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Posted by Simon Beard

Campaigning for the General Election has been suspended twice in recent days, and rightly so. Last Sunday, we paused in memory of Jo Cox, her lifelong work to show that we have more in common and her tragic death, whilst in recent days we ceased campaigning in the wake of Monday’s atrocious terrorist attack on Manchester by those who wish to use death and destruction to drive us apart.

Last Saturday I visited the North West Kent Muslim Association for their public open day, and now feels like a good time to write about that visit. Like many people, I learned something about Islam while at school, but had never been inside a mosque before, and to be honest, I would have struggled to tell people where my local mosque was.

Dartford’s mosque is on Crayford high street, in a converted church building. For the open day, they had set up an exhibition in their community room, focusing on the fundamentals of Islam, the relationship between Islam and Europe (including the many things that we have gained from Islamic cultures, such as coffee drinking) and on Islam and Science.

As both a Liberal and a Christian however, the most interesting parts of the day for me were the discussions with local Muslims. I was surprised to see the mosque had separate entrances for ‘brothers’ and ‘sisters’ (though we were all welcomed through the same gate this time). However, women at the mosque assured us that this was not a sign of inferiority or subjugation for either sex and that they felt that Islamic law and practice was there to guard their equality rather than undermine it.

I was reminded that my own denomination, the Quakers, still retains some older meeting houses with a separate room that was initially built to allow for the segregation of men and women in worship. This is despite the fact that Quakers always argued for the equality of men and women, and indeed had women in ministry as long ago as the 17th century.

Another topic that I discussed with several people there was the issue of ‘fundamental British values,’ defined by Ofsted as including “democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.” As a moral philosopher, it has always seemed troubling to be to define these values as British, since they represent universal human values of liberty, equality, decency and tolerance, and I was pleased to hear that many Muslims see these as being ‘fundamentally Islamic values’ just as much as fundamentally British ones.

Indeed, it was not always Britain that led the world in extolling such values to others. For instance, since its earliest days, Islam has been opposed to all forms of discrimination on the grounds of identity. As one person put it, any kind of ism, be it racism, sexism or whatever, is a sin in Islam. Furthermore, for most of the middle ages, the Islamic Ottoman Empire was a paradigm of scientific enlightenment and religious tolerance compared to Christian Europe.

Of course, there will always be those who fight against our common yearning for freedom, equality and peace, either out of a lust for power or a belief that theirs, truly, is the only acceptable way of life. I find common cause with anyone working against such bigotry, be they liberal secularists, Muslims, Christians or just ordinary people trying to get on in life. I know how easy it is to get stuck on the things that appear to divide us, from separate entrances to different creeds. However, where we are heading matters a lot more than where we are starting from, and what really matters is that which unites us, the common cause to build a brighter future. Open, Tolerant and United.

* Simon Beard is a Quaker, a Philosophy student and a Lib Dem from Sevenoaks

Review – Herding Hemingway’s Cats

May. 28th, 2017 08:00 am
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Cover of Herding Hemingway's Cats by Kat ArneyHerding Hemingway’s Cats, Kat Arney

I didn’t expect to get that much out of this, since it explores the subject of genetics — I read a lot about genetics, after all, and have done one or two modules focusing on it. And it’s true that the tone is very light and journalistic, quippy and light and funny, but it also has an extensive section for further reading and covers some fascinating topics I didn’t know about. The section on epigenetics was particularly interesting; I’ve seen a lot of enthusiasm for epigenetics, of course, but this was a more measured and conservative interpretation.

It’s the kind of book that left me turning to my wife and saying, “hey, did you know…?” a lot, and looking up things online (like Minoo Rassoulzadegan’s white-gloved mice). There’s a lot of complications and new things coming out about genetics, and this proved to be an excellent survey of that.

The only thing I disliked was the way the interviews were presented — almost like a dialogue in a novel, but without new paragraphs for new speakers. It made it a little difficult to follow, and I’m not all that interested in what kind of shoes the scientist in question was wearing during the interview.

Rating: 4/5

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Sarah: Am I the only one who gets a little zing! of excitement with the production company logo and music at the start of a movie? I think it’s a leftover reaction from going to a movie as a kid – which was a Big Deal of excitement.

Carrie S: Clothes!

Elyse: My fashion goals are to have a cape like Dorothy’s.

Carrie S: Three minutes in and I’m already in love with Jane Russell.

Sarah: What lipstick is Jane wearing in the opening sequence? I love it.

Ah, vintage movie credits. I can have a shower in the time it takes to get through them.

Elyse: Is “those girls couldn’t drown” a boob joke?

Carrie S: I feel like we need to discuss the flesh colored swim trunks but word fail me.

Elyse: Holy skin colored swim trunks. I love how the ship conveniently has a gymnastics studio next to the pool. Also what the fuck is the Australian crawl?

Sarah: Carrie, I agree. There is absolutely no subtext to men in flesh colored swim trunks dancing, wrestling, and swinging on a pole. Nope.

Dorothy with a black and white checkered cape. The underside is made up of bright yellow fabric.

