26th-Jul-2017 10:53 pm - It never changes, does it?
zombieallomorph: (ngah)
So, I watched Tales by Light.
Watching the Netflix preview, I already kinda figured what kind of show that would be, but I can't stay away from beautiful titles.

Tales by Light tells the story of photographers doing their thing. And don't get me wrong, the images were beautiful, for sure.

I was almost impressed that in twelve episodes, they managed to have one entire female photographer. That one female photographer, by the way, was the only one doing sports photography in the US. Maybe they couldn't have those fragile ladies unaccompanied in the wilderness? Okay, I don't actually know, I skipped that episode for some reason.
There also was a photographer couple working in the Mara Region, but it was almost always the man doing the talking, the rare instances she said anything, it was about her relationship with her husband. That couple actually got two episodes, and the second one is allegedly about her. Not that you would've known that from actually watching the show though.

Of course, they were all white people. Except for one Taiwanese American guy.

You may already be able to guess what's coming next, when I'm talking about what they're photographing.

So, one is wildlife. Sure.
The other is culture. But, of course, that is defined in a very particular way. Non-white, "exotic", "remote" cultures. I mean, I always cringe when there are film teams sitting in the middle of a group of people and they're talking about them, without showing any interaction with them. That, with a big dose of exoticism is what I expected to get from this show, but I'm now sorry I was so prejudiced, because it turned out to be ... nah, just kidding, that's totally what it was.
The best episodes in this show (read: the worst) are where they do animals and people in one episode. I thought it couldn't get worse until that one white dude started comparing the dances with animal mating behaviour, with alternating videos of some bird and dancing people.
Not surprisingly, in the wildlife photography sessions, they get a lot more involved with local people (who, gasp, are even allowed to say things!) than when they're, well, trying to have us believe they're getting involved with local people.
In one episode, they centred everything around interactions with sharks. They went into the water, and spent the whole episode rubbing sharks and talking about their personalities and the crew's relationship with them. They managed making me see sharks see as individuals, but not the humans they photographed. The sharks were literally more humanized than the humans.

Next season, I hope they go into rural Germany and compare the competitive shooting at Schützenfest with the mating behaviour of naked mull rats or something. Complete with a photographer sticking out like a sore thumb rambling about how well he always blends into any environment, while awkwardly avoiding people offering him beer or something. (Because that happened, except he was in the middle of a Holi celebration, and trying his hardest to ignore the people around him while talking to the camera.)

I do want to rub a shark's snout now, though.

27th-Jul-2017 12:30 am - Book-a-day: Day Two
chantefable: ([fisher] train of thought)
2. Best bargain


The Little Book of Wonder Woman is a small-format 2015 book by TASCHEN about 'the Amazing Amazon: The spirit of truth in the DC Universe'. It is in three languages, English, French and German, and has pictures from the 1940s to nowadays, and lots of information on the story genesis and art trivia related to WW's pop cultural relevance to the fight for gender equality, and peace, and love, and justice. Very pretty. And a steal. I think I grabbed it for less than 5 euros. I really appreciate the 'graphic art through the ages' concept of it. I love books on art, and books on art with a retrospective angle in particular, so it's great to see the evolution of pop culture images, comic book drawing style, colour scheme, fashion & design.
26th-Jul-2017 09:35 pm - Fanfic, Zombieland (2009), Columbus/Tallahassee, Savior
tarlanx: (TV - Walking Dead Daryl-Rick From Behind)
Title: Columbus, Ohio
Author: Tarlan ([personal profile] tarlanx)
Fandom: Zombieland (2009)
Pairing/Characters: Columbus/Tallahassee
Rating/Category: PG/Slash but R for gore
Prompt: Savior
Word Count: ~1950
Spoilers: None
Summary: Columbus feels obliged to find out what happened to his parents, embarking on a long journey with Tallahassee, and discovers a home is a person rather than a place.
Notes/Warnings: graphic violence against zombies

Written for [community profile] smallfandomfest FEST21
Also meets: [community profile] tic_tac_woe prompt: Zombies

On AO3: http://archiveofourown.org/works/11620929
26th-Jul-2017 01:47 pm - Drabble/Fic: Star Bright
alisanne: (Snarry Tender)
Title: Star Bright
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Character(s)/Pairing(s): Severus Snape/Harry Potter
Challenge: Written for [community profile] harry100/[insanejournal.com profile] harry100/[livejournal.com profile] harry100's prompt 316: Star
Rating: R
Length: 100 x 11
Warnings: None.
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and [personal profile] emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Star Bright )
26th-Jul-2017 11:36 am - Francesca, by Ezra Pound
runpunkrun: tree on a grassy hill against a blue sky (et in arcadia ego)

You came in out of the night
And there were flowers in your hand,
Now you will come out of a confusion of people,
Out of a turmoil of speech about you.

