a little brag

Jun. 26th, 2017 04:30 pm
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I now have a 100 day streak on Duolingo!

I find that gratifying in two different directions. First, of course, it's good to feel that I've stuck with my German, practiced regularly and not given up. On the other hand, 100 days is only a little over three months, so when I feel frustrated with my progress I can remind myself how little time it's actually been.

three happy things

Jun. 26th, 2017 03:00 pm
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I love clogs. I'm still mourning the red, t-strap clogs that became at last unrepairable four years ago and more. A few months ago I found a pair of brown plain Danskos at Goodwill that I snatched up despite the fact that I do NOT wear brown, ever ever. I wore them, pretending not to notice that they 'went with' nothing, thought about getting them dyed (but didn't want to spend the money), thought about the shoes I dyed black years ago and how they looked fine (although I never wore them), and finally thought fuck it and pulled out the dye. Many, many coats later (for a while I put on another coat each day), I have wonderful black clogs. So happy.

Years ago I stopped buying on Amazon because of their shitty treatment of writers, smut writers in particular as I recall, but eventually, gradually got sucked back in. The convenience is addictive, but now I've stopped again and it is, of course, a challenge to find the stuff I would have purchased there for a tolerable price elsewhere. One of my two pair of flannel king pillowcases is extremely old and thin but suitable replacements have not been easy to find. Happily I caught Overstock.com on a good day and now have lovely, new, thick, dark blue flannel pillowcases. Mmmm.

My printer has been jamming for some time, refusing to run a printed page all the way out and free, but I use it so seldom that I hadn't gotten any further than asking my computer guy where I might take it and whether I should even bother. Recently I noticed that it hung up on one side rather than simply stopping, which put me in mind to remove and replace the cartridge. I'm trying to acknowledge today's win rather than months of failing to think of trying the obvious, so I will only say that after doing so I printed my EBMUD trail permit without a hitch.

It's a start!

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Jun. 26th, 2017 06:21 pm
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Today is our 24th anniversary. Scott took the day off so we could hang out together. We went into Ypsilanti to do some Ingress and got lunch at a diner called The Bomber.

Cordelia spent most of the afternoon with one of her friends downtown. She kept calling us and asking us to suggest things to do. I couldn't come up with anything she liked. They'd already gotten ice cream and didn't want any other type of food. They didn't want to window shop. They didn't want to actually shop. They didn't want to visit any museums. Pokemon Go and Ingress are too out of style to even be considered even if they had either on their phones.

Yesterday, Scott got the lawn mowed and cleaned out one of the two Time Capsule drives. The big problem we've got is that his hard drive is over a terabyte of family photos and videos. We may need to dedicate one of the drives to his machine and use the other for me and Cordelia, but that will require that Scott actually pay attention to what the program is doing and be willing to address the matter rapidly if one drive or the other stops working.

We watched two library DVDs last night and then returned them today (long, long waitlists). Both were amusing in different ways, and we even got Cordelia to join us in watching one of them.

Scott bewilders me by watching TV episodes on his laptop while he's also watching his brother playing games with active voices (and explosions). I think he flips back and forth in terms of the visuals. When I'm in the same room with him, I keep trying to follow what's going on just by listening, and... Yeah. Not working.

I used the c-PAP for a chunk of last night and didn't have any sneezing or runny nose today. Hopefully, that's done. I'm not sure how much the Ativan is actually helping and how much is just that I've got more time for sleeping to make up for the poor quality. I'm having trouble, when on my side, with getting adequate head support without dislodging the nasal pillows. I very much doubt that a different mask would help given that it seems to be the shape of my face changing depending on which bit the pillow is pressing against.

And now we're trying to come up with dinner ideas...
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Posted by Teresa Jusino

There’s been a lot of discussion surrounding Sofia Coppola’s star-studded novel adaptation, The Beguiled, which comes out Friday. One of the larger topics of discussion is how, despite slavery being addressed in the original source material—complete with a black female character named Hallie—Coppola’s film addresses none of it, instead erasing that character and choosing instead to stick with what’s familiar: white, Southern femininity.

We’ve definitely written about it here at The Mary Sue. In fact, the folks at Birth.Movies.Death took notice when our own Vivian Kane wrote this piece about Coppola’s comments regarding the Bechdel-Wallace test.

According to BMD, “The Mary Sue even goes as far as to smarmily note that it’s “not surprising” Coppola didn’t know what the test is** “even if she wasn’t born into her career”; a glib attempt to invalidate her rather obvious skillset as a filmmaker. Now, not only is Coppola’s movie—which revolves around a group of women finding themselves falling victim to the wiles of a lecherous man—erasing black history from its storyline, it also isn’t feminist enough for certain viewers. To call these assertions unfair seems like an understatement.”

