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The Big Applesauce is a panfandom supernatural RPG. We accept both fandom and original characters. We allow one canon and one AU version per fandom character.

Game opens on December 1st, 2012.


For the past few years, the world has become more and more temporally unstable. Rifts in time and space have started opening up all around the world, letting things slip through. Things like monsters, aliens, weird artifacts, strange people from different universes... and you. Dropped onto the busy island of Manhattan, will you side with the agency working to protect the Earth from dangerous supernatural beings, join the rebellion and fight for freedom, or walk your own path? Will you just try to live your life and keep out of trouble, or will you be the one causing the trouble? Either way, you’ll cross paths with more than a few uncommon people in this city, and maybe someday, you’ll even call the big city “home”.


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I've already done so much ranting on the subject of the horrible new comment format that I'm kind of ranted out just this moment. I've said it elsewhere and I'll say it again here: while I may continue to use LJ if this remains the format I am forced to use, I will sure as hell not be paying for the privilege.
*sigh* Had this pointed out to me - as of now, I've disabled automatic payments on all my LJ accounts, because I am not paying for a service they've decided to make even less usable.

Originally posted by [ profile] moerlin at As of tomorrow, no more subject lines in comments on LJ
I was gonna update this with much happier stuff, but for the past week I've just been so enraged with LJ's asshattery that I've had it to here.

In case you didn't know, on 12/12 they first announced sneakily on the Russian journal of LJ's design guy that with new changes being implemented tomorrow, there will be no more subject lines in comments and that this change was "non-negotiable" (good round-up and translation here). I'm sure you all realize that this will basically make fandom and RP communities unusable. LJ's staff, however, doesn't give a shit. At least 18 pages of 100% negative feedback didn't sway them.

They've backpedaled some and will make keeping comment subject lines optional in some S2 styles, but the default (that 99% of communities are running right now) will decidedly be subject-less! Not to mention that their new and frankly, fucking ugly design will take forever to load and make the site a pain to use on mobile browsers.

And oh, it looks like they might be taking away the drop-down menu to select icons as well, so you'll have to load all your icons as pictures to select them. Lovely. (I will beta-test tonight to see if this is actually true.)

Really, I don't know why I'm surprised. LJ is always fucking with the parts of the site that actually work and breaking them, so this is just another instance of that. Because seriously, who are subject lines hurting by just being there? (And no, it can't be a matter of server strain, considering the new "graphic" interface will definitely be using up more resources - so much fun when there's DDoS attacks!)
As far as I know, they've never once listened to their customers, so those thousands of comments already posted probably won't do shit. I've left a message expressing my concerns about the new comment pages here anyway; so if you want to do that too, go for it! If anything, it helps with the rage. ;)

FYI: Dreamwidth is feeling Christmasy has reacted to LJ's bullshit and has open account creation (no invite codes needed) for the rest of the week. Might be a good idea to get your back-up or new home, whatever the case may be, up and running now.

There's been a lot of buzz about this in library circles over the last half year, but I don't think I ever got around to posting links on here. Edinburgh has (had? no, has) a library phantom - an artist who left a series of paper sculptures in libraries and museums. She has remained anonymous, but recently left a last sculpture along with a note explaining only a little of the mystery (i.e. that she was a woman and not a professional artist) and saying that this was the last of ten scupltures (at the time that note was found, only eight sculptures were known - thankfully, once everyone knew to look for two more they turned up pretty quickly).

A brief article on the subject.

Seriously, flip through those photos. These sculptures are amazing. One hopes they'll be preserved and exhibited for future visitors - I understand that three of the ten are currently up for display in the places where they were found.

Just Johnny Depp and Caroline Thompson chillin' at the Paramount Theater in Austin, Texas. I dun took this video myself.
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Uh, no. Even those animals that are in deplorable roadside zoos, which need to be removed and put in better places, can't really be set free. A wild animal that's accustomed to human contact is a wild animal that's going to be a danger to itself and to people. I've heard of someone building a wolf pack out of rescued animals on a little island in Russia, where they can live more naturally, but those wolves aren't "free" - they're just in a bigger cage, with less human contact. And they have to stay that way, because when they see a human they run over and beg for treats.

