Introductions meme!

Jul. 6th, 2015 04:15 pm
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[personal profile] me_and, also referred to herein as facesfriend, is tentatively stepping back into using DW as a social network, on the grounds that having committed enough patches to make a [site community profile] dw_news post he might want to shake the dust off his account. He's techy (to nobody's surprise, um), he reads spec fic (I'm hoping to persuade him to post about the various books I just foisted onto him), he is into systems and logistics in a way that I find utterly captivating but leads D to describe him as My Boring Dudefriend With Whom I Boring, and he's kind and thoughtful and generous with his time. He does LARP (about which I know nothing), can be very entertainingly snide and deadpan if encouraged but is careful to keep it away from people who don't like it, and is a singlet who picked his handle lo these many years ago for entirely unrelated reasons unaware of what the naming convention implies (if this clause is opaque to you then the meaning's largely irrelevant).

Or, to put it another way, I think it's time for an introductions meme.
If you would like to, please comment to this post, and I'll introduce you to everybody else by giving a reason why I think you're great. Some people I know better than others, so I can't promise all my introductions will exactly encapsulate why someone might want to get to know you. You're also welcome to comment to someone else's thread and ask for a specific introduction to that person; I know some people are more confident than others about just jumping in and introducing themselves to a stranger. I am also happy to matchmake if you would like that; ask me for a recommendation of a personal journal and/or community from my circles.

And of course, feel free to repost this game in your own journal, if you think it would be a good way to make connections between some of your people. I think this could go quite well if it spreads a few hops away from here, but also worth doing even if no-one picks it up.

Please do play if you'd like to; if you want to PM me to ask permission and encouragement I will gladly dispense same. <3
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Posted by Philip Cohen PhD

There is a whole social science to the optimal balance of victory and defeat in social movements and social change. Consider two political cartoons by Mike Luckovich. This from June 21:


And this one from June 25:


Did he really just demand the removal of the Confederate flag and then mock people who would celebrate its removal? Is that how much things change in a week? But in periods of social change, moving the goal posts is what it’s all about. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

The Charleston massacre was a horrific reminder of how it seems some things never change. But they do change. Dylann Roof was caught and may be put to death, legally. And it turned out that, not only had the Confederate flag only been flying at the South Carolina capitol for a few decades, but it actually could be taken down in response to public outrage. And yet, that’s not the end of racism.

Anthea Butler, a religion and Africana studies professor at Penn, who wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post, was on the On Point radio show. She was talking to host Tom Ashbrook, when she got this:

Tom Ashbrook: If you ask me, I understand that feeling and that vivid response. At the same time, I, and maybe you, Anthea Butler, Dr. Butler, don’t want to lose, or not recognize, or lose the progress that has been made. And this is nowhere near paradise…

Anthea Butler: But what kind of progress? What kind of progress? This is what we keep talking about. And I don’t understand, when you say, “We’ve made progress.” How have we made progress when the president of the United States has been constantly questioned because he is partially a Black man? And so you talk progress — and this is the kind of talk we’re going to hear all week long after this.

TA: But he’s president, madam.

AB: He is president.

TA: Well, that’s a pretty big deal…

AB: That is a big deal, but to some people in this country, like Dylann Roof, that is the end of this country. That’s why you had the kind of phrase that he said, that all your politicians, the right Republican politicians have been saying, “Take our country back.” And so, I want to talk about the rhetoric that’s happened…

Ashbrook has a point about progress, of course, but it’s just the wrong time to say that, days after a racist massacre that seems as timeless as a Black-churches burning. At that moment there could be no progress.

For whatever reason, Ashbrook turned to progress on the interpersonal level:

TA: We did see White people in South Carolina, in Charleston, pour into the churches alongside African Americans over this weekend.

AB: Yes we did. But you need to understand the distinction here. I don’t doubt that there are well-meaning, good White people, good White Christians, who are appalled at this. I understand that. But when you have a structural system that continues to do this kind of racial profiling, the kinds of things that are going on with the police in this country, the kinds of issues that we’ve had. The problem becomes this: you can talk about progress all you want, but reality is another thing altogether.

