monday list

Jul. 24th, 2017 11:28 am
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Things to do today:
  • make granola
  • take a shower
  • read Star Trek fic
Things I already did:
  • made appointment for eyeballs!
  • ate breakfast!
Things I probably won't do:
  • figure out how to finish this fic
  • work with me here Rodney
  • you've had three years
  • stop mooning around on the sidewalk
  • and end this
  • or I swear to god I'll set fire to everything you love
  • I'll do it
  • fire is much easier to write than a happy ending
  • ask anyone
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Posted by Beth Elderkin

It was the final day of San Diego Comic-Con, and the cosplayers went out in style. Day 4's round-up includes the uncanny Gru above, some giant Lego superheroes, a stunning Princess Mononoke, Optimus Prime in his formal wear, and much more (including, uh, Darth Trump was there, too). Check out io9's final San Diego…

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Posted by Charline Jao

It’s almost August, and while summer is coming to an end we’ll always have Netflix. This month’s additions only have a few Netflix original highlights, but the familiar titles coming are sure to result in lots of movie nights and marathons.

While we’re still bummed about Sense8 leaving, it might be some comfort to see the Wachowski’s Matrix trilogy and Cloud Atlas added to streaming service. Summery selections include Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, and the first season of The Defenders which has been all over our social media the last few months. The controversial Death Note adaptation is also arriving, but I’ll be fast-forwarding straight to autumn with the arrival of The Addams Family and Practical Magic. 

Brace yourselves, some of these losses are going to hurt. We’re losing teen masterpieces and comfort movies, 10 Things I Hate About You and The Lizzie McGuire Movie, so hurry give those a goodbye watch while you still can. Holes and A Cinderella Story might help ease the pain and fill that wholesome teen movie gap in your heart, though! Don’t try to tell me you don’t remember how to hum the Holes theme song that played on Disney channel every hour.

In TV, we’re losing season of Justice League and Justice League Unlimited, Hunter X Hunter, and Young Justice. In its place, it might be a good opportunity to see what the fuss about The Good Place is all about or check out the recent Michael Keaton/McDonalds film The Founder!

Here’s your full list of additions and losses:

Available August 1
A Cinderella Story
Bad Santa
Cloud Atlas
Crematorium: Season 1
Everyone’s Hero
Funny Games (US)
Innerspace
Jackie Brown
Lord Of War
Maz Jobrani: Immigrant
Nola Circus
Opening Night
Practical Magic
Sleepy Hollow
Small Soldiers
Surviving Escobar – Alias JJ: Season 1
The Addams Family
The Astronaut’s Wife
The Bomb
The Hollywood Masters: Season 1
The Last Mimzy
The Matrix
The Matrix Reloaded
The Matrix Revolutions
The Number 23
The Royal House of Windsor: Season 1
The Truth About Alcohol
The Wedding Party
Tie The Knot
Who Gets the Dog?
Wild Wild West

Available August 2
Jab We Met
The Founder

Available August 3
Sing
The Invisible Guardian

Available August 4
Icarus
Voltron: Legendary Defender: Season 3
Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later: Season 1

Available August 5
Holes

Available August 8
My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Season 7 Episodes 1-13

Available August 9
Black Site Delta

Available August 10
Diary of an Exorcist – Zero

Available August 11
Atypical: Season 1
Home: Adventures With Tip & Oh: Season 3
Naked
True And The Rainbow Kingdom: Season 1
White Gold

Available August 13
Arthur And The Invisibles
Hot Property
Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes Of Apollo

Available August 14
The Outcasts
Urban Hymn

Available August 15
Barbeque
Brad Paisley’s Comedy Rodeo
21
A New Economy
All These Sleepless Nights
Donald Cried
Murderous Affair: Season 1
My Ex-Ex
The Sweet Life

Available August 16
Gold

Available August 18
Dinotrux: Season 5
Glitter Force Doki Doki: Season 1
I Am Sam
Marvel’s The Defenders: Season 1
What Happened To Monday

Available August 19
Hide And Seek

Available August 20
Camera Store

Available August 21
AWOL
Bad Rap
Beautiful Creatures
Gomorrah: Season 2
Unacknowledged

Available August 22
Lynne Koplitz: Hormonal Beast
Sadie’s Last Days On Earth

Available August 23
Feel Rich

Available August 25
Disjointed: Part 1
Death Note
DreamWorks Dragons: Race to the Edge: Season 5
Once Upon A Time: Season 6

Available August 29
Bring It On: Worldwide #Cheersmack
Ryan Hamilton: Happy Face
The Good Place: Season 1

Available August 31
Be Afraid

Leaving August 1
10 Things I Hate About You
Justice League Unlimited: Season 1
Justice League Unlimited: Season 2
Justice League: Season 1
Justice League: Season 2
Babe
Babe Winkelman’s Outdoor Secrets: 2014: Quarter 4
Babe: Pig in The City
Beneath The Helmet
Black Widow
Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry
Electric Slide
Elizabethtown
From The Terrace
From Time To Time
Goodbye World
Horsemen
Hunter X Hunter : Season 1
Hunter X Hunter : Season 2
Hunter X Hunter : Season 3
Hunter X Hunter : Season 4
Hunter X Hunter : Season 5
Josef Fritzl: Story Of A Monster
Malibu’s Most Wanted
Prefontaine
Russell Brand: End the Drugs War
Russell Brand: From Addiction to Recovery
Teacher’s Pet
The Delivery Man: Season 1
The Diabolical
The Heavy Water War: Season 1
The Hunt: Season 1
The Little Engine That Could
The Lizzie McGuire Movie
The Verdict
Young Justice: Season 1
Young Justice: Season 2
Young@Heart
Zack And Miri Make A Porno

Leaving August 4
Superbad

Leaving August 5
Pelican Dreams
Personal Gold: An Underdog Story

Leaving August 6
Human Capital
The Spoils Of Babylon: Season 1

Leaving August 9
The Five Venoms

Leaving August 10
Dope

Leaving August 11
Four Blood Moons
Jesus People: The Movie
Patch Town
Two Days, One Night

Leaving August 14
Drones
Food Matters

Leaving August 15
American Dad!: Season 1
American Dad!: Season 2
American Dad!: Season 3
American Dad!: Season 4
To Kill a Mockingbird
Changing Seas: Season 3
Changing Seas: Season 4
Changing Seas: Season 5
Changing Seas: Season 6
Close Quarter Battle: Season 1
The New Frontier: Season 1
Top 10 Secrets And Mysteries: Season 1

Leaving August 23
The Summer Of Sangaile

Leaving August 24
Gun Woman

Leaving August 25
October Gale
Paratodos
The Kidnapping Of Michel Houellebecq

Leaving August 28
Revenge: Season 1
Revenge: Season 2
Revenge: Season 3
Revenge: Season 4

Leaving August 30
The League: Season 1
The League: Season 2
The League: Season 3
The League: Season 4
The League: Season 5
The League: Season 6
The League: Season 7

Leaving August 31
Space Warriors

What are you looking forward to watching? What should we see before it’s gone? Let us know in the comments!

