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Hooray! My 6,5-year-long Buffy rewatch has finally come to end! Or actually it already came to end last month, but - as usual - it took me a while to decipher my notes...

And now I kinda want to watch S1 and start over again...

These are pretty random thoughts; you can find actual meta from my old episode posts here, here, here, and here (alas, they only go up to "First Date"). I think I agree with most of the stuff I said then, so feel free to comment in those posts as well if you want.

Read more... )

I win!

21 December 2014 18:25
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Just noticed (a couple of days late) that I've been awarded two plaques in the latest round of the Sunnydale Memorial Fanfiction Awards, both for Building Character:



Huge thanks! My muse hasn't been very cooperative this year, so it's extra nice to learn that people appreciate the few things I did write.

Check out all the winners here!

I'm hoping to get some sort of holiday fic up before Wednesday.

Arrival of Keiki

21 December 2014 12:58
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[Image of Keiki sleeping on me in the hospital ward.]

He's a little early.

More pictures )

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

21 December 2014 03:26
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Of Sunnydale and Switzerland , Spike/Willow by [profile] xspike4evax.

Trouble With Love Is , Spike/Buffy/Angel, Stockings Were Hung , NC-17 Spike/Drusilla, Rudolph , Spike/Willow by [personal profile] snogged.

Restoration , Spike/Willow by [personal profile] theladymerlin.

ComicBookResources previews Angel & Faith, Issue No. Ten .

Pens 3, Panthers 1

20 December 2014 23:46
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* I didn't think it was possible for us to get MORE INJURED, but behold, we are MORE INJURED. No Ehrhoff, no Martin. Three of our D were under the age of 23 (and that's not even counting Olli, who it looks like may very well be out for the season with his shoulder *sob*). Please note three of our top 4 D are out.

* On the plus side, we're getting to exercise all that defensive depth! Like Pouliot scoring a goal in his first NHL game.

* On the other hand, the defense's defense, hoo boy. Flower stopped 45 shots out of 46. ALL HAIL FLOWER, but dude, that is crazypants. We should not be making him do that, like, ever.

* But hey, Vezina, anyone? Fleury's 3rd in the NHL for save %, fifth for goals allowed, second in wins, and tops in the league with six shutouts. It's pretty much him and Rinne in the standings right now.

* In other news, Letang got in a fight (!), Downie got 17 more PIM, and Geno roughed up baby Panther rookie Aaron Ekblad, among the many, many crimes and misdemeanors of this game.

* In conclusion, FLOWER.

Seed by Robyn Sarah

20 December 2014 18:50
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And the seed bunches hung in the summer trees
on branches that swung in the wind, 
it was the summer when everywhere you went 
you heard the cries of newborn babies
out of open windows, or from behind fences
around private gardens, everywhere you went
there was a mother on the other
side of the wall

And the seed bunches tossed in the wind... )

The Bee Carol by Carol Anne Duffy

21 December 2014 00:24
[personal profile] glinda posting in [community profile] poetry
I was looking for another poem by this poet, something from her collection The Bees which I read and enjoyed so much at the start of the year. I couldn't find the one I was looking for but I found another one altogether, though it is about bees and is seasonably appropriate to boot.


The Bee Carol

Silently on Christmas Eve,
the turn of midnight’s key;
all the garden locked in ice -
a silver frieze -
except the winter cluster of the bees.

Flightless now and shivering,
around their Queen they cling;
every bee a gift of heat;
she will not freeze
within the winter cluster of the bees.

Bring me for my Christmas gift
a single golden jar;
let me taste the sweetness there,
but honey leave
to feed the winter cluster of the bees.

Come with me on Christmas Eve
to see the silent hive -
trembling stars cloistered above -
and then believe,
bless the winter cluster of the bees.

