October 23rd, 2017
posted by [syndicated profile] met_art_feed at 12:00am on 23/10/2017
Dune Landscape with Oak Tree
Jacob van Ruisdael

Artist: Jacob van Ruisdael (Dutch, Haarlem 1628/29–1682 Amsterdam)

Date: 1650–55
Medium: Black chalk; brush and gray wash; gouache; framing lines in pen and brown ink.
Dimensions: 8 1/4 x 7 1/2 in. (21.0 x 19.1 cm)
Classification: Drawings
Credit Line: Fletcher Fund, 1995
Accession Number: 1995.196

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posted by [syndicated profile] met_art_feed at 12:00am on 23/10/2017
Dune Landscape with Oak Tree
Jacob van Ruisdael

Artist: Winslow Homer (American, Boston, Massachusetts 1836–1910 Prouts Neck, Maine)

Date: 1903
Medium: Watercolor and graphite on off-white wove paper
Dimensions: 13 15/16 x 21 3/4 in. (35.4 x 55.2 cm)
Classification: Drawings
Credit Line: Amelia B. Lazarus Fund, 1910
Accession Number: 10.228.1

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posted by [syndicated profile] yuletide_feed at 03:33am on 23/10/2017

Posted by morbane

This year's New Year's Resolution collection has 73 works posted by 68 authors in ~79 fandoms, ranging in length from a drabble to a novel.

By fandom
#FindTheGirlsOnTheNegatives - Anonymous
-Whatever Is Has Already Been

10th Kingdom
-Wolf Moon

91 Days (Anime)
-As Hands and Feet

Aliens (1986), Alien (1979), Alien Series

American Horror Story: Hotel
-of our own device

Arrow (TV 2012) / Constantine (TV)
-Scar Tissue

Avengers Academy (Video Game) / Marvel Cinematic Universe / Marvel (Comics)
-a cup of kindness yet

Back to the Future (Movies)
-Early Morning Interlude

Being Human (US/Canada)
-Shadows and light

The Black Shield of Falworth (1954)
-Men of Boulders

Books of the Raksura - Martha Wells
-Fighting Queen

The Bourne Supremacy (2004)

Bridgerton Series - Julia Quinn
-strange, dear, but true, dear

Brooklyn Nine-Nine (TV)
-Making a Move

C: 299792 Kilometers Per Second (Short Film)
-The Crew

Chess - Rice/Ulvaeus/Andersson
-Friendship (And Beyond)

Chaos Walking - Patrick Ness
-These Seeds Were Sown in Ash and Rubble

The Comfortable Courtesan - Madame C- C-
-The Burning Castle

Constantine (2005)
-a word of advice

Constantine (TV) / Arrow (TV 2012)
-Scar Tissue

Constellations Anthromorphic / Solar System (Anthropomorphic) / Hellenistic Religion & Lore
-The Linaments of Heaven

Crimson Peak (2015)
-Fall Towards Grace

Critical Role (Web Series)
-a haunting, hunted kind; the left behind

Dangan Ronpa / Dangan Ronpa - All Media Types / Dangan Ronpa 3: The End of 希望ヶ峰学園 | The End of Kibougamine Gakuen | End of Hope's Peak High School
-The Twist Within this Verbose Mystery

Doctor Who (2005) / Mansfield Park - Jane Austen

Dracula (TV 1968)
-Night Falls

Dracula - Bram Stoker
-A Stranger in a Strange Land

Dragonlance - Margaret Weis & Tracy Hickman
-First it Giveth (then it taketh Away)

-Never Would

Ex Machina (2015)

Fate/Zero, Fate/stay night & Related Fandoms
-My Lady Fair Was She

The Goblin Emperor - Katherine Addison
-Diamond in the Rough
-The Arrival of the Great Avar

Golden Girls
-It Takes the Bake

Hellenistic Religion & Lore / Constellations Anthromorphic / Solar System (Anthropomorphic),
-The Linaments of Heaven

Honor Harrington Series - David Weber

I'm the Main Character of a Harem Manga But I'm Gay So Every Day Is Hell for Me
-Like Compels Like

iZombie (TV)
-But it isn't wings or hooks

The Jewel in the Crown (TV)
-The hawk outpacing

Killjoys (TV)
-ain't no shortcuts home

A Ladies' Guide to Collecting Mermaid Love Songs - Aimee Picchi
-A Connoisseur of Beauty

