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Webcomic Catching-Up Reading List April 21, 2015

Posted by Erin Ptah in Fandom.

Over the weekend I sat down, took a deep breath, and dove into moving my full webcomic reading list to ComicRocket. Had not realized just how far behind I was on some of these until I saw it laid out in a graph of neat little progress bars. Yikes.

(Some of the listings are borked, either for website failure reasons or because ComicRocket crawled the site incorrectly. I’ve poked the admins about a few of the errors; once they’re sorted, I’ll send another batch.)

At least this is making it a lot easier to work through them on a regular basis again. I’ve got some specific “here’s what I’ve caught up with lately” recs queued up for the BICP blog already.

Monday Works Roundup, 4/20 April 20, 2015

Posted by Erin Ptah in Art, Comics, Fic, Hellsing, Night Vale.
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Scarlet Integra (art | Integra | worksafe)

ILLUSIONOID(/Kakos Industries/Thrilling Adventure Hour/WtNV)
The Last Name in the Universe (fic | the last man in the universe | G)

Welcome to Night Vale(/His Dark Materials)
A Blinking Light Up On The Clouded Mountain, chapter 50 (fic | Cecil/Carlos, HDM crossover characters, WtNV ensemble | T)
Man in the Tan Jacket 4koma part 12 (comic | TJ, Carlos | G)
Desert Bluffs Tamika Flynn (art | DB!Tamika | worksafe)
Every Time You’re On (comic | Cecil/Carlos, others | G)
Coloring Page – Witches and Sons (lineart | Cecil, Janice, TJ, Josie, Serafina, Cecil’s mom | worksafe)
Steve Carlsberg Appreciation Chibis (art | Steve/Delphine, Renée, Janice, Glow Cloud, Cecil | worksafe)
Recommended Reading (art | Tamika | worksafe)

Ripped Jeans (commissioned chibi, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Curse your sudden yet inevitable betrayal.

Multifandom Recommendations, 4/19 April 19, 2015

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Welcome to Night Vale | Abby, Cecil, Mama Palmer, Steve | G | Tell Me What You See

Nurse Farrell has a long night of state testing at Night Vale Elementary School, and as if she isn’t busy enough, a parent asks a favor.
Sailor Moon | Kunzite/Zoisite, Dark Kingdom, Inners | PG | Mad King Zoisite

Zoisite has survived Beryl’s attack on him, and boy, is he angry with Kunzite! Even worse, he’s decided to replace Beryl as reigning sovereign of the Dark Kingdom. Should Kunzite sleep on the couch…or an entirely different planet?
Red Dwarf -Lister, Cat, Rimmer, Holly | G | I Do

Lister and Cat find a fun way to pass an afternoon. [It involves pretty dresses.]
Welcome to Night Vale | Cecil/Carlos | M | Misfire fill!

“I’m going to make an attempt to fill this okay? It may not be done for a while but I will do it.”
Sparks Nevada | Sparks/Croach/Red | G | one clover, and a bee, and reverie

Our favorite trio ends up accidentally married. Or sort of accidentally. Plus Martian culture, a lot of sarcasm, and some terrible attempts at sharing feelings.
Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 | Chloe/June, James, Mark | T | 2 become 1, or: these are totally normal roommate shenanigans

Chloe decides to fake-seduce June in an act of vengeance. Naturally, June strikes back.
Puella Magi Madoka Magica | Tatsuya, others | T | Notch the Arrow

Someday, things would change. When they did, he would make his move. Or, Homura and Madoka were not the only ones to remember.
Sparks Nevada/Beyond Belief | Frank/Sadie, Sparks+Croach+Red | G | the last drink on Mars

“I’m Sadie Doyle and this is my lovely husband, Frank Doyle. I think we’ve gotten a bit lost. And a lot drunker than I thought. Is that man actually blue?”
Sailor Moon | Rei | T | Dear Smut People – Sailor Mars’ Argument on Quality

After being forced to watch several Sailor Senshi-based pornos, Rei writes a letter complaining over the portrayal of Sailor Mars and offers some constructive criticism.
Sailor Moon | Hotaru/Chibiusa | G | Counting Down

