The Conductor, Jacqueline Berger

Nov. 25th, 2015 08:32 am
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There's no mention, of course, in the program
that the conductor has Parkinson's.
He enters the stage, stands for a moment
facing the audience,
his hands by his sides, tapping air.
Then he holds them together, an act of gratitude
—we are gathered, we can do this—
and of firmness, each hand forcing
the other to be still.
His expression, darkly bemused,
the good news/bad news:
I've lived long enough to lose so much.
Or maybe he's staving off our sympathy,
don't clap because of this.
Then he turns his back to us, begins his work.
Mendelssohn's Scottish Symphony.
No baton, and from behind
his body is jerky as a boy's,
jumpy with excitement.
His hands shake when they scoop
the sections of the orchestra,
as though pulling a weighted net
from the sea. Still, I wonder if this work
is easier than taking on the ordinary
objects of a day—
buttons, keys, and pens.
I am an old man
he must think when he looks
in the mirror,
briefly naked before trading
the bathrobe for the tie and tails.
And when he turns to us again
after the last movement, he looks both
old and young, his face washed
of the expression in the program photograph,
clearly taken years before,
one eyebrow slightly raised,
his smile more satisfied than happy.
Now he shows us his innocence,
if innocence is what the face
unconstructed can be called.
What else can he do,
while his fingers tap their useless code,
while the audience, in rows, rises from their seats,
still clapping, what can he do
but show us who he is,
a man standing too close to the edge,
edge no one can call him back from.

CAw Caw muther f*cker

Nov. 24th, 2015 10:06 pm
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 CIVIL WAR TEASER TRAILER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

All official even

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Nov. 24th, 2015 07:31 pm
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 OK, not gonna write that SW things I talked about yesterday. I realized it was basically grumbling and grousing, and I need to let things go more often than I let them.
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There are YouTube socks! They are not tube socks, alas.


Nov. 24th, 2015 09:30 pm
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It wasn't entirely my own lack of foresight that got me chilled right through on the way home from work. I knew the temperature was going to be consistently around freezing before I left for the office, but I didn't do much layering, and then wore my raincoat instead of something heavier. (I'm hoping I can swing replacing all of my coats soonish--meaning jacket, raincoat, and winter coat--because the fit isn't great in some cases and the zippers on TWO current coats are a pain. The raincoat fits most comfortably in the shoulders, so I wore that.) I made this decision because I just had to walk across the street to the bus and then walk maybe two minutes to get to work, and coming home there would be a cab from the office.

Except then Those Who Speak didn't have a whole lot to say today, and I finished work at 6 PM (after a mere five hours of work), which is too early for us to get taxi chits. And my bus route is notoriously unpredictable; it's rare for it to be extremely late or early, but it's usually one or the other, which makes it a pain in bad weather or weather one isn't properly dressed for.

It wasn't so bad, really? Only ten or fifteen minutes of waiting, and then the bus was warm. But somehow I got chilled right through, and I'm still feeling it a bit in my hands even though I came home, put on fleece, had a hot supper, and snuggled under a blanket with Jinksy. I'm a bit boggled over still being cold, TBH.

Tomorrow will be a much longer workday (Wednesdays have the most predictable schedule). And I'll dress more warmly. Yes.

Backtracking a bit, originally Ginny and I planned to go (mainly clothes) shopping yesterday, but we chickened out due to weather. (Maybe we'll go next week.) Yesterday was much warmer than today, but it was rainy and sticky-humid, and getting soggy while relying on transit would be one thing, but that's not a condition in which I want to be trying on clothes.

So instead, yesterday I went to a GP appointment (the one thing about the day's plan that was set in stone), and did some rewriting, and watched the last three episodes of Jessica Jones, which I loved dearly. JESSICA. *starry eyes* TRISH. LUKE. *flails* So wonderful! I'm so glad I managed to get the whole season watched before going back to work today!

On a very different sort of geeky note, this is the first time in a few years that I haven't been excited for a Seanan-book release date--which is because I read Chimera in ARC, so while I'm looking forward to having the finished book on my shelf, it's not a BOOK RELEASE DAY in my head.

Just One Thing! (24 November 2015)

Nov. 24th, 2015 06:53 pm
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It's challenge time!

Comment with Just One Thing you've accomplished in the last 24 hours or so. It doesn't have to be a hard thing, or even a thing that you think is particularly awesome. Just a thing that you did.

Feel free to share more than one thing if you're feeling particularly accomplished!

Extra credit: find someone in the comments and give them props for what they achieved!

Nothing is too big, too small, too strange or too cryptic. And in case you'd rather do this in private, anonymous comments are screened. I will only unscreen if you ask me to.


