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4.A song that reminds you of someone you'd rather forget about
No.

5.A song that needs to be played LOUD: Ice T - Big Gun

Can you imagine what effect this movie had on me in 1995? Xena and Voyager, with their awesome fighting women, were only just at the beginning. Tank Girl was like a bucket of ice water in the face, so different to Wonder Woman and Supergirl and those clean, all-American traditions, but shouting out to the same little girls' heart.



If you love the song as I do, you may prefer to watch this Nikita fanvid by [livejournal.com profile] readthesubtext.

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Doobee doobee doobee do wop

Apr. 28th, 2017 09:36 pm
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3.A song that reminds you of summer: Long Hot Summer - Style Council

I do not give a damn what the lyrics are about, it's a music video of a skinny shirtless boy running his hands over his sun-warm skin, over his soft tender belly, writhing on a picnic blanket. Damn.

And yes, this post's icon is one I prepared earlier, years ago. Long Hot Summer has been my go to summer song for over 30 years.

And this one, too
don't look back, you can never look back )

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Code push scheduled for Sunday night

Apr. 27th, 2017 03:03 pm
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[staff profile] karzilla posting in [site community profile] dw_maintenance
We are planning to do a code push late this weekend, at approximately 8pm PDT / 11pm EDT / 3am UTC on Sunday, Apr 30 (or May 1 for you transatlantic types.).

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 [staff profile] 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 [site community profile] changelog and [community profile] 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!
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2.A song you like with a number in the title: Five Years - David Bowie



This song, trying to wrap everything into itself, the singer's restrained, regretful desperation, 'never knew I needed so many people'.

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without a dream in my heart

Apr. 26th, 2017 08:54 pm
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Of all the strange things in the world right now, watching Madam Secretary change from bog standard but in this case entertaining US exceptionalism to a radical little piece calling out the current White House as a bunch of Nazi idiots is one of the strangest.

Same with Agents of SHIELD. At the same time the white supremacist owner of Marvel comics is making Cap a Nazi (by the way, fuck you), the TV show is also calling out the current White House as a bunch of Nazis. And they are literally saying Nazi, bless their cotton socks. Because Hydra are fucking Nazis, even in Ada/Ophelia's dream world look at what the fuck they are wearing.

In fact many of my US shows are doing this. May you win your current fight, writers, comrades.

And now a music meme I picked up by way of [personal profile] st_aurafina

1.A song you like with a colour in the title: Blue Moon Revisited - Cowboy Junkies )
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I'm running a WisCon Workshop!

Apr. 25th, 2017 01:36 pm
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Friends! I have been suckered into running a workshop at WisCon! If you are attending, please consider signing up! I promise it'll be a good conversation and not too much prep!

If you are a writer-type who usually does a Friday writer's workshop, never fear--since mine is on Sunday, there is no conflict with other workshops. Panels are another story. Here's the info:

How to Read Tiptree Winners as Models for Resistance — Sunday, 4-5:45pm

Resistance is so vital to our survival right now. Join this session to participate in a discussion of how stories — specifically, Tiptree-winning stories — can serve as a lens for how to enact resistance. Let’s keep each other alive. This session will accommodate 8 people.

There's plenty of room, and signups end today! Please check to make sure you're registered for WisCon, then email the coordinator at workshop@wiscon.net to reserve a spot.

three things make a post

Apr. 20th, 2017 09:51 am
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It has been two weeks since my building's laundry room has been in working order. I bought new socks and underwear yesterday, but this weekend may well entail dragging my entire wardrobe on a laundromat quest. Life in New York City.

My hair is long enough to braid properly, and I have started plaiting silk scarves into the braid, which is both a lot easier and even prettier (if occasionally frustrating when it's not even at the end), and I'm enjoying it thoroughly. Goal of being able to French braid my own hair is still not accomplished, but someday that will be a skill I have in my toolkit. Someday. (My current secondary quest of finding a Calvin & Hobbes strip that is work-relevant also continues, but that's being accomplished via a Calvin & Hobbes daily feed, so I'm not exactly pursuing this quest with single-minded determination.)

