Linkspam for mid-October 2017

Oct. 16th, 2017 02:53 pm
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I'm not doing regular linkspam posts anymore, but I had a pile of links to file and I thought I'd put them in one place.

Some advice for survivors and those writing about them, Leigh Honeywell (2017-10-12). Some great advice on talking to journalists that applies to situations where you're exposing any kind of wrong-doing.

Donald Trump to become first president to speak at anti-LGBT hate group gathering, Benjamin Butterworth for PinkNews (2017-10-11). Remember when people were saying "at least Tr*mp is pro-LGBT"?

[CW: rape] On predators who won't accept that they are predators, E Price (2017-10-12). "It’s important for men to question whether there are rapists in their midsts. But good men, really feminist men, need to go even further: they need to question whether they have ever been rapists themselves."

Sister Outsider Headbanger: On Being a Black Feminist Metalhead, Keidra Chaney for Bitch (2000-11-30). Good stuff about being in intersecting outsider identities.

We fired our top talent. Best decision we ever made, Jonathan Solórzano-Hamilton (2017-10-12). "Rick was a very talented developer. Rick could solve complex business logic problems and create sophisticated architectures to support his lofty designs. Rick could not solve the problem of how to work effectively on a team." (Other people have rightly pointed out that the author doesn't place enough responsibility on the environment "Rick" was in for allowing him to escalate his toxic behaviors, but the fact remains that some people deal with pressure by seeking help and support from others, while others deal with it by harming others in an attempt to preserve themselves.)

We Warned You About Milo And You’re Still Not Listening, Katherine Cross for The Establishment (2017-10-09). 'The hypersensitivity that reels from “trigger warnings” but thrills to Yiannopoulos’ joyful transphobia, that likens workplace diversity trainings to “gulags,” is what fuels the outrage culture about “outrage culture,” an insatiable rage that can never be sated by giving it what it says it wants. It will merely demand we make ourselves smaller and smaller until nothing of us remains. Reactionary outrage about “PC” is not a philosophy as much as it is a burning sun that demands our compliance as its nuclear fuel, consuming it endlessly until it can feed no more and goes nova.'

America Loves Plausible Deniability, Lindy West for the New York Times (2017-10-14). "When faced with a choice between an incriminating truth or a flattering lie, America’s ruling class has been choosing the lie for 400 years."

A guide to modern Nazi dogwhistles from [twitter.com profile] secretgamergrrl:
"Modern nazi dog whistles- Accusing people of "calling everyone a nazi." Specifically, doing this in contexts where it makes no sense. i.e. shouting "you call everyone a nazi!" when someone is talking about nazi book burnings in the 40s, or "everyone you don't like is a nazi!" in response to a statement like "this is a profoundly homophobic statement from this organization." The hope is that someone listening who has, in a more appropriate context, been at some point likened to a nazi will give some subtle gesture of approval, outing themselves as someone ripe for recruitment. A common variation is shouting "why do you hate Trump!?" when people discuss bigotry in contexts with no tie to Trump."

Cyrus Vance and the Myth of the Progressive Prosecutor, Josie Duffy Rice for the New York Times: "The progressive bombast is meaningless if prosecutors continue to promote the same harsh practices behind the scenes. Instead, voters must look closely at their policies and hold them to high and specific standards. We should ask: Are prosecutors opposing new mandatory minimum sentences during legislative debates? Have they declined to request cash bail in a vast majority of cases? Are they keeping children out of adult court and refusing to seek life-without-parole sentences for them?"

"Fun sexual assault fact: you only hear the stories we can bear to tell." -- [twitter.com profile] sarahhartshorne

on card and board games

Oct. 12th, 2017 11:33 am
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Variations on a theme (the Great Board Games Desensitisation Process post), by [personal profile] kaberett. If you love card/board game socials, or if you are reluctant to play card/board games with others, this is worth reading.

Happy National Coming Out Day!

