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Drive-by links:

Fascinating piece on sex ed from the NYTimes (apologies if it shows a login screen - it works for me, but I can never tell when I link out to their stuff what it's going to do for other people)

And, also from NYTimes, We now have software to rate how drastically photos are retouched in magazines and so on. Seriously, check this out, it's a real eye-opener if you (like most people) have ever looked at a magazine cover and instantly felt your sense of personal attractiveness go down something like twelve points. "Why can't my skin be as perfect as hers? Why can't my stomach be that flat?" Well, because hers isn't either. Check out this gallery of photos before and after photoshopping to see some really fascinating examples of what's going on.

MoveOn.org has a petition to stop the current internet censorship bill that's being debated in Congress right now. Definitely worth putting your name to, for the American folks here.

Lastly, go check out all the glorious stuff that's being auctioned off to benefit Terri Windling and her family over at [profile] magick4terri. There's some seriously cool stuff over there, and a ton of it, so be sure to page through the previous entries. It's a great way to help out one of the grand dames of fantasy, and get some of your holiday shopping done to boot! Or, hell, just fabulously fun browsing to go through and coo over all the stuff wonderful people have donated to help out. ;) There's also a Facebook page, and please do spread the word!
rivendellrose: (Tardis)
Just in case the last person who hasn't seen this video happens to be on my friends-list... here, have a video of most of the cast and crew of RTD-era Doctor Who having a blast to the tune of The Proclaimers' "500 Miles."

You have to watch at least far enough to see the look of pure glee on David Tennant's face as he goes through a bit with the actual Proclaimers. I hadn't really realized how much I missed Tennant until I saw that "LOOK WHAT I'M DOING, MY LIFE IS AWESOME!!!" face again. ♥ Also look out for Timothy Dalton being quite pleased about life, an Ood proving to be quite a good dancer, and Lis Sladen appearing to check her moves against Tennant's. And dancing baby Adipose(s?). Bless. Nice way to start the day.
rivendellrose: (yarn)
[livejournal.com profile] seachanges, these made me think of you:

Cthulhu Mittens.
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Awesome article on Cracked today about obnoxious assumptions Hollywood makes about woman.

They're all pretty darned spot-on, particularly the first few. I especially like the complaint about still-abnormally-skinny actresses playing "fat" characters. "Bridget Jones Diary," anybody? I mean, gosh, they made Renee Zellweger so "fat" she looked almost like a normal girl I might meet on the street! This is slightly better on TV, but when Peggy in "Mad Men" went through her little weight-gain plotline over the course of S2, the punch was slightly pulled by two facts: first, on HD TV the makeup line and drastic effort involved in making the actress look heavy was annoyingly obvious, thus ensuring that I spent most of my time thinking "gosh, they need to blend her more" rather than "gee, poor Peggy's really gone downhill," and secondly, while I (like everyone) have read stories about women who give birth without ever having realized they were pregnant... I'm pretty sure that's not possible if you're just a size 10. Or, accounting for the added weight caused by the cameras, probably only a size 8. I just don't find that likely.

The work/life conflict section absolutely nails it - yes, there are women who have crises between their high-powered dream job and their disregarded desire to start a family, but most of us would settle for finding or keeping a job, maybe even one that doesn't suck our souls out through our ears, while still actually seeing husbands, kids, parents, and maybe even our friends.

And check out #5 on that list, "Getting Angry for No Reason," for another fabulous explanation of the difference between writing strong female characters and being a lazy-ass writing executive who just wants something to point to when people complain that you're not writing strong female characters. Hint: I don't know a single woman who would kick a guy in the nuts for no reason at all. If you do, you might want to get her anger management classes. That's not strength. That's psychosis. "Strong Female Character" doesn't mean "crazy bitch who yells and hits men all the time." It means "Female character who is treated like an actual person and allowed to have her own autonomy and make decisions on a basis other than the desires of the male hero." The trick is to think of women as people. I know, it's hard.

More to say, of course, but not enough time right now to say it in. Suffice to say, it's worth a read.
rivendellrose: (companion cube)
Portal fans! Go watch this video right now. No, seriously. Go. Right now. Enjoy. It is a thing of true beauty.

We can has a full movie now, right? With that actress and production staff? Come on, please?
rivendellrose: (yay!)
HELL F♥CKING YES, ♥NEW YORK!♥ CONGRATULATIONS FOR JOINING THE CENTURY OF THE FRUIT BAT!

♥♥♥

Washington State, I hope you are planning to follow soon, damn it!
rivendellrose: (yay!)
Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] seachanges: Republican NY State Senator Roy McDonald's Awesome Defense Of Gay Marriage.

Relevant quote:

"You get to the point where you evolve in your life where everything isn't black and white, good and bad, and you try to do the right thing," McDonald, 64, told reporters.

"You might not like that. You might be very cynical about that. Well, fuck it, I don't care what you think. I'm trying to do the right thing.

"I'm tired of Republican-Democrat politics. They can take the job and shove it. I come from a blue-collar background. I'm trying to do the right thing, and that's where I'm going with this."


