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*massive sigh of post-moving-to-Cleveland relief* May 31, 2018

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I made it!

Staying at my aunt’s apartment in Cleveland, which is in a building tall enough that I can see Lake Erie from the window. All the boxes I shipped ahead of time have arrived — they make a surprisingly small pile in the corner of one room.

My parents showed up for the last few days in Boston, so everything I own that isn’t here is in the trunk of their car. Another couple trunkfuls of stuff went out on the front curb — books, dishes, still-half-full bottles of shampoo and body wash, lamps, fans, two entire cupboards’ worth of unbrewed tea.

All the furniture also went. For a while I was thinking about hiring movers for a few things, but finally decided to let it all go, including the couch I brought all the way from Baltimore and have been napping on since middle school. (It’s the one all the cats have sat on.)

The next-door neighbor complained about all this stuff being outside “when trash pickup isn’t even until next week.” Meanwhile, a regular stream of people came by and took things they wanted. (Guess what race/gender the neighbor was. Guess what race/gender most of the picker-uppers were not.)

My two housemates each cleaned their own rooms, but, for various reasons, made no effort to help with the kitchen or bathroom. (Or return rental equipment, or put general-house-use items on Craigslist, or…I could go on.) So, while Mom focused on helping me pack the last round of boxes, Dad basically scrubbed the whole apartment. I don’t know what I would’ve done without them.

And then…at last…to the airport! It had one stop after Boston before continuing on to Cleveland — same plane, just a new flight number — but I guess the computer hadn’t figured that out, because I had to haul my stuff off, get my boarding pass re-scanned, then turn around and haul it right back on.

Didn’t get a lot of sleep the night before. Didn’t get any sleep on the plane, either. Every time I closed my eyes I saw half-packed boxes.

But now I have slept! And eaten. And restocked on conditioner/deodorant/etc from the local CVS. And programmed my webcomics to allow admin access from this IP address.

So far…so good. (Knock wood.)

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Multifandom Recommendations, 5/30 May 30, 2018

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  • Alphas, Betas, Omegas: A PrimerOwn]
    A brief primer on the concept of Alpha/Beta/Omega Universes: Also known as that trope suddenly showing up in your fandom that doesn’t make any sense.
    resources:writing,kink:omegaverse

  • Medieval Fantasy City Generator
    This application generates a random medieval city layout of a requested size. The generation method is rather arbitrary, the goal is to produce a nice looking map, not an accurate model of a city.
    resources:writing,resources:drawing

  • WebGL Water lll
    Water simulator. Click to make ripples, change the angle, and/or move the ball around.
    resources:drawing,resources:time wasters

  • The Avengers | Bruce, Tony, Steve, Pepper, Natasha | T | The Kids Weren’t Alright
    Tony accidentally turns himself into a twelve-year-old using alien tech. Steve is stuck as bodyguard, Bruce is stuck trying to fix him, and Pepper is stuck trying to ward off a twelve-year old’s attempts at flirtation. And then things go from bad to worse.
    series:marvel comics,trope:hurt-comfort,fic:chaptered,trope:kidfic,genfic,trope:trauma

Help me identify these mad scientists & magical girl? May 26, 2018

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I’m transcribing the last year of Shine, and can’t remember who the heck these cameos are. Anybody recognize them?

All from the Eurekon storyline.

From strip #1, the mostly-bald scientist with the goggles and the tall collar – ID’d! Professor Membrane, from Invader Zim.

From strip #4, the blue-skinned, mop-top, vaguely bug-faced scientist – ID’d! Baxter Stockman, from TMNT, post-transformation.

And strip #21 has a ton of magical girls, most of whom can be identified just from a distinctive bit of weapon, skirt, or hairstyle…except I can’t remember who had these cute red shoes. – ID’d! Panty, from Panty & Stocking. (Should’ve known, Stocking herself appears elsewhere in the strip…)

Thanks to anyone who can help!

