umadoshi: (Scott Pilgrim SNAP (agirlnextdoor))
Pokémon Go is my first actual experience with Pokémon in any form, so it has zero nostalgia factor for me. It's fun seeing how excited people are about it, though!

My own playing is still really haphazard and confined to bus and car rides, but I've hit level 6 and picked a team (blue) by the simple method of texting [ profile] shiroiko in Toronto and saying "What team are you on?" (If there's a benefit to sharing a team with online friends, I haven't heard about it, so I figured being on the same team as friends I'll see in person was the way to go.) I still haven't technically been to a gym--last night [ profile] scruloose and Ginny and Kas and I went for supper and there was a gym in close enough range of the restaurant that I could click it and choose a team, but after that, it told me I was out of range.

After supper I bounced a handful of questions off [ profile] inkstone, so now more things make sense to me. Yay! (Other things are still confusing, but I think they're probably glitches rather than deliberate interface choices? Although whoever positioned the Settings button so it's hidden under the red "No GPS signal" bar gets a lot of side-eye from me. >.> I was trying to turn the damn music off while I was indoors on the first day or so, and GPS wasn't connecting, and I could not find the settings to save my life. WTF, somebody-somewhere?)

And now [ profile] inkstone has made this happen for folks on Dreamwidth:

PokeStop - a Pokémon Go community

While I'm on the subject, two links:

"If 'Pokémon Go' Freezes While Catching a Pokémon, Here's How to Make Sure You Keep It".

"Future Pokemon Go features include more Pokemon, customizable PokeStops and trading". (Short article about the SDCC panel.)
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 So I have part three of Chapter 12 in Selkies' Skins: Temple and Skinquest ready. I will post that this sunday. I have also transferred all of chapter 12 into the main manuscript file. This brings the current wordcount of the file to 46.662 words in the manuscript. I'm also nearly where she will get to face the leviathan, and we get to see more of how her mental pushing to just get on with her trials before she was really there in the timeline is actually affecting her trials.

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Jul. 26th, 2016 06:44 pm[personal profile] case posting in [community profile] fandomsecrets
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⌈ Secret Post #3492 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.


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Secrets Left to Post: 02 pages, 32 secrets from Secret Submission Post #499.
Secrets Not Posted: [ 0 - broken links ], [ 0 - not!secrets ], [ 0 - not!fandom ], [ 0 - too big ], [ 0 - repeat ].
Current Secret Submissions Post: here.
Suggestions, comments, and concerns should go here.

Poem: "Other Options"

Jul. 26th, 2016 04:43 pm[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
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This poem is spillover from the July 19, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from [personal profile] chanter_greenie. It has been sponsored by LJ user Ng_moonmoth. This poem belongs to the series An Army of One.

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One of her friends has requested she write her something! "I feel so professional!" I couldn't be happier myself if - oh, hey, ice cream truck. That's just the cherry on top, a proud budding writer and ICE CREAM.

History: Coming Soon

Jul. 26th, 2016 04:39 pm[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
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Here's a look at how history can predict the future.  It's not true that "nobody" ever sees it coming.  Somebody always does. The problem is that the people who can't see the obvious ignore the ones who can.  By obvious, I don't mean that an individual situation looks obvious; it's often obscure.  I mean that the pattern  is obvious, because human history contains many cycles, which makes it very predictable in certain ways.  So when you have studied history and you know the patterns of it, and you start seeing the early moves of a cycle, you know with pretty high accuracy what is going to come next.  If you are a sane person, you will try warning others, and they will either ignore you or punish you.

Welcome to the Cassandra club.  >_<

This Week in Fandom, Volume 18

Jul. 26th, 2016 02:00 pm[personal profile] otw_staff posting in [community profile] otw_news
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Title banner by doughtier with line drawing of new Sulu and the Star Trek logo filled in with rainbow
This week in fandom, we explore pop culture's role in a dangerous and unjust world:
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Thanks to an audience poll, there are 22 new verses in "Bearers of Witness with Justice."  This covers the remaining part of telepathic cluewhacking, followed by Irene's idea of how to help the whales relax.
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This poem is spillover from the July 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from the Duchess via [personal profile] technoshaman. It also fills the "weather" square in my 4-19-16 card for the [community profile] genprompt_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by the general fund, based on an audience poll. It belongs to The Ocracies series.

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Tuesday Yardening

Jul. 26th, 2016 03:28 pm[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
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Today we picked up sticks in the backforty part of the yard.

I also stopped to watch the honeybees to-ing and fro-ing in front of their hive.  :D 

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Jul. 25th, 2016 02:18 pm[personal profile] conuly
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The thing about self-diagnosis.

