kaffyr: The First Doctor isn't amused (Bullshit!)
I'd Wondered When It Would Happen

It appears that Photobucket finally got around to photobucketing me, as it has so many other people with its change in third-party image hosting. For awhile my images were still showing up, but not anymore. 

I'm looking at Google as a new resting place for my photos, if their third party sharing is easy to deal with (or, you know, a thing at all.) I have to decouple my Google account from my iPhone, so that my biz photos don't get automatically uploaded, something I apparently managed to do sometime in the past. 

Pulling everything from Photobucket and transferring things to Google (who I'm much more likely to want to pay for space) will be a pain, but I'm not paying $40 a month for the right to do what I signed up with Photobucket in the first place to do. And I haven't got enough photos there to make it a monumental pain. 

It's just an annoyance, but it does mean Photobucket will be losing me as a customer. 


Dept. of Birthdays

Sunday, 9 July 2017 04:20 pm
kaffyr: (Porco Rosso friends)
Natal Felicitations to [personal profile] masakochan !

It's always so much fun to know someone online that shares not one, but many of my particular affections, and 
[personal profile] masakochan  is one of those people. She's a fellow traveler in the Whoniverse, and she knows and loves anime and manga; she shares many of my real world sympathies, and can therefore put up with my intermittent rants about the world. 

She loves animals as well as anime, is determinedly making her way through life even when it gets rocky; she's really a lovely person to know, and I'm glad she's part of my online world. 

I hope your birthday has been good so far, and I hope it signals a good coming year for you. And one of these days I'll rope you into a discussion about Shingeki no Kyojin's second season. You don't have to spoil me about what's coming, I just want to squee with you over the art (which has gotten even better this season), and the pacing and ... and ... well, this is a birthday wish, not a fangirl squee, so forgive me - and Happy, Happy Birthday!
kaffyr: The OT3 together, before PotW (Jack and Nine and Rose)
Title: Hearts & Moons Recall the Truth
Author: 
[personal profile] kaffyr 
Chapter: 26
Previous Chapter: 25 here, or here
Characters: Jack Harkness/the Ninth Doctor/Rose Tyler
Rating: PG-13
Edited by: my beloved and irreplaceable [livejournal.com profile] dr_whuh. Thank you, dearest.
Author's note: In which our three heroes find each other, and the beginning of the end of the adventure commences to begin. Hello again, friends. It's been a long time, and I thank you for sticking with this, if you have. I believe the end is in sight. 
Disclaimer: As much as I wish it were otherwise, no Whoniverse characters are mine. They are the sole property of the BBC and their respective creators. I do, however, love them all, and thank the BBC for letting me play in its sandbox.
ETA for LJ: Apologies for the lack of paragraph spacing. LJ insists the post is too large and won't let me edit. Stupid LJ ....

**************

Under the cut )
kaffyr: Close-up of manual typewriter (Typewriter)
Taking the Plunge

I've decided that I'm going to start uploading Hearts & Moons to AO3, something I've avoided to date. I'll upload one chapter every 4-5 days to start (although I may do the prologue and first chapter at the same time), and I'll try to time the uploads so that the story will be finished by the time I reach Chapter 26. 

I made the decision because I've now got two completed chapters, 26 and 27, in the hopper, and the chapter I believe to be the penultimate one, Chapter 28, is somewhere between one-third and one-half completed. After that, there's either one final chapter or a very hefty epilogue.

I think there are enough completed chapters that doing a relatively slow but steady stream of chapters to AO3 will keep me going on the writing front.* After all, I'm already in the "I have to take a break from my Real World work to get another couple of paragraphs written or edited on this story" stage of writing. That bite at the base of my brain (or possibly in my gut) won't lift until the chapter is finished, and once 28 is done, I'll be able to see the route to the exit door, as it were. 

So, yeah, taking the plunge, with upload work starting tonight. Wish me luck.

