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is a fannish auction (a la help_haiti
raising funds to help with recovery efforts after the flooding in Pakistan. I've got an offer up
for a dozen (delicious) bran muffins - be sure to check it - and everything else - out!
* Tamora Pierce has more information
, both on the flooding in Pakistan and the mudslides in China, and a short list of ways to help.
: Better yet, kairia
has a linkspam + list of places to donate
* Folks, a couple things you should know about the 'Ground Zero Mosque': A) it's not a mosque, B) it's not at ground zero and C) it's not being built by extremists. It is, in fact, a community center being built two blocks away on the site of an old Burlington Coat Factory. Ebert says some smart things about it
. So does Charlie Brooker
and Daryl Lang
. You can learn more about the Park51 Community Center at their website
* Satoshi Kon, director of Millenium Actress, Tokyo Godfathers, Perfect Blue, and the tv show Paranoia Agent, passed away Monday
. He was 46 and a brilliant director; animation - hell, movies in general - has lost a lot with his death.
* Also, Studio Ghibli will close
if their next film doesn't do well at the box office. This can't happen
, folks. Studio Ghibli gave us Totoro, Kiki's Delivery Service, Princess Mononoke, Spirited Away, Castle in the Sky, Porco Rosso, Ponyo, Howl's Moving Castle and other amazing films - I don't want to imagine a world where there aren't any more.
* The Accidental Hedonist has information
on the US egg recall and how you can tell if you've got bad eggs.
* Philadelphia is requiring
bloggers who have advertising on their site buy a business privilege license and pay taxes on any profits they make.
* I knew that Greek and Roman art was a lot brighter then their white marble remnants imply, but seeing them digitally repainted
is still stunning.
* Inception fandom is still going strong and brings us wonderful things like How to Dress Your Man/Character: An Informal Tutorial Heavy on the PicSpam
and the Saito and Cobb Ship Manifesto
* I got my art draft for c_im_bigbang
under the wire, hurray! Author claims are currently in progress, I am pretty excited about the one who claimed me.
* Sanctuary continues to be terrible (though not as much as the first season) and I love it anyway. Possibly because it is really, incredibly gay. Seriously, no matter how gay you think your 'ship is (unless it is a canon 'ship), Henry and Bigfoot are gayer.Originally posted at http://effex.dreamwidth.org/86857.html. comment(s) on that entry.
This weekend, I:( Bought and watched 'The Losers' (vague spoilers)Collapse )( Saw 'Inception' (vague spoilers)Collapse )( Fic recs for 'The Losers' and 'Inception'Collapse )
* Read 'Soulless' by Gail Carriger, which I disliked intensely. I had planned a rant for this space but, honestly, it's not worth the effort. Suffice to say I found it clunky, cliched and stereotyped past offensiveness (Lord Akeldama and his prancing droney-poos, oh my god
). Also, the steampunk was pasted on.
* Started setting up my workspace! We were using my personal/freelance PC to run the TV, but I've borrowed my sister's old tower off from parents to use instead and moved mine over to the desk (also borrowed). Tonight I'll unpack my many, many art supplies onto the nearby shelves and set up the peripherals (printer, scanner, data storage). Hurray for having a creative space again!
* Played Dragon Age: Origins. I'm only just past Lothering (heading into the Circle Tower) and holy cow, I love this game. Not gonna lie, I started playing to see the hot elf-on-man action, but then it turned out to be good
. And full of Alistair, whom I adore (why can't my dude bag him instead? Do want!).Originally posted at http://effex.dreamwidth.org/83569.html. comment(s) on that entry.
DALLAS = STILL HOT. And overly pollinated. And yesterday, while I was home sick, ants
crawled out of a hole in the bathroom
and got into Suzie's cat food dish (which I keep in my bedroom). My roommate and I killed all the ants we could find and blocked up the hole with cinnamon (an effective ant deterrent, turns out) but we didn't find all of them... which meant I spent the rest of the day with ants popping up in random places (including on me
) in my bedroom.
