Summer Sunshine 75/84

Aug. 18th, 2017 04:01 am
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Posted by Erin Ptah

Thorn: Sorry . . . I should ask before touching. I know. You deserve . . .

Leif: It’s okay! You can touch me like this as much as you want. I like it.

What I don’t like so much is this scarf.

Thorn: It’s not the cutest, is it? Try some of the others.

Thorn (thinking): Oh, good, he liked an expensive one. If I can’t buy his fifty-million-mark freedom, the least I can do is buy him a fifty-crown accessory.

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Aug. 17th, 2017 11:06 pm
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Fandom: Bandom (MCR)
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Frank Iero & Gerard Way
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital drawing with embedded tweets
Artist on DW/LJ: N/A
Artist Website/Gallery: [tumblr.com profile] witchboyiero

Why this piece is awesome: Expert cartoon-style drawing in this series of illustrations for a twitter account about MCR badfic. I also like how the inspirational tweets are placed to balance out the drawn portion. Any day now I'll stop reccing Frank/Gerard fancomics, but this one is hilarious. Features circa-2005 Revenge-era Gerard and Frank and Gerard's snake tongue going in one of Frank's ears and out the other.

Link: drawing tweets from badmcrfics tweets aka my biggest artistic regret yet

Left Behind and Trumpism

Aug. 17th, 2017 10:48 pm
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Posted by Fred Clark

The Left Behind series sold more than 65 million copies. I can't offer a precise Venn diagram comparing those 65 million readers with the just-under 63 million Americans who voted for Donald Trump, but I would imagine the overlap in the middle would be pretty big. Their appeal is the same, and so is the audience.

Symmetry

Aug. 17th, 2017 02:32 pm
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Author: Lady-Dragonguardian
Sailor Moon
English, Rated: K
General/Romance
Characters: Mamoru C./Darien S./Tuxedo Kamen, Usagi T./Serena/Bunny/Sailor Moon, Shitennou/Generals, Inner Senshi/Inner Scouts
Chapters: 1, Words: 9,748, Reviews: 0, Rated: K, Complete
An exuberant Minako trying to play matchmaker with the Senshi and Shitennou? With no previous knowledge of their past relationships? What could possibly go awry?

Linkspam Confronts Hates At Home

Aug. 17th, 2017 09:16 pm
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Alex Schiffer @ Washington Post: Teen tackled by bystanders after vandalizing Boston Holocaust memorial
It was the second act of vandalism in less than three months at the site, located in Carmen Park near historic Faneuil Hall.

Steve LeBlanc @ US News: Gov. Baker Signs Resolution Denouncing White Nationalism
BOSTON (AP) — Republican Gov. Charlie Baker joined with Democratic leaders to sign a resolution Thursday denouncing neo-Nazism and white nationalism.


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Tala no more

Aug. 17th, 2017 07:40 pm
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When she’s seven Tala moves from Motunui to New Zealand. English doesn’t quite wrap around her tongue properly and her parents are both factory workers and when people start telling her to shut up, she listens.

Or how the name Tala loses its meaning.

Words: 1013, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

Series: Part 1 of Moana and Modern-Day Stereotypes

Somebody Worthy of Being Saved

Aug. 17th, 2017 08:05 pm
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A selfish trickster. That's all Tala's ever thought of Maui, because that's all she's ever seen him be. He stole the Heart of Te Fiti, he locked Moana in a cavern in an attempt to steal her boat, and he abandoned her to the sea when she needed him most.

But what she doesn't know about Maui is that he's got a soft side. That he actually, truly does care for Moana, and that he's willing to go out of his way if it means that she gets to be happy. And as someone who's only grown up with stories depicting Maui as malicious, as someone who cares for nobody but himself, it's pretty shocking to Tala when she witnesses this softer side of Maui with her own two eyes.

Words: 2767, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

[ SECRET POST #3879 ]

Aug. 17th, 2017 07:05 pm
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⌈ Secret Post #3879 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.

