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Wednesday, 18 October 2017 12:59 am
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I've been looking at a page on wild foods, and I am a bit worried about their standards.

It keeps saying things like 'edible' and then you scroll down and it mentions don't eat too much because of the cyanide.

FMK #27: Judge A Book By Its Title

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 07:40 pm
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Last week's winners were not what I expected! But F goes to The Red Tent and K goes to The Magicians (which is WAY more hated than I had realized! For good reason apparently.)

How FMK works, short version: I am trying to clear out my unreads. So there is a poll, in which you get to pick F, M, or K. F means I should spend a night of wild passion with the book ASAP, and then decide whether to keep it or not. M means I should continue to commit to a long-term relationship of sharing my bedroom with it. K means it should go away immediately. Anyone can vote, you don't have to actually know anything about the books.

I pick a winner on Friday night (although won't actually close the poll, people can still vote,) and report results/ post the new poll on the following Tuesday, and write a response to the F winner sometime in the next week.

Link to long version of explanation (on first poll)

This week's theme: I have no idea what this book is about, I'm pretty sure I only have it for the title.

Poll: Bail, Capote, Carey, Collins, Connors, Corliss, Ericson, Galloway, Gould, Morse, Shann, Shreve, Townsend, Wodehouse )

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017 11:32 pm
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today cleaner day was achieved successfully
but last night I'd had like two hours sleep
so i just did that and some sleep this afternoon.
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Posted by Teresa Jusino

We’ve read the scandalous news stories, the op-eds, and the think-pieces (we’ve even written some). We’ve stood in solidarity with those who’ve told their stories, and we’ve vowed that, despite the fact that Hollywood has been a hostile place toward women basically since its inception, that this time is different. This time, we’re actually going to do something about this. So, what is Hollywood doing?

Dealing With the Immediate Problem of Harassment and Assault

At the same Elle Women in Hollywood event where Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Lawrence shared their stories of Hollywood abuses, powerhouse producer (and keeper of the Star Wars keys) Kathleen Kennedy proposed action.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kennedy’s remarks not only named and condemned Harvey Weinstein, but she also used her time to talk about what she sees as a possible proposed solution. She said, “For the past few days, I’ve been in discussions with friends and colleagues, and I want to use my few moments of speaking tonight to offer a proposal. The organizations that constitute the American film industry — the studios, the unions, the guilds and the talent agencies — should immediately convene a commission charged with the task of developing new, industry-wide protections against sexual harassment and abuse.”

This is necessary because, as she put it, “Predators must come to feel that they can’t count on power or wealth or fame to shield them from the consequences of their actions. But sexual harassment of women and men, predation, rape and the misogyny that is the context for this inhumanity will continue unless there is a decisive, industry-wide, institutional response that legislates change rather than hopes for it to happen.”

What gives me hope in her proposed solution is not only the fact that it would include members of all the organizations that make up the entertainment industry, so that they can cross-pollinate ideas and ensure that they’re all on the same page and on the side of those who report, but also that Kennedy proposes that “The commission should be composed of specialists in labor and management practices, lawyers and legal scholars, sociologists, psychologists, feminist activists and theorists, as well as people who work in film and television.”

I’m glad that it isn’t just the voices of those within the entertainment industry that will be heard, but also objective voices from outside the industry that can provide perspective, insight, and solutions that might not occur to them otherwise. I really hope something like this is formed, and that Kennedy remains active in it. We need the women of the Hollywood establishment to step up and lead this fight from their positions of power.

Combatting the Systemic Sexism and Injustice Through Increased Opportunity. 

Director, writer, and actor Cathryn Michon wrote an open letter in The Huffington Post to Bob Weinstein, the other Weinstein of The Weinstein Company and Harvey’s brother, giving him what might basically be the only way he can “save [his] soul and your company.”

Michon proposes that TWC, from now on, exclusively hire female directors “for every film, TV or web project you make.” She explains:

“Part of why your brother was so successful at being such a monster is because the power structure in this town is extremely patriarchal. Nowhere is this more evident than in the most powerful job in town, that of directing, where women only helm 7 percent of feature films.

Creating an entire company where overnight the power structure has changed would both cleanse your soul and make you a lot of money.

I don’t mean hire more women directors, I mean hire nothing but women directors, no exceptions. All ladies all the time.

It’s both your reparation and your key to profit.”

