tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Tuesday, August 1st, 2017 08:50 am
I'm going through the fic positivity thread, starting with people who haven't got any replies to their comment and seeing if there's anything I can add (if there's anything in their repertoire that I'll read).

In the meantime, I've discovered I'm actually pretty bad at telling people what they're good at in writing as a whole. I can focus in on specific stories, specific characters, specific concepts, but if you ask me for the big picture...? Nope. Can't do it.

It's a bit like my view on bands - I may like most music by a band, but I'm not about to commit to all of their music. There are bands and singers who have a better chance of getting my attention and keeping it and being put on my playlists, but that's still not a guarantee.

Ah well, I'll keep working my way through the list...
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Monday, July 31st, 2017 08:33 am
So I got on Twitter on Friday just as it was announced that the GOP didn't have the votes, and was so relieved for the sake of friends in the US. It was a good point in the midst of a toxic week.

Women Killing It (where 'It' is the Repeal attempts by the GOP)

Here's the thing; the system may be broken, it may not be perfect, it may not work 100% of the time. But it works for some people; covers the gaps that they can't fill themselves, and the alternatives amount to "just let the sick and poor suffer and die" when the rubber hits the road, which may be okay for some folks, but is not my avenue at all.

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Sometimes I feel like I'm one of the very few people who ask the question: "But what if tomorrow, next month, next year, next decade, next century isn't like today?"

And most people shrug and don't think about it.

perhaps the last seventy years will be forgotten )

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I donated to the #Ham4All "Immigrants Get The Job Done" Prizeo and sang one of my favourite songs from Hamilton: "I Know Him". Weirdly, my favourite songs are the King George ones, The Room Where It Happens, Burn, It's Quiet Uptown, and The Election of 1800. I think it's to do with the style. While I appreciate and am in awe of the complexity and cleverness of the rap songs that Miranda has written, I gravitate towards the songs that I can actually sing and are less likely to trip me up.

Anyway, here's me singing "I Know Him", which I call "the 2016 Election remix":



I probably should have linked back to Prizeo.

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I have a thread in the [personal profile] ficpositivity feedback meme.

COME PLAY @ THE [ FIC POSITIVITY FEEDBACK MEME ]
my thread here


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I'm working on another quilt - a commission for a friend's daughter.

needs moar rainbows )

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Crossovering is matching!

*crosses fingers*

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Warmongers for Christianity... )
tielan: (books - shiny)
Thursday, June 22nd, 2017 10:41 pm
NPR: Why Honeybees Are The Wrong Problem To Solve

From what I understand, the problem is less that 'without bees we won't be able to pollinate anything' and more 'the way we agribusiness is a problem - and the way we use bees in agribusiness is part of that problem'.

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NPR: The Astrobiology Of The Anthropocene (2016)

Basically, like the Jurassic, Triassic, and other '-cene' eras, we're now in the Anthropocene. A new way of looking at things.

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The Establishment: Adoption Is A Feminist Issue (But Not For The Reasons You Think)

Ties in with abortion and childbearing, and (I think) points out the issue that if women weren't crowded into a place where they have no economic choices/advantages, then both adoption and abortion rates would drop.

Which is pretty much what this article I linked to (from a Christian minister in Sydney) points out - that having children economically disadvantages women, and if we as a society (or culture, or community) are not going to help a woman bear the burden of children, then even the ones who eventually want children are going to abort if they become pregnant at an inconvenient time.

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The Atlantic: The Cheapest Generation

What do you do when an entire generation of society largely don't want or can't afford the products you're selling? What does that do to the model of economic growth?

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Sydney Morning Herald: Three Women Who Regret Motherhood

Earlier this week, I asked if there was any socially acceptable way for a woman to indicate she regretted having children. The kick for that question was this article.

I think the most helpful thing I got was [personal profile] havocthecat saying that perhaps there needs to be some kind of 'mourning ceremony' for all the things that are going to be lost in having a child. A baby shower is supposed to be the joyful, hopeful, encouraging thing, but we don't talk about the negative side of changes to a woman's status when she becomes a mother.

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Racked: The Politics of Pockets (2016)

How and why women's clothing has no pockets.

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The New Yorker: China's Mistress Dispellers

The people who are hired to get rid of China's mistresses - chase them off, buy them out - whatever works. And the culture and sociology and reasoning behind the scenes of such a business, as well as an insight into a brief history of Chinese marriage.

