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The plumes are estimated to rise about 125 miles (200 kilometers) before, presumably, raining material back down onto Europa's surface. Europa has a huge global ocean containing twice as much water as Earth’s oceans, but it is protected by a layer of extremely cold and hard ice of unknown thickness. The plumes provide a tantalizing opportunity to gather samples originating from under the surface without having to land or drill through the ice.

Monday Works Roundup, 9/26/16

Sep. 26th, 2016 03:22 pm
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Posted by Erin Ptah

But I’m A Cat Person
Bonus Being Impressions (art | Poe, Walker, Cub, Jany, Blake | worksafe)
Bi Visibility 2016 (comic | Cohen/Jessica, Cohen/Bennett | G)

Leif & Thorn
Fancy Katya (art | Katya | worksafe)
Embassy Gem Flirting (art | Sven, Del, Iona, Ragnild | worksafe)
De-aging potion (sketches | Leif, Thorn | worksafe)

Hello From The Magic Tavern
The Wizards of Foon (art | Jyn’Leeviyah, Usidore, Spintax, Can, Jamillious, Aerobud, Telphys, Dark Lord, Blorth | worksafe)

Oz books
Ozma has a Type (art | Betsy/Ozma/Dorothy | worksafe)

Steven Universe
Homeworld Pearls (art | Pearl, misc Pearls | worksafe)
Bunny Garnets (art | Sapphire, Ruby, Garnet, Sardonyx | worksafe)
The Pearlrose Waltz (art | Pearl/Rose | worksafe)

Voltron: Legendary Defender
My metal arm brings all the geeks to the yard (sketch | Shiro/Pidge | worksafe)
Making out in a robot lion (sketch | Shiro/Keith | worksafe)
The Conspiracy Swing (sketch | Keith/Pidge | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Virgil (reward chibi, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Sparrow gets an unexpected visitor. Bennett is offensive, and for once he isn’t trying to be.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Leif finally realizes that he isn’t as unbiased and impartial towards Thorn as he’s supposed to be.


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Art I did for Fandom Giftbox

Sep. 26th, 2016 11:26 am
[personal profile] telophase
Here's the art I did for Fandom Giftbox...

Lacernella Rubra
Little Red Riding Hood
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Maker's Breath, not again
Dragon Age: Inquisition
Cullen/F!Lavellan
Mildly NSFW for implications
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Sep. 26th, 2016 10:04 am
[personal profile] the_rck
We finished that last episode of Star Wars: Rebels around noon yesterday. I really want to see season three now, but we don’t have Disney XD and can’t afford to get it.

Scott did the grocery shopping at about 2:00. We went to the library about 4:30 then finished cleaning up the portals at the science center. After that, Scott mowed the lawn and grilled some fish. I cooked some potatoes in the pressure cooker.

I have a pretty strong suspicion that I’m not going to be able to keep taking Zoloft. I’m getting bruises on my legs that I can’t remember sources for. I’m not absolutely sure that it’s connected as it’s only three so far, but bruising is one of those side effects that can be serious, so I’m going to pay attention and see if other bruises turn up.

I went into the bedroom at 8:00 because Scott and Cordelia wanted to watch Once Upon a Time. I gave up on that midway through season one, and, while I don’t mind it, I didn’t want to deal with Cordelia hassling me about how I shouldn’t watch until I catch up. I’m not likely to get around to it. I hit a point where I couldn’t deal with the things I could see were obviously coming in the flashbacks.

We have a mattress with adjustable pressure air bladders. I’m finding that the comfortable pressure for me to sleep on is absolutely not comfortable for sitting on. Basically, I need my mattress very soft for sleeping, but that leaves it so flabby that, when all of my weight is concentrated by sitting, my behind sinks far enough to hit the hard platform under the mattress. If I’m going to go in there regularly and sit, I think I’ll want to pump up the air bladder and then take it back down at bedtime.

I ended up not sleeping all that well last night. I slept okay up until about 4:00. After that, I think I had a few minutes here and there. I was awake from when Scott got up until Cordelia got up then drowsed while she got ready for school and then again after she left for about forty-five minutes. Most of this is related to needing the bathroom. Needing to pee every two to three hours makes for disrupted sleep, especially when the timing for my bladder doesn’t map onto the timing of other things that will wake me.

