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([personal profile] jennaria Aug. 21st, 2017 09:49 am)
07 - have you ever watched an entire anime in one sitting?

Yes, because OVAs are magical things. ;-) I'm not a natural marathoner, though, despite Kay and Wife's best efforts. The closest I've come has been watching an entire anime over a weekend (BACCANO!), or over regular Friday night gatherings (multiple, the most infamous being BLACK CAT, because no seriously where the fuck did that entire last disc come from).
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([personal profile] telophase Aug. 21st, 2017 08:53 am)
So the other night I was reading in bed and, out of the corner of my eye, kept glimpsing a bald man lying down next to Sora...

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([personal profile] iosonochesono Aug. 21st, 2017 02:35 am)
My credit score went down. I subscribed to an Identity Theft/Credit Score watch to look it up, and it shows all my accounts as current, so I'm not sure why. I actually thought it would go up - I paid off one credit card, and over half of another. I increased the payment amount on my student loans. That means my available credit has actually increased. All of my payments, to the best of my knowledge, are on auto-pay.

The only way it would make sense that it went down was if there was some bill that was delinquent and I didn't know it (e.g. Utility bills - I could see that happening because our complex keeps un-doing everyone's auto-pay.) But nothing like that shows in the report.

So I'll just keep an eye on it.
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([personal profile] iosonochesono Aug. 20th, 2017 11:48 pm)
Read more... )

I suppose tomorrow I'm going to learn whether I'm becoming department manager. I'm anxious. It's like a win/win, I guess. If I become department manager, I get paid more and I get 48 hours a week. If I don't, I don't have to kill myself working in a high-stress department.

But if I'm made department manager, I really want to get the Subaru Outback 3.6l Touring. Dad won't support that, but I actually have good credit, so I would just do it without him. The cost monthly would be almost the same, or I'd just go for the Crosstrek. It makes me really confused that he's so oppositional to it, given the similar monthly costs.
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([personal profile] runpunkrun Aug. 20th, 2017 11:08 pm)
Okay, so I was sitting here, exhausted, thinking, "Fuck, I have to force myself to care about the fucking eclipse tomorrow."

Except I do care. So I found an old shoebox and made a pinhole viewer with these instructions (pdf) my pal kormantic sent me. And I even wrote ECLIPSEPOCALYPSE 2017 on the side, so it's super official. And I REALLY banged my knee on the table when I sat down to make it, so that'll be a nice memory.

I guess I'll go stand out in the yard around ten o'clock with my shoebox and see what happens.
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([personal profile] mommy Aug. 20th, 2017 09:19 pm)
I originally wrote the contents of this post back in June. It became relevant again today when I heard my mother go on a political rant about transgender people in the military. Sigh.

Every now and then, I think about how and why I developed my political views. For example, marriage equality kicked off my interest in politics.

A few hundred words on how I developed my current political views. )

I don’t participate in activism much these days, but I make sure to vote in every election I can and read as much news as I can stomach. If nothing else, I like to be informed before and after I go to vote. This seems especially important given the current political climate.

There’s a truism that says people start out liberal and become increasingly conservative as they age. My experience is the complete opposite.
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([personal profile] john_egbert Aug. 20th, 2017 09:21 pm)
Breath of the Wild has captured my attention in a way no other game has for quite some time. It's just... joyous, in a way? It's filled with so much to explore and do, so many interesting people, so many cool enemies. It's the sort of game where I'll pick a direction and run just to see how far I can go and what I can discover along the way.


The one thing I really don't care for so far is the sandstorms in the Gerudo desert. It's a really obnoxious mechanic, and it makes it so frustrating trying to explore the area. (On the other hand, though: I really like the fact that the desert is burning in the day and freezing at night, rather than just being 'a hot place'. On the other other hand: Gerudo Link outfit is excellent and 100% worth it.)

