Harry Potter And The Summer Of Change, a Harry Potter fanfic
What a wonderful story. I wouldn't have minded reading more of it, but all good things come to an end sometime. Absolutely loved the goblins and most of all, the Unspeakables. Also a very nice job on the relationship, cuddling, sex, and battle scenes. Great fic, heavy recommends.
fiction  fanfic  harry-potter  sex 
november 2016
The Debt of Time, a Harry Potter fanfic
I think I'm still a bit overwhelmed at that one. A masterfic. Recommended without further comments, because while I could write paragraphs about how great this is, I don't really want to right now. Still coming down from the absolute pleasure it was reading it.
fanfic  fiction  harry-potter  sex  writing 
november 2016
Vox Corporis, a Harry Potter fanfic
Excellent fic. Very well written, both characters (all, really) are exceedingly well detailed and expounded upon, and all of them grow during the entire story, which brings it to life more than almost every other detail. And it's really *all* of the characters that exhibit growth, or at least change: not only the protagonists, not even just the side characters, but also others we only get glimpses of, so in the background they are. The plot is faithful to canon (up til its split-off point) without mirroring it (which would feel forced): the motivations of antagonists and the various factions are understood, and then extrapolated to fit around the changed circumstances. And the descriptions! The descriptions (of all sorts: thoughts, people, landscapes, objects, backstory, creatures, details upon details) are wonderful to read and full of the most relevant and delightful information and tangents. Also, this is a fic where Dumbledore is not either stupid or insane or terribly clever, and where Harry is not extremely smart (he's normal-as-per-canon smart) and where Ron is not a huge prat all the time etc etc. Characters are not caricatures of themselves. This is great. So: definitely recommend.
fanfic  fiction  harry-potter  sex  writing 
november 2016
Why I Hate Your Freedom
Titled as a non-libertarian FAQ (as in, a FAQ about non-libertarianism, not a FAQ for non-libertarians), it is nonetheless a great read *for* non-libertarians (instead of its stated audience of libertarians) who, despite knowing all or most of the contents implicitly, may not have thought about it all in exact terms, with numbers, and within one entity.
nonfiction  politics  economics  society 
october 2016
DisobedienceWriter | FanFiction
Just going to blanket recommend anything James Schubring aka DisobedienceWriter does, because it's really good. The fic “Survivor, Reject, Courier, Conqueror” especially is excellent, complete, and readable without knowing the source material.
fanfic  fiction  game-of-thrones  harry-potter  naruto 
september 2016
The Wizard of Harrenhal, a Harry Potter + Game of Thrones Crossover fanfic
Masterful fiction in four chapters. Four chapters! Excellent writing, fine plots, delicate people, and tasty references. It is much in the same style as my short “Regulus” which might be why I like it so. Harry really has the worst of luck, the best of luck. He may promise he will go on no more quest after his next one, but I have a feeling he'll not hold it: the office of Mastery Over Death does not come without its responsibilities, after all.
fanfic  fiction  harry-potter  writing  game-of-thrones 
september 2016
Duty Before Honor, a Naruto fanfic
Not quite sure if I'm happy at this for making me feel, or mad at it for the same. Fairly well written, although I didn't particularly notice… it's that kind of fic. Has a mention of asexual people, in a no-problem-here-just-move-along way, which, y'know, *awesome*. Not as awesome as having ace people as named characters would be, but gotta start somewhere. So this fic is LGBA, that's pretty cool. CW for attempted rape and graphic assault, because it would be too much to ask for nice things without trauma to cause them into existence. Bah! Also, graphic consensual sex scenes and troublesome feelings. Still, I do recommend.
fanfic  fiction  naruto  sex 
september 2016
Bondage Style!, a Naruto fanfic
Fun and pretty damn hot! Takes us through the usual, with the perversion of absolutely everything and anything, except killjoys like little Rochi. I especially liked the concept of using board games to settle matches in the Chuunin Exam, as well as the competing series to Icha Icha. Probably contains the largest amount of LGBT characters in any Naruto fic I've read (well, LGB at least).
