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Apr. 23rd, 2019 09:08 am
rydra_wong: Lee Miller photo showing two women wearing metal fire masks in England during WWII. (Default)
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[personal profile] cleolinda has thoughts: The Magicians S4 Finale Aired Five Days Ago And I'm Still Mad As Hell

(Also everyone's read [personal profile] greywash's On Fannishness, Intersectionality, & a Whole Other Grab-bag of Entitled Millennial Bullshit, right?)

There's also discussion going on at [personal profile] sholio's On the Magicians season finale, between people who've been watching the show and those of us who haven't, about the specifics but also about storytelling and audience expectations.)

Anyway I don't even go here.
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[personal profile] sabotabby

Context for non-Canadians: Heather Mallick is among the several local journalists who cannot appear to write a coherent article from start to finish and remains employed despite a surplus of young journalists who would do a better job for much less money. She wrote a column today about stabbing a raccoon with a fork and how the raccoon possibly wanted to have sex with her??? I don't know. It's very incoherent and so many bad things happen in the world that it's really delightful that the entire city can come together to laugh at this.

If you're worried, the raccoon is fine.

On the one hand

Apr. 22nd, 2019 07:26 am
rydra_wong: Lee Miller photo showing two women wearing metal fire masks in England during WWII. (Default)
[personal profile] rydra_wong
This looks really really good and deserves a signal-boost (which a friend has asked I give it):

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/katiewest/better-than-irl

On the other hand, I am slightly traumatized by being reminded that such a huge part of my life (which is still a huge part of my life) is now Olden Times.

Anne with an E

Apr. 22nd, 2019 12:49 am
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[personal profile] ironed_orchid
Last weekend I asked for recs of wholesome shows to watch because while I was enjoying Z Nation, I needed something less gory to get me through the vet stuff.

[personal profile] nixwilliams suggested Anne with an E and I am so glad becaused it is just the most beautiful wonderful fantastical romantical show and I’m very pleased there is going to be a third season because I only have two episodes left.

Anne is lovely, Marilla and Mathew are perfect, and I want to be Aunt Jospehine Barry when I grow up old.

Anne Shirley Cuthbert is the the neurodivergent chaotic good bisexual that I didn’t know my heart needed and I will love and protect her for ever.

PSA

Apr. 20th, 2019 04:58 pm
rydra_wong: From the film "The Last Flight": hands holding a champagne glass containing a set of false teeth. (last flight -- teeth)
[personal profile] rydra_wong
YMMV, but I would commend the recent "In Our Time" episode on "The Evolution of Teeth" to the attention of anyone who would like to experience some pleasant mild intellectually-stimulating body horror.

Features the term "skin-teeth". DID THE TEETH START IN THE SKIN AND MIGRATE INWARDS OR IN THE PHARYNX AND MOVE OUTWARDS. Also sharks. Lots of sharks.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0003zbg or iTunes or your podcatcher of choice

Muppet debate, part 4

Apr. 19th, 2019 09:04 pm
sabotabby: two lisa frank style kittens with a zizek quote (trash can of ideology)
[personal profile] sabotabby
Peterson's reply.

ZIZEK IS HAAAAAARD I don't know how to respond.

more )

Zizek:

Zizek you have never tried to be as short as possible.

more )

rebuttals )

questions )

Conclusion: That was really bad. Like funny ha-ha bad, but also just bad-bad. Despite the pretence of talking about Weighty, Important Subjects, there was really none of that, because you need the other party to at least have the same reference points, and Peterson is just not that well educated. Also because Zizek's a dick and has gone red-brown, making him a shit spokesman for contemporary Marxism. It was like a 4chan cartoon come to life.

I guess the best thing that came out of it was that some of Peterson's fanboys, having seen their idol soundly humiliated, might now flock to Zizek, whose ideology, though demented, is substantially less harmful.

Save yourself some suffering and watch the toilet speech again:

Muppet debate, part 3

Apr. 19th, 2019 08:30 pm
sabotabby: two lisa frank style kittens with a zizek quote (trash can of ideology)
[personal profile] sabotabby
IT'S SLAVOJ TIME

Zizek starts by talking about China's economic success.

Zizek you are using big words Peterson will not understand this.

more )

Muppet debate, part 2

Apr. 19th, 2019 07:50 pm
sabotabby: two lisa frank style kittens with a zizek quote (trash can of ideology)
[personal profile] sabotabby
APPLAUSE! The Muppets have arrived! Announcer announces that there is to be no recording or heckling.

Stephen Blackwood is the moderator, says some self-congratulatory shit, and then welcomes the Muppets.

Lobster in a suit, Oscar looking slovenly as always in a polo shirt and pants that don't reach his shoes.

Oh shut up Stephen, this is not "real thinking about hard questions" this is mud wrestling.

IDEOLOGY! *takes a shot*

Stephen just claimed that neither are primarily political thinkers. Broken clocks, etc.

"Surprising agreement on deep questions" yes they both have cryptofascist leanings.

"Let's hear it for psychoanalysis!" Audience cheers.

I am pretty sure no one has ever called Zizek "dazzling" in his life until now. Zizek facepalms, then yawns, then claps for himself.

Audience is overwhelmingly Peterson fanboys, judging by the cheers.

OH GOD PETERSON IS GOING TO TAKE THIS SERIOUSLY. He's doing a Thinker pose.

There is far too much San Pellegrino and not enough coke on this table.

