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May 14th, 2029
12:49 am

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Regarding scanlations
You are by all means welcome to friend this journal but if you are here for the scanlations, I would recommend you to watch manga_luve and yshare instead (note that in the latter all posts are moderated and therefore will take longer to appear).

All my scanlation releases will be announced in these two communities, probably even sooner than in this journal. Please note that both communities require membership in order to view posts.

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October 9th, 2013
12:18 am

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Stop panicking and take a deep breath, folks. Pretty please?
This is only for those who worry about LJ trying to eliminate all gay content (that would be quite a project to undertake, don't you think? Imagine how many new workplaces they would have to create just for this...):
http://copperbadge.livejournal.com/3660525.html?thread=83279853#t83279853

P.S. The panic started from here, if anyone is curious: http://angstytimelord.livejournal.com/962353.html

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November 26th, 2012
10:52 pm

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Dumb ways to die
A charming vid about some of the dumbest ways to die, kinda reminds me of the immortal Happy Tree Friends (link borrowed from metroelf):

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September 22nd, 2012
10:28 pm

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Love is a many splintered thing
There is something terribly ironic in a fic search that starts with:

"I absolutely adore Stiles and would like to find some of these types:

1. Fics where Stiles is seriously hurt, preferably permanently
..."

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August 31st, 2011
12:32 am

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Ann Somerville - Hidden Faults
This novel is one of my recent rereads (sometimes I thank my extremely short memory for letting me enjoy the same stories over and over again!).

The story was summarized by the author as follows:
In a world where paranormals are persecuted, medical researcher Jodimai hon Belwin works to find a 'cure' for paranormality so 'paras' can lead normal lives again. His society is dominated by religious bigotry as much as paranoia over paranomal abilities, so he struggles to keep his homosexuality secret for the sake of his family and his career. But unbeknownst to him, he has another secret, and when that secret is suddenly uncovered, his comfortable life comes to a horrifying end. Now his fate rests with the much-hated paranormals, and in particular, a mysterious dark-eyed man with powers Jodi can barely comprehend, and many shocking secrets of his own.

I do not always enjoy books set in fantasy worlds and the main reason for this is that I spend too much time figuring out the details of the new world instead of concentrating on the storyline. However, this story does a good job of presenting a world which is unfamiliar without being confusing. The summary indicates that there will be a lot of prejudice and persecution in the story and Hidden Faults certainly lives up to that promise. If you open this novel, be prepared to witness a considerable amount of physical and mental suffering. To be fair (and not to scare anyone off), this is not a kind of story where characters' pain is described in great detail just to horrify the readers. I would rather say it is an integral part of the story, necessary to understand the situation. And of course it gets better - eventually.

There is also a romance in Hidden Faults but the plot is mostly focused on paranormals and their social position rather than romantic developments, which is just the way I like it. It is great when a book has a real, interesting plot instead of a vague background for the personal relationship between protagonists.

To sum it up, I read it (twice!) with pleasure. The only drawback I could point out is that the ending felt somewhat rushed to me, but even that did not diminish the overall positive impression.

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March 28th, 2011
12:16 am

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Hayley B.James - Undercover Sins

The summary appealed to me:

Police officer Gabriel Carter refuses to walk away from an assignment without seeing it through. So when he goes into deep cover as a male prostitute named Ty, he intends to do everything in his power to see his case to an arrest. He seduces his mark, Demetrius Prado, the second most powerful man in Las Vegas and a human trafficker, but the man is nothing like he expected.

The more Gabriel learns about Demetrius, the more twists and turns are thrown his way in the convoluted case leading to Demetrius’s rival, Arden, and beyond. It’s a case of mistaken identities and layer after layer of trumped-up cover stories, and Gabriel is sure there’s no way he’ll ever be able to trust Demetrius with his life… much less with his heart.

I blame it all on Yamane Ayano and her Finder manga series. There is just something about a stubborn, somewhat naive investigator going against a hardcore and all-powerful mobster and falling for him in the process, while the mobster responds in kind and becomes very possessive, controlling and protective of the uke fearless investigator. I can't walk past a story with a similarly sounding summary!

Alas, these stories rarely - very rarely - live up to my expectations. There is usually a lot of sex and the mobster turns out to be a pussy another agent, also working undercover. Or he just pretends to be evil but never killed anyone (or cries into his pillow after each crime he had to commit). In other words, after the multiple undercover identities are exposed, there is hardly anything left from the conflicted romance the summary tempted me with in the first place.

