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Sometime over the weekend I caught myself thinking, Weird--[ profile] scruloose and I were making such quick progress on The Good Place, and now it's been a week or more since we watched any.

Funny how that happened when I was unexpectedly at Casual Job for a week and then we had a much-anticipated house guest for the entire long weekend, which meant almost non-stop socializing for the duration.

Now Much-Anticipated House Guest is back in Toronto, and Ginny and I are back to work tomorrow morning. Until Friday afternoon we'd thought we'd be back to work tonight at midnight, so the fact that we're actually starting at 9 AM instead is almost relaxing. The thing that's completely up in the air is if we'll basically be working standard workdays all week until we catch up on the "emergency" work (at which point I'll be done again until the actual spring session begins, whenever that is) or if we'll be working long hours for some or all of the days.

All of which is to say that I'm behind on absolutely everything else, other than keeping up with reading DW. And what with non-stop work flowing straight into non-stop socialization, I'm bone-tired now, no matter how good the former is for my wallet and the latter is for my heart.

(Thanks to the Humble Bundle included in the linkspam I just posted, I've had the new Mira Grant novella in my possession for a few days and haven't even started reading it yet. Really, that probably tells you all you need to know about busyness levels. [And that the novella isn't Newsflesh related, because that would've been read immediately...although I have no clue how.])

Linkspam: fannish/geeky/SFF, misc.

Feb. 20th, 2017 10:37 pm
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Fannish/Geeky Things

[ profile] pbam (Porn Battle Amnesty)'s second Prompt Stack is open for prompts for a couple more days (until February 22, 23:00 GMT).

Humble Bundle currently has a Subterranean Press bundle that includes Mira Grant's new novella, Final Girls, which doesn't come out in hardcover until April.

"Kino's Journey Novels Get 1st Manga Adaptation Next Month". [ANN]

Via [ profile] misbegotten, "Learn How To Make An Origami Princess Leia [Video]".

Via [ profile] spikedluv, "Hayley Atwell to Star in Howards End Adaptation for Starz, BBC".

"Star Trek: Shirts and Skins in TOS". "Two important questions that we are asked fairly frequently are:

Why does Kirk’s command tunic sometimes appear gold and other times greenish?

Why does Mr. Spock’s skin color seem to vary from chicken-soup yellow to crab pink?

They’re good questions, and ones that we ourselves asked when we were learning about TOS. And since they do get asked often, we thought we’d address them here, at"


"40% of Wikipedia is under threat from deletionists". [Boing Boing]

Via [ profile] dine, "Overflowing Bouquets Built From Hundreds of Spare Utensils".

Via [ profile] sovay, "Zealandia – pieces finally falling together for continent we didn't know we had".

"The Mermaid" at Scandinavian ballad blog Balladspot.

"Nokia’s beloved 3310 cell phone is being relaunched".

"Museums Share Their Creepiest Possessions In Twitter Challenge".

Via [ profile] alisanne, "Bead Dragon Brooches By This Russian Artist Will Make You Want To Tame One".

"Having Disabled Kids In Public School Classrooms Is Good For Everyone". [Sarah Kurchak at The Establishment]

Via [ profile] jimhines, "Cherry Blossoms Have Just Bloomed In This Japanese Town, And The Photos Are Magical".

"The Improbable Life of the Inventor of the Modern Bra: She was also a pioneering publisher and, later, a princess". [Atlas Obscura]

"McDonald’s Engineers a New Type of Straw for Slurping Shamrock Shakes". [Mental Floss]

Dreamwidth news: 15 February 2017

Feb. 15th, 2017 05:35 am
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[staff profile] denise posting in [site community profile] dw_news
Hello, Dreamwidth! And thank you to everyone who wished me and my wife a happy vacation -- it was an excellent one. (Rumors that it was to help distract me from a significant birthday starting with 4 and ending with 0 are totally unfounded. Really.) It was also awesome to come back and see all of the new activity going on! I hope that everyone who's joined us in the last month or two has been settling in nicely.

Behind the cut, a tour of some of the new stuff we've done in the last few months, plus a look at some older changes that could use more love:

* Image Hosting Frontend
* HTTPS Beta
* Create Entries Beta: progress report
* Selective comment screening
* Other alphabets in site search: fixed!
* Icon file size limit increased
* Dreamwidth: Did You Know?
* Team Dreamwidth

DW News, 15 Feb 2017 )


That's it from us for another update! As always, if you're having problems with Dreamwidth, Support can help you; for notices of site problems and downtime, check the Twitter status page.

