- I have the money to spend on self-care if I deem it necessary
- my tumblr likes do, in fact, work well as a way of soothing the grumpyweasels
- work is giving me muffins and tea
- today's all-staff meeting keynote speaker was pretty good, as these things go (Amy Herman, if you're in the market)
- have found and added even more "songs I know from vids" to my Spotify playlist
Of course, it's going up late because I am The Disorganization Queen, but posting is now open 'til the end of the month (all 2 days of it, shhhhh), so if you have come upon a beautiful piece of fanart you'd like to rec, you can do it without being signed up! Your entirely optional prompt for the rest of the month is:
But you can of course rec anything. However, recs do still have to conform to the usual rec format and follow the rules for what is allowed to be recced here.
Anyway, it's time for our regular reccer recruiting post, and to look ahead to the next month. So far we have two volunteer reccer who signed up for March with these fandoms:
* Doctor Who (turlough)
* Hellsing (sailorptah)
So while we won't be entirely rec-less in March, it would of course be awesome if we had more recs. There is still plenty of opportunity for you to jump in and volunteer to rec next month (or to convince your friends to do some reccing). And many cheers for all of our members who volunteer to rec, especially if you rec regularly. Your valiant repeat efforts keep the comm alive.
Looking even further ahead, so far NO reccers have volunteered for April, so that month definitely still needs some love (and recs! *g*) too. So please consider reccing in a fandom of your choice, whether small or huge, and comment on the sign-up post and volunteer for March, April or even further ahead if you are so well organized, that you know your fannish interests and time commitments in advance. It's only four recs as a minimum, and you can rec any genre or rating. Or promote us to your friends or in your favorite communities so others do the work.
I should note that ratcreature is the only one who can edit the signup post, so new signups will not be added to the list 'til she gets back, but you can still begin reccing on March 1 just like normal!
(Comments here are disabled, because I want to bundle volunteering in the sign-up post so that nothing gets lost, and you can see the list of claimed slots there too.)
And when they do turn up, within the window? That thing - and this is a new thing, only learned this year - where I can find it really hard to do necessary housework while m'wife is in the house, but apparently really natural & easy when there's a stranger underfoot. After three hours of nice Comcast guy setting up a new security system Tuesday, the kitchen had probably never been so clean. I even scoured the inside of the microwave, for pity's sake.
Yesterday was Wednesday, and I had made far too much curry on Sunday, so dinner-for-eight was planned to be largely leftovers and I would hardly need to cook at all. Yeah, right. That thing where you look at what there is and think "It's never going to be enough! Eight people!" and dash about cooking twice as much, and end up with more leftovers than you had to start with? Yup. Apparently that's a thing.
And there's another new thing in my life, where total strangers catch my eye in the street and smile; and whether or not they say "Like the T-shirt, that's really cool," I have to glance down at my own chest to see which clever geeky thing I'm wearing today, because I never remember once I've put it on. This morning I had a cheery chat outside Lucky's with a gentleman who I fear I disappointed because no, I don't actually work with Schrodinger's equations, for me it's more about the cat; but yes, I had to assure him, I really do get the joke. I live with two cats and a mathematician*; it would not actually be possible for me not to get the joke.
*For the purposes of this discussion, the turtles are not considered relevant, may Great A'Tuin strike me down.
Anyway, I found the right building in the end. complete with wheelchair access through the bowels of the underground car park. Fortunately relatively well thought out - 'Oh shit, outward opening door at the top of a ramp' turned out to have automatic opening (though of course you lose all your momentum waiting for it to open). OTOH the lift was only just big enough for my chair, I can see larger powerchairs having issues.
The physio wasn't thrown that I was using a chair, which was just the reaction I wanted. I did try trolling the situation wrt wheelchair assessments and the weight etc of the chair during the explanation of what was going on in the hope that he would take the bait and say 'that chair's clearly inappropriate'; but unfortunately what he actually said was 'I don't know a lot about wheelchairs' and 'we leave that to Wheelchair Services' :(
Treatment-wise he agrees that I have impingement syndrome. Unfortunately he says I've also got a frozen shoulder as a result, and he can't treat the impingement syndrome until he's treated the frozen shoulder. *headdesk* So I've got a bunch of exercises for working on range of motion to be getting on with and another appointment next Friday.
There did seem to be a disturbing undertone of 'I'm only here to treat one thing, so if I treat the frozen shoulder I won't have to treat the impingement syndrome'. That might be a somewhat harsh interpretation, but I'm really not sure it's wrong. If it turns out to be the case, then I think it's fair to say someone is going to be complained at!
