May. 23rd, 2017 10:35 am
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You may have seen me yelling happily about it on Twitter last night, but I watched Captain America: Civil War again last night for the first time in about a year. There are a lot of things I miss about feeling like I was in fandom, but something I don't miss, particularly about Tumblr, is the endless avalanche of people ripping apart and shitting over every single frame of that movie because it didn't conform to the (amazing!) fanon they'd spent the past two years building. Turns out that removed from that context, it's definitely as fantastic as I remembered from my first time seeing it. (And way more pleasant than my second, which involved a seat-kicker and multiple assholes checking their phones in the audience throughout.) Given distance, I didn't even feel that there was too much Tony, which I felt strongly before, and not enough Bucky. Do I wish it had been a simpler, more intimate film? Yeah, but it was always going to be an overburdened ensemble. Ant-Man is a goddamn joy, Spider-Man is a delight, Sharon Carter is a made-of-competence Maria+Natasha BAMF, Clint Barton finally gets to be recognizably Clint Barton, T'Challa is [INDECIPHERABLE SCREAMING ABOUT HOW AMAZING HE IS] and I still respect the hell out of Bucky's choice at the end.

Not only that, but Sebastian Stan is posting dopey Winter Soldier gym-training selfies again, including with Scarlett Johansson, so you can bet I'm feeling a whole lot of stuff, including Winter Widow stuff, what a good ship. ("You could at least recognize me!" is. Doing things in my head, quite a lot.)

The downside of two nights in a row of amped-up fandom feels (Sunday night was a Winter Soldier rewatch, that movie is still so good!!!!) is that I am not able to wake up on time, not even remotely. Therapy last night was, ironically, "Don't get paralyzed by the things you can't control; focus on what you can do." So I'm waiting to hear back on some pitches I'm excited about and putting together job applications in the meantime. I really need money and good health insurance, not least because while clearing out my 1,000+ OneTab links (I'm now down to 200!), I remembered that LindyBop is a thing, and now I have to contend with cute+affordable shit like this dungaree swing skirt (in nutmeg, teal and navy, oh shoot!!) and this cute-as-hell tea dress with puffins on it.

I have one eggplant left over from this rousing success, so tonight I'm trying charred eggplant and walnut pesto pasta salad, assuming my hand cooperates. Having to keep my bestitched hand away from getting wet or dirty is really messing with my ability to, like, clean up my kitchen, which is frustrating. (I know, I know, get some gloves. I'll get there!) I can get the stitches out on Friday, which I'm really looking forward to. The eventual bill for the initial hospital visit, with my shitty insurance and its 50% ER visit co-pay, less so.

So, okay! Late start, but starting nonetheless. Happy Tuesday, gang. ♥
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Posted by Christa Blackmon

Living here in the UK, this is the closest I have ever physically been to a terrorist attack. I’ve never visited Manchester and so much of Europe still feels like a far away imaginary place to me. It is hard to comprehend the level and the proximity of the violence and I think it will take time for me to truly process it and offer any kind of perspective on what’s happening.

While I wait for more information and observe the reactions around me, I am following the images coming out of digital news. These screenshots were taken at roughly 2pm London time on May 23rd, the afternoon after the attack. There are some interesting differences. See if you can spot them.

BBC News

The Guardian

The Guardian is actually leading with a number of images, some photos of identified victims and first responder images, that rotate automatically within the top box.

Much more disturbing image is chosen for the lede.

Thanks for focusing in on the real star of the show, MSNBC. ‘preciate it.

New York Times

The Manchester attack is the first and only full story on the page. The other half of the page is a rotating box of the latest opinion pieces and a chronological list of stories published in other sections.

Washington Post

Like the NYT set up, the front page of WaPo shares about equal space horizontally with a story about Trump asking intelligence chiefs to deny collusion with Russia, but the Manchester story gets a lot more vertical space. Unlike the NYT set up though, the space designated has an editorial slant to it that has less to do with the user interface.


If anyone knows of a better way to take quality screenshots of digital front pages, be sure to let me know. And watch this space for more analysis of the way media coverage unfolds.


What Is Ashy Bines’ Net Worth?

May. 23rd, 2017 02:00 pm
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Posted by Julie Morse

Australia's fitness guru, ashy bines net worth, story of ashy bines

There is more to Ashy Bines, the Australian fitness queen, than her clean-eating diets and mass exercise events. Although the World Booty Tour host charges big bucks for her workout programs, her finances might not be reflective of her lavish Instagram posts. Bines has a massive fan base that participates in her regular exercise and health programs. Her success would indicate a massive fortune, but her tax problems, court battles, and mass complaints point to financial struggles. So what is Bines’s net worth?

