Buffy - Slayer Barbie

Your result for The Ultimate TRUE IRISH Test ...

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.
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Origins of State Names

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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HDM Daemon Quiz

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.

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Misc - Lil' Aryan Assassin

Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol Recs

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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Lev - Something Wrong With You

Leverage Recs

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.

Simpsons - Homer's Peanut

Harry Potter Recs

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.

Buffy - Slayer Barbie

Harry Potter Recs

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.

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Harry Potter Recs

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.

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Avengers Rec

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.

Castle - Smirk

Holy Shit, I Actually Read Something!

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!

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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.
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  • Current Music: Inglourious Basterds Soundtrack
Farscape - The Great Escape

Delicious to Pinboard

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.

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Misc - Lil' Aryan Assassin

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

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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TNG - Midnight Oil

Hurricane Sandy Aftermath at the Library

Hurricane Sandy hit Long Island hard Sunday night through Monday - most of the damage was on the south shore, but my town (Syosset) was one of the hardest hit on the north shore. I think 95% of the homes were without power.

The Library where I work followed the school district's example and closed Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday, the director decided, Fuck It, we have power - we're opening. We opened for limited hours (9-5 instead of 9-9). The night shift (including me) was called in to work day to have as many hands on deck to help out as possible. We were originally going to open at 10, but there were so many people lined up outside to come in, we opened at 9:30. I don't know how people found out we were open, but they were smelled those amps.

So in came the masses and within 20 minutes there wasn't an outlet to be spared anywhere in the building. We literally have them under every table, desk, carrell, you name it. We brought out all our extension cords and surge protectors. People were breaking out into fistfights over outlets! I don't know how many square feet our library is, but to give you an idea: we're three floors and the tallest building for miles. Right off the highway halfway from Riverhead to NYC.

My job at the library is to oversee the public computers and wireless internet. Guess what everyone's been wanting to use?

Just last week we had gotten a new public computer management system to control how long people can sit at each computer before they have to get up and let the next person have a turn. This system was a godsend, but we've still only had it for a week and everyone's still learning how to use it. Which basically means I've been running around like a chicken without a head showing both staff and patrons! I had to reschedule two vacation days just to make sure I was around to help.

But I'm really glad we were open. We're not an official refugee shelter, but we may as well have been. We called a lot of other libraries in the area, but as far as we could tell, only 2 other libraries within a 30 mile radius (maybe more!) were open and we were the only one with internet. People were coming from the surrounding two counties just for a chance to charge their phones, pay their bills and check their email. So many people were just so grateful for a chance to use the internet for 5 minutes (of course, some people were less than pleasant about not getting to aimlessly surf for hours on end - seriously, I'm an internet junkie too, but emergency conditions (95% without power in 40 degree weather people!). Staff didn't get to check their email or use computers until the end of the day we were so busy helping everyone else!).

Usually we have about 1000 people come into the building each day. We were at well over 3000 yesterday and today. Over 200 desktop computer sessions plus another 200-400 wireless users. I'm exhausted and this will probably continue into the weekend. But I really do get to leave the building feeling like I contributed to a great community service. And most of the staff has really pulled together in fine form - no one's taking lunches longer than it takes to actually eat (5/10 min), no breaks - and for civil service, where such things are usually sacrosanct, this is phenomenal. Go team.
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Misc - Happy Meal

Quotes from the repair log of Qantas airline mechanics

Source (P = The problem logged by the pilot.) (S = The solution and action taken by the engineers.)

P: Left inside main tire almost needs replacement.
S: Almost replaced left inside main tire.

P: Test flight OK, except auto-land very rough.
S: Auto-land not installed on this aircraft.

P: Something loose in cockpit.
S: Something tightened in cockpit.

P: Dead bugs on windshield.
S: Live bugs on back-order.

P: Autopilot in altitude-hold mode produces a 200 feet per minute descent.
S: Cannot reproduce problem on ground.

P: Evidence of leak on right main landing gear.
S: Evidence removed.

P: DME volume unbelievably loud.
S: DME volume set to more believable level.

P: Friction locks cause throttle levers to stick.
S: That's what they're there for.

P: IFF inoperative.
S: IFF always inoperative in OFF mode.

