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Day One: Ten things you want to say to ten different people right now.
Day Two: Nine things about yourself.
Day Three: Eight ways to win your heart.
Day Four: Seven things that cross your mind a lot.
Day Five: Six things you wish you’d never done.
Day Six: Five people who mean a lot (in no order whatsoever)
Day Seven: Four turn offs.
Day Eight: Three turn ons.
Day Nine: Two images that describe your life right now, and why.
Day Ten: One confession.


Day One: Ten things you want to say to ten different people right now.

Ok, I'm taking the broadest possible definition of 'people' here. )
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The Holiday Love Meme is up (link goes to my entry). If you're up there, lemme know and I'll hitcha back!

Second Link, since the first one is now full-up.
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Found this on DVD at our local library and was very much delighted with the way the film mixes various styles of animation to tell three stories. Sita Sings the Blues is also available for free download/viewing online by the creator, Nina Paley. (Finally fixed the link, which *might* help the whole downloading the movie thing...geeze...)

The movie intertwines rotoscoped animated bits of Paley's story of her estrangement and divorce from her ex-husband with the story of Sita and Rama from the Indian epic the Ramayana. The main focus of the story are depictions of Sita and Rama's tale, told in two forms -- one being Mughal paintings for the depiction of events from the Ramayana, the second being a kind of Bollywood style version of 1920s/1930s cartoon animation used for musical numbers -- Paley uses songs by 1920s torch singer Anne Hanshaw for these to good effect -- and Indonesian shadow puppets mixed with background collages for commentary about the story.

The whole effect is just...wow. Very interesting and well worth checking out.
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I got the DVD box set of Max Headroom today and am watching it now and am very happy to see that the show has held up really well over the last 20 some odd years. According to this article at io9.com, it was somewhat prophetic re: the future. It's one of my favorite SF shows from the 1980/early 1990s, up there with Alien Nation (which I also have all of on DVD 'cause HELL YEAH!).

My only complaint is that the original 1985 BBC pilot isn't included. Granted, it's the first episode redone but it was a lot darker and nastier and it should be on there 'cause me wantie.

DW Codes

Sep. 20th, 2010 07:23 pm
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I have nine DW codes, if anybody wants 'em, drop me a line. First come, first serve to whoever wants a DW account.
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My favorite typo EVER:

From Endworld #2: The Thief River Falls Run --

Blade brought the SEAL to a stop, turning the transport, angling it across the road, Hickok's side to the fleeing motorcycle.
Hickok hastily rolled down his window and raised his Henry, sighting carefully.
"You can't," Joshua claimed.
"He tried to kiss us," Blade reminded Joshua.
"Not in the back!"Joshua protested.

"We have no choice!" Blade declared, watching the other driver speed off. If Hickok didn't fire soon, even he wouldn't be able to make the shot.
"No!" Joshua shouted, flinging himself forward, lunging for Hickok.
Geronimo reacted instantly, clutching Joshua, restraining him.
"No!" Joshua struggled to break free. "He's another human being!"
"Not any more," Hickok said softly. He inhaled, held the breath, and squeezed the trigger.


From an description posted here:. Emphasis above is, of course, mine.

ETA: Found this over at Fantastic Fiction. It's from a description of the third book in the Earth Blood series by James Axler (pseudonym of many):

The crew of the U.S. space vessel Aquila returns from a deep-space mission to find that a devastating plant blight has stripped away all civilization, its legacy a nightmarish wasteland. In what's left of the world, the only law is tooth and clay, kill or be killed. Traveling through the savaged countryside to wrest from death surviving kin and friends, the astronauts grimly cling to a glimmer of promise for a new start. Far to the northwest is Aurora, a secret base offering a way out of the decline into darkness. But even as they draw closer to their destination, old faces reappear form the past, and something deadly, something ultimately threatening is unveiled.

Emphasis is, again, mine.
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Don't Be a Sucker! is an anti-racist propaganda film produced by the US War Department in 1947. An American who has been listening to a racist rabble-rouser is warned off by a naturalized Hungarian immigrant, who explains to him how racist demagogy allowed the Nazis to rise to power in Germany, and warns Americans not to fall for similar demagogy propagated by American racists.
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Originally saw this over at Deadbrowalking on LJ

The community [community profile] eid_ka_chand is running a sponsored fanfic-athon for the victims of the Pakistan floods. The way it works is that they've solicited donations per types of fanworks -- such as "X dollars/pounds/yen/stone coins from Yap for every fanwork submitted" -- and now they're looking for folks to create works to help raise as much money as possible. There's a breakdown here.