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so much kale!

Jul. 24th, 2017 01:14 pm
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I signed up for a local farm CSA at the end of June, which I’ve always wanted to do. My sister said, “Oh, you must be one of those people who enjoys figuring out what to cook based on what you have,” but I don’t think I am: I like cooking based on what recipes look intriguing. But I’m so enjoying getting my box every week! It’s akin to the feeling I had as a kid when I dumped out my trick-or-treat haul on Halloween night.

I like most vegetables: more now than I did as a kid, but even then I would eat most of them. So far there’s been a lot of zucchini, which I love and already use in several favorite recipes. I’m not sure what to do with all the green peppers, but I can always slice them for the freezer and use them in omelets or fajitas. I really should turn all the kale (SO MUCH KALE) into kale chips, which my husband and I discovered we enjoy after he grew kale in our backyard. (Why did he decide to grow kale when neither of us really liked it? Why does anyone do anything?) I’ve also received green onions, cherry tomatoes, green beans, sweet corn, turnips, popcorn, fresh dill, sugar snap peas, small red and new potatoes, and a single rutabaga! Not sure what to do with the rutabaga, but something will come to me.

Our backyard raspberry bushes are not doing very well this year. Last summer we got bags and bags of fruit; I still have some in the freezer. I think it might be the extra-hot and dry summer we’ve been having, but my husband’s the gardener, not I, so who knows? Maybe it’s just that the raspberries miss him as much as I do.

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I cried my way through Gifted on Saturday, and I can only hope CEvans decides to do a sideline in loving dad roles going forward because it's a good look for him. Needed more Octavia Spencer, though.

And yesterday, I watched Orphan Black: Gag and Throttle
spoilers )

In SDCC news:

+ the Black Panther stuff all looks AMAZING
+ Thor: Ragnarok looks delightfully charming
+ Infinity War looks like a hot mess but features beardy Steve in a black stealth suit and Bucky with a new arm, so I'll get over Natasha's blonde hair, I guess. The ability of any movie to service so many characters, otoh...
+ Justice League looks like two separate movies being smooshed into one - I am into Wonder Woman and Aquaman, as well as Alfred and Jim Gordon, but skeptical of everything else. is this a spoiler? )
+ The Star Wars books in the lead up to The Last Jedi look like fun (CHEWIE AND THE PORGS! Legends of Luke Skywalker! A 16yo Princess Leia book! A Canterbury Tales-like anthology! With authors like Ken Liu and Elizabeth Wein and Saladin Ahmed in addition to Claudia Gray and Chuck Wendig!) I am excite!
+ I like that Captain Marvel is going to be set in the 90s - it explains why they cast someone so young as Carol, though I wonder if that means they'll recast for present-day Carol or what. And Nick Fury will be there! And maybe we could get a Peggy Carter cameo!

I'm sure there's more I'm forgetting atm, but work keeps interrupting. Sigh.

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Twitter began to buzz this weekend when reports circulated that comic books were banned from checked luggage leaving San Diego, Cali., the site of Comic-Con. While it’s true those claims were made, the Transportation Security Administration vehemently denies that they’re correct.

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Kids and space ships go hand in hand, which is why so many of us fondly remember Lego set #1682, the Space Shuttle Launch, released 27 years ago. Last month Adam Woodworth created a tiny drone version of Lego’s shuttle that could fly indoors, but now he’s created a larger version that can soar through the sky like an…

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Posted by Vivian Kane

This weekend at Comic-Con, the cast of Supergirl was asked by MTV’s Josh Horowitz to do an improvised musical recap of the show’s second season. At one point, Jeremy Jordan, who plays Winn, sings about how Kara met a “new friend,” Lena Luthor (played by Katie McGrath). He then looks into the camera and yell-sings “They’re only friends! They’re only friends! They’re not gonna get together! They’re only friends.”

As you might have guessed, a lot of fans did not find Jordan’s joke funny.

While Jordan thought he was just making a harmless joke, “debunking” the “Supercorp” relationship, he has a fundamental misunderstanding of why shipping is so important to LGBTQIA fans. LGBTQ+ representation is severely lacking on television, and respectful, fully developed queer relationships even more so. So fans will sometimes root for and support the relationships they want to see onscreen. Just because it isn’t planned by the show’s creators, or official canon, that doesn’t make it less important to fans.

And the very last thing those fans need is to be laughed at by someone on the show.

It’s worth noting that in the full video of the interview, McGrath voices a much more open response to the Supercorp shippers. She says that while she and Melissa Benoist didn’t expect this reaction to their onscreen friendship, she sees it as totally valid. “The great thing about what we do is, like any art, anybody can read into it what they want and take from it, so you can see anything and take from it what you like. And that’s what’s great about this show. There are so many different ways to see everything. And if that’s what you see in it, you know, take it away. It’s art.”

Jordan, though, took to Instagram to address people’s displeasure with his comments. He apologizes, but insists that people are misinterpreting his intentions.

I want you to know how much I love you. Yes, you. Yes, you too. And you. That’s all, kids. ❤️

A post shared by Jeremy Jordan (@jeremymjordan) on

Again, Jordan seems to be misunderstanding what the problem was. His apology still reads as incredibly dismissive of the feelings of fans, ultimately boiling down to “you got it wrong.”

Obviously, he got the message that fans were still upset.

U guys. I love u. I was wrong and I’m sorry. You’re all amazing and valid. ❤️

A post shared by Jeremy Jordan (@jeremymjordan) on

It’s not clear if he actually understands why fans were hurting, and why shipping goes deeper than just fun, silly fantasy. But at least it sounds like he’s open to the idea that just because he doesn’t understand something, that doesn’t mean it’s not important and worthy of his respect.

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Posted by Jessica Lachenal

Real talk: it makes me kind of sick (in the best way!) to see how much nostalgia they poured into the new trailer for Hey Arnold: The Jungle Movie, Nickelodeon’s made-for-TV film that’s supposed to send off football head in (emotional, pining, wistful) style. I mean, look. It’s actually just a big sneak peek at the film, the central conceit of which revolves around Arnold winning a trip to San Lorenzo, where he finds out the truth about what happened to his parents. The trailer itself is a look at the video the neighborhood kids made about Arnold, talking up his incredible character and his really kind nature.

It’s a super, super clever look at some of Arnold’s best moments. Rather than just show them straight up like a “Hey, remember this, fellow kids?” kind of thing, they actually present it as if someone was filming those events from a different angle. The shot from the window of karate-Arnold standing off against those bullies is especially novel, and so is the one with Arnold, Harold, Harold’s kitty, and the cops standing in front of the boarding home where Arnold lives.

All of the moments in the trailer are tied to a specific episode in the show’s history, and they’re very cleverly presented here.

