redwing_badger: (Badger: Werewolf paw print)
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I don't bite, honest not unless it's a full moon anyway ;) and if you could, let me know how you found me, so's I know you're not a stalker even though I'm probably too boring for one of those. There's an incredibly good chance I'll add you back. By incredibly, I mean I will unless you're like an Avs fan (kidding), or an obvious troll, or I see something on your profile that I really disagree with (like you're a complete homophobe, for example).

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NaNo Output

Nov. 2nd, 2010 07:40 am
redwing_badger: (Badger: Chaos and Anarchy)
Zero words. It's okay though, it's only the second day. I have another, NaNo related question for you, if you don't mind. Also, spoilers for my novel ;)

It's centred around cats. Trust me, it'll be better than it sounds. What I need to beg my Flist for, or at least, those of you who own or have owned cats, is to tell me about your cats. I need more than just two cats here, and if no one minds sharing, I'd like to hear about yours. Any favourite stories, cute moments, how you got your cats, how previous cats have passed on (if it's not too painful), your cats' likes, dislikes, ridiculous habits they have, etc.


With your permission, I'd like to borrow bits and pieces of your stories (or just cameo your cat(s), if you like) to flesh out the kitty characters in my novel. If you'd rather I just used your input to influence the kitties in this year's NaNo, that's fine too. Please drop your stories in the comments here. I'm giving you a free for all to talk about your kitties, so post as much as you want, it would be greatly appreciated.

<3, Badger
redwing_badger: (Pavs: Fighting stance)
Heaven forbid we talk about ourselves in our own journals.

Heaven forbid we state our opinions in our own journals.

Heaven forbid we post something that is not happy and fluffy, and is instead angry and argumentative in our own journals.

Heaven forbid we post something that someone on our F-list doesn't agree with, in our own journals.

Heaven forbid that we are not unfailingly polite in our own journals.

Heaven forbid we don't post what you want to see in our own journals.

This is my journal, my space, and I'm not forcing you to read. No really, you can scroll. Honest. That's what that little wheelie thing on your mouse is for. You can disagree, and comment to that effect, if you want to. Fostering discussion is a good thing. I enjoy having debates and discussions about things, I really do. I am not, however, going to change my mind, or my posts, to suit you.

I don't expect everyone to like or agree with what I post here, but I do expect that I be given the same courtesy as I would give you, which is that, you know, you have the right to your voice. I have the right to agree, disagree, or to simply not give a shit. It works both ways.

I'm not forcing you to comment either. You can, if you want to, but if you don't, I really don't care. It's up to you. I'm just here to write what think, and to do it in my own little corner of the interwebs. You're welcome to contribute, or not. Don't feel obligated to comment, just because I'm on your F-list. I don't comment on a post out of obligation, and I certainly don't expect anyone else to. It's up to you.

I F-lock the things I don't want everyone reading. I do have anonymous comments disabled, because I want people to own their words. I don't post and disable comments; it is not my intention to discourage discourse and discussion. I don't mind that, nor do I mind threadjacking. I like to see people talking about their thoughts and opinions, whether they agree or disagree with the subject at hand.

I have the right to my voice, in my space. You have the right to agree, disagree, or not give a shit. You do not have the right to attempt to silence me. You do not have the right to demand that I change or take down anything I post here. You do not have the right to insist that I post something I have not or will not post. Capiche?

I extend you this same courtesy, and I expect to receive it in kind.
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From The Pit Bull Blog, this is a really interesting look at, well, animal rights vs animal welfare, and about how you really should not take those labels at face value.

Animal Rights, Animal Lovers, Pit Bulls and Peanut Butter )

It's long, but it's worth it, especially if you're fond of, y'know, having pets and service dogs and medical research and things.
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Oh yes, you read that right. This is what happens when I get sick and need something to take my mind off my nausea.

I turn the Red Wings (and a couple others) into Sailor Scouts. Yes, those Sailor Scouts. Crazy hair, miniskirts and all.

~Fighting evil by moonlight~ )


I left Sailor Turco outside the cut so you could WTF you were getting into :p
redwing_badger: (Kronner: Stuffing goes WHERE?)
So, I get to work tonight.

I open my laptop bag.

A ferret pops out to say "OMG HAI!"


He is all :D "HAI!"

I am all "Oh shit. Ferret at work. WTF do I do with a ferret at a hotel. WTF DO I DO?"

Zata: :D

Badger: >:\

Zata: :D

Badger: >:\

Zata: :D "...?"

Badger: >:\ "Srsly. WTF do I do with you?"

Zata: "IDK BUT I'MMA GO IN UR POCKET :D" *goes into pocket.*

Badger: :| *resigned* "Fine, I will just close you in the office if I leave... Except it is NOT FERRETPROOFED IN HERE. Ahh, wires! Holes! Little spaces for him to squeeze into!"

