Feb. 23rd, 2019 09:32 am
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1) We finished off S2 of The Good Fight and I've got to say it's a really enjoyable series. It sucked Mike and me right in and we were happy to hear that S3 will come out next month. Who else has watched it? Did you also burst out laughing at the childbirth scene?

2) I listened to Colin Morgan's radio play A Border Fantasy which involves Brexit discussion (freely available only 2 more days). I was surprised to realize that it was fun to hear him discussing current events, probably because he is notoriously private, has no social media, etc. At least now I know how he says the word "Trump."

3) With all the discussion of data gathering on individuals by online platforms, the actually helpful data that could be gathered about collective activity online is, apparently, considered too costly to do properly.

"When I asked why the company felt it was acceptable to claim in its user interface, documentation and help pages that results are not estimated, to append notices to their graphs that results are not estimated and to have their customer service staff assure customers that results are not estimated, given that they are in reality estimating results, the company did not have an answer other than to protest that it would require more computing power to report absolute numbers.

As a data scientist, the idea that an analytics platform would explicitly state that results represent precise absolute counts, but then secretly use only estimated results, is simply beyond any belief."

Why does that matter to you? Consider who is reporting on that information. Read more... )

4) I thought that this article speculating about future fandom platforms while also looking at the past did a good overall job of discussing the state of things.

5) A pretty apt comparison of the difference between what Pinterest is doing to reduce misinformation on its site, and what YouTube isn't to reduce child predation on its own. Read more... )

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Cool Stuff Friday

Feb. 22nd, 2019 09:30 am
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Friday needs to stop stalking the Amazon page for Terminal Uprising, checking for reviews and sales rank…

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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I was just browsing my WIP folder when I discovered this fic that I had apparently finished but had never posted:

Red Ink (1385 words) by Ruuger
Fandom: Castle, The Mentalist
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Patrick Jane & Richard Castle
Characters: Patrick Jane, Kimball Cho, Richard Castle, Kate Beckett
Summary: "To Castle's disappointment, the crime scene turned out to be just another boring alleyway in an equally boring industrial district. He'd opted to skip the premiere for the new James Bond movie because of the promise of a gruesomely mutilated dead body, but he was already beginning to regret his choice."

*inarticulate babbling*

Feb. 22nd, 2019 01:38 am
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[personal profile] aerialiste trapped in plane limbo somewhere circa Dallas-ish, I am alone in the hotel--ALONE ALL ALONE LIKE A PERSON WHO IS ALONE--and finally watched Magicians ep 5 and HOLY SHIT THAT HAPPENED.


...seriously, this wasn't like--a mass hallucination, right? This happened for realsies in canon and not like...happened?

Yeah, I had a hamburger, bad coffee, and no bottle opener which is super inconvenient and I don't even care because YES.

Tell me what you think

Feb. 21st, 2019 12:23 pm
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1) I have a question that I've decided to turn into a poll.

Poll #21424 Author's Notes?
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21 (60.0%)

Some but not in every chapter
3 (8.6%)

For some stories but not others
5 (14.3%)

On occasion
2 (5.7%)

4 (11.4%)

Do you read a Vidder's Notes?

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17 (53.1%)

For some vids but not others
8 (25.0%)

On occasion
5 (15.6%)

2 (6.2%)

Do you read an Artist's Notes?

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17 (50.0%)

For some works but not others
8 (23.5%)

On occasion
4 (11.8%)

5 (14.7%)

Do you read a Podficcer's Notes?

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11 (45.8%)

For some works but not others
2 (8.3%)

On occasion
3 (12.5%)

8 (33.3%)

If you do read Notes for any of the above, how come?

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I find them fun
21 (63.6%)

I like getting to know the creator
24 (72.7%)

I find them informative
31 (93.9%)

I learn how to do my own work by reading what others say
8 (24.2%)

It increases my sense of community
13 (39.4%)

Something else I'll mention in comments
1 (3.0%)

If you don't read Notes for some or any of the above, how come?

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5 (29.4%)

I don't find them interesting
7 (41.2%)

I find them distracting
4 (23.5%)

I find them annoying
3 (17.6%)

I don't want to know more about the creator
2 (11.8%)

Something else I'll mention in comments
4 (23.5%)

2) I ran across this presentation on fanfic reading and wanted to share the following graphic for discussion: Read more... )

3) On Wait Wait Don't Tell Me a panelist joked that a better defense than a wall would be to send all the country's unvaccinated kids to the border. "We already have the cages, too." (Yes, we've had a measles outbreak locally.)

