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Fannish/Geeky Things

"(Almost) Every SFF Adaptation Coming to Television and Movie Theaters!" [Tor.com] (Not news that both Newsflesh and October Daye are on the list, and there's no real info on Newsflesh, but I, at least, was unaware that the writer adapting Toby for TV is Margaret Dunlap, who's worked on The Middleman and The Lizzie Bennet Diaries.)

"Yuri!!! on Ice Anime Casts Pro Skater Nobunari Oda as Himself". [ANN]

"Announcement: official Mass Effect novels coming from Titan Books in 2017!" Authors include N.K. Jemisin and Catherine M. Valente.


Writing/SFF

"The Continent, Carve the Mark, and the Trope of the Dark Skinned Aggressor". [Justina Ireland]

"John Scalzi: Writing For Audio Made Me A Better Writer, Period".

Merriam-Webster discusses "What is 'World-Building'? And how do you spell it?"

"The Progress and Pitfalls of Television’s Treatment of Rape". [Variety]


Useful

"Cat Can’t Breathe? Feline Asthma: What You Need To Know".

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] newredshoes, "Speak Up & Stay Safe(r): A Guide to Protecting Yourself From Online Harassment". [Feminist Frequency]


Social Justice

"‘Please, I am out of options’: inside the murky world of DIY abortions: As Donald Trump promises new restrictions on abortion, emails reveal the desperation of women who have no place to go to end unwanted pregnancies". [The Guardian]

"What Was the Nerd? The myth of the bullied white outcast loner is helping fuel a fascist resurgence".

"'All my life suddenly made sense': how it feels to be diagnosed with autism late in life".

"Why My Online Relationships With Fat Women Have Been The Most Important Ones Of My Life".


At The Establishment:

--"Why The Publishing Industry Can’t Get Disability Right".

--"How To Help The Cause When You Need Help Yourself". [Content warning: suicidal ideation]

--"You Don't Have To Like Me--You Just Have To Believe I'm A Human Being". "Here’s the thing. You either believe in justice and equality or you don’t. You either believe that people of color are human beings deserving of full rights or you don’t. There are no preconditions to that. There are no exceptions to that. You believe in my humanity or you don’t."


Cute Stuff

"Dog wears camera that takes photo when he gets excited".

"15 Cats Who Think They Are Hiding From The Vet".

"Rescue Goat With Anxiety Only Calms Down In Her Duck Costume".

"Before-and-After Photos of Dogs and Their Humans Growing Up Together".

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] jimhines, "17 Dogs Who Are Carefully Bending Their Human’s Rules". [Buzzfeed]

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] disobey_gravity, a short video of a kitty tackling a climbing wall. [1 min., 10 seconds]

Well, THAT day disappeared quickly

Dec. 7th, 2016 12:12 am
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Sure, I said I was taking the day off today, but I admit I imagined I'd be conscious for more of it. >.< I think I managed to actually get out of bed at 11:30 AM or so (admittedly, I woke up somewhat before that and had been up even later than usual, so if it was more than eight hours of sleep, it wasn't by much). A whole three hours later I sat on the sofa and Jinksy hopped up on my lap, and next thing I knew it was 5:30 and [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose had come home and finished putting up the outdoor lights etc. (I did wake up briefly when he first got in, but dozed off again as soon as he headed outside.)

On the upside, after supper we got quite a lot of tidying done on the main floor (we have a very open-concept living room/dining room/kitchen), plus a bit more indoor decorating, which feels like a weight lifting. We're very prone to having stuff of all sorts accumulate on every flat surface, and alas, I tend to switch quickly from "meh, I wish this were tidier, and we should tackle it soon" to feeling twitchy and boxed in. Fortunately, that usually eases off if we get a reasonable amount of tidying done, rather than translating into needing everything to be perfectly sorted right now.

(The boxed-in feeling is something I'm prone to in general, when my brain weasels are acting up. Sometimes it's weirdly specific [and deeply frustrating]; there are times when doing dishes and having the clean dishes take up too much vertical space in the dish drainer beside me while I'm working [which can happen quickly even with just a few things, if one is washing things like pots or cookie sheets] makes me skin-crawlingly twitchy. :/ SO ANNOYING.)

