The approaching storm

Jul. 27th, 2016 18:55
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Maybe it was not the best idea to take the boat out for a ride today… but after all, in the end I had enough hail in the boat to cool a serious number of summer drinks…

Vielleicht war das nicht die beste Idee heute mit dem Boot zu fahren, aber gut, am Ende hatte ich genug Hagelkörner im Boot um damit eine beachtliche Menge an sommerlichen Getränken zu kühlen…

5.9 x 5.9 inch / Oil on MDF board / 15cm x 15cm / Öl auf MDF Bord

If you would like to purchase this daily painting, please send your bid by email. Startprice 150 Euro. End of sale July 28th, 2016 at 6.00 pm (local time Berlin Germany). Terms of Sale and Right of Withdrawal.

Wenn Sie dieses Tagesbild erwerben möchten, senden Sie bitte Ihr Gebot per email . Mindestpreis 150 Euro. Ende des Verkaufs gegen Höchstgebot am 28. Juli 2016 um 18 Uhr. Beachten Sie bitte die Informationen zu den Verkaufsbedingungen sowie die Widerrufsbelehrung.

© Edward B. Gordon, all rights reserved.
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I look forward to seeing all the Republicans who are so concerned about national security withdraw their support.
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Fandom: Tolkien
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Laurelin & Telperion in Valinor
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: pencils & ink?
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [ profile] feliche

Why this piece is awesome: This is such a beautiful illustration of Valinor. The artist is clearly influenced by Tolkien's own art but they have a strong style of their own. The linework makes me think of engravings, it has the same combination of delicacy and strength.

Link: The Two Trees of Valinor
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Things! Also, stuff!

- So I had one of those floating in the pool thoughts that was so perfect that I came back to tumblr and I said, "Someone should write me the story of the time Rogelio de la Vega started a twitter campaign to get cast as Washington in the Miami production of Hamilton." And [personal profile] nestra DID and it's PERFECT. ♥♥♥ #rogelio my brogelio

- [ profile] tavella linked me to this fascinating article about the long-standing community of Muslims in Wyoming, and a dude named Hot Tamale Louie.

- the article above also included a mention of Chief Joe Medicine Crow, which in combination with this book popping up on my daily goodreads update email (he's not involved in this story, I don't believe, but he did steal horses from Nazis in WWII, hence the connection in my brain), reminded me that I would like to read a biography of him, but I only found a kids' book? Idek. If you have any recommendations for books about him, that'd be neat. In the meantime, I'll just get that one, and hope that someday they make a miniseries about him.

- Which I guess is a nice lead in to Wednesday books, since it is Wednesday, and I have indeed read a book:

What I've just finished
The Watchmaker of Filigree Street by Natasha Pulley, which I liked but didn't love, mostly because spoilers )

The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet by Becky Chambers, which I enjoyed, though as I said in my goodreads review, it's more of a picaresque meander than a space opera. It's got a lot of Firefly in it, though, without all the racist worldbuilding, though this crew is legit and also has aliens (I enjoyed the aliens a lot), and despite all its issues, I do love Firefly. Kizzy certainly has a lot of Kaylee in her in DNA. It also has some tendency towards info-dumping, but I didn't mind that much.

What I'm reading now
I technically haven't started it yet, but Four Roads Cross, the fifth book in Max Gladstone's Craft Sequence came out yesterday, so I'll be reading that shortly.

What I'm reading next
Again, I loaded my iPad up with stuff, so it could be anything!

- In TV news, of the past few Steven Universe episodes, I liked "Restaurant Wars" best (it even made Ronaldo bearable! How did that even happen?), though I get what "Beach City Drift" was trying to do. I just hate Kevin so much that the whole episode was like nails on a chalkboard. Like, I dislike him in a much more visceral way than Marty, who is also pretty despicable. *hands* "Kiki's Pizza Delivery Service" was cute but slight.

