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Fandom/Geeky Things

[dreamwidth.org profile] ladiesbingo signups are open!

"Andrew Garfield sounds like he was miserable making the 'Spider-Man' movies".

Hannibal links:

--"Exclusive | Bryan Fuller Describes The ‘Silence of the Lambs’ Season of ‘Hannibal’".

--"Hannibal Redefined How We Tell Stories on Television".

--"Bryan Fuller on That Hannibal Finale and the Show’s Campy, Sensual Undertones".

--Vulture.com's episode recap of the finale.

--"Recovering the Mindset". This ~5-minute video at Vimeo "intercuts the three different interpretations of Thomas Harris' novel Red Dragon; Manhunter by Michael Mann, Red Dragon by Brett Ratner, and Hannibal by Bryan Fuller."


Cute

The Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History has garter snakes, and when [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose and I went there a couple of weeks ago with friends, one of the snakes was extremely pregnant. At the beginning of this week the museum tweeted that the snake had given birth to 49 babies the day before (with a photo!); alas for me, since I wanted to see them, they were released back into the wild the same day the tweet was made. Bye bye, baby snakes. Live well.

"A Canadian shelter sells older cats like used cars, and it's pretty effective ... and hilarious".

"Two Guys Went Fishing But Ended Up Catching Abandoned Kittens".


Photography

"These Stunning Photos Show Life on the Densest City Block on Earth". [The Kowloon Walled City in Hong Kong, demolished when Hong Kong was handed back to China.]

Adorable black-and-white cat photography by Monika Małek.

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] telophase, "India's Forgotten Stepwells".
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I know I said I was winding up my Publishing Journey posts for now, but I had another thought: about love and resource, and the debts we owe. It’s quite a big thought, so bear with me.

IMG_0670A few years ago I got a daruma and was told how you draw in one eye when there’s something you want, and you draw in the other eye when you have got it. I drew in one eye and then I waited. The thing I wanted was the same wish I always made, when visiting temples and blowing out birthday candles.

Like many writers, I have wanted to be a published novelist since I was very small. Of course when you are small you don’t really know what that means. You don’t think about the New York Big Five or global distribution or advances or royalties or awards or reviews. What you want is very simple: to be on the shelf next to the books you love. It’s to be as important, as interesting, as true, as a story.

Publication does not give you that. But it comes to stand for that. I grew up devouring Penguin books and now I am a Penguin author. It might not last, but it happened. Imagine that.

Even though publication is no longer what it was — even though I know that’s not what it means — it still feels enormously satisfying. It still feels like a gift I have given six-year-old me.

But that’s not true, is it? It’s been a very busy, though happy, few months for me, and I have been thinking about resource. What an enormous amount of love and time and resource has been poured into me.

Though I do work hard, I’m always conscious at the back of my mind of how little I have to do with anything I achieve. A while ago I realised with embarrassment that I did not mention in my post about revisions how much work my agent Caitlin Blasdell and editor Diana Gill did on the book. Hannah Bowman, who is not even my agent, read the manuscript twice before it went on submission. The post makes it sound like I was the only one working, but of course that is not true. And we have not even got to the people who typeset the book, who proofread it (and had to put up with my nerdy responses: “I think you’ll find the OED says that word has been in use since the 16th century … “), who have been sorting out publicity and marketing and sending advance copies all over the place, etc. etc. etc.

But much as I appreciate all that work, these are, after all, people for whom it is their job. They hope to see some concrete benefit from their work — and I certainly hope they do. Who I really think about when I think about love and resource is my maternal grandmother, my Ah Ma, who passed away earlier this year.

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Mirrored from Zen Cho.

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Aug. 31st, 2015 11:34 pm
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This morning, JC and I took the bus to campus. It's rare for me to want to take the bus because to me campus is so close I might as well leave whatever time I want, and just walk.

I've been thinking through really carefully primary texts for my dissertation like Dr. HBZ has been telling me. Mostly I've been looking at graphic design, but maybe there's something to be said about having some particular primary texts that discuss the things I'm looking at.

In my dissertation first chapter, I'm looking at some steampunk motifs, in pairs, and right now it looks like this:
Gears - rayguns (evoke adventure)
Goggles - airship (evokes mad science)
Corsets - tea (evokes Englishness, and sense of self-display, which I call promenade)

I thought about it further in relation to the theories I'd like to think of them with:

Gears - ray guns - evokes adventure - expansive capitalism that comes from unrootedness (gears as units can be moved from machine to machine, rayguns as weapons displace)

Goggles - airship - evokes mad science - globalization that comes from scientific inquiry stemming from post-Enlightenment desire to demystify and conquer the unknown (wear goggles in the lab, use the airship to explore, then create the train system to grid and manage known lands)

and here's where it got interesting, because I wasn't sure I cared very much for the tea thing... I was gonna use it to symbolize how steampunks indulge in "Englishness" by drinking tea (which would give me an excuse to talk about tea-dueling) and ignore the globalizing violence that comes from the tea (and sugar) trades but I found it more compelling to think about corsets through the theory of anatomo-politics... Foucault's lesser-known concept; biopolitics is more important.

