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While Rose read over my current WIP...

Rose: Pffft, they are adorable
Me: Manly killer assassins know not what love is.
Rose: Quoth the Black Widow, "Love is for children"
Rose: And, fuuuuck
Rose: I wanna see Natasha and Schu do something horrible together
Me: I don't know how much patience she'd have for his shit.
Rose: True
Rose: I still wanna read it
Me: hee
Me: I can't help thinking she'd feel the need to train him like an unruly puppy first. To make sure he knew he'd damned well better not try any shit on her.
Rose: Which would also be awesome
Me: hee
Me: Their dynamics would also be a bit different if you're writing them as being current or taking note of Natasha's original era comic book origins.
Me: (When writing WK, I often differ on whether to write them as being late '90s era technology or current.)
Rose: It's hard to decide sometimes
Me: I deliberately decided to be vague on the year in GH, nothing too unmistakably modern. Considering how long it's taking me to write it, that was definitely a good choice.
Rose: XD No kidding
Me: Smartphones weren't even a thing when I started.


Rose really, really wants it, so if anyone is open to giving it a shot, please feel free!

Mockingjay I (Film Review)

Nov. 24th, 2014 11:09 am
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Spoiler-free version, for anyone curious whether or not the decision to split the final volume of the trilogy in two would come across as "we want to milk this cash cow a bit longer" or would be justified by the end result, it's definitely the later. There is no "post" in Katniss' PTSD, so I'd rather describe her as shell shocked (come to think of it, Katniss really has a lot in common with the WWI soldiers for whom the term was coined, more below cut), and since this film doesn't have to cover as many events as the previous ones, it has the necessary breathing room to convey this - great performance by Jennifer Lawrence, too - and to show the effect Current Events are having on everyone else, too, again, more below the cut. Also, what I hoped for re: the movie using the liberty of not being stuck to the first person pov the books are a bit more was indeed the case. If Mockingjay had been filmed as one single movie, all of this - Katniss' state, Panem's state, the fleshing out by scenes where Katniss isn't present instead of, as in the book, having her learn the result of those via reports - would have gotten short shrift, and we'd have been the poorer for it. Now, on to spoilery reflections.

The revolution will be televised )

As You Wish and Choke Hold

Nov. 24th, 2014 08:43 am
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As You Wish: Inconceivable Tales from the Making of The Princess Bride by Cary Elwes with Joe Layden

There are some good stories here and fun trivia, but the storytelling isn't engaging. I feel that this is only for major The Princess Bride fans, which, fortunately for this book, I am.

+++

Choke Hold by Christa Faust

In the beginning of this pulp-fiction-styled book I was rolling my eyes over how lurid the story and characters are, but once I got into it I adjusted and rolled along with it. The pace is breakneck, but sometimes the plot gets too "this happened, then this happened, then this happened" for my tastes. Too... unstructured? Unruly? New setpieces bust out of nowhere.

Even for a story marked by that kind of thing, I did not expect the ending.

Though I did get a major, surprised laugh out of one character saying of the book's ex-porn star protagonist with a dark backstory (detailed in a prior book, Money Shot, which I didn't read) that she's "like the Crow of porn!"
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[personal profile] aris_tgd
So I'm at my parents' place in California! We had planned on going to see Interstellar today, but we're going to go tomorrow instead because we all got tired. I drove down on Friday, spent yesterday shopping and playing with new toys, and today working on my car.

My work gave me a bonus in the form of a preloaded debit card, which was nice, except that it means that I can't use it on the internet. So instead I bought a new power drill (my current one's battery is pretty shot), an oil filter for my car, a case for my tablet, a stylus for my tablet, and a refurbished bluray player. Uh, I am really hoping that the firmware for said bluray player allows streaming from Amazon and Netflix, otherwise I will be kind of sad. We have a little box attached to the TV right now that lets us do that, but the TV only has two HDMI inputs, so to hook more things up we'd need a receiver. Which honestly would be a good idea anyway, but that's even more money. I'm just glad I got the bluray player on sale, because it's got most of the features I want (mostly wifi for firmware updates) and none of the ones I don't (for example, 3D.)

So yes, but today I gave my poor baby an oil change, and while that was happening I cleaned the mass airflow sensor, topped up the tires, and polished the headlights. Oh, and cleaned salt buildup off the battery clamp. Tire treads look pretty good, so I'm going to say that she's ready for the climb back to Portland at the end of the week.

In the meantime, gonna try and get some stuff written, yeah?

Daily Happiness

Nov. 23rd, 2014 11:16 pm
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1. New Simpsons, Brooklyn Nine-Nine, and Bob's Burgers tonight! :D (All my favorite shows are on the same day now...)

2. Found out I have Thanksgiving day off for sure. (And it's paid, yay.) We're going to have dinner here and Alexander is coming over.

3. We're going to see Big Hero 6 tomorrow. I'm looking forward to it!
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I managed to crunch through the last of the month's transcription on Friday.

