(US) Political linkspam

Mar. 23rd, 2017 02:03 am
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I have to admit I'm glad to not be posting nearly as much US-centric political stuff, although I'm still reading and RTing a fair bit (and more than is comfortable for my anxiety). But here are some of the best pieces I've read over the past couple of weeks. 8 links )

Linkspam: fannish/geeky, misc.

Mar. 22nd, 2017 12:31 pm
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Fannish/Geeky Things

Most of you who'd be interested probably know that [livejournal.com profile] seanan_mcguire has a Patreon, but if you've at any point considered joining up and haven't for whatever reason (unless the reason is adequate funds, which this won't help with), you may be interested to know that her April Patreon story is going to be an Aeslin mice (InCryptid) POV piece.

Geeky catnip toys, anyone? [ETA: [dreamwidth.org profile] sabotabby reports that they don't ship to Canada. ;_; Not sure about the US.]

"Why Fan Fiction Shaming Is A Feminist Issue". (I like this in general, but a Twitter friend quite reasonably burst out laughing after reading it at the idea of fandom being "a place without judgment".)

"Here's the Important Stuff That Happens in Iron Fist So You Don't Have to Watch It". [io9]

"The Year of Living Publicly: Jenny Slate’s got two new films and a new home and, oh, by the way, she’s fresh off a breakup with Captain America".

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] telophase, there's this Indiegogo to fund new Moomin animation.

"Here It Is, the Victorian-Era Interracial Lesbian Murder Mystery Movie You’ve Always Wanted". [The Mary Sue]


"Ten Pinboard Features You Might Not Know About". [Pinboard blog] This post is from 2011, and I haven't poked at most of the things on the list, so if you happen to know that some of them are no longer accurate, drop a comment?

"Hearing words, writing sounds: examining the author's brain". [2015]

"Eating Toward Immortality: Diet culture is just another way of dealing with the fear of death". [Michelle Allison, February]

"Don’t Plant Those “Bee-Friendly” Wildflowers Cheerios Is Giving Away". [Lifehacker]

"Once the Place for a Paycheck, TV Is Now Where Playwrights Make Great Art".

"The Oxford Belles Present ‘Girls Just Want To Have Fun(damental Rights)’". "For International Women’s Day, The Oxford Belles, an all-female a cappella group from Oxford University, released a cover of Cyndi Lauper’s Girls Just Want To Have Fun, which they are calling Girls Just Want To Have Fun(damental Rights)."

On Atlas Obscura:

--"‘Da Kine,’ Hawaii’s Fantastically Flexible All-Purpose Noun".

--"The Child Eater of Bern: A nearly 500 year old sculpture depicts a man eating a sack of babies, and no one is sure why".

--"The Mystery of the World’s Least American Cactus".

--"See a 400-Year-Old Book Made Entirely from Feathers".

Monday morning mishmash post

Mar. 20th, 2017 02:32 pm
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--Happy equinox! Nova Scotia is welcoming spring with a predicted few days (including yesterday and today) of snow and freezing rain. Whee! ([dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose's workplace opened a couple hours late today, so he got to start his first post-vacation day with a bit of extra sleep.)

--The third round of the Unbound Worlds Cage Match is happening! Georgia is up against Suri from Age of Myth. (I've yet to be familiar with any of her opponents.) Vote for my best beloved! If she wins she could be up against Kell Maresh next time. Eep. (Kell is currently in the lead against his third opponent, who I'm unfamiliar with.)

(I may have gotten teary. You can prove nothing. Nothing!)

--It doesn't take much for me to feel awfully behind on my/our current TV. We haven't seen last week's The Americans and I haven't seen last week's The 100, and last night Elementary aired...

--Being tired is so much more annoying after oversleeping. >.< But it wasn't a very restful night's sleep, and the night before last there wasn't enough sleep, so my current yearning to go sleep some more, preferably with kitty cuddles, does make sense. It's also not happening. (So far today I've turned in the second quarter of a rewrite, and now I'm going to start adapting the final volume of My Love Story!!)

Misc. linkspam

Mar. 20th, 2017 01:33 am
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Want free "Fight Fascism" stickers?

Or do you need pronoun stickers for event badges? [twitter.com profile] ctrlaltjustine's got you covered.

"I Buy Books Without Reading Them". [Book Riot]

"Operation London Bridge: the secret plan for the days after the Queen’s death".

"From Seaspeak to Singlish: celebrating other kinds of English".