4) Does anyone reading this use Reddit? What fandom related groups would you recommend?

5) I was a Monkees fan many years ago (went to cons, the whole deal) so it was sad (though not unexpected) news that Peter Tork died. Here was my favorite song of theirs from their last album together, released in 2018: Read more... )

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FIC: Doctor Who & The Thick of It

Feb. 21st, 2019 08:10 pm
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For Chocolate Box this year, I got a chance to write a whole new fandom (or two):

1 Out of 8 Ministers (804 words) by Ruuger
Fandom: The Thick of It (TV), QI (TV) RPF
Rating: Mature
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Nicola Murray/Malcolm Tucker
Summary: Nicola ends up as a guest panelist on QI. It goes about as well as you'd expect.

(this is the first time ever I had to think seriously which rating to choose because I wasn't sure how many fucks do you need to upgrade the rating from Teen to Mature)

Also, I finally had the permission to post online the tsory that I wrote for the Hydrid zine last year:

Same Old, Same Old (1516 words) by Ruuger
Fandom: Doctor Who (2005)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Twelfth Doctor/Clara Oswin Oswald
Additional Tags: Hurt/Comfort, Post-Episode: s09e02 The Witch's Familiar, Season/Series 09
Summary: A bit of shameless h/c set right after "Witch's Familiar" ends.

Updates and Stuff

Feb. 21st, 2019 12:14 pm
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Cancer Stuff

We got back about a week ago from my wife’s latest round of chemo. She had an infusion reaction and a painful (but not life-threatening) side effect from one of the meds, but otherwise things went pretty well. The oncologist says the lymphoma is responding well to treatment.

In better news, it sounds like they’re going to transfer her care from the hospital in Detroit to a more local cancer center, which means no more 90-minute drives back and forth, and no more needing to stay in the hospital apartments for 1-2 weeks at a time. (At least until we get to the bone marrow transplant part of the process.)

People have asked what they could do, which is very kind and much appreciated. I don’t think there’s much we need at the moment, so my suggestion would be to look into donating blood. Amy needed a lot of blood products at the beginning, and will probably need additional transfusions, and it all drove home how important it is to have a well-supplied local blood bank.

Writing Stuff

On the writing front, I actually got a little work done on Terminal Peace earlier this week. Not much, but it was something. I’m hoping as the cancer stuff calms down a bit, I’ll be able to keep making progress there. But helping my wife to get well again and taking care of the kids is still the priority.

Thanks to everyone who boosted about Terminal Uprising coming out last week, and to those of you who’ve commented how much you enjoyed it and/or posted reviews. I haven’t been able to do as much promo this time, for obvious reasons, so I’m even more appreciative.

I’m still hit-or-miss on emails and such, but I’m trying to catch up and stay on top of things.

Depression Stuff

I’ve talked about my depression off and on. I’d expect, given everything that’s happened these past two months, that I’d be drowning in a nasty brain-weasel flare-up. Surprisingly, I haven’t seen too much sign of that yet.

Yet being the key word there. My response to crisis has always been to focus on helping the person in crisis and doing whatever I can do. I’ve been in that mode for two+ months now.

I suspect sooner or later it’s going to catch up and knock me on my ass. So I’m trying to watch my own symptoms, and to do what I can to take care of myself. Things like letting other people around town help out, or even asking for help when I need it. I also scheduled an appointment with my former therapist for next week, just to come in and talk and vent and see what happens. Then there’s stuff like sitting around and watching the second season of Dragon Prince with my son to relax and unwind a little.

I know I’m keeping some things stuffed down for now to help me function. But I don’t feel like I’m hiding from it. So far, this seems to be working.

Random Cancer-Related Observation

I’ve lost about ten pounds since this all started. This diet plan sucks!

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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While talking about smart home stuff in comments in another post, I realized that during my adventures in turning my home into its own surveillance state just so I can voice control everything and live like a Star Trek character, there are things I learned that are probably useful to everyone but not exactly easy to discover or like, realize were a thing. As we now live in the age of 'many devices and home wifi', it's possible this is one of the things you didn't know or didn't realize was a thing or even why it may or may not be important.

