In the third episode they move past the book (or rather deviate from it) but it is very well done and the elements they added adhere to the principle Atwood used when writing the book that all the forms of torture and oppression that occure in the book are based on reality.
I have to see the complete series and then probably watch it again.
Peace and Harmony , Buffy/Harmony by punch_kicker15.
Ten Things that Could've Happened to Jenny Calendar by jo_andtherobot.
Soundcloud podcast talks Bad Girls .
Hypable podcast talks Spiral, Intervention & Over the Rainbow .
I know so well,
be that dark current
I carry in my veins.
let it take me under
to the shallows in winter,
see the ice stretch above
an opaque and cracked sky.
listen for sturgeons
and feel the eels,
dream in hibernation
on the lakebed.
sing the winter water
I've been promised,
be that killing cold
I was born in.
wait for my mother,
count the dead here,
my gookum, my uncle,
everyone I knew.
forget the sun
I lied to,
give up the warmth
I wasted away,
sing that ice road,
pray for frostbite,
beg for winter's mercy,
be numbed by snow.
Mirrored from Juliet Kemp.
Slightly belatedly — I had a splendid time at Eastercon. I was on four panels (Emotional Storytelling Through Music; Mystery, Fantasy, and Romance; Writing With Disability, Writing About Disability; and In Search of Optimistic SF). My co-panellists were all great, and all four panels seemed to go well as far as I could tell. I was pretty entirely wiped out by the end of the last one on Sunday evening though.
I also went to lots of other panels; spent all my spare cash on books in the Dealers Room; hung out talking to splendid people (old and new) in the bar and the fan lounge; and drank rather too much caffeine.
I especially enjoyed the Women In Star Wars panel, the BSFA Hamilton lecture (with impromptu singalong), the Vorkosigan Law talk (especially the bit where they acted out the scene in which Ivan and Tej attempt to divorce 🙂 ), and the Populism in SF panel on Monday morning that wound up happening in the bar due to Technical Errors. I had vague thoughts of putting some of my notes from them here but on re-reading them, I think turning them into anything comprehensible to anyone else is beyond me.
Looking forward even more to Worldcon in August now (and indeed to next year’s Eastercon, for which I am already signed up).
 I’ve been talking about Kindles lately and I do love my Kindle, but I want to support the small press folks and book dealers at the con too; buying directly from the author as in a couple of cases is awesome as well.
 Risk of being on fire due to mains cable problem. Being on fire generally considered unwise.
Chapter Twenty Seven of Sunshine and Shadows by slaymesoftly.
Sign-ups are open for summer_of_giles.
TheCalgaryHerald talks "How James Marsters found enough love in Spike to cheat his way to a starring role on Buffy the Vampire Slayer".
I don't have a list of changes for you yet, but most will fall into the following categories: things users have complained about to support volunteers, things support volunteers have complained about to developers, things denise has complained about not working the way she expects them to (and as we all know, The Boss is Always Right), and things that were printing warnings over and over in the production server logs, making it hard to spot when less frequent, more urgent errors were being printed. Oh, and also all the unused code I ripped out at the roots, which if you notice that, I did it wrong.
To sum up: we are rolling out a bunch of requested changes, so thank you all for your feedback!
If you're new to Dreamwidth and interested in tracking our development process, our commit logs are published to changelog and changelog_digest, and every month or so, one of our volunteers will translate those often-cryptic entries into witty, informative code tours! The most recent one was published on April 1, so we're about due for a new one. Hint, hint.
We'll update here again to let you know when the code push is imminent!
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Duo, Wufei, Heero
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: fastpuck / dragonhusbands
Why this piece is awesome: This work does a great job depicting these three pilots as they would look as young adults. I'm particularly fond of Wufei and his no-nonsense attitude. And the colouring is just lovely.
Link: ex-pilots lookin good (DeviantART) or here (Tumblr)
Scientists find evidence of possible human activity in San Diego 130 000 years ago
The fact that they may have been Denisovans just adds to the synchronicity.