What are anatomo-politics? they are basically forms of disciplining the body, on an individual level. Anatomo-politics then feed biopolitics, which are forms of disciplining populations, determining wider-scale life-and-death patterns based on which bodies are more desirable to maintain.

Corsets - prosthetics - evokes promenade - both are forms of anatomo-politics, and I want think through Michel de Certeau's theory of movement and space since when in costume, there will be some negotiation of such (corsets bind the body's silhouette, prosthetics signify, in crip drag, a desire to compensate for lack, or, out of crip drag, a desire to break biological limitations and be more efficient)

Unfortunately, the only primary text that definitively talk about the feelings that these things evoke, is Hugo, in relation to gears. I'm still cobbling together other possible texts, and will have to read widely for it.

Interestingly, when I looked over my string of notes from very early on, I found that I'd already paired corsets with prosthetics, so I'm really going back to an original idea, just with a better theoretical approach.

I had a great chat with Foz Meadows about how the corset would have become a fashion thing, and we figure that it's due to the burlesque pinups. I have a theory about the Makers in steampunk who're inspired by the old Wild Wild West series, and the Disney Victorian science fiction movies, and how they would have returned to that aesthetic when they were affluent enough to do so. And I figure something similar happened with corsets--a generation after they phased out as underwear, popularized in the burlesque scene (where it's common to subvert norms), girls turn to the corset when they become women and gain the affluence to wear them as a highly-sexualised fashion style.

All this, while freaking out over having to make phone calls to AT&T and just about breaking down into tears because I absolutely could not handle being on the phone, not at all, and not being able to move is so stressful to think about, I cannot deal.

I left campus around 2pm, because I was finally way too hungry, and calmed down while eating fried rice. So I felt slightly better, and went downtown to the Utilities and ask them to delay my service at the new place. When I got home, I called AT&T and managed to not die on the phone. (I freaked out a bit and thought they'd canceled my service because my internet was not connecting. Halfway thru the phone call, I unplugged the modem and replugged it in and it was fine. Oh well.)

JC and I went to Busy Cafe (where I had eaten earlier) and we hammered out some basic details, agreements on tidiness and chores, what we wanted to clean and how often. Sorted out maximum number of parties per month (1), houseguesting, volume. So... yeah apparently I am capable of adulting on the roommate challenge.

We walked to campus because I saw some boxes in my department and wanted to grab any left (there was just one) and JC had to return books to the library. It was a really nice cool night out! And he showed me the route he used when walking home to his apartment, which is closer to where the new place will be than mine is. It's weirdly convoluted, but he assures me that it's an extremely direct and takes less time to get to campus than sticking to the main roads.

A few friends have volunteered to help me out on Friday, but in the morning instead. That makes me a bit nervous because I have an afternoon appointment at 2pm, but it looks like with as many people as we have, we might be able to be done in just a few hours? As long as I have my crap together, and have things ready for folks to grab and go, it will be relatively painless and efficient. Irene's letting me borrow her dolly too. And I'll cook lunch for them.

I hope it works out okay.

Orange Is the New Black, 1x01-3x13

Aug. 31st, 2015 10:07 pm
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It's good I've heard so much good stuff about this from various people I trust, because otherwise I would have never made it past episode three and missed out. It is sad that Jenji Kohan felt that she needed to use white, blonde, upper-middle-class Piper as a kind of Trojan horse to get people to watch something primarily about women not seen on TV as often—queer women, women of color, women of various body types, trans women, old women, etc.—but I don't doubt its true.

(On a side note, I love how we've finally gotten a few shows with POC in leading roles and already there have been concern troll-y "But what about the white men?!" articles.)

Anyway, once the episodes stopped focusing on Piper, I started liking the show much more.

Spoilers got time )

Also, the opening song is the best.

ALL the Publishing Journey posts

Aug. 31st, 2015 03:00 pm
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I thought it might be useful to have a summary post with links to all my Publishing Journey posts, as I wound them up last Friday. Here they are!