I went shopping at Asda* post-physio (and really overdid amount of food you can squeeze into one basket sitting on your knee). Treatment at the checkouts was, ahem, interesting.
I got to the tills to find the wide aisle was closed (which makes two-for-two for trips to Asda in the chair), even though about a dozen other aisles were open. Picked another aisle and the lady running the till calls up from the customer she's serving that 'she's open'.
I'm sorry, what? Finally figured out that she meant someone had just opened up the next aisle (not the wide one), which I couldn't see from that height.
So I swap aisles, only to find the chair physically won't fit through that aisle (it did fit through one last time, but this one was clearly subtly narrower). At which point the till-ladies decide among themselves that they're summoning a supervisor to sort it out and I should go down to the wide aisle. Why the aisle-opening one couldn't simply open the wide aisle herself I don't know. Eventually the supervisor appears, who looks about 20. But he's male, so he's a supervisor.
Up until that point I'd been reasonably happy that people were trying to help even if they weren't being particularly competent at it. And that's when he really put his foot in his mouth. "Sorry for the delay," he says, "we haven't got the personnel to man this one.'
'But you've got the staff to man a dozen other aisles?'
Let's just say I firmly impressed on him the need for manning the access aisle first, last and always! Maybe he'll think before making stupid comments again!
I did want to be sure to say, though, that when I first fell in love with this show, there was very little indication that it would ever be quite this good. I still would have adored the show that it felt early on like it was going to end up being--it has always been a show that was almost eerily aimed at absolutely everything I love about television--but the writing, the direction, the acting, absolutely everything is so airtight now that it's hard to even find things to criticise. It pushes so many boundaries, stretches beyond tropes, and all in the service of character development. Every single time.
I am just feeling so proud of my little show these days, and of all the marvellous people who make it.
1) What is this "peace has broken out" and "Last War" nonsense? War has always been with us.
"IBBW" is an exploration of what the Singularity would look like in practical terms. Think of the political consciousness of humanity getting a really effective software patch. Much as feudalism is better than anarchy, and a republic better than feudalism, the denizens of "IBBW" have found that a Protocol-driven society is better than Western democracy.
2) What about ... Islam and the Arabs?
It is not an accident that the "Last War" was on the Kurdistani-Iranian border. Islam is alive and well. So are the Arab powers. However, their expansion has become cultural and peaceful rather than aggressive. Religious freedom for adherents is as sacred as freedom _from_ religion for non-adherents.
3) What happened to the Islamic fundamentalists?
Protocol. Or chunky salsa, if they pissed off their next door neighbors enough.
4) What is "chunky salsa?"
Modern (i.e. IBBW) weapons systems do not leave pretty corpses.
5) What happened to Russia?
In the 2020s there were border tensions with China and the Chinese kicked their collective asses, multiple puns intended. This would have fed the natural Russian tendency towards paranoia, except that the Chinese refused to invade.
6) .... Israel?
Israel's borders now run from south Lebanon across (and including) the Golan Heights. The Sinai Peninsula is a demilitarized zone, and under Protocol such zones _stay_ demilitarized. (Smuggled hardware tends to suddenly explode once it enters the DMZ, is printed on a printer in the DMZ, etc.)
However, under the Cairo Protocol, Israel had no choice but to either lawfully expel (by due process of law for individual crimes committed) or grant full citizenship to all persons within its borders. A number of Palestinians did get expelled, but Israel had no choice but to grant full Israeli citizenship to the remainder. The land and other property expropriated during the 1947 War is now run by a trust that makes payments to Israelis of Palestinian descent and expats - the other alternative, returning the lands to the heirs, was rejected by a plebiscite vote.
7) ... Mexican-American border? Illegal immigration?
The only important borders in North America are the enclave borders. San San is such an enclave - but so is Ciuidad Federal de Mexico ("Mexico City") and between the two, Mexico City is more exclusive than San San. A gringo is much more likely to be perp-walked out of Ciuidad than a Mexican from San San...
Immigration in "IBBW" has to do with residency rather than mere presence. Migrant workers who stay less than six months in any particular enclave are perfectly free to do so, a de facto legalization of a process that has gone on for centuries. Establishing residency when one is not a San San national is rather harder, but not impossible.