fanfic  fiction  naruto 
september 2016
Naruto's Compensation, a Naruto fanfic
Does what it says on the tin: Powerful!Naruto. Very well written (for a fanfic), with quality increasing as chapters go past, although one has to wait until the middle to see it as the first bunch of chapters were written together. The politics in the last chapter are fairly interesting, although not particularly detailed, and can be read as a few sharp piques at the current state of the world… I especially liked the line: “Civilians, with no personal experience of war, are often more bloodthirsty than hardened military veterans.” We have seen, in recent years, that this unfortunately applies not only to civilians, but also to some police forces; then when those are given tools of war and a pathological lack of oversight… well. I rather forcefully disagree with the “military experience required to hold a political position” thing, though, but I think the author would agree with me: it fit for the fiction, but it probably wouldn't for our world.
fanfic  fiction  naruto 
september 2016
Time MixUp, a Naruto fanfic
Lucillia is one *incredibly proficient* fanfic author, raking it in at over 500 fics, and still going. Impressive af. The fic itself is a four-viewpoints time-travel medley, inspired by the excellent “It's For A Good Cause, I Swear!” Instead of travelers from one timeline ending up at different points in the past along the same timeline, each more confused at the changes that already propagated through, this fic puts travelers from different timelines smack-dab into the same one, arriving all at the same time, but oblivious of each other. As in its inspiration, hilarity ensues. It has a sequel, but it's ostentatiously abandoned, so I didn't bother. Good fun read, but CW for sexual and child abuse in backstories.
fanfic  fiction  naruto 
september 2016
Fuzzy Logic, a Naruto fanfic
Humorous yet very deliberately not a crackfic, includes echoes of many stories through implied time-looping, various references of other fanfics which I only got because they're referenced in the notes. Well-written and with great taste, avoiding pitfalls while happily embracing some tropes and cheerfully trampling over others. All in all, a very enjoyable stampede through canon events from a very different (and hilariously trigger-happy) perspective. Recommend. The first 31 chapters have been edited and put on AO3, I do highly advise to read there first and finish the story on FFN, the extra polish makes easier an already great read.
fanfic  fiction  naruto 
september 2016
Uprooted, a Naruto fanfic
Ah this was Properly Fun. Especially liked the Aftermath section/epilogue, à la HPMoR and Muchamore (at least that's where I saw them first, I'm sure they postdate the originator by quite a margin). The banter about gods and religion (ramen, obviously) and the logicum ad absurdtium Naruto displays and the Humour by Ridicule (along with Awesomeness by Ridicule) made this story one very amusing, very cheerful ride in the country of Fire and beyond. A good dose of Title Caps To Announce Inane Blabber And Important Messages was the cherry on top of this whole adventure.
fanfic  fiction  naruto 
september 2016
Rewritten, a Naruto fanfic
Short fic, being more like several connected short stories with time skips in between than a continuous adventure. Interesting concept of time travel without becoming young again, which is rare enough in Naruto fics. The insertion epoch is also an original choice. Suffers a bit from "happy endings everywhere," but it's a sweet story to read one rainy day.
fanfic  fiction  naruto 
september 2016
Blind, a Naruto fanfic
Sweet and surprising in its plot choices. It's a Sasu/Saku, so not *too* surprising for the main plot, but the side-stories, secondary plots, and some main story line elements were definitely original (e.g. Itachi's fate, all Jinchuurikis other than Naruto, Sakura's brother). The very decision of doing a Sasuke-comes-back story is not unusual, but to use it as a foil to be able to show the Chuunin exams and low-ranked missions of Team Seven without repeating canon, that is particular. Still, the plotline is quite predictable, preventing me from getting too into the emotions, so that's a slight negative. I did like that all characters were developed and progressed, save for highly marginal "extras". Finally, the constant fight of the author to make the fic work with new and emerging canon, especially as it was begun when Itachi's motivations were not known but finished when they were, that was very interesting to see. All in all, a solid read, if not exceptional, and recommended under those terms. P.S. There's a sequel, but it's abandoned — don't even bother. This story stands very well on its own.
