organizing ebooks and fanfic
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I currently use Calibre to organize my ebooks, and I wonder if it would work out to use it to backup and keep track of the fanfic I downloaded on my tablet as well.

I do not want both mixed up, because the fanfic would totally drown out the books by an order of magnitude, and also the tags I want to use for both are very different. I've seen an option in Calibre to create virtual "libraries", but I wonder whether that is really good for keeping things separate. Has anyone experience with using Calibre for both? Or a better system?

I'm a bit wary to import hundreds of stories into my Calibre Library only to find out it would be a mess I'd have to clean up manually...

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AO3 question
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In the AO3 bookmark system, if the story gets deleted, would comments in my bookmark stay? I'm considering whether I shouldn't start to copy title/author/fandom into the comment field, so I'd at least know what story vanished.

I get really annoyed at seeing deleted stories in my bookmarks (any bookmarks really, but especially my own) without even knowing what they were, and no way to reconstruct what's gone. Having to add a comment would be slightly inconvenient (in part I use the AO3 bookmarks because it's just one on site click when I can't be bothered to properly tag on my Pinboard) and it would look a bit redundant as long as the bookmark is intact, but it might be worth it to avoid potential future aggravation.

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a Tumblr question
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Is there a way to get rid of that annoying "answertime" thing that shows at the top of your dashboard now? I usually don't even know these people (presumably famous ones?) that are asked questions. I couldn't find an option or extension in xkit.

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the Amazon Kindle app fails at advertising
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So apparently the Amazon Kindle app on Android infrequently will notify you about some sale or other. So when I actually clicked on the notice to get to the app (and then hopefully be able to turn off the annoying advertising notifications somewhere), I got not to a display of deals that were supposedly of interest to me, but to an empty page that said it could not find any results for that search. WTF? How can they fail this much at their advertising, that they got me to click on it, and then don't show me anything?

Also there doesn't seem to be any option to turn their sales notifications off, I just see an option for the download notifications (no matter that the Amazon help center claims there was an option for Kindle deals notification in the same place), which I'd actually like to keep on. Or does that turn off both? Or do I have to turn off its permission for notifications in the Android settings?

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link me to Mad Mad reactions?
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I was finally convinced by the general sense of squee in my online circle to give it a chance and watch Mad Max: Fury Road.

Before I had only skimmed reactions to avoid being spoiled too much, so now that I've seen it, and indeed enjoyed it quite a bit, I'm looking to read these. So if you have made any posts or have enjoyed someone else's meta, please point them out to me?

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so gross
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Why do rotting potatoes smell so much worse than any other rotting fruit or vegetable?! And how can it get so bad so quickly? I swear a few days ago there was no sign of a potato liquifying in my storage box. Ew, ew, ew.

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Age of Ultron
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I enjoyed it a lot.

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Daredevil squee
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I've now finished watching all thirteen episodes and I really enjoyed it. I think it adapted the comics very well and is true to them.

Admittedly it is probably not the right series if you dislike grimdark and violence, but then that is true for much of the Daredevil comics ever since there *were* modern grimdark superhero comics. After all it was Frank Miller who shaped much of the modern Daredevil, and in reverse he started his career with that title (or at least it's the first he's become really known for) and developed his style there. I actually like Miller's work on Daredevil (unlike his works from Sin City onwards at least), but well, this still was pretty much what started superheroes going grimdark in the first place, as Miller's run progressed.

However I actually like that noir take on superheroes unless it goes truly overboard and becomes the kind of grimdark that is just a parody of itself without realizing it. And the Netflix series is IMO quite far away from that point.

For one thing at least to me the characters were still likable. I loved how they handled Matt and Foggy's relationship, and enjoyed the flashbacks to their college time that we got to see. I appreciated that spoilersCollapse )

I also liked Karen Page and her dynamic with both Foggy and Matt. I liked the symmetry that all three of them did not just work together, but each also followed things up on their own. Obviously Matt as vigilante but also spoilersCollapse )

I also thought their take on Wilson Fisk was done really well, that balance that he first comes across as a sort of "white collar" criminal who doesn't need to get his own hands dirty, but in fact erupts into hands-on violence and killing rages, and is even strong enough to fight Daredevil directly. I also liked how they adapted Vanessa to be more open-eyed.

