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Jul. 24th, 2017 07:48 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways To Give:

Anon reminds us that the 2017-18 school year is coming, and [tumblr.com profile] positivelypt has a post up with links to wishlists for underserved classrooms. You can check out the list, give, and reblog here.

[tumblr.com profile] rilee16 is struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and has a fundraiser running to cover living expenses, previous medical bills, and a recent rent increase. You can read more and help out here.


Help For Free:

Anon linked to [tumblr.com profile] globalsextrendsproject, who are working on an independent research projected aimed at establishing whether there are global trends in stimuli for sexual arousal and the content of sexual fantasies. You can read more and reblog here or fill out the form here. I took a quick breeze through the form and it's primarily short-answer rather than multiple choice, once you get past the demographic stuff.


Activism:

[tumblr.com profile] stabulous has a post up about Welcome Blanket, a project initiated by the Smart Museum of Art in Chicago and anti-Trump craftivists. They are asking people to send handmade blankets to be exhibited at the Smart and afterwards distributed to refugees and immigrants arriving in the US. The hope is to create 3200 blankets to equal the length of the wall Trump wants to build across the US-Mexico border. You can read more at the link above, and find out how to participate at the official site, which includes activism resources whether you want to actually send in a blanket or not.


News To Know:

[personal profile] brainwane linked to Creative Commons, which is offering grants of up to USD$1000 for small projects ("Salons, campaigns, translations, e-books, printing, collaborations, and more") which grow the global commons. They want help increasing discovery, collaboration, and advocacy towards their mission. You can read more and apply for a grant here.

Anon linked to [tumblr.com profile] dr-kara's new comic available on ComixOlogy, [Super]Natural Attraction! Kara is well-known to me as a groovy artist who does cool stuff so while I haven't read this yet I wholeheartedly recommend her work. She has a rebloggable post about it here and you can buy and read it here.

And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.

Linkspam: fannish/geeky, misc.

Jul. 21st, 2017 03:02 pm
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Fannish/Geeky Things

"Here's how the new Star Wars novels will connect to The Last Jedi: The ‘Journey to Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ books will explore details from the history of Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia". I'm just gonna jump down here to Canto Bight: "This collection of four short stories will focus on creatures from the glamorous casino world of Canto Bight, described as the galactic version of Monaco. The book, which hits stores on Dec. 5, will be written by Saladin Ahmed, Rae Carson, Mira Grant, and John Jackson Miller." [Also linked at [dreamwidth.org profile] aftertheendtimes, because awesome news is awesome.]

"Stargate Origins Series to Launch New MGM Digital Platform — Watch Teaser".

"Pacific Rim: Uprising Releases Teaser and Info on a New Crop of Jaegers". [Tor.com] And once again, we have a Jaeger with a slur (same one) in its name. :/

"Jenny, the Doctor’s Daughter, Finally Getting the Doctor Who Spinoff Adventures She Deserves" [in audio drama form]. [The Mary Sue]

"Dick Grayson vs. Toxic Masculinity". [Book Riot] [May 2017]


Miscellaneous

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] wendelah1, "Rape Choreography Makes Films Safer, But Still Takes a Toll on Cast and Crew". [Content warnings: what you'd expect from that headline.]

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] dine, "The Kitten Rental Program is Saving Lives".

"The Lost Picture Show: Hollywood Archivists Can’t Outpace Obsolescence".

"Photobucket Is Holding People's Photos For 'Ransom': The company is now charging a $400 fee to hot-link images — which will break photos on tons of old websites and blogs.". [Buzzfeed]

"The Lost Cookbooks Of Black Chefs".

"Just 19 Fascinating Things About The Hair & Makeup On 'GLOW'". [Buzzfeed]

"How Eyeliner Defines My Womanhood". "My politics and my eyeliner became inseparable. Projecting my own sense of beauty, without shame or hesitation, scared the hell out of my opponents. My look was my armor and my weaponry. / But the fight took its toll. Somewhere in my late teens, I closeted myself again, without particularly noticing that I was doing so. I stopped wearing anything that scanned as feminine. I didn't even own eyeliner for 20 years. And I said nothing when people took me for a straight, cisgender man. [...] I’ve finally recognized, over years of trial and error — mostly error — that a wildly disproportionate amount of anxiety I experience arises from dressing like a man. A couple of years ago, that anxiety was swallowing me whole. I didn’t like who I’d become, and I wanted better for myself and my family. And, thanks to the wealth of information available online, and the supportive trans and queer community I found there, I had finally found the words to describe myself."

