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[personal profile] nanila
Magnet + iron filings
Photo of a grubby optical table with a piece of chipboard on top of which are two dipole magnets stuck together under a sheet of white paper with iron filings sprinkled on top to show the magnetic field lines. Also on the optical table: a magnetometer, a multimeter, two small magnets, a forming machine and a bean bag. You know, the stuff you usually find on an optical table. Or not.

Anyway, I did this demo for a TV programme today. It's going to be about the end of the Cassini mission, and the segment features my Big Boss, who does all of the talking. I had originally envisioned a sophisticated demonstration involving a magnetometer and an oscilloscope, and instead I ended up sprinkling iron filings on different permutations of magnets for three hours. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ C'est la vie!

Tuesday linkdump

6 December 2016 22:25
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* Keepin' It 1600 - podcast with four former Obama aids. I got hooked on this shortly before the election even though I basically never listen to podcasts.

* [tumblr.com profile] leupagus has started something called political homework that seems like a great way way to motivate oneself to learn the ropes of their local politics.

* 10 Questions for Fake News Detection, a handy chart from The News Literacy Project

* This morning I called my senator to thank her for her vocal opposition to several Trump cabinet picks. The staffer sounded very pleasantly surprised that I wasn't calling to complain. Which is to say, if your elected officials are doing something good, let them know! Positive reinforcement!

* Speaking of that, a call to support Kellogg pulling their ads from Breitbart would not go amiss.

Self-defense

6 December 2016 19:16
rydra_wong: Text: "Your body is a battleground" over photo of 19th-C strongwoman. (body -- battleground)
[personal profile] rydra_wong
[personal profile] ivy has very kindly acceded to my request and unlocked their post about Krav Maga and self-defense:

So, in short, if your self-defense level of desired investment is "I want to take a class once and then be done", go to a Rory Miller weekend seminar the next time he's in your area. If you are able-bodied and willing to go train regularly, consider Krav. If you are not able-bodied, talk to me about your body and your intentions -- I can recommend other things. If you are considering a firearm, talk to me/see previous post on that topic to figure out if that's going to match your lifestyle and threat model.

Also:

Your martial arts questions can go here, if you have them! There are many experienced martial artists reading, so you can get lots of perspectives, too, not just mine.

So if that's a direction your thoughts are currently trending in, for whatever reason -- go, ask. Trained martial artists are standing by to take your calls. *g*

Request

6 December 2016 18:27
rydra_wong: The display board of a train reads "this train is fucked". (this train is fucked)
[personal profile] rydra_wong
If you've ever engaged in any form of non-internet activism, whether that's phoning a representative or going on a demonstration or volunteering for a political group or practicing civil disobedience or whatever, would you consider writing it up?

(Note: I'm purposely omitting internet activism, not because it doesn't have value but because it's something that we've got pretty much covered, and that's -- relatively -- a comfort zone for many of us. We are going to have to try to find ways to do more, to the limits of our various abilities.)

I was thinking about how hugely helpful it's been to many people just to have posts saying "I phoned my representative about this, and this is what it was like". A lot of us are thinking we need to learn how to find ways of being more activist even though it's challenging and scary for us.

And we also have a lot of people who have been or are involved in various ways, whether it's being part of ACT-UP actions or stuffing envelopes for a political party.

So -- please, share. If you've done something -- what did you do? how did you get into it? what happened? what was it like?

We need to share any skills and stories we have (and not just the stuff that sounds dramatic and cool and involves chaining yourself to things -- envelope-stuffing matters too).

Please comment with a link to anything you write, or post directly in the comments. Thanks!
rydra_wong: The display board of a train reads "this train is fucked". (this train is fucked)
[personal profile] rydra_wong
Links are not unqualified endorsements, they are "I found this interesting, thought-provoking and/or worthwhile enough that I could not close the window before linking". In some cases, in the absence of titles I've used a line or something sufficient to remind me what they are.

snickfic: Why You Should Join Your Local Democrats

brendanmleonard: Just going to leave this here (Korematsu)

annleckie: You can still send letters

quantum-displacement: Anti-Trump Masterpost

Tweets from Jared Yates Sexton: When people start talking about Trump's "revolution", tell them he lost the popular vote

Tweets from Moshe Kasher: There's a fundamental misunderstanding of what these protests are about. No one believes they will effectively stop a Trump inauguration.

Tweets from Dan Olson: Here's the boring, pragmatic, bureaucratic nightmare instead

rockscanfly: The elections we refer to as Midterm Elections are held every four years, at the half-way point between presidential elections.

egregiousderp and others: To all of my friends out there and ESPECIALLY my trans friends, if you hadn’t done so now, PLEASE GET A PASSPORT.