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Nov. 24th, 2015 02:15 pm
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 That special time when you forget your Trillian password and have to reset, which wipes your IM contact list. : /

Batman: Year One - Part 3

Nov. 24th, 2015 06:03 pm
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The A.V. Club: Is it true that you originally wanted to do crime comics when you started your career, but you were pushed toward superheroes as the only legitimate form of commercial comics?

Frank Miller: Absolutely. Color me stupid, but I came in with a bunch of samples of guys in trenchcoats and old cars and stuff, and they looked at me like I was crazy. I had to learn to draw the muscles.

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[Secret Wars] 1872 #4

Nov. 24th, 2015 09:28 pm
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"This is not an exaggeration: I had close to 60 pages of notes and ideas on what this version of Marvel’s history contains before I began wrenching on an outline for the first arc." - Gerry Duggan

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Nov. 24th, 2015 09:48 pm
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Randall Munroe on why Cory Doctorow's 0wnz0red is... not exactly realistic.

(But it's such a nice fantasy. Apart from the horrifying.)

The mouseover text is particularly pointy.

Off-Topic Tuesday!

Nov. 24th, 2015 10:08 am
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It's "Off-Topic Tuesday" time!

In the comments to these weekly posts (and only these posts), it's your chance to go as off topic as you like.

Talk about non-comics stuff, thread derail, and just generally chat amongst yourselves.

So the Jessica Jones TV series has hit Netflix and, though somewhat harrowing and uncompromising to say the least (which is at it should be considering the subject matter) it's got rave reviews.

Belgium has a rather unique response to it's ongoing security clampdown Cute cat tweets

One of Judy Garland's legendary gingham outfit from "The Wizard of Oz" sells for $1,500,000!

Star Wars: The Force Awakens - Look I don't need to add a link or anything, just type Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Oh okay, if you insist; Crew of USS Eisenhower do a rather impressive spoof

I won't wax lyrical again about the Doctor Who Lego Dimensions, but I do keep finding more easter eggs!

Oh, and a Happy Thanksgiving to those who celebrate it. For those who want to know more about how it all started and the context of it all, here is a very informative video!


Nov. 24th, 2015 12:29 am
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Purple got snagged by lb and Mr. Netflix for lunch today, since lb and Mr. Netflix were the only representatives of the department actually in the department for lunch. Thus it was that I did not see Purple in person until it was time to go home.

I managed to wait until we were outside to apologetically point out that I would be having a worse time than expected for the next couple weeks because I'd trained pretty hard on Bearded Purple, so Beardless Purple was essentially a stranger (with, for bonus points, a smile a hell of a lot like Figment's).

It's going to be a super weird couple weeks. I'm going to be double-taking a lot.

lb had immediately given him shit upon seeing it. Purple did mention his reason for doing it, and it's a reason I fully endorse beyond the "dude, it's ... your beard? and you're the boss of your beard?" position ... but dang, I still have a hard time recognizing him without it. Despite having known him for quite some time without it, I still learned his face with it due to his directory picture.

<lb> I think we should give him some beard products
<lb> beard products are a hint to beard harder

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Nov. 23rd, 2015 09:42 pm
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First day at work = AMAAAAAZING, even though I am also so intimidated and not sure what my job actually consists of yet and I haven't even heard of half the agencies we make our main referrals to and I am going to spend the four days until my next shift studying the crap out of the paperwork I took home. Because this is my struggle. These are my stakes. This work feels right and the values and the attitude are all exactly right, I'm really valuable and experienced here, I believe in what we're doing, and the while I'm afraid I'm going to have to plunge in unprepared and screw up and ask for help, that's not actually a deterrent.

I may start drinking caffeine again, because I need to be a lot perkier. We'll see if I can. When I stopped drinking it last spring it was because my heart would race in the middle of the night; at the time I was intensely stressed and anxious. Maybe now that I'm a lot more chill I can do it again.

Manfried the Man

Nov. 23rd, 2015 06:54 pm
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"Manfried The Man is a comedy series about an anthropomorphic cat named Steve and his pet man, Manfried. A kind of reverse Garfield, Manfried annoys his owner by doing all the things that a cat would do and will make you question the nature of your relationship with your pets." - Caitlin Major

NSFW for some nudity. The main site is here.

Comics under the cut... )

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Nov. 23rd, 2015 02:33 pm
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 Whelp, don't think I'm going to get to that SW essay, nor to any threading today. Too many work projects today.

I have been writing up a storm for Hank McCoy though and think I only have one more OOM to write to clear him of the first movie. Skipping a lot but highlighting the bits of canon that I think are major character points. Once they're written I mean to sit on them for a few days and then review. Once that's done, I'll bring him in for about a week when he's first changed to give him some time to learn his new body. Major body transformations and then running off to battle or fly super sonic aircraft doesn't seem like a wise thing.

