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so. like...well, everyone, i come across something relevant to my interests that makes me think, link-wise, and i throw it into pinboard. and then my pinboard is a giant mess of untagged (and often only partially read) stuff. so i'm trying to get that under control! and since a lot of it falls into categories in groups that are kind of dw post-sized, and i've been meaning to post more: handy excuse. so there you go.

some links i've been sent or found, more or less on physical appearance & gender performance:

It’s not about you: When men take women’s style personally
To believe that we as women solely adorn ourselves for the specifically sexual gaze of men is, looked at in this way, a denial of humanity. It denies women’s participation in the basically human act of signaling through cultural artifacts, denies the possibility of women’s attire meaning anything non-sexual, and it denies the role of individual taste in women’s attire. For though we are navigating a social morass of signals and counter-signals, there remains something to be said for the individual woman’s desire– which is often bound up with it all.
more of the "it's not FOR you" message, but with some historical and contemporary context. doesn't really go as deep as i would like? but i got a couple of books out of the library on the strength of the essay, so.

VISIBLE GIRLS: LONDON’S LOST FEMALE SUBCULTURES
In this project I turned my attention to more personal visual details and I became increasingly interested in the effect appearences have on everybody’s lives.
The way we use dress as a means of communication/identification and how it can both inform and misinform us.
I have chosen to focus on girls, not the boys (where present) were any less stylish, but because girls in “subcultures” have been largely ignored or when referred to, only as male appendages.
i really like that this project makes cultural signaling explicit, and makes it clear that fashion is a way to perform those cultures - not just ways of belonging, but ways of behaving.

This Is What One Man Learned From Wearing Makeup For A Week
This week of makeup made me conspicuous in a way I wasn’t used to. Not only was it a continual shock to see my glossy and high-contrast face, I had to deal with how everyone felt about it. How I felt about it. How the makeup was at odds with the way the rest of me looked, how the makeup didn’t even have to be heavy to make people feel weird, how I felt weird and smothered and self-conscious despite myself.
i was ready for this post to be a trainwreck. and it really wasn't? i mean, the guy said some things about himself in makeup that line up with how i feel about myself in makeup - not all of the things he said, definitely. ...which makes sense, i've probably spent more time thinking about it. that feeling that your makeup is obvious, garish, & distracting that he describes, even on day one, is very very familiar. (that said, i don't think he needed to shave his mustache, not sure i understand the logic that he needed to be cleanshaven.)

Awkwardly Dapper: The Strange Exhilaration of Buying, and Wearing, a Suit
Like all great pleasures, dress can be a profoundly dangerous thing. It can show you to yourself, and reveal you to the world.
My biggest fear buying a suit was that I’d waste hundreds of dollars and look ridiculous. Not because women in suits look ridiculous – they look amazing – but because I did not deserve it.
i keep thinking someday i will get a suit. possibly i just need to find buttondowns that fit me properly, though, because then i could indulge my incredible love of ties. TIES. people who hate wearing ties: i'm sorry. i love them.

#GPOY Actually Isn’t Gratuitous At All
But girls’ identities are so pigeonholed by their appearances that empowerment and objectification are two sides of the same coin. Ultimately the only woman who could tell you whether or not she’s being taken advantage of is the subject of the photo in question — girls who are no doubt intelligent, but are also, at times, several years below the age of consent.
#GPOY is a way to own one’s vulnerability, and also to buy into the most ancient currency on the internet — amateur, sexualized pictures of women. It reaches out to others who are similarly looking for a safe space to share their vulnerabilities, and also puts the user on a platform to be judged by the crowd. The tag’s self-mockery straddles shameless self-promotion (which is itself a tag so ubiquitous on the internet it’s ironic) and the other (completely unthinkable) extreme, which is no external validation at all.
i was on the fence about including this one, because it's about a lot of things that aren't performing gender - selfies, self-promotion, language use - but i think there are also some interesting things said about staging your appearance, and disclaiming it at the same time.

