Music meme: day 11 of 30

Jun. 29th, 2017 10:53 am
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A song that you never get tired of. I am kind of over-thinking this one, because there are a few songs I have definitely liked for 20 years or so. Once I've been listening to a song for ages, rather than getting tired of it, I'm more likely to feel warm towards it because it's so much part of my life. At the same time, there are a few songs I've got into more recently, which I expect to always love, but I can't be sure that I won't ever get tired of them.

So I think the best candidates are:
  • Teardrop by Massive Attack
  • Nothing else matters by Metallica
  • Concrete by Thea Gilmore
Of those, the Metallica is probably the most musically interesting, so I'm going to go for that as the one I'm most likely never to get tired of. Also Concrete doesn't appear to be on YouTube, so I've linked to the Last.fm page which may or may not let you listen to the track via Spotify.

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Golden Kamuy, Vol. 1

Jun. 29th, 2017 07:50 am
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Posted by Sean Gaffney

By Satoru Noda. Released in Japan by Shueisha, serialization ongoing in the magazine Weekly Young Jump. Released in North America by Viz. Translated by Eiji Yasuda.

Among my many thoughts on finishing the first volume of Golden Kamuy, the strongest one was “the author must be from Hokkaido”. And sure enough, that seems to be the case. Indeed, his other major manga series seems to be a sports manga devoted to the love of ice hockey. The show-covered woods are practically a major character in the series, adn they’re conveyed well, both in their beauty and in their ability to be deadly. And of course, they’re only one of the things that can kill you in this rather violent title. From the hero on the cover page, to various escaped convicts, to vicious bears and wolves, this is a series with the potential for a lot of gore. Fortunately, it doesn’t seem to be about that. Rather, it’s about a young man and the Ainu girl he meets trying to avenge her father and find some hidden gold.

The story takes place after the Russo-Japanese War, but not that far after, so I’m guessing 1906 or 1907. Our hero is a veteran who says he was discharged from the army for killing a fellow soldier, though honestly the way he frames the story makes it sound like he could be making that up. He’s prospecting for gold in the wilds of Hokkaido, only to find, like most prospectors, that easy money schemes don’t actually work in real life. The supposed reason he’s looking for gold is because the wife of a (now dead) war buddy of his needs eye surgery, and the gold will pay for it, but I suspect the real reason is that Sugimoto is one of those soldiers who can’t really survive well without a life of adventure in some way. And survive is what he does – he’s somewhat famous for being alive after several injuries that would have killed most men. He’s also a lot of fun, being written much like a standard “dumb but likeable jock” type from a sports manga, only older and filled with battle experience.

Asirpa is the other star of this manga, a teenage Ainu girl whose father was brutally murdered by the man who theoretically knows where this hidden gold is – in fact, it’s Ainu gold, as the man who is now a convict killed six men and stole the gold from them. Sugimoto frames their journey as her getting revenge for her father, but it’s notable that she doesn’t seem to frame it that way herself, being content to silently going along with him. As first I thought she was going to be one of those emotionless Ayanami Rei types, but she turns out to simply be naturally reserved, and also very competent at living and surviving in the woods. She’s an excellent foil to Sugimoto. The rest of the cast consists mostly of ex-soldiers who are also here to search for hidden gold, ex-prisoners who have a coded “here is the gold” tattoo on their backs, though it doesn’t quite work the way they’d like it to, and of course the appearance of a clearly despicable villain at the cliffhanger of this vo0lume.

Golden Kamuy is a bit of a bunny movie with less comedy, as Sugimoto and Asirpa contrast with each other but work well together. If you don’t mind a lot of death and blood, this is a solid action story, and a good addition to the Signature lineup for Viz.

Daily Happiness

Jun. 29th, 2017 01:12 am
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1. Taking the car in tomorrow to see what the damage is. I'm really glad the insurance just told us where to take it (and that it's just down the street), rather than me having to find somewhere on my own. It's much less stress to have to deal with.