Again, it’s progress, but focusing on it at that moment is basically #AllLivesMatter. President Obama also tried to keep his eyes on the prize, in his appearance on the WTF podcast:

Racism, we are not cured of it. And it’s not just a matter of it not being polite to say “nigger” in public. That’s not the measure of whether racism still exists or not. It’s not just a matter of overt discrimination. Societies don’t, overnight, completely erase everything that happened 200 to 300 years prior.

Outrage ensued about his use of “nigger,” but White House Press Secretary Josh “earnest non-racist white guy” Earnest doubled down:

The President’s use of the word and the reason that he used the word could not be more apparent from the context of his discussion on the podcast.  The President made clear that it’s not possible to judge the nation’s progress on race issues based solely on an evaluation of our country’s manners.  The fact is that we’ve made undeniable progress in this country over the last several decades, and as the President himself has often said, anyone who lived in this country through the ‘50s and the ‘60s and the ‘70s and the ‘80s notes the tremendous progress that we’ve made.  That progress is undeniable. But what’s also undeniable is that there is more work that needs to be done, and there’s more that we can do.  And the fact is everyone in this country should take some inspiration from the progress that was made in the previous generation and use that as a motivation and an inspiration to try to make further progress toward a more perfect union.

Now is no time to talk about progress, some say. With Black church members being gunned down and churches burning, and one appalling, outrageous video after another showing the abuse of Black citizens by police, having a Black president is not a victory. So much so that maybe he’s not really Black at all. Frank Roberts writes of Obama’s “Amazing Grace” moment:

With Obama … blackness has been reduced to a theatrical prop; a shuck-and-jive entertainment device that keeps (black) audiences believing that the President “feels their pain” — at precisely the same time that he fails to provide a substantive policy response to black unemployment, over-incarceration, and/or racialized state violence.

The social scientist in me objects, because the rate of progress is not determined by the victory or tragedy of the moment, or by the blackness of a man. And Obama probably has done more than any other president (at least recently) to address Black unemployment, incarceration, and racialized state violence. That’s not a moral or political statement — and it doesn’t imply “enough” — it’s an empirical one.

Movements use good news for legitimacy and bad news for urgency.  When something goes well, they need to claim credit and also make sure their supporters know there is more work to be done. When something awful happens they place the troubles in the context of a narrative of struggle, but they don’t want to appear powerless because that saps support and undermines morale.

An extended version of this post is at Family Inequality.

Philip N. Cohen is a professor of sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park. He writes the blog Family Inequality and is the author of The Family: Diversity, Inequality, and Social Change. You can follow him on Twitter or Facebook.

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Fannish archaeology

Jul. 6th, 2015 11:15 pm
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It seems to be an immutable law of the universe that whenever I have a huge project looming, I…dive headfirst into a new fandom to compensate. Last year, for my qualifying exams, it was due South; this year, with my dissertation coming in like the tide, it's Stargate Atlantis. Many of you are probably already aware of my new obsession, as many of you wrote a lot of pretty great SGA fics back in the day and I have been steadily leaving kudos on all of them over on AO3. Ironically, I read a lot of SGA when I first got my AO3 account in closed beta in 2009 (just like I read a lot of due South at the same time, actually), but it's sticking a lot better this time around. I'm already making notes and doing a lot of research for a classic me-type fanfic, which, who knows if it will ever see the light of day, but in the meantime it gives me great enjoyment.

The other thing that's interesting as I go back through old journal entries, excavate old vids, etc, is to see how things were back then. SGA went off the air six and a half years ago. Six and a half years ago I had never been to WisCon, I didn't have a Dreamwidth yet, and I had never even met some of the people I now count among my closest friends. It's kind of amazing, how much things can change. But it's also kind of encouraging.

Shoreline of Infinity Issue One f/t

Jul. 6th, 2015 09:55 am
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We feature brand new science fiction stories from writers from all over the world; we have an interview with Charles Stross; first in a regular column by Steve Green; a story competition; SF Caledonia, with a science fiction story from John Buchan; and reviews of recently and to be published books—including The Annihilation Score by the aforementioned Charles Stross.

Plus, we have fantastic original artwork to accompany each story.

              T.  F.  M.  Mu.  F/T
Fiction.     10.  2.  8.       0.2
Non-fiction.  9.  0.  3.   6.  0.0
Total.       19.  2. 11.   6.  0.1

Baaaaby moorhens

Jul. 6th, 2015 02:40 pm
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I think these little moorhens must be pretty new! They were cheeping incessantly at their parents as we strolled along the towpath on the opposite side of the canal.

