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Birdcage

Aug. 28th, 2015 01:41 am
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I'm doing a prompt call Birdcage again over on my dreamwidth! Please feel free to check it out and leave a prompt. I'm experimenting with an edited writeup that draws more attention to the non-fiction options as well.

an unhealthy market

Aug. 28th, 2015 12:33 am
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The stock markets have been shooting up like a rocket for the last few days, recovering all of the losses from last week. I've seen commentary to the effect of, "See? No big deal. Everything's fine." But healthy markets do not do shit like this. Not ever.


NO.


That down spike at 3pm Eastern in that chart? That's 2% of total market down and right back up, in a bounce. That's broken. (3pm is also margin-call time, I might add.) We are almost certainly now in a bear market in equities.

China desperately needs capital inflow right now. There is a general consensus that China's growth is overstated; some estimates say that the economy actually shrank last month. That's one of the motives for the devaluation of late.

But devaluations cost money, particularly slow ones, which is capital outflow, the opposite of what China needs. So they're dumping US treasuries to compensate for that. How much? Good question. Sale rate has been accelerating. $170B is one estimate I'm seeing around. But depending upon how things go, that's as much as $1T to keep the Yuan stable in devaluation.

As noted at the second link, that kind of undoes a lot of QE3 and forces up interest rates, particularly in the 10-year space. Which makes a lot less room for the scheduled rate hikes which had been coming up next quarter.

DC Under the Lens

Aug. 27th, 2015 10:09 pm
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I've been giving Marvel quite a lot of scrutiny lately, and have finally, finally, viewed “enough” of DC's film offerings to weigh in on the differences between their animated and live action offerings.

In short, DC is much better at the television series format than Marvel is, and those very strengths are why the live action DC movies are practically a how-to manual for destroying continuity rather than creating it.
Read more... )

Bots have found my resume

Aug. 27th, 2015 09:55 pm
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I don't post job-related things publicly... but I have a hard time thinking of this as "job-related" as opposed to "spam-related."

I posted my resume on CareeerBuilder.com. In FOUR MINUTES, I got an email (details redacted; emphasis added):

I am contacting you on behalf of [name], the Managing Principal with [company] in [location]. After reviewing your resume on careerbuilder.com, we believe you could be a great fit for the Financial Advisor position at [company].

[Company] is a publicly traded financial services company with over 75 years of experience helping clients achieve their financial aspirations by providing personal, comprehensive financial planning. This strong and thriving organization is expanding their team of talented, skilled and well-trained financial advisors in [location].

Our search is focused on candidates who are self-motivated and interested in helping others reach their financial goals. If you are a business-minded person with a history of success, simply reply to this email and attach your updated resume or email me at...


BWAAHAHA HAAHAA....

My resume says things like "Document Support Specialist" and "Digital Media Specialist" and "Ebook Project Manager."

The key bit to take away from this: Be wary of "financial advisors," given what their qualifications may be. Because whoa you should not be trusting me to help you make money decisions, but this company thinks I'd be good at it.

(Well. Not really. Mostly they think I'm capable of working for the same employer for more than five months and my resume contains standard business keywords, so they want me to waste travel time + an hour for an intensive interview so they can politely tell me that I'm not suited for their company.)

At least this one has decent grammar. Some of the "become our agent!!!" emails seem like they should hire me to be a copy editor, no a client-facing salesperson.

Power Reveals

Aug. 27th, 2015 11:44 pm
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 I was intrigued to see this article point out something that I have said for ages: Power doesn't corrupt, it reveals.
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I mentioned elsewhere, recently, that I’ve spent my share of time arguing with street preachers and the like. There’s a special kind of determined antagonism towards reality they carry with them – I call it street-preacher stupid – and the best you can do at any point is to argue for the crowd, and let the preachers make themselves look like… themselves, really.

In that spirit, I present the following:

Sci-Fi Pundant insists that Worldcon defrauded its membership via the “asterisk” joke/charitable fundraiser, declaring the asterisks to be awards given outside the rules.

And, on the Puppies losing their captured categories to No Award:

And again, on the Puppies losing to No Award:

There is not a big enough facepalming gif in the world for this, so I will not bother appending one. h/t to Jim C. Hines for the unicorn-iconed claimant. Enjoy.

eta: Wait, on second thought, I came up with something:

There we go.

 


This part of a series of posts on the Sad/Rabid Puppy candidate slate-based capture of the Hugo Awards, and resulting fallout.

Mirrored from Crime and the Blog of Evil. Come check out our music at:
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False Alarms

Aug. 27th, 2015 11:26 pm
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1: Woken up because M-i-L couldn't hear that Uncle-in-Law (her brother, now staying with her 'cause they're both really old and it's easier for spouse to check on them both and run errands for them and take them to doctor appointments) had a weird dream about X, and thought he was hallucinating about X. (They are also both hard of hearing now, and U-i-L has a slight mumble, so she couldn't hear what he was really saying, and he couldn't hear that she was confused. *headdesk*) Anyway, he had a doctor's appointment later today anyway, so since he wasn't otherwise behaving weirdly, they basically waited till then.

2: Spouse recorded an appointment for the kid as today, when it was for next week. So we drove 30 minutes, waited an hour to confirm whether we got the wrong hour or wrong day, and then had to drive back (after early dinner, because hungry kid gets queasy) through terrible traffic.

I am just a tad put out by that one. The waiting room was nice, if lacking in wifi, but the drive back was nasty.

3: Friend called. Needed money. Said, "I need $X for..." And I said, "Okay." And she said, "You didn't even wait to hear what it's for." And I said, "I know." Check will hit the mail tomorrow. (Plz buy mah bookz. O;> )

Havva Quote
Fanatics find their heaven in never ending storming wind
Auguries of destruction be a lullaby for rebirth
--http://www.metrolyrics.com/key-of-the-twilight-lyrics-hack-sign.html
Or if you want to hear it, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qfCrbFOU8k (also with lyrics!)

(I heard "All there is of destruction be a lullaby for rebirth," which has an even weirder twist to it, but hey.)

INwatch+Bookwatch )


Dragons under fold )

Voiceless velar frictive

Aug. 27th, 2015 07:29 pm
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Ages and eons ago, I asked people offhandedly if someone knew the character for the voiceless velar frictive (throat clearing sound found in Scottish and Arabic and Hebrew), and someone pointed out it's X. Well I hated that option, because it's so vague. So I found an alternative: ḥ ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%E1%B8%A4 )

Not only is it more obvious that it's not an ordinary letter, it has the added benefit of resembling what I was already using (bold/cap. H or HK), and looks better than using the X.

