG-13)

Title: You'll Be Back (from Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda, sung by Jonathan Groff)
By: [livejournal.com profile] daasgrrl
Length: 3:18
Fandom: BBC Sherlock
Characters and/or pairings: Sherlock/Moriarty
Warnings, kinks & contents: Slash, canonical violence
Notes: I blame [livejournal.com profile] shadowfireflame, who first said "hey, have you heard about Hamilton"? and [livejournal.com profile] clevermanka, who followed up with, "I love this song, check it out". After two listens I thought: a) "this song is awesome" and b) "this is totally a Sheriarty vid, isn't it?". And so it came to pass :)
Summary: The madness of King Jim.

Also at: youtube / tumblr / AO3.

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Something I forgot to mention in my earlier posts about Con*Strict was the vid show. I la-la-la-love fanvids, and this was my first con with a vid show. It's not surprising how group watching escalated the feels--just like watching a movie or a concert with a large, receptive audience intensifies the experience.

Here's one of the vids from the Con*Strict vid show, done by one of the attending members. It was my favorite for two reasons which are not difficult to determine.



More of my fave vids from the show )

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Yesterday I wore one of my re-fashioned outfits (a dress made from pieces of four tee shirts) with a pair of bloomers underneath (just long enough for the lace to peek out from under the dress). I felt like I was in my PJs all day. I'm looking forward to having more of those in my closet. Also looking forward to the practice (from making my own) so I can start making them to sell. I'm going to need to invest in a small mannequin for that, so if anyone local sees one for cheap, let me know. This is not as outrageous of a request as it seems--Lawrence has some unlikely thrift and dumpster finds.

Speaking of style, I avoid wearing gloves as a fashion statement because I think they're a little fussy (it's hard to actually do anything while wearing them). Fingerless gloves would solve a lot of the problem, but they've always seemed so...pretentious. These might change my mind. Fuck pretentious. Those are JEWELRY. I mean, Christ, just look at those things.



***
One of the reasons I've never considered becoming a yoga instructor is that the market is so glutted here in Lawrence. A conversation with [livejournal.com profile] ms_danson made me wonder about the possibility of doing a yoga podcast, though. I picture a website that has a basic dictionary of poses as well as individual pages on the site. Each page would have a list of images of the particular poses for whatever the focus of that page's series, and a link to listen or download a voice narration for the series. People could request a theme, goal, or focus for a series once a month or something. Doesn't that sound great? Now there's motivation to do a teacher training course. Someday. In my copious spare time with all my excess energy.

***
Energy levels are still shit, and the ridges in my fingernails are back. The index and middle fingernails have them now, too. The thumbnails look and feel like washboards. Ugh. So demoralizing. I see Dr. Jonah on Thursday and I'm going to talk about re-upping my mineral supplements that we started decreasing two months ago. I feel like earlier this summer my energy levels were better. I'm done with waking up tired. This regressing business is for the birds.

***
We shopped for phones last night. It was hellish. I think I'm going to wind up with a Galaxy S6. [livejournal.com profile] mckitterick is price shopping because for what we want, it's cheaper to buy our own unlocked phones and get a month-to-month plan through T-Mobile (which is what some local friends did who are very happy with their service). I have to admit, these newfangled phones are awful pretty. And it will be nice to have a phone that doesn't randomly turn itself back on. Or refuse to disable the Mute function. But oh my goodness they're so difficult for me to use. Touch screens do not react well to my skin, and there's something about my electrical charge that makes things go a little nutty. When someone asks me to take a picture with their phone, it always turns off or goes to a different screen or something. Beyond that, though, there's my concern about having internet access 24/7. I'm honestly relieved that the Tumblr phone app is so bad because I see myself easily becoming That Person.

***
Tomorrow I am a panelist for the Kansas Women’s Leadership Institute conference. Last year I served as a panelist on a university-wide presentation for graduate-level support staff and was in the pilot group for KU's new online catalog software (a nine-month project). I need to remember to put this shit in my end-of-year review. I don't think anyone (including myself) realizes how much I actually do around here.

Which...I guess I should do something now to prepare for tomorrow's presentation.
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I don't think I can properly articulate how much I hate the musical Grease. Suffice to say I hate it a lot. But this video makes me okay with the fact it exists.



HOT.
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And here it is.



