Jun. 23rd, 2017 06:22 pm

FAKE Fic: Workin’ Overtime

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Title: Workin’ Overtime
Fandom: FAKE
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: Dee, Ryo, Bikky, OCs.
Rating: PG
Setting: After Vol. 7.
Summary: Dee and Ryo have volunteered for overtime to help catch an armed gang.
Word Count: 842
Written For: My own prompt ‘FAKE, Dee/Ryo, Overtime,’ at [community profile] fic_promptly.
Disclaimer: I don’t own FAKE, or the characters. They belong to the wonderful Sanami Matoh.

Workin’ Overtime... )
Jun. 23rd, 2017 06:12 pm

Fic: And The Winner Is…

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Title: And The Winner Is…
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: Jack, Ianto.
Rating: PG
Word Count: 1091
Spoilers: Nada.
Summary: Jack will go to any lengths to win, up to and including cheating in any way possible.
Content Notes: None needed
Written For: Challenge # 172: Keeping Score at [community profile] fan_flashworks.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood, or the characters.

And The Winner Is… )
Jun. 23rd, 2017 08:34 am

Weekend To Do

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1. Write and submit PW review. Probably Sunday, so I can work in the library near where I'm attending a concert that night.

2. Rest strained/pulled muscle (possibly hip abductor) whatever it is so it gets better.

3. Venture out for concerts Saturday and Sunday nights.

4. Laundry? If my muscle is better. It is raining a lot this weekend, so I might not want to trek to the laundromat for that.

5. Try not to be too frustrated with my injury.
Jun. 23rd, 2017 07:13 am

Drive-by update.

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So, in three weeks I am already 100% Undertale trash. And just after I vowed to leave Tumblr, too.

Again, I know my argument from about a month ago...we need to be the content we want to see here on the DW. I am still working on that. I am not sure if I should make a community or not...it seems pretentious now, where ten years ago I would have just made a comm and not thought twice about it. It really says something about how people left the LJ/DW format en masse that there isn't even an Undertale community here, with Undertale being as huge as it is.

I'm going to make a community. Also a ton of icons.

EDIT: http://undertale-dw.dreamwidth.org/ Imma do more shit to it later, this is just the placeholder now.
Jun. 23rd, 2017 11:00 am

The Blood is the Life for 23-06-2017

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Definitely not standing: Jo Swinson, Jamie Stone, Layla Moran, Tom Brake, Tim Farron, Alistair Carmichael, Norman Lamb
Probably not standing: Stephen Lloyd, Wera Hobhouse, Christine Jardine
Probably standing: Ed Davey
Definitely standing: Vince Cable

You'll note that Norman Lamb has moved from probably standing to definitely not standing. He announced this with rather petulant article in the Grauniad, in which (among other things) he proclaimed the Lib Dems' second referendum policy as toxic. Now I agree, it is toxic. "First we'll negotiate brexit, then we'll set up a referendum, then we'll campaign against the deal we ourselves negotiated!" is an utterly ridiculous policy. The problem is, it was only in the sodding manifesto due to the insistence of people on the rump brexity wing of the party, of which Norman Lamb is definitely one. This was as far as the rest of the party, who just wanted "we will stop brexit" to be the manifesto position, could be dragged. Policy making by committee often comes up with soggy centrist compromises, and often that's a good thing and satisfies most people, but sometimes it's patently rubbish. This time was the latter. What I don't get is Captain Brexit blaming the rest of the party for it. Well, I do. He'd like us to embrace brexit. And that is not going to happen.

Anyway, the rest of the article sticks the boot in to members in various other ways, and alludes to, but doesn't actually acknowledge, the problems autistic people have with the idea of Norman as a leader, and frankly, just makes me glad he's not standing. At least he has the self-knowledge to know he's not right to lead the party as it currently is, even if he declares it in a rather Skinnerian way.

