Recs

Oct. 23rd, 2014 06:22 pm
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I keep on meaning to write long, detailed rec posts for some of my favourite books, TV and film of the last few months, but, y'know, there are dreams that cannot be. Instead:

Spirits Abroad by Zen Cho (now available as an ebook), a collection of Malaysian sf/f stories. Zen is a brilliant, funny, warm, insightful writer, with a real genius for capturing the attachments and frustrations that run through families, communities and individual friendships. If you've not read any of her stuff, go try House of Aunts, a deserved stand out from a collection of stand outs.

Ancillary Justice and Ancillary Sword by Ann Leckie, the sweeping space opera epic I didn't know I was waiting for. Gripping, clever, satisfying, and told from the point of view of a sentient spaceship from an expansionist empire that doesn't do gender but does, you'll be shocked to learn, do betrayal. Ancillary Justice, Leckie's first book, won the Hugo, Nebula and Arthur C Clarke Award, the first ever book to make a clean sweep.

How To Get Away With Murder, the new Shonda Rhimes show starring Viola Davies and Alfie "Dean Thomas" Enoch. Fast-paced, twisty, with excellent characters giving excellent faces. As I have already explained via the medium of tumblr tagsplosion, I just want to give them all hugs and alibis. Have some gifs (mistyped as "gifts", because they really are) of Alfie Enoch's confused face.

Pride, a movie about the real alliance between London gays and Welsh miners during the miners' strikes of the early eighties. I cried. Sobbed. Didn't really talk for about an hour afterwards while I processes my many feelings. If it's in cinemas wherever you are in the world, I recommend going to see it. If not, look out for it when it comes to DVD, because oh my god, seriously.

Poem: "Nancy's Kids"

Oct. 23rd, 2014 12:24 pm
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This poem is posted courtesy of [personal profile] dialecticdreamer, who came up with a batch of new ideas for Floppit characters on the show Semolina Lane in Polychrome Heroics, which inspired the following theme song. Imagine this with a bright, jingly little tune; it's illustrated with clips of the characters. It also fills the "taking care of each other" square on my Wordsmith Bingo Card.

Read more... )
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So my friend Maile came to my house to pick me up for lunch and we were a block away when I saw something large and hairy in the back of the pick-up heading toward us, I thought “That is the biggest fucking dog I have ever seen” and then the truck got closer and I thought, “That can’t be a dog.  Is that Sasquatch?”  And then the pickup passed us and I involuntarily screamed: “WATER BUFFALO!”

And then Maile looked at me with mild confusion (probably because I’d just interrupted her story which had nothing to do with water buffalos) and I said, “DUDE. A FUCKING WATER BUFFALO DRIVE PAST US” and she was like, “Really?  I didn’t notice.” And I think that’s a pretty good sign that you’re not paying attention to the road, or that you live in Texas and you’ve learned block shit like that out.

Then Maile said “Do you want me to turn around and follow the water buffalo?” and I said “HAVE YOU EVEN MET ME?” and she nodded and said, “Right.  Follow the water buffalo” as she made a quick U-turn.  And after a minute I started to worry that maybe there wasn’t a water buffalo at all and that I was having a nervous breakdown, but then we saw it:

I think we need a different sign.

I think we need a different sign.

It was far away but we didn’t have a water buffalo in the back so we were able to catch up with the truck and Maile was like “Huh.  Why does this stuff happen to you?” and I thought it was probably that I was just really lucky, and then the truck slowed down and I was happy because I’d get a better picture of the water buffalo, but then we got a little too close and I was like “Shit. Slow down.  He’s gonna jump.”

What?

Sidenote: Those horns seem very unfortunate.  It looks like he’s trying to comb them down into a wig so he can go to the mall without being hassled for being a water buffalo.

And I would have felt really badly if the water buffalo had jumped because I’m not sure Maile is insured for water buffalo car-pounces, but then we realized he was taxidermied.

Then Maile asked “Wait.  Are they going to your house?  Is this your water buffalo?” and I hesitated for a second because I thought, ‘Had I ordered a water buffalo and just forgotten?’  But then I realized there was no way because I’m pretty sure water buffalo are just big cows and it seems a bit sad to hunt down and taxidermy a cow.

Then I thought, “Maybe this is a water buffalo surprise party and Maile was supposed to lure me out of the house so they could deliver the water buffalo” but that seemed unlikely because Victor is terrible at keeping surprises and also he doesn’t like taxidermy or water buffalos.  Turns out it’s my neighbor’s water buffalo.

I don’t have a good way to end this story so I’m just cutting it off there because “Turns out it’s my neighbors water buffalo” is a better ending sentence than “And then we ate some fried chicken and went home.”

PS. I showed the pictures to Victor and it turns out it’s not a water buffalo after all.  It’s a musk-ox.  I’m not sure the difference, but from the pictures I suspect musk-oxen are just water buffaloes with better shampoo.

Protection

Oct. 23rd, 2014 03:52 pm
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Various creative industries are courting fans, but not always with an understanding of or concern for fans' own interests. Fans are more than free labor, and fanworks are more than a potential new revenue source.