World affairs linkspam

Nov. 23rd, 2015 09:19 pm
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I don't often talk about news events; I don't particularly need to participate in the social media circus of uninformed opinions about headlines. I haven't suddenly become an expert on terrorism and international security, but I do have pretty strong opinions about blaming Muslims, or even worse, refugees, for terrorist attacks.

Anyway, several of my circle have said really wise things about terrorism and xenophobia and I wanted to draw attention to them. links and commentary )

Red Sonja #12

Nov. 23rd, 2015 09:17 pm
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This is one of my favourite scenes in Gail Simone's run of Red Sonja, it never fails to put a smile on my face :)

Part of it, I think, is that the main reason it's so hard for me to get into the character is that she doesn't have a strong recurring cast. I do like Sonja, but I've always much preferred reading about teams or at least duos than about lone heroes.

Simone's second storyarch temporarily provides Sonja with very likeable teammates, the seven of them working as a team (well, six of them working as a team while Rakaua looks funny and beautiful, but I'm sure not complaining ♥), and as such I've enjoyed it much better than pretty much any other Sonja story I've seen.

There is no part of this I don't love. )

This is my second Red Sonja post, and I was thinking of making a third one. However, both scenes I'd like to show you take place in the same issue, and because of the page limit I can only post one of them.

So, I'll let you guys decide. One is a funny scene featuring this run's recurring joke that Sonja wants to get laid but gets constantly thwarted (the very expressive art is particularly great for this, Sonja's facial expressions are hilarious). The other is a serious scene about animal abuse, which Sonja STRONGLY objects to. Which one should I post?

Btw, the art is by Walter Geovani. I couldn't find his name in the tags.

Just One Thing! (23 November 2015)

Nov. 23rd, 2015 11:24 am
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It's challenge time!

Comment with Just One Thing you've accomplished in the last 24 hours or so. It doesn't have to be a hard thing, or even a thing that you think is particularly awesome. Just a thing that you did.

Feel free to share more than one thing if you're feeling particularly accomplished!

Extra credit: find someone in the comments and give them props for what they achieved!

Nothing is too big, too small, too strange or too cryptic. And in case you'd rather do this in private, anonymous comments are screened. I will only unscreen if you ask me to.


Morning thoughts

Nov. 23rd, 2015 08:37 am
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As multiple internet sources say, fuck motivation. I keep waiting for it and not finding it. Or it teases me and then runs away or gets frightened off when I sit down to the keyboard. I'm tired of waiting for it. It can come to me while I'm sitting and making myself write crap for 15 minutes (if I have to), gets words out is what I need more than motivation.

Also, I had another realization with RPG writing and canon OOMs. When I do this, I tend to keep the original story in mind and write to tell that story. Which doesn't always work for me as I tend to be attracted to side characters, who would have their own story within the main story. So simply writing the canon as the story presented, with a shift in perspective or added details, is likely doomed at the beginning. At least for me, I need to find my own story within the canon and not confine myself to the narrow path of the source canon as if I were merely a train trapped on the rails. Yes, staying within the same world and being involved with the main story is important, but Sam's story would be a very different thing than the story we know of Winter Soldier.

To come later, some thoughts on the world of Star Wars; thoughts on fandoms interpretations of age and the Force's awareness.

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Nov. 23rd, 2015 11:07 am
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Mondays, every week, let's celebrate ourselves, to start the week right. Tell me what you're proud of. Tell me what you accomplished last week, something -- at least one thing -- that you can turn around and point at and say: I did this. Me. It was tough, but I did it, and I did it well, and I am proud of it, and it makes me feel good to see what I accomplished. Could be anything -- something you made, something you did, something you got through. Just take a minute and celebrate yourself. Either here, or in your journal, but somewhere.

(And if you feel uncomfortable doing this in public, I've set this entry to screen any anonymous comments, so if you want privacy, comment anonymously and I won't unscreen it. Also: yes, by all means, cheer each other on when you see something you want to give props to!)

X-Men Legacy #4 - "Wayward"

Nov. 24th, 2015 12:03 am
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'If I could get away with it, one of the future arcs would be proudly subtitled "THEY FUCK YOU UP, YOUR MUM AND DAD," from the Philip Larkin thing. Partly that's because I'm a crass little pillock who still thinks swearing is big and clever, but mostly because -- as an aphorism -- it so perfectly describes David's journey: the challenges of the future are the consequences of the past.' -- Si Spurrier

Read more... )

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Nov. 23rd, 2015 09:58 am
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We had to put Brandy to sleep this morning -- heart failure leading to blood clot that blocked off circulation to his back legs. It was a very easy decision, at least, and he was perfectly fine up until suddenly he wasn't and then it was over an hour and a half later.

