::sad face::

Sep. 1st, 2014 09:43 pm
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The end of an era, baby.

Happy Birthday!

Sep. 1st, 2014 04:00 pm
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] k_a_webb and [personal profile] lettered!


Sep. 1st, 2014 03:42 pm
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On the positive side, I managed to accomplish a little bit of vidding this weekend. For the first time in ages, there is at least a timeline with music and clips on it. \o/

On the negative side, I couldn't choose which song I wanted to use. So, uh, I now have two half-finished CA:TWS vids.

... yes, I'm aware that some of you may not necessarily think that's a bad thing. As long as those two half-finished vids eventually turn into two finished vids, I may even agree with you. Eventually.

Now, if only I can get some fic writing done as well, it will have been a productive weekend.

Sunday 31st August 2014

Sep. 1st, 2014 08:15 pm
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DRUSILLA: You lost it? You... lost my present.
Dalton: I know. I'm sorry.
SPIKE: It was a bad turn, man. She can't have her fun without the box.
Dalton: The Slayer. She came out of nowhere. I didn't even see her. She...
DRUSILLA: Make a wish.
Dalton: What?
She holds two fingers up to his eyes.
DRUSILLA: I'm going to blow out the candles.
SPIKE: You might give him a chance to find your lost treasure. He is a wanker, but he's the only one we've got with half a brain. If he fails, you can eat his eyes out of the sockets for all I care.
Dalton: I'll get it. Please. I swear.
DRUSILLA: Okay. Hurry back then. (pats his head)


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Graveyard Dust, by Barbara Hambly

Sep. 1st, 2014 10:51 am
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Benjamin January # 3! This one was way less grim than Fever Season. I realize that's easy to say, so I will give it an independent grimness rating.

Grimness of content: Medium. Racism and other isms, slavery, murder; child abuse is discussed but not shown.

Grimness of tone: Low. The subtitle is "a novel of suspense" and that accurately describes the tone. It's a very atmospheric mystery with some excellent action and really great characters. I loved everyone in this book, except for the villains and racists, obviously. Also, it contains a number of fun tropes, including hurt-comfort, creepy pottery, courtroom drama, spirit possession, and dodging alligators in the bayou. Plus Marie Laveau. The plot is very well-constructed and entertaining. And there's some very funny banter, plus a number of dramatic, alarming, and/or hilarious courtroom scenes.

Benjamin January is a devout Catholic and regularly prays for the soul of his sister Olympe, a voodoo practitioner. When Olympe is railroaded into jail for poisoning a man, mostly due to prejudice against voodoo, Ben gets on the case.

I really enjoyed the portrayal of voodoo. Hambly has an afterword discussing her research (she's a historian) and interviews with current practitioners where she gives a sense of how varied the practice and history is-- as is the case in any religion. From Ben's outsider/insider perspective, it's simultaneously alien and disturbing, familiar and enticing. It was a great way to convey how any religion is sustaining and ordinary for its followers, and exotic and weird to outsiders who don't understand it. Marie Laveau is one of my favorite characters in the series, and she naturally has a big part in this.

For the first time, supernatural forces appear as a (possibly) real force. The vivid scenes of spirit possession can be interpreted as simply the power of belief, but they make more sense if the Loa are objectively real. I liked the delicate balance of deniability at play through the whole book.

Since my favorite thing about this series is the characters, I'll do a check-in. Augustus Mayerling, the sword master who was one of my favorites from the first book, re-appears. Poor Hannibal is so sick with consumption that it was a relief to know while reading that he's still alive ten books later-- he spends most of the book either in bed or helping Ben with various tasks while trying not to pass out. (Someone said he's based on George Alec Effinger? Can you enlarge on that?) Rose makes some satisfying appearances, though I wish she was in the story more. Ben's awful mother Livia is still hilariously, deliciously catty. Olympe and her family have nice big roles-- I really like her, her husband, and her son Gabriel. And Ben has a really satisfying character arc.

