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Posted by Chella Quint

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Hello! Each month, we invite guest bloggers to contribute regular posts from their unique perspective. Many thanks to Abigael Watson and Mag the Blag for their thought-provoking contributions during August! It gives me great pleasure to introduce September's guest blogger, G*. As the new school year starts, it is particularly apt that G*, a primary school teacher, takes on the role. I have asked him to write a bit more about himself in the third person by way of introduction:

G* has been a primary school teacher for five years, training first in Scotland and now working in the North of England. Before that he worked in a number of national retail establishments after finishing his (really useful) degree in sociology. In his spare time he enjoys stand up comedy, reading and fine-tuning his zombie apocalypse survival plan. He can often be found cooking up wonderful meals before ruining them in some culinary disaster and eating hula hoops for dinner instead.

G* has been an active member of the LGBT community through volunteering and activism work and has supported the feminist movement by shutting up, listening and speaking out when appropriate.

He'll be writing about gender and sexuality in the primary school and about being a male feminist in a predominantly female but frequently anti-feminist workplace.

Welcome, G*. We look forward to your posts and wish you well at the start of the new term!

Photo description: The photo is by Chella Quint and has been used with permission: all rights reserved. The photo is a view of the Peak District taken from the train between Sheffield and Manchester. In the foreground there is a ramshackle barn in the grounds of a working farm. Some hedgerow-divided fields rise up into a tree-covered peak in the distance. The day is so bright and the sky is so blue that it appears white, and two low clouds drift by. There is an almost intangible sense of movement that seems to capture that this picture was snapped from the train - the lack of blurring serendipitous and entirely by chance.

Single parenting

1 September 2014 20:28
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[Image of Humuhumu on the London Air Line running from Royal Victoria Docks to North Greenwich. Has nothing to do with the content of the post, just wanted to share.]

The bloke went to a meeting in Switzerland on Sunday and will return late on Friday evening. This leaves me single-parenting Humuhumu for six days.

Both of us have done longer stints than that solo since she was born, and although we now both know some tactics for coping with it, it's still very difficult. I don't think I truly appreciated how tough single parenting is until I had to do it myself, and I'm lucky enough to be able to afford help (e.g. having full-time nursery care, having a cleaner, taking a taxi when I'm too tired/pregnant to walk the mile and a half from the house to the train station).

In terms of tactics, I now know to make at least two large "dishes" (e.g. mac and cheese, chilli, fish pie) at the weekend that I can heat and serve when I get home exhausted during the week so I don't have to cook in the evening. I know to clear the laundry basket at the weekend. I know to fill my rucksack with snacks and water for the toddler and me on the train. I know to download shows onto the tablet on iPlayer, and I have a screen set up so she can choose these or her games. I know to pack my lunch every night, and to bathe before bed so that I don't have to attempt to shower with the toddler wreaking mayhem outside. I know to lay out my clothes so that I can leap into them if she wakes up before my alarm goes off. Each of these things helps save a tiny bit of energy that I can then expend on my day job. But if I had to do them on my own every week and every weekend, I would be so tired I wouldn't be able to see straight. I would have no energy to maintain a community of friends, in meatspace or online.

I find that the little kindnesses shown to me by the people I encounter in passing mean even more to me when I'm single-parenting. I was struggling to calm Humuhumu, who was squirming in her pushchair and crying, "Down! Down!" about 200 metres from the nursery's front door, and a woman passing by bent down and made a funny face at her, saying, "What sort of a face is that?" in a strong Brummy accent. Humuhumu stopped fussing and chuckled, and the woman said, "That's better." I smiled and thanked her and we went our separate ways. It was literally seconds of interaction, but it was so helpful. Then there are the people who offer to help me lift her into or out of the train, or just wiggle their fingers at her when she's looking at them - again, it's just a few seconds, but it lightens the weight of solitary responsibility considerably.

In conclusion, I'm about to make myself a dandelion-and-burdock vanilla ice cream float as a reward for getting through today.


