Don't You Breathe by akamine_chan - Korse doesn't usually go out into the field himself, but sometimes there's no way to avoid it. A short prequel to her fantastic Killjoys epos War. It was written for my birthday but I'm reccing it anyway because it's a lovely little story. Scorchingly hot but with an undertone of sadness that hints at what's to come in the future. It was also really interesting to get a glimpse of this world from Korse's POV. (1,840 words)
iero-credibles by arithmophobia - So much fun.
Gerard Way Black Parade by imjustaplayfulpuppy - Cute.
The future is & Gerard Way & SLEEP & Can we still reclaim & How the misery begins & And we'll celebrate the end... by keytaro - Nice work.
The Black Parade & The Old My Chemical Romance & The New My Chemical Romance & Heartache To Sing & Street As Fuck & Man of the Hour & Peek-A-Boo & Lather The Blood On Your Hands & Patron Saint of Incubi & Here Comes Romeo, Moaning & BLND & Color Challenge - Killjoys Ed & Mikey Fuckin' Way & HORROR by lieutenantdeath - Very nice works. Some of them are a bit melodramatic but the lineart is particularly nice.
Killjoy Academy by machinegun-baby - Cool work.
Angel Gerard & Tiny Tiny Gee by nezumi-zumi - These are so much fun. The first one is so sweet and the second really cool.
Last Group Hug by sinisterscene04 - Very sweet work.
Your Greedy Fly & Good Vibes by thebodhisattva - Very nice work, particularly the second one.
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Which is the best Star Wars film?
Star Wars (Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope)
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace
Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
Last Saturday, a bunch of family was down for my cousin Garth's[I have to remember to call him 'Garth' rather than 'Buster,' his childhood nickname, which he's been less fond of either since reaching adulthood or seeing Arrested Development, I'm not sure which came first).] college graduation party, so I got to see most of them and it was a bit hectic but nice.
Then in the evening, I went with jrho, who happened to be in town for a family event of her own, to see The Joy Formidable play at the National. I wasn't really familiar with them but the venue was basically giving away tickets (there was a 'drawing' but everyone who entered seemed to have won), and J recommended them. So we went and it was a great time (J posted pictures here, starting halfway down the page.) They're a Welsh trio with a big sound -- sort of a guitar synth-pop fusion, I guess? Live, they reminded me a bit of St. Vincent -- and they're led by Rhiannon "Ritzy" Bryant, a tiny blonde who loves shredding and sparkly necklaces. Excellent entertainment, I endorse seeing them live.
Then, yesterday, inlovewithnight came to visit and we went to see Star Trek Into Darkness, a title I was willing to make fun of until somebody invented the #StarTrekIntoDarknessOnTheEdgeofTown hashtag on Twitter, leading me to realize that this was why the Internet was invented.
As for the movie, ( spoilers, including who plays whom in case you somehow both have missed it and care )
Anyway, after the movie, we came back here and 'Night showed me The Bletchley Circle, which is a short British TV series set in the 1950s, where women who worked as code breakers during WWII reunite to solve a mystery. Plot/procedural wise, it's pretty standard, but the cast is great and, "Historical ladies solving crime!" is pretty much always going to get my stamp of approval. I recommend watching it if that sounds like your kind of thing.
And now it's 3 o'clock on Sunday, I need to send a final followup email to my WisCon panelists and then buckle down on my X-Men remix story and then FOUR DAYS OF WORK AND THEN FLYING TO WISCONSIN omgflail.
Weekly Roundup: Zombies. This week’s roundup is about the undead. ‘Nuff said.
- Five Days Later (6,534 thumbs up)
- Jane Austinpocalypse (2,356 thumbs up)
- Zombies Need Friends Too (1,396 thumbs up)
- Hear, Speak, Say, Play No Evil (3,556 thumbs up)
- Zombies Need Contractors Too (1,515 thumbs up)
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FF_A thread on the Star Trek Prime Directive reminded me of my favorite almost-great-but-not-quite Star Trek novel, Star Trek: Prime Directive by Judith and Garfield Reeves-Stevens (NOTHING LIKE THE TNG MOVIE EVEN LIKE A LITTLE). It has the distinction of being a very SJW take on the Prime Directive before SJW as concept or acronym was a thing on the internet (Social Justice Warrior) and takes great, great care to hit you over the head like a lot on why the Prime Directive is Awesome Like a Lot Seriously Why Don't You Get This Let Me Tell You Again, Really, but luckily, there's a lot of plot, so you can pretty easily skip the lecture portion of the show (it could be a 101 course, not kidding), and it does, in all fairness, make a vague half-hearted attempt at why the PM is bad using idealistic college students and single mother activists. Yeah.