I hate summer. I really, really do.
On the upside, I cleaned the hell out of the bathroom, then the kitchen (better safe, etc), and lit a couple cinnamon candles. Mmm, cinnamon.
* To Kill a Mockingbird, Huck Finn, High School Curriculums, and Canon
Basically: I see some very compelling arguments for seriously downgrading where Huck Finn and To Kill a Mockingbird tend to stand in high school curricula, and even for removing them from high school curricula altogether. Additionally, I get growly when the ALA holds up Huck Finn as OMG THEY WANT TO BAN THIS BELOVED AND WHOLLY WORTHY CLASSIC, SEE HOW WRONG AND MISGUIDED BOOK BANNERS ARE? I've yet to see evidence that anyone is trying to remove Huck Finn from school libraries or otherwise prevent access to it; the usual reason Huck Finn gets on that list is because a parent is trying to have the wholly reasonable discussion of what is worth spending class time on, how, and at what personal costs to which students.
* From the Washington Post:
"Top Secret America" is a project nearly two years in the making that describes the huge national security buildup in the United States after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
When it comes to national security, all too often no expense is spared and few questions are asked - with the result an enterprise so massive that nobody in government has a full understanding of it. It is, as Dana Priest and William M. Arkin have found, ubiquitous, often inefficient and mostly invisible to the people it is meant to protect and who fund it.
has collected links to articles discussing homophobia and homophobic violence worldwide. WARNING: RAPE AND ASSAULT TRIGGERS
* On BoingBoing - Donor 45: The weird world of AIDS "non-progressors"
: Last week, news broke that antibodies discovered in a man known only as Donor 45 could, potentially, be used to create a vaccine to protect against HIV/AIDS.
* Mental Floss has a roundup
of interesting library-related links.
* Looks like the rest of the big manga scanslation sites are shutting down - OneManga just announced
that they plan to have all scans off the site by next week. It'll be interesting to see how this develops (though on a selfish level I'm worried about how this will affect our Hikaru no Go reread
* I'm really loving the interview with Michael DiMartino and Bryan Konietzko (creators of A:TLA) about The Legend of Korra
. Also, via cofax07
, have a hi-res version
of the promo image!Originally posted at http://effex.dreamwidth.org/83293.html. comment(s) on that entry.
Signal boosting some amazingly bad news (aka part 234611 of LJ Wants To Fuck You Over) via bookshop
Purging inactive accounts will take place...probably in late August. A journal is defined as inactive if it has not been logged into for 24 consecutive months. A community is defined as inactive if has not been updated for 24 consecutive months. Once an account is eligible to be purged for inactivity, the owner will be sent an email to alert them of the inactive status. The owner will then have two weeks to log into the journal or post to their community to prevent it from being deleted. If the owner does not log in or post, the account will be deleted and treated like any other deleted account (the owner will have 30 days to log in and undelete the account to prevent it from being purged).
In addition to every journal and comm inactive since mid 2008 being purged, all of the comments they've made on other journals and comms will be wiped. Every role playing account, every fic and fan art journal, every challenge comm, everything. EDIT:
LJ's posted a clarification
(or is it a change? I need to do some poking around).
A journal is defined as inactive if it has not been logged into for 24 consecutive months and has only one post (i.e., the welcome post). A community is defined as inactive if has not been updated for 24 consecutive months and has only one entry and no comments.EDIT 2: cesperanza
has some musings
.Original post at LJ NewsAja's first post, now with updates and additional infoOriginally posted at http://effex.dreamwidth.org/82821.html. comment(s) on that entry.
* The Last Airbender opens on the 5th. ssj10 lays out
why you shouldn't see it: If you pay for this movie, knowing full well why its cast and its production are racist and problematic, then you are actively, in good conscience, supporting institutionalized racism. Period.
