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Old news by now: the Colbert Report has an end date. April 15, 2014

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The first time a post about it came along, my reaction was to double-check that it wasn’t a belated April Fool’s joke. Turns out, nope. Stephen’s moving on to do a network talk show.

FNFF discussion thread.

This is so surreal. I got into fake news only a few months before TCR started, so TCR and TDS have been a part of my life — and a package deal — since high school. There was always a huge backlog of TDS episodes I hadn’t seen — and even now the Kilborn episodes aren’t online, so there are a lot I may never see — and last summer’s substitute hosting by John Oliver the show could go on after Jon, even if it wouldn’t be quite the same. But in 2015 TCR will have stopped. There’s no way to replace Stephen in that role. It’s no longer open-ended; it’s finite, and the bounds are set.

As long as Stephen’s happy with the job change, that’s the important thing, but still.

The ending had better be amazing, that’s all I can say. (I mean, obviously the dream is for “Stephen” to run off to Vegas and have a big gay wedding, but, you know, any number of other scenarios could be satisfying. We’ll see.)

Monday Roundup, 4/14 April 14, 2014

Posted by Erin Ptah in But I'm A Cat Person, Madoka Magica, Night Vale.
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But I’m A Cat Person
Jany with Blackberries (art | Jany, Kara Lynn | worksafe)
Marble Steps (art | Camellia, Reseda, Miranda, Poe, Bianca, Patrick, Jany, Kara Lynn, Sparrow | worksafe)

Puella Magi Madoka Magica(/Creamy Mami, /Esper Mami)
Mahou Shoujo Mami (art | Mami, Mami, Mami | worksafe)

Thrilling Adventure Hour/Welcome to Night Vale
Child of Science (or, Scientifically Deduce Who’s Coming To Dinner) (fic | Cecil/Carlos, Science Beings, Red Plains Rider | G)

Welcome to Night Vale(/His Dark Materials)
He Says He Is An Experimental Theologian, chapters 27-29 (fic | eventual Carlos/Cecil, scientists, Night Vale residents, their daemons | T)
We just wanted to see you. (art | Carlos, daemon, the lights above the Arby’s | worksafe)
Let The Storm Rage On (art | scientists | worksafe)
Carlos’s Team of Scientists – Fancast (photoset | Carlos, team | worksafe)
Night Vale Daemons And Their Girls (art | Tamika, Dana, Megan Wallaby | worksafe)
Mostly Stars (graphic, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Updates switch to a Tuesday/Thursday schedule, and the Tiger makes herself familiar and intriguing to Jany.

Multifandom Recs (weekly) April 13, 2014

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To balance out that last post: Sometimes, people are awesome April 8, 2014

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Both executive orders mirror provisions of the Paycheck Fairness Act, which Congress has twice failed to pass. One would prohibit federal contractors from retaliating against employees who share their salary information with each other. [...] The second executive order will instruct the Department of Labor to create new regulations requiring federal contractors to report wage-related data to the government, in the hope that it will hold them more accountable for salary differences based on sex or race.”

“17-year-old Angela Zhang [...] has been making headlines recently after taking home a check of $100,000 from the national Siemens science contest, and now it has been suggested that her research could lead to a potential cure for cancer.

“A physics student from Egypt’s Sohag University, Aisha Mustafa, 19, has patented a new type of propulsion system based on quantum theory that she says could propel space probes and artificial satellites without using any fuel.

That one time the US had a lesbian First Lady.

I did not know that the woman who wrote America The Beautiful, Katharine Lee Bates, lived with intimate partner Katharine Coman for twenty-five years. Now I know. Learning!

Ching Shih is getting a miniseries! Next up, in Actual Women Pirates of History Who Deserve To Be On TV: “Jeanne de Clisson, the ‘Lioness of Brittany’ and fearsome pirate queen, stalked the English Channel for French ships from 1343 – 1356.”

Mona Parsons: Ziegfield Follies star, Nazi resistance leader, avoided death by firing squad, walked 125 km barefoot through enemy territory, basically all-around dazzling.

