Daily Happiness

Aug. 29th, 2014 11:05 pm
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1. I went in to work an hour early this morning so I could try and get a headstart on redoing the drinks case, which I had to get done by today. Not only is it harder to work when the store is open and there's customers, but there are three big deliveries on Fridays which take up a huge chunk of my morning. I still ended up needing to stay half an hour overtime this afternoon to get the job done, but I think going in early did help.

2. I'm closing tomorrow, so I get to sleep in! And also go to the farmers' market, which I usually can't go to because I'm at work.

3. We walked up to the store tonight and they had a sale on cereal where if you buy four boxes, not only are they $2.50 each but you get a free gallon of milk, too. O_o We've been eating a lot of cereal lately and while the kinds included in the sale were pretty limited, there were some we liked, so we got free milk! (Which is like a $5 value.)
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Kimberly Bryant has levelled the digital playing field for black women | Marie Claire : “When Bryant, 47, signed Kai up for a summer program at Stanford University that teaches kids how to code, she discovered her daughter was the only African-American, and one of just a handful of girls, enrolled.” (26 August)

The abrasiveness trap: High-achieving men and women are described differently in reviews | Fortune : “Does gender play a role in the type of feedback an employee receives at review time? We had a linguist crunch the numbers.” (26 August)

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Girl coder takes a leap on the Rails | The Age: “Karthika attended a coding workshop at Rails Girls a year ago and found herself drawn in by an atmosphere of conviviality and collaboration at odds with the solitary stereotype.” (25 August)

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Montreal Comic Con is in two weeks

Aug. 30th, 2014 01:19 am
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I got a one-day ticket for Saturday, partly to save money, partly because I have school and a three-day attendance wouldn't make for a restful weekend, but now I'm looking at the bits and pieces of the schedule that are going up and inevitably am disappointed at what I'm going to miss by only going one day, though Saturday is the longest, most event-packed day.

The 30th anniversary Nightmare on Elm Street Q&A is Sunday. That's the one I'm most disappointed about missing, looking at the current schedule.

The women of TNG panel, on Saturday, is up against the Heather Langenkamp photo op. Dammit.

I hope there'll be enough room to see Patrick Stewart's Q&A, or Katee Sackhoff & Tricia Helfer's, that are currently scheduled for Saturday. The Palais des congrès last year was much better in that regard than the previous time I'd attended, at the Place Bonaventure. I don't think the Soskas and Katharine Isabelle will get the main hall, though.

OTOH, on one level I'm relieved that my very mixed feelings about current Doctor Who series mean I really don't mind missing the Sunday night Doctor Who events (that cost extra, too), if Matt Smith is meant as the main attraction. Unless Karen Gillan were added at the last minute, or something, there's little chance I'd enjoy a Moffat-era lovefest.

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Aug. 29th, 2014 09:55 pm
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I'm having a devil of a time concentrating long enough to work on anything creative, which is annoying as hell. Which I mention because I've opened this "post an entry" page several times today meaning to write something, but given up in frustration after two and a half sentences on a few different topics. (My fandom-as-projective-test post with slash archetypes; an urban fantasy thing-I'd-like-to-see-in-fiction where a couple of grizzled American loner demon hunters go to Italy and are taken out drinking with the Vatican's standing committe on exorcism, who give them tips and try to interest them in celibacy; something-else-I-forget.)

I've ascribed this lack of achievement to my own poor work habits and only after I write this I'm like, "Oh hey, that sounds like a really bad ADHD episode."

Eeexcept I've been taking my meds regularily and my caffeine intake hasn't changed and ?????????

I AM SO FRUSTRATED. And creatively discouraged. I want to be able to write things! I do! But sitting still for very long at all is torture. My hands always twitch to be doing something else, and real work doesn't soothe them. I'm reduced to wandering the house from task to task listening to an audiobook.

I want to have accomplished something so people will pay attention to me and say nice things about it (oh wow that sounds petulant) but instead I got nothin'.

Fic & Art

Aug. 30th, 2014 02:57 pm
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I wasn't up to posting about my perfect copy fic yesterday (the anime reviews I had in my dreamwidth autosave from a few days ago) since I wasn't feeling fully coherrant and also... It can sometimes be awkward trying to think of words on remixes to begin with, but when I know exactly who wrote for me (*waves*) because it went to the pinch list and as I was one of the two mods handling pinch hits, it starts to feel a little like... A performance art? Because I know, and they know that I know. IDK. If it was the original assignments it would have been able to blur in my memory. BUT. THAT SAID.

I really, really enjoyed the remix to my work Failure to Communicate. I think Failure to Communicate is one of my best works in KnB, it's also a piece which has some stories hinted at in the background as the tale is told, so I knew that there was a pretty good chance that it would be remixed and have been thinking about/curious how someone else would complete their take on it.

Communication Failure (The Duty of Candor Remix) (1870 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Kuroko no Basuke | Kuroko's Basketball
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Himuro Tatsuya & Midorima Shintarou
Characters: Himuro Tatsuya, Midorima Shintarou
Summary:

Midorima becomes Himuro's doctor and also his friend.



And basically - I think they did a really good job! XD It's got Midorima and Himuro friendship! And it fills in the little gaps that Himuro wasn't saying in his emails in the original (it's actually fairly close to the background I had in my head), and just *loves*.