She then goes into the facts and figures that are readily available, but often just as readily ignored, about how women actually do make money at the box office. My only qualm with her letter is that she emphasizes the fact that TWC may have to take chances on “untested” female directors the way the Weinsteins once took chances on untested directors like Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith. This is true. However, equally true is that there are plenty of experienced, mid-career female directors who’ve just…stopped getting hired as male colleagues leapfrog over them. Hire those women first and perhaps we’ll be onto something.

Then again, Bob Weinstein is allegedly the “nice guy” version of his brother as far as sexual harassment and sexism go. When will men learn that “persistence” in going after women is just a nice way of saying “stalking,” and that once you get turned down, you should move on with your life, and leave it to the woman to circle back if she decides she’s changed her mind? All of this contributes to a culture that allows these abuses to exist.

But TWC isn’t the only company that can or should do this. Any company can decide to only hire female directors for the foreseeable future. And for those who would rush to cry “reverse sexism,” think about the fact that most production companies and studios have been hiring nothing but male directors year in and year out for as long as Hollywood has existed. Just because it’s not “official policy” doesn’t mean it’s not real. If you didn’t speak out about inequality for all that time, I’ll kindly ask you to shut your yapper if one or two companies decide to make this a mandate.

In this vein, there are also groups like Women in Media, Cinefemme, Seed & Spark, The Directors List, and others that prioritize getting women work and getting inclusive stories told. The only way men won’t hold most of the power in Hollywood is if women are making an equal share of the decisions and helming an equal number of the projects being made.

No Longer Staying Silent

As women in Hollywood attempt to enact solutions that will lead to systemic change, the one weapon they already have begun to wield is their voices. The days of being too afraid to say something for fear of reprisal are over. Well, if not quite over, then women are learning how to better navigate the risks so that they can speak up.

In addition to speaking up individually, they’re also speaking up collectively. Will you be in the L.A. area in November? If so, join The Feminist Majority Foundation in conjunction with Civican and We For She in marching to Take Back the Workplace on November 12th!

Obviously, there are more workplaces than just Hollywood. We cover that, because we’re a pop culture site, but women obviously deal with sexual harassment and assault everywhere. What solutions have you seen in your workplaces, whatever they may be? How are you taking concrete action toward change? We’d love to hear about it!

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Nothing says joy like watching Astronauts play with a fidget spinner IN SPACE.  NASA sent their astronauts on the International Space Station the “it” toy of 2017 and they, of course, showed off their skills on the internet. NASA’s Randy Bresnik (@AstroKomrade),  NASA’s Joseph Acaba (@AstroAcaba), and Paolo Nespoli (@Astro_Paolo) perform impressive forward and backward summersaults with their fidget spinner.

“A fidget spinner in space! How long does it spin? I’m not sure, but it’s a great way to experiment with Newton’s laws of motion!” Bresnik posted on Twitter.

NASA Johnson wrote on the YouTube video post, “Allowing the fidget spinner to float reduces the bearing friction by permitting the rate of the central ring and outer spinner to equalize, and the whole thing spins as a unit.” Science is awesome. (via Space)

  • SyFy Wire has a fun article about the co-creator of the iconic Japanese monster/anti-hero/hero Godzilla, Ishiro Honda. (via Syfy Wire)
  • Two-time Oscar Winner, Hilary Swank, is going the sci-fi route in her upcoming movie I Am Mother about a new generation of humans raised by a robot called “Mother,” until Swank’s character arrives and throws everything into chaos. (via Variety)
  • Nicole Silverberg gives dudes some helpful advice on how to not be the worst in their day-to-day interactions with women in the workplace. Save this next to the Samantha Bee dick PSA in your bookmarks gentlemen. (via The Guardian)
  • Okay, so there is going to be a Mamma Mia! Sequel…but Cher is going to be in it and that makes everything just a lot better. (via Jezebel)

What caught your eye today?

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Book-a-day: Day Thirty

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 11:55 pm
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30. Would save if the house burned down

Eh, in reality *knock on wood* I'd grab a family heirloom book, one of the old ones from my great-grandmother's collection, but if we imagine a hypothetical scenario where it's just books I acquired and treasure personally purely for reading value? I guess Moomins again!

