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Sunday, November 13th, 2016
10:59 am
We All Take a Bow, Including the Cow, Though Business is Lousy and Slow
If you have access to PBS.org, I really recommend watching the London production of "Gypsy" before they cycle it off. Imelda Staunton is just amazing, and it's a very fresh interpretation. Usually everybody just does what Rose* wants either because it's easier to go along, or because they're genuinely afraid of her, but Staunton is incredibly sexy. She sings wonderfully, although she's kind of uncertain in her first number, which made me nervous when I first heard the CD.

However, because of contemporary conditions (reminds self that this is not FFA, so I don't have to go to the US Elections post) I can't help thinking of this production as an allegory, with Staunton as a tiny insane Hillary Clinton dragging her terrible act around an America that is sick of vaudeville and prefers the cheap thrills of burlesque. OK, not a perfect allegory, AFAIK the real Gypsy Rose Lee was a pretty cool person and not at all like Donald Trump.

*Ethan Mordden has a whole riff about how stupid it is to refer to the character as Mama Rose, because her daughters call her Mama and everyone else calls her Rose or Madame Rose. I'm not sure this is valid--I mean, nobody in Hamlet ever calls the King Claudius but that's still his name and title, but whatever.
Saturday, November 12th, 2016
10:22 am
Link: NY Times article on Contraceptive Coverage

Conclusion: contraceptive coverage under health plans will be attacked, but won't vanish on Day 1.

My own take is that men who consider constant access to sex with any woman as an entitlement program don't actually want to be hit with 18 years of child support every time they score.
Friday, November 11th, 2016
9:59 am

Link is to a petition to support Keith Ellison as chair of the DNC; obviously it's going to make a big difference to conventional politics who administers the Democratic party.

If you have the chance, consider becoming a member of one of two groups with a well-earned poor reputation:
1. Union officials
2. Civil servants.

Union members earn a lot more and have much better working conditions and benefits than non-members. However, in the past unions have done a lot to keep those good jobs for white men, and to hold back useful technologies. Union officials who aren't thieves, racketeers, or bigots could do a lot to improve unions' reputation and profile. Remember what I said last time about going for jobs nobody wants? Every union local has a ton of gruntwork and a perpetual shortage of new grunts.

Agencies are going to face budget cuts, and the only way they can get through their workload is with smart, energetic, hard-working people. Errr, which is not 100% of their current census. Even if they're not hiring now, take the test, they have to hire from the list, so if you get a good score they have to hire you even if they don't like your race, sex, or orientation.

Oh, yeah, forgot to mention--block associations have ALL the information about local things, and if they hand a clueless city councilperson an explanation of how to vote about something complicated, there's a good chance that the city councilperson will agree.
Thursday, November 10th, 2016
8:40 pm
Things to Do in America When Your Party's Dead
Nobody could do all of these things, and I'm not sure what I'm going to do, but there are some things that can be done right now, and things that have to be done over the long haul.

1. It really shouldn't to the same extent, considering the amazing ability to connect with anyone with an e-mail address, but politics basically runs on money. And if you don't have any, well, you can put the loose change from your pocket in a change jar and give away $5 when you get to $5. Believe me, any campaign or organization or cause you were planning to donate to will happily take $5 every two months from you. And once you get on one sucker list, you will never be alone, because every other sucker list will hit you up daily or several times a day. Just ignore them when you get annoyed.

2. I learned a Valuable Life Lesson when I was a high school senior. For reasons that now escape me I wanted to work on the yearbook. I immediately secured a power base as the Senior Pictures Editor because nobody else wanted to do it. And later on I earned actual money doing paste-ups and mechanicals, which I learned how to do because of those goddamn pictures. Which were, as we now say, about the size of an icon.

3. Every September, without fail, Vogue magazine runs a gushing editorial about how thank goodness, now you can wear frilly ruffly clothes instead of those awful plain ones! followed the next year by thank goodness, now you can wear elegantly tailored clothes instead of those awful frilly ruffly ones! And the readers fall for it EVERY TIME. The electorate is constantly engaged in Throwing the Bums Out, forgetting a) who elected them and b) that the new Bums are probably not that different from the old bums. But to the extent of genuine Bum superiority, we have two years to work on who we want to run for the House in 2018; there's a passable chance of the Democrats being able to take back the majority.

