grargh

Apr. 26th, 2017 09:33 am
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Looks like I'm being dropped back to Team 3 in hockey. I hope it's not skill related - I know I'm better skill-wise than Team 3, but...

I always seem to be the person dropped a grade when it comes to these things, and it's frustrating.

MCU AU fest

Apr. 26th, 2017 08:18 am
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The MCU AUfest profile says there's only 10 sign-ups so far.

D:

If you're thinking of signing up, now is a good time!

(no subject)

Apr. 25th, 2017 04:50 pm
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An update:

The secretary wrote me back yesterday, and apologized profusely. I wrote back and said that misunderstandings happen and that I was glad we had cleared things up.

I secretly delighted in her apology, proving I am not actually the bigger person.

I'm running a WisCon Workshop!

Apr. 25th, 2017 01:36 pm
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Friends! I have been suckered into running a workshop at WisCon! If you are attending, please consider signing up! I promise it'll be a good conversation and not too much prep!

If you are a writer-type who usually does a Friday writer's workshop, never fear--since mine is on Sunday, there is no conflict with other workshops. Panels are another story. Here's the info:

How to Read Tiptree Winners as Models for Resistance — Sunday, 4-5:45pm

Resistance is so vital to our survival right now. Join this session to participate in a discussion of how stories — specifically, Tiptree-winning stories — can serve as a lens for how to enact resistance. Let’s keep each other alive. This session will accommodate 8 people.

There's plenty of room, and signups end today! Please check to make sure you're registered for WisCon, then email the coordinator at workshop@wiscon.net to reserve a spot.
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Because I was sad, L. invited me out for a drink after work (me, texting L upon entering the place and finding four long-haired bearded guys clustered around the end of the bar while Lynyrd Skynyrd played on the jukebox: "well, this certainly is a bar!" I didn't mean to be snobbish - it was absolutely my kind of hole in the wall place and it had $4 drafts for happy hour - but it was just so hilariously...not what I was expecting in the East Village.) and convinced me to attend a one-person show at The One Festival with her (mainly because it was only 45 minutes long and the subways were a mess).

However, upon getting to the theater, we discovered that there were two shows and the one we were there to see was the second one, so we saw two one-person shows.

The first, "Redemption," was a kind of Social Justice 101 on prison, the likes of which felt very earnest and well-intended but didn't really add anything new to that conversation. I mean, we're talking basically an afterschool special level of nuance. With one guy monologuing intensely at an audience of like 15 people for 45 minutes.

The second show, "What Would Cathy Do?", was about an actress (OR WAS SHE?) who went a little too method and got hooked on heroin. It was funny in a grim way, though again, not particularly new or revelatory, but the actress - Skye Wansey - was spectacular. So at the end, when we had to vote for one show or the other, we both voted for her.

Then we had a rather surreal taxi ride home, where the cab driver twice drove past my block and got huffy when I was like, no, I said 82nd, not 80th and 2nd! I mean, it is possible I messed it up once, and I will take the blame for that, but when he drove past my corner the first time, I paid close attention to make sure I was saying the right thing to direct him correctly on the second attempt, and he STILL drove past the corner again, and then got huffy when I was like, "Just let me out here!" so I could walk two blocks back to the street I actually live on. L. continued on in the cab and made it home without mishap.

Ah me. Still I was exhausted when I got home, which was probably a step up from being sad, and I had a nice time otherwise, so I'll take it.

***

Today's poem:

Act
by León Salvatierra
(Translated by Javier O. Huerta)

I'm going to say what love signifies
My grandfather said it was the desire of  the I for another I
And since then I began to search for you

My father said the number of  love was seven
Because creation lasted seven days
Seven days making love to its seven nights

I looked for you in each seven that ciphered my life
And I found you slipping away to other numbers

One confuses oneself with one's other self
When two bodies intertwine in bed, three loves
have been in my life, four it will be when you have left
five days that I cannot stand you, six kisses in La Paz Centro
seven years of not finding you, love, show me
from one to a thousand your nights

What is your philosophy of love
you ask me in bed: and I respond
It's not a flower but maybe it is a number. Here, I gift it to you
Hide it between your legs. At the count of two
Make sure that it does not fall: One
Open Sesame. Two
Loves have stepped into your kingdom.

