Something Awful indeed

Aug. 20th, 2017 09:57 am[personal profile] jewelfox
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SA has been hitting it out of the park lately, with its Onion-esque takes on current events. Check these out if you need to laugh in order to keep from crying!

(Content note: Refers to, and skewers the subjects of, recent depressing news stories that you may not want to be reminded of.)

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[Art] Hospital Firebird.

Aug. 18th, 2017 04:20 pm[personal profile] moonvoice
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I started this on Monday, with a Kilometrico ballpoint pen.
I was waiting to see the Radiation Oncologist.
I kept working on it on Tuesday,
in a waiting room,
while waiting to see the ENT Surgeon.
And then I finished it on Wednesday,
in another hospital waiting room,
while waiting to see the base of skull Neurosurgeon.

All ballpoint pen.

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Content note: This week, the notorious sexist, transphobic harassment machine Zak Sabbath got another transgender games writer to drop off the face of the internet and/or social media. This is the third transgender (or otherwise non-cis) victim of his that I know of, who has committed infosuicide or otherwise severely curtailed their online activity because of him.

Frustrated with the tabletop games industry -- especially the regressive, authoritarian part of it called the OSR, or "Old School Renaissance / Revolution," but also people like Mark Diaz Truman who have helped to create a false equivalence in people's minds between abusers and their victims -- I had a public meltdown about it on Google+. This post reproduces that meltdown in its entirety.

For more information on the GamerGate of the tabletop games scene, Zak S, see Ettin's compilation thread and this compilation thread on Google+. Keep in mind that most of the TG scene is okay with this, or is cheering him on, and that Zak S was credited in the latest edition of the Dungeons & Dragons Player's Handbook.

Vent posting follows )

Comic Anthology Submission?

Aug. 14th, 2017 03:06 pm[personal profile] armaina
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So I only just learned about this anthology today

Submissions open tomorrow and close on September 15th and I'm seriously contemplating attempting.

It's about a world with affordable FTL travel and that's literally what's going on in a setting I already have, where FTL travel has become accessible and trivial and a basic part of life leading to extremely vast interplanetary connection. My only thing is I just gotta figure out a start to end story that'll translate to 4-20 pages, so I gotta make a vignette about these yahoos. I know I can do it I just gotta find me a hook.

Like for further context, it's this group

I'll probably do it traditional to save myself time. I just need to get myself some comic board tho. Hoping I can clear up my cue quick and take some traditional commissions to cover the purchase of paper. Aaah and getting paid for it would be a real boon, plus you know, excitement of published material. Gosh I should probably hammer down my main comic because I could use that publication to drum up interest in the comic(s) I wanna do. I've slowly started to make a breakthrough in my primary one but there are a few hinges I need to put in place to really pick it up. The REAL kicker is that I don't know how to start it.

I guess side note, would anyone be interested in like IDK Server related to the stuff I'm working on? IDK

Nearly alone in the suburbs

Aug. 14th, 2017 12:59 pm[personal profile] jewelfox
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Content note: Tense family stuff and inequality / sexism / racism.

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Carl Jung once said something about how loneliness has less to do with how many people there are around you, and more to do with whether or not you feel you can say what's important to you.

That's why I complain so much about inequality, sexism, racism, and so on. Every day I'm reminded that I live in a society founded on all of these things, even if it's slightly better (or at least more polite) here than in the States. I can't ignore it, the way the white people I talk to here can. And when they lapse into awkward silences, like when I made the comment about rich people paying for transit or another comment about Canada's treatment of indigenous people, it shows me what parts of their psyches and societies they are not willing to confront.

Conversely, when I meet someone I can talk about these things with I feel so much better about myself. It's like a weight's taken off of my shoulders, and I can approach the work of surviving within this society with a sense of humour rather than fatalism. It's not about nursing a grudge; it's about finding the strength to go on.

So thank you all for reading, listening, and commenting here. It means a lot to me.

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Partly because pretty much all of the people I've been close to lately have been one or more of the above, including the Q, the I, and the A.