*And if you haven't started reading the story because it's a WIP, you can at least consider starting to read it over on AO3, trusting that things will be finished by the time you reach what is currently the end. If that makes sense.)
kaffyr: Outline sketch of Sherlock Holmes, and John Watson, BBC 2011-12 (Sherlock and Watson)
One More Birthday

Happy birthday, yesterday, to 
[personal profile] digitalwave , who I hope enjoyed both Independence Day and her Natal Day. May the coming year be free of illness and other worries, and be full of everything you want and need!

Dept. of Birthdays

Wednesday, 5 July 2017 07:36 pm
kaffyr: (Bacon!)
Happy Birthday, [personal profile] laurel !

Years ago, now, when I still went to SF conventions in Minneapolis, I met a remarkable young woman named Laurel at a Minicon music party. She was smart, funny (Hey! Bacon Dispensers!), knew more about the Internet than I ever could, loved science fiction, baseball - especially the Twins - and television, and cats, and I was very glad to have met her. 

Fast forward more than a few years, and it's been too many of those years since I last had the pleasure of her company. I know life's been less than optimal from time to time for her, but I also know that she's still the smart, funny, Internet-savvy, television knowledgeable, science-fiction and baseball-loving woman I met at that Minicon music party. 

Laurel, here's to you, and may this year be chock-full of only the very best things!

Dept. of America

Tuesday, 4 July 2017 03:38 pm
kaffyr: Mid-afternoon view from the spirit world train. (Train view)
I Am Silent In the Face of Heartbreak

Every year, I try to write something about this country on July 4, because I love it. 

(Oh sure, you do, 
[personal profile] kaffyr  ... how come you're not a citizen?)

But this year, after eight months of surreality - 

(What makes a country great? What makes it great again? How can it become great for the first time?)

I find that I cannot.

(Some must think that makes me a traitor. Some must think I must be spineless. Some must think it makes me a patriot. I think it makes me confused.

I still love it.

(Can't figure out why, except that it's still got a chance to be great, and isn't that almost enough?)

So I turn to music. 

This man's guitar killed fascists. 





This man was prescient in so many ways, but he was wrong about the revolution. Or maybe he'll still be right. It's apparently the counter-revolution that's being televised. 



This American Woman slays - and she frightens racists. 




And this one ... I forgive him for forgetting that there were a lot of folks here when the Mayflower arrived, because ... because, because, because, and partly because of the beauty of their two voices. Every year this one makes me weep more. 


kaffyr: Clara looks determined (Clara sees)
June, I Hardly Noticed You. 

And that meant I failed to note a great many birthdays. 

Happy Birthday, back on June 2, to 
[personal profile] cassie_faith , who keeps soldiering on through tough times, and looks to music and fandom with optimism and hope. May the coming year be better than you ever dared to hope! 

Happy Birthday, on June 8 to 
[personal profile] acciochocolate , who is a fan, an icon maker of great taste, someone who, I suspect, adores aromas in perfumes and oils as much as I do, and whose stories (both Real Life and fannish) I always enjoy reading. I hope to see you around in the coming year - and nay that year be a good one for you. 

Happy Birthday, on June 9, to 
[personal profile] livii , one of the first people to tell me my fic was readable, and whose fic encouraged me to write, and write well. She also wrote beautifully about Real Life challenges and successes, and I hope to continue to see her on These Intarwebz for a long time to come.

Happy Birthday, on June 11, to 
[personal profile] time_converges , who shares my love for Donna (and whose fic about The Best Temp in the Universe always seemed to have Donna's voice perfectly). Wherever you are, playing Mass Effect, enjoying Elementary, and life in general, may your birthday have been excellent, and may 2017-2018 be very good to you. 

Happy Birthday, on June 12, to the long-absent (on LJ/Dreamwidth at least) 
[personal profile] dark_aegis . I hope life is treating you kindly, and I hope one day to see you again in pixels. 

