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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2gcP3JZ on October 15, 2017 at 11:05AM

The Infinity Gauntlet: Part 2 - The Infinity War http://ift.tt/2zpQsW3

Tags:IFTTT, Fauxthentic History, DWCrosspost

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I have to watch episodes with several breaks, because TEH STOOPID bothers me.

I mean, there's the standard TV show stupid where characters have to tell each other things that they already know, so that we the audience can catch up on what happened since last season. Fine. Normal TV stupid.

There's the stupid of watching combat scenes - streets somehow devoid of cars except for those belonging to the villains; martial artists spinning into HTH despite facing their opponents and having a clear path between them (you don't turn your back on an enemy if you don't get something from it - sure, spinning around may get you leverage for an attack, but nobody did that); old Western-style one-shot-insta-death bullet wounds (except, of course, for any character with a name), and so on. TV violence stupid. Fine. Normal.

There's the interpersonal drama stupid, which includes both "let's talk about stuff that we would never directly say, except for the audience to catch up" and "let's make sure the audience has been informed, AGAIN, of exactly who has what relationship with whom." Bleh. Fine. Gotta throw in some backstory exposition for the new watchers. Then there's the mind games and secrets bullshit, where everyone pretends that they haven't spent five years learning that you need to rely on your teammates and that means telling them when something weird is going on. Fine. Emotionally constipated characters in order to stretch out the tension.

There's also spoilerific stupid, so I'm putting that behind a cut. )

Pull the Football, Save the World

Oct. 13th, 2017 12:34 pm
starlady: Peggy in her hat with her back turned under the SSR logo (agent carter)
[personal profile] starlady
Are you worried about nuclear war? I am too. Keep reading for a way to stop it with one simple action.

Maybe you feel small and powerless. But many snowflakes make an avalanche. If we all move in the same direction, we'll be unstoppable. We will only fail if we choose not to act.

Trump has the power to order a pre-emptive nuclear strike for any reason - or no reason at all. He's always shadowed by a man with a briefcase of codes, called the "nuclear football," to enable him to launch nuclear missiles at any time. It would take less than five minutes from his order to the missiles being launched, and no one could stop him. Republican Senator Bob Corker says Trump is leading us into World War III. I believe him.

But we don't have to stand by and let it happen. Let's pull away that football!

Both House and Senate have bills to prevent the President from launching a pre-emptive nuclear strike without a congressional declaration of war. They're both called the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017. Passing those bills may literally save the world.

𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐨 𝐬𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐥𝐝:

1. Contact your representatives in Congress. Ask them to co-sponsor the bill NOW, before it's too late.

2. Contact EVERYONE in Congress who might want to prevent a nuclear war. Usually people only speak to their own representatives. But with the fate of the entire world is at stake, it's worth contacting everyone who might listen.

3. Promote the Pull The Football campaign on social media. Trump isn't the only one who can use Twitter. Get on it and start tweeting #PullTheFootball.

Share this post on Facebook or Dreamwidth. Put up your own post on whatever social media you use. Ask your friends in person. If you know anyone in the media, contact them to get the word out. If you're not American, you can help by publicizing the campaign on social media that Americans follow.

𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐝𝐨 𝐈 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐜𝐭 𝐫𝐞𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐬?

1. Resistbot is a free service that will fax, call, or write your representatives for you. Just text the word "resist" to 50409 to begin.

2. Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to the representative of your choice.

𝐈'𝐯𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐜𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐞𝐯𝐞𝐫𝐲𝐨𝐧𝐞. 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐧𝐨𝐰?

Contact them again. THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT PART. One water drop can be brushed away. Many water drops make a flood. Call, fax, or write as often as possible. Set aside 15 minutes every day to make as many calls or faxes as you can in that time. Relentlessness works - it's why the NRA is so successful. If they can do it, we can do it.

𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐈 𝐬𝐚𝐲?

Page down for a sample script. Or speak or write in your own words.

