Sep. 21st, 2017

havocthecat: angry christina ricci with a chainsaw (feelings kill them all)

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The sudden return of 90+ degree heat is unpleasant.

Not because I dislike the heat, because I unironically like 90+ degree hot, humid weather, but because it's given the ragweed fresh life. I'm sneezing non-stop.

Sep. 20th, 2017

rydra_wong: The display board of a train reads "this train is fucked". (this train is fucked)

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Hands across the ocean

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.
rydra_wong: Lee Miller photo showing two women wearing metal fire masks in England during WWII. (Default)

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Here are some delightful things, because we need them

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.

Sep. 19th, 2017

havocthecat: methos from highlander (hl methos)

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For the Highlander fans who didn't already know this.

In case anyone doesn't already know:

[community profile] hlh_shortcuts.

(I mean, I didn't. There might be someone else who doesn't?)
rydra_wong: The display board of a train reads "this train is fucked". (this train is fucked)

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Graham-Cassidy

Via [tumblr.com profile] vassraptor and [tumblr.com profile] realsocialskills:

The Autistic Self Advocacy Network: ACA repeal is back – and so are we

Explanation, script and guide to contacting your representatives.

Sep. 18th, 2017

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Kindle?

Out of curiosity, is anyone interested in a Kindle Paperwhite. It's the previous edition, so it's not the latest one, but it still works perfectly fine. Pretty much the only time that I use it nowadays is when I'm traveling via plane, which I don't see happening any time soon since I don't plan on going back to Tennessee for the holidays this year. So since my checking account is still somewhat lighter than I'd like, I thought that I'd at least see if anyone might want one.

I also still have quite a few things available in the virtual garage sale post that I put up several weeks ago. And I'm very much willing to haggle when it comes to listed prices, if you're interested in anything.

(Oh, and for those of you who donated to my Ko-fi page and requested fic, it's coming! The last few weeks have been absolutely hell, which deserves its own post, but things are calming down and I actually have time to breathe again.)
rydra_wong: The display board of a train reads "this train is fucked". (this train is fucked)

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US people: the fuckers are trying again

TPM: Health Advocacy Groups Hit The Panic Button On GOP’s Last-Ditch Repeal Effort

Ring the alarum bells; phone or communicate with your representatives in whatever ways you are capable of.

TPM: Arizona Governor Backs O’care Repeal, Likely Securing McCain’s And Flake’s Votes
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The joys of parenting as a history nerd.

We were reviewing the kidlet's U.S. history project on Colonial Virginia, which involved Jamestown, and I took it kind of farther than his teacher did. (I do that a lot. History is broadly expansive.) Also I got to explain that Captain John Smith was an asshole, and I got to whine later to Mr. Havoc that I really don't like Pocahontas (the Disney film), not because I don't like Pocahontas (she was awesome), but because John Smith was an asshole, not a romantic lead.

You have no idea how much my dad told me about John Smith and Jamestown when I was a kid. You really have no idea.

So I also learned that the kidlet didn't know why the Church of England formed, and this all culminated in my explaining to him that Henry VIII wanted to get remarried, the Pope told him no, and the Henry said, essentially, "Screw you, I'm the King of England! I'll start my own church!"

It was a glorious moment. I love being a parent.

Sep. 17th, 2017

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Kesiva Vechasima Tova

With Rosh Hashanah starting Thursday night, I'll be offline until after Yom Kippur, around the start of October. Until then, I wish all of you a year blessed with health, safety, and happiness.

Sep. 15th, 2017

rydra_wong: Fragment of a Tube map, with stations renamed Piero della Francesca, Harpo, Socrates and Seneca. (walking -- the great bear)

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My second thought each time there's a terrorist incident

is now OH JESUS FUCK BUTTERCUP'S GOING TO SAY SOMETHING ISN'T HE.

Today:

Trump claimed on Twitter that the terrorist attack involved “sick and demented people who were in the sights of Scotland Yard”, despite no such information having been released publicly by police. He also blamed it on “loser terrorists”, promoted his travel ban and advocated a “proactive and nasty” policy against Islamic State.

Note: since no information's been released publicly about whether the police even have suspects, let alone ones known to Scotland Yard, Buttercup is either a) violating the conventions on intelligence sharing (again), or b) completely making shit up.