Book-a-day Masterlist:

1. A favourite from childhood: Comet in Moominland, Scandinavian (anti-)apocalypse zen for kids
2. Best bargain: The Little Book of Wonder Woman and much vintage Marston bondage
3. Blue cover: A Brief History of Life in the Middle Ages and why bad ale was an actual problem in 16th century England
4. Least favourite book by (favourite) author: The Plumed Serpent, or that one time D.H.Lawrence thought that neopaganism, fascism and group sex would make a trendy book in the 1920s
5. Doesn't belong to me: Perhaps the wind shall carry us to infinity - 1970s alternate history shapeshifting spy robot sci-fi from an actual Nobel Prize nominee
6. Give as a gift: art books
7. Forgot I owned it: The Cambridge Companion to Wordsworth
8. Have more than one copy: North and South, explaining industrialism and also that if you want a man to marry you, you should offer to invest in his company
9. Film/TV related: The Eagle of the Ninth and cross-cultural friendship, also, colonialism
10. Remind me of someone I love: Harry Potter & love for fandom
11. Secondhand bookshop gem: Can Jane Eyre be happy? where you also learn whether Daniel Deronda is circumcised and where Fanny Hill keeps her contraceptives
12. I pretend to have read it: see it says Frontier Wolf but this is a qualified statement...
13. Makes me laugh: The Red House Mystery of how every upper and middle class Englishman c.1920s is 1) actually bisexual, 2) a crappy amateur sleuth
14. An old favourite: The Widow from Valencia, a cloak and dagger story of a 17th century Spanish widow's secret identity seduction of a handsome dick
15. Fictional father: Moominpappa
16. Can't believe more people haven't read: if you ever wanted to read a mystery where Apollo is a paint store manager, Malpertuis is the book for you ♥
17. Future classic: The Song of Achilles will probably be remembered for putting NC-17 RPF proudly into the mainstream
18. Bought on recommendation: Moon over Soho and jazz vampires from Rivers of London
19. Can't stop talking about it: Wolf Blood with Romans, Celts, werewolves and polyamory ♥
20. Favourite cover: Wilhelm Tell rocking balloon trousers
21. Summer read: Hotel Babylon and the underbelly of the industry
22. (Possibly) Out of print: The Art of Worldly Wisdom and how to use your enemies like a shrewd Spanish Jesuit
23. (Improvised) Books I'd like to read: non-fiction about hymens and about hijras, and fiction about cross-cultural identity and Muslim Americans
24. Hooked me into reading: I just love books, okay
25. Never finished it: Mountain Cat Murders, with not enough murders or mountain cats
26. Should have sold more copies: Wolf Blood
27. Want to be one of the characters: The Golden Ass (it is donkey shape-shifting for character growth, but yes, technically it means I want to be an ass...?)
28. Bought at my fave independent bookshop: Is Heathcliff a Murderer? (also telling you why Dracula comes to England rather than neighbouring Germany, and other things)
29. Have re-read most often: Tarzan and the City of Gold with lost cities, games of thrones, hunger games, weirdness, and lions ♥
30. Would save should the occasion arise: heirlooms & Moomins

Bonus: I cannot believe I read this (Since [personal profile] osprey_archer agreed that this is clearly the entry missing from this meme!) - coming soon as a separate feature. What can I say, weird things galore.
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Posted by Marykate Jasper

Vanessa Piazza, who has served as an executive producer on the TV shows Lost Girl and Dark Matter, recently signed on for producing partnership with Entertainment One (eOne), a Canadian entertainment company. As part of that partnership, Piazza is developing Gail Simone and Cat Staggs’ comic series, Crosswind, for television.

Crosswind is a supernatural, body-switching thriller. As the Image Comics website summarizes, it’s about “A slick and ruthless Chicago hitman. A smart but downtrodden Seattle housewife. When an inexplicable event strikes these two random strangers, their bodies, souls, and lives are switched to potentially deadly effect. It’s Freaky Friday meets Goodfellas!”

Unlike many body switch stories, though, Crosswind doesn’t play the change for laughs. Simone summarized their approach in an interview for CBR. “A lot of those stories are played for laughs, it’s like, ‘YOWZA YOWZA, I GOT BOOBS’ or worse,” she said, “and you know, that’s just not anywhere we want to go. There’s a lot of cruelty in body switch stories sometimes; we aren’t about that, we’re doing a book where people have to look at themselves and it’s not always easy. That’s what elevates it, I think. In these stories, it’s always presented as a curse, it’s a whole ugly trope, and there’s a nasty kind of puritanism to that. Each new issue is going to show that that’s not what we’re going for.”

