Hmmm, Cabaret

Apr. 20th, 2014 12:21 am
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*sexy music*
*spotlight on*

Who'd have thought that Hannibal is responsible for my latest musical crush? I certainly didn't. But it is how it is, and so I present: The beautiful Raúl Esparza and Cabaret!


I don't care much

There is also a clip of Money, but it's so bad quality I don't wanna link it. Oh darling, you are right, here it is.
And yes, yes, of course I know that Alan Cumming and Michael C. Hall and Neil Patrick Harris and so many others did it too. I'm not an idiot. Weeeeell... No. But here's the thing *whispers dramatically* I like Esparza best. Oh, he's so dreamy, and such a showman, and so active and so deliciously decadent *sigh*

But how did I get from Hannibal to this delectable creature? Far to easy, darling. Raúl Esparza is not only a fabulous singer and performer, he is also Dr. Frederick Chilton (spoilers in links), Will Graham's psychiatrist and [Hannibal's latest patsy]. A few days back tumblr kindly provided a lovely article on Esparza (can't find it atm). My, what a shock to learn that he actually was on broadway! And today, this happened. And I clicked and I saw and I was gone.

Go! Enjoy this fabulous show! Shiver because of his voice! Drool over his showmanship! Fall in love! Be free! Do something!




Blog Post: Frank

Apr. 19th, 2014 05:06 pm
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4.19.14 Harpy Wreckurd Store Day!

deer friends,

there are lots of great releases out today that will sound rad played at high volumes alone or with your friends.

i love music, and i love the hunt. go support your local record and as often as you can.


p.s. 'for jamia...', the 7inch record i made for my wife, is being repressed as a RSD exclusive and is available in stores today thanks to B.Calm Press & Photo Finish Records. <3.

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Apr. 19th, 2014 04:25 pm
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Short Term 12 goes up on my movie list next to Oranges and Sunshine for amazing depictions of the helping professions and trauma.

Short Term 12 itself is a theoretically short-term placement facility for foster children, and the movie centres around the house's lead worker Grace and her boyfriend Mason, who also works at the house. Their work forms the backbone of their charges' days, since they create the safety and stability that give these kids a platform to launch from. God is in the details: Doing morning wake-up rounds, telling kids not to cuss, listening to children's poems and stories, enforcing time-out, and making birthday cupcakes.

The movie is pretty unique in another facet of intergenerational trauma it explores. That's when survivors of shitty childhoods turn around and throw themselves into the work of making things better for the children of today and tomorrow. Grace and Mason are so fiercely willing to go to the mat for these kids because they've been there. And at the same time: their work in all its difficulties has the potential to bring them healing. Being so steeped in a home that is about love and understanding and one's own personal willingness to step up to the plate and put pain into words is beneficial not only for the children, but also their caretakers.

It's also, you know, emotionally shredding.


Sidenote: I tried the kid who hates reading out on a comic book version of a Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode he's already seen, went to the kitchen to make tea, and came back to find him back at page 1, trying to read it aloud. \o/

So of course I've spent all my time since then worrying that I'll come back to work next week and find that his parents are pissed that I was encouraging his fixations on immoral/violent cartoon characters, and sitting around instead of being physically active, and therefore being forbidden to do that anymore. Let's hope not. *fingers crossed*
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So some things to note: Peter is not Gold’s father in any way shape or form. So consider this completely AU now.

Life and Times of a Savior in Neverland )
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So some things to note: Peter is not Gold’s father in any way shape or form. So consider this completely AU now.

The Truest Believer )

Welcome to Night Vale en español

Apr. 19th, 2014 06:39 pm
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Una comunidad desértica y amigable, donde el sol quema, la luna es hermosa, y luces misteriosas nos sobrevuelan, mientras todos pretendemos dormir.

Bienvenidos a Night Vale es un podcast creado por Joseph Fink y Jeffrey Cranor a través de Commonplace Books, y es narrado por Cecil Baldwin.

Traducción al español de los episodios de WTNV. Encuéntranos en tumblr (nightvalespanol) y escucha el podcast en podbay (podbay . fm / show / 536258179).

