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Subject:2014 reading/media intake post
Time:11:46 am
Media intake for 2014Collapse )

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Subject:And then it's suddenly the Night Before Ontario
Time:12:38 am
Current Mood:sleepysleepy
I'm all packed to go! And despite the alarming quantity of clothing I'm taking (I can do laundry at Ginny's, but still, it's a two-and-a-half week trip. Also, I'm told Toronto's on the cool side for August lately, but who knows how it'll be in a couple of weeks?), my main suitcase weighs under 40 lbs, which is good, since that's the maximum weight for it on the train unless I want to pay extra fees. (Why the train's baggage weight allowance is lower than the plane's, I do not know. >.>)

I'm not planning on buying much while away, so hopefully I can keep from adding too much weight to my luggage other than the pair of shoes waiting for me at a Toronto Fluevog store. (I had my eye on these for months and months, and then they went on sale so conveniently close to my trip, so I didn't have to pay for shipping! Also, I tried them on in May, so I'm as sure of my size as one can be without wearing shoes for an extended period. Here's hoping, since sale items aren't returnable if they're not shipped out.)

My to-do list still has plenty on it, but all of the vital pre-trip things are done, other than the rewrite that I have to turn in on Monday. (Eep.) My bags are packed, my clothes are laid out for tomorrow, my hair is freshly dyed, the final Feed discussion post is up (as of only about half an hour ago), the rewrite due tomorrow is finished although not turned in...

One very annoying thing: I took my Swiss Army knife off my keychain to put it in my to-be-checked suitcase, and...it's gone. Poof. [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose figures it has to have wound up in said suitcase, somewhere, because I can't find it anywhere at all (and hadn't packed my carry-on bag yet, which I now have, mostly). ;_; I know it's in the house somewhere, since I haven't left the house, but I'm irrationally worried that it won't turn up. :/

It was a gift from K (the friend I'm staying with in Ottawa) before we even met each other, so I've probably had it for fifteen years or so. :/ She got it for me in Switzerland while visiting there--and had to argue with the person engraving it over the spelling of my name, which was funny because at that point we only knew each other at all in a text medium--and it's exactly my favorite shade of purple, and I will be very sad indeed if it's inexplicably gone forever.

And now I should really get to bed, since I want to get some work done before I head to the airport, but both kittens are here in the office with me. Jinksy is sprawled on the floor by my desk asking for belly rubs. I'm going to miss them horribly. (I'll miss [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose more, but I can at least talk to him every day. Hail the cell plan!)

So here, have just a few more links that have accrued since I posted earlier:

A cut scene from the season 1 finale episode of Penny Dreadful.

Over at [dreamwidth.org profile] ladybusiness, [dreamwidth.org profile] renay posted "'Who Speaks Chinese, Anyway?' and Other Mortifications from Luc Besson's Lucy". The second half of the very last line sums up why I went to see the movie (although before going I hadn't realized how dire it is on many fronts): "The moral of this story: [...] probably wait for VOD/DVD unless you want to make a political statement about women action leads being able to put bodies in theater seats."

(More specifically, I went in the name of "LOOK! I WILL PAY YOU TO SHOW ME SCARLETT JOHANSSON HEADLINING AN SF/ACTIONY MOVIE! LET ME DO IT AGAIN!", AKA my contribution to the "Where the hell is my Black Widow movie?!" fund.)

[dreamwidth.org profile] kaberett posted "A quick nerdy note on wardrobe decisions in Elementary", with spoilers for episode 2x01.

[dreamwidth.org profile] skygiants posted about Operation Mincemeat: "The amazing true story of one REALLY DETAILED hoax perpetrated by the British upon the Germans. The initial idea seems to have gone basically like this:

Step 1: Obtain corpse
Step 2: Cover corpse with fake British war plans for the Germans to find and be confused by
Step 3: FALL OVER LAUGHING AND ALSO PROFIT"

Then more and more in-between steps began to proliferate[...]"


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Subject:Not-quite-last-minute linkspam
Time:10:21 am
Current Mood:stressedstressed
This is only roughly sorted, because I fly to Ottawa tomorrow and my to-do list (especially the freelance stuff) is still terrifyingly long. But here, have some links!

