Pinch hit #7 (and #5)

May. 26th, 2017 07:20 pm[personal profile] morbane posting in [community profile] jukebox_fest
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Please reply to this post or email jukebox.mod@gmail.com to claim one of these pinch hits, and include your AO3 name.

Pinch hit #5 still needs a writer.

See also new Pinch hit #7.

Pinch hit #7 - art, fic )


Pinch hits #5 and up are due at 11:59pm EDT Thursday 1 June (Countdown).

All other assignments are due at 11:59pm EDT Saturday 27th May. (Countdown).

Treats can be posted freely until reveals (collection will then be set to moderated).

Moving! Aaaaaa!

May. 25th, 2017 11:13 pm[personal profile] azurelunatic posting in [community profile] bitesizedcleaning
azurelunatic: The (old) Tacoma Narrows Bridge, intact but twisted. (disaster waiting to happen)
The moving cubes arrive tomorrow. I have them for three business days (one day for arrival, one full day, one day for pickup) plus the intervening weekend.

I intellectually know that I have a whole lot of things sorted and packed, but the fact that I haven't got much in the way of a sensible staging area makes everything very hard to see the progress, and many of my daily-use things are still front and center, even though the closets and cubbies are getting packed and stacked.

Aaaaaa.

We'll be loading the moving cubes, and then I take some important things in my car and drive from the SF Bay Area to the Seattle-Tacoma area. I'll be crashing with my sister for a while; there will be some overlap between me and her boyfriend who is currently staying with her. I'm bringing an air mattress.

Motivation.
Sanity.
Encouragement.

All of these things are hard. Occasionally my partner has to remind me that hyperventilating is bad, and maybe that anti-anxiety medication is there for a reason.
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Outside Interference
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 18 of ?
word count (story only):


:: This story takes place the same day as “Insurance Salesmen,” picking up as Edwina arrives at work. This story will begin to make obvious and plot-critical connections between the earlier stories. I currently expect to wrap everything up within a total of twenty parts, around 25k words. ::


:: Pay Special Attention: Warnings will be listed by chapter, with the proper spoiler-cover on the index page and listing all necessary warnings. In this chapter, it's time to regroup and reassess their problems. Also, this is a promise from the author of a happy ending, because the plot is not about a missing shoe. ::




“And shoes,” Edwina added, her voice low and rough. “One of the most known routes in the Civil War has a starting monument, an obelisk in Atlanta, Georgia, and an ending monument, a twin of the first, in Chicago, Illinois. That spans a distance of over seven hundred miles, and my father told me that almost everyone took the journey on foot. I read a great deal about it when studying for my teaching credential.”

“That would take months!” The young man's hands shook as he finished his tea. When he rose to his feet, ready to set down the teacup, he swayed like a half-inflated hot air balloon.

“He should not walk home in this state,” the professor fretted.

“The carriage is his,” Mister Williams explained, “though the driver is mine. The driver will see the young man home, to his lodgings specifically, rather than just to the gates or the stable yard.”
Read more... )
umadoshi: (mermaid 02)
Fannish/Geeky Things

"Artists are creating gorgeous mermaid art all #MerMay". [The Daily Dot]

"Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o will costar in a buddy movie directed by Ava DuVernay for Netflix".

"Josh Boone Says THE NEW MUTANTS Is A Full-Fledged Horror Movie".

"The Origins of Anime: Watch Free Online 64 Animations That Launched the Japanese Anime Tradition". [Open Culture] (Note: I haven't delved into this yet.)


Photography

"How dogs get older: A fascinating and deeply touching photography project".

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] larryhammer, "Photographer Uncovers The White Ravens Of Legend In West Coast Forest".

"Fallen Cherry Blossom Petals Fill a Lake in Japan for Naturally Beautiful Scenes From Above".