This is good, because ḥ is a common sound in Trai'Pahg'Nan'Nog. In fact, a fair number of ordinary H sounds in TPNN can be replaced with ḥ. Like Shao'Kehn can also be pronounced Shao'Ḥen. Also, an alternative to Grah'Bahn (Deity of Life) is Ḥrah'Bahn.

StarKist Tuna Pays Up

Aug. 27th, 2015 09:35 pm
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from [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith , here

In a rare triumph of justice over corporate fraud, StarKist Tuna has been convicted of underfilling cans. If you bought their tuna since 2009, you can file a claim for $25 cash or $50 in tuna.

What can you do with $50 of canned tuna?

Well, she gives links to eight recipes.

Actually they haven't been convicted. It was a civil suit, and according to the FAQ on the site (www.tunalawsuit.com, apparently set up by a company that specializes in class actions and related commercial dealings): [Everything in italics is a quote from that site. The underlining is mine]

#2.

This lawsuit claimed that StarKist under-filled certain 5 oz. canned tuna products in violation of state and federal law.

StarKist denies that it under-filled its products and denies that it did anything wrong, and the Court has not made any ruling on the factual allegations in the lawsuit. StarKist denies that the Plaintiffs and the Class have suffered any damages or that they have been harmed in any way. StarKist, however, has chosen to provide its customers with a cash payment and/or vouchers for StarKist products rather than spending additional money on costly litigation.
 
Some other points:

The settlement provides that StarKist will pay $8 million in cash and $4 million in vouchers redeemable for StarKist tuna products. You may submit a claim for either:
a. a cash payment of $25, or
b. $50 in product vouchers redeemable for StarKist tuna products.
You may choose to claim the cash payment or the product vouchers, whichever you prefer. These claim amounts may be subject to pro rata dilution if the total amount of claims exceeds the available settlement funds.

So
• $8,000,000 / $25 = (up to) 320,000 cash claimants
• $4,000,000 / $50 = (up to) 80,000 voucher claimants
before the claims run over and they start prorating. That's four times as many cash claimants as voucher claimants. I'd bet they're betting on most people to go for $50 worth of tuna, so they go way over the limit (80,000 claimants): "Sorry, we have to prorate. We've got 400,000 people claiming vouchers, so you only get (tap-tap-tap) $10 worth of vouchers. Here you are. NEXT!"

Also, You don't need to give an actual date of purchase:

You do not need a receipt or other proof of purchase to submit a claim. You will, however, be required to submit a Claim Form confirming under penalty of perjury:
i. the specific StarKist product(s) you purchased, and
ii. that the purchase or purchases were made within the Settlement Class Period.

That is, sometime, any time, between February 19, 2009 and October 31, 2014 (inclusive, I presume).
 
If you fit into the following description, you are a Class Member [i.e., eligible for this compensation]: All residents of the United States of America who, from February 19, 2009 through October 31, 2014, purchased any of the StarKist Products (i.e., 5 oz. Chunk Light in Water, 5 oz. Chunk Light in Oil, 5 oz. Solid White in Water, and 5 oz. Solid White in Oil).

I can hear the people singing

Aug. 27th, 2015 04:34 pm
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from JSTOR Daily ("Where news meets its scholarly match")

How Singing Started a Revolution in Estonia
From 1987 to 1991, revolutions broke out in Estonia and other Baltic states under Soviet rule. In Estonia, demonstrators didn’t arm themselves with guns: rather, they joined hands and sang themselves to independence in what is now known as “The Singing Revolution.”

David Puderbaugh finds the revolution’s roots in Estonia’s vibrant culture of music and singing. Since the nineteenth century, the country has hosted massive song festivals that are now recognized by UNESCO as a priceless representation of intangible cultural history.

The festivals, which feature tens of thousands of singers and audiences of hundreds of thousands, are “inextricably tied to Estonian identity in a manner seldom observed in world history,” writes Puderbaugh—and that connection helped drive a revolution.

(click headline for story)

StarKist Tuna Pays Up

Aug. 27th, 2015 04:47 pm
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In a rare triumph of justice over corporate fraud, StarKist Tuna has been convicted of underfilling cans. If you bought their tuna since 2009, you can file a claim for $25 cash or $50 in tuna.

What can you do with $50 of canned tuna?

Curried Tuna Sandwiches
Fisherman's Pie
Tuna Quesadillas (if some people don't like salsa, serve it on the side)
Tuna Stuffed Mushrooms

Canned Tuna Recipes (Allrecipes)
Canned Tuna Recipes (Allyou)
Canned Tuna Recipes (Epicurious)
StarKist Recipes

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While I was working the NIWA table at Worldcon, one of the people who came by was a very outspoken, charming fellow who took the time to chat and make jokes with several of us. I wanted to like him. Except for one thing: he was very blunt in his opinion of romance, sweepingly dismissing the entire genre as “swill”.

And as soon as he said that, I had to speak up in romance’s defense, as well as back off from talking to him much after that. Because it seemed pretty evident that he had an opinion, the kind of opinion that isn’t easily going to change in one chance meeting, and I didn’t want to drive him away from buying anything at the table if there was a chance he would.

But I did want to talk about this here. Because it’s yet another example of what I see out of SF/F readers on a regular basis: i.e., the broad-spectrum dismissal of romance as a genre that’s worth paying attention to. Usually this is hand-in-hand with misogyny, targeted at female SF/F authors who get their work dismissed as “thinly veiled romance novels”, thereby insulting female authors and the romance genre in one double-fisted blast of “oh for fuck’s sake, this again?”

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I’m really tired of SF/F readers snarking on romance. And hell, I’m not even as devoted a romance reader as many; I’m on the periphery of the romance readership at best.

I see in the regular remarks to the effect of “X is still a better love story than Twilight“. And don’t get me wrong: I’m not about to run out and read Twilight, but I think it’s also unnecessarily condescending to go on and on and on about how anything is a better love story than Twilight. Particularly when most of the time, the people doing the snarking haven’t even read the series, so they have no real basis on which to deliver the snark.

I see it in the constant dismissal of the romance genre as nothing but “porn for women”, and how “bodice rippers” still gets thrown around to describe the genre, despite how the genre hasn’t really been rife with bodice rippers since the 80’s. As anyone who actually cares enough to explore the modern state of the genre could easily discover for themselves.

I see it in the constant ever-so-convenient failure to ever give male authors any level of shit for having love stories in their work, either. You don’t see men getting their books dismissed as “thinly veiled romance novels” or “porn for women”. Even when they also have sex scenes in them, especially given how rapetastic a lot of modern fantasy epics can wind up being. Because apparently a woman getting raped in a fantasy novel by a man is “realistic”, while a woman having a positive consensual sexual encounter in a fantasy novel written by a woman is “porn for women”.

