Dear Femslash Creator,

Aug. 16th, 2017 09:45 pm
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Just to note: my requests include Critical Role, Doctor Who, Dragon Age, Hunger Games, Mass Effect, and Crossovers.

First of all, relax! I'm far from being picky, and I can pretty much guarantee that I'll love whatever you decide to draw or write for me. These are nothing but guidelines, for you to take to heart or ignore to your heart's content. Also, hey! You're drawing and/or writing me femslash! What's not to love? ♥

That said, I thought that I'd elaborate a bit on my requests in case, like me, you're the type of person who likes to have something to work with. Feel free to use and/or ignore as much of this as you want. I've tried to include a mix of vague prompts as well as more detailed ones, to hopefully make things as helpful as possible whether you're drawing art or writing fic.

More details under the cut. )

Requests under the cut. )

What I'm Doing Wednesday

Aug. 16th, 2017 06:29 pm
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Bryony and Roses by T. Kingfisher (aka Ursula Vernon writing for older audiences). An excellent reimagining of Beauty and the Beast that turns sooo many tropes on their heads, yay! I do wish (for once) that there had been an epilogue. OTOH, fairytales don't, so maybe that's why this one doesn't?

Castle Hangnail by Ursula Vernon. Wonderful! I love the verse, I love the characters, I love how Molly builds herself a family, and the art is fun, too.

probably next: The Stone Sky by N.K. Jemisin, conclusion to the Broken Earth series, which was what I did for last Yuletide. Actually, I don't know if I dare read this during the present news cycle? I may need more kidlit first. But soon!

dirt (aka plant log) )

I thought I was going to be done with current project today but nazis happened, and it turns out I can't crochet and do twitter at the same time. Still, what I have is deep brick red and extremely satisfying. *pleased*

tomorrow is my birthday and I want 45 out of office, so if the universe could arrange that for us, I'd be really grateful.
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Given everything that is happening and all of this talk of alt-right, alt-left (okay one "person" is talking about the alt-left, whatever that is) and Nazis, I figured this little bit of humour was warrented.

There will always be a space between alt-right and alt-left and it will always be larger and more commonly used.

Alt-Right / Space / Alt-Left

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[personal profile] kay_mulan And the sky was all Violet Doll Parts Miss World


Oops, see?

Doll Parts, I meant. Celebrity Skin, but I walk and study, the opposite of demonology... Malibu. I was so glad I got to go to Point Dume with the ladies of LBC Mid-Singles. :) *shy smile*



Aug. 16th, 2017 05:46 pm
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Peter Weisz, Puzzle Tov!: Short book of Jewish-themed brainteasers, some of them based on pretty old jokes and some requiring mathematical cleverness. I enjoyed it and was stumped by more than a few, but had the appropriate head-slapping reaction when I read the answers. For a puzzle-loving kid (or even adult) in your life.

Alan Dugatkin & Lyudmila Trut, How to Tame a Fox (and Build a Dog): Visionary Scientists and a Siberian Tale of Jump-Started Evolution: Short but fun book about the Soviet/Russian project to breed tame foxes. Wolves and foxes are related enough to make the attempt plausible, but zebras and horses are also closely related enough to breed, and zebras haven’t been successfully domesticated despite numerous attempts, nor have deer except reindeer (even though they live near humans and aren’t usually aggressive towards us, not to mention being important food animals, all of which suggests domestication would be favored if it were feasible). The Soviets picked the least reactive and aggressive foxes and bred them; calmer foxes appeared within three breeding seasons. And slightly greater tameness also shortened their breeding cycle and raised fertility a bit higher, bolstering the theory that in-bred tameness had complex effects on the whole animal. (Unfortunately, these shorter mating cycles didn’t allow multiple fox generations within the same year—although the scientists had sold the project to the Soviet government on the promise of increasing fur production, the shorter cycles meant that the mothers didn’t produce enough milk for their pups, whom they ignored. The scientists hypothesized that a longer transition might have let milk production catch up with increased fertility, as with dogs and cats and pigs and cows.)

Later generations began to exhibit tail-wagging, whining, licking hands, and rolling over for belly rubs—still later, some of the tame foxes’ tails curled, again like dogs. Tamer foxes retained juvenile behaviors longer than wild foxes—wild fox pups are “curious, playful, and relatively carefree when they are very young,” but that changes at around 45 days, when they become more cautious and anxious. After only a decade of breeding, tamer pups stayed curious and playful twice as long.