I would love to thank this male writer for telling our female writer that she was being “smarmy” by remarking on a female filmmaker’s privilege, a remark that is not inaccurate. I’m sure that Coppola acknowledges the role that being her father’s daughter played in her career. I’m also sure that both Coppola and we here at TMS are capable of seeing enough nuance in these discussions to be able to separate privilege from talent. No one is saying that Coppola isn’t a talented, competent filmmaker. Of course she is. That doesn’t make her privileges go away. They are inextricable.

Much the way slavery is inextricable from any tale of Southern Belles.

The BMD piece is titled “Support Female Filmmakers (As Long As They “Behave”),” and is basically one long concern troll about how horrible it is when female filmmakers are held accountable for their choices, artistically or otherwise. The piece then over-simplifies the fervent response to Wonder Woman, saying that the only reason why we like it so much is because it provides us with “palatable,” “safe” feminism.

As if there wasn’t plenty of criticism of Wonder Woman about everything from it being a “white feminist” film, to  whether or not its lead actress counts as a woman of color as an Israeli Ashkenazi Jew. I guess this writer missed all of that?

Rather than look at each criticism on a case-by-case basis, the way one might do if one wanted to treat film criticism with nuance, the BMD piece is determined to categorize any and all criticism of Coppola as “gotcha” criticism.

Now, here’s the thing: there is plenty of that on the Internet. There are plenty of people who are all too willing to jump on the merest whiff of “wrongdoing” (often without enough context) to feel self-righteous. However, there’s a difference between that, and asking legitimate questions, and it seems that the biggest, trendiest “gotcha” of all is complaining about “gotcha” criticism.

There seems to be a misguided notion that “supporting female filmmakers” means that they should never be held accountable for their choices or actions. Supporting female filmmakers doesn’t mean supporting every single one blindly. It means giving a platform and opportunity to the ones without them, and amplifying the established ones you respect.

Supporting female filmmakers also means protecting them from the female filmmakers who would do them harm.

The BMD piece brings up Iranian filmmaker Ana Lily Amirpour, who recently drew criticism when she dismissed a black woman’s concerns about the representation of the black characters in her film The Bad Batch at a Q&A. Now, I’m a writer of color, and I love seeing creators of color succeed, particularly when they’re women. That said, Amirpour has a long track record beyond this film of questionable, racist behavior and comments re: black people, from dressing up as Li’l Wayne (complete with blackface), to this most recent, callous dismissal.

Amirpour being a woman of color doesn’t make her exempt from criticism when it comes to groups of which she is not a part. Yes, she’s a woman of color. But she is not a black woman. I’m Latina. That doesn’t mean I get to say the n-word or wear yellowface. And that is a valid thing to acknowledge when talking about intersectional feminism.

It’s valid, too, when discussing female filmmakers. Yes, women should all be on the same team and support each other, but if someone on the team is, knowingly or unknowingly, doing things that harm other members of the team, they need to be told.

The BMD piece talks about Coppola as if she needs “protection.” She is an intelligent, capable woman who can speak for herself and her choices and, in fact, has. As a filmmaker, she should (and likely is) prepared for a certain level of dialogue with the viewing audience, because creating art is all about entering into a dialogue between artist and art enthusiast. Art is a two-way street, and Coppola doesn’t need anyone “sticking up” for her. She’ll be fine.

There’s something to the idea Coppola expressed when she said, “I didn’t want to brush over such an important topic in a light way. Young girls watch my films and this was not the depiction of an African-American character I would want to show them.”

“I feel like you can’t show everyone’s perspective in a story. I was really focused on just this one group of women who were really isolated and weren’t prepared. A lot of slaves had left at that time, so they were really—that emphasized that they were cut off from the world. [Hallie’s] story’s a really interesting story, but it’s a whole other story, so I was really focused on these women.”

That is a perfectly reasonable, thoughtful answer. It’s also one with which critics are free to take issue, pointing out (for next time, as The Beguiled is already done) that there are ways to think about these things differently so that, perhaps, she would feel more equipped or comfortable being inclusive in this way.

We here at TMS are never interested in taking a female artist down just for the sake of it. Whenever we criticize a woman in the public eye, for her words or her work, it is because we believe that if one has earned a platform from where they have the privilege of disseminating ideas, they have a responsibility to those on the receiving end. What they choose to do with that responsibility is, of course, up to them.

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Posted by Kaila Hale-Stern

National hero Stephen Colbert temporarily defected to Russian late-night TV, and it was everything we dreamed Stephen Colbert in Russia could be.

Last week in Things We Saw Today I mentioned that Stephen was headed to Russia on what he called a “secret assignment.” Well, he cropped up over the weekend on the Russian late-night show Evening Urgant, turning his usual tables by appearing as a guest. There he played a special modified sort of Russian roulette with host Ivan Urgant involving vodka shots and pickles. Colbert was surprised to find it wasn’t Russian roulette exactly because all of the shot glasses contained vodka. Sounds like my kind of game.

