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36 White Collar icons

Sep. 20th, 2017 08:05 pm
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Here are some icons for White Collar.

Please credit if you take and use, a comment here would be lovely, and no hotlinking, thanks!

Teaser:


This way... )

You couldn't make it up

Sep. 19th, 2017 05:01 pm
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Well, you could make it up, but who'd believe you?!

I was watching a show that goes behind the scenes at Paddington Station in London. On the 19th June, one of the hottest days of this year, they were having to slow trains down due to hot tracks that were threatening to buckle. Well, that's understandable. I mean, it's hard to make a track that copes with all extreme weather, after all.

But then, at West Ealing - where most or all trains in/out of London apparently go through - a poor pigeon somehow managed to earth an overhead wire, which sent the current into the steel beams in the reinforced concrete of the bridge above the wire. This resulted in concrete falling onto the track, and the track being closed for somewhere around two hours, whilst they checked if the bridge was safe or not. Fortunately, trains could go through it again, but only at 20mph. It's estimated that the bridge being closed caused 5,193 minutes of delay for passengers, and had a knock on effect for stations as far away as Southampton, Portsmouth, York, Bristol and even as far as Edinburgh!

I mean, of all the things to happen, this has to be amongst the most bizarre reasons for delays, hasn't it?!

I'm afraid the pigeon did not survive :(
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Dave and I rewatched the film, Jumper, recently, and it wasn’t particularly good. It did prompt me to read the original novel by Steven Gould, though, which turned out to be quite surprising.

In terms of premise, both book and film are about an abused teenager who discovers he has the ability to teleport. Apart from that, though, the stories are almost entirely different. Having just rewatched the film, I kept waiting for secret society bad guys to turn up in the book, and they never did. But this wasn’t a bad thing. The realistic treatment of everything apart from Davy’s teleportation ability made the book much more involving and interesting.

What I particularly liked was the great exploration of the psychological effects of Davy’s abuse and ability, as well as the more in depth discussion of the difficulties of a teenager trying to make a new life for himself after running away from home. The love interest, Millie, was much more well-rounded as a character than in the film. I really liked her in the book, and the relationship aspects were well-handled in engaging.

I was less interested in the terrorism revenge plot, but it was a better hook than the random running about in the film, so overall I thought it was a shame they changed so much in the adaptation, and I’ll be interested to see where the book series goes next.


After recently re-reading the Raven Cycle, I decided to try another of Maggie Stiefvater’s books, and listened to The Scorpio Races. I enjoyed it overall, and did finish it, but it never really quite grabbed me enough to make me eager to listen to the next bit. It’s about an island where people capture magical horses from the sea and train them to take part in an annual, high-stakes race on the beach. There are two narrators - Puck and Sean - and the cleverest bit about the book is how the narrative gets you invested in both of them and then sets up the central conflict between them as they both have important reasons for needing to win the race. The race itself when it finally arrived was exciting, and the bittersweet ending was both unexpected and satisfying, but it’s not a book that’s going to stay with me.


The Vet’s Daughter by Barbara Comyns is one of the books from my Bibliotherapy prescription that I hadn’t got round to reading yet, so I stuck it in my bag and read it over a couple of days this week. It’s about a girl named Alice, living in an unspecified time in the past, who is mistreated by her father, and has very little control over how her life will turn out. The first person narrative is very effective because Alice is quite innocent about a lot of things, but the author manages to convey information that Alice doesn’t understand but that will not be lost on the reader. There’s a fantasy element to the story, which I thought was introduced way too late and was therefore quite jarring in an otherwise realistic story. I also found the ending quite abrupt and depressing, but Alice’s plight was engaging enough to keep me reading, and it was certainly well written.


Yesterday, I went to the cinema to see Victoria and Abdul. I was concerned going in, based on the trailer, that it might be a bit silly and of the type of humour I don’t enjoy. However, I actually found the first half very sweet and funny, and the second half very affecting and sad. There were some aspects to do with Abdul’s potential exploitation of Victoria’s loneliness that were a bit troubling, but he mostly seemed genuinely solicitous of her, and the treatment they both suffered at the hands of those closest to the queen was quite awful.


Lastly, the September category for the Wordy Birds Reading Challenge was a children’s book. So, I went all the way and decided to read a series of picture books, called the Creatrilogy by Peter H Reynolds. They were beautifully presented hardbacks in a special presentation box, and each told an excellent story about creative thinking and self-expression. The Dot was about a little girl who thinks she can’t draw and how she learns to find her own unique way of creating art. Ish was about a boy who discovers the beauty in imperfection, and Sky Color was about using restrictions to see the world in a whole new way. They were all very simple stories, but carried a profound message that applies to everyone, both child and adult alike. And they were extremely well put together, with every aspect working together to add to the story. The font, the use of colour, the placement of words and pictures - all helped enhance the flow of the plot and emotion of the events portrayed. I thoroughly enjoyed all three books, and would certainly recommend them to those with young children, as I’m sure they would spark some really interesting conversations about art and creativity.

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NSFW Sep. 16th, 2017 02:01 pm
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Sam's growing up so fast.

Sep. 15th, 2017 10:25 pm
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This is our grand-daughter, Sam. My husband and I are raising her. She's such a good kid and we're grateful for that. This is her latest snapchat photo. I told her it looked like she had something on her nose or in her nose. She said, "There is something on my nose. I put it there for looks." Kids, what can you do? LOL


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Here's an episodic wall for Singularity which I made for the MOS prompt 'Panic'. I think it will also work for 'Terrible Choices' on my Bingo Card so I'm using it there too.

Why do I do this to myself?

Sep. 11th, 2017 10:44 pm
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Note To Self: Do NOT leave the artwork side of your website for three or so years before updating it. It is now a BIG MASSIVE JOB and I've spent the last few days on it and I've NOT FINISHED YET!!!

On the plus side, the Non-Fandom Artwork and Misc Fandom Artwork sections are up to date.

Just, oh, you know, the MASSIVE, HUGE, SCARY White Collar section, the not-quite-as-big-and-scary-but-still-quite-big-and-scary-for-all-that Stargate Atlantis section and the oh-good-that's-not-too-big-and-scary-until-I-look-at-the-all-the-icons The Sentinel sections to do!

So, see you in a few weeks, then?!! :D :D :D

(On another related side of things, it's good that I have the mental energy to do this. It has been rather lacking for some time now, hence way it's gotten so out of date. Maybe once the website updating mania has passed, I'll have the mental energy for other more important things!)

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