But what got to me the most was the short interview with Pigeon Man, who featured in one of the series’ most touching and poignant episodes. For those unaware: Pigeon Man, much like Stoop Kid, refused to leave his rooftop abode, saying he prefers the company of pigeons over other humans. Arnold convinces him to come see the city, which has changed significantly since his self-exile. While away, some of the school bullies come up to the Pigeon Man’s home and attempt to pull a prank, but accidentally end up ruining everything up there instead. Arnold is left appalled by what happens, and the Pigeon Man just sort of loses much of his faith in humanity. He actually ends up tying himself to a bunch of pigeons, who fly him off into the sunset.

In fact, this ending proved to be a bit of a hotbed for fan theories and rumors, which argue that Pigeon Man actually killed himself (or was supposed to kill himself, until studio execs disagreed), and Arnold kind of revised the memory there because it was so traumatic. Yeah, freakin’ dark, right?

Series creator Craig Bartlett refuted any and all such rumors as they popped up, and he hopes to put them all to a final rest as he pointedly put Pigeon Man in this sneak peek. Here, he’s shown alive and well in front of the Notre-Dame in Paris. “Arnold helped me escape the cage of my old rooftop habitat,” he says. “Now, I’m as free as a bird. Merci, Arnold.” Like. Damn.

Okay, just. We make a lot of jokes about nostalgia and how everything these days is kind of just cashing in on that trend. But I have to say that in a world full of Ready Player Ones and other “Hello, fellow Millennials” franchises, this might actually buck the trend and give an earnest look at a show that certainly made an impact on many lives, both within and without its own universe.

I’ll say this, though: I fully expected Mr. Hyunh to make an appearance in the film. Mr. Hyunh is an immigrant from Vietnam, and in the episode, “Arnold’s Christmas,” Arnold learns that Mr. Hyunh has an estranged daughter. He and Mai, his daughter, were trying to escape from war-torn Vietnam, but the helicopter filled up before they could get there. Mr. Hyunh handed Mai, an infant at the time, over to the U.S. soldier who was watching the door of the helicopter. He told Mr. Hyunh where to find her when he got to America, but Mr. Hyunh couldn’t hear him over the rotors.

Arnold spends nearly the entire episode trying to find her, and ultimately fails as a bureaucratic adoption agency guy staunchly refuses to work on the case for him. Helga actually comes to the rescue (secretly!) and convinces the guy to make the connection. It ends with Mr. Hyunh reuniting with Mai in another one of the series’ most touching scenes.

True, Arnold wasn’t directly responsible for her showing up, and true, it was part of a secret Santa exchange, so he might not have known, but still, I think such a powerful, compelling moment could have certainly found a place in this scene.

But who knows, we’ve still got a whole lot of movie ahead of us, and there’s still a lot to see. I just fully expect the tour will pay some solid nods to some of the show’s more heartfelt moments. And given the look of this trailer, I also think those expectations will be well paid off in the end.

Hey Arnold: The Jungle Movie comes to Nickelodeon on November 23rd.

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Posted by Kaila Hale-Stern

Dear Chris Evans’ beard,

It’s so good to see you again, and I’m thrilled to know you’ve found work on Infinity War. Steve Rogers, America’s own clean-cut golden boy, has gone rogue in the upcoming Avengers two-part epic, but it’s clear that you are going to be the breakout star of those films. You’re doing great so far.

Your dark, rugged look is the perfect length to suggest Cap is much too busy to shave but not so far gone he’s become, like, a creepy hermit or a full-on Brooklyn hipster ready to drop his new concept album. No, you provide just enough shaggy growth to show the audience that Steve Rogers isn’t some sort of apple-cheeked yes man any longer, but still has the clearness of mind and hygiene to trim it down once in a while.

The way you represent both a newly matured and world-weary Captain America and a Captain America who looks like he has an opinion on what sort of bourbon you should drink is stunning in its duality. It’s possible that you will win an Oscar. You must win an Oscar.

You pair so well with Cap’s newly furrowed brow and daringly disheveled hair it’s as though you were born to be together on the same face. You say, without words, Steve Rogers will never be a total scoundrel, but he’s been through some shit. He’s considered scoundreldom. You speak volumes about the fact that Steve Rogers is just completely done with Tony Stark’s bullshit and those ass-backwards Sokovia Accords. We know from Spider-Man: Homecoming that some now consider Captain America to be a war criminal, and you manage to embody that really, really well. You exist to flaunt the shackles of authoritarian overreach. Even while Steve Rogers is asleep, you in effect continue to flip off the United Nations.

Your range is spectacular, and I hope you know how proud we all are of you. You’ve clearly come a long way since Civil War first hinted at your arrival, and now that you’re here it’s impossible to remember who we were without you. I can’t wait to see what you do next, even if it’s just trolling Iron Man’s comparatively sad Infinity War excuse for facial hair on Twitter. I’m fine with that. You’ve earned it.

@tonystark What the hell is this?

If Twitter isn’t your thing, Chris Evans’ beard, know that there are whole Tumblr tags and communities dedicated just to you, and a range of fanart and fanfiction where you figure prominently and served as muse. Even prior to your big-screen debut, you are much anticipated and we are ready and waiting to embrace you with open arms. I hope you know that you will never disappoint us, and there isn’t a single thing about you that we would change.

@thanos that’s no beard. that’s no kind of beard.

Thanos doesn’t have a beard, just some weird stripey skin-thing happening, and I’d venture to say that this is a primary source of his anger and destructive tendency in Infinity War. If Thanos’ chin had your luxuriant bloom and devil-may-care confidence, we wouldn’t be in this mess in the first place. Since this appears to be impossible, I thank you in advance, Chris Evans’ beard, for single-handedly saving the universe. Even if you should be made to disappear in Part 2, your heroism and sacrifice will never be forgotten.

If I may be so bold, I think that I love you, Chris Evans’ Captain America beard, and that we could be very happy together. I do not wish to presume, but know that I will wait for you forever.

Your obedient servant,

Kaila

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Posted by Charline Jao

Peter Bratt’s Dolores is preparing for a fall release, and the documentary about the life and work of “iconic labor leader and feminist pioneer Dolores Huerta, who fought for racial and economic justice alongside Caesar Chavez” is hopefully going to get Huerta the full acknowledgement she deserves.

I had the chance to watch Dolores when I was at the Athena Film Festival last year, and it’s an intimate and inspiring look at Huerta, who was also at the event and met with chants of “Sí se puede” afterwards. Bratt’s film looks not only at Huerta’s pioneering work with the United Farm Workers and environmental justice, it also examines her work in women’s rights alongside Gloria Steinem and the sacrifices that Huerta made to truly live a life in service of others. There are few, if any people, who are willing to give even half of what Huerta fearlessly did for human rights in the face of discrimination and violence. This is a chapter of history that most of us aren’t taught, and I highly recommend everyone try to see this film.

