I found myself liking Brendan better, but Brendan is a great interview -- he's hilarious.
We're about to pull the lever on tonight's code push! Many of the changes we are making to the site are under-the-hood improvements, but these are the ones you are more likely to notice:
- New account setting option for RP accounts, for future feature development.
- Many more sites upgraded to use HTTPS links instead of relying on our SSL proxy.
- Moved the Manage Icons page to /manage/icons and modernized the underlying code.
- Increased the size limit for icon descriptions from 120 to 300 characters.
- Various requested fixes for the image upload/management pages.
- Improved processing of emailed entries for changes to entry security.
- Improved processing of emailed comments for removal of quoted text.
- Reading page with date filter now has previous / next day links.
- Banned users hidden by default on the Manage Circle page.
- Most importer failure messages will now include the name of the journal being imported, for the benefit of users running multiple imports.
- People who read the RSS/Atom feed of your journal will see correct entry links and embedded content.
- Whitelist embeds from: coub.com, airtable.com, mixcloud.com
- New <user> tag sites: medium.com, imzy.com, facebook.com, instagram.com
- New "other site" fields on user profiles: Imzy, Instagram
Once the code push starts, you may notice that the site is slow to respond, but it should remain available to use unless something goes badly wrong.
I'll update this post when the code push is finished. Stay tuned!
Update: All done! Let us know if anything seems more wrong than usual!
This is a good take-away:
If “When We Rise” has a thread, it’s coalition-building, getting disparate voices to find a common chord. The out-groups it portrays are hardly monoliths — Ken, who’s African-American, encounters racism among gay white men and homophobia among black community leaders. But as Cleve puts it, when anti-gay politicians declare “war on all the us-es,” then the us-es discover what makes them a we.
Overall, I agree with the NY Times take on it, which is...that it is uneven in places, but overall with a viewing. And, while we've come a long way, we've still a long way to go, until that is the Archie Bunkers among us die off or change their minds.
It's monumental that the series aired on ABC for four nights. Interrupted only by he who shall not be named address.
The show makes me furious at the homophobic fools.
Common answers to seemingly simple questions asked about Doctor Who
No liquids near keyboard.
In case you are NOT familiar with Doctor Who... Well, this is the kind of stuff which will become second nature, without even thinking about it.
Oh and there are NO SPOILERS.
I’m looking for a roommate in the Pittsburgh area. I’ll be working at exit 64 off of 376, near an area called Rosslyn Farms. I’d like a short commute. To give you an idea of neighborhoods I’m looking near Bethel Park, Brentwood, Castle Shannon, Dormont, Oakdale, Sewickley, Whitehall.
I’d like someone who is at least 30 (I’m 52), a woman, non-smoker, likes cats. The company I’ll be working for does drug screening so no drugs. I’m laid back and liberal. I prefer a quiet home.There is a place in Brentwood that I can get if we move quickly. It’s available at the end of June, but I am also looking at apartments in the neighborhoods I mentioned.
Okay, I need information.
Monday I start my first job in 5 years.
Currently I'm sleeping on a friend's couch. There are a number of reasons why this will be untenable once I'm working. For example, two of the roomies here work odd shifts. One gets home anywhere between 10:30 at night and 12:30 in the morning. Another showers before work around 2:00 in the morning. I'm a light sleeper. There are other issues.
So, I'd like to move ASAP. I'm worried that having been unemployed for 5 years, even though I'll have a job by the time I talk to apartment managers, will mean they'll reject my application. Have any of you been in a similar situation? Can you tell me if this is likely to be a problem?
- This Damn Destiny Following Me Around (Extra Hot, Extra Shot remix) (Joyce/Jenny, PG) by brutti-ma-buoni
- All Saints Day (The Alone in a Darkened Room remix) (Drusilla/Darla, FR13) by aaronlisa
- Meerkat Hard (Meerkat AU #1) (Buffy, G) by thenewbuzwuzz
- Something White (Meerkat AU #2) (Buffy/Spike, T) by thenewbuzwuzz
- 9 Months (CHAPTER 1) (Angel/Spike, General Audiences) by Maria(Queenofcarnage)
- Turning Point (CHAPTER 2) (Buffy/Angel, Drusilla, Kendra, Teen and Up) by DL SchizoAuthoress (schizoauthoress)
- All The King's Men (CHAPTER 16) (Crossover with Hellblazer and Constantine, Buffy, Faith, Giles, Teen and Up) by Dollar_Day
- Where Do We Go? (CHAPTER 9) (Buffy/Spike, Tara/Willow, Teen and Up) by MixItUp
- Maybe Someday (CHAPTER 3) (Buffy/Spike, Angel, Dawn, Illyria, General Audiences) by elisi
- I'm Not a Loser (CHAPTER 4) (Amy, Buffy, Faith, Riley, Willow, Xander, Teen and Up) by steeleye
[Articles, Interviews, and Other News]
- slayalive.com: Q&A with Rebekah Isaacs for Buffy Season 11 #6
- CBC News: Q&A -'Spike' from Buffy the Vampire Slayer reflects on pivotal role as he visits Calgary Comic Expo by David Bell
this damn destiny following me around (extra hot extra shot remix), Jenny/Joyce by brutti_ma_buoni.