1 September 2014 10:09
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I Kind of Liked It Your Way, by [archiveofourown.org profile] Chash
Look, it's 10k of Chash writing hooker!Jensen (and also the My Little Pony card game). There was no way I wasn't going to love it. If that sounds even remotely relevant to your interests, there's no way you aren't going to love it, too.

(Also, hi! I'm back! \o/)

Beyond the World | Muso Soseki

1 September 2014 12:38
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Beyond the World
Musō Soseki

This place of wild land
has no boundaries
north south east or west
It is hard to see
even the tree
in the middle of it
Turning your head
you can look beyond
each direction
For the first time
you know that your eyes
have been deceiving you
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Fandom: Real Ghostbusters
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Peter Venkman, retro McDonald's
Content Notes/Warnings: May cause nostalgia. ;)
Medium: Hand ink, Photoshop
Artist on DW/LJ: Isabella Price
Artist Website/Gallery: http://www.furaffinity.net/user/isabellaprice/
Why this piece is awesome: Bella takes a HUGE leap back to the '80s by having Peter chill with 80s McDonald's icon, Mac Tonight.
Link: http://www.furaffinity.net/view/14367946/

More Links Than A Bag Of Sausages

1 September 2014 03:57
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Future Imperfect , Spike/Buffy by [personal profile] lilachigh.

Make Me a Match , Spike/Buffy by [personal profile] enigmaticblue.

Gut Instincts , Spike/Buffy by [personal profile] spuffy_luvr.

Fractured Mirror , NC-17 Dark Willow/Vampire Willow by [personal profile] pickamix.

A Xander/Faith fragment by [personal profile] herself_nyc.

Buffy banner by [profile] spikesredqueen.

Dnaindia says BtVS is still the best cult show ever. "The reason why nearly 20 years later this show has such a strong and outspoken fan following is, in short, because it's brilliant, utterly brilliant. Also, it could help that this is the first baby of the King of the Nerds - Joss Whedon. It has the chills, the scares, the heart, the wit, the dynamics and so much more, that one would expect in a favourite TV show. The strongest aspects of any show has to be its writing, acting and the chemistry between the cast. Check. Check. And check".

Cold Dead Seed is open again for business.

Stub September - Fandoms

1 September 2014 00:36
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For this year's Stub September, we have chosen weekly themes to focus on specific types of stubs. However, you are always welcome to work on any stub (or any other article!) at any time.

The first week's theme is fandoms!

There are a number of pages about individual fandoms that need more information. Some of the current stubs include:

and many more! Feel free to browse the stubs, pages that need expansion, and examples wanted categories.

Resources for editing fandom pages )

Check back next week for a new theme! If you have any questions, feel free to comment on this post or to email the Fanlore Gardeners.

You are also totally welcome and encouraged to leave comments letting us know about your contributions to the challenge. Happy editing!

coffee break by iyori [sfw]

31 August 2014 17:21
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[personal profile] dirty_diana posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Elementary
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Marcus Bell and Joan Watson
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [tumblr.com profile] iyori
Why this piece is awesome: Elementary the fandom, like Elementary the show, is full of what some actors call "walk-and-talks". Here's a cute one featuring rare pairing JoanBell.

Link: coffee break


31 August 2014 21:52
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Mirrored from Twisting Vines.

A fortnight ago I went to LonCon3 – not just my first Worldcon, but my first SFF con of any sort. Given that they were holding it about 20 min tube/DLR ride from me, in ExCel, it would have seemed churlish to skip it. 

There were a lot of panels. A LOT of panels. And I went to quite a few of them. I found myself ducking out of this one 15 min early so I could have a quick break / snack before dashing back for the next slot. It reminded me of when I first went to music festivals (20-odd years ago now) where I would pore over the programme planning how if I left *this* then and dashed over here I could catch half an hr of *that* on the way to *the other*… Another time I might endeavour to take it a little easier and give myself more time for everything else. (I entirely missed the Art Show, for example.)

