rock falls: a star wars story

Aug. 22nd, 2017 09:32 pm
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So I watched Rogue One: A Stars Story, about a year after everyone else. I'm SCARED of getting into Star Wars because I don't really remember if I watched the original trilogy or I merely osmosed it through pop culture. Probably the latter? Anyway, I've seen some of the prequels and the sequel and now Rogue One... And I think I like Rogue One the best? Mostly because the mains aren't directly related to the original trio, so the pressure is somewhat off.

(If the original trilogy is like Lord of the Rings, and the prequels are like the Silmarillion (LMAO), I think Rogue One would be like ... The Children of Hurin? Related to the action, but also an extremely bleak sidequest.)

Anyway, I did like it! It was sad. I think the ads may have been slightly misleading. Just slightly. You can read some more of my thoughts here, but basically? I came out wanting to read some fixits (or partial fixits) and also some fairly fucked up Bodhi/Galen because look, look an Imperial hostage/respected scientist does not get an Imperial pilot to deflect with no effort. I want to write fic?? There's so little of it, that's sad but. Story of my life??

Anyway, Disney succeeded in getting me sort of excited for The Last Jedi, although it does not have Riz Ahmed in it nor does it have Mads Mikkelson being hapless at being harmless so my interest is still minimal.

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Aug. 23rd, 2017 01:26 am
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Fucking done with this whole mindset where I constantly mentally review who can/will read any of my necessary venting on various social media to see if I feel like I can say a damn thing; fucking done with imagining the nastiest and most dismissive shit coming from the people I'm closest to; fucking done with which things it is I feel I have to hide.

"I've got nothing better to do than stalk you and make fun of you for any emotional vulnerability" is bad friendship, I don't care where you learnt it, stop.

Question of the Day

Aug. 22nd, 2017 06:00 pm
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Posted by Melissa McEwan

Suggested by Shaker yazikus: "What is your road-trip CD list?"

One of the things I love to do when making a road-trip mix is pick artists that come from the place(s) to which I'm traveling and/or through which I'm traveling on the way to my destination.

So, for example, when Iain and I were still living in Indiana and made a road-trip to visit the Space Cowpokes in New Jersey, I picked a few artists from Ohio for our trip through Ohio, then a lot of artists from Pennsylvania for our trip across Pennsylvania (it's a big state!), and then we ended on artists from Jersey: Bon Jovi, Whitney Houston, The Misfits, The Fugees, Gloria Gaynor, Queen Latifah, Bruuuuuuuuuuuuuuuce.
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Story Title: Do You Want To Be With Somebody Like Me?
Fandom: BBC Sherlock
Link(s): AO3
Summary: Moriarty's return has only granted Sherlock a temporary reprieve from punishment over his actions regarding Magnussen, and when a mission involving Sebastian Moran crosses Mycroft's desk it seems to be the perfect way for Sherlock to pay his penance. This particular mission requires Sherlock to have a paramour, however, but Mycroft has that taken care of in the form of Molly. What begins as a ruse to fool Moran slowly becomes something more real, though, and as this mission takes Sherlock and Molly across the globe chasing after a ghost he begins to realize that there is much more that he can lose this time if he makes another wrong decision.
Warnings: Mild non-graphic violence, language
Characters: Sherlock Holmes, Mycroft Holmes, Molly Hooper, Anthea & Sebastian Moran
Pairings: Sherlock Holmes/Molly Hooper
When I Started: June 24th, 2015
How I Lost My Shit: I think I was a tad overambitious when I started plotting out the end game after Prague and it scared me.
How I Finished My Shit: Panic & pride. Once I finished “No More Regrets” I took a good hard look at what else I could finish, and as I’d written four scattered chapters towards the end I decided this would be fic number 2. I managed to write the five chapters I needed to write all in one day, actually, and I think the story turned out well by ending the adventure in Washington DC as opposed to going further with it.

An Observation

Aug. 22nd, 2017 05:00 pm
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Posted by Melissa McEwan

So, some conservative asshole wrote a thing (to which I'm not linking, because fuck that guy) about how Donald Trump's 11-year-old son Barron Trump needs to start "dressing like he's in the White House" after the kid wore t-shirts and shorts on Air Force One over the weekend.

First of all: No.

Second of all: Nope.

Thirdly: What the fuck is wrong with you?

Fourth, fully 67% of the sentient beings in the multiverse have already weighed in on why picking on the way an 11-year-old kid dresses is just the most colossal jerk move ever, because HE IS A CHILD ON HIS SUMMER VACATION, and also WHO CARES SHUT UP YOU GARBAGE BULLY, so let me just add this point: Donald Trump wears a suit in the White House every goddamned day and they don't magically make him behave as though he is a decent and competent president.

What's even the point of demanding that anyone ever dress any way, really?

That's not how clothes work, and also stoppppppppp.

Sign-Ups – One-Day Warning

Aug. 22nd, 2017 06:15 pm
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Almost time to ring the gong again! But we're not quite there yet. You've still got about twenty-four hours to sign up for this challenge before sign-ups close at 6 PM EDT (10 PM GMT) tomorrow (Wednesday, August 23). Details for signing up are still located at this post if you have any questions about how anything works for this step in the process.

If you haven't signed up, you've still got time. I'll be back tomorrow to give you all one last reminder before time is well and truly up. Until then, it's not too late!
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This book is a fantastic example of why I love Science Fiction: alien cultures, developments over loooong time spans, humans at the very edge and beyond their understanding and horizon. I loved it. It's half fascinating and never dry spider civilization worldbuilding and half about the last humans trying to survive in an ark ship; the way they mirrored and played off each other was great, but the contact moments were the best.

More details with spoilers )

Under Gemini

Aug. 22nd, 2017 05:37 pm
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Under GeminiUnder Gemini by Rosamunde Pilcher

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


Pilcher does two things very well: setting and character. The descriptions of the Scottish coast and Scottish manor homes and a posh London hotel and Cornwall by the sea--all are evocative and lush and beautiful to read. The characters in the novel are complex, interesting, and nuanced, and most of them are warm and kind people I'd love to spend a weekend with drinking tea and walking on the beach.

This is an Old School Romance and a product of its time, so there are some elements I could do without (like the male love interest slapping the female protagonist in the face or the implicit assumptions about what women will do with their lives in terms of occupation, matrimony, and motherhood), but Pilcher is definitely a good storyteller.



