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1. I got to sleep in, yay!

2. With the stress of that fic deadline lifted, I was suddenly so productive today!

3. The last few episodes of Legend of Korra have been surprisingly enjoyable considering how generally crap the end of season one and first part of season two were. I liked tonight's episode a lot.

4. There was a shooting at the airport this morning. My aunt was flying in from Minnesota today, but thankfully her flight did not arrive until the afternoon, so she wasn't in any danger. She did have to sit on the plane for several hours after touchdown, though, as the airport was completely closed down until this evening.
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Eeeeeee! So, I was going to be good and just wait until they air for real next month, but then Irene saw the torrent and downloaded it, so we watched it together tonight. It was AWESOME, but now I have to wait all the way until the end of next month for more! ;_;

Spoilers! )


Aug. 8th, 2010 02:38 am
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First off, have some more Avatar stuff! [personal profile] sholio recently watched Avatar for the first time and has a bunch of episode reactions in her Avatar tag (there's fic and other stuff in there, too, but just scroll down a little bit and you'll come to the show talk). I also really liked this essay by a ten-year-old girl about whitewashing in the Avatar movie.

Creepy crawlies: Amazing Scanning Electron Microscope pictures of insects and spiders
Okay, this series of photos is just super, super awesome (unless you don't like bugs, natch).

"Straddling" bus–a cheaper, greener and faster alternative to commute
This is also super cool. It's a bus that cars can pass through like a tunnel, so it doesn't get caught in traffic, but also doesn't take the expense and time of building trains.

You're now tuned into the motherfucking greatest
See, here's the thing. If you can watch a show and not be bothered by the appalling lack of equal representation in the media today, kudos to you. I mean that sincerely. I used to be you. I remember that sense of not being bothered. I remember not noticing that there was no one like me on the shows I watched. I remember being more entertained by the adventures of white men, doing white men things. In many ways, it was a much happier time and I'd be lying if there weren't days that I wished I could go back to that sense of being happy with whatever the networks chose to give me.


See, the problem is, I got bored with that. Angry too, don't get me wrong, but mostly bored. I want to like things, but I'm tired of white men stories about white men adventures. The media's been doing that for a long time now and...well, frankly, it's just not as interesting as it used to be. I'd like to see what else media is capable of. Because I know they're capable of it, if they'd just apply themselves. They're just not living up to their full potential, you know?

If you were hacking since age 8, it means you were privileged.
This was a really interesting essay and even the comments were interesting to read, despite the flood of "but I wasn't rich and I had a computer!" comments that miss the main point, which is that just because people didn't learn to program or hack when they were in elementary school doesn't automatically mean they're not as capable as people who did.

[personal profile] ephemere: Patalim
I don't want to erase this blood staining my legacy. I don't want to forget, as if it never happened. I don't want to keep coming across, "I didn't know the Philippines was a U.S. colony!" as if I do not bear the damage of American occupation written in my nerves and across my tongue. I don't want to see "deathmarching" used as a verb, the same way I deplore how "imeldific" is used as an adjective -- as if history were an erasable thing and words slipping into common parlance an apology or a healing of all these wounds. I don't want people to go on using this in a misguided attempt to remove the blood in it, because forgetting is what gives the evil behind this more power, by allowing the word to go unchallenged and slip under the veneer of acceptability, lightness, cheapening, banality. I don't want the atrocities of war to become equated with mundane things.

For Your Entertainment, or Why I Hate Boys Don't Cry
Great analysis of the film Boys Don't Cry and the general portrayal of trans people (especially trans guys) in mainstream media. I haven't seen Boys Don't Cry myself (yet, I've had it on my hard drive to watch for ages), but it's worth reading even if you haven't seen the movie.

Seth McFarlane and his transphobic episode of Family Guy
So a while back there was a really transphobic episode of Family Guy and McFarlane said something about how it was meant to be a sympathetic portrayal and he thought trans people would love it. Now he was interviewed about it again and said that people were stupid if they didn't understand that it was a sympathetic portrayal, and then went on to say that if he found out he had slept with a trans woman, he might throw up, too (as the character did on the show), because that's just how straight guys are wired.

Useful questionnaire for room sharing at a con
Code for a poll you can use if you're going to a con and looking for a roommate!

Old Spice meets ADHD
A guy with ADHD does a great parody of the Old Spice commercials.

Transcript! )
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1. There's an Avatar friending meme on DW! Also yet another interview about Legend of Korra with the Avatar creators.

2. I really liked this Holmes/Watson block print. So pretty. *_*

3. We have been buying a lot of bananas lately, and inevitably the last couple will get too soft to eat, so I toss them in the freezer for eventual banana muffins. There are like ten or twelve up there now (a recipe usually calls for three), so I figured I'd better start making some muffins before the freezer became nothing but bananas.

Rather than go with one of my usual recipes, I decided I wanted to try banana bran muffins this time, so I bought some wheat bran the other day and googled for a recipe. I ended up going with this one, but I subtituted honey for sugar (I used about 1/4 cup honey, though next time I might use less) and put in dried cherries rather than chopped nuts (I don't like nuts in my baked goods, but I do like dried fruit, and cherries were what we had on hand).

