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I don't know if I'll do Yuletide this year, but nominations I can do. Gotta make sure the femslashy anime and awesome fairytale music videos make it in! So! I nominated:

* Hayate x Blade (of course) | Momoka, Isuzu, Hayate, and Ayana.

* Mouretsu Pirates | Jenny, Lynn, Marika, and Chiaki.

* I Am Not A Princess (Music Video) | Beauty, Beast, the Little Mermaid, and the Mermaid's Prince.

I initially tried CinderFella (Music Video) instead of Mouretsu Pirates, but it looks like someone beat me to it (yay!). Have I linked to Cinderfella or I Am Not A Princess before? You guys have got to see these:





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I told [personal profile] nepenthe (and myself) I was going to get right to work but HAHA, NOPE, first I'm gonna make a music post!

Santigold, Betty Davis, Monday Michiru, Rare Silk, and Khari Cabral under the cut. )
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Let's post some music! What's the point of working in a record store if I don't share the good stuff?

Mos Def, Gil Scott-Heron, and some fine instrumentals. )

YAY FRIDAY

Apr. 1st, 2011 04:04 pm
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Three links:

* And The Pony You Rode In On by [personal profile] sanguinity. There's a Settler Ponies vs. Buffalo episode in My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic. It's as terrible as you'd expect. Dammit.

* suckerpunked by [livejournal.com profile] neomeruru. I've seen conflicting reports about this movie from sources I usually trust (For example: [livejournal.com profile] halcyonjazz has a very negative review and The Hathor Legacy has a very positive one) which, frankly, weirded me out. The movie looks incredibly, obviously fail-y in the trailers, you know? Also, it's directed by Zack Snyder.

[livejournal.com profile] neomeruru's review confirms a lot of what I was afraid of. No mention of ableism though, which I understand is also a big fail point.

* George Takei is being awesomely blunt about the Akira whitewashing on his twitter. Which makes sense, seeing as George Takei is an awesome dude.

And now, music. Happy Friday, everyone!





(Yes, I'm posting it again.)





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Let's start with disaster relief:

* The flooding in Australia is still bad, bad, bad, but you probably know that already. Both the Australian Red Cross and the Queensland Government homepage are good places to donate (via [personal profile] copperbadge).

* There's also flooding in Brazil, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand and Sri Lanka. And Columbia is still recovering from flooding in early December. Googling gets me the Brazilian Red Cross (in Portuguese), the Philippine Red Cross, the Malaysian Red Crescent, the Thai Red Cross, the Sri Lanka Red Cross, and the Columbian Red Cross (in Spanish). Anyone know of other repudiable organizations?

* It's been a year since the earthquake in Haiti and they're still rebuilding (while fighting a malaria outbreak) - [livejournal.com profile] help_haiti has a roundup of organizations still operating in the country.

Opinions go under a cut )

Enough opinionating, on with the links:

* Why is nobody calling Jared Loughner a terrorist?

* On Tiger Beatdown - The Arizona Shooting: An FAQ

* On Slacktivist - Only a crazy person would take what we say seriously

* From Ta-Nehisi Coates - On Loughner

Comments were good reading on all of these last time I checked.


Other things:

* From Sara Mayeux, one of Ta-Nehisi Coates' recent guest bloggers Fun with numbers, high school student drug use edition

* From Jamelle Bouie, also a guest blogger - A brief history of welfare for middle class Americans

* On boingboing - US orders Twitter to hand over account data on Wikileaks and multiple Wikileaks supporters

* You've heard about the 'Why Chinese Mothers Are Superior' article on the Wall Street Journal, yes? Turns out it had been edited without [Chua's] input, and by the time she saw the version they intended to run, she was limited in what she could do to alter it.

"I was very surprised," [Chua] says. "The Journal basically strung together the most controversial sections of the book. And I had no idea they'd put that kind of a title on it. But the worst thing was, they didn't even hint that the book is about a journey, and that the person at the beginning of the book is different from the person at the end -- that I get my comeuppance and retreat from this very strict Chinese parenting model."


