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Title: the smell of autumn leaves and gasoline
Fandom: the vampire diaries
Rating: teen
Length: ~1200 words
Author notes: title from faber drive's never coming down, bloodsharing, s1e19 au, cabin fic

'I’m a monster, I-' )

WIP meme

Feb. 22nd, 2019 12:19 pm
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A couple of peeps in my f-list have been doing this one and it looks like fun. Drop one of these guys in a comment and I will respond, without editing:

  • FIRST — the first two sentences of my current project
  • LAST — the most recently written two sentences of my current project
  • NEXT — the next line. meaning i will finish the sentence I’m on and write a new one, which you’ll get.
  • [insert prompt here] — you post a prompt, and i’ll write three sentences based on that prompt, set in the same time/setting as my current project
  • THE END — i’ll make up an ending, or post the ending if i’ve written it
  • BEFORE THE BEGINNING — three sentences (or more) about something that happened before the plot of my current project
  • POV — something that’s already happened, retold from another character’s perspective

provided by [community profile] journalmemes.

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Feb. 22nd, 2019 05:20 pm
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WIP Preview

(Originally posted at https://wp.me/p2sEtx-Fs)

I’ve gotten into papercraft models. One thing I want to do though is to customize each model as well as building whatever designs I have (I’ve got more than 200 although I may not do them all)

Here’s the wip of my first custom along with the two I downloaded

Two paper models of velocirapters or tyrannosaurs standing over the printed out modified template

Once I’ve got it finalized I’ll have the template here and on my DeviantArt. Since I’m getting back into Digimon, it’ll be ExTyrannomon the plushie version of my favorite dino-digimon.

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Kompromat: Or, Revelations from the Unpublished Portions of Andrea Manafort’s Hacked Texts - Los Angeles Review of Books

A characteristic arc of the #MeToo-era story is that it begins in innocence, travels through serial abuses of power, and finally (and most importantly) ends. My relationship with the abuser is over. I left him. I left that professional situation. I realized I was being abused. I went to therapy. It’s over. It’s done. I never saw him again. These are stories of survival, escape, resolution, and catharsis.

Life rarely works so neatly, however. The cultural predominance of such narratives can be attributed to a willingness of people to speak only once they are safely finished with a professional or personal relationship. We lack ways to unravel the intricate complicities negotiated when experiencing or witnessing ongoing abusive behavior in the family, in the workplace, among our social networks.

A friend of mine sent me this long and thoughtful article, on allegations I had not seen regarding Paul Manafort pressuring his wife to participate in dubiously consensual semi-private cuck scenes with multiple black men hired to participate. (The allegations are from the hack of their daughter Andrea's texts, deriving mostly but not entirely from conversations with her sister.)

Even if US Politics isn't your current thing, though, I think the piece is interesting as a broader discussion of the way that media handles (and has in the past handled) sexual assault allegations, coercion allegations, and allegations of sexual misconduct--and it does grapple with how to handle things like this allegation, which happened a) without the participation or endorsement of the victim, b) comes along with very racially charged asides that inform the accused's political behavior, c) would have cost the victim much to bring up, including loss of face and possibly loss of livelihood, and d) has been almost startlingly untouched for months despite the scandalous nature of it. What's the media's role and responsibility when things like this come up?

As a total aside, I am also fascinated by the convention of rendering texts rather like lines of poetry, both in the blockquoted presentation of larger conversations and quotations of a few texts at a time.

Early Warning Signs of Spring

Feb. 22nd, 2019 11:28 am
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There were snowdrops in the little patch of park attached to my apartment building. I saw one or two other patches on my way to the metro this morning, too. They're still in fairly tight bud, but they seem to have sprung out, vividly green and white from the melting snow and dead seeming grass under the paperbark maples.

It's a start.

#220: blue waffle

Feb. 22nd, 2019 11:05 am
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What is one thing you wish you could unsee?

Feel free to answer in the comments or paste the code below into your own journal to answer the question.

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Title: Penance
Fandom: Torchwood
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: Ianto, mentions Jack, Team, the Doctor.
Rating: PG
Word Count: 918
Spoilers: Cyberwoman.
Summary: Jack has gone, vanished without a trace, and as far as Ianto has been able to tell, he hasn’t left a note or message of any kind.
Content Notes: None needed.
Written For: Challenge 255: Amnesty, using Challenge 145: Metal. Also for the ‘Purgatory’ square on my bingo card.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood, or the characters.

Penance... )

Fanfic Friday: the fate of the fan

Feb. 22nd, 2019 03:11 pm
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Each Friday we talk about the fanfics we read this week. Previous months have been hosted by [personal profile] ineptshieldmaid and [personal profile] shy_magpie. The masterpost is here. Check out the master post for previous rec rounds.

This is my last week of hosting! Next friday is already march! Time flies! Next time we meet up at [personal profile] sylvaine.

If you are interested in hosting for a month or week, contact [personal profile] shy_magpie or leave a comment here.

Rules: comment here with the fics you read or link to your own post. Please use the AO3 share code or use the same style of warnings so everyone knows what they are getting into.

My list goes under the cut: Read more... )

Baby diary: 10 weeks 2 days

Feb. 22nd, 2019 07:37 am
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Yesterday he discovered his right arm/hand, after a week of so of only staring at his left arm/hand weaving around in his field of vision. Like a movie where the protagonist gets swapped into a new body and stares at their unfamiliar hands: what are these??

I took some photos of us doing fist bumps.

Yoga routine was mostly mat-level yesterday so I put him on the ground and we did it "together," which he loved.