I once got into it with somebody who purports to be a professor on the subject of trigger warnings. She said she refused to give those unless it came through the disability office because that would be "taking responsibility" for their mental health. I pointed out that it's not like yesterday you were raped, today you have PTSD, and BOOM - tomorrow you get a diagnosis. "Oh, so you're saying people shouldn't get actual mental health care?" No, but it can take months or longer to get diagnosed, people can be crap at self-advocating, and I just don't think it's asking too much to say "Oh, head's up guys, there's a pretty graphic rape in the assigned reading for this week, we'll be discussing it next class". I mean, rape isn't something niche and esoteric.

Back and forth and back and forth and eventually she said that SHE personally had NEVER had a student complain that this was a problem. Well, yeah, and with an attitude like that I'm not surprised. I wonder how many students she's had mysteriously drop out of her class, though.

Honestly, some people.


I Tried to Teach Myself to Eat Vegetables Like a Grown-Up

The Amazon Women: Is There Any Truth Behind the Myth?

A Mind-Blowing Technique for Cleaning Deep-Fry Oil Using Gelatin

No, autistic people do not have a "broken" mirror neuron system – new evidence

Study reveals Leonardo da Vinci's 'irrelevant' scribbles mark the spot where he first recorded the laws of friction

Google’s quantum computer just accurately simulated a molecule for the first time

'Pokemon Go' players stumble on hidden history

Breast-Feeding the Microbiome

Mexico finds water tunnel under Pakal tomb in Palenque

How archaeologists found the lost medieval megacity of Angkor

Why Italians, Maori, and Children of Divorce Have the Least Childhood Amnesia

Spiders spin unique phononic material

Breaking down the gender stereotypes in kids' clothing

Before animals, evolution waited eons to inhale

The Problem with Feudalism

Human 'super predator' more terrifying than bears, wolves and dogs

Why is NASA’s longest-serving woman an hourly employee?

Got beef? How one man faced down a 'noodle cartel'

Revealed: How VW Designed the Greatest Scandal in Automotive History

Brave Tortoise Escaping Deadly Sand Fire Fled 'as Quickly as He Could'

Americans are as skeptical of Black Lives Matter as they were of the Civil Rights Movement

An Archive of Fugitive Slave Ads Sheds New Light on Lost Histories

Most Medical Research is Done on Men. That's a Deadly Problem.

The U.S. Blew $1.4 Billion on Abstinence Education in Africa

Turkey detains 42 journalists in crackdown as Europe sounds alarm

Philippine leader declares ceasefire with communist rebels

A story of truth, lies and an American addiction

Regional armies struggle in last push against Boko Haram

Isolated coral reefs far from human activity are not healthier

Punishing strike by resident doctors grinds on in Haiti

Ukraine, after war, becomes a trove for black market arms trade
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This is an advance announcement for the Tuesday, August 2, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. This time the theme will be "unexpected SCIENCE ensues." I'll be soliciting ideas for scientists, assistants, random bystanders, curious people, first responders, robots, aliens, other explorers, *frobbing, experimenting, inventing, reading, exploring, goofing off, crossing the streams, working the problem, garages, science fairs, laboratories, classrooms, libraries, secret lairs, kitchens, outer space, starships, alien planets, theories, science kits, lectures, lab equipment, tool kits, pop bottles, time machines, and poetic forms in particular.

*I've only heard "frobbing" used as "broad motions upon a device to determine what the components do," which is not the "aimless manipulation" described in the sources I could find, although they do match it with "twiddle" and "tweak" as intermediate and fine manipulation.

I have a linkback poem, "Changing Relations" (19 verses, The Moon Door). 

If you're interested, mark the date on your calendar, and please hold actual prompts until the "Poetry Fishbowl Open" post next week.  (If you're not available that day, or you live in a time zone that makes it hard to reach me, you can leave advance prompts.  I am now.)  Meanwhile, if you want to help with promotion, please feel free to link back here or repost this on your blog. 

New to the fishbowl? Read all about it! )

Heads up

Jul. 26th, 2016 02:08 pm[personal profile] camwyn
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I got an early bird registration notification from the American Lung Association today. Fight for Air Climb 2017 is scheduled for February 4, 2017. I signed up pretty much as soon as I finished reading the email.

I will probably be posting here about my practice in my office building’s stairwell on an irregular basis between now and February. Possibly after that, too, since I expect to hear back from the MS society and Wediko School about their stair climb events. Regardless- I’ll be tagging posts of that nature ‘stairs’ in case you want to block it out.