That said, I have a feeling I'm going to be much more active in the next little while. That's because I've been watching Anne on CBC and am completely taken with how they're bending the Anne of Green Gables canon and changing the characters from those I know from the books and from the other previous films. This past episode (number 7) blew my mind on several levels and there is so much fanwork to be done, you guys. So many things suddenly open for interpretation and I just want to sink on into it.
So I am hoping to scare up a few other Canadians who've had the chance to see it, and want to play around in that sandbox.And soon, when it hits Netlix, maybe the rest of you will come along. Don't expect it to be the story you already know. Expect more.
To that end, I created green_gables as a comm where Anne folks can eventually converge. It's literally just a name and an empty community at this point, so I still have to set it up and, you know, let people know it exists... but I actually just went nuts and made like 25 icons for the show that I'm going to be posting there in a minute. So, I guess once I get around to informing folks of its existence, it'll actually have a bit of content.
You have to be registered by the 22nd May to vote in the election on the 8th June.
A lot of people, especially young people, seem to be registering. This is a good thing.
Wednesday will mark a month since I went into hospital, and I still feel pretty shit most of the time. I have codeine and naproxen and omeprazole to control the pain, but not much deals with the sense of being bloated and sick and totally lacking in energy all the time. I'm spending a ridiculous amount of time just curling up feeling grotty or reading lightweight fiction, while I know I have a major essay I should be working on. I've applied for an extension; if I don't get it I will probably have to drop out of the MA course.
I went to see a GP the Thursday before Easter, and she gave me extra painkillers and kindly said it would probably get better when I've had the cholecystectomy (gall bladder removal) and until then, keep taking the pills. I'm OK, just about, to sit in the car as a passenger for an hour and a half, but driving is beyond me, and so is most activity. Today we went to a garden centre, some fifteen minutes away, and after ten minutes of strolling around the plants I had to retreat to sit down. Fortunately it has a café, but I felt pretty feeble and ashamed of myself.
As a passenger I have been to visit F and her little one. ( Picspam below the cut. )
In other news, we have a bloody election in six and a half weeks, a nasty bit of Tory opportunism and perhaps another step into the abyss. I have actually joined ( = given real, hard cash) to an opposition political party, but my hopes are not high. Corbyn is such a wanker, and as much a liar about Brexit as Theresa. The most dramatic step the country has taken in half a lifetime, and Scylla and Charybdis seem like an easy choice by comparison.
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Archie
Content Notes/Warnings: none
Medium: digital painting
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: Nefyria on DA
Why this piece is awesome: This is an excellent, strong painting of Archie, looking moody and haunted. I really like the muted colours that fit the mood, and the 'tangled' texture and brush strokes. Click for the full effect.
Link: Archie Andrews
Name one of my fandoms and I'll answer some questions!
1. the character I least understand
2. interactions I enjoyed the most
3. the character who scares me the most
4. the character who is mostly like me
5. hottest looks character
6. one thing I dislike about my fave character
7. one thing I like about my hated character
8. a quote or scene that haunts me
9. a character I wish died but didn’t
10. my ship that never sailed
The second piece in that clip doesn't (IMHO) work as well out of context, but it reminded me of the awesomeness of David Toole -- I went looking and found a whole short piece he did with the mighty CandoCo Dance Company. It is very '90s modern dance TV, and I say this with love (everyone wears shift dresses and big boots, etc.), but it will meet your queer disability-inclusive sexay tango needs:
CandoCo: Outside In
Work first, then love -- work is good, I'm getting heavy praise for honestly not that much effort?? I met with an old family friend who works on freshwater conservation this afternoon, I guess he needs a writer in a hurry? So maybe this summer will be MBA work and writing for them, and perhaps I won't do any academic/literary writing at all, or not so much. I'm really okay with that -- it's been good for me, transitionally, but the industry that runs parallel to the academic humanities seems infected with the same sickness that's imo overrunning academia -- the pay is shit, the treatment is shit, there's no stability, and it's acceptable to work your people hard without having their backs on anything. Two years ago, it felt important to keep my hand in, keep up on scholarship. Now? Fuckem.