Relevant link for the above: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/information/gender.html -- as long as you can get "a medical certification that indicates you are in the process of or have had appropriate clinical treatment for gender transition" (with NO REQUIREMENTS about what that treatment is or isn't, or any requirement to provide the details, just that it's "correct" for you), you can get a passport which then provides photo ID with your correct gender on it

Tweets from Tehlor Kay Mejia: It’s important to stay vigilant about the other transgressions going on with Trump, but examining this Hamilton thing isn’t frivolous.

leupagus: So you want to get #involved but are totally fuckin’ baffled: POLITICAL HOMEWORK FOR THE POLITICALLY DUMSQUIZZLED

Tweets from Elliott Lusztig: Hannah Arendt in her book The Origin of Totalitarianism provides a helpful guide for interpreting the language of fascists.

December Days: Day 5: Dressing up

6 December 2016 13:23
nanila: wrong side of the mirror (me: wrong side of the mirror)
[personal profile] nanila
Dressing up
The list of things that Humuhumu thinks are the best things she's done this year includes "visiting Pierre" and "meeting K and L" (American cousins). But watching Frozen while dressed up as Princess Elsa is pretty high up the list too.

More donation-matching

6 December 2016 08:45
rydra_wong: The display board of a train reads "this train is fucked". (this train is fucked)
[personal profile] rydra_wong
For one week, the Center for Reproductive Rights has someone matching all donations dollar-for-dollar, up to $50,000, specifically for their Roe Defense Fund:

Donate here.

(They're a 501(c)3 nonprofit, so foreign donations are fine.)
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[personal profile] thady posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: HARRY POTTER
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Luna Lovegood, Thestral
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium:
Artist on DW/LJ:
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] danicat91

Why this piece is awesome: I love the slightly sketchy look of this picture. Luna looks great here. I love the slight sweetness of it, and Luna's soft smile.

Link: Luna Lovegood - Inktober 23rd.

December Days: Day 5: Telstar

5 December 2016 16:38
nanila: wrong side of the mirror (me: wrong side of the mirror)
[personal profile] nanila
Talk to the paw
Telstar lounging on our bed in the afternoon sun.

Magic glass, by mccink. (G, SFW)

4 December 2016 20:57
fanart_recs: a grayscale apple being painted green with a brush (Default)
[personal profile] thady posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: HARRY POTTER
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Harry Potter
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium:
Artist on DW/LJ:
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] mccink

Why this piece is awesome: This looks really cool. I like the use of the colors, and the stained glass look.

Link: Magic glass.

nanila: wrong side of the mirror (me: wrong side of the mirror)
[personal profile] nanila
Blue tit
Blue tit on a dead branch of our cherry tree, above the peanut feeder. The low winter sun and freshly trimmed hedgerow have been perfect for capturing birds visiting our feeders.
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[personal profile] turlough posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Tolkien (The Lord of the Rings)
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: A hobbit - possibly Bilbo or Frodo - walking down a moonlit lane.
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: watercolour
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] graemeskinner / Graeme Skinner - Sketchbook

Why this piece is awesome: This is one of the loveliest night time scenes I think I've ever seen. It really evokes the dreamy peacefulness of a night time wander. The way the moon almost drowns out the start and paints the everything in a multitude of blue-gray shades is just perfect.

Link: Moonlit Wander

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3 December 2016 23:02
[staff profile] denise posting in [site community profile] dw_maintenance
The site slowdown tonight (Saturday night) is due to database load -- Saturday nights are one of our busiest times and we're still going to need to do some performance tweaks to our new setup over the next few days as we run into load issues. (Some problems only show up once all y'all start banging on the site!) We've made a few changes now that will improve things for some people, and will do a more permanent fix later on tonight or tomorrow morning once the traffic dies down, since doing it now would just increase database load.

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Saturday linkdump

3 December 2016 17:20
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[personal profile] snickfic
* Trump syllabus - extensive reading list for context on Trump-related issues (via [syndicated profile] stop_trump_feed)

* "It's unprecedented in our history": Trump's election inspired millions in nonprofit donations - sometimes just seeing numbers is really validating

* All Resistance is Local: A Plan of Progressive Action for the Trump Years - this has fascinating ideas that I would like to explore more. I wish there were a reading list attached.

* Finally, another rec for #ACALLADAY, which continues to be a fantastic mix of news, calls to action, and recommended reading.

Revenge by ecc-poetry

3 December 2016 16:24
[personal profile] taiga13 posting in [community profile] poetry
Since you mention it, I think I will start that race war.