Carol Anne Duffy

blargh

20 December 2014 07:11
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Heads up, I seem to be incapable of directly accessing LJ right now, even via the mobile interface, which is my usual fallback. IDK if this will change before the new year, so, don't expect from replies from me on LJ anytime soon. :\

New review: BornRisky

20 December 2014 10:26
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Posted by Holly Combe

Channel 4 describes Viktoria Modesta as "inspiring, unique and very hot" with "a difference that sets her apart from the idealised form of a pop artist". Gemma Varnom asks, can a disabled performer only be noticed or valued if her performance centres on her apparent otherness?

During an ad break in last Sunday's X Factor final, just after Ben Haenow had flashed his best spaniel-eyes at the camera and reminded us what a normal bloke he is for the 84th time, our screens were apparently "invaded" by Channel 4's BornRisky initiative.

"Forget what you know about disability," the blurb in the build-up said. (This, for me as a disabled person, would take a bit longer than your average ITV ad break, but then I am not really the target audience.)

There followed a promo for 'Prototype' by Viktoria Modesta, "the world's first bionic pop artist" and BornRisky collaborator. Modesta, a DJ, model and multimedia performance artist who chose to undertake a below-the-knee amputation at the age of 20, has, according to her website, "a mission of establishing new ideals in the media concerning sexuality and disability".

In the full-length video, Modesta strides around in several impressive creations from The Alternative Limb Project -- including a striking knee-high black spike -- as she uses her difference to overthrow a totalitarian regime. A young girl watches a cartoon Viktoria on TV and, enraptured, tears the leg off her doll. A 'VM' symbol gives hope to the oppressed. She is subversion. She is defiance. She is the face (and body) of the revolution...

Click here to read the rest of Gemma's review and comment

Image Description:

Viktoria Modesta stands on her bionic leg (left) with her right leg bent to the side and a black ballet show on her foot. She wears a black ruffled net/tutu and black mask. Promotional image for 'Prototype' single and BornRisky campaign. Red background. Taken from the Viktoria Modesta website. Shared under fair dealing.

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Fandom: Bandom
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Frank Iero
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [tumblr.com profile] deadcrowcomics

Why this piece is awesome: This is a really cool sketch of Revenge-era Frank. I love the messy linework and the stark contrast between shadow and light.

Link: Frank sketch
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1. An employee with Christmas ornaments woven into his beard. (I've seen this in joke posts on the Internet but this was the first evidence I've discovered that people are doing it in reality.)

2. A cashier wearing a T-shirt hand painted in a Hannukkah/Star Wars theme. He initiate friendly chit chat, as is the Trader Joe's way, and as I was going out, I said 'Happy Hannukkah' -- which apparently totally threw him even though he was wearing a shirt with a menorah on it? He responded to me with 'Happy Holidays' which might be what he thought I'd said at first? It was sort of a weird moment though I think he was pleased. He might have been trying to figure out if I was also Jewish. Which I'm not, but it's a slightly complex conversation around holidays with my family -- because my sister's kids are being raised Jewish, through their father's side -- going to Hebrew school and planning to have bat mitzvahs. So when we have a family celebration it is partly Hannukkah as well as Christmas? But it's hard to express that in casual conversation.

3. A middle aged white male customer on a cell phone, saying heatedly to someone on the other end of the phone -- "Diversity is more than just -- just --" Looks around at the rest of Trader Joe's, including me, lowers his voice and say "-- black -- women -- who are poor!" And then he darted off to be farther from the rest of humanity to continue his conversation. I can *only* *imagine* the things he wanted to say that he figured Trader Joe's wouldn't appreciate hearing. So only 1 out of 3 people I noticed on my shopping trip were completely horrible human beings? As far as I know? Actually a couple people were nice to me in the checkout line because I can never remember how the registers are set up at TJ's and where the carts are supposed to go. So happy holidays? In news of today, I have a gross cough and sore throat, so I stayed home from work hoping I could rest up (and finish writing Yuletide) before going to my sister's tomorrow (for Hannukkah -Christmas). BUT this morning I was woken up by a text saying tomorrow's not happening because her kids are sick. So -- that's a bit of a bummer but for the best as far as not spreading germs. And I have more time to work on Yuletide + I can eat the vegetarian appetizers I bought at Trader Joe's.