Miscellaneous

"All The Wrong People Are Asking All The Wrong Questions About Fidget Spinners". [Sarah Kurchak at The Establishment]

Via [flocked], "Angry otter pursues Scottish man". [~40 sec. video]

"A Moose Destroyed a Flowerbed Planted to Celebrate Canada’s Sesquicentennial". [Atlas Obscura]

"Fairy Princesses And Mermaid Queens Have Been Waiting For These Fishnet Stockings".

"Why Americans Smile So Much".

"Our Mothers as We Never Saw Them". "For me, as for many daughters, the time before my mother became a mother is a string of stories, told and retold: the time she got hit by a car and had amnesia; the time she sold her childhood Barbie to buy a ticket to Woodstock; the time she worked as a waitress at Howard Johnson’s, struggling to pay her way through her first year at Rutgers. The old photos of her are even more compelling than the stories because they’re a historical record, carrying the weight of fact, even if the truth there is slippery: the trick of an image, and so much left outside the frame. These photos serve as a visual accompaniment to the myths. Because any story about your mother is part myth, isn’t it?" There's an accompanying collection of photos on Instagram: [instagram.com profile] mothersbefore.

Via [dreamwidth.org profile] ironymaiden, "I Got Drunk With The Funeral Industry To Find Out What Happens When We Die". [Buzzfeed, 2015] "The Ideal Death Show initially started out in 2011, not as an industry shindig, but as a Six Feet Under fan convention in Bournemouth. It was run by a guy called Brian Jenner, who is a professional speechwriter and not remotely connected to the funeral industry except for this one weird thing. [...] When everyone turned up for the Friday night welcome wake, it was clear that what Jenner had accidentally organised was an industry meeting for people who worked with the dead; undertakers on a busman’s holiday, stood around a cardboard coffin in a room full of lilies.

The next year he stripped away the HBO pretext and just made it that: a bunch of people talking about death, once a year, with other people who know about death. They needed it – death can literally be a lonely business."



Via [dreamwidth.org profile] alisanne:

--"You Can Stay Overnight In A Jail Cell At This Haunted Prison In Canada". (I'll pass, thanks.)

--"10 Beautiful Photos Of Dogs Underwater" by photographer Seth Casteel.

--"I’m A Barista From Korea Who Creates Art On Coffee".

For 15kinks.

May. 25th, 2017 09:16 pm[personal profile] ladyofleithian
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Title: Bitter Truths

Summary: In which Leia meets with our two Supreme Leaders, and the matter of the three's obliviousness comes to the forefront.

Prompt: Oblivious

Disclaimer: I own nothing.

Fic under cut.  )

Party Pigeon

May. 26th, 2017 02:21 am[syndicated profile] jwz_blog_feed

Posted by jwz

Pigeon caught with backpack of drugs

Customs officials in Kuwait have apprehended a pigeon carrying drugs in a miniature backpack, Kuwaiti newspaper al-Rai reports. A total of 178 pills were found in the fabric pocket attached to its back.

The bird was caught near the customs building in Abdali, close to the border with Iraq.

An al-Rai journalist said the drugs were a form of ketamine, an anaesthetic also used as an illegal party drug.

Abdullah Fahmi told the BBC that customs officials already knew pigeons were being used to smuggle drugs, but this was the first time they had caught a bird in the act.

Previously, previously, previously, previously, previously.

Posted by jwz

Elijah E. Cummings Ranking Member, Committee on Oversight and Government Reform:

Unfortunately, your meager response does not include the vast majority of documents we requested in our letter. Instead, you provided only a single document -- a glossy, eight-page pamphlet that contains a total of 40 sentences -- and an email forwarding this pamphlet to various Trump Organization entities. This pamphlet raises grave concerns about the President's refusal to comply with the Constitution merely because he believes it is "impractical" and could "diminish the guest experience of our brand."

Complying with the United States Constitution is not an optional exercise, but a requirement for serving as our nation's President.2 If President Trump believes that identifying all of the prohibited foreign emoluments he is currently receiving would be too challenging or would harm his business ventures, his options are to divest his ownership or submit a proposal to Congress to ask for our consent.