Principal Skinner asks a pertinent question

So the only likely runner at this point undeclared is Ed Davey. And there will be siren idiots voices whispering in his ear, saying:
Don't stand, Ed. Leadership elections are expensive, Ed. They are divisive and set party members up against each other, ed. It'd be easier all round just to crown Vince, Ed. You don't want the hassle, Ed. The party doesn't want the hassle, Ed. Lets just have a coronation, Ed.
To which I say, pish, tosh, bunkum, bollocks, and bullshit.

Yes, leadership elections are divisive, and do set members up against each other, and sometimes even cause resentments. Do you know what's even more divisive, and causes even more resentments? Not letting Lib Dems have democracy. Not letting us scrutinise each candidate and come to a decision on merit. Not having hustings at which we can put questions to candidates and examine their views and records and promises. Imposing a leader on us without us having a say. I can guarantee you that while a leadership election might be divisive, it's nowhere near as divisive as a coronation.

Now, Ed Davey told one of the BBC politics correspondents (I think Norman Smith) the other day that he would declare whether or not he was standing "on Thursday or Friday". He didn't declare yesterday. I'm hoping he declares he's standing today.

And if you'd told me last month I'd be crossing my fingers for Ed Davey to run in a leadership election, I'd have thought you insane in the membrane, crazy insane, got no brain. Just goes to show what a funny old world it is...
Jun. 22nd, 2017 10:37 pm


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I'm sort of trying to find something...fandom friends, or maybe just friends.
I'm looking for ppl over 18. Preferably towards my end of the age spectrum. Lgbt parents. People into femslash and people who aren't overly into m/m pairing in their fandoms. People who get social anxiety. Poets and writers.

Anyone else. I don't mind.

I'm 35, bi, genderfluid, married with a kid. I live in Wales, I work in a pharmacy and write fiction and poetry too. 

I've got five cats and four chickens.

I will always love Stargate (SG-1 and SGA) and Trek (TNG, DS9, VOY) I have passing interests in other and currently love Dragon Age, MCU, Steven Universe, Brooklyn 99. I don't write as much fanfic as I used to still have a lot of ideas peculating up there. I miss being part of fandom though I've always felt like I was on the fringes.

I ship f/f and het mostly, and I read that too but I will write anything. Any pairing. I'm either mental or gifted. Not sure which.

I love old films from the beggining to the 70s. Love MST3K. The new series was great. I love crap films, I hate reboots but I will watch them sometimes.

I have a post here that has more about me if you want to check it out.

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Title: Admiring Glances – Follows ‘Clothes Make The Man
Fandom: FAKE
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: JJ, Drake
Rating: G
Setting: After Like Like Love.
Summary: JJ is both pleased and disconcerted by the number of people who are checking Drake out.
Word Count: 974
Written For: [personal profile] lil_1337, who asked for something along theses lines ages ago. Hope you like!
Disclaimer: I don’t own FAKE, or the characters. They belong to the wonderful Sanami Matoh.

Admiring Glances... )
Jun. 22nd, 2017 06:00 pm

Fic: What’s Black And Hairy?

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Title: What’s Black And Hairy?
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: Jack, Ianto, Team, OFC.
Rating: G
Spoilers: Nada
Summary: There’s a weird hairy creature on the floor of Jack’s office…
Word Count: 2077
Content Notes: None necessary.
Written For: Challenge 39 – Black at beattheblackdog.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood, or the characters.
A/N: For what Jack saw on his office floor, check out the fourth picture down on this page.

What’s Black And Hairy?... )
Jun. 22nd, 2017 08:20 am


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No gym last night, no softball tonight - my thigh hurts, even at rest, which generally indicates a muscle strain. It hurt enough to wake me this morning. But how did I do it? How? Unless I strained something while walking funny due to the lower back/glute strain? (which is better, BTW) I took another dose of naproxen and wrapped it in my brace, which helped last time I had a thigh issue, which incidentally lasted quite a while and annoyed me very much.

