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Jul. 21st, 2017 10:10 pm[personal profile] staranise
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Ah, that feels better. Mom came downstairs to oversee me dealing with my email, and while I did that she Happened to my apartment--it's all picked up and neat, clean dishes drying in the sink, and I could pull things apart and sweep and scrub bits that really needed scrubbing. And also get the emails and paperwork done.

Talk about my Mom's employment situation, which includes talk of politics and racism )

Media I'm consuming: the Holocaust, and politics in the Balkans )

Challenge #663: contain

Jul. 21st, 2017 07:08 pm[personal profile] redwolf posting in [community profile] dw100
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Welcome to [community profile] dw100! Challenges are posted approximately once a week.

Challenge #663 is contain.

The rules:
  • All stories must be 100 words long
  • Please place your story behind a cut if it contains spoilers for the current season
  • You don't have to use the challenge word or phrase in your story; it's just there for inspiration
  • Please include the challenge word or phrase in the subject line of your post
  • Please use the challenge tag 663: contain on any story posted to this challenge
Good luck!

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Jul. 21st, 2017 02:12 am[personal profile] staranise
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I need to get someone to sit with me and help me deal with work email, because I've reached the point of really, SERIOUSLY intending to deal with it... and achieving as much as opening my inbox in a tab, before I have to walk away from my computer for three hours to stave off a panic attack. There's not even anything that bad there! I'm just being... blah.

In better news, I had a good fannish week for once. I started a kinkmeme! ([community profile] omgsexplease)

Next week I'm going to Ottawa to visit my girlfriend, so that's nice.

Challenge #662: alert

Jul. 16th, 2017 06:21 pm[personal profile] mad_jaks posting in [community profile] dw100
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Welcome to [community profile] dw100. Challenges are posted roughly once a week.

Challenge #662 is alert.

The rules:
- All stories must be 100 words long.
- Please place your story behind a cut if it contains spoilers for the current/next season or the new Doctor.
- You don't have to use the challenge word or phrase in your story; it's just there for inspiration.
- Please use the challenge tag 662: alert on your entry.




Good luck!

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Jul. 15th, 2017 10:03 pm[personal profile] staranise
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Tonight I watched All the President's Men with my mom, since I keep seeing references to the Watergate scandal these days and I wanted to get a better understanding of it--so many sources assume such an intimate knowledge of it that I find them hard to untangle, so seeing it in movie format made it easier to understand. I came away with two big thoughts:

1. The quote I've always heard about Watergate is, "It's not the crime, it's the coverup." Which makes sense in the specific sense of the Washington Post's investigation of Nixon--they kept uncovering facts that in themselves were completely inconsequential; what led them on was the fact that shortly after, the person who disclosed that fact would issue a terrified denial that the fact was untrue, they had never said the fact was true, they'd never heard of anyone connected to the fact, and they'd never issued a previous statement about the fact at all.

Whereas the truth I'd never quite realized is that Nixon's crimes were in fact far worse than what he did to cover them up. I grew up hearing vague explanations like "Nixon paid someone to keep quiet" or "Nixon recorded conversations" as to what the wrongdoing was--not the final, absolute fact, which was that Nixon put the government to work destroying his political opponents, and only got caught at a bare tenth of it. And I can't tell if that's because the grandparents who set the political tone of my childhood were very politically conservative, or... what. But a lot of hippie conspiracy theories seem a lot less crazy to me now.

2. Oh my god, seeing all those board rooms full of very important white men making all the decisions, seeing women continually relegated to the sidelines, only getting tiny hints of people of colour, is bizarre. That's... that's what the world used to look like. "Mona, take my calls," a reporter barks out as he dashes out to chase a lead. Is that actually Mona's job? Is Mona also a reporter, who has to chase her own leads down while being ignored and asked for coffee, Peggy-Carter-like? My god, there are still people who remember that world, who think they live there.

Missy Remix: Interest Poll

Jul. 11th, 2017 07:52 pm[personal profile] trobadora posting in [community profile] doctorwho
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After the recent series finale, [personal profile] navaan and I shared our squee for Missy, and while bouncing fic ideas around we had an idea for a different kind of Remix challenge.

It went something like this:
  1. The world needs more Missy!
  2. Someone should do a fest or a challenge or something.
  3. A fest where Missy gets to be in everything! Everything’s better with more Missy.
  4. A Missy remix! Remix this fic by adding Missy to it!
  5. Someone should really do that.
  6. "Someone" is going to be us, isn't it?

In general terms this is how it would work:

Like in a normal remix challenge, people would sign up with the body of Doctor Who work they've written and be assigned a remixer, who gets to pick one of their stories to remix. The difference - all remixes would have the aim to add Missy somehow:
  • Missy's POV on what happened
  • Missy doing things behind the scene while the plot unfolds
  • Missy directly bursting in on the story and interacting with everyone else
  • ...

(More general info about remixes.)

This is a very specific idea for a fest and before we set to work, we wanted to find out if anyone who isn't us would be interested in taking part in a challenge like this. So let us know:

Missy remix poll @ Trobadora’s DW

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Jul. 10th, 2017 12:12 am[personal profile] staranise
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Cool TV encountered tonight: Victorian Slum House, a show wherein people go back and live in the clothing and conditions of London's East End from 1860 to 1910. (I think they spent a week in each decade, and timeskip forward weekly?)

It's really neat to see history from the POV of poor people, where they can demonstrate the actual effects of social change, big and small, on various different people. The episode I watched was the 1890s, the formation of temperance movements, the Salvation Army, and social housing, and it was very simple and effective in showing both the desperate need for these things, and making the audience empathize with poor people's mistrust of do-gooders and improvement schemes.

It made me have warm fuzzy feelings towards sociologists and social workers all the same, though. We can't move forward without accurate data and committed human beings.

(Other cool TV: Homestead Rescue, where an experienced outdoorsman helps people who are trying and failing to live self-sustainably off the grid. Because as an ex-farmchild I enjoy gloating about how much smarter I am than those silly people. >.< I am not always a good and compassionate person.)

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Jul. 9th, 2017 09:41 pm[personal profile] staranise
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Uuuuuugh. Today is a bad pain day and I have no idea why–I just hurt all over the way your muscles do when you have the flu. But I’ve checked all my meds and everything–no obvious culprits. The most I can think is that I skipped Aquafit this week.

Maybe it’s worth going to the doctor about maybe having fibro or something after all? I was always under the impression that it would be a worthless waste of time, but there are pain disorders with actually functioning treatments, right?

(Later positive thought: I have a sore throat! Maybe I just have the flu or mono or something "easy" to treat like that! HA HA OH GOD)

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