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Saturday, April 29th, 2017 12:43 am
So...I'm getting married on Sunday. :D And then going on my honeymoon immediately after. :D I am super excited, but it also means that I'll be offline for the next week and unable to post every day-ish. So what I've done is post a bunch of future-dated entries, which I'll unlock after posting this. They'll be visible on my journal page but not on reading lists (due to said future-dating), hence this announcement to let people know they're there.
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Monday, January 7th, 2013 11:15 am
In your own space, share something non-fannish about yourself. A passion or a hobby or a talent, something that people might not know about you. We are more than just our fandoms. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.

This was tough because I tend to be very close-lipped about my non-fannish life on the internet, but I eventually figured out that I could talk a bit about math, which was my major in collage and something I've always found fascinating.

I actually chose my username, [personal profile] coprime, because it was a math term that was unique and that I liked the look of. Two whole numbers are coprime if the only whole, positive number that divides both of them neatly is one. As an example, 9 can be divided by 1, 3, and 9 while 22 can be divided by 1, 2, 11, and 22. The only number in both those lists is 1, so 9 and 22 are coprime. (As a counterexample, 9 and 15 are not coprime because both are divisible by 3.) It's not a term or idea that I ever used in my studies at school, but as I said I liked the look of the word.

I've also dug out some math-related links from my bookmarks that I think laypeople might also find interesting or fun (as well as two more math-intensive links).

-A video about the surprising Menger Sponge and its cross section. If I were a cartoon character, I would have had hearts in my eyes while watching this video. It does a good job explaining what's going on in friendly terms, and I think the cross sections are beautiful to look at. (Sorry to any visually impaired persons reading this because while there is narration explaining things, it's a bit of a brain-twisting idea even with being able to seeing the model. I doubt it's easily understandable without the model.)

-What the Tortoise Said to Laurie is an Alice in Wonderland-esque look at the idea o infinity via an infinitely long, two-inch piece of string. Infinity is one of those ideas that's fun to explore because it lends itself to all sorts of mental diversions.

-How to make your bagel into a Möbius strip, for those who like a little math with their breakfast. Neat looking even if you don't have a bagel yourself handy to experiment on.

-Finding Point Nemo, the spot in the ocean furthest from any land, and the answer is not where I would have guessed. There's not much explanation here of how the computer calculated this point, but I find it an interesting bit of mathematically discovered trivia.

-A function that is continuous at only one point, and this link is something you need some higher math (basic calculus) to get. But if you do understand calculus, I think this is a pretty nifty function.

-The Tau Manifesto, positing a replacement for π that makes a very compelling argument. This is super-math geeky, I'm afraid, but the basic idea is that π is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter while τ is the ratio of a circle's circumference to its radius. And by changing π to τ, a lot of things found in trigonometry (which are then populated up into higher mathematics) get simplified. I find it an interesting thought experiment, even though I know π is not getting replaced anytime soon.

-A comic poking fun at the word problems you used to do in elementary school, to close out my links. This one should be understandable to everyone.

Transcript under here )

And two book recommendations! Fantasia Mathematica and The Mathematical Magpie, both edited by Clifton Fadiman. They contain short stories, cartoons, poems, and other things that have a mathematical bent. A lot of the things in these books are laypeople playing around with ideas like infinity or multiple dimensions, so I don't think any extensive math knowledge is required to enjoy them. I adore these books because of the imagination and the fun the various authors have with all these ideas.
coprime: a lone man walking through a bamboo forest (Mushishi)
Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013 12:24 pm
In your own space, post a rec for at least three fanworks that you did not create. Drop a link to your post in the comments. See if you can rec fanworks that are less likely to be praised: tiny fandoms, rare pairings, fanworks other than stories, lesser known kinks or tropes. Find fanworks that have few to no comments, or creators new to a particular fandom and maybe aren't well known or appreciated. Appreciate them.

1) Eternal Friends by [ profile] simounsibylla is an Aria fanfic featuring Alicia/Akira. Aria is an anime/manga in the slice of life genre where the characters appreciate the beauty and simplicity of everyday life, but this one is set on a future version of Mars that's been colonized, terraformed, and is now mostly covered by water and the characters are all Undines (gondoliers). It's a gentle and optimistic series, and "Eternal Friends" captures that feel perfectly. It's lovely to see Alicia and Akira, two of the secondary characters, given a chance to shine with the glimpses of their past together and also looking forward towards their future. I really don't know what else to say except that I think this could fit into the canon beautifully.