So that was my day off, and tomorrow it's time to get cracking on the next Yona of the Dawn volume. What a fantastic series. *^^*

Political linkspam (12 links)

Dec. 6th, 2016 11:44 pm
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Taking Action 1 link )


Essays, Op-Eds, Contemplations, "How the Hell Did We Get Here?", Personal Responses, etc. 6 links )


News 3 links )


Comfort/Amusement 2 links )

Very quick Anti-procrastination post

Dec. 6th, 2016 09:40 pm
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Time is passing quickly and I don't seem to have time to stop and rest without falling asleep, but it is Tuesday and I figured I would make a quick anti-procrastination post to inspire us all to get something done.

What will it be? What do you have to have done? What would make your life easier or better if you got it done? What have you got the energy left to do?

Wishing you all well, and sending out cheers and encouragement *\0/* *\0/* *\0/*
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The brutal workweek we were expecting turned into a very light day of work today and...that's it. Because that's how things go sometimes.

(Okay, no, even for Casual Job that's a pretty drastic reversal. C'est la vie. [Which I can't ever say without hearing Minako {Sailor Venus}'s voice in my head. *g* And these days I guess I have to specify her {Japanese} voice from the original anime, not Crystal, which I still haven't seen other than the very first episode.])

Going in today means I used Word 2016 for the first time, since it got installed on everyone's systems since I was in a couple of weeks ago. It took about thirty seconds to discover that the cursor is doing something that my eyes (brain???) really don't like, but I didn't use it enough overall to be sure how to explain it. (Ginny took a look, but at least in her quick glance at the start of the day, she didn't see--literally didn't see, I mean--what was bothering me so much.) The cursor just...moves oddly? Kind of...not flickery, I don't think, but something in that vein. :/ Like it's not just sitting on the leading edge of the letter I'm typing at that moment, but moving along somehow, not just being pushed along...?

I poked around in Word's settings but couldn't find anything resembling a way to turn it off (assuming it's meant to be a feature of some kind). And at least on one day's use, it sort of gives me the visual equivalent of the sound of nails on a chalkboard. ;_; (Except for the physical discomfort part of my reaction to that sound, which mostly hits me in the spine.)

I'll have to look around online (if I can figure out effective search terms) and see if other people are having the same problem, but it seems like the sort of thing that's probably just part of the package. If so, I really, really hope I adjust when I'm back to the office in a few months.

Anyway, given the weekend's combination of getting psyched up for the not-happening brutal workweek and working my ass off to meet today's freelance deadline, I'm taking tomorrow off.

Musical side note: right now I'm listening to Tori's "Sucker" for the first time ever; it's on the disc of B-sides etc. that's part of the remastered Boys For Pele release, and it's one of a couple songs--the other being "To the Fair Motormaids of Japan"--that people knew existed but (AFAIK) no one had ever heard (unless they were on a more obscure bootleg than I ever had access to, but they've never had an official release before). And "Motormaids" was the one I always heard people mention, so I kinda forgot "Sucker" existed, and...the weird thing is that Tori's A Piano collection included a couple of different unreleased-until-then (2006) tracks, including "Walk to Dublin (Sucker reprise)".

I never put any thought into the "Sucker reprise" part of that title. But hearing "Sucker" now, I wonder what the hell the creative process was there; the two songs share a core melody, but the feel of them is very different ("Sucker" is piano and harpsichord and "Dublin" is piano with additional percussion) and the lyrics (as far as I can tell at first listen) are completely different.

Just...how did she wind up with two songs rooted together that grew into such different things, and then not give either of them even a B-side release, rather than tucking them into nooks of remasters and collections?

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Dec. 5th, 2016 09:43 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[tumblr.com profile] armadil-lauren is raising money to leave an abusive home; she is moving across the country to attend the university of her choice and join her sister, but her father is charging her for "living costs" and she will also need to pay fees to her university to attend, but can't get student loans for the school's lump-sum fees. You can read more here or donate directly via paypal to l-bow_dolphinz at hotmail.com.

