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Thursday, May 29th, 2014 03:37 pm
The Impossible Man by [tumblr.com profile] ashesofbahrain
Gen; Ward & Coulson; character study; short
Once a week, every week, Grant Ward has a visitor. The visits are never at the same time each week, nor are the visits ever a predictable length. Two things always stay the same, though: the visitor is Coulson and he always asks the same question at the end.

I'm watching the Boulder World Cup finals in Innsbruck on Youtube, watching the second problem right now; really interesting. Some of those problems look downright nasty. (Until Adam Ondra comes along and makes them look easy somehow.)
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Sunday, May 25th, 2014 11:05 am
via [community profile] disobey_gravity: Adorable rock-climbing cat. I was making incoherent squeaky noises as I was reading.
My Adopted Cat Is The Best Climbing Partner Ever
Most pet cats will become timid or defensive when outdoors, but not Millie – after being adopted by her mountain-climbing owner Craig Armstrong, Millie has become a feline hiking and mountain-climbing legend.

She's got her own little harness omg.
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Wednesday, May 21st, 2014 11:06 pm
Today I went buildering at my very favorite spot. The one with the nice long traverse which I had mastered for the first time last year, only to come back this spring to find that the municipal authority had sent some workers with a bucket of plaster who fixed all the cracks, and now some crucial holds are gone. But I'm thrilled about that, because there was the danger of the route becoming repetitive and now it's fresh and fun again.

I almost found a way past the crux today but I got distracted by some nice but chatty kids, and afterwards I tried at least two dozen times but simply couldn't find the route again. Had to stop when the tips of my fingers started to really smart from gripping the sandstone.

Anyway, hopefully there'll be the chance for a lot more climbing this summer. The weather was perfect. I missed tshirt weather.
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Friday, March 28th, 2014 11:03 pm
Ugh. I've stared at this double-spread page for so long, I feel like my brain's gonna leak out of my ears. The layout and the main elements of the page are done; what's missing are a couple dozen period details and an amusing side gag or two. Think I'll call it a night. Maybe inspiration for the rest will come to me while I'm sleeping.

Now I'm in the mood for a nice, long SHIELD action/casefic with bonus Ward/Simmons to reward myself but sadly, such a thing doesn't seem to exist yet? (Or if it does and I overlooked it... please link me!)

[personal profile] rydra_wong on [community profile] disobey_gravity linked to this great climbing film La Dura Complete, the story of the combined Sharma and Ondra quest to send La Dura Dura (5.15c / 9b+) (~20 minutes).
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Saturday, December 7th, 2013 07:29 pm
I'd like to post another rec but I don't have my trusty bookmarks folder... hm.

Oh! First thing off the top of my head is this six-part series I found on Youtube, created by the makers of The Wire and starring many of the same actors as well: The Corner. It's based on real events, about the life of an inner city family in the drug scene of Baltimore, and it's even more raw and gritty than The Wire. The actors are all amazing, but Khandi Alexander as Fran in particular is just, so good. I highly recommend this for all Wire fans.

Posting from rainy Mülheim, where I'm visiting my dad. Earlier this year I made the decision to try at least one new thing whenever I'm in the area - since the Ruhr area has a lot to offer, culturally and also in terms of, heh, climbing. Today I checked out the Citymonkey bouldering hall, which turned out to be a great idea. It's easy to reach, cozy and has a lot more variety than our boulder at home... dozens of routes in my range, I couldn't even try all of them. Definitely something to keep in mind for my next visit.
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Thursday, November 21st, 2013 10:36 pm
Youtube is working for me again! Some links from the folder random cool stuff. :)

Bishop & Barton - Hawkeye Trailer
Jennifer Lawrence as Kate Bishop aka Hawkeye
Jeremy Renner as Clint Barton aka Hawkeye


INSANE Domino Tricks!

