Daily Happiness

Oct. 13th, 2015 01:35 am
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1. It was a few degrees cooler today than yesterday, at least.

2. I gave the kittens bowls of ice water to drink and while they drank some, mostly they played around in it and made a huge mess. They were super cute, though, and I bet the cold water felt good on their little paws.

3. We got a couple bottles of a new Mountain Dew flavor last night at 7/11. It's berry lime and smells and tastes like Skittles, but not nearly as cloyingly sweet as I first thought it was going to be. It's actually pretty tasty!

4. I'm over halfway through Professor Layton and the Lost Future (I played a lot today).

5. Although it was hot and I didn't feel like doing much, I did get some translating done today.

Gary Russell: Big Bang Generation

Oct. 13th, 2015 09:20 am
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Reading this book, I now wanna read that old Bernice/Guy de Carnac story.

Why? Because of a dialogue in this book, spoilers due to quoting )

Really, Gary Russell is an evil man. ;-)
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Posted by crantz

The tagset is open! If you have challenges or corrections to make, please go here on Dreamwidth or here on Livejournal!

Now that you know if your fandoms got in or not, or you're browsing for what to request or offer, I encourage you to take a look at the in-progress Fandom Promo Posts!

Here on Dreamwidth


Here on Livejournal

They're fun to browse and you can tell other people why they should get into your favourite thing.
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The tagset is open! If you have challenges or corrections to make, please go here on Dreamwidth or here on Livejournal!

Now that you know if your fandoms got in or not, or you're browsing for what to request or offer, I encourage you to take a look at the in-progress Fandom Promo Posts!

Here on Dreamwidth


Here on Livejournal

They're fun to browse and you can tell other people why they should get into your favourite thing.


Oct. 12th, 2015 10:10 pm
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So... I have a question for those of you who are still into Pokémon (or who have kids who are into Pokémon, or possibly both).

Here's the thing. I have a ton of Pokémon cards that I collected way back in the day, when the trading card game was just starting. No, really. A ton. I've picked up a few here and there over the years, but the majority of the Pokémon are #1-251.

If I were to offer random batches, asking $.25 a card (so if you wanted 25 cards it would be $6.25 and if you wanted 100 it would be $25), would anyone be interested? I'd basically dump all of the cards into pile, randomly reach in and pick however many you were asking for, and then put them in the mail.

I make no promises as to what the cards you'll get might be. It will be a completely blind draw. There are all sorts of Pokémon cards, ranging from the super common to the fairly rare, not to mention Energy cards and Trainer cards. So, you know, you could get anything.

Would anyone be interested in something like that?

spnfic: the game of god, 8/16

Oct. 12th, 2015 09:03 pm
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Title: The Game of God, 8/16
Author: Seperis
Series: Down to Agincourt, Book 4
Codes: Dean/Castiel
Rating: NC-17/Explicit
Summary: You can't win a war for humanity by sacrificing all of your own.
Author Notes: Thanks to nrrrdygrrrl and scynneh for beta services, with advice from Tkodami and MollyC.
Story summary from a comment by Infie.
Thanks to [livejournal.com profile] bratfarrar for the series name and summary from her sonnet Harry Takes the Field.
Spoilers: Seasons 5, 6, and 7

AO3 Links for Down to Agincourt:
Series: Down to Agincourt
Book 1: Map of the World
Book 2: It's the Stars That Lie
Book 3: A Thousand Lights in Space

AO3 Links for The Game of God:
Chapter 1, Chapter 2, Chapter 3, Chapter 4, Chapter 5, Chapter 6, Chapter 7, Chapter 8

hlh_shortcuts running again for 2015!

Oct. 12th, 2015 08:10 pm
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Highlander is alive again!

For a little bit. It's hard to keep Immortals dead. ;)

Come join us at the hlh_shortcuts HL fic exchange. Minimum 500 words, all the details here:
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(Sorry, no food pics, too annoyed at life to deal with the hassle of resizing/uploading/etc. right now because I lost my Wacom stylus.)

Sirens. The short version is that this is a fabulous con and I want to make it something I regularly go to from now on, and it's not just because I was a guest of honor. It was a genuinely great experience all around. :) cut for length )

Notes (not comprehensive) on Kate Elliott's Two-Hour Talk on Worldbuilding cut for length )

This fascinates me because it is so clearly thought out and deliberate, and doing a world this way would kill me flat dead because I am not systematic at all. But you know how I worldbuild? I make shit up as I go and then I shove it all together. Which is why my one-hour worldbuilding workshop was not in lecture format; this is pretty much a useless thing to say to people and also takes under a minute to tell them, after which point there are 59 minutes of awkward silence.
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So, to recap:

Am in Rossland spending time with my physically and mentally fragile mother.
Have developed vicious cold.

1) cannot go near Mom until no longer contagious.
2) spent 7 hours with her yesterday, developed symptoms overnight.
3) miserable and panicked.

Have notified RA so they can keep an eye on her and on the lovely woman - also on oxygen - she shares a table with at meals (I sat next to her last night).

Next step, tea and a small orgy of self-pity.

Have established contact with local NDP, will be scrutineering Monday.

Poem: "Knitting with Light"

Oct. 12th, 2015 02:05 pm
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This poem came out of the September 1, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] technoshaman. It has been sponsored by [personal profile] lone_cat. This poem belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

Read more... )

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Oct. 12th, 2015 02:41 pm
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I have been thinking idly about Age of Ultron, and the Avengers in general, and the ways in which the individual characters portray very specific attributes. And, in some ways, symbolism that doesn't fit directly into classic archetypes.

Bruce Banner is emotion -- not just rage, but all emotion, which he tries so hard to limit; he attempts to make himself Spock so he will not feel so much because of his fear of what his rage-self will do.

