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Hi; here are some vids.

title: hades & persephone
fandom: Labyrinth
music: Anais Mitchell
length: 3:21
summary: Sarah/Jareth mytharc
download: 60.06 mb at sendspace
streaming behind the cut )

title: Bedtime Stories
fandom: due South
music: Madonna
length: 3:22
summary: Fraser-centric, multipairing-with-RayK-endgame, sex/sexuality is hard when you're a perfectionist control freak from the frozen North.
download: 55.45 mb at sendspace
streaming behind the cut )

title: 57821
fandom: Battlestar Galactica 1978
music: Janelle Monae
length: 3:17
summary: show overview vid, Apollo-centric
download: 57.63 mb at sendspace
streaming behind the cut )

title: what's in the brain that ink may character
fandom: multi
music: Hildegard von Bingen and Richard Souther
length: 3:46
summary: imagination visualized
download: 72.49 mb at sendspace
streaming behind the cut )
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Fandom: The Eagle of the Ninth
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Marcus/Esca/Cottia and Cub
Content Notes/Warnings: Some NSFW panels. Also, by modern standards (although not those of the time) Cottia would be underage.
Medium: digital painting
Artist on DW/LJ:  [personal profile] motetus  on DW    art tag on LJ 
Artist Website/Gallery:  motetus on tumblr (and see LJ as above)
Why this piece is awesome: Another set of art by motetus - a Big Bang collection of illustrations, and (this being fandom after all) it's an early British zombie apolcalypse AU! Lovely drawing and colouring, a spooky atmosphere, Cottia and Cub being fierce, some beautifully tender bedroom scenes, and I love the final panel with them journeying on horseback while Cub (Marcus's pet wolf) runs along beside them. Excellent work. 
Link: Art post on LJ

Gon Freecs, writing failure

26 June 2016 14:29
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So, I'm re-watching HunterXHunter, and remembering exactly why I /hate/ the Chimera Ant arc, or at least the Gon parts. It's because that was the most smashing writing failure ever, and it could have been fixed so easily.

Because, see, as written, Gon is a filthy, selfish little traitor. We've spent the whole story seeing the bond between him and Killua grow, seeing what it's based on, seeing how iron-clad it is, and then we see Gon turn his back on Killua, deny him, lash out at him and ignore how selflessly Killua is supporting him, all for the sake of a man who, as written, means next to nothing. An old buddy. Someone who gave him hunting tips. That's all we're shown. And for that, Gon drags Killua, Killua who has repudiated his whole previous life for Gon's sake, through hell and finally tries to kill himself in front of Killua.

And it would have been so easy to fix! Just a sentence here and there, creating a persistent thread, about how Kite is Gon's only living connection to his father, stood in his father's place, taught him things like morals and ethics, is the one who made Gon who he is (the person who could pull Killua out of the darkness like he did). Just some subtle reinforcement of that, at key points, and this whole fiasco could have been fixed!

But no. We don't get shown any of that. All we get shown is Gon betraying the one relationship we have actually seen developed in depth. Total. Writing. Fail.

Fuck's sake, it's enough to make a person start shipping Killua with fucking Hisoka.

Exile by gnasler (SFW)

25 June 2016 19:24
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Fandom: Classic Doctor Who
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: The Third Doctor & the TARDIS
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] gnasler

Why this piece is awesome: A sweet and thoughtful portrait of the Third Doctor during his exile on Earth.

Link: Exile

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25 June 2016 12:05
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[personal profile] lotesse
I don't want free college, I want k-12 reform. Students waste years' worth of time in glorified baby pens, and then have to pay out the ear for a bachelor's degree - okay, so how about we try educating them before they turn 18, with the taxpayer-funded free system we've already got? And anyway, how many years of one's life should be held hostage to these kinds of certification mills? I'm all for lifelong learning, but this is ridiculous.
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Chapter Five of A New World by [personal profile] forsaken2003.

[profile] freecat15 chooses her favorite Season Two episode .

Giles icons here and Giles banners and icons here by [personal profile] feliciacraft.