Mouse vs Cookie!
Мышь vs. Печенька

Fake miniature worlds:
The Sandpit
Beautiful tilt-shift video about the life of a ski village

And two more urban climbing vids
Foundations of Buildering (ep.1) and ep 2
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Saturday, November 2nd, 2013 08:37 pm
Very interesting parkour/urban climbing vid I just found: Point of Contact | Flow Lifestyle
This is kind of a documentary that analyzes and explains the movements along with the images. (Speaking of images, many of the footage was shot with head-cam from the POV of someone running and jumping across rooftops. By which I mean, it might be a bit vertigo-inducing if one is sensitive to that.) The video is about 15 minutes long and I couldn't get enough of all the beautiful movement in a cool setting.

Shield fic rec
Sending in the Cavalry by [archiveofourown.org profile] Frea_O
Gen; Melinda May & Peggy Carter; character study/origin of SHIELD; rated G; 3356 words
Summary: The first time Melinda May met Margaret Carter, she was seven. Peggy Carter was fifty-seven. A story about mentorship in the face of a changing world.

And a bonus ficlet rec... short, but well-written; makes me rather hope the author will write more.
Falling apart by [archiveofourown.org profile] ferggirl
Ward/Simmons (subtext at most), Coulson; 1300 words
He hadn’t wanted a team in the first place. Why does it bother him so much to see this one falling apart?
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Sunday, October 20th, 2013 12:00 pm
SHIELD fic rec:
Phil Coulson v2.0 by [archiveofourown.org profile] Selmak
Phil Coulson/Melinda May, and team; teen; 3062 words
Summary: After the Battle of New York, Phil Coulson isn't sure who or what he is. An old friend helps ease his mind.
When Coulson is given a new assignment by a Nick Fury, who couldn't quite meet his eyes, he accepts on the condition that he gets to pick his team. His team, this Phil Coulson's team, will not have a single member that witnessed the Battle of New York from the sky. Not a single member that saw Phil Coulson die.


Been watching the Bouldering World Cup in Munich. The video is over three hours long, the most interesting part starts around 1:48h with the fourth problem. Both the men's and the women's problem look totally impossible at first glance. Very creative. :)
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Monday, October 14th, 2013 01:02 pm
Everything Old Is New Again by [archiveofourown.org profile] samyazaz
Gen; Abbie & Ichabod friendship; G; 1633 words
Summary: It doesn't take more than a moment's thought for Abbie to realize that she's going to have to bring Ichabod home. The man can't even figure out how to unlock a car door, a hotel is absolutely out of the question. He'd probably lock himself inside and then starve to death.

linkeage: THESE ARE ACTUAL COMPLAINTS RECEIVED BY “THOMAS COOK VACATIONS FROM DISSATISFIED CUSTOMERS”
(9. “Although the brochure said that there was a fully equipped kitchen, there was no egg-slicer in the drawers.”)

vid rec: We run this city - Frankfurt
I love watching these kinds of urban climbing/freerunning vids, not just for the spectacular athletics but also for the fresh perspective of the cityscape.
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Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013 11:32 pm
Duplicity by [archiveofourown.org profile] cat_77 (Avengers / The Hurt Locker)
Gen; Clint & team, William James; crossover; teen; 3447 words
Summary: His face is plastered all over the news, the would-be hero that might not survive the rescue, but his team can't and won't believe it is him.

Beautifully filmed parkour video: FIGHTING GRAVITY - Jesse La Flair (one of the contestants on Ninja Warrior)

Watching American Ninja Warrior can't be good for ye olde blood pressure: my heart's racing so much that you could think I was running the course myself. Today roomie complained that all the sudden yelling is distracting her from her work *g*. Think I'll take a break before moving on to the current season.

I mean, last winter I actually put a temporary hold on playing Portal 2 because that game is so exciting. Even when there are no shooting turrets near. It's ridiculous.
Man, I'm getting old...