Also note: almost all our terrorists recently have been home-grown, so a travel ban would do exactly fuck-all.

Also pre-emptively and doubtless ineffectively: DON'T EVEN THINK OF COMING AT OUR MAYOR YOU FUCKER.

Sep. 13th, 2017

havocthecat: the lady of shalott (Default)

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I'm so out of everything that has been happening

Other than major news incidents, which are mostly weather-related these days. Okay, not really, but I'm not getting into politics right now. I'm not in the right headspace to handle that.

Please tell me how you're doing! What's going on in your life?

Things in my life after the kidlet's bar mitzvah have mostly been terrible and I'm not ready to talk about them yet, which is why I haven't been updating any of them yet. Distract me from that, please.

I'm so far behind on my tv-watching that I'm just now getting to the Supergirl finale. One spoilery quibble with the first half of the finale that relates to U.S. Constitutional law. )

I'm very much enjoying everything about Supergirl otherwise, at least. I haven't even touched on my summer tv watching yet. It's been that kind of summer.

Sep. 12th, 2017

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Can someone give me the tl;dr on My Immortal and the reveal of the author's identity? I keep seeing it come up but I can't figure out what's going on...

Sep. 11th, 2017

rydra_wong: The display board of a train reads "this train is fucked". (this train is fucked)

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So it looks like ...

... Macmillan did more research to establish that someone who claimed to have written "My Immortal" had actually written "My Immortal" (she sounds pretty cool, btw) than the Times Literary Supplement did to establish that someone who claimed to have decoded the Voynich manuscript had actually decoded the Voynich manuscript.

2017, people.

(Yes, it probably is a women's health manual, but we knew that anyway.)

(I mean, maaaaaybe Gibbs has proof which he's holding back that his theory holds up, but right now it's pinging people's bullshit meters.)

http://ciphermysteries.com/2017/09/06/whats-wrong-todays-voynich-theory#comments
https://arstechnica.com/science/2017/09/experts-are-extremely-dubious-about-the-voynich-solution/

Sep. 10th, 2017

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Camera Failures, Reading, and - gasp! - Writing

I've gotten remarkably lazy about photo taking. phones and cameras )

In other news entirely, I'm outlining two fics. Yeah, I don't know what to do with that, especially since they're Shadowhunters fics. We'll see if they actually end up written, if I can find someone to beta, if, if, if. I haven't written anything* for, uh, years, so I'm kind of fascinated it's happening at all. I'd already written a couple of scenes when I realized a) it was going to be longer than I thought (isn't that a rule of writing?) and b) I really needed an outline. Also there was a second story. On the bright side, the outline is definitely helping clarify things and I'm tentatively setting a goal of having it finished by the end of the week. The outline, that is, not the fic(s).

*On paper - or on screen, as the case may be. In my head or editing my old fic files because they're driving me batty doesn't count. (I've edited my own files enough I should probably re-download the AO3 versions just to keep copies but see the aforementioned batty.)

My pro-fic reading has taken a backseat lately due to stress and falling into the previously mentioned new fandom which, I kid you not, actually involved watching all the available (TV) canon. D watched it with me, which helped, but I couldn't tell you the last time I did any such thing. My brain + TV has had a troubled relationship ever since the 2004 election cycle which, you may note, was 13 years ago. High on that success, I've started watching Leverage from the beginning and I'm hoping, after getting through it, to move on to Avatar: The Last Airbender. I've made attempts at both in the past but failed out because brains are stupid, so fingers crossed it's improved enough I can do it this time.

Having said all that, one of my library holds came up (Hate to Want You by Alisha Rai) so I have a lot to squeeze in suddenly in addition to, ya know, work. Plus, I have two excellent books I was in the middle of before derailment - Spectered Isle by K.J. Charles and, on audio, Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear (superb voice narration by Jennifer Grace) - that I would really like to get back to, but I don't have to worry about their leases expiring. Not to mention the other 3 I technically have as in progress on GoodReads. Yes, I have a problem. There are worse problems to have but looking at my GoodReads To Read shelf is almost painful because there's too much potential amazing on there.
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Seriously?

Question: has anyone else had an issue with the USPS returning packages that they've mailed, claiming that the address is incorrect when it's not?

