twistedchick: General Leia in The Force Awakens (Default)
Not entirely well yet, but couldn't wait to post these:

Excessive force: A judge has ruled in favor of children who were handcuffed in school.

For being at Standing Rock to cover what was happening, Amy Goodman was charged with "participating in a riot." The judge in the case has thrown it out for lack of probable cause.

Museum visitors who match the artwork.

Remember the case of the girl who was raped at 12, had the child, and then a judge was giving her rapist custody? The judge in the case has reversed his order and will not do it now. And there are apologies from the DA's office. Apparently nobody told the judge until afterward about the guy's two previous "sexual offense" trials, one of which resulted in jail time?

***

Tearing the fabric of patriarchy -- looking at Weinstein and others through the precise wording of law, not victim-blaming.

The power of shamanic art.

What is left of America as we knew it is disintegrating.

And, copied from Facebook:

From a friend's page:
Distracted by taking a knee, the imminent nuclear war with North Korea, the loss of the nuclear nonproliferation treaty with Iran, the elimination of federal civil rights for Trans people, and Russiagate?
Meanwhile.....
The GOP has slipped in some new bills.
The following bills have been introduced (Sept-Oct):
1. HR 861 Terminate the Environmental Protection Agency...
2. HR 610 Vouchers for Public Education
3. HR 899 Terminate the Department of Education
4. HJR 69 Repeal Rule Protecting Wildlife
5. HR 370 Another attempt to Repeal Affordable Care Act
6. HR 354 Defund Planned Parenthood
7. HR 785 National Right to Work (this one is devastating to the working class ... it ALSO applies to Union members)
8. HR 83 Mobilizing Against Sanctuary Cities Bill
9. HR 147 Criminalizing Abortion (“Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act”)
10. HR 808 Sanctions against Iran
Renew your resistance.
Contact your House Representative.
COPY. PASTE. SHARE. Don't let your guard down; the GOP is utterly without morals or simple human decency.

Wednesday Reading Meme

Oct. 18th, 2017 08:26 pm[personal profile] oneiriad
oneiriad: (Default)
I still haven't caught a Suicune - I partly blame spending time in Paris on many things that weren't legendary raiding. If this keeps up, certain inviduals are getting shanghai'ed the last weekend of the month.

What I've recently finished reading

Lucien Soulban: Lockdown
Well - supervillain prison? Fun enough.

Robert Venditti & Van Jensen: The Flash: Zoom
I enjoyed reading about Henry Allen making friends with supervillains and breaking out of jail to save his son from the evil speedster.

Thit Jensen: Stygge Krumpen vol. 2.
Question: Thit Jensen was a major feminist, as far as I understand - but between this and the Valdemar novels, I'm beginning to wonder what her problem with women in positions of power was. I mean, she has a hate-on for Mother Sigbrit, and the Valdemar books hate Birgitta with a passion. Seriously, what is up with this? (And should I read "Af blod er du kommet" eller "Jørgen Lykke" next? Or a biography on Thit herself?)

Holger Philipsen: Dan Frisk
My inner historian is offended at the weird chronology of this and the horned helmets.

Geoff Johns: Justice League: Injustice League
I just read this for Captain Cold interacting with Wonder Woman and being on the Justice League for a bit.

What I'm reading now

The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. by Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland, which starts well, and Hennes ögan blå by Lisa Hågensen, which I suspect of not entirely knowing what work at a small library actually involves (I doubt librarians in Sweden at a library with a staff of four people are personally calling publishers to discuss e-books... though what do I know about Sweden? Maybe it is that de-centralized there, though I doubt it.)

What I'm reading next

Well, that depends - the Hågensen book will last one or two more days of train rides, so - I've got the choice between the first of Inge Eriksen's science fiction novels or a the second of the Chanur books.

Stegelmann er om sig for tiden

Oct. 18th, 2017 07:49 pm[personal profile] oneiriad posting in [community profile] dkfen
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Jeg ved ikke, om det har nogen interesse, men jeg så lige at Jakob Stegelmann skal have tre Troldspejlet nørd-aftener på Bremen til næste år.

En om computerspil d. 18. januar, en om manga og anime og kaiju d. 21. februar og en om superhelte d. 4. april.

