Unsorted late night linkspam

Jul. 23rd, 2016 01:47 am
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Linkspam continues to be all my brain feels up for. Oh, brain. (To the few new people I've added fairly recently: I swear sometimes I post other things.)

"We just saw Nintendo's NES Classic in person and it is glorious".

"Speculative Fiction in Translation: 15 Works to Watch Out For in 2016". [Tor.com]

"Two white women launch ‘White Nonsense Roundup’ to unburden people of color (VIDEO)".

"Changing the Way We Talk About Autism in Martial Arts". [Sarah Kurchak on Fightland]

"Ask Polly: How Do I Dump My Crappy Best Friend?"

"Ask Polly: How Do I Live in a World Gone Mad?" "But we don’t have much time on this planet, and we have to make the most with the time we have. There will always be trouble in the world. As long as you’re vocal and you’re unafraid to speak out against injustice, that’s a start. You can only be wide awake if you’re also getting enough sleep at night. Remembering that good things are still happening out there, supporting and loving the people around you, living in the moment: These things are even more important when the world looks extra bleak."

"Librarians Respond On Twitter To The Idea That They Shouldn't Have Opinions" "The Black Lives Matter movement has brought racial policing and police brutality to the forefront of the national conversation. And, like anything that touches on race in America, it has also ignited fervent debate about the message behind the saying 'black lives matter.' In a series of tweets, Storytime Underground, a collective of youth librarians, laid out a powerful argument for supporting the movement. While recounting the role of libraries in political issues over the decades, they explained why they should not remain neutral about this issue. The resulting tweetstorm was incredibly badass."

"A Guide to More Pizza Styles of America: What we missed". [Lucky Peach]

"'I Thought I Was Stupid': The Hidden Struggle for Women with ADHD".

"Millions of Women Are Injured During Childbirth. Why Aren't Doctors Diagnosing Them?"

"My Mother Taught Me That Sometimes The Only Way Forward Is Walking Away". [The Establishment]

"Interview with Former Takararisienne Ako Dachs". [Okazu]

"Let’s Talk About Disability, Periods, and Alternative Menstrual Products".

"This guy used over 80,000 old photographs to create a Google Street View map of New York City in the 1800s".

"Go Inside New York’s Nearly Secret Botanical Library".

"Can You Tell the Difference Between Accommodation and Accessibility?"

"What Happened to the Ice Bucket Challenge? Derided at the time as “slacktivism,” the social-media campaign has had surprisingly long-lasting benefits".

A signal-boost post about a tiny, portable AC unit.

"Rippled Portals of Color Created with Spray Paint by HOXXOH".

"From Iran to India: The journey and evolution of biriyani". [BBC]

I quite liked this recent xkcd on the evolution of inflected languages/English.
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[personal profile] umadoshi
Before Jinksy's vet appointment last night, I took and tweeted two photos of him, if anyone needs that sort of thing. (In so doing, I tested my new phone/new app installs, and it looks like I no longer have the problem of needing to only tweet landscape-oriented pics [the old phone/apps--I don't know which! I'm using the same apps now--would post portrait-oriented pics sideways].)

There may be a lot of linkspam over the next few days. Sorry? ^^;

Fannish/Geeky Things

"The Vampire Diaries taps Warehouse 13 alum Allison Scagliotti for recurring role". (On Twitter, Scags said she/the rest of the Stitchers cast don't know any more about whether they're being renewed than fans do.) Her TVD character is named Georgie. So close, universe! (I wandered off from TVD a couple of seasons ago. Guess I'm gonna be reading some recaps and seeing if I can go back.)

"One Piece Manga Creator Eiichiro Oda: Story Is About 65% Finished". [ANN]

"Let’s Make This Awesome Women of NASA LEGO Set Happen". [The Mary Sue]

Social Justice

"Social Justice Is a Christian Tradition — Not a Liberal Agenda".

"Our Final Answer on ‘Too Many Women’". [Stuff You Missed in History Class]

"The Conversation You Must Have With Your Sons". [Huffington Post]

"She Doesn’t Owe You Shit".

