Daily Happiness

Jul. 26th, 2016 12:58 am
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1. Carla has been wanting to get a tent to try sleeping in the back yard when it's really hot and we got one and it arrived today and I set it up and she seems very happy with it! (That also means I get the bed to myself, which is nice!)

2. I finally got the house vacuumed today and it feels (and looks!) so much nicer. The noise of the vacuum bothers Carla and the cats, and holding the vacuum hose makes my hand/arm hurt (yay RSI), so we've been trying to get by with just sweeping, but it's really not the same.

3. I have a doctor's appointment tomorrow morning, which means I'm going in to work late, which means I get to sleep in a bit.

4. I've been having Triscuits and hummus a lot lately and it's so tasty. (And an easy meal for when it's hot and I don't feel like cooking.)

5. Look at this sweet Molly face!

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Younger Than Yesterday (7856 words) by Sineala
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel (Comics), Marvel 616, Avengers (Comics)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Steve Rogers/Tony Stark
Characters: Steve Rogers, Tony Stark, Edwin Jarvis, Tiberius Stone, William "Steve Rogers" Burnside, Janet Van Dyne, Hank Pym, James "Rhodey" Rhodes
Additional Tags: Historical References, Early in Canon, Hero Worship, Stony Bingo, Community: cap_ironman
Summary: Tony Stark is born in 1940. The first thing he remembers is the death of Captain America. Growing up, he makes his way through a rapidly-changing world, a world shaped by Captain America's absence -- but he couldn't have ever imagined the path that his life would take.

The last story I needed for a line on my Cap-IM bingo card! For the square of the picture of v3 Tony in a Cap costume.

This is really not the story I was supposed to write for this square. I have had a story idea squirming around my brain for at least a year, a Civil War/Director of SHIELD/Secret Invasion AU where in his letter Steve gives Tony the shield, and therefore Tony is director of SHIELD and also Captain America and manages to have a miserable year while Steve is dead but actually it's slightly better than the year Tony had in canon, with the joyous reunion that I feel canon cruelly deprived me of. So as soon as I saw this square, I thought, oh, of course I'll write that.

But then -- I blame Cap 3 for this -- I found that I really did not want to write more Civil War AUs right now. And I would have had to reread Secret Invasion, and that seemed like an awful lot of reading, and I didn't want to. Joke's on me though, because I think I did more research for this.

So this is what I came up with instead. And maybe at some point I will finally get around to writing the other one. Beta by [livejournal.com profile] magicasen and Sleepy hunted down some panels for me. Also I would like to thank [personal profile] gwyn for nitpicking my history when this isn't even her pairing.
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This poem is spillover from the July 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user Paantha. It also fills the "soul bonding/soulmates" square in my 1-4-16 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Calliope thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It includes a bond gone awry, relationship problems, boundary violations, severe communication trouble, domestic violence in its more controversial mutual mode, injuries significant enough to require a trip to the clinic, messy medical details, social disapproval from various angles, ignoring sound medical advice, grudging assistance, acute stress response, and other mayhem. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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Jul. 26th, 2016 06:56 am
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I finally managed to sign in to Pokemon Go Friday so I now have an account and a few Pokemon and am at level 4. The best place to go with it is Manhattan because there are Pokestops to pick up pokeballs and loot everywhere, but it's just far too hot outside to do a walk if I'm not already going there for a doctor's appointment. While I drove through Manhattan on my way home from my friend Kasha's house, I got stuff at pokestops and a psyduck while stopped at red lights. (Drive safely, my friends.)

From telophase: David Attenborough narrating Pokemon Go. (existing narration spliced into Pokemon Go footage.)


Here's Chloë Grace Moretz in a rather Captain Marvel-looking jacket on the cover of Glamour's June 2016 issue.


Amazon actually has some cute stuff in its new Handmade division.

Six episodes into Supergirl

Jul. 25th, 2016 11:23 pm
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and I would like to post this without comment:

almost missed Monday again!

Jul. 26th, 2016 12:42 am
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Every week, let's celebrate ourselves, to start the week right. Tell me what you're proud of. Tell me what you accomplished last week, something -- at least one thing -- that you can turn around and point at and say: I did this. Me. It was tough, but I did it, and I did it well, and I am proud of it, and it makes me feel good to see what I accomplished. Could be anything -- something you made, something you did, something you got through. Just take a minute and celebrate yourself. Either here, or in your journal, but somewhere.

(And if you feel uncomfortable doing this in public, I've set this entry to screen any anonymous comments, so if you want privacy, comment anonymously and I won't unscreen it. Also: yes, by all means, cheer each other on when you see something you want to give props to!)