"How the Internet Is Saving Culture, Not Killing It".

"Towards a True Children’s Cinema: on 'My Neighbor Totoro'". "My Neighbor Totoro is a genuine children’s film, attuned to child psychology. Satsuki and Mei move and speak like children: they run and romp, giggle and yell. The sibling dynamic is sensitively rendered: Satsuki is eager to impress her parents but sometimes succumbs to silliness, while Mei is Satsuki’s shadow and echo (with an independent streak). But perhaps most uniquely, My Neighbor Totoro follows children’s goals and concerns. Its protagonists aren’t given a mission or a call to adventure—in the absence of a larger drama, they create their own, as children in stable environments do. They play."

"Giphy launches library of more than 2,000 GIFs to teach you sign language".

"I Have Traveled Here From the Present to Warn You About Global Warming". [McSweeney's]

"I Googled ‘Intersectionality,’ So Now I’m Totally Woke". [McSweeney's]

"Lists: Product Reviews for Cat Owners". [McSweeney's]

"Despair is Not a Strategy: 15 principles of hope".

"Rabbit hole in farmer's field leads to 'mystery caves'".

"Resistance 101: Basics of Community Organizing for SF/F Creators & Consumers, Volume One: Protest Tips and Tricks". [Sam J. Miller at Uncanny Magazine]

"Ignorant jerks abusing ‘the poor will always be with you’ will always be with you". [Fred Clark/Slacktivist]

"How to talk to your non-tech friends about Net Neutrality".

"Sorry Snowflakes, Fighting Is Political". [Sarah Kurchak at the Fightland blog]

"Unbuilt Los Angeles: the city that might have been – in pictures".

"Experience: I accidentally bought a giant pig: I was told she was six months old, had come from a breeder and wouldn’t grow any bigger than a very large cat".

"Fireproof human skulls for your gas fireplace, barbeque or fire-pit". [Boing Boing]

Has anyone tried the Lucky Iron Fish for supplementing dietary iron? It looks neat. "One Lucky Iron Fish can provide you with up to 90% of your recommended daily intake of iron. It's safe for the whole family to use, and is reusable for up to 5 years. Simply boil the Fish in any liquid or broth based meals to enrich your food and drinking water with iron."

Convert Case does what it sounds like: "Simply enter your text and choose the case you want to convert it to."
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Fannish/Geeky Things

"Atomic Blonde Is the Next Best Thing to a Female Bond".

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer was a feminist parable for everyone – including me". [Anthony Stewart Head at The Guardian]

"Ms. Marvel: 15 Reasons Why Kamala Khan Needs A Movie". [CBR]

Here's a spoilery-for-season 1 interview with The Good Place's creator, talking about the season finale.

"In Get Out, the Eyes Have It: Jordan Peele’s fantastic film relies heavily on the sense of sight to amplify its racial horror".

"This Is Why 'Get Out' Is Freaking Out White People".

"Two Of The Greatest Comic Book Writers Have Been In An Occult War For 25 Years".


"Romance Without Feminism is No Longer an Option". [Book Riot]

"They Love Me Not: How Fictional Villains Saved My Life". [Alyssa Wong at Uncanny Magazine]

Katie Locke ([twitter.com profile] Bibliogato) just posted a series of blog posts called Intersections of Creativity and Productivity:

--"The Productivity Loop".



--"Bullet Journaling".

Social Justice (all from The Establishment)

"Hating Comic Sans Is Ableist".

"I’m Not Going To Be Nice About Ableism".

"As A Trans Woman, I’ve Seen Nerd Culture’s Misogyny From Both Sides".

"Social Justice Must Be Complicated, Because Oppression Is Never Simple".

"I’ll Never Be ‘Low Maintenance’ — And That’s Okay". "I still struggle with minimizing the full implications of the various ways in which my body or my brain doesn’t work because I worry about scaring people off. Most of the people I’ve dated don’t know the full extent of my ulcerative colitis, and even fewer know about the severity of my panic attacks or the trauma that gave rise to them. I’ve tried to be better about disclosing my illnesses early on, but I still feel like I have to parcel out the details slowly."

"The Truth About Sensitivity Readers And ‘Free Speech’".