"You’re Not “Awkward” With Women. You’re Just Creepy".

"Smashing barriers to access: Disability activism and curb cuts".

"Why Defending Your Cultural Appropriation is Dangerous".

"You don’t have to figure out the universal truth of nutrition". [The Fat Nutritionist]

Cute Stuff

Baby elephant calf vs. Birds [YouTube, ~1 min.]

"Squirrel grooms incredibly patient cat". [~2 minutes]

"A black cat invading a rugby league field is a majestic sight".

"20 Photos That Sum Up What It’s Like To Own A Golden Retriever".

"This Fluffy Cat May Have the World's Longest Tail".

"Photographer Captures The Fun Side Of Ground Squirrels".

Misc. linkspam

Jul. 21st, 2016 10:40 pm
umadoshi: (Newsflesh - check this out (kasmir))
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I don't know how my tabs have so suddenly (it seems) blossomed way back out of control. An alarming number are various people's posts, which will probably translate into belated comments, if I manage commenting. >.< Apparently this is what happens when basically every evening of a week is full.

I know I've mentioned the Sparkler Monthly Year 4 Kickstarter before, but they've still got quite a ways to go and only twelve days left. They publish such a variety of work (in terms of both media forms and content), all of it female-gaze oriented, and the editorial team have a TON of talent and experience. Please do check them out if you feel even a bit interested--they have swaths of stuff available to non-subscribers on the website, so you can take a thorough look around to see if it clicks for you.

Other linkspam:

"The Love That Lives Here: On Queer Girls, Transboys, and Sex on the Page". [Author Anna-Marie McLemore at Gay YA] "That question—whether to depict sex between a queer girl character and a trans guy character—became a battleground for my own identity. I wrote those scenes. I took them out. I toned them down and put them back in. I tried to make them tamer. But in a moment of deleting them again, I asked myself: Why was I embarrassed about two characters falling in love the same way the Transboy and I had? Why was I ashamed of seeing this on the page, when it was what had passed between us when we were teens?"

"Life-Hacks of the Poor and Aimless: On negotiating the false idols of neoliberal self-care". [Laurie Penny] "The wellbeing ideology is a symptom of a broader political disease. The rigors of both work and worklessness, the colonization of every public space by private money, the precarity of daily living, and the growing impossibility of building any sort of community maroon each of us in our lonely struggle to survive. We are supposed to believe that we can only work to improve our lives on that same individual level."

"This Digital Loom is More Than Just a Desktop Fabric Printer—It's the Future of DIY Fashion".

"6 Things To Do If You’re Feeling Overwhelmed By All the Tragedy in the News".

"Scientists say music is more like a cultural cuisine than a universal language".

"How Toronto kids celebrated birthdays in the 1980s".

"French Artist Creates Mind Blowing Trompe-L’oeil Illusions".

"Tools of war: Why cannibalism has disappeared but rape hasn’t".

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] oursin, "Ursula K. Le Guin: A rant about 'technology'".

Also via [dreamwidth.org profile] oursin, "Motivation is Overvalued. Environment Often Matters More". [James Clear]

"How technology disrupted the truth".

"Survival, in verse: Edison High's poets use gut-wrenching verse as an antidote to adversity".

"Rosie’s Phenomenal Precision Insult Machine!"

"Faroe Islands fit cameras to sheep to create Google Street View".

"The Mixed Martial Arts of Victorian London".

"'Hamilton' Stars Share 5 Character Tips for Future Casts".

"The Law Professor Who Answered Back: When students complained about a Black Lives Matter shirt, she responded in a letter now going viral, but without any identification. We'll tell you who she is".


