Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 12:25 pm

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It was the first early start for a while this morning. But really, I don't mind them at all, and I especially like that it's dinner time and all the stuff that needed doing has been done. Including cleaning the windows which is always a pain.

I've caught up on LJ/DW, so will head up to see mam for a while and after James finishes work at 1 we'll probably head off for a walk somewhere.

I went to the dentist on Thursday and it turns out I only needed one filling not two, so that was good. They're going to fit a temporary cap on my next visit in a fortnight, then the permanent one after that, and then no more cement tooth.

We went to the cinema to see Unforgeable, which didn't live up to its name. The reviews said it was the same genre of films like Single White Female and Basic Instinct, which it was, but it's the kind of film I'll forget going to see in a few weeks. Plus, for those who like to keep note, James fell asleep for the beginning portion of it.

I've seen the A03 meme going around, so figured why not? I used to write, right? Actually, I still do, just haven't lately which means my BBB is dead in the water, but I still have hopes for bingo.

Top 5 by hits

And the Painted Ponies -- 5553 hits
Blurring the Truth and the Lies 5431
Like a Bunk and Cramped Sleeping -- 4018
Nowhereville -- 3784
When Day is Night Alone -- 3761

Nothing surprising there at all, except Nowhereville flying up the ranks. And I remain thrilled that Blurring, the fic that was recced as someone's guilty pleasure, is so high. Do not worry people who love coma!Pete. You're not alone!

Top 5 by kudos

Like a Bunk and Cramped Sleeping -- 299 kudos
And the Painted Ponies -- 211
Blurring the Truth and the Lies -- 211
Ten Ways for Looking After Mikey Way -- 156
When Day is Night Alone -- 151

My heyday, man. Obviously years ago. And again, my soft spot for 10 Rules remains, many many years later and that short thrown -out story remains loved it seems.

Top 5 by bookmarks

And the Painted Ponies -- 58
Like a Bunk and Cramped Sleeping -- 47
When Day is Night Alone -- 45
Blurring the truth and the lies -- 41
Imitating Yesterday 23

Only change Imitating Yesterday, which has a high bookmark compared to kudos or hit. All I can think is the people who like it really like it.

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 12:25 pm

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Happy birthday, [personal profile] damnmagpie

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Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 12:13 pm

Weekly Check In April 23

Yesterday -- Earth Day -- saw tens of thousands of people March for Science in hundreds of places around the world, celebrating science and protesting the Minority President's proposed cuts to federal science and research budgets. Those cuts will form part of the new budget which Congress needs to pass when it returns this coming week. The likely sticking points are the Mexican Wall and funding for the ACA, while there are plans to revive the repeal of the ACA before the administration's 100th day on April 29.

TODAY, SUNDAY APRIL 23: ACLU People Power is holding deportation solidarity events outside regional ICE offices at 3 p.m.

Reminder that we have a suggestion post if there’s a topic that you’d like to see discussed but would like to ask the mods to look into. This can be anything from general information, or a how-to-do-a-thing, or something you may want to discuss as a community. Folks are welcome to post directly to the comm as always, but if you’re not comfortable/don’t have spoons, we can help too.

It's been quite quiet in the comm this week, but here are some reminders of ongoing or future actions

Public Participation in EPA's Regulatory Reform - Deadline: 15 May 2017

Upcoming Protests

April 29: Peoples Climate March - see these posters for National Parks in 2050 if climate change continues for inspiration and slogans.
June 11: LGBT+ March

Other news to know
There's been a steady drip feed of minor new revelations about the Trump Campaign's Russian links, the situation with North Korea rumbles on, and Syria is still a mess. For a catch up to the major developments each day, What the Fuck Just Happened Today usually provides good links to the key stories.

French voters go to the polls today to pick the two candidates for the run-off on May 7, and the UK government has called a snap general election on June 8. (I'm in the UK and this just makes me want to cry, because our opposition parties are so dysfunctional at the moment. I think my main hope is that the early signs the centre/left are figuring out how to build the kind of resistance movements, like Indivisible, that you've seen in the US will bear fruit -- if not for this election, for the long term.)

So, what have you all been up to in the last week or planning to get involved in next week?

Poll #18254 The Week
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 0

This week, I...

