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Rah rah rust, Zombie cheerleader, Lego monsters

- Ethics and a beneficial side effect of the NHS, which arose in my last post (due to via_ostiense's contribution) and is worth top posting imo: one of the benefits of freely available healthcare, especially accident and emergency care, is that normal everyday social interactions such as true accidents are prevented from immediately becoming acrimonious attempts by injured people in mild shock to assign blame to a legally evidential degree. Freely available healthcare = more social cohesion + fewer street incidents needing police attention (= also bad for the income of ambulance-chasing lawyers). I bet it's rare for the social and economic benefits of accidents being agreed to be accidental to be calculated into the value of a National Health Service and other forms of socialised medicine!

- Quote from my current reading for jesse_the_k: "The place Gorsch rented was a shack, really, and in those days shacks were truly shacks." [It's 2015 fanfic but traditionally published as a novel without filing the serial numbers off because the original went out of copyright in 2011.]

- Reading, books 2017: 67

57. Eleven root poems (Undici poesie radice), by Tiziano Fratus, 2000-2017, poetry. (3/5)

• So, firstly I note that that Dōgen was a Japanese Zen Buddhist philosopher and poet whose work is still extremely influential. Secondly I note that in Japanese aesthetics "rust", sometimes synonymous with "patina", is not only decay through time and interaction with environment but also a visual and tactile connection with the history of an object and the past more generally, so a narrow Western perception of "rust" exclusively as corruption often fails to encompass the full textual connotations within traditional Japanese culture (which shouldn't detract from the following poem as an object in its own cultural place and time, obv).

Parola di Dōgen, by Tiziano Fratus

Alla fine della giornata,
mi sono seduto al centro del vuoto:
ho lasciato che l’IO
a cui tanto avevo lavorato si arrugginisse.
Vedevo che l’acqua corrompeva,
ma smisi di preoccuparmene.
L’uomo che si era seduto
non si è più rialzato

English translation. )

someone pls

Jul. 19th, 2017 10:51 pm
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arrest r kelly. and throw him under the jail.
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Yeah. Mozambique decriminalized homosexuality. Fuck the british for criminalizing it in the first place. progress! Let us hope that we can continue to climb up and not fall back down
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poc. matter of fact not even then, i dont trust the showrunners not to fuck it up.
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to run on our tvs an alternate history in which the confederates win the war and black folk are still enslaved up until the present day. in trumpian white nationalism rising america. where police are murdering black folk with impunity and our attorney general is rolling back what little justice reform has been passed and the prisons, full of mostly black folk are boiling hot due to climate change, caused by white folks greed. and an entire city of mostly black folk is out of water and cacthing diseases due to white folks greed. and i could go on and on and on.


When will white folks lose power over us? I would really love to be able to ignore them? That would be paradise, to be able to focus on other things because white folks have lost all power over us.

From my Wordpress blog update.

Jul. 19th, 2017 06:35 pm
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After three days of intensive theory and testing, I am now a certified first-aider. I am over the moon about this, because I fulfilled the promise I’d made for myself a while back. A bit of background why I wanted to learn first aid: my great grandparents from my paternal grandmother’s side of the family were physicians and bone-setters. My great grandmother herself was a herbalist and knew about herbs. So, I couldn’t be a doctor, since I chose the path of a historian – but my interest in medicine and helping people has always been there. The interest spiked while I coped with my chronic illnesses and many health scares.

So, what a week! 🙂
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and am already pissed. the white saviour plotline with will is some white fuckery. the lines those mfs gave that black nurse and what looks like an afro latino cop when they were interacting with a black child that was MAYBE thirteen and gunshot? when cops be shooting black folk in real life like they have a quota on our asses? no ma'am. that is some white supremacy storytelling.

also the dialogue is kinda stiff and overly wordy,several actors had trouble naturally saying their lines. and the pacing is too slow.

look. can we get rid of the idea of diversity in which its vast majority of whites and one of each for everyone else? because its utterly irritating to have to hold your breath and worry about the characterization of the one main POC character that shares your race while white folks can pick and choose freely over their myriad main character options.

and can we have more interracial lgbt couples that DO NOT have a white person as a part of the partnership? and can we have more same race lgbt couples that aint white? i promise you poc same race same sex couples will not destroy the world as we know it, gay creatives; pls stop this shit.


Yeah for the trans actress. yeah for the cinematography. yeah for the idea itself, its pretty interesting. yeah for the characterization of the sensates, they look like interesting people. I am going to see how far i can make thru the series and hopefully even if i have to drop out due to racist and or boring storytelling i might at least be able to look the fanfic and see if i can entertain myself there.

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Jul. 18th, 2017 08:33 pm
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 I can't look at a trailer of Dunkirk without weeping, so this Friday should be an interesting exercise for whatever poor soul is stuck next to me.

In which there is the June Book, 1971

Jul. 18th, 2017 10:13 am
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49. June Book, 1971, annual, comic, girls own. Characterised by many reprints from previous decades. It's telling about the general quality when the old fashioned moralising of The Golden Ballet Shoes was my favourite story! (3/5)

• 2 Illustrated rhyming calendar.

