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So, I’ve seen “William” now. And so at last, I can unload the very angry meta about Scully’s nine-year reproductive nightmare that has been slowly building up in me during this rewatch.

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This is one of the many reasons why the X-Files team really needed at least one woman. I cannot imagine that Scully’s infertility saga would have wound up being this much of a clusterfuck if there had been someone in the room who knew something about how the female reproductive system works, or anything about the crushing societal expectations about reproduction that bedevil working women. If S11 has a plot at all, that plot will have to involve William. 

David Duchovny wrote “William,” but by the time he wrote it, this storyline was already too fucked up to save. Carter, by all accounts, was the one pushing to have Scully put William up for adoption; Duchovny and Anderson, so the fanlore goes, objected that it was completely out of character, and they would have been absolutely right. Duchovny tried to make that decision make sense; he failed. Still, at least he actually showed Scully interacting with William and gave Anderson a chance to convince us that Scully really was attached to him–something the other writers, IMHO, had utterly failed to do, because they were only interested in William as Baby Plot Device.

Oh, season 11. How you will vex my already sore heart.

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At least I think it’s a bone. It was found on a beach on the southern coast of Maine. It’s about five inches long. The child who found it is convinced it’s from a whale. I think it’s more likely to be from a seal. But who can say? @goddamnshinyrock? Anyone?

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So what does this mean?

From what I can tell, here’s the situation as it stands now:

* What Mitch McConnell is hoping is that he can basically bribe some individual Senators to come over to his side by including things in the bill that benefit their particular states. The CBO score, published Monday, was disastrous in that it estimates that a further 22 billion people will be uninsured by 2026 if it passes (15 million in the first year). However, it also claimed that the plan would save an extra $180 billion compared to the House version. This means that McConnell can now use some of that $180 billion to give presents to the Senators he’s courting.

Some of these Senators have been using their public statements about the bill to telegraph what they want changed. Shelley Capito from West Virginia, for instance, could maybe be bought off with more money set aside for treating opioid addiction. She and Rob Portman (Ohio), however, are both also concerned about the cuts to Medicaid; and since cutting Medicaid is (for Mitch and co.) sort of the whole point of this bill, that’s a harder bribe to deliver. Dean Heller (Nevada) is also worried about the cuts to Medicaid, as Jerry Moran from Kansas, who came out against the bill after everyone else had already done the risky bits.

* McConnell is also in the same bind Paul Ryan was in with the House version: anything McConnell et al. do to make the bill more palatable to Heller, Collins, Capito, Portman, and Moran would make it even less palatable to the conservatives who just want to repeal the ACA, period: i.e., Ted Cruz (Texas), Mike Lee (Utah), Johnson (Wisconsin) and Rand Paul (Kentucky). 

* Nevertheless, the example of what happened with the House bill has everyone still on edge, with some commentators claiming that this whole round of opposition is political theater and that everyone will eventually get behind the bill once they’ve had their chance to posture for their constituents (and maybe grab some pork). 

* A couple of things are different, though. One, we are hearing a lot more noise from moderates this time around than we did with the House version. Two, it seems as if many of the Senators who were not involved in drafting the legislation are pissed off, just on a personal level, that they were frozen out of the process–and even MORE pissed off now that they’ve seen how bad the product is (Heller is personally pissed off about being targeted by a pro-Trump SuperPac after announcing his opposition). Three, the big lobbying organizations are finally lumbering into action. Four, and this may be the Post pandering to their audience but I’ll take it anyway, Republican Senators neither fear nor respect Trump and aren’t going to fuck themselves up with their constituents just to give him a trophy.

* In conclusion: pressure works, but CONSTANT VIGILANCE. During the July 4 recess, your Senators are supposed to be holding town halls. Look up your local chapter of Indivisible and contact your Senators’ local offices and find out when they will be. Go out there and tell your stories. They are hearing from Trump, McConnell, and the Koch brothers and their creatures, for sure. They should also hear from us.

Fig and Ibid on their current home

Jun. 27th, 2017 11:31 pm
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Fig thinks everything is the best thing ever, especially the completely adorable orange cat. Who would like the stranger to stop gazing affectionately at him.

Ibid, on the other hand, won't come out from behind the toilet.

Hummers and Potters

Jun. 27th, 2017 06:55 pm
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Why is it (she grumped) that one can be standing at the sink washing dishes and look out to see all kinds of hummers being enchanting around the feeder, and occasionally the yellow and black bird stoking up, but as SOON as one races upstairs for the cell phone cam, they all vanish for hours?

Other than that, it's hot, but that's to be expected. At least the punishing sun is on its slide toward darker earlier, thank goodness.

Hither and yon I've seen "Harry Potter twenty years!" posts but I don't really read more than a paragraph. I read and enjoyed each book, skimming larger and larger sections as each book got more bloated; they never quite inspired a second read, though I could see that had I read them as a kid I would have loved them to bits, and I probably would have struggled with magic wand 'logic' over my own magic delivery system, had I read them early enough.

