Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Gerard Way, Mikeyway
Content Notes/Warnings: None
Medium: Digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: None that I could find
Artist Website/Gallery: little-twin-tricksters
Why this piece is awesome: It's a cute, grin-inducing moment between Mikeyway and Gerard after Gerard gets his new pair of glasses.
Link: Untitled Way Bros (link goes to artist's Tumblr)
( Under a cut because I blathered far too much )
* And more reminiscing from the original Broadway cast.
* It's confirmed: Michelle MacLaren will direct Wonder Woman.
* James Gunn has some good points about putting the cart before the horse in developing shared universes.
* Another interview with Natalie Dormer about Mockingjay and Game of Thrones.
* Here's the trailer for next week's Flash vs. Arrow crossover. The cast of both shows also did a Q&A at a special screening of the two episodes - here's part 1, part 2, part 3, and part 4 of the panel.
* I think Matthew McConaughey would make an excellent Randall Flagg in The Stand.
* A series of interviews with Damon Lindelof about the first season of Lost.
* Here's a trailer for Agent Carter.
* The Jurassic World trailer looks hilariously ridiculous. Chris Pratt riding a motorcycle flanked by velociraptors! If at any point during this movie, he actually RIDES A DINOSAUR, automatic five stars.
Me: "Baby, what are you doing?"
Bloke: "Pops, on a scale of one to ten, how naughty are you being?"
Phone conversation, early morning of the second of my work days in London.
Me: "Oh, you're off early!"
Bloke: "Of course. We run a tighter ship when the Mama is away."
Me: "Oh really. What did you two have for breakfast this morning?"
Bloke: "....crumpets and mince pies."
* Alex Ovechkin once showed up at the rink in Daisy Duke type shorts. Steve Eminger confiscated them "for the good of everyone."
* Probably concerned parties have already seen this, but Geno congratulates Sergei Gonchar on his 800th point. With a homemade sign. On a tiger.
* Phil Kessel's explanation of his shot: "I just kind of shoot it".
* Flower fails to sooth a baby (someone else's, I assume? IDK)
* Geno gives a tiny, far-traveling Russian fan a puck
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: The Third Doctor
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: stratosmacca / The Art of Leanne Hannah
Why this piece is awesome: A great portrait of the Third Doctor in full Venusian Akido mode. I love his frilly cuffs and the dramatic flare of his red-lined cloak.
Link: Venusian Badass
so there's that borked. note to self: access to organized political events might be one good reason to move to Detroit next year, instead of heading further into the woods. posting this to acknowledge to myself that no, I will not be haring off to Grand Rapids later tonight, so I may as well try to relax into an analysis groove instead.
fleurrochard: BPAL reviews
metaphortunate: material girl
elfin: perfume notes - BPAL
And highlander_ii has a whole bunch of reviews I missed, all tagged here:
1. we're living in a fucking dystopia, 2. I am so done, so infinitely done, with the democrat establishment. so done.
Welcome to this week's round up of links that The F-Word team have found interesting in the past seven days!
Linking does not equal endorsement - some of these stories might not represent a feminist utopia, so proceed with caution and don't shoot the messenger. We try to put trigger warnings where appropriate but please take care if any titles seem ambiguous.
Julien Blanc apologises: 'I am the most hated man in the world' (Telegraph) (discussion of sexual assault and violence)
Julien Blanc: UK denies visa to 'pick-up artist' (discussion of sexual assault and violence)
The History of Women in Geek Culture Should Not Be Overlooked (Bitch Magazine)
Barbie F*cks It Up Again (Pamela Ribon, Gizmodo)
Nearly half of young transgender people have attempted suicide - UK survey (Guardian) (suicide discussion, reference to transphobia)
What is "Plus-Size" Anyway? (Bitch Magazine)
Bill Cosby and the rape accusers: stop looking away and start believing women (Guardian CiF) (rape and sexual assualt)
The image is by Marilylle Soveran and is used under a creative commons licence. It shows a small leaf yellowed by Autumn, attached to a twig like branch going diagonally across the frame. The background shows out of focus clouds in a blue sky.
