The Frightening Friday Five

Oct. 20th, 2017 02:13 pm
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https://thefridayfive.dreamwidth.org/73063.html

What book frightened you as a young person?
None I can remember.

If you had to become a โ€˜living book’ (i.e. able to recite the contents of a book cover to cover upon request โ€“ reference Fahrenheit 451), what book would it be?
To Be of Use by Marge Piercy, poetry

What movie or TV show scared you as a kid?
The Outer Limits. I’d watch with my older sister and she told me when it was safe to lower my hands from my eyes.

What movie (scary or otherwise) will you never ever watch?
Silence of the lambs et seq

Do you have any phobias?
Centipedes, millipedes, and other Myriapodae make me recoil and squeal a little.

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Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017), dir. Angela Robinson
I loved this film so much and I'd bet that almost everyone reading this will love it too. Based on the real-life story of the creator of Wonder Woman and his wife and their partner, the movie has been winning deserved praise for its respectful portrayal of a poly love story, as well as its exploration of exploring kink and BDSM in a relationship. The story of Bill Marston, Elizabeth Marston and Olive Byrne is fascinating, and Robinson leaps off the agreed-upon documentary record to make it a full-on romantic trio, with Elizabeth and Olive's sexual relationship being just as important and real as either woman's relationship with Marston. Despite all that, however, the film is mostly inexplicit; Robinson is far more focused on the depiction of relationships through the way people look at each other than through body parts. It is, in other words, extremely female gaze, and very sexy. I would happily have watched another hour of the movie, particularly as the latter half gets into the challenges of queer parenting in a homophobic society in a way I wasn't expecting, but the movie's conventional structure means that there's only so much time. Still, it was wonderful, and all the actors were great. Go see it.

The Princess & the Frog (2009)
Disney's last traditionally animated feature film, its first featuring a black princess, and probably the only Disney princess movie I hadn't seen. I liked the story of Tiana and her feckless prince, and from my admittedly inexpert position it seemed like the non-white characters were largely depicted in a positive manner. The story is sweet, but it owes so much to Shrek, it's kind of painful, and the thing that really struck me is that even as Disney put a lot of effort into moving beyond racist stereotypes in its depiction of the non-white characters, they were unwilling or incapable of to get beyond lazy stereotypes and fatphobic tropes in their depictions of villains and fat people. (I was also interested to see that the dupe villain gets a British accent, since the movie being set in New Orleans means that Disney was unable to rely on its main vocal stereotyping strategy of having the villains speak in Southern accents.) All of which is to say, there's ultimately no comparison between this movie and some of Disney's more recent successes.
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My iPad is always within reach, but it doesn't have cellular service. Could I get a mobile hotspot and use it as a phone?
more details )

Such a good dog!

Oct. 19th, 2017 11:27 am
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Thanks to [personal profile] rushthatspeaks for the link to a marvelous story about the Santa Rosa fire:

https://modernfarmer.com/2017/10/guard-dog-wouldnt-leave-goat-flock-california-fires-lived-tell-story/

A goat-herding dog refused to leave his goat flock -- and they made it it through the fire, and even enlarged the flock by a couple of deer fawns.
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I first saw Fies' work with Mom's Cancer, a sweet and terrifying tour of hope and loss (now available free online):
http://www.gocomics.com/moms-cancer/2015/04/20

He and his wife just lost almost everything in the Santa Rosa fires blazing in central California, and he's made an almost instantaneous comic about it:

A Fire Story.
https://brianfies.blogspot.ca/2017/10/a-fire-story-complete.html
(thanks to [personal profile] umadoshi for the link)

I've started to make a transcript/image description:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1aUa58clWMZzNEqZkdGhzttH6wTiTEO_m1P9aZ_oqA3Q/edit?usp=sharing

Ping me here if you'd like to help create this.

Rec: Spinning, by Tillie Walden

Oct. 17th, 2017 03:37 am
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A beautifully drawn, honest coming-of-age memoir centered on the world of competitive skating. The drawings are fascinating and understatedly emotional. I read this fairly long graphic memoir in one sitting. Walden's social anxiety and coming out story are intensely relatable.

This author-artist is just 21, and I eagerly look forward to her future work.

Content notes: bullying, an incident of attempted sexual assault, dealing with homophobia

chrome zoom issue

Oct. 16th, 2017 10:00 pm
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can anyone help me with a chrome browser issue? i followed online instructions regarding zoom but it is not applying my instructions. I also restarted the computer, and no dice.

