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I wanted a piece of jewelry to commemorate handing off Con or Bust, among other things, but nothing was really grabbing me, so I outsourced creativity and asked Elise Matthesen to make me a surprise pendant. I prompted soft green (after a necklace I bought last Readercon and broke a while ago) and/or freedom. The result is called "Breathing Room" and it's glorious; it makes me feel like I'm wearing a protective amulet or armor. I posted pictures on Twitter.

(Elise is having a big sale now and has promised to do something with the makes-a-surprise later this weekend, so check the shop out!)


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  • I'm sure I'm behind the times here, but I'd never seen actual Quidditch pictures before! (For certain values thereof, I mean.) Via File 770.

  • At Vice, A Cancelled Board Game Revealed How Colonialism Inspires and Haunts Games.

  • I love learning about linguistics and was excited to see this list of linguistics podcasts. I particularly liked en clair, on forensic linguistics, because it has beautiful complete transcripts so I caught up just by reading.

  • The movie Fast Color stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw and is, per the AV Club "part superhero origin story, part multigenerational family drama, part near-future dystopian fable," which sounds relevant to our interests.

  • The Wound of Very Contrition (3940 words) by cosmogyral
    Chapters: 1/?
    Fandom: Hilary Tamar Mysteries - Sarah Caudwell, Oxford Time Travel Universe - Connie Willis
    Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
    Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
    Relationships: Selena Jardine/Julia Larwood
    Characters: Hilary Tamar, Selena Jardine, Julia Larwood, Michael Cantrip, Desmond Ragwort, Kivrin Engle, James Dunworthy
    Summary: The Royal Historical Society seeks from all those who once worked with him a reminiscence of James Dunworthy, lately retired at the peak of his eminence, and I believe the time has come at last for me to give mine. “After all,” as my young friend Selena Jardine said when I asked for her legal advice, “it’s not actually libelous. And I suppose no one but me will be harmed at this stage.” // * // In which Hilary Tamar kidnaps a child from the Middle Ages; and other academic crimes which are, properly considered, James Dunworthy's fault.

    Hi this is the best. (WIP but first chapter is satisfying on its own.)

  • National Geographic, a few years ago, on how extremely precise measurements were taken of Notre Dame. I get emotional when overtired, so I had to stop looking at the news, but I wonder if architectural restorations include all the kludgy bits?

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I watched Thor: Ragnarok several months ago and never got around to writing it up, and might as well now to keep myself awake.

The experience of watching this movie was extremely weird because it was exactly like all the Tumblr posts? only extremely mild spoilers )

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I can't believe I haven't actually asked this, but:

I loved Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, but I get the impression that Bendis' run is thought of as more important for establishing the idea of the character than the details? Reading summaries does not super-impress me, especially the significant family deaths. Am I wrong and would people recommend Bendis' run? What about the Champions series?

(I know the solo title has recently been relaunched with Saladin Ahmed writing, which seems promising to me, but it's just started.)

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Since pop culture news is consumed at present with Game of Thrones (see this about the difficulty of giving it an appropriate ending) and Avengers: Endgame (guilty of the latter, I know!), with the inevitable ancillary discussion of A Song of Ice and Fire's probably never-to-be-finished status, let's round up giant SFF series that actually managed to stick the landing.

(For purposes of "giant" I'm going to say "significantly bigger than trilogy"; feel free to argue otherwise in comments. Also this presumes that there's a landing to stick, not just that installments stop coming out.)

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Wednesday morning links are sitting in a newly-renovated car dealership waiting room that is extremely spacious and comfy. If only I'd known that they had free pastries too (though, admittedly, odds are against them being good).

notes on more Avengers: Endgame clips )

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I'm seeing discussion about the AO3 being a finalist for the Hugo Award for Best Related Work running along the lines of "it's a nomination for an impressive infrastructure, not for fanfics that are found on it." I'm sure that accurately represents the nominators' intent, and the AO3 is very impressive! But I'm stuck on the bit where it's an infrastructure, not a book or a series of blog posts or a YouTube documentary or a website documenting a particular event?