Steve Rogers is all about truth. It's a cop-out to say truth, justice and the American way, because he is perfectly happy to go against justice when justice is lying. He's about truth. There should be a photo of him next to Integrity in the dictionary.

Natasha Romanoff is practical. She does what needs to be done to get results -- whatever needs to be done. She may have to slice through crowds like a hot sword through butter, but she gets it done. She is also Mama Bear the protector when one of her own is hurt.

Clint is the intuition of the group as a whole. He sees what needs to be done to keep people going -- though he may not be able to make it happen alone.

Tony Stark is intellect and ingenuity. Give him a workshop and he will change the world. Give him something to fix and a tool kit and he will come up with an entirely different way to fix it, and that way will work.

Thor is honor, pure and simple. He is all about what is honorable. Not, necessarily, what is right to anyone else, but what is honorable in the code of honor in which he lives.

Pepper's attribute is not just effectiveness but compassion. She can find ways to take care of things because she cares about people -- and rightious anger if you mess with her (as in the third
Iron Man movie.)

Coulson is mystery cloaked in mundanity. He is the book whose cover says nothing of its contents. He is the conscience and the heart, but also the forged-steel control over it all, and with it a sense of humor.

Nick Fury, oh, old one-eye. Did you intend to be an avatar of Odin, or did it just happen? Thor may be away from one All-Father, but he has another here, and so does every other Avenger -- while being fully aware that he is neither immortal nor a god.

And Maria Hill is quite simply his Valkyrie.

it's gigantic

Oct. 12th, 2015 02:50 pm
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= I took a nap yesterday afternoon and slept longer than planned because I had this terrible dream I was unable to wake myself up out of. In it, people had oscillating fans in place of faces. I knew I should wake up but I couldn't. It was awful.

= The yuletide tag set is open! I guess I will be swapping out my Pitch Perfect request for something else. Huh. I'm still wrestling with the two requests where I only really want one thing - I will probably ask for other things rather than put my writer in that position, but it's hard. On the plus side, I definitely have enough things to offer, which is always the hardest part for me.

= The Giants are in sole possession of first place in the NFC East! Not that it means anything in that dumpster fire of a division, but given how the season started, I will take it. Especially since they did it last night with few of their major offensive weapons in the game. What a catch by Donnell!

= So Utley gets rightfully suspended, but it means nothing because he can still play tonight? What kind of nonsense is that? (I mean, it's nonsense anyway because it doesn't do the Mets any good - the play was clearly dirty and should have been worth two outs in the game but now it means nothing. I mean, I hope they take a look at properly enforcing the rules going forward, but it still cost the Mets the game and their starting shortstop.) Ugh, I really hope the Mets - and Harvey in particular - keep their heads and remember that winning and ending the Dodgers' season is the best revenge, not putting a guy on base and firing up the opposing team. Sports is the worst. Don't become a sports fan. It will only raise your bp and break your heart.

= Steven Universe: Back to the Barn
spoilers )

= Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Boyle's Hunch
spoilers )

= I added an extra onion to my crockpot so I could make both quiche and soup today. Though I forgot to buy chicken stock yesterday while grocery shopping, so hopefully that Better than Bouillon stuff works out okay. I had a slice of the quiche for lunch and it was good.

= Maybe I will write this afternoon. It's been a while. Huh.


Writing meme

Oct. 12th, 2015 06:58 pm
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Via [personal profile] lilliburlero:

1. Your favorite fic you've written: Asking a writer this is like asking a mother to pick her favourite child...

2. Your least favorite fic you've written: There are a few that I've deaccessioned from the collection. In terms of fics that are still up, The Schizophrenic Critique of Pure Reason in Beckett's Early Novels is something that didn't quite hit whatever mark I thought it was aiming for. I took it off AO3, but then of course when the old Yuletide collections were imported, it appeared again. Oh well, it was interesting to stir controversy for a change.

3. Your most popular fic: Judging by kudos that would be I am become death, which of course I wrote in one evening. No end of adventures got recced quite a bit in Yuletide 2006, though it's hard to compare. And Those voices that will not be drowned made a decent splash as my first Charioteer fic.

4. The fic you wish more people would read: In terms of recent work, With Lisa in wartime had very warm comments but a very low hit count (it's femslash, what else can you expect). More historically, I think The trees they grow so high might appeal to some Renault readers, if they tried it, although possibly it's a tad sentimental for my tastes at the moment.

5. The fic you most enjoyed writing: There are a few that I wrote in one uninterrupted spurt of creativity. Yet certain am I of the spot in particular emerged from some sort of fugue state. Each coming night took a lot longer to write - and much longer than it should have, mostly because I kept going back over what I'd just written and re-reading it with indecent relish. That's what happens when you write the first fic in a fandom.

6. Your funniest fic: I personally have an enormous soft spot for ...Must Die. Others would probably vote for Skinner and Browne Investigate, though the funny stuff only really gets going with the third installment. I really should write more humour.

7. Your hottest fic: Well, I've written one whole example of actual PWP, though I'm not certain whether hotness was the main goal. There are probably hotter moments in How pleased along thy willowed edge, though I always feel that I chickened out on the al fresco sex.

8. The fic you'd like to be remembered for: [personal profile] lilliburlero put their finger on it in saying "I very sincerely hope I haven't yet written the fic I'll be remembered for!" But if I had to pick something, A brisk young sailor wouldn't be too bad. Or I might just want to be remembered for having turned Return to Night into a proper fandom.