Oct. 11th, 2017 11:40 am
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  • I'm not transgender as in "we need cis allies", I'm transsexual as in "fuck you".
  • I'm not bisexual as in "here's my 5000-word thinkpiece on why that doesn't mean I'm not attracted to non-binary people", I'm pansexual as in "I don't eliminate potential partners based on their gender".
  • I'm not "gay" as in happy, I'm queer as in "fuck you".
  • I'm not liberal as in "universal acceptance and inclusion is possible while including fascists and white supremacists", but rather, anarcho-communist as in understanding what the Paradox of Tolerance means.
  • I'm not poly and kinky as in "understand my bizarre tendencies", I'm poly and kinky as in "almost everyone's conceptions of family and sexuality would benefit from radical change."
  • I'm not mentally ill as in "I need to be changed into a different person from who I am", I'm neuroatypical as in "other people need to accept the person who I am."


Go forward, do no harm, and take no shit.

Alternate Take

Oct. 10th, 2017 07:18 am
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There was a second ship out in the storm called the Fearless, and they all perished so that the folks on the Minnow could make it to shore.

It makes sense lyrically, and it's a lot more believable than the notion that Gilligan (the entire "crew") is capable of saving people's lives.

Smells and Words

Oct. 8th, 2017 06:38 pm
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I wish I could post smells, because this is Pesto-Making Weekend and it’s sooooo fragrant. I supplemented our garden basil with some from Trader Joe’s, but once the garden harvest was in a heap on the kitchen floor I saw it was more than I expected. Pesto will be abundant this winter, hooray! (We freeze it in ice cube trays, sans parmesan.)


Sanguinity made onion gravy last night and that smell was also heavenly. We ate it on fries, poutine without the cheese curds. (The last few times I tried buying cheese curds, they did not squeak when bitten! I was disappointed.) Right now I’m making mashed potatoes for the leftover gravy.


I learned on Tumblr tonight that Merriam-Webster has a Time Traveler feature where you can look up which words and phrases were born (er, first used in print) in a given year. Here are a few the same age I am:



  • bad hair day

  • comfort food

  • granola (!)

  • labradoodle (!)

  • wish list


Surprises from my mom’s era: it says poster child and private eye were both new in 1938.


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Oct. 8th, 2017 03:23 pm
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[community profile] holmestice sign-ups close on Tuesday. I hope that the people who care about that already know? But just in case: [community profile] holmestice sign-ups close on Tuesday.

(Ugh, and I have to find time to write my sign-up at some point!)

Speaking of Holmestice, have two Holmestice-related stories that I posted between rounds!

Talent and Genius
Шерлок Холмс | New Russian Holmes (2013)
Sherlock Holmes & John Watson
Gen, No Warnings Apply, 827 words

I exhaled, and trusted him.

From a prompt offered by [personal profile] rachelindeed during the Winter 2015 round: "Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one else can see." (Arthur Schopenhauer)
That prompt was such a beautiful fit for New Russian Holmes, that I wrote this fill the same morning. Even though she hadn't requested New Russian. And then I sat on it for the better part of two years, because she hadn't requested New Russian, and I wasn't sure what to do with it.

But that was silly, so here, have a New Russian ficlet about Holmes and Watson and talent and genius.


Sherlock Ferret & The Amnesiac Admiral for [personal profile] starfishstar
Sherlock Ferret - Hugh Ashton
Sherlock Ferret & Watson Mouse, Wiggins
Gen, No Warnings Apply, ~4500 words
Amnesia, Holometabolism, Friendship, Happy Ending

Wiggins is missing. Watson Mouse is on the case.

Last round, [personal profile] starfishstar was the only one who publicly guessed my authorship for both my stories, and so I offered them a treat. (Several people said after the fact that they had guessed, but they didn't commit themselves publicly and in advance of reveals, so no treats for them.) Starfishstar asked for Sherlock Ferret, which is a wonderfully charming children series. However, as often happens when my brain is handed a cracky, implausible premise, I started asking how that would actually work and... Well. That's how we ended up with Ashton's charmingly earnest world running smack up against the horrifying realities of butterfly pupation. (Don't worry, it all comes out right in the end. Or as right as it can be, when butterfly pupation is in play.)

As per usual when I write these super-obscure Holmesian fandoms, everything you need to know is in the fic. The story is complete in three chapters; I'll be posting the rest over the next few days, as my betas and I have time to finish editing it.