Why do so many of these questions have the dumb?
The last of the Mister Master icons. Once more, credit for screencaps goes to Emma-Jane at, and while I offer these icons freely for any sort of use you like, I do ask that you please credit me here at [ profile] spoofmaster if you take them.



good lord why did I make so many icons )
As before, these are textless icons of John Simm as the Master. Screencaps came from Feel free to use these in any way you see fit, including as bases, but please credit [ profile] spoofmaster when you do.



another 99 icons under the cut )
286 textless icons of John Simm as the Master. All are made from caps by Emma-Jane (, using images from Utopia, The Sound of Drums, and The Last of the Time Lords. These were made for use in LJ-based RP, but are free for any sort of use, including as bases. Please do remember, though, to credit [ profile] spoofmaster.



Seriously, there are a whole lotta icons here )
My parents sent me a link this morning: 2000 Christians in Houston doing an Easter dance together. The shoes at the end are supposed to be for people in need (though it seems like a potentially wasteful way to donate shoes; Idek; hopefully that worked out however they planned it to).

Also, I did not know there was such a thing as "GodTube." Kind of loling at that.

ETA: GodTube embed feature, why you no work? :| Here is the link, in case the embed feature is failing for the rest of you, too. Let me know, too, if the embed comes up and it insta-plays on page load; I unclicked that option but I am a little paranoid that it will do it anyway.
Oh, God

I'm glad we have warning systems in place now for the places that had a few hours to prepare, but Japan....
Hey, everyone, it's that time again - I'm signed up for another charity event and have once again delayed my fund raising to the last minute. This time it's CROP Walk, and we'll be raising money for hungry people. The walk is on March 6 (there's one on both the 5th and the 6th, so don't be confused if the website says March 5), but they'll keep accepting donations for this year's walk well into the summer, so I may continue to pester you after the fact if I don't meet my goal of $150.

The money goes to fill food pantries, buy chickens and coops for families in developing nations in order to provide them with an ongoing source of eggs and meat, repair wells, and other various hunger-related projects. 25% of the money goes to efforts here in Texas, while the rest goes abroad. All donations are fully tax deductible here in the USA, and some employers may offer donation matching for the event. If you decide to help me out with this, you can submit a donation by credit card on my personal page.
Here, have a disaster plan for archives - Emergency Response: Zombies and Risks to Repositories. The responses to this on the preservation listserv were priceless, too. For instance:

"Incorporating appropriate responses for Zombie emergences (a Zombie Emergence precedes the actual emergency status) and biblio-attractions has been on my mind since Zombies began to manifest themselves in Earnest several years ago (that's Earnest, TN, by the way). Their self-insertion into many formats has increased and become very troubling.

For years we had been able to restrict Zombies to moving image formats, and especially to black-and-white and early color film. Now, with surprising finesse, we begin to see them in what is commonly called 'classic literature,' for instance, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. I can only suppose that some doctoral student was studying both the classics and popular culture or cinema, and his/her brain served as the bridge, as well as the meal.

Needless to say, this leap has been troubling. Not simply because of the leap to so-called classic literature, but because the ingest of a doctoral student's brain can open gateways to a variety of formats and approaches. I know you share my horror at the thought of Zombies ingesting Marxist or postmodernist approaches: how does one deconstruct the notion of "Undead?" Given comebacks by so many people we believed departed--Richard Nixon springs immediately to mind, but there are others--and the continuing release of music by the Beatles, Grateful Dead, and Jimi Hendrix, what does undead actually mean in today's culture? While this gives life and hope to those working in intellectual property, it remains a concern for those of us laboring with authorial intent."

Winston Atkins, Preservation Officer, Duke University Libraries

Zombies aside, the latest thing to come to me through a listserv is Archives Hulk. "HULK ARRANGE! HULK DESCRIBE! HULK DEACCESSION!"

Oh archivists, never change. Well, except stop telling me how screwed I am when it comes to getting a job after graduation. I know I'm screwed. I don't want to hear it.


Feb. 4th, 2011 06:17 pm
Various things:

1. I saw The King's Speech yesterday afternoon, and it was truly beautiful. Colin Firth deserves an Oscar for his performance as King George VI, and the film contains what has to be the single best use of Mozart's Seventh Symphony ever in its climax - melancholy and defiant at once in music, plot, and images. The film is about a personal struggle and triumph, but it takes place against the backdrop of the darkest period in our recent history - not exactly the most upbeat of films, all told (hooray, he's overcome his stammer and made a rousing speech...crap, that speech is the first of all the ones he'll make throughout WWII), but you come away from it with at least a bit of hope. It's a movie about the end of an era, but it doesn't leave you feeling bereft.

