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Friday, October 18th, 2013 06:58 pm
kate_nepveu: portion of map from browser-based game (Fallen London)
[personal profile] kate_nepveu

1.

Back when the news that Ben Affleck was going to play Batman broke, I said elsewhere,

The thing is, I don't really care about casting for Batman because Batman is fundamentally a boring character. All he is, is a vehicle for manpain and an opportunity for more interesting people to aggregate around him. (Usually people who deserve a better protagonist.)

Superman's boring too. So there.

*drops mic, walks offstage*

And I stand by that. But [livejournal.com profile] glvalentine's Strange Horizons column Ten Worlds About Ben Affleck's Batman is still awesome with awesomesauce on top. (Why aren't we in world #5?)

2.

Know anyone starting law school or thinking about it? Recommend to them A Student's Guide to Law School, freshly-published and written by a co-worker and one of the smarter people and better attorneys I know (and I know a lot of smart people and good attorneys).

3-4.

A writer at the A.V. Club is dismayed to revisit the first Xanth book (because it may not be obvious if you're not familiar with Piers Anthony's work: trigger warning for discussions of pedophilia):

Here’s how this article was supposed to go down: As a kid, I lived in Florida. Back then I loved the books of Piers Anthony . . . . For this installment of Memory Wipe, I was going to reread A Spell For Chameleon . . . . Then, in poignant prose, I would revisit the magic of my own Floridian childhood, even though that childhood was actually pretty fucked up, but maybe not quite as fucked up as it seemed at the time. The big takeaway: Thanks, Piers Anthony, for the swell book, not mention giving me a tidy epiphany about how fantasy, geography, and nostalgia overlap in the hazy mists of reminiscence.

Instead, this happened: I reread A Spell For Chameleon, and during those excruciating hours all I could think about was what a sad, misogynistic piece of shit it is.

It seems like realizing the awfulness of Piers Anthony is a rite of passage among people who read SFF when young, so I offer it to you all for the sympathetic wince/cathartic rant factor.

Also because of this:

Ultimately, Anthony is the worst kind of misogynist: one who defends his offensive views by saying, in essence, how could he possibly hate women if he’s drooling over them all the time?

I'm not convinced that that's the "worst" kind, but it is a particularly infuriating kind, and it strikes me as relevant to sexual harassment. And that is on my mind because of recent revelations of sexual harassment by Bora Zivkovic, a very prominent man in the science blogging community (context). The most recent report (with links back to others) is by Kathleen Raven. Among other things, this prompted a massive Twitter conversation of people sharing personal tales of self-doubt caused by even much milder forms of harassment (on Storify, or try #ripplesofdoubt if you hate Storify for long things the way I do). Difficult stuff, but worth reading if consistent with your well-being.

(To be clear: Bora is not, at present, using this defense, though I am morally certain that someone somewhere has offered it on his behalf. Reading these links in the same day merely made an association that seemed a useful transition.)

5.

Fallen London players, follow this link for a tiny gift from a Rubbery Man (one not generally available since 2010, can you believe this game has been around that long?), and check out your Lodgings for some seasonal content.

6.

I think about unfollowing Elementary's writers on Twitter every Thursday, when they live-tweet the show that I don't have time to watch. But it doesn't seem worth the effort, and they do things like last week's "feud" with the writers of Sleepy Hollow, which was adorable and hilarious. And then this afternoon they started in with the knock-knock jokes and I gave up and followed @sleepywriters too just so I didn't miss anything . . .

(I have not seen Sleepy Hollow; I appreciate the comparisons everyone's making between it and Elementary regarding the dynamics of the lead pairs, but I've given up trying to watch anything but Elementary and Face Off, and I'm also a little dubious about the mythological elements that [livejournal.com profile] abigail_n points out. As for SHIELD and Korra, I'm letting those scroll off the DVR, and if someone tells me they get to be worth watching, I will pick them up from that point.)

7.

