jump to navigation

Vintage subways, eclipses on other planets, and music on X-rays August 19, 2017

Posted by Erin Ptah in Fandom, News Roundup.
Tags: , , , , ,
add a comment

Photos of the Boston construction of America’s first subway system.

“On Jupiter, which has 69 moons, it’s possible for there to be multiple eclipses occurring at the same time. On Pluto, whose moon appears much larger in its sky than the Sun, total eclipses can happen every day for years on end.” [Video]

The only music that was allowed were classic composers, or simple folk tunes, whose words were all about how great socialism was.” So Soviet Russia got an underground cottage industry in illegal music…recorded on discarded X-ray film.

Doctor Who co-creator Sydney Newman advocated a female Doctor in 1986. (As well as some very ’70s companions.)

People tend to lose track of actual facts about the Bible, including how Lovecraftian it is: There are twelve pearly gates, they’re carved from a single pearl each, and they are never, ever closed.

“Instead of offering aid, McCain advised them to move to a different state.” August 17, 2017

Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
Tags: , ,
add a comment

“[Kevin Pratt-King] had asked McCain for help after being diagnosed with the same form of aggressive cancer, glioblastoma. Instead of offering aid, according to Roy’s tweet, McCain advised them to move to a different state.”

“Social workers began going door to door in San Juan housing projects, explaining that a pill could be taken daily to prevent pregnancy. Once women were told what the pill did, they signed up by the hundreds. However, these women were not informed that they were part of a clinical trial or that the treatment was experimental.”

“Side effects [of the vaginal implant] can range from chronic pain and loss of sexual function, to major complications like the implant protruding through the bladder, or bowels, even necessitating removal of organs ensnared in the mesh. It can shrink inside your body, slicing through nerve endings, tissue and organs.

If someone makes the effort of going to doctor after doctor, and all they are given is a pat on the head and told, ‘Oh, sweetie, you’ll be OK—you just need to smile more,’ that is a failure of the physicians.” Article covers both social biases (like doctors assuming a woman’s problems are psychosomatic instead of doing tests) and biological ones (like researchers only testing on male mice, leaving them with huge gaps in knowledge regarding biologically female humans).

“The Gay Men’s Chorus posed to illustrate the impact of AIDS. Those dressed in black, with their backs turned, represent those who had died.” This 1993 photo is a punch in the heart.

The military spends five times as much on Viagra as it would on transgender troops’ medical care.”

And for something more hopeful:

An experiment, recounted in comic form: If you put rats alone in cages, they’ll addict themselves to morphine. If you put them in an enriching environment with a bunch of other rats to hang out with, they’ll avoid it.

Gisella Perl, the “Angel of Auschwitz” — who got that title by providing abortions, so the Nazis wouldn’t have pregnant Jewish women to experiment on.

“As what was thought to be the largest referral service in the country, which referred an estimated half million women for abortions in its six years of existence, the [Clergy Consultation Service] had significant market power that it leveraged to reduce the going rate for an abortion.” The name isn’t a euphemism. It was literally a coalition of Protestant and Jewish religious leaders.

“Intersex advocates are rejoicing at a paper released by three former US Surgeons General. The surgeon-generals called for an end to forced medical surgeries on young intersex people.

Lives that matter, from St. Louis to Sandy Hook to Charlottesville August 14, 2017

Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
Tags: ,
add a comment

People killed by police in the US, 2017. Currently at 759.

Charlottesville-based organizations that can take your money. (The Twitter thread have been going around; this is a blog post that rounds up the links.)

‘I was expecting him to come home, not to be buried,’ [the 16-year-old’s grandmother] told the station. ‘I was telling him, give yourself a little while and you’ll be home with me.'” Justice for Aries Clark.

“We are among the vast majority of Americans who believe that we must take sensible steps to prevent massacres like the one that took my daughter’s life. We will continue to speak up. We will not go away.”

