Hugo Question

Dec. 10th, 2016 09:13 pm
[personal profile] james_davis_nicoll
What am I eligible for? Best Fan?
[personal profile] starlady
My roommates have been making their way through the middle three Star Trek series (they're not watching ENT like sensible people and I can't convince them to watch TOS, like highly illogical people), and the penny has finally dropped for me that DS9 is in many ways (particularly in the first three seasons) playing off B5, while VOY is playing off Farscape. Or rather, both VOY and Farscape are dealing with very similar setups and issues, but Farscape explicitly goes about dealing with masculinity in a way that VOY just…doesn't, in the initial seasons. Masculinity and its fragility are consistent problems on Voyager, and Janeway and Torres (and to a lesser extent Kes and even Seska) are consistently forced to deal with the problems they cause, but VOY doesn't really do anything about them the way Farscape does; the Star Trek show treats the symptoms rather than the root causes.

In so many ways I'm glad they made DS9 when they did, because they could never make it now, but for VOY it's just the opposite, and I really wish it had been made in this era rather than 20 years ago.

Dec. 10th, 2016 12:26 pm
[personal profile] the_rck
I had to laugh. The library, among its new DVDs has an obvious Kung Fu Panda knockoff called The Adventures of the Panda Warrior. The part that made me laugh was the blurb which reads: "When Patrick, a peaceful soldier from ancient China, is magically transported to Merryland and tuned into a panda, he must join forces with Peggy the flying pig, GoGo the daring goat, and King Leo the courageous lion in order to free the once-peaceful world from the tyranny of the evil nine-headed snake that has enslaved them."

Because Patrick is a totally normal name for someone from Ancient China, right? I boggle only slightly less at the 'peaceful soldier' part.

Scott and I are currently sitting in a Panera in Livonia. We’re waiting for Cordelia to be done with something she’s doing. We’re to pick her up three hours from now. I’m a little sad to be in a town where I haven’t done any Ingress before without hacking any new to me portals, but I haven’t actually seen any, and driving around looking seems likely to be a lot less comfortable than sitting here with heat and internet access (and bathrooms and food/drinks…).

Apparently I am one of the unlucky people who has a bad reaction to melatonin supplements. We tried some Thursday evening (on medical recommendation). I’ve had a headache since about three hours after I took it (I woke, so I know). It’s almost gone now, but it was really nasty yesterday. Poking around on Google gave me a lot of hits that suggest that some people get headaches from melatonin supplements. I slept really, really soundly, though. It’s just that the trade off is not worthwhile. Of course, I’ve also been sneezing quite a lot, too (though that’s tapering off and being out of the house seems to be helping). I didn’t find much connecting that to melatonin, but who knows? When physical stuff starts immediately after I try something like that, I get suspicious.

Ah, well. Scott and Cordelia both seem to get considerable benefit, so what we bought won’t go to waste.

I’m pretty exhausted right now, and I expect I will be for at least the next week. I have two medical appointments next week, and I think I’ll probably have to go to a meeting at Cordelia’s school some afternoon.

I don’t think I’ve promised anyone here anything time sensitive. If I have, I apologize because it may not get done. I’m kind of thinking that I won’t have spoons for anything that’s not medical, school, or maintenance of the house/family. I may well be online, but I’ll be unable to do much that requires thought or focus. Thank goodness my Yuletide fic is already posted. I was considering making it longer, but it doesn’t need to be. It’s complete as is.
[personal profile] zarla
There's other stuff I could post about, but I should do an art post cause jeez it's been way too long since I've done one. THEY AREN'T EVEN SKETCHPOSTS AND NOW I'M PUTTING THESE OFF TOO well stuff happened that made it really hard to want to do anything for a while I guess. I mean I did scan a bunch of pages in my sketchbook so I'm mostly caught up on that but there's like, 40 pages to clean up or sort through and it seems really daunting at the moment.