RHG: Fuckboy Gus looks like Charles Boyle from Brooklyn 99 and that’s a substitution that’s going to keep me ENDLESSLY entertained for a while. All weekend, probably.

Sarah: Ok, when Junior Esmond walks through the backstage area on the way to Lorelei’s dressing room, he looks at all the women, and looks utterly confused what he’s doing there.

Elyse: I love Dorothy. LOVE her.

RHG: Jane Russell is the best, hands down. I want to get drunk with Dorothy and talk shit. Or with Jane. Both of ‘em.

Sarah: I love Dorothy’s confident sexuality. I love that the issue

RHG: RUNNING, why? “Sure it keeps you healthy, but at what cost?”

I deeply appreciate this workout scene. My face and Dorothy’s face are the same face and we would absolutely be best friends for ever. “I like a beautiful hunk of man.”

Dorthy is agog at a man flexing his biceps.

Sarah: “Nobody chaperones the chaperone.” And a thousand historical romances were born.

“Dibs on the shot putter.” Again, a thousand romances were born. Probably contemporary but I can be flexible.

Carrie S: When Lorelei and Dorothy walk into the dining room together there’s no lesbian subtext all. Nope. Not a bit.

Sarah: The choreography is something else – I don’t think their rib cages moved at all.

RHG: It’s nice to see actual dancing after that abhorrent remake of Dirty Dancing the other night with low energy, lackluster, barely dirty dancing.

Carrie S: I can’t figure out why I so very much want Lorelei to have love and riches even though she has the morals of a boa constrictor.

Sarah: Lorelei threatening to have her meals in her room so the head waiter has to give back his bribes – ma’am. I am so impressed.

Carrie S: Lorelei grand dismissal of annoying men is my everything.

Elyse: “The human ferret” is my new favorite insult.

Sarah: “Did you ever hear of a rich pole vaulter?” A thousand romances born? Well, maybe not a thousand. Maybe a six.

RHG: Oh, he’s good. Malone is VERY good at his job.

Ah! Elliot Reid reminds me of Christian Borle, especially in “My line? My most effective one is to tell a girl she has hair like a torch at midnight, lips like a red couch in an ivory palace that I’m lonely and starved for affection. Then, I generally burst into tears. It seldom works.”

Sarah: “You might be interested in my tiara.” I’m going to say that randomly, when I have a tiara in my bag. Which means I need to get a tiara to keep in my bag.

RHG: I’m going to start carrying around a tiara. Just in case. You never know when you might have a tiara emergency. “I just love finding new places to wear diamonds!” LOL.

Carrie S: OMG Lorelei is a terrible person. Blackmailing a dude to get a tiara is low, honey.

Sarah: Who packs a tiara in a leather briefcase without pad?

Elyse: Life goals: Needing 4 bellboys to unload my taxi…Except it would be all yarn and books, probably.

Carrie S: THAT SHADE OF BLUE THO. WE ARE NOT WORTHY.

Lorelei (Marilyn Monroe) in a gorgeous deep blue dress.

Sarah: And Carrie, that cobalt dress…we are indeed not worthy.

Elyse: This movie is pure clothes pr0n. Except the cone bras. Those are a little scary.

RHG: The costumes in this are STUNNING. OMG.

Sarah: The fact that I’m really enjoying this movie and that it’s a musical is surprising.

Elyse: Where do these women buy their lipstick?! It survives kissing…getting knocked in the pool…like a million cocktails…

Sarah: Dorothy is making me rethink pantsuits.

Dorothy has a pink lipstick now – and I don’t wear pink but I like it. I need makeup lessons from whomever chose her cosmetics.

RHG: THAT IS A VERY LARGE LISTENING DEVICE. “If you’ve nothing more to say, pray, scat.” BRUTAL.

Lorelei (Marilyn Monroe) telling a dude that if he has nothing more to say, pray, scat.

Sarah: Malone would make a terrible paparazzi. And I defined about sixteen abdominal muscles cringing at Piggy’s tales of Africa. Good grief.

Carrie S: I’m disappointed by the wedding dresses. I thought they’d be more outrageous.

Sarah: I was not expecting tea length wedding dresses and lace.

Lorelei and Dorothy's matching tea-length, lace wedding dresses.

Elyse: I don’t understand why the chandelier is made of women. Or the candelabra. HAVE THEY BEEN CURSED?!

Carre S: I love the female friendship and I love the tenacity with which the women go after what they want from life. It was a lot of fun! Also we have to provide a gif of Monroe smacking guys with her fan and saying “No, no no no no no” cause that’s the best.

Elyse: I adore the fact that Dorothy and Lorelei support each other unwaveringly. They may not always agree with each other, but they love and protect each other. I will watch/read that story always.

Sarah: I love that Lorelei and Dorothy’s friendship is immutable. They both know each other’s flaws and habits, but they defend one another and protect each other. And they’re honest about the circumstances they’re in, and don’t condemn each other for doing what they want, and going after what they want. I love that about this movie.

I also love their exchange:

“It’s just not fair.”

“Of course it’s not.”

They’re going to help each other and look after each other because nothing is fair.