Dear Yuletide writer

Oct. 7th, 2017 05:06 pm
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Dear Yulewriter,

thank you so much for writing a story for me! Rest assured that you really can't go wrong here. All my requested fandoms are very rare, and just the existence of new fic in any of them will make me incredibly happy.

I've requested all of these before, and have been lucky enough to receive fic for all of them before, but I really desperately want more. (With about equal amounts of craving, so no matter which we matched on, you are going to give me something wonderful.) I suppose what I really want for each of them is a giant fandom with hundreds of stories, but since I'm not going to get that, Yuletide it is. My once-a-year chance. :)

General Preferences

Fic Likes & Dislikes )

As for the fandoms and ships I requested, everything important is in the AO3 requests, but if you'd like some additional info/ideas/thoughts, here you go, in no particular order:

Ring of Swords - Eleanor Arnason )

Starfire series - Various Authors )

Nantucket trilogy - S.M. Stirling )

1632 series - Various Authors )

Ahem. Yes, that was pretty long. But please don't worry if my suggestions aren't your cup of tea; as I said above, any story you can come up with around these characters will make me jump with glee. Most of all, have fun writing! :)

Friday Five

Oct. 6th, 2017 12:11 pm
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The Friday Five post isn’t up yet at LiveJournal/Dreamwidth, so let’s use the f.riday5.com questions this week:


1. What’s a good movie for October that has nothing to do with monsters or Halloween?


After Life (1998), a Japanese movie that’s contemplative and quirky in just the way I like.


2. What’s a good couple of songs for October that have nothing to do with monsters or Halloween?


Wynton Marsalis and Sarah Vaughan doing Autumn Leaves together. Cat Stevens’ Moonshadow.


3. What are some reasons to love October?


Monsters and Halloween, of course! Also fresh apple cider. Chilly mornings so I don’t get to work all sweaty if I walk. Sunshine with golden leaves and deep blue sky.


4. Radio stations sometimes call this month Rocktober, doing special playlists or giveaways in celebration of rock music. What would be a better rhyming name for this month, and how might it be celebrated?


We have local Walktober promotions. But I’ll go with Socktober, because having enough cozy warm socks without holes is a great feeling.


5. What would be a good holiday to establish in October for those U.S. states not commemorating Columbus Day?


Portland celebrates Indigenous Peoples’ Day on that Monday; I’m good with that.


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Yuletide Letter 2017

Oct. 6th, 2017 10:31 am
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Aaaaah! This year, time got completely away from me, so several of these requests are recycled from previous years. Some of them I've already received amazing fic for, but I'm greedy and want more. However, in fic exchanges I only ever ask for things I can't write - which means that whatever fandom we matched on and whatever you write, I will be thrilled that it exists.

Also, I'm a big believer in ODAO, so I tend to offer minimalist prompts. I'd rather have a story that you're excited and enthused about writing, so if one of these prompts inspires you - great! Otherwise, feel free to ignore them.

Chronicles of the Kencyrath, Chronicles of Morgaine, Deadwood, Solo quiero caminar )

Thank you again, dear writer, and happy Yuletide!

Black Beans

Oct. 5th, 2017 08:43 pm
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I slacked off on my A words in ASL and got a B instead of an A on my vocabulary notebook. D: Back to the A word mines!


When I got home from school, I walked in to the smell of bacon. Sanguinity was baking potatoes, to be served with bacon and sour cream and cheese, oh wow. They weren’t quite ready yet, so we had leftover black beans with a fried egg on top while we waited.


I don’t know how much of my relationship with this black bean recipe is that it fits our household very well, and how much of it is that we love it so much that we run the household to fit it. But I don’t have my usual inertia about getting out the food processor for it, and there are always three cans of black beans in the cupboard.


Black Beans


Fry up bacon. We use the cast iron skillet and cook three slices plus a little more to eat while cooking.

While the bacon is frying, dice an onion.

Remove the bacon from the pan and chop it up. Cook the onion in the bacon fat with some cumin.