"Mum, I'm huuuuungry, Mum."

+1 )

227 of the 100.

Jul. 6th, 2015 10:53 pm
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227 icons of the 100 ( season two )
— 2 of abby
— 33 of bellamy
— 88 of clarke
— 17 of finn
— 5 of jasper
— 12 of lexa
— 4 of lincoln
— 5 of murphy
— 28 of octavia
— 33 of raven

here @ [community profile] shithouse.

Daily Happiness

Jul. 6th, 2015 02:10 am
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1. Very productive day at work again today. We recently got in a bunch of these fancy little bags of hand-made candy from Kyoto and have to make a display for them. Usually this would have taken me ages to get around to because of being so busy, but I was able to get it mostly all done today (still need some decorations and signage) and the deadline to have it finished and send pics to headquarters isn't for another two weeks!

2. I have tomorrow off! It's been really nice having several days in a row to sleep in (though I hope I'm not getting myself onto too much of a later sleep schedule). I need to try and get down to Old Navy tomorrow and return the jeans I ordered last month, but other than that, I don't have anything planned other than relaxing.

3. The weather's been so nice and cool lately. I think there's one day this week that's supposed to get up to high 70s, but that's it. I'm going to enjoy it while it lasts.

4. I've been trying to take melatonin before bed this past week and I think it's been helping?
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No one -- least of all yours truly -- would have expected me to write Elementary fic for Remix Redux 12: The Dirty Dozen. But the original story hit me like a freight train, and I simply had to play with that one.

Wrapped Up in You (The Bodyswap Remix) (4822 words) by monanotlisa
Fandom: Elementary (TV)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Relationships: Sherlock Holmes & Joan Watson
Characters: Joan Watson, Sherlock Holmes, Ms. Hudson (Elementary)

His response was a sniff, and could her face really look that haughty? “Oh, don’t be silly, Watson. I assure you I have worn much higher heels in much more arduous circumstances.”

Of course he had.

Given my recent restraints, I could only do a fraction of the things I wanted to do with Joan and Sherlock, but I've been pleasantly surprised by the positive response. Hat-tip to [personal profile] king_touchy again.
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Mondays, every week, let's celebrate ourselves, to start the week right. Tell me what you're proud of. Tell me what you accomplished last week, something -- at least one thing -- that you can turn around and point at and say: I did this. Me. It was tough, but I did it, and I did it well, and I am proud of it, and it makes me feel good to see what I accomplished. Could be anything -- something you made, something you did, something you got through. Just take a minute and celebrate yourself. Either here, or in your journal, but somewhere.

(And if you feel uncomfortable doing this in public, I've set this entry to screen any anonymous comments, so if you want privacy, comment anonymously and I won't unscreen it. Also: yes, by all means, cheer each other on when you see something you want to give props to!)

Tell Me Now

Jul. 5th, 2015 09:39 pm
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Congratulations to the United States Women's National Team! The USWNT have grown even more as a team, since 2011 and throughout the tournament, into worthy champions. Football musings )


Life at work has been...interesting. My work wife and I finally acquired a new boss and more; we then saw our colleague, who felt he could finally take his hat, bid us all adieu. You win some, you lose some? Not just a metaphor! The only constant thing is change, y'all.

Inspired by the recent spikes of interestingness, I decided to take my first day off in 6 months and do the long weekend so common in the USA: Together with d.irge* and her quasi-niece, we went for a 31-mile bicycle ride through Sonoma with wine-tasting and picnic thereafter -- just the three of us with our young grad-student tour guide riding our bikes from Downtown Healdsburg to the Sonoma Overlook. The next morning, I enjoyed a balloon ride over Napa Valley that I recommend to absolutely everybody. Finally I made my way down the Bay to spend the rest of this Fourth of July weekend with [personal profile] ascian, husband, and Li'l D, which included doing a Silicon Valley get-together to watch the football finale. <3 I think the only low point, literally, was Li'l D (featured prominently in my Instagram account) taking a tumble down the front door steps earlier today; thankfully he seemed still scraped up but in good spirits by nighttime.

* Whom I met in BtVS fandom but have known for long years now, and who has in fact met my parents and stayed at our house.


I don't want to talk about Greece. In fact I think I can't.


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