Friday vid rec: I Lived [MCU]
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This is a really good, even optimistic look at Peggy and Steve and their lives after the first Captain America movie. They get on with things, fighting Hydra, being awesome. But there's still this bittersweet twist because we know how it could have gone.

I Lived by [personal profile] flummery 



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normally I don't go for AUs but
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If I ever write a The 100! AU it'll be the one where when her father dies, Clarke drops out of her first year of medical school, goes a little crazy and joins the Army. She gets her head back on straight and ends up at OCS because she's too damn smart for her own good, and then when the story starts, she's at her first posting. Bellamy's her senior NCO, and the rest of the crew fill out the squad. There would probably be a plot about them trapped behind enemy lines, or even better, if it's in the year 2052, about the time when nuclear war broke out and they were suddenly at war in their own country as chaos broke out.

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fandom problems.
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I have two scenes left to write for of my Abby/Marcus fic, but one of them is the sex scene and I haaate writing sex scenes. They're so unsexy to write.

Maybe I'll wander off and write the Stiles torture scene in that other fic....

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Octavia is the best
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Which “The 100” Character Is Your Soulmate?

  1. You got: You got Octavia Blake

    Octavia has adventurous spirit and a huge heart. This couples nicely with a streak of fierceness. She learns and loves quickly, and if she’s chosen you as her partner she’ll fight quickly for you, too.

    The CW


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computers disguised as communicators
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I have successfully transferred old phone to new phone. The process was actually a lot easier than the first ten minutes of me flailing around would have suggested. Two apps I refuse to pay for I lost my backdata on, but it's not a big deal to start them over. One I use for keeping track of time and and out of work and activities which I don't have to report anymore since I got the new job, and the other is my period tracker which I mostly use to explain my urge to eat all the chocolate/cry, and the occasional trip to the doctor.

My old phone still works perfectly fine, and is actually still in good shape. I'd like more storage for it - and for things to actually save to the SD card without a dog and pony show - but otherwise it works well. I might still use it as my alarm clock/music player/app thing. The new phone has double the internal storage and no SD card, which I think will work out fine. Mostly I still marvel that people made Star Trek communicators a thing except about 50 bajillion times better.

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As I do every few months, I'm overhauling my exercise routine. I've been having knee issues with the biking - probably from too much too fast and the muscles are unbalanced and pulling my kneecaps out of alignment. So I haven't been biking as much this summer as I did last summer, and hence, aside from the occasional swim every few weeks, I haven't been exercising much. I decided to get back into running for a while, train for the Turkey Trot 5k on Thanksgiving. I dug out some of my old running books and found a ten week training program, that also has a suggested weight lifting program.

Unfortunately running doesn't make the knee problem go away, but I'm hoping the weight training will. I also plan to sign up for the gym at my work and talk to the trainers there about strengthening exercises for the knees. Also the shoulders, since now that I have the serious chronic pain under control (I hope) I feel more comfortable going back and strengthening my shoulder muscles which is one thing my doctor suggested way back when I talked with her about it. We'll see how it goes. I'm resisting physical therapy because of the time off work it would require, but I might end up there anyway. I've been on a intense-pain-free streak for almost three months, with the exception of the labor intensive Pennsylvania German cosplay weekend, which fortunately didn't linger.

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2 PWP Fic Recs set in canon [The 100]
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I put these up on [community profile] the100 comm late late Friday night so I forgot to crosspost.


Deep as Lakes and Dark as Stars by Chash
Explicit Bellamy/Clarke, ~2300 words
Warnings: none
Raven makes Clarke a vibrator, and just when she's getting down to it, Bellamy walks in. Things progress from there. Hot.



jewels in joy designed by sabrina_il / marina
Explicit Bellamy/Clarke, Clarke/Lexa, Bellamy/Clarke/Lexa, ~2700 words
Warnings: none, fuller content description in the tags.
Clarke back and forth between Camp Jaha and Lexa's camp, has two independent relationships with Bellamy and Lexa. Until they conspire to give her what she needs. Hot, and what I love about this one is the interstitial spaces where you sense the weight of the relationships.


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Friday Vid rec! Survivor [Doctor Who]
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Another [community profile] vividcon  rec that's all about the Doctor Who companions. Life before and after the Doctor. What I love about this one is how full of life it is.

Survivor by [personal profile] odessie 


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more spaceships, but this one's mine
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I have become obsessed with FTL in the last week or so. I'm playing on my ipad, on easy, and boy is it difficult! It's all about managing your crew, repairs, weapons, systems -- all at the same time, so it's hitting my resource management buttons. For the very first time I have made it to sector 8, the ultimate boss level. I died within two jumps because I chose a shorter route without a repair station. Next time I'll know better. I think I've finally hit on a strategy for even making to ti sector 8, which is move as slowly as possible through the early sectors where defeating enemies is easier and you can accumulate scrap (currency) to make upgrades early on. 

There's a decent element of luck too. The sectors you move through can be one of three types of differing hostility, and the options are randomly generated. As long as you can deal with the tr, try, again nature of getting to the end, the replayability is pretty good.

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a universe between two covers
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Last night, I told my boyfriend "You have to text me tomorrow night and remind me that I will regret staying up all night reading."

I started Caliban's War, the second book in The Expanse series on Friday and spent most of Sunday reading it, getting through the middle 300 or so pages. Originally tonight I was going to be hanging out with a friend and knew I would be picking up the book as soon as I got home and trying to finish. But fortunately, that got canceled and I had the whole evening to finish, which I did. He was good though and texted at 10pm to give me my two hour warning, and give me an update on this week's ridiculous movie: Pootie Tang, in which Chris Rock apparently plays an ear of corn.

Anyway. It's too late to write a proper review of Caliban's War, or Leviathan Wakes, for that matter - I do need to go to sleep - but I am enjoying them immensely and already have the next one. One of the characters introduced in book 2, Avarasala, I adore. So thanks [personal profile] ignipes  for turning me on these. I'll write up a proper review when my head's no longer spinning with eeee!



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Friday vid! The 100 - Warriors
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Vividcon has come and gone which means lots of new vid recs!!!

The first one is, of course, a The 100 vid which is pure badass showcase.


Warriors by jarrow


password: 100

Vid post that has download link, tumblr post, extensive creation notes about making of the vid, plus where you should go to leave feedback.
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