On Twitter’s Gender Metric
As both this post about the gender metric and this post from Twitter about its gender-targeted marketing show, Twitter treats gender as an emergent pattern of behavior. As the latter explains, users are thought to send “signals”–such as “user profile names or the accounts she or he follows”–that “have proven effective in inferring gender.”
i don't even know what to do with this one in my head. it's a scheme to take performative elements, then use them to prescribe binary gender. i just. ::hands::
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I only have one WIP, so these are all from A Song Is a Weapon. There's a lot of middle between what I've fleshed out & these scenes, so still a little sketchy.
[personal profile] littlebutfierce, the tag is for introducing me to the song in #3, :)

1) Rachel assessed herself coldly in the mirror. She looked too peaked; she pushed her fingertips into her cheeks, massaging tiny circles to push some color there.

Who knew that a theatrical education would have practical applications in espionage? I should write a thesis about this.


2) Her fingers hit some low notes on the electronic keyboard. Simple - he knew she didn’t play much.

“All my life, I’ve been fighting a war…” her voice started out like it always did, clear, sweetly cutting the air with pure, full notes.

Her voice lifted higher.

“My heart jumps around when I’m alluded to.
This will not do.”

Puck new they’d all been scared - for a long time - but all he could think about was how Rachel had had the fear first, and worst - but her entire tone shifted, to anger.

“’Cause I was raised up to be admired
To be noticed.”

Her anger was about her loss, then. Of a meticulously planned future to which she’d devoted the last decade of her life.

Could she ever do this?

Would her bitterness allow her to slip into other personas, to ignore herself for the sake of their missions?

Rachel turned toward him then, as if reading his thoughts. Her smile was warm and infectious as she went on.

“It’s a switch flipped,
It’s a pill tipped back
It’s a moon eclipse.
And I can tell you that when the lights come on I’ll be ready for this.”

She went to another verse, and her voice was full and strong.

Puck hadn’t exactly forgotten what it was like to listen to Rachel Berry sing, but remembering was so different than being right in front of her.


3) “I’ve been thinking a lot about faith,” says Rachel. “But before you get upset, Kurt,” she holds her hand up as if to silence him, even though he hadn’t said anything. He lifted his eyebrows, waiting for her to continue. “This is a little different, though. And…I think you’ll like it especially, because you’re my Glenda,” she said.

She took a deep breath and rested her fingers on the piano. Her posture’s always good, but on the bench it’s perfect.

“Well I’m off to see the wizard,
With his curtain and his crown,
But my hands are not trembling,
And my head it is not bowed.
All I’m asking is that you show me something real…”

Her voice trembles a bit, and Kurt feels as though no one else is really breathing. When she sings, “All I’m looking for is someone to walk with me,” and reaches her hand toward him, he smiles and takes her hand, swinging them back and forth while she continues. He almost can’t believe how much her writing has improved - they’ve all matured over the past few months, but being able to articulate something this meaningful and… sad, is truly surprising.

Maybe it’s easier to write when you have something to say.

Shuffle things meme

Jan. 24th, 2015 09:04
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Via [personal profile] tim, here.

Take this list, remove a thing, sort it by how much you like the things, add a thing at the top, a thing in the middle, and a thing at the bottom (preserving the sortedness, pedants):

(most liked)
Handknit scarves
Steam locomotives
Tidying
Thermal underwear (personal note: only if wool)
Getting something in the mail that isn't bills
Getting up early
The Mountain Goats
Firefox upgrades
Nessie Ladle
Celery in a stir-fry
Undercooked Aubergine
Eating paper
Porridge
Twitter
Uber
(most disliked)

OTW Fannews: Commercial Exploits

Jan. 23rd, 2015 09:57
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Fanworks are solicited & utilized these days but on what terms? Making DMCA exemptions permanent would be a big help.

Why is DA:O so glitchy.

Jan. 23rd, 2015 02:21
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Is it just that I modded it too much. I just got an ending which only makes sense if Morrigan sabotaged the kingdom by giving everyone embarassing memory and perceptual problems.

