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A Promised Kiss and a Heartfelt Wish (937 words) by alyse
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Katey Miller/Javier Suarez
Characters: Katey Miller, Javier Suarez
Additional Tags: First Kiss, Romance, Missing Scene

Summary:

"You see how much they want to be in each other's arms?"

His words curl around her like a caress and she shivers in spite of the heat. She doesn't need to look at the screen to see what he sees, not when she can see the reflection of it on his face. He sees a love that still shines as bright as the day it was filmed, and she feels an echo of it in the tremble of her fingers, in the catch of her breath, in the erratic beat of her heart.

Javier and Katey's first kiss.

I have to bow, however reluctantly, to your logic.

Saturday, 25 February 2017 10:19 pm
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  1. Comment to this post with "I surrender!" and I'll assign you the basis of some TV show idea. (Science fiction show, medical drama, criminal procedure, etc...)
  2. Create a cast of characters, including the actors who'd play them.
  3. Add in any actor photos, character bios and show synopsis that you want.
  4. Post to your own journal.

The Victors Project / by Oisin55 (PG-15)

Saturday, 25 February 2017 05:13 pm
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Title: The Victors Project
Author: [fanfiction.net profile] Oisin55
Fandom: Hunger Games
Genre: Gen
Length: Epic (311,626 words)

Author's Summary:
Before Katniss and Peeta, seventy-three children won the Hunger Games. Some were brutal. Some were clever. Some were lucky. A few were almost decent. These are their stories. This is the Victors Project.

Review:
Absolutely fantastic! Every chapter is a new one shot of a games and each one is beautiful in the same terrible way as canon. This is a fic you don't need to read in one go - it can be read chapter by chapter over time - but it can also be really enjoyable as a whole, driven by the diversity of narrator voices (some chapters are POV of the victor they focus on, some of viewers, some of Capitol fans or Gamemakers, even some of mentors), the overarching themes of Hunger Games history and the lives pre- and post-war of some canon favorites and the continued human drama/trauma of the canon verse expanded. The characters and plots are amazingly well written from the first to the last and at 77 chapters and more than 300,000 words, this is a complete and classic epic every Hunger Games fan should read.

The Victors Project (on ff.net)

Today's boot fair and charity shop stuff

Saturday, 25 February 2017 10:03 pm
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Another Mac USB keyboard (the big white plastic type) and Mighty Mouse
Some odd Apple connectors, a couple of DVI to VGA and an iPhone to VGA one which doesn't seem to work unless I'm doing something wrong.
A x2, 2.5, 3 teleconverter, M42 screw. Total cost £12, hopefully profitable.

and (from a charity shop) a story-telling game I've never heard of before called Never Ending Stories. Seems to be aimed at kids but should be playable by anyone, and has some rules that feel a bit like Once Upon a Time plus a map-building mechanic with hexagonal tiles.

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/8674/never-ending-stories

Doesn't appear to be based on the book or film by Michael Ende, but interesting. And only cost £1.50

Fic: Drift (Dark Angel, gen, teen)

Saturday, 25 February 2017 10:10 pm
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Drift (2084 words) by alyse
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Dark Angel
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Max Guevara | X5-452 & Joshua (Dark Angel) & Alec McDowell | X5-494
Characters: Max Guevara | X5-452, Joshua (Dark Angel), Alec McDowell | X5-494
Additional Tags: Families of Choice, Team as Family, Bickering, Protectiveness

Summary: "There are ways Joshua can help that don't involve him having to carry a gun."

"You and me, Max, we don't get to make that choice for him." It's the 'you and me' that finally silences her.

Max and Alec have a heart to heart in Terminal City.

Black Headed Monitor Lizard

Saturday, 25 February 2017 10:06 pm
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Black Headed Monitor Lizard_1


Lizards are slow.

Lizards like the warm.

Lizards never lost the war.

Lizards follow the reports.

Lizards know what is coming.

Lizards await the drawing warm.

Lizards are patient.

Lizards know they will rule once again.




Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.

worklog

Saturday, 25 February 2017 09:23 pm
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Had a bit of a slow start; I have lurgy. But I did go to the MacRobert building, and got some actual composing done, and got some more done after I got bck. I now have a first draft of the piece for the Uncommon Music competition, subject to permission to use the text. The due date for that is Wednesday, so I'm cutting it a bit fine.