That being said I did my first test climb today, from the -2 floor (it’s the bottom level of our parking garage) up to the machine room access on floor 34. No stops except when I had to change stairwells. Not sure how long it took me, but I know the total time up to the top and back to 28 plus the time it took to circle the elevator bank twice at a walk, then stagger back to my desk, added up to around... something like thirteen minutes. So that’s a start.
musesfool: Ahsoka Tano (my power's turned on)
The Wild Chance of Living
Star Wars; Ahsoka/Aphra, Vader, Rex; adult; 4,045 words
"Not like you to use a honey trap, though."

"That was not my intention."

Let's imagine Aphra was working for Vader pre-ANH. Set post-Rebels s2. Title from Denise Levertov. Read it at AO3.

The Wild Chance of Living )


Feedback is adored.


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Jul. 26th, 2016 11:27 am[personal profile] camwyn
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I got to see the debut of the animated Batman: The Killing Joke in a movie theater yesterday (it's out on DVD, the bigscreen stuff was just a promo). I think I can safely say that if Jared Leto really claims to be sooooooooooooo messed up and sooooooooooooo psychologically scarred and sooooooo forever darkened by playing a PG-13 eyebrowless wonder of a Joker in Suicide Squad, then he is a lousy actor. A good actor produces a convincing evil madman by, you know... acting. Like Mark Hamill, who was fantastic as this Joker.

Also? As the Joker, he's a fantastic singer. No, seriously, they took the song the Joker does during the tunnel-o-madness sequence in the original comic and made it into a Broadway-style musical dance number, and Hamill sang the whole thing perfectly.

So, yeah. Mr. Leto, unless your performance turns out to be a million times better than I suspect it is going to be, your 'ooooh darkness in my sooooooooooooul' fails to impress me. Mr. Hamill has been doing something far nastier and far more messed up for far longer and he's to this day one of the nicest actors I've seen in interviews.
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  • Oh! The arterial spray!
  • You can try to take that Pepsi challenge, but I already did. As [a friend of ours] says, don't start none, won't be none. Except I always win.
  • No blood to spill today? Looks like you got plenty!
  • Let's play Pin the Bullet on the Super Mutant. Fun for the whole family!
  • You don't need that leg...oh ho ho! He flew!
  • Fine! I'll just shoot you in the leg, then! You don't need that knee.
  • Is that a freakin glowing skull? That's not creepy at all. I can't pick it up. Damn.

Groggy mishmash post

Jul. 26th, 2016 08:00 am[personal profile] umadoshi
umadoshi: (Rue (jesuisfini))
--I woke up before my alarm, in that awkward window of time when it's not really enough before the alarm for it to seem like a good idea to try going back to sleep, thus risking having the alarm go off during a dream or something.

--I really hope some (most) of why Jinksy is so subdued right now is all the heat and humidity, not just the sad betrayal of eardrops. Poor kittenbear. It's breaking our hearts.

--We have so much rain (well, "showers")/drizzle/humidity in the immediate forecast. Ugh. The humidity is what kills me.

--On the TV front, I still haven't decided what to do about watching the rest of Penny Dreadful. I also haven't finished Person of Interest (I'm still ~halfway through season 5), and [ profile] scruloose and I are only one ep. into this season of Killjoys...mainly because every time we have a chance to watch something together I want to watch The Americans. We're now one ep. into season 3. I'm not feeling fannish or wildly in love, but I love lots of things about it and am fascinated.

--I think this is what slipped my mind in my last non-linkspam post: [ profile] scruloose was going over some military/technobabble stuff in Arpeggio of Blue Steel with me, for a volume I have digital files for instead of a hard copy, and I was annoyed about all the flipping back and forth between files...and he said, "Well, you could get a dual-monitor setup." *blinks* I think this had come up on Twitter before (ages ago, when I was also working on a volume from a digital copy--possibly in talking to [ profile] torachan?), and I use two monitors at Casual Job, and yet...somehow it hadn't really crossed my mind as something I could, practically speaking, do at home. But I probably can. We may look into it once the worst of the "EVERYTHING IS HAPPENING AT ONCE" part of August is over. (Which may mean "in September".)

--Now, of course, something else has slipped my mind. ^^; But it's time to get ready for work anyway. Happy Tuesday, everyone!
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This poem is spillover from the July 5, 2016 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by a prompt from LJ user Paantha. It also fills the "soul bonding/soulmates" square in my 1-4-16 card for the [community profile] trope_bingo fest. This poem has been sponsored by Anthony & Shirley Barrette. It belongs to the Calliope thread of the Polychrome Heroics series.

WARNING: This poem contains some intense topics. Highlight to read the warnings, some of which are spoilers. It includes a bond gone awry, relationship problems, boundary violations, severe communication trouble, domestic violence in its more controversial mutual mode, injuries significant enough to require a trip to the clinic, messy medical details, social disapproval from various angles, ignoring sound medical advice, grudging assistance, acute stress response, and other mayhem. If these are sensitive issues for you, please consider your tastes and headspace before reading onward.

