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the ultimate viaduct building
[14 Jun 2019|12:00pm]

[ mood | amused ]

This is just the ultimate viaduct building in so many ways, isn't it? Above the line, dated, but nice and interesting. Below the line? Cartoonishly empty windows and cement slab.

I mean, sure, it could be a solid wall underneath the levels anyone might ever see, but somehow, the decision to have the barest minimum of openings makes it even so much worse.

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The Arc of Conflict, Edda 14g: The Battle of Oasis
[09 Jun 2019|06:07pm]

[ mood | sleepy ]

Alliances, it has been said, are at their weakest on the brink of defeat, and on the brink of victory. After defeating the China Sea omnium, the gods of Oasis offered their help to Russia, to defeat their own Siberian threat, and Russia accepted that offer - but made additional secret plans of their own.

Of Gods and Monsters: The Arc of Conflict
Edda 14g: The Battle of Oasis

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First, there was an explosion.

Then another.

Then another, much, much larger.

Then, finally, one in words - possibly the worst of them all.

Of Gods and Monsters: The Arc of Conflict is a continuance of The Arc of Ascension, The Arc of Creation, and The Armourer and the Living Weapon. It will be told in a series of eddas, sagas, interludes, fragments, texts, and cantos, all of which serve their individual purposes. To follow the story as it appears, please subscribe to the series.

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the viaduct, again
[06 Jun 2019|12:15pm]

For some reason, the demolition crews have cleaned up four of the support frames from the viaduct, closest to the tracks, and they look so different, when they're very light grey, almost white, instead of the oil-stained deep grey we've always known.

Did the viaduct all look like that, new?

I can't help think how different an impression it would've made, then - all light, but strong, almost marble, strewn along the dirty brick of the old industrial waterfront, a row of columns, shiny, and bright - not the wall it became, but an entryway, the entire city a Greek temple. A stripe of tomorrow slicing through the city, sure, but also, a piece of yesterday, of fiction, of mythology, a slice of Gondor itself slipped into the grey mists of Seattle, an entry gate and buttress both, lifting, strengthening, elevating everything, everything that touched it, saying come, travellers - welcome to Seattle. We are the future.

I wonder how long it took to decay.

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The Queen's Toaster, Chapter 1: The Nuremberg Partridge Cup
[02 Jun 2019|05:29pm]

[ mood | silly ]

Amélie Lacroix used to be the Widowmaker. She's not, anymore. Talon is gone, and the threat is over. But few if any governments are really willing to forgive a known terrorist with dozens - no, hundreds - of kills under her belt, so coming in from the cold wasn't really an option.

But one has to make a living somehow. A lot of the same skills used to infiltrate for assassination work just as well for other kinds of infiltration, and Amélie always did have an eye for spotting value in art.

I honestly have no idea where or even if this is going anywhere. But I have some ideas about what comes next. [ao3 link]

Chapter 1: The Nuremberg Partridge CupCollapse )

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We figured it out!
[02 Jun 2019|09:53am]

[ mood | sleepy ]

Okay, so, as some people had correctly noted, this glyph was - on top of everything else - a word written over another word. I knew that; that's why I took the photo originally, to try to figure out what had been first, if I could, and see if that helped.

If I assume the word underneath was "plags" (or "plugs" written with an A, as was done repeatedly) and edit that out, it looks like this:

I posted that image, and people kept saying "well, obviously, it's your mukrow, duh." And I replied that I keep trying to pronounce what you'd maybe say and then write "mukrow" if you don't really speak English very well, because that's how I figured out "furnace" and "vacuum," even if the word that turned out to be furnace was written in the wrong place. But I wasn't getting anywhere.

And then Phil replied, in all caps, as suddenly it popped into his head:

MICROWAVE

And I'm sure he's right. That's what it was supposed to be. It's not that, and with the circuit off, I can't find a dead outlet, but I'm sure that's what was supposed to happen, but they hooked it up to the wrong circuit. If I assume it was hooked to the wrong circuit, it fixes a lot of stupidity about the circuit to which it's actually connected, and that circuit makes much more sense.

The question is now whether there's actually a lead somewhere either in the wall or in the crawlspace that's connected to that breaker, and whether I can fix this by attaching the wire where it was supposed to go in the first place.

And if anyone's wondering what got this whole process started, it was trying to find what circuit the dishwasher was on because I needed to pull it because it sprung a leak, and most of the breakers were either labelled "lights" or "plags." And after it took much longer than it should've to find the dishwasher, I said, "okay, we're not doing that again" and went on a circuit identification bender.

They all looked like that, before, mostly labelled "lights & plags." But now I have them all. "mukrow" was the last circuit left.

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a strange glyph from a forgotten age
[01 Jun 2019|09:11pm]

[ mood | confused ]

i have a house wiring circuit i absolutely cannot find. my last guesses were special separate outdoor outlet or house recirculation fan. it is neither.

there is a mysterious glyph in an unknown hand, left by the builder. the builder was tricky and sometimes lies, but this puzzle i cannot solve.

does ANYONE know what the living fuck the scrawl on line 15b might mean?



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The Arc of Conflict, Edda 14f: moves and countermoves
[26 May 2019|05:50pm]

[ mood | busy ]

Alliances, it has been said, are at their weakest on the brink of defeat, and on the brink of victory. After defeating the China Sea omnium, the gods of Oasis offered their help to Russia, to defeat their own Siberian threat, and Russia accepted that offer - but made additional secret plans of their own.