• 3-10 Lucky's Living Doll comic: a Christmas hijinks story, with witchcraft as a positive influence! :-D

• 11-17 Deadline for Danger short story: posh French girl resists the Nazis. Didn't read due to my requirement for anti-Nazi stories in 2017 involving more about contemporary neo-Nazis and related fascists, although I'm sure these stories were more relevant to earlier generations. ::wryface::

• 18-19 Puzzle Pages.

• 20-23 Spring Summer Autumn Winter feature: seasonal fashion and beauty tips.

• 24-31 I was Cinderella comic: our anti-heroine is unfair to her new stepmother, and then runs away to her old Nanny, while the stepmother tries extra hard because she was abused as a child.

• 32 Bunches illustrated verse: about a little girl who wants to grow her hair.

• 33-37 Bessie Bunter comic: "Your plump chum goes exploring space!"

Bessie Bunter in Space, June Book, annual 1971

Contents and one scan. )

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Jul. 17th, 2017 11:37 pm
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Moral premise

6 months of pots Happily and enthusiastically make shitty art without thinking too much.

via [personal profile] umadoshi

Castlevania

Jul. 17th, 2017 10:38 pm
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Thank goodness this thing is only 4 episodes long. It is not to my taste at all. The voice actors do not sound natural, the animation is blah, the story is annoying (can we stop with the woman fridging fuckery? Please) the jokes are corny and the fights are nothing to write home about.
Ah well. At least its just 4 episodes.

Note

Jul. 17th, 2017 11:04 pm
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I think the people who complain that my books are mostly available on Amazon are the ones who are also adding onto the stress that I am just an impostor pretending to have books out.

These people are mostly white and mostly happily partaking in capitalist cultures where gosh, they can go to bookstores etc etc. They forget that publishing industry and its distribution is deeply flawed and small presses often lose out in the end. Do you know that bookstore chains will never accept print runs from Amazon/Createspace? Do you know that they are also strong-armed by bigger and more powerful publishers who flood the chains with their books?

So, have a heart, people.

07 ghosts anime

Jul. 16th, 2017 10:07 pm
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Once upon a time, the god of death fell in love with the Chief of Heaven's daughter.  Fuckery ensues.


Nearly a thousand years later,  Teito Klein, an enslaved boy with very powerful battle magic who is just about to graduate with honors  from a prestigious Barburg Empire military academy; overhears one of the top brass discussing something about his painful past. Fuckery ensues.

There are 7 ghosts with a job to do, 7 ghosts to bind "him", 7 ghosts to save our souls, and Teito Klein will find them.


Yes, I do recomend this one. Great animation, interesting story (I really loved the way they reworked Christian myth to get this story's lore). And fun fights if you like stuff like that. Which I do.
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- St Levan's church with coffin rest, stone seats, and old churchway cross, in Penwith, Cornwall.

St Levan's church with coffin rest, stone seats, and old churchway cross, Cornwall 05-17

St Levan's stone, Cornwall 05-17

1865 folklore meets 2017 empirical experiment. )

- Reading, books 2017: 67

53. The Little Shop of Happy Ever After, by Jenny Colgan, 2016, novel. This is pure wish fulfilment, chick lit fantasy ← please note that this is an accurate description not a negative judgment, lol. (3.5/5)

• Irony in a book about finding a new life, lol: She'd read lots of books about people finding new lives, which hadn't helped her mood either, had made her feel more and more trapped and stuck where she was, as if everyone except her was managing to get away and do interesting things.

• Our heroine sets off from urban Birmingham to rural Scotland: "armed with the Lark Rise to Candleford trilogy as well as the entire Outlander series [...]". Lol.

• I admit I'm not warming to a protag who picks up a large van she's never driven before, in a rural area she's never driven in before, with no map or prep, and then knowingly and deliberately drives onto a level crossing with the warning lights active, and nearly causes an accident that would have killed at least three people and possibly many more (if the fuel tankers had exploded), AND THEN tries to blame the accident on a wild deer instead of taking responsibility herself.

• So if you're wondering why I'm still reading: Surinder put her empty coffee cup down on a quivering pile of Regency romances, which promptly collapsed on the floor in a fainting fit.

And another thing... or four.... )
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lately. Slashed, darkskinned black gay men. With them taking care of each other. Being soft and sweet to each other.
Wow. This is the first time I have ever seen this in all my years of fanfic reading. I would love love LOVE to see more.

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Jul. 15th, 2017 02:57 pm
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 UK flist, any idea of things to do in London 22-27 July? Other Half is going to the London Free School of Critical and Feminist Theory 17-21st, and then she's going to linger for a few days. This is her first trip, so we'd be grateful for suggestions.

Three Things Make a Post...

Jul. 14th, 2017 11:40 am
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...because my brain is too wiped to think of five things.
  1. [personal profile] bookherd and her entourage came to town last weekend and stayed with us. Among other things, we did this:


    Sparkler Bomb 2017 from Sanguinity on Vimeo.