More interesting to me than the books has been their phenomenal influence on the field--finally YA became an accepted subgenre, and is now a market power house. Before Potter, many of us who said we wrote for kids were asked variations on, "And when will you write a real book?" Many of us had already written about magic schools--had read about them. But of course in those days the received wisdom was that no kid would read a book over 60 k words (though we all did), and the kids had to stay emotionally about twelve.

But this series was the one that caught the imagination of a generation.

It's interesting to see the Potter influence in the writers who grew up on the stories. Literature is always in conversation with itself, and tracing influence is fun when you read back far enough. It's especially interesting seeing the mix of film and story with Potter: in the books, Malfoy, for example, is one dimensional, always rotten except for a line or so in a late book, but the films gave him a beautiful face, and as a consequence there are so many angsty-but-beautiful bad boys with pale blond hair in YA stories written by the Potter generation. As I recall, Malfoy didn't have any angst in the books. He was just a snot. But the best of the fanfic writers gave him tons of angst as he pined for Harry, and at last seduced him--and the fanfic has been a strong influence as it developed many of these writers.

I think there is a terrific PhD thesis in this. (If it isn't already being written.)

Bundle of Holding: Mutant Chronicles

Jun. 27th, 2017 04:55 pm
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Freelancer! From the distant future the Factions bring you our Mutant Chronicles Bundle featuring the 2015 Third Edition of Mutant Chronicles, the dieselpunk techno-fantasy RPG of future darkness from Modiphius Entertainment. With its fast-playing, cinematic "2d20" system designed by Jay Little (Star Wars: Edge of the Empire), Mutant Chronicles 3E is a thrill ride across a Solar System beset by megacorporate intrigue and the invasion of a terrible alien force.
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Hey look, it's [personal profile] kevingaustin! (My husband, who rarely posts things, but showed up because I pointed out I was posting here from time to time. Some of you know him and may want to grant access and/or subscribe to him.)
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“Listen, we’re not asking for much. I’m not demanding an all-female staff or a female-majority staff or anything beyond even an attempt at more diverse representation in that room. One woman—one!—would seem like a big deal in comparison to what has been put together. And when you consider that The X-Files stars actual Goddess Gillian Anderson as one of the most iconic and strong female characters to ever grace the TV screen, this move feels less like an oversight and more like a direct affront. It’s kind of shocking in its shortsightedness. Did they expect no one to notice?”

- ‘The New Season of The X-Files Has Zero Women Writers and This Is Unacceptable: The truth is out there and it sucks’, The Mary Sue, 27th June 2017 (x)

So, It's Tuesday

Jun. 27th, 2017 10:54 am
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I watched the first few episodes of Lucifer with C. last weekend, and we commented on how, in real life, we'd be running the other way from that guy and his come-ons and insinuations.

I'm still thinking on the idea of angelic punishment, Lucifer's raison d'etre, because what does it accomplish, really, in the end? Those harmed by the punishee were still harmed, and will still suffer from it; that is not changed, and especially if the victim is dead, what do they gain? It all depends on your feelings about revenge, I suppose. Is the punishment of a criminal an act of justice, or is it merely a momentary strike against pain that already occurred? Punishment and justice can be very different things.

In boring news, my thigh still hurts; I discovered this by not taking a night dose of anti-inflammatory for two nights in a row and self-assessing each morning.

I complain about exercising when I'm forcing myself to get moving and go, but I also complain when I cannot exercise, because there is no winning here. I would really appreciate the stress relief and sense of virtue that comes after a workout.

I probably won't play softball this week, even though we have two games. Agh.

Hopefully, all my muscles will not dissipate by the time I have no more resting pain/ache and can once again drag myself to the gym.

I did read three books this week, which hasn't happened in a while.

Going out to dinner with friends tonight, which ought to cheer me up.

Also, a big deadline at dayjob yesterday appears to have gone okay. Go me.

Invisible 3 Release Day

Jun. 27th, 2017 10:49 am
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Invisible 3 CoverINVISIBLE 3, a collection of 18 essays and poems about representation in SF/F, is out today! The ebook is edited by myself and Mary Anne Mohanraj, and is available at:

Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks | Smashwords | Google Play

As with the first two volumes in this series, all profits go to benefit Con or Bust.

Here’s the full table of contents:

  • Introduction by K. Tempest Bradford
  • Heroes and Monsters, by T. S. Bazelli
  • Notes from the Meat Cage, by Fran Wilde
  • What Color Are My Heroes? by Mari Kurisato
  • The Zeroth Law Of Sex in Science Fiction, by Jennifer Cross
  • Our Hyperdimensional Mesh of Identities, by Alliah
  • Erasing Athena, Effacing Hestia, by Alex Conall
  • Not So Divergent After All, by Alyssa Hillary
  • Skins, by Chelsea Alejandro
  • The Doctor and I, by Benjamin Rosenbaum
  • My Family Isn’t Built By Blood, by Jaime O. Mayer
  • Lost in Space: A Messy Voyage Through Fictional Universes, by Carrie Sessarego
  • Decolonise The Future, by Brandon O’Brien
  • Natives in Space, by Rebecca Roanhorse
  • I Would Fly With Dragons, by Sean Robinson
  • Adventures in Online Dating, by Jeremy Sim
  • Of Asian-Americans and Bellydancing Wookiees, by Dawn Xiana Moon
  • Shard of a Mirage, by MT O’Shaughnessy
  • Unseen, Unheard, by Jo Gerrard

Huge thanks to the contributors for sharing their stories and experiences. I’ve learned so much from earlier volumes in this series, and this one was no different.