Surely I can’t be the only person who sees the injustice in that attitude?

So I’ll say this again: SF/F readers, quit it with the genre snobbery. We’ve all grown up with a history of getting snarked on for our reading tastes, so we shouldn’t be sneering at what other people like to read. Particularly when we haven’t even bothered to look at the books in question ourselves.

Sure, romance has its share of bad books. Every genre has its share of bad books, and SF/F is not exempt from that. And not every genre is going to be appropriate for someone’s reading tastes. I’m not asking for people to unilaterally embrace romance as the awesomest thing that ever awesomed.

But I am asking, yea, challenging you: next time you catch yourself about to snark on a book in the romance genre, particularly one you haven’t even bothered to read, take a step back and ask yourself how you’d feel if somebody else was about to do that to a book you loved. Remember that the person you’re snarking to, or people who may be reading that tweet or post to your Facebook wall, might well have actually read and loved that book.

Likewise, I challenge you to consider: is a book that portrays romance and love stories and positive sexual encounters for women really all that bizarre a concept?

Here endeth today’s rant. Thank you.

Mirrored from angelahighland.com.

The Sound of Animation

Aug. 27th, 2015 01:24 pm
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 Here's an interview about the excellent animated short "Get a Horse."  The bit I want to highlight is where they couldn't find a clip of Walt Disney saying the word "red" so they spliced it together out of phonemes spoken in other words.  This is a crucial step necessary to the evolution of technology which reduces and eventually removes the need for actors: the ability to create a 'library' of appearance, motion, and sound which users can employ to compose performances.  It's a very popular way to make entertainment in the future.

do this instead

Aug. 27th, 2015 08:30 am
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I’m too sleepy to write up a big Business Meeting post tonight – I caught up on about two weeks of email and worked on harmonies all day, that’s a bit on the side of brain-eating – so I’m going to point to this instead:

A collection of local fire relief funds in North Central Washington

All that smoke and all those strange skies we saw at Sasquan? They were mostly due to these fires. There are other fires as well, but those are the biggest ones. It wouldn’t hurt to see about throwing them a little dosh.

Mirrored from Crime and the Blog of Evil. Come check out our music at:
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As y’all know already, Worldcon this year saw the conclusion–for now–of this year’s Puppy slate voting. Dara’s documented her reaction to the results over here, so I’m not going to recap what she said. Go read her directly!

I will, meanwhile, note that Natalie Luhrs put up this recap of what the Hugos would have been like if the slate voting hadn’t occurred. In particular, like Dara, I weep for how Avatar: The Legend of Korra came so close to getting onto the ballot.

But I must also call attention to what the Best Novel voting might have looked like. I was intrigued by City of Stairs when I first saw it getting promoted on tor.com, and I very definitely enjoyed Lock In, as I reported earlier this year. I feel that if Mr. Scalzi had made the ballot, I would have had a much harder time deciding between his book, Ancillary Justice, and The Three-Body Problem. As it stands, I will be upping the priority on checking out City of Stairs.

Speaking of Mr. Scalzi, he had commentary (short and pithy as well as longer and yet still pretty pithy) on the matter. It will surprise none of you that I pretty much agree with what he has to say. I would also like to call attention to Mary Robinette Kowal’s excellent commentary, while I’m at it.

Because here’s the thing: as the Mary Sue reported, while the Puppies were not as blatant a presence at Worldcon as I feared, they were nonetheless there. And some asshat thought it was funny to leave an anonymous flyer purporting to be from SFWA on the freebie table–a flyer which was brimming with racism and transphobia.

Needless to say–or at least, it ought to be needless to say–I do not find this funny. I do not find it worthy of the SF/F genre, or of civilized persons in general.

And next year, although I am not yet convinced I actually want to set foot in Kansas Missouri even for a Worldcon, I will be getting a supporting membership to MidAmeriCon at minimum. Because this year has demonstrated to me in no uncertain terms that my continued participation in the Hugo voting process is important. I’m just one small voice and one small vote.

But those votes add up. And the wisdom of Ambassador Kosh notwithstanding, this one small pebble will do her part to redirect the avalanche.

ETA: Editing because Kansas City is in Missouri, not Kansas. Derp. That said, my commentary still stands as I am not particularly convinced I want to set foot in Missouri, either!

Mirrored from angelahighland.com.

Mr. Robot Respects Warnings

Aug. 26th, 2015 08:59 pm
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Earlier this week, [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith linked to an article about trigger warnings, and expressed the opinion that such warnings are a sign of respect, rather than some kind of “coddling.” I've had at least one long conversation with my lovely readers to gauge what kinds of warnings are specifically preferred.

What's the next step, after 'trigger warning ahead'?

Unfortunately, the fans of the television show “Mr. Robot” will find that out tonight.
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No spoons today

Aug. 26th, 2015 11:30 pm
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Spent a lot of day doing Emotional Support tasks with kid. Which were overall not bad! But I have burned all my spoons on them, and now I have no spoons for anything else, and now it is midnight anyway.

Havva Quote
Agatha: "Your father doesn't like my family very much..."
Daughter of the Master of Paris: "It is true -- and thus, our love can never be."
Agatha, staring off into space: "Yeah... That's too bad..."
Daughter of the Master of Paris: "tsk. He has upset you."
--http://girlgeniusonline.com/comic.php#.Vd6KDumla5Y


(I like DotMoP. But that is a terrible acronym.)

INwatch+Bookwatch )


Dragons under fold )
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I am pleased to announced that my story "Love Is for Children" is available in podfic by RyukoAkari.  Chapters 1-4 can be downloaded in MP3 format now.  Updates will add more chapters, and when complete, the work will be reposted as a single file.
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Rehearsal last night for the shows in Tacoma this weekend; we’re going to have two more, one as Leannan Sidhe, and one as Crime and the Forces of Evil, probably on different days since rehearsing two bands’ worth of material in one day is a wee bit of a pain in the ass.

(I say that particularly since Leannan Sidhe gave me like nine new songs like two and a half weeks in advance, one of those weeks to be spent at Worldcon. But she only does things like that because she knows I’ll do it.)

So I spent a lot of that Worldcon week repeatedly listening to the new material and working on some of the more amusing chord changes. I rather suspect power-A to G#m to F#m to C#m in beat succession is easier on guitar than on zouk. But! I can be taught. And I was able to charge right through it just fine each time in rehearsal today. So, yeah, go me.

Now I just need to get a better grip on a couple of these new harmonies…

Mirrored from Crime and the Blog of Evil. Come check out our music at:
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Worldcon First Night

Aug. 26th, 2015 09:51 am
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There was a Worldcon and there was a First Night and that was what I was in charge of.

