Reading: I started So You Want to be a Robot and Other Stories by A. Merc Rustad because many people whose taste I trust liked it. Currently only two stories in but I like it so far.
Making: I'm sewing a dress for me! I don't sew a lot for myself or for adults so this exciting.
Emma Jay Olsen's Angry Feminist Playlist
and my very own Ladies Who Rock
But in terms of feminist metal bands, you can't go far wrong with:
Hysterica (esp Heels)
McQueen (esp Not For Sale)
Wicked Wisdom (esp You Can't Handle)
Halestorm (esp Rock Show - principally because I've never heard anything capture that feeling better)
In This Moment (esp Comanche - we've took all we can and we won't take any more)
and of course
Skunk Anansie (esp Rise Up)
Music: "Down The Rabbit Hole" by Adam Lambert
Fandom: True Blood S1-4
Summary: Going down the rabbit hole
Content Notes: Physical triggers (e.g., epilepsy or migraine: strobe lights, bright lights, "stuttery" cuts between 2-3 stills), blood
Notes: Made for the Equinox Exchange (Fall 2017).
Download Link: Down The Rabbit Hole (75mb)
So one of the main reasons I offered True Blood was because I was really sad to hear that the actor who played Lafayette, Nelsan Ellis had died as Lafayette was my favorite character and the main reason I watched True Blood (also Pam). I had always wanted to make a vid for him but never got around to it and so I thought this exchange was the perfect time to do so. I wanted to make a Lafayette character study vid but I really struggled with finding a song that encapsulated all of his character so I kept looking as I rewatched the show but only watched the scenes with Lafayette, Pam or something gay in it (inc Godric/Eric) which were really the best part of the show. I fell in love with Lafayette/Jesus all over again so when I couldn't find a song, I remembered I used to want to vid Adam Lambert's Down The Rabbit Hole to the show and realized the s4 magic/medium plot would work perfectly for it. Once I decided on the song, I struggled a little with making the vid until I realized I just needed to cut the song down and then I could just use all the pretty parts of the plot and it made vidding it a lot more fun and matched my recipient's request even more. In the end, I was happy to have made it but I still hope someday somebody will make an epic Lafayette vid because he deserves it.
Welcome to my Dear Author letter for holly_poly, wherein I try to give you a snapshot of the kind of stuff I like, and which you are welcome to take as gospel (although I don’t recommend it), consider as guidelines (rather than rules), or simply read as an exercise in curiosity (entirely acceptable).
WORK IN PROGRESS
( holly_poly: still working things out )
If I were a vidder, I would totally vid snide queer Irish socialist Steve Rogers through the ages to Func Anseo/Uptown Funk in Irish. Just saying. And end it on a leather jacket renegade Nomad note. Belligerent Steve, whether he's tiny or the size of a prize pig, with all this anger and flushed cheeks as the decades roll by.
If I were a vidder, I'd also be keen on a tongue-in-cheek but also seriously sentimental fanvid of Black Widow and Winter Soldier through the ages set to something like Katyusha, because why not and I cannot believe it hasn't been done. "She came out onto the lofty river bank and started to sing about a grey steppe eagle whom she loved and whose letters she treasured", come on. There is so much 20th century trivia to be vidded, assuming Natalya has the widow infinity serum and she and Bucky witnessed all the stuff. (And while we are on the subject of humour and cliches, I cannot believe there is no much ado about punching action vid of Bucky's fight scenes and Winter Soldier quotidien set to Kalinka, either.)
It's very strange.
I won't miss most of what I do, because - meh, it's just not very interesting, even though I do it well?
I will miss the people, though. Even though I'm not super close to anyone, there's so many people there I like.
And it will be extremely odd to not be doing this job anymore. To look ahead and realize it won't be until January 2022 I will have been at my Swedish library job as long as I was at my random UK admin job.
Time is weird. Change is hard. Stress is happening, but also anticipation - and to be fair, immense relief to be rid of a lot of aspects of the role that had been grating on me.
Makes it hard to know what I'm feeling, exactly.
So I watch Yuri on Ice with doctorskuld and tear up at all of Yuri's Free Skates and also when sweet things are said and done and it feels so close to my heart and also like I first watched it an eternity ago...
1) Personalisation is a really important public health tool — it’s a good idea for those of us with breasts to check them regularly for lumps, and my talking about finding a lump will make many of you, the people who care about and relate to me, more likely to do so.
2) I think there’s a lot that’s scary and unknown about finding a lump, and I’d like to do a tiny bit to reduce that — I can’t make it not scary and not unknown, but I can tell you about my non-scary experience, and give you (especially those of you in the UK health system) an idea about what to expect from the process.
3) When I was thinking about writing something about this, I realised that when I speak/write publicly about my own health, it’s often (always?) with the aim of tackling stigma. So for me, it’s an interesting exercise to write about something that isn’t at all stigmatised, and I’m interested to see what I learn through doing so.
I also want to emphasise that not only is everything totally fine, not at all cancer-y, but also I’m fine. This can be a very difficult experience for people who have the exact same outcome as me, but for me, not so much.
All of which leads us to:
( Cut for not-cancer )
What I've just finished reading
Some of the sententiae Publilius Syrus, which remind me a bit of Seneca. (Unsuprisingly, since Seneca was a fan of Publilius.) "How unhappy is he who cannot forgive himself." "Look to be treated by others as you have treated others."
