ten awesome ladies

Oct. 17th, 2017 11:24 am
runpunkrun: chibi leslie knope eating a waffle (knope waffle)
[personal profile] runpunkrun
I got tagged for a meme on Tumblr and I liked this list so much I'm just going to post it here: Ten of your favorite female characters in ten different fandoms.

1. Dana Scully - The X-Files
2. Chloe Sullivan - Smallville
3. Nyota Uhura - Star Trek
4. Leslie Knope - Parks & Recreation
5. Britta Perry - Community
6. Hermione Granger - Harry Potter
7. Samantha Carter - Stargate SG-1
8. Joan Watson - Elementary
9. Olivia Dunham - Fringe
10. Elise Wassermann - The Tunnel

Look at all those awesome ladies. I could have gone on for another ten. Like I didn't even mention Lana Kane from Archer, or Blue Sargent from The Raven Cycle, or Teyla or Lois Lane or Beverly Crusher or Princess Leia or Buffy or Pepper Potts or—

{also posted to Tumblr}
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[personal profile] siria
The [community profile] fandomlovespuertorico auction is now live, and you can find the thread for the fic I'm offering over here:

I am offering:
Quantity: 1 fic of at least 5,000 words
Minimum bid: $30

What fandoms I create for: MCU (especially stories centering on Peggy, Steve, Natasha, or Sam); Wonder Woman (movie); Star Wars
Would love to do: I'm fine with gen, het, slash, and femmeslash, anywhere from gen to explicit. I like writing romcom, character studies, and/or stories that incorporate history in some way.
Will not do: Rape/non-con/dub-con, incest, a/b/o, hard kink; Steve/Tony or Steve/Bucky

Additional Info: My work schedule is pretty punishing right now, so it might take me a little while to finish the fic. However, I've never defaulted on a charity auction fic in the past.
How I can be contacted: Message me on DW, or email me: anassa [at] gmail [dot] com.


The auction will continue until 6pm EST, Monday October 23rd.

Treasured

Oct. 15th, 2017 02:14 pm
monanotlisa: Lucca Quinn, centered, looking thoughtful (lucca - the good fight)
[personal profile] monanotlisa
If you're so inclined, you can read my Dear Yuletide Author Letter now.

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Oct. 15th, 2017 03:16 pm
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[personal profile] sheafrotherdon
This morning, on the phone, my mother asked how I was doing with all the Weinstein stuff.

discussion of sexual assault under the cut )

Slade House, by David Mitchell

Oct. 15th, 2017 10:37 am
runpunkrun: dana scully reading jose chung's From Outer Space, text: read (reading)
[personal profile] runpunkrun
Slade House, by David Mitchell: I'm reading spooky/ghost/horror stories for October, and this was almost exactly the kind of thing I was looking for. It's a ~literary ghost story, which means I liked the concept, but the characters were barely filled in, and Mitchell was absolutely pushing my buttons with the racist domestic abuser cop, I mean, first of all, could you be more predictable, but mostly, no, hard pass. Sadly his was the second chapter, so it took me a while to realize I was enjoying the book.

It goes off the rails at the end when it gets too explainy, but until then, it's an interesting cross between a murder mystery and a haunted house, with some Inception thrown in for color.

Contains: animal harm, fear of dogs, references to domestic abuse, racist remarks, racist police officers, racist police officers having sex with someone who is concealing their true nature—so dub-con, fatmisia, and mention of eating disorders.

Two weeks in the life

Oct. 14th, 2017 09:01 am
sheafrotherdon: (Default)
[personal profile] sheafrotherdon
My trigger from two weeks ago is still with me. mention of sexual assault under the cut )

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Oct. 13th, 2017 05:53 pm
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I'm setting up a side hustle.

I don't make enough money. I have no credit and no savings, and so when things happen (like needing two new tires before winter, as I do) I am shit out of luck. 1/3 of my money each month goes to the bankruptcy settlement, and that's as it should be. But I am woefully underpaid for my profession, and there was no raise this year. Getting another job in my profession would mean moving out of town at the very least, away from my support network, and would probably mean moving out of state. Given my mental health, it's not doable.