I was pretty sure that I wanted it to be outside in Spokane's Riverfront Park and once I saw it at the All-Hands meeting in May I was sure of it. I also wanted it to be fun for everyone but my idea of fun isn't necessarily other people's idea. What I did start with asking the bids for 2018 to take part in it. Megan (my second) and Jill (my DH) also suggested that we get the bids for 2018, 2019, 2020 and MidAmericon to take part as well. A Spokane local put us in contact with the local SCA. The people at Visit Spokane and the park employees worked with us to get it all together; they arranged for food vendors and a beer garden from No-Li. MCFI arranged for FREE ICE CREAM. There was music and art set up.

I walked through the park in the morning and they were hard at work setting up tables and a canopy for performances. And ALSO I ran into Tim Griffin who agreed to fill in for our missing band (long story). Score!

At 3pm, I was at the park, where things were mostly all set up. At 3:30 pm, I went to get the signs for First Night, to discover that they had not, in fact, been delivered to the convention and our sign shop was trying to get them made. At 3:45pm, the bids hadn't yet shown up for setup (other than the SCA people and a couple of people from the DC in 17 bid). And by 4pm...everything was set up and ready to go. People from the convention came across the bridge and into the park and they had a good time. We had music and fun from Tom Smith and Phil Foglio. We had pictionary. We had Tim Griffin.

Activity-wise, all the bids and tables were great. Many, many thanks to the DC in 17,Helsinki in 2017, Montreal in 2017, Nippon 2017, New Orleans in 2018, San Jose in 2018, Dublin in 2019, and New Zealand in 2020 bids. And also to MidAmericon, JOF, the Medievalists, Choose Your Own Apocalypse, MCFI, Chidren's Programming. All of them are the reason that First Night was such a success.

Sure, there were some glitches, but mostly, I'm pleased at how it came out. What about you? Where you there? If so, did you like it? Were there things I could have done better? Things that didn't work for you? Things that really DID work for you? Let me know!

FIAWOL!

First Draft Checklist

Aug. 26th, 2015 05:51 am
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Here is a clever first draft checklist.  I'm not sure I've ever written a story that simple, but it seems like a useful graphic.

Frustrating issue

Aug. 26th, 2015 01:34 am
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I don't know why, but for some reason lately, Chrome takes about 20 to 30 minutes to load any webpage if I go to it by opening a new tab and typing in the address, or opening a new tab and clicking on one of the Speed Dial links; yet 1. The saved tabs load relatively quickly on startup, and 2. If I open a link on a page in an existing tab into either the same tab or into a new tab ("open link in new tab"), it loads pretty quickly. So if I want to go to, say, LiveJournal in a timely fashion, and I don't have it up already in a saved tab, I have to open the link to my Tumblr blog in a new tab from an existing saved tab, then scroll down and click on "my LiveJournal." And to get to Facebook, I have to open a link to Alex's Tumblr blog from a saved tab and scroll down to click on his Facebook link, then click my name when Facebook loads.

It's very frustrating.

Edit: Oh yeah, and lest I forget, Chrome also now refuses to load any tabs in the background. I have to click on each tab and wait for it to load before going on to the next one and doing the same thing.

Shao'Vara picture

Aug. 26th, 2015 01:20 am
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Picture I drew of one of the Aspects of my primary Deity, Djao’Kain. The Aspect’s name is Shao’Vara. Xe is an Aspect representing Death, Mystery, the Death Mysteries, and the transformative side of death. Xer face is covered by a featureless mask to represent mystery (especially the mystery of the Afterlife) as well as the faceless and uncaring truth of death. Xe is wrapped in a burial shroud (in the culture on Traipah that Xe is from, burial shrouds are black), and the hands holding fire are both torches and symbols of pallbearers; though in that culture, pallbearers don’t carry a body to be buried, they carry it to where the corpse can be liquefied. The liquefied remains are fed to Memorial Trees, which are old-growth trees fed the remains of everyone from a particular family that dies, with plaques installed in their trunks. Those plaques have names, birthdates, and death dates of those whose remains were fed to the tree. Traipah has whole forests full of Memorial Trees, called Memorial Forests.

The three moons of Traipah are also visible in this picture. One is full, two are crescent. One of the crescent moons is tiny, right to the left of Shao-Vara’s head. The paved road is mainly to try to give a sense of perspective. Shao’Vara, wrapped in Xer burial shroud, kneels on a cliff. Not pictured is the ocean the cliff is overlooking, because I didn’t know how to draw that in a way that added to the mystery (or at least did not subtract from it).

I originally wanted to draw Shao’Vara as Xe first appeared to me in a vision, where Xe was nude and emaciated, with one saggy breast and another shriveled up, but I didn’t know how to draw that.

Rebuilding and Recovery

Aug. 25th, 2015 10:21 pm
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Have you ever noticed that American films and series very, very seldom show the actual rebuilding after an irradiated lizard thrashes a city, or a guy in robotic armor thrashes through a technology convention full of innocent bystanders?

Yeah. It's rare.

It's also one of the reasons I wanted to enjoy “Agents of SHIELD,” because the whole first season hinged upon the idea of rebuilding SHIELD after the events of the second Captain America movie. However, there's very little discussion-- perhaps minutes out of the seventeen-plus HOURS of screen time in the first season-- of anything other than “”We've lost everything!” and “We're out of resources!” with a single line complaining about paying out of pocket for a “cheap” hotel when on a stakeout.
Read more... )

Done last week (20150816Su - 0824Mo)

Aug. 25th, 2015 09:25 pm
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I didn't post Sunday because I was still at Worldcon. And yesterday I was just too wiped out. But here I am, days late (and thousands of dollars short, but that's another complaint).

Sasquan made a pretty good filk con. That's literally all the programming I got to. The concerts, mostly; not even much open filking. I had a half-hour concert slot; it went well. Riverheart, For Amy, The Stuff That Dreams are Made Of, Where the Heart Is, Windward, Toolmakers, Keep the Dream Alive. Most of my most intensely emotional repertoire; my voice broke a little on everything but Riverheart and Toolmakers, but not so much that I couldn't keep singing.

If you have a recording of it, I need a copy. Thanks. I'll mail you a thumb drive, or you can share it on Google or Dropbox. No processing necessary -- I can handle raw .WAV or (better) .FLAC files.

Until this year I rarely did much more than choke up a little. The last time I remember really having trouble making it through a song without crying was 1986. (See last song in the set.) I seem to be more open to my emotions -- my grief, anyway -- and that's a good thing. It's worlds better than being numb.

