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Nov. 28th, 2014 08:31 am
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Happy birthday to [personal profile] gwyn!!!

I'm so happy to know you -- and also to be privileged to enjoy your vids and your fic, but most of all, just to know you. Happy birthday, sweetie. May the coming year bring blessings.
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Further to my post yesterday apropos of 'annoying maverick' trope, and riffing off something I was reading (#iftoldyouidhavetokillyou), and a piece today about the kinds of people (i.e. celebs) who get awards and accolades for their charitable works:

But you know who else does a lot for charity? People who work for charities every day. People whose schedule is so taken up with working for charities that they wouldn’t even be able to take several months of the year off to make multimillion dollar movies. People who get shot at while working for charities. People who might be the face of a movement, were celebrities not always parachuted in to be that face. People who have worked 30 years for minimal pay for charities. People who end up being decapitated in Syria. In fact, the list of people who do a lot for charity is immense, but the quickest way for any of them to determine if they will ever get an award for their efforts is to ask themselves: am I famous for something else? Because if the answer to that is no, I’m afraid they’ll be going away empty-handed.

Thinking about that time-travel narrative which is about Important Crux-Moments in History and how few of these narratives are NOT about War, Military Leaders & Men of Destiny, and Significant Moments in the History of Western Civ - and therefore wondering about what events that are not about who won what battle when and people who were not military leaders where change would influence The Whole Course of History or at least e.g. certain parts between the Mediterranean and the North Sea/Baltic.

There are people who have been influential whose gifts did not, really, lie in the realm of fighty stuff (except occasionally as metaphor). Suppose, I posit to myself, St Paul had drowned in that shipwreck?

Or, you know, woman actually got competent obstetric care, bore a living child and survived childbirth? (e.g. Princess Charlotte).

Intervening to advance or retard scientific and technological developments.

I really liked MA Foster's Morphodite trilogy because the idea was that there was some apparently obscure individual removal of whom would destabilise an entire society or at least the current governing system, which over the course of the trilogy got fined down to 'very minor intervention not even involving murder changes things radically'.

And, in today's Ripperology entry of We Are Only Interested In People Of The Day Already Known About -

Weis also discusses whether, in their “madcap twenties”, Shakespeare and the more overtly gay Christopher Marlowe had an affair.
They were both playwrights! they were both in London at the same time! one was gay and one was bi! (If they had, surely there would be scurrilous surviving satirical verses, knowing ye Elizabethan worlde of literary hacks?)
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Just a few hours ago: Finnish Parliament approves same-sex marriage

This law comes from a citizens' initiative (a petition) and makes Finland the last Nordic country to recognize same-sex marriages, to many people's embarrassment.

Wax and I call each other 'my wife', but we got married in Iowa and went through the usual process for getting approval of a foreign marriage, that is, submitted paperwork to a judge, who issued the decision that our Iowan marriage's "closest equivalent" was the Finnish registered partnership (which didn't actually convey all the legal benefits, just most of them).

The article says that the details won't be ironed out before 2015, so I wonder if our status will undergo an automatic conversion then, or we'll have to do something. Of course even if it's automatic, Wax and I already went through a lot more trouble and expense than, say, my Thai classmate who met her Finnish husband via an online dating site and got married after one short visit each.

If a Finnish citizen is engaged married (or in a registered partnership with) a non-EU citizen, their fiancé(e) spouse can get a family member visa - they can work and receive Finnish social services, and don't need proof of income (ETA: though [personal profile] pierydys and her husband had to prove cohabitation when she moved here as a fiancée, so although it is possible to get a fiancé(e) visa it's got a lot of requirements and counts as a special case).

On the other hand, we lesbians could only get a Finnish registered partnership, or a family member's visa, if we could prove we had already lived together for two years (though that isn't the case anymore apparently). In order to meet this requirement, one of us had to get permission to live in the other's country for that time. Getting a green card is literally like winning the lottery, so it was a lot easier for that to be me.

I applied directly to a Finnish university, which required reading up for an entrance exam that I flew to Finland to take at my parents' expense, and once I was accepted I got a student visa, but that required me to submit proof that I had €6000 in a Finnish bank account at the beginning of each school year. (Also students can't take jobs beyond a certain number of hours and don't get social security, though their healthcare is covered by the student union.)

After two years, I was automatically eligible for a family member visa because the government had a record of our cohabiting and considered us common-law married. So our Iowan marriage, years after that, didn't change anything in our daily lives, although we would have had the opportunity to change our names or something I think.

