May 2nd, 2016
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posted by [personal profile] firecat at 06:59pm on 2016-05-02
"100 MUST-READ SCI-FI FANTASY NOVELS BY FEMALE AUTHORS" by Nikki Steele, who writes, "Do note that I’ve only listed the first book in any given series."

I think this is a very good list. I have bolded the ones I've read, check-marked the ones I own but haven't read yet, and starred the ones I especially liked. I'm feeling especially hard to please when it comes to fiction these days, and I want to reflect that, so I didn't give out very many stars. I don't mean to suggest the ones I didn't give a star to are bad, just that they didn't get me super-excited.

If you've read any of these authors, I want to hear what you liked by them!

1. Alanna: The First Adventure by Tamora Pierce

2. The Alchemy of Stone by Ekaterina Sedia

*3. Among Others by Jo Walton

*4. Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie

√5. Ancient, Ancient by Kiini Ibura Salaam

√6. The Antelope Wife by Louise Erdrich

7. Arrows of the Queen by Mercedes Lackey

8. Ash by Malinda Lo

9. Assassin’s Apprentice by Robin Hobb

10. The Pyramid Waltz by Barbara Wright

11. Biting the Sun by Tanith Lee

12. The Blazing World by Margaret Cavendish

*13. The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter

√14. Boneshaker by Cherie Priest

15. Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson

16. Cast in Shadow by Michelle Sagara

√17. China Mountain Zhang by Maureen F. McHugh

18. Chorus of Mushrooms by Hiromi Goto

19. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

20. The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart

21. The Darkangel by Meredith Ann Pierce

22. Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor

23. Daughter of the Blood by Anne Bishop

24. Daughter of the Forest by Juliet Marillier

25. Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris (Didn't finish the series.)

√26. Deathless by Catherynne M. Valente

27. The Devil’s Arithmetic by Jane Yolen

28. The Dispossessed by Ursula K. Le Guin (Probably her most "important" book but not the one I would have picked as her best or my favorite.)

29. Doomsday Book by Connie Willis

30. Dragon Sword and Wind Child by Noriko Ogiwara

31. Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey

32. An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir

33. The Etched City by K.J. Bishop

34. The Female Man by Joanna Russ

35. Flesh and Spirit by Carol Berg

36. The Forgotten Beasts of Eld by Patricia A. McKillip (Tried, bounced)

37. Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

38. The Ghost Bride by Yangsze Choo

39. Graceling by Kristin Cashore

40. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood

*41. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

42. The Hearing Trumpet by Leonora Carrington

*43. Her Smoke Rose Up Forever by James Tiptree Jr.

*44. Hild by Nicola Griffith

45. His Majesty’s Dragon by Naomi Novik

46. The House of the Spirits by Isabel Allende

47. The House on the Lagoon by Rosario Ferré

48. Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

49. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

50. Ink by Sabrina Vourvoulias

51. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke

52. The Island of Eternal Love by Daína Chaviano

53. Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

54. Karen Memory by Elizabeth Bear

*55. The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin (This duology is excellent but I liked the Inheritance series better.)

56. Kushiel’s Dart by Jacqueline Carey

57. Luck in the Shadows by Lynn Flewelling

√58. Magic for Beginners by Kelly Link

59. The Mirror Empire by Kameron Hurley

*60. The Mists of Avalon by Marion Zimmer Bradley

61. Moving the Mountain by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

62. Mr. Fox by Helen Oyeyemi

63. My Christina & Other Stories by Mercè Rodoreda

64. My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due (Haven't read this one. I liked Joplin's Ghost though.)

65. Native Tongue by Suzette Haden Elgin

66. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

67. Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

68. The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

69. The Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen

*70. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater (Really like this series.)

71. The Red by Linda Nagata

√72. Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord

*73. Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire (Really like this series.)

74. Salt Fish Girl by Larissa Lai

75. The Second Mango by Shira Glassman

76. Shards of Honor by Lois McMaster Bujold (Have read the whole series.)

77. Shikasta by Doris Lessing

78. The Snow Queen by Joan D. Vinge

79. Slave to Sensation by Nalini Singh (Started, bounced)

80. So Far from God by Ana Castillo

√81. Sorcerer to the Crown by Zen Cho

*82. Soulless by Gail Carriger (Really like this series.)

83. The Sparrow by Mary Doria Russell

84. The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon

85. Spirits of the Ordinary by Kathleen Alcala

86. Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

87. A Stranger in Olondria by Sofia Samatar (Reading now)

88. Sunshine by Robin McKinley (Have read other good stuff by her.)

89. Swamplandia! by Karen Russell

*90. Swordspoint by Ellen Kushner

91. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner

92. Valor’s Choice by Tanya Huff

93. War for the Oaks by Emma Bull

94. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

√95. Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor

96. Wicked As They Come by Delilah S. Dawson

97. Woman on the Edge of Time by Marge Piercy

98. The Woman Who Thought She Was a Planet and Other Stories by Vandana Singh (I've probably read some of the stories in here.)

