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Links are not unqualified endorsements, they are "I found this interesting, thought-provoking and/or worthwhile enough that I could not close the window before linking". In some cases, in the absence of titles I've used a line or something sufficient to remind me what they are.

snickfic: Why You Should Join Your Local Democrats

brendanmleonard: Just going to leave this here (Korematsu)

annleckie: You can still send letters

quantum-displacement: Anti-Trump Masterpost

Tweets from Jared Yates Sexton: When people start talking about Trump's "revolution", tell them he lost the popular vote

Tweets from Moshe Kasher: There's a fundamental misunderstanding of what these protests are about. No one believes they will effectively stop a Trump inauguration.

Tweets from Dan Olson: Here's the boring, pragmatic, bureaucratic nightmare instead

rockscanfly: The elections we refer to as Midterm Elections are held every four years, at the half-way point between presidential elections.

egregiousderp and others: To all of my friends out there and ESPECIALLY my trans friends, if you hadn’t done so now, PLEASE GET A PASSPORT.

Relevant link for the above: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/information/gender.html -- as long as you can get "a medical certification that indicates you are in the process of or have had appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition" (with NO REQUIREMENTS about what that treatment is or isn't, or any requirement to provide the details, just that it's "correct" for you), you can get a passport which then provides photo ID with your correct gender on it

Tweets from Tehlor Kay Mejia: It’s important to stay vigilant about the other transgressions going on with Trump, but examining this Hamilton thing isn’t frivolous.

leupagus: So you want to get #involved but are totally fuckin’ baffled: POLITICAL HOMEWORK FOR THE POLITICALLY DUMSQUIZZLED

Tweets from Elliott Lusztig: Hannah Arendt in her book The Origin of Totalitarianism provides a helpful guide for interpreting the language of fascists.

Brains vs. friends

Dec. 6th, 2016 02:02 am
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My brain has been acting up on me, and last night was not the greatest of nights. (I was, in fact, reminded of 1999.)

Then I went off to dinner with Purple, who gently observed that I seemed to be about half-speed, then held my hand while we complained about politics. He had a touching level of faith in the unwillingness of Indiana parents to not ask for their children to be tortured in the name of Getting Straight. And I provided some thoughts on the torture facilities euphemistically known as "wilderness survival camps" and their ilk.

And I got back home, and found that my sweetie's dating site profiles very cheerfully mention a primary partner. Me. I am touched beyond belief.

So a mixed bag, but getting better.

💙💙💙

More donation-matching

Dec. 6th, 2016 08:45 am
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For one week, the Center for Reproductive Rights has someone matching all donations dollar-for-dollar, up to $50,000, specifically for their Roe Defense Fund:

Donate here.

(They're a 501(c)3 nonprofit, so foreign donations are fine.)

Ughhh

Dec. 5th, 2016 11:08 pm
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[personal profile] ysobel
*very long string of bad words*

I seem to have a UTI. Again. Or maybe still.

On the bright side, I know why I've been feeling like crap the last few days.

On the other hand, dammit. I hate UTIs.

Cooking for other people

Dec. 5th, 2016 04:36 pm
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[personal profile] bunnypip asked about "cooking for other people and what you get out of it (because it's something I used to love and fell out of love with) are there any downsides for you that make it less fun? what are the best bits?"

Basically, I just really like food. Eating really delicious things is one of my favourite things to do, and especially one of my favourite things to share doing. So cooking for other people is just an extension of that really; it means I get to share eating (hopefully!) delicious things whilst at the same time knowing that I made it happen.

One of the really nice upsides to living in Northampton for a while is having new people to feed; all the dishes that I've cooked dozens of times for [livejournal.com profile] obandsoller and [livejournal.com profile] robert_jones get to be appreciated anew by [personal profile] hjdoom and [livejournal.com profile] vyvyan, and I find myself experiencing them with a fresh palate as well.

The best bit is when you serve dinner to a noisy room full of fabulous people, and then for the next five or ten minutes silence descends, because everyone is too focused on the food to continue their conversations, no matter how engaging, and you know that you've absolutely nailed it. I don't manage this every time, but it never gets old.

