More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

Mar. 25th, 2017 03:11 am
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Stereotyping , Spike/Xander by [personal profile] forsaken2003.

Take the [community profile] seasonal_spuffy poll.

BufferingTheVampireSlayer podcast talks What's My Line, Part 2.

PopCultureRoleCall podcast talks Ted.

SoundCloud podcast talks The Wish.

Hypable podcast talks I Was Made to Love You & Reprise .

Is Spike's personality like a cat's? , thanks to [profile] sueworld2003 for the link.

Thinky thoughts on Cordelia's hair by [personal profile] kikimay.

CBR talks "15 Deaths That Mattered On Buffy The Vampire Slayer".

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Mar. 25th, 2017 05:46 am
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I am also not helpful because I can't figure out tumblr well enough to communicate on there.
I thought I said a thing but it is now not there.
So I'm basically just thinking helpful thoughts at the ether.
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I would like to be helpful

but I do not know how

and especially do not know what to say.

I mean things that have helped me include meditate, but there are many times when it is annoying to ask if someone likes to meditate. Like, it does not magic away all problems. Or many problems, really.

But it’s supposed to be a set of techniques for seeing what is going on with you. Like Resource Monitor but for the inside of your head? And if you get the hang of one of the pretty bits then you can make a nicer place in your head to hang out in.

So like guided visualisation isn’t going to fix actual housing problems, but it can make the inside of your head better decorated, maybe.

Read more... )

But then I don’t want to suggest it to other people because clearly it’s like a little paintbrush like for portraits, when you’re trying to get all the leaves from autumn tidied away sometimes. It’s not an everything sort of tool.

But it’s a nice place in your head when it works.
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Fannish/Geeky Things

"The Fansplaining Definitions Survey". "This project is a production of the Fansplaining podcast, which is run by Elizabeth Minkel and Flourish Klink. You can learn more about us at fansplaining.com. We're not academics and this is not an academic survey, but we do strive to discuss and learn more about fandom in general. (We're both, by the way, longtime fanfic readers and writers.)"

Fan-made "Deadpool Musical - Beauty and the Beast "Gaston" Parody". [YouTube, ~6 minutes (including credits)]

"Once More With Feeling: On the afterlife of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, what makes a show resonate for two decades, and why we re-watch television".

"Marvel’s Netflix Shows Need to Get More Comfortable with the MCU".


Writing/SFF

I liked Daniel José Older's NaNoWriMo pep talk.

"The SFF Equine: From Companions to Dragons". [Judith Tarr at Tor.com] "Both McCaffrey and Lackey based their magical beasts on a particular horse-human partnership: that of the riders and the (mostly) white stallions of the Spanish Riding School of Vienna. The horses are called Lipizzaner or Lipizzans in tribute to the original stud farm at Lipica in what is now Slovenia, and have been bred to much the same standard since the sixteenth century. They’re short, stocky, sturdy, strong, and highly intelligent. And they’ve been bred to favor individuals that bond with a single rider for, in the best case, the life of the horse."

"V.E. Schwab Expanding A Darker Shade of Magic With New Stories, Fan Art". (This is a collector's edition of the novel, not a whole new book.)

"Tale as old as time? We explore spin-offs, reboots and racebending". [[twitter.com profile] readingtheend guest-posting at OxfordWords blog]

"How Disney's 'Beauty and the Beast' Became the Darkest Tale of All: Despite the musical numbers, the 1991 Disney film is actually the darkest retelling of the popular fairy tale". [Genevieve Valentine at Vice]

"The Savage Other as a Stereotype in Fiction". [Kate Elliott]


Miscellaneous

Julia sent me this YouTube link: "The Birthday Boys - Gotta Catch My Shows". It's so true. ;_; See also: today's Wondermark.

"How to download a GIF from Twitter?" [Ezgif.com] It's not perfect--I think maybe it's rejecting some file formats?--but so far it's the most reasonable way I've found to nab "gifs" from Twitter. (Scare quotes because Twitter's idea of what to do with a gif is convert it to a video.)