Read more... )

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Jan. 22nd, 2015 21:13
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My ideal ending to DA:O is the one with the highest possible number of awful conversations, so I probably need to script a mod in which you can conscript and romance Branka.
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I'm really disappointed that the women don't really have non-antagonistic conversations with each other. Leliana and Wynne are the only ones who don't actively dislike each other - Shale and Leliana have a single mostly-positive conversation about shoes, and that's it.

(And Shale seems really ambivalent about the necessity of the whole gender thing, so I'm not sure I should even count them in this unfortunate little census.)

The antagonistic discussions mostly aren't even funny. Nearly half of Leliana and Morrigan's written dialog is just them fucking competing over a male Warden. I don't understand the mindset that would make someone spend so much more time on that than on Leliana hassling Morrigan about shapeshifting or Morrigan egging Leliana on about killing dudes she's fucked. The straight men must be stopped.

Zevran and Alistair don't do the same thing, either - they only have one fighting-over-the-girl conversation, whereas Morrigan and Leliana have nine fighting-over-the-guy ones. And it would make a lot more sense if the reverse was the case? Alistair is the World's Most Insecure Man, and Zevran likes messing with him.

Whereas Leliana wants to be friends with literally everyone, and it doesn't make sense to me that Morrigan would air that sort of grievance in public. She hides away from everyone else at camp, and complains to the Warden when they ask her "personal" questions anywhere else.

On the plus side, Shale and Sten almost accidentally propose, Morrigan clearly wanted to rescue Sten specifically to get a guy she considers hate-fuckable into the party, spoilers )

Support Sparkler!

Jan. 22nd, 2015 11:25
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I've been meaning to support Sparkler for months, and their latest membership drive will finally get me to do it.
Why? Because if I don't, there will be no Sparkler, :(

I think that what they produce is really important, & they probably describe themselves the best:

Sparkler Monthly is a multimedia, digital shojo/josei magazine of original English-language fiction. Our carefully selected creators are paid advances for their work and go through a thorough editorial process. After a book or audio story is serialized in the magazine, it’s bundled with bonus material and sold as ebooks, limited paperbacks, and/or CDs in the Sparkler Shop (similar to the magazine –> tankoubon system in Japan). In addition, our paperbacks and products can be found at a number of retailers; see our Retail & Libraries page on where to buy, and how to acquire books for your business or library.

The primary audience for Sparkler Monthly is girls and women aged 15 and up, or anyone interested in the rough ballpark of Female Gaze. Our four founders and most of our staff identify as female and are committed to promoting inclusive, fem-positive, and ridiculously fun content. We welcome creators of any gender and are particularly interested in entertaining, engrossing stories that tap into the variety and diversity of fandom.

If you have or are planning to purchase a Sparkler subscription, which tier did you choose?

Writing meme

Jan. 22nd, 2015 07:41
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Via [personal profile] lilliburlero:

When you see this, share 3 random lines from 3 WIPs.

• From her comfortable, darkened room, with Elaine Fleming straightening the bedsheets around her, Hilary's whole life appeared a remorseless series of failures.

• Having been a casualty officer Hilary could imagine the chaos reigning downstairs: unsterile, un-regimented, a tide of exhausted, dirty men that had reached all the way from the shores of France, across the Channel, and flowed finally into Bridstow Hospital.

• Tucked in a pocket of Julian's makeshift uniform were his forged identity papers and Reichsmarks, and tied around his neck inside shirt and scarf was a silk map of Germany which had been smuggled into the camp in a Red Cross parcel.

"Duncan! I have avenged thee!"

Jan. 22nd, 2015 01:00
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*wakes up shortly before dawn*

me: Oh hey, Dragon Age: Origins is basically grimdark Chrono Trigger, like it has the same basic narrative structure and similar plot branch points, but the alternate scenarios are fleshed out more, which unfortunately makes them less emotionally-plausible rather than more at a number of crucial points in the narrative

*goes back to sleep*

*alarm goes off a few hours later*

me: Fuck this game I hate it now

OTW Guest Post: Cecilia Tan

Jan. 21st, 2015 09:43
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"Pro writers: this isn’t a zero sum game. Every minute a reader’s eyeballs are on fanfic does not mean a minute is subtracted from the attention the original work receives. We don’t get paid per eyeball or per minute anyway: there is no Nielsen rating for books. If anything we get "paid" these days for the size of our audience (author “platform”) and the passion of reader engagement, both of which are GROWN via the vehicle of fanfic. Fans are good for a career. Fans are good for a writer to have. Fans are not merely a passive sea of consumers: fans are evangelists, recruiters, and cheerleaders. Given that, why wouldn’t a professional writer want to do everything possible to support fans and fandom?