Purple brought the disc. Now I have to figure out time to watch it. Lunch was pleasant. The three-hole punches have been secured.

As it got later into the evening, I pinged Purple to see if he had dinner plans. They were vague. After they firmed up, he asked me if I was in. I was. So I finished the transcription and started tidying my to-do list and tallying up my hours. Then I brushed my hair (which I'd left loose, since it was Friday) and put on lipstick.

Parking in downtown Mountain View was a subbasement of hell. Having gone all the way through one garage and come out the other end unparked, I saw Purple crossing the street. He waved me off the second garage; I obediently turned and sought street parking. Which I found, at length. Then I hiked in the direction of the pizza place.

I arrived to find Purple chatting happily with Mr. Zune and girlfriend; Ms. Antisocialest was there but hadn't been properly introduced. Mr. Zune and his girlfriend headed on their way, and the rest of us waited for a table. I was happy that I'd swapped my cardigan for the jacket. (And Purple still looked really good in his.) We were seated outdoors. Somehow I got to contemplating how to make siege weaponry from common tabletop items, just around the time when the very elastic mozzarella flung a tomato at Ms. Antisocialest.

lb does not like this pizza place, as he is from Chicago and has some very specific ideas about how deep-dish should be done. Pizza is a religious issue. I am a polytheist.

Punkin Chunkin -> I am not allowed to blow pumpkins at Purple either.

Dinner rule: he who grabs the whole tab gets to take home the last two pieces of pizza. Purple claimed the leftovers.

As we were saying goodnight, Ms. Antisocialest said "See you next time", which made me simultaneously happy and awkward.

Purple walked me back to my car. It was a lovely night, and wasn't dripping. We chatted for a bit. I had inadvertently parked on The Other Guy's street, just a few houses down. If I get finished with Catching Fire, Purple miiiight be up for a movie excursion, though his plans are essentially becoming one with his couch. The vacation has been a long time coming for the amount of work he's been doing. (And with my approval or without, Purple is very warm. This has my approval anyway.)


Saturday, I mostly slept, although I did venture forth for groceries.
Sunday, there was some writing.

I called Darkside, yay! His parents are in town for Thanksgiving. The rate his parents are zooming through things on Netflix is going to inevitably result in a close encounter with the bandwidth cap. The Evil Dead musical is coming through Phoenix in a while. Before we said goodnight, he had one quick thing to ask me: did I listen to podcasts at all? Had I heard of Welcome to Night Vale?

"... I recommended that one to you."

So he had, in fact, fallen in love instantly. And he works with a certain number of WtNV fans, including one shift lead who was wearing a NVCR Intern shirt. :D

Outline recalculating

Nov. 24th, 2014 12:11 am
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Finished the first half of ch 29 today \o/. 3.9k / 11 pages. All the plot that happened triggered an outline revamp, of course, so I spent the rest of the writing time tonight sorting out the cascade effects. Everything looks good, though of course there's some knots still to work out in the last few chapters.

Second half is also one big scene, so that's on the to-do list for either this week or next weekend. Also this week: turkey day! I've been requested to make a dessert involving chocolate and raspberries. Still not sure what form that will take. I'm thinking maybe raspberry chocolate brownies? Will have to poke the recipe sites to decide.

Peanut Butter Cookies

Nov. 23rd, 2014 10:24 pm
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
I made this recipe of peanut butter cookies, minus the chocolate chips, today.  They're nutritious as far as cookies go: butter, flour, an egg, sugar, 3/4 cup of peanut butter, etc.  They're small going on the tray, the right size to be flattened with a fork instead of a glass.   When done, they are as advertised, soft and moist.  And they might as well be rolled in crack; we can't stop eating them!

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Nov. 23rd, 2014 11:09 pm
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I finally signed up for HabitRPG, because getting my shit organized and moved upstairs and everything put in its place is taking way, way longer than it should, and Unfuck Your Habitat turned out to be driven by shame-based motivation to a degree that wasn't useful. But this seems like it might work a little better; we'll see.

In the meantime, anyone not working a 9-5 would be SUPER welcome this week if they wanted come hang out at my place for a few hours-- just having another human around is, I find, really surprisingly useful as a way to get me to get things done. You don't have to help with the shit-organizing or anything, it is literally just that I am total balls at self-motivating and get more done in the presence of others.

New verses in "Save the City"

Nov. 23rd, 2014 09:06 pm
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Thanks to a donation from [personal profile] gingicat, there are 4 new verses in "Save the City."  Abigail and Danso talk about Nathaniel.

Poem: "Sânziene"

Nov. 23rd, 2014 08:39 pm
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
This poem came out of the March 17, 2014 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and LJ user Laffingkat. It also fills the "prosperity" square of my 3-6-14 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] technoshaman. It belongs to the series Frankenstein's Family.

Read more... )

Happy Birthday!

