i like the name of this band

Saturday, April 29th, 2017 03:33 am
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...and their videos are fun to watch:


Video title: Raise A Little Hell - Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
Posted by: bigdamnbandofficial
URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yWCcLW08dsU



Video title: The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band - "Devils Look Like Angels"
Posted by: SideOneDummy
URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRWMwpPlm28



Video title: We Deserve a Happy Ending Official Music Video
Posted by: bigdamnbandofficial
URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7RopOgsh5c

can't escape youtube tonight

Saturday, April 29th, 2017 02:14 am
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These dancers are amazing.


Video title: Фестиваль"Шемахинская баядерка" Яна Кремнева
(Festival "Shemakha Bayadere" by Yana Kremneva)
Posted by: Tany Cat
URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLmepH3L7r8




Video title: Habibi Lal, КИРА ЛЕБЕДЕВА, Украина | TRIBAL BEAT FEST 2016 (Kira Lebedeva
Posted by: TribalBeatDanceCompany
URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZApMxLmpIhQ


There are quite a few male bellydancers too.


Video title: Tribal Fusion Belly Dance - Eliran Amar at Tribal Fest Budapest
Posted by: Eliran Amar
URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tx23z-ytjO0



Video title: Rachel Brice & Illan & Mardi Love @ Tribal Fest 13
Posted by: Tribal Fest 13 Halfway to Halloween
URL: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jJtaN5it3cQ

i am dogfooding my own neutral good style variant

Friday, April 28th, 2017 10:13 pm
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I am dogfooting my own neutral good style variant (mostly because hey look now i can use my phone on this site) so again let me know if you see something broken.

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Friday, April 28th, 2017 11:32 pm
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Dear Not Prime Time Author,

I love all of these fandoms. Please don't take how much or how little I say as an indication of me caring more or less about a given one. I also don't tend to feel that there is one true interpretation of a given character, and I'm not given to OTPs. I'll try most pairings as long as they don't hit one of my DNWs.

I've mostly requested '& None' groupings

Past fic exchange letters can be found here: https://the-rck.dreamwidth.org/tag/dear+writer+letter

Likes and dislikes )

Chronicles of Narnia )

Phineas and Ferb )

The Pretender )

Rurouni Kenshin )

Sky High )

Weiss Kreuz )

The Fall and Rise of Captain Atom #2: "Past Imperfect"

Saturday, April 29th, 2017 10:38 am
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"Back in the '80s, most people don't know this, but the '80s Captain Atom was originally intended to just be a miniseries. They weren't sure about it — they were bringing back some Charlton characters. But sure enough, it got enough of a following that it was ongoing for what? Fifty? Sixty issues? So hopefully it will repeat itself." - Cary Bates

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A Gaming Week and Other Events

Saturday, April 29th, 2017 12:23 pm
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The week started with ANZAC day, a national holiday in remembrance of lives lost in war, which war-mongers try to turn into a celebration of invasive military endeavours. A Muslim woman had the temerity to suggest that we shouldn't forget people dying in current wars or the refugees from such conflicts; the conservative media hounded her as a result. For our ANZAC day we had one of our regular cheesequests with [livejournal.com profile] hathhalla and [livejournal.com profile] ser_pounce with a heft European range (and Breton cider). In the spirit of things, I'd made an ANZAC cookie in the shape of ANZAC cove and surrounds - [livejournal.com profile] hatthalla commented that it was like one of her (primary school) student's science experiments until I started pointing out the topographical features.

Afterwards we had a game of D&D 4th edition, probably the edition that's closest to a board game, making use of the Charlemagne's Paladins supplement and Open Grave. It was the beginning of a gaming intensive week, with the following night spent playing Papers & Paychecks, and the night after that reading The Non-Designer's Design Book, an excellent summary publication on such matters ([personal profile] reddragdiva may also be interested in this). Today has included prepartion for a session of Eclipse Phase which I'll be running tomorrow, which also has a Kickstarter for a second edition (I did some playtesting for this).

But of course, that's not the only events of the week. Much of work has been battling a monster of a suite of programs, FENiCS, which has a monstrous toolchain of dependencies (probably close to a hundred, including those we've already done). Who knew that I'd ever need, for example binutils/2.25-GCC-4.9.2-binutils-2.25? It is enough to drive one to drink and fortunately University House came to my assistance with Dr. Geoff Scollary providing a class on the various types production and tasting of sparking wine (aka 'champagne', but we're not allowed to call it that anymore unless it's actually from Champagne). Based on blind testing apparently I'm fond of Domain Chandon Pinot Noir. Finally, on other matters that drives one to drink, earlier in the week completed a two-part special of The Shambling Mound, a fortnight's summary of the activities of the current US administration.

Damn, my @#$% flu is back!

Friday, April 28th, 2017 10:02 pm
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I was 98% over the flu I had a couple of weeks ago, but in the past couple of days it's come roaring back.  WTF?  I spent all day today dozing in my chair and fighting a fever.  I was supposed to be OVER this!

War Heroes #1

Saturday, April 29th, 2017 03:51 am
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"Millar, you fool. We should have done this as ULTIMATES 3!"

- Bryan Hitch


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Friday, April 28th, 2017 09:53 pm
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NAME: Nat

AGE: 39

INTEREST & HOBBIES:
I'm INFJ-A, hard worker, enterprising and coffee addicted. I'm from Argentina but I write a journal in English to learn and practice this language on my own (I speak spanish). I work for a company but I have my projects building websites and designing.
In my free time I like playing online games, magic cards, reading books, studying English and other things, watching series and movies, doing workout, doing shopping and drinking a lot of coffee. I love cats but I can't have pets right now.
I'm in a long distance relationship with an american boy but we spend some weeks together every year. I have some issues with anxiety, stress, and with a mind wich is always thinking on too much things same time. I don't like the drama but sometimes I'll bitch in my diary when I'm pissed.

LOOKING FOR
: genuine people who write about their daily life and thoughts with similar interests than me, people who inspires me, honest people. I'll comment just when I feel I have something to say about.

ANYTHING ELSE?
Feel free to follow me and unfollow me whenever you want.

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new raised bed

Friday, April 28th, 2017 07:33 pm
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Here is the start of my gardening blog. Let me know if the thumbnail previews are fine, or if you would prefer all pictures behind a cut.

So this spring I put in a new raised bed, which Neal built for me out of 2x4s. It's in the front yard, which has more sun and less exposure to dogs, but the dog deficiency means the feral cats my next-door neighbor feeds think it belongs to them.

I didn't dig up the grass, just put down a thick layer of cardboard,

set the box on top,

soaked the cardboard, to provide all the elements necessary to decomposition,

and filled it with compost.

