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Sun, Apr. 20th, 2014, 11:53 am
cornerofmadness posting in bookheaven: Shade

Shade (Shade, #1)Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

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Sun, Apr. 20th, 2014, 12:01 pm
janewilliams20: My tweets

  • Sun, 08:13: Celebrating Egg Day with a goose egg omelette

Sun, Apr. 20th, 2014, 03:42 pm
avalonjones posting in abandonedplaces: The mostly empty apartment building

Is it possible for a place to be partly abandoned?

There's a group of apartment buildings, four in all, not far from my house, all alike.  I'd never gotten very close to them until fairly recently, when the dogs decided they wanted to go up there during one of our morning walks.

Seen from afar, they look pretty dingy--the landscaping desperately needs tending, as does the paint (at the very least, a good power washing would go a long way).  A dispirited-looking slide and swing set attests to the former, if not current, presence of children.

Approaching the apartments from the rear, you can see that some of them are indeed still occupied, with bikes, gardening implements, profusions of colorful flowers and laundry hanging outside.  Others, not so much.  I desperately wanted to take a photo of the back yard of one apartment that was completely and horribly overgrown with a huge, intimidating tangle of weeds that looked to be taller than I am; unfortunately, there was an elderly lady working in her garden right next to it, and I didn't feel right about taking the photo.

The other day, I saw that one of these buildings seems to have occupants in the two apartments on the ends; the ones in the middle seem to not be in use.
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Sun, Apr. 20th, 2014, 03:15 pm
avalonjones posting in abandonedplaces: A wee house

Here's one of those "shotgun shack"-type houses that you see around here.  There's a small cluster of them across the main road not far from my house, about a 10-minute walk.  Some of them are still lived in, with cheerful gardens bursting with flowers and the promise of fresh vegetables in the summer, bicycles parked outside, and makeshift awnings spreading over the detritus associated with a busy house.

Then there's this place.
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Sun, Apr. 20th, 2014, 03:07 pm
avalonjones posting in abandonedplaces: House 10-27

I know I've posted photos before of places that look very much as if they were abandoned, but in many cases they're not--it seems that people will continue to live in, or at least use, a building here long past the point where in America it would be condemned and left to rot, or to the tender mercies of the wrecker's ball.

A couple weeks ago, however, I found a place in town that really and truly is abandoned.

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Sat, Apr. 19th, 2014, 10:56 pm
cornerofmadness: Dear Self

Since you were too ill yesterday from OTHER stupid shit you did, can we talk about the shopping trip now? YOU DO NOT need to buy everything that has a manager special reduced by half sticker on it. You just bought FIVE different salad dressings. You don't even normally USE it. You don't like the preservatives' taste. You make your own. You WILL use one right now. Because it won't fit in the pantry because NO MORE food can go there or in the other cabinet or in the freeze. You know have 4 bags of it under the table. Stop hoarding food. (and I did use one of them. That's how I cut my finger. And it didn't taste like the bottle said it would. It tasted like chemicals and vinegar).

And while we're at it, why did you buy MORE books at the library sale? You can't possibly read all the ones you already have. I told mom I went.

Mom - you didn't.

Me - only 2 bags

Mom- bags....

Me -well there were only 3 hard backs in one bag

Mom - Your place is going to COLLAPSE.

Me - maybe.

The cat is sleeping with his nose buried. Can't say as I blame him. I'm naturally dyeing eggs and making a side dish for tomorrow at the same time. The side dish will be red cabbage with ginger and the cabbage makes a blue dye for the eggs but once you get cabbage boiling along with the sulfur smell of eggs AND the vinegar to set the dye, it's potent.

Made progress on this story but it still seems unlikely i can finish it.

ancient puppy paws

together forever I can't imagine a love this strong...and that makes me sad.

breast cancer PSA

Sat, Apr. 19th, 2014, 10:27 pm
dncingmalkavian posting in linguaphiles: Finnish speakers - which is right for which?

Thank you for your help:

Kiitos avustanne
Kiitos avustasi

Which of these is correct? Or if both are correct, for which situations or in which dialects?

Kiitos! :)

Sun, Apr. 20th, 2014, 12:16 am
ffutures: Harry Dresden thought...

It must be incredibly dangerous having a pacemaker in the Harry Dresden universe - spend much time in the vicinity of a wizard and it will probably burn out or explode.

Sat, Apr. 19th, 2014, 01:19 pm
ysabetwordsmith posting in crowdfunding: Crowdfunding Creative Jam

Welcome to the twenty-eighth Crowdfunding Creative Jam! This session will run Saturday, April 19-Sunday, April 20. The theme is "Characterization." (Visit the Creative Jam over on Dreamwidth.)

Crowdfunding Creative Jam

Everyone is eligible to post prompts, which may be words or phrases, titles, images, etc. Prompters may request a specific creator, but everyone else may still use that prompt if they wish. Prompts may specify a particular character/world/etc. but creators may use the prompt for something else anyway and post the results. Prompters are still encouraged to post mostly prompts that anyone could use anywhere, as this maximizes the chance of having creators make something based on your prompt. Please title your comment "Prompt" or "Prompts" when providing inspiration so these are easy to find.

Prompt responses may also be treated as prompts and used for further inspiration. For example, a prompt may lead to a sketch which leads to a story, and so on. This kind of cascading inspiration is one of the most fun things about a collective jam session.

Everyone is eligible to use prompts, and everyone who wants to use a given prompt may do so, for maximum flexibility of creator choice in inspiration. You do not have to post a "Claim" reply when you decide to use a prompt, but this does help indicate what is going on so that other prompters can spread out their choice of prompts if they wish.

Creators are encouraged, but not required, to post at least one item free. Likewise, sharing a private copy of material with the prompter is encouraged but not required. Creative material resulting from prompts should be indicated in a reply to the prompt, with a link to the full content elsewhere on the creator's site (if desired); a brief excerpt and/or description of the material may be included in the reply (if desired). It helps to title your comment "Prompt Filled" or something like that so these are easy to identify. There is no time limit on responding to prompts. However, creators are encouraged to post replies sooner rather than later, as the attention of prompters will be highest during and shortly after the session.

Some items created from prompts may become available for sponsorship. Some creators may offer perks for donations, linkbacks, or other activity relating to this project. Check creator comments and links for their respective offerings.

Prompters, creators, and bystanders are expected to behave in a responsible and civil manner. If the moderators have to drag someone out of the sandbox for improper behavior, we will not be amused. Please respect other people's territory and intellectual property rights, and only play with someone else's characters/setting/etc. if you have permission. (Fanfic/fanart freebies are okay.) If you want to invite folks to play with something of yours, title the comment something like "Open Playground" so it's easy to spot. This can be a good way to attract new people to a shared world or open-source project, or just have some good non-canon fun.

Boost the signal! The more people who participate, the more fun this will be. Hopefully we'll see activity from a lot of folks who regularly mention their projects in this community, but new people are always welcome. You can link to this session post or to individual items created from prompts, whatever you think is awesome enough to recommend to your friends.

Sat, Apr. 19th, 2014, 12:03 pm
bunrab: My tweets

  • Fri, 14:45: Apparently only unscented antipersp left is Sure? What happened to Ban unsc? Why is it so hard to find gender neutral nonsexist unscented??
  • Fri, 15:38: Wow, current model Lincoln town car looks really, really stupid as a lowrider. Maybe 40 years from now...

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