"53 Pictures Only Introverts Can Truly Appreciate". [Buzzfeed] An alarming number of these are accurate for me. O_o

"Chris Evans Is Ready To Fight: His success as Captain America has made Chris Evans one of Hollywood's sure things, which means he can do whatever he wants with his free time. So why jump out of airplanes and get into it with David Duke?" [Esquire]

"This Adorable Pup Named Biden Just Got To Meet Former VP Joe Biden". [Buzzfeed]

"ModCloth Has Been Sold to Walmart—and Their Customers are Pissed". [The Mary Sue]

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] cofax7, "A Book of Creatures" is a blog that posts about "entities of myth, legend, and folklore", and notes "WARNING: May contain sex, violence, and divine retribution."

A dress that changes from a simpler ball gown to a butterfly dress. [Facebook video]

"A 130-Year-Old Fact About Dinosaurs Might Be Wrong: New research on the creatures’ family tree could “shake dinosaur paleontology to its core.”".

down a memory rabbit lane hole

Mar. 24th, 2017 11:33 pm
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Since I got the new ipad and read a lot on it, my posting pattern has changed, in that in the evenings I don't always turn on my laptop, thus I don't post as much, or answer comments in a timely way. I do read comments when I get them, usually on my phone, because that's where I read my email. But if I don't answer right away, it's because of the lag time it takes for me to get my computer out in the evening, not that I'm ignoring you.

*
The experiment in trying not to aggravate my knee is going apace. Sitting in a chair at work with my leg mostly straight isn't very comfy. I've been using my standing desk more than usual. Today I teleworked and got to sit on the couch, which is by far the most comfortable. The good news is, the pain has receded. The bad news is it doesn't take much to bring it back *I'm looking at you, stairs* So I'm avoiding stairs for the time being. I've set up a doctor's appointment, so we'll see what happens.

*
In wedding plans, I've made my bouquet! That's exciting. We'll need to fold more flowers, but two of my friends at work are actually excited about that.

*
I'm tempted by [community profile] wipbigbang  again. I dropped out last year because of RL house-buying. This year I'm not even going to sign up. I've got a couple short things I need to get done first, and then my long stuff will have to be on my own time. I'm still in that I want to write but I can't make myself sit down phase, which is driven by not having a lot of writing time at the moment. I'm not worried. I'm past that. Now I'm just patient.

But as a consequence of the comm announcement I found [personal profile] beatrice_otter 's The Genetics Factory, which she wrote for it last year, which is a Criminal Minds/Stargate crossover, which then sent me on a delightful search through Criminal Minds crossovers. I read several crosses wtih Supernatural, which were the first SPN fic I'd read in years, and then of course, segued into a few old favorites with various other fandoms, Ronon's Protection, Branching Out, The Clusterfuck Job, A Fate Worse Than, and In Darkness.

Which then segued into checking in on SGA fandom and John/Ronon fic. I found a new to me little series where Ronon stealth marries John! I was so excited! Getting There by mific.

John/Ronon is my secret favorite pairing in SGA. Don't get me wrong - I was totally there for the John/Rodney for years. Definitely one of my all time OTPs, but as I've faded out of SGA, it's the John/Ronon that keeps me coming back to see what's been happening, and I think it's driven mostly by my love of Ronon. I could read Ronon fic all day, and there's not enough of it. John/Rodney I'm more inclined to stick with old favorites rather than try new stuff because there's so much more to wade through, and it often falls much more into the conventional story lines that I've seen before and I'm less interested in. Also, I'm there for any fic that doesn't make Teyla the wise-calm-serene-friend and OT4 because I am always and forever there for team!porn/feels.

I always kind of have this low-key urge to write John/Ronon fic but then I have no idea what I would write about. My writing style usually wants a plot to go along with it. The one time I wrote a serious romance story (Blueshift [ST:AOS]) it was kind of by accident because that's not how it started in my head.

PEDTM: Day 24

Mar. 24th, 2017 08:30 pm
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Woke up feeling a bit grouchy, though I don't know why. I slept well, nothing's really wrong, but . . . grouchy. So I worked on that, and successfully I think, and after my swim I felt better. In preparation for the start of the remodel on Monday, we went to Lowes to check out light fixtures, a ceiling fan, doors, and cabinets. Oh my god, so much money! Thank goodness some of these things can be installed later, after our finances have had time to recover.