Having said that, I enjoyed nearly everything I went to, and could happily go back and start over with a whole different set of things. (I missed most of the science track, for example). I have many pages of notes I am not about to type out, but a couple of panels particularly stuck in my mind afterwards (ie came to mind without checking said notes while writing this).
– Race and British SF: a really interesting discussion about who is writing what, where, and why, which left me with a much longer to-read list. 
– Ideology vs Politics in SF: the premise was that ideology (noble ideas) shows up in SF more often than politics (the grubby business of hammering out solutions), probably because the former is in general more interesting to write/read. Lots of discussion about the value of both about writers who do tackle politics, and about the radicalism of imagining a political alternative. 

There was also one talk (on worldbuilding) I left after getting too annoyed by the panelist who invariably referred to a hypothetical character as “he”. A shame as there was good stuff from the other panelists, but it was just too irritating. I cheered myself by getting some dal for a late lunch. 

I saw “kaffeeklatsch” repeatedly on the programme with no explanation, then when I established what it was, was too shy to sign up. Then I found myself sitting next to Stephanie Saulter (author of the excellent novels Gemsigns and Binary, about which I was most enthusiastic at her) at another panel. She mentioned her kaffeeklatsch, which gave me the courage to sign up. I’m glad I did – it was a lovely hour, and I also got to meet and chat to Anne Charnock (whose novel A Calculated Life I have since read and enjoyed), Cindy of Draumr Kopa review blog, and someone from Birmingham SF group whose name now escapes me (oops). Buoyed by this I also went to Teresa and Patrick Neilsen Hayden’s one, which was interesting if less chatty. 

Despite my extensive panel attendance, I also managed to do a bit of socialising with people I didn’t know at all, and thus award myself a Big Gold Social Person Star. (I had a drink with a couple of folk I did know, too, but that is less challenging because I already know that they’re nice.) The fan village in many ways was great from a social point of view – lots of opportunity for mingling – but it was also very noisy (and echoey, being as how this was ExCel and therefore it was inside a big concrete box) which made life harder. I left one thing because I just couldn’t hear anyone, which did nothing for my intermittent social anxiety. 

Sunday I missed most of everything that didn’t involve hanging around in the fan village, as Leon came along for the day. He was delighted with his badge and First Worldcon ribbon and very enthusiastic about running round the ‘village green’ with a hula hoop. He is, however, still not panel-compatible. I went home with him and D at dinner time rather than staying for the Hugos. I was a little sorry, but following it on Twitter over pizza and a glass of wine at home was still pretty exciting, and also involved pizza. A very pleasing set of results. 

(Given how Sunday panned out and that I would have had L with me on Monday too, I somewhat reluctantly stayed home on Monday and missed the final day, bah.)

Brilliant weekend, if exhausting. I would go again like a shot if it ever comes back to Europe. And after over 20 years of being a fan of sorts but never going to a con, I am now signed up for both Eastercon and 9 Worlds next year and greatly looking forward to both. 

New Wiki committee members

31 August 2014 21:25
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The Wiki committee is excited to welcome two new members:

- Emma S. Tyler (Emma S. Tyler)
- Willowcabins (Willowcabins)

With eight members (plus two liaisons) we currently have one of the largest Wiki committees yet. We are looking forward to finding out what we can accomplish together.

Help me pick a movie

31 August 2014 21:19
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I got a free movie ticket from work that I need to use before it expires, and I've now narrowed my options down to either The Congress or Lucy.

(I was thinking of going to see Interstellar, but I just realised the ticket expires before that comes out)

I'm leaning towards The Congress, because I like Robin Wright and Lucy looks like it might be the kind of a sexy-chick-beats-up-a-lot-of-men action movie that I don't care about (plus action movies in general usually bore me), but on the other hand Lucy seems to have gotten much better reviews of the two and if it's not the kind of a movie I hate, it could be exactly the kind of a movie that I'd love ;D

Any opinions on either movie?
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Posted by Mag the Blag

This post discusses rape and child sexual exploitation.

chain and shadow.jpgThe exposé of sexual exploitation in Rotherham is deeply shocking because it shows that gangs of men continue to see it as their right to sexually abuse young girls.

