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26 February 2016 @ 04:49 pm

Your result for The Ultimate TRUE IRISH Test...

Finn MacCool

You scored 91 Common Sense, 78 Irish Facts, and 90 Irish Soul!

I am honored to be in your presence. You know your stuff. You are Irish in your heart. You probably talk like an Irish person after a few pints. You sing the rebel songs. You drink, and probably bleed Guinness. You may have even been interned in British Prisions. You impress (or annoy) all your friends with your vast Irish knowledge. If you are a female, I am in love. If you are a male, we are brothers. We should have a pint.
04 April 2014 @ 10:42 am
Alabama: Choctaw word for a Chickasaw tribe. First noted in accounts of Hernando De Soto expedition.
Alaska: Russian version of Aleutian (Eskimo) word, alakshak for "peninsula," "great lands," or "land that is not an island."
Arizona: Spanish version of Pima Indian word for "little spring place" or Aztec arizuma, meaning "silver-bearing."
Arkansas: Algonquin name for the Quapaw Indians, meaning "south wind."
California: Bestowed by Spanish conquistadors (possibly by Hérnan Cortés). It was the name of an imaginary island in the 1510 Spanish novel Las Serges de Esplandián, by Garci Rodríguez de Montalvo. The Spanish first visited Baja (Lower) California in 1533. The present-day U.S. state was called Alta (Upper) California.
Colorado: From Spanish for "red," first applied to Colorado River.
Connecticut: From Mohican and other Algonquin words meaning "long river place."

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24 November 2013 @ 01:53 am

Your result for The Golden Compass Daemon Test...

Curmudgeonly Soul

You are an independent, confident person. You march to the beat of your own drum, and if other people don't like it, they can go f*** themselves. You don't really care what they think, or at least you THINK that you don't care. You believe that people should live and let live.

You are an introverted soul, disliking the crowds of morons and idiots that you find at big parties or clubs. You prefer to be on your own, or with a couple close friends. When you are forced to be social, you get tired quickly. You need to curl up with a good book or spend a night on the computer to recharge.

You have a strong sense of self, and it doesn't bother you much when people criticize you, especially strangers. You care more about what your family thinks, but probably not enough to change yourself for them. In any case, your loved ones know that under that gruff, aggressive exterior there is a caring friend. Your daemon's form would represent your confident, occasionally aggressive and solitary nature, but might betray your softer underbelly. He or she would probably help you make fun of the idiots around you, but would also provide the comfort and affection that you sometimes deny yourself in everyday life.

Form suggestions: Badger, Jackal, Black Bear.

Take The Golden Compass Daemon Test at HelloQuizzy

11 July 2013 @ 08:29 pm
Ignis by Meskeet (Victoria LeRoux)
2,500 Words, Gen

Summary: A wall of impenetrable fire looms before them. Suddenly, Ethan's lunging forward, pulling the semi-conscious Brandt into the flames. If Brandt ever needed confirmation that Ethan was certifiably insane, he could have used this moment.

Hell or High Water by Alex Kade
1,774 Words, Gen

Summary: Brandt, Benji, a cage, a sinking boat, and some humorous whump. Need I say more?

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10 July 2013 @ 08:07 pm
Triggers by Maimat
3,000 Words, Gen

Summary: Nate sat across the table from Eliot. Right now, Nate needed to see him exactly as he saw any other obstacle standing in the way of getting the job done. Even if it meant crossing a line that should never be crossed.

Wouldn't Be the First Time by Maimat (Rat)
2,540 Words, Gen

Summary: It wouldn't be the first time a personal grudge interfered with a job.

Eliot thinks Hardison's abandoned him during a job because he accidentally broke his computer.

09 July 2013 @ 08:05 pm
Liabilities by sheryden
2,420 Words, Gen

Summary: When Eliot has a meltdown during a job, he wonders if the team would be better off without him.

08 July 2013 @ 08:01 pm
Stay on the Ride (It’s Gonna Take You Somewhere) by Hannasus
8,222 Words, Gen

Summary: As he dangled over the edge of the ravine, forty feet above the ground below, Eliot wondered when, exactly, everything had gone so completely to shit.

07 July 2013 @ 08:07 pm
Buried Deep Inside by Sprite91360
3,000 Words, Gen

Summary: After the Underground Job, Nate and Eliot have words. Nate worries Eliot is getting too attached to stray kids.

07 July 2013 @ 03:29 am
All I Crave is a Normal Life by cazgirl
216,000 Words (it's been a WIP for a long time, but even the unfinished story is so worth reading), Gen
Summary: Harry leaves the wizarding world after defeating Voldemort. Upon the death of his muggle boyfriend, Harry is drawn back into the wizarding world, but disguises himself from everyone. Harry renews his connections to his former life without anyone realizing he's even there.

Surreality by Perse
41,000 Words, Gen
Summary: Harry begins to have vivid dreams...happy dreams, showing what his life might have been like with his parents. But Dumbledore and Snape think this is the Dark Lord’s doing, and that it needs to be undone. Set at the beginning of 6th year.

06 July 2013 @ 03:28 am
In Blood Only by E.M. Snape
185,000 Words, Gen
Summary: Snape discovers he's Harry's father, and uses it to his advantage to lawd power over Harry. A much more realistic version that shows petty Snape gradually becoming a good father without losing his dark side.

Betrayed by kateydidnt
102,000 Words, Gen
Summary: After being betrayed by the wizarding world and slaying Voldemort for them, Harry makes a life for himself in the muggle world. Trouble starts up again when his daughter turns 11 and receives her Hogwarts letter. Told (mainly) from the daughter's pov.