9. The thing(s) your fic contributed to fandom headcanon: Uh, Hilary being an Alpha? I don't know. Help me out here?

10. First fic you wrote/published: I was writing Riker/Troi fic for Star Trek: TNG by the time I was seven or so...

11. Latest fic you wrote/published: To Hilary, From Prison

12. What are you working on now?: A sequel to Each coming night, plus something that will probably end up being a Yuletide gift.

geekery and life

Oct. 12th, 2015 11:17 am
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A few random things:

1. Dad spent the weekend with his side of the family, so we Skyped on Saturday and I got to say hi to everyone. Not much more than that, because it never is, but at least I got to say hi and see people and I even coaxed Buddy on camera for a bit so my cousins could see him.

2. Also speaking of Dad, tomorrow is/was his and Mom's wedding anniversary. It'd be 41 years this year. I'm not wholly certain what to do about it, other than maybe try to Skype with him and awkwardly not talk about the fact that it's their anniversary. I had originally intended to try and go home for it but life intervened.

3. dental stuff )

4. GeekGirlCon was this weekend. I was...honestly, less than impressed. There were almost no panels I wanted to go to; I missed Ronelyn's panel because we ran late due to the Skype-with-family thing and some other stuff, and honestly I didn't see much else I actually really wanted to attend. There were several panels on "How do I get into STEM" or "So you want to work in gaming", but there wasn't anything for those of us who do work in those fields already and maybe wanted to talk to other geek girls in our fields. I didn't see any panels on slash or femslash, which was disappointing, too. And a lot of the panels felt very similar in topic--there were a bunch on gender and sex and sexual orientation, and several on diversity, and while I appreciate those topics I think they could have expanded the panel lineup and had some different panels.

On the other hand, the artists and dealers were cool, and sanders and I spent a while talking to some of them. There's one artist who does really lovely work with watercolors and steampunk themes and so on, and I think I'm going to commission her to do a steampunk portrait of Buddy. He needs a top hat and maybe a monocle. I also want to talk to her about my tattoo design, I think.

Overall, though, I'm not sure it's worth my time or money next year. I do plan on going to Norwescon next April; Morgan will go to ECCC and the next weekend I'll go to Norwescon, is our plan. And we're both discussing Anglicon next August. I'm not sure what other cons or events we might go to. That might be it, really. Cons are expensive, especially when you go with the intent of buying things. We had talked about trying to go to Worldcon in Spokane this year but between registration and hotel alone it was too expensive, and that was without adding in the cost of boarding the dog. (Also given the fires I'm glad we didn't go; I wouldn't have been able to breathe).

I don't know if bitchinparty is happening again next year--I never end up going because registration is like ludicrously expensive and I never seem to have the money at the time it's open, and by the time I get my act together it's sold out. But it is expensive which is part of my hesitation. If I'm going to spend $80 on a con membership, I'd like to get more for it than a relaxacon.

5. Also I am getting a migraine today. I had one yesterday and it sucked and I can't tell if this is a different one or if it's just continuing, but I am not happy and have six hours left at work. Send good wishes.

Fandom is Ageless

Oct. 12th, 2015 04:58 pm
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Posted by Kiri Van Santen


Different Tropes for Different Folks – OTW Membership Drive October 2015


The first Sherlock Holmes adventure is published, inspiring a devotion that surprised even the author. A devotion so strong that nearly 100 years later, a Baker Street Irregular and his wife, a member of an all-female Sherlockian group, take their 12-year-old daughter to the Adventuresses of Sherlock Holmes dinner. Here her love of Sherlock Holmes begins to flourish to the point that she is a member of the Baker Street Irregulars herself, almost a century after the last story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was published.


A mom who loves history is excited about a new children's show called Doctor Who, sits down with her kids to watch, and falls in love. Four generations later, the entire family, ages 87 to 4, gathers around their Doctor Who-themed Christmas tree and plans dinner around the Doctor Who Christmas special. The four-year-old proudly wears his fez throughout dinner.


A six-year-old falls in love with Star Wars. Today she proudly debates the merits of the theatrical releases vs the enhanced 90s versions with her own child while trying not to trip over lightsabers and Star Wars action figures. Both of them are anxiously awaiting the new film, which they will see together.


A dad decides to skip E.T. and take his daughter to see The Wrath of Khan. A decade later, the child finds a Star Trek convention, and a lifelong passion for this fictional universe is born. The dad still loves to tell the story of her discoveries at every family gathering.


The new Muppets movie is released. A twentysomething wonders who'd be better to see the movie with than her mom. After all, she was the one who first introduced her to the joy of the Muppets as a small child.

Present Day

Fandom is ageless. One of the most amazing things about fandom is the pure joy fans find in sharing their love of their fandom with others. Sometimes this takes the form of sharing the source material with their own kids. Other times, it takes the form of fanworks. In both cases, the sharing keeps the passion of the original fans alive while also sparking new love in the next generations.

Sharing fanworks and preserving fannish history for the future is a job larger than any one person or family, though. That's where the OTW's many projects come in, from Legal fighting for the DMCA exemption for fan video makers, to Open Doors preserving works that would otherwise disappear, to Fanlore allowing fans to read about and add to the record of the history of their fandom.

In order for the OTW's efforts to continue, we need your help. Your donations are what enable us to preserve and protect these works for the next generation. Please help share your love of fandom and donate to the OTW today!


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Oct. 12th, 2015 11:57 am
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I should probably tell the dragon at some point, but it is totally obvious every time she gets stuck in her story because her protagonist falls asleep or "looked around, bored." It's so adorable though!

(She did finish it. 30 handwritten pages. Wow! I wish I were that productive. :p)

(What. I got back at like midnight yesterday. And the dragon has no school today. And I have a stomachache. I declare today Recuperation Day and tomorrow I will resume coding.)