Even if the President's companies were willing to carefully track of all their foreign government payments, the President still would be required under the Emoluments Clause to request and obtain permission from Congress to accept those payments.

Previously.

Nazi Poop Discipline.

May. 26th, 2017 02:06 am[syndicated profile] jwz_blog_feed

Posted by jwz

jpressler: "I feel like every article on the Koch brothers should note that as small children they had a Nazi governess who made them shit on command."

He was enamored enough of the German way of life and thinking that he employed a German governess for his first two sons, Freddie and Charles. At the time, Freddie was a small boy, and Charles still in diapers. The nanny's iron rule terrified the little boys, according to a family acquaintance. In addition to being overbearing, she was a fervent Nazi sympathizer, who frequently touted Hitler's virtues. Dressed in a starched white uniform and pointed nurse's hat, she arrived with a stash of gruesome German children's books, including the Victorian classic Der Struwwelpeter, that featured sadistic consequences for misbehavior ranging from cutting off one child's thumbs to burning another to death. The acquaintance recalled that the nurse had a commensurately harsh and dictatorial approach to child rearing. She enforced a rigid toilet-training regimen requiring the boys to produce morning bowel movements precisely on schedule or be force-fed castor oil and subjected to enemas.*

Previously, previously, previously, previously.

I made it!

May. 25th, 2017 10:39 pm[personal profile] elanya
elanya: Pensive pony (Default)
I mean technically I did already update today, but that was supposed to be for yesterday!

I got a lot of actual work done today? Which was good! Yay! I'm excited! I have a meeting tomorrow which will probably be less exciting, but enh, whatever. the weekend is coming! yay!

And the Jukebox deadline! Ahh! I know I have the story under control at this point, but I still might need to ask for an extension /o\ But my beta'cheerreading folks think it's good so that's also encouraging!

The knitting project I started as a quick portable project for knit night and bus knitting is really not good or that purpose @_@ For one thins, it is cabled lace. For another, the directions are really kind of badly written in some ways. Ahh well. I am enjoying it but it requires more focus than I had anticipated! The yarn is really pretty :3
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So there’s a new Twin Peaks… thing…? out? I guess? And I have never seen Twin Peaks (but am fairly well spoiled for whodunnit and so on) and have pretty firmly decided that, NOPE, NOT FOR ME, TOO CREEPY AND AWFUL.

…So tonight I was like “hey, I want to watch some TV and obviously Twin Peaks is not even in the running, but what should I watch? Leverage? Sense8?”

And then Netflix recommended me The Keepers. About the unsolved murder of a nun, and how her murder connected to the horrific sexual abuse of teen girls in the school where she taught because THAT IS MUCH LESS CREEPY AND AWFUL AND HORRIFYING THAN TWIN PEAKS? OR. THE OPPOSITE OF THAT. SO OBVIOUSLY I WATCHED THAT.

(I mean, the series seems amazingly well done and I’m sure I’m going to watch the rest of it, just, you know, this is EXACTLY LIKE that time I decided not to read the second and third books of the Hunger Games trilogy because they were too grim and depressing and instead I went and read a book about the Donner party. GUESS WHAT, GRIM AND DEPRESSING AND THE ADDED HORROR OF ACTUALLY BEING TRUE.)

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It's dead, dave.

May. 25th, 2017 08:28 pm[personal profile] klgaffney
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Welp. This'll be the second HD I've bricked in 2 years.


The rest of the laptop's still good---I've pulled and cleaned off the motherboard once, and replaced the keyboard once about 3-4 yrs ago (as it turns out, computers don't like tea, not even a little bit), and 1Tb 2.5 hard drives are thankfully very affordable. So I guess I'll just keep replacing bits until the whole laptop goes up in a dramatic Michael Bay-esque explosion, or else goes entirely obselete.