Are fat people disabled?

19 December 2014 11:10
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Posted by D H Kelly

640px-Tiziano_-_Flora_-_Google_Art_Project.jpgThis week, the European Court of Human Justice has ruled that, in some cases, obese people may count as disabled under anti-discrimination law. The ramifications of this result have been quickly exaggerated, not least by Jane Deville Almond, spokeswoman for the British Obesity Society, who is quoted on the BBC News website:

"I think the downside would be that if employers suddenly have to start ensuring that they've got wider seats, larger tables, more parking spaces for people who are obese, I think then we're just making the situation worse.

"[It is] implying that people have no control over the condition, rather than something that can be greater [sic.] improved by changing behaviour."

Whenever fat people talk about ill treatment, there's someone around to tell them that it's for their own good. The recent #diagnosisfat hashtag on Twitter, demonstrates how the very opposite is the case.

The cultural and legal definitions of both fatness and disability are nuanced. Under the British Disability Discrimination Act (DDA), a person doesn't need to have a functional impairment such as being blind or unable to move her left arm. All that matters is that a person is perceived to be have some impairment and that they are treated less favourably because of this. For example, a person might experience discrimination because of a cancer diagnosis before any symptoms present or a history of mental illness long after recovery. At least one non-disabled mother of a disabled child has won a disability discrimination case against her employer after she was treated differently because of her son's condition.

There's not a special category of people who are protected by disability discrimination law based on a list of conditions. We're all protected. In the same way, the law forbids homophobic bullying in the workplace, even when the staff are straight.

Fatness is highly subjective. The media often speaks of "obesity" which has a clinical definition, based on the measurements of an average Belgian man in the early nineteenth century (one reason why women, tall people and some non-white ethnic groups are more likely to find themselves classified as obese). As Kate Harding's BMI Project and the Photographic Height/Weight Chart demonstrate, it would be quite difficult to guess who is obese just by looking at them, and yet fatness is all about appearance.

However, a woman doesn't have to be a particular size before she experiences discrimination and harassment based on her weight; the vast majority of Western women will have felt a real and personal pressure to be thinner. There's some evidence that bigger women earn significantly less than thin women, a difference that doesn't occur among men. The pressure on women to meet cultural standards of beauty means that women's fat is seen as far more subversive, if not monstrous, than men's.

There's a massive overlap between fat people and disabled people and most of this group are women; women are more likely to be identified as fat (both by clinicians and others) and they are more likely to be disabled. Disabled people are more likely to be fat than the general population, whether because of difficulty with exercise, stress, poverty, inadequate care provision or the fact that weight-gain is both a symptom of many medical conditions and a side effect of many drugs.

Yet there's a widespread perception that you can't be both fat and disabled. I despair at how often I hear complaints about people seen using Blue Badge parking spaces or mobility scooters just because they're fat. There are regular Too Fat To Work headlines over the number of obese people on incapacity benefits, as if anyone is incapacitated by their size alone.

Meanwhile, ironically, fat people are generally assumed to be deeply unhappy and physically unfit. Earlier this year, Karsten Kaltoft, the Danish childminder whose employment case brought about this EU ruling, was forced to deny reports that he couldn't bend down to tie children's shoelaces.

And thus, while a fat person may have no other impairments or health problems, the fact they are perceived to be physically limited would suggest they are, in many contexts, disabled.

I want to return to the comment by Jane Deville Almond, from the British Obesity Society:

"[It is] implying that people have no control over the condition, rather than something that can be greater [sic.] improved by changing behaviour."

