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I just went back through a bunch of my DW archive and I found a few memes that I posted which people actually commented on, and then I never got back to. So I'm going to try to answer some of those in posts in the next few days?

Hey, it beats actually working. ;)

My shoulder feels less bad than it did! At least one ergonomically unfortunate writing position is actually possible for me to sit in again, hooray(?)

I haven't put a word in on the latest fic project of doom (the Elsa/Hans faerie contract fic) in quite some time, which is unfortunate. I've also got Yuletide coming up, which I have to construct some kind of requests for, I suppose? It feels like aaaages since I've done any kind of challenge, which is probably because I "skipped" YT last year, haha.

Anyway, in other news, I still think this is accurate. Someone not me should write that.

International DFUYGDM Day

Sep. 25th, 2017 08:54 pm
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Hey everybody! Happy International Don't Fucking Upgrade Your Goddamn Mac Day!

There's a new Mac OS out today, and if you're a writer, illustrator, cartoonist, musician, attorney, baker, real estate agent, or literally any other form of creative professional, uncreative professional, gifted amateur, or student, you have one job until sometime early next year: DON'T FUCKING UPGRADE YOUR GODDAMN MAC.

Yes, I know: you want the new features. You thirst for the new emoji. The updater keeps asking you, and you secretly love feeling wanted. But listen to me: every year I watch someone walk straight into that banana peel, and I really want this year's statistic to not be you.

Because in the mild scenario, the update breaks something you rely on, and the first patch release fixes someone else's problem instead of yours, so you limp along in a half-functional state for multiple months. (This is twice as likely if you use any kind of add-on hardware like a scanner, and practically guaranteed if you're on a deadline.)

In the spicy scenario, you get fucked in ways heretofore totally unimaginable. Because guess what: this year's release has

🚨🚨☄💀🌋 A COMPLETELY NEW FILESYSTEM 🌋💀☄🚨🚨

(I've decorated that to approximate what computer people hear when that phrase is spoken.)

Real talk, don't upgrade til March.

(Yes, yes, fine: if your job is making software for Macs or doing IT support for Macs, go ahead and upgrade some, but not all, of your way-too-many computers. All the rest of you, cool your jets and wait out the first two or three patch releases.)

Busy Weekend

Sep. 25th, 2017 07:47 am
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This weekend we ended up going to my husband's 40th high school reunion. It was a lot of driving and sitting in traffic to get there and get back (perpetual high way construction taking four lane highways down to one lane, trying to exit onto another highway just as a large sports event was ending, etc) but we had a good time. (Also we went to a party out in the country where our GPS tried to direct us into an open field.) But everybody ended up having fun. At one point we went into Denton with friends and went to Recycled Books which is a bookstore so huge I think it hurt my brain. We also got to see my family including my two year old grand-nephew, and that was a lot of fun.

I posted a story to the Raksura Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/user?u=2458567 and that was about all the work I did this weekend besides answering email.

Wrapping up the summer...

Sep. 25th, 2017 02:10 am
aris_tgd: Whitestar crashing, "And when you fall as Lucifer fell, you fall in flame" (Whitestar Lucifer Fall)
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I can't believe classes start tomorrow. (Today, really.) I'm in denial, that's why I'm up so late. And I don't actually have any classes, but I do need to finish getting my committee together. (I didn't join a group until the end of the summer so I'm not quite in trouble, but I should really get on that.)

I'm actually doing something tomorrow, but not until late in the day--I'm presenting on our paper in journal club with my labmate. It's gonna go well, we chatted about it today, but still. Talk about wanting to make a good impression! I'm bringing cookies, I'm going to try to remember to write down the ingredient list so that everyone can decide their own allergy risk. I made the Serious Eats Food Lab Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookies, except I swapped out 4 ounces of chocolate for mini M&Ms. What can I say, they were on sale! (Also delicious.)

I've been playing a lot of Stellaris. A lot a lot. Zib got me the new Synthetic Dawn DLC and I've been tooling around as a swarm of rather well behaved killerbots. I mean, my neighbors got the jump on me in taking up space and building fleets, so I've been biding my time, building up tech and ships, and trying to increase my fleet capacity so I can swoop in and ex-ter-min-ate like my ancestors programmed me to. So far that's been going slowly, unfortunately. But at least I'm not being attacked from three sides like the last game I played! That was when I tried playing the nice robots. It was unfortunate.

Media

Sep. 24th, 2017 12:47 am
aris_tgd: "Sophi broke down in tears, like a diesel car that had run out of petrol." (Lyttle Lytton Sophi tears car petrol)
[personal profile] aris_tgd
So I watched the movie Kung Fu Killer (AKA Kung Fu Jungle--it's the one with Donnie Yen) the other weekend and it was fabulous. It's really less a kung fu movie and more a serial killer movie--only, with really good kung fu! The climactic battle is freaking amazing, one of the best I've seen. Edge of my seat.

