AV Club: Meme becomes reality as Netflix orders Lupita Nyong’o and Rihanna’s con artist movie
Because we need it this morning.
Fuck terrorism, fuck Katie Hopkins and her vile cohorts, pre-emptively fuck Trump because presumably he's going to make some sort of statement about Manchester at some point and it's going to be awful (or at best the kind of vacuous blandness that means they've managed to make him stick to a script for a few moments), go awesome black women and making movies happen through the power of Twitter and delight.
May all the surviving kids at the concert be safe and reunited with their families soon and participating in the proud British tradition of recounting acts of terrorism in terms of the epic journeys that had to be taken because public transport was shut down (a la 7/7 -- Americans: "We weep for you!" British people: "I had to walk for FIVE HOURS").
ETA: Oh fuck they let him write at least part of it. Yes, of course Buttercup thinks the worst thing you can call someone is a "loser". Because winning is all that counts, and Buttercup is the winningest winner ever. Losing means you're wrong because winning is right.
2. I had a pretty relaxing day off. Did some housework and translation and just chilled out.
3. I also played a little bit of Zelda, though not much. I decided I want to concentrate on farming stuff to upgrade my armor, so I wasn't doing anything super exciting. I haven't really been using the camera function much, but I figured it would be helpful to set a tracker for whatever I'm trying to farm at the moment, so I did get it out and take pictures of a few things. I needed like forty electric Lizalfos tails, lol. Thankfully those guys are all over the place in the desert so I'm down to just needing like ten more. I also got one more shrine quest done in the desert while I was there, and accidentally stumbled across another shrine, too. Just twelve shrines left to go!
4. Carla took a picture of me with Jasper. :)
--I promise not to get in the habit of signal boosting lots of aftertheendtimes posts over here, but cantarina is trying to gauge interest in a fanworks exchange covering all of seanan_mcguire's worlds.
--scruloose, Ginny, Kas, and I went to Happy Veal for lunch, and we're forced to conclude that while the food ranges from "tasty" to "AMAZING" (hello, green onion pancakes), the service is just always either mediocre or awful, so we're always going to have to calculate if we're up for dealing with that. ( TL;DR, the food arrived SLOWLY. No, more slowly than that ) And yet I can't swear off the place. The green onion pancakes are so good I could cry.
--Garden: scruloose dug out the rough shape of the flowerbed, and it looks like getting that ready will be trickier than we'd hoped. OTOH, transplanting our six tiny Lemon Boy tomato seedlings into their interim pots was quick and simple. And in between those things, when Kas and Ginny dropped me and scruloose off, they came in to borrow a spade and see the breathtaking new openness of our small back yard. Ginny got a look at Neighbor L's dandelion ripper, and then scruloose brought our shiny new one out...and Ginny proceeded to spend something like half an hour, in her Fluevogs and cute dress, merrily massacring dandelions for the sheer delight of using the thing.
It's remarkably satisfying. [/understatement]
( spoilers )
Into the Badlands: How to write a season finale with a twist guaranteed to piss off the majority of your fanbase, displays bad and lazy writing, and tosses themes that you get praised for and season long character arcs into the garbage for shock value, leaving your fandom going “WTF HATEHATEHATEHATEHATE.”
( spoilers )
Also: TPM: Trump Denies He Said ‘Israel’ When He Shared Israeli Intelligence With Russia
That's right: while in Israel, Buttercup spontaneously confirmed for the press that Israel was the source of the uber-classified intel he shared with the Russians without the Israelis' permission, but he thinks it's all fine because he didn't say the word "Israel" while in the room with the Russians (just, you know, now, on TV, in front of the entire world, in case the Russians had any remaining doubt about where the intel came from), so that's okay.
Well, as so often happens in life and in game design, our attempts to make things simpler created a few complications. The inn in Harper’s Ferry has a great view of the train station, but the direct route from point A to point B would involve many steep stairs, so we’re going to have to take our luggage the long way around a dog leg. Speaking of steps, the inn (housed in buildings that predate the Civil War) has staircases that were not built with modern luggage in mind.
We’ve decided we definitely would like to stay here in the future for an overnight or weekend getaway, but whatever difficulty lining up a ride to the train station would be will still be easier than our solution here. And of course as I type this up it occurs to me that for the money we’re spending on a night here plus the added meals, I could have hired a car.
Still, it’s not like the money is wasted, because the night in Harper’s Ferry and the meals are experiences that wouldn’t have come with the car ride. Also, even if this was more of a ~*learning experience*~ than I was looking for, “live and learn” is preferable to either of the alternatives.