The trailer also puts front and center the declaration that Huerta needs to be a name that’s as recognizable and iconic as Caesar Chavez, and the reason many don’t know about her (the film itself includes many embarrassing moments of news outlets disparaging or dismissing her) is due to racism and sexism. Huerta is still active today, engaging with young girls, fighting for Latinas to run for office, and more. After watching this film, you’ll be nothing short of inspired to continue her legacy of service and to make sure everyone know about the contributions of this phenomenal woman.

Dolores will open theatrically at the IFC Center in New York City on September 1.

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Rebuilding

Jul. 24th, 2017 12:54 pm
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When a family breaks can you put the pieces back together again? Is it worth it? And what do you do when you realize there were more pieces than you ever knew? My version of a M7 Brothers AU

Words: 4043, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

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The debut trailer for Ready Player One came out during San Diego Comic-Con, and it gave Gunters and newbies alike a lot to look forward to. It’s full of footage that hints how Steven Spielberg’s adaptation will stay faithful to, and stray away from, Ernest Cline’s nerdy novel. We’ve broken it all down for you, and…

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Three Hines Books On Sale!

Jul. 24th, 2017 12:56 pm
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I checked Amazon today and was surprised to see that three of my books are on sale in electronic format. Barnes and Noble doesn’t appear to have price-matched the sale yet, and I don’t know if this is limited to North America, but here’s what I do know:

Libriomancer is on sale for $1.99.

Goblin Quest is on sale for $2.99.

The Stepsister Scheme is on sale for $2.99.

That’s book one of all three of my fantasy series. If you’ve been waiting to check out my stuff, this is the perfect time.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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Remember that time Sonic cried because changes to the timeline caused his children to never be born? He had previously been king of the planet, but in the new timeline, Shadow the Hedgehog was actually king and had married Sonic’s longtime love interest, Princess Sally (Sonic the Hedgehog #166)?

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It's Pride and Prejudice and DRAGONS

Jul. 24th, 2017 12:48 pm
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I'm not generally a big fan of the Jane Austen fanfic genre that's emerged since Pride and Prejudice and Zombies came out, but this...THIS I MUST OWN. Heartstone by Elle Katharine White. (Amazon link)

Please explain

Jul. 24th, 2017 12:39 pm
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The logic of requiring pedestrians to press a button for the pedestrian crosswalk sign to change, rather than just linking it to the traffic lights.

So, anyway, excursion to Darmstadt

Jul. 24th, 2017 05:04 pm
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This involved a certain amount of faff and hassle about making sure we were buying the right kind of ticket for the train which would also give us free rides on public transport, ascertaining which platform the train in the right direction left from, etc etc. And then when we arrived a) finding the right stop for the tram b) missing the stop we wanted and being carried on to a point we didn't want.

Except it turned out to be right around the corner from Hundertwasser's Waldspirale apartment block, which was on the list of things to see.

After which we wandered down in the direction of the Schloss (which can only be seen by way of guided tours, we passed) and had what was a rather more leisurely lunch than we had intended at the Altes Rathaus before going to the Hessische Landesmuseum, based on the collections of the Grand Dukes, which has some nice stuff.

We then went out to Mathildenhöhe, which was where the artists of the Jugendstil Art Nouveau movement hung out. This includes a Russian Orthodox Church (not particularly Art Nouveau) and the Hochzeitsturm, Marriage Tower, which looks as if it might be the HQ of one of those somewhat spooky early C20th New Agey cults that crop up in mysteries of the period, and a rather small museum (but I think part of it was closed) of furniture and objects created by the artists of the colony.

And then back to Frankfurt, whence we flew home today.

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And in other news, spotted this in today's Guardian: the strange world of book thefts:

“We caught a gent last Christmas with £400-worth of stolen books in his trousers and elsewhere.... As we showed him the door he told us: ‘I hope you’ll consider this in the Žižekian spirit, as a radical reappropriation of knowledge.’”
As an anarchist friend of a friend remarked when his car was nicked, 'Property is theft: but so is theft theft'.

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Posted by Katharine Trendacosta

It sounds like an insult to say that The Defenders is exactly what you thought it would be, but it isn’t. It’s a show that’s very aware of the expectations put upon it and the problems encountered by the other Marvel Netflix shows, and it knows how to best utilize its cast and its time. In other words, it’s great.

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Posted by Jessica Lachenal

Last week, the BBC copped some heat over recent revelations that there was a significant gap in wages between their male and female stars. We wrote about it more in-depth over in another post, but suffice it to say that at least two-thirds of the people on BBC’s highest paid stars list are men. Tony Hall, director general of the BBC, doubled down on his promise that they’re dedicated to closing the gap as soon as they can.

Hall wrote, “Work is already well underway across the organization to help achieve this. There will be wider consultation meetings over the next two months so we can accelerate further change in the autumn.” He also echoed comments he made shortly after the highest-paid list came out last week, highlighting the strides the BBC has made with regards to on-screen representation. “When I came back to the BBC, I said that we needed to move from having only 14% of women on local radio breakfast shows to 50%. We achieved that in two years,” he said. “I also said we needed to have a 50-50 split on all presenting and lead roles by 2020. You only have to look at our drama and entertainment programs to see what can be achieved.”

Of course, as you and I and all of us here know, equality means more than just representation—it’s also about making sure those doing the work are paid equally to their male counterparts. Hall acknowledged this, saying, “But we need to do more to close the gender pay gap.  Across the BBC, our provisional figures show that the pay gap is 10% against a national average of over 18%.  I have committed the BBC to closing the gap by 2020 and if we can get there earlier then we will.”

These comments come in response to a signed statement from many of the BBC’s female stars, wherein they voiced their displeasure over the discrimination. They also requested to sit down and meet with Hall, writing, “We would be willing to meet you to discuss ways in which you can correct this disparity so that future generations of women do not face this kind of discrimination.” Hall seemed to duck the request, not really acknowledging it in his response.

It’s one thing to say that you’re dedicated to equality and closing the gender pay gap, and it’s a completely separate issue entirely to actually get up and do something about it. False promises regarding progress abound in the entertainment industry, and it would not be uncommon to see little to no change in this regard. Granted, that’s definitely a bit of a pessimistic or cynical view of things, but as with most things in the entertainment industry, one need only look at its track record to see how deeply ingrained many of these inequalities actually are.

As always, only time will tell whether Hall’s comments will bear any fruit for the women involved.

(via Variety, image: Flickr/Financial Times)

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Fantasy, Erotica, & More on Sale!

Jul. 24th, 2017 03:30 pm
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Attention all magazine readers! The Texture Premium app is on sale for Amazon Prime members.

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Truth or Beard

Truth or Beard by Penny Reid is $2.99 at Amazon! This is part of today’s Kindle Daily Deals. I know Reid is an auto-buy author for many of you and this one has an enemies to lovers feel to it, judging by the description. Readers say it has Reid’s trademark humor and quirkiness, but warn there’s a scene where the hero is with another woman. I know that’s an off button for some.