There aren't many downsides. I used to get very stressed about things coming out less than perfectly, but by now I'm confident enough that I'll be able salvage something edible from nearly any mistake, and that the people I cook for will be forgiving even if it does go horribly wrong and I have to resort to ordering takeaway. And unsurprisingly, being more relaxed means that things go wrong much less often anyway.

Culture Consumed Monday

Dec. 5th, 2016 09:41 pm
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[personal profile] vass
Past fortnight.

Books

Reading Letters to Tiptree. Almost halfway through. I already have the Philips biograhy of her on my to do list. It's gonna suck, isn't it? I mean, not the biography itself, but my reactions while reading it. (Please don't tell me "so don't read it." I want to read it.) I could go into why, but I'd have to put it behind a cut with trigger warnings, and the trigger warnings alone would cover why it's gonna be tough reading for me when I get around to it (tw: suicide, spousal murder, ableism, eliminationism, dysphoria, mother issues.)

Les Mis: still not there! Needed to recharge my batteries. But there is still time for me to finish this book this year, and I believe in me.

TV and Movies

Watched Steven Universe episodes 19-32 over the course of two days. Overarching plot ramping up much more with Lapis Lazuli's appearance. Three more episodes til I meet Peridot. I have heard things, and am looking forward to her. I loved Sugilite. And I am starting to get more of a handle on just why the Gems are so manifestly terrible at parenting. I knew they were polymorphic rock aliens, but I hadn't realised to what extent their emotions do not work the same way as humans'. I love them.

Music

Listened to Jay Z's Vol. 2... Hard Knock Life, which [personal profile] norabombay gave me years and years ago. I liked the bouncing.

Games

Status message from a Pixel Dungeon game: "You are charmed. You become furious." Is this what's called 'tsundere'? In other Pixel Dungeon news, killing three giant piranhas with a teleport wand was one of the most satisfying things I've ever done in this game.

In Pixel Dungeon if you're playing a Beserker, you "become furious" if your HP is low enough. This can happen from being too hungry: "You are starving. You become furious." They should make it "you are now hangry."

Had my best game of Pixel Dungeon ever, in which I got past the Dwarf King.

Bought a million billion games for USD$20 in the Good Bundle, which is Good in that it's a fundraiser for the ACLU and Planned Parenthood, not necessarily in that the games are good.

Played Your Gay Monster Family by [twitter.com profile] CuteBobs, a short interactive fiction game about a human woman, her lamia girlfriend, and their harpy daughter. I'm never completely easy with the IF tradition of second person narratives, and it's worst for me when (as in this game) your character is being an asshole and there are no good choices, and you are also being told how you feel/how to feel about what happens. No choices at all, actually: it's more the IF equivalent of a visual novel (not actually visual in that it's text-only. An interactive novel?) so I feel I'm being railroaded into being behaving badly and then facing the consequences.

The protagonist is not uniformly awful, but she is very depressed and self-hating, and that and the way she treats others and her viewpoint of herself feed into each other, and that's... well, I will put it this way: Depression Quest was also in this bundle, but I have played Depression Quest before and made the deliberate decision not to replay it, because I already know how depression feels like?

My other problem, apart from the railroading and the depression, has to do with some stuff about the way the characters and their relationships are described, which I found less than convincing for reasons I can't articulate well, but will sum up with the fact that you-the-narrator repeatedly refer to your-the-narrator's daughter as "your little darling", and I cannot buy that as someone's internal narrative. I'm sure there are people who do think that way, it's a big world, but it adds to the impression I keep getting that I am not playing a game/reading an interactive novel about a human/monster lesbian family, I am observing someone's fantasy of having a human/monster lesbian family. And (I can't point to where I am getting this, particularly since there is no explicit sex in this game at all) that the someone in question consumes a lot of porn.

I'm sad I don't like this game better, since it is a game about a trans protagonist written by a trans woman.