The white tubes are the bases of a hoop cover. I have some smaller-diameter flexible pipe, bent into half-circles, whose ends go into the white pipes. Then I can put a big piece of UV-resistant polyethelene over the top, and have a mini-greenhouse.

Next step is to mulch. Usually, when you are choosing a mulch, the first consideration is "What do I have lots of?" and then you evaluate how well those things work as mulch:
- Does it shade the soil to suppress germination of weed seeds?
- Does it keep the soil cooler?
- Does it let water get to the soil?
- Does it slow down evaporation?
- How fast does it break down, and what does it add to the soil?
- Will it stay where I put it?
And so on. But for me, the second consideration is, "Will this make my lovely loose soil more or less attractive to the feral cats as a litter box?" So the first mulch I use is a few layers of brown paper that came as packaging material.

Here it is in the rain:

Right now it is covered with snow, but I don't have a picture of that.

More about mulching and planting next time.

Everyday stuff

Friday, April 28th, 2017 09:11 pm
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 I ordered Sparkly's birthday present today! And some other stuff we'll need eventually, to bring the total up to a free-shipping-inducing number. Ey is going to be so surprised. I'm already feeling smug. 

April has been a good month money-wise so I also got myself some things I've been meaning to get for a while: a phone case (I eventually went with boring shiny black) and some fidgets from this shop oh gosh I'm so excited. If any of you saw me complaining on Tumblr in January that I gave my brother a very straightforward wish list and he didn't get me any of the things on it? These were the #1 thing on the list. A very belated Merry Christmas to me. 

now hold on there: 0.81alpha mobile

Friday, April 28th, 2017 05:34 pm
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You Want Mobile Dreamwidth, Artie? You Got It (again):

Neutral Good CSS patchset 0.81alpha, 28 April 2017.

Choose style "Neutral Good" in the journal style selector. Copypasta all of this into the Custom CSS box. It's 726 lines and includes Navbar 2.0. Apply "your style" to everything you can.

Fixes: lots. Changed comment cascades to work on mobile without horizontal scrolling. YES I SAID WITHOUT HORIZONTAL SCROLLING. Also fixed a lot of RSS feed stomping on the read page, and some other things on the read page, all of which means I can go back a couple of thousand entries in my Reading list and have NO FUCKING HORIZONTAL SCROLLING.

This is still an alpha and without warranty and all that, please report bugs. Thanks.

Getting sick at the least convenient times

Saturday, April 29th, 2017 12:17 am
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The 5k obstacle course I signed up for is tomorrow.

So of course today I get sick.

I feel bad because I've already paid and I was planning to do it with my friend. But my body has very definitely done that "you've done Too Many Things so I'm going to make you sick enough that you stop!" thing that I recognize so well.

And I have done too much this week. But it's been worth it to keep Lib Dem stuff going, and it's been interesting. But man, even with 24 hours "off" between Wednesday afternoon and Thursday afternoon, it's taken a huge toll on me.

Not just in hours spent but being responsible and having to make decisions all the time is grinding me down. This is so the opposite of what I signed up for.ee

But things change, and things need doing, and done is better than perfect.

Awkward time gaps

Friday, April 28th, 2017 04:18 pm
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Last Friday, I sent my PhD advisor a finalized draft of the current Manuscript of Doom*, where we have one remaining issue to address before it's ready for submission: it's too long. This is not a horrible problem, but it does require time and thought. She is a whiz-genius at shortening, so I asked for help.

Communication about the timing of tasks like this can be tricky to orchestrate by long distance, though, so when I hadn't heard a peep from her by Tuesday, I did some additional work to prune the reference list and sent over the revised version as a nudge. She replied to say, "Oh, I'd started working on this already, but I'll fold my changes into your version." And I haven't heard anything since then, so once again I have no idea what kind of timecourse I'm looking at. I do know better than to poke the sleeping bear too many times in a row on short notice, though.

All right, fine, I can work on one of a half-dozen other projects in the meantime, right?

...except task-switching isn't always so simple. The next item on the list was data analysis for the circadian project, and then again, I hit a sticking point where I needed to meet with my postdoc supervisor and confer before moving forward.

In the meantime, I'm helping an undergrad knock out her honors thesis at record speed, helping a grad student turn around a grant report, and gearing up for more circadian-type fun times next week. Oh, and working on a couple more manuscript reviews.

The challenge, for me, is that all these things leave me with weird, awkward time gaps. I want to do productive things with the time gaps, but sometimes I fail because they aren't long enough for me to pick up other projects, remember where I left off, and make headway.

Oh well. At least I'm not bored or underemployed?


* Manuscript of Doom = whatever current project feels like it's taking FOREVER to complete. This one's from my last dissertation chapter in 2011, for instance. I think it had a more clever name, like Manuscript of Doom IV: The Thunderdome, but I don't remember anymore.

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Friday, April 28th, 2017 11:17 pm
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At a restaurant and "The bestiality doesn't bother me but is nothing sacred
anymore?" just drifted over from the next table and I really want to know
what *does* bother her.

"we are full of stories to be told" by redledgers

Friday, April 28th, 2017 07:08 pm
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Title: we are full of stories to be told
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] redledgers
Reader: [archiveofourown.org profile] blackglass
Rating: G
Fandom: Critical Role
Pairings: None, Percy + Keyleth friendship
Summary: Percy latched on to Keyleth early on, their friendship growing to a point of mild inseparability. Post Vorugal.
Length: 7:54
Download: Right click and save as an mp3. (Thanks to paraka for hosting!)

Streaming available at AO3.

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[ SECRET POST #3768 ]

Friday, April 28th, 2017 07:06 pm
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Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.

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Posted by Teresa Jusino

pink star wars bedroom

image: StarWars.com

I am personally, deeply jealous over the bedroom decor that 10-year-old Emmie and her father Scott were able to put together. Check out all that pink Star Wars majesty! In an interview with StarWars.com, Scott said that starting with the bedding, which came first, “She used that and made the color palette for the room. From there she and I both started looking for items that worked with those colors. She found the prints online and I worked with the artist to get them on canvas,” Scott explains. “The Death Star was her idea, and I just made it and thought it needed to be big and the LED lighting and laser beam would help with the cool factor for the room. Most of the rest of the items were picked out by Emmie.”

Awesome work, Emmie! I salute you! (via Nerd Approved)

That’s it from all of us here at TMS, kids. Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Posted by Teresa Jusino

Below Her Mouth is a Canadian film making its U.S. debut this weekend. It’s a story about queer women told by a queer, female director that boasts an all-female crew and creative team. Sounds pretty cool, right? Well, having all these elements in place doesn’t necessarily guarantee quality representation, or even representation that’s creative. For actress Heather Matarazzo, the film’s entire premise is severely lacking, as are the imaginations of many queer filmmakers.