Further Thoughts on Brixx

Jul. 25th, 2016 10:34 pm
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Brixx, which I have mentioned before in April and May, continues to be a favorite pizza place. The last time we were there, we tried the 4x4 meat pizza.  This time we got the Hawaiian, which was bumped up a notch by the addition of fresh cilantro; that makes a surprisingly large improvement in an already good concept.  :D  Worth noting, they now have more desserts besides the s'mores pizza, which is excellent hot but doesn't reheat at all well so is only good when you have enough people to eat it all at once.  The sundaes are terrific -- we got a chocolate one, with a very complex sauce.  

Also, they're very responsive to feedback.  They've added NA beers.  We discovered this when my partner Doug spotted the St. Paulie Girl's on the menu.  They were out.  And instead of being either completely out of NA beer or offering a crappy version like O'Doul's, they had a replacement: Kaliber, one of Doug's other favorites.  Turns out one of the staff has been working hard to build a really top-notch selection of craft beers, not only the alcoholic but also the NA ones.  Since they already have a perfect-10 craft root beer -- which is my go-to beverage there even though I rarely get anything but water at a restaurant -- I also pointed out that there are a few small brewers catering to NA celebratory beverages with fancy sodas or sparkling fruit juices.  It was nice to see people who aren't looking at restaurant work as just a job, but as a passion, presenting edible art and hanging out with people.

It's kind of like a little slice of Terramagne.  \o/

I'm just thinking

Jul. 25th, 2016 10:30 pm
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After Trump's lineup of A-List speakers, how awesome would it be if the Dems could round out their speakers with Henry Winkler or Ron Howard?

Back from Fairbanks

Jul. 25th, 2016 07:23 pm
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I got back last night. My luggage got back this afternoon. I guess that's the risk you run when you take three planes on two different airlines in one day.

I still have a bunch of pictures left to post, but I'm feeling lazy, so... later.


Jul. 25th, 2016 07:16 pm
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...this may be of interest to some of you! (usual kickstarter caveat applies, in that the product isn't guaranteed despite being funded, but.)

Lazy-Ass Cats: A Coloring Book for Adults - http://kck.st/2aa2Yk1 -- 22 days left

I feel much safer now

Jul. 25th, 2016 08:31 pm
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Vid: Dynamite (Shaolin Girl)

Jul. 25th, 2016 07:19 pm
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Title: Dynamite
Music: Dynamite
Artist: Taio Cruz
Category: Overview
Fandom: Shaolin Girl (film)
Content warnings: a few flashes in the source
Characters: Sakurazawa Rin
Concept: 'I came to move, move, move' or local girl returns home to start a dojo, ends up playing lacrosse, and kicking butt.

Download info and streaming video.

Thud: Poor Relations

Jul. 25th, 2016 11:18 pm
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Posted by Jo Walton

Words: 3180
Total words: 75638
Files: 6
Music: No music
Tea: White Orchard
Reason for stopping: too hot

As soon as the temperature drops I am writing, but it is very hot right now, so I'm not getting much done.

I have written one alien bit, expanded the last bit, and gone through and put in mentions of the system of government.

An interesting thing I thought when I was doing the latter -- you could read any number of mainstream books and you wouldn't learn much about how the system of government works.

There's A Suitable Boy and Phineas Finn and House of Cards and any number of political thrillers, but really in most mainstream books if you didn't already know you couldn't work it out. You might find out there's a president and senators, or a prime minister and MPs, but you equally well might not, and even if you did you wouldn't know who elected them or how elections worked. SF is usually better about it.

Also, the Poor Relations synopsis: Some newcomers come to a small village and cause social ripples. And then there's an alien invasion.

But I realised after I posted that on Twitter that it gives an inaccurate impression that it's a historical small village, not a small village on Mars.

Two chapters and 2 alien bits to go, and I've been working all day and feel like I'm still in the same place.

Oh hey look

Jul. 25th, 2016 05:34 pm
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The very liberal, very progressive, Bernie supporters are shouting down Elijah Cummings talking about sharecropper parents.

The commitment to the progressive agenda is palpable.

My life.

Jul. 25th, 2016 09:49 pm
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Well, I deliberately avoided using any kind of luck or money attracting herbs in the little charm bag I made last night, because I wasn’t lookin’ for that, but today I got a letter that I was getting a raise anyway. 

It’s a 2% raise, which is basically cost-of-living, but still nice. After taxes I’ll have enough for one really nice meal out, three decent meals delivered, or half my groceries for the month. But I also discovered many years ago that the way to make a small amount of money seem more is to convert it into a very simple unit:


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[stories] The Librarian and the Rider

Jul. 25th, 2016 04:18 pm
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For [personal profile] tbutler.

Prompt: folk songs.