RHG: That was charming and adorable, and I feel like Marilyn Monroe was a much better actress than a lot of people give her credit for. Sure, lot of people can do the breathy, “Oh my, isn’t that interesting?” thing, but to do it with enough layers, and being able to let the camera see the machinations behind it all? Noice. Pity that most people now seem to see just the hair and the boobs and the legs.

Elyse: “Really, then why are you wearing that hat?” I LOVE DOROTHY.

“You hold your breath till I call.” I LOVE HER EVEN MORE

RHG: Dorothy and I would TOTALLY be BFFs. We’d be salt-mates. It would be amazing.

Sarah: It’s hard to grade this because through my present-day lenses (all four of them) there are some cringe-tastic moments. I’m generally not a fan of musicals. (WHY. WHY DO YOU BURST INTO SONG AND DON’T KNOW YOU ARE SINGING WHY.)

It’s not perfection but it’s very close. B+

RHG: I’d agree on the B+ grade…although, thinking back to the dude workout song, that pushes it up to an A- for me. I do love me a beautiful hunk of man.

Elyse: This was super fun. I liked the romance but I loved the female friendship and the clothes were AMAZING. I agree with B+/A-.

Did you watch Gentlemen Prefer Blondes along with us? Do you have a favorite costume? Are you more of a Dorothy or a Lorelei?

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2: a song you like with a number in the title

Ten Duel Commandments from Hamilton by Lin Manuel Miranda.



So, really early in this meme run, we get a song from Hamilton. It was always going to show up at some point - it's not much over a year since multiple friends with very different musical tastes raved to me about the musical, and I do in general like musicals anyway.

Ten Duel Commandments is one of the rare songs from Hamilton that can stand on its own outside the wider context of the musical. It's a beautifully-crafted exploration of the culture of duelling in late eighteenth century America, and weaves the disclosure of several crucial pieces of information through a counting motif warp that mirrors the classic pace count for a duel. And while it does stand on its own outside the bigger narrative, in the context of the musical both the song and the counting motif return multiple times at critical moments.

The song, particularly the title, consciously references Ten Crack Commandments by The Notorious B.I.G. - Lin Manuel Miranda says: 'So, I came up with the idea of doing Ten Dual Commandments because Ten Crack Commandments is a how-to guide for illegal activity in the 90s. And this is a how-to guide for illegal activities in the 1790s.'

If you haven't seen it, this Ham4Ham performance of the song outside the Theatre with stage manager Jason Bassett calling the shots is worth a look, because it's just delightful.

Community Pimping: NaNoDownUnder

May. 28th, 2017 01:50 am
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It's winter in New Zealand...and you know what that means! Oh...you don't? It means now is the time for NaNoDownUnder on Dreamwidth, being run by [personal profile] china_shop who has this to say about it:

"Just a reminder that NaNoDownUnder starts on June first (for winter New Zealand time). Want to kick-start your writing? Set your own goals -- this doesn't have to be a full 50K-word endeavour, just whatever you want to aim for. Pick a WIP to finish, or set a daily time or wordcount goal. Or just wing it, if you prefer. Daily check-in posts. Locked comm so we can chat/cheer/commiserate in semi-privacy (ie, you have to join to play, but membership isn't moderated)."

Doctor Who 10.07

May. 28th, 2017 08:22 am
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This was the first Doctor Who episode since "The Caretaker" I disliked thoroughly, albeit for different reasons.

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Outside Interference
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 20 of 20
word count (story only): 1185


:: This story takes place the same day as “Insurance Salesmen,” picking up as Edwina arrives at work. Wrapping up the loose ends now includes several hooks for later stories, but the focus is on warmth and comfort. ::


:: Pay Special Attention: Warnings will be listed by chapter, with the proper spoiler-cover on the index page and listing all necessary warnings. In this chapter, plans are upended, but this is meant to be the 'abnormal routine' of the household. Any remaining plot hooks should be small curiosities, rather than gaping plot holes. ::


back to part nineteen
to the Voices of the Engines index
:: Thank you for reading! ::




It was the heady, smoky aroma of Leland's coffee that pulled Edwina out of sleep, out of bed, and into the spare set of clothes she had agreed to leave in the dresser of the room she had been given when she had first been hired. She dressed quickly, but had to leave her long braid swinging loose while she hunted through the bed clothes for the hair pins and single hair comb she had been too tired to remove the night before. She finger-combed her braid loose, then used the hair comb to smooth the few tangles out of her hair. Automatically, her hands worked the loose strands into another plait. She pinned it in place atop her head, smoothed a hand over the bun one last time before turning to leave the tidy attic bedroom.

By the time she stood at the top of the stairs down to the second story, she could smell honey and oats, bacon and oranges. Edwina's mouth watered as her feet whispered over the fine carpet runner.
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First contact

May. 28th, 2017 02:44 am
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"An amateur historian has unearthed compelling evidence that the first Australian maritime foray into Japanese waters was by convict pirates on an audacious escape from Tasmania almost two centuries ago..."