* Related: Racialicious' Of Hollywood and 'the American People': How the status quo is maintained
and The Hathor Legacy's classic Why film schools teach screenwriters not to pass the Bechdel test
* In comics news, DC's been killing off or otherwise sidelining heroes of color in favor of white characters. And they're being assholes when confronted about it. Racialicious talks about it here
and A. Lee Martinez takes a whack at it here
. Now with bonus misogyny
* There's an active conversation about scans/scanslations over in the manga blogosphere - Erica Friedman has The Solution to the Scanslation Solution
to Hooded Utilitarian) and Jake Forbes has Dear Manga, You Are Broken
and Dear Manga, a Postscript
. Some of you might have noticed that MangaFox was asked to take down
the licensed properties on their site and complied - chances are good OneManga and other distribution sites will follow.
* On the NYTimes - In Nigeria, Oil Spills are a Longtime Scourge
: The Niger Delta, where the wealth underground is out of all proportion with the poverty on the surface, has endured the equivalent of the Exxon Valdez spill every year for 50 years by some estimates. The oil pours out nearly every week, and some swamps are long since lifeless.
* Discussion about the current round of Racefail is still going strong - amazonziti
's original links+ discussion post
reached it's LJ limit, you can find the new one here
. There are many, many worthwile essays to read through but I especially want to point out facetofcathy
's How Could They? How Could Anyone?
's On Fandom Reactions
ON BOTH OF THESE (abusive relationships):
* Fugitivus - On Interpersonal Badness
: If somebody is putting in the work to knock you down, it’s because they’ve got something to fear about you if you’re standing up.
* From issendai
- How to Keep Someone With You ForeverAND ALSO THIS
(body image, fat shaming):
* Golda Poretsky over at Body Love Wellness has an interview with Kai Hibbard, a finalist on The Biggest Loser: From seeing her fellow contestants forced to workout with injuries against doctor’s orders, to the extreme dehydration prior to weigh-ins, to the resultant eating disorder that Kai still is working to heal, the story she told was nothing like the fantasy that the Biggest Loser seeks to promote.
| Part one
| Part two
| Part three
Also, Perez Hilton is a plagiarist
* Via redroanchronicles
- Your Office Chair Is Killing You
. Eep. [mentally rearranges home office]
* cleolinda talks about
the tent city that sprung up for the 'Eclipse' premiere. 'Ware the comments on the linked ONTD post.Originally posted at http://effex.dreamwidth.org/80058.html. comment(s) on that entry.
A heads up, folks - there's a fresh round of racefail going on over at the SPN/J2 Big Bang, centered around the fic Caught Between the Earth and Sky
. We're not talking minor fail, either. We're talking:
Warnings/Spoilers: angst, bad words, m/m sex, non-graphic death of children
Summary: The setting is Haiti, post-earthquake. Jensen Ackles is an American doctor who's running from his past, trying to make up for his mistakes in this broken place and live up to the promise he made to his brother half a lifetime ago. Jared Padalecki is a naive photojournalist who's hiding from himself, hoping to find one more story in a place already forgotten by the rest of the world. When he learns about all the good things Jensen and his friend, Haitian nurse Abraham Joseph, are doing around the ravaged country, he thinks he's found his story. Jensen, of course, thinks otherwise. But Jared is nothing if not persistent, and when circumstances work to throw them together, he quickly learns that Dr. Jensen Ackles is more than just a story and that sometimes, stories can become personal.
And it gets worse from there.
waded through the story and posted the really choice
* The fic's spnpermanon
thread is here
has an extensive link roundup and commentary here
has a couple more links here
, with discussion in the comments.
This is fucked up, y'all. It's racist, exploitative, compassionless and NOT OKAY. Also NOT OKAY is the way noone - not her artist, not her beta, not her pre-readers, not a good chunk of her reader-readers - noticed anything was wrong
. What the hell, people.Originally posted at http://effex.dreamwidth.org/79232.html. comment(s) on that entry.