Fierce Against the Men

Aug. 19th, 2017 08:46 pm
elf: A purple rook with wings spread; the word "Glitch" above it and "Don't Panic" below. (Glitch - Don't Panic)
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"There are two important things to remember about the coming revolutions. The first is that we will get our asses kicked. The second is that we will win."

I am not playing the "what doesn't kill us makes us stronger" game. It doesn't; it makes us injured and tired and afraid for our families. But I will say: We have endured worse; we fought back white supremacists when they had a lot more political and social pull. The must frustrating part of this whole struggle is the sense of, "weren't we DONE with this part already?"

No, we weren't. We squashed a lot of the overt oppression and racism and left it to fester, in part because we were just so damned tired, and in part with the hope that seeing a thriving nation would show how much healthier, happier, and more prosperous diverse cultures are.

Oops. We forgot that it's not really about having better lives for themselves or their children. It's all about having someone to lash out at, someone they could blame when times are hard and someone to crush when times are good.

I miss the music Leigh Ann would have made, but I am so glad to have the inspiration of the music she left: The Burning Times seems very appropriate this week.
I will not answer hate with fear;
Nor with a smug, cheek-turning love;
I will not answer hate with rage;
By strength alone will I not be moved—

Rise up, witches, gather your strength,
And let your power spread and climb;
Earth and all her children need us,
For all face now the Burning Times.
We have, sigh, been here before, and we have the tools we need to work against white supremacist poison, anti-gay poison, misogynistic poison, evangelical poison, and all the other toxins that seek to erode a vibrant, inclusive, kaleidoscopic, welcoming, joyfully celebratory society.

CalExit is back!

Aug. 19th, 2017 02:17 pm
elf: Sydney Scoville, looking very determined, saying, "Let's do this." (Let's do this.)
[personal profile] elf
Just got an email saying: Calexit relaunches with new leader, new ballot initiative, and a new book
The Yes California Independence Campaign has relaunched with a new president. Marcus Ruiz Evans, a co-founder of Yes California who previously served as the organization’s vice president, has taken the helm.

Among the first actions Evans took in his new role was to close the doors of the organization’s embattled representational embassy and culture center opened last year in Moscow, Russia.
Revised website | Revised propaganda book
They need to file their revised referendum by Aug 22, which is next Tuesday; they're asking for donations for the filing fee. (I am not donating. I'm pretty sure that people with a lot more money to spare than I have support this, and if that's not the case, this is going absolutely nowhere.)

I love the idea; I am entirely certain it can go nowhere. They make a nice case for "How California could work as its own nation;" the whole thing assumes that the rest of the US would let us go. Not gonna happen.

No way is the rest of the nation going to allow us to remove our resources. )

oh, good, it's a to-do list

Aug. 19th, 2017 02:07 pm
celli: two bears hugging, captioned "wuv" (hugs)
[personal profile] celli
* finish picking up & taking out garbage & recycling (you're so close! you can do it!)
* dishes, dishes, dishes
* play with cat
* finish first draft of PODSA/SGA fusion
* write more PODSA mpreg
* review Star Wars OT3 and brainstorm last scene
* declutter
* put up CAT TREE OMG
* laundry
* pack
* litterbox

PCAH Resigns

Aug. 18th, 2017 11:38 am
elf: Many Americans have all the virtues of civilized people (American virtues)
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The entire Presidential Committee on Arts and Humanities a group created by Reagan, has resigned. Politico story, with image of the letter - the first letters in each paragraph spell out "RESIST."

Text of the letter, because I couldn't find any convenient spot online with the whole thing.

"Speaking truth to power is never easy, Mr. President. But it is our role as commissioners on the PCAH to do so. Art is about inclusion. The Humanities include a vibrant free press. You have attacked both. ... This does not unify the nation we all love. We know the importance of open and free dialogue through our work in the cultural diplomacy realm, most recently with the first-ever US Government arts and culture delegation to Cuba, a country without the same First Amendment protections we enjoy here. Your words and actions push us all further away from the freedoms we are guaranteed."

Lame-Duck President

Aug. 17th, 2017 11:54 am
elf: Many Americans have all the virtues of civilized people (American virtues)
[personal profile] elf
The Atlantic has a lovely piece of analysis on the current administration: Donald Trump Is a Lame-Duck President
"Just seven months into his presidency, Trump appears to have achieved a status usually reserved for the final months of a term."

