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Sep. 30th, 2014 10:38 pm
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I have the kids for one more night. Tonight. I am both relieved and frantic. So much to write. So, so much to write. So many things that have happened in the last few days that I can't focus on it enough to write it out.

I'm not calm. This was the hardest day for me out of all of it. I'm exhausted and wore out and I know I've got at least more one day before the immediate crisis has passed.

Another week or two of constant phone calls and fielding information between social workers, from one organization to another, and to and from my father.

After that?

It's not panic if you're too tired to freak out.

good things of the day

Sep. 30th, 2014 11:45 pm
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Less pain, better sleep, yaaaaay!

Our front desk person pointed out to me some bird's nest fungi right outside the building, and I got a decent picture with just my phone and a hand lens. Must charge my real camera with the good macro lens and take better ones!

Saw a seminar about the history of the glass flowers and invertebrates.

Helped out J with a very annoying administrative task.

Sent difficult email in a way that I think was both fair and loving.

More fun links:
"babe can i show you my d*ck"
Natural 20s and natural 1s
Anime glasses for all
Aretha Franklin covered "Rolling In The Deep"

Prompt for 2014-10-01

Oct. 1st, 2014 11:30 am
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Today's prompt is "home is not a place".

Wonder Woman Unbound by Tim Hanley

Sep. 30th, 2014 09:56 pm
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Wonder Woman Unbound is (unsurprisingly) a non-fiction book about wonder Woman. The author is mostly interested in Golden Age Wonder Woman (unsurprising, given the title) and how William Moulton Marston's views of feminism were incorporated into the earliest version of the character.

Which, in and of itself, is fine, and his examination of Marston's and Marston's ideas is very interesting. Like Mike Madrid's The Supergirls, he does a good job of showcasing WW and her development in the context of the various eras, though with considerable more depth than Madrid, particularly in the context of the evolving industry and the messages it chose to send about women's roles. (Probably not too hard when looking primarily at one character instead of all the female characters of a particular medium and genre.)

For the most part, it's a pretty solid book, but as we get further from the Golden Age (the only WW era that seems to particularly interest him) the more we get into the arena of "man who is expert on women in fiction" until he begins to start explaining to us how Marston understood feminism so much better than Steinem. Which does get reigned in before it goes too far, but it does somewhat set the tone for the rest of the book, which gets a bit focused on explaining how women are believed to view Wonder Woman, and how Wonder Woman ties into feminism. And while he does seem to have knowledge of feminist theory (though very much second wave feminism) these observations and explanations seem to be based more on widely held assumptions than, well, talking to women. The book came out in 2014, but he doesn't once refer to the dramatic increase of women reading comics in recent years (not that women haven't always read comics, it's just much more noticeable now) and seems to think that women only associate WW with Linda Carter and the idea of the most famous female superhero. This is even with mentions of the Marvel movies in recent years, which have a lot of do with the increased female readership. He also comments that Marvel has included most of their characters in their movies while DC is still mostly doing Superman and Batman. Uhm...no. Marvel is doing much, much better than DC, yes, but the Marvel movies are still primarily centered around exceptionally gifted and/or powerful white men.

So, anyway, the first part, about the Golden Age, is pretty fascinating stuff. The silver Age is also pretty solid, but more about how women in comics in general became more about being "desperate" for men/husbands/etc and were made to feel inferior. He makes an excellent case for Superman being the world's biggest manipulative, emotionally abusive douchebag ever in there. The Bronze Age turns a bit towards Marvel, but mostly focuses on WW's increasing move from being progressive to regressive. By the time we get to the modern age, Hanley doesn't seem to be very interested in WW anymore in general From the Silver Age onward, he also seems to be more interested in Lois lane, though he doesn't let it overtake the book. (write a book about Lois Lane, dude. I'll read it.) He also tends to talk about how Wonder Woman was originally created as a woman who other female characters were inspired by, to being a character other women felt inferior to. However, despite brief mentions of Hippolyta and Etta Candy and a few name droppings, he barely touches on the women in Diana's life.