Also this:

Mayor Michael Bloomberg--an outspoken gay marriage advocate and the single biggest donor to New York Republican senators--visited Albany today to try to persuade a handful of undecided Republican senators to vote 'yes' on the historic measure. Bloomberg has publicly threatened to stop funding any Republican who doesn't vote for gay marriage.

Take note, Republicans. That is how to be genuinely awesome. ♥

sir gawain

Mar. 21st, 2011 09:46 pm
rivendellrose: (snerk)
Myths RETOLD: Sir Gawain is a guy who only accepts shitty propositions is kind of fabulously awesome. And, also, really NSFW, or the people under the age of 18. No pictures, but lots and lots of swearing and sex. Be careful, kids.

...But yes, it's hilarious.
rivendellrose: (stars)
Astronomy Picture of the Day to the rescue! (Link gacked from [livejournal.com profile] galeni)

WATCH THIS RIGHT NOW. You will not regret it.

From their explanation: What would it look like to approach Saturn in a spaceship? One doesn't have to just imagine -- the Cassini spacecraft did just this in 2004, recording thousands of images along the way, and thousands more since entering orbit. Recently, some of these images have been digitally tweaked, cropped, and compiled into the above inspiring video which is part of a larger developing IMAX movie project named Outside In.

♥♥♥

It's a big universe out there, and we're just tiny. I don't know about you, but that makes me feel a hell of a lot better about a lot of things.
rivendellrose: (Attention Plz)
Sometimes I feel like all I do on the internet lately is signal-boost. Sorry for that, guys - I promise I'll be around for some actual updates sometime soon.

* A quick post with links to Help Japan, and the Seattle PI's current update on the situation with the nuclear reactors over there. Related to this: Phil Plait's take-down of the overreaction and downright asshattery going along with the problems over there.

* A post by Phil Plait, the Bad Astronomer, dealing with congressional climate change denial.

* Link to Forbes (yes, Forbes) gacked from from [livejournal.com profile] seachanges, discussing how the Governor of Michigan is setting dangerous new precedents in his actions against unions. An excerpt:

Snyder’s law gives the state government the power not only to break up unions, but to dissolve entire local governments and place appointed “Emergency Managers” in their stead. But that’s not all – whole cities could be eliminated if Emergency Managers and the governor choose to do so. And Snyder can fire elected officials unilaterally, without any input from voters. It doesn’t get much more anti-Democratic than that.

Except it does. The governor simply has to declare a financial emergency to invoke these powers – or he can hire a private company to declare financial emergency and take over oversight of the city. That’s right, a private corporation can declare your city in a state of financial emergency and send in its Emergency Manager, fire your elected officials, and reap the benefits of the ensuing state contracts.


Now, if you'll excuse me, I'm going to go stick my head under the sand for the last twenty minutes of my lunch break, and hope that things around the world start settling down and getting less awful soon.
rivendellrose: (fierce)
Today, I get to totally negate the hour of overtime I did last night by calling in late to work so that I can stop by the leasing office to yell at them for leaving a note on our door telling us we hadn't paid rent... when 2 seconds on my online banking site confirmed that, in fact, they deposited the freaking check yesterday. With our apartment number written on it. By them.

If we had an airlock, somebody would be meeting it this morning.

On the plus side, io9 has a very cute little selection of pictures of rare birds. Top of the list is the kakapo, a bird so charmingly stupid that, judging by Douglas Adams' chapter about it in Last Chance to See, I can only say I was pleasantly shocked to discover is still around. And so cute!
rivendellrose: (stars)
First, my monthly "any time the technology is ready, I'll start packing my bags" post: Blue sand dunes on Mars. Yes, really - blue.

And, while I'm at it, Nautiluses in danger of being overfished into extinction. They're essentially octopi who are still too scared to come out of their shells. Of course I love them. ♥
rivendellrose: (BOOM)
So, as some of you know, I completely dropped the freaking ball on [livejournal.com profile] fandom_stocking due to a combination of family/holiday stress, crazy life events (read: omg!engaged!), and a pathetic and debilitating bout with writer's block. In short, I suck, and I apologize for that.

But do you know who doesn't suck? Freaking everybody else over at [livejournal.com profile] fandom_stocking, that's who! They (including several of you!) freaking rock, because when I went my guilty little way to check my stocking this evening, I had a ton of absolutely freaking amazing stuff. I'm serious, there was wibbling. ♥

[livejournal.com profile] icepixie wrote me the most fantastically adorable Marcus/Susan fic ever, designed around the five poems that Marcus Cole knows by heart (and oh, are they perfect, and it's all so very Marcus. ♥

[livejournal.com profile] sophia_sol, who I don't even know, is my hero because she wrote me this awesome little Expendable drabble, and it made me very happy. ♥ Likewise [livejournal.com profile] sentientcitizen (whose username alone makes me grin), tried to write Expendable fic, only got one good sentence out of it, but it is one hell of an amazing sentence. I'm going to have to keep an eye on her from now on, because I bet the rest of that might come out eventually.

