Weekend Cheerleading Post

Oct. 9th, 2015 12:51 pm
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Got things to do this weekend? Here's a space to kvetch, cheerlead, share your to-do's/ta-da's, etc!

Go, team, go!

Short linkspam

Oct. 9th, 2015 12:48 pm
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A few links I haven't read closely

I still haven't heard Hamilton, so I haven't done more than glance at this, but [dreamwidth.org profile] naye has put together a good-looking dedicated linkspam post.

And [dreamwidth.org profile] rydra_wong has a primer post of Hamilton links for those who don't know a whole lot about it. (Useful for people who keep seeing it mentioned and don't know what's up, and for people like me who know the gist but haven't delved yet.)

[dreamwidth.org profile] owlmoose posted "Agents of Skye" on the ending of Agents of SHIELD season 2 and the very beginning of season 3. (I haven't read this for the simple reason that I still haven't seen AoS past the series pilot.) Text above the spoiler cut includes: "But I was also frustrated because, in an extended Marvel universe with so many opportunities for diversity, they were chosing to make yet another media property centering around a middle-aged white guy. It wasn't surprising, I suppose, but it still disappointed me.

Except not really, because on rewatch, it becomes clear that Coulson wasn't the true focus of the show after all. The first two seasons of AoS tell the superhero origin of Daisy Johnson (aka Skye aka Quake), and almost everything that happens to Coulson in Season 1, and many other major plot points along the way, are in service of her story."

Fandom/Geeky Things

At Book Riot: "Announcing THE HEART GOES LAST Atwood Fan Fiction Contest".


"Vintage photos of female starlets and musical icons chilling with their turntables".

"Dream-Like Autumn Forests By Czech Photographer Janek Sedlář".

"29 spectacular photos of the Aurora Borealis over the UK and Ireland".

write thinkpieces in sport

Oct. 2nd, 2015 08:09 am
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I read this stuff and feel like a cow listening to someone complain that beef is so bad for your cholesterol.

Like, in a way, we're on the same side. We both have the same goal, to get people to eat less beef.

And yet, and yet I have to react with I DON'T FUCKING CARE, YOU MURDEROUS SHITWEASEL. Maybe there's a way in which it would be more effective to respond with "That's true! Eating me is awfully bad for you! As it happens, I have this lovely tofu recipe..."

But at the point at which I can respond to a conversation about how unhealthy it is to kill me with genuine concern about the effects on my killer's health... he might as well kill me. He's already stolen my life, whether or not I'm still breathing. I've lost it.

But luckily, y'all stopped reading like 2 paragraphs ago.
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I dislike using ad-blockers, in general. I know investigative journalism and online fiction are both expensive to produce, and I want to support all of those content creators. To that end, I wish there were an ad broker that worked closely with the maintainers of Ad Block Plus and Ghostery, and committed to only providing ads which were guaranteed to (within reason):
  • Contain no malware
  • Contain no trackers
  • Contain no data scrapers or other hostile code
  • Not require risky tech (eg. Flash) to run
  • Not move

I know, that last one is unusual. That's an accessibility thing more than anything else; animated ads tend to use scripting rather than animated gifs for their movement (thus ignoring browser animation settings), frequently ignore WCAG, and -- my reason for loathing them -- are often a migraine trigger for me.

I used to browse with NoScript everywhere, but these days that breaks more of the web than not. Instead, I browse with Ghostery to make myself safe; I had to whitelist a few websites which break with Google Analytics off, and had to whitelist some of the A/B testing platforms and video CDNs, but otherwise that leaves the web fully functional. But I still have to use ABP to block two things: obtrusive animations, and links to clickbait sites which are disguised to look like links from the host site, and which frequently redirect to dangerous, malware-infested pages. (Actually, Ghostery catches most of those, too.)

I would be fine with ads plastered all over websites as long as they weren't highly likely to be malicious or dangerous to me! If ABP makes enough of a dent, I suppose, perhaps there'll be demand for it.

I'd kind of like to put some non-JS tracking code in my company's site to see how many hits we get with Ghostery on or JS off (though we're non-functional without JS, sigh.)

