elisi: (Grandma Clinton)

Warren embraces her role as a top Democratic foil to Trump

The “Women’s March on Washington,” explained
It was organized to put the Trump administration on notice about women’s rights — and it could draw more attendees than the inauguration itself.
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Originally posted by [personal profile] snickfic at Friday politics/activism update
Activism and stuff
* "Your calls to senators are working. Know how I know? The Senate staffer on my train won't shut up about crazy calls from angry constituents."

* It's Time to Fight, another call-to-action website. That link takes you to their ACA page (full of info!)

* See how your house rep voted on H Res 48, the budget resolution today that was one step in repealing the ACA. (Click on the numbered link at the far left for the vote.)

* The Indivisible Guide now has a website with links for local action groups

* is there any hope? (fail_fandomanon).

* Obama's Top 50 Accomplishments, Revisited (Washington Monthly)

* The 2018 midterms are nearly two years away. Start paying attention now. (Vox). Nice roundup of opportunity and looming issues with the 2018 midterms.

* Legislation in two states (IA, MO) seeks to end tenure at public colleges and universities (Inside Higher Ed)

* Total Abortion Ban Debuts in Congress (Rewire)

* Arizona lawmaker proposes new bill banning classes or events discussing social justice on college campuses (Shaun King, NY Daily News)k

* How Putin Played the Far Left (The Daily Beast)

Crossposted from Dreamwidth. Comment here or there. (comment count unavailable DW replies)
elisi: (Sherlock (the game is on) by rytalias)
Sherlock writer Mark Gatiss answers critic in verse
Sherlock writer and cast member Mark Gatiss has responded in verse to a critic who accused the show of turning the character into "Sherlock Bond".

Follow link to see poem in full.

Also from the article: Gatiss's response mirrors a poem Sir Arthur Conan Doyle himself wrote in 1912, entitled:
To An Undiscerning Critic.

no title
elisi: (Sherlock (the game is on) by rytalias)
So, I tend to say that I don't write Sherlock meta. But um, this happened. I'm only skating over the surface, touching on the things that stood out for me, and I quite simply couldn't help myself. I am leaving out SO MUCH, but it is what it is.

The Lying Detective )
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So, I have lots of political links & stuff waiting to be posted, but right now I am going with something that's pure fluff:

26 British Food Quirks That Brits Don’t Realise Are Weird

My question is - are they really that weird? As in, are you unaware that British people eat this? Or do you find it odd that anyone would?

Like, chip butties. I had never come across this concept before moving here, but zomg they're wonderful!

(Basically a white bread sandwich/bread bun with chips. English chips, not french fries.)

So if there's anything that actually strikes you as odd and unknown (like, I presume everyone knows that British people love beans on toast), you are more than welcome to tell me so! :)

Also, I get to use the mood for 'curious' which is rare!
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Falling in love in wartime Iraq
US Army interpreter Nayyef Hrebid and Iraqi soldier Btoo Allami fell in love at the height of the Iraq War. It was the start of a dangerous 12-year struggle to live together as a couple.

"I knew if we stayed in Iraq we had no future. We were going to end up married to women and hiding our whole lives. But I had watched the TV series Queer As Folk and I realised there were gay communities on the other side of the world."
elisi: (Sherlock (the game is on) by rytalias)
Moffat on top form just leaves all the rest trailing.
elisi: (OTP)
Changed my layout (twelve days of Christmas were done yesterday...), and with help from Promethia managed to fix my DW so it's more or less matching my LJ. Same banner, same colours, and a layout that isn't a million miles from Compact. (Compact is the best layout.) The DW side obviously still needs a lot of work, but it's more or less livable with now. :)

And so as to let this post have some content other than ~i made things pretty~ have a song:

And an article:

Stranger Things, La La Land, and Donald Trump: empty nostalgia dominated 2016
Our popular and political cultures kept returning to the idea that the past was somehow better.
elisi: (Clara happy)
Originally posted by [personal profile] sdwolfpup at More Joy Day is a GO
Poll preferences point to January 20 as the preferred day, so:

The TENTH More Joy Day will be January 20, 2017

Can you believe the first one was in 2008? That's absurd. Here's the original post about it on LJ. The key points:

In the interest of spreading more joy, I’m proposing that on Friday, January 20th, we each engage in one act, either on the Internet or in the physical world, which brings joy to another person, in the hopes that that person will spread that joy further, and exponentially onward.