We're supposed to get together with the contractor on Sunday to go over the actual contract and timeline he has drawn up. I've googled sample contracts and gotchas, in the hope we won't sound too innocent. Well, what the hell.

Then I put Mother's ring into her safety deposit box. Without telling her. After I had it worked on the by jeweler, I just kept it at home and, to my surprise, she never mentioned it. She is wearing her other ring, the one she calls her birthstone and can no longer remember where it came from, so I think that helps. And of course if she asks, I'll tell her where it is. I can't bear to lie to Mother. But for now, it's safely in the bank and I hope it can live there for many years.

I had just gotten home when I got a call from an elderly friend: her partner was being released from the hospital and could I give them a ride home? Of course I could, but I didn't know she had been hospitalized! Again, by the way. Something about fluid in the pericardium that had to be drained. She's been in the hospital at least twice in the last couple of months. So I jumped back in the car and fetched them home. I need to check up on them more often, obviously.

Now I'm in bed and pooped. I'm re-listening to Kim Stanley Robinson's New York 2140, his most recent, and as I almost always do, I love it. If you love Stan's work you'll love this, but if not, well, it's not the best book to start with. Now that I've finished the book I'm reading the reviews; the best and most thoughtful that I've found so far is Utopia in the Time of Trump, by Gerry Canavan in the LA Review of Books. From the review: I've taken the highly unusual and possibly ill-advised step of quoting from very late in the book here because of something that I feel must be said: written before Trump's election and released just after his inauguration, New York 2140 stands as the first major science fictional artifact of the Trump era, anticipating even in its articulation of the conditions of victory the fragility of progress and the likelihood of reversal. That really resonated for me. So: good book.

Hey, did you see Paul Ryan's Freudian slip about Trumpcare? Popped up on my Tumblr feed. That ratfaced asshole. (I have since read that that's actually a "Kinsley gaffe," so new term for me.)

You all know I'm a Californian through and through: born in LA, though I lived most of my life in northern California. Now that I live in Arizona, I feel more Californian than ever -- even Webster has commented how Californian he feels here, and he's from Maryland! Anyway, here's an essay I enjoyed from, of all places, the Washington Post: This is California in the Era of Trump: California is not weird, because it is too many things to be just one thing. California has the country's best cabernet and maybe its worst public schools. It is the America of the near future, which means it has always been a bit dystopian — in a way that taking a luxury Facebook shuttle through the Tenderloin to Palo Alto is a bit dystopian. But it's home, you know?

Partnership

Mar. 25th, 2017 02:49 am
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It continues to puzzle me what fandoms latch onto about a character or pairing.
Or not puzzle, about the quality, just, why do they decide it's essence of those assholes?

Read more... )

The distance between the partnership they could have and the one they have right now is where the angsty drama tension lives, because what they want is thirty years of watching each other's back, and what they've got is thirty years of watching their back around each other. And wishing.

That's where the story lives, where they keep choosing each other and hurting each other, try as they might. And where we can hope for them to do better.



But reading the happily ever after as a given is sweet too.

Vidthings

Mar. 24th, 2017 05:04 pm
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Okay, this is AWESOME: Videlicet, a vidding zine featuring albymangroves, astolat, bironic, bradcpu, cathexys, gwyneth, hollywoodgrrl, kiki_miserychic, lim, loki, mordandawn, obsessive24, pteryx, speranza, stultiloquentia, thefourthvine, and tons of vids. I've only just started browsing it and it is delicious.

Also, [livejournal.com profile] sigerson sent me a link to a truly adorable Voltron vid made to "Starships," which I just showed to Zaphod, and which made us both very happy.

Here it is! )

The Battle's Done, and We Kinda Won

Mar. 24th, 2017 04:46 pm
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and we sound our victory cheer.
Tell me, where do we go from here?

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Mar. 24th, 2017 07:28 pm
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you know what I don't get about complaints of immigrants coming here for free healthcare?
people just say that and expect you to be annoyed
that people who are ill are being made healthy.

I mean, if they had to travel from another continent to get healthcare, they were probably in real need of healthcare.

Making people healthy is a good thing.