"Welcome To The Anti-Racism Movement — Here’s What You’ve Missed". "If you are just now feeling the urgency of the need to fight systemic racism, chances are, you are white. I know, I know — I’m starting off with blanket assumptions about you and that doesn’t feel good; you literally don’t have to tell me about it, I’m quite familiar! But seriously, you are probably white or white passing (yes, I’m aware that Ben Carson and Lil Wayne exist and some people of color are capable of holding on to baffling amounts of denial, but I do not have whatever power it would take to break through that level of delusion so let’s just stick with new white folk). I’ve written down this handy list of things that you’ve missed so far that you’re going to need to catch up on, on your own time. This knowledge and preparation will not only make your fight against racism more effective, it will allow us to continue our progress as you catch up."

"White People: I Don’t Want You To Understand Me Better, I Want You To Understand Yourselves".

Cute Stuff

"Farmer Found 4 Orphaned Kittens in His Barn Only to Find Out They Aren't Ordinary House Cats...".

"Literally Just A Bunch Of Photos Of Cats Sitting In Tiny Chairs". [Buzzfeed]

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] jimhines, "15+ Puppies On Their First Days Of Work That Will Make Your Day" and "17 Dogs Who Deserve To Be Pet All They Want, Dammit".

"Fish and Chips, Two Adventurous Cats Who Love Exploring the Great Outdoors With Their Humans".


Mar. 17th, 2017 02:41 pm
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Thanks to everyone who let us know that Photobucket images were not loading properly on some pages. The problem seemed to be mostly limited to HTTPS requests; Dreamwidth maintains a list of known high-traffic image sites that support HTTPS, so that our secure content proxy service doesn't cache them unnecessarily. Unfortunately Photobucket seems to have recently changed their site configuration such that HTTPS requests aren't being served as expected, and we've now taken it out of our list of "proxy-exempt" sites.

If you continue to have issues, make sure you're not using HTTPS Photobucket links. It's a bit counterintuitive, but if you use HTTP instead, it will be automatically transformed on our end to an HTTPS link that uses p.dreamwidth.org.

Hope that clears everything up for now! Let us know if it doesn't...
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Fannish/Geeky Things

Signups are open for SSR Confidential, the Agent Carter fanworks exchange.

"Take an emotional, 17-year journey through Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine hairstyles".


Humble Bundle is currently offering a women of sci-fi and fantasy ebook bundle.

"My Alien Family: Writing Across Cultures in Science Fiction". [Becky Chambers at Tor.com]

This poem by Cassandra Khaw is amazing: "Protestations Against the Idea of Anglicization".

Marie Brennan recently started a new Patreon-funded series on worldbuilding at Book View Cafe. The introduction post is here, and the first "real" post is also up: "New Worlds: The Shape of the World".


"This Lego tape turns anything into a Lego-friendly surface". [The Daily Dot]

"Your old CD-ROMs are probably rotting". [Boing Boing]

"21 Things For People Who Love Black Cats". [Buzzfeed]

Via [livejournal.com profile] browngirl, "15 Lesser-Known Berries You Should Try". [Serious Eats, 2014]

"EFF presents: a guide to protecting your data privacy when crossing the US border". [Boing Boing] "The Electronic Frontier Foundation has just updated its 2011 guide to Digital Privacy at the U.S. Border with an all new edition that covers the law, administrative rules, technological options and potential repercussions of crossing the US border while not undergoing the warrantless seizure and indefinite retention of all of your sensitive data -- in a guide that breaks out the different risks for US citizens, US permanent residents, and visitors to the USA."

"Lack of Oxford comma costs Maine company millions in overtime".

"Act Up, Rise Up". [Elsa Sjunneson-Henry at Uncanny Magazine] "Resistance is not about where you are shouting at the sky, but it is about putting yourself body and soul into the space of asking the world not to ignore you. Demanding from your government the right to be heard, to be seen. This is the core of resistance to me, and it is why the term slacktivism—a term often applied to the kind of resistance people with disabilities have access to—feels so wrong."

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] dine, "Artist Paints Realistically Detailed Animals on Smooth Stones".

Home again

Mar. 15th, 2017 10:49 pm
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We were away for a few days. Now we're home. It was a good time with good friends, but I'm very glad to be home to our own bed and our own shower and our cats. (Especially the cats. I think I may have missed them more than usual for some reason.)

