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Erin Listens: the Magic Tavern and other podcasts March 28, 2017

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Hello From The Magic Tavern just got so intense. There was an epic battle in episode 100…then a bunch of interludes, including one from the Cowboy Dimension that had me dying of muffled laughter at work…and now it’s officially designated Season 2, and, yowza.

If you’re not already listening (and if you’re not allergic to shows with a whole lot of butt jokes), you should start.

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Deep into the backlog of Love and Justice. It’s kind of…uplifting?…to hear about how much they love Crystal. Like, I can listen to them gush about the things that were emotionally affecting, and don’t have to see the actual animation, so I can imagine they’re podcasting from an alternate dimension where it didn’t make me sad.

They’re too hard on the ’92 anime — by which I mean, they complain about things it objectively can’t help. Of course the first season doesn’t have much sense of “shared past” between the senshi and the Dark Kingdom. The animators didn’t know about it! Naoko hadn’t written it yet!

On the other hand, I regularly feel like Sailor Business (which I’m all caught up with now) is too easy on the ’92 anime. So it kinda balances out nicely.

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I’m listening to both of those at 1.2x speed, because the hosts tend to meander. Same with Yo, Is This Racist? — it’s just too slow otherwise.

…also, it talks a lot about the awfulness of current politics. I kinda have to psych myself up before listening. And/or say something like “once I get through one of these, I’ll reward myself with the next Magic Tavern episode.”

More-polished and better-edited regulars on my MP3 player: the Savage Lovecast, and The West Wing Weekly. Those get played at regular speed. Both make references to the political awfulness — it’s an inherent side effect of their premises — but in measured and relatively-contained doses.

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Still listening to Illusionoid, and Kakos Industries, although I stopped saving the episodes afterward. Neither one is so absorbing that I’d want to do a re-listen.

…in fact, the only series on this list where I’m holding onto the episodes is Magic Tavern. Did a re-listen just a few months ago, in preparation for Yuletide fic. It’s highly re-listenable.

Related, a couple anons on FFA were talking about Republic of Heaven Community Radio, and one mentioned the weaknesses in book 2. I stepped in with this:

Honestly, I’d go back and give it a full-body rewrite if canon hadn’t been such a painful kick in the teeth.

I can see the soft spots, can feel when the pacing sputters, I know there are ways it could have more consistency and stronger throughlines. I just…don’t have the stomach to go near it.

That’s not an empty promise — anyone who knew me from fake-news fandom might remember that I did a full-body rewrite on a longfic there. But, yeah. Not in the cards, not this time.

A more coherent #StandWithOrlando post. June 14, 2016

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The latest Savage Lovecast opens with almost twenty minutes of Dan channeling grief and heartbreak and hope into words I needed, that a lot of us probably need.

I’m doing okay again. Got to work like a functional person and did not once start crying at my desk, although it was a close thing a couple of times. Especially when Dan started choking up. Especially when he talked about how incredible it is, what a breathtaking sign of progress in the midst of all the horror, that when a gay club was attacked and the police showed up, they were there to help.

There’s anger to be articulated too. Neither TDS nor TNS hit the right note for me, but Full Frontal was cathartically furious.

And Roy Zimmerman just put out a new recording of the incandescently bitter “Thoughts And Prayers.”

Speaking of: you may have heard that it’s a cheap gesture when politicians offer their “thoughts and prayers” after a mass shooting. Igor Volsky demonstrates that it is, in fact, a very expensive gesture. Hundreds of thousands of NRA dollars went into these gestures.

Equality Florida is handling the funds for victims and survivors of the Pulse massacre, and has other resources, particularly for family members.

People who don’t live in Florida, this is also a good time to throw a few dollars at your own local LGBT+ rights organization. Mine is MassEquality. The one where I grew up is Equality Maryland.

And as with any tragedy, if you’re eligible to give blood and don’t have an appointment scheduled…get one for next month. Or the month after that. For when the surge of interest has receded, but the need is still there.

Not-Monday Roundup, 12/4 December 4, 2012

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But I’m A Cat Person
The Dragon and the Puppy (splash page | Patrick, Jany, Kara Lynn | worksafe)
Quit Tripping On Me (art | Patrick, Poe | worksafe)

Fake News(/The Sentinel)
All My Roads Lead To You, part 3, part 4 (AO3 mirror) (fic | Jon/wife, Jon/”Stephen”, others | PG)
I Got 99 Problems, But The Truth Ain’t One: finished! (1-sentence fics | ensemble | through PG-13)
Ten reasons for the sleep loss after Jon knocked Stephen up, parts 1-5 and parts 6-10 (mirror on the AO3) (fic | Jon/”Stephen”, families, Dan Savage, babies | R)

Puella Magi Madoka Magica
This Fragrant Skin, This Hair Like Lace (fic | Madoka/Homura, Madoka/others, various | NC-17, all the warnings)
Persephone’s Waltz chapter 1, chapter 2, chapter 3, chapter 4 (Read on the AO3) (fic | Homura, Madoka, others | through R)

General/Miscellaneous
Skateboarding Girl (commissioned chibi)
Mermaid Girl (commissioned chibi)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Patrick notices, but doesn’t approach, Kara Lynn. After all, he has teenage furries to entertain.

I feel like this should win some sort of analogy contest. May 28, 2009

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“Gay is like Cats (“now and forever”), while heroin is like Twitter (fun at first, sure, but you’ll regret it one day).”

Sometimes Dan Savage is a dick, but other times he is awesome.