*throws up hands*

I started reading The Hanging Tree yesterday and I'm more than half done already, so that's something. It feels great to be reading a book I can't wait to return to.
Jun. 22nd, 2017 11:00 am

The Blood is the Life for 22-06-2017

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Jun. 21st, 2017 11:03 pm


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Well, living in the Bible Belt and being an unapologetic atheist, I’m used to people targeting me for conversion (though I don’t like it). But someone left a review with a long plea about Jesus and the end times and the whatnot. What pisses me off, though, is this person disabled PMs so I can’t throw logic and reason in their face. Really, if you’re going to shove religion down my throat have the courtesy to let me reply to you so I can have the satisfaction of leaving your argument in a smoldering pile of cinder ashes.

OK, back to my heathen and oh so devious lifestyle of raising critical thinkers, being boringly monogamous since, oh, forever, educating about autism, drinking lots and lots of water, and helping clients achieve their full potential.
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Aw dang, I forgot to take a picture of one of my WIPs! Well, my Conundrum Shawlette hasn't had too much work done on it - not much time spent in waiting rooms over the past week - so it looks pretty close to how it looked last week.

Also looking close to how it looked last week: the Lycka tee.

WIP Wednesday

I was planning on working on the fiddly "measure the piece after every row to see if it's time to start the sleeves yet" bit of the Lycka tee last Friday, but I ended up losing all of my work progress on Thursday so I couldn't do my usual "take it easy on Friday" thing. Alas.

The Forest Ridge shawl is continuing at a good clip, since it makes such good knitting-while-watching TV.

WIP Wednesday

...although really, I should focus on knitting the Schatzi socks, so I can start on the newer Shiso socks in that new-to-me bamboo yarn.

WIP Wednesday

The Schatzi socks pattern say to knit the pattern for 6 or 6.5 inches (I forget which), so I'm now at the part of the pattern where I try to decide whether I want to do the flap-and-gusset heel in the pattern, or knit stockinette for 1 inch to set up for the easy-to-knit Fish Lips Kiss Heel. I'm currently leaning towards the latter option, especially since I generally don't need extra reinforcement in the heel area. (My socks generally wear out on the soles first.)

We watched Transformers: Age of Extinction on Monday, in preparation for Transformers: The Last Knight. (Spoiler-free comment: yes there is an extra scene, also the credits are really short)

WIP Wednesday

The Wolkig cowl, with its one-row pattern, really is ideal movie/tv knitting.

Oh dang. I can't remember when precisely I started knitting Kate Atherley's Slow Fade pattern. I know it has to be after Wednesday, because I was still trying to decide which sock pattern to cast on for. It's probably not Thursday, since it would have taken me a day to wind the skein of yarn into a center-pull ball. I remember that I initially started knitting from the wrong chart and had to rip out and start over again. Since then, I've only worked a few stitches here and there, and haven't even gotten to the chart repeats yet.

WIP Wednesday

I went with Dirty Water Dyeworks' Paula, which is a machine-washable Bluefaced Leicester yarn. I figure that'll be the best option for this particular pattern. The last pair of socks I knit from BFL yarn was amazing, but wore out quicker than I expected; I'm hoping that this pattern will fare better.
Jun. 21st, 2017 07:25 pm

FAKE Drabble: Romantic Vacation

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Title: Romantic Vacation
Fandom: FAKE
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: JJ, Drake
Rating: G
Challenge: # 42: Sweet Summer Lovin’ at [community profile] drabble_zone.
Spoilers/Setting: After Like Like Love.
Summary: JJ is living all his romantic dreams, just not with the person he thought he’d be with.
Disclaimer: I don’t own FAKE, or the characters. They belong to the wonderful Sanami Matoh.

Romantic Vacation... )
Jun. 21st, 2017 07:17 pm

Drabble: Backbreaking Work

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Title: Backbreaking Work
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: Ianto, Owen.
Rating: G
Written For: Challenge 453: Last at [community profile] tw100.
Spoilers: Nada.
Summary: Ianto feels like his back is about to give out.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood, or the characters.