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called my one senator
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called my other senator
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called my representative
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called my governor
0 (0.0%)

called my state reps
0 (0.0%)

sent a postcard/email/letter/fax
0 (0.0%)

attended a town hall
0 (0.0%)

donated money to a cause
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went to an in person activist group
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participated in a phone or online resistance training
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went to a protest
0 (0.0%)

signed up for alerts
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took care of myself
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not a US citizen but worked in solidarity in my own community
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did something else
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committed to action in the coming week
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... I said all I wanted to say in the title, really. There's 37 more here if ppl want to go look :)

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 11:00 am

The Blood is the Life for 23-04-2017

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 09:25 am

Fic: Yuri!!! on Ice (clover71)

Posted by clover71

Title: Gemini Syndrome
Author: clover71
Fandom: Yuri!!! On Ice
Characters/Pairings: Victor Nikiforov/Katsuki Yuri
Rating/Category: PG13/Slash
Genre: psychological journey
Word Count: 10,400+
Warnings a very light take (for me at least) of dissociative identity disorder
An unrealized dream had left Yuuri frustrated, haunted by his distorted reflection and shadowed mind and crippling fear that Victor might not stick around to hold him together.

Author Note(s): Just thought I'd throw this in. During the sign-up period, this fandom had around 700 - 800 fics posted in AO3 and was non existent in ffnet, thus our lovely mod approved its validity as a small fandom. I never would've imagined that 6 months later, that 800 fics would grow to around 15K fics.

Link to fic master post: read@AO3

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 08:00 am

Movie Review: Gifted

Posted by Redheadedgirl

Chris Evans, one of the Top Chrises in the world, has made some very interesting choices in projects. This is a tiny, independent movie about family and genius and how do you help a kid who is ridiculously smart also manage to be a happy and healthy kid?

Chris Evans plays Frank Adler, a guy who repairs boats in Florida while raising his seven-year-old niece, Mary. Mary gets sent to school to get some socialization and make friends, and after some hiccups, begins to do well… until her grandmother Evelyn (Frank’s mom, played by Lindsay Duncan) gets wind of her magnificent brain and math skills, and tries to take her away to make sure she reaches her potential. Frank is certain that his sister, Mary’s mother, would have wanted her to have a normal childhood, and things get ugly.

Yeah, I cried a little.

Mary is one of those smart, precocious kids you see all the time, and she could be super annoying, but McKenna Grace layers in enough charm and snark so that she can carry this role. She gets a chance to be a bratty little shit, and run around like a little perpetual motion machine on the beach, and love her one-eyed cat (his name is Fred, and he’s the best cat in the world), all while learning differential equations and doing what every kid is doing: figuring out who she is and what her place in the world is. Grace has an excellent, natural rapport with Evans, willing to use him as a jungle gym and yell and cajole and snuggle.

Quick note about the cat: He’s a very patient cat, and a very sweet cat who likes going on boat rides and hanging on the beach, and there is a moment where the cat is in peril, BUT HE SURVIVES. HE’S FINE.

This movie is about trying to figure out what to do with a kid who is super smart. How to mold them into decent human beings with empathy (even when they think their peers are annoying and slow) and at the same time, give them enough challenge to keep them interested in school. Mary’s first day in regular school didn’t go well, because she’s way beyond basic arithmetic, and things are rocky for a while while Mary and Mary’s teacher, Bonnie (Jenny Slate) work out their relationship. Things come to a head when Mary beats the shit out of an older kid who picked on one of her classmates. (She doesn’t say “Of course I stood up for the kid because my uncle is Captain America,” but the visual is there.)

While Mary has been raised and shaped by her uncle – a man with her best interests at heart, always being worried that he’s not enough for her – it’s her relationships with women that help finesse the edges. Roberta, her neighbor (played by Octavia Spencer, and I’ll get to this part), adores Mary like her own kid. Bonnie, who naturally falls for Frank’s forearms,  also just wants to be the best teacher for Mary she can be. Her Grandmother (not “grandma,” never “grandma”) Evelyn, thinks that Mary’s mother’s math talent was ultimately wasted, and doesn’t want the same to happen to Mary. But it all comes down to Mary’s mother. She died long before this story began, but her ghost is in everyone’s mind, because they’re all wondering and interpreting the same question: what did she want for her kid?

