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August 31st, 2015: This comic is definitely not inspired by my efforts into updated universal constants to be more convenient for me! So let's all stop with this wild allegations of local cartoonists looking into updating universal constants to be more convenient for him, no matter HOW much early success he's had.

– Ryan

OTW Fannews: Staying Vigilant

Aug. 30th, 2015 07:04 pm
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Posted by Elise Thrasher

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Text backgound overlayed with a Batman Mask alongside the article title OTW Fannews: Staying Vigilant

  • The Japan News posted a story about how a Trans-Pacific Partnership crackdown could affect fanfiction publishing. "[T]he 12 nations engaged in the TPP negotiations are building a consensus that would allow for prosecution of copyright infringement without the need for a formal complaint, but instead based on reports from third parties or an independent judgement by an investigative authority." This contrasts with Japan's current system, "copyright infringement can only be investigated after a formal complaint from the creator of the original work or its rights holder."
  • Changes to their system would also allow for many false claims to result in takedowns. Kotaku reported on the widespread action against videos that had no connection to copyrighted content. "Last week, the anti-piracy firm Entura International, which frequently works with Pixels distributor Columbia Pictures, filed a big old DMCA complaint—as first reported by TorrentFreak—that goes after a bunch of videos not for pirating or violating copyright in any way, but for using the word “Pixels,” which it turns out was invented in 2015 by Adam Sandler."
  • The Daily Dot reported on an alarming development connected to Windows 10's End User License Agreement. "Microsoft won't hesitate to make sure the programs and games you have installed on your computer are legitimate, and if not, it has the right to disable them." The agreement includes preventing "unauthorized hardware peripheral devices" but who determines legitimate use could be a problem.

What areas do you think fans should remain vigilant about? Write about them in Fanlore! Contributions are welcome from all fans.

We want your suggestions! If you know of an essay, video, article, podcast, or link you think we should know about, comment on the most recent OTW Fannews post. Links are welcome in all languages! Submitting a link doesn't guarantee that it will be included in a Fannews post, and inclusion of a link doesn't mean that it is endorsed by the OTW.

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Code tour, 13th August-30th August

Aug. 30th, 2015 02:35 pm
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All live in last night's code push! A lot of these relate to developers only, and the rest are fairly low-profile so you might not notice them, but nonetheless this is what's been being worked on. :-)

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7 total issues resolved
Contributors: [github.com profile] kaberett, [github.com profile] kareila, [github.com profile] zorkian

Code push done!

Aug. 29th, 2015 10:00 pm
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We're updating the site momentarily! Once the dust settles, please let us know if anything isn't working as expected. I'll edit the entry here if we confirm any issues.

Update, 22:30: We've been done for about 30 minutes and haven't seen any issues, so please go ahead and let us know if you notice any problems!

I exist, thank you very much

Aug. 29th, 2015 11:21 pm
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Dear universe,

Yes, it is indeed possible in a heterosexual relationship for women to propose marriage to men*. The world does not explode, ships do not sink, pigs do not suddenly start flying. It is entirely possible for this to end in a "yes" from the man and a marriage.

I know this from experience.

(*and for no proposal from one person to take place and other configurations)

Code push!

Aug. 29th, 2015 01:12 pm
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[staff profile] mark and I are planning to do a code push tonight! We will start working around 7pm Pacific time but since it's my first time, the actual push to the site probably won't happen until closer to 8pm Pacific time.

Here's a partial list of changes that will go live with this push:

  • Rename swaps will accept rename tokens purchased on either account.

  • OpenID community maintainers will be able to edit tags on community entries.

  • Adorable new mood theme called "angelikitten's Big Eyes".

  • Username tag support for lj.rossia.org.

  • Embedded content support for screen.yahoo.com and zippcast.com.

  • Additional space on the user profile page to list your Github username.


And as usual, many tweaks, small bugfixes, and the occasional page source rewrite.

We'll update again to let you know when the code push is in progress!

Help Bring Fair Use to South Africa

Aug. 28th, 2015 04:27 pm
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South Africa is considering adopting a fair use provision in its copyright law, and supporters want to ensure that the law actually protects fair use.

