twistedchick: General Leia in The Force Awakens (Default)
[personal profile] twistedchick
I have been waiting for a very, very long time for someone who is inside a more mainstream/fundamentalist Christian tradition than I am to say exactly what is said here: Christianity is not about a personal relationship with Jesus. It is about community. And it pegs, exactly, the reason the 'personal relationship' model backfires -- there is far too much temptation to make One's Own Personal Jesus over in one's own image, complete with prejudices and presumptions and, for all I know, the same food allergies.

And by the way, while we're on this subject? All those paintings of blue-eyed blond Jesus aren't of Jesus. They're Cesare Borgia. Cesare's uncle Alexander, who happened to be pope at the time, thought Cesare would be an excellent model for the artists of his day -- he fitted exactly the particular Renaissance vibe. Jesus didn't look like Cesare Borgia so much. He looked a lot more like the guys who live in Palestine and Jerusalem and Haifa now. So, all of those sentimental Victorian blond-guy paintings? Borgia fanfic.


Iowa farm cartoonist gets fired for telling the truth about Monsanto.

Jonathan Demme's career-defining movies. I love 'Something Wild' and 'Married to the Mob'.

It seems that an entitled asshat of a Wyoming Senator made some bigoted remarks about guys in tutus. Wyoming at large has responded with tutu protests, tutu socials, and tutu parties.

The NSA says it's not collecting random emails about foreign targets any more. So they say.

Let us just say that I don't find Ivanka's idea that all her advantages are disadvantages to be convincing. If she wants to talk about how to rise from nothing, let her start as a junior secretary somewhere, or a fast-food employee, struggling to live on minimum wage without benefits, and see where she goes from there. That silver spoon in her mouth has a lot of tarnish.

A hundred days of 45. And we're still here. There are climate-support marches going on all over the place today. But there are other considerations. Is the presidency for sale? And here's a report from the Brennan Center (downloadable) on official Islamophobia. Another report from the Brennan Center looks in depth at the way that crime in the US has plummeted to far lower levels than they used to have, regardless of what the 'hard on crime' guys who want to crack down now have to say.

And a thought about why Republicans are cruel to poor people, and how their deep hypocrisy on this veils a deeper problem. Which might, after all, be related to the first thing I posted up above.

Mix tape!

Apr. 29th, 2017 10:55 am
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[personal profile] jadelennox
I made a snarky aside about cassingles in the poll on my last post, and then [personal profile] cnoocy and [personal profile] sanguinity got into a conversation about how you actually could fit a mix on a cassingle.

So [personal profile] cnoocy did it. No repeat bands, with a solid mix tape musical arc. It's got three girl punk bands and three tracks from musicals -- and, [personal profile] minoanmiss, one track "from an album of settings of Mesopotamian texts in translation and in the original language."

"Nice Glass": a cassingle mix. Complete with cassette-shaped cover art.

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Apr. 29th, 2017 08:30 am
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[personal profile] mollyamory
A whooole bunch of people have subscribed here recently, and preliminary research suggests everybody may be leaving LJ and deleting their journals. Is that the deal? Something about servers moving to Russia? Am I supposed to delete my LJ now in protest? Because I will.

The whole reason I haven't posted a lot since my return to posting is that right after I returned to posting, half the voting American public decided hey, let's give stupid and evil a try! So now I'm trying to make sure I play ALL the video games before the inevitable fiery apocalypse.

So what's the deal? And hi, you new people!

Belated book reports

NSFW Apr. 29th, 2017 12:16 pm
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[personal profile] glinda
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Apr. 29th, 2017 10:02 am
jekesta: Scully, scared of frogs. (Scully scared of frogs ys)
[personal profile] jekesta
I am not emotionally strong enough for today

Daily Happiness

Apr. 29th, 2017 01:59 am
torachan: sakaki from azumanga daioh holding a cat, with the text "I like cats" in Japanese (sakaki)
[personal profile] torachan
1. I get to sleep in three days in a row!

2. I had to fire someone today, which was unpleasant, and just generally made the day really emotionally draining, since it was on my mind all day leading up to it. But at least now it's over. And hopefully the store will be a more pleasant environment with them gone.

3. I finished up some more manga tonight, so it looks like I will manage to squeeze in one more chapter to post before the end of the month for sure. (And maybe another if the typesetter gets back to me.)

4. Look how big this Jasper is getting! He's six months old today.


Apr. 29th, 2017 01:50 am
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[personal profile] sasha_feather
I tried a couple of shows out and rejected them:

Hap and Leonard (on Netflix)
I wanted to like this because the guy who plays Omar on the Wire (Michael K. Williams) plays a gay Vietnam vet. But after a couple of episodes, I didn't like any of the characters. Williams' character, Leonard, was OK, but everyone else was mean and horrible.

Limitless (on Netflix)

A movie spin-off. Brian thinks of himself as a loser and a disappointment to his dad, even though his dad is supportive. He takes a drug called NZT, which temporarily turns him into a super-genious. I enjoyed the pilot because he used his genious for a bunch of things, like diagnosing his father's illness, solving a murder, playing music really well in a park, and talking to people about their problems (social intelligence!). But in the 2nd episode, it's clear that this is just another procedural about a white guy who is a rule-breaking genious for the FBI. He gets away with his rule-breaking because he produces results (and also b/c privilege). The science in the 2nd episode was also pretty bad: an engineered flu strain that was supposedly used for assasinations. Riiiiight. I stopped watching.