Nov. 23rd, 2014 08:38 pm
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Happy belated birthday to all of the following: [personal profile] aaronlisa, [personal profile] cadenzamuse, [livejournal.com profile] castalianspring [personal profile] ceebee_eebee, [personal profile] cereta, [personal profile] coreopsis, [personal profile] eleanorjane, [livejournal.com profile] ghost2, [personal profile] hoosierbitch, [personal profile] icarus, [personal profile] ignipes, [personal profile] just_ann_now, [personal profile] justice_turtle, [personal profile] kerravonsen, [personal profile] lferion, [personal profile] linbot, [livejournal.com profile] miintikwa, [livejournal.com profile] nwhepcat, [personal profile] pearwaldorf, [livejournal.com profile] persiflage_1, [livejournal.com profile] sarah_p, [livejournal.com profile] svmadelyn, [personal profile] sweetestdrain, [personal profile] thefourthvine, and [livejournal.com profile] wiliqueen!

And happy birthday, [personal profile] selenay!


Sorry! I've completely failed at posting these this month. :-(
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[personal profile] settiai
As all of you who've been around here for awhile know, I... have a complicated relationship with organized religion.

I was brought up in a very conservative, religious church of Christ background. If you're not familiar with the churches of Christ, I'd recommend looking at this website. It gives a pretty clear picture of just what it was like for me to turn my back on what I was raised in.

Anyway, when I moved to Maryland just shy of five years ago, I basically stopped attending church pretty quickly. I tried attending a few different congregations from a variety of Christian denominations the first few months, but most of them were both too different and too similar from coC to work for me. (They were similar enough that my brain couldn't help pointing out everything that it read as being "wrong" even though, you know, there wasn't actually any issues with it.)

Some of you here on DW/LJ kept suggesting that I try out a Unitarian Universalist congregation, because it was different enough from what I grew up with that it might not trigger that "wrong" instinct for me. I put it off for awhile, but last fall I decided to give it a shot and give the UU congregation near my apartment a chance.

... and to the surprise of no one, it was a good fit for me.

It's a very diverse congregation. There are some people who grew up UU, of course, but there are people from all sorts of backgrounds: many different Protestant congregations, Catholic, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu, agnostic, atheist, various flavors of pagan, etc. It's extremely different from what I grew up, in a lot of different ways. Not even getting into the "strict religious dogma" versus "believe whatever you want" aspects, but in other ways.

It's a larger congregation, with somewhere around 500 members. They have lots of musical groups that perform during the services, with instruments ranging from the more traditional (piano, flute, guitar) to the not-so-much (dulcimer, ocarina). The reverend is a woman. The meeting hall has three glass walls and is filled with chairs that can be moved around, taken out of the way, etc. Even without getting into the actual service, just the set-up in itself was different enough to make it work for me.

Anyway, I've been attending this congregation off-and-on for a year now. I very much don't make it every week, but I was one of the charter members of a young adults group that we started at the beginning of this year so I do hang out with the dozen or so people who show up to those meetings fairly often. We mainly get together once or a month or so for potlucks, playing Cards Against Humanity, watching movies, etc. but it's still fun.

... so, yes, this post did have a point before I started rambling.

I officially joined the congregation a few weeks ago, which was nice. I can't really post about it on Facebook or tell my family, of course. (I'm pretty sure my mom has a vague idea that I'm attending a UU congregation, but I'm not sure if she really gets what that means.) I've definitely missed the community, though, even if I'm totally not taking them up on the offer to join them for Thanksgiving (because too many people).
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[personal profile] davidgillon posting in [community profile] accessibility_fail
Really good Huff Post piece on how normies make it difficult for wheelchair users with invisible disabilities. Rings absolutely true.

(And another Bendy speaking out, pro rata we must be one of the most published disability sub-groups!)

A Week (or so) in the Life

Nov. 23rd, 2014 07:54 pm
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[personal profile] settiai
Despite rumors to the contrary I am, in fact, still alive. And I have a nice, long bit of time off from working coming up as of lunchtime on Wednesday, so I'll probably be making up for my non-posting quite a bit in the upcoming future.

Anyway... what's been going on with me?

On the work front, things have been going on about as usual. I'll probably make a locked post about the latest at Unnamed Nonprofit sometime soon, but nothing's really changed.

I've been trying (and mostly failing) to become more social, but I did manage to leave my apartment for a little while on Thursday. My apartment complex is trying to start sponsoring get-togethers for residents: bingo games with free food and hot chocolate, happy hour at a nearby bar, etc. This past week, they had a meet-and-greet with some new staff members over wine, sangria, and lots and lots and lots of yummy cheeses.

My family is already starting to drive me up the wall when it comes to Christmas-related things, and it's not even December yet. It's going to be an interesting visit to Tennessee in a few weeks, I think. And by "interesting", I mainly mean "oh God, oh God, we're all going to die". :-/

My productivity for Part-Time Job keeps bouncing around. Some weeks I'm frantically working to the last minute to put in my minimum of five hours for the week, and others I'm doing... well, a lot more than the minimum. I'm trying to average about eight hours a week, and I'm slowly but surely getting there. If I can just stop being distracted by fanfiction, and Mass Effect, and Tumblr.

