fyi friday

Jul. 28th, 2017 08:37 am
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Putin and his American Instrument: Putin and his Trumpet.

Silencing The Hillary Clinton Supporter: we've heard everything about the Trump supporters - to the point where mainstream media has been trying to 'humanise' right wing white supremacists, but nothing about the people who mostly supported Hillary - their hopes, their dreams, and what they lost when Trump was elected.

Brandon Hatmaker on Colin Kaepernick: Brandon Hatmaker is the husband (presumably) of Jen Hatmaker, an American Christian who spoke out in favour of LGBT in the church and had her books dropped from sale by one of the biggest Evangelical publishers in the US (and probably the world).

That Which Google Has Named Evil...: By co-opting a word with moral meaning to describe the functional impediment of technology without any specific morality attached, Google has effectively reframed the context of 'good' and 'evil' so that Google is God - the arbiter of what is right and wrong.

A Woman, Explaining Things: Yeah, you've probably seen this, but it's still good.

First They Came For...: New York Times, which means you might not be able to read it. (I saved it in Instapaper, which takes the page data and strips it down to the text and key images.)
This has come as a great shock and demoralizer to many Americans, not necessarily because they didn’t think Trump was capable of such depravity, but because they simply were unprepared for the daily reality of living a nightmare.

There is an enduring expectation, particularly among American liberals, that progress in this society should move inexorably toward more openness, honesty and equality. But even the historical record doesn’t support that expectation.
Some things get better, many things get worse.

--

Australia has had an interesting week of governmental resignations (which everyone else would have missed while That Orange Guy was tweeting away).

Two Greens Senators and a Liberal (conservative party) Senator have had to resign because it turns out they have dual citizenship, which isn't allowed for serving members of Parliament. Another Liberal Senator no longer has a dual citizenship, but was only notified that he'd been de-citizened from the other country five months after the election that raised him to his position.

And, of course, he was one of the loudest voices criticising the Greens senators for getting it wrong.

I'm an Australian, born and bred

Jul. 28th, 2017 07:53 am
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I have decided no more Ms. Nice Lady. I am an Australian born Australian, and if someone wants to know “where did you really come from?” I am going to ask them if they’re prepared to unload their history as an Australian-born child of immigrants, or else tell me about their Indigenous Australian ancestry.

I am done with microaggressions, even the unintentional ones.

No, you don’t get to ask me what’s my background and then say that yours is “Australian”. Mine is Australian. My mother is an Australian immigrant. My father is an Australian born. I am an Australian born.

I am an Australian-born Australian.

I am no more an immigrant than any white person in this damn country and I am going to FIGHT this definition all the way, calling people racist outright if necessary.

Space: Above and Beyond [VID]

Jul. 27th, 2017 11:03 am
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Title: Mean World
Fandom: Space Above and Beyond
Music: Where the Devil Won't Go by Elle King
Summary: it's a mean world that I've known
Notes: Women in SPACE!!! ♥

H E R E @ [community profile] swannee

(no subject)

Jul. 27th, 2017 11:15 pm
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I just want a few hours in which to let my brain percolate these ideas, when I don't have to be sleeping or at work. Is that too much to ask?

(Apparently yes, yes it is...)

I am thinking about singing "I Know Him" for the #Ham4All challenge, with a small twist. I'm just not sure that I can carry it off!

Ebook formats

Jul. 27th, 2017 08:35 am
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I've posted an article on the tangle of Amazon ebook formats to my Mad File Format Science blog. Corrections or other comments are welcome either there or here.

Mobile game/app recs (part one)

Jul. 26th, 2017 10:06 pm
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Games

Okay so a few months back, I was going to post about the games (mostly iOS) that I was obsessed with, only then I decided I had to do the Best And Most Thorough Recs Ever. Which sort of made it such a stupendously monumental task that I never did it.

I still may do a more in-depth thing later, but these are my current or recent iOS games. (Some may be available on other platforms, I don't know.)