Matarazzo took to Twitter yesterday in a long thread where she discussed seeing the above trailer for the film:

She goes on:

“And lets not forget the “straight/questioning” girl is engaged to a hot dude…… I mean, seriously…..WTF? It’s such a cheap plot device and it really makes me angry. I just don’t understand how in 2017, we’re still relying on narratives that do nothing but continually stereotype lesbian relationships. It’s fucking ridiculous. I appreciate Lisa Cholodenko so much because she tells stories that happen to be about queer women. The Kids Are Alright and High Art don’t rely on the straight male fantasy of lesbian sex. And don’t @ me with Blue Is the Warmest Color because that film is an entirely different beast, which is full of authenticity and truth. Maybe one day, queer female directors will get past their own internal misogyny and start producing films whose focus isn’t the characters’ sexual orientation. Queer women are more than that. My sexuality doesn’t define me, it’s just a part of who I am.”

You can read the full thread, containing more from Matarazzo, as well as other people’s takes, at the link above.

Heather Matarazzo

On the one hand, I totally get what she’s saying. Especially the “pursued by the androgynous/ tomboyish girl, who won’t take no for an answer” part. I get what a tired trope that is. And yeah, when I watch the trailer for Below Her Mouth, I don’t see anything “groundbreaking” there. Not in the premise, nor in the sex scenes (well, in what can be shown in a trailer, anyway). It seems like a film that skates on the surface level, which would be more tolerable if it weren’t the product of queer women. One would expect queer women to be more nuanced about such things.

However, something about Matarazzo’s rant started rubbing me the wrong way, and I couldn’t figure out what until I re-read this: “And lets not forget the “straight/questioning” girl is engaged to a hot dude…… I mean, seriously…..WTF? It’s such a cheap plot device and it really makes me angry. I just don’t understand how in 2017, we’re still relying on narratives that do nothing but continually stereotype lesbian relationships.”

She seems to use the words “queer” and “lesbian” throughout the thread interchangeably, forgetting that “queer” woman can mean something else entirely. It can also mean bisexual. Now, I haven’t seen this film yet, but neither has Matarazzo, as she’s talking about having seen the trailer, so we’re both working with the same amount of information. We’ve gotten her take. Now, here’s mine, as a woman who identifies as bisexual, and also queer, but not as a lesbian:

  1. Just because one of the women in the film is engaged to a hot dude doesn’t mean that she thought herself “straight” to begin with. That’s an assumption Matarazzo is making. I look at that character, and I think “She’s engaged to a dude.” Full stop. I don’t then proceed to extrapolate what she thinks her sexuality is, because I don’t know.
  2. “We’re still relying on narratives that do nothing but continually stereotype lesbian relationships.” Again, this is based on the assumption that the film is about a lesbian relationship, but we don’t know that from this trailer. All we know is that it’s about a same-sex relationship. There’s a difference.
  3. “Maybe one day, queer female directors will get past their own internal misogyny and start producing films whose focus isn’t the characters’ sexual orientation. Queer women are more than that.” I think this was the part that really bugged me. As if depicting a queer woman who exclusively dates women pursuing a woman who was in a relationship with a man is inherently misogynistic. Because we all know that queer women who sleep with men are, what, traitors? Or something?

I know what she means when she says that she wants more films from queer directors that aren’t about queerness. I completely agree with that! Sign me up! What I don’t agree with is the argument she’s using. That on-sight, a woman dating a woman who’s engaged to a man and so is hesitant about having an affair is a “tired trope.”

What if this film is exactly the kind of thing that Matarazzo is looking for? What if the film isn’t about queerness at all? What if it’s a film about an affair, and it just so happens that each of the protagonists likes women?

This really hit a nerve for me, because I came out as bisexual after a lifetime of neither straight nor queer people encouraging the fact that being bisexual was even an option. If you’re a woman, you’re either straight, or you’re a lesbian. End of story. Well, no, that’s not the end of the story.

To me, it’s still very true to the queer female experience to depict a woman who is hesitant to be with another woman after being with men, not because she’s “questioning” or because she’s “discovering that she’s actually a lesbian,” but because in a world where bisexuals are continually erased, it can be legitimately confusing the first time you fall in love with someone of the same gender, because your attraction to the opposite gender hasn’t gone away…and seemingly no one in the world allows for the fact that you could like both without being “on the road to Gaytown.”  So, what are you?

This might seem like a “tired trope” to a lesbian, but I promise you that there are plenty of bisexual women who are still waiting for this particular story to be done right.

Now, I’m not sure Below Her Mouth is the answer. I’m neither defending or tearing down this particular film except to say that the trailer didn’t particularly grab me. What I do hope is that the LGBTQIA community, whether they’re filmmakers, or actors, or writers, or regular folks out in the world, continually reminds itself that the “B” in that acronym exists. That it’s an actual, real thing that deserves respect and representation.

It’s already difficult to deal with erasure in mainstream, straight society. It’s doubly disappointing when those unconscious, yet all-too-real biases creep up within the community that is supposed to be our safe haven.

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Posted by Keisha Hatchett

If you have no taste and hate ’80 nostalgia, then you’re not going to like Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. Writer and director James Gunn delivers another fun, technicolor adventure with just enough heart to remind you this movie isn’t all dick jokes and superheroes.

Whereas the first movie centered on a motley crew of loveable misfits coming together, Vol. 2 puts the focus on family and how everyone, no matter how messed up their past might be, desires to be a part of one. For those with deep-seated family issues, this film is especially for you.

Picking up where the first one left off, the Guardians are riding high off their defeat of Ronan the Accuser (Lee Pace) and have landed a neat gig protecting some powerful explosives for a group of arrogant but ridiculously good looking gold people. If there was ever a physical embodiment of how the 1% view themselves, this is probably it. These advanced beings, led by Ayesha (Elizabeth Debicki), soon find themselves on an intergalactic witchhunt for our beloved heroes just as Peter Quill is .

when a human-like being named Ego rescues the team and invites them for a nice little getaway on his home planet. egomaniac who literally spread his seed throughout the galaxy with hopes of ruling it. Could it be? Is that a thinly-veiled metaphor for the fragile male ego or am I reaching for the stars?

It’s doubtful that Ego will inspire a legion of cosplayers like Ronan the Accuser, but Kurt Russell makes for a charming and decent enough adversary. He’s by no means terrible and his feathered hair is nothing short of fabulous, but I’m not rushing to the watercooler to talk about what an awesome bad guy he was. As a matter of fact, I’m more likely to gush over

Ahead of release, Gunn promised a stronger female presence and, given there were only about two women in the previous film, he clears a pretty low bar. With that said, one of the film’s biggest highlights is the deeper exploration of the complicated relationship between Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and Nebula (Karen Gillan)—sister assassins pitted against one another by their father, Thanos. It’s refreshing to see an explanation given for why Nebula is so hell-bent on destruction and how her desire for sisterhood played into that. Side note: Both are badass and deserve all of the screen-time.