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"Yahoo will be combined with AOL".

While I'm all for the synergies presented by Verizon owning both companies, I am - I realized after writing about it - *not* in favor of a) AOL being completely absorbed by Yahoo nor b) the opposite happening.

As I just got done bitching about under lock, if either thing occurs it means something like this fiasco might be the end result, which means I might have to blog again.

And noooooo, noooooo, noooooo. I don't want to.

ETA, minutes later: googled around and found The Verizon Yahoo purchase, explained. It seems Yahoo's the one shutting down about half of its "verticals" (aka, mostly their "websites") not AOL, which jibes with my thinking: AOL still has a vibrant sort of thing going on in some cases, traffic-wise, while Yahoo does not. Which also finally solves the riddle of Yahoo shutting down Messenger. Of course! Because now everyone can just use AIM. I knew something weird was behind that. I just never guessed what.

This is the better of the two folds for me because it means I won't have to blog. Historically I don't help people with losing their Yahoo stuff and have no reason to start doing so now.

marahmarie: LOLOL Internet (lol aol lol internets lol lulz)

And with that, the consummation of the union I've pined away for for 10 freaking years (synergies, man; all the synergies) is well underway. Wedded bliss, at long last!

Like many marriages, this one was arranged by the groom's dad (Verizon, the proud adoptive parent of AOL) after the would-be-bride (the regal and perpetually purple-attired Queen Yahooniti) freaked out about it, saying, "I will NEVER marry you! Stop telling me I've got male! I don't want it!!!"

Finally her parents were like, "Money, bitches. Show us the money, and you can have our daughter; otherwise she will never be yours". So they showed it - $4.8 billion pieces of it, to be precise, one handsome dowry, indeed - which even includes Tim Armstrong, who the Queen's secretly been crushing on for years.

And the Yahoonitis were pleased.

But then there's Marissa. What will become of her? At least until the transition completes, her and Timmy are coworkers again (co-CEOS, I guess? Stranger things have happened), which might make me titter under normal circumstances, but from what I've heard they get on rather well, or at least did over at Google...the synergies, man.

I'm just basking in the warm glow of all these synergies.

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Every week, let's celebrate ourselves, to start the week right. Tell me what you're proud of. Tell me what you accomplished last week, something -- at least one thing -- that you can turn around and point at and say: I did this. Me. It was tough, but I did it, and I did it well, and I am proud of it, and it makes me feel good to see what I accomplished. Could be anything -- something you made, something you did, something you got through. Just take a minute and celebrate yourself. Either here, or in your journal, but somewhere.

(And if you feel uncomfortable doing this in public, I've set this entry to screen any anonymous comments, so if you want privacy, comment anonymously and I won't unscreen it. Also: yes, by all means, cheer each other on when you see something you want to give props to!)
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Brixx, which I have mentioned before in April and May, continues to be a favorite pizza place. The last time we were there, we tried the 4x4 meat pizza.  This time we got the Hawaiian, which was bumped up a notch by the addition of fresh cilantro; that makes a surprisingly large improvement in an already good concept.  :D  Worth noting, they now have more desserts besides the s'mores pizza, which is excellent hot but doesn't reheat at all well so is only good when you have enough people to eat it all at once.  The sundaes are terrific -- we got a chocolate one, with a very complex sauce.  

Also, they're very responsive to feedback.  They've added NA beers.  We discovered this when my partner Doug spotted the St. Paulie Girl's on the menu.  They were out.  And instead of being either completely out of NA beer or offering a crappy version like O'Doul's, they had a replacement: Kaliber, one of Doug's other favorites.  Turns out one of the staff has been working hard to build a really top-notch selection of craft beers, not only the alcoholic but also the NA ones.  Since they already have a perfect-10 craft root beer -- which is my go-to beverage there even though I rarely get anything but water at a restaurant -- I also pointed out that there are a few small brewers catering to NA celebratory beverages with fancy sodas or sparkling fruit juices.  It was nice to see people who aren't looking at restaurant work as just a job, but as a passion, presenting edible art and hanging out with people.

It's kind of like a little slice of Terramagne.  \o/
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Okay, the massive backlog of misc. linkspam has got to go. It really does. Apologies for the extremely minimal pretense of sorting this stuff; the social justice chunk (from a separate but also backlogged list) is up first to make it easy to skip over if you want to go sifting through the truly miscellaneous stuff in search of lighter fare.

first cut: social justice (20 links) )

second cut: science-related stuff (8 links) )

third cut: food-related stuff (9 links) )

fourth cut: everything else (50-odd links) )
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Beauty and the –??
Part 25 of ??
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
word count (story only): 718

(Fish tomorrow,) Beast whispered. (Listen for bad sleep.)

