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It's almost Wednesday and I'm two weeks behind on my comics posting. So, lets try to catch up a bit with my comics from two weeks ago.

Behind the cut: Sex Criminals #17, Black Panther: World of Wakanda #5, The Mighty Thor #17, U.S. Avengers #4, Star-Lord #4, Spider-Man #14, Ms. Marvel #16, Patsy Walker, AKA Hellcat #16 and Bombshells Vol. 3: Uprising

Highlights of the week were definitely Sex Criminals and Ms. Marvel.

So many comics )
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Posting this month's playlist late, because I've been distracted reading due South fic and watching, re-watching and re-re-watching RENT (the Broadway version). I'm apparently in a somewhat obsessive mood at the moment, idk.

This month's mix is dedicated to the current political situation, in the US and worldwide. Some old stuff, some new stuff. Some angry, some hopeful, hopefully mostly inspiring.

I'm Gonna Spend the Next Four Years on the Barricades
Zip file on dropbox (131 MB) or Individual tracks on dropbox

Talkin' Bout A Revolution - Tracy Chapman
Where's the Revolution - Depeche Mode
The Sand In the Gears - Frank Turner
Enough Is Enough - Chumbawamba
All You Fascists 2010 - Billy Bragg and his Band
Combat Rock - Sleater-Kinney
Immigrants (We Get the Job Done) - K'naan, Snow Tha Product, Riz MC & Residente
If You Tolerate This Your Children Will Be Next - Manic Street Preachers
Dontfollowtheleader - Headstones
Fuck Police Brutality - Anti-Flag
White Flag Warrior - Flobots Feat. Tim Mcilrath Of Rise Against
Burnin' Streets - Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros
Hey World (Remote Control Version) - Michael Franti and Spearhead
Lovers In A Dangerous Time - Bruce Cockburn
Fishing - Richard Shindell
Weight of the World - Martyn Joseph
We'll Be There - Oysterband
Heads Will Roll - Thea Gilmore
Coming to America - K'naan
¡Viva La Gloria! - Green Day
People Have The Power - Patti Smith
Democracy - Leonard Cohen
Bread and Roses - Brownwen Lewis

I'd love it if you commented if you're downloading, just so I know I'm not posting these out into the void :)

some things

Mar. 26th, 2017 22:10
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Cajsa cardigan: done, washed, drying. It took a while to find enough virtual spoons to sew the edges of the two pocket-bags, and it just plain took a while to bind off the lower hem in i-cord. I'm glad to have good tools: ChiaoGoo steel circular needles for sssk with slightly stiff 50/50 linen/wool, though usually I prefer Crystal Palace wood circs for the sake of their cord/needle swivel. My hunch that there wouldn't be enough of the neutral main color---an undyed linen hue, pale brownish---was right, and the faded aqua contrast at body and sleeve hems, button band, and pocket-bags looks all right. More notes are on Ravelry. As before, photo awaits dry finished object, and I haven't quite enough photos to wrestle with an access-locked image post yet. I suppose you could find me on Instagram if you don't use Rav and wanted a peek sooner?

The reassigned Dovana shawl is partly bound off. The baby gift is at 90%, except that my mother has talked me down from bestowing it on that friend. I'll buy a less potentially embarrassing gift, and the knitted gift will go to the relative with a former high-risk pregnancy and now a healthy newborn.

Next up: I began Reason's much-requested replacement orange cardigan some weeks ago, and it has nearly reached sleeve separation point (from the top down, not bottom up), but it emerges from its little bag only after dark because Reason insists she doesn't want to know whether I've decided to make it. Given healthy tiny relative, I've also begun Reason's hooded vest, which is meant to share yarn with a yearling-sized cardigan. Otherwise, there's MIL's Tidblad, and I've taken up a shawl for myself which was begun a year and a half ago to commemorate my final solo project at the prior office. That final project was itself delayed for six years behind "more important" ones; I hope the shawl doesn't dawdle that long. How's that for displacement of another garment-for-self attempt....