Thirty Days of Fanfic, Day Two

Oct. 12th, 2015 09:57 am
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2 – Name the fandoms you've written in, and how much you've written in that fandom, and if you still write in it.
Haha, oh god. I'm such a butterfly. It's like a drabble here, a ficlet there, I have a hell of a time qualifying for remix. So the following list is best guess, and posted in order of when I wrote fic for them (though stuff like LotR and Doctor Who I keep circling back around to), and only counts stuff I actually posted.

The Lord of the Rings (4)
Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle (5)
Master & Commander (3, but many, many drabbles)
Horatio Hornblower (bunch of drabbles)
Stargate: Atlantis (3)
Doctor Who (6)
Marvel (Other Stuff), Marvel (Cap/Iron Man), Marvel (Heroes for Hire) (thirty fic in total, about half Steve/Tony)
The A-Team (2010) (5)
Babylon 5 (5)
DC Comics (Mostly JLI) (3)
Sinbad (TV) (4)
The Musketeers (2014) (3)
Fandoms with two fic: Supernatural, Psych, Firefly, Pacific Rim (2013), Quantum Leap.
Fandoms with one fic: Hawaii Five-0 (2010), Reign of Fire (2002), Rivers of London - Ben Aaronovitch, Star Trek: Alternate Original Series (Movies), Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Les Misérables (2012), Star Wars Original Trilogy, Sleepy Hollow (TV), The Middleman (TV), Highlander: The Series, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Battlestar Galactica (2003), Pirates of the Caribbean (Movies), Ultraviolet (1998).

I'm not really active in much right now? I keep an eye on LotR and the Musketeers, probably, maybe some Marvel stuff, but it's pretty quiet.

The rest of the questions )
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Posted by Lisa Wade, PhD

This post is a collection of racially-themed parties and events at college campuses.  They’re examples of one kind of simple individual racism that still perpetuates daily life. Re-posted in response to last week’s incident.


October 2015: Members of UCLA’s Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and Alpha Phi sorority threw a “Kanye Western” party. According to UCLA’s Afrikan American Newsmagazine, witnesses reported:

  • “a group of women leaving the dormitory dressed in oversized shirts, gold chains, and form-fitting black dresses stuffed to caricature their butts.”
  • a girl who had “taped a wine glass to her fake butt.”
  • people “dressed in baggy clothing, bandanas, and gold chains.”
  • “fraternity members [wearing] black face paint.”
When witnesses tried to take photographs, they reported being rushed by fraternity members, but some images appeared on social media. In their coverage of the party, Cosmopolitan included these:


March 2015: Sigma Alpha Epsilon members and others at the University of Oklahoma sing:

There will never be a nigger in SAE.
You can hang them from a tree, but they’ll never sign with me.


November 2014: “USA vs. Mexico” party hosted by the Kappa Alpha fraternity at Randolph-Macon College



September 2014: Entries in a “car costume” event by ENSOC, the Engineering Society of the University of Canterbury, mock ebola victims, the violence in the Gaza strip, and the Taliban. Discussed here and the university’s official response can be read here (thanks to Mark B. and another anonymous tipster for the heads up).

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And some sexism for good measure: 2

Earlier that year, in May, the same group also put out a song parody featuring an actor in blackface. The negative response to this incident was swift, but it did not apparently make much impact on the group.

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February 2014: Photos from an Olympics-themed mixer co-hosted by the Kappa Alpha Theta sorority and the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity at Columbia University, discussed here.  Costumes and gags reflected racial/national stereotypes:

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January 2014: The Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity at Arizona State University hosted a so-called Martin Luther King, Jr party in which “mocked blacks by donning loose basketball jerseys, flashing gang signs and drinking from hollowed-out watermelons.” Photos online were tagged with #hood.



November 2013: The Phi Sigma Kappa fraternity at California Polytechnic – San Luis Obispo threw a “Colonial Bros and Nava-Hos” party.


October 2013: The Delta Kappa Epsilon sorority at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, throws a 60s-themed party features “hippies” mixing with men in rice paddy hats. Faces blacked out. (Thanks to Holly for the link!) 1.jpg 1


July 2013: The Alpha Delta fraternity and Delta Delta Delta sorority at Dartmouth College hosted at “Bloods and Crips” party (story here, picture here):



June 2013: A “Cowboy and Indian”-themed graduation party thrown by a California State University, San Marcos student (via the California Indian Culture and Sovereignty Center). Ironically, the graduate majored in Anthropology.



April 2013: This still is from a video celebrating the spring semester induction of new recruits into UC Irvine’s Asian-American fraternity Lambda Theta Delta (via Colorlines).  It features a fraternity member in blackface.  The entire video can be seen here.



February 2013: Kappa Sigma Fraternity at Duke University throws an Asian-themed party. The invitation opened with “Herro Nice Duke Peopre!!



February 2013: Three hockey fans in the audience of a North Dakota high school semifinal donned Ku Klux Klan-ish hoods as a “joke,” they later said:



October 2012: The photograph below depicts the members of the Chi Omega sorority at Penn State (source).  It was taken during a Mexican fiesta-themed party around Halloween. The signs read: “will mow lawn for weed & beer” and “I don’t cut grass I smoke it.” The Vice President of the college’s Mexican American Student Association, Cesar Sanchez Lopez, wrote:

The Mexican American Student Association is disappointed in the attire chosen by this sorority. It in no way represents our culture. Not only have they chosen to stereotype our culture with serapes and sombreros, but the insinuation about drug usage makes this image more offensive. Our country is plagued by a drug war that has led to the death of an estimated 50,000 people, which is nothing to be joked about.

The president of the sorority sent out an apology.  Penalties are under discussion as of this posting.