Mission statement: Ten things I believe about writing
Breaking through writer’s block, or, how I started writing and publishing short stories
How I published a short story collection
Writing with a day job, part 1: Why I don’t write full-time
Writing with a day job, part 2: Work/work balance
Networking, part 1: Social media and connection
Networking, part 2: Thoughts on conventions
How I wrote three novels and binned two of them
Querying agents
Signing with a literary agent
My query letter for Sorcerer to the Crown
Revising the novel (again and again and again)
Going on submission
Selling the novel

Thanks to everyone who read, commented, tweeted, shared on Facebook, etc. I did these posts for three two reasons:

1) Because people were asking me about publishing and I wanted to have something to link them to, instead of repeating the same answers to different people.

2) I really enjoy writing about writing, but in kind of an embarrassed way. Some people writhe in delicious guilt over having a chocolate. I eat chocolates by the dozens without shame, but feel luxuriously decadent about blogging about my ~writing process~.

3) Procrastinating on book 2 no what are you talking about I never procrastinate on writing fiction (she said as she procrastinated by doing a blog post)

Anyway, because of reason #2, I’ve really appreciated everyone who’s taken the trouble to tell me that they enjoyed these posts or found them useful or enlightening. Thank you!

I may take a break from doing these on a weekly basis as I really have to focus on book 2, but as I said in the last post, I do mean to keep doing them and am taking requests. So let me know if you have any writing or publishing-related questions or topics you’d like me to talk about, via email, Twitter, Facebook, or in the comments below.

P. S. Selamat Hari Merdeka! Hope you ols enjoyed the public holiday.

Mirrored from Zen Cho.

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Aug. 31st, 2015 08:02 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[livejournal.com profile] nutmeg3 linked to a fundraiser for Eden, who trains and places service dogs with deserving owners. Her current trainee, Maya, needs surgery for her legs before she can begin her life as a service dog for the wheelchair-assisted; she's raising funds both for Maya and to support future service training. You can read more and help out here.

[livejournal.com profile] kukla_tko42 is running a GoFundMe to save her house after financial difficulties, including her husband's incarceration. Their home is currently in foreclosure and they will lose it two weeks before her husband is released unless they raise money for the back mortgage. You can read more and help save their house here.

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

[livejournal.com profile] tereshkova2001 linked to GeekGirlCon, a Seattle-based convention celebrating the female geek, being held October 10-11 this year. They're hosting the Do It Yourself Science Zone for the third year, and are raising money to bring awesome scientists to Seattle to participate. You can read more about the DIY Science Zone here and donate to the fundraiser here.

[livejournal.com profile] dorkabunny linked to a fundraiser for Gershwin, an abandoned (and very abused) kitty who needs a secure home and will need funding for surgery. They don't have a gofundme that's live yet, but you can read more about Gershwin, offer help with housing, and keep tabs on his fundraising here.

Buy Stuff, Help Out:

[personal profile] toujours_nigel is selling t-shirts to supplement her university stipend and start a wedding fund. They're some very unique designs, reasonably priced (I believe the prices are in Rupees) and ship internationally. You can check out and purchase the shirts here.

[tumblr.com profile] fortesgospel is a fused-glass and metalwork artist attempting to make a living selling their goods at their Etsy shop; they have a post up here about their work and their dreams for it, and you can visit the shop itself and check out their gorgeous art here.

[livejournal.com profile] editrx has been struggling a lot lately, and is now facing huge water bills, plus a lien on her house for a property tax bill that has gone past due. She needs to raise $6K to keep her head above water. You can read more about her situation here and help her keep her home here; she also has jewelry for sale on Etsy and her bookshop, Star Cat Books, sells through abebooks here.

Housing:

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

[personal profile] rabid_bookwyrm is looking for queer-friendly fannish housing in Portland, OR; also open to house-hunting if someone else is looking for a housemate but doesn't already have housing. You can contact [personal profile] rabid_bookwyrm by PM on Dreamwidth for more information.

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!).

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Aug. 30th, 2015 09:28 pm
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I may have just stomped around my apartment saying NO NO NO NO NO in response to all the spiders popping out at me from all corners of my pantry.

Apartment Shenanigans

Aug. 30th, 2015 07:40 pm
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UGH apartment moving might be stalled. I went to check on the move-in date, whether JC and I can move in earlier. NO, apparently someone say a cockroach in there, and so the leasing office wants to give the apartment a "treatment" which would take about a month. A MONTH!! I said no. When's the earliest I can move in. So Quan, the agent dealing with us, said two weeks. STILL! In two weeks shit starts for school! So she said, wait 'til the owner gets here, to check it out, and they'll make the final decision Monday.