2. Tonight I finally finished (well, except for a short afterword, which I will do tomorrow) a project I've been working on for ages. It still needs to get typeset, and the group I'm working with on it still needs to get the last volume I translated typeset, and that was finished over a year ago, so who knows when this will actually be released, but it feels good to get it done.

3. So many silly sleepy Jasper poses.

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I'm deep in the reconstruction of my [community profile] wipbigbang, and it's just so ugh. I have to keep reminding myself that I like this fic. I do like this fic. I do. *kicks it*

I have some neural network links because neural networks are awesome and the future.
- Ancient wisdom from the neural network
(Neural network writes proverbs, is strangely obsessed with oxen)
- Via [personal profile] goss, Quick, draw!
(Can a neural network learn to recognize doodling? Not mine, not often.)
- A Neural Network Turned A Book Of Flowers Into Shockingly Lovely Dinosaur Art
(It really is lovely. Would frame!)
- Inspirobot
I am an artificial intelligence dedicated to generating unlimited amounts of unique inspirational quotes for endless enrichment of pointless human existence.
(It is very addictive and weirdly profound.)
CW: glory holes. )

New comms and challenges and activity and such:
- [community profile] twinpeaks has episode by episode reviews of the new season.
If, like me, you feel a little wracked by Twin Peaks ep 8, there is a discussion post up here: Episode Discussion: Part Eight. With lots of links to other reviews. My mind is blown. I just. *stutters in confusion and possibly pain*

- [community profile] drawesome: A Multi-fandom Drawing community for FanArtists (both traditional and digital art)

ETA: - [community profile] fandomgiftbox has sign-ups open! A summer fanworks gifting fest inspired by [community profile] fandom_stocking. Sign-ups are here: 2017 Sign Up Post.

- [community profile] unconventionalcourtship is running again, you can go pick a prompt here at Plot suggestions.

I am eying this one for Root/Shaw:
London, 1839
Ex-cavalry officer Captain Grahame Westmore is restless for change, but escorting a diplomat’s spoiled daughter to Vienna isn’t what he had in mind—though for once he hasn’t been hired for his skills in pleasuring women! Independent, fiery and strong-willed, Elowyn Bagshaw is not the simpering lady he expected. Used to getting her own way and giving the orders, Elowyn will not be controlled so easily. Grahame soon realizes that he’s got a fight on his hands—and it’s one they’re both going to enjoy!
Rakes Who Make Husbands Jealous
Only London's best lovers need apply


Reasons to do this:
1. Shaw pretending to be a man
2. Shaw escorting a duplicitous Root pretending to be a diplomat's daughter
3. Shaw in cavalry uniform
4. Shaw in cavalry uniform on a horse
5. Shaw in cavalry uniform on a horse with Root holding on behind as they flee, flee from danger

Reasons not to do this:
1. All the other unfinished fics I have
2. I don't know anything about history ever
*sighs*

Nearly home time for me, then it's nose to the grindstone in fic town.

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Jun. 28th, 2017 10:14 pm
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not in a great headspace right now. deactivated my twitter, hoping that a day or two away from the water-torture of content will help me re-center.
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I wanted to post this for May the Fourth, AKA Star Wars Day. It is a page and a half from the "Treasury Edition" of Marvel's adaptation of THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. And I'm posting it because I have a question about Yoda's original opinion of Luke Skywalker.

From a farmboy to a commander )

Wednesday reads, politics, woe

Jun. 28th, 2017 08:42 pm
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Oh, it's Reading Wednesday! Cool!

Just Finished: Jackalope Wives and Other Stories by Ursula Vernon ([personal profile] tkingfisher). A nice collection, of which I'd read most of the stories before, but not all of them. I do enjoy Vernon's attachment to women of a certain age as her protagonists; it's a pleasant change from much of the world of fantasy.

Prior to that I read the last Lady Trent novel, In the Sanctuary of Wings, which I enjoyed, and wished there were more.