fanfic  fiction  naruto 
august 2016
A Mother's Love, a Naruto fanfic
Well-rounded fic. Naruto makes some questionable decisions, especially near the end, even though they're presented as justified in the text, but overall a very logical yet emotional cast. Some villains are not as developed as they could, and a few scenes feel badly acted, but it says something about the fic that those scenes and those villains are jarring against the rest. I felt the almost complete absence of pranks detracted a bit from the character of Naruto, but the story is engaging enough that it is easy not to mind much. A scene around one third in used to great effect the LotR-style "kill counting" with the Naruto-style multitude of combatants, which made me want to use that or a variation in a story, too. The final adoption scenes were the only thing I thought were deeply unrealistic: (spoilers) their families had just been slaughtered, and yet they had no problem with being adopted by the family of their murderer? Ummmmmmmm (end spoilers). But apart from that, this is a fic I have no problem recommending. The M rating is barely deserved, especially given the rest of the M-rated corpus, read more as a T+.
fanfic  fiction  naruto  writing 
august 2016
Never Cut Twice, a Naruto fanfic
Excellent humour, likable psychopaths, dislikable canon good guys (who are actually psychopaths in disguise — and denial), and not too much Sakura-bashing... are just a few things to expect from this fanfic. A+, would recommend.
fanfic  fiction  naruto 
july 2016
Naruto Genkyouien, a Naruto fanfic
Reading unfinished, stopped on ch22 (the story itself is completed). It started well, if a bit unhinged, and got progressively crazier and crazier, via insane and holy SHIT what that what I think that was? Well-written, for a crackfic, sexy as hell if you're into that, hilarious at times, stare-into-the-void at others.
fanfic  fiction  naruto 
july 2016
Ripples, a Naruto fanfic
Starts off like yet another adventure fic, pivots into has-the-potential-to-go-very-wrong, then brings all the complications when hope finally appears. It's very clearly a happy-ending plot, so I wasn't *too* worried, but it still takes you through paces. Just the right dose of humour and feels, good amount of introspection and thought processes, and enjoyable action. CW: mentions of sexual violence.
fanfic  fiction  naruto 
july 2016
It's For a Good Cause, I Swear!, a Naruto fanfic
We get off to a good start! This was absolutely hilarious. The characters are spot on, the running gags are great but not overbearing, and the plot is not just humoristic, it's got good points and realistic change propagation.
naruto  fanfic  fiction 
july 2016
The Darkness Within, a Harry Potter fanfic
I actually cried reading this. I know, I know, sappy af, and it's not even really a great story, but the feels! That said, this has a LOT of grammar/spelling mistakes. Not enough to turn me away completely, but too much to ignore. The description says "Dark Harry AU," but compared to the Dark!Harry stories in this list, and even to the notdark!Harry ones, this Harry is *really* Light. Take it to mean "lied-to Harry," which, y'know, doesn't really differentiate from canon all that much.
fiction  fanfic  harry-potter 
july 2016
Quoth the Raven, Nevermore, a Harry Potter fanfic
Another excellent story by the duo writing as GenkaiFan. There is little to reproach, apart from a few stray grammar and spelling mistakes. The characterisations are superb, the plot is well-drawn and the suspense fulfilling. The concept of the Goddess and the twists upon canon are masterfully shown. It is a snappy and majestic story, quite literally indeed. Heartily recommended.
