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"we eat smarties, you eat m&ms
and you think all our money looks pretend
we got Bryan Adams, but hey, you got Bruce Springsteen
but we can drink in bars when we're just nineteen

you got Brad Pitt, we got Keanu Reeves
but we got the best lake fishing you best believe
you make fun of us 'cause we spell colour with a 'u'
you think you’re all that, mister red white and blue

we say 'eh?' you say 'y'all'
we both got pro football 'cept we got bigger balls and a longer field
we say zed, you say zee, sure we watch all your TV
you got a stronger army down there but man up here
we got stronger beer

you got dunkin’ donuts, we got timmy’s
we got more land, but bro, you got more cities
you sure love the NFL, MLB and the NBA
but to the great white north hockey is the only game

so here's to you my southern neighbor, all kidding aside
it takes me six beers to get piss drunk, but for you it takes nine"

--Tim Hicks, "Stronger Beer"

Outstanding Fic-Corner pinch hits

Aug. 30th, 2015 02:56 am
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Posted by hhertzof

Three outstanding fic_corner pinch hits. At this point all three are due at the regular deadline - midnight EDT on Tuesday, September 1st. Don't forget to claim via mod email ( or pm the mod (me) to preserve anonymity.

Pinch Hit 8
Request 1 by Firerose
Earthsea - Ursula K. Le Guin
Rating: Not Rated, General Audiences, Teen And Up Audiences, Mature
Thorion (Earthsea)

I'm particularly interested in a behind-the-scenes, warts-and-all portrayal of the internal politics of the Roke School during the time when Ged is Archmage or in the immediate aftermath, as seen in 'On the High Marsh' & 'Dragonfly', rather than the rather idealised view of the school given in the earlier books. Some possibilities... 'On the High Marsh' gives us a glimpse of the complex relationships between Ged, Irioth & Thorion, and I'd love further exploration of this time. If 'Thorion was the best of us all---a brave heart, a noble mind,' how did he go so badly astray as in 'Dragonfly'? Thorion's the youngest of the Roke masters, how does this affect his relationships with the other masters? 'Dragonfly' exposes tensions between Roke and the new king, which is another area I'd love explored. Feel free to emphasise other characters if you wish; I particularly love Ged, the Doorkeeper & Azver, and I'm always very open to OCs or minors. Gen or slash equally welcome.


Request 2 by Firerose
Power of Three - Diana Wynne Jones
Rating: Not Rated, General Audiences, Teen And Up Audiences, Mature
Hathil (Power of Three)

Hathil's a fascinating character, and anything focused on him will please. I love the prologue to the novel and I'd love to see more of him interacting with Adara, either before the main timeframe or afterwards. Perhaps Hathil negotiating the minutinae of living on the Moor with Adara, or her getting to know his five wives? One possibility might be an AU in which Adara runs away to the Dorig after Orban kills Hathil's brother, and perhaps even ends up marrying Hathil. I'm also interested in his relationship with his late brother & his children. I'd love to read world building for this fandom, especially to do with the Old/Middle/New Powers, the mythology in general, or Dorig society (what's up with their gender ratios?). I love most of the characters in this novel but Adara, Gair, Ayna, Hafny are other favourites. I'm always very open to OCs or minors. Gen, het or slash equally welcome.


Request 3 by Firerose
The Dalemark Quartet - Diana Wynne Jones
Rating: Not Rated, General Audiences, Teen And Up Audiences, Mature
Navis Haddsson, Moril (Dalemark Quartet), Mitt Alhammittsson, Enblith "Biffa" of Ansdale

This is definitely an any of the 4 selected characters request, in any combination. I find the years DWJ left out of 'Crown of Dalemark' the most intriguing, and would love something set during the Civil War or the subsequent reconstruction early in Amil's reign. A few ideas... How did the relationship between Mitt and Navis work, and how did it change as Mitt matured? To what extent was the course of the war driven by Alk's technological innovations? How did Navis get on with the northern earls? Unnominated favourites include Alk & Kialan, but I love most of the series characters. (About the only popular character I'm NOT interested in is Maewen.) I'm always very open to OCs or minors. Gen, het or slash equally welcome. In slash I ship Moril/Kialan & also Mitt/Moril; in het, I'm interested in Mitt/Biffa & Navis/Eltruda. Please NO Mitt/Maewen!


Pinch Hit 9
Request 1 by opalmatrix
The Changes series - Rachel Manija Brown & Sherwood Smith
Rating: General Audiences, Teen And Up Audiences
Any Character

Let's have a side adventure for the crew between Stranger and Hostage, where any or all of the listed characters get to know each other better.