Backbreaking Work... )
Jun. 21st, 2017 03:35 pm

Is £70,000 a year rich?

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I think the argument boils down to two things: what you earn, and what you picture in your head as a rich person's lifestyle.

£70,000 is in the 95th percentile for personal income. This means that if you earn £70,000 you earn more than 94% (or thereabouts) of people. If you're earning more than 94% of your fellow countrymen, you ought to be rich, right? Like, if you're better off than the vast, vast majority of people, you should feel well off, or else how must the poor buggers on less than you feel?

The problem is, of course, that £70,000 doesn't actually buy that much these days. Like, it won't get you a mortgage on a decent house anywhere in the home counties. It won't buy you a new car and a couple of holidays every year after housing costs. It won't pay school fees for your little ones to go to private school once you've paid for housing costs either. £70,000 a year doesn't feel rich; and that's what the problem is.

If you look at the lifestyles our parents had, well, this is what my parents did in the 80s:
  • owned a home
  • bought a new car every two years
  • didn't go on foreign holidays but DID send me to private school
  • were in the pub three nights a week
etc., etc.

Now, I'm not saying they didn't work for that: they did. My dad had two full time jobs (mild mannered biology teacher by day, superchef by night) and my mum worked 9-5 too. They worked bloody hard. But the same amount of work in the same jobs these days would get you, if you were lucky:
  • a rented house that is one of three poky little Barratt boxes built in the back garden of the kind of house your parents owned
  • a second hand banger that you run till it dies, or a bus/rail pass
  • a cheap holiday for now, but only until brexit happens and then we have to pay visa fees and the exchange rate is knackered and oh look we can only afford Butlins
  • Pre-loading because the pubs are so bloody expensive, thank you alcohol duty escalator
Now most of the people I see arguing about this are either saying "£70k is mega rich, you're in the 95th percentile FFS" or "£70k is not that rich when you consider what you can buy" but not many are following both thoughts through.

How bloody scandalous is it that even if you're in the 95th percentile you are still struggling, and you are well worse off than your parents would have been on an equivalent income adjusted for inflation etc.? If 95% of the country is not getting a good enough income, that's a bloody disgrace and somebody ought to do something about it.

Anybody know any politicians?
Jun. 21st, 2017 09:54 am

Kawa no Ji

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The other night, Pan joined Daniel and me on the bed.

During the colder months, Chester sleeps at our feet and Tammy likes to sleep between us. Pan usually joins us on the bed but leaves after a while, presumably because he considers the bed to be the girls' territory. But for the time being, the girls are in the basement and Pan has free rein over the house.

While Tammy lies between Daniel and me on top of the top sheet or blanket, Pan prefers to snuggle up in the crook of Daniel's arm. And so we found ourselves in the traditional Japanese co-sleeping position, the kawa-no-ji (this article from borninjapan.net has more info and a diagram). I lay on my side so I could get a better look at Pan as he snuggled up to Daniel, draping one paw over Daniel's arm.

And then, for reasons that nobody can adequately explain, Pan reached out his other paw and placed it firmly against my forehead. For several minutes straight. When Daniel adjusted his position to turn out the bedside light, Pan's paw slipped and started shoving against my right eyeball.

I have no idea what Pan was trying to accomplish, but it was nice to be included in cuddle-time.
Jun. 21st, 2017 08:30 am

Wednesday Reading

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This week's reading was mostly a book for anonymous review. I also caught up on Time.

The real question is, what do I read next? From the TBR, I have the following candidates that I am most interested in right now. Thoughts on what I should choose?

The Hanging Tree (Rivers of London) by Ben Aaronovitch.

The House of Shattered Wings (A Dominion of the Fallen Novel) by Aliette de Bodard.

Court of Fives by Kate Elliott.

Lagoon by Nnedi Okorafor.
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