It’s a delight to watch Stephen interact with Urgant, even when you have no idea what Urgant is saying in Russian (if you speak Russian, please help us out in the comments). Their physical comedy is top-notch. Per The Washington Post:

Colbert joked that, because the show was part of a state-owned TV channel, Urgant was “officially an employee of the state.”

“I look forward to going back to America and testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committee about colluding with Russia,” Colbert deadpanned.

As Stephen takes his first shot, he says, “To the beautiful and friendly Russian people, I can’t remember why no members of the Trump administration can remember meeting you.” The crowd loves it. So do I. Although it’s more than a bit sad to consider what a joke America’s politics have become internationally and most especially in Russia. These days when I picture Putin I imagine him laughing all day long over how much he’s successfully messed with the American system.

Mid-game, Stephen says, “By the way, may I announce something? This is not shown in the United States? I’m here to announce that I am considering a run for President in 2020. And I thought it would be better to cut out the middleman and just tell the Russians myself. If anyone would like to work on my campaign in an unofficial capacity, please just let me know.”

This was absolutely masterful trolling of the Trump campaign’s possible collusion with Russia and the ongoing Russian electoral meddling headaches. Stephen gives his final toast: “A strong America, a strong Russia!”

Colbert is a comedic genius, and we’ve never needed his mocking voice more. Not a day passes that I’m not thrilled and grateful that he’s reaching a massive audience via The Late Show and that CBS appears to have given him so much creative freedom. His potshots at the perpetual trainwreck of the Trump administration will go down in history. I hope he never stops showing what a smart, savvy troll can do. Trolls can be heroes too. And all of us need to laugh to keep from curling up into a fetal position and crying at the state of the nation.

Будем здоровы!

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Posted by Charline Jao

Critically acclaimed horror author Stephen King is a huge fan of TNT’s Claws, and so are we! Seriously, what other endorsements do you need? Go watch it now!

  • Why is the plural of moose “moose” instead of meese? Merriam-Webster has your answer.
  • Fuller House season 3 will premiere on the 30th anniversary of Full House. How *sobs* rude. (via Deadline)

If you’re a fan of the HBO show Silicon Valley, that had its season finale last night, here’s a video breaking down the companies and details of the opening sequence. It’s amazing what they fit into that small amount of time. (via BoingBoing)

Finally, John McEnroe had the audacity to suggest that Serena Williams would be ranked 700 in the world if she played against men. I’m calling for another Battle of the Sexes where Serena Williams, the greatest tennis player in the world, smokes all of them while carrying her baby, running the tech world, and reciting Maya Angelou because she could. (via Buzzfeed)

That’s it for what we saw today. What did you see?

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Posted by Christina Bonnington

In its quest for total messaging domination, Facebook just announced a fun update for Messenger today. When you’re video chatting with a friend in Messenger, you can now slap on a live-updating filter or mask.

Either in a group or one-on-one chat, you can add animated reactions, filters, masks, and effects. For example, if you want to react to what your friends are saying (with… more than just your face?), you can tap an animated emoji icon. This can surround your face with hovering hearts, or send virtual tears streaming from your eyes. These onscreen emoji reactions are different depending on whether your face is in the frame or not.

You can also add a filter to your video. It can be a subtle, amping up the brightness if your chatting from a dimly lit room, or dramatic, like the one filter that dyes the screen in yellows or reds. You can preview a filter yourself before setting it so everyone sees it.

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And of course, the experience wouldn’t be complete without Snapchat-style face masks. With these, you can don a flower crown, wear a cartoon bunny nose and ears, or turn your face into a teddy bear. Masks and filter effects stay on screen for the entirety of your video chat (or until you switch them off). Reactions, by comparison, only pop up on screen briefly before disappearing.


And to capture your now much more creative video chats, you can also now take screenshots of your chat. To do this, tap the camera icon during your chat. This will take a picture of your video chat and save it to your camera roll. From there you can share it or save it as you wish.

After Facebook first introduced themed masks in Facebook Live and on Instagram, it was only a matter of time before the feature made its way to Messenger.

Need more help? Here’s how to lock down your Facebook privacy settings, see who unfriended you, and delete a Facebook page. You can also unfriend someone on Facebook, and we can help you change your name on Facebook or disconnect Facebook from Instagram.

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Posted by Sarah Jasmine Montgomery

Snapchat has turned everyday users into private detectives by allowing us to view our friends’ locations on a new Snapchat map feature, accessible through the app. You don’t have to be Sherlock to see what your friends or lovers are doing without you, thanks to the opt-in update that came out last Wednesday.

Now, when you open Snapchat and pinch the Stories screen (yes, pinch) a map will appear with bitmoji versions of all your friends.