But the barriers to our relationship were costly and complicated, and we wouldn't have managed it without some €12000+ from my parents (a gay tax that would be good to refund to them given the current economic crisis), a ton of paperwork, and support from [personal profile] waxjism's brother, mother, and even her brother's best friend and sister-in-law's sister, both of whom gave me places to crash when [personal profile] waxjism was still living with her homophobic granny for economic reasons and I was banned from the house.

I can think of three gay Finnish celebrities who are married to foreigners, but I don't know a single other gay couple that's half foreign... and, as the Finnish teachers I've seen in the past couple of years will tell you, the majority of immigrants in Finnish language classes are here because of love: married either to Finns, or to spouses who are working here. That's a lot of immigrants and a looooooooooooooot of heterosexual relationships with Finns.
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Posted by Heidi Anne Heiner

Happy Thanksgiving! Hope those of you in the U.S. are enjoying a great holiday weekend. My house is full of family and friends this weekend so I am taking it easy, but I wanted to share this deal with you: Take an Extra 30% Off Any Book on Amazon through 11/30. It is limit one and a $10 limit but this is a rare offer on Amazon and one I didn't want to pass up. I bought a book of fairy tales, no surprise, The Complete Russian Folktale: v. 4: Russian Wondertales 2 - Tales of Magic and the Supernatural if you really want to know. It's on my wishlist and I expect the price will go up again soon, just as it jumped from $18.34 to $108.69 for An Anthology of Russian Folktales this week.

Here are some lists of 2014 releases if you need them:

Fairy Tale Influenced Fiction 2014 Part 1

Fairy Tale Influenced Fiction 2014 Part 2

Fairy Tale and Folklore Nonfiction 2014

Fairy Tale Collections from SurLaLune

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Nov. 28th, 2014 07:12 am
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Last night was very bad, I should have stayed at home for this whole rotten holiday and had pasta. My brake line is broken and all the brake fluid is gone, so I'm stuck down at Dad's, which meant I had to call in to work very early, so I was tense about that, so I woke up too early and still kind of have the headache last night gave me.

I need new tv shows

Nov. 28th, 2014 10:43 pm
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Rec me TV shows?

Currently I'm watching lots of stupid superheroes (eg. Arrow), cheesey American procedurals (eg. Castle, god, it's STILL GOING), and social history documentaries (everything Lucy Worsley has ever done, also O HAI [personal profile] oursin).

I feel like I could do with some cosy murder mysteries, but I may have exhausted most of the usual suspects (Miss Fisher, Doctor Blake, and Lewis are the most recent series I've watched and enjoyed).

Nothing too realistically dramatic, plz. I don't want to watch normal-seeming people having a shitty time. Unrealistically dramatic (in space! in crinolines! in SPACE CRINOLINES!) is fine. Also no reality shows with a competitive element, as this is actually too realistically dramatic for me. Seriously, I have low drama tolerance at present.

Vinland Saga

Nov. 28th, 2014 05:42 pm
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Written and drawn by Makoto Yukimura.
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Black Friday

Nov. 28th, 2014 10:28 am
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And if you criticise anything about it, you are a sneering snob (Twitter, passim). Because it's about enabling those on low incomes to buy cheaply!

Well, I know nothing about the personal circumstances of those fighting in shops, other than that they are free on a busy Friday and have access to cash or credit cards. But I do know that the shop assistants struggling to serve them can't take the day off to do their own shopping. It's just as well shop work is so famous for excellent pay and conditions, isn't it?

Except that of course shop work is notorious for precisely the opposite. It's also a job mostly done by women. One of those "funny, that" moments.

Super Surprisingly TV

Nov. 28th, 2014 09:19 pm
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As those who see me RL will know, I regularly record a ton of TV shows I later delete unwatched.

Recordings are sometimes one-off picks from the TV guide but more commonly they're series that I know I like or keyword recordings set off by the presence of a particular keyword or actor name in the description, so I don't always know what's being recorded. I delete things after watching, but otherwise deletions mostly happen when my hard drive is close to filling up and I go through and delete a bunch of stuff that's sat around unwatched for a long time.

One of the slightly humorous consequences of this approach is I often have recorded shows which I either didn't know were being recorded or have completely forgotten about. There was one there tonight called "Predators In Your Backyard". That's all I knew about it - it was recorded six weeks ago from a keyword I think so I don't recall anything about it except the title.

