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Aerial footage from the BBC Mar. 24th, 2019 @ 05:44 pm
[personal profile] rydra_wong


(Side note: fucking superb crowd management. I did the short route option from Trafalgar Square: when the front of the march reached us, the marshals neatly opened up space behind it so that we could funnel ourselves into it at a comfortable pace. Never got crowded, never felt boxed in; my group parked ourselves on the outer edge of Parliament Square, where we could still see the screens, but had no trouble weaving our way out as soon as we decided to call it a day.)

Petition has passed 5.1 million.

Top work from Led By Donkeys: (make sure you look at the replies to see the video clips and photos of what it looked like under the banner)

And being unfurled by the crowd (teamwork!):

Hestia by C. J. Cherryh Mar. 24th, 2019 @ 10:39 am
[personal profile] james_davis_nicoll

Hestia by C. J. Cherryh

Fiona Shaw! Mar. 24th, 2019 @ 11:34 am
[personal profile] rydra_wong

(I am in a darkened room drinking tea and hashtag-surfing through pictures of yesterday.)

Petition at 4.9 million. Reminder: anyone who's a British citizen or UK resident can sign it.

Non-UK people: if you have UK people in your social media circles, please consider posting the link to the petition. You can say I told you to.

Piers Morgan is very upset by the petition, which should be sufficient motivation to sign all by itself.

Here is a placard which I did not see in person but which is amaazing:

As always, lots of different estimates of numbers are being sprayed around, but sounds like at least over 1 million people went on the march, and I've even seen one reference to over 1.5 million.

Oh, there might be a Tory coup going on to force May out, btw.

Age poll repost! Mar. 24th, 2019 @ 11:56 am
[personal profile] sqbr
Age poll!

Apologies to those who already did it, feel free to do the poll for people who already did the poll.
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Age poll repost Mar. 24th, 2019 @ 11:55 am
[personal profile] alias_sqbr
Age poll!

I wasn't planning on reposting this, but looking at the results it was SEVENTY PERCENT people who just follow me on dreamwidth, and I was curious to know if that's a fair representation of the proportion of my readers who engage with my posts, or if reposting would catch a bunch of folk on faster paced sites like tumblr and twitter who missed it the first time.

So if you already did the poll, you're set! And there's even odds you were born in the 1980s ;)

Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: Just the Poll Creator, participants: 32


I wasn't born in the 1980s and feel 50% erased!
11 (34.4%)

I was born in the 1980s and feel 50% called out!
14 (43.8%)

19 (59.4%)

Whose anxiety is this you've been trying on? Mar. 23rd, 2019 @ 08:31 pm
[personal profile] sovay
Today was almost ludicrously validating in several different arenas of my life, which is not at all what I expected when I got out of bed this morning. The short course is that my teaching skills have not deserted me, even after a decade rusting and in a field I had never actually taught before, and separately I am looking at a professional opportunity which I am not going to talk about until it has some substance because I don't want to sneeze on it and break it, but the prospect makes me extremely excited. Also people said really nice things about my singing and my writing and they were even different people. I am exhausted but elevated in mood. I am going to pitch over sideways on this couch and stare at a movie or read this book [personal profile] skygiants lent me and play Tacocat's "Grains of Salt" like ten more times.

Current Music: Tacocat, "Grains of Salt"

Mar. 23rd, 2019 @ 03:06 pm
[personal profile] cofax7
I am beyond disappointed that apparently Mueller's report to the DOJ does not include any more indictments. This doesn't mean there won't be any (like in SDNY and in NY state courts), but still: I wanted a perp walk for the Trumplings. And that fuckhead Jerome Corsi.

Anyway, yesterday was kind of rough, despite getting props from my boss and leaving the office an hour early. My bus was late, it was raining, the traffic was awful, and so I only got home 15 minutes earlier than I would have if I'd stayed to my regular time.

I'm so tired of this endless dark and rainy winter.

Anyway. Linkspam!

I wandered over to Instagram and got inspired by these photos from yesterday's anti-Brexit march.

This is why 45 is failing to implement his agenda: because they're crap at implementing their agenda. That said, they are still trying to change environmental protections for the worse.

If you want some crunchy fact-based analysis of the political/legal/security situation in the US, you could do far worse than Marcy Wheeler of Emptywheel. This discussion of the failure of the FBI and national security agencies to treat violence in furtherance of white supremacy as terrorism is a good example.

