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I ended up marathoning all 8 episodes of Defenders last night. I enjoyed it. It doesn't have the same thematic cohesiveness that Jessica Jones does and the fights aren't as good as they were in the first season of Daredevil, but it's a fun ride if you enjoy the characters, and it helps that everyone else finds Danny Rand as annoying as the audience does. *hands*

spoilers )

So it was a good way to spend 7-ish hours, and it didn't leave me in a state of existential dread the way JJ did.

the other day, in anticipation of this show, I was making a list of ladies with robot arms, and I couldn't come up with many - Misty Knight, Nina Sharp, Lirael, Furiosa... who else is there?

***

It was a camel!

Aug. 20th, 2017 01:14 pm
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This clip from CNN is well worth listening to.

It encapsulates both the jaw-dropping awfulness and bizarreness of the Orange Supremacist era, and the extent to which the mainstream media has gotten so appalled that they're dropping their usual false equivalency. I mean the old "both sides have a point," which works when both sides DO have a point, but does not when you're talking about Nazis vs. anti-Nazis or Cheetolini vs. human beings with empathy. Also, it made me laugh.

Yesterday post-rally [personal profile] hederahelix and I were discussing this.

"It's just so surreal," she said. "Hey... Is that a camel?"

I looked over. The U-haul next to us had a giant camel painted on the side.

Below the camel, as if in explanation of why a U-haul would be decorated with a giant camel, were a few lines of Wikipedia-esque notes on camels, something like "A camel is an even-toed ungulate within the genus Camelus, bearing distinctive fatty deposits known as "humps" on its back."

Remix Madness

Aug. 20th, 2017 08:48 pm
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Excuse me being spammy today but [community profile] remixrevival has opened up its Madness round early, and it's even more free-for-all than the original version! Go here to throw your hat into the ring.

You can write remixes for it without signing up and you can sign up (offer your fic to be remixed) without writing anything. You can include previous remixes, collaborations, and WIPs and there are art options too, as many safe works as you want, and no eligibility besides "you have one fic in this fandom." So, go on over and offer your fic/art up for people to remix! Or have fun and remix something yourself.

Now I should go off and see about typing up my actual assignment before I go look, because, yay, Remix Madness! \o/

(I do enjoy Remix, sorry; you can probably tell. I suppose it's kind of like the ultimate fic-conversation you can have with someone, in some ways, and it's always pretty fun and fascinating. And you're not writing a gift for someone, so it's different than most exchanges.)
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Just now I picked up for the border of the baby blanket and I can't tell if the pick up is terrible and I have to re-do it because it's all v. v. v. scrunched together because the cable on the circular needle is too short. This is after I connected in another cable before I started picking up because I knew the original cable wasn't long enough.

Okay, so easy solution, connect in a longer cable. But even though I would swear that *I do have longer cables*, I can't find them.

Okay, so slightly harder solution, just connect in the many, many shorter cables that I can find. Except that won't work, since I could only find one cable connector and it's the one I'm already using.

So now I have ordered both additional long cables and cable connectors. And then someday I will be able to see how the pick-up actually looks, which is, honestly, probably terrible; I was having a lot of issues picking up along the cast-on edge.

I barely knit these days. I don't deserve these kinds of problems. (I keep being like "okay, switch to crochet, it seems easier on the hands", and then not doing it.)

40 Days of Anime - Day 6

Aug. 20th, 2017 01:42 pm
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This one I am going to go with the original question:

06 - List your Top 5 Anime OTPs.

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

Yuri!!! On Ice - Victor Nikiforov/Katsuki Yuuri (and lucky for me, canon ships it as well)
Hikaru no Go - Shindou Hikaru/Touya Akira
Sword Arts Online - Kirito/Asuna (and yet the author keeps creating new female characters to throw at Kirito - dammit, canon!)
Witch Hunter Robin - Robin/Amon
Spirited Away/Sen to Chihiro - Chihiro/Haku

Dept. of Achievement Unlocked

Aug. 20th, 2017 02:11 pm
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Kitchen Terror Unleashed

I have made 78 molasses ginger cookies with raisins. 

Fear me. 

"Wait And See"

Aug. 20th, 2017 11:47 am
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I recently had a very vivid and sudden recollection of a kid's picture book I read when I was pretty young... 7 or 8 maybe? Which would have put it back in the mid-1980s. I've been looking a while now, and I can't find any record that it ever existed.

The story revolves around a guy being frustrated with everyone in his town always putting him down (I think about his inventions?) and so he builds a giant robot that looks like himself to get revenge. At one point before the giant robot, there was a pet show, and he brought his robot bulldog. I can see the robot bulldog very clearly in my mind.

I thought "Wait And See" might have been the title, but that hasn't turned up any results. It was a recurring theme of the book though, someone would laugh about the guy's latest failed invention, and he'd say "Wait and see."