Happy Birthday, on June 25, to 
[personal profile] joking , who shared my life of the Ninth Doctor, Rose Tyler and Jack Harkness, and who also understood my love of the TARDIS and Her relationship with that particular OT3. Once again, it's been some time since she's been around on the social platforms where we first interacted, but I hope your birthday was a good one, and I hope to interact with you again in the future.

And finally, Happy Birthday, again on June 25, to 
[personal profile] autographedcat , whose song "Second Movement" I just read, and snorfled over, who enjoys The Doctor, and filk, and science fiction, and who I'm very glad to have met here in the virtual world. May the time between now and your next birthday be very, very good. 

Dept. of Remembrance

Sunday, 25 June 2017 06:28 pm
kaffyr: Mid-afternoon view from the spirit world train. (Train view)
 Alexander, Bestest Old Pussycat

Under here. )

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Saturday, 24 June 2017 09:48 pm
kaffyr: The TARDIS says hello (Default)
 Alex Is Dying

We're sitting with him on our bed. 
kaffyr: (NaruOMG)
What Happens When a Drive Dies?

Stupid drive.... )

Dept. of Jump!

Thursday, 22 June 2017 05:28 pm
kaffyr: Cylon Hybrid leaps into future. (Jump!)
So. This Happened.Surprise! )
kaffyr: She's at a typewriter; is she legal? (Are Girls Legal?)
For A Start

[personal profile] lydy  is brilliant. She is a bit of a force of nature, one I would like to see more of, learn more about, and in general have more a part of my world. I still treasure a night many, many years ago, in the "secret" consuite at Minicon, when I had the benefit of her humor and intellect. 

I think I agree with her on things cultural, political, emotional and intellectual at least 80 percent of the time. The other 20 percent of the time? I suspect that we'd probably have some interesting discussions. 

She has written an essay that I believe is well worth reading and thinking about, concerning how women, the world, and "the rules" - for every single value and power of "the rules" that might exist in this universe - intersect. It is her answer, or at least an excellent precis of her answer (because her real answer is the way she approaches the world every day), to the question many men ask (in which the asking is too often more complaint about having their privilege questioned than actual question) of women: "How can I interact with you women without being a douche, if you won't tell me the rules?"

I think I agree about 95 percent with this one. And even if I didn't agree with it nearly that much, it's still an excellent starting place for conversations, or indeed for an internal dialogue, if one were inclined to think about it. Because, as I said, 
[personal profile] lydy  is brilliant, and brilliance nearly always is an excellent light by which to make one's way in this world. And, as she said to me when I asked if I could link, she wants to start conversations.
kaffyr: Sapphire and Steel together (Sapphire and Steel)
I Still Exist In Pixels, And Elsewhere

It's been rather a long time. So what have I done lately?

Hearts and Moons stuff )
Union )
Rediscovery No. 1 )
Rediscovery No. 2 )
S&S. And Dr. Who, of course )

Dept. of I Aten't Dead

Saturday, 3 June 2017 06:42 pm
kaffyr: Animated rain falls on the bathhouse from Spirited Away (Bath house in the rain)
But I Aten't All That Well, Either

Babbling )
kaffyr: Still from Arakawa Under the Bridge (Arakawa afternoon)
Many Happy Returns of the Day ...

... to 
[personal profile] peoppenheimer , he of extraordinarily rare appearances and extraordinarily rarefied mathematical and philosophical abilities, who celebrated on May 22. May you continue to be all that you are; 

... to 
[personal profile] lydy , who had a birthday on May 24, and who I have not seen for far too long. I hope she's attending Wiscon, which I think would be a great follow up to London. If she's not there, I hope she's enjoying post-Londinium decompression. She's rather brilliant, independent, radical, occasionally mulish, and all of those things are eminently admirable. May the next year be fantastic for you!