2014 FBI study: “There were, on average, 16.4 [mass] shootings a year from 2007 to 2013, compared with an average of 6.4 shootings annually from 2000 to 2006. In the past 13 years, 486 people have been killed in such shootings, with 366 of the deaths in the past seven years.” This was commissioned by Obama post-Sandy Hook, and was the first FBI study of its kind.

“…two officers who encountered the armed off-duty officer ordered him to the ground. He complied. When they recognized the off-duty officer, they told him he could stand up and walk toward them. Another officer just arriving at the scene saw the off-duty officer get up and, not knowing he was an officer, fired his weapon once at the man.

“Southaven officers went to the wrong house to serve a warrant on Monday, which resulted in the shooting death of a man who did not have any active warrants out for his arrest.” Worse, they shot Ismael Lopez through his front door.

Refugees, tomato raids, libertarian towns, and more August 8, 2017

Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
Tags: , , , , ,
add a comment

You can send a set of ITMFA pins to your Congressperson. Proceeds go to the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and the International Refugee Assistance Project.

“‘The refugee agencies didn’t really feel comfortable sending their kids anywhere,’ Adams says. ‘We needed to be that place for them.” It’s no coincidence that as Sullivan has established itself as the go-to school for refugees in the last couple of years, its academic standing has also risen.

“Airwars researchers estimate that at least 2,300 civilians likely died from Coalition strikes overseen by the Obama White House—roughly 80 each month in Iraq and Syria. As of July 13, more than 2,200 additional civilians appear to have been killed by Coalition raids since Trump was inaugurated—upwards of 360 per month, or 12 or more civilians killed for every single day of his administration.

“I was having lunch with Shonda Rhimes last week and a woman stopped at the table — well-dressed, probably in her 40s or 50s — and she said, ‘I just can’t leave this restaurant without telling you I’m just so devastated,’ and she just started to cry. I was on the other side of the table, or I would have done what I have done countless times since the election, which is just put my arms around her. Because people are so profoundly hurt.” The surreal post-election life of Hillary Clinton.

“Not only were the Hartes upstanding citizens with clean records, they were also both former Central Intelligence Agency officers. And they were not weed growers. Rather, the quick-trigger suspicion of law enforcement had snagged on — it would later turn out — tea leaves and a struggling tomato plant.

Initially, the city would impose property and sales taxes, but the property tax would ratchet down to zero over time. The business-friendly environment would draw new economic activity to Von Ormy, and eventually the town would cruise along on sales taxes alone.” Spoiler alert: it did not cruise. It crashed and burned.

“A Facebook group for Norwegians opposed to immigration was widely mocked after members apparently could not tell the difference between empty bus seats and burka-clad women.

How to stop overworking prisoners, underpaying workers, and under-insuring everyone August 3, 2017

Posted by Erin Ptah in News Roundup.
Tags: , ,
add a comment

“Over the years, prisoners have packaged coffee for Starbucks Corp. and wrapped software for Microsoft Corp. They manufacture furniture, schools supplies and food products. They make dental products, train animals, work in call centers and even pick cotton. All of these activities put prisoners in direct competition with blue-collar American workers; the latter has essentially no chance.

“…in the substantial majority of instances (68 percent) overall employment increased after a federal minimum-wage increase. In the most substantially affected industries, the rates were even higher: in the leisure and hospitality sector employment rose 82 percent of the time following a federal wage increase, and in the retail sector it was 73 percent of the time.”

“…it seems safe to conclude that Seattle has tolerated its minimum wage increase well and that, by extension, other strong economies could do so. It also suggests that a key to successful large increases is a gradual phase-in that gives businesses time to adjust and experts time to study the impacts as they unfold.”

“If [McCain, recently diagnosed with brain cancer] and his fellow Republicans in Congress have their way, health insurers could soon be allowed to deny me coverage — or to double or triple the cost of my insurance — due to the fact that I lost two close blood relatives to the same disease.