PDF of official definition:

3.3.6: Best Related Work. Any work related to the field of science fiction, fantasy, or fandom, appearing for the first time during the previous calendar year or which has been substantially modified during the previous calendar year, and which is either non-fiction or, if fictional, is noteworthy primarily for aspects other than the fictional text, and which is not eligible in any other category.

I'm not saying that it isn't eligible—obviously it's been ruled so, but just because it's within the letter of the WSFS Constitution doesn't mean I have to like it. [*] And my first instinct is that I don't think it's non-fiction, any more than WordPress is or, I don't know, a convention?

Anyway, obviously it's just been announced so I have more thinking to do, but I want it on record that if I vote it below No Award, it's not because I think fanfic has girl cooties or whatever.

[*] See also: I will No-Award Best Series until the heat death of the universe, no matter how much I like anything nominated in it, because I think the category's a terrible idea.

big backlog

Apr. 2nd, 2019 05:10 pm
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I was busy! But now I get to wander around mentally singing "I'm freeeee!" a la Elsa. And also, err, start our household taxes and do a lot of laundry. Minor details!

A kid anecdote I told elsewhere on social media when it happened:

Me: time to get up!
The Pip: tell me something I don't know.
Me: The square root of 81 is 9.
The Pip: I knew THAT.
Me: New York does not impose franchise tax on certain 501(c)(3) corporations.
The Pip: I have no idea what you just said.
Me: Something you didn't know! So get up!

And here's a video of a marble run the kids and I improvised last night out of a pretty lousy kit. Design mostly by SteelyKid, because she has spatial abilities and engineering instincts and I do not.


Have a bunch of links:


Two Avengers: Endgame thoughts based on teasers )


Finally, io9 has a big piece on Farscape which reminds me that I watched a few episodes several years ago and just never kept going. That was long ago enough that I'd probably have to start over; so is there a spot in S1 that people would recommend I start at, or episodes in S1 that I should skip? (Admittedly I may just need to not watch in the middle of the night while up with a very small child, which I'd forgotten was my previous mode until I checked the tag, but still.)

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This morning, I woke up 90 minutes before my alarm and struggled to go back to sleep. When my alarm went off, I actually thought I hadn't succeeded . . . before it dawned on me that I had not, in fact, just come back from taking the Pip to see Avengers: Endgame.

In my dream, by the way, I fell asleep in the theater with my eyes open (parallelism!) and, while the Pip was in the bathroom afterward, was asking all the cosplayers what happened. None of them could remember either and were quite disgusted about it. I had to ask the Pip, who told me that squirrels and dogs teamed up to keep Thanos still. (And yes, naturally I tagged the Unbeatable Squirrel Girl on Twitter in the abbreviated version of this story.)


One other kid anecdote originally on Twitter:

SteelyKid wanted to fill out a NCAA Men's Basketball bracket because some friends of hers had, and of course what SteelyKid does, the Pip also wants to do. But I made the mistake of telling him that I'd gotten degrees from Yale and Northeastern . . . so he had them meet in the final because, "Mom! I made you win either way!"

This was incredibly sweet but they were 13 and 14 seeds so they went out on the first day.

(I don't think if he's asked about it since, so I expect he's not that invested in it. But he should have gone with one of Chad's teams, Maryland made it to the second round. (The rest of his Final Four was Old Dominion, because it sounded cool, and Vermont, because he had a nice weekend there once. Those were also both double-digit seeds and went out in the first round.))


And a dog picture: Charlie pupper is an extremely innocent dog who is certainly not lying on anything he shouldn't be.


Links:

  • A story of a jar of bees left in a bookshop.

  • In which Zen Cho is interviewed by her husband and ought to give us that salty take she's saving for another day:

    Most of the SFF about Empire is about fighting Empire—I think because most SFF is and was produced by white Westerners who are working through their undigested feelings about benefiting from imperial domination by writing stories where they imagine themselves into the position of the oppressed. But that’s a salty take for another day!