P: Suspected crack in windshield.
S: Suspect you're right.

P: Number 3 engine missing.
S: Engine found on right wing after brief search.

P: Aircraft handles funny.
S: Aircraft warned to straighten up, fly right, and be serious.

P: Target radar hums.
S: Reprogrammed target radar with lyrics.

P: Mouse in cockpit.
S: Cat installed.

P: Noise coming from under instrument panel. Sounds like a midget pounding on something with a hammer.
S: Took hammer away from midget.
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The Part You Won't Recognize by LucyToo
Het (Raph/OFC), 38,106 words

Summary: Idealogical differences threaten to divide the turtles when Raph drags his brothers in to help stop a kind of criminal they haven't faced before: a coldblooded serial killer.

Raph finds a surrogate family and an awesome girlfriend in a very poor area of the city. When they're threatened by a serial killer, Raph turns to his family for back up only to face their rejection and anger. A well-written, long fic (with 2 sequels!) with a great perspective on each of the turtles.

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Sherlock - It's Usually Subtext

Avengers Rec

Who by Fire? I by jesseofthenorth
Mostly Gen, but a little Phil/Clint, 7293 words

Summary: Grief and guilt are a long spiral downward, Clint knows them both well. Now more than ever, now that he has been unmade.

Clint has a complete mental breakdown after Loki is returned to Asgard. Part of it is psychological, part of it was Loki really messing with his brain chemistry.

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Sherlock - < 7

Avengers Rec

This Is Not by gqgqqt.
Slash (Clint/Phil), 3978 words

Summary: He wakes cuffed to a bed in SHIELD Medical, and no one will talk to him, until Fury steps into the room.

Heed the warnings, but this is a great fic wherein Clint was able to resist Loki to some extent and paid the price. Mostly deals with the recovery aspect with great Clint, Coulson and Natasha interactions. Even a very likable Fury.

I'm going crazy reading all the Avengers fanfiction I can get my hands on. If anyone has any favorite stories, I'd love to read em! Have to get an icon too...
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Strange Dreams

Ever have one of those dreams where you know you're dreaming, but that's totally irrelevant, because hey! cool thoughts happening here.

Yeah, I had one of those and woke up screaming, "Microchipping Celebrities!"

I think weird things. I'm tempted to make a book out of it (not really).
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Sherlock - < 7

Quoting Other People's Fanfic

"Sleep is the ever-present lure, always tugging at him. It’s a trap, he knows that it’s a trap, because as much as he wants to abandon himself to the relief of his bed, he’ll pay for it tomorrow when it’s doubly hard to get up. When making the choice to sit up and dress himself and face yet another goddamn day is about as appealing as throwing himself into traffic, when it’s so much easier, so much safer, to stay under the covers."

- canis_takahari in Take the World (and Make it Yours Again)
(Star Trek XI) Kirk/McCoy
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Stargate Chart of Awesome

from io9...

Massive Stargate graph attempts to chart out every SG-1 story arc

The brave fans of Richard Dean Anderson (known to Gaters as Col. Jack O'Neill) are attempting to map out every single Stargate story arc in the 10 seasons Stargate SG-1 was on the air. Clearly this is a work in progress, as "200" and "Bad Guys" from Season 10 are missing. But we've got to applaud anyone who attempts to plot out all 214 episodes (and hopefully the DVD movies as well)!

They map out every season, every bad guy, species, major civilization, every story arc.

View the Chart

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Bailey Blog, ep. 2

Getting up at 7 every morning is weird. It's like being back in school without the weekends. I'm trying to talk Bailey into some kind of arrangement where I take him out at 7 to take care of business, then he lets me go back to sleep. That seems fair to me. I'll even give him half an hour to run around like crazy first.

But no... this does not seem to work for his royal highness.

Well, to be fair, maybe we are coming to some kind of accord. I have to put him back in the crate if I go back to bed, because someone has proven time and again he will randomly go on the carpet if I take my eyes off him for a second. The first time I demonstrated operation please-dear-god-I'm-a-night-owl-lemme-alone!, Bailey wailed his head off the second I put him back in the crate and did not let up even after the two hours it took to break me.

