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sholio: Peggy Carter smiling (Avengers-Peggy smile)
[personal profile] sholio posting in [community profile] vidding
I remastered my Agent Carter season two vid (posted here a few weeks ago) with MUCH nicer footage. I hope it's all right to post it twice -- but seriously, it is like a whole new vid now, and the old links no longer work!

Song: There Will Never Be Another Tonight
Fandom: Agent Carter (season two)
Vidder: [personal profile] sholio
Artist: Bryan Adams
Warnings: spoilers for 2x01 and 2x02; otherwise none
Summary: Make a little magic, raise some hell. They're back and making trouble in LA! Footage is from the first two episodes of season two.

Download and streaming at my journal.

Wednesday's words

Feb. 10th, 2016 03:01 am
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[personal profile] run_ambrose_run posting in [community profile] verbosity
It's Wednesday -- persistence over perfection

Yesterday's writers


dhampyresa
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musyc
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jordannamorgan
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fuchsian
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So far this week


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[personal profile] dhampyresa
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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer
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[personal profile] fuchsian
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[personal profile] jordannamorgan
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[personal profile] midnightbirth
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bring on the salt

Feb. 10th, 2016 12:58 am
findingserenity: (SPN: do these tacos taste funny to you?)
[personal profile] findingserenity
There is not enough time in the day, yet sometimes there seems to be way too much of it to try and fill.

My daughter and I have been watching a lot of Supernatural together, at her prompting. Several episodes a day. We're about half way done the second season at the moment. I've seen these episodes a lot but I still have so much love for them and it is fun to share that love.

One of my new mugs came today:

Untitled

Oh yeah, and I changed my username. Also extended my paid time while I have the money.

ivan_henley: Drifter from Galactic Drifter (Drifter)
[personal profile] ivan_henley
Galactic Drifter #342. "What The Hell, Royal?" is now up!


If you don't vote for Galactic Drifter on TopWebcomics, you'll make Equa cry.

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Galactic Drifter - Love and Divorce - (2008) Ivan Henley's web comic Galactic Drifter first appeared online March 1, 2006. This special black & white edition book collects every strip posted in 2006 and 2007, complete with a grand helping of extras: 20 pages of Hyper-Level Nova Revengers material; Complete lyrics to eight of the band's songs; Notes on Ferglinism; Blown-up panels and more! This is the Galactic Drifter book you have to have!


Get it at Lulu, Amazon or Barnes & Noble!



Galactic Drifter - Sex and Violence - (2010) More sex! More violence! More Galactic Drifter! At long last, it's here! This second compilation volume contains the 2008 and 2009 Galactic Drifter comics, plus the following extras: A look at the test designs for some of the backgrounds seen in the series; Character profiles; Information on Drifter and Royal's favorite hangout, the Sparkledust Lounge; The rules of star surfing; Bonus comics featuring the Hyper-Level Nova Revengers and more! This is the SECOND Galactic Drifter book you HAVE to have!


Get it at Lulu, Amazon or Barnes & Noble!

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[personal profile] penlessej

X-posted from Consumervoter Blog.

Bills originating in the House of Commons (notes government legislation):

Bills originating in the Senate:

Current as of: 9 Feb 16.

A wistful sigh

Feb. 9th, 2016 08:33 pm
zeeth_kyrah: A glowing white and blue anthropomorphic horse stands before a pink and blue sky. (Default)
[personal profile] zeeth_kyrah
It's hard when you realize the thing keeping you from depressive troubles is a rejection of necessary function... because it involves identity issues that keep you depressed when not addressed. And when the depression is suppressed, the issues don't get addressed because other things stand in the way.

It's the ugliest thing I can think of to do to someone, long-term. The soul breaks itself around this sort of stuff.

Brief medical update

Feb. 9th, 2016 04:50 pm
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[personal profile] rachelmanija
The test I wrote about, which I was told to have immediately on a "you might need emergency surgery!!!!" basis, of course came back negative. (Well, it found some stuff - at my age, if you look closely enough at someone's body you'll generally eventually find something - but probably nothing that could be causing any symptoms.)

That same doctor also told me I needed to IMMEDIATELY schedule two very expensive, time-consuming tests for a type of cancer I had already been checked for two months previously in a different manner, because she found something that she thinks the two-months-ago test missed.

Me: "Do you seriously think this is cancer? Because there's that completely benign condition which I already told you about, which I've had my entire life and which causes the exact thing you found…"

Doctor Five Alarm Fire (reluctant): "No, I don't think it's cancer, it's probably that benign thing. But you need to get it checked immediately, because it MIGHT be cancer!"

She also strongly implied that I was in immediate risk of dropping dead of a heart attack. "Go to the drug store, buy baby aspirin, and start taking it TONIGHT!"