Good job, WSJ.

Fun shiny things go under a cut )

Videos go under a cut. Wow, this post is long. )
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[yawns hugely] I am going to go home and nap hard, y'all, it's been a week.

* My sister took the (very vast) majority of photos on our DC trip - I plan on aquiring them and putting together a post this weekend. The short version - yay DC! yay [personal profile] bookshop! yay monuments! omfg my feet!

* I need to put together a post on the Castle season finale. Enough time's passed that I can probably be reasonable about it.

Onto the linkspam:

* More fanfic meta - this piece by [personal profile] copperbadge and Fan the Flames [livejournal.com profile] yuki_onna (author Catherynne M. Valente).

* Actually, [livejournal.com profile] yuki_onna's on a bit of a roll - you should also check out The Lost World, which is about Lost in specific (spoiler warning!) and genre shows in general. Good stuff.

* The Third Virtual Season of Torchwood, [livejournal.com profile] tw_itallchanges, has wrapped up and, folks. It was brilliant.

* Also brilliant is Janelle Monáe's new album, The ArchAndroid. [has it on repeat]

* Arizona Fights Back Against Boycott Threats Due to Immigration Law. Warning - if you're anything like me, you won't be able to do anything but mutter dicks under your breath for a good five minutes after reading. DICKS.

* Current-ish status on the Gulf oil spill, courtesy of BoingBoing.

* The Facts In The Case Of Dr. Andrew Wakefield, a comic about the MMR vaccination 'controversy'. Relatedly, an older article from Wired: An Epidemic of Fear: How Panicked Parents Skipping Shots Endangers Us All.

* Last night, group of people banded together on MetaFilter to help keep two Russian woman from being sold into sexual slavery. Really (as far as I can tell, anyway. Hell of a hoax if it's not true).

* Follow Friday! I've named both these people before but it bears repeating - if you like my linkspams you should absolutely be following [personal profile] cofax7 and [livejournal.com profile] rm (although the latter is only posting on LJ, which may be cheating). Both have regular link posts and a bunch (fanfic! recs! meta! stuff!) of other interesting things besides.
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* As you might have seen making it's way around the internet, [livejournal.com profile] evilpuppy (who has suffered back injuries and requires assistance while traveling) had a truly horrible experience with United Airlines: "I won't apologize for her actions and I'm not sorry for what happened to you. It's not in our contract to assist passengers with their luggage and we reserve the right to refuse assistance to anyone. If that's what you need, then perhaps in the future, you should make other travel arrangements."

* Relatedly, [livejournal.com profile] feyandstrange offers up Disabled air travel: how to survive.

* A possible cure for melanoma has been found. Full recovery in 16% of patients, you guys. Full recovery.

* On altmuslimah - The dos and don'ts of defending Muslim women: If a Muslim woman doesn’t ask you to be her voice or speak for her, don’t. If you wish to help a Muslim woman you feel is voiceless, help her get a voice. Never assume you have the right to speak on someone else’s behalf.

* The Hathor Legacy profiles Dr. Clelia Mosher: Among other accomplishments, she polled 45 women who’d been sexually active during the Victorian Era about their sex lives between 1892 and 1920 – or in other words, conducted one of the earliest known sex surveys. The results serve as a reminder that history is a tale told by the winners.

* [personal profile] cimorene has a brief essay up on Karl Marx, the US Civil War, and how history is taught in the States.

* Speaking of the civil war, Ta-Nehisi Coates has an amazing essay up on The Ghost of Bobby Lee. It's the latest in a long series of pieces he's done on the war and the culture that surrounded it - if you're interested in intelligent, thoughtful, and informative discussion, Ta-Nehisi is your man.

* Karen Healey - who's old Girls Read Comics blog was super formative for baby!feminist Effex - has written a book! AN AMAZING BOOK! [personal profile] bookshop will tell you all about it and also give away her copy, which is more then you'll get from me. [clutches book tight] giving away an extra copy!