It points out the features of a lame-duck presidency, which is usually reserved for the final handful of months, especially in a second term. (Hey, guess what! POTUS45 has accomplished in 7 months what it took Bush 7 years to do!)

Quotes )

in a house like this

Aug. 15th, 2017 09:05 pm
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*dashes in to c&p*
Ann Shayne, Bowling Avenue: A Novel (2012): extended reflection by single thirty-something protagonist upon recently deceased married, separated, and possibly adulterous older sister in Tennessee, with random anomie. So boring. The tickle of a romance arc goes exactly as expected, as does the community re-engagement of the protag.

Let's try that again. Shayne is half of the knit-blog duo behind Mason and Dixon (the other half, Kay Gardiner, lives in New York City), and their blog is a fine blog, yay. At some point I found Bowling Ave used for a dollar, a discard from King County's library system; when I visited King County for business, I took it along. And then---I assume that Shayne herself would have had little argument---I knitted during the plane-ride home instead of reading further.

Meanwhile, my airplane seat mate was reading (text-only, on her phone) a novel featuring the Voynich MS and Ashmole 782 which stars an investigator named Diana. Ah, the internet provides---part of a trilogy by Deborah Harkness. Diana is a witch, and some guy is a 1500yo vampire. Since they're het and Destined for reasons I didn't bother to look up, I guess it's better that the boy be the vampire, though only because that one character and that other character are relatively recent, whereas there are hundreds, probably thousands of years of evil lamia stories....

Anyone want a novel set in a sanitized version of pre-current-crush Nashville? (Between 2012 and a year or two ago, a bunch of artistic folk decided to move there or set up shop there. Now it's home to Fringe Association, Elizabeth Suzann, and so on and so forth.) I'll ship it for the cost of US postage. I doubt you'd want overseas postage, since as an ex-library copy it has a weighty plastic cover.

Money Magic

Aug. 15th, 2017 06:55 pm
elf: Smiling South Park-style witch with big blue floppy hat and inverted pentacle (Witchy)
[personal profile] elf
Reblog from tumblr, only DW doesn't do tumblr-style reblogs. This is one of those "please share widely" things, and since it touches on both religion and spellcraft, and I haven't yet seen it here, I thought I'd port it over:
A friendly reminder to my gentile friends re: Charlottesville

There are a bunch of posts going around about donating to local Charlottesville charities in the face of the hate march, and I think this is a great idea.

Do you wanna know an even better idea?

Donate in multiples of $18.

Here, I’ll explain!

Hebrew is a numeric language. That is, all of its words have a numeric value. Importance of the number 18 in Hebrew )

Fight the 1488 with the 18.

Fight hate with life.

(Non-Jews, feel free to reblog and share this to other platforms. In fact I genuinely and unironically hope you do, because I’d love to see this take off among gentile donators who want a great, nonviolent way to offer a one-two punch.)
fairestcat: Bobbi Morse, a blonde woman standing in the rain, with a mask-like pair of glasses pushed up on her head (Bobbi Morse)
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I'm really excited about this. I stepped outside my comfort zone and volunteered to write a monthly Column about Marvel comics over at Women Write About Comics.

My first post went up today and you can read it here.

This is my first time in a long time writing for an audience that isn't people I already know and I'm both nervous and excited about it. Mostly excited, I think. Ask me again when I have to put together my August post.

Ancienty

Aug. 14th, 2017 10:01 am
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This Long Distance Touch Lamp looks like a Stargate fic waiting to happen.

charcoal and pine

Aug. 9th, 2017 10:09 pm
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Helie Lee, Still Life with Rice (1997): fictional memoir---that is, after a preface of her own (troped) self-discovery, Lee writes what she knows and has filled in of her grandmother's life in the first person. This is formally a novel. Baek Hongyong, b. 1912, grew up near P'yongyang in a post-yangban household with two younger sisters. The narrative carries us through their respective marriages, the removal of her immediate household to Manchuria towards the end of the peninsular occupation, their return to the peninsula after WWII's end, their sudden deprivation by the nascent communist government north of the 38th parallel, and Baek's eldest daughter's removal to the US with small Helie (late 1960s).
Read more... )

No, I've absolutely no clue why I read this and The Plum Tree simultaneously. Happenstance re: when I heard of each, but layering them into a hairshirt-like blanket may've been a bit much. The next readings are lighter.
starlady: Mako's face in the jaeger, in profile (mako mori is awesome)
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source: The Clone Wars
audio: Daft Punk, "C.L.U. (Paul Oakenfold remix)"
length: 4:40
stream: on Vimeo for people in Germany, password: theforce
download: 217MB on Dropbox
summary: Beware the dark side. 

