Did I mention that I read "Big Magic"

Oct. 15th, 2017 11:19 pm
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by that lady who did the really trash "Eat Pray Love"? I did. I tried it because the cover was so bloody gorgeous, all that purple! And I have been reading creativity books for inspiration. And you know what? This was a good one. No really. Now, as per usual with white folks, she manages to find inspiration in an mostly white canon of creatives; and as per usual the greeks and the romans are invoked as the beginning of creative history (insert eyeroll. And there is a story about Bali priests at the end that reads to me like she is defending cultural appropriation (its the way she talks as if there isn't a valid reason for concern in the situation that eveolved, even if in that case, it didn't work out the way it usually does when poc have something white folks are interested in). And I really dont agree with her that art is essentially useless and not that important to our survival. (She basically thinks that physical stuff like doctors nurses etc are important to our survival, while art is something that we choose to do but can live without. I find that her dismissal of art's catering to our mind's needs to be really weird for someone who is deep into spirituality. For me, art is just as necessary as the physical stuff. Not just bread but roses too, ya'll or in this case not just bread but art.

But the rest of it? Spot on. She takes the myth of having to suffer to create art to the woodshed. She talks about making creative work a devotion in a way that really synced with me. She addresses the idea of genius, and success and how if you are lucky to have one of your ideas take off, how to deal with the fact that nothing else you make is likely to be be as successful as that one idea (the answer: face that, acknowlege it and work anyway. Try to stay away from the idea of working towards success and try to embrace the actual creative process itself. She talked about working to support your art and how that helps to not put so much pressure on you to perform. (Though I started thinking about the many ways in which capitalism emands that you work so much that many folkd can't even get a minute to practice art at all and that's why a dream of many folks is to be able to make art that sells, cause they'll have some goddamn time to do so! ) And she talks about the fact that whatever path you choose, there will be associated shit that you will have to deal with. So pick the path. if you can, that has jewels that shine so brightly for you that you will dig thru the shit to get at them.

Her writing was lovely, light and casual and inviting. I really do rec this book!
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cause iam gonna attempt nanowrimo this year!
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These are very gossipy shallow reactions, but maybe I will get back into the swing of posting, who knows.

Crazy Ex-Girlfriend S03E01 )

Jane the Virgin S04E01 )
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yesterday and I am whining inwardly because I can't buy it. It has no arms you see and stops mid back. I also dont trust its comfort level for the truly ridiculous level of time I spend sitting. But I wants it so bad. *sighs* I am trying to find a desk chair that is gorgeously colorful, comfortable, has a tall back so I can lean my head on it and has arms. Apparently this set of specifications is next to impossible to fulfill. The makers of desk chairs seem to feel that most of them should be black or white or brown. Or if they are colorful they should be midback and have no arms. Or be the UGLIEST shade of that color that they can find. I am very confused as to their choices. Maybe I should learn to draw so I can learn to design so I can design my own goddamn chair and somehow get it made?
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The Good Place is such a delight I don't even know how to talk about it. All I want to do is burble.

If you're not watching it, it's a half-hour afterlife comedy about a slacker (Kristen Bell) who has been accidentally misassigned to the "Good Place" (Heaven) after her death, and has to keep the mistake secret from the powers that be (Ted Danson), while trying to figure out how to be a good person -- or at least a good enough person not to stick out. Fortunately for her, she's assigned a soulmate (William Harper Jackson) who was an ethics professor in life.

I don't know how to convince you to watch this. The show is so much stranger, more surreal, and sillier than the setup portends. It is hilarious and moving; it burns through plot like a brushfire (avoid spoilers, I mean it); and the cast is so good, I mean, they are so amazing, not just Bell and Danson, but newcomers like Jackson and D'Arcy Carden as an omniscient database and Jameela Jamil as a socialite philanthropist and Manny Jacinto as a surprising sweetheart. The first season is streaming on Netflix and the second season is airing now.