The media described two shock waves. The first was that the events happened. The second shock was the lack of action by the authorities, mainly the police and child protection services, that allowed it to continue over decades.

I want to talk about a third shock, albeit a more subtle one, that relates to the media itself and how it reported the events. Despite the profoundly disturbing nature of these crimes, the media is still incapable of seeing the crimes for what they are: an aspect of patriarchal culture.

The media and political reaction to Professor Jay's report is to demand heads. Of course, this is right to some extent. The senior managers and political leads should resign. However, the media have taken it on themselves to ask questions about those people who have moved on into other positions and investigate the front line workers who were involved in child exploitation cases. (It's the mostly female social workers who are being chased, incidentally. No-one is talking about the mostly male police officers in this way.)

Every single person involved in the Rotherham child exploitation scandal could be rooted out and given the sack but it would not change a thing - because it is the culture that needs to change.

Professor Alexis Jay, who wrote the report that detonated a media bomb, was brave enough to mention the macho culture within Rotherham Council that made it so hard to question the lack of action. However, the misogyny wasn't limited to elected representatives. She pointed out that the police usually viewed the young women involved with utter disdain, which meant they were colluding with the perpetrators. Social workers often held victim-blaming attitudes, thinking that the young women involved didn't deserve help.

Yes, it's about race; yes, it's about class; yes, it's about the austerity and the cuts that have so overwhelmed services. And yes, there are the recommendations that Jay puts forward, including counselling for the workers involved, better supervision and caseload management, which are all clearly thought out and much to the point.

But the basics are that men were able to rape at least 1500 young women. This is violence against girls at its most raw. For things to change misogyny needs to be named so that the role patriarchy plays can be faced head-on.

The exhaustion of dealing with child sexual exploitation makes it tempting to fall back on stereotypical views of women and young people. It's easier to blame the victim. So we should not in turn blame the front line workers overwhelmed by heavy caseloads.

What needs to happen is a concerted effort to question the attitudes of all those involved in child sexual exploitation work. Moving from a women-blaming culture to one that allows empathy for the victims means being able to challenge deeply held views. Traditional training, with its emphasis on the passing-along of information, is not up to the job. Some knowledge is needed but a large part of change must come through an understanding of what fuels the inability to see others as anything other less-than.

Inspired in the first instance by consciousness raising groups of the 1960s and 1970s, there is a method of training that uses personal experience in a group context in such a way that participants become aware of how they have been influenced by patriarchal thinking. It may seem far-fetched to believe that organisations such as government departments and local authorities can put in this kind of holistic training but there are certainly precedents.

Whole systems approach to domestic violence is a method of training personnel throughout an organisation so that everyone from senior managers through to frontline workers can begin to see domestic violence in a new way. The belief systems of perpetrators, survivors and professionals are put in the context of patriarchal attitudes. Nobody claims this in-depth training is easy. The road to empathy is an arduous emotional journey and there's an element of fear and shame as it can show up previous professional behaviour in a poor light. But it can be life-changing for the workforce as well as for the people they work with.

There is no reason why similar training cannot be put on for organisations dealing with child sexual exploitation.

For in-depth change to happen, decision makers need to name and shame patriarchy itself. Child sexual exploitation is now acknowledged to be a widespread problem, so we can only hope the issue has become so urgent that leaders are able to show the necessary courage.

The photo is by Jerzy Durczak and is used under a creative commons licence. It shows a chain of five links hanging down on a wall, casting a large shadow next to it.

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Fandom: Teen Wolf
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Derek Hale
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [tumblr.com profile] ocicatsy

Why this piece is awesome: Well, um. It's DEREK'S SAILOR SENSHI TRANSFORMATION. (Although, perhaps regrettably, there's no actual sailor suit involved.) Super awesome.

