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Three tiny things. Then three more tiny things. And on we go with our day.

Three tiny things )

Time for another links post!

Sep. 16th, 2014 02:00 am
nikkiscarlet: Mizuno Ami (Sailor Mercury) reading in the bath. ([Sailor Moon] Bathing Bibliophile)
[personal profile] nikkiscarlet
The tabs are starting to pile up again, so here's a few I've been meaning to share:

The Death of Adulthood in American Culture by A. O. Scott is a pretty fascinating read about the traditional concept of adulthood, its links to patriarchy, and questioning whether 'adulthood' was ever really a thing at all.

The above was then analyzed by [twitter.com profile] JeetHeer1, whose response via twitter is outlined here. Often when we say 'response' people think 'rebuttal', but I wouldn't exactly call it a rebuttal so much as a close reading and further questioning. Brings up the point that childhood is just as much a construct as adulthood.

'The List Of Rules For Women' By Jay Smooth Gets Everything Right - delightful.

Badass Digest has an article entitled Total Badass Anita Sarkeesian Reveals Her Radical Plan For Women Online. I haven't really sat down and watched any of Tropes Vs. Women yet, or anything relating to Feminist Frequency, but this whole gamergate thing is just boggling my mind. Like, full disclosure: I haven't looked too deep down that rabbit hole because I'm just not in the habit of actively seeking reasons to be pissed off, but given the circles I run in, you can't really avoid catching wind of some of it, so I'm left just feeling like . . . like, do gamers really, REALLY seriously believe that Sarkeesian is ACTUALLY trying to end all video gaming? Like, really? That's the only reason I can think of for anyone to react as negatively towards her as they have, and it's a profoundly stupid reason. Criticism does not equal a call for destruction. If anything, criticism is what inspires people to make things even more awesome. WHO DOES NOT WANT MORE AWESOME VIDEO GAMES??

Speaking of crises in the gaming world, BebobVox details the Minecraft community's reaction to Microsoft's purchase of Mojang in his latest Minecraft Monday video, showing us exactly why everybody was really hoping the rumors weren't true, and why gamers, YouTubers and server admins are now seriously worried for their community and (in the latter two categories) their jobs.

In lighter news, Ten Second Songs did a cover of Linkin Park's "In The End" in the style of 20 different artists and it's so good you guys.

Also, Bourne's Sleeping Beauty: The Vampire Ballet No One Knew Was Needed was a thing I didn't know I needed. I am getting my hands on the DVD version and I am making this one of my Yuletide nominations, because I see fic potential here, guys. Much fic potential.
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post-tags: instagram, crosspost And then there were two. #bikesf #everydayonabike #multimodal
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I can feel the rumble of the trains as I wait outside.
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post-tags: instagram, crosspost A place for everything and everything in its place: the bike priority area on BART cars. Hint hint BOS.
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post-tags: instagram, crosspost SILVANAS!!! (Filipino meringue and frozen buttercream cookie sandwiches). Got ube + pandan, natch.

Clean...ish

Sep. 15th, 2014 01:19 pm
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I just did the sponja of a lifetime. I'd been negligent in keeping the apartment as clean as I'd like, so I started tracking individual chores through GYD. This is good because that way the chores get divided into easy (wipe the bathroom sink) and difficult (sweep the living room incl. corners). Today I mopped, which is undoubtedly the worst chore of all. Not least because I don't do it often enough, hence the trick with th website that reminds me when I've done it last.

Now I got rid of the last cardboard boxes, and the floor is free of muddy smudges and clean at last. Ish. I mean, any second now I'm gonna start seeing little spots I missed, or little hairs that snuck by my minor compulsive tendencies. But I have gotten the place tolerably clean, even if I haven't yet quite proven that I can keep it sensibly so. Mopping every other week seems reasonable, if I sweep frequently in the meantime. Let's see if I can hold myself to that.
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post-tags: instagram, crosspost Making the pilgrimage for some real pizza.
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Speculative Fiction from the Margins of History
Edited by Rose Fox and Daniel José Older