DenOfGeek includes Waiting in the Wings and Graduation Day Parts 1 & 2 in their "5 Best TV Episodes Written by Joss Whedon". "More that that, though, it is about the roles these characters play in their own, complex social group. It is a highly romantic episode, with Cordelia and Angel becoming possessed by the spirits of the ballerina and her lover and passionately tearing each other's clothes off. Meanwhile, both Gunn and Wesley explore their romantic interests for Fred. It is an episode about fate and the choices we have in our own stories. It is an episode about the power of performance and narrative. And it is an episode that is just beautifully written, directed, and acted... The episode ends with Buffy's graduating class helping her to take down the mayor. Many of them die, but they fight together, and there is something magical about that choice given that a) Buffy has always been about the thematic importance on relying on a family and community and b) in so many ways, Buffy always felt like an outsider. Some of them die. Some of them are turned into vampires. Most of them graduate. Eventually, Buffy blows up the school. It is the perfect ending to this season and this first arc in the Buffy series".

The next steps

25 June 2016 06:14
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Posted by Megan Stodel

The UK is going to leave the EU; Megan Stodel thinks we need to start acting now to ensure rights and individuals are protected

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Fandom: The Eagle of the Ninth
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Marcus and Esca
Content Notes/Warnings: Mature rating - for the last artwork, anyway
Medium: traditional art - drawings, maybe some colour wash or photoshopped colour in one.
Artist on DW/LJ:  [personal profile] alby_mangroves 
Artist Website/Gallery: on tumblr  on AO3  on DA
Why this piece is awesome: these are the illustrations for a Big Bang story, with tattooed boys and angst and conflict, and kissing!  Lovely work, and the tatts are gorgeous. 
Link: Art for "Vae Victis" by Sineala

Lesson for the day

NSFW 24 June 2016 20:32
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24 June 2016 11:59
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A very strange day to be writing about William Morris.

Zombies Run

24 June 2016 14:22
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My current physio regime includes a certain amount of walking each day, which is slower than usual and therefore less interesting, but also hard work. So I've dug out Zombies Run again to keep me company. I'm only half-way through Season 1, but it's fun. Jack and Eugene provide occasional unintentional hilarity in radio mode, though. For example:

Shuffle: Plays Adam Lambert's Master Plan
Jack and Eugene: Talk about how they're getting misty-eyed at that last song and teared up a bit.

Jack and Eugene: This next one's a happening tune.
Shuffle: Plays S Club 7.
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Westminster flags lowered for Jo Cox

I took this photo last week, after MP Jo Cox was assassinated. I want to make it very clear, for what I hope are obvious reasons this morning, that this photo is about her death.

In the hope that others could also use the distraction of an Unscientific Poll:

Poll #17530 Telecon Unmute Bingo
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 22

Whilst on a work-related telecon, I have heard the following “participant unintentionally unmuted” actions

View Answers

16 (80.0%)

15 (75.0%)

5 (25.0%)

4 (20.0%)

9 (45.0%)

15 (75.0%)

boiling a kettle
6 (30.0%)

attempting to dial another number
5 (25.0%)

conducting a separate phone call on a different device
12 (60.0%)

deriding the person currently speaking
6 (30.0%)

deriding the chairperson
2 (10.0%)

flushing the toilet
1 (5.0%)

I can escalate this:

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Posted by KS5 PolSoc

Although feminism has been retained on the politics A Level syllabus, this writer thinks more needs to be done to educate students about LGBT rights

(no subject)

23 June 2016 23:51
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[personal profile] lotesse
Politics fandom had at least three season finales running at once today, I stg. Kudos to John Lewis for effectively leveraging the new technology and the old (streaming and social media plus CRM protest tactics); sympathies to families thrown into uncertainty by the threat to DAPA/DACA and also by (what the hell) the apparently-impending Brexit; best wishes to Scotland for that reviving independence movement, and do have fun with Donald Trump while he's visiting, I hear he has really great golf courses, the best, most beautiful golf courses.

Referendum: VotINg

23 June 2016 10:58
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Voting in the Referendum

For the avoidance of doubt, I'm for RemaIN.

And here is a short linkspam, [personal profile] silveradept-style on staying in the EU.