I could’ve swung either way? But now I’m definitely spending
the next 4 years converting your daughters to lesbianism;
I’m gonna eat all your guns. Swallow them lock stock and barrel
and spit bullet casings onto the dinner table;

I’ll give birth to an army of mixed-race babies.
With fathers from every continent and genders to outnumber the stars,
my legion of multiracial babies will be intersectional as fuck
and your swastikas will not be enough to save you,
because real talk, you didn't stop the future from coming. )
Link here.

Bits and pieces

3 December 2016 20:13
rydra_wong: The display board of a train reads "this train is fucked". (this train is fucked)
[personal profile] rydra_wong
*Signal-boosting with permission, this brilliant offer from [personal profile] rosefox:

I'm offering free training over Skype for anyone who wants to learn how to effectively call their elected representatives and ask them to support bills or otherwise take useful action. If you're interested, PM me. Feel free to let others know about this offer; it's available indefinitely.

*More fashion for the apocalypse: ThinkProgress's "Resist" t-shirt raises money for their "Trump investigative fund".

*[personal profile] swan_tower is starting a tikkun olam-inspired thread on the 1st of each month,on DW and on LJ at [livejournal.com profile] swan_tower, where people can talk about what they're doing to help repair the world (and yes, I think it can be helpful and inspiring to see what others are doing).

*Via [personal profile] sovay: Kellogg's have pulled their advertising from Breitbart, and Breitbart are outraged, evidently because they HATE CAPITALISM AND FREEDOM and don't want large companies to be free to spend their ad budgets how they want in order to maximize their sales. Why do you HATE FREEDOM, Breitbart?

The current editor-in-chief is quoted as follows:

“Boycotting Breitbart News for presenting mainstream American ideas is an act of discrimination and intense prejudice,” he added. “If you serve Kellogg’s products to your family, you are serving up bigotry at your breakfast table.”

This is evidence that they either have no sense of irony at all, or too much of it, in that vacuous way: "we'll say they're being prejudiced and bigoted towards our prejudice and bigotry, tee hee, and then their little liberal brains will have to explode!"

Yes, I discriminate against white supremacists. Deal with it, fuckers.

(Worth dropping Kelloggs some messages of support, maybe, as they're getting the full Gamergate masses unleashed against them.)

*The Hamilton Mixtape has dropped. This is not irrelevant. We need art and we need fight music and Hamilton is and remains an inspired and tactically-brilliant claiming of the myth of America as belonging profoundly to immigrants, black and brown people.

As well as the aforementioned "Immigrants (We Get The Job Done)", notables for me at the moment include Dessa covering "Congratulations" (a song Angelica had when the show was first staged, cut when it went to Broadway -- and I can see the dramatic reasons for cutting it, but it's great and a great cover), "Wrote My Way Out" with Nas, Dave East, Aloe Blacc and one Lin-Manuel Miranda, and the demo of "Valley Forge" (part of which turned into part of "Stay Alive"), which feels spookily apposite. Congress, I beg of you, justify your existence.

No rest..., by Arboriss. (G, SFW)

3 December 2016 20:44
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[personal profile] thady posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: HARRY POTTER
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Gen; Neville Longbottom, ghost!Severus Snape, ghost!Nagini
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ:
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] Arboriss

Why this piece is awesome: The idea is great and I love the expressions, especially Snape's.

Link: No rest....

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

3 December 2016 03:19
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[personal profile] petzipellepingo
[community profile] noel_of_spike will run for the last two weeks of the month, from December 19th to December 31st.

Soundcloud podcast talks Killed By Death.

Storywonk podcast talks Once More With Feeling .

Popculturerolecall podcast talks Prophecy Girl .

Bufferingthevampireslayer podcast talks Out of Mind, Out of Sight .

Hypable podcast talks Restless & To Shanshu in L.A. .

Storywonk podcast talks Offspring.

7 am, by upthehillart. (G, SFW)

2 December 2016 22:22
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[personal profile] thady posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: HARRY POTTER
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Harry Potter/Ginny Weasley
Content Notes/Warnings: male bare chest
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ:
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] upthehillart

Why this piece is awesome: Great slice-of-life picture, they look so cozy together. I like how real this feels

Link: 7 am.

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2 December 2016 10:21
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2 December 2016 15:25
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nanila: wrong side of the mirror (me: wrong side of the mirror)
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Ladybird in toddler hands
I took this macro shot in July, when we went for a walk in a protected meadow nearby. Humuhumu was so careful with this ladybird, cupping it gently in her hands on its tuft of grass seed and then placing it back on a leaf when she was finished looking at it.
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[personal profile] thady posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: HARRY POTTER
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Harry Potter, Teddy Lupin
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ:
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] cookiecreation

Why this piece is awesome: I love how happy and familiar with each other Harry and Teddy are. Teddy looks great, I love the color of his hair and how happy he looks. Love the contented smile on Harry's face.

Link: Legacies.

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1 December 2016 12:14
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