I was also pleasantly surprised by the role of other women in the film like Ayesha, whose regal presence and lack of self-awareness provide some unforgettably funny moments.  And did I mention that her people remotely operate their spacecraft like a video game thus gifting us with some really cool, elaborate battle sequences? Yeah, that was pretty dope.

Speaking of kickass women characters, let’s talk about Mantis (Pom Klementieff) who is most certainly not repulsive as Drax repeatedly claims. I know that his thing is to be a brutally honest jerk to those around him but seeing him call her hideous and worthless to her face was a little hard to watch. It felt all too real, especially when she accepts his word as fact and repeats those things. Yeah it’s a movie and the scenes are actually kind of amusing, but I also can’t ignore how prevalent and detrimental that is for women in the real word. It took me out of the movie for a brief moment.

I will say that Gunn did justice to Yondu, played by his close friend Michael Rooker. In the same way that Joss Whedon highlighted Hawkeye in Avengers: Age of Ultron, Gunn takes care to give Rooker’s exiled ravager the sort of hero’s edit you’d see on RuPaul’s Drag Race. First, there’s the public shaming for his wrongdoings by close friends including Sylvester Stallone and then mutiny, which also came with one of the most emotionally compromising moments of the film—Baby Groot being bullied. But don’t worry, it’s brief and he returns to his role as resident show stealer and the most adorable wood creature in the galaxy.

Back to Yondu, fair warning that he has a heart-to-heart with Rocket that will leave you reaching for the tissues. Actually, several of his scenes will have that effect. It’s just a shame

Despite the larger scale, Vol 2. is exactly the superhero film you’d expect from James Gunn. It’s a whimsical, slightly inappropriate but damn fun ride with even more ’80s references and another killer soundtrack that will surely be stuck in your head for weeks to come. I wouldn’t call it a game changer, but a great superhero film overall.

4 our of 5 stars. 

Additional thoughts:

  • I need a Ravagers spinoff movie STAT.
  • RIP but OMG, !

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Shut Up Fool Awards- Moni's At BTAC 2017 Edition

Friday, April 28th, 2017 12:00 pm
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Posted by Monica Roberts

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As you loyal TransGriot readers are already aware of, been here in Dallas for the sixth annual Black Trans Advocacy Conference.    I sit on the board of BTWI and act as its media chair, so this has basically been a working vacation turned pre birthday week celebration.

And I'm enjoying every minute of it seeing my BTAC fam from around the country and increasingly, the world.

Image result for TSU board of regentsHad to step into my room for a minute and handle my Shut Up Fool business, so this is going to be a quick one in which I just announce the winner.

This week's SUF winners are a group award for the Texas Southern University Board of Regents and TSU's president .
The HBCU based in Houston extended a head scratching invitation to speak at their upcoming May 13 convocation to Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) which is not sitting well with students and faculty on campus.

Our senior US senator is a man that is hostile to our community policy wise, has an 'F' score on the NAACP Congressional Report Card, and claimed in 2015 that racial tensions are 'phony narratives'.

And you wonder why TSU's 2017 don't want him desecrating their campus.

TSU board of regents, shut up fools!  

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Posted by Charline Jao

Indian marriage from a suitable girl documentary

I had the opportunity to watch Sarita Khurana and Smriti Mundhra’s documentary A Suitable Girl at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, a moving and nuanced look at tradition and female independence in India. On their Indiegogo, the creators write “This is a film about women, made by women, and we are extremely proud to say that our entire core creative team — cinematographers, composer, artist, etc. — are women of color.” The power of a female team is especially apparent in the intimate, unbiased, and thoughtful way the film follows three single women, Dipti, Ritu, and Amrita, as they grapple with the pressure to get married.

The film dives into how marriage is expected and seen as an obligation, as Ritu and Dipti in particular face immense pressure from their families. We see the frustrations and disappointment that Dipti, a 30-year-old teacher, faces as she and her parents try to find her a husband through newspaper ads, online dating, and other platforms. In contrast, Ritu is a 25-year old career woman who shows no interest in getting married, much to the dismay of her matchmaking mother. Amrita, who is married near the start of the film, moves to her husband’s hometown where she becomes closed off from her previous joys in the city. She’s waiting for a return to the independence of her former life, hoping that she can return to work soon.

Variety calls A Suitable Girl “a somber lament for a part of the world still clinging to its restrictive past,” which I feel is somewhat reductive. It would be very easy to take a documentary about female roles in India and marriage and make it a harsh, one-sided critique of a backwards culture—but that’s a dismissive and frankly ethnocentric way to talk about tradition. Marriages work differently in different cultures, and it’s a fact that the majority of marriages in the world are arranged.

There are a lot of genuinely devastating moments in the film. Hearing one man say, “If not her, then someone else” about his fiancee or seeing ads where women are advertised by their skin color, weight, and caste are both upsetting and uncomfortable. The film is a critique of how a lot of these practices treat women as commodities and can take away independence. Amrita and Ritu especially voice this unhappiness. However, seeing the love between families and the joy of ceremonies, especially in Dipti’s case, paints an image of this process beyond a “backwards” culture.

In a Q&A after the screening, the directors talked about not trying to make a film that represented marriage in all of India, but rather an intimate “cross-section of the urban middle class.” These are extremely personal stories, that show how the marriages can differ.

Editor and producer Jennifer Tiexiera talked the film changing her pre-conceived notions, as she found it “so relatable … I had peers from Catholic and Jewish families that were all going through the same thing. I really felt the nuance of the film helps understand a culture that’s been very judged and misunderstood.” I saw that relatability as well—seeing the eager match-making mom talking about the importance of a rich man felt very Mrs. Bennett from Pride and Prejudice, but it’s also the rhetoric that we hear all the time in the United States when it comes to older, unmarried women.

A Suitable Girl is more than a film that laments the judgment and pressure put on these women. It doesn’t shy away from those challenges, but emphasizes how the individual women are confronting them and navigating them in different ways. “We aim to shatter people’s preconceived notions about our traditions and culture,” they write, “without neglecting to explore the complexities of these institutions and sacrifices women are asked to make within them.” It does exactly that.

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It’s a narrative out of The Onion, only this time it’s true. In an interview with Reuters, the President of the United States of America sounds mournful about his unexpected burden: “This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier.” O RLY?