I’ve narrowed down my probable Yuletide offers to about fifteen things that I’d actually be thrilled to write. Three are things I’ve written before. I wouldn’t mind writing them again, but maybe I should just offer things I haven’t written? If I match on, say, the Chronicles of Amber, I might choke on having too much of that fandom since I’ve completed two fics in it this year and have two more I’m working on (plus, there’s the UCon game to write).

I also have two longish lists of things that I’d be interested in writing but that I’m not sure I can write well, either because of the voice of canon or because of the nominated characters, or that I don’t have ready access to or that are too long to review in the time I’ll have. At least one is something for which I’d love to write one of the nominated characters but don’t think I could offer any of the others. I always dither at this stage because I can see that it’s possible, in theory, that one of the fandoms I don’t offer might have a request that I’d adore writing. Experience tells me that I can’t/won’t write treats or NYR fics. I have old Yuletide requests from five or six years ago that pinged me enough for me to save them but not enough to actually, you know, write them.

Daily Happiness

Sep. 26th, 2016 12:50 am
[personal profile] torachan
1. The ants got better for a bit but then SO MUCH WORSE, so I finally tried the suggestion of putting the catfood plates in a dish of water and it seems to be working. Also has the bonus of catching 95% of food scraps in the water, making for less cleanup. (Molly likes to stick her hand in the food and eat off her hand, which is super cute but doesn't work particularly well with cat paws, so a lot of food gets outside of the bowl.)

2. It was hot today and supposed to be even hotter tomorrow, but then is supposed to drop pretty dramatically in a day or so, so I'm really hopeful this is just one last heat spell and not the start of a super hot autumn like last year.

3. The second half of the week is going to be sooooo busy, but at least I get tomorrow off. I'm looking forward to sleeping in and relaxing.

4. Look at this sweet sleepy Chloe.

Sep. 25th, 2016 06:50 pm
[personal profile] meganbmoore
On Litsy as meganbm123 (same as Twitter) for anyone else who's there, but I haven't done anything there yet.

Sep. 25th, 2016 11:30 am
[personal profile] the_rck
I’ve been looking at the current Yuletide tag list. I think there are a lot fewer fandoms I’m comfortable offering this year than there usually are. Many of those I’m willing to offer are things I’ve written before and/or things that always get more offers than requests. I’m trying to decide whether or not I’m willing to put in the work to sample the various nominated songs, videos, and commercials.

Cordelia went out for several hours yesterday. Scott and I didn’t end up doing anything because he was exhausted, and I was groggy. We kept bringing up things we needed to do and then not moving from where we were sitting.

I wrote a few words yesterday but not many. I also started watching about three different DVDs but didn’t get far into any of them. I just couldn’t focus.

After Cordelia got home, we watched most of what we had left of Star Wars: Rebels season 2. We have one episode left because Cordelia suddenly announced that she was done for the evening. One episode should be more than doable today.

The tamoxifen really has changed how I respond to temperatures that I would have found unpleasantly cold. It was in the 50s last night, and I thought it was beautiful for walking around in shorts and a t-shirt. Before the tamoxifen, that would never have happened. Of course, the downside is that we’re spending a lot on electricity to run our AC this summer because I can’t handle heat.

A group from the other Ingress faction came through and knocked everything over after I’d already done my usual walk. Scott and I ended up going and taking back a few portals, mostly at the science center. Coming back up the hill for a second time was a lot harder than I expected it to be. I had to stop a couple of times.

Daily Happiness

Sep. 25th, 2016 01:01 am
[personal profile] torachan
1. One of my favorite former co-workers stopped by the store today and we got to chat for a bit. He'll be there three days next week, too, to help with a small remodelling project that's going on. (He still works for the company, just a different location.)

2. I managed to get a fair bit of translating done today, including finishing up the last of the "must do" stuff for this month. (I hope to still get a couple more things finished, but the major ones are done.)