This story was no exception. And it wasn't the best example of such stories either. Admittedly, I might have enjoyed it more if I hadn't read Mexican Heat by Laura Baumbach and Josh Lanyon earlier - similar premise but more action, hotter sex scenes and overall better writing.


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March 27th, 2011
11:52 pm

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Ann Somerville - Learning to Dharn


I have news to share! Ann Somerville just released another story, Learning to Dharn. Here is the summary:

Rhede Kelten, newly qualified physician, journeys across the oceans to Inades, seeking employment and a life away from an unloving family. An offer of a remote hospital post seems perfect, and he accepts a lift to his new posting from kind strangers. But an idyllic trip turns to horror when they’re attacked, his friends brutally murdered, and his own life is saved by a mysterious, mute stranger. Now his fate is in this stranger’s hands as they travel across a snowy wilderness. With his destination unknown, and his companion unwilling to share the smallest detail or comfort, Kelten wonders if he’ll ever be able to resume a normal life.

Dharn is a hunter, deaf from birth, who’s been raised in a community where deafness is no disability. His life follows an orderly rhythm from season to season, trapping with the help of his loyal dog, but when he rescues a feckless, rather arrogant young man from marauders, his peaceful existence is turned upside down. The responsibility isn’t exactly welcome, but there’s something about Kelten that attracts him. If Dharn can just keep him out of the clutches of the law and the marauders’ friends, these two people from very different backgrounds might have a chance of being together.

What else you might want to know: 
- the premise is a fantasy world (no elves or magicians, though)
- there is no love or lust at first sight
- the story has an actual plot aside from the developing relationship between the characters.

Also, it is well-written and interesting. So if you are on the lookout for good quality original slash fiction, consider buying this one :)


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January 9th, 2011
01:48 am

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Harper Fox - A Midwinter Prince
I believe this is the third book by Harper Fox I am reading (should probably make some notes in the future about the other two). The summary goes like this:

When Laurie, son of a wealthy London baronet, takes a homeless young man off the bitter winter streets, he only means to shelter him. But Sasha is beautiful and passionate, and he knows what he wants. Soon the two are entangled in a wild and illicit romance. Sasha, an illegal alien, has dangerous connections and a violent underworld past that won’t let him go. Privileged Laurie has problems of his own -- a brutal father who holds the keys to Laurie’s golden cage and would rather kill him than accept his son and heir is gay, let alone in love with a street urchin. Laurie’s only hope is to run. In a Romani encampment with Sasha, he finds not only a safe haven but sexual fulfilment beyond his wildest dreams.

But their new happiness is fragile. Sasha’s secrets run too deep, and he vanishes, leaving Laurie desolate, as much an exile in his own city as Sasha has been. Now Laurie must grow up and find his own strength. Can he break free of his suffocating aristocratic world in time to save his lover and himself?


For some reason that summary gave me an impression I was in for a Regency romance. I was wrong, although there is enough drama here for two Regency stories. In fact, it would probably work better in a historical novel than in a contemporary one. Villainous father was nearly opera-level villainous. Which for me is a problem because Evil Characters feel too much like handy plot devices. Sasha's "deep-running" secrets were also somewhat unconvincing, in a "honey, I need to confess: for the last ten years I was a spy/ assassin/ olive oil importer mafia boss" way. Or maybe combination of the two was the real problem? I wish the author picked either the evil!father or Sasha-with-secrets, not both in the same story. All troubles were (too) conveniently resolved in the end of the story, which proves my point: it was an overdose of problems for one novel.

Harper Fox specializes in pulling her characters through some serious emotional turmoil and takes readers along for the ride. Only after the story ends, you are left wondering why the characters did everything in such a melodramatic fashion. Yet for some reason, this time I started wondering about the excess of angst much earlier than the end of the book. I just couldn't stop thinking that there were more rational ways to do things than the main character did. When you want to give the character a kick in the ass, it gets a little harder to sympathize with him.

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January 2nd, 2011
04:39 pm

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P.A. Brown - Man's Best Friend
I remember liking something by P.A. Brown and I had positive expectations here. Too bad for me. Official summary:
Nothing can be closer to a man than his best friends. His dog brought Todd Richards and a new vet Dr. Keith Anderson together. Could their love overcome Keith's loss and Todd's betrayal? In this funny and touching love story two men, both innocents at love, come together over an injured dog. The heat between them is immediate and unmistakable, but can it carry them through it all? A hot romance that begins in the streets of San Francisco and ends on a lovely ranch on the outskirts of Santa Fe, New Mexico where enchantment is real and no one's heart can survive unscathed.