99. The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

100. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle
posted by [syndicated profile] transgriot_feed at 12:00am on 2016-05-01

Posted by Monica Roberts

Our week in Dallas for the Black Trans Advocacy Conference ended far too soon, and now we'll have to say goodbye to each other until next year.

BTAC 2016 has been an amazing event.   In its fifth anniversary year, we moved to a new hotel and broke our attendance record.  We had far more first time attendees this year and international attendees from Brazil and Jamaica..

The international attendees is a pattern I personally love and want to see continue.  The international attendees expand and add another level to the discussions we're having when it comes to being Black and trans.

For those of us who are still in the DFW area or at the hotel, we get the chance to meet up at Blue Mesa for our Farewell Brunch starting at 12 noon CDT.  We talk about the amazing week we had, share one last meal together, and lay some organizational groundwork for BTAC 2017.

Unfortunately, I'm going to have to miss it since my Megabus is leaving for Houston at 2:50 PM, but I'll be thinking about everyone on the ride back down to my end of I-45 and eagerly anticipating the dates for BTAC 2017
posted by [syndicated profile] transgriot_feed at 08:48pm on 2016-04-30

Posted by Monica Roberts

The Awards Gala was off the chain last night, and loved the caramel cheesecake we had for dessert.

Today we trade being dressed to the nines for casual clothes and a little family fun.  We leave the cozy space of our host hotel for a few hours to take on the open spaces of the Circle R Ranch in nearby Flower Mound, TX.

Hope the barbecue is on point.  

Once we return to the hotel and get some chill out time from our day trip, the 5th Anniversary Closing Ceremony Party will commence capped off by the Black Diamond Ball.

We'll have people walking the various categories seeking to impress our distinguished panel of judges and get perfect tens.across the board.     .  
posted by [syndicated profile] transgriot_feed at 10:00am on 2016-04-29

Posted by Monica Roberts

All hail our new Black Trans International Pageant royalty that was crowned last night in Taliyah Cassadine and Dane Ray who will be repping the BTIPS system for 2016.

Darn this BTAC week week is going by so fast.

Today is our last full day of seminars with our main event being the Black Trans Advocacy Awards Gala starting at 8 PM.  I also get to find out who receives the award named for moi along with the others being passed out tonight..
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Posted by Monica Roberts

Last night before I headed downstairs from my room to the Black Diamond Ball, I took some time to check out the live broadcast of the White House Correspondent's Dinner because it will be the last time I'll get to see the coolest POTUS of my lifetime do so.  

It was the last appearance of President Obama at the 'Nerd Prom' as the White House Correspondents Dinner is jokingly nicknamed, and it will be one we remember for a long time because he literally dropped to mic when he was done.

He did such a bang up job it was a tough follow up act for The Daily Show's Larry Wilmore.

Yeah, we're definitely going to miss this president when he hands over the office to his successor on January 20, whoever she is..

Here's the video of his White House Correspondents Dinner speech for those of you who missed it

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[Alexander the Great is questioning some Indian philosophers, and has threatened to execute anyone who gives a wrong answer]

• The first one... being asked which, in his opinion, were more numerous, the living or the dead, said that the living were, since the dead no longer existed.
• The second, being asked whether the earth or the sea produced larger animals, said the earth did, since the sea was but a part of the earth.
• The third, being asked what animal was the most cunning, said: "That which up to this time man has not discovered."
• The fourth, when asked why he had induced Sabbas to revolt, replied: "Because I wished him either to live nobly or to die nobly."
• The fifth, being asked which, in his opinion, was older, day or night, replied: "Day, by one day"; and he added, upon the king expressing amazement, that hard questions must have hard answers.
• Passing on, then, to the sixth, Alexander asked how a man could be most loved; "If," said the philosopher, "he is most powerful, and yet does not inspire fear."
• Of the three remaining, he who was asked how one might become a god instead of man, replied: "By doing something which a man cannot do";
• the one who was asked which was the stronger, life or death, answered: "Life, since it supports so many ills."
• and the last, asked how long it were well for a man to live, answered: "Until he does not regard death as better than life."

-- Plutarch, "Lives", late 1st century
posted by [syndicated profile] transgriot_feed at 12:00pm on 2016-05-02

Posted by Monica Roberts

I'm back at Casa de Monica after spending an amazing week hanging with my chosen family at the 2016 edition of the Black Trans Advocacy Conference in Dallas.

