fandom meme

Aug. 20th, 2017 03:19 pm
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Answers to some of the fandom meme-

1. What was the first fandom you got involved in?
The first that I went to cons for was Star Trek The Next Generation. The first one that I got into online fandom wise, and posted fic for and so on, I'm fairly sure was Stargate SG1. I lurked in other fandoms, don't get me wrong, but that was the one that kicked it all off.

2. What is your latest fandom?
Oh man, the last thing I expected. During the summer, the Daily Fail had an article online, "The Flying Doctors : Where Are They Now" and I used to love that show, smiley-b and I watched it all the time, though she was the one who taped it and all that. Anyway, fast forward almost 30 years and I read this and I'm nostalgic and I'm doing an online summer course so I'm killing time so of course I go to see if any of it is up on YouTube and find the since deleted holy grail of all nine seasons. Plummeting headlong down the rabbit hole, I am reminded of my love for Doctor Tom Callaghan and am reminded of him and Chris and the friends/colleagues to lovers, the broken heart when he left, the UST when he came back and the joyous moment that when both came back for the reunion episode, they got back together. Off camera. Still bitter. But! One Million Words were then doing the July Pool Party, where you play in a fandom you've never participated in before. I therefore wrote the getting back together missing scene. And I've written a scandalous amount of stuff for them in the weeks since. And it's a dead fandom but it's closed canon so I'm calling it a win but it makes me happy so I don't care.

3. What is the best fandom you’ve ever been involved in?
SG1 will always have a special place in my heart but best ever is West Wing. The amount of fic that was around in that fandom, for canon pairs and rare pairs and gen stuff and everything was all amazing. So many talented authors, and it didn't matter what pairing you wrote for (I wrote for a lot of them) everyone was, to my recollection anyway, so friendly and supportive and made the experience amazing. I still miss those days.

The Defenders - through 1x03

Aug. 20th, 2017 12:48 am
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THIS IS SO MUCH FUN )

I WANT TO WATCH MORE BUT IT'S REALLY LATE DAMMIT.
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Here's the thing. The point of the white supremacists' march in Charlottesville was to make us feel afraid and helpless. You know this and I know this. But there's a psychological bit in there that a friend on Facebook pointed out that I had missed.

It's this: the symbolism of them carrying torches. Something about that apparently goes back to a primordial bit of the brain that keeps the fear going. Maybe it's the shared ancestral memory of towns and cities burning centuries ago -- every one of us has, somewhere in our history, some ancient family member who was burned out of a home in some war or other. (I can tell you that my own ancestral fear of being burned out goes back two generations, to when my grandfather's blacksmith's shop went up in flames in midwinter, and it was a hard fight by the local fire brigade to keep the house nearby from going up as well. If both hadn't been next to the river, the family would have been homeless.) But the point is that something nearly primordial in us sees campfires as friendly (we cook over them) and torches as hostile, unfriendly and dangerous. And when it's a mob with torches? Especially dangerous and frightening.

And those of us who post and repost news items are spreading images of torches. We're doing the frightening for them and keeping it going. Think about what happened when we kept seeing the Twin Towers collapsing in the weeks after 9/11, when the horror and the fear just did not go away because those images kept feeding it.

So this is what I am asking you to do:

1. If, anywhere on any social media, you have posted a picture from Charlottesville with torches in it, please delete it. Or edit it so it's a bunch of ugly white men without torches. We already know what happened there -- everyone knows. We don't have to see that picture any more. We don't have to spread their message of hate for them. That's not our job.

2. Take extra care to keep your own mind free from that image, and from the fear that it and other images of the Charlottesville riot can foster. Make sure to spend time with loving pets, or out in nature, or with people you love or doing things you care about. Make sure to put joy in your life on purpose, not by accident, in whatever way pleases you. Take time to appreciate good things around you. Joy and appreciation are powerful weapons against fear; they set the ground for generosity, caring and peace.

Thank you.

Iron Fist - season 1

Aug. 19th, 2017 09:10 pm
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I realized I never actually finished the season and The Defenders is out, oops!