There are things that are going our way. The weather is perfect for a day of unnecessary exertions: cool and cloudy, but not humid or rainy. Our inn room is very nice. The inn itself is very nice. And of course the town is nice.
Originally published at Blue Author Is About To Write.
And then it turns out I have a lot of feelings about One-Eyed Jack's. Like a lot. And I woke up with a scene very vividly in my head, and, well.
the edge of the carving knife (919 words), by thatyourefuse
Fandom: Twin Peaks
Rating: Teen and Up
Warnings: Choose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Ben Horne & Blackie O'Reilly
Characters: Ben Horne, Blackie O'Reilly
Additional Tags: Screenplay/Script Format, minor stylistic experiments, Missing Scene, (sort of), canon-typical noir iconography, canon-typical sexualized menace, canon-typical Ben Horne being awful, canon-typical abuse of poetry, ladies sing the blues, Tarot, the unrelenting self-pity and ennui of horrible men, Blackie O'Reilly is like the author's favorite tertiary character in anything in years, this dynamic is everything the author is a sucker for, the author is not sorry
Summary: Don't smoke in bed.
Ways to Give:
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florentinequill linked to The PRIDE Study, the first large-scale, long-term health study of people who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, or another sexual or gender minority. You can read more and sign up to participate here.
darlingarmadillo's third roommate is moving out and she's seeking a new roommate for a three-bedroom condo, bedroom unfurnished, two cats, in-unit laundry, workout room, near the Howard stop in Chicago; $750/mo. You can read more and get in touch at her craigslist posting here.
News To Know:
zorilleerrant linked to the upcoming Static Shock Appreciation Week, to celebrate the television show Static Shock and the comics and other media the character appeared in. Appreciation week starts on May 29th, and you can share fanart, fanfic, meta, and other commentary on the character, including themed daily posts. You can read more and spread the word here.
And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.
2. I was worn out after work but still managed to get a chapter of manga translated tonight.
3. I love the way Chloe likes to chill with her arms stretched out like this.
Today's plan to dig out a small flowerbed was set aside when the board emailed to take us up on our offer (us and Neighbor G, who'd been planning to take our unwanted shrub) to just dig the plant up ourselves. The landscaper they'd consulted didn't think it was worth it to try to transplant the shrub, which worked out, because G had realized that it wasn't actually a good fit for him after all.
So G and scruloose spent a while digging the poor unwanted thing up, which went pretty fast once we thought to truss it up like a Christmas tree (getting its branches out of the way) and our neighbor remembered he has a pickaxe to go with our pair of spades. (scruloose and I spent a chunk of yesterday shopping for garden supplies and equipment.) The combination of a pickaxe and not attempting to save the plant made it go very fast indeed, although then there was another hour or so of digging roots and rocks out of the hole, plus ripping dandelions out of the vicinity--thanks to Neighbor L, from our other side, who'd come outside and, when she heard me sadly mention our lack of a dandelion ripper, ducked in to lend me hers. (And now we have one too--I had to get some work done, so scruloose made another shopping run to get one of those, some grass seed, and some spray-on sunscreen. I keep forgetting the latter is a thing; I hate most sunscreen, but G said he actually uses the spray-on stuff, and let me use some to protect my outer-arm tattoo. And lo, I didn't hate it.)
In our shrub's death, I finally learned its name, because its tag was still attached at the base. It was a Tor Spirea/Spiraea betulifolia 'Tor'. I do feel bad for its fate, but I really did try to at least not mind it for seven years. (Or eight. Whichever.) And honestly? As soon as it was gone, while there was still just a big gaping hole where it'd been, I already felt so much better about the space.
Or, as scruloose said, "Suddenly it feels like being outside."
In honor of the occasion, I'm using Dreamwidth's image hosting for the very first time. Have a pic of the trussed spirea and one of scruloose dealing with its roots: ( I embedded thumbnails, but I'm still cutting the pics in case you don't feel like actually seeing the poor spirea's fate. There's also a bit of explanation of how much of what's visible in the second picture is space we're allowed to work with )
Anyway, hopefully tomorrow we'll get the little flowerbed dug out so we can plant...next weekend? Or the week after? And I'd like to get the Lemon Boy tomato seedlings settled into their compostable interim pots.
But I also have a half-volume of manga due tomorrow, which until Saturday night I'd somehow thought was due Wednesday. >.> So the amount of garden work we accomplish will depend a bit on that, too.
Blade of the Immortal trailer. [~2 min., subtitled]
"Supernatural Is Crossing Over With Scooby Doo Next Season".
"Lin-Manuel Miranda Joins the Cast of DUCKTALES Reboot".