Fandom and Writing

[dreamwidth.org profile] beatrice_otter posted "Energy, surplus, and labor: the Economics of Star Trek" a while back.

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] kass, Welcome to Night Vale fanart feature on DA, and "50 Pieces of Beautifully Strange “Welcome to Night Vale” Fan Art".

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] selenak, a Penny Dreadful fanvid on AO3.

Somewhat randomly, I really enjoyed this interview with Allison Scagliotti from when they were shooting season 5 of Warehouse 13.

[dreamwidth.org profile] salinea posted a long comics rec list "about Magneto at his morally ambiguous best".


Useful

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] giandujakiss, "This Site Is Cyberstalking Your Cat For Your Own Good". "Owen Mundy, an assistant professor of art who studies the relationship between data and the public, created “I Know Where Your Cat Lives” as a way of demonstrating “the status quo of personal data usage by startups and international megacorps who are riding the wave of decreased privacy for all,” Mr. Mundy wrote in a post about the site."

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] wildpear, Macaulay Library says it's "the world's largest archive of wildlife sounds and videos.
Our mission: to collect, preserve, and facilitate the use of wildlife recordings for science, education, conservation, and the arts".


Social Justice

[dreamwidth.org profile] skud recently posted a Queer intersectionality reading list. (Web links and articles, not print books.)

Via Facebook, "This Is What Sex-Positive Parenting Really Looks Like".


Unsorted

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] next_to_normal, an interview with Anna Kendrick about her recent work, including Into the Woods. My favorite part is the end, in large part because of the subject: "While preparing for Woods, the musical director warned her that no Cinderella had ever nailed the big ballad, 'On the Steps of the Palace,' an atonal whirlwind. / 'There's always a note or two that's wrong, because the song is impossible,' Kendrick says, 'so I made it my mission to actually get the fucking notes right, which I didn't realize was going to be such a problem.' Doesn't that sounds like the vow of a Type-A overachiever, after all? / 'I guess,' Kendrick says reluctantly. She pauses, then bursts out laughing. 'Or you could look at it like, well, that's my fucking job.'"

Via browngirl, a beautiful glass model of the Milky Way.

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] kaberett, a really lovely peacock quilt.

On Tumblr, we have [tumblr.com profile] confusedcatsagainstfeminism!

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] darchildre, Murder Ballad Monday.

Over at Geek Dame, there's a recipe for (Welcome to the) Dark Side cookies.

Fluevog has an Enneagram family of footwear coming up soon, according to their Twitter. They've shown preview pics of two styles. The Reformer is presumably a Type 1 reference, since that's their nickname, but I don't know what the Grace stands for, since that's not part of the same pattern and isn't a term I'm used to seeing with a specific meaning in Enneagram talk.

At Book of Jubilation, "Anatomy of a Scar" is a thoughtful, interesting post about, but not limited to, Nice Guys and their particular damage and how it hurts them and the people around them. Paul Kivel writes in Men’s Work, his examination of the role men and masculinity play in violence and oppression, that a lot of men specifically are raised with the idea that they don’t have to, or shouldn’t, do the heavy work of managing their own emotions. What they are promised is that, when they’re older, they’ll meet a woman who will do that work for them. She’ll comfort them when they’re sad, soothe them when they’re angry, and take away their loneliness and pain. It wasn’t until reading Kivel’s book that Nice Guys’™ complaints about sexual rejection really made sense to me. Things got a lot clearer when I realized that when many men talk about “sex” and women who won’t “have sex” with them, they actually mean, “the magical ability I believe to women have to fix me and make me feel loveable, which they are refusing me out of sheer caprice.”

Via Facebook, a "mermaid" school in the Philippines teaches people to swim with mermaid tails.

Via a few people, most recently [dreamwidth.org profile] telophase, "Hallucinatory 'voices' shaped by local culture, Stanford anthropologist says".