League of Legends RPF
-get jinxed
-some superhero, some fairy tale bliss
-when we give enough of ourselves away we lose sight of who we are and sometimes we call that love and sometimes we call that self-destruction

The Legend of Zelda: Majora's Mask
-Wear My Fearsome Power

Luciver (TV)
-Heaven Spent

Mad Men
-Little Band of Gold

Mahou Shoujo Lyrical Nanoha | Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha
-Requiem for the Dead

Mansfield Park - Jane Austen / Doctor Who (2005)

The Martian - All Media Types / The Martian (2015)
-starman waiting in the sky

The Martian - All Media Types / The Martian (2015) / The Martian - Andy Weir
-To Watney (v.)

Marvel Cinematic Universe / Marvel (Comics) / Avengers Academy (Video Game)
-a cup of kindness yet

Matt Cruse Series - Kenneth Oppel
-To the Heights

Mercy Thompson Series - Patricia Briggs

機動戦士ガンダム 鉄血のオルフェンズ | Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans
-Heads of the Family

Mrs. Pollifax - Dorothy Gilman
-The Unexpected (Assignment for) Mrs. Pollifax

마이걸| My Girl (TV 2005)
-A Tangerine's Dilemma

琅琊榜 | Nirvana in Fire (TV)
-Homecoming surprise

Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
-Les Revenans (Those Who Return)

Pandemic Legacy: Season One

Pegasus - Robin McKinley
-More Honoured in the Breach

Pride (2014)
-Gay's the Word

Prometheus (2012)
-looks familiar (feels obscene)

The Ship Who Sang - Anne McCaffrey
-An Equivocal Kinship

Skuggserien | The Shadow Series - Maria Gripe
- - pronounced -

Solar System (Anthropomorphic / Hellenistic Religion & Lore / Constellations Anthromorphic
-The Linaments of Heaven

Superstore (TV)
-is a place you can't avoid

Tortall - Tamora Pierce
-The Morning After

Twin Peaks
-And All the Things Left Unsaid

Umineko no Naku Koro ni | When the Seagulls Cry
-Excerpts from the Book of the One Truth

Veep (TV)
-Not Great, Admittedly
-Tune Into My Frequency

We Know the Devil (Visual Novel)
-Give the Devil Her Due

White Boots - Noel Streatfeild
-To skate again

Wolfblood (TV)
-Pack Is Home, Home Is Pack

The Yellow Wallpaper - Charlotte Perkins Gilman
-Beyond the Wallpaper

Zootopia (2016)
-Benjamin's Best

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NYR2017 is now closed. The New Year's Resolution collection for 2018 will open on January 1. Works for past Yuletide prompts may be submitted there.

Posted by Rob Bricken

War! The Republic is crumbling under attacks by the ruthless Sith Lord, Count—wait a minute. Wrong war. Instead, after two full seasons of build-up, Rick and Negan have finally begun their long-awaited match-up, and tonight, the first battle was fought.


October 22nd, 2017

Posted by Beth M

I’ve reached the end of another week and I once again feel like I’ve over indulged and need some vegetables in my life, so I reached into my archives and decided to revive my Moroccan Lentil and Vegetable Stew for this week’s meal prep. OMG you guys, I forgot how insanely good this soup is!! That cinnamon is so warm and delicious in this savory soup. The scent really does tickle your brain. Anyway, I paired it with my super easy Focaccia Rolls (begin these the night before) and then since I wanted to add more green to the meal, I just added a handful of fresh spinach to each bowl instead of cooking a separate side dish. The spinach will get stirred into the soup and will wilt when reheated, providing even more vegetable-y goodness to the soup!

