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([personal profile] supergee Sep. 19th, 2017 07:09 am)
The first time I encountered Farah Mendlesohn was when NYRSF published some idiot saying that Robert Heinlein was a fascist, and Farah, a leftist pacifist, told him in clearly reasoned detail wherein he was full of shit. Since then, I have had the pleasure of hanging out with her at the ICFA and online and reading a number of her excellent critical books. Now she has returned to Heinlein with a book that the cold equations of the book biz tell us is too large to be published by a commercial or university press. So it is being crowdfunded, and I encourage you to join in.
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([personal profile] rydra_wong posting in [community profile] thisfinecrew Sep. 19th, 2017 09:23 am)
Via [tumblr.com profile] vassraptor:

[tumblr.com profile] realsocialskills: Urgent: The GOP is close to destroying the ACA and Medicaid

The GOP is trying to repeal the ACA and cut Medicaid again. They almost have the votes to do it. We have the chance to stop them from getting the votes, if we act *right now*. We need to put overwhelming pressure on every senator to vote no.

Summary of the current situation, who to contact, and an excellent script for phone calls/e-mails from the Autistic Self Advocacy Network.
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([personal profile] semyaza Sep. 18th, 2017 10:18 pm)
I'm not sure that I want to hear about Hitler's stool samples while I'm eating supper. I don't know what the background music is but thankfully it's not Enya.

ETA: This is a terrible documentary. I'm done.
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([personal profile] settiai Sep. 18th, 2017 07:58 pm)
Out of curiosity, is anyone interested in a Kindle Paperwhite. It's the previous edition, so it's not the latest one, but it still works perfectly fine. Pretty much the only time that I use it nowadays is when I'm traveling via plane, which I don't see happening any time soon since I don't plan on going back to Tennessee for the holidays this year. So since my checking account is still somewhat lighter than I'd like, I thought that I'd at least see if anyone might want one.

I also still have quite a few things available in the virtual garage sale post that I put up several weeks ago. And I'm very much willing to haggle when it comes to listed prices, if you're interested in anything.

(Oh, and for those of you who donated to my Ko-fi page and requested fic, it's coming! The last few weeks have been absolutely hell, which deserves its own post, but things are calming down and I actually have time to breathe again.)
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([personal profile] supergee Sep. 18th, 2017 04:12 pm)
We are still here because of Stanislav Petrov, but now he isn’t.
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I always go into Hugo voting with the best of intentions. I'm going to read all the things, view all the things, and not just get bogged down in the Novel category. 2017 is going to be different!

Yes. Well.

Appropriately for the Hugo Awards this optimistic view proved to be, as usual, pure fantasy. Still, I did pretty well for a lady with a long commute and limited data; particularly when it came to the Best Short Story category. I read four of the six stories nominated in this category for 2017. And what better way to get back into writing than to share all my thoughts with you?

Read more... )
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([personal profile] manuleanders posting in [community profile] common_nature Sep. 18th, 2017 04:20 pm)
I met this one on a walk the other day.

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([personal profile] sheliak posting in [community profile] icons Sep. 17th, 2017 11:30 pm)


100 icons from Cassini's photographs (mostly Saturn and its moons, with a couple of Jupiter), over here.
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([personal profile] semyaza Sep. 17th, 2017 09:05 pm)
Enya is an odd choice of background music for footage of Eva Braun doing gymnastics.
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([personal profile] saraqael Sep. 17th, 2017 07:30 pm)
Oh, gosh. Once again I've let months go by without posting anything here. My own personal life has been reasonably quiet, marred mainly by the rather horrible death of my dog Missy. I won't go into the details but she did not go gently into that good night. I'm glad I was home when it happened, but I also never want to go through that again with a pet.

Two of my best friends, who happen to be roommates, were both diagnosed with cancer one month apart from each other. Both had surgery, and both are now recovering and getting on with their lives. One will have to undergo quarterly followup exams for the next five years. Life. What can you say? Some times it sucks, but it beats the alternative.