It was the fifth anniversary edition of this event, and it was a week in which I got to share the same space with old friends and make acquaintances with new cis and trans friends from around the country and increasingly the world.  This year we had attendees from Brazil and Jamaica, and I hope we continue to draw more people from the African Diaspora to the Black Trans Advocacy Conference..

It's an event that has the feel of a giant family reunion, but it's one in which we get to learn, laugh and love each other in a world that is being stirred up for crass political reasons to become more irrationally hostile to all trans people.  

It was sad we had to spend time putting out a press release condemning Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick (R) for pimping anti-trans hate in the Lone Star State mere hours before our conference kicked off..

But we refused to let the transphobic devils suck the joy out of this conference.

BTAC is a gigantic raised clenched Black fist debunking the notion that Black trans people don't exist.  It is the middle finger to all those who would seek to harm and oppress us.  It is an unapologetically Black trans focused space and conference that is also welcome to all who wish to attend and hang with us.  

BTAC is your family beckoning to those of you to come, get your hug and the welcoming love you deserve that the world and at times your own blood families fail to properly give you at times.  It's having fun and enjoying each other's company whether we are in the host hotel or out and about in the world trying to legislate us out of existence.

It's where we went to the correct bathrooms for an entire week and nothing happened in this hotel except us pooping, peeing and washing our hands when we were done.

It's remembering our ancestors who paved the way, the people we've lost, and the folks who wanted to be there but circumstances kept them away from us this time.  Know that you are loved by your BTAC family, we missed you at BTAC 2016, and hope you're blessed to be with us in 2017.

BTAC is where you can unapologetically be your fabulous Black trans selves.  It's sharing a meal with people who are like you and allies who unconditionally support us..  It's displaying your talent at TransManifest Live.  It's strutting your stuff on the Black Diamond Ball runway as you get tens across the board from the judges.  It's being crowned the king and queen of the BTIPS pageant system by last year's royalty.

It's exchanging information, hugs and heartfelt stories not only in the seminars but as you chill in each others rooms, in the hospitality suite or in the lobby area with other hotel guests and staff.  It's celebrating the start of love connections made at past and this year's BTAC conference.

It's getting dressed up for the Awards Gala and being recognized by your BTAC family for the work you do not only inside the organization, but to advance the human rights of our entire community even if the rest of the world ignores your substantive contributions to doing so.

BTAC is where your voice matters and you get to role model the change you wish to see in the world.

It's also a conference in which peeps find out I write and spit spoken word poetry, can step up my fashion game when necessary, I don't bite when you approach me to say hello, I have a wicked sense of humor, and I play a take no prisoners trash talking game of dominoes while others are doing the same thing when they play whatever card game du jour that is going on at the time.

You have been warned for next year, peeps thinking about coming to challenge the Queen of the Dominoes table. And if it hadn't been raining too hard Tuesday night, y'all would've found out I can bowl.

And trans haters, it's where we gleefully blow up your lies about what it means to be an unapologetically Black trans person or an unapologetic ally to our community..

It's also a conference in which by the time it reached the closing brunch on Sunday, I and everyone else there is sad it's over.

We are all painfully aware as we gather together one last time for that closing brunch it will be another 365 days before we're blessed to be in the company of these amazing people we've spent a fab week with in the same BTAC space

And this year I missed the brunch because I had to leave early to catch my 2:50 PM Megabus back to Houston.  I and Dee had to depressingly watch as everyone else attending it got dropped off by the hotel shuttle bus at Blue Mesa and we stayed on enroute to DART's Addison Transit Center.

So yes, while BTAC 2016 is one for the history books, already looking forward to next year, and hope those of you who missed it this year will join us for BTAC 2017. .

And when the date and location for BTAC 2017 is announced, you will definitely see it on these TransGriot pages.

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posted by [personal profile] redbird at 02:18pm on 2016-05-02 under ,
I'm in Montreal for a long weekend with [ profile] rysmiel and [ profile] papersky; we have had lots of good food and good conversation. I'm flying back tomorrow around lunchtime, so when rysmiel and I came back from a walk, I logged into the Air Canada site and checked in for my flight. All very sensible; I changed my seat, paid to check my bag (I've bought a few things, some of them liquid), and printed my boarding pass. But it makes me feel a little bit like the visit is almost over, even though about a quarter of it is left, and we have actual plans for this evening.

The odd thing about visiting this time of year is that spring is much more advanced in Boston than in Montreal: a lot less is in bloom here (the forsythia are just starting, and they were close to done by the time I headed to the Boston airport Friday morning), and most of the trees are bare. (Montreal in January, or for that matter August, is probably going to be colder than New York or Boston, but it's not so visually different.)
location: Montreal
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posted by [personal profile] dingsi at 06:57pm on 2016-05-02 under
What good, exciting things happened to you last week? What are you looking forward to this week? It can be one thing or many things, something big or small - especially the small things, they don't get enough credit.