I also picked up, and put down, Hugh Howey's Molly Fyde and the Parsona Rescue, because I found the characters intolerably irritating and his portrayal of an 18-year-old girl unpleasant. It was just ... off. Bah.

Currently Reading: Elizabeth Gaskell's Wives and Daughters for book club. It's long, but I have more than a month, and it's a pleasant read so far.

Next Up: Erm. Probably Tremontaine Season One, although there are some new books coming out I'm interested in. Like City of Miracles, which I will drop everything to read once it comes in at the library.

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Power in the Absence of Money: Why Trump hates bureaucrats so much. I love this article and the respect it shows to the civil service. [T]hat's what we're talking about when we talk about the federal workforce. We're talking about a whole bunch of people who go to work every day trying to keep us safe, whether they're carrying an M4 and wearing body armor over in Mosul, or manning a computer at the Environmental Protection Agency or the Department of Health and Human Services. The terrible "swamp" Trump has such contempt for sits there every day in drab offices they endured heavy traffic to get to, and they regulate the excesses of the vaunted "market" Trump and his billionaires are so worshipful of.

More on the plan to destroy the civil service. This is a smart, long, well-researched article.

And on that note, here is a report on what it's like inside the EPA right now. It's not good.

Masha Gessen on The Reichstag Fire Next Time: The coming crackdown. Argh, and eeps.

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ETA: Let's end on a better note, with this ABSOFUCKINGLUTELY AMAZING video of "Immigrants" from the Hamilton Mixtape. So. Good.
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Lindy Mechefske claims to be doing an anthology of trans people's stories [Facebook link]. Of course, it includes this charmer:
We’d love to include some before and after photos.

Noooooooope.

In addition, I left two comments:

The first comment asked if they were planning on paying contributors. The answer was an equivocal "If there's any way to do this, yes." My second comment said that Mechefske ought to include information about the fact of payment (or non-payment) in the submissions guidelines so that people would know what they were getting into; that comment has been deleted. There was at least one other comment asking about payment, which has been deleted.

In conclusion: stay the hell away from this project. It smells rotten.

VID: Stuck to You (Dark Angel)

Jun. 28th, 2017 10:22 pm
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So a little over a year ago I made a Dark Angel vid solely for my own amusement, and it turned out pretty good. There was one clip--an important clip, probably the most important clip--that I just could not get to come out in anything but the most abysmal, muddy quality, no matter what I tried, so I didn't post it, resolving to fix this issue somehow, someday. I now accept that that's never going to happen, so here's the vid, bad clip and all. But the rest of it is pretty good! (Well, the overall quality isn't great because the show is from 2001. But you know. Pretty good.)

Title: Stuck to You
Artist: Nikka Costa
Fandom: Dark Angel
Size: 55 MB
Content notes/warnings: No standard warnings apply. If you need to know about anything else, just ask.
Summary: Max and Alec: best friends forever.

Download here

Also on AO3

streaming and lyrics )

I'm sure I had a point to this

Jun. 28th, 2017 10:02 pm
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(no, I totally didn't).

I wish I could remember which posts on the Sam/Jack list were the inspiration for this icon.

SO. Someone linked me to the BSG cast reunion thing, and, like, the first quote from Ron is all "We totally re-wrote and reimagined SF television!"

And I'm like, "This is why I'm not allowed to read interviews with you, dude. You don't know your fucking SF television history. And it's grating." (also: why I'm not allowed to listen to commentaries on BSG, because they cause frothing shut up, newb rage).

Because, no. B5 and Farscape were there before you, and before that, so was Blake's 7.

I mean, to be fair, BSG totally did break new ground at the whole "we have a plot, let's pick people from a hat to slot them into the role regardless of whether they fit that or the characterization matches."

(I might love it/have loved it, but I refuse to consider it untouchably amazing when I know that Farscape owns my soul and B5's seasons 1-4 were much better in terms of arcs, character motivations and pay-offs)

Not to mention, the dead women on BSG. So many of them. Yet so many dudes lived. So. Many.