Bines’ 12-week Bikini Body Challenge is priced at $6.95 a week. She also has a lengthy list of other products including clothing, superfood concoctions, teas, and desserts. She’s also a social media megastar, with nearly 900,000 followers on Instagram and over 2.2 million Facebook followers. Her YouTube channel, which features her reality TV show, tutorials on weight loss, and recipes touts almost 90,000 subscribers. She also regularly goes on tour with her workout programs — hosting hundreds of women in major cities around the world. These endeavors inevitably earn her big bucks in advertising, and routine plays and ‘likes’ on her social media pages would maintain regular cash flow for the fitness guru.

However, Bines’ net worth is estimated to be around $150,000. In 2015, Bines was chased by the Australian tax office for owing $300,00 in tax debt and $295,955 in unpaid interest. That same year, fellow fitness evangelist, Emily Anderson sued Bines’ husband, Steven Evans, who allegedly promised to help launch Anderson’s fitness career, for $501,619 claiming that he spent authorized funds and inadequate social media marketing. In Anderson’s case, one of the payments was for $2,500 to Ashy Bines Bikini Body Challenge.

Another personal trainer, Allie Dodds called out Bines for stealing recipes for her $100 e-book “Ashy Bines Clean Eating Recipe Book”. Initially, Bines approached Dodds about using her recipes for her Facebook fans. Dodds agreed under the premise that the recipes would be credited to her. However, according to the Daily Mail, she later found out that her salmon and sushi recipes were published in Bines’ book. Bines apologized in a video, claiming that she had “outsourced” the recipe duties to an unnamed nutritionist. It seems that claims of plagiarism and fraud have subsided in the last couple of years.

Bines’ net worth should be around $1,100,000. However, her financial situation has been on a downward spiral since shutting down her restaurant Ashy’s Clean Eating Kitchen and splurging on an extravagant Bali wedding and a decadent honeymoon in the Maldives. She also dropped $1.4 million on the Ashy Bines Transformational Centre, a gym with only 2.8-star rating on Google.

The demise of the Ashy Bines empire is facilitated with Facebook groups and forums like the “Ashy Bines & Co – Review and Expose” where former fans discuss long-awaited refunds and Bines’ controversial business practices. After giving birth to her son, her body suspiciously went back to its toned physique in a matter of weeks, and her fans and critics alike questioned her healthcare practices. She has also been accused of photoshopping her social media posts, getting plastic surgery, and breast implants.

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I pulled the titles to include in this blog series from a variety of sources: SFF lists, lesfic lists, LGBTQ lists. I don't exactly remember where I turned up Cristina Sánchez-Andrade's The Winterlings. From the blurb, it could have been any of several. The description sounds as if it's being pitched as a "literary novel" (in the genre sense) but I most likely found it recommended in an SFF context.

Galicia, Spain’s northwest region, in the 1950s. After a childhood in exile, two sisters return to their grandfather’s cottage for the first time since his shocking murder during the civil war. “The Winterlings” try to keep their dark secrets buried and carve out a peaceful existence in Tierra de Chá, an idyllic village host to a cast of grotesque but charming characters: a powerful psychic, a madman who believes he is a bus, a woman who refuses to die and the obese priest who heaves up a steep hill each day to give her last rites, a cross-dressing dentist who plants the teeth of the deceased in his patients’ mouths. Tension mounts when the sisters, once united by their passion for Hollywood cinema, compete for the chance to stand in for Ava Gardner in the nearby filming of Pandora and the Flying Dutchman. Meanwhile, a mutual suspicion develops between the mysterious sisters and the eccentric villagers: Why have the women returned, and what are they hiding? What perverse business arrangement did the townspeople make with their grandfather, and why won’t they speak of his death? Enchanting as a spell, The Winterlings blends Spanish oral tradition, Latin American magic realism, and the American gothic fiction of Flannery O’Connor and Shirley Jackson into an intoxicating story of romance, violent history, and the mysterious forces that move us.