If you are uncomfortable commenting publicly, you can leave an anonymous comment instead which will stay screened, and I have turned off Captchas.

♣ Last Saturday I booked a hotel room for a weekend trip in July, that I'm undertaking with my sister and her boyfriend. Already looking forward to it...
♣ There's a newly created local meet-up for trans/genderqueer people and I offered to do a painting activity soon-ish ( = bring supplies, paint whatever you want how you want it, eat all the snacks).
♣ This year three of the public holidays in May fall on a weekday.
♣ Three ordered books from the UK arrived today already, which was perfect for a Monday and besides it means I can look forward to receiving shipments all week. I love getting mail.
♣ On my way home I saw a forget-me-not blooming in the narrow space between garden fence and sidewalk. Not only are they pretty, they also remind me of my late maternal grandmother as forget-me-nots were common in her garden.
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posted by [personal profile] twistedchick at 08:31am on 2016-05-02
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Every week, let's celebrate ourselves, to start the week right. Tell me what you're proud of. Tell me what you accomplished last week, something -- at least one thing -- that you can turn around and point at and say: I did this. Me. It was tough, but I did it, and I did it well, and I am proud of it, and it makes me feel good to see what I accomplished. Could be anything -- something you made, something you did, something you got through. Just take a minute and celebrate yourself. Either here, or in your journal, but somewhere.

(And if you feel uncomfortable doing this in public, I've set this entry to screen any anonymous comments, so if you want privacy, comment anonymously and I won't unscreen it. Also: yes, by all means, cheer each other on when you see something you want to give props to!)
May 1st, 2016
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posted by [personal profile] synecdochic at 11:31pm on 2016-05-01 under
So, a week or so ago, there was massive confusion over our stuff that was put on the shelf to be glaze fired at Clayworks -- I won't recap it here, but it basically involved us being taught wrong in the winter class without being told that we shouldn't do it that way in the future and as a result we put our pieces on the shelf for cone 6 firing instead of ^10 firing -- but thankfully, the kiln tech caught it and moved things to the right shelf. We collected the results tonight, and it all looks great! (Except for one of my mugs, but that was not firing error, it was glazer error. Heh.)

The whole shebang:

Closeup of each of the pots + glazing notes )
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[personal profile] onyxlynx reminded me that "Three Weeks for Dreamwidth" is still supposed to happen around here. I completely forgot about it, and now we're already a third in (the date is April 25th to May 15th). However, I think it is amazing that Dreamwidth has been around for seven years, which means that I have known many of you for just that long -- in some cases even longer. We have seen this site grow to what it is and it'll always be special to me. I'm going to try and post a bit of 3W4DW content over the next two weeks, including a 21 Questions meme (originally by [personal profile] finch). I'm also going to try and accumulate some interesting links to other people's activities, so if you have some recommendations or 3W4DW content of your own, drop me a line in comments!

Recent months have been very kind to me financially. My per-hour wage has risen a little, and I took advantage of some website's special coupons to sell off some used books for a better price. Thus, last week and today, I ordered a ton of used books for basically the same amount as I had earned. I am feeling a little embarassed by that, but on the good side, it means I'm breaking even instead of losing money. (I DO admit I'm having a Book Problem, though, so May will be a purchase-less month.) I decided to list the acquisitions of April and today, because it pleases me.
I'd love to have some commentary if you read some of these books and would like to share, I think some of them are classics while a few others were all over my friends' journals / meta communities a few years ago. Yay or nay? Overrated or underrated? Strengths? Weaknesses? Parts to look out for, good or bad? My watercooler is open!

Lotsa books that are/will be on their way to me, yay )
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posted by [personal profile] zenlizard at 11:48am on 2016-05-01 under
Mood:: 'sleepy' sleepy
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posted by [personal profile] twistedchick at 09:24am on 2016-05-01
Your contempt is not worth a poem
but this much remains to be said:

my memories of you are a better friend
than the man I see now, bitter and cold.

What could have changed you, I don't know.
There's no Rosetta stone to decipher.

This world has many roads
that do not cross often, if at all.
It's a good thing.

One road's complexities
look simple from another's view

but the brambles at our feet still need
to be walked through one step at a time.

Fly where you will, you cannot avoid them.
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posted by [personal profile] redbird at 07:37am on 2016-05-01 under , ,
For Blogging against Disabilism Day, David Gillon has written about not 'Giving Up' and about non-disabled people's harmful prejudices about him using a wheelchair.
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posted by [personal profile] twistedchick at 01:20am on 2016-05-01
As it has turned out, I'm allergic to the new long-term medicine that was supposed to get me off the prednisone. Spent the day talking to doctors and advise nurses, and the evening at the urgent care getting an IV with antihistamines and more steroid to combat the swelling on the side of my throat and elsewhere that came and went all day.