I'm still reading through the works, but there's some excellent pieces throughout - http://archiveofourown.org/collections/perfectcopy/works




For the sports anime/manga fans on my list - Inter High (A fanart and fanfiction exchange dedicated to sports anime and manga!) is right now taking nominations for it's fic exchange here: http://archiveofourown.org/tag_sets/447
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... actually caught on video.  (Trigger warning.  WARN ALL THE THINGS.)

that fic meme, adapted for vids

Aug. 29th, 2014 08:50 pm
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Swiped from [livejournal.com profile] flaming_muse and others, adapted for vidder purposes. :D

Give me a number -- or a few! -- and I'll answer in a separate post.

1. Describe your comfort zone—a typical you-vid.
2. Is there a genre or style you've yet to try your hand at, but really want to?
3. Is there a genre or style you wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole?
4. How many vid ideas are you nurturing right now? Care to share one of them?
5. Share one of your strengths.
6. Share one of your weaknesses.
7. Point to a section from one of your favorite vids you've made and explain why you're proud of it.
8. Which vid was the hardest to make?
9. Which vid was the easiest to make?
10. Is vidding your passion or just a fun hobby?
11. Is there a section of canon above all others that inspires you just a little bit more?
12. What's the best vidding advice you've ever come across?
13. What's the worst vidding advice you've ever come across?
14. If you only could vid one show/movie for the rest of your life, which show/movie would it be?
15. Do you work mostly from start to finish, or do you vid sections out of order?
16. Do you use any tools, like clip notes or storyboards?
17. Stephen King once said that his muse is a man who lives in the basement. Do you have a muse?
18. Describe your perfect vidding conditions.
19. How many times do you usually revise your vid before posting?
20. Choose a section from one of your earlier vids and talk about whether and how you'd do it differently now. (Person sending the ask is free to make suggestions).
21. If you were to revise one of your older vids from start to finish, which would it be and why?
22. Have you ever deleted one of your published vids?
23. What do you look for in a beta?
24. Do you beta yourself? If so, what kind of beta are you?
25. How do you feel about collaborations?
26. Share three of your favorite vidders and why you like them so much.
27. Do you accept prompts?
28. Do you take liberties with canon or are you very strict about your vids being canon compliant?
29. How do you feel about smut?
30. How do you feel about crack?
31. Which is your favorite site for posting vids?
32. Talk about your current vids in progress.
33. Talk about a comment or review that made your day.
34. Do you ever get rude reviews and how do you deal with them?

Things I Am Crotchety About, Rant #1

Aug. 29th, 2014 09:42 pm
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So yeah, here's your first installment of "Things I'm turning into a BOFQ about!"

I have mostly made my peace with Tumblr (I appreciate all the art, I appreciate the spreadability of vids, I am still annoyed about the way in which it makes me into an endlessly scrolling monkey and they way it makes conversation impossible and--here I near to my point! - attribution impossible, in that I can never figure out who actually made the thing I like and ENGAGE THEM DIRECTLY, which is how I've made most of my many friends in fandom. Going to people and saying, omg, I love your work, how are you so awesome, can we talk more?)

But I've mainly been irritated at that from the reader/spectator/fan position, in that I'm finding it hard to connect with the writers of meta/ makers of art that I fangirl.

BUT NOW. I am NOW irritated at it from the writer's perspective, because my latest story, Captain Rogers and Sergeant Barnes, have gotten tags/comments/recs like the following:

"I don't always read Stucky, but when I do? It's by Astolat because holy hell."

and

"by: seperis"

and okay, astolat, seperis, I love you both! really! a lot! but MY NAME IS AT THE TOP OF THE STORY! and besides, astolat is a lot shorter than me, and seperis is a lot taller. I can only assume that people are clicking to the story from astolat's tumblr and/or seperis autofills like speranza? or something like that? But it clearly shows me that some number of people are having as hard a time attributing my work to me as I am attributing their work to them, and I HATE IT, because in an online world, I only know you by what you make, write, say, etc. I hate this disassociation! I know a lot of people fled LJ/DW for Tumblr to avoid personalities (and like the anonymemes even more because NO personality)--and I will admit that I was, years ago, resistant to LJ/blogs in the first place because I thought there was TOO MUCH PERSONALITY - too much about people's dogs and kids and whatever, dentistry, and not enough fannish stuff--but can't there be a happy medium?

SIGNED--Goldilocks, looking for a fannish mix that is juuuuuuust right.

[ObMeme]

Aug. 29th, 2014 07:56 pm
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[personal profile] yhlee
This has been a day for not getting anything done but random cartooning so have a meme by way of [personal profile] oracne.
You can tell a lot about a person from their music. Hit shuffle on your iPod, MP3 Player, etc. and put the first 10 songs! One rule, no skipping! Tag 10 people and pass it on! (Not tagging - too much pressure!)


1. 3 Hours Down - Away from the Sun - "When I'm Gone"
2. Planescape: Torment soundtrack by Mark Morgan - "Sigil"
3. FTL soundtrack by Ben Prunty - "Space Cruise (Title)"
4. Amethystium - Aphelion - "Elevensong"
5. FTL soundtrrack by Ben Prunty - "MilkyWay (Explore)"
6. FTL soundtrack by Ben Prunty - "Slug (Battle)"
7. "Death by Pixel" (sorry, I put my own music in iTunes so I can be tortured by all the things I would fix now)
8. Céline Dion - D'eux - "Destin"
9. Portal 2: Songs to Test By - Volume 2 - "You Will Be Perfect"
10. Coheed and Cambria - Year of the Black Rainbow - "One"

Yeah, about that fondness for game soundtracks...