And partly because the kind of people who are pissed off about adding letters to the acronym deserve to be pissed.

The people I care and have cared about are here, and deserve to be recognized. Anything that makes them feel included is good.

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Aug. 11th, 2017 07:36 pm[personal profile] arethinn posting in [community profile] otherkin
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The SF Bay Otherkin Meetup for August has been cancelled. Stay tuned for September.

Art Fight Draws

Aug. 11th, 2017 06:02 pm[personal profile] armaina
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You know there's been entirely too much griping and not enough production.
My tablet has been on the fritz but I did some traditional art for ArtFight that I'll share.

6 marker colored arts in here )

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Aug. 11th, 2017 03:30 pm[personal profile] omorka
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Long post, mostly personal junk, behind the cut. TL;DR: We tried to fix someone's TV set yesterday and I got so many mosquito bites I had to take a Benadryl.

If that didn't scare you off, here goes: )

Catch-up time.

Aug. 11th, 2017 03:26 pm[personal profile] redsixwing
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I had surgery on the 2nd, and it went largely well. Fast, no complications.

I've been accordingly ignoring everything and anything, so I've missed about the last two weeks of DW. I'm calling amnesty on it; if you have something you're proud of and want a cheer for, please drop a link here!
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Let's talk about Linux and open-source stuff for a minute.

Free Software is NOT about Accessibility or equality. I see evidence for that claim since more then 15 years now. It is about coolness, self-staging, scratch-your-own-itchness and things like that. When Debian released Jessie [a version of the Debian OS], I was told that something like Accessibility is not important enough to delay the release. If GNOME just broke all the help system by switching to not-yet-accessible webkit, that is just bad luck, I was told. But it is outside of the abilities of package maintainers to ensure that what we ship is accessible.

I hereby officially give up. And I admit my own stupidity. Sorry for claiming Free Software would be a good thing for the world. It is definitely not for my kin. If Free Software ever takes over, the blind will be unable to use their computers.

-- Mario Lang, If your software should be cross platform and accessible, forget about Qt

This mirrors my experience with the Free Software / open-source world. If it's not something an abled cismale hacker cares about, it usually doesn't get done.

Accessibility isn't just about blind or deaf people. It also means people with learning disabilities trying to understand what's going on, mentally ill people trying to accomplish a task while stressed to the breaking point, or arthritic people trying to click a small target. It means minorities being able to participate without being subject to harassment or insulting stereotypes. It means having a culture that encourages patience and empathy, instead of attacking people who display those traits.

I participated in GNOME's outreach efforts as a paid intern, in 2012, because I thought they were a group that cared about these things too. Some of them, I think, still do, and maybe it's even improving. But mostly the experience taught me how little women, and "women's work" (anything that isn't coding), are valued in this subculture. A subculture which has disproportionate power, over the lives and livelihoods of a lot of people very different from them.

I'm sorry for evangelizing it. I honestly thought it was for the best.

PS. Dreamwidth is actually pretty great about this stuff. It's also one of the very few Free Software projects where women are a majority.

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Meet Kethra.

A photo of a small plastic miniature on Jewel fox's desk, next to her laptop. The miniature is of a female spell caster in a green dress, with a grey cloak over the top and a set of leather pouches and accessories hanging off of her waist. She is carrying her spell book in one hand, and using the other to summon ethereal flames from its pages.

She's a rebellious notary public, from a snowy part of the Forgotten Realms.

One winter, her local lord barred anyone without notarized identity papers from accessing shelter or grain. Kethra responded by notarizing any and all papers that crossed her desk while there was snow on the ground.

A cat is now lord of that land. The cat has impeccable documentation.

... oh yeah, her hobby is studying magic. That's what she's doing in this picture. Magic, not studying it.

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Nothing Really New

Aug. 8th, 2017 05:47 am[personal profile] omorka
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Oh, look. Flash flood warnings. Again. In early August, of all times.

First cicada was about four days ago; I just keep forgetting to make note of it.
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