Graveyard Dust

10 hour warning

Sep. 1st, 2014 12:12 pm
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Well, 10:15 warning, as your mod didn't notice noon had past or that this hadn't been posted when the lj one was.. Write on!

Really? I mean, really?

Sep. 1st, 2014 01:26 pm
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Based on the yelling, crying, and banging I've been hearing just outside my apartment, it sounds like the guy in the apartment across from mine forgot that his daughters (the younger one is something like 5-7 while the other is in the 14-16 range) were outside. He left the apartment to go run some errands and must have locked the door behind him. (These apartments have locks that, from the outside, can only be locked with a key so that it's impossible to accidentally lock yourself out.)

Anyway, the guy apparently locked the kids out. The younger one was in pre-temper tantrum mode because she was tired and it was hot and she hated her sister and she wanted ice cream and so on and so forth, so I heard her as they were coming up the stairs. The older kid started knocking on the door... and no one answered it. The younger girl then started kicking on the door (and trying to kick her sister). Then she burst into tears and started screaming.

By that point, all of us in the apartment building who were home were sticking our heads out to figure out what the hell was going on. One of the downstairs neighbors (who has several kids around the same age as the younger girl) took the little girl to his apartment to play with his kids while the older girl walked a few buildings over to get her... uncle, I think? I'm pretty sure I heard her call him "tío".

So the uncle came over with her and then he started banging on the door, because apparently the father hadn't said anything about going out so they thought there was a chance he might still be in the apartment. No answer, obviously, so the uncle pulled out a giant key ring with approximately five thousand keys on it and started trying every. single. one.

After he'd been at that for about ten minutes straight, without finding the right key, the father came running back to the apartment at full sprint. Because he'd apparently just realized that he'd locked his kids outside in the 90° weather. What had to have been close to an hour after he left.

... yeah. I really feel sorry for the kids, because seriously.

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Sep. 1st, 2014 09:43 am
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So four years ago in October, [personal profile] skywardprodigal passed away. And a few days ago, [personal profile] delux_vivens passed. Both of these women had such vibrant, funny, challenging voices and taught me so much about not just ways of understanding being chromatic in this world, but also who *I* am in this world. It was a long time since Delux and I spoke, since I drifted away from DW, but god I'm so sad to know she's gone.

The other thing is -- I've been a supporter of OTW and AO3 in the past, like, moneywise. Because I believe in the whole "we own the servers" concept. But I won't be supporting them with my dollars anymore, and marina has an excellent summary of why in her post. The Abuse team at AO3 has been contacted by multiple people and give the same pat answer to all about how we who find it hostile can "just not look at it", which isn't a good enough response.

I keep wanting to come back to DW but finding it hard to switch back into text posting after the mindless, low-stress distance of reblogging on tumblr. So maybe I'll try just using it as a here's-what-i-did-today journal until I get back in the swing of things. We'll see.

[mix] the little red songbook

Sep. 1st, 2014 10:31 am
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So, the other day I mentioned that Steve Rogers almost certainly knows the Little Red Songbook. (You will never, ever be able to convince me that Steve, whose formation of political consciousness would have happened during the Great Depression, is not at the very least extremely pro-labor, if not an outright socialist.) Then I thought, hrm, a lot of what I know out of the Little Red Songbook is quite possibly more recent: what portion of it would Steve know?

Long story short (you should all know how I roll by now), this has led to a week of researching the shit out of things to date particular songs, then listening carefully to as many versions of them as I could find to find the version that would be closest to the version Steve would've known it as. And the next thing I knew, I had a mix. (There's some fic in there, too, and I was going to write more, but I wanted to post this today instead of waiting.)

If Steve was in a union at any point (and I don't think he was, but depending on what Bucky was doing for a living, Bucky probably would've been), he likely wouldn't have been a member of the Industrial Workers of the World, aka the Wobblies -- the heyday of the IWW was the period from about 1910 to 1924, and what Steve would've thought of as a union would not have precisely been the Wobblies' idea of one. (The difference between industrial unionism and craft unionism is a huge distinction that is waaaay beyond the scope of this entry, but was a major point of contention in labor organizing until at least WWII. Suffice it to say, what you think of when you hear 'union' is almost certainly a craft union.)