Happily, in most circumstances, pregnancy is not a state which a person has no control over. Wearing a hijab or having a photograph of one's same-sex partner on one's desk aren't things a person has no control over. Anti-discrimination legislation doesn't say "The law has your back, as long as you've done everything you could to make other people regard you as normal."

Meanwhile, let's think about Karsten Kaltoft, the Danish childminder, who was fired because of his weight. Let's presume that his weight is both a significant health problem (many fat people are in good health) and something which could be dramatically changed if only he put the effort in (many fat people have tried hard to lose weight). Quite how does it benefit Kaltoft, his employers or the children in his care to sack him because he's fat? When has losing one's job - or any other form of discrimination - been good for one's health or well-being?

Even if it did somehow help, it is simply not up to employers or service provides to bully people into changing their personal habits when the only external pay-off is just that; the fat person looks less fat. The fact it doesn't help at all makes such a mentality downright cruel. In September, a study of 3000 UK adults demonstrated that such treatment did nothing but harm:


"There is no justification for discriminating against people because of their weight," said the lead author Dr Sarah Jackson from UCL.

"Our results show that weight discrimination does not encourage weight loss, and suggest that it may even exacerbate weight gain.


[The image is the painting Flora by Titian (Tiziano). An over-weight red-headed white woman wears a white smock that drapes from one shoulder, exposing most of her left breast. She has a thoughtful expression on her face. This work is in the public domain and can be found on Wikipedia or at the Uffizi gallery in Florence.]

Steampunk Batman by R-tan (SFW)

19 December 2014 02:02
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Fandom: Batman
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject:  Batman, Catwoman (or maybe Batgirl if those are bat-ears?) and Robin
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital painting
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: R-tan on DA
Why this piece is awesome: Because Steampunk - always a fave with me! But this is really great - Batman's huge and clunky with his steampunk leather and armour, and Robin's unusually troglodytic and heavy behind his goggles - you can only tell who he is by the colours he's wearing. Catwoman's in studded leather and more goggles, and the airship and Batman's bat-wings are wonderful. Enlarge it for all the excellent details.
Link: Steampunk Batman


The Thief by andimarieki(SFW)

18 December 2014 04:44
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Fandom:
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject:
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: traditional-charcoal on paper
Artist on DW/LJ:n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: DA website
Why this piece is awesome:Another black and white portrait -- I have a weakness for them and though the artist says it isn't her favorite, it's wonderful. She manages to convey not only likeness, but spirit. Parker looks like she's one second from motion.
Link: the Thief

Long time no see, eh?

18 December 2014 12:40
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So the December talking meme was a total bust because my back went sproing and I've been again avoiding non-work-related computer stuff (plus work has again been interesting lately, but not necessarily in a bad way - in fact, looks like for the first time since forever I can leave on a vacation early instead of having to do overtime on the last day to get everything done), and I've decided to just turn it into the January talking meme.

(especially since I still need to finish my Yuletide fic)

The only internet stuff that I have been doing regularly the last few weeks is then keeping up my streak at Duolingo. I've been using it to practice French for almost a year now, and I'm now nearing the end of the French tree.

I am far from fluent still, though, because I was just reading a French article about The Mentalist and spent a good few seconds wondering if "emu with arms" was some quaint, French colloquialism for an Australian. Then I looked it up on Google translate and turns out that "ému aux larmes" actually means 'moved to tears'. But it could have been an emu.

(This is like when I thought that 'car key' was a colour in Australia.)

foreign babies

18 December 2014 08:09
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People have different first names in different countries, for the record. It's like this whole thing.


I have found it very interesting having a son in Germany, for many reasons. But mostly because his name's gone all weird.

In Australia, he has one of the most common names ever to exist. It's been in the top 20 Aussie baby names since before we were even a country. In Australia, everyone already knows the spelling, the pronounciation, and the nickname, without having to ask.

In Germany... it's not just an uncommon name; it's a non-existent name.

