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Gosh, I sure hope nobody has done anything particularly newsworthy! Particularly not something that is going to make me see red!

Boy, bialys sure are delicious, especially when I can eat them secure in the knowledge that absolutely nobody in power is overstepping their authority for silly reasons.

Lemme just take a quick glance....

imprisoned by the dictionary

Feb. 16th, 2019 11:46
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"We are all imprisoned by the dictionary. We choose out of that vast, paper-walled prison our convicts, the little black printed words, when in truth we need fresh sounds to utter, new enfranchised noises which would produce a new effect.”


—Mervyn Peake, Titus Groan

TV and stuff

Feb. 16th, 2019 22:10
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I binge watched American Gods and found I enjoyed it but still had mixed feelings about it. Certainly I feel that no-one is acquitting themselves likeably except maybe for Shadow, poor bastard. I haven't read the book although my daughter has offered it to me. I'll think about it - I tend to bounce off Gaiman.

There's been another older Sentinel fanvid 're-released'. Have a link to Flummery's Black Cat:

https://archiveofourown.org/works/17805761

Daily Happiness

Feb. 16th, 2019 00:59
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1. Ran some errands today over by See's, so of course I stopped in and got some candy. And I have a gift card from my mom from Christmas, so I didn't even have to pay anything for it!

2. I played the demo for Yoshi's Crafted World and it's so much fun! It looks a lot like Paper Mario, which I love, and the gameplay is great (though I'm not a fan of the button layout, so once I buy the game I might see if you can reassign the buttons). I wish the demo was more than just one level, but at least it's just a month till the full game is out.

3. I bought the remake of Final Fantasy IX for the Switch, since it's only $20. I didn't start playing it yet, but getting the Switch out did motivate me to get back to Octopath Traveler (I have no idea what I was doing, but I did poke about a bit and I think I can get back on track without too much trouble) and I plan to play FFIX as soon as I finish that.

4. The Panic at the Disco concert was great! I'll have a more detailed post tomorrow.

5. Sooooo excited about having multiple days off in a row! Especially since the concert was kind of exhausting tonight and now I'm up late and it will just be nice to stay in tomorrow and not go anywhere.

6. And now for a game of kitty or giraffe! You be the judge!

Creative Jam

Feb. 16th, 2019 02:28
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The [community profile] crowdfunding Creative Jam is now active with a theme of "growing up."  Come give us prompts or claim some for your own inspiration.


What I Have Written


From My Prompts

 

Meta: Draupadi and Yudhishtira

Feb. 16th, 2019 13:31
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Because [personal profile] avani008 is hosting a Mythological Couple Celebration Week over on tumblr, and my writer's block doesn't apply to Mahabharata meta and never has, I made a (bad) photoset and then wrote an essay. Under a cut because it's an essay.

Read more... )

Rise of the mid-rise

Feb. 16th, 2019 06:48
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Why America's New Apartment Buildings All Look the Same TLDR: Because they're made of wood, which is cheap... but read on for more on the confluence of changing building codes, institutional investors, and a nationwide housing shortage...

"...Yes, the result can be a little repetitive, but repetition has been characteristic of every big new urban or suburban housing trend in the U.S. over the past century or two. There's lots to like about stumpy buildings that provide new housing in places where it's sorely needed and enliven neighborhoods in the process. A four-story Texas doughnut can get 50 or 60 apartments onto an acre of land, while the most aggressively engineered West Coast stick-and-concrete hybrid (two-story podiums are allowed now, along with other variations) can get almost 200. That's not far from the range that the renowned urbanist Jane Jacobs deemed optimal for vital street life."
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I'm just so excited to have read a book this week. Because of my headaches and facial pain, etc, I've had a hard time reading, and it makes me sad becuase I love reading. it's not that I love "having read", I love reading itself, the quiet of it, the way time stretches pleasantly and I can immerse myself into a narrative. Sometimes when I finish a book I'm just so happy with the experience that I'm like, "5 stars! Excellent book!" Then later I think more critically and temper my opinion.