(still bitter, ok)

um.

And that was a lot of words about a completely different series for a post that began with Sam Carter (who certainly causes me to feel shallow and libido-driven).

I KNOW. I could babble about Sam Carter/Kara Thrace, and how it's been, like ten years? Or more? I think it's been thirteen, actually, since I met Kara Thrace and decided she and Sam would be hot together.

ALSO. On another point entirely, Depeche Mode's "Where's the Revolution" is my new favorite song.
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Posted by Katherine Dacey

First published in 2011, Marie Kondo’s The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing became an international phenomenon, selling over seven million copies in 40 languages. The book inspired a two-part television drama, a follow-up called Spark Joy: An Illustrated Master Class on the Art of Tidying Up, and a veritable tsunami of related products and experiences including apps, seminars, and journals for documenting “what brings you joy every day.” In an effort to bring her message to even more readers, Kondo recently collaborated with artist Yuko Uramoto (Kanojo no Curve, Hanayome Miman) to create the most quintessentially Japanese tie-in product of all: a manga version of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

Uramoto’s strategy for transforming a how-to book into a manga is simple: she turns the decluttering process into a narrative, using a fictional character to lead us through the process step-by-step. When we first meet Chiaki, she’s a hot mess: she’s a single, 29-year-old career woman living in a filthy apartment strewn with clothing, papers, sports equipment, dirty dishes, and bric-a-brac of every description. After her handsome next-door neighborhood chastises her for leaving garbage on the balcony, Chiaki vows to change her life by calling — who else? — Marie Kondo herself.

Over the next nine chapters, Kondo gently but firmly helps Chiaki get control of her apartment. Before they tackle the clutter, however, Kondo asks Chiaki, “What kind of life would you like to live here?” Chiaki is taken aback by the question, but this visualization exercise is a cornerstone of the KonMari system, encouraging the client to think about decluttering not as a one-time effort but a first step towards living a more joyful, less harried life. Kondo then shepherds Chiaki through the discard process, helping Chiaki systematically assess all of her belongings, starting with the three biggest sources of clutter — clothing, books, and paper — before moving on to komono (odds and ends) and sentimental objects. Guiding all of Chiaki’s decision-making are two questions: “Does this item give me joy?” and “Am I using this item right now?”

As an adaptation, The Life-Changing Manga largely succeeds in teaching the KonMari method without recourse to talking-head panels. The graphic format allows Uramoto to show the reader how to store things, arrange a closet, and fold items into small rectangles that can stand upright in a drawer — one of Kondo’s signature organizational techniques. As befits a manga about decluttering, the artwork is both simple and cute. Though the character designs lack strong personality, they’re winsome enough to carry to the story and convey the emotional impact of using the KonMari method; by the story’s end, we appreciate just how elated Chiaki feels after liberating herself from the Tyranny of Stuff.

The manga’s most glaring fault lies not with the adaptation but the source material. Kondo frames de-cluttering as a one-size-fits-all remedy for life’s biggest problems, a point reinforced by the fictional Kondo’s conversations with Chiaki. As we learn in chapter two, Chiaki has a bad habit of falling for guys with hobbies, buying snowboards and tea sets so that she can get to know them better. Every time she breaks up with someone, however, she can’t bear to get rid of her newly acquired gear, developing elaborate rationales for keeping it. Kondo counsels Chiaki to get rid of these items, telling her, “If you hang onto things because you can’t forget an old love, you’ll never find a new love.”

There’s unquestionable value in Kondo’s insight that clutter accumulates when we’re not fully invested in the present. Yet her philosophy is too reductive; a messy apartment might be a sign that you need to reconsider your approach to dating, but it could also be symptomatic of working such long hours that cleaning and organizing feel like a second unpaid job. There’s also a whiff of sexism in the way Chiaki is depicted as a failure for being disorganized, messy, and single; it’s hard to imagine a salaryman character attributing his romantic shortcomings to a sinkful of dirty coffee cups or a jumbled closet, or viewing the KonMari method as the key to living a better, more fulfilling life.