The Organization for Transformative Works was formed as a response to experience with too many services that proved vulnerable to commercial exploitation and control, or even to disappearance, without concern for the fans who’d built communities using those services. The OTW has long maintained the stance that fandom should be an empowered space for its members, which means that there should be fandom spaces that are free of commercial exploitation, influence, and control. Diversity gives us strength, and that diversity includes preserving noncommercial fanworks. From our mission statement: "We are proactive and innovative in protecting and defending our work from commercial exploitation and legal challenge."

One way we do that is through the work of our Legal committee in advocating for fans and liberal interpretations of fair use where fanwork is concerned. We also work to protect transformative creators, whether it's through giving individual fans advice about how to deal with copyright and other legal issues; through participation in conversations on copyright law and the DMCA; through warning fans about potentially exploitative scenarios; or through offering fans information and answering questions.

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Posted by Annalee

Content warning: stalking, harassment, threats, violence–GamerGate, basically.

Geek Feminism’s lack of a statement about the GamerGate hate campaign has felt conspicuous to me. We’re a community dedicated to promoting justice and equality within geek communities. Documenting harassment and abuse in geek communities is one of our biggest projects. GamerGate is on our beat.

But while our fabulous team of linkspammers has been on top of the story, we haven’t put up a statement.

I spoke to some of our other bloggers about ways we could respond. The conversation we had was pretty illustrative.

Here are the ideas we had, and why we discarded them:

1: A “Seriously, Fuck GamerGate” Post

Why we didn’t:

“Fuck GamerGate” is a fairly obvious statement from us. It might be satesfying to say, but it adds little to the conversation.

And women who’ve said it before us have been stalked, harassed, doxxed, and threatened–some to the point of fleeing their homes.

2. A statement of support for GamerGate’s victims

Why we didn’t:

Telling folks we support them is nice, but it doesn’t provide the victims of these terror campaigns with the practical support they need to protect themselves. Talking about them has a very high chance of exposing them to even more abusers. When you’re the target of an organized campaign of terror, the last thing you need is more attention.

And women who’ve made statements of support have been stalked, harassed, doxxed, and threatened–some to the point of fleeing their homes.

3. An Ada Lovelace-style celebration of women in gaming, where we encourage folks to blog about games they love by women, and women in gaming who inspire them.

Why we didn’t:

We didn’t want to paint a target on anyone’s back.

Women in gaming who’ve gotten positive attention have been stalked, harassed, doxxed, and threatened–some to the point of fleeing their homes.

4. Present an iron hide and dare them to bring it.

Some of us feel guilty for not telling GamerGaters exactly where they can shove the horseshit they have the temerity to present as discourse.

Why we didn’t:

We want to live in a world where terror campaigns like this are ineffective; where that which does not kill us makes us stronger; where good triumphs over obtuse, selfish, cowardly evil. But wanting to live in that world doesn’t make that world real. In this world, oppression and injustice have built a system whereby that which does not kill us often leaves us personally and professionally damaged.

The fantasy that bravado would win the day is appealing, but daring abusers to come for us won’t do anything constructive. As much as we might want to put ourselves between GamerGate and its victims, we can’t. There are too many of them to successfully draw their fire.

We’d just end up getting stalked, harassed, doxxed, and threatened–possibly to the point of fleeing our homes.

 

By now, you’ve surely noticed the theme here.

It’s tempting to offer cheap platitudes to the women who’ve been the focus of these abuse campaigns, or those who might become them. To tell them to be brave, to speak their truth, to not let violent assholes scare them.

Platitudes won’t keep the cesspits of the internet from backflowing into their homes and workplaces. Platitudes won’t secure their computers and personal information; protect their families from detailed, sexually-explicit death threats; walk their kids to school; or stay at home to protect their pets while they’re at work. Platitudes won’t explain to their bosses why their companies’ websites are being DDOSed. Platitudes won’t stop bullets.

So before you lament how terrible it is to ‘let them win’ by being silent, please stop and think of a better way to phrase “I want to live in a world where the victims of abuse campaigns have a winning move.” Don’t ask women to sacrifice their names, careers, and safety to the fantasy that life is fair.

Telling women to be brave and speak up is telling them to face a violent horde unarmed. We don’t have an effective defense against these terror campaigns. We desperately need one. We’re going to follow up and see if we can develop any effective strategies.

In the meantime, I’ve already painted the target on my back, so I might as well say it.

Fuck GamerGate.

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Fascinating article in the Guardian about an International Publishers Association report [PDF - see page 16] which offers stats on which countries publish the most books per capita.

1) United Kingdom - 2875 per million
2) Taiwan and Slovenia (tie) - 1831 per million
...
?) United States - 959 per million

The UK numbers are very impressive! But my curiosity was piqued by a certain omission, as it turns out the report only covers 40 countries. If you read the Guardian article, they noticed the omission too:
In tiny Iceland, which was not included, around 1,000 new titles are published each year in a language spoken by only 320,000 people.

Go Iceland! As someone worked out in the comments, that translates to 4,706 titles per million in 2010 - and a staggering 5453 per million in 2008, for a language that almost no one outside of Iceland can read.

(Someone else in comments points out how many books Oxford publishes per capita, but this doesn't quite seem a fair fight...)