Let's move on to fandom, shall we?

TV-wise, I've been keeping up with Forever, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Once Upon a Time, and Star Wars Rebels. Other than that, I haven't been watching anything that's currently airing. On the video game front, Mass Effect is still eating my life. I have no regrets.

As always, I've probably signed up for too many holiday exchanges, but I regret nothing everything nothing. I'm currently signed up for Festivids, Holiday Harbinger (Tumblr-based Mass Effect exchange), Holly Poly, and Yuletide. And there will definitely be both pinch hits and treats happening for, uh, several of those exchanges.

And, uh, that's about it. There are a few things that I haven't covered that will be getting their own posts, but it's been a fairly everyday week. I just haven't managed to actually post about it.

December talky meme thing

Nov. 23rd, 2014 03:50 pm
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[personal profile] ysobel
I like the momentum I've gotten with NaNo -- not all fiction (it's about half "memory dump blog of my childhood/past", a quarter fics for Yuletide, and a quarter misc other stuff including some of the longer journal entries here), more about getting words out at all than about getting a narrative -- so I figured I'd do the December Talking Meme bandwagon.

Pick a date (or not) and give me a topic, and I'll talk then about that. Not sure how much I have to say, because it will depend on the prompt and how I'm feeling and what phase the moon is in, but I'll say something. Can be anything, fannish or not, personal or not, though I reserve the right to decline prompts I'm not up to handling.

Days (0 taken) )

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Nov. 23rd, 2014 06:01 pm
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[personal profile] melannen
1. We're not talking about the writing okay. (There has been preparing-for-the-holiday cleaning, though. so much cleaning. so much left to do.)

2. I added a bunch of people via the friending meme, and then when I started feeling kind of weird about how less than half of them had added me back, I looked and realized that most of them already had me added, because I had somehow become the kind of person who had 100 non-mutual followers. Oops. Some of you I'd even already been stalking because I thought you were too cool for me to dare talk to but apparently you were already reading my journal. So I went through and I think I've added-back everyone who has me added and has posted in the last month or so. Hopefully I will not regret it. If I missed you somehow, pipe up and say something. If you were hate-stalking me in the assurance I'd never add you back and you want me to go away, just let me know.

(ETA: I didn't mean to imply non-mutual-friending was bad, just that maybe, uh, accidentally not paying any attention at all to your subscribers list for over a year, even though you're looking for new dw friends, may not be the best idea either. Balance. Balance is good.)

Normally this is where I'd say 'welcome new people' but you were all already here. Don't mind me when I suddenly turn up in your comments?

3. There's still lots of slots open for December topics if anyone still cares.

4. I just made my 150 books reading goal on Goodreads! So of course I immediately upgraded it to 175 and am now 4 books behind. But even if I just finish all my currently-reading and all my current library books by the end of the year, I should make it easily. (spoiler: I will not finish all my currently-reading by the end of the year.)

This isn't nearly as impressive as it seems because of the 152 books I currently have listed as read this year: 77 are comic trades, 26 are picture books or easy readers, 8 are glossy coffee-table books that are mostly pictures, 4 were more pamphlets than books, and 19 were 'activity-focused' books like piano books, field guides, or craft books. So of real grown-up books that have more words than pictures, I only score 37. Of course a lot of those 37 were, like, ridiculously dense academic texts, so I guess it sort of evens out? Also I was supposed to be doing this so I could read some of the unread books I have piled in my bedroom, but only 39 of them were books I own as opposed to borrowed. And 17 of those were ones I acquired this year. So mission: backlog, not going so great.

Anyway I started this with good intentions to review everything on GR but am now way behind. I may try to do capsule reviews of most of them to round out the year? I dunno. All of the current topics on my December meme are going to end up as reviews of multiple books I read this year, I suspect.

5. Ugh I have to do more cleaning.

are we out of the woods yet

Nov. 23rd, 2014 10:21 pm
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[personal profile] raven
Hello new friends who have arrived with the friending meme! Hello. Lovely to meet you and I am enjoying all your posts. I wish to make a post of my own introducing myself only, ah, stuff. Urgh. Stuff. In brief: I am a writer, long-term fangirl, twentysomething lawyer, my partner and I live in a flat in the south of England that increasingly resembles the All-You-Can-Eat Junkshop of Babel (anyone want a hatstand? a hideous green coffee table? Butterworth's Company Law Handbook 2009? no? you shock me) and I'm having a Major Career Crisis and a Great House Refurbishment at the same time. It's charming. I'm charming. Really.

December will be better and indeed all things beautiful. If you want to ask me to talk about a thing you still can!

/exit, pursued by a bear
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The Soyuz TMA-15M rocket launches from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Monday, Nov. 24, 2014 as seen in this long exposure carrying Expedition 42 Soyuz Commander Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), Flight Engineer Terry Virts of NASA, and Flight Engineer Samantha Cristoforetti of the European Space Agency (ESA) into orbit to begin their five and a half month mission on the International Space Station. 