The one remaining piece of what was once called "government" is Immigration & Customs Enforcement, a shared function funded by numerous enclaves, which tracks persons in North America and focuses on illegal trafficking in persons and goods. The former is much more serious as a criminal matter, as it interferes in the Cairo Protocol right of exile. Promises of residency in exchange for work are strictly regulated but fraud does happen. "IBBW" is not a perfect world, but a peaceful one.
8) ... weapons of mass destruction?
Like nudity, WoMD are less interesting when everyone has one. The more powerful the device or apparatus, the more that various protocols (and Protocols) apply. "IBBW" is a world where school children buy orbital laser time for class projects, fissile material storage is a question for local zoning authorities, "the fire department has nukes but the military does not," and last but not least, you are as free as you wish to swing your fist about so long as you do not touch your neighbor's face. And your neighbor is watching.
9) ... privacy?
Privacy is a major source of conflict in "IBBW." The ordinary person jealously guards what little privacy they have (typically in their own cubic). The wealthy want privacy but can't have it. The powerful are forbidden to enjoy privacy and this is The Price You Pay For Power. The more powerful a person or organization is, the more detailed their listing on boards such as Threat Trackers.
That said, "official" invasions of privacy, such as police and emergency response, are automatically suspect.
10) ... Canada?
Eh? Canada was always a concept in search of a nation, and when America collapsed into enclaves, Canada did the same -- but was much more civilized about it. The 'hot spot' in Canada is the development of the Canadian North... ecological preserve or ecologically sensitive "living room" is as close as Canadians get to having politics -- except maybe hockey, which is much bloodier now that nanotech medicine is available ringside.
- Public radio station WBEZ announced they would be producing fan-written minisodes of its historical drama podcast PleasureTown. "In minisode 1, we meet Esther, the town seamstress, who spins a yarn about her lost heritage and life under the watchful eye of the menacing Miz Janine. The PleasureTown legend continues... this time, at the hands of its fans."
- Kasterborous reposted some Doctor Who Crossover fan art. "One of the greatest things about the Doctor Who fandom is their passion for all things Who and their propensity for wanting to mashup the Doctor with just about any other programme or intellectual property out there. From SuperWhoLock to Eleven and the Ponds meeting Capt. Picard and the crew of the Enterprise, it would seem there really isn’t anywhere in time and space the TARDIS can’t show up."
- While an article at D magazine regrettably elevated fan films over fanfiction, it pointed to another Whovian fanwork, Doctor Who: The Soldier Stories, as part of an article on the “Fan Days” festivities in Dallas, Texas. "Comic books and entertainment in the sci-fi/fantasy wheelhouse tend to get viewed as escapist fare, a chance to get away from some of the more dull or soul-crushing aspects of the real world. That may be true to a degree, but it ignores the community and connections that form from an appreciation of the things that get discussed at events like, say, Dallas Comic Con. It’s a chance for the fans to let their freak flags fly proudly."
- Fanfic writers got a little more credit in an article at Publishers Weekly which included them in A Look Ahead to Self-Publishing in 2015. "Gardner says she expects to see 'more real person fan fiction and stories about breaking news in the coming year.' Also, while genre fiction remains strong, she’s seeing a change in subject matter—'sexy cowboys' are giving way to sexy MMA fighters in the romance genre, and jinns are taking over from vampires as common protagonists in the fantasy realm."
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This is a very meta sort of post, I'm talking about talking about potentially charged topics. So I'll at least mention violence including sexual violence, and I will also refer to sexually explicit including kinky stuff. I don't expect to go into lots of detail about anything, but those will be the topics. And now I'm being the centipede because the whole post is about how I should phrase this kind of description of what I'm about to write about and of course I've made myself completely self-conscious about doing so.
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Right, that ended up being not quite coherent. Let me put it out there anyway and see what people think.
Hey guys! It's been a while? So anybody wants to talk about something? I know I have some Parks and Recs feels to get out. :) It can be any show, doesn't have to be current. Speaking of older shows let me tell you about...
As usual please consider putting spoilers behind spoiler tags like so:
A couple of years ago we had the conversation where some men decided that no one had ever written any fantasy set in non-European inspired settings, except these four or five dudes they could name. Ignoring the hundreds of women who wrote it during the 80s and 90s, and the whole realm of Japanese fantasy like Moribito, etc. (which is how we came up with this list). Now we have the no one has written "non-patriarchal" fantasy except for these three or four dudes someone can name. Ignoring all the women who wrote this in the 80s, 90s, etc. (We talked about this on Kate Elliott's twitter so it's a little hard to follow.)