Considering that the disease causing actual symptoms, whatever the fuck it is, almost certainly does not involve either my heart or the possibly cancerous parts, I'm thinking she was maybe a little alarmist. (At that point, my heart had already been checked repeatedly, by multiple methods, and appears to be fine.) I think THREE completely unrelated and extremely serious diseases are just a bit unlikely, considering that I have now been scanned and tested to hell and back and no one's ever found much of anything.

The good news is that I found a GP I actually like, who is additionally unlikely to give up and refer me out for both professional and personal reasons. (She's a friend of a friend.) She has basically the same theory on the probable nature and cause of my illness that I do, which of course endeared her to me, but since she's a doctor and I'm not, she came up with a quite detailed plan for 1) investigation with that in mind, 2) treatment of symptoms in the meanwhile, 3) consults, 4) back-up plans in case the first investigations don't find anything. Very methodical. I'm encouraged.

(She also thought the Three-Alarm-Fire doctor was being a bit alarmist, on all fronts.)

Incidentally, this is something like the fourth time in the last seven months that a doctor has outright said or strongly implied that I might be dying or in imminent danger of dropping dead. This is naturally doing wonders for my general stress level.

Comments closed to prevent a deluge of "Get the cancer tests done IMMEDIATELY!" I want a second opinion on that. Those particular tests often lead to painful, unnecessary, invasive procedures that find that oops, it was the previously-known, benign condition after all.)

recent tea

Feb. 9th, 2016 06:08 pm
yhlee: hexarchate Andan blue rose (hxx Andan)
[personal profile] yhlee
Thanks to [personal profile] isis for the lovely card and the tea sampler! =D I have already tried the Yogi Chai Rooibos and Turkish Licorice Mint, and like them both, especially the latter. But really, tea! Where is the bad?

Republic of Tea's Caramel Apple is nice with a bit of honey and a splash of Lactaid. (What. We tend not to buy regular milk because I can't process it, and the dragon drinks chocolate milk by preference, which I avoid like the plague.)

Tea~ =)

I have an order from Penzey's Spices incoming because I needed to restock things to brew cockamamie chai. =) It's kind of frightening how quickly I burn through green cardamom pods when I put my mind to it. (I love green cardamom. Is there a green cardamom perfume anywhere? *wistful sigh*)

What have y'all been enjoying lately?
yhlee: wax seal (hxx Deuce of Gears)
[personal profile] yhlee
Hexarchate coloring page: Moroish Nija (for [personal profile] sovay)


Download link for full-res version for printing and coloring!

and behind the cut, Shuos Jedao coloring page )

By the way, if anyone actually does color any of these coloring pages, I'd be delighted to see scans/pics. =D

watercolor dragon )

Political icons

Feb. 9th, 2016 03:41 pm
penlessej: (Stephen Harper)
[personal profile] penlessej
I just realized that I am going to have to add Rona Ambrose to my political leaders icons. There would be reason to delete Stephen Harper but something tells me that I am not done writing about that man and his impact on Canada just yet (so I am going to keep it). I am also fond of the Justin Trudeau one that I am currently using, regardless of the fact that he is the Prime Minister now, I am going to be keeping it for him.

Rona Ambrose icon.
New Rona Ambrose icon.

Justin Trudeau.
Justin Trudeau icon (the one that is most certainly not changing).

Thomas Mulcair
I wonder how long I will have Thomas Mulcair for...?
 

[ SECRET POST #3324 ]

Feb. 9th, 2016 06:24 pm
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[personal profile] case posting in [community profile] fandomsecrets

⌈ Secret Post #3324 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.

01.

More! )


Notes:

Secrets Left to Post: 02 pages, 039 secrets from Secret Submission Post #475.
Secrets Not Posted: [ 0 - broken links ], [ 0 - not!secrets ], [ 0 - not!fandom ], [ 1 2 3 - too big ], [ 0 - repeat ].
Current Secret Submissions Post: here.
Suggestions, comments, and concerns should go here.

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Feb. 9th, 2016 10:33 pm
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[personal profile] never_shall_yield posting in [community profile] ways_back_room

 Anyone doing Mardi Gras this year? I forgot all about it until now, but feel like chucking someone in tomorrow in a ridic outfit.

ETA: How long does it normally run for, does anyone know for sure? A week? Three days? It's ages since I put anyone into it.
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[personal profile] reginagiraffe posting in [community profile] con_txt
This year is an important anniversary for CON.TXT! We're now 10 years old and have had 5 cons. We're looking forward to our 6th, but we're feeling a little nostalgic...

*Flashback fade*

When the first CON.TXT was held in 2006, YouTube was a year old, Twitter was only a few months old, and Tumblr and the AO3 didn't even exist yet! We were impatiently awaiting the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, and the first MCU movie (Iron Man) was still two years away. Fandom was primarily on LiveJournal and Fanfiction.net, and the largest fandoms were Harry Potter, Stargate: Atlantis, and Bandom.