"Not in This Day and Age? On “Feisty, Cheeky, and Rebellious” Women in History".

"Cooling the tube – Engineering heat out of the Underground". "One of the biggest problems is a side-effect of what made it possible to dig the deep level tunnels in the first place — namely the very solid and nice to tunnel through London Clay which sits under the city.

In fact, when the early tube tunnels were dug, they were so cool down there that the cool tube was seen as a respite from the summer heat on the surface. Why suffer on a bus in the heat when there’s a cool tube to take instead, said the marketing men.

So why is the Bakerloo line, once the coolest place to be, now a mobile sauna?"
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I still have to review Extra Virginity as well, but I actually liked that one, so it will take longer to compose….

One of the things I did get done yesterday between work, the ball game, and the Epic Sunburn, was finish a slim book of short stories called A City Equal to My Desire by James Sallis. This wasn’t a book that was recommended to me, which means I don’t have to feel bad about truly disliking it. I found it in a keyword search on the library website for books about ukuleles, and it has a short story called Ukulele And The World’s Pain, which admittedly was one of the better stories in the book despite still not being very good.

From what I can tell, he did pick the best story out of the book to develop into a novel, “Drive”, but it is very obviously unfinished in short-story form. Sallis has a couple of ongoing problems in the short story collection, one of which is that he tends to skip the vital information you need in order to know what the fuck is going on. And not in a “the blanks slowly get filled in” way, or in a “your imagination is more terrible” way (though there is a little of that) but just in a way where like…he says something that you understand to be vital to the story but which is missing context, then spends like a page describing the fucking diner someone’s sitting in, and by then any context forthcoming doesn’t get linked back. It’s like being in the middle of a paragraph when you hit the photo plates in an older book – yes the photos are very interesting thank you but I need to finish the thought you were sharing with me before I go back and look at them. I think maybe he thinks this is challenging the reader but it’s not, it’s just annoying and makes what are otherwise interesting premises totally opaque. I shouldn’t need to work this hard for a story about a hit man who decides not to kill a politician. 

If the book had a more cohesive theme in terms of the stories, it might be more readable – he clearly enjoys building worlds and then doesn’t quite know what to do with them once he’s built them, so if this was an entire book of “weird and different worlds” ala Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, I would buy in more fully and I think he would have put a little more elbow in. But it’s not. It’s mostly “here’s a really interesting world and a person living in squalor in it does something while being in it”. Also he appears to be fascinated by describing things that are shaped like pi. And a lot of times it feels like he read a wikipedia article on something and wanted to share some knowledge, so he just kind of built a half-assed story around his wikiwander. 

And all of this I would probably let go if say, it was something I was noticing in a fanfic writer, or someone who was just starting out, or someone I felt was genuinely trying to get a point across. But there’s this inexplicable sense of arrogance to the collection, a sort of smugness to it that in professional writers drives me up the goddamn wall. Stephen King sometimes falls into the same trap, where it feels like the author believes they don’t have to respect their readers because they are The Writer. 

The thing about volumes of short stories is that you keep reading it because sometimes there is a real gem. And there are one or two good stories in the volume, but I don’t know if they’re worth the rest of it. 

So my review I guess is mostly me being annoyed, but it boils down to “If you like short stories in the SFF Noir genre, give it a whirl, but if you’re bored with a story none of them get better, so feel free to skip to the next one.” 

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Trope Bingo (Round 9) card

Jul. 20th, 2017 01:14 am
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This week I caved and requested a [dreamwidth.org profile] trope_bingo card to go with my cards for [dreamwidth.org profile] hc_bingo and [dreamwidth.org profile] seasonofkink. This time I opted to only get prompts from the main set (I just typed "pain set". Hmm), rather than also drawing from the AU, kinks, and/or art sets.

I haven't spent much time going through and thinking in terms of which ones are most workable for me, but there are several I like. Chosen family is one of my favorite things; "huddle for warmth" is one of those reliable classic tropes that I don't think I've ever actually written; I like domestic things, so both curtain fic and food/cooking fit... We'll see.