 
Hamaguchi wrote of sailors with “long pointed noses” who were not hostile, but asked in sign language for water and firewood. One had burst into tears and begun praying when an official rejected an earlier plea.

A skipper who looked 25 or 26 placed tobacco in “a suspicious looking object, sucked and then breathed out smoke”.

He had a “scarlet woollen coat” with “cuffs embroidered with gold thread and the buttons were silver-plated”, which was “a thing of great beauty, but as clothing it was gaudy”.

[...]
 

The skipper gave instructions to a crew that “in accordance with what appeared to be some mark of respect” followed orders to remove their hats “to the man, most of them revealing balding heads”.

They “exchanged words amongst themselves like birds twittering”.

A dog on the ship “did not look like food. It looked like a pet.”


 

 

Another samurai chronicler called Hirota noted the crew offered gifts including an object he later drew, which looks like a boomerang.

One sailor bared his chest to the disguised samurai to reveal a tattoo of “the upper body of a beautiful woman”, Hamaguchi wrote.

Another produced “a big glass of what appeared to be an alcoholic beverage and indicated that we should drink”.

“We declined by waving our hands, upon which they passed the glass around themselves, one by one tapping their heads as they drank to indicate the good feeling it brought them, and finished the lot.”

Nine
 

Blue screen of death - kinda.

May. 27th, 2017 11:18 pm
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So. It is possible to overburden one's phone until it absolutely freezes and does not respond to buttons or begging. I had too many internet tabs open and it froze completely. However - I let the battery run down - let it absolutely drain - recharged it, and all is as it was. Whew.

Let me tell you - the thought of losing all my contacts three days before moving day - argh argh argh.

The battery is pretty good: It was at 94% when it froze at 10:05 on Thursday morning and it was completely toast at about 2:00 pm today. I don't know when it failed, but the phone was still frozen the last time I looked at 10:00 am today.

LG X Power. :)

(I can't imagine having my whole life on there - email, social media, banking - blue screen of death would be unbearable.)

The not-so-reluctant Traveler: Utah

May. 28th, 2017 06:00 am
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Posted by Jill Zeller

The Sevier River from Sevier River Ranch

From our little cabin at Sevier River Ranch we can look down into the Sevier (pronounced “Severe”, the locals informed us) Valley at Hatch Station, a town split in two by Utah scenic highway State 89. 20 miles east lies Bryce Canyon National Park, and 40 miles south west lies Zion National Park.

I’m here with my sister. The husband is home in Seattle with the two dogs and two cats, as he has an aversion to plane travel, high desert country, and Utah in general. From the cabin’s back window we can view a sagebrush and mormon tea section of the 300 acre Ranch, and beyond to the long dark smudge of the Paunsaugunt Sunset Cliffs Plateau.

There is so much to talk about. I can follow several threads into thought-land; how I felt the first time I saw Utah: Moab, Arches, Canyonlands in 1987 in my thirties, thrilled by the magic of Horseshoe Canyon and towering petroglyphs; the mystery and magic of Death Valley in 1988, and more, 1991 Mesa Verde, Santa Fe, Canyon de Chelly, Chaco. The glory of the Grand Canyon in 2006.

Kodachrome Basin

And how I feel now. Quietly respectful and awed by the long, long southeast view from the Bryce Canyon rim down the Grand Staircase to shadowy mesas shrouding the iconic Colorado River.

The West is in my blood; there is no filtering it or a bypass machine that will erase it. I live in Seattle now, but the Pacific Northwest is all part of a whole from the cedar wetlands of Vancouver Island, Olympic peninsula, Oregon coast, to dryer Redwoods. Humboldt, Mendocino, Monterey-Big Sur, to the habitat-strewn desert valleys of the L.A. basin.

East to the Mojave, Panamint Mountains. Flagstaff, Grand Canyon, Sedona. Then on to New Mexico, Albuquerqe. and northward to Monument valley and the vast Navajo Nation.

Not to mention Nevada and finally Utah.

The Grand Staircase, thousands upon thousands of hectares of canyon and mountain, is protected from mineral, gas and oil exploitation by the Escalante National Monument. In thinking about today’s turbulent political setting, I doubt the visitors to this place of Southern Utah, coming here from Germany, Japan, Great Britain, South America, China, and anywhere else in the world, or anywhere else in the United States—North Carolina, Texas, California, Virginia, Michigan, Florida—would come here to see open zinc mines or fracking towers tucked up next to the Vermilion Cliffs or Squaw Bench or the Devil’s Backbone.

Bryce Canyon view to the Grand Staircase

And the people who are the archival custodians of the landscape, Paiute, Ute, Navajo, Hopi, fight for the few rights left to them.

Serendipity played her hand, and for my air-travel reading to and from Las Vegas, I brought David Owen’s absorbing book “Where the Water Goes: Life and Death along the Colorado River”. The East Fork of the Sevier River carved the valley our cabin looked down on, and is a tributary of the Colorado, as are all the rivers feeding the West’s thirst. Mormon farmers and ranchers live well here, cultivating field after field of hay. They used the water first by digging outlets and canals to bring the water to these fields. The Sevier River Ranch owner haled from Ventura, California. A retired engineer, he explained his complex and baffling water rights, the same puzzle I was trying to grasp in Mr. Owen’s book.