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Oct. 7th, 2015 08:03 am
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GSA Office Hour: Mostly wrote emails, then had a sit-down with the VP Ext to discuss how to deal with international student associations, which are classified as "cultural/ethnic" organizations. Currently they run under the same aegis as the undergrad orgs, which they're not. However, the GSA has a budget cut, so we won't be able to offer them any reimbursement. The VP Ext and I are gonna try to talk to the new Provost of External Affairs. Who is conveniently the husband of the new professor in my department.

Office Hours: I didn't do very much. Probably should have.

I moseyed over to the Special Collections to acquaint myself with the new Eaton librarian, because I could. She was on her way out to the Asian American SF panel anyway so we moseyed over together.

Asian American SF Panel: Well..... that was..... interesting, considering two of the four panelists were NOT science fiction readers. They were all Asian Americanists, and it's very reflected in their analysis. The moderator and the guy who didn't come in with a prepared statement were the SF fans (the moderator is, impressively, working his way through as many YA novels as possible). Some quick takeaways before my laptop died:

- two types of As Am writing: the ones which are about specific narratives (intergenerational conflict, war trauma), and the deracialized ones which try to be move away from the narratives.
- Asian American literature that talk about being the Other, or the Otherness of parents, are very science fictional, because aliens
- Ted Chiang's stories are super Asian American even though he specifically says his stories aren't about that.
- A lot of Asian American literature is science fictional because of how they deal with the body, and self.

So, a good day, professionally, if alienating personally.

Back to work. Today's a long day.
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Here's one of the very first videos ever posted by Foster Dad John, who fosters the many, many kittens who pass through The Critter Room: "Kitten is hypnotized by ear scritches". [51 seconds]

"Orphaned Raccoon Rescued By Family With Dogs Thinks She’s A Dog, Too".

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] telophase, a picture of ducklings in paper dresses.

"[Animal] Babies Separated From Their Moms Are Reunited". [video, just over one minute]

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] jimhines:

--Adorable photos of puppies in sweaters.

--"22+ Purrfectly Timed Cat Photos Taken At The Right Meowment". [Boredpanda]

Social Justice

"5 Baffling Lies Society Told You About Fat People". [Cracked.com]

At Everyday Feminism:

--"9 Ways We Can Make Social Justice Movements Less Elitist and More Accessible".

--"5 Radical Ways People Do Non-Monogamy That You Need to Know About".

--I may have linked this before, but in case not: "These 25 Examples of Male Privilege from a Trans Guy’s Perspective Really Prove the Point".

--"Debunking the ‘Pull Yourself Up By Your Bootstraps’ Myth".

--"7 Lies ‘Nice Guys’ Will Tell You (And Why You Shouldn’t Believe Them)".


"PREMIERE: Listen to 'Amphibiava' from Tori Amos's Musical 'The Light Princess'". (Includes an interview with Tori about putting the recording together.)

Late last week this comic about shelter cats from BREAKING CAT NEWS made the rounds, and it's heartbreaking but well worth reading.

"Meticulously Elegant Tattoos Created with Thousands of Intricate Dots".

Via Facebook:

--"Glass Portraits Are Sliced Incredibly Like a Loaf of Bread".

--"Interracial Couples Share The Insults They’ve Experienced In Insightful Photo Series".

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Oct. 6th, 2015 06:21 pm
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Me: *making enchilada filling mix* Hey, do we have any sour cream?
Mum: No I don't think so. We have plain greek yogurt, same thing really.
Me: What.
Mum: Greek yogurt and sour cream are basically the same.
Me: On what planet?
Lucky: This is a losing battle, Sam, give up now.
Me: Greek Yogurt and sour cream --
Mum: They're both semi-fermented dairy products!
Mum: Oh hey, put some Chinese Five Spice in that enchilada filling.
Me: We need to hold some kind of intervention.

Anti-procrastination Tuesday

Oct. 6th, 2015 11:46 am
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How on earth can it be Tuesday again?! Anyway, Tuesday it is, so hands up for the chance to anti-procrastinate once more. \o/ \0/ \0/ \o/

So what are you going to tackle today? Something small or large?