The Librarian and the Rider

High in the mountains, past the borders of fox and fae, lived a young man who tended his town's small library. He spent his days among all manner of books: books bound in dark leather and inscribed with eldritch runes, books inked upon fine silk and wound around rods of fossilized dragonbone or polished agate; books stitched together with the hair of discordant mermaids, books whose pages had once been trees bearing fruit-of-everlasting-youth. Amid the books, the man thought himself content. In the mornings he would wake to the fall of light among the books, and he spent his days bent over them, unwinding their secrets and making notes in journals of his own.

One day a woman rode out of the borders of fox and fae, and stopped in the town. The town saw few visitors, and its inhabitants opened their houses to her. She was taller than anyone in the town, this woman, and dark, with a sword peace-knotted upon her back. Truth be told, a few of the townsfolk were intimidated by her bearing, but she spoke politely enough, in the trade-tongue of the region, and her smile was kind.

The elders of the town held a feast for her the next evening. Several of the town's children told the man at the library about the feast, for their parents knew that he would otherwise have missed it. Although he was loath to leave his library, sometimes travelers brought books they were willing to sell or trade.

At the feast, the townsfolk brought forth platters heaped high with roast pheasant and bitter fiddleheads gathered from the woods, bowls of rice and barley, bowls of small wild strawberries, tea of citrons and tea of quinces. For her part, the woman exclaimed over their generosity, and returned it with her own. She told stories of lands where it rained only once a year, and the people who made mead from the honey of those short-lived flowers; of poet-priests who shut themselves up in high spires to chant their threnodies to the gods of storm and sea; of citadels whose banners were sewn with the jewel-eyes of spiders, so that their commandants might never be surprised by an invading army.

The young man sat some distance from the woman, but she might as well have been the only person in the hall. He did not hear the musicians playing zither and flute and drum, or the chatter of the people next to him. (They didn't take it amiss; they were used to him being absentminded.) A yearning woke in him that he had never before thought possible when he watched her.

Afterward the man went up to the woman and bowed before her. "I will not rest until you are mine," the man said. He had perhaps read a few too many grand romances, or transcripts of ballads.

"Then you are doomed to wander the earth's bones until the moon falls out of the sky," the woman said, "for I have no interest in romance--whether with man or woman or other."

"Nothing will soften your heart?" he asked.

"'Soften'?" she said in surprise. "I have my horse for a travel companion, and the sun and the stars to guide my path. I have all the friends I have made in every town and city I have stopped by. My heart is fine as it is."

There were a great many things the man could have said to that, many of them wrong. He could have left his library, sold all its treasures for a horse and supplies, and followed her anyway. He could have read a curse out of one of the books bound in dark leather so that her footsteps would be wracked with needles of ice and thorn until she relented. He could have gone away from her in silence, and jumped into a ravine, grieved that she would not yield to his love.

But he looked at her kind eyes, and perhaps a little of the wisdom of the best of the books lent itself to him then, for he did none of those things. "If that is the case," he said, "then will you accept one more friend instead?"

She smiled at him, and for all that the smile broke his heart, another, better part of him was strengthened. "Of course," she said. "There is no such thing as too many friends."

Surplus and the State: a Parable

Jul. 25th, 2016 06:58 pm
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Let us imagine a lifeboat, decamped from a sinking ship, with a skilled navigator, charts, and some quantity of fresh water and food. Let us further imagine that the navigator is able to assure us that, if we keep rowing, we will reach the safety of land in a month. Upon examining the supplies, we discover that, with careful rationing, there is food and water for all for this month, although we are all going to be very hungry and very thirsty for the entire trip. Still, we can make it to land, and that is what is important.

We, then, might pick one of our number, based on who is good at numbers, or at bookkeeping, or by drawing straws, or by some other method, to arrange the rationing of supplies so that all arrive safely, and to arrange the schedule of rowing so that all are doing a fair share of work, limited, perhaps, by those who may be ill or infirm are thus unable to work as much as others.  This doesn’t excuse him from rowing, of course—we need every hand.

They key in this scenario is “careful rationing.” If any of us are to get there, we must work together, and share what we have. “Everybody rows, everybody eats!” This is not a principle that requires discussion, it is obvious in the situation and no one questions it. It is not impossible that someone in the boat will point to a small child or someone sufficiently disabled as to not be able to row and suggest this person be thrown overboard, but I beg to submit most of us wouldn’t agree to any such thing, at least until the circumstances became desperate, and perhaps not even then.

Now, let us change our scenario. We come across a large crate floating in the ocean, and, lo and behold, it contains a supply of food and several gallons of water! Now our situation has changed: now some subset of the passengers can not only survive, but can survive comfortably, eating and drinking their fill. This is outstanding! There is no need to even consider throwing anyone overboard. Now we can—what?

