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With all the kerfuffle with LJ I am probably going to delete my LJ account and make my home on my toscas_kiss Dreamwidth account (who knows, I may remember to update every now and then!). 

All my old posts and therefore fiction, is migrated over however if anyone was looking to reread. 
toscas_kiss: Green Killing Curse: Avada Kedavra (Avada Kedavra)
Your strike has proven that yes, the Tube can operate with much fewer ticket office personnel.
toscas_kiss: Tosca's Kiss Steampunk Kiss (Gluttony - Son Goku)

I love eating at Yo!Sushi, but - ugh - why do I always end up with seaweed stuck between my back teeth?

toscas_kiss: Tosca's Kiss Steampunk Kiss (Prussia - Prost!)
Sealand is soon to be the hot new tourist spot for 2012:


(actually, I think Prussia probably says, "Well, it's obvious that I didn't train those German and Dutch mercenaries.")



Jun. 10th, 2012 12:46 am
toscas_kiss: Tosca's Kiss Steampunk Kiss (Just put me out of my misery now)
Is it just my crappy Internet connection, or is everyone else having serious problems using Archive of our Own?

I keep getting Error 502 pages and having to reload pages again and again. :-(
toscas_kiss: Tosca's Kiss Steampunk Kiss (Heh.)
So Space Nazis proved to be as amusing onscreen as they are in concept.

I saw "Iron Sky" tonight and thoroughly recommend it. It's been ages since I've seen a decent black comedy and this one really hit all bases - social, political, racial, gender, fashion and sexual mores all coming in for a good poking, as well as sprinkles of wit and some light dashes of situational comedy. The big 'twist' - although obvious - had myself and the rest of the audience cackling with glee. It was also worth going to see it on the big screen for the kickass battles and space effects.

A big Thumbs Up from me and I'll be buying the DVD when it's released.

ETA: In terms of stars, I'd give it 4/5.

toscas_kiss: Tosca's Kiss Steampunk Kiss (Prussia - Teutonic Knight)
Yes, the Iron Sky is open again.

After the much-protested single solitary showing of the film in London, the UK distributor has bent due to demand and will now be showing Iron Sky throughout the British Empire UK and Ireland (though that does rather make you wonder if it was a PR stunt on their part).

List of screening cinemas available here

Iron Sky is a dark science fiction comedy directed by Timo Vuorensola and will feature musical score composed by Slovenian industrial musical group Laibach, and was mostly shot in in Germany and Australia. 

"In the last moments of World War II, a secret Nazi space program evaded destruction by fleeing to the Dark Side of the Moon. During 70 years of utter secrecy, the Nazis construct a gigantic space fortress with a massive armada of flying saucers.

When American astronaut James Washington (Christopher Kirby) puts down his Lunar Lander a bit too close to the secret Nazi base, the Moon Führer (Udo Kier) decides the glorious moment of retaking the Earth has arrived sooner than expected. Washington claims the mission is just a publicity stunt for the President of the United States (Stephanie Paul), but what else could the man be but a scout for the imminent attack by Earth forces? The Fourth Reich must act!

Two Nazi officers, ruthless Klaus Adler (Götz Otto) and idealistic Renate Richter (Julia Dietze), travel to Earth to prepare the invasion. In the end when the Moon Nazi UFO armada darkens the skies, ready to strike at the unprepared Earth, every man, woman and nation alike, must re-evaluate their priorities."

toscas_kiss: Tosca's Kiss Steampunk Kiss (Smile like hell)

There are a lot of deep, sensitive and sensual Inception videos out there.

This is not one of them.

But it will make you smile like hell.

toscas_kiss: Tosca's Kiss Steampunk Kiss (Dance)
As recommended by Tom himself. I like!

toscas_kiss: Tosca's Kiss Steampunk Kiss (Oh Shit!)
Meme gakked from [ profile] dameange:

Go look at your blog/journal. Find the last fandom-related thing you posted. The characters in that post are now your team-mates in the Zombie Apocalypse. How fucked are you?

Which was... Stargate Atlantis. And I only mentioned botanists David Parrish and Katie Brown.