Our fandoms and online hangouts may have changed in the 10 years since the first CON.TXT, but our goal is the same--to bring you the best possible con!

Over the next few months as we look forward to this year’s con, we’d like to invite you to talk about CON.TXT, reminisce, and celebrate with our community! Let's begin by talking about what we're most known for as a con: our fantastic panels!

What was the most interesting panel that you attended at CON.TXT? We want to hear your memories of great panels! (Panel suggestions open next week!)

Birthday greetings and felicitations

Feb. 9th, 2016 01:01 pm
onyxlynx: Festive pennants in blue & purple with word "Birthday" centered. (Birthday)
[personal profile] onyxlynx
to [personal profile] samara_draven , who I hope is having a decent year.  Happy natal day and best of luck.
calissa: A low angle photo of a book with a pair of glasses sitting on top. (Mt TBR)
[personal profile] calissa

ReadMyValentine2

This month I’ve been running Read My Valentine: a reading challenge that focuses on romance novels for the duration of February. There are a lot of misconceptions out there about the romance genre and, like any genre, there’s a lot of less than stellar material. If you’re a speculative fiction reader new to romance or looking to get started, it can be difficult to know where to begin. So here are a few speculative fiction stories that eased me into romance:

Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey is an epic fantasy about a masochistic bisexual courtesan who finds herself uniquely positioned to save her country from treachery. It’s probably a little odd to include Kushiel’s Dart on this list because it isn’t really romance at all; it lacks romance tropes and is much more at home with other epic fantasies. However, it is very much a book about love. One of it’s most famous phrases is “Love as thou wilt”, which serves as the unofficial motto for Phaedre’s home country, Terre d’Ange. Sex, BDSM and polyamoury are all shown in a positive light. As far as I’m concerned, this alone makes it an excellent primer for the romance genre.

Heart’s Blood by Juliet Marillier is a historical retelling of Beauty and the Beast. I’m a sucker for Beauty and the Beast retellings, but it’s a bit problematic as a romance. Heart’s Blood reworks Stockholm Syndrome into a sweet romance by giving its Beauty more independence. Caitrin stays at the castle not because she’s coerced into it but because she is fleeing from her past. She can leave any time she wants to. Instead, she chooses to stay and get to know Lord Anluan of her own accord while attempting to unravel the mystery of the castle’s curse. It plays more to the tropes of romance than Kushiel’s Dart and is at the opposite end of the spectrum in terms of explicit sex. However, what they have in common with each other and with the romance genre is their centring of relationships.

The Court of Lightning by Amy Rae Durreson is a fantasy m/m romance. For decades, the Court of Ice has been seeking to conquer the other courts. With the Court of Lightning defeated, the Court of Wind is one of the last remaining but they are under increasing threat. In order to survive, Master Artificer Arashan and paladin Tirellian must team up to venture into the ice-encased heart of the Court of Lightning. Deep within enemy territory, their old friendship thaws into something more.

Of the three books, this one is the most strongly embedded in the romance genre and follows the tropes most closely. However, Durreson was a fantasy writer before she switched to romance and the world-building in the story puts to shame many fantasy novels I’ve seen in print. The relationship between Arashan and Tirellian is deftly done and very sweet. If Kushiel’s Dart and Heart’s Blood are at opposite ends of a spectrum, this is what lies in the middle.

The Court of Lightning is available for free.

These were some of my gateways into romance. Next week, a few of my friends will be joining me to give their recommendations.

Mirrored from Earl Grey Editing.

Fallen London

Feb. 9th, 2016 02:50 pm
yhlee: Shuos Jedao (Hellspin Fortress) (hxx Jedao 1x10^6)
[personal profile] yhlee
The Feast of the Exceptional Rose!

I find myself in desperate need of:
- a Singed Playing Card
- a Buttered Chess Piece
- a Watchful Doll

for thematic reasons (my character is Jedao). I'm happy to reciprocally send stuff. Anyone? =D

Also generally open to reciprocal-gifting offers, including for Fate; I restarted a few months ago so this is a new character and doesn't have all the loot the old one did. :p

ETA: I'm good now! Thank you all. =D

january booklog

Feb. 9th, 2016 08:31 pm
wychwood: angry person being soothed by a backrub (gen - backrub)
[personal profile] wychwood
1. Paul Ferroll - Caroline Clive ) An intriguing but very odd work, about an intriguing but very odd character.


2. The Silmarillion - JRR Tolkien ) But yeah, basically it's a book full of dudes getting heavily into hamartia and nemesis and tons of people dying horribly for really stupid reasons. Not very inspiring.


