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Fic List

[sticky post] May 1st, 2012 (06:55 pm)

This is a list of all non-RPG fiction posted on my LJ account.

This is by no means a complete list... I'll try and add pre-2008/2009 fic as I get to it.

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April 17th, 2015 (03:13 pm)

I can't believe it's almost time to go back to Germany again...

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Easter on the other side of the pond

April 5th, 2015 (08:34 am)

So I'm spending Easter without my family for the first time ever. Still had cookies (bought from Wegmans) for breakfast.

Also, the start of Passover and Easter happened on the same weekend this year and I was invited by my awesome friends Naomi and Andrew to their Passover Seder past Friday. Given how the invitation basically went: "So we'll have this Gefilte Fish which is really not edible. Wanna come?", the food was pretty awesome. I went with another non-Jewish friend of mine - Dan - so it was a bit less awkward.

Not that it was awkward at all - Naomi and her dad were very good about explaining what's going to happen next and why, and we did our part. Overall, it was a good evening with good food and spent in great company.

And since Naomi obviously doesn't care about Easter Sunday, we're going to see Dirty Dancing the Musical in Philly later today.

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Monkeys in ice and snow

March 11th, 2015 (08:50 am)

Last Thursday, I went to NYC with a couple of friends to see a recording of the "Infinite Monkey Cage - live". To my shame, I have to admit I never heard of this until I was offered a spare ticket. Anyone else who's as ignorant as me - it's a BBC4 radio show with Robin Ince and Brian Cox discussing various science topics with various guests - scientists and celebs, like Patrick Stewart, alike.

There's also a podcast containing a longer cut.

Last Thursday, Neil de Grasse Tyson was supposed to be one of the guests. Well, supposed. As you might know, we had the worst snow storm this winter on that day. Yes, it took until March 5 to happen. Anyway, we made it to NYC by travelling the night before. Neil, however, thought it was a good idea to go to Montana and try to come back during the storm. Which would've worked - except a plane skidded off the runway at LaGuardia - incidentally the airport Neil was supposed to come in at - which shut down the airport for a few hours.

So he didn't make it. He did skype in from the plane though AND we got Bill Nye instead. Which isn't such a shabby "replacement". We also got Tim Daly, and two women I didn't know - a scientist and a comedian.

The talk was interesting - it was essentially about whether or not science is for the good or the bad. Guess what side we came down on. :P

Other things we did on the day we spent in New York: Have fun at the M&Ms store, visit the Hayden Planetarium and have DELICIOUS food. OMG, so much delicious food at the Momofuku Milk Bar and Ivan's Ramen. YUM.

Also, New York in a snow storm is pretty. It also smells a lot cleaner ;)

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Meme - 8 things that annoy me

February 23rd, 2015 (06:51 pm)
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Day 1 - Ten random facts about yourself
Day 2 - Nine things you do everyday
Day 3 - Eight things that annoy you

Day 4 - Seven fears/phobias
Day 5 - Six songs that you’re addicted to
Day 6 - Five things you can’t live without
Day 7 - Four memories you won’t forget
Day 8 - Three words you can’t go a day without
Day 9 - Two things you wish you could do
Day 10 - One person you can trust

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Stuff

February 23rd, 2015 (09:04 am)
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Watching the Oscars is a lot less tiresome when you're at least in a similar time zone ;)

Yay, Julianne Moore! She deserved this so much! I adore her. And J.K. Simmons! That movie was awesome, and he's brilliant. <3

I've been invited to a Passover Seder at a friend's family home. That'd be my first, and I have no clue what to expect!

Also, I'm so ready for winter to be over! Anytime now. Please???

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Meme - "Day 2"

February 18th, 2015 (08:12 pm)

Day 1 - Ten random facts about yourself
Day 2 - Nine things you do everyday

Day 3 - Eight things that annoy you
Day 4 - Seven fears/phobias
Day 5 - Six songs that you’re addicted to
Day 6 - Five things you can’t live without
Day 7 - Four memories you won’t forget
Day 8 - Three words you can’t go a day without
Day 9 - Two things you wish you could do
Day 10 - One person you can trust

That one was stupid. Who does more than just the basic things every single day?

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Update from the other side of the pond ;)

February 8th, 2015 (04:54 pm)
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So here I am, near Philly, once more ;)

Of course, when I got here, half of my friends were still on the JoCoCruise ;) They just got back to Ft. Lauderdale, though, and should arrive here tomorrow-ish. And my favourite coach at the box is, apparently, in AZ, according to his Facebook posts. No idea when he will be back. In any case, I should be back in training on Monday or Wednesday, depending on the weather. They predicted icy rain for Monday evening, so I might play it safe and go work from home in the afternoon.

Saw most of the other half of my friends at yesterday's gaming meetup in my favourite bar. And won at Settlers of Catan (the Ancient Egypt version) for the first time! It will never happen again, but hey... apparently it is possible to win that game.