Request 2 by opalmatrix
White Ghost Summer - Shirley Rosseau Murphy
Rating: General Audiences, Teen And Up Audiences, Mature
Any Character

Future fic, especially for Will and Zeezee, but including the other family members (even those I couldn't list) at least in passing mention. How does school go for Will and Zeezee? Do they ever actually pair up (there are hints of this in the canon)? You could take this farther: does Zeezee go to architecture school? Does Will eventually get his own breeding stables? Does Melani compete nationally or even farther? And Susan - Mother - how does her life go when her children start to fly?


Request 3 by opalmatrix
Wintle's Wonders - Noel Streatfeild
Rating: General Audiences, Teen And Up Audiences
Any Character

Future fic for the three girls and those who care about them. Does Dulcie ever get a movie at all? Does Hillary ever find someone to help carry out the "lots of babies" plan, or does she instead become a beloved Broadway comedian first? (She'd be great in "Once Upon a Mattress"!) Does Rachel move to Hollywood, or learn a language and end up making moody Scandanavian or French films? Does she become a Shakespearian and play in London? Does Mrs Storm continue to tutor privately? Does Pursey give up the school?


Request 4 by opalmatrix
English Family Tree series - Sally Watson
Rating: General Audiences, Teen And Up Audiences
Any Character

Near-future fic about what happens when the family gets back to Skye in The Hornet's Nest, or further adventures of James and Lark, or extra points for bringing the stories together somehow. (Maybe a family history is discovered in Skye that tells of James and Lark?)


Pinch Hit 10
Request 1 by DWEmma
Willow Falls - Wendy Mass
Rating: Not Rated, General Audiences, Teen And Up Audiences
Angelina D'Angelo, Arbuckle "Bucky" Whitehead, Molly Brennan

I want a prequel story about the generation above the kids we know, and what happened in Willow Falls when Angelina D'Angelo wasn't an old woman. My dream dream dream is if you could cross it over with Bruce Coville's Magic Shop Series because those books are set around the time that the parents of Willow Falls were adolescents, and it's just such a natural crossover. What do the Magic Shops/Angelina's Stores have in common and how does their magic work? If you don't know the other books, a prequel will be fine. Or alternatively, read either Juliet Dove or Jeremy Thatcher, since I guarantee you'll love them if you like Willow Falls, and I like exposing people to books they'd like.

Request 2 by DWEmma
Dustbin Baby - Jacqueline Wilson
Rating: Not Rated, General Audiences, Teen And Up Audiences
Gina (Dustbin Baby), Elliot (Dustbin Baby), April Johnson

What happens next? What's it like when April meets Elliot's family? How does her relationship with Gina reform now that they're back in touch? Let the plot bunnies take you in either or both directions. Please stick to book cannon, since the movie left off the Gina reunion scene, which is my favorite part of the book.

Request 3 by DWEmma
Mary Poppins - P. L. Travers
Rating: Not Rated, General Audiences, Teen And Up Audiences
Mary Poppins, Jane Banks, Michael Banks

My belief is that Mary Poppins is a Time Lord (Lady??) named The Nanny who arrives to raise children who will be important to the future at a pivotal point in their development. What happens in the future of Jane or Michael that made Mary need to be their Nanny? It could be something bad they were meant to do but won't do any more because of something Mary taught them or something great one of them will do because of her lessons. Make sure you are writing BOOK Mary, in all her sniping bitchy glory, not some Disney version of her. If you don't know Doctor Who, it doesn't really matter to writing this. It has nothing to do with cannon. It's just about writing what the kids will do in the future. Please don't forget that John and Barbara exist. (Stupid Disney.) They don't have to be there, but there are 4 (or more!) siblings in the Banks household.

Code push done!

Aug. 29th, 2015 10:00 pm
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We're updating the site momentarily! Once the dust settles, please let us know if anything isn't working as expected. I'll edit the entry here if we confirm any issues.

Update, 22:30: We've been done for about 30 minutes and haven't seen any issues, so please go ahead and let us know if you notice any problems!

another update

Aug. 30th, 2015 10:14 am
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Floor is swept. New mop purchased, which will make that process easier. Sofa cleared of everything but cover and cushions. Just need to put the cushions right. Which I will do momentarily.

So... sofa. bed. mop. put away cleaning implements. shower. one last scoop of the cat box (which will happen right before people arrive). Got the confirmation on time a little bit ago. 2pm. This is good.