May 2012: The University of Chicago’s Alpha Delta Phi fraternity required pledges to wear “Mexican labor outfits” and sombreros while mowing the frat house lawn to Mexican ranchera music (source).

[image redacted]

UPDATE: A University of Chicago student involved in reporting this incident wrote it to say that the photograph we originally published is likely unrelated to the Alpha Delta Phi incident (that is, a fake or a photo of a different event).  In other words, the incident happened, but the photograph was not of the incident.  Accordingly, we’ve removed the photo.


March 2012: “Cowboys and Indians” party, University of Denver, hosted by the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and Delta Delta Delta sorority:



February 2010: Members of the Athletics Union at the London School of Economics painted their faces brown and “dressed up as Guantanamo Bay inmates and drunkenly yelled ‘Oh Allah’…”  At least 12 students were found to have dressed up in costumes that were deemed “racist, religiously insensitive and demeaning.”



Source: Photo OnePhoto Two.


October 2009: University of Toronto students decided to dress up like the Jamaican bobsled team from Cool Runnings for Halloween (source).  Their costume, which earned them a “Costume of the Night” award at this college-sponsored party, included blackface.



February 2007: Pictures from a “South of the Border” party at Santa Clara University in California.  Indeed, that IS a pregnant woman, cleaning ladies, and a slutty gang member.


January 2007: A party in “honor” of Martin Luther King Day at Tarleton State University in Texas:


January 2007: A party in “honor” of Martin Luther King Day at Clemson College in South Carolina:


January 2007: A party in “honor” of Martin Luther King Day at University of Connecticut School of Law:


May 2007: A party at the University of Delaware (via Resist Racism): ud5ud6ud1ud2ud3ud4


2007: Students at Wilfrid Laurier University, celebrating Nations of the World, represented Jamaica by putting on blackface (via @LindaQuirke):


October 2001: A Delta Sigma Phi Halloween party at Auburn University (via):


The Greek letters on the purple shirts reference a black fraternity on campus.

Lisa Wade is a professor at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. Find her on TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

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Books in Boxes

Oct. 12th, 2015 05:07 pm
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Last time when I moved, which was less than a year ago, I packed all of my books. It didn't matter that I hadn't read or even looked at some of them for years; they were my books, and I was going to take them with me everywhere.

This time, I feel ... a lot less strongly. I'm not sure why - it's tempting to say I've 'grown up' (ha!) or 'become less attached to earthly possessions' (er, no) but I guess I like to look at it as hm, a mix of laziness ('I don't want to pack all of this stuff ... again') and practicality ('well, I haven't wanted to read these books during the past five to ten years, so it's unlikely I'm actually going to miss them')?

And so my mission, for the next three weeks, which I have chosen to accept, will be: cleaning out the book collection.

(Also: post to DW/LJ a little more often, which seems like a goal that could conveniently tie in with 'reading* lots of books and deciding whether to keep them or not'.)

* Well, just the first twenty pages or so. If I want more, I know it's a keeper and I'll put it down for later. This cannot possibly go wrong! My self control will be iron! Ahem.

Unrelated: I've just finished watching the second season of Defiance. Has anybody by any chance watched the third season when it was on? (From Wikipedia, I gather it's the last?)

Tag Set is Open!

Oct. 12th, 2015 01:04 pm
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Posted by jenn_calaelen

The 2015 Yuletide tag set is here.
If you find you can’t access it, a mostly complete back-up version can be downloaded here as text files.

Browse! Marvel! Enjoy!

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Oct. 12th, 2015 08:16 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[tumblr.com profile] iamlivingmusic linked to a fundraiser for her cousin, Fergus, who was in an accident while travelling in Romania and needs help to cover medical expenses, support his parents who have come out from NZ to help him, and get home to NZ. You can read more about his accident here and give to help out here.

[personal profile] tangerine42 linked to a fundraiser for her friend Ms. Connor, a 7th grade teacher in Baltimore who is raising money to buy comic books for her students, some of whom read below their grade level but are hesitant to pick up books that look like they're designed for the reading level they're starting at. You can read more and support Ms. Connor here.

Anon linked to [livejournal.com profile] phantisma, who is raising funds after a creditor deducted $3300 from her checking account instead of $330, and is refusing to return the money. The funds will go to rent and bills; you can read more and donate here or shop her ebay and purchase to support the fundraiser here.

[personal profile] maschalismos was recently diagnosed with lupus and fibromyalgia, and is struggling to cover medical bills for her diagnosis and for ongoing attempts at treatment. You can read more and help out with her medical bills here.

[livejournal.com profile] editrx has been struggling a lot lately, and is facing a lot of bills, a lien on her house, and overdue rent on her independent bookstore. She's currently raising $2250 to pay back rent to keep from being evicted; you can read more and help out here. She also has jewelry for sale on Etsy and her bookshop, Star Cat Books, sells through abebooks here.

Holly is raising funds for a dog she rescued, who has had to have extensive vet treatments after rescue, and now needs surgery for a slipped disc in his back. You can read more about Kane and help out here.

[personal profile] siliconshaman is raising money to help fund vet bills for his cat Niccodenous Bannertail, who has hyperthyroidism. He is writing and publishing two stories at his journal, and has a donation button up so people can give through paypal; you can find the stories and button on his Dreamwidth front page.

[tumblr.com profile] selikeinthesea linked to a fundraiser for Chicago French Bulldog Rescue, who are working to rescue Frenchie puppies going to a puppy mill auction in October. You can read more and find a donation link here.


[tumblr.com profile] tzikeh is looking for a housemate to move into a condo in Chicago's Uptown neighborhood; it's a large bedroom and private bathroom for $805/mo plus utilities (which for Uptown, and to judge by the photos, is a hell of a deal). You can read more and get in touch here.