Here, I'm getting very used to having the exact same conversation over and over:
"What's his name?"
"Lachlan."
"...what?"
"Lachlan."
"...Lach-lan?" (as though I've just presented them with a random mash of syllables that must be carefully tested)
"Yes. Lachlan. It's Scottish."
"...oh."
"Yep."
"...so she's a girl, then?"

They cannot pronounce my son's name. They cannot spell my son's name. The correct spelling convinces them they were wrong about the pronounciation. And they're all sure he's a girl.

It's rather fascinating.

Trio by Edwin Morgan

17 December 2014 22:49
[personal profile] glinda posting in [community profile] poetry
I did promise some Edwin Morgan and this is a seasonably appropriate piece as well.

Trio

Coming up Buchanan Street, quickly, on a sharp evening
a young man and two girls, under the Christmas lights –
The young man carries a new guitar in his arms,
the girl on the inside carries a very young baby,
and the girl on the outside carries a chihuahua.
And the three of them are laughing, their breath rises
in a cloud of happiness, and as they pass
the boy says, ‘Wait till he sees this but!’
The chihuahua has a tiny Royal Stewart tartan coat like a teapot-holder,
the baby in its white shawl is all bright eyes and mouth like favours
in a fresh sweet cake,
the guitar swells out under its milky plastic cover, tied at the neck
with silver tinsel tape and a brisk sprig of mistletoe.
Orphean sprig! Melting baby! Warm chihuahua!
The vale of tears is powerless before you.
Whether Christ is born, or is not born, you
put paid to fate, it abdicates
under the Christmas lights.
Monsters of the year
go blank, are scattered back,
can’t bear this march of three.

– And the three have passed, vanished in the crowd
(yet not vanished, for in their arms they wind
the life of men and beasts, and music,
laughter ringing them round like a guard)
at the end of this winter’s day.

New review: Some Girls

17 December 2014 13:39
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Posted by Holly Combe

Kate Bonynge looks at the third series of BBC3's Some Girls, a comedy about three 18 year olds that marks a change from the male dominated programmes we've come to expect.

Now about to come to the end of its third series, Some Girls, written by sitcom stalwart Bernadette Davis, is a hidden gem among the current plethora of male-dominated comedies. For those used to the familiar toxic entertainment formula, where female characters are pigeon-holed into the role of doting wife, 'slutty' mistress, ditzy 'airhead', romantic interest for the male leads or all of the above, this BBC3 show is a well-timed antidote.

Bernadette Davis herself has said of the show:

As far as I know, there aren't any other comedies about girls of this age. Inbetweeners has shown what a rich area for comedy this age group is - but girls are very different and I thought they should have their own show.

Set in the fictional Greenshoots Academy in South London, the series is advertised as "a comedy about the kind of girls more usually seen in worrying documentaries about inner city teens". Just like by Davis above, the series is often compared to E4's The Inbetweeners due to the similarities in format -- four friends trying to navigate school while dealing with their burgeoning sexuality -- and the use of visual humour, snappy one-liners and witty dialogue. However, there is one main difference between the two: while The Inbetweeners perpetuates lad culture and portrays women as little more than sex objects and vehicles to further the protagonists' storylines, Some Girls not only features a female-led cast but also champions female sexuality in a naturalistic, realistic manner...

Click here to read the rest of Kate's review and comment

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The central characters from Some Girls (left - right): Amber (Alice Felgate) with her arms folded and mouth wide in a ghoulish pose, Saz (Mandeep Dhillon) with her eyes crossed and poking out her tongue, Viva looking upwards to her right with her tongue out (Adelayo Adedayo) and Holli looking disgruntled, with her right arm on Viva's left shoulder (Natasha Jonas). Image via BBC and shared via fair dealing.

Christmas Shipping Deadline

17 December 2014 05:00
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The US Christmas shipping deadline for the xkcd store is December 19th! If you want to get anyone xkcd Christmas presents, you should order by then.