Played The Raccoon Who Lost Their Shape, by Fathom and Scuffy. A short visual novel with minimal interaction and branching. The raccoon protagonist is non-binary, as were all the other characters. The graphics were simple and old-school but effective. The story was surrealist and depressing, but it was a form of surrealism I enjoy, and I found the characterisation a lot more convincing than Your Gay Monster Family.

Crafts

Finished a colouring sheet, am most of the way through another one. The first one was a paisley nightmare with a colour palette I shall name "garish". The second one is this intricate lacy floral thing, and the palette is just pale blue and white. Blue background and uncoloured flowery-lacy stuff. It's really effective, and also really fast to colour.

Garden

Parsley lives! I need to remember to fertilise everything, the rosemary and basil in particular are looking kinda pale. The warm weather is helping. I've been keeping up the watering, with the help of a new large watering can I bought. Kale still going strong.

Other

The confluence of two circumstances -- the plumber's visit and how the toilet door has stopped latching properly unless I push it a bit harder than usual -- led to a new interest in the toilet for Beatrice and Dorian. I heard splashing, got up, and as I approached, both cats ran out of there and I found water on the seat. Clearly I will need to be more careful about closing the door.

That awkward feeling

Dec. 5th, 2016 08:01 pm
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When you shitpost on Tumblr about hating a particular song, and about an hour later you see that a friend's just posted a fic using lyrics from it, and you're like nooooo that wasn't directed at you! please don't be mad!

Admiral and General Butthead

Dec. 4th, 2016 10:06 pm
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are on manoeuvres again tonight. In their headquarters, Fort Asshole.

Book sale

Dec. 3rd, 2016 12:54 pm
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I may have found a few books...

Read more... )

Bits and pieces

Dec. 3rd, 2016 08:13 pm
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*Signal-boosting with permission, this brilliant offer from [personal profile] rosefox:

I'm offering free training over Skype for anyone who wants to learn how to effectively call their elected representatives and ask them to support bills or otherwise take useful action. If you're interested, PM me. Feel free to let others know about this offer; it's available indefinitely.

*More fashion for the apocalypse: ThinkProgress's "Resist" t-shirt raises money for their "Trump investigative fund".

*[personal profile] swan_tower is starting a tikkun olam-inspired thread on the 1st of each month,on DW and on LJ at [livejournal.com profile] swan_tower, where people can talk about what they're doing to help repair the world (and yes, I think it can be helpful and inspiring to see what others are doing).

*Via [personal profile] sovay: Kellogg's have pulled their advertising from Breitbart, and Breitbart are outraged, evidently because they HATE CAPITALISM AND FREEDOM and don't want large companies to be free to spend their ad budgets how they want in order to maximize their sales. Why do you HATE FREEDOM, Breitbart?

The current editor-in-chief is quoted as follows:

“Boycotting Breitbart News for presenting mainstream American ideas is an act of discrimination and intense prejudice,” he added. “If you serve Kellogg’s products to your family, you are serving up bigotry at your breakfast table.”

This is evidence that they either have no sense of irony at all, or too much of it, in that vacuous way: "we'll say they're being prejudiced and bigoted towards our prejudice and bigotry, tee hee, and then their little liberal brains will have to explode!"

Yes, I discriminate against white supremacists. Deal with it, fuckers.

(Worth dropping Kelloggs some messages of support, maybe, as they're getting the full Gamergate masses unleashed against them.)

*The Hamilton Mixtape has dropped. This is not irrelevant. We need art and we need fight music and Hamilton is and remains an inspired and tactically-brilliant claiming of the myth of America as belonging profoundly to immigrants, black and brown people.

As well as the aforementioned "Immigrants (We Get The Job Done)", notables for me at the moment include Dessa covering "Congratulations" (a song Angelica had when the show was first staged, cut when it went to Broadway -- and I can see the dramatic reasons for cutting it, but it's great and a great cover), "Wrote My Way Out" with Nas, Dave East, Aloe Blacc and one Lin-Manuel Miranda, and the demo of "Valley Forge" (part of which turned into part of "Stay Alive"), which feels spookily apposite. Congress, I beg of you, justify your existence.
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Sue Smith, Independent Scholar, writes

I am proposing a disability and science fiction panel for the
Centre of Culture and Disability Studies
Liverpool Hope University (UK)
Disability and Disciplines: The International Conference on
Educational, Cultural, and Disability Studies
5-6 July 2017.