  • I never liked having human cultures in natural history museums, so I'm glad that the American Museum of Natural History is revising its exhibits.

  • It was, according to someone-or-other, National Puppy Day yesterday! The Atlantic collected photos.


Finally, I had been trying the podcast Placing Faces because I like how-the-sausage-gets-made podcasts and casting directors seemed like a good topic for that. And the first episode was really great, though the host could have worked a little more not to step on the interview subject's toes. and then, ableism )

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Nanoblocks are basically Legos except that 4 dots fit in the space of 1 Lego dot, and their undersides are channels so that (alas) pieces can slide around. The instructions are also top-down, one layer at a time, which I usually find easier than Lego instructions. I really like building their more complicated sets; last summer I did Himeji Castle (photo album) for my birthday, and this Christmas I got a deluxe edition bonsai pine, which I finished tonight. Here's the photo album.

(Edit: elsewhere someone said the next step was putting teeny elvish buildings on the branches and boy, I wish I could!)

After I took a picture of the bonsai next to Himeji Castle, I immediately started disassembling the castle. This is probably kind of weird, but we have enough clutter as it is, and the pleasure is largely in the assembly—and this way I can re-assemble sometime if I like.

If you do the more intricate Nanoblock sets, by the way, I recommend the special tweezers, mostly for getting pieces apart that you've put in the wrong place.

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Chad made the bread recipe and the first loaf was eaten in about five minutes by all four humans in the household.

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I popped into /r/CrossStitch and found it consumed with talk about Target bags? Turns out the dollar bins at the entrance to stores are selling various bags of perforated faux-leather and the cross-stitching community spotted them. SteelyKid and I had to go to Target for something else, so we grabbed a few small makeup bags; she immediately decided that she was going to stitch one as a watermelon slice and spent a happy while last night marking up the pattern template a Redditor made and going through my floss stash to pick colors. She's chosen a full-coverage design, so we'll see whether she actually finishes the stitching, but if she doesn't I will. (I think I'm going to try and do a Captain Marvel symbol on one of mine.)

Other links:

  • The NYT on how museums decide what to get rid of.

  • Carvell Wallace profiles Samuel L. Jackson:

    This becomes clear to me when I later interview him in the country-club restaurant and he sprinkles n-words and motherfuckers about the dining area like handfuls of glitter as Grandpa- and Memaw-type club members look awkwardly into their eggs Benedict. He behaves not only like a man who belongs here but also like one who basically owns the place. His casual inattention to the perceived authority of white power structures is so deeply woven into his way of being that in his presence it seems bizarre that anyone, anywhere, would think to behave differently. A lot of people like to say they don’t give a fuck. Samuel L. Jackson simply doesn’t.

    (Both the above via Go Fug Yourself.)

  • Chad took this two-second gif of a giant crane chomping a campus building, which just really amuses me.

  • This story about the oldest American picture book still in print is a journey. (Via Tom+Lorenzo.)

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Took the kids to see Captain Marvel yesterday afternoon, their first MCU movie, though they are familiar with the MCU overall by general cultural osmosis.

Mild spoilers, a few additional thoughts. )

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of interest to very few )

The promised batch file )

(I remembered the poll code! I wonder if I can make a bookmarklet that will ask me if I did when I hit the "Post" button. No, nevermind, that's enough computer-y stuff for one weekend.)

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  • I've added this peasant bread to the "recipes I will never actually make" file, based on this glowing rec from [personal profile] rachelmanija. (Edit: and in "small world" news, Chad tells me the author is local, which he knew because the source cookbook was displayed in our corner grocery store for quite a while.)

  • I really like the poem "Ishtar Awakens in Chicago" by Mohja Kahf, which is quoted in this Tumblr post about an art installation that projected part of it on a building.

  • "(O)ne foretelling of doom is happenstance; two seems like attention-seeking" — words of wisdom from Sunless Sea's patch notes. (I have played about twenty minutes of Sunless Sea and I'm not sure my laptop or my sense of direction is up to it, but I'll give it another try soon. Ish.)