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Originally posted by [livejournal.com profile] morgandawn at Viddler Deleting Free Accounts/Vids Going Away March 11, 2014
As of March 11, 2014, Viddler, the vidding streaming service used by Festivids and many other LJ based vidders, is closing free accounts and deleting all vids stored in those free accounts. Vidders can convert to paid accounts by paying a monthly fee. Festivids is not planning on keeping their account active beyond March 11, so if you are a Festivids vidder (or a gift recipient  or just a  Festivids fan), you have until March 11 to download and save the vids. For 2013 Festivids participants, this gives you only a few weeks to upload your vids to another server after reveals.

To give some context, I took a sampling of the older Fetsvids from 2011. Around 25% are stored only on the Festivids Viddler account and the vidder has no backup link or alternative download method.  Plus, many Festivids recipients and Festivids fans, along with non-Festivids vidders, are no longer  monitoring LJ or DW so they may remain unaware of the shut-down until it is to late.

Please help share the info on LJ/DW and on tumblr to get the word out to both vidders and fans of vids so they may have a chance to download the vids.
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Shit is going down in Kiev, y'all. WHAT IN THE ACTUAL FUCK. Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] redheadfae for the heads-up on this.

I don't like the phrase "I want to be him/her when I grow up." I'm going to write a blog post about that when I have the time. Right now things are still a little busy at the day job and I'm dealing with a stupid, tiny, non-split/non-ergonomic keyboard because I spilled tea in my ancient and beloved Microsoft Natural Pro keyboard that saw me through nearly TEN YEARS of typing. You guys, WE WERE REALLY CLOSE and I am grieving for it.



A new keyboard is on order because honestly, typing on this current piece of crap is horrible, but I am worried about the inevitable getting-to-know-you period. Just, ugh. WHY WITH THE SPILLED TEA. WHY.

The idea of "Do What You Love" needs to die in a fire (also thanks to [livejournal.com profile] redheadfae for that one). Because seriously. FUCK THAT. I can't even say it's a nice idea because it's based in such utter discrimination and privilege. I mean, nice work if you can get it, bro, but don't tell people to Follow Their Bliss when they can't even be sure they're going to be able to pay for rent and groceries in a given month.

I've got a week left on my Whole30. NGL, I am looking forward to my glass of wine on February 1. Pretty sure that's gonna be my only indulgence, though. I played around with the idea of doing regular Whole30s through the year, thirty days on, one day off, thirty days on, wash, rinse, repeat, but I'm not sure how that's gonna play with all the travel I've got on the menu this year. I might just declare that I'm Strict Paleo-ing except when I don't want to and call it good.

Holy wow, this fanvid. Some vague spoilers for Sherlock season 3.

The East Wind: A Sherlock AU trailer. What if there was no Fall? With John's help Sherlock is tracking down Moriarty's Web; but you can't expose the secrets without exposing yourself to the world's only consulting criminal who is determined to burn your heart out.


I've already picked up a few super cool folks from the Friending Frenzy I mentioned last night. HEY THERE NEW PEOPLE! Looking at the content of this post, it's pretty much a perfect representation of how I post and what I post about so if you're backing away slowly at this point, feel free to bail early. No hard feelings.
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Shit is going down in Kiev, y'all. WHAT IN THE ACTUAL FUCK. Thanks to [personal profile] redheadfae for the heads-up on this.

I don't like the phrase "I want to be him/her when I grow up." I'm going to write a blog post about that when I have the time. Right now things are still a little busy at the day job and I'm dealing with a stupid, tiny, non-split/non-ergonomic keyboard because I spilled tea in my ancient and beloved Microsoft Natural Pro keyboard that saw me through nearly TEN YEARS of typing. You guys, WE WERE REALLY CLOSE and I am grieving for it.



A new keyboard is on order because honestly, typing on this current piece of crap is horrible, but I am worried about the inevitable getting-to-know-you period. Just, ugh. WHY WITH THE SPILLED TEA. WHY.

The idea of "Do What You Love" needs to die in a fire (also thanks to [personal profile] redheadfae for that one). Because seriously. FUCK THAT. I can't even say it's a nice idea because it's based in such utter discrimination and privilege. I mean, nice work if you can get it, bro, but don't tell people to Follow Their Bliss when they can't even be sure they're going to be able to pay for rent and groceries in a given month.

I've got a week left on my Whole30. NGL, I am looking forward to my glass of wine on February 1. Pretty sure that's gonna be my only indulgence, though. I played around with the idea of doing regular Whole30s through the year, thirty days on, one day off, thirty days on, wash, rinse, repeat, but I'm not sure how that's gonna play with all the travel I've got on the menu this year. I might just declare that I'm Strict Paleo-ing except when I don't want to and call it good.

