maybe a small sandwich

Aug. 20th, 2014 11:16 pm
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You ever have one of those days where it hits you like brand new that there is no way out of this? I can't think of one, and I have tried and tried.

This is human nature at it's most fundamental, I get that, and I get the rage on body shaming. I get that, it sucks when a woman doesn't conform to teh ideal and even more when she really doesn't, especially when it comes to weight. It's a nightmare, more of one that's in progress since birth for a woman, because the closer you get to the ideal the less nightmarish it gets, much like an improvement from being boiled in oil and now enjoy the Elysian Fields of slow strangulation: I myself aspire to an upgrade to dropping my oil temperature ten entire degrees and fuck the bitches who are gasping for air over there and tell my torturer how awesome the temperature is and those sluts over there created their own deep fryer life, turn it up by five degrees on them, right? and maybe I get another five degree drop because I am a fine daughter of the patriarchy and women's body's are public property because that's what they told me and they like me better now, five fucking degrees lower fuck yeah, I'm almost in.

Or I might say "...this room has no door. Why doesn't it have a door?"

Context and original post: Maybe a 'Small' Sandwich

On an emotional level, I do get this; this is women's bodies and my God welcome to Hell there. On a vital self-awareness level, however, the gut-punch is the punchline at the same time: you will never, ever be good enough, and in case anyone, anywhere, thinks that even for a second, we as women have a duty to stop that shit.

a copy of my response here )

culture consumed Wednesday

Aug. 20th, 2014 04:57 pm
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(I am done with work for the season, so consuming All The Media)

It Girl series reread. Up to Unforgettable.

+I watched Orphan Black (thus far). It was enjoyable and also Siobhan is the actual prettiest. Reminds me very much of Dark Angel, only with competent actors.
+I am watching S1 of Once Upon a Time. It is possibly actually the most ridiculous thing ever. I don't know if I'd say I love it, but I can see how a person could love it. And I am kinda shipping Mary Margaret/Emma, because actual worst. (Also usual inability to distinguish white boys has apparently extended to white girls, and it took me three episodes to realize that Snow White wasn't played by Jennifer Morrison.) Orphan Black is probably a better show by any conceivable measures -- better acting, better plotting, way better sfx -- but OUAT is all tropey and ridiculous, so yeah.

More OUAT, more It Girl.


Aug. 20th, 2014 11:17 pm
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The back-up-beeping on some construction vehicle somewhere... kept sounding like the alarm. I did not sleep well once that started. *fallsoverthud*

Spouse had back-to-back tooth-cleaning and braces-adjusting appointments today. That's three hours of dentist, everyone! Sympathize.

Havva Quote
    I'm going to let you live, bound of course, as I discuss my plan in glorious detail. Then I'll set up some kind of hilarious death trap, while dangling your all-powerful magical weapon nearby, with plenty of chances for you to escape--
    Oh, wait! Ha! Sorry, my mistake.
    That's exactly what we're not going to do.

INwatch+Bookwatch )
Adopt one today! Adopt one today!
Dragons under fold )
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Video has surfaced showing shooting victim Kajieme Powell - the second black man shot by police near Ferguson - quite a bit further away from police when killed, and without any sort of knife overhead or "overhand" as far as I can tell.

Do not misunderstand: he had stolen two bottles of soda and a honey bun, was behaving erratically, and from what I can hear but not see, really did have a knife. The shop owner had called (as had a neighbour) saying that he had a knife.

This victim's arms were at his side when both officers unloaded on him, and he was - assuming person heights I'd expect - 10-12 feet away from the nearer officer when both began firing, not 3-4 as previously claimed. He had actually been closer a few seconds before, moved away, and was moving back towards officers. Keep all that in mind when blindly believing what police have to say.

Regardless, the case here for self-defense is marginally better. But.

The officers both exited the vehicle with pistols drawn on a shoplifting call, upon seeing a man without a drawn weapon walking around on a sidewalk. There were people watching further down the block, but nobody in immediate proximity. They were not overwhelmed; two other officers were there within 60 seconds of the shooting, and four within 90 seconds; it was a flood of police.

I've seen police respond to erratic-behaviour calls of people with far bigger knives than this guy had. I've seen police respond to shoplifting calls. I've seen police respond to assault calls, to knife-fight-in-progress calls, to armed-and-presumed-dangerous calls... and I have not seen a response like this. There was no attempt to talk him down; there was no attempt to do anything other than bark orders for 10 seconds or so, then unload.

To me, it looks like they went in with the assumption they'd be shooting this man down, and did so, 14 seconds after exiting their vehicle. They went in with a plan - if you can call it that - of immediate compliance, or death. And they went with death.

If I counted right, eight shots were fired after he was already on the ground. What would that be, an octuple tap?

You can call this "suicide by cop" if you want to, but goddammit, police should not escalate the situation. They shouldn't make it worse. They shouldn't help.

But they sure as hell did here.

This is extremely graphic video and may not stay online for long. For obvious reasons, I'm not embedding it.

The Laffer Event Horizon?