A Dark Room is a really neat minimalist web game about discovery and exploration. I hesitate to say too much about it because of those themes, but it's not too long or demanding and has a definite end, and the minimalism works very well for it. (You should run it in a browser tab that can stay open while you're away from your computer.)

ETA: now some spoilers in comments.

ETA 2013-08: apparently there are some content differences in the iOS app which sound very much not my thing.

8.

‘12 Years a Slave,’ ‘Mother of George,’ and the aesthetic politics of filming black skin, a fascinating article at the Washington Post about the racism embedded in the very "technology and grammar of cinema and photography."

Date: Saturday, October 19th, 2013 12:15 am (UTC)
skygiants: the princes from Into the Woods, singing (agony)
From: [personal profile] skygiants
[personal profile] nextian has threatened to BRIBE ME WITH DELICIOUS HOMEMADE BAKED GOODS to do a horror reread of Xanth. But there are some things I may not be willing to do even for bribery.

Date: Saturday, October 19th, 2013 12:30 pm (UTC)
skygiants: Sheska from Fullmetal Alchemist with her head on a pile of books (ded from book)
From: [personal profile] skygiants
I know. I know! I think it was only going to be one, but EVEN SO.

OH RIGHT THAT WAS THE ONE WHERE IT WAS ILLEGAL TO WEAR CLOTHES. Oh Piers Anthony. OH PIERS ANTHONY.

Date: Saturday, October 19th, 2013 12:34 pm (UTC)
skygiants: Na Yeo Kyeung from Capital Scandal punching Sun Woo Wan in the FACE (kdrama punch)
From: [personal profile] skygiants
AHHHHH EW I HAD BLANKED THAT OUT

Date: Saturday, October 19th, 2013 02:52 pm (UTC)
intothespin: Drawing of a woman lying down reading by Kate Beaton (Default)
From: [personal profile] intothespin
ME TOO

Date: Saturday, October 19th, 2013 03:53 am (UTC)
cordialcount: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cordialcount
I... do not keep it much of a secret that I will happily read the kind of thing Anthony writes when it's floating about in fandom. But Anthonology, dear hell. I am also not willing to call it the worst, since some people have taken the noncon he perves on beyond the realm of fiction into real life, but it is horrifying how vividly those stories convey the impression that he thinks to love a woman (or a person in general) means to want to devour her: her resistance, her desires, her body; and that it's not only a fictional conceit but a real idea for him that a good culture would have all its women willing to trade their intelligence and faculties for sexual gratification. By Anthony himself. I see it on library shelves and wish that if libraries these days must, must throw out their collections to make their bills and taxes, that one were at the top of the list to go.

A Dark Room looks very cool. Thanks for reccing it!

Date: Saturday, October 19th, 2013 07:37 am (UTC)
cordialcount: (hannibal › look again)
From: [personal profile] cordialcount
I'm terrifyingly addicted and dubiously thankful. (<3) I've seen the "saved" word flashing in the corner-- if I close my tab and don't delete cookies, will it recognize my progress upon opening the tab again?

Date: Saturday, October 19th, 2013 11:32 am (UTC)
cordialcount: (Default)
From: [personal profile] cordialcount
There's no need to keep the fire from going out? I'm at the enter starship stage, but don't have the reflexes to make it past the falling special characters without upgrades (thus the fondness for the hours one can use to decide how to evade a gnome with a wand of death), and if I could just let the fur-generators run overnight to trade for scales/teeth/alien alloy, that'd be quite helpful.

Date: Sunday, October 20th, 2013 04:50 am (UTC)
marycontrary: (Default)
From: [personal profile] marycontrary
This person's meta about Dark Room -- I enjoyed it, you may too?
http://paratactician.tumblr.com/post/54923242566/alright-so-if-you-havent-played-doublespeak

Date: Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013 05:15 pm (UTC)
silmaril: (Default)
From: [personal profile] silmaril
I'm glad of A Dark Room---it's made being home sick somewhat better.

(Not reading spoilers, since I'm not very deep in yet, but does the "saved" mean it'd start where I left off if i had to close the browser and come back to it later?)

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