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Secrets Left to Post: 01 pages, 10 secrets from Secret Submission Post #555.
Secrets Not Posted: [ 0 - broken links ], [ 0 - not!secrets ], [ 0 - not!fandom ], [ 0 - too big ], [ 0 - repeat ].
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Posted by Mark Oshiro

In the nineteenth episode of the second season of Enterprise, Archer is accused of treason by the Klingon Empire. Intrigued? Then it’s time for Mark to watch Star Trek.

Trigger Warning: For talk of imperialism, anti-refugee sentiment

Holy shit, THIS WAS GREAT.

If you’ll recall (and I mentioned it on video), I realized fairly early into Enterprise that the placement of the show within Star Trek‘s canon meant that there were few opportunities for Enterprise to do anything with the Klingons aside from portraying them as hyper-violent and imperialistic. I figured that since this took place before The Undiscovered Country and the Klingon treaty, canon couldn’t change much.

That might still be the case, but OH MY GOD, this was such a satisfying example of me being proved wrong. If change was going to come to the Klingon empire and to Klingon culture, then it hard to start somewhere. And in this case, it appears to have started with just one person: Kolos, the advocate that Archer is assigned when he’s accused of treason.

I’m so fascinated by half the writing choices for “Judgment,” mainly because with each new twist, this script commits to the things it puts on the page. It doesn’t dance away from uncomfortable epiphanies or the weight of what each of these twists actually mean. But my god, does it ever examine what it means to be Klingon in this specific time period! It’s frustrating to watch, of course, because the “tribunal” that Archer is subjected to feels utterly absurd. Not only is it unlike what counts as justice on Earth, there’s virtually no attempt to give fairness to Archer in any form. The opposing counsel calls a witness who distorted the truth to make himself look better after Archer and the Enterprise kicked his ass. The judge appears to love being inflammatory. Archer’s advocate LITERALLY GIVES UP WHEN IT IS HIS TURN TO PROVIDE ARCHER’S DEFENSE.

Even then, before we get to The Thing, this story is still massively messed up. Turns out that Archer really wasn’t trying to foment a rebellion. What he does admit to, however, is taking on a group of refugees whose home world had been ransacked by the Klingons, depleted of all resources, and left to die. I suppose if merely taking them in and helping them counts as starting a rebellion, then Archer would have straight-up admitted to that. What the Klingons did to this unnamed culture is horrific, and its cruelty is part of what pushes Kolos to change his views on Klingon justice. (A small part, I should say.) According to Klingon traditions of honor, there’s little to celebrate in doing something so terrible to a “weaker” people. (And obviously, even viewing other races/species through this lens is a hot mess.) So what does that mean in terms of justice? How does the tribunal serve honor?

This episode makes the convincing case that not only has the Klingon court system turned into a joke, but Kolos was complicit in that happening. Of everything here, y’all, that’s the one detail I found most important: Kolos is not left off the hook for spending nearly twenty years letting injustice and dishonor happen. Does it absolve him of what he’s done? No, and I don’t think “Judgment” makes that case, either. Instead, Kolos fights for Archer’s right to a fair defense, and he puts up one hell of a fight. When Archer’s death sentence is commuted, though, there’s still another injustice tacked on to it: Archer must spend the rest of his life on Rura Penthe, which is pretty much a death sentence. Kolos’s reaction is perhaps my favorite moment in the whole episode. He furiously rejects the illogical nature of the magistrate, and then GETS HIMSELF CONVICTED OF CONTEMPT AND PUT IN RURA PENTHE FOR A YEAR.

And then the show actually puts both of them in the mines. I kept expecting some last minute save that would prevent this from happening, and I even anticipated that Kolos would succeed in his defense of Archer. But nope, both men are forced to pay the price for what they’ve done, and THEY GET SHIPPED TO RURA PENTHE. Then – because this episode is never enough!!! – when Archer is rescued through backchannels by T’Pol and Malcolm, Kolos rejects help. HE REFUSES A DEUS EX MACHINA. Like?!!?!?! It’s such an unexpected twist, but it also hits way harder. Kolos submits himself to a year in the very place he helped send countless “guilty” people. Again: not a solution or an absolution in any way, but it’s a start. It’s easy to imagine that Kolos survived that year and then made changes to Klingon’s legal system, even if we don’t see that at all. Ah, what a satisfying end, y’all. Bravo!

