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Fun Things To Do Over Your Weekend July 25, 2015

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(1) Sign this petition to have the United States recognize the KKK as a domestic terrorism organization. (It is shameful that we haven’t done this already.)

(2) Do a few of these things suggested by the Brady Campaign. They’re fighting the good fight against the US’s gun problem, against a coalition of weapons dealers who are hell-bent on making it easier to sell things.

(3) Pick up the facts about the death of Sandra Bland, who was jailed for three days because she failed to signal a lane change and then found mysteriously dead in her cell. Be horrified. Look for local protests. If you’re in the Massachusetts area, there’s one in Boston this Tuesday.

(4) Read this essay, written from experience, about how medical care is frequently icky and uncomfortable. And don’t let people demonize Planned Parenthood on the grounds that, in the process of providing medical care, they do things that are icky and uncomfortable.

(5) Ask your representative to co-sponsor the Save Oak Flat Act. An eleventh-hour addition to the end of a “must-pass” military spending bill traded 2400 acres of Arizona federal land to a foreign mining corporation — including a sacred site for local Apache tribe members. Because why would the US waste an opportunity to screw over Native Americans for profit?

(6) On a brighter note, celebrate that workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation is officially illegal across the country. Not even because of a new law — but because the EEOC ruled that it falls under the jurisdiction of the 1964 Civil Rights Act! (Because you can’t discriminate based on sex, and we’re finally acknowledging that that’s what’s happening if you’d fire a woman for dating a woman, but wouldn’t fire a man for the same reason.)

(7) All of the above is US-based stuff, so here’s something that’s hopefully doable anywhere: browse the free-to-download section on the Big Finish website, and help yourself to whatever looks good.

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Monday Roundup, 7/7 July 7, 2014

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But I’m A Cat Person
Patrick in battle, A (art | Patrick | worksafe)

Doctor Who
Bad Wolf Rose, G (art | Rose | worksafe)

Hellsing
Alucard and friend, A (art | Alucard, Jackal | worksafe)

Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Ein Liebender liegt dir zu Füßen, part 3 (fic | Homura/Madoka, ensemble | NC-17)
Emerald and Aquamarine (art | Gertrud/Anthony, Adelbert, Kirsten, Daniyyel, Jennifer | worksafe)

Welcome to Night Vale(/His Dark Materials)
Night Vale: The Musical, tracks 23a-26 (fic, song parodies | Cecil/Carlos, ensemble | T)
A Blinking Light Up On The Clouded Mountain, chapters 3-4 (fic | Cecil/Carlos, HDM crossover characters, WtNV ensemble | T)
Seductive Bedtime Cecil (2 of 2) (art | Cecil | mildly NSFW)
…Oh? (art | Cecil, Khoshekh | worksafe)
On Schedule (drabble | Cecil/Carlos | G)
Entirely Personal (animation | Cecil/Carlos | worksafe)
Desert Parallels (art | Earl, Carlos, Kevin | worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Could Sparrow’s days of unemployment and Bianca’s days of singlehood be coming to an end? Or just a middle?

Doctor Who Series 8 approaches June 29, 2014

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New teaser for the next season of Doctor Who…and I’m kinda discouraged.

It was encouraging to see Twelve getting an older-looking body, with a style reminiscent of some of the earlier Doctors. But partly because I was hoping it was a hint that they were going to take a more old-fashioned approach to the writing, too. Ditch the “every season gets a narrower and narrower focus on the Doctor himself and his personal importance” trend along with the “every Doctor gets younger” one.

More aliens and mysteries and diplomatic shenanigans and adventures, please! Less of the Doctor navel-gazing and fretting about whether he is a Good Person. There’s only so much you can do with that, and by this point I assure you it has all been done.

Monday Roundup, 12/9 December 9, 2013

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But I’m A Cat Person
BICP Age-Swap AU (art | Bianca, Patrick, Ann, the Tiger | worksafe)
BICP Vintage Sketch Plans (sketches | Cohen, Bennett, Patrick, Cybele, Camellia | worksafe)

Doctor Who
A Charitable Earth, and a View of the Stars (art | Sarah Jane/Ace | worksafe)

Fake News
Shout*For, Act II, chapter 10, chapter 11 (AO3 mirror) (fic | Jon/”Stephen”, Olivia/Kristen, Jimmy/Tina, Tucker, Steve, others | T)
Shout*For – The Best Of (mix | Jon/”Stephen”, Olivia/Kristen, Jimmy/Tina | PG)
Album Cover (art | Jon, “Stephen”, Jimmy, Tucker | worksafe)

Puella Magi Madoka Magica
The symbol of a teardrop (art | Madoka | mildly NSFW)

Welcome to Night Vale(/Addams Family, /His Dark Materials)
Dance Lessons (art | Thing, Megan Wallaby | worksafe)
He Says He Is An Experimental Theologian, chapters 1-3 (fic | eventual Carlos/Cecil, scientists, Night Vale residents, their daemons | T)
Armadillo Daemon (art | Carlos’ daemon | worksafe)
Lyra’s Biggest Fans (art | Carlos and his daemon | worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
The mystery speaker, revealed.