So over the last 24 hours I listened to The Dropout, which was fascinating and horrifying. However it didn't even mention the factoid I learned about Holmes' husky--that she insisted on telling people the dog was a wolf. Which... what the fuck is it with these pathological liars? They lie about everything, including totally bullshit stuff that no reasonable person would bother lying about. Who the fuck cares if your dog is part wolf, what does that even matter?

Except of course it matters to Holmes, the same way the size of the inauguration crowd matters to Trump. They're so fucking insecure they must prop themselves up with the most baldfaced deceptions, and force their coteries to support their claims, no matter how absurd.


This is a pretty entertaining piece about a guy who rode an electric scooter as far as he could into a National Park. (Via Metafilter)


I'm not gonna post anymore about Francis Spufford apparently failing to discover that fanfiction is a thing before getting a glowing profile in The Guardian, but I admit I wouldn't mind reading the thing. Can someone send him an invite code to AO3 and walk him through the upload process?


I hope everyone on the Viking Sky stays safe, that seems like a horrifying situation. And airlifting individuals off by helicopter is itself a dangerous and scary thing to be doing: props to the rescuers.

Backsafefalldowngoboomnow Mar. 23rd, 2019 @ 04:46 pm
[personal profile] rydra_wong
Total marchers may have hit a million.

Petition at 4.4 million 4.5 million 4.6 million, says [ profile] UltraButt.

Time to rock and roll Mar. 23rd, 2019 @ 09:41 am
[personal profile] rydra_wong
Off to meet up with friends/relatives then do the short route (some of us have wheels and some of us are only six).

Good luck to everyone else who's going! May we all have a lovely or at least tolerable time, and may we change the world!

Petition just passed 4 million.

The Gollancz Book of South Asian Science Fiction by Tarun K. Saint Mar. 23rd, 2019 @ 12:00 am
[personal profile] james_davis_nicoll

The Gollancz Book of South Asian Science Fiction by Tarun K. Saint

During SPN's 15 years Mar. 22nd, 2019 @ 06:05 pm
[personal profile] rathany
* I dealt with people have emotional breakdowns because they were so worked up after whether S2 would happen, or S3 would happen.

* I worked for Random Acts for 3 years.

* I did a lot of viewing parties, including one where I made a lot of pies. A lot:

(The darkest brown ones are chocolate pudding pies."

* I was at Dante's the night Jensen showed up to be a back up singer for Christian Kane's band.

* I went to Wincon. I went to 2 Creation Cons.

* I saw fandom go from intensely LJ based, to Tumblr based to ... whatever it is now.

Mar. 22nd, 2019 @ 04:28 pm
[personal profile] rathany
I have balance problems and yet I just replaced a fluorescent tube light in a spot where I couldn't place a step stool within 2 feet of the fixture. The old tubes were stuck in there, too. All the online troubleshooting for stuck tubes are just 'twist and pull harder it wont break ... unless it breaks.'

Also, there was a poorly controlled dog in the store where I brought the old tubes for recycling and bought new tubes. It's like lady I am holding 4 glass tubes, keep the yappy thing away from me. For some reason, the new ones were sold loose. No box, just a tube with a price sticker. So, I was just literally hold bare tubes.

That sucked, but it's over and done.

SPN is officially ending Mar. 22nd, 2019 @ 02:51 pm
[personal profile] rathany
After 15 seasons. Source. Holy hecks. I stopped watching ages ago. I remember the frantic fan energy when people were scared it would end after S1 or S2. It's been ... a thing. So many changed in fan culture and the world while it chugged on. Though I am very done with the show for reasons, I expect to fall prey to some nostalgia.

le weekly update Mar. 22nd, 2019 @ 02:01 pm
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Current Mood: hopeful

Okay so Mar. 22nd, 2019 @ 08:23 pm
[personal profile] rydra_wong
I'm keeping "Taking Back Control" Dog In Flames on one side of my placard because it makes me so happy and cracks up anyone who recognizes it.

The other side of the placard is going to say:


Petition at 3.7 million.

Panama Canal Mar. 22nd, 2019 @ 04:00 am
[syndicated profile] xkcd_feed
Once they selected the other proposal, we could have kept shopping ours around, but we would had to modify it include an aqueduct over their canal, which would be totally unreasonable.