[livejournal.com profile] celtprincess13 linked to a fundraiser for Tracy and Keith, whose son Logan recently died. Because he had Cerebral Palsy, they couldn't get life insurance for him, and are facing expected funeral expenses of around $9K. You can read more and donate to the funeral fundraiser here.

[livejournal.com profile] digitalwave has opened up this year's [livejournal.com profile] wish_list, where people can go to post things they need, from money to help with housing to just wishes for good news years, fics, and postcards. You can get more info here, read how to participate here, and find clickable banners here.

Anon linked to a fundraiser for Jen and Dani, who have been dealing with illness and injuries, which insurance has not fully covered. They're fundraising to cover medical bills and get back on their feet; you can read more and support the fundraiser here.

[tumblr.com profile] dreamwaffles's summer job just ended and she's trying to make ends meet until she fand land another one. She has a donation page up here but is also selling beaded jewelery through Etsy; you can check out Saxifrage Designs and make a purchase 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, send a giftcard for groceries (to editrx@gmail.com) or support Starcat Books by purchasing here.


Activism:

[tumblr.com profile] danceswchopstck linked to an online protest petition against Rex Tillerson, CEO of ExxonMobil, being appointed Secretary of State. You can read more and join the protest here. They offer the option to add your name even if you're not in the US, so international folks concerned about putting the head of a huge oil company in such a massive position of power can add their name as well.


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.

Sunday-night mishmash post

Dec. 4th, 2016 11:33 pm
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--As some of you know, we're abruptly back to work at Casual Job for a week or so, and we expect it to be on the brutal side. Meep.

--I'm still open to posting topic requests/suggestions if there's anything you'd like to me to write about.

--One of my Casual Job co-worders got three kittens over the weekend! I'm excited to hear about them, but so far Facebook pics are tiding me over. Tomorrow I can grill her about them!

--Steven Universe fans, do you know offhand if this disc (set?) is actually season 1, or selected episodes from it, or something else? The back mentions ten episode titles (plus the pilot), and it says "vol. 1", and this one says "vol. 2", but the price seems awfully cheap for full seasons. Or are the episodes really short? (Basically I remember hearing that there was something confusing about how the show airs, and while I don't mind trying to dig around for info, if any of you happen to just know the answer and can spare me the spoiler risk, that'd be awesome. ^^)

--Every day or two I check Amazon.ca and Best Buy to see if the Nintendo NES Classic has been restocked (although realistically I imagine I'd hear about it on Twitter or something first). The other day a Twitter mutual mentioned that his GameStop clerk told him that the "best way [to get it] would be to spend $3000 on eBay". O_O When I noted that Amazon.ca third-party sellers are offering it for more like $250-500 Cdn., he added "Apparently some have sold for thousands on eBay. Heard one estimate that 22,000 units have been sold by scalpers." Yikes! So I'm just as glad that my interest level is "I'd like to have one at some point" and no higher.

Political linkspam (11 links)

Dec. 4th, 2016 10:49 pm
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"Now Is the Time to Talk About What We Are Actually Talking About". [Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at The New Yorker] Linked from all over, and rightly so.


Taking Action/Self Care 2 links )


Essays, Op-Eds, Contemplations, "How the Hell Did We Get Here?", Personal Responses, etc. 6 links )


News 2 links )

Newly Archived Fanfic

Dec. 4th, 2016 04:11 pm
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I went through my “not yet archived” tag this morning and archived the majority of them. Nothing “new” in the sense that it’s all been on my tumblr, but if you’d like to see them on AO3, they are now there!  

Each title is a link, but for LJ/DW users where this crossposts, the link is also in parentheses after each blurb. 