Okay, leaving that off, it brings up two very interesting things that I'm pretty sure canon never bothered to throw out and turned out useful and obvious. One is a cultural scale model for pre-warp cultures, which assumed a crystal-growing type of development curve--all culture develop like this in this order, more or less, with the curve adjusted for population lifespan and I think worked differently on humanoid/non-humanoid/sentient slime-like species/incorporeal-who-the-hell-knows populations (keeping in mind Diane Duane to this day is the only one that had a sentient ensign rock and meetings involving Debians and non-humanoids, so detail is sketchy). It also emphasized, unfortunately, the powerful level of paternalism involved, which on one hand it is, no like--WE MUST PROTECT THOSE LESS ADVANCED--without leavening it with the much less skeevy Unintended Consequences model, which the story actually does for itself on reading, so maybe it's better that wasn't part of the lecture.
Reading for story, however, not lecture, you do get a very vivid and very precise explanation of what could happen if you're not truly hand to God--literally speaking--God and know where each single sparrow is and when it's falling. The use of the culture model that decides when a civilization is truly ready for pre-warp is shown as badly flawed but the best they have to work with, hence the requirement for warp technology. Humanity is still arrogant--and by humanity, read "all lifeforms in existence, probably mostly sentient but who the hell knows"--but the first rule to abide is Thou Shall Not Assume You Know Shit About Anything, Dumbass, even though you really think you do, and pretend at all times that you're likely going to be wrong until proven beyond all reasonable doubt otherwise and then take it to committee if possible because you gotta be sure. Which is, in a lot of ways, the basis of the prime directive; the mistakes you make when a civilization is at stake, not just their development, but their actual literal existence (see: nuclear winter, genocide) aren't the kind you can fix and even if you could, will they still be themselves after in their uniqueness, and what would you be saving, so to speak, if you destroyed all they were beforehand?
(Interesting point in the story is based on that; the Prime Directive uses the cultural model to bolster it's pre-warp-no theory, even though the cultural model is flawed because of the Prime Directive, because chicken, see egg. They know the model is flawed and because of that the Prime Directive is very much a best-guess at the safest possible save point--warp technology--because the model itself has to use that as the standard as well. It could be safe to establish relations earlier--it's likely, actually!--but they don't know because the cultural modeling is only perfectly accurate after they get to contact the culture. It's not a live model, it's observational up until that point. This could be fixed very probably if the Federation was willing to just give up a few pre-warp civilizations for cultural experimental purposes and try this at earlier and earlier points and learn from their failures (civilization one: contacted at pre-industrial era: blows self up: Fail! civilization two: contacted at medievalish era: thinks we're gods, genocide, ten people left on planet; REALLY FAIL! civilization three: not yet into the bronze thing, maybe we should....: BEARS ALERT RAPTORS RUN FUBAR BEARS FAIL BEARS LIONs BEARS!). They're not willing to risk that, however, any earlier than the first safe point, so you see how this is just academic hell.)
In the book itself, because it was Captain Kirk I was totally fine with the ending, but I would also argue that it was luck that it turned out well, and not just luck, but really one-time only cannot replicate this particular cultural development (story backs this up; this was very unique to this culture and what was happening to it) luckyity luck-luck by ten. I'd also argue that this is far less an exercise in anti-colonialism--though it is--and even less a bootstrap modeling of culture--though yeah, there is some of that--but a pretty sophisticated understanding of risk, when the risk is how on earth can anyone say no when you're the one carrying a nuke to a rock fight--you can't lose, there's just no way, the fact you brought it at all is the deciding factor, not that you wouldn't use it, so don't come at all.
...yes, I am re-reading everything Star Trek related so the sobbing doesn't go into effect. I hate work right now like you have no idea.
Note: I like the Bears alert model. The Raptors and Lions and Bears alert model however, is my variation, as raptors and lions are by nature funny and will also eat you in non-stuffed-animal form.)
(That sounded way cooler in my head.)
Right. Next Sunday afternoon until Monday-ish, with food and alcohol and games and mixers and this year's movie theme: Drag Queens and Crossdressing. Comment or email if you're coming so that I get enough food, and feel free to email if you need directions to get here!
I have a list of movies, but if anyone has additional titles feel free to bring them along--I know I'm missing some of the classics, because twitter has told me so.
( what we already have, some of which are a bit of a stretch )
I probably forgot some, so if you think I have a movie and didn't list it, the comments are open.
ps. S tells me that I should mention that we have Cards against Humanity and the expansion packs. (Well, all except the Christmas one). I wasn't sure why that would entice people to show up, and then I thought about this group and suddenly I understood.