Holy fucking shit, this fanvid. Some vague spoilers for Sherlock season 3.

The East Wind: A Sherlock AU trailer. What if there was no Fall? With John's help Sherlock is tracking down Moriarty's Web; but you can't expose the secrets without exposing yourself to the world's only consulting criminal who is determined to burn your heart out.


I've already picked up a few super cool folks from the Friending Frenzy I mentioned last night. HEY THERE NEW PEOPLE! Looking at the content of this post, it's pretty much a perfect representation of how I post and what I post about so if you're backing away slowly at this point, feel free to bail early. No hard feelings.
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Here's the BBC Sherlock mini-episode "Many Happy Returns." No spoilers.



It's really good.

I'm mystified as to what's going on with the applications today. Yesterday I had twenty-some new apps and I honestly don't know how many letters of recommendation to process (maybe fifty?). Today, two letters of rec and one application. Do that many people really do stuff like that over the weekend? In any case, I'm stuck here today with not a lot going on, nobody here, and no apps to process. Um.



It might be a long day.
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Here's the BBC Sherlock mini-episode "Many Happy Returns." No spoilers.

>

It's really good.

I'm mystified as to what's going on with the applications today. Yesterday I had twenty-some new apps and I honestly don't know how many letters of recommendation to process (maybe fifty?). Today, two letters of rec and one application. Do that many people really do stuff like that over the weekend? In any case, I'm stuck here today with not a lot going on, nobody here, and no apps to process. Um.



It might be a long day.
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The first time I heard "Wrecking Ball," I emailed [livejournal.com profile] pennswoods and [livejournal.com profile] aprilstarchild and said oh my god I have found my perfect Johnlock song and please won't somebody vid this and look look look SOMEBODY DID:



Also, I love the singer. WHO IS THIS SINGER? I want a copy of this version. SOMEONE FIND ME A DOWNLOADABLE VERSION OF THIS.

I have way too much to do today to be fucking around with finding songs or watching Sherlock vids (or anything other than application materials) but aaaaaaaaauuuuuuuuuuuugggggghhhhhhhhhhhh.





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The first time I heard "Wrecking Ball," I emailed [personal profile] pennswoods and [profile] aprilstarchild and said oh my god I have found my perfect Johnlock song and please won't somebody vid this and look look look SOMEBODY DID:



Also, I love the singer. WHO IS THIS SINGER? I want a copy of this version. SOMEONE FIND ME A DOWNLOADABLE VERSION OF THIS.

I have way too much to do today to be fucking around with finding songs or watching Sherlock vids (or anything other than application materials) but aaaaaaaaauuuuuuuuuuuugggggghhhhhhhhhhhh.





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If you're not using your heart for anything today, check out this Sherlock vid.





Only a couple more weeks left to revisit and enjoy those post-Reichenbach feels!



And now, a bit cheerier: Notes from kids. Seventeen and nineteen, man.

And now I gotta get to work. Shit's starting to pile up, here. It's that time of year, yep.
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If you're not using your heart for anything today, check out this Sherlock vid.



Only a couple more weeks left to revisit and enjoy those post-Reichenbach feels!

And now, a bit cheerier: Notes from kids. Seventeen and nineteen, man.

And now I gotta get to work. Shit's starting to pile up, here. It's that time of year, yep.
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Okay, wow. Harry Potter as a teen comedy. I would watch this.



I put up a Tumblr collection today. There aren't many posts (about ten) but they're long. All meta stuff about various fandoms. Mostly Sherlock, but some Avengers, due South, Pacific Rim, and one Harry Potter. I thought people who have the day off today might have more time to read than they usually would, and putting up twenty posts (my usual minimum for a collection) of meta would be overwhelming. So, enjoy. Friday, November 29: Meta.

I just returned from my blood draw and grocery shopping and because I love him, I'm headed out into the fray with [livejournal.com profile] mckitterick to check out Black Friday sales.

Wish me luck.
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Okay, wow. Harry Potter as a teen comedy. I would watch this.



I put up a Tumblr collection today. There aren't many posts (about ten) but they're long. All meta stuff about various fandoms. Mostly Sherlock, but some Avengers, due South, Pacific Rim, and one Harry Potter. I thought people who have the day off today might have more time to read than they usually would, and putting up twenty posts (my usual minimum for a collection) of meta would be overwhelming. So, enjoy. Friday, November 29: Meta.

