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kaberett
User: [personal profile] kaberett
Date: 2017-05-28 18:42
Security: Public
Tags:film, inveterate reader of the graun, mush
Subject: [film] La tortue rouge (The Red Turtle) (2016)

The Red Turtle is a collaboration between Studio Ghibli and Oscar-winning British-Dutch animator Michaël Dudok de Wit. Having premiered at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, it's had a general release in the UK this week. [personal profile] me_and spotted a poster in one of our local stations; I've just started showing him the Studio Ghibli back catalogue; he suggested going. (It's Ghibli! It's turtles! These seemed like good things.)

The Guardian, in one of many rapturous reviews, says:

Suffice to say that the official one-line synopsis of The Red Turtle – "the milestones in the life of a human being" – rings entirely true; the cycle of birth, death and rebirth is expressed with piercing clarity.


... which is sort of accurate, but very telling about expected audiences, and reviewers, and... everyone involved in the thing.

'ware spoilers! )

To be clear, I'm glad that I saw it: I loved the animals and the textures and the ways in which one got to know the small island; I loved the atmosphere and the great sweeping shots of tiny people against a vast expanse of sea and sky; I loved the detail of the glass bottle that washed up on the shore, echoing a much earlier barrel.

I just really wish that it didn't, in framing itself as universal, once again write the experiences of anyone who's not a factory-default man completely out of the story.

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Li posting in Dreamwidth Community Promotion
User: [site community profile] dw_community_promo (posted by [personal profile] darjeeling)
Date: 2017-05-28 13:33
Security: Public
Tags:fandom_anime, fandom_manga
Subject: YU-GI-OH!


The [community profile] yugioh fandom community is getting a reboot, just in time for the new series! Whether you're a fan of the original Duel Monsters, GX, 5D's, Zexal or the new VRAINS, all series and fanworks are welcome. Fanfic, art, icons, discussions, it's all good. There's also a new FRIENDING MEME posted for meeting other fans.

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kaberett
User: [personal profile] kaberett
Date: 2017-05-28 18:22
Security: Public
Tags:politics, t, the personal is political
Subject: Articulating my thoughts on that terrible LD poster

Prompted by having received an utterly anodyne response from the party that completely ignored all of the actual issues I raised.

So, with content notes for transmisogyny and transmisogynist violence, here's the very brief summary of why -- regardless of party leadership's opinion on that matter -- that poster is Not Okay. (Yes, I have explained this in painstaking detail in reply to the e-mail from the party.)

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let me hear your voice tonight
User: [personal profile] alexseanchai
Date: 2017-05-27 20:06
Security: Public
Tags:challenge: jukebox_fest
Subject: (no subject)

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ripe and rosy
User: [personal profile] pinesandmaples
Date: 2017-05-27 18:06
Security: Public
Tags:89˚f/ 32˚c
Subject: Middle fucking way, my foot

More often than I'd care to admit, the Intern provokes some really strong emotional response in me. We have strong ups and downs, with deep and powerful emotional encounters both positive and negative.

We aren't dating and don't intend to do so again. But we still have these tempestuous eddies that neither of us seem to mind.

This is part of why I find the Quaker girl so appealing. She does not provoke the same deep emotional responses, but that feels good. It really feels nice not to travel to the extremes of both joy and anger for once. (I'm quite angry with the Intern right now, and it's fairly fresh. This means I'm more likely to curse about him.) There is something very powerful and soothing about having a more placid relationship in the middle way. Maybe this is more sane. Maybe this is more adult. Maybe this is the correct way of dealing. Maybe this is something I could sustain instead of a fiery passion that will burn out from lack of fuel.

At least that's what I'm telling myself. That the pleasant and peaceful conservation of energy that is the middle way might actually last a fucking lifetime.

Jesus.

(Here is where I wander off, muttering in anger.)

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princessofgeeks
User: [personal profile] princessofgeeks
Date: 2017-05-27 16:59
Security: Public
Music:Clapton/King: Hold On, I'm Coming
Mood:surprised surprised
Subject: bzuh

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brainwane
User: [personal profile] brainwane
Date: 2017-05-27 14:39
Security: Public
Tags:charity, wiscon
Subject: at WisCon

I'm at WisCon right now, and leaving early Monday morning! Right now I'm preparing for the Tiptree Auction, which is tonight, about 7:30pm-9:15pm. I am not on any panels this year. Please feel free to say hi if you see me!