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Aug. 22nd, 2017 10:08 pm
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Just under 300 words left to somehow remove from this story and then it will be ready for proofing and I am prioritising things all wonky but I don't fucking care. Just work on what I can work on.

--

I've not eaten enough today and the gym was an annoying disaster (well, not "disaster" but I had to drop triceps from the workout because my elbow tendons were hurting) and I have a headache and feel mental, but the proof copy of Heavy arrived and it looks pretty good? (voici) so I will be releasing that very soon.

--

hurried off on a horrible packed train to go meet Aaron to pick up this microphone and arrived too early so hid myself in the basement of a costa near London Bridge and did a bit of vague promo work for the PIG BOOK / SAD SPIES book and then stood outside the gallery watching people on bikes, blah blah, but I did a) get my microphone b) get a hug from aaron c) get my brain into another hole about how I can't people well d) find the Old Operating Theatre Museum for future reference

Also I nearly deleted my entire store of book ideas which would have been PROBLEMATIC

but I didn't. I read about East London's most enduring and beloved Yiddish-promoting poet, and wrote a poet myself (not in Yiddish) and now I only have 300 words to remove from that story.

A Charioteer fan a solid 14 years my junior is having a conversation with me about 20th Century homosexual history (she rather more articulately than me, as is usually the case) and also recced me this fic, which is so far reasonably in-character with only minor niggles but unfortunately it hits me in the feels and after the accidental feels-fest attached to a bedtime story for Liza I am NOT OPEN TO HAVING ANY MORE FEELINGS ABOUT ANYTHING

and i have a headache

This Week in Fandom, Volume 60

Aug. 22nd, 2017 02:56 pm
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This Week in Fandom

This Week in Fandom: Orphan Black and its Clone Club, legal issues with celebrity avatars in virtual reality, and more: https://goo.gl/8e7Wbb

Discussion Thread: How Are You?

Aug. 22nd, 2017 03:45 pm
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Posted by Melissa McEwan

I feel something coming in the air. Tonight, or soon. I don't know what it is. But I sense that pieces are being moved into place for a big shift. It's making me very anxious, especially because I can't get my head around what it is.

This administration has been a waking nightmare, but the one tiny comfort I had was always being able to predict what was coming.

I'm suddenly unsure, and it's overwhelming me with dread.

That said, as ever I feel strongly that building community in order to validate and support each other is incredibly important, no matter what tomorrow brings, and I am here for it.

Aside from politics, I'm all right. I made a tasty bit of salmon with some perfectly ripened avocado for lunch, and had a quick call with Iain during which we both completely slap-happy and making each other laugh. I was perfectly content for 21 minutes and 44 seconds, which feels like a lot these days. I'll take it with gratitude and without complaint.

How are you?

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Aug. 22nd, 2017 02:46 pm
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Yesterday afternoon I was in a weird mood--I thought I was going over to [personal profile] goshawk's house for an hour or so to cuddle with her cat and do some writing, but I ended up wanting to be alone to think and brood and sleep, and ended up skipping dinner and staying until ten PM. The cat was glad, since he's lonely without his human, but I'm still not quite sure what's up with me. Then I went home and ranted about the adults involved in the Indigo Children idea, which was very soothing.

I nailed today's job interview, or else I've never nailed anything in my life. I want the position desperately. But they said they'd take "a few weeks" to decide. Siiigh.

On the upside, Mom was able to afford to pay someone to come in and drywall my kitchen and bathroom. So yes, everything there is now covered in drywall dust, but once I clean it off I get to paint and make things look actually inhabited.
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Posted by Aphra Behn

[Content note: Gaslighting, lack of consent, infidelity.]

This weekend, architect Kai Cole penned a devastating account of the end of her marriage to Joss Whedon, the creative force behind Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Firefly, and the director of several recent Marvel films.

Cole revealed that for years, Whedon had affairs, both physical and emotional, with the women around him — friends, fans, actresses, and co-workers — affairs which he told her about only as he was ending their relationship. She writes:

Despite understanding, on some level, that what he was doing was wrong, he never conceded the hypocrisy of being out in the world preaching feminist ideals, while at the same time, taking away my right to make choices for my life and my body based on the truth. He deceived me for 15 years, so he could have everything he wanted. I believed, everyone believed, that he was one of the good guys, committed to fighting for women’s rights, committed to our marriage, and to the women he worked with. But I now see how he used his relationship with me as a shield, both during and after our marriage, so no one would question his relationships with other women or scrutinize his writing as anything other than feminist.
Plenty of people out there have offered their reactions to Cole's piece, from Gamer Gate types who hate Whedon for any semblance of feminism he does possess; to those who have long criticized his work’s lack of diversity and often frankly anti-feminist bent; to those who argue you can still cheat and be a feminist, so what’s this all about, really.

I’m not writing to engage those takes. I am writing simply to acknowledge that for a lot of us, this hurts. And it’s not about our opinion of Dollhouse.

It’s about yet another man abusing a position of trust.

And in this case: A man abusing his knowledge of feminism, its language and analysis, in a way deeply hurtful to his partner and their relationship, and then gaslighting her about the reality of the situation.

According to Cole, Whedon revealed the affairs in writing to her after filing for divorce. Per her account, he explained his first affair, on the set of Buffy, thusly:

“When I was running ‘Buffy,’ I was surrounded by beautiful, needy, aggressive young women. It felt like I had a disease, like something from a Greek myth. Suddenly I am a powerful producer and the world is laid out at my feet and I can’t touch it.” But he did touch it. He said he understood, “I would have to lie — or conceal some part of the truth — for the rest of my life,” but he did it anyway, hoping that first affair, “would be ENOUGH, that THEN we could move on and outlast it.”
This is an astonishing way for a man who understands feminism to describe his history. There is blaming of the women involved — if only they had not been so beautiful, so needy, so aggressive, perhaps this would have been different.

He also objectifies them, as “the world laid at my feet,” and further self-aggrandizes his desires as “a disease, something out of Greek myth.” That doesn’t sound much like a man who’s taken full responsibility for harming his relationship. The problem isn’t a curse laid by a sorceress, but Whedon’s own refusal to be honest.