Vacation mode didn't survive much past getting in the door. [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose and I have a meeting with an accountant tomorrow to finally deal with *mumblenumberofyearsof* un-filed taxes. I won't get into why we're behind on filing, but we are, and it's probably going to bite us hard in the wallet. >.< And it turned out that our relevant paperwork wasn't nearly as organized as I'd thought it was. (I have no idea why I had such a vivid impression of things being in tidy folders someplace we simply couldn't locate, but...no. Not so much.) We dealt with as much as we could before going away last weekend, but after getting home we spent a lot of the afternoon/evening digging out everything else we could to take with us tomorrow. UGH.

That all took longer than expected, so I didn't wind up getting any work done tonight, despite good intentions. >.< At least we caught up on Elementary with supper?

So the shape of tomorrow is the appointment, work, and nailing down my Hugo nominations. (I am so very thoroughly out of time on that last.)
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Georgia won her bout in round 1 of Unbound Worlds' 2017 Cage Match, and the second round has started, with Seanan writing this entry as well: "Cage Match 2017: Sci-Fi vs Fantasy Round 2: Kitty Katt vs Georgia Mason".
“Well?” I demanded, looking up at the so-called “sky.” It was like standing in the middle of one of Buffy’s simulations, the ones where things had always looked ever-so-slightly off. “Did I win or did I lose? If this is some sort of loser’s bracket, I think you should consider the fact that Shaun is going to notice my absence any time now, and when he does, the English language will not contain the proper words to describe his reaction.”
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There's a Mira Grant mermaid novel, Into the Drowning Deep, coming out in November!

It's from Orbit, like all of Seanan's Mira Grant novels have been, but it follows Rolling in the Deep, her mermaid novella from Subterranean. (I have no idea how/why that works, but whatever--Mira Grant mermaid novel.)

Tom McRae announced a new album and tour!

I doubt the latter will come to North America, both because the short post only mentions touring in September and October and because a change to US laws about non-Americans working there apparently screws over a lot of musicians from elsewhere who want to do US shows. I have no recollection of how or why, only that when the law came in, Tom basically said someplace that that was probably it for his North American performances. ;_;

(He only came to Canada twice, AFAIK, and IIRC both times he only did one show each in Toronto and Montreal--we drove to Montreal for both of those shows!--to feel it out. I hope he enjoyed coming here despite the hassle he got from our border guards in 2007 [my copy of his 2007 live CD is a burned disc with the title scrawled on it, because all his actual CDs got held at the border], but that's not exactly a money-making proposition.)
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Fannish/Geeky Things

"6 Reasons Sarah Kuhn Loves Seanan McGuire’s InCryptid Novels". [The B&N Sci-Fi and Fantasy Blog]

"Kore Yamazaki's The Ancient Magus' Bride Manga Gets TV Anime in October". [ANN] Eeeee! Magus is one of my very favorite series that I'm working on these days. *^^*

"With Logan, Superhero Films Prove Their Humanity All Over Again". [Tor.com]

"Storytelling Through Costume: The Badass Black Tank Top Walks the Line". [Tor.com]

"This Makeup Artist Transformed Herself Into Every Sailor Moon Scout & The Looks Are So Magical".

"How Buffy the Vampire Slayer transformed TV as we know it".

"Buffy the Vampire Slayer's feminism is still subversive, 20 years later".

Social Justice

"The Establishment Means The World To Me, And It Needs Your Help". [The Establishment]

"Sometimes, it actually IS hormones: a story of feminism and medicine". [[twitter.com profile] UntoNuggan]

"There’s such a thing as “autism camouflaging” and it might explain why some people are diagnosed so late".

"How Do You Raise A Feminist Daughter? Chimamanda Adichie Has 15 Suggestions". [NPR]

"Resistance 101 Reading List: A Crash-Course for Aspiring Revolutionaries". [Autostraddle]


"Death is the Curator: An Interview with Guillermo del Toro". [Bright Wall/Dark Room]

"Reading A WRINKLE IN TIME for the First Time in Trump’s America". [Book Riot]

"The Religious Origins of Fake News and “Alternative Facts”".

"The Factious, High-Drama World of Bird Taxonomy".

"These women have made legal history as the first best friends to be co-parents".

You can download the 2016 award season screenplays here.

A review of Kedi, a documentary about cats in Istanbul, and via [dreamwidth.org profile] adafrog, here's the trailer. (I haven't seen it, but these make me want to.)

"A Planner Addict Subscription Box for Every Style".

"More people are adopting old, sick dogs to keep them from dying alone and afraid".

"This Crazy Gorgeous Font Evolves As You Type With It".

"Breaking the Glass Slipper: Where Are the Female Choreographers?" [June 2016]


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