Via erinptah, an FFA thread on what kind of fic summaries do or don't entice people.
"65 ‘Wonder Woman’ Images Highlight Amazonians, Allies, and Antagonists".
"Hugh Jackman didn’t know wolverines were real animals".
"On Captain America and the Spirit of Story". [Kiya Nicoll]
Over at ladybusiness, Ira and Anna have teamed up "to present you with two ways to skim the highlights of [The Vorkosigan Saga] in 5 books each". "This post is intended for two audiences: (1) People who have never encountered a Vorkosigan book in their life, or maybe have read one or two but don't really know the full series, so we can suggest a subset of the series that is readable by the Hugo voting deadline; and (2) Fans of the series so they can come argue with us about our picks. BOTH ARE SO WELCOME." (I'm in the former camp, so I've only skimmed the post and haven't gone into the comments.)
"What Will Sink Our Generation Ships? The Death of Wonder". [Kameron Hurley at Boing Boing]
"A Hot Steaming Sack Of Business Advice For Writers". [Chuck Wendig]
Via telophase, "New WannaCry Ransomware and How to Protect Yourself". (telophase's summary is "In short: if you're on Windows, make sure you're updated to the latest OS version. If you're on an unsupported version (XP, 2008), there's a patch you can load. Make sure your antivirus is updated.")
Signal boost: via 2017revival, I see that transandnonbinary is a newly-created community.
"The Ingenious Way TV Logos Were Made Before Computers".
"Ancestry.com takes DNA ownership rights from customers and their relatives".
ETA: juniperphoenix linked me to Ancestry.com's response: "Setting the Record Straight: Ancestry and Your DNA".
"An AI invented a bunch of new paint colors that are hilariously wrong".
"The Skeletal Structure of Japanese Horror Fiction: Digging into the Guts of Japanese Folklore". 
"Japanese Finally Comes To Duolingo".
So, next weekend is WisCon. WisCon as a con officially begins Friday afternoon of Memorial Day Weekend, though there are some programming items the night before.
We’ve gotten in the habit of heading to Madison on Wednesday ever since the fateful year when I booked the airline tickets for the wrong day. We realized this literally the day before, and even with the desperate scramble to get there and get lodging we found the experience more relaxing than normal, with extra decompression/rest time between the stress of travel and the excitement of the con.
This year, we’re trying to avoid flying as much as possible, and Sarah’s got some work stuff that would stop her from traveling on Wednesday, so Jack and I (who have more flexible schedules) are taking the train. This means leaving earlier, since that’s an overnight thing, which pushes our departure till Tuesday.
Our nearest train station is in historic Harpers Ferry, which is also a national park. We’ve never traveled from this station before, and we both kind of get stressed out about new experiences, so in order to minimize the rush/stress on day of travel and avoid having to get our luggage from the parking lot of the visitor’s center to the downtown on the same day, we’re arriving the day before and spending the night in a historic inn right across from the train station, which pushes our departure to Monday, for a con that officially starts Friday.
Our train takes us to Chicago. I’ve trained through Chicago about four or five times, so I sort of know the score there, but we’re transferring to a bus that contracts with Amtrak to get us the rest of the way. It’ll only last 3-4 hours, but
So the next few days are going to be a mix of relaxing/fun stuff and stressful/anxiety-ridden stuff. I’m pretty sure the good will outweigh the bad. My plan is to update this blog every day during at least the trip part of the trip, since I’ll have time at each step, and since a good way to get back in the habit of blogging regularly is to do it under even irregular circumstances.
I have been heavily boosting WisCon this year on Twitter since last WisCon, and I have heard from several people who are coming for the first time, a few who are even coming in part because I encouraged them. Yay. Accordingly, tomorrow I’ll be posting my official WisCon event schedule (it’s light this year, in no small part because one of them is a *big* event), and some tips for finding/interacting with me.
Originally published at Blue Author Is About To Write.
If you're attending, this post is to provide you with useful information about Jess At WisCon. If you're not, I suppose you could read it anyway. I mean. It's really up to you. (Many -- most? -- of you know me pretty well already, and indeed have spent time with me at WisCons prior. If that's the case, the info here is useful to you if you want to meet up at some point during the con.)
This is a revised edition previous years' posts, since this is my... omg twelfth WisCon?! If there is something you are wondering about or would like to ask me that I don't cover here, please ask in comments and I'll do my best to answer.
This is long let's have some cut tags.
