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Apr. 18th, 2014 10:37 am
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So, I'm working on a project -- sadly not fiction, where I seem to be on some kind of plateau -- that I will discuss more as I get closer to discerning whether execution is possible, but it's taking me to some hilarious places.

One of them is an investigation of early Chinese novels, which led me to The Plum In The Golden Vase, the "fifth great novel" of Chinese literature, which has spent most of its five-hundred-plus-year existence banned due to graphic sex. Apparently the first really good English translation has just appeared on the scene; according to the article I'm reading, the first English translation in the 1940s had all the sex, but translated it into Latin instead of English, to get around some censorship law or other.

I assume Latin was chosen because Classicists all have dirty minds anyway.

Haikai Fest: "People As Islands"

Apr. 18th, 2014 06:38 am
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Let's take a breath for poetry. It is April, and as good a time as any for a collaborative poetry fest. Please find below a starting stanza or two of a brand new shiny haikai (what's a haikai, you ask? think extended haiku: alternating stanzas of 5-7-5 and 7-7). Comment with a new stanza responding to the original theme. Someone (most likely me) will respond with another stanza, and so on and so forth throughout the day.
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from underwater
islands look fingers of
the ground reaching up

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in honor of [personal profile] kaberett's poem 'w/hole-hearted'

Friday About Town

Apr. 18th, 2014 11:23 am
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Friday, every Friday, I invite you (yes, you!) to share with me key Dreamwidth posts from the last week. They can be one or more of your own posts, posts of others you'd recommend, interesting discussions, linkspams, tiny delights, whatever stands out to you from the last seven days that you'd like to highlight. Assume that I've been away and pining too true and catch me up on what matters to you.

In return, I will make a point of commenting on at least one post of those you share, and I encourage others to do the same.

Newcomers, lurkers and long-time commentators equally welcome. See also [community profile] followfriday.

Challenge #498: spurn

Apr. 18th, 2014 08:18 am
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Welcome to [community profile] dw100. Challenges are posted approximately once a week.

Challenge #498 is spurn.

The rules:
  • All stories must be 100 words long.
  • Please place your story behind a cut if it contains spoilers for the current season.
  • Remember, you don't have to use the challenge word or phrase in your story; it's just there for inspiration.
  • Please include the challenge word or phrase in the subject line of your post.
  • Please use the challenge tag 498: spurn on any story posted to this challenge.
Best of luck!

Meetup Today

Apr. 18th, 2014 06:13 pm
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Today we had a meeting of the AO3 Fangirl Club, since we haven't had a meeting in ages and also it's Pesach. Much squeeing ensued; [personal profile] the_ragnarok's 2.5mo-old didn't seem to mind.

Also today is hot. Oh, Pesach. I think we had maybe one week of spring.

Ranted people's ears off about the Haven fic I'm working on, because yeah. This one. Also was recced The Bletchley Circle by [personal profile] marina, since it pretty much sounds like the most perfect thing ever.

Also I don't know what [personal profile] antongarou did to the cold coffee, but that stuff was strong enough and sweet enough that I considered to water it down, without having any undesirable underflavors.

Second test

Apr. 18th, 2014 11:15 am
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And after this I'mma just be patient and wait. And do the work they pay me for. :)

Looking for Something Else by hetre

Apr. 18th, 2014 02:23 pm
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Posted by kalperniarena

Hello everyone,

I've seen this story (A post trinity staple, apparently!) rec'ed all over the place, but as I'm entering the fandom pretty late here (Almost a decade late...wow.) I'm having trouble actually finding a copy. Did this author remove all their fics or do you all think this fic might still be posted somewhere? Again, it's called Something Else by hetre. Thanks so much!

Podfics in an assortment of fandoms

Apr. 18th, 2014 08:44 am
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It's been a while since I've cross-posted my podfics here, so here's what I've done since the last time.

Standalone podfics are in Dresden Files, Haven, Spirited Away, Harry Potter, Lewis, Merlin, and Sherlock.

My annual anthology from February includes the following fandoms (which can be downloaded as individual podfics as well): Once Upon a Time, Hamlet, Newsies, Lewis, Harry Potter, Hawaii Five-0, Warehouse 13, Divergent, Dark Angel, Starsky & Hutch, Big Eden, Grimm, Arrow, Dresden Files, Rizzoli & Isles, Haven, Elementary, Star Trek: AOS, Almost Human, The Avengers, X-Men, Person of Interest, Alias Smith and Jones, and Sleepy Hollow.

Archivists, these have all been archived, but I do need tags for Divergent, Big Eden, and Almost Human. Amplificathon mods, these aren't part of the challenge :D.