I'm also getting into a bit of a fic-posting slump since starting my new job. (Previously it was also a writing slump, but I think I'm starting to build my writing muscles up again? Hopefully, at least.) Even with the fic I've got finished, I keep I forgetting to post them over and over again--I've got a couple shorter pieces that could go up, but proofreading them and figuring out tags and titles and summaries... ugh. I'm hoping I'll get a bit better about it once my commute gets a little less obnoxious.

(And, in other less-obnoxious-future-commute news, I went to an Ikea in person for the first time the other day. It is a whole lot to take in, holy cow. I felt like I'd wandered into some mythological labyrinth.)

Related to the above, I've got a whole lot of fic that needs finishing--my WIPs keep breeding like bunnies. I need a fic accountability partner or something, haha.
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([personal profile] the_rck Aug. 20th, 2017 09:47 pm)
I'm trying to remember what I did yesterday, and my mind is going blank. Let's see... We made a trip out to Plum Market in the evening because Cordelia really, really wanted to. Scott and Cordelia made turkey meatballs that came out reasonably well.

This morning, I woke up to find that I'd reached 90 days on holding a portal in Ingress. That's a badge increment. The next one is at 150 days and is highly unlikely. Of course, getting to 90 days surprised me. The Guardian badge is one of those that one can only hope will happen. I capture portals and keep recharging them as long as I still own them. Before this, the longest I'd held anything was 85 days (and I was cranky when that one went down because I'd started thinking it would last).

Scott had both days off this weekend. He's expecting to work next weekend but says he should be able to make sure he works Sunday. Saturday is a big Ingress event, called an Anomaly, here in Ann Arbor, and we've signed up for it as it's likely to be our only opportunity to participate in such a thing. I'm a little worried about my ability to participate fully since it's about four hours of constant walking. I specifically told them that I'm only good for an hour and that at a slow pace. I guess we'll see.

The hard part is trying to get the suggested in-game equipment for the Anomaly. A couple of local people who play a lot more than we do are helping us, but there's also the problem of what to do with the stuff we want to keep that we won't have room for.

Yesterday, our kitchen sink backed up. Scott spent a good bit of time getting it unclogged. He's a little freaked because he can't explain what he found which was a flaky, black build up rather than a wad of grease or something similar. He couldn't identify the substance at all. At least we can now run the dishwasher.

Tomorrow's going to be busy. Cordelia's high school registration will happen in the afternoon, and I need to make sure we get there on time. Cordelia's decidedly unenthusiastic about the whole thing.
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([personal profile] elf Aug. 20th, 2017 04:43 pm)
A scientific breakdown of the errors in Damore's manifesto - Metafilter discussed Damore's memo at length, until someone said, "I could write something about how wrong he is on all his biology claims," and people threw money at her Patreon until that happened.

It's terrific. It's also long and detailed and extensively cited, absolutely intended for quoting during future discussions where someone claims that the pay gap or glass ceiling or low representation of women in tech is caused by "biology."

She goes over his academic background, his argument methodology, and the actual science related to his claims, which - surprise surprise - involve incredible twists of misunderstanding, or cherry-picking data, or assuming that tests for personality traits can be used to confirm brain chemistry difference.
Sample excerpt inside the cut )
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([personal profile] jennaria Aug. 20th, 2017 01:42 pm)
This one I am going to go with the original question:

06 - List your Top 5 Anime OTPs.

(I try to be the sane kind of shipper - I don't demand the whole fandom share my preferred pairings, nor do I yell at people who ship other pairings. If I have an OTP, then I simply politely refuse to read fanfic that breaks them up.)

Yuri!!! On Ice - Victor Nikiforov/Katsuki Yuuri (and lucky for me, canon ships it as well)
Hikaru no Go - Shindou Hikaru/Touya Akira
Sword Arts Online - Kirito/Asuna (and yet the author keeps creating new female characters to throw at Kirito - dammit, canon!)
Witch Hunter Robin - Robin/Amon
Spirited Away/Sen to Chihiro - Chihiro/Haku
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([personal profile] ariane Aug. 20th, 2017 07:53 pm)
The Friday stabbings at Kauppatori and Puutori are being investigated as terrorism. Ten victims - two dead, 8 others. Six women, two men who went to help a stabbed woman.