So he's in my pocket right now. I'm going to go to the truck in a minute and see if I have a spare crate or carrier in there. I'm sure I do, I usually have something.

EDIT: Huzzah, I had a kitty crate in there! So there's something, anyway. I can contain him, if needed. Argh, I just want to know how he got in there. Jager must've had them out of their room. *sigh*
redwing_badger: (Homer/Nick: Love hurts)
Getting the injured guys back? Is going to mean exactly squat. They're still going to play like shit. We've had (and still have) most of our "star" players. They have not been playing like stars.

Datsyuk, you are not living up to your hype, and should not be on the first line. Period. I don't care how much you "need someone who understands you". If you cannot produce on a line with fucking HENRIK ZETTERBERG, your very own Eurotwin... well, I think that says it all.

Our coach? Is not coaching like he should be. You can't roll the same lines every night and expect miracles. You cannot have zero goalie rotation, burning one guy out and leaving one to rust, and expect miracles. You cannot decide to stick a guy on a different line for one fucking period, and expect miracles.

This team? Has fractured in some weird way. I remember when we lost in game seven, everyone was all "Oh yeah, they'll come back, this will light a fire under their asses!" I thought that would happen too. So why the fuck hasn't it?

Why have we gone from 2008 Stanley Cup champions and the best, most cohesive team in hockey, to sucking ass in 08-09, but still, somehow, making it to the Stanley Cup Final, to losing the Stanley Cup, AT HOME, after seven games, to suffering a rash of injuries and still playing pretty well throughout that, to... continuing to suck ass again. I mean, we are barely clinging to the last playoff spot in our conference.


That is seriously all I want to know. The Red Wings can go back to being the Dead Things for all I care; I'll still support them, and proudly. I just want to know what the fuck happened to this team.

Oh, and on a half assed related note, remember how I was all "Yay, my pictures are backed up on my external drive!"? Yeah, well, that's gone and died too. It's all beepy-clicky, which is pretty much the death gasps of an external drive. I've only used the thing maybe a dozen times. So off I go to the computer place, to see if they can restore my shit. AGAIN.

Why doesn't this shit happen to anyone else?
redwing_badger: (Badger: Pride)

There is a line between slash and fetishization, and that line gets dangerously close to being crossed 96% of the time.

I enjoy slash, obviously, I mean, I write it, but sometimes it's more a matter of "Guys fucking = hot" then it is a matter of "Guys fucking = hot, but there's more to a character than who he sleeps with." I don't mind PWP, but it doesn't *always* need to be about the sex. Sometimes you can have actual plot without gratuitous porning. You don't see a whole lot of slash fics that are just you know, little snapshots in time, two (or three, or more) men just being together, as a couple. A lot of it is fucking, which is all well and good in it's place, but it seems that lately, all the slashfic I read is either about the sex, or is leading up to sex.

If I'm going to read any kind of relationship fic, regardless of the genders of the characters involved, I want it to be believable. People interacting as people, not just as cut and paste sex objects. If two guys are going at it, make it about them, not the sex. I don't want to read fic where you can snip one guy out and put anyone else in there and have it read the same way. That just doesn't work. If it's a grudgefuck, fine, show me inside their heads and make me get why they're grudgefucking. Same thing for if they're suddenly in love forever, or anything else. I can understand a snippet of a pairing, just a one shot, with other similar fics being worked on. That's cool, I'm currently doing that with Holmstrom/Turco.

I also take umbrage at straight women telling me what I can and cannot do in bed. Not all gay men have anal sex. Sometimes we just tangle together and jerk off. Sometimes, we switch in between. Sometimes, we have terrible sex. We can have sex in missionary. Sometimes, we don't want to have sex, but we do it anyway because our partner wants it. Depending on your level of experience, you might opt to not use lube. If you've had anal sex several times, you probably don't need an intense amount of prepreparation. It all depends on the mood, and how you feel at the time. We don't always have sex in bed. We are just as fluid as anyone else is, when it comes to fucking.

And you know, we're not woobies. We don't need another person to depend on all the time. We can take care of ourselves, without a boyfriend there to hold us. Support is fine, codependance is not. Being gay does not make you incapable of being self-sufficient. A lot of us have no choice *but* to be self-sufficient, and usually from a young age. It comes part and parcel with being queer.

The trend, too, of essentially making one of the slash pair the "woman" is irritating and offensive on so many levels, and not a little misogynistic either. Not only do most straight relationships not work like that, gay ones don't either. BECAUSE HELLO THEY ARE BOTH MEN. The dynamic is gonna be different, because the combination of genders is. It's like writers just take the general conception of a hetero relationship and slot two men into those same roles. We are men, and, while there is nothing wrong with being a woman, at all, most men are not going to act like a man and woman would. The genders are different, the societal expectations of those genders are different, and the way two people of opposite genders relate to one another is generally not going to be the same way two people of the same gender will relate to one another. Isn't the typical "nuclear" hetero relationship just a Hollywood concept anyway? In my experience, Hollywood is not really a great basis for forming relationships in the first place.