New in Torn World

Aug. 29th, 2014 07:36 pm
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My poem "Closing the Score" has been published in Torn World, visible to everyone.
Musical restrictions are not popular in the Empire.

My poem "Waste Nothing" has been published in Torn World, for supporters only.
Tekura discovers Tefein heading into the forest.

My poem "Pearls Before Time" has been published in Torn World, visible to everyone.
Duurludirj pearl divers have remarkable skills.

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Aug. 29th, 2014 08:04 pm
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First draft done! I have 10k words right now. I'm sure it's all super terrible and like twelve different stories mashed together right now because I've been writing it over months. I'm not sure when my editing brain will be ready to dig into things, but hopefully it will be soon.

My allergies are terrible right now. Thankfully the Zyrtec and nasal spray seem to be controlling my nose + throat, but my eyes are still a mess. Ugh.

Sigh, tomorrow's going to be a long day. I have so much stuff I'm going to need to do.

Lazy Day

Aug. 29th, 2014 08:09 pm
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[personal profile] settiai
The president of the company that I work for announced on Wednesday that we would be closed today (four day weekend, ftw!), so I've had a lazy Friday for once. I spent the morning catching up on Dreamwidth, LiveJournal, Neopets, and Tumblr, and I've spent the afternoon marathoning the three Jurassic Park movies (and have now started Independence Day, because why not?) and putting in work for Part-Time Job (which I do at home from my computer).

And then I have tomorrow off! And Sunday! And Monday!

... would it make me a horrible person if I spend the entire four-day Labor Day weekend hiding in my apartment and don't go outside once?

I could play Mass Effect! I could write fanfiction! I could vid! I could marathon the Lord of the Rings trilogy! (Extended edition, of course.)

My writing muscles are rusty

Aug. 29th, 2014 03:01 pm
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[personal profile] helens78
...but I may possibly have committed some Sam/Steve.

Still open for suggestions on the meme! I'm trying to write a little bit every day to get used to the way it feels to write again.

OTW Fannews: Terms in Use

Aug. 29th, 2014 04:57 pm
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Posted by Jennifer Rose Hale

English

Magnifying glass over a dictionary with text that reads OTW Fannews Terms in Use
  • As fandom has become more visible, the terms it uses have spread out into new areas. At this point various bands have written songs titled "Fan fiction" and Australian musician Geoffrey O'Connor has recently titled a whole album "Fan Fiction", while there is also a band with the same name.
  • In one of a constant stream of fanwork contests across the web, Vita.mn discussed their fanfiction entries and made some curious claims. "After weeding out the slashfic (which is to regular fan fiction what '50 Shades' is to 'Twilight')...'Second Player' tells the tale of the Mario Bros. from Luigi’s perspective — only they’re not actually brothers in this otherwise spot-on continuity nod. They’re a couple who fell in love in the days before Pride Parades and Rainbow Road Races, and had no choice but to disguise the true nature of their relationship or face the scorn of the Mushroom Kingdom. If you’re worried that this sounds like slashfic, don’t be. It’s a well-crafted original take on a beloved video-game icon and his less celebrated brother, and it traces their lives together in a way that leaves you rethinking every Mario-branded game you’ve ever button-mashed your way through. The goal of any great piece of fanfic is to enhance the original work, so read 'Second Player,' then go back and play 'Super Mario Bros.' and see if you don’t find it a little more interesting and far more tragic."
  • In an interview with IT expert Taylor Judd about password security, he discussed hacker strategies using a fandom example. "So they'll say, 'Ok it's Joe Schmoe Password123 on Battlestar Galactica fan fiction, the first thing I'm going to do when I see that is I'm going to go to gmail.com and see if that username and password works there." (No transcript available).
  • Of course, fandom is constantly inventing new terms as seen at Richard Armitage Frenzy. "Fandom forensics is when a fangirl (or fanboy) goes into detail mode to solve a mystery. What happened?! When?! Who did it?! Who was there?! Did the tie have a tie clip?! If so, whose was it?!"

What fandom terms have you seen used (or misused)? Write about them in Fanlore! Contributions are welcome from all fans.

We want your suggestions! If you know of an essay, video, article, podcast, or link you think we should know about, comment on the most recent OTW Fannews post. Links are welcome in all languages! Submitting a link doesn't guarantee that it will be included in a Fannews post, and inclusion of a link doesn't mean that it is endorsed by the OTW.

Message: 

Auction

Aug. 29th, 2014 06:01 pm
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Posted by skzb

For the record, I’m doing this for two reasons: 1) I have all of these manuscripts lying around with no place to keep them, but I am sure has hell not going to throw them away, and, 2) I’m trying to pay off the dentist who fixed my teeth. For the record, the financial thing is temporary, and not by any means a crisis. Whatever I get from this is going to be useful, but I am not by any means in desperate straits.

We put up a temporary auction page. It contains the latest bids, including any on the four Vlad novel manuscripts now available.

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Aug. 29th, 2014 03:14 pm
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 So, the last few weeks, settling into the new apartment, I've grown curious about my neighbors. Everyone's really friendly here, which after my last place (where people barely saw each other, let alone spoke) is a refreshing experience for me. But I barely know anyone's name, and then I thought, I'm a researcher...

So I started out by investigating the layouts of the other apartments, until I had a basic ground plan of the floor, and then I started looking into who owned or rented them. I know this is creepy. It's also my job for eight hours of the day, it's hard to switch it off. 

