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Burns & Allen Transcript: Last Year’s Christmas Bills (1947-01-09) January 15, 2019

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The year is 1947. Noir films are fond of name-checking Tehachapi, currently an all-women’s prison; Magnin’s has been bought out, but stores are still using the name; and Gracie Allen is just getting the bills for her Christmas 1946 purchases.

Featuring some truly adorable financial logic (as long as it’s not being applied to your finances, anyway).

Download the episode here, listen on YouTube here, or read the transcript below.

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Monday Works Roundup, 1/14/19 January 14, 2019

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But I’m A Cat Person
Inspiration, 20GayTeen to 20BiTeen (comic | ensemble | G)
Poor Unfortunate Beings (sketch | Jany, Kara Lynn, Blake, Walker | worksafe)
Spotlight Heist (cover art | Miranda, Timothy, Sparrow | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Leif & Thorn Deleted Scenes 2018 (comic panels | ensemble | G)
Longsword Heart (wallpaper | Pascentia | worksafe)
Anniversary draft (sketch | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)
#OCDressup – Leif and Thorn (paper dolls | Leif, Thorn | worksafe)
Formal Bunad, Cute Shoes (chibi | Elisa | worksafe)

Deer Me
Deer Me (art | Viana, Velvet | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
Tuxedo Ally (art | Mamoru | worksafe)

Wizard of Oz
The Great Responsibilities of Oz (fic | Dorothy/Ozma, Toto, Wizard, Glinda | T)

General/Miscellaneous
Rainbow Hibana (chibi commission, worksafe)
Queer Pride Flags (animated stamp)
Trans Pride Flags (animated stamp)
Webcomic Woes 26 – The independence learning curve (comic, G)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
The Wolf is back in action, and she sure doesn’t look happy.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Lots of things are on fire! Fortunately, they’re supposed to be.

Multifandom recommendations – Sailor Moon, Red Dwarf, Steven Universe, and more January 9, 2019

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  • Steven Universe | Garnet/Rose | G | Two Steps Forward
    Garnet gets to know Steven long before he is actually born. She just wishes there was a way for Rose to have that same chance.
    series:steven universe,fic:one-shot,yuri,pairing:garnet_rose,genfic,trope:timetravel
  • Steven Universe | Pearl/Rose, ensemble | G | Bound
    At first, Pearl had no reason to chafe against Pink Diamond’s final order. There were too many other things to concern herself with, and it was like Rose had said: no looking back.

    Through life and death, love and birth, peace and war, Pearl realises she just what a complete betrayal it always was.
    fic:one-shot,kink:slavefic,series:steven universe,pairing:pearl_rose,yuri

Bad things. (troop positions, scared refugees, lax gun laws, and more) January 8, 2019

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“Settled in their new countries, as years and sometimes decades go by, they often find these objects precious reminders of the lives left behind. They’re cherished long after the crisis has passed. In some cases, these keepsakes remind refugees and migrants of an essential part of who they are. NPR’s story about how a toy monkey ended up becoming a connection to a previously unknown part of a German boy’s family inspired us to look for other similar stories.

The president’s video posted Wednesday did not shield the faces of special operation forces. Current and former Defense Department officials told Newsweek that information concerning what units are deployed and where is almost always classified and is a violation of operational security.”

“Attorneys general from nine states and the District of Columbia wrote the court in January, 2017, urging the judge not to approve the recall process. The notices weren’t descriptive or informative enough, they noted, and Remington hadn’t even tried to find its rifles’ owners. […] But in March 2017, Smith approved the settlement. By then, only 22,000 people had sent in their Model 700s. That left as many as seven million unfixed rifles in circulation — “guns,” the attorneys general noted, “that might go off accidentally at any time.”

Hate crime reports increased 17 percent last year from 2016, the F.B.I. said on Tuesday, rising for the third consecutive year as heated racial rhetoric and actions have come to dominate the news.” (Notice the use of the passive voice, here.)

“I’ve long understood that the dangers of global warming are real and rising. I’ve seen its power firsthand in the form of receding glaciers, dried lake beds, and Sierra tree stands taken down by bark beetles. This is the first time, though, that I smelled and tasted it in my home.

I Was A Cable Guy. I Saw The Worst Of America. A glimpse of the suburban grotesque, featuring Russian mobsters, Fox News rage addicts, a caged man in a sex dungeon, and Dick Cheney.” (Note: it’s got sexual harassment & homophobia in the mix.) (On the plus side, it prompted me to offer this morning’s cable guy a — much-needed, as it turned out — bathroom break.)

Multifandom Recommendations – Sailor Moon, Discworld, Pet Shop of Horrors, and more January 2, 2019

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  • Star Wars | Owen/Beru, Luke, Vader, Obi-Wan | G | Uncle Darth Vader
    And the Lars family has to spend the holidays with Uncle Darth Vader who is super keen to have a step-nephew-in-law. Beru is showing off her cross-stitching to Darth fucking Vader as Luke plays at their feet. Owen is in the kitchen sending a desperate space text to Obi-Wan, who basically has a heart attack on the spot when Owen sends a shitty stealth-pic of Darth Vader on their couch.
    fic:one-shot,series:star wars,genfic,trope:kidfic
  • Original – Cat Pictures Please by Naomi Kritzer
    When I first woke up, I knew right away what I wanted. (I want cat pictures. Please keep taking them.) I also knew that no one knew that I was conscious. But I didn’t know what I was here for. What I ought to be doing with myself. And figuring that out has been challenging.
    original,amazing,trope:outsider.pov
  • Discworld | Polly/Mal | G | Winter Quarters
    Mal invites Polly to stay for the winter. Polly knows there’s more behind it, and more than the chance to get to know Mal closer, too.
    pairing:polly_mal,series:discworld,trope:genderplay,yuri,trope:vampires,fic:one-shot
  • Sailor Moon | Michiru, Minako | G | Worst Case Scenario
    She eyed the envelope on the table. Michiru had left it facedown, but Minako knew who it came from based on the tape over the seal.