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Subject:[FIC] [NEWSFLESH] "All Your Tomorrows Start Here"
Time:10:15 pm
Current Mood:accomplishedaccomplished
All Your Tomorrows Start Here (2682 words) by umadoshi
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Newsflesh Trilogy - Mira Grant
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Georgia Mason/Shaun Mason
Characters: Georgia Mason, Shaun Mason
Additional Tags: Canon Disabled Character, Adopted Sibling Incest, POV First Person, Pre-Canon, Community: smallfandomfest
Summary:

George is no more immortal than I am, and she probably figured that out even younger than I did. The pair of us hit puberty fully aware we were gonna die someday, and confused as all hell by the way people around us acted like they could live forever if they just played it safe enough. But then again, there was no way we could've hung onto that ignorance ourselves. Being raised by people who got lost in grief over their dead six-year-old and never found themselves enough to love you strips away all of your innocence sooner rather than later.

Phillip died young. People died all the time. One of those days, death was going to come for us, too--probably literally, since we live in a world where it's up and walking around.

It took longer to grasp that we might not die together.

Set seven years before Feed.

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Subject:One trip ends, another gets scarily close
Time:07:42 pm
Current Mood:groggygroggy
[dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose got back late this afternoon after being in Montreal for a music festival for most of a week. It's good to have him home. ^_^ It's also made me keenly aware that I'm leaving for Ontario in just a few days, so I started writing up a to-do list for before I go. It's undoubtedly far from complete, and already pretty scary given that it doesn't say much about the work that needs to be done in the near future.

Alas, there's no way to avoid needing to work while I'm in Ottawa. Working in Toronto was always inevitable, since I'll be there for two weeks, but the Ottawa stop is only a few days and involves friends I hardly ever see other than during the whirlwind of Anime North. :/ It would've been nice to be out from under the immediate deadlines. Oh, well. I'll do what I can before leaving.

I already miss the kittens. (By which I mean I've been preemptively missing them for most of the month. ^^;)

My Newsflesh fic for [community profile] smallfandomfest is back from final beta with [dreamwidth.org profile] wildpear, after some back-and-forth over untangling a bit of severe logic!fail on my end. >.> It took her two or three tries (due to brain frazzle over here; she was very clear) to convey to me that when she said Shaun's thought process was fine but what he says afterwards contradicts it, she did not in fact mean "clarify thought process". She meant "FIX THE CONTRADICTION". *facepalm*

Anyway, that's fixed now (fortunately it wasn't a plot point or anything, so it didn't have repercussions in the rest of the story), so I can get that posted tonight or tomorrow.

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Subject:A couple of very different things! (A fic rec and an apparently-unrecorded song.)
Time:08:03 pm
Current Mood:giddygiddy
Guys, [archiveofourown.org profile] notalwaysweak wrote a Newsflesh fic (that I got to see early!): "Only My Hands to Guide Me". Short (1630 words), explicit, and by virtue of being set post-series, spoilery as all hell. *g* So I'm not going to say who or what it's about. If you've read the whole series, you can probably extrapolate and you should definitely go read (depending on your feelings on various pairings, of course).

(I choose to be amused by the number of things in Newsflesh that I love with my entire heart and never, ever, ever talk about unless I can be sure of not spoiling anyone. The stuff I actually let myself flail about where you can all see? Intensely, overwhelmingly loved, but barely the tip of the iceberg.)

On a wildly different subject, Tori Amos' tour has finally landed her in North America, and a couple of nights ago she played Zero Point. (That link goes to the setlist on Undented.) It's not one of my favorites of her songs, but she's apparently never played it live before (and I think it technically dates back to around 1999 or so? IIRC it was mentioned in the liner notes on To Venus and Back.)

So that's awesome. But usually videos from shows start turning up on the shows' posts within a matter of hours, and so far, nothing. O_o It's not that I'm impatient, exactly--again, not a favorite song--but it's not impossible that no one recorded it (or at least, no one who's thought to share it widely), and under the circumstances that would be very sad.

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Subject:A handful of good things!
Time:12:46 pm
Current Mood:workingworking
--This morning Kas sent me four new pics of Claudia and Jinksy, and they're now up at [tumblr.com profile] jinksyandthebrain. HAIL THE FLUFF!

