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May. 28th, 2017 01:16 pm
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Verily, pen-lids that look secure but secretly loosen themselves in your bag, bring about a plague of inkstains are an abomination unto Nuggan

Dragons?

May. 28th, 2017 01:53 pm
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When Per goes to the closet to get out the vacuum cleaner, Moxie makes a mad dash for somewhere safe. She does not like that dragon at all, AT ALL. 

That's how she seems to see it, anyhow. It's big and red and will suck a cat down its gulllet and go back for more.

Thinking of dragons brought to mind a question I'd had before but never looked it up. For the voice of Smaug the dragon in The Hobbit films, why was Benedict Cumberbatch chosen instead of Tim Curry? Okay okay, nothing against Cumberbatch at all, but Curry's voice has been shown to terrify the piss out of people, especially childr-- oh. Ah, right, that must be it. Cinema chairs don't need anyone pissing into them. So, I'll just back away from that topic, putting my hands into my pockets as I glide away.



Sunday morning gratitudes

May. 28th, 2017 07:56 am
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There's a lot that's hard right now. So I'm doing what I can to cultivate gratitude:

1. Iced coffee. Turkey bacon. Challah french toast.

2. Cuddling with my kid yesterday and marathoning a bunch of Sword Art Online, which I enjoy as much as he does.

3. My kid is seven and a half today! On his suggestion, we're going to the grocery store later today to get cupcakes to share with friends later this afternoon.

4. Watching wee birds at my bird feeder, supping on seeds.

5. Friends. Including all of you.
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Harry Potter – Actors and Movies:
Happy Birthday Helena Bonham Carter!
‘Harry Potter’ & ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Actor Round-Up: Cannes Festival, The Flash & More
Happy Birthday to Jim Broadbent
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Fantastic Beasts – Actors and Movies:
Eddie Redmayne Goes Prehistoric!
Guests at Charity Dinner Could Win a Role in ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Sequel

HP & The Cursed Child – Actors and Movies:
First look at 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child's new cast of Potter actors on stage

Prompt Challenges:
[community profile] hp_may_madness: Day 24 Prompts
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Communities:
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[community profile] hp_podfic_fest: HP Podfic Fest 2017 -- Beta Sign-ups
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[community profile] hd_remix: H/D Remix vol. 9.0: Stats!
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Masterlists and Weekly Round-ups:
[community profile] snape_potter: Snarry-A-Thon 17: Week Four Wrap Up

Fandom Recs:
[personal profile] toblass recced one Severus art.
[personal profile] gracerene recced one Albus Severus/James Sirius fic.
[personal profile] vociferandum recced one Harry/Draco fic.
[personal profile] rosevalleynb recced one Millicent fic.
[personal profile] rosevalleynb recced one Millicent fic.
[personal profile] capitu recced one Harry/Draco fic.
[personal profile] madeleone recced one Severus/Hermione fic.

Resources:
[community profile] hd_prophet: Tuesday, May 23, 2017
[community profile] sshp_prophet: SS/HP Prophet - May 21 - 27
[community profile] hd_prophet: Friday, May 26th

Essay/Meta:
Why Latin?

General Fandom News:
Wizarding World Audiobooks Now Available Through Local Bookstores!
Coming Home: MISTI-Con 2017

Nifty:
Giveaway: Win These Magical “Harry Potter” Cake Molds!
25 “Harry Potter” Characters and Their Cards Against Humanity Counterparts
Escape Rooms Styled After the Magic of ‘Harry Potter’ Becoming the Latest Trend

Searches:
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Please send your fandom news to the Daily Snitch.

Doctor Who 10.07

May. 28th, 2017 08:22 am
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This was the first Doctor Who episode since "The Caretaker" I disliked thoroughly, albeit for different reasons.

Read more... )

Tweezed!

May. 28th, 2017 12:31 am
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A tiny little hair that is still one day away from being long enough to tweeze is an Abomination Unto Nuggan. And also painful.

5 good things

May. 27th, 2017 06:41 pm
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1. Yesterday, a meeting I stressed over all week was cancelled, and instead I treated myself to a nice lunch and a long afternoon nap.

