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As promised, this is your (incredibly belated) post with this year's full list of Premieres and playlists. I apologize for the unanticipated delay.

We hope everyone enjoyed the show! If you missed any of it, treat yourself to the links below. We would love if you would leave comments for the vidders who made vids that gave you the feels, that made you think, or that made you want to try watching (or reading) something new. All of the vids this year were incredible and we can't thank you all enough for making Vid Party possible.

Shout Outs Thank you to everyone who premiered a vid, curated a playlist, subtitled our show, set-up the screening room, helped break-down the screening room, posted posters, MADE our poster -- hey there Jeremy! -- and attended our show.

Subtitles were provided by the respective vidders, or generously scripted by our amazing Subtitle Squad: [personal profile] runawaynun, [personal profile] violace, and [personal profile] seekingferret. BIG THANKS for subtitling our entire show (!)

You can download all subtitles here. Subtitles are grouped into easy to navigate playlist folders.

It's never too late to learn how to make vids! --because the only timeline that counts is the one in your video editor. As a follow-up to the absolutely amazing How-to-Vid panel moderated and run by [personal profile] thuviaptarth, there will be posts forthcoming with links and resources. So stay tuned!

WisCon Vid Party Premieres


WisCon Vid Party Playlists

If... )

Contact )

Speculative Femslash )

Birthing New Worlds )


Pixel Power )

(Free Ke$ha!)'s Murderous Women! )

Sing Along )

Halsey )

My Safeword Is... )

My Body Is A Weapon )

Sing Along )
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I'm probably going to throw myself into the Serpentine at some point this week anyway, and it occurred to me to ask if anyone had any interest in a tour guide/moral support (as it can be a bit daunting going for the first time) or if anyone's already a lido fan and just fancies meeting up.

Info: the Serpentine Lido is open 10 to 6 every day.

It's (surprisingly) wheelchair-accessible, though they don't advertise this. There's a wheelchair-accessible loo, and a gate they can unlock in the fence around the lido so that you can cross from the changing rooms into the lido without having to go up and down any stairs (this does mean crossing a path in your swimming costume, but the alternative is crossing a small metal bridge over the path in your swimming costume, so).

It is a section of the lake, which you are sharing with assorted waterfowl and algae, so if you have a compromised immune system, it might not be ideal.

Especially on weekdays, the lido is blissfully uncrowded.

Because the lake edge is fairly shallow, a good half of the lido is standing-depth. So if you're a nervous swimmer, you don't have to venture out of your depth.

You need a swimsuit and a towel. There are coldwater showers on the bank, and shower gel/shampoo is forbidden as it runs off into the lake. Therefore, it's best to plan to rinse off some of the pondweed on the bank then have a proper bath/shower when you get home.

If you might be interested, this week or at some future point, just comment or PM me.
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Hexarch Shuos Mikodez.

Full-res version for printing out and coloring [hosted at my website].

For the curious, you can also find coloring pages for Captain Kel Cheris, General Shuos Jedao (scroll down a bit), and Hexarch Nirai Kujen.

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Jun. 28th, 2016 03:41 pm
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The Supreme Court has declined to hear a case about a 'religious' pharmacy turning women away. Pharmacies are for everyone, not just the people the pharmacist likes.

My Westercon schedule

Jun. 28th, 2016 11:41 am
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Westercon 69 will be held this coming weekend in Portland, Oregon. I am the Fan Guest of Honor and will be appearing on a ton of programming. Please note that my reading will be very early in the con -- on Friday at 3pm -- so if you can attend I would really appreciate it!

