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see also: sometimes it's better to light a flamethrower than curse the darkness
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"Matches" by Sifu Hotman [*] was this past episode's weather on Welcome to Night Vale, and as soon as I had a minute, I went and bought the entire album (only $5 on Bandcamp!). Here's an embed of the song, which you can also download for free through the link:

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[*] BTW, best band name or best band name?

It builds, so you should listen to the whole thing, but really, it says quite a lot of what you need to know about me to know that I find the last section genuinely comforting (my transcription):

There are no stories told in a vacuum, there is no prophecy lighting our way
There is just a lot of darkness to be afraid of, so it's a good thing we are not afraid
There is no Superman in that phone booth, there is no rewarding our faith
There is no-one who can save us, so it's a good thing we don't need to be saved
There are no starships in low Earth orbit, no aliens to save us from ourselves
There is no voice willing to speak for us, so it's a good thing we know how to yell
There is no Chosen One, no destiny, no fate, there's no such thing as magic
There is no light at the end of this tunnel; so it's a good thing we brought matches

I haven't listened to the rest of the album yet, but I'm really looking forward to it. Check it out.

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Welcome to Night Vale, "The Investigators" (minimal spoilers)
Welcome to Night Vale (purple logo), Welcome to Night Vale
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So I have come home from the latest live Welcome to Night Vale show, taken some Tylenol, given it time to kick in before I stuck my hands in hot water because it's my night to do the dishes, and done the dishes, which means it's time to briefly write up the show so I can go to sleep.

As the above may have suggested, I had a terrible headache through a good deal of the show. Note to self: you are 5' 3", literal front row seats before a raised stage are not a good idea. Between the neck strain, and some confluence of the speakers and the bass output of the opening musical act that had me feeling like a glass of water in a Jurassic Park movie, well, not so good.

Also, have an extremely vague description of part of the show, so vague that I doubt anyone who hasn't seen it will know what I mean: so, so vagueCollapse )

But the guests were delightful and clearly having a ton of fun. If the guest list counts as a spoiler to you, avert your eyes now:Collapse )

Finally, a fanwork rec:

Open & Notorious (45 words) by fleurrochard, Torra, Rhea, cantarina, bessyboo, Verbyna, anotherslashfan, jedusaur, knight_tracer, argentumlupine, regonym
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Welcome to Night Vale intro segments
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Joseph Fink
Additional Tags: exciting news, existential quandaries, your linen closet, socket wrenches, Podfic & Podficced Works, Podfic, Podfic Length: 10-20 Minutes, Multiple Voices
Summary: We are all, in our own way, Joseph Fink.

This multi-voice podfic takes Joseph Fink's (and "Joseph Fink"'s) intros and runs with them; it is amazing and if you like Night Vale you will like it—even if you don't like the intros, because it makes them entirely Night Vale-ian instead of only occasionally so. The scripting and editing is impeccable, I laughed out loud at least twice, and basically it's just super-cool.

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if you need toys for a very young child
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Inspired by a picture on FB of a friend with one of my prior go-to baby toy gifts (alas, apparently no longer being made), and because I'm home this morning, I thought I'd link to my two other reliable gifts in this vein, for people who may be unfamiliar with kid toys but need a gift or to start their own collection.

1) For when they start holding things: this soft-sided sorter comes with three different kinds of stuff inside, hard rattly things, vinyl squeaky things, and soft fabric things, all of which are likely to be of great interest to a young child (and, judging by SteelyKid, to be tasty, too). Plus you can zip up the top and keep all the things inside, which is great for travel. (FWIW its availability seems to wax and wane, as I've bought it for cheaper than the current price and avoided buying it at other times.)

2) For when they start manipulating things: I spent way too much time looking for stacking rings, and these look and feel really nice, plus the slightly different design lets kids experiment with different stacking patterns as they grow.

(Bonus: not a toy, and don't give it as a gift unless you know the kid is using this particular kind of pacifier, but these pacifier holders were essential for us.)

And not for babies, but while I have my Amazon history open:

A really nice tea set.

Open the doors and find animals.

Magna-Tiles are expensive but they're very durable and endlessly fascinating. Good for as young as three, and possibly earlier.

(Finally, if you like to give books, try the "That's Not My..." board books from Usborne (available in any bookstore); any of Sandra Boynton's board books; any of Mo Willems' Pigeon or Elephant & Piggie books; or Peekaboo Morning.)

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so I might've hit eBay recently
FMA (voila!)
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On the theory that just because the Olivier Mira Armstrong figure was super-hard to find, that didn't mean other cool FMA: Brotherhood figures would be.

And, well:

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[Image: blurry phone pic of figures of Edward Elric, Scar, Winry Rockbell, Greedling, Ling Yao, and Fuhrer Bradley]

This picture came out even worse than usual, so here are links to the Greedling and group figures snagged from the eBay auctions (except for the different Bradley hand-sword combination).