Image Credit: NASA/Aubrey Gemignani

"repeat after me: meow" (marcicat)

Nov. 23rd, 2014 04:51 pm
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[personal profile] starandrea
[personal profile] starandrea: This is the longest day ever. As is typical in my stories. I don't think it's even been twelve hours.
[personal profile] marcicat: Wow.
[personal profile] starandrea: In 31,000 words, it hasn't been twelve hours. The story started at nine o'clock and it's now… six-thirty.

[personal profile] starandrea: The problem is that I don't know what's going on, so having John say "tell me what's going on" isn't a real conversation-starter.
[personal profile] marcicat: You could just have someone say they don't know what's going on.
[personal profile] starandrea: That's definitely part of this conversation. Dorian is going to be like, "why am I the one coming up with a plan, I don't remember anything!"

[personal profile] starandrea: "We should tell him what's going on." "We don't know what's going on!" That's basically how I feel about this story.

The Desolation of Linkspam

Nov. 23rd, 2014 07:23 pm
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  • Men Explain Technology to Me: On Gender, Ed-Tech, and the Refusal to Be Silent: Hack Education (November 18th): “There’s a problem with the Internet. Largely designed by men from the developed world, it is built for men of the developed world. Men of science. Men of industry. Military men. Venture capitalists. Despite all the hype and hope about revolution and access and opportunity that these new technologies will provide us, they do not negate hierarchy, history, privilege, power. They reflect those. They channel it. They concentrate it, in new ways and in old.”
  • Uber Executive Suggests Digging Up Dirt on Journalists | BuzzFeed (November 17th): “A senior executive at Uber suggested that the company should consider hiring a team of opposition researchers to dig up dirt on its critics in the media — and specifically to spread details of the personal life of a female journalist who has criticized the company.”
  • The moment I learned just how far Uber will go to silence journalists and attack women | PandoDaily (November 17th):  “I have known many of Uber’s key investors and founders personally for six to ten years. Over that time I’ve seen an ever-worsening frat culture where sexist jokes and a blind eye here-or-there have developed into a company where the worst kind of smearing and objectification of women is A-ok.”
  • Gender, Race, and the Supernatural: Appreciating Sleepy Hollow’s Abbie Mills | Ms. Magazine Blog (October 29th): “Still, it’s one of the few shows featuring a black woman character who is not only kicking butt and taking names in her various encounters with demons, sorcerers, ghosts and zombies, but is constantly saving our white male hero and acculturating him into our 21st-century era: including driving automobiles, learning which mobile phone devices are the most up-to-date, and more recently, practicing yoga.”
  • Sweden Considers Special Labels for Sexist Video Games | Time (November 16th): “A government-funded innovation agency in Sweden is considering creating specials label for video games based on whether or not the games’ portrayals of women are sexist.”
  • Update: the following two links criticize Sweet Peach as described by Austen Heinz and Gilad Gome. Founder Audrey Hutchinson says her company, aiming to produce individualised probiotic mixes for vaginal use, was seriously misrepresented (November 23).
    • These Startup Dudes Want to Make Women’s Private Parts Smell Like Fresh Fruit | Inc (November 21): “At the DEMO conference in San Jose, California, on Wednesday afternoon, Heinz and Gome outlined their shared vision and previewed plans for a new probiotic supplement that will enable women to change the way their vaginas smell. Called Sweet Peach, it will be made using Cambrian Genomics’ DNA printing technology and financed through a campaign on the crowdfunding platform Tilt.”
    • How Not to Disrupt Women’s Bodies | Inc (November 21st): “Since time immemorial, beauty and feminine hygiene companies have used the promise of personal empowerment to help sell equally reprehensible, if much more subtle, campaigns based around negging women and then offering the solution to all of their bodily imperfections. Or smells. Especially smells. Poor Sweet Peach, trying to put a “probiotic supplement” gloss on what’s essentially the boring old douche market.”
  • Three Tactics that Block Women from Getting Ahead | Accidentally in Code (November 19th): “There are different kinds of gendered experiences. The outright sexual harassment, versions of “get back in the kitchen” is one, but another is patterns of behaviour that happen over, and over again to women, but much more rarely to men. It’s behaviour that men feel more OK with exhibiting towards women, because subconsciously they know they are much more likely to get away with it.”
  • Meet the Women Challenging the Media and Tech Establishments | Fast Company (November 17): “Not many journalists would leave a high-profile job at one of America’s most storied newspapers to create their own startup. But that’s exactly what former Wall Street Journal reporter Jessica Lessin did last year when she founded the tech news site The Information.”
  • Tech Freedom vs. Feminism | On the Left (November 19): “Several prominent tech freedom organisations choose to align themselves with and refuse to depose these kinds of men, no matter how horrible the shit against them is. The men themselves get away with harassing and abusing women because they are seen as being ‘valuable’ to the movement. Once you’re up on a tech freedom pedestal, it seems like it’s impossible for someone to bring you down.”