* [personal profile] copperbadge is watching all the old Doctor Who series and doing writeups - Series One just went up and is an excellent read for those of us who've only seen New Who.

* [livejournal.com profile] cleolinda has done a 15 Minutes for Clash of the Titans!

* Joss Whedon is going to direct the Avengers movie. I'm not particularly happy about this. [shakes fist] WHEEEEDON!

* 1 Chicken, 17 Healthy Meals, $26 Bucks, No Mayo. My roommate and I are totally going to try this.

Lastly, some art/creative stuff:

* A great list of links and resources for artists.

* Compare Your Life to Pixar

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It's Friday (Good Friday, for those of you that celebrate it), it's warm and overcast and windy outside (though it looks like the storm will pass to the north), and I feel like posting love songs.

So I am. )
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* Oh man, I do not even know where to start with all the commentary on the US Health Care bill - maybe I'll have something up next week after I've had a chance to catch up over the weekend. In the meantime, the Washington Post has a pretty basic overview of the bill itself.

* Yesterday was Ada Lovelace Day! The Finding Ada website has a massive roundup of posts. The OTW has another, smaller one.

* An Open Letter to Conservatives has the most comprehensive roundup of Republican Party Fail I've seen yet.

* On Fugitivus - A Few Things To Stop Doing When You Find a Feminist Blog: Here is the thing, okay? Coming into a feminist conversation with, “Have you considered that sometimes women acquire free drinks at bars?” is like walking into graduate school during Philosophy finals and saying, “Have you considered that the color blue that I see may not be the color blue that you see?

* A trio of posts - [personal profile] bookshop wrote Bad Romance (or, YA & Rape Culture), hush hush, the designated love interest and gender relations in YA and why ya romance needs to change are excellent responses.

* [community profile] dark_agenda is holding a Dark DrabbleFest and a Remix 2010 Challenge!

* [site community profile] dw_biz has a brainstorming post on how to restock the DW warchest.

* TEMERAIRE NEEDS YOUR VOTES! He's up against some dude named Jaime Lannister in the Suvudu Cage Match quarter finals and is tragically trailing behind. Naomi Novik details how the match should go here. Now with art!

* The OTW's take on current Viacom vs Google shenanigans.

* A really amazing music post is up at ABW: Black Woman Rockers. Even more links in the comments!

* 185-Person “Virtual Choir” Assembled Via YouTube. AMAZING.

* Found: 90% of the distant Universe

* More We Are Living In The Fucking Future - a photo of nanobots fighting crime cancer.

* Chis Evans has been cast as Captain America. Which is... interesting. The important questions - 1) will I be able to watch him and not see Johnny Storm and 2) can I picture him making out with RDJ (this is basically what it comes down to).

* Disney Steampunk pins. I kinda want a Daisy.

* The Scott Pilgrim vs The World trailer is up!!!
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* Yesterday, Lt. Dan Choi and former Army infrantryman James Pietrangelo chained themselves to the White House fence in protest of DADT. They were arrested and are currently in jail with no phone call and Park Police will not release them on bail. Pam's got a brief update here, you can read up on Dan Choi and the events that led up to this over on Joe.My.God.

* The New York Times has an article (in the Fashion section, the hell?) on Photographer Jeff Sheng's work photographing queer people in the US military.
you can visit his website to see more of this and other projects.

* I missed this when it got posted - a Reproductive Justice linkspam over on The Angry Black Woman.

* Another Gaga link - [personal profile] bookshop has an epic pic/link/essayspam up.

* [personal profile] bossymarmalade has a response to the Feministe article (guestblogged by Sady Doyle) on the Telephone vid. Lots of discussion in the comments.

* On Boingboing: What's more awesome than discovering a temperate planet outside our solar system?