Who gets the extra? Who decides? We might all have a conversation in which we determine who the best rowers are and give it to them, or we might decide to alternate, or divide the extra up as evenly as possible, or we might decide to draw straws, or any of a number of other options, but one thing is clear: The person who is in charge of handing out the rations is suddenly in a much different position—he’s no longer just “one of the passengers,” now he has something that he not only never had, but didn’t even exist before: power! And, however self-sacrificing he may be inintially, as his hunger grows, the thought will inevitably come to him, “I’m giving out these rations, why am I going hungry?” He might surreptitiously start stealing, he might announce his decision openly and invent a reason why it is ordained by god that he get more, or any of a number of other things depending on his character and the exact circumstance, but it is unlikely that he will go hungry for long. He explains that for all that time he was doing extra work with no extra reward.  The extra is now his due.  Besides, he has possession, which, ipso facto, makes them his.  The rations are his private property, and property rights, as we all know, are sacred.

However, those of us who are still hungry and thirsty start looking at him. Why him, we ask ourselves? Why not me? I’m a good person, I’ve been doing my share of work, why should I be denied extra food and water? If property rights are sacred, well, why can’t it be MY property? Now our rationer has a problem—everyone is looking at him, and he is looking at the cold water outside the boat and thinking that if doesn’t do something, he not only won’t have his entitled position, but he might not even have his life! But, hey, here’s the good news: He still has charge of the rations. “Hey, you–big guy! How’d you like some extra food and water? All you have to do is help keep the rest of them in line, and I’ll give you a little extra. Better than being hungry, right? Oh, and call me “My lord.”

The rest of us are not pleased with this new development. We don’t like the rationer, and we don’t like the big guy any more either, though he was fine yesterday when he wasn’t threatening us, but now he is threatening us, and even slapping us around when we complain about the situation. Boy, it would be nice to take both of them and…but, you know, he is pretty big. And not only that, well, the fact is, if we got rid of those two, someone else would just take their place, and we’d be right back in the same situation.

But then, suddenly….another crate! More food, more water!  Let’s look at what we have, count the days, the number of rowers…YES! Victory! We can all eat and drink our fill and know that we will safely arrive, and—

Wait. What is happening here? Why isn’t the rationer simply giving up his position and going back to distributing everything fairly and evenly like he did before? Maybe he’s come to enjoy his privileges. Maybe he’s afraid of us, knowing how he treated us. But for whatever reason, he is hanging onto his position even though there is no longer a need for it.

I’d intended to go on with this parable, but I think I’ll stop here. It is, like any parable, far from perfect; just to begin with, we have neither navigator nor charts but rather have to create them as we go. And the notion of exactly the right number of rowers and exactly the right amount of rations is obviously contrived;the real world doesn’t work that way. And in the real world, the “rowers” are actually producing the food and water.

Nevertheless, for the point I want to make, which is the relationship between surplus, private property, and the development of the State, I think it holds up pretty well. Thoughts?

Poetry Fishbowl Themes for Late 2016

Jul. 25th, 2016 03:28 pm
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Based on an audience poll (and including some backchannel votes) the themes have been chosen for late 2016.  Next up will be August 2: "Unexpected SCIENCE Ensues."
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 I am trying to find out if the Library of Congress project to archive Fanlore is still viable. When the project was announced last year, contact with the LOC was managed by the Board. With the Board shake-up, I am wondering if the project info was passed along.  Is the project still on the Board agenda?  Do they have time to continue driving the project forward?  If not, would the Wiki Committee have time to keep the project moving?
Since the Library of Congress project may be something that has time-sensitive funding at their end, if the OTW does not followup on the project, the funding could be lost or the project de-prioritized. 

edited to add: I heard back from the Wiki - they think the Board gave permission and a form needed to be submitted by someone. Anyone else know the status of this project? Does the Loc need anything further?  Do we have an ETA or update on when they will start collecting or when it will go live. Is there someone at the LOC we could contact?
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... but sometimes a rant is emotionally satisfying:

Fuck Everyone and Everything
I am so sick and tired of dealing with everyone’s fucking feelings and this bullshit about being cheated. Not only was Bernie not cheated out of the nomination, it’s all so besides the fucking point. Despite the sporadic few states in which Russia’s favorite fauxgressive Jill Stein and the glibertarian shitshow are on the ballot, this election is a binary construct if you intend to vote.
Especially on a day like today, when the polls favor Trump, the Democrats are committing a public suicide, Bernie Sanders can't corral his supposed supporters (which anyone could have predicted; it's exactly why we were furious at his campaign tactics even when we agreed with his substance), and I want to crawl into a hole.

CON.TXT Callout

Jul. 25th, 2016 02:36 pm
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I'm going to be at the CON.TXT convention this weekend. Anybody else going? 