I think there's a rule out there somewhere to the effect that every fandom must have its Sailor Moon fusion (and I've had more than a few discussions about Scott McCall being a Magical Girl), but this is quite probably my all-time favorite example. It's beautifully drawn (mmm, line weights and spot blacks), and I love the little crossover details (Derek's claws appearing where the nail polish sequence would have been, his leather jacket being created out of the ribbons!). Even the panel layout and sparkle placement work really well. PRETTY WOLFIE SAILOR DEREK.

Incidentally, this is the last of my Teen Wolf recs for the timebeing, but I'll be starting on Sailor Moon tomorrow! ;)

Link: http://ocicatsy.tumblr.com/post/36644952927/magical-girl-ified-werewolf-transformation-based

August 2014 playlist

31 August 2014 12:11
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Posted by J Whitehead

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Unless you've been living under a rock for the past six months, it's been pretty impossible to avoid Kate Bush's return to the public domain, with her 22-day tour at the Hammersmith Apollo in London, which began earlier this week. Reviews have been overwhelmingly positive, although some dissenting voices have lamented the omission of some of her earlier hits such as "Wuthering Heights" and "Babooshka". I was fortunate enough to see the show on Wednesday and can categorically proclaim that the show was none the less spectacular, as a consequence of this decision. Theatrical, beautiful, original - Kate was a revelation. The temptation to fill my playlist exclusively with Kate Bush songs is strong but, I've heard that not everyone is a fan of Bush (?!?), so will resist this.

I know very little about Laura Doggett, a singer and songwriter from Bath, but "Phoenix", which I caught on BBC Radio 6, is just beautiful. I'm looking forward to hearing more from her.

"Tempest" is the first track I've heard from Lucius, who the Guardian described as somewhere between Haim and Arcade Fire - high praise indeed.

I finally watched The Punk Singer, a film about Kathleen Hanna and her involvement in riot grrrl, an interesting and inspiring watch. The spoken word piece Hanna performs at the beginning blew my mind. Highly recommended.

Please click here for your August playlist. You can also view the track-list here. Enjoy!

The image is a black and white picture of Kate Bush, sitting at her keyboard, one hand resting on her hand, the other hand striking the keys. Image by Daniel Rehn, shared under a Creative Commons licence.

(no subject)

31 August 2014 12:12
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Because there may be more people who would want to know who haven't heard yet:

[personal profile] delux_vivens has died.


I don't have words that can do justice to the loss.
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If you're looking for crossover tales, head over to TwistedShorts : Twisting the Hellmouth Short Fic Challenges as well as Crossovering 2014 .

Chapter Two of More Toil and Trouble by [personal profile] slaymesoftly.

Fred/Angel video by [profile] spikesredqueen.

[profile] rbfvid casts even more Buffyverse characters as felines .
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[personal profile] sholio posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Captain America, Marvel Movieverse
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Steve Rogers
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital painting
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: cooru on Deviantart
Why this piece is awesome: This is a gorgeous portrait of Steve in the leather-jacketed WWII Cap outfit he wore when he went after Bucky's captured platoon in The First Avenger. The detail and coloring is just great, and I love his bashful expression.

Link: Captain America
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Fandom: Captain America, Marvel Movieverse
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Steve Rogers, Bucky Barnes
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital drawing
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: Vylla on Deviantart
Why this piece is awesome: Adorable cartoon about, well, what the subject line says. Bucky's protectiveness and lack of tolerance for Steve's lack of self-preservation is nicely done here.

Link: That one time Bucky found out how Steve “died”


31 August 2014 06:29
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When the Spice Girls first started, my only connections to the word "ginger" were
1) the spice
2) the expression "full of ginger"

So I concluded that Ginger Spice was "full of ginger", and that they'd also gone with a subtle pun because she's a "spice" girl.

It was only last night that my brain finally went "Oh... She's a redhead..."

on holiday

31 August 2014 06:22
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My sister has been known to grumble about the weird British taps, and now I know why: it seems impossible to select both the water temperature and the water volume, simultaneously. You pick your favourite, and try to endure the other one.

