Dara and I watched the latest Doctor Who last night, and were pleased that it was a decent, solid story. The Doctor’s ongoing probationary status continues!
Was a bit surprised that we got a two-parter this early in the season–so if you haven’t seen the episode yet, be aware that yes, it’s a two-parter with a cliffhanger at the end.
Spoilers in the Faraday cage behind the fold!
Mirrored from angelahighland.com.
So by and large I’m almost entirely happy with the new releases of iOS 9 and El Capitan. I’ve seen significant performance improvements on both my laptop and my mobile devices. But there’s one big pain point with me still, and that’s Apple deciding in its infinite wisdom to punt audiobooks out of Music on iOS and over into iBooks.
You could argue either way about where audiobooks actually belong. That’s not the part that pisses me off. The part that pisses me off is that since the vast majority of audiobooks I have are the full-cast audio Doctor Who adventures from Big Finish, I’ve set up a bunch of playlists so that Dara and I can listen to these in release sequence when we’re on trips. So, for example, I’ve got a “Fourth Doctor Season 1”, “Fourth Doctor Season 2”, etc.
Now, as of iOS 9, the playlists I’d set up don’t sync to my phone anymore. Even though I’d set them to do that. And since iBooks is not set up to deal with playlists, this means I have no way whatsoever to recreate that ordered sequence and to be able to know which adventure Dara and I should listen to next.
I see a few different things I can try to do to deal with this, none of which are optimal.
One: Rename all the audio adventures so that it’s obvious what the listening sequence should be.
Two: Get into the settings on each adventure and change the media type to ‘Music’ so they’ll show up in the Music app. Which would also lose me the ability to keep track of where I left off listening to any given adventure, which is after all THE ENTIRE POINT of my downloading them from Big Finish in audiobook form to begin with.
Three: Keep a running list of the listening sequence in Notes or in a file on Dropbox. In other words, an externally managed playlist, which, again, I SHOULD NOT HAVE TO DO BECAUSE I HAD THAT FUNCTIONALITY ALREADY GRR.
Four: Find a third-party app to manage my audiobooks if possible.
I’m willing to pay for a third-party app if a good one exists. Failing that, I’m probably going to grumpily keep a running list in Notes as to what the listening sequence should be, since that seems like the least amount of effort involved.
But does anybody out there know of good audiobook managers for iOS? Sing out if you do! And if you’re also an audio listener on iOS, you might consider going to Apple’s feedback page for iBooks on iOS and expressing your displeasure how they’ve broken things.
Mirrored from angelahighland.com.
"I was in the CIA for a bunch of years and did counter-terrorism work. A lot of it overseas. I lived in an environment where religious cultures were clashing with the highest of stakes. In an environment where the good guys and bad guys seemed clear at first, and then as you went along, it wasn’t clear at all. Alliances kept shifting. And the enemy of my enemy became our friend. And then that enemy became our enemy. It got more and more tangled.
"I want to bring that all, through metaphor, into Omega Men. I can’t help but bring it into Omega Men." -- Tom King
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In this week's All-New All-Different Marvel Point One, we get a short teaser story from the Daredevil's upcoming creative team. Two and two-third pages out of eight below.
"I had never worked with Ron before this series, but I love his pages. I feel like he’s doing exactly what I would have asked for—the look is classic, but it has a real punch to it. It’s super hero storytelling with an incredible noir-y attitude to it." - Charles Soule
( Blindspot )
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A while back, I came across a Kickstarter project for Mosaic Books, a stock photography site for diverse models. I’m not going to get into the history of whitewashing covers or the cyclical nature of why we see so few people or colour depicted on book covers, because you can look it up easily and other people say it far more eloquently. I mention it partially because Elise Marion, who wrote this book, ran that Kickstarter and it’s how I encountered The Guardians. It sounded interesting and, being offered an ebook as a reward… I actually got torn between a couple of options and this was one of them. Since it didn’t cost all that much, I decided to just buy it instead of trying to make myself choose.( Read the rest of this entry » )
Mirrored from Little Lion Lynnet's.