Sometimes categorization of books can be confusing...or even feel misleading. Readers rarely approach a book without a "reading protocol" (to use Samuel Delany's term). Should The Winterlings be read through a fantasy lens? A magical realist lens? Or simply as a realistic story that may surprise you? The Alpennia novels have a tendency to confound expected reading protocols, whether the reader expects a romance novel, a lesfic novel, a swashbuckling fantasy, or a tale of magic. Mother of Souls breaks even the tenuous expectation of a romance plot that the previous books offered. If I could advise readers, I'd beg them to read Alpennia simply as stories of complex human beings, seeking purpose, connection, and community. If you find love, magic, and adventure, consider it a bonus.

The Great November Book Release Re-Boot is a blog series talking about November 2016 releases that may have been overshadowed by unfortunate political events.

busy stuff

May. 23rd, 2017 10:02 am
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Survived the headache yesterday only to be laid low by my stomach being cranky, which knocked me out most of the way home. Not sure what set it off, but nice mild salmon and a salad for dinner seemed to set it right. Just going to have to baby it for awhile, I guess, so today is totally bland homemade sandwiches for breakfast and lunch and we'll see how that goes.

Patreon! Did the first of the monthly sketches last night, ended up coming out decent. Think I'm streaming Thorin tonight, and then an OC on wednesday, still waiting to know what the fourth person wants. There's 6 slots left, if anyone wants to subscribe for a custom requested sketch-a-month from me. ^_^ Patreons just got the full files and breakdown step by step of the Sha of Anger pic - DVD commentary on it got long and rambly. Also, if you want to watch me stream, I pop onto my picarto channel between 9pm - 10pm EST.

Next up, I need to start working on my Night on Fic Mountain exchange, and there's some rambling about game making to be done but none of that is really refined yet, more in the babbling stage. I'm really enjoying being held accountable for doing these things on a regular basis, though; it helps keep me on track and get things done. What I fail at is rounding up all the social media - there is no cohesion between tumblr/twitter/instagram for me. =P
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Posted by Dan Van Winkle

general Leia last jedi vanity fair cover

AHHHHH we thought we still had at least six months to steel ourselves for the emotional gut-punch that Star Wars: The Last Jedi will almost certainly be! Not only does it seem perfectly set up to follow The Empire Strikes Back in being a bit of a downer (though ending on hope!), but it will deliver one last Star Wars experience featuring Carrie Fisher. These Vanity Fair covers sneaked up on us, and we were not ready.

First, of course, there’s Carrie Fisher, gracing her very own alternate cover as General Leia—only the second time VF has ever done multiple covers. As we saw in the Last Jedi trailer, she stands gloriously regal in one of Star Wars’ favorite items of clothing: a space cape. (In space, they probably just call them capes, but come on.) We’ve heard many times over the past few months that she’ll feature prominently in Last Jedi, and we’re so ready to watch her command over the Resistance as gloriously as she does this cover. I think there’s something in my eye …

Then, there’s the cover featuring Finn, Poe, and Rose Tico, which gives us a whole different set of feelings. Finn has gone beyond just the jacket to essentially cosplaying Poe from The Force Awakens, which is adorable whether the two wind up in a romantic relationship or not. If they do, though … ahem, we’re trying not to get our hopes up, but this is making it tough. It’s also great to see the new trilogy’s increased diversity on full display, and Rose Tico making one of the covers leaves us more intrigued about her character—not to mention ensuring that there’s a woman on every single one of these covers.

There’s also the baddie cover, with Gwendoline Christie/Captain Phasma putting in some actual face time without her mask, and sad, inept Kylo and Hux looking like they’re not sure if they’re leaning close together to look tough or out of fear. And, last, there’s Luke and Rey, whose relationship still remains a mystery. Will things go the most obvious route, with Rey as Luke’s daughter, who he abandoned on a desert planet because it was effective in keeping him from the dark side, so why not? Or is she a Kenobi? Is she someone else, and they’ll just have a wonderful mentor/mentee relationship?

Whatever the case, we’re preparing ourselves to feel feelings, Star Wars. Do your worst.





(images: Vanity Fair)

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Leaving, On a Jet Plane....

May. 23rd, 2017 08:13 am
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 We dropped Mason off at the airport just a little over an hour ago.  He's on his way to compete in the KidWind National Competition.  ( with his team.  A lot of my friends contributed to the team's fundraiser, so A BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE. YOU MADE THIS POSSIBLE!! 

If you want to read more about what is actually happening at the National competition:

mason leaving for Anaheim

Mason will be back on Friday, and, until then, Shawn and I have the place to ourselves.  I suspect we'll get up to all sorts of mischief, including maybe going hog wild and cleaning the house. Books will be read with abandon!  We might even have DORITOS AND CHEESE FOR DINNER.