Fannish News:

[personal profile] soc_puppet just started MGA Creative, a community dedicated to the creative endeavors of multi-gender attracted people (varioriented people welcome), with prompts to inspire projects every other Monday. You can check the community out at [tumblr.com profile] mga-creative and at [community profile] mga_creative.

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Posted by morbane

We have four new works in the New Year's Resolution collection this week.

The Journey of the Paladin of the Artistic Heart (13809 words) by fresne
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Henry VI Part 1 - Shakespeare
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Reneir, Charles, Joan the Maid, Marguerite d'Anjou | Margaret of Anjou, Yolande of Aragon (Shakespeare), Duke Alencon, Countess of Auvergne, Agnes Sorel, Marie d'Anjou, Lionel the Burgundian, Bastard of Orléans, OMC, OFC
Additional Tags: Ridiculous, No Really silly, Bad Language - French, Bad Language - English, Literature Done Wrong
Summary: Rene would far rather have been writing his epic poem "The Journey of the Paladin of the (figure out the right words later) Heart", but the English were invading every garden party, dropping bottles of cider, throwing the food away as too flavored and shouting. So much shouting. It made it hard to think. There was also the matter of his ransom payments to the Duke of Burgundy, which that Duke wanted to collect. The Holy Maid, who wanted to save France. Rene's Mother, who hadn't married her daughter to Charles so she wouldn't be Queen. Rene's daughter Marguerite, who really ought not to be born yet, but who could resist the laws of Aristotelian dynamics, or the Pope's Fashion Police. They will get you if you cross them.

So not a nurturing environment for an artist, but art will on.

Wouldn't it be nice, if we (7682 words) by ravelqueen
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Subarashiki Kono Sekai | The World Ends With You
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Hanekoma Sanae/Kiryu Yoshiya
Characters: Kiryu "Joshua" Yoshiya, Hanekoma Sanae, tiny appearance of Neku
Additional Tags: Angst, Power Play, Implied/Referenced Underage Sex, because Josh is a dick and likes to push Sanae's buttons, Joshua being an asshat as expected, Sanae makes all the bad life choices, save yourself Neku, Implied Kiryu "Joshua" Yoshiya/Sakuraba Neku, Top Joshua, Not-a-child Joshua, Angst and Humor, well humour as long as you enjoy puns and Joshua's brand of humour anyway
Summary: “Do you think I'm stupid?” Joshua asks, seemingly unaffected. His tone is at odds with his body language, like a snake about to strike. “Do you think I'm trying to throw this game?”

The way his heart leaps tells him, that yes, for a second, a stupid useless second, he'd hoped -

“Oh, Sanae,” Joshua chuckles, “Have you ever known me to do something silly like that?”

Joshua is like an addiction Sanae can't shake and it's probably already destroyed them both.

set vaguely mid-week 2

Bad Bitches Like Me (1706 words) by pasdexcuses
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Bunheads
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Sasha Torres, Boo Jordan
Summary: Sasha's cat likes to steal underwear. Or: how Sasha and Boo became friends.

White Cold and Beasts (3611 words) by Nonesane
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Elfquest
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Original Characters
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe
Summary: Gust hadn't meant for things to end up like this. With Icicle wounded and far, far from the Dens, she'll have to trust in the help of the under-dwellers.

She's dead. She know she's dead. But she can't help struggling to stay alive.

Come join in!

Until assignments are sent out (approximately) for Yuletide 2015, the New Year's Resolution collection (2015 edition) is open for writers to submit fics based on prompts from previous Yuletides.

Writers are especially encouraged to write stories for prompts that were not filled during the main Yuletide run.

2014 prompts on AO3
2014 prompts in a sortable table
2014 prompts as a text file - includes prompts from pinch hitters
Update and description for the Some Day My Fic Will Come mini-challenge

Fics written for the purpose of re-qualifying for Yuletide must be posted before sign-ups begin on the 18th of October.
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We have four new works in the New Year's Resolution collection this week.

Works below cut in Henry VI Part 1 - Shakespeare, Subarashiki Kono Sekai | The World Ends With You, Bunheads, Elfquest )

Come join in!

Challenge information )

Fics written for the purpose of re-qualifying for Yuletide must be posted before sign-ups begin on the 18th of October.

Poem: "The Unsupportive Sidekick"

Oct. 11th, 2015 11:52 pm
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This is spillover from the October 6, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by [personal profile] redsixwing and LJ user Rowyn. It also fills the "someone gains purpose" square in my 10-2-15 card for the [community profile] ladiesbingo fest and the "shadows" square in my 10-1-15 card for the Halloween / Samhain Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series The Adventures of Aldornia and Zenobia, which you can find on the Serial Poetry Page.

Read more... )

Daily Happiness

Oct. 12th, 2015 12:46 am
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1. There was no power outage at work tonight! And the power came back on last night after a few more hours, apparently, so all the merchandise was okay still.

2. It was slightly less hot today than yesterday. Not the ten degrees cooler that they were predicting, but I think it was about five degrees cooler, so better than nothing.

3. I have tomorrow off. I'll miss the air conditioning, but am looking forward to a restful day at home (and hopefully a productive day, but we'll see).

4. Longcat.

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Oct. 12th, 2015 12:00 am
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One of the things I'm the most grateful for in my life is I've surrounded myself with such high-quality nerds that I've heard several different accountings of The Martian's various scientific and factual inaccuracies.