Cole says she is recovering from the relationship, after being diagnosed with complex PTSD. I wish her all the best in her journey. And I write this in support of those who find her account all too familiar. Because this is gaslighting, this is harmful, and we've lived it.

Look at it this way: If Whedon were a Christian megapastor who had hidden behind his reputation as a man of faith in order to carry on affair, who had justified his emotional affairs by claiming he was practicing his faith (“ministering” to women, for example), and/or who had hidden behind his marriage in order to keep people from questioning his involvement with other women, we would have no trouble seeing the issue. And we would understand why those who had put trust in his messages — even if it was sometimes a critical trust — would be feeling devastated.

And we would certainly understand why women who have been in a similar situation would be feeling especially devastated.

And we would instinctively recoil if he blamed Satan or in other ways dodged responsibility by spouting the lingo that had so long shielded him. Or, in this case, by blaming patriarchy for his actions:

When he walked out of our marriage, and was trying to make “things seem less bewildering” to help me understand how he could have lied to me for so long, he said, “In many ways I was the HEIGHT of normal, in this culture. We’re taught to be providers and companions and at the same time, to conquer and acquire — specifically sexually — and I was pulling off both!”
Personally, I have few words for how this makes me feel. I know I am not the only one who has been hurt by someone who has mastered the concepts of feminism well enough to understand how gender roles help abet his infidelity, but couldn’t be arsed to meaningfully engage enough with those concepts to be honest with a partner.

On some level, then, this isn’t about his work, and demanding that every discussion be about his work is not helpful. There’s certainly a time and place to discuss his works, which were already problematic, which already demand discussion. But it feels a little hollow to see this descend into another round of how fucked up his vision of Black Widow is, or how “we” already knew he was a lousy feminist because of Firefly (or whatever.) That can’t be the only conversation.

It’s also not helpful to have every conversation be about how this isn’t a surprise, or that “we” already knew he was problematic, or a jackass, or whatever. Again, that’s a fine conversation, but it doesn’t have to be every one.

Some of us need a space to acknowledge something more fundamental: We’ve been here. And it hurts like fuck to see it being played out again, on the big screen.

This betrayal of trust, trust given in the name of feminism, is a story we have seen played out with Prominent Male Feminists before. And it hurts every time.

In part, it may hurt because we have personally extended Whedon good faith in regards to his works, choosing to believe that he is sincerely interested in feminism as a good thing, even if he practices it poorly. It may hurt because, for some people, his works may have been an introduction to feminism on some level, even if it's one we have outgrown. It's jarring to think that person was using feminism so cynically.

But it may be even more personal than that.

It hurts because some of us have been gaslighted just like this. By men who are not-so-prominent, but equally manipulative. By men who disguised emotional or physical infidelity as "just relating to women better." By men who used their relationships with us as a shield. By men who learned the lingo, only in order to abuse it.

If it’s feeling all too familiar, you have my sympathy, and I take up space in solidarity with those who are having a rough time with this. If you have been looking for a space to talk about those feelings, have at it in comments.

[Note: I have deliberately avoided commenting on the dynamics involved in Whedon’s relationships with women other than Cole, because I do not know enough about the perspectives of the other parties involved. It feels important to acknowledge, however, that the categories Cole describes include people over whom Whedon potentially exercised tremendous professional power, a dynamic that can easily be abused, and where trust can also be betrayed.]

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Aug. 22nd, 2017 09:11 pm
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I might have spent a bit too much on games this month though, because I currently have £360 in the bank, for two and a bit weeks. And that also has to cover all the food I'll need to buy when my parents are away next week, the new pair of work shoes I thought I might buy then, and a £110 train pass I'll need when I go back to work. Hmm.

Also I mentioned The Sims 4 on the PS4, but to be clear I bought it for the PC. The only place to play the Sims.

Also I knew Joss Whedon was a fuckhead, but I am learning ALL NEW THINGS, WOW, this week.

Pinch Hits

Aug. 22nd, 2017 07:42 pm
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We're still seeking pinch hitters for the following. They are due on 8/25 at 7:59 pm EDT. (Countdown)

1 (Bloodborne (Video Game), Dark Souls III, Fullmetal Alchemist (Anime 2003), When Women Were Warriors) https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/rare-pair-pinch-hits/QwYMyHvOT9A

35 (Football RPF, Sense8 (TV), xXx (Movies), World of Warcraft) https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/rare-pair-pinch-hits/4mdmhMlbH8w

40 (Shades of Magic - V. E. Schwab, The Shadow Campaigns - Django Wexler, Wolf 359 (Radio), Murder Most Unladylike Series - Robin Stevens) https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/rare-pair-pinch-hits/ANZC17nXI_g

Write Every Day, August Day #22

Aug. 22nd, 2017 10:12 pm
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Mostly not a very good day. Long and exhausting, especially on the emotional/mental front. Some long meditation and making a mug of hot chocolate helped bring me closer to balance, though. But I do need sleep again... I'm behind on replying to comments, sorry, I'll finish replying to them tomorrow, I hope.


Writing

I worked on my Femslash Exchange sign-up a little, and I wrote some angsty poetry to relieve my mind.


Tally

Days 1-14 )
Day 15: LJ / DW : [personal profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] cornerofmadness, [personal profile] esteliel, [personal profile] fangirlishness, [personal profile] miss_morland, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] verdande_mi, [personal profile] ysilme
Day 16: LJ / DW : [personal profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] cornerofmadness, [personal profile] esteliel, [personal profile] fangirlishness, [personal profile] miss_morland, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [personal profile] tinx_r, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] verdande_mi, [personal profile] ysilme
Day 17: LJ / DW : [personal profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] cornerofmadness, [personal profile] esteliel, [personal profile] fangirlishness, [personal profile] miss_morland, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] verdande_mi, [personal profile] ysilme
Day 18: LJ / DW : [personal profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] cornerofmadness, [personal profile] esteliel, [personal profile] fangirlishness, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] shopfront, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] verdande_mi, [personal profile] ysilme
Day 19: LJ / DW : [personal profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] cornerofmadness, [personal profile] esteliel, [personal profile] fangirlishness, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] shopfront, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] verdande_mi, [personal profile] ysilme
Day 20: LJ / DW : [personal profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] cornerofmadness, [personal profile] esteliel, [personal profile] fangirlishness, [personal profile] miss_morland [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] verdande_mi, [personal profile] ysilme
Day 21: LJ / DW : [personal profile] auroracloud, [livejournal.com profile] cornerofmadness, [personal profile] esteliel, [personal profile] fangirlishness, [personal profile] iberiandoctor, [personal profile] navaan, [personal profile] shopfront, [personal profile] sylvanwitch, [livejournal.com profile] trobadora, [livejournal.com profile] verdande_mi, [personal profile] ysilme

Let me know if I missed anyone, or if you wrote but didn't check in yet! You can join in any time.