2) Put away childish things by [ profile] sophiap is an Avatar: The Last Airbender fanfic looking at Monk Gyatso after Aang ran away. It's sad, but it's perfect in its own way. Gyatso doesn't get a lot of fanfic written about him, but the few things I've found have all been brilliant. "Put away childish things" even has some worldbuilding to make it feel like, yes, this is exactly how Gyatso dealt with his grief and how could it be any thing else.

3) Tape Madness by [ profile] jmtorres is a Sector General fanfic starring Dr. Conway. who is having a problem with one of the tapes in his head. Sector General is a science fiction series by James White set on a huge, interspecies hospital/space station. All the alien species White came up with are imaginative and different, so the way canon works around having different species operate on each other is via tape technology. A tape is basically a psychic impression of a person's mind which is then overlaid onto another person's mind. The tape contains all the knowledge of the original person (hence letting vastly different species understand each other's anatomy), but it also contains all the instincts, drives, preferences, etc. of the original person. So there are pretty much always conflicts between a person's own needs and what the tape is telling them they need, like carnivore vs. herbivore or oxygen-breather vs. nitrogen-breather. I hope that explanation made sense because "Tape Madness" is a brilliant bit of fanfic dealing with one possible problem from a tape that has an even more brilliant ending. It is, if fact, the only fannish thing I have ever found for this canon, and I wish more people were familiar with Sector General because "Tape Madness" is just plain old fun.

Bonus) Did you ever wonder, if there were people like you? by [ profile] Qem is a super short crossover between Azumanga Daioh and Hikaru no Go. It's a perfect little morsel of a fic, especially the last sentence, but I think that a passing familiarity with both canons is required to enjoy it.
coprime: a lone man walking through a bamboo forest (Mushishi)
Saturday, May 5th, 2012 03:37 pm
I am the worst combination of technological simpleton and internet power user. I don't really know coding or javascript or CSS, but I want everything to work/look exactly how I want it to. I have apparently ignited a desire to make all of the internet look better since that's what I've been doing all last night and this morning/afternoon. I am getting better at creating frankencode though, so I guess that's a plus?

I have:
-gotten annoyed that I can no longer quickly look up a URL on Delicious (thus kicking everything off)
--attempted to modify the Pinboard URL look-up bookmarklet to work for Delicious
---created something that almost worked but not really
----found a bookmarklet made by someone else that actually works
-----successfully edited said bookmarklet so that it doesn't open in a new tab

-edited my webpage color zapping bookmarklet so it zaps things into colors that don't hurt my eyes
--with the caveat that I couldn't figure out how to get hexadecimal colors to work, just HTML color names

-decided to tackle AO3 after having been buoyed by these successes
--failed to find any already created userscripts that both did something I liked and worked
---looked at AO3's create skin page and skittered away in fear
----browsed all the public skins and found some that did things I liked but weren't just right
-----went back to the create skin page
------successfully combined the bits I liked, deleted the bits I didn't like, edited the colors, and even created a tiny bit

AO3 looks glorious now! )

I am so incredibly pleased with everything (but especially the AO3 skin because putting it all together was a lot of work for me) because now the internet feels a little bit more right.
coprime: Valtteri Filppula's pretty face (Red Wings hockey)
Tuesday, April 17th, 2012 11:38 pm
Ahhh, we keep coming thisclose to winning and then failing to. So far this series whoever has more shots on goal is the one that loses, and Nashville is beating us 3-1. I wasn't really expecting the Wings to have a serious run for the cup, but I was hoping we could at least advance to Round 2. (We still could! It will be tough though.) We are kind of worn down as a team though, poor Cleary and Helm. I did really like how the crowd at Joe Louis Arena booed Weber every time he had the puck.

I think I need to try my hand at icon making once more, given how much I keep talking about hockey. Probably of Filppula, who I sort of randomly decided was my favorite. He's a good, solid player for the most part and probably the most attractive player on the team. This is not saying much, I know, given the average attractiveness of hockey players.

The Tigers are doing pretty good, which is nice, I suppose. I mean, if I can only have one sports team win a night, I'd prefer it to be the Red Wings since they're in the playoffs now and the Tiger's regular season is just starting. But I will take my wins where I can get them, haha. And Austin Jackson, my favorite on the Tigers, is doing much better at batting this year. Which makes me happy because he was really...not that great at batting last year.

And in much more squeeful fandom news, I finally got to watch the first episode of The Legend of Korra, and it was the bestest! So amazing! I want to watch the rest right now because everyone and everything in it is awesome.