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The New Yorker: Power To The People (2015)

An article about solar power and the part that utility companies - and regulation - may have to play in that; to their advantage, but in the face of the old model. (Man, how does that sound familiar.)

There was an interesting article that popped up as a result of this (or which popped this up as a result) about solar power in Africa - that's a 2017 article, about startups in Africa selling cheap power to sub-Saharan Africans, the advantages, disadvantages, and moral questions. I don't know where that article is, though - I thought I saved it, but maybe not.

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Modern Maker's Retreat: A New Perspective on Modern Quilting

The last few years have seen arguments over what defines modern quilting, and this woman has an interesting perspective on it all (and one which I've lightly touched on in quilting blogging). Quilting used to be a thrift task - done because there were scraps that needed to be used rather than wasted. Now, it's a creative work of art - done for the joy of it, and by people who have the resources to spend on function-specific tools and fabric. She thinks that's the difference between 'traditional' and 'modern' quilting for her. I can't entirely agree; I think colour and fabric and style comes into play as well.
tielan: Wonder Woman (WW - bracelets)
Tuesday, June 20th, 2017 08:33 am
Actually, I think it's the same problem that Marvel is facing now for me: heroic heroes vs. world weary Nietzchean ubermensch.

polygon.com: The DCEU has a problem — everybody likes Wonder Woman
With Wonder Woman, Patty Jenkins has returned the focus to humanity writ large. She recognizes that superheroes resonate precisely because their stories are familiar. Yes, Diana is better than the rest of us. As a fictional character, she can do things we can’t, from both a moral and physical perspective. However, that doesn’t make her alien. In the film, her actions instill the allied forces with courage and resolve. The later heroics of Steve, Sameer & Co are less spectacular, but their contributions are no less meaningful and the audience is equally able to learn from that example. Diana inspires everyone around her to be better. That gives the film genuine warmth and makes Wonder Woman relevant to anyone watching in a theater.

But the quotation that I found particularly interesting in the context of my (rapidly dying) love of the MCU is this:
He [Snyder] wants to see Batman have a dustup with Superman, and he’s not overly concerned about how mere mortals relate to the personal struggles of gods.
Which is pretty much how I feel about CACW: the point that would have made for the most interesting movie regarding the nature of heroes - the Accords - was pretty much just a McGuffin so we could eventually see Iron Man fight Captain America (and the Winter Soldier).
tielan: Leia, RotJ, concerned (SW - Leia concern)
Monday, June 19th, 2017 11:16 am
I'm trying to think of whether there's any societally acceptable way (offline, outside of the kind of circles that we encounter here in online fandom) for a woman who's already had kids to express the sentiment that she wishes she'd never had them and I'm coming up blank.

The ones I can think of would mostly get waved away as "selfishness" - ie. career interruption, limitations on lifestyle - or "that's part of the role" - ie. emotional/physical/mental struggle, dealing with the children 90% of the time.

Can you think of one?
tielan: (LOL)
Friday, June 16th, 2017 03:26 pm
Except I have no gifsets. So here, have some links instead!

buzzfeed: Australians Are Using Turnbull's Leaked Trump Impression To Troll Stupid Americans: Remember that woman who planned to move to Australia after Obama was elected, because the PM was a Christian, and it turned out that our PM was a redheaded female in a defacto relationship and we had gun control?

Well, this is kind of the same thing. Although in this case, the Aussie PM made fun of Trump at a media dinner and someone leaked the footage. And, of course, a lot of Americans got mouth-frothy at the disrespect. Of course, us being Australians, we can't resist sallying back - with extra mockage. Because we're Australians: we'll laugh at just about anything...

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Why Are Republicans So Cruel To The Poor:
The myth of meritocracy and its cousin, the myth of individualism, exert a powerful hold over many Americans. Social scientists and others have repeatedly demonstrated that American society is not a true meritocracy. Other research has shown that intergenerational income and class mobility are also relatively uncommon in the United States.


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everydayfeminism: Equality vs. equity.

There was a really good article about equality vs fairness that I read linked off FB, but thanks to my FB app reverting back to the most recent post in my feed when I back out of an article, I can't find it anymore. It had a good explanation of the question of fairness - the idea of deserving and undeserving.

I think that's something worth considering when discussing things with conservatives: their idea of 'fairness' doesn't match the ones that liberals tend to hold - "all men are born equal" they say, even as liberals cry out in the voice of Meg Murry: "equal does not mean the same!"