fanfic  fiction  harry-potter 
july 2016
Death of Today, a Harry Potter fanfic
Ugh. Content warnings: if you need content warnings, best not to read this. Abusive relationships, abandonment, manipulation, coercion, rape, torture, gore. Not a hurt/comfort story! If you like Good and Lawful and Order, you won't like this. Will make Paladins puke. Voldemort as (secondary) protagonist, clever Voldemort, evil wins, etc etc etc. Could be read as apology of racism/xenophobia/genocide. (It's not. But do very much keep in mind that characters' ideas and opinions are not necessarily those held by the author!) Borderline dark side Lily Potter. Dark side Regulus, dark side Snape, etc. Even darker side "Harry." A disturbing and yet engrossing fanwork. Not for the faint of not-faint-of-hearts. I nonetheless spent more than a week reading it. (I read it before Harry McGonagall.) It's dark, it's clever, the plots are fascinating, the action exciting, the… sensual action… well, the context is icky but the content is pretty fine. Author has an annoying habit of cutting penetration sex scenes scenes but leaving other scenes that are definitely sex, just not penis-in-hole sex, just lying around. The story will leave you feeling conflicted; it took me several days to decide I would actually write this instead of leaving it out of this record. But, if you think you can handle it… go for it.
sex  fanfic  fiction  harry-potter 
june 2016
Harry McGonagall, a Harry Potter fanfic
A light and fluffy fanfic that nevertheless manages to get through most major events and come out ahead. Not a Minerva-raises-Harry story! Has a sequel which should really just be an extra few chapters. A few things are fairly clever and would deserve further exploration: hoverboards, if only for the fun value; the house elf master contract, resolving and explaining the elf/slave situation; Sauron's ring being a Horcrux (very nice foreshadowing, there!). So a good read, not only for the humour and sheer fun, but also for the interesting plot ideas that abound as side notes to this work.
harry-potter  fanfic  fiction 
june 2016
Pet Project, a Harry Potter fanfic
Not terrible and yet not great, deserves a quick mention for being one of the only fanfics that successfully manages to have both good-Dumbledore, good-Harry, good-Ron, good-Hermione, good-Snape, *and* Harry/Ginny at the same time, while being significantly different from the original and not being a super!* fic.
fanfic  fiction  harry-potter 
june 2016
kb0, fanfic author, rants about Ginny-hate | FanFiction.net
Decent conjectures about the origins of Ginny-hate, as well as interesting tidbit about the PoV of canon books. Shows that contrary to my thinking, HP fanfic is often derived from the *body of fanfic* and other fanworks rather than from canon itself directly. Also has interaction with old-crow, another prolific HP fanfic author — some of their stories are listed and commented here — adding insight into why problematic characters *around* Ginny (Molly, Ron, Percy...) may deter authors from writing H/G pairings. kb0 is also a very prolific fanfic author, and they're going! Fics are generally novel-length, characters are well developed, and story lines are satisfying. I won't be listing their stories here to avoid redundancy, but I do enjoy them greatly.
fanfic  nonfiction  harry-potter  writing 
june 2016
A Marauder's Plan, a Harry Potter fanfic
It has come to an end. A wonderful and complex and heartfelt and deep and exciting and triste and joyous and a story of love, hurt, politics, people, and family. Probably the best characterisation of the Malfoys, all of them, of all the fics I have read so far. Superior writing. Enthusiastically recommended, above and certainly beyond most others listed here.
fanfic  fiction  harry-potter 
june 2016
Thank You Ms Bones, a Harry Potter fanfic
Nice sweet story, well written, not too exciting but a good relaxing read. Makes for a quiet change from the previous HP fanfics I've read (and listed, for those that caught my attention) above. Shades of politics and moral, nothing is black and white — certainly more complex than most "fun and light" fics. Interesting from that point of view alone, but again, a sweet read.