At the ponds a grey heron was out stalking fish and then I stalked the heron with my camera. The telephoto lens is heavy and the pictures when the heron was still in the water turned out blurry because I just couldn't keep the camera steady. My camera's light spooked it and it flew into a tree.
For some reason it was easier to take a picture then:
( Heron )
I Will Face My Fear , BtVS/Twin Peaks crossover by beer_good_foamy.
Chapter 7/8 of A Christmas Slay by cafedemonde.
Meta on BtVS by shadowkat67.
Willow banner by teragramm.
More news from the Sunnydale Press.
Blastr talks about the legacy of the BtVS writer's room.
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Sameen Shaw/Samantha(Root) Groves
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Artist on DW/LJ:n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: tumblr
Why this piece is awesome: well she calls this practice but this is so well done, from the blurred background that directs your focus to lighting and the perfect body language
Breakfast Apple Pie: Egads, this was a really long time ago, because I made it for a Sunday brunch back in the SUMMER. Oh well. It was still good, so I'm going to tell you about it. It's the oatmeal that makes it breakfasty.
Outrageous Peanut Butter Brownies: I actually made these a while ago, and almost didn't bring them in to work because they were soooo good. But in the interest of not weighing a thousand pounds, I decided to share and all my coworkers loved me for a day. Then the next day, they were like, "What'd you bring us?" because they are greedy, ungrateful wretches.
We are having a potluck Thanksgiving lunch in work tomorrow, so this is what I made to bring:
Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits: We all know the only reason to go to Red Lobster is the biscuits, so now you don't have to leave your house! Not hard to make at all, and tastes even better than the restaurant ones.
Buttermilk Cornbread: The jury is still out on this one. I don't know if it's my oven or what, but these needed to bake quite a bit longer than 15 minutes. Which I did not realize until they had cooled and I cut into them and they were still kinda gooey. (I don't understand, I did the toothpick test and it came out clean...) So I put them back in the oven. We'll see how this goes. Also, I made the "jalapeno" variation, and whoooooo that is spicy. Kinda glad I also made the biscuits, since these may not be to everyone's taste.
(As will soon be obvious, I wrote these comments down after each episode, without any knowledge what would happen later...)
( Read more... )
* Bandom (turlough)
* Batman (mific)
So we already have a few recs too look forward to in December, but 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 only ONE reccer has volunteered for January, 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 December, January 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 November. If you are looking for something to inspire you, the prompt for this week is "Family", 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.)
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Patrick Stump, Pete Wentz, Andy Hurley, Joe Trohman
Content Notes/Warnings: None
Medium: Digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: None that I could find
Artist Website/Gallery: meglm / meglm52
Why this piece is awesome: It's a sweetly goofy rendering of FOB in their "Centuries" video. I love the attention to detail this artist has to everything from the guys' facial expressions to the tattoos 3/4 of the band has.
Link: Gladiator (Link goes to artist's tumblr)
So, here's an idiosyncratic, Snick-specific collection of links to show why the kink meme is great. These are mostly short on kink and long on feelings, but there's plenty of stuff at the meme that's more hardcore, too – see the Delicious for all the links. :)
Asterisks on the stuff that's never been posted anywhere else, AFAIK.
( delicious recs )
This isn't the first Buffy/Twin Peaks crossover I've written, either, but it is kind of in continuity with the others.
A Code Waiting To Be Broken (Faith/Audrey)
Five People Who Didn't Know They Were In A Crossover (Cooper)
Title: I Will Face My Fear
Author: Beer Good (beer_good_foamy)
Prompt: Agent Dale Cooper goes into a bar and meets... Riley Finn!
Fandoms: Buffy The Vampire Slayer/Twin Peaks, set in early s5 of Buffy, and consequently about 10 years after the s2 finale of Twin Peaks.
Characters/Pairings: Riley Finn, Dale Cooper. Riley/Buffy discussed.
Word count: ~1200
This is his true face. Few can see it. The gifted... and the damned.