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May. 25th, 2017 05:23 pm[personal profile] darkphoenixrisn
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40 years ago today, an obscure film called Star Wars was released. This is something I wrote for the 35th anniversary about my first time seeing it in the summer of 1977.

https://geekgirlsrule.net/2012/05/25/star-wars-the-35th-anniversary/

Ripcord Pulled

May. 25th, 2017 05:08 pm[personal profile] kevin_standlee
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I have pulled the migration ripcord and migrated my journal to DreamWidth, where I have the same user ID as LiveJournal: kevin_standlee. Although the queue was empty when I started, it still took quite a while to migrate more than a decade of entries from LJ to DW.

I have cross-posting turned on. I do not at this time intend to close my LiveJournal account, for I am a Permanent member. I don't expect to visit Russia, and thus as far as I can tell, the most they can do to me is close my account. So those of you who have been waiting for me to move before deleting your own accounts can go ahead and do so, I guess.

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May. 25th, 2017 04:44 pm[personal profile] darkphoenixrisn
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25 years ago today, my mother, my maternal grandmother, and I set out on a seven week road trip, visiting 33 US states and three Canadian provinces. Best trip ever. I kept a travel diary, and adapted and expanded it into a blog in 2012, so I'll repost a blog entry every day for the 25th anniversary. Here's the first day.

http://92taba.blogspot.com/1992/05/25-may-1992.html

WiP Amnesty: Foundations

May. 25th, 2017 07:31 pm[personal profile] moetushie
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I have these lingering fics that I know I'll never finish -- for lack of interest or will or whatever else have you. This fic is one of those -- I think it was supposed to be a pinch hit? For one the Slashy Santas? Or something else, because I thought the suggested pairing, Celeborn/Elrond was super amusing ... But ultimately, I couldn't take it anywhere.

So here it is is. I'm posting and letting go.

Foundations, Elrond/&Celeborn, 878 words.

Shake off the dust on your shoulder. )

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May. 25th, 2017 04:14 pm[personal profile] darkphoenixrisn
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My maternal 4th-great-grandfather John B. Van Orsdall Jr. was born 25 May 1793 in Conewago Township, York County (now Adams County), Pennsylvania to farmer John B. Van Arsdale Sr. and Catherine Van Arsdale (née Vanderbilt), moved to Onondaga County, New York with his family circa 1794, married Nancy Snider 16 Dec 1819 in Cayuga County, New York, had 9 children with her, moved to Jackson Township, Hardin County (now in Wyandot County), Ohio with his family in 1836, died 14 May 1872 in Jackson Township, Wyandot County, Ohio at the age of 78, and buried at York Street Cemetery in Marseilles Township, Wyandot County, Ohio. He was a farmer. Through his mother, he was the 4th cousin of "Commodore" Cornelius Vanderbilt.

Loose-leaf Links #40

May. 26th, 2017 08:00 am[personal profile] calissa
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Australian Grapefruit, Adore Tea, sencha, green tea, Earl Grey Editing, Loose-leaf Links

Loose-leaf Links is a feature where I gather together the interesting bits and pieces on sci-fi, fantasy and romance I’ve come across and share them with you over tea. Today’s tea is Australian Grapefruit from Adore Tea. It tastes like a plain sencha at first, but finishes with a strong citrus aftertaste.

Awards News ) Community and Conventions ) On Equity ) For Writers ) For Readers )

Mirrored from Earl Grey Editing.

Yay!!

May. 25th, 2017 05:53 pm[personal profile] stickmaker
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Doppler Press has brought out my first Masks story as a Kindle e-book!
 
I have been writing these stories for over a decade, and am very pleased to see the first one published. 
 