The OTW supports fandom and encourages fan activities in a number of ways. For me the most important one is by being that voice of reason, an authoritative voice that fights the myths and demystifies the issues. That means helping fans feel secure that what they are doing is neither morally wrong nor likely to get them sued. That means reminding corporations (and lawmakers) when necessary that fanfiction is legal and why fair use and fanworks are beneficial to the ecosystem of ideas. And that means educating authors, too, about why life is better when you accept fanfic is okay rather than railing against it.”

Award winning author Cecilia Tan writes about pro writers’ relationship with fanfic and why OTW’s work matters.

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Jan. 21st, 2015 12:15
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It turns out that if you don't eat enough for like a week you really feel bad. Man. Nausea is bullshit.

The State of My "Read" List.

Jan. 20th, 2015 20:58
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Prince of Dogs - #2 in Kate Elliott's Crown of Stars series. Lots of chess pieces moved across the board, but it felt like not much happened. This book sadly suffered from more bloat than the first one. Still, there's a lot to love, and I will continue reading to find out what happens.

Eleanor & Park - I really didn't like this. Maybe it suffered from my having read Fangirl first. This felt more like a sketch of a book than a book.

Maus, vols 1 & 2 - Borrowed from [personal profile] jesse_the_k via comics club. Hard to say much about books that focus on the Holocaust? This was remarkable for two reasons: one being the author's relationship with his father. In the present, he's trying to get his father to tell his story. & despite his father literally having survived the Holocaust, he gets annoyed by him, has to deal with him, tries to avoid getting asked to do work for him, etc. (tbh Spiegelman the author seemed like kind of a dick to his dad)
The second reason being that the parts focusing on the actual Holocaust discussed not only the brutality of the Nazis, but the way equals attacked each other for survival. The characters in this book absolutely survived because if their wealth. & the father telling the story makes it clear to his son that the people who helped them did not do so out of the goodness of their hearts, but because they were paid.

Gangsta, vol. 1 - Checked out form library b/c [personal profile] inkstone loves it. This was a fun ride, and an interesting premise. I'm eager to read more.
Content warning for some transphobia.

The Ice Dragon - Story by George RR Martin that's supposed to be for kids, but it's pretty fucking violent? Worth picking up for the art.

The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up - I think I heard about this in the New York Times? Can't remember any more.

Marie Kondo has created her own tidying system, which she calls KonMari.
The book is sometimes hilarious, because she chronicles her lifelong obsession with organization and tidying, starting in kindergarten. She tidies her school rooms; she gets in trouble with her family for throwing out old clothing in the back of their closets that they never wear anyway; she eventually gets banished to only being allowed to tidy her own bedroom.

The book suffers from a lot of...encouraging talk to the reader? Whereas the system itself is pretty basic. Everyone has enough room to store all of their belongings neatly. If you never have enough room to put everything away, the problem is not that you need to buy some specific kind of closet organizer or plastic drawers, but rather that you have too much crap.

If you're able to put everything away, Kondo argues, you will only have to "tidy" once in your whole life. It'll take a huge commitment on your part to do it, & to do it right, but once you've done it, you'll be surrounded only by things that you love. Sure, you'll have to clean like everyone else, but you won't have to tidy up before you do it.

The key is to ruthlessly go through all of your belongings - all of them - and physically touch each item to see whether it sparks joy or not. You need to focus on what to keep, rather than what to discard. This must be done in a specific order: first clothing [there's a specific sub-order for how to do your clothes], then books, papers, komono [randoms: CDs/DVDs, makeup, electrical equipment, etc., all also in a specific order], and finally, mementos.
This specific order must be followed, because the skill of determining whether something sparks joy in you or not has to be honed. You won't be able to bear to part with any mementos unless you've sharped this skill by going through everything you've done before.