( Agent Finn. Good to meet you. Agent Dale Cooper, FBI. )
thatyourefuse: I have come up with an analogy that entertains me way too much
synecdochic: we continue touring our way through BPAL's general catalog
recessional: perfumes I'm not wearing these days
wisdomeagle: culture consumed Wednesday: pumpkins, pirates, perfume, and gender-based violence
niqaeli: [bpal] multi (Halloween 2014)
(As always: if anyone else is writing up stuff and would like it linked, leave a comment to let me know.)
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: The Fifth Doctor & Adric, Nyssa, Tegan Jovanka, Vislor Turlough, and Peri Brown
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: coloured pencils
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: firefiriel
Why this piece is awesome: This is such a sweet portrait of the Fifth Doctor and all his Companions. I love the warm light inside the TARDIS and the way it contrasts with the dark blue of the outside.
Link: Five is for Riches
No Words Needed , Willow/Tara by badly_knitted.
The Truest Madness , Buffy/Angelus by only1tonid
sueworld2003 asks if anyone is interested in Noel of Spike ?
Buffy icons by hermionesparkle.
Buffyverse icons by teragramm.
Buffyverse icons by red_satin_doll.
EW re-watches Beer Bad .
* Such a random thing to come from Playboy, but I will take any opportunity to revisit the short-lived series Kings.
* Here's a trailer for the new live-action Cinderella movie from Disney.
* Better Call Saul finally has a premiere date. So does The Americans.
* Adam Pally is leaving The Mindy Project.
* Really interesting account of how Mike Nichols and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? helped to change the MPAA rating system.
* Cecily Strong is hosting the next White House Correspondents' Dinner. Good for her.
* Here's a clip of Meryl Streep singing "Stay With Me" from Into the Woods.
* There's also a trailer for Pitch Perfect 2.
* Donald Sutherland compared Jennifer Lawrence to Joan of Arc and Jesus. Look, we all love JLaw, but that's a little ridiculous even as hyperbole. (On the other hand, now I kind of want a Joan of Arc movie starring Jennifer Lawrence?)
Today, there was a woman with a toddler behind me who was buying some Daiya Cheese Blocks. I'd never seen those before, just the shredded (I don't often get Daiya cheese... since I can have the goat and sheep milk cheeses, but sometimes it's not a bad substitute to use) and asked how she liked it. Turns out the little girl can't have any dairy and LOVES being able to have blocks of cheese (and not just slices or shredded) just like everyone else in the family.
I happened to be buying a box of Earth Balance Vegan Macaroni & Cheese (because that stuff is *awesome*) and asked if they'd tried it. Turned out she'd never heard of it... and also hadn't known about Earth Balance Vegan Cheddar Squares (the store had only just started carrying them about a week ago (totally my fault... I've been bugging them for over a year about it, got fed up and bought five boxes when we were in Texas last month, so of course now they started carrying the stuff locally)).
End result: She went running off on a mad dash through the store to get macaroni & Cheese and a box of vegan cheddar squares. I predict a VERY happy little girl in the not too distant future.
Crossposted from my Livejournal
A funny thing happens whenever I live abroad: I talk to my parents more than I do when I'm in Australia.
The amazing power of Skype means that friends and family aren't as far away as they used to be. We can talk to and see one another every day. I can tell my mum I like her new hairstyle, watch my dad cooking dinner and allow my ears to be punished as my nephew takes over the keyboard and mic. There's no denying that social media has radically changed how we communicate with distant loved ones. Of course, being apart from your family is the hardest part of being an expat, and sometimes not even Skype can help.
In the South Sudan, with unreliable internet, Skype is a luxury and for Kerry it simply isn't an option. Kerry works as a human rights officer under extremely stressful conditions and she misses her family at home immensely. "I would say it is one of the hardest parts of this kind of work," she says. "However, we stay in touch online and we speak on the phone as often as we can. My mum and my brother never fail to put a smile on my face even after the hardest day. Even though I know they worry about me, they always support me. It helps to speak to people who are not under the same stresses, they can pull you out of the bubble you sometimes find yourself in."