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the guardian: Indian Muslims are setting up a system whereby they negotiate for their daughters to marry without dowries

“We travelled to different Muslim areas and held seminars and meetings and explained to people how the practice of dowry goes against the teachings of Islam. We have involved imams, qazis and community leaders in all Muslim villages in the three districts,” Ali said.

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the guardian: The Universal Basic Income, arguments for and against.

including this comment which I have reproduced in its entirety )

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Tumblr: Wonder Woman: "I believe in love." The argument that it doesn't have to be romantic love that changes the way Diana looks at humanity - their capacity for great good and not just great evil.

SBS.com: The Supper Clubs that are quietly fighting racism. I think the last time one of these was anywhere near me, it was already booked out.

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the guardian: the donut model of economics by George Monbiot. I need to read this more closely - may have linked this here before, but I don't remember anymore.

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Finally, here: have Handel's "Arrival Of The Queen Of Sheba In Solomon's Court" - WITH BRASS.

The Sydney Symphony Orchestra performed this at the last concert my sister and I went to at the start of June and it was BEAUTIFUL in person.
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Saturday, June 10th, 2017 02:23 pm
Lovely as are the men I know who are married, I haven't met a husband yet who has yet made me think it would be nicer to be married[*] than single.

[*] to a man, because I'm het
tielan: (AVG - agents)
Thursday, June 1st, 2017 11:58 am
The original link is here: Basic Income Could Transform Society.

There's a discussion about it on FFA. The conversation threads go in all directions, although the ones that I enjoy reading about are the ones that examine not the economic success/failure of the concept, but the reactions to the concept - their own, the other anons', political groups/societies - and what it says about their own preconceptions, presumptions, and prejudices.

For me, I think, one of the key points is not "does it work?" but "why do so many people want it to fail/rejoice in the idea that it might fail/refuse to even contemplate tests to see if it works?"
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Monday, May 8th, 2017 12:08 pm
I do not know why people add me to their Twitter feeds. I don't check Twitter regularly, I reblog occasionally, I make my own posts never, and mostly I end up cross-posting from Instagram.

So all these accounts who follow me out of nowhere with barely any connection between us? They've followed thousands upon thousands of other accounts, not just mine. Why on earth do they think I'd follow them back? The accounts I follow back are either fannish people, RL friends, or sometimes celebrities who occasionally have interesting things to say or links to follow. There are a few Christian pastors (of the non-Amerivangelical type), a handful of 'random' accounts that I found through someone else, and one or two 'magazine' sites with articles. (Actually, I should do a clean-out of those.)

Maybe I just don't use Twitter the way it's meant to be used? I don't know. I'd rather flow-of-consciousness here on journal than on Twitter.
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Wednesday, April 5th, 2017 10:45 am
one: Do you manually crosspost to LJ from DW, or do you do the little checkboxy thing that auto-crossposts?

Because ever since I found the checkbox, I've been auto-crossposting, and yet people are saying "they'll continue to crosspost" which DW's auto-crosspost doesn't allow anymore since it has to go through the Russian TOS Of Doom which I haven't yet signed.

How do you crosspost? Did you have to sign the Russian TOS before it would let you crosspost?

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two: I feel like I should start running a comm for fests that are held on AO3 (nominations, posting) but which are only announced on LJ.

Such as the [livejournal.com profile] mcu_aufest, which does not appear to have a DW equivalent. However, nominations, sign ups, matching and so forth is run from AO3, so no need to use LJ except for the announcements.

MCU AUfest 2017 schedule

April 6-15: Nominations
April 19-29: Sign-ups
May 1(-ish): Assignments go out
June 25: Assignments due
June 30(-ish): Archive goes live
July 7: Author/Artist reveals

This is one that I am DEFINITELY signing up for, and will encourage anyone with Maria-centric tendencies and/or enough Maria/Steve love to sign up for.

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three If you've subscribed to me and granted access to me, and I haven't done the same, chances are it's because I'm not actually sure who you are. (Sorry, this is one of my problems; I am really incredibly shoddy at remembering the username of people I've spoken to. Chances are I am much more likely to remember our conversations, what we spoke about, and associate you that way.

This is why I don't think of people who I know solely from Tumblr as 'friends'.

People on Tumblr are strangers who like my stuff and occasionally move on the things that I've moved into their line of sight. And sometimes I like their stuff and move on the things that they've moved into my line of sight into the line of sight of other people I know and they don't. But we're not friends. If we had a major difference of opinion, I probably wouldn't bother trying to discuss it with them, or find out why they thought that, I'd just drop them like a hot potato.