So, it's a pretty mixed book. It is worth reading if you're interested in Wonder Woman and/or the history of superheroines, but it also has its issues. And while it's entirely possible Hanley ran it by a few hundred women before turning the book in, it FEELS like it would have benefited from being run by a few women first, particularly when he starts talking about women and feminism and how they relate to Wonder Woman.

*Uses icon of important WW supporting character who actually WAS WW for a while, but isn't mentioned once in the book. Neither was Donna Troy, IIRC.*

Egon Spengler, I AM LOOKING AT YOU!

Sep. 30th, 2014 10:08 pm
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“She had studied the universe all her life, but had overlooked its clearest message: For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love.”
― Carl Sagan, Contact

Seriously, though, change "she" for "he" and... yeah.

*shakes fist*

Also ♥ Carl Sagan. Seriously. The man said and wrote fabulous things in his time.

Nom review post 1

Oct. 1st, 2014 12:10 am
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Posted by hhertzof

Nominations review is now well underway. We have sorted 4872 2442 (ETA: Oops, that was all the noms, not just the ones we had sorted) nominations at the time of posting and have 2430 left to go. At least 1351 fandoms, 5990 characters have been approved so far.

We thought it might amuse you all to know that the most nominated fandom is In the Flesh (TV) with 17 separate nominators!

The deadline for evidence for fandoms over 1000 works filtered has now passed. We received a variety of pieces of evidence, and we particularly appreciate the effort that went into the spreadsheets we were given of crossposted works. We will be looking at the evidence for all of your fandoms.
Now, questions:
  • I Claudius - did you mean the book or the TV series?

  • Florence + the Machine - is this musician RPF or relating to musical works? If RPF, it needs characters. The song 'Howl' has also been nominated on its own.

  • Meet Me in St. Louis - what media is meant?

  • Vienna Teng (Musician) - did you mean Vienna Teng - Works? The characters nominated under this fandom are all from her songs, and the (Musician) disambig is for RPF fandoms

  • 14th Century CE RPF (Joan of Kent, John of Gaunt, Edward the Black Prince, Richard II of England, Jadwiga of Poland, Jogaila of Lithuania, Vytautas of Lithuania, Anne of Bohemia, Isabella of France, Joan of England, Philippa of Hainault, Geoffrey Chaucer, Ibn al-Khatib, Ibn Khaldun, Moses of Leon): this is a long list of characters, a lot of whom aren't particularly related. We would like to split this into at least two fandoms. If you nominated or are interested in requesting these characters, please say which subset you would like to remain together.

  • We have a stray character - Arthur Castus has escaped from somewhere. If you know what fandom he was nominated in, please say.

  • We have “James Strangways” nominated for Jacqueline Kirby - Elizabeth Peters. Could we get confirmation on this character and spelling, please?

  • Monster Hunter - is this intended to be the video game series, or something else?


The following fandoms have been accidentally rejected:
  • The Last Ship (TV)

  • Stargate Universe

  • Hellcats

The first two have already been fixed and reinstated, but we’re still working on Hellcats. If you have nominated this fandom, please leave a comment with your nominated characters, as we only have a partial list of nominated characters saved for it.

One reminder: if you see fandoms or characters rejected that you thought were eligible, it may be that they have been accepted under a different name. Please wait until the tagset is public to query any problems of this sort.

Comments on this post will be open until around this time tomorrow. It will then be frozen and the next post opened with any remaining (and new) questions.

This has been crossposted to Dreamwidth.

Happy Birthday!

Sep. 30th, 2014 08:42 pm
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] tassosss!
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My running playlist could use some new music. Recommendations? I'll listen to basically anything (really, any genre, languages I don't know, whatever), but here I'm looking for things that are fast and upbeat, mostly.