 

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A pro's musings on crowdfunding

Nov. 23rd, 2014 02:15 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] mizkit, a professional author I like who has run a couple of successful crowdfunding campaigns, has another running right now. Her LJ post today about the author's side of things seemed like it might be of interest to the group. How hard do you push? How do you get the word out to those who might be interested without driving others away? Questions without clear answers.

(The current project, The Redeemer Chronicles, is for a novel described as a cross between Rosie the Riveter and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. It's an ensemble cast urban fantasy centered on a WWII-era pinup girl. With some socio-economic subtext thrown in.)
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Today is the last day of the half-price sale in Frankenstein's Family.  There are still two poems left.  With only one open epic, these are eligible for microfinding if somebody wants to open one.
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As many fans are preparing to celebrate the end-of-year holiday season, the Organization for Transformative Works (OTW) would like to let U.S. supporters know that there is a simple way they can donate if they are making purchases through Amazon.

AmazonSmile is a program set up by Amazon that allows you to donate to a charitable organization every time you shop, at no cost to you. There are currently nearly one million organizations participating, and the OTW is one of them!

How to use AmazonSmile

Simply go to http://smile.amazon.com from the web browser on your computer or mobile device. The site has the same products and services as the usual Amazon domain, many of which will be marked “Eligible for AmazonSmile donation” on their product detail pages. (Recurring Subscribe-and-Save purchases and subscription renewals are not currently eligible.) The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charity of your choice. Donations are made by the AmazonSmile Foundation, however, and will not be tax deductible by you.

If you have an existing Amazon.com account, all details will remain the same including your shopping cart, Wish List, wedding or baby registry. On your first visit to AmazonSmile you will be asked to select a charitable organization. Enter "The Organization For Transformative Works Inc" in the search field. That's it!

If you'd like to donate to more than one charity, you can always select the “Change your Charity” link in the “Your Account” page for different purchases. If you'd like to know more about AmazonSmile, visit their program details page.

Screenshot of a user's Amazon Smile page showing the OTW as the designated charity

What if I don't use Amazon U.S.?

At this time, AmazonSmile is only available to users of the U.S. site, and AmazonSmile is the only retail program through which we receive donations. If you have suggestions of other programs, please let us know!

However, you can donate directly to the OTW at any time of year through our donation page. We have answers to some frequently asked questions there, but if you have additional questions, please contact us.

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Vid Recs: Marvel (MCU)

Nov. 23rd, 2014 10:04 am
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[personal profile] laurashapiro
I saw two vids this week that I loved.

Repetition is a Tony Stark character study with both depth and visual flash. It's partly Tony/engineering OTP, and partly an exploration of how he relates to -- and needs -- the people in his life. As I said in my comment to [personal profile] thuviaptarth, it's got really crisp editing, wonderful use of continued motion, and the consistent metaphoric strength really drives it home. The overall tone is wonderfully upbeat and optimistic without shying away from Tony's darker aspects.

Smash Up! is another thing entirely, taking on the entire MCU in a medley that...well, I just don't want to give anything away, I find. Expertly cut by [personal profile] rhoboat, full of pizazz and feels. Super-fun. Don't miss it.

EVERY day is Cat Day

Nov. 23rd, 2014 05:25 pm
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Apparently National Cat Day was October 29th and I missed it, so I guess that explains why Ferris Mewler threw up in my shoe.  In my defense, it was just World Cat Day in August.  Why do cats need so many days?  No clue.  But to make up for whatever I did to offend the cats I’m sharing the pictures I took of Ferris Mewler, who was ignoring me badly in spite of the fact that he would starve without me:

NOPE

Is it just me or is he flipping me off in that last picture?  Because I think he is.

This is exactly why people prefer dogs, Ferris.

 

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And now, the weekly wrap-up of awesomeness:

SID3

Shit I made in my shop (Named “EIGHT POUNDS OF UNCUT COCAINE” so that your credit card bill will be more interesting.):

Shit that I’m vaguely involved with on the internets:

Shit-I-didn’t-come-up-with-but-wish-I-did-because-it’s-kind-of-awesome:

Shit you should buy or steal because it’s awesome:

This week‘s wrap-up is brought to you by Crumple + Toss, who are perfect for your holiday stationery needs. Everything from typical Christmas fare: nativities, poinsettias, and the like, to irreverent and hilarious selections guaranteed to offend.  This one is a personal fave.  Christmas not your jam? There’s plenty of Chanukah cards as well as “Happy Whatever” to cover your ass in awkward situations.  Come have a look around!

glom music meme

Nov. 23rd, 2014 11:41 am
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Based on [personal profile] oracne's post from several weeks ago:

Name the popular music acts you've glommed: that is, you have acquired or become familiar with all or nearly all of their output, and have gone out of your way to do so -- as opposed to artists whose work you've enjoyed but for whom you haven't made any particular effort to seek out earlier (or more recent, or more obscure) work.