The new international trailer for the nth Pirates of the Caribbean apparently has Elizabeth Swann making an appearance (from a cameo in the actual movie, as I understand it). I have not acknowledged this 'verse continued after At World's End, and I have no plans to change this (Depp has defended Roman Polanski on camera and also, you know, assaulted his then-partner), but I am having some feelings about the existence of new footage of my favorite girl from my favorite fannish source; Pirates was my entrée into online fandom and Jack/Elizabeth/Will is the OT3 of my heart (I'm not allowed to watch these movies, especially the first one, in the company of other people, I will just squeak and proclaim I love this part! endlessly) and I am always so happy to think about it more. I had so many stories I wanted to tell! Someday I still want to finish Uneasy Alliances, and I want to write the story about Ching Shih being Elizabeth's mentor as the Pirate King, and I still want there to be more than two goddamn works on the AO3 for Anamaria/Will Turner, and basically if this canon had stopped properly, I bet the fandom would be a lot more flourishing. Jerry Bruckheimer and Johnny Depp and their shameless money grab fucked up this beautiful ridiculous story that I love so much and I am apparently still mad.

The importer has (mostly) caught up!

Apr. 19th, 2017 11:02 pm
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Our content importer has mostly caught up with its backlog; almost everything that's still listed as being "in the queue" are jobs that were tried, failed once or more with a temporary failure, and are waiting to try again. (The importer tries a few times, at successively longer intervals, when it gets a failure it thinks might be temporary/might correct itself later on.) This means that new imports scheduled now should complete in hours (or even minutes), not the "several days" it's been taking.

If you tried to schedule a second import while the first one was still running, at any time in the past 10 days or so, you may have confused the poor thing. If you think your import should be finished by now and it isn't, and you're seeing "Aborted" on the Importer Status part of the Importer page, feel free to open a support request in the Importer category and we'll look into it for you. (It may take a little bit before you get a response; those of us who have the access to look into importer problems have been really busy for the past two weeks or so, and I at least need a few days to catch my breath a bit before diving back into the fray! But we'll do what we can.)

I hope all y'all are continuing to settle in well to your new home!

reading wednesday

Apr. 19th, 2017 12:01 pm
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Chalice / Robin McKinley. I don't know why I'm so fond of this, but I really like it, the domesticity and unusual magic system and the developing relationship between the protagonists. It's a well-handled tight-third and worldbuilding primer, as well.

The confidence game : why we fall for it... every time / Maria Konnikova. This is the second-most-depressing book I have ever read. (The #1 honor goes to Alan Weisman's World Without Us, which is the only book to have ever made me suicidally depressed, although I was already in a rough place mental-health-wise when I read it.) It's fascinating! The neuroscience and sociology are fascinating. But oh man, it makes my heart hurt for all the people who've been so badly damaged. Definitely worth reading if you're a Leverage fan.

Miss Peregrine's home for peculiar children / by Ransom Riggs. Did not know this was a weird portal fantasy thingy with a WW2 background! Not sure I actually cared about the protagonist, but he is infinitely more bearable than Quentin Coldwater of Grossman's Magicians series.

Oyster : a gastronomic history (with recipes) / Drew Smith. Super interesting! It falls into the EVERYTHING IS [SUBJECT] trap of single-topic books, and I of course want a lot more citations than is actually reasonable, but a solid book.

City critters : wildlife in the urban jungle / Nicholas Read. Adoooooooorable.

Reading Wednesday

Apr. 20th, 2017 12:27 am
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Of course, I am re-reading Anne of Green Gables.

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Apr. 19th, 2017 10:07 pm
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Oh well, Ransom was nice while it was shenanigans and found family and before spoilers 01x13 )

For once a special white man estranged from his wife was still in a pretty good relationship with her and their kid. So, not actually estranged.

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Apr. 18th, 2017 06:03 pm
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My favourite thing about Anne of Green Gables is the delight of seeing the world through a lens of cheerful and loving wonder. The new Anne, Anne gives us that and an absolutely wonderful actress (apologies beloved but symmetrically featured, beautiful Megan Follows) with just the right skinny plain little face. Amybeth McNulty is doing a cracking job. The rest of the cast is quite fine, Rachel, Marilla and Matthew particularly.

But spoilers )

last winter CSA

Apr. 17th, 2017 12:35 pm
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vegetables )

Asparagus omelet for dinner tonight, many more zucchini latkes, salad until the lettuce and tomatoes run out, mushrooms on toast, kale in soup with tortellini, cabbage gets shredded and marinated with rice-wine vinegar and then stuck into fish-stick tacos, and fuck only knows what I'll do with the rutabaga.

There have been some excellent parts of this experiment, in the "I ate a lot of vegetables" department especially, but the medium box of a winter share is Too Much for one person and a lot more of it went to waste than I want to think about. Also if I never have to contemplate the existence of turnips ever again it will be too soon.