Monday is the 31st! It's the day we're supposed to move out. JC leaves on the 2nd, even. So now I'm on tenterhooks, waiting to see WHEN, exactly, I get to move in. I've already called AT&T and Utilities on the understanding that my services will get started on the 1st. I don't understand why this is even such a fucking problem?? I've NEVER had problems like this before. What even!

And, SIGH, cleaning up and preparing to pack is revealing all sorts of things I wish I didn't know.

- There was a family of SPIDERS underneath the middle bookshelf. You know, that little ball of webbing for spider eggs. And when I went to blow it out of my house (I don't like having to kill the things), the babies immediately proved their readiness to explore the big blue world by popping out and walking towards me.
- There was a lizard living underneath my bookshelf. Probably feeding on the spiders. I got it into a cup and got it out. It actually let me pet it a couple of times before running off into the leaves.
- There have been some sort of wood-boring bugs going through my herbal roots (which I use for soups). The holes are pretty visible. And interesting.
- The same bugs, probably, love cumin so much they ate through the plastic bag. That was REALLY unexpected.

I've moved the remaining herbs into the glass jars I've been saving up for some reason, which is pretty great, but man, I need a better, more efficient way of arranging my crap. How does one deal with deep pantry cabinets? I'm very much an "out of sight, out of mind" person when it comes to stuff it seems...

A more typical array of linkspam

Aug. 30th, 2015 11:30 pm
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Fandom/Geeky Things

"BBC Two announces The City And The City, an 4x60 adaptation of China Miéville's novel".

Via [personal profile] cofax7, "The Philosophy of Star Trek: The Kobayashi Maru, No-Win Scenarios, And Ethical Leadership".

([personal profile] cofax7 also says "The 100 is one big Kobayashi Maru test, for everyone. It's not possible to win, just lose more or less badly.")

[twitter.com profile] FaPanini has been doing "#the100 at @Hogwarts" fanart, like this and this.

ETA: [dreamwidth.org profile] tassosss linked to all of the "#the100 at @Hogwarts" pics in a comment below [on the DW post] and also in the weekly roundup post at [dreamwidth.org profile] the100. ^_^


Writing/SFF

[livejournal.com profile] mrissa posted about critiquing writing recently. This is the chunk that especially pleases me: "And…this is a thing I honestly love about writing. I really, really love this. If you catch me in the wrong mood, I will wax sentimental and get a little choked up. Because in writing, in speculative fiction in particular, we take it for granted–it is a totally normal thing to do–that we will get to look at other people’s awesome things and help make them a little more awesome. Think about that for a moment. There are some other jobs for which it works that way, sure–for which a project is primarily someone else’s and it is assumed that you will get to take your time and help make it better. But mostly not. Mostly you are either working together on something or you’re not helping. I like helping. I like cooperation."

Going back a couple of weeks, Zen Cho posted "My publishing journey: Revising the novel (again and again and again)".

"Kelly Sue DeConnick: How To Make People Uncomfortable (And Still Make a Living)". There are few weird typos in the transcript--one of which I wasn't quite able to reverse engineer to what she actually said--but a good read and, I'm sure, good viewing if you watch the video instead.


Social Justice

"10 Things I’ve Learned About Gaslighting As An Abuse Tactic". [Everyday Feminism]

[dreamwidth.org profile] commodorified has a longish post on writing rape in fiction. "This essay was originally inspired by this post, but a) I sat on it for awhile and b) this isn't, except in one important detail — the quite possibly unconscious assumption saturating that advice that nobody who writes fiction and/or fic has ever been raped, or gone in fear of it, and all that implies about said advice — a particularly terrible example. There's some very good stuff there, if applied cautiously. So I want to acknowledge Swan Tower, as well.

This is my assumption: we all live in rape culture, and we are all injured by it. Victims of sexual assaults - all ages and genders - are injured by it. Those who have at one time or another been threatened with sexual assault and evaded it are injured by it. Women, queer men, transfolk, and others at high risk of sexual assault, who must learn how to negotiate the world under threat, are injured by it."



Unsorted

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] kaberett, [dreamwidth.org profile] happydork's post "Introversion, social anxiety, social skills, change" is excellent.

[dreamwidth.org profile] happydork's more recent post on microaggressions--what microaggressions and some of their characteristics are--is also well worth reading. "Microaggressions are those little shitty things that people say/do that can seem innocuous (or, at least, not worth making a fuss about) on their own, but build up into a longterm pattern of reinforcing privilege/oppression dynamics and making the recipient feel like shit. You can see examples at microaggressions.com."

Via a few people, GQ did a great profile of Stephen Colbert as he moves away from The Colbert Report and takes over The Daily Show.