I am so very, very fucked.
toscas_kiss: Tosca's Kiss Steampunk Kiss (Rodney's worst nightmare)
OK. Am reading yet another - actually quite excellent - Stargate 'Atlantis claims independence' fanfiction and am struck yet again by one of the most moronic tropes ever, that way too many writers use, i.e. they run out of coffee.

Why does it never seem to occur to them that coffee is not actually a product that is spontaneously produced, but is actually a plant that grows?

That any sensible colonist or expedition supply officer would take seeds with them?

Coffee is a bit fiddly to germinate, but I'm a certified black thumb and I managed it myself in a London climate by doing it indoors on a windowsill under a plastic Coke bottle. It even got to 2 foot high before I went away on holiday and forgot to get it watered and it died. Any half-decent biologist could grow it. Parrish or Katie could do it in their sleep.

Sure, you don't want to introduce new plants into an ecosystem, but the city would of necessity have greenhouses, and that is an enclosed ecosystem. Not a problem.

So - please, please, please - if you are about to write Atlantis fanfic that's set after the first year and reconnection with Earth - use your logic!

Coffea arabica.

Definitely one of the most important seeds (along with Camellia sinensis) to add to your expedition's survival packs.
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This is really only a placeholder account. I actually post my daily blipverts on LiveJournal as toscas_kiss.

I am also very very slowly posting my fanfiction on Archive of our Own.

Or you can find most of it here at Tosca's Kiss website (courtesy of beren).

toscas_kiss: Tosca's Kiss Steampunk Kiss (WTF?!)

Because if you thought the genre of Japanese psychic-morphing-weapons-robot manga was weird and stupidly unrealistic? Here are Japanese bees to show you that fact really is stranger than (or in this case - the same as) fiction:

Japanese honeybees cook enemy in hot defensive bee ball


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toscas_kiss: Tosca's Kiss Steampunk Kiss (Cowgirl)
This is my favourite song from the last album I bought - Melody Gardot's "My One and Only Thrill", which I highly, highly recommend to anyone who likes blues, jazz or Nina Simone.

Also, this is an awesome bathtub video. It makes me want to throw on my gold lamé and feather boa, grab a glass of champagne and go dancing...

(OK, so I don't have gold lamé - but I do have a feather boa)

Aside from being a talented composer and singer, Melody Gardot has a remarkable, if somewhat sad, backstory. Her career developed as a result of using music therapy to help her recover from a bad jeep-vs-cyclist accident that left her with multiple serious injuries, including permanent neural problems and hyper-sensitivity to both sound and light (the reason for the rather cute glasses). She continues to promote music therapy to this day.

toscas_kiss: Tosca's Kiss Steampunk Kiss (Douchebucket - Sinfest comic)
Self-appointed Judge, Jury & Inciting Vigilante Executioners, Mr Spike Lee - didn't your mama ever tell you? Two wrongs don't make a right.

And that's not even taking into account you got the wrong address. Idiot.
toscas_kiss: Tosca's Kiss Steampunk Kiss (Fear Panic Mayhem My work is done)
Not sure which town it's from originally, but pretty darn funny:
Theatre Notice

toscas_kiss: Tosca's Kiss Steampunk Kiss (Rose)

To classical music lovers, a heads-up; 9 hours of Bach for .99c at Amazon for the next day or so. Available


Sadly only available in the US. :-(


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toscas_kiss: Tosca's Kiss Steampunk Kiss (A light from the shadows shall spring)
Wonderful little digital comic by Lisa Falzon (aka Meluseena on Etsy):

toscas_kiss: Tosca's Kiss Steampunk Kiss (Advice for Writers)

I don't usually squee about cheap jewellery here - well, not other people's at any rate ;-) - but I fell in love with the perfect necklace for a writer yesterday; a charming typewriter pendant in gold, blue and white enamel, with little keys and a fan of typebars.

It cost a whole £7 at Accessorize and is about 32mm wide by 42mm high by 8mm thick. Not sure if you can tell from the photo but the body is 3D (the 'paper' curls over the body), and a very dark blue and the paper an off-white. The chain is very long, about 22-24".

So if you feel like advertising your profession or hobby, rush off to Accessorize!

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