Monday-ish Roundup, 11/25 November 26, 2013

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Doctor Who/The Muppets
Muppet Doctors – Eight Point Five (art | Waldorf as John Hurt’s Doctor | worksafe)

Fake News
Shout*For, Act II, chapter 8, chapter 9 (AO3 mirror) (fic | Jon/”Stephen”, Olivia/Kristen, Jimmy/Tina, Tucker, Steve, others | T)
Your Moment of Tenderness (art | Jon/”Stephen” | worksafe)
I’m On A Unicorn (sketch | “Stephen” | worksafe)
Fake News Kittens Redux (cats | “Stephen”, Jon | worksafe)

Fake News/Welcome to Night Vale
Senior Weird Correspondent (comic | Jon, Cecil | worksafe)

Puella Magi Madoka Magica(/DC Comics)
Blue Lantern Madoka (sketch | Madoka | worksafe)

Sailor Moon
Sailor Haumea (art | otaku senshi | worksafe)

Welcome to Night Vale
Lab Safety (animation | Carlos | worksafe)
Babysitting Megan (art | Cecil, Megan Wallaby | worksafe)
Tiny Science (art | mini!Carlos | worksafe)
Calling Dana (art | Cecil, Dana | worksafe)
Our God Is Not A Smiling God (art | Tamika | worksafe, some blood)

General/Miscellaneous
Melons (commissioned art, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Cohen delivers some wine-backed wisdom, and Bennett is reunited with his Being.

Doctor who? Doctor Capaldi, apparently August 6, 2013

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Twelfth Doctor announced!

On the one hand…yeah, it’s another white guy. In spite of the fact that the promo stuff was carefully and visibly gender-neutral, so it’s not like TPTB in general are in denial that they have options. (Moffat’s specific dickishness notwithstanding.) And according to Neil Gaiman, at least one black actor was offered the part, but turned it down. Progress inches along in the background.

On the other hand, he’s apparently the oldest person to be cast in the part since William Hartnell! He really does look like a Classic Who Doctor, too, at least to me. Hopefully it’ll shake up some things we’ve seen in the New Who dynamic, particularly the “hot young romantic hero that all the lovely ladies have to fall for” trope.

A few more stray Who links:

For those New Whovians who don’t have time for Classic Who: A short summary of each Doctor.” Accurate.

Data from the Doctor Who fic archive A Teaspoon And An Open Mind: what gets written, what gets reviewed.

The plans to build yourself a TARDIS cabinet! I want one. No, scratch that, I want lots.

Monday Roundup, 5/27 May 27, 2013

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Characters VI (designs | Miranda, Poe, Mr. Cohen, Ms. Lake | worksafe)
Memories (art | Miranda, Ms. Lake | worksafe)
Tetrachromatic (sketch | Camellia, Reseda, Sparrow, Bianca, Patrick, Poe, Miranda, Jany, Kara Lynn | worksafe)

Castle Crossing
Cat(?) with Chicken (art | Thorn, pet | worksafe)

Doctor Who
The Pink Cave (art | Doctor, TARDIS | worksafe)

Fake News
Shout*For, chapter 3 (AO3 mirror) (fic | Jon, “Stephen”, Jimmy, Olivia, Steve, Kristen, Wyatt, Brian, ensemble | PG-13)
The One Where Jon Is A Werewolf (sketches | wolf!Jon, “Stephen” | worksafe)
The Demon Colbert (art | “Stephen” | worksafe, mostly)

Marvel Comics
Gods and Spiders (sketches | Thor, Spider-Man | worksafe)

Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Marry That Girl (art | Homura/Madoka | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
Where I Watch Black Rock Shooter: episodes 5-6 (discussion, meta)
Still Life With Wheat Thins, Still Life At Sink (paintings/drawings, worksafe)
And I go where the ocean is deep (seascape, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Flashback. Little Miranda bonds with Patrick, and weathers her mother’s death.

Monday Roundup, 5/20 May 20, 2013

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But I’m A Cat Person(/Revolutionary Girl Utena)
Lounging Reseda (art | Reseda, Reseda | worksafe)
My Little Cybele (art | pony!Cybele | worksafe)
Star Spangles and Surfboards (art | Bennett, Cybele | worksafe)
Character Abuse Meme – Patrick (art meme | Patrick | NSFW for injuries)
Duelists and Brides (dolls | Bianca, Patrick, Sparrow, Kara Lynn, Jany | worksafe)
Un?likely Friends (art | boy!Cybele, girl!Cub | worksafe)

Castle Crossing
Nightshirts and Necklaces (sketches | Leif, Thorn, Laurel, Holly | worksafe)
Feathered Dragon (art | Thorn, a dragon | worksafe)

Doctor Who
Doctor Who Shipping Meme (meme | ensemble | worksafe)