Along with Timothy Egan’s “The Good Rain” and “The Big Burn”, Mr. Owen credits Teddy Roosevelt with the idea that the West should belong to the people of the United States, and the belligerent President took on the greedy barons of minerals, oil and gas. He wrested Yellowstone, Yosemite, and millions more acreage from them, and we can thank him for it, even though his idea of wildland use included water for farming and ranching and recreational hunting.

The West is in my blood. It is all wind and rain, grass baking in the summer sun, mossy odor of cedar. I wanted to grow up to be Annie Oakley, a cowgirl on dusty horseback.

Alter-ego Annie

I suppose I am still that girl, standing on a rise watching the sun set over the Pacific.

Next week, Butch Cassidy.

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Wiscon 41 - Day 2

May. 28th, 2017 01:00 am
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So, Saturday. We decided to forgo 8:30am panels, instead having a quiet Starbucks breakfast, then running into [twitter.com profile] butnotdegeneres in the lobby on our way to check out the art show. I did go to a 10am panel, on crowdfunding (hashtag). I took a lot of notes on that one and will try to write it up at some point.

We followed that up with a taco lunch, and then I had to run back for my first panel of the day: It's OK Not to Like Stuff, where we talked about the delicate art of having unpopular opinions on the Internet, particularly as a critic. Although there were only three of us, we developed a great rapport, and afterward, the mod ([twitter.com profile] crosberg) expressed sadness that I live too far away to come replicate the panel at C2E2 next year. The hashtag for that one didn't get too much action, sadly, because it was a fun discussion of how to navigate negative reviews, how we communicate differently when we're being a critic as opposed to when we're being a fan, and how to tactfully disengage when someone insist that you must be wrong not to love the thing they love.

My next stops were a panel on the ever-evolving SF/F canon (hashtag), which may become the fodder for arguments and discussion at a later time, and an entertaining group reading featuring Charlie Jane Anders, Mark Oshiro, and more robot sex than expected. After dinner, I dropped by the Tiptree Auction; [profile] branewane was in top form as auctioneer, just as she was last year, but the highlight of my time there BY FAR was the auction for a bottle of lube autographed by Zoe Quinn on behalf of Chuck Tingle (final sale price: $125).

My last event of the day was my third panel, about fanfic. The description was a little broad, so in our pre-con email discussions we decided to make it a conversation about the connections between fanfic and historical fiction (using Hamilton as a jumping off point), and about older canons like Sherlock Holmes, Shakespeare, and Jane Austen that still have transformative works being made about them. It was a pretty lose panel with lots of audience participation (and a fun, active hashtag, where [twitter.com profile] afranklinhudson helpfully posted links to many of the fics and other works mentioned). Also during that time period was the panel I was saddest to miss, on the joys of Leverage, so I am very glad that it was live-tweeted by a number of people.

It was a good day but also a long day, so after a quick nightcap at Michelangelo's followed by a pass by the Floomp, we are back in our room, typing away on our computers and recovering from a day of talking and sociability (at least I am). Looking forward to tomorrow, but for now I am happy to relax for a bit.

Comic for May 28, 2017

May. 28th, 2017 11:59 pm
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Post-Deadline Pinch Hits

May. 28th, 2017 05:11 pm
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The assignment deadline is past. I gave some extensions, so if you do not have a gift and do not appear as a pinch hit, feel free to check with me - jukebox.mod@gmail.com - as to when your gift may appear.

Pinch hit #8 still needs a writer - please claim it at that post or by email.

See below for four further pinch hits (please reply here or email to claim).
Pinch hit #10 - fic, art )


Pinch hit #11 - fic )


Pinch hit #12 - CLAIMED )


Pinch hit #13 - CLAIMED )


Pinch hits are due at 11:59pm EDT Thursday 1 June. (Countdown)


I will shortly post a playlist of all songs for which a work has been posted (updated as treats & pinch hits come in, of course).

1.20 Star Crossed

May. 28th, 2017 12:53 pm
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1.20 Star Crossed

First Aired: 30 April 2001

Rommie falls in love with an android who was rescued from a destroyed ship, but she is betrayed when it is revealed that he is the avatar "Gabriel" of the warship the Balance of Judgement, whose AI has gone insane over the years. The AI is the leader and founder of the Restor faction, and Gabriel, under its control, infects Rommie with a virus so she will broadcast the crew's plans to the Judgement. However, Dylan and the crew use Rommie to draw the heavy cruiser into a trap, distracting it by leaving Gabriel and Rommie alone aboard Andromeda and then deploying missiles along its trajectory from the Eureka Maru using only basic inertia. As his ship breaks apart, Gabriel is briefly freed from its control, but Rommie is forced to destroy him after discovering that the Judgement AI managed to transfer a backup copy of itself into him.


I enjoyed this - though it was problematic in the treatment of Rommie. Despite what they say, the Commonwealth seem to treat AIs as second class citizens.