I participated in a 5K run/walk (I walked) last Sunday. It was fun! Even despite the rain in the morning before the race. My dad, brother D, and his wife all walked too, so it was nice to see them. My ankles were so sore the next day though; I am out of shape.
coprime: Valtteri Filppula's pretty face (Red Wings hockey)
Friday, March 2nd, 2012 08:31 pm
This is more like it! The Wings have been playing rather crappily lately -- good 3rd periods, lackluster 1st and 2nd -- but tonight's game has been good so far! Thankfully. It was embarrassing when Columbus scored on our power play and then very nearly did it a second time. (Although going "Ugh, Hudler, why are you so slow?" felt familiar, haha.)

I tuned in to last night's Montreal-Minnesota game during the last five minutes of regulation, which was just the right time to tune in. Very exciting! Minnesota came back from a three point deficit to tie it up, the refs missed an obvious call which had the crowd booing for the rest of regulation and all of overtime, and then during the shootout Setoguchi fell on his ass giving Montreal the win.

Also, this commercial with Kris Draper and Chris Osgood cracks me up every time I see it because it is so obviously scripted and so stilted.
coprime: Valtteri Filppula's pretty face (Red Wings hockey)
Sunday, February 12th, 2012 10:52 pm
Whooooooooo, we won! It is very satisfying to tie Philadelphia's record for a twenty home game winning streak by beating them. And in regulation no less!

Very exciting game too. It seemed like we were just trading goals with the Flyers, especially in the second period, but then Franzen scored in the first minute of the third and we never let them get another goal. :D Now to see if we can beat the Stars on Tuesday and make a new NHL record.

Today's hockey revelation: The reason I have so much trouble keeping track of who's who in random hockey games is because baseball has conditioned me to expect the team in the primarily white uniform to be the home team. Hockey (at least the NHL, I have no clue about other leagues) is the opposite! Everything makes so much more sense....

I also made my own hockey-inspired marathon of How It's Made and learned how they make wooden sticks, graphite sticks, gloves, pucks, goalie pads, and goalie masks. I learned some interesting things, like the company that makes the wooden sticks has a storehouse of 6,000 sticks used by past and current players to model their sticks on.

I think we're now through enough of the season that the annual "Is this going to be the year Lidstrom finally retires?" talk is starting up. At least, the announcers were speculating on it at one point during the game. It makes meel conflicted because goodness knows if anyone in the league has earned retirement, it's Lidstrom. But at the same time he is ♥so amazing♥ that I want him to stay still.
coprime: Valtteri Filppula's pretty face (Red Wings hockey)
Friday, February 10th, 2012 11:45 pm
I have been trying to get into hockey fandom for something like the past two months and failing because it turns out I am a much bigger Red Wings fan than I'd thought. And the Red Wings do not seem to engender fandom squee (or at least none where I can find it). So every time I'd try to read something - because I like squee and fic about dudes failing at emotions! - I would just be, "Ugh, who cares about the Blackhawks/Penguins/whoever, the Wings are clearly the best," and have to quit reading.

So frustrating! (Also frustrating was missing nearly every game because I thought I didn't get the channel they typically got shown on. Turns out I do get that channel, whoo.)

But I think I may have figured out why no one loves the Red Wings (despite the fact that they are awesome): we're essentially the NY Yankees of the NHL. I think we were the Yankees before the salary cap got implemented. So if what I think is true, it is not really surprising that no one loves the Wings except for Wings fans.

Figuring this out has quieted my inner fan enough that I can read about teams who are not the Red Wings. Yay! Figuring out that I can watch the Wings even when the Pistons are playing also helped a lot too, not gonna lie.

And, oh man, tonight's game! So exciting! We extended our home win streak to nineteen games, yes! And if we can beat the Flyers on Sunday, we'll be tying their record. I was annoyed at Bertuzzi for getting three penalties (out of seven Wings penalties) but then he scored the winning shot in the shootout, so I guess it was okay. Also his job on the ice does generally result in hm getting penalties, so it's not like it was unexpected of him. But, man, all those power plays were not helping us get that nineteenth win. And I am so glad MacDonald did not suck at goaltending as much as he did in the previous game I saw him play where he gave up four goals.

I almost forgot my favorite bit of the game! As excited as I am for the win, I thought it was hilarious when the announcers were like, "LOL, Hudler, good job keeping hold of your stick when you try to get in a fight. You're too small otherwise to be effective."
coprime: an awesome lady stepping out of a boat (Littonia modesta)
Thursday, April 2nd, 2009 07:23 pm
Louis Moinet (whom I've never heard of before, I'll admit) has made a pair of watches inspired by Jules Verne. And they've got a piece of the moon in them! Seriously, how cool is that? They've got a wonderful steampunk look to them too.
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Thursday, January 1st, 2009 09:15 pm
Now that it's January 1st, I can say I wrote The Spring Thaw for [ profile] jesidres, and [ profile] jesidres wrote the lovely Symbiotic Nature for me. I'd wondered when I saw that there were all of three Mushishi stories this year if maybe my recipent and I had gotten assigned each other. And it turns out we were! It is a funny old world sometimes.