Still, even in the post-WWII period when the Wobblies were considered horribly dangerous, seditious and radical, and IWW membership had declined sharply, these songs stuck around and were still sung. (And I think Joe Hill, who wrote a lot of these, would've liked that. As he said, once: "A pamphlet is only read once, but a song is learned by heart and repeated over and over again.")

This is not the entirety of the Little Red Songbook as Steve would have known it; there are about twice as many in the editions from his time that haven't really survived in anything other than lyric form, or that aren't sung or aren't recorded. But everything on this mix is a song Steve and Bucky could have and probably would have known.

And I'm posting this not only to share some of the music Steve would have known, but because today is Labor Day, and because in the US we celebrate a watered-down version of it, Labor Day at the beginning of September instead of International Workers' Day on May 1, and if you brought some of those labor leaders of 1914 forward and showed them the world of 2014, they'd celebrate how far we've come while still being damn upset at how far we still have to go. And because:

When I went to high school -- that's about as far as I got -- reading my U.S. history textbook, well, I got the history of the ruling class. I got the history of the generals and the industrialists and the Presidents who didn't get caught. How about you?

I got the history of the people who owned the wealth of the country, but none of the history of the people who created it. So when I went out to get my first job, I went out armed with someone else's class background. They never gave me any tools to understand, or to begin to control the condition of my labor.

And that was deliberate, wasn't it? They didn't want me to know this. That's why this stuff isn't taught in the history books. We're not supposed to know it, to understand that. No, if I wanted the true history of where I came from, as a member of the working class, I had to go to my elders. Many of them gave their best working years, before pensions or Social Security, gave their whole lives to the mines, to the wheat harvests, to the logging camps, to the railroad. Got nothing for it -- just fetched up on the skids, living on short money, mostly drunk all the time.

But they lived those extraordinary lives that can never be lived again. And in the living of them, they gave me a history that is more profound, more beautiful, more powerful, more passionate, and ultimately more useful, than the best damn history book I ever read.

As I have said so often before, the long memory is the most radical idea in America.
-- Utah Phillips

The long memory is the most radical idea in America. )

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Events Calendar for September 2014

Sep. 1st, 2014 10:00 am
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This month in fandom: Teen Wolf fans gather in Spain, a children’s fantasy author is honored, Fanlore Stub September begins, and more! http://bit.ly/1qiWIGd

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Sep. 1st, 2014 09:22 am
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It's September, and I'm awake and more or less back on Eastern time. I actually accomplished a lot last month, but this month promises to be even busier. Ack. Here's what I have to do:

Major Academic Projects:

Vocations chapter (now vocations and monastic careers chapter)
Foundations of priories chapter
Translation for Prof D
Conference stuff
Learning German

Vocations chapter (now vocations and monastic careers chapter) )
Foundations of priories chapter )
Translation for Prof D )
Conference stuff )
Learning German )

Teaching Stuff )


Travel, Chores, Communication )
Fun Stuff )

Events Calendar for September 2014

Sep. 1st, 2014 02:21 pm
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Posted by Jennifer Rose Hale


Banner by caitie of curtains opening to show a stage with the words OTW Events Calendar

Welcome to our Events Calendar roundup for the month of September! The Events Calendar can be found on the OTW website and is open to submissions by anyone with news of an event. These can be viewed by event-type, such as Academic Events, Fan Gatherings, Legal Events, OTW Events, or Technology Events taking place around the world.

  • A Fantastic Legacy: Diana Wynne Jones Memorial Conference honors the life and work of the 20th century writer of British children's fantasy. The conference, for both scholars and fans, is hosted by Newcastle University and Seven Stories, the National Centre for Children’s Books, and takes place September 5-6 in Newcastle, England.

  • HawaiiCon bills itself as the "first sci-fi, science, and fantasy tropical vacation convention." This year's event is scheduled for September 12-14 on the Kohala Coast. Guests include Jane Espenson, Walter Koenig, and Cree Summer.