So I need a side hustle. And I'm mad about it.

My particular profession requires a lot of post-graduate training - in my case, eleven years of it. I didn't go into my profession for the money (that would be laughable), but I did imagine I'd make a living commensurate with my skills. And yet, no. Not even. I've been in my job for twelve years and a good friend who's in her second year in the same profession is making just $5000 less than I am. (She should be earning every penny of what she is, and more. We're both underpaid.) I asked my boss today if I could submit my materials for a promotion. He said I needed to wait a year. (And nothing will materially change in a year. It's simply an arcane rule of where I work.)

Aie.

I'm cognizant of my privilege. I'm not working two minimum wage jobs to try and feed my kids, and I really truly know how lucky that makes me. That person should be being paid a hell of a lot more money for their labor.

But still. I'm going to be setting up a side hustle to work in my not-very-much-free-time. It's necessary. I'm grateful that I have the ability to do it. But I am mad about it.
runpunkrun: dana scully reading jose chung's From Outer Space, text: read (reading)
[personal profile] runpunkrun
Easy Flourless Muffins, Bars and Cookies: Delicious Recipes for Healthy, Portable Gluten-Free Snacks, by Amanda Drozdz: All the recipes in this book are gluten-free, but not exactly flourless. Drozdz gets around this by calling for whole oats, and then having you pulverize them in the blender. That's oat flour, but whatever. Most of these recipes are made in a high-powered blender, and call for oats, ground flaxseed, honey, almond butter, almond milk, and often Greek yogurt, almond flour, and eggs. A lot of the recipes are oil free (if you don't count the oil in the almond butter), grain free, dairy free, and can be made refined sugar free and vegan. At the top of each recipe, it tells you what it's free from. None of the recipes use gums, and there's only the occasional use of arrowroot powder (or you can use cornstarch instead). Because the muffins are oil free, the author recommends using parchment paper muffin liners because the muffins will stick to ordinary paper cups; I can only imagine how expensive those are. (Amazon says 120 for $6.79, yowch. Wait, fuck you, Amazon, Target has the same cups, 60 for $1.99. Still pricey, but much better. I do have reusable silicon muffin cups but they're such a pain to waahahash.)

The book has a color picture for each muffin, bar, or cookie, and they all look pretty great. The recipes have a description of the taste and texture, measurements by volume and weight (grams), storage advice, and sometimes substitutions, though not for the coconut flour or oil, which are things I would want to replace.

There's a lot of chocolate and bananas, as well as carrots, zucchini, apples, pumpkin, and cheesecake topping. There's even an entire chapter for one-serving microwave muffins, as well as one devoted to chocolate. I have a lot of the recipes flagged, and I like that they're not the usual white rice flour and starch, but I don't like using honey as a sweetener because it can have a cloying flavor, and also maybe I don't want almond butter in everything? Because that shit is expensive?? But I'll give it a try. The pictures are really inviting.

The index is thorough too. It's just a really nice book.

Update: My food sensitivities are out of control, so I made the dairy free banana bread muffins and they turned out amazing? Tender, moist, and light, which blows my mind considering what's in them, or not in them. The only problem is I don't like banana bread. I know, I know, but I had some super ripe bananas. I know. I'm going to make the pumpkin muffins next. I do love a pumpkin muffin.
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But since we do, I can't forget the genocide of the Rohingya in Myanmar.

[personal profile] rydra_wong has a recommendable entry with information on what the NYT calls a classic ''ethnic cleansing'' titled "Nie Wieder", which means "Never Again" in English and is one of the most famous anti-fascist, anti-war, anti-genocide German slogans; take your pick. Its origins are unclear; Willy Brandt, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1969 to 1974 is quoted most often; but then there's also Wilhelm Pieck, a German communist and the first -- also last -- President of the German Democratic Republic, aka East Germany.