3. Hand in Glove, 6. Artists in Crime, 7. Death on the Air, and 8. Death in a White Tie - Ngaio Marsh ) Marsh isn't my favourite Queen of Crime, but she's generally quite good.


4. Conrad's Fate and 12. The Pinhoe Egg - Diana Wynne Jones ) Average DWJ, but therefore still enjoyable.


5. A Talent for War - Jack McDevitt ) I might try another, or I might not.


9. A Succession of Bad Days, Graydon Saunders - Re-read! I love this book. I don't have anything new to say about it, but I do love it.


10. The Railway Children - E Nesbit ) I remembered liking this, but it was better than I had remembered. Good stuff.


11. Ravenshoe - Henry Kingsley ) I really have no idea what this book is like, aside from "not really anything else". It was... interesting?


13. The Thirty-Nine Steps - John Buchan ) Short, fun, entertaining, but hideously racist around the edges.

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Feb. 9th, 2016 02:10 pm
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[personal profile] copperbadge
Oh my god today kicked my ass. I forgot we're in February, and February is HARD.

But I made time for origami! I made "Swan Love".



Well...some days are better than others.

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Feb. 9th, 2016 02:11 pm
yhlee: Alto clef and whole note (middle C). (alto clef)
[personal profile] yhlee
My article Writing and Music Composition is up at SFWA's Blog. Feel free to comment here or there. :p

Not my kind of feminism

Feb. 9th, 2016 01:49 pm
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[personal profile] tamorapierce
Gloria Steinem claimed that women who support Bernie Sanders do so to meet men. She has apologized for it since--and far be it from me to deny any actual apologies made for an asshole statement--but isn't this the kind of statement that we would have thought was never in her vocabulary as a feminist--as one of our primary feminists? And the statement that preceded it, "When you’re young, you’re thinking: ‘Where are the boys? The boys are with Bernie,’ ” is an incredible slap to young women, Ms. Steinem's way of saying they aren't serious; they aren't idealists; they don't have causes. This from someone who was one of feminism's brightest lights as a young woman.

Madeleine Albright told women that there was a special spot in hell for women who did not support other women. Really? We are all supposed to fall in line and support any woman, however poorly we feel about that woman's attitude, record, plans, and associates? By these lights, we should be voting for Carly Fiorina, except she's running for the same office. Whatever happened to a woman's right to vote her conscience, Madeleine?

Is this how it's going to be? No wonder younger women are so disillusioned with the feminist movement, when its elders savage those who don't toe the "party line" and vote for those these selfsame elders alone feel are right for the office. No one wants to be told she is voting her ovaries, or his/zir friend is doing so. Having battled for the right to have it accepted that we have brains, very few of us want to be told we are to put ours aside and only choose candidates with the proper reproductive glands. Isn't the whole (ideal) point of an election that voters carefully consider the qualifications and (firm) political positions of the candidates, regardless of gender, and vote for the least equivocal choice, human nature being what it is?

I have waited 50 long years to vote for a woman for president--but this will not be that year. I have come a long way from the little girl who cheered for Margaret Chase Smith at the Republican Convention, and cried when she failed the ballot, not then understanding the difference between Republicans and Democrats. I have come a very long way indeed, because I cannot vote for a candidate I do not trust to retain her stated beliefs from year to year, who only remembered to court the feminist vote when her numbers didn't live up to her expectation. This candidate signed the Patriot Act twice. She pushed for our Afghanistan troop surge as Secretary of State, supports the deadly "drone war", and brags about increasing sanctions on Iran when Iran's people were the ones who suffered for it, not those who supported its nuclear program. I can't begin to put words to my disgust for her pals on Wall Street, who pay her campaign bills as they enrich themselves, make the poor poorer, and slowly suck the middle class into poverty. (I know a lot about poverty. Ask me about it sometime.) She has promoted hydrofracking (a process I've spent the last five years arguing against in my state) on a worldwide basis. (Who knows? Maybe, with this record, she should have run as a Republican, but I guess Bill would be a problem then.)

Being a feminist means making up your own mind. It means not slamming other women, whether they are making cookies, banging your feckless husband, or being slammed by your friends. It means considering all of the options, and then voting what YOU feel is right. And that goes for Independents (like me) and Republican women, too.

post-orthopedic appt

Feb. 9th, 2016 01:01 pm
lireavue: A red-haired woman in a black dress, playing violin while leaves swirl around her. (Default)
[personal profile] lireavue
SO IT TURNS OUT I have a bone chip fracture in my wrist TOO.

I FUCKING TOLD THEM SOMETHING NEW WAS WRONG. TOLD THEM.