I think this movie delivers an excellent message, that raising a kid who is a good person and good citizen and has a happy life should be the ultimate goal. “Best interests of the child” isn’t that easy to figure out, either. Sure, Grandmother has a big house and a piano and all of these things, but Frank understands Mary in a way that no one else does.  Even if the kid is super smart, she still has the emotional maturity of a seven-year-old. So, even if you can explain why someone wants to take her away from the life she knows, there are levels at which she won’t understand it. “Grown ups decided this disruption to your life is the best thing for you” is hard, no matter how smart you are.

The main frustration I had with Gifted is the ultimate waste of Octavia Spencer. Her role is functionally a Mammy archetype, designed to support and raise the white leads, and there’s very little Roberta does besides give Frank advice and be a mother figure for Mary. She has no inner life. And Octavia Spencer is great, because she’s a fantastic actress and a goddamn professional and will ALWAYS elevate the work. But she gets a lot of these roles, and thank god she gets other, stronger roles like Dorothy Vaughan, because she deserves way better.

I really enjoyed this film, frustrations aside. I think that Evans has made a lot of interesting choices with his career beyond the MCU. I loved Jenny Slate in Parks and Recreation, so seeing her in a completely different role is great. I was actually surprised to see that Mckenna Grace plays the annoying kid in Designated Survivor (the Kiefer Sutherland political thriller drama on NBC), and on DS, I find her character to be insufferable, but here she’s a delight. Gifted is emotional and will hit you square in all your feels, so prepare to cry, and bring tissues to share.

Gifted is in theaters now and tickets (US) are available at Fandango and Moviefone.

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Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 08:22 am

More observations

• There is now, finally, a YoI community on Dreamwidth, [community profile] yurionicefans.

• Pressing onwards with French learning, or at least with Lingvist, which I'm actually enjoying. Last time I tried it, I felt like I got bogged down in endless variants of "peux, tuer, veux, viens..." (or words of that shape), but I seem to have pressed on past that now. It tells me I've learned 538 words so far. If you devote 15 minutes a day, it's really easy to add 20+ words a day, which adds up. We'll see how it all hangs together.

• Waiting with bated breath for the results of the first round of the French Presidential election. Among other things, looking for informed discussion has reminded me how American-centric Metafilter is. The US Presidential elections produced 5000+ comment threads, every few days, for months. The corresponding French thread has 33 comments. So I am watching BFM TV via Worldbox (a fantastic resource hidden within the depths of channel 834 by Virgin Media), even though I don't really understand it.

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 09:29 am

Doctor Who 10.02

Following New Who tradition of the new Companion first getting a trip to the future and then one to the past, this one offers a fuiture where Emojis survive as a major mode of communication. Which, let's face it, is likely. :)

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Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 12:26 am

the purple plains of burma

Tonight I watched this really awful Gregory Peck movie with my dad—or, really, he was watching it and I was playing a game where you have to kill slugs and was just too lazy to get up off the couch. In the movie, Gregory Peck and two other officers are flying over Burma during WWII and their plane crashes in enemy territory. One guy suffers from Dramatic Wounds which make it necessary to carry him on a stretcher, and the other guy's in complete panic mode, waving down any plane that goes by and also complaining so hard he falls off a cliff. Gregory Peck is the only one keeping it together. As usual.

So they're all taking naps in the dirt during the heat of the day, and the soundtrack is heavy with drama, and flies, and Gregory Peck opens his eyes, and I'm like, "I really want a lizard to be staring at him right now. Or a monkey." But it doesn't happen. There's just some more arguing about how dumb everybody's plan is. Later, after another nap, Gregory Peck opens his eyes again, and I'm like, "There'd better be a lizard staring at him." But no, the panicky guy is missing, so Gregory Peck has to go hunt him down. That doesn't end well. We're down to two guys now, trekking through the Burmese desert, Gregory Peck carrying Dramatically Wounded Guy—who has now been dropped twice—on his back.

Finally we agree that Gregory Peck has to head towards the river and leave Dramatically Wounded Guy on his own for a while. So Gregory Peck does. More stumbling through the Burmese desert (as far as I can tell, in the real world, Myanmar does not contain any deserts?). The soundtrack rolls and wails because nothing has ever been so dramatic, and the camera spins, and god knows what else is going down because I'm honestly not paying much attention, but after about an hour and a half of this, I look up and Gregory Peck is lying face down in the sand, hot and sweaty, shirt ripped, clearly out of his mind, and he opens his eyes, and there, staring at him, is an iguana.