  • Fanlore's Stub September encourages fans to contribute their expertise to the site. A stub is an article on Fanlore that is under-developed and missing important information. Right now, there are over 1,600 pages on Fanlore already identified as stubs. You’re invited to use the list to find a page where you know something about the topic, and edit the page to add your new information. Need help getting started? The Wiki Committee will host an editing party on Sunday, September 14, at 19:00 UTC.

  • The Metafandom Unconference is being hosted by the University of Waterloo’s Games Institute and the IMMERSe Research Network September 18-19 in Ontario. Unconferences are "gatherings of interested scholars and experts, where they have informed conversations on a particular topic--fandom and fan studies, in this case!"

  • Wolf Moon Con is the first unofficial Teen Wolf fan convention in Spain! Scheduled for September 19-21 in Madrid, the con will host actors of this series, including Tyler Hoechlin, Ian Bohen, and JR Bourne.

  • Rose City Comic Con takes place September 20-21 at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, and will be co-produced by both Emerald City Comicon and Rose City Comic Con, combining the talents and organizational efforts for one event. Celebrity guests include Michael Biehn, Ernie Hudson, Wil Wheaton, and Sean Astin.

Calls for Papers this month come from:

  • The Cultural Transformations Research Group, Aarhus University, is hosting Otherness and Transgression in Celebrity and Fan Cultures in November and is soliciting papers by September 5. Topics may include "the Construction of Otherness in Fandom and Fan Works," "Monstrosity, the Abject, and Uncanny in Fan Fiction, Fandoms, and Celebrityhood," and "the (Im)Material Other Worlds of Fandoms and the Alternative Spaces of Fan Communities."

The OTW encourages anyone to submit an event that's not already listed, and to check out the calendar throughout the year!


welcome to somerville, cats

Sep. 1st, 2014 10:07 am
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17:10 cats land in Boston as air cargo
18:00 cats arrive at home and disperse themselves invisibly into the apartment while i refuel and return the Zipcar
18:30 I return to the apartment and easily find Bat, whose idea of hiding appears to be simply becoming flat while adjacent to an armchair (he later improves on this by wedging himself between the chair and an ottoman); he does not wish to interact
19:00 Squeak begins intermittently living up to her name but cannot be found
19:20 Squeak consents to be discovered and petted, but only in the bathroom; vast puffs of fur emerge from her body
20:30 Squeak happy enough to play with me in the kitchen; Bat still wedged; Diz whereabouts unknown
21:00 Batty amenable to petting, emerges from hole only to be hissed at by Squeak and to emit strategic aromas; litterboxes are used and food is eaten; Diz whereabouts unknown

00:00 Squeak curled up behind my knees on the couch; Bat eating dry food in my bedroom
??:?? coalescence of Dizzy from the ether to be thoroughly petted; re-evaporation of Dizzy
04:00 Squeak discovers the fine echoing properties of the hallway where my roommates sleep and is forcibly relocated into my room with closed door; as the couch is surprisingly uncomfortable, I accompany her
06:30 after ongoing shenanigans including Bat in and out of the bedroom, I admit that I am awake and get some cereal
7:30 despite grouchy reconfined Squeak, fed Kylee is able to zonk out again
10:00 I awaken with Squeak curled adorably in the small of my back; now that it is daytime and my roommate is awake, she is not whining at all; Bat has burrowed hilariously into the cushions of the armchair; Diz whereabouts unknown

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Sep. 1st, 2014 09:16 am
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Mondays, every week, let's celebrate ourselves, to start the week right. Tell me what you're proud of. Tell me what you accomplished last week, something -- at least one thing -- that you can turn around and point at and say: I did this. Me. It was tough, but I did it, and I did it well, and I am proud of it, and it makes me feel good to see what I accomplished. Could be anything -- something you made, something you did, something you got through. Just take a minute and celebrate yourself. Either here, or in your journal, but somewhere.

