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Tuesday, January 23rd, 2018
4:00 pm
Drive-By: Texts from the Gooderation
I lack the graphicfu to do it myself, but from the latest episode of The Good Place:

"I took the form of a 45-year-old white man for a reason. I can only fail up"--with a portrait of Og.

"Any time I had a problem, I threw a Molotov cocktail, and boom, I had a different problem"--Dayna with the bomb she pulled from hammerspace. She and Jason would get on like, so to speak, a house on fire.

PS--The Last Yeti: abominable Star Wars movie.
Thursday, January 4th, 2018
7:09 pm
Drive-By: Which Spelling?
Yay, The Good Place is back tonight! Since I don't have a TV, I'll have to wait until tomorrow to watch.

If, say, hypothetically a person were writing a Good Place/B7 crossover, should it be called Mr. Roj's Neighborhood or Neighbourhood? And is a Major Canon Death warning necessary in a fic where *everybody* is ex officio dead? "Canon Levels of Deadness"?
Tuesday, December 26th, 2017
5:12 pm
Drive-By: Thank You, Awesome People!
Lyrstzha and princessofgeeks: thank you for the lovely cards. I did not send cards because I suck although you are awesome. I hope you have a wonderful 2018.
3:57 pm
Drive-By: GoodTide
I'm much too lazy to actually write the fic, but more on the subject of Yuletide in the Good Place:

1. Tahani, those dentists fool nobody.

2. Despite the ban on RD(ead)PF, Eleanor/Tahani is the most popular pairing this year.

3. Vicky mods _coal.

4. The Bad Place now has a sanction to replace the Penis Flattener: betaing for Jason.

5. It is impossible to distinguish Eleanor's ATG Star Wars fics from her ATG SGA fics from her ATG Sentinel fics, and her ridiculous MarySue swoops in in the last chapter and saves everybody's ass. Then lots of threesomes.

6. Stop whining, you didn't put "no biting" in your DNWs, and ODAO.
Monday, December 25th, 2017
12:03 pm
Drive-By: No Doxx
I was just playing Cupcake 2048 and it occurred to me that the Least Fun Ever Had By a Human would be Chidi doing Yuletide. And he would always find a typo right after the absolute last posting deadline.

Which, in turn led me to think that, although we're not supposed to link up fannish and RL identities...it must have been Michael who dreamed up Yuletide.
Tuesday, December 19th, 2017
9:12 pm
Drive-By: Neologism
I was wondering if there's a term for when you get rid of a pair of pants because you can put them on or take them off without opening the button and zipper. I settled on "Lautrec". But then that made me think of LauTrek: Belle Epoque, where they go to interstellar brothels and make posters. Boldly going where many, many men have gone before.
Friday, December 15th, 2017
10:07 pm
Drive-By: There Ought to Be Crowns, Well Maybe Next Year
I snarfed down S2 of The Crown in a few days (cut in case "spoilers for The Crown" is an actual Thing)

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Not a spoiler, but Vanessa Kirby certainly is pretty, and I found myself going to The Goode Place occasionally. Phwoar!
Thursday, December 7th, 2017
7:45 pm
Drive-By: Branrot
I'm watching S2 of True Detective, which is pretentious and awful and yet somehow compelling. I mean, it's so shameless that I assumed the reason that Colin Farrell's character and Rachel McAdams' characters were so awkward with each other that they were former spouses.

Anyway, the caption refers to a unit of measurement. A "milli-Helen" has been defined as "a face that launches one ship," and a Full Branrot is a fake moustache that is as awful as the thing that perches on Kenneth Branagh's face in Murder on the Orient Express, so I'm not sure whether non-flashback-Farrell is...35%? 40%?

Note to nonnies: yes, the 100 words of orgy ship/B7 was me.
Saturday, December 2nd, 2017
11:01 pm
Drive-By: Wouldn't It Be Loverly?
I don't actually *believe* that the tax bill, which is getting passed despite being not merely unread but unreadable, actually has a hand-written addendum "And by the way, Trump and the eleven people next after him in the succession will be removed from office, hustled into black helicopters, and dumped naked on an uninhabited atoll immediately upon enactment." And that Trump would sign it while crowing about the greatest legislative victory ever.
Monday, November 13th, 2017
8:12 pm
Drive-by: Chess
I just Netflixed a concert version of Chess, a show that has some current resonance because it's not just about Russian-American tensions, but includes a horrible American named Trump(er).