And hey, if you haven’t seen the previous volumes…

INVISIBLE: Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks | Smashwords | Google Play

INVISIBLE 2: Amazon | B&N | Kobo | iBooks | Smashwords | Google Play

If you’re a reviewer and would like a copy, please contact me and let me know your preferred format and where your reviews are published.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

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New DW Communities

[dreamwidth.org profile] drawesome is "a friendly community of fan-artists who enjoy drawing. We hope to inspire and motivate each other to practice and hone our drawing skills in a stress-free, supportive environment."

[dreamwidth.org profile] comicsroundtable is "a fannish community for comics discussion, reviews, and general chat."


Fannish/Geeky Things

Neat Twitter thread on Wonder Woman costuming, written by a costume designer.

"Wonder Woman Actor Says Chief Is Actually a Demi-God". [io9]

"Dungeons & Dragons Wouldn’t Be What It Is Today Without These Women".

"More Murderbot Adventures from Martha Wells". [Tor.com]


Miscellaneous

"Disney Princesses Reimagined Years Later As Queens By Daughters And Mothers". "The main idea was to portray the relationship between a true mother and daughter as the same princesses a generation apart to show the similarities, the features that are alike." (Related ~10-minute YouTube video, which I haven't watched.)

"Report Finds Diverse Movies Outperform White Ones At Every Level".

"Declawing: A new study shows we can’t look the other way".

"Host a Silent Reading Party in 7 Easy Steps". [Book Riot]

"Why Honeybees Are The Wrong Problem To Solve".

"Invention Saves Wildlife From Drowning in Swimming Pools".

"Sitka artist designs slinky dress from 20,000 salmon bones".

"How I use comic books as a learning tool in my social studies classroom". [March 2016]



On Atlas Obscura:

--"Most of the World’s Bread Clips Are Made by a Single Company".

--"Jupiter Is Even Weirder Than We Thought".

--"Laurel Dinosaur Park: This dig site outside D.C. is known for its exceptionally high density of baby dinosaur fossils and dinosaur eggs".

--"The Wartime Spies Who Used Knitting as an Espionage Tool".

Local news

Jun. 26th, 2017 10:34 pm
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Mosque approved despite pleas to think of the little turtles and an odd assertion that the mosque would produce more sewage than "normal " spiritual use.

The exgf's cats meet Fig

Jun. 26th, 2017 09:42 pm
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Ibid has a ... troubled history with Nigel so we're holding off on that.

No histrionics but somehow Rufus established himself as a cat Fig needs not to annoy, whereas Nigel is someone Fig will happily follow around.

Also, Fig made himself sick eating daisies, then tried to eat one again.

It's just a mountain, I can move it

Jun. 26th, 2017 06:12 pm
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I was completely useless last night after several hours of day drinking. it was a lot of fun, but oy the headache that hit around 7 pm! Even though we definitely hydrated.

Now I have version 3 of some sort of bug bite balm cooling on the counter - it uses coconut oil, which I don't really like the smell of, so hopefully the tea tree oil, peppermint, lemongrass, and lavender essential oils will cover that up. Though I would bear the smell if it meant the itching stopped.

I know I said I was done with trying to make anti-itch cream - hot water, ice, and rubbing alcohol in conjunction with benadryl and zyrtec seem to work best, tbh - but I figured third time's the charm? And I had all the ingredients so...I guess we'll see. Or maybe I am just super itchy, since i am super allergic to bites and swell up and get all welty.

I guess that's all the exciting news from here.

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The Return: 8

Jun. 26th, 2017 10:15 pm
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So how about that Tory/DUP deal how about that US healthcare thing how about FICTION YES:

How about that Twin Peaks?!

Mind. Blown.

I thought my mind had been as blown as it would get. BWAHAH. No. Obviously not. Fascinating stuff - I'm really looking forward to taking the hiatus to rewatch all 8 eps of The Return, and I can't even imagine what the next 10 eps will bring.

We have literally taken the Finale Monday (US Sunday) Sept 4th off. It's a double ep and it airs at 2am local time, and we're not getting spoiled. If there's anything to spoil with, uh. Words. Which really don't do justice to the Lynch & Frost vision.
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I finally found out where I misshelved this.

(no idea what review series I can fit it into)


Dumb Calibre/Kobo question

Jun. 26th, 2017 03:20 pm
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I can see my Kobo has about 300 more titles on it than my laptop Calibre does (because I got the Kobo well before the laptop). How do I move the titles that are on the Kobo to Calibre?
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One issue: I really suck at giving people their free reviews. Would appreciate pointers on how to suck less.

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