I still think it's by far the weakest of the shows but in the end I didn't hate it.

spoilers for it all and a fair bit of criticism )

Time for the Defenders!
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Dreamwidth will not allow me to respond to replies to comments in other people's journals now. It simply will not allow me onto the page.

Petra: when I was there, St. Bonaventure University was 1800 people in all, plus 200 or so grad students, so fairly small. Not without its bad behavior by some and a number of outright scoundrels, but I don't recall Paladino being one of them.

assorted stuff from a hell of a week

Aug. 18th, 2017 08:19 pm
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"Things won't change if the Grand Wizard remains in office." And he's running out of Republicans to alienate. Mitt Romney called on him to back away from his response to Charlottesville.

Since the police refused to protect the Charlottesville synagogue, the synagogue has hired armed security guards.

You'll never be as radical as this 18th Century Quaker dwarf. So you know: Quakers did not wear military uniforms or take up arms. This is relevant.

White pride is not a culture. And Southern pride in a time of terror, which talks about real Southern culture.

A social justice syllabus.

The entire US military has broken away from Trump and openly denounced racism.

The ACLU will no longer defend hate groups protesting while carrying firearms. This is a first.

A 21-year-old Nazi sympathizer who marched in Charlottesville is now whining that his life is over because he was identified as marching with Nazis and KKK. I don't have a violin small enough.

The real horror of Trump's response to Charlottesville.

A Charlottesville ER nurse talks, after a day of decompression.

Retracing Willa Cather's steps in the south of France.

Are we different writers when we move from longhand to a screen? I can say that I write poetry differently with a pen in hand, and essays differently, and I don't write nonfiction there at all.

The landscape of Civil War commemoration. 13,000 monuments, and descriptions.

Churches Uniting in Christ statement on white nationalism and white supremacism. The member churches of CUIC include the African Methodist Episcopal Church, the African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church, the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church, The Episcopal Church, the International Council of Community Churches, the Moravian Church (Northern Province), the Presbyterian Church (USA), the United Church of Christ and the United Methodist Church.

The president's Arts and Humanities Council, founded by Obama, has resigned over Trump's Charlottesville response.

Bannon's out of the White House; Trumpists are more afraid of him now.

3 major charities canceled Mar-a-Lago galas.

Charlottesville forces media and tech companies to draw a line on what they will allow.

In Oregon, rural Muslims fight for safety and inclusion.

In Iran, cracking down on journalists.

Ranking countries by their blasphemy laws.

New Dallas police officers face questions on how an ethical officer would act.

It's hard to find an impartial jury for pharmaceuticals scammer Martin Shkreli's
trial.
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The visuals in this film are amazing. I saw it in the cinema and it's still as fantastic on DVD: the cars, the fights, the chases, the desert... Wow. But what really made this movie for me was the growing friendship between Max and Furiosa. At first they didn't care about each other, then they hated each other and in the end, they became amazing friends. That was just lovely... *happy sigh*

Spectre Requisitions

Aug. 18th, 2017 05:05 pm
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There's an exchange called Spectre Requisitions, which is for rarer 'ships in the Mass Effect fandom. It's a lot of fun, and I've participated in it the last two years.

Anyway, I seriously lucked out on my gifts this year, so I need to flail about them a little. I know that I have some Mass Effect fans over here on DW, so maybe some of you will of interest.

First, for a treat, I received a lovely piece of artwork. ♥ I absolutely adore F!Shepard/Garrus/Tali (to the point that 15% of the works on the AO3 about that relationship are fics by me), so I was absolutely thrilled to get the notification for that.

But my actual gift really wins everything. Because someone wrote me 22k words of Ashley/F!Shepard/Kaidan, based on a prompt that I've included in various exchanges for something like three or four years now. It's amazing, and you should totally go read it if you're even remotely intrigued by the idea of that relationship.

Meme...

Aug. 18th, 2017 09:22 pm
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Gakked from elrhiarhodan ... It looked interesting so let's give it a go!