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Weather, work, and fic-event things

Feb. 14th, 2017 01:44 pm
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The blizzard's over. [ profile] scruloose's workplace is closed again today, which is good, because (among other reasons) it took him three hours to clear our driveway and the driveway next door...with the snowblower.

Meanwhile, Ginny and I are heading to work tonight (Kas is going to drive us in), and will probably be there until whenever we can't usefully stay awake at our desks anymore. On Facebook, a co-worder posted a picture of her half-packed overnight bag and said she was getting ready for "a few days at the office". (She lives significantly further away than we do, is a permanent full-time employee, and is also terrifyingly hardcore even by Casual Job standards. STILL ALARMING.)

Psychic Wolves for Lupercalia went live yesterday! (And there may be more stories yet to be added.) I didn't even come close to finishing one of my two (connected) relevant Newsflesh WsIP, but oh well. I'm looking forward to poking through and seeing what there is. ^_^

Elsewhere, [ profile] pbam (Porn Battle Amnesty) opens for prompts for the second Prompt Stack round tomorrow. The mod is looking for help with compiling the prompts
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Fannish/Geeky Things

"Marvel’s Runaways Casts The Pride".

A gif on Twitter showing how Hugh Jackman's Wolverine has changed over the years. Wow.


"Blood of the Revolution: On Filipina Writers and Aswang". [Angel Cruz at Uncanny Magazine]

"I Have Never Not Been an Object". [Delilah S. Dawson at Uncanny Magazine] [Content notes: descriptions of rape and sexual violence.]

At, Sarah Gailey is starting a series on iconic SFF costuming and Judith Tarr is starting one on horses in SFF.

Social Justice

"How To Be Disabled, According to Stock Photography". [Autostraddle]

"What We’re Really Telling Fat People". [comic by Barry Deutsch at Everyday Feminism]

"Flying While Fat - Documentary Animation". [YouTube, ~6 min.] (Content notes: accounts of fatphobic behavior.)

At The Establishment:

--"We Need A Review Site For Psychiatric Hospitals — So I Built One".

--"Why Veterans With PTSD Are Turning To Cannabis".

--"Why You Need To Start Including Disabled People In Your Health Care Activism".


Via [ profile] jimhines, "Kittens Discover A Heated Foot Warmer, And It Couldn’t Get Any Cuter".

"Netflix Releases New 'Dear White People' Series Trailer". [Teen Vogue]

BPAL just released a "Nevertheless, She Persisted" scent, because of course they did. ^_^ "A rallying call: golden oudh, frankincense, iris, and steel. Proceeds from this scent benefit EMILY’s List, an organization that supports electing pro-choice Democratic women to office."

"Net ​nostalgia: the online museums preserving dolphin gifs and spinning Comic Sans".

Via [ profile] jjhunter, "Iceland knows how to stop teen substance abuse but the rest of the world isn’t listening".

"A New Type Of Food Pantry Is Sprouting In Yards Across America".

"How to protect your data when traveling internationally". (Includes a link to a downloadable PDF of the EFF's guide for carrying electronic devices through customs.)

Code push imminent!

Feb. 12th, 2017 11:07 pm
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[staff profile] karzilla posting in [site community profile] dw_maintenance
We're about to pull the lever on tonight's code push! I'll update this post when it's finished. For a reminder of what to expect, check the previous post for the list of changes.

Update: All done! Comment here if you notice any issues that need our attention.
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We are planning to do a code push late this weekend, at approximately 9pm PST / 12am EST / 5am UTC on either Sunday, Feb 12 or Monday, Feb 13, depending on whether you live east or west of midnight. (Time is an illusion anyway, right?)

Here's a partial list of changes that will go live with this push, apart from the usual minor tweaks and bugfixes:

  • HTTPS Everywhere beta! Users can opt-in to have all Dreamwidth content automatically served over HTTPS. We'll post the instructions for this after the feature goes live.

  • New and improved design for the file management pages, which we were hiding from you because we were so embarrassed about them before. Thanks to [personal profile] momijizukamori for making them prettier and more functional!

  • Backend fixes to resolve problems using the aforementioned file management pages. (Did I already mention the embarrassment?)

  • At long last, international character support for journal search! Our systems guru [personal profile] alierak finally cracked this long-standing bug.