  • Please enjoy this review of an extremely obscure and gay book by [personal profile] skygiants; spoiler/content note )

  • On discussing racism in knitting social media, via Reading the End. I felt like a bit of a Fandom Old about this article, partly because I'm very tired and partly because it's about Instagram as a medium for discussion and I find Instagram baffling (seriously, Chad "took over" Union's Instagram for a day and I couldn't figure out how to find what he was doing).

    Minor note: there's a comment about how white knitters would ask knitters of color to meet and discuss in person, which was seen as a way of attempting to exert control. The article says, "online, everyone is closer to being on equal footing; you can’t pressure someone into following the social norms of 'polite conversation.'" I'm not clear if this is paraphrasing the knitter of color quoted earlier in the paragraph, or if this is the article's author; either way, my reaction was definitely "uh, you can't?!" Sure, it's easier in person, but . . .

  • Did you know that there exists Cruel Intentions: The '90s Musical? Now you do.

  • I never watched Project Runway, but this review of the new season makes it sound quite interesting.

  • Stashing for later reading: the current issue of the OTW's journal Transformative Works and Cultures is "Fans of Color, Fandoms of Color."

(I only remember to put the polls in when I draft link dumps in email, sorry . . . )

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New Avengers: Endgame trailer at YouTube.

first, hasty thoughts )

In conclusion, yesterday I bought myself a Captain Marvel figure and positioned it carefully atop the White House, to join the movie monsters already here.

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  • There was a trailer for Dumbo but I didn't see it, I was coming back from the bathroom when it ended.
  • Frozen II. I just find it very weird to think of Eleanor Shellstrop and Maureen from Rent as Disney Princesses. Other than that, I have no feelings about this franchise. (I've never seen the first all the way through, I was in the room for parts of it, that's all.)
  • Rocketman. "A musical fantasy about the uncensored human story of Sir Elton John's breakthrough years." Uh . . . okay? I guess?
  • Dark Phoenix. I didn't like this the first time they did it.
  • Late Night. Emma Thompson is magnetic, and possibly if Mindy Kaling is writing it, it will treat the characters well?
  • Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw. This was like being bludgeoned with testosterone.

I feel like there was more, but it's not coming to me on a scan on IMDB's forthcoming pages, so I guess I'll go to bed.

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non-spoiler reaction )

where to see the cameos, how many post-credits scenes there are )

And now for the SPOILERS.

no second billing, 'cause you're a star now )

Comics

Finally, what comics do people like? I read all of Kelly Sue DeConnick's Captain Marvel and related Avengers volumes, but that's it. If you liked the movie, I would recommend that with qualifications, mainly that I find the art of the 2012-2013 run actively off-putting (the first main artist, Dexter Soy, has a tendency to do more boobs-and-butts that I'd like, and the coloring is horrifically muddy; and then the second main artist, Filipe Andrade, is all Delirium pixie-deformed-waif?). And there were definitely times when I felt the weight of the backstory pressing, unlike either Unbeatable Squirrel Girl or Ms. Marvel (the latter of which I am not remotely caught up on). However, DeConnick gets specially name-checked in the credits for a reason (as does David Lopez, the artist on the second run), so if you can roll with the art and a little Googling, go ahead.

Comixology is having a sale, as it should, and the ones I've read are the first six collected volumes (plus Avengers Assemble: Science Bros): the 2012-2013 run, collected as In Pursuit of Flight and Down; Avengers: The Enemy Within, which picks up right after; and the 2014-2015 run, collected as Higher, Further, Faster, More; Stay Fly (which has a lot of stuff about the cat!); and Alis Volat Propriis.

So what else should I read, comics-reading friends? Captain Marvel and the Carol Corps sounded awfully tied-in to bigger-picture stuff, so even though it was co-written by DeConnick, I didn't read it. Obviously I'm not reading anything that's Civil War II, and neither should anyone else.(Really! I had to suffer through it via Ms. Marvel and nope nope nope.) But how's Margaret Stohl's run?

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