Anyway, here's my card:
under the cut )
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A Pair of Kickstarters

--"Mermaid Hues: A Book of Mermaids" is a project by an artist whose work I enjoyed during Mermay, so I'm glad to see it's being made available for purchase!

--Sparkler Monthly just launched their Kickstarter for year 5: "Twelve more issues of women-oriented, LGBT+ friendly webcomics, light novels, and audio dramas in our digital magazine!" Their Kickstarter page includes a lot of info on the kind of work they do and publish, and links to a free downloadable Sparkler Starter Bundle.

(I do have to note that I'm friends with several of the founders/editors [and have proofread a few of their print volumes], but that means I can tell you with confidence that they bring a LOT of experience and passion to the table as long-term manga-industry professionals and as enthusiastic, thoughtful fans of female-gaze-focused Japanese and Japanese-style media.)


Cute Stuff

"10+ Times Corgis Mixed With Other Breeds, And The Result Was Absolutely Pawsome".

"Columbus Zoo And Aquarium Welcome A Squeaky Little Small-Clawed Otter Pup".

"22 Dogs That Prove We Don’t Deserve Dogs". [Buzzfeed]

[dreamwidth.org profile] naye posted June pics of her LaPerm kitties!

"I’ve Spent Years Photographing Rats To Break The Negative Image Of Rats By Taking Cute Pics Of Them".

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] erinptah, "Senior Cat Was So Grumpy — Until He Became ‘Grandpa’ To Kittens: “I was expecting him to hiss or growl or slink away. But then one of the ginger kittens started licking Mason’s ear, and Mason sort of leaned into it and closed his eyes like it was the most amazing thing ever.”".


Miscellaneous

"Sleeps With Monsters: Stop Erasing Women’s Presence in SFF". [Tor.com]

Aww, yay! Sarah Kurchak is Writer of the Week at The Establishment.

"The Myth of Drug Expiration Dates".

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] alexseanchai, a fascinating piece of poetry/meta and commentary about translation between languages where the speakers of one have oppressed the speakers of the other. It's remarkable.

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] tielan, "5 Easy To Make Homemade Air Conditioners".

"How Clergy Set the Standard for Abortion Care: Fifty years ago, a network of religious leaders helped thousands of women find safe, comfortable ways of having the procedure". [2016]

"'Glow' Star Betty Gilpin: What It's Like to Have Pea-Sized Confidence With Watermelon-Sized Boobs", a piece about becoming comfortable in her body for the first time. (I'm not sure exactly what content notes to put on this; proceed carefully if you have issues tangled up with body image.)[Note: I have not seen Glow, although it's on the LIST OF DOOM.]
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I am like….90% sure I’m going camping this Friday. 

It depends a bit on the weather, but I’m mostly packed, I’ve cooked food that’s currently waiting in the freezer, and I have acquired the third Diane Mott Davidson book to read. 

The plan is to leave work early, catch the train to the campground, camp overnight, and in the morning hike out to a different train station further down the line, about a seven-mile trek, to do a longer endurance test than last weekend’s. Then I’ll catch the train home around noon on Saturday.

If something goes wrong, I can catch an evening train home on Friday until eight o’clock, or starting in the morning at 5:30, with little to no exertion. It’s pretty low-risk and I’m well stocked. I don’t have a sleeping pad, but my backpack has a partial one built-in, and I have one arriving tomorrow (though it might be too bulky, we’ll see). And honestly in this heat, I might just sleep on top of my sleeping bag in any case. 

Worst case scenario, the campground has heated, lockable shower cubicles with nice big floors. I’ve slept on worse. 

Caaaaaaamping! *jazz hands*

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In a shocking development, I'm going to try going to bed now (before midnight) rather than my more usual 2-3 AM. I can't even pretend to myself that there's any chance I'll produce any wordcount tonight, so trying to sleep seems like the right call even if it's wildly out of character.

PSA: the ebook of Feed (Newsflesh book 1) is currently on sale at all kinds of retailers, including the Canadian Kobo site, if you haven't tried it yet and feel at all inclined to fill my heart with joy by reading it and meeting Georgia Mason. (Here's my rec post for the series.)