Daily Dose of Cute

Aug. 22nd, 2017 01:30 pm
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Posted by Melissa McEwan

image of Dudley the Greyhound lying on the couch, grinning at me
"Hi!"

As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.
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Ars Magica is probably the definitive game of medieval magic - one of these offers is a repeat, the other is all new:

Ars Magica 5 Bundle

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/ArsMagica5-2017

"The Bundle of Holding and Ars Magica go way back. We offered the current (Fifth) edition of the Ars Magica rulebook in our August 2013 Bundle of the Ages, a collection of historical RPGs, and in March 2014 we presented a collection of vintage ArM supplements that supported the earlier Fourth Edition (1996-2004). We admire Ars Magica hugely and regard it as one of the field's seminal designs. It was a harbinger of the acclaim awaiting both its designers, Jonathan Tweet and Mark Rein-Hagen. We're proud to revive this large assortment from August 2014 supporting the current edition, which is widely regarded as the finest yet. (This is the third revival of this offer; the two previous revivals were May 2015 and February 2016. This third revival is a first, so to speak -- we've never revived the same offer three times.) The new companion collection of supplements, ArM5 Wizards & Power, has lots of additional material to expand any Mythic Europe saga. We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to this offer's designated charity, Doctors Without Borders.
The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$125. Customers who pay just US$14.95 get all four titles in our Starter Collection (retail value $55) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks:
  • Ars Magica Fifth Edition: The complete, current 240-page rulebook.
  • Covenants (retail $15): The essential guide to help players improve the homes of their magi.
  • Houses of Hermes: True Lineages (retail $12): A detailed treatise on four powerful Houses of the Order of Hermes.
  • Apprentices (retail $7): Become a young student of the Art of Magic.
  • The Living Covenant: As a convenience to our customers, we present over two dozen free characters and setting files from the Atlas Games website, collected here in one handy 42-page booklet.
Those who pay more than the threshold (average) price, which is set at $24.95 to start, also get our entire Storyguide's Collection with five more titles worth an additional $70:
  • Houses of Hermes: Mystery Cults and Societates(retail $15 each): The second and third treatises on the Hermetic Houses.
  • The Lion and the Lily (retail $15): The Normandy Tribunal sourcebook about the many active covenants in densely populated northern France.
  • The Broken Covenant of Calebais (retail $10): The first-ever ArM adventure, originally written by Mark Rein-Hagen and Jonathan Tweet, now updated for the current edition.
  • Tales of Mythic Europe: Nine short adventures that push your saga to the limits of Mythic Europe.

Ars Magica 5 Wizards and Power Bundle

https://bundleofholding.com/presents/ArM5WizardsPower

"This all-new companion offer presents all four Realms of Power supplements about the sources of magic in Mythic Europe, along with several sourcebooks about the Hermetic Tribunals in various regions from the Rhineland to Transylvania.

We provide each ebook complete in .PDF (Portable Document Format). Like all Bundle of Holding titles, these books have NO DRM (Digital Restrictions Management), and our customers are entitled to move them freely among all their ereaders.

Ten percent of each purchase (after gateway fees) goes to these two offers' designated charity, Doctors Without Borders.

The total retail value of the titles in this offer at launch is US$105. Customers who pay just US$12.95 get all three titles in this offer's Starter Collection (retail value $45) as DRM-free .PDF ebooks, including the first Realms of Power book (Magic) and two Tribunals -- Against the Dark (Transylvania) and The Sundered Eagle (Theban).

Those who pay more than this offer's threshold (average) price, which is set at $22.95 to start, also get this offer's entire Bonus Collection with four more titles worth an additional $60,, including Guardians of the Forests (about the Rhine Tribunal, first of them all) and the remaining three Realms of Power books: The Divine, The Infernal, and Faerie.

At least one title will be added after launch: When a title is added after launch, ALL customers who previously purchased that offer automatically receive the newly added title, REGARDLESS of whether or not they paid more than average. This is their reward for buying early.

Ars Magica resources

Learn much more about Ars Magica Fifth Edition and get free downloads at the Atlas Games website. The Project Redcap wiki is the best starting point for fan resources. And check this RPG.net forum thread, "Let's Read Ars Magica Fifth Edition," and this RPG.net forum post by user cj.23 listing ArM resources. (That last one is in a topic called "Ars Magica Bundle of Holding -- do I want it?" You can answer that for yourself.)

 


If you're taken up the previous Ars Magica offer the Wizards and Power bundle is something you're likely to want. If not, I'd suggest trying Ars Magica first, then going for Wizards and Power if you find it useful. They're both running until September 11th so there's a little time to decide if you like it, but remember that prices will probably rise.

I'm not going to download this stuff because I don't really play fantasy RPGs any more, but if I did Ars Magica would be high on my list of possible systems, and the pricing looks pretty good. But as usual your mileage may vary.

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Okay, so remember when I said that I don't understand why people complain about the Doctor/Rose romance, because I didn't notice any romance between them? Well, clearly I had been wearing my Doctor-free glasses when I last watched this season because oh wow did I notice the romance this time around, and not in a good way. I think I agree with most of the other stuff I wrote in my previous post, however.

but now, some new random thoughts )

Fig and Ibid

Aug. 22nd, 2017 02:40 pm
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Are surrounded by cats used to other cats and thus not necessarily alarmed to see new ones. Ibid is content to sniff noses with the bolder of his new housemates, whereas I think Fig is affronted by their lack of timidity.

I still have not seen the orange kitten I was warned could be an issue. It's afraid of people but likes to tussle with older cats. I expect Ibid will like this and Fig will not.

If you go down to the woods today...