... to 
[personal profile] sallymn , music lover, icon maker, fic writer, and genuinely nice person. I have many of your icons, I've enjoyed many of your musical recommendations - in fact, I enjoy interacting with you in many, many ways; I hope your birthday was a great one!

Dept. of Passages

Saturday, 27 May 2017 09:48 pm
kaffyr: Animated rain falls on the bathhouse from Spirited Away (Bath house in the rain)
One More Gone

I grew up with the Allman Brothers Band. I didn't know dick about rock and roll until I was a young adult, but I loved the sound of Duane Allman and Dickey Betts urging each other on on their guitars; I loved the non-stop double set of drummers; I loved Gregg Allman's raw-throated vocals. I didn't know their names at the time I fell in love with their music, but I went out and found their albums, and then I learned their names. 

I find it weird that just a few nights ago I got the unstoppable urge to listen to "Layla," in which Duane and Eric Clapton and the rest of the band tear the world apart for love. And tonight, I'm mourning the little brother who idolized big brother Duane. 

Here are possibly my two favorite Allman Brothers' Band songs. Midnight Rider, because of the controlled desperation of the lyrics, which Gregg's voice carried; Whipping Post because it made me feel every lash of the whip, and filled my head with its thunderous bass line and Gregg's howl. (The live version at the Fillmore is amazing - go watch it here - but I include the album version here because that's the one that hit me in the gut first.)

RIP, Gregg Allman; you finally made it to angel. 







Dept. of Union Stuff

Saturday, 27 May 2017 02:52 pm
kaffyr: The newsies contemplate striking (Stop the presses)
Day Two of Vacation: A Request

After my brief, but heartfelt, snarl about one of the awful people with whom I'm forced to negotiate, I realized I haven't told anyone about the miserable news we folks at my immediate company heard concerning Chicago news. Michael Ferro, who bought the Chicago Sun-Times several years ago, drove it even further into the ground than Conrad Black had left it; who gave the Sun-Times holding company the ridiculous name Wrapports;who sold all the Sun-Times suburban publications to the Chicago Tribune Publishing Company, thereby freeing the suburban properties - we thought - from his bizarre, self-aggrandizing, and supremely anti-journalistic ass;  who then jumped ship so that he could become majority shareholder at Chicago Tribune Publishing, ensuring that we couldn't be free of the bastard; who proceeded to rename the Tribune after the sound a flatulent goose makes when trod upon (and even the Trib didn't deserve "tronc") - has now turned around and plans to buy the Chicago Sun-Times, which he ensured would be barely breathing by the time he did so. 

We believe he plans to kill the Sun-Times, somewhere between 18 and 24 months from the time he gets his claws on it. He's a mean, vicious creature, and we believe that -  not content with having used the Sun-Times as the platform from which he could reach his real goal, the Trib and it's network (the L.A. Times, Hartford Courant and others) not content with having sucked the lifeblood out of the Sun-Times in his quest - he actually wants to kill it, so that Chicago become a one-paper town, like too many major markets in the United States. As I said; mean and vicious.

Thus far the Department of Justice's antitrust division appears to be paving the way for Ferro to do this; here are a couple of stories about the proposed sale. You be the judge when it comes to how carefully the antitrust boys are looking at this. 

The NewsGuild is trying to stop this, or at least slow it down so that other potential buyers could be found to save the Sun-Times. Part of our strategy is this petition.
 Consider signing it; no matter where you live, the continuing health of news outlets should be a concern. If you decide to sign, thank you, from the bottom of my heart. 

Dept. of Union Stuff

Friday, 26 May 2017 01:01 pm
kaffyr: (Joe Hill)
My First Day of Vacation

I am in union negotiations. Yay. 

And one of the folks across the table from me is a World Class Grade A Union-Hating Dick.

A fucking dick.  
kaffyr: Animated rain falls on the bathhouse from Spirited Away (Bath house in the rain)
How Was Monday, You Ask?

My back still hurts. 

And I had to pick up a dead squirrel in our courtyard (don't worry; I used a garbage bag.) Poor thing. 