Yesterday, it was sunny, so I spent much of the day outside. I'm really proud of how my faux Japanese garden is looking this year, and I'm working very slowly on getting other parts of the yard in decent shape. (I should really take some pictures before the ENORMOUS bleeding heart stops blooming).  I don't think we'll ever be a showcase garden, but it would be nice if I could look out and feel happy instead of thinking, "OMG what a mess." I definitely think we're well on our way to that.  Especially since several bulbs showed up for stuff I don't remember ordering. I planted them in a couple of different places--a few near the little free library (which is my one remaining "problem" area) and a bunch in the front of the Japanese garden.  I think they're going to be irises...?  We'll have to see what blooms next year, if the squirrels don't eat them all and/or replant them for me.

I got a couple of letters from my international pen friends yesterday.  I love all my pen friends, but I have a couple that I adore. My friend in Canada is AWESOME. Of course, I didn't get her from IPF.  She's actually someone I know from Bleach fandom who volunteered last time I put out a request for pen pals. Her letters always make me happy.

The other letter came from an IPF friend from the Netherlands. I like this particular woman because in her very first letter back to me she talked about her daughter and her daughter's partner (female.) This meant that I felt free to be my honest/authentic self, which is something that I've been sloooooowly revealing to my other IPFers.  I mean I had that one German lady quit me because I told her I wasn't Christian.  Can you imagine if I'd said that I was a big ol' lesbian?  Probably we could have heard her head exploding from across the ocean, eh? But, my Netherlander is great. She got me following the recent election there--another country that held tight against the rise of fascism.  She always closes her letters with "Ah! That Trump of yours!" in various iterations.    

A sign of our times. 

'Going Sane'

May. 23rd, 2017 09:24 am
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In light of some of the recent Joker posts and discussions on his sanity and morality (or lack thereof) and the ethics of Batman keeping him alive I decided to revisit what I consider to be one of the definitive Joker stories.

Scans under the cut... )
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Posted by Linda W Braun

drawing of raised hands of different colors The official start of summer is four weeks away but it’s definitely not too early to plan what your going to take part in for professional learning over the summer months. YALSA’s webinars, self-paced eLearning, Snack Breaks, and Annual Conference programs might be just right for your summer learning needs.

Creative Youth Development: a Three Part Series

In June, July, and August YALSA’s monthly webinars have a singular focus, Creative Youth Development (CYD). Each webinar brings together teen library staff, IMLS staff, and staff of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards to talk about what CYD is, how it can be integrated into library programs and services for and with teens, and how to secure funds for CYD library activities. The webinars take place on the third Thursday of each month at 2PM Eastern. Members can reserve a seat (it’s free) for each of the webinars. Non-members can purchase the webinar within 24 hours of the live recording. Groups may purchase seats to attend the live session. Learn more about the series and how to access the content on the YALSA website.

Self-paced eLearning

Do you often want to take an online class but just don’t have the time to participate within a specific set of weeks and hours? Do you like to learn at your own pace? If you answered “yes” to either of those questions then YALSA’s brand new Self-Paced eLearning is something you want to check out. Launched earlier this spring, these new eLearning bundles are collections of YALSA’s most popular webinars and selected YALS articles organized into a mini-curriculum on topics that library staff can learn about in manageable pieces of time. Each bundle includes questions to think about while working with the material and provides a framework for each topic to help library staff frame their learning. Bundles are available for purchase either by individuals or groups.

YALSA Snack Breaks

YALSA’s collection of mind-sized bite videos continues to grow with the newest entry: a ten minute clip from the webinar Repair the Harm: Restorative Approaches to Behavior Management in Libraries.

The full Snack Break playlist is on YouTube and new videos are added every month.

YALSA @ Annual Conference

YALSA’s Snack Break on STEM and Youth Voice is the perfect preview of some of what YALSA has planned for Annual Conference 2017 in Chicago. The Snack Break looks at what teens have to say about the work they are doing with the Kitsap Regional Library as a part of the Library’s teen internship program. Annual Conference attendees can learn more about the KRL program at “Start Here: Achieving High Impact through Teen Internships and Volunteering” which will take place on Sunday, June 25 from 4:30-5:30pm, at the Convention Center in room W184a.

Learn more about what’s on

Hamilton-adjacent shows

May. 23rd, 2017 02:11 pm
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There are two things coming up I want to see, and would like to encourage friends to come see with me. I'm not quite at "buy a ticket to something fun" today, but I'd like to get there.  Please comment / message / email me if you're interested in coming too, ideally by this weekend.