Anyway! They turned out really good!

4. I've been getting so much stuff done the past few days! I'm very excited about that. :)

Daily Happysong:

BoA vs Lady Gaga - (Don't Call) My Name
A mashup by mas4 of BoA's My Name and Lady Gaga's Alejandro. Very catchy!
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New Avatar! I...I'm sure I had some other things I was going to post about in today's happiness post, but all I can think about is Avatar! Everything I am hearing about it so far sounds so awesome!

I especially loved this quote by one of the creators: "We just don’t subscribe to the conventional wisdom that you can’t have an action series led by a female character. It’s kinda nonsense to us."

Oh! And my [ profile] mcshep_match fic is finally coming along. Which is good, as it's due tomorrow. DDD: But I was having so much trouble with it, even after I settled on my idea, I was having trouble with how to write it and where to start.

Daily Happysong:

The Proclaimers - I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)
This is such a fun song!


Jul. 22nd, 2010 07:44 am
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[personal profile] facetofcathy: SPN-J2 Big Bang Recs/Reviews for 2010, part two. and SPN-J2 Big Bang Recs/Reviews for 2010, part three.
What it says on the tin!

[personal profile] marina: WHAT THE FUCK
This is a really interesting look at dubbing (and subtitling) coming from a Russian-Israeli perspective. I'm not a big fan of dubbed movies or shows, but the conventions of US dubbing are familiar to me, so it was fun to see a first-time reaction. (Similarly, I was totally baffled when I heard of the Russian convention of leaving in the original language track and dubbing over it!)

New Series "Avatar: The Legend of Korra" Premieres in 2011
The Legend of Korra takes place 70 years after the events of Avatar: The Last Airbender and follows the adventures of the Avatar after Aang – a passionate, rebellious, and fearless teenaged girl from the Southern Water Tribe named Korra. With three of the four elements under her belt (Earth, Water, and Fire), Korra seeks to master the final element, Air. Her quest leads her to the epicenter of the modern “Avatar” world, Republic City – a metropolis that is fueled by steampunk technology. It is a virtual melting pot where benders and non-benders from all nations live and thrive. However, Korra discovers that Republic City is plagued by crime as well as a growing anti-bending revolution that threatens to rip it apart. Under the tutelage of Aang’s son, Tenzin, Korra begins her airbending training while dealing with the dangers at large.

I am so excited about this! And it's come at a perfect time, when people are getting into Avatar again or for the first time (at least the horrible movie had one good effect). [personal profile] inkstone has a post with lots of discussion in comments and there is also a discussion post at [community profile] white_lotus. Plus there's an interview with the creators about the new series as well.


FWD/Forward: Today In Journalism: Simply Overcome
The thing about terms like ‘suffers from’ and ‘victim of’ is that if someone self identifies with them, that’s fine. But when they get used as generic terms to refer to people with disabilities in general, it sets a precedent. It tells people that disability is suffering, and that people with disabilities are victims. The reason that we ask people to use neutral language when talking about disability is not because we want to tell other people how to feel about their disabilities, but because we don’t want to tell nondisabled people to think negatively about disability.

This is an important thing, when talking about language. There’s a big difference between identifying with a term and using it, and using a term in general to refer to everyone like you, or, in the case of nondisabled people, using a term you’ve heard someone use as self identification to refer to everyone like that person. If the media presented disability in neutral terms, ‘The locals known Ray Magallan, a man with cerebral palsy who…,’ it allows readers to approach the article with neutrality. But here, from the very start, the subject of the article is a victim.

The Rotund: I Love My Doctor; What Happens When You Take Weight Loss Out Of The Equation
When weight loss is the goal, instead of some actual health metric, you (and your doctor) are buying into a system that doesn’t work. You try and you try and you fail – and then though your general health is actually improved, you feel like a failure and give it all up. When weight loss is the goal, even if you say you’re doing it for your health, chances are reeeeeeeeeeeeally high you don’t actually give a shit about that cholesterol number. You’re too busy monitoring the number on the scale, the number on the tag in your pants.

Remove weight loss as a goal, and you’re more likely to actually stick to changes that you make in order to physically feel better (and the more those changes are likely to work for you as an individual with the entirety of your body and mind being taken into consideration). Remove weight loss as a goal, and you get to measure things that are actually meaningful, that actually provide valuable information about the inner workings of your body!

[personal profile] dingsi: [From the Archives] On My Imaginary And Totally Unsubstantiated Anger
I totally get the sentence "If you're not angry, you're not paying attention". I'm not thinking it means that you must be angry, all the time, or that we all have to be angry about the same things. What it says for me is, dude, you don't have to fucking LOOK for the fucked-up things, they're there, and also you can't unsee it, although sometimes I feel so exhausted or down that I wish I could go back to not seeing certain -isms and issues, because it would make my life easier, but then I remember it would also make me an asshole, and I tell myself that being less of an asshole to other people is fucking worth it, so there.