***
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[personal profile] rydra_wong
Because I was looking for dance things on YouTube the other day and was reminded of this -- here's the "Believe" dance from DV8 Physical Theatre's The Cost of Living:



The second piece in that clip doesn't (IMHO) work as well out of context, but it reminded me of the awesomeness of David Toole -- I went looking and found a whole short piece he did with the mighty CandoCo Dance Company. It is very '90s modern dance TV, and I say this with love (everyone wears shift dresses and big boots, etc.), but it will meet your queer disability-inclusive sexay tango needs:

CandoCo: Outside In
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[personal profile] gramarye1971
Reblog if it's okay for your followers to leave you a comment telling you what the one thing is they remember you for as a writer. Is it a scene or a detail or a specific line? Is it something like style or characterization? Is it that one weird kink they never thought they’d be into, but oh my god wow self-discovery time?

I mean, unless my particular history obsessions also turn your crank, I doubt the last one applies, but who am I to kink-shame? *doubles down on the hot steamy neofunctionalist European Union fanfiction action for the people in the back*

(Anon comments are fine, if you don't want to fly your kink flag so publicly. ^_^)
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Austria, Erich Wolfgang Skwara, 'Springboard and coffin'

SPRUNGBRETT UND SARG

Du wachst auf, abrupt, außer Atem.
Hast geträumt von vielem das war und sein wird.
Erwartungen. Plänen. Das war dein Leben bisher
das wird morgen sein in einem Monat in einem Jahr.
Meist kommt es so wie wir glauben.
Nur selten stürzt alles zusammen nur selten bricht
das Unglück auf dich herein oder das Wunder.

Und die Summe des Ganzen die Zwischensumme
solange du lebst träumst erwachst ist das Leben.
Ist dein Leben mehr oder weniger wert
weil du dies und jenes gehabt getan unterlassen hast
es noch haben tun unterschlagen wirst
ist dein Leben nur Wachsein oder auch Schlaf
nur das Geleistete Erreichte Bestandene
oder im gleichen Maß das Versäumte Verfehlte
deine Konkurse deine Feigheit vor dem Augenblick?

Dieser Sprung aus dem Traum ins Grellwache
wund deine Brust deine Augen verklebt nur gut
daß du nichts sagen mußt in deinem Erwachen
keiner erwartet von dir eine Bergpredigt.
Du hättest keine Stimme in dir und keinen Glauben
erinnerst dich in dieser Minute – sie ist alles – an nichts.
Deine Menschen falls es die gab oder nicht gab sind dir fern
du hast sie nicht vergessen das nicht du siehst nur keinen
von deinen Menschen. Du zwingst deine Augen sich zu öffnen
der Himmel ist grau und gleich begehst du den alten Fehler
du beziehst seine Drohung seine Trauer auf dich. Du meinst
dir allein sei die Sonne entzogen dir allein stoße der Tag zu
nicht sanft selten Sanftes. Nein dein wildes Erwachen
eine Kollision ein Unfall – womit mit wem?
Sink zurück in dein Bett aber auch das kannst du nicht
es ist nicht dein Sarg dein Bett ist dein Sprungbrett
hinein in alles was weh tut was Lust bringt in dieser Folge.
Dein Bett nicht dein Sarg reib dir den Sand aus den Augen.
Werde wach gerade weil es dir schwer fällt.
(London)

SPRINGBOARD AND COFFIN

You wake up, abruptly, breathlessly.
You dreamed of much that was and will be.
Expectations. Plans. That was your life so far
that will be tomorrow in a month in a year.
It mostly turns out the way we believe.
Only rarely does it all break down only rarely does
misfortune befall you or a miracle.