For those who participate in Yuletide but do not often read the LJ member community -- YULESWAPS SIGN-UPS ARE OPEN!!!! Until Wednesday, October 14th, 2015, at 9:00 PM PDT. (Countdown, here!)
Link to the post with our announcements and sign-up links is right here.
If you’re a Yuletider, come and be a Yuleswapper as well! And tell us...what's the best candy, book, or drink you've enjoyed this week?
Sleeps, Kat and Alex
Here's one of the very first videos ever posted by Foster Dad John, who fosters the many, many kittens who pass through The Critter Room: "Kitten is hypnotized by ear scritches". [51 seconds]
"Orphaned Raccoon Rescued By Family With Dogs Thinks She’s A Dog, Too".
Via telophase, a picture of ducklings in paper dresses.
"[Animal] Babies Separated From Their Moms Are Reunited". [video, just over one minute]
--Adorable photos of puppies in sweaters.
--"22+ Purrfectly Timed Cat Photos Taken At The Right Meowment". [Boredpanda]
"5 Baffling Lies Society Told You About Fat People". [Cracked.com]
At Everyday Feminism:
--"9 Ways We Can Make Social Justice Movements Less Elitist and More Accessible".
--"5 Radical Ways People Do Non-Monogamy That You Need to Know About".
--I may have linked this before, but in case not: "These 25 Examples of Male Privilege from a Trans Guy’s Perspective Really Prove the Point".
--"Debunking the ‘Pull Yourself Up By Your Bootstraps’ Myth".
--"7 Lies ‘Nice Guys’ Will Tell You (And Why You Shouldn’t Believe Them)".
"PREMIERE: Listen to 'Amphibiava' from Tori Amos's Musical 'The Light Princess'". (Includes an interview with Tori about putting the recording together.)
Late last week this comic about shelter cats from BREAKING CAT NEWS made the rounds, and it's heartbreaking but well worth reading.
"Meticulously Elegant Tattoos Created with Thousands of Intricate Dots".
--"Glass Portraits Are Sliced Incredibly Like a Loaf of Bread".
--"Interracial Couples Share The Insults They’ve Experienced In Insightful Photo Series".
"I do a TON of research for this [book]. I'm sure I'm getting things wrong all over the place, but I do try to get it as right as I can. It's important to me. There's a JPL astronomer who's been a fantastic resource, and I'm also able to draw on some resources to get the Washington-based part (mostly, hopefully) correct. This isn't the sort of book I can just write off the cuff, although the more I learn, the easier it gets." - Charles Soule
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⌈ Secret Post #3198 ⌋
Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.
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Secrets Left to Post: 02 pages, 027 secrets from Secret Submission Post #457.
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.
So, Moore and Brackett aside, this is dominated by men.
If you were going to balance this out with nineteen more women (and two men), which women appropriate to the era of the other authors in the series would you pick?
added later: Beamjockey has an excellent suggestion: "And maybe your art director could get a few more women to paint covers?"
"TOKYO GHOST is a love story about Constable Led Dent and his sidekick Debbie Decay. They are the heavy hand of the law in the new Isles of Los Angeles, about seventy years from now. They work for the Flack World Corporation, which rules the city because they provide the entertainment and technology. This is how the leaders of the world are decided in the not too distant future."
"Like I said, it’s a kind of love letter to Blade Runner, Judge Dredd, Akira, RoboCop, that have that dystopic apocalyptic future that isn’t super unreasonable at this point and still have a good dollop of humor and makes fun of a lot stuff and makes fun of itself."
- Rick Remender
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"The Curse of the Red Baron"
It is the nature of humanity
to combat horror with humor.
Thus Charles Schulz took
Manfred von Richthofen and
pitted him against a flying beagle.
Even when the Bloody Red Baron
shot him down, Snoopy just
shook his fist at the sky and cried,
"Curse you, Red Baron!" or
"Curses, foiled again!"
Comic strips led to movies
and a series of pop songs,
continuing the adventures of
Snoopy vs. the Red Baron.
The catchy melodies spoke of
conflict and persistence and even,
in the Christmas special,
the strange chivalry of
"the knights of the air."