Beards, brothers, and bikers! Oh my!

Identical twins Beau and Duane Winston might share the same devastatingly handsome face, but where Beau is outgoing and sociable, Duane is broody and reserved. This is why Jessica James, recent college graduate and perpetual level-headed good girl, has been in naïve and unhealthy infatuation with Beau Winston for most of her life.

His friendly smiles make her tongue-tied and weak-kneed, and she’s never been able to move beyond her childhood crush. Whereas Duane and Jessica have always been adversaries. She can’t stand him, and she’s pretty sure he can’t stand the sight of her…

But after a case of mistaken identity, Jessica finds herself in a massive confusion kerfuffle. Jessica James has spent her whole life paralyzed by the fantasy of Beau and her assumptions of Duane’s disdain; therefore she’s unprepared for the reality that is Duane’s insatiable interest, as well as his hot hands and hot mouth and hotter looks. Not helping Jessica’s muddled mind and good girl sensibilities, Duane seems to have gotten himself in trouble with the local biker gang, the Iron Order.

Certainly, Beau’s magic spell is broken. Yet when Jessica finds herself drawn to the man who was always her adversary, now more dangerous than ever, how much of her level-head heart is she willing to risk?

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A Desperate Fortune

A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley is $1.99 for TODAY ONLY as a Kindle Daily Deal! It’s also being price-matched. Like Kearsley’s other books, which are very popular and rarely discounted, it has strong romantic elements and dual timelines. Many readers loved Sara, a woman who’s been diagnosed with Asperger’s and takes a job as a codebreaker, but other readers found the book took a while to get going. And, in case you missed it, check out Susanna Kearsley on our podcast!

The highly anticipated, brand-new timeslip romance from New York Times bestselling author Susanna Kearsley

For nearly 300 years, the mysterious journal of Jacobite exile Mary Dundas has lain unread-its secrets safe from prying eyes. Now, amateur codebreaker Sara Thomas has been hired by a once-famous historian to crack the journal’s cipher.

But when she arrives in Paris, Sara finds herself besieged by complications from all sides: the journal’s reclusive owner, her charming Parisian neighbor, and Mary, whose journal doesn’t hold the secrets Sara expects. As Mary’s tale grows more and more dire, Sara, too, must carefully choose which turning to take… to find the road that will lead her safely home.

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Crash Into You

Crash Into You by Roni Loren is $2.99! This is an erotic romance with BDSM and suspense elements. Oh, and a second chance romance! There is a menage scene which some readers wished there was a warning about. So…menage warning, ahoy! It’s the first book in the Loving on the Edge series, doesn’t have a cliffhanger, and has a 3.9-star rating on Goodreads.

Brynn LeBreck has dedicated herself to helping women in crisis, but she never imagined how personal her work would get, or where it would take her. Her younger sister is missing, suspected to be hiding from cops and criminals alike at a highly secretive BDSM retreat-a place where the elite escape to play out their most extreme sexual fantasies. To find her, Brynn must go undercover as a sexual submissive. Unfortunately, The Ranch is invitation only. And the one master who can get her in is from the darkest corner of Brynn’s past.

Brynn knows what attorney Reid Jamison is like once stripped of his conservative suit and tie. Years ago she left herself vulnerable only to have him crush her heart. Now she needs him again. Back on top. And he’s all too willing to engage. But as their primal desires and old wounds are exposed, the sexual games escalate-and so does the danger. Their hearts aren’t the only things at risk. Someone else is watching, playing by his own rules. And his game could be murder.

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Vengeance Born

Vengeance Born by Kylie Griffin is $2.99! This is a fantasy romance and the first in a series. Readers commended Griffin’s original world-building. However, others found that the pace of the book dragged in certain spots because of said world-building. Ah, such is often the crux of fantasy romances.

There is no mercy in the demon realm. No escape. In this place of desperation and conflict, anyone who is not pure bred is virtually powerless. Until an unlikely champion is born…

Annika, half-blood daughter of the Na’Reish King, longs for more than her tormented life among her father’s people. Conceived in hatred and bred as a tool of retribution, she’s gifted with a special talent that can heal as well as destroy…

With the Na’Reish vastly outnumbering them, Kalan, a Light Blade warrior, knows the future of humankind depends on him alone. Incursions into human territory and raids for blood-slaves by the Na’Reish Horde have increased. As Chosen-leader, he faces the task of stopping the demons-and convincing the Council of aging Light Blade warriors that change is necessary for survival.

When Annika learns Kalan is a prisoner in her father’s dungeon, her dream of escape seems within reach. She agrees to free him in exchange for his protection once they reach human territory. Now, marked for death for helping him, Annika must learn to trust Kalan as they face not only the perilous journey to the border but enemies within the Council-and discover a shocking truth that could throw the human race into civil war…

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Fic Recs: 2x10 Red Museum

Jul. 23rd, 2017 06:26 pm
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These are the same two fics that I recced the last time I did recs for this episode. They're linked--it's the same story, told by two different authors. "Camera Lucinda I: Latency," written by tree, is from Scully's point of view. "Camera Obscura I: Latency," by A. Kelley Nolan, is from Mulder's.

I think Nolan explains it better than I can.

Some really nice people suggested I explore the Mulder/Scully relationship through my personal timeline of their history. They're probably going to regret that. Nonetheless, this is the first in a series of several stories that will attempt to do just that, from Mulder's point of view. This is a companion series to "Camera Lucida," told from Scully's point of view. You should immediately go read tree's brilliant "Camera Lucida I: Latency." Honestly, you really must read them as a pair. We insist.

Thanks: To Anjou, for the initial spark. And a paean of praise to the beta goddess tree, for transoceanic encouragement and advice, for editing of uncommon brilliance, insight, and diplomacy, and for gamely and beautifully taking on Scully. This is an entirely different, and infinitely better, story than it would have been without her. And it was a whole lot of fun, too.



The link is to Nolan's author page at Gossamer as direct linking is not permitted.

"Camera Obscura I: Latency" by A. Kelley Nolan
EMAIL: akelleynolan@yahoo.com
RATING: R for sexual situations and language
CATEGORIES: VRA
KEYWORDS: Mulder/Scully romance
SPOILERS: Season 2, specifically the abduction arc and "Red Museum"
SUMMARY: It was there all along, just waiting to be seen, waiting to develop.

Camera Lucida I: Latency (3316 words) by tree
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: The X-Files
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Fox Mulder/Dana Scully
Characters: Dana Scully, Fox Mulder
Additional Tags: Missing Scene, Red Museum
Summary: Companion piece to Camera Obscura I: Latency by A. Kelley Nolan. A missing scene from "Red Museum."

Originally, they'd planned a series of paired stories but only these two were written, alas. I once wrote to Nolan to ask what had happened (of course I did, you all know me) but she never wrote back. I don't know what her timeline headcanon was so I'm left wondering what was going to happen.

