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Apr. 21st, 2014 05:26 am
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Mondays, every week, let's celebrate ourselves, to start the week right. Tell me what you're proud of. Tell me what you accomplished last week, something -- at least one thing -- that you can turn around and point at and say: I did this. Me. It was tough, but I did it, and I did it well, and I am proud of it, and it makes me feel good to see what I accomplished. Could be anything -- something you made, something you did, something you got through. Just take a minute and celebrate yourself. Either here, or in your journal, but somewhere.

(And if you feel uncomfortable doing this in public, I've set this entry to screen any anonymous comments, so if you want privacy, comment anonymously and I won't unscreen it. Also: yes, by all means, cheer each other on when you see something you want to give props to!)
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[personal profile] synecdochic
Why did nobody tell me until just now that Mark Ruffalo and Matt Bomer are starring in a HBO adaptation of Larry Kramer's The Normal Heart? OMG.

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Apr. 21st, 2014 02:00 am
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Cat, there is no way that can be comfortable. (she's draped half over my knee, half on the desk, sound asleep and snoring a little.)
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B5 rec

Apr. 21st, 2014 08:39 am
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[personal profile] selenak
Easter holidays with the family have been lovely so far, lots of sunshine except for Friday, hence also lots of hiking through the Franconian scenery. However, the APs are having computer troubles, which means my only internet connection is via my trusty Ipad, which means certain tv will have to wait until I'm back in Munich (which I will be tonight). (Except for Orphan Black, which is now up at Itunes and hence accessible to yours truly. Will be reporting anon.)

This also means I don't dare to go on twitter or facebook for their horrible spoileriness and only very carefully on lj. Once upon a Time especially is something I want to watch sans spoiler. However, there is always fanfic from closed canons, like this wonderful Londo (& G'Kar, Vir, Delenn, Timov) Babylon 5 story. Among many other things, it illustrates why I'm glad B5 didn't end with s4 plus Sleeping in Light, not despite but because Londo is my favourite character. Yes, Londo is in an apparantly good place at the end of s4. But it's one of denial. He hasn't confronted what he did yet, not really. This story bridges the time between Rising Star and The Very Long Night of Londo Mollari in s5, and builds up to the confrontation of his past and responsibility that starts there.

My Graceless Heart (5775 words) by Amatara
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Babylon 5
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Londo Mollari, G'Kar, Vir Cotto, Timov, Delenn
Additional Tags: Angst, Friendship, Hurt/Comfort, Heart Attacks, Guilt, Destiny
Summary:

Five conversations Londo had in the days before his heart attack, without seeing the warning signs.

Daily Happiness

Apr. 20th, 2014 10:59 pm
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[personal profile] torachan
1. I had a nice, relaxing day off. I slept in until around 9.30 (that's late for me now!), made a delicious brunch of scrambled eggs, hash browns, and arabiki sausage, and then spent the day watching old Simpsons episodes and working on manga.

2. Finally, finally, FINALLY, I got a new chapter of Gunjo posted! I really thought I'd never be able to continue with this one, so it's pretty exciting.

3. The other day I beat a level of Candy Crush I'd been stuck on for months. I'd pretty much given up on ever getting past it and really wasn't playing the game much anymore. Then all of a sudden I beat it! And now the game is fun again! (Until I get stuck on another level forever...)

I come bearing fic!

Apr. 21st, 2014 03:53 pm
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[personal profile] fahye
today begins and it's all that we have (6858 words) by Fahye
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Captain America (Movies), Marvel Cinematic Universe
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Clint Barton/Natasha Romanov
Additional Tags: Post-Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Summary: Clint has to blink blearily at the ticket before he accepts that it does say Boston and not Bogota or Berlin; in the past he's walked off one twenty-hour flight and straight onto another on Natasha's instructions, and he was half expecting to do the same now.

~

Feelings, and also pantsfeelings*!

&ASSASSINS;


*I know, I know. Porn? Who am I??

Story: "Hairpins" Part 27

Apr. 21st, 2014 12:20 am
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
This story belongs to the series Love Is For Children which includes "Love Is for Children," "Eggshells," "Dolls and Guys,""Saudades," "Turnabout Is Fair Play," "Touching Moments," "Splash," "Coming Around," "Birthday Girl," "No Winter Lasts Forever," "Hide and Seek," "Kernel Error," "Happy Hour," and "Green Eggs and Hulk."