  • Fri Jul 1 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm in Ross Island: GOH Fan Guest David D Levine Reading.
  • Fri Jul 1 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm in Mult/Holl: Opening Ceremony. With Bobak Ferdowsi, Charlie Stross, David D. Levine, Lea Rush
  • Fri Jul 1 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm in Hawthorne: Going to Mars: What s the Point?. With the release of the hit movie The Martian and the release of the latest NASA plan for the journey to Mars, a fundamental question needs to be asked, and answered concerning the Why. The panel will discuss the pros and cons of a Mars mission and how it can be presented in the non-science world in order to justify the endeavor. With Bobak Ferdowsi, David D. Levine, Gerald D. Nordley, Kristin Landon
  • Fri Jul 1 9:00 pm - 12:00 am in Jeff/Adams: Match Game SF. Get ready to match the fannish stars! In this re-creation of the classic 1970s game show, contestants are selected randomly from the audience to attempt to match the panelists' answers to fill-in-the-blank questions like "Captain Kirk has the biggest ___ in Starfleet!" All contestants will receive prizes. With Andrew Fuller, David D. Levine, Debra Stansbury, Jim Doty, Kevin Standlee (m), Lisa Hayes, Lynn Gold, Manny Frishberg
  • Sat Jul 2 10:00 am - 11:00 am in Multnomah: Saturday 10am Kaffeeklatsch. Small group discussions with authors, artists, and other interesting personalities (referred to as "hosts"). Sessions are limited to the host and a small group of attendees.
  • Sat Jul 2 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm in Lincoln: Contract Pitfalls to Avoid. Join the Chair of SFWA's Contracts Committee and other panelists in discussing contract clauses writers need to avoid or modify. With David D. Levine, James Fiscus (m), John Lovett
  • Sat Jul 2 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm in Mult/Holl: The Scientist vs The Authors: Intellectual Brawl of the Century. 3 of our GoH's having a free form discussion. With Bobak Ferdowsi, Charlie Stross, David D. Levine (m), John Scalzi
  • Sat Jul 2 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm in Mult/Holl: Masquerade. The Masquerade is an event where members of the convention have the opportunity to present their costumes on stage for the entertainment of the other members. With David D. Levine (MC)
  • Sun Jul 3 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm in Autographs: Guest of Honor Autograph: David Levine.
  • Sun Jul 3 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm in Ross Island: Toxic Masculinity as Villain. Fighting demons is clearly easier than fighting the cultural narrative of men as arrogant, emotionally repressed aggressors who refuse to accept advice or reconsider poor decisions. What would it look like if a male character became aware of that narrative and decided to take a stand against it? Instead of toxic masculinity traits being used to generate repetitive conflict, how can authors build the tension between what the culture wants a man to be and who he wants himself to be? With David D. Levine, Sara Stamey, Sienna Saint-Cyr
  • Sun Jul 3 9:00 pm - 12:00 am in Jeff/Adams: Match Game SF. Get ready to match the fannish stars! In this re-creation of the classic 1970s game show, contestants are selected randomly from the audience to attempt to match the panelists' answers to fill-in-the-blank questions like "Captain Kirk has the biggest ___ in Starfleet!" All contestants will receive prizes. With Andy Trembley, David D. Levine, Jonnalyhn Wolfcat Prill, Kevin Roche, Kevin Standlee (m), Lee Moyer, Lisa Hayes, Lynn Gold
  • Mon Jul 4 11:00 am - 12:00 pm in Jeff/Adams: GoH presentation: Science Tourism Experiences. A slide show presentation by GoH David Levine showing a zeppelin ride, a NASA satellite launch, a short trip on a sailing ship, and a stay at a simulated Mars base.
  • Mon Jul 4 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm in Broadway: How the Hugo Awards Work. There have been millions of words tossed around for the past few years about the Hugo Awards, much of it uninformed, inaccurate, or simply wrong. Come listen to people who have actually administered the Awards and know the rules to hear some facts about the process. With Ben Yalow, David D. Levine, Kevin Standlee (m)

Question demanding the answer, WTF?

Jun. 28th, 2016 06:53 pm
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A determined spammer keeps asking me 'interested in safe floors?'

And since one of my current occupations is channelling a renowned author of Gothick novels and horrid tales, the image this evokes is of floors that suddenly open up beneath one's feet leading to an Oubliette of Doom, or possibly Hell.

In fact, it seems to be about becoming a distributor for some product that promises 'slip-resistant floor treatment' for the kind of public premises that have slippery floors.


