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Monday Works Roundup, 11/19 (Chroma Key, Rainbow Six, Sailor Moon, etc) November 20, 2018

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But I’m A Cat Person
Collar Blush (sketch | Kara Lynn/Jany | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Backsword Hearts (wallpaper | Artie, Juniper | worksafe)
Kamen Gardener W (sketch | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)

Chroma Key
Chroma Puns (comic | Fuchsia | G)

Rainbow Six
Rainbow Frost (chibi | Frost | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
Uranus Pride (art | Haruka | worksafe)
Pluto Pride (art | Setsuna | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Lesbian Labrys Pride Stamp (stamp)
Chibi Devil (reward chibi, worksafe)
Bear Pride Stamp (stamp)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Jany and Miranda touch base with each other’s backstories, Beings, and broadcasting prospects.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Acai gives the Woman in Black some backstory.

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All the miscellaneous links I’ve been hoarding up through the midterms November 7, 2018

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Trying to actually clear out my to-post pile — from political, technical, and fannish links alike.


Useful:

“Am I really just lazy?: A helpful key to why you are not doing that thing you know you are supposed to be doing.

Many of us are taught to make sure our sites can be used via keyboard. Why is that, and what is it like in practice? Chris Ashton did an experiment to find out.” Great article, prompted me to review my own sites and make some updates.

“At the end of June, through Comic Tea Party, I surveyed webcomic/indie comic readers and gathered data on their reading habits. This included questions about reading frequency and how they interacted with the comics they read. The survey received 188 responses, and today I would like to go through the data and share what we have learned.”


Depressing:

The YouTubers taking this challenge are very young, and they are making fetish content for adults. They just don’t know it.” Creepy. (Article from 2016.)

Bowles knew the sedative was “dripping into her veins” and that at any second she would cede control to a surgeon who had just revealed his intention to do something she’d explicitly asked him not to do. She felt panicked, but her body was unable to move. She recalls saying no twice, repeating that she wanted to be flat.”

Many parents and their kids are becoming more and more immersed in the fandoms surrounding their favorite shows, movies, and books. The below article by guest contributor Sean Z. is an in-depth look at the recent history of fandom and some of the pitfalls we should all be aware of and be discussing with our kids.


Uplifting:

The intersex community is counting on doctors to improve the treatment conditions our community has inherited. We dream of a world in which diverse sex traits are once again seen as natural variations, as they are in some cultures — not problems to be fixed. It can be intimidating to be called upon to rebuild a paradigm. But at least there’s a step-by-step guide.”

So, hey, it seems like George Takei is cool. (And literally did get targeted by Russia-based propaganda networks.)


Miscellaneous:

If Le Guin’s hand-drawn map of the icebound planet Gethen is somewhat obscure, it’s perhaps because it seems to pop up for the first time only in the endpapers of The Hainish Novels & Stories. Published in 2017, the year before the author’s death.”

“The Dutch firm Ecory was commissioned to research the impact of piracy for several months, eventually submitting a 304-page report to the EU in May 2015. […] illegal downloads and streams can actually boost legal sales of games, according to the report. The only negative link the report found was with major blockbuster films.” (So guess what was the only part of the report that got released?)

“Not since the angel Gabriel visited Muhammad in a cave around 610 AD, informing him that he is God’s prophet, has there been a new globally influential religion with hundreds of millions of followers. Though the world’s religions are very dynamic, and major faiths continue to shift and evolve in ritual and doctrine, the world today is dominated by the same four faiths that dominated the globe a millennium ago: Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam. According to a 2012 Pew study, 92 percent of religiously affiliated people around the globe belong to one of these four faiths.” An investigation on some of the cults and mini-religions growing today, and why it’s been so long since one of them made it big.