I've been dithering about this meme because there are really three categories here: artists that I am currently glomming; artists whose careers have wound down but whom I am still actively interested in and happy to listen to (and whose new work I'd snap up in a heartbeat if any were to appear); and artists I used to glom but no longer do -- mostly artists I adored in high school and college and have subsequently moved on from but that I still consider important to my history and taste.

current )

permanent )

formative )

I was about to put Scout in the Permanent category when I thought "Hey, I wonder whether Ashen Keilyn's solo album ever came out," and when I went to check I discovered that a) no it didn't, but b) a new Scout album came out in 2012!!! Which I have now downloaded and am listening to with great delight. \o/

photo of the day

Nov. 23rd, 2014 11:35 am
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The lizard in a black cat costume sent by her aunt and uncle. :)

seriously. body. cut it out.

Nov. 23rd, 2014 07:57 am
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I'm apparently fighting off a bug of some kind. Everything's making me insanely nauseated lately and I'm just generally feeling under the weather. This had better clear up by Tuesday, or I'm going to be fucked flying to Baltimore.

(No, I'm not pregnant. I am 100% certain I am not pregnant. I wish that weren't the case; it would explain stuff better than "bug", but no, that's not what's going on here. I've already disappointed my dad on that one when I assured him that I was not, in fact, having morning sickness.)

Meanwhile I appear to have fucked up the other nerve in my left arm. My pinky and ring finger are mostly asleep and my wrist is tingling, plus the area above my elbow is sore and also pins and needles. I had to keep rescheduling the cervical MRI so now it's not until 12/5, but there's nothing I can do about it. I don't have time to go Monday and then we're gone.

(My thumb and first two fingers are doing okay--a little tingly but nothing like the other half of my hand. I know there are two main nerves to the hand, one that handles those fingers and one that handles pinky/ring finger. When I had the herniated disc the first nerve was the problem; now the other one appears to be pinched in some fashion.)

Tomorrow I have to come home from work, walk the dog, take the dog to the pet country club, come home, finish laundry and run errands and pack, and get some sleep somewhere in there since we're leaving for the airport at like 3am. At least I made the parking reservation, so that's taken care of. But I have to clean out some of the excess crap in my car or we won't have room for our bags.

(Still not happy about going to MD this year. Still very much in an "I hate everything about traveling Thanksgiving week" mood. Still fairly certain next year we'll be staying here unless my parents insist otherwise.)

Yesterday sucked due to feeling terrible; the only thing I really accomplished was sorting laundry (I didn't even wash it though) and taking the dog to Mud Bay to buy him food and treats for the upcoming week, so the pet country club will have bones and hedgies to give him. They do give their own treats, but I know he loves the hedgies so we buy some for him, and we bought a bone because it'll give him something to chew on for longer than it takes him to demolish a hedgehog. The country club requests that you not bring toys, but chew treats are fine.

Buddy was very friendly at the store--he always is there, but it was good to see him politely say hi to people and agree to get petted and given love. There was a little girl in the store who asked if she could pet him and kept coming over to him to pet him some more--the only thing he didn't really like was when she kind of tried to smush his face (she was all of three or four), but he didn't bark or anything, just kinda moved away. Buddy also said hello to a few different dogs without incident, which was good, and he gave one woman kisses when she leaned down to pet him. (Fortunately she was fine with that.)

So that was all good. I still think he's been more anxious than usual lately but maybe I'm making him anxious about something because I'm anxious about him being anxious. The vicious cycle...*sigh* I don't know. We'll see how he does this week, I guess, and when we get him back how he is. I never made it to the vet with him, but maybe when we get back I can take him in and see if they have any recommendations.

10.5 hours to go at work and my left arm aches/is half asleep. This is going to suck.
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So the other thing I did yesterday was catch up on Jane the Virgin, which I highly, highly recommend, especially if you are missing Gilmore Girls, Pushing Daisies, or Ugly Betty, because it contains elements of all three: the strong, central mother/daughter relationship like Gilmore Girls, the sense of candy colored whimsy (and an AMAZING narrator) like Pushing Daisies, and the telenovela over-the-top-ness like Ugly Betty. Plus its own unique charms, which include Gina Rodriguez, who is utterly delightful as the titular Jane, Anthony Mendez as the Narrator, and Jaime Camil as Rogelio De La Vega, Jane's telenovela star father. It's funny without being mean, heartwarming without being twee, and it's got enough plot to satisfy any soap opera junkie. And it balances all of it with great aplomb.

Plus, most of the action is driven by the women - Jane, Xiomara, Petra, and Luisa are all the main movers of the plot (and while Alba is not a main agent of the plot, I do love how supportive of Xiomara and Jane she is, even when she disapproves - she is much more emotionally available than Emily Gilmore). And even though it has a love triangle (possibly more than one going forward), Jane's two suitors are pretty well drawn, so you never feel like "of course she's going to pick X! Y is terrible!" But really, Jane herself is the best thing about the show - I already love her and want her to be happy.

Anyway, watch this show! It's received a full season order from the CW, but I don't think its ratings are very good, even by CW standards. I know it's on against Sleepy Hollow, which is why I put off watching it, but it's definitely worth watching, and the episodes are available on the CW website (not the pilot, though, which is just dumb).