They're both lovely but I tend to favor tree's just a little because, well, tree writing Scully is about as good as it gets for fanfic.

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Jul. 24th, 2017 11:57 am
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I noticed the Daf Yomi cycle of daily Talmud study was working its way around to the start of a new tractate and decided to try to get back on board. Sanhedrin daf 2 started last Tuesday.

I picked up Daf Yomi at the beginning of the cycle and learned all of Berachos and the first quarter of Shabbos before I fell off. That was a couple of years back, I think I lost momentum when we lost power for a week after Sandy and never regained the habit. This time around, I'm still figuring out how to build the habit- I've slipped behind a couple of days already.

Masechet Sanhedrin contains the laws of the Jewish legal system- courts and judges and the evaluation of evidence and so on. It also contains digressions of all sorts because the Talmud is the most ADD legal text ever. I'm given to understand that the court system described in Sanhedrin lasted only a couple of hundred years at most, in the Second Temple era, and when the Gemara is describing its details, after the Churban, the system was largely no longer in place. So I think understanding its meaning in a modern setting requires a little bit of creativity- you have to try and read it as a philosophical exploration of the meaning of justice and the best ways to attain it. You also need to recognize it as an act of creative historical reconstruction on the part of the Rabbis, the analysis required to rediscover the legal system that represented for them not merely a lost cultural and legal heritage, but an ideal of perfected justice. The legal system described in Sanhedrin is a fusion of what we would think of today as a typical secular legal system, with wise, theoretically neutral judges appointed to adjudicate interpersonal conflicts and exact punishment for violators of the law, alongside a theocratic legal system where mystical invocations of God's name reveal the just path forward. God's guidance of just judges underpins the system, which doesn't truly hold together in the absence of God.

Nonetheless, a lot of the teachings of Sanhedrin still have value today, both as general principles of how to attain fairness in resolving interpersonal conflict, and as the guiding ideas of the much scaled back Jewish legal system of Batei Dinim we have today. I was just describing to my father- an experienced lawyer who recently became a worker's compensation court judge- the fascinating Jewish legal conflict between two Brooklyn pizzerias across the street from each other. He was surprised by the field trip the Dayanim took to visit each pizzeria. That sort of trip is pretty much unheard of in the American legal system, where the judges' job is to listen to evidence presented to them by the parties and reach a judgement based only on legally presented evidence, not to act as investigator seeking evidence on their own. My father has complained from time to time about lawyers failing to present evidence in front of him that he believed would make it easier to rule in favor of their client, either out of laziness or some more complicated legal strategy. In those cases, all he could do was ask the lawyers if they had the evidence he was looking for, not go out and seek it. But in the Beit Din system, the responsibility of the Dayan is to reach a just conclusion even if it requires seeking information withheld by the parties.
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Posted by Charline Jao

The Riverdale team unveiled their season 2 trailer at San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend, accompanied by a blooper reel that makes for one hell of a tone shift. Oh, here’s KJ Apa endearingly stumbling and then here’s Pop saying that the Angel of Death is descending onto Riverdale. We wouldn’t expect anything less from the CW series, which somehow manages to balance obscure references, horror themes, teen drama, and comedy all at the same time.

Warning: Spoilers for season 1 of Riverdale ahead

Season 1 saw the resolution of the murder of Jason Blossom, but it seems like the troubles are just beginning for the residents of the secretive maple syrup town. The ending of season 1 was shocking, with Fred Andrews getting shot in Pop’s Chock’lit Shoppe as Archie Andrews watches helplessly. It appears much of the season 2 plot will revolve around the motivations of this attack (much like the Blossom murder plot), seemingly coincidental but heavily implied to be targeted.

Picking up right after the incident, Archie brings his dad’s body asking for help. Jughead, our aspiring dramatic writer narrates, “People will look back at this as the exact moment the last bit of Riverdale’s innocence finally died.” Throughout season 1, it seems like the Andrews family was the most honest and earnest of all the families. Jokes about how the plot would linger on Archie’s challenges with his stage fright and his loving parents while his friends dealt with abuse, lies, and homelessness hit on a difficult part of his character—this “all-American boy” is kind of a weak point of the cast with his naiveté, propensity to manipulation, and righteousness.

However, it seems that by wounding one of the most faultless and good parents of Riverdale and hurting the son, that’s about to change. As Archie sits in his bloodied letterman’s jacket or sits silently knocking a baseball bat against the floor, you can’t help but anticipate some kind of dark and terrifying change. Do we like Dark Archie, or do we want our smiling, sweet boy back?

Also, Cheryl assuring her hospitalized mother that things are going to get better? A sure sign that things will not, in fact, be getting better. The trailer focuses mainly of Archie and his father, but we know there’s going to be a lot more going on in season 2. Hiram Lodge will finally make his trip to Riverdale, Jughead is over on the South Side, and much more will happen over a whopping 22 episodes.

Season 2 premieres October 11th at 8/7c on The CW. Are you looking forward to it?

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I had a weekend!

Jul. 24th, 2017 11:32 am
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Saturday was very hot and humid. I did laundry, stumbled home, then stumbled out again to run errands. I ran into a friend (Tom Purdom) in front of a coffee shop so we went inside and got iced drinks and talked about Dunkirk as one does, since we were both planning to see the movie.

I got cash and bought subway tokens and sweated a lot.

Then I met up with C. in late afternoon for the movie Dunkirk, which we saw in IMAX, bass and the sounds of explosions booming from under out seats. I ate popcorn for lunch while watching people get blown up and drown and burn but also get rescued. Sometimes all of the above, in different orders.

This movie was what I call a Spectacle. I liked it best when it was all stark visuals and no dialogue (the dialogue was minimal). The splendid British actors did a great deal with their faces and posture; Tom Hardy as a Spitfire pilot acted almost entirely with his eyes, as the rest of his face was covered in helmet. (Jack Lowden, playing another pilot, was out of his cockpit for more screntime.) The movie was documentary-style, where you don't know the characters' backstory or hopes or dreams (with one exception); you're in the moment throughout, and the moment keeps jumping around, and you can't always keep track of the sequence. I feel I had an experience worth having.

After, being much luckier than those poor people trapped at Dunkirk, we had dinner at a great new tapas place in South Philly called Barcelona. Cue Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballe!

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Jul. 24th, 2017 04:24 pm
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It is an understatement to say that I don't like Theresa May in the least, and think she is doing the country a lot of harm - and yet, I still find Tim Lott more annoying.

Torchwood: Fanfic: Glass Hearts

Jul. 24th, 2017 04:19 pm
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Title: Glass Hearts
Fandom: Torchwood
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: Owen, Katie, Jack.
Rating: PG
Word Count: 707
Spoilers: Fragments
Summary: When he lost Katie, Owen discovered that he wasn’t as tough as he’d always thought.
Content Notes: None needed.
Written For: Challenge #198: Glass.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood, or the characters.



