oh god bees

Aug. 6th, 2012 11:04 am
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So, like a week ago, I stepped on some kind of bug that stung me, maybe a bee or a yellowjacket, not sure, I never got a look at it. It hurt and swelled up a little, and then after a couple days it was fine. Now suddenly it's all swollen up again? The hell? Why would that happen after it seemed to get better? Is there a stinging insect expert in the house?

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A friend of mine was complaining today that he couldn't find any good novels where the main character was (like him) a gay guy. I read very little published fiction, and he doesn't read fanfic, so I couldn't help. But maybe you can!

He doesn't like paranormal stuff (no werewolves or vampires, he specified) nor is he looking for erotica/romance. Beyond that I think he's open to different genres.

Where should I point him?

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^ This phrase! Where does it come from? I only ever see it from fandom people so I assumed it came from a show/movie/book, but googling only produces thousands upon thousands of fandom or fandom-adjacent people using it on their blogs.
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^ This phrase! Where does it come from? I only ever see it from fandom people so I assumed it came from a show/movie/book, but googling only produces thousands upon thousands of fandom or fandom-adjacent people using it on their blogs.
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#1: What do you call it when you support a pairing that is canon and always has been? To me "shipping" means it's a potential pairing that you'd like to see, so it sounds weird when I try to apply it to something that is already happening. Although, I don't find it weird when applied to a pairing that was once only potential and then later became canon, like it sounds natural to talk about "Harry/Ginny shippers". But maybe that's because I'm used to hearing it. But if I love (let's say) Sarek/Amanda and write fic about them all the time, am I a Sarek/Amanda shipper? Does that sound weird to anyone but me? Do I just say I love Sarek/Amanda and that's it?

I'm actually having a hard time thinking of a good example of a fandom where lots of people love a prominent always-canon pairing; the ones I can think of generally have to do with pairings of tertiary characters. But then, are there a lot of source materials where the primary characters are in stable relationships?


#2: Do any of you have a portable DVD player that works really well? We had one I loved and it broke and isn't made anymore, and the replacement we got was sufficiently disappointing that we returned it. The main issue was that the aspect ratio setting did not work, like we knew where the setting was and choosing the different options did nothing. It wasn't defective, or if it was, the one on the sales floor was too. All the other ones had really screwy controls (looking at you, Sony).

I don't suppose we need a portable DVD player, but it is nice to have when you want to watch a movie but you also want to lie in bed.
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#1: What do you call it when you support a pairing that is canon and always has been? To me "shipping" means it's a potential pairing that you'd like to see, so it sounds weird when I try to apply it to something that is already happening. Although, I don't find it weird when applied to a pairing that was once only potential and then later became canon, like it sounds natural to talk about "Harry/Ginny shippers". But maybe that's because I'm used to hearing it. But if I love (let's say) Sarek/Amanda and write fic about them all the time, am I a Sarek/Amanda shipper? Does that sound weird to anyone but me? Do I just say I love Sarek/Amanda and that's it?

I'm actually having a hard time thinking of a good example of a fandom where lots of people love a prominent always-canon pairing; the ones I can think of generally have to do with pairings of tertiary characters. But then, are there a lot of source materials where the primary characters are in stable relationships?


#2: Do any of you have a portable DVD player that works really well? We had one I loved and it broke and isn't made anymore, and the replacement we got was sufficiently disappointing that we returned it. The main issue was that the aspect ratio setting did not work, like we knew where the setting was and choosing the different options did nothing. It wasn't defective, or if it was, the one on the sales floor was too. All the other ones had really screwy controls (looking at you, Sony).

I don't suppose we need a portable DVD player, but it is nice to have when you want to watch a movie but you also want to lie in bed.
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I have a video in MKV format with embedded subtitles (i.e. not a separate SRT file, it's all one file). I can turn the subs on and off when playing it on my computer, and when I burn it to DVD I want to add a menu option to have them on or off, and I can't seem to find a program that will do this.

I've looked around, but I'm finding it difficult because almost everybody who cares about subs just wants them permanently on (for anime and such), and what I want is a choice. Anybody know?

ETA: ConvertXtoDVD does this, in case anyone else was wondering.
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I have a video in MKV format with embedded subtitles (i.e. not a separate SRT file, it's all one file). I can turn the subs on and off when playing it on my computer, and when I burn it to DVD I want to add a menu option to have them on or off, and I can't seem to find a program that will do this.

I've looked around, but I'm finding it difficult because almost everybody who cares about subs just wants them permanently on (for anime and such), and what I want is a choice. Anybody know?

ETA: ConvertXtoDVD does this, in case anyone else was wondering.
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Man, I have really looked everywhere for this. How do I find information on the demography of various places in the ancient world, like population density and such? I see the Romans invented the idea of taking a census, but where do I get the actual numbers? Did they not survive? I'm actually more interested in estimates of the population density of ancient Greece, but anything in the ballpark would do at this point...
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Man, I have really looked everywhere for this. How do I find information on the demography of various places in the ancient world, like population density and such? I see the Romans invented the idea of taking a census, but where do I get the actual numbers? Did they not survive? I'm actually more interested in estimates of the population density of ancient Greece, but anything in the ballpark would do at this point...
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Is "sententiae" the correct nominative plural of "sententia"? I don't trust online resources for declensions. Please only answer if you actually know.

(No, it isn't for Harry Potter fic. Broken Latin would be perfectly appropriate for that.)


eta: For short I call my Latin people my Leeps.
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Is "sententiae" the correct nominative plural of "sententia"? I don't trust online resources for declensions. Please only answer if you actually know.

(No, it isn't for Harry Potter fic. Broken Latin would be perfectly appropriate for that.)


eta: For short I call my Latin people my Leeps.
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What's the name of the things above the seats in a car that you can pull down and shade your eyes from the sun?
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What's the name of the things above the seats in a car that you can pull down and shade your eyes from the sun?

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Feb. 28th, 2009 11:56 am
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Today is the anniversary of the birth of [livejournal.com profile] _hannelore and the coming of the three Wise Triceratops to placate her with gifts of mini muffins.

It is traditional upon this day to eat a mini muffin in her honor.

*

I ventured into the Firefox support forum and found out why the Quicktime plugin wasn't working right; it's incompatible with 64 bit OSes.

Here's the workaround )

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Feb. 28th, 2009 11:56 am
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Today is the anniversary of the birth of [livejournal.com profile] _hannelore and the coming of the three Wise Triceratops to placate her with gifts of mini muffins.

It is traditional upon this day to eat a mini muffin in her honor.

*

I ventured into the Firefox support forum and found out why the Quicktime plugin wasn't working right; it's incompatible with 64 bit OSes.

Here's the workaround )

halp

Feb. 25th, 2009 09:10 pm
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I want to post a grammar of a language on teh web. Next to each example sentence, I want some kind of smallish "listen" button that will play an mp3 of that sentence without navigating away from the page. How do you do something like that? Flash? Is there a tutorial for stupid people that will tell me how?

halp

Feb. 25th, 2009 09:10 pm
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I want to post a grammar of a language on teh web. Next to each example sentence, I want some kind of smallish "listen" button that will play an mp3 of that sentence without navigating away from the page. How do you do something like that? Flash? Is there a tutorial for stupid people that will tell me how?

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