I swear, they were really not expensive averaged together, even with shipping across the Pacific included, honest! I wasn't going to put up the Ed and Winry, since I already have them (that set's been moved to another bookshelf to share space with an art print, since they're smaller), but I do love Ed's dramatic red cloak, and Winry's wearing more clothes here, so I couldn't help it, I kept them.

And now, since I appear to have a fever, fucking hell, I am going to bed.

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links about moving pictures
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AV Club article on restoring The Apu Trilogy and its burned negatives. I assume those of you who do this sort of thing professionally know about this project already, but, way cool.

The Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell TV adaptation finally has release dates: Sunday, May 17 for BBC One and Saturday, June 13 for BBC America. (I am sure I will have many words to write about this! I'm not sure in what form or where yet, though.)

MCU & Ultron stuff (is that how we're referring to it? A:AoU looks like a werewolf howl): Max Gladstone has interesting thoughts, of which my favorite is the bit about character totems at the very end.

Did I really not link to [personal profile] skygiants's hilarious Ultron summary? Well, there you go.

I transcribed Natasha's speech in That Scene in a comment at Tor.com, which I will probably want to be able to find again (ugh).

Finally, All Trailers Are the Same.

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notes about the trailers with Avengers: Age of Ultron
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Another pretty dire lot.

Southpaw: dead wife, daughter taken away, boxing, blah blah manpain.

Jurassic World: I'm pretty sure I'd get more enjoyment of out re-reading If The Velociraptor From Jurassic Park Were Your Girlfriend.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: holy shit it's actually worse than everyone's jokes about it.

Pixels: here I was, desperately hoping for something fun, I actually laughed at the appearance of Pac-Man, and then boom! Adam Sandler. GAH.

Fantastic Four: it might be the contrast, but this didn't look actively terrible? Not, like distinctive or necessary or anything, but not actively terrible. (It was this one; I gather others were different.) I still roll my eyes that they couldn't cast Sue as a black woman too—I mean, yes, it's absolutely possible that she and Johnny are biological sibs, rather than adopted, but actual literal visibility matters. (Yes, I'm aware about the potential relevance to Sue's powers, but still: cast a very-light-skinned black woman if that's what you're going for.)

Tomorrowland: this is the second trailer I've seen for this, and at least it gives me way more of a sense than the first one? I'm still unsure about it, though.

Ant-Man: well, this trailer was more appealing to me than Guardians, which pisses me off because it'll probably do just as well and I don't want it to, because of (presumed spoiler) and also because I still resent its existence.

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actual post about Avengers: Age of Ultron
Captain America, Avengers, Captain America (shield)
kate_nepveu
Elaborating and expanding on last night's.

Here's a non-spoiler version:

I told Chad that I had pretty low expectations and it exceeded it. And in the light of day, I stick by that, but only barely, now that the high of action scenes and that last shot have worn off. I suspect one main problem of the movie may have been insoluble: Avengers couldn't even juggle six team members, and the number of characters goes up considerably here. But until now (absent Guardians of the Galaxy and Thor: The Dark World, which I haven't seen), I've generally felt that the MCU has done a good job of rewriting comics canon to suit itself. Not so much this time. Add that to the "include all the things" problem, and what should have been the core of the movie felt hollow and warmed-over to me.

(Apparently there is to be a Peter Jackson-style director's cut on the DVD release, which is really something I do not wish to encourage: do it right the first time, for fuck's sake. But I admit to interest in what it might contain, I can't help it.)

Also, the levels of heteronormativity were almost literally toxic.

That said: it didn't do one thing I was dreading, in the moment I was entertained more often than not, and the very very end made me super-happy. So, on balance, exceeded low expectations.

Finally, before the spoiler cut: news articles beforehand said that there was a scene during the credits and none after, which a friend of mine stayed all the way to the end to confirm, so once you've seen the fancy credits and the extremely short scene after that, you're good to go.

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But hey, on the bright side, I can catch up on the last . . . month, probably . . . on Tumblr now!

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before I go to bed, two preliminary thoughts on Avengers: Age of Ultron
Captain America, Avengers, Captain America (shield)
kate_nepveu
There will be much more tomorrow morning, but I am going cross-eyed, so here are the two things I need to say before I can go to sleep:

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let's talk about 80 Days
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With spoilers, this time. Because there's just so much to talk about.

Actually, behind the cut I'm going to skip details about the major plotlines (or even mentioning most of them), but expect that in comments, and there will be smaller-scale spoilers.

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Edit: hi, anyone coming here from Meg Jayanth's retweet! If you don't usually use Dreamwidth, just know that (a) if you don't have an account, you can choose the "Anonymous" radio button, but (b) PLEASE sign a name or nickname or something so we can keep each other all straight, okay? Thanks!