It is a superhero story set in my own universe. The main character does not want to be a costumed adventurer. However, circumstances force him to adopt a female hero ID. (It seemed like a good idea at the time...)
 
http://a.co/1OMnjgD

Lovecraft quote

May. 25th, 2017 02:05 pm[personal profile] komadori
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Well, I have failed at updating my journal regularly, but that which we call real life has plagued my mind and free time. I just finished my semester last week, so I have been reading and relaxing since then. Right now, I'm reading through a collection of Lovecraft's Dream Cycle, and I thought I'd share this quote because it seems appropriate:

"There are not many persons who know what wonders are opened to them in the stories and visions of their youth; for when as children we listen and dream,
we think but half-formed thoughts, and when as men we try to remember, we are dulled and prosaic with the poison of life. But some of us awake in the night
with strange phantasms of enchanted hills and gardens, of fountains that sing in the sun, of golden cliffs overhanging murmuring seas, of plains that stretch
down to sleeping cities of bronze and stone, and of shadowy companies of heroes that ride caparisoned white horses along the edges of thick forests; and
then we know that we have looked back through the ivory gates into that world of wonder which was ours before we were wise and unhappy."
- H. P. Lovecraft, "Celephais," The Dream Cycle
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I didn't get the job. Boring details about that. )

Anyway, almost as soon as I got home from the interview, it was time to leave again. Part of me wanted to sleep for a week but I'd arranged to go to the theatre with James and Jennie and Other Holly back when I couldn't have known what a tiring week this was going to be, and the rest of me knew that I'd feel better once I got myself there.

And I did. We saw "The Play That Goes Wrong," which pretty much tells you everything you need to know about it. [personal profile] miss_s_b's review is here (very slight spoilers) which is lucky as I think I'm getting a migraine so should get off the computer before I could write one myself.

To hers I only need add that she was awesome for giving me a little impromptu audio description, which especially at the beginning of the play where the gags were all visual was very welcome because we were sitting way at the back and so I was doomed to hearing people laughing a lot and having absolutely no idea why, which wasn't exactly the mood-lifter I needed. I was worried someone would tell us off for Talking During the Performance but luckily no one did and it totally made the experience for me. There were lots more dialogue-based jokes later on and some of the phsyciality was stuff I could just about discern, but I still would have felt like I'd missed out on a lot if it weren't for my kind friends.

We were a pretty noisy audience eventually anyway, so maybe I needn't have worried. Some asshole to the left of us started shouting "funny" things (as opposed to actually funny things) almost right away, and continued to throughout the first half. And eventually, the po-faced actor/director-playing-the-inspector's tantrum included "Despite appearances tonight, this isn't a pantomime!" and I feel I earned all my British-citizen cred by being the first person (from what we could hear, anyway) to shout "Oh yes it is!"

Thursday Yardening

May. 25th, 2017 03:30 pm[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
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Today is mild and partly cloudy.

Round 1, I cut more grass around the wagonwheel garden.

There are still two white eggs in the mourning dove nest. 

EDIT 5/25/17: Round 2, we picked up sticks in the yard near the house.  

The sun is coming out, and the weather is heating up.  It's not all the way to hot yet, but it turning warm and muggy.  :/  I have a suspicion that the air will be solid mosquitoes this evening.

EDIT 5/25/17: Round 3, we finally got around to putting down the concrete pavers.  Four went at the corner of the patio for the burn barrel.  2 went near the barrel garden to hold the yard sculpture.

The air has cooled down somewhat and is pleasant again.

EDIT 5/25/17: Round 4, I trimmed grass around another tree and pulled weeds around the forest garden.

[psych] Define Empathy?

May. 25th, 2017 04:31 pm[personal profile] siderea
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I am thinking about writing a thing, or several things, about empathy. I come from a perspective of generally being appalled about how the concept is bandied about, not just in the popular press, but pretty much everywhere, including among the pros.

Part of my appall is how there seem to be a vast profusion of definitions, many mutually exclusive, loose out there. Like, I'm pretty sure two of my grad school classes promulgated precisely opposite empathy vs sympathy distinctions.

So, for kicks and giggles, what's your personal definition of empathy? Assuming, of course, you have one. (If you don't, you can say that too.)

All comments will be screened, and I may or may not be unscreening some or all of them at my personal discretion. If you don't want your definition of empathy being tied to you, comment anonymously.