Monday Works Roundup, 11/5 (Sailor Moon, webcomics) November 5, 2018

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But I’m A Cat Person
BICP Chibisplosion Wallpaper 1 (doodles | Sparrow, Bianca, Patrick | worksafe)
BICP Chibisplosion Wallpaper 2 (doodles | Camellia, Reseda, Walker, Blake, Miranda, Poe, Cybele | worksafe)
It’s Important To Vote (comic | BICP ensemble | G)

Leif & Thorn
Three Years of Leif & Thorn (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
Halloween Ladies (sketch | Hotaru, Chibiusa, Serenity | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Webcomic Woes 23 – Shoulda drawn this ahead of time (comic, G)
Lesbian Flag With Labrys Stamp – Base (stamp)
Halloween Celestial (exchange art, worksafe)
Polyamorous Flag Stamp – Base (stamp)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Vote. It’s important.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
The Woman in Black takes refuge from the rain…in the home of one of the few people who remembers her face.

Monday works roundup, 10/22 (Sailor Moon, Rainbow Six, webcomics, etc) October 22, 2018

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But I’m A Cat Person
Emotional Patrick (sketch | Patrick | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Business Cards 2018 (graphic design | Leif, Thorn | worksafe)
Volume 1 Funded (comic | Leif/Thorn | G)
Quality Hugs (chibi | Thorn, Kale | worksafe)
Omnibus 1 Campaign Finale (sketch | Leif, Thorn | worksafe)

Court of Roses
Rosy Bards (art | Diana, Merlow, Feliks, Nocturne | worksafe)

The Night Belongs To Us
My fluffy girlfriend and me (art | Hank/Ava | worksafe)

Rainbow Six
Rainbow Caveira (chibi | Caveira | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
Venus Pride (art | Minako | worksafe)
Mars Pride (art | Rei | worksafe)

Sleepless Domain
Undine and Kokoro (art | Undine, Kokoro | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Nonbinary Flag Stamp – Base (stamp)
Straight Ally Flag Stamp – Base (stamp)
LGBTQIA Pride Flags – Animated (stamp)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Halloween flashback with bb!Sparrow and her moms.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
The two Agents D talk intelligence (and lack thereof). Also: happy third anniversary!

Monday Works Roundup (The Good Place, Sailor Moon, webcomics, others) October 8, 2018

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But I’m A Cat Person
Cupcake Cybele Badge (art | Cybele | worksafe)
Flower Hat Bunny (art | Cybele | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Volume 1 Cast Banner (art | Leif/Thorn, Imri, Mata/Pato, Ivy, Holly, Annie/Birch, Iona | worksafe)
Volume 1 Cover (art | Leif/Thorn | worksafe)
Axe Heart (wallpaper | Del | worksafe)

The Good Place
Good Place Daemons (art | Eleanor, Tahani, Chidi, Simone, Jason, Janet | worksafe)

The Hazards of Love
Glitter Everywhere (art | Catparo/Iolanthe | worksafe)

MAX
Spy Vacation (art | Skye | worksafe)

Rainbow Six
Valkyrie (chibi | Valkyrie | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
Moon patch (graphic, G)

General/Miscellaneous
Lipstick Lesbian Flag Stamp – Base (stamp)
Trans Man Flag Stamp – Base (stamp)
Chibi Avazeen (chibi, creepy worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
The dramatic end of Chapter 27!

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
Cedar starts learning about his powers, and Thorn brings the kids home.

Bad things. (Tax fraud, short-sheeting FEMA, separating citizens, and more.) October 5, 2018

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Categorized Tweets: “Enter your zipcode to catch up on the candid thoughts of individuals who represent you.

“We went through the transcript of the hearing and noted every single time a question was asked of Ford and Kavanaugh. (We didn’t include the times a questioner didn’t ask an explicit question.) Then we noted every instance in which answered the question or said they didn’t know the answer — and we also noted every time they either refused to answer or gave an answer that didn’t address the question. Here are the results.”

“A man emailed recently in response to something I’d written about street harassment. He was so glad, he said, that his college-age daughter never experienced anything like that. Less than a day later, he wrote again. They had just talked. She told him she’d been harassed many, many times — including that week.”