Multifandom Recommendations, 5/23 May 23, 2018

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  • Jeeves & Wooster | Jeeves/Bertie, Drones | M | Jeeves and the Dinner Party
    “I’m terribly sorry about that, Jeeves.” I said, and I did feel terribly sorry, after all, ejaculating on one’s valet’s shoes is hardly preux chevalier behavior. True, it’s not specifically outlined in the Code of Wooster’s, but I believe it was definitely present in the spirit of the thing. It likely hovers somewhere between thou shalt not kill and never wear gray in the country.
    series:jeeves & wooster,fic:one-shot,pairing:jeeves_wooster

  • Houseki no Kuni | Antarc/Phos, ensemble | G | Phosphophyllite
    A mute. An unfortunately brittle gem. A troublemaker. That’s what the others know them as and what they believe to be true. But Antarcticite knows better, having been there since they found them in winter. Phosphophyllite’s not as young as they think.
    pairing:phos_antarc,series:houseki no kuni,trope:timetravel,fic:one-shot

  • Fake News | Jon/”Stephen” | M | Of the Beholder
    From newskink_meme on LJ, for the prompt: It’s their wedding night and Stephen insists that he’s never had sex with a man. Ever understanding, Jon treats him like the blushing virgin he claims to be.
    series:fake news,fic:one-shot,trope:hurt-comfort,pairing:jon_’stephen’,amazing

  • Labyrinth | Sarah/Jareth, ensemble | T | Certain Powers
    Eight (almost nine!) years was a long time not to hear from somebody. A long time not to get a letter or a phone call, or even a postcard reading “Wish You Were Here (without the unpleasantness of misplacing a younger sibling).” Even longer when you considered that there was magic involved, and that really the only thing required was a snap of the fingers and a fervent wish for a Scrabble party.
    series:labyrinth,fic:one-shot,pairing:jareth_sarah

Trashing our oceans, killing our power grids, burning down our buildings, and more May 22, 2018

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“In the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii, hundreds of miles from any major city, plastic bottles, children’s toys, broken electronics, abandoned fishing nets and millions more fragments of debris are floating in the water — at least 87,000 tons’ worth, researchers said Thursday.

“The river is fed by 51 tributaries, some of them overflowing with plastic waste from squatter settlements that cantilever precariously over creek banks. A tributary near Chinatown, where rickety shanties are wedged between modern buildings, is so choked with plastic debris you can walk across it, forgoing the footbridge.

“A new report from the Rhodium Group on Puerto Rico’s ongoing blackout has found that Hurricane Maria has spawned the second-largest power outage in the world on record.

Fundraising for a Dallas LGBT community center that was intentionally set on fire last year. They’ve gotten enough to do a lot of rebuilding, but they can always use more.

In 2012 a call center in India was busted for making 8 million calls in eight months to collect made-up bills. The Federal Trade Commission has since broken up at least 13 similar scams. In most cases, regulators weren’t able to identify the original perpetrators because the data files had been sold and repackaged so many times. Victims have essentially no recourse to do anything but take the abuse.”

“For those of you who work in social media, I need to share the story of my friend who died, and I didn’t know because algorithms.

“The impersonator trolls seethed. Some tried changing their user names to evade the bot (it didn’t work). Others simply reverted to their openly neo-Nazi personas. A few even tried to impersonate the bot, which was vastly preferable from our perspective and rather amusing. [..] The Nazis realized they couldn’t beat the bot, so they started mass-reporting it to Twitter for “harassment.”

And to end this post on a not-totally-disheartening note…”In short, in fighting neo-Nazis/alt-right/white-male discontent / We are the Globo-Corpo-Homo-Judeo establishment

Monday Works Roundup, 5/21/18 May 21, 2018

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But I’m A Cat Person
Retro Space Babes (wallpaper | Sparrow, Bianca, Patrick | worksafe)
Bedsheets and Memories (art | Cohen, Jessica, Patrick | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Millennium Diamonds (art | Gem Rhódon, Sotetsu | worksafe)
Reaching out to you (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)
Shelter From The Storm (mix | Leif/Thorn, Eurovision | G)
Shelter From The Storm (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)
Fishy Engineering (art | Mata/Pato | worksafe)

Professor Layton
Beautiful Stranger (sketch | Layton/Flora | worksafe)

Steven Universe
Diamond Millionaire (comics | Steven, Amethyst, Pearl | G)

Vanitas no Carte
Vampire nerd heaven (sketch | Vanitas/Jeanne | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Metallic texture (stock, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Had a giveaway in which everything was gone in two hours. Y’all move fast when you want to.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
There’s a fake historical hurricane flooding the stage, and a real magic plant flooding the pipes.