Anyway this'll all be Undertale stuff as you'd guess, spoiler talk within! Runs the gamut from cheery to dark, as usual. If the taller ones end up squished, try looking at the entry on dreamwidth instead (unless you are there already), or you can right click-view image I think.


Okay INCREDIBLY this post got TOO BIG FOR LJ JESUS so I cut it in two, the first part is here and the second part here.


I might toss in relevant sketches here and there )

Daily Happiness

Dec. 10th, 2016 01:17 am
[personal profile] torachan
1. I get to sleep in tomorrow! And the day after! And the day after that!

2. Everybody's getting sick at work again, but so far not me. *crosses fingers* I did feel like I might be coming down with something the other day, but nothing ever came of it.

3. Molly was so sweet tonight. She was up on my desk demanding pets and just being so cute, and after I'd been petting her a lot, I picked her up and she let me continue petting her for several minutes while I held her. (She usually does not want to be held at all.)

[personal profile] umadoshi
Fannish/Geeky Things

"Pop Culture Fix: Kate McKinnon Will Obviously Be Playing A Witch In Her Very First Very Own Movie". [Autostraddle]

"Authors Write Content For Cards Against Humanity’s Science-Fiction Pack", "including but not limited to the brilliant minds of: Delilah S. Dawson, Elizabeth Bear, Jim C. Hines, Myke Cole, Martha Wells, Catherynne M. Valente, and [Patrick Rothfuss]."


Miscellaneous

"Ad of the Day: This Very Sweet Holiday Ad Follows a Man on a Mission to Learn English".

Via [locked], "When Your Partner Has Anxiety: A Meltdown Guide". [YMMV, obviously]

"Want to delete your internet presence? New tool aims to help you vanish". [CBC]

"Should you trust that news story you’re reading? Here’s how to check".

"The Best Menstrual Cup". Despite the title's implication that there's One Cup to Rule Them All (although yes, the writers have a favorite), there's a lot of info in this post on the features of different menstrual cups and how to choose which one is likely to be best for you.

"These Toys Don’t Just Listen To Your Kid; They Send What They Hear To A Defense Contractor".

"Glitch Art Rugs Weave Technology into Tradition".

"19 School Powerpoint Presentations That Give Zero Fucks". [Buzzfeed]

"Over 25,000 Paper Flowers Transform Room Into Colorful Art Experience".

"So you want to write about Japan?: the 10 essential tips".

"Dear White People: My "Classic" Movies Are Different Than Yours".

"Neural Nostalgia: Why do we love the music we heard as teenagers?" [Slate] [2014]

"The Christmas Cat of Iceland - a giant terrifying cat that gobbles up children if they're bad".

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] st_aurafina, "These 25 tweets from someone who is “definitely not a wolf pretending to be a man” are comedy genius". I'm so fond of this Twitter account. ^_^

"The 2016 Hater’s Guide To The Williams-Sonoma Catalog".


On Mental Floss:

--"The Dark Side: An Oral History of 'The Star Wars Holiday Special'".

--"Historical Statue Becomes Darth Vader When it Snows".

Daily Happiness

Dec. 9th, 2016 01:16 am
[personal profile] torachan
1. I vacuumed the house! There is now significantly less cat hair all over (though still more than I'd like).

2. I got quite a bit of manga-ing done today, including posting a chapter and sending another chapter off to the typesetter.

3. I had actually been worried that maybe the kitties were just growing out of being cuddly, but from all the cuddling they've been doing lately, it's clear they were just doing less because the weather was warm. I just love walking into a room and seeing them curled up together like this!

Weekly Reading

Dec. 9th, 2016 01:03 am
[personal profile] torachan
What are you currently reading?
Well, I am still reading Raising Steam, but I have made progress! And as I'd hoped, now that I've gotten a little further into it, I am starting to enjoy it more.

I also started reading Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. This is a classic, but I've never read it. I happened to see it one day sometime earlier this year at one of the Little Libraries in the neighborhood and thought I'd give it a try, but (as with most books) it's just been sitting on my shelf since then. I was looking at my shelf for something short-ish to read alongside Raising Steam and that seemed like a good choice. I'm about halfway through it so far and enjoying it.