The xkcd store features body slipcovers, secret passageway concealers, picture tape, and more!

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

17 December 2014 03:28
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The Perfect Present , Spike/Drusilla/Darla/Angelus by [personal profile] shapinglight.

Christmas Spike banner not worksafe by [personal profile] comlodge.

StoryWonk podcast on Inca Mummy Girl .

Buzzfeed ranks Willow's sweaters.

March solicits!

16 December 2014 18:10
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I've been feeling just much more enthused about Image than Marvel lately. It isn't that Marvel isn't producing stuff that is at least in theory relevant to my interests; in March alone there's an all-female team book, 10 female superhero solo books, the Peggy Carter + Howard Stark team-up, and a Princess Leia solo. Compared to even a year ago, that's AMAZING.

The thing is, I've been reading Marvel for a year and a half and I'm already tired of falling in love with books only to have them canceled, tied up in crossover events half the time, or on the creative team merry-go-round. Then there are the ones that I can't fall in love with because they are so deeply mediocre; I don't know if that's better or worse. I am particularly sick of all the things I like getting canceled while all the things I find so mediocre go on for 30-40 issues. I covet that kind of length for the titles I love, so that writers can really dig in and take those characters places.

Meanwhile, over at Image, we get the same creative team for dozens of issues, crossovers are vanishingly rare, and when things get canceled, at least we can chalk it up creator decision and not that of some marketing department somewhere. Plus, from Image I can get my space western AND my pulpy women's prison AND my cosmic SF myth retelling AND my space opera. And no prior knowledge required!

Basically I'm starting to believe that standalone comics with the breadth and artistry and creative control we see at Image are the wave of the future, and in fact the future might already be here.

Ahem. With that, on to the March solicits.

Image
* New title Descender, Dustin Nguyen (!!) does a sad child robot story. Just lookit this cover:
cover )

* Southern Cross - the actual premise doesn't do a lot for me, but come on, grungy SF + weird fiction + female protagonist + Becky Cloonan? I'll definitely give it a try, at least.

* Otherwise my comments this month are primarily "Yay! More issues of that comic I like!" Such comics include Bitch Planet, Ody-C, and SAGA (YAY MORE ADVENTURES OF [SPOILER] AND [SPOILER] :DDDD)

Marvel
* New Hawkeye. Very much doubt lightning strikes twice, but apparently it is still a book with two Hawkeyes, so I'm pleased to see that, at least. The cover art is intriguing; I wonder if this is anything like what we should expect from the interiors:
cover )

* Silk, Spider-Gwen, and Spider-Woman. Someone will have to tell me which if any of the spider-lady books to read.

* Judging by the Thor solicit, the identity of the lady Thor is STILL a mystery in MARCH. Erg. How are we supposed to get any kind of character development when the book won't even tell us who she is?!

* Again, someone will need to tell me if this Operation: S.I.N. book with Peggy Carter and Howard Stark is good. Likewise, if G. Willow Wilson manages to rescue X-Men from the mess it is, someone let me know. Apparently March's issue is big on Psylocke, and that is a plan I support heartily.

* Black Widow summary continues not to enthuse, but I think I quite like the cover design:
FLAAAMES )

* More Ms. Marvel, yay. More Storm, yay. Those are my two favorite things out of Marvel right now, I think.

comics linkage

16 December 2014 12:56
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[personal profile] snickfic
Artist Jake Wyatt is selling prints and originals on Etsy, including several original pages from Ms. Marvel.

Meanwhile Comixology is giving away free #1s of various books, one per day through the 22nd.

The City Rain by Gabyss-A (SFW)

16 December 2014 20:51
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Fandom: Bandom
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Gerard Way & Lola
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] gabyss-a

Why this piece is awesome: This is such a great piece. I love the ambiguous atmosphere of it. The way the darkness of the night and rain contrasts with the bright colours of Gerard's suit and hair and Lola's bright fur. And how Lola's happy cavorting in the rain juxtaposes with Gerard's hunched plodding under his umbrella.