I who have seen you amid the primal things
Was angry when they spoke your name
In ordinary places.
I would that the cool waves might flow over my mind,
And that the world should dry as a dead leaf,
Or as a dandelion seed-pod and be swept away,
So that I might find you again,

angry when they spoke your name )
26th-Jul-2017 07:44 am - What makes me fall in love with things
sholio: Text: "Age shall not weary her, nor custom stale her infinite squee" (Infinite Squee)
I was inviting people to ask me questions on Tumblr last night, and one of the things I ended up talking about is what makes me fall for things (books, movies, TV shows) in a fandom kind of way. I decided to post that here as well, because it took me a long time to figure it out but I did eventually figure it out, and I thought it was interesting. There are always a few outliers that don't quite fit this, or fit it in unusual ways, but for the most part, this is what makes the difference for me between something I merely like, and something I write fanfic for and can't stop talking about to anyone who'll hold still long enough.

Cut to keep from clogging your reading page )
26th-Jul-2017 07:12 pm - Botanic Garden birds
calissa: (Default)
My wonderful sister took me out to the Botanic Gardens last week and handed me her spare DSLR camera. This caused me no end of delight. I think my smartphone camera is wonderful, but there are some things it just can't do. Chief among these (in my opinion) is bird photography.

Superb Blue Fairy Wren )

New Holland Honeyeater )
25th-Jul-2017 10:12 pm - Thanks, and also thanks to Michelle Lovretta for Killjoys the Syfy Show
monanotlisa: Dutch pulls Johnny's ear to check for a tech implant (dutch & johnny - killjoys)
[personal profile] mirabile, I received your Get Well Soon flowers -- thank you so much! They cheered me up a lot today on my last day of recuperating at home, and will continue to do so at night.

(Feel free to click the thumbnail.)

Also, y'all, I love this show, especially this season: Killjoys up to & including 3x04 ''The Lion, The Witch, and the Warlords'' )
26th-Jul-2017 12:48 am - [sci] Q re journal article IP
siderea: (Default)
I'm reading this really great journal article in the field of medical anthropology, and it got me thinking, "I wanna quote this whole thing. I bet my readers would really dig this." And then I thought, I wonder if I asked nicely if the author would let me republish it as a guest post in my journal? And then I thought, I wonder if the author even has the authority to do that, once their paper has been published in a journal?

What rights does the author of journal article have in their article once published in a journal? I appreciate this might vary by specific journal (or organization that owns or edits the journal), but are there general trends? Do journals typically require submitting authors forfeit the right to publish the work for free on the internet? Forever? What if an author wants to contribute the paper as a chapter in an anthology (book)? Or write their own book in which the paper is one chapter?
25th-Jul-2017 10:04 pm - Ursula Vernon live-tweets Swiss Family Robinson
kate_nepveu: sleeping cat carved in brown wood (Default)
At Readercon, I said that my Twitter usage was basically "open, see if Ursula Vernon has live-tweeted more of reading Swiss Family Robinson, close," and that remains true. But I promised to provide links to various people, and having opened tonight to see that a reading is in progress, I should follow through.


https://twitter.com/UrsulaV/status/855253438623625217 (April 20)

https://twitter.com/UrsulaV/status/855601923155689472 (April 21)

https://twitter.com/UrsulaV/status/855972038800023552 (April 22)

https://twitter.com/UrsulaV/status/857428575955419136 (April 26)

https://twitter.com/UrsulaV/status/861402977675902977 (May 7)

https://twitter.com/UrsulaV/status/861776626996129793 or https://twitter.com/UrsulaV/status/861805896590143488 and scroll up, it isn't threading properly) (May 8)

https://twitter.com/UrsulaV/status/864320654379798530 (May 25)

https://twitter.com/UrsulaV/status/868292932406784000 (May 26)

https://twitter.com/UrsulaV/status/871216625730674688 (June 4)

https://twitter.com/UrsulaV/status/872294427045318656 (June 6)

https://twitter.com/UrsulaV/status/878827410568990720 (June 24)

and, now in progress:


Enjoy. (I will update this post as needed, to have everything in one place.)
25th-Jul-2017 08:51 pm - rec: "All the Colors You Thought Were Kings"
yhlee: Drop Ships from Race for the Galaxy (RTFG)
"All the Colors You Thought Were Kings" by Arkady Martine [Shimmer]. Heart-stoppingly gorgeous space opera, stars as sharp as knives. I wish I wrote half so well.

This was exactly what I needed to read tonight.

Tomorrow there’ll be ceremonies and presentations, and then your nanite horde will be calibrated for shipside on live broadcast for the entire Fleet to see – another cohort of kids full up with starshine micromechanics, bound to service and obedience, gone off into the stars. You’ve been dreaming about it since you could read. You want it so much you’ve spent the last three months feeling like your chest is going to burn out from longing.