And just last night I saw Rise of the Legend, which let me tell you is my new Wong Fei Hung headcanon right there. And someone better write me an Everyone Lives OT4, let me tell you what.

In less successful media news, I got the new Fresh Romance anthology off kickstarter and... I dunno, there are only four stories in it, a couple of them are cute, but I really enjoyed the first volume and this one I enjoyed not really as much. I mean, I guess that's what happens sometimes, but I was really hoping to see some of the stories from volume one continued, and that just didn't happen? I'm not sure what went on behind the scenes but I'm kind of disappointed.

(My) Immortal: The Web Series got rejected, unfortunately. (I can't remember if it was ever allowed in previous years--it's definitely been in Festivids, since I got a vid out of it! But I don't think it was allowed in Yuletide.) I am understanding but I reserve the right to be sad about it!

Pursuant to the last entry

Sep. 23rd, 2017 01:20 pm
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Hope Not Hate have an excellent blog post explaining who they are and why they're going international.

We are coming to the United States because we have to. In our increasingly interconnected world, what happens here impacts on Europe. What happens in Europe has an impact on what happens in the United States.

Last year Britain voted to leave the European Union (commonly known as Brexit). This would not have been possible without the intervention of Breitbart and Cambridge Analytica. Likewise, Brexit gave Donald Trump a huge boast and convinced him and his supporters that anything was possible.

One of the main protagonists behind the Hillary Clinton conspiracy stories was Paul Joseph Watson, a 32-year-old man who lives in a flat in London. More recently, the ship charted by far right activists from across Europe in the Mediterranean was funded primarily by Americans.


From last year -- here's a Guardian piece on a Hope Not Hate workshop:

The Guardian: What does Hope not Hate actually do?

In November, I went to a Hope not Hate event at a mosque in Cardiff – a three-hour workshop on how to challenge and discuss anti-migrant and prejudiced sentiments. It drew a crowd of around 20, one or two of them local muslims and a few with migrant backgrounds, but the majority were white Welsh, many of whom had not previously been in a mosque. The organiser, Jonathan, began the session by asking what had prompted people to attend. Many described feeling worried, frustrated and in need of a toolkit for discussing race and immigration with family, friends and colleagues.

Their undercover reporter [twitter.com profile] patrik_h -- looks like a cinnamon roll, will secretly infiltrate your international white supremacist network:

https://twitter.com/patrik_h/status/910245564780081152

Dagens Nyheter: The Swede who infiltrated American Nazis

”He offered me to speak at the opening about my thesis topic: how the left has infiltrated the right. I spoke in front of 75 armed white supremacists.”

The Local.se: Meet the Swede who went undercover for a whole year with the alt-right in the US and UK

Of course, then I was scared. I mean, there was this combination of a group of young men with guns and a violent ideology. That's not a great combination.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars S1

Sep. 23rd, 2017 12:15 am
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Actually took me a bit to watch this because in between, first the Dragon inhaled Voltron: Legendary Defender, and then Joe (who had apparently seen the original Voltron?) watched out of curiosity and got sucked in and inhaled Voltron: Legendary Defender, and he WOULD NOT SHUT UP ABOUT IT until I watched it, and then I got sucked in and inhaled it in like four days and NOW I WANT MORE. But that's another post for another night.

cut for spoilers )

A couple things

Sep. 22nd, 2017 12:05 am
aris_tgd: Whitestar crashing, "And when you fall as Lucifer fell, you fall in flame" (Whitestar Lucifer Fall)
[personal profile] aris_tgd
1) Yuletiiiide. Two of my noms have been approved! I'm still waiting on (My) Immortal. The mods are doing so much work, I am trying to be patient.

2) I took Tuesday as a mental health day after getting all my grading done at the last minute nearly killed me, and then I woke up with a sore throat on Wednesday and with a nasty back spasm today. Ugh. I wound up sleeping until nearly 5pm, but I felt better after that. My shoulder/back still hurts like damn, though.

3) I've been playing through Stellaris but the patch drop screwed up my civ's economics pretty badly, so I may just start a new game. It's fun and addictive and I'm really glad I finally started playing, but man. I'm also not all that good at it yet, which is occasionally frustrating! But I like the sound of the stuff in the new update. I may purchase it for cashmoney when my paycheck comes in.

Of course, I also really want to buy Heat Signature, we'll see how that goes. I really want to dual-boot my system with a Windows disk, so we'll see if I can get that up and running, since HS doesn't have a Linux port yet.

The Good Place: Season 2, Episode 1

Sep. 21st, 2017 12:32 pm
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[personal profile] rachelmanija
Absolutely fantastic. Do not click on cut unless you've already seen it. The whole series is streaming on nbc.com.