Also, requires a set-up fee of $5000 to get into this promising business opportunity.

One is so tempted to put them in touch with relicts of dictators...


In other news, and trying to look on the bright side (wot bright side there is no bright side):

The keynote talk thing that I have been sighing over has done that thing where it gives a little wiggle and suddenly looks a lot more close to DONE than I thought it was.

Also in being Some Kinda Academic, sent off the paper I gave in Montreal to the organising body's essay comp, as they had solicited attendees to do this.

In nature notes, today I saw a wee robin and some kind of tit (?) in my perambulations through local green spaces.

Also, have had the royalty statement for a particularly niche work of mine and it's still selling - the royalties are still pretty much tuppence-ha'penny once the non-sterling cheque has gone through the bank, but I never expected wealth beyond the dreams of avarice from it.

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Getting ready for a conversation with my editor about the SF trilogy I’m working on. (Apparently they want this first book to have a title. Sheesh. So demanding…)

In the meantime, here’s an interview I did with Amazing Stories about the Launch Pad Astronomy Workshop.

So, um … anyone have any brilliant title ideas they’re not using?

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

STATUS: Tuesday, June 28th

Jun. 28th, 2016 11:23 am
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The Daily Report

Well, my Sad Boner Confessional parody seems to be my first Medium post to really go viral, in its own small way. One of my big weaknesses as a businessperson is that when something I do is successful, I find the success very distracting. I.e., I keep checking Twitter notifications and refreshing the Medium stat page. I want to chart the thing as it happens. I’m using a timer to try to control this tendency, so far not very successfully. We’ll see how things go when I start working in earnest for the day.

I’ve now had a nibble of interest from a Medium-based publication (basically, a curated list of articles with some features of a zine). I’m not 100% sure what I’m going to do about that, but it’s still flattering. I’m interested in the idea of the piece being essentially syndicated, but I’m not too keen on the venue. I feel like I’d be bringing more to them than the other way around, which I wouldn’t mind if I liked what I saw better. So I’m appreciating it as a milestone, but I don’t think I’m going to take the offer.

I’ve already gained $1 in Patreon sponsorship a month that I can directly link to the success of the parody piece, which as near as I can tell is more benefit than the original author got from his HuffPo deal. So I’ve got that going for me, which is nice.

Even more so than the piece itself circulating, I’m grateful to see the phrase “Sad Boner Confessional” catching on and resonating with people. If my contribution to The Discourse is that we have a really great phrase for identifying and instantly dismissing these masturbatory bits of drivel.

Financial Status

We had a large recurring annual expense sneak up on us this week at a moment when no one was paying attention, which made for a scary moment when Jack went grocery shopping yesterday. Really looking forward to next month, when my de facto raise from my new Patreon stuff and the Tales of MU Patreon kicks in.

I’d still really like to be able to close out my WorldCon fundraiser before the end of the month. It’s almost there, but the “almost” feels like it’s hanging over my head.

State of the Me

Feeling pretty good today!

Plans For Today

It’s a Tales of MU publishing day. There’s also a chance I’ll have to run out on an errand, and I’m working to get the house in order for the sitters before we leave next week.


Originally published at Blue Author Is About To Write.

National Paul Bunyan Day

Jun. 28th, 2016 06:41 am
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Or: National Insurance Awareness Day.