This is the difference between 'friends' and 'people on the internets' for me. I made friends on LJ. I've made a few friends on DW, and a few on Tumblr, but the lack of friends on DW is largely because I'm in sections of fandom that few people are involved with, in all the 'normative' boxes, which means that unless people knew me before the move to LJ, then they're not really interested in me. (Understandable.)

The lack of friends on Tumblr is because Tumblr is not about friendship; it's about high-entertainment/low-interaction social media. I want high-informative/high-interaction social media - people to talk things over, and squee with, and meta, and interact with about my daily life. Fannish people - the kind I won't see on FB so much. (My FB is full of family and fleshspace people, who I interact with over different topics and in different ways. Some of them are geeky/fannish; most of them are not - at least, not in any way that I could reasonably squee with and where they won't look at me sidewise.)

tl;dr Crossposting to LJ from DW. MCU AUfest. Friendships on LJ, Tumblr, and DW.
tielan: (meh)
Tuesday, April 4th, 2017 09:13 am
Did the citizens of the Roman Empire imagine that "things could never go back to the way they used to be, back in times of chaos and unrest, before the Empire bound everything together"? Could they even imagine the next couple of hundred years without an Empire, where all kinds of knowledge was lost, and all kinds of advances were forgotten?
tielan: (24 - Renee2)
Monday, January 2nd, 2017 11:35 pm
Day 2

In your own space, share a book/song/movie/tv show/fanwork/etc that changed your life. Something that impacted on your consciousness in a way that left its mark on your soul. Leave a comment in this post saying you did it. Include a link to your post if you feel comfortable doing so.


Tempting as it might be to go with the MCU or Stargate, X-Men, Star Wars, or even He-Man and She-Ra, or novel series such as David Eddings or Patricia Keneally, I might have to go back to the first books I remember consciously reading as the sci-fi/fantasy genre - the Dragonriders of Pern by Anne McCaffrey.

a tale of a teenaged girl who wanted to see herself in the heroine )
tielan: (AVG - maria)
Thursday, December 29th, 2016 08:14 am
Starting a local movement. I know at least one woman living in my area who has many FB people who don't like Australia's current stance on refugees.

Job prospects for 2017.

Working out how to minister more to people-who-are-not-like-me and people-who-don't-have-my-opportunities.

Spending more time in contact with my cousin's wife, who is just starting out writing.

George Michael. Carrie Fisher. Vera Rubin.

epitaphs of heroism )
tielan: (SGA - teyla)
Friday, December 9th, 2016 01:55 pm
Reading up on Ralph Lawrence Carr, Republican governor of Colorado back in 1942 (for Reasons). Most noted for standing up against (Democrat) FDR's institution of the Japanese Internment camps with this speech before Colorado farmers:
But the Japanese are protected by the same Constitution that protects us. An American citizen of Japanese descent has the same rights as any other citizen.... If you harm them, you must first harm me. I was brought up in small towns where I knew the shame and dishonor of race hatred. I grew to despise it because it threatened [pointing to various audience members] the happiness of you and you and you.
It's believed that speaking out cost him his political career.

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Some links I've been collecting over the last couple of weeks.

Being White Isn't An Identity, It's Just What You Ought To Be.

Lessons from Jews: What To Do About Trump

Stephen Hawking says it's a Dangerous Time When We Can Destroy The Planet But Not Escape It.

I think the thing that Hawking misses completely is that even if we could escape it, we'd only take our humanity - both the bad and the good - with us.

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A little dark humour: For POC, the non-straight, and non-Christian, America died on November 8th, 2016. For white Evangelicals, however, it was just Tuesday.

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I admit, I'm liking a lot of what John Pavlovitz has to say about Christianity generally, but American Christianity specifically.

Jesus Is Just Alt-Right: Resisting A Racist Messiah

rambling ruminations )
tielan: (aussie aussie aussie)
Thursday, November 10th, 2016 09:33 am
What do I say? What can I say when the policies won't affect me directly (but the attitudes of entitlement will)?

I wrote this this morning, I don't think it quite says what I wanted it to say, but it's peeling back the layers of how I'm going to live out my faith right now in the current situation and the clusterfuck that American Evangelicals have been a party to. (They're not the only problem, but they're the one I think I understand the most because there but for the grace of God is me.

Quenched: identity in Christ - a personal faith perspective. Don't feel you need to read it. It's pretty rambly, and more a reminder for me and a way to hold myself accountable in future.

In the meantime...