The cardigan pattern intended for my mother ought to be released soon.

I am behind on email, btw. Sorry.

Fic meme from Tumblr

Mar. 26th, 2017 13:33
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This is one of the best fic memes that I've seen. I love most of these questions.

My fic

1: What inspired you to write the fic this way?
2: What scene did you first put down?
3: What’s your favorite line of narration?
4: What’s your favorite line of dialogue?
5: What part was hardest to write?
6: What makes this fic special or different from all your other fics?
7: Where did the title come from?
8: Did any real people or events inspire any part of it?
9: Were there any alternate versions of this fic?
10: Why did you choose this pairing for this particular story?
11: What do you like best about this fic?
12: What do you like least about this fic?
13: What music did you listen to, if any, to get in the mood for writing this story? Or if you didn’t listen to anything, what do you think readers should listen to to accompany us while reading?
14: Is there anything you wanted readers to learn from reading this fic?
15: What did you learn from writing this fic?

Check Please!

Mar. 26th, 2017 10:05
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Last night, in search of stuff that was 'like' (for a given value of 'like') Yuri!!! on Ice, I stayed up late reading through Check Please from the beginning.

Rather than explain it in depth, I'll just link to this (spoilery) primer: The Queer Hockey Bros Webcomic You Should Be Reading.

I enjoyed it and found it a pleasant way to spend a couple of hours. Although my current assessment is "doesn't hold a candle to YoI," I remember that my first assessment of YoI on Dreamwidth was the notably lukewarm "I may be kind of enjoying it... the romance is rather sweet." Interestingly, although the relationship between Jack and Bitty in Check Please has zero ambiguity, we see less of its development than we do of the relationship between Victor and Yuuri. I felt that the narrative skips over a lot, but I suppose that just leaves space for fandom to fill in. There definitely seems to be some good fic available, and a surprising amount of it – over 5000 works!

More observations:
• It's an achievement that this managed to make me feel sympathetic about hockey bros. To be fair, they're Massachusetts liberal arts college bros, who may be a slightly different breed.
• Unlike YoI, this is set in a universe where homophobia exists, but embedded within a basically homophobia-free college and sports team. I feel like we're going to get a collision with the wider world soon, as the characters are closeted beyond the sphere of friends and family, and wonder how it's going to turn out.
• It's interesting how this has many of the same themes as YoI but combined in different ways. YoI if Victor had Yuuri's anxiety and JJ's pushy Canadian family.

In conclusion, or perhaps in a complete derail, I really want to read a proper longfic from someone who knows their sports where Victor ends up going into hockey instead of figure skating. Including his journey from KHL to NHL. It would be most obvious to have him playing for SKA Saint Petersburg – which means he'd still be based at Yubileyny Sports Palace! – but I love the names of some of the other teams. Metallurg Magnitogorsk, Traktor Chelyabinsk, Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. Victor is slightly shorter than the average NHL player (though they'd probably just lie and say he was 6 feet even), and certainly a good deal lighter, but the latter would be mainly down to the difference in training regimens. Anyway, it would be interesting, but very much not something that I could write.

ETA: Dear God, I just realised that 'Check Please!' has an exclamation point in its title too. This really is a metric of how gay a source text is, isn't it?

ETA 2: Evgeni Plushenko plays hockey on an amateur team! How did I not know this? So interesting.

some things

Mar. 23rd, 2017 22:51
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* I almost have my MRI referral, yay. First I must go for an X-ray, boo, because my med insurance requires one before the other. The facility has walk-in X-rays, boo, and to get in line, I'll have to rise even earlier, which usually leads to Reason's early rising, too, double boo. It's more than 5 km from the office, boo, on a bus line, yay.