I have never been so satisfied with a movie.

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 03:05 am

Ships that I Ship: Day 113: Hermione/Viktor

Canon: Harry Potter
Pairing: Hermione Granger/Viktor Krum
Canon Level: Dated At One Point

Aw, Hermione and Viktor were really sweet. Hermione's smart enough not to be taken in by Viktor's fame or impressed by his Quidditch playing, which makes her different than the girls Viktor generally interacts with. And Viktor respects Hermione and her intelligence and passion, looking past the first impression she often makes and is then saddled with. I think Viktor would slowly come out of his shell while Hermione listened to him and gave his words due consideration. And it would all be a very sweet courtship.

Suggested reading:
Conversation on a Broom by [ profile] Inell
Quidditch Statistics by [ profile] LadyKes
Eloquent by [ profile] Rozarka

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 07:48 am

March for science

Yesterday, lots and lots of people around the world had pro-science demonstrations. The biggest ones were in the US, for obvious reasons. The one in Edinburgh attracted around 2500 people (I was near the back and asked a steward with a clicker), which was less than I'd hoped but still respectable. It was possibly the most polite, middle-class, non-controversial demo I've ever been on. A significant number of people had never been involved in public protest before (was this even protest?); the police were treating it as a nice paid stroll in the sunshine, and were laughing at the poor organiser with a megaphone who was trying to get a load of cautious and introverted academics to chant!

Favourite slogans on signs, out of many contenders:
  • "I came to do science and kick ass... And you just cut my funding "
  • "When life gives you lemons.... make a crude electrochemical battery"
  • "Witty science related slogan under peer review"
and the winner, for actually making a point humourly rather than just having fun,
  • "Got smallpox? Me neither."
For me the main purpose of this event was showing solidarity with the folk in the US for whom supporting science funding and wanting evidence-based policy is a controversial stance. As others pointed out, it's also relevant in the UK as a reminder to government that a lot of people feel this way, and that in an age of "the public is tired of experts" they are still needed..... but I'm not sure how helpful that is. As I see it, the trouble with the perception of science in government is that it's seen as just another pressure group. "The science lobby", which cares about things like research funding and climate change. I'm not convinced that the way to shift that perception is to do things like marches that a political pressure group would do. Eh. I hope I'm wrong.

I was rather disappointed that out of the ~150 people in my research institute, only a very few attended. When I mentioned it the day before on the relevant Facebook group there was deafening silence. I'm not sure if engineers considered it too political, or what...

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 02:58 am

Baby capybaras

From my son:

Some new baby capybaras were born and they are real dang cute!

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 02:17 am

Lately, I've been thinking about kennings

A kenning, to put this very simply, is a poetic substitution for a common word. They're quite popular in Norse poetry - instead of saying "gold" you might say "Sif's hair" (which was replaced with a magical wig of gold), instead of saying "sun" you might say "sky's jewel".

If you look at it right, kennings exist in Modern English as well - we refer to Superman as "the Man of Steel", and small children as "rugrats", and there's a whole host of highly offensive slurs that fit the bill as well. (If you don't look at it right, they don't exist in Modern English really, because we don't do much with them. But I like to think they do, so... yeah.)

I have spent a considerable amount of time amusing myself by writing out lists of kennings in Modern English (four eyes, skyscraper, Caped Crusader, pencil pusher...), but I will refrain from inflicting the entire list on you all. These lists are much more interesting to compose than to read anyway. Also, I'm hoping that if I don't pretend to be comprehensive, somebody will suggest a term that I've completely overlooked.

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 11:12 pm

364 Multi-Fandom Icons

219 Multi-fandom Icons (includes variations)
56 Doctor Who, 14 Sapphire and Steel, 19 Humans
12 Once Upon a Time, 15 Merlin, 27 Empire, 76 Various TV

Another preview to another post behind the cut. )

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 12:14 am

each one of us a queen

Tonight I went to see Anastasia on Broadway (it's still in previews, but opens next week). It was fantastic on several different levels, but one of the things I loved most was how great an adaptation of the movie it is—like, no spoilers, but it's really faithful to the movie while also being a really different show, and it works so well. I would also like to give a special shout-out to Dmitry's floppy hair, which was truly superb and made me a little weak in the knees.