And the total of it all, the subtotal,
as long as you live, dream, wake up, is a life.
Is your life worth more or worth less
because you had, did, didn’t do this and that,
because you still have, still do, still forgo it?
Is your life only being awake or also being asleep?
Only what’s been accomplished, achieved, surmounted
or in equal measure what’s been missed, failed at,
your breakdowns, your cowardice in the face of the moment?

This leap out of the dream into dazzled waking,
your chest is sore, your eyelids glued shut, how lucky
that you must not speak in this your awakening,
no one expects from you a sermon on the mount.
There would be no voice within you.
You remember in this very minute – which is everything – strictly nothing.
Your fellow humans, whether they ever did exist or not, are far from you.
You haven’t forgotten them, no way, they are just not around,
your fellow humans. You force your eyes to open up:
the sky is gray and instantly you fall for the old mistake
to refer its threat, its mourning, to yourself. You think
the sun withdrew from you alone, the day befalls you alone,
not gently, gentleness is rare. No, your wild awakening
a collision, an accident – with what, with whom?
Sink back in your bed, but you can’t even do that
it is not your coffin your bed is your springboard
into all that brings pain, that brings pleasure, in that order.
Your bed, not your coffin, rub the sand from your eyes,
Wake up precisely because it’s hard for you.

More information: https://austrianresearchuk.wordpress.com/2012/06/19/a-poem-by-erich-wolfgang-skwara-in-german-and-english-11/
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(Click any photo for a larger version!)

Hello, internet! I'm Thea. Here I am in my favorite spot (somebody's lap):

Thea in my lap looking up at the camera sleepily

I'm a female dilute calico, and the vet and the vet dentist think I'm about five years old. I grew up on the streets of Baltimore, but it's cold and lonely out there and I like people too much, so now I need a forever home! I'm an absolute sweetheart who'll be in your lap or draped over your shoulder the minute I meet you, but there's one catch: I need to be an only cat.

Thea asleep up against my legs

More about me! And more pictures! )

Does it sound like you could be my human? If so, leave a comment with your email address, and the humans will get in touch with you. (Or, you can email [personal profile] synecdochic at synecdochic@dreamwidth.org.) Anonymous comments are allowed; you don't need a Dreamwidth account. I'm in Baltimore right now, and the humans would prefer somebody within a few hours' drive or somebody who's willing to come pick me up themselves, but if you're the absolute right person to take me in, they're willing to talk about flying me to you, especially if you can pay for some or all of the costs. (Having all my teeth pulled wasn't cheap!) [EDIT: The humans have a friend who might be able to put a flight on frequent flyer miles for me, so they're willing to escort me outside the immediate area for the right home!]

I'm looking forward to finding someone I can help with everything, drape on top of, and sleep on!

(Please share this with your friends! For the first round of looking we'd prefer not much further than friends-of-friends, because we'd like to know the people she's going to or know someone who knows them, but if the first efforts don't pan out, we'll try again with a wider reach. We also already know the rescue organization we'll turn to if we can't find her a home through word of mouth, so you don't need to research rescue options for us!)

Yuri on Ice comm

Apr. 25th, 2017 12:22 am
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[personal profile] tassosss
[community profile] yurionicefans  is a thing! It makes me feel slightly guilty that I haven't finished posting all my YOI recs.

Basically I read 2 weeks worth of fic back in February and then got derailed from reading more in March so I have all these recs from that time period and haven't read much more than that. I've also lost track of a bunch of WIPs that I need to catch up on. Someday, right?

I still adore this show.

*

One reason I got derailed from YOI was on the same trip, I was reading the Raven Cycle books, so I got sucked into fic for that (there's so not enough fic for the Raven Cycle) and was obsessively refreshing that fandom's fic pages. I still intend to do a book review of the last two books which I quite enjoyed, but well. I don't know if that's going to happen at this point.

