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Fannish/Geeky Things/SFF

"Hero-Princess-General Carrie Fisher Once Delivered a Cow Tongue to a Predatory Hollywood Exec". [The Mary Sue]

"Carrie Fisher Insisted That Leia’s Last Jedi Arc Honor All The “Girls Who Grew up Watching Star Wars”". [The Mary Sue]

"Who are Tessa Thompson’s LADY LIBERATORS?" "The Marvel Cinematic Universe has realigned how Hollywood thinks of blockbusters, franchises, and comic book movies. Though the films have been groundbreaking at the box office, it’s been nine years since Marvel Studios began the MCU and they’re still two years away from having a solo female led movie on our screens.

But if Thor: Ragnarok’s Tessa Thompson has anything to do with it, that’s not going to stand. During a recent press conference for Taika Waititi’s much anticipated Thor film, Thompson regaled us with a rad story about confronting Kevin Feige with the possibility of an all-female Marvel movie."

A discussion on N.K. Jemisin's Facebook about the "magic system" (scare quotes hers) in the Broken Earth books. Spoilers!

Abigail Nussbaum on N.K. Jemisin's The Stone Sky.

Cute Stuff

"If You Ever Feel Sad, These 10+ Highland Cattle Calves Will Make You Smile".

September LaPerm pics from [ profile] naye. These posts are always great, but I think this one is even better than usual.


"We Don't Do That Here". "I have a handful of “magic” phrases that have made my professional career easier. Things like “you are not your code” and my preferred way to say no: “that doesn’t work for me.” These are tools in my interpersonal skills toolbox. I find myself uttering phrases like, “right or effective, choose one” at least once a week. This week I realized I had another magic phrase, “we don’t do that here.”"

Brian Fies' "A Fire Story" is a short comic about him and his wife being burned out of their home in the wildfires.

"Art Inspired by Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities". (I haven't read the book, but the art is really neat.)

"Photographer Gets Bitten By A Deadly Black Mamba, Still Manages To Finish The Photoshoot". (Many beautiful snake photos!)

" Our home on native land". Searchable map of North America's First Nations territories and pre-colonial histories. "There are over 630 different First Nations in Canada (and many more in the USA) and I am not sure of the right process to map territories, languages, and treaties respectfully - and I'm not even sure if it is possible to do respectfully. I am not at all sure about the right way to go about this project, so I would very much appreciate your input."

"Creating Gender Liberatory Singing Spaces: A Transgender Voice Teacher’s Recommendations for Working with Transgender Singers".

Via [ profile] dine, "Pumpkin Spice and Needles: Bookish Autumn Cross Stitch Patterns".

"Video game developers confess their hidden tricks at last".

Via [ profile] alisanne, "Why Do We Cook So Many Foods at 350 Degrees?" [Mental Floss]

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Oct. 16th, 2017 06:39 pm
harpers_child: melaka fray reading from "Tales of the Slayers". (Default)
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Pen-dips prompt:
12) Your character has been handed a child that looks nothing like them, but everyone insists that it is their child.

So this is hilarious because of Morgan and Leeloo. (SG-23 'verse.)

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Teal Dear:
The joke is, Morgan totally has a kid that looks nothing like her. Because one is human and the other is an adopted alien.

OC tober - flashback

Oct. 16th, 2017 05:33 pm
harpers_child: melaka fray reading from "Tales of the Slayers". (Default)
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This prompt is from the pen-dips list for the 5th. "How does your character walk? What do their footsteps sound like?" My brain decided this meant what kind of shoes.

Kit - Barefoot is soft pat-pat-pat. She's digigrade so less foot hits than a standard human. She's got custom boots with arch and ankle support for shoe wearing occasions.

Morgan Pryce- Combat boots. Quick steps with a destination.
Leeloo - Wears sandals. Depending on which ankle brace those are sometimes more hardcore sandals.

Monoshi - 2 tooth geta outside. Stocking feet inside. Sometimes fox paws.