The story features dogs (duh!) and horses. And two main characters who fall in love and lust at first sight, suffer a brief (and not making much sense) breakup, start a business together and have a lot of sex *yawn* I read diligently the first 20-30% of the book, then gave up and started skimming through sex scenes waiting for the plot to begin. And then I just kept skimming. Stuff does happen in this story but... too little, too late. It's basically a story about two nice guys who often have sex with each other.

But I am not giving up on the author, though. She can definitely do better than this.

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Jane Davitt - Wild Raspberries and Wintergreen
Wild Raspberries was a good find. Official summary:

When runaway Daniel Seaton stumbles onto Tyler Edward's property, the two start off badly when Tyler nearly shoots Daniel by accident. Tyler's history doesn't let him take to strangers lightly, and conflict heats up almost immediately after Daniel faints from hunger, and Tyler takes him home. When Tyler hurts himself badly enough to need medical attention, Dan chooses to stay with the older man and help out with chores. 

I liked that there was no immediate connection and understanding between the characters. Each man has his own bunch of issues and has to work on accepting the other and adjusting to the change. They argue and break up before even getting together. I liked that :) 

Wintergreen is, naturally, a continuation of Wild Raspberries. Same characters, more or less same issues they have to sort out. One of the characters' past catches up with them, and this adds to the drama and excitement of their relationship. One more thing I liked about these stories: each character has backbone and does not bend easily - not even for his partner. 

I vaguely remember reading another book by this author in the past, Laying a Ghost, and not being much impressed by the overwhelming sappiness. But that one was a collaboration project, so perhaps Jane Davitt works better alone? Will need to check out more of her stories to be sure. 

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05:03 am

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Scott Wheeler - Honor Bound

I did not expect anything good from Honor Bound by Scott Wheeler because a) the author's name was unknown to me and b) the book was released by Torquere Press, the publisher I mostly remember for the extremely low quality standards. To be fair, they release real gems now and then but those "now" and "then" seem to be completely accidental. Honor Bound was apparently one of such accidents.
Official summary goes like this:
Christian has just come home to England, leaving his commission in the Army, so he can do his duty by the family now that his brother, the heir, is dead. Prodded by his crusty dowager of a grandmother, he sets out to find a wife and produce heirs. He thinks he's done well for himself when he meets a wonderful young lady, someone he feels might help him forget Jamie, his fellow soldier and wartime love affair. Then Jamie turns up right under his nose, and Christian is faced with some hard choices as he has to decide how his honor is best served. This traditional Regency proves that sometimes the ties that bind go beyond blood, and that even a man bound by honor might give up everything for love.

The story is fairly angsty because the main characters are under a lot of pressure and find it difficult to resist. Considering the circumstances they are in and the genre itself, I did not find the angst overdone. Another positive aspect I would point out is that most of the characters - even those who stood in the way of the romance - were likable and their motivation was understandable.

The only thing that annoyed me to a certain degree were flashbacks. The protagonist spends half the time in the past as flashbacks keep popping up between scenes of the present. But flashbacks are my personal dislike and I know many people are not bothered by them at all, so it is unfair to consider them a shortcoming of the story. For all I know, somebody might want to read this story because of flashbacks. All in all, Honor Bound was one of the better gay Regency romances I encountered so far. Torquere, please keep surprising me.

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January 1st, 2011
11:18 pm

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Kate Sherwood - Dark Horse and Out of Darkness
I decided to post notes here on books I read (when I have a little time). These are not profound reviews or recommendations, I only plan to share my impressions which perhaps will help somebody else decide if they should read or skip the book in question.

Let's start with Kate Sherwood and her books Dark Horse and Out of Darkness. Official summary for Dark Horse:
Dan thinks about just driving, leaving the whole mess behind. He's got enough money. He could just arrange to get his stuff and his horse shipped to wherever he's going. Taking off is what he used to do when things got to be too much, and it worked pretty well, really.

Dan Wheeler thought he'd found lasting love and stability with his life and work partner Justin Archer. But when Dan finds himself alone again, still working as a horse trainer for Justin's parents, he has to find a way to accept that his perfect life is gone forever.

Then he meets billionaire Evan Kaminski, who arrives to buy a horse for his younger sister, and Evan's lover Jeff Stevens, a horse trainer who seems to understand more than just Dan's job. Struggling to deal with all the upheaval in his life, Dan finds himself drawn to both Evan's mercurial passion and Jeff's quiet wisdom. Is Dan strong enough to take a chance on new love, or would it be better—safer—for him to be alone?