It was a good movie and scienced the shit out of everything, but my friends are awesomer still.
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tahi. As far as I can tell, this is a real campaign ad for Canadian independent political candidate, Wyatt Scott. Awesome!

rua. There was an article from The Times (UK) in our Sunday paper about how "American hypochondria" is making drug trials more difficult, because the placebo effect is becoming more powerful (but only in America). I can't find it online outside of a paywall, but here's the beginning of it, and a quote:
The findings leave US drugs companies with a serious dilemma. As the difference between receiving a new painkiller and simply thinking that you are receiving a new painkiller evaporates, it is becoming ever harder to tell whether the drug works or not.
As the boy said, it would be interesting to read Ben Goldacre's take on it.

toru. Saw The Martian yesterday. Thoughts. )

Thirty Days of Fanfic, Day One

Oct. 11th, 2015 09:20 pm
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1 – How did you first get into writing fanfic, and what was the first fandom you wrote for? What do you think it was about that fandom that pulled you in?
Probably Star Trek novels. I had hundreds of the things as a tween-teen, and they reassured me that A) paddling around with the universe was a done thing, B) that women did it a lot and were generally best at it, and C) that h/c was a thing.

My first, thankfully unpublished fic attempts were Kirk&Spock H/C where they were trying to negotiate a treaty between two planets and Kirk was murdered and Spock had FEELINGS, and a GLORIOUS Mary Sue who was mixed species Gem Empath/Human/Vulcan/Klingon, who had been a Starfleet officer but was kidnapped by her Klingon family and lived there and married a Klingon, but was traded for her husband in a hostage exchange, and then ended up as the A&A officer on the original Enterprise (that was as far as I got, but I believe she was to die tragically saving Spock with her Gem Empath powers). The hours, and hours, and hours I spent writing these stories and torturing my family by making them copy edit them taught me a lot.

Mostly what pulled me in was the idea that I could tell my own stories with these characters. I could make them do and say what I wanted, to fill in the gaps that the show left open. Plus I lived on a lighthouse, so it was kind of bring your own canon, really, as we didn't get much otherwise.

Then we got the Internet, and I hit LotR fandom online (message boards c. 2000) and found out that other people were doing this and posting it on the Internet (I think I was planning to finish and sell my Star Trek novels to UPN), and that there were a whole communities of people who did this and commented on each others stuff and it was amazing and made out of rainbows and JOY!

The other questions )

Poem: "Effing Words"

Oct. 11th, 2015 10:02 pm
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This poem came out of the October 6, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by [personal profile] helgatwb. It also fills the "sarcastic" square in my 8-31-15 card for the Tones and Voices Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles.

Warning: As you can guess from the title, this poem relies a lot of vulgar humor. It's also a riff on the classic "Feminism and Other F-Words." Click through for the bleu.

Read more... )
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Happy National Coming Out Day!

"The foundational belief is that homophobia thrives in an atmosphere of silence and ignorance, and that once people know that they have loved ones who are lesbian or gay, they are far less likely to maintain homophobic or oppressive views. The process of coming out involves self-disclosure of one's sexual orientation and/or gender identity."

Inasmuch as today is a celebration of our relationships with others, especially those centered on or heavily influenced by sex (the act or the identity), may I say that I support your enjoyment of whatever lifestyle and labels you find most helpful and comfortable. I currently prefer "agender" and "demisexual" for myself ♥

Book Log

Oct. 12th, 2015 09:52 am
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The thing about reading books relating to Islam by non-Muslim authors is that I often find myself on guard until the author reveals their agenda. Sometimes that agenda can be one I can get behind, but sometimes it isn't, and it takes quite a few words of diving in before I can figure out exactly where my boundaries are and how vulnerable I can let myself be in as I consume the text.

Latest on my reading list was Jacob Lassner's Jews, Christians and the Abode of Islam: Modern Scholarship, Medieval Realities, which turned out to be less about the triangular relationship during the Middle Ages and more about responses of various communities to the study of the triangular relationship during the Middle Ages. My expectations meant that it's only in the last one-third of the book that I got what I actually wanted, which was analysis on how Jews and Christians were incorporated into and lived in the Islamic empire, but getting there was a wee bit of a challenge.

Thoughts. )
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Posted by Kiri Van Santen


Banner by Erin of a spotlight on an OTW logo with the words 'Spotlight on Board'

In recent days, there have been several comments on various posts and social media outlets about the OTW’s financial practices. We appreciate the questions our supporters have and want to be as open as possible.

As the OTW and AO3 have grown, the organization has adapted to new administrative and budgetary needs. Over the last year, we have worked hard to develop and implement best practices for nonprofits of our size, including the need for a more detailed and formal budget than we have had in the past.

In the past, the organization’s budgetary process has been informal and its fundraising drive goals have been based on past expenditures and projected needs. Along those lines, the current fundraising drive goal was set by the Board of Directors and the Development & Membership committee based on results of past drives and our anticipated needs for the remainder of this year and beyond. To determine our anticipated needs, we took into consideration our expenses in the past year together with the rapid growth of the Archive and our other projects, and produced an informal draft budget with input of estimations of expenses from our committees, which--even without a formal finalized budget--gave us a good idea of our costs for next year.

Over the last year, however, we have been increasingly aware of a need for a more formal budget. In July, we decided to develop such a budget and put the matter on the agenda for our annual in-person meeting. Over the past month, led by our newly elected Treasurer M.J. MacRae, we have been actively working on creating a more detailed budget for 2016 based on information gathered from every corner of the organization. Although that document is still in process, based on our current information, we expect the OTW’s operating expenses for next year to be approximately US$300,000, based on committees’ estimated expenses. The final version of the 2016 budget will be released to the public when it is approved by the Board. We expect this to be by mid-November.

