Linkspam: fannish/geeky, misc.

May. 28th, 2016 11:48 pm
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Fandom/Geeky Things

Via [ profile] spikedluv, "Summer TV Schedule: 110+ Dates to Save in June and July".

"Sailor Moon Socks Are Exactly What You'd Hope". [Kotaku]

"'Captain America' Filmmakers to Produce Chinese Superhero Franchise".

Via [ profile] sovay, "The US Army responds to the fan theory that the government owes Captain America $3 million".


"Dr. Heimlich Uses His Maneuver At Retirement Home, Saves 87-Year-Old Woman". [NPR]

"A Previously Undiscovered Boa Constrictor Has Been Found". [Atlas Obscura]

"The Illegal, Underground Ballerinas of Iran".

"9 Totally weird things you can do with lube".

"Preserving Ireland's Ancient, Mysterious Tree-Based Alphabet: Across Ireland, hundreds of millennia-old Ogham stones are slowly weathering away". [Atlas Obscura]

"Prevailing winds: The “usage wars” are coming to an end, and good sense is winning". [The Economist]

"What Does It Mean When We Call Women Girls? Robin Wasserman on the Unstoppable Wave of 'Girl'-Titled Books". [LitHub]

A random cool thing: the Canadian Grain Elevator Discovery Centre in Alberta does a haunted elevator at Hallowe'en. Not much detail provided, but it sounds neat!

"We Weren’t That Resilient". "In response to the bell ringing that kids these days aren’t resilient the way their parents were growing up in the Wild West of the seventies and eighties suburban American neighborhoods and schools: I call bullshit."

Via [ profile] cofax7, "Dinner is Shipped: From Blue Apron to Plated, the definitive ranking of meals delivered in boxes". [The Verge]

"How Technology Hijacks People’s Minds — from a Magician and Google’s Design Ethicist". "Western Culture is built around ideals of individual choice and freedom. Millions of us fiercely defend our right to make “free” choices, while we ignore how those choices are manipulated upstream by menus we didn’t choose in the first place. This is exactly what magicians do. They give people the illusion of free choice while architecting the menu so that they win, no matter what you choose."

"A Sculptor of Black Heroes Leaves a Legacy". [New York Times]

"How the Toronto Symphony Orchestra uses graphic design to guide its audiences though its music".

"New Evidence Suggests a Fifth Fundamental Force of Nature". [Gizmodo]

"I Tried To Follow 8 Different High School Dress Codes And It Was Frustrating". [Buzzfeed]

NiF fanwork recs

May. 28th, 2016 02:24 pm
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Since [personal profile] troisroyaumes asked me for english NiF recs:

For this fandom I am heavily biased towards fluff. My favorite so far has been Alaceron's the very first words of a lifelong love letter, an utterly charming AU where the Meiling plot fails. It's currently unfinished, but already at 31k, and the author updates frequently.

I've also enjoyed:

Practice by ginnywrites ~2k

Sweetheart by kaolinite ~1k

And I have to mention banafria's nirvana in fire drawings here again. Even though that's not fic, it is my favorite fanwork in this fandom, and has become my head canon for when the cast was younger.

ETA: Also, linked to me by Tari: Mr. Su Goes to the Zoo.
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I keep losing track of where we are in the week, even though each day has been distinct: Monday (Victoria Day) I was on my own (working and consuming media) until [ profile] scruloose got home from his one-night camping trip with a couple of coworkers; Tuesday I went to the office and worked a half-day there*, helping to finish some backlogged stuff from last week, and then came home to do manga work; yesterday (Wednesday) I rewrote a huge percentage of the manga volume that was due today** and then hung out with [ profile] wildpear for what felt like the first time in ages (and [ profile] scruloose broke out the smoker and dealt with some fish from the camping trip); and today I finished & polished the volume that was due and read my next assignment for that publisher, making it the only normal-feeling day of the week (except for the part where I'm not currently used to the feel of working from home [and won't be for another month or so]).