Aug. 22nd, 2017 06:38 pm
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Spotted this the other day and then forgot to mention it:

Sex Festival in Tunbridge Wells.

Actually, not in Tunbridge Wells, which evokes images of orgiastic goings on in the Pantiles amidst a crowd of the local denizens being Disgusted.

In fact, in a wood nearby.

'People living in the area have expressed concern over noise, parking and decency': which is almost in the fine tradition of the inhabitants of Hampstead not minding so much about the actual cruising taking place at the famed gay cruising grounds of the Heath, but that they were leaving litter.

A local farmer reported 'Locals that hadn't bought tickets posed the biggest problem for event organisers, with hundreds of people trying to get in on the action'.

A man was found dead and a woman unconscious at the campsite this morning: while all the reports namecheck the festival, it sounds as if it was over by then. The report in the Telegraph suggests that it is possible that fumes from a barbecue were to blame, and the death is so far described as unexplained. But obviously, all reports are going to mention the kinky sex party.

Challenge No 4: Sky Garden

Aug. 22nd, 2017 06:24 pm
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This was [personal profile] complicatedlight  second suggestion of something different to do in London.
Sky Garden )

We Resist: Day 215

Aug. 22nd, 2017 12:15 pm
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Posted by Melissa McEwan

a black bar with the word RESIST in white text

One of the difficulties in resisting the Trump administration, the Republican Congressional majority, and Republican state legislatures is keeping on top of the sheer number of horrors, indignities, and normalization of the aggressively abnormal that they unleash every single day.

So here is a daily thread for all of us to share all the things that are going on, thus crowdsourcing a daily compendium of the onslaught of conservative erosion of our rights and our very democracy.

Stay engaged. Stay vigilant. Resist.

* * *

Here are some things in the news today:

Earlier today by me: So the President Gave a Speech Last Night and Pence to Join Trump in Phoenix.

[Content Note: Disablism] Eugene Robinson at the Washington Post: It's Time to Talk About Trump's Mental Health. You know, even setting aside the disablism here and in the dozens of other pieces just like it, the problem is that their authors presume Trump is actually trying to govern like a traditional president and failing. But what if he isn't? And there's frankly an enormous amount of evidence that he isn't.

What looks like "mental illness" — or some other variation on "unfitness" — when judging Trump's comportment against traditional expectations of a president looks a lot less so when judging Trump's comportment against expectations of an aspiring dictator.

Maybe Trump praised Duterte, for example, not because he's "an idiot" who doesn't know any better, but because he actually admires Duterte.

I understand why people don't want to contemplate that possibility, but maybe "it's time" to talk about that.

* * *

[Content Note: War; death] Maya Gebeily at AFP/Yahoo News: Dozens Reported Dead in US-Led Strikes as Battle Nears Raqa Heart.
Dozens of civilians have died in two days of intense US-led strikes on Raqa, a monitor said Tuesday, as fighting to retake the Syrian city from jihadists nears its densely populated centre.

The coalition acknowledges it has pounded the city and surrounding area with more than 250 air strikes over the past week alone, in support of the Syrian Democratic Forces alliance battling the Islamic State group.

The SDF has so far captured just under 60 percent of Raqa, monitors say, leaving IS with about 10 square kilometres (four square miles) in the heart of the city.

But as clashes approach central Raqa, monitors and activists have reported scores killed in intensifying coalition bombardment of the city.

On Monday, US-led air strikes killed at least 42 civilians in several neighbourhoods in Raqa under IS control, according to the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

Nineteen children and 12 women were among the dead, the monitor said.

The Observatory says 167 civilians have been killed in coalition strikes since August 14, including 27 on Sunday.

"The tolls are high because the air strikes are hitting neighbourhoods in the city centre that are densely packed with civilians," Observatory director Rami Abdel Rahman said.
Goddammit. I don't even have words. My heart aches.

Tim Johnson at McClatchy: US Navy Collisions Stoke Cyber Threat Concerns. "The Pentagon won't yet say how the USS John S. McCain was rammed by an oil tanker near Singapore, but red flags are flying as the Navy's decades-old reliance on electronic guidance systems increasing looks like another target of cyberattack. The incident — the fourth involving a Seventh Fleet warship this year — occurred near the Strait of Malacca, a crowded 1.7-mile-wide waterway that connects the Indian Ocean and the South China Sea and accounts for roughly 25 percent of global shipping. ...In a little noticed June 22 incident, someone manipulated GPS signals in the eastern part of the Black Sea, leaving some 20 ships with little situational awareness. Shipboard navigation equipment, which appeared to be working properly, reported the location of the vessels 20 miles inland, near an airport. That was the first known instance of GPS 'spoofing,' or misdirection."


Of course it has.

Alec MacGillis at New York Magazine in collaboration with ProPublica: Is Anybody Home at HUD? "The story of the Trump administration has been dominated by the Russia investigations, the Obamacare-repeal morass, and cataclysmic internecine warfare. But there is a whole other side to Trump's takeover of Washington: What happens to the government itself, and all it is tasked with doing, when it is placed under the command of the Chaos President? HUD has emerged as the perfect distillation of the right's antipathy to governing. If the great radical-conservative dream was, in Grover Norquist's famous words, to 'drown government in a bathtub,' then this was what the final gasps of one department might look like."

[CN: Video may autoplay at link] Brian Ross, Matthew Mosk, and Rhonda Schwartz at ABC News: Glenn Simpson, Key Figure Behind Million-Dollar 'Dossier,' to Face Questions. "A key figure behind the so-called 'dossier' featuring uncorroborated and salacious allegations about then-candidate Donald Trump's ties to Russia will be questioned by investigators from the Senate Judiciary Committee today about the funding and sources for the document. ...Simpson, who will appear in a closed session on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, hired the former MI6 agent Christopher Steele to compile the now infamous 'dossier,' which alleged that members of the Trump campaign had colluded with Russian agents to damage Hillary Clinton, Trump's Democratic opponent."

My friend Leah McElrath notes that ABC kinda buried the lede on this one:


"According to people briefed on the developments, Steele has met with the FBI and provided agents with the names of his sources for the allegations in the dossier, but it is unclear, how much information lawmakers will be able to obtain from Simpson this week. Attorneys for Fusion GPS have indicated to the committee that its client relationships are confidential." That is the very last paragraph in ABC's piece.

