[vid]: Ribcage (Ex Machina, 2015)

Jan. 23rd, 2017 02:07 pm
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source: Ex Machina (2015)
song/artist: “Ribcage” by Mary Lambert, K. Flay and Angel Haze
length/size/format: 4:56/19MB/mp4

content notes: physical and emotional violence against women.

summary: Everybody look around, I don’t know how to fill the space / the invitation’s on the page, open up my ribcage.

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Okay, kids, this journal has been wall-to-wall politics recently (with the occasional vegetable or books interlude), and while that's useful for accountability, I need to have other things in my life. Like fic.

Leave me a prompt. Three words or an image or a line of (unattributed) dialogue. Please don't specify fandom. ♥
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p.s. the news looks better this evening, at least, because we're there.

Context also marched.

Bar mitzvah

Jan. 23rd, 2017 08:50 pm
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Soon after I came to Stoke, there was a boy of 8 or 9 who got really really enthusiastic about Judaism. He dragged his not terribly religious father to shul regularly, and wanted to join his friend, two years older, for Hebrew lessons. So I taught the two of them together, and the older of the two celebrated his bar mitzvah in due course. They've always had a really great friendship and partnership, in spite of what might have been an awkward age gap, and I was really pleased that the bar mitzvah boy was entirely keen to carry on with Hebrew lessons once he'd finished the bar mitzvah.

Younger lad wanted to have a bar mitzvah in his turn. And there were lots of reasons why this might not have worked out but he was so keen, and had really obviously thought through all the ramifications, so we agreed that we should start preparing a Torah portion. So for about a year we've being alternating one-on-one bar mitzvah tuition with joint lessons for the two lads, focusing more on general language skills.

contains religion and tangential mentions of the Holocaust )
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Sent Gov. Cuomo an email saying thank you for protecting New Yorkers' access to reproductive health care, and said I hoped this was the beginning of the implementation of state-wide universal care. Fellow New Yorkers, I encourage you to do the same! I also plan to send him an email about the tuition plan for the state university that he recently announced.

I'm calling Gillibrand and Schumer at MergeSort tonight to tell them to vote against DeVos for Education and Price for HHS, because dear lord are those ethics violations flagrant.

Planned Parenthood volunteering continues to be a bright spot; I feel awkward and unsocialized but we made 600+ safer sex kits last week, and me feeling awkward is nobody else's problem (to be clear, no one is causing me to feel like this, everyone has been kind and friendly and welcoming, I just feel like an awkward turtle).

I've been looking for the sunshine

Jan. 23rd, 2017 12:54 pm
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January talking meme, day 23: [livejournal.com profile] secretsolitaire asked: City you could visit over and over again?

it would be a copout to say New York, right, since I live here? Even though there is so much to do and see that I have not done and seen? But of cities I have been that I would like to go back to, San Francisco probably tops the list followed closely by New Orleans. I feel like they also have so much to do and see that I have neither done nor seen since I was only there for work and thus, despite the occasional outing, spent most of my time holed up in various hotel conference rooms for work.


So the title of Star Wars VIII was revealed today and I guess I'm still working through my thoughts on it.


WIP roundups are going on all over so here are mine:

if you find yourself lost, dig, the Rey & Leia bonding story I tried to finish for More Joy Day but since I was utterly lacking in joy, was not able to. I'm still hung up on the details which should be handwaved as "for reasons not explored at this juncture they are in this situation" except I keep trying to explore them and that has led to a lot of deleting and rewriting. Sigh.

Talking Points, Luke and Rey and trying not to make the same mistakes past generations did.

nobody move, nobody get hurt and the movement and the spin, generally known as Thing One and Thing Two in this space, but I've been amused at the titles for so long that I need to share them. Hopefully they'll both be finished at some point in the near future! Writing happens, but since they're tied together so closely, it's a question of which POV better serves which part of the story, while leaving them both things that could stand on their own if they had to, but also make sense if read together as intended. So there's some referencing back and forth that happens as well. They're also AU, so there's figuring out how the changes impact events down the line. Sigh.

leave all your love and your longing behind, the SW drabble sequence, which I keep opening and closing because drabbles are hard. Or, rather, choosing that one moment/decision/scene to encapsulate each character is hard enough; writing it satisfactorily within 100 words is even harder.

how strangely my life is curved, aka, Ahsoka unfrozen in the future and Steve Rogersing her way through the Resistance.

Night Five, Anakin/Ahsoka trope fic ("there's only one bed at the space hotel!") for [personal profile] silveronthetree.