The plus side is that it, like the radial head fracture, does not need a single damn thing other than me not pushing through the pain like a goddamn idiot. And the brace I use for tendinitis is perfectly fine. Followup appointment made for x-rays to check the healing process, yadda yadda, stretch and test range of motion 2-3x/day to see what's what, typing with brace on is fine as long as it doesn't hurt. So THAT's good. And I can take the sling off as long as THAT doesn't hurt EITHER which oh thank fucking gods, I was about to go crazier. Not just with the limitation of it but because the muscle soreness was going to be as bad or worse than the bone healing pain.

Basically the only things I haven't sorted yet: when I can play again (awhile longer than everything else probably), if there's a way I can knit again (probably but I'm already tired today, don't want to push the brain past normal routines), and if/how I can get back to cooking. Because right now cooking is the only thing I consistently CANNOT do and it's VERY annoying, though I guess if we have to live off takeout for a week or two it's not the end of the world. Just super-frustrating.

And now I am going to go continue routines by way of languages and maths and whatever else I can do before I fall the fuck over. /stubborn
spiralsheep: Evil commandeers the costume budget (chronographia Servalan Evil Costume)
[personal profile] spiralsheep
Title: The Eisteddfod of Evil!!1!!
Fandom: Sandra and the Vengeance Ballet, 1967 (larger scan for readability)
Rating: all ages
Word count: 150
Note: for lilacsigil (sorry)

"What do you mean 'No hypnotism at the Eisteddfod'?!" Boris Lebski stared menacingly at the clipboard-toting official.

"I'm sorry, but the committee banned hypnotism after an unfortunate incident with the Archdruid in 1958. The poor soul had to retire early due to his morbid fear of pocket watches, and his wife says that in moments of stress he still makes the chicken noises."

"You dare to deny the world my mesmeric Vengeance Ballet?" Lebski was now waving his arms in the air as if milking a giant invisible cow.

"Yes." The functionary turned to leave.

"Wait! What if I set up a stall to prove the power of hypnotism through... helping people with their phobias in exchange for a charitable donation?" A cunning smile flickered across the Russian's face.

"Raising money for charity? I suppose the committee might make an exception."

Lebski cackled triumphantly, "Vengeance will be mine at last!"




Title: One for Sorrow
Fandom: Sandra and the Vengeance Ballet, 1967
Rating: all ages
Word count: 200

Boris Lebski was sure he would soon have his revenge. Edmund Lawrence and the ballet establishment must bow to the superiority of his mesmeric teaching methods now! The innocent girls enacting the grand finale of his Vengeance Ballet hadn't put a foot wrong... when suddenly a flock of magpies dived down towards a shining jewel the Russian was twirling hypnotically in his outstretched hand.

Sandra Wilson, prima ballerina of the rival Lawrence Ballet, leapt from her seat, "The Magpie Gang and their thieving robot birds have struck again. Quick girls, let's put a stop to this crime spree!"

The Lawrence ballerinas jetéd into action, fouetting and kicking the feathered drones from the air as the gang tried to relieve the audience of their jewellery by remote control.

Then Sandra spotted the crooks hiding high up in the gods, "Those villains won't get away this time!"

After the gang had been handed over to police, Sandra and the Lawrence Ballet were awarded Ballet of the Year for putting their dance training to such good use in fighting crime.

Edmund Lawrence smirked at his snarling rival Boris Lebski, "I don't want to crow, but my girls gave you one for sorrow today!"

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Feb. 9th, 2016 12:06 pm
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[personal profile] telophase
Program books are here. Guess it's a con!

Daily Entertainment

Feb. 9th, 2016 12:34 pm
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[personal profile] 2goodarms posting in [community profile] ways_back_room
What? It's almost quarter to one on the east coast and no DE yet? Don't worry, Phoenix is here to save you from actually doing work at your workplace!

-- I mean.

What's your character type? Who are you drawn to most when app season rolls around? Bonus round: post a list of your pups, and people will tell you what THEY think your character type is.

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Feb. 9th, 2016 11:40 am
kittydesade: Insect wings that could be from fairies, too, with dew and the edges of pink-purple flower petals. (what care i for human hearts)
[personal profile] kittydesade
I don't feel at all well, la de da de dah. Yesterday it was a headache and sinus weirdness that never quite turned into full blown congestion but sure felt like it was going to, today the room is spinning hard whenever I stand up. Yes, I'm still going in to work, I need to get to the bank today and I'm already annoyed at missing work with snow and the last cold I had. Besides, it's slow enough today that it might not matter too much.

Yes, I'm going to attempt to do exercises today what do you take me for, a smart person?

(Sort of smart, it's mostly doing floor exercises and weights while sitting until I can stop listing when I stand. A compromise between my Tauron stubbornness and my acquired good sense.)

Despite the dizzy, today feels far more manageable than yesterday. I'm not sure why, it just does. I'm working on my witchy things for which I have apparently become Mark Watney (I'm sciencing the shit out of the grimoire challenges!) and I'm going to try to get these Wordpress security letters read and the WWI lectures done. And that in addition to writing, editing, and so on.