Moroccan Lentil and Vegetable Stew Meal Prep

This Moroccan Lentil and Vegetable Stew meal prep is full of warm spices, homemade rolls, and an extra handful of spinach to make an absolutely killer meal. BudgetBytes.com

This Meal Prep Includes:

Moroccan Lentil and Vegetable Stew: $6.02

1/2 batch Focaccia Rolls: $0.60

1/2 10 oz. bag fresh spinach $0.95


Cost per meal: $1.09

Cost of leftovers (4 servings soup, 2 rolls): $3.21

This Moroccan Lentil and Vegetable Stew meal prep is full of warm spices, homemade rolls, and an extra handful of spinach to make an absolutely killer meal. BudgetBytes.com


  • The Moroccan Lentil and Vegetable Stew recipe makes about 8 1.5 cup servings. Luckily, this soup freezes great, so you can stash the other four in the freezer. Or do six servings of 2 cups each and stash two servings in the freezer.
  • The Focaccia Rolls recipe is super easy to cut in half, which gives you six rolls. They also freeze beautifully (after baking), so you can either make a full batch and freeze a bunch of them, or just freeze the extra two (or eat the extra two during the week because they’re just really delicious).
  • Don’t forget to begin the focaccia dough the night before. It needs to ferment at room temperature for 12-18 hours. If you can’t get to the dough before 18 hours, you can pop it in the fridge to press “pause” on the process and then let it come back to room temperature before you shape and bake them.
  • To store the Focaccia rolls I simply wrapped each one in a fold-top sandwich bag.

This Moroccan Lentil and Vegetable Stew meal prep is full of warm spices, homemade rolls, and an extra handful of spinach to make an absolutely killer meal. BudgetBytes.com

Seriously though, who wouldn’t be jealous of that lunch??

Pyrex round glass containers

And yes, I did get new containers! I wanted a round container for soups and bowl meals (like Bibimbap) and these Pyrex 4-cup containers seemed pretty perfect. This is my first time using them so I can’t vouch for durability and spill proof-ness just yet, but I’ll update in future posts!

The post Moroccan Lentil and Vegetable Stew Meal Prep appeared first on Budget Bytes.

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When Jodie Whitaker’s take on the Doctor begins her time-travelling adventures next year, she’ll be surrounded by a lot of new faces. Meet the three newest regulars in the Doctor Who cast.


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This month, wildfires tore through Northern California. As of the most recent estimates, they have killed 42 people and destroyed 8,400 structures, including many privates residences. In A Fire Story, Brian Fies uses a diary comic to tell the story of just one of those homes: his.


posted by [syndicated profile] io9_feed at 04:12pm on 22/10/2017

Posted by Eric Van Allen on Compete, shared by Julie Muncy to io9

In a match last night at the Portland Retro Gaming Expo, one Luigi player pulled out a move that few would ever expect in a competitive setting: the taunt.


Posted by Julie Muncy

A long time ago, David Fincher was in the running to direct The Force Awakens, a job that eventually went to JJ Abrams. As it turns out, Fincher avoided the galaxy far, far away for a good reason.


posted by [syndicated profile] neilgaiman_feed at 06:33pm on 22/10/2017
posted by Neil Gaiman
My friends Sxip Shirey and Coco Karol were married yesterday.  I wrote and read something for them at the wedding party.

Afterwards a few people found me and asked me what I'd read and where they could find it, and I explained I had written it for Sxip and Coco that morning, and then they asked if they could read it again.

"I have a blog," I told them. "And it is dusty there and really, I should put it up. So look on my blog." (And now I'm blogging I realise I need to do blog about the TV series we are making of Good Omens.)

This is what I read.


This is everything I have to tell you about love: nothing.
This is everything I've learned about marriage: nothing.

Only that the world out there is complicated,
and there are beasts in the night, and delight and pain,
and the only thing that makes it okay, sometimes,
is to reach out a hand in the darkness and find another hand to squeeze,
and not to be alone.

It's not the kisses, or never just the kisses: it's what they mean.
Somebody's got your back.
Somebody knows your worst self and somehow doesn't want to rescue you
or send for the army to rescue them.

It's not two broken halves becoming one.
It's the light from a distant lighthouse bringing you both safely home
because home is wherever you are both together.

So this is everything I have to tell you about love and marriage: nothing,
like a book without pages or a forest without trees.

Because there are things you cannot know before you experience them.
Because no study can prepare you for the joys or the trials.
Because nobody else's love, nobody else's marriage, is like yours,
and it's a road you can only learn by walking it,
a dance you cannot be taught,
a song that did not exist before you began, together, to sing.