Drive It Like You Stole It, the Han/Leia PWP that is basically nothing but a title and some notes. I have to figure out what the point is so I know whose POV to write from. *hands*

the untitled story where Force ghost!Obi-Wan haunts Darth Vader and Darth Vader is just like, "I already have an Obi-Wan in my head criticizing everything I do! What fresh hell is this?" also for [personal profile] silveronthetree.

writing is hard!

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As discussed by [personal profile] rydra_wong, tomorrow afternoon Inclusion London and Disabled People Against The Cuts are hosting a briefing and discussion session regarding the UN finding that the UK government was engaging in grave and systematic violations of the rights of disabled people.

You can use WriteToThem to find, and write to, your MP, in order to draw this session to their attention and urge them to attend. The event details are:
Grave and systematic violations – What next after the UN disability inquiry? Briefing and Discussion
Committee Room 12, Houses of Parliament
2.30 – 3.45pm Tuesday 24th January 2017

My letter specifically pulls my MP up on his comprehensive failure to respond to my previous e-mail to him so will be of limited use, but just in case: Read more... )

(If any of you have the cope to adapt this for [community profile] spoonlessactivists, please by all means go ahead and do so.)

(no subject)

Jan. 23rd, 2017 09:03 am
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I marched*!

I ended up catching a ride to DC with the friends coming from the Barony of Cynnabar. I'm glad I went. I'm also glad I didn't go by myself; it wasn't scary or anything but having other specific people to keep an eye on helped with scale.

(Also, wow is Michigan angry. Most people didn't bother IDing themselves by home state, but I think nearly every Michigander there had Michigan on their sign somewhere.)

Also, nobody told me I was supposed to make a pink hat, why did nobody tell me (the website specifically said there were no matching clothes or colors proposed!) I was really heartened by the number of My First Knitting Project hats people were wearing, though - someday I really do need to finally write that essay on knitting and social resistance.

My sister marched in Reykjavik; I haven't seen that one in any of the round-up photoposts so here's the best set of Reykjavik photos I've seen.

*You may have heard contradictory things about whether we ever actually marched in DC. )

So yeah, I'm glad I had that experience. I always feel like you should take part in political action like that not because you think you being there will achieve the goal, but just because you want to be there, and it was worth being there Saturday.

that said, goal-wise: )

4. Illegitimi non carborundum.

And if all else fails, outlive the bastards. And live well. They may run our country but they can't run our lives if we don't let them in.

On that note, this will probably go back to being a mostly non-specific-politics journal (until the next time I need to desperately beg for a ride, at least) because maintaining a free cultural space is also a very important means of resistance, especially over a long grind.

UK people: super-short notice but

Jan. 23rd, 2017 10:07 am
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Inclusion London and DPAC are holding a briefing event on the UN report on the treatment of disabled people for MPs and members of the Lords tomorrow:


Therefore, you may wish to e-mail/phone your MP to ask if they'll be attending/encourage them to attend.
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In 'How Online Fandom Is Shaping TV in 2017' for Vanity Fair, Joanna Robinson wrote "Shipping" is hardly a new TV phenomenon, and has, for a long time, enjoyed a close association with another kind of fandom—slash fiction—that focuses on the (often imagined, perceived, or extrapolated) sexual relationships between fictional characters of the same sex.

The Daily Star’s Marisha Aziz expanded upon Steps to Achieve Fanfiction Fame.

For JSTOR Daily, Erin Blakemore explored Fanfic as Academic Discipline.

From 'CBS, Paramount Settle Lawsuit Over 'Star Trek' Fan Film' by Eriq Gardner for The Hollywood Reporter: "There's never really been a trial over fan fiction before," says David Kluft, a partner at Foley Hoag who has written about Star Trek litigation. According to Christopher Mele in The New York Times, The [joint] statement said the studios "continue to be big believers in fan fiction and fan creativity" and encouraged amateur filmmakers to demonstrate their passion for "Star Trek" as long as their works were nonprofessional and met the companies' guidelines for fan films. Similarly, Santa Clarita Valley Signal’s Patrick Mullen wrote In its fan guidelines, CBS and Paramount said they are "big believers in reasonable fan fiction and fan creativity" within certain limits.

Victoria, Anna Todd, John le Carré, Goldengate, Slender Man, M. Night Shyamalan, Star Wars, more on The Donald )

Singapore Book Publishers Association president Peter Schoppert told Straits Times’s Olivia Ho "Young writers and readers have the whole world in front of them and are just as likely to put their energy into Tumblr poetry or fan-fiction as learning about local literature. We have to recognise that and move from there."