It's been sitting there for a while as the second oldest unwatched thing... I had assumed it was going to be about bugs and beetles and the whole teeny tiny ecosystem we have there in our backyards. David Attenborough type science of the very small.

I just turned it on ... it's about wolves in Yellowstone national park.

My brain feels slightly broken ...

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Posted by Heidi Anne Heiner

Volkswagen Touran: Little Red Riding Hood
New Volkswagen Touran with specific safety pack for children.

This campaign is from Spain and I find it MUCH more effective than the Jeep one we saw a few months ago, don't you? Never mind that if you have a violent mind, you're wondering what's going to happen if one of them hits the gas pedal. And are perhaps rooting for that, too...

Campaign info from Ads of the World:

Advertising Agency: DDB, Spain
Chief Creative Officer: José María Roca de Vinyals
Creative Directors: Javier Melendez, Xavi De La Cruz
Art Directors: Alba Ciércoles, Elisabet Capdevila
Copywriter: Andres Travi
Illustrator: Ignasi Font
Business Director: Gorka Lozano
Account Director: Javier Villalba
Account Supervisor: Ester Vall
Published: April 2013

Volkswagen Touran: Three Little Pigs

Volkswagen Touran: Snow White

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Nov. 28th, 2014 12:35 am
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So my parents had a really quite brilliant idea this week. I moved to Victoria on kind of a whim, since it's a nice city and the weather is good; but I have very little support network here and it's hard for me to find a decent job. Edmonton, although covered in snow and shitballs cold, has my blood family, my SCA family, friends from years of living there, and an actually good job market.

The thing Mom proposed that actually won me over was the possibility of moving into my old apartment in Garneau, the one I moved out of in 2011. I loved being so close to Whyte Avenue, cafes and art shows and farmer's market and writers' meetups, to have everything I needed within walkable distance even when I was in a lot of pain. And that made moving back to Edmonton seem actually exciting. I began thinking things like, "If I lived on my own without roommates Emily would be more confident and love me best!" and "I'd be so close to that place with the amazing butter chicken," and "You know, I never did find a place that beat Block 1912 for a writing hangout."

The other thing about Garneau is that it can't squeeze me the way a normal city does, because within a couple blocks to the north, it drops away laughing into the river valley before coming back up again for downtown. Want pictures? Try here and here.

Maybe Edmonton just permanently left my sense of city density under-calibrated.

And after a lifetime of thinking fantasy fiction had to be set literally anywhere else, I finally have stories to tell about Edmonton. I'd like to get writing them.

SO. I'm moving back to Edmonton. I've given my landlord notice to move out Dec 30; I'll give my work notice as soon as I screw up the nerve. (Good thing I've already applied for EI.) I feel like I have honestly a better chance of finding a practicum in Edmonton than Victoria, since I already know people in Edmonton in the field, which makes it easier to ask. Hell, I might be able to do my master's practicum with the same people I did my undergrad internship with.

"You can always choose to move away again", my foster-father told me when I talked about moving home a couple months ago, and that's true; but I'm tired enough of getting the shit kicked out of me by life that I'm just glad to move home.

Additional note on my life right now: The pet store nearest me in the place I do 90% of my shopping has foster cats up for adoption, and they advertised for volunteer cat cuddlers. VOLUNTEER CAT CUDDLERS. If that shit were paid I'd suspect a scam because who wouldn't do it for free? So I volunteered and I start on Monday. Although my tenure will be short, it will be full of weekly cuddles.
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Posted by Philip Bates

Philip Bates is a writer at Kasterborous Doctor Who News and Reviews - All the latest Doctor Who news and reviews with our weekly podKast, features and interviews, and a long-running forum.

Ah, now here’s some welcome news! Torchwood scribe, Catherine Tregenna will, according to her online CV, be writing for Series 9 of Doctor Who!

Tregenna will be the first female writer since Helen Raynor, who wrote the slightly-wonky Daleks in Manhattan/ Evolution of the Daleks (2007), and the far-more-enjoyable The Sontaran Stratagem/ The Poison Sky (2008). People have been giving showrunner, Steven Moffat some flack because hey, people are always giving those in charge grief there’s only been one female writer since the show returned in 2005. Even Neil Gaiman (The Doctor’s Wife; Nightmare in Silver) seemed to have a go, before backing down a bit and conceding that it’s not for lack of trying on the Moff’s behalf. Maybe this possible news will quieten them down for… ooh, about three minutes?

