fare cards

Five things

I was tagged by @sansjoshiki​, thank you!

Five things you’ll find in my bag:

  1. Mini maglite.
  2. Just so many drugs (script and OTC, not recreational).
  3. GoCard (South-East Queensland’s public transport fare card).
  4. Emergency fifty.
  5. Bottle of water.

Five things you’ll find in my bedroom

  1. Laptop.
  2. Cat(s), in a variety of combinations and locations within the room.
  3. A very large knife.
  4. My desk and filing cabinet for Adulting (the desk for fun stuff–tumblr! WoW!, writing!–is in the living room).
  5. Books.

Five things I’m currently into:

  1. The Steve and Bucky fandom.
  2. Writing Steve and Bucky (I know, I know, this revelation has left you all reeling from shock).
  3. Helping my BFF with the Qld government LGBTIQ WOG strategy (I’m not doing much, he’s the one on the working group, I just try and help him where I can).
  4. Playing World of Warcraft.
  5. Drawing and colouring what I draw with copic markers–very poorly, but it doesn’t matter, because it’s quite enjoyable. Copics are so smooooooth.

Five things on my to-do list:

  1. Get the gutters cleaned.
  2. Oil the porch.
  3. Try and follow my this-is-the-order-you’re-writing-your-fics list.
  4. Get ready for patch 7.2 in World of Warcraft.
  5. Rearrange the library so I can get into it without having to squeeze past a cupboard.

Five things people may not know about me:

  1. I spent two years as a Jillaroo on a sheep and cattle station in far north Queensland.
  2. I have a degree in applied ethics (which goes so well with a law degree; yes, whatever joke you’re thinking of right now, I’ve probably heard it).
  3. I used to breed and show fancy mice and about forty of my mice were the centrepiece of a children’s exhibit at the Queensland Art Gallery called Animals Who Think They Are People. The Gallery built this HUGE habitat for them and every morning for a month I’d go into the Gallery and hang out before they opened to pull all the mice out of the habitat, check the mice out and give them some love, while the Gallery staff cleaned it. They had these amazing character sheets done up for the mice, with their names and a bit about their personalities, and drawing paper so kids could draw them, and it was just one of the neatest things I’ve ever been part of. (Plus they paid me five hundred bucks AND let me have everything afterwards, the habitat, all the toys and wheels they bought, everything, which was, woah. I was a starving Uni student so that was pretty damn cool).
  4. I put myself through Uni working in a bookstore (I know, I don’t know why I’ve never written a bookstore AU, either…).
  5. I don’t have a drivers licence and never have, and I hate taking taxis/Ubers etc, so i get pretty much everywhere on my feet/public transport.

Gonna tag five people for the symmetry, so, uh, @galwednesday, @assbuttsthatfondue, @writinfreak, @yetanotherobsessivereader, and @im-notlookingback, with the standard proviso of: If you don’t want to, these tags were never here, this never happened, and if you want to I totally DID tag you but I used invisible text. I mean, pfft, what even are tags.

For his warrior of the west - mgsmurf - Game of Thrones (TV) [Archive of Our Own]
An Archive of Our Own, a project of the Organization for Transformative Works
By Organization for Transformative Works

Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Game of Thrones (TV), A Song of Ice and Fire - George R. R. Martin
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Jaime Lannister/Brienne of Tarth, mention of past Cersei Lannister/Jaime Lannister
Characters: Jaime Lannister, Brienne of Tarth
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Western, First Kiss

Western AU of Jaime/Brienne written for the Valentine’s Day ficlet fest at JBO. The usual fare of stock Valentine cards of frill, lace, cupids and dried flowers just did not seem the right gift for his fearless warrior woman of the west.

Vanitas no Carte

ヴァニタスの手記 -> Memoir of Vanitas (x)

Vanitas -> (Latin) vanity / conceit / emptiness / futility / baselessness / uselessness / worthlessness / frivolity / untrustworthiness / untruthfulness / foolishness / vainglory / hollowness

              -> “a still-life painting of a 17th-century Dutch genre containing symbols of death or change as a reminder of their inevitability”

手記 (”shuki”) -> note/memorandum

Why translate it to “carte”, though?

Carte (French? It’ll be in 19th century Paris, after all…) -> menu/bill of fare/a playing card/a map or chart


As they describe in two working papers, Redzo Mujcic and Paul Frijters, economists at the University of Queensland, trained and assigned 29 young adult testers (from both genders and different ethnic groups) to board public buses in Brisbane and insert an empty fare card into the bus scanner. After the scanner made a loud sound informing the driver that the card did not have enough value, the testers said, “I do not have any money, but I need to get to” a station about 1.2 miles away. (The station varied according to where the testers boarded.)

With more than 1,500 observations, the study uncovered substantial, statistically significant race discrimination. Bus drivers were twice as willing to let white testers ride free as black testers (72 percent versus 36 percent of the time). Bus drivers showed some relative favoritism toward testers who shared their own race, but even black drivers still favored white testers over black testers (allowing free rides 83 percent versus 68 percent of the time).

The study also found that racial disparities persisted when the testers wore business attire or dressed in army uniforms. For example, testers wearing army uniforms were allowed to ride free 97 percent of the time if they were white, but only 77 percent of the time if they were black.
CREATE-A-CARD CONTEST (Win some booster packs!)

Well, I hit 500 followers a little while ago, but I think it’s just about time to do a new contest just because. This one is a little bit different, so please read the rules carefully.

  1. - In order to enter the contest, reblog this post with a card that follows one of the prompts below. The winner will create the best card overall from all the cards entered this way. Simple enough, right? You don’t have to be following me, but you know. I’d like it if you were.
  2. - If you can’t download MSE for some reason, find someone who can or make a really, really clever image edit of some MSE render. Cards will fare FAR better if they have images, and ONLY WITH ARTIST CREDIT. Seriously, if you make a post with art and don’t attribute the artist, you’ll be disqualified. For real. 
  3. - The winner will receive their choice of any combination of FIVE standard booster packs and a FOIL Conspiracy “Swords to Plowshares.” If you are outside of the U.S. and are chosen, please include instructions for how to mail stuff to you.

These are the prompts:

  • - Create an archetype of any animal of your choice. How do the card’s mechanics reflect the intended flavor? Do they succeed in that flavor? A brief explanation doesn’t hurt.
  • - Invoke an emotion that most people wouldn’t associate with the color of the card you make. For instance, recklessness in blue, or compassion in black. It’s okay to get stereotypical, if you’re into that.
  • - Interact with the graveyard in a way that we haven’t seen in Magic before. How can you play with it without breaking the rules? Bonus points if you create a new ability for it.
  • - Show the story of a transformation. This can be any part - how X transformed, why X made a transformation, the end result of X’s transformation, etc.
  • - Make a card that marginally benefits all players, but still helps out its controller - and do it without making something that only works in single- or multi-player games, i.e. make it able to work in all game types.
  • - Design the first card in a cycle that implicitly explains each other card in the cycle.

As always, if you want to make me really happy, new mechanics, good digital art, and general creativity help. Fandom cards, anime cards, and IRL cards will probably not help much. 

And as always, thank you all.