Jul. 20th, 2016 03:19 pm
violsva: Geoffrey Tennant, offering a skull (have a skull)
[personal profile] violsva
[I am currently copying over posts I like from tumblr; my apologies for any weirdnesses on your reading page]
umadoshi: (kittens - Jinksy - looking up)
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--I'm not going to the office tomorrow, for a couple of reasons. First, tonight I was out seeing Ghostbusters for the second time (this time with Ginny, while [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose and Kas went bouldering), and the 2D showtime options are horrible; as with Friday, when I saw it with [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose and [dreamwidth.org profile] wildpear, the only remotely useful evening 2D showtime was 8 PM at one theatre. (Fortunately for tonight's plans, that lone theatre happens to be very close to the climbing gym.) And second, my desire to finish out my remaining "extra" days at Casual Job by the end of this month (six days remaining) allows me to stay home to do freelance work one day this week and one day next week, and I really need to get a bunch of work done tomorrow, since I have an Arpeggio of Blue Steel volume due next Monday and a half-volume due for VIZ later next week. Meep. And my evenings are all busy this week. o_o

--Despite the need to get a fair bit of work done tomorrow, I'm really looking forward to not needing to get up with my alarm if I sleep badly or if Jinksy happens to be all snuggly or something. (And I'm happy to be setting the alarm for something much more in keeping with my natural sleep cycle, which means 9:30 or 10 AM. Note that it's about 1 AM as I'm posting this.)

(Jinksy, naturally, hopped up on my lap for the first time all day as I'm writing this and thinking about bed.)

--Evening busyness: Ghostbusters tonight. Usual Wednesday-night hangout with [dreamwidth.org profile] wildpear tomorrow. A vet appointment for Jinksy!bear on Thursday (nothing serious, we think, but he has a bit of scabbing or rash or something on the back of his neck. It doesn't seem to be bothering him much, but we want to get it looked at quickly rather than risk that changing). Hanging out at Nico's place on Friday. All in all, a resounding OOF! and a distinct lack of time to work in the evenings.

--I've installed Pokémon Go on my phone, but I've only technically played it at all so far. [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose took a CarShare car to my parents' place last night so he could update their computer a bit, and I poked at the game on the drive over, but I haven't actually done the walking-around-and-playing thing at all. No idea if I'll get into it, but it might be nice to, at least casually; I'm really terrible at getting out for a walk when I don't have a destination in mind. (I've never played any iteration of Pokémon before or seen the anime or anything, so this is largely a wide unknown for me.) So (IIRC) I'm currently at Level 3 (barely), have five types of Pokémon, and have seen seven types. Something like that.
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Fannish/Geeky Things

"A new book of Marvel fanart explores the eternal appeal of Bucky Barnes". [The Daily Dot] "We spoke to [artist Kaitlin Wadley] about the new artbook (out in September), the eternal appeal of Bucky Barnes, and how she uses fanart to subvert the male gaze."

"[Women Write About Comics] Is Launching a Zine and We Want YOUR Submissions".

"She-Ra and the Fight Against the Token Girl: Decades before the outcry against the Ghostbusters remake, a 1980s kids show tried—and failed—to subvert male-centric stories.".

"The Mini-NES Won't Get Games Beyond The Ones That Were Announced". "Addressing some of my questions today, a Nintendo spokesperson said that the console won’t be able to connect to the internet and that the company has no plans to support it with new NES games in the future. Also, in case you were wondering, the cartridge slot doesn’t actually open!"

"The Jim Henson Company is working on an adaptation of Terry Pratchett's 'Wee Free Men'", "with a screenplay by Rhianna Pratchett, the author's daughter." [The Daily Dot]

Pokémon Go links, including a couple of PSAs

"Analyzing the Martial Arts Skills of Pokemon". [Sarah Kurchak at FIGHTLAND]

"Pokémon Go isn’t a fad. It’s a beginning".

Quartz claims to have "The ultimate guide to Pokémon Go".

"Malicious Pokémon GO Apps Land in Google Play".

"Pokemon Go players: you have 30 days from signup to opt out of binding arbitration". [Boing Boing] And here's a link that'll autopopulate your email with the right info to opt out.

Miscellaneous (all from Atlas Obscura tonight)

"Places You Can No Longer Go: Emeryville Shellmound".