I don't understand the logic that requires irradiation to rule out bone chips before imaging soft tissue, given that I have partial use of my shoulder---continually so since the fall three months ago. I am enormously glad to have partial use of my shoulder, to be clear: I can type and handwrite, get into a shirt without much trouble, open a lightweight door, even do forearm planks and ± hang the laundry. (I hang everything besides sheets because I like wearing things out, not having the dryer do it for me.) I can't hand my child a fork or spoon without pain, however, given where we sit at table: angle of extension, not how demanding the task is. After my grumpy post about near-total lack of abduction, I tried the bicycle, which overtaxed my left shoulder in compensation but led to a nap, not a fall. ...yay? (Informed risks are part and parcel of chronic pain, anyway.) While I read random web things, my left hand uses the mouse while my right arm bends and curls into my ribs unbidden, as though my body could protect it. Sorry, arm and axle; please keep waiting.

* Reason is so annoyed that Hidden Figures the book is "for grownups" and has "a ton of text." Wait two or three years, little one, and you'll probably skate through it. (She wouldn't be so irritated were she unable to conceive of herself reading it.) There's apparently a Young Readers version, but our nearest library doesn't have it.

Dietician update

Mar. 23rd, 2017 22:36
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I had a phone interview yesterday with a dietitian who specializes in people with disordered relationships with food. I like her, and think I can definitely work with her.

Meanwhile, cut for discussion of weight )

wie lieblich sind deine wohnungen

Mar. 22nd, 2017 19:16
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Mirok Li, Der Yalu fließt, trans. as The Yalu Flows by H. A. Hammelmann (1956): as a young man, Li was instructed by his mother to flee north across the nearby Amnok River (a.k.a. Yalu) and escape the Japanese police, probably circa 1920. He never returned to Korea; from China he made his way to Bavaria and worked as a doctor until his death in 1950. Besides this book, which is a remembrance of his childhood---it ends quite abruptly after his river-crossing into Manchuria---Li left scraps of a second book, which Hammelmann describes as a reflection upon juxtaposing European life with his Eastern upbringing. Think about it for a moment: born around the time when the Japanese government began occupying Korea, departed shortly after the March 1 movement---and then, somehow, sufficiently at home in a Bavarian village that people came to him for medical consultation amidst the tumult of the Third Reich.

A whole paragraph of my notes-while-reading was eaten by something, probably OneNote, so I no longer have the romanized names that caught my eye. "Mirok" is 미륵, more usually Mirŭk or Mireuk, as in the usual Korean rendering of Maitreya, the Buddha; his father's given name is rendered "Kamtsal," and due to Li's childhood training in classical Chinese, I'm not sure what to do with that Wade-Gilesish ts- as filtered through German. Chŏl, maybe? Two more bits have floated up while I type---Li's father asks him once whether he has heard of the great Korean poet "Kim-Saggaz," and Li's teaching includes the works of "Mang-dsa"---that's Menzius auf deutsch, usually Mencius or Mengzi in English.

I can see why people place this and Younghill Kang's The Grass Roof together, but Kang's text is almost painfully satirical, whereas Li's is almost painfully earnest, too earnest to be much truer than Kang's. Li's account is nonetheless nearer the technically fictional yet memoirish Richard E. Kim's Lost Names (1970), as expected.

I really wish that more writers besides these men and Park Wan-suh (her preferred romanization) had felt empowered to express themselves in semi-autobiographical writing (with a visibility level enabling translation into a language I can read). It's selfish, but seriously, they're all from yangban families---why don't we have a wider representation of voices? At this point, if we don't, we won't---they're dead---unless someone's writings are discovered late.

All in the Family Exchange Letter

Mar. 21st, 2017 08:42
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Dear Writer,

Thank you so much for creating a gift for me! I guarantee I'll be thrilled with whatever you write, so please don't stress about your assignment. I promise I'll love it. I've offered up some ideas for my requested fandoms & relationships, but don't feel tied down by them. I'd rather you create something that makes you happy and that you're proud of than one that you're not excited by even though it incorporates all of my likes and prompts.