Autobiography of a Face by Lucy Grealy

Some of this is copied from my Goodreads:

Intense, absorbing, and beautifully written. This memoir details the author's experience with childhood cancer in her jaw. Unsurprisingly if you know me at all, I especially enjoyed the horse parts: as a teenager, Grealy works at a couple of stables and finds solace in the horses. I appreciated the meditations about how one's face can be a stand-in for one's self.

Contains: harrowing descriptions of medical procedures including surgeries, radiation and chemo, dental procedures, plastic surgery, hospital stays;
Human and animal death;
Descriptions of bullying.

Several times the author uses "blind" as a pejorative.
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The flaw of this book, if there is one, is that the beginning parts are intensely detailed, making you feel as if you are there with Grealy, but then the last third of the book is not very detailed at all. Suddenly she's in college, then grad school, then living in Europe. This is the part where she's getting a lot of reconstructive surgery, none of which she's very happy with. I'm not sure how I feel about this part, or about the book as a whole. Sadly Grealy did not live very long, so couldn't reflect more upon this stage of her life. She died of an overdose.

She seemed to have a very interesting and complex inner life, with a fierce intelligence.

This book does not get into disability politics or culture at all, except perhaps in a few scenes where she finds community with fellow patients in hospitals.

Grantchester 4.06

Feb. 15th, 2019 22:44
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Grantchester 4.06 )
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Hey there moon mission!

Valentine's Day 2019 has now come and gone, but as [personal profile] tamsin said at the top of the month, Half A Moon is still open for your posts all February long. So if you had something in mind that you haven't quite gotten around to posting yet, or something on the daily prompt list gave you a plotbunny that didn't hatch in time for that day (hatch? bunnies don't hatch. listen, there's some stuff going on at home, I'm doing my best.), you haven't missed your shot. The next two weeks are free space; have fun!

The Chattering Order of St. Beryl

Feb. 16th, 2019 05:23
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Posted by Foci for Analysis

The Chattering Order of St. Beryl of Lower Tadfield, UK, are united by their love of the Lord of Darkness and most recently a capella.


[domesticity] Moving Along

Feb. 16th, 2019 00:37
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I finally decided what I'm doing with rugs, at least in the main room, and ordered them, and also rug pags. I'm ordering from Overstock.com, which feels like something of a gamble, but a good gamble. I'm not sure I made the right choice, but I feel good that I made a choice, and can now move onto the next things on my list.

It abruptly dawned on me in the middle of checking out – at the point where it proposed to ship the rugs to my old address, not yet knowing about my new address – that, omg, my credit card company was going to see all these largish purchases on my card being shipped to an address that, as far as they know, isn't mine.

So I called my credit card company at five to midnight to explain that I was moving and to please not screw up my rug order, and, while I have you here, here's my new mailing address.

There was a monster called Rex-O.

Feb. 15th, 2019 22:56
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He'd been sent after some kids.

They'd been saved from him by the psiot Livewire, looking into what Toyo Harada'd left behind.

She wanted to know more about Rex-O, so she dove into the dark web.

" Rex-O. What is your story? "

" I WAS DEAD. "

She was engaging in technopathy. )

A few Chocolate Box recs

Feb. 16th, 2019 16:17
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Just a few recs from the Chocolate Box exchange. Master list of works here.


A Good Time (Babylon 5, Garibaldi, Bester)
Bester and Garibaldi and Looney Tunes. Oh my.

Lie Close (The Lord of the Rings, Legolas/Gimli)
The night after the Battle of Helm's Deep.

Not a Word (Merlin, Merlin/Arthur)
Merlin, Arthur, goblins, goblin traps, slime, and journeys of discovery.

The Foot of the Guillotine (The Scarlet Pimpernel, Percy/Marguerite) 
Sir Percy Blakeney, recently returned from a fishing trip in Scotland, seemed particularly well informed on the Pimpernel's latest exploit.