𝐃𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐜𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐜𝐭:

Every Democrat not currently sponsoring one of the bills. Thank them for their courage and service to the nation, and ask them to act now to save the world.

Thank the Democrats currently sponsoring the bills. There are 57 in the House and 9 in the Senate. Especially, thank Congressman Ted Lieu (sponsor of the House bill) and Sen. Edward Markey (sponsor of the Senate bill). Encourage them to step up their efforts to make it pass.

𝐑𝐞𝐩𝐮𝐛𝐥𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐜𝐨𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐜𝐭:

The Republicans listed below are the most prominent who have voiced concerns about Trump. This is not an exhaustive list. There are more Republicans who might be receptive. For instance, all the House Republicans who just voted for more aid for Puerto Rico, and all Republicans who are retiring from their seats and so not worried about getting re-elected.

Sen. Bob Corker warned us that Trump is setting the nation on a path to World War III. If you only contact one Republican representative, contact him. Thank him for his courage and urge him to follow through on his convictions.

Sen. Walter Jones is the only Republican to support the bill. Thank him for his courage and urge him to get his colleagues onboard.

Other Republican senators to prioritize contacting: Susan Collins, Jeff Flake, Lindsey Graham, Orrin Hatch, Dean Heller, John McCain, Lisa Murkowski, Marco Rubio, and Bob Sasse.

𝐒𝐚𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐞 𝐒𝐜𝐫𝐢𝐩𝐭:
Hello, my name is [your name.] I'm calling to ask Representative/Senator [their name] to co-sponsor the Restricting First Use of Nuclear Weapons Act of 2017. I believe Senator Corker when he says we're on the brink of World War Three. No one benefits from a nuclear war. But we can stop it if we choose to. This may be the most important action Representative/Senator [their name] will take in their entire life. It may literally save the world. I urge them to co-sponsor the bill restricting first use of nuclear weapons. Thank you.

Thank you for reading this far! Please share the post before you go.

Thanks to [personal profile] rachelmanija for creating this campaign!

I suppose I'm getting some Pathfinder

Oct. 11th, 2017 08:31 pm
elf: Life's a die, and then you bitch. (Gamer Geek)
[personal profile] elf
I have basically played no D&D since 1st ed AD&D. I remember writing up a character in 2nd ed (oh look; elves can finally be druids!) and again in... 3.5, maybe? But I don't remember actually playing in either of those; if I did, it was a single session of getting-the-party-together that later went nowhere.

I'm vaguely aware that D&D and Pathfinder are similar but not the same. I don't particularly need to know; until D&D gives up on the stupidity that is alignments (I do hear they've dropped alignment languages, at least) and the notion of dozens of character classes to allow variety instead of switching to a point system that actually lets people build the players they want... not particularly interested. D&D as a system is designed for a particular type of play, or at best, a particular range of types of play, none of which appeal to me.

I keep coming back to, "why aren't they using GURPS" if they want granular details about combat and character building, or, "why don't they switch to FATE" if they want free-flowing story adventures.

Anyway. Humble Bundle has Pathfinder books on sale, and in the way of HB, a large swarm are available for the $1 minimum. I'll get that.

I scrolled down. Normally, there's a $1 ("pay what you want") level, a mid ($8 here), and a $15 level. This time, there's also higher levels. At the top, for $45, you can get a set of miniatures.

The Red Sonja figurine shows everything I hate about D&D, the high fantasy genre, and the tabletop RPG industry.
morgandawn: (Art Noveau Blue)
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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2g0oZlc on October 10, 2017 at 09:18PM

Tags:not a reblog, activism, pdwcrosspost2

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Tools For Faxing Your Congress Person

Oct. 10th, 2017 09:08 pm
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 If you work and cannot make personal calls during working hours  or are just phone shy, you can can send up to 5 free faxes to your Congress person using FaxZero. It is as easy as clicking on a link. 