* On Wired: The Oldest Trees on the Planet

* Exclusive: Al Gore is Coming to Comic-Con! Sort of. Also holy shit - I've been to Comic-Con, they are not exaggerating how much this will mess things up. The whole city shuts down for that convention.

* [livejournal.com profile] poisonivory:



* Music )

edit: ALMOST FORGOT FOLLOW FRIDAY, whoops.

* [personal profile] glockgal: Amazing artist, writer of thinky things and founder of Racebending.com

* [personal profile] redroanchronicles: Just started following her via the Non-Fandom Friending Meme and am glad I did - lots of (horse!) photography, writing, and bio!linkspams. Good times!
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The latest Lady Gaga (featuring Beyonce) video (for those of you who didn't count down the days, heh):


Some Gaga meta (taken almost entirely from [personal profile] bookshop's delicious page:

* Heather Cassils: Lady Gaga's Prison Yard Girlfriend on Out.com

Gone are the days when if you're against the war you go and protest on the street. Protesting doesn't stop wars anymore. Going to your gay pride rally is nice -- it makes you feel good, but unfortunately we don't live in that era anymore. The only way you can create social change is to insert yourself into the machine.

Right. And cast yourself as a monkey wrench.

Exactly.


* Lady Gaga's "Telephone" - Observations and Discussion!

* Yes, this is really happening: Snotty literary theory meets Lady Gaga!

And now I want to read some articles about Beyonce [makes note to self]

* A contrast - Strange Silence: Portraits from Women's Prisons

* There's some good Twilight commentary over on the Manga Bookshelf - Dear Fandom: Please Grow Up

* [personal profile] coffeeandink has a post up on how Religion != Christianity.

* [livejournal.com profile] seperis has a post up on the creepy shit Apple's been up to lately.

* They're making a comic book about Shepherd Book's backstory. I honestly have no idea how I feel about this.

* A super high rez interactive panorama of Paris? Yes please.

* Harmony - a pretty cool non-flash-based online drawing program.

* The Tiptree winners are up!

* Lastly, [personal profile] liv has got the Giant non-fandom friending meme going on. A big hello to everyone who found me over there!
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* [personal profile] rydra_wong has an update on LJ and the affiliate link business: In other words, they will be redirecting your links to slap affiliate codes on them and make money out of them in future. As comments from the reps indicated, the "mistake" this time was that it stripped existing affiliate codes.

* There was some really, really disgusting stuff up at SyFy's bio of Gwen (Merlin). It's since been removed but, still. What the hell where they thinking? [profile] such_hights is having a Gwen/Angel picspam party to help counteract the badwrong.

* Glenn Beck is still a pox upon humanity.

* [livejournal.com profile] stephiepenguin has a great linkspam up - sometimes i love broken things (feminism).

* Speaking of broken things, have y'all see Queer the (US) Census? They sure are missing a bunch of tickyboxes for an organization who want to "make sure the census counts everyone." I've ordered a sticker and will be fixing the damn thing with a sharpie.

* Two pieces from Ta-Nehisi Coates - Study Finds Median Wealth For Single Black Women at $5 (in short: read the study, not just the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article) and Enhanced Interrogation (in short: holy fuck).

* Today's Cake Wreck is particularly disturbing. [squints at it] Huh. Apparently it's not supposed to look like something from Pompeii.

* Jetpacks! We have officially arrived in the future.

* Chatroulette is no longer quite so anonymous. Creepy everything is creepy.

* You Belong With Me: The queer, super adorable version. This is the version with the male voice (which folks are saying is Taylor Swift with the pitch changed?), you can see the original (same vid, Taylor's actual voice, no cutting out at the end) here.



* Brought to you by the entire internet:



Follow Friday (yay Friday!!):

* [personal profile] glass_icarus: Link roundups, book recs and reviews, fanfic, essays, general awesomeness.

* [personal profile] cimorene: Shoes and badfic headers and books and essays and stuff! Also great ficrecs on delicious. One of my favorite internet people.