Words: 56180, Chapters: 23/?, Language: Español

Cloudy Snake Oil

Apr. 19th, 2014 03:27 pm
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I have nothing against Amazon S3, but I was astonished today to find this claim on their FAQ page:

Amazon S3 is designed to provide 99.999999999% durability of objects over a given year. This durability level corresponds to an average annual expected loss of 0.000000001% of objects. For example, if you store 10,000 objects with Amazon S3, you can on average expect to incur a loss of a single object once every 10,000,000 years. In addition, Amazon S3 is designed to sustain the concurrent loss of data in two facilities.

This is an impressive number, but it's utterly dishonest to make such claims. It implies that there is a less than one-in-one-hundred-billion chance that Amazon will abruptly go out of business, or that a rogue employee will cause massive data loss, or an unexpected bug will result in massive data loss, or a defect in storage media will cause millions of devices to fail silently, or a large solar flare will destroy equipment across three data centers, or that a comet impact will destory three data centers, or that a nuclear exchange will destroy three data centers.

I think these events are all incredibly unlikely, but none of them is one-in-a-hundred-billion unlikely. Yet here is Amazon not only making that argument, but implying that you can safely use S3, a service that launched in 2006, for another ten million years.

Rare events are rare! That's why promises past five or six nines of reliability are functionally meaningless. At that point the "unknown unknowns" must overwhelm any certainty you have about what you think your system is doing.

The risks you failed to model will become obvious in retrospect, and make for an entertaining post-mortem, but that won't get anybody's data back.

Promises like Amazon's should serve as a kind of anti-marketing, suggesting that the company has not thought seriously about the limits of risk assessment and planning.

I suggest the following rule of thumb: if you can't count the number of nines in the reliability claim at a glance, it's specious.

Of course this rant is available in book form, phrased better than I have here. But it's worth repeating at every opportunity.

MCU meta: Hail HYDRA

Apr. 19th, 2014 06:59 pm
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Got caught posting substantive entries on Tumblr again, so reposting here: a pair of comment(arie)s on HYDRA and why it's not full of villains and it's not that easy to get rid of, although Marvel will probably make it easier than it could be. Relevant to Agents of SHIELD as well as the MCU:

1) Evolution of HYDRA

I more or less went over this in Freezer Burn, but HYDRA is pretty easy to sign on for and sympathize with )

2) Hail HYDRA (the apocalypse now remix)

Depending on how you want to play it, the post-CA:TWS environment isn’t a political thriller or a spy drama or the tragedy of Steve Rogers and Bucky Barnes played out on the world stage. It’s a horror movie. )

Never on a Wednesday

Apr. 19th, 2014 06:29 pm
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I've been doing quite a bit of reading recently. I decided about a week ago that I was spending too much time reading endlessly on the internet, seemingly mostly luggage reviews. (I'm not kidding either.) I don't mean "too much" in the moral sense but more in the sense of "got caught in a suboptimal valley where I could have been doing other things that I would have enjoyed more." So I've been trying to close the laptop a little more and pursue other activities, which is why you may not have seen me around very much. Anyway...

Recently finished
Completely randomly, but mostly thanks to Virago Modern Classics, I discovered the work of Molly Keane on a library shelf. She seems like one of those writers who really ought to be better known. Early twentieth century Anglo-Irish country house stories, very psychological, often about hunting, often about controlling mothers.

So far I've read The Rising Tide (extremely good, reminded me of Rebecca, couldn't say exactly why), Young Entry (very amusing), Loving Without Tears (interestingly features a young man named Julian who comes home from the RAF after WWII with a considerably older fiancee, reads more like a play than a novel but not in a bad way), and Full House (didn't quite get on with it, the tone was a bit different than the others and it felt it was trying too hard to be profound). There are plenty more to go!

Also I just finished Martin Pugh's 'We Danced All Night': A Social History of Britain Between the Wars, which seemed a lot more focused and narrative than Juliet Gardiner's comparable volume about the thirties. I collected a lot of useful numbers, like how much it cost to study at Oxford, go through medical school, buy a medical practice or buy a house.

