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Do you like myths? Bawdy humor? Animation? Any two of the above? Go watch the video Mytho Logique. I was especially amused by the inital meeting of Zeus and the poor little satyr protagonist. (I don't think Zeus minded too much.)

It's in French with English subtitles, but I only had to pause and back up once because I missed something on screen while reading the subtitles.
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Thanks to my Nook, and the ability to immediately download the books I want, I just read the entire Adrien English mystery series by Josh Lanyon. Not satisfied, I then read another Josh Lanyon title, Fair Game. I will soon begin reading even more of his books, and I recommend that you read his books too.

I love reading mysteries, and the idea of reading mysteries with a m/m romance was a definite plus, but I wouldn't have read past the first book if I hadn't loved it.

One aspect I loved about the five book Adrien English series is that as much as they are mysteries--and the mysteries do keep you turning the pages--the series is also about the development of Adrien's relationship(s) with his lover(s). (I'm going to try to be vague enough not to spoil anything.)

I recently read somewhere--I can't remember where--that the key to good stories is that the main characters have to change enough to deserve the rewards they get at the end, that they became capable of gaining the rewards at the end. That's what Josh Lanyon does over the course of the series with his protaganist, Adrien English, and with Adrien's lover(s).

My favorites in the series )

Fair Game )

PS )
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Occasionally, I'll find a good story on, so I go shifting through the summaries from time to time, looking for something worth clicking on. Today, I found this riveting summary:

"this is a good one i work on it all day"

Care to guess how tempted I was to click on that story? "How do I know I'll loathe thee? Let me count the ways."
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I've got a HP plot bunny I'm working on, and I need to know about same-sex parents' adopting in the UK. Specifically, if one person is the biological parent of a child, can his/her same-sex partner adopt that child? (The other biological parent has given up parental rights.) If the answer is yes, then do you know in what year that became legal?

I did try looking it up, and I will gladly research it more later, but I thought someone might already know.
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Is it just me, or is the name "Renesmee"--the name of the vampire baby in Twilight--one of the most hideous names ever bestowed on a baby girl? I think it's supposed to be a mash-up or Renee and Esme, but I can't seem to pronounce it any way other than "Renee-Smee", calling to mind images of a fat pirate in a striped shirt.


Perhaps Bella gave her daughter such a horrible name in revenge for her difficult birth. After all, having your spine broken during labor and then being bitten and ripped open probably doesn't leave you feeling all warm and fuzzy about your fanged offspring. "Let's name her Renee-Smee! Mwahahaha!"

So, I'm going to give Bella pass on this one. Usually when I hear an atrocious name, I think, "Those parents deserved to be slapped for doing that to their kid." But given the bloody slasher movie scene that was this kid's birth, I think Bella's been punished enough by her own baby.

We should probably still stake Bella for being an insipid, weak, pathetic excuse for a book/movie "heroine". And let's do Edward while we're at it, because, "He's a creepy manipulative controlling overprotective stalker".

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While strolling through the interwebz, I happened to stumble across a trivia page about deer. (Don't ask.) One answer seemed to be of interest to fans of Kurt Hummel on Glee.

Q: Some red deer stags do not grow antlers. What are these non-antlered deer known as?

A: Hummels. Hummels are known to grow larger than normal antlered males. It is thought this is due to their bodies not having to use resources to form the antlers. The reason the antlers do not grow on some red deer is still unknown, but it is suspected that malnutrition during their early life may cause this to occur. The male offspring of Hummels do grow antlers.

So, a hummel is a male deer with a feminine appearance. Coincidence? I think not.
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I bought a package of wonton wrappers (fresh pasta squares) and decided to make some homemade ravioli. (I've done so once before, and they were delish.) I made a cheese filling, assembled the ravioli, and put them in the fridge until dinner. Time consuming, but hopefully worth the effort.

I boiled them in two batches. The first batch came out beautifully; the second batch, not so much. I think all but one of the ravioli in the second batch leaked open, and I ended up with ricotta soup with square noodles--not what I was going for.

At least I've been reminded why it's easier to buy premade filled pastas. A lot quicker, and much less likely to self-destruct.
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Sister Wives is an American reality TV program about a Mormon* polygamist family consisting of 1 husband, 4 wives, and a whole passel of children. I don't watch it regularly, but I've caught an episode here and there.

Here's why I have the warm fuzzies for the family right now )
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[profile] delvalmom just posted a drabble entitled Mine, in which Brian displays the jealous side we all love so much. It inspired me to write:

Mine, but I'm Willing to Share )
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Although I no longer work in retail (I did a few summers in college), I do enjoy reading the occasional rant at [community profile] customerssuck. In the comments of one post, I came across a great story of a cashier standing up to a customer who bullied a bagger with Downs. It was good to read right on the heels of another case of bullying I heard about today. It's always a good day when someone stands up for someone who is being bullied.