(Tonight, look for nightmares?) Elspbeth confirmed. (I will.)

Beast rumbled at him, warm and low. Rolf brightened, his heels kicking once at the leg of the bench he sat on, but he remained completely silent, even as he cleared away their empty bowls a few minutes later.

Beast closed a hand slowly around his wrist, catching him before he could pour salt on the table to help scrub it. “I fish, you watch?” she offered.

Slowly, the boy nodded. “That's good.”

Rolf nodded, then resumed washing the table. She let him slip back upstairs as soon as he was done, leaving Beast sitting in the main room with only the crackle of the fire for company.
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Jul. 25th, 2016 08:45 pm[personal profile] seekingferret
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I heard belatedly about director Jonathan Munby's Merchant of Venice, with Jonathan Pryce starring as Shylock, playing a one week stint at the Lincoln Center Festival. It was originally created for the Globe Theater and is apparently now on tour. I did some looking at reviews and saw only good things, and particular notes about some additions to the text I was curious about, so I decided I wanted to see it. By the time I looked, there weren't many seats left. I was left with the choice of spending nearly a hundred dollars for seats all the way in the back, or one fifty for fourth row orchestra seats, and I decided to splurge since it seemed like a fairly small marginal increase- if I was already in for a hundred dollars, might as well make sure I got choice seats. I'm not sure I've ever spent so much money on a theatrical performance, and I instantly to a certain degree regretted it. It is not the kind of money I normally spend and to do so on a play I have such deep, complicated feelings about was a significant risk for that kind of money. Still, it was a staging I didn't really want to miss.

Munby's major question on Merchant is: How can a play so terribly racist be read as a comedy in today's age? His answer is: It shouldn't be. And yet unlike Darko Tresnjak's magnificent transformation of the play into a tragedy, into Shylock's tragedy, Munby commits fully to the text of Merchant as a comedy. Instead of working against that clear intention, he works it against the audience. The persistent question Munby poses to his audience is: "Why are you laughing? This isn't funny!"

He opens the play with an introductory masque, singing, dancing, music and drums, the revelry of a Venetian street carnival. (There is brilliant music throughout the production, with a wide range of meanings.) The actors don't just dance onstage, they dance into the aisles, egging on the audience, and then they start to clap. They clap in rhythm with the drums, the clapping spreads from actor to actor and then, with encouragement from the actors, it spreads to the audience. It built and built, filling the theater, until two Jews, Shylock and a companion, clad in red caps marking them as Jews, blundered through the carnival by mistake. The music stops. The revelers, led by Antonio, spit on and then savagely beat Shylock and his coreligionist. The very same revelers the audience was just clapping along with!!!! (I was not clapping along. The audience participation bits throughout the show did not work on me. I do not identify with the Venetians. I stand with Shylock.) Watching the Venetians beat Shylock was the first time this play made me tear up, but it was not the last. It was just so visceral, watching a Jew beaten on stage for the amusement of the Christian heroes of the play. This is not ancient history, you know. At intermission the couple behind me was reading from the program a small historical note about Elizabethan anti-semitism and snickering. One of them said to the other "It says the Elizabethans were anti-semitic. No shit!" it was such classic New York liberal superiority. I wanted to turn to them and say "21st Century Americans are anti-semitic, too! No shit!" I restrained myself.

Later, Shylock's servant Gobbo grapples with whether to steal from his master the Jew. A devil sits on one shoulder, an angel on the other. Gobbo pulls two people from the audience and brings them on stage to pantomime as the devil and the angel. He enlists the audience to take their behalfs, playing up the comic bawdiness of Gobbo and his ridiculous call and response games until half the audience is cheering for Gobbo to steal from the Jew without realizing it. (I realized it. The audience participation bits did not work on me. I stand with Shylock.)

Again and again, this was Munby's solution to the problem of the play's comic racism- to trick the audience into laughing at it and then pull the curtain back and reveal what they'd just laughed at. But I was never laughing, so I just had the uncomfortable feeling throughout of watching an audience all around me laugh at anti-semitic jokes. Jokes at my expense. It was... revealing.

Merchant is not only the anti-semitic Shakespeare play, though. It's also otherwise racist! People forget that in Morocco's scene there is Portia's infamous line about his complexion, that Aragon's scene is just a long series of ethnic jokes... Munby didn't seek to undermine these scenes at all. He played them as ethnic comedy, as they are written, and I suppose he trusted that the lesson he was teaching in the scenes about the Jews would echo into these scenes, or perhaps he thought a few jokes about savage Africans and fussy Spaniards were funny, or perhaps he just needed to beef up the comedy for his finale to land as hard as he wanted, but I wanted more from these scenes.