The news

Jul. 25th, 2016 03:51 pm
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Posted by Jo Walton

When news comes pounding in from far and wide
Bombarding us with rapid tragedy
So violence and death is all we see
And hammered home to us from every side

Some thrive on indignation, even rage
Though nothing's changed by anger, tears, or sighs,
Or clenching up, besieged, and closing eyes
Or claiming now's the worst of any age.

But other things are real and happen too
There's still more good than bad, more love than greed,
Much less reported, but remaining true.

Please don't despair, look round, and help with need,
There's science, art, and good work still to do,
Act where you can, reach out, and plant a seed.

Why is Nationalism Dangerous?

Jul. 25th, 2016 02:37 pm
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Posted by Lisa Wade, PhD

In his speech last week accepting the Republican nomination for President, Donald Trump said (my emphasis):

…our plan will put America First. Americanism, not globalism, will be our credo. As long as we are led by politicians who will not put America First, then we can be assured that other nations will not treat America with respect.

Donald Trump’s insistence that we put “America First” hardly sounds harmful or irrational on its face. To be proud and protective of one’s country sounds like something good, even inevitable.  Americans are, after all, Americans. Who else would we put first?

But nationalism — a passionate investment in one’s country over and above others — is neither good nor neutral. Here are some reasons why it’s dangerous:

  • Nationalism is a form of in-group/out-group thinking. It encourages the kind of “us” vs. “them” attitude that drives sports fandom, making people irrationally committed to one team. When the team wins, they feel victorious (even though they just watched), and they feel pleasure in others’ defeat. As George Orwell put it:

A nationalist is one who thinks solely, or mainly, in terms of competitive prestige… his thoughts always turn on victories, defeats, triumphs and humiliations.

  • Committed to winning at all costs, with power-seeking and superiority as the only real goal, nationalists feel justified in hurting the people of other countries. Selfishness and a will to power — instead of morality, mutual benefit, or long-term stability — becomes the driving force of foreign policy. Broken agreements, violence, indifference to suffering, and other harms to countries and their peoples destabilize global politics. As the Washington Post said yesterday in its unprecedented editorial board opinion on Donald Trump, “The consequences to global security could be disastrous.”
  • Nationalism also contributes to internal fragmentation and instability. It requires that we decide who is and isn’t truly part of the nation, encouraging exclusionary, prejudiced attitudes and policies towards anyone within our borders who is identified as part of “them.” Trump has been clearly marking the boundaries of the real America for his entire campaign, excluding Mexican Americans, Muslims, African Americans, immigrants, and possibly even women. As MSNBC’s Chris Hayes tweeted on the night of Trump’s acceptance speech:

  • A nationalist leader will have to lie and distort history in order to maintain the illusion of superiority. A nationalist regime requires a post-truth politics, one that makes facts irrelevant in favor of emotional appeals. As Dr. Ali Mohammed Naqvi explained:

To glorify itself, nationalism generally resorts to suppositions, exaggerations, fallacious reasonings, scorn and inadmissible self-praise, and worst of all, it engages in the distortion of history, model-making and fable-writing. Historical facts are twisted to imaginary myths as it fears historical and social realism.

  • Thoughtful and responsive governance interferes with self-glorification, so all internal reflection and external criticism must be squashed. Nationalist leaders attack and disempower anyone who questions the nationalist program and aim to destroy social movements. After Trump’s acceptance speech, Black Lives Matter co-founder Patrisse Cullers responded: “He… threaten[ed] the vast majority of this country with imprisonment, deportation and a culture of abject fear.” Anyone who isn’t on board, especially if they are designated as a “them,” must be silenced.

When Americans say “America is the greatest country on earth,” that’s nationalism. When other countries are framed as competitors instead of allies and potential allies, that’s nationalism. When people say “America first,” expressing a willfulness to cause pain and suffering to citizens of other countries if it is good for America, that’s nationalism. And that’s dangerous. It’s committing to one’s country’s preeminence and doing whatever it takes, however immoral, unlawful, or destructive, to further that goal.


Lisa Wade, PhD is a professor at Occidental College. She is the author of American Hookup, a book about college sexual culture, and Gender, a textbook. You can follow her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

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Hubble Views a Galaxy Fit to Burst

Jul. 25th, 2016 09:24 am
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This NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope image reveals the vibrant core of the galaxy NGC 3125. Discovered by John Herschel in 1835, NGC 3125 is a great example of a starburst galaxy — a galaxy in which unusually high numbers of new stars are forming, springing to life within intensely hot clouds of gas.

Maxed Out

Jul. 25th, 2016 10:32 am
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I just removed almost all of the politics-focused stuff from my Twitter, podcasts, and Feedly, for the sake of my sanity. Most of it I only added within the past few weeks, but I've quickly maxed out and it's reached the point where all its doing is screwing with my mental health. I'm keeping FiveThirtyEight because it's overall one of the calmest sources as it's a bunch of numbers geeks. I fully expect plenty of coverage to still come in via my general news sources and the Daily Show universe, but it's another 3+ months before the election and it's not like I need more information to make up my mind.