Anime stuff giveaway…and some things for sale. (Sailor Moon, Hellsing, Peach Girl, Witch Hunter Robin) May 21, 2018

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One more round of pre-move giveaways!

Plus some DVDs and manga volumes that aren’t free, but it’s easier to share them here than set up eBay listings.

Unless otherwise stated, first person to claim a thing will get it. People who ask for a specific item will get priority over people who say “send me everything.” For the free stuff, all you have to do is pay the cost of shipping.

If I tell you you’ve claimed a thing, but you don’t send me a shipping address within 2 days, I’ll move on to the next claimant. Any items not spoken for by May 28 are getting donated.

Hellsing Merchandise – Free

Alexander Anderson 8″ figure (poseable, comes with extra hands)
Walter Dornez 4″ figure
Jan Valentine 4″ figure
Calendar, 2006
Set of 2 pins (manga Bondagecard, anime Seras)

Sailor Moon Merchandise – Free

Patterned sheet set (the fitted sheet is ripped and the fabric is awfully pilled, but you could definitely repurpose it for crafts)
Set of 2 pins (new in packaging)
Handmade f/f pins (Ami/Mako, Rei/Mina, Hotaru/Chibiusa)
Calendar, 2003
Chibiusa poster (same art as this manga volume)
Set of 5 inner senshi trading(?) cards
Miscellaneous packing material

Other Merchandise – Free

Victorian Romance Emma – harem-girl figure
Mahou Shoujo Creamy Mami – 30th anniversary poster

How to Draw Manga Books – Free

Someone claimed these when I first listed them…but never sent me an address. So I’m offering them one more time. From the (translated) Japanese series, with lots of good tips and reference poses.

Getting Started
Illustrating Battles
Colorful Costumes
Bishoujo Around The World
Couples
Dressing Your Characters in Casual Wear

From there, onward to the sales part…

Witch Hunter Robin DVDs for sale

Volumes: Arrival (1), Inquisition (3), Fugitive (4), Determination (5), and Vengeance (6).

That’s everything except volume 2, which is filler-y enough that I owned the series for years without realizing I was missing anything. Take them all for $25, including shipping.

Peach Girl Manga for sale

Peach Girl volumes 1-8 (the non-flipped reprint, in two decorative cases), Peach Girl: Change of Heart volumes 1-10, and Peach Girl: Sae’s Story volumes 1-3.

That’s the entire series, nothing missing. I’ll send you the lot for $60, including shipping.

Sailor Moon DVDs for sale

So, ah, these are worth…a lot. Everything else in the post is first-come first-serve, but on these I’m open to bids. If you’re interested, please comment on this post (don’t email or PM, I want to keep the details all in one place) with what you’re prepared to pay.

The linked eBay listings aren’t mine, they’re just a reference for the specific edition I’m offering, and the price it’s going for elsewhere.

Sailor Moon S (“Heart Collection”, volumes 1-5 of this edition)

Sailor Moon 3-movie boxset (“The Dream Set”, uncut special edition)

Sailor Moon SuperS boxset (“Pegasus Collection”, thin-packing boxset edition)

“She said no one had contacted her until news reporters began calling her Tuesday morning.” May 18, 2018

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People killed by police in the US – over 400 so far this year, and the list-compiler is asking for donations so they can keep up the work.

VICE News sought records on officer-involved shootings from the country’s 50 largest local police departments; 47 responded with data sufficient for analysis. Many fought hard to keep the information secret, and some responded to our requests only under threat of legal action. One department sent a CD-ROM containing a single spreadsheet file through the mail.”

I was trying to explain to her that I was trying to get directions to Rochester High and she kept yelling at me. Then the guy came downstairs and he grabbed the gun. I saw it and started to run. And that’s when I heard the gunshot.” This poor kid. I’m so glad he made it out of that alive.

“One of the suspects, A’Donte Washington, 16, of Montgomery, who was armed with a revolver, allegedly pointed a gun at the officer, body cam footage showed. The officer fired at the teenager, killing him. [A different, unarmed teenager] was charged with Washington’s death despite not firing the shots […] A grand jury cleared the officer who fired the shots.” What even.