I have Chrome zoom set to 125%, but when i load twitter and tweetdeck, it reverts to about 55% zoom. I have to adjust it with every page re-load. This doesn't seem to happen on random other websites, but I can't find anything within twitter that adjusts zoom.

ETA: went to tool bar, View --> actual size. This fixes the problem temporarily but does not save? I just had to do it again. This is just super annoying and frustrating!

HP Recs: RSG Rec Post #1

Oct. 14th, 2017 03:15 pm
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Since I'm participating as a writer this year, I can't vote, but I can direct people to some of the most fabulous offerings (I've read) in this year's [community profile] rs_games. (Also, you can vote, and you should.) I probably won't make it through everything, but I'm reading as much as I can and will be reccing in digest posts more or less each week.

Since this is the Remus/Sirius Games, you can assume all fics have Remus/Sirius as the main pairing.

Title: Alone in Space
Rating: R
Warnings: some scenes of a sexual nature; Space AU
Word Count: 7,500
Summary: Sirius smiled but it was a sad smile. "You know I'm always late."

Why You Should Read It: It's a very subtle shift to a sci-fi setting, but once the story gets rolling, it's totally worth it. The hook and the ending are fantastic and I could totally read a beefed up version of this. (Like, I would read 50K of this story/world.)

Link: https://rs-games.dreamwidth.org/158365.html


Title: You Were My Spring, My Summer Too
Rating: PG
Warnings: Grief
Word Count: 3,500
Summary: When Sirius receives news that things have gone very wrong on an assignment, he heads north to bring Remus home.

Why You Should Read It: Hot damn, for such a short fic, this one packs it all in. Not a word is wasted building this First War moment in which a grief-stricken Sirius goes in search of Remus. The prose is beautiful, the emotions visceral, and Sirius's search is gut-wrenching in the best way.

Link: https://rs-games.dreamwidth.org/159360.html


Title: THE SUN ALWAYS COMES
Rating: G
Warnings: none
Word Count: ART REC
Summary: Sometimes it is too much, but there are always reasons to keep on going.

Why You Should Read It: Okay, listen, the emotion here is stellar, but I can't get over the mischievous face given to James in the second picture. I live for this face. Also the third picture with Remus and Sirius is ♥ ♥ ♥

Link: https://rs-games.dreamwidth.org/160714.html


Title: Just Smoke
Rating: PG-13
Warnings: language, suicidal thoughts implied, mild drug use
Word Count: 10,000
Summary: Two very different impromptu trips to Amsterdam. One before and one after.
Or: The boys do touristy things in Amsterdam while Sirius is mid-breakdown, Remus is very much Not in Love with Him, James is keen to get high, and Peter just wants to see some naked ladies.

Why You Should Read It: I AM HAVING SOME FEELINGS. Boys not talking about their feelings but still having to deal with their feelings is one of my very favorite things. This is such a Marauder story while still revolving almost entirely around Remus and Sirius's relationship (and one of my favorite bits of Sirius's backstory). It is beautiful and fun and dramatic and emotional and perfect. Yes. This is perfect.

Link: https://rs-games.dreamwidth.org/159750.html

I still have 10 tabs open in my browser, plus new fics going up every day, so expect another rec post in about a week!

Friday 5: Song Milestones

Oct. 14th, 2017 01:09 pm
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Hey, it's [community profile] thefridayfive, and I came up with these questions (and why am I finding them so hard to answer?)

1) What is the first song you remember from your childhood?
"Never Mind the Why and Wherefore" from Gilbert and Sullivan's 19th C operetta Pirates of Penzance.
song and lyrics
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYOCPeQvlB4

2) What is the first music you purchased with your own money?
Joni Mitchell's Song to a Seagull, 1968. I think I wore out the grooves.

3) What's a piece of music that you know by heart?
"How Can I Keep From Singing" happens a lot in the shower.

4) What's a song that makes you turn off the music right away?
"Me & Julio Down by the Schoolyard"

5) And why?
Lived below someone who played that song 20 times a day for a week.

Pull the Football, Save the World

Oct. 13th, 2017 12:34 pm
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Are you worried about nuclear war? I am too. Keep reading for a way to stop it with one simple action.

Maybe you feel small and powerless. But many snowflakes make an avalanche. If we all move in the same direction, we'll be unstoppable. We will only fail if we choose not to act.