The Game Formerly Known As Abyssrium

I'm sure they had good reasons for changing the name from Abyssrium (which evoked the premise of a deep-ocean virtual aquarium) to "Tap Tap Fish" (ugh) but the change very nearly kicked it off the list. But ... eh.

Read more... )

#

Zen Koi

Here, fishy fishy fishy. Pretty fishy.

Read more... )

#

Merge Dragons!

This game has taken over my life, I think. I even get the Tetris effect of closing my eyes and seeing MD stuff.

Read more... )

I have more, but this is enough for one post /) I'm not sure whether the remainder will be one post or two.

Feel free to ask me any questions about any of these apps.

uplift

Jul. 27th, 2017 12:40 pm
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Oh man, how I need Spotify AU's #ThrowbackThursday for some cheerful 80s pop...

I'm presently being rickrolled and I'm okay with that...

eta: Now it's to Mel and Kim's Respectable...

hours later: Love in the First Degree - LOL. I don't know how long since I heard this one!

Does anyone else always think of Practical Magic when they hear You Were Always On My Mind by the Pet Shop Boys?

And now it's Whitney with I Wanna Dance With Somebody. I love this song so much.

Dryden seems apropos

Jul. 26th, 2017 08:52 am
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When churls rebel against their native prince,
I arm their hands, and furnish the pretence;
And housing in the lion's hateful sign,
Bought senates and deserting troops are mine.

~ John Dryden, 'Palamon and Arcite' ~

Crossovering

Jul. 25th, 2017 02:17 pm
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Trying to work out combinations and what I want from them is HARD, yo!

In fact, trying to write anything right now is difficult.

Sign-up period EXTENDED!

Jul. 24th, 2017 04:50 pm
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We understand that sign-ups are complex (particularly in this exchange) and many participants have more time to complete a sign-up on the weekend. Because of that, we have decided to extend sign-ups through the weekend. 

So with that in mind, your new sign-up deadline is: Sunday, July 30 at 12 (noon) p.m. PDT. (
Countdown here!)

We still plan on sending out assignments on the 30th, as planned. However, if matching proves difficult, we will adjust the schedule accordingly. Everyone will still get the 2 month window to create their assignments, even if we have to shift dates a little.

Relevant links:

Torchwood: Fanfic: Glass Hearts

Jul. 24th, 2017 04:19 pm
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Title: Glass Hearts
Fandom: Torchwood
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: Owen, Katie, Jack.
Rating: PG
Word Count: 707
Spoilers: Fragments
Summary: When he lost Katie, Owen discovered that he wasn’t as tough as he’d always thought.
Content Notes: None needed.
Written For: Challenge #198: Glass.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood, or the characters.



Glass Hearts... )

4 days left!

Jul. 23rd, 2017 03:06 pm
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Hey, guys! Signups close in a little under 4 days @ 11:55 PM PDT on Thursday, July 27. Here's a countdown.

Signups are now closing at 12:00 PM PDT on Sunday, July 30th.

As a reminder, if you choose more than 2 fandoms for a single request/offer, you can match on any combination of those fandoms. We strongly encourage you to spread out your prompts and other optional details across all those possible combinations. We've seen a few signups with holes in those areas.

We also wanted to remind everyone that you can choose only 2 fandoms per request/offer. So if you'd like to see Pacific Rim crossed with Alias OR Stranger Things, but you aren't interested in a crossover between Alias and Stranger Things, you should put Pacific Rim/Alias in one request and Pacific Rim/Stranger Things in another request.

All of that said, optional details are ultimately a courtesy to your artist or author. We strongly encourage the use of optional details/prompts, particularly in an exchange like this one, but we can't force you to use them. If you choose not to leave optional details for a particular crossover match, your artist or author will be free to create whatever they want, so long as they mind your DNWs.

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    Jul. 23rd, 2017 09:04 pm
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    I'm excited by Justice League, but not by Thor: Ragnarok. The word 'bloated' came up in a description of the MCU franchise in a review last year (or possibly this year, when comparing Wonder Woman with the current crop of superhero movies) and 'bloated' perfectly describes the trailer of Thor: Ragnarok.