Soul Timers were never meant to account for time travelers.
Doctor Who | Rose, Nine | G | every atom of you

Time Lords don’t have daemons.
Welcome to Night Vale | Cecil/Carlos | G | they are the hunters, we are the foxes

The dog park is Carlos’ subject of study at the moment and Cecil worries that he’ll come back changed into something unrecognizable.
Thrilling Adventure Hour | Frank/Sadie | G | shake it off

The real mystery is where the ominous music is coming from
[Avatar: The Last Airbender/Hunger Games | Zuko | G | you’re aces for coming along

Of course, Zuko would have been expected to put in an appearance regardless, assuming he was alive, being his father’s son. The fact that he was also a victor was almost a minor detail, except that he thought about it every day and his scar still hurt, all these years later.
Leverage, Batman | ensemble | G | Five times the Leverage Crew was not in Gotham, no, really, they weren’t, no

“Of course, now the company had been bought by the Wayne Enterprises,” he says slowly and pointedly, and all the others suddenly sit up, the focus of their attention shifting and narrowing.
Better Off Ted | Ted/Linda, Veronica, Lem, Phil, Rose | G | Viridian Magnolia

“How is it being married to Ted? Is it magical, like a glow in the dark giraffe let loose in a municipal park?”
Welcome to Night Vale | Kevin | T | The Making of a Voice

The events of Cassette and slightly beyond, from Cecil’s brother’s perspective.
Welcome to Night Vale | Cecil/Carlos | G | Our Past, Our Present, Our Assumed Future

Carlos and Cecil find a baby on Christmas Eve and spend the holidays looking for the family.
Justice League | Flash, Batman | T | But Nobody’s Counting

Five favours Wally did (or tried to do) for someone, and one someone did for him in return.
Mallory Ortberg | Andrea, Miranda | G | Ayn Rand’s The Devil Wears Prada

ANDREA: Be silent. I do not require explanations. I will never apologize for my newfound excellence. I will speak to whatever man I consider fit to talk to. And I would describe him as more “weirdly ugly-cute” than “hot.” He has no eyebrows.

Latest scrambles from Tumblr April 18, 2015

Posted by Erin Ptah in Meta.
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Greasemonkey script to restore the Tumblr sidebar. It was a little bulky/long for my screen, so I downsized the font to 14pt and the line-heights to 16pt, and, look, now I can get to my sideblogs from the dashboard with a single click! Even better than before.

More various useful scripts for Tumblr users.

Would you hang out with this person IRL if you two were in the same location? Would it be weird(mentally and physically) for you to hang out with this person? If the answer is yes, unfollow their blog and step away from the situation.” How to let someone know they’ve screwed up online, especially a young someone.

“I’ve been on panels before where panelists and audience members were brave enough to share deeply personal stories of abuse and trauma and the whole room responded to their courage with respect and gratitude. I feel so deeply sorry for that panelist now, because that was not the reception she received.” How NOT to act, online and off-. Not toward trauma survivors, not toward people who write fic you don’t like, not toward ANYONE.

ebooks-tree.com is copying and selling fanfiction en masse April 13, 2015

Posted by Erin Ptah in Personal.
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Including a bunch of mine.

Here’s an FFA thread on it.

Tips on how to report copyright abuse, plus the OTW’s announcement that they’re looking into it.

I’m leery of sending a notice to the site itself because who knows what they’ll do with my email address, but I’ll definitely be sending a report to their hosting company, as described in that second link. (Also, rooting for the OTW’s legal department to crush them.)


ETA: from the group I emailed:

Please be aware CloudFlare is a network provider offering a reverse proxy, pass-through security service. We are not a hosting provider. CloudFlare does not control the content of our customers.

Hosting Provider:
DFW Internet Services Inc. NET-DFW1
Webzilla Inc. WEBZILLA-US-204-155-148-0-24

We have notified our customer of your complaint, and we have forwarded your complaint on to the responsible hosting provider.

So, yeah. Send those complaints to DFW Internet Services.