Show one:
The Southwark Playhouse is putting on Working, a musical with songs by "Craig Carnelia, Micki Grant, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mary Rodgers & Susan Birkenhead, Stephen Schwartz and James Taylor". So obviously Lin-Manuel's contribution is among lots of other people's, but the musical blurb itself sounds interesting: based on a book of "interviews with the American workforce" and "a strikingly dynamic and contemporary look at what it is to work and what it is to be a musical".  Also I like the theatre's access information page which seems a better effort than most and would therefore like to Turn Up And Support This Kind Of Thing.

I'm looking at going to the 3pm show on Saturday 10th June.  This is both my least-busy Saturday during the run, and immediately after my exams.  Tickets £25 / £20.

Show two:
There is a touring professional production of Bring It On, the cheerleader musical, which I saw a local amateur production of recently. I am considering either:
  • 2:30pm show on Saturday 23rd September, at the Milton Keynes Theatre
  • 2:30pm show on Saturday 14th October, at the New Wimbledon Theatre
Both of them are do-able as a day trip from Cambridge by public transport.  I lean slightly toward the Wimbledon one because that's by train not coach, but I could be persuadable to either.  (Both is probably overambitious).  Tickets are between £43 and £57.50, plus a transaction fee (because of course there is).

Also, I'm looking longingly at an amateur production of In The Heights in Birmingham 14-15 July, but as I'm running a child's birthday party on 16th July I don't think it's going to happen.

(yes, I am mildly obsessive about Seeing All The Things related to Lin-Manuel Miranda, but I also kind of like the idea of aspiring to a lifestyle of travelling the country seeing musicals ...)

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May. 23rd, 2017 09:09 am
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Hello darkness my old friend . . .
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Posted by Shakezula

Some background – A local restaurant/bar/clothing store briefly had a drink called the Pill Cosby. One of the business’ owners claimed that it was meant in part to raise awareness. And boy did it ever! Possibly not in the way they wanted. However, trolling on the subject of rape in exchange for a great deal of attention could well have been the goal. At any rate, the owners took it off the menu and apologized.

The whole thing was obnoxious and it was hard to imagine who or what could make it worse.

The answer of course is Nick Gillespie at Reason, with a sock full of False Equivalencies.

Making things worse : libertarians :: bouncing : Tiggers.

In questionable taste? Certainly. But is offering the drink actually participating in “rape culture,” as various Twitter folks aver, or is it something else altogether, as the operators of the business suggest? Or maybe it’s neither—maybe it’s just tasteless joke that is neither particularly offensive nor edifying. Does everything need to have a higher value in order to justify its existence? I hope not.

Because he’d be fucked if higher value were the standard for existence.

Libertarian follow-up question:


Is this an example of disciplining via market forces and/or voice (as opposed to exit or loyalty, in the parlance of Albert O. Hirschman)? Or is it simply the latest sign of political correctness and identity politics stamping out anything that anyone can find objectionable?

OK, already that’s two questions. But it was a lot to load into one rhetorical designed to help people who think Gillespie is clever figure out that potential consumers objecting to a menu item that makes light of rape can’t be a legitimate use of the Free Market because Reason.

He could have stopped there. But he hadn’t yet displayed the gibbertarian’s full range of idiocy with a final False Equivalency x Gotcha hybrid.

And will the next casualty be “the Marvin Gaye,” a drink whose name is at the bottom of the menu in the picture of the drink above and to the right? Gaye came to an ugly and sad end, shot to death by his own father even as his career was reviving in the mid-1980s.

Because there’s no difference between a punny drink that makes reference to a man accused of doing bad things to other people – complete with pill capsule garnish in case a Reason fan needs help getting the joke – and a drink that bears the name a man who had a bad thing done to him. Touché, M. Gillespie!


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May. 23rd, 2017 08:41 am
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I woke with a headache this morning. It actually started before Scott's alarm. Food and caffeine helped a little. The next step is medication and, if I can manage it, a nap.

Scott worked late last night. He said that money will cover the new power supply for my laptop. Cordelia had her last training for volunteering at the science center camps. Apparently the adults doing the training pretended to be campers so that the trainees could practice. Cordelia said, "I guess they couldn't afford real children."

Mostly, I spent a lot of time yesterday watching Murder She Wrote episodes so that I could return that DVD set to the library. I also cat waxed more than a little. I intended to try to nap, but every time I felt like maybe I could, I looked at the clock and realized that I actually couldn't. Hopefully, today, I'll manage to lie down by 9:00 or 9:30.