En Wendesday - cowboy boots
Skald - big stompy goth boots or pointy toed trad goth boots
Forgetful & Mumbles - converse. vans. surplus army boots.
Bridget - Expensive fashionable shoes. Often flats or kitten heels. Sometimes skyscraper heels.

Lis - Varies widely. Adventuring boots. Soft fashionable boots. Embroidered pointy toed slippers.
Arad - Sturdy boots. Plays at being the muscle so he doesn't have to wear stupid looking shoes.
Issa- Fashionable boots with soft soles the better for sneaking in.
Aravis - Doesn't play those games and gets to wear comfy ankle high boots in her nice infirmary and research library and no one ever tries to kill her. Does own 2 pairs embroidered pointy toed house slippers. One is lined in fur for winter.

Monday, again.

Oct. 16th, 2017 07:18 am
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This week is going to be an incredibly busy one. I have payroll, and we're closing on the USDA grant on Thursday, so I have to have all the paperwork ready.

The bright spot is that I am taking Wednesday off and going climbing.

Pat came home from his 70 mile bike ride (yes, he decided to extend the ride), and was very happy that it had gone well.

I finished the laundry.

We napped for several hours.

Then we started watching Sunday Night Football. I find that I am not enjoying football the way I used to. I know that much of that is due to the idea of CTE and what these young men are doing to themselves. The other is how I'm fed up with the way young black men are treated.

The bigotry and stupidity of old white men is ridiculous.

In other news, Pat and I were invited to see BLADE RUNNER 2049 tonight. We turned it down because we want to see the first movie before we see the new one. We saw it when it was released, which is many years ago. We decided we wanted it fresh in our minds when we see this one.

We like to maximize our enjoyment as much as possible.

5:45 is a stupid time to be up

Oct. 15th, 2017 08:23 am
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And yet. I was.

Pat's off to ride 68 miles. I'm doing laundry.

Yesterday we both took the day off. We napped. We watched the movie GIFTED. We had splurged and bought it for ourselves because we both loved it so much in the theater. It's definitely a movie that you can see over and over.

Then we watched the Gators lose a football game. They did a damn fine job of it. They have a very young and inexperienced quarterback, and he doesn't seem to be getting much in the way of coaching. Why do I say that? He performs whatever play was called, rather than looking to see what other options are out there. That's poor coaching. You're supposed to teach. That's what coaching is really about. Teach the skills. This is definitely not happening at UF.

In other news, I started a book called CODE GIRLS, which is about the women who were recruited to do crytoanalysis during WWII. (I probably spelled that word wrong.) Anyway, it's very interesting so far. I had it on my wish list with Amazon and a friend sent it to me. YAY! I do love my Amazon wish list.

The week ahead promises to be very busy and very hard. I've got payroll and the closing of the USDA grant. But I also have my birthday in the middle, and I'm taking that day off. That should help with things mentally.

A time to pull away the football

Oct. 15th, 2017 09:52 am
rydra_wong: Peanuts. Lucy has just pulled away the football and Charlie Brown has crashed onto his back. "And a time to pull away the football," she says. (football -- time)
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So [personal profile] rachelmanija is trying to start a campaign to pull the nuclear football away from Trump's grip.

I Google, and found Charlie Brown's Greatest Misses: Every 'Peanuts' Football Gag Comic. Some of the panels seemed ... strangely apposite.

Free to take, use, modify, do what you will. Pull the football, save the world.

A small mishmash update

Oct. 15th, 2017 12:47 am
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I took a stab at catching up on replying to comments, but I suspect I'm not gonna get completely caught up. *stares grimly at browser* I did at least manage to get back under 100 open tabs. That's something, I guess.
Oh-so-mercifully, I don't have Casual Job work on Monday, which means I'm merely very stressed about my freelance deadlines for the coming week, where before yesterday (when we found out about Monday) I was closer to "I'm only managing to not panic because I know it won't help".