Fake News
Shout*For, Chapter 1, chapter 2 (AO3 mirror) (fic | Jon, “Stephen”, Jimmy, Tucker, Olivia, Kristen, Wyatt, Brian, ensemble | PG-13)
Let Down Your Hair (art | Jon/”Stephen” | worksafe)
Boys (and Girls) of Summer (fic | “Stephen”/Lorraine, /Jon, /various | PG-13)

Puella Magi Madoka Magica
Galactic Archer (art | Madoka | worksafe)

General/Miscellaneous
This Mix is Really Gay (happy/comic songs about queer people)
Star Cat (animal design, worksafe)
Still Life With Teapot and Still Life With Knife (paintings, worksafe)
Writing meta: Event-Based Plotting (on the process of developing stories)
Star Dog (with sparkles!) (animated animal art, worksafe)

This Week in But I’m A Cat Person:
Time to skip over to Miranda, who’s reminiscing about how she met Patrick, and why it’s so important to her to demand him back.

Erin Watches: Glee, Elementary, Doctor Who, Game of Thrones, Black Rock Shooter May 10, 2013

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Last night I dreamed my computer was stolen. Was fine the instant I woke up and realized it hadn’t been real, but while it was ongoing it was terrifying. (The thought of so many WIPs lost forever…)

The last time I had a really bad dream was after watching Dollhouse’s “Epitaph One”. Makes sense. Losing your memories and losing things you wouldn’t be able to reconstruct without perfect memory are of a kind :/

And speaking of TV, some things I’ve watched more recently…

 

Glee

Finally managed to kick it.

The episode that did it was the one where Ryder opens up to his teammates about his childhood molestation, and everything about it is badly handled or not resolved or not even addressed, and it just hit me that, wow, this show is never again going to tackle anything in a way I want to watch. Will keep up with canon via the Autostraddle recaps for the sake of reading fic (some of which is actually worthwhile!), and that’s it.

 

Elementary

This show is really pretty good.

I enjoyed the BBC’s Sherlock, mostly (and I still haven’t seen The Blind Banker, which probably helps), but Elementary has been offering up a lot less flash for a lot more substance.

 

Doctor Who

Speaking of flash and no substance! Most of this season has been depressingly thin. Lots of dramatic speeches, very little of the action and effort that makes those speeches earned. Lots of talking up the Great Mystery of What’s Going On With Clara, taking up time that could be used to investigate the mystery, or to develop Clara as a character who’s engaging in her own right beyond being an object of unusual time phenomenon. An episode with a ton of running around in the depths of the TARDIS where we get one or two cool scenes…and then a lot of generic scary being-chased-around-by-monsters.

And then came The Crimson Horror, and it was more fantastic than it had any right to be. Humor! Action! Jenny being fantastic. Strax being adorable. (“Horse! You have failed in your mission!”) A good old-fashioned megalomaniac of a villain. Teamwork! A mystery where the clues came together in meaningful ways, without leaving things hanging to be un-addressed for the next couple of seasons (are we ever going to find out why the TARDIS exploded?). Plus that one poor proper Victorian dude fainting every couple of scenes.

Granted, Clara doesn’t have much to do besides be in trouble, get rescued, and inspire a couple more people to ask about the Great Mystery, but in such a team-heavy episode (with lots of other female characters having significant and well-written interactions, no less), it’s forgivable.

[ETA: No, wait, I completely forgot! Clara did get a moment of awesome. Things needed to be broken, and the Doctor was all “I have my sonic screwdriver!” and Clara was all “yeah, well, I have a chair.” Spoiler alert: the chair worked.]

Can we have a Vastra/Jenny spinoff yet? And can all the episodes be like this? Please?

 

Game of Thrones

For the most part I have no idea what’s going on in this show. I just watch for a handful of characters being awesome. Particularly Dany.

 

Black Rock Shooter

I have no idea what’s going on in this show either, but in this case there’s a chance I might actually put it together.

It’s gripping and dramatic and visually stunning, and I’m going to be a solid fan whether it comes together at the end or not. (Though hopefully it will.)

More detailed reviewing here.

Summaries of the unproduced SJA episodes! August 27, 2012

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Details taken from the SJA companion magazine, found on Tumblr:

The one where Mr. Smith is put in a human body and flirts with Carla

The one that’s being partially repurposed into a Who episode, featuring Rani Doing Journalism

The one where Sarah Jane is part of (another) ancient prophecy, Jo Grant discovers it via Doing Archaeology, and Sky pulls a Tinkerbell Jesus

Miscellaneous other concepts that never got expanded for production

I really dislike what they were planning for Sky, and will be sticking with the fanon theories for that one. And really, poor Sarah Jane, how many ancient prophecies about her does one woman need? I’m torn about whether I like their idea of a Torchwood crossover, or whether I’m glad that scenario will be left to fic writers. On the plus side, the Mr. Smith thing could have been fun, another callback to Jo would have been awesome, and ACE. WE COULD HAVE HAD ACE.

What does everyone else think?