Behind the cut: Thorns, Event Horizon, The Bloody Sword (*), Relics of Herself (*), Midnight Mass (*), Hagiophobia (*), Yellow Metal With Mingled Purple Blushes (*), Gingerbread Sin (*), The Fruit of Paradise (*), 13 Ad Lunam (*), The Lotus Tree, Shining Beak of Pure Horn (*), Delicate Ambrosial Dews of Heavenly Nectar (*), The Antikythera Mechanism, Thieves' Rosin, Libertine, The Phoenix In Summer (*), In Templum Dei, Creeper Dragon (*), Minamoto no Yorimasa and the Lotus Root Flower (*), Mars Alator (*), Ruined Roses (*)
( now you smell it, now you don't )
2. Carla made a really delicious macaroni and cheese casserole tonight.
3. I went to help out with the West Covina remodelling and now it's over and I don't have to do that again! :p Also while I was there, I took pictures of stuff I wanted to get in for our store, just like I did when I went to help out with the Costa Mesa remodel. (Now the trick is just finding time to sit down and go through the photos and look up all the barcodes.)
Most recently I have seen "Mr. Burns: A Post-Electric Play," which I very much wanted to see based on Nick Mamatas's review but didn't realize until I saw an ad for it on a bus that I could in fact go see it.
It begins not long after a kind of apocalypse, seemingly started off by a plague that left too few people able to staff nuclear plants, leading to meltdowns. The survivors, in between trying to find news of their families and information about the nuclear danger, start to piece together, from memories, an episode of The Simpsons.
I remember when the 2011 earthquake and tsunami caused the nuclear crisis in Fukushima - how the English media was at least 24 hours behind the Japanese media and often altogether wrong, how the Japanese media wasn't doing much better given the PR and ass-covering coming out of the government and TEPCO. And I was scrambling to learn the necessary vocabulary, and dig up every decent news source I could find, not because there was any danger to me personally, not because there was anything useful I could do with this information, but because the question of how bad things could really get wouldn't let me go. So this play hit at those fears for me in a very visceral way. (I am not sure that I am actually against nuclear power even now, just because global warming is a bigger danger, but I think it was pretty smart on the playwright's part to slip just enough information about how things could go wrong into a fun pop-culturey post-apocalyptic play.)
I liked its depiction of the theater world, such as it is after the apocalypse - how technical discussions are inevitably also aesthetic discussions. I liked the "commercials" that provide a window on memories of an easier life. But mostly I think I appreciated it as a play about transformative works. How the society that survives moves from memory and authenticity - things which it will never be able to totally recapture - towards repurposing the raw materials of 20th/21st century pop culture and reprocessing them into a way to tell its own stories and process its traumas. I can't see a play like that without thinking of fanfiction, of vidding, of every meme that mutates endlessly as it spreads across Tumblr. The fan community reprocessed The Winter Soldier into a story that I liked so much that I was disappointed by the actual movie, just like I imagine the real "Cape Feare" would look irrelevant and incomprehensible to one of the hypothetical viewers of the reconstructed mystery-play version. This is the play I'd want to show the courts, when transformative works come up for discussion.
Awake and Unafraid (31047 words) by Green
Fandom: Teen Wolf (TV)
Warnings: Graphic Depictions Of Violence, Underage
Relationships: Derek Hale/Stiles Stilinski
Characters: Stiles Stilinski, Derek Hale, Alan Deaton, Scott McCall, Claudia Stilinski, Peter Hale, Marin Morrell, Sheriff Stilinski, Isaac Lahey, Erica Reyes, Vernon Boyd
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Fusion, Alternate Universe - Canon Divergence, Alpha Peter Hale, Alpha Derek Hale, Beta Derek Hale, Human Scott McCall, Minor Character Deaths, Alive Claudia Stilinski, Car Accident, Parallel Universes, Magical Stiles Stilinski, Rebuilt Hale House, original non-human characters - Freeform, Spirits, Spirit Guides, Mates
Since the car accident that took one of his parents (or both, or neither), Stiles has been living two alternating parallel lives.
The National Post (not a source I usually find myself linking): "Toronto tunnel mystery solved: Two ‘blue-collar guys’ dug hole for ‘man cave,’ police say."
"15+ Before-And-After Photos Of Cats Growing Up".
"23 Chubby Puppies Mistaken For Teddy Bears".
One of the cutest things I've seen on Tumblr in ages (and I say this as someone with an extensive "cute" tag!): this puppy trying to mimic its person's howl.
"20 hedgehogs who will make your day better".
Via Twitter: this page on the IMDb lets you search two shows/movies for people who've worked on both, or search two people's info to see if they've worked on anything together.
At the OTW, "10 Fair Use Misconceptions".
At Baking Bites: "How to Use Tea in Baked Goods".
I loved thefourthvine's recent post on women (or people in general) supporting each other: "Team Angry Cat".
At the Daily Dot: "The one basic thing men still don't seem to understand about women".