This hasn’t been confirmed, but it slipped through the net (well, the Internet) on her CV. That seems like a confirmation, but in the past, writers’ online credits have included Doctor Who – then that episode doesn’t actually appear. Doc Martin‘s Jack Lothian is a prime example of this.

Catherine Tregenna does have a history with the Whoniverse, having written four episodes of Torchwood. Season 1’s Out of Time was one of the highlights of the run, while Captain Jack Harkness was nominated for the 2008 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form. It lost out to an episode of Doctor Who called Blink. I doubt you’d have heard of it. Meanwhile, her Season 2 episodes, Meat and Adam were grim, gritty, and surreal. Actually, all her serials were pretty brilliant, so this is definitely good news for us Whovians and of course, the Twelfth Doctor!

So who else is writing for Doctor Who Series 9? Both Tom MacRae (The Girl Who Waited) and Neil Cross (Hide) have said they’ve worked on idea for Peter Capaldi’s Time Lord, the former with an idea for the Weeping Angels. I’d definitely be up for both of them returning! Given his chumminess with a certain Mr. Moff, Mark Gatiss will likely be back too (a man whose episodes are polarising, but what the heck, I liked them all, bar Robot of Sherwood). Might we assume Steve Thompson, too, will be back? We’ve not had anything from Broadchurch‘s Chris Chibnall in a couple of years either…

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Oh, and please, please, please: Jamie Mathieson! He’s absolutely fantastic. In fact, his two episodes for Series 8 helped redeem the 12-episode run for me. There, I said it!

Moffat has also stated that we’ve not seen the last of Kill The Moon‘s Peter Harness, so perhaps he’ll be involved somewhere.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Moffat writes more episodes than usual next series, purely because (by his own admission) he’s nearer the end of his reign than the beginning. So how many slots will that leave?

Which other writers would you like to see? I’m throwing Sally Wainwright’s name into the mix: Last Tango in Halifax and Happy Valley are magnificent, and a further female writer would be great – not to pander to the PC Squad but because she’s talented. I’d love an episode by Who-loving mega-screenwriter J Michael Straczynski. How about bringing some of the Seventh Doctor clan back?! Andrew Cartmel and Ben Aaronovitch are more than capable of delivering quality Who!

Oh! I know! Nick Briggs! Get him to write a Dalek story! C’mon, people!!

Tell you what. Let’s make a deal. How about you vote in our poll and perhaps comment below, and in return, we’ll keep you up-to-date when names are announced for Doctor Who Series 9? Yeah? Okay, let’s do that.

You’re all so agreeable. It’s a pleasure writing for you.

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Friday glee has family time

Nov. 28th, 2014 09:07 am
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The Friday post of glee is where you get to tell us about your climbing-related happiness this week.

It can be a new achievement or adventure, or just that you climbed and had fun; it can be that your favourite climbing wall is expanding or that you bought new rock shoes or that you found a cool ice-climbing vid on YouTube. No glee is too small -- or too big. Members are encouraged to cheer each other on and share the squee.

N.B. Please feel free to post your glee on any day of the week; the Friday glee is just to get the ball rolling.

To enhance this week's glee: Sonnie Trotter on his new 5.14, Family Man, and the story behind it.

Thanks has been given

Nov. 28th, 2014 12:58 am
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Went up to Santa Rosa for Thanksgiving with the family. (No matter how long I live other places and how much I like them, I still have a little thrill of thinking "I'm home" when I drive into Sonoma County.) Good meal, good to see family, good that I get to have a second Thanksgiving with friends on Sunday.

I hope all of you who celebrate had a lovely day, and a very happy Thursday to everyone else. :)
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These days part of the fun of watching a movie in theaters or at home with the ability to freeze frames, is finding the hidden Easter eggs hidden within. For the history buffs out there, the origin of the cinematic Easter egg dates back to THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW. Supposedly one day on the set, the cast decided to have a traditional Easter egg hunt, as you do, but some of the eggs were never found...

Daily Happiness

Nov. 27th, 2014 11:01 pm
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1. I went in to work a little early yesterday so I could get more done before the store opened (Wednesdays is when I have to change the sale displays and that's always harder to do when there are customers). It also meant I got to go home earlier! :D

2. Not only did I have today off, but I got paid for it! The best kind of day off.

3. Alexander came over and we had a nice day of chatting, watching TV/movies/stuff, and eating delicious food. We had turkey, roasted mashed sweet potatoes, green bean casserole, King's Hawaiian rolls, cornbread, and pumpkin pie. Everything was so delicious!


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