Oct. 15th, 2017 02:14 pm
monanotlisa: Lucca Quinn, centered, looking thoughtful (lucca - the good fight)
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If you're so inclined, you can read my Dear Yuletide Author Letter now.

Pull the Football -- Save the World

Oct. 13th, 2017 02:11 pm
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[personal profile] rachelmanija is launching a campaign to support and get enacted the House and Senate bills each called the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017. The Senate version at least was introduced on January 15th of this year, but there doesn't seem to have been much motion on it.

Here's the link to Rachel's journal entry detailing how to create that motion. Please go there to see what the bills do and how you can push Congress to act on them.

Given the current state of, well, everything, this may have a much greater chance of succeeding than a lot of other campaigns to get Congress to wake up.

monanotlisa: (richter abstract - duh)
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But since we do, I can't forget the genocide of the Rohingya in Myanmar.

[personal profile] rydra_wong has a recommendable entry with information on what the NYT calls a classic ''ethnic cleansing'' titled "Nie Wieder", which means "Never Again" in English and is one of the most famous anti-fascist, anti-war, anti-genocide German slogans; take your pick. Its origins are unclear; Willy Brandt, Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1969 to 1974 is quoted most often; but then there's also Wilhelm Pieck, a German communist and the first -- also last -- President of the German Democratic Republic, aka East Germany.

If you want something that's not glossy photos of people suffering, here are, again courtesy of the NYT, satellite images of the burnt villages as well as their locations on a map of Rakhine state.
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As you know, Bob, my life is thus:

7am Get up, get ready
8 am Get going to work, starting on email and professional reading and such
9 am Kick off at work
2 pm Have the lunch you brought at your desk
8pm Go do a 1-hour swim at the pool, maybe have some protein shake
9pm Travel home slightly less stressed with wet hair
10pm Work for another 1-2 hours at home
11-12pm Go to bed, perchance to sleep, definitely to dream anxiety dreams if so

Lather, rinse, repeat.

However, today I attended an excellent seminar, which brought down the pace significantly. So let me post three things:

1. How have I never read this article? Thankfully my wife alerted me to its sublime perfection. THIS IS THE ARTICLE FOR THE SEASON. *mad cackling*

2. [community profile] fandomlovespuertorico is ON! You guys, if you go and offer anything I love, I will bid on it like it's going out of style (it probably is, this being me and my fandoms). Samples include fic for
- Killjoys (TV)
- The Good Fight (TV)
- The Imperial Radch Trilogy (Book)
- Wonder Woman (Film)
- Atomic Blonde (Film)
- Antimony Price of InCryptid fame (Book)
- Star Trek: Discovery (ahh, Michael Burnham ♥) (TV)
- Dark Matter if we're talking Portia Lin and gen or femslash (TV)
- Red Queen fanfic of Cameron Cole (I'll take Mare Barrow, too, but only w/out Maven) (Book)

3. A recipient of donations for the North Bay Fire that we have chosen is the SONOMA COUNTY RESILIENCE FUND: "to support the mid- to long-term needs of our community as we recover from the devastation from the fires currently raging through Sonoma County." It's run by a both local and entrenched community organization. (I've also put up my hand for volunteering my professional work; a mail went 'round today in the office. I'm singularly useless in practical advice like this, but supposedly we will get training beforehand.)

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Oct. 10th, 2017 09:00 pm
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"I hope he gets the kind of church coffee that relies on faith to make one scant teaspoonful of cheap instant serve thirty members of the congregation."  - [personal profile] sillymouse 

Context is non-believers culturally appropriating churches for nebulous reasons

I smelled the smoke this morning

Oct. 9th, 2017 10:20 pm
monanotlisa: Arya Stark of Winterfell, looking on (arya - got)
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And since California has rarely met a natural disaster it didn't like (we have wildfires, earthquakes, tsunamis, mudslides, and flash floods), I immediately checked for the Berkeley Hills burning, for Oakland on fire (again). I found out that while there were small fires in the hills, they were under control; that most of the smoke we all smelled came "from Napa and Sonoma." So I tweeted to the locals around me, about the locality around me; I did not spend time thinking about wine country up north until I finished working just now.

I must have been thinking of the rolling hills and vineyards and underbrush. Which made me a little sad, the wine-drinker who loves driving through the endlessly picturesque landscape of Dry Creek Valley in particular. But I didn't think of the Napa and Sonoma towns. I should have. Ten people are dead, many are severely injured, and my dear Santa Rosa, home of Moonlight Brewing, is half in ashes.

Various local newspapers have articles; this SF Gate piece has both the story and pictures. Warning; it made me choke, and not with smoke.

Love to my friends in Marin. ♥

Dear Yuletide Author Letter

Oct. 8th, 2017 06:20 pm
monanotlisa: (alan/na - song of the lioness)
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Dear Yuletide Author,

Thank you so much for writing me a story; they're my favorite thing in the whole wide universe. Well, they and wine. Possibly licorice...

But, back to the story! Of course, optional details are optional. Of course, I'm a little verbose. Feel free to take or leave the following notes )
monanotlisa: Jyn in green. (jyn erso - rogue one)
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Hey [personal profile] thedeadparrot, I know you'd given up on this, but I couldn't possibly sign up for Yuletide without finishing a work owed to a friend.

Excuse its non-polished and definitely pretentious nature; I'm a little rusty. Getting back into the swing of things, I hope. Hope. Hah.

Junction. Jyn/Cassian. Post-movie. Canon-compliant. Teen. )

Also on the Archive, of course.
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"So, fellow ambassadors, where should we designate as the capital, bearing in mind the long history and proud traditions many of our members have and taking into account--"

"The humans will screw anyone, won't they?"

"Um...well...well, yes."

"Earth. If it's not going to be my homeworld, at least make it one where the natives are up for some fun."

As Spock would surely say, the context is only logical, Captain.

Pop cultural contributions

Oct. 6th, 2017 08:52 am
monanotlisa: Watercolor drawing of Wynonna Earp with Peacemaker (Wynonna Earp)
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Typing this on my phone, so I'll be brief.

1. The meta of Taylor Swift keystone songs never fails to make me smile. I know it's fashionable to hate her, and indeed she is no paragon of racial justice. But I think Look What You Made Me Do is excellent.

2. This is old pop culture, but like friends of mine I am listening a lot to Tracy Chapman's eponymous album. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

3. I created fanart for Victoria Aveyard's Red Queen series. Of Mare, of course, in three of her incarnations:

Star Trek: Discovery

Oct. 3rd, 2017 08:20 am
monanotlisa: (spock - st:tos)
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Just realized that unlike serialized movies, ST:D should not be acronymized without the colon.

Oh, well.

Really loved this episode: Star Trek Discovery 1x03 ''Context is for Kings'' )

Please, someone point me to other views and to ICONS?
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