Monday Roundup, 4/13 April 13, 2015

Posted by Erin Ptah in Art, But I'm A Cat Person, Comics, Fic, Miscellaneous, Night Vale.
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Burn Notice
Madeline Westen, Best Mom (art | Madeline | worksafe)

But I’m A Cat Person
But I’m Adorable (art | Timothy, Sparrow, Bianca, Jany, Miranda | worksafe)

Fake News
Late Night Fake News Host Club (art | Larry, John, Trevor, Jon, “Stephen” | worksafe)

His Dark Materials
The Scholar in the Forest Otherworld (art | Mary | worksafe)
Lord Asriel – The Traveler (art | Asriel, Stelmaria | worksafe)

Magic School Bus/Evangelion
FRIZ logo (high-res logo, worksafe)

Welcome to Night Vale(/His Dark Materials)
A Blinking Light Up On The Clouded Mountain, chapters 47-49 (fic | Cecil/Carlos, HDM crossover characters, WtNV ensemble | T)
Man in the Tan Jacket 4koma part 11, (comics | TJ, SSP officer | G)
Always Fine, parts 1-2 (fic | Cecil, Earl, Roger, Janice | G)
I Can’t Control My Fingers, I Can’t Control My Brain (fic | Cecil/Carlos, Strex | T)
Daemon-human swap (sketch | Cecil/Carlos, Khoshekh | worksafe)
Palmer family sketches (sketches | Cecil, mom, Janice | worksafe)
It’s Gonna Be Good (comic | Kevin, Carlos | G)
Cecil, Collared (art | Cecil/Carlos | worksafe)

Feathered green texture (graphic/wallpaper, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
I have no thought at all about my own reward / I really didn’t come here of my own accord

Question Meme from dA April 12, 2015

Posted by Erin Ptah in meme, Personal.
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I’m going to totally break the chain-meme component of this, but I’ll answer the questions on the post I was tagged in anyway.

1. Do you still keep in touch with friends you had before high school?
A few! Mostly in the form of liking each other’s Facebook posts.

2. What is one skill or physical ability (within typical human capabilities) that you’d like to acquire?
Composing music. I love writing new lyrics for existing songs, but don’t have the talent with notes and instruments to come up with new ones.

3. Do you consider yourself an artist, or rather, someone who happens to do art, and what leads you to this conclusion? (No need to answer if you don’t do art at all.)
An artist. Because I do a lot of art, on a regular basis, and would miss it if I wasn’t able to. (For contrast: I’ve knitted a couple of scarves, but I haven’t done any knitting in years, and don’t feel any pull to get back to it. So I’m not A Knitter, just someone who happens to have knitted.)

4. Do you have a food you like that most people you know hate or won’t try? If the latter, do you think their unwillingness is reasonable or not?
Black jelly beans! If other people don’t like them, that’s fine — more for me. Regular bags of jelly beans often don’t even include them any more…but in exchange, they sell bags that are 100% black jelly beans. I am all over this deal.

5. Suppose that when you die, your soul will reside forever in a place from your past. What would you like that place to be?
If I’m existing in that moment/reliving events: CTY from when I was 16. If I’m just floating around the general area: Christchurch, New Zealand.

6. What’s your favorite language and why? (Not necessarily one you understand.)
How am I supposed to pick one? Languages in general are fascinating. IDK, ancient Sumerian seems neat.

7. What would you put on your personal coat of arms?
Cats rampant. Some Sailor-Moon-related motifs. The quartered pattern of the Hellsing coat of arms. Forest green and gold.

8. What artistic medium do you most admire?
I bow to anyone who can create complex, subtle, detailed works in watercolor.

9. Would you rather be poor or unloved?
Depends. Does “unloved” mean I don’t get any positive social interaction at all? Or does it just mean nobody will be in love with me, maybe I won’t have deep lifelong tell-each-other-everything kinds of friendships, but people will still leave nice comments on my fanart and so on? Because I’d take the latter.

