the_other_sandy: Movie tickets (Movies)
I haven't seen a disaster movie since the '90s, and let's face it, I only saw this because Dylan O'Brien was in it. It was surprisingly good, though. It ran less than two hours, so it wasn't padded with loads of sensationalism or melodrama.

The best part, though, was that Dylan O'Brien shared the screen with a cast that has five Oscar nominations, ten Emmy nominations, and one Emmy win between them and he didn't look out of place. I can't wait for American Assassin.

Well, Huh

Jul. 23rd, 2016 09:58 am
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I was keeping an eye on some storms yesterday via The Weather Channel's website when I spotted something I'd never noticed before. Can you see it?

Pics behind cut )
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Grabbed from [ profile] agt_spooky.

For a change in the news feed, tell us about your SENIOR year of high school! The longer ago it was, the more fun the answers will be!!

The year was: 1987 )

Copy and paste. Let's hear your story.
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My New Year's resolution this year was to not buy a new book until after I've read one of the many, many books I already own. Now that we're just past the halfway point, how am I doing? Abysmally. It sounded like such a good idea on paper, but I clearly didn't think it through.

Problem #1: Series books. I read a lot of series books. In fact, I read mostly series books. Since I don't already own every book in every series I read, having this rule was creating huge wait times between reading books in the series I'm following.

Problem #2: BookBub. If you're not familiar with BookBub, it's a free online deal alert service for ebooks. You can opt to receive a daily (or weekly) newsletter with ebook deals for $2.99 or less in the subjects or genres of your choosing (including M/M romance), or you can add books to your account and BookBub will email you if there's a deal on them. This has been both great and terrible for me because this is where I end up buying a lot of my ebooks. Because I am cheap cheap cheap.

Problem #3: Samhain Publishing announced they were going out of business. Samhain is my favorite publisher for M/M romance and I had a lot of things on my To Read list on their slate. Since they didn't announce a conclusive date when they would close up shop (they're "winding down operations"), I went over to their site to grab what I could before things started going out of print, coincidentally on a day when they were having a massive site-wide sale where everything I wanted was under $3.00. (See above re: cheap.) (And argh, I just popped over to their site for two seconds to copy/paste their URL and what was on the front page? A new book in a series I read. I just bought another book. Somebody please stop me.) [ETA: Samhain's URL removed because the site is now closed.]

On the plus side, I've mostly given up TV and fic in favor of reading my books, which was my original goal when I started giving myself annual reading challenges back in 2010. So maybe it'll only take six more years before I manage to start reading my own books instead of buying new ones all the time.
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Have a safe and happy holiday!

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Happy birthday, [ profile] awfulhorrid!
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Hydra logo

Pattern lifted from the Captain America 2 Sampler by Lpanne.

Apparently stitching on black fabric until I go blind is a thing I do now.

the_other_sandy: Movie tickets (Movies)
I would pay actual money to watch a movie where Sam Wilson and Bucky Barnes team up to track down and rescue a missing Steve Rogers.


May. 1st, 2016 01:13 pm
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Pattern by Servotron on Sprite Stitch.

For those who don't watch anime, NERV was the organization behind the Human Instrumentality Project in Neon Genesis Evangelion.

The original pattern calls for it to be stitched in black on white fabric, but I’ve always been partial to the red on black version of the logo. I’ve never been able to get a truly accurate picture, but the colors look amazing in person.

D-Day +1

Apr. 6th, 2016 09:02 pm
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Remember last week when the northeast corner of the first floor looked like this?

When I left work yesterday, it looked more like this:

Pictures under cut... )


Apr. 4th, 2016 05:56 pm
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
Last week I posted pictures of what my library looked like after we finished packing everything. Construction started today. About 90% of my workplace is a hard hat area that we're not allowed into.

Oddly enough, the biggest issue was that the construction guys propped open all the exterior doors for easier access. The high today was 39° F. We were all freezing all day.

This was the view from the entrance to the office area when I left work this afternoon:

the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
The library where I work has just started a major renovation project. When I say "major," I mean "gut to the exterior walls and start over." We're knocking down the main staircase and moving it and the elevator shaft (that'll be the second time for the elevator shaft since I've been there), creating a whole new floor plan, and replacing the HVAC system and rewiring the building. As a result, we're moving out to a temporary location for the next 8-12 months.

Have you ever moved a library? Only about 40% of the collection will fit in the temporary location, so we had to pack in two phases: one group of things for the temporary location and one group of things for long-term storage. And not only do we have to pack and move the books and videos and music and such, we have to move the shelves, computers, phones, reference desk, vending machines, and everything else. As of today the collection is packed and moved, and most of the staff is at the temporary location frantically shelving things so we can reopen to the public on Monday (this is the second week we've been closed). And once we get the public part of the library up and running, we get to start over and move the office areas. We're planning to be in the new offices by mid-April.

Pictures under the cut... )

We all got quite the workout over the last two and a half weeks, even with the help of the moving company. And I'm one of maybe half a dozen people who have been there long enough to have participated in the move the last time we renovated.
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I subscribe to Barnes & Noble's Nook Daily Find newsletter. February 29th's email contained this gem in the description of Keep Quiet by Lisa Scottoline: "It’s an emotionally gripping story about how far you can, and should go to protect those you love from bestselling author Lisa Scottoline."

Are we supposed to be protecting our loved ones from Lisa Scottoline's books, or from Lisa Scottoline herself?
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
"It was a terrible day even before Crispin blew up the study."

--Rag and Bone by K.J. Charles
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
I made a New Year's resolution this year not to buy a new book until I've read a book I already own. It didn't seem like it was going to be that big a deal, but it's not even the end of February yet and it's the worst. Five books in series I read and/or by authors I like came out this month alone. Also, several books I've been wanting to read went on sale for super cheap this month, and I couldn't pass those up because I'm a happy miser.

I'm never going to be able to keep this up. I just want to read all the things. Is that too much to ask?
the_other_sandy: Yomiko Readman hugging a book (Agt. Paper Chibi)
Total: 10,062 pages

Last year I struggled to hit 6,700 pages due to the unusually large number of books I read that I didn't like very much. This year I discovered Listopia, and in particular the list for Gay Romance Featuring Psychics/Mediums/Shamans/Spiritualists, and read an absolutely record number of things for me without even trying. Unfortunately out of the staggering number of things I read in 2015, only about five of them were things I owned when the year started, so the giant pile of unread things has not been reduced at all.

Towards that end, my resolution for 2016 is to not buy a new book until I've read one I already own. Since there are at least seven books I know of coming out in the next year by authors I like, I have little hope that the giant pile of unread things will be hugely reduced, but at the very least it won't get any larger.

Stuff I read in 2015:

Books/E-Books )

Graphic Novels/Manga/Manhwa )

Zines/Fic )
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the_other_sandy: Movie tickets (Movies)
Filched from [ profile] agent_jl36.

Name six movies you can watch any time without ever getting sick of them.

Only six?


1. Airplane!
2. Blazing Saddles
3. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
4. Gettysburg
5. Murder By Death
6. Star Wars (the original, unadulterated, Han-shot-first one)
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Stolen from [ profile] gottalovev.

50 Questions for fic readers. Put a number or two in the comments for me to answer.

[ETA: I found out the hard way that LJ won't let me post comments with hyperlinks in them today, so I am adding my answers to the body of the post instead. ::kicks LJ::]

List of questions )


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