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A year of lowercase* titles:

descending a tower
Utena: Anthy, Akio, Utena, < 1k
Ohtori instills a remarkable set of beliefs in its children.

Proxy
Utena: Anthy/Utena, < 1k
Princes duel even if their sword has the soul of a mouse. Or something like that. (Daemon AU.)

no gentler judgment
Loveless: Ritsuka/Soubi, 1.5k
Ritsuka comes to a wall and an agreement.

even as the echo
Yuri on Ice: Lilia/Minako, < 1k
Given what Minako had once built with Lilia—and what they'd given up, out of a fear Victor was clearly too high on Yuuri to give a damn about—it seemed cruel to voice this, even if Lilia would have said it herself without hesitation.

pause/play
Yuri on Ice: Victor/Yuuri, 2.2k
The mechanical noises blanket the room in a truer quiet than silence. "Yes," he breathes into it, more feeling than sound. (Yuuri, holding them together.)

* Since I've long given up on titles that 1. meaningfully and accurately convey information about the fic and/or 2. convince anyone they're worth clicking, I just pick the case in which the title strings look neater. Damn it, kerning.

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Dec. 4th, 2016 03:05 pm
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[personal profile] skygiants
In last week's resurrected You're Beautiful costume polls, our favorite crossdressing nun Go Mi Nam pulled out her very first victory. The audience has spoken: the elfin poncho of woe is this winter's must-have accessory!



Congratulations, Go Mi Nam, and enjoy your victory while you rest on your laurels this episode; you earned it.

Top five You're Beautiful episode 8 costumes under the cut )

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 58


And the ultimate most fabulous costume of episode 8 is...

View Answers

Jeremy's commitment to layers
16 (27.6%)

Stylist Wang's commitment to hair and makeup
9 (15.5%)

He Yi's commitment to matching her shoes and her purse
3 (5.2%)

Jeremy's commitment to royalty
17 (29.3%)

Tae Kyung's commitment to GLAMOUR
13 (22.4%)

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Dec. 3rd, 2016 11:02 pm
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The site slowdown tonight (Saturday night) is due to database load -- Saturday nights are one of our busiest times and we're still going to need to do some performance tweaks to our new setup over the next few days as we run into load issues. (Some problems only show up once all y'all start banging on the site!) We've made a few changes now that will improve things for some people, and will do a more permanent fix later on tonight or tomorrow morning once the traffic dies down, since doing it now would just increase database load.

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Dec. 3rd, 2016 06:25 pm
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A month or two ago, I went to the Yiddish Book Center for an archives conference that happened to be hosted there.

The idea of collecting Yiddish books was first conceived of by Aaron Lansky in the late 1970s, when Yiddish books were being thrown away by the thousands as a generation of Yiddish-speaking immigrants were starting to die and leave their possessions to children who didn't see a point in keeping a lot of books around that they couldn't read. Lansky -- at that time a graduate student in Eastern European Jewish Studies who was having a near-impossible time actually getting his hands on any Yiddish books to read -- put out a call in his hometown that if people were thinking of throwing away their Yiddish books, they should send them to him instead. Pretty soon, the story goes, his parents called to tell him that he had to figure out another solution because they were fairly sure the second floor of their house was about to cave in from the weight of the books that people were passing onto them. The Book Center, as it now exists, seeks out Yiddish books and digitizes them; sorts titles to identify unique ones; provides copies of Yiddish books to other libraries; runs a translation program to print Yiddish titles in English; and runs cultural and educational programs, among a bunch of other stuff.

I can't speak Yiddish -- it's a language lost to me by several generations -- but I've been starting to look into classes; I'd give a lot to be able to read Yiddish books. Until then, the next-best thing is reading about Yiddish books, so I put Aaron Lansky's Outwitting History: The Amazing Adventures of a Man Who Rescued a Million Yiddish Books on library reserve.