    Spiderman: Homecoming has good enough reviews that I might actually watch it (sometime), and I will be there to watch Black Panther with BELLS ON. But I might pass Thor: Ragnarok in much the same way that I passed on Thor: When Dark Elves Attack The Dark World. I eventually watched it and enjoyed it, but it wasn't All That. (Then again, I feel like the Thor franchise is one of the weakest ones in the MCU storyline.)

    I haven't even looked at the trailer for Stargate: Origins, although if it's Catherine Langford's story, I will almost certainly give a looksee.

    fic: the fighter

    Jul. 22nd, 2017 06:50 pm
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    Title: the fighter
    Author: [personal profile] moetushie
    Pairing(s): Otabek Altin/Yuri Plisetsky, Katsuki Yuuri/Victor Nikiforov
    Rating: Mature
    Warning(s)/contains: Violence, injuries
    Word count: 628
    Summary: Otabek's always looked out for Yuri, no matter what, but he can't help but wish he'd make different choices. Otayuri, mafia/noir AU.
    Notes: Written for the Sports Anime Shipping Olympics, Bonus Round Four for the prompt: Yuri Plisetsky/Otabek Altin, "It’s hell to love a fighter."

    Also my first time writing Otayuri, so... *plays with her hair*

    Read on AO3

    Yuri on Ice stream coming!!!

    Jul. 22nd, 2017 04:31 pm
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    Hello everyone! I want to remind all of you that at 17:00 UTC -4 I will start the Yuri on Ice marathon on my rabb.it room! You all are free to join whenever you want! :)

    Room: @EinzbernCinema

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    Stage of Fools is a fic exchange for the plays of William Shakespeare (with the exception of the Histories). Sign-ups are now open!




    Stage of Fools on LJ | Stage of Fools on Dreamwidth

    Sign-up post on LJ | Sign-up post on Dreamwidth


    Schedule:

    Sign-ups: July 22 through August 18, 2017
    Assignments go out: around August 20, 2017
    Assignments due: October 20, 2017
    Madness/prompt claiming time: October 20 through 31 - as soon as all assignments are in, all unwritten prompts will be revealed for everyone to write fic of any length. You don't have to sign up as a Stage of Fools participant to participate in Madness.
    Go-live: November 1, 2017
    Author reveal: November 5, 2017

    (no subject)

    Jul. 22nd, 2017 09:09 pm
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    It's so nice when people comment on really old stories. Even if they're not always very wordy about it.

    Yesterday morning (my day off) was crazy productive. Today has been far less productive than I hoped. Mind you, I spent a lot of it reading because it was gorgeous sun outside and I just could.

    IDK. Feeling a bit BLEH lately.

    MCU AU fest

    Jul. 21st, 2017 01:46 pm
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    A very small pool this year, but I still matched with at least one person who requested Maria & Pepper!

    I admit, I would have liked to write a treat for [archiveofourown.org profile] CamrynBarnes as the only other person who asked for Maria/Steve, but simply didn't have the time. I did get a couple of hundred words into several different universes, the problem is reaching a satisfactory ending...

    Anyway, my assignment for [archiveofourown.org profile] finnimbrand:

    title: Travel By Bubble
    pairings/characters: Maria Hill & Pepper Potts, Maria Hill, Pepper Potts, JARVIS.
    tags: Alternate Universe - Fairy Tale
    notes: I had such trouble with this, because neither Maria nor Pepper manage to fill the 'heroine' roles in femme-focused fairytales in any way, shape, or form - they're not the wanderers or explorers so much as the guardians and maintainers, and so trying to write them in as the heroines involved a lot of backstory and worldbuilding. In the end, I kind of said, "Ah, to heck with it," and just wrote them as the fairy godmothers, because they fit there!
    summary:
    “Why pink, anyway?” She wondered idly as she combed her fingers through the still-damp strands. “If we can magic the bubble into any color, why pink?”

    “We tried making the bubble with all the other colours,” Maria reminded her from where she sat at the portable desk. “Pink’s the most efficient.”