I like Harper's jealousy of Rommie's relationship, though I would have preferred there to be fewer twists at the end. He's good! Bad! Good again! No bad again! When obviously he was bad because otherwise he'd be a continuing character.
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Wiscon 41 - Day 1

May. 27th, 2017 11:55 pm
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I typed this up before bed Friday, but wasn't able to post it because I got kicked off the wifi and wasn't able to log back on until this afternoon. Now Saturday is over, but both days have been so full that I wanted to keep it all separate. I'm not going to go through and rewrite the whole thing, so consider this a snapshot of my yesterday. :)

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WisCon proper kicked off this afternoon. We had a very lazy morning, sleeping in and then getting breakfast at Michelangelo's, followed by a trip to A Room of One's Own for some actual book shopping (we decided not to deal with the lines after the reading on Thursday). I got the second volume of Bitch Planet and Rainbow Rowell's Carry On. Then it was time to check out the Gathering, followed by my very first WisCon panel!

The panel was about women who play video games, and it went very well. To get a flavor of the discussion, I suggest checking out the Twitter hashtag, #WomenGameWriters. Of the five panelists, two are professional video game developers, and the moderator, [personal profile] tanyad, is the founder of #INeedDiverseGames; myself and the fifth panelist are gamers with no industry connections. So we brought a nice mix of professional and non-professional, outsider and insider viewpoints to the conversation. We talked about the perception of women gamers -- women don't play shooters, women only play casual games, casual gamers aren't "real" gamers, and so on -- and also about the perception that the people who make and sell games are all cis white dudes (a stereotype with some truth to it, but there have always been women and people of color in the industry, and their numbers are growing all the time, especially in the indie game space). I felt like we had a good conversation and that I made some worthwhile contributions. I was also very glad to have a microphone, because although I'm feeling a little better today, my voice is not in any shape to project.

The next panel block was Mark Oshiro's "Queer Eye for Sci-Fi", which I was very happy to attend for a second year in a row. Similar to last time, the panelists discussed their experiences as queer people of color who are fans of sci-fi and fantasy media, in all its glory and with all its problems. The hashtag for that one is pretty great, too.

Afterwards was dinner; we headed to a local brewpub for some burgers and fried things, where I introduced [personal profile] justira and [personal profile] renay to the wonders of deep fried cheese curds, and then we dropped by the Opening Ceremonies. Just like last year, Katherine Cross gave a stirring speech, this time on the subject of the importance of WisCon and the safer space it provides for marginalized fans, and why it's vital to keep it going in Trump's America. Our next stop was the game tables, to play a long-planned game of Slash hosted by Jed. Slash is a card game in the style of Apples to Apples, except instead of adjectives and nouns, the cards each have the name of a fictional or historical character, and the objective is to make the best pairing. Some of our better results included Gandhi/Hannibal Lecter, Veronica Mars/Marge Simpson, and a whole harem (including Rasputin and Andre the Giant) for the cast of the Golden Girls. Then I dropped by the annual vid party, which was an excellent set list as always. I left after the first half, which ended with a funny and moving tribute to Carrie Fisher that left half the audience literally in tears. I'll post the complete set list when it's available.

---

I plan to type up today's con experience now, but it might not go out into the world until tomorrow, depending on how long it takes. It's going well, and I'm having fun with Ira and Renay, but I so wish this cold hadn't decided to come along. It's kind of getting better, but the amount that I'm talking is probably not helping matters. Stupid cold. But it's not getting me down too much. I just have to take it a little easier than I would prefer, which overall is maybe not a bad thing.

Evgeni Malkin: The Russian Penguin

May. 27th, 2017 09:12 pm
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[personal profile] snickfic
I assume by now most of you have seen this awesome hour-long Geno documentary from last year, but since Imzy is shutting down, I'm copying over a handful of things I posted there that seemed worth copy, and this list of highlights is one.

Anyway, this documentary is SO FULL OF GOODIES.
  • He talks to his sticks! If things aren't going well, he says you have to tell the stick to score.
  • He goes on for quite a while about how he doesn't like people manhandling his stick. /cough
  • His house in Pittsburgh is cool. He has a POND. I am definitely working that into a fic somewhere.
  • There was a lot of neat stuff about his pre-game routine, cutting and taping his sticks, that kind of thing. I hadn't seen some of that stuff in that much detail before.
  • His wife Anna calls him 'Tiger,' possibly because of his sign in the Chinese astrological calendar. She told him her sign was a mouse, so he started calling her Jerry.
  • A lot of stuff about how private he is, and how he doesn't go out much and spends most of his off time at home.
  • Shots of the players' parking and the door they use to get in, via keycard
  • Geno talking about how shy and lonely and awkward he felt the first couple of years in Pittsburgh, because of the language barrier
  • Geno talking about how serious concussions are, and how he thinks the real issue is people coming back from them too soon. I am not at all used to seeing the average hockey player talking frankly about this stuff.
  • He used to cry after every game he lost, whether it was an important one or not.
  • He had some stuff to say about how important he feels sports are for unifying a country. Not sure I agree with him, but it's certainly the most philosophical I've ever heard a hockey player get about it.