From the Archives: Halloween

Oct. 23rd, 2014 02:00 pm
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Posted by Lisa Wade, PhD

It’s that time of year again!  We are about to embark on seven straight days of Sociological Halloween Images.  As usual, you’re welcome and we’re sorry.

Look, Ashley S. is sad already:

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In the meantime, enjoy our collection of Halloween posts from years past or visit our Halloween-themed Pinterest page.

Just For Fun

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Halloween, Politics, and Culture

Race and Ethnicity

Sexual Orientation

Gender

Gender and Kids

The intersection of Race, Class, and Gender

And, for no conceivable reason…

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

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

*frets*

Oct. 23rd, 2014 07:43 am
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Buddy stuff, cut for possible TMI about dog digestive issues )

Meanwhile, I didn't sleep well last night at all and I'm really zombified this morning, although I feel better than I did when I got up. I'm just hoping the lack of sleep doesn't trigger day two of a migraine. So far it hasn't, but it's still early. And I don't have time for a nap this afternoon, either.

yawn.

Illusions in the Cosmic Clouds

Oct. 23rd, 2014 12:00 pm
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Pareidolia is the psychological phenomenon where people see recognizable shapes in clouds, rock formations, or otherwise unrelated objects or data. There are many examples of this phenomenon on Earth and in space.

When an image from NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory of PSR B1509-58 -- a spinning neutron star surrounded by a cloud of energetic particles --was released in 2009, it quickly gained attention because many saw a hand-like structure in the X-ray emission.

In a new image of the system, X-rays from Chandra in gold are seen along with infrared data from NASA's Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) telescope in red, green and blue. Pareidolia may strike again as some people report seeing a shape of a face in WISE's infrared data. What do you see?

NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array, or NuSTAR, also took a picture of the neutron star nebula in 2014, using higher-energy X-rays than Chandra.

PSR B1509-58 is about 17,000 light-years from Earth.

JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the WISE mission for NASA.  NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama, manages the Chandra program for. The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, Massachusetts, controls Chandra's science and flight operations.

Image Credit: X-ray: NASA/CXC/SAO; Infrared: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The Good Wife 4.05

Oct. 23rd, 2014 03:35 pm
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Due to having been on the road, I only got to watch this one now.

Well now... )
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Posted by Leigh Honeywell

This is another round of Geek feminism classifieds – now quarterly! If you’re looking to hire women, find some people to participate in your study, find female speakers, or just want some like-minded folk to join your open source project, this is the thread for you!

Here’s how it works:

  1. Geeky subjects only. We take a wide view of geekdom, but if your thing isn’t related to an obviously geeky topic, you’ll probably want to give a bit of background on why the readers of Geek Feminism would be interested.
  2. Explain what your project/event/thing is, or link to a webpage that provides clear, informative information about it. Ideally you’ll also explain why geek women might find it particularly awesome.
  3. Explain what you’re looking for. Even if it’s not a job ad, think of it like one: what is the activity/role in question, and what would it involve? What is the profile of people you’re looking for?
  4. GF has international readership, so please be sure to indicate the location if you’re advertising a job position, conference, or other thing where the location matters. Remember that city acronyms aren’t always known world-wide and lots of cities share names, so be as clear as possible! (That is, don’t say “SF[O]” or “NYC” or “Melb”, say “San Francisco, USA”, “New York City, USA” or “Melbourne, Australia”.) And if you can provide travel/relocation assistance, we’d love to know about it.
  5. Keep it legal. Most jurisdictions do not allow you to (eg.) advertise jobs for only people of a given gender. So don’t do that. If you are advertising for something that falls into this category, think of this as an opportunity to boost the signal to women who might be interested.
  6. If you’re asking for participants in a study, please note Mary’s helpful guide to soliciting research participation on the ‘net, especially the “bare minimum” section.
  7. Provide a way for people to contact you, such as your email address or a link to apply in the case of job advertisements. (The email addresses entered in the comment form here are not public, so readers won’t see them.)
  8. Keep an eye on comments here, in case people ask for clarification or more details. (You can subscribe to comments via email or RSS.)

If you’d like some more background/tips on how to reach out to women for your project/event/whatever, take a look at Recruiting women on the Geek Feminism Wiki.)

Good luck!

This is the Moment

Oct. 23rd, 2014 09:15 pm
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I was listening to my newly-purchased John Owen-Jones album, and one of the songs in it is "This is the Moment" from Jekyll & Hyde. As much as I love JOJ and was excited at the prospect of listening to him sing it, I kept getting thrown out every. other. line. because JOJ is doing his own thing with pauses and speeding up/slowing down or changing the pitch, and I'm just like, PLEASE SING THE SONG STRAIGHT, JOHN, I CAN'T FOLLOW YOU. Which is unfair, because it's just one dude performing a song the way he wants, except that I kept getting too distracted by the differences that I couldn't enjoy it for what it is.

So I went to youtube to look up Robert Cuccioli's version.

and now it becomes more interesting

Oct. 23rd, 2014 09:12 am
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This is the first day in two weeks without any steroid at all. I have already had some interesting rippling energy moving through me that woke me and got me up and taking my blood-pressure medicine a little early, just in case. I do not have expectations for today, except of getting through it.