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let me hear your voice tonight
User: [personal profile] alexseanchai
Date: 2017-05-27 11:23
Security: Public
Tags:kitty
Subject: (no subject)

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The Wild Beyond
User: [personal profile] rebelsheart
Date: 2017-05-26 19:39
Security: Public
Mood:drained drained
Tags:work
Subject: Worn Out

My manager's last day was St. Patrick's Day - this was planned, though there was only a week's notice. The departure of my fellow contractor that day was not planned, nor his idea.

I spent the next week being solo primary coverage for roughly 250-300 users.

I got a new coworker (contractor) on March 27. At the end of that week, the rumor mill indicated the woman I'd been brought on board to cover for in May 2016 while she was out for an unknown period of time due to a medical issue related to a car accident would be returning. She did so on June 5, as our director - the only full-time IT person left in the state - was travelling for work until then. The returning FTE worked 2 hours aday for her first two weeks, adding two hours a day every two weeks, until returning to 8 hour days last week.

Upon her return, there was understandable concern about the longevity of employment of the new contractor - the job had been done by two field agents and their manager for years without issue. There was also a general consensus that had we had warning of the FTE's return, another contractor would probably have not been brought in.

We are currently very grateful to have 3 of us. Since the FTE's return (back when she was on limited hours), there have only been 3 weeks where I did not work OT and those were due to an illness, an interview, and weather. Had I not lost time those weeks, I would have likely had OT then as well. I had 43 hours this week, and I left 2 hours early today thanks to the holiday weekend.

I'm okay with occasional overtime, but right now three of us can't keep up and we're all wearing thin. Worse, I feel like the FTE and I are wearing thin with the other contractor because he's not where I was after 2 months.

Work is wearing me out, and it's eating into my already limited social life. I've been tempted to go to bed for 30 minutes now... and it's not quite 7:45 PM.

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calliopes_pen posting in Dreamwidth Community Promotion
User: [site community profile] dw_community_promo (posted by [personal profile] calliopes_pen)
Date: 2017-05-26 10:52
Security: Public
Tags:fandom_general
Subject: Hidden Passages

[community profile] hidden_passages: Hidden Passages is a new community dedicated to gothic horror and gothic romance works in film, television, and literature across history.

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User: [syndicated profile] dinosaur_comics_feed
Date: 2017-05-26 00:00
Security: Public
Subject: based on an apparently true giant potato party which i'm told by people i trust that i attended

archive - contact - sexy exciting merchandise - search - about
May 26th, 2017next

May 26th, 2017: This comic will be more heartbreaking in ten years when I have no memory of writing it! :0

– Ryan

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User: [syndicated profile] xkcd_feed
Date: 2017-05-26 04:00
Security: Public
Subject: Anti-Drone Eagles

It's cool, it's totally ethical--they're all programmed to hunt whichever bird of prey is most numerous at the moment, so they leave the endangered ones alone until near the end.

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masquerading as a man with a reason
User: [personal profile] ysobel
Date: 2017-05-25 21:26
Security: Public
Tags:brainstuff, duolingo, german, teaching myself things
Subject: Languages redux

Tried poking at French on duolingo ... and then realized it would mess up any Spanish attempts (or the Spanish attempts would much up French) because they look similar and sound so different, and I had a moment of "je suis, tu eres, il/elle/es est" (bad jumble of french and Spanish with a soupçon of German). So ... for now I go back to German for Duolingo purposes, and refresh Spanish grammar/vocab through other sites. (I am currently tempted by https://www.rocketlanguages.com/ which is paid, but I will probably get over that temptation and just stick to free resources.)

I did realize why I suddenly had urges to go do other languages, Greek or French or whatnot, rather than continuing with German. It's because the words aren't sticking right now. It's not difficult vocabulary -- z.b. Ort, Kneipe, Bezirk, Grundstück, Umgebung, Unterkünfte -- but I can't remember the words or their meanings at all. Each time it's like I'm seeing the word for the first time, and by the time it comes up again I've dropped it again.

Which is, um. Frustrating. And makes me want to avoid it. And to some extent repetition is the key to learning things like this, but it's hard to repeat things you can't hold on to.

I kind of wish I could just download language knowledge into my brain.