I wish there were more fic to wallow in.

*

Watching Black Sails last week sent me into all the available fic over the weekend, and I rediscovered that I still have a fundamental difference with what I want to read and what people want to write about. I'm not into Flint/Silver so much, and instead want all the Silver/Madi without it, and also Billy Bones doesn't meet his dastardly end because I kind of have a Tom Hopper thing. I will however read all the James/Thomas and James/Thomas/Miranda and everything with Thomas meeting Silver because that is amazing, so thank you fandom for delivering. I feel like I ought to make a couple recs posts for this to. Maybe I'll make May a reccing month.

I think... I'm going to rewatch the whole series. This show is so good and right now it's the one eating my brain.

*

I kind of have all these little fic ideas for all three of these fandoms... but I'm pretty sure zero to none will get written. I'm so bad at impulsive short fic, she says, eyeing her Scrivner projects full of fragment from a dozen fandoms.



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[personal profile] starlady
I'm inaugurating a new movie rating system: did these movies engross me enough to make me forget about Trump for the length of their run time? 

Both these films were a resounding yes.

Colossal, dir. Nacho Vigalondo

The director is an avowed hater of romcoms for the way they degrade women's agency and posit that if the man is just enough of a stalker, he'll wear the woman down into saying yes. I figured it was worth seeing for that alone, and I was right: although 30-something Gloria by no means has her life together, moving back home to her parents' empty vacation rental when her boyfriend Tim kicks her out of their unbelievably nice New York City apartment, that doesn't mean it's okay for her childhood friend Oscar, a certified Nice Guy™, to try to pressure her into dating. The movie knows this. It makes it clear by a device whereby when Gloria and Oscar walk through a certain park in their town, they turn into a giant monster and a giant robot that lay waste to Seoul. I had questions about this premise, but notably, the film in fact turns on the question of the innocent urbanites: Gloria actively cares about them and tries not to cause further damage once she realizes what's going on. Oscar, by contrast, is perfectly willing to hold those innocent lives over her head to get her to do what he wants. Notably, ex-boyfriend Tim is not a catch either; he's not a Nice Guy, but he's also perfectly willing to try to neg Gloria into living the life he thinks she should have. The ending was extremely satisfying on all counts.

The Fate of the Furio
us, dir. F. Gary Gray

I think on the infographic this one is more furious than fast, alas; my one friend actually peaced out at the 1/3 mark because there was too much Vin Diesel having feelings and not enough explosions. She missed Helen Mirren, and Jason Statham holding a baby while killing a bunch of guys, definitely my favorite sequence, with the soccer haka close behind. For those that like this sort of thing, this is the sort of thing you'll like. I hope they go to space next. Relateldy, I approve of Charlize Theron's mid-career turn to action hero stardom and eagerly await Atomic Blonde.
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[personal profile] siria
The cutest news you will read all day: Chris Evans will appear on British TV next month to read a bedtime story designed to help kids cope when they feel overwhelmed by their feelings. It is amazing to me how Evans continues to understand and represent the character of Steve Rogers so many times better than anyone currently employed by Marvel Comics.

Elementary, 5.20, The Art of Sleights and Deception )

Supergirl, 2.18, Ace Reporter )

a sad day

Apr. 24th, 2017 08:15 pm
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[personal profile] such_heights
My dad passed away in his sleep last night, at the hospice where he's been receiving extraordinary palliative care for terminal cancer and resulting paralysis since late last year. He was 59.

I visited him a few times over the weekend. We ate dinner and watched Doctor Who as a family on Saturday night, and yesterday we sat and chatted and I held his hand and told him I loved him. I knew that might be the last time I saw him. These things do provide some comfort in an awful time.