4. A cunning conspiracy is in place to make local politics REALLY boring, but, as they say, All Politics Is Local. If you can stand going to City Council meetings, you will be one of the first to know that a proposal has been made to give lavish tax abatements to the rat poison factory to be built on the pontoon over the lake. Which means you can help mobilize opposition.

5. In Batman's origin story, he camps around in a bat costume because he thinks it will frighten criminals, who are a "superstitious and cowardly lot." Well, actually, that's politicians for you. Most of them will cheerfully switch directions more often than a zumba class in a tornado if they think they can get two votes or $3.22 in campaign donations out of it. On a prominent issue, they might pick a position and stick to it, but on an obscure issue, enough signatures on an e-mail petition can move the needle.

6. This is America, so whatever it is you're interested in, there is probably at least one organization doing it. Probably there was one and a bunch of people stalked out in disgust. Check first to see you're not inventing the wheel. Of course if the people are SUCH wankers you can't stand it, then you may have to be the one to ankle.

7. Electoral politics isn't the only way to go. If you don't think you have a reasonable chance of getting government to provide benefits to people in need, there are a LOT of organizations working to get food to hungry people and improve the food system. Right now, I'm liking Food and Water Watch for their opposition to fracking, and Union of Concerned Scientists for their climate change work.

8. Right now, there probably is enough STUFF to go around, but it isn't distributed equitably. If we keep wasting and fucking up, there might not be enough stuff to go around, in which case we are going to have to learn to waste less, share more, and develop skills.

9. It's not the eighteenth century anymore. Smile Less, Talk More.

2:10 pm
Drive-By: Eat Your Chana Masala, Children in America Are Starving
I'm planning to be back later with some actual posts, but I just got the Quaker Action magazine from the American Friends Service Committee (afsc.org) which has a lot of interesting materials on community work and being an effective ally.

Worldvisiongifts.org's catalog has options of donating for "urgently needed clothing and more", for chldren in America, "nutritious food for hungry kids in America," and "school supplies for US classrooms." It's a Christian organization, so if that's a DNW for you I suspect Heifer International will also have options for donating in the US. There are also US-based anti-hunger organizations like Feeding America.
Sunday, November 6th, 2016
7:47 pm
I've decided that The Crown is actually the third part of a trilogy about British politics: Yes, Minister, followed by Yes, Prime Minister, and now Yaaaas, Queen.
Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016
4:25 pm
Looking forward to Tuesday, when Littlefinger loses the Game of Thrones.
Sunday, October 23rd, 2016
12:05 am
Much Ado About Nothing Fantasy AU: Don Johns and Dragons
Thursday, October 20th, 2016
12:07 pm
Thanks to a truncation in a post:

FACEBO: something that only looks like social media, and its polite Russian cousin: SPACEBO.
Thursday, July 21st, 2016
10:35 pm
They Were the Footsteps of a Gigantic Termite
Today I could find HGTV on the exercise bike at the gym! That's not a given, sometimes it's at Channel 2, sometimes it isn't. Today I watched an episode of "Flip or Flop," where two real estate brokers who tapped out selling houses now buy and renovate houses for resale. Apparently they buy the houses without an inspection, and sometimes sight unseen. They were shuttling back and forth between two houses. In *both* of them it came as a complete surprise when they knocked down the walls that the plumbing and electricity were clapped out, although I thought that the estimates of the additional cost their contractor (who looks like the guy in American Gothic, although with a sawzall instead of a pitchfork) were implausibly low. I mean, $4,000 to completely repipe a four-bedroom house?

So at first I was yelling at the screen: this just happened to you! How stupid are you guys? And then I realized that they're the Jam Watsons of home rehab. Much of the cozy enjoyment comes from, at any rate, being smarter than THEM, and part of what HGTV pays them for is goofiness.
Sunday, July 17th, 2016
8:06 pm
HILLARYC LINTON: protagonist of Wuthering Heights sequel
Monday, July 11th, 2016
11:04 am
The Brexit Club
Not sure who's the jock or the princess, everyone in politics is the criminal, no one is a brain, and Britain is the basket case.
Sunday, June 26th, 2016
6:53 pm
Brexit Through a Pop Culture Lens
I feel like I need an icon of *that* screencap of Avon in "Blake," because Brexit is indeed a Gauda-Prime level Own Goal. The final of The Great British Fuck-Off, with some very soggy bottoms indeed.