[CN: Misogyny]


Jesus fucking Jones.

Glenn Kessler, Michelle Ye Hee Lee, and Meg Kelly at the Washington Post: Trump's List of False and Misleading Claims Tops 1,000. "We have been tracking [Donald] Trump's false or misleading claims for more than seven months. Somewhere around Aug. 4 or Aug. 5, he broke 1,000 claims, and the tally now stands at 1,057. (Our full interactive graphic can be found here.) That's an impressive number by any standard. In fact, we are a little late with this update because we have simply been overwhelmed keeping track of the deluge of claims made by the president in the later part of July. Things slowed down during the president's 'working vacation,' so we have finally been able to catch up. At the president's current pace, he averages nearly five claims a day."

That actually seems low to me, given that some of his tweets have five bullshit claims in them.

* * *

Oh. My. God.


Damian Paletta at the Washington Post: Treasury Secretary's Wife Boasts of Travel on Government Plane; Touts Hermes and Valentino Fashion.
U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin's wife, Louise Linton, boasted of flying on a government plane with her husband to Kentucky on Monday and then named the numerous fashion brands she wore on the trip in an unusual social media post that only became more bizarre minutes later.

When someone posted a comment on Linton's Instagram picture that criticized the way Linton touted the trip, the treasury secretary's wife swung back hard, mentioning the extreme wealth she and her husband control.

"Did you think this was a personal trip?!" Linton wrote on her Instagram page, responding to the person who had written "glad we could pay for your little getaway."

(Linton's Instagram account was later made "private" so that it could not be publicly seen).

Linton continued in her response to the critic: "Adorable! Do you think the US govt paid for our honeymoon or personal travel?! Lololol. Have you given more to the economy than me and my husband? Either as an individual earner in taxes OR in self sacrifice to your country? I'm pretty sure we paid more taxes toward our day 'trip' than you did. Pretty sure the amount we sacrifice per year is a lot more than you'd be willing to sacrifice if the choice was yours."

Linton added, "You're adorably out of touch … Thanks for the passive aggressive nasty comment. Your kids look very cute. Your life looks cute."
At ThinkProgress, Aaron Rupar notes: "Linton's condescending remarks come as Mnuchin, a 17-year veteran of Goldman Sachs who later ran a bank that has been described as a 'foreclosure machine,' ramps up his sales pitch for a tax reform plan that the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center says will disproportionately benefit the top one percent of earners."

It also "came on the same day as news about how [Donald] Trump's lifestyle is creating huge financial and logistical problems for the Secret Service and for taxpayers."

What a fucking administration this is.

* * *

[CN: Violence; murder; racism; death penalty] Mark Berman and Wesley Lowery at the Washington Post: Missouri Plans to Execute Marcellus Williams as His Attorneys Say DNA Evidence Exonerates Him. "Missouri on Tuesday plans to execute Marcellus Williams, a death-row inmate convicted in 2001 of killing a former newspaper reporter. But with Williams's lethal injection looming, his attorneys have appealed to the U.S. Supreme Court for a stay, arguing that Missouri may be on the verge of executing the wrong person. ...Attorneys for Williams argue that he is innocent, pointing to DNA tests they say produced 'conclusive scientific evidence that another man committed this crime.' They say this evidence shows that DNA belonging to someone else was found on the murder weapon, exonerating Williams. ...State officials, though, said they still believe Williams is guilty due to other 'compelling non-DNA evidence.'" JFC. End the death penalty now.

What have you been reading that we need to resist today?

Recs

Aug. 22nd, 2017 06:38 pm
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Defenders:


Gone for Soldiers: Claire and Jessica at a certain memorial service post show. In which two backstories the series left out are addressed. Excellent Claire and Jessica voices.

Above, but undermined: neat missing scene between Matt and Jessica.

Orphan Black:

The sun that's setting in the east: what Rachel did next.

Tatiana Maslany about Orphan Black interview: in which she looks back on the show, sees P.T. Westmoreland as the perfect analogue for a current head of state (hint: mediocre man in his early 70s with his power based on lies, obsessed with himself, no regard for anything not him) and thus a good final villain, and reveals which Clone was the most fun for her to play.

Pence to Join Trump in Phoenix

Aug. 22nd, 2017 11:00 am
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Posted by Melissa McEwan

Tonight, Donald Trump will appear in Phoenix, Arizona, for yet another Make America Clap for Me Again rally — despite the fact that Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton has asked Trump to postpone.

Trump was rumored to be considering the announcement of a pardon of Sheriff Joe Arpaio at the event — a doubling down on support for white supremacy and nativism, which Stanton (and everyone else with any sense and decency) is worried could result in violent clashes between Trump's white supremacist supporters and protesters at the event.

In a very curious move, Mike Pence will reportedly be joining Trump for the rally in Phoenix.


I'm not exactly sure what's going on, but here's what I've seen over the past week or so: Multiple news reports about Pence laying the groundwork for 2020 run, followed immediately by: Pence pulled back home early from abroad, followed immediately by: Pence getting super promotional on Twitter, which is a highly unusual tone for him, followed immediately by: Pence appearing at Phoenix rally with Trump, in contravention of long-established security protocols.

It seems incredibly unlikely to me that Pence came home from a trip abroad and is creating a massive national security risk just to show solidarity for Trump's Afghanistan war plan, which was vague garbage — hardly a radical military realignment that necessitates such elaborate maneuvers from Pence.

Something is up. And it's moving fast.

I have some ideas about what that might be, but they are nothing more than hunches. I'll be watching what happens in Phoenix closely to see if any of those hunches prove out and/or look more likely after tonight.
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Posted by deb

I evicted a longtime resident of my To Cook list this week with this corn chowder. I have no argument with traditional corn chowder — it has cream, bacon, and potatoes and thus would be impossible not to love as soup or salad — but I adore to the point of boring everyone around me with my gushing, Mexican-style corn either elote-style (on the the cob rolled in butter, mayo, lime juice and coated with salty crumbled cotija cheese and chile powder or a chile-lime seasoning blend) or esquites-style (all of the above, but in a cup). This corn chowder attempts to celebrate the best of both.

making a mess of the kitchencutting kernels from the cornassistantblended and whole corn kernels

I started with a classic corn chowder using whole and blended fresh kernels, onion, garlic, milk, and cream but added some jalapeño and chili powder for flavor and used cooked black and small red beans instead of potatoes for bulk. Then, right before you eat it, because I am fully of the conviction that finishes are what make a soup, you make a rich street corn-like dressing with mayo, sour cream, cheese, and lime and dollop it right into the center of the soup. Squeeze more lime all over, shake on some chili powder and finish it with fresh cilantro and, if you’re not sure you’ve gilded the lily enough (or, perhaps, have children still viewing this meal skeptically), bake some corn tortilla wedges into chips.