Nice Work If You Can Get It: A coda to “Ain’t Nobody’s Business If I Do”, in which Steve reconsiders his policy against being a Kept Man.( http://ift.tt/2gVgaLr )

The Exhibit: Set in the Izzyverse; Steve and Bucky chaperone Izzy’s class field trip to see the Captain America exhibit, and discuss their legacy. ( http://ift.tt/2fZHyn1 )

The Vice-President’s Snowball Initiative: Set in the Leader Of The Free World universe, regarding Steve’s love of a good snowball fight. ( http://ift.tt/2gVirGI )

The Buche De Noel Job: A short coda to the Cyborg Arm Job universe, where Bucky is the fourth member of the new Leverage International. ( http://ift.tt/2fZIfwG )

The DIY Family Job: Eliot Spencer stole a baby, but in true Leverage fashion, that’s the least of their problems. ( http://ift.tt/2fWrzem ) 

A Taste Of Vinegar: The Leverage crew invades Nero Wolfe’s brownstone, trying to figure out why Wolfe is after Eliot. Turns out Wolfe just wants a recipe. ( http://ift.tt/2gViyCh )

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Dec. 3rd, 2016 11:02 pm
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the other thing about Moana

Dec. 3rd, 2016 04:02 pm
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And the other thing about Moana is, it paints this, like, eye-wateringly idyllic picture of a pre-industrial society, just SO beautiful with those swelling chords and Lin-Manuel Miranda's catchy-ass lyrics dragging you headlong into it, and then casually, about two-thirds of the way through, oh yeah, infanticide is totally a thing, too.  o.O
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Fannish/Geeky Things

"The Doubleclicks Release 2 Amazing STEVEN UNIVERSE Covers". [I haven't investigated this, since I still haven't seen the show.]

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] st_aurafina, "The Cast Of Criminal Minds Like You've Never Seen Before". [18 photos, slideshow]

[dreamwidth.org profile] seasonofkink is running a Holiday Season of Kink again, in which you create a fanwork using at least three kinks from their list, with a February 14 deadline.

[dreamwidth.org profile] fandom_stocking's sign-up post is open!

[dreamwidth.org profile] genprompt_bingo is open for sign-ups.

"Not Without You - A Stucky Anthology" is "a printed anthology of over 300 pages of artwork, comics, and illustrated stories from over 50 contributors celebrating the relationship between Steve Rogers & Bucky Barnes", and its Kickstarter will be launching January 1.

"Hugh Jackman, Fox 2000 Team for YA Best-Seller 'Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian'".

"Women of Harry Potter: Evil in Authority". [Tor.com]


Social Justice

"8 ‘Helpful’ Things That Don’t Really Help People With Disabilities".

"Opportunities for White People in the Fight for Racial Justice: Moving from Actor → Ally → Accomplice". [Google Docs spreadsheet]

"The Year in Hyphenates". "It wasn’t until my early twenties that I realized I’d failed at whiteness. And because I’d spent my childhood working so hard at it, I had failed at Asianness, too."

A pair of posts by Anthony J. Williams ([twitter.com profile] anthoknees): "depression feels like decay in real time" and "eating is about more than survival" [tw for discussions of food, depression, and suicide]


Miscellaneous

"Can Broken Be Whole?" "These conversations, written over the month of September 2016, are an act of co-creation and inspiration—a tapestry of moments woven together to illustrate how love operates in difficult, complex, and invigorating ways in our lives. Through writing to each other we co-conspire to reveal the truths that exist within our experiences: to dismantle ableism. As we support each other to find and share our stories in an inherently ableist society we recognize that this act, in itself, is an act of love."

"The Life-Changing Magic of Mushrooms: A single dose of magic mushrooms can make people with severe anxiety and depression better for months, according to a landmark pair of new studies". (The headline doesn't indicate this, but the studies were specifically conducted with cancer patients.)

"Boston's Christmas Tree Tradition Rooted In A Canadian Thank You". [NPR] (And by "Canadian", they very specifically mean "Nova Scotian", as the tree is sent as thanks for assistance after the Halifax Explosion.)

"Reuters built an algorithm to flag and verify breaking news on Twitter".

"40 Ways To Celebrate Rocky's 40th Anniversary". [Sarah Kurchak at the Fightland Blog]

"Dragons Protecting Baubles Like Their Own Eggs Is What Your Christmas Tree Needs This Year". (The ornaments are fantastic and obviously--since I'm linking--I think you should look, but note that the Etsy store that sells them is currently sold out. There's some really neat jewelry available, though.)