This one is my favorite. It just doesn't come up enough or easily (or at all) when discussing internet/router problems when you are desperately googling after the internet provider has confirmed many times it's you, not them and you kind of have to believe them at this point.


My router/wifi keeps dropping some devices/throws devices off/internet is fine though/restart fixes then all goes to hell again fairly soon/help?

Condition question: Do you have at least eight devices that could connect to your wifi at the same time?

Before you answer: Laptop, TV, kindle, tablet, Roku/FireTV, phone: that's six without thinking too hard. Playstation, X-Box, Switch, Alexa? We're at ten right now and the danger zone begins at seven.

Danger zone? For what? Yeah.

if you already know about this, feel free to correct me if I get anything wrong )

We'll now return to me packing for Escapade provided the dryer is done.
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[ profile] 20muses started up again to run a new challenge, and a lot of old icon makers came back to do it, and I jumped in too because omg inspiration post so pretty. Went with two fandoms, and tried my very best to not be my lazy, basic self :p Really helpful to shake some more of those cobwebs off, textures are slightly starting to make sense again, and playing with curves has been a lot of fun.

Not having any caps from Killing Eve, my brilliant plan revolved around "oh I'll just dip in, scrub through to scenes I want, and get some images". Obviously I fell into a full rewatch, which I aparantly thought was avoidable? IDK. (you're all laughing at me right now, and I deserve it)

But as a result, I only have icons from the first three episodes whups. And the only Disco eps I had were s2, so equally limited there *cries about Mirror!verse aesthetics* But I did finish the challenge yay! Making more than double the icons before I was somewhat happy but hey, more icons :DDD

01-20 star trek discovery & killing eve
21-37 disco
38-51 killing eve
52-53 elseworlds event
54-64 hellblade senua's sacrifice
65-65 horizon zero dawn
67-72 comics


It's such a thrill to be in full fannish gear again, and with two current shows at that! Funny thing, I actually posted another batch of icons, oh, about a week ago? And I've had the post open in my tab here since, because I had ~things~ I wanted to write about Disco 2x04 - ESPECIALLY SARU THINGS OMG SARUUUU - and predictably, that completely stalled ahaha.

So, belatedly, some Voyager icons of our most beloved Captain!

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Here is the teenager story, because the other TFP one decided it was NOT finished after all. :P

ao3 story blurb

The Parent Trap (17924 words) by astolat
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Transformers: Prime
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: Creator Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Megatron/Optimus Prime
Characters: Megatron, Optimus Prime, Arcee, Ratchet, Original Cybertronian Character(s)
Additional Tags: Teenagers, Cybertronian Parenting, Sparklings
Series: Part 16 of Transformers works

“Oh my God, are you saying that Megatron had Optimus’s baby?” Miko shrieked piercingly.

What are you reading Wednesday

Feb. 20th, 2019 11:40 pm
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What did you just finish reading?
Artemis by Andy Weir. It's been a while since I've given a book just one star on Goodreads. I did consider at one point giving it two stars because there were some worldbuilding that I liked, but then I had to read about 50 pages more of the main character welding things. I'm a huge fan of the Arthur C Clarke school of too-many-details, but even I have my limits.

The book was also burdened with a female lead clearly written by a man who had never actually spoken to a 20-something woman. There is a scene where she dresses up in a slutty outfit (FOR NO SENSIBLE REASON!) and is surprised by how hot she looks! But the worst thing about her was that she sounded like she was narrating her life to someone, which worked with The Martian but did not work here because there was no-one to narrate to.

Also, until now I have never understood people who complain about diversity for the sake of diversity, but I think this book actually does that. It's like someone had told Weir that his book wasn't diverse enough, so he rolled a dice and randomly assigned a minority element to every character. So we have a muslim woman who explains to the reader what a headscarf is and gay man who keeps constantly reminding everyone that he is gay -- their minority status at the same time both something that's constantly referenced as a defining element of their identity, but at the same time you could leave it out without changing the character or the story.

What are you reading now?
Planetfall by Emma Newton. I'm about halfway through it and I have no idea what's going on, but I'm really enjoying it nevertheless. It's just so well written, especially compared to Artemis. They're both scifi books written in first person with a female lead and with a diverse cast, but where Artemis was clumsily written and focused on its own greatness, Planetfall just works.