Anway, last weekend [personal profile] aquamirage and I went to go see the Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roof, and it was amazing, and all my Yid-lit feelings came roaring to the surface again. I came home and immediately picked up Outwitting History, which turns out to be a relatively light and cheerful collection of anecdotes about salvaging a language and culture that has at several points throughout the 20th century been the target of brutal and deliberate extinction. This is entirely in keeping with the general tone of Yiddish literature, which is often funny and depressing and uplifting and pessimistic all at once. (After seeing Fiddler, [personal profile] aquamirage said, 'I knew the whole plot but I didn't know how funny it was going to be!') So, you know. Come for the cute stories about enthusiastic elderly Jews stuffing the faces of bemused book-collectors with kugel and borscht, but stay for stuff like the first shipment of Yiddish books back to the Soviet Union after the fall of the Iron Curtain.

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Dec. 1st, 2016 12:14 pm
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Dec. 1st, 2016 09:17 am
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Nov. 30th, 2016 10:06 pm
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Nov. 29th, 2016 11:30 pm
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 Almost everyone on tumblr and twitter seems to belong to one of two categories this week:

Category 1: OMG YES IT'S TIME FOR THE FOURNIGHT DC CROSSOVER EVENT! I AM READY! Also, politics.

Category 2: Oh, right, this us the week I have to watch all those other shows, isn't it?  Also, politics.

(I am Category 2 and kinda amused at how fans of the other shows are stomping their feet over Supergirl being about 98% a regular episode and 2% crossover.)

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Nov. 29th, 2016 09:01 pm
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Some of you who were around here in 2011 may remember when I used to do tv fashion costume polls. I got all the way through sixteen episodes of my beloved flora-fedora-filled Capital Scandal and six episodes into You're Beautiful, the kdrama featuring a nun who joins the world's most amazingly-dressed boyband, before grad school proved to be enough of a timesuck that I gave up.

Well, it is a dark time, friends, and as a result, I have been rewatching You're Beautiful with [personal profile] tenillypo, and AS A RESULT, I think it is time -- half a decade later! -- that I finish what I began five years ago, because I personally feel I could use some quality time with some really astounding fashion and I'm guessing I'm not the only one.

Let me start by catching you up on the winners of the first six You're Beautiful costume polls. )

So ... now that you all have a sense of what you can expect, who's ready to THROW DOWN with You're Beautiful, episode 7?

Top five outfits from You're Beautiful, Episode 7, under the cut )

And the ultimate most fabulous costume of You're Beautiful, Episode Seven is ...

Poll #17762 You're Beautiful Episode 7
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 57


And the ultimate most fabulous costume of episode 7 is...

View Answers

Mi Nam in the hat of mismatch
0 (0.0%)

Mi Nam in the poncho of woe
21 (36.8%)

Mi Nam in the pantaloons of mystery
7 (12.3%)

Tae Kyung's mom in the black of mourning
17 (29.8%)

He Yi in the poncho of stylish warmth
12 (21.1%)

random question

Nov. 29th, 2016 07:21 am
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Anyone have any recommendations for (free) online tutorials about Microsoft Access? Preferably for 2013. Thanks!

Maintenance window - Thursday Dec 1

Nov. 28th, 2016 03:48 pm
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There will be a maintenance window, with some downtime, on Thursday, December 1, starting at 10AM EST/7AM PST/3PM UTC, for server maintenance and upgrades. To err on the side of caution, we're calling it an 8 hour window (so, until 6PM EST/3PM PST/11PM UTC), although we don't expect that the site will be in maintenance mode for the whole time.

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Nov. 26th, 2016 03:33 pm
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 My new laptop doesn’t seem to like the version of photoshop elements that I use for photoediting, and the latest versions don’t have a photobin, which I need. Anyone have any suggestions for similar alternatives?

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Nov. 25th, 2016 04:58 pm
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 Good news:  Was finally able to get a new laptop today (Dell Inspirion), which has been badly needed for at least a year.  My old laptop is almost 10 years old.

Bad news: I can no longer escape Windows 10.  Though at least it seems less awful than Windows 8?

I also got the first seasons of Supergirl and Into the Badlands for $10 each,  The only other DVD set I was hoping to get was Underground, which I couldn't find at BestBuy at all.

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