The problem

Oct. 16th, 2017 08:16 pm
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[personal profile] liv
Sexual violence against women and girls is endemic. There's an absolute mountain of evidence that this is the case, from the experiences of my friends to any number of posts on social media to rigorous studies. A big part of the reason I decided to identify as a feminist is because women are routinely denied bodily autonomy and feminism seems to be the only political movement that cares about this.

links and personal observations about sexual violence against women )

I absolutely believe everybody else's experiences, people I know and strangers writing brave, brave columns and blog posts. I am just a total outlier, and I really shouldn't be. So I'm signal boosting others' accounts, because I know that I needed to be made aware of the scale of the problem, and perhaps some other people reading this could also use the information.

one word at a time

Oct. 16th, 2017 09:58 am
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[personal profile] silveraspen
What 2017 has been doing for me is making me realize that I can’t do work in the same way I used to.

The above-linked piece by John Scalzi has a lot of good points, but I think the linktext I chose from it is really the core, for me.

Music Monday Meme

Oct. 16th, 2017 05:20 pm
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But let's start with a PSA: My name is spelled ExtraPenguin, with both the E and P in capitals. All-lowercase variants are sometimes necessary due to limitations in eg URLs, but the proper version is ExtraPenguin. As far as shortened versions/nicknames go, EP and Penguin are fine.

15. A song that is a cover by another artist
Battle Beast - Push it to the Limit
(lyrics)
Originally by Paul Engemann, from the soundtrack of Scarface.
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We took the children to their first ever live rugby match on Saturday after attending Rugby Tots. Keiki is still enamoured of it after six weeks. Humuhumu has realised that she would quite like to do rugby as well and so she is now signed up for the class immediately after his. This brings her class total to three: swimming (Fridays), rugby (Saturday) and gymnastics (Sunday), thus cementing our status as Parental Taxi Service for the next thirteen years or so.

Anyway, the weather was unseasonably mild and sunny and we were sat in the stands next to a lovely group of Brive fans. They tempted the children to cheer for their side with flags. We accepted gracefully and offered them Haribo, which they took, so I'm counting that a win for Anglo-French relationships. Especially since Worcester won, which was definitely not a given considering (a) their early performance, including some dire kicking and (b) the fact that they're pretty much always near the bottom of the Premier league table.

The children loved it, although keeping them engaged did involve bribery with Lego and chips (not at the same time). Afterward they opened the pitch to the children to run around, and then the players came out. We got the Worcester players to sign one of the Brive flags which they did without rancour. It was a superb day out and we were all pleasantly worn out at the end of it.

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[L to R: G. Milasinovich (prop), me, Humuhumu, Keiki, P. Humphreys (wing)]

+3 )

Music Monday

Oct. 16th, 2017 02:45 am
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[personal profile] zhelana
23. A song that everybody should listen to:




the rest )

Style

Oct. 16th, 2017 02:41 am
zhelana: (Potter - Hermione pissed)
[personal profile] zhelana
Do you like your style? Do you want to change it? What would you change it to?

Of course I like my style. If I didn't, it wouldn't be my style, now would it?

the rest )

82F - 61F : Afternoon rain

Oct. 16th, 2017 02:19 am
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[personal profile] zhelana
This morning I woke up unprompted at 9:45. I was thinking about going to Pride, but then I got a reminder from FB that I said I'd go to archery. I debated for a while, and was almost mentally blocked by the idea of missing either. Then I decided to go to archery, because the potential to make friends was greater. I drove over to Windy Hill, and we set up the archery range and shot a few rounds. Then we did two royal rounds - the first starting from 20 and moving back to 40. The second starting from 40 and moving up to 20. I scored 11 on the first and 29 on the second. I dunno if moving forward is good for me or if I just had a better idea what I had to do on the second round, but that's pretty impressive change right there. Right before the timed round of the second royal round, my shoulder yelled stop. I did the timed round anyway, but then, stopped and sat in the back with Mara who was arguing with someone who is wrong on the internet.

Mara is trying to provide a place to send scrolls when you die so you can will them to her if no one in your family would value them. Someone in Atlantia was trying to argue that scrolls belong to the kingdom and must be returned when you die, and then in the same breath argued that they belonged to the scribe who made them and should be returned there when you die. Mara agreed that returning the art to the scribe, if the scribe was still active, alive, and wanted them, was a good thing to do, but failing that, someone might need something to do with their scrolls. What she's doing is a last ditch effort to keep scrolls out of landfills. I think it's commendable.