For some expats, there is the option to go home and visit, but not always regularly. Anna, who lives in Australia, tries to make the long trek back to Leeds at least every two years. But that's simply not often enough to feel like she's part of the lives of her youngest family members. Anna feels that she hasn't had the opportunity to get to know her brother's children. Anna and her partner are expecting their first child in the new year and she sees distance as a particular challenge. "I think it will hit home even more when I have my baby as I won't be able to properly introduce it to its English grandparents." Anna also worries about what will happen as her parents age. "I am conscious that my brother will have to carry more than his fair share of looking after them."
Raising a family abroad can be hard. You lack the support of your family and close friends at home. It can be an opportunity to make new friends as you connect with other expat mums, but it can present unexpected challenges.
For Farrah, finding the right school for their children in Luxembourg was difficult. Farrah wasn't so keen for her children to go to the local school where they only learn Luxembourgish until the age of 6 (who knew Luxembourgish was a language!). It's not a skill which is easily transferable. The American School didn't offer languages and the French school was too difficult for her daughter. They have finally settled on a Montessori school which gives classes in both French and German.
"I think one of the single biggest things that we're giving the children is language," Farrah says. "England is very much a mono-lingual society. And they don't really value languages in the same way."
Farrah and I talked about what it means to be a "third culture kid". These are children who either have multiple cultural identities or no specific cultural identity. Farrah feels that Luxembourg is a good place to be a 3rd culture kid, as it is so ethnically diverse and multicultural. But there's a certain level of guilt, raising your children in these environments.
"My daughter still says she wants to go back to Sweden," Farrah says. "Nearly all the children I know talk about where they were and want to go back there. And that's heartbreaking as a parent because you feel like you've done the wrong thing even though you're giving them all these advantages."
Family life abroad is far and away the biggest challenge for expats, and in traditional 'male-led-female-follower' expat families the bulk of that burden falls on women. But even for women who have moved abroad independently, missing your family is the hardest part - with or without Skype.
For myself, I feel particularly far away from home right now, as my mum is in hospital for an operation. On top of all the other expat worries of cultural and language difficulties, I can now add the guilt of distance. Family might only be a phone call away, but nothing beats sharing a real hug with your mum.
The photo illustrates a family portrait of two women, a baby and toddler. Thanks Deborah Welsh for the photo.
In August this year, Cambridge's Wysing Arts Centre held its fifth Space-Time festival. This arts and music festival explores "realities and possibilities" and this year chose to focus on women in electronic and experimental music. The piece below reviews the event, talking to women working in the industry about the barriers they experience within this field. Sadly, I missed this exciting event, but for those of us who didn't attend, you can read more here.
The image is of Holly Herndon, a performer at the festival. It shows Holly performing, with one hand on a laptop and the other on a mixing table. The image was taken by Niklas Park and shared under a Creative Commons licence.
Later, someone on my telecon uttered the following words in all seriousness: "So wait, is this the problem we were having with time going backward?"
Let me pour forth
My tears before thy face, whilst I stay here,
For thy face coins them, and thy stamp they bear,
And by this mintage they are something worth.
For thus they be
Pregnant of thee;
Fruits of much grief they are, emblems of more;
When a tear falls, that thou fall'st which it bore;
So thou and I are nothing then, when on a divers shore.
On a round ball
A workman, that hath copies by, can lay
An Europe, Afric, and an Asia,
And quickly make that, which was nothing, all.
So doth each tear,
Which thee doth wear,
A globe, yea world, by that impression grow,
Till thy tears mix'd with mine do overflow
This world, by waters sent from thee, my heaven dissolvèd so.
O! more than moon,
Draw not up seas to drown me in thy sphere;
Weep me not dead, in thine arms, but forbear
To teach the sea, what it may do too soon;
Let not the wind
To do me more harm than it purposeth:
Since thou and I sigh one another's breath,
Whoe'er sighs most is cruellest, and hastes the other's death.