I guess I'm really tired of feeling like nothing I've done in genre counts, because I'm not a bearded white dude.
Related: I Challenge You to Stop Reading White, Straight, Cis Male Authors for One Year by K.T. Bradford about trying to diversify your reading and find new authors.
I have a lot of authors on my book rec tag that would fit, but here's a small sample:
David Anthony Durham, Prudence Shen, Violette Malan, Nnedi Okorafor, Silvia Moreno-Garcia, Nicky Drayden, Karen Lord, Judith Tarr, Craig Laurance Gidney, Sharon Shinn, Alaya Dawn Johnson, Wesley Chu, Ramez Naam, Catherine Lundoff, Joyce Chng, Kate Elliott, Barbara Hambly, Jaye Wells, Charles R. Saunders, Steven Barnes, Stephanie Diaz, Laura Lam, Alyx Dellamonica for a start.
Also in that list, N.K. Jemisin. I got to read The Fifth Season by N.K. Jemisin, which is coming out later this year and you should envy me, because it's really good. I gave it a blurb and said:
"This is an intense, exciting novel, where survival is always on the line, set in a fascinating, original and dangerous world with an intriguing mystery at the heart of it. I can't wait to see what happens in the next book!"
It came from a comment by Sky:"What if the Californians have things similar to animal shelters for lost and abandoned slaves?," and was prompted also in part by a ficlet cluudle wrote about the same idea.
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“First, let me say that I’m tired of all of this talk about ‘snubs,'” said an anonymous member of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. And continued:
And as far as the accusations about the Academy being racist? Yes, most members are white males, but they are not the cast of Deliverance — they had to get into the Academy to begin with, so they’re not cretinous, snaggletoothed hillbillies.
In the video below, Jay Smooth takes on the idea that only “hillbillies” are racist and asks about the idea of the “good person” and what it actually takes to be one.Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.
Summary: Where the reality where academic rivalry – begun when Professor Holmes' review of Professor Moriarty's book "Monks, Demons and Bleeding Nuns of the Romantics" called it puerile and repetitive - had Professor Moriarty slipping a dose of f***heat into Professor Holmes's favourite student's tea just as the Meg was toddling on her way to manufacture a question for Oh-Your-Analyses-Are-So-Amazing-Professo
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Work was super busy but it looks like we MIGHT get things cleared by the end of tomorrow, so that's promising.
Nothing much tonight, really. Though I did get rid of a fuckton of shit from my hanging files - must've been two or three kilos worth of paper. :D Which, you know, that makes me happy, even though it's not like anything will LOOK better, since a closed drawer is still a closed drawer. XD;; Getting rid of stuff is pretty important, though! Just. Yeah.
Okay sleep now I'm making no sense.
Who are these soulless gits?
4.For unread books, "sometime" means "never." There is a small window of time to read a book after you purchase it. Once that window closes, and it has gathered dust for a while, your chances of reading it are slim to none. And forget about rereading books you liked. How many books have you actually read a second time? Donate that unneeded book to someone who will get a thrill when they pick it up, and spend your time on the one book you're excited to read right now.No, dearie, books do not come with a 'use by' or 'best before' date, and lives there a reader with soul so dead that the concept of re-reading is strange and alien? I weep for humanity.
5.Recycle those piles of papers. Kondo's rule of thumb for papers is "discard everything." According to her, papers will never inspire joy.I do (eventually) get round to shredding old credit card statements, etc, usually by doing this as a blitz. But old papers? you are talking about my research materials. Not to mention, this is clearly somebody who has never done archival research and only barely restrained themself from punching the air and shouting 'YESSS!!!!' on making some discovery.
Will concede that there is a point where it is a good thing to sift the permanent from the ephemeral (the anomie of being an archivist dealing with the papers of someone or some organisation which has never done this can hardly be exaggerated) but that so doesn't mean 'ditch the lot'. A paternal forebear was notorious for doing this, which included disposing of vital family documentation. (I will also cop to have had a slight panic this week over locating my birth certificate, which was not in the file I thought it was, but was at least in another one.)
Something else I will not be decluttering anytime soon is the codfish tank, right?
"He committed no crime the day he was killed. Even the officer who shot him acknowledges that. There was no struggle. The details are not murky.
"But because no one was marching in the streets on behalf of John Geer, because he was absent from national headlines, the system was able to make his outrageous death go away by the simple expedient of doing nothing and refusing to discuss it.
"But the killing of John Geer should frighten everyone. It is the best example yet that while police often target minorities disproportionately, their basic and overriding demand is total and unquestioning submission to their authority."