Glass Hearts... )
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Posted by John Scalzi

First: Which Beatles song was I thinking of? If you want to hear me sing it, here it is:

If you’d rather hear the Beatles sing it (which, to be fair, is probably the better choice) it’s here:

And for those of you who don’t wish to hear either version (or can’t, for whatever reason): It’s “I’ve Just Seen a Face.”

There were three of you who correctly picked the tune I was thinking of, and of the three, my random number generator (“Alexa, pick a number between one and three”) picked “one” and so the winner is Maudie, who was the first to suggest it. Congratulations, Maudie!

Remember that the signed limited hardcover of Don’t Live For Your Obituary is now available for pre-order from Subterranean Press. There will also be an eBook edition, but it’s not available for pre-order yet.

Thank you to everyone who entered! This was a fun one.


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Over the course of Gotham’s third season, producers and cast-members alike hyped up that this would be the year that Harley Quinn would make her way to the show’s loopy reimagining of a pre-Batman Gotham City. Then they promised she would specifically be in the season three finale. And then... she didn’t show up. And…

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Some scientific journals will publish literally anything for a price. That includes a meme-filled paper by “Lucas McGeorge” and “Annette Kin” referencing “midi-chlorians.” Yes, George Lucas’ attempt to explain feeling the Force with faux biology is now published “scientific research.”

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2182 / Orphan Black, 5.07

Jul. 24th, 2017 10:51 am
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The Thor: Ragnarok trailer looks just delightful:



Who knew I'd end up anticipating the third Thor movie over the next Avengers one? But Infinity Wars looks like it will be over-stuffed and unsatisfying on a character level, whereas this looks like quirky fun.

Orphan Black, 5.07, Gag or Throttle )
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from The Creation of Éa, by Ursula K. Le Guin
(from A Wizard of Earthsea)

Only in silence the word,
only in dark the light,
only in dying life:
bright the hawk's flight
on the empty sky.

Music meme: day 15 of 30

Jul. 24th, 2017 03:31 pm
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A song that is a cover by another artist. I think this has to be Tori Amos' cover of I don't like Mondays, originally by the Boomtown Rats.

Tori Amos was I think the first musician I really got intensely into, beyond just enjoying the sound of somebody's music. The single Cornflake girl was on the radio a lot in the mid 90s, and I quite liked it but didn't have any context. Then I met MK when we were both up for Oxford interview, and became instant friends. He put a lot of effort into supporting me through a somewhat bumpy transition from sheltered child to independent person, including dealing with a bereavement that hit me really hard when I was 19. He's also responsible for introducing me to digital socializing (email, instant messenger, Usenet to an extent, and the wonderful world of peer-to-peer file sharing). And he played lots of Tori songs for me when I was sitting in the dark crying about letting go of childhood naive optimism. I bought Little earthquakes on CD, and had access to a lot of Tori's oeuvre for all of the 90s via not entirely licit digital copies. Not only Tori Amos, there was a lot of alt stuff especially goth that I picked up from [personal profile] doseybat, but Tori Amos was pretty much the soundtrack of inventing myself as an adult.

I don't like Mondays was almost a novelty thing in a way, recorded with a bunch of much less successful covers, of things like Smells like teen spirit which really doesn't work for Amos' musical style, most of which were never commercially released. This one did make it to Strange little girls, the concept album of gender-bent cover songs, which I was never fully convinced by. I haven't been strongly into Tori Amos' music since 2000, not that I think it's bad but it isn't part of my psyche in the way that the 90s material is. But anyway, it's a remix of a song written in response to a school shooting in the late 70s. The original is meant to be ironic, but it comes across as so inappropriately jolly that it often gets played on the radio as a joke song, here's one to cheer you up from your Monday commuting blues... Tori Amos' cover is a total reworking, without any irony at all, just sadness about a teenaged girl turning a gun on her schoolmates.

So it kind of epitomizes why Tori Amos meant a lot to me at that time in my life; she wrote and performed beautiful songs (she's a classically trained musician) about serious subjects which she took seriously. But that seriousness isn't about glorying in the violence and ugliness, it's about challenging it. video embed, audio only )

As a bonus, have kd lang's cover of Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah. It's a song that gets covered way too often, nearly always as a kind of soppy lovesong that really fails to do justice to the extremely powerful original. So basically I hate Hallelujah covers, except this one. Again, it's very different from Cohen's original, but it's an emotionally serious interpretation in its own right which doesn't cheapen its source material.
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The amount of technical and artistic skill that it’s taken to create nearly everything about Thor: Ragnarok from the movie itself to its gorgeous advertisements is almost unimaginable. The same goes for the life-sized Lego Thor that appeared at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.

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Posted by Dan Van Winkle

It’s a kind of a double dose of Monday Cute today and let’s be honest: we could all use it.

San Diego Comic Con went down over the weekend, and in addition to giving us—and especially the fans in attendance—some incredible glimpses at what’s to come for our favorite franchises, it gave everyone a fun excuse to throw on some cosplay and maybe meet some of their favorite people. That’s exactly what happened for a young Wonder Woman cosplayer who got to talk to Gal Gadot herself, which clearly meant a lot to her.

In the video above, you can see her tear up while she talks to Gadot, and who comforted her, saying, “There’s no reason to cry, all right. Here we are together.” It’s hard to make out the rest of their conversation, but it’s pretty easy to see what’s going on just by the visual, as Gadot takes the girl’s hands to chat with her.

On Facebook, Christine Keller, the girl’s mother, wrote, “These characters matter and can have a huge influence on young people. What a great role model and genuine, nice person. My daughter will always remember this moment for the rest of her life. Thank you, Gal Gadot!” Not only was Wonder Woman a critical and box office success, but the movie and character mean so much more than that to so many people.

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Did the world need this?

Jul. 24th, 2017 09:44 am
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And by this I mean:


quinoa vodka - no, really

Yes, that's right. Fair trade vodka (we'll come back to that) made of quinoa.

Aside from feeling like I'm taking Hypstr(tm) brand crazy pills and musing on whether or not it contains any non-nutritive food varnish, I have to wonder if it's ever a good idea to write your own mediocre product reviews:

Talking head with mic: So tell us about your product.
Product Rep: It's quinoa, and it's fair!
Talking head with mic: Only fair? Aim higher, big guy!

I know the discovery of quinoa's wonder-properties messed up the market and resulted in over-supply but it this the best way to deal with it?

And is fair-trade ever really fair?

This is all too much for a Monday morning, isn't it?

Have a cute puppy:

 

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Ugh. So somehow I came down with ANOTHER headcold on Monday. It hit really hard and sudden, like being run over by a bus. Luckily it left just as quickly, leaving me with YET ANOTHER lingering deep cough. Ugh. I'm tired of being sick -- I think it must have been the stress of all the travel catching up with me. I really need to start consuming more probiotics or something, cause something clearly is compromising my immune system.