    And a treat I wrote for [archiveofourown.org profile] Rivulet027 because I had time and the idea took hold of me:

    title: Break My Bones But You Won't See Me Fall
    pairing/characters: Bucky/Sam, Bucky Barnes, Sam Wilson, original characters, (background Steve/Maria).
    tags: First Meeting, Alternate Universe - Single Parents, Alternate Universe - Human
    notes: So I like these two flirting. They seem the type, and they work for me. Plus, the idea of Sam as a single daddy is just too much cute, and I'm pretty sure that Bucky agrees. I kind of 'reused' the character of Pippa from 'And Baby Makes Eight', only Steve is her biodad as well as her father in this universe.
    summary:
    Sam doesn't hold hands on the first date. Luckily, they're about to have dinner together...

    Crossovering Letter

    Jul. 20th, 2017 09:06 am
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    Placeholder. Nothing to see here

    two vids

    Jul. 19th, 2017 07:52 pm
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    Go
    song/artist: "Go" by Indigo Girls
    source: Stargate SG-1

    can find streaming here

    ---

    The Power
    song/artist: “The Power” by Snap! remix I don't actually know.
    source: Sense8


    can find streaming here

    Dear Genex Author

    Jul. 20th, 2017 05:50 am
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    ... I am so sorry that the link to my letter is broken. I forgot that I signed up, figured I missed the date, and deleted the link.

    Thank you so much for writing for me. I hope that you don't stress about it, and enjoy both the process and the result.

    MCU, DC Cinematic Universe, Harry Potter )

    Please note, all these are suggestions - a jumping-off point. Don't feel you absolutely must come up with the scenarios I've depicted to please me; just write the fandom and the friendship that we've matched on the way you see it, and I will love reading the result!

    Assignments Out And Pinch Hits 1-4

    Jul. 19th, 2017 10:45 pm
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    Assignments are out. Please contact me ASAP if there's an issue with your assignment.

    Letters must be updated on or before the 23rd of July.

    Assignments are due on the 2nd of September at 23:59 Pago Pago time (-11 UTC). Pinch hits are due on the 5th of September at the same time.

    To claim a pinch hit, either leave a comment on this post (comments are screened) or email me at genexmoderator@gmail.com with your AO3 name and the number of the pinch hit you want to claim.


    Pinch Hit 1 - Alias (TV), Jason Bourne (2016), Dark Angel, The Vampire Diaries (TV), Wolverine (Movies) )



    Pinch Hit 2 - Alien Series, Disney Fairies, Mr. Brooks (2007), Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens (2015), Yuri!! On Ice (Anime), Crossover Fandom CLAIMED )



    Pinch Hit 3 - Marvel Cinematic Universe, Doctor Who (2005), DC Cinematic Universe, Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017) CLAIMED )



    Pinch Hit 4 - Law & Order: SVU, Homicide: Life on the Streets, Crossover Fandom, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order, Chicago Justice (TV) )

    a week of links

    Jul. 19th, 2017 02:59 pm
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    Australia
    Tony Abbot Is Not Voldemort: or when dramatic licence overcomes accuracy.
    There is no Voldemort in Australian politics. We are fortunate not to have an evil that absolute.

    We Can Revive Our Story: Indigenous Australians rewriting their traditional food songs to incorporate western nutrition so their future generations can learn. An example of cultural adaptation?

    Faith, Politics, and Culture
    Despotism As A Function Of Absolute Capitalism: with money,
    you will be "more free"?
    In one respect, Buchanan was right: there is an inherent conflict between what he called “economic freedom” and political liberty. Complete freedom for billionaires means poverty, insecurity, pollution and collapsing public services for everyone else. Because we will not vote for this, it can be delivered only through deception and authoritarian control. The choice we face is between unfettered capitalism and democracy. You cannot have both.

    Viome, Greece: Where Capitalism Failed: it's a little bit of an existence on the edge, but it's also a glimpse of what a society without capitalism might look like.

    Again in Greece: Arabic Refugees Making The Better World In Defiance Of The Soulless West: Again, illegal, but a far better version of humanity than we frequently see in our 'civilised' societies.