In the end, Snoopy finally
got his revenge and shot down
the Red Baron, only to see him
standing atop a hill, swearing
ferociously in German.
Long after World War I
has faded into history's
relentless march of battles,
the Red Baron stands out
as a vivid personage and
the curse of the skies ...
exeunt, pursued by a beagle.
* * *
Snoopy is a cartoon beagle drawn by Charles Schulz.
The historic figure Manfred von Richthofen appeared as Snoopy's nemesis, the Red Baron.
Their combat began in comic strips such as this, followed by songs. The Royal Guardsmen started with the lyrics for "Snoopy vs. the Red Baron" and later "The Return of the Red Baron" and "Snoopy's Christmas."
Exit, Pursued by a Bear is an entertainment trope with its roots in the Shakespeare line "Exeunt, pursued by a bear." It is a traditional way of indicating defeat or death without actually showing dismemberment onstage. It also belongs to the comic tradition due to the sheer incongruity, and has often been played for laughs.
We also re-started Black Sails, which we'd watched the first two episodes of but were not entranced by, after B's brother recommended it and said it got a lot better in the second season. (Which surprises me, knowing B's brother, considering Certain Spoilers I know from fandom osmosis.) One thing we like is that it's set in Nassau, which we're quite familiar with, and though the harbor is all wrong topographically (Nassau harbor is formed by a barrier island, which is now called Paradise Island and has fancy resorts and casinos on it, but which was probably originally called Rat Cay or Hog Cay or something similar) the water color is exactly right. It surprised us to learn it is filmed in South Africa!
Thanks to enthusiasm on my flist (especially schneefink and cahn) I've been listening to Hamilton, which is a little challenging logistically because I am listening via Amazon Prime. The thing is, I can't just have it on in the background while doing other things, because it's something I need to LISTEN to, plus I can't stream it on my Sonos, just on my phone or computer, and since it's only streaming I can't listen while running. So mostly I have been listening while doing my core exercises, a few songs at a time.
I think it's an amazing, impressive piece of work. But my reactions to it are kind of complicated to unpack. ( I don't like hip-hop, tl;dr )
This has all been churning around in my mind. And I think I've come to the conclusion that I still mostly don't like hip-hop. But I appreciate how it is the right medium to tell this particular story, as conceived by its creator, and I think the individual songs are well-done even if they don't appeal to me as music. The "Aaron Burr, sir" rhymes are great, the cabinet battles are just chock-full of wordplay and cleverness. But on a musical level I still prefer the songs that are more in my comfort zone, like the King George songs (I think the abusive husband metaphor is brilliant and hilarious!) and "The Room Where it Happens".
Not really feeling fannish about it, but I kind of wish I could see a production.
In other fannish news, yuletide approacheth, but I really shouldn't be thinking about it until I write something for trickortreatex!
You can interpret "curses" loosely from metaphysical ones to religious ones, metaphoric ones, bad things that just happen, vulgar words, and so forth.
Click here to read the linkback poem "The Thread of the Seasons" (Hart's Farm, 18 verses available).
What Is a Poetry Fishbowl?
Writing is usually considered a solitary pursuit. One exception to this is a fascinating exercise called a "fishbowl." This has various forms, but all of them basically involve some kind of writing in public, usually with interaction between author and audience. A famous example is Harlan Ellison's series of "stories under glass" in which he sits in a bookstore window and writes a new story based on an idea that someone gives him. Writing classes sometimes include a version where students watch each other write, often with students calling out suggestions which are chalked up on the blackboard for those writing to use as inspiration.
In this online version of a Poetry Fishbowl, I begin by setting a theme; today's theme is "curses." I invite people to suggest characters, settings, and other things relating to that theme. Then I use those prompts as inspiration for writing poems.
I'm practicing cyberfunded creativity. If you enjoy what I'm doing and want to see more of it, please feed the Bard. The following options are currently available:
1) Sponsor the Fishbowl -- Here is a PayPal button for donations. There is no specific requirement, but $1 is the minimum recommended size for PayPal transactions since they take a cut from every one. You can also donate via check or money order sent by postal mail. If you make a donation and tell me about it, I promise to use one of your prompts. Anonymous donations are perfectly welcome, just won't get that perk. General donations will be tallied, and at the end of the fishbowl I’ll post a list of eligible poems based on the total funding; then the audience can vote on which they want to see posted.