It's an exercise in the study of human nature and also in mild frustration, because like, now I know the guy down the hall teaches at Columbia College Chicago and he seems super interesting but I've never actually seen his face. And I want to tell the woman across from me she is paying too much rent on her apartment. But how do you bring up the fact that you know (from, I need to stress this, publicly available data, I didn't go through anyone's trash) how much rent they pay? 

This is not something I would do anything with. Like, I wouldn't sell their identities or anything. I just like knowing who my neighbors are. 

At the same time, the urge to build a Wall Of Crazy as some kind of awesome art installation is damn near overwhelming. It's not like it would be hard to get the ground plan blown up to poster size, and I have yarn and scissors and the linkedin profiles of about half of them....

Writing meme

Aug. 29th, 2014 07:53 pm
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Via cesperanza. Pick a letter(s)!

A. Describe your comfort zone—a typical you-fic.
B. Is there a trope you’ve yet to try your hand at, but really want to?
C. Is there a trope you wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole?
D. How many fic ideas are you nurturing right now? Care to share one of them?
E. Share one of your strengths.
F. Share one of your weaknesses.
G. Share a snippet from one of your favorite pieces of prose you’ve written and explain why you’re proud of it.
H. Share a snippet from one of your favorite dialogue scenes you’ve written and explain why you’re proud of it.
I. Which fic has been the hardest to write?
J. Which fic has been the easiest to write?
K. Is writing your passion or just a fun hobby?
L. Is there an episode section of canon above all others that inspires you just a little bit more?
M. What’s the best writing advice you’ve ever come across?
N. What’s the worst writing advice you’ve ever come across?
O. If you could choose one of your fics to be filmed, which would you choose?
P. If you only could write one pairing for the rest of your life, which pairing would it be?
Q. Do you write your story from start to finish, or do you write the scenes out of order?
R. Do you use any tools, like worksheets or outlines?
S. Stephen King once said that his muse is a man who lives in the basement. Do you have a muse?
T. Describe your perfect writing conditions.
U. How many times do you usually revise your fic/chapter before posting?
V. Choose a passage from one of your earlier fics and edit it into your current writing style. (Person sending the ask is free to make suggestions).
W. If you were to revise one of your older fics from start to finish, which would it be and why?
X. Have you ever deleted one of your published fics?
Y. What do you look for in a beta?
Z. Do you beta yourself? If so, what kind of beta are you?
AA. How do you feel about collaborations?
AB. Share three of your favorite fic writers and why you like them so much.
AC. If you could write the sequel (or prequel) to any fic out there not written by yourself, which would you choose?
AD. Do you accept prompts?
AE. Do you take liberties with canon or are you very strict about your fic being canon compliant?
AF. How do you feel about smut?
AG. How do you feel about crack?
AH. What are your thoughts on non-con and dub-con?
AI. Would you ever kill off a canon character?
AJ. Which is your favorite site to post fic?
AK. Talk about your current wips.
AL. Talk about a review that made your day.
AM. Do you ever get rude reviews and how do you deal with them?
AN. Write an alternative ending to a fic you've written (specify by title, link or general description].

medical whatzis and magic pills

Aug. 29th, 2014 03:18 pm
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Geoff has always had problems regulating heat; he tolerates heat very badly and often sweats profusely. Also recently (these many months) he's been tired a lot. And when we were in Sicily, coming down from Stromboli volcano, he had a pretty scary moment where his legs collapsed under him and he fell, and it took him, accompanied by me and another member of the tour group, a long time to make the rest of the descent, with him stopping frequently to rest and recover his legs.

We put it down to him overheating and perhaps being dehydrated; the descent was very fast, and we were all still wearing all the thick warm layers we'd put on at the summit. But it was worrying, so since we got home he's been seeing a few doctors to investigate.

His doc theorized that he has a hard time shedding heat perhaps because his blood vessels don't expand (relax) properly, even though his blood pressure is fine, so she put him on a low dose of blood pressure med to see if that helps; and then two days ago we got blood test results back and learned that he has a vitamin B12 deficiency. Which can cause fatigue, ataxia, and all sorts of other things! (Some of them quite scary, so I'm very glad we caught this when we did.)

So he is now taking big doses of B12 and also taking the blood pressure med, and he says the difference is already amazing. We're still investigating which pill is the magic one, or if he needs them both. But how wonderful that after so many times of saying, in various situations, "If only there were a magic pill that would just CURE THIS," there in fact appears to be a magic pill (or two) that cures this!

Nobody Steps On A Church In My Town

Aug. 29th, 2014 02:02 pm
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I returned from the 11:30 AM* showing of Ghostbusters a little while ago. Did anyone else on my friends list go to the airing of Ghostbusters--and if so, did you notice that a couple scenes toward the start, which felt ever so slightly extended? For instance, there seemed a few more lines sprinkled in there when Peter's talking to the blonde girl after that psychic experiment.

Highlights from my showing? There weren't too many speak of. I was the only person there at all, in the room Ghostbusters was shown in.

The air was terrible, sort of a mix of stuffy, and severely humid. But it still felt as though the air conditioning was running, just not right. It was like someone had opened the exit door and left it open for a few days, in that one particular theater room and the air coniditoning was just moving it around. It was starting to get oppressive--then, someone popped their head in the door, glanced around, shot a text message to someone, to presumably confirm there was one solitary soul in attendance, and left--and then the air conditioning worked harder for five minutes, it started to get better...before going dead.