On a less facetious note - I am so sorry to hear of the apparent terrorist suicide bombing in Manchester. Blowing up a bunch of youngsters at a concert ... I have no words ....


kaffyr: (Clara didn't ask for this)
Things I Did This Weekend

Saving bandwidth, because that's how I usually roll. )

My vacation begins Friday. I can hardly wait. 

Dept. of Music and Joy

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 08:46 pm
kaffyr: (Sen Waits)
 July in May

The last couple of days in Chicago have been in the mid-80sF, although tomorrow is supposed to be only in the 70s.  I didn't mind it; I was able to drive to an assignment, and to a doctor's appointment, with the windows down today. (Yesterday was warm enough that I had to put the car's AC on - and I have to get the AC refrigerant topped off, probably when I'm on vacation week after next, because it wasn't very cool.)

I spent four hours yesterday being trained on the new editorial program the Trib is using. Our trainer said we'll have to get trained on yet another system later this summer; apparently they had to go to this interim system first, but it's a lot of training for very little return. 

The newspaper company I used to work for, the Chicago Sun-Times, is about to be swallowed up by the newspaper company it sold my chain to back in 2014. I have very conflicted feelings about that, none of them good, but they're complex enough that I'm not going to go into them now. Maybe later. 

Another thing I may want to go into at another time: how impressed I've been with the second season of Attack on Titan. 

But for now, have this Bob Mould song. It's gorgeous. 




Dept. of Mondays

Monday, 15 May 2017 06:43 pm
kaffyr: (Deficiency weekly)
Today Has Been a Difficult Day for Me

For various reasons that are pretty much all work-related, today found me weeping at my desk. Only for a short time, and I'm back in control now, but my spirit still feel a little leaden. 

Rather than dwell on that, or write something that sounds like a plea for sympathy, what I would love to hear from all of you out there: 
  • Something really nice that happened to you today.
  • Something funny that happened to you.
  • A lovely picture you saw that you could describe to me, or that you have and could share with me now.
  • A song or piece of music that lifted your spirits recently, and that you think I might like.
  • A joke. 
  • Cats, pictures or gifs thereof. Those always rock.
  • A gif that might make me snort with laughter. 
  • Any reminder of good things in the world, human or otherwise. 

Thank you all - and I'll try to do the same thing for any of you when I'm less of a fucking wet-blanket. 

Dept. of Birthdays

Sunday, 14 May 2017 12:34 pm
kaffyr: (Liz questions that.)
Hurrah for People Who Have Birthdays!

Back on May 5, the most estimable 
[personal profile] jjpor  had a birthday, and I hope it was well celebrated. There are certain people that you wish you could meet in real life, and he's one of them. He's also one of the best writers of Who fanfic it's been my pleasure to read.  (And I'm sure he'll finish "Battlelines" Real Soon Now *cough*pleaseohpleaseohplease*cough*) I hope your birthday went well, and that the coming year will also go very well for you!

Moving forward a bit, to April 9, many delayed returns of the day to 
[personal profile] calapine , whose stories I've enjoyed and who's now occasional posts have also made me smile over the years. I'm glad to see you an Dreamwidth, and hope to interact with you from time to time. 

On May 10, 
[personal profile] deathpixie , a fellow Canadian celebrated her birthday. I hope the coming year includes travel, if you want it; friends, happiness at work and at home, and I hope to see you occasionally, here on the Interwebz. 

Finally, today is the birthday of the lovely 
[personal profile] lost_spook , another of those people who I would love to meet in real life (and you'd best believe that once I've come into my fortune, I shall cross the ocean and take you out to tea!) You are a delight to know; you have a delicious sense of humor, both sharp and gentle; your writing is top notch; your love of all things old television opened up worlds to me - and, in line with that last, you gave me Sapphire and Steel (and Silver!) for which I can't thank you enough. Many happy returns of the day!

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