2. I've made a post on [ profile] asex_adjusted about sex positivity, asexuality, and gender identification. It's far too long and probably incoherent.

3. IT SNOWED LAST NIGHT. The ice was covered with a thin layer of actual snow when I got up this morning, though it had all melted completely away wherever there was sunlight. My door is permanently in shadow, though, so there's snow on the walkway in front of my apartment. I took pictures.


Feb. 4th, 2011 04:45 am
Well, I just got the final word back from the CU Honors Journal (three days after they said they'd contact me), and they're not publishing my paper. This is discouraging, to say the least.
For those who don't know, the National Film Registry here in the USA is a list of films selected for preservation in the Library of Congress. Each year, twenty-five films are chosen and given priority, with the current total at five hundred and fifty. An effort is made to select films from a variety of eras and genres, with selections made based on the cultural or artistic relevance of the films rather than the personal taste of those involved in choosing them. Just about any film can be selected--I know of at least two home movies listed in the registry (Disneyland Dream and the film of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge collapse), and I'm always surprised (almost always pleasantly) by the year's selections. This year's twenty-five films, arranged in alphabetical order:

1. Airplane (1980)
2. All the President’s Men (1976)
3. The Bargain (1914)
4. Cry of Jazz (1959)
5. Electronic Labyrinth: THX 1138 4EB (1967)
6. The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
7. The Exorcist (1973)
8. The Front Page (1931)
9. Grey Gardens (1976)
10. I Am Joaquin (1969)
11. It’s a Gift (1934)
12. Let There Be Light (1946)
13. Lonesome (1928)
14. Make Way For Tomorrow (1937)
15. Malcolm X (1992)
16. McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971)
17. Newark Athlete (1891)
18. Our Lady of the Sphere (1969)
19. The Pink Panther (1964)
20. Preservation of the Sign Language (1913)
21. Saturday Night Fever (1977)
22. Study of a River (1996)
23. Tarantella (1940)
24. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)
25. A Trip Down Market Street (1906)

Am still cracking up about Airplane! being included--I had to double check to make sure that there wasn't a second film with that title. It makes sense, though--the disaster film was a big trademark of the 1970s, and the disaster film parodies that followed it deserve to be remembered as well.


Dec. 7th, 2010 12:58 am
I went and saw Tangled tonight to celebrate finally being (mostly) done with classes. I don't think I'll be doing any more late night movies on my own, though. Didn't run into anyone or anything threatening, but it just didn't feel good to be walking out to my car alone in the middle of the night, especially when I really don't know what the area around that mall is like.

Anyway, the movie:

I predicted when I saw the trailers for this movie that I would be drawn to see it, that I would enjoy it, but that it wouldn't blow my mind. I'm undecided how much of my feelings are me genuinely reacting to the movie and how much of my urge to dismiss this movie is just me holding onto the expectations I built up months ago. Because yeah--while I did enjoy it (quite a lot), it didn't blow my mind. I kept counting tropes in my head--cute animal friend, all animals are dogs (though at least Max the horse wasn't actually any good at tracking people down by scent), et cetera. It did help that while the movie was unapologetically a fairy tale, it was also unapologetically silly--the "I've Got a Dream" song was nothing but crack, and Flynn's partners in crime were a pair of identical twin thugs called--I kid you not--the "Stabbington Brothers." There were moments where it felt like this was Disney's attempt to capture the tone and style of the Shrek movies, but I felt that Tangled had a lot more heart to it than that series. It was a lot lighter on the pop culture, too; the closest thing I can remember to a pop culture reference in the film was someone mentioning Mozart. Nothing against Shrek and its pop culture saturation, but I'm at a point where I find it refreshing when a lighthearted film doesn't rely on that.

So I dunno. Paint by numbers? Maybe a little bit. There were a few moments, particularly toward the beginning, when I felt like we were ticking boxes that just had to be ticked in order for it to be an animated fairy tale movie by Disney, and of course it was pretty obvious from the beginning how it was going to end. If you've seen the trailer, I'm sure you've already guessed at least half the ending, and by the time you're ten minutes in you'll have guessed the rest.