It's actually unusual that I would follow political news that closely. The whole business is usually way too stressful and anxiety-inducing.  I've been watching The Daily Show since the very first episode, back with Kilborn, but there have been times I've even had to take breaks from the Daily Show/Colbert Report because even they were too much. Now that the GOP has officially become the White Nationalist party, I really need to limit my intake of their toxicity.

dream theater

Jul. 25th, 2016 10:16 am
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Sometimes dreams are so obvious a seven-year-old child could interpret them. About 2am last night I dreamed that I opened a window when it was 40 degrees (F) outside and then went to go pee for the second time in about five minutes.

An instant later I woke up and knew, with absolute certainty, that my central nervous system was telling me the following things:
  • You must get out of bed and go pee right now.
  • When you return, maybe don't get under all the covers.
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Oh man, J. Cole just earned all their cred back with me, this Scissor Hand Robot was AWESOME TO FOLD.

(LJ/DW users, you may not get the folding instruction images – you can hop over to the tumblr post linked in this post to see the instructions if you’re curious.)

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Jul. 25th, 2016 08:04 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

Anon linked to a fundraiser for [tumblr.com profile] bunnycrazedgamer; Aidan is a gay transgender man who is currently unemployed and will need to leave his apartment soon. His parents don't accept his identity and he's trying to avoid moving back into an abusive household. He's raising money to find a new place while he looks for work; you can read more and support the fundraiser here.

[livejournal.com profile] a_phoenixdragon has been put in a precarious situation after job offers she and her husband received were retracted; they are now looking for work and fundraising to keep the lights and phones on, keep their kids fed, and keep gas in the car in the meantime. You can read more and support their fundraiser here.

[personal profile] erika has left her hometown after losing her job from the consequences of an assault she experienced. She's found a new job in California, but is waiting for the paperwork and start date and needs help with necessities, including food and medication, and housing in the meantime. You can read more and help her out here.

[tumblr.com profile] rilee16 is still struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and hasn't been cleared to return to work, thus can't earn money to cover basic living costs, let alone the bills they've received. You can read more and help out here.

[livejournal.com profile] editrx has been struggling to keep her indy bookstore afloat for this past year, and on top of her troubles there, she's now been the subject of a violent assault by her housemate. She's dealing with mounting medical bills and trauma from the assault and needs a lawyer to ensure her attacker is charged properly and convicted. You can read more and give here, or support Starcat Books by purchasing here. She also has jewelry for sale on Etsy. (Obviously if you're shopping her etail or etsy there may be a delay in delivery.)

Help For Free:

Emma is a postgraduate student working on her dissertation, studying creativity, innovation, and disruption. She has a survey available, open to anyone over the age of 18. You can read more and take the survey here; taking the survey also enters you in a prize draw for some small cash prizes.


[tumblr.com profile] xandrianirvana and her friend/roommate are looking for queer-friendly housing in the Seattle, WA area, preferably under $1500 a month; they are both steadily employed and have good rental records, but need to move ASAP. You can reach her at xandria.nirvana at gmail.com.

[tumblr.com profile] darlingarmadillo has two rooms to rent in her vintage 3-bedroom condo in Rogers Park in Chicago. Close to Northwestern and Loyola, walking distance to Howard and Jarvis Red Line stops, central air, washer/dryer in unit, two cats, $650/$750 (depending on room) plus utilities. You can read more and get in touch here.

And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form or via email at copperbadge at gmail dot com. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.

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Jul. 25th, 2016 02:33 pm
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So I've currently just gone ahead and closed all my blinders so I can have it dark enough to enjoy watching Stranger Things. Tore myself away from the show at two thirty last night, but omg I can't wait any longer to continue watching. Should get to the store, shop and pick up package, hunt some pokemons, but SUCH A GOOD SHOW.

It is seriously tapping into all my childhood feels with 100% accuracy, and the cast, writing - and not to mention directing - is spot on.

Stranger Things

Jul. 25th, 2016 07:58 am
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Stranger Things:Basic concept/review )
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I have no idea how far I actually ran today, since I screwed up the route I was going to run and then also encountered some detours. I have to take FitBit’s word for it, which you know I hate doing. :D 

I’m pretty pleased, though, I’m now regularly running 3+ miles without walking for more than ninety seconds at a time. (Those ninety seconds are SO NECESSARY, however.) 

Also, hello to all the DW/LJ readers out there. I took up running a while back, which you may or may not know, and I post my results when I run, so if you’re checking your flist early in the morning you’ll start to see a lot of these. :D

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I am afraid

Jul. 25th, 2016 04:47 am
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I really don't want to live in a Trumpian fascist hellscape.