But on the other hand I toproped 8- last Sunday and it wasn't even all that hard, so that's nice. First time toproping since December... I MISSED THIS. Bouldering is great and challenging, and builds up strength like nothing else, but toproping is still the most fun way to climb for me.

Though I'm pondering whether it'd be feasible to get our city to build us one of them fancy concrete boulders they have in Berlin.
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Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 11:40 pm
I did it! I completed the owl tower traverse in one go! I kind of really needed that bit of accomplishment today, so, yay. :)

And no one with a videocamera was there to preserve this momentous moment for posterity...

Next I can traverse it in the opposite direction, so it won't get boring anytime soon.
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Saturday, August 17th, 2013 07:32 pm
The Egg Thief by [archiveofourown.org profile] Frea_O
Gen; Coulson, Clint/Natasha; humor; 875 words
Summary: The first time candy goes missing, Coulson ignores it. But then he begins to detect a pattern...

More inspired urban climbing from Montreal:
Le Gymnase

Curious Places: the Shell Grotto
Discovered in 1835 by James Newlove - who broke through into its roof while digging a duck-pond - the Shell Grotto is an ornate subterranean passageway in Margate, Kent. Almost all the surface area of the walls and roof is covered in mosaics created entirely of seashells, totalling about 2,000 square feet (190 m2) of mosaic, or 4.6 million shells. It was discovered in 1835 but its age & purpose remains unknown.
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Thursday, August 15th, 2013 04:31 pm
I went for a spot of buildering before that nasty rain cloud on the radar hit. This time I almost finished the owl tower traverse I've been working on since last year! I was on the home stretch, only two or three meters to go... and then I my fingers slipped. On the one problem that I didn't practise 300 times because it's not even that difficult. I had that in the bag, man. My arms hadn't even started to really tire, my feet didn't hurt... I could've taken my time searching for the best route past the final two problems. But I simply got impatient and grabbed onto the next best hold.
Well. Maybe next time. At least now I know I can do it in theory.

Now I'm gonna continue watching American Ninja Warrior season 4, which is fun and inspirational. There was one guy who did the course at 53 years. Bloody awesome! And a lady who's a grandmother tried out too.
(Interesting fannish sidenote: earlier in this ep there was a snippet of an interview with Levi Meeuwenberg and I was thinking that he was looking a bit like Jeremy Renner there - and then he said he just came from a shoot in the Philippines where he was doubling JR on Bourne Legacy...)
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Sunday, August 4th, 2013 11:26 pm
urban climbing vid: Buildering in Montreal
Some very nice climbing on the underside of a concrete bridge.

And, a crossover of White Collar and The Americans that's actually not as cracky as it sounds...
The Case of the Super Secret Spy Message by [archiveofourown.org profile] Treon
Gen; Mozzie & Philip Jennings; crossover/humor; teen; 1065 words
Summary: Mozzie was sure his parents would contact him one day.
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Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 07:12 pm
I was visiting my parents in the Rhein Ruhr area for a few days. It was good to get out of town for a little while. We did a few tourist things, and there was even time for a spot of buildering. My dad (who rocks rather a lot) drove me to this spot on the river Ruhr I heard about, and took a couple pictures with his iphone while I checked it out. They turned out quite nice, too.

My stepmom suggested I should edit out the ground at the bottom so they look real daring but hey, I'm trying to show people that this sport is *not* dangerous. lol
(The aim here is to traverse the wall, not go up high.)
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Wednesday, June 26th, 2013 10:54 am
urban climbing vid rec: Escalade Urbaine Ahuntsic
Fascinating boulder problem... at first glance you wouldn't even think that wall was climbable at all. There's nothing but a tall slab of smooth concrete with a single hole as a handhold in the middle and no foothold in sight.

Avengers ficlet:
10 Things Pepper knows about Natasha (and one thing Natasha knows about Pepper)
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Tuesday, June 11th, 2013 11:21 pm
Two urban climbing vids today...
Found on Vimeo: climbing on weathered concrete in Berlin. The move that one guy is doing at the 3:00 min mark is incredible.
(There's a bit of intro in German in the beginning; the climbing starts at 1:20.)