Variety reports that Simone will write the series pilot and serve as an executive producer, while Staggs will serve as a consulting producer. Both creators have served as voices for better representation in the comics industry, so I’m excited to see they’ve been brought on board.

But what do you all think? How do you think Crosswind will translate to the small screen?

(Via Variety; image via Image Comics)

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Animation fans, we’ve got a blast from the past for you. Samurai Jack recently returned from the distant time of 2004 to wrap up the series with one last season, and now the show is back for another round on home video. The fifth season has arrived on Blu-ray and DVD today, and we’ve got a few copies for you to win!

“Created by celebrated animation director Genndy Tartakovsky, Samurai Jack follows a young Samurai after he is sent to the future by the evil wizard, Aku. With the determination to defeat the wizard and undo his destruction, Jack sets off on a daring journey to return to the past and defeat Aku once and for all. Gathering allies and combatting other villains along the way, Jack battles to accomplish his mission and restore the peace of the past. The intense fifth season concludes the journey of its time displaced iconic star, as he finally completes his mission 50 years after the events of the original series.”

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Posted by Marykate Jasper

The Nancy Drew reboot has been – well, rebooted. Though CBS was originally slated to adapt this iconic girl detective series for TV, NBC has picked it up and taken it in a new direction. According to Variety, the new imagining will take a bit of a Castle spin and “follow[…] the author of the most famous female teen detective book series who is thrust into a real-life murder mystery. In need of help, she turns to her two best friends from childhood, who were the inspiration for all those books, and the women who have a real axe to grind about the way their supposed best friend chose to portray them all those years ago.”

I have to assume, having grown up reading the Nancy Drew books, that these “two best friends from childhood” will be George and Bess – and here’s where I’m hoping the TV series doesn’t make the same mistake that the books did. Please get rid of the harmful ’30s-’50s artifacts – the absence of people of color, the “jokes” about Bess’s body and relationship to food, the hang-ups around getting dates – but there’s one retroelement I’m hoping they keep. In the older books, George is…definitely not a cis heterosexual. But when they relaunched the series for the ’80s and ’80s, her gender presentation was suddenly a whole lot more heteronormative.

Can we instead keep the queerness, please?

George was always my favorite of the Nancy Drew trio growing up, because while Nancy was a fellow redhead (or “titian-haired,” as they so quaintly wrote it) and therefore my natural favorite, she wasn’t an awkward, Anne of Green Gables redhead. Nancy was pretty, and levelheaded, and cool. I wanted to be Nancy, but I related most to George.

George was the grumpy one with the short haircut (my future epitaph), described in The Secret of the Wooden Lady as being “as boyish as her name. Her hair was dark, her face handsomely pert.” She was the muscle of the three, shouting things like “Look at my brawn!” and poo-pooing at Bess whenever she got too nervous about an investigation. Her body language is lively and aggressive; she’s mouthy and forever falling over hedges and losing things.

But George wasn’t just adventurous and tomboyish; she was butch. In The Secret in The Old Attic, Nancy actually warns her, “If you have much more hair cut off, people will think you’re a boy.” George particularly hates when people try to modify her name to femme it up: “Woe to the person who called…Georgiana or some other feminization of her name!”

Now, you can read George in a variety of ways. She hated being called by a feminine name, and she’s so frequently described as “boyish” and wearing “simple clothes” that she could also easily be read as a trans man, or genderqueer. She dates men, if casually and mostly off-page, so she could be bisexual. You construct the meaning as you read, and I buy all of those. But the one interpretation of George I still do not buy is a heterosexual cis woman. (Though I concede that you, as a reader, are entitled to disagree with that…and be wrong.)

And yet, the ’90s books tried to revise her, trading her “boy” haircut for “short, curly, dark-brown hair [that] was full of bounce” and giving her more a more fixed interest in dating and dudes. I remember being actively annoyed at the more accommodating, boy-happy George of the relaunched books. I even drew up a ridiculous grumpy list in my diary of which Nancy Drew mysteries I liked and which I did not, so I’d remember. I already had plenty of other heroines – who I loved! – to read about who were like this new George. I wanted the butch girl who ditched her date to go solve mysteries with other women.