Story of the awesome cashier.
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Watched Criminal Minds tonight:

JJ was fierce! She kicked butt--literally! Threaten to kill her kid, and she'll tear you apart! And then she got to be a beautiful bride, d'aww.

And Prentiss defused the bomb--using the powers of her mind! No way was she leaving JJ's partner to blow up, not her.

The women of Criminal Minds were on the awesome list tonight! (Garcia is always awesome, goes without saying.)
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I just ordered this "I Support Marriage Equality" bumper sticker for my car. (Don't worry, I'll stick it on a car magnet and attach it that way. I'm not going to ruin the car's paint.)

I've wanted something in support of LGBT rights on my car for a while, and I decided to go with this one after reading an article about how reframing the discussion by using the term "Marriage Equality" instead of "Gay Marriage" or "Same-sex Marriage" actually helps influence people to see the issue as one of fairness. Makes sense to me.
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[personal profile] brit_columbia requested FAKE fanfic for her birthday. I haven't written any fanfic in ages, but I decided that she deserved a little something. (Brit is currently writing a epic-length FAKE fanfic I've enjoyed very much.) So, I gave her a birthday cake--or at least a ficlet about a birthday cake.

Read Bikky's Birthday Cake at [personal profile] brit_columbia's LJ.
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I came across an AMAZING webcomic yesterday, Artifice. The main character, Deacon, is an "artificial person" (an adroid).

He was designed and programmed to be a super-soldier, but when the story begins, he's failed to carry out his orders and has to convince his superiors that he's salvagable. His orders were to kill all the colonists on a small mining colony, but his falling in love with one of the colonists, Jeff, created a bit of a dilemma.

The story shifts between his debriefing and flashbacks, and there's plenty of dramatic tension in each. The sex scenes are both sweet and hot--without being explicit. And the story raises more questions even as it answers some. And yes, the artwork is amazing. The artist, Winona Nelson, is a master of subtle facial expressions. (The writer is Alex Woolfson.)

The story is complete, so you don't have to fear the numerous cliffhangers.

Read Artifice. You'll be glad you did.
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Came across a funny video today, CCOKC- Child Celebrities Opposing Kirk Cameron. A group of former child stars, Kirk's peers, slap him down for his homophobic comments. Watch, you won't regret it.

Oh, and CCOKC is pronounced "cock". Now I want an "I Love CCOKC" t-shirt.
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When we got our dog last summer, he'd just been neutered earlier that day. Given that Sean was an adult male dog, and awash in testosterone, I fully expected to see him hump something in the house. And I'd be the one who'd have to explain to my kids what the hell he was doing. He didn't, and I thought I'd dodged a bullet.

Tonight, after many months of celibacy, my eunuch dog decides that my daughter's giraffe neck pillow* is irresistable. He goes into a frenzy of manipulating it into just the right position, humping it, snuggling it, and then doing it all over again.

I heard my husband and older daughter laughing hyterically in another room, and then daughter carried the giraffe into me and said, "Watch this." Sean, following at her heels, repeated the performance as soon as she dropped the giraffe onto the floor. (Younger daughter, owner of giraffe pillow, didn't witness this, and we've all sworn not to tell her.)

As my dog enjoyed a post-coital snuggle with the giraffe, I said, "It looks like Sean has a girlfriend."

My daughter then said what I was really thinking--"Actually, it looks like a boy giraffe. Sean has a boyfriend."

* Younger daughter's favorite animal is the giraffe, and as she often steals my neck pillow on long trips, I gave her this last Christmas.
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Most of you already know I'm a HUGE fan of [personal profile] copperbadge, AKA Sam Starbuck. Well, Sam's done it once again: written something that everyone should read. By the People: or How Reality Television Did Away with Campaign Ads is for everyone who's ever despaired of politics as usual or been horrified by the latest "reality" show to appear on their TVs.
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This speaks for itself, without saying a word:

(PS--It's from Australia.)


Feb. 7th, 2012 03:44 pm
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“Proposition 8 served no purpose, and had no effect, other than to lessen the status and human dignity of gays and lesbians in California,” the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said in ruling Proposition 8 unconstitutional.

Next stop, the US Supreme Court.
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I was at a staff meeting of the preschool where I work, and as it's part of a church, the head pastor was attending as well. (He doesn't usually, but special circumstances.)

Anyway... the pastor was making a point and started to say, "We're all baptised Christians here," and then he looked directly across the table and saw me--and remembered that I'm an atheist. (An atheist who teaches in Sunday School, volunteers with the children's choirs, and brings her kids to Sunday School and church. Yeah, I'm hardcore.) He immediately laughed and said, "Well, almost all of us."

I laughed and said, "Well, I was baptized."

After the meeting, he apologized and said that he hoped I wasn't offended. I assured him that I wasn't and added, "My brother calls me 'the heathen'".

"Oh, I think you're closer to the Kingdom than you let on," he replied.

Still an atheist, but I guess I'm a good one. It's kind of like when my college roommate said that it was OK that I didn't drink because "You're a fun non-drinker."


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