So, first off, as you can tell by the salutation, I requested only fic for this exchange. Sorry! I'm in a reading kind of mood. Maybe next time, artists and vidders.

Now, for my preferences. I'm pretty laid back and read a wide variety of stories. Any rating is fine with me, too. I just really enjoy seeing what writers can do with interesting ideas and premises. But I know none of that is very helpful in an exchange, so…

General likes:
  • Lighthearted fluff, emotional devastation that has a happy ending, action-packed adventure, snappy dialogue and banter, food descriptions, fight sequences, and complicated relationships.

  • Canon-compliant fic. If you want to write a fic that can slide into the canon, great!

  • Canon-divergent fic. If you want to write a fic where Character X didn't die, that's awesome! If you want to write a fic where everything is the same as in canon except, I don't know, Death comes stalking the streets one night a year and shenanigans ensue, have at it! I'm really easy here, guys.

  • Maybe you like writing AUs? In that case, I enjoy high school athletic team AUs, university AUs, tattoo and piercing artist AUs, and ABO that examines and/or subverts the trope's established conventions. (For ABO, I'm more interested in the worldbuilding aspects and ramifications for this exchange. Well, I'm always interested in that but moreso here given the nature of my requests.)

  • Or are you into crossovers or fusions? Stick to Pokemon Go. You'll never go wrong with Pokemon Go. :D

General dislikes:
  • Non-canon character death

  • Infidelity

  • Non-canon genderbending

  • Noncon (dubcon is fine)

  • First- or second-person POV

  • Crossovers & fusions except for the one case noted above. ;)

And now for the requests!

The Requests - Naruto, One Piece & RWBY )

Thank you so much again, and I hope you have fun with your assignment! :D

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fiber monday

Mar. 19th, 2017 22:10
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Once again, an unexpected, hey-I-could-make-that gift has squeezed other items down a step in the queue. Soon I'll see a friend from grad school who had a baby a few months ago. We have the slightly awkward habit of exchanging small gifts---tl;dr not my idea, and culturally bound. It's far simpler to bring a gift for a baby than for a person who eschews thinginess. I mean, baby gift or fruit basket? Baby gift.

The last time I attempted baby gifts, I failed utterly. This time there is only one child---no extras for older sibs, etc. With one temporarily free-to-use pattern, the friend's prior (over-)generosity is balanced, I think. Plus, it uses yarn that I'd nearly given up on reassigning after it proved too soft and splitty to crochet into a small dragon. It's Dale Baby Ull (wool)---all right for knitting. (I used different yarn to crochet a kangaroo + joey for Reason instead, three years ago.)

It helps that a toddler-sized garment is small; it's a bit past the halfway mark. Cajsa cardigan's lower edge is mid-bindoff, and one pocket-bag's edges have been sewn.

Also, nnnngh, Reason's legwarmers have wanted so much k1,p1, but at last they're finished. It's nice to have a positive example for a child of something horribly boring that has a good reason for pursuit...? (We did talk about it in those terms.) Photo sometime after they're dry.

Robot x Laserbeam

Mar. 19th, 2017 16:40
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Fujimaki-sensei, I have missed you so much.

anti-bicycling update

Mar. 18th, 2017 20:52
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Haven't used it since last fall because of rain and the shoulder injury. Street bumps disagree with the latter.

Now that the rains have faded and I want to bike again, however, I have determined what's up with my shoulder: week three of super-gentle physical therapy exercises (minus the exercises that turn out to displace my grumpy vertebrae, heh heh) has split what hurts and what's merely weak from neglect. Read more... )

Not enough hours in the day

Mar. 18th, 2017 19:26
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A common complaint, I know, but I really feel like any one of these avocations could take up most of my free time. I can probably manage to do one and a half of them well, simultaneously.

• Write fiction (in English)
• Read in English
• Keep up my Icelandic
• Learn Russian
• Learn French
• Take up cycling
• Watch television (cycling plus occasional dramas of note)

To say nothing of seeing friends, getting out and about, and napping (one of my favourite leisure activities).