While the onion is cooking, get a chipotle or two out of the freezer. (Chipotles in adobo sauce come in a can. When you open a can, freeze the chiles you don’t use on a cookie sheet, each with a blob of sauce on it, and store them in the freezer in a plastic bag.)

Drain three cans of black beans. Whirl them and the chipotle in the food processor. It’s okay to add a little water if you need it to make it all process smoothly.

Put the bean glop in the pan with the onions, and stir in the bacon. Let it rest over low heat, stirring now and then, until it’s all mixed and warmed through.

Serve with corn tortillas. Cheese, cilantro, sour cream, green taco sauce, and fried eggs are all optional but welcome additions. (I just had Sanguinity proofread this recipe, and she says Tapatio sauce, not green taco sauce!)


I’m pretty sure this came from a Cook’s Illustrated library book, though I didn’t find it on the internet in a cursory search. I know the chipotle tip did, and that book is also why our freezer usually has rolled-up uncooked bacon strips, tablespoon-sized blobs of tomato paste, and whole ginger root in it.


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Oct. 4th, 2017 11:43 pm
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Iowa State University has a lake - an artificial lake called Lake Laverne - and it has two swans, whose names are Lancelot and Elaine.

It is very proud of its lake and its swans, and they are marketed at alumni who feel nostalgic about the school.

As it happens, I'm in a Restoration Ecology class, and we're split up into three groups: one group is doing a project on prairie restoration, one group is doing a project on woodland restoration (that's my group. We have to figure out how to get the buckthorn and garlic mustard out of a local park), and one group is doing lake restoration. Specifically, Lake Laverne.

Like many lakes, especially in agricultural areas, Lake Laverne has a eutrophication problem. Too many phytoplankton, not enough lake plants, and the lake is cloudy rather than clear.

The lake group thinks they've figured out why Lake Laverne doesn't have plants.

It's because the swans are eating them.

I think it's going to be easier to get the buckthorn out of Emma McCarthy Lee than to ask the university to get rid of Lancelot and Elaine.

(Although, now that I think about it, it might not do much - the massive flock of Canada Geese that wintered on the lake last year might be a bigger problem...)

HFN high-school romance

Oct. 4th, 2017 08:11 pm
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YA romances I’ve loved this year:


cover of I Believe in a Thing Called Love with smiling girl in miniskirt

I Believe in a Thing Called Love, by Maurene Goo


cover of When Dimple Met RIshi, closeup of smiling girl drinking iced coffee

When Dimple Met Rishi, by Sandhya Menon


cover of Always and Forever, Lara Jean, with girl at dressing table

Always and Forever, Lara Jean, by Jenny Han


(although actually, I liked the first book of the trilogy, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, best.)


I have to admit that from my middle-aged perspective I’m a little unsure how to read romances set in the senior year of high school or summer between high school and college. Maybe in general I’m not as practiced at HFN (happy for now) endings in romance as at HEA (happy ever after), but I think the books share my unsureness at least a little. Dimple and Rishi had some Meant To Be / Eternally cues and that was okay. Always and Forever framed it as “don’t let the world tell you your romance is doomed,” and… that worked as far as it went? But I keep having to stuff down my opinion that taking high-school romance to college usually doesn’t work out well. (Discussing I Believe in a Thing Called Love‘s solution would be spoilery.)


Miscellaneous notes: I Believe in a Thing Called Love has made me want to watch so, so many more K-dramas. (Not a high bar, Mystery Queen is the only one I’ve seen so far. I loved it.) And shooting has started for the movie version of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before!


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Magpie

Oct. 3rd, 2017 09:01 pm
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Not a lot of time on Tuesdays between school and picking up Sanguinity after work, so just a couple of links:



  • After I read Rahul Kanakia’s hilarious and unswerving YA novel Enter TItle Here, I started reading his blog. I’ve read this post three times: Some Advice to Writers on How to Search for the Heart of Longing. I like the connection he makes between a mundane-ish life and what makes you feel yearning and engagement as a reader. I also like its thinking-out-loud feel.

  • Lynda Barry has been linking to videos of the PS 22 Chorus on her class Tumblr. This morning’s was Coldplay’s Viva la Vida. I love how freely the kids sing and move. I would like to sing like that more.


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