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Oct. 23rd, 2014 09:01 am
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Thanks be for the non-ceremonial Sergeant-At-Arms Kevin Vickers. Would that we had someone like him in Washington, who is as concerned for the rights of minorities and children as for public safety.

(When I moved here 25 years ago people played frisbee on the grassy Mall at lunch time, and on July 4 everyone who wanted could simply lie on the grass by the Washington Monument and the mall and watch the fireworks explode overhead, without security checks, without iron gates, without listening devices aimed at the crowd.)

Wednesday Reading

Oct. 23rd, 2014 03:24 am
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What are you reading now? The second Fortress book by C.J. Cherryh, because I am predictable! \o/ I'm enjoying it so far. Still an incredible lack of female characters, y'know? It's interesting how expectations for that changed from time of publication to now.

What did you just finish? Uh... nothing I can really point to. I've been kind of alternating between this book and trying to get writing done, so I'm going a little slower than normal.

What will you read next? See above!

I've been working at trying to get my Yuletide signup done and in order. It's tougher than I thought! I haven't really been looking at the tagset or anything up until now. I was going to go to the gym tonight and work on Yuletide tomorrow, but today my coworkers were butts and I needed to drink and eat a sandwich and vent. It was very soothing.

Here, have another meme (stolen from various places:)

Comment with a pairing/moresome/single character and I'll write you at least three sentences of porn for them. I'm totally willing to write fantasizing or wanking, what are you talking about.

Current word count on that "short, easy spite-fic:" 34k. *keyboardsmash*

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Oct. 23rd, 2014 01:56 am
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Thoughts on the recent Agents of SHIELD episode (2x05, "A Hen in the Wolf House"):

Spoilers! )

Fare thee well, social life of mine.

Oct. 23rd, 2014 09:23 am
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Well. The Age of Ultron trailer is online. Have now closed twitter, because I'm damn sure something spoilery will happen there. Now my days will be dull indeed. I've really been enjoying geeking out with people on twitter :/

Please please pleeeease don't post anything about it outside of a cut?

*goes back to daydreaming about the possibility of a CA3 thing happening in the end credits scene*

Daily Happiness

Oct. 22nd, 2014 11:28 pm
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1. There is an amazing new live version of Actual Cannibal Shia LaBeouf.

2. We went down to the Promenade this afternoon to look at the new retina iMacs. The difference wasn't as immediately noticeable to me with a large screen as it is with a phone or tablet, but it definitely looks pretty spiffy.

3. We had Trader Joe's pumpkin ravioli tonight for dinner and it was so great! (Sadly, Irene didn't like it, but on the other hand, that means more for me!)

4. I went out to lunch with my mom today and went back to her house afterwards to help with her husband's computer, which turned out to be a much larger/more annoying job than I was expecting. BUT, since it ended up taking so long, she gave me $100 off next month's rent for helping out. (And I did get everything fixed, so yay.)

Children's Books on Death

Oct. 23rd, 2014 01:15 am
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Here are some children's books about death. This season is a good time to open a topic that everyone needs to know about, in ways that are not too scary.

One of my favorites is The Hobbit. It's not primarily about death, but it has a lot of very thoughtful ideas about mortality and the utter foolishness of war. Among my best-loved bits is the parting between Thorin and Bilbo:

"Farewell, good thief," he said. "I go now to the halls of waiting to sit beside my fathers, until the world is renewed. Since I leave now all gold and silver, and go where it is of little worth, I wish to part in friendship from you, and I would take back my words and deeds at the Gate."

"There is more in you of good than you know, child of the kindly West. Some courage and some wisdom, blended in measure. If more of us valued food and cheer and song above hoarded gold, it would be a merrier world. But sad or merry, I must leave it now. Farewell!"

-- Thorin Oakenshield in The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

Wednesday Reading

Oct. 22nd, 2014 10:22 pm
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What are you currently reading?
Still reading the Levi backstory, Kuinaki Sentaku. I'm about halfway through the second (and final? I don't think it's ongoing) volume. I'm...enjoying it less than I thought it would? I mean, it's okay, but I just feel like it's not really doing anything. I had planned to read Before the Fall as well, but I wonder if the reason it feels like there's not much there is that Isayama didn't write it and so they can't really dig into anything interesting. If that's the case, Before the Fall will probably be the same...

What did you recently finish reading?
I finished reading the main story of SnK up through the most recent chapter and DAMN THIS IS GETTING SO GOOD.

What do you think you'll read next?
As I mentioned the other day, Irene's rewatch of Akira had me wanting to check out the manga, so I might read that next! Although last time I checked, my phone was pretty full, so I'm not sure that I've read and deleted enough stuff that was on there to have space... ^_^;; I should probably read more of what's already on there.

Sunspot Group AR 2192 Crackles

Oct. 23rd, 2014 05:04 am
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One of the largest sunspot groups in recent years is now crossing the Sun. One of the largest sunspot groups in recent years is now crossing the Sun.


Doing duolingo when I'm tired

Oct. 22nd, 2014 09:10 pm
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...can be kind of entertaining.

I mean, it takes me six tries to get through a lessony thing (more because typos than anything else), but then I get things like where, on a dictate-audio item, a) I hear "Mi padre es España" (my father is Spain) and b) very nearly submit it because it isn't any wackier than "Yo soy un oso" (I am a bear), which is a legit duolingo sentence.