3. The kitties were sooooo cute this morning. Chloe often likes to sit on the bathroom counter and watch "kitty TV" as we call it (aka looking out the window at birdies and such), but this morning they were both sitting there together. ♥

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Posted by Erin Ptah

An excellent essay about darkfic and sexuality (cw: author discusses her own trauma/abuse history). Centered on Sherlock fandom, though the general ideas apply no matter what characters you’re writing about.

I wanted to highlight this part:

If, instead of normalizing the existence of fics that portray noncon and underage, we make these themes taboo, if we pathologize them, if we require noncon works to be kept in a separate archive, if we insist that it be labeled with derogatory terms like “rapefic,” then what will happen is that writers who think that their work has “a bit of dubcon” in it will not tag it as such, in the hopes that it will fly under the radar and they won’t be banished to the leper colony with the filthy rapefic fans. This will have results that neither the responsible creators and consumers of noncon, nor the people who dislike it and categorically oppose it, want: that someone who doesn’t want to see noncon will see it.

I wrote the above paragraph close to a year ago, and my predictions are already coming true. I have seen noncon and underage fanworks being posted without appropriate tags and warnings. Some of these inadequately tagged fics are being posted by the same people who accused me and my fellow gender politics panelists of being rape apologists and pedophiles. The creators of these works defend them as being somehow different than the works the so-called rape apologists create, because they themselves were underage when they drew the fanart or wrote the fic, or because the work features the right” pairing, or the “right” kind of non-consensual situation, or because they don’t “eroticize” the noncon aspect, or because there’s a sufficient amount of comfort to offset the hurt, or for any number of other reasons.

It’s framed as a prediction, and maybe with respect to Sherlock fandom it is, but for fandom in general it’s nothing new. I remember wrestling with the same kind of cognitive dissonance more than a decade ago:

“Okay, I like stories where characters get hurt, but that’s a Bad Thing to enjoy. But I also like the emotional payoff when characters are rescued at the end! So when describing this, I should emphasize the rescue part. Imply that any scenes with pain and suffering are just a necessary evil on the way to the morally-acceptable payoff. Or, hey, maybe don’t mention the suffering at all.”

That mindset not only discourages people from warning for dark story elements, it stifles the general discussion about them, so that even if you want to warn, you can’t pick up the vocabulary to do it well.

I remember one fic of mine — it had a brief sex scene, and it was consensual, just incredibly unhealthy. Potentially very upsetting! And the only warning I put on it was a general sexual-content label. Partly because I was erring on the side of what looked more Morally Pure, but also because it was neither “non-con” nor “sex that is positive and affirming and healthy in every way” — and I didn’t have a handle on how to articulate the situations in between.

Fandom in general should be a place that helps people figure this stuff out, not a place where people get shamed and shouted down for trying.


Filed under: Meta Tagged: everything old is new again, Fandom, writing

"On The Subject of Noncon Fanworks"

Sep. 25th, 2016 12:34 am
[personal profile] sailorptah
An excellent essay about darkfic and sexuality (cw: author discusses her own trauma/abuse history). Centered on Sherlock fandom, though the general ideas apply no matter what characters you're writing about.

I wanted to highlight this part:

If, instead of normalizing the existence of fics that portray noncon and underage, we make these themes taboo, if we pathologize them, if we require noncon works to be kept in a separate archive, if we insist that it be labeled with derogatory terms like “rapefic,” then what will happen is that writers who think that their work has “a bit of dubcon” in it will not tag it as such, in the hopes that it will fly under the radar and they won’t be banished to the leper colony with the filthy rapefic fans. This will have results that neither the responsible creators and consumers of noncon, nor the people who dislike it and categorically oppose it, want: that someone who doesn't want to see noncon will see it.

I wrote the above paragraph close to a year ago, and my predictions are already coming true. I have seen noncon and underage fanworks being posted without appropriate tags and warnings. Some of these inadequately tagged fics are being posted by the same people who accused me and my fellow gender politics panelists of being rape apologists and pedophiles. The creators of these works defend them as being somehow different than the works the so-called rape apologists create, because they themselves were underage when they drew the fanart or wrote the fic, or because the work features the right” pairing, or the “right” kind of non-consensual situation, or because they don’t “eroticize” the noncon aspect, or because there’s a sufficient amount of comfort to offset the hurt, or for any number of other reasons.