For those with few spoons to spare, is there some mail that can be dealt with? Opened and arranged, filed or disposed of.

Let us know how things are going. Good luck to everyone!

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Oct. 6th, 2015 12:13 am
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Man, that was a super busy weekend:

Friday, had class from 1 to 2, then Eric, YL and I hit the road. We got to [personal profile] yeloson's place around 9pm, had pizza, chilled out, went to bed around midnight. It was good to catch up with yeloson--I suppose we could have shelled out more money for a less stressful drive out to Burlingame but at yeloson's we get physiotherapy advice, so it all works out.

Saturday, we had breakfast together, then yeloson bounced, and then the three remaining of us headed out to Burlingame, where I was on a panel with Bryan Worra, Nor Sanavongsay, Emily Jiang and zm quynh about SEAsian SFF. We had very few people in attendance (it was a 10am panel!) but it was still a good conversation. Balogun Ojetade was in attendance! So good to see him. Then it was off to the Non-European Steampunk panel with Bryan and Nor, where I met Heidi, a co-panelist, and Pat, a Native American writer. Heidi turned out to be mixed-Malaysian-Iban! So cool!

YL, Emily, Pat, Heidi and I went upstairs to my room to chill out for a bit... then I had ANOTHER panel, on Diversity in SF, with Balogun, Bradford, Gregg, and Thaddeus Howze! I got Thaddeus to sign my copy of MOTHERSHIP, which we're both in (his story is "Bludgeon," which is essentially an alien encounter story involving baseball, I highly recommend it). And Erica Mulkey, aka Unwoman, was in the audience!

Emily, YL and I had tea with Erica, and it was SO GOOD! I haven't sat down with Erica in YEARS and it was just so nice. We talked about the steampunk community, then about the SFF community. Erica is one of those WW who's very good at being a moderate AND being honest about the compromises she makes in order to make a living. We hung for two hours in the little grill diner, where Erica got progressively hungry because the place didn't serve gluten-free food.

YL had to nap, because she was so overwhelmed by the activity of the day, so Emily, Eric and I went to dinner with [personal profile] oyceter & partner!!!!

Aaaaahhh the weather was so nice and cool and such a relief after a scorching summer. We ate at a Chinese restaurant, went to get some dessert, and when Eric and I got back to the hotel room, we chilled.

Sunday, we got up, had breakfast at that grill, then I went to see Emily and zm be on a panel on dystopias, which was fun. Then Emily and I were on a panel with Bradford, where we proceeded to babble a lot XD Then I finished my con with a reading. After which there was a quick trip to the vendor hall, then protracted goodbyes. By the time we were on the road, it was 3pm, and we listened to Christopher Moore's Blood Sucking Fiends the whole trip. I slept some.

Like, damn. I'm STILL feeling tired from the trip. But I feel good overall and back to believing my dissertation is worth the pain, so back to work it is for me. Dr. ML wants me to work on the description of whiteness more, so I'm back to trying to figure out exactly what I mean there, and how to talk about it.
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We have a start date for the next round of Casual Job! I go back to the office in the second week of November, which is later than usual; I'd guess that means I'll be working for about five weeks (since the autumn chunk of work is nearly always significantly shorter than the spring one), but I'm far from confident about that. What happens, happens.

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Oct. 5th, 2015 07:06 pm
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This weekend I semi-successfully made chocolate chip cookies. I say semi-successfully because they came out WAY better than my cookies usually do, but still came out a bit odd. The recipe also made WAY more cookies than I had the energy/appetite for, so this morning I brought a big plate of them in to work and set them in the kitchen with a sign begging people to eat them and enjoy them.

Apparently one of our very senior vice presidents was in the office early for a meeting, and about ten minutes after I set them out, he wandered past eating one and informed me that there were GREAT cookies in the kitchen.

God I hope I didn't give him food poisoning.

I'm off to Austin tomorrow to help Mum through a minor surgery. I think for the first time ever I'm actually eager to be going to Austin, but mum has really good painkillers, and I have a really stiff neck....

