ugh, so behind on these

Mar. 4th, 2015 04:14 am
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Some of these are "quick hits", since I've gotten lazy about taking full notes, but still.

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 )

Daily Happiness

Mar. 3rd, 2015 10:52 pm
torachan: sakaki from azumanga daioh holding a cat, with the text "I like cats" in Japanese (sakaki)
[personal profile] torachan
1. I got another small translation job from [personal profile] kiwimusume. :D

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.)

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Mar. 3rd, 2015 09:49 pm
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Hello from San Francisco! From, to be precise, my not actually very comfortable little hostel bunk. I have done many things!

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.
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(HOLY CRAP I FINALLY FINISHED IT!)

Awake and Unafraid (31047 words) by Green
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Teen Wolf (TV)
Rating: Explicit
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
Summary:

Since the car accident that took one of his parents (or both, or neither), Stiles has been living two alternating parallel lives.

A small heap of linkspam

Mar. 3rd, 2015 11:17 pm
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[personal profile] umadoshi
Tom McRae has announced his next album, due out in May. *^^* "Speaking of the departure from his previous, more stripped back albums, Tom says: 'as we recorded the album I had the image of the band gathered round a piano in a post-apocalyptic bar, singing our hearts out as the fires rage around us... also handily blocking the exits and stopping the crowd from leaving.' That the album is released on the eve of the UK General election is also no coincidence. 'We're sleep walking into a world ruled by oligarchs, where tech giants monitor and exploit our every thought, where governments and banks collude against us, and hyper-caffeinated teenagers design software to destroy any remaining jobs', says McRae, expanding on just some of the record's subject matter. 'We're going to need something to sing along to when the shit finally comes down'."

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."


Cute

"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".


Useful

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".


Social Justice

I loved [personal profile] 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."

quantum physics workshop for writers

Mar. 3rd, 2015 08:12 pm
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[personal profile] kate_nepveu
Hey writers in all kinds of media: this summer, Chad and the Joint Quantum Institute in Maryland are hosting The Schrödinger Sessions: Science for Science Fiction, which is a three-day workshop on quantum physics for writers (a la the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop). Check out his blog post for more details; applications will open Friday. Housing and breakfast+lunch will be provided (there may also be a small amount of money for travel support), and diversity is a priority in selecting applicants. Please consider applying if it sounds interesting!

oh, dear

Mar. 3rd, 2015 05:38 pm
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I may have inadvertently begun a war between street cat and the birds.
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Last night a friend and I re-watched "Star Trek IV: the Voyage Home", also known as "The One with the Whales".

Why this is a feminist film:

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Just a few links:

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 [community profile] 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 [community profile] 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 [community profile] fanart_recs, here.

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