My comments refer to both stories, as Out of Darkness is direct continuation of Dark Horse, and they read as two parts of one story. Just as the summary suggests, this is a threesome story. I am always on the lookout for well-written, enjoyable threesome stories and was satisfied this time. The focus on the characters' relationship instead of sex was a very nice surprise. The protagonists spend a lot of time thinking and talking about their relationship. Somebody might say they spend too much time doing that. Indeed, it takes them a while to sort out what they want but all their doubts and complications are justified. It made sense to me that things did not work for them right away. In fact, I kind of enjoyed all that angst and worrying they went through (and stupid things they said or did because of that). Speaking of angst, I teared up more than once while reading. References to Dan's past relationship are quite heart-wrenching.

To sum it up, I thought that reading those two books was a time well spent. If you read them and share this opinion, you might want to check the author's website for a few extras/ side stories.

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December 8th, 2009
10:14 pm

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Weeee, snowflakes!
Thank you, lovely people, for those pretty, pretty snowflakes! They are a very nice and welcome addition to the cold, yet snowless weather in St.Petersburg :)

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September 8th, 2009
09:17 pm

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Old song... new performance
I never knew The Beatles could sound like that. I suspect even The Beatles had not known they could sound like that. It is an ear-curling eye-opening experience that is not to be missed! (the wonderful link comes from exler)


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July 2nd, 2009
09:38 pm

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[Sharing] Nemureru Mori by Ebihara Yuri (english, fully scanlated)
Author: EBIHARA Yuri 海老原由里
Publisher: Shinkousha
Date: 2006
Scanlation status: complete
Summary:
Aikawa Masumi whose impending wedding is close at hand, coincidently encounters the spirited up-and-coming florist Ryouke Takahisa whom he came to ask to buy a wedding bouquet from. However, he was attacked at his office after having a meeting with the guy. He was violently taken with what seemed like extreme hatred that was held for him. “Only you, I will not forgive. Never.” What in the world is the meaning of that guy’s words…?!



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Aaaand... it's DONE! My deepest gratitude goes to Sherry and the Translator Who'd Prefer Not to Be Named. The project would never have been completed without them and I really, really wanted this manga to be scanlated.

Next on the agenda is Ai ga Kami wo Korosu Toki by Akira Honma (A Love That Conquers Gods according to Amazon). Wish us luck :)

Update: an empty bubble on page 180 in the chapter 5 has just been pointed out to me, alas. I reuploaded the chapter, so you can find the new version now both at Mediafire and Megaupload. Otherwise, please just download the corrected page here. Sorry about the inconvenience!

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June 5th, 2009
11:33 am

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Natural Harvest

From [info]moonythestrals:

a recipe book you would NOT want to open before cooking or eating




Sorry for doing this to you, guys, but I just had to share. Why should I suffer alone when I have ways to spread this around, after all?

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June 4th, 2009
01:24 am

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The song that broke my brain
These guys won the first place in Eurovision back in 1978. Go figure *scratches head*



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March 1st, 2009
12:46 am

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[Sharing] Loving Consent, a oneshot from Uchi ni Oideyo
author: EBIHARA Yuri 海老原由里
publisher: BIBLOS
date: 2003
scanlators: sherryillk & d_moonchild 
status: oneshot



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January 8th, 2009
08:30 pm

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[FIC] Six Strokes of Luck (TDS, Jon/Stephen)
Title: Six Strokes of Luck
Pairing: Jon Stewart/ Stephen Colbert
Rating: R
Wordcount: 1,400
Disclaimer: All television shows, movies, books, and other copyrighted material referred to in this work, and the characters, settings, and events thereof, are the properties of their respective owners. As this work is an interpretation of the original material and not for-profit, it constitutes fair use. Reference to real persons, places, or events are made in a fictional context, and are not intended to be libelous, defamatory, or in any way factual.
Warnings: RPS. Or should I put "my first attempt at RPS" as a warning?


Jon does not believe he is a lucky person.Collapse )

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November 8th, 2008
03:12 pm

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Look, look!