Luckily I decided to re-listen on turtle mode, wherein I discovered it was actually "Mi patria es españa" (my homeland is Spain), which actually makes more sense. So I didn't get docked on that one.

But then I typoed "gente" as "fwbte" and lost my last heart.

(In my defense, I'm doing it on the iPad, which a) doesn't autocorrect Spanish because it is in English mode, and b) the only way I can use the keyboard is in split mode (which FYI you can get by putting two fingers on the keyboard and sliding apart horizontally and it is very useful for typing by thumb) which overlaps some of the Duo entry items without bumping up the screen display, so I can't easily see what I type without jiggering the keyboard around, which usually ends up needing me to then re-split it, which is a pita, so I just submit as is and then sigh.)

la la la...

Oct. 23rd, 2014 05:01 pm
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Having visitors this weekend, but taking a break from cleaning to say:

- Flat 3 is a New Zealand webseries about three women flatting together in Auckland. Funny, well-scripted and -characterised. Episodes are mostly ~7 min long.

- The Boxtrolls was beeeyewtiful.

- Kim Sam Soooooooooon!
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Last weekend I ran a small, young race organized by a racing club (aka, people much faster than I). I was not just worried about finishing last. I was worried about finishing so last that the course would be clear before I finished running it and I wouldn't know where to go. I would be lost in the wilds of the northcountry.

In a field of 231, I finished 225. That's right. Six people finished after me! And we are sisters and brothers. (Mostly sisters.) One of us was wearing a jacket that we chatted about during the first mile, and what it said is as applicable to life, love, and NaNoWriMo as it is to running.

Her jacket said,

"FINISHED DEAD LAST is better than DIDN'T FINISH is better than DIDN'T START."

state of the me

Oct. 22nd, 2014 11:21 pm
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 Have been listening to Sleater-Kinney A LOT since they announced their new album and tour; sadly did not get tickets to their DC show because by the time I got the page to load (at 9:02, with tickets going on sale at 9) they were ALREADY SOLD OUT, WHAT EVEN.

Am having my periodic "should I learn to vid? I kind of want to learn to vid" phase, mostly because the lyrics to "Combat Rock" are SUCH a Captain America vid that I feel like it might actually be a little TOO on the nose. 

In other news, have been having wonky sleep patterns and not getting as much writing/comicking done as I'd like, so probably now is not the time to learn to vid. Sigh. But I have been doing stuff! Went to a zine thing in Brooklyn; went to Capclave; did the Halloween window at the shop.

I feel like I'm posting a lot more on tumblr than here, though. Sorry, guys. But I'm putting together my Yuletide signup and will have a letter shortly!
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Posted by renenet

VividCon 2015 will take place at our customary venue, the SpringHill Suites Chicago O'Hare, on August 7-9, 2015. Further details about hotel room rates and reservations to follow as time permits (this weekend, most likely).

This is our earliest dates announcement in the 14-year history of the con. You all (like, three or four of you, but still) ask, we deliver!:D

Thanks, and we hope to see you there!

About Dragon

Oct. 22nd, 2014 10:02 pm
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Okay. I'm going to start with this part: Dragon is okay and expected to make a complete recovery.

The bad news/what happened )

All of that is the bad news. There's a LOT of good news, primarily that he's expected to make a complete recovery!

the good news, or how it's going ) The neurosurgeons have cleared him; the trauma docs have cleared him; PTs have cleared him. His appetite's good; he's home finally, about four days after the accident. (To be honest, I'm so tired that days have run together. It feels like two weeks.)

So, he's crazy tough and he's doing really well, but it's been an insane four days. So now I'm home keeping an eye on him, catching up on sleep and laundry, and being grateful [personal profile] tarshaan is here. She arrived here in the middle of this and has been nothing short of a godsend. Clearly we'll go to Gatlinburg another time.

I'm really sorry to be telling y'all all this so late, but everything has been bedlam. (Okay. Most of my in-laws have been a complete and utter pain in the ass and managing them has been horrible.) Any and all good wishes and prayers are much appreciated and I apologize in advance for being late replying to things but right now, we're all sleep-deprived. But he's well and probably going to make a complete recovery and there aren't words for how grateful I am.
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VividCon 2015 will take place at our customary venue, the SpringHill Suites Chicago O'Hare, on August 7-9, 2015. Further details about hotel room rates and reservations to follow as time permits (this weekend, most likely).

This is our earliest dates announcement in the 14-year history of the con. You all (like, three or four of you, but still) ask, we deliver!:D

Thanks, and we hope to see you there!

Reading Wednesday

Oct. 22nd, 2014 09:53 pm
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Things I have recently returned to the library and can remember: Du Maurier's VANISHING CORNWALL, which has some lovely photographs and is a charming if sentimental book; Nesbit's BOOK OF DRAGONS, which is delightful and much smarter than it seems; Block's THE NOVEL FROM PLOT TO PRINT, which may or may not be a reorganized/re-edited version of his TELLING LIES FOR FUN AND PROFIT, itself a compilation of his columns for Writer's Digest, which I loved as a kid and am vastly amused to see how it's influenced me over the years (Block was the first person to tell me it was okay to write genre fiction and that if I loved reading a particular kind of story, it was probably a good idea to try writing something like it); Beckham's THAT EXTRA HALF AN INCH, which is honestly pretty delightful, her ghostwriter did a damn good job, and while it 100% buys the gender binary it's a lot less shamey than I was expecting.