Currently reading
Somewhat between books at the moment. I am reading The Japanese Self in Cultural Logic by Takie Sugiyama Lebra, which I don't feel qualified to assess but I'm certainly finding it interesting!

To read
Lots and lots of books, including some mentioned in the discussion that [personal profile] oursin recently hosted on literature featuring older woman/younger man pairings. I just picked up Elizabeth von Arnim's Love and found myself flipping to the end to see if it had a happy ending. I'm shocked at myself! I often read the last few pages of books out of perverse curiosity, since it doesn't spoil much for me, but since when have I cared about happy endings? As said, utterly shocked.
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Season 2 of BBC America’s hit series Orphan Black starts TONIGHT! To celebrate, we’re trying out our first episode liveblog. Would you join us, Clone Club? 

Tonight at 9 pm eastern, Jill (hey, that’s me!) will be giving up to the minute thoughts, reactions, and who knows what else on the Orphan Black Season 2 premiere episode, “Nature Under Constraint and Vexed.” Her spelling will be tested! Especially since she’s going to be drinking something called an “Orphan Black” while watching (ingredients TBD).

How can you join in on the fun? Well, in order to prevent a bunch of spoilers floating around willy-nilly, we’ve created a secondary Twitter account just for this (and future) liveblogs. You can either follow us @TheMarySueLive (on Twitter itself, Tweetdeck, etc.)  or come right back to this page for all the action. We’ll be welcoming discussion of the episodes in the comments on this post as well as retweeting other Orphan Black fans. If we get a good reaction to this week’s liveblog, I promise to at least attempt to dress as a different clone version of myself each week and post a picture before the episode. :)

Don’t forget to hang around after the end of the episode for the premiere of BBC America’s The Real History of Science Fiction. We won’t be liveblogging but we will be watching!

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Abusive Parents Need Love, Too....

Apr. 19th, 2014 01:27 pm
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But do you have to be the one to give it to them?

When Elder Care Hurts: Caring for Elders who have been Abusive or Neglectful.

I know from my own experience that the final illness and death of the abuser is a wrenching process, no matter how much healing you've done.

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Apr. 19th, 2014 01:28 pm
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 Today we went to the Winter Farmers' Market and bought absolutely no produce. But we DID get a slice of chocolate cake, a few chive and cheddar scones, gingersnaps, a mini apple pie, fresh baked pretzels and some vegan Montreal-style bagels that the lady assured us had been "boiled this morning", and three bottles of cordials to mix with club soda. Which is what we do for soda in our household, especially since I asked my parents for a Soda Stream last birthday (we got mango passionfruit, strawberry, and hibiscus lemon -- we were supposed to get blackcurrant instead of the strawberry, but I grabbed the wrong bottle at the stand, d'oh). [personal profile] thesurgeon brought us some Grace's kola champagne and Jamaican sorrel syrups when he was up here visiting, so considering that Lori and I have mostly soda in our soda-to-syrup ratios, we're set till like, December, heh.

We also spent all last night mainlining My Cat From Hell with [personal profile] 21freckles .  Now that I'm a dog auntie I am obsessed with looking at dogs on the street, and am considering a cat even though the idea of a litter box repulses me. Which brings me to my next thing: Lori, me, our friend Dasha and her fella Tobi all moved into this place together last September and we love it here and wanted it long-term, but circumstances for the landlords have changed and now they'll want to move back in September. Which, ugh, those are shitty circumstances for all involved, so if you've got the time and inclination, please send wishes or prayers out to the universe that they change their minds or that we find a really awesome new place! September's a whiles away, so who knows what can happen between now and then, right?

And finally, I am gonna be using my makeshift recs journal ([community profile] missmaggierecs ) as a more all-purpose recs journal now. So not just fic and art, but really anything else I try out in life that I feel like reviewing. Right now, I'm doing makeup!
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Today's Lexington excitement: fire alarm @ridestudiocafe! Right as I pull up, of course.

Quick 2014 Hugo Nomination Thoughts

Apr. 19th, 2014 09:09 pm
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Posted by John Scalzi

Because, I have them!