I need an icon.

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better living through modern science

Nov. 23rd, 2014 09:07 am
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They've developed a blight-resistant American Chestnut tree! That link goes to a fundraising page -- the team behind it, at SUNY-ESF, is trying to start a reforestation plan. Contributions are tax-deductable, and they're so close to being funded.

<3 <3 <3 <3 <3

Nov. 23rd, 2014 08:41 am
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[personal profile] kass
Probably any of y'all who would be interested in this have read it already, but I had not (until [personal profile] heresluck sent it to me) so I am sharing it here -- The Cult of Connie Britton. Here's a taste:

But loving the Britton of today is tantamount to ignoring much of what Hollywood has tried to impute as ideal. She’s still thin, white, beautiful, and straight, but she’s the thing that the vast majority of mainstream media pretends doesn’t exist: a woman over 40. More specifically, a woman over 40 whose image combines the sexual and the maternal, the ambitious and the empathetic. As one fan of the hundreds who, when solicited, offered testimonials about why they loved Britton told me, “She makes getting older seem incredibly appealing — not just because she looks stunning, but it’s the sense of presence and surety she projects.” The combination of confidence and beauty, of wisdom and maturity — that’s what undergirds her fandom.


Damn right, y'all.

:-)
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5.17 Forgive Us Our Trespasses
Original air date: May 5 1997
Director: Paolo Barzman
Writer: Dom Tordjmann

fuot

Synopsis: An act of revenge Duncan committed in the aftermath of Culloden, and his murder of Sean Burns during the Dark Quickening, make him the target of Immortal Stephen Keane. Methos and Amanda worry that Duncan will face him believing he deserves to die.

Episode Transcript: is here.

Please share your thoughts and reactions in comments. The master post for all discussion posts is here.

Episode Rewatch: 1.16 The Beast Below

Nov. 23rd, 2014 05:33 am
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1.16 The Beast Below
Original air date: March 6, 1993
Director: Daniel Vigne
Writers: Marie-Chantal Droney

tbb

Synopsis: In 1634, Duncan rescued an Immortal named Ursa from persecution by frightened mortals, but in present day, Ursa is being used by a self-obsessed singer to murder her competition.

Please share your thoughts and reactions in comments. The master post for all discussion posts is here.
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The editorial board of The Washington Post opined Everyone from giant Internet service providers to lone “Twilight” fan-fiction writers loves “net neutrality.” But few who genuflect toward the phrase can make sense of the bureaucratic battle raging in and around the Federal Communications Commission and its frequently maligned chairman, Thomas Wheeler.

According to Marshall Heyman in The Wall Street Journal, at a recent benefit [Tina Fey] read what she called some “Tom Brokaw erotic fan fiction” which made good use of the term “hard news”.

In ‘Nerd is the new normal’ for The Guardian, Arthur Chu wrote These days, a new subculture can coalesce around some obscure YouTube meme and spawn a whole jargon, style of dress and/or wiki full of fanfiction in roughly 27 minutes.

Emily Stevenson and Eleanor Campbell of University of Warwick’s The Boar debated the merits of fanfic.

Far Cry 4, Moriarty, Austen, Anthony Fantano, Star Wars, One Direction, The Iron Trial, Interpol )

Yuan Ren wrote about how Slash fiction arrives and thrives in China, despite the constant threat of government crackdowns for The Advocate.

From a stuff.co.nz piece by Michelle Duff on NZ writers: Currently, more than 250 New Zealand authors write on fanfiction.net, with more every day.

The Californian’s Rosemarie Alejandrino wrote You wanna talk dedicated fan? 2006 Rosemarie would fight your 1-D-loving, #AlexfromTarget adoring fangirl any day. Did you ever have 84 posters of your favorite band up at one time? Did you download the .mp4 file for every grainy YouTube clip onto your iPod Video? Did you spend hours penning the perfect JoBro fanfiction for your creatively crafted MySpace fansite?

Finally, Katherine Aoki got meta for The Wellesley News, asking What happens to a fandom and its perception when fanfiction becomes widely known?

And now I've seen Interstellar

Nov. 23rd, 2014 05:07 am
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A movie that desperately wanted to name itself "Gravity" but couldn't, because that title was already taken.

It was ... long.

It was a very long movie.

Stuff happened in parts of it. Some of it was even entertaining. At least one thing made me want to throw a shoe at the screen.

Parts of the plot telegraphed themselves aeons in advance, and then the movie kept ... going. Because it was really long.

No one can complain about the movie minutes to ticket price ratio on that movie, is what I'm saying.

So you know. If you see it in a theater, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, I'd say just ... settle in. Resign yourself to length.

Perhaps seeing it at home, when you can pause, take a break, etc, is the wiser choice.

Also, not for nothing, but Jessica Chastain and Matthew McConaughey are supposed to be the same age, which - encapsulates Hollywood, really.

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