So around when Mr. Stay Puft was stomping on a church in Peter's town, before the heat actually got any worse, I went on my way. We've been getting a heat index of around 107 for over a week, and I'd rather not sit in a theater and overheat.

Aside from those issues, the showing looked very crisp and clear. I finally spotted Ron Jeremy's cameo. However, for the first time I noticed a character on a stretcher outside Dana's building, as the Ghostbusters pull up. From a distance, it appeared as though it could have been the elderly woman that spotted the Terror Dog chasing Louis, who ran back inside. I could be wrong.

*The movie started 27 minutes later than expected, due to all the trailers.

Why People Learn Not to Ask for Help

Aug. 29th, 2014 01:48 pm
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I came across this post today, illustrating a key reason why people learn not to ask for help: because when they do, they don't get it. Person A describes a frustrating situation and asks specific questions about how to solve certain parts of the problem. Person B says, no, those things aren't problems, you should be doing MORE of them not less, and take these steps to do more of them.

That is the opposite of help.

Read more... )

Questions & Memes & Themes

Aug. 29th, 2014 02:05 pm
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[personal profile] sage
1. I've lost track of the memes going around. If you want to C&P questions from a meme & ask me something? Leave them in the comments & I'll try to come up with answers. :D

2. On Twitter today @[twitter.com profile] gailsimone is asking working writers & artists to talk about the recurring themes in their work (#MyThemesAre), and I thought that might be fun to bring over here.

What are your recurring themes?

Mine are:

+ personal histories and hidden context
+ women making choices
+ reinvention of self
+ public image versus private reality
+ entrenched, monolithic power structures may appear more entrenched and monolithic than they are
+ sex doesn't actually fix things, but consensual orgasms are really quite nice (at least in the moment)

Life update

Aug. 29th, 2014 11:52 am
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I am a bear of little brain right now, and I am deeply envious of all of you who are committing to the post-every-day challenge. I can't do that, but I can do this:


  • I returned to full-time work and my arms promptly got worse again. They have now plateaued (pain level about 3) and I am afraid to add any more things that I love (dancing! vidding! typing to you!) until I see the doc in two weeks. I'm hoping for a referral to a nerve specialist.

  • Jobhunting is a full-time job and I already have one of those, so I am exhausted. Seeing lots of cool amazing things and applied for my Dream Job, which is so exciting! But wow, too much talking to people. I'm giving away all my lunches and evenings to telling people my life story and constructing a look for interviews. This is expensive and tiring, but worth it, in the long run. Also, I look really sharp right now.

  • I am bursting with vid ideas/collabs/pet creative projects and I am trying to inch them forward without actually using my hands. Voice-controlled software does not work well for me. That thing where you can just beam thoughts from your brain into the computer? I want that. As an alternative, I will be pestering collab partners to Skype with me.

  • P.'s job is imploding even more than mine.

  • Palatino has decided, since my last hair adventure, that my hair is DELICIOUS and he is now seizing every opportunity to chew on my head. This is not conducive to relaxing or sleeping. It's a good thing he's adorable. I'm hoping to wear him out this weekend with our first leash-training session.

  • The songwriter of "Transparent", Duncan Wright, contacted me out of the blue to tell me how much he liked my vid and to offer more songs of his to use in my work. Warm fuzzies all day, I have to say. This is the third time an artist has expressed appreciation of one of my vids and granted permission for me to use their music. More motivation to vid the obscure.

  • I miss you guys.

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Aug. 29th, 2014 11:46 am
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It's not entirely nice, but these days I am super patronizing to people who try to argue sexism with me.

"I just think the battles over gender are in the past."
"Aww, that's the sweetest thing for you to think."

"Women don't face discrimination anymore."
"You're really cute for having that opinion."

"These days, men and women are treated equally."
"Wow, you're just precious."

Let me tell you, it is super effective in totally disarming these men, because they have no fucking idea how to deal with patronizing contempt. When someone says, "I'm not even going to treat you like a worthy foe; I'm just going to pat you on the head and praise you for thinking you know anything, when really really I am certain you are coming up with fairy tales about the world that are very romantic and noble, but nothing like reality."

I know how to deal with it, but that's because people have been treating me like a sweet-faced girl for my entire life, and I had to learn how to tell whether or not someone was willing to engage with me respectfully or not rather early on.

I'd like to be able to deal with things in a more enlightened and respectful way, but right now... I've got nothing.

Jack Kirby's Diversity

Aug. 29th, 2014 01:24 pm
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Here's a lovely look at several of Jack Kirby's characters of diversity, made with Stan Lee but these are ones primarily driven by Jack.  

Note that Ben Grimm is a double-tap for being Jewish and lower/working class.  As the Thing, he is also a man of color -- even though color-changed characters may have grown up white, they pick up the chromatic stigma of not being white anymore and it really shows in how people treat them.  Also worth considering is the way that Jack characterized Ben as Jewish for years before it was safe to come right out and say that.  Sometimes I tag the ethnicity or religion of my characters openly, but often it's just there in the name, location, physical description, etc.

I always liked the technological aspect of Black Panther, which so often gets overlooked.  After having discovered Odinani, the sacred science of Nigeria, I kind of wonder if that played in.

Good for her?

Aug. 29th, 2014 02:16 pm
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Burmese beauty queen 'vanishes with tiara' from pageant
A Burmese beauty queen who was stripped of her title for allegedly being rude and dishonest has run off with the £60,000 jewelled crown from a South Korea-based pageant, according to organisers.