My dad was a generous, hard working, and amazingly positive person and I know he touched a lot of people's lives. I'm so proud to be his daughter. He lived his life with tremendous gusto, creative spirit and an eclectic range of hobbies and interests. I've lost a parent, a mentor, and most of all a friend. I feel very lucky to know just how much he loved me and how he proud he was of me, as exemplified in the speech he gave at my wedding, which I have on video to keep forever.

Ask me about fandoms meme

Apr. 24th, 2017 09:05 pm
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Taken from [personal profile] nenya_kanadka:
Comment with one of my fandoms, and I'll tell you:

the character I least understand
interactions I enjoyed the most
the character who scares me the most
the character who is most like me
hottest looks character
one thing I dislike about my fave character
one thing I like about my hated character
a quote or scene that haunts me
a death that left me indifferent
a character I wish died but didn't
my ship that never sailed

The 3 ep rule

Apr. 24th, 2017 02:13 pm
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[personal profile] chagrined
I never actually follow the 3 ep rule but it seems like a good title for an entry about my thoughts 3 eps into the season haha.

Well, I definitely dropped plenty already this season but after 3 eps I am still watching 5 shows and 3 of them I really enjoy, so that's already 3x as many as last season haha.

The Eccentric Family S2 is probably tied for my favorite... It's just so good so far, honestly, I'm even more into it than I was into S1. They're developing the world even further and the characters/worldbuilding are just so wonderful, I can't wait to see more. There's some really great conflict going on this season already, especially regarding the two new characters, Nidaime and Tenmaya. If you like magical realism and/or characters who kind of seem human on the surface but once you get past that are totally different but it's often expressed in a lot of subtle ways, I can't recommend this series highly enough. Also it's great to look at. I'm so glad PA Works is focusing more of its efforts this season on this series even if it means Sakura Quest gets a little bit shafted. (But more on that series later.)

Tsuki ga Kirei gets my other tied-for-favorite spot. Which I really didn't expect even after the first episode! But episode 2 got me HARD, hook line and sinker. The production values are nothing amazing on this one, but it really gets and authentically portrays the awkwardness of first teenage love. One of the little details I've noticed is how dedicated this show is to like, highlighting awkward little mouth-sounds haha. Never below have I seen so much attention paid to sighs and breaths and an a cut-off attempt to start talking. XD Another thing, and one of my favorite parts of it, is the focus on communication through social media (specifically LINE). The show gets that spot-on, from how the kids have an easier time talking through that medium than face-to-face, to sitting and staring anxiously at your phone when you're waiting for a reply, to when you start to type out a message to someone and then delete it without sending haha. It's just so well done and adorable. If you love soft m/f teenage romance anime this is a must-watch imo.

KADO: The Right Answer rounds out the 3 series I am really liking. The cel-shaded 3DCG is probably the best I've seen in a TV anime so far and so far I am really into the plot. It's a very methodical and "thinky" first contact sci-fi story so far. Lots of talking and this whole focus on negotiation. And despite that the episodes just seem to fly by. Especially after the 3rd episode, it's one of those series that makes me think about it after I'm done watching. I've seen some people say it reminds them of American TV, and another friend compared it to The X-Files, which I can definitely see as well. It's definitely got that feel of like, "serious drama aiming itself at adults," even with the alien's very anime-looking costume haha (even though there's an in-universe explanation for why it looks so childish). Also the 3DCG really shines when they're showing the big cube KADO itself, which looks gorgeous. Anyway, I look forward to seeing how this show continues to develop.

And then the two shows I'm more "eh" about:

Attack on Titan S2 is still pretty much what I expected it to be. I feel like by ep4 it doesn't look as nice as ep1 this season did, but it hasn't yet dropped to the depths of how some of the eps in S1 looked. I'd say it's plenty enjoyable, but it's less so for me since I already read the manga. I guess I feel like I'm more watching it to keep up with the anime fandom zeitgeist. And I don't dislike it, but it hasn't wowed me much since the first ep or two. However, I must say, the ED this season is so good. I've seen people slam the animation in it for being hardcore spoilery, but I suspect people who haven't read the manga are not gonna be able to figure out much from it anyway haha. Anyway, I JUST LOVE THE SONG, A LOT. I think I love it even more than Guren no Yumiya. It's so perfectly creepy. I keep playing this extended version of it all the time haha.