I settled on an addictive, violent, perhaps overly dramatic, gripping show on Hulu: BLACK SAILS. This has lots of queerness and is very pretty.
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[personal profile] sweetestdrain
The very first Equinox vidding challenge, and there were FIFTY-FOUR VIDS! I received two fantastic ones!

Like the Moon (Barbarella) -- This vid is so mesmerizing and beautiful. I think it's a really interesting framing of the movie, too -- the abundant camp is both celebrated and given gravitas.

Running for Cover (Star Wars) -- So many fantastic parallels, but it's not just about that -- it's about love and grief and revolution.

Of the other vids I've watched, these are the ones I've come back to multiple times:

16 Tons (Aliens franchise) -- Such an amazing song choice. I've never watched past Aliens, but this vid made Ripley's arc so clear and so brutal.
Firework (Star Trek: Voyager) -- C'mon, you know the Doctor was your favorite Voyager character. You know you want to wallow in Doctor feels for minutes at a time. This vid!
Infinity (No Man's Sky) -- So beautiful!
Never Quite Right (Star Wars: Rogue One) -- I love the imagery and the metaphor at work in this vid -- the circles of light and dark, the lantern flickering...
Pourquoi la Lune? (A Trip to the Moon) -- So neat! Why the moon, indeed.
Science Fiction Double Feature (Star Wars) -- It's a SCIENCE FICTION DOUBLE FEATURE.

And so many other great vids -- you can find them here. And reveals are tomorrow!
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[personal profile] monanotlisa
Coming back from an extended beer run to Marin County (you know where to look at evidence) I'm popping in just to note that the Supergirl showrunners totally read my fanfiction:

The scene, incidentally spoilery for the beginning of 2x18 ''Ace Reporter'' )

Sure, I'm the only person to notice...but still filled with the warm glow of knowing that my Karacterization was on point there.
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[personal profile] umadoshi
Since we knew going in that the spring stint at Casual Job would almost definitely be really short this year*, I made no effort to psych myself up for the weirdness of the hours and how thoroughly it destroys every trace of routine, even when the hours aren't all that long. (I was at the office for 12.5 hours on Wednesday, which isn't an awful day by Casual Job standards, and the other days were all much more reasonable.)

An unforeseen (but unsurprising) side effect of not doing a bunch of preparation to settle in for a long haul is that I wasn't really able to get hold of my usual "we're all gonna grit our teeth and DO THIS THING" mindset. So even though it's only been four days in the office, and not even painfully long ones, at that (at least not for the people at my level), I am fried. Which is awkward, since I still have significantly over half a manga volume to rewrite by Monday. Whee?

(I've also had a bit of a scratchy throat since this afternoon, so it's possible some of the tiredness is because I'm fighting something off, but I sure hope not.)

All that said, the only definite thing I have planned for the weekend besides finishing that script is going into the backyard with [ profile] scruloose tomorrow to talk to our next door neighbor, the condo board president, and the board member who deals with landscaping sorts of things about whether or not we can put in a second lilac shrub (this kind, as previously mentioned). [ profile] scruloose talked to the neighbor a couple of days ago and got a very positive response (and also mentioned that the board is hoping to find a new home for the bush we're having [re]moved, and Neighbor expressed interest in that!), so to be honest I'm not sure why we actually need to get together to discuss it before they decide, but I also don't mind discussing it, so... *shrugs*

Cross your fingers for us!

*It's still not official that Casual Job is basically done for the spring already (other than a day or two of polishing off some backlogged transcription next week, and you bet I'll work every hour they can offer me, what with the "one week of work instead of the usual two or three MONTHS" thing), but it's as good as. Official word will probably arrive this weekend.
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[personal profile] peoppenheimer
The investigation I'm engaged in may have less to do with automated theorem proving than I first thought, although that is the context in which it arose for me. The deeper questions may be what expressive power and what inferential power are added to a first-order language with equality by adding definite description terms as singular terms in the formal language.

Meme me!

Apr. 28th, 2017 11:26 pm
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[personal profile] tassosss
Give me a fandom and I will tell you

1. the character I least understand
2. interactions I enjoyed the most
3. the character who scares me the most
4. the character who is mostly like me
5. hottest looks character
6. one thing I dislike about my fave character
7. one thing I like about my hated character
8. a quote or scene that haunts me
9. a character I wish died but didn’t
10. my ship that never sailed

Any show/video game/movie I've talked about on here is fair game (though I can't guarantee I've seen all seasons). (Tags, AO3 list)

Brining back the Friday vid rec!

Apr. 28th, 2017 09:51 pm
tassosss: We are not plotting your destruction. Really. (Destruction)
[personal profile] tassosss
Hopefully this attempt to resuscitate vid recs lasts longer than my last one.

Out of the Spring Equinox vidding exchange is a fabulous Farscape vid that made me want to hug the show.

Never Fully Dressed by Anon

Vid post where you leave feedback.

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