Trump has the power to order a pre-emptive nuclear strike for any reason - or no reason at all. He's always shadowed by a man with a briefcase of codes, called the "nuclear football," to enable him to launch nuclear missiles at any time. It would take less than five minutes from his order to the missiles being launched, and no one could stop him. Republican Senator Bob Corker says Trump is leading us into World War III. I believe him.

But we don't have to stand by and let it happen. Let's pull away that football!

Both House and Senate have bills to prevent the President from launching a pre-emptive nuclear strike without a congressional declaration of war. They're both called the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017. Passing those bills may literally save the world.

๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐ญ๐จ ๐ฌ๐š๐ฏ๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฐ๐จ๐ซ๐ฅ๐:

1. Contact your representatives in Congress. Ask them to co-sponsor the bill NOW, before it's too late.

2. Contact EVERYONE in Congress who might want to prevent a nuclear war. Usually people only speak to their own representatives. But with the fate of the entire world is at stake, it's worth contacting everyone who might listen.

3. Promote the Pull The Football campaign on social media. Trump isn't the only one who can use Twitter. Get on it and start tweeting #PullTheFootball.

Share this post on Facebook or Dreamwidth. Put up your own post on whatever social media you use. Ask your friends in person. If you know anyone in the media, contact them to get the word out. If you're not American, you can help by publicizing the campaign on social media that Americans follow.

๐‡๐จ๐ฐ ๐๐จ ๐ˆ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐š๐œ๐ญ ๐ซ๐ž๐ฉ๐ซ๐ž๐ฌ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐š๐ญ๐ข๐ฏ๐ž๐ฌ?

1. Resistbot is a free service that will fax, call, or write your representatives for you. Just text the word "resist" to 50409 to begin.

2. Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to the representative of your choice.

๐ˆ'๐ฏ๐ž ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐š๐œ๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฒ๐จ๐ง๐ž. ๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ง๐จ๐ฐ?

Contact them again. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART. One water drop can be brushed away. Many water drops make a flood. Call, fax, or write as often as possible. Set aside 15 minutes every day to make as many calls or faxes as you can in that time. Relentlessness works - it's why the NRA is so successful. If they can do it, we can do it.

๐–๐ก๐š๐ญ ๐ฌ๐ก๐จ๐ฎ๐ฅ๐ ๐ˆ ๐ฌ๐š๐ฒ?

Page down for a sample script. Or speak or write in your own words.

๐ƒ๐ž๐ฆ๐จ๐œ๐ซ๐š๐ญ๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐š๐œ๐ญ:

Every Democrat not currently sponsoring one of the bills. Thank them for their courage and service to the nation, and ask them to act now to save the world.

Thank the Democrats currently sponsoring the bills. There are 57 in the House and 9 in the Senate. Especially, thank Congressman Ted Lieu (sponsor of the House bill) and Sen. Edward Markey (sponsor of the Senate bill). Encourage them to step up their efforts to make it pass.

๐‘๐ž๐ฉ๐ฎ๐›๐ฅ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ง๐ฌ ๐ญ๐จ ๐œ๐จ๐ง๐ญ๐š๐œ๐ญ:

The Republicans listed below are the most prominent who have voiced concerns about Trump. This is not an exhaustive list. There are more Republicans who might be receptive. For instance, all the House Republicans who just voted for more aid for Puerto Rico, and all Republicans who are retiring from their seats and so not worried about getting re-elected.

Sen. Bob Corker warned us that Trump is setting the nation on a path to World War III. If you only contact one Republican representative, contact him. Thank him for his courage and urge him to follow through on his convictions.

Sen. Walter Jones is the only Republican to support the bill. Thank him for his courage and urge him to get his colleagues onboard.

Other Republican senators to prioritize contacting: Susan Collins, Jeff Flake, Lindsey Graham, Orrin Hatch, Dean Heller, John McCain, Lisa Murkowski, Marco Rubio, and Bob Sasse.

๐’๐š๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ž ๐’๐œ๐ซ๐ข๐ฉ๐ญ:
Hello, my name is [your name.] I'm calling to ask Representative/Senator [their name] to co-sponsor the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017. I believe Senator Corker when he says we're on the brink of World War Three. No one benefits from a nuclear war. But we can stop it if we choose to. This may be the most important action Representative/Senator [their name] will take in their entire life. It may literally save the world. I urge them to co-sponsor the bill restricting first use of nuclear weapons. Thank you.

