Talking Meme #8

Aug. 23rd, 2017 12:40 pm
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For the Talking Meme, from [ profile] persiflage_1: Since you write a lot of Silver/Liz Shaw fic, which other Doctor Who character would you put into an adventure with them?

I'm not entirely sure I have written a lot of Silver/Liz fic, but to my great joy and pleasure I have somehow caused a lot of Silver/Liz fic to be written, which is the best outcome, really.

(Well, actually, I probably have written a lot of Silver/Liz ficlets - 1 make it 4 out of 11, with 4 authors making up the total - but I would like to point out that most of mine were prompted by Pers, so I'm not sure which of us is mostly to blame for that.* ;-p OTOH, I think all of the others were written for me, so...)

Anyway, Liz/Silver was an accidental pairing that came up in a meme where you sorted your icons and paired them off, with fairly entertaining and improbable results, and then next thing you knew [personal profile] john_amend_all had written a ficlet, and then so had I... and then people were giving me Silver/Liz in [community profile] fandom_stocking and the ship is a thing. \o/

I'm unsure how to answer this question, because this is me. I would put any DW character I felt capable of writing in a fic with Silver and Liz, so narrowing it down is hard!

Three or the Brig would be natural, given Liz's era and both would probably have a lot less patience for Silver than Liz does (in the fic; she is scientifically interested in him, he is a curious part of the universe that naturally she would like to explore), so that would be fun. (I feel Three, finding an Element, would be rather like a human discovering an unexpected rat or something. It'd be at least five episodes later before he could admit that one was okay and actually kind of interesting, he'd have to be locked up in a cell with Jo before he admitted that he found them unnerving, because different Time thingies.) The Brig could end up in a very bemused OT3 situation that he would never ever mention again. It did not happen. Liz humours him kindly. She has some sympathy for being bemused by Elements.

But then there is the whole wide universe of Doctor Who! I wouldn't put Adric in it (it would not be the sort of place Adric would be of any use, unless Silver and Liz needed some mathematical calculations doing, I suppose), and Dodo wouldn't be my first choice, and I can't claim to have watched The Dalek Masterplan enough to write much Katarina or Sara Kingdom, but otherwise the Whoniverse is pretty wide open.

Who do people think would be an interesting/good/hilarious addition to a Liz/Silver (or Liz & Silver fic)?

* Well, all right, me, probably. But Pers is definitely to blame for plenty of other things! ;-p (In the good way.)
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I'm in general pretty sceptical about the Honours system, but over recent days I've become a believer. The Honours system justifies itself by continuing not to give a knighthood to Geoffrey Boycott and by very properly giving them instead to the likes of Viv Richards, Curtly Ambrose, Wes Hall and Gary Sobers (and why the hell has Clive Lloyd not appeared on that list?), something that has recently prompted the mouthy Yorkshire rhubarb obsessive to observe that the honour was handed out "like confetti" to Windies players and that "Mine’s been turned down twice. I’d better black me face.”

Honestly, it's like a variation on Lewis's law*: Boycs' explanation for why he hasn't been knighted shows why he mustn't be knighted.

However, speaking of white knights, a whole bunch of Boycott supporters have crawled out of the woodwork on twitter, claiming that the only reason their hero hasn't had the respect he deserves is because of that pesky domestic violence conviction from 1998, and after all, that was in France so it barely counts and anyway, she was probably lying.

And since most of them are talking about "new evidence" I thought it was my public duty to do a little gentle fact checking, as a resource for others who may have to deal with these pests.

Read more... )

Anyway, as [personal profile] kalypso and I have known since the early 80s, the block to his knighthood lies not in his domestic violence conviction, his racism, his ban from Test cricket as a result of touring apartheid-era South Africa, his running out of Randall or his all-round painful personality. It lies in the deep dark reason everyone in the know knows, but no-one can talk about.

*"The comments below any article on feminism justify feminism".
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Posted by /u/KubrickIsMyCopilot

Gattaca has a special place in movie scifi history, because it strikes balances on multiple levels without being compromised, and is still very moving in ways that are hard to describe.

The plot could easily have been abused by more cynical filmmaking: A world where the quality of one's engineered genes determines your economic and social future, with genetically natural "in-valids" forming a despised underclass. But rather than being the cyberpunk cliche one might expect, the world of Gattaca is something very different.

It's beautiful, and soft, and civilized. The oppressors are not jackbooted thugs aping historical caste systems, but otherwise reasonable and thoughtful people who just won't hire you because of unspoken prejudice. Even if they don't believe the stereotypes about In-Valids - that you are unreliable and violent, because negative traits have (allegedly) been engineered out of the Valid - their insurance won't let them take the risk.

So Vincent - an In-Valid who has dreamt of being an astronaut since he was a child - takes increasingly risky and illegal steps to realize his ambitions with the help of an accidentally-disabled Valid looking to sell his identity.

The drama is intriguing and at times suspenseful, but the overall tone is an enriching kind of sadness. It's the rare widely-appealing film that has no actual villains, just people with varying perspectives, and is inspirational in a quietly humble way that's even rarer.