Kinda slow-going this morning. It's cool and damp this morning. Not inspirational weather.

Had breakfast at kfc because I'm not messing up *anything* in the kitchen until after the landlady has gone. Which means lunch out as well. Hope it doesn't rain. There's still mud between me and the road, but it's less gloppy now.

I suppose I should do things. Sofa and bed right now. Yes.

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This session's theme was "anything goes," which next time I will try to clarify further: not just riffing on that phrase, but you can ask for whatever you want. I worked from 12:15 PM to 6 AM, so about 15 hours 45 minutes allowing for lunch and supper breaks. I wrote 7 poems on Tuesday and another 11 later.

Participation was decent, with 20 people sending prompts. Please welcome new prompter [personal profile] shiori_makiba , whom you have to thank for the second freebie.

Read Some Poetry!
The following poems from the July 21, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl have been posted:
"By Our Limited Human Understanding"
"Coloring In"
"Come Through Your Door"
"Everything Goes"
"Hearing What Isn't Said"
"Humbug or Hope"
"Neither Automatic Nor Inevitable"
"Seeking a Happy Medium"
"Silken Wings"
"Where We Love Is Home"
"With Your Brain and Your Resourcefulness"

Buy some poetry!
If you plan to sponsor some poetry but haven't made up your mind yet, see the unsold poetry list for June 21, 2015. That will include the title, length, price, and the original thumbnail description for the poems still available.

All currently sponsored poems from this session have been posted.  There were only four donors this time, all regulars: [personal profile] janetmiles, LJ user Ng_moonmoth, Anthony and Shirley Barrette.

The Poetry Fishbowl project also has a permanent landing page.
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title Pompeii
fandom: Doctor Who (Season 8)
characters: Twelve & Clara
music: Pompeii by Bastille
summary: Does it almost feel like you've been here before?

link: Dreamwidth / LiveJournal

Who Really Runs the Hugo Awards?

Aug. 29th, 2015 04:29 pm
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Posted by skzb

In a surprising development, the dispute among “Trufans” “SMOFS” “Sad Puppies” and “Rabid Puppies” has produced a result: We now know exactly who runs the Hugo Awards. It turns out to be Mrs. Gladys Knipperdowling, of Grand Rapids, Iowa.

Mrs. Knipperdowling, 81, came forward yesterday to reveal that she has personally chosen all Hugo winners and nominees since 1971 when her aunt Betty “got too old and cranky,” as she put it in an exclusive interview. “I wouldn’t have said anything about it,” she added, “but then I heard there was all of this trouble.”

Asked about the people usually accused of picking the Hugo winners, Mrs. Knipperdowling became confused. She claimed never to have heard of the Nielsen Haydens at all, and when John Scalzi was mentioned, she asked, “Is he the nice young man in the bow tie?”

Asked about social justice issues and diversity, and whether those had any influence on her choices, Mrs. Knipperdowling did not appear to understand. After some explanation of various issues, we tried to explain “Gay” “Bi” and “Trans,” at which point she told our interviewer, “Oh, we don’t talk about that.  Or race.  Or religion.  People just are who they are, God bless them.”

We wanted to know, when she completes the list, what does she do with it?  “I just mail it, you know.  To the Post Office box.  The one in Schenectady.”

Asked how she ended up in the position, she replied, “I guess I sort of inherited it.  One day Aunt Betty just said, ‘Oh, I’m tired of this.  You do it.’  She used to spend hours reading that stuff so she could pick what was best, and then she’d just send the list along, you know.  But I do it different. I don’t like to read. Except Cosmopolitan and The Economist.”

What is her method for deciding who gets on the ballot and who wins?

“Well, I try to find nice people,” she said.

Gladys Knipperdowling says she sometimes asks her neighbors who should win a Hugo, especially, “that dear Mr. Choudhury next door.”

I exist, thank you very much

Aug. 29th, 2015 11:21 pm
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[personal profile] yvi
Dear universe,

Yes, it is indeed possible in a heterosexual relationship for women to propose marriage to men*. The world does not explode, ships do not sink, pigs do not suddenly start flying. It is entirely possible for this to end in a "yes" from the man and a marriage.

I know this from experience.

(*and for no proposal from one person to take place and other configurations)

Enjoy "Raising Dion #1"

Aug. 29th, 2015 03:04 pm
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Today I discovered Raising Dion. It's about a single mother of color, who does not have superpowers, raising a son who does. Gorgeous art, adorable characterization, attentive ethics, really cool power use, positive family values -- all stuff I love. You can download a free PDF of the first issue, or buy a print-on-demand hardcopy here. Regrettably I could not find a plain donation button, but the hardcopy is only $4 so that should fit most budgets. If you want to support them more, you could always buy extras for some friends.