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May. 25th, 2017 04:19 pm[personal profile] thatyourefuse
thatyourefuse: Tatiana Petrovna from Peaky Blinders, topless save for fur coat, with cigarette. ([pb] it'll only hurt for a moment)
Name a character, and I'll tell you:



What I like about them

What I dislike about them

Favourite moment

Least favourite moment

A situation with this character that I want to see explored more

An interesting AU for this character

A crossover

OTP (or OT3+ etc…. just… favourite ship)

Other ships

BROTP

NOTP

An assortment of headcanons!



(You're probably going to have the best luck with: Penny Dreadful, Peaky Blinders, Twin Peaks, The Hour, various things you know I've read. Note: I specifically have not seen enough Billions yet to answer reasonably.)
executrix: (vote)
Indivisible Guide is holding a Facebook Live event tonight at 8:30 pm (eastern), covering the CBO score and other TrumpCare issues, Russia, and "how you can hold your members of Congress accountable this recess." The message also has info. about the June 3 March for Truth in over 100 cities--the cutline is "for transparency, for democracy, for truth."

https://www.facebook.com/indivisibleguide/photos/a.198948293902381.1073741828.197760674021143/268390363624840/?type=3

ETA: This just in--en banc 4th Circuit voted 10-3 to affirm the nationwide preliminary injunction against the Muslim ban. The decision describes the ban as using "vague words of national security, but in context drips with religious intolerance, animus, and discrimination."

Confirmation Bias

May. 25th, 2017 02:23 pm[personal profile] ysabetwordsmith
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Here's a cartoon about confirmation bias.  While it technically fits the definition, it's not about belief, but rather about greed -- or possibly survival.  In any case it's an example of how many things which are currently claimed as science are not actually science.  But when you call them that, people mistrust science, instead of mistrusting greed.
kiya: (akhet)
I am not sure I like this tradeoff.

Read more... )

I feel that the unlicensed street theatre militia group punching out aggressive oppressors is an excellent game scenario for something. Maybe I'll run it someday.
umadoshi: (Saiyuki nobody's saviors (oyceter))
If we ignore the fact that I'm behind where I'd like to be on the work front (meep), I've gotten a reasonable amount of adulting done in the last 24 hours or so. I have:

--been to see Lawyer Friend with [dreamwidth.org profile] scruloose and signed a heap of financial paperwork;

--voted in the advance polls for the provincial election (which is this coming Tuesday);

--called (CALLED, with the despicable VOICE APP) to follow up with the library branch where I returned the book last week (the library staff member who picked up was awesome);

--successfully ordered a Slasher Chicks tank top from Unicorn Empire (tomorrow is the last day to order, y'all), which I'm counting as adulting because it got stressful when there was a period of many hours when the tank top option vanished, and I really want that and not either of the t-shirts (and okay, the shop didn't respond when I asked about it on Facebook, but the tank top did eventually reappear and I still asked, which is hard for me);

--tweeted at the local community net to ask after my still-unanswered/unverified "please renew my account" email (a small thing, but again, stressful);

--done a fair bit of laundry.


Okay, that's not actually as long a list as I'd hoped, but some weeks you take what you can get. And now I'm gonna get to work.
thatyourefuse: Audrey Horne from Twin Peaks, luminous. ([tp] ash and ice)
/briefly surfaces for air from a five-day Twin Peaks binge, with hair hanging in my face and a slightly manic gleam in my eyes

I think I may have forgotten how to string together a standard English sentence. I want to hang red drapes all over everything. I love every woman in this pine-riddled hellhole (although Nadine tests me, I must admit). Oh my God James Hurley is boring. I think I'm having some kind of epic dialogue-based hatemance with Ben Horne and I want to write largely plotless novels about One-Eyed Jack's. How does Madchen Amick's face I don't understand (like how do ANY OF THESE FACES, but what kind of ludicrous luminous nonsense is this). I WOULD KILL FOR A DOUGHNUT.

(I haven't even gotten to any of the new material yet. I have to plow through S2 first. But from what I've heard, so far it's most of what I love and none of what I skip through.)