What did you recently finish reading?
No books, but I did finally finish vol. 16 of Kurage Hime, and also a stand-alone manga called Sabishisugite Lesbian Fuzoku ni Ikimashita Report (The Private Report on My Lesbian Experience with Loneliness) by Nagata Kabi. It's an auto-biographical manga about, well, what the title says. The author was 28 and had been dealing with depression, self-harm, and eating disorders since high school, and out of desperation she decides to hire a prostitute. It's really good!

What do you think you'll read next?
Hopefully I will finish these books I'm reading! On the manga front, no idea. Too many things I want to read that I can't choose, and I've been trying to make myself concentrate on books anyway.
[personal profile] torachan


Title: You Will Hear the Voice of the Dead
Original Title: 死人との声をきくがよい (Shibito no Koe wo Kiku ga Yoi)
Author: Hiyodori Sachiko (Uguisu Sachiko)
Publisher: Champion Red Comics
Genre: Shounen
Status in Japan: 8 volumes, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: Sickly Kishida Jun has the ability to see ghosts, but in his opinion, it's a stupid power and nothing good ever comes of it. Considering the number of grisly situations he seems to find himself in after the ghost of his childhood friend Hayakawa Ryoko starts following him around, he may have a point.

Chapter Summary: Kishida accompanies his mom to a haunted mansion to film a TV program, but no sooner have them begun filming than the entire film crew mysteriously disappears... Also includes a short bonus chapter, Hayakawa and Kishida, set before the beginning of the series.



Chapter 6: The Tragedy of Kugisawa Mansion

And here's a full volume download for those who want it!
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Posted by Erin Ptah

…in association with this TV series, and the art is this unholy hybrid of Flash animation and Dr. Seuss’s original drawing style. It’s such a trainwreck. Especially when you compare it to something like How The Grinch Stole Christmas, which animates Seuss’ character designs with so much love and care in order to make them work.

Although I do give them points for making the reindeer look like actual caribou, not Rankin-Bass-esque white-tailed deer standing in snow.

Early in the episode, the plucky kid heroes arrive home, and one of them goes “Look! Our dads are bringing in the tree!” Smash-cut to two clean-cut men, one black & one white, carrying a giant fir.

I was briefly so excited. Casual same-sex couple in a children’s show, and not just any children’s show, but a Seuss adaptation?!

…and then the moms showed up, and eventually it sank in that these weren’t the divorced moms spending Christmas with their exes and the kids to round out the blended family, these were just two unrelated heterosexual couples, having Christmas dinner in the same house for some reason.

Which makes it all the more annoying that the Cat (voiced by Martin Short) is played with the most exaggerated, campiest, lispiest voice you could imagine.

Sigh. I’m gonna go look up shippy Cat/Grinch fanart, just to cleanse my soul.


Filed under: Erin Watches Tagged: Christmas, Dr. Seuss, the gays
[personal profile] sailorptah
...in association with this TV series, and the art is this unholy hybrid of Flash animation and Dr. Seuss's original drawing style. It's such a trainwreck. Especially when you compare it to something like How The Grinch Stole Christmas, which animates Seuss' character designs with so much love and care in order to make them work.

Although I do give them points for making the reindeer look like actual caribou, not Rankin-Bass-esque white-tailed deer standing in snow.

Early in the episode, the plucky kid heroes arrive home, and one of them goes "Look! Our dads are bringing in the tree!" Smash-cut to two clean-cut men, one black & one white, carrying a giant fir.

I was briefly so excited. Casual same-sex couple in a children's show, and not just any children's show, but a Seuss adaptation?!

...and then the moms showed up, and eventually it sank in that these weren't the divorced moms spending Christmas with their exes and the kids to round out the blended family, these were just two unrelated heterosexual couples, having Christmas dinner in the same house for some reason.

Which makes it all the more annoying that the Cat (voiced by Martin Short) is played with the most exaggerated, campiest, lispiest voice you could imagine.