And because in the darkness you will reach out a hand,
not knowing for certain if someone else is even there.
And your hands will meet, 
and then neither of you will ever need to be alone again.

And that's all I know about love.

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Posted by Julie Muncy

Ryan North is a funny, smart guy. But if comics writer and artist Jason Latour is to be believed, he has some bad opinions about Looney Tunes.


posted by [syndicated profile] michael_turner_feed at 10:17am on 22/10/2017

Posted by Michael Turner

Yesterday was a residency day at Griffin Art Projects, where I spent most of the afternoon reading the Fire Safety Plan. Not only did I discover some intriguing facts about the building, I also learned how a city or a district's "fire" regulations, like its "health" regulations, involve more than smouldering rags and unrefrigerated mayonnaise. (Recall Ray Bradbury's futuristic Fahrenheit 451, where fire brigades are primarily responsible for setting fire to books. Or the 19th century, when barbers performed amputations.)

I was about to attempt a Fire Watch "walk-through", for no other reason than than to enter it into the Plan's log, when Catarina from the Seattle Art Museum arrived to see Paul P.'s show, but also to joke, "I have been in Vancouver all day and I have yet to see a photograph!" That was one distraction. Another involved Paul's call to the gallery, whereupon learning that I was present asked Lee what I was wearing -- to which Lee provided what I thought at the time to be a rather dull description, only to realize later that what Paul was really asking was whether or not I was wearing work clothes.

The picture above was taken at the entrance of the Griffin, and was immediately sent to Catarina. Not a broken drain pipe, but the effect of a broken drain pipe. (It is my attempt at a Turner. Not the train, but its smoke as a measure of its locomotion.) In order to get the best picture possible, in the safest way possible, I had to borrow a rain poncho from the utility room. So yes, Paul, it was taken in work clothes. I literally had to bend over backwards to take it!

Posted by Mike Vago on The A.V. Club, shared by Julie Muncy to io9

With more than 5.4 million articles, Wikipedia is an invaluable resource, whether you’re throwing a term paper together at the last minute, or looking for a station in your area that carries good power converters. We explore some of Wikipedia’s oddities in our 5,497,456-week series, Wiki Wormhole.


Posted by Julie Muncy

The Handmaid’s Tale depicts a world where female autonomy is banned, hemmed in by a hateful, sexist theocracy. But what if the target if that regime was a little different?


Posted by JenniferP

Dear Captain Awkward,

I’ve been dating this guy for 3 months now. He has this pattern of disappearing for a couple of days and then come back. At the beginning he was all super flirty on text and showered me with compliments and sent each other snaps and nudes and said all the sweet things like he wants to treat me like a princess and make me his. Lowkey I knew he was a fuckboy* because most of the time he wanted to sext and talk about fucking me. He said he wasn’t looking for a relationship but if we become more than something then sure but if we don’t then we continue being friends. I came out of a 4 year relationship couple of months ago so I have been out of the dating game for too long and I moved in here to California from a different country so the concept of dating is way here is new to me. He was showing all signs of “fuckboy*” but my mind ignored it and I got led on and I started to get feelings for him. I know, you must be thinking if I knew he was a fuckboy* the how the hell did I started to like him?

Well, first of all he is really charming and good looking. He is really smart and does all the gentleman things like open the door for me and pays for the food. He actually seems like a genuine good person when I’m with him. I forget every annoying stuff and red flags when I spend time with him.

I realized our relationship will not go anywhere and he will continue to play with me. Once I told him that I had feelings for him and this is getting too much for
me so I’m gonna end the “friends with benefits” thing and remain friends and he gave a simple response “okay your choice.” After 2 weeks he hit me up on snapchat after he saw a selfie of mine and said he wants to come over to my house in the weekend. I couldn’t say no. We had an amazing time and after that he ghosted on me again. He is emotionally unavailable and does not share much about his life. I want to end it with him but I’m too weak to do it. Every time I pull back, he then wants to chase me. recently I texted him ” are you ghosting on me or something going on with u?” then he replied with ” i’m just damn busy :/” .