(I have seen Fire Walk With Me, for the first time, because [personal profile] ceebee_eebee insisted, and I can sum up the experience in two statements:

1. I really understand the tags on this post right now.

2. I started crying like a child twenty minutes before the end and didn't stop until it was over.

Like Crimson Peak is still The Movie for me, but god help me I think this is a close second.)

... wow

May. 25th, 2017 03:01 pm[personal profile] rydra_wong
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(x-posting from [community profile] thisfinecrew)

Holy shit:

The Guardian: Republican candidate charged with assault after 'body-slamming' Guardian reporter

The day before the Montana special election (which is today).

And it was caught on audiotape and witnessed by a Fox News team also present who wrote this about (avid Trump supporter) Gianforte's alleged attack on Ben Jacobs:

Jacobs persisted with his question. Gianforte told him to talk to his press guy, Shane Scanlon.

At that point, Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him. Faith, Keith and I watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the reporter. As Gianforte moved on top of Jacobs, he began yelling something to the effect of, "I'm sick and tired of this!"

Jacobs scrambled to his knees and said something about his glasses being broken. He asked Faith, Keith and myself for our names. In shock, we did not answer. Jacobs then said he wanted the police called and went to leave. Gianforte looked at the three of us and repeatedly apologized. At that point, I told him and Scanlon, who was now present, that we needed a moment. The men then left.

To be clear, at no point did any of us who witnessed this assault see Jacobs show any form of physical aggression toward Gianforte, who left the area after giving statements to local sheriff's deputies.


Fox News: Key Montana newspapers pull Gianforte endorsement after incident

Here's [personal profile] colorblue's post on the Montana election:

Action: Montana Special Election

If you are a US citizen, you can still donate to the last-minute get-out-the-vote effort for Gianforte's opponent, Rob Quist, and he currently has 5X matching:

ActBlue page for Rob Quist (thanks to [personal profile] loligo)

In decline...

May. 25th, 2017 09:52 am[personal profile] elanya
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I don't know why I've been so bad with this lately....

Yesterday I mostly just worked on my Jukebox. And read some Voltron comic to the kids (and myself).

Work computer is having some issues, so posting from phone. Wooh!

Also waiting for my tea to be cool enough to drink...
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From [personal profile] watersword in a comment in our suggestions post:
Rep. Ted Lieu (D - CA) has introduced a bill to ban conversion therapy (aka abusing queer people to make them not-queer) nationwide: HR.2119 - Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act of 2017. There's a companion bill in the Senate, S.928 - Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act of 2017. People can contact their reps or senators to thank them for co-sponsoring (the list of cosponsors is available at those links), or urge them to vote for the bills if and when they get out of committee.
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Last night we went to Manderley again the theatre in Leeds to see The Play That Goes Wrong. It was funny to the extent that my stomach hurts from laughing so hard this morning. I very much recommend it if you are in need of an evening of jollity - and who isn't, these days?

I think my favourite character was the corpse (no, really), but it was a close run thing between him and the stage-hand-who-ends-up-getting-roped-into-the-play, or the corpse's brother, whose layers of performance were very impressive - acting a bad actor who plays up to a large audience excellently.

The recalcitrant set, of course, is a character in it's own right. Whoever designed it is a genius. Bits alternately fall off or unexpectedly don't fall off; doors swing open or fail to open, depending on what they are not supposed to do, etc. The timing of all these things is vital, and it was absolutely spot on every time, right down to the small spoiler ) at the end.

The po-faced actor/director-playing-the-inspector's small spoiler ) He reminded me of nothing so much as my English teacher at school, who used to sweat blood pushing recalcitrant children into the school play, and inevitably things went wrong as they do in these situations.

The one note of caution I would sound is that it doesn't pass Bechdel. There are two female characters, but they don't talk to each other at all (although at one point they talk over each other and small spoiler )). There's no real reason why the Butler, or the Sound Engineer, or even the Inspector couldn't be women, they just... aren't. This is a bit of a contrast from the Agatha Christie plays which this is clearly riffing off, which are always scrupulously gender balanced...