    She turned it over. For Mina, if Michiru lives, but Rei and Usagi don’t.
    series:sailor moon,fic:one-shot,genfic

  • Fake News | “Stephen”/Jon | M | Bite me!
    “You taste great, Jon. Not as salty as I thought you would be.” Stephen chuckled against his ear as his hands drove to grab at the kitchen counter, cracking tiles and wood beside Jon from the superhuman strength.
    fic:one-shot,series:fake news,pairing:jon_’stephen’,trope:vampires,kink:bdsm
  • Sailor Moon | Usagi/Mamoru | T | Saving You
    “Idiot,” Mamoru growled, shouldering his entertainment center in front of his door. “God damn aliens every other week, ice queens hellbent on turning the Earth into a giant snowball, and you think you’re immune from zombies.”
    series:sailor moon,fic:one-shot,pairing:usagi_mamoru,trope:hurt-comfort

Cat appreciation post January 1, 2019

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Finishing up the December talking meme, a respectably-short amount of time into January: Kaldra wanted me to write about cats.

Cats are great. They’re beautiful, they’re nerds, they’re helpful, they’re doofuses, they’re adorable. I finally got on Instagram this year, and I’m making sure my gallery has a healthy proportion of cats, because I have a heck of a backlog of photos and it’s not like I’m doing anything else with them.

I’ve spent basically all my adult life having Housemates With Cats. This is the beautiful fluff I’ve been living with since summer:

Cat on sketchbook

He is the cuddliest critter you ever will meet. He insists on sitting on my sketchbooks, sometimes when I’m in the middle of drawing in them. Every night when I go to bed, he follows me in and spends several minutes diligently licking my face.

I’m scheduled to move out tomorrow, to a place with no housemates, much less cats. Yet. There are vague cat-acquiring plans farther in the future. (I definitely want to get all the furniture in place first.)

Monday works roundup, 12/31/2018 December 31, 2018

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Leif & Thorn
Me And My Cat, We Match (art | WiB, Cat in Black | worksafe)
Handstand (sketch | Thorn | worksafe)
Slow dancing (sketch | WiB/Iona | worksafe)
Warm Winter Vacation (art | Leif/Thorn, Tiernan | worksafe)

Daily/Colbert
The Colberts Take Tumblr (comic | Stephen, liberal!Stephen | G)
An “Into the Colbert-Verse” Christmas (comic | Stephen, liberal!Stephen | G)

Sailor Moon
Saturn Pride (art | Hotaru | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Trans Woman Pride Stamp (stamp)
Chibi Alefina (commission, worksafe)
Trans Man Pride Stamp (stamp)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Walker contemplates firing a bunch of people to cheer herself up.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
This episode of Hedge & Grassie takes a turn nobody saw coming. (Or at least, none of y’all commented about it.)

Burns & Allen Transcript: Gracie’s Christmas Party (1947-12-25) December 31, 2018

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The year is 1947 — specifically, Christmas 1947. Totò is right in the middle of being Italy’s greatest comedian; corporal punishment is still treated lightly enough to come up in casual jokes; and Gracie Allen, for the first and last time in her entire career, has called in sick to work.

Yes, it’s the one and only episode where Gracie’s lines are handled by someone else — the marvelously talented Jane Wyman. (Just a year later, Wyman won the Academy Award for Best Actress, along with the first of her three Golden Globes.)

Download the episode here (this one doesn’t seem to be on YouTube), and read the transcript below. (Previous transcripts.)

There’s a couple question marks left where I couldn’t quite catch a word. If you can tell what they’re saying, please comment and let me know! (more…)

I wish we could stop calling it a “government shutdown.” December 31, 2018

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It makes people think every government program is coming to a screeching halt — and if there are no visible effects on their lives, their next thought will be “wow, what do we need government for anyway??”

Even though, if the operation of the federal government did really shut down, they would Notice.

Imagine if all flights were grounded because the TSA wasn’t in service. Imagine if Social Security checks went on hold, and Medicare service stopped being covered. Imagine no mail being delivered. Imagine how everyone with an international business would feel if the borders were actually closed, even for a very short time. Imagine not a single member of the Secret Service being on-duty.

And, on a slight time-delay, imagine the outbreaks of e.coli that could happen while the FDA isn’t checking your food, or the terrorist attacks that could be planned while the FBI isn’t listening.

What’s really happening is “lots of government employees are continuing to come to work without getting paid.”

…which is kind of amazing, if you think about it. Anyone who doesn’t work in public service: imagine if your boss said “hey, listen, you’re not getting your next paycheck, but keep coming to work anyway, we’ll have you covered eventually.” You wouldn’t believe it for a second. You’d assume there was bankruptcy on the horizon. Maybe you’d stay long enough to raid the supply closet, but the next day would be spent sleeping in, watching Netflix, and updating your resume.

(Congress, btw, is not included in this deferment. Because of course they’re not.)

(December talking meme.)

Disgruntled gay opinions December 29, 2018

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What it says on the tin.

A response to various facets of Discourse…and if you cringed just reading that phrase, feel free to skip the whole thing. I’ll completely understand.

In no particular order… (more…)