Jeg er ikke sikker på, at jeg er så interesseret i computerspil, og superhelte har jeg lige været til et foredrag/filmaften med ham om, men - kan nogen lokkes med på manga/kaiju tema foredraget?

LoT reaction post: Freakshow

Oct. 18th, 2017 05:15 pm[personal profile] oneiriad
oneiriad: (Default)
Okay, I can see how Nate would be upset about Amaya returning to 1942 if that was how she went about it. And it's not like she didn't know about Mari at the end of season 2. She could at least have left a note.

Someone's been watching Iron Man and Avengers...

Methinks Mick's watched IT.

Awww, they remembered that Ray is an eagle scout. And allergic to cats.

While Nate is the idiot to end all idiots. Who the hell just walks into the cage of a live, unsedated big carnivore? ... And they just screwed up their nice, easy anachronism. Of course they did.

Too much Nate!drama this episode. And frankly, Ray and Jax? You really think it's a good idea to follow Barnum right now? After Nate spilled all your secrets?

Awww, Mick is kind to sabertooth kittens. Inadvisably so, but still.

This episode is just one long list of Nate being by turns an idiot and useless. Except when he's both.

Apparently there's a Global Treaty on Time Travel? With the UN? How???? That's not how anything works.

And apparently Amaya's totem is out of control? Amaya - stop saying sorry to Barnum, he's a kidnapping asshole.

Ray? You are a bad person. Shame on you.

Hello Kuasa.

a short break

Oct. 17th, 2017 08:08 pm[personal profile] twistedchick
twistedchick: General Leia in The Force Awakens (Default)
I'm dealing with stomach flu that is keeping me up nights. Not fun. Today I slept like a rock -- until noon. I'm starting to feel better -- but I have no real concentration.

So I'm not doing links again until I feel competent. I used all my competence for today in posting my Stage of Fools story.

But I am reading whatever y'all write, and glad of it.

*hugs flist*
selenay: (Default)
I did it. I bought a MacBook Pro. Eeeep!

I’m torn between excitement and terror at spending all that money, even though I’ve actually had the money saved up for a while so it’s not like this is an expense that’s going to kill my savings. I’ve specifically been saving for it, outside my regular savings. It’s just more than I usually spend on a computer, but hopefully the investment will pay off.

Thank you for all the buying advice. I’ve learned so many unexpected tips, too, about things to use it with and apps to get for it. It’s made me feel much more comfortable with this choice.

It arrives on Monday. I need to think of a good name for it :-)

Does anyone have a suggestion for a good password manager?

(no subject)

Oct. 17th, 2017 04:15 pm[personal profile] titti
titti: (HP: Malfoys/Snape/Harry)
I haven't posted in ages, but apparently I've lost my mind because I'm itching to write and since I can't find a challenge with the right prompts, I'm thinking of doing NaNoWriMo for the first time in 11 years.

There was a prompt I liked at [community profile] hp_nextgen_fest, but it was too late to write it, so I'm planning 50K of Draco/James Sirius, using the old prompts from [profile] fanfic100.

Let's see if I can manage it after all of this time.

Marvel Black Panther

Oct. 16th, 2017 10:47 am[personal profile] grey853
grey853: Cat with a teacup (Catwithteacup_casey28)
It's not due until February 2018, but I'm looking forward to it.

selenay: (Default)
I'm planning to jump ship and go over to a MacBook. Hooray, I can hear my Apple aficionado friends crying :-)

The problem is that there are so many options out there and I'm wary of making a mistake, because this is an expensive investment. So a bit of advice would be appreciated.

A lot of my usage will be general stuff: browsing the Internet, bit of video watching (not editing), writing and editing documents and spreadsheets, using Scrivener etc. I'm also probably going to be doing bits of development, learning and messing about with Python, doing some courses on data analytics etc. I doubt I'll be running around all day every day with it, because I have an iPad, but for various reasons I don't want a desktop and I'll need something that isn't awful for lugging onto planes and so forth.

I've narrowed it down to absolutely NOT the 12" MacBook (every article on it says its not worth the price-tag) or any 15" monster.