First terror attack in Finland. I had mentally been preparing that a terror attack might happen in Finland too the last few years, but I wasn't prepared for it happening in my home town and a place I go to 2-3 times a week. I always kind of figured it'd happen in Helsinki.

Tomorrow morning I'll be going to Kauppatori, to change busses, on my way to the vocational course and then again in the afternoon. I'll be too busy in the morning, but I think I'll go pay my respects in the afternoon on my way home.
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([personal profile] madfilkentist Aug. 20th, 2017 07:51 am)
Not a shining day for Boston, but not as horrible as I thought it might be. Here I'm going by Boston.com's coverage. Timing notes follow the article. They're the times of the posts, not necessarily when things happened.

Reported events from Saturday )

Conclusions? The number of people trying to intimidate or harm people must have been relatively small, considering the size of the crowd, or there would have been far worse. Nonetheless, it's significant that every act of aggression, or nearly so, came from people masquerading as "anti-Nazis" or "anti-racists." (They're neither, but just bullies.) They're the kind people who shout down speakers or block access whenever they can. The kind who think their throwing rocks and urine is "kinetic beauty." They usually confine their actions to college campuses, where they think they won't be punished.

It's very disturbing when the police commissioner says it's a "good thing" that people can't get to hear a message he doesn't want them to hear. That's the voice of the police state.

Also disturbing is the lack of any intellectual content to the protest. It was, as far as I can see, basically an exercise in name-calling. Or at least that's all that we get to hear through the usual news reporting. When they use "nazi" to insult anyone whose message they don't like, it accomplishes two things:

(1) It trivializes actual Nazis. In Charlottesville, there were actual, swastika-wearing Nazis chanting "blood and soil." Nazism supports many of the worst forms of brutality ever devised, including the murder of millions.

(2) It mainstreams Nazism. If everyone you dislike is a Nazi, then maybe Nazis aren't so bad. At least some people will think that way.

Is this the new normal in America? Mobs forming to intimidate every speaker they don't like? Then we might as well give up on America.

Update: Based on this Eagle-Tribune article, people were prevented from hearing the speakers. According to one account, "They spoke for about 40 minutes. Whenever they got loud enough for anyone over here to hear them, people booed them and drowned them out."

On the other hand, the rally itself sounds strange: "The group had gathered to share members' views on free speech, but did not allow any members of the press inside the barricades. They had no public address system and could not be heard by the thousands that had gathered to protest the rally." Nor by those who gathered to hear it, it seems. That would explain the lack of coverage of content. If they wanted to be heard, why did they not bring sound equipment or let any press in?

The Eagle-Tribune article notes that Antifa people were present, and it's reasonable to suspect they were behind the worst acts. The article notes that in one case of bullying, some protesters "shouted for them to not engage physically, and others still helped police escort him to safety." I think the overwhelming majority of the crowd was good people, but the danger is letting the pro-violence, anti-free speech people become their public face.

Update 2: A bike ride later, what remains disturbing to me is that thousands of people were so upset that someone they didn't like was speaking in public that they had to denounce it in exaggerated terms. These people had just a Facebook page rather than a real Web presence, were confused about how to get a permit, and didn't have a PA system. The event would have gone by without any notice, but that would have been horribly unforgivable.
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([personal profile] sealie Aug. 20th, 2017 11:34 am)
continues directly from the previous post.

all warning continue to apply.
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([personal profile] roseveare Aug. 20th, 2017 10:59 am)
Okay, so here's where I am, writing-wise. I'm on chapter 4 (of 7) adding the edits from the paper printout to Lost County, Book 1 of the original fantasy series. I'm planning on going on from that to edit #2 Carnshire's Most Haunted and #3 Chaos Theory and get working readable versions with stable continuity so that I can approach publishers with all 3 initially and say THIS IS A 6 BOOK SERIES. Because I'm not interested if I can't get them published as a block with the possibility of adding more in the future. I'd rather self publish and keep my own control over the work.