Fandom Questions
1. What was the first fandom you got involved in?
2. What is your latest fandom?
3. What is the best fandom you’ve ever been involved in?
4. Do you regret getting involved in any fandoms?
5. Which fandoms have your written fanfiction for?
6. List your OTP from each fandom you’ve been involved in.
7. List your NoTPs from each fandom you’ve been in.
8. How did you get involved in your latest fandom?
9. What are the best things about your current fandom?
10. Is there a fandom you read fic from but don’t write in?

Ship Questions for your Current Fandom
11. Who is your current OTP?
12. Who is your current OT3?
13. Any NoTPs?
14. Go on, who are your BroTPs?
15. Is there an obscure ship which you love?
16. Are there any popular ships in your fandom which you dislike?
17. Who was your first OTP and are they still your favourite?
18. What ship have you written the most about?
19. Is there a ship which you wished you could get behind, but you just don’t feel them?
20. Any ships which you surprised yourself by liking?
Author Questions
21. What was the first fanfic you ever wrote?
22. Is there anything you regret writing?
23. Name a fic you’ve written that you’re especially fond of & explain why you like it.
24. What fic do you desperately need to rewrite or edit?
25. What’s your most popular fanfic?
26. How do you come up with your fanfic titles?
27. What do you hate more: Coming up with titles or writing summaries?
28. If someone were to draw a piece of fanart for your story, which story would it be and what would the picture be of?
29. Do you have a beta reader? Why/Why not?
30. What inspires you to write?
31. What’s the nicest thing someone has ever said about your writing?
32. Do you listen to music when you write or does music inspire you? If so, which band or genre of music does it for you?
33. Do you write oneshots, multi-chapter fics or huuuuuge epics?
34. What’s the word count on your longest fic?
35. Do you write drabbles? If so, what do you normally write them about?
36. What’s your favorite genre to write?
37. First person or third person - what do you write in and why?
38. Do you use established canon characters or do you create OCs?
39. What is you greatest strength as a writer?
40. What do you struggle the most with in your writing?

Fanfiction Questions
41. List and link to 5 fanfics you are currently reading:
41. List and link to 5 fanfiction authors who are amazing:
42. Is there anyone in your fandom who really inspires you?
43. What ship do you feel needs more attention?
44. What is your all-time favorite fanfic?
45. If someone was to read one of your fanfics, which fic would you recommend to them and why?
46. Archive Of Our Own, Dreamwidth, LiveJournal, Fanfiction.net or Tumblr - where do you prefer to post and why?
47. Do you leave reviews when you read fanfiction? Why/Why not?
48. Do you care if people comment/reblog your writing? Why/why not?
49. How did you get into reading and/or writing fanfiction?
50. Rant or Gush about one thing you love or hate in the world of fanfiction! Go!
twistedchick: General Leia in The Force Awakens (Default)
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1. Look out the window and see how many demonstrators there are and how well armed they are. If you can't see them from there, go where you can. Take a picture with your phone - if you don't have a cell phone, get your aide to do it. Estimate the number of people in the group, their general ages and level of organization, and the visible armaments present. Is it signs on wood, not cardboard, posts? Is it flags on wooden flagpoles? Clubs? Swords? Is it pistols? Shotguns? Semi-automatic weapons? You should be able to tell from the photo. Are there insignia or symbols present? What groups do they represent? What is the goal of those groups?

1a. If there are fewer demonstrators than your available police and with less-able weapons, send the police to keep order. Or even if there are a few more but they are not heavily armed.

2. If there are more demonstrators than you have police, or they are better armed (though with all the gifts of military weaponry to local police groups this seems unlikely), get on the phone to call your State Police, local station or substation, and inform them of the situation and ask them for help. State police are well armed, generally extremely well trained, and just the people who should be there making sure things stay calm and the different groups of demonstrators stay clear of one another.