The video for “Judgment” can be downloaded here for $0.99.

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A Last Drink with Mephistopheles

Aug. 17th, 2017 08:22 am
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Posted by Cypher DS

Author: Cypher DS
Puella Magi Madoka Magica/魔法少女まどか★マギカ
English, Rated: T
Family/Drama
Chapters: 1, Words: 4,583, Reviews: 3, Rated: T, In-Progress
On the evening before Walpurgisnacht descends on Mitakihara City, Kyubey has a chance encounter with a former magical girl candidate who refused his call: Junko Kaname.
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This is factually untrue - I just finished a new book yesterday - but it does feel that way.

Recommend something to me! Especially nonfiction - I really don't read much of that, so I can promise that I'll never have read whatever you recommend! (Whereas if you recommend anything kidlit or YA there's better than even odds that I've read it.)

Later I'll post up my own list of random recommendations for everybody, but right now I really must dash.
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(I tried to make this post more cohesive than it is. I really did! Pretend it worked?)

At last, I know what a childhood of X-Men reading prepared me for: coping with the severe cognitive dissonance when different components of/perspectives on a fictional world are staggeringly different from each other in tone.

Except that, where X-Men (and similar) comics have passed through countless creative teams over several decades (and are a big enough thing to have all kinds of quirky sideline projects), in this case, said staggeringly-different aspects are written by the same person.

I'm now mostly caught up on K.B. Spangler's work in the A Girl and Her Fed (AGAHF) universe, which consists of the ongoing A Girl and Her Fed webcomic and five novels (so far), one of which is Not Like The Others. Oh, and the first of a planned series of novellas cheerfully (and accurately) codenamed "Joshsmut".

I came at this world...out of order, I guess, in that I started with the novels. I'd heard of the AGAHF comic and had been meaning to read it, but I do better with novels...and I didn't really realize how intertwined the projects are. Here's an io9 review of Digital Divide, the first Rachel Peng novel. (Four of the five novels currently available focus on Rachel.)

(Note: I'd heard of A Girl and Her Fed off and on for at least a few years, and had it on my to-read list before I mentally connected it to the Rachel books, but I never really looked into what it is...even though I always tripped, and still trip, over the title because I always parse it wrong. My instinct is still to read the "fed" as a conjugation of "feed", not as "federal agent", which makes no sense at all. How am I STILL DOING THAT?)

So Rachel was my gateway. Rachel as we meet her is a smart, driven, ex-military federal employee who's working as the liaison between the D.C. police force and her own federal agency, OACET, which is made up entirely of a large group of cyborgs. More specifically, a large group of cyborgs created in a catastrophically flawed project that took some of the best and brightest young civil servants from across the federal government, put chips in their heads, and left them collectively traumatized and disturbingly overpowered.

Emphasis on the "collectively". The (functionally nonexistent) "So You're A Cyborg" manual didn't have a chapter for "Welcome to Your New Hivemind! (Please stop screaming! Everyone can hear you!)"

Rachel's books start several years after all that, and several months after she's joined the above-mentioned police force, for the express purpose of helping to ease the public into the idea that Cyborgs Are People Too!, and super-useful to boot! And guys, I love Rachel dearly, so she was a great gateway for me. I kept going with her books until I discovered that the sole (so far) Hope Blackwell novel is set before Rachel's fourth book, so I opted to both read that book and finally backtrack to read AGAHF...

And it turns out that my X-Men experience is only barely up to this whole experience. cut for length; there's about as much text under here as there is above )

Two things of note:

1) Spangler is in the process of redrawing the first chunk of AGAHF. I don't know when she started doing that, or how quickly it's progressing, but the result is that the first 90-100 strips or so have been redrawn (each one linking to its original version) and have had some dialogue tightened and some plot holes smoothed out, but then you run out of redrawn art and get dropped into the original art style for a while, and it's...well, it's pretty jarring. (Here is the current/redrawn first comic; here is the original version. So you see.)