10. Sunrises or sunsets?
Sunrises. They remind you to go to bed.

Friends & followers, if anyone wants to answer these same questions, take the meme and run with it.

Armor the airlock, blanket the bedrock, and kiss the planet goodbye April 12, 2015

Posted by Erin Ptah in Madoka Magica, Miscellaneous.
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I keep legitimately forgetting that the pronoun in Owl City’s “Galaxies” is “he”. It’s such a Madokami song in my head.

And now it’s kinda turning into a Rose Quartz song too.

I don’t know what it is about Steven Universe, but I’ve had two really vivid dreams about it. First was an AU in which only Rose ever came to Earth. Many years later, a young-adult Steven builds a spaceship, goes to the Gem homeworld, and gets involved in the war…and crosses paths with ragtag team of rebels Garnet, Amethyst, and Pearl.

Suspicious confrontation leads to the dramatic reveal of his gem. Pearl: “Rose…?” Steven: “Well, actually….”

And then they learn the whole thing for the first time, from him.

Someone should write that fic. (Maybe I’ll take a shot at it when I actually finish watching the series. That dream happened before I even started, purely from being saturated with spoilers online.)

Second involved me running three different SU character tumblrs, and struggling to find and coordinate content for all of them. Which is also the first Extremely Mundane Details About Using Tumblr dream I’ve had. (I didn’t say they were both interesting, just vivid.)

Girl Scout teenage war heroes, and other gender stuff April 11, 2015

Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
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All the girls who worked for MI5 between 1914 and 1918 were aged from 14 to 16. Their main role was as 50p-a-week messengers distributing highly classified information. The teenagers were so trusted by MI5 that they were allowed to relay some of the messages verbally.” Girl Scout teenage war heroes FTW.

This is what a space wizard looks like.” Pioneering software engineer Margaret Hamilton.

And yet…

“…sociologist Kristen Schilt interviewed dozens of FTM (female to male) transgender individuals. One subject noted that when he expresses an opinion, everyone in a meeting now writes it down.

“In a study of children aged 2-5, parents interrupted their daughters more than their sons, and fathers were more likely to talk simultaneously with their children than mothers were.”

“…even when they don’t have an outside job to take up their time and energy, men still manage to do way less housework and child care than women.

That’s not why Disney bought us. They already have the girls’ market on lockdown.”

Men in female-dominated fields aren’t marginalized at all; they get special treatment and are fast-tracked to the top, getting more credit for their work, faster promotions, and greater pay and benefits than their female colleagues. Here’s one study. Here’s another. And another.”

“[B]y offending an ally and cheapening her contribution, you are actively hurting the mission. We need to send a clear message that anyone, male or female, who will stand up to ISIS and get the job done is worthy of our respect and gratitude.”

Good things happening to good people (bicycles, artificial limbs, medical care) April 7, 2015

Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
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“So even adding all the spending in Obamacare, the CBO is projecting the federal government will spend $600 billion less on health care than the agency expected in 2010, when it wasn’t counting even a dollar of the spending in Obamacare.”

He went home the next day, closed his practice and never set foot in a hospital again. He focused on spending time with his family. Several months later, he died at home. He got no chemotherapy, radiation or surgical treatment. Medicare didn’t spend much on him.” On choosing a good death.

“On just two wheels, the [bicycle] industry is creating more jobs than Europe’s high-fashion footwear industry (388,000 jobs), its well-established steel sector (410,000), and the United States’ Big Three automobile companies (Ford, General Motors, and Chrysler) combined (510,000).

“Instead of thinking about controlling a joystick, which is what our ace pilots do when they’re driving this thing, Jan’s thinking about controlling the airplane directly. For someone who’s never flown – she’s not a pilot in real life – she’s flying that simulator directly from her neural signalling.

“One popular model, the Cyborg Beast, looks like a limb from a Transformer. The Raptor Hand and Talon Hand 2.X do not suggest disability; they hint at comic-book superpowers. And they are not made to be hidden — indeed, they can be fabricated in a variety of eye-catching fluorescent colors, or even made to glow in the dark.” 3-D printers providing kids with cheap, functional artificial hands.


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