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Oct. 5th, 2015 08:32 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

A note before we begin -- I've noticed a subtle but steady creep in the number of comments/emails (as opposed to form submissions) requesting a listing on Radio Free Monday, and while that's totally fine (I will still list them!) I want to remind everyone that the absolute best way to enter a listing is to fill out the form here -- it's linked from every RFM post at the bottom, and also on my tumblr sidebar. It gives me all the info I need and helps me write a more effective blurb on your behalf. Also they're WAY less likely to get lost in the mess of my inbox, because the form stores them all in a single spreadsheet I can check.

If you have questions about whether your listing is appropriate or want to make sure it got seen or if you're just more comfortable with email/comments, please, still feel free! I just want to remind everyone that the form makes everyone's lives easier in the long run. :)

Ways to Give:

[livejournal.com profile] digitalwave is raising funds for medical expenses and to cover their monthly tax bill; you can read more and check out their digital yard sale here. There's also a link from the post to their GoFundMe.

[personal profile] yamx linked to a fundraiser for their friend [personal profile] canaan, who is undergoing treatment for Lyme Disease and co-infections. You can read more here or check out her gofundme here.

Ran linked to a fundraiser for their cousin, who has left her husband and is struggling to keep her house and pay some medical bills. You can read more and reblog here and help out here.

[tumblr.com profile] dreamwaffles linked to a fundraiser for a friend who is suffering health issues and being stalked by her parents, who put her through abusive attachment therapy as a child. You can read more and find donation information here.

[tumblr.com profile] amara1783 linked to Alana, a trans woman who recently lost her job as a blacksmith and is fundraising for help with rent. She's reached her goal but has kept hte fundraiser up to help support for transition therapy. You may be familiar with her "never too late to transition" post here. You can read more about her fundraiser and offer support here.

[tumblr.com profile] missworthing's roommate was raped in January, and is now facing a bill for the rape kit she had to undergo post-assault (because she accepted a drink from her rapist). You can read more and help out here.

Anon linked to [livejournal.com profile] phantisma, who is raising funds after a creditor deducted $3300 from her checking account instead of $330, and is refusing to return the money. The funds will go to rent and bills; you can read more and donate here or shop her ebay and purchase to support the fundraiser 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] editrx has been struggling a lot lately, and is facing a lot of bills, a lien on her house, and overdue rent on her independent bookstore. She's currently raising $2250 to pay back rent to keep from being evicted; you can read more and help out here. She also has jewelry for sale on Etsy and her bookshop, Star Cat Books, sells through abebooks here.

[tumblr.com profile] amy-vic linked to London Health Sciences Center in London, Ontario, which is asking for donations of knitted or crocheted purple hats for newborns to raise awareness of "PURPLE" (or inconsolable) crying. You can read specifics about the caps and how to donate here.

Tamy linked to a fundraiser for a friend who is looking at some intense vet bills for their cat, Az; you can read more and help out here.

Whitney linked to a fundraiser for her cat Elle, who as a rescue cat has needed a lot of vet care and continues to need treatment. You can read more and help Elle come home here.

Buy Stuff, Help Out:

[personal profile] killing_rose is a Native knitter who has just started a new job but is not earning a living wage yet, and is selling handcrafted products from her shop to keep her head above water. You can view and buy from her Etsy here, and she's also taking paypal donations at firegoddess666 at gmail.com

Help for Free:

[tumblr.com profile] tacticalteaching is an English Lit teacher in rural England, and is looking to do a unit for 13-14 year olds in how superheroes are drawn and how that art is indicative of social attitudes towards race, sex, gender, sexuality, &etc. She's looking for resources such as infographics showing race/gender breakdown, articles about the subject, and images she can use without violating copyright. People who want to help can contact her through tumblr or at tacticalteach at gmail.com.

Beth is working on a Master's capstone project and is looking for people to playtest a short narrative game, then fill out a survey about it. In the game, you play as a young thief who must make their way though the world, navigating the sometimes dangerous streets of your home city. The game is down at the moment but should be up this week, and in the meantime you can sign up for notification; you can read more and sign up here.


[personal profile] sophie is looking for housing in or around the Greater Bristol area in England, starting in the middle of November. You can read more about who she is and what she's looking for here.

[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.

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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