* [personal profile] coffeeandink: Fantastic journal with lots of book reviews, tv/movie/manga talk, and meta.

* [community profile] oddible:'A hybrid music pimping/writing challenge community.' Modded by [personal profile] ciceqi, whose music tastes have shaped mu own for years.


Music! )
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Wow, okay, I've been sitting on these links for days. Time to let them be free!

* Y'all know LJ's been pulling more fuckery, right? See [personal profile] rydra_wong for the deets. [hugs DW close]

* Via [personal profile] the_future_modernes - Blood's Thicker Than Water: As Thousands Die in the Arizona Desert as a Result of U.S. Border Policy, an Army of Activists Intervenes: The Border Patrol's 2008 raid was not an isolated incident. Since No More Deaths established itself as a presence in Tucson's vibrant social-justice community, it has butted heads with federal authorities annoyed by its work to put water in the desert and assert the human rights of the more than half a million people who cross illegally from Mexico into the United States each year. This is an incredibly important article and I encourage you all to read it soonest.

* The stove of the future is freaking sweet.

* [livejournal.com profile] ciderpress remembers Michael Foot.

* I've been watching some of Lindsay Ellis', aka Nostalgia Chick, videos on older US pop culture - they're fun (if not particularly deep) and trippy in an intense flashback sort of way (especially the one on My Little Ponies).



* I'm wondering if I should break up with mainstream comics again. On the one hand, there's some really cool stuff scheduled to be coming out of DC this year. On the other hand, they pull shit like this (spoilers!) All. The. Time. [personal profile] odditycollector responds with a wonderful, heartbreaking, slightly spoilerly poem.

* From [personal profile] zanzando (I think) - Sex and the Off-Label Use of Our Bodies:

Our mouths weren’t “meant” for us to play the harmonica. Our heads weren’t “meant” for us to display giant novelty foam-rubber cheese wedges and other oversized signals of allegiance to sports teams. Our hands weren’t “meant” for us to type on computer keyboards. (Boy howdy, were they ever not. My recent tendinitis flare-up is evidence enough of that.) And that doesn’t stop anyone from doing these things.

So why should sex be an exception?


* The 'first' bookclub meeting went really well - thanks to everyone who had suggestions for the reading list! We decided that, among other things, we really wanted an online space where anyone who was interested could come and discuss the book of the month. An online space with threaded comments. An online space like... the [community profile] bookaneers.

Said online space is pretty empty right now, I'll let y'all know when we've got it up and running.

* Music - The Weakerthans, Nelly Furtado (Josh Remix), Usher )
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Internet readalong (is a little late tonight)

* This week in plagiarism: Gene Simmon's son rips off Bleach, Hellsing, and a bunch of other manga for his own 'original' comic. Really, really obviously. Also there were shenanigans that went down with Hot Topic (surprise!), a band tshirt, and a ripped off author on Twitter. There's no writeup that I can find about it, but the main players were Verabee (the artist), Poisonrational (the one who got shit sorted out), and Pierce The Veil (the band).

* [personal profile] thingswithwings writes a gorgeous piece on fat shaming, sin eating, and US capitalistic society: The issue... it's that I'm taking up too much fucking space. I'm the consumer you can blame; you can tell I'm a wanton consumer by my waist size; if it weren't for me, there would be plenty of health care to go around! Plenty of food for starving waifs, plenty of fuel for thin active soccer moms to gas up their SUVs, plenty of resources. It's not that we need to fix the infrastructure or that there's anything wrong with the way the average American uses food or fuel; it's not that there's anything wrong with giant corporations that will happily trade away resources, dignity, public health, and human life for a profit. None of that stuff is the problem; I am the problem. If I would just fucking go away, there'd be enough food, and fuel, and health care for EVERYONE.

* Anti-Theist Angie has been livetweeting her abortion (fb induced) and also has a bunch of youtube vids up on all kinds of topics. See this factsheet for more information on FB induced abortion.

