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Yuletide nominations

Oct. 4th, 2015 03:04 pm
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Yay, my Yuletide noms got approved! I suspect some of them might be duplicates, but they weren't listed on the nomination-coordinating spreadsheet and I have had years where I skipped nominations on the theory that "Fandom X always gets nominated anyway" and then had Fandom X not actually be nominated, so. There's also the issue of making sure the characters you want are available to request, which is sometimes irrelevant but other times matters a great deal; this year falls into the latter case for me.

Basically I made sure I could make my perennial The Lions of Al-Rassan prompt (will this be the year it finally gets filled???), my Karla-gets-a-happy-sex-life prompt, and a new idea for Darkangel fic that occurred to me recently and which I would love to read: namely, something about Syllva and Eryka and their relationship as sisters, travelers, and sometime-rulers of Isternes and various points west, because sisters are awesome and I want to know more about them as the heroes of their own stories rather than background figures in their children's stories. (That nomination took longest to approve, probably because Syllva and Eryka did not previously exist in AO3's tagging system.) I will doubtless make one or two other requests as well -- I am always up for fic about The Dispossessed, for example, or maybe Daredevil (616 version) if that makes it through, because I want someone to properly develop Milla Donovan beyond her love for Matt, dammit! -- but other people were already taking care of those fandoms so I didn't need to bother. :D
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I am on the umpteenth attempt to make it to the AU bits of Inferno, I'm just going to give up now okay? I think I made it there once, I remember Benton being evil a bit so I must have seen it at some point. It's just... so Pertwee-Era that it's not even fun? Whatever, I do appreciate that later episodes refer back to fire as the Third Doctor's big fear but not enough to actually force myself to sit through Inferno.

I know Inferno is v rated but I preferred Planet of the Spiders, idk why except it was like a regeneration should be in that Doctors should die of specific flaws not just because they fell off something* or like how Eleven dies of not being able to count to thirteen.** Though I suppose being killed for shoplifting a shiny rock is a bit harsh.

*though actually Four gets a really good death with themes and shit like that and also you can get into the argument of "did he fall or did he let go because of Adric?"

** a MoffatWho thing that bugs me is when I have to forget the events of the preceeding episode for the current one to make any sense. RTD usually gave you at least a calendar year before retconnning people into relationships that never happened, ffs!

Film festival reviews: the rest

Oct. 4th, 2015 07:36 pm
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Scene By Scene: A collection of clips from Scene By Scene, a series conducting interviews with film producers/directors/actors. Fairly interesting, except that apparently next to no-one interesting in Hollywood is female, and those who are get asked about personal relationshps and make-up rather than the eternal verities of film-making. Finished with an interview with David Lynch, who reassuringly didn't know where Twin Peaks was going either.

Waste Land: A Belgian thriller about a policebod who plays by his own rules &c. and also gradually goes mad. Not bad.

Show of Shows - 100 Years of Vaudeville: Archive footage of carnivals and vaudeville shows from before the dawn of the Health & Safety Act, including such delights as boxing toddlers, elephants playing cricket, and people high-diving into implausibly small pools.

Splendor Solis - incoherent screaming, also very repetitive. For an art gallery not a cinema.

Why Me? - A Romanian thriller about a rising star policebod who gradually goes mad because he's gaslighted by one of the many Romanian secret polices. Contains a completely beautiful scene where they turn up to investigate a suspect who has brought a camerabod to record the investigation - the camerabod turns out to be the film camerabod.

Sweethearts of the Gridiron - surprisingly moving documentary about try-outs for an American football half-time all-female dance troupe whatsit.

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Oct. 4th, 2015 02:20 pm
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Fixed (or rather, I did what lonelywalker tried...played around with things, then rebooted. :)


Okay, so I bought a new laptop. toshiba, running Windows 10 (doesn't come with a CD disc)

Connectivity is fine (netflix is actually working and it didn't on my old laptop)

Desktop default image is clear

Desktop icons are clear.