I thought the James Wesley character as Fisk's right hand man was a great addition, though that is partly because his interactions with Fisk pinged my service kink *hard*. spoilersCollapse )

I also liked most of the minor tie backs to the comics that I caught, though I probably missed many. spoilersCollapse )

As for hints of larger events to come spoilersCollapse )

Unlike some other comments I've seen, I don't have much trouble to fit this with the rest of the MCU, i.e. the issue that the Avengers existing in the same New York where spoilersCollapse )

Anyway, I had a lot of fun watching.

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probably I'm bugged too much by such worldbuilding questions
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I'm still not reliably back online, because the eye issues are still ongoing... but since I can do screen reading right now, and just came across another story with the trope "soulmates reveal their names to each other in body writing", I just have to ask: Are there any of these stories that actually have any explanation for how that is supposed to work?

I mean, I love soulmate tropes, and I can put aside the general, inherent practical problems of just two people being fated to match each other and be compatible, but -- It's one thing to handwave a premise of "humans recognize their soulmate when they see them by some magical or biological impulse" but in these particular universes how did the name thing even start? The stories never seem to say whether these name marks just started to show up (by some magical? means presumably) once a group already had developed writing (and if so, do not all humans have them, but only literate societies?), or whether humans in these universes developed writing based on the odd marks that showed on their skin (and if so, do all societies have the same writing?).

Also if the marks precede the writing, how did humans even find out these symbols referred to their soulmates' names? If every human was born (or developed) a mark rather than both soulmates showing the same symbol or something, you'd think the natural assumption would be that this was their own mark/symbol.

Are there any stories that offer any explanation for the mechanism?

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audiobook recs?
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I usually don't listen to audiobooks, because I prefer reading to listening and sometimes find it hard to follow them.

Unfortunately I may need to undergo another eye treatment, and usually these come with cruel reading/screen time restrictions and admonitions to avoid any eye strain afterwards. So to prepare, I'm looking to get some audiobooks to make the internet withdrawal less horrible.

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grumble
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The recent trouble Pinboard is having (victim of DDOS attacks, I think based on its twitter?) is disrupting my fandom engagement, i.e. fic browsing and bookmarking, quite a bit. General web surfing too, because I use its private bookmark feature for most of my other bookmarking (recipes, art tutorials, whatever) too. People who target websites like that suck.

This also reminded me that once the site is stable again, I really ought to export my bookmarks. It's been a long time since I backed them up last.

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crafts
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My current messenger bag is becoming threadbare, and I actually have several pair of jeans in my closet that don't fit me anymore, but that don't have holes, so I decided to try out this tutorial for turning old jeans into a bag.

For the lining I used an old duvet cover, that my former rats had chewed on a while back, but it had still hole-free areas that were large enough work. (Side benefit of this crafty project: for once I actually reused something chewed on that I kept despite the damage, instead of just thinking stuff might still be good for something.)

The end result isn't a particularly pretty bag, and it has the disadvantage that the bottom area is not shaped to be naturally broader, but for the same reason it is simple to sew. Overall it worked out okay, though mine still ended up a bit lopsided, probably because I didn't measure or even ironed anything.

Something I changed from the tutorial is that I added another pocket behind the zipper area, because I loathe pointless "decorative" zippers, so in my bag the retained zipper opens into an extra pocket. Also I didn't sew the strap on, but just hooked it into the belt loops that were already there with snap hooks.

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is there any XMFC fanfic about Magneto's Brotherhood that...
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...is set in the late 60s and puts them in a Black Panthers like role and explores that?

I recently listened to a long interview with the director Stanley Nelson about the new documentary The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, and that made me want a kind of XMFC universe version of such a history with mutants.