Read more... )
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This afternoon I made lemon sour cream pie (pics), though I used store-bought graham cracker crust rather than a regular pie crust (which I also have in the freezer, because I'm going to try again with quiche tomorrow, though I have three egg whites left over from today, so I wonder if I can use them? though I imagine you don't get a custardy consistency if you don't use egg yolks. hmm...) because I figured it's like a key lime pie. And also I didn't want to turn on the oven.

Anyway, making the filling is like making fancy pudding with eggs and butter, though I imagine you could probably just make lemon curd and whip the sour cream into it? That might be easier? Anyway, the filling tastes good, and now I'm just waiting for it to set so I can eat some for dessert later!



Why you should vote

Aug. 29th, 2015 03:18 pm
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Because we're headed into a federal election, and I'm already cranky about lefties and their infinite capacity for coming up with reasons why marking a ballot for the NDP is incompatible with their personal philosophy.

Also, I voted last week, because I'm going to be travelling in October.

1) Because whatever your other political activities and options are, there is absolutely nothing about voting which is going to interfere with them. Really. You can vote on the 19th, write letters on the 20th, march in the streets on the 21st, and organise a program to assist children living in poverty on the 22nd. Maybe take the 23rd off, in that case.

If you feel like casting a secret ballot for a party you think will do a somewhat better job than the Conservatives at looking after the vulnerable and assisting the struggling, so that more Canadians can lead decent lives of reasonable comfort and basic dignity, is going to eternally stain your soul, I invite you to consider that it is perhaps not the business of a person to save the shining purity of their own soul at the expense of others' lives. You can go after dark, if you're really concerned.

2) Because First-Past-The-Post and Parliamentary Democracy may be broken, but they are presently the systems on which we have conferred legitimacy. You don't have to like it, but this is the deal. As a private citizen, this is one of the most important ways you can affect how Canada is run, and it is not an endorsement of how either presently work. Really. Operating realistically and sensibly under the current deal does not constitute giving up your right to fight for a better one, and in fact will probably improve your odds:

3) Because voting actually does make a difference. Why do you think the Conservatives have enacted legislation to make it harder while kneecapping Elections Canada? If voting were pointless, the Conservatives would be tryng to get their opponents to do more of it, not less.

4) Because low turnout favours the right. "It has been well established that a low voter turnout will benefit the Conservatives. Duncan Cameron writes, "The 25/60 rule says when only 60 per cent of Canadian citizens go out to vote, 25 per cent of the voters can deliver a majority government." Elections Canada says there were 24.2 million eligible voters in the last federal election. The Harper Conservatives received their majority with just 5.8 million of those votes. But more than 8.8 million Canadians voted for other parties and 9.4 million Canadians did not vote. 5.8 million Conservative votes from 24.2 million eligible voters is 23.9 per cent. Cameron says, "The disengagement from the electoral process is the key to the success of the Conservatives in Canada and of right-wing politics elsewhere."

And the right knows it. They get their vote out religiously. Whatever you think you're doing, if you don't vote you're improving the Conservatives' position, and I do not think you want to do that.

5) Because voting for a candidate does not constitute a ringing endorsement of their party's entire platform, nor an agreement to support them or refrain from putting pressure on them. Come October 20, we are going to have a government. They are going to need their asses kicked. The question is not, is there a leader whose ass won't need any kicking. The question is, which party do you think you have the best chance of persuading of the rightness of your cause?

6) Because political parties respond to their base. If you make it painfully clear that nothing on earth will compel you to vote, nobody is going to chase your vote. If you consistently vote for the candidate who comes closest to reflecting your views, you send a message. If you actually talk to that candidate, or their representative, about said views, you send a larger one.

I am sorry to tell you this, but if you feel like the NDP is chasing the middle too much? They are doing so because the middle is avaiable to be caught. Making it clear that the left is even more available to be caught - because currently underrepresented - is your best possible move. Hell, you don't even have to vote NDP, though if you're in a heavily-contested riding I strongly urge you to. Vote Green. Vote Communist. Vote Liberal, if it's obviously a Liberal-Conservative race in your riding. But make it clear that your vote is out there, available to be gained.

Just vote. It's important. Just get on the bus, or on your bike, or power up your chair, or get in your car, and vote.