--I just emailed a draft of a very short (~2600 words) Newsflesh fic to [dreamwidth.org profile] wildpear, which I guess means I'm sure enough of having it ready in time that I should actually go claim the relevant prompt at at smallfandomfest.

--[dreamwidth.org profile] genusshrike's summary of My Love Story!! vol. 1 charms me and I want to keep it forever: "My Love Story!! (not giving up the exclamation marks) is about a real macho boy who wants to fall in love but all his crushes fall for his much prettier best friend ;_; Then he helps a girl at the train station and she tracks him down and woos him with cake! He assumes she's interested in his friend, but she is so sweet, and her cake is so delicious ;_; It's actually very low drama."

--I think I heard about Eliza Rickman from people talking about her being the weather (how the heck do you phrase that? O_o) on Welcome to Night Vale, and I just picked up her album from Bandcamp and backed her Kickstarter for both a second album and a covers album.

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Subject:Reading, rereading, and rewrites
Time:09:43 pm
Current Mood:restlessrestless
I'm not properly doing a reading meme tonight, but I've been getting more books read this month than I have in ages, which is awesome. (I've just started my eighth or ninth novel of the month, depending on whether one factors in the new Newsflesh novella.)

Really, I probably shouldn't have started the new book until I read the next chunk of Feed so I can comment on it tomorrow at [dreamwidth.org profile] aftertheendtimes, but we're coming up to one of the parts of the series that upsets me most*, so I think maybe I subconsciously put it off. >.> So I'll have to read and write about it tomorrow. Because it's so much better that way.

*I have a list. Some days I think it's a little weird that my favorite series shatters my heart in so many places/ways. Other days I feel like it's more that that's a key element.

Anyway, in a freak development, the current book (The Girl With All the Gifts) is a book I own, rather than a library book. I got to actually go stand in front of the physical to-read bookcase in the living room and choose something!

In highly relevant news, I've crossed the 300-book mark on my list of library holds. O_O (305, to be precise, not counting the three that are waiting to be picked up tomorrow--although all three of those are graphic novels.)

And speaking of counting things...I've now been hanging out at over 300 open tabs for long enough that it apparently feels normal (although I don't like it). I've been putting a fair bit of time into whittling away at them in the last few days, alongside my work, and have gotten down to...um...315 open tabs. *facepalm* Although I've also managed to do a fair bit of sorting, so my main group is down to only about two and a half rows of tabs (last week it was usually more like eight or nine rows).

On the work front, I think I have five rewrites due by September 1. And three lettered volumes to proofread within the next week. O_o (Some deadline adjustment may happen there. That'd be nice.) Combine that with the fact that I'll be in Ontario for two and a half weeks next month, and things start to feel a little tight. But I'm still hoping to get at least somewhat ahead before I fly out. That's just over a week away, and things will be fairly quiet on the home front between now and then. We'll see.

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Subject:A heap of links
Time:12:24 pm
Current Mood:sleepysleepy
This got just a bit too long for me to feel comfortable about not cutting the list, so there are a wide variety of roughly-categorized links under hereCollapse )

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Subject:Two entirely unrelated things
Time:04:11 pm
Current Mood:workingworking
Things I have not yet learned on a gut level: I can't read every interesting thing on the internet. Likewise, I can't read every interesting person on any one social media platform, never mind all of them. ^^;

But I keep trying.

I wanted to link this separately from my usual link dumps! Earlier this month our friend Chantel finished recording one of her songs and posted it. "Little Bird, Hurry" is a soft, contemplative song that's just her and her piano.

Chantel and [dreamwidth.org profile] bosonator used to perform together a lot at open mics and at the market before he moved away to do his post doc work, but since she's a pianist* and he's a guitarist, I've rarely gotten a chance to hear her sing with her piano.

*And a teacher. She was my piano teacher for a couple of years after I bailed on music school [note that I studied voice, not piano].

[dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose and I have had the privilege of being friends with her and her husband for nearly twenty years now (!). She's one of those people who it's hard to say much about without sounding like I'm wildly overselling her--which I would not be!--so I'll end this post there and encourage you to give her a listen. ^_^

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