SIFF hot take May 27, 2017 at 09:02PM

May. 28th, 2017 04:02 am
ironymaiden: (siff)
[personal profile] ironymaiden
The Odyssey
pretty biopic about Jacques Cousteau's family. like, someone wanted to do a Phillipe Cousteau movie and couldn't get funding. I want to rewatch Cousteau docs now. it's funny, I remember Phillipe from my childhood, but the memories would have been formed after he was long dead.

Scanlations: Fulldrum ch. 3

May. 27th, 2017 08:59 pm
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[personal profile] torachan
Hey, guys. So volume one was finally released last month, and the ebook came out this month, so now we have nice HQ tankobon scans! We are working on getting the first two chapters redone with better quality scans, so I will upload those as soon as we have them ready.



Title: Fulldrum
Author: Hakoishi Toru
Publisher: Young Jump
Category: Seinen
Genre: Humor, Sports
Status in Japan: 1 volume, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations + Anima Regia
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Hino is obsessed with playing sports in high school, but not because he loves sports (he doesn't), or is any good at them (he's really not). He's doing it because that's the way to get a girlfriend (or so he thinks). After getting kicked out of half his school's sports clubs, he's still convinced he just hasn't found the sport he's truly destined for. When he (literally) runs into Noborito Ayako, manager of the rubgy club, it's love at first sight (for him), but all she's looking for is another warm body for the struggling rugby club. Could this be the chance he's been waiting for?

Chapter Summary: Nobody thinks Hino can stand up against Asakura, not even Hino himself. But Noborito still hasn't given up hope...



Chapter 3: Take Back the Honor

Premio Italia 2017

May. 28th, 2017 01:46 am
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Posted by Mike Glyer

The 2017 Premio Italia winners were announced at Starcon Italia today. Fantascienza.com has the complete list of winners of the Italian national sf award. Premio Italia 2017 International sf novel Green Mars (Il verde di Marte) by Kim Stanley Robinson, … Continue reading

First Fireflies

May. 27th, 2017 10:13 pm
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[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
My partner Doug went outside and spotted the first fireflies of the season!  As it is well after dark, only a few are left flying high overhead.  Tomorrow we will have to look for them at dusk.  The weather is warm and damp, and we have copious grass, so there should be some.  :D

I love sleep

May. 27th, 2017 10:42 pm
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[personal profile] archangelbeth
I do not really love having to shop for a dryer -- who makes a dryer with a CURVED top? How do you put stuff on top of it if it's curved??? And this new fad of doors that swing open to the side instead of down, where you can sort out bras or socks or whatnot on it... Okay, if it were a dryer that sat on top of the washer in a narrow apartment space or something, fine, obviously. But for a big one? Are the designers of dryers NOT THE PEOPLE WHO WASH THEIR OWN CLOTHING???

Use-cases, people, use-cases!

(On that note, I hereby desire a bill that requires nominations for the Director of the EPA to be an acknowledged Native American from one of the recognized tribes. FOR REASONS.)

Child woke frazzled and is at least somewhat more functional than yesterday.

Havva Quote
S____n double-takes and saw he initially misread the caption on a seamaphore flag signal illustration. Both flags at knees is "end of word", not "end of world".
E____ says, “...thank goodness.”
S____n | "Well, you see, we needed a standard signal for Cthulhu encounters . . . "
--From the MUSH


INwatch+Bookwatch )

Dragons under fold )
st_aurafina: Harold Finch's face (POI: Harold)
[personal profile] st_aurafina
Title: Good Catch
Fandom: Person of Interest
Rating: G
Words: 100
Characters/Pairings: Finch/Reese
Warnings/Content: Fluff, domesticity, hazardous bathroom floors
Notes: For [community profile] 100_words, Challenge #43: Touch.

Summary: Sometimes for Harold, beauty outweighs common sense.

Also at the Archive

Harold is admiring John's back )

Person of Interest - Good Catch

May. 28th, 2017 12:50 pm
st_aurafina: Harold Finch's face (POI: Harold)
[personal profile] st_aurafina posting in [community profile] 100words
Title: Good Catch
Fandom: Person of Interest
Challenge: #43 Touch
Rating: G
Notes: Finch/Reese

Harold is admiring John's back: beaded with water, towel at his hips. Distracted, he slips, feels a twinge in his hip, braces for a fall. John, with hairtrigger instincts, wheels, catches him by the elbows.

"You okay?" John's face is still half-lathered.

Harold should be embarrassed by his clumsiness when John is all grace, but here, safe, wreathed in steam, he can't be anything but content. He smiles.

"Perhaps Carrara marble was not the safest choice here."

John shrugs and returns to shaving. "You like the best."

Harold touches John's shoulder. He has the best right here.

I am Grateful: 5/27/2017

May. 27th, 2017 09:46 pm
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[personal profile] irish_dragon
I am grateful for this awesome day.

I am grateful for do-overs.

I am grateful for all the work chores being done.

I am grateful for the perfect day.

I am grateful for the crazy kittens.

I am grateful for my clients.

I am grateful for my tips.