We went to Edinburgh Castle yesterday, which was very cool. It's the first time I've seen a castle that has always (pre-museum) been a fully functioning thing, as opposed to being semi-ornamental, and it shows. Rather fascinating. It also afforded me the chance to drink my very first British cup of tea, which was as yummy as I was hoping.

The streets up to the castle could not be more clearly tourist-centric if they tried. If we wanted, we could have bought tartan (kilts, hats, bags, wellies, towels...) at twenty different shops. I was tempted, but refrained. The other standard souvenirs seem to be shortbread and whiskey. I even saw whiskey flavoured tea... which strikes me as slightly gross.

Today, we're going to Hopetoun House, where we will wander the grounds and have a traditional afternoon tea (scones and all), and then to Hadrian's Wall.
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Fandom: Pacific Rim
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Mako Mori
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital painting
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: on DA
Why this piece is awesome: Urk! - it's almost the end of August and I realized I haven't posted any pics of Mako yet. So here's a lovely and original painting. I really like the criss-cross effect with the lines, looking like light or reflections from water.
Link: Mako painting
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Fandom: Yoroiden Samurai Troopers (aka Ronin Warriors)
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Touma, Seiji, Xiu, Shin, and Ryo (Rowen, Sage, Kento, Cye, and Ryo in the dub)
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] soularis

Why this piece is awesome: I love their little faces and the bold outlines and bright colours. It's such a cute and happymaking work.

Link: Ronin Chibi Pile

Conversation I just had

30 August 2014 14:03
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[personal profile] next_to_normal
[phone rings; it's my mother]
Me: Hi.
Mom: Oh, hi. I didn't even hear the phone ring.
Me: That's because you called me.
Mom: I did?
Me: Yep.
Mom: I thought you texted me.
Me: I did.
Mom: I was trying to get back to that screen. I didn't mean to call you. WHOOPS.

Anyway, snagging a meme from [livejournal.com profile] fluffyfrolicker and [livejournal.com profile] rosaxx50 because I have been SERIOUSLY REMISS in my icon-making lately. Haha, remember how I used to participate in all these comms and challenges and then I just posted my FIRST ICON POST in like 4 months yesterday? Yeah, we should fix that.

So! Pick a number + fandom/character/ship, whichever suits your fancy ♥ and I will make icons. If you want to give me specific caps, that''s okay, too.

1. Faceless
2. Looking Down
3. Bruised & Battered
4. Up Close & Personal
5. Scenerygasm
6. Full Body Shots
7. Colors Abound
8. Silhouette
9. My Emotions
10. The Space
11. Light
12. Tickles My Pickle (whatever. who knows what might happen)
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[personal profile] reflectedeve posting in [community profile] fanart_recs
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Allison Argent/Lydia Martin
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [tumblr.com profile] anobviousaside

Why this piece is awesome: There's something so messy and so elegant about this, all at once. I love this kind of sketchy-but-still-finished look. The composition's great, too, and their faces are very expressive. In general, I'm really into the whole "queen/princess and knight" trope you see in a lot of Allison/Lydia fanart ... this might be my favorite of the bunch.

Link: http://anobviousaside.tumblr.com/post/82062974828/happy-birthday-lights-11-59pm-i-am-just

Just hop-hop-hoppin' along

29 August 2014 23:29
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I ended up down in Redmond Ridge again today for my walk... it's just such a convenient spot, on the way to and from so many places, plus it has some really great trails. I got a bit of a surprise though, when a fairly large frog hopped across the trail in front of me!when a fairly large frog hopped across the trail in front of me! )

Crossposted from my Livejournal.

Icon Batch #95

29 August 2014 21:28
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[personal profile] next_to_normal
OMG it's been aaaaaages since I've posted icons.