The night after tomorrow, though. You can’t let yourself dream about that.

Under the drape of your overjacket, snugged up to your spine like you’re its best lovecrush, are the disassembled pieces of a sniper rifle. Nestled right at the small of your back is the lead-shielded explosive heart of an electromagnetic pulse bomb.
25th-Jul-2017 11:57 am - A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L'Engle
monanotlisa: AtS's Fred, reading a book, in olive-green soft coloring (fred - ats)
Because my wife purchased it after watching the movie trailer, I too read the book, mostly in waiting rooms: A Wrinkle In Time )

I may pass on the follow-up books of the quartet (the ones I haven't read already), but I'm definitely looking forward to the movie, which looks visually stunning and well-cast.
26th-Jul-2017 12:30 am - Book-a-day: Day One
chantefable: ([fisher] train of thought)
1. (Favourite) book from childhood

More lovely pictures here

Comet in Moominland / Kometjakten / Mumintrollet på kometjakt / Kometen kommer by Tove Jansson. It is a sequel to The Moomins and the Great Flood, so it picks up the story of the Moomin troll family and their new acquaintances as they are settling into new life in the valley. Moomin and Sniff go hiking (local eco-tourism) and meet interesting folk - like harmonica-playing Snufkin, the gold standard for travelling minimalist philosophers everywhere! Adventures are had. Snork Maiden saves Moomin from an octopus. A comet is coming and is supposed to destroy everything. In the spirit of friendly community, all friends of different species find shelter in a cave and wait for, well, the end of the world / total destruction / death, and fall asleep. In the morning, they discover the comet has passed earth and everything is okay. Everyone is joyful.

This is a lovely book for children and adults alike. It carries a very particular zen, and teaches useful & true things about life: that things beyond our control happen, and it's okay to panic a bit and be emotional about it, but ultimately, you need to deal with it in an efficient way and live on regardless; that you don't necessarily need to fight something, that life is no competition; that the world is full of very different and very interesting people; that new people will arrive in your valley and make a home there, and that's okay; that people you hold dear may leave, and that's okay, too; that travelling is good, but so is coming back, and it's okay to want both; that all kinds of occupations & vocations are valuable and respectable; that it's great to love doing something; that if you cock up or someone is harmed as a result of your actions, you don't sulk or go on a stupid heroic quest or something, but apologise and do practical stuff to remedy the situation.

Life is better with Moomins. :)
25th-Jul-2017 11:55 pm - Book-a-day Challenge Masterpost
chantefable: ([mood] cheerful)

A lovely meme as seen over at [personal profile] vaysh11's journal. I love it so much when my f-list talk about books (the lovely Wednesday reads [personal profile] sineala & [personal profile] isis are doing, and [personal profile] osprey_archer's never-ending book discoveries), so I'm going to try switching from the constant stream of fanworks reccing to published books for a bit. No pictures promised, but much book talk. :)
25th-Jul-2017 10:28 am - Seriously, if you like healthcare or hate Trump
giandujakiss: (Default)
Now is the time to call your Senators. Yes, certain GOP senators are particularly critical, but honestly, call yours no matter who you are or where you live. This is about protecting Medicaid, the general healthcare infrastructure in this country, and also denying Trump a win so that GOP feels more compelled to boot him out. On every level, GOP attempts to repeal ACA must be fought.

And yes, even if you called before - call again.
25th-Jul-2017 09:02 am - Fic: Coffeehouse Confessions
alisanne: (HD forever)
Title: Coffeehouse Confessions
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Rating: PG
Pairing: Harry Potter/Draco Malfoy
Summary: The boys take a big step.
Word Count: 820
Genre: Pre-slash.
Warnings: Humor, fluff.
A/N: Written for [livejournal.com profile] hp_coffeehouse/[community profile] hp_coffeehouse prompts # 4: High in Antioxidants.
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and [personal profile] emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Coffeehouse Confessions )
25th-Jul-2017 08:51 am - The Machineries of Tarot
yhlee: wax seal (hxx Deuce of Gears)
For your amusement, hexarchate Tarot readings (coding and spreads by [personal profile] telophase, card meanings by me):
No art right now, just meanings. The 78-card jeng-zai deck corresponds to the traditional Tarot but is specifically a hexarchate Tarot circa Kel Cheris' era. As such, upright sixes are all positive while upright sevens are negative, and the fours are lucky/unlucky.

This site is for entertainment purposes only: neither guarantees nor apologies are given for the accuracy or inaccuracy of any reading you may receive, and no responsibility is taken for any calendrical rot that may ensue. Hopefully you do not live in the hexarchate.
25th-Jul-2017 02:04 pm
drazzi: Miles Edgeworth - Phoenix Wright ([Edgey] /omg)
Me: I miss the werewolf filter on Snapchat.
Neko: You're a werewolf without the filter anyway.
Me: ... *seduced* <3
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