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Saturday Tabs

It's Saturday night! What's in Karen's tabs?


Bad Machinery, by John Allison: My favourite comic about British teenagers dealing with supernatural events in the great (tiny) city of Tackleford.

Gunnerkrigg Court, by Tom Siddell: My favourite comic about British teenagers dealing with supernatural events in the great and suspiciously creepy school/town/amazingness of Gunnerkrigg Court.

The Non-Adventures of Wonderella, by Justin Pierce: My favourite comic about an amoral, lazy, alcoholic superheroine who fights evil in a swimsuit and high boots and a tiara and has nothing at all to do with that other one you might have heard of.

Social Mediae, by Hope: A BBC Merlin fanfic that is hilarious even if you have never seen Merlin. About all you need to know is some basic form of the Merlin mythos, realise that in this version, Merlin is the same age as Arthur, and be on the internet to then enjoy stuff like this:

“I’m calling it: The Book of Faces,” Merlin declares proudly, dropping the book on the desk, directly on top of Arthur’s chicken-scratched accounts.

Arthur sighs and lifts it cautiously off the wet ink, shuffling aside his papers before settling it down again. The book is bound in a dark blue canvas, coarse but hardy under Arthur’s fingertips. When he opens it, it’s to see Merlin’s face grinning stupidly back at him, from a small, unbelievably real-looking portrait in the top left corner of the first page.

“I just wanted to send messages quickly,” Arthur begins gruffly, feeling reluctant in the face of Merlin’s good mood to criticise… whatever this is.

Merlin is unperturbed, though. “I know, but this is better. Look.” And he flips the page to the next.

Gwaine’s likeness smirks up at Arthur from a similarly-sized portrait, and as Arthur watches, words rise to the surface of the pale parchment in dark ink. Heading to the tavern, it says.

“I told him to write something,” Merlin says proudly. “He’s got a book too! And look, here’s the next bit…” He takes the book from Arthur, flicking through pages and pages of portraits, and then cracks the spine open on one about half-way through, setting it back in front of him.

Summer Tourney is scripted ornately along the top of the page. Camelot, Midsummer is below it, and then, in smaller writing: Are you attending?

Yes / No / Maybe appears below that, and Merlin has circled Yes.


[personal profile] commodorified's "Cooking for People Who Don't" Blog Carnival: Carnival the first. Also extremely useful for people who do.

Chocolate and coconut slice recipe. I made this about an hour ago, without icing, with chopped up dried apricots, and shredded coconut rather than dessicated. It's delicious, and the evidence points to it also being easily adaptable.


It's Still Not Okay For Ladies To Get Angry, by Erin Gloria Ryan, at Jezebel.

Links of curiosity:

The page for Saved by Cake, by Marian Keyes. I have this story about The Time I Met Marian Keyes which I may tell sometime.

The page for Boys, Girls, and Other Hazardous Materials, by Rosalind Wiseman.

The Wiki link for "Raccoon dog". Because I saw the term and went, wtf is that, and then found this page and went. "Oh! Tanuki!"

Handmade paper dresses made from old maps! (!!!)

I Totally Respect Him As a Person*:

Harry Shum Jr, and his abs.

And finally, my excellent friend [personal profile] brownbetty ponders the important questions. Her post, in its entirety:

Tony Stark puts lifts in the armor's boots, claims the design is to incorporate the repulsors. Y/Y?

The answer is Y.

Internets! What's in your tabs?

* Actually yes. But also I respect his abs.



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Feb. 11th, 2012 03:08 pm (UTC)
You have just listed three of my favorite webcomics, and the one Merlin fic I loved despite having watched no more than an episode of the show! Onward to the rest of the links.
Feb. 12th, 2012 03:37 am (UTC)
In honesty, just a pile of fanfic and other posts. Nothing much.
Feb. 12th, 2012 04:46 am (UTC)
Just my LJ friends page, and my own home page. Though I did enjoy the look at Wonderella. Now I just have to find the time to catch up on five years or so of archives, because that's what I do...
Feb. 13th, 2012 09:43 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Ruthi for the 40Something, Super Obvious Secrets & Simpson artwork links. Total coolness.

DeliaSherman for 25-things-writers. Haven't talked with you since the floating lunch party I hosted in the bar at Noreascon/Worldcon 2004 with Nancy Kress, Michael Flynn, Agberg, Connie Willis, Jim Kelly, and Donna Shirley [???] of the Seattle SF Museum. The table was stationary yet everyone kept floating in and out. Looking forward to reading The Freedom Maze.

Karen for Wondrella.

Feb. 13th, 2012 01:02 am (UTC)
On this, my travel computer, mostly Ravelry and yarn sites and recipes, plus


And. . . Gunnerkreigg Court. Also every webcomic written by the brilliant Donna Barr and DiceBox and Girl Genius.
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