The South African government is accepting comments regarding the proposed provision until Sept. 16 (the deadline has been extended). OTW Legal will file a supporting comment, and stories from South African fans about how making and/or consuming fanworks have benefited them would be particularly useful.

Legal has asked fans to share their positive experiences with fanworks, and your stories were amazing. Now, we want to hear from South African fans. How have fanworks enriched your life? Send your response to our Legal Committee or rlt26 [at] law.georgetown.edu.

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by Kendra James

HBO’s Ballers is one of the most confusing yet simplistic shows to debut this summer. It doesn’t require more than 30 minutes of your attention a week, and if asked what it’s about you need only three words to explain: Entourage with football.

Starring Dwayne Johnson, John David Washington, Dule Hill, Omar Benson Miller, and Rob Corddry, the show was billed as a comedy about the lives of current and retired football players in Miami that would entertain while also highlighting some of the issues the NFL has faced (or tried to quietly sweep under the rug) over the past decade.

In reality, calling it a comedy would be an overstatement. It is better described as a show with an occasional guffaw. The pilot was directed by Peter Berg, who also directed the film and eventual pilot for Friday Night Lights before sticking around to executive produce that show’s entire run. That pedigree, and the fact that Ballers debuted before Berg shared a transphobic meme about Caitlin Jenner, had me inclined to at least give the pilot a chance.

The confusion in watching Ballers comes when you realise that you are still watching Ballers. By the time you’ve reached the finale you’re done trying to explain why you’re watching Ballers: an uneven show being kept afloat by nothing (really, nothing) more than the charm of the cast and the frustration of knowing that underneath the luxury porn and sex jokes there could be something there.

Wyatt Cenac on Twitter- -There's maybe only one response to being in a Miami hotel when room service finds you watching 'Ballers.' Holler out -YOLO- and over tip.-.clipular

 

Johnson is the ostensible lead as Spencer Strasmore, a former football player who’s moved into sports wealth management in his retirement. The two players he manages, Vernon Littlefield (Donovan Carter) and Ricky Jarrett (Washington) represent two distinct, if broadly drawn, tropes of NFL player. Vernon is new to money, and so is his entire family who he spends it on indiscriminately. His friend Reggie (London Brown) from the old neighborhood is his ‘financial manager’, and yes, that goes as badly as you think it will. Ricky is another young player, but his problems are self-imposed: He has a temper, a preoccupation with sleeping with every woman he comes across, and a chip on his shoulder the size and shape of his absentee father.

Johnson’s character is not a challenge to play, and the setting of Miami is a familiar one. He played football for the University of Miami and his former wife ran a Miami based wealth management company. Spencer requires very little dramatic stretch. He’s the straight man, trying to maintain his cool while navigating through a sea of idiocy– and his own issues.. When we meet Spencer in the pilot he’s downing a handful of pills for the headaches that plague him in his retirement. Ballers is subtle about very little, and it doesn’t take a huge jump to figure out that he is representative of the many NFL players who suffered possible severe head trauma during his playing days. A large portion of the season is taken up with Spencer’s reluctance to get an MRI to find out the extent of his potential brain damage. When Spencer finally does go in for the MRI he is given a clean bill of health. His headaches are psychosomatic and his time in the NFL will have zero consequences.

Zero consequences” quickly becomes a recurring theme on Ballers. The finale sees the Dallas Cowboys come back with the offer Reggie and Vernon wanted. Vernon signs the contract, Reggie makes good with Spencer, and the entire family sits down to a steak dinner and a $21 million advance check.

Reggie, Vernon, and the chains they can't actually afford yet.

Reggie, Vernon, and the chains they can’t actually afford yet.

Between Spencer’s player clients, I’d assumed that Vernon’s storyline would be more interesting. Watching a young man deal with his perceived obligations to his family and maintain ties to his community while struggling a new career and new money in the NFL seemed more promising than “haha, Ricky accidentally sleeps with his new Miami Dolphins teammate’s mother.” With Sports Illustrated estimating that 76% of NFL players are under financial stress in retirement despite being paid millions of dollars in just a single season alone, writers should have had plenty to work with. It starts off promisingly, as we meet Vernon’s huge family who has followed him (and his wealth) to Miami expecting to be taken care of with houses, cars, and lobster dinners.