EACH OF THEM GETS TO MAKE A 30 MIN OPENING STATEMENT oh god. Then each has 10 min to reply. Then there's 45 minutes of fanboys asking questions. It's going to be a loooong night.

more )

Muppet debate, take 2, part 1

Apr. 19th, 2019 07:32 pm
sabotabby: two lisa frank style kittens with a zizek quote (trash can of ideology)
[personal profile] sabotabby
Found a totally legal stream. No sound so far. No one on stage either, but it looks legit. Apparently there is no sound on the paid one yet either.

The audience looks about half empty. I guess not that many people wanted to pay $500 for a ticket? There's, unfortunately, a live chat as well, and it is full of fascists, tankies, and people just typing "sniff" over and over again.

Now faded to a galaxy thing with an ominous silhouette.

SOUND!!!!!

more )

Kermit vs. Oscar

Apr. 19th, 2019 05:50 pm
sabotabby: two lisa frank style kittens with a zizek quote (trash can of ideology)
[personal profile] sabotabby
Turns out the livestream of the Kermit vs. Oscar debate is $15, because there is nothing that Peterson will not shamelessly monetize. Obviously I am unwilling to pay this (I wouldn't be if the filthy lucre wasn't going to Peterson, but it is). Unless something changes in the next hour and a half, I hope you're all cool with me holding off on the lulzy commentary until tomorrow when the torrents go up and watching the season finale of Disco instead.

well that sucked goat balls

Apr. 18th, 2019 08:33 pm
sabotabby: (magicians)
[personal profile] sabotabby
Poll #21847 Multilayer failcake
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 21


Should I hate-watch Season 5 of the Magicians when it comes out?

View Answers

Yes, you like it when shows make you angry and torrenting it doesn't give them any money
4 (19.0%)

No, everyone has suffered enough
9 (42.9%)

I have no idea what you're talking about but I like ticking boxes
8 (38.1%)

<input ... > 

Spoiler party in the comments if anyone else feels the need to vent!

MUELLER TIME

Apr. 18th, 2019 07:07 pm
rydra_wong: Doonesbury: Mark announcing into a microphone, "That's guilty! Guilty, guilty, guilty!!" (during the Watergate scandal) (guilty)
[personal profile] rydra_wong
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/live/2019/apr/18/mueller-report-release-donald-trump-latest-news-live-updates-analysis-key-points

That's not exonerated! Not exonerated, not exonerated, not exonerated!!

11 instances of obstruction, oh my. And that looks a lot like a Scottish verdict on the collusion, too.
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[personal profile] bcholmes

On a pretty regular basis, I find myself thinking about this scene from The Trotsky, in which two of Leon’s colleagues are trying to convince the school’s students to back Leon’s (radical) course of action:

I particularly like the acknowledgement that Tony isn’t sure that he’s sold on the path forward, but is prepared to back it anyway.

Mirrored from Under the Beret.

also, fuck the ucp

Apr. 17th, 2019 07:39 pm
sabotabby: two lisa frank style kittens with a zizek quote (trash can of ideology)
[personal profile] sabotabby
Alberta, WTF were you thinking? Did you look over at Ontario and see how screwed we were and go, "I gotta get me some of that?"

Also, someone needs to out Kenney. I don't know if it'll hurt his brand with the bigots and troglodytes but if anyone ever deserved to be outed, it's him. You come after the gay kids, you come after all of us, asshole.

We're home

Apr. 17th, 2019 05:14 pm
ironed_orchid: watercolour and pen style sketch of a brown tabby cat curl up with her head looking up at the viewer and her front paw stretched out on the left (George)
[personal profile] ironed_orchid
George is home and just demolished a plate of tuna with meds mixed in, then ate a bunch of kibble before crawling under my bed. She's indignant and confused, but clearly happier at home.

Photo on Instagram (no injury visible, just her head in a cone). 

Thank you for all your kind words and support. 

(no subject)

Apr. 17th, 2019 12:08 am
frandroid: Québec City Nordiques NHL team logo (nordiques)
[personal profile] frandroid
My aunt had two children with her Haitian refugee partner, but she's still sharing some stupid islamophobic meme of a green-eyed, white-skinned veiled woman with the headline "Is the the future that we want?" and a subhead of "Our people first". JFC.

Budgetastrophe

Apr. 16th, 2019 05:28 pm
sabotabby: (teacher lady)
[personal profile] sabotabby
 Every day is a new horrific revelation in Ontario: <STRIKE>Yours To Discover</STRIKE> A Place To Grow. It ranges from the truly despicable—cutting all legal aid to refugees, cutting Indigenous Affairs in half, cutting health inspectors, paramedics, safe injection sites, and health care in general, and of course education—to downright stupid, such as changing the license plates to be Tory blue and less visible, changing the driver's licenses to be fugly, and changing the logo back to the old logo, so how did that cost $89,000?

Needless to say, none of it is saving the all-important Ontario taxpayer (of which I am one) a single cent. They're running up a deficit worse than the Liberals.

Now Drug Fraud is showing his vapid ignorance of collective bargaining rights. 

Guess what? I don't want to strike either. I would actually like to go back to work in the fall, teach my kids, and earn a living. If he doesn't want a strike, I have some helpful advice for him:

Don't fire a quarter of the teachers in this province and make the working conditions hellish for the rest of us.

That's it. It's not rocket science. It'd also be great if he cracked a history book now and then and remembered that labour rights were the negotiated alternative to guillotines, but that may be too much to ask.

Vet update

Apr. 16th, 2019 05:51 pm
ironed_orchid: watercolour and pen style sketch of a brown tabby cat curl up with her head looking up at the viewer and her front paw stretched out on the left (Default)
[personal profile] ironed_orchid
Surgery went well, George is being monitored overnight and they will call tomorrow to let me know when she can come home. Once she is recovered from surgery we may have to do more tests, but the focus for the next couple of weeks will be on healing.

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