[livejournal.com profile] paranoidangel42 wrote me Harry Sullivan and Sarah Jane Smith and space octopi!!! And [livejournal.com profile] cosmic_llin wrote wrote Ace and Romana!

Lastly but not in the least bit leastly, [livejournal.com profile] isilrandir, who I must clearly keep an eye on in the future, wrote me an absolutely beautiful bit of Abe/Liz from the Hellboy comics, and I squeed a lot because this is my favorite little slightly-canon and oh-so-perfect pairing. Seriously, I love those two, and this fic just catches them perfectly.

So much wonderful fic! ♥ So happy!!!
rivendellrose: (easy my ass)
Dear universe (or possibly just LJ):

Would you please stop thwarting my efforts to reward myself? I've been a good girl this morning, I have written over a thousand words *beyond* my required word count for the day, today is Sunday, and I would damned well like to go through this random person's nice BSG fic. And possibly related posts. Please? I'm asking you this because every time I hit their tags for the relevant subjects, you give me three entries and nothing more, even though the tag system says they have 58 entries under that tag. Excuse me, I would like my shameless fangirl happiness, now, please.

...Come on, please? I've already finished my lunch and should get back to work, but I really want some nice quiet time with my fangirl brain. Pleeeeease...?

(*Coughs* So, yeah, if anybody else has had this problem and knows how to make it work, I'd love some advice... I thought it was her layout maybe, but style=mine is not solving the problem... DX)

Edit: Problem somewhat solved for the moment (archives are a good thing, as is viewing with no style), but I'd still love to know wtf was going on there. ...And also why my stomach suddenly hates me, but that's an unrelated (albeit very disturbing) issue.
rivendellrose: (end of the world)
WSU scientist proposes one-way trip to Mars.

Insert obligatory joke about how once you've gotten used to living in Pullman, WA, Mars really can't be that big a change here.

All joking aside, I agree that we're probably not quite ready yet... but I wonder if planning something like this isn't the only way to get ready. We could say "oh, we're not ready yet!" forever. If it succeeded, it'd be the biggest move the Human species has ever made. I'd have to think seriously about whether I'd want to be in on it right now (that whole radioactivity / childbearing age thing), but eventually? I don't think I'd be able to resist if the opportunity actually arose.
rivendellrose: (quill)
Just spent a good bit of the morning organizing my fic index post and coming to the conclusion... that I've written a lot of really random, weird stuff, but that most of it, to my shock and amusement, is pretty much canon. Or, if not canon, highly typical of fanon. Strange stuff. I feel sort of broken-hearted after looking through my list and confirming that there's very little unusual on there.

Meanwhile, while I'm off boggling at how terribly normal and boring all my fic is, all you interesting people out there should check out the Small Fandom and Rare Pairing/Rarely-Written Character Promote-a-thon that the lovely [livejournal.com profile] icepixie is running. Pimp your stuff! Marvel at the fascinating things other people have written! It'll be awesome!

And now that I've nattered for a bit and given you all something to do with your time, I'm going to go dry my hair, then hang out with The Boy and [livejournal.com profile] narsilion for a while. I have a niggling to get in some drawing this evening, too, which I hope will work out.
rivendellrose: (try science)
Okay, guys! I don't have cable, but if you do (and you happen to, you know, live in the US or another area that somehow gets the Discovery Channel), you should totally watch the premiere of "Bad Universe", Phil Plait's new show about the awesome science of astronomy.

It looks like Carl Sagan meets "Mythbusters" (and, keep in mind, I have a passionate love for both those things, so I don't say that lightly), and Phil is an all-around fantastic awesome guy (see his blog for way more proof of that than I could ever give you). Also, I really really really want this show to do well enough to go to DVD. Please. I'm begging. Go watch it, so that, someday, I can watch it. (Hush, I mean legally.) So, go. Check your listings. And then tell me about how awesome it is, so that I can squee and go try to find clips on YouTube or something. It'll be fantastic. ♥
rivendellrose: (try science)
Hey, neat! My allergy to nickel can be traced to a single receptor! And it triggers reactions in Humans, but not in mice!

Apparently '"this is the first time that an inorganic agent has been found to activate this pathway" of the innate immune system.'

Researchers estimate that about 5–10% of the population in the industrialized world is allergic to nickel on contact, and that figure reaches 10–20% in young women, who are more likely to be exposed to the metal in jewellery — particularly earrings and other piercings — that contain the metal.

Neat stuff there, and some good progress toward a more complete understanding of how allergies work in general.
rivendellrose: (yay!)
From [livejournal.com profile] irishninja: The absolute most awesome local news story, EVER. I recommend having tissues handy - it's happy, but it's a bit of a tear-jerker.

Many thanks to the Bellevue Police, King and Snohomish Coutny Sheriff's Offices, the Seattle Sounders, Puget Sound Energy, the Discovery Channel and the Make-a-Wish foundation (and a whole lot of awesome Sounders fans, as well as a bunch of other people) for helping Electron Boy have an awesome day in the sun. And making me sniffle with a big grin.

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