I have a load of laundry in the dryer right now, and it's trash day. Apart from that, I don't have anything that absolutely has to be dealt with. Maybe I'll empty the wastebaskets before I nap. That will only take about five minutes as there are four wastebaskets, none of them heavy or hard to get to.

With a little luck, I'll manage to write later today. I'm still searching for a first sentence for my NPT story. Maybe I should pick a POV character first?


May. 23rd, 2017 08:29 am
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I've been reading some of mina loy's poetry. she was a rebel in the poetry world-writing about subjects most considered taboo.

Love Songs (section III)

We might have coupled
In the bed-ridden monopoly of a moment
Or broken flesh with one another
At the profane communion table
Where wine is spilled on promiscuous lips

We might have given birth to a butterfly
With the daily news
Printed in blood on its wings.

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Posted by Jessica Lachenal

lili reinhart thinking woman meme

I’m just as bewildered at this video as they seem to be.

Okay, so. Riverdale just recently completed its run on The CW. It ended pretty incredibly, and carried with it the promise of even more bonkers storylines and ridiculous interactions between characters in the Archie-verse. Now, the show’s up on Netflix, and to promote this partnership, the cast of Riverdale recorded a video that really belongs up alongside its other absurd crossover video advertising offerings.

Here, the cast of Riverdale attempt to bring to life some classic internet memes by acting them out. It’s a bit like when Bill Nye made a set of reaction GIFs by acting out some popular internet reactions. Take a look for yourself:

Truth be told, I’m totally Cole Sprouse in reacting to this video. It’s not that it’s terrible or anything, but I’m just honestly like, “Ugh, memes.” That being said, the cast seems like they all totally have fun with it, even if it seems like this video would be more at home on BuzzFeed or something rather than Netflix. My favorite part of the video? Lili Reinhart’s recreation of what she calls the “thinking woman meme,” a.k.a. the Math Lady/Confused Lady meme. According to Know Your Meme, the woman is actually “Brazilian actress Renata Sorrah playing Nazaré Tedesco in a scene from the telenovela, Senhora do Destino.”

Okay, and I have to admit I guffawed at Luke Perry’s Arthur fist meme, if only because there’s something so poignant about the classic 90210 heartthrob bringing to life something so patently of this era.

(Am I cool enough yet, y’all? Anyone? Anyone at all?)

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May. 23rd, 2017 07:20 am
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I wrote a little ficlet on Sunday, a Poe/Finn story about them getting together (because that never gets old). I wrote Poe as asexual - mostly because there is a pervasive stereotype of him in fandom as some kind of "Latin lover" which I wanted to undermine. And I wrote Finn as someone figuring out what this new world is in the Resistance and what he likes and doesn't like and wants to try.

I got a comment on the story yesterday from someone who didn't like the story and who said "This just seemed like a way of expressing your wish for Poe to be asexual in some angsty way." Which is fascinating. There is no angst in the story - Poe's not apologetic about being asexual, and Finn doesn't press him to be. They just figure things out.

But doesn't it say volumes that the mere presence of asexuality in a story makes someone talk about angst? As if being asexual means you are automatically tortured about it?

Let me say I am a very happy asexual person :D. Like Poe, I don't feel I have anything to apologize for, nor do I feel I'm missing out on anything. I'm so content. And it's a shame that people can't wrap their heads around such a thing.

Another gray morning

May. 23rd, 2017 08:20 am
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Air temperature 47 F, overcast, wind coming around to the WNW at about 5 mph. Light rain last night, but I was able to walk for the newspaper this morning.

Deeds to do and promises to keep. Maybe bike ride afternoon. If the sun ever shines.

today's letter

May. 23rd, 2017 07:02 am
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Dear Senator Johnson:

I know that historically you have been an opponent of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and a loyal member of the Republican Party, and I believe you made those choices for what seemed to you to be good reasons. I don't agree with you, but I respect that you made thoughtful, informed decisions.

I am writing to ask you to change your mind. If the repeal of the ACA succeeds, if President Trump manages to implement any of his healthcare "reforms," people are going to die. They are going to die deaths that would be preventable--that are being prevented now--because they won't be able to afford the medical care they need. This isn't exaggeration, as I hope you already know; a Harvard study in 2009 found that 45,000 people died annually because of lack of healthcare. If President Trump and his supporters succeed, those numbers will increase--and many of the people dying preventable deaths are going to be people who voted to elect you to the U. S. Senate. I am writing in the hopes that your loyalty to your constituents is greater than your loyalty to your party. I am writing in the hopes that you can see that the Republican leadership, including President Trump and his Cabinet, are not acting in the best interests of the people who elected them, the people whom they promised to govern under the auspices of the U. S. Constitution.