Aug. 21st, 2014 02:43 am
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Posted by John Holbo

Reading Jon Chait this morning:

With predictable fury, supply-siders have denounced this heresy [that Reagan-era supply-side policies might not be optimal today, even granting that they were in 1980]. You can get a flavor of the intra-party debate in columns appearing in places like Forbes or The Wall Street Journal, the later of which retorts, “Good economic policy doesn’t have a sell-by date. (Adam Smith? Ugh. He is just so 1776.)”

The quote is a few months old, but – wow! – what an evergreen formula for zombie economics!

Good economic policy need not be formulated with reference to the economy.

I think maybe we need something a bit more science-fiction-y. Instead of the Laffer Curve, we have the Laffer Event Horizon, which is located in 1974, when Laffer sketched his famous curve on a napkin. After 1974, the economy fell into a black hole, for tax purposes. Specific facts about it could no longer cross the boundary of the Laffer Event Horizon, for policy purposes. A bit more precisely: within the black hole, all tax-like-paths – must be warped down and down, eventually to zero. Especially taxes on the rich.

Just a thought.

Reading Wednesday Is On Vacation

Aug. 20th, 2014 08:12 pm
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I've spent the last week in Michigan with the kids, visiting my grandparents, and just got home a few hours ago. I forgot to pack any books, and I have not yet gotten on board the e-book wagon, and although my parents' house does not lack for reading material, mostly this week I have read the Lansing State Journal and Dr. Seuss books at bedtime, two at a pop.

Instead I will regale you all with vacation anecdotes. Tomorrow.
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re: subject line, see also: despair and/or Sisyphus. (I am currently at 308 tabs on Mahir, my main computer, and I think I still have another 30 or 40 open on Lincoln from while I was away.)

And thus we have another batch of unsorted linkspam rather than a reading meme or some such. ^^;

I just updated [ profile] jinksyandthebrain (my kittens-only Tumblr) with the photos [personal profile] scruloose sent me while I was in Ontario. (Kas sent a few too, but another friend is in a couple of them, so I need to ask her before posting them.)

Signal boost (since for once I'm managing this in a [sort of >.>] timely manner): as of a couple days ago, [personal profile] d_generate_girl was wondering if anyone has any leads or advice on finding a place in NYC for the end of the month.

My usual library branch is the main downtown one, which is scheduled to close very soon. Here's an article about the new building that's replacing it. (This change has so far resulted in the two books I have out now not being due until December, and the need for me to choose a new pickup location for each new hold I place. I don't expect the library system to take into account that I automatically suspend all of my holds for two years [the maximum period it allows], but it'd be nice if I could simply change my default pickup location myself instead of needing to do it every time, especially since none of the branches' official names are how I think of them.)

Via Twitter, "The Spy Who Loved Me: An undercover surveillance operation that went too far", an article about a woman discovering that a man she was involved with and who fathered her eldest son was an undercover agent infiltrating a group she was part of. O_O

A few links via Facebook:

--Consider the messages that tattoos are sending". "Thanks to my medical career, I have more than a passing familiarity with a wide variety of tattoos. Although I don’t have any myself, I can appreciate the art form. I have commented to patients about the beauty of some of their tattoos."

--"45 Random Observations About Nova Scotia".

--"Photographer Sends His Kids Back In Time With These Moving Vintage Photos".

--"I am racist, and so are you: Recognizing and addressing racism in yourself". "This post is aimed at white folk, because our position of privilege allows us to benefit from, rather than be oppressed by, institutional racism."

Via Twitter, "12 things white people can do now because Ferguson".

Via [community profile] ladybusiness (and I'm lifting Ana's description from them), "Trigger Warning: Breakfast" is "a powerful comic about a woman's experience with rape and how we need to tell different kinds of stories; ones that acknowledge how often life differs from the kinds of scripts we recognise."

Via [ profile] draycevixen, a 2007 film of choreographer Matthew Bourne talking about creating m/m ballet love duets. There's some really lovely footage.

"Hulk rules"

Aug. 20th, 2014 06:12 pm
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My sister innocently sent me an email asking, "Do you remember the Hulk rules for Ambush? Because I don't think we wrote them down."

I do indeed, and after I stopped laughing, I typed them up for her, and then decided to tell the whole story on Livejournal. Basically it's the story of how my sister and I hacked a WWII board game into first a Stargate game and then an Avengers game.

For people -- mostly guys -- of a certain (my dad's) age, military board games were a big deal. I think this has probably given way to computer games now, but in the '70s and '80s these things were pretty huge, and my dad was really into them. The games come with a map, combat rules, lots of different counters representing soldiers, equipment, weapons, etc, and you design different strategies and put them through combat and see how much of your army survives. Most of the ones he liked to play were WWII-related, though he also had some Napoleonic Wars and medieval ones.

When my sister and I were little, we used to enjoy watching him play the games and "helping" by rolling dice and so forth. Our favorite of the games by far -- which meant that we ended up spending hours and hours and HOURS playing it with him -- was a WWII game called Ambush!, because of the roleplaying-game aspect, although neither of us had encountered RPGs yet. You create characters, name them, roll up different skills for them, and then use a game book of predetermined enemy movements to put your characters through a series of missions, competing against spontaneously generated enemy combatants who move/attack according to the game book. Your characters gain experience points during the mission, so you can put them through the entire war if you want to, or at least as much of it as is provided in the expansion modules.