But ALL icons/photos/graphics on the net (IE and Firefox, both) are entirely pixelated and useless.

1366 X 768 is apparently the optimal resolution, and that's what I have it set at, but I tried all the other options and none of them work either.

(even lines around forms - like the subject heading box for a journal post - has dashes instead of a straight line

Would any of you be willing to walk me through some options to try and get this laptop to work? Just assume I'm a total Luddite and don't know words like "driver" or "resolution" or "computer" :)

The Martian (film)

Oct. 4th, 2015 06:48 pm
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Went to see The Martian last night with [personal profile] maxwells_daemon and amazingly it was my idea! I don't think I've seen a movie in the cinema for over a year, and that was the RSC Richard II.

The first I heard of the novel was an enthusiastic recommendation from a fellow on my Icelandic course. (Possibly useful information: the correct translation is Marsbúi, Mars inhabitant, and not Marsmaðurinn, the Mars man, because the latter would imply a native.) He said it was like Apollo 13, only more so, and that's more than enough to pique my interest.

When I picked it up in a bookstore, however, a glance was enough to tell me that I would find the prose too painful. For once I found myself ignoring the book and looking forward to the film – it seemed like it might be a better format for the story.

The film was... decent, I guess? It was certainly engaging, and there were a lot of beauty shots of Mars, although it never quite sparked that sense of wonder for me that I get from Mars Rover pictures.

Apparently the book was really intensively researched and is very accurate in some ways - when it comes to the orbital dynamics, for example. But the violence of the initial dust storm was obviously all wrong (the author acknowledges this), and then I always get nitpicky about the NASA details that very few films bother to get right. The launch director and the flight director are, in fact, different people. And no, they don't cheer to celebrate a successful launch when the rocket hasn't reached orbit yet. They're still, you know, working. Anyway, this sort of thing made me suspicious about the rest of it, which probably wasn't the best attitude for enjoyment value.

Asking the Wrong Questions has done a better job than I would discussing the emotional depth of the film (spoiler: there isn't any) but this is so far from the point of the movie that it almost seems like an unfair critique.

There is a lot of Mars, a lot of engineering, and a lot of disco music, and if you like these, you'll probably enjoy the film. But if you're in it for NASA, you might be better off re-watching Apollo 13 or From the Earth to the Moon.

Feminist/intersectionality linkspam

Oct. 4th, 2015 01:25 pm
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"Where's My Cut?" Emotional Labor MetaFilter summary (in case you too got overwhelmed by the number of comments on the original post)

Melissa Lozada-Oliva - "Like Totally Whatever" (NPS 2015) spoken word poetry, via [personal profile] shehasathree

'An American Wedding', poem by Essex Hemphill, NSFW, also if you're interested a brief biography of Hemphill

Bad Romance: Women's Suffrage

Underwear/Binders for trans* people are becoming less cumbersome, not necessarily more affordable

Don't Criticize Black Lives Matter for provoking violence. The Civil Rights Movement did, too.: The Washington Post actually had an article I liked for once!

Tongues Untied, a 1991 Documentary by Marlon Riggs about being Black and Gay -- in case you want to counteract the effects of the new whitewashed movie about Stonewall (note: for non-US'ers, you might do better checking out the IMdB link. Not sure where/if it's streaming atm, but it's worth tracking down if a local library has it.)

Before Rosa Parks, there was Claudette Colvin

anyone else have links to share?
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new tweets from Peeple founder

I see you've changed the Twitter handle and are looking for a new name; presumably, you didn't mean to step on the toes of the Peeple home camera hardware.

On the plus side: you're is managing not to get into mudslinging fights; good for you.
On the minus: You truly don't seem to understand what the problems are.

You asked why people aren't outraged at thedirtyphonebook.com, when it's a similar service.