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Title: Second Time Around

Link: Here at AO3

Pairing: FP Jones/Kevin Keller

Summary:  When his Omega walks out on him and his family, FP Jones is then considered a disgraced Alpha, incapable of caring for and unworthy of having a mate. When he has the opportunity to marry Omega Kevin Keller, FP Jones is determined to take him as a mate to provide another mother to his children, but he’s caught off-guard when he finds himself falling for Kevin along the way.

Warnings/Notes: Alpha/Beta/Omega Dynamics.
 
 

All hail my incredible skills

Aug. 22nd, 2017 08:54 am
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Yesterday post-swim (!) the first time after endoscopic surgery (!!) I was patting myself dry. I looked at my towel and found bright red on it. Eek! I looked at my abdomen -- all good -- and then at my hand, where a long, slice-y cut was oozing a little blood. To add insult to injury, it wasn't even on my fingers, where one might feasibly mishandle the courtesy razor: It was right between my index and second finger, actually requiring a butterfly bandaid.

I'm just not meant to shave, y'all. Most of my leg scars (in spite of several knee surgeries and a few IV port leftovers from hospitals), are from cutting myself up trying to get hair off that belongs there in the first place.

In other health news, I found the world's tiniest malpractice problem! So, here was the success of the above-mentioned fifty minutes of swimming without aggravating my Problem Incision, the rightmost one, which of course includes some details, but not gory ones after all )

Vid: Infinity (No Man's Sky)

Aug. 22nd, 2017 05:28 pm
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I guess I could finally post this 4 month old draft?? I guess.

Title: Infinity
Fandom: No Man's Sky
Music: Sun by Sleeping At Last
Length: 04:00
Summary: That we may fall in love every time we open up our eyes.
Content notes: bright flashes, footage of a large but friendly spider-like creature
made for [personal profile] jetpack_monkey during Spring Equinox Vid Exchange 2017

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Download (x264 mp4, zips include subtitle file):
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Notes )

Outtakes )


Credits for mods & Steam workshop resources:
Chromatic Aberration + Vignetting + Scan Lines Removal by Atari
Darc Flight by darconizer
No Pirates + No Random Sentinels by Mjjstral
Slightly More Common Rare Creatures by gtdcarthage
Cheat Engine tables one and two by deadendthrills
Cheat Engine table by Squall8 (see link for further credits)
Aurora by TooCrispy
The Farm by Murashi
Green planet with huge dinosaurs by NeedRed
Path Finder Hub by Hello Games
Waveform Station by Eli
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Link: Depends on party
Location: Anywhere in the world if you're a UK citizen
Deadline: Varies, but there will be some this autumn
Time estimate: 15 minutes
Requirements: money / mental / personal information / decision-making
Anything else: It may be a while until the next general election, but local elections can make a difference to people's lives. Joining an imperfect party and campaigning for change from within is usually easier and more effective than starting a new party from scratch or trying to get an independent elected. Being a member for a few months before the election gives you opportunities to help influence things when it comes, whether that's by voting within the party for a particular person to be the party candidate for your area, putting forward or voting on topics for policy discussions and campaigns, or by getting information about ways to volunteer and increase voter turnout.

Dear Femslashex Creator Letter

Aug. 22nd, 2017 12:31 pm
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Placeholder! I swear there will be a letter here by August 26th, but for now, I've only just got back from a big trip and I'm scrambling to get my sign-up done before it closes so *not yet*.

But soon.

Linkspam: fannish/geeky/SFF, misc.

Aug. 22nd, 2017 12:31 pm
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Fannish/Geeky Things/SFF

"Tatiana Maslany Says Goodbye to 'Orphan Black'". [series finale spoilers]

Sarah Rees Brennan wrote "Our Winged Brains: The Appeal of Winged Creatures in Genre Fiction" for Tor.com.

[twitter.com profile] seananmcguire wrote a fantastic Twitter thread about the awesomeness of In Other Lands.

"'Atomic Blonde' Doesn’t Pretend Women Fight Like Men, And The Result Is Awesome".

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] recessional, a Tumblr post about Atomic Blonde...which is really hard to describe without spoilers. It has to do with a plot point that many people have warned others about in advance of their seeing the film (a warning for which a lot of people have been grateful, whether or not it dissuaded them from seeing the film themselves), and offers a take on why the "this horrible thing happens [so the movie failed us/is bad/perpetuates the same bad things that always happen]!" warning is misleading and the event is in fact genre appropriate.

"Doorways to Fantasy: Rovina Cai Illustrates Seanan McGuire’s Wayward Children". [Tor.com]

"You're screwing this up: An open letter to Hollywood from your mortal enemy (the female comic fan)".

"N. K. Jemisin’s New Contemporary Fantasy Trilogy Will “Mess with the Lovecraft Legacy”". [Tor.com]

"Library of America Recognizes Ursula K. Le Guin (and Science Fiction)". [Book Riot]

"Robin McKinley: A Pioneer in YA Fiction". [Book Riot]


Miscellaneous

"The masseuse who pulled my arm out". [BBC] "Life with a disability can sometimes give rise to unspoken questions and sensitivities, but amid the awkwardness there can be humour. The following is an edited version of a sketch by Angela Clarke who has Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, delivered for the BBC at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival."

"Confessions of a Costume Curator: As a fashion historian, my job is to learn from other people’s clothes—a task that is challenging, messy, and often spooky".

I think I may've linked this before--it's from last year--but I came across it again and still really like it: "24 Things Women Over 30 Should Wear".

"Swan, Late: The unexpected joys of adult beginner ballet". [Note: the writer frequently uses the term "oriental dance" when talking about bellydance; I'm not sure if that's a standard term in those circles? It pings me uncomfortably, so I figured I'd note it.]

