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Apr. 21st, 2019 11:19 pm
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[personal profile] twistedchick
Secrecy, double-dealing and greed at the NRA. From the article:

LaPierre is right that the N.R.A. is troubled; in recent years, it has run annual deficits of as much as forty million dollars. It is not unusual for nonprofits to ask prospective donors to help forestall disaster. What is unusual is the extent to which such warnings have become the central activity of the N.R.A. Even as the association has reduced spending on its avowed core mission—gun education, safety, and training—to less than ten per cent of its total budget, it has substantially increased its spending on messaging. The N.R.A. is now mainly a media company, promoting a life style built around loving guns and hating anyone who might take them away.


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A market-driven Green New Deal would be unstoppable.

Another way of looking at detail in the Mueller Report.

Safety over scale: more and safer ride-sharing start-ups.

The burning houses of worship we don't hear about.

Why chickens are more than bird brains.

Could letting land lie fallow every few years aid in carbon capture?
petra: Text: Eternal Quest - See Quest, Eternal. Quest, Eternal - See Eternal Quest. (DWJ - Eternal Quest)
[personal profile] petra
Gnomic utterances (5 drabbles) by Petra
Fandom: The Chronicles of Chrestomanci - Diana Wynne Jones, Dogsbody - Diana Wynne Jones, The Tough Guide to Fantasyland - Diana Wynne Jones, Magids Series - Diana Wynne Jones, The Magicians (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Quentin Coldwater, Julia Wicker, Eliot Waugh
Additional Tags: Crossover, Drabble Sequence
Summary:

What would The Magicians be like if Quentin had loved Diana Wynne Jones instead of Christopher Plover?

Still mad about The Magicians

Apr. 21st, 2019 11:04 am
petra: Text: Eternal Quest - See Quest, Eternal. Quest, Eternal - See Eternal Quest. (DWJ - Eternal Quest)
[personal profile] petra
ETA: The only trouble with doing this as a drabble sequence is that I couldn't get both Magid-Babylon and Quentin vs. the Thornlady into the same story.

Never say you'll never write The Magicians + Diana Wynne Jones, if you're me, or else )
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[personal profile] petra
Me wan go home (100 words) by Petra
Fandom: Schitt's Creek
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Moira Rose, Jocelyn Schitt, Ronnie (Schitt's Creek)
Additional Tags: Women's Chorus, Drabble, Earworm
Summary:

"Of course we'll need someone strong on the solo for this one," Jocelyn said, and smiled at the Jazzagals.

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[personal profile] neotoma
Ramps, melomakarona, almond cake, Greek Easter bread (flavored with mahlep), ramps, kettle popcorn, blueberry cheese and raisin cheese strudel, pink lady apples, apple schnitz, marigold plants, and a Sungold cherry tomato plant, and kisir and a beef borek from the Turkish food stand.

Detective L

Apr. 20th, 2019 06:17 pm
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[personal profile] trobadora
This is not a drill: Detective L is airing on the official Youtube channel, with English subtitles! \o/

The first two episodes premiered just this afternoon, and I've already watched. It's every bit as good as it looked from the trailers and the clips I'd seen. (Here's the latest trailer, and here are some clips.) It's gorgeous and clever and fun, and both Luo Fei (a consultig detective, Bai Yu's character) and Qin Xiaoman (a rookie police officer, played by You Jingru) are delightful.

If you ever wanted (a Chinese version of) Sherlock Holmes teaming up with a young Peggy Carter, in '30s Shanghai - go and watch this. :D

I found a Deadpool vid song

Apr. 20th, 2019 11:46 am
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[personal profile] petra
I'd heard it before, but never with quite the same ears as today: Title of the Song, da Vinci's Notebook.

It might be a little too sincere, but then again Celine Dion only goes to eleven and there she was.
twistedchick: General Leia in The Force Awakens (Default)
[personal profile] twistedchick
So. There was King Robert Baratheon, who died. And for some reason the oldest Lannister took the throne. (I didn't read the books, and I missed this bit of explanation in the series; bear with me.)

Where I came in, the eldest Lannister was still alive, but the crown prince was Cersei's and Jaime's son.

Why wasn't Jaime in line for the throne? Even if Cersei is older, he should have had it by primogeniture, because he's the male (in that medieval world.) If Cersei should have taken presidence, why did her son rule?

Attempting to be less confused, I am.

ETA: Thank you all. I had not considered the Baratheon connection. From what I gathered, Cersei was a) so young and b) not really interesting to Robert Baratheon, but it seems that was not well known to any non-Lannisters.
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[personal profile] petra
This essay by [personal profile] greywash says what I've been feeling. Spoilers all the way down.