And now I have more meds to take, to continue to offset the one dose of the new med as it washes out of my body...

But I am still here. This counts.
April 30th, 2016
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I've put up a post in [site community profile] dw_dev with details of the contributor event on the 14th and 15th of May. For bonus points, account creation is now working for the wiki, so documentation efforts are welcomed and encouraged!

I've also updated the masterlist of introductory bugs, with one new issue for a total of 18 unclaimed issues. If you've been thinking of getting involved I would be delighted if you showed up (virtually or in person) to the contributor event. As ever, here's how to get started. :-)
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posted by [personal profile] kaberett in [site community profile] dw_dev at 09:35pm on 2016-04-30 under
Hello folk!

A reminder that I am running a Dreamwidth contributor weekend on the 14th of May, with spillover to the 15th. To get a sense of what goes on at these events, you can take a look at the November event summary and the February event summary.

If you need the physical address, please let me know and I'll PM it you along with instructions on how to get here by public transport. This is not the same address as the last time I hosted, so please do make sure you know where you're going!

If you'd like to attend remotely, find us on IRC or add me on Skype (ekabrett): I'm intending to have a spare machine running a video Skype call to interested folk from the corner of one of the rooms from about 11am on the Saturday (i.e. if you're attending in person and would rather not participate in the Skype call this will be avoidable).

More logistics! )
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posted by [personal profile] twistedchick at 08:14am on 2016-04-30
My friend at Adelphi Friends Meeting, Chloe Schwenke, spoke at a local TED conference a few months ago, and her talk on being transgender is now available: The unexpected champions of human dignity. Please feel free to pass this on.
April 29th, 2016
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posted by [personal profile] bodger at 08:12am on 2016-04-29 under
My first record player was a cheap red and white plastic affair with which I could play my stack of bright yellow 78s. It was the kind that had a steel needle that was held in place with a thumbscrew on the tonearm, the kind you were supposed to replace the needle after every play. However, we only had the one needle, so I just used it over and over. It had a horrible tinny sound to it, and the records were scratched up and barely intelligible, but I enjoyed it. After we moved house, it and its records lived out in the porch.

more maudlin record player nostalgia, with pictures )

Mood:: 'nostalgic' nostalgic
Music:: Polly Wolly Doodle – Jimmy Carroll and Orchestra
location: Lovettsville, VA

Fire of Thought turned 7 today!

This blog has had a different flavor in the last year. Thanks for sticking with me.

April 28th, 2016
posted by [syndicated profile] transgriot_feed at 07:00am on 2016-04-28

Posted by Monica Roberts

After an amazing display of talent at TransManifest last night that included lip sync, several spoken word performances, and a rapper, it`s Thursday at #BTAC2016.
The highly anticipated events taking place today are the keynote speeches by Mister Cris and Dora Santana and later tonight, the Mr. and Ms. Black Trans International pageants at 7 PM in which the new BTAC royalty will be crowned to represent us..

There will also be two morning blocks and an afternoon block of seminar programming to fill out the rest of this third day of Black Trans Advocacy Conference programming..
posted by [syndicated profile] transgriot_feed at 12:00am on 2016-04-28

Posted by Monica Roberts

Besides right wing Republican pervs like Dennis Hastert, Josh Duggar and countless others around the country, this is what women fear more in the bathrooms than their trans sisters.

Yep, running out of toilet paper.

You ignorati really need to get over your facts free hatred of trans folks.  I and the trans community are getting sick and tired of being sick and tired of being your political punching bags and our lives are not up for a societal debate

So flush that transphobia you`re peddling as soon as possible.

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posted by [personal profile] filkerdave at 11:15am on 2016-04-28 under , , , ,

I'd already decided that I was going go Finland for Finncon in Tampere this coming year (which means I'll miss Conterpoint, the 2016 NEFilk, since they're the same weekend).

And now I've just registered for IceCon 2016 in Reykjavík in October.

Add in Worldcon and it's going to be an expensive year for fannish travel!
location: Uniondale, NY
Music:: Porches, "Underwater"
Mood:: Fannish
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posted by [personal profile] misschili at 03:20pm on 2016-04-28 under
Paul Gaugin apparently had a lust for things worldwide.

Okay, maybe not fully worldwide, but more than France. Yeah, Gaugin married a Danish woman, had five children with her, and lost his job as a stockbroker due to the market collapse, deciding that losing his job meant that he could paint every day. And, no, his wife did not like that idea at all, as he
pursued his artistic ambitions, leaving Mette at home with the children, her maternal instincts bred material claims. She saw no future in her husband’s artistic ambitions, particularly as she became aware of how socially handicapped he had become. He seemed entirely incapable of making contacts and was unable to secure himself employment with any of the art dealers he had approached.