harry-potter  fanfic  fiction 
june 2016
Brutal Harry, a Harry Potter fanfic
A well-written realistic abuse reaction fanfic. These are always hard to read, but show / teach a great deal about psychology and sociology... especially on the differences and interactions of the abused and neurotypicals. This fanfic also contains author notes with a lot of extra information and commentary, which make it even more useful. Utterly unrecommended to anyone even slightly triggered by the subject matter, obviously, but recommended to any who are not, and who wish to learn, by sheer exposure, about such things. The sequel is *not* recommended unless you like frustrating overbearing my-2000-yo-religion-is-the-one-true-religion and ye olde morality-can't-exist-without-(my)-religion bullshit commentary and content. Reading it is like discovering Narnia is one big Bible retelling (but actually exciting and with relatable characters. I think christianity would be much better if they used Narnia as their canon), it taints.
fanfic  harry-potter  fiction  tw 
june 2016
Timely Errors, a Harry Potter fanfic
Cutesy tiny fanfic about a time traveling adventure where Harry goes back to his parents' time in Hogwarts. Well written, the "day of the week" comic theme was a nice touch. Recommended for a quiet afternoon by the fireplace.
fanfic  fiction  harry-potter 
june 2016
The Nietzsche Classes, a Harry Potter fanfic
All week I have been reading mediocre fanfic, average fanfic, and not so mediocre fanfic. But this. This. Is. Fanfic. Beautifully written, so incredibly angsty, and with just the right amount of wrong. Definitely not for everyone! But I was surprised at myself to like it, even as I hated it.
fanfic  harry-potter  fiction 
june 2016
Perlin noise / fuzzy notepad
Description and layman explanation of what Perlin noise is, how it works, why it works, various useful implementation details, and interactive 1D and 2D demos.
nonfiction  maths 
may 2016
my heart says isolated sheep herder in Iceland
Detailed overview of sheep herding in Iceland. Contains many tidbits on the how and why and what and who. Nicely written.
nonfiction  writing  reference 
may 2016
Dumbing of Age and the Importance of a Spectrum | The Afictionado
Micro-essay on the importance of having multiple representations of character classes. Taking DoA as backing work, it deals especially with QUILTBAG people, but could equally be applied to any other character class, be it Paladins, PoC, atheists, Slytherins, or tall people. Not only is multiple, spectral, representation of people important for minorities and engagement and identification, is also crucial for making stories complex and realistic.
nonfiction  writing  quiltbag 
may 2016
Astronomers crack the secret of this gorgeous poem by Sappho | Clive Thompson
Assuming that Sappho observed from Mytilene on the island of Lesbos, we determined that in 570 BC the Pleiades set before midnight from 25 January on, and were lost to the evening twilight completely by 6 April.
nonfiction 
may 2016
Shuffleboard at McMurdo
Funded by a Kickstarter, the detailed story of going out on a Russian Exploration ship along with a bunch of older people (retired engineers, mostly) to the McMurdo Antarctic US base, a sprawling ugly stain apparently host to some *shudder* stereotypical Americans. Note to self: if visiting a US Antarctic station, fuck McMurdo, go to Palmer.
nonfiction 
may 2016
Potter Who and the Wossname's Thingummy, a Doctor Who + Harry Potter Crossover fanfic
I'm not into Doctor Who, although some friends are, so I reluctantly keep abreast of the basics. Nevermind this noise. THIS fanfic is a cheerfully ridiculous story of adventure and D&D references, all wrapped in a joyful British patois and numerous pre- and post-facing quotes that are as diverse as they are puzzling. In one, in all, a semi-regular and delightful interruption into my day.
fanfic  fiction  harry-potter 
may 2016
Caching best practices & max-age gotchas - JakeArchibald.com
Comprehensive manual and tutorial both, essential reading when implementing any kind of HTTP-based cache, and also highly useful for deciding to implement caching at the HTTP or application level.
code  nonfiction 
may 2016
Programming by poking: why MIT stopped teaching SICP | posterior science
“Programming today is more like science. You grab this piece of library and you poke at it. You write programs that poke it and see what it does. And you say, ‘Can I tweak it to do the thing I want?'”