If we believe, as the Declaration of Independence says, that all men (and women) are created equal and have the right to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness, surely that means that all men and women are entitled to health care that is both adequate and affordable. The ACA provides that care, and repealing it out of party politics that are, frankly, petty, spiteful, and deeply inappropriate to our government, is both ethically and morally wrong. I don't usually make statements like that, but for me there is no nuance left in this situation. The repeal of the ACA will kill millions of people, and I might very well be one of them.

As one of the citizens whose Constitutional rights you are sworn to uphold, I am asking you to support the ACA and to vote against any effort to repeal it, undercut it, or destroy the safety it provides to all American citizens.

Thank you.

[anyone wanting to use one of my letters as a template is welcome to do so]
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Antimony Price, youngest sister, has to deal with the consequences of her elders actions, by going undercover, while already having an identity crisis. Layers of secrets unravel and the stakes are life and death on a large scale.

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I stayed up until midnight trying to read this all in one go, despite my sleep cycle currently thinking 0500 is a luxurious lie in. And then I read it all morning. It's a good involving read.

If you liked the others in the series then Antimony's anger towards their point of view characters might be a bit of a speed bump to liking her, but she seems plenty logical to me.

I liked this.
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This morning, [personal profile] white_hart shared a quote from C.S. Lewis:
"If we are all going to be destroyed by an atomic bomb, let that bomb when it comes find us doing sensible and human things - praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts - not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about bombs. They may break our bodies (a microbe can do that) but they need not dominate our minds."
If we'd been much later, it'd have found Andrew and I on a tram home from a lovely night out.

One of Andrew's friends who lives in Australia was in Bury doing some work, and invited us out for dinner with him, his wife and the people they'd been working with all day, recording an audio drama for a podcast. It was a lot of fun, and it's always good to see Andrew enjoy himself in social situations, especially ones where people tried to guess his second-favorite Beatles album.

And because his friend was in Bury, we got a train to town and then a tram to Bury. Chatting idly along the way about how long it'd been since we'd been to Bury, having flashbacks at the tram stop that we used to use all the time when I first met Andrew, what kind of commute I'd have if I got a job I applied for, which would involve one of the tram stops along the way. On the way back, we were nearly half-asleep.

The tram went through Victoria station, right next to the entrance to the arena, about an hour before the bomb.

I went home and almost straight to bed. I already had an e-mail from my mom asking if I was all right, when I still thought this might have been a speaker blowing up or something that had spooked people. We were surprised she'd heard about it so quickly (if my parents knew how, I'm sure they'd set up a google alert for "incidents in the UK" and e-mail me about all of them, but barring that I have no idea how they manage).

I did not tell her I'd been on a tram going past there an hour before.

This morning I woke up to another e-mail from her asking if Andrew's family (the only other people she knows in the country) were okay, and it was all I could do not to tell her that I couldn't imagine any of them being at at an Ariana Grande concert.

No, those are for kids. I can't handle thinking of all the teenagers' parents today.

I woke up to other e-mails too, one from my old "blind teacher" who I hadn't heard from in years. People in North America had been fretting about us while we slept. FB and skype messages too, when I hadn't even thought I was logged into skype. By the time I read and could respond to them, the people who'd written them were asleep, hopefully not too worried about us.

One of those North Americans was awake, and upon hearing that we and ours are fine, said, "YEESH thank goodness yet it is still awful so be kind to yourselves PLEASE, eh?"

I hadn't thought of this as something I needed to be kind to myself about, but I replied to my friend, "Such a sad demographic to lose people from: the pictures being shared around social media of people who are still missing are of fourteen, fifteen year olds. I am having to be a bit careful around it actually for all the mentions of grieving parents, which inevitably remind me of my grieving parents saying no one's kids should die before them. I hope the strangers do no mind that my eyes are wet with tears for me as well as for them."

In his invariably lovely way, he said, "Of course that's what grieving is all about, dear Holly. My loss is your loss, your loss is mine. We're all in this together, though most of the time we don't see it. For you to think of your own family in this way shows a great respect for what other people are suffering with: connect us all together, connect you to me and me to you."