Tame foxes began gazing into humans’ eyes, which for wild animals is a challenge that can start an attack. Humans themselves, though they weren’t supposed to interact differently with the foxes, couldn’t resist talking to them, petting them, and loving them. When dogs and owners gaze at one another, both see increased oxytocin, leading to increased interactions/petting, “a chemical lovefest.” Adult foxes began to engage in object play—extended play with objects that are known—which wild animals don’t do. (Birds, chimps, and even ants play (with mock fights), but play is usually skill practice.) The tamest fox one year lived with the main researcher for a while, like a dog, and when she returned to her group, she began seeking out caretakers when other foxes were being aggressive toward her. Tame foxes began to demonstrate loyalty to particular caretakers (unlike simply being calm around humans) and jealousy of other foxes who might take their favorites’ attention. They began to bark like guard dogs when strangers appeared. They learned social intelligence: tame fox pups were as smart as dog pups in interpreting human behavior, and smarter than wild fox pups. So selection acting on tameness brought social intelligence along with it, suggesting that there was no need for humans to have bred dogs to be smarter: it could just happen.

The Soviets also tested their work by creating a line of incredibly aggressive foxes using the same selection procedures. Workers were terrified of the new line. When aggressive fox pups were swapped with tame fox pups and raised by mothers from the other line, the pups behaved like their genetic mothers. Genes clearly played vital roles, though tame foxes’ bonds with individual people also showed the role of learned behaviors. The genetic changes worked by changing production of hormones and neurochemicals, like oxytocin. These chemical pathways might help explain why the changes could happen so fast. Tame foxes had higher levels of serotonin than their wild cousins, as dogs have more than wolves.

The evidence supports a theory of destabilizing selection—genes may be similar, but the activity of those genes is very different as between wolves and dogs, chimps and humans. The dramatic changes of domestication seemed to come not primarily from new genetic mutations that were then favored by selection, though that played a role, but from changes in the expression of existing genes that led to very different results. For example, tame foxes started being born with white stars on their foreheads, which happened because the embryonic cells responsible for coloring hair had been delayed in migrating to their places by two days, causing an error in the production of hair color. The expression of the relevant gene was affected by the other changes caused by selecting for tameness. We may even have selected ourselves for tameness using similar mechanisms—we have lower levels of stress hormones in groups than our chimp cousins, we can breed all year round, and our kids stay juvenile longer, like those of other domestic species. And the bonobo may be in the process of doing the same thing, though I’m not sure they’ll have a planet to inherit when their brains get as big as ours.

Speaking of which, the collapse of the Russian economy nearly led to the fox project’s demise. Many foxes starved or nearly starved; others were selected for sale for fur to keep the project alive, a process that also deeply traumatized their caretakers. In 1999, however, a popular science article about the project came out in the US, and they received enough donations to stay afloat, because humans are sentimental. Maybe someday you’ll be able to get your own tame fox pup.

Duncan Green, How Change Happens: Green works in international anti-poverty programs, and argues for a systems approach in which one iteratively works with groups at different levels of the system, leveraging elite points of entry while taking direction from people on the ground. I thought the concept of “positive deviance” was useful—find people in the group you’re trying to help who’ve overcome the problem you’re trying to solve, and see if you can help other people do the same thing, using the positive deviants as the model.

more bisaya.

Aug. 16th, 2017 02:31 pm
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I don't really know anybody else who, at one point, read simultaneously The Book of Mormon in English, Spanish, Cebuano, and Tagalog.

It was really very easy to do.

I am really missing not being in the presence of beautiful people who speak Bisaya.

So I'm turning this entry into an exercise to "speak it," so to write.

Maski duha ra tingay na tao na kasabot ani, tingay pud mas daghan, tingay pud pwede na daghang tao, kay maski dili ka abot ug 500 naa tingay na 300 Facebook "prends" na maka kita ani, labi na kung naa dapit sa Cebu. Lisoron na ko gamay mag isturyag bisaya, kay kung ako rang usa, pwede maka istorya, maski nag sulat lang sa intarwabs, ie la red, the internets, pero dili man dialogue.