Can I help? Is there something that you need that I can provide? Distraction? Stories? Cat pictures? Anything?

(I was hoping to make this post 6 hours ago, when it might have been useful. Sorry. Life got away from me. As it does.)
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Friday, October 28th, 2016 10:04 am
Maps of the World's Countries Rearranged By Population: take the largest geographical countries in the world, and move the countries with the largest population into those spaces.

It's quite fascinating: apparently Indonesia would get China, China would get Russia, the US would remain pretty much the same, while Canada would now occupy Pakistan. (India gets Canada. Man, the US racists would SHIT BRICKS; they've got Ethiopia on one side, and India on the other...)

Australia would end up in Spain (weather's not bad, but this whole 'land borders' business is a bit shoddy), while Pakistan gets our "shores guarded by oceans wide". That'll make a difference from the mountains they're used to...

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Thank You, Mr. Trump: A letter about the things that Trump has revealed in US society and the US mindset; while it's not nice to discover You're Actually Not All That After All, it'll be a good kick in the butt for some, even if others drag their feet.
As a middle-aged white woman, I thought we'd come further than we have. I'm grateful that you've shown that I'm wrong. That just means that I have to help the change that should happen.


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Unpacking Casual Sexism/Racism In The Classroom: or, how to start a discussion, not a defence.

Some thoughts on how to unpack the way we speak: 'you're such a girl', 'man up', 'that's gay'. I have no doubt it works better on those with a mindset to learn than those who think they know everything or that they're okay, but it's something that I think I'm going to have to try somehow, particularly when dealing with racial microaggressions.

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Speak The Truth To Trump: An article from Christianity today, pointing out the flaws in voting for Trump from a Christian (Evangelical?) perspective. I don't agree with all the points they make, but the ones they make about how all earthly political systems are going to be flawed and trying to coerce them into working our society into a theocracy can too easily become idolatry of human processes are very relevant, I feel, particularly for American Evangelicals I know for whom this idea of 'a Christian society governed by Christian laws' is something that they really want.
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Friday, October 14th, 2016 08:37 am
I find it...concerning? Distressing? Terrifying? At any rate, it's sincerely worrying when a 40 year old virgin like myself knows more about consent, and sexual assault vs sexual domination than what appears to be a large proportion of sexually active adults in western society.

5 Helpful Answers To Society's Most Uncomfortable Questions: about privilege and how to recognise that you're not just a leaf, but the whole tree. Also, I like his perspective on the rise of the human race: we've gotten better at taking away the barriers that allow poor, non-white, non-male geniuses to rise, and our society has become overall more productive and more varied - but at the same time, the 'rules' our grandparents operated under no longer apply - because of that variation.

How America Lost It's Fucking Mind: An entertaining and yet very true perspective on the cultural divides between urban and rural. I think this applies pretty heavily to Australia, too, as a country with a combination of highly urban/highly rural areas, and a fierce cultural divide. And while we didn't elect a Trump for PM, Pauline Hanson is much the same political type.

The Rise Of Authoritarianism (and Donald Trump): Really interesting in that Trump is merely the indicator, not the actual movement. And the movement will continue long after Trump is defeated. (And dear heavens, he has to be. Seriously. Y'all cannot be that stupid. Surely.)

The Widow And The Judge: the thing I'm taking from this is the line "God's justice will come, sometimes through human judicial processes...and sometimes in spite of them." I'm not sure whether the writer is alluding to the current political candidtates in the US, or just generally the political situation.

They Vote For You (Australian): a site which I need to take a closer look at. Not that my rep votes in a way that I'd like: he's Australian Liberal/National party (conservative/right-wing) and I lean left. Pretty heavily left. According to this site, though, he has 93% attendance and always votes the party line. Depressing, considering what the Libs are trying to push in Australian politics.

Understanding Urban Agriculture: Part 1 | Part 2: of interest to me because of gardening. Going to need to take some time to read through this.

Presently: reading through the employment contract they're urging us to sign and return (we got bought out by monstrous big acquisitional American company, and so our employment contracts are changing: the meeting in which someone came and talked about the job she does was not encouraging).

- apparently remunerations, vacation requirements are kept, etc.
- a clause that cites we're not supposed to work for a company whose interests might run contrary to current employer for at least six months. For a programmer of my type, this is pretty close to employment death.

It sounds really punitive in contract, although most of the time it doesn't get executed in person. Most of the time.

I should have done this two weeks ago, but kept on putting it off/forgetting and it's due by COB today...