2) Swim, Fishie, Swim! -- A feature in conjunction with fishbowl sponsorship is this progress meter showing the amount donated.
3) Buy It Now! -- Gakked from various e-auction sites, this feature allows you to sponsor a specific poem. If you don't want to wait for some editor to buy and publish my poem so you can read it, well, now you don't have to. Sponsoring a poem means that I will immediately post it on my blog for everyone to see, with the name of the sponsor (or another dedicate) if you wish; plus you get a nonexclusive publication right, so you can post it on your own blog or elsewhere as long as you keep the credits intact. You'll need to tell me the title of the poem you want to sponsor. I'm basing the prices on length, and they're comparable to what I typically make selling poetry to magazines (semi-pro rates according to Duotrope's Digest).
0-10 lines: $5
11-25 lines: $10
26-40 lines: $15
41-60 lines: $20
Poems over 60 lines, or with very intricate structure, fall into custom pricing.
4) Commission a scrapbook page. I can render a chosen poem in hardcopy format, on colorful paper, using archival materials for background and any embellishments. This will be suitable for framing or for adding to a scrapbook. Commission details are here. See latest photos of sample scrapbooked poems: "Sample Scrapbooked Poems 1-24-11"
5) Spread the word. Echo or link to this post on your LiveJournal, other blog, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, Digg, StumbleUpon, or any other social network. Useful Twitter hashtags include #poetryfishbowl and #promptcall. Encourage people to come here and participate in the fishbowl. If you have room for it, including your own prompt will give your readers an idea of what the prompts should look like; ideally, update later to include the thumbnail of the poem I write, and a link to the poem if it gets published. If there is at least one new prompter or donor, I will post an extra freebie poem.
1) I customarily post replies to prompt posts telling people which of their prompts I'm using, with a brief description of the resulting poem(s). If you want to know what's available, watch for those "thumbnails."
2) You don't have to pay me to see a poem based on a prompt that you gave me. I try to send copies of poems to people, mostly using the LJ message function. (Anonymous prompters will miss this perk unless you give me your eddress.) These are for-your-eyes-only, though, not for sharing.
3) Sponsors of the Poetry Fishbowl in general, or of specific poems, will gain access to an extra post in appreciation of their generosity. While you're on the Donors list, you can view all of the custom-locked posts in that category. Click the "donors" tag to read the archive of those. I've also posted a list of other donor perks there. I customarily leave donor names on the list for two months, so you'll get to see the perk-post from this month and next.
4) After the Poetry Fishbowl concludes, I will post a list of unsold poems and their prices, to make it easier for folks to see what they might want to sponsor.
Feed the Fish!
Now's your chance to participate in the creative process by posting ideas for me to write about. Today's theme is "curses." I'll be soliciting ideas for enemies, frenemies, nemesis, witches and wizards, soldiers, sailors, construction workers, other people who swear liberally, arguing, casting curses, breaking curses, finding hexed artifacts, learnign to swear, swearing in foreign languages, getting into trouble, deciding to help someone, getting out of trouble, enemy mine, enemies to friends, enemies to lovers, blighted lands, haunted castles, magical workrooms, evil temples, ships, battlefields, construction sites, gang hangouts, supervillain lairs, cursed artifacts, types of curses, haunted dolls, hex bags, robber traps, shapeshifting, curses that cure, family curses, dictionaries of profanity, "Curses, foiled again!" and poetic forms in particular. I do have the first edition of Lewis Turco's The Book of Forms which covers most common and many obscure forms.
I'll post at least one of the fishbowl poems here so you-all can enjoy it. (Remember, you get an extra freebie poem if someone new posts a prompt or makes a donation.) The rest of the poems will go into my archive for magazine submission. Linkbacks reveal verses of "The Thread of the Seasons" (Hart's Farm).