Via many people, David Gerrold, a writer from Star Trek: TOS, responds to someone's complaints about social justice destroying sci-fi. "I was there. I know what Gene Roddenberry envisioned. He went on at length about it in almost every meeting. He wasn't about technology, he was about envisioning a world that works for everyone, with no one and nothing left out. Gene Roddenberry was one of the great Social Justice Warriors. You don't get to claim him or his show as a shield of virtue for a cause he would have disdained. […] Star Trek was about social justice from day one -- the stories were about the human pursuit for a better world, a better way of being, the next step up the ladder of sentience. The stories weren't about who we were going to fight, but who we were going to make friends with. It wasn't about defining an enemy -- it was about creating a new partnership. That's why when Next Gen came along, we had a Klingon on the bridge."
As he did last year, author Jim Hines has been hosting a series of posts from various people on different aspects of representation. This year's first post is "Exponentially Hoping", by Merc Rustad, and there doesn't seem to be a tag for the essays. But there've been a few so far, and while it looks like this week there aren't any guest posts scheduled, there will be more coming up.
Via Facebook: "Think of the children" at Queer Femme Mama, in response to the updated health and sex education curriculum in Ontario and to Senator Donald Plett's transphobic amendment to Bill C-279 that, as the post says, "effectively bar[s] trans people from public bathrooms". "Because whether I like it or not, being a parent lends me some sort of credibility and authority to speak on issues that are relevant to children. And it gives me an opportunity to disrupt the bigots who use ridiculous “think of the children” logic to deny people’s human rights and promote discrimination."
- If You Want to Talk About Women in Tech, Talk to Women About Technology | Kate Losse (February 21): “imagine how absurd it would be if a journalist contacted a male technologist and asked him exclusively about what it’s like to be a man in tech. He would be like, “You want to talk to me about what?… If you don’t want to talk about my work, why are you even interviewing me?” Exactly.”
- Why Can’t I Be You: Harlo Holmes | Rookie (February 20): “The kickass app developer making life hard for online bullies.”
- Vivek Wadhwa Makes Great Case Against Vivek Wadhwa on WNYC | Gawkr Newsfeed (February 20): “In the process of defending himself, Vivek Wadhwa ended up confirming much of what TL;DR asserted about his attitude. Here’s someone who’s been criticized for figuratively talking over women, and we hear him literally talking over Haggerty and then asking to bring in her producers when he doesn’t like where she’s taking the conversation.”
- Women are leaving the tech industry in droves | LA Times (February 22): “Women in tech say filling the pipeline of talent won’t do much good if women keep quitting — it’s like trying to fill a leaking bucket.”
- I’m Not Broken – Annalee Flower Horne | Jim C. Hines (February 25): “I’m glad I was able to project onto Leia the capable survivor I wanted to grow up to be. Her happy ending mattered to me, because it helped me imagine my own.”
- On the books I represent, and the books I do not. | Lydia Moëd (February 23): A literary agent declares all submissions to her must pass the Bechdel test.
- Diverse Comics (February 24): new tumblr covering diversity in comics
- Suzette Haden Elgin (1936-2015) | Locus Online News (February 2): Obituary for a leading figure in feminist science fiction and linguistics.
- Gamer Certificate (February 24): comic
- Let’s Talk About “Comfort Zones” | K. Tempest Bradford (February 26): “However, in sticking to women, people of color, LGBT, and other authors from marginalized identities, I was not reading in a “comfort zone.” I was not more comfortable, I was just less likely to run across fiction that hurt me. But the stories were certainly not universally comfortable to read. Not at all.”
- Trying To Hire A Diverse Team Of Engineers? It’s Not Just A Pipeline Issue | TechCrunch (February 28): “I know that the majority of companies truly want to create a more diverse workforce, but I don’t think they know how to ensure that minority candidates like me have a fighting chance to pass their interview process. Here’s some advice:”
- Team Angry Cat | thefourthvine (February 24): “So I explained about how we got on the topic of elevators. As soon as I said, “He said I should’ve taken the stairs,” ten women around the table looked up and angry cat hissed in unison. “
- Jupiter Ascending: The Re-Gendered Space Opera | Feminism/geekery (February 23): “In this film Jupiter Jones is our Luke Skywalker, another hero that arose from inauspicious beginnings.”
- The Next MacGuyver: “Can you imagine that next female hero that will inspire a generation of young women to see themselves as engineers?”
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These optical illusion paintings are so cool! I think my favourites are #5, 21, and 22.
Awww, they're such good friends!
There's a new round up in bandom_meme. This time it's a free-for-all round. I haven't left any prompts yet and it's almost time for bed so I must remember to do it tomorrow. Come and play with us everyone!
The Historical AUs round in fancake is closed. (It only resulted in 18 recs in 17 fandoms.) The theme for the coming month did indeed end up being Friends to Lovers. Not a trope I've ever felt particularly strongly about, neither for nor against. So I'll probably won't be making many recs this months either.
And speaking of recs, Saturday I made the last Bandom rec for the month in fanart_recs, here.