When you have characters like this, you want them to learn something. You want growth. You want consequences. Reggie starts off as a character who’s fun to hate as he unintentionally sabotages Vernon’s career, and spends the season urging Vernon to continue to reject $40 million offers from the Cowboys in the naive hopes of receiving something higher. As Vernon continues to listen to Reggie instead of Spencer and his agent, I assumed the contract would fall through and it would be a lesson learned. I thought Reggie would get the boot, and they’d take the plot into the next season and start rebuilding Vernon’s career.

On the other hand, when we meet Ricky, he’s been caught having sex in a strip club, which gets him released from his contract. He manages, after screwing up a few times in the process, to secure a spot on the Dolphins. Once on the team, he begins cheating on his long term girlfriend with the mother of one of his teammates which, predictably, causes some locker room friction. Ricky’s entire arc revolves around him making childish decisions and getting Spencer to help him clean them up. We learn that Ricky blames much of his pathos on his absentee father, also an NFL star.

Ricky reveals secrets about his father during a one-on-one interview.

Ricky reveals secrets about his father during a one-on-one interview.

But even this fails to pay off. Ricky’s father, played by Robert Wisdom, shows up in the final episode and claims he was an absentee parent on purpose in order to give his son the drive he needed to be good at football. This bit of questionable reasoning is enough for Ricky to finally remove the specter of his father from his life and show up at training camp ready to take the season seriously. He’s still a diva, as demonstrated in his strange, possibly offensive costumed camel-top arrival to camp, but faces no consequences or problems going into the new football (or show) season.

Miami Entourage debuts after the NFL’s most tumultuous public relations year in recent memory. Jovan Belcher murdered his girlfriend before killing himself in 2012. In 2014, after his mother filed an unlawful death suit against his former team the Chiefs, a medical examiner determined that Belcher had brain damage likely incurred from taking too many hits on the field. His diagnosis, the degenerative disease CTE, affected the centers of the brain that controlled emotion and could have contributed to his actions. One only need mention the names Ray Rice and Adrian Peterson to conjure up an image that doesn’t reflect well on America’s pastime. Peterson’s charges of child abuse and Rice’s recorded physical abuse of his wife resulted in suspensions of 1 and 2 games respectively (Rice’s indefinite suspension was overturned in federal court). While already embroiled in ‘Deflate-Gate’ Tom Brady destroyed evidence, and still only received a 4 game suspension.

All of this considered, Ballers’ commitment to making sure each one of it’s characters gets away with poor behaviour and bad choices is either the result of one of the laziest writer’s room currently working on television, or one of the most brilliant. Poorly written or not, the show can be a disturbing mirror of the NFL’s reality. This is a stark contrast to ESPN’s short lived Playmakers (2003), an hour long more inclined to taking on deeper issues and the players who suffered because of them. 

I hesitate to give too much credit to a show where ‘two grown men get caught throwing a rager on their bosses’ yacht’ is a critical plot point. But Ballers is also the first show that takes place in a reality concurrent to our own where I’ve seen the words ‘Black Lives Matter’ on screen– a quick shot, but clearly purposefully staged. In that way, the show also mirrors our reality where athletes have taken some of the most public stances in support of the BLM movement. Like the athletes who walked out to practices in ‘I Can’t Breathe’ tees in visual solidarity, Ballers only lets the camera linger on the words in the scene before panning away. In some ways I do believe that Ballers, a show with a cast made up by a majority of Men of Color, has a point of view that aligns with the reality those actors live in. On the other hand the things they (like the NFL, to some extent) have chosen to ignore, like the complete absence of domestic violence, are just as conspicuous.