I did have a moment with the WWI lectures because the class opens up with "and what were your grandparents/great-grandparents doing in WWI I'm sure you have some family history" and all I could think is Well. Once side of my family was a violent drug addict/dealer who I haven't had contact with since I was three, the other side of my family mostly stops at great-grandparents fleeing the pogroms, so. No? I highly doubt it was maliciously intended, just the intersection of not quite realizing how widespread MOOCs are and not being able to step out of his own experience as normative. But it still hurt to think how much history I don't have.

The rest of the class is fun though. And highly informative it looks like. And at some point I really need to go through and start filing a lot of these notes I'm taking from various places in notebooks. But I'm getting through everything fairly briskly.

Trudeau's first one hundred days

Feb. 9th, 2016 08:53 am
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[personal profile] penlessej
The government has proposed five bills in the House of Commons so far (just over one hundred days into Trudeau's mandate). The first bill is entirely ceremonial in nature and will not get past first reading. That means that four bills have been proposed:
  • Bill C-3 was a technical bill that permitted financial appropriation for government spending to March 31, 2016. It has already received Royal Assent.
  • Bill C-5 and Bill C-4 are significant and reverse changes that the Conservatives made to regulations concerning bargaining with the public service. Changes are also specifically being made to provisions concerning sick-leave for unionized federal employees.
  • Bill C-2 is an important bill. It seeks to amend the Income Tax Act to enact the tax changes that Trudeau campaigned on. It will also make changes to the max contribution TFSA amount and credits for charitable donations.
Theses are not government bills but they are interesting and unique to this parliament none-the-less:
  • Bill C-217 was introduced by NDP MP Kennedy Stewart (Burnaby South) and seeks to create the office of the Parliamentary Science Officer.
  • Bill C-219 was introduced by NDP MP Sheila Malcolmson (Nanaimo—Ladysmith) and seeks to amend the Canada Shipping Act to repeal a lot of restrictions that were removed by the Conservative government.
  • Bill S-213 originated in the Senate and was introduced by Liberal Senator Terry M. Mercer. It seeks to amend the Constitution Act, 1867 and Parliament of Canada Act to allow for the election of the Senate speaker (similar to the House of Commons). Interesting in light of Trudeau appointing a new speaker in the Senate in this parliament.
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[personal profile] helloladies posting in [community profile] ladybusiness
Last year, Renay co-edited a speculative nonfiction anthology and both Jodie and Renay made a decision to read more short fiction. It was only a matter of time until we combined our experiences! \o/

We decided it would be neat to imagine what an anthology of short fiction we loved would look like after our 2015 short fiction reading. We are, in some ways, non-traditional readers of short fiction, looking specifically toward marginalized writers, as well as for stories with a core of optimism.

We don't have the resources to create a tangible fiction anthology of our own (reprint or otherwise), but we decided to pretend. We don't have any rights to these stories and this is purely and 100% for fun. We're happy to bring you the favorite short fiction we both read in 2015, a pretend anthology/rec list we like to call "Seeking Brighter Horizons". We highly recommend all these stories!

Seeking Brighter Horizons: Cover Art and TOC )
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[personal profile] noelfigart

Originally published at Noel Lynne Figart. You can comment here or there.

I’m hard at work on a sweater I’m knitting.

As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t do patterns. Well, not well, anyway. Once I learned the Tube Theory of Garment Design (known to knitters as Elizabeth’s Percentage System) I didn’t really need them. Knit a swatch, measure your body, do a little math, decide what design elements you want to add, and you can make a sweater.

I expect, years ago, this is more or less how people knitted. You learned a template for a garment, then you played with patterns or color or whatever, and that’s where a lot of our knitting innovation came from.

Of course, the real expansion of creativity came when these ideas were shared broadly. At first it was patterns in magazines and books. Think of people who learned new techniques from Barbara Walker’s top-down techniques or how many people (to this day) keep some of her stitch dictionaries in stock. In fact, the cables I am knitting at this moment come from her work. But even television got into the act for spreading and developing the craft. Think of how many knitters learned from Elizabeth Zimmerman’s television show and books.

The Internet has been amazing for spreading ideas as well. If you learned to knit in the 21st Century (I didn’t, but that’s when I got more serious about developing it), you probably spent some time on Knitty. That’s where I first learned to knit a cable from the pattern for the Coronet hat, which I later incorporated into my Roll Your Own Braided Yoke Sweater. It’s a pattern I don’t charge for, as I shamelessly stole the basic design of the sweater from Elizabeth Zimmerman, and the braided hem concept from Alexandra Virgiel, the author of Coronet.