Speaking of sick, the main AC in the lower part of the house died on Sunday. I don't think it can be repaired. Ugh. Angie's dad is supposed to come over at some point and look at it, so I may be wrong. But I really fear I'm not. It sounded like the main motor died --it had been making horrible noises for a few days, then Sunday it just stopped blowing air and wound down. UGH. We have fans going and if worse comes to worse we can retreat to our rooms and the window AC units there, but still.

WeatherDork:
Currently at Bethlehem, PA at 9.57am: Overcast
Temp: 72F (feels like 72F)
Humidity: 76% (dewpoint 64F)
Pressure: 29.78"
Winds: NNE 10mph
Forecast: Partly sunny, chance of PM thunderstorms, high 81F, low 65F

Hot and humid were the words for last week. Ugh. Temps were well up into the 90s with heat indices near 100F. We got some rain in the form of storms, but they didn't do anything to knock either the heat or the humidity down. This week is supposed to be more moderate, with highs in the low 80s and upper 70s. Better than subtropical XD ESPECIALLY WITH THE DAMN AC OUT.

On My Plate:
Tags and Other Writins:
  • From One Trickster to Another (ItNotM)
  • Some Light Research (ItNotM)
  • Putting The Band Together (ItNotM)
  • All On A Summer's Day (ItNotM)
  • Options (ItNotM) x2
  • ORP -- PUFFS v. STUFFS (ItNotM)
  • [needs title] (ItNotM) x4
Art:
  • continue with scribalry practice
Etc:
  • list stuff on Ebay
  • reading: A New History of the Picts (still -- I haven't picked it up in awhile XD)
  • reading: Parsival, or A Knight's Tale
Weekly Things Checklist:
  • Thing Arted: nothing
  • Thing Writed: OMG TAGS
  • Thing Cleaned: dishes and catbox and watered plants
Need to do laundry this week, and maybe I'll have more brain to art and tag and generally be productive. Ugh. And hopefully we'll get a new AC.
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It’s begun. I believe we’re going to look at last night’s episode, “Stormborn,” as the place where the final act of Game of Thrones truly started—where the ball was first set in motion, where the characters took their first true steps toward the conflict that will engulf all of Westeros. And for some of those players,…

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Pool Wars

Jul. 24th, 2017 01:00 pm
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Posted by Jen

"If you only knew the POWER [squeak] of the Dark Side. JOIN ME [squeak] and we can [squeeeeak] RULE the... [squeaksqueaksqueakSPLASH!]

 

"I find your lack of balance...disturbing.

"Towel?"

 

Thanks to Angel K. for the splishin' and the splashin'.

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eight months

Jul. 24th, 2017 09:40 am
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Yesterday the prince was eight months old.

He is crawling everywhere and transitioning easily from crawling to sitting and back again. He pulls himself up to standing effortlessly when he's holding our hands (we're not pulling him - just providing passive resistance) and is working on it using various furniture items, but he's never confident they won't move or his feet won't skid, assuming he can get his feet oriented properly in the first place (50/50). And our coffee table has a lower shelf thing that he can grab and pull himself up most of the way but he usually senses that he's about to bump his head on the top of the table so he stops. (Yesterday he did fetch himself a clunk up there, poor kid. And the night before last he was sitting up and reaching forward for something and before I could see what happened he'd pitched right over and bonked his forehead on the floor. Both of these happened when he was getting tired and probably therefore pretty uncoordinated. Still not so fun for him.)

He babbles constantly and it's probably frustrating to him that we mostly don't understand what he's saying. I think I recall from my college and grad school days that by this age he understands language pretty well and as far as he's concerned that's what he's producing, but to us it sounds like "da da da da da AAAAAA" and that could mean anything from "I love Daddy" to "how many times do I have to tell you there is poop in my pants," so - there's progress to be made. :-)

We have mostly (knock wood) conquered nap time. His naps at home are often no more than about half an hour, but he does at least seem to understand that nap time is a thing, so the epic struggle is mostly behind us. Only took four months. Whew.

No teeth yet. Every couple of weeks he has a medium-strength meltdown that we can't explain so it's hard to solve, but so far it's generally been either an ear infection or an overload from working on a new skill (sitting, crawling, etc.). One of these times it's going to be teething, but it hasn't been so far. Drooling buckets, though. Buckets.

He likes to give us hugs and kisses, but he accomplishes this by grabbing onto whatever he can reach and pulling us toward his open mouth. So I took out my earrings, as I may have said before, because he'll grab a whole ear but his little fingers occasionally got hooked in the hoops and nobody wants that kind of tugging. He grabs eyebrows, so you have to close your eyes fast or get a slobbery thumb right in the eye socket. He noms my chin or my cheekbone (or my knee) as though he were nursing. Or teething. He strokes my hair when he's resting his head on my shoulder, which is sweet, but he grabs it and sucks on it whether it's in a ponytail or not, and I've had almost no success convincing him mommy's hair is not a snack. I may end up cutting it soon after all. (I'm trying to do less "no, no" and more affirmative redirection. "We play with the toys, not with the floor coverings" when he pulls up the corner of the interlocking mat and puts the interlocking bits in his mouth - or when he puts the fringes of a rug in his mouth that has been on one floor or another for 20 years. "Gentle hands" rather than "No no ow." And so on.)

His favorite foods are bananas and applesauce, and he also enjoys pears, mangoes, sweet potatoes, peaches, and peas and tolerates carrots and cantaloupe. We've got prunes in reserve in the basement for when we need them, but he doesn't eat those regularly. (He likes them fine when he does eat them, though.) Next experiment is chickpeas, with which I made a very pasty baby starter hummus yesterday (no garlic, no tahini, just chickpeas and water and a tiny bit of olive oil); if he hates them we'll make hummus out of them for the grown-ups, but I'm optimistic that he will like them fine. And then next: more complex proteins! I've got my eye on chicken.

Once in a blue moon I am monumentally frustrated by this kid when e.g. he bites me while nursing or he keeps squealing and I can't work out what will make him knock it off or he (rarely anymore) wakes up crying at night and can't easily get back to sleep. But mostly he is marvelous. The way he turns toward us when he falls asleep in our arms and tucks his little face into our shoulders is - well, it's what I've always wanted. From time to time I look at him playing with his dad and I could burst into fragments from how happy I am that I have this husband whom I love and who loves me and this kid whom I adore and they are also so nuts about each other. The pair of them are simply the best things that have ever happened to me. I always hold him (the baby, I mean) for a couple of minutes after he's finished nursing at bedtime and just look at him, but sometimes I think I could hold him all night. (NB the times I have considered that I might have to hold him all night have not been wonderful times.) The way he loves us is - literally, according to the actual definition of the word - awesome. When I'm completely exhausted it's sometimes helpful to remind myself that more of the time I'm overwhelmed with joy.

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