“Republicans are now pushing up against a growing consensus that the government should guarantee health insurance. A Pew survey in January found that 60 percent of Americans believe the federal government should be responsible for ensuring that all Americans have health coverage. That was up from 51 percent last year, and the highest in nearly a decade.”

Monday Works Roundup, 7/31/17 July 31, 2017

Posted by Erin Ptah in Leif & Thorn, Works Roundup.
Tags: , , , ,
add a comment

Leif & Thorn
Armful of Leif (auto-colored art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)
Color Of The Sky (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)
Art roundup 2017 (sketches | various | worksafe)

DC Comics
Robinshipping I (sketch | Dick/Tim | worksafe)
Robinshipping II (sketch | Tim/Jason | worksafe)

Hellsing
Rainbow Victoria (art | Seras, Seras, Seras, Seras, etc | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Picnic (commission | Brian Frost/Lilly Satou | worksafe)
Figure drawings (sketches, NSFW)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Bennett gets warned not to touch, and Cybele asks a pertinent question.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Good going, Thorn, now you made Leif cry….

I created a Photobucket account on November 29, 2006. July 28, 2017

Posted by Erin Ptah in Personal.
Tags: , ,
add a comment

Over the course of more than 10 years, I uploaded almost 6,000 images.

A month ago, Photobucket broke them all and demanded I pay $400 to fix it.

Wish I’d taken a screenshot of my Account stats page before I started deleting, but here’s what it looks like as of right now:

And I’m about to hit “delete” and make it go away entirely.

It took a bunch of exhausting busywork to get to this point, but I gotta say, now that I’m here, it feels pretty good.

Akemi Homura wields the Shield of Rassilon July 28, 2017

Posted by Erin Ptah in Meta.
Tags: , ,
add a comment

Madoka Magica features a ton of references and/or obvious influences from other magical-girl series. This bit, I would lay good odds, is a Doctor Who reference.

Here’s some production art of the Seal of Rassilon:

Seal of Rassilon

Here’s Homura with her shield:

Homura and shield

And here they are side-by-side. Either someone on the Madoka design team was a Who fan, or that’s a heck of a coincidence. (The Coincidence of Rassilon, perhaps.)

Seal and shield

Monday Works Roundup, 7/24/17 July 24, 2017

Posted by Erin Ptah in Leif & Thorn, Works Roundup.
Tags: , , ,
add a comment

Leif & Thorn
But I’m A Cat Leif (art | Being!Leif, Thorn | worksafe)
Team Flashback (art | Thorn, team, ex-team | worksafe)
Stave Church Views (art | scenery | worksafe)
Embassy Gem Family Fusions (art | gem!Sven, Ragnild, Iona, Katya, Leif | worksafe)

Animorphs
Mother-Son Reunion (sketch | Marco, Eva, daemons | worksafe)

Danganronpa
I should have been brave like you (sketch | Chihiro/Mondo | worksafe)

Eurovision
Francesco Gabbani (art | Francesco | worksafe)

Overwatch
The Doctor is Into It (sketch | Genji/Mercy | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Figure drawings 7-15-17 (sketches, NSFW)
Hands and Feet 7-19-17 (sketches, worksafe)
Dominik (reward chibi, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Let’s pull this Being apart and take a look at the code.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Thorn confesses his feelings. Then tries it a bunch of different ways just to make sure the point came across.

One more cat on the couch July 21, 2017

Posted by Erin Ptah in Personal.
Tags: ,
add a comment

This guy is safely back at the local shelter where he came from.

The name on the shelter paperwork is Eli, so that’s what I’m going to call him, not the name picked out by the roommate who brought him home and then wasn’t around to take care of him.

Eli is super shy and super timid, but also totally mellow — even when he was scared he never bit or scratched, just hid. In the three weeks he was at the flat, there was literally one time when he felt safe enough to approach a human on his own volition. Then he got spooked again, and there weren’t enough days to re-reassure him before returning him to the professionals.

But I did get photos of him on the couch.

Petting for a sweet boy.

I hope he gets adopted by someone he can climb all over.