Sigh. I'm gonna go look up shippy Cat/Grinch fanart, just to cleanse my soul.

Dec. 8th, 2016 09:50 am
[personal profile] telophase
So the calorie-tracking app Toby and I use added support to list snacks at different times of the day (before it was all just one category), and the ability to rename meals.

You all know what happened, of course. I now have breakfast, second breakfast, elevenses, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, and supper.

Dec. 8th, 2016 08:40 am
[personal profile] the_rck
The courts have now said that the state can stop the recount, so the process is unlikely to be finished. It simplifies things for me which is good because Cordelia is so stressed out that she’s actually sick. This means we can both stay home.

From what I gather, the recount got through half of the process. I’m not sure if that’s half of all ballots cast or half of all precincts. Nothing turned up to show any inaccuracies, errors, or fraud. Based on what I saw yesterday, recounting was generally resulting in one or two votes being counted that hadn’t been before because of the limitations of scantron technology (though I’m kind of boggled that someone of voting age doesn’t realize that putting an x or a check mark in the bubble won’t work. The instructions are written clearly on the ballot).

I’m not pleased with the court decision because the bits I’ve seen quoted pretty much seem to say that a recount should only happen if there’s already evidence of fraud or other problems. I view that as rather like saying, "Well, that bridge hasn’t actually collapsed, and we don’t need to inspect it until it does." That is, I don’t think that this recount was necessary because I was sure there was something wrong. I just think that it’s a good idea to check things over from time to time to make sure that all the parts are working. I also think that it would be a good thing if our state had laws mandating recounts when the margin in an election is under a certain threshold and requiring some sort of random auditing of the process by picking, say, a dozen precincts, different ones each time, throughout the state to recount every election.

I got cranky with the Republican observer who was at my table most of the time yesterday. He was firmly of the opinion that even something as basic as making sure that all kids have food is bad because it creates a culture of dependency by making those kids think that the world will take care of them. That was so very, very alien to me, and he wouldn’t budge on it or shut up about it. I finally told him that I consider it our Christian duty to make sure that everyone’s fed, and he had nothing more to say. (Scott thinks that saying that hit the guy where he lives. I think that may be making an assumption about the guy’s religion, but he was a 70 something white guy with a very Anglo name.)

He was polite and friendly to everyone, but I found myself wondering how he’d have interacted with any of us if we were not white and not obviously middle class or if we had signs of not being straight, cis, Christian, etc. The only person at the table who wasn’t white was there for about an hour and a half and was a twenty something Asian American woman acting as a Republican observer. He was very nice to her, but I wonder how much of that was his assumption that she agreed with him.

The volunteer who was organizing the Democratic observers was very conscientious about checking in and following up, but goodness, he looked young. If he was twenty five, I’d be astonished.

Each political party had a different form for their people to use to track information. The ones I had from the Democrats were longer than the forms the Greens and the Republicans had, but a largish chunk of that was information about what the recount ought to look like, procedurally, which was something I really only needed once. Mainly what we needed to record was the precinct and our names and contact information and the finally vote tallies. My sheet had a big section where I could note any information I considered important. The Greens and the Republicans were very concerned with recording seal numbers. I considered it enough to record whether or not the initial seals were intact and matched the paper records.

There were six candidates officially on the ballot for President, and we saw votes for all of them. We laughed about the one precinct that had at least one vote for all of them having given us a bingo. We didn’t see any valid write ins, and over the course of the day, we saw about twenty ballots where people hadn’t voted for President at all (that doesn’t count the 'anybody else, please' write in sort of thing).

I’m low on sleep because I got the hiccups about half an hour after Scott got up. They lasted over an hour which meant I still had them when Cordelia got up. At least I no longer have the stress migraine. I count that as a win. I’m still going to go back to bed in a little bit; I’m just not in migraine pain. Given that, I’m going to stay up long enough to do a few things that I normally get done early in the morning or that I would normally have done yesterday and didn’t get to.

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