Dear Festividder

Oct. 24th, 2016 08:45 pm
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Thank you for making me a vid in one of the small fandoms that we share! I want you to have fun and do Festivids however you want to do it, and if that means totally ignoring this that is fine by me. I like a lot of detail when I read letters, so that's how I write mine, but please don't feel obligated to read this all or to take any of this letter as a strict guideline - I like all kinds of vids (including critiques) and I like surprises and I like these sources, so you're pretty sure to make something I'll like.

General preferences )

Music )

My requests, including some additional info: Automata, Black Panther (comics), Brother to Brother, Crash Pad Series, Daughters of the Dragon, Different from the Others | Anders als die Andern, The Get Down, and Sleep Dealer )

Subscription Trim

Oct. 25th, 2016 04:53 am
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Trimming subscriptions a bit, simply because a lot of my interests have shifted. Hope everyone has been doing well. :)
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Title: Koi-iji: Love Glutton
Original Title: こいいじ (Koiiji)
Author: Shimura Takako
Publisher: Kiss
Genre: Josei
Status in Japan: 4 volumes, ongoing
Scanlator: Megchan's Scanlations feat. Migeru
Scanlation Status: Ongoing
More Info: Baka Updates

Summary: 31-year-old Mame has been in love with her childhood friend Souta ever since she can remember. Despite multiple rejections, her love has stayed constant. It's become a habit more than anything, but is it one she'll ever be able to break and get on with her life?

Chapter Summary: A second date with Kawada-san.

Chapter 10: Before Sunrise

And this brings us to the end of another volume, so here's a full volume download for those who want it.

Rick and Morty is on Netflix!

Oct. 24th, 2016 07:09 pm
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Dear internet people who have not already see Rick and Morty, I strongly suggest that you head to Netflix, and watch episode two at once. It's better than the pilot, and there's nothing in the pilot that you need to know for what are, basicallly, a bunch of really funny versions of sci-fi premises.

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Oct. 24th, 2016 01:37 pm
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I don't enjoy posting about the horrible events at Standing Rock, the mistreatment of peaceful people on their own land by interlopers and heavily armed police -- but the NY Times isn't doing it. The LA Times isn't doing it. Neither is the Chicago Sun-Times or the Washington Post. It is a matter of speaking truth to power -- in this case, not just the power of the people who want to run a pipeline through indigenous land but the power of those who own the news who choose to ignore this as 'just another little squabble, not worth writing about.'

Truth is always worth writing about. Journalism is supposed to be history written on the run. This is history, and it's running fast right now, from the past into the future. Where is the journalism? In the bits and pieces that are forwarded on FB, the accounts from the ground up as people are beaten and arrested for praying on their own land. Journalists are supposed to be witnesses to events, standing in for those who cannot be there. Now the people themselves are the witnesses, standing in for the journalists, except for the brave few who risk prison -- and the violation of their First Amendment rights -- to spread word of the injustices occurring now.

What I am doing on FB is not reporting but relaying -- in the old days it would have been comparable to serving as 'rewrite', the person in the newspaper office (often an assistant, not a reporter) who would pick up the phone and type up the story that a reporter was phoning in from where it was happening, such as at a trial at the county courthouse. Blogging is a return to old-fashioned broadsheet journalism, the kind where you bought the one page from a kid on the street for a penny, and it said whatever you printed, without regard to journalistic ethics, legal restrictions, and in many cases editorial style, spelling and grammar. It's unedited. It's not reviewed by anyone before it hits print. It is good when it conveys the truth about what is happening in such a way that it holds up under scrutiny -- but it needs more to be true journalism. It's trying, though, and in Standing Rock it's bleeding as it tries. However, it does not have the legal protections that journalists have -- laws concerning blogging have not reached that point. Reporters have shield laws, protecting sources. Bloggers have none. And everything posted on FB is read by innumerable law enforcement agencies up to and including the NSA, CIA and FBI. So, subversively, what is posted about Standing Rock there is also speaking truth to powers that do not acknowledge their presence or readership.