Fandom: The Avengers
Characters: Phil Coulson, JARVIS, Clint Barton, Tony Stark, Steve Rogers, Natasha Romanova, Bruce Banner.
Medium: Fiction
Warnings: This story is mostly fluff, but it has some intense scenes in the middle. Highlight for details. These include dubious consent as Phil and JARVIS discuss what really happened when Agent Coulson hacked his way into Stark Tower, over which Phil has something between a flashback and a panic attack. They also discuss some of the bad things that have happened to Avengers in the past, including various flavors of abuse. If these are sensitive topics for you, please think carefully before deciding whether to read onward.
Summary: Uncle Phil needs to pick out pajamas for game night. He gets help from an unexpected direction.
Notes: Service. Shopping. Gifts. Artificial intelligence. Computers. Teamwork. Team as family. Friendship. Communication. Hope. Apologies. Forgiveness. Nonsexual ageplay. Nonsexual intimacy. Love. Tony Stark needs a hug. Bruce Banner needs a hug. #coulsonlives.

Begin with Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, Part 6, Part 7, Part 8, Part 9, Part 10, Part 11, Part 12, Part 13, Part 14, Part 15, Part 16, Part 17, Part 18, Part 19, Part 20, Part 21, Part 22, Part 23, Part 24, Part 25.

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Scanlations: Gunjo ch. 11

Apr. 20th, 2014 10:05 pm
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[personal profile] torachan


Title: Gunjo
Original Title: 群青 (Gunjou)
Author: Nakamura Ching
Publisher: Ikki Comics
Genre: Seinen
Status in Japan: 3 volumes, complete
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Maar + HappyScans! + Kotonoha
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Out of desperation, a woman asks an old high school friend to kill her abusive husband for her. The friend, having long been in love with this woman, does it, and now they are on the run from the law.

Chapter Summary: Having thrown away all their money when they decided to turn themselves in, the two women now find themselves in an even worse situation after changing their minds and running away from the cops. It's a cold, rainy night and they can't seem to find so much as a bench with an overhang under which to rest.



Chapter 11

Poem: "The Hercules Complex"

Apr. 20th, 2014 11:42 pm
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
This poem is spillover from the March 18, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] janetmiles. It also fills the "wishing" square on my 11-26-13 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by LiveJournal user Lb_lee. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

WARNING: This poem mentions some weird forms of self-harm and gruesome situations, inspired by superhero origin stories.

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<3 We've been nominated for a Hugo award! So happy!--Kaja<3

our KickStarter for Volume 13

*collapses*

Apr. 21st, 2014 12:27 am
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Just finished marathon cookery. Fridge is full of all the food. Back is somewhat annoyed. Am going to shower and then lie on an ice pack and watch Game of Thrones.

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Apr. 21st, 2014 12:06 am
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hey so i don't remember if i ever announced it over here, but along with living on tumblr these days i also live on twitter, where i am (unsurprisingly) some_stars. it's locked but i'll approve all follower requests from anyone i recognize. i will almost certainly not follow anybody back until june, because i have a genuine pathological and life-disrupting compulsion to backread every single post on my twitter feed and my tumblr dash, so until school is out i'm keeping them trimmed tight. but come summer i'll be able to have more than ten friends again! for three months at least! i'm really looking forward to it.

my twitter content has settled into being about 40% fandom of the moment blather (currently captain america), 40% typical twitterish what-i-did-today-by-some_stars-age-29 nonsense, and 20% late night depressionals. although i should warn y'all, when this current mad rush of panic and school shit settles i'll be catching up on SPN and god only knows what depths i will once more descend to.

anyway so yeah, if anyone around here is still interested in my life then twitter is 50% of the place to be. and now you know.

Poem: "A Sense of Power"

Apr. 20th, 2014 05:09 pm
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
This poem is spillover from the March 18, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] corvi. It also fills the "senses" square in my 1-31-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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A Week in the Life

Apr. 20th, 2014 10:58 pm
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[personal profile] settiai
Well, I managed to do basically nothing this week. And it was kind of awesome.