Users, experts, and parents have shared concerns over the safety of the new update. Even though the update is optional, and the location is only shared with mutual friends (friends who follow one another), some may not realize that their location is shared every time they open the app. Once within the map, users can check the location of a friend by clicking on their bitmoji. When clicking on someone’s specific location, the app will alert the user that you checked their location.

For other users, they’re less concerned about safety and more concerned about maintaining their covert infidelity. On Snapchat, often called the “cheaters” app, cheaters can be exposed easier than ever by checking their location. 

But there’s a lot more to be worried about than cheating. You can now have your bad eating habits exposed.

Or find out that your friends don’t want to hang out with you. 

Or have your chronic lateness exposed. 

If you’re worried about safety or about being outed to your significant other (just own up to it man), you can choose to share your location with only a select number of friends or turn the feature off altogether by switching to “Ghost Mode.”

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Snapchat might have upset some with this latest update, but we know there are a few messy users out there that probably love the feature. Gossip Girl 2.0?

Until next time. Xoxo. 

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Posted by David Covucci

Back in January, two weeks after Donald Trump‘s first travel ban was implemented, the 9th Circuit unanimously denied the Trump administration’s appeal of a district court’s ruling against the ban.

Trump reacted in his typically unmeasured style with a furious tweet.

People on the left were overjoyed when Hillary Clinton, who lost the 2016 election to Trump, chimed in with her own little nudge in the president’s direction.

Now, the Supreme Court has agreed to hear Trump’s appeal of a later version of the travel ban, which was also blocked. But, more importantly, in the interregnum, the justices are allowing portions of the ban to proceed until the case is heard in October.

Trump, again, responded with his typical gusto.

Those on the right clearly saw a victor in that Twitter battle from months ago.

Now, they are gleefully retweeting Clinton’s own tweet, to further twist the knife.

For all the 9-0 (or 9-O) responses, Trump’s tweet is only sort of accurate. While the justices agreed to hear the case and ruled that the injunction should be immediately lifted, three dissented from the court’s decision to issue a caveat to the travel ban as written. The ban will now allow people from the countries listed in it to travel to the U.S., so long as they have a legitimate reason (family/work) for being here.

Judges Neil Gorsuch, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito disagreed with that, saying they would have allowed the ban to go ahead, without the caveat.

So, 9-0 ish.

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Posted by Michelle Jaworski

It’s been 20 years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone came out, and the world has never been the same.

The story of the Boy Who Lived is one that’s extended far beyond its initial audience, and it didn’t take long for fans all over the world to gather at their local bookstores to celebrate the release of each new novel. The series sparked eight blockbuster films, a two-part play, a mountain of merch, the Pottermore website, and an entirely new film franchise centering around Newt Scamander.

Even if you’re not a huge Harry Potter fan or haven’t read the books, the story has long been part of our collective cultural fabric. We recognize actors in other projects, and casually throw references around. And although we still can’t go to Hogwarts for our own magical education, we can still visit the “entrance” to Platform 9 3/4. (Just don’t run headfirst toward it.)

And that’s only scratching the surface of just how Harry changed our world. 

1) A new lexicon of words and wizarding jargon

The wizarding world that J.K. Rowling created birthed an entire collection of new words, phrases, and spells, but one word broke out more than almost any other: Muggle. 

The term wizards used for non-magical people is casually dropped in the first pages of Sorcerer’s Stone, but it isn’t properly defined until a few chapters later.

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While we don’t spend all that much time with Muggles throughout the series (aside from the Dursleys), most mentions refer to people we don’t really see. Some fans latched onto the word because it’s just fun to say. (No-maj, the American wizarding term for non-magical people, has yet to really catch on anywhere.)

It only took a few years for Muggle to become official: the Oxford English Dictionary added it to its dictionary in 2003 and found much earlier instances of “muggle” appearing throughout history—though those definitions are definitely not how people know it today.

It’s far from the only word to break through. Wanting a Time-Turner is a way to suggest wanting more time to complete everything you need to do. If something’s out of reach or hiding, we wish we could “Accio” it, the spell for bringing an item to you. And of course people are still waiting for their Hogwarts letters offering admission to the school. Harry Potter can be used as a comparison in nearly every situation—including politics, though that’s both been applauded and criticized.

This doesn’t even cover all of the British-English words Americans learned because they obtained U.K. copies of earlier books, and later when the books kept those words in.

2) Your Hogwarts House is basically a window into your soul

Hogwarts students are sorted into four houses when they first arrive at Hogwarts: Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, and Slytherin. And whichever one you fit into—whether it’s of your own choosing, what others picked for you, or your official Pottermore’s quiz—it can reveal a lot about you.

