Not-quite-last-minute linkspam

Jul. 31st, 2014 10:21 am
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This is only roughly sorted, because I fly to Ottawa tomorrow and my to-do list (especially the freelance stuff) is still terrifyingly long. But here, have some links!

Fandom and Writing

[personal profile] beatrice_otter posted "Energy, surplus, and labor: the Economics of Star Trek" a while back.

Via [personal profile] kass, Welcome to Night Vale fanart feature on DA, and "50 Pieces of Beautifully Strange “Welcome to Night Vale” Fan Art".

Via [personal profile] selenak, a Penny Dreadful fanvid on AO3.

Somewhat randomly, I really enjoyed this interview with Allison Scagliotti from when they were shooting season 5 of Warehouse 13.

[personal profile] salinea posted a long comics rec list "about Magneto at his morally ambiguous best".


Via [personal profile] giandujakiss, "This Site Is Cyberstalking Your Cat For Your Own Good". "Owen Mundy, an assistant professor of art who studies the relationship between data and the public, created “I Know Where Your Cat Lives” as a way of demonstrating “the status quo of personal data usage by startups and international megacorps who are riding the wave of decreased privacy for all,” Mr. Mundy wrote in a post about the site."

Via [personal profile] wildpear, Macaulay Library says it's "the world's largest archive of wildlife sounds and videos.
Our mission: to collect, preserve, and facilitate the use of wildlife recordings for science, education, conservation, and the arts".

Social Justice

[personal profile] skud recently posted a Queer intersectionality reading list. (Web links and articles, not print books.)

Via Facebook, "This Is What Sex-Positive Parenting Really Looks Like".


Via [personal profile] next_to_normal, an interview with Anna Kendrick about her recent work, including Into the Woods. My favorite part is the end, in large part because of the subject: "While preparing for Woods, the musical director warned her that no Cinderella had ever nailed the big ballad, 'On the Steps of the Palace,' an atonal whirlwind. / 'There's always a note or two that's wrong, because the song is impossible,' Kendrick says, 'so I made it my mission to actually get the fucking notes right, which I didn't realize was going to be such a problem.' Doesn't that sounds like the vow of a Type-A overachiever, after all? / 'I guess,' Kendrick says reluctantly. She pauses, then bursts out laughing. 'Or you could look at it like, well, that's my fucking job.'"

Via [ profile] browngirl, a beautiful glass model of the Milky Way.

Via [personal profile] kaberett, a really lovely peacock quilt.

On Tumblr, we have [ profile] confusedcatsagainstfeminism!

Via [personal profile] darchildre, Murder Ballad Monday.

Over at Geek Dame, there's a recipe for (Welcome to the) Dark Side cookies.

Fluevog has an Enneagram family of footwear coming up soon, according to their Twitter. They've shown preview pics of two styles. The Reformer is presumably a Type 1 reference, since that's their nickname, but I don't know what the Grace stands for, since that's not part of the same pattern and isn't a term I'm used to seeing with a specific meaning in Enneagram talk.

At Book of Jubilation, "Anatomy of a Scar" is a thoughtful, interesting post about, but not limited to, Nice Guys and their particular damage and how it hurts them and the people around them. Paul Kivel writes in Men’s Work, his examination of the role men and masculinity play in violence and oppression, that a lot of men specifically are raised with the idea that they don’t have to, or shouldn’t, do the heavy work of managing their own emotions. What they are promised is that, when they’re older, they’ll meet a woman who will do that work for them. She’ll comfort them when they’re sad, soothe them when they’re angry, and take away their loneliness and pain. It wasn’t until reading Kivel’s book that Nice Guys’™ complaints about sexual rejection really made sense to me. Things got a lot clearer when I realized that when many men talk about “sex” and women who won’t “have sex” with them, they actually mean, “the magical ability I believe to women have to fix me and make me feel loveable, which they are refusing me out of sheer caprice.”

Via Facebook, a "mermaid" school in the Philippines teaches people to swim with mermaid tails.

Via a few people, most recently [personal profile] telophase, "Hallucinatory 'voices' shaped by local culture, Stanford anthropologist says".

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Jul. 30th, 2014 04:48 pm
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Hello from Las Vegas!

Apparently I forgot to tell everyone I was going to Las Vegas. So! I'm going to Las Vegas.

Actually I have gone to Las Vegas. I am currently there. My hotel room could easily host a dinner party with orgy to follow, not that I'm planning on it. Although it is Vegas. You never know. (I have a balcony with a view of the Bellagio fountain, it's basically amazing. And kind of horrifying.

I'm here on a work-sponsored trip to a professional conference, which I think is really the way to do Vegas, because for all the talk of what a giant entertainment complex it is, unless you really love slots or drinking, it's not the place for you. So this way I go to the conference all day, and I have limited time at night so i don't feel bad if I don't get the full Vegas experience.