Current sewing project: pattern-testing a bag.

Another progress photo. #shilohsatchel


...and I need to get some more panadol. B2 has snitched all ours...
tielan: Wonder Woman (stupidity)
Friday, September 30th, 2016 01:30 pm
I don't know why it came up on my Spotify playlist, but the song 'Great Spirit In The Sky' is the most awful pablum I've ever heard.

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How To Suppress Female Characters by fozmeadows

I've just heard the "well, the female characters are fine, but I just happen to prefer the male ones" entirely too much in my 16 years of online fandom.

And so few of the "I like female characters" club actually do anything with that like. So. Few.

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As A Matter Of Fact, You Do Live In A Society Shaped By Christian Values: No, Christianity isn't doing so great a job of it these days; but it did give us ideas about the human condition that were utterly revolutionary in the old Classical times, and which we hold to these days without even thinking where they came from.

Does that mean you live in a Christian society? No. No, it definitely doesn't.

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How Trump Might Win: Terrifying reading. All the more because the kind of American Exceptionalism that American liberals like to believe they are free of is precisely and excruiciatingly defined in "I will not vote for someone I dislike because it goes against my conscience, even if the alternative means other people suffer".

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for fuck's sake Friday: the plain speaking politics version; no, I'm not nice about it )

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It's a long weekend. I think I need it. I'm on the verge of exhaustion right now. Unfortunately, I have an assignment to finish before 5pm tomorrow afternoon. Better go do some of that now.

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Finally, an interesting quotation from a 15 min podcast I heard from the Centre for Public Christianity, Sydney: "Part of the human condition is to always be uncomfortable in our skin." I guess I think of that as 'eternity set in our hearts'.
tielan: Wonder Woman (Default)
Sunday, July 24th, 2016 03:35 am
Well, if there's anything that could overcome my love of Marvel for the last four years, then DC's Wonder Woman might very well be it.

If they pull it (and Suicide Squad) off, then I might very well jump back to Diana/Bruce, which looks like it already has a few decent writers, and maybe a couple of good ones to boot.

Maria/Steve will always be the MCU pairing of my heart, but it's been hell being the only steady, dedicated writer for it for 4 years, with little encouragement and nobody to share the load who stuck it out for the duration.

I loved Marvel back before the X-men Movies wrecked my favourite character (Scott Summers), I was a fan of the Justice League Animated series between Stargate SG1 and Stargate Atlantis. I enjoyed the Dark Knight trilogy before I got into the MCU with the first Avengers movie, and if DC pull this off, then I'll be there with bells on.

Dr. Strange? Spiderman? No. Not in my interests pile.

Avengers: Infinity War? Well, I'll probably go see it, but it mostly depends on whether they continue to use Maria in the MCU. The odds of that are little-to-nothing, which means the odds of people appreciating her are little-to-nothing, and the odds of people writing her are sweet fuck-all.

But the reports on BvS:DoJ Extended Edition are positive, and Suicide Squad seems to have gone straight for diversity, and WW hits all my 'female characters that I can love' buttons, even before you add in a blond-haired blue-eyed pretty boy as a love interest.
tielan: (quilting)
Friday, July 8th, 2016 11:18 pm
So, one of my f-list expressed an interest in buying The Promises Of Spring, and I figured it was a good time to utilise a spreadsheet someone in the Australian Quilting Community made about the cost of quiltmaking.

The someone who did the calculation spreadsheet is a he, btw. One of the few males in quilting, and he gains attention for being a male in a traditionally 'female' pastime - the glass elevator, as compared to the glass ceiling. So he's taught to value his work and is valued for his work, even as the women around him doing the same thing are less noticed and less appreciated for what they do.

However, the spreadsheet has a use, which is to put a solid number on an activity where I tend not to count the cost - mostly because I've never had to.

The Promises of Spring is this quilt:

Promises of Spring


Now, the price that someone would pay for it may be a different beast to the cost of making a quilt. I have no problem accepting a lower price - hell, most of the time I give these quilts away for free - and I believe people online are less likely to undervalue the cost, but it's good to see the numbers and have a better idea of just how much it might cost to put something like The Promises Of Spring together.

a graphic of a spreadsheet, hopefully it displays )

So that's a conservative estimate of how much it cost to produce the quilt, not counting all the brainspace I used to angst over this or that regarding it. I'm more than happy to sell it at rather less, but it's good for others and for me to have a decent idea of what it costs to make, purely in monetary terms.