We also went for delicious Russian food and vodka beforehand, because we were feeling thematic; so, in keeping with the theme, some Marina Tsvetaeva:

Hell, my ardent sisters, be assured )

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 08:51 pm

Super quick post

My mom is here visiting for a few days. I expect that my word count's going to be low because of that. Disappointing but hey, it's my mom! :D

I got 1400 words written today along with doing two loads of laundry, cooking BBQ ribs, going on a grocery run and replacing both of the shower heads in our bathrooms. The new shower heads work way better. I'm very happy with them.

Door in the Wind is now available on Kobo, Smashwords, CreateSpace and Amazon as both ebook and print.

Ebook is $2.99. Print is $5.99.

Do please check it out. This is my new epic fantasy short story series I'm having so much fun writing.

Goals for tomorrow include going to the mall with my mom (I need Lush!), taking care of the hubby who's still sick, getting the current short story done, and getting more things fixed on Kobo. Probably won't get that last one but I'll try.

Off to bath and bed for me--goodnight everyone!

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 11:32 pm

The Lost City of Z (2017)

Okay, so I haven't read the book. But B., who has, was with me, and one of the things he mentioned before we watched the film is that, in the book, at one point an Amazon tribe who had come forward and said that they killed Percy Fawcett in the late nineteen-twenties later came forward and said that a Brazilian minister had asked them to say they killed him in order to stop people from sending innumerable expeditions into the jungle in futile search of Percy Fawcett. This rather stuck with B., as it was an interesting way to handle the problem, and I found it pretty striking as an anecdote. Note that both the 'we killed him, that's what happened' claim and the 'here's why we said that' claim were made decades after Fawcett's disappearance.

I suppose I should not have been expecting anything sensible from Hollywood racial politics, but for fuck's sake, don't the film people know what it looks like they're saying when they have Fawcett being Insistently Anti-Racist Person Who Insists Amazonians Are People Too, in the face of openly racist opposition, yet, all over the movie-- which from what I gather is also rather inaccurate-- and then heavily imply that he was not only killed but also eaten by natives without including the refutation which was right there in the source material for them?

This is also a film which comes down pretty heavily on Percy Fawcett being Right About Things, and I'm not even sure it was intentional on the writer's part. It's just that when the issues somebody has are things like 'is heavily overinvested in cultural conceptions of masculinity', you have to be very blatant when you demonstrate that those are actual issues, because our culture is so approving of extreme behavior along those lines that disapproval needs to be obvious in-text just to bring us to neutral. Sure, Fawcett almost certainly got himself and his son killed, but the film goes to great (and, from what I hear, also a-historic) lengths to say that maybe they just went off to live with the natives, plus the whole thing very much has an air of It's How He Wanted To Go He Was Following His Noble Dreams. Also, even when we see Fawcett doing things that are demonstrably pig-headed, sexist, and aggravating, he winds up getting vindicated by the narrative over and over again. We never see anyone arguing against his expeditions from the level of logistics on which I am assured they were bad ideas; we see people arguing against them because they are Bad People, or because they are his family and they want him home, which we are assured is understandable and tragic but just How It Had To Be.

In conclusion, I'm definitely going to read the book, because the film, despite a reasonable central performance by Charlie Hunnam (perhaps a bit too restrained) and a very fine side performance by Robert Pattinson (unrecognizable beneath layers of fuzz), some pretty cinematography, and occasional attempts at symbolism, comes off as racist, insultingly simplistic, and just not overall what you want Hollywood to do with a good source text.


"I am always hesitant to lean into Superman too soon – in my mind, and I say it all the time, if Kal-El never landed on Earth, Kara would STILL become Supergirl. She would still learn from her experience coming to Earth and want to pay that forward on her own grand scale. So I want that to be more clear than ever." - Steve Orlando

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If This Is Wrong: A Film About Fandom from Franzeska Dickson on Vimeo.

It's a film about queer slash fangirls.  It is part of Franzeska's film school thesis. Part of the program is learning how to take a film from conception to the end - including learning how to fundraise to cover costs.

They're running their kickstarter right now! Lots of rewards, including a DVD of the movie and a paper zine.

Or, if you'd like to make a tax-deductible donation, you can do so through Franzeska's film school. There are instructions on their website.


Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 09:45 pm

Poem: "You Who Have Fed the Hungry"

This poem came out of the April 18, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] alatefeline and [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "habits and routines" square in my 4-3-17 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem belongs to the Clay of Life series.