As it happens, now is an extra-good time to pick up any of [dreamwidth.org profile] seanan_mcguire(/Mira Grant)'s books or support her Patreon: her beloved female Maine Coon, Alice, is extremely ill. ;_;
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--My brain is refusing to settle on much of anything. It feels like a mix of my usual lack of focus with a few scattered side notes of...not impending anxiety, but flickers of it trying to settle in. (In a couple of cases I know that the anxiety is about, but can't shake the sense that it may be justified, which makes it harder to deal with. I may wind up having to send an email or two of the "I honestly don't know if you're mad at me and I'm picking up on it or if my brain is making it up wholesale or if I'm picking up on other stresses from you and my brain's misattributing them" [and the later makes inquiring much worse, because if someone is worn down or stressed because of unrelated things, I don't want to add "oh, and please help me regulate my possibly-irrational emotions" to their plate].)


--For the past several nights my sleep cycle was even worse than usual, resulting in far too little sleep, and last night/this morning some part of my subconscious took charge and I didn't really wake up until almost 2 PM today. o_o Fortunately I had the rewrite that was due today basically finished, so I just had to give it a final polish and read-through. And this afternoon Jinksy was randomly extra cuddly and came to snuggle on my lap at my desk twice while I was reading the paper and working.


--This evening [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose and I got some gardening done. I deadheaded some annuals; he took down the "prey TV" birdfeeder (because of this); we moved the tomato plants around a bit so the smaller ones will get more light; we added some height to a couple of stackable tomato cages; and we put down mulch in the perennial bed and around the two lilacs (in the latter case, in order to clear the encroaching grasses as much as anything else). The Sensation lilac is thriving in the face of getting actual care from us! It's significantly larger than it was at the beginning of spring. (Why, it's as if pruning, fertilizing, consistent watering, and putting lime down makes a difference!) And the lone Sungold tomato plant is growing rapidly, and still far bigger than any of the others. (Even after it lost a stalk [?] today. We moved it, and once it was away from the others two stalks weren't nearly supported enough, but weren't outright falling over...and yet in the time it took [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose to get some ties ready, one of them said "fuck it" and snapped. *sighs* At least it didn't have wee tomatoes on it.)


--Hey, remember how, in Toronto, I bought orange Enthusiast Fluevogs in orange because the purple had been discontinued? Guess what just came out in a new purple colorway for the new season? *facepalm* Fortunately, I don't like this purple version nearly as well as the discontinued one. (And also, the orange--which I really do like!--were noticeably on sale, so even if the new purple had been out, it would've meant not getting either pair this trip, not getting the purple instead.) But part of me is still just like "...really? Really?"

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Jul. 17th, 2017 08:48 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways to Give:

[tumblr.com profile] readera's partner, J, has been in the ER multiple times in the past three months, and their finances are very strained because of it. They're raising $300-$500 for transportation costs and medicine; you can read more and reblog here or give directly here.

[tumblr.com profile] sleepyheathen needs to make next month's rent and is selling items, offering commissions, accepting donations, and has an Amazon wishlist up. You can read more, purchase, or reblog here, or donate via paypal here.

[tumblr.com profile] tony-in-distress is trying to escape an abusive situation and hoping to take her siblings with her. She needs to raise enough money for a deposit on a safe house for her and her siblings to live in. You can read more and help out here.

Anon is raising funds to help a friend cover debt and pay for legal bills after her abusive husband took custody of their youngest son. You can read more and give here; unfortunately due to Australian law apparently they can't provide much information.

Sarah Sadat had to leave her job recently due to stress and is facing mounting medical bills for a failing kidney and previous hospitalization; she has surgery scheduled for next month, and is fundraising to help cover medical and other bills. You can read more and give to the fundraiser here.

[tumblr.com profile] ohstephyy was let go from a job three months ago and hasn't been able to get another one; there are also other costs coming up to cover. You can read more and reblog here; a paypal address is available at the post.

[personal profile] laurashapiro linked to a fundraiser for [personal profile] kuwdora, a talented vidder who is trying to become a professional editor. She has an opportunity for professional coaching from the editor of Burn Notice and Empire, but can't afford the expenses on her own. You can read more and help out here.

Anon linked to [tumblr.com profile] tiarasnteakettles who is looking for work as a harpist, including attempting to purchase a harp that would be a massive upgrade from her current instrument and allow her more freedom in performance. You can read more about her situation and reblog here, including links to her Patreon and online store and Paypal donation address.

[tumblr.com profile] rilee16 is struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and has a fundraiser running to cover living expenses, previous medical bills, and a recent rent increase. You can read more and help out here.