Something to Sign For , Giles by lycomingst.
Meerkat Hard and Something White, Meerkat!Buffy/Albino!Cobra!Spike by thenewbuzwuzz.
SlayAlive talks to Rebekah Isaacs about Season Eleven, Issue No. Six .
Good thing I'm not into Orange is the New Black...I just thought it was funny.
2. I find myself endeared to cult or underdog works of art...stuff that self-respecting academics turn their shiny noses up at, what in other words is resoundingly disparaged in academic and by literary writers such as Paul Theroux (although he does write insanely entertaining travelogues, no one else comes close).
Daytime soap operas
Marvel and DC comic books
The Muppets and puppets
The Romance genre
I refuse to be embarrassed about loving these genres. I've seen amazing writing in all of them.
Although, I will admit that it difficult to find any good contemporary romance novels (that aren't in the vein of Jane Austen or the modern equivalent and about the inhabitants of a small town).
And the daytime soap is regrettably a dying breed, the writing has admittedly gone down hill in that genre...and I mean way down hill. Along with the acting. I think the people in it are getting a wee bit tired and desperate.
Also true of the Muppets...I think they've been pulled a bit thin and let success go to their heads.
And...Marvel admittedly has shot itself in the proverbial foot lately, and DC has gotten a shade or two too dark.
But other than that...
3. Just finished watching....
* The Catch -- which needs to find a way to tie together its storylines, because it's become hard to follow again. That said, I think it is about to. I'm almost positive...I know how.
It's sort of predictable, another problem that needs to be resolved. What I love about the Catch is it flips or subverts various genre gender tropes. The head of a British Mafia organization is a woman, who is bisexual. And John Simms plays her brother who is a bit dangerous, homicidial, and also bisexual. Think Drusilla and Spike as British mobsters, yet sane.
* Call the Midwife -- I can't get through an episode of this series without crying. But I am loving the characters and their interactions. It's among the few series that projects kindness and tenderness and compassion as a means of resolving conflict. A nice palate cleanser for...
*The 100 -- which is becoming almost too violent for me. I don't know if I'm going to make it through this season. But I care about the characters -- so still hanging in there. (Also I didn't ship and/or care about ( major plot spoiler for S3, if you watch the series ).
Two series on television are depicting "bisexual" characters, who really have no clear gender preference, The Catch and The 100. Also both characters are tough women leaders, who in a way are a flip on a traditional gender biased trope. The Catch actually flips and subverts various gender tropes. The 100 is doing the same thing, flipping, commenting on, and subverting various genre and gender tropes. That's why I'm watching it and the characters and the actors...but ghod the story is grim. Ugh. I don't think I can binge watch it.
Regarding sexuality on television?
I think television in the 21st Century is doing a better job with it and has come a long way since the early part of the century and the 1990s. Note, Buffy didn't really go there until 2000 or 2001. Ellen came out in the 1990s and got reamed. What we had was things like "Will and Grace" or the gay best friend in "My Best Friend's Wedding" or shows on cable...but I don't think the L Word and Queer As Folk happened until the 21st Century or thereabouts.
Now, we've ventured into bisexuality a bit more, transgender, and lesbian/homosexual relationships that are not shown as erotic sexual fantasies for straight folks. (*cough*ChasingAmy*cough* comes to mind). ie. the two leads are hot and they decide oh, that was just a phase, I'm going back to being straight now. Here, they look like everyone else, not necessarily model pretty, it's not a phase -- it's not about the sex, it's an actual loving relationship that has layers.
If you were around prior to the 21st Century, you know how big a deal this is and how far we've come. I mean we have commercials now with same-sex couples and their kids...that's huge.