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Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 09:57 pm


I went to the March for Science in DC today. There were a lot of great signs, but either they were wet or my camera was hiding in my pocket trying not to get wet a lot of the times. So this is all you get. :)

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Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 08:46 pm

Poem: "Her Wilderness Like Eden"

This poem is from the April 18, 2017 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] redsixwing. It also fills the "memories" square in my 4-3-17 card for the [community profile] origfic_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] janetmiles. It belongs to the series Clay of Life.

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Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 09:55 pm

Iron Cast by Destiny Soria

Iron Cast

3/5. Boston on the brink of prohibition. Two girls – one black, one white, one the poor daughter of immigrants, one the daughter of wealthy socialites, one an empath through her music, the other able to bend reality with poetry – exercise their powers for good and for profit as the political tides turn against them.

I liked this. And, unusually, I liked it more the more I thought about it. I did spend the first third grumbling to myself about why this wasn't the queer romance it so clearly should be, but ultimately both of the male love interests turned out to be acceptable. Well . . . 1.5 of the love interests turned out to be acceptable.

This is jazzy and a bit flimsy to start, with more speakeasy! Gangster! Atmosphere than, you know, actual book. But it grows and turns and deepens as our heroines start to question themselves and the things they do. I mean, it could have deepened a lot more – for a book partly about bigotry, this one comes down awfully hard on the personal responsibility side of the scales, without giving adequate shrift to the role being the object of discrimination plays in a person's choices. But. I liked this.

Content notes: Some frankly disturbing depictions of institutionalization, medical torture, medical experimentation, etc.

The subject line is a chant from Chicago's March for Science. This photo is from this morning's march in Nashville:

March for Science Nashville

It was taken by a woman whose mother had knitted the hats; she was there with her grandson, who worked toward getting a selfie with the dog as we chatted:

boy at March for Science Nashville

I've posted a cross-section of photos to my Twitter account (@zirconium). I'll add some more later, but I actually do have a grant application deadline to meet.

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 09:42 pm

Equinox is a go!

Spring Equinox vid exchange went live today! 54 brand new vids in 42 fandoms. If you don't know what this is, it's a secret santa-type gift exchange like Festivids. Currently all vidders are anonymous and will be revealed at later date. This round's theme was outerspace. VIDS. IN. SPACE.


I received this AMAZING Alien series Ripley vid. Hells yeah.

16 Tons by ???

Without bothering to check official dates, I believe the next round will begin some time in late summer (for vid posts some time in the fall). So if you didn't participate this round, the next one's not too far away.

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 09:28 pm

Kinda Like Brothers by Coe Booth

Kinda Like Brothers

3/5. It's all well and good for our protagonist's mom to take in foster babies. But the most recent baby comes with the baggage of an older brother, and that just doesn't work for our protag thank you very much.

I think this was a disabilityinkidlit rec? It had to be a rec from somewhere because I don't pick non-specfic YA lit without a prompt these days. But this is great. Well, okay, it's cringily great. Our protagonist is terribly eleven – he's convinced everything is criminally unfair and he's a little shit roughly 90% of the time, with the other 10% being overwhelming sweetness. And he's eleven, and this book is super honest, so there's enough social embarrassment going on here to make me use my one-minute audio skip button more than once.

But really, it's great, particularly if you have a thicker skin than I do. Non-traditional families of all sorts, relationships that don't fit a tidy box, complicated adults doing their best. And there's a lot in here about being a community of color, from the overt – a totally wrenching scene in which an older man teaches a roomful of pubescent black boys how to act when they are stopped by the cops because it might save their lives one day – to the more subtle work embedded in the unfolding of everyone's backstories. I'd definitely buy this for a kid.

P.s. The commercial audio is A+++. John Clarence Stewart is hilarious and pissy and sad and just perfect.

redbird: closeup of me drinking tea (Default)
Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 09:00 pm

Deportation Solidarity events, Boston et al.

ACLU People Power has organized deportation solidarity event outside regional ICE offices tomorrow, Sunday, April 23rd at 3 p.m.

I know there's one in Boston, and a quick check found others in New York and Seattle. (The website isn't set up to search for events by date or time; I found those two by searching based on my old NYC and Bellevue, WA, zip codes.)

The Boston event looks small so far: 121 of us have signed up to attend, so I figure I'll be more noticeable there than I would be if I'd made it to the March for Science today.

