Is this right?

Jun. 26th, 2016 04:06 am
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Brad DeLong highlights a smart comment on Brexit:
Throughout the campaign, Cameron had repeatedly said that a vote for leave would lead to triggering Article 50 straight away. Whether implicitly or explicitly, the image was clear: he would be giving that notice under Article 50 the morning after a vote to leave. Whether that was scaremongering or not is a bit moot now but, in the midst of the sentimental nautical references of his speech yesterday, he quietly abandoned that position and handed the responsibility over to his successor. And as the day wore on, the enormity of that step started to sink in: the markets, Sterling, Scotland, the Irish border, the Gibraltar border, the frontier at Calais, the need to continue compliance with all EU regulations for a free market, re-issuing passports, Brits abroad, EU citizens in Britain, the mountain of legislation to be torn up and rewritten... the list grew and grew. The referendum result is not binding. It is advisory. Parliament is not bound to commit itself in that same direction.

The Conservative party election that Cameron triggered will now have one question looming over it: will you, if elected as party leader, trigger the notice under Article 50?

Who will want to have the responsibility of all those ramifications and consequences on his/her head and shoulders?...

The Brexit leaders now have a result that they cannot use. For them, leadership of the Tory party has become a poison chalice....

All that remains is for someone to have the guts to stand up and say that Brexit is unachievable in reality without an enormous amount of pain and destruction, that cannot be borne. And David Cameron has put the onus of making that statement on the heads of the people who led the Brexit campaign.
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I don't think I'm actually running a fever, but I feel like it: skin-ache, bone-ache, overall sensation of recent collision with a cement truck. It is very distracting. I couldn't fall back asleep, so I made notes on the internet.

1. I wish Free State of Jones (2016) were getting better reviews; the real history of Newt Knight and Jones County is fascinating. To my knowledge, the only other movie to draw on the story of the Free State of Jones is the very loosely inspired Tap Roots (1948), which is where I first heard of it. I can't speak to the 1942 source novel by James H. Street, but I bailed on the movie despite its glancing brush with history and the novelty of Van Heflin and Boris Karloff in the same movie (and Arthur Shields in a bit part, speaking of character actors). Heflin has a mustache, proving that Universal learned no lessons from MGM's Green Dolphin Street (1947), and Karloff is playing a Choctaw character, albeit one who gets to show off his beautifully modulated British accent, and there was too much antebellum melodrama and then when we got to the bellum the melodrama didn't let up and I had better things to do with my time, like brushing the cat. Possibly I am just setting myself up for more of the same if I try out Free State of Jones for the sake of Matthew McConaughey and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, but I'm still considering it.

2. Three poems I'd been meaning to link for some time: Eloise Klein Healy's "The Lyric in a Time of War," Chris Emslie's "Prayer for Anything but Prayer," and Harry Giles' "Piercings." I found this one yesterday, but I was right that I'd want the collection it came from: Owen Sheers' "Mametz Wood." It's very strange to read someone whose way of thinking about the war dead of the Western Front is so close in language to mine, even if we did different things with the imagery; I want to look for the common ancestor. I wonder if I can blame David Jones. He's not mentioned in the notes for "Last Letters," but he is the nameless poet with the terrible arcana: "praise for the action proper to chemicals . . . candle-light, fire-light, Cups, Wands and Swords, to choose at random."

3. Internet, I wasn't looking for a photo of Elisha Cook, Jr. at the time of his military service, but I'll take it. The weird thing is, from that angle he looks like someone I knew in college. The obituary photo of Harry Rabinowitz really looks like someone I knew in college, give or take fifteen years and a pinstriped suit. It is extremely jarring to see that sort of thing in a sidebar.

Back to bed.

Daily Happiness

Jun. 26th, 2016 01:18 am
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1. Today was the 4th of July fireworks show at Santa Monica College (they always have it the weekend before 4th of July weekend) and I usually miss seeing them since I'm just getting off work then, but they must have started a little later this year because I got home in time to see them.

2. I love kitties who love scritches!

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Jun. 26th, 2016 12:25 am
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What did Earth’s ancient magnetic field look like?

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Science Speculation: Pay-Per-Lecture?