If the love triangle was a woman and two men rather than a man and two women, they could have called it Capablanca.
Wednesday, August 30th, 2017
8:28 pm
Amazing Web Page on Harvey Recovery
Duplicate of my entry on this_fine_crew which is definitely worth joining to see everybody's Harvey posts (and movement posts in general):


Lots of great resources, worthy places to donate you probably haven't seen yet, what supplies are needed--and putting the storm in the context of a broader recovery effort.
Tuesday, August 29th, 2017
2:17 pm
More Links for Donating Leftishly
C&Pd from an Our Revolution post by Jim Hightower (a long-term progressive voice in Texas politics):

Local relief groups, progressive organizations, unions, and immigrant rights groups are already mobilizing grassroots relief efforts. Here is a list of groups and efforts you can plug into to help:

The Texas Workers Relief Fund. A union-relief effort by the Texas AFL-CIO, donations are tax-deductible. The state fed has been closely coordinating with the Houston and Corpus-area central labor councils to provide material aid.

RNRN Disaster Relief Fund. Our ally the National Nurses United organizes medical relief for major disasters through this fund.

Texas DSA. DSA chapters (also allies) have been organizing both volunteers and those in need at a grassroots level. Sign up here to offer help (or ask for it) or donate directly to Houston DSA.

Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group Fund. If you want to donate directly for relief in the Coastal Bend towns hit directly by the hurricane.

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Houston's mayor has set up this fund to assist with victims of Houston's ongoing and increasingly dangerous flooding. Donations are tax-deductible.

The extreme enforcement policies of SB4 and ICE have put immigrant workers in increased harm's way through the crisis. Immigrant and refugee groups such as RAICES in San Antonio are moving to get aid directly to immigrant families. Jumping in now is just the beginning.
11:05 am
Addendum: Houston Community Fund

directed toward marginalized people and communities. One aspect of environmental racism is that poor people and people of color are always disproportionately affected by disasters.
10:58 am
Monday, August 28th, 2017
8:36 pm
Obama.org Suggestions re Harvey Relief
The post from obama.org recommends donations to:

*Redcross.org; you can donate $10 automatically by texting HARVEY to 90999
*Southern Baptist Disaster Relief
*Save the Children
*Houston Food Bank

I particularly like the sick burn at the end of the message: "If you're able, please do what you can to help out. As President Obama said, that's what we do as Americans."
7:04 pm
DSA Harvey Relief Link
Obviously not everybody here is a DSA member (...for those who are, hi, comrades!) but here's a link to the Houston DSA chapter's fundraiser, which includes needs of undocumented people:

11:21 am
Harvey: How to Help

Local focus but has some suggestions you might not have thought of.

One thing I learned from Sandy recovery is that setting up an Amazon wishlist is not the most productive way to help. People were paying $50 plus delivery charges to send a blanket. We damn sure needed blankets, but we could have helped a local business recover by paying $7 for blankets from the store.

Once the roads open and deliveries can be made, some of the best things you can send are batteries (lightweight!--but they have to be shipped by road, you can't air mail them), sanitary supplies like tampons, and diapers. Flashlights, lanterns (Brooklyn Lanterns are GREAT), headbands with LED lights, and phone chargers are also really useful. Space blankets! I love space blankets! Socks and underwear are also really useful until a full-scale clothing distribution can kick in.
Sunday, June 11th, 2017
9:11 pm
MoveOn Ready to Resist Call
Just got off the Ready to Resist Call. They're suggesting a new tactic: go to your Facebook, look for "Friends In" in Alaska, Maine, Tennessee, West Virginia, Louisiana, Arkansas, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, and Ohio. If you *have* any FB friends in those states (and they're not, y'know, your Uncle Beauregard who gives everybody an NRA membership for Keep-the-Christ-in-Christmas) then ask them to tell their Senators to vote against the AHCA. The AHCA is going to be rushed in without hearings or indeed any of the normal procedures for considering a bill. So even if the Senator is a moss-backed conservative, he or she might want to get a chance to read and consider the bill before being rushed into voting for it.

On a lighter note, see https://act.moveon.org/event/cookouts_create/create/ to find (or host) a Resistance Summer Community Cook-Out on June 24-25 or July 1-3 so we can get together over some cold beer and tofu kebabs. Or whatever.
Monday, May 22nd, 2017
1:42 pm
Rock the Vote's Online Registration Platform

for campaigning to get people registered, which is a necessary but not a sufficient condition for electing more people on our side. We also have to get out in front of vote suppression.
Monday, April 10th, 2017
7:38 pm
Drive-By: Shakespeare Resources for Teachers
Globe Theatre's site for resources for teaching Shakespeare:


Of course it's the end of the semester, innit, but maybe if you're teaching summer session or getting ready for fall? Or have a room full of restive high school seniors to pacify?
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