Under the increased financial pressures, Gauguin became more abusive towards his wife, who righteously sailed off to Copenhagen to investigate job opportunities. She then returned with the news that there was great interest in Impressionist works in Denmark, and that she could earn money teaching French.


Yep, and then they came to Damnark, where his dislike of or disgust with the country showed through any attempt he made at hiding it. Okay, he didn't seem to try to hide it at all.

“I deeply loathe Denmark, and the Danish people, and the Danish climate. There are many other things that make me hate Denmark, but they are private reasons that one ought to keep to oneself.”

He found the conversation stifling and detected false modesty among the Danes.

“You have to get used to the kind of conversation you hear every day. They ask me questions like: ‘Coming from such a great country you must find everything here much behind the times. We are so small. What do you think of Copenhagen, our museums etc? They are not of much account.’ And all of this is said to make you say just the opposite. And you do so, presumably out of sheer politeness. You don’t forget your manners.”

To be forthright, I think that such 'manners' haven't changed much in this country made up of blue-cheese islands, and it's possible that other folk think the same. Ah well, for those of you interested in following this story, here's where I came across it today:

Mood:: 'if I wasn't awake before...' if I wasn't awake before...
April 27th, 2016
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The "common wisdom" that you have to worry more about anonymous strangers raping and assaulting and sexually abusing you?

It's a lie. It's a lie to cover up the fact that the people who really cause the most trouble in this way are the ones who are already in our lives.

The "funny" uncle that you don't want to be in the same room with, because of the way he looks at you. The guy you work with, who leans over to you and says, "I know where you live. I followed you home last week." The guy who dates the woman you work with, who, whenever he sees you, gets close enough to tell you under his breath and in detail exactly what he wants to do with you -- never mind that he is saying the same thing to every woman at the small company where you work, or that his girlfriend is somehow ignoring it all. The father of your friend from high school, who keeps trying to get you alone (you don't go), and who, you learn later, sexually abused all but his youngest daughter, repeatedly, which was ignored by his wife and everyone who hadn't been abused -- no counseling, no treatment, no accountability, and fucked-up lives. The guy at the party/gathering/convention/whatever who manages to corner you, away from the rest of the group, so he can feel you up and look offended when you push him off, as if it's your fault he's not getting what he wants. The guy who lives in the upstairs apartment, who tries to intimidate you with his size whenever he's in the elevator with you, regardless of whether others are there. The older male relative, not quite sober, who makes a crude joke and cruder gestures about the size of your breasts, and says out loud that the only reason you've been asked out is because the guy wants to get laid.

That's a part of my list. It is not all of it. There is no way to fit the whole list here.

more plain speaking -- if it becomes too plain, I do not apologize )
posted by [syndicated profile] transgriot_feed at 10:00am on 2016-04-27

Posted by Monica Roberts

One of my fave sporting events for many reasons is the Olympic Games be it the summer or winter versions of it.   I'm definitely looking forward to the August 5 of the Rio Games this summer.

We are now 100 days from watching the opening ceremonies at Maracana Stadium, and the Olympic flame was lit on April 21 in Greece and is now making its way across Greece enroute to a handoff ceremony schedule to happen today in Athens.  

After the torch is handed off to the Brazilian organizers, it will head to IOC headquarters in Switzerland and the Olympic Museum in Lausanne before heading to Geneva and the UN Office there.

From there it will take flight to Brasilia, Brazil's capital where the torch rally will start on May 3 and hit 300 cities, all 26 Brazilian state capitals and the Brazilian Federal District before it gets to Rio de Janeiro on August 5 for the first ever Olympic Games held on the South American continent.

And can't wait to see who the Brazilians select to light the Olympic cauldron and what creative way they come up with to do so.

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posted by [personal profile] jayblanc at 04:59pm on 2016-04-27
Pop Quiz: Explain in general terms why when cutting an ordinary piece of paper with a pair of scissors you will never cut an individual atom in two, even if your scissors were made of a material that presented a sharpened edge one neutron thick?
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posted by [personal profile] twistedchick at 10:24am on 2016-04-27
Four risk factors for burnout, and how to deal with them.

Rutland, VT, will host 100 refugees from Syria and Iraq.

The economic Ponzi scheme that is behind the way things work. Which is straight from the Chicago School of Economics, c. mid-1980s. The assumptions have not changed. This is not a good thing. Not everything needs to be monetized.

America can afford a universal basic income. I don't see it coming soon, though.

New York State stops taxing tampons and pads.

Nebraska ends civil forfeiture -- you must be convicted for your stuff to be taken away. Now, how about 49 other states follow that?


Rape culture:

The criminal case against Bill Cosby will proceed.