Read more... )
yhlee: snowflake (StoryNexus: snowflake)
[personal profile] yhlee
[Note: I used Cheris and Jedao as my playtest characters when working on Winterstrike, a StoryNexus game I wrote for Failbetter Games.]

"I can't believe you didn't think it was worth telling me that we're living inside a game," Jedao was saying.

Cheris sighed. "I didn't tell you," she said, "because you wouldn't be able to shut up about it, and it's hard being a good playtest character when someone keeps ranting." cut for Ninefox spoilers, I guess? )

art accountability

Sep. 20th, 2017 04:19 pm
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[personal profile] yhlee
Sunday's sketch of the Dragon while we were getting food:


(Dammit, I like life drawing, even if I'm too n00b to be good at it. Joe says I have been getting better since I started a few years back though.)

Pen: Pelikan M205 Aqumarine (F nib)
Ink: Diamine Eclipse

Moving on from heads to eyes and lips? )

I haven't gotten back to Ctrl+Paint because life has been busy, but yesterday my art accountability was working on a Thing in Photoshop, mainly blocking in values.

Hands across the ocean

Sep. 20th, 2017 02:00 pm
rydra_wong: The display board of a train reads "this train is fucked". (this train is fucked)
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Thanks to [personal profile] cesy for the heads-up -- Hope not Hate have launched a US site:

Hope Not Hate (Twitter: [twitter.com profile] hopenothate_USA)

By way of making a dramatic entry, this seems to have been timed to co-ordinate with the announcement of their epic undercover project: Patrik Hermansson, an extremely brave young Swedish grad student, infiltrated the alt-right and lived undercover in the movement in London and the US for nearly a year, wired for sound and carrying hidden cameras. This ultimately included being at Charlottesville and witnessing the car attack that killed Heather Heyer.

The documentary is coming soon, and the comprehensive report on the international alt-right (for which the infiltration was part of the research) is here:

The International Alternative Right

News reports:

New York Times: Undercover With the Alt-Right

Raw Story: ‘It’s gonna end with concentration camps’: Alt-right executive boasts of a future Europe with Hitler on their money

As you will have noticed, I love HnH. They have a long history working against fascist and far right groups in the UK, through research, infiltration, legal action, anti-racist/xenophobic education and campaigning, and their work seems to have naturally become international as the "alt-right" has (e.g. with the "Defend Europe" boat). I think their expertise (and the willingness of their reporters to put their necks on the line, holy fuck) will be a formidable addition to the US scene.

Also they will allow you to give them money to help sue Nigel Farage, and honestly I would love them for that alone. PLEASE TAKE MY MONEY, PLEASE.
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The Guardian: Medieval porpoise 'grave' on Channel island puzzles archaeologists

I love everything about this story:

Archaeologists digging at an island religious retreat have unearthed the remains of a porpoise that, mystifyingly, appears to have been carefully buried in its own medieval grave.

MAYBE THE PORPOISE WAS A MONK, HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT THAT.

... and now I eagerly await the medieval monk were-porpoise shifter romance.

For a different kind of wonderful:

The Fader: This Artist Is Filling London With Murals Of Extraordinary Black Women

The art is gorgeous, but what I really love is that he's portraying his female friends, people who aren't famous but are ordinary/extraordinary people - a youth worker, a psychotherapist, and so on. And I love the shots of the murals with the real women posed next to them.

non-binding poll

Sep. 19th, 2017 02:53 pm
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Because I realized there's no point in my writing prequel-to-hexarchate (or even prequel-to-heptarchate [1]) stories about all-new characters if nobody wants to read about all-new characters in the story collection. :]

[1] I had this great idea about the heptarchate's founding but.

NOTE: I make no guarantees.

Poll #18837 hexarchate story collection
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 42


What *existing* characters would you like to see more stories about?

View Answers

Shuos Jedao
28 (66.7%)

Kel Cheris
34 (81.0%)

Shuos Mikodez
24 (57.1%)

Kel Brezan
18 (42.9%)

Kel Khiruev
18 (42.9%)

Andan Niath
6 (14.3%)

Nirai Kujen
13 (31.0%)

mystery POV #1 from Revenant Gun that Yoon evilly refuses to divulge
13 (31.0%)

servitor POV #2 from Revenant Gun
19 (45.2%)

someone else that I will mention in comments
4 (9.5%)

ticky the tookie tocky
13 (31.0%)

(no subject)

Sep. 19th, 2017 09:56 am
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I just spent several minutes trying to figure out where the hell the mysterious rustling noises were coming from.

One of my cats (Alex) was entirely hidden within the depths of a shoebox-size Priority Mail box. He has just now emerged, and his sister Erin has vanished inside.

No cat photos because I don't have an X-Ray camera.

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