Ako mag type. Ako mag istorya. Ako gi mingaw nimu.


Keep Plugging, Keep Dreaming #2!

Aug. 16th, 2017 01:33 pm
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[personal profile] kay_mulan Sigur Ros' Takk album is like...if Haagen Dazs' Dulce De Leche was an album.
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"People sometimes ask us what our name means! It was a silly suggestion during the brainstorming process that we wound up falling in love with. We decided that if bandwidth is a measure of how much data you can transfer, dreamwidth is a measure of how much creativity you can transfer. (Okay, and it wound up being one of our only ideas that we could still get the domain for. We couldn't afford to buy a domain off someone.) As a style note for those of you who care about that sort of thing, it's all one word, with no capital letter in the middle: Dreamwidth, not DreamWidth or Dream Width. (We won't beat you with wet noodles if you stick the capital or space in, though.)

Who owns Dreamwidth, and how do you make money?

Dreamwidth-the-service is run by Dreamwidth Studios, LLC, a Maryland-registered limited liability company wholly (and privately) owned by me and [staff profile] mark, incorporated in 2008. We're the only owners: we've never taken any venture capital or given up any equity in the company, and we never will. (We have very strong opinions on how a lot of the tech industry works and how the venture capital model, especially when combined with the advertising model, can create perverse incentives for social sites to treat their users badly, but that's a rant for a different morning.)

Not only have we not taken any venture capital, we display zero advertising on Dreamwidth, and we don't have paid partnerships or sell or rent your data in any way."


Aug. 16th, 2017 01:17 pm
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I'm making my rap name Tenacious B.

My DWversary!

Aug. 16th, 2017 03:12 pm
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This is my sixth DWversary! \Dreamwidth/

What I'm Reading Wednesday

Aug. 16th, 2017 08:38 am
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Bathroom Book

Building the Canadian Nation - George W. Brown


Foreign Affairs July/August 2017 - What Now? Trump's Next Steps

Evening Read

Nothing significant to report.

Reading generally has taken a back seat to self loathing and research about my new disease. So there is that. I am on the hunt for a good non-fiction book however, so suggestions are welcome. Building the Canadian Nation is a great little book. It is hailed as the first national history textbook in Canada and was widely used from mid 1950s to early 1970s in Canadian schools. Each chapter has a long list of further reading that has generated a whole new list of historical books and sources for me to track down and read. In particular I am looking for Readings in Canadian History by George W. Brown which is supposed to be read alongside the textbook I currently have, if anyone has any leads (unlikely), I have chocolate!

this may always have happened

Aug. 16th, 2017 10:10 am
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Lately it seems I am constantly - constantly - irritated by a loose hair tickling my arm below the hem of my sleeve or stuck in the band of my bra. It's a well-known issue as my hair grows, and I'm about six months to a year from cutting it (that is, it's been - huh. I don't know how long it's been since the last time I had it cut off. At least a year, maybe a year and a half). But I don't remember this happening as much before I was pregnant as it seems to be happening now. Possibly my hair is falling out more now than it used to? Or possibly the nine-ish months of hardly any hair falling out got me accustomed to no tickly stray hairs and now it just feels like it's happening all the time. AUGH.

In other news, I noticed a couple of months ago that every morning when I start up the breast pump, for the first few seconds I have a little mini anxiety attack that feels like I want to cry. I have no idea why this should be. For a while I didn't understand what was happening, just that I felt a little flash of sadness every morning; and then I managed to link it to the pump; but it doesn't seem to happen when I pump during the day, so I don't think it's a confirmation bias thing? I mean: I'm always paying attention to see if it happens, so I could be bringing it on myself, except that it only happens first thing in the morning. (I don't remember if it used to happen at other times or not, but I don't think it does now.) It's ten or fifteen seconds and my heart kind of does a flutter and squeeze that I totally recognize as anxiety from when I was fretting about my dad's illness all those years ago. Sometimes my breath catches just a bit in my throat and sometimes it doesn't. And then it goes away and I'm fine. The milk supply is not affected. This is quite reliable and totally mysterious to me.

Project 52

Aug. 16th, 2017 08:46 am
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Aug. 16th, 2017 06:23 am
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Good article from Tara Brach on relaxing the over-controller and letting life happen. I see a lot of this in myself, not so much as in the past but not gone.