Our odds of getting bulbs in or getting any other garden work done this weekend (basically everything else falls under "fall cleanup", I guess?) still seem low, though. Dear ground: please, please do not freeze solid this month.

I keep finding myself trying to think of how long it's been since I wrote any words at all. It may be just as well I haven't figured it out yet. Even trying to piece it together is disheartening.

In "Kas is tremendously awesome" news, a week or so ago Ginny brought a piece of a recent Kas-made lemon loaf to the office for me, and it was wonderful, and in my happiness I mentioned that it'd been a while since I'd had his lemon loaf and so it was delightful to have a piece. (He used to make it quite a bit, but has been tending to bake other [also excellent!] things for the last while.) Ginny relayed that to him, and next thing I knew, Kas had made me a lemon loaf. *melts*
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I've been finishing up the URBAN ENEMIES anthology. I've read two stories by authors where they're bad guys were the central figures in which they illustrate how bad the person is by having them abuse children, without those children receiving any help. They were just made to suffer and that was it. Wow. Never need to read those writers again.

I'm probably particularly sensitive to this issue because of my own childhood and having the massively unhappy experience of turning in my youngest brother and his wife for child abuse.

If there had been some aid to the children in the story somehow, I might have been able to tolerate it. And yes, I know it's more realistic to say that there wouldn't have been any aid, but I'm just not okay with reading that shit.

My brother hasn't spoken to me since. I have no relationship with is children whatsoever. But I know that because I did that, the adults were put under a two year supervision by State and the children benefited. That makes it worth it. Those kids were helped.

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Oct. 13th, 2017 10:08 pm
harpers_child: melaka fray reading from "Tales of the Slayers". (Default)
[personal profile] harpers_child
I've had a rough week. In an attempt to write something, anything, I give you 10 random things about Kit.

1. Her favorite color is pink.

2. Pastel goth wasn't a phrase when I came up with her style, but totally a pastel goth.

3. She speaks a bunch of languages, but only because she learned through telepathy. Like, what's the point of having telepathic friends if you don't use it to cheat at skill acquisition.

4. The first time she met Logan was when she shook him out of a nightmare because "it's in the caring for your empath handbook. If you don't maintain your calm I will maintain it for you." She shook his feet btw. She's not stupid.

5. When she was sixteen all her fingernails fell off and she grew claws instead. They're retractable. It was a weird month.

6. She's a kind person. It's a choice not a naturally occurring trait.

7. Wears a lot of skirts and dresses because wearing pants while having a tail requires tailoring. There have been a lot of jokes about build-a-bear butts over the years.

8. Owns a really unnecessary amount of clothing with cats and related phrases on it. Like half her wardrobe. Finds it hilarious. Has consistently owned a hoodie with cat ears since she was 15.

9. Smokes. She's gone through phases where she quits. Sometimes for years. Next big stressful thing happens and she buys a pack. Keeps trying to quit for good. Started in high school. (I've a head-cannon that a lot of the X-Kids smoked. It's relatively inexpensive short term stress relief.)

10. All her boots are custom. Stupid semi anthropomorphised feet. Has to be careful about arch and ankle support.

I've got a pinterest board going for Kit. Mostly high school to young adult at present.

My general X-Kid board is
Diary of an X-Kid is the name of the zine Kit and Piotr did in high school.


Oct. 13th, 2017 09:17 pm
rydra_wong: The display board of a train reads "this train is fucked". (this train is fucked)
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I've mentioned the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act before. This is the bill that would prevent the US President from launching a pre-emptive nuclear strike without a congressional declaration of war.

But there have been some recent news stories that make it particularly clear why this is important:

NYT: Mr. Trump Alone Can Order a Nuclear Strike. Congress Can Change That.