Jun. 25th, 2016 10:07 pm
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[personal profile] dialecticdreamer
There's a new trend in video entertainment: pay to watch lectures. Sure, Coursera is about taking the courses, online, and I find a fee for that not only typical, but expected.

But this isn't an online course, with certificates or proof of mastery in a project.
Read more... )

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Jun. 25th, 2016 11:19 pm
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(this is completely unrelated to my last post)

I would really like more stories with women at the centre, especially SF/F stories, preferably with explosions. Like, Fury Road makes me happy. Jupiter Ascending makes me happy. The Force Awakens makes me happy. So on.

Given that, I find a lot of the (tumblr) discussion around female characters kind of exhausting. There seems to be this whole rhetoric around Awesome Ladies! BAMF![character]! etc that puts the focus and pressure on being together and competent all the time, and values women based on that. Which is certainly a step up from valuing them based on their cup-size, and I totally get the "Fuck you, she's awesome!" impulse, but that still doesn't leave a lot of room for emotional depth.

I find Peggy Carter or whoever kicking people in the head supremely satisfying, don't get me wrong, but what attracts me to writing a character is their weaknesses. I'm not really interested in people who are Right and Good and Confident all the time. Frankly it's boring. A story where all that happens is a competent character does something she's good at isn't all that interesting to me.

And I have a bias towards sympathising more with the hurt person than with the comforter, so there is that.

Fandom things

Jun. 25th, 2016 06:26 pm
sholio: Peggy, Jack and Daniel from Agent Carter (Avengers-Agent Carter OT3)
[personal profile] sholio
MCU AU Fest is open! And the fic that was written for me is wonderful. <3

Traveling Companions (3500 wds, gen or pre-ship, Peggy & Jack & Daniel, modern-day/mundane AU)

Absolutely delightful modern-day AU in which Peggy is a pseudonymous mystery writer who gets into an argument about one of her books with a stranger (Jack) on a train. This is exactly the sort of thing I was hoping for when I left modern-day/mundane AU prompts: the characters are distinctly themselves, but filtered through a different set of experiences, and all kinds of new possibilities are opened up. I love Peggy's relationships in this fic with both Daniel and Jack, similar to canon, and yet different. I think I'm going to be rereading this one a lot.

In other news, [community profile] starwarsflashmeme is still going on (we are now in week 19!) and this week's challenge is Documents and Letters. Come on, you know the Empire's incident reports must have been amazing. (What's the form for "Jedi Master killed, body appears to have vanished"? Whatever it is, it probably has to be filed in triplicate on 12 different planets ...)

la la la

Jun. 25th, 2016 07:33 pm
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[personal profile] zulu
So I have this constant guilt about not writing in the evenings, even though generally writing is my day job and then I tend to also write on my commute.

So when I started writing Fun Novella in the evenings, it felt good, because I was writing, even if it wasn't dissertation. But then I got to a part of the novella that was more challenging--ie the sex scene, so much more difficult to write than comedy; comedy I can do, I really enjoy comedy--

Tangent. The first comedy story I remember writing was, let's face it, pretty cliche, but it was so much fun. It was called... Brad the Skier or something? It was set during/after the Olympics were here...must have been after. Olympics were here when I was in grade one, I'm pretty sure I wrote this in grade six. It was about a Jamaican guy who accidentally (??) becomes a gold-medalist ski jumper because he's clumsy and trips and falls skis-first down the ski jump. So like--Cool Runnings, but with more slapstick. I don't remember when Cool Runnings came out, but I saw it when it did, maybe even in the theatres, so I wouldn't be shocked to discover that was the inspiration.

Tangent to the tangent--how many Jamaicans out there can possibly be named Brad? Seriously. But that was his name.

Anyway, so my mom either helped me write or gave me a critique of the writing, and gave me advice such as using exaggeration/hyperbole, the rule of three (especially important in jokes), and of course attention to detail; it's detail that makes comedy, I think. And I remember that. Huh. Whaddaya know.

I submitted that story to the local daily, which had a section by/for kids; didn't hear back for ages and assumed they didn't take it. Only to find out years later, in grade eight, that they'd published it then! Jeez, what kind of backlog were they dealing with? Anyway, by then I was...fourteen? And thus entirely embarrassed about something I'd written when I was eleven, except also proud at the same time, so did not know what to do with myself.

And that is the end of the tangent. What was I talking about?