PS: I totally broke the game today, I got stuck in Quetta with no Fogg and no money and no way to go anywhere, it was hilarious. (Email to the developers already sent.)

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best Hugo-related post EVA
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"Dogs never bite me. Just humans." -- attributed to Marilyn Monroe, by [personal profile] rushthatspeaks.

(No, actually, seriously, it has both cute animals pictures and thoughtful commentary, go read it.)

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there's a whole minute's worth of the JS&MN TV series out now!
fantasy, raven-in-flight
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Trailer. The AV Club says it starts airing next month on BBC One; no specific date on BBC One's website, nothing on BBC America about whether it will air simultaneous.

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Avengers: Age of Ultron speculation
Captain America, Avengers, Captain America (shield)
kate_nepveu
Behind the cut is speculation for Avengers: Age of Ultron based on one high-level spoiler (not super surprising, but not inevitable either) and general knowledge about announced upcoming movies.

I DO NOT WANT TO KNOW IF I AM RIGHT. I AM JUST PUTTING THIS ON THE RECORD.

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Speculate all you like with me, but if you actually know, please stay out of comments. Thanks.

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Nepal earthquake relief
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If you have PayPal, it's waiving its usual transaction fees for donations to a specific set of charities.

See also: 7 vetted charities doing relief work following the earthquake.

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oh my gosh look look look!
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Guess what was in a mysterious and unexpected box from [personal profile] yhlee today?

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late-dispelled silly misconceptions
head-tilt, ocelot (cartoon), tell me more . . . !
kate_nepveu
The Toast's open thread yesterday had a great question: what's the silliest (small-scale) misconception that you held onto for a really long time?

Mine:

Ponies aren't baby horses.

(I don't remember when I learned this, but Chad told me it, and I think it was relatively recently, too.)

What about you?

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another bookmark
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This one's up for auction at Con or Bust (I'm offering a custom-made one, too).

Click to enlarge:

red knotwork front full

The weird waviness is it being unduly flattened by the scanner, because I tried for way too long to get accurate colors with a camera and GIMP and could not.

Pattern by Teresa Wentzler (and a giant pain, it varies the height of the rows it puts in and so I had to take a ruler and pencil in lines so that I could have a proper 1 square = 1 stitch chart). Stitched over two on Antique White MCG evenweave; main stitching in silk, Caron Waterlillies, Cherry 101; satin stitch and Algerian eyelets in DMC pearl cotton size 12, Ecru (best way to do satin stitches EVER); backstitch in DMC 801 (done over one on the diagonals); shiny bits in Krenik #4 Braid Beige (013).

The colors don't quite glow the way I wanted when I saw the silk in the store, but I'm pretty happy with it all the same.

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history of 1800s China?
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Can anyone recommend me a history of China in the early 1800s or that includes that period? Ebook would be preferable. Thanks.

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free con in Ithaca, NY; Tiptree Fellowships
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Two signal-boosts:

First: Free Admission to ITHACON40/Pippi to Ripley3, the Ithaca College Campus, Saturday May 2, 2015 10am-5pm. Special Guests: Bruce Coville and Laura Lee Gulledge. Free kids workshops include: comic drawing workshops, fantasy writing, steampunk art, superhero cape making, star wars armor workshop, Japanese sword, Belly Dance, Pathfinder RPG game, Game Space, and Zombie Ballroom.

ITHACON40 full guest lineup; Pippi to Ripley full program.

Plus a Friday evening event (also free):

7:00-9:00 Panel on Women Making Comics (Klingenstein Lounge, Ithaca College Campus Center), with Laura Lee Gulledge, Morgan McKenzie (published as “Maegan Cook”), and Danielle (Ielle) Palmer.

Pippi to Ripley is where I gave my Mary Sue talk a couple years ago; I can't make it this year, but if you can, check it out.

Second: the Tiptree Award is expanding into Fellowships, to "support the development of new work, in any form or genre, that uses speculative narrative to expand or explore our understanding of gender, especially in its intersections with race, nationality, class, disability, sexuality, age, and other categories of identification and structures of power" ($500 year, two recipients). The application process is being developed in coordination with micha cárdenas; applications are expected to be opened at the upcoming WisCon (May 22-25, 2015).

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can anyone recommend a disc imaging program that doesn't suck?
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kate_nepveu
I've hit my limit with Acronis's mysterious failures.

Needs to have incremental or differential backup options as well as automatic deletion of old versions.

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elsewhere on Laura J. Mixon's Hugo nomination
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I think this comment exchange between Rochita Loenen-Ruiz and Abigail Nussbaum encapsulates the struggle I continue to have over whether to put Mixon above or below No Award, which is how to prioritize the very different messages being sent by Mixon's nomination. If this is a topic that interests you, I recommend reading it.

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