Which brings us to Ravelry! My word… That’s over four million knitters and crocheters who see other people’s work, design patterns (even I have one), share techniques, and get ideas for their own knitting.

So even though I’m unlikely ever to knit a sweater from an Official Pattern and probably knit more like a crofter back before the steam engine was invented would, certainly I owe a great creative debt to knitters who came before me and shared.

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Feb. 9th, 2016 09:06 am
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I had more reflux trouble last night, but I realized this morning that the problem was not what I ate but rather the fact that I completely forgot my bedtime medications. My body is used to ranitidine at bedtime, and not taking it has predictable consequences. (I also missed my Tamoxifen and Singulair. I think it’s reasonable to take those now given that it’s about fifteen hours to when I’ll take them next.)

Unfortunately, this means two nights in a row of less sleep than I would normally get, so I’m kind of dragging at the moment. I’ve got an hour before I need to call the cab to get to PT, and I’m seriously considering more coffee. I got four or five hours of sleep Sunday into Monday (depending on how one counts the hour while Cordelia was getting ready for school when I tend to be half to three quarters awake but still in bed) and five or six hours of sleep last night.

Scott had an awful day at work yesterday. He came home, sat down, and fell asleep. If I hadn’t prepared dinner, there wouldn’t have been food until after the point when I could safely eat. I browned some ground turkey and added Alfredo sauce. We used that to make sloppy Joes, and I found a package of sugar snap peas that we could eat without cooking.

I actually have no idea what I did with my day yesterday. Time passed somehow, a lot faster than I expected it to, and I have no idea where it went. I’m sure I did something with it, but… Well.

I’m trying to decide what to do about clothes for PT. I’ve been wearing thin nightgowns under the compression pad and bra, and the shortest nightgown I’ve got comes down to mid-thigh, so it’s quite visible that I’m wearing something of the sort, even when I have a shirt on over everything. So I’m weighing the moderate increase in comfort versus the definite odd appearance in terms of how I’d be dressed. I’m not sure how much I care that people in the PT waiting room will see me dressed strangely. Going through the hospital on the way to and from my appointment, I’ll have a coat on that comes down nearly to my ankles, so what I’m wearing will be less obvious.

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Feb. 9th, 2016 08:30 am
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I am sick with a wretched sore throat, and will be without my personal laptop for the next few days while it's getting repaired. Here are some things making me happy at the moment (feel free to share some of your own in the comments):

1. Snow! As I have effectively no control over the weather, I feel free to take great joy in the snowstorms yesterday and Friday that have transformed Boston into a winter wonderland. The wet snow and great gusts of wind have been hard on the trees, but the overall accumulation hasn't been so bad, and it's been strikingly beautiful.

2. My poem Various Kinds of Wolves was published in Apex last month.

3. I made a variant on leek and potato soup yesterday that I'm very pleased with - in lieu of leeks, I caramelized extra onion, doubled the quantity of roasted garlic, added a tray of oven-roasted chopped carrots and turnip, and, after pureeing the lot, threw in a bunch of spinach at the end. Oh! and instead of adding milk or light cream, I added a lump of CSA sour cream at the end. It turned out very nicely.

Update: I rise!

Feb. 9th, 2016 08:54 pm
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After two days of New Year celebrations, I am back... of sorts.

So, hello.

Back to work tomorrow - I am already working out the lesson plans in my mind while I type.
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Writing (for Muslimah Media Watch and other platforms elsewhere) has opened up many opportunities to collaborate with other activists from around the world. In particular, some articles I wrote on female circumcision (and also male circumcision) a few years ago attracted a lot of attention from activists and filmmakers, and a fresh round of conversations about these articles prompted me to gather and reflect on these transnational interactions.

A few years ago, while I was still living in the Netherlands, a Dutch non-government organization contacted me. They were looking for a gateway into the homogenized ethnic group of “Islamic Indonesian or Malaysian background”. Even though I specifically identified myself as being a Malay (ethnic group) Singaporean (nationality), they mistook me for an Indonesian. Indonesia and Malaysia are two different countries, and Indonesia alone has over 15 ethnic groups – facts that I would have hoped an NGO would be aware of if they were targeting this demographic.

Dispersing the misconceptions about ethnicity, nationality, and diasporic communities was work enough. Then they asked me to help them find other recent immigrants who “may not be informed about the consequences if they have their daughter circumcised.” Their assumptions about immigrant Muslim women and their culture(s) were ominously foreshadowing the recent Dutch policy to teach “gay rights” in refugee centres. Both parties paint immigrants and refugees as being inherently misogynist and homophobic.

Can we get #NotallMuslimwomencircumcisetheirdaughters trending?