News To Know:

Anon linked to [tumblr.com profile] wanderlust-anthology, an upcoming anthology of reimagined myths, legends, and folklore based on the theme Quests and Journeys. They are looking for creators for this anthology, which will be a full-color printed book with stories, comics, and artwork. You can read more at their tumblr or at the FAQ here; sign-ups close July 30th.

Housing:

Riel is looking for a roommate in Austin, TX to share a townhouse; she and the other roommate (male) are both grad students, and they do have a cat. Riel is very fandom-friendly. Lease starts in August. You can check out the townhouse here and get in touch at ariellayendler at gmail.com.

And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.
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I had theories about writing an actual post or two this weekend, but then the super-wordy (half-volume) of a Hana to Yume series* that's due tomorrow devoured every trace of brain power I had, apparently. OTOH, I have a draft, and once this is in I'll be back on track post-travel.

(That said, I'm already dreading the potential length and intensity of the fall bout of Casual Job and really hoping to actually get ahead on my freelance stuff, insofar as that's possible. *fingers crossed*)

Fannish/Geeky Things

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] spikedluv, "Riverdale Casts Supergirl's Brit Morgan in Recurring Season 2 Role". (I didn't read the article, as I haven't yet seen Riverdale, but yay, Brit Morgan!)

"Black Panther Is Cleverly Reimagining One of Its Major Villains To Avoid Racial Stereotypes".

I love [dreamwidth.org profile] chaila's (spoilery!) [dreamwidth.org profile] ladybusiness post about Wonder Woman from a couple of weeks ago.

"Star Trek: Discovery literally hired writers to fact-check new stories against Trek canon".

"Killjoys' Aaron Ashmore reflects on past Smallville, Veronica Mars roles". And a bunch of others!


Miscellaneous

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] larryhammer, "The Quest to Return Tomatoes to Their Full-Flavored Glory: We’ve bred the original tomato taste out of existence. Now geneticists are asking: Can we put it back?"

Also via [dreamwidth.org profile] larryhammer, "A third of marine megafauna died in a mass extinction that we didn’t even know about".

"Kill Your Old Ideas So You Can Be More Creative". [Lifehacker] Hmm.

This site lets you see if a Twitter user (one with a public account, anyway) is currently shadowbanned.

"Why bisexual men are still fighting to convince us they exist". [January]

"10 Coolest Ice Cream Traditions From Around The World".

"That Time the TSA Found a Scientist’s 3-D-Printed Mouse Penis: And other tales from the intersection of science and airport security".

"After a Revolution". [Dimas Ilaw at Uncanny Magazine] [Content notes: refers to a wide variety of murder, rape, assault, torture...] "Here is a secret that is not a secret. Here is a curse that is not a curse. Revolutions are not redemption. They will not save you, just as ours did not save us back in 1896, or 1986, or 2001.

It is not that revolutions are useless; it is that they are not enough. And, perhaps, that is what damns us: we give everything we have, blood and fire and all our screaming voices, and after that it is still not over—we still have to go on, to carry our country through the painful process of rebuilding and rooting out diseases infesting our systems and finding better ways to be just, and fair, and kind, which is an even longer, more difficult trial, for all that it is less lit by fire."



On RocketNews24:

--"Dominique Ansel gives us new eye-popping ice cream served in a slice of watermelon!【Pics】".

--"Sanrio and Sailor Moon finally reveal their lineup of My Melody collab goods!"
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Fannish/Geeky Things

Via a few people, [dreamwidth.org profile] findthatbook is a comm. for helping each other identify dimly-remembered books.

"Fullmetal Alchemist live action drops new teaser trailer and 9 character visuals".

"Game Of Thrones Characters Like You Haven’t Seen Before In A Psychedelic Photoshoot".

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] sineala, "Star Trek IV Now Exists in the Same Universe As All Marvel Films Thanks to a Special Cameo".

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] gramarye1971, Utena is coming out on Blu-ray with "other limited-edition items", and I don't want to buy it again (I bought the remastered version a few years ago, and I don't care about Blu-ray), but...it may depend on what the limited-edition things are. Utena!!!

"Stop Explaining the Direct Market to Me". [Book Riot]

[dreamwidth.org profile] skygiants posted about Sky Masterson of Guys and Dolls clearly having been written as a lesbian.