You can probably see where this is going )
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I’ve been seeing a lot of Luna Lovegood on my dash lately and I wanted to join the fun. So here’s a Luna for your dash.


Aug. 20th, 2014 09:28 pm
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Just a quick note: through some combination of magical finances and sheer determination, I am going to be on the right and proper coast (aka New England) from 25-30 September. I'll be in Albany visiting my grandmother for the weekend, and will have the bookend time in Boston. I will let folks know more details about plans etc when I have them hammered out a bit more. I suspect that there will be a group dinner somewhere gluten- and fish-free, but I'm not sure what day that'll be happening. Probably Thursday.

Anyway, consider yourselves notified!
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I've been finding that there are *lots* of women SF/F writers I knew nothing about and new ones entering the field all the time. And I don't have time to become a full-time reviewer or anything, but I'd like to read more of them.

So I'm going to try to read at least two books by women every month, starting in September, at least one both new this year and by a woman author I've never read before. And review them and write songs for them. I am also putting this under "Hugo Reading" because I am now reading SF/F with an eye to nominating for next year's Hugos--gotta start early so I'm not staring blankly at the page next February, trying to think what to nominate. There were only about 1,500 nominating ballots last year, and next year I darn well aim to be one of them.

If anyone has suggestions, btw, I will cheerfully consider them. I am not *only* reading women authors--I'm just making a point of reading *some* women authors--so suggesting books by men authors is also okay. Also short stories / novellas / novelettes and related works.

The first will be _Storm Siren_ by Mary Weber, if anyone wants to read along. I happened to see it on a Big Idea post at Whatever, and the Kindle version is only $5, and my book buying budget is not large, but I can't reasonably expect to be able to get a lot of new-this-year books from the library. It's a complete mystery to me whether it will be my kind of thing, so we'll see.

In other news I have gone back to working on my Dutch. You may remember that when Dad and Jake were over, I read a couple of pages of De Boerderij (The Farm) with Dad every day. That is, I would spend an hour or so figuring out what each page said, and then I'd go over it with Dad. We both enjoyed it very much and I felt like it did a lot for my Dutch pronunciation, and helped with my reading skills, but we finished the book before Dad left, so we needed something else.

Dad has an iPad mini, and I demonstrated FaceTime for him before he left, and told him that if he preferred Skype, that was also available as an app, and I used it all the time, and perhaps we could read together on that. Jake got him set up with Skype at home, and he, in what I think was a happy accident, received two copies of _De Eeuw Van Mijn Vader_ (_My Father's Century_) from two different relatives at about the same time, so he sent one to me, and we'll be using that. It may keep us a while--it's a 500 page book, and it takes me about an hour to work my way through a page, sometimes more.

So far it is ... well, I'll translate a bit of it for you:

My Father's Century
by Geert Mak

Odors. Tar and rope, that must almost certainly have been the first odors that my father smelled. Fresh, new rope, sailcloth and tar. Then there was the smell of salt and waves, of the mainsails, schooner sails, jibs, royals, square sails and storm jibs that hung in the workshop to dry. There was a kitchen, that smelled of milk and bread, and later in the day of cracklings and baked fish. Finally there was a faint smell of wood and the coolness of steel.
The first sounds. Within the house came now and then the rattle of a pulley or the dragging of a roll of sail. Sometimes the voices of my grandfather and his two oldest sons, Koos and Arie. Outside were footsteps, the carts on the street, the tinkle of the horse tram.
And then there were all the people at work nearby, in the smithery, or the pulley maker's shop even farther along, where my grandfather's brother made masts and pulleys, often outside, on the quay, because his workshop was too small.
In the evenings there were the steps of a few late walkers, the voice of the pully maker, who still came talking, the wind in the chestnuts, the grinding of the schooners and cutters at the quay, the blows of a heavy ship's horn, twice, in the distance the whisper of wakes and steam engines, a strange, distant, shining illuminated palace that sailed past, away to another world.

It took me about an hour yesterday, to translate that. It is about two thirds of a page.

I am now on to the fourth page, and will try to get another page done before I skype Dad tomorrow. He thinks I will be fluent in Dutch by the time I finish; I am not so sure. I look up a lot of words, yes, but how long will I remember them? We will see. I will say that I am getting better at figuring out Dutch syntax, though. I don't know if I can produce it, but I can wring the English from it, if I know what all the words mean. So that's progress.

Let me know if you think of great books / stories published this year to add to my Hugo reading, or relatively new books by women writers you think might be good for the Women Writers Challenge!
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Pierce declined the Nobel Prize?  What did he accomplish that earned him that recognition?  How does that fit into Hydras overall objectives?  And what was the Winter Soldier’s role in accomplishing that feat?  

I need the fic on this.  

50 Shades of Frozen

Aug. 20th, 2014 07:50 pm
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 Mashup trailer.  Hans, you creepy creeper who creeps a lot, you are sooooo busted.


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