The conference is looking for work that is interdisciplinary in nature. For example, I am putting forward a paper proposal that draws upon a range of disciplines that intersect Disability with Cosplay, Feminism, Psychoanalysis and Film Studies in order to examine a particular fan’s response to the female character, Imperator Furiosa, from the recent film, Mad Max: Fury Road (2015).

Similarly, I would be interested in papers that intersect with other disciplines in their examination of disability and science fiction.

Please feel free to get in touch informally in order to discuss suggestions
sua.smith@ntlworld.com

More on the conference as a whole
http://ccds.hope.ac.uk/ourconference.html

Extraordinary women

Dec. 2nd, 2016 11:48 am
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My kid sister sets off today on this expedition to Antarctica.

I am so proud I could burst.

WTF?

Dec. 1st, 2016 09:13 pm
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I just saw a Credo petition to “Make Standing Rock a national monument.” This is an excellent example of “Heart in the right place, brain missing.” Because the whole reason Standing Rock is such a big issue is because that’s First Nations owned land, technically another country altogether, and the cops and other aggressors there have NO jurisdiction there at all. And, well, national monuments can only be on land that the government owns. From a legal standpoint, that land is technically a different country altogether. This petition is almost as stupid as would be a petition calling for Obama to make Toronto Canada a national monument. So, yeah. Cue Hermione saying “What. An. Idiot.”

Just Testing Again, Please Ignore

Dec. 1st, 2016 09:49 pm
[personal profile] jazzyjj
Everybody all right over yonder? Good! Then I can shut down for the
night and go to bed.

Anticipation

Dec. 1st, 2016 03:58 pm
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[personal profile] wildeabandon
(Responding to a prompt from [personal profile] sfred)

I find myself extremely polaraised by anticipation. When I really want something and am not sure whether I'm going to get it or not I am /terrible/ at waiting to find out. I get anxious and miserable and irrational and can't think about anything else and catastrophise and act in ways that make me less likely to get it. It's no fun at all.

When I'm waiting for something that I know is coming it can go one of two ways. When it's something that not having is making me unhappy I mostly try not to think about it and get on with things, which works okay until it gets close, and then suddenly a switch flicks and the last few days or weeks become unbearable.

When it's something that I'm fine without, but having will be shiny and glorious and extra, then the anticipation becomes a joy in and of itself. I daydream and I plan and I sing to myself inside my head, and I get almost as much pleasure out of this process as I do out of the thing in itself.

Unexpected item in bagging area

Dec. 1st, 2016 05:23 am
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I have a follow-up appointment and pelvic exam with my surgeon on Friday. Purple and I were brainstorming items that the surgeon would not be expecting to find when inspecting the surgical site.

Kinder egg (without chocolate)
Kinder egg (chocolate and all)
Toy fire truck
whistle
kazoo
Slide whistle
Entire Google car (full size) (we were at the Five Guys on Rengstorff, so there were lots of them driving past; I saw three simultaneously at one point)
Tiny model uterus (he already took one out)
A crab. (Zodiac Cancer.)
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Mostly vaguely Christmassy and non-denominational (let me know if you have a preference, I do have a couple of Xtian cards for some reason.)

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Wednesday Reading Meme

Nov. 30th, 2016 01:11 pm
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What I Just Finished Reading

Nothing this week, and you can probably see why.

What I'm Reading Now

Comics Wednesday. Or Comic Wednesday, I guess.

New Avengers #18 )

What I'm Reading Next

Maybe this week I will actually get to read the Rivers of London book. On the other hand, I have eighteen days to write my Yuletide and Holiday Exchange stories and my total progress is six hundred words of Yuletide. This is not encouraging.
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