So here’s the thing. This new TV adaptation has a choice to make as it adapts these two versions of the source material. Either they can embrace all the queer undertones of the older series, or they can lean into the hetcon-retcon. In a world where we’re still hungry for LGBTQIA representation, where a man who “jokingly” hates queer people is one unstable heartbeat away from the presidency, could we please err on the side of representation? Can we let George Fayne be grumpy, boyish, bold and queer?

(Via Variety; image via Grosset & Dunlap)

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Random Fandom Meme

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 09:35 pm
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Randomly memed from [livejournal.com profile] dimity_blue:

Choose five series fandoms (no peeking before you choose them), list them, and then answer the questions behind the cut.

1. Once Upon a Time
2. Blake's 7
3. Doctor Who
4. Dracula (1968)*
5. Sapphire & Steel

Cut for questions and answers )

* Yes, I did fail to read the instructions when I made the list. *handwaves*

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017 04:15 pm
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I haven't posted in ages, but apparently I've lost my mind because I'm itching to write and since I can't find a challenge with the right prompts, I'm thinking of doing NaNoWriMo for the first time in 11 years.

There was a prompt I liked at [community profile] hp_nextgen_fest, but it was too late to write it, so I'm planning 50K of Draco/James Sirius, using the old prompts from [profile] fanfic100.

Let's see if I can manage it after all of this time.

Tell Us About Your Best-Ever Halloween Costume

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 07:05 pm
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Posted by Kaila Hale-Stern

All Hallow’s Eve is speedily approaching, but there are some of us (*whistles*) who are dragging our feet on what to be. So let’s share some of our fondest costuming memories, and maybe we’ll inspire each other.

I wish I was better at Halloween, I really and truly do. But for the last decade or so, if I “dress up” at all, it’s usually with the cop-out of a funny hat or a headband with cat ears on it. I always scramble at the last minute, and by that time what’s usually left in the Halloween stores are sexy clown costumes and crushed dreams. Hence, my array of wacky hats.

The last time I went all-out was in college, and it was pretty creative, if immensely liberal-artsy. I’d been studying a lot of American history and propaganda that semester, and so I decided to go as “The Cold War.” A conceptual costume, if you will. I wore a bright yellow HazMat-type jumpsuit, a utility belt full of plastic “spy” tools, and throughout the evening I alternated American and Soviet military hats (I guess I’ve always had a hat thing). All in all, I was pretty proud of myself, though I didn’t win the party’s costume contest (that went to someone who was dressed as “Ikea”). These days, when it feels like we’re back in a hot propaganda war with Russia and nuclear war seems like an actual looming possibility, maybe I wouldn’t choose this particular concept to dress as again.

Anyway, that’s my most inspired costume. What about you? (Feel free to tell us what you have in store for this year, if you’re psyched about it.)

And do you have any easy-to-do last-minute ideas that may or may not involve hats? Asking for a friend.

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Orville and Star Trek Discovery

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 01:41 pm
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I'm up to date on The Orville and one episode behind on Star Trek Discovery.

The Orville, from day one, has been pretty clear about what it is as a show, and it's not what we thought it was going to be or what the trailers promised. It's not a space sitcom full of Family Guy style jokes. It's not in the Galaxy Quest vein. It's a pretty straightforward episodic modern take on Star Trek, created with deep respect for Roddenberry's ideals. Its particular lens on the material is a focus on the mundane: What if life in Starfleet was like a typical modern office? Your boss's boss is generally a decent guy but he sometimes says sexist things and he's in the middle of getting over an ugly divorce that sometimes bleeds his personal life into his professional life. Some of your co-workers are so burnt out they couldn't give a shit as long as it doesn't affect them. Your manager is way too inexperienced and seems uncomfortable giving orders. The fart jokes from the trailers, it turns out, weren't pointless sitcom props- they're character beats about how Starfleet means you are living 24/7 among your co-workers, and that means figuring out how to share bathrooms with people who are not like you. It's surprisingly well done.

I've been enjoying it, for the most part, though its basic mundanity sometimes blends awkwardly with its Roddenberry idealism. The Very Special Episode about transgender issues didn't quite fit together for me- the jokiness clashed with the seriousness of the question, making the question sometimes seem more trivial than it is. But I loved some moments from the episode- I loved seeing the human crew initially confronting the question from a position of revulsion- of course we in the Federation don't decide the gender of an infant, we let the infant grow up and make their own choice! It's no more obviously the right position- the Federation still clearly is a culture where cultural programming about gender roles matters. Still, it's so striking in just the right Star Trek way to say "Let's posit a future where a liberal orthodoxy about transgender issues has been completely adopted as a cultural norm... how does that liberal orthodoxy react to people taking a different approach to gender issues?"