- Lastly, I posted a story yesterday:

The Wild Chance of Living (@ AO3)
Star Wars; Ahsoka/Aphra, Vader, Rex; adult; 4,045 words
"Not like you to use a honey trap, though."

"That was not my intention."

I'm not sure that summary really captures what it's about? But it amused me and everything else felt too on the nose. Anyway! This is the story that was just supposed to be some one-night frenemies femslash between Aphra and Ahsoka, but of course, Vader had to push his way in because I'm never over the Anakin(Vader)/Ahsoka relationship, despite everything. (When I texted [ profile] angelgazing that Vader was taking over my femslash, she was like, "Proof that he truly is evil!") So originally this was just that scene where he bursts in and the sex scene and in reverse chronological order because I thought I was being clever, but then I was like, this is either just a sex scene with a punchline (Vader walking in and being his weirdo self about the whole thing) or it was a story, and I realized it was a story about Ahsoka and her ability to adapt and survive, because she's the best, and how that plays out with some of the mentor figures in her life (Bail, Vader, Rex), with some fun ladyslash thrown in. (I still haven't figured out 1. how to write Obi-Wan, so he's always kind of a mcguffin in my stories, and 2. how to get him and Ahsoka in the same place for a shouty/huggy reunion, so he's like the mentor not appearing in this story.)

Anyway, I realize it's a niche product (you don't really need to know who Aphra is, though I enjoy her a lot in the Darth Vader comic), but the story insisted on jumping to the head of the line to be written, so there it is. I'm pleased with it, anyway.

And now, time to strap on the old bathing suit and hit the pool. Ah, vacation.


Paramount Lighting

Jul. 27th, 2016 09:20
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Posted by James Gurney

Paramount lighting is a lighting setup where a strong key light is placed directly in front of the subject with a slight downward angle, lighting the subject evenly from in front.

Marlene Dietrich, source Pinterest
It got its name from the classic glamour shots of Hollywood celebrities like Marlene Dietrich, who insisted on it. It's also called butterfly lighting because the shadow under the nose looks like a butterfly.

If the model is looking right at you, you need to have the light on an extension arm so that the light pole isn't blocking your line of sight. The diffusion on the key light can vary depending on the effect you want. Sometimes you need a softbox or a reflector as a fill light to reduce the harshness of the shadows.

Paramount or butterfly lighting off-angle Source: Zealfaith
It's still Paramount lighting if the subject is looking off to the side. Paramount lighting emphasizes the cheekbones and can be both flattering and dramatic.

Question for discussion: Do any art schools teach courses on lighting for artists? It seems like a basic thing all artists should know, but in my experience, photographers know this stuff, but most artists don't.
Related Posts on Portrait Lighting:

The Enchanted Brush

Jul. 27th, 2016 07:58
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Posted by Arnie Fenner

If you need proof that not every cool art event takes place on the east or west coast, you'll definitely want to visit Ohio's Mazza Museum Lea Gallery on the campus of the University of Findlay for the "Enchanted Brush" exhibition. Curated by the multi-talented Dan Chudzinski, the show features works—many of which are for sale—by 14 artists exploring jungle-themed stories and runs until August 5. You can read a little more about it here and see a handful of the pieces below.

Above: Some background about the show.

Above: "Rikki-Tikki-Tavi" sculpted by Rich Klink.

Above: "Tarzan of the Apes" by Jeremy Wilson.

Above: "Tempest" by A.M. Sartor.

Above: "Only Fear Shall Follow Thee" by Michael Manomivibul.

Above: "The Huorns" by Ed Binkley.

Above: "Kong" by Allen Douglas.