Not entire SFW: "This Montreal Artist is Putting Dildos in Stephen Harper’s Hands and It’s Spectacular". "Over the years, Stephen Harper's done everything imaginable to present himself as warm-blooded human, employing stylists and make-up artists, limiting photography by the media, and releasing an unstoppable flurry of propaganda-like photos. As it turns out, most of these efforts are effectively pointless once a dildo is gently inserted into the frame, which is exactly what an artist from Montreal has been doing for the past year"

The Seattle Aquarium has a giant Pacific octopus cam!

I forget who linked this, but Wikihow has "3 Ways to Communicate with Your Cat".

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] sovay, "Fuzzy Nautilus Rediscovered and Filmed After 30 Years"!

Via Facebook:

--"10+ Totoro Cakes That Are Too Cute To Eat".

--"Maybe You Get Bad Customer Service Because You're a Bad Customer". [August 2013]

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Aug. 30th, 2015 01:52 pm
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I believe I may have bought the last bag of Lays Reuben Chips in the entire city of Chicago this morning.

I don't normally eat potato chips, but Lays had this weird promotion going where they introduced four new flavors and you could vote for one of them to win. I guess winning gets you a permanent place alongside BBQ, Salt & Vinegar, Nacho Cheese, and other venerable time-honored chip flavors in the snack shelf pantheon. Lays does seem to be a little more imaginative than other brands, which as far as I can tell have gone for spicier and spicier until at some point in the near future they'll just be selling bags where you open it up and it pepper sprays you.

Anyway, Lays was offering Biscuits & Gravy, Truffle, Gyro, and Reuben flavored potato chips, and I was hoping the Reuben chips would be like the glorious Hot Dog flavored chips I used to be able to get from one single vending machine at grad school. They weren't, but they're like a very mild vinegar-flavored chip, which is fine by me because vinegar chips are usually much too strong.

But it was a promotion, and they haven't said which flavor is the winner yet, so now there are no more reuben chips and I really liked the reuben chips, plus I just semi-accidentally made my body weight in sweet onion dip and they go really well with sweet onion dip. So I've been scouting for anywhere that might still have reuben chips. I happened to find one single bag of them at the Walgreens in Chinatown.

I didn't find the sifter, pizza stone, or pants that I was actually looking for, but reuben chips are a pretty good runner-up prize.

boy anachronism

Aug. 30th, 2015 08:49 am
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It occurred to me the other day that Captain America would smoke like a freaking chimney.




(yes I have been keeping myself calm over the past week by drawing Captain America chain smoking)
(it's very soothing)

argh, mess

Aug. 30th, 2015 04:43 pm
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The last few weeks have been so full of kids extra-curriculars that I've only been getting a fraction of my usual 'focus on the house time'. Yesterday, I managed to get the bedroom and en suite under control, but I *need* (for my comfort) to get more of the house under some kind of control. I'm going to try to get 3 * 15 minute sessions between now and dinner cooking time (it is not quite 5pm in our corner of the world) done, and would love to have other people involved - working together, virtually, or cheering from the sidelines.

My first two tasks are to set a timer for 15 minutes, and then go into the spare room to find something I can deal with. Anything after that is gravy.

Linkspam, the NSFW edition

Aug. 30th, 2015 12:51 am
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The last themed (?) batch of linkspam I've had gradually accruing, which I'd thought was basically "all the NSFW links" with nothing more in common than that, but it turns out a surprising number of them either have to do with sex toys or are from The Toast. 10 links (NSFW to varying degrees) under the cut )

Code push done!

Aug. 29th, 2015 10:00 pm
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We're updating the site momentarily! Once the dust settles, please let us know if anything isn't working as expected. I'll edit the entry here if we confirm any issues.

Update, 22:30: We've been done for about 30 minutes and haven't seen any issues, so please go ahead and let us know if you notice any problems!

Code push!

Aug. 29th, 2015 01:12 pm
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[staff profile] mark and I are planning to do a code push tonight! We will start working around 7pm Pacific time but since it's my first time, the actual push to the site probably won't happen until closer to 8pm Pacific time.

Here's a partial list of changes that will go live with this push:

  • Rename swaps will accept rename tokens purchased on either account.

  • OpenID community maintainers will be able to edit tags on community entries.

  • Adorable new mood theme called "angelikitten's Big Eyes".

  • Username tag support for lj.rossia.org.

  • Embedded content support for screen.yahoo.com and zippcast.com.

  • Additional space on the user profile page to list your Github username.


And as usual, many tweaks, small bugfixes, and the occasional page source rewrite.

We'll update again to let you know when the code push is in progress!
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