Of course lots of people besides Cameron will be losing their jobs, and they won't deserve it so richly. I could almost think of Po' Cameron as a supporting player in The Fascists Awaken, but that would imply that he's a good guy, and I just can't say that.

Somewhere Jamie and Claire are looking forward to Scotland heading off for Europe and laughing like a drain.

The British Empire is long gone, but the likely reduction of Great Britain to England makes Cameron the anti-Disraeli. As well as the Anti-Christ: it's a miracle to start with the Feeding of the 5,000 and ending up with five loaves and two fishes.

But perhaps the best pop culture analogy is another project about a career at the center of power ended by a completely gratuitous act of stupidity. Rap with me--"Cameron, better known as Hameron..." No immigrants--that gets the job done!
Tuesday, April 26th, 2016
5:22 pm
Intoabar Fic: Indistinguishable from Technology (T)
Don't get too used to my posting two fics in the same day (after months with nothing new)

This is my Intoabar fic: http://archiveofourown.org/works/6668014

Eliot Waugh (The Magicians bookverse) meets Zoe Washburne, during War Stories.

Contains (obliquely described) violence. Yeah, I'm as surprised as you are.
4:40 pm
B7 Ficlet: Consummate (T)
Just a tiny little ficlet. If I'm going to not-work I should be finishing my Intoabar story, but you know bunnies.

Monday, March 14th, 2016
10:16 pm
Blakefest fic: Blake to the Future (G)

Remix of alinewrites' "Baby Come Back"

Oh, God, I feel so guilty, I just wrote *one* short remix and everybody else did, like War and Peace five times...
Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016
10:07 pm
Well, well, Miss Claythorne: B7 Fic: TEN LITTLE PHIBIANS (PG)

It's in the FFA collection, because I got the bunny during fail_fandom_anon's discussion of the estimable BBC adaption of Agatha Christie's "And Then There Were None."

WARNING: This is really depressing. Really. Don't say I didn't warn you. The tag "canon level of character death" applies to both canons, of course.
Saturday, December 26th, 2015
8:46 pm
Stupid Question From a Luddite
I haaate the music at the gym. The exercise bike has connections for hooking up one's own device. I would like to buy something cheap that I can copy CDs of music I already own, using my (Windows) computer. Which is actually legal! I'm much less interested in downloading music. Am I correct that the frammis to do this with is an MP3 player? I actually prefer *not* to watch videos, it's like reading on the exercise bike, I discovered that I don't work anywhere near hard enough if I'm doing something that takes too much attention.

Will I need software or a codec once I have the thing, or will the necessary software be built-in? I assume I can just hook up the device to a USB port, put a CD in the CD-ROM drive and hit "move this thing to the other thing," or is that as unrealistic as telling my wristwatch to teleport me outta here?
Friday, December 25th, 2015
1:53 pm
Yuletide Glitch Question
I know there are various indexing problems about various Yuletidey things. I got two lovely comments on treats that I would like to reply to, but when I click to reply it says Comment as Executrix instead of Comment as Unknown Creator. Should I reply to the comments anyway and hope that it'll look OK when it's posted, or wait until reveals (and have the recipients think I'm horribly ungrateful?)
Thursday, December 17th, 2015
10:38 pm
I Have Yuletode!
There's always something, isn't there? I usually use Firefox, because IE smells like uselessness, failure, and something uniquely Microsoft (and has done since before W10 was launched). But I couldn't get Firefox to recognize Yuletide2015 as an entity. So I chugged up IE, which did a good imitation of posting all four fics. And since they're all treats, it kind of doesn't matter if they DIDN'T post--I can't have defaulted! And, just like every year, when I look at the allegedly posted version it says "Anonymous (executrix)" which always makes me think I've done something dreadfully wrong to not be anonymous enough.

All four are short, but long enough to be in the main collection. Two het, one slash, one gen. One theater, two TV (fandoms I've written in, but not a lot), one RPF (historical, not contemporary).
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