The smoke -- much of central Washington is on fire -- was particularly bad Friday night. Saturday was almost clear, but it came back Sunday.

I spent a lot of my time, including most of my time sitting in concerts, writing. Mostly, the Rainbow Bridge page, and Curio's page under it; the latter is still in progress, so I won't link to it yet. It's hard.

Links and more details in the notes, including a couple of Wikipedia dives and the preliminary setlists.

raw notes, with links )

Long Walk...

Aug. 25th, 2015 11:30 pm
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Today, I and kid did a lot of walking (just up and down the sidewalks, basically), and while this is probably good for my weight (I actually looked at a scale and while I would like to lose a chunk more, it was probably down a little from where the doctor was giving me the *sigh*... ("So you're active?" "Oh, no, I'm a sedentary lump. But I'm an honest sedentary lump!")), it does tend to mean that I am low on some spoons for Getting Thing Accomplished. Which is why this is midnight. And things.

And I really wish that the characters in my head weren't focusing on AU fanfic porn that I can't even write. >_<

Havva Quote
Adrian isn't gleefully anything. He does not believe in glee.
--http://archiveofourown.org/works/4478138/chapters/10271247


INwatch+Bookwatch )


Dragons under fold )

Trigger Warnings as Respect

Aug. 25th, 2015 10:27 pm
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Here's another good post about trigger warnings and why they are valuable.

When you include notes about content, and your policies, that helps people make more informed and mindful decisions about their lives.  When you include tools -- you may ask for an alternate assignment, here is the quiet room, this is a handout of coping skills because this class handles historic atrocities, if you are having lots of trouble please visit in my office so we can discuss it, etc. -- that teaches people how to handle challenges in effective ways that build resilience.  There are rocks, but you can climb over them.  Here is a rope.

When you do not include notes, you deny people the chance to select the classes that are the best fit for them and to cope with materials presented in progress.  There are rocks and people are dropped on their heads.  If you sustain a concussion it is because you are a pussy, not because the rocks are sharp.

When you include notes but not tools, and allow people to dodge material without compensating in any way, that  is coddling.  The rocks are taken out of the way.  Now nobody can learn how to climb rocks in a relatively safe environment.

The complaints about trigger warnings basically say: "It is okay to hurt people.  It is not okay if you want people NOT to hurt you.  Just get used to being hurt, you pussy."  Because really?  If you have triggers, there is no getting away from them.  The world whacks them all the time.  Especially if they are about sex or violence or both.  And pressuring people to remain silent about being hurt just gets more people hurt, which is also not okay.

When you put content notes or trigger warnings on a class, story, or other material it says: "I am choosing to deal with controversial topics.  I want to understand what happens in the world and hopefully that will help make it a better place.  I want to make it as accessible as possible so that more people can deal with these topics in a safe way."  You don't go into shop class and NOT have safety goggles, I hope.  If you're talking about things like rape or mass murder, and especially about some crackpot thinking those are jolly good ideas, then folks need to know that appropriate safety measures are in place.

Seriously, look around: If there are women, about a quarter of them have experienced sexual violence personally and the rest have at least fended off smarmy approaches. Probably at least one or two of the men are survivors too.  If there are Jews, they will be sensitive about the Holocaust and probably Israeli politics.  If there are black people, they will be sensitive about slavery and racism.  If there are poor people, they will probably be touchy about some money issues.  And if the group is a monoculture, that's likely to cause problems on its own and is not an ideal learning environment.  Explaining the parameters for handling challenges is just part of running a smooth class or other activity.  It is not fun for anybody if somebody has a panic attack because they got blindsided.  It is not effective if people blank out because the material is ghastly and no coping methods are available.

Of course, not everyone is equally good at listing triggers, and it does take time.  So if that's expected at college, you have to allow the extra time and make sure there's a backup person for teachers who aren't good at it.  (Inaccurate warnings are worse than useless.)  If you're doing it as a writer, you can just ask your audience to tell you if they think more warnings are advisable.


oh no

Aug. 25th, 2015 04:00 pm
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Taken from Pretty Terrible’s post on the Hugos, and a puppy-slate-free alternate-universe ballot, built from the real-world voting data, released after the awards were given out:

That last section? It’s a picture of the sound of my heart breaking, just a little bit.

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This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, September 1, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "yarn, thread, and string."  I'll be soliciting ideas for spinners, weavers, other people who do fibercrafts, puppeteers, storytellers, sheep and other fiber-bearing animals, spinning, weaving, other craft activities, cutting the cord, pulling strings, following threads, being strung out, telling yarns, stringing along, tying knots, getting strung out, untangling strands, puppet theaters, fibercraft factories, sewing rooms, laboratories, craft stores, looms, Gordian knots, spinning wheels, the red thread, family ties, cosmic strings, loose threads, macrame, and poetic forms in particular.

I have a linkback poem, "Ramping Up the Fun" (22 verses, Polychrome Heroics). 

If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week.  (If you're not available that day, or you live in a time zone that makes it hard to reach me, you can leave advance prompts.  I am now.)  Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog. 

New to the fishbowl? Read all about it! )

Hi all, back from Worldcon!

Aug. 25th, 2015 11:07 am
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Dara and I returned from Worldcon yesterday and I’m taking today off to decompress–because I spent the entire con pretty much working the NIWA table in the dealers’ room, and that’s dealing with a lot of people by my introvert standards. So I need some downtime!

I will, nonetheless, post today!

Since I was at the NIWA table so much I actually wound up seeing very little of the convention. And I gotta say, we were totally spoiled for space at our table, occupying a corner booth as we did. We had a truly magnificent spread of books, with 37 different authors represented on the table! Seriously, check this out, this was the booth space we had to play with! (And you can guess which portion of the table was my favorite, I expect!)

(Putting in a More tag as this post is kind of long!)

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So, other than that whole Hugo thing, yeah, there was a convention! And I went to it. This is the post where I talk mostly about that.

On the way there, we took Route 2, which I don’t usually do when heading east. It’s a more interesting drive than I-90, at least until you hit the 150 Minutes Of Driving In A Straight Line, with occasional five-building towns off to the side where they won’t distract you. Seriously, that part is like Desert Bus. But before that part, the geology is amazing and worth it.

We stopped at Leavenworth for food. Now, Leavenworth is a weird little town, because it decided some decades ago that it was going to be German. Before World War II, lots of little Cascadian towns were a little like that – North Bend was Norwegian, and Norwegian was the common tongue, and so on. But Leavenworth decided to go all out after the war, and some of the fans who had flown in via Seattle saw it and were more than a little fruck out. So just to share that experience, here’s Leavenworth for you:

Even things like Wells Fargo and Safeway are this style.