What of Shylock? Pryce's Shylock was good, but not great. He was a nervous creature, much abused and much suffering from the abuse, but I actually believed in the negotiation scene that when he spoke of the pound of flesh as his 'merry bond', he meant it. There was little sinister, manipulative intent, little of the chessmaster. This was a reactive Shylock. Pryce and Munby's interpretation of this scene seemed to be that after repeated insulting of Shylock by Antonio, Antonio has the temerity to actually ask a favor of Shylock, and yet even as he asks the favor, Antonio cannot disguise his hatred of Shylock. Shylock sees this, sees how in the midst of begging a favor Antonio cannot resist throwing Shylock's Chumash to the ground and calling him the devil, and sees an opportunity to turn the tables. Not to kill Antonio, but for once in his life to get to laugh at Antonio, rather than the reverse. Refusing interest, demanding a pound of flesh as bond, it is not bloodthirst but a calculated insult of Antonio's worth as a man and a merchant. Only after Jessica's betrayal is Shylock reduced to nothing but vengeance. His kinsman Tubal feeds him this vengeance as an antidote to his grief over losing his daughter: With every yet more sorrowful detail about her departure, Tubal soothes Shylock's fraying nerves by reminding him of Antonio's poor business fortunes, reminding him that at least he will gain his petty insult on the evil merchant as consolation. Except that as Shylock's worldview warps, he no longer sees it as just being an insult. He wants blood. He wants this horrible Christian society that he is trapped in to inflict punishment on Antonio by its own rules, in lieu of restoring Jessica to him.

Jessica's relationship with her father is strained but heartfelt. It is clear that growing up without her mother in the house of Shylock was not easy for her, that she is not leaving for Lorenzo entirely because she loves Lorenzo, but because she knows it will hurt her father. In their opening scene, they bicker at each other in 20th century Yiddish theater Yiddish. (I'm unclear on the historical accuracy of this. Well, okay, I'm half-unclear. I am sure that two Venetian Jews from the 15th century would not talk in 20th century Yiddish theater Yiddish, but I'm not sure if they would have spoken a German-inflected Jewish dialect, as the staging suggests, or if they would have spoken some form of Judeo-Italian, or if they as Northern Italians would have spoken some combination of the two. I just don't know enough about the historical linguistics.) Shylock is trying to impose rules on her for her own safety, but because of who he is, because of the distance between the two of them, he cannot explain himself to her, only order her around. She resents the unexplained restrictions, resents her Jewishness, her Otherness.

But kinship is not all that binds Jessica to Shylock, and it is not all that she is surrendering in joining Lorenzo. Much is made in the later Belmont scenes of Jessica's struggle to adjust to being a Christian. She doesn't know how to act, she doesn't know how to move, she doesn't know how to talk like a Christian. The second act opens with a dance sequence, in which Lorenzo gives her a crucifix necklace to wear and then tries to teach her Christian dances and she struggles and fumbles and ultimately is supplanted by her mistress Portia, who dances effortlessly with Lorenzo as Jessica looks on in frustration. Every time Portia addresses Lorenzo and Jessica, the actress emphasized a distinct pause between addressing Lorenzo and Jessica, a pause clearly intended to Other Jessica. The difference is not just about faith. In becoming a Christian she is asked to give up her culture, too, and learn a new one. I'm not sure if this was intentional, because it seems too subtle a gesture, but the first time Lorenzo gives her a glass of non-kosher wine, she holds it for a minute and then returns it to a table untouched, as if she is uncomfortable with the idea of for the first time drinking unkosher wine. She can shed her faith, but this cultural tradition of being careful about food dies hard. In her next scene we see her drinking, adjusting.

And at last we reach the finale. the much-talked about Coda which reviewers coyly mentioned as the standout feature of this production. Shylock is humbled and humiliated, his daughter's seducer Lorenzo and the hated Antonio to split his fortune, and he to be forcibly converted. When Jessica hears the news, she is brought to her knees in agony and repentance, singing in Hebrew the words of the daily Vidui confession of the Shemoneh Esrei. Pardon us, our Father, for we have sinned; forgive us, our King, for we have transgressed; for You are a good and forgiving God. Blessed are You, Hashem, gracious One who pardons abundantly. At last she feels the call of her heritage, which she has surrendered with little recompense. And then her Hebrew prayer of penitence is drowned out by Christian chanting, as Munby shows us Shylock's baptism. At last, there is no more laughter, no more comedy. The weddings and the happy endings for the Venetians are drowned out by Shylock's misery. And once more, for perhaps the fourth or fifth time, the production reduced me to tears.