By age 3, Mr. Trump was earning $200,000 a year in today’s dollars from his father’s empire. He was a millionaire by age 8. By the time he was 17, his father had given him part ownership of a 52-unit apartment building. Soon after Mr. Trump graduated from college, he was receiving the equivalent of $1 million a year from his father.” And no, it wasn’t terribly legal.

“Americans by and large want the government to help them get healthcare when they need it—whether that means the ACA’s regulations on insurers or a more direct system where the feds or the states cover everyone. Republicans know this, which is why they are lying about wanting to defend pre-existing condition protections. More fundamentally, Republicans have spent the last decade using every avenue available to them to block any effort to expand coverage.”

“The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) said this week that millions of water bottles meant for victims of Hurricane Maria have been left undistributed at an airport in Puerto Rico for more than a year.

“Merkley believes the transfer from FEMA to ICE was made this summer. He told Maddow that ‘it means that just as hurricane season is starting … the administration is working hard to find funds for child detention camps.‘”

“In one stunning example, the government listed one child who ‘cannot be reunified at this time because the parent’s location has been unknown for more than a year,’ and ‘records show the parent and child might be US citizens.’

U.S. policy has created a food system that excels at producing flour, sugar and oil but struggles to deliver nutrients at anywhere near the same scale. The United States spends $1.5 billion on nutrition research every year compared to around $60 billion on drug research. Just 4 percent of agricultural subsidies go to fruits and vegetables. No wonder that the healthiest foods can cost up to eight times more, calorie for calorie, than the unhealthiest—or that the gap gets wider every year.”

Multifandom Recommendations – Lord of the Rings, Doctor Who, Sailor Moon, Red Dwarf, DCU October 3, 2018

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  • Red Dwarf | Rimmer, Lister | T | Unplugged
    After the events of Siliconia, Lister is still recovering. So is Rimmer. Why not recover together?
    series:red dwarf,pairing:rimmer_lister,fic:one-shot,genfic,trope:hurt-comfort

  • Red Dwarf | Rimmer/Lister | T | Orange Crush
    To wind Rimmer up, Lister mucks with his projection and puts him in a ballgown. Refusing to rise to the bait, Rimmer keeps it on, and Lister finds himself hopelessly (and surprisingly) aroused.
    fic:one-shot,series:red dwarf,pairing:rimmer_lister,trope:genderplay

  • Red Dwarf | Rimmer, Lister, Kryten, Cat | T | Rimmer’s Turn
    “I’m a hologram, for smeg’s sake!” Rimmer continued. “Now all we need is Kryten to get knocked-up by his favorite mop and we’ll be four for four.”
    series:red dwarf,pairing:rimmer_lister,fic:one-shot,genfic,trope:kidfic,kink:mpreg

  • DCU | Batman, Harley/Ivy | T | Invasive
    “There’s an invasive plant-themed villain on the loose! Of course you want my help!”

    “I’m not letting you use me to win an argument with your girlfriend.”
    series:dc comics,yuri,fic:one-shot,pairing:harley_ivy

Good things. (Pool parties, Medicare, ocean cleanup, gay stuff in media.) October 1, 2018

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“Remember the teenage girl who got dragged by police at a pool party? Well, she’s getting her money and her own pool party. […] Cole said that her client plans to use a portion of the money to start a business and that she hopes to become a dentist.” I’m so relieved and happy for this nerd.

Koch-backed study finds ‘Medicare for All’ would save U.S. trillions. An estimated cost of $32.6 trillion over 10 years is less than the US would spend over the next 10 years under the current system.”

Engineers on Saturday deployed a trash collection device to corral plastic litter floating between California and Hawaii in an attempt to clean up the world’s largest garbage patch in the heart of the Pacific Ocean.”

“I was just learning about how The Answer book, which was also very difficult to make and I only just now found out that a big part of why it was made was that one of the big champions of the book was an ally for her sister. We’ve had allies at all these different stages, people for whom this is very personal and they understand the personal toll that can be taken.” Rebecca Sugar on breaking ground.