2. My house is mostly clean, and the new vacuum cleaner works well.

3. The dog's medication is working, which means she no longer pees in her sleep. (Yes, really. Sigh.)

4. I had a lovely lunch (with gelato!) and a long walk in the redwoods with [personal profile] laurashapiro and [personal profile] shrift.

5. There are still 2 more days of the weekend, and I have no obligations whatsoever. This is kind of awesome.

Kitty crack!

May. 27th, 2017 12:57 pm
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Snax!
This is it. Kittycat crack! At least Moxie crack!

More popcorn

May. 27th, 2017 11:22 am
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First, Mother Jones have put together a handy timeline, which they promise to keep updating:

Mother Jones: The Long, Twisted, and Bizarre History of the Trump-Russia Scandal

And the Guardian have a helpful guide to the multiple different investigations going on:

The investigations swirling around Donald Trump – a short guide

***********

So, lately:

NYT: At a Besieged White House, Tempers Flare and Confusion Swirls — from the 16th, which is practically decades ago in our new accelerated reality, but still fun:

Some of Mr. Trump’s senior advisers fear leaving him alone in meetings with foreign leaders out of concern he might speak out of turn.

It’s been widely rumoured/speculated that the White House "significant person of interest" is Jared Kushner:

Vox: It’s becoming increasingly clear that Jared Kushner is part of Trump’s Russia problem

(Via [personal profile] robynbender, this: https://twitter.com/bornmiserable/status/865695064722251776 Once this has been pointed out, it's hard to stop noticing it.)

Raw Story: White House looking at ethics rule to weaken special investigation: sources

The two people this could potentially block investigation into are Kushner and Manafort.

This also suggests it’s Kushner:

NBC News: Jared Kushner Under Scrutiny in Russia Probe, Officials Say

And late on Friday, we enter holy shit territory once more:

WaPo: Russian ambassador told Moscow that Kushner wanted secret communications channel with Kremlin

Cut for length )
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I have been saving so many links, so here they are. Lots of sad and/or upsetting stuff, but that's the fucking world we live in.

Everybody has heard about the devastating explosion in Manchester at the Ariana Grande concert. What miserable fucker targets children? Jesus. Anyway, Ariana Grande was new to me but this touching essay explained who she is and why so many children were at the concert: Manchester's heartbreak: 'I never grasped what big pop gigs were for until I saw one through my daughter's eyes': Music aimed at teenage girls is derided but the likes of Ariana Grande provide the kind of empowering, transcendent experience that terrorists hate. Written by a dad.

I'm equally sure that everyone has read The Atlantic's essay "My Family's Slave," which left me puzzled and disturbed. I found this article helpful: It Is Really Important to Humanize Evil. Normal people -- people who otherwise have no signs of derangement or a lack of a grip on basic human moral principles -- do evil stuff all the time.

Fivethirtyeight has an excellent graphic about mortality rates in the United States. Really shocking differences among different counties, and don't neglect the drop-down box so you can select specific causes of death. Also click the word "play" to see how mortality rates have changed since 1980.

I had never heard of the journal Evonomics before, but somehow I bumped into this essay, The Future of Work, Robotization, and Capitalism's Ability to Generate Useless Jobs. This is something I actually think about, no doubt due to reading so much Kim Stanley Robinson, but what will people do when robots and computers can do most of the work? I firmly believe that if a computer can do a job, it should do the job -- but where does that leave people? That's one of the biggest taboos of our times. Our whole system of finding meaning could dissolve like a puff of smoke.

I blame Nigel Farage for a lot of bad shit. Read him shoot himself in the foot: They Will Always Hate Me: Nigel Farage loves giving interviews. But if you ask him about his connections to Russia and about the consequences of Brexit, he'll put a stop to the conversation. Fucker.

I think this is an important discussion -- nominally it's a review of three books but it's a lot more than that: 'Bullshit is a greater enemy than lies' -- lessons from three new books on the post-truth era. I have the book On Bullshit by Harry G. Frankfurt, and it is absolutely a must-read. Every library must own a copy by now, so go read it. I haven't read the other books discussed in the article, but they sound pretty good, too. [The bullshitter] does not reject the authority of the truth, as the liar does, and oppose himself to it. He pays no attention to it at all. By virtue of this, bullshit is a greater enemy of truth than lies are. You can't say that often enough: BULLSHIT IS A GREATER ENEMY OF TRUTH THAN LIES ARE.