I've been continuing to get some actual reading done, which has felt great. After Gena/Finn on the weekend, I read If I Was Your Girl on Tuesday evening, and tonight I started Shadow Scale (the sequel to Seraphina). I chose Shadow Scale because last night [ profile] Bibliogato was gushing about it and [ profile] wildpear mentioned that she'd gone and ordered it from the library because she'd enjoyed Seraphina so much and knew I hadn't read Shadow Scale yet (which is relevant because one of my neuroses quirks is that I have a weird block about lending out books that I haven't read yet, and thankfully the friends who routinely borrow from my shelves don't seem to take this personally).

And for a few hours on Tuesday I was all caught up on my current shows...but then three episodes of Person of Interest aired in quick succession (one Tuesday and two Wednesday >.<). It was a nice feeling while it lasted? And [ profile] scruloose and I watched an episode of The Americans for the first time in a few weeks, which was also great. (We're now two whole episodes into season 2.)

Current TV shows: Penny Dreadful, Orphan Black (the only one [ profile] scruloose is actively watching with me), Person of Interest...and that might actually be it right now, since Elementary and The 100 just wrapped their seasons.

Current TV status: two episodes behind on Person of Interest and one episode behind on Orphan Black (since it aired a couple of hours ago.)

*Technically they didn't need me at the office, since there wasn't a ton of work left, and between that and the fact that I slept horribly the night before (this has been a shitty week for sleep), I only managed to drag myself there by reminding myself that it was a (partial, in my case, although I could've stayed) day of work that didn't count towards the ~upcoming 20 normal days of work~ and that I like paycheques.

I was literally on the bus to the office when I clued in that it was the day after a stat holiday and by going in for the amount of time I was already planning on I was qualifying to get holiday pay. So that made me a lot more cheerful about my life choices, despite how tired I was.

**This is kind of funny because, of course, being so close to the wire meant sending my handful of questions to the translator at the last minute too, and it's not realistic to assume instant turnaround. Since he hasn't been able to get back to me yet and this series isn't on a tight production schedule, the editor and I agreed that now I'll hang onto the script for a few days so the translator can answer...after I just work feverishly to get it done for today. But given that I have another volume and a half due next week and plan to get back to the office and start my ~20 normal days~ next Tuesday, having this script done was still important.

Linkspam: fandom/geeky, misc.

May. 26th, 2016 11:04 pm
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Fandom/Geeky Things

"What’s it Like for Peter Parker Growing Up in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?" []

"The Importance Of Fanfiction For Queer Youth". [The Establishment]

re: Marvel's appalling stunt with Captain America, I've been retweeting a bit about it, but this is probably the only thing I'm going to link/say about it here, for anyone who hasn't seen this link: "On Steve Rogers #1, Antisemitism, and Publicity Stunts". So vile.

In infinitely more appealing news, "Japan’s Ghibli Museum announces there will be a new Catbus for adults to ride in this summer". [RocketNews24]


"Largely Unknown Section of Central Park Now Open to the Public". [Mental Floss]

"27 Asian Leading Men Who Deserve More Airtime". [Buzzfeed]

"24 Things Men Can Finally Buy". [Buzzfeed]

"A Kinetic Artwork that Sorts Thousands of Random River Stones by Age".

"Goodreads Is Finally Cashing in on Its Devoted Community". [Wired] [ETA: This is currently US-only.]

"“House of Cards meets Sharknado”: Stephen King’s Twitter campaign against Donald Trump is simply amazing ". [Salon]

"8 Sex Positive Things You Can Say To Your Kids That Have Nothing To Do With Sex".

"A guy just transcribed 30 years of for-rent ads. Here’s what it taught us about housing prices".

"The Babayagas’ house, a feminist alternative to old people’s homes, opens in Paris".

"Everything I Learned About Sex from Canadian Movies". [Sarah Kurchak at] "There's a part of me that wishes I could claim that watching 100 straight minutes of intermingling vehicles and flesh interspersed with the occasional bout of wound-fucking with my parents was a uniquely bizarre moment in my adolescent development. But it was actually just one of many times in which the sexual content of CanCon shaped my young life."