Meanwhile I'm also working on #4 which is the interlinked short stories, hoping to work on the opening story in the next few weeks, and I'm planning to work on one or two novellas from that for this year's NaNoWriMo (depending how long they turn out). I'm also still picking at #6 which was last year's NaNo, and will probably attempt to finish that one as well by the end of the year. That leaves me with #5 which has about 60k written but may not yet be halfway through, and hopefully that won't be too difficult to pull together with the rest already complete, but we'll see.

No idea what this means for the fanfiction, some of which I have completed or partial drafts of and may intermittently post or work on if the impulse takes me. Things have not really settled down yet, even though it's now been over a year. I'm kind of feeling it as this being the time to get the original stuff out there, else it might never happen. Book 1 especially has a technology-dependent plotline and actually the last decade has kind of aged into the premise of the story more with the advance of interconnected technology and WiFi, I think, rather than dated it since I first started writing. But I don't want to leave it too much longer and risk it looking out of date by the time it's published.

I'm really hoping I can finally be getting somewhere with this in the early half of next year. Fingers crossed.
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([personal profile] elf Aug. 20th, 2017 01:54 am)
I decided I loved Jewish Bucky Barnes in spitandvinegar's Ain't No Grave (Can Keep My Body Down) (requires AO3 account), in part because I love the sound of "John the Revelator" and that falls in the category of guilty pleasures. (Absolutely nobody in my life knows which gospel songs I still enjoy.) I love-love-LOVE the idea of an openly, firmly non-Christian character latching on to a particular gospel song.

Also, the fic is incredibly awesome and the slow-burn romance is sometimes hilarious and the OC's deserve a novel of their own.

I've been enjoying Jewish Bucky in other fics; it makes a delightful contrast to Steve's well-known Catholicism, and a secret they kept together during the war, possibly along with the secret of their orientation. (Secretly Gay!Steve and Secretly Gay!Bucky are also good headcanons, but it's not like those are remotely unique to this fandom.)

Ring the Bell Backwards was in the Stucky zine from k'start, and it's sweet and achy and hard to read more than once. (In a good way.) Canon-compliant through Civil War, and exactly the kind of plot we have fanfic for - the comics could never do this.

4F by stoatsandwich is a skinny!Steve AU that's a bit darker than my taste for the pairing runs, but when I first ran across it, I slammed through the whole series. Mind the tags; don't read if you don't like that kind of content, because this fic pulls no punches. Also locked to archive accounts.

What's in a Name is shorter, very introspective, and Bucky's Jewish background is part of what helps him rebuild his identity. Says it's the first of a series, but there's no other works, and it's been a couple of years, so it's likely abandoned. But it does nicely stand on its own.

three white horses was posted yesterday, so I'm getting in on the recs game before it shoots to the top of the kudos-sorted lists. Whoa yah, I will read that again. ... Eventually. (Mind the tags & warnings, if you care about that kind of thing.) This is the one that convinced me, "oh hey... this is like a Thing, isn't it? I could go find more fics with this tag?"

And there's more highly-kudosed fics that I haven't read, so I'm looking forward to exploring all those YAAAY.
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([personal profile] elf Aug. 19th, 2017 08:46 pm)
"There are two important things to remember about the coming revolutions. The first is that we will get our asses kicked. The second is that we will win."

I am not playing the "what doesn't kill us makes us stronger" game. It doesn't; it makes us injured and tired and afraid for our families. But I will say: We have endured worse; we fought back white supremacists when they had a lot more political and social pull. The must frustrating part of this whole struggle is the sense of, "weren't we DONE with this part already?"

No, we weren't. We squashed a lot of the overt oppression and racism and left it to fester, in part because we were just so damned tired, and in part with the hope that seeing a thriving nation would show how much healthier, happier, and more prosperous diverse cultures are.