Bonus topic: what vids combine awesome songs and themes for workout/cleaning/work/your action!!! activity of choice? I have been enjoying some vid-inspired workout music choices lately, even though I am not that into vids (I just have a hard time paying attention to/understanding them. It's not vids, it's me!).

Examples:
STARSHIPS https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bTGdGKEEiYE
King and Lionheart https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ODS_WMtcSB0 also pretty awesome.
(PS when you're on the elliptical you can totally imagine you are a mecha pilot!!! You're stuck going in a straight line for some reason, but mecha!)
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This is a crosspost from Infotropism. You can comment here or there.

tl;dr – if we usually talk on IM/GTalk you won’t see me around any more. Use IRC, email, or other mechanisms (listed at bottom of this post) to contact me.


Background: Google stopped supporting open standards for IM a few years ago.

Other background: when I changed my name in 2011 I grabbed a GMail account with that name, just in case it would be useful. I didn’t use it, though — instead I forwarded any mail from it to my actual email address, the one I’ve had since the turn of the century: skud@infotrope.net, and set that address as my default for everything I could find.

Unfortunately Google didn’t honour those preferences, and kept exposing my unused GMail address to people. When I signed up for Google Groups, it would be exposed. When I shared Google Docs, it would be exposed. I presume it was being exposed all kinds of other ways, too, because people kept seeing my GMail address and thinking it was the right way to contact me. So in addition to the forwarding I also set up a vacation reminder telling anyone who emailed me there to use my actual address and not to use the Google one.

But Google wasn’t done yet. They kept dropping stuff into my GMail account and not forwarding it. Comments on Google docs. Invitations. Administrative notices. IM logs that I most definitely did not want archived. These were all piling up silently in an account I never logged into.

Eventually, after I missed out on several messages from a volunteer offering to help with Growstuff, I got fed up and found out how to completely delete a GMail account. I did this few weeks ago.

Fast forward to last night, when my Internet connection flaked out right before I went to bed. I looked at all my disconnected, blank windows, shrugged, and crashed for the night. This morning, everything was better and all my apps set about reconnecting.

Except that Adium, the app I use for instant messaging, was asking me for the GTalk password for skud@infotrope.net. Weird, I thought, but I had the password saved in my keychain and resubmitted it. Adium, or more properly GTalk, didn’t like it. I tried a few more times, including resetting my app password (I use two-factor auth). No luck.

Eventually I found the problem. Via this Adium bug report I learned that a GMail account is required to use GTalk. Even if you don’t use (and have never used) your GMail address to login to it, and don’t give people a GMail address to add you as a contact.

So, my choices at this point are:

  1. Sign up again for GMail, continue to have an unused and unwanted email address exposed to the public, miss important messages, and risk security/privacy problems with archiving of stuff I don’t want archived; or,
  2. Set up Jabber/XMPP, which will take a fair amount of messing around (advice NOT wanted, I know what is involved), and which will only let me talk to friends who don’t use GMail/GTalk (a small minority); or,
  3. Not be available on IM.

For now I am going with option 3. If you are used to talking to me via IM at my skud@infotrope.net address, you can now contact me as follows.

IRC: I am Skud on irc.freenode.net and on some other specialist networks. On Freenode I habitually hang around on #growstuff and intermittently on other channels. Message me any time; if I’m not awake/online I’ll see it when I return.

Email: skud@infotrope.net as ever, or skud@growstuff.org for Growstuff and related work.

Social media: I’m on social media hiatus and won’t be using it to chat at length, but still check mentions/messages semi-regularly.

Text/SMS: If you have my number, you know where to find me.

Voice/video (including phone, Skype, etc): By arrangement. Email me if you want to set something up.

To my good friends who I used to chat to all the time and now won’t see around so much: please let me know if you use Jabber/XMPP and if so what your address is; if you do, then I’ll prioritise getting that set up.