It’s easy to say that Gryffindors are brave, Hufflepuffs are loyal, Ravenclaws are intelligent, and Slytherins are cunning. For awhile, many Hogwarts House quizzes were easy to trick so you’d end up in whichever one you preferred. As the Harry Potter books themselves showed, your House wasn’t a guarantee. Peter Pettigrew, a Gryffindor, was a coward who betrayed his friends while Severus Snape, a Slytherin, showed incredible bravery as a double-agent for Albus Dumbledore for nearly two decades.

The Pottermore Sorting Quiz, introduced soon after its launch, was much harder to fool. It left many people satisfied, while others had a minor identity crisis on their hands.

3) Hermione Granger became a feminist icon for a generation of girls and women

Although the Harry Potter series is obviously Harry’s story, Hermione Granger—the brightest witch of her age—is one of its unsung heroes.

She’s smart and can get Harry and Ron out of pretty much any situation, but she was a layered character with her own goals and agency. Even when we didn’t spend time with her, you got the impression she had her own life outside of the boys in it. Harry and Ron respected her—although they did slack off on some of their homework—and they needed her as much as or more than she needed them.

The representation of women and girls in fantasy and science fiction has gotten better in recent years, but back when Harry Potter first came out in 1997, Hermione was (and still is) a breath of fresh air, because so many people saw themselves in her. Fans have drawn Hermione as a woman of color in fanart for years, something Harry Potter and the Cursed Child embraced with the casting of Noma Dumezweni.

Plus Bloomsbury, the U.K. publisher of Harry Potter, revealed Monday that out of the hundreds of characters who appear in the books, it was Hermione who emerged as fans’ favorite character; Harry didn’t even make the top five

Hermione’s movie portrayer, Emma Watson, has embraced aspects of Hermione’s message, promoting women’s rights, literacy, and feminism as a U.N. Goodwill Ambassador.

4) It sparked multiple theme parks and real-life destinations for fans

Fans looking to visit the world of Harry Potter finally got their wish when Universal Studios’ Wizarding World in Orlando first opened its gates in 2010. It had rides, a mix of shops and restaurants from Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley like Ollivanders, Honeydukes, and the Hog’s Head. A second section, which has more of Diagon Alley and the Hogwarts Express, opened in 2014. 

Other Wizarding World theme parks opened up at Universal Studios Japan in 2014 and Universal Studios Hollywood in 2016.

If you live or are based in the U.K., you can visit the Warner Bros. Studio Tour London at Leavesden Studios in England, a major exhibit of props and sets from the Harry Potter films. Or if you’re in London, you can visit “Platform 9 3/4” at King’s Cross Station. While located between Platforms 9 and 10 in the books, the real-world version is in a different location with a plaque and a cart for fans to “push” into the wall.

5) We got our Butterbeer

Whether it’s hot or cold, from the official Wizarding World, a Starbucks secret menu item, or of an original fandom concoction, butterbeer—the non-alcoholic beverage enjoyed by wizards and witches—exists. And that’s a good thing.

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6) And Quidditch also exists

Quidditch is a fictional, complex sport played on broomsticks, and its popularity for Wizards is akin to soccer in many places around the world. Although we don’t have the flying part down quite yet, Quidditch as a Muggle sport has caught on, largely at college campuses. Hundreds of U.S. colleges have Quidditch teams and thousands are registered around the world with the international Quidditch Association. They even have a World Cup.

7) J.K. Rowling’s Twitter account

When Rowling first joined Twitter in 2009, she didn’t tweet all that much, telling her followers that “pen and paper is my priority.” In recent years she’s become far more active, using the medium to communicate with fans and reveal more from Harry’s world, share snippets of her life, and like many people, discuss politics. She has been particularly known for some of her more colorful and creative responses.

8) Every other property that came out of the series

Thanks to the success of Philosopher’s Stone 20 years ago, we have six other Harry Potter books, eight movies, Harry’s Hogwarts textbooks, and The Tales of Beedle the Bard. Oh, and every delightful parody, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, and Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

9) Friendships that last a lifetime

Fans have been sharing their Harry stories with the hashtag #HarryPotter20 all day, where they revealed not only how they discovered the series, but also the friends they bonded with over Harry Potter. They waited in lines at midnight release parties together, watched the films together, and cosplayed together.

Here’s to the next 20 years.

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Posted by Dan Van Winkle

We’re learning a lot of new things about the Marvel Cinematic Universe/Sony Spider-Man as the final publicity push for the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming kicks in ahead of the movie’s release late next week. Not only is Marvel planning to use Peter Parker to guide audiences through a human-level look at a changing MCU, but there may be room left open for big changes for Spider-Man himself in the future.

By that, I mean that the groundwork is there for Miles Morales within the MCU/Sony’s Spider-Man franchise, and comics fans know that could mean a brand new Spider-Man at some point in the future, though it feels, at least right now, as though that point is probably still far away. The specifics of that groundwork may be a little spoilery for Homecoming for some of you, though, so do yourself a favor and skip right on past the spoiler bars if you’d like to save the surprise (and haven’t had it spoiled yet)—one of very few surprises it seems we have left in the movie, at this point.