What will you read next?

The latest Cormoran Strike novel, because I need to return it to the library in about a week.
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(real life has not been kind to me lately, hence me falling behind on these, but I'll try to post at least the ones that I've already written)

The Misfits is a show about a group of teenagers who are doing community service when a freaky storm gives them all superpowers. Simon is the stereotypical antisocial nerd who gains the power of invisibility, and Alisha is the stereotypical rich bitch whose power is that everyone who touches her becomes sexually attracted to her. And their romance is basically a more messed up version of Doctor/River on Doctor Who.

This video spoils how they end up together, but not much more:

(god, I love the music in this show)

I just love the fucked-upness of it all. If you want serious spoilers, spoilers for the whole arc )

(A word of warning that this is very much not a pure, wholesome show. It is more like the kind of a show that has plotlines involving accidental bestiality and rotting penises, and where the supervillains our heroes fight include a man who can control milk and Jesus)

I choose Rock Candies.

Feb. 19th, 2019 02:08 pm
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Ever since Funko's Rock Candy line started doing Game of Thrones characters, I hoped and prayed we'd get Cersei in her coronation outfit and those bossass shoulder thingies. AND NOW THEY'VE DONE JUST THAT. *noms it*

The line is also getting Lady Sansa this round, so looking good! (The Daenerys one has a dragon on her shoulder wheeeee)

I already have Daenerys and Brienne at home, and they are most fancy yesyes :D Also She-Hulk, Captain Marvel, Furiosa, Maleficent, Valkyrie, Hela, Thor, Supergirl, Buffy, Ripley, Eowyn, and Wonder Woman. Currently drooling after Cruella de Ville. The Gamora one is really pretty, but they didn't make Nebula(!!) so I didn't get it out of petty spite.

(if you're a HP fan, their line is a treat!)
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In honor of only two days of work this week as Holiday!Monday and Escapade Starts Thursday, I've been contemplating the more esoteric parts of my career, or more specifically, my least favorite part.

For those who don't know, I'm a Quality Control/Quality Analyst; my formal title is System Analyst IV, my job description is program testing, primarily, UAT, aka 'User Acceptance Testing' but have done and will do everything from unit testing to testing live in production literally during and after deployment. UAT is the last line of defense before a program is released in production, and our job is to break it with only the tools and general knowledge available to the average user of this program aka Everyman.

And when I say 'the program', that refers not just to 'one single program' but 'an entire program ecosystem that all work together to do shit'. We call the latter Integration Testing, which combines 'so breathtakingly boring even death avoids you when you have to do it' with 'astronomically high stakes'. For System Integration is literally repeating all your tests on those same damn programs (sometimes you're on your fifth repetition and resent key parts of the alphabet) but now while all programs are connected to each other.

In general, if there are problems, they're tiny; earlier testing of the individual parts of a program and then the program itself should have and generally does catch everything with a realistic chance of happening, quite a bit that realistically won't but possibly could, and some that is technically impossible but when you were on repetition three of the same set of ten to twenty goddamn tests, dev was naturally the target best suited to share your suffering. At that point, they were so goddamn tired of seeing your name on defects they didn't care if it was possible this situation would ever occur, they'd code as if it would happen every day just to avoid how rejection at end of business day inevitably meant that the first thing they'd see in their inbox the next morning would be a gratingly cheerful email that included an essay (and references) on why the defect was not only very possible but could cause the apocalypse if not fixed like right now please, sometimes with malice aforethought in thirteen point Comic Sans.

But I digress.

stress is both a constant and a variable )

...yes, I am doing integration testing this week. How'd you guess?

Are you using feeds here?

Feb. 18th, 2019 01:26 pm
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1) I saw that Smart Bitches was asking readers what social media platforms they use. Reading the responses reminded me that I so rarely see people talk about how Dreamwidth being an RSS feed reader is an enormous benefit! I read content here from standalone blogs, news services, LJ, Tumblr, AO3, and so on, all in one place. It made me curious –- how many people here use feeds? There seems to be a very long list of them active but only about 250 have more than 9 readers (and who knows how many of those subscribed are even still active on this site).

2) Speaking of feeds, I'm pulling back from using Tumblr. I'll keep my account for use with things like Buffyversetop5, but between DW and PF and trying to learn what I can do with Hubzilla, it's a bit much to be checking all these accounts daily. As a result, I've started some feeds at Hubzilla and a few new ones here to keep up with accounts I was following there.