1) It's web-based; you don't need to own a several-hundred-dollar piece of hardware to participate. If your evil ex is trash-talking you, you can look it up, and potentially get the post removed.
2) It doesn't rate the people who are the targets of its comments.
3) There's no social side of things--people drop off a comment and leave; no opportunity for a nasty comment to turn into a flamewar.
4) It's not being widely marketed and trying to make returns to feed venture capitalists.

Things to consider )

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Oct. 4th, 2015 12:48 pm
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This is the epitome of a biased review, because I have been waiting for a finished version of Elisa Catrina's The First Bite Is the Deepest since about 2009, when it was a wacky parody called "VAMPTERVENTION!"

The First Bite is the Deepest has gotten significantly darker and more serious in its themes since then, but don't worry, it still features plenty of terrible vampire puns. TAKE IT LIKE A MANPIRE.

The book starts out when Stella Ortiz, solid student, field hockey player, and frequent reader of terrible romance novels, meets -- of course! -- a MYSTERIOUS TRANSFER STUDENT named Sebastian.

Stella thinks Sebastian is hot and tragic. Stella's friends Jenny, Nadia and Austin, who are kind of annoyed that Stella keeps skipping horror movie night for dates, think Sebastian is a pretentious, controlling douchebag.

When it turns out -- surprising no one -- that Sebastian is a vampire, Stella thinks maybe she can save Sebastian through the power of love! Stella's friends think she needs to get out of this relationship, FAST.

Unfortunately, breakup-and-exposure methods like sneaking up on Sebastian, shouting 'PERFORMANCE ART!!!' and dumping a bucket of blood on his head don't really do anything except encourage Sebastian to call in his whole terrifying vampire family for backup.

Pretty soon there are mysterious creatures of the night lurking around their houses, sinister storms blowing in their windows, and vampires at school making rude assumptions about Nadia's decision to wear hijab. Also, at least one member of the gang is sort of unsure how to feel about the fact that their nascent sexuality crisis has been completely overshadowed by vampire drama.

It quickly becomes evident, even to Stella, that Sebastian is probably very bad news. But as the stakes get higher for everyone, breaking away becomes increasingly difficult -- and while Jenny, Nadia and Austin are determined to wage an anti-vampire crusade whether Stella's emotionally ready to stake her ex-boyfriend through the heart or not, the hardest part is not just staying alive and un-vampiric, but figuring out how to support each other and keep their friendships intact.

I am so excited that Elisa's decided to self-publish this book: it's funny and clever and emotionally hard-hitting, it doesn't shy away from the complications and ambiguities of abusive relationships, and it puts the friendships between teen girls of color squarely at the center of the narrative. (Although I should add in a warning for abusive relationships in general -- not just Stella's, but also a couple other terrible vampire relationships, including pseudo-parental abuse.) It doesn't come out until October 31 -- hence the Amazon link, because a.) I totally want to encourage pre-orders and b.) there is no goodreads link! -- and though, as I said, the author is a longtime friend and I am the world's most biased reviewer, I would super recommend it.

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Oct. 4th, 2015 01:40 pm
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Excerpt from Shenanigans - Curiously Lydean. See it all (Why not post it all here? -Because I always forget to put in a cut and then long posts flood people's friends pages)

(weird spelling in the title to is how I write stuff when I don’t have the full character-set) As requested from my girlfriend. I actually thought I had this word and didn’t, so here you go. Our word of the day is ŋafnɯŋyɒ Meaning: girl. Literally ‘female child’. Can refer to people or animals (people only read more »

Weekend-wrap up

Oct. 4th, 2015 01:21 pm
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We missed the window for a weekend cheerleading post for much of the planet, but how did your weekend go? Did you get things done or were you running around looking for flashlight batteries in case of a hurricane? (Which is technically also getting something done.)

Here's a post to talk about what worked, what didn't, and what goals you might have for the week ahead!

some things

Oct. 4th, 2015 10:12 am
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* When physical therapists wrinkle their noses and insist that bicycle-riding really is ideal (provided that one's hips, knees, and ankles can handle it), they are right. Last weekend I filled the green-waste bin with camellia and juniper clippings, and the next day I was able to move my arms above shoulder height without feeling whipped. Whatever size our green bin is, it's exactly right for 60-90 min of work and no more, which helps against accidental overwork. I couldn't handle one bout of 30 min a few years ago---flat the next day with muscle spasms.... Also, now there ought to be room for painters to reach all external parts of the house if they don't mind being poked a bit by juniper twig ends.