The Latest Work
(Star Trek DS9, Garak/Bashir)
Garak is put in the unfortunate position of having to correct a misconception Bashir seems to have about Cardassian culture.


Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today!

Metal (melted?) clarinets

Feb. 16th, 2019 04:16
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Posted by sacchan

Gleb Kanasevich covers Necrophagist "Epitaph" on clarinet (Youtube)

Full score for the arrangement can be found here.

Gleb Kanasevich "is a clarinetist, composer, and experimental/electronic musician."

"In 2013, I have had the fortune of making a couple widely popular clarinet covers of classic death metal songs. While I have moved on with my professional music making beyond this enterprise, I make new covers on a very rare occasion. Some of them turned out to be extremely beneficial technical studies, so I am posting a selected list of covers here for quick reference."

Necrophagist was a German technical death metal band active from 1992 to 2010. Their last album was released in 2004 and a new one never materialized.
Necrophagist—Extreme Unction (Youtube), autocorrected here to "Extreme Unicorn" to the amusement of the comment section.

Bonus: Louis-Paul Gauvreau auditions (Youtube) with Necrophagist's "Stabwound" for Season 5 of The Voice (La Voix) Canada.

Signal Boost: Modern Howlies

Feb. 15th, 2019 21:00
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[tumblr.com profile] ladytodd posted: Modern Howlies
ninety something year old howlies chasing Bucky across Europe and despite his winter soldier training managing to keep getting the drop on him.


Trying out the fancy reblog Signal Boost bookmarklet from [personal profile] lj_writes! https://lj-writes.dreamwidth.org/2019/02/14/bookmarklet-fork.html


It retains usernames from other sites -- at least, the username from whom you're reblogging from, which is usually not the OP, who I think should get proper attribution.

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Feb. 15th, 2019 20:50
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Netflix movie Knuckleball )

I’m tired of being an adult. I had some movers take some stuff from the old place to here. I’d spent the day before packing, packing. I still have books and more crap to move. I just didn’t have time to get everything ready. I’m having trouble with getting a copy of my title for the old place and I can’t get rid of it until that’s settled. I had to call an electrician because I blew a fuse and stuff had to be updated. It was cold and rainy for days.

I’ve been watching Britbox. I watched Jonathan Creek whose writers had some fun with characters’ names, Dr. Strange, Emma Lazarus, Wendell Wilke. There were also some actors who have careers who showed up as bit players. The show was a perfect accompaniment to packing. The plot is always the same. A locked room from which a murderer escaped. How was it done?

I’m also watching the Civilisation with Kenneth Clark. I watched it first time around and I still can recall some of Clark’s observations, witty dry. I bought the book, too.
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So, the new Actually Write Articles for Wikipedia Rather Than Moaning About It version of EA unexpectedly encountered an article she'd started in spring last year, and dusted it off and actually bothered finishing it. It's on the book, The Story of Music, by Howard Goodall. It might be the best nonfiction book I finished last year. Not, however, such a great accolade, as it might be the only nonfiction book that I finished last year...

The reviewers seem agreed that it contains tasty nuggets of Classic FM-like 'history' (I couldn't possibly comment as I never listen to Classic FM). I tend to find this sort of stuff irritating but there's occasional interesting trivia in among. He points out early on that until the popularisation of musical recordings, one would have been unlikely to hear a piece of music that one loved more than 3 or 4 times in a lifetime (I'm not convinced; amateurs sang & played various instruments, and no doubt got together quite often to play, as people still do in the university cities of my acquaintance), which suggests an entirely different way of interacting with music (better musical memory? or imagination from the score?). Despite the grand title, it flakes completely on covering world music after the first few thousand years. It's good at interlacing music with world events, useful for this history-negative ex-scientist, and I found it particularly interesting on the early notated music before, say, Corelli (1653–1713), where I've heard most of the names but little of the music.