I'd been leaning towards the 13" MacBook Air, with the best CPU on offer and 256GB drive, but it's an older architecture and that makes me wary. I want to get at least five years out of whatever I buy, and I'm concerned that the Air might not match my needs or stay update-able for that long.

I've been looking at refurbed 13" MacBook Pros - October 2016 release or June 2017 release. For not much more than the Air I'd been looking at, it seems like I'd get more power and the architecture is newer (same disc amount, though), so they're likely to stay update-able for longer. But are refurbished models from Apple actually reliable?

Does anyone have any opinions on which way I'm better leaning towards?

And will 256GB be enough disc space? I don't tend to store videos on my machines and I can archive stuff on external HDs when necessary, so it sounds OK to me, but I haven't gone Mac before so I don't know how much space the OS etc. needs.

Any thoughts much appreciated!
goss: (Rainbow - Paint)
Title: Fierce
Artist: [personal profile] goss
Rating: G
Fandom: MCU, Thor: Ragnarok
Characters/Pairings: Valkyrie
Content Notes: Created for Inktober - Day 14, word prompt: Fierce. Drawn with a grey and black marker. This one is based on a promo pic of Valkyrie from the upcoming movie Thor: Ragnarok, but is also somewhat inspired by Beyoncé. *g*

Preview:


Click here for entire artwork )

This past week has been SUPER busy, but I'm glad I got the chance to at least work on a couple pieces. Hope to continue with these next week, but I'm thinking maybe I should switch up from marker to another form of inking - maybe do some brush work...

Still not entirely dead

Oct. 15th, 2017 11:52 am[personal profile] calvinahobbes
calvinahobbes: Calvin holding a cardboard tv-shape up in front of himself (Default)
I have been entirely away from DW, not even lurking. Work sucked me into a black hole of some kind, and now I have a week off (except for a number of things I still need to catch up on). I've been in a lot of physical pain from tension, and had two dives into depressive states - I can just keep it going until the weekend, and then I've crashed.

I have had almost no visits; one weekend with the BFF in August, one weekend where my mom came to my house when I crashed and realized I had no energy left to drive to her's, and one very nice and slow weekend with skuf where I just hope I was not too much of a bickering asshole about things.

At nights I am so tired that I haven't been able to read; only watch The Good Wife, which I feel never ends. I am still enjoying it, though. It doesn't really work for grand arcs, but as an organic depiction of real life it does - the way Alicia can never really get away from Peter, the way her crush on Will keeps resurfacing, the way Cary starts talking about leaving a season before anything starts to happen, the way Kalinda seems to almost leave and then sticks around. It's comforting in how chaotic and non-sensemaking it is.

I also watched The Good Place - the pilot with skuf, who didn't like it all. I was just spoiled enough from gifs to find it intriguing, and the season finale still managed to be not exactly what I expected. I am sad Netflix doesn't have the second season yet. It does, however, finally have seasons two of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend!

Goodreads is so worried about my reading goal for the year now that it is sending me emails asking if I need a boost. In order to hack the system I listened to a BBC adaptation of the Magician's Nephew yesterday, which was not very good.

I also listened to most of BBC's abridged adaptation of The Wind in the Willows, which I had no idea was so very gay: Mole is the main character, and in chapter 1 he decides to quit spring cleaning in favor of adventure. He then meets Water Rat, who invites him to go boating, and then they immediately move in together, becoming Particular Friends and sharing a bed. Toad is obviously the flamboyant friend who is an embarrassment to the establishment, and old distinguished Mr Badger is everybody's queer daddy figure who flies under all the straight people's radars. But most importantly, the story is so damn hyggelig! It soothed my weary brain, and any Brit who claims Brits don't know hygge clearly needs to read Kenneth Graham, who certainly did. Oh, and as I went digging on Google, I came across many an interesting quote about Mr Graham, which makes me relatively sure the gentleman was asexual.

In other news, whenI finally hooked my PS4 up again, it would not play sound. I've tried switching hdmi cables, hooking/unhooking, rebooting, even doing a hard reset. It mocks me through it all. The weirdest part is it CAN play sound when I go to adjust volume, but nothing else - none of the ambient sounds on the main interface, nothing in games, dvds, or YouTube or anything else. It is incredibly frustrating, but I guess there's nothing for it but to send it back?