This is what photoash got for me:


Yes, an actual autographed Yamato Nase doujinshi, featuring talking penises!! And it arrived just in time for my birthday too! *does a happy dance*

My mother, of course, only paid attention to the ad inside, for Yamato Nase's new manga. Seeing three people in the picture clinging to each other in a most tender fashion, she asked hopefully, "These are... two boys and a girl?"
"Err... no, all three are boys."
"Oh."
I should have explained to her that real threeway relationships are fairly rare in yaoi manga, that generally these covers display the uke and his two love interests, and he will probably end up with just one of them. But I had a feeling it would not make much of a difference to her.

I am looking forward to Monday when I will have a chance to wish people happy birthday and hear "thanks, you too!" in return. Less than 15 people in our office and three of them have birthday on the same day, how unlikely is that, huh?

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October 29th, 2008
09:53 am

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Oh.My.God

There is actually a Putin mobile.



I couldn't find a Medvedev version... Hmm. How unpatriotic of them.

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October 21st, 2008
09:18 am

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Question to all the sophisticated LJ users
Is there any way to find all posts made by a particular user in a community? I swear I have no nefarious agenda, just a desire to catch up with all fiction posted by the author. Sadly, the entries had not been tagged.

I tried LJFind but apparently it cannot search as far back as, say, 2005.

Worst case scenario, I'll just have to go through the entire comm but I am not looking forward to that, as the community is quite post-prolific and has been around for several years. So, any ideas?

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July 27th, 2008
12:34 pm

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A few words about Tritorella

There once was a person in the fandom known as Tritorella. There were also people who did not like her. A lot. And they were active and vocal about it. Here is a post telling exactly how active they were: http://evildrem.livejournal.com/49163.html

"All this happened a long, long time ago, so why dig this up now?" you are going to ask me. And I will tell you that my post is simply a reaction to this: http://jacquez.livejournal.com/616333.html Interesting how accusations based on what one believes/ suspects/ hears somewhere suddenly become facts, don't you think?

But apparently there are facts too: http://jacquez.livejournal.com/616333.html?thread=2773901#t2773901

aukestrel has already deleted the comment but it said "If you'd care to contact me privately I'd be happy to supply you with any evidence you care to look at concerning "that person.". What I received was:

- a retelling of events by the author of the above comment, with very vague references to past conflicts and offences

- IP addresses of various people (including, as I understand, their actual names and emails) requesting password to access the website where the author in question stored fiction. Addresses indicated that those people used services of the internet providers of the same country Tritorella lived in. Since Tritorella was forbidden from reading that fiction or reccing it (WTF, seriously?), those people were automatically suspected of being Tritorella's sockpuppets and outed to me, a complete stranger, probably among other people

- text extracts allegedly from Tritorella's emails

- list of nicks and emails Tritorella used in the fandom, including her real (!) name. Apparently outing someone is all right, as long as you suspect that person of doing the same years ago.

I don't think it is possible to draw a conclusion on a conversation when you only see one side of it, and incomplete at that. There are many ways to tell events and alter the meaning of words by tearing them out of context. It can even be done unintentionally, especially if the person taking that action already considers oneself the hurt party and feels strong resentment. A story told by one participant of events is not evidence for me either, especially when the teller is far from being an unbiased witness.

The most serious (at least fandom-wise) crime Tritorella was accused of, was outing of a slash author to the author's former employer. The author in question said there was a telephone call from that employer in which it was mentioned that Tritorella emailed someone of the company's IT staff with information of the victim's fandom activities. To this, I replied:

"Is there any proof regarding Tritorella emailing one of your colleagues? Did you ever find out which IT guy reported this info to your boss (nice colleagues you had back then, by the way!) and talk to this person? Are you sure this IT guy did not simply come across some post that indirectly outed you, while browsing the web or looking through websites you accessed in the office? My own boss who is not even a "conservative Catholic stockbroker", is not all that internet savvy, and I would not rely on his retelling of facts related to internet communication. I can easily imagine how, having already been upset with Tritorella, you could have assumed the worst from that phone call."

There was no reaction to my reply. Not that I am surprised: I don't know if it is humanly possible to convince anyone to reconsider their position after they maintained it for eight years.

But if there is anyone on my flist who heard of Tritorella and accusations against her before and already made up their mind, I am kindly asking you to take another look at the "evidence" and draw a line between hard facts and hearsay.

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June 4th, 2008
12:10 am

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[FIC] If the Devil Has His Way (Reaper, Devil/Sam)

Title: If the Devil Has His Way

Author: Moonchild

Fandom: Reaper

Pairing: Devil/Sam

Rating: PG-13

Summary: Devil's talking, Sam's trying to listen
A/N: Watching the last episodes of Reaper, I fell in love with the show. And after I finish watching, I want to read. Imagine my horror and disappointment when I realized that the Reaper fanfiction is practically non-existent. The ficlet below is to be blamed entirely on all those authors who could have written something awesome for this fandom and didn't. Just remember, people, you could have prevented that!