“The truth is they’re scared of getting emails from bigots and they’re cowards. So they’re letting the bigots control the conversation. My response was basically, ‘Let ‘em complain,’ ‘they’re wrong,’ and ‘they’re just gonna have to live with it.’ Unfortunately, it got so contentious that [the network] essentially told me that if I didn’t cut the scene they would cut the episode and they strong-armed me out of it.” More on representation, with Voltron, Gravity Falls, and SU.

“Arnie as a film editor—if you thought of Bert with a job in the world, wouldn’t that be perfect? Bert with his paper clips and organization? And I was the jokester. So it was the Bert & Ernie relationship, and I was already with Arnie when I came to Sesame Street. So I don’t think I’d know how else to write them, but as a loving couple. I wrote sketches…Arnie’s OCD would create friction with how chaotic I was. And that’s the Bert & Ernie dynamic.

Multifandom Recommendations – X-Men, Avengers, Suradanna and the Sea, Jeeves & Wooster, Sherlock Holmes, Hellsing September 26, 2018

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  • X-Men: First Class | Erik/Charles | T | If, Tomorrow
    Once, he may have been Magneto… but now he’s an all-too-human man in a wheelchair.

    Once, the boy who’s come to shine a light on his past life may have been Professor X… but now he’s a normal teenager.

    Once, mutants may have existed… but they don’t anymore.
    series:x-men,pairing:xavier_magneto,fic:one-shot

  • Jeeves & Wooster | Bertie | T | The Invention of Bertie Wooster
    Once upon a time, a young fellow called Bertie took a first in Literature from Oxford. He and his chums were basking yet in the golden summer of 1914 when certain things happened in that August which it’s probably better I don’t dredge up again.
    series:jeeves & wooster,genfic,fic:one-shot,trope:trauma

  • Sherlock Holmes | Holmes/Watson | M | The Art of the Blood
    Watson finds a disturbing, barbaric, medically out-of-fashion item among Holmes’s possessions, and simply cannot let it go. How does Holmes happen to own not just any bloodletting kit, but one that once belonged to a great violin master who died before Holmes was born? The answers revealed will change both their lives – forever.
    series:sherlock holmes,pairing:holmes_watson,fic:one-shot,trope:vampires

  • Hellsing | Arthur, Alucard | G | Lookabout
    Little Arthur Hellsing during Abraham Van Helsing’s time: Arthur wants to play a new game with his father, which of course leads to mischief.
    series:hellsing,fic:one-shot,genfic,trope:kidfic

  • Hellsing | pre-Integra/Alucard | T | Remembrances
    A flash to the past of Alucard, The No Life King and his master, the young Integral Fairbrooks Wingates Hellsing a year after she freed him from the dungeons.
    series:hellsing,fic:one-shot,pairing:integra_alucard,genfic,trope:kidfic,trope:hurt-comfort

Monday Works Roundup, 9/24 (O Sarilho, Overwatch, Phoenix Flair, Sailor Moon, Sesame Street, etc) September 24, 2018

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But I’m A Cat Person
’70s AU Jess and Stu (sketch | Cohen, Jessica Lake | worksafe)

Leif & Thorn
Chibi Caoimhe (art | Caoimhe | worksafe)
Ceannic Order Shields (graphic | shields | worksafe)
Volume 1 3D Rendering (art | the book! | worksafe)

O Sarilho/Leif & Thorn
It’s The Economy… (art | Nikita, Leif | worksafe)

Overwatch
McReaper (art | McCree/Reyes | worksafe-ish)

Phoenix Flair
The Phoenixes Flair (art | femme!Phoenix, butch!Phoenix | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
Live Pretty (art | Zoisite | worksafe)

Sesame Street
You’re The One (art | Bert/Ernie | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Agender pride stamp – base (stamp)
Webcomic Woes 22 – Family Matters (comic, G)
Gay bear pride stamp – base (stamp)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Bennett attempts to be a good boyfriend.

This Week in Leif & Thorn:
The final steps of the rescue! Also, diplomatic immunity.