One of the elements of that budget will be a proposal to to engage a consultant CPA to organize the OTW’s bookkeeping practices going forward, including independent reviews of the OTW’s finances. We recognize that engaging consultants costs money, but we believe that doing so will improve the organization’s operations by involving people with proven expertise, which will enable the Board and Treasurer to better support the OTW personnel working in service to our mission on a volunteer basis. We have plans to have our books reviewed by independent auditors, as well. The engagement of independent auditors has been in the organization’s Strategic Plan since its earliest drafts. The Strategic Plan was approved at the 2015 in-person meeting and is being polished into its final form, which will be published publicly within the next few months.

The organization is committed to developing and protecting a financial reserve so that all of the organization’s projects, including the AO3, can continue to function even if unexpected costs arise. This commitment to a reserve fund is also reflected in the Strategic Plan. Relatedly, some recent commenters have suggested that the org consider investing in instruments that would improve the organization’s rate of return on its savings. In fact, the question of investments was a topic of discussion at the recent in-person meeting. We will continue to investigate the possibility of investing in higher-rate instruments as we move forward and will take the time needed to find the solution that best fits the OTW’s current and future needs. We anticipate that this will involve consulting with financial professionals who can help the OTW structure its overall finances and investments so that we are able to responsibly grow our assets while keeping everyone’s donations safe, preserving adequate liquid funds to carry out our operations in service of our mission, and maintaining the financial reserves mandated by the current strategic plan.

The current Board is emphatically aware that the current situation is less than ideal, and we are actively working to implement more formal financial practices in order to be the best organization we can be and to best do our work in support of our mission to support fans, fanworks, and fandom. It’s an ongoing process, but with your support it will be possible.

We truly appreciate the care and concern that have been shown for the OTW in your comments over the last few days. We want you to keep telling us what you think. Please understand that there are things that we legally are not permitted to discuss to the extent that, perhaps, you would like. However, that doesn’t change that you and your opinions matter to us and we truly appreciate your support.


The OTW Board of Directors
Eylul Dogruel, President
Andrea Horbinski, Secretary
M.J. MacRae, Treasurer
Soledad Griffin
Cat Meier
Jessica Steiner


10 years of journaling

Oct. 11th, 2015 06:14 pm
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Oct 10 2005
I had a lovely weekend at home. It involved a night-time chicken-catching expedition: picture Sasha crawling around on a haystack, wearing an odd assortment of warmish clothes, clutching a flashlight in one hand and prowling for sleepy chickens. We gave a few hens away to a kid who wanted some (for his birthday) to round out his flock. My weekend also involved fun digital photography, banana bread, fudge, chinese take-out, clothes-shopping with mom, and general recovery and escape. Ack, I want to move back home.

Oct 11 2006
Some of my favorite science fiction and fantasy stories deal with connections between humans and animals, notably David Brin's Uplift series, Tamora Pierce's Wild Magic, and the books I am reading right now, Robin Hobb's Assassin trilogy.

Oct 12 2007
I am writing a lot today-- it is going well. I'm having fun with my story, and I think I might be able to actually finish it at some point, maybe even this weekend.

Today's word count so far is: 1,933
Total word count for story: 5,036 (10 pages in Word) [this is before I gave up writing fiction]
Things I'm learning:

--Some days it just goes better than others, but there is no way to predict which days these will be, which is like a lot of other stuff in life.
--It's easy for me to write about horses. The visual and sensory details are all right there in my mind, they are inherently interesting to me, and it puts me in a good mood.
--I lack practice in writing. This is what I need to work on: just building up some experience and confidence. This is also very similar to a lot of other stuff in life.

Oct 10 2008, writing a long entry about my abusive job:
Still. I'm coughing now, the mouth sores came back, and I'm punchy with exhaustion. I want out. Now.

Oct 10 2009
Maybe last week? I finally changed my OK Cupid profile to say "bisexual". [I now prefer "queer"]

About 2 or 3 months ago I changed my facebook profile to say "Looking for: Friendship" only and eliminated the "interested in" portion. (This also has the nice side effect of reducing dating ads in the sidebar.)

Oct 10 2010
--I really do have a lot on my plate. I am responsible for 3 studies and helping out with a 4th. I also write and edit papers (which I enjoy). The hardest, most exhausting part is talking to people I don't know, which I have to do a lot of lately, and that will get easier with practice. I am learning new software, learning to read medical charts, asking questions constantly.
--I am very sensitive to criticism
--I was very burned by my last job
--It's still a new job. I do really enjoy it! But I'm currently putting most of my energy into the job and need to rest and do self-care a lot. I'm pretty good about leaving on time and not going in on my day off. I don't make enough money for that.

Oct 12 2011, writing about a performance
Mostly what I got out of this show came during the panel and Q and A at the end: the panelists talked about how people of color don't have the luxury of leaving behind their families or their faith when they come out, because those institutions are so necessary when navigating a white supremacist society. Communities of faith, nor queer communities, aren't going away, and interstitial, compromise spaces are needed.

Oct 9 2012
I was super anxious at work today. Sometimes I get this fear/feeling that I am bad at my job, and I am going to get reprimanded or fired or something, and it makes me not want to go to work at all--self-destructive tendencies, etc.

I guess it's a good thing I have therapy this week.

Oct 8 2013
I am happy to be working again. So far work is not very social, and I stare at a computer too much. I will have to look around for people to talk to and places to walk. I don't know why sitting at a desk is so hard on my body.

Oct 9 2014
I met a very lovely Greyhound today that I will hopefully get to adopt. She is an almost-3-year-old girl, black, a bit timid. She has a playful side that I think will come out once she settles in. [personal profile] were_duck came along to meet her.

Oct 11 2015

Today is unseasonably warm. I'm farm sitting. It's quiet and peaceful, perhaps a bit lonely but at least there are plenty of animals around, and also the internet.


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