Happy Wednesday, flist.

Still hating Nazis here.

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Aug. 16th, 2017 12:44 am
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I can haz fan_flashworks badge!

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I came across this video on Twitter. Before you jump into watching it (and I am posting it because I do really think it should be watched and shared), there is actual footage of the violence and massacre that took place in Charlottesville. 11:10 - 14:50 is the actual murder with the vehicle and the initial aftermath with candid interviews with the people on the ground that day-- skip this part if you like.

However, there is good material in the entire video and I encourage everyone to watch it and see what violence today looks like in America and elsewhere in the western world. It has morphed on the internet and is now looking to come into the flesh and it comes with entire amounts of violence and hate. All of what the white supremacists in the video say is absolute garbage but you should watch and learn how your enemy thinks, learn of what that hate looks like, how that violence manifests itself. 

Expose yourself to it, learn from it and remember it so that you never waiver in your own conviction: this shit is wrong.
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Over the course of the day [ profile] scruloose and I managed to get our wires throughly crossed twice regarding the same thing. It stressed me out horribly, and then I felt bad about that, because he was only involved at all because he was giving me and a friend a hand with something. ;_; But AAAAAHHHH, so stressful.

But that notwithstanding, we got some erranding done and had dinner and saw Atomic Blonde with lawyer!friend, who we hadn't seen in...a month or two? (I can't even with time.) So the day wasn't a wash, just frazzling. ("Just". -_-)

(I didn't know until the opening credits that Atomic Blonde is adapted from Antony Johnston's graphic novel The Coldest City, which I'm wholly unfamiliar with, so I have no idea how faithful to it the movie is.)

Three Amazon-related things, weirdly (and very tangentially, in the third case):

--Question: if you have a trial Amazon Prime account and preorder something that won't come out until the trial ends, and you don't opt to keep Prime, do you then pay for shipping when the item is released and ships to you? Or is it still the free/quick Prime shipping because of when you ordered it?

--I don't know if I'm more confused by Amazon's insistence on sending a separate email for every order represented in a package when they bundle items from multiple orders together, or by the fact that the emails don't all come at once. Did I really need four email notifications about one package? And why did it take over ten minutes for them all to arrive, start to finish? (Don't try to answer the "why they don't all come at once" part; I'm sure there's a technical reason, but that doesn't/won't change my feeling that it's silly for them to not arrive all at once.)

--And finally, Sarah Rees Brennan's In Other Lands (the polished/expanded novel version of The Turn of the Story, which she serialized online and which I love fiercely) is out today! It's a BOOK! A book I'll be able to hold in my hands! With mermaids on the cover! It's been fleshed out/revised and edited, and we'll get the ending from Elliot's perspective! (The Turn of the Story is from Elliot's POV, but its original ending was actually written before TotS and is a story in the Monstrous Affections anthology, and is from Luke's POV.)

...and for whatever reason, at least on and, the hard copy of the book is still slated to release on August 25. >.< I have a preorder of it via Kas' Prime account, as does Ginny. But the ebook version is already available for both Kindle and Kobo, and the book is officially out today in I think I'm going to cave and buy an ebook copy too, so I can read it.

Here's Sarah's release-day post! The book has received starred reviews from both Kirkus and Publishers’ Weekly, and Sarah says "Bullied due to his personality! Inability to keep his mouth shut! I love how the reviews so far have been like: the hero is a terrible pill, but we are willing to buy this pill and take him home."

And here is Small Beer Press' post about the book's release, which opens with "Five years ago Sarah Rees Brennan emailed Kelly her story, “Wings in the Morning,” for our anthology Monstrous Affections. It was long: 17,000+ words in that early draft — although Sarah told us the actual first draft had been 30,000 words".

So you see, I've both already read and not read this book. I already adore it; I also, unsurprisingly, have a corner of my heart saying "but...but this means the story I already love is changed...?" and worrying a bit. But mostly I'm thrilled about it finally being a BOOK I can HOLD. And did I mention the mermaids? (I did.) Elliot, for all his brattiness and lack of enchantment with the magical place in which he goes to school, is appropriately entranced by and appreciative of mermaids.

Serene! Luke! ELLIOT! My heart...!

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