May Myat Noe is said to have vanished from the competition after officials were adamant that she have breast enhancement surgery.

Meme!

Aug. 29th, 2014 12:38 pm
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Via [personal profile] roga. I'm answering her 11 questions. And like roga I'm not tagging anyone; if you want to answer, feel free.

1. What is your favorite holiday?
2. What snack/food from your country do you think everyone should taste?
3. What TV show do you absolutely 100% want to own the DVD box set of (or already own and would save from a burning building)?
4. What is the most difficult season to live through, where you live?
5. What 50k+ word fic would you rec under the category “you don’t need to know the canon for this”?
6. How might a character from your current fandom and a character/actor from a previous fandom realistically meet IRL?
7. Same fandoms; how do you imagine characters from these fandoms might meet in fic, crack AUs included?
8. What small detail from your life would you like to see incorporated in fic someday (or already have)?
9. What was the first fic you ever posted online? If you don’t write, first fic you read online?
10. Have you ever interacted with a character/actor/creator from one of your fandoms? (Elaborate if you want)
11. What’s your favorite trope in fics?

Answers... )

I yawn over the predictability

Aug. 29th, 2014 12:50 pm
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(Mostly) male reporters doubt Gillibrand's account of sexual harassment unless she names names, which she of course has a responsibility to do. Let it never be allowed that a woman discuss her experience on terms not dictated by men.

I have found it

Aug. 29th, 2014 11:48 am
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The webcomic that, in four panels, completely explains the Millstone Space Opera:
Stupidfox: Boom

(I am in love with Stupidfox!)

This and that

Aug. 29th, 2014 12:25 pm
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Good afternoon, internets!

It is a beautiful day and I just ventured forth and bought a challah for this evening, as well as sesame noodles and kale salad for lunch, so I am a pretty happy camper.

Also I seem to have written 2000 words of comfort-fic set after "Deep Breath," the first episode of the new Doctor's run. *facepalm* My id, let me show you it.

(Only not until I get it beta'd and Brit-picked. My emotional buttons, you are welcome to; but not if they're littered with accidental Americanisms.)

Last night I watched an episode of S4 Vampire Diaries with [personal profile] squirrelhaven for the first time in months. I had forgotten how fond I am of all of those characters and their ridiculous plot twists. It's particularly interesting to be still enjoying TVD when I finally gave up on True Blood this season. I think True Blood was the wrong mix of taking-itself-seriously and cracktacular for me, in the end. TVD is just crack, and it's not trying to say anything deep, and maybe that's why I love it -- because it embraces what it is.

Anyway. That is the news from here. Happy Friday!
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August recs update:

[personal profile] unfitforsociety has been updated for August 2014 with 34 recs in 2 fandoms:

* 30 Avengers
* 4 Guardians of the Galaxy

***

I recently read on the internet that there is going to be a fifth Tiffany Aching novel. I am mostly excited but also slightly trepidatious, if only because of how awesome the first four are and why mess with that?

Speaking of books, I'm about a third of the way through The Black Count (thumbs up so far!), and am now hoping someone can recommend a good non-fiction overview of the French Revolution/Terror/Napoleon (or one book for each?), since clearly this is yet another era I know only the broadest outlines of. (and much of what I do know is via fiction, at least re: Napoleon.)

Also, I am totally picturing Howard Charles as Alex Dumas in the (hopefully) inevitable miniseries of The Black Count.

I really do need a Musketeers icon or three.

***

In my ongoing search for how to make that dream pistachio cake, I found a recipe in the Smitten Kitchen cookbook (reproduced here) that is the same general idea with hazelnut and crepes, except I would just make a regular yellow cake and also substitute pistachio paste for hazelnut paste in the pastry cream. I think it's definitely workable.

Probably not this weekend, though, as I still have to purchase the pistachio paste. I've been thinking a lot about these mini orange & chocolate cheesecakes (mostly because I have four ounces of cream cheese and half a container of ricotta to use up in my fridge), though these raspberry-lemonade bars are also very tempting.

I guess we'll see.

***
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Posted by Lisa Wade, PhD

Flashback Friday.

When tourists returned to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, there was a new site to see: disaster.  Suddenly — in addition to going on a Ghost Tour, visiting the Backstreet Cultural Museum, and lunching at Dooky Chase’s — one could see the devastation heaped upon the Lower Ninth Ward.  Buses full of strangers with cameras were rumbling through the neighborhood as it tried to get back on its feet.

A sociology major at  Michigan State University, Kiara C., sent along this photograph of a homemade sign propped up in the Lower Ninth, shaming visitors for what sociologists call “disaster tourism.”

(Credit: Daniel Terdiman/CNET News.com; found here)

Disaster tourism is criticized for objectifying the suffering of others.  Imagine having lost loved ones and seen your house nearly destroyed. After a year out of town, you’re in your nastiest clothes, mucking sludge out of your house, fearful that the money will run out before you can get the house — the house your grandmother bought and passed down to you through your mother — put back together.

Imagine that — as you push a wheelbarrow out into the sunlight, blink as you adjust to the brightness, and push your hair off your forehead, leaving a smudge of toxic mud — a bus full of cameras flash at you, taking photographs of your trauma, effort, and fear.  And then they take that photo back to their cozy, dry home and show it to their friends, who ooh and aah about how cool it was that they got to see the aftermath of the flood.

The person who made this sign… this is what they may have been feeling.

Originally posted in 2011.

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

(View original at http://thesocietypages.org/socimages)

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This new NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image shows a variety of intriguing cosmic phenomena.