Oh yes, you know what they say, death is easy, comedy is hard. And it's true to an extent because certainly writing angst also usually goes well for me, except that there's always a temptation to overdo it; although I enjoy writing comedy and amuse myself, I think it's harder to tell if it's landing for anybody else. But whoever came up with that aphorism didn't include: writing erotica is hard! For me. I dunno. People who write maxims should obviously have me in mind, not some general principle.

Well, tonally, it can be difficult to shift from vaguely embarrassing shenanigans to breathless passion. But I am trying. Except, to get back to my very first original point, I haven't been writing in the evenings and even on the bus I've been writing diss instead of Fun Novella. Which is good because I am so behind on the diss it isn't even funny--no comedy there--but it means that Fun Novella has stalled and it makes me feel sad because I worry that I have no sticktoitiveness and I will never finish anything, when in fact the opposite is true because the very thing preventing me from working on Fun Novella is my dissertation sticktoitiveness!

So: brains.

In conclusion, today I took L to IKEA to shop for a toddler bed. He is outgrowing his playard/crib! Advice I read online suggests 18 months is the lowest end of the Big Kid Bed Switch continuum, which he is. He sleeps on a cot at school for naptime; I haven't heard that he rolls out of it. IKEA has these extendable beds that you can start only about four feet long and then convert eventually into a full twin. That's what I'm considering right now (no purchases yet). The biggest reason to get a toddler bed should not be "because IKEA's duvet covers for kids look SO CUTE." And yet here we are. L had a great time pretending to sleep on all the beds so that I could take pictures. Adorbs. I shall try to upload more photos soon.

L test-sleeping an IKEA bed (if the embed works) )

Steam summer sale

Jun. 25th, 2016 06:22 pm
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[personal profile] ysobel

I have $37 of stuff in my Steam cart

(spore complete, undertale, stardew valley, catlateral damage, unium)

I don’t even know if I can play them because mobility and hand issues

but shiny want-y games!


*removes SV, stares at remaining $25*

*adds primordia, tiny bang story, please don't touch anything, eyes $31 total*


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Jun. 25th, 2016 06:06 pm
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Day 4 of food poisoning. I thought it was over this morning, but nope. D:

This has seriously sapped my will to do things I really need to do since coming back home.

dairy-free chicken liver mousse

Jun. 25th, 2016 06:01 pm
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[personal profile] loligo
A very enthusiastic recommendation for this recipe for dairy-free chicken liver mousse.

I guesstimated all the amounts, because I wasn't sure how much chicken liver I had. (It was an unusually generous giblet package with a roasting chicken. What kind of mutant chicken has four livers??) But I knew it couldn't be a pound and a half. Anyway, I think I may have used too much water in the recipe -- we'll see how it firms up in the fridge. But oh my god, the flavor!! I licked every single utensil that came in contact with the stuff.

Two major substitutions: I used duck fat instead of coconut oil (and didn't add the extra at the end), and I used apple jack instead of white wine. SO GOOD. (And I am not someone who will just eat sauteed chicken livers.)
muccamukk: Joe raising a glass and looking sardonic.Text: Sure, pal. Whatever you say. (HL: Whatever You Say)
[personal profile] muccamukk
I like [community profile] ladybusiness, I really do. They link to great content, host guest posts from cool people, and write insightful reviews. They're usually feminist, queer-friendly and pretty fun.

(Occasionally, they'll post something about how queer subtext is revolutionary, even when actual in-universe queer character count = 0, and boy have I been doing this since the '90s, and it's not teribibly revolutionary for me these days.)

But just a word of warning: they do erase comments that disagree with them, even when someone does so politely and adheres to their comment policy. They also redact content in their posts without noting that they've done so. Or at least have on one occasion that I'm aware of.

Not exactly the behaviour I find ideal in a blog that's up for a Hugo (and which will almost certainly win that Hugo, given the rest of the category is trolls). Nor in a blog that says it welcomes criticism and debate.


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November 2014




The collected poems from my descent into madness year spent writing daily poems are now available from Lulu as the cheapest 330-page book they would let me make ($16.20). If that's too pricey, you can also get it from Lulu as a free download, or just click on the "a poem every day" tag to read them here. But if you did buy one, that'd be awesome.

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