1838: London, England- Coronation of Queen Victoria. Huzzah!
1846: Paris, France - Adolphe Sax patents the saxophone.
1880: Glenrowan, Australia - Capture of Ned Kelly.
1894: Washington, DC - Labor Day becomes an official US holiday.
1902: Washington, DC - Passage of the Spooner Act, which empowers and authorizes President Theodore Roosevelt to purchase, from Colombia, the rights for the creation of the Panama Canal.
1914: Sarajevo, Bosnia - Bosnian Serb nationalist Gavrilo Princip assassinates Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife Sophie. While the actual causes of WWI are much more complex (Duh!), this is the match in the tinderbox.
1919: Versailles, France - The signing of the Treaty of Versailles officially ends the state of war between Germany and the Allied nations.
1936: Inner Mongolia - Formation of a Japanese puppet state, Mengjiang.
1950: South Korea - the Bodo League massacre begins. The Bodo League was a "reeducation" program established by the government of South Korea under President Syngman Rhee, for collaborators with Japan and for suspected Communist sympathizers. Beginning on this date, immediately after the North Korean invasion, the Rhee government began a systematic and carefully covered-up slaughter of Bodo League members. The actual number killed is estimated between 100,000 and 200,000.
1950: Also on this day, North Korean soldiers massacred approximately 900 doctors, nurses, students, and patients at Seoul National University Hospital.
1969: New York, NY -Police raid (nominally an operation of the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Bureau, on the grounds of bootlegged liquor) the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar on Christopher Street. As a woman (generally identified as Stormé DeLarverie) complains that her cuffs were too tight, she is hit on the head with a baton and thrown into a wagon. This sparks a riot, in which ten police officers barricade themselves inside the Stonewall for safety. The riots continue, on and off, for six days, and the Gay Pride and Gay Power movements are born.
1978: Washington, DC - In Regents of the University of California v Bakke, SCOTUS holds that, while affirmative action programs are legitimate, and race can be a factor in college admissions, racial quotas are not permissible.
1987: Sardasht, Iran - For the first time in history, a civilian population is deliberately targeted with chemical weapons as Iraqi planes drop (what is believed to be) mustard gas bombs on this town. Five thousand are still suffering illness as a result of these attacks.
1994: Matsumoto, Japan - Aum Shinrikyo cultists release sarin gas in this town, killing seven.

1491: Enery the Aitth of England.
1577: Peter Paul Rubens, painter.
1703: John Wesley, cofounder of Methodism.
1712: Jean-Jacques Rousseau, philosopher (The Social Contract).
1824: Paul Broca, anatomist.
1867: Luigi Pirandello, playwright (Six Characters in Search of an Author).
1902: Richard Rodgers, composer, collaborator with Hart and Hammerstein.
1909: Eric Ambler, thriller writer.
1926: Mel Brooks, comic and moviemaker (Young Frankenstein).
1932: Pat Morita, who was Mr Miyagi.
1946: Robert Aspirin, writer (The "MythAdventures" series).
1947: Mark Helprin, writer (Winter's Tale).

S[ystems] F[iction]

Jun. 28th, 2016 06:55 am
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Pop fiction, like alcohol and sodomy, gets so much moralistic criticism that those who enjoy it can find it hard to imagine anyone refraining out of displeasure, rather than disapproval. But I’ve never liked adventure and suspense, even when they’re vicarious, and I read science fiction for its play with ideas while treating the pop-fic parts as commercially necessary filler. (Damon Knight was a huge role model.) I’ve also liked a lot of “mainstream” books that tickle the same nerve endings (The Crying of Lot 49, Magister Ludi, The Name of the Rose). Here’s a theory that covers that similarity.

Thanx to File 770


Jun. 28th, 2016 06:39 am

Excessive warnings

Jun. 28th, 2016 06:31 am

In the business

Jun. 28th, 2016 06:21 am
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Stoya wants to make porn better. (Uses language & shows nipples.)

Thanx to Metafilter

oops i missed monday again

Jun. 28th, 2016 05:22 am
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Every week, let's celebrate ourselves, to start the week right. Tell me what you're proud of. Tell me what you accomplished last week, something -- at least one thing -- that you can turn around and point at and say: I did this. Me. It was tough, but I did it, and I did it well, and I am proud of it, and it makes me feel good to see what I accomplished. Could be anything -- something you made, something you did, something you got through. Just take a minute and celebrate yourself. Either here, or in your journal, but somewhere.

(And if you feel uncomfortable doing this in public, I've set this entry to screen any anonymous comments, so if you want privacy, comment anonymously and I won't unscreen it. Also: yes, by all means, cheer each other on when you see something you want to give props to!)

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Jun. 28th, 2016 09:52 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] rmc28!


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