That lingering note of sexism makes it hard for me to unequivocally endorse The Life-Changing Manga of Tidying Up. I think Kondo’s basic advice is sound, but I can’t quite shake the feeling that perfectly folded undies are being held up as a badge of true womanhood, rather than an artful way to organize your drawers.

THE LIFE-CHANGING MANGA OF TIDYING UP: A MAGICAL STORY • BY MARIE KONDO, ILLUSTRATED BY YUKO URAMOTO • TRANSLATED BY CATHY HIRANO • TEN SPEED PRESS • NO RATING • 192 pp.

Fic: A Conversation Between Siblings

Jun. 28th, 2017 09:57 pm
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 Title: A Conversation Between Siblings
Author:[personal profile] horrorfangirl 
Fandom: BTVS
Pairing: Gen. 
Rated: Teen
 Word Count:  A little over 400
Characters: Rupert Giles O.C. Eva Giles Mentions Buffy/Giles
Summary: Giles meets up with his sister whom he hadn't seen in years. He confesses more then he should about his feelings for a certain Slayer. Set after Chosen S.7 No comics!
Disclaimer: The characters of Rupert Giles and Buffy Summers belong to Joss Whedon, and M.E. Eva belongs to me. No copyright infringement is intended with this story.
Warning: Beware if you like Riley or Olivia!
A Conversation Between Siblings )

In Search of New Mod(s)

Jun. 28th, 2017 07:30 pm
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Hi all,

I've really enjoyed co-modding this fest for the past few years. All of you have been really great, and have made it the best modding experience.

However, it's pretty time-consuming, and I've taken on some other responsibilities since last year, so I'm just not going to be able to do femslashex justice this time around. It's been a rough decision, but I'm going to step away from the fest permanently.

Fortunately [personal profile] samuraiter is happy to stay on, but in the assistant capacity as he's taken before, not taking over the lead.

Therefore, we're looking for one or two people to take over primary mod duties on this fest, starting this year's round (planned for early August through mid-October.)

Work would include setting up schedules, answering questions about the rules, making the main posts, doing about half of the tag set modding, monitoring sign ups, running matching, answering more questions, checking posts as the come in (usually split with Samu), and setting up all the pinch hits. There's usually a fair bit of time sunk into set up and tag sets, and then a mild amount of stress and a good deal of time around the due date and reveals.

Experience dealing with fest run on AO3 would be a plus, especially given the troublesome nature of the tag set.

If you're interested, drop a comment here including your mod experience, and if you'd prefer to work with another co-mod, or just run it between you and Samuraiter. Comments are screened. Anon commenting is on.

Regards,

Muccamukk

Pokémon: Venting, by DeLiz

Jun. 28th, 2017 11:06 am
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FANDOM: Pokémon (anime)
FIC LINK:
AUTHOR LINK:
[archiveofourown.org profile] DeLiz
RATING/WARNING(S): G
WIP?/WORD COUNT: Complete | 3,000
MAIN CHARACTERS: Pikachu, Meowth, Ash

FIC SUMMARY:
Meowth and Pikachu got locked in a cupboard. Pikachu is unimpressed by this, but he's currently unimpressed by a lot of things, so that's normal. Meowth, being the wonderful friendly nemesis he is, decides this is a fact worth exploring.

You know, just for kicks.

RECCER'S NOTES: After a few hiccups, my laptop decided to keep on living after all. Hurray! (This was the monthly reminder to BACK UP YOUR SHIT, kids, brought you by CloseShaveINC.) Let's see if I can't catch up.

A cat, a cupboard, a very angry electric mouse. Meowth works well as the narrator; while essentially a decent person, he's also enough of an arsehole to thoroughly enjoy Pikachu's frustration. (And Meowth's narration means we don't need to hear Pikachu's words, because that would be... weird.)

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