Tumblr & DW/LJ Users Query

Aug. 29th, 2015 03:14 pm
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Question for anyone who's experimented with crossposting from Tumblr to DW/LJ via IFTTT: Can you set it up so it only draws on a particular tag or is going to be a whole Tumblr account regardless? Relatedly, does it need to be an independent account or can it be a secondary (without drawing on the primary)? I can't see options for specifying either of those things in the publicly available recipes, so I suspect it's going to be the entirety of an independent account.
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But it's an interesting story. Apparently a bunch of sci-fi and fantasy writers designed an unreadable mess of a novel in order to catch a publisher who claimed to only accept novels of quality.

Code push!

Aug. 29th, 2015 01:12 pm
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[staff profile] mark and I are planning to do a code push tonight! We will start working around 7pm Pacific time but since it's my first time, the actual push to the site probably won't happen until closer to 8pm Pacific time.

Here's a partial list of changes that will go live with this push:

  • Rename swaps will accept rename tokens purchased on either account.

  • OpenID community maintainers will be able to edit tags on community entries.

  • Adorable new mood theme called "angelikitten's Big Eyes".

  • Username tag support for

  • Embedded content support for and

  • Additional space on the user profile page to list your Github username.

And as usual, many tweaks, small bugfixes, and the occasional page source rewrite.

We'll update again to let you know when the code push is in progress!


Aug. 30th, 2015 12:34 am
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I'm actually *this close* to having my place ready for people. Or, well... ready enough. And close enough that I feel I can actually sleep a bit.

Put the sofa back together the way it's supposed to be (which I don't like and don't think is comfortable, but which I'm sure the landlady would prefer). Sweep. Spot-mop (more if my energy and mood cooperate). Take out the last of the trash (just one bag that I didn't take out tonight because I need a place to dump the sweepings). Clean up the cleaning supplies.

That's it. OH. And make the bed. Wash the dirties. :) Neither of those are particularly time-consuming or sweat-inducing.

Thank you for your support. This experience has taught me that I desperately need new habits and possibly someone to come in and clean once a week.

Now it's time for a few hours of sleep. Don't know exactly when the visitors will be here. "Afternoon" is all I have to go on.

Wish me luck. (please)

(no subject)

Aug. 29th, 2015 11:10 am
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So, I don't eat a specific method diet or anything but my nutritionist did put me on a high-protein kick that involves a lot of beef, shrimp, almonds, pita bread instead of actual sliced bread, et cetera. I am fortunately at a point in my life where I have both the time and money to go to four different stores on a Saturday morning to get the food I need (being fair they're all in a row, not like, across town from each other) but poverty dies hard, so I always feel ultra smug when I get a good deal.

Like this morning, when I bought some nice thick beef cuts at Whole Foods, and I said, okay, yes, it's Whole Paycheck, but it's on sale and it's good meat and anyway it's the exact cut I want. And then I went to Target, which sells meat -- btw, if you're over the age of about thirty, do you find it as weird as I do that you can now buy steak at Target? -- and checked the prices just to see how badly I'd overpaid, but it turns out the Whole Foods beef was cheaper than Target. And the prepackaged Target almonds, bizarrely, were cheaper than the bulk almonds at Whole Foods that I had decided not to buy because $11/lb for almonds seemed excessive.

So I got home with cheap meat AND nuts, and I feel like while this isn't Paleo, I sure am doing a lot of high-value hunter-gathering. Maybe tonight I'll light a fire and paint some horses on the walls.

Home, Reading tonight in Shaika

Aug. 29th, 2015 02:55 pm
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Posted by Jo Walton

Well, I'm back.

I've been away so long I've forgotten about being home, but I expect I'll figure it out.

I'm reading tonight in Shaika on Sherbrooke as part of the NDG Artts thingy if you are in Montreal come along. I totally hadn't forgotten about this and I am totally prepared, except that it's supposed to be an 10 minute reading, which is hard.

More about the trip later when I'm more rested.

From our archives: Hurricane Katrina

Aug. 29th, 2015 02:00 pm
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Posted by Lisa Wade, PhD

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Today marks ten years to the day that Hurricane Katrina flooded the city of New Orleans and devastated the Gulf Coast.   These posts are from our archives:

Was Hurricane Katrina a “Natural” Disaster?

Racism and Neglect

Disaster and Discourse

Devastation and Rebuilding

10 Years Later and Beyond

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.

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Read "Triage"

Aug. 29th, 2015 03:09 am
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 [personal profile] finch has written "Triage" based on my prompt in his Birdcage event.  I asked for a supervillain with a problem that can't be solved by hitting.  This definitely qualifies.  But Mary Sand is trying a supervillain approach anyhow.