Midnight Confession by Leyna (PG)

Jul. 27th, 2016 21:29
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Fandom: Stargate Atlantis
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Rodney McKay/John Sheppard
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital painting
Artist on DW/LJ: [personal profile] leyna   Leyna55 on LJ 
Artist Website/Gallery: Leyna on DA
Why this piece is awesome: Another great artwork by Leyna - this one is from the SGA Big Bang 2008. I love their focused expressions, the tenderness, and the likenesses are really spot on. Love the ambience of the darkened room, emphasizing the intimacy. Click through a couple of times to see it full-sized - it's definitely worth it.
Link: Midnight Confession
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Donald Trump gripes about hotel hot air, says he might not pay bill

And yeah, it's historic that we nominated the first woman to be president, but if she - a talented politician with a lifelong political career - loses to this buffoon, I don't know how we come back from that.
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No, I didn't found it -- I don't have a lot of energy for building fandom these days, what with my job and my health coming first.

[community profile] pokestop

But I'll be happy to contribute! Will be posting some tips and tricks and charts there, methinks; can't imagine that the majority of folks reading this journal are interested in the details of how exactly to evolve your Wartortle, or how to effectively stack a Pokémon Gym with your squad and no other Team around, or how to level up on your own like there's no tomorrow.

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Jul. 26th, 2016 18:07
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Over on Tumblr, [personal profile] musesfool said "Someone should write me the story of the time Rogelio de la Vega started a twitter campaign to get cast as Washington in the Miami production of Hamilton." And this was so obviously true that I wrote a little of it.

He wants to be in the room where it happens )

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Jul. 26th, 2016 18:44
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[personal profile] melannen
So. Busy. Have had so much to do it seems like there is no time left for anything-- we lost four of our most experienced people at work this month, and several of them were the sort of people who hoard responsibilities, so that's been fun. And then the friends I do comics with decided we were running a kickstarter NEXT MONTH so there's all my non-work free time. And then con.txt is in TWO DAYS and I totally over-extended myself there so we'll see if I get any of the 17 things on my "pre-con panic" checklist done. And then there's what's happening with church...

*shoves the 5,000+ words of new kent parson fanfic under the couch* that's not mine I haven't had time to write haha funny story actually it just blew off this dumpster, I think it caught an updraft from the fire

Plus it was Heat Wave Time so as soon as I get home from work I just want to melt into a 2-dimensional puddle with maximum heat-shedding surface area. Will I get four cosplays finished in the next two days? Stay tuned!

Anyway one of the panels I'm doing at con.txt is for AO3 tips & tricks, so, circle mine, what useful thing about the AO3 do you think I should share (ways to use the archive, docs or help resources, external tools, etc.)

[Khal and Khaleesi] by akimao

Jul. 26th, 2016 16:34
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Fandom: Game of Thrones
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Khal Drogo/Khaleesi Danaerys Stormborn Targaryen
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital
Artist on DW/LJ:n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: DA tumblr
Why this piece is awesome: ending with my favorite couple and an absolutely gorgeous piece. The loose style enhances the idea of them flowing together and the artist wonderfully captured their expressions of love and happiness. The muted tones, light and shadow and glow create a nostalgic feel, like it could be a memory of happier times.
Link: Khal and Khaleesi
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who announced AZ's votes for HRC. For the first 6 years of her life, women weren't allowed to vote.
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Fandom: Game of Thrones
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: House Stark: Ned, Robb, Catelyn, Bran, Arya, Sansa, Jon Snow
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital -photomanip
Artist on DW/LJ:n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: turk1672
Why this piece is awesome: Beautifully done with a movie poster feel. I love the subtle color.
Link: House Stark

This Week in Fandom, Volume 18

Jul. 26th, 2016 14:00
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Title banner by doughtier with line drawing of new Sulu and the Star Trek logo filled in with rainbow
This week in fandom, we explore pop culture's role in a dangerous and unjust world:

God I hate Chicago

Jul. 26th, 2016 12:44
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[personal profile] gwyn
I fucking knew it. I just knew this would happen--I made plans to stay in Chicago for a week after Vividcon to see Sebastian Stan at Wizard World, something I’ve never done before (I’m not usually an actor-con type person), but I figured I was in the city anyway and he’ll never come out here to the Northwest. Guess who just cancelled?