I've had this happen multiple times, usually when I'm mailing out several packages at the same time. It doesn't happen regularly, by any means, but it happens enough that it's starting to get more than a little annoying. And it just happened again, because a package that I mailed out from my last virtual garage sale post was returned to me yesterday.

Could it have to do with the something that my local post office is doing, when they're inputting information for the various barcodes and such that are then put on the package? That's the only thing I can think of to explain why it's happened several times, but I'm not entirely certain how exactly scanning packages works with the USPS.
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Buttercup is refusing to make eye contact with Gary Cohn

TPM: Report: Trump Is Refusing To Make Eye Contact With Gary Cohn

In fact, according to the linked NYT article, Buttercup "virtually ignored" Cohn at a meeting Cohn was supposed to be leading.

On which note, I think it's past time to start a White House deadpool, re: next person to resign and/or be fired.

I'm finding it fascinating trying to guess who'll be next, and I'm fairly sure (given plot twists so far) that any bet I make will be entertainingly wrong. I mean, Cohn would be the obvious bet, but maybe Mnuchin will crack first? But then apparently Omarosa is being crowded out by Kelly -- and even Kelly's got to have a breaking point ...

ETA: OMFG IT'S A REALITY TV SHOW. Week by week, members of the cast get eliminated! It's just a frustratingly post-modern reality tv show where we don't (as far as we know) have cameras inside the White House but have to piece together each ep's narrative from leaks in different newspapers/websites.

Sep. 9th, 2017

rydra_wong: Fragment of a Tube map, with stations renamed Piero della Francesca, Harpo, Socrates and Seneca. (walking -- the great bear)

[personal profile] rydra_wong

UK stuff

Mark your calendars:

The 3 Million: Mass Lobby 13 September

A mass lobby at Parliament (by people directly affected and their friends) to be followed by a rally in Trafalgar Square in the evening, in support of the rights of EU nationals in Britain (and the British in Europe).

The Guardian: Second day of action called to show migrants' contribution to UK

One Day Without Us are calling for a second day of events and action on 17 Feb 2018.

The Guardian: Opposition condemns government's Commons committee 'power grab'

Basically, Theresa May is trying another power-grab by attempting to change the rules on how standing committes are formed so that significant committees could be guaranteed a majority of Tory MPs, instead of composition having to reflect the composition of the House of Commons (where the Tories do not have a majority).

Here's the 38 Degrees petition against it:

https://speakout.38degrees.org.uk/campaigns/2643

If you've got a Tory MP, you might want to e-mail or phone (it's being debated on Tuesday, I believe, so probably too late for letters).

Sep. 8th, 2017

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linkspam on a gray Friday

It's been a terrible week. Have some puppies.

Turns out that turnabout isn't all that fair play: Catcalling dudes just isn't all that fun.

Shoulda called him Remington: a fake male entrepreneur gets more call-backs than the real women founders.

Medievalists struggle with the way nazis love them.

Ta-Nehisi Coates is on fire: And so the most powerful country in the world has handed over all its affairs-the prosperity of its entire economy; the security of its 300 million citizens; the purity of its water, the viability of its air, the safety of its food; the future of its vast system of education; the soundness of its national highways, airways, and railways; the apocalyptic potential of its nuclear arsenal-to a carnival barker who introduced the phrase grab 'em by the pussy into the national lexicon. It is as if the white tribe united in demonstration to say, "If a black man can be president, then any white man-no matter how fallen-can be president." And in that perverse way, the democratic dreams of Jefferson and Jackson were fulfilled.

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ETA: If you think your data has been compromised (like mine!) by the Equifax breach, here's a guide on how to put a freeze on your credit. It's not perfect, but it's a start.


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Holy crap the most comprehensive Metafilter post about pie. None more pie. (When come back, bring pie!)

Bookmarked for later evaluation: something about identifying your home style.

I haven't bought anything from Everlane yet, but I am interested in their new jeans. The Cut did a review; sadly they only chose thin women models, apparently all under 40, so I don't have a good sense of how they would do on my thickening menopausal frame. And of course the jeans themselves only go up to about size 14, it looks like. (Sigh.) The price point is appealing, though.

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Courtesy of Metafilter, I have found a recipe for chai spice cake; I will experiment with it at some point and report back.

In the interim, I have to make a slab pie for an enormous memorial service next weekend. I don't have the energy to experiment, so if it doesn't work, it will just be composted.

This fucking year, I swear.