The Magicians season 4 ending

Apr. 18th, 2019 01:44 pm
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[personal profile] petra
Spoilers )

Life takes funny turns

Apr. 18th, 2019 11:52 am
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[personal profile] petra
I didn't expect to be distracted from rage at one of my fandoms (loosely defined) by long-awaited new material in another (ditto).

Or, "Thank goodness I can stop fuming over The Magicians' season finale and read the Mueller Report!"

(no subject)

Apr. 18th, 2019 12:19 am
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[personal profile] goseaward
Some thoughts on the Magicians s4 finale. (CW discussion of mental health.) Also please feel free to message me if you need CWs for mental health on the actual show, because you should get them before this episode.

Spoilers for the Magicians s4 finale )

reading wednesday

Apr. 17th, 2019 09:07 pm
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[personal profile] boxofdelights
• What are you reading?

Still Becoming, by Michelle Obama, which keeps getting interrupted by other books; this week it is

The Color Purple, by Alice Walker, for classics book group tomorrow.

• What did you recently finish reading?

Mercury, by Hope Larsen. Interesting story, which I am still thinking about, but I did not like the drawing. Different characters looked too similar and the same character looked too different from one panel to the next. And I don't mean Tara and Josie, who are supposed to look similar; I mean, for example, Josie's mother and the man Josie falls in love with.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

I've got The True Queen, by Zen Cho!
But Bad science : quacks, hacks, and big pharma flacks, by Ben Goldacre
and Multiple sclerosis : a guide for the newly diagnosed , by T. Jock Murray, Carol S. Saunders, Nancy J. Holland are due back at the library.

• What are you watching?

Jasper Jones, directed by Rachel Perkins. I was disappointed by how ineffectual all the female characters were.
petra: Old Luke Skywalker glaring (Luke Skywalker - No)
[personal profile] petra
2019: Look, a published Star Wars novel about Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi-Wan Kenobi titled Master and Apprentice.

Petra: No thanks, I'd rather reread Sith Academy. Or almost anything posted on that old archive. What was it called again?

But seriously, folks, that's the fandom where I figured out that I had a little, tiny, eensy-weensy bit of a power-differential mentor/student kink. If I wrote it, which I don't remember doing, it was under a different pseud and far, far away.

Relatedly, I suspect that someone, somewhere has written something I'd describe as Obi-Wan/Anakin chan, but if so I've never seen it. That's a gap in my life that I do not especially want to fill with my own writing, but would be pleased to fill with just about anyone else's for the sake of completeness. I mean, I ship it, but I don't quite ship it like that, more OT3-leaning.

This has to be said.

Apr. 16th, 2019 07:00 pm
twistedchick: General Leia in The Force Awakens (Default)
[personal profile] twistedchick
Notre-Dame de Paris. Al Aqsa Mosque, Jerusalem. The Tsogyelar Shrine, containing priceless Tibetan relics.

All of them damaged by fire yesterday. All three.

None of them are a subject for humor. None of them are a topic for glee, for schadenfreude. All of them are tragedies, the destruction of places and objects of historical, religious and human value. Each one is a loss to world culture, world knowledge, the cultural inheritance of everyone.

There's a lot of UPG on Facebook and elsewhere about these fires. Some people are reading great or small omens in them; some are using them to denigrate believers of the faiths involved, as if the stone and wood of the buildings created centuries ago were responsible for the behavior of current adherents of the religions they serve. All of that is UPG -- unverified and unverifiable personal gnosis. If you see a fire in a centuries-old building and you have to use that for your own self-aggrandizement, building up your ego on someone else's sorrow, you should see a shrink or a counselor or therapist and do the work to figure out just why you have to put others down to build yourself up.

These three fires are not the only tragedies that happened yesterday. They are ones that affect nations, faiths, and all of humanity in their own ways; that is the difference between them and the fire in the local pizza parlor. All are worthy of respect, in their own way. Millions of Euros have already been donated to rebuild Notre Dame; we do not know how much may have been donated to rebuild Al Aqsa in old Jerusalem; a Facebook benefit has been created to rebuild Tsogyelar Shrine.

(https://www.facebook.com/donate/2535895653091773/10157142723707594/)

If it upsets you that the biggest and best-known disaster is getting the donations, put aside your complaints and donate to a benefit for what you want to support. This is a time to mourn, and to build, and to rebuild, and not to tear down anyone over it.

have I got a deal for you

Apr. 16th, 2019 03:10 pm
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[personal profile] pauraque
Remember when I reviewed the game Submerged and said it was good but overpriced so you should wait for a sale?

That sale is now happening! $1.99 USD on Steam until April 22nd.

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