This whole situation reminds me of two historical events. The first is the peaceful protest march led by Mahatma Gandhi in which hundreds and thousands of Indian people lined up to be beaten by police until the police themselves stopped in horror and disgust at what their orders were making them do. It is not enough to hear about this -- rent or view the movie Gandhi and watch i for yourself. The other is the case of John Peter Zenger, who printed the truth about corrupt colonial government and was jailed, but the press never stopped because his wife kept it running, friends came in with news items and the news kept going. He was exonerated -- establishing that truth is a defense against libel, including libel of a public official -- and they kept going.

Information is power. Truth is strength. Freedom of information and freedom of the press are Constitutional civil rights, as is freedom of speech and freedom to assemble peaceably to seek redress for wrongs done. Government behavior at Standing Rock violates all of these.

Elementary 5.03

Oct. 24th, 2016 04:43 pm
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In which Sherlock's affection for Gregson is given a heartwarming outing, he turns out to share Norma Bates' way of thinking on at least one issue, and we get continuity on Joan's Mafia geekness, but the true question of the hour is: did Joan just hint she'd be okay with a Sherlock/Marcus/Joan threesome?

Read more... )

Brexit Britain will be a Paradise

Oct. 24th, 2016 12:09 pm
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Don't worry, when Article 50 is invoked you'll see. You'll go outside one day and your neighbour Akmed will have been transformed into a plucky local plumber called Dave who was able to afford a new house since there'll be no eastern Europeans stealing his business. You'll walk down the street in town and find that where before stood a Polish shop they'll be new British owned butchers doing a roaring trade, and best of all it'll all be British meat provided by Britain's booming agricultural sector and there won't be a single Halal cut in there. Further down the road you'll see Poundland, which has changed its name to 20p land, as all the fantastic new trade deals Britain was able to sign with booming economies like New Zealand will have made everything so affordable.

Walking through town all you'll see are smiling British faces and hear people speaking proper local English. That multiracial gang of hoodies that hung around the park will have been replaced by a bunch of public schoolboys playing cricket and shouting things like "Jolly good show!", the girls drinking cider by the bus stop will now be tucking into ham sandwiches and scotch eggs with lashing of ginger beer. What was previously Salim's Kebab Palace will now be a proper English chippy, everything comes with extra gravy and a piece of haddock will cost less than a quid as the removal of fishing quotas will have made all forms of fish bountiful and completely sustainable. What used to be a chicken shop is now a proper English pub, with real ale that isn't interfered with by the EU, you'll also be able to smoke indoors like a real man. Outside streets will be clean and pothole free, all the lawns freshly cut, all the cars new and shiny (in part thanks to the amazing trade deals Germany had to give us when they realised they needed us to buy their cars). People will leave their front doors unlocked and children will play safely in the street again, without fear of traffic or strangers.

On the rare occasion you do see a foreigner, if it's not a tourist partaking of our thriving competitive tourism sector come to wonder at our green and pleasant land, it'll only be some humble national stereotype, eternally grateful for the opportunity to dwell in our utopian nation. You might run into Deepak, the only Indian in town, turbaned and dressed in the traditional garb of his people, loyal servant of the British Empire who is entrusted to work as a hotel doorman. Perhaps you'll meet Gorge, a swarthy Spaniard prone to afternoon naps with a comical demeanour who is permitted to work as a waiter, or Antoine his maitre d, a suave sophisticated Frenchman with a thin moustache and a slight odour of garlic, perhaps you'll even meet Svetlana, an absurdly beautiful sultry Swedish exchange student who finds it impossible to resist the charms of a true moderately overweight middle aged Brit.

As you can see there's no reason to think that post-Brexit Britain won't be a shining beacon of progressive cultural diversity for the world, it'll simply be that all the immigrants will be "good immigrants", the kind that speak perfect English, act just like Britons and earn over £36,000 a year, paying half of that to the government for the privilege of using the NHS. The NHS now of course being a luxury service with private rooms for every patient each fitted with a state of the art 4k resolution 3d television and a new gaming console.