Had a couple of rough nights in the past week. Vicious cycle: if I'm sleepy and he's sleepy, he doesn't drink as much, so he wakes up and cries more. Made sure to give him 20 minutes minimum on each side, both sides, at each feeding in the past 24 hours, and he's been much more even-tempered. Only got up twice last night!

Cycle: 1 hour feeding + diaper change; 15 minutes able to amuse himself; 45 minutes playing games or doing other needed stuff (eg bath); 1 hour nap if lucky.

My mom plays him Schubert's Serenade fur Nadia to get him to sleep, or Brahms' Lullaby. I only play him music for us to listen to together, though: he definitely enjoys some songs more than others. He likes jazz and 120bpm stuff -- suppose he heard lots of that sort of thing in the womb haha. Maybe I'll make a Baby's First Playlist. XD
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February 22nd, 2019: Thanks to everyone who came out in Chicago last night! I had a great time, you were an AMAZING CROWD, and I really hope we can do it again soon. <3


– Ryan

Robotic copying

Feb. 22nd, 2019 12:57 pm
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Posted by Victor Mair

Since so much of learning to read and write Chinese characters depends upon mindless repetition, writing them countless times, some bright people in the age of AI have finally seized upon a way to escape from the drudgery:  training a robot to write the characters endlessly for them.

"Chinese schoolgirl shamed for using robot to write homework. Now everybody wants one"

Teen bought device online and was caught out by her mother when she completed her Lunar New Year assignments in record time

Media report alerts a wider audience to the robots, which can copy text and mimic your handwriting

Phoebe Zhang, SCMP (2/19/19)

Needless to say, the news of such machines has galvanized the emotions of hundreds of millions of Chinese who have suffered or are suffering from such rote copying:

The topic on Weibo, China’s equivalent of Twitter, had been read over 13 million times by Tuesday, with more than 3,000 posts.

Most of the commenters sympathized with the girl who used such a robot to complete her demanding assignments on time, not with the mother who smashed it to bits when she discovered it in her daughter's room.

Some argued that the girl should no longer be made to copy texts at her age, while one called for education reform allowing teachers to set challenging and creative homework rather than boring the pupils and adding to their burdens.

Another asked: “Sometimes educators need to reflect on this issue, why is it we still need to do a task that can be completed by a robot?”

Even before the invention of such sophisticated electromechanical devices, desperate, clever individuals had created crude contraptions with three or four pens tied together that multiplied the writing capacity of an individual severalfold.  Indeed, when I visited Monticello about ten years ago, among the many amazing belongings of Thomas Jefferson was a copying machine that enabled him to make perfect duplicates of whatever he was writing.  I stared at it for quite a while, trying to figure out how the original pen and the copying pen were linked.

Jefferson's copying machine was called a "polygraph".  It was designed by Isaac Hawkins (1772-1855) and made by Charles Willson Peale (1741-1827) in 1806 in Philadelphia.  Employing the principles of the draftsman's pantograph, Jefferson's polygraph was used by the president from that year until his death.  He called it "the finest invention of the present age".  Jefferson actually had several polygraphs which he kept in the different places he lived.  In addition to the one at Monticello, another one of them survives at the American Philosophical Society in Philadelphia.  (Source)

Returning to the current story of the writing robots in China (it turns out that there are a number of companies that produce them), it also made the NYT:

"Chinese Girl Finds a Way Out of Tedious Homework: Make a Robot Do It ", by Daniel Victor and Tiffany May (2/21/19)

As noted above, most of the online commenters sided with the girl:

“Give her a break. How meaningful is copying anyway?” one commenter asked.

“The difference between humans and other animals is that they know how to make and use tools,” another reasoned. “This young lady already knows how to do this.”

Proficiently reading and writing in Chinese requires knowing thousands of characters. Copying them repeatedly is often seen as a necessary step in learning how to write them. In addition to being tested on individual characters, they may also be asked to transcribe a literary text from memory — an assignment usually dreaded by students.

Like Bart in the opening sequence of “The Simpsons,” students can also be punished by being made to write out texts repeatedly; unlike Bart, they are often ordered to copy whole textbook chapters, not just single sentences. Chinese curriculums in both the sciences and humanities prize rote memorization.

But there's a deeper, more existential question than whether the girl was clever or not, and whether she was right or wrong to avail herself of modern technology to avoid inane toil, namely, what does this predicament say about the nature of the Chinese writing system and the efforts of people in the 21st century who have access to computers and various types of digital technology to continue to master it the way writing has been mastered in China for more than two thousand years?  Is it not akin to demanding that Chinese students go back to a time before even slide rules were invented to do their math?

The writing is on the wall:  technology is spelling (!) the death knell for writing the characters by hand.  The shape of the future is already evident in Singapore, where the educational authorities permit (nay, encourage) students to use computers and other digital technology to write the characters for them.  And I don't think it's a coincidence that tiny Singapore consistently produces a disproportionate amount of the most outstanding (in terms of knowledgeability and creativity) students in the Sinosphere.


"Writing characters and writing letters " (11/7/18)

"Copying characters " (2/11/13)

"The wrong way to write Chinese characters " (11/28/18)

"Writing Chinese characters as a form of punishment " (11/1/15)

"Backward Thinking about Orientalism and Chinese Characters " (5/16/16)

"Firestorm over Chinese characters " (5/23/16)

"Writing Sinitic languages with phonetic scripts " (5/20/16)

"How to learn to read Chinese" (5/25/08)

"Learning to read and write Chinese " (7/11/6)

"The future of Chinese language learning is now " (4/5/14)

"Sinophone and Sinosphere " (11/8/12)

The Writing on the Wall:  How Asian Orthography Curbs Creativity (2003), by William C. Hannas

[Thanks to Alex Wang and Anne Henochowicz]

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That time again, time to make some icons this weekend.

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