We could already smell the fires, though. That was a portent of things to come. As was this hazy sky on the way east, and, well, the evidence of earlier fires, no longer active.

As you can imagine from the previous post, I spent a lot of time in the business meetings. Normally there are three, and they’re not incredibly long; this year, there were four, and they were all very long. I’ll talk more about those in another post, but since it was such a large part of my convention experience this time, I couldn’t leave it out entirely.

I think the short form is that yes, they are dull, in a way? But in a way they are also not dull. Kevin Standlee is a good parliamentarian, and kept things moving and in good order. The way we were able to get through acres of other business on Sunday when it looked like we’d end up being there until 5pm or so was pretty impressive.


This was not the biggest turnout.

Opening ceremonies was pretty entertaining – you had a native tribes storyteller talking about the meaning of story and truth, and telling some good stories. Plus, Fishy finally got to unveil the Hugo base he’d designed for this year’s Worldcon! I found it evocative of some of the geology that Anna and I had just driven through, compressed and attenuated basalt columns, also evocative of rocket exhaust – a really nice job:

I like the Spokane convention centre complex. Parts of it were built back in 1974, but there are significant additions and renovations since then. We kind of had another hint about the smoke that was to come, though, that first night. I mean, when you can take pictures of the sun with a cellphone camera, it’s dark.

Then, of course, on Thursday you got the Broken Sky, which I posted photos of already.

Anna spent a huge chunk of the convention in the Dealer/Exhibit Hall, helping run the NIWA booth, so it wasn’t a programming-heavy convention for us. I did a little daytime performing and some playing in the evenings, of which I of course lack any photos because I was kind of busy with the actual playing. But I ran into a lot of people I’ve known via fandom for a long time (hi Rod! Hi Cheryl! Hi Jay! Hi Alec! Hi WOW I TALKED TO LOTS OF YOU!) and finally met TJ Burnside-Clapp in person, who I’ll be GoH-ing with at Conflikt this coming January.

And I’m gonna say it: seeing your own name on one of those flyers in that way? More than a little weird. There’s a little moment of “…but you want people to come to your event, how is that going to help?”

Like I said: weird.

But! Back on track. I did get to a little other programming. I quite liked David Gerrold’s GoH speech. A bit on the old-school side, but, well, he’s a bit on the old-school side himself. And the Match Game SF game show went off well, like usual:

Plus, since I wasn’t officially working this show, I got to go to a masquerade again! It had been a while, and this was a fantastic one to come back to see. I went wearing Earth Kingdom Korra (just as a hall costume) and there were … 46 entries? An awful lot, with a really high standard of overall workmanship.

Torrey finally entered her Amidala costume – the one she did all the hand dye work on – at the Worldcon level, and picked up a couple of prizes for it. (All her kata practice really stood out – her lightsabre moves were just super-fluid and nice.) There was a gigantic Drider costume that was part of a larger set, and which may have been the largest costume effect I’ve seen put on an amateur stage. And I got to look at the Best-in-Show’s backpack time machine later, just wandering around – so much more detail to it than you could see from the audience. It was just a lovely piece of mechanics on top of everything else.

Tom Smith’s concert following masq was apparently the largest room he’s ever played – but you wouldn’t’ve known it from his performance. It’s one of the few times I’ve seen a masquerade halftime show that really entertained the crowd, which I’m just going to say is difficult to do.

I took a couple of hall costume photos, but not many. First, a No-Face:

And second, a couple of really nicely done Vault 101 wastelanders from Fallout 3. Check out the Pip Boy! It overexposed a little in my picture and I couldn’t bring it back in, but I promise you, it didn’t look blown out like that in real life.

Now, funny(?) thing about that outdoor shot – notice how much the light looks like the light in the actual Fallout game? That’s not good to be in. I didn’t know how bad it was, while I was out there for 45 minutes helping them get costume shots while the light was right. Here’s a view from the consuite:


yikes

And here’s the notice they posted while we were out in pretty much the very worst of it. That’s not “Dangerous for people with respiratory issues,” that’s DANGEROUS FOR ANYONE THAT BREATHES AIR, DO NOT GO OUTSIDE. It hasn’t been this bad since Mount St. Helens blew in 1980. That’s how bad the fires are. Heck, the business meeting’s Sergeant at Arms had to leave early because her horse farm got Class 1 fire alert and she had to evacuate her horses.

The biggest restaurant find had to be the Suki Yaki Inn. We were actually on our way to a different restaurant (about which I had my doubts) and stumbled across it. It’s one of those clearly-built-in-1962-and-untouched-since places, with that terrible “oriental” script that’s somehow supposed to be evocative of brush strokes but isn’t even a little bit. And Anna – bless her – said – “let’s try that!”

Now, she’s not normally the sort of person to go for dives of that sort, but I thought “oh, what the hell, why not?” And wow, was that the right decision.

And here’s the thing: it was fantastic. I mean, the first clue we’d had that something was up were the mixed drinks; they served them in beer glasses. We were like Merry and Pippin.

Fishy wasn’t even sure drinks that big were legal, because they were not skimping on the alcohol, either. But even aside from that – they were good! And the sukiyaki was correct – basically, they had all their broths and sauces right, and once you do that, you’re well on your way in Japanese cooking. Okay, sure, the second time we went, the room we were in had apparently suffered some damage caused by somebody putting someone else’s head through the wall. But I’m pretty sure that’s ancient history at this point, so don’t let that stop you. So tasty.

Helsinki winning the 2017 Worldcon did not overly surprise me. It might’ve, a little, going in – I’ve been out of that whole conversation for a while, and Finland is very far from here – but once at the convention, the party flow made it pretty obvious. I voted for Japan and bought a pre-support (in that order, because sure, that’s how you do it) just to help them cover their bid costs. The only shot DC had was if they’d had a huge bloc of pre-convention voters, and, whelp, turns out no. Anna became a supporter of Dublin in 2019 and New Zealand in 2020 bids, and I’m considering pre-supporting New Orleans in 2018.

On the parties – well, going to the early-morning business meetings, I didn’t do as much party as I would normally have done. But I liked New Orleans (see above), Japan’s bid party, and most of all, the Babylon 5 party, in no small part just because it was there. B5 STILL HAS A POSSE, apparently, and that is a good thing.

Oh, and check out this PARKADE, about 10 minutes from the convention centre. Does this look like a Captain Scarlet set piece or what? It looks even more like one in person.


so awesome

It’s right at that perfect stage of mid-modernism when they still expected everyone to come downtown, park, and then walk around like they did before cars. It’s brutalist in the right ways, it has this totally epic spiral ramp on the back of it with a huge cylinder in the middle that demands to be some sort of launch facility for an underground rocket base. Plus the in-and-out ramps are also in that era of we-aren’t-quite-sure-how-to-do-this-yet-but-this’ll-work that I love. I took more pictures but none of them really get it right. Plus: elevated retail level. MID-CENTURY AWESOMENESS ENGAGED!