From then on things will only get better. The EU will collapse and be so poor they'll accept anything we offer, world investment will flood to Britain, countries will sign agreements allowing Britons freedom of movement all over Europe so you can still retire in Spain, but won't expect us to return the favour. Good old British industries like car manufacturing and coal mining will become world leaders. Jobs will pay so well that the whole country will be living like kings, the pound will be worth so much we'll be able to go on holiday and it'll be cheap like it was in the old days.

Britain will go from strength to strength. Canada, Australia, India, they'll all decide to get the old team back together and willingly take dominion status, thus making Britain the greatest super power in the world. It will be a British renaissance, the BBC will make comedy even funnier than the time Del Boy fell through the bar, and drama even more intense than the Great British Bake Off. Brexit is going to be a dream, don't you worry about it.

From - which has a load of other fantastic responses to the banks deciding that Brexit Britain is not a good base...

Daily Happiness

Oct. 24th, 2016 01:49 am
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1. I hired two new stockers today, which if they work out will bring us up to having a full crew again, so I really hope they work out, because I'm so tired of how many changes in employees we've had lately.

2. It rained a couple times today! And there's a chance of rain for the next few days, too.

3. There was a curry demo at work today and all day I was smelling it and it smelled so good, so I made curry when I got home tonight and it was delicious and now we have tons of leftovers. :D

4. Chloe just loves playing with this pen!

Frankfurt Book Fair II

Oct. 24th, 2016 09:03 am
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The Frankfurt Book Fair always ends with the Peace Award of the German Book Trade, which is handed over in the Paulskirche, St. Paul's, a secularized church which is one of the few places reliably prone to make me go sentimental in a way related to my country of origin. It's our big might have been: the place where the first German freely elected parliament took place in 1848, working on a constitution that never was, because the 1848/49 revolution was aborted and instead we got the Empire and lots of Untertanengeist (subject mentality).

Anyway, the other reason why I'm prone to feel sentimental about the Paulskirche is that listening to the winners of this award usually is thoughtprovoking and moving. This year was no exception. It went to Carolin Emcke, who as opposed to some earlier winners (Susan Sontag, David Grossman, Svetlana Alexejivich two years before she got the Nobel, etc.) probably isn't known outside of Germany, but deserves to be, because she's fabulous. Journalist (first war correspondant, then columnist for several of our major media outlets), writer, activist; at least one of her books is also published in English (Echoes of Violence. Letters from a War Reporter. Princeton University Press, Princeton / Oxford 200), so you can check it out. She's also openly gay, and while she's not the first Peace award winner to be so, she's the first who made this a part of her acceptence speech; more about this in a moment.

One main reason why she got the award is that in this time of the public discourse going down the drains and hate speech becoming more and more acceptable for main stream politicians to use, she keeps writing on against this without letting herself be goaded into bashing rethoric as well. An early example of this was the first thing I've read from her, a meditation on the RAF and how to approach terrorists, by which if you're German you don't mean the Royal Air Force but the Rote Armee Fraktion, or the Baader Mainhof Group in English; this to MS. Emcke was no abstract subject, because her godfather, Alfred Herrhausen, was killed by them, and her description of the day it happened and the day after in the essay capture the numbness of shock, the devastation, so incredibly well that you feel it all over again.

Heinrich Riethmüller, the President of the German Book Seller's Association, who'd given such a moving openining speech on Tuesday evening, quoted both the poet Rose Ausländer and the philosopher Hannah Arendt in his concluding speech, both of whom of course in their time refugees and intimately familiar of what hate and nationalism can do. (I was briefly taken out of the mood by him referring to Odysseus as "literature's first refugee" whom we wouldn't know about if Homer hadn't written , though, because it makes my inner myth lover protest. Odysseus doesn't really fit the bill, Mr. Riethmüller, because his ten years gallivanting around the Mediterranean post war in Troy happened with the knowledge that he's got a kingdom awaiting, and they mostly were due to having pissed off one of the gods, Poseidon. If you really want to make a refugee comparison to survivors of the Trojan war, I'd go for the Trojans. Yes, I like the Odyseee better than than Aenead, too, but Aeneas and his followers to fit the bill: survivors of a city destroyed by war which they can't return to, seeking a new home.) The central idea of Riehtmüller's speech, which the laudator of the event, Seyla Benhabib, then evolved was how language - and the context between violence and language, violence and lack of language, which Carolin Emcke has written about - is instrumental to any hope we might have for change.