Just when you think Trump can’t open his mouth and say something more infuriating, there he goes and does it again. He thought THE MOST DIFFICULT JOB IN AMERICA IF NOT THE UNIVERSE was going to be EASIER THAN BEING A WEALTHY BUSINESSMAN/REALITY TV HOST WHO LIVES IN A GILDED APARTMENT IN A TOWER WITH HIS NAME ON IT? Sorry, I’m so full of blind rage I keep falling over onto my capslock.

“I loved my previous life. I had so many things going,” Trump told Reuters wistfully. (The implication here that he … doesn’t have so many things going as President? Or does he mean fun things like golf and grabbing at unwilling women?)

ALSO, WOW, US TOO! We miss our lives before you stepped in to embarrass us on the foreign stage and threaten our rights, healthcare, and livelihood on the domestic one.

I miss not waking up in a constant state of panic, afraid to see what Trump’s done next. I miss having a President who waits for his wife to walk down the stairs with her, not a man who has bragged about sexual assault, lies when he’s not ranting incoherently, attacks my industry daily, and has white nationalists and his children running the government—when his picks aren’t resigning or recusing themselves because of ties to Russia. Yeah, I miss that time, too.

This also raises the question of just how much “work” Trump participated in as a businessman. He’s already taken more vacations in 100 days as President than most Americans dream of going on in years: 17 of those 100 days were spent at his Mar-a-Lago golf resort in Florida. (By the way, each one of those trips is costing taxpayers millions of dollars.) But even though he’s been on break almost every weekend, this is all just so difficult for him.

What did he do before, when he ostensibly ruled over many (failed) business empires? I guess the thing about being President is you can’t just put executives in place, put your feet up, and let the profits roll in. Especially if those you put in place to run the government are scandal-ridden and possibly beholden to Russia.

What I find most rage-inducing about this interview—Trump’s surprise at how hard his job is and how he sounds like he wouldn’t mind giving it up—is that he beat a female candidate who had trained her entire life for the position. You can damn well be sure that Hillary Clinton knew how hard it would be, and she was prepared for it, and she wanted it. But the unqualified, incoherent man who likely envisioned himself like a movie President—present in a few glamorous scenes, then relaxing in luxury somewhere off-screen—won instead.

Imagine Hillary Clinton saying a 100 days into her Presidency, “Jeez, this is so hard.” The Republicans would never stop screaming, and the media would tear her limb from limb. But this is the top-level double standard, and Trump just gets to complain to any reporter willing to listen and never care about what he’s saying or the message it’s sending worldwide.

Now we’re faced with a Chief Executive who is not intellectually curious, who is vengeful and quick on the military trigger, and who doesn’t even really want to be there. The worst part? It’s only been a 100 days, even if it feels like it’s been 100 years. This was supposed to be the “easier” transitionary time. We can’t even conceive of what the next 100 days will bring. Wake me up if it’s impeachment.

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Stormwatch #23

Friday, April 28th, 2017 04:20 pm

View From a Hotel Window, 4/28/17: Southfield, MI

Friday, April 28th, 2017 07:33 pm
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Not just a parking lot, a parking structure. An auspicious way to finish up this tour’s series of Views from a Hotel Window.

I’m in Southfield, Michigan, at the Penguicon convention. Tomorrow I sign books, do my final reading of the tour, and participate on panels. If you’re in the area and have a hankering for a nifty science fiction convention, come on down (Bonus: Cory Doctorow, with whom I just did several really excellent tour stops, is the Guest of Honor).

And after Penguicon? Why, I go home! Finally! Yay!


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Posted by Charline Jao

If you needed more reasons to love John Boyega, he went on The Graham Norton Show to talk about Star Wars, Woyzeck, and the interesting purchases he’s made with that Star Wars money.

We begin in the bedroom, where Boyega has lion sculptures at the foot of his bed. He loves lions (but let’s not use the term “spirit animal” here) and they guard him when he sleeps. That’s a pretty nice and not-too-out-there decoration, but it starts to get weirder as Norton puts up a photo of the actor’s saxophone lamp. “That was glorified nonsense, I can’t lie to you,” he says, on discovering it in Australia, “something in my brain said, buy.” Even though Boyega points out it’s “environmentally friendly,” Norton’s right that it’s not a particularly pretty light bulb. Turns out Boyega has the same amount of self-restraint as your aunt at the flea market.

“I’m just a fan of weird things,” he tells the host, “I told you I’m 73 deep down.” Then we get to the Spartan helmet in his living room put on top of a column display (purchased separately) and to complete this anachronistic interior design, a knight in the bathroom ready to hand you toilet paper for your bathroom needs. His home is almost like a theme park! Boyega’s love and enthusiasm for everything nerdy and silly is one of his most endearing qualities. It’s cool to see that reflected in his living space/museum of oddities.

The Youtube account shared another clip from his Graham Norton appearance that I find difficult to watch because apparently John Boyega was looking for love in New York? Here he is talking about dating and awkwardly stumbling on a huge billboard with his name on it.

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It's that time again, make those followfriday recs.

Friday, April 28th, 2017 01:59 pm
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Here's the plan: every Friday, let's recommend some people and/or communities to follow on Dreamwidth. That's it. No complicated rules, no "pass this on to 7.328 friends or your cat will die". Just introduce us to some new things to read.

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NAME: Maria. Or bitterlee. Whichever you feel comfortable with.

AGE: 40

INTERESTS & HOBBIES: I'm pretty much interested in all the good things: The Arts, good music, my kids, my daily life, my faith and my family/friends. I have a more detailed list that's public in my DW journal. Feel free to look there.

LOOKING FOR: New people, old people, friendly people, interesting people, kind people, open-minded people, non-judgmental people, creative people, independent people, etc..

ANYTHING ELSE?: Like a lot of other people, I'm an LJ Refugee. While I absolutely disagree with any sort of ToS that excludes LGBTQ humans, I have been on that website for almost 16 years. I plan on importing ASAP, but I don't think I'll stop posting over there until absolutely necessary. There's also the business of importing my late husband's journal to a safer place, here. It's still somewhat difficult for me to read his journal without struggling with grief, so that might take a minute. I do want to create and cultivate something close to what I used to have at LJ. I miss the friendships, the support and the interesting lives I was able to read about. I still have a lot of active friends, but everyone is preparing to jump ship pretty soon, and I don't blame them. I am open to following/reading/subscribing/whatever you call it here, anyone who is interested, as long as they realize that I reserve the right to write what I want to in my journal and don't require me to comment on every single entry. I don't require that from anyone, and while I realize it's necessary to interact with other journals, I am pretty low-maintenance when it comes to comments. Say what you want to say, as long as you're respectful and I will gladly return the favor.