Currently: Cohen's BOOK OF MERCY, which isn't quite what I was expecting but is interesting anyway; Runyon's GUYS AND DOLLS, which is fascinating in terms of structure and narrative voice; Collingwood's TECHNIQUES OF TABLET WEAVING, which is incomprehensible; Merkel's ODYSSEUS AND PENELOPE: AN ORDINARY MARRIAGE, which I'm not loving even if it is technically innovative; Bear and Monette's COMPANION TO WOLVES, which I only got so I could have more context for [personal profile] dira's extraordinary Generation Kill series, Every Marine a Wolfbrother, which honestly I like a lot more, so I'm not sure I'll push on to book 2 of the canonical series (is book 2 worth it? I know some of y'all love the Iskryne books).

Next: David recommended Mitchell's THE BONE CLOCKS, so I'll give it a fair shot; Kizer's death last week prompted me to get her COOL, CALM & COLLECTED out of the library; Finney's THREE BY FINNEY, which I am excited about, I loved his work as a kid and I'm hoping the Suck Fairy hasn't visited; Lynn's DRAGON'S TREASURE, because dragons; and I seriously don't know what the hell prompted me to put SWORN ALLIES on hold, so it will be interesting to see wtf it is.

....I swear I do things other than read.

Updates on previous post

Oct. 22nd, 2014 10:04 pm
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[personal profile] sophia_sol has posted an attempted interpretation of Oolon Colluphid Was Right! You should all go there and join the conversation so that I can continue to cackle unhelpfully in the corner.

Also, the breakaway hit from the list of bunnies in the previous post (which I am continuing to add things to, btw, as the odds of me actually winning the challenge go down....) was "Avengers Go To A Drag Ball", because apparently for some reason people think I, would, like, do it justice? ahah. ahahaha. hahahaha.

Here, for you edification, is 100% of everything I have done with that idea in the past three years, since I first came up with it (file last edited Jan 2013):



IIRC Tony's drag name was going to be Lady Natasha Touchamy, because he enjoys living dangerously. (and the Natasha is canon of course.) (Natasha's was, uh, something like Tony Tinydick? I think.)

What I'm Doing Wednesday

Oct. 22nd, 2014 08:52 pm
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[personal profile] sage
yarn
got stalled on my project because of needing to improvise, then said fuck it and picked it back up again. Progress is slow, but at least it's moving again. (Sometimes getting out of my own way is the hardest.)

dirt
rattlesnake beans are growing like weeds. Highs are in the 80s, lows in the 60s -- STILL! -- and the weather people are forecasting a warm winter. We'll see how long the beans keep going before (if ever?) it gets too cold. Also, there's a wasp nest under the eaves at the far end of my front porch. They all buzz away when I open the door and wasps are nice for pollinating flowers, but they are wasps and therefore mean as shit. I am torn on whether to tell the maintenance guy.

life
I did a REALLY hard thing today after receiving some extremely upsetting news, but at least there's the next step of a plan in place. I'm kind of THISCLOSE to diving into all the comfort fic ever, so if you have recs, esp for well-written schmoopy romance? I'd be grateful. <3

When Not to Extend a Scene

Oct. 22nd, 2014 08:32 pm
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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer and I got into a fascinating discussion about when not to extend a scene, based on Part 3 of her story "Clearing the Air."  Scroll down to our comments and you'll see us picking apart why we both agree that Tran's part is finished, even though both of us have a tendency to extend scenes or revisit bit characters. I'm very gratified that we managed to pin it down.  This is a crucial thing to understand for writing complex storylines that may have multiple parts.  
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Title: And Just When I Climbed This Whole Mountainside. (On Archive Of Our Own)
Author: [personal profile] lannamichaels
Fandom: Les Miserables
Pairing: Enjolras/Grantaire, Combeferre/Courfeyrac
Rating: PG
A/N: The title is from So Long, Marianne by Leonard Cohen, because I couldn't resist. Thanks so much to [personal profile] viklikesfic for the beta!

Summary: Grantaire doesn't fuck married men. Enjolras doesn't fuck. Also, there's a baby.


Somehow this grew a baby idk )

Fannish notes

Oct. 22nd, 2014 07:55 pm
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Yuletide signups are open! But then you probably already knew this.

Over at [community profile] renaultx I'm keeping and updating a list of all the Renault requests with letters.

As part of the aptly named Crueltide I've declared my willingness to receive darkfic for Yuletide and offered some further details/prompts for my fandoms. While I decided not to throw my hat in the ring for Yuleporn, this one is right up my street.
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I was tweaking my yuletide signup - I had to re-add Mr. Butler to my Miss Fisher's request - and I was hit with sudden confusion. Say I only offer two out of a possible 8 characters for a fandom, and someone requests Any. Can I still be assigned to write for them? That is how it used to be, and I don't want to deal with that again.