Love. Love is good. Not effortless, and not perfect -- but it's kind of an amazing feeling, learning how to trust someone to have my back like this. I was never this vulnerable with my ex, never as open about my needs, and my god, it's really something, innit, this mutual support gig?
I'm feeling comfortable moving on milestones that I never wanted to share with my ex, even though it hasn't been so very long -- discussed sharing the main body of finances today, getting a joint acct together, and lord but that's something I never ever ever wanted to do with S. I'm not worried in the same way about D. spending out my money selfishly, because seeing me provided for is genuinely important to him -- in fact, I think he's going to be able to help me learn to spend money on myself, which is something I've never got the hang off. I've a pair of new shoes and two new dresses this spring, and am going out in pursuit of a new swimsuit as soon as my period's over -- and it's lovely nice to have new things as needed, really it is.
April was scary for me, because I was medically and financially -- and emotionally -- in a needier place than I had been over the winter, and it was frightening to subject the relationship to the test that S. failed so abjectly -- could I still have worth when not able to play Lady Bountiful? But I needn't have worried.
We're going camping this weekend, for the 1st -- it's just starting to be warm enough to sleep out, here, and he's been asking for a chance to convince me that his method will render sleeping out comfortable enough to make it nice to do. I'm willing to take it on faith.
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: Colonel Une
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: amandaturnage / Amanda Turnage
Why this piece is awesome: This is such a cool portrait of Colonel Une. And the caption is perfect for this side of her personality.
ACCA is, first of all, a single-season show, so the plotting is very tight and moves along briskly, and, most importantly, does not leave you hanging with ep 12 howling "what do you /mean/ I have to wait a year for the resolve?!".
It's also gratifyingly subtle. It starts out looking a little like a police procedural, but takes an immediate turn into complex mystery and politics. The setting is a country (or, more accurately, a federation) divided into twelve districts with country-type autonomy. The regulatory body that keeps an eye on government and trade in this situation, is ACCA, of which our protagonist is a member.
There's plenty of lovely world-building, and there are times you might wonder if the story is getting lost in an exploration of the twelve (very distinct) districts, but all of that exploration turns out to tie smoothly right back into the plot. Which is that there is a plot afoot! There is, we hear, a coup detat in the offing. Who is behind it, who is participating, and exactly what our protagonist's part in all this is, is revealed only slowly.
The reveals are actually my favorite part of this show. Every time, there are red herrings that lead you to the wrong conclusion, but there are also clues provided just enough in advance for you to figure it out and have the pleasure of having guessed right when the truth comes out. In addition, each truth, while feeling solid and satisfying, only reveals another layer of the plotting.
My next favorite part is probably the romance. Because, while there's quite a bit of romance floating around, every single romantic relationship is either torpedoed by revealed genetic relationships or else explicitly identified as one-sided. You know the thing a lot of manga and anime do, where the epilogue is years later and shows you the romantic relationships neatly tied up in marriages? ACCA flips that. The last episode features several romantic pairs saying in so many words to one another "I know it's one sided, don't worry" or words to that effect. I grinned for a /week/ on the power of that alone.
By contrast, the most obvious slash pairing ends with significant hand contact, which did make my heart go pitter pat a bit, because really, you barely need your slash colored goggles with these two. My word, romantic pairings should /hope/ to see that kind of devotion.
And, of course, my thoroughgoing favorite thing is our protagonist, who is mild and unassuming and who you really, really do not want to make angry because he will, calmly and quietly and without collateral damage, raze your entire life's work, social standing, and political capital down to the ground. Such a delightful boy. One of the best twists of the whole story revolves around his nature, and it's his nature that makes the red herring so convincing. Wonderful writing.
This is definitely one I recommend watching, ideally on a weekend when you can marathon the whole series and delight in the unfolding of it all.