I love that Publilius was in the Mimes act, so if we try to envision it in a contemporary way, he was essentially a Syrian burlesque artist with freestyle poetry and talk ranging from satire to philosophy on the human condition. He pursued this career because his master was awed by how smart he was, and was like, have a splendid education! have a manumission! you are awesome! So as a freedman, he travelled all over Italy and Caesar eventually thought he was cool, too. Caesar was right; Publilius' surviving works show that he was pretty damn cool. It must have been like a mix of Lady Gaga and Noam Chomsky.
"Bitter for a free man is the bondage of debt."
I also read Robert Louis Stevenson's essay On Falling in Love, which is delightful, as Stevenson's essays are. His writing is so smooth! And oh, his adorable ridicule, and wonder at anyone falling in love with a man, ever. The only men worthy of inspiring love, in his opinion, are Leonardo da Vinci and Goethe - but only when the latter was young! (This gave me a craving for a Captain Flint (of Black Sails) story about falling in love in just this style and from this perspective. Any recommendations of good Flint fanfic about mature emotions?)
What I'm reading right now
Still Cinderella in the South by Cripps. I am moving at a pace of roughly one story per week now.
What I plan to read next
Probably some extracts from The Nibelungenlied, to get in the mood for something epic (for writing purposes). Murder! Revenge! There are so many characters and so many murders in this 12th century epic I can hardly remember who is avenging what. No matter; I can just pick whatever passage, then.
And I suspect that it is Very Much Not Done to yell 'Speak up' or 'Use the Mike' when someone is giving an important formal lecture signifying professional advancement.
Maybe my hearing is getting even worse than I thought? Or maybe that lecture theatre has really crap acoustics.
(Speaker is a lovely person who does lovely work, and I bought the book that was also being launched and had it signed, but I was really rather frustrated by the actual lecture.)
But at least there were some really lovely visuals which were entirely relevant to the topic on hand.
Also put in a bit of a strop by the young person who checked my name off the list, and said 'join the queue', waving in the opposite direction to where it turned out the relevant queue was forming.
But I did see two people I knew (besides speaker) and did a little bit of catch-up with them, so I have socialed more than I recently have.
The latest development is a mysterious edict that we all have to leave our computers at work but logged out tonight so that they can “encrypt” our computers somehow – I assume it’s some kind of software they’re going to install, but there’s been a dearth of information over what exactly this Encryption Of Computers entails. Furthermore, I was told that my computer is incompatible with encryption (loose lips sink ships, laptop!) so it will have to be wiped completely and upgraded. Which I’m fine with, all my work is on a network drive anyway and I just had to remember to move a few files.
But my laptop apparently heard them and knows it’s being wiped. Yesterday the flash stopped working and today my Outlook has decided to neither send nor receive any email. Additionally, a retail clothing website just broke Firefox so hard it no longer allows me to log into anything.
What I’m saying is that this laptop is going down swinging, and I kind of admire its fighting spirit, but goddamn, could it not have waited until the end of the workday so I wouldn’t have to use Microsoft Webmail to do the last two hours of business today.
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Fandom: Avatar: Legend of Korra
Content Notes: Created for Inktober - Day 17, word prompt: Graceful. This is my very first attempt at using India Ink with a paintbrush. I found the following video on YouTube to be particularly helpful: How to Draw and Paint Animals with Water: Ink Drip Technique.
The ink drip technique is SO COOL! I only have black ink right now, but would love to get my hands on other colours. So in addition to the original piece, I've also included a digital blue-tinted version below, which I rather like. :)
( Click here for entire artwork )
I fed back all the things that you folks asked me to feed back in this and this post; pretty much all of them were received loud and clear. Especially popular was hollymath's suggestion that we put "would you benefit from step-free access" rather than "are you a wheelchair user" on Speaker's cards; this is definitely going to be done, hopefully for spring, but if not then for next autumn.
I've been given more work to do, which is mostly my own fault for volunteering to sort shit out. Nick Da Costa and I have to redesign the end of conference survey, so if you have any specific ideas about that do let me know. Is it too long, too short, too fiddly, etc? What questions do you think should be asked, and which ones do you think should be retired? As usual, I can;t promise to act on every suggestion, but I promise to at least read and respond to every suggestion.
Specifically regarding the app, which I know a few of you talked about: there was a feeling that we've sunk a lot of time and effort into the bespoke app, and it gets better every time - which it definitely does - and the developer is very responsive to requests for changes, so Grenadine is not going to fly. The specific comments about line numbers and clock hiding and too much nesting are definitely going to be fed back to the developer, so if those aren't sorted out for Spring you can take me to one side, spank me, and call me Gerald.
I'm going to go get a well deserved drink now.
It's an absolutely delightful read. It's written in a pastiche of the style of the period, and as the author is a historian of gender and sexuality it's historically accurate although the subject-matter would never have seen the light of day then. Unsurprisingly, given Madame C-'s profession, it's unabashedly sex-positive, and features numerous LGBTQ+ characters, both male and female, as well as multiple characters of colour. The first volume features intrigue, scandal, matchmaking, female solidarity, epistolary mathematical flirtations and a wombatt, and it really is one of the most charming things I've ever read.
I am impressed, not just because they are translating a 100,000-word story (though, I mean, that is impressive), but that they are doing so with footnotes! Footnotes for all the minor characters and the technobabble (including the stuff I made up) and the random obscure comics references!