HBO GO. It's HBO. Anywhere..clipular (1)

As much as I enjoyed the season’s lite-fare, I spent a lot of time frustrated with all that it didn’t do. Vulture suggested that the lack of consequences and the neatly wrapped up finale was the writers thinking they’d only have the talented cast for a single season. After all Dwayne Johnson is a Hollywood leading man, and someone like John David Washington (Denzel’s son, by the way) should have his pick of roles after showing that he can shine even through mediocrity. This fear proved unwarranted, however, when Ballers was picked up for a second season before the first had finished airing. It was recently declared HBO’s most watched comedy this decade, which is significant for a show where there were only two white characters who recurred in all 10 episodes.

Next summer on Ballers I’d like to see the show’s Bro Gaze shift– there are barely any women on this show, and aside from a glorious ten seconds of The Rock’s backside, female nudity was plentiful. I’d like to have someone address the entitlement displayed by players like Tom Brady, or maybe they could talk about the bullying that went on in the real life Miami Dolphins. I was surprised that they didn’t get around to addressing the fines Black players can get for saying “nigger” on the field, if only because in the right hands that could be comedic gold. I’d love to see someone address domestic violence, even if it is tied into the already existing threads about brain trauma.

I was confused about why I was enjoying Ballers, but the fact remains that I enjoyed it and I want it to better. There’s a lot left for this show to cover. Season 1 was the mirror. Season 2 has the chance to be a moment of reflection.


 

[Ballers is currently airing in reruns on HBO, and is available for streaming on HBOGo. It’s a great quick, rainy Sunday binge watch. Be prepared for nudity, coarse language, and repeatedly having to yell back up the stairs to the older Black women in your life that, no, you are not watching a Denzel Washington movie, his son just sounds exactly like him, so please don’t come downstairs because the last thing you want to do is watch Ballers with your mother.]

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Aug. 27th, 2015 09:20 pm
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By Guest Contributor Marquis Bey

A friend of mine asked, two days before the theatre premier of Straight Outta Compton, what impact I thought the N.W.A. biopic would have on the Black Lives Matter movement. My answer, since I had not seen or read much about the film, was insufficient and characterized by stock hip-hop feminist answers: white viewers and critics of the Movement may very well use the film to say, “See! They’re advocating violence, glorifying it even!”; hopefully it’ll give historically contextual backing to the legacy of violence visited upon Black bodies to which Black Lives Matter is speaking directly; and, of course, as with all things venerating hip-hop, I worry about the gendered violence and erasure of (Black) women.

This last point — the violence and erasure of Black women in particular — is what the conversation in the car ride with a few other Ph.D. students at my graduate school revolved around. And rightly so.

If we are to allow the film to speak to the plight of Black bodies in contemporary America and use it to do the work of Black liberation, then we must honor the aims of the Black Lives Matter Movement—and the three queer Black women who founded the movement—by critiquing the normalization of violence against Black women.

As Kimberly Foster explains, “One must be invested in dismantling a culture that normalizes violence against Black women before we talk about reconciliation. We’ve yet to see that from these men, and unless they’re going to do this work, linking the group to #BlackLivesMatter is an affront to the movement’s intersectional foundations. The current fight for Black liberation is for all of us—not just men.”

Among other key issues and erasures, one might think of the glossing-over of Ice Cube’s (O’Shea Jackson) coming from — as depicted in sociologist Patricia Hill Collins’ book Black Sexual Politics — a wealthy white neighborhood, in a gated home, raised in a two-parent family in a middle-class residential area of south central Los Angeles, never going to prison, and graduating from the wealthiest high school in Los Angeles. But that’s not “’hood” enough for “Niggaz” with attitude. The treatment of Black women in the film, hip-hop in general, and by the artists of N.W.A. deserves much attention.

For sure, many might see a critique of N.W.A.’s misogyny as a slight against the film’s quality, the artists’ talent, or the overall value of hip-hop, the assumption of which being that the film and N.W.A. are saintly racial heroes speaking for the oppressed Black youth and any critique of them an unjust critique of their entire enterprise. To be clear, then, my critique as a radical Black cisgender male feminist is a critique not of the quality of the film or artists’ lyrical talent (which is actually rather dexterous) but rather a critique of their perpetuation of violent narratives that endanger the lives and subjectivities of Black women, and the truncation of Black women’s humanity.