Links and Summaries are under the cut )

"I was irresistable in those days."

Apr. 18th, 2014 03:51 pm
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I do think Shada "the VHS version" must be TV-canonical now. The only weird thing about it was that the Doctor was Old Tom wandering about in a museum in-character, and apparently that's a thing now, so... yeah. It's certainly more canonical than LOOOOOOOOMS, dammit! Sometimes I love how nerdy the Cardiff Mafia are. It makes me feel almost normal.

Oh, I suppose also how they reused it for The-Not-Actually-Five-Doctors, but who said that's canonical, eh? I mean, Sarah Jane and all that. There's a joke in here somewhere about the Doctor and Romana spending a lot of time punting, but I'm too above that sort of thing to make it.

I especially like that they seem to have only made the good bits. It's like they knew!

test

Apr. 18th, 2014 10:57 am
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Nothing to see here... >.>
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We weighed the kittens for the first time in almost three weeks. Jinksy weighed in at 10.5 or 10.6 lbs, and Claudia...seems to be holding steady at 9.7 lbs. That just seems odd. O_o

My head is chock full of things I'm meaning to blog about, which I guess is what happens when I get behind on absolutely everything. As soon as I post this, I'm going to start a rewrite. It's due in a week, so thank goodness my editor said we can push it to a week from Monday if need be. Casual Job wasn't so heavy this week, but the hours were at odd enough times that finding useful stretches of time at home for rewriting just didn't happen. :/

And I've been completely exhausted, frankly. Nothing bad has happened, but I'm just...burned out. The feeling at Casual Job is that this stint of work may finish as soon as late next week, or possibly the week after, which would be a really short spring session (and my wallet will not be at all happy if that's what happens >.<), but I can't help thinking how nice it'd be to be able to get caught up on things and maybe even get ahead on my freelance work before going to Toronto next month.

Once the session ends, we get twenty days of work at normal hours--I usually opt for 9 AM-4 PM--and while ostensibly that means "four weeks", my boss is great about letting me come and go around traveling and meeting my freelance obligations. (Really, my boss is just plain great. He and my boss back at Casual Job: Ontario Edition are by far the two best people I've ever worked for.)

No new Elementary last night makes me sad, but OTOH, so many of us having today off--oh, precious four-day weekend!--mean [personal profile] wildpear could come over for a few hours and we could hang out properly, while [personal profile] scruloose and Kas went to her place and hung out with her husband. (Even Friday nights aren't ideal for this, since [personal profile] wildpear and Kas get up horrifically early on Saturday mornings to hit the market.)

We fit in three episodes of Elementary, starting with "M", and if you're into the show you know why I'd gotten all fidgety about not being able to manage any watching time with her at all for a couple of weeks, having stopped right before that episode. Oh, Elementary, with your complex and genuine human relationships! And we still have nearly half of season 1 left to go. I keep wondering if we can manage some more this weekend, but it may not be all that plausible.

All of us (and here "us" generally means me, [personal profile] scruloose, Kas, [personal profile] wildpear, and [personal profile] wildpear's husband) have Monday off except for Kas, who reminded me that he never gets to bed until fairly late anyway, so there's talk of watching Pacific Rim on Sunday night in lieu of our usual episode or two of Avatar: The Last Airbender. Getting through ATLA is also desirable, because it's so good (we're about halfway through season 3--and if you're keeping score, [personal profile] scruloose and I have both seen it [this is my...third time through, I think], but it's new to the others), but having time to all watch a movie while working around Pumpkin's bedtime and whatnot...? That's a rare commodity, and [personal profile] wildpear & husband haven't seen Pacific Rim.

([personal profile] jinian commented on the fact that I tucked a blatant Pacific Rim reference into "Where You End, Where I Begin", which in retrospect is a telling detail about how long it took me to write that story. ^^; I haven't seen the movie since it was in theatres, despite having the discs. And since [personal profile] wildpear & husband's tech setup has Blu-Ray [as does Kas'], that means we even get to break out the Blu-Ray version of the movie instead of the standard DVD.)

I think my ambitions for the four-day weekend exceed the actual available time, never mind my energy levels, but basically my hope is something like: 1) get enough sleep to feel rested, 2) put a really good dent into the rewrite I'm starting today, 3a) read for fun, 3b) reread the manga volumes for the series I'm taking over for VIZ for a couple of volumes (a series I love and haven't read in ages), 4) see Pacific Rim, 5) write a few blog posts, 6) get wordcount on fic, 7) hang out with [personal profile] scruloose, 8) organize the living room bookcases...

...and I think the list is longer, actually, but I need to stop there before I start quivering with horror.