  • Support index page converted to Foundation styling, for your mobile viewing pleasure.

  • For users of the Practicality style: color properties now sort properly in the customization wizard.

  • For users of the Drifting style: the QuickReply box will now appear in the appropriate location, instead of wandering off somewhere unexpected.

  • Improved handling of word break (<wbr>) elements in user entries.

  • Allow embeds from: Facebook, CNN,,,,,

We'll update again to let you know when the code push is in progress!
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--I think our current weather is the storm that was in NY and Boston and other places earlier today, and I can't tell from the current forecast on Environment Canada if the worst is over now or if we're in a lull. [ profile] scruloose and Kas were out during the evening, and when he came home, [ profile] scruloose said it wasn't actually too bad out. We think the odds of his workplace closing due to weather tomorrow are very slim; they almost never do.

--I received my "Hugo nominations are open! Go forth and nominate!" email, so I should really start thinking about that beyond "nominate Newsflesh for Best Series". IIRC I've never done nominating before, only voting (the year Blackout was up for Best Novel), so I'm a little paranoid about Doing It Wrong, but I imagine it'll be fine. And I know plenty of people (including but not limited to several of you) who've done this before, so it's not as if I have no one to turn to if it does turn out to actually be confusing.

--The other night we took Julia to The Tastiest Fish and Chips (In Our Opinion *channels judge from The Good Wife*), and she came by to hang out a bit beforehand. Partway through, she mentioned that she'd started reading Feed (she has my lending copy of the trilogy) but had only gotten a few pages in...but she'd brought notes! Which she read to me from her phone! *swoons*

...then I accidentally traumatized her a little by telling her about Seanan's research for the Parasitology books. Ooops.

--March 1 is the one day that the Sailor Moon R movie is going to be in theatres here, and since tickets are on sale already, I have to decide if I want to go. But I'm conflicted. Seeing it on the big screen would be fun, and it's my favorite of the three movies, but it's gonna be dubbed, and while I try not to be militantly anti-dub like I was back in the day, the fact remains that I've never heard an anime dub I liked. OTOH, I've heard from a couple of people that the new Sailor Moon dub is really quite good. *torn*

(And to complicate things, even though I can't imagine why I'd ever, ever watch the poor, butchered original English dub of the original anime series again, the fact remains that it was my gateway anime and I still have some fondness for the original English cast, even if I have zero interest in revisiting it. [The cast and release histories of that dub are complicated. Mercifully, I've never seen the third chunk of it, when S and SuperS {seasons 3 and 4} finally made it to North American broadcast.])

Miscellaneous linkspam

Feb. 9th, 2017 02:39 pm
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"Eva Green, Gemma Arterton to Star in Virginia Woolf Movie ‘Vita & Virginia’".

"Conservative Christianity and White Supremacy’s Scary Kinship".

"The best (and worst) mini-games in video game history".

"The Aggressive Self-Care Coloring Book" is currently free/pay what you can.

"A Toaster Just for Bacon Will Make Every Meal So Much Better". [Gizmodo]

xkcd on focus. SO TRUE.

"Women bathed in gold to show that beautiful bodies don't stop at size 12".

"‘A Dog's Purpose’ Animal Mistreatment Video Was “Deliberately Edited,” American Humane Says: After an investigation, the film has been found innocent of animal cruelty". [Teen Vogue]

"This Crab Clones Its Allies by Ripping Them in Half".

"Meet Fragile Rock: Almost Definitely The World's First Puppet Emo Band".

"What Does 'Throw Shade' Mean? If you have to ask...." [Merriam-Webster: Words We're Watching]

"Reagan and Gorbachev Agreed to Pause the Cold War in Case of an Alien Invasion: The 40th President of the United States was a big science-fiction fan". [Smithsonian]

"A Company Will Press Your Ashes into a Working Vinyl Album".

Author Libba Bray wrote "WOMANIFESTO", and she is not screwing around. [Content notes: references to self harm, substance abuse, disordered eating...a whole range of things.]

"These mornings when I wake,

I feel as if I have eaten a breakfast of gunpowder and a handful of stars

The combination roiling, anticipatory, explosive

My mouth ready to spew out a universe of fire and

An ancestral memory of the silenced women who came before,

Rotting in their shrouds, long dead under the ground

Still angry."

Political linkspam (13 links)

Feb. 9th, 2017 01:26 am
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Taking Action/Self Care 3 links )

Everything Else 10 links )


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