"The people voted for pain" Mar. 22nd, 2019 @ 10:43 am
[personal profile] rydra_wong
Holy fucking shit.

Theresa May, when asked about the economic pain of a no-deal Brexit: "The people voted for pain."


The Guardian: Cabinet ministers believe risk of no-deal Brexit now 'very real'
BBC: Brexit: MoD prepares for no-deal in Whitehall bunker
The Guardian: Kent pupils could be left stranded by no-deal Brexit gridlock, warns council

From the last:

If transport is delayed or cancelled and pupils are left waiting in schools, teachers are advised they may have to abandon their own after-school plans and “remain on site to care for stranded children”.

They have also been told there could be disruption to supplies of food and fuel if the “amount coming in the country isn’t enough to match demand”.

Schools have been advised to speak to suppliers to see if they can purchase food “off contract” and to ascertain whether they have stockpiles sufficient for an emergency.

They have been told there is “no legal obligation” to provide hot school dinners and that they can substitute them with cold food or ask parents to provide packed lunches.

Gas supplies are “very unlikely” to be affected, but there could be petrol issues for school buses in the event of panic-buying.

However, the council believes the government would take over at this point.

“If the national emergency plan for fuel (NEP-F) is enacted, it is likely that public and school transport would be prioritised,” the document says.

The cliff-edge has officially been bumped to the 12th April. But fuuuuuck.

Petition at 2.9 million and counting. People's Vote march is tomorrow.

Mar. 22nd, 2019 @ 02:09 am
[personal profile] rathany
Me: Yay, a skintone tutorial for watercolors!

YouTuber: So ... I don't like to use realism in my skintones. Here is me painting a forehead straight up blue.

Me: But .. but the title said ...

My watercolor adventures continue and I have so many regrets. How do watercolor peeps deal with pigment contamination? Like every video I see, the yellow pans visibly have green or brown in them. I struggled to keep my pans pure just while doing some swatching and practice stuffs.

The only upside to all of this is that I feel less self conscious about the cost of using alcohol markers. I was using a colored pencil lining technique and wow, I chewed through a bunch of that pencil in just one drawing. I still think that alcohol markers are one of the spendier mediums to get into, but it's not quite the stark contrast I thought it was. I have yet to use up a single marker, even though my most used ones are Ciao markers. I've gone over drawings 3 or 4 times with my E00 Ciao to smooth things out and it still keeps ticking. Some of my markers are ten years old and work like new. I've only had one marker fail on me and I fixed it pretty easily. Tho now that I've said that, who wants to bet my beloved E00 dries out on me next week and I have to have my first refilling adventure?

It never hurts to give thanks to the local gods Mar. 21st, 2019 @ 11:47 pm
[personal profile] sovay
Today was mostly not enjoyable because my brain imploded on me, figuratively but painfully, but it ended with [personal profile] spatch buying me a flower of pistachio-hazelnut-vanilla gelato in Harvard Square, so that was nice. I spent some time in the evening in a branch of the BPL and left with Benny Lindelauf and Ludwig Volbeda's Tortot, The Cold Fish Who Lost His World and Found His Heart (2017), an illustrated semi-fable about a cynical cook and a youthful half-soldier; it's funny, bittersweet—which is not YA code for crushingly depressing, although any story about the absurdity and horror of war is going to have some non-cheerful aspects even when the warring emperors are obsessed with gherkins and the climax in a besieged city literally takes the cake—and reminded me of Lloyd Alexander and Peter S. Beagle. Some important things happen in the pictures. I did not leave with Ruth Langland Holberg's Tomboy Row (1952), but I was interested that the protagonist's parents spend half the book trying to slim down and feminize their fat, baseball-loving, boy-punching daughter before realizing that they are doing nothing but making her miserable and spend the rest of the book letting her run around and eat whatever she likes and get into trouble all over mid-century Rockport, which she does happily. I loved the cover embossing. If Rowena Carey was a series character, I hope she made it through adolescence without ever having to take ballet lessons or Toni wave her thick dark hair.

Current Music: The Mountain Goats, "Younger"

Six Bulky Classics Delivered by the Science Fiction Book Club Mar. 21st, 2019 @ 01:13 pm
[personal profile] james_davis_nicoll

Six Bulky Classics Delivered by the Science Fiction Book Club
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