Reviews Etc

Aug. 28th, 2015 10:47 pm
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[personal profile] muccamukk
Still in Canada, but since in town we have seen:

Mr Holmes with Sir Ian, Laura Linney and Roger Allam (who's in everything these days). Stunning acting of course, and really grabbed watching someone age and not terribly gracefully. The central relationship with the housekeeper and her son was very sweet. I was less sure of the Japanese interlude, though the images of occupied Japan in 1947 were very striking. It is not a movie for die-hard H/W shippers, or at least not for ones of the Watson's Second Wife Was a Lie, and They All Lived Happily Ever After with Their Bees school of shipping. spoilers ) Would watch again, in any case, though it probably doesn't need the big screen.

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. with various pretty people with whom I'm not familiar. Ditto the original canon. I went in with pretty low expectations, along the lines of "There will probably be pleasing explosions and maybe some banter" and came out completely delighted. It was light on explosions, though there were a lot of chases, and heavy on banter, and also excellent for those inclined to OT3. Very silly movie, but one that catered to my tastes almost exactly. For example, there's a big lead up to a long action scene near the climax, which is then shown in a brief and snappy montage, allowing us to move onto an extremely silly car case. All three characters are rescued at least once, and all have fantastic chemistry. Also the better end of '60s fashion is on show.

Mars Evacuees (Mars Evacuees #1) by Sophia McDougall
It's actually Middle-grade, but I only have a YA tag, so.

HIGHLY entertaining read. I spent most of the book making my wife read funny bits which giggling incessantly. I cannot believe this is by the same author as Romanitas, though I suppose it has some of the same clear-eyed view of characterization. It's just so funny and fun and fast-moving.

I loved all of our main characters, and how filled out they were. They were something of a classic YA team, with the smart one, the daring one, and the leader, but their interactions never felt stale, and I loved reading about them trying to negotiate the world. I also really liked their ambivalent relationships with the war effort, especially Alice's relationship with her war hero mother (who was great).

It managed to be a book about twelve year olds that let the kids save the day without making the adults useless and stupid, which I appreciate. Also, aliens that are alien, and MARS!

Can't wait for the next one.
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I have been to:

1. A 9.30 zumba class with a new instructor, which was good and high energy and fun.

2. Lunch with the boy and a friend, where we pwned the back-of-the-paper crossword and I had delicious chicken salad.

3. Learning to Drive (starring Patricia Clarkson, Ben Kingsley, and Sarita Choudhury, with cameos from The Daily Show's Samatha Bee and John Hodgeman), which was pleasing in many ways. (I was entertained to see more TDS alum in the trailers: Jessica Williams in People Places Things; Kristen Schaal in A Walk in the Woods. It's like they're all running around making random movies.)

I also rented Chappie on DVD (I'm so old skool), and I'm about to have a bath. ETA: Ooh, and there's cheesy polenta for dinner. It's pretty much all win.

For Sale: Used Laptop

Aug. 28th, 2015 09:48 pm
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If anyone is in the market for a used laptop, let me know? It's several years old, so it's a bit clunky compared to some of the more recent releases, but it's a solid computer that works perfectly fine. The main reason I replaced it was because I wanted something smaller that was easier for me to carry around with me on a daily basis.

It's a black Dell Inspiron 1440 (possibly more/clearer information in this listing) with all of the standard specs. The charging cable is a little loose and falls out if you knock it too much, but it's the cable itself that's the problem, not the laptop. If I hadn't gotten a new computer, I probably would have replaced it at some point.

The battery life is pretty decent. It has Windows 7 installed. It's fairly scuffed and definitely shows that it's been well-used, but it's still a good device if you're not planning on using it for anything too labor intensive. (Technically, you can vid on it, but from past experience it's definitely not the best computer out there for that use.)

I was hoping to get something in the $150 range for it, but I'm willing to haggle. If you're interested, let me know? Or if you know someone who might be interested, please feel free to point them this way.

Viridi Game

Aug. 28th, 2015 07:51 pm
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 Viridi is a game for people who don't like shooting, hitting, lots of blinking lights, nerve-wracking counters, or the other stuff typical of video games.  You grow succulent plants.  :D  It's meant to be a more relaxing, meditative experience than other games.