Link: The City Rain

The Exiles by Iain Crichton Smith

16 December 2014 16:48
[personal profile] glinda posting in [community profile] poetry

I forgot to do a wee intro yesterday, but belatedly, 'hello', all my poems will be by Scot's poets, possibly all in Gaelic but maybe a wee one in English if I feel like some Edwin Morgan later in the week...unless otherwise noted, all English translations of Gaelic poems are by the poets themselves.

The Exiles
                                                                         Na h-Eilthirich

 

The many ships that left our country                       A liuthad soitheach a dh’fhàg ar duthaich

With white wings for Canada                                     le sgiathan geala a’ toirt Chanada orra.

They are like handkerchiefs in our memories       Tha iad mar neapaigearan ’nar cuimhne

And the brine like tears                                                 ’s an sàl mar dheòirean

And in their masts sailors singing                              ’s anns na croinn aca seòladairean a’ seinn

Like birds on branches                                                  mar eòin air gheugan.

That sea of May, running in such blue,                     Muir a’ Mhaigh ud, gu gorm a’ ruith,

A moon at night, a sun at daytime,                            gealach air an oidhche, grian air an latha,

And the moon like a yellow fruit,                              ach a’ ghealach mar mheas buidhe,

Like a plate on a wall,                                                   mar thruinnsear air balla,

To which they raise their hands,                               ris an tog iad an làmhan,

Like a silver magnet                                                      no mar mhagnet airgeadach

With piercing ray                                                           le gathan goitre

Streaming into the heart                                             a’ sruthadh do’n chridhe.

 

Iain Crichton Smith                                                      Iain Mac a’Ghobhainn

Fleury: not quite perfect

15 December 2014 22:40
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One aspect of the game where Fleury has not been good at all is scoring. 647 NHL regular-season and playoff games, and not a single goal scored! That's even worse that Zack Sill, our 4th liner who presently holds the NHL record for number of games played by a forward without a goal.

However, Fleury's failure to score is not for lack of trying, as he showed again last night:
gif behind cut )

One of these days!

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

16 December 2014 03:26
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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year , AU Spike/Buffy by [profile] brutti_ma_buoni.

Chapter Thirty of Shattered Remains by [profile] xspike4evax.

Thinky thoughts on why BtVS is the best of ME's projects by [profile] shadowkat67.

EW re-watches What's My Line, Part Two .

and now hockey

15 December 2014 18:54
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Pens 4, Tampa Bay 2. Wow, that was a game. We were SO TERRIBLE that first period, I really wasn't sure we were even going to get a goal. And then we got four, including a short-handed goal for Sutter and two first NHL goals, one for Rust and one for Dumoulin. Good job, kiddies.

But meanwhile in that first period Fleury was SO GOOD. Wow. As soon as a gif turns up of that one really spectacular head-to-post save, I will link. EDIT: Here it is. You finally get a really good look at about the 20 second mark.

I just looked up his numbers, and he's .926 for the season so far, which if he maintains will be his best season EVER - even better than 2007-2008, which all the naysayers call a fluke. There's evidence that suggests we're seeing more this season than statistical variance, however. Mike Darnay at Pensburgh calls it the Mike Bales effect, which includes a graph that shows both how much more consistent Fleury's play has been since Bales was hired as the goalie coach and how his play is on the whole trending upward.

I've seen discussion of the fact that Pittsburgh, cash-strapped as it was when Fleury arrived, never really found him a goalie coach in those early years, and how the guy who eventually filled the position before Bales was not so much a coach as a cheerleader. So what Fleury's getting with Bales may very well be the first NHL-level goaltender coaching he's ever had - and hey, it only took nine years in the organization to get it. It means he finally has someone helping him consciously develop his positional play, his puck playing skills, and similar technical skills to supplement the famous athleticism that even all the detracters agree he has.