    "Women Should Not Teach Men" - 1 Timothy 2 In Context: A letter about a local situation is turned into a church wide blanket statement because of the pride of men. Exegesis goes back to the Koine Greek.

    It's Not About Race: white people, culture, and being forced into a discussion that most of them don't even recognise is weighted.

    Is Demography Destiny For Democrats? The Short Answer Is 'No'. Jason Kander, whom a political friend told me to keep an eye on, has a few interesting things to say about Demographics and the Democratic Party.

    Evangelicals And 'The Left': Is There That Much Difference In Attitude?
    Have you noticed how Fundamentalist preachers are always proclaiming that there’s some fuller experience of blessing available to their congregations, one they themselves have achieved but for which the listener has to keep striving (or giving)?

    Well, according to Frances Lee, the Left does the same: “In trying to liberate readers from the legitimately oppressive structures, I worry that [certain] sites… are replacing them with equally restrictive orthodoxy on the other end of the political spectrum.”
    An interesting perspective on 'purity culture' on the left-wing, where any failure to be absolutely progressive isn't just a place where someone has to learn, but a permanent and unchangeable moral failing that can only be responded to by outcasting.

    general
    Five Easy To Make Homemade Air-Conditioners... Must do this this summer!

    the theory of shitty first drafts: your first draft is not the story, it's you telling yourself how the story could go. I need to finish a first draft.

    (no subject)

    Jul. 18th, 2017 10:17 pm
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    sacrifice and loss

    Jul. 18th, 2017 06:04 am
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    Name: Mischa
    Story: tales from the drowned world
    Colors: bistre (all is forgiven, though nothing is the same), elvish green (you shall not pass!), vienna orange (My made-up mind was not put here for you to try and change)
    Supplies and Styles: charcoal, pastels (origific bingo, prompt "reunions"), graffiti (indie film, shojo/shonen ai)
    Word Count: 558
    Rating: PG-13
    Warnings: one-sided incest (tagged to be safe: Symeon and Myca Valeth are distant cousins).
    Summary: What is the difference between losing something and giving it up? Symeon formerly-of-House-Valeth and Kyrion Taviot are about to have a discussion about that topic. A very violent discussion.
    I have given up more than you know. )

    Signups open!

    Jul. 18th, 2017 10:00 am
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    Signups close on Thursday, July 27th @ 11:55 PM PDT. Sunday, July 30th @ 12:00 PM PDT.

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    As a reminder: You're allowed to choose multiple fandoms from within a greater franchise in a single request/offer, but we cannot prevent AO3 from matching on those 2 fandoms. For example, you might offer Stargate Atlantis, Stargate SG-1, and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, but if someone else requests Stargate Atlantis and Stargate SG-1, AO3 might pair you.

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    Dear Crossovering Creator

    Jul. 18th, 2017 09:50 am
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    Signups open in 10 minutes! (Finally, right?) That means it's also time to start sharing your Dear Crossovering Creator Letters!

    These letters are 100% optional but highly encouraged (particularly due to the nature of this exchange). If you've never participated in an exchange like this before, a Dear Creator Letter is a post at your DW/LJ/Tumblr/Blog, etc. detailing your requests and giving your assigned creator ideas for possible art or fic. These letters also include your likes, dislikes, and any triggers you migh thave. You can link them here, as well as in your sign-up form. How you format or write them is entirely up to you.

    If you have any triggers (things that may cause you harm if you read about them), we highly recommend that you make that clear in your letter as well as in the optional details on your signup. Not every participant clicks through to letters, and this is the best way to cover your bases so that your creator will not unintentionally use your triggers.

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    Nominations are now open for the Fandom Growth Exchange! The Fandom Growth Exchange is a multi-fandom exchange for fandoms, relationships, and characters that have ten or fewer complete fics (or five or fewer contributing authors) on AO3. Check out the tagset!

    Nominations close: July 31st at 11:55 PM UTC
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    "More free"?

    Jul. 18th, 2017 06:14 am
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