Writing/SFF

The #6MOP hashtag on Twitter is "6 Months of Pots", which started off here (and the thread explains the name: "[A] prof. does an experiment in his pottery class. Half the class can only work on one pot each during the allotted time. The other half has to make as many pots as possible in the allotted time. It's about quality vs. quantity. Turned out, the best pots came from the students who were making as many as possible. Each pot taught a new lesson, informed the next one. Basically, make shitty art. So I think July-Dec will be six months of shitty art for me. Maybe it will help me find the magic again. It can't hurt, anyway. All writing is growth.") Later, when starting the hashtag, [twitter.com profile] writer_gem says "Really the goal is just to happily and enthusiastically make shitty art for six months and not think too hard or worry too much." [twitter.com profile] Making_Pots' bio says "The #6MOP hype person, here to tweet prompts and encouragement."

"How A Reader’s Feminist Critique Changed My Sci-Fi Novel". [LitHub]

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] zulu, "Applying the Moral Premise to your story" is an interesting take on plotting.


Miscellaneous

"Ways To Stay Motivated In This Shit-Shellacked Era Of Epic Stupid". [Chuck Wendig] "The greatest question I get, right now, is how to simply persist creating art and staying motivated and creative in this epoch of syphilitic dipshittery, so I thought I’d bop in here and try my hand at answering that."

"Artist Ronit Baranga’s Disturbing Anatomical Dishware Creeps Across Tabletops".

"Over 83,500 Vintage Sewing Patterns Are Now Available Online".

"Google has built a stunning, searchable archive of 3,000 years of world fashion".

"Meet The “Queen Of The Dark” Who Was Told To Bleach Her Incredibly Dark Skin By Uber Driver". It's a terrible headline. Have the first paragraph: "Meet Nyakim Gatwech, the South Sudanese model who’s teaching people not to be afraid of the dark. With her deeply pigmented skin and fierce determination, she’s breaking down the barriers of conventional beauty, and encouraging others to do exactly the same."

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] isis, Factitious is (quoting [dreamwidth.org profile] isis) "a game to test your ability to discern whether a linked news item is real or fake".

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] niqaeli, Pyramid Seven is "a queer owned, chicago based boxer brief company made for people with periods, regardless of gender. After noticing there was a lack of conversation around people with periods who didn't normally wear feminine underwear, we decided to do something about it."
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A mango mixed jelly freeze from Chinatown is the best decision I have made all week.

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Some Fanworks

Jul. 13th, 2017 09:58 am
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Halfway Away, a vid for Yuri!!! on Ice by [personal profile] starlady
This is just such sweet vid, and makes me feel overcome by all the feelings I had when watching the show as it aired. That it's an excellent song choice doesn't hurt, either.

Field Work, a vid for the Indiana Jones series by [personal profile] eruthros
I will never look at Indiana Jones the same way again.


For the first time this year at WisCon, there was a drabble challenge, with results posted in a collection at the AO3: WisCon 41 Drabbles.
I particularly enjoyed the drabbles by [archiveofourown.org profile] j00j and [archiveofourown.org profile] TheAndy, but am probably biased because they are friends.

It's a small collection, but one of high quality, and I hope that they do it again next year. The idea of collecting works created in the same physical location, over a specific period of time, is pretty cool. Also, I was at the Best Superpowers for Banging panel, which inspired the "Lube Jets" drabble. To say that the panel was hilarious feels like an understatement.
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I just tossed seven pictures of the garden up in this Instagram post; I don't have the energy to deal with copying or embedding them here.

Picture info:

1) The three largest tomato plants, mainly. (And you can see what I mean when I talk about our patio stones and how much space that allows us between the back wall of the townhouse and the lawn.) The one on the left is the lone Sungold, currently featuring at least a few incredibly small tomatoes and some flowers; the two beside it are a Chocolate cherry plant and a Lemon Boy, although I don't remember which is which. Those three are the ones that got the "tomato halo" treatment. There's another row of smaller plants behind those ([dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose and I may try to rearrange the SmartPots so the back ones get more light), and off to the very left of the photo you can see the two annual planters in the shadiest area.

2) Super-tiny green tomatoes on the Sungold!

3) A different angle on the jungle of tomato plants, with a bit of the raspberry plant peeking in at the bottom right. Some of the SmartPots have marigolds tucked in with the tomato plants (possibly too close for comfort).