At the Spider-Man: Homecoming press junket, where all this information is flowing from, Marvel’s Kevin Feige briefly talked to Screen Crush about

Feige, famously of a “never say never” attitude, had this to say about whether or not the Morales Connection™ is just an Easter egg:

“All of those little things are just Easter eggs for fans until they’re something more than that. But anything that’s happened in the books is potential material for us. In the meantime, I think Miles is a big part of the animated movie that Sony’s making. But where WE go … we definitely want you to go ‘He’s there. He’s there somewhere.'”

So … yeah, it sounds like the intention was certainly to set up for a Miles Morales storyline on the big screen, even if it is still far away.

Speaking of Easter eggs, here’s one that was accomplished by retcon after fan theories about it: Peter Parker appeared in Iron Man 2. Homecoming star Tom Holland told The Huffington Post that he and Kevin Feige had discussed it, and this kid in Iron Man 2 is officially a young Peter Parker:

While Spider-Man becomes more intertwined with the MCU, though, Sony’s other Spider-efforts probably won’t. Sony is planning Venom and Black Cat movies, but it currently seems as though those characters won’t even have much to do with Spider-Man, let alone the wallcrawler’s MCU crossover. Tom Holland told ComicBook.com, “Everyone’s asking this question, man. It’s never happening,” in reference to Venom specifically showing up in his Spider-Man movies.

Though not exactly directly Spider-Man-related, there’s also talk from Feige of the next two Avengers movies being the end of the narrative road for some of the major players in the MCU up to this point. Meanwhile, Homecoming Director John Watts seems like his path is just beginning, as positive reactions to the movie seem to have cemented his return for the sequel, according to Feige and Producer Amy Pascal. For even more tidbits from the press blitz, Newsarama has a rundown for you, with bits about Marissa Tomei’s Aunt May, what Homecoming means for Iron Man, talk about the movie’s diversity just portraying reality, and more, and Monkeys Fighting Robots has extensive video interviews for you to check out.


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Posted by Andrew Wyrich

The Senate’s version of a healthcare bill to replace the Affordable Care Act will leave 22 million fewer people with health insurance, according to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office—just one million fewer people than the House’s version of the bill released last month.

The CBO said 22 million fewer people will have health insurance by 2026 if the Senate’s bill becomes law in a report issued Monday afternoon.

More immediately, 15 million fewer Americans are estimated to be uninsured under the legislation compared to the current law, the Affordable Care Act, the CBO said.

The report also found that premiums are expected to fall over time, but would rise at first. Premiums are expected to rise by 20 percent and 10 percent in 2018 and 2019, but by 2026—the time where millions of less Americans would have health insurance—premiums are expected to fall approximately 20 percent.

The CBO’s score is likely to cause headaches for Senate Republicans as they decide whether or not to vote in favor of a bill that will likely affect their constituents. The Senate is using rules that only require them to get 50 votes to pass the bill, however several Republicans—for a variety of reasons—have already said they would not vote for the bill in its current form.

The Senate version of the bill, dubbed the “Better Care Reconciliation Act of 2017” would overhaul the Medicaid program, slashing the amount of money going to lower-income Americans and eliminate the requirement that companies with more than 50 workers provide health benefits to employees. The bill would also cut taxes on wealthy Americans, which were used to help fund the expansion of healthcare coverage. It also strips federal funding of Planned Parenthood for one year.

“By 2026, among people under age 65, enrollment in Medicaid would fall by about 16 percent and an estimated 49 million people would be uninsured, compared with 28 million who would lack insurance that year under current law,” the CBO wrote.

In May, the CBO said 23 million fewer Americans would have health insurance under the American Health Care Act, the version of the healthcare overhaul crafted by the House of Representatives. The Better Care Reconciliation Act, the Senate version, was drafted after the House version of the bill.

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Posted by Nahila Bonfiglio

The creators of Adult Swim show Rick and Morty are hosting a spontaneous evening of Rick and Morty on June 29. The event will be livestreamed on adultswim.com at 9pm ET (6pm PT) for those who missed out on buying a ticket to join the creators in person in Los Angeles.

Fans have been salivating for more from the show since co-creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon dropped the ultimate April Fools not-a-joke in the form of the long-awaited actual first episode of season 3. The joke seems to be that we still don’t know what to expect from the rest of the new season, or even when we’ll see it, other than its generic “summer 2017” release window.

Though tickets already sold out, fans all over the country can tune in and watch. Even if it’s nothing but a hilarious two hours of Roiland and Harmon teasing us with tidbits, it will be worth it.

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Time to Rally!