I just returned from my blood draw and grocery shopping and because I love him, I'm headed out into the fray with [personal profile] mckitterick to check out Black Friday sales.

Wish me luck.

Gimmick

Nov. 5th, 2013 09:09 am
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With very, very, very few (but notable) exceptions, I most certainly have A Type when it comes to women. Men I'm more...forgiving? I've dated short guys, tall guys, skinny guys, beefy guys, blonde guys, dark guys, you get the idea. And I think most women are attractive in a general sense. But when it comes to women who sexually attract me, they almost always fall into a particular category, and it looks like this:



I lay the blame 100% on the movie that produced that still. As a teen watching that movie (clandestinely--I knew it was the sort of movie my parents would disapprove of) I realized with no small amount of discomfort that I really wanted to kiss that character in her post-transformation mode. At the beginning of the movie, in her bikini with the wavy 80s perm, she did nothing for me. STYLE IS IMPORTANT, YO.

The "do I want to do her or be her?" dilemma was never an issue. I knew right away that I wanted to hold that up against a wall and mash my face against hers. I wasn't sure what else there was to do at the time, but wow was I horrified to find myself curious to find out. I was (oh, let's be honest--still am) boy-crazy, so I was able to shelve those inclinations until I went to college, and then the full realization hit pretty fast. Hello, women's scholarship hall living.

The self-acknowledgement/labeling of being bisexual was difficult enough, and the story of my attempt to come out to my mother the summer after freshman year is a perfect (and by perfect, I mean morbidly hilarious) example of How Not To Be A Compassionate Parent. It's also one of the reasons I don't talk with my mother about anything more serious than health and nutrition. I love her, but the woman has issues. That's a completely different topic, though.

Anyway.

Honestly, I hadn't given much thought to that movie in years, but someone posted a vid containing clips from it in a femslash vid posted to the [livejournal.com profile] vidding community yesterday and I might have spent a few several minutes wrapped up in nostalgia while doing a Google image search.

Also mentioned on that vidding comm was this vid, which showcases women characters and is nothing short of amazing. Warning for some pretty horrific violence, but oh my god so incredible.



It's Tuesday, so that means I've got another collection up. Today is Tuesday, November 5: Adornment.

Gimmick

Nov. 5th, 2013 09:08 am
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With very, very, very few (but notable) exceptions, I most certainly have A Type when it comes to women. Men I'm more...forgiving? I've dated short guys, tall guys, skinny guys, beefy guys, blonde guys, dark guys, you get the idea. And I think most women are attractive in a general sense. But when it comes to women who sexually attract me, they almost always fall into a particular category, and it looks like this:



I lay the blame 100% on the movie that produced that still. As a teen watching that movie (clandestinely--I knew it was the sort of movie my parents would disapprove of) I realized with no small amount of discomfort that I really wanted to kiss that character in her post-transformation mode. At the beginning of the movie, in her bikini with the wavy 80s perm, she did nothing for me. STYLE IS IMPORTANT, YO.

The "do I want to do her or be her?" dilemma was never an issue. I knew right away that I wanted to hold that up against a wall and mash my face against hers. I wasn't sure what else there was to do at the time, but wow was I horrified to find myself curious to find out. I was (oh, let's be honest--still am) boy-crazy, so I was able to shelve those inclinations until I went to college, and then the full realization hit pretty fast. Hello, women's scholarship hall living.

The self-acknowledgement/labeling of being bisexual was difficult enough, and the story of my attempt to come out to my mother the summer after freshman year is a perfect (and by perfect, I mean morbidly hilarious) example of How Not To Be A Compassionate Parent. It's also one of the reasons I don't talk with my mother about anything more serious than health and nutrition. I love her, but the woman has issues. That's a completely different topic, though.

Anyway.

Honestly, I hadn't given much thought to that movie in years, but someone posted a vid containing clips from it in a femslash vid posted to the [community profile] vidding community yesterday and I might have spent a few several minutes wrapped up in nostalgia while doing a Google image search.

Also mentioned on that vidding comm was this vid, which showcases women characters and is nothing short of amazing. Warning for some pretty horrific violence, but oh my god so incredible.



It's Tuesday, so that means I've got another collection up. Today is Tuesday, November 5: Adornment.
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I saw this on FB yesterday and it pissed me off.

“The erotic has often been misnamed by men and used against women. It has been made into the confused, the trivial, the psychotic, the plasticized sensation. For this reason, we have often turned away from the exploration and consideration of the erotic as a source of power and information, confusing it with its opposite, the pornographic. But pornography is a direct denial of the power of the erotic, for it represents the suppression of true feeling. Pornography emphasizes sensation without feeling.