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Thought for the Day

Friday, April 28th, 2017 02:54 pm
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The woman was shot once in the thigh with a small entry wound but no exit wound—a stray bullet that struck her while she was walking down the street. In the trauma bay, the surgeons taped a paper clip over the entry wound so they could identify that spot on the X-ray. Goldberg wheeled the monitor over to show me the X-ray image: paper clip and bullet. “Very small,” she said, pointing to the slug, “like a .22.” As so many other patients do, the patient asked the trauma surgeons if they were going to take the bullet out, and the surgeons explained that they fix what the bullet injures, they don’t fix the bullet.

They left the wound open to prevent infection and put a dressing on it. “We’ll probably send her home tonight,” Goldberg said. “Isn’t that awful?”

She meant it as a strictly human thing. There’s no medical reason for a patient to be in a hospital longer than necessary. The point was the ridiculousness of the situation. A woman gets shot through no fault of her own, she comes to the hospital scared, and if she’s OK, Goldberg says, “It’s like, here, take a little Band-Aid.” The woman goes home, and for everyone else in the city, it’s as though the shooting never happened. It changes no policy. It motivates no law. In a perverse way, the more efficiently Goldberg does her job inside the hospital, the more invisible gun violence becomes everywhere else.

— Jason Fagone, “What Bullets Do to Bodies”

Mirrored from Under the Beret.

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Name: Angel (or aery)
Age: twenty eight
Location: Ontario, Canada

Describe yourself in five sentences or less: I'm not good at describing myself. I'm an introvert, happily married, and currently a student again for like the 4th time. I hate crowded places, yet I've lived in China by choice. I enjoy planning, bullet journaling, organizing, mixed media art, and living in a much more minimalist and intentional way than I have in the past. I am a follower of Christ and have been for almost 4 years now.

Top 5 Fandoms: I'm honestly not into fandoms as much as I used to be and I rarely talk about them, at least at length, in my journal. While I don't have the fervour for them like before I still do go through phases. I used to be huge into Harry Potter, LOTR, Vampire Knight, Harajuku Lovers, Tokidoki, so many more that I can't think of right now, and lots of different bands/singers. Right now I'm really into Riverdale but that's about it. I have a lot of different interests listed on my profile page.

I mostly post about: daily happenings, school, interesting stuff I find... whatever you know?

My last three posts were about:
- Having my friends guess which band I haven't seen out of a short list. I've seen lot of shows.
- A bit about my day at my volunteer position with an organization that raises awareness on the many issues related to the garment industry.
- Photobucket being annoying, my sugar addiction, and a missions opportunity.

How often do you post? It does fluctuate because life happens of course. Sometimes it's daily, sometimes it's twice or even just once a week.

How about commenting? I do try to comment as much as I can, but it has to be authentic. I comment when I have something to say, not just for the sake of it.

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Posted by Vivian Kane

Wonder Woman

We’ve got just over a month before Wonder Woman hits theaters. By this time in a mega-blockbuster superhero movie’s gestation cycle, potential audiences have long been drowning in promotional campaigns. Do you remember how much advertising you’d seen for Suicide Squad the six months or more leading up to its release? How many stories about Jared Leto’s *crazy* onset behavior you’d heard? (And don’t be fooled, that sort of attention, those stories ending up in online outlets, magazines, and TV interviews, is advertising, orchestrated by Warner Bros.) How many magazine covers, cute Omaze contest videos, and late-night interviews you’d seen Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck do leading up to Batman v. Superman? Marketing is s huge part of the movie process. So where is the marketing for Wonder Woman?

I have to admit, I hadn’t even noticed the lack of advertising until Shana O’Neil over at Syfy Wire pointed it out earlier this week. At which point I, along with a whole bunch of other internet dwellers, immediately realized the giant gaping void where all the fast food commercials and TV spots should be. If you’ve been feeling like you’re just not seeing that much Gal Gadot, it’s not in your head. Take a look at Warner Bros’ YouTube channel. The Batman v Superman page has 30 videos, about half of which had come out before the end of the month prior to its release. Nearly two months before Suicide Squad’s release, it already had four different official TV spots.

A month out from its release, Wonder Woman has five videos on its YouTube channel. Two of those are trailers from last year, and two are Google VR videos for the artwork. Gal Gadot is on the cover of Empire Magazine this month in full Wonder Woman garb, and W magazine in regular fashion form. I feel like I’ve seen more Wonder Woman lately in promos for Justice League than for her own movie, despite coming out more than six months later. Set visits are a huge push for coverage from major outlets, where writers are invited to visit the film set and meet the cast and crew, then report to their readers how cool everything was. So why did Justice League have their set visit more than six months before WW’s, giving it that much more time to foster the hype these movies need to exist on the scale they create for themselves?

Because while many of us who live on the internet probably get tired of the deluge of advertising, it is necessary to foster the excitement that builds for this kind of movie long before it’s release. The studios spend many millions of dollars making sure anticipation is high because it works. Advertising brings in audiences. (I mean, it sure as hell wasn’t word of mouth that allowed Batman v. Superman to turn a profit.)

So why isn’t Warner Bros. investing in their own movie? Do they think putting Wonder Woman front and center in Justice League promos will kill two birds with one stone? That doesn’t make a whole lot of sense since the movies come out so far apart. So what could it be?

More likely: The studio just doesn’t know how to market this movie. This movie, which stars a female protagonist, but isn’t a typical female-oriented property, as they’ve become used to viewing them. Of course, as we all know, this very much is a movie women are clamoring to see, but studios tend to get stuck in the mindset of equating men with superheroes and women with romance. For an industry so fearful to exist outside of binaries, a female hero with the potential to appeal to a bunch of different demographics equally is bound to confuse them.

This lapse in promotion for the film itself seems deeply tied to the very public issues studios, manufacturers, and companies like Target and Toys R Us have been having with the way they’ve marketed merchandise for these types of movies. From #WheresRey, to the lack of Black Widow toys, to Princess Leia being swapped out of her own screengrabs for t-shirt sales, there’s an all-encompassing belief that 1) women and girls aren’t a strong enough demographic to be marketed to when it comes to action/sci-fi/general geek properties, and 2) men and boys won’t spend their money on toys/shirts/movie tickets on properties featuring female characters.

You would think the wild success of The Force Awakens would have disproved this idea. (Remember when, among so many other examples, we learned Hasbro hadn’t included a Rey piece in their TFA Monopoly game because they didn’t think it would sell, and we all responded with an overwhelming WTF, Hasbro, leading them to change their narrow minds on that?) But these companies have a lifetime of precedent in trusting the bankability of male-led films and merch. If we’re being generous, I suppose we can understand that the recent trend of successful woman-led franchises needs time to soothe their skittish marketing minds.

Or, on the other hand, we’re under no obligation to be generous or understanding. We can continue to call out the insulting, damaging marginalization of the female demographic, and demand immediate change. Because you know what? I want to be drowned in Wonder Woman marketing, and I want a Black Widow movie, and I want Rey’s face on every t-shirt I own.

