Tempting the wrath of the whatever from high atop the thing

Dear Yuletide Author...
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First off, THANK YOU. There is a reason that Yuletide is one of my very favorite times of the year, and that's because Yuletide is such a fun exchange. Every year, I have such an awesome time and get a story that blows my mind. I know that whatever you write will be brilliant and I'll love it.

But if you're looking for a better idea of what to write, here's some specifics:

General Likes and DislikesCollapse )

Fandom-specific information: Boardwalk Empire, The Borgias, Downton Abbey, & The Thick of ItCollapse )

Thanks again, Yuletide Author!

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I need this because of reasons.

My thread at the new love meme going around

Major spoilers for the end of "From Childhood's Hour"
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Gah, I have so many FEELINGS. I missed having strong, gutpunchy reactions to this show.

Trigger warning: Explicit discussion of suicide and death.

And all I loved, I loved alone.Collapse )

I really, really hope they do this plotline justice. They have a bad track record with this particular character, and it will make me so sad if they can't follow through in a sensitive, well-written manner.

Mississippi Personhood Amendment
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Originally posted by gabrielleabelle at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.

Gonna turn that whiskey into rain . . .
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I haven't been publicly panicking over this, but if you've talked to me at all online, you'll know I've been studying for the GRE's.

The test is tomorrow.

(Insert "AUGH", hair-tearing, and assorted "DO ALL THE _______?" memes here.)

This seems like a fun distraction
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Leave me a comment with the corresponding number, and I'll answer that question. One at a time, please?

1. Five ways to my heart.
2. Something I feel strongly about.
3. A book I love.
4. Things I want to say to an ex.
5. Five pet peeves.
6. What I ate today.
7. How important I think education is.
8. I'll put my music player on shuffle and write the first ten songs that play.
9. Five people whom I find attractive.
10. My opinion about my body and how comfortable I am with it.
11. What I wore today.
12. My zodiac/horoscope and if I think it fits my personality.
13. Something I always think "what if..." about.
14. Something that I'm proud of.
15. A problem I have had.
16. Five items I lust after.
17. My fears.
18. How I hope my future will be like.
19. Something that I miss.
20. Five words/phrases that make me laugh.
21. Something I'm currently worrying about.
22. Things I like and dislike about myself.
23. A quote I try to live by.
24. Somewhere I'd like to move to or visit.
25. Five weird things that I like.
26. One thing I'm excited for.
27. Responders choice. (i.e. something not already on this list.)

Impressions of Torchwood: Miracle Day (eps 1-5)
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After having watched the first half of Torchwood: Miracle Day, let me just tell you, do yourself a favor and watch it.

Is it deeply horrifying on both a primal and intellectual level? Yes.

Is one of the weakest things about it John Barrowman pretending he doesn't age? Yes.

Does Eve Myles still grate on the viewer in a very specific way? Yes.

Can you tell whether the episode is an RTD episode or an Espenson episode by either the preponderance of gay jokes and stereotypes or the complete lack of letting the women carry the Idiot Ball? Jesus H. Tapdancing Christ, you really can.

IGNORE ALL THAT. Because the team of Russell T. Davies and Jane Espenson have nailed absolutely everything else about the story itself. None of the episodes take the easy way out, and they have done a shit-ton of their research (the Oswald case is a bit shaky, yes, but only the lawyers in the crowd will notice). There is no handwaving, very little 'splaining, and mostly just holding a mirror up to humanity and going "yes, we really are capable and have been capable in the past of being precisely this horrible".

And the characters. Bill Pullman, Mekhi Pfifer, Lauren Ambrose, Arlene Tur, and Alexa Havins have each been given fully-formed, brilliant, amazing, and fascinating characters to play, and they all outshine Barrowman and Myles completely. Oswald is disgustingly compelling, the best Dark Messiah I've seen since Clancy Brown's Justin Crowe. Rex is a flawed asshole, someone you'd hate to work for, but eventually, you find out, a decent man underneath. Jilly is a pure, opportunistic bitch of a hellcat in Louboutins and she's glorious. Vera is genuinely smart, the perfect voice of reason in the wasteland that the medical profession turns into. And Esther, let me tell you, may talk like Tosh and draw focus like Gwen, but she's us, thrown into an impossible situation and trying to use the everyday skills she's got to survive.

Do NOT let anyone spoil you for this show. Go and watch it. You'll hate me for it, you'll have nightmares because of it, but it's worth the horror for the sheer astonishing brilliance of it.

How life kicked me in the teeth again - round six hundred and eighty-five.
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The short version:

All the female students for Friends Select pulled out. No female students = no need for a female RA = no job for Drea. They're paying me for the month, they're letting me stay on the Cape, and I got a free mostly-vacation out of it. But I'm out of a job again.

Seriously, universe, enough with this.
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And here we fucking go again.

Job-related bullshit that is getting really, really old.Collapse )

Regardless, I have to go down to 40th and Spring Garden tomorrow. I was NOT planning on that, and it is balls-hot out.

Signal Boost - Media for Gifted Kids
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[personal profile] thatyourefuse has started a list of media (books, television, music, etc) that we wish we'd had as gifted kids. Things like A Wrinkle in Time and Avatar: The Last Airbender, that challenge the mind and celebrate kids who aren't ordinary.

Here: Towards a List of Life-Saving Media for the Gifted Child

Atypical, gifted, and/or mentally-ill former kids and teachers of such are absolutely welcome.


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