Seyla Benhabib - who as opposed to Ms. Emcke has an English language wiki entry I can link you to - took as her opening image Paul Klee's Angelus Novus and Walter Benjamin's famous interpretation of same, and related this directly to Carolin Emcke's writing in what was to me one of the most memorable descriptions of the day: "Even if, as Benjamin says, you can't put together again what was destroyed, you can redeem/release/deliver" - she used the word "erlösen", which means all of these in German - "it by telling its story. Carolin Emcke has the gift of naming issues and narrating them in such a way that the silence in which violence, cruelty and torture cloak themselves is broken apart."

Then it was Carolin Emcke's turn. And she started with a joke which at the end of her speech she returned into, turning it into a great reallying call in anything but a joking manner: "Wow," she said, "so this is what it looks like from up here, from this perspective", going on to mention how she used to watch the ceremony in the Paulskirche and the speeches each year from childhood onwards, first from the tv and then from the audience. Then she got serious, talking about the various way identity is constructed - religious, national, even musical - at which point you could feel the audience be just a little complacent and nodding along, when the first zinger happened; the referred to an (in)famous occasion in the 1990s when Martin Walser was the award's recipient (you can read about the controversy here) and, quoth Carolin Emcke, the Jewish members of the audience like Ignaz Bubis had to sit there and listen to a speech "in which the terrible suffering of their own family was reduced from a crime against humanity to a 'moral club'". Talk about defining identity.

Next, she spoke about being queer, and this was when you felt a part of the audience sit up and another, who'd been ready to nod along to the general "nationalism and hate speech evil" message, be uneasily reminded of their own prejudices. Because yes, we've had a vice chancellor who was openly gay, but good lord, we're far from being no discrimination paradise. Carolin Emcke talked about how she was quickly disabused of the notion that falling in love with another woman was in society regarded as a private matter that only concerned her and her partner: "It is a truly weird experience that something so deeply personal should be so important to others that they claim for themselves the privilege of entering our lives and take rights and dignity from us. As if the way we love matters more to others than too ourselves, as if our love and our bodies don't belong to us but to those who oppose to pathologize them. There's a an inherent irony here: it's as if our sexuality serves less to define ourselves but them. Sometimes the obsession Islamophobes have with the headscarf appears quite similar to me. It's as if the headscarf means more to them, who never wear it, than to those who chose to."

Her detailing how sexual identity is treated culminated in this passionate appeal: "So we're allowed to write books which are taught in schools, but the way we love is supposed to described in school books according to the wishes of some parents only as something 'to be tolerated' and most certainly not as something to be respected? We're arrowed to speak in the Paulskirche, but not to marry or adopt children? Sometimes I wonder whose dignity is damaged here: ours, as we're declared to not quite belong, or the dignity of those who want to reduce our rights? Human rights aren't a zero sum game. Nobody loses theirs if they're given to everyone."

(Go figure: our right-oriented meda like the FAZ predictably reacted to this in their commentary with 'we're with you about how hate speech is bad, but did you have to mention all this queer stuff?' Reminded me of the conservative reviews of The State versus Fritz Bauer last year , which: Bauer noble, Nazis boo, but why did the movie have to keep mentioning that Bauer was gay? Which is exactly why Ms. Emcke has such a point. See, that's why I read the left wing SZ instead.)

The last third of her speech was devoted to a dissection of "the climate of fanaticism and violence currenctly pervading Europe", the revived dogma of "the 'homogenous' people, the 'true' religion, the 'original' tradition, a 'natural' family, and an 'authentic' nation: "No, they probably don't stand in the streets themselves and spread terror, these populists and purity fantastics, they don't throw fire bombs into refugee shelters with their own hands, don't strip Muslim women of the hijab or Jewish men of the kippa, they don't hunt Polish or Romanian Europeans, they don't attack black Germans themselves - they don't hate and hurt on their own. Sie lassen hassen. (Hard to translate exactly, because "They let hate" doesn't mean the same thing, nor does "they make hate happen".) They deliver patterns made of resentments and prejudice to the public discourse, they manufacture racist product placements, all these little vicious phrases and imagery used to stigmatize and to take away dignity, used to humiliate and attack people.