Page here: https://faxzero.com/fax_congress.php

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Oct. 9th, 2017 06:18 am
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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2ySgdgq on October 08, 2017 at 11:14PM

Tags:not a reblog, politics, activism, postcards from the edge, pdwcrosspost2

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Equinox reveals

Oct. 8th, 2017 10:10 pm
starlady: Kermit the Frog, at Yuletide (yuletide)
[personal profile] starlady
My streak of never being guessed for exchanges continues.  

I made the Narnia vid Heartlines for [personal profile] silly_cleo, and I made the Hogfather vid Get Behind Me, Hogfather! for [personal profile] mithborien. The latter is now available in the complete version, unlike the short vid that I posted for the anon period. 

And [personal profile] aurumcalendula made my excellent Handmaiden vid Never Look Away

See you at the next equinox!
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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2xnQe4x on October 07, 2017 at 07:13AM

The Infinity Gauntlet: Part 1 - Thanos and the Infinity Stones http://ift.tt/2xYMtSj

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Megan Kent, one of the organizers of the Escapade convention is looking for anyone who might be interested in helping her  with a fandom  research project.

"I have a vision of some kind of graph/diagram showing conventions over time, and which ones influenced others, etc"

Please contact her directly at megan@escapadecon.net 

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Oct. 6th, 2017 06:27 am
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Posted in full at: http://ift.tt/2wBAWnW on October 05, 2017 at 11:07PM

Tags:not a reblog, activism, politics, PDWCrosspost2

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starlady: Kermit the Frog, at Yuletide (yuletide)
[personal profile] starlady
source: Hogfather
audio: Sufjan Stevens, "Get Behind Me, Santa!"
length: 2:48
stream: on Vimeo for people in Germany; password: hogswatch
download: 64MB on Dropbox
summary: It's just another solar festival. Or is it?

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I've had this idea in mind for at least five years. When I saw [personal profile] mithborien's request, I knew I had to seize the opportunity. I am an unabashed fan of Christmas, and I wanted to make a vid that got at that aspect of the movie. Also, Susan is the best.

Clipping soon presented a series of challenges: my ancient avi files (!) had weird issues, and I discovered midway through that they were, collectively, missing about 45 minutes of the movie. A search for full-length rips of the movie eventually resulted in ripping them off YouTube, as my computer couldn't deal with the copy protection on the DVDs and the Blu-ray links I found were all dead. I had thought about remastering the vid so that all the clips were from the YT version of the file, but closer viewing showed not much difference between them. 

The other thing that clipping demonstrated was just how much of the movie is talking. I decided to trim the song down rather than try to fill the very long bridge with material that very probably would have gotten repetitive. It also became clear to me that I wasn't going to make the treat deadline with the full vid, so I uploaded a much shorter version for the deadline in order to give myself time to finish the full version, which is the one you see here. 

Happy Hogswatch to all, and to all, a good night.
starlady: Raven on a MacBook (nevermore)
[personal profile] starlady
source: The Chronicles of Narnia movies
audio: Florence & the Machine, "Heartlines"
length: 5:01
stream: on Vimeo for people in Germany; password: aslan
download: 223MB on Dropbox
summary: Your heart is the only place that I call home,/I cannot be returned.

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I've had the idea for this vid for a long time. I…thought [personal profile] silly_cleo might not like it? (I always think this.) She mentioned not liking the movies as adaptations, and I have to say that I love the movies as adaptations. The compromise I came up with was hewing fairly close to movie depictions of events in the books, which got complicated in terms of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in particular. 

A lot of people commented on the vid having Lucy as a kind of loose POV character, which…is another thing I did not anticipate. I did the intro section with Lucy dead last, so for me the vid was about stepping back to the origin of Narnia for the Pevensies, their lost Golden Age, and going backward and forward from there. 

Finally, you may have noticed that there is not a ton of Aslan in this vid. That is not an accident either; I am not really a huge fan of Aslan anymore. My favorite Narnia fic of all is [personal profile] bedlamsbard's Dust in the Air, which should tell those of you who've read it (and who know how it was supposed to end) something about my ideal vision of Narnia. 
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