I’ve no clue what this means, but here’s something from Syida Lizta Amirul Ihsan in New Straits Times: LOCAL label dUCk is curated as such that it’s narrated by a persona called D. In stories and sketches that appear on Instagram, D lives in a high-rise apartment, has two close friends, Carey and Hannah, and is in a long-distance relationship. Fans assume that D is nothing more than the voice of the brand’s founder Vivy Yusof but D maintains that she exists. There’s a cute banter between both, with fans commenting, assuming and extrapolating all possibilities like they would in fan fiction.

A Zach Schonfeld piece in Newsweek about 3 Doors Down fandom’s response to the group playing the inauguration referenced the existence of Anderson Cooper fanfic.

A piece in the Bainbridge Review revealed that the winner of "the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra’s 2017 Young Artist Concerto Competition" loves to write fan fiction and watch the Food Network.

Finally, from 'Dangerous Game: can a Calum Best vehicle with Darren Day as a Russian mob boss really exist?' (Stuart Heritage, The Guardian): "You know what they say," Best grunts 22 seconds into the trailer. "A friend helps you move, but a true friend helps you move a dead body." No they don’t, Calum. Nobody says that. I just Googled "A friend helps you move, but a true friend helps you move a dead body". It had only two results, and both of those came from a Teen Wolf fan fiction forum.

Things I want to post about

Jan. 22nd, 2017 04:02 pm
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Going to the Boston Women's March For America yesterday. \o/

Delicious turkey soup variant.

"Fake" vs "Fictional" News, and other media literacy nuances.

What am I actually doing today? Household chores + slumping on the couch with the creeping suspicion I will be going to bed at 7pm for the second night in a row. Being sick = aaaaargh.
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January talking meme, day 22: [personal profile] kayim asked, What fiction genre do you most enjoy (and why!)?

I read a lot of sci-fi and fantasy these days, as I did when I was younger and then stopped sometime in the late 80s because so much of it was so bad and generic, so for many years I mostly read thrillers and mainstream literary fiction, both of which have their charms (the latter more so when you avoid the 'middle-aged white male professor contemplating adultery' subgenre, which I do), and a lot of what is sometimes called chicklit, about professional women coming back to their hometowns and reconnecting with family or learning family secrets or what have you. I read a lot of Regency romances, which is basically the only category of romance I personally enjoy, though I do like some YA romance, but of the Sarah Dessen variety.

I think my favorite, though, my very favorite, tends to be mysteries. Cozies, procedurals, vigilante, noir, hardboiled - I love them a lot. A good mystery should have a well built and interesting structure, intriguing characters who all sound like individuals, a good sense of place/time (depending on subgenre), snappy language (again, depending on subgenre), and a satisfying conclusion that you might be able to figure out before the detective gets there (certainly you should be able to figure it out on the reread) but which isn't too easy or obvious from the get-go. (I mean, there are exceptions that prove the rule - does anyone know what actually happened in "The Big Sleep?")

So yeah, mysteries. I especially love it when a mystery-type plot pops up in a different genre style novel - a sci-fi or fantasy or romance novel with a mystery is frequently going to be my favorite kind of thing to read.


In other news, as it turns out, my sister can't use aloe, so I'm using coconut oil for her*, but I'm concerned that the glitter will all sink to the bottom as the stuff solidifies since I can't fight gravity. Should I not have melted it completely? I didn't really see another way to work with it (I also didn't really want to bring out the hand mixer in the presence of so much glitter). It's in little 2 oz jars instead of the roller ball bottles, though, for ease of use, since it won't be liquid by the time it gets to her.

*a paraphrased transcript of our conversation: )


Star Wars Rebels: The Trials of the Darksaber
Now that's what I'm talking about! I realized I didn't say anything about last week's episode and...I think that basically tells you exactly what I thought of it. *snerk* Anyway. This week was fab! spoilers )


mirkwood by faQy (SFW)

Jan. 22nd, 2017 07:53 pm
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Fandom: Tolkien (The Hobbit)
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Bilbo and Thorin & Co. in Mirkwood
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: liner & digital
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] faqy / [tumblr.com profile] chechula

Why this piece is awesome: I love the storybook feel of this work and the warm, earthy colours. It would be so cool to have The Hobbit with illustrations in this style.

Link: mirkwood

New Vid: Hannibal "Vampire Smile"

Jan. 22nd, 2017 05:44 pm
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Title: Vampire Smile
Fandom: Hannibal (tv)
Music: Vampire Smile by Kyla La Grange
Characters/Pairing: Will Graham/Hannibal Lector
Summary: you'll need me and we can be obsessed
Warnings: graphic violence

download + streaming here on lj, here on dw and here on AO3.

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Apparently it usually does take me 3 weeks to get this posted, but down the line I won't care how belated it was, so here it is. :-)

10 goals from 2016 )

more things that happened in 2016 )

10 goals for 2017 )


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