One of the things I'd kinda like to post about, but realistically don't have much to say about, is that Easter weekend is the time of year when I'm most aware of--and feel worst about--the fact that I don't have much spiritual/religious practice these days. Most years I toss around the idea of going to church services for Lent/Easter or Advent/Christmas, and it so rarely happens. (I am clearly not at Good Friday services right now.) This year is unlikely to suddenly turn into an exception on Sunday, especially since it's our week to have a playdate with Pumpkin on Sunday morning, and [personal profile] scruloose has been handling that without me since Casual Job started (in the name of me getting some downtime and more chance to get rewriting work done). Other than having seen her when a bunch of us went for dinner last Sunday, I haven't really seen Pumpkin in ages, and if it feels like a long time to me, how much longer must it seem to a five-year-old? :/

I know there's no real answer to "I feel bad about not doing [x]" other than "so go do it", whether [x] is "spend more time with beloved but admittedly exhausting tiny extrovert" or "go to holiday services...somewhere". It's a simple equation. But that simplicity doesn't actually translate into "it's easy".

(And I think that's going to have to count as "posting about not going to church on Easter", because I really do need to get to work and anything else in my head on the subject would need picking apart. *sighs*)

Happy National Pet Owners Day!

Apr. 18th, 2014 07:30 am
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Happy National Pet Owners Day!

A day to celebrate us pet owners? Sure, we're there! We do some crazy and hilarious things for our furry friends, so here's to us and all that we do for our pets!

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Posted by Lisa Wade, PhD

Flashback Friday.

The word commodification refers to the process by which something that is not bought and sold becomes something that is.  As capitalism has progressed, more and more parts of our lives have become commodified.  Restaurants are the commodification of preparing and cleaning up meals; day care and nannying is the commodification of child raising; nursing homes is the commodification of caring for elders.

We sometimes post instances of commodification that tickle us.  Previously I posted about a company that will now put together and deliver a care package to your child at camp.  A parent just goes to the site, chooses the items they want included, and charge their credit card.  As I wrote in that post: “The ‘care’ in ‘care package’ has been, well, outsourced.”

I was equally tickled by a photograph, taken by sociologist Tristan Bridges, of pre-dyed Easter eggs:

This is a delicious example of commodification.  If you don’t have the time or inclination to dye eggs as part of your Easter celebration, the market will do it for you.  No matter that this is one of those things (e.g., a supposedly enjoyable holiday activity that promotes family togetherness) that is supposed to be immune to capitalist imperatives.

While we might raise our eyebrows at this example, newly commodified goods and services often elicit this reaction.  We usually get used to the idea and, later, have a hard time imagining life any other way.

For more on commodification, peruse our tag by that name. This post originally appeared in 2012.

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions, with Myra Marx Ferree. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Fic: cartoon graveyard

Apr. 18th, 2014 10:19 am
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Fandom: DC
Title: cartoon graveyard
Summary: Edward Nashton. E Nygma. The Riddler. Eddie. Those are answers. So what's the question?
Rating/warnings: NC-17. Misgendering, abusive relationships, street harassment, institutional abuse and gaslighting in a mental health setting, violence, consent issues of most kinds.
Characters/pairing: Eddie/Harvey, pretty much everybody else in Gotham.
Notes: Obviously this version of the Riddler comes from multiple different places in canon and also multiple different places outside canon. Comics, right? Several of the ideas and scenes in this are thanks to [personal profile] bluestalking, including the Joker riddle and the flock of rats. Fits with this somewhat more cheerful OT3 villain porn, if you want. Also here is an 8tracks mix about this story. Thank you [personal profile] bluestalking and [personal profile] underdebate for looking over this fic for me! Title comes from "You Can Call Me Al."

don't wanna wind up a cartoon in a cartoon graveyard )

No news, but

Apr. 18th, 2014 03:39 pm
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SQUIRREL )

The snow has nearly vanished, but at least the sun is out. My mom came to join us yesterday, as she'd been on vacation in Italy up until then. She'd bought me some yummy looking balsamico and another handmade glass ornament for my Christmas tree. Right now I'm sitting on the porch and dipping into the bottle of Limoncilla liqueur she brought, paired with Minde yellow foam bananas. I bet my pee later will be of the glow in the dark variety. Can't nobody claim I don't go all out with the Easter colors *g*

mmmm lunch later when my aunt and kids arrive: )

Reading for fun.

Apr. 18th, 2014 08:37 am
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There is nothing more joyful than reading for fun when you have been unable to do so for the past year and a half. (Sure, YMMV, but don't be a killjoy to my fun, okay?)

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