I guess what I'm saying is, I feel a need to be more conservative in fandoms I'm offering this year. A couple of my perennial offers weren't nommed (also, no Max in Batman Beyond *sadhair*! And yet Bruce Wayne is in. How even did that happen? I guess there's always one - like Wolverine last year), so I can't offer them, and I almost never say Any because I know how easy it is to be surprised by a request that unexpectedly hits the DNW button.

I still have a couple more days to think about it, I guess.

*

Work was busy from end to end today, and will be tomorrow as well, but just two more days and then Boss1 is leaving on 3 weeks of vacation. And yesterday when I told her I was nervous about her retiring and being replaced, she said I was valuable to the organization and while she couldn't promise anything she was pretty sure they could find a place for me if the new CEO didn't want me. So there's that. I mean, I'm still going to be anxious about it, because hello, have you met me? But it was nice to hear.

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Wednesday reading meme:

What I've just finished
Arctic Rising by Tobias Buckell - a near-future eco-thriller that I wanted to like more than I did. I feel like it spent a lot of time info-dumping in ways that bordered on lecturing sometimes without providing a full cast of fully rounded characters - Anika, the protagonist, was cool, and Roo, the Caribbean spy, was interesting, but I feel like everybody else was flat.

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie, only a year after everyone else. I liked it, though I don't really have thoughts, per se, beyond how ancillaries are kind of like Cylons? Except worse, because they were people first, not clones engineered and grown in vats. And I guess more like Centurions than skinjobs? Also, I guess there are occasions when I'm supposed to know someone's male, but because of the default 'she' in the narration, I'm just always picturing everyone as women, and I'm okay with that.

What I'm reading now
Ancillary Sword, of course! Though I've just started it so I have nothing to say.

What I'm reading next
Why do I even keep this question on here?

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The Flash
spoilers will take Things You Can't Outrun for $500 Alex )

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Today's Yardening: Daffodils

Oct. 22nd, 2014 06:11 pm
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 I finally had time to get out and plant another bag of daffodils, most of them around the birdgift apple tree.  I still have one more big bag to plant.  

I've been so busy with other urgent projects, I'm running behind on the daffodils and a lot of other things.  :/  But at least I made some progress today.
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For Sale: Action Figures

Oct. 22nd, 2014 06:16 pm
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The following action figures are still available, if anyone is interested/knows anyone who might be interested. I'm asking $12 each for the main characters, $5 each for the Axon and Cyberman, and $2 for the Toclafane, but I'm definitely willing to haggle.

First Doctor (with cane)
Second Doctor (with recorder)
Fifth Doctor (version with hat)
Sixth Doctor (in multicolor outfit)
Seventh Doctor (with umbrella)
Rose Tyler (in purple shirt with ice extinguisher)
Astrid Peth
The Master (Ainley)
Axon (monster)
Cyberman (classic)
Toclafane (open)
Toshiko Sato

Shipping costs will depend on how many action figures you're interested in.

gloomy thursday

Oct. 22nd, 2014 03:10 pm
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The good part: I saw Dr. Z today, at the Edmonds branch of his clinic instead of Bellevue. Much closer to my house, clearly, so I'll be going there from now on. I have a new scrip of pain meds, which is also good because I ran out of last month's supply yesterday. (No, I'm not taking too many. I had five weeks between visits instead of four due to scheduling stuff, and between the weather changing and the jaw stuff, I was using more than normal.)

Also we scheduled nerve blocks, but I may have to reschedule those depending on what my work schedule looks like in the next few weeks. Everything's changing so I'm not entirely certain what shifts I'm working starting in November. Hopefully I'll find out soon, because I may have a lot of rescheduling to do.

The bad part: Between today's gloomy gray rainy weather and possibly leftover ow from the root canals, I have a killer migraine today, worst I've had in a while. I ended up calling in sick to work because ugh, and have spent most of the day lying down after I got my meds filled and took the dog out for a very brief walk. At the moment I'm too awake to lie down and the migraine has receded enough that I'm not hiding from the computer screen. But I may go back to bed later.

I've been rereading some of my writing today, just to see what I think. Mostly I've been rereading the id-fic, which feels kind of uneven to me--there are some really solid bits, and then some of it I think is a lot weaker. If I ever post it, I'm going to actually try and edit it before I do. Concept.

But first I have to finish WC, which is painfully slow going at the moment. It's not even that I've lost interest in it; I'm still into it, still wanting to finish it, and I have some fun stuff coming up that I'm looking forward to. But the words are just coming incredibly slowly, and it's frustrating. I'm hoping with November coming up I can get back to some solid progress. I'm not doing nano, because the rules for that one involve starting something new and no, I have enough in progress. But the Shoobies are doing the MiFuNoSo (Miserable Fucks November Social) and will be having daily check-ins and cheerleading, so maybe that community will give me some incentive to really get some stuff done.

(As always, if you are a writer of any kind and could use a community of friendly people to talk to and discuss things with, etc, please visit us over at [livejournal.com profile] ushobwri. We do thrice-weekly posts now, but in November we'll be posting every day, like wrisomifu used to do. We're friendly! And supportive! And we have some great discussions.)

Methinks maybe it's time for either more pain meds or more tea.