I came home to a text from Donna cancelling walkies because she had insomnia. So I took a shower, and ordered dinner, and went to bed. Seriously, I was asleep at 7pm, and slept until 2am. Now I've slept 7 hours, and I'm not sure I can sleep more, but it's only 2am. Tara comes at 10, so I may be in for a long day.

inktober: week 2

Oct. 15th, 2017 11:15 pm
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[personal profile] syntheid
(thanks for everyone who comments, I'm kind of unable to respond to every comment individually but I really appreciate them!)

I broke down and dug out the fine liners and that let me get some better detail for some of them. Day 9 was a study but I really liked how that one turned out, kinda learning about ink washes. Also added in a bit of color with highlighters, even though I'd intended to do all monochrome. I've been kinda trying to go back to a couple of the things I thumbnailed or sketched last week, but I haven't really been able to do it yet. Kind largely referenced work here, because I wanted to focus more on learning how to use the mediums and study lighting, though Day 8 was original. Went with a cartoony style because I thought it'd be easy to do; I was kind of unmotivated that day, so I just wanted to do something relatively fast but 'finished' and it worked out.


stitched-mouth cartoony ink person waving hello

referenced from a photo of a person holding a dead bird spread out on their back

value study with intense shadow on half a face for portrait

a sketchy yelling chameleon

value study on a fuchsia flower

face-on portrait of disheveled person coloed in blue and purple

ink wash study of feet standing on tip toe

All this beauty passing by me.

Oct. 15th, 2017 09:18 pm
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[personal profile] hannah
It's not that I didn't think there were any photos of me on Facebook so much that - okay, I need to back up a bit. Last week - no, more than that. This is a big thing that only tangentially relates to me, so let me just start off with the biggest piece of news.

My younger brother's going to be on television.

Starting on Wednesday, on Fusion TV at 8 PM, Car vs. America is going live with my younger brother as one of the co-hosts. He's the taller one. This has been in production for months now, with a backstory that reads like a classic British sitcom, what with the website where he works getting sold and bought with the new owners wanting to recruit TV talent from outside the company and then looking within the existing employment pool and a whole roundabout of their TV show pitch working its way to be pitched right back to them almost exactly the same. He's given me behind the scenes stories of fights with producers I don't care to recount and every so often he stumbles back to New York City for a few days before heading back out to Pennsylvania for a story on a 25-year wait on imports or a drive from LA to Seattle following the most amusing route possible.

And this Wednesday, it goes on TV.

Last Tuesday, I saw the first episode. I saw it at the premiere party at the downtown office where he goes on the days he goes into an office. It was a fun half-hour of TV, lots of laughs, and yes, it's basically my younger brother up there. The party was definitely a party, with people hanging around and chatting and having fun with drinks and snacks and toys, and I was the first person there to figure out how to make the RC cars - "analog drones," I joked - go backwards. Someone was going around taking pictures, from informal snaps to serious smiles.

I'm in three of them. Six, seven, and nine, the one in the striped high-low dress. Front and center, even, in seven. In the ninth one I'm way on the upper left corner, but that's me up there. I deactivated my account years ago and didn't know until I found out almost by accident, when I heard my father tell someone else about the dress I wore. So I could've gone on for ages not knowing instead of just being taken by surprise a few days after the fact.

(It's dark rum and pineapple juice on the rocks, if you're wondering, and it wasn't the only reason I was smiling.)

It was a deeply enjoyable party, even if twice someone first gave my older brother a handshake - he's in a few, most clearly in the second-to-last where he's holding up a promotional T-shirt - and then moved to give me a hug. People I'd never met or even heard of, moving in for a hug. I didn't hug back, just stayed standing still, and then put out my hand for a shake. If they'd hugged my brother first, I'd have hugged back, since that would've been a sign of how things were done. But, as they didn't, I myself didn't reciprocate.

Still, even for that happening twice, I had fun. I got a t-shirt and some banana pudding and a couple of drinks, and it turns out, there's new pictures of me on Facebook.

And my younger brother's going to be on TV in a few days. Which is, I gotta say, pretty darn cool of him.

And I think, in that one picture, that's a pretty good smile.

Cleveland & Mastodon

Oct. 15th, 2017 03:51 pm

A time to pull away the football

Oct. 15th, 2017 09:52 am
rydra_wong: Peanuts. Lucy has just pulled away the football and Charlie Brown has crashed onto his back. "And a time to pull away the football," she says. (football -- time)
[personal profile] rydra_wong
So [personal profile] rachelmanija is trying to start a campaign to pull the nuclear football away from Trump's grip.

I Google, and found Charlie Brown's Greatest Misses: Every 'Peanuts' Football Gag Comic. Some of the panels seemed ... strangely apposite.

Free to take, use, modify, do what you will. Pull the football, save the world.