IT'S RAINING

Oct. 15th, 2017 04:37 pm[personal profile] scaramouche
scaramouche: my cat staring at something (smokey whut is that)
I went searching for mermaid media, specifically a 2000 Hong Kong tv serial someone told me about called Legend of Heaven and Earth: The Mermaid Beauty, and even with the browser translation function the language barrier made it tricky to get useful information in terms of comprehensive plot. It was made even trickier by the fact that there are multiple titles (I think a mix of official and unofficial based on international dubs), which lead to a snowball effect where I ended up finding stuff about a completely separate mainland China tv serial called Legend of Mermaid (aka The Legend of Chasing Fish) which was confusing the heck out of me because at first I thought they were the same because hey, title variants, except NO THEY'RE NOT.

AND THEN because of the clickhole I ended up being bouncing through the internet and found I think three different mermaid-based China/Hong Kong/Taiwan* movies (I think they're movies?) all of which have multiple English titles but came out in the same freaking year of 2016 which I'm suspecting is because that's the year that Stephen Chow came out with his The Mermaid movie which destroyed box office records and... I suspect there may be even more out there. Good grief.

*I'm really sorry but I got so overwhelmed I ended up closing all the tabs instead of trying to identify each one properly.

ALSO I'd made another mistake where with the promos of Siren coming out recently, I thought that that was the Australian TV show that was announced ages ago just with a different name but nO! The Australian TV show is called Tidelands and I swear...

Description of Siren: “Siren,” which has been ordered for 10 episodes, takes place in Bristol Cove, a coastal town known for its legend of once being home to mermaids. When the arrival of a mysterious girl proves this folklore all too true, the battle between man and sea takes a very vicious turn as these predatory beings return to reclaim their right to the ocean. (source)

Description of Tidelands: The drama follows a former criminal as she returns home to the small fishing village of Orphelin Bay. When the body of a local fisherman washes ashore, she must uncover the town’s secrets while investigating its strange inhabitants, a group of dangerous half-Sirens, half-humans called “Tidelanders.” (source)

Plus that freaking indie The Little Mermaid movie with Shirley McLaine and William Moseley is supposed to come out this year!

Never thought I'd say it, but this may be too many mermaids.

Book Log

Oct. 14th, 2017 07:37 pm[personal profile] scaramouche
scaramouche: Door knocker from Labyrinth (labyrinth knocker)
Nancy Goldstone's The Maid and the Queen: The Secret History of Joan of Arc makes it the second book of this author's to have a title that left me confused by the end, though this one a little more disappointing than the last.

This book, thanks to its title and the blurb at the back advertising a "revisionist history" and Joan's having a "forgotten mentor" had me expecting something far more controversial or challenging of the known history of Joan of Arc, perhaps in trying to break down of the mythos of her actions. I braced for that, and there is some interesting theorizing about Yolande of Aragon's role as Joan's secret benefactor, but that comes at the beginning of Joan's arrival on the public stage and... pretty much the rest of it goes on as normal.

Cut for length. )
goss: (Flash)
Man, I got SO HIGH ON BLACK SHARPIE MARKER colouring the background. :b

Title: Shattered
Artist: [personal profile] goss
Rating: G
Fandom: The Flash (TV 2014)
Characters/Pairings: Captain Cold (Leonard Snart)
Content Notes: Created for Inktober - Day 12, word prompt: Shattered. Drawn with a grey and black marker. Continuing from the day before, with the second half of my m/m ship. I wanted to try to get an icy texture with marker. Turns out it was a lot harder than expected. I got tired halfway through and just kinda half-assed the rest of it. So I'm not 100% happy with the result, but at least it was an interesting texture exercise.

Preview:


Click here for entire artwork )

(no subject)

Oct. 13th, 2017 09:55 am[personal profile] twistedchick
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Rydra Wong has collected links on the horrible ethnic cleansing of the Rohingya people in Myanmar, many of whom have gone to a refugee camp in Bangladesh, where the locals are welcoming but there is not enough of much of anything. Doctors Without Borders is there. (NYTimes at the last link) Why don't the Myanmar people like them? The Rohingya are Muslim, in a largely Buddhist country. Not all Buddhists are peaceful.