As I mentioned, well, a week ago, I took the week off work to recuperate from the move (and the busy season at work). I didn't manage to accomplish all of the fic writing and vidding that I had planned on doing, although I did get some done. I did, however, manage to get complete caught up on Tumblr, which was impressive since I was a full month behind. Plus I went grocery shopping and spent ALL the money :-/, so I actually have a semi-stocked fridge and pantry now.

Mostly, though, I played Mass Effect. So much Mass Effect. Lots and lots and lots of Mass Effect. And it was glorious. My Jay Shepard playthrough is 100% finished, Shayne is about halfway through ME3 and Naomi is just starting it, Kari and Rayne are working their way through ME2, and Alex, Gio, and Zoe are in various points in ME1.

I also, you know, adopted two cats. So that counts as something, I guess. ;-)

ao3 stat meme

Apr. 20th, 2014 10:29 pm
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[personal profile] basingstoke
Last charted April 2012.

Top ten stories:
1. Indecorous, Sherlock, now at 55,424 hits. For some reason, people like the novel-length smut.

2. Touchy, Feely, prequel to the above. 41,020 hits.

3. Bells are Ringing, my wholly inaccurate Sherlock farce. I have been told that every plot point is impossible. I know. 21,682 hits, which is 10,000 more than last year, bumping it up from 5th place.

4. Intemperance. Sherlock canon mpreg trans fic, NOT AU. 19,937 hits. Same ranking even with six thousand more hits.

5. The Regent's Park Regulars. In which there is a swan not entirely unlike Sherlock. 19,786 hits, up from 8th place last time with 11,000 additional hits.

6. Eggcrate, which is a reference to eggcrate foam. I have been informed my titles are frequently opaque. 18,852 hits, down from 3rd place. Sherlock family AU.

7. Padding, prequel to the above. 14,421 hits, same ranking.

8. Cartilage, the one with Sherlock and his baby sister. 12,616 hits. Same ranking.

9. Unalienable, the massive Highlander/X-Men fusion. This story possessed me for a decade. One up from last time with 12,413 hits, which is six thousand more hits now that it's no longer a wip.

10. Paparazzo. Wot wot wot? My classic story all the way down here? Iron Man/Spider-Man, 11,068 hits, which is seven thousand more than last time but I still think the traffic is mostly to my Livejournal.

Nearly the same list as two years ago! Pillow dropped off to make room for Paparazzo. And man, I have not been writing much recently. I need to finish the third swan story and the third Paparazzo story and the Sam/Steve I've been working on.
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Perfume sniff notes! 9 BPAL scents: Rogue, The Rose, Dragon's Tears, Bastet, Tzadikim Nistarim, Sea of Glass, Djinn, Euphrosyne, Omen.

9 scent reviews )

whoa headrush

Apr. 20th, 2014 06:44 pm
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[personal profile] blueraccoon
I keep having little bits of vertigo lately, generally when I sit up or stand up, and just now when I took off my sweater. Not sure what's going on with that. Other than that I feel pretty okay, and my throat's definitely on the mend, but the vertigo is obnoxious.

health insurance woes )

"For God's sake, John, sit down!"

Apr. 20th, 2014 07:56 pm
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[personal profile] dragonfly
My uncle found this cool photo of my great great grandfather. He looks a good deal like my father.



That got me exploring his wife's line (with a name like Jones I was not expecting it to lead anywhere exotic). Well, ahem, more fun with ancestry.com--I am President John Adams's fourth cousin eight times removed. (Seven times removed for his son, President John Quincy Adams) Those were two of our four Unitarian presidents, by the way. Can you guess the other two? ;-)

So now I REALLY want a DVD of 1776. I have it on VHS, but, yeah, VHS.

Speaking of church, I went today. Easter, after all. The sermon was excellent, as always. It was mostly about Earth Day, though there was a high proportion of mentions of Jesus, for a UU service, so a nod to Easter. I heard a new term, one I like--"creation care." It was included with things like "environmental justice."

cut for medical stuff )

AU Fic: Shelter and Solace

Apr. 20th, 2014 08:56 pm
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Title: Shelter and Solace
Characters/Pairing: Aral Vorkosigan/Cordelia Naismith, Gregor Vorbarra
Rating: PG
Word Count: 10,432
Content Notes: AU during Shards of Honor, civil war, offscreen murders, traumatized child.

"We will go to Beta Colony. I have some family there, I think, and--a friend."