code  nonfiction 
may 2016
Lessons Learned from 30 Years of MINIX | March 2016 | Communications of the ACM
Interesting history and lessons taken of the MINIX kernel, by its creator. MINIX looks interesting for high-uptime systems, due to its microkernel architecture and ability to recover when subsystems crash without a reboot. However, its inability to run on anything else than x86 and ARM severely limits its usefulness. The history and article is great; the software probably is good; yet I see no particular use for MINIX-as-a-product beyond highly-specialised systems or those with requirements of high resilience that cannot, for some reason, use L4 or a BSD.
nonfiction  technology  reading.am 
may 2016
Resonance, a Harry Potter fanfic
Written in a sometimes bleak style, sometimes haunting, sometimes calmly emotional, this is a story that gripped me for days as I devoured it. My coworkers, if they knew I was reading it, can probably blame it of a few days of being more tired than usual, as I read late into the night, leaving me barely enough time for sleep, as I did not, could not leave it be. It is one of those fanfics that actually may compare to the original. It would, really, benefit from some editing for consistency and plot and style, were it to be published as a novel; I do not expect that to pass this century, but perhaps the next.
fanfic  harry-potter  reading.am 
may 2016
Altered Destinies, a Harry Potter fanfic
Quite well written, although with particular and persistent spelling mistakes for some words, like "than/then". History and story artfully combined, emotions and personalities consistent, mature, detailed, and evolving. A great read.
fanfic  harry-potter  reading.am 
may 2016
Why ISIS is winning the online propaganda war
Honestly a bit weird to read such good and serious prose from a goofy Star Wars nerd. Excellent overview of the social media situation around ISIS, just like the previous article I read (The Anomaly of Barbarism, by John Gray) was an excellent historical perspective.
nonfiction  reading.am 
may 2016
On the importance of manually maintained isolation for unit tests written in impure languages
Essay on unit testing and for building robust software. Well written and interesting, although I do not agree with everything expressed within. However, a lot of my criticism comes from a disagreement with the basic premise of TDD: that tests should always be written first. I much prefer RDD: write the public interface and, optionally, behaviour *on paper* first (the "R" refers to the "README"), experiment with it, maybe write some code to see how it fares, then proceed in earnest. Prototyping an interface or unit through tests is inflexible and restrictive, and produces bad results, or at best produces good results only after much churn.
code  nonfiction  technology  testing 
may 2016
The Strange Tale of the North Pond Hermit
For nearly thirty years, a phantom haunted the woods of Central Maine. Unseen and unknown, he lived in secret, creeping into homes in the dead of night and surviving on what he could steal. To the spooked locals, he became a legend—or maybe a myth. They wondered how he could possibly be real. Until one day last year, the hermit came out of the forest.
nonfiction  magazine 
september 2014
E. W. Dijkstra Archive: A parable. (EWD 594)
"Years ago a railway company was erected and one of its directors —probably the commercial bloke— discovered that the initial investments could be reduced significantly if only fifty percent of the cars would be equipped with a toilet, and, therefore, so was decided."
nonfiction  technology  maths 
september 2014
Naruto: Myoushuu no Fuuin, a Naruto fanfic
Although it was interrupted seemingly one chapter from a fitting end, and never updated henceforward, this fanfic is well-written, funny, and adds a lot more depth to the characters. It delves into subjects much darker than the original and many other fics, but also dives deeper than ever into fuuinjutsu, the art of seals. 9 chapters, 92k words, by May Wren.
fanfic  fiction  naruto 
august 2014
The Internet's Original Sin
About the history of advertising, the pop-up ad, and mentions outdated computer laws as a potential threat to the development of alternatives.
nonfiction  magazine  technology 
august 2014
Me, Myself, and I
Stephen Greenblatt, 2004; about _Solitary Sex_, book by Thomas W. Laqueur on the Western history of masturbation.
nonfiction  sex  magazine 
august 2014

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