Ben Goldacre on why Brexit is not a good choice.
Chart showing UK tax spending allocations. We spend less on the EU than on overseas aid.
Jobs, export and trade. Free movement. Freedom to live and work in Europe. Access to the single market. Access to EU research fund. Oh, and peace. Me, I'm particularly keen on peace, considering that the history of Europe contains an awful lot of war.
Lettuce Romaine.
ETA: No such thing as a Brusselo.
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It's time for our regular reccer recruiting post, and to look ahead to the next month. So far we have two volunteer reccers who signed up for July with these fandoms:

* Harry Potter ([personal profile] thady)
* Tolkien ([personal profile] turlough)

So while we already have some recs to look forward to in July, it would of course be awesome if we had more recs. There is still plenty of opportunity for you to jump in and volunteer to rec next month (or to convince your friends to do some reccing). And many cheers for all of our members who volunteer to rec, especially if you rec regularly. Your valiant repeat efforts keep the comm alive.

Looking even further ahead so far NO reccers have volunteered for August, so that month definitely still needs some love (and recs! *g*) too. So please consider reccing in a fandom of your choice, whether small or huge, and comment on the sign-up post and volunteer for July, August or even further ahead if you are so well organized, that you know your fannish interests and time commitments in advance. It's only four recs as a minimum, and you can rec any genre or rating. Or promote us to your friends or in your favorite communities so others do the work.

Open Rec Posting

The monthly open reccing period for all members starts now and lasts until the end of June. If you are looking for something to inspire you, the prompt for this week is "Injury", but that's totally optional for the recs. However they do still have to conform to the usual rec format and follow the rules for what is allowed to be recced here.

(Comments here are disabled, because I want to bundle volunteering in the sign-up post so that nothing gets lost, and you can see the list of claimed slots there too.)
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I actually think that decent people can disagree about whether the UK should leave the EU. There's even a left-wing case for Leave that can be made, though nobody's really trying to make it.

(Pragmatically: there are a lot of credible and knowledgeable voices saying that it would be an economic disaster, which, given our government, also means more “austerity”: more people starving and more people driven to suicide.)

(Plus, you know, the stripping away of huge numbers of human rights, workplace rights and environmental protections.)

But in the last few weeks, it's suddenly turned out that we're no longer debating "Should the UK be in the EU?", we're apparently now debating "Immigrants: how much do we hate them?". And the answer seems to be "Quite a lot".

We also seem to be debating “Do you want a new government made up of Boris Johnson (a completely amoral opportunist clawing his way into power by posing as a adorably-befuddled tousle-haired buffoon), Michael Gove, and Nigel Farage?”

(It's rumoured that Boris Johnson has already offered Farage a job in "his" post-Brexit government. Farage has denied this, naturally.)

You know what? The EU is open to debate among reasonable humans. This isn't.

This is not even dog-whistling any more, it's glaringly racist and more or less identical to a piece of actual Nazi propaganda. It says "Vote Leave because otherwise scary brown people might come to your country".

(Never mind that the people shown are Syrian refugees fleeing a war zone, or that leaving the EU wouldn't affect the UK's legal obligations to take in refugees under international law anyway.)

Whatever you think motivated the alleged murderer of Jo Cox, who (allegedly) 'said a variation of “Britain first”, “Keep Britain independent”, “Britain always comes first”, and “This is for Britain” as he launched the attack on Cox' -- Nigel Farage's poster is identical to the sort of far right/neo-Nazi material found in his house.

And here is Farage, a month ago, saying that if people feel they've lost control of their borders -- which he maintains has happened because of the EU -- and voting doesn't change anything, then "violence is the next step". Not that he condones it, of course. He’s just saying how understandable it would be if people felt driven to it.

I am fucking scared of these people. I am seeing stuff which is genuinely veering towards fascism, with Nigel Farage as our home-grown Trump. These are people who actually make me prefer to be on the same side as David Cameron, god help me.

When Jo Cox was murdered, a part of my brain went white-hot with anxiety, and when I managed to put it into words I realized it was asking is this how it starts?

(Which is, rationally, nonsense: there is no "it", "it" started long ago, "it" is always happening, take your pick. But.)

I want my fucking country back. Because it does not belong to these people and they cannot steal it.