(And if you feel uncomfortable doing this in public, I've set this entry to screen any anonymous comments, so if you want privacy, comment anonymously and I won't unscreen it. Also: yes, by all means, cheer each other on when you see something you want to give props to!)

Post almost every day!

Sep. 1st, 2014 04:02 am
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Welp, I forgot yesterday. Oops!

A while ago I asked [personal profile] sanguinity to sell me on the Terminator movies and TSCC. And she did! And while I haven't been able yet to get ahold of TSCC, I have decreed that tonight is the night I'm getting drunk and watching the first two Terminator movies.

It's been awesome.

For one, [personal profile] liviapenn downloaded the Superman serials from the late 40s and early 50s, so we've made a pact to watch an episode before each movie we watch. And it's been super cool. Superman vs. Atom Man has been incredible. There is a super glittery helmet involved. SUPER. GLITTER.

T1 was pretty awesome! I really dig action movies and I'm a little intoxicated, so that's probably helping, but I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed 1984-LA-which-actually-looks-like-LA-from-movies-set-in-the-future-made-in-1984. I enjoyed finally figuring out where all those lines come from. And the action scenes were pretty sweet! Especially the chase scenes.

The thing that bothered me the most, actually, was the fact that they weren't really careful about headlight continuity. Like, when car headlights were on and off. I know maybe that's a stupid thing to be bothered by, but it was the one thing that niggled at me--if it had been a worse movie I wouldn't have cared as much.

Also, one of the cops was played by Dr. Franklin's dad (Babylon 5.) So that was interesting.

The body horror with the Terminator was interesting. (I am definitely watching the bit in T2 where Ahnold pulls off his arm skin, so that's influencing my thoughts.) I mean, the terminators--the ones covered in skin--are totally body horror, right? They're, like, the thing where you remember there's a skeleton inside you, and it's like, jeez, this time it's a metal skeleton inside this dude? That's kind of creepy when you think about it. I mean, it's actually kind of creepy just saying it without thinking deeply. So there's that.

It's amusing to see how butt rights changed between T1 and T2. (I.e. they lost butt rights to the Governator between the first and second movies.)

Other things I am loving: the score, especially in T2 where I feel like it's a little more sophisticated, and little John Connor, who is shaping up to be a pretty good resistance leader. Not as good as Aang from A:tLA, of course (NOBODY is as good as Aang) but I feel like he and Aang would be good pals, you know? (Actually, I feel like he and Toph would be better pals, but now I am imagining Toph Bei Fong and John Connor hanging out and kind of running in terror.)

(You should totally write that.)

So yes. Awesome movies. Very much enjoyed.

I am looking forward to getting a copy of TSCC now, I guess...

September 1, 1939

Sep. 1st, 2014 04:59 am
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Seventy-five years ago, the Nazis invaded Poland. It was the beginning of World War II.
still applies, unfortunately )

Stub September - Fandoms

Sep. 1st, 2014 12:36 am
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For this year's Stub September, we have chosen weekly themes to focus on specific types of stubs. However, you are always welcome to work on any stub (or any other article!) at any time.

The first week's theme is fandoms!

There are a number of pages about individual fandoms that need more information. Some of the current stubs include:

and many more! Feel free to browse the stubs, pages that need expansion, and examples wanted categories.

Resources for editing fandom pages )

Check back next week for a new theme! If you have any questions, feel free to comment on this post or to email the Fanlore Gardeners.

You are also totally welcome and encouraged to leave comments letting us know about your contributions to the challenge. Happy editing!

Happy Birthday!

Aug. 31st, 2014 11:58 pm
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Happy belated birthday, [livejournal.com profile] helenllama, [livejournal.com profile] hobbit_feets, [livejournal.com profile] spikes_heart, [livejournal.com profile] stillane, [livejournal.com profile] tracey_claybon, and [livejournal.com profile] wabbitseason!

And happy birthday, [personal profile] binz, [personal profile] bobcatmoran, [livejournal.com profile] thelostmaximoff, and [livejournal.com profile] sdwolfpup!
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