The other thing the reviewers agree on is that if it covers their favourite composer(s) positively & at length it must be good, and contrariwise. In this spirit, I note that it is great on Bach, rubbish on Mozart, long-winded on Wagner, enthusiastic about The Rite, very unenthusiastic about Schoenberg, and brief but positive about Minimalism. And there's this funny stuff at the end about a group apparently named for the Coleoptera. As a purveyor of the sort of crossover classical music that hits the classical charts, Goodall's very keen to stress that pop is just classical in disguise, which seems to me like saying that a stick figure is really a Vermeer portrait; I'd still rather look at the Vermeer. There's a lot of, shall we say, unexpected cross-comparisons between iconic classical compositions & pop laced throughout, which I expect is meant to work the opposite way than it did for me. Still, as I wrote, I finished it, and judging by the state of the copy, I didn't throw it at the wall during its perusal.
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A new journalism podcast looks to history to counter ‘objectivity’

“A lot of great journalism in the United States and all over the world has been journalism that stood for something,” says Wallace. “Standing up to power requires standing for something. Standing for nothing at all in the Jim Crow era is like, well, we accept segregation.”

For reporters from underrepresented communities—reporters of color, queer and transgender reporters, disabled reporters, poor reporters—taking a neutral stance on their own humanity isn’t an option.

Wallace notes the long history of the black press—coined “a fighting press”—for its track record of pursuing stories that challenge white racism, reporting on issues and people that have been traditionally ignored by other news outlets, and for openly advocating for the acquirement of human and civil rights for black people in America. Newspapers by and for other marginalized communities have done similar work.

“You had LGBT papers doing the preeminent investigative coverage and human interest coverage of AIDS for years and years before mainstream papers covered it,” adds Wallace. “And those are papers that have been written out of official journalistic history as niche, or as advocacy journalism.”

The podcast, which will be produced by Ramona Martinez alongside Wallace, will feature a range of episodes about how seminal eras of American history, such as lynching and the spread of AIDS, were reported. It will also tackle contemporary issues, including the Black Lives Matter movement, coverage of transgender people, the #MeToo movement, and coverage of both overt and what Wallace calls “status quo” white supremacy.MORE

Here is the Kickstarter

Saturday Night Musing

Feb. 15th, 2019 23:07
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I spent ten years writing fic. Novel length fic, shorter works, dark fic, sex in fic, even some comedy. And then I quit. I haven't written a thing non-school, non-professional related since. I still read fic, but it seems I'm unable to string words together in any meaningful way for anything other than work. I have no idea if I'll ever write again. I've been thinking a lot about it, and it bothers me. On the upside, Neil Gaiman is offering a writing master class, so there's always that.

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Feb. 15th, 2019 23:10
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We Wish to Plead Our Own Cause:The past and future of America’s black press



From its inception, the black press has been fighting. Fifty years after the American Revolution, while the country built its wealth and global prominence on the basis of violent chattel slavery, free black people living in northern coastal cities, particularly New York and Philadelphia, came to sense that their ongoing struggle for human rights and dignity would need a platform. Black churches and social societies aimed at self-improvement were not enough to improve the conditions of a people. Newspapers of the time worked against them, by pushing negative stereotypes of both enslaved and free black Americans—as violent, uncivil, and unfit for basic rights afforded to other citizens. Journalists like Mordecai Manuel Noah, the editor of The New York Enquirer, a four-page tabloid, advocated for the transport of free black people out of the US to Liberia; in editorials, he cheered in anticipation of their untimely deaths on the journey.

Early ventures into black-focused journalism began with a collective of prominent preachers, orators, and abolitionists. In A History of the Black Press (1997), Armistead Pride and Clint Wilson II write that, within that group, a newspaper—owned, written, and edited by black people—emerged as a valuable tool “to give free persons of color a voice they otherwise lacked.” Like the newspapers and pamphlets that helped birth a movement for American independence, the black press would serve to unite people in a fight for their lives.