(Just think if he could have gotten that kind of instruction five years ago. Ouch.)

So basically, Fleury's best years may very well be ahead of him. Certainly all signs point to him being in one of them right now. As someone deeply invested in the Fleury Redemption Story, I could not be happier.

one more Saga thing today

15 December 2014 18:44
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One piece of Saga meta I have seen is this panel discussion of the first three volumes by the ladies over at [community profile] ladybusiness. I particularly like the ideas tossed around about how the structure of the story, with Hazel narrating, might affect the story down the road.
snickfic: [Saga] Alana cradling Hazel and holding a cudgel (Alana)
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(So right now my plan for dealing with my Saga feelings is just to make a whole bunch of observations which are maybe obvious but which I nonetheless don't see anyone making. For being a hugely popular comic, I've seen very little actual discussion about it, what it is, what it's doing, or even what's happening in it or how its plot elements fit together. Maybe I'm just looking in the wrong places. Anyway, more observations of dubious value forthcoming.)

One of the things about Saga that I think is neither good nor bad (though some might disagree) but definitely different from a lot of comics, especially mainstream superhero ones, is how simple the page design is. Greg Burgas at Comic Book Resources has been analyzing comics art every day this year (which I HIGHLY RECOMMEND), and in the scans he's chosen of significant comics artists, there's a lot of pyrotechnics going on in page design. Staples forgoes all that. She never goes for scenes bleeding into each other or overlapping panels. Her panels rarely even have anything but square corners (or corners that are clipped, like photos - I guess for visual interest?), and they pretty much ALWAYS read left to right and top to bottom. IMO it's one of the many reasons Saga is such a great comic to start people with - as comics go, it is super easy to read.

She's also fonder of splash pages than most artists I can think of. It feels a little self-indulgent sometimes, because the story doesn't usually need full pages devoted to a single panel - it's not like we're using the extra space to show off a battle scene or spaceship schematics or anything like that. But man, she uses them so well. Frequently she introduces new characters that way, which means we get to luxuriate in her absolutely gorgeous character designs. The introductions of The Stalk and Gwendolyn are both great examples. Another one is these guys, the fishy journalist boys in love from Jetsam:

image )

More often, though, Staples uses the splash pages as emphasis. Often they function as reveals - of new characters, changed situations, what have you. Other times, you know, we really just need a full page of The Brand in her tie and crash helmet, saying pithy things about governments and PR.

Below we have one of those changed situations. It's also the last page of #24, so beware huge honking spoilers, but ugh, this panel made me SO HAPPY.
spoilery image! )

Prison by Donald MacAulay

15 December 2014 22:38
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Prison  
                                                                       Priosan

 

I saw a smooth                                                        Chunnaic mi eun sèimh

Gentle bird flying                                                    sèimh an diugh air iteig

 

I saw it white                                                           Chunnaic mi geal e

Out of the window of my room                                a mach air uinneag mo sheòmair

 

I saw it free                                                              Chunnaic mi e saor

Flying in and out of my sight                                    a’ tighinn’s a’ falbh troimh m’ fhaicsinn

 

And its motion was flawless                                     ’s bha a shiubheil foirf’

Sailing on balanced wingtips                                    air mheidh bil sgèith a’ seoladh     

 

The image stayed in my mirror                                 lean an dealbh air mo sgàthan

The heart encircling it minutely                                 an cridhe dol mu’n cuairt gu mion air

 

The greedy mind                                                       an inntinn ghionach

Stalking it in order to understand it                            a’ sealg air gus a thuigsinn

 

As I strove to get a window                                       ’s mi a’ strì ri uinneag

Open                                                                         fhosgladh

Strove to make contact with my element                  a’ strì ri ruighinn air mo sheolaid.

 

Donald MacAulay                                                      Domhnall MacAmhlaigh

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