Some ideas I had of things we could do:

Fannish: Write a fic, make an icon, make a vid, or make a fanart for someone. Buy someone paid time or userpics. Leave someone a nice comment. Say something nice about something fannish someone else loves. Say something nice about something fannish you love and encourage squee (and squee on someone else’s post if they make one!). Offer to beta for someone.

Other: Offer to donate five dollars to the charity of someone's choice. Send flowers to an online friend in a different city. Buy someone you know online a present. Or a virtual present. Plant a tree or a flower in someone's honor and take a picture of it and post it to your space. When somebody cuts you off at work, wish them well and hope they get where they’re going safely. Make somebody a friendship bracelet. Or a construction paper heart. Call someone you love and tell them so.

Or anything else you can think of!

Then on that Friday, make a post or a tweet saying what you've done (or a note that it's More Joy day), and that will hopefully help spread things further.

This year, by holding it on the day of the US Presidential Inauguration, we are making More Joy Day a stand for the belief in the goodness of people and that each of our individual small actions help keep the world itself afloat. Wherever you are, whoever you voted for, you are invited to join us in doing one small act of joy to prove Mr. Roger's mother's axim to "look for the helpers." There are always so many more helpers than there are those causing harm. Let's prove the power kindness can wield when we wield it together.

This entry was cross-posted at my Dreamwidth account. Please comment here or there. (comment count unavailable comments at DW)
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elisi: (Don't mess with River Song by meathiel)
...is easily Peter and Jane (and Mummy too)

Peter & Jane have exciting adventures with Mummy. Mummy likes gin. Peter & Jane like starting fires, trying to kill each other and driving Mummy to drink

Was reading today's post on my way home from work, and I swear it makes me feel better about everything. Plus, the comments are gold. (And how often can you say that about anything?) For all parents muddling through, I can't recommend it enough.

She also wrote a post about 'what advice Mummy would give to new, or newish parents' which is absolutely brilliant and spot-on and full of common sense advice.

There is also a QUIZ:

Ever wondered what sort of a parent YOU are? Why not take this FUN QUIZ and FIND OUT if you are a #SoBlessed Mummy, a #MuddlingThrough Mummy or an #OhFuckIt Mummy.

Enjoy! :)
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This came about mostly in response to the newest LJ issues.

I admit to a fair bit of hyperbole, but why not? My keywords are 'Change is bad'. :)

(I've also wanted a Tanya icon, because she's brilliant.)

Feel free to snag.

ETA: OMG, this is too perfect:


And to have a happy item also, here's a nice video I found on facebook:

If you think things have never been worse, you need to watch this video.


5 January 2017 07:26 pm
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News Thump: Nigel Farage biopic casts horrible little slug that won’t fuck off in lead role

I'd watch it.


And then a youtube mix played this song, and I had to stop what I was doing and check out what I was actually listening to. Best cover I have ever heard of Sound of Silence:


And we're thinking of checking out a new sketch show, called Revolting (BBC2). This is the first sketch I came across. And here's another. I can cope with satire with bite. >:)
elisi: (Chess)
Originally posted by [profile] texasts at I Did Do This Today
Please consider doing the same sort of blizzard for this cause:
Paul Ryan's office is conducting a phone poll, hoping to hear overwhelming opposition to the Affordable Care Act. Here's how you can participate:
Call (202) 225-0600.

  1. Press 2 to weigh in on the issue. You'll hear a recording about the bill to repeal it.

  2. Press 1 to support continuing the Affordable Healthcare Act. It takes less than 2 minutes! After pressing 2 in the first place, you don't have to listen to whole message (in which he maligns and misrepresents the ACA), just go ahead and Press 1.

  3. There is also an opportunity to leave a voice message. I did this, informing him that unless there is a foolproof replacement for the ACA, people will DIE. This is no less than the truth.

So that's at least something.

Cobbled from Mindy Fischer, Writer's website
elisi: (Class)
I am trying to remember what I watched in 2016...

Quick rundown of stuff that I can remember )

But the important ones were/are these:


(Yes, I know S10 of Doctor Who hasn't started yet, but I found a banner with the three shows I actually care about, and it's too perfect not to use!!)