 

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May 25th, 2008
09:40 pm

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Story recommendation: ...and now there's a sequel!
In continuation of my previous post, I absolutely must inform you that Ann Somerville just posted a sequel to Interstitial. You can find the sequel, Synchronised, here.

Note that the sequel is available for free but will not make much sense without reading the original story. Synchronised is not a stand alone story, it is more of a resolution/ development for Interstitial (quite a satisfying one, I'd say). IMO, it's a pretty good additional incentive to try Interstitial :)

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May 22nd, 2008
07:56 pm

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Story recommendation: Interstitial by Ann Somerville
Interstitial is a sci-fi novella recently released by Samhain. The story falls into the "gay fiction" category as you probably already assumed if you are familiar with Ann Somerville's writing and my reading preferences :)

Samhain sums up the plot as "Love triangles. Alien monsters. Planetary war. Just another day in space", and as a reader I can confirm that you will find all of the above in Interstitial, and a lot more.

This is where I should put a clever review that would convince you that this story is a must read but, lacking the ability to produce one myself, I am pointing you to this post instead.

From myself, I can only add that I enjoyed reading it immensely and I think you'll also have a good time with it.

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May 5th, 2008
01:17 am

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Because some things need to be recorded in history
Pre-history: the internet connection in our office broke down. On 25th April. Mind, the ISP assured me that the problem was on our side and that we should call the telephone company to fix it. Which we did. On Tuesday, when I called our ISP again, they admitted that the problem was on their side and would be fixed "in the nearest future". My attempts to get a definition of "the nearest future" failed completely. Repeated calls produced exactly the same result. On 4th May it became evident that "the nearest future" is a very, very loose concept.

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March 29th, 2008
09:59 pm

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Self-discovery (and a request)

I've been cautiously poking at Buffy and discovered something amazing about myself: apparently I can read het fanfiction! Me, a senior slasher. Who would've thought? Not me, that's for sure.

But Angel/Buffy strongly reminds me of my old passion for Cole/Phoebe in Charmed (just as appealing and just as doomed canon-wise) and I want fanfics, I really do. The experience of browsing FF.net was too traumatizing to describe (seriously, I don't think even the Harry Potter section there was quite that bad).

So, for the sake of my already damaged mental health, help me, people! if by some unlikely chance you had ever been into this pairing, give me ideas where to look for readable Angel/Buffy fiction: names, links, mailing lists, LJ comms? An ideal story would of course be something long, well-written and with a happy ending, but I am prepared for compromises.

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January 7th, 2008
08:32 pm

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Not exactly my idea of optimization
So here's the deal: I have 512 Mb RAM. Not much by today standards, especially when using Windows XP, but I'm getting by. Then I see this program for memory optimization, MemTurbo, and decide, "Hey, this is exactly what I need." I install it and it looks neat, sitting in my system tray, telling me how much free RAM I got left and optimizing something.

But what I noticed is that if I have a Word document open, work in Adobe Photoshop, Windows Media Player plays music and Azureus downloads something in the background (what? If I can multitask, so should my computer), 512 Mb RAM is enough. Usually. With MemTurbo running, my poor Media Player keeps hiccuping and doing a rather convincing impersonation of a broken record player.

Which brings me to the question: what exactly is the point of an optimizing program that hogs resources and generally worsens the computer performance? I guess MemTurbo makers and I have different opinions on what optimization is all about.

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January 4th, 2008
02:06 am

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Sharing a few tracks

Just thought I'd share some of my favorite music. I've been searching high and low for a couple of these tracks for years. No kidding. I realize most of you will raise your eyebrows at the thought that somebody could be deliberately looking for this stuff, but whatever. Go ahead, download and laugh at my crappy taste.

Bon Jovi - I Talk to Jesus

Inferno - Ave Cleopatra

Kabat - Mala Dama

Liliane Saint-Pierre - Lucifer

London Boys - My Prayer

Mr. Zhivago - Little Russian

Now, if only I could get my grabby paws on Flash Girls' Prince Charming Comes... *sigh*

Upd as of 3rd December: reuploaded a couple of tracks, as requested. And also...

Flash Girls - Prince Charming Comes!!! Yes, sometimes the dreams come true :)

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Current Music: all of the above :)
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