This morning when I tried it, he gave me a couple minutes before getting into it and actually gave me a reprieve after about 20 minutes. I can work with that. Of course, an hour later his benevolence ran out and the howling returned. And like the idiot I am, I gave in to his terrorist demands and let him out. To prevent the return of sleep (oh sleep, where art thou sleep?), I curled up on my couch instead. Bailey was content to just sit next to the couch while I didn't sleep.

The birds came to visit me on the couch too. This was actually the best part. Rockne and I had a long talk for about an hour (I swear, we really can have entire conversations with body language and kisses. I'm not crazy!). By the end of it, Rockne apologized for his aggression earlier this week - first towards Bailey, then me - and promised his temper tantrum was over. I in turn, promised I did not love him any less because of the pooch.

My apartment has become a soap opera, no lie. And not even a good one.

On a positive note, this morning Bailey displayed the first hint that this housebreaking thing may actually happen!!! :) :) :) He actually did a little dance and hovered in front of the door. Let me out, fool! I did, he ran up the stairs, I opened the door, and off he went to fill the cesspool. Queue Handel's Hallelujah Chorus and a happy Snoopy Dance.

Of course, said pooch then had to ruin it an hour later with an unauthorized leakage. Like, srsly? No meal/significant water drinkage in between toilet runs, just, "Oh, I think I'll go now." Dude! Grrrr. One step forward, three steps back...

I swear, this dog is a ninja. Go on, you try catching him in the act. He can be anywhere, at anytime, but you'll never know, for he moves on tiny (actually, rather large) cat feet (don't tell him that) and makes no sound as he passes. I swear, half the time I turn around to look at him, only to discover he's laying on my feet and I didn't even notice, he'd settled so quietly and lightly. And I'm usually one of those hyperaware people that's hard to sneak up on/hide from.

I suppose the potty training might be working if now when I manage to catch him in the act, scream, "no!" he stops right away and heads straight for the door. I'll take that to mean he knows what he should be doing if the carpet's not an option. Now I just need him to know the carpet is never an option.

I can't wait until he's housebroken. I don't mind cleaning up the mess, but the lingering smell is killing me.

Aggravating training aside, he's such a sweet boy. I do like him very much and he's a lot of fun to play with. Look, I'm actually tempted to talk to people about him - 3 blog posts in 1 week - I never talk this much! Sorry to all those I'm spamming with these.

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Bailey Bloggery

So the pooch now has a name: Bailey (yeah, I'm real original, I know).

He's such a sweetie.

It's great - I tell him something, he listens and remembers. The birds? I tell them something, they laugh and then do the opposite. Every time. Why does everyone say a dog is so much more responsibility? Once this housebreaking thing is over (and please god, let that be soon), he's a piece of cake. A very yummy cake.

Obligatory cuteness:
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I Can Haz Pooch?

I bought a dog today!

This is so exciting! Every time I see him I double look and like, really? I really have a dog? He's really mine?! :P Now I just need to figure out what to call him.

TBD is an Australian Shepherd Mini. I got him from the puppy store - I tried finding a dog at the local shelters, but I couldn't find one that met my needs. I know this makes me an awful, no good person, but who can resist that face?

He's been so good with my birds, which is a big relief. Now I have to decide whether to crate train him or not. He came home and immediately settled into a perfect spot and seemed so happy there - why crate train if we agree on what space is his? And he picked one of my few non-carpeted spots to call his own - I can actually clean up accidents quite easily there!

He's so sweet; it's ridiculous!!!
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I Have to See a Man About a Dog

The apartment's been working out really great. I'm loving the freedom and finally having my own space. I still go to my parents' once or twice a week, but just because I'm all growd up doesn't mean I should cut them out of my life. Plus they have the treadmill.

I'm thinking about getting a pooch to join me in my minuscule kingdom. I did up a whole list of pros and cons, but I think I've talked myself into it. Didn't even need to go around to every single person I know and ask them to make the decision for me. :P "What should I do?" *whine* "But what do you think I should do?" *whine*

Only problem is I really like big dogs - something I could take for a jog. I'm pretty sure my apartment is sized for little dinky toy dogs. I don't think they run very well.

Oh, such problems I have these days... :D :D :D

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