2) I'm not great at picking up things that call for content notes/warnings, unless they're pretty obvious. But one thing that bothered me, and recurred often enough that I feel like I ought to mention it, is the frequent use of "psychopath" (plus some instances of "sociopath") as a descriptor. briefly expanding on that; not very spoilery )

Five Things Chien Said

Aug. 17th, 2017 12:23 pm
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Five Things an OTW Volunteer Said

Every month or so the OTW will be doing a Q&A with one of its volunteers about their experiences in the organization. The posts express each volunteer's personal views and do not necessarily reflect the views of the OTW or constitute OTW policy. Today's post is with Chien, who volunteers as a translator.

How does what you do as a volunteer fit into what the OTW does?

As part of the Chinese translating team I assist in putting together Chinese versions for anything the OTW posts online, from AO3 guidelines to write-ups of amicus briefs. Basically I'm part of the bridge of communication that connects the OTW to the Chinese-speaking fannish community, helping to reach out to more people who might be interested in what we do!

What is a typical week like for you as a volunteer?

I joined the OTW right before my last year of high school and now I'm preparing for my UEC certificate exams in October, so generally my week is similar to that of any typical Chinese independent school student -- except I use Google Drive a lot more often! I live in the school dorms too, which (gasp) don't have any WiFi amenities, so I normally make my task for the week available offline and use my smartphone app during the week, then hand it in when I'm home for the weekend to save data charges XD. I also handle the occasional "do you get paid for your work?" from curious dormmates, but overall my work is like a de-stressing pastime for me.

What sorts of OTW content have you worked on?

Other than pages for the AO3 site and legal write-ups, I've done news posts and election manifestos too. I also dip into the Tag Wranglers' chat room to help out with fandom tags. And when I'm 18 in two months I'll apply for Abuse tickets too, because all experience is good experience, no?

What's the most fun thing to you about volunteering for the OTW?

Fandom tags are really great fun, especially when a familiar series pops up every so often (I was so hyped when the first Chinese tags for Yuri!!! on Ice came in.) It also keeps my mind on its toes as I jump back and forth between two languages, and I've always had a thing for linguistics, haha! Plus I've learned more legal terms in the past year than I have in my entire life, which could be a good conversation starter if I need one.

What fannish things do you like to do?

I made my FanFiction.net account when I was twelve, then moved to AO3 after getting into Free! My Tumblr blog is basically a collection of art reblogs from whatever fandoms I'm into, which could be anything from Steven Universe to Game of Thrones. I occasionally rant about issues in the fandom too, when I'm struck by the fancy. Then there's headcanons with fellow fans too, which may or may not be turned into NSFW fics on AO3.


Now that our volunteer’s said five things about what they do, it’s your turn to ask one more thing! Feel free to ask about their work in comments. Or if you'd like, you can check out earlier Five Things posts.

A Last Drink with Mephistopheles

Aug. 17th, 2017 11:27 am
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On the evening before Walpurgisnacht descends on Mitakihara City, Kyubey has a chance encounter with a former magical girl candidate who refused his call: Junko Kaname.

Words: 4326, Chapters: 1/1, Language: English

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Author: Queen Risa
Sailor Moon
English, Rated: T
Romance/Humor
Chapters: 2, Words: 3,569, Reviews: 0, Rated: T, In-Progress
100 Themed Drabbles that show the love of my favorite anime/manga couple. UsaMamo First Season Drabbles.
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Posted by Mark Oshiro

In the sixth episode of the first season of Person of Interest, HELP. Intrigued? Then it’s time for Mark to watch Person of Interest.

Y’all, this show has been consistently good, and each episode has been, at the bare minimum, entertaining to watch. That’s a good baseline to start at, but there’s just so much more going on here ALL THE TIME. Let me start with DETECTIVE CARTER GETTING A STORY THAT ISN’T JUST CHASING AFTER REESE AND BEING TWO STEPS BEHIND HIM. Because y’all, that was starting to get old fast. I’m not sure how sustainable that narrative is because… well, you can’t write one character as competent and cunning, but have them be tricked or fooled episode after episode. It undermines who they are, you know? So I’m glad that this plot, first referenced in “Mission Creep” is part of something much, much larger.