Soon after, I received a request from an American filmmaker working on the issue of routine male infant circumcision (MC). She was looking for doctors or parents in either Malaysia, Indonesia, or Singapore (though anyone from “Africa or Asia” would do) who supported the less invasive forms of female circumcision (pricking, slitting) – and she wasn’t planning on portraying them in a negative light. The purpose of juxtaposing FC (which is normally considered abhorrent) in other countries to male circumcision in the US was to help point out to Americans of their “cultural blind-spots” and “double standard”.

However, it would make more sense to change just one variable instead of two. For example, how about comparing “American” forms of genital cutting such as labioplasty/vaginoplasty to male circumcision? Instead of you know, using the rest of the world as a setting to help Americans learn more about themselves.

Most recently I was asked, by an Indian photographer-filmmaker, to find some women or girls who had been through FC. More specifically, she wanted to film the procedure and some interviews – keeping all parties anonymous. Then: “They can wear their burqas if they want to.” #NotallMuslimwomenwearburqas

In all of the above interactions, I felt conflicting emotions. On one hand, I wanted to raise awareness about FC and MC. However, on the other hand, I felt like the person’s interpretations of the topic were being forced on me. In the case of being asked to provide contacts, I felt like they were forcing their way into an extremely intimate subject – information which had required time and emotional effort on my part to obtain – making me feel like an unwilling ‘native informant’.

As a result of feeling coerced, I curiously started to become defensive. In my mind, I even wanted to defend these practices – FC in particular because of the ‘milder’ nature more prevalent in Southeast Asia – against the onslaught of eager activists. It was a wholly reactionary defense mechanism.

Multiracial alliances can fail or be productive. As in all relations of power, there are lines of privilege to consider. I feel that immortalising representations of Muslim women through the making of media (books, films, policy papers) is something to be especially careful about. What would make me want to collaborate? What would make it worthwhile?

There was one more request by an Italian activist, who requested me to answer a series of questions on FC. Initially suspicious (seriously you can’t blame me though), I asked her many questions about her background, work, motivations and objectives, to get a better idea about how she was planning to represent the situation in Southeast Asia. In the end, our interactions were open, pleasant and productive, so I ended up contributing my experiences.

In her book Power Lines: On the Subject of Feminist Alliances (2008), Aimee Carillo Rowe writes:

“There’s the colour of the body, and then there’s the colour of the commitment that burns like hot blue flame in our hearts… Our work is to turn ourselves inside out. To locate ourselves through our loyalty and our bravery and our willingness to fight for radical visions.”

The only project I ended up contributing to was one that I felt I had the most control over. Not only did the collaborating activist ask mostly open-ended questions, the published text is also made up mostly of quotes. This shows a willingness to let people speak for themselves (as far as it is possible in a textual form). I suppose then, what makes a collaboration worthwhile is if we can control our own representations and get our message across at the same time.

PS: I almost forgot about the random white male law student who had written a paper about FC and was looking for my feedback. When I asked him why he wanted to send it to me, he said he thought it would be ‘as much for my benefit’ as others had been ‘extremely appreciative’. I think I forgot to give him any feedback.

 

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Pretty Guardian Sailormoon: Act 37 (PGSM 37)Plot Recap: Mamoru has voluntarily let himself be kidnapped by Beryl. She’s murdered Nephrite and Princess Serenity took over Usagi’s senshi form.

Also, Venus/Minako is dying — maybe Venus is in control of Minako and she doesn’t realise it because it’s been so long/they were similar people already anyway — and Mars is potentially Done with this shit.

No Kamekichi has been sighted in the last either either.

Alsoalso! I use a lot of all-caps this time around. You have been warned.

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Tuesday's words

Feb. 9th, 2016 03:01 am
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It's Tuesday -- are you writing today?

Yesterday's writers


dhampyresa
3207
midnightbirth
1158
fuchsian
504
musyc
154
dialecticdreamer
3161

So far this week


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[personal profile] dhampyresa
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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer
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[personal profile] fuchsian
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[personal profile] jordannamorgan
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[personal profile] midnightbirth
46%
1158 / 2500
[personal profile] musyc
8%
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Feb. 8th, 2016 11:30 pm
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- Made headway on the last bit of the chapter! Feeling great about it; it's coming together, and my thoughts are clearer about how it works.

- I ran into a former student today, and she actually wished me a happy new year--good for you, Ada, one ang pao for you! And walked until we hit the rec center.

Then in the Step Express class, I met another former student, who recognized me. The class she took with me was like, in 2013, and it was Theda's class, so it took me a while to remember, but as soon as she said her first name, her surname clicked for me, and she was really surprised I remembered.

- Step was good; I always forget how hard it is on the feet, even with this particular instructor.

- I'd eaten half my homemade calzone, and went back to my office to work some more and eat the rest of the calzone. It was a good idea. I think the cheese sauce isn't the greatest for my stomach, though. I rather wish I bought cereal for breakfast now.

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