Surrounded by bright stars, towards the upper middle of the frame we see a small young stellar object (YSO) known as SSTC2D J033038.2+303212. Located in the constellation of Perseus, this star is in the early stages of its life and is still forming into a fully-grown star. In this view from Hubble’s Advanced Camera for Surveys(ACS) it appears to have a murky chimney of material emanating outwards and downwards, framed by bright bursts of gas flowing from the star itself. This fledgling star is actually surrounded by a bright disk of material swirling around it as it forms — a disc that we see edge-on from our perspective.

However, this small bright speck is dwarfed by its cosmic neighbor towards the bottom of the frame, a clump of bright, wispy gas swirling around as it appears to spew dark material out into space. The bright cloud is a reflection nebula known as [B77] 63, a cloud of interstellar gas that is reflecting light from the stars embedded within it. There are actually a number of bright stars within [B77] 63, most notably the emission-line star LkHA 326, and it nearby neighbor LZK 18.

These stars are lighting up the surrounding gas and sculpting it into the wispy shape seen in this image. However, the most dramatic part of the image seems to be a dark stream of smoke piling outwards from [B77] 63 and its stars — a dark nebula called Dobashi 4173. Dark nebulae are incredibly dense clouds of pitch-dark material that obscure the patches of sky behind them, seemingly creating great rips and eerily empty chunks of sky. The stars speckled on top of this extreme blackness actually lie between us and Dobashi 4173.

European Space Agency
Credit: ESA/NASA

And act as if we were old friends

Aug. 29th, 2014 10:45 am
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Avengers

anyway, here's wonderwall by [archiveofourown.org profile] KiaraSayre
The Winter Soldier tracks down each and every HYDRA agent that forced him to kill and watches them die. He also tries to become a well-rounded individual with interests and hobbies. The results are mixed. oh, Bucky.

Assembly Instructions for the Rest of Your Life by [archiveofourown.org profile] thingswithwings
In which Tony and Rhodey build the quinjet. Adorable.

At the Twilight's Last Gleaming by [archiveofourown.org profile] BreTheWriter
Sweet first kiss for Steve and Bucky at a fireworks show.

Captain Rogers and Sergeant Barnes by [archiveofourown.org profile] Speranza
Bucky brings Steve a mission he can't handle himself. Natasha comes along for the ride. Wonderful.

a case of you by [archiveofourown.org profile] irnan
Really lovely post-Winter Soldier Bucky/Natasha.

Croatian Holiday by [archiveofourown.org profile] Brenda
In which Natasha checks Sam out, in more ways than one.

Darcy Lewis and the No Good, Very Bad (Kinda Awesome) Day by [archiveofourown.org profile] kellifer_fic
"I heard there was some guy that liked crawling around the air ducts, scaring the crap out of new people. The first day I was here, I tied a bit of ribbon to all the vents. About twenty minutes ago, all the ribbons were doing the cha-cha except for that one," Darcy says, pointing up to the vent above them.

"I don't like... geez, who told you that?" Barton demands, looking offended.

"I didn't say it was you. I assumed you have some other completely unrelated reason for being in the air duct above my head, looking down my top."

Barton's face turns an instant, dull red from ear to ear and temple to chin. "I wasn't-!" he starts to splutter.

"I'm sure," Darcy purrs, raising an eyebrow.

"I mean, I couldn't not, because, but it wasn't what I was..." Barton seems to realize he's digging himself deeper because he deflates and offers a helpless gesture with his hands. "There's orders involved, I swear."
Adorable Clint/Darcy.

Fluff by [archiveofourown.org profile] MoreThanSlightly
An Asgardian animal that makes people cuddly gets loose in the tower. The Avengers try to recapture it without things getting too weird. This is adorable!

The gold-hearted boy I used to be by [archiveofourown.org profile] lanyon
There is so much Bucky Barnes does not remember. Lovely, melancholy, but hopeful in the end.

The Good, the Bad and the Fluffy by [archiveofourown.org profile] newredshoes
Tony gets Bucky a therapy llama. Hijinks, as they say, ensue. Hilarious.

halfway between the gutter and the stars by [archiveofourown.org profile] verity
Absolutely darling story chock full of Thor being the most delightful Avenger ever.

Here Is A Secret Deeper Than Language by [archiveofourown.org profile] sageness
Natasha - who she's been and who she is now, and what it means for her relationships with Steve and Bucky. Nice melding of comics and movie canon for her backstory.

it's a love story (baby just say yes) by [archiveofourown.org profile] biggrstaffbunch
Bucky goes out on his first date since he got himself back. Steve isn't jealous, he's just worried! This is adorable.

Languages by [archiveofourown.org profile] fmo
Steve worries because Bucky seems unresponsive, but Bucky communicates in his own way, in his own time. Aw, heart.

The Logic of Stars Collapsing by [archiveofourown.org profile] Portrait_of_a_Fool
A slow, melancholy recovery for Bucky

the natural progression of the color wheel by [archiveofourown.org profile] Mici
Steve discovers some letters Bucky wrote him during the war. Lovely.

No Gods, No Masters, Just Me by [archiveofourown.org profile] OddityBoddity
Bucky teams up with Sam and Steve to get some bad guys. Things do not go at all as planned. This was fun.

nothing safe is worth the drive (and i will follow you home) by [archiveofourown.org profile] countthestars
Aw, I never get tired of Bucky + dogs in stories.