I’ll have extra photos up on Flickr, like usual.

So, yeah, that’s not all, but it’s all I’m writing for now – this is too long already. I’ll post about the business meetings later – I didn’t want this week to be all about Hugo awards and politics. There was in fact also a convention, and a good bit of fun was had, by most, if not necessarily all. If I left you out, I’m sorry – pop in in comments and say hi!

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and there was NO AWARDing

Aug. 25th, 2015 08:30 am
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So. Where do we start?

It is far too late to start at the beginning, so let’s start where we last left off.

Those of us who have been calling for a NO AWARD vote above any slate nominee for the Hugo have, I am told, won. We have doubled the number of NO AWARDs given throughout the previous history of the awards, and blocked the meaningful slate candidates pretty much in their entirety. We are being congratulated, and for that, I thank you.

But I cannot consider this winning. I consider it… oh, let’s call it the least bad possible disaster given the position in which their machinations put us. That’s important. It shows that the large influx of supporting members who voted were not a Puppy rush. It shows that World Science Fiction Society fandom cares about the Hugo awards quite a bit, in fact, and thank you very much. It shows that gaming the system and violating decades of voting tradition will not be rewarded. Well done, fandom.

But it is not a “win.” It is not even a victory, because it does not end anything.

There are many who have said that a resounding defeat for political slates on this order would discourage them, and they would not return again. They say that any changes to the Hugo voting system are premature, even though any such changes would require at least two years – and two rounds of endorsement by WSFS fandom – to take effect.

That assertion has consistently struck me as naive at best. Movements driven by ressentiment are actually fuelled by defeat, at least in the short term. It merely proves to them that what they rightfully own and deserve has been stolen, unjustly, by the undeserving – which was in fact the line on Twitter from slate supporters on the night of the Hugos.

And further, as you can see in the tweet above, Rabid leader Vox Day has already promised another run at it, telling Wired that his intent has been to destroy the Hugo awards altogether – to, and I quote, “leave a big smoking hole where the Hugo Awards were.” Again in his words, “All this has ever been is a giant Fuck You — one massive gesture of contempt.”

He also claims to have an army of people who are not fans at all, and are “very anti-SJW [and] said, ‘Okay, we want to get in on this.'” And recruitment into the GamerGate misogynist crowd was certainly ramped up that night.

I don’t know that this continuing activism and agitation will convince the honest naysayers – those against reform for non-slate-related reasons, who are convinced this is an anomaly – that this problem is ongoing. I hope it will, but… I have my doubts.

However.

My big worry was that there would be a large and organised Rabid presence at Worldcon, and/or at the business meeting. I actually did not think it was likely – though signing in to the first meeting immediately after Lou “Let’s Set the Cops on a Guest of Honour” Antonelli didn’t make me feel any better.

But a distinguishing characteristic of the GamerGate phenomenon has been an unwillingness to appear in person. It’s not completely unknown – a GamerGate faction lied their way into a booth at a gaming convention last year, and disrupted several panels before they were ejected – but it’s rare.

And in one of those cases where no news really is good news, there was no organised disruption. There were a couple of very minor incidents – such as a really nasty flyer left anonymously on the flyer rack, claiming to be from SFWA – but nothing on a genuinely large scale.

And there were self-identified members of the Puppies present. But they were of the Sad faction, at least some of whom are actual fans – regardless of their actions regarding these Hugos – and had every right to be there. And they behaved, for the most part. One did leap to accuse me of slander during the Business Meeting, but sat down when told he was both wrong by definition and that his motion was Not Well Taken by the Chair. There were a couple of dramatic Storming Outs – including one by Lou Antonelli someone unidentified (see comments) at the Hugo awards ceremony – but that’s all well within the range of ordinary fannishness. I’ve seen bigger drama over points of canon in Tolkien.

So as is the history with these things, when it comes to taking action in person… you don’t tend to see these people showing up so much. Will that continue? We can’t know, but we can hope.

And so, while the business meetings may’ve run very long, and spanned four days instead of three, we got a lot done. In particular, there are two voting reform proposals which passed first reading and were passed on for final ratification next year, one of which I support strongly, the other of which I oppose just as strongly. And I will talk about both, later this week.
 


This part of a series of posts on the Sad/Rabid Puppy candidate slate-based capture of the Hugo Awards, and resulting fallout.

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Poem: "As We Grasp Them"

Aug. 25th, 2015 01:07 am
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This poem is spillover from the May 5, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by [personal profile] redsixwing and[personal profile] stardreamer. It also fills the "forced to rely on enemy / rival" square in my 11-25-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Antimatter & Stalwart Stan thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, this time featuring Shiv.

WARNING: This poem contains intense material which some readers may find disturbing. Highlight for more detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers. It features maladaptive thought patterns, petty rulebreaking, racist and other vulgar language, gossip, smoking, a nanotech terror weapon, flashbacks, traumatic amputation, an understandable but misguided violent response from the guards, graphic description of injuries and treatment, extreme discomfort with vulnerability, nonstandard response to pain, PTSD and acute stress reaction, and other challenges. Various people offer all kinds of support, Shiv's receptivity is patchy at best, and he is slowly improving. If these are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before deciding whether you want to read this right now.

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I told you things were starting to get interesting. I wish they'd waited another week or two, and not exploded while I was out at events. But, well, here we are.

Yesterday was the first time since last Wednesday that the market did not close on its lows. What triggered the bounce back exactly I can't guess. NASDAQ futures locked down, I know that. I also know that we're sitting on the 10% drop line as of today's close in the S&P 500; that's about where a major correction will end up, so that may be part of it. And there's chart support about a year and a half back - it's old, but the S&P hung out where it bounced back up for a while, so a fair number of trades might be hanging out there.

But all that is just a first glance. Overnight, Shanghai opened with its third straight "gap down" opening - opening well below the trading range of the previous day. It's currently bouncing around down 7.8%, and at another daily low, heading into the close.

The amazing part about Monday was that the DJIA opened(!) down around 1,100 points. Still, that would've been, what, around 7.4%? Something like that. By points, it's an intraday swing record. By percentage, it's not even close - Black Friday in 1987 was much, much larger, an over 20% swing. But the futures movement was just plain goofy - add all the ups and downs together and you end up with 4,500 points in zig-zags.

European markets have just opened up across the board. Let's see if this slows the rout a bit. In the meantime, have a different kind of nightmare fodder.