Went for a run today, as the temperature was, for a change, above freezing. Still had to turn around sooner than planned as the trail is apparently only kept snow-free to a certain point :P And yeah, I so don't have running shoes to run in the snow with.

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Workout

January 23rd, 2015 (02:42 pm)

I joined a CrossFit box in November, and I have to get a couple of things off my chest :P

While researching, I found that CF, just as any other sport, theoretically puts you "at risk" for rhabdo. In short: it's a disease where, after you severely overwork yourself, your muscles begin to break down, causing, in turn, your kidneys to break down. If treated immediately, it usually doesn't leave lasting damage, but it's still serious and if you experience the warning signs, go to an ER immediately.

Anyway, just as with any other sport, it only happens when you don't listen to your body and are stupid (e.g. more than one heavy workout a day; no rest day, ever; continuing until you puke...). Yes, CF can easily lend itself to that if you don't check your ego at the door and try to get too many reps in even though your body has given up 5 minutes ago.

That being said, CF is often criticised for downplaying the issue. Thing is, in every single article I found about rhabdo that was written by a CrossFitter, it listed the warning signs and told you to go to an ER the instant you notice any of the signs.

In contrast to that, I found this article by a runner: " Exercise-associated rhabdomyolysis in and of itself is not dangerous..." (http://www.ultrarunning.com/features/running-rhabdomyolosis-and-renal-failure-whos-at-risk/).

Now, who is really downplaying the effects rhabdo can have on your body?

Secondly: My only other experience with strength exercise so far has been a run-of-the-mill gym. You know, the ones that give you a plan of 6 machine exercises to do and then that's it. There's no supervision, no variety. Nobody to check if you're doing it right. No bodyweight exercise, no free weights... and thus no progress.

CF is more expensive, but there's always at least one coach around, checking everybody, checking everybody's form, helping with scaling the exercise to one's abilities and making sure no one is overdoing it.

I don't know yet if I'm gonna stick with it; but given the choice between a normal gym and CF, I know where my preference lies.

PS: New deadlift PR this week. It's puny, but I managed to do 35kg for a set of 7 and still had some left in me. Which means my 1 rep max is now probably at something like 45kg. Yes, something any weightlifter will laugh at ;) but you gotta start somewhere ;)

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How to: Chocolate Bark

December 20th, 2014 (02:53 pm)
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This is so ridiculously easy, I don't know why I didn't think of this earlier.

I love chocolate bark, with all the fun stuff that's added to it. So I decided to look up how to make your own (yes, sometimes I can be dim like that) and gift it to a friend for her birthday.

The pumpkin seeds I bought still were within their husks, despite being "roasted and salted". Which I discovered after I opened them. I can be resourceful, though, so I used crisp bread instead.

Here's the result:

White and dark Chocolate bark with crisp bread

What I did:

300 g of dark chocolate (70%, as I wasn't sure how dark the recipient likes her chocolate ;)
200 g of white chocolate
Crisp bread, crumpled

Melt the chocolate, separately, over steam. Be careful not to burn it!

Spread the chocolate onto small tray lined with baking parchment. It shouldn't be too thick. If you want to make it artsy ;), spread it like this: First a "row" of dark chocolate, then white, then dark. Then use a skewer or the other of a spoon, a fork... you name it, to create patterns, moving the white chocolate "into" the dark chocolate.

Immediately afterwards, sprinkle whatever topping you want on top of the chocolate. Be as creative as you like, as that is the fun part ;)

Let it cool down in a cool room (will take at least two hours) or if there's enough space in the fridge, 30-60 minutes in the fridge will do as well.

Remove the hardened chocolate from the parchment and break into pieces.

Eat and enjoy.

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Has it been this long...

November 26th, 2014 (02:18 pm)

...since my last post?

I escaped the East Coast winter storm by going to my sister's in Seattle a day early. The PHL airport will be a mess today, no matter what, so I think this was a good decision.

I'm working today, except I can't do what I wanted to do because I can't access the systems I need to access / they are broken so I can't test the features I need to test.

These are systems we need in two weeks from now for a trade show... Sometimes you gotta laugh.

Tomorrow: My first Thanksgiving Dinner ever!

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I now have my own DnD character

November 10th, 2014 (08:13 pm)
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Well, had her for the previous two sessions already. But I made some mistakes when creating her, so we fixed her and now she's *awesome*.

Meet Chiara, a Lvl 9 Paladin. Basically, the group needed a paladin or a cleric for their campaign. So Paladin it was. Sadly, that means that I, of course, have to play Lawful Good, pretty much, not Chaotic Neutral as I hoped to be ;)

Her weapon? A FUCKING FLAMING LONGSWORD YES. And because that's not awesome enough, she has Lunge and Great Cleave as special ability (and of course the stuff you need to have as a prerequisite for that :P).