I really enjoyed writing The Spring Thaw, although it took me a while to write because I was worried that I wouldn't be up to the challenge of Mushishi and blending my typical writing voice with the feeling of the series. My idea for the kaihyouki actually came from an art piece by [ profile] jesidres, and the rest of the story sort of formed itself around the fact that I wanted to use these mushi she drew in her story. I don't think it was very obvious that I borrowed them from her art though.

I have discovered that there are only so many times I can see people reccing Merlin stories that can be more or less summarized by "Arthur and Merlin act like morons" before I succumb and start reading them. Without having seen even a scrap of the actual show, mind you, which led to the interesting visualization of Uther being played by Patrick Stewart. And when I started watching the show, it was a bit funny because I already knew each episode's basic plot and resolution. But I've been enjoying them all the same, and Patrick Stewart no longer shows up when I read fic, so it's all good.
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Thursday, December 25th, 2008 03:07 am
Eeee, my story! It is wonderful and perfect and I love it lots and lots! Symbiotic Nature was written just for me, and it has Tanyuu and Ginko and musings about the nature of mushi and humans and how those two worlds interect. It's everything I could have hoped for.

If my Yuletide author is stalking my journal, I tried to leave a comment about how much I love your story, but when I hit submit I got the angry Yuletide snowman. So I have no clue if it went through or not. (If it didn't, I can tell you that it was not substantially different than the above paragraph. If it did, you can confirm this for yourself.) And since I was planning on writing a more detailed comment for you anways when it's not 3am, I'm going to hold off on trying to resubmit.

And now, as it is 3am and I have to be social with about 30 family members tomorrow, I am off to bed.
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Thursday, December 18th, 2008 04:32 am
...I think I've finished my Yuletide story. \o/! All it needs is a title, summary, and final editing to make sure I haven't missed anything. I'm rather pleased with it myself and I think my recipient will like it, so that's all I really care about. Hopefully I will still like it just as well in the morning.

I have no clue what to title this thing though. And no clue if, in the athor's notes, I should include a link to a particular thing of my recipient's that helped to inspire her story. Something to debate while Christmas shopping tomorrow, I guess, because I need to get my story uploaded tomorrow or else it won't be uploaded before the deadline. (RL dictates that I won't have reliable internet access on the 19th and 20th.)

But my story's finished, whoo-hoo!
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Tuesday, November 11th, 2008 11:56 pm
I got my Yuletide assignment, yay! And I'm totally psyched about it too. I've got an idea that I think will be really neat, but I need to review the canon before I can begin writing.

Also, hi, Yuletide Author! I wrote a letter for you if you want, but you are in no way obligated to read if you don't want.

I already know I'm going to love whatever story you write me because it will be in one of my teeny, tiny fandoms that is dear to my heart. Really and truly, I'm just thrilled that someone else knows these fandoms. I want you to have fun writing your assignment because stories the author enjoyed writing are the ones that come out best. So if you have an idea that would be really cool and awesome but doesn't quite fit my details? Go for it! On the other hand, if you'd like to know more about me, I am happy to oblige.

General Stuff )

Monsoon Wedding )

Mushishi )

Owly )

To sum up, I like lots of things, and I want you to go where your heart wants to because a story you enjoyed writing is one I'll enjoy reading.
coprime: an awesome lady stepping out of a boat (Jasione montana)
Sunday, November 2nd, 2008 10:02 pm
Yuletide 2008 sign-ups opened today, so now I get to agonize about what I'm offering to write. The requests were fairly easy to decide this year, although now I have to figure out what I want to write as prompts for them.

However, the slightly odd yet awesome start to this year's Yuletide is that my third request from last year got written as a NYR story. Painted Love by [ profile] misura is exactly what I wanted when I asked for Jules and Robin from Suzanne Brockmann's Troubleshooters Inc books. There's romance and Jules being awesome and oh, I love it.

So Painted Love was a surprise but also a really good reminder of why I want to do Yuletide again: So I can (*crosses fingers*) make someone as happy with their story as I was with each of mine last year. I think this is a good reminder because I can already feel anxiety about ruining someone's Yuletide creeping up on me.
coprime: an awesome lady stepping out of a boat (Littonia modesta)
Tuesday, June 17th, 2008 12:04 am
Hee, so I first heard about this show ten minutes before the premiere aired, and I am glad I did! It's an alternative take on the superhero genre, sort of mainstream superheroes meets Men in Black. And it is fun! And funny! And the main female character is a total geek. Like, she plays video games and has opinions on which X-Men run is the best and is just generally awesome.