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post-tags: instagram, crosspost Spock listens to @jodiecongirl speak about behavioral economics. #BGGD

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Sep. 30th, 2014 06:01 pm
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Has anyone had utter exhaustion and brainfried as a reaction to Levothyroxine? My doctor swears that the part where I am going from "sleeping ridiculous hours because you prescribe me meds for this" (to someone with familial sleep disorders my med-mandated 8 hours is ridiculous) to "sleeping as much as possible and then wanting to sleep the rest of the day" is absolutely, positively, not the synthyroid.

Except it started when we started me on that.

Help?

Outlander

Sep. 30th, 2014 10:59 pm
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Outlander 1x08 'Both Sides Now' )

Some links:

+ Outlander and The Female Gaze: Why Women Are Watching

+ 'Outlander,' The Wedding Episode And TV's Sexual Revolution (a longer read, but totally worth the time, imo)

+ ‘Outlander’ Midseason Finale Postmortem: Inside the Twists of ‘Both Sides Now’ (interview with Moore and Menzies)

+ 'Outlander' midseason finale: EP Ronald D. Moore answers our burning questions (a really good interview -I really like Moore, I can't help it, so I enjoy his interviews a lot. This one in particular because he tells us that a full frontal of Sam Heughan could actually happen if it survives the editing room! Rejoice! He does spoil a big plot point in the last lines of the interview, so non-book people, beware).


Other shows I've watched/caught up on: The Good Wife and Madam Secretary. I'm still behind on Doctor Who. Will try to post about these too.

This is just,,, no... I can't even...

Sep. 30th, 2014 10:14 pm
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[H]e claimed he sent the messages to exercise his right to freedom of speech and to “satirise” the issue of online trolling.
Labour MP says Peter Nunn, who was jailed for 18 weeks for threatening her on social media, led her to install panic button

And he's claiming that it was what, some kind of performance art?

Or classic case of 'That Word, I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means'?

Time Heist

Sep. 30th, 2014 08:07 pm
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This episode shares much, I think, with Robot of Sherwood. It is, essentially, a fairly light-hearted piece aping a particular genre. There is less meat to this episode than there was to Robot of Sherwood and less light-heartedness, but at the same time it seemed more self-assured as if this particular production/acting team is settling into its role.

More under the cut )

I suspect if I watched this again I would consider it a slickly done episode, but ultimately a bit contentless.

Was a bit tempted...

Sep. 30th, 2014 07:59 pm
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Well, actually, after I had already sent the email to the media researcher saying 'not a historian of early modern medicine', and not saying, 'so not about the What did they really die of thing', the thought occurred to me -

- that with a very minimal amount of mugging up, me and the Famous Shirt could probably go on telly and sound pretty authoritative in a brief soundbite.

(Telly researchers, by the way, never seem to google anything, otherwise they might have twigged that the C16th is not my patch, and deaths of people around the monarchy, not that either. But even though I try to eschew watching history programmes, even in the ones I've been in I have been moved to ask the heavens, 'Y O Y did they ask X to say anything on this subject?' Sometimes they are even visibly struggling. So perhaps as long as they can describe a person as 'historian' it doesn't really matter what they are a historian of.)

Also, I think that 'different theories of what the actual cause of death was' does not amount to 'controversy', rather that simply that there could be several possible explanations. When a woman dies some days after giving birth following an arduous labour, I don't think we need to start invoking sinister conspiracy. Maybe there's a desire to know The Real Facts but even if we had the contemporary case records, whether these would decode to anything that we could define in modern medical terminology, Clio alone knows.

this week is fucking fired

Sep. 30th, 2014 02:35 pm
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Today I:

* had to stay awake for 24 hours or so to be awake for the plumber;

* discovered, when sitting down on the guest room bed to chat with the plumber while he worked, that somebody (Gabe) had peed on the bed;

* stripped the bed linens and chucked them in the wash to soak, sprayed the mattress down with Nature's Miracle (it had a waterproof pad on it but that doesn't do much about the smell) and propped it up to dry;

* finally got to bed after the plumber was finished;

* heard, just as I was dozing off, the Leakfrog sounding its HELP HELP I AM IN WATER alert;

* went downstairs to discover the laundry drain sink had ONCE AGAIN backed up and flooded because SOMEBODY forgot to check the drain for lint, naming no names ALL RIGHT IT WAS ME, and had to spend an hour cleaning up the flood.