Time

Oct. 15th, 2017 12:20 am
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[personal profile] zhelana
Favorite time of day?

About midnight - 3am. Maybe later if I want to be up, and maybe like 10pm on long nights. When it's quiet except for OA chat, and Kevin's gone to bed, and Jack is sleepy and sitting with me :)

the rest )

76F - 62F : Cloudy

Oct. 14th, 2017 09:34 pm
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[personal profile] zhelana
I need one more question - who wants to be the awesome person who asks me my last question? here on DW and here on LJ


I fell asleep at 10 last night, so there is really no excuse for today. My alarm went off at noon, and I turned it off and went back to sleep. I did wake up around 1 though. Kevin called because he had seen that I was still home, so he asked me to meet him at Rooms To Go, which I did. He was already talking to a lady by the time I got there. We tried a couple couches. The first was the one we saw online and liked, but Kevin couldn't close the footrest to stand up, so she brought us to an electric one, but Kevin's knees went higher than his butt and he couldn't stand up. Finally she showed us one that was perfect - electronic and high enough for Kevin. So, that was good. She said that would be $26 a month for 3 years, and I decided that that was not only manageable but that I could probably afford to get the recliner we'd seen earlier for my office. Those will both be delivered on the 27th. They don't do haul away so we'll have to have the guys from 1-800-Got-Junk come and take our furniture. Probably on the 26th. That's going to be expensive.

When we were done at Rooms To Go, Kevin decided we should go to Olive Garden as he'd been craving it for quite a while, but it is far from our house, and close to where we were for the store. I agreed, because I am a moron. We went to Olive Garden, and while we were there my alarm to go to my other activity for today went off. There was no way I could get there from where I was (plus I would have had to stop at home for a costume and my camera) so I sighed and ate my dinner. I was looking forward to costumes in the cemetery, but I guess there's always next year.

I came home and took a nap, and then the grocery delivery came. I had almost forgotten about them, lol. It's a good thing they called me asking which house was mine. Otherwise the milk might have sat outside until tomorrow and that would be bad. We put the groceries away, and then threw out the bags.

I read DW and LJ. Now it's only 10pm, so I think I'm going to read my book a little bit, and a story I follow on ff.net updated, so I'll read that.
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Some dates have been set, some things are happening, I am trying not to take late-afternoon/early evening naps! Moving trucks on Tuesday afternoon, three years to the day after I moved in here. Getting internet at the new place on Monday afternoon (in theory), and so should be getting keys... on Monday afternoon? Apparently this is very complicated. I already sense a pattern with this leasing company (ho ho, no shit!), but fingers crossed I just won't need anything ever. IT WILL BE FINE. Everything will be fine once I am in a new space!

Packing is starting to feel like psychological warfare, though. I have tried to make a list of what's left, which would in some ways be easier to handle if I could get access to my apartment, which legally becomes mine tomorrow. But it's like... the kitchen and the decision-fatigue-inducing papers and knickknacks and the "can I run all over Brooklyn and Manhattan to donate this before Tuesday and still get all my work done?" stuff. I suspect there will be a lot of Tuesday morning "throw it into a garbage bag! God will know his own!" going on.

TV is still good at the moment, though. Riverdale is peak ridonk, The Good Place is making me SO OUTRAGEOUSLY HAPPY and Jane the Virgin is finally back and I'm so overwhelmed by love that I can only watch it in chunks. I finally saw Kung Fury with my friend H, who came over last night for loafing; it was staggering, and it leaves Netflix in a week, so get on that, friends.

Neighbor has not messed with me since Monday night, at least. They seemed to be gone for a few days, but they're definitely back now. I'm worried about that window when the movers are coming in and out for a bit, but there's no way around it and hopefully, well. Movers.

I am still crashing and all my books are in boxes.

Friday 5: Song Milestones

Oct. 14th, 2017 01:09 pm
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[personal profile] jesse_the_k
Hey, it's [community profile] thefridayfive, and I came up with these questions (and why am I finding them so hard to answer?)

1) What is the first song you remember from your childhood?
"Never Mind the Why and Wherefore" from Gilbert and Sullivan's 19th C operetta Pirates of Penzance.
song and lyrics
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vYOCPeQvlB4

2) What is the first music you purchased with your own money?
Joni Mitchell's Song to a Seagull, 1968. I think I wore out the grooves.

3) What's a piece of music that you know by heart?
"How Can I Keep From Singing" happens a lot in the shower.

4) What's a song that makes you turn off the music right away?
"Me & Julio Down by the Schoolyard"

5) And why?
Lived below someone who played that song 20 times a day for a week.

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