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ripe and rosy
User: [personal profile] pinesandmaples
Date: 2017-05-25 22:29
Security: Public
Tags:74˚f/ 23˚c
Subject: SEX VIKING

I bought a girl a drink at a bar tonight, and the cook described her as a sex viking. A sex viking! Of all things to be, that's a damn fine one! I would like to be that thing!

(Okay, maybe not. Pillage and burn, leave no survivors. That's probably not a good dating ethos. But whatever.)

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echan
User: [personal profile] echan
Date: 2017-05-25 19:21
Security: Public
Subject: moving weirdness

[personal profile] jmtorres and I are moving to a penthouse apartment in our current building, which was not at all the plan, but it was the winner in terms of low rent reasonable floorplan and non-insane building management.

But still: penthouse. Comes with the benefit of appeasing my very childish impulse that getting off the elevator on a higher floor than other people makes you more important.

The sign for the apartment says "Penthouse 1308". Mail is routinely delivered using "1308" or, more pretentiously, "PH08". Amazon 'corrected' the unit number to "Ph 1308". The power company, and only the power company, insists on using "PH8" which we only figured out after much back and forth.

The mailbox was overflowing when I checked it, and judging by all the election fliers it hadn't been emptied in at least two months. There was a small shipping envelope that was actually addressed to another unit, had been delivered wrong. I was uncertain, at 6am when I checked the mail and found this, how to deliver it to the other unit without making it appear that I had kept it from them for however many weeks it had sat in that mailbox. I went to bed to figure it out later and when I woke up [personal profile] jmtorres had already taken it to building management to handle, because she is wiser than me.

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ladysugarquill posting in Dreamwidth Community Promotion
User: [site community profile] dw_community_promo (posted by [personal profile] ladysugarquill)
Date: 2017-05-25 20:44
Security: Public
Tags:fandom_book
Subject: (no subject)

Harry/Ginny Daily has moved to dreamwidth! Join us @ [community profile] hgdaily  for your weekly (mostly) dose of Harry/Ginny fics, art, recs  & news :)

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Jewelfox
User: [personal profile] jewelfox
Date: 2017-05-25 17:11
Security: Public
Tags:!essay: feminism, abuse, empathy, feminism, willful ignorance
Subject: Reflexive vs. reflective empathy, and why I get upset with people

I think it might be important to distinguish between reflexive and reflective empathy. They're terms that I just made up (or maybe remembered from somewhere?), but I feel there's a difference, in that one is a reflex and one is a skill. It's not a moral failing to lack a particular reflex, but if people are hurt because you aren't willing to understand what they're going through, that is a very bad thing.

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tarienemrys posting in Dreamwidth Community Promotion
User: [site community profile] dw_community_promo (posted by [personal profile] tarienemrys)
Date: 2017-05-25 14:48
Security: Public
Subject: New Shadowhunters Community: shadowhunterstv

[community profile] shadowhunterstv: A fan community to share fanwork (graphics,fan fics,discussions etc) for Freeform's Shadowhuntes: The Mortal Instrument TV series.

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Res facta quae tamen fingi potuit posting in Dreamwidth Community Promotion
User: [site community profile] dw_community_promo (posted by [personal profile] pauamma)
Date: 2017-05-25 18:50
Security: Public
Tags:~needs_tags
Subject: Reviving an old community, punning

From [community profile] punning's profile:

Puns and wordplay welcome, the worse the better. Long, short, contorted, obscure, whatever. Filthy OK, but must use cuts and some kind of content warning. Likewise triggery. Visual puns OK, but must have description in an alt= tag. Likewise, recorded audio or video puns need a transcript of some kind. (I'm not deaf or blind, so leaving the specifics open, but if you don't know what's needed, be prepared to take those who do at their word, and accept contributions if offered.)

Clean or filthy, puns will likely break your brain over time and cause copious amounts of pain. If you can't live with that, you probably shouldn't be reading this comm.

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Jewelfox
User: [personal profile] jewelfox
Date: 2017-05-25 01:28
Security: Public
Tags:anxiety, battletech, capitalism, consumerism, finances, mormonism, paizo, pathfinder, personal, religion, warhammer 40000
Subject: The Church of Paizo and Pathfinder

I'm starting to see game consoles, e-readers, and even franchises like Pathfinder and Warhammer 40,000 differently. They all have built-in stores, in a sense, but they also want to be your whole lifestyle, or even your religion.

Money, consumerism, anxiety, and abandonment )

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