It seems that Carter unknowingly stumbled upon a 30+ year revenge plot, though the plot twist at the end of “The Fix” makes absolutely no sense to me. In terms of the timeline, it makes sense that Carl Elias, Marlene Elias’s surviving son, is the one who had Latimore steal that evidence box from lockup. He then used it to avenge his mother by killing her murderer with the VERY SAME KNIFE. Open-and-shut, though, right? After the murderer’s death, what else is there left for Carl to do? He got what he wanted, right?

SO WHY KILL SULLIVAN? As far as I could tell, Sullivan actually tried to get the killer arrested, but police corruption got the man off scot-free. Is this case of revenge a lot bigger than Carter thought? SHE WAS SO CLOSE. She has a bit of his blood, though, so here’s to hoping she can nail him with that.

As for the main plot, BE STILL MY HEART. I am also very interested in Zoe Morgan, played by the very talented Paige Turco (who fans of The 100 will recognize), becoming a recurring character on this show because PLEASE. She recognizes that Reese has a ton of skills that SHE can USE for HER BENEFIT. She is immensely talented at the sort of political manipulations and balancing acts that she pulls off. REESE DOESN’T INTIMIDATE HER ONE BIT. It’s like Reese has met his match in this character, and I just want so much more??? THE UNDENIABLE TENSION AND SHE EVEN KISSES HIM AT ONE POINT TO PASS ALONG A PAPER CLIP AND there are so many delicious romance tropes in this single episode. HELP ME.

I am not expecting that Morgan will show up again, and even if she does, I’d be perfectly fine if the writers never explored a romance angle either. She was perfectly entertaining and intriguing all her own! And what a story to introduce her in, y’all! Right from the start, Morgan is an exception. Reese follows her after The Machine spits out her number, and it seems clear she’s about to assassinate someone, and then NOPE. She’s revealed to be a fixer, someone paid absurd sums of money to “fix” problems for other people. And as far as I was able to discern, she wasn’t terribly interested in the ethical implications of what she did. She helped returned a cop’s lost gun; she got an incriminating tape back from an online blogger. In short? If it got her money, then it was part of the job.

Actually, that’s doing a bit of disservice to her character, since I don’t want to portray her as someone merely greedy for money. I mean, that apartment in Manhattan was pretty spectacular, but that’s a separate thing. It’s not until later that we get her backstory, told while she and Reese are tied up and facing imminent death at the hands of the pharmaceutical company who had previous hired her. Morgan wanted to be the person who fixed problems after her own father’s political issues were “fixed” by someone with just two words. What those words were is immaterial to the story; it’s the demonstration of power and influence that inspired her.

Yet this specific job ends up having implications Morgan never had to deal with. What if her work guaranteed that tens of thousands of people would die? Is she really “fixing” anything by contributing to that? Look, I don’t think Person of Interest shies away from portraying Morgan as opportunistic or selfish, and I appreciate the layers she has. At the same time, this is her wake-up call, her chance to view herself in terms of complicity. What is she responsible for setting in motion? Granted, it takes an honest-to-god death threat for her to decide that she’s going to double-cross Vertanen (I have no idea if I spelled that right), but at least she gets there.

BUT LET US ALSO TALK ABOUT WHAT THIS STORY MEANS FOR FINCH. I love that we see him get emotional over his connection to this project… or mission? However you’d define it. We get a real sense of his existential anxiety over The Machine and all the people’s numbers it spit out, all while he was unable to do anything about them. In this specific case, Dana Miller – the whistleblower – had her number come up years prior, and Finch was unable to stop her from being murdered by the pharmaceutical company. Now, though? Oh my god, he hurts the owner in the company in the way he knows will be most effective: by stealing all of his money right before the man is indicted on charges of fraud and murder. It’s beautiful, isn’t it? It doesn’t necessarily vindicate Dana’s death, but I’m fascinated by the idea that Finch is trying to actively atone for his past.

The video for “The Fix” can be downloaded here for $0.99.

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