"They manufacture racist product placements" sums it up exactly. If you've noticed the repeated mention of the word "dignity", btw, this is not least because the preamble to our constitution, written with the Nazi experience directly behind us, starts with "Die Würde des Menschen ist uinantastbar" - "human dignity shall be inviolable". Against a patriotism that excludes and defines itself by being against others, Carolin Emcke suggested "Verfassungspatriotismus", patriotism defining itself by love of the contitution. I thought that was a marvellous idea, and evidently so did our head of state, President Johannes Gauck, who was in the audience and who later at the post award lunch said in a short speech of his own that he was sick of all the hate speech in the name of patriotism (no wonder, given that he and Chancellor Merkel were shouted at as "traitors" in Dresden at this year's national holiday): "Ich bin ein Verfassungspatriot." ("I am a patriot of the constitution.")

The question of what to do in these times: "Keep starting again", said Carolin Emcke. "We can always start again, both as individuals and as a society. (...) Nobody can do this alone. It needs all in a civilian population. Democratic history is created by everyone. A democratic story -" the German word for story and for history is the same, "Geschichte" - "is stold by everyone. Not solely the professional narrators. (...) Freedom isn't something you own, it's something you do. Secularization isn't something finished, it's an eternally unfinished project. Democracy is no static certainty, but a dynamic exercise of how to deal with uncertainties and cricitism. Being a free, secular, democratic society is something we need to learn. Again and again. By listening to each other. By thinking about each other. By mutual respect for the diversity and individual uniqueness. And not least by allowing each other flaws and offering forgiveness. Is this hard? Oh yes. Will there be conflict between various practices and convictions? Absolutely. Will it be difficult at times to balance different religious practices and the secular order? Definitely. But why should it be easy?
We can always start again.
What do we need for this? Not much. A bit of Haltung" -
that's another hard to translate word, as it can mean morale, poise, bearing, conduct - "a bit of laughing courage, and not least the readiness to change the direction of your gaze now and then, so that it happenes more often we all can say: 'Wow. So this is what it looks like from this perspective.'"

And with that elegant return to the beginning of her speech, Carolin Emcke ended it to everyone jumping up and applauding her for eons.

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Oct. 23rd, 2016 11:05 pm
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Why am I like this? I was at the office about seven hours doing 3-4 hours' worlht of work. Just Twitter and news articles. Well, I ate a bit, too. But, god, I would like to focus better, just do my work and go home, but I can't quite work out how.

Puppy at play

Oct. 23rd, 2016 08:12 pm
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My Dad's been sending these to me every day or two. Here's a collection of the latest lot.
Pupzors! )

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Oct. 23rd, 2016 01:45 pm
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I haven't the energy to even think of NaNoWriMo this year. The ideas are just not there.

The one thing my mind keeps turning over is an essay on ethnicity and racism, which I am pretty sure may spark at least one unintended firestorm, so I am still working on it.

Fanlore On Tumblr

Oct. 23rd, 2016 08:26 am
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I think we need to set up a Fanlore Account on Tumblr. We already have a Twitter account run by OTW Communications (thank you Pip!) and there is a way for those regular tweets to be automatically sent to a Fanlore Tumblr. I'd be willing to set up the Official Fanlore account on Tumblr and also tweak some of the cross-post settings so that we can mirror either the Tumblr posts here or DW posts like this one on Tumblr .

But we need someone to manage the Tumblr account. It should be a low key affair. I make regular fandom history and Fanlore posts on my tumblr blog which could be reblogged.  The Ask Box could be left open in case anyone wants to touch base via Tumblr. Thee are also periodic OTW announcement posts that might be suitable for reblogging.

Anyone other ideas for this Official Fanlore Tumblr account? Tumblr is a rich visual medium and we have lots of content on Fanlore that would be great for blogging.

Anyone interested?


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