Jun. 26th, 2017 02:12 pm
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Posted by Laurie Cinotto

OH, dear. The day sure is slipping away!   It's 2:00 PM, we've five hours left in our challenge and  $3175 left to raise to complete the match!

I do feel a tad nervous --- it seems in previous years we started in a bit more of a frenzy and it feels a little sluggish today.

I do hope we can pick up the pace a bit and secure the full match!

Robin and Emmet volunteered for the first shift today.  Let's check in on them and see how they're doing.


In the meantime, how about we make our tax-deductible donations online.

Just click HERE to give what you can.  THANKS! We love you!

The Return: 8

Jun. 26th, 2017 10:15 pm
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So how about that Tory/DUP deal how about that US healthcare thing how about FICTION YES:

How about that Twin Peaks?!

Mind. Blown.

I thought my mind had been as blown as it would get. BWAHAH. No. Obviously not. Fascinating stuff - I'm really looking forward to taking the hiatus to rewatch all 8 eps of The Return, and I can't even imagine what the next 10 eps will bring.

We have literally taken the Finale Monday (US Sunday) Sept 4th off. It's a double ep and it airs at 2am local time, and we're not getting spoiled. If there's anything to spoil with, uh. Words. Which really don't do justice to the Lynch & Frost vision.

AO3 Celebrates 25,000 Fandoms!

Jun. 26th, 2017 04:22 pm
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partial screenshot of the AO3 homepage showing 25000 fandoms with the AO3 logo above the text

Tag Wranglers are pleased to announce that we have reached the milestone of 25,000 fandoms on AO3! This comes shortly after we celebrated reaching 3 million fanworks in April and 1 million users back in October.

AO3 users have always been incredibly creative. Over the years, we've reached several fandom milestones:

  • 5,000 fandoms around New Year's Day, 2010
  • 10,000 fandoms in September, 2012
  • 15,000 fandoms in April, 2014
  • 20,000 fandoms in December, 2015

Are there any rare fandoms you love that you discovered on AO3?

Sharing 25,000 Fandoms with 1 Million People

With so many new fandoms, fanworks, and users joining us daily, now is a good time to explain what this growth can mean for users and Tag Wranglers.

Tags on AO3 are shared. If you use the same exact tag that someone else has used, your works will be included in the same filters. Tag Wranglers cannot separate works using the exact same tag. We can only wrangle tags, not works.

If you discover that your work is showing up under a different filter (tag) than you intended, you can edit the tag on your work to be clearer. For example, Penny Parker is a character on the TV show MacGyver. “Penny Parker” is also a common fan name for female Peter Parker, better known as Spider-Man. If you tag your work “Penny Parker”, it will end up in the filters for the MacGyver character, even if you were thinking of female Peter. To avoid this, you could alter your tag to “Penny Parker (girl!Peter)” or something similar. That would allow Tag Wranglers to merge it into Peter Parker’s tag filter instead.

(Obviously, Tag Wranglers can’t merge the plain “Penny Parker” tag directly with Peter’s. If we did that, all of the MacGyver’s “Penny Parker” works would show up in Peter Parker’s filters, and she would not have a filter of her own. This would cause problems for fans of both characters!)

If a tag is new to you, you might find it useful to check its filter before using it. You might find that the tag has a different meaning in a different fandom.

How To Make Tags Work For You

In the month of April this year, Tag Wranglers collectively wrangled approximately 497,000 tags. In May we wrangled well over half a million! Tag Wranglers work very hard to connect your tags; you can make our job easier by being clear about what you mean.

Here are some ideas you can try in order to make your own works or bookmarks appear in the filters you want. (Please don't comment on works to ask other users to do this - this is for your own works/bookmarks only!)