The hypocrisy of Utah's anti-porn crusade.

But at Brigham Young University, in Utah, women who report being sexually assaulted are punished by the honor code. Which I think is dishonorable in the extreme.

Lawsuit charges Kansas State officials with telling students that if they're raped off campus, it's their problem. The university will not investigate. Not even when it's the 11 rapes since 2012 at university fraternities.


The ideological vs. operational divide in the GOP.

Epigenetics, blurring the line between nature and nurture.

Everyone needs to know this about Ted Cruz: he went to the Supreme Court to argue that a man who had been mistakenly sentenced to 16 years instead of two years for petty theft should be forced to serve the whole time. Quote:

...The case reveals something interesting about Cruz’s character. Ted Cruz is now running strongly among evangelical voters, especially in Iowa. But in his career and public presentation Cruz is a stranger to most of what would generally be considered the Christian virtues: humility, mercy, compassion and grace. Cruz’s behavior in the Haley case is almost the dictionary definition of pharisaism: an overzealous application of the letter of the law in a way that violates the spirit of the law, as well as fairness and mercy....

Seymour Hersh on Saudi oil money bribes and killing Bin Laden -- which are not as separate as one might think.

The high plains of Colorado makes a new home for abused captive lions, tigers and bears.

Yes, the US had free colleges for a century. Does anyone remember this? I can recall when UCLA was tuition-free for anyone living in California.

Which Shakespeare play should you see? A flow chart.
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posted by [syndicated profile] transgriot_feed at 07:00am on 2016-04-27

Posted by Monica Roberts

The first full day of BTAC 2016 seminars starts at 9:15 AM CDT.   We'll also have the BTAC Career Clinic and the opening of the vendor area.

Th topics of the seminars in the AM block are 'Creating Healthy Masculinity', 'Ways Of Coping With Stress', 'Gaining and Maintaining Employment For Trans People', 'Behind The Scenes Pageantry Preparation On and Off Stage' and 'Life Choices'.

I'm moderating one on Black Trans History at 2:15 PM as part of the Black Trans Community Summit, with Part 2 starting at 3:30 PM will be a round table discussion on issues of importance to our community.  

For those of you wishing you were here in Dallas with us,  you can check out the days events at the hashtag #BTAC2016.

This day closes with Trans Manifest Live starting at 9 PM
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posted by [personal profile] liv at 12:57pm on 2016-04-27 under ,
Recently read: Lots of really great stuff on my reading lists currently. I recommend:

Currently reading: Still Ghost spin, by Chris Moriarty. It was a bit slow to start in a way but it's picking up and is doing lots of cool stuff with the same character in multiple timelines.

Up next: The next thing on my extremely slow reading challenge list is A book with a color in the title. I've just sent most of my to-read books back to my real house with [personal profile] jack, so I can't look through them and see if anything qualifies. [ profile] rysmiel gave me Burning days by Glenn Grant as a belated birthday present, so that's a likely choice. Or maybe some of the genuine Hugo nominees; I've been meaning to pick up Uprooted by Naomi Novik for a while.
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posted by [syndicated profile] transgriot_feed at 12:00am on 2016-04-26

Posted by Monica Roberts

Been waiting for this day since I left Dallas last year after the conclusion of last year's conference to go back to my end of I-45.   It's now time for the 5th annual Black Trans Advocacy Conference, and we're doing so from a new hotel, the Marriott Dallas/Addison Quorum after two years at the Doubletree Campbell Center.

New hotel means we have a new area of town to learn in terms of what is available nearby, and one in terms of how it's laid out.

We get started at 1 PM CDT with our opening plenary session and orientation, with our first seminar of BTAC 2016 starting at 2:30 PM entitled 'Sharing The Light Of Love Through Spirituality' with presented Jade Lenore.

At 7 PM will be the BTAC 2016 Opening Ceremony followed at 8:15 PM by a Grand Akanni for the brothers and masculine identified attendees moderated by BTAC CEO Carter Brown and a Grand Ayombi for the ladies and feminine identified attendees moderated by BTWI's Dee Dee Watters.

And if the weather holds up, at 10 PM we're going bowling tonight at Bowlmor Lanes..      .

You can also follow the action at #BTAC2016.

Posted by Monica Roberts

The race for the Democratic party nomination may not be officially over until June 14, but Sec. Hillary Clinton took four out of five northeastern states to get another step closer to clinching the nomination. .

Sanders only win was in Rhode Island, which was a semi closed primary state that he won  55%-43%.   The other states were closed primaries with predictable results.   Clinton narrowly won Connecticut by six points, , Delaware and the big prizes of Maryland (118 delegates) and Pennsylvania (210).