It is certainly easy to condemn wholesale the sexist lyrics of N.W.A. as they are riddled with “b*tches,” “hoes,” and said “b*tches” and “hoes” being assaulted sexually and physically. In their song “She Swallowed It,” the group rhymes, “And if you got a gang of niggas, the bitch would let you rape her / She likes suckin’ on d*cks, and lickin’ up nuts.” Throughout the song women are “punch[ed] in the eye” and told “You little ho’ hurry up and suck my d*ck!” demonstrating that women in the group’s lyrics are used as means to bolster the “authentic” (Black) masculinity of the artists via being a “down ass chick,” i.e. a woman who submits to the primarily sexual whims of these “real niggas.” And this, to be sure, is no new critique.

But what is often more insidious is how any woman is readily read as a “b*tch” on the basis of how quickly she succumbs to the wishes of the rapper. In a word, women in the minds and lyrics of N.W.A., with celerity, can go from “lady” to “b*tch” in one lyric flat if the artist is dissatisfied with her.

This distinction between good and bad women was captured succinctly as far back as 1996 by historian Robin D.G. Kelly in his essay “Kickin’ Reality, Kickin’ Ballistics: Gangsta Rap and Postindustrial Los Angeles”: “Distinguishing ‘bad’ women from ‘good’ women ultimately serves to justify violence against women by devaluing them.”

In this scenario, the “good” woman becomes bad the second the rapper wants to commit or justify violence against her, or she falls outside of his desired use. Ice Cube committed this exact bifurcation in an interview promoting the film, saying, “If you’re not a ho or a b*tch, don’t be jumping to the defense of these despicable females. Just like I shouldn’t be jumping to the defense of no punks or no cowards or no slimy son of a b*tches that’s men. I never understood why an upstanding lady would even think we’re talking about her.”

The distinction Ice Cube makes is a false one, used simply when any woman deigns to assert her humanity and lack of male ass-kissing (or, more accurately in this context, oral sex). To make a parallel that he may understand: you weren’t a “boy” or a “nigga” or a “banger” when those cops had you and your crew spread eagle on the ground about to arrest your ass, were you? Let me respond, with your own logic: “I never understood why an innocent, truth-telling young Black man like yourself would even think those words apply to you.”

Bottom line: Under this worldview, the valid humanity and due respect and integrity afforded to female bodies undergoes extreme doubt as soon as she falls away from male validation. Men, in a nutshell, are the arbiters of women’s social worth, and any action committed by a man against a female body is deemed just. Just devalue her, call her a b*tch, and it’s all good, have your way with her. After all, according to N.W.A. logic, why should anyone be jumping to the defense of slimy b*tches and despicable females? By virtue of a woman’s “b*tchness,” all assaults against her body are okay.

Now, surely not all the members of N.W.A. have been as crass as Cube. Dr. Dre, who assaulted TV host Dee Barnes in 1991, said that he has “made some f*cking horrible mistakes in [his] life,” and that “Those are some of the things that I would like to take back. It was really f*cked up. But I paid for those mistakes, and there’s no way in hell that I will ever make another mistake like that again.”

But still, Dre doesn’t reference the specific sexual assault, generalizing and glossing over it as “some f*cking horrible mistakes.” Dre, angry with Dee Barnes’ Pump It Up! segment in which Ice Cube is depicted dissing N.W.A., trapped her in a bathroom and slammed her head against a wall multiple times (for which, by her account, she still suffers migraines to this day) because, according to him, Barnes, not Ice Cube or the show’s producers, made N.W.A. “look like fools.”

Dre’s attempted contrition can be read as sincere or disingenuous politician-like apology, but it remains that he is still venerated as a hip-hop saint, which then invalidates the bodily integrity of Dee Barnes — and, by extension, all women — and sloughs off her assault as un-noteworthy, minor.