Trust in Media

Oct. 22nd, 2014 05:05 pm
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Here's a comparison of media sources by trustworthiness across different social groups.  I think I'd put Al Jazeera and BBC at the top of my list, although I prefer the non-American version of Al Jazeera when English is available from it.  I have found Mother Jones and Huffington Post pretty reliable; Daily Kos and Think Progress have some useful stuff.  In general, I distrust American media now, as most of it is propaganda meant to flatter corporate owners.  I prefer venues with a variety of viewpoints to monofocal ones, because anyone with an ulterior interest or party line makes me suspect they're cropping the data to fit it.

Wednesday Reading Meme

Oct. 22nd, 2014 04:19 pm
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What I Just Finished Reading

Ann Leckie, Ancillary Sword: Space opera space opera rah rah rah! With lots of exciting character development and more interesting worldbuilding for the Radchaai, who still believe in calling everyone "she." (Yes, that is one of the more entertaining aspects.) I think I still want fic about it for Yuletide. It suffers a little from that middle-of-the-trilogy thing where it feels like not a lot happens and it's all being held in reserve for Book 3, but the things that do happen are pretty interesting.

Melissa Scott & Amy Griswold, A Death at the Dionysus Club: Look, [personal profile] lysimache, I read it, you can talk about it now! Gay Victorian historical fantasy mystery! Our Heroes belong to a club for, um, men of particular proclivities, and people from the club are getting magically murdered. I am bad at mysteries so I never guess these things, but I enjoyed how the plot was interwoven with Ned and Julian's growing relationship and there was a cameo from two of my favorite ambiguously-gay Victorian fictional characters (not Holmes and Watson) as club patrons, ahahaha. (It did kind of throw me off the mystery for a minute, because I kept thinking, well, surely if they're there, one of them is a suspect somehow; it is partly a burglary case.)

What I'm Reading Now

Uh... in today's comics news, still hate-reading Axis. Not sure why I am hate-reading Axis. I really don't recommend it. On the other hand, Avengers #37 was awesome and Hickman's Avengers run continues to be awesome (Steve! Carol! Sue!) and I am kind of in awe that the plot manages to provide a lot of things to think about and good character moments ("Did Reed tell you what they did to me?" oh God, and also Reed and Sue) and no one even needs to get punched in the face (the fight scenes are seriously not my favorite parts of comics). I just really hope he can stick the landing when this ends.

Minor pairing-related A37 spoilers... )

But I have to say, putting deserumed elderly Steve in those skintight SHIELD uniforms seems kind of mean. He's old! Give him a nice suit or something!

What I'm Reading Next

Not sure yet. There are a couple things I wanted to skim to see if I still wanted them for Yuletide. I should finish my letter.

Validation Therapy

Oct. 22nd, 2014 02:21 pm
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One thing that happens to me a lot is that people ask if I'm a psychologist or counselor. Technically, no; I've only taken a few classes in that sort of thing. What they're picking up on is that I'm a student of human nature, I like digging into the source code of the wetware not just the user interface, and I've researched a ton of this stuff for my writing projects. The practical application is from pastoral counseling; when you're a priestess, the community's problems wind up on your couch, and you either learn to deal with it or you find a different social role.

That said, one of the most common reasons people identify me that way is validation. It's something I do a lot. There is a tremendous amount of imposter syndrome, gaslighting, internalized oppression, bad tape, and other bullshit that distorts people's worldview and makes them question their own perceptions. This is best addressed by having an outside source validate their perceptions. It's particularly useful in cases of trans identity, abuse, and other things that are highly targeted. So if someone posts about their gender realignment work, I'll validate their expressed gender. That comes not just from my study of how humans work, but my archivist tendency to protect the truth. Validating it helps it stick. I've had people say that just this was more useful than what their professional therapists have done, so clearly there's a need for it.

Read more... )
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I might have gotten six hours of sleep last night, before my body pulled me out of sleep into today's special effects circus: a gentle humming, random, here and there.

And I am looking forward to having coffee again, and a good burger. Not that I couldn't have had a good burger already, but we have not had any inhouse to cook, just birdy things. Lots of chicken. And lots of fish. I don't think I will sprout pinfeathers or scales, though.

Still the quiet lake.

Add to the list of things that I would like: a pair of jeans that I ordered from Duluth Trading and sent back for exchange because they were too big. I'd like the new ones. :) Any time now.

But these things will come, eventually.

I am not looking forward, particularly, to Early Voting later this week -- if only because of the horde of politicos shilling for their candidates outside the building where the polls take place. I have never been comfortable walking through that kind of crowd, even when I was a reporter. But I think it will be all right.

mmm. burger.

fountain pen inks, RG edition

Oct. 22nd, 2014 01:38 pm
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For [personal profile] sovay:
Inks that I have used in working on RG on a notebook with Tomoe River paper:

Noodler's Black, Platinum Preppy F


J. Herbin 1670 Stormy Grey, Waterman 52V


Pilot Iroshizuku Kon-peki, azure pearl Parker Vacumatic


Pilot Iroshizuku Syo-ro, Reform 1745


Papier Plume Burgundy, Webster Four-Star


I need to ink something up with Montblanc Alfred Hitchcock so I can add that to the mix.

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