SHIELD or HYDRA?

Aug. 24th, 2015 09:33 pm
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At the end of “Thor,” Loki is bound, gagged, and about to be sent back to Asgard. Without trial.

There is no explanation of how this was arranged, but presumably it was done under the auspices of the World Security Council. That is supposed to be an oversight committee, preventing gross abuses and violations of UN treaties, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

That's a key problem here. He is not a citizen of any nation on earth, but the UN charter recognizes his PERSONHOOD. Any nation where he did not step foot could have been appointed to advise him. A trial could have been held at the Hague, showing exactly how the diverse nations affected by Loki's rampage could have handled the matter. I'm not a blind optimist; I think the answer to that question was “extremely poorly,” but there was ALSO nothing in their little New York newsreel about Loki being deported to Asgard to stand trial there.
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THE MOTHERFUCKERS ARE BACK

Aug. 24th, 2015 10:33 pm
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A$K.COM just showed up again out of nowhere and io'm gwerttting yheystgerics hysterical and screaming HELPO HELLLLLLLLLL GODDAM BHASGTARDS

Long Drive Day

Aug. 24th, 2015 09:54 pm
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Did not get Other Things done that are in email. Did get one thing done from email, since it was easier to do on the More Portable Laptop.

Got an amusing scene written in fanfic and now I am almost out of Ideas for that fic, more's the pity.

On other fanfic, that I've been trying to get a scene a day on, for the kid's benefit, still working towards the goal.

Kid, partly for her fanfic, has been marathoning http://vixyandtony.com/lyrics_erased.html ...

Havva Quote
So the sets are all repainted, and the characters replaced
Call my name if you can see me; I'm the one that got erased
--http://vixyandtony.com/lyrics_erased.html




INwatch+Bookwatch )


Dragons under fold )

Updating Hugo Rules

Aug. 24th, 2015 02:31 pm
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Here is a detailed analysis of some proposed changes to the Hugo Award rules as regards nomination and voting.  The intent is to discourage a repetition of slate voting which the sad/rabid puppies used to tamper with this year's voting.  Looks like there's some potential for improvement.

What annoys me is that a small number of people have caused problems for a large number of people, and disrupted an established award, just to promote their own limited agenda.  Seriously, if you want to bark up some group of writers or works, you should really just launch a new award for that.  This is why we have thematic awards like the Tiptree, Lambda, Chesley, Pegasus, etc.  It's why I looked at early crowdfunding and put up the Rose & Bay Awards because at the time most others banned or were hostile to crowdfunded works and I didn't want to wait around for someone else to start one.  Trying to hijack an existing, general award to promote a narrow theme is not just rude, it's lazy.

Trans Genitalia

Aug. 24th, 2015 02:25 am
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This series of closeup acrylic paintings is entitled "Man Cunt," by and about a transgender man and his testosterone-improved genitalia.  Utterly gorgeous, incredibly hawt, and of course NSFW.

Poem: "To Keep Growing"

Aug. 23rd, 2015 11:22 pm
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This poem came out of the June 2, 2015 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and [personal profile] mdlbear. It also fills the "socialize" square in my 5-20-15 card for the Wellness Toolbox Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Danso and Family thread of the Polychrome Heroics series, this time featuring Cassandra and Groundhog.

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There's earlier version of this song earlier in my feed, but since made a few changes prior to singing this as an argument at the Business Meeting, after being recognized, as an argument at the World Science Fiction Society at the 73rd Worldcon, on the motion of the same name.

The Five Percent Solution )

Need.Sleep.

Aug. 23rd, 2015 11:22 pm
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Got one tiny thing done.

Then went walking with kid and got queasy and was having the "walk slower, don't aggravate it" vs. "get home faster" issues. Ugh.

Kid had gaming today. A botched mass teleport sent the PCs to a hell. There was cerberus hugging, but that was a bad idea.

Woke up too early and couldn't get back to sleep. -_-

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Dark Lord Fury (part 2 of 2)

Aug. 23rd, 2015 07:26 pm
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Let's touch back to the Easter egg at the end of “Thor.” Fury's own words are, “Power, Doctor. If we can figure out how to tap it, maybe unlimited power.” Fine, that's a pretty blatant wish… being made in secret, in a meeting so nerve-wracking that Doctor Selvig thought he was on his way to his own execution-style murder. That is not an execution, there was no legal process to declare Selvig a traitor or mass murderer whose life was then forfeit to the state for an official execution. This was back-alley “Mob-style” enforcement, using those tactics.

All of it orchestrated by a man so secretive that he has appeared in two secret meetings over a span, in universe, of three years. Given that this is two of the threemeetings shown, it speaks to a pattern of behavior, even discounting the hyper-focus on the events of each of the three films involved.

For contrast, Nick Fury's behavior on screen in “Captain America” is meant to seem well-intentioned, to “break it to [Steve] slowly,” that he'd been on ice for nearly seventy years.

Yet, he set up a battle-stressed soldier to mistrust everyone and everything he interacted with simply by providing a 'replica' hospital room. That's not the actions of a man with someone's best interests in mind, especially when compared to the needs of someone who, according to their own timeline, was minutes away from fighting for his life, and DYING in a plane crash.
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a heads up on worldcon and the hugos

Aug. 23rd, 2015 06:09 pm
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After being an active participant at the World Science Fiction Society Business Meeting all five days of this worldcon, I will be posting a fair bit of commentary. However, probably not today, and tomorrow is a travel day. But it will be coming. Until then, the entire meeting is on youtube or will be very soon, and you can watch it there.

eta: Two posts going up tomorrow, Tuesday. First one on Sasquan in general, around 8:30 Pacific time. Second on the Hugo awards themselves a little later.

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Poem: "The Breaking of the Shell"

Aug. 23rd, 2015 04:11 pm
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This poem came out of the June 2015 Creative Jam. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] dialecticdreamer and [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It also fills the "torture" square in my 7-31-14 card for the [community profile] hc_bingo fest, and the "worry" square in my 6-1-15 card for the June Relationship Bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Pain's Gray thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem is heavy-duty hurt/comfort with content that some readers may find disturbing. Highlight to read the more detailed warnings, some of which are spoilers. It contains betrayal by a friend, interrogation by means of crude physical torture, kidnapping, nonconsensual bondage, traumatic manifestation of a superpower, uncontrolled use of a superpower which winds up hurting several people, temporary resistance to desired help, some messy medical details, a crappy non-apology, deliberate use of a superpower for harm, revenge, angst over potential drawbacks of the change in power status, and other challenges. Conversely, once the backup arrives there is some really sweet aid-and-comfort. If those are touchy topics for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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