I have much love for shows that tackle common, ridiculous scifi plots in a way that lets me have fun while watching (It's what got me hooked on Eureka, which reminds me that the new season of that starts at the end of the month.), so I am very much looking forward to this show based on the first episode. I would quote bits to show the show's awesomeness, except I don't have time to rewatch the episode right now.

However! The pilot's available for free right now at the iTunes store. I don't know how long it'll remain free now that it's aired, but there you go.
coprime: an awesome lady stepping out of a boat (Phoradendron leucarpum)
Tuesday, December 25th, 2007 09:07 pm
This is the first stretch of time I've been able to have to myself today, although it was good seeing family. And of course in my first bit of free time, I read my Yuletide stories. (I got a story plus a treat! I am amazed and awed!) Honestly, it was really hard to not sneak away during the day to read them. But I stayed strong because I wanted to be able to read at my own pace and give them the attention and love they deserve.

Both stories are utterly perfect and wonderful and I cannot imagine anything better. The story written for me is New Cuisine. It's Saul/Fritz from Rex Stout's Nero Wolfe books, and...I am not sure if there are words to describe how much I love this story. Perhaps you can picture a giant heart taking up your entire computer screen and you'll get close, but that's only perhaps. I was captivated by its wonderfulness from the first paragraph, so maybe that can convince people where my words are failing:
Someone once said every man is the hero of his own story. Maybe it's true. But if your friend and fellow P.I. is a hot-shot author who writes up his exploits for the reading public, that public doesn't even know you have your own stories.
Is it not fantastic? (This is a rhetorical question because the only acceptable answer is "Mythical creatures are jealous of it's fantasticness, it's so fantastic.")

And I got a treat too, which I am amazed by because I would have been completely ecstatic with one perfect story but instead I got two! It's Crime and Punishment, Tony/Lucas from seaQuest DSV. I already thought it was great with Tony and Lucas exploring a really cool underground cave (Underwater exploration, yay!), and there was lots of fun, teasing banter between them. But then you get to the kissing, and something that was already wonderful and perfect manages to get even perfecter.

I don't know how I managed it because I don't deserve one story that's exactly what I wanted, much less two, but that's what I got. To both authors, thank you so very, very much.
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Monday, October 15th, 2007 11:53 pm
Oh my. Having seen the premiere episode, I gotta say that it looks like it will be just as fabulous as the original. A contestant has already broken down crying, and it looks like there will be more crying next week. There were ugly clothes! And pretty clothes! And bitchery with just a touch of drama! So fantastic.

Which is good because I needed something to fill the void left by Top Chef since Project Runway Season 4 doesn't start for another month. And, okay, The Next Iron Chef is fun, but food just doesn't generate the same kind of drama that you get with fashion.
coprime: an awesome lady stepping out of a boat (Littonia modesta)
Monday, October 1st, 2007 10:40 pm
Oooh, they're going to film two more Donald Strachey Mysteries, Ice Blues and On the Other Hand, Death, that'll be out in 2008. Yay!
coprime: an awesome lady stepping out of a boat (Masdevallia notosibirica)
Saturday, September 29th, 2007 01:04 am
Hee, oh SGA, you did not disappoint with your season premiere.

Favorite bits included: Spoilers )

In other news, I got my ears pierced on Monday. So all week, I've been remembering that fact randomly and then going, "Yay, pierced ears!" They look good too.
coprime: an awesome lady stepping out of a boat (Jasione montana)
Monday, August 20th, 2007 10:02 pm
Today was not intended to be a good book-buying day, despite going to the used bookstore, Borders, and the library.

The used bookstore was to see if they had any Joseph Hansen or Richard Stevenson novels. They didn't. (I believe if I want these two, I have to either visit my friend in NYC again or buy them online.) But they did have Night Watch, which I hadn't bought yet only because I dislike paying for oversized paperbacks. So the used price was too good to pass up. And then I read the back of Uncharted Territory, thought it sounded like it was full of fun and wackiness, and couldn't not get it.

Borders was a bust, but I knew that going into the store. I wanted a specific dvd, and their online inventory said it wasn't in stock.

And the library was just to return two books. But I decided to check and see if they had a copy of Suzanne Brockmann's Hot Target. And they did. So I borrowed it. I've even started reading it already because goodness knows I wouldn't want to read one of the other eight books I've got a bookmark stuck in.