The Only Guy Steve Knows Who Lives In Brooklyn by [archiveofourown.org profile] Chex
Clint doesn't really understand why the Winter Soldier starts hanging around his apartment building, but he rolls with it, and everything else that comes along. I liked the first half at the apartment more than the second half fighting AIM/HYDRA etc. but the whole thing is fun.

Scandal by [archiveofourown.org profile] biblionerd07
"What's the scandal?" Steve asks, reaching for the muffin Bucky's holding. "Gimme some of your muffin."

"Only a little." Bucky orders even as he breaks it clean in half. "I know how guys like you operate. I give you an inch, you'll take a mile."

"Dear Lord, do you two try to lace everything you say with innuendo or is it really that accidental?" Tony asks. Bucky catches Steve's eye before making his face go completely innocent.

"Sorry, Stark." He says sweetly. "Must be our boner."

Tony chokes. Steve and Bucky both keep their eyes wide and innocent. "Are you okay?" Steve asks earnestly. Tony's muttering curse words and Bucky has to stuff another bite of muffin in his mouth to hide a laugh. Moments like these make Steve's stomach hurt with how nice it is to have Bucky back with him.
Adorable Steve/Bucky story in which Steve comes out at a press conference.

She Houses Tornadoes by [archiveofourown.org profile] triedunture
Peggy doms Steve and Bucky. A good time is had by all. This is very hot.

so familiar a gleam by [archiveofourown.org profile] sariane
Steve develops temporary psychic abilities and accidentally wanders his way into Bucky's dreams. All he wants is to convince Bucky to come home. Oh heart.

so while you're here in my arms by [archiveofourown.org profile] verity
Very hot Steve/Bucky/Peggy.

sorry about the blood in your mouth by [archiveofourown.org profile] callingallangels
Clint and Natasha take Bucky in while he heals. A little rough technically (punctuating dialogue) but heartfelt and wistful with a nice Clint voice.

the stirring of you in my arms by [archiveofourown.org profile] radialarch
Bucky keeps climbing through Steve's window. This is lovely.

The thing that drives the wolves away by [archiveofourown.org profile] caughtinanocean
Really lovely story about Bucky's recovery and how people (other than Steve) try to help him.

there's trees in the desert since you moved out by [archiveofourown.org profile] irnan
Bucky asks Steve to give him time. Steve, Sam and Nat go on a road trip. Clint takes down Hydra cells. Everybody talks about their feelings. So wonderful. Oh my heart. (It's Steve/Natasha, though I totally read it as Steve/Natasha/Bucky. *cough*)

Undercover Heart by [archiveofourown.org profile] wintergrey
Sweet hot Natasha/Sam.

Vigil by [archiveofourown.org profile] LtLJ
Sam meets Tony and Bruce while waiting for Steve to come out of surgery. Oh heart.

Wishbones by [archiveofourown.org profile] freshbakedlady
Really lovely story where magic gives Sam wings.

~*~

taking time to make time

Aug. 29th, 2014 10:41 am
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Guardians of the Galaxy

if home is where the heart is then we're all just fucked by [archiveofourown.org profile] egelantier
Really lovely story of Gamora and the others building a home.

I Know A Place (I'll Take You There) by [archiveofourown.org profile] KiaraSayre
Gamora adjusts to life on the Milano. I could read a million stories of Gamora learning to live with those dumbasses.

Let Me Grow Young by [archiveofourown.org profile] Vera_DragonMuse
Gamora settles into her new life - and friendship - on the Milano. Oh heart.

A Short List of Relevant Skills and Abilities by [archiveofourown.org profile] ignipes
Peter and his new crew try to figure out where to go from Xandar. Aw.

~*~

Windows? And not the computer type

Aug. 29th, 2014 10:23 am
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I am sitting in a room that has eight windows. Eight double-hung wooden-framed windows that were installed in .... maybe 1962? About half have cracks of one sort or another from the house settling (this is in the add-on; the original house dates from 1946.) In the winter, it is measurably 10 degrees F colder in this room than in any other -- despite it being the sunniest room in that season.

We are thinking of getting new windows installed -- but the last installation did not go as well as it should have, and several of the double-glazed windows have gotten hazy inside because the seals did not last.

So. Have you had windows installed in the past few years? What brand? How are they working out? Pros? Cons? Would you do it again? Tell me all about it?

For Sale: Blu Ray Player

Aug. 29th, 2014 10:12 am
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Is anyone interested in a blu ray player? My parents recently updated theirs and, as always, I got first dibs on their old one. Which, being better than mine, I gladly accepted.

It's a Philips BDP3406/F7 that's about two years old. It works fine, and I haven't had any issues with it playing DVDs or blu rays. It doesn't have wireless; to hook it up to the internet it does need an ethernet cable. It definitely connects to Netflix; theoretically it also works with Vudu, but I've never personally used that feature.

I'm asking $30, plus shipping (which I'm assuming will probably be ~$10), if anyone's interested. I thought that I'd offer it here before I threw it on craigslist, just in case anyone needed one.


And it's gone!

Posting... need energy

Aug. 29th, 2014 03:28 am
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You know what, I'm literally just going to repost what I posted to tumblr earlier today (Yes, I have a tumblr, I'm trying desperately to keep it Flight Rising-only and sometimes (see today) failing) because I am le tired. But hey, three-day weekend! If I can get through tomorrow I'll be great.

Some NSFW and some TMI behind cut, nothing graphic but it is talking about sex and threesomes. And poly politics a bit. )

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