On the other hand there's a lot of anxiety tacked on to attending this conference; it's my first, plus it's being paid for by work, and while I know I don't HAVE TO PROVE MYSELF, I still have to prove myself. Feeling in over one's head is a frequent sensation when you're striving for high-achievement while suffering low self-esteem. The upshot is that I have to do well at this conference, be a credit to my team, and learn new things. I've given myself a pass on networking because I'm still so new, and as a team we're pretty well-networked, and it's not like I'm going to be looking for a job in the next two years at least (oh god I hope). But there's still a lot of pressure and anxiety wrapped up in this.

I just have to remember that it's basically grad school lite. You go to the sessions, you take notes, you eat, you rest. Everything else will fall into place.

a work in progress

Jul. 30th, 2014 10:08 am
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It felt a little uncomfortable to be reading R-rated fanfic when my mom was visiting this weekend. Mom is a close friend and knows me better than most, but I haven’t shared the deepest parts of my fannish life with her. She would try to understand, but it would hurt her, and she would worry about me. She has specific ideas about what a “good Christian woman” should allow into her life, and I’m sure R-rated fanfic would be right out. I love my mom a lot, but she doesn’t know everything about me, and I don’t need her to.

Growing healthy boundaries and learning how to use them has been one of the nicest things about getting older. When I was in college I thought I had to share everything about myself, all my most shameful secrets, or I couldn’t really call someone my friend. If they didn’t know everything about me, how could they really love me? How could I trust them not to hurt me if they hadn’t already embraced my worst self?

I don’t do that anymore. That urge to inappropriately intimate self-disclosure grew less and less as I grew more confident of my right to exist without having to explain why I was allowed to.

And part of the growth had to be letting go of the shame I still felt for throwing myself upon the mercy of so many people during my college years—love me, love me, rescue me, don’t hurt me, please love me!

Be gentle with your past, I remind myself. I was in pain; I dealt with it the best way I knew how. I look back on that person with love, and I wish I could heal her. And then I think: I did. That was me. And here I am now. Still a work in progress! But here I am.

a SDCC post

Jul. 29th, 2014 09:23 am
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long SDCC post is long )

And that was my SDCC weekend!
umadoshi: (Newsflesh - bury him (kasmir))
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All Your Tomorrows Start Here (2682 words) by umadoshi
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Newsflesh Trilogy - Mira Grant
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Georgia Mason/Shaun Mason
Characters: Georgia Mason, Shaun Mason
Additional Tags: Canon Disabled Character, Adopted Sibling Incest, POV First Person, Pre-Canon, Community: smallfandomfest

George is no more immortal than I am, and she probably figured that out even younger than I did. The pair of us hit puberty fully aware we were gonna die someday, and confused as all hell by the way people around us acted like they could live forever if they just played it safe enough. But then again, there was no way we could've hung onto that ignorance ourselves. Being raised by people who got lost in grief over their dead six-year-old and never found themselves enough to love you strips away all of your innocence sooner rather than later.

Phillip died young. People died all the time. One of those days, death was going to come for us, too--probably literally, since we live in a world where it's up and walking around.

It took longer to grasp that we might not die together.

Set seven years before Feed.

You can also read the fic under the cut )
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[personal profile] scruloose got back late this afternoon after being in Montreal for a music festival for most of a week. It's good to have him home. ^_^ It's also made me keenly aware that I'm leaving for Ontario in just a few days, so I started writing up a to-do list for before I go. It's undoubtedly far from complete, and already pretty scary given that it doesn't say much about the work that needs to be done in the near future.

Alas, there's no way to avoid needing to work while I'm in Ottawa. Working in Toronto was always inevitable, since I'll be there for two weeks, but the Ottawa stop is only a few days and involves friends I hardly ever see other than during the whirlwind of Anime North. :/ It would've been nice to be out from under the immediate deadlines. Oh, well. I'll do what I can before leaving.

I already miss the kittens. (By which I mean I've been preemptively missing them for most of the month. ^^;)

My Newsflesh fic for [community profile] smallfandomfest is back from final beta with [personal profile] wildpear, after some back-and-forth over untangling a bit of severe logic!fail on my end. >.> It took her two or three tries (due to brain frazzle over here; she was very clear) to convey to me that when she said Shaun's thought process was fine but what he says afterwards contradicts it, she did not in fact mean "clarify thought process". She meant "FIX THE CONTRADICTION". *facepalm*

Anyway, that's fixed now (fortunately it wasn't a plot point or anything, so it didn't have repercussions in the rest of the story), so I can get that posted tonight or tomorrow.


Jul. 29th, 2014 01:54 pm
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Q: How was your vacation?

A: Ten days eight timezones away, with me and Mr. E plus both kids plus the in-laws, every single one of us getting sick, except me who was sick when I left, stayed sick the entire time because you can’t get better when you don’t get any sleep, and am still sick? Staying in a B&B so filthy there were actually insects in the bed, because there literally wasn't another free pair of rooms in town, so we came home to do a full bedbug decontamination on all our stuff instead of resting? That vacation?

Q: Yeah, that one.