Real Sex Education

Aug. 28th, 2015 07:25 pm
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Here is a hawt video of a Hispanic pr0n star demonstrating how to use condoms safely and effectively.  (Hey, you want to learn a topic, ask an expert!)  Gorgeous, full-view imagery of a guy having a good time with his body and his personal safety supplies.  :D  Now if we all had access to stuff like this, it would absolutely hold the attention of the sexual folks, entertaining as well as educating.  (Ace students may prefer a different demo using a banana just in case they ever need to explain to a friend.)  Obviously that video is NSFW for most folks.

This is one reason why Terramagne-America has a healthier view of sexuality, with consequently lower rates of teen pregnancy and other problems related to not knowing how to handle a crotch safely.  The good high schools have sex ed that looks kind of like this, and the banana option for people who don't want explicit demonstrations.  Once you are old enough for legal consent, you better know what you're doing; age-appropriate materials are available for younger classes.  Similar content is very widely available online -- especially in the darknet.  One of its more thriving uses is spreading accurate sexual information, along with the regular supply of pr0n, to places that don't want people to have that data.  So hey, you can educate your kids, or Kraken can do it for you.

Yes,  I have supervillains who are better at sex ed than most high schools.  LOL
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best man: "This is going to be a fucking awesome wedding."

me: "Can I put that on my resume -- that I did a fucking awesome wedding?"

groom: "Absolutely."

Icon chosen because this wedding involves unsheathed swords. It really is going to be awesome. 😊

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Aug. 28th, 2015 06:16 pm
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I am slowly gaining strength. I can get all the way through the short (24-form) version of Tai Chi without falling over, though I don't do the low dips on Snake Creeps Down that I should. Today I did that as well as the first third of the longer version (66 forms).

But the truck battery is dead and needs a charge. Or (I hope not) another battery. And it is 2000 miles late for an oil change.

And the SU is not well. stuff )
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Vermont: Give me your best New Hampshire!
*Andrea: Thanks Vermont!

"I want to sit out on the porch telling stories 'bout my glory days when I'm pushing eighty
how am I ever gonna get to be old and wise if I ain't ever young and crazy?"
--frankie ballard, "young and crazy"

Ocean Currents and Flotsam

Aug. 28th, 2015 03:23 pm
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My partner Doug tipped me to a story about finding a very old message in a bottle from a science experiment.  That reminded me about the rubber duckies, which you can see on maps like this, or here with some time stamps.

So much of science comes down to "Let's see what happens."


Aug. 28th, 2015 03:40 pm
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Hi y'all. I am still reading regularly but seem to have fallen off the posting wagon somewhat. This is not terribly surprising, as we are entering my super-busiest time of year, and life is about to get cranked up to eleven (hell: on a scale of one to ten, more like fifteen) for a month or so.

What can I tell you? This weekend I am getting a visit from one of my favorite people in the universe, and that is making me incredibly happy. I remind myself a lot that I am incredibly lucky to love so many people, even though many of them (many of you) live far away, but sometimes distance sucks.

Tomorrow I will be taking said friend to a local pond with a sandy beach, where we will (presumably) swim and lounge and perhaps make sandcastles with Mr. Kid. I am considering bringing juice boxes for Mr. Kid and small box-wine boxes for the grownups. This amuses me maybe more than it should.

Also, I am slowly but surely reading the third book in the Lunar Chronicles and I am totally digging it.

I think that's all the news I've got. How are y'all?

Shabbat shalom to all who celebrate!

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Aug. 28th, 2015 03:15 pm
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  1. Learned stuff about from a tutorial
  2. farmer's market cinnamon bun for breakfast
  3. a best friend who calls me an "epic badass" when I admit I'm feeling anhedonic and impostor-syndromey
  4. tea
  5. beautiful weekend weather predicted

The Great Forgetting

Aug. 28th, 2015 02:11 pm
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Civilization is relatively new, and not as great a thing as most people think, only they've forgotten the other options

Doing Paganism Right

Aug. 28th, 2015 12:03 pm
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Here is a wonderful article about what it really means to be Pagan, and indeed, what Paganism is for.  Some of the quotes are by people I know, like Anne Niven -- it's always fun to cross paths that way.  For my part ...

I do magic because it works.  I am a devout empiricist; I don't care what other people say, I care what I can observe.  What I observe is that I get better results from behaving as if magic works than as if it does not, as if there are divine beings than as if there are not, and so forth.  I'm always looking for the model that delivers the best results.

Hence Paganism, doing science to magic and magic to science, and often annoying people on both sides of the field.  But to me it's not a pair of pigeonholes.  It's a torc, bent so that the two ends face each other and sparks dance across the gap that holds things like quantum mechanics.