[1-57] Snowpiercer
[58-66] Avengers: Age of Ultron promo poster
[67-101] Avengers: Age of Ultron cast at SDCC
[102-106] Chris Evans
[107-109] Young Avengers
[110-117] Hawkeye


Read more... )


29 August 2014 18:15
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[personal profile] quinara
So, because YouTube has everything, I've been watching the opening run of Eastenders from 1985:


It's actually bloody epic. Heaven knows if it is, but it seems a hell of a lot more accurate about East End life than Eastenders has been for a long time. Everyone's all cold and the houses are all run down and if people aren't worrying about social change they're worrying about where their next bit of cash is going to come from. And you can just feel the creaking joints of the underclass where even if they don't like each other, they're all in it together (and living on top of each other) and no one likes the police because there's no one who isn't touched by something that isn't just a little bit shady. And Nick Cotton's bloody trousers!

Just finished episode 4 and my Eastenders knowledge is a bit patchy, so I can't quite remember the fallout of Den and Angie... But at the moment they're the most amazing thing ever.

It's all a bit stagey in the way of vintage Beeb, but I would just lap up the contemporary equivalent of this. Plus I think the ratio of minority characters to white characters is the same as it is now, which considering thirty years has passed says something about something. (Definitely can't help but feel "What's pease pudding anyway?" "Some kind of English dhal." is far more interesting dialogue than that time six months ago or whenever that Shabnam was ranting on eternally about how Masood couldn't get with a white woman.)

Anyway, like a lot of stuff from the 80s, it just feels like it's been made by people who have something really important to say and who won't rest until you listen. I love that stuff. Watch it!! /Reminisce!!

ION my stupid wanker internet keeps dropping for no other reason than TalkTalk are bastards.

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29 August 2014 19:05
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A link to the BBC Yearbook from 1930 has put all my other online activities on hold.

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Posted by Ania Ostrowska

Obvious Child, the first ever abortion rom-com opens in UK cinemas today.

Quite surprising, isn't it?

The film's director, Gillian Robespierre, based it on her 2009 short of the same title she had made being disenchanted with... other rom-coms. Robespierre said in 2010:

"After seeing so many films featuring unplanned pregnancies that end in childbirth (Juno, Knocked Up, Waitress, Bella, to name a few), we had become disenchanted with the representation of young women's experience with becoming pregnant in the media today. jenny_coffee.jpgWhile we have enjoyed these films, we have also been greatly unnerved by the ways in which filmmakers (and our culture more generally) have represented the issue of abortion, making it a silent enemy, a choice not to be made. We'd been waiting to see a film in which a woman makes the other choice- and there's still a happy ending."

Reviewing Obvious Child for The F-Word, Sophie Mayer writes:

"In 2014, a film in which a reasonable person with reasonable friends and family has a reasonable abortion (I love that she shaves her legs the night before the procedure, as if it were a date) should seem like an obvious story, a hackneyed sitcom episode we've seen before. We haven't, and that's what makes Obvious Child important, starting conversations about not only what it covers (Donna's financial struggles and her emotive quandaries about who to inform and how), but how much farther it could go."

Read Sophie's entire review and comment.

The film opens in cinemas nationwide today.

The picture is still from the film, with Jenny Slate as Donna, looking unhappy and drinking coffee. Taken from Obvious Child UK Facebook page.

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Fandom: Teen Wolf
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Season Two main cast
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] guzusuru, [tumblr.com profile] guzusuru

Why this piece is awesome: It still cracks me up every time. This was one of the first pieces of Teen Wolf fanart I saw, when I got into the show back during Season Two! The loose, cartoony style fits perfectly with the goofy, frenetic subject matter, and it reflects my sense of the weird unbalance in the cast of the time: a pile of kids and, sticking out like a sore thumb, this hulking adult werewolf who was all mixed up in their drama (or more accurately, they were all mixed up in his). Things felt more like wacky hijinks than everyone's-(really)-gonna-die, back then (ah, nostalgia). The title's perfect, and so is Stiles's face.

Link: http://guzusuru.deviantart.com/art/TW-Too-Many-Teens-in-a-Jeep-and-Derek-334512620


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