The requirements are thus: the work -- vid, fic, meta, fanart -- should focus on Muslim characters (the comm has an *extensive* list). They're also asking for fics to be over 1,000 words. Works are due by Sept. 11 so, yeah...short notice but it's for a good cause.
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From this week's [community profile] fannish5: Name five kickass female characters:

In the order they occurred to me:

1. McCoy from Streets of Fire: The role of McCoy was originally intended to be played by a man, but Amy Madigan managed to persuade them that she could play the role, originally "[...] written to be played by an overweight male who was a good soldier and really needed a job. It could still be tough and strong and have a woman do it without rewriting the part." And they didn't. McCoy is an ex-soldier/mechanic who is tough, strong and kicks serious ass without having to be rewritten so that we get beaten about the head and neck with the fact that she's a woman!

2. Grandma Hazel from The Rolling Stones by Robert A. Heinlein Hazel appears in a couple different Heinlein stories; she's a little girl in The Moon is a Harsh Mistress and plays a big role in Cat Who Walks Through Walls (which is actually where I first met her and I thought she was pretty kick-ass there too). But, I believe The Rolling Stones was her first appearance where she's the family matriarch. She lives with her son George and his wife and four kids on the moon and goes with them when the family decides to take an extended trip through the solar system in a rocket the twin sons have just bought. She's old and cantankerous and generally enjoys aggravating her son but she also steps up and rides herd on her grandkids, particularly the twins Castor and Pollux. The scene that wins her a kick-ass award in my heart is where Grandma Hazel plans to let herself die of oxygen deprivation to save her youngest grandchild when the two of them are stuck on a small scooter out in the asteroid belt.

Hazel's daughter in law Edith likewise gets kickass points for voluntarily going aboard a spaceship suffering from a measles outbreak to help treat the people aboard, because, hey she's a doctor and that's what doctors do, yeah?

3. Hunaker from Deathlands: Pilgrimage to Hell. She's tough, she's strong, she's an excellent shot with an MG and she's a bisexual woman who prefers women and who is in a relationship with another woman and that relationship is treated as something serious and normal. Did I mention that Deathlands: Pilgrimage to Hell was published in 1986 and that it's a men's post-apocalyptic adventure novel (part of the still ongoing Deathlands series) and that the character could just as easily have been written as a man but wasn't and that she's friggin' AWESOME! *clears throat* *ahem* I like Hunaker.

4. The women of Jem and the Holograms: All of 'em. Jerrica Benton runs her own company AND is the foster mother of 12 little girls AND sings as Jem. Her bandmates are in the band AND are foster mothers to 12 little girls. The Misfits know what they want and go after it and the women of the Stingers are likewise plus Minx of the Stingers is a tech-savvy gal in her own right. Probably one of the few 80s kid series to beat the Bechdel Test into the ground.

5. Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan on M*A*S*H: particularly once they sent Frank Burns home and she divorced her jackass husband. I remember one episode where she was dating a sexxay sergeant named Scully who was miffed about her wanting to stick to her career and Margaret pointed to her rank insignia and said "These come in gold, not blue for boys and pink for girls so step off, bucko." Well, ok, she said everything before so step off bucko but I can't remember the rest.

Special Mention: to Jennifer from WKRP in Cincinnati for being pretty AND smart. And generally the only sane person at the station.


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End Notes: The spoiler code used for this post comes from amadi's article "Warnings & How to Do Them -- any formatting errors in it are from me.
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(Ooooh, a 'policy' -- check me out!)

Personally, I'd prefer that people don't crosspost my entries or comments on DW/LJ to Facebook or Twitter. I'd also prefer that folks not crosspost *their* comments to *my* entries/comments to FB/Twitter. Personally, I'm not going to be crossposting anything to either service 'cause if I want to post to FB or Twitter, I go there instead.

I realize there's probably something slightly hypocritical about saying 'no crossposting!' in a post that is itself crossposted. To which I can only say, "Look at these great tits!"
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Back in the early 1970s, my dad and a friend of his wrote a play together. My dad passed away in 1975, apparently shortly after the play was published, if I'm reading the copyright information correctly. I've been thinking about it recently, wondering if it'd be possible to find a copy somewhere to read (eta: technically, to reread, I'd read it once before a lonnnng time ago). I did a search, not expecting to find anything and...well...I not only found my dad's play sampled on Google books, I found the original publisher and ordered a copy!

A Time For Madness, by John W. Pulver and Robert S. Mulligan -- a story of college romance, true love, bad poetry and a chicken.

A Time for Madness at Google Books. (Abridged)

ETA: Fixed the horrendously long link.
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Signal Boost for: help_pakistan -- a fannish charity to help the victims of the devestating floods in Pakistan

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Meme stolen from [personal profile] bessemerprocess Give me one reason I'm going to hell. Then post this request in your journal, and I will tell you why you are doomed to eternal damnation.
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the that's my favorite! meme
A FANFICTION PRAISE MEME
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When I read comic strips about comic books and female fans are almost always depicted as being interested in independent, non-superhero titles. I mean, I like non-superhero titles myself but I also like me some spandex-clad badassery, yeah?