That picture

May. 23rd, 2017 06:44 am
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Some entries in the Glowing Orb caption contest. My favorite is “For clarification, this is not a Satanic ritual—The Church of Satan”

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May. 23rd, 2017 06:16 am
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Good morning, and good luck.

Off-Topic Tuesday!

May. 23rd, 2017 10:29 am
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In the comments to these weekly posts (and only these posts), it's your chance to go as off topic as you like. Talk about non-comics stuff, thread derail, and just generally chat amongst yourselves.

The horrible events overnight in the UK at the Manchester Arena have left me in not very much of a light-hearted mood today, so this may be a somewhat shorter list than usual.

If you are concerned about anyone still missing, the Greater Manchester Police have emergency contact details on their Twitter feed.

Local people and business have, as they so often do, rallied round magnificently offering shelter, resources and transportation for those who needed them, and given how many of those impacted were young children and their parents coming to collect them at the end of the concert, those were some deeply traumatised people to deal with.

As yet, not motive or motivation has been ascribed to the bomber, and media outlets have been asked not to speculate or mention names, as it may hinder investigations, or spread fear and we would ask that you do the same.

Any act of terrorism which targets the helpless and innocent is an abomination, and I can find no words foul enough to describe someone who would deliberately target an event where the audience are likely to be young children and teenage girls (The concert was by Ariana Grande, the star of a Nickelodeon show for Gods sake). Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those who have lost loved ones.

In associated news, the UK political parties have, in a pleasing display of unity and good taste, agreed to suspend any campaigning for today, and most likely for the rest of the week.

In other news, Zach Snyder has withdrawn from the Justice League movie to deal with a family tragedy. Joss Whedon is coming on board to finish it.

Buzz for the Wonder Woman movie is extraordinarily positive, which is a reassuring change of pace.

A photo of Donald Trump (spreading his special kind of politics around the globe and trying to avoid all the talk of Russian-links investigation), King Salman bin Abdulaziz of Saudi Arabia and the Egyptian PM Abdel Fatah al-Sisi all placing their hand on a glowing globe (actually switching on a bank of computers, but giving the suggestion that they are activating the Omegazon Omni-Destructor (tm)) hit Twitter and every single possible joke that could be made was. My favourite quote is that it looks like an Alex Ross cover and all it needs is the Justice League looming behind them to complete the effect.

Things took an even MORE surreal turn when a sinkhole mysteriously appearaed at Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort... I'm SURE the two events are not connected.

And on a lighter note to end with, anyone buying the Titans Return Seapray from Transformers, might have spotted, or more likely have not spotted, an incredibly geeky easter egg from one of the designers.

And it's just been confirmed that Sir Roger Moore, British actor and star of several Bond movies in the 1970's and "The Saint" in the 1960's, has died at the age of 89, in Sqwitzerland, after a short battle with cancer. RIP 007.

The Blood is the Life for 23-05-2017

May. 23rd, 2017 11:00 am
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May. 23rd, 2017 10:48 am
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Name: Seren
Age: 38
Location: Wales, UK
Gender: F
Describe myself in five sentences or less:
1.  I'm an American living in the UK (for the last 10 years).
2.  At any given moment, I can guarantee you that I'd rather be reading.
3.  I've been writing fanfic for some time now and am trying to write an original novel-thing.
4.  I live in Wales and love it.
5.  I'm from Florida originally and everything you've heard about that state is completely true.
Top five fandoms:
1. Black Sails
2. Star Trek
3. American Gods - more that I'm enjoying the show, I haven't created anything (yet)
4. The Mummy (NOT the Tom Cruise atrocity)
5. Uhhh, whatever tickles my fancy?  I tumblr-watch a number of things.
I mostly post about: Writing, life, Wales, food.
My last three posts: 
1.  Writing is hard.
2.  Hooten and the Lady fic
3.  Did you know that Writing is Hard?
How often I post/comment: Not often, but I'm hoping to change that and post weekly.  We'll see how that goes!
GIF to describe day so far: (not a gif, but an image)
Daisy from Spaced

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Bride invites her male friends to be her bridemales - picture of bride with brides MEN around her with cucumbers in their eyes.

What would you do if you wanted to have a bridal photoshoot but did not have any girlfriends? That's exactly what happened to 24 years old Rebecca from Brazil who studies computer engineering and is one of four women in her class of 60 students. Therefore, it's no wonder that during her years in class she gained a few great guy friends which she invited to be her bridesmales. The resulting photographs are hilarious and stunning.

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