"The Most Beautiful Part of a Taiko Drum is Hidden Inside It".

"Ranking the Pain of Stinging Insects, From ‘Caustic’ to ‘Blinding'".

"Enormous Bugs and Where to Avoid Them".

"Found: Pedals, the New Jersey Bear Who Walks on Two Legs".

"419.99 Mile Marker: When zealous marijuana enthusiasts kept stealing the "Mile 420" highway marker, the State of Colorado got creative.".

"The Forgotten Kaleidoscope Craze in Victorian England".

"The Most Beautiful Dead: Photographs of Europe's Jeweled Skeletons".

A list in shorthand

Jul. 19th, 2016 09:18 pm
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I'm supposed to blog about my work for the new job (which I started yesterday), ideally three times a week. I figure I could maybe get into the habit of writing Dreamwidth posts the other two weekdays, since I have not regularly updated here in over a year.

But there is so much I want to talk about, and I'm not sure if I have the energy to get around to all the topics in one post, so have a list for now, and hopefully I will return to expand on them in subsequent posts.

* I finished watching Nirvana in Fire, which I enjoyed so much that I have been giving USB sticks with the episodes to friends in an effort to convince everyone to watch it too. It is so good. There is a sizable K-fandom but sadly the fan translation of the original novel into Korean is no further along than the one into English. Incidentally, the fic that is apparently the most famous one in C-fandom is being translated into English: Peerless [倾国 ENG].

* Then I read Ninefox Gambit and got most of the way through the first volume of Legend of Galactic Heroes. You know, to continue to scratch the itch for brilliant masterminds facing off and multilayered battles of wit/political intrigue. Speaking of the latter, the second volume just arrived today, so I should really finish reading the first.

* A conversation in [personal profile] yhlee's journal led to the creation of [community profile] sewing101: a support group for novice sewists (and any expert sewists who would like to give us advice). Come join us!

* I haven't lost my interest in fountain pens and now own...uh...eight. All in different shades of green. Plus numerous extra nibs. And a truly unspeakable number of green ink samples. I have been using them to do morning pages and have already filled up one A5 notebook. I switch pens every paragraph so I have an excuse to keep them all inked up at the same time (each with a different green ink, of course). It looks a little strange but I get a lot of tactile pleasure out of it. I also want more pens, and now that I have an income again, I want to save up for a Franklin-Christoph pen in emerald acrylic. Which would be substantially more expensive than any of the pens I've bought so far.

* I have been playing Pokemon Go, although I haven't gotten very far. My building is a Pokestop! But sadly, I have not managed to catch all that many Pokemon. I am on Team Blue! Team Yellow seems unusually dominant in my neighborhood though.

* Hamilton is coming to Chicago but the tickets sold out so quickly that the only ones I could find for a reasonable (yet still $100+) price were all ones with "obstructed views". Sigh. I suppose I will just have to hope they'll extend the show here and that the ticket prices might come down eventually...

* Still watching a lot of Return of Superman. 엄태웅's daughter, 지온, is currently about two months older than Kkoma in the episodes we are watching.

* [personal profile] starlady has been making some really insightful, thought-provoking posts on the Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries by Dorothy Sayers.

Er, what else? I'm sure I'm forgetting something, but I think that's enough random topics thrown into the air for now.

JWP fics (to be updated)

Jul. 18th, 2016 06:39 pm
violsva: Sidney Paget illustration of Holmes and Watson, seated, with the caption "Cut out the poetry, Watson" (Holmes)
[personal profile] violsva
I have been doing pretty well this year.

Prompt #1: Water Cure

Prompt #2: Take Hold of Me: Very Cavafian

Prompt #3: Rest and a Bit of Peace: Great Mouse Detective

Prompt #4: Blood and Bile: Good Omens crossover

Prompt #5: Amicitiae Nomine Tectus

Prompt #6: Energy and Nerve Force

Prompt #7: Petitions

Prompt #8: Vroom!