Hasbro, Target, and the Disney Store have all either dabbled in or committed to doing away with categories based on gender, and that’s working out supremely well for them financially. Can we please just all agree to accept that women make money, spend money, and deserve representation in the entertainment they watch?

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I completely understand if you shut it out of your brain and erased the memory, but Netflix released a trailer not too long ago of their Death Note adaptation. The trailer was troubling for a numbers of reason, and not just because the manga by Tsugumi Ohba and Takeshi Obata came out over a decade ago and most original fans have kind of grown out of that phase.

What was most puzzling about the adaptation, which again feels completely unnecessary considering there have been several movies, a television series, and a Korean musicalwas the fact that this adaptation took place in Seattle and cast Nat Wolff as Light Yagami–or rather, Light Turner. The rest of the cast includes Mia Sutton, Lakeith Stanfield, Paul Nakauchi, Shea Whigham, Willem Dafoe, and Masi Oka. With the Ghost in the Shell whitewashing still fresh and in the news, the Death Note adaptation dealt with similar accusations of white-washing and erasing Asians from their own stories.

Producer Roy Lee was surprised to see the backlash against Netflix’s adaptation of Death Note, which I can understand to some extent. He’s spent a great deal of his career on U.S. remakes of Asian films, many of which had little to no backlash. In fact, The Ring, The Grudge, and The Departed were all pretty well-received and left huge pop-culture footprints. “I’ve been involved in many adaptations of content from all over the world, and this is the first time that I’ve been seeing negative press,” he says. “I can understand the criticism … if our version of Death Note was set in Japan and [featured] characters that were Japanese-named or of Japanese ancestry.” Yeah, Death Note didn’t put any of their character in yellow-face, but they did that by writing the Asian out of these character. With Asian-American having so few roles in the first place, this is a pretty unsatisfactory answer.

Lee goes on to call the film “an interpretation of that story in a different culture” made to “make it more appealing to the US or to the English-language market.” While I don’t think it’s an inherently terrible thing to put a story in a different context, the thing is Death Note was already plenty popular among the English-language market. Books sold incredibly well, to the point that schools started getting worried and trying to ban it. It didn’t need to be made “more appealing.” However, an incredibly troubling matter he doesn’t address in his defense, is the idea of transporting the story into United States culture.

Death Note is about a young, model student who gets his hands on a Death God’s notebook, allowing him to kill anyone so long as he knows their name and face. Light, who feels like he’s doing good for the world by murdering criminals, becomes tangled in keeping his identity secret and eventually becomes a power-hungry villain with a god complex. Embedded into this story is the harshness of public attitude towards crime in Japan, along with how their low crime rate and high conviction rate is often attributed to both a strong law-abiding culture and a critique of law enforcement’s tendency to refuse cases unless there are strong chances of conviction. It’s clumsy at times and reaches ridiculous levels of exploring moral judgement, but it’s a distinctly Japanese story in many ways.

Think a bit about how the story of a white man with a god complex who takes it upon himself to kill criminals in the United States sounds. Think about how the language of “cleansing the world” of evil sounds coming from someone that looks like Nat Wolff. Think about how this is nothing revolutionary, or subversive. On the specific point of whitewashing, Lee isn’t happy about the label, asserting “one of them is Asian, one’s African-American, and three are Caucasian. Saying ‘whitewashing’ is also somewhat offensive,” he added, “one of our three leads is African-American.” He’s referring to Keith Stanfield, who plays the detective L, a brilliant eccentric character who tries to find the cause of the mysterious deaths. Spoilers for this decade old series–Wolff’s Light is going to kill a black man with his Death Note with almost no immediate consequences because he gets in the way of his killing. This isn’t just completely tone-deaf as an adaptation, it’s dangerous.

“People can criticize it, but I’d say that they should see the movie first,” Lee says. “Then they could accuse us of not having a diverse enough cast … just judge the movie after it comes out.” Diversity is only one of many issues with Netflix’s Death Note, but again, as we saw with Iron Fist, if you fail to promote or sell or product properly, it’s not on us to give our business anyway. Go watch one of the many other adaptations instead. Better yet, go read Bakuman it’s way better.

(via Buzzfeed, Image: Netflix)

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It’s happened. The writers behind your favorite shows and movies have voted to authorize a strike. As you may recall from our coverage last week, this vote comes after negotiation for a new ten year contract between the Writers Guild of America and The Alliance Of Motion Picture And Television Producers broke down. The parties left the table last week and returned yesterday, only now the WGA has a huge piece of leverage in their pocket. If a new contract isn’t settled on by midnight on May 1st, a strike will begin the next day.

Writers voted overwhelmingly in favor of a strike, with 96.3% saying yes to authorization. This is an even stronger majority than voted in favor of the 2007-8 strike (which was authorized by 90.3%), and the participation, with 67.5% of eligible writers voting, was higher as well. Considering the importance of the issues writers are fighting on, the yes vote—and its strength—did not come as a surprise. Writers and supporters have been vocal on Twitter and other social media in support of the authorization, mainly because the seriousness of the economic issues many writers are facing.

Before you go thinking that this is a case of Hollywood elites asking for money to afford two Teslas instead of one, it’s important to remember that the key numbers for the WGA are in how average writer incomes have decreased substantially in recent years, while studio profits have skyrocketed. Writers are looking for parity between network jobs and cable/streaming pay, as well as increased fees for screenwriters, health plan contributions and changes to contracts that prevent writers from working when seasons end, among other issues.

As negotiations restart, the prospects of reaching a deal are daunting. At last check, the WGA was asking for concessions in the ballpark of $535 million, while the studios were closer to $180 million. That seems huge, but the numbers should be viewed in proportion to the $51 billion or so that the studios took in last year. Still, both the AMPTA and the WGA are adamant that no one wants a strike to happen. Given that a strike will effectively place all of Hollywood on hold, they’re not wrong to want to avoid it. The last writer’s strike ended up costing the economy over a billion dollars and the lost earnings were felt not just by writers, but everyone down the line.

The timing of this strike is different than in 2007-8. That strike hit in November and went on for 100 days. That meant it cut right into the middle of many shows seasons and stopped work on shows that already had scripts and episodes backlogged, so audiences did not see the effects immediately. In terms of feature films, the delays were easier to absorb, but still had some effect. The immediate hit was in late night comedy and other week-to-week or day-to-day shows that shut down.

This time, things are different. We’re at the very beginning of the 2017-18 season, with most network writers’ rooms poised to start work on their fall seasons in the next few weeks. If a strike happens, networks may have to delay production and thus delay the start of the whole fall season. If things get fixed quickly, shows may rush their post-production timelines, resulting in some very long hours for the often-forgotten editors, VFX artists and crews whose work is essential but rarely noticed. And who knows what that will do to the product we see on screen.