For the last few months, I have been utterly obsessed with 'Twin Peaks: the Return,' on Showtime. I had a love/hate relationship with the original series, which I watched with equally fervent obsession each week back in 1990-91. My friends and I were the kind of original series fans you hear about now: holding weekly viewing parties replete with coffee, donuts, and pie, dressing up like the characters (I wrapped myself in plastic wrap one week and made up my face with Laura Palmer's dead white skin and bluish lips, and naturally was also the Log Lady one week,too), and then spending the week chatting about all the weird clues while we waited for the next episode to air. I LOVED the first season of the show. My love for the show crashed and burned halfway through season two. After the network forced the producers to solve the Laura Palmer murder, the show went to complete and utter hell IMO, and only returned to its previous bizarre glory when David Lynch stepped back in for the last couple of episodes. Then I was like, Glory Days! The show is back! But no, the show was cancelled and it ended on the worst of all possible cliffhangers. I was so furious that I couldn't think clearly about the show at all, no kidding. Normally, I don't mind cliffhangers because most tv writing is so predictable that I almost know what's going to happen next. Not so with a David Lynch cliffhanger. Ugh. 25+ years later, David Lynch picked up the story where it left off and delivered an 18 hour S3 sequel that was so gloriously good that just thinking about it makes me want to skip around the room. I give it a 99/100 (taking off 1 point for the Audrey Horne scenes with annoyed the living bejesus out of me). Don't know if there will ever be a Season 4 but that's okay because the godawful cliffhanger ending of Season 2 was finally resolved.

Right now, all out of the blue I find myself quite enthusiastic about Harry Potter fandom again and it's all because I finally saw the movie, 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them'. I missed the theatrical release because it hit theaters at a point when my life was just too upside down for me to go out and see movies. I really loved the original Harry Potter books (and to a lesser degree the films), but always, always was more interested in the adult characters than the kids - which is awkward when dealing with a story series about kids. This movie series (I understand there will be five) not only features adult characters, it is set in one of my favorite historical eras, the 1920s-1940s. So, a parallel magical world, cool creatures, the ramp up to WWII, and a much more interesting villain (Grindelwald is vastly more complex and interesting to me than Voldemort ever was, IMO), and it all adds up to great fun. I'm looking forward to the sequel next year.

Speaking of grown-up versions of kids' stories, I enthusiastically recommend Ysabeau Wilce's short story collection, "Prophecies Libels & Dreams: Stories of Califa." The writing is electric, lush, and sparklingly witty. Califa is a sort of steampunk, magical AU version of California where Western magic and native American and Aztec-inspired magic coexist with history and technology that is similar to the real world. I'd heard great things about Wilce's YA series set in the same world (the Flora Segunda series), but for the longest time, the Harry Potter series (of all things) burned me out on reading YA stories for years. "Prophecies Libels & Dreams" was such a delight to read that I plan to get the Flora series now and read them too.
Title: Flora Friends
Artist: [personal profile] goss
Rating: PG (partial nudity)
Fandom: DCU, Guardians of the Galaxy
Characters/Pairings: Poison Ivy, Baby Groot
Content Notes: A DCU/MCU crossover. Decided to give Baby Groot a friend. ^__^ I used my left hand to draw with pencil and paint with watercolour. I have never tried to use a paintbrush with my non-dominant hand, so I'm really happy with the way it came out. It did take me twice as long (if not more!) than it usually would though, plus my wrist kept cramping from the unaccustomed movement. Also, my name is signed backwards, because for some reason it's easier for my left hand to write stuff mirror-imaged. :b

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([personal profile] withinadream posting in [community profile] femslashex Sep. 17th, 2017 08:03 pm)
 We have 3 new pinch hits available. To claim, e-mail the mods at femslashexmod@gmail.com, or comment on the Google Group

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([personal profile] samuraiter posting in [community profile] femslashex Sep. 17th, 2017 07:25 pm)
Or two weeks and six days, rather. The countdown is still visible here. All pinch hits are currently claimed, but the pinch hit list is always open for volunteers, as is the beta reader list. And do not forget to double- (or triple-)check your Dear Creator letters to make certain they are unlocked and readable. ... In short, same song and dance as before, but keep those tap shoes tapping. :-)


#homecooked noms - Madhur Jaffrey’s Tamil style stir-fried eggplant (bonus capsicum because i was using this as a sole dish) with yogurt relish. I ground my own spices for this! http://ift.tt/2gB3Xgq

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([personal profile] tanaqui posting in [community profile] thisfinecrew Sep. 17th, 2017 10:44 am)
The Idiot-in-Chief this week made some surprisingly helpful deals with Congressional Democrats. Although -- based on subsequent tweets -- it's not clear if he understood what he was agreeing to or whether he'll stick with them.

How has your week been?

Housekeeping (the usual stuff)
Reminder that we have a suggestion post if there’s a topic that you’d like to see discussed but would like to ask the mods to look into. This can be anything from general information, or a how-to-do-a-thing, or something you may want to discuss as a community. Folks are welcome to post directly to the comm as always, but if you’re not comfortable/don’t have spoons, we can help too.

As we don't always get the time to pull things out of the suggestions post into their own separate posts, it may be worth checking every week (or tracking the post) to see if there's any new information you're interested in.