I am grateful for the time I set aside for reading.

I am grateful for the open window weather.

I am grateful for long weekends.

I had a wonderful day smelling the lilacs. They were heavenly.
lizbee: (DW: Bill (garden))
[personal profile] lizbee
The first episode of the season which hasn't thrilled me, but I liked it better than some.

'I got your spoilers cheap.' )
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[personal profile] 17catherines
I'm probably going to do these one at a time and between everything else, because most of them are long collections of essays, and there are only so many essays I can read in one sitting without going around the bend.  Which, contrary to appearances, is not the actual goal of my Hugo reading.

So, the book I've been reading over the past few days has been Ursula Le Guin's essay collection, Words Are My Matter: Writings about Life and Books 2000-2016.  It contains speeches, essays, introductions, blog posts and book reviews, and one or two funny little poems. 

I enjoyed it quite a bit. I didn't read absolutely every piece in the book – as I said, I don't love essays that much – but I would start a piece, and if it grabbed me, I would read it.  If it didn't, I'd page through quickly, and if something caught my eye, I'd stop and go back and read it.  I'd say that I read around 2/3 of this collection in total.

I've actually read very little of Ursula Le Guin's actual fiction, and that not for years - I think I read the Earthsea Trilogy before it was a quartet, when I was in late primary school or early high school.  This collection makes me want to go back and give her another go - I liked her somewhat acerbic wit, her feminism, and her ability to write both in a very personal register and a very professional, polished, critical one.  I think my favourite section was the Talks, Essays and Occasional Pieces, which I read in full - book introductions and book reviews are less interesting when one doesn't know the books in question, though Le Guin certainly convinced me that I need to read Vonda McIntyre's Dreamsnake, and George MacDonald's The Princess and the Goblin, and perhaps also Alan Garner's Boneland and Tove Jansson's The True Deceiver. And I need to re-read Among Others, of course.

Getting back to the essays, I enjoyed their thoughtfulness, and was particularly delighted by her piece on Inventing Languages, and how to make these consistent.  I liked her various articles articles on genre and publishing (and was particularly pleased that she did not throw Romance under the bus, though I get the impression that she hasn't read much, if any of it), and adored her horror parody, On Serious Literature, in which the author is stalked by the dessicated zombie corpse of genre fiction.  I loved and was depressed by her essay on the ways women's writing gets disregarded and disappeared, Disappearing Grandmothers, and will definitely be retaining her term 'prick-lit' for the equivalent of 'chick-lit'. 

A good, solid read, with moments of absolute delight.  I have no idea what the competition on this ballot will be like, but I'm definitely glad I had the opportunity to read this one.

fic: never let me down (again)

May. 27th, 2017 10:19 pm
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[personal profile] moetushie
never let me down (again) (26890 words) by havisham
Chapters: 7/7
Fandom: Free!
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Matsuoka Rin/Yamazaki Sousuke, Hazuki Nagisa/Ryuugazaki Rei, Nanase Haruka/Tachibana Makoto
Characters: Yamazaki Sousuke, Matsuoka Rin, Nitori Aiichirou, Ryuugazaki Rei, Shigino Kisumi, Tachibana Makoto, Nanase Haruka
Additional Tags: Alternate Universe - Future Fish, AU of an AU, Alternate Universe - Police, Partnership, When They Hold A Mexican Standoff But Don't Give You A Gun, Work In Progress, Pining, Blood and Injury, Rin in Drag, Arguing, Resentment, Missing Persons, Alternate Universe - Noir, Alternate Universe - Science Fiction, Stripper Cops, Not Stripper Cops, Sousuke Is a Damsel in Distress And He Hates It, Mermaid Haru Can and Will Fuck You Up, Jealousy, Entire Precinct Made of Loose Cannons
Summary:

Sousuke is a small-town cop whose safe little world is shaken by the arrival of his long-lost best friend and new partner, Rin. Rin is magnetic, exciting, and Sousuke can't deny the feelings the feisty redhead brings out in him -- although he does try.

And there's also murder, mayhem and a reality-breaking scientist to deal with -- nothing in Iwatobi is what it seems.



It's done! I finished a WIP! Good for me!

Aw man :(

May. 27th, 2017 09:58 pm
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[personal profile] nanslice
I am sunburned. ;3; The work party thing ended up being not so bad, mainly because not a lot of people showed up, haha. But the dogs were cute and the people were nice and that's all that really matters I guess. When we got home, I passed out on the couch for a couple of hours because it had been so hot all day and I was exhausted. And some point during the nap, Penelope slept on my neck/chest, which is always wonderful. :\ And then I woke up and mowed the rest of the backyard because grass waits for no man and honestly, it really needed to get done.

Now I'm even more tired because our backyard is all hill and all we have is a push mower, but my weekend starts now. I have coffee and my paints (heeeey, I finally cleaned up my studio!) and I'm going to see if I can finish this little painting before I go to bed. :)

Soundbite

Miscellaneous. Eclectic. Random. Perhaps markedly literate, or at least suffering from the compulsion to read any text that presents itself, including cereal boxes.

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