Note: this was originally announced for April 22nd, and then rescheduled a couple of days ago.

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 08:59 pm

Well, all this with LJ has got me thinking.

1. I really ought to update my interests.

2. I hope nobody minds that I randomly subscribed to them. If they do mind, I'm sure they'll tell me, at least.

3. I miss my formative internet homes. Not just LJ, but also Neopets in the good ol' days. *sniff* I hope the nieces have something as good, but somehow, I don't think the current big options are the same at all. (Then again, that's probably the nostalgia talking.)

3a. Specifically from LJ, I miss the communities, and not just fannish ones, thanks, but... mainstream ones? Or ones that had to do with fandom and not a specific media? But even if we could bring them back, it was the commenters that made those places, and we've all grown up and changed a lot. It wouldn't be the same. It's true, you can't ever go back to a time when you were happy.

3b. (Not that we particularly were happy, or are unhappy now, but again, that's the nostalgia talking.)

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 08:23 pm

It'd be safest if you ran...

After a blah week, I seem to have recovered my motivation and energy levels. Which is good because I'm feeling inspired! Why, you ask?

Because Kohske's health has recovered enough that she can resume work on Gangsta again. It resumes serialization next month! Pretty excited. The Cursed spin-off is tiding me over and it's a perfectly fine prequel, but you can tell it's not Kohske. Kohske just has this amazing ability to pack subtext and nuance in her illustrations without having to rely on text or even flashy, obvious action (which Cursed is full of). Some of her most powerful panels don't have a single word in them at all -- the scene where Nicolas listens to Alex sing by pressing his ear against the speaker...and then you later see him jumping off the roof humming to himself, the scene where Alex holds Nicolas's hands even though you can see the bruises he accidentally left behind when he grabbed her in the throes of a seizure. So I am excited even though I am terrified to see what happens next, Worick, god, what did you do.

Since the manga's hiatus is ending, I've resentfully returned to Tumblr because that's where the fandom is. I have a couple ideas for fic & if I want any audience whatsoever, I need to promote them there. In terms of platform, there is a Gangsta DW community -- [community profile] gangsta_manga -- but it's a ghost town and I'm not sure if the mod is even around anymore. Maybe I'll start posting to the community? Sharing the latest news seems to be a good way to start. It's just a little depressing to post to a community of 2 though. I reach more people posting here! Which doesn't solve the problem. Hmm.

In other, somewhat more embarrassing, news, I seem to have fallen into Overwatch fandom. I don't even play videogames, let alone this one! But so many people I know are into it, so I decided to check it out. It doesn't take a lot of time because there's not much canon lore to pick up, it turns out. The cutscenes from Devil May Cry are a billion times longer!

Anyway, a lot of these usernames I'm seeing now make sense! And in even more embarrassing news, the fanart I've been seeing of what I thought to be an AU Korra? Not Korra at all. Explains why this AU Korra was remarkably consistent among different artists! Oh God. Not one of my most stellar moments, let me tell you. My shame is your entertainment for the evening.

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 05:20 pm

Baby Steps

San Francisco researches forming public bank.

(I just need the reference; otherwise, I'll forget.)

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017 01:15 am

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On Saturday I ate foods at reasonable intervals
did three loads of laundry, including drying and hanging up
changed the bed, with slight delay for mattress geometry
got all clean and tidy
and watched a lot of television.

the things not done list is still spectacular
but you know I think that counts as a pretty good day anyways.

Our second birdathon trip was one we did two years ago but while the weather was better (overcast but not cold) the birding was not exceptional, at least not compared to the previous trip. Heard my first Swainson's thrushes and MacGillivray's warbler (for real this time) of the season, and bird of the day was a female white-winged scoter amongst several hundred surf scoters. It would have been pileated woodpecker had I gotten a better look, but I'm the only person who saw that bird, whatever it was, so I can't be positive. Birds where there are no oaks: )

Also a harbor seal, I think.

I did a mile and a half of the five mile loop alone which was really cool. Unfortunately it was the less birdy part of the walk, but still.

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017 06:30 pm

New here

So, I just moved over here from LJ.


I usually use Dreamwidth for roleplaying purposes, but after the....shall we say....shenanigans that Livejournal has been doing as of late, I decided it was time to pack my things and move.



Please forgive me if my icon phrasing makes you upset, but I'm being as honest as I can with the keywords.




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