"Looking for Par'Mach in All the Wrong Places"
Julian is really invested in the state of O'Brien's marriage, to the point of eavesdropping. That's weird, Julian. As is the idea that Kira is now some kind of pseudo-wife, because she's carrying the baby. We're supposed to be concerned that they're developing feelings for each other, but the complete lack of chemistry torpedoes that. (Poor Keiko. She does not have much to do in this episode.)
Ah, Quark's Klingon ex-wife returns. Not really a storyline I needed follow-up to, but I suppose it's interesting, given the hostilities between the Klingons and the Federation. Or, it's interesting for about 10 seconds, and then the rest of the episode is Worf playing Cyrano for Quark, in between moaning about Klingon opera and Klingon mating traditions.
I guess it accomplishes the main goal, which is getting Worf and Dax together.
"...Nor the Battle to the Strong"
It's a good idea to pair Jake with Bashir in a situation where Bashir is practicing medicine on the front lines. Julian was kind of the baby of the adults when the show started, idealistic about "frontier medicine". Now he's aged into some maturity, while Jake is 18 and still learning how to be an adult. One minute he's fantasizing about something terrible happening so he can write an interesting article, and the next minute he has to confront the reality of that situation.
I am circling back to my theme of DS9 being a show where sometimes, there are no good answers. Bashir's decision to go help means putting Jake in mortal danger. Jake judges a man for injuring himself to get out of battle, but then Jake does something equally as bad, if not worse. These are the wages of war.
The episode title is from the Bible. The verse says that sometimes the fastest person doesn't win a race, or the strongest person win a battle. Sometimes it's just chance, and there's nothing you can do about it.
Music: S.O.B by Nathaniel Rateliffe and the Night Sweats
Summary: A celebration of Dean's four favorite words. And one of his favorite leisure activities...
Notes: This has been a long time coming. Like, two years. And I finally decided to buckle down a couple months ago and do it! So, I did! And now it's here! This premiered this past weekend at the Supernatural Chicago Con and now it has been released into the world! Enjoy!!
Watch it here!
FFmpeg is a powerful tool for manipulating audiovisual files. Unfortunately, it also has a steep learning curve, especially for users unfamiliar with a command line interface. This app helps users through the command generation process so that more people can reap the benefits of FFmpeg.
Each button displays helpful information about how to perform a wide variety of tasks using FFmpeg. To use this site, click on the task you would like to perform. A new window will open up with a sample command and a description of how that command works. You can copy this command and understand how the command works with a breakdown of each of the flags.
FFmpeg is a free, open source tool that works on the command line and lets you do stuff like:
- Change codecs (transcode)
- Change formats
- Filter stuff
- Create GIFs and thumbnails
- Normalize/equalize audio
- Read/extract captions
- Make test patterns
- Fix audio that's fallen out of sync
- Join or split files
- Play an image sequence
I have used FFmpeg recipes in the past and it's great how much it can do, especially in combination with youtube-dl which makes it easy to download video from a ton of sites -- YouTube, SoundCloud, Vimeo, and many others. I hope other vidders find ffmprovisr helpful in their work!
( cutting to spare those who don't care, but a list of the confirmed changes is behind this cut )
WELL. This is a great day to be a Disney Parks fan. Meanwhile, I have reblogged lots of Infinity War and Star Wars stuff on tumblr, too, as have 1 million others. If you like that stuff but you aren't hanging out there today, you might be missing out just a little. (Unless you're not into squee, capslock and keysmashing; then you're good.)
Fandom: Adventures of Superman
Music: Morningside by John Gorka
Summary: 'don't want to waste what I have to give'
Notes: I know it was due in part to budget reasons, but I love the show's emphasis on Clark's work as a reporter. I was also amused that it seemed like Jimmy ended up being the damsel in distress as often as Lois did.
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Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 81
I've heard that a 'good rate of return' is considered to be one comment per 100 hits. Your thoughts on this number?
Which is the most valuable fannish currency for your story in order to attract readers?
Do you ever read bookmarks to see the comments people put there even though they haven't commented on your story itself?
People do that??
Tell the truth: which method do you personally use when you want to read fic in a new fandom?
Sort stories by pairing or characters, then by kudos
Sort stories by pairing or characters, then by comments
Sort by pairing or character, then by bookmarks
Sort by pairing or character, then by hit count
I use other tags to sort and I will explain in comments
I have the hit counts turned off on my stories.
I wish AO3 had an option to turn off the kudos button.
I wish AO3 had an option to turn off the comments on a story, not just moderate them.
Freeform tumblr-style tags suck and should not be allowed.
How do you use tags the most?