"‘Kids are gross’: on feminists and agency". "What I’ve come to suspect is that many feminists’ failure to recognise the autonomy of children is, at least in part, symptomatic of the way children have for many feminists become symbols of oppression. But when we are unable to separate the systematic discrimination that makes mothering a ridiculously difficult and often oppressive role from the fact that children are sentient, autonomous human beings who deserve dignity and respect, we are in danger of allowing glaring hypocrisies to creep into the way we construct and use feminist principles and ideas."

"INFOGRAPHIC: A world of languages - and how many speak them".

"N.K. Jemisin’s #AntiFascistSFF and Gail Simone’s #ComicsHateNazis Are the Inspiration You Need on This Monstrous Day". [The Mary Sue] (From earlier this month.)

"Eisner Nominee Renae De Liz Shares Short Guide for Artists on How to De-Objectify Female Characters". [2016]

"A Sweet Valley High Movie is Coming (from the Writer of Legally Blonde!)" [Book Riot]

"How to Keep a Roomba Vacuum Cleaner From Collecting Data About Your Home".

"A New Canon: In Pop Music, Women Belong At The Center Of The Story" and "The 150 Greatest Albums Made By Women". [NPR] (Tori's Little Earthquakes is #27.)

My Favorite Eclipse Stuff

Aug. 22nd, 2017 09:45 am
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Posted by Melissa McEwan

There was a lot of great, clever, beautiful, and/or hilarious stuff created during and about the solar eclipse yesterday. In no particular order, my Top Five Favorite Eclipse Things:

1. This extraordinary time-lapse photo of the eclipse created by photographer Jasman Mander.


2. This solar eclipse recreation with pug puppies.

Video Description: A fawn pug puppy is held in the air by a person off-screen. From the right side of the screen, a black pug puppy is moved through the air by another person, in front of the fawn pug puppy.
3. This tweet from former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.


4. Rae's perfect comment on Trump looking straight at the eclipse.


5. This OMG LOLOLOLOLOLOL supercut of Fox News' Shep Smith giving zero fucks about the eclipse, compiled by the Washington Free Beacon, via Jessie.

Video Description: Video clips of Shep Smith sarcastically covering the solar eclipse, which really doesn't impress him. Sometimes he is onscreen making exasperated and sardonic faces while speaking; other times, it is only his voice over eclipse-related images, whether of the eclipse itself or people watching the eclipse, etc. [ETA Content Note: Racist dogwhistle.]

This is Total Eclipse of the Sun Watch Twenty-Seventeen on Fox News Channel. The excitement must be building and building, like fireworks! [edit] If I put this here, and my phone here, I have a total eclipse of the phone! [edit] Fascinating! It's amazing! Oh my god the moon has gotten in front of the—! Well, okay. I don't know. It's interesting-looking. The sun looks a little like the moon up there on my wall. [edit]

If you mention it, you gotta sing it. [sings] Where the deer and the antelope playyyyyyy....! [edit] WOW! Would you look at that?! IT'S A TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN! [edit] They know this is all it's gonna be, right? Just a moon over a sun? [edit] Oh, the sun's coming back now. Oh my goodness. That didn't last long. [edit]

Yoo hoo! I wanna hear more! [edit] No, 'cause now you can look at the thing! It's covered so YOU CAN LOOK AT IT! OH MY GOD! [edit] The sun is returning! Jalapeña! [edit] How was it? Response: "Weird." "Dark." "Cold." Another "dark." "Amazing." "I love nature." "Amazing." "I'm gonna die now." And we hope that doesn't happen! [edit]

Wanna see a total eclipse of this monitor? [holds paper in front of camera] It's totally eclipsed. [edit] Well, we're having a good time, too. And there's some people who think we should take this a little more seriously, on the Twitter. [edit] Because, for us, this is just a lotta fun. We've been watching the path of totality— [runs toward large board showing path of totality; a producer gets caught on camera] You can catch D.C. on screen if you run. [edit]

Do you know that it goes [convulses] buzz buzz buzz like old NASA stuff from the seventies whenever you move around? It's 'cause of the sun! [edit] And then over on MSNBC, it's just—it's just sorta dark and vacant. [edit] They're not gonna have a—what is it?! [the crew murmurs unenthusiastically: "Total eclipse of the sun."] Not a total eclipse of the sun down in— [cracks himself up; edit]

The sun is 400 times larger than the moon. But the sun is 400 times farther away from us than the moon. Which works together nicely. [edit] So, here, it's a little darker than usual, but, uh, it's not, like, dark. [edit] According to one legend from ancient China [does Trump impression] CHI-NA! people were scared that a dragon might eat the sun. Which is always something to consider. [edit]

How was it?! Was it everything?!
Please feel welcome and encouraged to share your favorite eclipse stuff in comments! And don't be shy about self-promoting: If you created something cool, got a neat photo, said something hilarious...toot your own horn!

Gem's Garden by Jane Matwain (SFW)

Aug. 22nd, 2017 10:46 am
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Fandom: Steven Universe
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Portraits of various characters in garden settings
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital painting
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [tumblr.com profile] janematwain

Why this piece is awesome: This is a series of garden-themed pictures that so far includes Pearl, Amethyst, Steven, Peridot, Lapis, and Connie. I love the concept, the colors, and the wealth of detail in each of these — Lapis's picture even has water dripping out of the bottoms of the pots. There's some great characterization (Amethyst's version of a "garden" made me laugh). My favorite is Peridot's, which makes wonderful use of light and captures Peridot's nervousness about being able to take proper care of all these tiny Earth life forms.


Link: Gem's Garden
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There’s this glurgy poem about the Earth being a few feet in diameter. It’s an incredibly cheesy poem (and will you check out the cheesy website I found when I went searching for it to write this post), but I’m kind of partial to it for what it reveals about human psychology. It ends as follows:

“People would love it, and defend it with their lives because they would somehow know that their lives could be nothing without it.

If the Earth were only a few feet in diameter.”

This gap, between real things and representations of things, is at the heart of something I’ve been struggling to get my head around in recent months. The passion I see for stories, be they movies, games, or—gasp—sometimes novels, is something that I share, and yet it boggles me that as much as they affect culture in a broad sense, they seem to often have little impact on the individuals most devoted to them.
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