And now I’m stuck there with a nonrefundable plane ticket and the costs of all these goddamn hotels, and there’s literally no one I give a shit about seeing there other than meeting up with my friends who were also going to see Sebastian. They didn’t even say whether the refund means the entire cost of admission, or if I’ll have to buy an actual pass for the fucking con, a con I really have no interest in attending. I have always hated Chicago--every time I go there something shitty happens, last year was the only year I’ve gone where it was actually a relatively pleasant trip and no disasters. I should have known.

I am so bummed. I didn’t really care about the autographs, but I was looking forward to actually seeing his pretty face in person and he's always such an entertaining panelist.

Another day in Europe

Jul. 26th, 2016 18:46
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Another day in Europe, with another sad story to be told. A day where a 84 year old priest was brutally murdered in front of the altar of the Gambetta Church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray. RIP Père Jacques Hamel…

5.9 x 5.9 inch / Oil on MDF board / 15cm x 15cm / Öl auf MDF Bord

This painting is not for sale / Dieses Bild steht nicht zum Verkauf

© Edward B. Gordon, all rights reserved.
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The Wild Chance of Living
Star Wars; Ahsoka/Aphra, Vader, Rex; adult; 4,045 words
"Not like you to use a honey trap, though."

"That was not my intention."

Let's imagine Aphra was working for Vader pre-ANH. Set post-Rebels s2. Title from Denise Levertov. Read it at AO3.

The Wild Chance of Living )


Feedback is adored.


Bernie Sanders is not a Democrat

Jul. 26th, 2016 11:43
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And other shocking news.

Amazing, isn't it, that Democrats often want to limit their primary voting to ... Democrats.

Can we all take a moment to enjoy

Jul. 26th, 2016 11:18
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that for decades, Republicans built their brand on red-baiting and opposition to Russia?

Guinea Fowl and Donkeys

Jul. 26th, 2016 09:17
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Posted by James Gurney

Guinea fowl keets, watercolor, 5 x 8 inches
Over in the barn, they've got another load of hay into the loft. The guinea fowl hatchlings (called keets) have moved into a larger enclosure. Peanut and the other donkeys got their summer haircuts. They spend these hot days in their barn stalls cooling off in front of the fans.

Because I wasn't terrified enough

Jul. 26th, 2016 07:36
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No, the DNC Didn’t Rig the Primary in Favor of Hillary
The long-term implications are even more unsettling. Because of the 2002 McCain-Feingold Act and the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling in 2009, the roles of the national committees have been greatly reduced since the 1990s. For the Democrats, serious research is done by American Bridge, and polling and independent expenditures related to television, online efforts, and fieldwork are done by super PACs. There’s just not a lot, comparatively speaking, for the Russians to have found in the DNC’s servers. What is ominous is the Russians’ willingness to aggressively hack one of the major political parties in what appears to be an effort to manipulate the results of an American election.

If the Russians can get in to the severs of the White House, the State Department, and the DNC, then it is possible they can retrieve the digital and data infrastructure of the Democratic Party and its allies in organized labor and liberal interest groups. They have now crossed over from simply infiltrating documents and data to exfiltrating documents to shape public opinion and the democratic elections that determine control over the power of the state.

Could the Russians wipe out the voter registration rolls in an effort to shape the electorate to benefit Donald Trump? Just last week the Illinois State Board of Elections announced it had been hacked, “most likely from a foreign (international) entity.”

And what about the Democrats’ advantage in data and analytics? It depends upon the integrity and security of the data. What if hackers installed malware that severely damaged NGP-VAN, the system that Democrats use for targeting and contacting voters? In 2012 the Republicans tried to create a similar system; it was a disaster, causing chaos in its get-out-the-vote operation.

Consider that in 2002, Republican operatives jammed the phone lines of Democratic phone banks in New Hampshire, possibly costing them a seat in the U.S. Senate. Hackers might be tempted to try something similar, gumming up Democratic get-out-the-vote efforts across the battleground states. Or, more stealthily, they might prevent some voters from showing up in voter contact lists.

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