How about we try to write our characters as functioning, capable adults, equal partners in the relationship, and not horrifically offensive stereotypes? I'm not trying to be the Ambassador of gay men here, I'm just trying to point out that, as a gay man, and having spoken to other gay men about this same thing, I think I have a little more basis to preach about this sort of things than the majority of the writers of slashfic out there.
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Somewhere in West Philadelphia, you will find an old basketball court with a single ball lying in the middle. Pick it up and start shooting hoops. After a while, a small group of hooligans will approach you and challenge you to a fight, which you must accept.

After the fight, you must go home and relay the events to your mother. She will then inform you that you have an aunt and uncle living in one of the districts of Los Angeles, and out of fear, she will send you to live there for an indefinite period of time.

With your bags packed, go to the street corner, and whistle for a cab. The cab that will pull up will bear the word FRESH on the license plate, and upon closer inspection, novelty fuzzy dice will hang in the mirror. Although you will suddenly realize that cabs like these are extremely hard to find, do not bear any thought to it. At this point you MUST point out in front of the car and say ‘Yo homes to Bel Air’. You will stop in front of a mansion, and it will be sometime between 7 and 8 o’clock, even though it will feel like you’ve been travelling mere seconds. Get your luggage out and say ‘Yo homes, smell ya later!’, but do NOT turn back to face the cabby. Walk up to the door, look over your shoulder once, and then knock on the door three times.

If you follow these instructions, your life will get flip-turned upside-down.l
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I just realized that I am basically being paid to sit here, all by myself, watching Heroes and eating cheese and crackers.

Yes, this job can be stressful as fuck at times, but right now, it is oh so sweet! I even have my feet up on the desk and everything.

The only downside is that my ass is going numb. Oh, and I have to smoke outside and it's -34C, but I was just out and it's not too bad. I was adequately bundled :D
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On the twelfth day of Christmas, spartanwerewolf sent to me...
Twelve rottweilers drumming
Eleven donkeys piping
Ten dogs a-leaping
Nine badgers debating
Eight werewolves a-reading
Seven cops a-writing
Six linguistics a-goaltending
Five ani-i-i-imal totems
Four pit bulls
Three ford trucks
Two graphic novels
...and a tolkien in a kirk maltby.
Get your own Twelve Days:

In 2009, spartanwerewolf resolves to...
Connect with my inner language.
Put fifty ferrets a month into my savings account.
Keep my hockey clean.
Spend less time on cheese.
Lose ten werewolves by March.
Cut down to ten hobbits a day.

Get your own New Year's Resolutions:


Dec. 3rd, 2009 11:25 am
redwing_badger: (Badger: Jesus *facepalm*)
I just had to disassemble a pen to pick the lock on the bathroom door, thus releasing my boyfriend.

Yes, Jager locked himself into the bathroom.

Round of applause please, this is the man who is serving and protecting us. THEY GAVE HIM A GUN AND HE CANNOT EVEN WORK A DOORKNOB.

Oh great...

Dec. 1st, 2009 06:54 am
redwing_badger: (Disney: Kuzco: LLAMA FACE!)
My dog just yakked all over my pants.

Seriously, Sub-Zero, you could not have WAITED SIX MINUTES UNTIL WE WERE AT LEAST OUTSIDE?

Gah, I hope no one else comes to check out. I cannot possibly be expected to remain professional with dog vomit dripping down my leg, now can I?

*attempts to sponge it off with a tissue* Fuck fuck fuck and I can't make a break to the bathroom because there are people EATING IN MY LOBBY!

redwing_badger: (Homer: omgyay!)

I love myself.


And the Red Wings won! AND THE STARS DID TOO! I totally jaw-dropped when they sent Bertuzzi out, but holy CRAP, he actually managed to come up with a goal. I think my reaction was along the lines of "HOLY SHIT I THINK THE POLARITY OF THE UNIVERSE JUST REVERSED!

Still not a good night though :( Giant screaming match earlier. This does, however, snap me out of my funk a little.
redwing_badger: (Homer: Pondering?)
As per

Brendan Shanahan officially announced his retirement today, ending his 21-year career in the NHL.

The eight-time all star, who almost returned with the Devils but parted ways with the team before the start of the season, ends his career 11th on the NHL's all time goals scored list.