The original score is also one of the best ever made, and captures the philanthropic spirit of the film exactly.

Gattaca is a potent antidote to the tsunami of dishonest, lazy, apocalyptic junk-heap futures sold as sci-fi, and discovers deep emotions without exploiting or mocking them. It's far from realistic, but its honesty and humanity shine.


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Femslashex 2017 Letter.

Aug. 23rd, 2017 03:57 pm
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Kendall. Rude air page.

[otherwise known as - this is a placeholder and should be filled in by tonight!]

Tarot Event #21

Aug. 23rd, 2017 11:05 am
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Tarot Wednesday again!

Rules reminder:

  • for 24 hours (so until 11 am GMT on Thursday) everyone can ask questions in the comments that they'd like someone to do a reading for (no limit on questions per person)

  • everyone interested in doing readings picks questions to answer (prioritising questions that weren't answered yet)

  • you're invited to read no matter your experience level and whether you have a physical deck or an app
    you're invited to ask questions even if you can't read tarot and won't be reading for others

  • the other admins and I will go through the questions to make sure every question received at least one reading

  • try to provide a picture of the cards or a screenshot from the app in addition to your interpretation - and tell us the name of the deck!

Question guideliness:

  • it's generally good to avoid yes/no questions and third-party questions

  • no serious medical or financial advice that could be seen as replacing expert opinion

after the Big Buddha, a nunnery

Aug. 23rd, 2017 11:00 am
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It was largely deserted at the nunnery, because most of its residents were at the festival we'd just left. There was one nun just outside the gate pounding corn with a very large pestle. Inside the monastery complex water ran down the hillside, through wooden pipes, to a collection point.

water pipes

The prayer hall was small but charming, with pictures of the Dalai Lama.

As ever, everything was colourful and full of pleasing light and shadows.

nuns' colours


nuns and roses )

excitement on the beach

Aug. 23rd, 2017 10:45 am
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Beach #oftheday #airambulancenotpictured #tywyn

Due to the vagaries of teenagers, we didn't get a family outing on the steam train yesterday afternoon, but we did manage a family walk to the beach and back.

The weather was warm and quite sunny, though there were lots of clouds, so many other families were at the beach. But it's a big beach so there was plenty of room for everyone. I went for maximum Englishness and rolled up my trousers for a paddle. Afterwards we found signs warning of lesser weaver fish which bury themselves in the sand and sting unsuspecting bare feet with spines along their backs. Fortunately, no stinging happened in the making of this story.

What did happen was the arrival of an air ambulance. There were a couple of ambulances up on the esplanade, lights flashing, but no great fuss (at least not visible from the beach). Then a helicopter flew over the beach, and of course everyone stopped to stare. Not being from around these parts, it was not obvious to us that the livery was air ambulance, but the clues started when it slowly got lower and lower and looked distinctly like it was going to land not far from us on the sand. And it did. No fuss. Everyone standing watching, but everything seeming calm and like this happens all the time. Two paramedics got out and, once the helicopter had taken off again, walked up the beach and up the steps to the esplanade.

Of course I know that helicopters take off vertically, of course I've seen it on TV, but I've never stood so close and watched it happen in real life. It's like magic. As soon as it was a safe distance away a group of small boys rushed over to examine the tracks its feet (what are those things called?) had left in the sand. I was charmed by their mix of playfulness and curiosity.

abrinsky's photo:

Today on #tywyn beach: shore view

Wednesday is looking autumnal again

Aug. 23rd, 2017 10:00 am
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What I read

Finished The Private Patient, which was readable enough, I suppose, but felt not exactly as if PDJ was phoning it in, just proceeding along well-worn ruts. Found it hard to believe in the characters. Also, while PDJ does have a sense that there is Modern Life, and makes a nod to it in Miskin, she still feels in a bit of a time-warp (unlike Rendell/Vine)

Read Ginger Frost's Illegitimacy in English Law and Society, 1860-1930 (2016), which was a freebie for reading a book proposal and I have been trying to get to for months, because Frost's work is always good and going into areas very under-explored. This one looks at illegitimacy from the angle of the illegitimate children (rather than the fallen mother) and is densely researched. Also more than a little depressing - illegitimate children had a very high mortality rate, if they weren't the victims of infanticide by desperate mothers they were subject to neglect or the general problems of poverty. Also the cruelty of the laws took so very long to change. But Frost does get the ambivalances: courts and local officials being sympathetic to the plight of unwed mothers and thus giving merciful judgments in infanticide cases, giving mothers out-relief rather than obliging them to go into the workhouse, demonstrating a certain flexibility; while thinking actually changing the rules would lead to the downfall of morality.

Also finished one of two books I have for a joint review, which also deal with a rather depressing topic.

On the go

Tanith Lee, Nightshades: Thirteen Journeys into Shadow (1993, and collecting some much earlier material). Some of these have been in other collections of hers I've read recently. Very good, if creepy.

Also, have started second book for the joint review.