Once you have done this, she argues, you will have enough room for everything.
[She also has a few tips, such as storing everything vertically. Pinterest & YouTube seem to have her folding recs, etc. up: http://www.pinterest.com/eburymakes/the-life-changing-magic-of-tidying] Kondo says that making the commitment & tidying up will probably change your life. She spends a lot of time on weight loss/people's figures, but also talks about people quitting jobs they hate to do things that they love. She thinks people will take better care of their belongings after having completed the program.

There are a few quirks here - Kondo encourages the reader to speak to their possessions, to thank them each day for the help as you put them away.
While I have been known to sing to my rice cooker while washing it in my sink, or to my mushrooms as I slice them up before cooking them, I found these passages kind of a far stretch.

There's some advice I'm ignoring, also. I strongly disagree on how many books are necessary in a home, for example, and it'll be a cold day in hell before my bookshelves are shut away in my closets.

She can also be a little sexist/heteronormative/classist.
Kondo advises readers to toss any/all manuals on how to operate and fix appliances. She says that you can just look things up on the internet or take them to a repair person. While the internet might be helpful to all, I think this is assuming a little bit of privilege.
As is her sometimes repeated advice, "If you actually need it later on, just buy a new one."
She talks about "lounge wear" at home being something that should be clothing is specifically tailored for, rather than old/worn clothes. She asks women to consider buying an "elegant nightgown," :p
The narrative also seems to assume the reader is a woman, and refers at times to "old boyfriends."

For me, I was able to skim over the stuff I didn't like and hold on to the method.
The last thing I disagree with might be the most important. Kondo says that you must do everything, wholesale, all at once. All your clothing - all your shirts at once, in a pile, and then go through all of them.
Juggling a bunch of medical issues, this simply isn't possible for me.
Still, I've gone through the bottom drawer of my dresser. Everything has been discarded except for a sweater, a long-sleeved shirt that I've all but stolen from my boyfriend, and a t-shirt from high school. I've kept all the t-shirts from high school musicals and plays for years, but only one of them ever fit me well & felt comfortable. Getting rid of the shirts doesn't mean I'm getting rid of the memories, though - just that I'm getting rid of the negative associations I have with the shirts not having fit me for over ten years.
I've also cleaned out a suitcase that was both filled with & covered with clothes in the bottom of my closet. The suitcase is now upright, as is my spinner suitcase, next to it.

I'm looking forward to seeing how this book continues to influence me & my home, even if I'll be moving along more slowly than the author suggested, and I'm glad I checked it out from the library.

Ashes of Honor - (October Daye #6) I waffled on rating this 3 stars versus 4. This plot has been the most interesting to me after Book 3/Blind Michael.

However, I feel like this one suffered a little from too MUCH banter? idk.
It's also bugging me how much exposition there is - through internal narration and dialogue both.
To be honest, this is something I struggle with in my own writing, so feeling harsh about it might be my own deal.

That said, I still love these characters, & I think I grow to love them a little more every book. Dying to see the follow-up on the cop. Tybalt's voice is Balthier's from FF XII to me.
As always, I'm looking forward to reading more.

The Moe Manifesto - It would've been better if there was a "manifesto" of any kind? Instead, it was a collection of interviews with Japanese people about what they think moe is/means. Interviewees included Mari Kotani, a frequent WisCon attendee. The entire focus of the book was men's relationship with moe. I know that moe is targeted toward men, but sometimes I think literally only [personal profile] littlebutfierce & I care about how not!men feel about/react to moe.

The Runner - Fourth entry in Cynthia Voigt's Tillerman cycle. I don't think I've read this one before. It's weird to spend most of a book disliking the protagonist, but then Voigt just grabs you with a sucker punch. I really wish I could write like her. Wow.