Yes I realise the part of the problem not stated is the long term underfunding of the NHS and the ongoing lack of resources and staff shortages
but without immigrants the whole thing would have ground to a halt long since
in no small part because of education policy over about a generation
and NHS funding is only one corner on a complex interlock of NHS, social care, and actually helping people enough they can get on with their lives and keep the money going round and round
and we really need to start talking structural stuff and numbers and proportions.

But no.

The root complaint is always, they come here and get well.




Humans.
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Die Hard. The original movie, John McClane at Nakatomi Plaza, dealing with terrorists, burglars, cops, the FBI and so on.

When John arrives at the big holiday party on the 30th floor, a small string ensemble is playing classical and seasonal music. They're located in a musicians' gallery, partway up a side wall, a kind of balcony, with a stairway for access from the main room, possibly a doorway to an upper hall behind them. Shots are fired, Hans and his merry men arrive, and the employees of Nakatomi Corp. are harried into the central room with the small fountains, stonework, pools, plants, etc. The musicians are seen once, running down the stairs or away from the situation, with their instruments.

What happens to them?

They can't get out; the building is locked down, the elevators (entrance in the room with the hostages) are stopped. They are not shot, harassed, or anything else onscreen. They are not among the group on the roof, later. Neither they nor their instruments are seen again for the entire movie.

I have a theoretical answer.

They are not human; they are fey musicians, arranged for by someone at Nakatomi who has connections to the Faerie world. When danger arises, they move down, huddle with the crowd and vanish, in such a way that they are not seen doing it -- and so many people are in shock at the terrorists' arrival that their leaving isn't noticed.

They make their way back to their homeland -- there is a gateway nearby, in the green area surrounding the building; the Los Angeles fey community has used it for centuries, and the modern era's takeover of the region with concrete and steel does not affect them; as long as the steel is not exposed and they are not forced into contact with it, it is not an issue. And they report what has happened to their region's queen.

The queen parts the gossamer curtains and scries in a pond in the mortal world. "It will be well. McClane is there." And she forbears to send elven troops to deal with the interlopers.

The magicians huddle and murmur. Who is this McClane? Ahh, *that* McClane, the reincarnation of one of their mightiest warriors, canny and powerful, who goes this time in the guise of a NY city cop, the better to fit into the culture. All will indeed be well.

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Mar. 24th, 2017 06:46 pm
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Today my tablet computer is acting peculiar
it's all slidey and acts like the scroll bar up the side doesn't exist for tapping or pushing around or whatever.
It also won't highlight a selection of words by running your finger over them, which is going to be a big pain.

Don't know what to do about any of that except vaguely hope it fixes itself as mysteriously as it went weird.

La Mystère Francophone

Mar. 24th, 2017 05:51 pm
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I'm in one of those phases again, where I'm listening to Radio-Canada (francophone CBC) to improve my ear. Sometimes I can follow things pretty well, and sometimes it just bounces off my eardrum, but this evening I ran into some programming so baffling I can only assume there was a bad combination of incomprehension and cultural disconnect.

In half an hour from about 1pm Montreal time, apparently part of the same programme but with no obvious connection, we got:
- Performance poetry(?)
- Someone making distressed animal noises
- The shooting of an elephant
- A rap about Aeroplan (the Canadian frequent flier/credit card points scheme)

Any answers, Quebec?


I'm really going to confuse the locals at Annecy when I turn up with my bad French in an accent that's mostly English but slightly Quebecois. The best animation school in France has a name that will really let the twang out to play; it should be said Go-blo(n) but in Quebecois it's Go-blai(n) and no matter how hard I concentrate, that's going to come out. Je m'escuse...

UPDATE: All previous bafflement made up for by the rap about Mardi Gras over this Acadian trad track that just played. I wonder if I'll ever manage to hear that again ...

Intrepid Investigator Starbuck

Mar. 24th, 2017 04:49 pm
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I love it when I’m researching a potential new donor and it turns out that not only do they have past felony convictions for financial crimes, they may have defrauded my own organization already. 

That’s what I call getting out ahead of the curve.

(Actually it’s kind of cool to be the one to uncover potential criminal malfeasance until I have to figure out who to report it to and probably give some kind of statement if it turns out to be true.) 

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