Thank you for reading this far! Please share the post before you go.

Thanks to [personal profile] rachelmanija for creating this campaign!
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At lunch today, a co-worker was talking about his life-drawing class the previous evening, and eventually mentioned that they had a very tall female model, 6'4". I, of course, asked, "was her name Allison". To my complete lack of surprise, the answer was "yes". Then, another co-worker, across the table says, "I know Allison, but didn't know she worked as a model."

Small world.

Friday Five

Oct. 13th, 2017 12:35 pm
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questions written by [personal profile] jesse_the_k!

1) What is the first song you remember from your childhood?
We sang kid songs like "there's a hole the bottom of the sea"; "My Grandfather's Clock"; "Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer, do"; "Kookaburra song". Probably some of these are just old popular songs? I've never thought to look them up.

2) What is the first music you purchased with your own money?
I don't remember, but in high school I had country albums by Alan Jackson, George Strait, and Mary Chapin Carpenter. In college I purchased a soundtrack to the show "Earth: Final Conflict" and was pretty excited when it came to my little dorm mailbox.

3) What's a piece of music that you know by heart?
Probably many country songs from my teenage years. We were all listening to Garth Brooks at that time (the 90s) and the lyrics were easy to memorize. I don't listen to country much anymore, but when I hear these songs somewhere I seem to know every word.

4) What's a song that makes you turn off the music right away?
Anything my John Mayer

5) And why?
He's a creep and his music is bad

Rec: Caleb Gallo

Oct. 12th, 2017 09:57 pm
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The Gay and Wondrous Life of Caleb Gallo is a 5-episode you tube series about a group of friends living in LA. Some of them are aspiring actors. It is over-the-top, silly comedy with a whole lot of queerness and snappy dialog.

https://youtu.be/YYXQzlKXzpk

The group of people who made this have some other amazingly hilarious skits on youtube.

Content notes: sex, cheating, alcohol, pot

Rainy Sunday board games

Oct. 11th, 2017 08:45 pm
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The time, or weather has come: Board-games this Sunday (Oct 15)

Yes, I'm committing to the weather being awful, and people are invited over for board-games. Usual plan, start 1pm, break for dinner, continue into the evening.

RSVPs appreciated.
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What We Lost: Undoing The Fairy Tale Narrative Of Adoption by Liz Latty

Until reading this piece, I’d thoughtlessly hummed along to the stereotype that adoptions are about how wonderful the adoptive parents are.

read it now )

Iโ€™m Done Debating Racism With the Devil: White people playing devilโ€™s advocate in conversations about race are completely counterproductive to actual progress. by Maya Rupert

“Devil’s advocate” arguments have always annoyed and angered me, but this essay explained why.

now you can too )

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Mostly because the forecast kept teasing with hope, then disappointing with actual rain. Every day. And, because of the hope, I didn't make other plans. Still, I managed to do a few non-climbing things.

Friday night I got to see Jex, who I hadn't seen since she got married. Unfortunately, it was a quiet visit in the dark because she had a nasty migraine. After our visit, I dropped by Eric's place for a board-game -- we hadn't done Friday games in a while, so that was nice.

Saturday I got to visit some with Cara who was staying with the weekend. Partially early am (2:30-4) and partially early afternoon. Then the rest of the afternoon was more boardgames with France.

Sunday was a lovely Thanksgiving Turkey feast prepared by Constance, where I also saw Mike, Suzanne, Louise (Mike's mom), and Jane. Yummy food and good company.

And, finally, today I had lunch with foms, con_girl and Kim. We tried the Yangtze, too much line, switched to the Chu Shing which also claimed a 20 minute wait, but was probably more like 5.

Also accomplished a bunch of laundry and a few other house-neatening type things.

Not the weekend I had hoped for or mostly planned, but a reasonably good one none-the-less.

-David

Dear Yule Goat Letter (2017)

Oct. 9th, 2017 03:21 am
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Dear Yule Goat (And Most Excellent Yuletide Author):

Look at that! Somehow it's gotten to be Yuletide season again and you've gotten me as your assignment. That clearly makes you a superlative person, since it means you've offered at least one of my teeny-tiny fandoms - and I'm quite looking forward to reading whatever you choose to write me. I'm
going to say more about my prompts and why I love my sources next, but, first, let's get the general things I do and don't like in stories out of the way.