This week is fucking fired.

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Sep. 30th, 2014 02:31 pm
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This stinkbug is egregious. Read more... )

The Strange, Split 'Selfie' Pilot

Sep. 30th, 2014 12:21 pm
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Posted by Linda Holmes

The Strange, Split 'Selfie' Pilot

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Social Media superstar Eliza Dooley has 263,000 followers who hang on to her every post, tweet and selfie. But she needs help from Henry (John Cho).

Social Media superstar Eliza Dooley has 263,000 followers who hang on to her every post, tweet and selfie. But she needs help from Henry (John Cho).

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The pilot of the ABC show Selfie, starring Karen Gillan and John Cho in a Pygmalion update built on the notion that being obsessed with Twitter is the new Flawed But Fixable Personality Problem, is only about 22 minutes long — a little less. Given that pilots always have to contain a certain amount of pure exposition, that barely seems like enough time for the pilot to have both good parts and bad parts.

But it does. Specifically, the first half is really awful and the second half is like watching a lighter flicked and flicked and flicked, where it refuses to produce a flame but feels like it could.

When we first meet Eliza Dooley (sigh), she is literally flight-y. She is traveling for work with a bunch of her colleagues, including disapproving stick in the mud Henry, who laments the fact that "her generation" (Cho, in fact, 15 years older than Gillan, though they don't really read that way) is obsessed with social media. Eliza explains to the audience that her embrace of online friends is the result of her difficulty making other friends, and that her desire for attention comes from deep loneliness — something the show could perhaps have drawn out rather than announced, but: bygones.

In part, the first half of the pilot fails because Eliza is an idiot and Henry is boring. Despite being played by two of the most charismatic and likable actors you're ever going to see in a show like this, the characters are both flat and dry as Saltine crackers. And speaking of Saltine crackers, I have no idea whose idea it was to practically lead off the pilot with a truly disgusting sequence centered around the bursting of (very full) airsick bags, but when you have yet to earn anyone's respect with actual jokes, it's much too soon to resort to bags of vomit for comedy.

But life is never entirely simple, and neither is Selfie. After the disastrous flight during which she utterly humiliated herself, and after a few other experiences that convince her that her life needs a do-over, Eliza asks Henry to coach her, to improve her personality, and for some reason (blah blah blah, put your fingers in your ears and pretend it makes sense), he agrees to help. And darn it, there begin to be moments of real fun and goofy satire, as when Eliza can't find anyone to give her advice because "all the girls I knew were either drunk or at SoulCycle."

It is one of the fundamental tensions in romantic comedy that it's not a lot of fun to follow one where one of the characters is stupid, but you can do very well where one of the characters is, for lack of a better word, daffy. It's hard to swallow that Henry actually has to teach her to ask other people how they're doing, but when Gillan wraps her voice around "How are you?" in the particular way she does, I will admit: it raises a smile.

This is not a good pilot, but it should be a good show. It really should be. The leads are funny and charming, they have great chemistry, and creator Emily Kapnek also made Suburgatory, a weird, warm little comedy that blended satire and good nature the way she's trying to do here. Inside of this, there is a good show that (1) can be found and (2) wants to exist. But to get out, they need a lot less speechifying about social media, a lot less barf, and a lot more of these two characters talking to each other outside the context of her being lectured for stupidity. That better show, I am telling you, is in there.

As the hashtag would say, #freeselfie.

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