However, those same people, as well as actors, crews and, well, everyone, will also be on hold if the strike goes through. A big issue for writers is pay on cable and streaming, which don’t follow the same schedule as the network shows. Those productions will deal with things differently. Also, if a strike happens, it’s nearly assured that those shows that are “on the bubble” for renewal will see that bubble pop, along with any potential new seasons that could have been ordered if not for the strike.

These are the considerations that the WGA took into account during their vote, and they still came back with a yes. They wanted to empower their negotiators to get the best deal possible so that writers can afford to keep working and telling the stories that keep us engaged. For now, negotiations resume and Hollywood—along with audiences—await with bated breath.

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Jessica Mason is a writer and lawyer living in Portland, Oregon passionate about corgis, fandom, and awesome girls.  Follow her on Twitter at @FangirlingJess.

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Three Weeks for Dreamwidth!

Friday, April 28th, 2017 11:22 am
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[community profile] three_weeks_for_dw is a community celebrating this site and everything it has to offer. To quote from the introductory post in the community, back in 2010:

Anything that you choose to create and offer for this festival is with the understanding that it be posted only on Dreamwidth for three weeks from the date you post it, with the intent of stimulating conversation and connection here at home. After three weeks, you may post the content anywhere you wish. During the time that the festival is running, you are free to post other content anywhere you like, converse and interact with people, and do exactly as you would normally do, except as regards content you have created specifically for the Three Weeks for Dreamwidth Anniversary Festival. Only content created for and entered in this fest must remain on Dreamwidth.

With the influx of people escaping LJ's New Russian Overlords™ this is a perfect way to get to know more of the people and places on the site. JoeBob Koosh says check it out.

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Hi all,
I am Leslie. I'm in my late twenties. I'm a pretty calm person. I pretty much write about anything I can think of. I write anywhere between every couple days to every couple months, although I'm really trying not to do the latter as often. I am looking for people who mostly write about their daily lives. I don't mind hearing about fandoms, but I find the happenings of daily life more interesting. I don't always comment. I'm sorry about this. Anyways, Feel free to add me. Just tell me who you are in the comments. Thanks.

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Friday, April 28th, 2017 01:33 pm
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I’m not exactly new to the idea of dreamwidth; I’ve been on livejournal since 2009, though I kinda abandoned that blog and have been elsewhere on the internet for a few years. But I’m looking to get back into dreamwidth (because to hell with lj and their new ToS), and have all of two people I’m following at the moment, and I’m looking for new blogs with similar interests to subscribe to.

NAME: i’d prefer if you called me Spoony

AGE: 29

INTERESTS & HOBBIES: the occult, kingdom hearts, gothy things, conspiracy theories, the paranormal, skyrim, steven universe

LOOKING FOR: I’m particularly looking for darker-themed blogs that heavily emphasize on the paranormal, conspiracy theories and witchcraft, as well as fandom blogs with a lot of kingdom hearts, steven universe or skyrim.

Or even if we just share similar interests, like please, my f-page is dead

ANYTHING ELSE?: please look at my sticky post for full criteria before friending me however.

Deliberately deciding not to do a thing

Friday, April 28th, 2017 10:09 am
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I made the decision a while back (a few weeks) to Exercise Every Day. On days when I leave the house, it's not a problem; it's a half-mile walk to the bus stop, with a pretty steep slope for part of the distance, on top of whatever walking I'll be doing when I get off the bus, and then coming home. On days when I don't go somewhere, it's a bit more of a specific effort: our apartment complex has a gym that's down the hill from us, so I have to walk down to the gym (a nice walk, through some wild greenspace, and along a pond with ducks) and then exercise at the gym (which I do for 20 minutes, while listening to music which helps a lot), but it's not too onerous a chore.

Well, today I'm not going anywhere, but I am deliberately deciding not to exercise, because yesterday Spouse and I walked across what felt like half of Seattle, and I am SORE. I keep having to stand up and stretch, and I'm probably going to take a hot bath later. I might even walk down to the gym and make use of the hot tub down there, because OW MY MUSCLES.

This is the first day since I made my original decision when I've opted not to Do The Thing, and I do not feel at all guilty or conflicted about not Doing The Thing because OOOWWWWW.
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Posted by Kaila Hale-Stern

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In a promotion for Star Wars Battlefront 2, GameStop Ireland revealed what appears to be Rey and Kylo Ren’s new costumes for The Last Jedi. Let’s plan our next cosplay, shall we?

As IGN points out, the images are described as “movie production stills,” so chances are good that these are authentic and straight out of the film—not simply mockups for the characters in-game.

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Rey appears to be clothed in a style that immediately evokes the Jedi (does this mean she’s completed her training with Luke by this time, or is this apprentice-wear?). I also love her long hair, which projects a kind of confidence, like, yeah, I can fight like this, because you’re never going to get close enough to touch a flowing hair on my head. 

IGN thinks Rey’s duds are reminiscent of Qui-Gon Jinn, while io9 observes that she’s rocking Obi-Wan’s color scheme. Could this be a tribute to her parentage (or at least her ancestral Kenobi line)? Please make Rey a Kenobi just for me. I need it.

Meanwhile, Hot Topic frequenter and dark side of the Force-user Kylo Ren has added a cape to his ensemble, which overall seems schmancier. Interestingly, the cape does not have a hood this time around, which means Kylo’s no Palpatine Sith Lord poseur—and since he’s pictured without a replacement for the destroyed Ren mask from TFA, this could indicate that Kylo Ren has no interest in concealing his identity any longer. That would mean our fave General Leia Organa might have to deal with the widespread knowledge that her only(?) child is a pissant traitor who killed our other fave Han Solo. LEIA ORGANA DESERVES BETTER.

Anyway, I know I’m wildly speculating based on some movie stills here, but this is still the closest look we’ve gotten at Rey and Kylo’s evolved looks. Both of them are styled more maturely and are ready to kick each others’ asses, which I am here for.

It’s worth noting that the Battlefront II specs list Kylo’s special skills as “allow[ing] you to freeze and pull opponents as you use the Force,” and Rey’s as “allow[s] you to control the minds of enemies.” While we’ve seen both of them demonstrate these abilities before, perhaps this suggests they’ll be even more on the forefront in The Last Jedi.

As with much about Rey and Kylo Ren, their powers seem to be in perfect contrast—Rey can better control minds, but Kylo might have more physical control over wielding the Force. I cannot wait to see them face off.

What do you think of the new threads?

(via IGN, io9, images via GameStop Ireland, Disney)

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