I have, however, entirely gone off the idea of using The New Colossus for the Juice vocal ensemble piece, due Tuesday. I think I've figured out why I'm having such trouble with this one; it's because I did submit Talvilaulu to their Call for Scores this year, and it wasn't chosen, and I had no feedback. So of course the brain squirrels are trying to figure out why it wasn't chosen, and one option is that the text is, frankly, depressing as all get-out, making it harder to program. That's the "safest" option: all other options have to do with my handling of the text. "No, that's fine," cry the squirrels, "it was definitely the text. We shall find a perfect text for you! Perfect! It has to be perfect!" They are very devoted. They want to keep me safe from rejection, at all costs.

Unfortunately, the squirrels can't read, so they are deciding all texts are imperfect and therefore unsuitable.

This is suboptimal.

I suspect the best way to work around it is going to be to find a humourous text.

The Confide application

Saturday, 25 February 2017 09:50 pm
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I just noticed I never mentioned Thursday's post on Techno-Liberty. It's about a messaging app called Confide, which erases each message as soon as you read it. This has some obvious advantages, especially if you take your phone through an airport, but it's not open-source, and it isn't clear how secure its "military-grade" encryption really is.

Community to follow

Saturday, 25 February 2017 01:54 pm
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Many of you are probably already members or are actively avoiding it, but just in case: For news on Dreamwidth about The Resistance, there's

[community profile] thisfinecrew

This is why it is not value neutral to warn

Saturday, 25 February 2017 09:27 pm
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Some years ago, in the midst of what was then called "the warnings wank" or "another round of the warnings debate" [personal profile] melannen stated "I warn for 'Old People Sex' when one of the parties is over 55 or so."

I was not at the time 55 though I was within spitting difference of that age. Nevertheless, I felt ferociously angry on seeing that statement. "Trigger Warnings" surely are things that one puts on content because the mere thought of what is warned for is supposed to provoke PTSD. That's what warnings are for, is it not?

I am now past 55. And yes - TRIGGER WARNING TRIGGER WARNING TRIGGER WARNING --

I am still having sex.

Which leaves me in something of a dilemma. I am told, according to the best social justice theory going, that this makes me -- dread word -- "problematic".

Which is where we come on to the life and death of Helen Bailey.

Whom no-one came to help, because she was over 50 and therefore her sex life must be considered "problematic". The fact she was in the hands of a psychopath by then was exactly what she deserved for wanting to have a sex life after 50 in the first place. At least, when it comes to the opinions of people who assume over-55 sex needs a trigger warning.

The sheer waves of suicidal ideation which rise up ever time I think about "Frankly, I warn for 'Old People Sex' if the parties are over 55 or so" are so hard to combat, one might really welcome a serial killer, know what I mean? Bit of attention, at least.

Of course, wanting attention is terribly problematic. And requires a trigger wanrning.

why is technology so frustrating?

Saturday, 25 February 2017 10:08 pm
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I have a new android tablet and I want Chrome to display my tabs like my old tablet does. That one displays tabs like on a desktop, with a tab-thing showing the title at the top and all are sort of in the same window like in a desktop browser. My new tablet does the annoying mobile browser display, where there is the little square next to the url that shows a number. Both tablets have Android 6 and the same Chrome so surely there has to be an option somewhere to tell Chrome how it should display its tabs, and yet I can't find it anywhere. And nothing that I tried putting into Google was any help either.

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Saturday, 25 February 2017 02:45 pm
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Happy Birthday [livejournal.com profile] saintonge

Early Spring

Saturday, 25 February 2017 10:38 am
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Saturday, 25 February 2017 12:12 pm
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I have had a frelling horrendous week. Just one thing after another. And then last night I was going through my f-list/dwircle for the first time in WEEKS, and stumbled across this video post by [personal profile] selenak, which made me all sniffly. It's about the anti-Nazi WhIte Rose non-violent protest movement in Nazi Germany, which ended up with 3 idealistic university students being executed for the high-crime of distributing anti-regime pamphlets. I'm not kiddingor exaggerating. It's not actually a depressing video, just a sad one, if you get the distinction.