It's framed as a prediction, and maybe with respect to Sherlock fandom it is, but for fandom in general it's nothing new. I remember wrestling with the same kind of cognitive dissonance more than a decade ago:

"Okay, I like stories where characters get hurt, but that's a Bad Thing to enjoy. But I also like the emotional payoff when characters are rescued at the end! So when describing this, I should emphasize the rescue part. Imply that any scenes with pain and suffering are just a necessary evil on the way to the morally-acceptable payoff. Or, hey, maybe don't mention the suffering at all."

That mindset not only discourages people from warning for dark story elements, it stifles the general discussion about them, so that even if you want to warn, you can't pick up the vocabulary to do it well.

I remember one fic of mine -- it had a brief sex scene, and it was consensual, just incredibly unhealthy. Potentially very upsetting! And the only warning I put on it was a general sexual-content label. Partly because I was erring on the side of what looked more Morally Pure, but also because it was neither "non-con" nor "sex that is positive and affirming and healthy in every way" -- and I didn't have a handle on how to articulate the situations in between.

Fandom in general should be a place that helps people figure this stuff out, not a place where people get shamed and shouted down for trying.

A thank you and a market haul

Sep. 24th, 2016 10:50 pm
[personal profile] umadoshi
Thank you to everyone who commented on my hair pic! Enough of you did that I'm finding going through and replying individually a bit overwhelming, given that all replies would be "Thank you! I'm delighted with it!" So: thank you!

Kas sent me a bunch of the photos he took yesterday (I haven't uploaded any yet), so now I need to choose which one(s) will work best as a userpic (elsewhere).

[dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose brought home a lovely haul from the market today! Two pints of raspberries (really good, but we should eat as many as possible tonight, because those are not gonna last); a pint each of blueberries and peaches (fingers crossed for the peaches; no need to worry about Nova Scotia blueberries!); blueberry tarts and a peaches & cream tart; Chinese noodles for lunch; a Greek thing he didn't remember the name of, but which involves phyllo pastry, a LOT OF CHEESE, and we think bechamel (he only brought one piece home since we hadn't had it before, but more will be called for, and we'll have to learn its name); plus a bunch of our more usual provisions.
[personal profile] umadoshi
(I'm clearly getting to the point where I'm gonna have to do another ALL THE MISCELLANEOUS STUFF linkdump under a cut. It's gotten ridiculous.)

Fannish/Geeky Things

Sarah Kurchak wrote "How ‘Ghostbusters’ Holtzmann has become a queer, autistic hero".

Book blogger Shaina Reads posted briefly about Litsy, which is now out of beta for Android and available in the Play Store.

"Labors of Love: A Review of Manga in America". [Women Write About Comics]

"Joss Whedon Has Launched A Campaign To Get You To Vote — And Not For Trump". [Buzzfeed]


Social Justice

"On white feelings, jokes, and when white people just don’t get it (which is too often)".

"It’s Time to Get Over Your White Feelings and Start Taking Action for Black Lives".


Miscellaneous: Tori Amos edition

Next month a two-CD set of Tori Amos' Boys For Pele is being released for the album's 20th (!!!) anniversary. There've been similar releases for Little Earthquakes and Under the Pink, and I've yet to pick either of those up because neither of the second discs had songs I hadn't heard...but Pele's does, according to the breakdown on the Amazon.com listing. It looks like the first disc is the original album order (if I'm remembering correctly that a later release...let me see...I think traded the original "Talula" for the Tornado Mix and swapped out "In the Springtime of His Voodoo" for one of the ten bazillion "Professional Widow" remixes. [There are so many "Widow" remixes. I believe there's a CD that's almost, if not entirely, full of them. And "Widow" is probably my single least-favorite of Tori's songs up until about 2000.]). And on the second disc, I'm about 99% sure I've never heard "To The Fair Motormaids Of Japan", and I definitely haven't heard "Sucker". Everything else, other than mixes, is familiar. But I'll be pouncing on it.