  2. Also last weekend, I woke up to find that [tumblr.com profile] nitefise-art made gorgeous art for Nostoi. I am giddy with delight. Look how beautiful that is.

    BTW, that's two-for-two on fanart for my 'dinosaur' stories. I don't think I ever mentioned it here, but [deviantart.com profile] mommacabbit/[tumblr.com profile] cephalopodqueen did a scientific illustration of the birdosaurs in Holocene Park. I grin and grin whenever I look at it.

    The making-of on those two pieces were very different, at least from my end: Cephalopodqueen consulted heavily with me, asking for my inspirations and references, while Nitefise-art went entirely their own way, revising the particulars of the scene for a bolder visual. I love both works entirely.

    While I'm on the topic, it really does seem to be "cracky premise + critter" that inspires the artists, at least where my stories are concerned. C.f. SPACE BEES by [tumblr.com profile] language-escapes for THE BEST BEE FIC ON MARS. I have absolutely no complaints about this phenomenon -- if anything, it makes me want to write MOAR cracky-premise-plus-critter stories. Fanart is such a frickin' joy. :-D

  3. And a photo I promised [personal profile] scfrankles:

    A medium with an ectoplasmic bird on his head; from "Clairvoyance and Materialisation" (1927) by Gustave Géley
    FIG. 97 — WARSAW EXPERIMENTS: A BIRD FORM
    from Gustave Géley, Clairvoyance and Materialisation, 1927
    (translation of L'Ectoplasmie et la Clairvoyance)


    The photograph is the inspiration for this scene in The Land of Mist:
    'The bird!' said an awestruck whisper. )

    Doyle says in his endnotes, about this photo and the seance report that went with it: "It would take the credulity of a MacCabe to imagine that all this is imposture."

SHRIEKING AT THE TOP OF MY LUNGS

Jul. 13th, 2017 11:25 pm
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dear mangaka:

no means no. you cannot sexually assualt, sexually harass or rape someone into loving you.

how in the fuck are these people supposed to have relationships when they work such long hours? where would they find the TIME??????

NO MEANS NO. you cannot sexually assualt, sexually harass or rape someone into loving you.


every last one of these people need training on how to relate to co-workers in a professional manner.
every last one of you all needs training on sexual harrassment, sexual assualt and  explicit consent
NONE of you should be dating each other.
ITS UNETHICAL FOR THE MANAGER TO BE PERSUING THE EMPLOYEE!!!!!!!
how in the SHIT has this business not been sued into the ground as yet?
WHERE IS HUMAN RESOURCES????????




NO. MEANS. NO. YOU CANNOT SEXUALLY ASSAULT, SEXUALLY HARASS OR RAPE SOMEONE INTO LOVING YOU


how are the working conditions so horrendous? Why are the workers taking this shit?   why is everyone behind deadline all the time?  Why is there no leisure time? Why is everyone developing ulcers dude to stress? Why are workers collapsing and having IV lines put into them at the hospital and this is business as usual? What the hell kind of work place is this?

NO

MEANS

NO

YOU

 CANNOT 

SEXUALLY HARASSS

OR 

SEXUALLY  ASSAULT 

OR

RAPE 

SOMEONE 

INTO 

LOVING 

YOUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU

Oh my GOD everyone on this show jumps to erroneous conclusions!!!! And WHAT IS WITH the extreme jealousy shit??!?! NONE OF YOU SHOULD BE HAVING REALTIONSHIPS BECAUSE YOU HAVE NOT THE SLIGHTEST IDEA WHAT A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP IS !!!


NO.     MEANS.  NO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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- A very important moral dilemma, erm, from the chicklit I'm reading, lol. So, the scenario is that a mother with a young child at hand and another in a "buggy" stumbles on steps and accidentally lets go of the buggy which descends the steps and is halted, it's implied fortunately for the occupant but never overtly stated, by crashing into a 20-something woman lower down, who stands up again but has a bleeding cut on her forehead. She's with a male friend. They appear affluent enough to have mobile phones, and either access to a car or taxi money. The mother of the children thanks the injured woman but then goes about her business. The injured woman complains that the parent is behaving unacceptably ungratefully because she didn't try to buy the injured woman an ice cream / coffee / whatever. My burning question is this: do you think the mother failed in her duty to materially reward the accidental saviour of her child? Because I admit that my reaction in that situation would be to assume the injured woman would want to seek medical attention for her facial wound and that slowing her down would range between thoughtlessness and irresponsibility (taking into account the fact she has a friend with her, otherwise I might intrude enough to suggest she should seek medical attention and ask if she needs help with that). Is this one of those situations where logic-driven practicality is a socially unacceptable response because material reward is an assumed normative behaviour? Or is the injured character's reaction and possibly also the author odd? /biased question, obv

- Twenty minutes in Newton Abbot between buses looks like this: an impressive zebra crossing, a gorilla named Francis, a library being literally propped up, and the entrance to a cattle market (bonus pub called the Swan Inn featuring Daffy Duck on their sign).

NA1 Impressive zebra crossing, Newton Abbot 05-17

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