05 July 2013 @ 03:27 am
Had I Known by Kayly Silverstorm
163,000 Words (No longer a WIP!), Gen
Summary: After killing Voldemort during seventh year, Harry vanished without a trace. But now, 8 years later, a deadly secret forces him to return and it seems that only Snape will be able to save him.

Resonance by GreenGecko (sequels Revolution and Resolution)
528,000 Words, Gen (Harry dabbles in Het relationships here and there, but still mostly Gen)
Summary: Year six and Harry needs rescuing by Dumbledore and Snape. The resulting understanding between Harry and Snape is critical to destroying Voldemort and leads to an offer of adoption. Covers year seven and Auror training.

I will go out on a limb and risk offending every HP writer out there (though none is intended), but I'll say it anyway: Never has a better Harry Potter story ever been written. Not in fanfic, not by Ms. Rowling herself. Seriously, if you ever have even a remote interest in this fandom, you must read this story.

04 July 2013 @ 03:12 am
These Promises Broken by missbecky
15,438 Words, Slash (Tony/Steve)
Summary: "Tony, even if you don't go talk to him, you have to face the fact that your father – or at least some version of him – is on this ship right now. This is happening. Whether you want it or not."
03 July 2013 @ 03:08 am
Nobody Panic This Time by sauntering_down
9490 Words, Gen
Summary: The six of them just saved the planet from an alien invasion and a megalomaniacal dictator with mind-controlling magical powers. Thor’s a god, Steve is an enhanced super soldier, Bruce has serious anger management problems, Agents Romanoff and Barton kill people for a living, and Tony is… well, he’s Tony Stark. He’s the Iron Man, he’s an eccentric billionaire genius, he’s famous (sometimes for bad reasons, like that cock-up with the cleaning robot). And he flew an active nuclear warhead through a portal into outer space, which definitely counts for something. In short, they are pretty much the most amazing thing in the world right about now.

And yet he thinks that maybe this is the moment that defines them as a team – the one where Barton has a goddamn seizure in the shawarma joint and the rest of them panic and run around like headless chickens.

02 July 2013 @ 11:13 am
I'm not good at empathy.
Will you settle for sarcasm?

Current Mood: apatheticapathetic
02 July 2013 @ 03:07 am
Love, Loss, Hope, Repeat by rubygirl29
16,918 Words, Het (Natasha/Clint)
Summary: Clint Barton's life seems to run in a cycle of love, loss, hope, and repeat.

Clint and Barney work a summer at a cane farm in Florida until Barney snaps.

01 July 2013 @ 03:57 am
And it blew my mind away!

ENDER'S GAME by Orson Scott Card

Summary: In order to develop a secure defense against a hostile alien race's next attack, government agencies breed child geniuses and train them as soldiers. Ender's skills make him a leader in school and respected in the Battle Room, where children play at mock battles in zero gravity. Yet growing up in an artificial community of young soldiers Ender suffers greatly from isolation, rivalry from his peers, pressure from the adult teachers, and an unsettling fear of the alien invaders. Is Ender the general Earth needs?

If you haven't read it, go! The author writes with such clarity and decisiveness, the characters are lovable and the plot truly well thought out. No soft punches. Much more psychology than science fiction. If you've ever felt like the smartest person in the room it'll mean that much more to you. (Not that you have to be a genius, just that feeling of having something your immediate peers don't - and why that's not always a good thing.)

I admit I mainly read it because I know the movie is coming out in November, but I'm so glad I did. Off to the library tomorrow to get Ender's Shadow and Speaker for the Dead!

Moving on to Movies, Also rec'ing:

Now You See Me

Plot: An FBI agent and an Interpol detective track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money.

Talk about a movie that leaves you feeling smug as you exit the theater. I'm not into magic shows or illusions, but I love the sassy attitudes, clever capers (similar to Ocean's 11) and seriously good acting. Woody Harrelson freaked me out! Yes, some twists were predictable, but overall, what fun!

Current Mood: entertained
01 July 2013 @ 03:03 am
Waiting for Phil by MountainRose
6264 Words, Slash (Clint/Phil)
Summary: Clint Barton is captured; it happens to all of them, eventually. Some of them come out of it alive, some of them don't, but always, always, it changes you.

Fire in the Blood by Misachan
7490 Words, Slash & Het (Oliver/Slade Wilson/Shado)
Summary: When Slade wakes up with the shakes one morning Ollie really wants to believe him when he claims it's nothing. Which would be easier if the fever didn't keep getting worse.
Current Mood: awakeawake
Current Music: Inglourious Basterds Soundtrack
22 April 2013 @ 03:07 pm
So I joined the bandwagon and migrated over to pinboard. The last changes to delicious just put me over the edge.

You can find me with the usual name at pinboard.in/u:splitbeak.

I've also added a bit of a sorting system to my tags, so they're not exact copies, for example:
Author tag = a.authorname
Whump tag = w.typeofwhump
Fandom tag = f.fandomname

All my old bookmarks are still available on delicious, but I will not be updating them.

Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
17 February 2013 @ 04:39 am
Saw Hansel & Gretel tonight. It was much better than I was expecting! They had some nice twists to the original tale and had a lot of fun with it. I always figured at least one of them would come out with an eating disorder from the whole ordeal, but while that plot wasn't in the movie (though IMDb says originally Gretel was supposed to have one), I loved that Hansel developed diabetes. I thought that was a really great follow through.
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11 November 2012 @ 09:30 am
wicked shine sharp by isawet
Mostly gen, but a little Clint/Phil pre-slash, 1200 words

Summary: Written for the kinkmeme. Clint and Tony are taken and drugged, Clint wakes in the medlab disoriented and Coulson calms him down.