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.

looking for a fic

May. 27th, 2016 09:26 pm
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I read an HP story a while ago, a post-DH story in which a bunch of the characters, including Malfoy & other Slytherins, were treated for PTSD by a Muggle therapist. IIRC, Hermione sets up the treatment and one of the women at the clinic is a former friend or lover of Susan Bones (?).

I cannot find this in any of my bookmarks; anyone know what story this is? I thought it was by Vera Rozalsky, but I can't find it on her FFN page.

Four year old fic

May. 27th, 2016 05:50 pm
violsva: Sidney Paget illustration of Holmes and Watson, seated, with the caption "Cut out the poetry, Watson" (Holmes)
[personal profile] violsva
Title: The Tarleton Murders
Author: Violsva
Fandom: Sherlock Holmes - ACD
Rating: T
Warnings/Enticements: Outsider POV, Pre-Canon, Victorian Attitudes, Underage Prostitution, Murder, Case Fic
Word Count: 2479
Summary: “Yes, my boy, these were all done prematurely before my biographer had come to glorify me. They are not all successes, Watson. But there are some pretty little problems among them.”

On AO3
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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".
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So B&N published this list of 15 space operas to get you over Firefly (although, ew, Ringworld). Huh.

I stumbled across a discussion of Firefly on File770, and in reading the conversation, I realized something. I've always said that Babylon 5 was great storytelling with terrible dialog; I wonder if I can say that the inverse is true of Firefly: terrible storytelling with great dialog? Hmm. Not terrible, maybe, but: the world-building is vivid but highly inconsistent, the Western elements are shoe-horned in and make no physical sense (firearms on a spaceship?), the racism & sexism of various elements are widely acknowledged, and the overarching plot, inasmuch as there is one, doesn't make a ton of sense (although to be fair they ran out of time). And yet it's still endearing, for the charismatic characters and the dialog, which makes real people of them immediately and makes you care about them in remarkably short time. (Witness, by comparison, SGA, where even after a season, I knew less about the official lead than I knew about Mal Reynolds after 2 episodes.)

I'm mildly amused by this list of recommended authors for people waiting for the next GRRM. I mean, I concur these are all great writers (err, except for the last few McKinleys: I won't read anything written after DragonHaven, oy), but they are not exactly what I would point at if someone said, "I'm out of Westeros books, what should I read in the meantime?" I would have to ask, "Why do you like Martin?" and go from there. But I think I would recommend Joel Shepherd's Sasha novels; Kate Elliott's Crossroads series; Sherwood Smith's Inda sequence; maybe Elizabeth Moon's Paksennarion novels; Martha Wells' City of Bones and The Fall of Ile-Rien trilogy. (And, of course, Dunnett. But then I recommend Dunnett to everyone. Every once in a while it sticks.)

538 did a week on all those bacteria in your intestines. Yay?

I'm amused at Subaru's skillful use of subtext.

If you listen to as many podcasts as I do, you can't avoid the Blue Apron ads. This writer tested a bunch of different meal delivery services.

Holy cow, this archaeological find is amazing. SO COOL.

Oh, no, Jo Beverly died. I was on a Dunnett mailing list with her for many years. (Dunnetwork, natch.) She was very nice, and always had good stuff to contribute.


Reading Wednesday:

Just finished: City of Stairs, by Robert Jackson Bennett, which is supremely excellent. Seriously, it's like Alan Furst and Kate Elliott had a child and it was adopted by N. K. Jemisin. Fallen gods and reversal of empire and espionage and politics and lost histories and vikings and colonialism and the after-effects of centuries of oppression, with two excellent female main characters, set in a world using vaguely 19th/early 20th century technology (although no telephones, for some reason), but where the wreckage of the magical past continues to cause problems. I just really enjoyed the hell out of that.

Currently reading: I'm also still partway through Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen, and I put down The Very Best of Kate Elliott to read the Bennett, because that's a library book and I didn't want it to expire.

Up next: Villette, finally. Although I'm very tempted to go find City of Blades...
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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".


White Rim 2016

May. 24th, 2016 07:00 pm
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Uh, hi! Remember me? I used to do stuff and post about it!

Last week we joined friends for a White Rim bike trip. This is the same trip we did three years ago (and look, I wrote about it here!) and it was organized by the same couple, though this year it was mostly a different cast of characters, and also in the opposite direction. And also, I have a new bicycle!

Ilana and new bike

For those of you who care about such things )

The ride was to start Wednesday, but Britt had a meeting he couldn't miss and would come later, so I got a lift to the start with some of the other riders. We had lunch at the top of the Mineral Bottom switchbacks and then rode the ~10 miles to the Hardscrabble campground. The road between the bottom of the switchbacks and the camp is often very sandy, which makes for hard riding; due to recent heavy rainfall, it was instead nicely packed, with occasional mud that was mostly avoidable by choosing a path wisely (or briefly leaving the road). Britt rolled in sometime around 8 pm, which was still well before sunset.

In addition to the mud, the rain had made the desert bloom. We rode by orange globe mallow and blue blanketflower, by the pinks and yellows of flowering prickly pear cactus. (Photo by Ryan)

Cactus flower (by Ryan)

Read more... )

All 15 of my photos at Flickr (the ones in this post, plus a few more)

Brendan's photos, which are better than mine, at Google Photos

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May. 24th, 2016 03:32 pm
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So I’ve just finished rereading The Seven-Per-Cent Solution by Nicholas Meyer, and it is an excellent story and I love it, but it did remind me of something.

Because it has a swordfight on the roof of a moving train. And Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Holmes by Loren D. Estleman has a high speed hansom cab chase through London. These are not isolated examples. (And in BBC Sherlock, of course, Dr. Watson commits more murders in the first two episodes than he does in all of the canonical stories combined.)

And a claim I see a lot is that fangirls make everything about romance. Which is not completely inaccurate.

But fanboys tend to make everything about ridiculous action movie scenes. Which isn’t any more in the spirit of the originals, really.

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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Today's rhythm felt entirely different than yesterday's, but the basic list of accomplishments is much the same:

--Adapted the second half of the chunk of manga that's due tomorrow, so in the morning I just need to look a few things up and do a final read-through...before getting to work on the full volume that's due on Thursday.

--Watched two episodes each of The 100 (finished the season), Penny Dreadful (so I was caught up for a few hours, but then a new episode aired tonight), and Person of Interest (still two episodes behind and really excited to get to the next one; hopefully I can catch up tomorrow!).

[ETA: Penny Dreadful spoilers in the DW comments!]

--Read Gena/Finn in one sitting, entirely unintentionally. For six episodes of TV the cats hung out with me on the sofa off and on, but naturally it wasn't until I turned the TV off and was thinking I'd come up to my office that Jinksy suddenly curled up on my feet. ^^; So instead, since I hadn't decided what I was going to read next anyway, I plugged my phone in and flipped through my Kobo library and mostly-randomly picked Gena/Finn, and by the time Jinksy wandered off again I was mostly done.

The ending sneaked up on me, because I cannot figure out how to convince the Kobo Android app to count page numbers by the book, not by chapters. (On Elliot, my actual Kobo reader, IIRC it was pretty easy to do.) So my reading "progress" was constantly rolling over as the short and therefore many chapters went by. (Anyone know offhand if there's a way to fix that? It really bugs me! But I read on my phone so rarely that I almost never think of it.)

--And once again, I managed not to nap at all and am unreasonably pleased about it.


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