  • Autocomplete is your friend: If a fandom tag exists in the autocomplete for your fandom already, try including that tag. The tags that Tag Wranglers see are based on filterable fandoms listed on the work, so using a fandom tag from the autocomplete speeds up the time it takes to wrangle your tag and have it show up correctly.
  • Making a new fandom: If there is no fandom tag yet for your work, try including the medium, creator, or year the canon was first published in the tag. This speeds up the process of creating a new fandom tag, as we will have more information to use when researching what canon you mean! For books, it's especially important to include the author's name; for movies, the year. For other fandoms, usually the media type is enough, unless the title is very generic. For example, if you're posting for the TV show "Merlí", try adding "TV" after the title, like this: Merlí (TV).
  • Be kind to RPF fans: Try to avoid mixing up Actor RPF and fictional TV or movie fandoms in your tags. If you're posting Actor RPF, please use the RPF fandom tags. If an RPF fandom tag doesn't exist yet for that TV show or movie, make one by adding "RPF" to the end of the TV show or movie's existing tag name. Example: The Hunger Games (Movies) RPF. Please also try to avoid using the Actor RPF fandom tags if you're only working with fictional characters. This will help RPF fans easily find the works they want and will reduce the effort Tag Wranglers must use to find the right place for your tags.
  • Where does original work go? If you're posting a fannish-styled original work set in your own universe with your own characters, please try using the "Original Work" tag. (Furry fans, you can use that or the "Furry - Fandom" tag.) Please take care not to directly link to paypal, patreon, or commercial sites, as AO3 is a non-commercial site. (For further information, please consult the Terms of Service.)
  • Make characters unique: Try to use full names for characters. If a character has just one name, put the name of the fandom in parentheses after it. Example: Undyne (Undertale). This especially helps avoid any potential ambiguity issues and ensures that it will be easier to find your work. You may not think the chances of having a character named Undyne in another fandom is high, but this happens frequently.
  • Separate your / and & ships / is for romantic and/or sexual relationships. & is for platonic relationships only - ones that are neither sexual nor romantic. (Pre- and Post-Relationship are still /.) & was created for those Gen fans who don't want anything non-platonic in the ships they're searching for. You can help both Gen fans and shippers by carefully choosing the tag that matches your work!
  • Add cameos in the Additional Tags: If a fandom, character, or relationship is only a passing reference, you can choose to put the tag in the "Additional Tags" (Freeforms) category instead. This will keep your work from being sorted into the fandom, character, or relationship's filter, while still telling users what's in the work. Example: Hints of Jin Dong/Wang Kai in the "Additional Tags" field keeps Jin Dong/Wang Kai fans from being disappointed that a work only mentions their relationship briefly.

These suggestions are meant to help get your tags wrangled quicker and more accurately so that users have a great experience on AO3. You won’t need to edit any tags on past works or bookmarks unless they aren’t showing up in the filters you prefer.

However, these tagging suggestions don’t mean that you can’t continue to tag creatively for various topics! Tag Wranglers love clever tags, and sometimes we can even canonize the concepts. Magneto’s Terrible Fashion Sense is just one of many enjoyable tags that make us giggle.

If you have any questions or suggestions about wrangling, please consult the Tags FAQ. If that doesn't answer your question, the FAQ explains how to contact Tag Wranglers directly, or you can send short questions to us at our twitter account, ao3_wranglers.

Please don't leave comments on this post with questions or requests about specific tags. They won't be answered, since Tag Wranglers can't easily track requests from here. Please use the options listed above to contact us. Thanks!

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The project I'm supposed to be working on is being frustrating, so here is another tiny installment in Edmund and Ginny Go to Harfang. :)

Written 6/26/17, in response to the [community profile] genprompt_bingo square northern / southern lights. (300 words exactly)

A Good Idea at the Time

They clambered over the volcano's lip as the rubies' virtue faded and the heat and fumes of molten rock punched Edmund like a sword pommel in his gut, but he spared no thought to the narrowness of their escape. The ebbing wash of sunset on the western horizon revealed a new woe: to the north, a range of mountains greater than he had ever seen rose knife-sharp and impassible, flanks glittering with ice, while on all other sides their own, lesser peak fell rapidly into a frozen, windswept plain where no single sign of life broke the pristine fields of snow.

"Well, this is a pickle," Ginny said, dropping her end of their enchanted skiff onto the bare and smoking stone. "I could enchant the boat to levitate, but I can't make that permanent, or cast a propulsion charm at the same time, so we'd still be stuck without a way to catch the wind; I don't suppose you have any suggestions for fixing that?"

As Edmund looked around their barren and precarious perch, a curtain of violet, green, and gold shimmered across the darkening sky, like a banner curving in winds too high and rare for mortal lungs to breathe, and a streak of brilliant white shot through the heavens' heart like an arrow: southward and downward, aimed at Narnia like a sign.

"The world goes strange at the edges, where the Deep Magic yields to the Deeper Magic that surrounds and upholds all the worlds that ever were or will be," he said slowly. "Even in Narnia, at the Deep Magic's source, we know that stars are not lifeless fires, but people, who sometimes step outside their dance to touch the earth they traverse every night. What if one might carry us?"

"You're mad," Ginny said. "Let's try!"


End of Ficlet


Bets on whether this works out they way they intend? *innocent smile*

Also, I have now officially completed a bingo line for [community profile] genprompt_bingo! I should probably go make up a post for the community sometime this afternoon or evening.

30 day music meme, day 19

Jun. 26th, 2017 02:44 pm
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19. A song that makes you think about life

"Thinking about life" seems to me a fundamentally adolescent thing. I don't mean that as an insult; it's just that in my experience, as people get older, the questions become more specific. There's a loss of ambition, or arrogance, or energy; "life" is just too big a topic.

So here's a song about adolescence and (I think) about the looming spectre of adulthood.

The Mountain Goats, "Damn These Vampires"

All the prompts )


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