Just as in the case of Megamind, however, I have to say that a movie doesn't really need to surprise you at every single turn and have its ending come out of nowhere in order for it to be a good night out. Or in, as the case may be. I found myself a lot more interested in all of the characters than I'd expected to be--even if the overall movie felt a little cookie cutter, the characters really didn't. Rapunzel is pretty much the most adorable thing ever to live, the witch is darkly fascinating, Flynn is hilarious, and all of them have really amazing hair. Seriously, I kept getting distracted by all the gorgeous CG hair in this movie, and I don't mean just Rapunzel's (though hers was awesome, of course).

Like I said, I'm on the fence. Once more, for all its predictability, I did have a good time watching it. The songs were good, the characters were engaging and fun, and it's pretty much what Disney set out to make: a fairy tale movie like they used to produce.

As for the previews: Yogi Bear looks more insipid every time I have the misfortune to watch the preview. I can't wait for that to come out just so I can stop having the trailers inflicted on me at the cinema. Saw the preview for the Justin Bieber thing again, and couldn't help but laugh and groan at lines like "He's living this incredible life, but he's just like you and me!" Good grief, what is the fascination with singers' personal lives, anyway? Of course they're just like you and me; they're human, aren't they? Yeah, of course money and fame can change how they act, but that doesn't mean they're from another planet or something.

Of course, just as we're about to finally be rid of Yogi Bear, I find out that there's a live action/CG Smurfs movie in the works that will apparently take place in New York. I just...don't even want to go there. I don't really have anything for or against the Smurfs in general, but seeing a bunch of little blue CG men with big, wet eyes climbing around on taxis just gave me the heebie jeebies. This trend of taking old cartoons that were defined stylistically by their two-dimensionality and turning them into semi-photorealistic CG really has to stop. Regardless of how I feel about the cartoons themselves, and regardless of the story of the film, it's just not right.

Another thing that's just not right: Mars Needs Moms. This film is apparently from the same producer as The Polar Express, which might explain why it looks to be another extended tour of the uncanny valley. I thought they got the picture when so many people were creeped out by zombie!Tom Hanks--guess I was wrong. While I made it through The Polar Express okay by concentrating on the characters who were at least not completely horrifying, even the protagonist of Mars Needs Moms looks like a male version of the SimPal Cindy doll from The Sixth Day (if you don't remember that thing, google it--I dare you). I think there was something in there about Martians abducting human mothers because they were inept at raising their own children, and some sort of Great Mom Escape plot, but I was too busy dealing with the problem of my skin crawling every time I saw one of the characters to really follow whatever flimsy justification they cobbled together for this undead romp across the red planet. I try not to automatically pan animated movies for stylistic choices (Rango, for instance, has a style not immediately to my taste but that I'm willing to let grow on me because the film looks interesting), but this is just unforgivably ugly. Why even bother animating it if all the human characters are just going to be made to look as human as possible and animated via motion capture? They just look like floaty zombies wading through sludgy air. Ew.
Okay, so I'd seen this show before in prior years, and never given it that much thought. Tonight, I was over at a friend's house for a dinner party, though, and the TV happened to be operating in the background with the sound turned down. After a while, when conversation in our end of the room was dying down, another girl asked to have the captions turned on so we could follow it, and I got treated to a goodly chunk of an episode of What Not to Wear on TLC.

Has anyone else watched this show? Is it just me, or is it incredibly skeevy? If someone secretly videotaped me without my knowledge or consent for two weeks, then came to my job and publicly humiliated me in front of all of my coworkers by making a big, dramatic speech about how awful my clothes were, and then tried to pressure me into accepting a bribe in order to allow them to take most of my clothes away and replace them with ones they felt were more stylish...yeah, no. They would not be getting a new contestant. What they would be getting would be very sincere attempt to find out if I could sue them for anything along the lines of harassment, defamation, or invasion of privacy.

I guess a lot of women are reluctant to go on the show and there's wheedling and convincing and harping on how awful they look and by God they had better live up to society's version of femininity if they want to get anywhere in this world until they're shamed into giving in. Utterly despicable. This is not to mention that they insist on putting every single woman in high heels, regardless of her job or the fact that high heels are basically torture devices. Then half the time I can't tell any stylistic difference between the outfits they say are terrible and the ones that are supposedly the best thing since sliced bread anyway. And with this one woman, they seemed to be freaking the fuck out about how she wore a baggy gray hoodie when she was walking the dog on the weekends. Really?

I'm having flashbacks to Letter from an Unknown Woman, here. Why do other women perpetuate this bullshit?
Somehow, I didn't expect a song titled "Gay Pirates" to be so bittersweet.



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