Most of what I remember about it though was the illustrations. It was very stylized, and appeared to take place in like, early 20th century America or the UK... lots of bowler hats or derbies, big curly moustaches, and I think pants with stripes. Gothic or victorian houses. Elaborate brass machinery. I think the illustrations were also kind of monochromatic. Might have been just line art with an ink or watercolor wash, if that even, but they were very detailed and quite interesting. For some reason, I associate it with Tommy dePaola and Maurice Sendak, although I don't think they're actually involved in any way, or that the art styles are even that similar. Maybe just that lack-of-perspective kind of illustration where everything is in flat planes, like layered scenery on a stage. Or maybe I was just reading a lot of those guys around the same time. Who knows?

Update: FOUND (kinda).

I found a bookstore that has one copy.

www.abebooks.com/servlet/BookDetailsPL

The book is called Wait and See. It was published in 1978. It's just out of print apparently, and never been digitized. The author/illustrator's name is Friso Henstra.

Not the response I was expecting...

Aug. 20th, 2017 02:46 pm
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I texted a friend to say that we were planning to go to the Natural History Museum tomorrow to do their presentation on the eclipse, and you know what she said?

"What is the eclipse?"

...

If I were a rich man

Aug. 20th, 2017 07:41 pm
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I would have paid a chauffeur to drive me the hundred miles to Chichester to see Fiddler on the Roof yesterday*. As I'm not, I had to do it myself. Fortunately the strong reviews of the production didn't let me down and it was excellent. Omid Djalili was terrific as Tevye, Tracy-Ann Oberman moved Golde beyond cliché, and the younger generation could all sing, act, and dance, the first of which is regrettably not always guaranteed in musicals. The production/direction did an excellent job of conveying not only entertaining song and dance, but a story of some weight, and I ended up finding it very moving. I have seen it before, but about 25 years ago so I couldn't say which I thought was better. But I remember scenes from that West Yorkshire Playhouse that struck me then, and I'm sure I'll continue to remember this. I'm tempted to read the original stories it's based on for a comparison.

Have the trailer:



*I am aware that there are countries, indeed parts of the UK, where I'd be lucky to drive only 100 miles to the theatre, but this involved the M3 on a summer school holiday Saturday.

Some Updates

Aug. 20th, 2017 02:11 pm
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I’m getting back in the habit of calling my Congress people (between my parents visiting at the end of July and VVC related stuff in the beginning of August, I got a little out of the habit).

I had fun catching up with a friend of mine from high school (and I finally met her husband), and seeing Wonder Woman for the fourth time.

I finally got around to finishing Mary Renault’s The Charioteer and reading Mabel Maney’s The Case of the Not-So-Nice Nurse.Read more... )

In terms of vidding, I’ve gotten a bit more done on my DTOA TRSF thing, come up with a bunch of partial vid ideas, and I’m really excited for the Fall Equinox Exchange.

The annoying Google and (my PC's) Firefox browser issue still exists (it's aggravating to not know what the problem is)

clarification

Aug. 20th, 2017 02:05 pm
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When I ask you not to show images of that torch march, or of the Swastika, it's not because I think sweeping them under the digital rug will Solve All Our Problems about race in America.

We all have to work through our own mental crap, the stuff we inherited from parents and society and friends. That's our job. That's each individual person's job -- to figure out for 'self what is true and right and honest and compassionate.

But that doesn't mean we are obliged to take on what those symbols represent. We are not obliged to be on the side that believes that hatred, racism, and genocide will make a better world.

We know that's not true.

In the meantime, we do not have to do the Nazis' work by spreading their images, by giving them our minds. We don't owe them that. We don't owe them anything, not one thing.

In Second Life terms, they're griefers. They get their rocks off by causing trouble, by hurting people, by causing damage. Unfortunately, in real life, I cannot press two buttons and ban them from the US. I don't have that power here. Neither do you.

So we need to keep them out of our heads. And not allow them to add to the pile of stuff we're already dealing with.

It's important to know who your enemies are. It's also important to know when they are trying mind games and to not let them win.

(Apologies if this is not as thoughtful as usual. I have a hell of a headache.)

2 outstanding pinch hits

Aug. 20th, 2017 01:26 pm
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Please claim via pm or email to fic.corner@gmail.com and include the ph number, recipient's AO3 user name and your AO3 user name. Please do not claim in the comments to preserve anonymity.

These pinch hits will now be due on 23 August at 11pm EDT. What time is that for me?

Pinch Hit #4: Harry Potter - J. K. Rowling, Black Widow Series - Margaret Stohl, Ramona Series - Beverly Cleary )

Pinch Hit 5: Captain Underpants Series - Dav Pilkey, Wayside School - Louis Sachar, The Phantom Tollbooth - Norton Juster )

Weekly Check in August 20

Aug. 20th, 2017 01:08 pm
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Hey folks, it's been a busy week. Shout out to all the counter-protests that have seen huge turnouts where neo-nazi's have tried to get their message out. We have a lot of links and resources this week.