Since the start of the year I've basically been writing fic, plus watching a bit of cycling and cross-country skiing. I have literally only finished reading one book, which is unusual for me. Once I finish my current WIP (which has been IP since early December, shame), I'm going to give myself permission to put fiction on the back burner and properly turn my attention to Russian – which has a bit of a timetable given that I'm going back to Russia in August. But then I'll be in France in a few weeks, and Brussels at the end of May, so... French? A little French? And it's not as if I've run out of fic ideas...

You see what I mean about there not being enough hours in the day.
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Since Tuesday night I have read 1,093,463 words of due South fic.

Um... er...

It started because I was having a massive anxiety attack over whether or not the stuff I needed to submit my PR card renewal would come in time, and so couldn't sleep.

I decided to watch some vids to settle my brain, got sucked into my due South vids folder and about 3AM decided to switch from vids to fic.

I never did get to sleep. When the mail I was fretting over finally arrived the next afternoon, I was still reading.

The anxiety went away at that point, but the reminder of how much I love Fraser/RayK and how long it had been since I read any kinda didn't. So, I just keep working my way through the Archive.

I haven't fic binged like this in I don't even know how long. I'd forgotten how fun it could be.


Mar. 17th, 2017 14:41
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Thanks to everyone who let us know that Photobucket images were not loading properly on some pages. The problem seemed to be mostly limited to HTTPS requests; Dreamwidth maintains a list of known high-traffic image sites that support HTTPS, so that our secure content proxy service doesn't cache them unnecessarily. Unfortunately Photobucket seems to have recently changed their site configuration such that HTTPS requests aren't being served as expected, and we've now taken it out of our list of "proxy-exempt" sites.

If you continue to have issues, make sure you're not using HTTPS Photobucket links. It's a bit counterintuitive, but if you use HTTP instead, it will be automatically transformed on our end to an HTTPS link that uses p.dreamwidth.org.

Hope that clears everything up for now! Let us know if it doesn't...

LOL. Cats.

Mar. 17th, 2017 10:54
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Thanks to [personal profile] synecdochic and [personal profile] fairestcat, my preschooler is now convinced that the proper and primary use of the internet is for pictures of cats. And I'm like, Well, she's not wrong!

So, uh, keep posting, cat-owners.

reading wednesday

Mar. 14th, 2017 20:42
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Current/recent reading: fanfic in one fandom. Disappointment and curiosity interrupted a 3DS game at its four-fifths mark, so game and fic will share a post.

Next: a handful of browser tabs and a couple of long epub-format fics remain. Perhaps then my brain will reengage with the published fiction I've been trying to read. Six consecutive blocks mean that it's not the individual books or a true bounce; it's me.

I still have a couple of queued book posts, but this fact (bit of a hangover from the recent office deadline) seems worth recording.

(Also, of course, now I'm in pursuit of a different office deadline---one that involves reading a lot of existing material!---but it's kinder and involves things I know how to approach. The only frustration is minor: we're writing a bunch of documentation, and no one else seems to think it'd be wise to check for existing content first, plan for five minutes which chunks belong in which Confluence pages, etc. I guess that editing is part of the "value" I can add, very gently, in that most of my co-producers in this effort have had no cause to ponder such topics before---though there's an interesting question buried in asserting experience-based authority for my suggestions: if you've never pondered document organization and someone has Opinions, why would you think that the opinions are worth consideration? At least it's easy to explain reasons for those opinions. There is much I don't know, as ever, but when confronted by a muddle of partially redundant material meant to support a training lab, I find I know some things. That bone-deep sense is unexpected; then again, it's been twenty years and a bit since I first documented software professionally, and thirty since I began editing my parents' cover letters and resumes for job applications. This is the kind of thing that makes me meta-reflect upon how most children of non-immigrants never even know to ponder certain gaps.)


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