Then there's Star Trek Discovery. I have no idea what to say about it yet. I don't understand it as a show. The first two episodes don't feature the ship Discovery that the show is named after, or most of its main characters. They're decent television, and the special effects are spectacular and leave The Orville in the dust, but they don't seem to have much connection to what the show is in its next two episodes.

It seems to be wrestling with what does Starfleet look like at war, except that unlike some past versions of the same, it doesn't entirely seem to be working from the expected premise that Starfleet at war is a fundamentally irresolvable tension. The first two episodes revolve around a mutiny driven by a violation of the apparent principle that Starfleet never shoots first, then the subsequent two episodes seem to revolve around a captain who has been charged by Starfleet to do whatever it takes to win the war. What does this version of Starfleet stand for? I don't know. What does this version of the Klingon empire stand for? Other than speaking endlessly in subtitled Klingon, making ST:D practically a foreign film, I don't know. Thus far, there's been very few scenes in the show not on the Shenzhou, the Discovery, or a Klingon vessel. Almost nothing on alien worlds, very little about alien races besides the Klingons and Vulcans. There is so little of what we expect from Star Trek here.

Amidst this general confusion of purpose, I've enjoyed moments. Sonequa Martin-Green's Michael Burnham, the only character on the show who's been at all fleshed out, is intriguing and well-acted, the brilliant loner so convinced of her own competence that she thinks as long as she survives and gives it her best, she can take everyone else along with her. Jason Isaacs has made the most of his limited work so far, giving off an extremely Shatnerian vibe in spite of the very different material he's being given to deliver. Anthony Rapp has been fun as a hardass engineer, and Mary Wiseman has been really effective as a mood lightener as Cadet Tilly.

I'm going to keep watching both shows- it'll be interesting to see where they go.
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Posted by Teresa Jusino

Couldn’t help myself and had to post this iPhone pic

A post shared by Bryan Singer (@bryanjaysinger) on

I’ll be able to weather the goings-on in this mad, tumultuous world, so long as I have access to images of Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury. That’s basically what’s getting me through the day these days.

Fresh from the set of Bohemian Rhapsody, the upcoming biopic of glam-rock legends, Queen, director Bryan Singer posted the above image to his Instagram, which he apparently took on his iPhone. We damn near fell to pieces over the first image that was released of Malek as Mercury, but it’s awesome to get a wider “action shot” of Mercury in performance mode, and Malek seems to have the mannerisms down!

As reported by Collider, the film “covers the year leading up to their legendary appearance at Live Aid in 1985,” and co-stars Ben Hardy (X-Men: Apocalypse) as Roger Taylor, Gwilym Lee as Brian May, and Joseph Mazzello as John Deacon, with Littlefinger himself Aidan Gillen playing Queen’s manager John Reid.

Meanwhile, if they want to keep releasing photos of Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury, say, I don’t know, forever, I’d be totally okay with that.

Will you be checking out Bohemian Rhapsody when it drops on Christmas of next year?

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Every day more men and women come forward to talk about their experience with sexual assault, rape, and harassment at the hands of heads of the entertainment industry. Adding to the voices that have already emerged after the #MeToo hashtag went viral are Reese Witherspoon, America Ferrera, and Jennifer Lawrence.

Ferrera released a very powerful statement on Twitter late last night, speaking on how she was sexually assaulted at the age of nine and internalized all the responsibility for the violence that happened to her. Her perpetrator then continued to torment her using his presence as a way to keep her from saying anything to her family.

At Elle’s Women in Hollywood event, both Jennifer Lawrence and Reese Witherspoon used their platform as a means to show solidarity with those who’ve already come forward by speaking about their own trauma. As reported by People, Reese was candid about being sexually assaulted by a director when she was sixteen and feeling forced to sweep that and the multiple other times it happened under the rug.

“I have my own experiences that have come back to me very vividly and I find it really hard to sleep, hard to think, hard to communicate a lot of the feelings that I’ve been having about anxiety, honest, the guilt for not speaking up earlier…But after hearing all the stories these past few days and hearing these brave women speak up tonight about things that we’re kind of told to sweep under the rug and not to talk about, it’s made me want to speak up and speak up loudly because I actually felt less alone this week than I have ever felt in my entire career.”