Tom Baker by nokeek (SFW)

22 June 2016 18:39
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Fandom: Classic Doctor Who
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: The Fourth Doctor
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: pencil?
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] nokeek

Why this piece is awesome: This is a lovely little portrait of the Fourth Doctor.

Link: Tom Baker
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HRH Telstar
HRH Telstar presiding over the picnic table.
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Evil is as Evil Does , Giles/Spike by [personal profile] shapinglight.

Queen of Hearts , Spike/Willow/Angel by [profile] xspike4evax

Chapter Nine of Everybody Hurts by [personal profile] comlodge.

Spike/Drusilla wallpaper by [personal profile] comlodge.

[personal profile] shapinglight reviews Season Ten, Issue No. Twenty Eight .

Soundcloud podcast talks School Hard .

Storywonk podcast talks Triangle.

Tinyfences podcast talks Wild at Heart .

Hypable podcast talks Choices & The Prom .

TheMagicBoxPodcast talks She .

Storywonk podcast talks Reunion .
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Shots , Buffy/Nina by [personal profile] carlyinrome.

To Fill Her Hunger , Robin/Faith by [personal profile] katleept.

Chapter Fourteen of The Soul Lies Down by [personal profile] the_moonmoth.

Chapter Two of Somewhere Close By by [profile] quaggy_mire.

Chapter Three of One Year Away from 30: Willow and Oz Reunite in San Francisco by [profile] dawgfan527.

Chapter Fifty Four of Truth Denied by [profile] perverted_pages.

June Bloom Theme 3: Fanworks

20 June 2016 22:03
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June Bloom is in full swing and we continue to be amazed at all the new pages that have been created this month! Thank you to you all!

New character pages that have been created in June include Soolin, Olag Gan, Elrond, Galadriel, Frisk, Xanatos, Matt the Radar Technician, and an impressive number of Final Fantasy characters! New relationship pages include Luke/Leia, Cougar/Jensen, and Rogue/Peter Petrelli. There have also been a variety of other wonderful new Fanlore pages!

This week's theme is fanworks!

Did you start a character or relationship article last week? This week, why not create a page for your favorite character study, or for a fan who impressively cosplays that character, or for a popular fancomic starring the character. Or start an article on your OTP's classic fics, or for a fanworks fest for the ship, or a doujinshi or fancraft featuring the pair. The possibilities are endless!

For help getting started, see Fanlore's Help article for fanwork pages. There are also Help pages for specific types of fanworks: Fanart, Podfic, Zines, and Vids. But remember—you don't need to write a in-depth article or fill out each of the suggestion sections in order to get a page started. Fanlore is a wiki, and growing and nurturing pages into full articles is a collaborative effort!

We would love to hear about pages you create or your future June Bloom plans in the comments below. Happy editing!
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Fandom: Steven Universe
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Yellow Diamond's Pearl
Content Notes/Warnings: N/A
Medium: Digital painting
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] ShinePawArt

Why this piece is awesome: There can never be too many Pearls in ballet poses, and this one does a great job of capturing Yellow Pearl's attitude in every gesture.

Link: Yellow Pearl
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[personal profile] deird1
The Context
A kid was killed by an alligator at Disney World. The pond he was wading in had a sign saying "no swimming".

The Argument
The parents were at fault because
a) It's Florida, alligators are everywhere, and everyone should know this.
b) There was a "no swimming" sign, which should have clued them in that alligators were likely to be in the area.

The Rebuttal
a) I am Australian. I live in a very dangerous region of the world, where we don't put on gumboots without checking for spiders. We expect to find snakes, dingoes, sharks, and crocodiles in most outdoor settings.
I would not have expected there to be alligators in this pond.
Yes, I'm aware that Florida has alligators, but Queensland has crocodiles, and I still expect hotels to be crocodile-free. Crocodiles can't generally get over fences. Alligators can. I didn't know this.

b) If I see a sign that says "Danger: Crocodiles! No swimming!", I expect there to be crocodiles around, and that I shouldn't go swimming. If I see a sign that simply says "no swimming", sans explanation or exclamation marks, I assume it's roughly equivalent to "keep off the grass" - ie: the maintenance crew are trying to stop you from trashing the area. I certainly wouldn't expect wading to be dangerous.

People who keep making this argument? You kinda suck.


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