* Nope, I’m not on the ballot this year. It will happen. As I won the best novel Hugo last year, I am perfectly fine with that. It’s nice to spread around the joy.

* I think it’s an interesting slate this year: Lots of stuff to like, a few things to puzzle over, and as always lots of fodder for discussion. On the novel ballot it’s particularly interesting to see Wheel of Time (the complete series) there — it’s a quirk of the Hugo rules that if any individual book of a series hasn’t been nominated, the entire series can be. So here we are with the whole series. Quirky Hugo rules are fun.

* I just know you’re all dying to know what I think of Vox Day’s nomination in the Novelette category. I think this: One, I haven’t read the story in question, so I can’t possibly comment on it. Two, the Hugo nomination process is pretty straightforward — people nominate a work in a category. If it gets enough votes, it’s a nominee. If the work’s on the ballot, it’s because enough nominators wanted it there. Three, the Hugo rules don’t say that a racist, sexist, homophobic dipshit can’t be nominated for a Hugo — nor should they, because in that particular category at least, it’s about the work, not the person.

In sum: Vox Day has every right (so far as I know, and as far as you know, too) to be on the ballot. You may not like it, or may wish to intimate that the work in question doesn’t deserve to be on the ballot, but you should remember what “deserve” means in the context of Hugo (i.e., that the nominators follow the rules while nominating), and just deal with it like the grown up you are.

* Apropos of nothing in particular, however, I will note that in every category it is possible to rank a nominated work below “No Award” if, after reading the work in question and giving it fair and serious consideration, you decide that it doesn’t deserve to be on the ballot and, say, that its presence on the ballot is basically a stunt by a bunch of nominators who were more interested in trolling the awards than anything else. Just a thing for you to keep in mind when voting time rolls around.

* Also, remember when I said that one of the drawbacks of announcing the Hugo Awards on the Saturday between Good Friday and Easter was that it means that the stories the media will pick up on during the week will be the outraged reactions? Yeah, this is very likely to be another year that it works that way, I think.

* On a related note, and to get out ahead of what I suspect will be a talking point, I think people may wish to suggest that aside from Vox Day there are other writers on the Hugo ballot who are there more for political and/or trolling purposes than for the quality of the nominated work, and in particular writers who are known to be more on the politically conservative side of things.

Here’s what I have to say about that: You know what? Don’t do that. Instead, take a look at the work, read the work, and if you like the work, place it appropriately on your ballot. Because why shouldn’t you? Regardless of how a work got on the ballot (or more accurately in this case, how you think it got onto the ballot), it’s there now. Read the books and stories. If you like them, great. If you don’t, there’s plenty of other excellent work on the ballot for your consideration.

Let me put it this way: In the last year, Larry Correia and Brad Torgersen have teed up on me several times in blog posts and comments, for their own various reasons. They don’t have my politics or my world view in a lot of things. But I’m looking forward to reading their nominated works, and if one of them really catches my fancy, and I don’t see why I wouldn’t vote for it. Correia and Torgersen disagreeing with me or trying to score points off of me for their own purposes isn’t really enough to dissuade me from giving their work a fair shake. It’s a pretty simple thing as far as I’m concerned. Your mileage may vary, of course. But this is my mileage.

* I noted on Twitter that I was delighted that yet again the Fan Writer Hugo category will have a new winner this year — no one nominated this year has won it before. It really does make me happy this has been the path of this particular Hugo category.

Aaaaaand those are my immediate Hugo thoughts. Your thoughts on my thoughts?

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Apr. 19th, 2014 05:41 pm
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This week's kitten pics in better quality than my crappy cameraphone include a video of Ginny and I playing "toss the kibble under the door" to distract her from the fact Gabe gets fed whenever he wants and Ginny does not need more than a little snack :P
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Posted by Becky Chambers

Come, gamers, let us swap war stories and console one another. This video speaks to us all. And just in case this wasn’t emphasized enough:

All underwater levels.

All. Underwater. Levels.

(via Laughing Squid)

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