One bit of news is that our tag guru [personal profile] redbird is going to have limited internet time for the next week or so. That means it may take a bit longer than the usual super-speedy service for your posts to be tagged and new tags added. (Remember: you can always add existing tags to your posts yourselves.)

Housekeeping (the usual stuff)
Reminder that we have a suggestion post if there’s a topic that you’d like to see discussed but would like to ask the mods to look into. This can be anything from general information, or a how-to-do-a-thing, or something you may want to discuss as a community. Folks are welcome to post directly to the comm as always, but if you’re not comfortable/don’t have spoons, we can help too.

As we don't always get the time to pull things out of the suggestions post into their own separate posts, it may be worth checking every week (or tracking the post) to see if there's any new information you're interested in.

Also if you need help with tags, PM [personal profile] redbird, who is our tag guru.

Ongoing actions and activities
Sunday August 20 Ready to Resist call
Asssorted Charlottesville resource links
Indivisible have made a map - counter protests
Charlottesville - where to donate money
Petition: stop Trump from pardoning Joe Arpaio
"Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act"
Day of Action: Defend DACA
PFAW Fact Sheets for Recess
Friends of the Earth Call Script for NAFTA
Women's Convention Detroit October 27-29

Solidarity with Charlottesville - find or plan a community event to show you're standing with the people in Charlottesville who put themselves at risk to fight against white supremacy.
Find every election you're eligible to vote in with the EveryElection app
Town Halls: Congress is in recess, so find out when (if!) your representatives are holding town halls at Town Hall Project
Recess toolkits from MoveOn.org and Indivisible (check the comments)

So, what have you all been up to in the last week or are planning to get involved in next week?

Poll #18720 weekly check in
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 7


This week I...

View Answers

called my one senator
2 (40.0%)

called my other senator
2 (40.0%)

called my representative
1 (20.0%)

called my governor
1 (20.0%)

called my state reps
0 (0.0%)

sent a postcard/email/letter/fax
1 (20.0%)

attended a town hall
0 (0.0%)

donated money to a cause
4 (80.0%)

attended an in-person activist group
0 (0.0%)

participated in phone/online training
1 (20.0%)

.

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went to a protest
3 (42.9%)

signed up for alerts
0 (0.0%)

took care of myself
4 (57.1%)

not a US citizen but worked in solidarity in my own community
0 (0.0%)

did something else
2 (28.6%)

committed to action in the coming week
2 (28.6%)



Weekend Link Love – Edition 465

Aug. 20th, 2017 05:10 pm
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Posted by Mark Sisson

weekend_linklove in-lineResearch of the Week

Martial arts training reduces aggression in kids and teens.

Men and women respond differently—on average—to competitive challenges.

Eating more than the RDA in protein is good for bone health.

Eating at regular times of the day improves circadian skin resistance to UV damage.

Arthritis isn’t an inevitable component of aging.

Diabetes is bad for heart health, even if you manage your blood sugar.

New Primal Blueprint Podcasts

Episode 182: Ben Greenfield: Host Elle Russ chats with Ben Greenfield, a walking lab experiment who also does triathlons, writes books, coaches, and gives talks. He’s a real trove of information and insight.

Each week, select Mark’s Daily Apple blog posts are prepared as Primal Blueprint Podcasts. Need to catch up on reading, but don’t have the time? Prefer to listen to articles while on the go? Check out the new blog post podcasts below, and subscribe to the Primal Blueprint Podcast here so you never miss an episode.

Interesting Blog Posts

Exercises for stronger feet.

Sex isn’t just about reproduction—or pleasure. It also clears out deleterious mutations.

The science behind the latest vegan screed on Netflix is lacking.

Media, Schmedia

How one man dealt with chronic pain.

Cooks who care about (and often serve) food “waste.”

Docs who prescribe recipes.

Everything Else

Animals really like to roam.

We’ve got “emotional intelligence” all wrong.

When morbidity doesn’t compress.

Things I’m Up to and Interested In

Podcast I just appeared on: The Aubrey Marcus Podcast, where I talked about curing hangovers, doing keto the right way, and shying away from biohacking.

Study I found interesting (but not surprising): How exercise can help you learn a new language.

Article I’m pondering: “We are nowhere close to the limits of physical performance.”

Quote that struck me: The Chinese word for eugenics, yousheng, is used explicitly as a positive…”

I found this incredibly powerful: Running giraffes.

Recipe Corner

Time Capsule

One year ago (Aug 20– Aug 26)

Comment of the Week

That bit about polyester underwear damaging dspermatogenesis in dogs was an eye-opener!

– Yep, Timothy. Back when Buddha (my old lab) was still around, his thongs were exclusively made of merino wool.

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