Now the thing about the other two shows is that they BOTH premiered on my birthday! I won the TV show lottery in 2016!! And in a shitty year, that was a pretty awesome thing.

We only started watching Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (re-imagined Douglas Adams, on Netflix) shortly before Christmas and mainlined it over the holiday period (yes, the whole family). And it is RIDICULOUSLY good.

Trailers under here )

If you want something to completely take your mind off the current woes (or you just like superb TV) I cannot recommend this enough. It's completely mad and utterly brilliant. Like - it's impossible to describe. Just sit back and experience it.

And Class... Dirk is ~fabulous~ (and both he, and the show, most definitely is), but Class is the show that stole my heart.

Yes, it's well-written and performed and all the rest, but it's also a show that fits 2016/this point in time. Like I said in a previous post, it's a show built on the premise that suddenly one day your world changes. And you just have to deal with it, even if it's unfair, even if it hurts, even if you have plenty of problems already, and the universe just keeps dealing out more.

These words of Quill's are a good motto for the new year:

QUILL: Too big. Feels like [the pain] going to consume you. Well, the trick is to keep on living while it does.

Also I adore all of the characters (and the actors <3) and they are all too compelling and complex and diverse for words. More posts will be forthcoming, but episodes 6, 7 and 8 need... oh god, SO MUCH. Like, essays, each of them.

Anyway, for those that like trailers (even if it spoils certain plot points):

Class trailer )

Generally though I'd just say watch the first episode. If you don't like that, you probably won't like the rest. It's coming to America in 2017... Nnnot quite sure when. And it's on iPlayer for those in the UK. (It's wonderful to have a show to be fannish about. Can you tell? *g*)

Also, is the formatting OK [this re. DW]? It should be fine, but I've changed my layout and the preview looks borked. The actual post looks fine, but I'm aware things look different for different people.
elisi: (Missy)
First of all - you can download your LJ:


In days past there used to be something called LJ Book (which was free!), but it seems to have vanished or morphed into BlogBooker, which will cost you if you want to download more than a year. But at least it's an option! :)


For safety, this is an excellent resource:

Encrypt the web: Install HTTPS Everywhere today.

Simple extension. Keeps you safe(r). ETA: Important caveat about HTTPS Everywhere: it cannot encrypt sites that do not have an https version. So this won't help anyone with LJ unless they reinstate their https. (With thanks to Promethia)


If you want to make the leap to DreamWidth wholesale, here is an excellent guide:

How to Move to Dreamwidth and Like It

If you just want to back things up/cross post for now, simple guides under the cut:

Read more... )

Now, DW posted a news update yesterday, and they have had a large influx of new people (100,000!). But let's not forget that LJ is one of *the* platforms for blogging in Russia, and still is free and open for them. I wish I knew more about their side of it, how they are seeing the future. If they all want to go to DW or if they want to stick with LJ despite everything...

And this is probably as good a time as any to remind people of [profile] anniesj's story:

A Word to the Wise
Because of a (public) post ranting about the then President (Dubya - this was 2004) the Secret Service paid her a visit and she has an FBI file. And not because of snooping or google searches or anything like that, but because someone (on LJ) reported her.

Please read the whole post. It's increasingly relevant.


Anyway, I'm gonna keep cross-posting for now. Being on DW wouldn't have helped anniesj any... (Not that it existed then.)

I wrote a post on LJ vs. DW last year (or 2015, rather). Although I have since found a new analogy for DW. It's from Buffy Summers Diary, a fic in the style of Bridget Jones where Buffy writes about her birthday party (S6, the one where they're all trapped in the house). And Xander & Anya bring a friend they try to set her up with:

'...Xander brought in Normal Richard at that point. Normal Richard pleasant and rather beige, like tapioca pudding or similar.'

So, Imma gonna stick with Spike for now, but keep Normal Richard on hand in case Spike does something unforgivable...

ETA: Other point - DW has no galleries. Yes I have a photobucket account, but LJ is about a million times easier and more convenient. (I use the old style which is far superior when it comes to images.) So that's a major stumbling block when it comes to moving... Hence, staying put for now, with caveats.
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Show, I have missed you.

Talk to me?


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