To be fare FAIR (OMG, how'd I not notice that error?!), Comic Critics and The Rack both feature well-developed and interesting female characters but come *on* where's our female Marvel zombies and DC fanatics who aren't interested in Sandman over Batman?

*grumble* Gonna watch more Linkara...
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Two weeks ago, Erin Vaught went to Ball Memorial hospital in Muncie, Indiana because she was coughing up blood. Mrs. Vaught a transexual transitioning from male to female. She was accompanied to the hospital by her wife and son and was treated with disrespect and discrimination upon entering the hospital. Some 'highlights' and more information below the cut:

Warning: Descriptions of Transphobic Fail by Trained Medical Professionals )

Ball Memorial's Response to the issue. As pointed out by [livejournal.com profile] newsy891, this is likely a CYA statement that BMH will fall back on in court.

Good News: The protest for Saturday has been called off in light of the fact that Ball Memorial Hospital is taking steps to correct the problem. Specifically:

Ball Memorial Hospital (BMH) is engaging with Indiana Equality & Indiana Transgender Rights Advocacy Alliance to assist with review of BMH care policies, employee benefits, and diversity training. BMH is collaborating with both groups to develop a curriculum for employee LGBT awareness training to improve sexual orientation and gender identity awareness in BMH anti-discrimination training. This will include sensitivity to the sometimes special health care needs of people who are transgender. [Links added by me]

You can read more of Clarian Health's statement about the incident here: BMH Responds To Transgender Conversation

Cool Art!

Jul. 31st, 2010 07:30 pm
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Found this on io9.com: These are Their Stories... is an art show where all the pieces are based on one-line descriptions of Law & Order episodes. Some of the pieces are sci-fi -- like this piece entitled "Race Becomes an Issue" where Alf gets grabbed by the authorities.

Also, Kate Beaton has a picture there: Egocentric Poet's Journal.
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Festibility is a fandom festival accepting all kinds of fanworks (fic, meta, art, icons, podfic, vids, recs, picspams, drabble sets etc) about disabled characters. Works can focus on canonically disabled characters or canonically able-bodied characters that you reimagine as disabled. Pieces can be as long or short as you like.

The festival is running from July 15 to September 15, 2010.
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Taking part in the "Where You're From..." Meme -- I picked Indiana 'cause that was as close as I could get to my part of the state.

You Know You're From Indiana If... )
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What Are Two Genres that Should Never Get A Mashup

Me, I like mashup stories and have for a long time. I liked "Firefly"'s mix of Western and Hard SF tropes. Mary Gentle's "Grunts" mixed LOTR-style fantasy with modern weapons and is easily one of my favorite books. I'll admit, Pride & Prejudice & Zombies didn't do much for me but that was more because I didn't know much about P&P and was lost 'cause of that. Meanwhile, our local PBS station has been playing "Lost in Austen" wherein a modern British woman goes into P&P while Elizabeth Bennet comes to present-day London and I caught the last episode and thought it was charming.

I'll agree that mashup stories can be hard to construct well -- you've got to be able to balance the two elements otherwise, well, someone in the comments over at io9.com puts it this way: "[y]ou can have Star Wars' spaceships with hints of the mystical force, and you can have Artemis Fowl's fairies using advanced computers, but you can't have a spaceship full of wizards fighting aliens in space. That's overkill."

But, on the other hand, I think anything can be done well and that somebody out there could write a spaceship full of wizards fighting aliens in space and make awesome.

As for genres that shouldn't get a mashup uhhh, leatherman porn and inspirational romance? Though even that...
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Look, maybe it's the fact it's hotter than hell and my sinuses are apparently trying to eat their way out of my face but we've got problems.

I already told you, I couldn't stand Life Unexpected, though to be fair I never watched the show and judged it entirely on the premise.

But, at least the ads for Life Unexpected have stopped so I can ignore that stupid show.

'Course, now you're back with a double-barreled attack of not one but TWO stupid shows that you run ads for on almost every commercial break. Plain Jane which seems to be all about some lady showing up and teaching women how to change their hair and makeup so they can win over their secret crush!

I could forgive you for this since the women are volunteering for this and hey, people do have every right to create themselves in whatever way they see fit. Besides, it's not like I'm gonna watch this show but maybe you'll do something where the "Plain Jane" is made up in something other than the usual fashions. Or her secret crush is, I dunno, another girl or something crazy and non-heteronormative like that.

But then there's Hellcats which is all about some bitchy girl who hates cheerleaders ('cause y'know, cheerleaders are all evil, shallow, brainless girls) but who has to become a cheerleader in order to get a college scholarship so she can get an education. Oddly enough, the thing I hate about these ads is the main character who I'm guessing I'm supposed to find...what? Rebellious? Clever? An independent, freethinking woman?

Hellcats is based off Cheer!: Inside the Secret World of College Cheerleaders. The book looks worth a look, the show...not so much.

But that might be the sinuses talking. And the heat. And the lack of cable.

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