RIP, monster. You were an asshole, but you were our asshole, and you were a great cat.

(Please no quotes from the rainbow bridge poem with your condolences, if you don't mind!)

Starfire #5

Nov. 23rd, 2015 08:07 am
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Writers: Amanda Conner & Jimmy Palmiotti
Artist: Emanuela Lupacchino
Inker: Ray McCarthy
Colorist: Hi-Fi

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Thors #4 - "Excessive Thunder"

Nov. 23rd, 2015 05:06 pm
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"This is not just a detour from the story I'm telling. This is an integral part of it." -- Jason Aaron

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When you show up at a bar fight
In uniform and wearing lipstick
It sends a mixed message
It’s like having a Barbie doll dressed in fatigues come to your house
I mean what would you expect her to do?
Wink at you?

So he took a swing at me.
And Oh My God, I realized we were fighting by moonlight
I thought, now he didn’t wake up this morning
Picturing himself fighting a lady cop
That beyond anything else, didn’t he just want to meet a
Nice girl and give her a pretty flower
Sure, I was a nice girl, but he wasn’t my type.

He must have loved to dance too. He had on the most
Beautiful blue cowboy boots
That he kept trying to show me.
He was built like Fred Astaire, thin
A tapered waist
Well, maybe this was his way of asking me to dance.
So we danced for a good ten minutes.

Up and down the sidewalk in and around the azalea bushes.
We did the side step, the two step
And he dipped me a few times.
Heck, I think we dipped each other. At one point he reached for some
Nearby azaleas.
And some of them ended up in my hair.
He stood me up in court the next day and I never saw him again
But My God, moonlight and love songs are never out of

The Thrush - Edward Thomas

Nov. 22nd, 2015 08:52 pm
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When Winter's ahead,
What can you read in November
That you read in April
When Winter's dead?

I hear the thrush, and I see
Him alone at the end of the lane
Near the bare poplar's tip,
Singing continuously.

Is it more that you know
Than that, even as in April,
So in November,
Winter is gone that must go?

Or is all your lore
Not to call November November,
And April April,
And Winter Winter—no more?

But I know the months all,
And their sweet names, April,
May and June and October,
As you call and call

I must remember
What died into April
And consider what will be born
Of a fair November;

And April I love for what
It was born of, and November
For what it will die in,
What they are and what they are not,

While you love what is kind,
What you can sing in
And love and forget in
All that's ahead and behind
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A twitter contact of mine has started a gofundme campaign to help a Tunisian friend come to the US. As the campaign explains:

"M is a queer 20 year old Tunisian woman, who is studying computer science. She dreams of becoming a forensic scientist but currently is facing threats against her life for looking (and being) gay. Being homosexual is currently an offense punishable by jail time in Tunisia, though gay Tunisians often face life threatening violence and harassment. M has had threats against her life, classmates promising to beat her, etc., but she cannot afford the costs to come to the US."

For more information or to donate, see the campaign: Help M Become a Scientist
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Continuing a look at Supergirl's Rogues' Gallery, in the wake of the success of the TV show. Mike Sekowsky created a villainess for Supergirl of necessity; after all the Kryptonite on Earth had been turned to iron, but Superman's abilities were shared with the Sand-Superman/Quarmmer, Supergirl would have been unstoppable, and therefore, totally boring in her own stories...

Unless there was some way to reign in her powers, too.

Long before a certain princess from Tamaran came to Earth, or even the swords-and-science swordswoman in the mid-seventies called Starfire, there was another Starfire, one with impeccable fashion taste and utterly and completely ruthless. (Not sure if she's before or after the Teen Titans' Russian Starfire, later Red Star.) A Bond villainess aimed at the super-set.

Let's meet...the EARLIER Starfire.

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Nov. 22nd, 2015 05:04 pm
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Hey y'all, one of my exes is looking for a new roommate in the NYC area.

Just One Thing (22 November 2015)

Nov. 22nd, 2015 08:18 pm
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It's challenge time!

Comment with Just One Thing you've accomplished in the last 24 hours or so. It doesn't have to be a hard thing, or even a thing that you think is particularly awesome. Just a thing that you did.

Feel free to share more than one thing if you're feeling particularly accomplished!

Extra credit: find someone in the comments and give them props for what they achieved!

Nothing is too big, too small, too strange or too cryptic. And in case you'd rather do this in private, anonymous comments are screened. I will only unscreen if you ask me to.


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