My 2017 Club Vivid premiere! 



tumblr | AO3


I watched all of The Clone Wars over the course of the past eight months or so--the (re)watch was originally scheduled to coincide with the release of Rogue One, but then November happened. Somewhere around October, I realized that I wanted to make a vid about the show, and that I wanted to use this track. This is the easier vid to make from the show; its complex exploration of sentience, personhood, and free will playing out with the clones and the droids is more difficult. I also decided fairly early on that I wanted to make this vid by colors--the lightsabers go from blue to green to red by the end of the vid, just like the galaxy slides further into chaos and the fall of the Jedi and the Republic. The black darksaber, something of a wild card in the morality play of the lightsaber color codes, appears at the beginning, middle, and end. 

I'm really happy with how this vid turned out. It was a fairly easy vidding process, possibly because I was using an extensive spreadsheet and because the realities of who fought who meant that I was somewhat constrained in my clip choices at each point through the timeline, until I hit the wall of trying to find copies of episodes that weren't TV rips with logos and started tearing my hair out. Anyway. May the Force be with you.

What a week!

Aug. 6th, 2017 11:22 pm
celli: a girl sitting on a pink carpet partially covered in crumpled-up pieces of paper (writing work)
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This last week I a)finished moving offices at work, b) attended VividCon, c) wrote A FEW THOUSAND WORDS of fic, wtf.

Work is work and needs no mention, really, just - ow my back.

VVC was great - I got to see so many people and this year tried to actually sit down with as many of them as possible. I still didn't get to spend as much time as I wanted with everyone, but I never do, and I have my eye on a couple of people for next year. :D I even saw a vid show, which I don't always do (Inspiration <3) and found time to get some cross-stitch and some writing done.

So much writing! I added scenes to two of my PSA RPF WIPs this week (a threesome and an SGA AU) and started a third (mpreg) (I don't know, why should I know how I end up writing these things). I'm writing on my lunch hour at work and at home and oops dishes nee/d to be done one of these days. *g* I also signed up for a class through Coursera that starts and preps you for NaNo! My goal this year: more than my 5K existing words on the novel. I have a low bar by design - any extra pressure and I get panicky. And then there's my Star Wars and AI RPF (x2) WIPs...

fiber monday

Aug. 6th, 2017 07:50 pm
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* The Rendezvous shawl, which is indeed very lovely, has been rrrrrripped. *shuffles feet* After using a quarter of the yarn and wondering whether I'd have enough, I looked again at Rav projects and found that someone who'd knit a twelve-repeat version had produced a 60"-wide shawl. Mine was an eleven-repeat version. Off the needles, it's clear that mine would've been about 66" across---it's made from widest to narrowest---yet we've learned with the ghost shawl that I'd prefer a 72+" wingspan to avoid having to tie a knot or have the thing slide off me perpetually.

I regret nothing Better to regroup now than to knit yet another shawl too small for my oxlike axle. Reason doesn't need so many, my mother doesn't like shawls, etc. etc. I don't know, I'm not that wide at the shoulder. Some of it must be shoulder slope.

Replacement pattern: Aguo, which grabs attention less but, being knitted sideways, ought to be possible to widen easily. I like its border. If the border becomes too much, Smoked Pearls (lengthened) or Hanami (which I botched nine years ago and could handle now) would make a reasonable fallback.

* I've been pondering the gap between (a) the general advice that wide-shouldered women should avoid boat-neck tops and (b) the fact that if you draw a slight curve upwards from the armpit on such a person---the curve that a raglan sleeve properly fitted would follow, in the dip near the ball of the shoulder joint---you end at a point that would make a boat-neck shape. (Does that make sense? I could supply a poor sketch.) So then---conceal your wide-shoulderedness? Sew your own crew necks, since those rarely fit well against the shoulder either? A crew-neck tee that sits properly on me is boat-neck wide anyway, a fingerwidth or two in from the bony rise at collarbone's end, i.e. acromial process; otherwise, there are what people call drag lines. *shrugs* Drag as in towing, but when I go for the unisex event-celebratory tee because it suits my shape better than the babydoll tee option (unlike most women in or adjacent to tech, it seems), drag as in whatever you like.

("just forget the words and sing along")

* You know what makes wide shoulders look wider? A shawl draped across the back and tied in the middle front.

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