And pollwise it seems as though disgruntled white men - ones who are sort of indistinguishable from the trolls who objected to Ghostbusters - are going to bring it about. With an assist from Russia, apparently, and here we thought we'd won the Cold War.

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Jul. 25th, 2016 03:09 am
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Have headache, can't sleep.

Good things:

Going to the movies. I saw X Men Apocalypse at the cheap seats yesterday, and Star Trek Beyond today. Good way to escape the heat, and both were enjoyable films.

Pretty sunset tonight.


Grand Budapest Hotel and Rush

Jul. 25th, 2016 08:50 am
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Two movies which for some reasons I never caught in the cinema but happened to watch this last week:

Grand Budapest Hotel: is as great as both audience reaction and critics promised. Ralph Fiennes in a rare comedy (well, tragicomedy) role is fabulous and clearly has great fun as the metrosexual Monsieur Gustave, the young actor playing young Zero Mustafa is the perfect deadpan straight man (well, boy) to him, lots of famous actors (sometimes behind tons of make up) in cameos, and I bet Adrien Brody whom I've mostly seen playing soulful sensitive types enjoyed hamming it up as Dimitri the evil nephew. Director Wes Anderson delivers a visual feast, of course, and goes for a novel-istic narrative structure that's almost a parody of same (girl brings classic book to statue of author who in second flashback is shown writing the book narrating how in the third flashback he met the man who told him the story which in the fourth flashback within a flashback turns out to be the gist of the movie - but that structure works with the artificiality/enhanced realism/what have you the movie exudes. It also gleefully ticks of tropes - murder mystery! Caper! Escape from prison! - and between the stylish madness throws in some nostalgia for a lost past that never was, as is verbally acknowledged, and none too subtle arrival of fascism as the not too background threat in the end.

The credits claim this was inspired by the writings of Stefan Zweig, but to me - and I love some of Zweig's books - this had more of an Ernst Lubitsch feeling, even To be or not to be, honestly. (The writer in the second and third flashback level is made up to look a lot like Zweig, though.) Which is a compliment.

Rush: I'm not a Formula 1 or car racing in general fan, and so I knew only the bare minimum of the incidents portrayed in the movie - to wit, I knew that Niki Lauda - rl spoiler!  ), but no more, and I'd never heard of James Hunt. Otoh I saw that this one was written by Peter Morgan, he of the Blair trilogy and Frost/Nixon fame, specializing in two character stories, and it was starring Chris "Thor" Hemsworth and our own Daniel Brühl, so I thought, why not?

(BTW, this is another movie where the German - or maybe European, I wouldn't know - poster is notably different from the international/US one. The US one I saw online has Hemsworthin the foreground and a blurred version of Brühl in the background. The German one has them both equally clear on the same level. Given that the movie itself treats them both as main characters, with neither being put in the antagonist position, and that Brühl-as-Lauda opens and closes the movie with his narration, so if anyone is a bit more equal than equal, it's him, the prominence of Hemsworth in the international posters is clearly marketing of name value over actual story content.)

Morgan's talent for writing entertaining flawed duos does indeed come through and makes the movie accessible for non-car racing fans like yours truly, together with the acting - Brühl does a great job as Lauda, all focus and disdain for politeness, and Hemsworth does the hedonistic playboy with self destructive streak thing well -, the 1970s setting means 1970s fashion (though thankfully neither main character ever tries that very 70s thing, a Pornstache), and lo and behold, everyone who speaks German actually is a native user of the language, so no weird accent attempts and weirder pronounciation. (If you want to be really nitpicky, Brühl isn't Austrian which Niki Lauda very much is, but I think Brühl does a great job speaking English with an Austrian, not German accent - yes, there's a big difference to our ears! -, and his few lines in German do sound Austrian.) I also can't help but make comparisons to Morgan's earlier efforts in scripting real life duos:

The Deal: Gordon Brown and Tony Blair: both get about the same screentime, but the narrative sympathy is a bit more with Brown, and I'd say he's the pov character, if there's one.

The Queen: Tony Blair and, well, the Queen: same screentime, narrative sympathy given to both main characters, both are also pov characters.

The Special Relationship: Tony Blair and Bill Clinton: Blair gets more screen time and also the main pov, but he's also moving into self deluded character territory by the end of that one, with the narrative giving Clinton, not Blair, the final accurate message.

Frost/Nixon: actually, this one starts with multiple povs - of Frost's staff more than of Frost, because "is tv gadfly Frost up to handling Nixon?" Is part of the suspense, and that works better with Frost as well as Nixon is seen from the outside - but as the story moves on, we're narrowing into Frost's own pov. While Nixon gets ample screentime, I don't think the narrative ever positions us into his pov. Again, "will Frost get Nixon to crack?" Being part of the suspense wouldn't allow that.