The erotic is a measure between the beginnings of our sense of self and the chaos of our strongest feelings. It is an internal sense of satisfaction to which, once we have experienced it, we know we can aspire.” ― Audre Lorde, Uses Of The Erotic: The Erotic As Power

My thoughts, in short?

Fuck off, Audre Lorde.


*whew*

In happier news, I have found the replacement for my riding boots that I gave up last year. I never could get them to fit right. My calves are short and the shaft never broke down into enough of a slouch to make them comfortable. Check out these gorgeous babies, though.


Hnnnnnngggg.

That side lacing. The o-ring ankle strap. Yes, they have an inside zip. The more I look at them, the more I love them. Pretty sure this is gonna be my xmas present request from [personal profile] mckitterick and my parents.

Check out this FUCKING AMAZING Supernatural vid. A few visual spoilers for Season 8, [personal profile] mckitterick, but nothing major. Doesn't hurt that I really like this song.



In the Hope For Humanity column falls this article about acknowledgement of a kid's good deed going viral.

The Toast put up a nice article about slashfic today. It's got a few things I'd quibble about, but overall, a good read.
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Hey, look. A Ben Stiller movie that I'd see voluntarily.



Have I mentioned I pretty much wear Wacoal bras exclusively? If I didn't already, this ad would have sold me.



I rinsed out Pit Girl's vest and, alas, lost a lot of the dingy tones. I couldn't stand smelling like old, cheap, coffee, though. I'm going to bake it again tonight, this time just barely spritz-damp, to see if I can get some of that singed look back. Then I'll hit it with some acrylic paint on a dry brush for dirt and other mysterious stains. I decided to do a sigil on the back because yesterday I learned how to make name sigils and they're actually pretty fun. I made a sigil for Valentine, the name of the murdered girl in Zobop Bebop (which, BTW, are REALLY FUCKING DIFFICULT WORDS TO TYPE, [livejournal.com profile] sdemory) to paint on the back. I also made one for "Teenie," which is her nickname. Not sure which I'll use.

About this sigil-making. You just take the letters of the word/name and arrange them (somewhat aesthetically) around a center point. Then you make a circle around the design, evenly space the letters of the word/name, and add another circle around that. Ta da! Sigil. Here are the sigils I made for Valentine and Teenie. They'll look a lot better when they're done out on graph paper for even spacing. And when I have a compass.



I practiced making them yesterday in a meeting I was at for a campus-wide project group (we're overhauling the KU Course Catalog YAY!) because the meeting was mind-bendingly dull. So I was doodling away on my sigils and then realized the guy one chair down from me (there was an empty seat between us) was totally looking at my notebook. So now I'm pretty sure at least one representative from KU Marketing and Communications thinks I'm a Satanist.



On tonight's agenda:

Vest--Spritz with water, bake. Paint sigil. If paint dries quickly enough, singe holes.
Arm warmer/sleeves--I'm using this trick to give her some sleeves. I don't know how cold the vendor area will be and I don't want to walk around sleeveless for two days in a freezing cold hotel exhibition ballroom. So I gotta cut those up and distress them at the elbows and wrist openings, then probably put in a few runs.
Scars--See if my little test scar of glue and tissue paper works on my face for Pit Girl. If it goes well, build a larger one for Dead Girl's arm.
Body Paint--Trial run of Dead Girl's body paint on my upper body, plus her red lipstick, eyeliner, etc.

I hope to get example photographs of both costumes taken this weekend. I'm only a week behind! I really want to find some belts to sling around Pit Girl's hips, damn it. All the belts I found last weekend were either way too small or brown. What I want are just a couple plain, black, men's belts that I can beat up and then hang totems from. I guess men aren't as likely to donate their old belts to thrift stores.

I lifted today. One day of rest after Tuesday was plenty, and that was encouraging. I even woke before my alarm started to go off. My grasshoppers are getting better. I can't touch my shin to my forearm yet, but I can do the jumping switch for each leg instead of re-setting into plank every time.

Haven't heard back from Andrew about the leg fatigue. He usually responds within a couple hours to my messages. Maybe he's researching? That'd be cool.

I have an eye exam this afternoon. I hope I'm not due to have my eyes dilated. That would put a wrench in my plans for the evening. My pupils really hate being dilated, and it takes them forever to shrink back down to normal.

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