A: Well, first let me say that I recognize that I am a very lucky woman. I’m in a position to take a vacation, which not everyone is. And I’m lucky that I have in-laws who are willing to pay their own way to come on vacation with us just to hang out with the grandkids, without which I honestly do not know what I would have done; because even with them, two days into it I would have cracked and tried to change our plane tickets to come back home right away, but I couldn’t because I was too sick to fly. And I’m lucky to have two kids who have such vibrant good basic health that even when they develop a 3-pack-a-day cough and pour snot out like giant ambulatory faucets, it doesn’t sap their energy or slow them down in any way. And hey! The baby is clever enough that at just over 10 months, he has worked out that he can avoid having his nose wiped, which he hates, by smearing his face all over our shirts the moment he feels snot on his face!

So all in all, vacation was absolutely better than childbirth, I would say. Though it did last longer. And I might even be willing to take another vacation again someday.

Not, like, soon, though.

Anti-procrastination Tuesday 7/29/14

Jul. 29th, 2014 04:36 am
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[personal profile] sid posting in [community profile] bitesizedcleaning
Is there something you've been procrastinating on? Something that really needs must be done, but is kind of a pain in the tuckus? Today's challenge is to do That Thing.

Go team, go! We can do it together!

NOTE: Optional 5 minute challenge for those who just do not have the brains for this challenge, because it is just too much. (Which is totally okay.) Make something shine! A mirror, a toaster, a window...

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Jul. 28th, 2014 08:56 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[personal profile] ofearthandstars linked to a fundraiser for a friend whose children were recently diagnosed with a rare neurological disorder which requires specific treatment often not covered by insurance. You can read more and help support their medical expenses and transportation costs here.

[ profile] scifigrl47 linked to [ profile] dr-kara, who has opened emergency commissions to raise funds for a flight home for her grandmother's funeral. You can read more and find links to commission her here.

[ profile] piperki linked to a fundraiser for [ profile] sophiahagia and her guide dog Rusti. Rusti ate a non-food item and had to have emergency surgery; he's now recovering, but they are facing large bills for his treatment. You can read more and help Rusti out here.

[ profile] fira211 is leaving a terrible tech support job for the sake of her sanity, but is concerned about bills and new glasses while she hunts for a new job. She is offering to sing and draw in return for paypal donations to blefever at You can read more, including links to her art and music, here.

The Detroit Water Project is a new website that matches up people in need of aid with their water bills and people who'd like to help. You are given all the information necessary to pay a water bill directly (account number and past due amount) and then instructed in how to pay using the DWSD website. This is a genius site; you can read more and help out a Detroit resident in need here.

Sbarras linked to a fundraiser for "Pad Heaven", a company working to convert banana-harvest waste into affordabe menstrual pads for local young girls, who would otherwise miss school during menses. The founder, a student at UT Austin, is trying to get the company off the grounds and needs funding to do so. You can read more and support her efforts here.

[ profile] ovrthinxit linked to UndocuL and the Immigrant Youth Justice League, which are working for recognition and rights for all immigrants. They're raising funds to travel to Washington DC as part of a massive rally on August 2nd to put pressure on the Obama administration to help rework the current (dysfunctional) immigration system in the US. You can read more and donate to UndocuL here and read more about the IYJL and how to support its efforts here.

[personal profile] fairestcat is working to trap-chip-and-neuter feral cats in the local area, and is facing some ongoing expenses for their own cats as well. You can read more and find their paypal donation address here.

[ profile] capeandcowl linked to Riding Star Ranch, a horse rescue that has recently moved to Pierson, Florida. They have been able to adpot out most of their herd, but they still need financial support for the horses they have left, which are rescues and retired racehorses, some of whom are used for therapy for veterans and the disabled. You can read more and support the ranch here.

Help For Free:

[profile] digitaldiscipline is donating bone marrow today, after being a registered donor with Be The Match, a national bone marrow registry. He wanted to let people know about the registry and that bone marrow donation has changed a lot (ie, is a lot less painful) in the past few years.

[profile] vladadog linked to Heather, a canine behaviorist and volunteer with the National English Shepherd Rescue who is trying to win $2K worth of flooring for her elderly farmhouse. You can read more here and vote for the striped kitty on the red floor here.

[ profile] amemait linked to [ profile] bodacasims, who is looking for someone to foster her cats in Illinois or the surrounding states so that she can study in Ireland knowing they're safe. I'm not 100% sure if she's found someone yet, but her post from earlier in the month is here.

[personal profile] krait linked to Fandom Then/Now, the PhD project of Katherine Morrissey, who conducted a fandom study in 2008 for her Masters degree before the release of AO3 and fandom's slow migration away from LJ. You can check out her research data and share your thoughts here (or here on Dreamwidth); if you'd like to participate without your fannish pseud being used you can read here to find out more.

Just For Fun:

Anon linked to a video called "Interactions" about the various interactions of a pair of people living together.

Anon (a different anon) linked to the five winning entries for the 2014 Commonwealth Short Story contest, reflecting a wide diversity of writers and points of view.

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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