Shelter and Solace
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[personal profile] dira
At long last, my fandomaid story for [livejournal.com profile] tliss!

I meant to write the next Aral/Jole story for this gift, but this story wanted to be written first, so here it is. It owes its inspiration to Refugees of War by salable_mystic, which gave me an idea that never would get out of my head, even three and a half years later, so here it is.

Many thanks to [personal profile] iulia for beta!

Shelter and Solace (10432 words) by Dira Sudis
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Aral Vorkosigan/Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan
Characters: Aral Vorkosigan, Gregor Vorbarra, Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Civil War, Childhood Trauma, Sad Kid, Refugees
Summary:


"We will go to Beta Colony. I have some family there, I think, and--a friend."

failed by retail

Apr. 20th, 2014 08:39 pm
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[personal profile] jenna_thorn
The Disney Store is much like Ao3 -- lots of Steve and Bucky, no Natasha or Sam.

*pout*

You know what I want? I want, alongside the round faced big eyed Ariels and Belles, a Disney Princess Black Widow, black tulle skirt, painted rosebud mouth, plastic themed necklace and all.

Fic: Leverage: Head and Shoulders

Apr. 20th, 2014 08:14 pm
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[personal profile] sasha_feather
Title: Head and Shoulders
Fandom: Leverage
Pairings: Eliot Spencer/Parker (Background Eliot Spencer/Alec Hardison; Background Parker/Alec Hardison).
Rating: explicit
For: Kink_bingo; sex toys
Words: 1550
Content notes: none
Tags: trans-masculine Eliot; sex toys; Community: kink_bingo; first time
Beta by: [personal profile] j00j and [personal profile] were_duck
Notes: Comments are love. Title is a joke.
Summary: A PWP, basically.

You can also read this at the AO3.

Head and Shoulders )

ramblings

Apr. 20th, 2014 08:51 pm
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[personal profile] fox
Last Sunday a friend sang a little song that summed up my then-upcoming few days: "Hooray for Holy Week, da da da da da da da Holy Week ..." I had done two Masses that day for Palm Sunday, and then this week we had seder at Himself's mother's house on Monday, Tax Day Happy Hour with a former colleague on Tuesday, Mass on Holy Thursday, non-Mass on Good Friday, Easter Vigil last night (three. and. a quarter. hours. long), and two Masses today for Easter. (I insisted that we put Captain America on the schedule for Wednesday, because our plans to see it had been thwarted twice before and I didn't want to wait any longer. [g])

This morning I finally dragged my ass out of bed with the promise that the sooner I got up, the sooner it would be nap time. I sang the two Masses and have not felt less musically invested in anything I was singing in ages. (I mean, I grant it's not my religious tradition. But by the middle of the second Mass today I really felt like I was phoning it in. I didn't enjoy feeling like that. Fortunately, I was able to sing the Byrd "Haec Dies" like I meant it, and was really only going through the motions on stuff that was overaccompanied, so probably hardly anyone could hear me anyway.) I did the standard two-stop grocery shopping on the way home - there are some things we really prefer to get at Whole Foods, and some things we literally cannot get at Whole Foods, so - and dealt with some effed up Beltway traffic for which there was no excuse. I remember feeling pretty good, despite the traffic, and thinking Oh, maybe I'm not as tired as all that after all. And then I got home and the minute I was inside the house all my energy left me. I think I napped for about three hours, after which Himself went out and fetched dinner, because he is awesome.

I normally tune out during the readings and homilies in my church job, just listening for the cues that mean I'm going to have to sing in a moment ("the word of the Lord"; "the Gospel of the Lord"; "as without end they acclaim"; "the mystery of faith"; "through Him and with Him and in Him ..."; "let us offer each other the sign of peace"; and any time anyone announces a hymn), but last night I had to pay closer attention because a lot of responses that are normally spoken were sung at the Easter Vigil. And so the reading from Exodus included the line, "The Lord said to Moses, why are you crying out to Me?" and I shared with one of my colleagues my opinion that Moses might have been excused for sort of spreading his hands and making the world's biggest "duh" face.