Anyway, I am utterly determined that today I will answer the comments people left me weeks ago, because it's Saturday and I have nothing else to do. Well, I have to take a bath, clean the litter box, get groceries (I have very little food in the house) and take the garbage out, but I don't have to go back to work until Monday, so yay me!
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February 25, 2017 at 02:22PM from Instagram
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Doug Alexander and Katia Dmitrieva write for Bloomberg about the statement by the Royal Bank of Canada's chief executive officer that Toronto's housing market needs to be slowed down like Vancouver's

Toronto may require measures to cool its red-hot housing market similar to moves taken in Vancouver if interest rates don’t increase, said Royal Bank of Canada Chief Executive Officer David McKay.

The head of Canada’s largest lender said Toronto housing is “running hot” and is fueled by a "concerning mix of drivers" that include lack of supply, continued low rates, rising foreign money and speculative activity. Similar circumstances in Vancouver prompted British Columbia’s government last year to impose a 15 percent tax on foreign buyers.

“In the absence of being able to use higher rates to reduce that, I do think we’re going to at some point have to consider similar measures to slow down the housing price growth," McKay said Friday in a telephone interview.

The comments from the bank CEO come as frustration grows over the unaffordability of properties in Canada’s biggest city. The average home price in Toronto jumped 22 percent in January from the previous year, the fifth straight month of gains topping 20 percent. Listings have dropped off, down by half from last year, squeezing prices further.

The CEOs of Canada’s other big banks last year called on the government to increase housing regulation amid skyrocketing prices in Vancouver and Toronto. National Bank of Canada CEO Louis Vachon said that minimum downpayments should return to 10 percent from 5 percent, while Bank of Nova Scotia head Brian Porter suggested his company was pulling back on mortgage lending due to concern about high home prices in those two cities.
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The Globe and Mail's Alex Bozikovic really quite likes the proposed redevelopment of the area of Honest Ed's and Mirvish Village.

Mirvish Village is dead. Long live Mirvish Village. In the area near Honest Ed’s this week, workers had put up fences around a string of Victorian houses on Markham Street, preparing to gut them, while creatives assembled an “Art Maze” inside the old Honest Ed’s store for a festival and sendoff, An Honest Farewell, this weekend.

It’s the end of an age at Bloor and Bathurst Streets: the loveable shambles of Honest Ed’s is gone forever. But as this weekend’s events suggest, the past will continue to have a presence on the site.

The new development at Mirvish Village, after two years of conversation between developers Westbank, locals and the city, is inching closer to approval, with a new proposal submitted in January to the city. Westbank paid $72-million for the site, a big number, and yet the result is as good as private development gets in Toronto. It features meaningful preservation of heritage buildings, a serious sustainability agenda, and affordable housing – not to mention an architectural and leasing strategy geared at making the place as lively as possible, even a bit weird.

That’s all because the developers have been ready to engage in meaningful discussion: The city and the community have made this proposal better through talking and listening.

When the first Westbank proposal emerged in early 2015, “I think [the City of Toronto] were surprised by how much we were offering,” the main architect, Vancouver’s Gregory Henriquez, told me last week. “That’s how we deal in Vancouver: We come with our best offer.”

[URBAN NOTE] "Yonge Loves Pedestrians"

Saturday, 25 February 2017 02:37 pm
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Torontoist's Stephanie DePetrillo describes a recent meeting about making Yonge Street more pedestrian-friendly.

It’s finally time for a “big, bold, and beautiful” plan for Yonge Street that would allocate large parts strictly for pedestrians.

At the Yonge Love meet-up Wednesday night, some big ideas were presented to a packed atrium at the Ryerson City Building Institute. The goal is to attract people back to the area with space for foot traffic, street-level shops, and a focus on making side streets and laneways more vibrant.

“Evolving cities need to go through this kind of a process,” said Jennifer Keesmaat, the chief planner for the City of Toronto. “Yonge Street is going to function in a very different way in the future than how it has functioned in the past and, as a result, the alignment of the street needs to shift and change.”

During the discussion, panellists weighed in on some tricky issues like safety and transportation, a potential pilot project along King Street, and failed attempts in the past to make Yonge Street pedestrian friendly. Even autonomous vehicles were brought up by a member of the crowd to add to the list of things to consider for a project this bold.

“It really feels like déjà vu all over again,” said urban designer Ken Greenberg, referring to the previous Yonge Street project that was kiboshed by City Council.

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