Spoiler note: the numbering for this season is confusing, since some sources consider the first hour, aired together in a single night, as a single episode. I don't. The latest episode I discuss below the spoiler cut aired 10/12/17.

Spoilers have a thirteen-point scale where eight is the highest score )

Coming Out Day

Oct. 11th, 2017 02:41 pm
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I'm hella lesbian.

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There are spoilers below.

Read more... )

This is a stunning movie.

But the experience of the women in the movie, including the ones who live, disappoints me.

House Rules

Oct. 10th, 2017 11:49 pm
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This is my living room, so moderation is at my will.

Bugzilla, Triage, and Mozilla-related posts are under the planetmozilla tag.

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Confirmed Survey 1. Upon arrival you will report for debriefing. And just one more thing, on your trip back I want you to take the time to learn the Babylon 5 mantra. 'Ivanova is always right. I will listen to Ivanova. I will not ignore Ivanova's recommendations. Ivanova is God.' And if this ever happens again
[shouts]
Ivanova will personally rip your lungs out! Babylon control out.
[to herself]
Civilians.
[looks up]
Just kidding about that God part. No offense.– Lt. Cmdr. Susan Ivanova, Babylon 5, S1E18





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I'm not finding them useful. They were reporting back to June of last year but not capturing release cycles.

I have a spreadsheet for watching bugs which need a decision for the Firefox Quantum (57) release.

I'm defining decision differently than triage. Triage is an engineering decision on priority; decision means if the bug would affect 57. And there are plenty of bugs to review. It's a large haystack and we're trying ways to find the bugs that could affect our release.

If you want to see all un-triaged bugs, you can still view the snapshot report.

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very disappointing. the downside of trying new things i guess, some stuff will not work out.
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police brutality you are a domestic terrorist hereby named a black identity extremist. just so you know.

Dear Yuletide Writer

Oct. 5th, 2017 05:07 pm
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Hello! Thank you so much for writing me a story in one of these fandoms! I can't wait to see what you come up with, thank you so much in advance.

I am generally a fan of you getting to write the story you want to write, so please, if you have an idea in mind, please feel free to pursue it.

My only major do-not-wants are pregnancy loss and child death. Other than that, I'm not super into stories that center jealousy, though I'm open to some jealousy if they work through it and it isn't treated as romantic. I'm not super into non-con or tons of hurt/comfort.

Just in case you'd like to know what kinds of things I do generally like in stories, in no particular order: character studies, women being friends with one another, queers, queer community, queer people in het relationships, polyamory, sex, porn, kink (nothing is too much for me to read about), shibari, fix-it fic, missing scenes, space AUs, band AUs, werewolf AUs, found family, worldbuilding/exploring a world, adventure, romance, established relationships, communication and trust, gender exploration, explorations of canon grief or sadness, especially if it's bittersweet.

I requested the following fandoms, and I gave a really short bit of info about each one in my signup (reproducing that here):

Scientific Method Universe: I love everyone in this bar! Any combo of characters is great. I love porn but it's not necessary for me to enjoy your story. Major do-not-wants for me are pregnancy loss or heavy hurt/comfort. I love established relationship stories, humor, feelings, sex, edgy kink. I'm not super into stories that center jealousy, though dealing with some jealousy is fine. I admit that the trio (Will, Hugh, and Truman) have my heart, but I'd also be into any story that moves you about the other characters.

Rivers of London: I love gen in this fandom though I also do super love Peter/Nightingale and Peter/Bev (any poly arrangement is also great!). I love mystery stories and humorous hijinks and Peter being endearingly into research and modern community policing outreach. I miss Lesley. My only major trigger is pregnancy loss.

The Divine Cities: This series really got to me, especially the last book. I'd be open to any character explorations of any of these characters (I also love Signe). I love how this series did its worldbuilding, the politics, the great big gaps of unexplored time for the characters' stories. I find the magic fascinating and the difficult decisions made heartbreaking. My only major trigger is pregnancy loss, and I've read all three books.
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