* Racebending.com has a short vid up about the history of yellowface as well as an analysis of the extended version of the Airbender trailer.

* A couple days ago, [personal profile] the_future_modernes expressed an interest in seeing the US atheist movement critiqued from a social justice perspective. I immedietly thought of Towards an Intersectionality of Atheism and Race by [livejournal.com profile] sanguinity but, uh. Since [personal profile] the_future_modernes is the first commenter there, she's probably already read it. Still, it's a good read and an important topic.

* Another oldie-but-goodie - [livejournal.com profile] shadowfae's Pirates of the Caribbean: The Tia Dalma conflict: What are my issues with Tia Dalma as a character? Presentation. In this trilogy, Disney's writers felt it was okay to tastefully weave history in the plots and portrayals of their white fictional characters, but decided to rely on stereotypes when it came to the stories of the people of color in these films - Tia Dalma in particular, and African spirituality and Black folk practices specifically.


* Via Racialicious - Blanco: In Solidarity with 1.3% of UCSD: Dr. Blanco was an inspiration for many of us, student of color organizers, while attending UCSD. In the letter, he contextualizes the “private party”, discussing why outrage is justified and why Filipino American students should stand as allies with our African American brothers and sisters.

* On TNC, Adam Serwer talks about the American Takfiris: The American conscience is often slow to action, but not because it cannot recognize evil--but because our view of ourselves as a people guided by justice is so important to who we are that when confronted with proof of our own shortcomings, we recoil in shame and precious vanity.

* [livejournal.com profile] seperis put up a quick link roundup about the end times (aka scary social justice shit that is going on right now).

* There's a new That's Gay episode, hurray!



* Although it looks like there won't be any more Target Women with the amazing Sarah Haskins. But we'll be getting movies from her, so it's not all bad.

* So I've lived in Dallas for a year and a half now. And the thing about Dallas is that there are these red pegasi everywhere. Like, life size statues in random lobbies and parks and things. It was surreal. So I finally googled the thing and it turns out the winged red horse is the symbol of Dallas. I'm having an interesting time incorporating this into my view of the city.

* For Follow Friday: If you're looking for interesting, intelligent women who write about interesting, intelligent things, you should check out the journals of [personal profile] rydra_wong, [personal profile] elspethdixon, [personal profile] jonquil, [personal profile] the_future_modernes, and [personal profile] ciderpress.

* Music! Ciara, The Cat Empire, and Patrick Wolf. )
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* There have been two major outbreaks of the Tone Argument on my reading list this week - once over at [community profile] scans_daily: Why Anti-Oppression Is Serious Business (WARNING - may be triggering for survivors of assault and abuse) and again over at Feministe: Dear USians on the Internet. Folks, this is not on.

So. Firstly - I'm in support with the mods at Scans Daily and Feministe and appreciate the work they've been doing on this. Secondly - if you need a refresher on the tone argument (or don't know what it is), check out The Privilege of Politeness over at The Angry Black Woman: At the core of this expectation of politeness is the idea that the POC in question should teach the offender what was wrong with their statement. Because in my experience what is meant by “be polite” is “teach me”, teach me why you’re offended by this, teach me how to be racially sensitive and the bottom line is that it is no one’s responsibility to teach anyone else. And even when POC are as polite as possible there is still hostility read into the words because people are so afraid of being called racist that they would rather go on offending than deal with the hard road of confronting their own prejudices.

Bottom line (paraphrased from all over the internet) - if you step on someone's foot (or punch them in the face), even by accident, it is not their job to politely ask you to stop (and then explain why it hurt).

* This was linked in the Feministe comments and is pretty awesome (as is the Canadian, Please vid it's a response to. If you haven't seen it yet, check it out!):



* [personal profile] the_future_modernes has a lovely long list of links up, all releated to POC and gender identity. The South Asian and Arab American Comedians vid she has embedded is well worth the watch.

* A small plane just crashed into a building in Austin.