I’m really confused what he actually wants. If he doesn’t like me anymore then why doesn’t he just tell me or stop texting me? The relationship is hurting me. I don’t blast him with lots of texts nor do I nag. I always try to stay civil and calm even when i’m hurt by him. I’m having a hard time opening up to him of what exactly I feel. I wanted to take the relationship to another level and spend more time with him getting to know him. I wanted him to be my boyfriend. But I didn’t demand it. I did not expect anything in return when I told him I liked him. Because I can’t force him to like me back.
What should I do Captain Awkward? Even though I make myself busy with things. But I can’t seem to not cut him out of my life for good.

Sincerely Confused

*Fuckboy = the letter writer is using it as a term to describe a man who is unreliable and untrustworthy around sex. It has a history as a descriptor of prison rape victims and attaching men who aren’t traditionally masculine and is therefore a word we’re not going to use anymore at CaptainAwkward.com enterprises. I’m not telling anyone they can’t ever use it, but I’m also going to personally stop. Not least because I am a big ol’ white lady and “well it’s more complex than that in AAVE” isn’t really the hill I want to die on in my comments section. Not every word that exists is an ok word for me. Cool? Cool.

Dear Sincerely Confused:

You say you’ve been dating for about 3 months and that you’re “confused about what he actually wants.

He said he wasn’t looking for a relationship. Ergo, what he wants is what is happening right now. He wants to flirt and have your attention and have sex with you sometimes. And then he wants to drop out of sight sometimes. He wants you to want him but he doesn’t want to be your boyfriend or have any obligation or deeper emotional connection. He wants you when he feels like it and he wants to be able to go away and ignore you when he doesn’t feel like it. He wants this. This thing that you say is hurting and confusing to you is the best this is likely to get.

You will never have a loving monogamous relationship with him where he is your boyfriend. If he wanted that, he would have said “Yes!” when you asked him about it. He would have made it happen. If you stay friends, or, um, “friends,” he will sometimes want to have sex with you, but it won’t mean anything has changed. Paying for dates and opening doors for you isn’t deeply meaningful. You’ve known/suspected this from the start, and he’s done every possible thing to confirm it.

It’s one of life’s great tragedies and comedies that we can have amazing chemistry and fun sexy feelings with people who aren’t actually good partners for us. That “omg this is the BEST” way he makes you feel should be illegal, right? Charisma isn’t the same as character.

The good news here is also the bad news: All the power to end or clarify this situation lies with you. You can stop this any time you want to.

You could decide “You know what, it’s worth it to me to have a fun diverting time with him when he pops up a couple of times a year, and I can safely ignore him the rest of the time, because I know 100% that it’s not going to turn into anything else.” To be clear, I don’t think this is where you are right now because you say that this is all hurting you. But I also know that there have been times in my life when a break-glass-in-case-of-emergency-need-for-uncomplicated-known-quantity-good-makeouts-dude has come in handy. No one would judge you if you changed his name in your phone to “Handsome Dumpster Fire” and didn’t delete it just yet. Winter is coming.

You could also decide “Hey, I really want a devoted, reliable boyfriend who loves me and I’m gonna hold out for that and not waste time on charming, unreliable dudes” and then deploy your new best friend, the block button. You’ll be sad and miss the thrill of the little roller coaster you’ve been riding for a while, but then you’ll feel better after a while of not being jerked around and there will be room in your life to meet someone else.

Back when she dated men, the lovely Samantha Irby (rocking it today in the New York Times btw) made a policy to protect her heart and reclaim her time. If she didn’t hear from a dude within a couple days of a date/sexy stuff/or simply her texting him, she deleted his number from her phone. That way she could resist the urge to keep pinging him or checking to see if he’d reached out, and if he did get in touch eventually she could legitimately be like “Wait, who is this?

If this sounds cynical, think of it as Sam deciding what she needed: Someone who, at minimum, texts back. Someone who pays attention. Someone who treated her like she was important and not some big interruption to the more important things he had going on. You can’t control your feelings but you can control how many times you leave a door open for someone who isn’t walking through it.

Letter Writer, you want love that shows up for you. You want love that is playing on your level. That’s not silly or “nagging” or annoying or needy, and the person who deserves you won’t see it that way. He also won’t act like it’s some chore to keep in touch except when he’s bored or wants something.

Sometimes the answer when someone ghosts on you, is “ghost harder!”




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