Also if you need help with tags, PM [personal profile] redbird, who is our tag guru. Both [personal profile] tassosss and I are very grateful for the help.

Ongoing actions and activities

Find or sign up to host an event to support National Voter Registration Day on September 26
Events to prevent a Muslim Ban leading to an rally in Washington on October 10
Hurricane relief: if you're still looking for places to donate, there are lots of links in last week's check-in post
DACA: Defend DACA is the place to go.
Women's Convention Detroit October 27-29
Find every election you're eligible to vote in with the EveryElection app

So, what have you all been up to in the last week or are planning to get involved in next week?

Poll #18829 The Week
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 13


This Week, I....

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called my one senator
2 (20.0%)

called my other senator
1 (10.0%)

called my representative
0 (0.0%)

called my governor
0 (0.0%)

called my state reps
0 (0.0%)

sent a postcard/email/letter/fax
3 (30.0%)

attended a town hall
0 (0.0%)

donated money to a cause
7 (70.0%)

attended an in-person activist group
1 (10.0%)

participated in phone/online training
0 (0.0%)

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went to a protest
2 (20.0%)

signed up for alerts
0 (0.0%)

took care of myself
5 (50.0%)

not a US citizen but worked in solidarity in my own community
2 (20.0%)

did something else
3 (30.0%)

committed to action in the coming week
1 (10.0%)



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([personal profile] semyaza Sep. 16th, 2017 11:28 pm)
Oh crap. I was looking forward to Hitler: The Rise of Evil (2003) with much scenery-chewing by Robert Carlyle but 25 minutes into this 3 hour epic and I'm done. It's astonishing how many inaccuracies they've managed to cram into it thus far and it's only 1919. Just imagine how inaccurate it will be by 1933. Besides, whoever that is, it's not Hitler.

Heigh-ho, there goes my evening. In the absence of Adolf, I need chocolate.
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Maybe Frodo went through a Malkovich door.

Words: 1065, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

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([personal profile] semyaza Sep. 16th, 2017 05:33 pm)
GeoHumanities Vol 1, 2015 Issue 2

Abstract

This article examines the symbolic whiteness associated with pumpkins in the contemporary United States. Starbucks’ pumpkin spice latte, a widely circulated essay in McSweeney’s on “Decorative Gourd Season,” pumpkins in aspirational lifestyle magazines, and the reality television show Punkin Chunkin provide entry points into whiteness–pumpkin connections. Such analysis illuminates how class, gender, place, and especially race are employed in popular media and marketing of food and flavor; it suggests complicated interplay among food, leisure, labor, nostalgia, and race. Pumpkins in popular culture also reveal contemporary racial and class coding of rural versus urban places. Accumulation of critical, relational, and contextual analyses, including things seemingly as innocuous as pumpkins, points the way to a food studies of humanities and geography. When considered vis-à-vis violence and activism that incorporated pumpkins, these analyses point toward the perils of equating pumpkins and whiteness.
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([personal profile] semyaza Sep. 16th, 2017 05:12 pm)
Fwah! Wildfire smoke from Washington state. The visibility is better than it was in early August when we were getting smoke from the interior but the smell is much stronger. Build a wall!
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([personal profile] withinadream posting in [community profile] femslashex Sep. 16th, 2017 06:27 pm)
 We have a new pinch hit: fandoms are Critical Role, Doctor Who, Dragon Age, Hunger Games, Mass Effect, and Crossovers. Claim at the Google Group or by e-mailing femslashexmod@gmail.com !

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([personal profile] semyaza Sep. 16th, 2017 02:35 pm)
Are cats liquid or solid?

"That’s the kind of question that could win a scientist an Ig Nobel Prize, a parody of the Nobel Prize that honors research that “makes people laugh, then think.” But it wasn’t with this in mind that Marc-Antoine Fardin, a physicist at Paris Diderot University, set out to find out whether house cats flow.

Fardin noticed that these furry pets can adapt to the shape of the container they sit in — think of a cat in a vase — similarly to what fluids such as water do. So he used the principles of rheology, the branch of physics that deals with the deformation of matter, to calculate cats’ relaxation time, or the time it takes for them to take up the space of a vase or bathroom sink.

The conclusion? Cats can be either liquid or solid, depending on the circumstances, Fardin reported in the Rheology Bulletin in 2014.... A cat in a small box will behave like a fluid, filling up all the space, but a cat in a bathtub full of water will try to minimize its contact with it and behave very much like a solid. For this achievement, Fardin was awarded this year’s Ig Nobel Physics Prize before an audience of more than 1000 people, including genuine Nobel laureates, during a ceremony here at Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre."
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