Three states she won by blowout, which is bad news once again for a Sanders campaign desperately trying to cut into her large delegate lead   She won Maryland, with its large African-American population by 30 points, Delaware by 20 points and Pennsylvania by 12 points

The obese opera singer may not be singing the 'It's Over" aria, but is definitely doing sound checks.

Next up is the Indiana primary on May 3 in which 92 delegates will be up for grabs.

April 26th, 2016

Posted by Monica Roberts

The 2016 edition of the Black Trans Advocacy Conference kicked off in Dallas today, but attendees were dismayed to hear that Texas Lt. Governor Dan Patrick (R) signaled during a press conference that he would be supportive of a HB 2 style hate bill in the Lone Star State.  It`s not surprising since Patrick supported and contributed to the HERO repeal forces.  

The Black Trans Advocacy Conference this afternoon issued a statement condemning Lt Governor Patrick`s comments attempt to peddle anti trans hatred in Texas.


The Black Trans Advocacy Conference condemns Lt. Governor Dan Patrick`s statement that he would support removing human rights protections for all Texans with an HB2 style bill.

We find it particularly egregious that you would cynically use hatred of trans people to do so in an election year.

"I fail to understand why our lieutenant governor would wish to take this regressive step backward," said BTAC executive director Carter Brown. "Trans Texans are your neighbors, business owners, employees, taxpayers, family members,  husbands, wives, and people raising children."

"It is time to move Texas forward, not follow North Carolina down the divisive, economy destroying nouveau Jim Crow path they wish to take our beloved state."

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posted by [personal profile] filkerdave at 01:55pm on 2016-04-26 under , ,

MidAmericon 2, the 74th World Science Fiction Convention has released the Hugo Awards finalists.

Remember, you need to be a member of the convention to vote!
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posted by [personal profile] twistedchick at 01:37pm on 2016-04-26
Unnumbered dashes replacing bullet points:

-- Went *shopping*. At a mall. For bras. Did not find any, of course. Only went to one place, but may go back later to look at a few that I found that look slightly promising, after I have a little more energy.

-- This was after dealing with the pharmacy, at which I was an idiot -- I forgot I'd refilled one prescription by mail order, and the second one was not ready as it needs to be approved (again) by the doctor. And I sorted it out with the pharmacist that no, I can't pick up the third prescription until the test that says whether I can have it is back from the lab (which it's not.) But it makes pharmacists happy to have people ask questions, so there's that.

-- I have been sitting outside in the mornings, playing wooden flutes while Beautiful listens. She doesn't mind them. It's a bit of a trick to play the same thing on the bamboo six-hole flute and the pine Navajo flute -- they do not have the same notes in them. The bamboo has a wider range, the pine a soft sound that mixes in with the sounds of leaves and breeze. It seems that the birds like it also; they fly nearer (though still cautious, well above my height and often in the next yard.) I verified with the uphill neighbor (a jazz guitarist) that no, he would not mind if I played fiddle outdoors. I don't know the downhill neighbors that well, but I'm playing with a small mute on it because the fiddle is a loud-ass instrument for barn dances before microphones and amps were invented, and it knows how to make itself heard. I want it to be heard by *me* more than anyone, without overmuting it. But it will work out.

-- Today, however is Primary Day, with the nearest polling place half a block away and people cruising for parking spots, so I am not going anywhere.

-- But: I am not exhausted. I slept very well. I had coffee yesterday and I am having it again, and I seem to be acquiring my caffeine tolerance again. The digestion is behaving. Now to get an appointment for a haircut... and some new nail polish... and see what happens.
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posted by [personal profile] synecdochic at 10:00am on 2016-04-26 under
I'll stop spamming cat pics quite as much once they settle in a bit more, but KITTIES.

Sarah called the vet this morning (a local cat-only practice) and the tech assured her that they view being a crazy cat lady as a badge of pride, and that we aren't anywhere near as full up as some of their clients. I'm trying not to take that as a challenge, heh.

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posted by [personal profile] liv at 11:49am on 2016-04-26 under
Yes, obvious pun, sorry. Anyway, the point is that I was really stressed about the beginning of Pesach and actually it was totally fine.

seder reports are a bit of a tradition by now )

And at the end of the week I get to run a seder for my partners and their children. I was sort of hoping parents would join us if not invite the whole crowd of five extra people to their seder, but it's really not practically feasible this year. They are being really supportive with lots of advice, though, so I feel loved and accepted. I am trying not to get into a mindset of being excessively nervous because I want my loves' first ever seder to be perfect. We've been having lots of good conversations about doing the seder in an appropriately interfaith way.

If you've ever been a non-Jewish guest at a seder, please do comment with what sorts of things were helpful and welcoming, or what was confusing and alienating. I'm happy to hear suggestions from Jewish friends too, of course, but I'd particularly like to know about people's direct experiences.
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