But my thinkiest thoughts had to do with the second reading from Genesis, in fact, the reading about the Akedah. Of course Easter-wise a lot of comparison is made between Abraham being willing to sacrifice Isaac and God himself giving his only begotten son. They do like their prefigures, I mean to say. But not for the first time, I found myself really uncomfortable with the whole thing. Of course it's an uncomfortable story. (Or, 'o hai i upgraded ur ram.') )

Anyway. Stuff has Got Done today. I earned some money and bought some groceries. Himself mowed the lawn and went out to get me dinner. Back to work tomorrow. Wedding is in five weeks. Onward.
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Don't Hesitate
by Mary Oliver

If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy,
don’t hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty
of lives and whole towns destroyed or about
to be. We are not wise, and not very often
kind. And much can never be redeemed.
Still, life has some possibility left. Perhaps this
is its way of fighting back, that sometimes
something happens better than all the riches
or power in the world. It could be anything,
but very likely you notice it in the instant
when love begins. Anyway, that’s often the
case. Anyway, whatever it is, don’t be afraid
of its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb.

*

+/-

Apr. 20th, 2014 06:56 pm
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[personal profile] kass
+ it was a beautiful day, lots of sunshine and blue skies

+ and I took a walk with family in a beautiful place this morning

+ and ate really good pancakes

+ and saw daffodils blooming

- though I woke with a tickle in my throat

- and I seem to be partway to losing my voice

- and my sinuses are filling up with crud

+ though I have a glass of red wine, which is helping

(not improving the sinus situation, but allowing me to fret about it less)

- and I'm facing what may be a challenging parenting week

+ though I have a playdate scheduled in the morning and hopefully a [personal profile] sanj coming to keep me company tomorrow night, so there's that

+ and I just read a friend's story draft and it is awesome and I am psyched to rec it as soon as it's posted

so all in all, the plusses are winning. Though I really wish I weren't coming down with a spring cold, because bah.

In unrelated news, happy Easter to those who celebrate!

Anyone want to proofread a zine?

Apr. 20th, 2014 03:45 pm
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Having finished the Buffy zine right under the wire (woo!) I am now realizing that someone other then me should probably look all the finished zines over before they go to print tomorrow.

Anyone want an advance peek? I really just need you to check for typos and tell me if the formatting looks wonky on your computer.

Buffy, AtLA, and my solo zine need looking at right now; I also am going to TRY to eke out the needed Young Wizards pages and get it done by tonight.
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[personal profile] dragonfly
From the fantastic [personal profile] thingswithwings, an essay on language and reality around "gay" and "queer" in the past. Sparked mostly by the sudden interest in writing CA fic (of the slashy kind).

http://thingswithwings.dreamwidth.org/214220.html

Hat tip to [personal profile] princessofgeeks, where I saw the link.

The Oversight, and some other things

Apr. 20th, 2014 07:42 pm
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[personal profile] raven
So if you know my real name, you (may?) know I have a grown-up blog elsewhere. This is not, by the way, intended to imply that fannish/DW blogs in general are not grown-up - just that mine joyously, unrepentantly isn't. Anyway, thanks to a kind friend who sent me a review copy, I carried a heavy proof of Charlie Fletcher's The Oversight all the way to Seattle and back, and didn't actually get past the first chapter; then I got home and resolved to give it the good old try and read it far into the night and screwed myself where jet-lag is concerned, but again with the unrepentance because I loved it. I wanted to write it about somewhere that's easy to link to publicly, so there's a nice long chewy review on my other blog, but sadly, I have no one to flail about it to because it doesn't come out till the beginning of May. Not to reiterate the whole review here, but gothic, macabre, lady-driven (pirate ladies! magic-using ladies! ladies rescuing ladies!) fiction that is objectively good and also hits about a thousand of my fantasy kinks (mysterious other London, check! Mysterious society of guardians and watchers, check! People carrying their lost cause banners to the bitter end, check!) - aaaaah. I like it a lot. I like it a whole whole lot, and if you like the sort of things I like, it comes out very soon, please read it and come talk about it with me, I am a fandom of one.