[personal profile] seishun: Never male
I look back to my youth and see a little girl who looked like a boy. A tomboy, to be sure, but no less female for that. Just not particularly feminine. I played with my toys which were stereotypical "boy" toys: action figures, Legos, Matchbox cars, plastic dinosaurs. I remember one of my favourite toys was a scale replica of the Saturn V rocket. It had stages that came apart and everything. Even a wee lunar lander. But because I was a little girl, those were also girl toys, weren't they? And I played with my sister's dolls and "little homemaker" type toys. I played with the neighbor's EasyBake oven. I played with dollhouses, including my sister's. My sister and I both LOVED Star Wars and we both had figures and a few other toys.


All of that is to say this: it doesn't matter what kind of stereotyped behaviour you engaged in as a child. What MATTERS is how you saw yourself, how YOU identified.

And I? I was never a boy. I was never male. I was only ever a girl. But what about you? Tell me your story. I am keen to know. If you now identify as female, did you identify as male before? And if you now identify as male, did you identify as female before?

I really like this post, and there's some interesting discussion in comments, too. I think it is interesting how some kids make the leap from "I feel like/want to be a boy/girl" to "I am a boy/girl". For me, I never had a conception of male and female as something other than physical, so even though my body bothered me, even though I pretended I was a boy, I never felt like I could really be a boy, because my body clearly was a girl's. (Even as a teenager, transsexual meant exclusively trans women, so I just felt...resigned.)

[personal profile] usullusa: Rock Bottom
As some of you already know a few months ago I came out to my parents. They told me I was not welcome under their roof while I was queer. Since then they have withdrawn a large chunk of their financial support. The last few months have been the hardest of my life. My parents, even when they messed up, where my mentors, confidants, and the only people I could rely on while I was starting out in life. I won't regale you with the details, but it's been horrible. And now I am going back to college while I still can (it is a long story, but right now is my best and last chance to finish my degree without incurring tens of thousands of dollars in loans) and I have to somehow support myself while attending school full-time.


I don't know what I can do right now to make some money. This is why I'm asking you, internet, for help. I need some sort of temp job. My resources are so limited. I can basically work from home on something, anything, or I can take odd jobs from people in New York, once I've moved, until I find a permanent job.

If you live anywhere in NYC and need something done, please think of me. Do you need your storage room cleaned? Shelves, closets or cupboards organized? I am aces at cleaning and organizing storage spaces. Do you work at an office where you have a backlog of filing, data entry, or general office work and could use a temp? I have several summers worth of experience doing just that.

Or, do you have any kind of online data entry you need done? Do you need somebody to gather information on something? Do you need cataloging of any kind?

Even ideas for what I can do are wonderful. Anything, any help you can think of, is already more than I have right now.


Sep. 1st, 2009 07:31 pm
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I finally finished watching Avatar today! I had watched up to the last four eps and then stopped for a while because they're all in one file that is an hour and a half long, so it felt too long to watch and I just kept procrastinating (I know I can pause the video, but I don't like having things open when I'm not using them at the moment). It didn't help that I was busy with stuff that wasn't anything I could do while watching TV. But now I've got some more time and wanted to work on translating lyrics, which is perfect for TV-watching because I just need a small text window not a program that takes up the whole screen (and it doesn't take my full attention, either).

Spoilery )

Now I need to catch up with Brothers & Sisters before the new season starts. Wikipedia tells me that's on the 27th, so if I try to watch an episode a day, I should be able to make it. (Wow, that's a lot of TV, though. I don't know how you guys who watch a zillion shows do it.)
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Just watched The Boiling Rock. Spoilers )


Jul. 16th, 2009 11:42 pm
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I haven't been commenting on Avatar as I watch it, because I'm lazy, but I just finished watching The Beach and Spoilers )


May. 5th, 2009 10:18 pm
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I hadn't been watching any TV for a while, but the other day I started in on season two of Avatar and am now about halfway through the season.

Spoilers )
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1. I finished watching season one of Avatar tonight. Katara is so awesome. I especially loved her fights in the season finale. Sokka is my favorite, though. ♥

2. It's supposed to be cooler tomorrow, down to around 80 from mid '90s today, and then down another ten degrees on Wednesday. I really, really hope that actualy happens! Gah, today was so horrible.

3. I'm also pretty excited about the Dreamwidth crossposter. I have been crossposting to my two LJs and to IJ using Semagic, and I can do that in one click, but if I need to edit an entry (which happens way too often, even though I try to proof-read stuff first), I have to go in and edit all three separately. With the Dreamwidth crossposter, though, it can not only crosspost in one click, it can edit that way as well! Now if they implement it for community crossposts as well, that would be awesome.

4. I'm almost finished with Evening Is the Whole Day (which is good, since it's due Wednesday). This has got to be one of the slowest books I've ever read. For one thing, it's very deceptive! Only 350 pages, but there's really a lot of text per page. And I don't know, I'm just not into the story at all, so it never seems to pick up and I'm just forcing myself to read it. Yet it's not bad at all, just not grabbing me.

5. Apparently there is for sure going to be a 12-issue Pushing Daisies comic. I'm not thrilled about that format vs. another season or a movie, but at least it will supposedly tie up the loose ends.


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