3. If for some reason (I cannot think of one but perhaps one exists in some alternate universe) you cannot call the State Police for help (or, in Virginia, Massachusetts, Kentucky and Pennsylvania, the Commonwealth Police), get on the phone to the governor and ask for the local branch of the National Guard to be mobilized to protect the people of your constituency.

Dear mayor/supervisor/top elected official, it is your job to make sure that peaceful protesters are not beaten down either by police or by armed insurgents who consider themselves protesters although by being armed and hostile they do not come under the coverage of the First Amendment. It is your job to keep people safe. If you don't call out adequate police/state cops/Guardsmen, you are failing your job and your people, and you do not deserve to be in office.

Is that clear???

Solo'd a Level 3 raid

Aug. 18th, 2017 08:04 am
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Like most adults, I don't get to raid often during the work week, and less and less as oncoming autumn contracts the days (raids start sunrise to sunset only, it seems). But I am making more of an effort to spend my free daily raid passes to keep my Mewtwo options open since that mechanic was announced. Even if only on a Level 1 or 2 raid by myself before work, at lunchtime, or a really quick afternoon break, whenever I'm lucky enough to have (and notice) a raid pop nearby, I check my schedule.

On one of the 3 raids I managed to complete this work week, I dared a Level 3 alone. And I did it! I met my longstanding game goal of taking down a Level 3 raid boss by myself! It was close. And it was just an Arcanine with pure fire moves (no bite, crunch, or wild charge). But still! I solo'd a Level 3 raid boss! It took 4 pokemon: my 3 leveled-up Golemns with 2 rock-type moves each, and my biggest, best Vaporean. (Obviously, wild charge would've destroyed my Vaporean.) Shiny Gyarados with hydro-pump was my anchor, in the sixth slot, but we didn't get to her.

Previously, I'd tried soloing Arcanine and Flareon bosses with ground types (which are common around here). I've concluded that the ground-type moves will never be fast enough to solo them, not at any level.

Vacation in 3-2-1

Aug. 18th, 2017 08:37 am
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As of 5:00 pm Eastern Time, I will be on vacation for a week.

Last night, instead of gym, I did this week's laundry so when I come back with a suitcase full of dirty laundry, I will...have more laundry. But new laundry, not old laundry.

I think I'm finished packing, as well. My big suitcase has everything from my clothes to my laptop; hopefully, I can get it down all the stairs without trouble. I suppose I could move the laptop and such into a knapsack if I had to.

A break will be good.

Help!

Aug. 18th, 2017 10:41 am
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I am having an extreme amount of trouble logging in and staying logged in. Dreamwidth is requiring me to log in every time I go to a different page for the last two days. I had to log in to go from my reading page to here. It doesn't recognize my login sometimes and asks if I want to start an account -- when I have been here since the beginning. It is ignoring me when I check 'remember me' at login.

I have tried to contact support, but it logs me out as I write the ticket, and then does the same thing when I write it again. And then tells me the entry is invalid and needs to be done over. For this reason I haven't been able to contact Support.

If anyone from Support is reading this, would you please do what you can to stop this frustrating situation?

Believe what you see.

Aug. 18th, 2017 12:01 am
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From a Charlottesville resident:

"There seems to be a perception from people outside of Charlottesville that what is going on here is two opposing groups coming to town and fighting some ideological battle that has gotten messy. That is not what is happening here. What is happening here is that several hate groups from the extreme right have come together under the "unite the right" banner here in our town and basically started acting as terrorists. This may seem like an exaggeration but it's not...."

Linkspam Confronts Hates At Home

Aug. 17th, 2017 09:16 pm
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Alex Schiffer @ Washington Post: Teen tackled by bystanders after vandalizing Boston Holocaust memorial
It was the second act of vandalism in less than three months at the site, located in Carmen Park near historic Faneuil Hall.

Steve LeBlanc @ US News: Gov. Baker Signs Resolution Denouncing White Nationalism
BOSTON (AP) — Republican Gov. Charlie Baker joined with Democratic leaders to sign a resolution Thursday denouncing neo-Nazism and white nationalism.


ETA: Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP): Donate to the New England Holocaust Memorial
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