The film’s director, F. Gary Gray, who was actually the cameraman for the Pump It Up! segment that enraged Dre, highlights the unworthy depiction of the pervasive domestic violence committed by N.W.A. members as “side stories”: “The original editor’s cut was three hours and 30 minutes long, so we couldn’t get everything in the movie. We had to make sure we served the narrative; the narrative was about N.W.A. It wasn’t about side stories.” Uh huh, sure, and the scene where we see Ice Cube telling off an unidentified journalist (“Eat a d*ck, Brian”), the part where Ice Cube is laughing at his own script to Friday, or the scene in which some random ass buff Black dude ominously says to Jerry Heller “Nice house” are super integral to knowing the vagaries of N.W.A.’s career, right? F.O.H.

So for those who wish to use the film as a piece of the Black Lives Matter movement’s Black liberation discourse, this, I think, shows how much more inclusive and honest the proclamation that “Black Lives Matter” must be.

So to my friend’s question: what might the impact of Straight Outta Compton have on the Black Lives Matter Movement? My answer now is two-fold: I think the film does a phenomenal job of giving historical links to contemporary police brutality by depicting the numerous times N.W.A.’s members were racially profiled by police and the Rodney King beating, followed by the L.A. riots. An early scene in the film in which Ice Cube is innocently walking home and is subsequently slammed onto the hood of a police car by an officer and called a nigger is an external manifestation of contemporary sentiments between the US’ militarized police force and Black bodies. We can use this to speak to the contemporary moment and show that Black bodies have been criminalized long before Trayvon Martin. This discourse, given theatrical clout by a blockbuster film, needs to be out there, for real.

However, not to my surprise, the movie continues to denigrate the bodies of Black women. Whether it be in hotel room scenes where the group has throwaway sex with “groupies” the names of which none of them know; reducing women’s worth to their genitals and how much they let members f*ck; or rhyming about f*cking other men’s girlfriends as a means by which they become Über-men, the film fails to critique the pervasive sexism and truncation of female subjectivity.

N.W.A.’s manager, Jerry Heller, initially thinks the acronym stands for “No Whites Allowed.” Funny, and perhaps not entirely incorrect, but perhaps a more telling misnomer would be “No Women Allowed” … except when their only purpose is to please the members (pun intended). Black lives must matter if they are all to be liberated. That includes Black women’s lives. If Black life is continually coded as Black male life, then those who proclaim it are doing a disservice to the Black queer women who started the movement, and to the humanity for which Black liberation movements have been fighting for centuries.

Ayo Dre, I got something to say too: f*ck tha misogyny.

Marquis Bey is an English Ph.D. student at Cornell University. His work focuses primarily on African American Literature, Black Feminist Thought, and Transgender Studies. He hails from Philadelphia, PA, and his work can be found at https://cornell.academia.edu/MBey.

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August 26th, 2015: An earlier draft featured these lines:

T-REX: Wow. WOW. That's the worst relationship advice I've ever heard, and I once took relationship advice from Burger King!
UTAHRAPTOR: What was the advice?
T-REX: He told me to "have it your way".

Anyway at that point I entirely rewrote the comic for reasons that I hope are clear??

– Ryan

Current media consumption

Aug. 26th, 2015 07:52 am
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Because after two week of vacation I basically directly stumbled into two weeks of sick leave for my shiny new gastritis :-\, I had a lot of time to consume a lot of media. Here's a few quick thoughts.

Dexter seasons 1 to 5 )

24 season 1 )

Downton Abbey seasons 1 and 2 )

Mass Effect series )

Dragon Age Origins )

I am currently searching for other games on the PS3. Anyone got recommendations for me? I like RPG and action. I have had a lot of fun with the Assassin's Creed series and Mass Effect.

Question thread #34

Aug. 26th, 2015 04:00 am
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It's time for another question thread!

The rules:

- You may ask any dev-related question you have in a comment. (It doesn't even need to be about Dreamwidth, although if it involves a language/library/framework/database Dreamwidth doesn't use, you will probably get answers pointing that out and suggesting a better place to ask.)
- You may also answer any question, using the guidelines given in To Answer, Or Not To Answer and in this comment thread.