Like a slightly AU scenario where Magneto's Brotherhood are actually part of a movement, whose prominent leaders are imprisoned or assassinated, and they are targeted by COINTELPRO infiltration (granted, a bit trickier with mindreading telepaths around, but maybe they just don't expect other mutants to work for the FBI like that), and there are mutants that act as agents provocateurs (could explain more bizarre plans...) and are trying to sow dissent and split the organization, and all that stuff.

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random werewolf thought of the day
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So werewoves in fiction generally are good at regeneration, also they tend to grow canines when they shift. Do you think when an adult human gets bitten and transforms into a werewolf form for the first time they regrow any missing/crowned teeth?

I mean that has to be a common issue, because most adult humans have at least have a crown or two by their thirties, often earlier, yet I can't remember ever seeing a scene in werewolf fiction where the newly made werewolf has to spit out their now obsolete dental implants...

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I watched the third part of The Hobbit today...
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...and overall I enjoyed it.

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unexpected sun is unexpected
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There is a bright yellow light in the sky! I haven't seen it in a while. The morning was overcast and the forecast said it was to stay like that all day, but right now the sky is blue and there is a visible sun. Granted it will go down in an hour because it is December and sunset is at four in the afternoon currently, but still. I think I'll head out briefly, just to take advantage for a quick walk around the block or something. I hadn't planned venturing outside today, but there is light, so...

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Yay!
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I just got my copy of Foxglove Summer! It arrived faster than expected, and the delivery guy even rang *and* brought it up five flights of stairs to my door (rather than clandestinely dropping of a notification card, pretending I wasn't home to avoid said stairs).

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So last week I bit the bullet and preordered the UK hardcover edition of Foxglove Summer, assuming that would be sent to me as soon as it came out (normally Amazon is quite good about that), and then it seemed to be the earliest published (which makes sense if you want to sell the more expensive hardcovers). At that time available for preorder were that UK hardcover, a US paperback due in January and a UK paperback to be published next July.

Only when I checked now, apparently since then another UK paperback edition appeared in the options, that one also with a publishing date today. And the German Amazon is actually shipping that one and says it has in stock, whereas the info for estimated delivery times on the hardcover version now is that they'll deliver in 6-9 weeks, which seemed ominous for the chances of getting mine soon. So I switched my order over to the paperback which is now estimated to arrive on Monday (because I'm too cheap to pay extra for overnight shipping). Unfortunately it is not much cheaper than the hardcover, but the chances of getting it seem better. Somehow I find it quite frustrating that they kind of mislead me with their options last week, and that there is this confusion with the available editions changing like that.

Well, fingers crossed that I'll get the book soon. I was almost tempted to just get the Kindle version, but I don't like paying for DRMed ebooks that they can yank away from me again, so that I rather pay for the physical object that is mine. If there just weren't the stupid logistics of getting it to me.

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I kind of hate when series switch to hardcover first publishing
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I'm dithering whether I should pre-order the hardcover of Foxglove Summer, the fifth in the Rivers of London series, which comes out on November 13th, or wait for the paperback. It's harder because the paperback doesn't come out that much later, on January 8th, so it's not even a two month wait, not a year or anything, and that would be nine euro cheaper (almost twelve if I got the US paperback).

OTOH, I really like the series, so waiting longer than necessary would suck. Also Amazon seems kind of confused about the publishing date for the paperback, because it lists the UK paperback with both a January and a July date, and the US with a January one. So maybe the paperback would mean a longer wait after all. And it's one of those fandoms that I enjoy checking out in Yuletide, where there might be fanfic posted for it, and I'd have to avoid checking out those as well to avoid spoilers.

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weird marketing strategies
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So I was buying some mouthwash, and saw the weirdest ad line on a nearby toothpaste I've encountered yet.

In the prominent byline place near the brand name, where normally you'd see claims like "recommended by dentists" or such it advertised with "compatible with homeopathy". Just what? And it wasn't a toothpaste of the organic/all natural/no mineral-oil derived ingredients kinds or some other niche product either.

