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May the Fourth, guys. *sobs a little*

- Via [personal profile] spikedluv: Glitter for Carrie Day (I'm wearing a glittery pendant in the shape of a butterfly wing.)

I should be finishing up a fic for beta, but instead I'm procrastinating by clearing my inbox and answering comments. And also doing my job, to be fair. It's not the best environment for writing, a busy store.

New (or new to me) Comms
- [community profile] fanifesto - similar to [livejournal.com profile] ship_manifesto. A community for fannish manifestos, or why this thing you love is the most amazing thing ever. (I should write a thing for this. I don't know what I should write about, though?)

- [personal profile] memekink - a masterlist of kinkmemes on Dreamwidth! This is a damn good idea.

- [community profile] rocinante - for The Expanse fandom. They're currently doing a S1 rewatch, which is good timing for me and [personal profile] lilacsigil, because we're watching it right now

- [community profile] weekly_food_challenge - Every Wednesday a moderator will post an ingredient or a cuisine; over the following week members will cook something with that ingredient or in that cuisine and post pictures and recipes.
I keep trying to cook something in time for this, and failing. But this week is chickpeas, so maybe I can have a go at some FODMAP-friendly hummus.

[community profile] beautifulmechanical - This is a place to share the music that you love. Please do join the conversation and share any kind of music that you like.
Lots of eclectic stuff posted here.

- [community profile] yurionicefans - a community for all fans of Yuri!!! on Ice.
I'm not in this fandom, but I originally read it as Yuri O Nice Fans, and thought it was cute. Also it's a megafandom, so some of you are bound to be in it. You are nice fans, I am sure.

Craft Links:
- Random Stripe Generator
For knitters and crocheters who need to generate a random stripe pattern, because faking random with your own eye is really hard.

- Crochet Water Balloons
Reusable water balloons that don't leave rubber debris all over the lawn. Made with Bernat Blanket yarn, then soaked in water until they are squodgy. Apparently they don't hurt as much when they hit you, either.

- My Stash Explained (Art)
This is for knitters but I have some of these things: "Really nice yarns I'm afraid to use", "The stuff I bought before I knew what was good" and "I don't feel like winding these."

- Lake Town Socks
I really hope stirrup socks aren't the newest crochet fad.

Actually, I think the newest crochet fad is going to be rag doll style amigurumi, like this:
Rag Doll Unicorn.
All the legs are on the same side! It's kind of adorable. I've seen giraffes, zebras, donkeys and unicorns in the last week.

Random links for the joy of it
- Poll Says Best-Ever Trek Episode Is...
This is a lovely nostalgic trip. I was somewhat surprised at how many TNG episodes made it in here. I was not surprised that no Enterprise episodes made it on here, because there is so much (UNJUST) hate for Enterprise. I do not hate Enterprise.

- How Capicola Became Gabagool: The Italian New Jersey Accent, Explained
I found this really interesting, because American Italian names sound so odd to my ear - we've obviously all come from different parts of Italy, but it's cool to see how that ancestral difference has played out linguistically.

- 10 Podcasts You Need in Your Life After S-Town
I did not know Jermaine Clement had a podcast. (Note: I need to talk about Jermaine Clement and Legion. LEGION, omg.)

I have a complicated relationship with S-Town, after [personal profile] runpunkrun linked me to an article talking about S-Town and consent: S-Town is a stunning podcast. It probably shouldn't have been made.

- Via [personal profile] kass, Meta: Swift musings on the Moffat era.
This made a few things a bit clearer for me about Moffat, about whom I do not always feel happy. (But I am so enjoying this season! Three great episodes so far, and Bill Potts is a treasure.)

- Speaking of Bill, Doctor Who hid secret clues to the new series in plain sight
The mysteries of Bill's jacket!

- The X-Files is back again – sort of – as new spin-off reveals what happened BEFORE the revival series
AUDIO PLAYS OMG. I am so here for this. I have pre-ordered. I am ready to crochet and listen to Gillian Anderson in my ear. (I am considerably more excited about this than another season of TV, to be honest, though I'll watch that season and like it, damn it.)

- Cookie Butter Choco Cookie
Sesame Street (Japan) takes on PPAP. Because Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen will never die, it will just be memed and re-memed. Incidentally, I am so weirded out by Cookie speaking Japanese. I think it's a primal, child-brain reaction. I am less disturbed by Elmo doing it, because I am way too old for Elmo, but Cookie? So weird...


Music Meme: A song that reminds you of summer

I have four. Because I'm old enough to have that many summer songs, okay?

1986: Hunters and Collectors, Throw Your Arms Around Me

Because it's honest and bare and worshipful, and I just really like this song. Have done for decades now.

2006: Augie March, One Crowded Hour

The Triple J Hottest 100 is an Australia Day staple. It's usually a billion degrees, you flop around in a dark room trying to keep cool and listen to a countdown of the previous year's songs. I have been doing this since 1989. One Crowded Hour won in 2006, and I love it. (They put me in a cage full of lions; I learned to speak lion.)

2012: Paul Kelly, You're So Fine

This is a song for lying on a blanket and making out with someone for a long, long time. Not in the sun because you will burn to a crisp, but under a big old tree.

2017 James Blake - I Need A Forest Fire (ft. Bon Iver)

This was my writing song this summer, and though I don't think anyone needs a forest fire, I do love the mood of this - it's a feeling of wanting things to burn down just so you can get on with stuff.

The rest of the topics
1.A song you like with a color in the title
2.A song you like with a number in the title
3.A song that reminds you of summer

4.A song that reminds you of someone you'd rather forget about
5.A song that needs to be played LOUD
6.A song that makes you want to dance
7.A song to drive to
8.A song about drugs or alcohol
9.A song that makes you happy
10.A song that makes you sad
11.A song that you never get tired of
12.A song from your pre-teen years
13.One of your favorite 70's songs
14.A song that you would love played at your wedding
15.A song that is a cover by another artist
16.One of your favorite classical songs
17.A song that you would sing as a duet on karaoke
18.A song from the year you were born
19.A song that makes you think about life
20.A song that has many meanings for you
21.A favorite song with a person's name in the title
22.A song that moves you forward
23.A song you think everybody should listen to
24.A song by a band you wish were still together
25.A song by an artist no longer living
26.A song that makes you want to fall in love
27.A song that breaks your heart
28.A song by an artist with a voice you love
29.A song you remember from your childhood
30.A song that reminds you of yourself
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