( ..about me.. )
( ..seeing or hanging out with me at WisCon.. )
Are you attending WisCon? Will I see you there? Is this not the best con? COMMENT BELOW! \o/
* I pretty much stole my title from this Mr. Show sketch: "The Return of the Curse of the Creature's Ghost". This is actually a really good example of the kind of stuff I carry around in my brain all the time and occasionally reference without cause -- comedy sketches from a decade ago (or more - heck, the Associative Brain Quote & Reference File goes all the way back to SNL of the 70s). Fair warning. And yeah this is only a slight modification of last year's post title - I'm not clever enough today, and it remains illustrative. ;P
On other topics entirely, All Systems Red by Martha Wells! It's a novella-length story that I'd been hearing good things about and sounded like it was up my alley, so I read it this afternoon. I did love it as it turns out. It's been compared to Ann Leckie's Ancillary Justice more than once for the way it deals with AI being more autonomous than the people using it actually comprehended and the related identity politics observed and experienced as a result. That's where the similarities end, I think, but they both do those things well so it's fair to say that if you like one, you may well like the other (as I did).
However, I have some Thoughts about All Systems Red, namely that it also works as a pre-canon, slightly AU back story for Bubbles of Questionable Content. For anyone unaware, QC is an online comic set in a world pretty similar to our own with the addition of autonomous AI robots. Unlike Murderbot of All Systems Red, Bubbles is a combat AI vs a security AI (which Murderbot specifically distinguishes between), but she's quite shy and has a very dry sense of humor. She's no longer in combat due to Tragic Back Story: after all the rest of her unit died, the memories were sufficiently traumatizing that she voluntarily had them blocked.
Bubbles has only been appearing in QC since, oh, sometime in the last year? One of the main characters got a new job and Bubbles was one of her new co-workers (I'm leaving out a WHOLE LOT about consequences of alcoholism, an illegal robot fighting ring, blackmail, welding, and tea sniffing), but she's become a major character by association and it is delightful. I immediately started picturing Bubbles shortly after I started All Systems Red and now it's firmly lodged in my brain as a fancast.
All Systems Red is an excellent story that I can recommend regardless, but I've been following QC for 2 or 3 years now and highly recommend it as well. It's a long running comic and I'm under the vague impression the earlier strips and story lines leaned heavier on the Pintsize's scatalogical and pornographic rudeness, but regardless, at this point it's a good mix with interesting story lines, a good serious/humor balance, and great characters.
NOW I have a third of the day left and need to decide which KJ Charles book I'm going to start. I read The Magpie Lord recently and loved it, but I don't want to jump into the rest of that series too quick. I have A Queer Trade (same universe, different characters, novella length) and An Unseen Attraction (different series), but there's also Think of England (also a different series) which has a coda online that I have bookmarked. Decisions decisions decisions.
♣ Nirvana in Fire: MORE FIX-ITS/ALTERNATE REALITIES I WANT TO ROLL AROUND IN!
- In Time, Once Again (English translation), MCS/Jingyan
- Lithograph, which is a more serious/feelsy followup to Palimpsest's hilarious setup, both MCS/Jingyan
- Woman King, Sword in Hand, aka EMPRESS NIHUANG with OT3!! ♥ (I wish there were more OT3 stories)
- in price, a pearl, MCS/Jingyan
♣ YOI: more things probably most of you have read & maybe a couple you haven't?
- Five Things Yuri Plisetsky Loves Very Loudly (and a quiet one who loves him back), maybe the most satisfying Otayuri I've read to date ♥
- here on the roof of the world, Viktuuri a la jibrailis, who is magic :D
- have you heard there's a rumour in st. petersburg (series), Viktuuri + various Russian skaters, aka one of my favorite things!
- Yuuri!!! on Floor, yet another satisfying alternate-sports world ♥
- If It's You, Viktuuri's media-related shenanigans
- Half a Chance, featuring a chain of love stories, inadvisable crushes, and Yuri figuring out his ~FEELINGS~ which is never not the best thing
- Victor Effing Nikiforov, ALL THINGS BANQUETFIC ARE GLORIOUS
- The Boy Who Watched, the secret fanboy life of Viktor Nikiforov? or something like it
- rose-colored boy, PHICHIT MY PRECIOUS ♥
- And Baby Makes Three, one of the very specific scenarios I find more entertaining than Viktuuri on their own
- Back and Forth, another cute (and illustrated!) Otayuri :D
2. We've been trying to get back into the habit of taking a walk every night and have taken one every day for over a week. I'm really hoping we can keep this up.
3. Look at these two cutie snugglers!
(But first: once again, I applied Jamberry nails while I watched, and I am particularly pleased with this fortnight's design and its relevance to matters TARDIS-related.
( Spoilers will be good. )