--Neil Macdonald, "In Fairfax, Va., a different, no-less-scary police shooting, CBC, 2015-02-18
[I can see a big difference between this case and the better known stories of Garner and Brown and others. In those, there are at least two issues in play: profiling of African-American citizens and social/institutional devaluing of their lives, and out-of control, unaccountable, scaredy-cat police bullies. In the Geer shooting, only the latter pertains. Still, it illustrates why people like me -- white privilege, class privilege, and all -- are afraid of the police (sure there are apparently-good cops (but not good enough to protect us from the bad ones, eh?), but the consequences of finding out the officer you're dealing with is a bully can be fatal), and maybe this'll get the attention of any white people who want to continue dismissing shootings like this as someone else's problem because they either don't believe systemic racism is real or just don't care. Though white folks' risk is a whole lot lower, it's everybody's problem.]
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Wonderwoman
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital painting
Artist on DW/LJ: on LJ
Artist Website/Gallery: annecain on DA
Why this piece is awesome: Okay, so I'm deviating a little from the "minimal tits and ass" challenge I set myself here, but this is a really awesome pic of Wonderwoman. The art's very accomplished, and she's just so damn feisty and muscular. So yeah, the pose is pretty much pin-up central, but I love how tough she is, raring to take on the bad guys. Yum!
I first heard about Otherbound by Corinne Duyvis… On Twitter, I think. And then the book started to appear in the blogosphere to acclaim and it sounded fascinating and promised something wonderfully different and… Well, here, let me show you the description first and you’ll see what I mean.
Nolan doesn’t see darkness when he closes his eyes. Instead, he’s transported into the mind of Amara, a girl living in a different world. Nolan’s life in his small Arizona town is full of history tests, family tension, and laundry; his parents think he has epilepsy, judging from his frequent blackouts.
Amara’s world is full of magic and danger–she’s a mute servant girl who’s tasked with protecting a renegade princess. Nolan is only an observer in Amara’s world–until he learns to control her. At first, Amara is terrified. Then, she’s furious.
But to keep the princess–and themselves–alive, they’ll have to work together and discover the truth behind their connection.
Sounds awesome, right? Be warned, though, that the story is far more fantasy than science fiction and you might end up finding that the cover, while gorgeous, is misleading as to the genre of book you’re about to read.
That all out of the way, let’s get to the book! Be warned that there are spoilers.( Read the rest of this entry » )
Mirrored from Little Lion Lynnet's.
THE SPICE EXTENDS LIFE. THE SPICE EXPANDS CONSCIOUSNESS. THE SPICE IS VITAL TO SPACE TRAVEL. *dumps dijon mustard liberally onto sausages*
Everyone who's ever been shadow cast for Dune wants to be Feyd-Rautha or the Baron because they get the best musical numbers.
I mean aside from her initial "What's in the Box?" number (admittedly dynamite)the Reverend Mother Gaius Helen Mohiam barely gets ANY lines.
"Whoa! They have begun to fold space!" *ssssuck* *sssuck* *KOFFKOFFKOFF*
"In other words time for a rave with the space fetus!"
"HAIL MUA'DIB, SAVIOR OF THE UNIVERSE. AND HOW CAN THIS BE? FOR HE IS THE KWISATZ HADERACH."
"What do you mean, 'Paul Atreides approaching?'"
"On a giant sandworm. Shall I alert the Emperor?" #MuaDibPictureShow #IWannaGoooo
"Guild skyliner approaching Planet Caitain."
"Guild Navigators, march below me to the presence of Emperor Shaddam IV."
"The tooth? You can't handle the tooth!" #AtTheLateNight #ScienceFiction #MovieShowwww
*follows up the music that goes with Dr. Yueh's betrayal with "Dentist" from "Little Shop of Horrors." SAY AAAAAGH
"Take your hand out of the box and look at it."
*Paul stares at his hand*
"NOTHING! There's NOTHING in the box! STUPID! YOU'RE SO STUPID!"
"The forms of canle have been observed! Well?"
*gestures. Harkonen troops laugh nervously as expected*
*Dance Magic Dance musical number*
"ONWARDS MY BRAVE FREMEN! LET THIS BE KNOWN FOREVER AS PAUL MUA'DIB'S DAY!"
"Korba's hit! I'm going in after him!"
"IMPETUOUS BOY! OH WELL WHO WANTS TO LIVE FOREVER ANYWAY!" #LargeBeardyYellingMen