Form: meta-ness; trope inversion/subversion; AUs; humor; epistolary fic; wacky premises taken seriously; magical realism; things that are hinted at but not stated explicitly; unusual formats; stylistic choices that fit the characters/story.

Content: shenanigans; daring escapes; music and singing; dancing; theatrics; animals; food and cooking; children; nuanced takes on religion; the power of a well-cut suit (or other appropriate garment); fantasy/science fiction elements mixed into our otherwise ordinary world.

Relationships: unusual/complicated relationships; found families; stubbornness/tenaciousness; pining; UST; characters being both adult about things and realistically bad at communicating/dealing with being an adult; flexible sexualities; people realizing things about their sexualities later in life; imperfect, messy sex.

Do Not Wants: non-con; character death; unhappy endings; dystopias; infidelity; humiliation; pointless miscommunications.

Anyway, let's move on to the fandoms, now!

***





1. Bad Boy - Diana Wieler
A.J. Brandiosa/Tulsa 'Tully' Brown, Summer Brown

Basically, I have a whole lot of questions about Tully and A.J.'s future, starting with: what would it take to get A.J. to a place where he would want Tully to break his promise to never let him find out if he actually likes guys? What would make Tully willing to do so? Would A.J. need to take a test run with somebody he had less history with before he could even think about Tully like that again? Could any of this happen while they continued to play hockey? Or would A.J. need to do something like go to university or get a job in a more liberal part of the country before anything could change? Does Tully have a way out of Moose Jaw on his own - or might he find himself stuck there? How would their families react if they found out? Really, make it as complicated for them as you like, but if you could give them at least a hopeful ending that would be preferable.

How did you know that was it? How did you know that it wasn't just maybe that one person you liked who... )


***





2. Chicks with Sticks | Anyone's Game | Hockey Mom (2004)
Felicity Carelli/Paula Taymore, Stewart Taymore, Edith Taymore

A D-woman and her goalie and all the found family feels - with bonus canon kid - that's what I'm here for! To expand on that: if their careers do get jump-started (via a WWHL team?), how do they manage being a two working athlete household with a kid? Alternately, what's life for them like in Red Deer? Can Felicity turn her life around for real? How does she feel about the responsibility of having a kid in it? Does she maybe feel like Paula would've been better off sticking with her previous dude?

When the going gets tough, the only thing you can count on is each other. )

***





3. Cool Runnings (1993)
Junior Bevil/Yul Brenner

Yul makes Junior want to be his best self. Junior gives Yul something to care about. How does this work out for them after they don't have the Olympics binding them together any longer? Does Yul help Junior stay out from under his father's thumb? Do they join forces for future athletic endeavors? Start a business together? Or just build a small, good life together on their own termsโ€ฆ If you can write them a romance, that's awesome, but even exploring their platonic effect on each other would be
swell.

I see pride. I see power. )


***




4. Footloose (1984)
Ariel Moore
Ariel wants out - and her escape plan involves attending some college, any college - including plenty her daddy doesnโ€™t know she applied to - somewhere far away from Bomont. So, how โ€˜bout fast-forwarding to Ariel Goes to College? How does that work out for her? Where does she fit - and does that involve reinventing herself? Is the big city all it's cracked up to be, or does she find herself missing where she came from more than she expected to? How does she feel about dancing in city clubs - and the whole club scene? Might any of that lead to her exploring her sexuality a little more (I mean, if Rusty weren't so gone on Willardโ€ฆ)?* Can she come back home after that?

* Bonus crossover sub-prompt: Ariel meets Claire Standish (The Breakfast Club) - out clubbing, while pledging a sorority, when assigned to work on a group project together, whatever - and there's an immediate ~something...so, how does that work out?

Iโ€™m cut out for more than this small townโ€ฆ )

So, that's my take on all of this - hope something in there sparks inspiration for you, dear writer!

Cheers,

Kat

P.S. - I'm kinetikatrue pretty much everywhere, including on the AO3!

Equinox reveals

Oct. 8th, 2017 10:10 pm
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My streak of never being guessed for exchanges continues.  

I made the Narnia vid Heartlines for [personal profile] silly_cleo, and I made the Hogfather vid Get Behind Me, Hogfather! for [personal profile] mithborien. The latter is now available in the complete version, unlike the short vid that I posted for the anon period. 

And [personal profile] aurumcalendula made my excellent Handmaiden vid Never Look Away

See you at the next equinox!

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