If only my D20 would stop rolling fucking ones (at least I have not yet lost my weapon...), all would be well ;)

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Oh hey...

November 9th, 2014 (02:37 pm)

...still alive.

I started CrossFit recently, and I got lucky that the gym closest to me has a couple of trainers (one in particular) who really watches out for your form, especially with us newbies. Let's see if it gets me anyhwere and also hope that the "Box" in Heidelberg is just as good (there's only one, so it better be good!).

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RSS readers?

October 28th, 2014 (10:25 am)

Are you using a RSS reader? Which one? I'm looking for one that easily integrates into the browser and where I can organise the feeds (categories, tags,...). Any suggestions? Never used one before.

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Officially lost my DnD virginity ;)

October 11th, 2014 (08:08 am)

There's a Friday Night DnD - Pathfinder round at my friends' place. Yesterday, I officially got my own char. A paladin half-orc with a flaming sword ;) Since everyone is level 9, I got to start at level 9. As the needed either a cleric or a Paladin in their midst, those were my choices.

She got to kick some serious arse with a rather high body count and that's with me just finding out how to play her right. Like, I forgot I have certain spells, so I didn't even use those yet.

Wheeee.

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*waves from the other side of the Atlantic*

October 7th, 2014 (03:50 pm)

I made it to DC yesterday. Well, Arlington, VA. But DC area ;)

Here for a conference (which doesn't start until 12pm today...) and then off to Philly on Thursday until mid-December.

IAD is still the worst airport ever. Especially the immigration. I had hopes that maybe, just maybe, they realised how inefficient it is. But no. They didn't or if they did, they didn't do anything about it.

You just know you're doing something wrong when there are THREE flights coming in (thankfully, ours was the first!) and you have 3 - THREE - officers for the non-US Visitors. And when they finally brought in new officers, I thought - yay, maybe now we can speed it up? But no, the "new guys" were just relieving the others.

So everybody's baggage was already unloaded from the baggage carousel by the time we made it through. Ah well. Saved me from trying to get my 45 lbs suitcase off the carousel at least :P

There are people freaking out (??) about CBP's plans to already check the US visitors in Germany. Yes, it might make leaving/boarding more annoying, but at least then you can get it all done in one go and have it a lot easier stateside. And if for some reason they refuse you entry, you're at least still in Germany and don't need to be detained/get sent home again, which can be stressful, I imagine.

So tonight, I'm meeting up with beeej for... food, probably. Definitely talk ;). We'll decide when we meet.

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Fic: Fifty (Mikhail Baryshnikov, RPS, NC-17)

October 3rd, 2014 (02:07 am)

Title: Fifty
Pairing: Mikhail Baryshnikov/OMC, Mikhail Baryshnikov/Rudolf Nureyev (references). Set in 1998.
Summary: Misha turns fifty. Things need to change.
Rating: NC-17
Warnings: References to BDSM, nothing graphic. References to character death.
Notes: Thanks to dalehead for a quick beta!
Disclaimer: Nothing in here is real, obviously, or even tries to imply that it's real!

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Conundrum, please help

August 30th, 2014 (04:54 pm)

So I have this friend. He recently self-published a novel via Amazon and asked me what I think.

Well, I read the free excerpt that is free to download on the Kindle and... the writing style is horrible and the characters seem to be stereotypes. I've only encountered a couple of them, but amongst them is the girl who doesn't want to do girl things and rather be with her brother on a ship (?).

Or the girl who works in the stables and dreams of bigger things.

But I could deal with them, see where he takes it... and then judge. Except - the writing is so bad, I can't. Most fanfiction, even the bad, is better.

His "editors" are mostly friends, which, you know, is fine for fanfic. But if you charge money for your novels, I'd expect a professional editor. Could still be a friend, but someone who knows what they're doing, and is not just correcting your spelling errors.

I would post an example, but it's in German :P

So what do I say to him? I can't just ignore him or say I haven't read it yet, because knowing him, he will keep asking then. I need to come up with a reply eventually :P

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Already leaving again!

August 28th, 2014 (01:46 pm)

I'm all packed, ready to go pack to Germany tomorrow afternoon.

I'm hoping to be back sooner or later! I will miss the new friends I made here. I will miss the beer. I gained some weight, but now that I know how things are over here, I think I can deal better with that next time, because I'll be better prepared.

Last night was spent with two friends and lots of alcohol. And boardgames. And a sleepover. All three of us in a giant bed. None of us are small, but it didn't feel tight at all.

Tonight's good bye will happen in a German restaurant in Philly.

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Pictures: New York

August 10th, 2014 (04:10 pm)

Oh hey, I'm still alive! My time over here is almost coming to an end, though I hope to be back, of course!

I have more pictures from Philly and around the area, but I'm so behind with posting... so have some pictures from my trip to New York (July 19 & 20)...

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The statue of Liberty... with the sunset. And a sailboat. I think this is my favourite of the NYC set.

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