* Redeveloping muscle (like platting former farmland and installing a bunch of big-box shops atop it, ugh) is distressing. Some parts have more muscle than needed from decades of walking and stair-climbing; other parts are slowly coming back on line after 15 years of nothing. I know it'd be helpful to do gentle lunges against tight hamstrings and foot cramps, etc., except that most such exercises put out my lower back---so I don't do them unless it's out already. Waiting for pain and sciatica to increase noticeably, then increasing discomfort further on purpose is excellent for one's state of mind. :(

* I had forgotten how much a set of adults can care about whether and when two fictional characters may kiss on screen. "Don't kdrama leads always kiss by episode 12 [of 16]?" Heh. No. I continue to trust the writers and production team re: story arcs, which is something I have almost never been able to say about a 16-ep kdrama since gaining generic expectations. Fingers crossed for the final four hours.

* Visualization of blowing petty concerns away by exhaling: well, lately my subconscious has decided to try it while I sleep, which has resulted in an odd dream of an exhalation-powered wheel for a lazy hamster.

* Riding a bicycle really tells you which of your shoes are too wide (all of them, but one pair more than the other). I'd forgotten about that, too.
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Well, I have finished a new draft of my scifi novella! \\\o///

It's about 35k (up from 24k of the previous draft), and I love it a lot. I also think some things about it aren't working well, and I need outside perspective to figure out what's wrong and how to fix it (you don't have to know how to fix it, I just need to know what you think is wrong).

So, I am desperately in need of beta readers!

Let us first introduce the novella:

Summary: Claudia is a disgraced military veteran sent to manage a school of no importance on the outskirts of the galaxy. Vrei must figure out how to save her residential district from the scrutiny of the new Headmistress. Kim must find a way to bring order and stability to his district, in the wake of a tragedy. Ebie must barter and trade to keep the person she loves most out of harm's way, before the clock runs out and the school faces its end-of-year reckoning: Transfer Day.

...OK, I don't know how great that summary is, but a few years ago the idea of sharing even that in public made me want to climb under tables, so, this is progress. Here is a rough idea of what the story's about! I will also mention the story has references to off-screen child abuse and child sexual abuse, so while none of that is graphic, please consider this fact if you'd like to volunteer.

So, what I need:
* People who can read 34k in the next 2-3 weeks and give me feedback
* Feedback that is primarily about: plot, characters, worldbuilding. Does the story work? Did it draw you in? Which parts of it seemed boring or unnecessary? Which parts seemed exciting and intriguing?
* Things I do NOT need at this time: help with prose, SPAG, line edits. (I mean, I never say no to edits! But it's really not necessary right now.)

ARE YOU A PERSON WHO WOULD BE INTERESTED IN DOING THIS? Please leave/send me your email, and whether you're OK working in gdocs or prefer a different format/program.

If anyone actually volunteers for this, I expect I'll send you the draft within 12 hours of posting this entry.

Just One Thing (4 October 2015)

Oct. 4th, 2015 05:45 pm
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Comment with Just One Thing you've accomplished in the last 24 hours or so. It doesn't have to be a hard thing, or even a thing that you think is particularly awesome. Just a thing that you did.

Feel free to share more than one thing if you're feeling particularly accomplished!

Extra credit: find someone in the comments and give them props for what they achieved!

Nothing is too big, too small, too strange or too cryptic. And in case you'd rather do this in private, anonymous comments are screened. I will only unscreen if you ask me to.


Birthday greetings and felicitations

Oct. 4th, 2015 09:20 am
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 to [personal profile] oursin !  Blissful day without the necessity of wielding codfish!


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