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sometimes my experiments in combining stuff end up actually tasty
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My dinner tonight was a sweet and sour butternut squash, lentils, and apple combination that I served with baked sweet potato (regular potato would have worked as well), and I found the mix of sweet pumpkin and apples with the lentils quite pleasing.

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It didn't look that attractive because it is more or less a mush, but I liked the taste combination.

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sweet potato recipes?
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I've never had sweet potatoes (they're somewhat exotic here), but today my supermarket had some on offer so I got a couple.

Do you have any favorite recipes highlighting their taste that would be good to try them?

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Henneth-Annun Story Archive will be shutting down
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I just saw the announcement that HASA will close at the end of the year, because they don't have the time and resources to keep it current and secure enough to deal with attacks on it.

HASA has been my favorite Tolkien fanfic archive even though its interface is not the most user friendly. I hope authors will migrate their stuff, but inevitably some fanfic will be lost. :(

If you are/were in the fandom, maybe help spread the word?

Well, I guess I'll go through the archive and save my favorites which is kind of tedious, because HASA doesn't have a whole work display, and so you need to save chapters.

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Guardians of the Galaxy
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It finally opened here this week, and it was fun to watch, though slightly confusing, because I'm not familiar at all with Marvel's cosmology and all the alien species running around there and their intergalactic grudges, so it was hard to put the events in any sort of context. Then again, the comics themselves probably don't make much sense in the first place.

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where does the Bucky Bear thing even come from?
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I know that Bucky Bear appears in that Marvel A-Babies vs. X-Babies crack (though I haven't read the comic), but is that the first and only "canon" (well some variety of official source anyway) with Bucky Barnes teddybear merchandise and fandom just really ran with it, as fandom does, or does it appear anywhere else?

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urgh
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One of the downsides of warm weather is how fast you end up with swarms of fruit flies. I do bring down my garbage far more frequently in summer, i.e. way before a full garbage bag accumulates, and they are still a nuisance. Just now I noticed two in my garbage can, which meant I had to take it out again already -- obviously once I spot even one, I get rid of any organic garbage fast, because otherwise who knows how many of them there would be hatched soon after.

That seems enough to avoid true infestations with swarms in my kitchen *knocks on wood* but they are still annoying. And of course the garbage bins downstairs are popular breeding grounds, so you often have small clouds of fruit flies emerging when you open these. :P

I know you can do easy traps with soap/vinegar in water to attract them and do population control, and I'd probably entrap some before I notice any flying around (I mean as soon as you notice a pest it's a safe bet that there are more you didn't see), but frankly the idea of bowls with floating dead insects standing around in my kitchen as preventative measure is also gross.

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how do you currently tag filter on Tumblr?
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I used to do this with that Tumblr Savior script thing, but it must have gone glitchy at some point without me noticing, because right now when I add stuff to its filter list it doesn't hide the posts.

I'm trying to not be spoiled for the new X-Men movie until I watch it, and I have been just staying away from Tumblr the last few days, but apparently Tumblr has by now become a thing that I have a routine impulse to check. So having a working tag filter again would be helpful.

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New Dresden Files!
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My copy of Skin Game arrived earlier than expected! That's some consolation for me still having to wait a few days to watch the new X-Men (because there are not that many non-dubbed showings to begin with here, and I decided to go with my brother).

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it probably says nothing good...
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...about how I spent my time recently that my major accomplishment has been to get to a 4096 tile (screen with the tile as my trophy *g*) in that addictive 2048 game. (You can play on after you won and I got to 2048 a few times now but to 4096 only once so far.)

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Captain America squee
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I just watched Captain America 2 and it was awesome. Surprisingly the cinema was really empty, barely two dozen people it seemed, many rows were entirely empty. Maybe because it was the 17h show not the evening one, or because it was quite expensive due to the IMAX price (but that was where they showed the English version, so I was willing to pay more), but still I'd expected a bigger audience.

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