Was it worth the money? I don't know. It was powerfully, effectively staged and moving. I love the context that the ending gave to the story, and am glad I got to see Munby's thoughts on the ending and on the idea of racist comedy generally. But it was painful getting that reminder of how differently I see the world than non-Jews, painful seeing all the places they laughed and I wasn't laughing. In the courtroom scene... How can you possibly laugh during the courtroom scene? They offered Shylock double his original 3,000 ducats and he hesitated for a comic moment, caught between his avarice and his wrath, and the audience laughed. The audience laughed at the idea of a Jew comically trapped between his moneylust and his bloodlust! (I didn't laugh. I stand with Shylock.) 21st Century Americans are anti-semitic, too! No shit!

I stand with Shylock, and that is sometimes a difficult thing to do, because he is a caricatured monster from a long bygone era's deepest fears. I do not stand with him because I long to hold in my hand a pound of Christian flesh, or else three thousand ducats plus interest. I stand with him because Shakespeare sometimes manages to make him look like a member of my family, and I stand with him because my family have all vowed together never to forget what it means to be a Jew.

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Jul. 25th, 2016 07:39 pm[personal profile] serpentine
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I want to fall asleep and never wake up again.

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5 Brilliant Scientific Accidents
(YouTube 4:46)
Published Mar 1, 2016

Finding success in science requires smarts, determination, and sometimes a bit of luck. NPR's Skunk Bear created the Golden Mole Award For Accidental Brilliance to celebrate that last part. Check out the top nominees' stories and see the winner announced.


Jul. 25th, 2016 10:16 pm[personal profile] liv
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Nice thinky meme from a locked post a few weeks back, cos I feel like answering questions about myself. These suggest an attitude to media that isn't quite mine, but I'm rather interested in thinking about why the questions don't exactly fit as well as answering them.

30 questions with long rambly answers ) OK, that was a very long meme, I maybe should've broken it up a bit more. But definitely interesting to think about!
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He displays 5 Funko Pop figurines in his office. They are:
  • Black Widow
  • Brienne of Tarth
  • Captain Phasma
  • Jillian Holtzmann
  • Jack Burton

Proser Poem #33

Jul. 25th, 2016 01:56 pm[personal profile] rainstardragon
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 This week's poem challenge at Proser was something that has been on my mind for awhile. "Don't Go Away" is my poetry entry for this week's #ProseChallenge following the prompt "my deepest secret."

I have always had abandonment issues since I was a very little girl. I try to hide them, but it always finds a way to screw up my relationships and rears it's head at inopportune times. For a short time while I was very little my parents were separated. Dad had been the one to leave. They worked out their issues and dad came back, and I didn't even remember it consciously. It was while dad was dying that he had talked to me about it. After years of work looking for the root this is where I suspect the start was.

In case no one has noticed, I've not gotten as much work done in Selkies' Skins as I'd like lately. I have scribbles in my notebook that I need to type up yet.

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Based on an audience poll (and including some backchannel votes) the themes have been chosen for late 2016.  Next up will be August 2: "Unexpected SCIENCE Ensues."
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On Saturday I had the great pleasure of visiting Lisa Ornstein for my very first lesson on the fiddle. And to my amused surprise, I didn’t play a single note on the instrument.

Yet I had a couple of hours of deeply satisfying conversation and instruction! So what did I do if I didn’t actually play anything?

A lot of exactly why I wanted to engage an experienced teacher: i.e., a lot of going over the overall anatomy of the instrument and the bow, to talk about what goes into making them and how they work. And a lot discussion of proper stance, both sitting and standing, and proper ways to hold both the instrument and the bow. I very much wanted to sit down with someone who knew what they were doing to go over this stuff, just because the violin does intimidate me a bit, and taking the time to examine it in detail helps address that problem. If I know something, it becomes less scary!

And as part of trying to make all that discussion stick in my brain, I’m writing it up now for all of you! There will also be pictures!

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From Medium

History tells us what may happen next with Brexit & Trump
Tobias Stone, July 24

It seems we’re entering another of those stupid seasons humans impose on themselves at fairly regular intervals. I am sketching out here opinions based on information, they may prove right, or may prove wrong, and they’re intended just to challenge and be part of a wider dialogue.

My background is archaeology, so also history and anthropology. It leads me to look at big historical patterns. My theory is that most peoples’ perspective of history is limited to the experience communicated by their parents and grandparents, so 50–100 years. To go beyond that you have to read, study, and learn to untangle the propaganda that is inevitable in all telling of history. In a nutshell, at university I would fail a paper if I didn’t compare at least two, if not three opposing views on a topic. Taking one telling of events as gospel doesn’t wash in the comparative analytical method of research that forms the core of British academia. (I can’t speak for other systems, but they’re definitely not all alike in this way).

