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beaq_nosebite
I recently read a good article (blog post?) about why "just write your own" is a poor response to complaints about representation in the media. Does anyone remember/have a link to a recent piece like this, written by a woman? Part of the argument was that it's unreasonable to expect everyone to do everything for themselves if they don't like what they're being offered, and I think there was something about it being more productive for people to focus on what they're best at, and to learn to listen to criticism of their work.

Roadside Picnic

beaq_cockyawn
HOW COME A NEW TRANSLATION HAS BEEN OUT FOR A WHOLE YEAR AND YOU DIDN'T TELLLLLLL ME?

the realdoll girl

beaq_nosebite
Oh. God.

So I'm listening to The Windup Girl because, you know. I heard it was pretty good, as these kind of very detailed imaginative post-apoc cardboard people kinds of novels go. And I am a little uncomfortable with the portrayal of Chinese and Thai characters and cultures, but it's ... well, OK, that's not entirely my fight, but I'm uncomfortable with it in the first couple of chapters, and hoping that the ~ exotic-and-corrupt thing with its  incomprehensible politics and people's motivation being primarily greed or poverty or ambition for advancement of family/clan ~ kind of resolves itself and gets more complex. And by the third chapter, when the main guys have been established, we finally get to the female title character.

And she's a goddamned sex slave. And our introduction to her is a salaciously detailed scene of violent sexual humiliation.

And I'm just ... no. This is not going to get any better, is it?

It's not even moving very fast yet - no heart-stopping tension of any sort. At least the Dragon Tattoo series had that going for it, and strong emotional relationships pretty early on.

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gen ex iconoclast ISO screened responses

beaq_memesneetch
I forgot half of what I was going to ask, but here's a thing that came up:

Do you consider yourself part of a group or tribe, a *type* of person or a member of a crowd, and if so do you consider yourself fairly well-established as such? If so, what group(s) do you identify with?

Regardless of whether you feel like a tribal member or a lone ranger, what activities or thought processes do you engage in to anchor your sense of identity? Do you practice *being* something?

My hypothesis is that many or most people I know identify as individuals who don't fit precisely anywhere, and that we're kind of proud of that even if we feel left out, but that we do pick a place we'd like to fit and secretly practice being that thing. But I might be projecting.

Responses unscreened by request only, but my responses will briefly unscreen yours. You know how it works by now.

not a cook

beaq_memesneetch
I don't actually wonder how many pasta machines, breadmakers, juicers,
blenders, deep fat fryers, egg boilers, melon ballers,
sandwich makers, pastry brushes, cheese boards, cheese knives,
crepe makers, electric woks, miniature salad spinners,
griddle pans, jam funnels, pie funnels, meat thermometers,
filleting knives, egg poachers, cake stands, garlic crushers,
martini glasses, tea strainers, bamboo steamers, pizza stones,
coffee grinders, milk frothers, piping bags, banana stands,
fluted pastry wheels, tagine dishes, conical strainers,
rice cookers, steam cookers, pressure cookers, slow cookers,
spaetzle makers, cookie presses, gravy strainers,
double boilers (bains marie), sukiyaki stoves, ice cream makers,
fondue sets, healthy-grills, home smokers, tempura sets,
tortilla presses, electric whisks, cherry stoners,
sugar thermometers, food processors, stand mixers, mincers,
bacon presses, bacon slicers, mouli mills, cake testers,

pestle-and-mortars, gratin dishes, apple corers,
mango stoners
and sets of kebab skewers
languish dustily at the back of the nation's cupboards, because
I don't even know what half of those things are for.

I've never owned a melon baller because I hate melon balls. One did 
find its creepy way into a drawer once, but I think I threw it out.

Classic Movies in Miniature Style

beaq_juggler
Murat Palta's grad thesis:

It all started 2 years ago with an experiment to blend traditional ‘oriental’ (Ottoman) motifs and contemporary ‘western’ cinema. After a positive response to "Ottoman Star Wars", I decided to take the theme further, and developed more film posters using the same technique.

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What would you eat if you had the chance?

geniquetart
I would eat all the Dahl things. Snozzberries. Giant peach juice. Wiggling rice maggot things. Meal gum.

Lembas!

I would eat a meadow full of delicious green grass, if I could digest it.

I would drink blaahhhhhhd.

The red pill and the blue pill and the bottle of "Drink Me".

Pomegranate seeds! Manna! Locusts! Burnt offerings!

I'd like to taste honey from Egyptian tombs. I'd like to try dodo and passenger pigeon and mammoth and primordial ooze.

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zydeco cover of "add it up"

beaq_juggler
by way of bheansidhe



pretty much made my day

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attention Jodawi

beaq_juggler


Don't read the description, just spend 8 minutes watching this.


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Mar. 2nd, 2012

crowscatter
OMG DON'T ANYONE SAY ANYTHING TO ME I HAVE 15,000 COMMENTS

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such are the questions that occupy my mind

beaq_thrush
How is it that she can be a tiny beast, and yet look into my face and bully and cajole and lounge, and stare and stare? How can she have a noggin, and nothing to put in it, yet listen and respond?

How can she piss on my brassiere? And on my blanket? How?

quotes o' the weekend

beaq_ha!thrust!
And the weekend isn't even over. LotR marathon last night.

  • "It must be very convenient, traveling by montage."
  • "DOOM!" [everyone drinks]
  • [Gandalf gets up at the Council of Elrond and bellows out the Ring inscription] "Oh, man, he *always* does that when he's drunk."
  • "You've chipped my ring plinth!"

Sorry, nothing else sticks, even though I laughed myself sick.  The later films were harder to MST. Someone help me out.



We'll leave out the inevitable "Misster Underhill" from Elrond and quotes from the V. Secret Diaries.

Jan. 15th, 2012

notbeaq_waving
You know what scares the bejeezus out of me?

Spillways.

http://www.buamai.com/image/35497
beaq_harrier
I have photos from Paris, Nimes, Avignon, Carcassonne.

Travel may be wasted on the young, but I'd like it to be wasted on the old as well. I would do more hiking and less riding sullenly in the back of a rented automobile, wishing I was doing something else.

On the other hand, I do remember a lot of pretty places.

Nov. 22nd, 2011

beaq_octopus
We have discovered the ultimate babysitter for an aging cat: an electric heating pad. Why didn't we do this earlier? Now we can get her to stay anywhere we want without any argument.

Last night it took two hours and a taxi rescue to get back into my car after class. The key was THERE, in the car DOOR, but someone saved me by removing it and giving it to campus security about 10 minutes before I came back. So. The host at the Madison/Broadway IHOP was very helpful, though, with his phone and free coffee and all. Clark. Tip him.

There's something else, but I forget.

I'll take the frontal lobotomy.

beaq_owal
Fuuuuuhhhhhhgh.

I need to drink on the buddy system. This is not good.

seattle parking map

beaq_octopus
You know what I love?

http://web1.seattle.gov/sdot/seattleparkingmap/


I could click lines all day. I just saw a notice "car being towed" with a phone number to call.

Also, I like seattle.bestparking.com, although their neighborhood coverage is lacking a lot.

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Perfectly normal tardigrade.

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