If you want something that's not glossy photos of people suffering, here are, again courtesy of the NYT, satellite images of the burnt villages as well as their locations on a map of Rakhine state.
monanotlisa: Diana as Diana Prince in glasses and a hat, lifting the rim of the latter rakishly. HOT! (Default)
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As you know, Bob, my life is thus:

7am Get up, get ready
8 am Get going to work, starting on email and professional reading and such
9 am Kick off at work
2 pm Have the lunch you brought at your desk
8pm Go do a 1-hour swim at the pool, maybe have some protein shake
9pm Travel home slightly less stressed with wet hair
10pm Work for another 1-2 hours at home
11-12pm Go to bed, perchance to sleep, definitely to dream anxiety dreams if so

Lather, rinse, repeat.

However, today I attended an excellent seminar, which brought down the pace significantly. So let me post three things:

1. How have I never read this article? Thankfully my wife alerted me to its sublime perfection. THIS IS THE ARTICLE FOR THE SEASON. *mad cackling*

2. [community profile] fandomlovespuertorico is ON! You guys, if you go and offer anything I love, I will bid on it like it's going out of style (it probably is, this being me and my fandoms). Samples include fic for
- Killjoys (TV)
- The Good Fight (TV)
- The Imperial Radch Trilogy (Book)
- Wonder Woman (Film)
- Atomic Blonde (Film)
- Antimony Price of InCryptid fame (Book)
- Star Trek: Discovery (ahh, Michael Burnham ♥) (TV)
- Dark Matter if we're talking Portia Lin and gen or femslash (TV)
- Red Queen fanfic of Cameron Cole (I'll take Mare Barrow, too, but only w/out Maven) (Book)

3. A recipient of donations for the North Bay Fire that we have chosen is the SONOMA COUNTY RESILIENCE FUND: "to support the mid- to long-term needs of our community as we recover from the devastation from the fires currently raging through Sonoma County." It's run by a both local and entrenched community organization. (I've also put up my hand for volunteering my professional work; a mail went 'round today in the office. I'm singularly useless in practical advice like this, but supposedly we will get training beforehand.)

Fall 2017 anime first impressions

Oct. 11th, 2017 12:35 pm
chagrined: Mob Psycho 100: Mob smiling (mob smiling)
[personal profile] chagrined
Well not everything has aired yet but the remaining shows don't look that interesting to me so here's what I've watched so far: longer thoughts on Just Because, A sister's all you need, Recovery of an MMO Junkie, The Ancient Magus' Bride, Land of the Lustrous, shorter thoughts on some other stuff )

Overall, actually a much more promising season than I expected going into it. But I think I felt that way about last season too so we'll see how it actually pans out. XD

Horrorstör, by Grady Hendrix

Oct. 10th, 2017 07:42 pm
runpunkrun: dana scully reading jose chung's From Outer Space, text: read (reading)
[personal profile] runpunkrun
Horrorstör, by Grady Hendrix: I was excited about this because it's a horror story set in an IKEA parody, but unfortunately, it's not particularly funny or scary. It is gross, however, and has plenty of body horror and blood, though not always in a psychologically effective way. The bad guy's a drag—wordy and one-dimensional—and I didn't like the narrator until the very end, so I wasn't invested at all. I feel like Basil, assistant manager and black nerd, would have made a better narrator, someone with an actual stake in the building and his employees. Amy, on the other hand, doesn't give a shit; plus her characterization's sloppy. She's afraid of being fired and is working overtime to make rent, but then Horror Movie Logic sets in and, obviously, now, when she desperately needs to keep her job, is the best time to hold a séance in her place of work while her manager is around and also there's spooky shit going on in Storage Solutions. Obviously.

The most satisfying thing about this is the IKEA font. The illustrations of the various ORSK products are on point, except for the Jodlöpp, which makes no sense (is it upside down? what part goes on your head?) and doesn't match the description in the text.

A promising idea, but the execution didn't work for me. The end is pretty exciting though.

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