On The Toast:

--"The First Line Of Every Fan Fiction I Have Started Writing Once I Found Out Emma Watson Was Named In The Panama Papers". [Mallory Ortberg]

--"“Please God make it stop”: On Faith and Mental Illness".

--"ADHD, Not MPDG: Growing Up With Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder".

[traveling] Wiscon 40

May. 25th, 2016 09:37 pm
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I leave in the morning for Wiscon 40. The first Wiscon I ever attended was Wiscon 30, so this is nice and fitting. My writing group is having a reunion, and I get to see a bunch of people I haven't seen in years, and there will be lots of writing and geekery and good times. (And, if previous years are any example, alcohol.)

If you'll be there, hit me up! I have a couple of solid things on my schedule, but otherwise, am trying to keep it open. (Though it would be so easy to schedule every hour of the day, what with all of the great panels and parties and readings, and that's not even touching the hallway meet-ups and gaming and and and.)

Anyway, best way to reach me is by text, but if you don't have my cell phone, I'll also have regular email access at (And if you will be there and want my phone number, email me! I share it pretty widely. I also don't answer calls from numbers I don't recognize.)


I'll be attending the comics writing special session during the Writer's Workshop Friday morning, and then will be at the after party in Michaelangelo's back room after.


Fat Characters in Sci Fi/Fantasy, Sat, 2:30–3:45 pm, Conference 1
Moderator: Robyn Fleming. Participants: Alex Jennings, Carla M Lee, Kenzie Woodbridge

There are some fat folks depicted in the genre, but most of them are scenery rather than fully realized characters. Where are my fat protagonists? What are their stories? Let's talk about the ones that do exist and brainstorm ideas for new ones.

ETA: Right, right, this could also be a Care and Feeding of type post. In short, I am perfectly happy to talk to new people, but am not great at starting conversations myself or recognizing unspoken signs of welcome. I am also really, really shitty with names and faces, so I am very sorry if I don't recognize you right away. I give great hugs, but sometimes have hit my limit on touching people, and will say that if it happens. I have no food or drink allergies, but horrible seasonal allergies (and it's that time of year), and perfumes and strongly scented lotions often set it off too, so don't mind my stuffiness and giant box of tissues. I have it on good authority that I am a joy and a delight forever (which can also be read as a snarky pain in the ass), and I can't wait to talk about monsters and mental illness and diversity and how we're trying to make the world better.

I look like this.
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Fandom/Geeky Things

Via [ profile] firecat, "Searching for Glendower: Reflecting on The Raven Cycle". [a roundtable at Women Write About Comics; there's a warning partway through before they get into major spoilers]

Over at [ profile] ladybusiness, [ profile] owlmoose posted "Closing the File on Agent Carter".

Via [ profile] musesfool, a breakdown of the different organizations/factions/players in Orphan Black (spoilers, obviously!). [Reddit thread]

"“Girls Can Sell Toys,” Says Krysten Ritter, Realizing Jessica Jones Doesn’t Have an Action Figure".


Via [ profile] cofax7, "How to Make Rich, Flavorful Caramel Without Melting Sugar". [Serious Eats]

The OxfordWords blog offers "6 punctuation marks you might be using incorrectly".

"The Line Remaking Men’s Clothes For Women’s Bodies".

Cute Stuff

"PHOTOS: Star Wars Pug crawl in Portland".

A two-minute video on Facebook of an up-close and personal encounter with a baby elephant seal. SO CUTE.

"This Man Rescued These Foxes And Now They Won’t Leave His Side".


At, Kameron Hurley talks about her about-to-be-released book The Geek Feminist Revolution. "I am still more likely to find my work remembered when people ask, “Who are your favorite women writers?” than “Who are your favorite science fiction writers?” And that, there, demonstrates how categorization and erasure happen in our back brains without our conscious understanding of what it is we’re doing. Yes, I’m a writer, but..."