Table of Contents
Sofia Samatar – “Ogres of East Africa”
Thoraiya Dyer – “The Oud”
Tananarive Due – “Free Jim’s Mine”
S. Lynn – “Ffydd (Faith)”
Sunny Moraine – “Across the Seam”
Rion Amilcar Scott – “Numbers”
Meg Jayanth – “Each Part Without Mercy”
Claire Humphrey – “The Witch of Tarup”
L.S. Johnson – “Marigolds”
Robert William Iveniuk – “Diyu”
Jamey Hatley – “Collected Likenesses”
Michael Janairo – “Angela and the Scar”
Benjamin Parzybok – “The Colts”
Kima Jones – “Nine”
Christina Lynch – “The Heart and the Feather”
Troy L. Wiggins – “A Score of Roses”
Nghi Vo – “Neither Witch Nor Fairy”
David Fuller – “A Deeper Echo”
Ken Liu – “Knotting Grass, Holding Ring”
Kemba Banton – “Jooni”
Sarah Pinsker – “There Will Be One Vacant Chair”
Nnedi Okorafor – “It’s War”
Shanaé Brown – “Find Me Unafraid”
Nicolette Barischoff – “A Wedding in Hungry Days”
Lisa Bolekaja – “Medu”
Victor LaValle – “Lone Women”
Sabrina Vourvoulias – “The Dance of the White Demons”
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post-tags: instagram, crosspost Mission bell selfie. I made one out of sugar cubes in 3rd grade.
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post-tags: instagram, crosspost Somebody just wants to stay in bed all day long.

Pillow fort.

Sep. 14th, 2014 05:12 pm
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post-tags: instagram, crosspost Pillow fort.

Five things

Sep. 14th, 2014 10:34 am
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[personal profile] batwrangler
1. I have all the clothes I need for this coming week clean and folded.

2. There's a load of dog laundry in the washer.

3. I made up a batch of vinegar-and-dish-soap cleaning solution and scrubbed the shower.

4. I picked up a nice second-hand Altas 150, cleaned it, and am using it to condition clay for the workshop at the end of this month.

5. I found versions of the photos I entered in the town's photo contest that were suitable for sending to the historical society for use in their 2015 calendar and sent them to the historical society.

Games I Have Played

Sep. 14th, 2014 12:30 pm
lea_hazel: Angry General Elodie (Genre: Games)
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Broken Age: First heard of this game through [personal profile] alias_sqbr who warned that she can't explain what's great about this game without spoiling it (or something like that). This is accurate. Read more... )

Unrest: I'm not sure how I stumbled onto this game, but I'm sure glad I did. This is the game I recommended to [personal profile] marina at the birthday party a few weeks ago. The game revolves around a fictional city in a fantasy setting patterned on Indian cultural themes, and as the title implies the political unrest is the major plot element, around which all else revolves. Read more... )

Both these games are filed under the "story-driven" tag on my Steam account.

Sunless Sea: Oh, be still my heart. Speaking of setting as character, welcome to the unterzee! Fallen London's dark underground ocean, which extends from the city of London, to hell's headquarters, to the mouth of the void itself. To quote the tagline, "lose your mind; eat your crew'. Read more... )

Dark Parables series: This one is [tumblr.com profile] faejilly's fault. I will never cease to mention this. It's a series of puzzle games on a theme of twisty fairy tales, which is hard to get bored of. There's about eight or nine games and their all full-priced, so I can't quite justify playing all of them. But puzzle games are lovely and quite distracting, and the extra characterization generated by the odd crossover effect is added value.

Holy crap I rambled.

That did not go quite as planned

Sep. 13th, 2014 10:43 pm
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I tried to take the puppy to a local business's annual customer appreciation day, which they have under a tent in their parking lot (and dogs are welcome), but it turned out they held it at one of their offices in an entirely different town this year. By the time I realized about the location change, it was too late to make to the event.

I did manage to get some dishes and some laundry done, though.

Be still my fangirl heart

Sep. 13th, 2014 02:29 am
nikkiscarlet: Tom Hiddleston biting his finger from the Avengers gag reel ([Avengers] Loki: *bites finger*)
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Welp wasn't planning on falling in love today but ok Jack Strify if you insist.



Sexylovely 80s-inspired synthpop sung by androgynous prettyboys is pretty much my Achilles' Heel. I can't remember the last time I danced, but I bought this EP on iTunes and danced to this on repeat.

Found through [tumblr.com profile] fahrlight, who I started following for her cosplay and who is, it appears, IRL friends with him. Apparently I'm way late to the party on this one though because he was already fairly popular for a while with his old band, Cinema Bizarre. I checked that out too, and while their stuff wasn't bad, I think I actually do prefer his solo stuff so far. He's trying to crowdfund a full-length solo album, and as soon as I know what the hell is going on with my work contract, I'll be pledging for a copy. :3

Polymer Clay Guild

Sep. 12th, 2014 10:51 pm
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Wednesday was our monthly meeting and we took our pasta machines apart for a thorough cleaning prior to conditioning clay for our JRB workshop at the end of the month. We even -- mostly -- managed to get the machines back together again.
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post-tags: instagram, crosspost Also, every lunch should have a local cheese and charcuterie plate. #latergram #nofilter
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post-tags: instagram, crosspost Also, this chilled corn soup was amazeballs. #latergram #nofilter

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