"I would like to thank my family and all of the friends who have helped me achieve and maintain my childhood dream of playing in the National Hockey League", Shanahan said in a news release. "I am enormously grateful to all of my coaches and teammates I've had the privilege of learning from and playing along side of, throughout my career. While I always dreamed of playing in the NHL, I can't honestly say that I would have ever imagined that I'd be this fortunate and blessed. I would like to sincerely thank everyone who has helped me fulfill this dream."

The eight-time All-Star scored at least 40 goals in six seasons, and won three Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings. In 2002, Shanahan then became only the third player in NHL history to win an Olympic gold medal and Stanley Cup championship in the same year.

The native of Mimico, Ontario was originally The New Jersey's first round selection, second overall, in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft. He amassed 656 goals, 698 assists for 1,354 points in 1,524 NHL matches with New Jersey, St. Louis, Hartford, Detroit, and New York.

Aw, Mac <3

Nov. 11th, 2009 10:25 pm
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DETROIT -- Darren McCarty has no more comebacks left in him.

The former Detroit Red Wings forward sensed that last season, which he spent mostly with the Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL), would be his final year of hockey. His feelings were confirmed after his third hernia operation in the offseason.

McCarty on Tuesday said he has retired as a player and is embarking on what he hopes will be his next career: television. He will make his TV debut as a studio analyst for Versus during the Red Wings-Nashville game Nov. 23.

"I'm done (playing),'' McCarty said. "I knew after my last surgery this year, it was time. I can walk away and be happy. I enjoyed it. I didn't want to play again. I knew going into last year that was probably it.''

McCarty, who has filled in as a radio analyst on a couple occasions, said he is excited about his first TV gig, which he hopes will lead to a permanent job.

"It's a natural fit for me with my personality,'' McCarty said. "Hopefully, this opens up some doors. I want to stay around the game.''

When former teammate and close friend Kris Draper heard of McCarty's new venture, he couldn't resist taking a jab.

"His looks are definitely more for radio than television, but I think he's going to do a good job,'' Draper said. "He's very passionate towards the game, and I think this is a great opportunity.''

What kind of style will McCarty bring to TV?

"I think I'll be a little more reserved to start with, speaking intelligently, precise, to the point,'' McCarty said. "As my comfort level increases, you'll see more of my personality.''

He said it helps working a Red Wings game for his debut.

"That's a great advantage, but I think I can talk about most players around the league from having played against them,'' McCarty said. "With the Wings, it'll be good. I can rip on Draper, (Kirk) Maltby and (Chris) Osgood and there's nothing they can do about it. It'll be fun.''

Asked what he thought if McCarty were critical of his team, Draper laughed and said, "He better not rip any of us, or we'll be talking. He better be a homer.''

Draper added: "He's going to call it as he sees it. He was an honest player, he's an honest person. But I hope he still has some loyalty to us in this dressing room, with everything we've been through together.''

McCarty played in 758 games over 15 NHL seasons, picking up 127 goals, 161 assists and 1,477 penalty minutes.

Known for his toughness and grit, he fought many battles over the years and battled several off-ice issues, including alcoholism.

McCarty won three Stanley Cups with the Red Wings before the salary cap took effect in 2005, forcing the team to trim payroll and buy out his contract.

After two seasons with the Calgary Flames, his career appeared to be over before he launched a comeback in the minor-league ranks. It led to a second stint with the Red Wings late in the 2007-08 season.

McCarty is one of only five players to play on each of the Red Wings' four Cup teams since 1997, joining Draper, Maltby, Nicklas Lidstrom and Tomas Holmstrom.
redwing_badger: (Watchmen:  Comedian: *gigglesnort*)
And also, should be asleep. However.

redwing_badger: (Ozzie: Standing tall)
By which I mean Tomas Holmstrom. But this isn't about him.

This is about giving Ozzie wicked props for recording his 50th career shutout. I know people doubt the guy, and I've ragged on him for inconsistency (hello, 08-09), but I still love him. Always have, always will. He's the whole reason I became a goalie, and I still maintain that he's one of the greats. I mean, all you have to do is look at his numbers. His HHOF credentials are right there, and no one should be able to dispute it, especially after he backstopped us to two Stanley Cups (almost three).

The ones that do? We know they're full of shit. Ozzie, you're the man now dawg, you've got the heart of a lion and I'm never going to stop believing in you (nor am I going to stop criticizing you when you deserve it, srry2say. Credit where credit is due and none when it's not.)

Here's to you, O Wizard of Oz. We'd be nothing without you.


Also, [ profile] keeper_of_tales has been updated, thrice.

Two fics:

Summary: Nick's trying to finish this press conference, preferably with a minimum of humiliation. If only he could pay attention.

Only Homer
Summary: Nick should know better than to leave Tomas alone with no food.

and a drabble:

Everything Has A Price
Summary: Nick knows better than a lot of people.

Okay, back to NaNoWriMo now :P
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