"Revenge", a poem from [tumblr.com profile] ecc-poetry, has been making the rounds (deservedly so), and I'm amused that when I saved it to Pinboard, Pinboard immediately suggested both "poetry" and "politics" as tags--which are exactly correct, but Pinboard tends to be pretty hit and miss about tag suggestions for me.
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Sometimes I cook something and I can’t tell if it’s delicious or not.

I came across Dill Pickle Soup, somehow, and while I don’t like the actual flavor of pickles, I do like the smell and the flavor of the pickling juice. And it’s basically just a potato soup with a light vinegar base. So I decided I’d make the recipe, and I finally got round to making it.

I left the actual pickles out of the recipe because that seemed like it would make it a bit strong, and I was right. Because the finished product tasted basically like pickle juice with the texture of potato soup. Which is fine because, as indicated, I liked pickle juice. And I also like potato soup.

But it was a bit one-note, so I added some more Old Bay and a bit of garlic powder as well, and that adds complexity, but I still can’t tell if it tastes good or not. It has a flavor! Do I like the flavor? I don’t know! (Should have cooked a bunch of chopped up bacon and used the fat instead of butter, also should have added less pickle juice.) 

Also I made half a recipe because holy crap the Noble Pig recipe makes a VAT of soup, like ten or twelve cups of soup. Half a recipe will still feed me for probably two weeks, if I choose to eat it.

Will I choose to eat it? WHO CAN SAY.

Nessie Ladle likes it, though.

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Enneagram

Dec. 2nd, 2016 04:07 pm
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A couple nights ago I asked my husband, hey, do you smell something? Like a chemical smell? And he didn't, but then the dots connected in my brain and I ran to the dishwasher and opened it and a cloud of melted plastic gas BILLOWED OUT and started filling up the house and all the fire alarms went off and we had to run around opening all the windows.

Melted plastic lid on the dishwasher's heating element!

We're lucky I caught it early. The last time this happened we were all asleep, and I had very strange dreams (and a terrible headache) the next morning from the fumes.


I got interested in the Enneagram a few months ago, and I'm finding it illuminating. I don't think it's more helpful or accurate than Meyers-Briggs, Tarot, or whatever other tool a person might use to examine their life, but it's working well for me.

I took a few free Enneagram tests online (this was my favorite), and they agree that I'm a Type 6: The Loyalist, the committed, security-oriented type: engaging, responsible, anxious, and suspicious.

Anxiety has been my constant companion, the background radiation of my life, so ever-present that I've never really questioned it. The Enneagram is allowing me to become more conscious of it, which in turn is encouraging me to find ways to manage it better. And some of the things I've tried have really helped, so I'm thankful for that.

Since the election, I've been wanting to reach out to people more, to strengthen my connections. I want to be present for other people; I want to do what I can to help us survive these next few years. My anxiety gets in the way of reaching out (it always has), so I'm grateful to have found a tool I can use to understand it better.

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Political linkspam (15 links)

Dec. 2nd, 2016 01:23 am
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"The Sky Remains: A Meditation for Anxious Times".

"Last week, tears. Today, the sun". [November 16] "Last week we elected a president who believes he is the sun. And we apparently agreed with him. Whether we cheered him, mocked him, vilified him, or taunted him on Twitter, we made him the center of the entire presidential campaign — and now our universe.

Well I’m done with that. I will not allow a racist, misogynist, hate-driven man to become the shining center of my universe.

I am going to choose my own sun.

I’m a writer. I hold the power of the pen and I intend to use it. Not to attack him. No, because that makes him the sun. In fact, his name will never grace these pages."


FYI, [dreamwidth.org profile] spikedluv is posting useful link roundups, including a fair number of news links.


Taking Action 2 links )


Essays, Op-Eds, Contemplations, "How the Hell Did We Get Here?", Personal Responses, etc. 7 links )


News 2 links )


Useful 1 link )
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