Three Things Meme

[personal profile] colorwheel gave me three things which i may or may not know or care about.


I like sunlight very very much as long as it does not directly hit my eyes and does not spend too much time hitting my skin.


Pharmacists have generally been awesome to me. One of them gave me my first real job; I spent months as a cashier at an independent drugstore as a teenager. These days I usually interact with them when picking up medicine for cats.


I wear a lot of flannel when it's cold out. It's comfy and versatile if you don't get dressed up much. Also I can put on a big flannel shirt, wear it around some, and then put it on my wife when she gets cold.

feel free to ask in comments if you want three things.

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De Tavi Pontis Clade: translating one of English's worst poems into Latin

Every December, I participate in a fanfiction exchange called Yuletide, in which people request fanfiction for artworks and other fandoms that do not have significant amounts of fanfiction written for them.

This year, there was a request for fanfiction for the poem "The Tay Bridge Disaster" by William McGonnagal. This is one of McGonnagal's best-known poems, and he is known for being among the worst poets ever to write in English. So of course I am a fan. When all I knew was that someone had requested the poem as a fandom, I was already interested in writing something for them. But then I saw the letter, in which one of the suggestions was "Retell it in Virgilian hexameters."

Here's the thing. I had already written the first line as a Virgilian hexameter. About a year earlier, I had seen in a listing of Latin placenames for locations in Britain that the Scottish river Tay is Tavus, and had translated McGonagall's "Beautiful Railway Bridge of the Silv’ry Tay!" as "Trāminis ō pulcher pons tū Tāvī radiantis!" So I had to write more. It was a moral imperative.

As it turned out, I wasn't able to get the whole poem translated by the Yuletide deadline. I did get the opening and closing stanzas, which are perhaps among the best-known parts of the poem. So I put a frame story onto it of discovering the two fragments, which gave me the chance to use some MLA citations. The selection by Colin S.K. Walker is real, and very recommended.

De Tavi Pontis Clade Carminis Fragmenta: Newly Discovered Fragments (543 words) by cnoocy
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The Tay Bridge Disaster - William McGonagall
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Additional Tags: Academia, scholarship, Hexameter

The opening and closing of Gulielmus McGonagall's De Tavi Pontis Clade, newly discovered in the original Latin.

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Dear Yuletide Writer 2018

Thank you so much for writing a story for me!

I am into: into: Worldbuilding, settings, adventures, neat ideas, engagement with canon, complication of canon (including making antagonists sympathetic).

DNW: The standard set of warning items (Canon character death is fine though.)

Dusty California - Paul and Storm (Song)

There's a whole 70s rock superhero continuity alluded to in this song. I'd love to see some of the derring-do of the Arroyo Harbor Desperados and see how their powers work in the field.

Super optional prompt #1: Do the Desperados have secret identities? Do their musical and superheroic careers ever come into conflict?
Super optional prompt #2: Who are some of the villains the band fights in the song? Are they connected to other aspects of 1970s California? Or are they from somewhere or somewhen else?
Super optional prompt #3: It's not at all clear from the song that the Desperados are actually good people or even heroes. Are there others around who see them differently?

20th Century Naval Vessels (Anthropomorfic)
USS Independence (CV-62), Italian training ship Amerigo Vespucci
My request is inspired by this brief historical flirtation between the two ships in the 60s, and the immediate need to anthropomorphize the pair.

Note #1: Since the Independence was decommissioned in 1998 and is currently being dismantled, that death is canon.

Note #2: I'm deliberately not specifying the gender of either ship in this prompt, but please feel free to do whatever you would like to with their genders.

Super optional prompt #1: Did the two ships communicate further after their meeting? What did the Vespucci think of the Independence's statement?
Super optional prompt #2: What does the Vespucci think of the Independence's decommissioning? Does the Vespucci have thoughts about the next ship to bear the Independence's name?
Super optional prompt #3: Any sort of AU with the two ships!

Succession - Scott Westerfeld

I love the scope of this series. It feels very real, and provides a great sense of wonder without feeling at all unrealistic.

Super optional prompt #1: How do Rana and h_rd reunite after book 2? Are they able to be together?
Super optional prompt #2: What does Alexander think of what has happened? How aware is Alexander of the political ramifications of what has been revealed?

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Nice Glass: A Cassingle Mix for Jadelennox

So, jadelennox made a joke about putting a mix on cassingle, and it got me thinking. So we decided on some ground rules (5 minutes/side, must be released as an individual track, no more than 50% Fingertips) and here we are.

Nice Glass
Side 1
Side 2
Zip file with individual tracks and cover

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