After reading Ursula K. Le Guin's essay on the election, I was, for a few moments, able to breathe deep and focus on the long view. I recommend it to all, especially the anxious & paranoid:
My song for many years was We Shall Overcome. I will always love that song, what it says and the people who have sung it, with whom I marched singing. But I can’t march now, and I can’t sing it any longer.
My song is Ain’t Gonna Study War No More.
Though we’ve had some great scholars of peace, such as Martin Luther King, studying it is something Americans have done very little of.
The way of the warrior admits no positive alternatives to fighting, only negatives — inertia, passivity, surrender. Talk of “waging peace” is mere glibness, you can’t be aggressively peaceful. Reducing positive action to fighting against or fighting for, we have not looked at the possibility of other forms of action.
Thanks to sonia for the link.
( happy rave about Jessica's work )
It's a free site that steps web-naive designers through enough HTML & CSS to understand initial constraints
The most recent example is the New Year Special: The Abominable Bride. You can read the entire show thanks to arianedevere's loving transcripts:
( Satisfying Hate-reading )
( Another Fandom Rescue by Plaid Adder )
iDAMN iHATE iTunes
(I'd somehow created dup music folders. Good thing I only have ~2000 songs or my poor drive would have keeled. If you use a Mac and ever have to delete more than 50 iTunes duplicates, do yourself a favor and spend $8 for Dupin Lite 2 from this Apple store link.)
It's like Apple's software division has no overall UX chief. Almost every bit of software is uniquely annoying. If you use an Apple device, what's the software you hate most right now?
(Can I have Eudora back?) Speaking of which, recognize my icon?
I just reread the two parts of the Watches 'verse, and my it is tasty. ( details inside )
John in empty rooms with empty faces. An excellent post-Reichenbach constructed-reality vid to Vienna Tang’s 1BR/1BA ... but title is Sherlocked to be 22)1BR/1BA. . purplefringe matches the violins in the music to that tall violinist in canon, and I couldn’t watch without crying.
Made by jmoriartyx aka Whitney. The scary approach/avoidance relationship between Sherlock and Moriarity set to the catchiest damn song of this summer, Call me maybe. Expert, AMV-level lip-synching.
Oh, the places it takes me!
Places I didn't even know existed. Like this sweet, funny, punny, ethical, sexy, thought-provoking story called "Kidentity" from an anonymous kink meme. Contains underage sex: Rodney's current personality & cognition is handwaved into the body of a 12-year-old.
Since it's anon, I don't know who to thank. Anon claims to be new to SGA fandom; augurs well. If, like me, you didn't know that what you really needed was an anon kink_meme, visit this Delicious node to browse for more.
And in gloomy news: In order to keep Lucy from leaping up to maintain her customary broadcast re: neighborhood doings, we've closed all the blinds at her eye level. Also makes for darkness in the house. I'm glum. She's really glum. We do a potty run on a leash; otherwise she doesn't even lift her head when we come into the room. I don't know if she's emanating depression or I'm reading it, or both. Can't wait until we can start letting her be a dog again.
There's a YouTube trailer
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begin quote But one of the advantages of comics is that you're drawing frame after frame after frame, so almost in the background scenes you can create this atmosphere that's following the reader around, that doesn't necessarily relate to the foreground action but is somehow always present. For example, the way the buildings look—I can show that over and over again in the background, so in some ways I think you can really put the reader in that place, just with all these repeated images. If there's mud in the background, you can show that in every frame, so the mud is following the reader around. If you're a prose writer, really what you're doing is just mentioning it once, you're not going to keep mentioning it ever few lines—"and by the way, it was really muddy." So it's this constant reminder of what the place looks like. quote ends
(11:14:39 AM) twings: you thought we were X crazyGo, discover how a vid is made, how community is nurtured, how brains are shared, how eruthros and thingswithwings gave each other and all of us 3:53 of zen & glee.
(11:14:44 AM) twings: turns out we're X +7 crazy
The first story is quite brief and, unusually for this show, told solely through pictures and first person narration. It's the surprising tale of urban cowboys: young people whose beautiful horses step proudly along Philadelphia sidewalks until they reach a huge park. There the horses and riders pound down the turf.
The second story introduces us to Mike Phillips, a 27-year-old blogger who has muscular dystrophy. At the time of filming, he can move his facial muscles and one thumb. He had a recent emergency tracheotomy which prevents him from speaking, so he uses a voice synthesizer program to speak.
Remarkably, this story is not about bravery, overcoming, or any other standard disability narrative. It's about families, independence, finding love and freedom via Craigslist. Mike's been able to stay out of a nursing home mainly because his mother has slept by his bedside for most of his life, ready to reconnect any of his life support systems when they fail. Partly thanks to talking about his life via email and in person with the This American Life documentary crew, he's hired his first personal care attendant; he hopes to use Medicaid waivers to eventually move out on his own.
Check Mike's blog, My Whole Expansive I Cannot See, for his thoughts on the process of making the documentary. A nice photo of Mike and his sweetie, Sara, is featured in this pretty good "human interest" piece from his hometown paper, the St Petersburg [FL] Times
This American Life's Escape episode is viewable for a limited (but unknown) time as a teaser on the U.S. Showtime network. (You have to sit through three minutes of commercials first; although the DVD is captioned, the online stream is not.) It's also available from iTunes and Blockbuster, but neither have captions. Grrr.
Here's The Love Song of S Ray Kowalski, a totally-in-character Fraser/RayK post-CotW fic that just so happens to be an hilarious send-up of T.S. Elliot's moody muggle, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. Open that sucker up in another tab, so you can appreciate what a great job metaphoracle did.
So I squeed about this to were_duck, and she kindly pointed me to an even more meta poem. "Searching" by linabean recreates that lost feeling one has when seeking help on a ficfinders/recfinders community, in this case Stargate: Atlantis.
MOAR! I WANT MOAR!
This "No Fear Shakespeare" graphic novel is part of Buns & Noodle's SparkNotes study guide empire, so almost half of the play is restated in "everyday English." Babra wisely restored much of the most understandable original. I've seen & read the play several times, and I still learned things—especially because this edition is entire, with none of the cuts made for most productions.
While anyone interested in Hamlet will love this graphic novel, I particularly commend it as a gateway drug for first-time Shakespeare readers.