A wonderful speech by the mayor of New Orleans about why they are removing the old Confederate monuments in the city. We have to reaffirm our commitment to a future where each citizen is guaranteed the uniquely American gifts of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Librarians are awesome.

And Then There Were N-One, a short story by Sarah Pinsker that I really enjoyed. Science fiction. Cool.

That's a good place to end, I think. Here in the States it's Memorial Day weekend. It used to be called Decoration Day, which Wikipedia (an interesting read) says originated in the American Civil War. For me, it has another significance: on that day this year, Webster and I celebrate our 37th anniversary.
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It's time for our regular reccer recruiting post (overdue actually *wince*), and to look ahead to the next month. So far we have four volunteer reccers who signed up for June with these fandoms:

* Dragon Age ([personal profile] dreamkist)
* Narnia ([personal profile] turlough)
* Stargate Atlantis ([personal profile] mific)
* Teen Wolf ([personal profile] ceares)

So while we already have a few recs to look forward to in June, it would of course be awesome if we had some more recs. There is still plenty of opportunity for you to jump in and volunteer to rec next month (or to convince your friends to do some reccing). And many cheers for all of our members who volunteer to rec, especially if you rec regularly. Your valiant repeat efforts keep the comm alive.

Looking even further ahead so far only ONE reccer has volunteered for July, so that month definitely still needs some love (and recs! *g*) too. So please consider reccing in a fandom of your choice, whether small or huge, and comment on the sign-up post and volunteer for June, July or even further ahead if you are so well organized, that you know your fannish interests and time commitments in advance. It's only four recs as a minimum, and you can rec any genre or rating. Or promote us to your friends or in your favorite communities so others do the work.

Open Rec Posting

The monthly open reccing period for all members starts now and lasts until the end of May. Since the general prompts don't seem to work as inspiration, I've decided to stop adding them, but to keep the open reccing period in case anyone wants to slip a rec in, without having to come up with three others for a fandom. However the recs do still have to conform to the usual rec format and follow the rules for what is allowed to be recced here.

(Comments here are disabled, because I want to bundle volunteering in the sign-up post so that nothing gets lost, and you can see the list of claimed slots there too.)
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Thick as Thieves: The Queen's Thief #5, Megan Whalen Turner: Kamet is a slave in the Mede Empire. Secretary to a powerful man close to the emperor, Kamet is content with his office, his scrolls, and the power he wields over his master's other slaves. Then an Attolian soldier offers to bring Kamet to Attolia.

I love how smart Kamet is about human behavior and the way he uses it to their advantage, though I am mystified that he, himself, is so easy to read. People read his mind multiple times, like take the words right out of it, and most of them don't even know him that well. So perhaps, as a slave, he wasn't as successful at schooling his expression as he thought he was, but in this world where your gods come down to talk to you, it's distracting because I kept thinking of supernatural explanations. Instead, he's probably just incredibly transparent, and maybe, since this is his account of events, likes the humor of exposing his thoughts so exactly, a reversal of the Senabid jokes with the clever slave and idiot master. Maybe, in this way, Kamet is acknowledging his past prejudices by making himself the butt of the joke.

Kamet goes through a lot in a short time, and his relationship with the Attolian basically carries the whole book, in between all the stabbings and such, and I enjoyed their interactions and the partnership they build. I missed Gen so much though—the Attolian's little remarks about him killed me: "No one knows what my king knows." My kink is people realizing that Gen is more than he seems, and this series continues to deliver. I loved learning all the details as the story came together, and even though it's been a while since I read the rest of the books and couldn't remember everything, I still had a broad understanding of the way this corner of the world works, and I felt confident enough reading this. Like I knew who the Attolian was even if I couldn't remember his real name. But mostly this is a story about Kamet and Mede and doesn't depend too much on past events. As long as you're familiar with the series, you should be okay, but a reread of Queen of Attolia and/or King of Attolia wouldn't be amiss. If you haven't read any of the books, this isn't the place to start. But—good news!—I highly recommend the series. It's filled with masterful character work, and this book is no exception.

Contains: violence, animal harm, mention of miscarriage, suggestion of sexual assault.

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