So zooming out, we humans have a habit of going into phases of mass destruction, generally self imposed to some extent or another. This handy list shows all the wars over time. Wars are actually the norm for humans, but every now and then something big comes along. I am interested in the Black Death, which devastated Europe. The opening of Boccaccio’s Decameron describes Florence in the grips of the Plague. It is as beyond imagination as the Somme, Hiroshima, or the Holocaust. I mean, you quite literally can’t put yourself there and imagine what it was like. For those in the midst of the Plague it must have felt like the end of the world.

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Jul. 25th, 2016 11:39 am[personal profile] telophase
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David Attenborough narrating Pokemon Go. (existing narration spliced into Pokemon Go footage. XD)

In other news I got my work computer replaced today and (a) holy shit the new one has big monitors and (b) I'll be spending some time getting everything back to the way I wanted it.
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Dear Tribal Belly Dance and Street Clothing Store:

Most of your clothing requires that the purchaser wear no no bra because the back and side cutouts would show everything. You have a single caftan for the random fat lady who stumbles upon your site and would like to buy something from you. Your mesh caftan is not really a fat lady caftan. But at least you have one in solid fabric for fat women who love wearing caftans.

Your sole other option is the range of maxi or kerchief dresses, all of which make me look like a fucking hobbit, by the way, so no thanks.

Did I mention your tribal bra selection is solely available in a C cup, which means that you're actually eliminating most of the women who can wear your clothing from buying your bra selection.

You may as well put up a banner on your website saying "NO FATTIES."

I accept perfectly well that you can design clothing for whoever you want, but when your entire line is designed for a narrow range of body types (not mine), I hope you don't mind that my most fervent, desired wish for your company is that you have next to no customers and that you go out of business.

If you'll excuse me, I'm going to go and browse costuming and related clothing from people who think that women like me deserve to wear pretty, fitted garments also. They definitely want my money more than you do.

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Jul. 25th, 2016 09:22 am[personal profile] serpentine
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I saw the new Ghostbusters movie yesterday. It was fantastic and it was also so very fun to watch. I needed more Peggy and more acknowledgement of history + ghosts (paranormal investigators in real life looooove to check out historical locations), but maybe a sequel would fix that???

Holtzman also looks like a person who would be really awesome to have as a friend because yes, blowing up shit and oh my god, I loved her toast at the end because family is so very important and I know that feel.

(Now I'm just going to make myself sad by thinking about it. Because it can be really lonely to be nerdy weirdo girl in high school and honestly, can we have more narratives that include that because there are too many that are about boys.)

I have a lot of feelings about this movie tbh and I can't really word it really well, but I came out of the movie wanting more of it.
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Fannish/Geeky Things

"The ship in 'Star Trek: Discovery' was likely inspired by vintage concept art".

"NASA Will Put Rocket Raccoon And Groot On Its New Mission Patch".

"How Torontonians are Hacking Pokémon Go". [Torontoist]


Via [ profile] calissa, "5 Pieces of Writing Advice You Should Ignore".

Katherine Locke posted "Liminal Space, and The Tension Between Our Inner and Outer Selves".

A 2009 post from N.K. Jemisin: "Describing characters of color in writing".

[ profile] calissa recently posted a list of Australian SFF book bloggers.

Author Victoria (V.E.) Schwab "On the slow pursuit of Overnight Success".

"How to Write Protagonists of Colour When You’re White". [Justine Larbalestier] (Last year she also posted "On Writing PoC When You Are White".)

"Who Can Tell My Story?" [Jacqueline Woodson]

"20 Things I Learned From Clarion". [Isabel Yap]

"The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: On Being a Pro Writer". [Delilah S. Dawson]


"A Look Inside Honest Ed’s Months Before Closure: Sixty-eight years since its opening—and now near closing—the iconic Toronto shop still has dedicated customers". [Torontoist]

"Announcing the Winners of the Third World Oceans Day Photo Contest".

"Visions: Phenomenal photos of the world’s wonders". [National Geographic]


"How to 'Pin' apps in Android 5.0 Lollipop: You can lock your device to a single app with a new feature in Lollipop called Screen Pinning".

"Gunshot Wounds: What to Do If You or Someone Near You Gets Shot". [The Survival Doctor] [ETA: [ profile] davidgillon has some concerns about this one.]

"8 Tricks to Take Better Photos With Your Phone". [Gizmodo]

"300+ Fool-Proof Fonts to use for your Book Cover Design (an epic list of best fonts per genre)".

The Programming Historian "offers novice-friendly, peer-reviewed tutorials that help humanists learn a wide range of digital tools, techniques, and workflows to facilitate their research".

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