Oops. We forgot that it's not really about having better lives for themselves or their children. It's all about having someone to lash out at, someone they could blame when times are hard and someone to crush when times are good.

I miss the music Leigh Ann would have made, but I am so glad to have the inspiration of the music she left: The Burning Times seems very appropriate this week.
I will not answer hate with fear;
Nor with a smug, cheek-turning love;
I will not answer hate with rage;
By strength alone will I not be moved—

Rise up, witches, gather your strength,
And let your power spread and climb;
Earth and all her children need us,
For all face now the Burning Times.
We have, sigh, been here before, and we have the tools we need to work against white supremacist poison, anti-gay poison, misogynistic poison, evangelical poison, and all the other toxins that seek to erode a vibrant, inclusive, kaleidoscopic, welcoming, joyfully celebratory society.

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([personal profile] yhlee Aug. 19th, 2017 07:51 pm)
A couple friends let me know that talking about composing for orchestra is, in fact, something that might be of some minor interest and also I am taking a break from working on Dragon Pearl while the Dragon borrows my laptop (which is my writing machine), so.

DISCLAIMER: I am not a professional composer! I did not go to conservatory. I am an interested amateur. My background is seven years of more or less classical piano, including a few years at the Houston Music Institute (relevant because they taught some theory and basic composition), a few years of viola, and years of screwing around on basically every instrument I could get my hands on, including three summers of classical guitar, mandolin, soprano recorder, pennywhistle, ocarina, and diatonic and chromatic harmonica. (Harmonicas actually get pretty complicated, more complicated than I personally can deal with--different tunings, cross-harp, slant-harp, etc. I only know the basics. [1]) This kind of jack-of-all-trades-ism is not great if you want to be a performer, where you really ought to become expert in your chosen instrument(s), but it's not awful if you want to compose.

[1] To anyone who doubts that the harmonica is a "real" classical instrument, I present to you Villa-Lobos' Concerto for Harmonica and Orchestra with soloist Robert Bonfiglio [Youtube], which is the recording I used to have before the stupid fucking flood. That's a chromatic harmonica, BTW; you can tell because of the use of the chromatic slide in some of the ornaments. More information. I will FIGHT anyone who tells me the harmonica is not a REAL INSTRUMENT.

Further caveat, I am only discussing Western music. I don't know enough about non-Western traditions to tell you anything useful about them. I compose more or less neoclassically because that's what pleases my ear and I feel no need to be innovative in a technical/theoretical sense. (Schoenberg's twelve-tone system is brilliant from a technical/theoretical sense but I cannot usually stand listening to it except in the limited context of certain kinds of film/TV scoring. I wouldn't listen to it for fun.)

And for yucks, I have perfect pitch, which in almost all contexts is either useless or an active hindrance (I am a suck liar and let's just say that I avoid a cappella performances and first-year string players like the plague--there's such a thing as good a cappella, but unless you are Carnegie Hall good I don't want to risk it), but has limited applications in the realm of music, ahahaha. For most applications relative pitch is hell and away more useful. (I actually get interference between relative and perfect pitch, which sucks.)

Anyway, let's talk a little about the fundamentals of music from the standpoint of composing.

I keep telling people that composing for orchestra is not hard. Composing for orchestra well is hard. Because it's true! It's a lot of things, true, but you can break it down into components. I'll talk a little more about this below.

Music is about patterns--creating tension with different dimensions of pattern, then resolving it. In terms of pitch, you only have twelve of them repeating across various octaves to work with! But because you can combine the pitches in different ways, you can come up with different melodies. Speaking in terms of standard music notation, that's the "horizontal" dimension. And pitch is combined with patterns of rhythm--units of time. cut for length and tl;dr )

Okay, I am out of brain and I'm not sure any of this even makes sense to anyone who is not me. :] I am happy to answer questions (or, if you compose music yourself, talk shop!).
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