3) Over on Pillowfort, someone linked to a post about authors complaining about being exposed to reader insults and negativity about their work. Read more... )

4) I recently watched the film Monster and quite liked its approach. Read more... )

5) Nabbed from Petzi, I find this story about workplace intrusion into employee activity, particularly the gathering of data on them, seriously alarming. Read more... )

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Feb. 18th, 2019 07:45 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways To Give:

[personal profile] kshandra linked to [personal profile] swankkat, who had major surgery at the end of 2018, and has since struggled with bills, especially after a much smaller than expected tax refund. She's offering comissions starting at $10; you can see fandom-specific examples at her tumblr, or more general examples of her work at DeviantArt. You can also simply donate at her Ko-Fi.

[ profile] desiterus is raising funds after he and [ profile] cptprocrastination have been warned that if they don't pay their back rent, they will be evicted. She's been searching for a job while struggling with meantal and physical health, and he has been trying to deal with bad fibromyalgia. You can read more and reblog here.

[ profile] aritrahan has created a Patreon to help finance his transition and an eventual move away from emotionally abusive family members. His Patreon features art, fiction, songs, and photography in return for support; you can check out his Patreon here and his Dreamwidth (for more information) at [personal profile] ari_the_dodecahedron.

[ profile] molly-ren linked to a fundraiser for Ian and Liz, who had started a small freelance business, then lost all their clients when Ian came out as trans. Ian also recently had a medical incident that they are struggling to cover bills for, while also covering their health insurance and rent/utilities. You can read more and help out here.

Anon linked to fundraiser for [ profile] deadcatwithaflamethrower, who has settled with her family in their new home but are still fundraising for rent, particularly after Drougnor (her husband) lost his job. She's clearing out dolls, doll accessories on eBay, and sells jewelery as well. You can check out her doll stuff here and jewelery for sale here, or give through her Ko-Fi or paypal.

News to Know:

[personal profile] brainwane linked to Deconstruct, a "language-agnostic software development conference" which is looking for first-time conference speakers. The conference is in Seattle this coming July, and speakers receive up to a $2K honorarium, with travel expenses covered and coach and mentor speakers to help them prepare their talks. You can read more about this opportunity here.

And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.

LA - all the food

Feb. 17th, 2019 10:51 pm
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So weird question: I've googled but I also want input. What grocery stores are near LAX/Embassy Suites and have a very wide selection of fruit? Like, little as I like it, when I can't get to Central Market I have to resort to Whole Foods for my cotton candy grapes and peach and apricot and berry needs and Whole Foods is like an hour by bus from the hotel unless I can kidnap someone with a car which isn't out of the question but I'm pretty sure that would make a terrible impression on congoers.

IF you don't know what cotton candy grapes are, I am so excited to show you: The Grapery - I've also glutted on the Moon Drops, Tear Drops, and--I think--Gum Drops (not sure) and they're all like how you fantasize grapes are in Narnia or Fillory or something. I'm not kidding; I've been dealing...uh, giving them to people for like ten years now and they never believe me and their expressions at the first bite...and then it's super high grocery bills and no grape regret.

(Cotton Candy Grapes taste like Cotton Candy; Moon Drops are a somewhat like condensed Welch's Grape Juice (I mean when its' still a frozen concentrate) but a little less strong, Tear Drops are lightly sweet and just cool looking, I don't remember Gum Drops which is why I'm not entirely sure I tried those.)

To assure me and [personal profile] aerialiste don't blow our budget on restaurant food, to facilitate convenient snacking, to better have actual, literal meals so we don't die of starvation or scurvy or collapse of dehydration, and because I generally feel better when I have fruit and healthy snacks on hand (therefore feel no guilt when splurging on triple chocolate double brownie somethings, I'm not picky on the 'somethings', multiple), me and [personal profile] aerialiste are going shopping on Thursday for food, and by the way, anyone who wants to join us and is around the hotel, feel free to come!

(Not gonna lie, also to pick up toothpaste, toothbrush, and/or probably a bath poof and deodorant and maybe shower gel?; I have this weird ability to pack them and two or more will vanish the second I get on the plane and back into my bathroom. My superpower is to forever be an improvident traveler.)

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