To find things I want to read
To avoid things I don't want to read
To sort or filter things
As red flags to warn me off immature writers
As green lights to find things that are funny or delightful
Which of the following is the most irritating to you as a reader?
Failing to warn properly
Putting the wrong indicator on a story (gen when it's m/m)
Super-long summaries which explain the story for you
Super-long notes or footnotes
Fics without proper spacing or paragraph breaks
Fics without proper dialog punctuation
Self-deprecating author's notes
'Comment and I might write more haha'
Last question: what do you discern from the order of pairings listed on the story?
I assume all the pairings listed will be in the story, period
I assume the most important/primary pairing is listed first in order
I don't assume; I check notes to see if there's guidance about it
I assume there could be a mix of past and present pairings for any given listed pairings
O'Brien is spending a lot of time talking to a Starfleet guy we've never met before. I bet he's going to have a great time in this episode and not die tragically or anything. (Also, in an attempt to give them dialogue showing that they're friends! pals! totally met before today!, the writers kind of slide over into flirty. It's odd.)
Also odd, guy who is certainly doomed is apparently Hispanic, just so he can call out to his Papa and mutter in Spanish while he's dying.
The actress playing the female Vorta does a good job with making her attempt at manipulation completely transparent, but still subtle. It's a good episode that's more about the cost of war than any of the actual things at stake.
Season five! Thankfully starting with a recap of season 4, because it's been a while.
I love Kira's maternity outfit.
Plot of this episode: let's go steal an empire. And their plan is a little shaky, to be honest. And requires the help of Dukat. Poor Damar tries to be the voice of reason. Don't hold your breath, Damar.
OMG, Odo makes a hilariously bad Klingon. Avery Brooks digs into it as deeply as possible. Like, you can see the dirt flying as he works those bad teeth and that wig. Frankly, it seems like it would be exhausting to impersonate a Klingon for any longer than 5 minutes.
A decent, if not thrilling, season opener.
100-Point Restoration (8691 words) by Destina
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Captain America (Movies), Iron Man (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Peter Parker/Tony Stark
Characters: Peter Parker, Tony Stark, James Rhodes, Ned Leeds, May Parker (Spider-Man), Jarvis (Iron Man movies), Karen (Spider-Man: Homecoming)
Additional Tags: First Kiss, Future Fic, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Hurt/Comfort
Tony needs a happiness upgrade; Peter wants Tony. These goals might be compatible. (This story is set roughly five years post-Homecoming.)
What are the odds that I'd write two MCU stories and they'd both be (different) rare pairs?? Or that the unfinished third one will be, too?
I'm watching Still Star-Crossed and it's good. Not great but good. Too bad it was cancelled. I did order the book.
It's 4 weeks until my summer break. I am eager to be on it. I don't have anything planned but rest. A lot of rest.
What I read
Debout les morts. It was a good, somewhat quirky mystery. I did not see the twist at the end. An early Vargas (mid 1990) that is worth reading.
Alexandra Marinina. Le cauchemar. First mystery in the series of Russian novels written by a retired police officer. Set in the mid 1990s right after the fall of the USSR. Well plotted, a bit convoluted but quite enjoyable.
What I'm reading
A 1930s Simenon's. La Guinguette a deux sous.
What I got recently
Sleeping Giants. Sylvain Neuvel.
Still Star-Crossed. Melinda Taub.
Back camel spin: Uhhhhhhh apparently this is now a thing? Kind of? I've been working on it for a week and somehow it's further along than the back scratch spin I've been working on for almost three years. Okay. I'll take it!
Broken leg spin: I adjusted the arms and in the process lost some of the knee bend, but on the plus side, I no longer look like I really have to pee, which is what I was going for. Yay!
Loop jump: BF spent almost an entire lesson on them with me a couple weeks ago and I'm much closer than I've ever been before. I think I'm two-footing the landing as a security blanket rather than because my weight isn't over the right side.
Back inside three turns: I can finally do these! Mostly! I can do the Silver moves pattern (forward outside three to back inside three) without any touch downs when the back turn is on the right foot. I can do the turn and get back to the axis without too much wobbling. The left back turn is...going to require work.
Other footwork: I have a consistent double twizzle on the left back inside edge, although the second one goes up to the toe. It's to the point where I'm trying pretty arms with it, anyway. Brackets, counters, and rockers are all pretty much where they were, maybe a bit cleaner. P taught me this thigh-burner of a rocker exercise that goes back outside (or inside) rocker, power pull, forward inside (or outside) rocker, power pull, repeat, all on one leg. I can do the rockers on one foot but have to put the free foot down to do the power pull part, probably because I still suck at checking exits to turns. I experimented with adding some extra footwork to my program, because I'm finishing a bit early now, but I think I need P to tell me what is actually accomplishable.