Prompt #9: Experiments: Xu-lai and Jane; warning for Furbies

Prompt #10: First of May (late): BBC Sherlock

Prompt #11: Désir Bruyant: Smut, pegging

Prompt #12: Pash: Based on this picture, hello.

Prompt #13: Of their dead selves to higher things: Slightly gross

Prompt #14: Return

Prompt #15: Bleeding Hearts Around: Based on "Love Armed" by Aphra Behn

Prompt #16: Unexpected Sources (late): Agatha Christie crossover

Prompt #17: Commission

Prompt #18: The Widows: The Landlady 'verse

Prompt #19: Duties to a Client

Prompt #20: Our Cause Is Ripe: Sequel to Bleeding Hearts Around (#15 above)

Prompt #21: Bitter
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Cute Stuff

"Cat And Dragon Become Cuddle Buddies".

"Woman Photographs Black Shelter Cats To Help Them Get Adopted".

"A Pair of Bunny Noses". What it says on the tin.

On Twitter, this marvelous video of an otter eating.

"Proud Sausage Dog Poses With Her 6 Tiny Sausages For Maternity Photoshoot".

"Proud Sea Lion Mom Shows Off Her New Pup in These Adorable Pictures From the Zoo".

"25 Pictures of Cats To Prove They Love Warmth More Than Anything".

"Couple Lets Their Dog Pick Out a Kitten at the Shelter and Now They’re Besties".

"5-year-old Girl Suggests to Police to Recruit Cats, They Write Back".

Social Justice

"The ‘perfect body’ is a lie. I believed it for a long time and let it shrink my life: As a child, Lindy West was told she was ‘off the charts’. In this exclusive extract from her new book, Shrill, she explains how society’s fixation on thinness warps women’s lives – and why she would rather be ‘fat’ than ‘big’".

"Introduction to Disability Terminology". [Disability in Kidlit]

"106 Things You Can Do To Bring About The Queer Revolution".

"How Black Torontonians are Creating Their Own Spaces in the City". [Torontoist]

"I’m Worried About Our White Boys". "I’m worried about our white boys because. I, as a white mother, don’t know how to do this. I feel overwhelmed and lost swimming in a sea of sadness and grief over the state of our country. But if mothers of black boys have to teach their sons how to engage with police officers so they don’t get killed and mothers of daughters have to teach their girls how to protect themselves against sexual assault, I think the least I can do is try to figure out how to teach my white son how to not be the oppressor but the supporter of the oppressed."

"How a Black Lives Matter Toronto co-founder sees Canada: Janaya Khan speaks out on BLM Toronto’s sit-in at Pride—and why marginalized groups shouldn’t always bear the burden of truth". [Macleans]

"Black Lives Matter Just Delivered Their 10 Point Manifesto, and This Is What They Want".


"After Stonewall: The First-Ever Pride Parades, In Vintage Photos".

"25 Photos That Show How Much Obama’s Presidency Matters To Young Black Americans". [Buzzfeed]

"These 26 Vintage Photographs from Inside Old Doll Factories Will Make You Shudder".

"20 Beautiful, Bizarre Years at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade".
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This past Wednesday night Metric played the Halifax Jazz Festival main stage (which still boggles me a bit--Metric? Jazz?--but sure, whatever), and [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose and I went and met up with a few local friends there. We got there early enough to be only a few rows of people back from the stage barrier, and managed to hold the position for the whole evening.

Metric is a band whose music I both really enjoy and am not deeply familiar with; as I think I mentioned before the concert, I'm very familiar with Fantasies and fairly familiar with Synthetica and Pagans in Vegas, and not familiar at all with their three pre-Fantasies albums. Basically I started with Fantasies because my intro to Metric was someone on one of the fic-prompt communities giving "Help, I'm Alive" as a Newsflesh prompt, which resulting in me a) checking out the album and b) writing "Points of Divergence" (my first posted Newsflesh fic), and then just followed Metric's subsequent releases. concert experience under the cut )

TL;DR: Great concert. Glad I went. Not sure I'd do it again.


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