Freedom’s Journal, the first newspaper to be published solely by black people in America, debuted in New York City on March 16, 1827. In a front-page essay, the paper’s editors, Samuel Cornish, a reverend, and John Russwurm, one of the first black graduates of an American college, went to great lengths to distinguish it from existing abolitionist newspapers—controlled by white people who, they wrote, “too long have spoken for us.” Put simply, they continued, “We wish to plead our own cause.” Freedom’s Journal would seek, through the universal attainment of civil rights, education, and character development, to “vindicate our brethren, when oppressed, and to lay the case before the publick.” The men sought to use the newspaper as a tool in pursuit of a common goal—full citizenship and equal rights.

...

Danielle Belton, the editor of The Root, finds that the work of telling stories that cover the most vulnerable communities remains a job for the black press. Reports that appear on The Root and its competitors generate attention to problems—like white people calling the police on black people for frivolous reasons—that later become dominant narratives in the mainstream. The distinct moral view of black publications gets transferred, gradually, into universally accepted moral clarity. What that pattern reveals, Belton points out, is that “objectivity” is a false premise—too much gets missed in its name.

“There is this perception that the only person who can be objective is a white man, even though he comes with his own prejudices and background,” she says. “The notion of impartiality, that people can turn all their biases off and report purely, is a fantasy.” She adds, “The difference between The Root and a more mainstream publication is that we are honest with the fact that we bring with us our blackness, our femaleness, maleness, when we are reporting. A lot of people make the mistake of thinking The Root is a left-leaning blog. It’s a pro-black blog.” MORE

FIC: Live to Tell (SGA/HLTR)

Feb. 15th, 2019 19:31
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Live to Tell (48087 words) by Raine_Wynd
Chapters: 11/11
Fandom: Stargate Atlantis, Highlander: The Raven
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Ronon Dex & Teyla Emmagan & Rodney McKay & John Sheppard, Ronon Dex/Other(s), Nick Wolfe/Other(s), Ronon Dex/Nick Wolfe, Minor or Background Relationship(s), Past Amanda Darieux/Nick Wolfe
Characters: Teyla Emmagan, Ronon Dex, Rodney McKay, John Sheppard, Nick Wolfe, Samantha "Sam" Carter, Original Characters, Background & Cameo Characters, Jennifer Keller, Evan Lorne, Amanda Darieux, Radek Zelenka
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Immortals, Foul Language, Angst with a Happy Ending, Past Relationship(s), Canon-Typical Violence, Explicit Sex, Falling In Love, Secrets, Temporary Character Death, Workplace Accidents, Drama, Romance, Non-Canonical Character Death, Crossovers & Fandom Fusions
Summary:

A failed trading mission results in the Atlantis team taking home a refugee who claims to be from Earth - but is there more to his story?

No Joe Today!

Feb. 15th, 2019 19:30
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SO DISAPPOINT! Stay tuned...while my cat cleans her butt.

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Feb. 15th, 2019 16:04
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Okay, I'm going to be finishing a m/m and m/f implicit, and awkwardly m/f/m explicit fic that's primarily Rollins/Rumlow with OFC  tonight or tomorrow.  I'm still shopping for a beta.  If any of you would like to help out, even on a one time only basis, or can send someone my way, I'd really appreciate it.  No character death, no unhappy ending, and no kink for a change.  I know the pairings aren't popular, and that most of you aren't terribly interested in them, but their beauty is that you don't really need to be familiar with them to beta read the story.  It's one secondary, underutilized villain, one tertiary villain made almost completely of fanon and my own, personal headcanon, and an OFC.  I'll listen to any feedback on any level without  getting my panties in a twist as long as it doesn't amount to telling me you don't like the pairing or plot (such as it is).  In light of some of my concentration and brain fog issues, I am absolutely open to basic corrections on the grammar, typo, skipped or repeated words, and internal inconsistency level. 

Please, please, please give a drow a helping hand.   

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