“Melissa Yatsko said she was stunned on Tuesday when she learned for the first time that her 21-year-old son was shot and killed Saturday by an off-duty police officer working security at the Corner Alley bowling alley and bar in University Circle. She said no one had contacted her until news reporters began calling her Tuesday morning.” Justice for Thomas Yatsko.

“Clements’ truck was immobilized and surrounded by at least seven officers. A K-9 unit was on the scene. The officer in charge even informed the other police officers on the scene to use rubber bullets first, and then a Taser. Instead, they shot her in the head.” Justice for Decynthia Clements.

“Black Lives Matters and other various groups again protested the shooting of the 22-year-old, who was shot to death by police in his grandmother’s backyard on March 18. Clark was clutching only a cellphone when two Sacramento police officers, who were wearing body cameras, fired a fusillade of 20 shots.” Justice for Stephon Clark.

“Investigators and prosecutors in Kansas and California, and with the federal government are trying to untangle the strands of a swatting case that ended with a police officer fatally shooting a 28-year-old father of two standing in his front door.” Justice for Andrew Thomas Finch. (Who isn’t black, but you’ll notice the lack of All Lives Matter rallies on his behalf.)

The Onion: “To any law enforcement officer unsure about the object a civilian is holding, we recommend looking at the firearm in your own hand and looking back for parallels between its physical qualities and those of the object in a suspect’s hands.

Monday Works Roundup, 5/14/18 May 14, 2018

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But I’m A Cat Person
Trees and Tombstones (art | Miranda, Poe, Patrick | worksafe)
Whiskey and Bubbly (art | Cybele, Bennett, Cohen | worksafe)
Silent Bear (comic | Cub, Park, grandkid | G)

Leif & Thorn
Royal Opera Stage (art | scenery | worksafe)
Tender header (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)

Fake News
Pro-Tek-tor (art | Tek/not!Jon | worksafe)

Hellsing(/Various)
Shine Profiles – Free Agents (art | Helena, Laura, Anthy, Chuchu, OCs, Franken Fran, Sixth Doctor, Vampire Hunter D | worksafe)
Shine Profiles – Team Humanity (art | Scooby gang, Marimite students, Wild Geese, fangirls, Bertie, Hakim, Setsuna, Calvin, Hobbes, Susie | worksafe)

Princess Knight
Dance with the Devil’s Daughter (art | Sapphire/Hekate | worksafe)

Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Break Open The Skies (art | Madokami/Homura | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Webcomic Woes 16 – Seems legit. (comic, G)
Chibi Alabaster (Patreon reward, worksafe)
Webcomic Woes 17 – Stuff I drew on my lunch break (comic, G)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Look, you got a cool two-page spread last week, that ought to hold you for a few more days.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
On-stage, Leachtric draws her legendary heartsword…and immediately wishes she hadn’t.

It’s the [Democrats being better for the] economy, stupid May 7, 2018

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Sometimes, though, one party really is doing a better job than the other. To refuse to admit it is to miss the story.” The Democrats are the party of fiscal responsibility. Full stop.

The results of [raising taxes in Minnesota] continue to surprise and delight: unemployment is down to 3.7%, private sector earnings are up 1.5% to $891/week, 47,000 new jobs were added to the economy in the past year, and the state just declared a $1.8B budget surplus, even as Forbes ranked it 9th in its table of best states for business. But this is all the more remarkable when compared the fate of the Republican-run, austerity-fuelled neighboring states […] They are running deficits, the people there are earning less than their Minnesotan cousins, they’re adding fewer (and worse) jobs, and posting less growth.”

If you’re a part-time employee at Walmart, and all of a sudden you can get $15 an hour, work full time, and earn full benefits by working for the federal government — wouldn’t you? And, knowing that, wouldn’t Walmart try to increase wages to keep you?”

Study Confirms What Your Grandmother Already Taught You: an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. “Want a healthier population? Spend less on health care and more on social services.”

Canceling all the government-owned student debt would be good for the economy. I’ve said it before, but this time I’m saying it with all my own debt paid off.

Periodic reminder that SNAP is one of the most effective economic stimuli we have, where every dollar spent gets back $1.79.