"15 Reasons Why Christopher Pike Was The Best YA Horror Author Ever". [Buzzfeed]

"Google aims to kill passwords by the end of this year: Android users will be able to log in to services using a combination of their face, typing patterns and how they move". [The Guardian]

Via [ profile] oursin, " The foul reign of the biological clock: It seems like the concept of the biological clock has been with us forever. In fact, the metaphor was invented in the late 1970s. And it has been used to reinforce sexist ideas ever since". [The Guardian]

"Japanese book “nekotan” teaches foreign language the best way possible: by talking about cats". [RocketNews24]

On The Toast:

--"The Pitch Meeting for Animaniacs".


Mid-week Antiprocrastination!

May. 24th, 2016 07:15 pm
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Sorry for the lateness of today's post - feel free to read it tomorrow *grin*

So, it's time for us all to stop procrastinating and get stuff done! What will it be? Is there something looming over your shoulder that really does need tackling? (Yes would be the answer in my case!) How much time have you got? (Not much) Have you got any energy at all? (Very little)

Bearing all those factors in mind, choose one thing that is within your scope for the day and let us cheer you along while you do. For those tackling more than one, we'll cheer you too, fear not! We are here for you!

Go team go!

Misc. linkspam

May. 24th, 2016 03:01 pm
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"In a digital archive of fugitive slave ads, a new portrait of slavery emerges".

"How Flowers Help Us Understand Why Bridges Collapse".

Via [ profile] sovay, the Paleontological Research Institution has a Kickstarter for "Ammonoid Plushie - a new Paleozoic Pal".

Via [ profile] yhlee, "The Plan to Avert Our Post-Antibiotic Apocalypse: A new report estimates that by 2050, drug-resistant infections will kill one person every three seconds, unless the world’s governments take drastic steps now". [The Atlantic]

I saw this go by on Tumblr a week or two ago, and then it was mentioned again in a [ profile] ladybusiness linkspam. Science!Tumblr rallies to answer the question of whether a malachite stalactite can be safely used as a dildo. There's no science like Tumblr science, folks.

Sarah Kurchak posted about Justin Trudeau and #elbowgate...for the mixed martial arts blog she writes for. *^^* "Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Threw An Elbow In the House of Commons, Should Stick To Boxing". [Fightland]

"Stop Telling Single Women How to Find a Man".

"The Curious Case of the Weapon that Didn’t Exist". [The Public Medievalist]

"What the Heck Is Blue Raspberry?" [Mental Floss]

"Makeup artist Lexie Lazear has been transforming herself into famous paintings, with some truly incredible results". [Buzzfeed]

"Special Agents: The Women of SOE". [The Paris Review, May 2012]

"Everything We Know About How the FBI Hacks People". [Wired]

Via [ profile] oursin, "Cadavers in pearls: meet the Anatomical Venus: They were reclining beauties with ecstatic expressions – and lift-out intestines. Enter the necrophiliac world of 18th-century anatomical models". [The Guardian] "It is a truism of sitcoms that, whenever there’s a conversation about violence towards testicles, men always cross their legs. As a woman, reading Anatomical Venus, you will want to fold yourself protectively over everything, wrap your arms around your kidneys and liver, run some barbed wire round your reproductive area." File this under "sounds really interesting, and I am personally so not reading the book discussed here".

From comments on someone else's locked post: "How Our Brains Stop Us Achieving Our Goals and How to Fight Back". (Content note: dieting talk in some of the discussion, alas.)

"Swarms of Octopus Are Taking Over the Oceans". [Gizmodo]

On RocketNews24:

--"Shockingly huge, exquisite egg sandwiches found in Tokyo".

--"We know it’s hard, Super Mario fans, but please resist the urge to punch this Tokyo Station sign".

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May. 24th, 2016 11:33 am
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Also! I almost forgot, I have a new PO Box number because I was tired of getting yelled at every time I checked my post office box. So the 15151 number is now a thing of the past; my shiny new address is:

PO Box A3309
Chicago, IL 60690

ENJOY IT. I plan to!
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