Since I started writing for myself again, rather than just fannish writing, I've had more than a passing interest in science fiction fandom more generally, and while I don't want to put too much weight on it and things like in terms of what is good and what isn't, I am pleased Ancillary Justice got a best novel Hugo nomination and I do hope it wins. It's lady-driven SF that does interesting things with gender, and while it's not the very best thing I've ever read, or anything, I enjoyed it very much as a novel of ideas. I feel like I came to fandom in the first place to find women in SFF - creating, consuming, politicising - and I'm emerging a little after ten years and finding that women in "mainstream" SFF are much more of an organised force than they were. Mainstream is in quotation marks because respectability isn't majority. For one thing, why do we want to be respectable, as fannish fans - we are queer, we are brown, we are women, we are intentionally and politically disruptive - and someone told me recently that more people participate in [livejournal.com profile] yuletide than vote for the Hugos, which is the sort of statistic that lingers in your mind.

Urgh I'm not really sure where I'm going with this, I meant to just write, please read this book, you guys, it's great. Tomorrow I am spending an entire day in my house for the first time in several months, it's gonna be awesome.

on self and concepts -- and anger.

Apr. 20th, 2014 02:31 pm
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I am serving on a committee that is working on programming for a women's retreat/conference next year. During a recent committee meeting we were attempting to come up with themes and discussion queries - questions or sentences framed in an open manner to encourage thoughtful consideration - and we got stuck on how to talk about bodies. and that got me stuck as well. )
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Today is the last day of the half-price sale in the series Polychrome Heroics.  Links have been added for recently posted poems.  I still have one more sponsored poem to post later today.  There are lots of poems left if you're still shopping.  Some are epics but there are plenty of shorter ones starting at $2.50.

Poem: "An Unexpected Connection"

Apr. 20th, 2014 01:00 pm
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
This poem is spillover from the April 1, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "hands" square on my 3-30-14 card for the [community profile] cottoncandy_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the series Polychrome Heroics.

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Hi everyone,

we're still working on the new software to allow vidders to encode for the new format we are pushing out this year. Hence, we are pushing back the deadline for club vivid submissions back to May 2nd.

Some of you have uploaded - I will be contacting you individually - but most of you have not yet. If you are finished and can wait to upload, please do as we will be posting new upload format specifications and a new encoder tool for you to use.

If you have any questions, please ask.
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English

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

In our continuing effort to protect against online censorship that would harm fans, last week, the OTW filed an amicus brief in the case of Garcia v. Google. The case involves the scope and application of the safe harbor provisions of the DMCA and section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which together prevent content hosts -- like YouTube, the AO3, and many others -- from being liable for what their users post.

This case is partly a classic example of "bad facts make bad law," since the plaintiff -- an actress tricked into taking part in the film Innocence of Muslims -- has good reason to want the film taken down. But in response to her request, the court not only applied a tortured interpretation of copyright law (an issue addressed in many other briefs filed with the court at the same time), but also ignored important anti-censorship "safe harbor" laws.

The court forced Google to not only to take the film down, but also to ensure that it is never re-posted. In so ruling, the court ignored the provisions that protect content hosts from having to "police" what their users post. These safe harbors exist to prevent online censorship, and they are important to fans. Just about every site that hosts fan content depends on them. Just imagine if every allegedly infringing or defamatory fanwork led to a lawsuit, or if fan sites were required to monitor their archives to make sure no one ever posted objectionable material: many of the sites fans rely on wouldn't be able to afford to operate. That's the sort of thing these laws are designed to prevent.

For that reason, the OTW, along with Floor64 (the operator of TechDirt), filed a brief asking the court to reconsider its decision with an eye to the fact that although the decision may create a good factual result in this particular case, it makes terrible law that will harm freedom of expression on the Internet. As Techdirt explained in its post about the brief, "There is a reason why Congress was so intent on providing safe harbors, recognizing the incentives for broad censorship when you blame service providers for the actions of their users. Judge Kozinski appears to have ignored nearly all of Congress' intent in his ruling, and we're hopeful that (among the many other reasons why his ruling should be reviewed), the rest of the 9th Circuit will recognize that the original ruling has serious First Amendment implications, beyond just the basic copyright questions."

For those interested in reading more, you can find this latest brief on our Legal Advocacy page along with past filings.

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The Physics of Consciousness

Apr. 20th, 2014 12:38 pm
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This article suggests that consciousness is a state of matter.  Well, yes.  It's kind of like how little whizzing bits of energy get together and pretend to be solid.  But consciousness is also a lot more fractal and holographic than most people realize.  It's not indivisible.  Parts of it can be lost and other parts still function, or conversely, parts can be lost but then regained from unexpected angles.