Apparently Roy Moore, fundy judge and Senate candidate, has received at least $180,000 for part-time work at a charity. Um. If that's part-time, I have to wonder how wealthy the charity is.

Trump's people are keeping unaccompanied immigrant minors from getting abortions. So. Be underage, get raped, be forced to have the child -- who, by being born here, would be a citizen. Or would they be born here?

The Ninth Federal Circuit Court has ruled that there is no constitutional right to sell firearms.

Dakota Access Pipeline update: The oil flows, but the fight continues.

Republicans are kicking people off food stamps.

Conservative leaders call on McConnell to resign, in order to resolve the legislative gridlock.

Rose McGowan's Twitter account has been locked since she posted about Harvey Weinstein's abuse.

An old-school pharmacy hand-delivers drugs to Congresspeople. And that includes prescriptions for Alzheimer drugs.

Out of control on contraception.

The growing use of mandatory arbitration, removing from people their right to a jury trial.

***

The photo ark. And more here.

How about conservation efforts for reptiles?

Black Elk, the Lakota medicine man turned Catholic teacher, is being promoted for sainthood. Is this problematic, and to whom?

Congratulations to the 50+ First Nations who defeated Trans-Canada's Energy East pipeline!

111 types of clothing that changed the world.
twistedchick: General Leia in The Force Awakens (Default)
In the late 1950s or so, how would a couple go about getting married in France? Was there civil marriage (I think there was but I do not know details)? Where would it be conducted? Would a Catholic marriage be refused to a couple if one was Protestant? Was a license needed, and from whom? In either case, was there a waiting period (such as required by banns elsewhere)? I probably wouldn't need to write the details, but it would help to know then so I wouldn't write the wrong thing.

Thanks very much!
goss: (Flash)
I stumbled upon a whole bunch of Flash/Captain Cold fic recs over at [community profile] recs, and IDK just fell down a well. LOL. Just read these two fic by the same author, with a word count of 178K and 276K, back-to-back. O_O

Title: Run
Artist: [personal profile] goss
Rating: G
Fandom: The Flash (TV 2014)
Characters/Pairings: Barry Allen
Content Notes: Created for Inktober - Day 11, word prompt: Run. Drawn with a grey and black marker. I saw this photo of a girl running and just loved the effect with the perspective distortion, and apparently I have Speedsters on the brain, so this was the result. *g*

Preview:


Click here for entire artwork )

I'll try to post more catch-up drawings later this afternoon...
oneiriad: (Default)
Home from Paris - ILL conference and hanging out with robininthelabyrint. Admittedly, getting home involved strikes and SAS being inefficient (aren't they supposed to actually tell you when your plane is cancelled?) and negotiating to not be put on a plane to bloody Oslo (I don't mind Oslo, but when the goal is Copenhagen, Oslo is a bit of a detour). Hopefully I can get these posts back on a regular schedule now - especially since goodreads tells me I am behind on my reading goal now. :-(

Also, I've gotten my Yuletide assignment, and must admit, my immediate reaction was: somebody ships that?

What I've recently finished reading

Steve Kenson: Freedom City
There is some entertainment in just going "Right, so this villain is basically an evil Swamp Thing, and this hero is sort of Black Panther with a different colour scheme, and this is obviously Doctor Strange, etc."

Juan Díaz Canales: Fraternity 1.
Atmospheric.

Makoto Yukimura: Vinland Saga book 7.
Continues to be an occasionally weird read, especially after the main character turned pacifist.

C.J. Cherryh: The Pride of Chanur
This was a delightful read. The poor, furless, hapless alien and the crew of lioness aliens having to deal with him and escape the bad aliens. It's fun and I need to read the rest of the books. Which will involve tracking the last three down somehow.

What I'm reading now

Lucien Soulban's Lockdown, because supervillain prison, and Thit Jensen's Stygge Krumpen vol. 2..

What I'm reading next

Always a good question. Well - there's a Flash comic the library will be wanting back soon? And I got the first volume of Inge Eriksen's science fiction series from the library, so that's a possibility. Also - Yuletide canon review.

Total number of books and comics read this year: 156

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