“But why do you feminists get so *angry*?” April 5, 2014

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“When a man set up a fake internet dating profile pretending to be female, he set out to prove a point about how easy women have it when searching for an online match. However, his experiment backfired when – just two hours later – he was forced to delete his account because of an ‘onslaught’ of unwanted attention.

“So I made the OkCupid profile of the Worst Woman on Earth, hoping to prove that there exists an online dating profile so loathsome that no man would message it.” Or: the only proof you will ever need that harassment is not a compliment.

“Teachers are often unaware of the gender distribution of talk in their classrooms. They usually consider that they give equal amounts of attention to girls and boys, and it is only when they make a tape recording that they realize that boys are dominating the interactions.

Leading Men Age, But Their Love Interests Don’t: the graphs.

Pregnant Italian woman in the UK for a work trip, has a panic attack (that she normally takes medication to control, but like 99% of medications, you’re not supposed to take it while pregnant), social workers forcibly sedate her, give her a C-section, and have the baby adopted by a UK family. Didn’t even allow the woman’s family or friends to take care of the kid for her. This is insane.

“But it’s worse to leave a patient without medical care because doctors are afraid of violating the law.”

“In a landmark study, one researcher found that women make the same number of jokes as men — when they’re children. But around age 6, something changes; the number of jokes girls make decreases, and it never evens out again.”

Multifandom Recs (weekly) March 30, 2014

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Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Monday Roundup, 3/24 March 24, 2014

Posted by Erin Ptah in Art, But I'm A Cat Person, Comics, Fake News, Fic, Meta, Night Vale.
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But I’m A Cat Person
The Ham Joke (comic | Stu, Jess | G)
Sparrow with Blueberries (art | Sparrow | worksafe)

Fake News
Sir Stephen the Lincolnish (comic | Jon, “Stephen” | worksafe)

His Dark Materials
Rusakov-particle worldbuilding (meta about the future of Mary & Will’s world)

Welcome to Night Vale(/His Dark Materials)
He Says He Is An Experimental Theologian, chapters 24-26 (fic | eventual Carlos/Cecil, scientists, Night Vale residents, their daemons | T)
Expressions wasted on radio (art | Cecil[/Carlos] | worksafe)
Authoritative Night Vale Daemons (art | Leann Hart, Pamela Winchell, Trish Hidge | worksafe)
Vacation Science (comic | Cecil/Carlos | G)
I’m living here now. This is my corner. (comic | Cecil, Steve, Renée, Khoshekh | G)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Ann Walker considers all the research and/or exploitation she can do by bringing Jany and Kara Lynn to the US.

Legally Recognize Non-Binary Genders March 17, 2014

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Petition the Obama Administration to: Legally Recognize Non-Binary Genders. More than reasonable, long overdue. Deadline is in a few days — let’s go give it the push it needs.

Tuesday Roundup, 3/11 March 11, 2014

Posted by Erin Ptah in Art, But I'm A Cat Person, Fic, Misc Work, Miscellaneous, Night Vale.
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But I’m A Cat Person
Scrappy fighters, snazzy collars (cover art | Patrick, Reseda | worksafe)
Miranda with Strawberries (art | Miranda, Poe | worksafe)

Revolutionary Girl Utena
Femslash February 2014 – Utenian Game Characters (sketch | Chigusa/game protagonist | worksafe)

Welcome to Night Vale(/His Dark Materials, /The Hunger Games)
He Says He Is An Experimental Theologian, chapters 22-23 (fic | eventual Carlos/Cecil, scientists, Night Vale residents, their daemons | T)
Reaction post: e042 Numbers (review/recap & discussion)
But it’ll still be two days till I say I’m sorry (animation | Cecil/Carlos | worksafe)
Shiny new face models (art | Carlos, Cecil, Cecil’s mother | worksafe)
Little Cecil’s favorite toy (art | Cecil | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Norton Fighter (commissioned chibi, worksafe)
Durian (commissioned chibis, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
While our heroes in Boston have been hashing out their differences, let’s see what Jany and Kara Lynn back in the UK have been up to…

Multifandom Recs (weekly) March 9, 2014

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