RawStory: GOP official imagines Kelly and Mattis discussed tackling Trump in the event he ‘lunges for the nuclear football’: report

TPM: Houston, We Have a Problem. LA, Chicago, STL, ATL, NYC, You Guys Too

[personal profile] rachelmanija has a post with everything: explanation, who to contact, scripts, a hashtag and an aspiration to go viral:

[personal profile] rachelmanija: Pull The Football - Save the World

Look, I grew up in the late '70s and '80s and I was a very anxious child who (like so many) read Raymond Briggs' When The Wind Blows way too early because a lot of adults didn't realize it wasn't a children's book, and also a book on how to prepare for all possible disasters (nuclear war included) which I found in my grandmother's house because anxiety is severely over-determined in my family. I still remember about building a lean-to from doors and whitewashing your windows, okay?

(And yes, I know that the UK is unlikely to be a direct target unless things spread and more countries get pulled in, whereas the South Koreans are absolutely fucked, but I can't even start getting into that kind of calculation before my brain shorts out because it's horrific to even be at the point of thinking about that.)

I am not interested in panicking or freaking out because I know that I can't live at that pitch of terror, and I have to secure the blast doors on my brain and not think about certain shit.

But if we do what we can do, we might be able to make the world substantially safer on this one front.

If you're in the US, contact your representatives and signal-boost on social media. If you're not in the US (like me), signal-boost for those who are. Take what action you can, then return to going lalalalait'llneverhappen because that's how we get through our fucking days, okay?

Let's give this one a shot, and may Stanislav Petrov's spirit watch over and bless us.

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Oct. 13th, 2017 01:34 pm
rydra_wong: Sign with missing letters, reading "BUI DING A C NTRY THA ORKS OR RYON". (orks)
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(After I saw a screencap of the final version, courtesy of Reuters.)
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I have a job working at a nonprofit that tries to ease some of that in my little corner of the world.

I give money when I can. I vote for people who are NOT crazy.

I pray, do things for the people I know who are struggling.

But it all seems like so little.

Twice a week I walk into the boxing club and I spend one short hour focused on punching, sliding, and weaving. Everything else drops away. It has to, or I can't do what is required by my coach.

For one short hour, that day, it's all about my body, coordinating the moves, paying attention to the commands.

I sweat. I breathe hard. My shoulders ache from holding my hands in the defensive position.

When that hour is over, I walk out of the club and back into the crazy, miserable world again, where madmen are in charge of governments, people would let others die to enrich themselves financially, and gender and race determine what kind of life you lead.

I come out of the boxing club physically stronger, and mentally stronger, and able to continue dealing with the crazy and the misery for just a little longer.

Nie wieder

Oct. 13th, 2017 10:16 am
rydra_wong: the illuminated Sarajevo haggadah (sarajevo haggadah)
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I know we're all up to our eyeballs dealing with the clusterfucks in our respective countries (and the whole "maybe imminent nuclear war" thing), but this is also happening:

NYT: In Grim Camps, Rohingya Suffer on ‘Scale That We Couldn’t Imagine’

NYT: Rohingya Recount Atrocities: ‘They Threw My Baby Into a Fire’

Content notes for gang-rape, massacre, and all the things predictably involved in what the UN rights chief calls a "textbook example of ethnic cleansing."

Some analysis:

Washington Post: Why Aung San Suu Kyi isn’t protecting the Rohingya in Burma

I don't know what people in other countries can do, but here are reputable and reliable organizations raising money to help the more than half a million refugees who've fled already:

ActionAid: Emergency appeal for people fleeing Myanmar

Oxfam Emergency Appeal: Rohingya

I'm sure there are other groups on the ground (please comment with links if you know); these are just two I know are solid.

Amnesty have a petition and are trying to get lobbying going on Twitter:

Rohingya: the deadly situation & what to do about it

Various MPs have sent a letter to our shithead Foreign Secretary, so you can see if yours is a signatory and thank them if they are, lobby them if they're not:

Anne Coffey MP: Letter to Foreign Secretary on Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar

Please add links and suggestions if you've got them..

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Oct. 12th, 2017 05:53 pm
harpers_child: melaka fray reading from "Tales of the Slayers". (Default)
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I've fallen in love. This is a beautiful rendition.


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