Jennifer Lawrence’s comments are equally traumatic as she recounted how a female producer tried to shame Lawrence into losing weight by having her line up naked with other, skinnier, women and to use that as motivation to loose weight. During the “line-up” Lawrence says the women only had tape to cover up their privates.

When Lawrence tried to speak to another producer about the incident, “He said he didn’t know why everyone thought I was so fat, he thought I was ‘perfectly f***able.’” She added, “I let myself be treated a certain way because I felt I had to for my career…I’m still learning that I don’t have to smile when a man makes me uncomfortable.”

Let’s not also forget how when Lawrence’s iCloud account was hacked in 2o14 (along with many other women) and nude photographs of her were leaked, she was shamed by many in the media for taking the pictures in the first place, rather than it being called out for the huge violation it was.

More women will be added to the list as each emerging voice helps in allowing victims realize that they are not alone. What is left for us to do in return is not only support them, but respect them as people, as human beings because as shown by Lawrence’s story about the female producer, women can be complicit in this behavior as well.

(via Buzzfeed and Jezebel, image: Shutterstock.com )

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Posted by Amanda

This HaBO is from Mai, who’s been searching for this book for months:

I am not quite sure if this is a full-length novel, a novella, or part of an anthology.

It’s a historical book — the male lead is probably an earl or a duke of some sort and he’s married with children, but routine has dampened his and his wife’s relationship quite a bit. The man starts to leave his wife little notes to rekindle their love and I think these notes are about his fantasies or maybe he asks her out; I’m not too sure exactly.

I also remember that the male lead thinks a friend of his wife might be after her and that’s why he is so desperate to have her fall back in love with him.

Does anyone know this one?

Better than the alternative, I suppose

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 07:25 pm
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Last week I had the pneumococcal vaccine, courtesy of what is still, mostly, a beneficient National Health Service.

Unlike the flu shot, it is a one-off and should, as they say, See Me Out.

However, while I tend not to have any repercussions from the flu shot, this one gave me a sore arm, like, really sore for 2-3 days and still quite tender after that, as well a day or two feeling Vaguely Crap, that well-known unspecific medical condition.

Thought this was All Over, but this morning, discovered I had a Sore Armpit. Don't know whether this is a final repercussion, a muscle I pulled and didn't realise, or, since partner had something yesterday that might have been a virus and involved various aches and pains, whether it is that, though on the whole I would say I feel a good deal less Vaguely Crap than a few days ago.

A general condition of Slob-Out was declared and has not yet quite terminated.

Fic: Divided Destiny. Chapter 10: Christmas Angel

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 06:06 pm
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Right, Christmas has arrived... Sadly it's two months too early to fit with RL Christmas, but hey ho.

First chapter & notes here (on LJ), for DW just follow the tags, and Master post of whole 'verse here (also tagged on DW).

Can also be found on AO3.

Disclaimer: I own nothing.
Rating: Teen. (Same warnings as the show basically.)
Characters: Spike, Angel, Illyria, Buffy, Scoobies + cameos from more or less everyone in the 'verse.
Main Ships: Spike/Buffy, Angel/Nina
Feedback: Is bloody ambrosia! (The secret ingredient is otter...)
Word count (this chapter): 2400 words approx.
Setting and Summary: As before. (Post-NFA epic quest thing.)
Beta: The ever wonderful [personal profile] kathyh

Chapter 10: Christmas Angel )

75 Shadowhunters Icons

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 01:41 pm
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24 Magnus, 11 Alec, 7 Magnus & Alec, 6 Izzy
6 Jace, 11 Clary, 6 Jace & Clary, 4 Sebastian

- See the rest here -

does anybody else know you like i do?

Tuesday, 17 October 2017 01:38 pm
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Yesterday, I checked to make sure my application package had been delivered and FedEx said there was a delivery exception!!! the business was closed!!! and I was like, "!!!" but luckily it was reattempted and delivered by noon instead of 10:30 am. Still, though. Can nothing just go smoothly?

In other news, I just wrote and deleted a writing rant, but suffice it to say, "start as close to the end as possible" remains one of the best and most useful bits of writing advice I ever heard.



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