One thing I've noticed is that climate change is changing how magic works.  This is not actually new, same thing happened when the Ice Age conked out, and wow was changing the climate inside a human lifetime something I did not  need to see again.  But at least I know how fast Gaia can move when she feels like it: quite a lot faster than most humans think.  Anyhow, it used to be the case that weather was fairly amenable to human input, if one had the relevant talent, skills, and/or knowledge.  Moods, yes, but mercurial ones; the clouds might ignore a request sometimes, but most of the time would mind a good weatherworker.  Now, not so much.  Trying to talk to the weather spirits now is like trying to talk to someone on a rampage beating cars with a bat.  O. Kay. Then.  0_o  So I learned, partly with input from some Pagan friends, to nudge the weather in less psychotic directions by asking the land spirits to intervene.  "Hey, could you ask them to tone it down enough to avoid tearing loose the trees?"  It helps.  

Another thing is thinking about context.  I've landscaped the yard for wildlife and human benefit.  Much of it is modeled after ecosystems -- the prairie garden, the savannah, the forest.  So too the magic is built into it, layers of shields for protection, and one other thing.  I created a kind of large-scale deadman switch, so that if civilization collapses, it will pull the handle on what amounts to an ecological life-raft.  Energy comes up from the node, hits the tight package of biodiversity, and then spreads outward carrying the plants and animals with it into what is currently barren monoculture. Hopefully we won't need it, but it's there just in case. 

Even in its dormant form, that kind of magic has influence.  One day a storm snapped a tree about 20 feet up from the ground.  I did a little quick research, discovered that standing snags are useful, and decided to leave it.  But there was all the rest of the tree in the way.  So we had that cut into firewood and reduced to wood chips.  Yay, mulch pile!  And here's where it gets interesting.  The mulch pile came into existence, and then it rained for two days straight.  On the third day, I went out to look at the new mulch pile.  It was already fully inhabited.  I could see webs of fungus spread over it.  There were pillbugs, beetles, centipedes, and spiders crawling through it.  Curious, I poked the chips with my trowel, and out hopped a toad.  The detritus food chain here at Fieldhaven is three days to apex.  Three days,  mind you, not three weeks or three months.  That interfaces with the macro food chain through small vertebrates such as toads and birds.  The whole process worked in miniature as soon as a situation called for it.  Great job on the storm drill, folks.

A lot of what I do with magic just comes down to making things work better, faster, more focused.

It is a good day to essay.

Aug. 28th, 2015 01:38 pm
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I wish to thank [personal profile] legionseagle and [personal profile] staranise for invaluable listening and critique while I was writing this. It should never be assumed that their assistance means their agreement with my conclusions, nor that I speak for them in any fashion, nor that they necessarily agree or disagree with one another. All errors and idiocies stem from my very own personal inadequacies, and I look forward to having them addressed. Also I wish to apologise for asking them to do work on this and then sitting on it for ages. I appreciate the indulgence.

I am also, as always, grateful to [personal profile] fairestcat who fixes my coding and my spelling and my punctuation and whose perspective informs pretty much everything I do, particularly when it comes to fandom.

I also want to acknowledge the fans and the academics I have learned from who were not consciously with me as I wrote this. This thing we do is always a communal production, and I've been reading, writing, and talking about these things for many many years now, the last fifteen of them as an active member of fandom. If you recognise your uncredited thoughts or influences here, or those of another, please let me know, with links if you wish, and I will find a way to credit you.

Permission to link/quote: granted. Anon comments are screened on dw, off on lj. Journal rules as laid out in my profiles will be applied here. Anon will not be unscreened unless signed in some fashion allowing me and readers to tell anons apart. Initials and nicks and so forth are just fine and need not be the one you normally use, nor known to me.

So one of the things we do in fandom is talk about writing about rape.

no actual discussion of rape ensues, but much talk about survivors )

Help Bring Fair Use to South Africa

Aug. 28th, 2015 04:27 pm
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Posted by Janita Burgess


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South Africa is considering adopting a fair use provision in its copyright law, and supporters want to ensure that the law actually protects fair use.

The South African government is accepting comments regarding the proposed provision until Sept. 16 (the deadline has been extended). OTW Legal will file a supporting comment, and stories from South African fans about how making and/or consuming fanworks have benefited them would be particularly useful.

Legal has asked fans to share their positive experiences with fanworks, and your stories were amazing. Now, we want to hear from South African fans. How have fanworks enriched your life? Send your response to our Legal Committee or rlt26 [at]


Curly but stinky

Aug. 28th, 2015 11:45 am
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Stinky. But curly!


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