4) An annual pot and most of the (primarily-)perennial garden bed. The only two perennials showing any color yet are the two astilbe plants, which are growing quite differently from each other. (One jutting up at the far right, and the other rather droopier in the center of the pic.) As you can see, we haven't mulched at all yet. La? (This bed is where we'll put in some bulbs in the fall.)

5) One of the three hanging baskets--the preassembled one with fuchsia and two other plants.

6) The annual planter against the back wall of the building--lobelia, marigolds, and calendula.

7) Three of the annual planters beside the perennial bed--lobelia, marigolds, calendula, floss flower, Persian shield, snapdragons, and salvia. Maybe other things?
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My parents signed me up for Nextdoor, which is like some kind of community-based mini facebook, and I am signed up in their neighborhood, which is (as we have established) The Boondocks.

I don’t mind belonging to their Nextdoor, it means that I will be kept abreast of local news, but also the local news is hilarious. 

The latest messages concern a HEATED DISCUSSION about hoof trimming because someone posted asking if anyone knows a farrier who will trim miniature horse hooves, which apparently most farriers have some kind of BASELESS PREJUDICE against according to this poster. Battle lines are quickly being drawn between the various camps including:

Miniature horses don’t need hoof maintenance the way regular horses do
Miniature horses ABSOLUTELY need hoof maintenance you monsters
Farriers who won’t do miniature horse hooves ain’t shit
Farriers who won’t do miniature horse hooves have their reasons
Miniature horses are some bullshit
Everybody shut up about miniature horses
I Have A Miniature Horse For Sale

I can’t wait to see who wins. I suspect it will be me. 

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Jul. 12th, 2017 11:43 am
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Fannish/Geeky Things

"Chris Butcher Leaves The Beguiling, Named Viz Media Editor-at-Large". [Publishers Weekly]

"Nine Reasons Manga Publishers Can Smile in 2017". [Deb Aoki for Publishers Weekly]

"Must-Make Wonder Woman Wrap by Carissa Browning – the Knit Pattern is FREE!"

"GUEST POST: ‘Wonder Woman’—Armor vs. Underwear & Why It Matters". (This post is an updated non-Twitter thread version of the thread that went around last month.)

"On Wonder Woman and choosing to be chosen". [Tricia Ennis on SYFY]

"Let’s be Straight: Wonder Woman is into Women: Hope Nicholson and Karen K Burrows on how the sexuality of superheroines has been ignored on screen".

"Why Do So Few Hollywood Movies Take Place During World War I? The Great War wasn't glamorous—and it isn't remembered as reflecting particularly well on the U.S."

"Anime artist pros draw Wonder Woman to celebrate film’s Japanese opening【Art】". [RocketNews24]

"‘Wonder Woman 2’ Will Throw Diana Into the Cold War: The period film will take place in the 1980s as Diana goes up against the Soviets".

"Lena Headey to Star in and Produce Adaptation of “H Is for Hawk” with Plan B".


Miscellaneous

"How Do You Keep Social Media From Destroying Your Mental Health?" [Sarah Kurchak at The Establishment]

"On “Person-First Language”: It’s Time to Actually Put the Person First".

"Artist Uses 100,000 Banned Books To Build A Full-Size Parthenon At Historic Nazi Book Burning Site".

"Black Cowboys, Busting One of America’s Defining Myths".

"Chicago Library Seeks Help Transcribing Magical Manuscripts: Three texts dealing with charms, spirits, and all other manners of magical practice are now accessible online". [Smithsonian]

A Twitter thread from [twitter.com profile] Karnythia (Mikki Kendall) that begins with "Chatting with @beauty_jackson & @LisaLisa1908 & I realized I have never told the story of the woman who told me about murdering her husband".

"Surprising Things You Never Knew About Your Cat: For starters, our pet felines' personalities are linked to their color, says Gary Weitzman, veterinarian and author of How to Speak Cat". [National Geographic]

"Cats are an extreme outlier among domestic animals: Massive study of ancient and modern cat genomes reveals an unusual history". [Ars Technica]

"Tim Rice: Chess Revival on Tap for Broadway 'Late Next Year'".

"International Maritime Signal Flags That Would Be Helpful During Sex". [McSweeney's]
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I had this lovely theory that I/we wouldn't spend too much money while away, other than on eating out (inevitable in Toronto). But shopping happened.