* Via [personal profile] cimorene - Professionalism = Selling Your Soul: A Feminist Rant on "The Devil Wears Prada": So here's my problem with the movie: I couldn't see anything she did wrong. I was watching very carefully the second time around, and almost every "soul-selling" step that the heroine took seemed perfectly reasonable and defensible.

* Amazing pop-up book is amazing.

* Speaking of art - I've really fallen for the work of David Weidman. Look at those colors.

* Have y'all see Saving Face? Because you really, really should - it's an amazing film.

* Over on TNC's blog, Adam Serwer guest posts an incredibly eloquent essay on Bioshock and Bioshock 2. I don't normally go for first-person shooters, but. Damn. (geez, I haven't really looked at the blog this week, seems like there's a whole slew of guest bloggers. I've got some catching up to do...)

* Looking to put together a graphic design setup on the cheap (and by 'cheap' I mean 'free')? The folks at Paper Leaf can set you up. And while we're talking free design goodness, you should absolutely check out the exljbris Font Foundry. Oh, Fontin, love of my life.

* I've got some great webcomics linked in my sidebar ------->
but I'd like to rec SFEER Theory and The Not So Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal in particular - they're both just starting up and are wonderful things by wonderful people.

* Music - Tracy Chapman, The Tea Party, A Goofy Movie Soundtrack )
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* Jay Smooth has a new video up! Pop Life and Race Matters

* [personal profile] resonant talks about making a list of twenty tiny transitions to make your life a little bit better. I need to make up my own list.

* Clients From Hell (graphic design) and Not Always Right (customer service/general) are two blogs I check daily. Because they are hilarious and sometimes I just need to despair of humanity.

* Yesterday I told [personal profile] cimorene That Adam Lambert, Beyoncé, and Lady Gaga are my 'big three.' 'Big three what?' she replied, 'rainbow glitter singers?'

Which... yes. Basically.

I could write a mini essay on how I strongly associate them with clubs/dancing/fandom and also the return of glam/queerness to the mainstream pop scene, but I think I'll post some music instead. It's shiny. )
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* I woke up this morning to find a Facebook Buzz in my Gmail [pokes it with stick]. Gizmodo reports.

* Why Taylor Swift Offends Little Monsters, Feminists, and Weirdos by Reise on Autostraddle. Role models aren’t suspended children, trapped by projections and unable to grow until affirmed by an idealized male partner. Role models grow and change and challenge themselves and are rewarded for exceptionalism, not potential. Independently. Note: She's talking about Taylor Swift the Media construct, not Taylor Swift the person. And also has a huge Lady Gaga bias, though Beyonce and Glambert also get shout outs.

* Intent! It’s Fucking Magic!: Today, someone said a slur. It actually doesn’t matter what slur it was, because you see, he didn’t intend to hurt anyone and therefore it couldn’t possibly be a slur. Much like how intent magically protects the actions of all privileged fuckjobs, intent means that anything you say, no matter how many groups it hurts, what awful views it enables, no matter what systemic bigotries it props up through the usage of language that enforces social concepts that crush a marginalized group, it mystically negates all of that.

* Gender Bowl by [livejournal.com profile] yuki_onna: Every other ad was about how horrible women are, and how they ruin everything for men, all the time. The Dodge, Flo TV, and Dove ads come to mind--you can only strike out at those evil women if you buy our product and stick it to them! YEAH. How dare women make you go to work and eat fruit and use soap? I have *got* to track down more of this woman's work - everything I've read on her journal has been magic.

* Maddow On Tancredo & Jim Crow via Joe. My. God.



* Lots of music )
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* Princess Project update - I've resolved Al, Jasmine, and Genie's backstory to my satisfaction, done a ton more research, and am in the process of plotting the overall arc and individual 'episodes.'