Of Gods and Monsters: The Arc of Conflict
Edda 14f: moves and countermoves

solarbird and bzarcher

Politics is the continuation of war by other means.

Motions in the United Nations. Peace Overtures. Negotiations.

The weapons of diplomats are unleashed as Overwatch and the world attempt to keep the conflict between Oasis and Russia from spreading.

Of Gods and Monsters: The Arc of Conflict is a continuance of The Arc of Ascension, The Arc of Creation, and The Armourer and the Living Weapon. It will be told in a series of eddas, sagas, interludes, fragments, texts, and cantos, all of which serve their individual purposes. To follow the story as it appears, please subscribe to the series.

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widowmaker: rallying (9 of 14)
[25 May 2019|10:27pm]

[ mood | tired ]

hooooooooo.

so i'm not shooting well, at all, this game. i'm tired, i should've quit earlier but I didn't, and I'm regretting it.

then i ralled, nine out of the final 14 kills were mine (all my final blows - including four of the last six) and we won.

they weren't all good shots - some of them were fairly terrible shots - but they were the shots we needed. you want some pulling a game out of the fire? i will claim this as one.

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widowmaker: i hope you learned your lession
[24 May 2019|06:02pm]

[ mood | pleased ]

And this is why you don't run patterns like that, enemy Widowmaker.

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Old Soldiers, Chapter 30: all those things left behind
[19 May 2019|07:33pm]

[ mood | accomplished ]

Honestly, I wasn't always sure this novel would be finished. But it is. Enjoy!

Chapter 30 of 30, as we are near the end, gets a cut. This chapter is worksafe. Click through to read. [AO3 link]

Chapter 30Collapse )

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Widowmaker Holds the Point
[19 May 2019|12:45am]

[ mood | pleased ]

The first three of these kills were Play of the Game. Ingrates didn't even vote for me when we lost, but it was clearly not my fault.

(Placements are a trainwreck. Silver, here I come!)

[shorter POTG clip]

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Widowmaker: let's start this game with play of the game, shall we?
[18 May 2019|01:01am]

[ mood | sleepy ]

Let's start the game with play of the game, shall we?

(They did not recover from that. It was delightful.)

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The Arc of Conflict, Fragment e14e,2: I understand, but I cannot stay
[12 May 2019|08:00pm]

[ mood | rushed ]

Alliances, it has been said, are at their weakest on the brink of defeat, and on the brink of victory. After defeating the China Sea omnium, the gods of Oasis offered their help to Russia, to defeat their own Siberian threat, and Russia accepted that offer - but made additional secret plans of their own.

Of Gods and Monsters: The Arc of Conflict
Fragment e14e,2: I understand, but I cannot stay

solarbird and bzarcher

Aleksandra Zaryanova: Weightlifter. Olympian. Soldier. Hero. Icon. Symbol. Goddess.

Russian.

Zarya is all of them and more. But as the conflict between Oasis and her country grows, she still struggles to reconcile who she has been, and who she has become. When even the Gods cannot help her find an answer, where can she go?

Of Gods and Monsters: The Arc of Conflict is a continuance of The Arc of Ascension, The Arc of Creation, and The Armourer and the Living Weapon. It will be told in a series of eddas, sagas, interludes, fragments, texts, and cantos, all of which serve their individual purposes. To follow the story as it appears, please subscribe to the series.

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i have no idea what i’m doing there
[07 May 2019|11:11am]

A few people had been asking if I had a Patreon, and I haven’t. But since yesterday was the last day to set an account up there under the old, better-for-creators terms, I did, so now I do.

I have no idea what I’m doing, really. It’s mostly about the fic I’ve been writing, I guess? Na, that’s not a guess, it just is. But I’ll probably put music stuff on it too.

I did set a goal, at least: “stop feeling embarrassed about having a patreon.” I do not expect to hit it. (⌒▽⌒)

Supervillain Studios

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i love it when teams get desperate
[07 May 2019|01:40am]

[ mood | pleased ]

Yes. Please. Line up. Just like that. Just like that.

Thank you.

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Old Soldiers, Chapter 29: at least there is that much
[05 May 2019|04:56pm]

[ mood | pleased ]

Chapter 29 of 30, as we are near the end, gets a cut. This chapter is worksafe. Click through to read. [AO3 link]

Chapter 29Collapse )

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you can hop, but you can't... hop...
[05 May 2019|10:22am]

[ mood | amused ]

Just keep hoppin', Bastion. That'll save you. For sure.

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pharah: quad kill without barrage
[05 May 2019|10:17am]

[ mood | sleepy ]

You don't see a lot of quad-kills with Pharah without barrage involved, so I was really quite happy with this. It was one of those teams that Mercy and I couldn't drag to a victory no matter what we did, but that didn't stop me from doing.

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The last three were POTG
[05 May 2019|10:12am]

[ mood | sleepy ]

The last three of these kills were POTG, but the POTG video didn't capture all of it, so I grabbed the longer form.

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shameful!
[05 May 2019|10:06am]

[ mood | amused ]

Punching Bastion to death is always the best. Particularly as Widowmaker.

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