That was the only thing that really bothered me, though. Otherwise I had an excellent time, the performances were good, the stage set was excellent, and the comic timing was first rate. If you get the chance, go see this, particularly if you've already seen and are familiar with The Mousetrap, to which there are many many refernces. Also, you need to get in there ten minutes or so early. No spoilers, but it's worth it.
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Holy shit:

The Guardian: Republican candidate charged with assault after 'body-slamming' Guardian reporter

"Allegedly", while a legal requirement at this point, means that, among other things, the Fox News team also present wrote this about Gianforte's alleged attack on Ben Jacobs:

Jacobs persisted with his question. Gianforte told him to talk to his press guy, Shane Scanlon.

At that point, Gianforte grabbed Jacobs by the neck with both hands and slammed him into the ground behind him. Faith, Keith and I watched in disbelief as Gianforte then began punching the reporter. As Gianforte moved on top of Jacobs, he began yelling something to the effect of, "I'm sick and tired of this!"

Jacobs scrambled to his knees and said something about his glasses being broken. He asked Faith, Keith and myself for our names. In shock, we did not answer. Jacobs then said he wanted the police called and went to leave. Gianforte looked at the three of us and repeatedly apologized. At that point, I told him and Scanlon, who was now present, that we needed a moment. The men then left.

To be clear, at no point did any of us who witnessed this assault see Jacobs show any form of physical aggression toward Gianforte, who left the area after giving statements to local sheriff's deputies.


Oh, and it was all caught on audio tape.

Fox News: Key Montana newspapers pull Gianforte endorsement after incident

Here's [personal profile] colorblue's post on the Montana election -- the polls close today so I'm guessing it's too late to donate to Gianforte's opponent (ETA: see comment, no it's not too late, you can donate now and apparently he currently has 5X matching), but you never know:

Action: Montana Special Election

Note: Given the extreme bizarreness and how incredibly close to the special election it was, I'm sure there will be alt-right conspiracy theories about how Gianforte was deliberately provoked by a sinister foreign journalist from some sort of commie foreign paper.

For context: the Guardian is an extremely reputable, deeply earnest, moderately left-of-centre (by UK standards) newspaper. Think New York Times crossed with Slate and far, far less money, perhaps? Its capacity for sinister scheming is minimal.
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Outside Interference
by Dialecticdreamer/Sarah Williams
part 17 of ?
word count (story only): 1071


:: This story takes place the same day as “Insurance Salesmen,” picking up as Edwina arrives at work. This story will begin to make obvious and plot-critical connections between the earlier stories. I currently expect to wrap everything up within a total of twenty parts, around 25k words. ::


:: Pay Special Attention: Warnings will be listed by chapter, with the proper spoiler-cover on the index page and listing all necessary warnings. In this chapter, it's time to regroup and reassess their problems. Also, this is a promise from the author of a happy ending, because the plot is not about a missing shoe. ::




Tension wound between them as the professor, too, slipped into the kitchen. Sighing, Mister Williams turned to Edwina and politely cleared his throat. “Miss Edwina, now that I know of your education, I look forward to discussing the matter with you on Monday, at supper.”

“Yes, sir,” Edwina agreed, torn between reluctance and hope.
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I have stuff

May. 24th, 2017 10:10 pm[personal profile] rainstardragon
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 So this box of candles came in the other day. Candles go so well with books. I also look like a massive dork and did not realize the shirt was quite so.. formfitting...

New pinch hit and reminders

May. 25th, 2017 04:00 pm[personal profile] morbane posting in [community profile] jukebox_fest
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I have two pinch hits one pinch hit outstanding, for fic. See previous entry for pinch hit #5.

Pinch hit #6 - CLAIMED )
Please either email jukebox.mod@gmail.com or comment on the relevant post to claim one of these pinch hits.

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Pinch hits #5 and up are due at 11:59pm EDT Thursday 1 June (8 days from now).

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