I've... also turned Pride Rock into a gay/queer club (with Zazu and Timon as rival drag queens ((Zazu is also the manager)), Nala as assistant manager and occasional bartender, and Simba ((pansexual and fiercely in love with Nala)) as the too-young owner with a vision. Chicha ((Emperor's New Groove)) djs there on Saturday nights). It was originally set dressing for a Rex/Hernando side story I was entertaining myself with, but at this point it's so developed I might as well use it in the main piece.

[personal profile] wishfulclicking, I'm so sorry, this probably isn't what you had in mind when you asked if the Lion King was going to be included.

* I'm rewatching Buffy - currently halfway through season 2 and mostly enjoying the heck out of it (aside from the race!fail and culture!fail and lookwe'retalkingaboutrapecanwehaveacookienow!fail). The last (and first) time I watched it was my freshman year in college - I had a friend who told me 'wait until you get to the fourth season - there's somethings that happen with Willow that I really think you'll relate to' - thus continuing the 'everyone knew I was queer before I did*' trend.

* There was a football game last night! I won't talk about who won because [personal profile] zanzando might not have seen it yet, but. There's always the commercials. Which were, for the most part, really terrible. Really, really terrible, and misogynistic, and buffoonish. To counter that you can see the Planned Parenthood response to Focus on the Family's spot here, Racebending.com's response to The Last Airbender's spot here, and [livejournal.com profile] rm talks about one of her favorite ads of Superbowls past over on her linkspam.

* My personal favorite Superbowl ad (I'm admittedly biased on a number of fronts):



* Another ad (not Superbowl related), totally unexpected and beautiful:



* And today's music video of choice:



* or what felt like everyone. To be fair, [personal profile] nepenthe totally didn't know, she just laughed for a long time when I came out and then was very supportive.
effex: Books (Books)
* 28 books for Black History Month, complied by [personal profile] deepad. If you're feeling extra readerly-like, I'd add on any of Ishmael Reed's essay compilations (and books, and poems).

* Ooh, speaking of recommended reading - Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (a play by August Wilson) is up on Googlebooks in it's entirety!

* In case you've missed it, Amazon had more fail over the weekend. Scott Westerfeld has a summery here, John Scalzi talks more about it here. I posted a list of alternate, independent online booksellers after the last round of fail, you can check it out here. I've been doing all my buying since through Better World Books and highly recommend them.

* There's fuckery going down with the UK's Equality Bill, the House of Lords, and the pope - [livejournal.com profile] rm has a bunch of related links here, [personal profile] the_future_modernes has a very succinct post (and more links) on the matter here.

* Both [livejournal.com profile] halfamoon and [livejournal.com profile] 14valentines are up and running - you should check them out! And a reminder - [livejournal.com profile] hh_kink is still running.

* Photos of the Whirlpool Galaxy. So shiny.

* The FIXIT Magazine for Comics and Art project on Kickstarter looks interesting.

* Music! )

ETA with more book stuff:

* Tobias Buckhull talks about the latest Amazonfail in detail and gives a great break down on eBook pricing. So does K.T. Bradford.

* The Clarksworld winners are up! You can read the tied winners, From the Lost Diary of TreeFrog7 by Nnedi Okorafor and The Radiant Car Thy Sparrows Drew by Catherynne M. Valente on the website. Exciting!
effex: Music again (Music again)
Today is the 37th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade! If you've got a moment, you can read about this (incredibly important) ruling here and here. If you've got several moments I encourage you to read about the Stupak Amendment (part of the current health bill) which, if passed, would actually restrict women's access to abortion and other health services.

If you've got lots of moments, I've got some music for you! Planned Parenthood of North Texas put on a fantastic anniversary concert in Dallas last night - the venue (The Loft) was great, the organization efficient, and the bands really amazing.

First up was Something Fabulous and the lovely Jenna Sky (not actually a band). I was late and didn't get to see them (woe!) but I am sure they were great.



I have such a crush it is ridiculous.

Actual bands - The Happy Bullets, Young and Brave, Giggle Party, and Girl in a Coma - under the cut. )

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