LibraryCat

Aug. 24th, 2015 09:28 pm
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So, I'll be trying to post a few more happy entries. First: cat pics! This
is Marie in the living room bookcase - in the second picture you can see
why she's in there :-)

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More whining, feel free to skip

Aug. 24th, 2015 08:09 am
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I had to cancel attending my uncle's 60th birthday party on Saturday. I had been really been looking forward to that.

Slept less than 5 hours tonight and the stomach pain is still there, now joined by some kind of nausea - not in the sense that I think I'll throw up, but a kind of food aversion? I barely managed to drink a glass of water and eat one Zwieback (how is there no English work for that??).

I guess I won another trip to the doctor's and call to my employer. 2015 is the suckiest year ever so far.

Edit: off work for the rest of the week, ultrasound looked reasonably normal, and hopefully the medication will start letting my stomach heal soon. Made an appointment for an endoscopy - in mid-November. Awesome.

zzz

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oh wow. Every time I think to myself "tonight I won't be exhausted", I do something like miss my bus stop and end up with a longer walk home than expected, and still end up exhausted.

(It was nice though, detoured and got some useful stuff along the way)

Been in new job a month. I've been sort-of-deliberately sort-of-not been careful about how I dress: mostly tshirts, jeans, minimal makeup. But I think by now I've proven I can *rock* it. So on the way home today I bought some happy-colored nailpolish. It's time to femme it up!

(It's not that coworkers would have judged me; but I want to avoid adding to any potential unconscious bias, especially if I was going to fail at any point. You all know what I mean.)

OTW Fannews: Keepers of the Flame

Aug. 21st, 2015 04:02 pm
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  • At Nerd Reactor Genevieve LeBlanc wrote about the joy of fandom. "It was Simon Pegg that said that being a geek was 'a license to proudly emote on a somewhat childish level rather than behave like a supposed adult. Being a geek is extremely liberating.' For me, it means I have the ability to take joy from small moments like these. The happiness is disproportional to the actual significance of the event; I got immense entertainment with friends about two Coke bottles sharing names with fictional characters. It’s absolutely meaningless, but being a nerd means that it gets to make me happy. And who can deny the benefit of a little extra happiness in our lives?"
  • At ESPN CricInfo Ahmer Naqvi took a thoughtful look at what fan activities consist of. "The realisation coincided with a time in my life when I was experiencing and learning to enjoy so much more that the world had to offer...suddenly everything in cricket (other than perhaps an India-Pakistan game) was expendable in a way it hadn't been before. And it is then that a part of me could finally accept, and be even confident of the fact, that not adhering to the rituals I had made up in my head didn't mean that I didn't love the game. Because eventually it wasn't about what I needed to prove to others but about what it gave to me."
  • At Noisey, Luke Winkie took a look back at the relevance of Wizard Rock. "There are still some wizard rock bands propping up the scene—hiding out in ancient Myspaces or hidden Bandcamps. But none are quite as active or in-demand like Harry and the Potters...It didn’t matter who you were, you could always relate to someone about Hogwarts. It’s hard to find stuff like that in adulthood. The fandom has dissipated in popular culture, so you’re forced to keep it alive in your head. It makes Harry and the Potters a nostalgia act, to a certain extent—expected from a band that’s only put out two new songs in the last five years. 'People come to our shows to reconnect to that ‘midnight release party’ vibe,' says Paul DeGeorge. 'It conjures a lot of those feelings that haven’t been exercised in years.'”
  • The Orlando Weekly took note of a planned fanfiction reading. "Love it or hate it, fan fiction has become one of the most popular literary forms of the 21st century. Hordes of scribblers of wildly varying talent regularly post hundreds of thousands of unauthorized expansions of various fandoms to sites like AO3 or FanFiction.net. Some fanfic writers even get published after doing a search-and-replace of proper nouns and we all suffer for it (*cough*Fifty Shades*cough*). So of course local literary kingpins Jesse Bradley of There Will Be Words and John King of 'The Drunken Odyssey' have teamed up to, uh, celebrate the genre."

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