Honey & Clover, vol. 1 - I've never actually read the manga all the way through, although the anime remains one of my hands-down favorites. Umino's art is sketchy, but unusual from other manga styles in a way that's interesting. Part of what's unique about this series is that I actually give a fuck about the male characters, which is pretty rare for me in a shoujo series. I know a lot of people bounce off this series for the way Hagu first appears, but I think it's important to keep in mind that her initial appearance - tiny/"cute" - is from Mayama and Takemoto's points of view. Over the course of the series, Hagu undergoes a tremendous amount of emotional growth.
Paying a lot of attention to things Hagu & Shu say to/about one another, knowing how this ends :[
Now that I'm actually out of college & have settled in a job that I love, I think I have a better appreciation for the struggles the characters are going through. Most non-sf/f anime/manga take place in high school, so it's cool to see a series where the characters are a little older, & really need to get their shit together.
Reading manga is faster than watching the anime, but I find myself thinking a lot about the insert songs by Suga Shikao and Spitz. This was a great fucking show. Also, I forgot how funny it is.
& now I want to upload more Honey & Clover icons that I've had saved for fuckin' ever.
PS: My faves are Yamada & Morita.

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Jan. 20th, 2015 13:10
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Alistair's character arc: "this guy is like eight years old emotionally, is terrified of independence and has no self-confidence when not being led, panics and turns it over to his junior colleague literally every single time he's ever asked to make a decision, and is now in charge of the country."
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Following with interest the controversies over historical accuracy in two recent biopics, Selma and The Imitation Game.

When it comes to Selma the question is about the role of Lyndon Johnson in the civil rights movement. It seems that there's justifiable debate about his involvement in the protest marches - and there's an argument that focusing too much on LBJ, even if the focus were accurate, would have the effect of downplaying the agency, importance and centrality of the black leaders of the civil rights movement. (See also John Lewis tells his truth about 'Selma'.)

However I do find the justifications of the director, Ava DuVernay, slightly glib:
According to Diane Nash, John Lewis, Andrew Young and the people on the ground who were there - the citizens of Selma - that's not their truth, but history is for each of us to interpret for ourselves, so anyone's opinion is valid, truly it is. This is my opinion, this is the way is I see it, the way that my collaborators see it. Source

Maybe there needs to be more of an emphasis on subjective truth when you're telling a story from the point of view of voices that have less often been heard. But if you accept that stance in general, then if 300 is Frank Miller's truth about the Spartans and the Persians, then who's to argue?

I would have felt far easier if Ava DuVernay had said either, "look, there's no evidence that LBJ was behind Hoover's attempted blackmail of MLK but it makes a better story," or, "it may be a minority view but I believe that there is a good chance he actually *was* behind it, as a compelling case has been made." But that's just my truth.

When it comes to The Imitation Game I feel on firmer ground. The Guardian described it as "inventing a new slander to insult Alan Turing," and that sounds about right when it comes to the film's attempt to turn Turing's story into an extension of Cambridge Spies. But what seems even more egregious is the way that it creates, in the words of a Tumblr post by Morgan Leigh Davies, "a narrative structure of heterosexuality" around Turing's life. Not just the narrative importance of his one-time fiancée, but the way that his eventual arrest is framed as a consequence of suspicion of him as a spy, rather than as a consequence of his own openness with the police after a petty burglary.

In short his arrest and conviction was a simple, banal injustice, of the sort that every gay man in mid-century Britain had reason to fear, and the very banality and meaninglessness of his fate is exactly the point.

(See also this NYRB article, A Poor Imitation of Alan Turing.)

Dreamwidth News: 18 January 2015

Jan. 18th, 2015 22:00
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Hello, Dreamwidth! Greetings from glorious Auckland, NZ, where we've been for this year's linux.conf.au. (It was a great conference! But then, it always is.) We decided to sneak in a code push while we were here, since we were in the same place and code pushes are always more fun when you can yell across the room when something breaks.

Behind the cut:

* Development
* Responsive-design conversion
* Reading page: custom colors for accounts going away
* Quicker Reply: reply from your reading page
* Warnings when you don't keyword an icon
* The country list
* SSL Everywhere


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We've finished pushing the new code and will be working on fixing immediately obvious bugs now!

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