Pirmin Bertle in "Parmi les clochards" (8B) - Tuff bouldering in the most picturesque down-and-out setting ever :)
The route is fun to watch, and so's the style of the vid.
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Tuesday, April 30th, 2013 06:31 pm
Oh hey, ScarJo might be playing another character with superpowers, in a Luc Besson movie. That sounds promising. (It's not a Black Widow movie but hey, superpowers. That's cool. And Luc Besson is not known for cheap and shallow movies.) link @ themarysue
Speaking of themarysue, I remember when they introduced the website concept I was extreeemely skeptical because of the name... I thought it signalled an entirely different purpose, like it was to ridicule female characters instead of celebrating them. I'd have figured that the word "Mary Sue" is so fraught with negative connotations that it couldn't be reclaimed. Well, maybe it's really worth trying. I like the website, in any case.

Yesterday [personal profile] jae was visiting my beautiful (if still a litte chilly) city, and we geeked about The Americans* and had some delicious asparagus. (Asparagus is kind of A Thing here... it's like a two-months feast of deliciousness.)
Also, I found out that [personal profile] jae could totally have a career as an undercover spy in Germany because her German is so flawless that I kept forgetting she's not from here. Really fascinating. I'm reasonably fluent in English but I never got to the point where I lost my German accent.

*If you haven't watched The Americans but are in the market for something different: The Americans is something different. It's set in the 80s, about two undercover Soviet spies in the US who're posing as a married couple with kids. If you liked The Wire, for example, you should really check this one out... it has a similar flavor. It's realistic, nuanced and gripping, and what I really love is that when it comes to East vs West ideologies and politics, the show doesn't take sides. It shows individual people's actions and motivations, similar to The Wire. That's rather bold (I think, for a US show) and it's refreshing.

I love having visitors. Especially from abroad. Earlier this month [personal profile] pentapus and a friend had stopped by (and were hardy enough to brace the freezing wind and go on a bike tour which is also A Thing here, and I got to show them our sights, among which is the world's largest ammonite. (Seriously, the thing is huge.)

Today the weather was actually great and with my illos finished I went to our hidden meadow to shoot a few arrows AND went climbing at the owl tower AND I think I finally found the perfect route along the back wall, so I'm almost ready to try to traverse the entire building in one go. *rubs hands* It's gonna be a ~15 minute climb (which is funny because it feels so much shorter when you're on the wall; time passes very differently when you're climbing.)

One potential job for May fell through, and another one got postponed for a year. I'm okay with the former, not so happy with the latter. But I still have a lot of half-finished projects of my own, some of them fanart. I had been about to post some new fanart when that last job landed on my desk. Gonna get back to that.
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Friday, March 22nd, 2013 12:34 am
Rescue Recursive by [archiveofourown.org profile] jenna_thorn
Summary: It's Tony's tower, but it's Pepper's, too.
A series of Pepper-centric scenes.

Gen (bg P/T); Pepper, Natasha, Clint; character study/snapshots; 6585 words

Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astaire did, backwards and in high heels.

climbing vid: Ashima Shiraishi Climbing Lucifer and Southern Smoke
I think she was like 13 when she climbed this? Cool wall structure, too!

interesting link not just for climbers: The Mechanics of the Pull-Up (and Why Women Can Absolutely Do Them)
Was partly written in response to Why Women Can’t Do Pull-Ups so don't even try
Much like math, don'tcha know it. Women can't do stuff, it's totes scientifically proven.

By the way, if you're interested in training to do pull-ups, I can't recommend the simple pull-up band enough: link. Broad rubber bands, come in various strengths. A great help for the beginner, because you don't get frustrated, and because it's considerably less strain on the body.

(The assisted pull up machine at a gym has a similar effect, but the rubber band is a lot cheaper and, really, works just as well.)