Up next

If it ever arrives, the new Barbara Hambly Benjamin January mystery.

online book rec

Aug. 23rd, 2017 01:54 am
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Wandered across and found some excellent novellas and short stories, if you like fantasy of varying sorts centering queer characters.

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Aug. 23rd, 2017 04:30 pm
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Achieved today
  • version 2 of CV finished and sent to person who requested it
  • sudden realisation as to what the next paragraph of my report has to say. Written it, stalled at n+1.
  • Piano tuner came, tuned piano. I had remembered to organise cash.
  • moving all the crap out of the music room, so the piano tuner had space to move. Sadly, now there is too much Stuff in my bedroom
  • ironing!
  • progress on block a day quilt, finishing Feb 12 & 13.

Not achieved today
  • data analysis. Must find data first.
  • driving lessons for either of middlest or eldest (although as I've just made an arrangement with middlest, that might still happen)
  • World Peace

Right Now, I'm going to get up off the couch, and work out what I need to cut for the next few blocks.
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2017/71: The Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O. --
Neal Stephenson and Nicole Galland

Photography breaks magic by embalming a specific moment—one version of reality—into a recorded image. Once that moment is so recorded, then all other possible versions of that moment are excluded from the world that contains that photograph.” [p. 35]

I was really looking forward to reading this: perhaps that's why this is such a negative review, reflecting the depth of my disappointment.
spoilers )

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Aug. 23rd, 2017 09:20 am
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Happy birthday, [personal profile] natlyn!

Cosplay Animal, Vol. 1

Aug. 23rd, 2017 08:02 am
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Posted by Sean Gaffney

By Watari Sakou. Released in Japan by Kodansha, serialized in the magazine Dessert. Released in North America digitally by Kodansha Comics. Translated by Rose Padgett.

Of of the more encyclopedia manga reference sites out there, Baka-Updates, has its listings of manga divided into tags, and I’ve frequently found myself looking at the work of a specific author or genre and wondering which tags were commonly used. In addition to the obvious ‘shonen’, ‘shoujo’, etc, there are things like ‘love triangle’, ‘strong female lead’, etc. And a lot of the shoujo titles tend to have the word ‘smut’ attached to them. These are the shoujo titles that run in order-skewing magazines like Sho-Comi or Dessert where the relationship expands to include sex fairly rapidly, and includes it often. A few years back you’d never have seen these sorts of titles over here, but now we have a certain number of them, mostly from Viz; Ai Ore, Butterflies Flowers, and the like. That said, while I have seen young women surrendering to passion, driven by their desires, and having a grand old time in these books, I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a heroine quite as horny as Rika in Cosplay Animal.

Rika is a college girl with a fetish for costumes, particularly school uniforms – and I mean fetish, we hear over and over again about how much it turns her on. One day she posts to a hookup site and starts talking with a high school boy who’s having relationship issues, and as they talk she texts a picture of her in her old school uniform. She decides to go see him, and finds that not only is he super hot, he also works as a waiter – another uniform! Of course, at first he thinks she’s a high school girl. Then, when he finds out the truth, he finds her fetish a bit lame. But eventually they work things out, and now Rika is dating a guy who will not only agree to have sex with her in a uniform, but can give her multiple orgasms. The end! Only, of course, not the end.

This volume has only Cosplay Animal’s first-chapter, which is clearly a one-shot, and its one-chapter sequel, also clearly meant to be a one-shot. Something about the series made the editors reward it with a longer run, and I’m pretty sure it’s Rika, who is simply straight up ridiculous. The series verges on being completely horrible but it isn’t quite, and what makes it compulsively readable is that Rika really is that over the top – if she were a more realistic, emotionally fragile young shoujo heroine this would be tasteless. As it is you can’t even get offended because of the silliness. That said, the manga cannot sustain this pace forever, and I can’t help but notice that it ran for 14 volumes. Something is going to have to give to fill up that space. I hope the character development is just as whacked out as the start was.

There are also three unrelated short stories at the end of this, which in fact take up more room in the volume than the main series. Cockblocked! is memorable mostly for the title, and features a girl trying to have sex with her older tutor but having difficulties due to a past family trauma. Servants of the Flesh deals with two young people in different schools, one male, one female, who have the same reaction to being called ignorant virgins a while back – to learn EVERYTHING IT IS POSSIBLE TO KNOW ABOUT SEX. Of course, they are still virgins. Sparks fly when they meet each other trying to help a friend at each of their respective schools, and end up being super hot once they both take their giant nerd glasses off. Again, it’s the sheer ludicrousness that makes the short work, though it gets buried in sex info because of the leads. The Touch of an Angel, the Kiss of a Devil is the most ‘normal’ story in the book, and therefore the dullest. I wonder if it was the author’s first, it seems so generic.

Cosplay Animal is a fun manga to read, but be warned: do not have any expectations of it being anything other than pervy shoujo froth. If that’s what you’re looking for, Rika is here for you.

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why does he look like the confused math lady meme im screaming

when ur buddy suddenly becomes best friends with the guy you’ve been actively hating for years


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