Sakura Quest maybe aiming to be my disappointment of the season? Haha. It's not bad, it's just... There's nothing really compelling me to watch more of it either. I'm not interested in any of the characters yet, nor am I interested in the plot, and the visuals are nothing to write home about (see PA Works obviously focusing more on Eccentric Family haha). It's supposed to be third in their "working" series and I loved Shirobako so much, but I'm just not feeling this one so far! So maybe I will follow the 3 ep rule for once... As it is now this show just kind of feels like a waste of my time.


On the non-anime front, two nights ago I watched Logan and then last night I watched X-Men: Days of Future Past. I surprised myself by not really caring for Logan but really enjoying DOFP? Maybe Logan was overhyped to me... But I think I wouldn't really have loved it regardless. Despite all the talk of how different it was, the plot felt really tropey and predictable to me. Like, the only unusual thing was that it was being done with these particular characters. I guess I liked the first half or so of the film but then maybe after they left the hotel my enjoyment just kinda dropped off. DOFP on the other hand was also tropey as hell yet I enjoyed it all the way through (though okay I guess also I liked the first half or so better). Maybe because time travel is more one of my fave tropes, and maybe also I was just more into the overall tone of the movie. I enjoyed the action sequences a lot more too. They just felt a lot more fun/creative to me? Logan kinda just felt like a lot of gore and combat, but not in a way that interested me. Meh. I guess it was fun having Professor X drop the f bomb though, haha.

you hold an absence at your center

Apr. 24th, 2017 10:30 am
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[personal profile] musesfool
Today would have been my dad's 82nd birthday. It's so weird, because I remember having a conversation with my brother about how was he going to make it to a restaurant for his birthday dinner if the rehab didn't work out and he wasn't walking again in time? Joke's on me, I guess. Ha ha.

So here's today's poem, though I guess I've posted it before:

Grief

Somewhere in the Sargasso Sea
the water disappears into itself,
hauling an ocean in.

Vortex, how you repeat
a single gesture,
come round to find only

yourself, a cup full of questions,
perhaps some curl of wisdom,
a bit of flung salt.

You hold an absence
at your center,
as if it were a life.

~Richard Brostoff

***

Yessssss

Apr. 24th, 2017 08:31 am
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[personal profile] rydra_wong
Last Friday, Hope Not Hate filed their libel claim against Nigel Farage.

If you have any spare money you can afford to donate, you can help:

https://donate.hopenothate.org.uk/page/contribute/nigel-farage-legal

Honestly, I can't imagine anything nicer than watching Farage suffer in court and thinking "yes, I helped make that happen."

Vid/AMV recs?

Apr. 23rd, 2017 10:42 pm
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[personal profile] oyceter
Thinking of putting together a playlist for the Wiscon Vid Party on morally ambiguous and ambitious women. Anyone have recs for vids or AMVs that showcase power-hungry women? POC characters or characters from games or anime preferred. I'd especially love something on Kuvira from Legend of Korra, Lady Eboshi from Princess Mononoke or Kushana from Nausicaa.

Also, I am feeling old... where does one go to look for vids nowadays? I did find a fair amount of Kuvira vids on YouTube, but nothing I liked so far, and animemusicvideos.org's search is incredibly frustrating.

Currently on the list: [personal profile] feedingonwind's A New Day (Mariah, Luke Cage), [personal profile] shati's Hope on Fire (Mishil, Queen Seondeok), [personal profile] starlady's Shuang Nu (Wu Zetian, Detective Dee).

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