(Amazingly, between the two discs there are a mere three versions of "Professional Widow", and one of them is the "Merry Widow" version, which I do kinda like.)

This link popped up in my YouTube sidebar when I was listening to YANTA a while back: "The Vocal Range Of Tori Amos". [YouTube, ~15 minutes] This uses vocal clips from all over her catalogue and range. "Tori's voice is distinctly cooing and warm, going effortlessly up to the mid and upper fifth octave as well as down to surprisingly very chesty and resonant singing in the lower third and even second octaves. Tori has shown a preference for using her head register for most of her singing, with more 'belted' notes become less frequent over the years, although she occasionally does so in live settings. Surprisingly, Tori's vocal range doesn't seem to have diminished in the slightest over the years, even if upper fifth octave notes aren't as frequent in the past decade. This seems to be a decision to preserve her voice for live performances."

(There's a second installment here, too.)

Also, I may have linked this before, but it's one of my favorite Tori-related videos ever: "Tori Amos Piano Shopping 1992". [~22 minutes] (1992, when Little Earthquakes came out. She was so young, and so thoroughly in her "ethereal, quirky girl" phase, but her answers to the interview questions are still thoughtful as well as fun. Also, she just sort of noodles around on the pianos the whole time, which I love.)

This is an older article (2007), but I found it really interesting: "Tori Amos: Inside Her Martian Engineering Studio" discusses Tori's studio (obviously), recording equipment, remastering, and assembling her The Piano collection.


Miscellaneous

"From Hiroko to Susie: The untold stories of Japanese war brides". [Washington Post]

"Broadway Musical ‘Allegiance’ Starring George Takei to Screen in Cinemas".

"Horses can communicate with us - scientists". [BBC]

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] kass, "Parenting by the Books: ‘On The Banks of Plum Creek’".
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Shredded apple mixed into the filling of a lemon meringue pie was an unusual combination that intrigued Kitchener food writer Jasmine Mangalaseril.

Sep. 24th, 2016 09:40 am
[personal profile] the_rck
Scott had to work 3:00 to 7:00 this morning. He went to bed around 8:30. I was up until about midnight because Cordelia didn’t get in until after 11:00. I was up every two or three hours all night, needing the bathroom, the same as the night before. I really hope this doesn’t continue. Usually, I can got four to six hours. I ended up awake at about 7:30 and gave up on sleeping any more.

I wrote about three hundred words on a story I hadn’t touched in months. I might focus on finishing that one because I don’t think it will be dreadfully long. Also, I’m writing to a prompt from someone else, and I promised them a story.

I did Cordelia’s UCon registration last night. I bought her some generics and two tickets for specific events. I haven’t been able to persuade her to look at the game listings to see if anything else would interest her.

I’m hesitating over mine for two reasons. The first is that I’ve already paid my $10 registration fee but that the site won’t let me buy event tickets unless I buy another registration. The other thing is that I have no idea how much energy I’ll have or exactly when Scott and I will arrive on Friday. There are things I’d like to try that start at 9:00 or 10:00 a.m. on Friday, but we may not get there that early. There are some things I’d like to try on Sunday, but they all run over check out time. I’m not convinced that we can get up, pack, and be out of the room in time to make a 9:00 a.m. event. Scott and I are both running games at 4:00 on Sunday, and given our interests, check out time, and what’s available, I don’t think we’re going to be able to play any games earlier in the day. I’d like to play at least one game with Scott, but I don’t think timing is going to work out. The things we’re both interested in are mostly at times when he’s running games or on Friday or Sunday morning.

Scott and I got carryout from Applebee’s for dinner last night. The food was okay. I wish they wouldn’t keep changing their menu and getting rid of the things I like/can eat. Their online order form also doesn’t have any option for making special requests such as me not wanting black pepper or Scott needing his food kept away from beef.

I did the last of the easy phone number changes yesterday. Monday, I’m going to figure out how to change the number on record with Social Security and Medicare. Neither agency has ever called me, but I’m sure that, if I don’t change the number, suddenly there will be occasion for it.

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