A lot of it was little things that added up, most of it mine: a couple pairs of not-terribly-expensive footwear, a few things from Uniqlo (my first time in one of their stores since Japan in 2012; alas, I didn't have as much luck as I'd hoped); some household odds and ends.

But Fluevog was having a sale. I came away with the Enthusiasts in orange. I hadn't tried on anything from the Enneagram family before, but there were a few of them (between styles and colors) on my wishlist, so my intention was just to figure out my size for that family. But the Enthusiasts were so comfortable, and I had nothing remotely like that color, andandand...yeah.

(Now to hope they're equally comfy when I'm wearing them for real; my feet were achy for most of the Toronto trip, so it was hard to judge...)

It was a bit heartbreaking to put those shoes on and find them so comfortable, though, because they came in a fantastic purple for a while--and not a long while, I have to think, if I'd never tried the Enneagrams before. (That shade is really close to the color of our bedroom, which was the color of our living room back when we lived in the co-op before we bought the condo, and liked so much that we reused it. [My office here is the exact same color as my office in the co-op was, too.])

The other thing is that I bought makeup. o_o A lot of it, by my standards, because I don't wear makeup. But a couple of people in my immediate close circle are experimenting with/wearing it way more than I'm used to them doing, and they're a BAD INFLUENCE. And now I own what I regard as SO MANY LIPSTICK COLORS. I don't know how to wear lipstick! But apparently I'm going to have to figure it out.

...seriously, I now have--including a few things I'd bought over the past few months--a lip primer, two lip pencils (both purple), a couple of tinted lip balms/shimmers, and...eight lipsticks/lip dyes? Fully half of which are purple. (There's also a blue, and a metallic orange.)

Besides those, I have two mascaras (one purple), two eyeshadows and an eye glitter (all purple), and a roll-on shimmer (also purple).

Anyone want to guess what my favorite color is?
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No pictures, but the garden held up just fine while we were gone. (Thank you, kind neighbor!) The lone Sungold tomato plant, in particular, is flourishing; there are several tinytinyTINY tomatoes taking shape on it!

A not-fun sequence of events: last night I got to bed a bit too late, slept poorly, and then woke up an hour before my alarm, so thoroughly that I gave in and got up. (It was set for 9:00 so I could basically roll out of bed and go straight to get my monthly B12 injection at 10:00, but the extra hour meant I could have tea and read the paper and whatnot first, so it seemed fine.) Except then I felt queasy-unwell enough that I wound up canceling the appointment. (I don't think anything's actively wrong. My meatpuppet is just kinda touchy.)

With the help of three caffeine pills over the course of the day, I got a passable amount of work done (not as much as I would've preferred) and finished reading Down Among the Sticks and Bones, which I loved.

I haven't reread Every Heart a Doorway since it came out, and it'd be interesting to take another look now, with the context from Down Among the Sticks and Bones.

(PSA: Down Among the Sticks and Bones is Jack and Jill's pre-EHAD story, and since there were two common themes among several of you who bounced off EHAD, I'm gonna note that Down Among the Sticks and Bones doesn't touch on the logic/nonsense/etc.-worlds element of the series, and also doesn't include a mystery, so if either of those were why EHAD didn't work for you but you liked other aspects of it, it's possible you might enjoy this novella more.)

On top of that, I started reading Eliza and Her Monsters and [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose caught up on the two Orphan Black episodes that aired while we were in Toronto, and I think that adds up to more media consumption today than in the last few weeks.

We still need to settle in with the two S3 episodes of Killjoys that've aired, too.

This whole week is going to be a stream of reminders on Twitter that the Hugo voting deadline is this Sunday, so I'm back to feeling bad about having so utterly failed at doing the reading/watching. :/
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I just got home and the apartment REEKS of burnt toast. Which is weird since a) nothing is on fire (I checked), b) I haven’t even MADE toast in like a week, c) it didn’t smell like that this morning when I got home from running, and d) the smell is most intense when standing on my welcome mat just inside the door. 

I think Ghost is mad at me. They often express themselves with smells near the doorway. But I haven’t even done anything! The designated Ghost Drawer in the card catalogue shelf (under G, for Ghost) is open and everything, I checked. 

I cannot order you a pizza tonight, Ghost, I already have grocery delivery coming and I don’t want the Domino’s guy and the Peapod guy to make it awkward. We’ll have pizza on Thursday. 

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