A rec for Easter :)

Apr. 20th, 2014 10:23 am
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Events have converged in a happy way to remind me of one my all-time favorite Highlander stories on the very day most appropriate for re-reading it:

Ukiyoe by Dargelos
(Duncan/Methos/Amanda)
It's Easter, there are some great old movies on TV and Amanda knows where to get great Chinese.

Ahhhh, a classic. "Plow my Appian Way!" And the very first D/M/A story I ever read, if memory serves. Which, you know, it may not. But I'll choose to remember it that way.

middle class what middle class?

Apr. 20th, 2014 10:15 am
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(aka becc has many thinky thoughts that may or may not be coherent)

Most of my thinky thoughts lately have been inspired by articles over on the NYTimes, which I admit has its issues but is still a fantastic paper and source of news. I wish it had a little more international focus, and I really wish less of its NY-area articles focused on the trials and travails of the 1%, but mostly it offers me good journalism and good opinion pieces, so I pay for it. Morgan and I stopped getting a paper delivered when we moved to the house as I never read it in the first place and he hadn't been keeping up with it, but I do read the newspaper every day online. The Times is my most-visited site that isn't email, social networks, or GDrive, and yesterday when I kept not figuring out what to do I'd go there and poke around.

One article over there, though, is making me both laugh and cringe. The Real Estate section is always good for a combination of those because it tends to talk about people who are spending upwards of a million on an apartment for about as much square footage as Morgan and I had in our first one-bedroom apartment in Bellevue. This week's article, The Million Dollar Manhattan apartment, is about just that. The woman in question and her boyfriend had a million to spend, wanted a 2br apartment, and ended up buying one that will need about a quarter million in renovations.

It's worth noting that the person featured in this article apparently had a very strict geographic zone in which she wanted to buy, which narrowed her options. But the article talked about how it's getting difficult-if-not-impossible to find a good apartment for under a million. And I just...really? Really?

The commenters, which are usually the exception to "don't read the comments" (the Times moderates them and NYTimes commenters are almost universally literate and articulate, it's lovely) talk about how this is completely ridiculous and you can totally get good apartments or even houses for a lot less - if you're willing to move out of Manhattan and consider Queens or the Bronx or wherever. But there also seems to be a growing awareness that Manhattan itself is becoming a playground for the 1%, that it's pricing itself out of livability for people like artists and dancers and actors and small businesspeople who once made the city such an awesome place to live.

You can decide for yourself whether that's a good thing or not; I happen to think it isn't, but I also live on the other side of the country so I don't know for certain how much this is actually true and how much people are just crying woe. I am certain that even with my current job Morgan and I would never be able to afford NYC or much of the metro area.

more thoughts on real estate markets and the middle class )

MCU AU Fest optional details

Apr. 20th, 2014 12:54 pm
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Dear Writer,

I'm leaving this space blank for now because I'm in the middle of exams. But don't worry! I will update soon with my likes, dislikes, and other optional details to hopefully inspire you to write.

Sincerely,
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Easter greetings

Apr. 20th, 2014 09:40 am
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I don't celebrate Easter beyond eating chocolate, but this is too good to not post:

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It's the monocle. Monocles make everything classier.

happy sunday

Apr. 20th, 2014 09:00 am
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If you are celebrating today in any fashion (whether it be Easter-as-religious holiday, Easter-as-secular-spring, or pot day) I hope you have a good celebration and much chocolate.

No idea what the husband and I are up to today. We need clean dishes and clean laundry, but I'm forbidden from doing either, so that'll fall on him. Sorry, sweetie. We were maybe talking about going out at some point, but it is Easter Sunday so we're not sure where we'd go that wouldn't be packed. Also I'm not sure what I'd be up for.

I have a couple thinky posts in progress in OneNote (which, for the record, I'm really loving) so maybe I'll try and get one of those up today. One of the ones I was writing last night kept getting derailed by conversations with Morgan and then Wiki walking. Or rather, not derailed but re-directed.

Meanwhile, I got zero writing done yesterday, which was frustrating, but maybe today will be better. I can hope, right?

I think I need more tea.

climbing Stromboli volcano

Apr. 20th, 2014 05:39 pm
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Climbing a volcano! and the day after )

Oh, and no one recognized my OTW/AO3 water bottle. Not that I had any real expectation someone would.

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