Rush: equal screen time and pov to Lauda and Hunt - Hunt gets a few voice overs within the movie as well, just not the opening and closing ones. Neither man is painted as the better racer or person (they're both prone to refer to the other as "asshole", and the audience can see why every time), though I will say in terms of movie heroics, spoiler for aftermath of famous incident ). Since there are no politics involved, the stakes are our characters' lives which they wilfully endanger on a regular basis, so of course the movie asks what type of a person chooses this type of job, and manages to make the audience care for the two results of that question, warts and all.

Daily Happiness

Jul. 24th, 2016 11:25 pm
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1. Day off tomorrow! I'm looking forward to that.

2. I finished a book last night!

3. Look at this cutie Molly! We left the packing paper in this box that came the other day and they just love how crinkly it is when they get inside.

Pinch Hit

Jul. 24th, 2016 10:46 pm
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[community profile] femmeremix is looking for a pinch hit, mostly Hannibal but also one Leverage fic. Due the 29th. Check out the details here.

Also, I seem to be writing Sara/Lindsey, because somebody has to. BUT I'M NOT WATCHING ARROW!

Should I just watch like Season Two and then the Nyssa episodes? How bad are the love triangles?
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I've walked roughly 37 miles since landing in San Diego Wednesday night. (If you were watching Southwest come to a full stop last week, grounding every plane in the country, that was us! We were one of the lucky flights - our pilot actually told us, "it will be a miracle if we get out," and we did! Only 4.5 hours late!)

My point is, I didn't want to run in my Brooks Ghost sneakers. But damn are they good walking shoes. I didn't injure myself until today, on my way to the very last panel (Jared brought Jensen, Misha, and Mark with him to the 4:00 at Nerd HQ!) and I made it another couple miles after that. So I will literally limp home from Comic-Con, exahusted and sunburned and happy.

What a difference a couple of years makes: that's my 2014 Comic-Con Power Rangers poster in the middle, surrounded by four 2017 Power Rangers posters given out at the EW offsite this year. Together we are more!

And not only did I not lose anything while contructing my Lego blackbird on airline seatback trays, I had a few pieces left over! But we won't talk about those. Here is me flying my Lego construction above an actual Blackbird at the Air & Space museum in Balboa Park.

Her: I love that this map doesn't tell you where you are.
Me: That's my favorite thing about it! I think we're somewhere around here.
Her: Where are you going?
Me: Ultimately the zoo, by way of the rose garden.
Her: Oh, that's far away.
Me: I actually walked here from downtown, so. Not that far!

The First American Gods Trailer

Jul. 25th, 2016 02:18 am
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posted by Neil Gaiman

I've just come back from San Diego Comic-Con, where I didn't really go to Comic-Con. Instead, from 8 am until about 11 at night, I was interviewed, photographed, asked questions, moved in and out of serious black people-movers. I got to fall in love with the American Gods cast -- I'd met a few of them in Toronto, but now I got to know the lovely people who portray Shadow, Mr Wednesday, Bilquis, Mad Sweeney and the Technical Boy up close, not to mention get a hug from our brand spanking new Easter.

A very silly and lovely cast: Clockwise, from bottom left, Yetide Badaki (Bilquis),  Pablo Schrieber (Mad Sweeney), Ricky Whittle (Shadow), Bruce Langley (The Technical Boy), Ian McShane (Mr Wednesday).

 This is my favourite moment: I was on the IMDB yacht, for an interview with Kevin Smith, and before the interview began they pointed to a large and very white bed, and suggested I should do the thing that made me happiest in bed. So I pulled out my notebook, and started writing...

I finished the latest draft of all six GOOD OMENS scripts the day before Comic-Con. That was really the last major project I had to finish before I could start the novel. Which means I should be starting to write a novel very soon...

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Sunday Yardening

Jul. 24th, 2016 08:17 pm
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Today's yardwork was picking half a baggie of blackberries.  They're past their peak, so there aren't as many left now, but still some red ones on the bushes.

I also watered plants. 

Star Trek Beyond

Jul. 24th, 2016 09:14 pm
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Is there a colon in the name? Is there not a colon? Whatever.

To boldly go into the SPOILER ZONE )

MCU Rolling Remix - On Your Marks!

Jul. 24th, 2016 05:51 pm
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The last fic is in, so I'm going to open the archive at noon on Friday. That's 12pm (PDT), 29 July.

Please go and add tags to you fic, and summaries, if you haven't done so already.

Please do not link it to the previous fic until author reveals. (I want it to be a guessing game, at first :D)

When the archive opens, you may want to move the posting date up to the same day, so your works show up in tags.

I'll also be e-mailing everyone so that no one misses this announcement.

Author Reveals and posting order will be at noon on the Fifth of August.


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