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Sep. 20th, 2017 07:43 pm

Off tomorrow!

17catherines: Amor Vincit Omnia (Default)
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On my grand and crazy choral adventure through Europe.  So you won't be seeing a lot of me here, though I will undoubtedly be all over Facebook like a rash.  Incidentally, it turns out that I'm in Paris for the Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre, which is very exciting, and means that I have been madly signing up to free exhibitions and tours of all sorts of things.  I shall report back when I can.

I finished up work on Friday, but have been running around like a madwoman ever since, because what with everyone around me having horrible health scares or worse this year, I'm beginning to feel a bit morbid about my trip and wanted to see everyone before I left just in case I died while overseas.

Yeah, that's the inside of my brain right now.  It does not sleep.  Sleep is for the weak!  (Or for the plane.)

I also have apparently decided that I am only allowed to ignore the postal survey if I have written EVERY IMAGINABLE POLITICS BLOG POST before I leave.  So in addition to the one from last week, I wrote an epic piece yesterday fact-checking one of those long lists about all the ways countries lost their religious freedom after achieving marriage equality (hint: they really didn't. Also, some people are really paranoid about gender fluidity), and I'm working on four more pieces which will publish at various points while I'm away and after I come back.   Because I'm nuts.

Oh, and I posted my vote back on Monday, because that's rather more important than just writing endless essays...

For a different flavour of nuttiness, we're doing the Global Challenge at work this year, and our team is called 'one small step for science', which pretty much mandates an astronaut theme – and so on Saturday, I led my team on our first big group walk to the planetarium.  We met in Brunswick, at Handsome Her, a café that has achieved peak Brunswick by being vegan, environmentally sensitive (glass straws, no disposable cups or serviettes, free compost out the back for your garden) and feminist (men have to pay an 18% surcharge, which is donated to a women's shelter, and the walls are covered with vulva-themed art.  Except in the bathrooms, which have a menstruation art theme.  It's quite... something.).  Also hipster - every item on the menu has about twenty different elements, including things like charcoal brioche buns, smoked avocado and strawberry baobab ice cream.  Oh, and also all menu items are named for feminist icons.  And there are four kinds of non-dairy milk available for your coffee.

It's hilarious.  The food's pretty good, too.

Anyway, having stuffed ourselves silly on vegan yummies, we embarked on our journey, which quickly turned into a bit of a death march because everyone had arrived late, which meant we hit Brunch Peak Hour, which meant we left late, which meant we had just over 2 hours in which to walk the 12 km to the planetarium before our show started.  Ouch.

We started by walking along the Capital City trail, through Royal Park, until we met Flemington Bridge. Which we hadn't been expecting to meet, but evidently we got onto the wrong trail in Royal Park.  Fortunately this was, if anything, a short cut. Then we wandered through the streets of Kensington, and along a rather pretty path between houses and gardens with rather farm like fences that made us feel as though we were being herded like cattle - we were on the site of the old abbatoir, as it turned out!

Next we walked along the Maribyrnong River for a while, past the glorious golden Buddha statue, and then sadly left it behind us to walk along a rather busy road and under the Westgate Bridge. We had to take a slight shortcut at this point, which was a pity, because we missed a nice little footbridge out over the water.

Finally, we reached the planetarium - five minutes before our show was due to start!  We rushed in, and got to watch a gorgeous show about stars and how they work, which had really spectacular artwork - they would visualise the star as it would look, then stylise it into an art-deco / stained glass sort of design, and it was just stunning.  This was followed by a guided tour of the night sky over Melbourne in September, which referenced the indigenous constellations, and was really fantastic.  Finally, we got a special extra video about the Cassini mission to Saturn, which had of course ended the night before.  So that was really a nice touch, and we all walked out resolving to do some actual star-watching at a later challenge date.

And then we caught the ferry home, because if you can catch the ferry, you must catch the ferry.  That is the rule.

It was spectacular, and fun, and I got 26,700 steps and hurt all over for two days.  But it was worth it.

And this is me signing off for now - I have politics blog posts to write and a bag to pack.  See you next month!

Sep. 13th, 2017 03:11 pm

Trick or Treat Letter 2017

zdenka: Yellow leaves. (all will yet be well)
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[This letter is still in progress and will be finished ASAP.]

Dear Artist or Author,

Thank you so much for making art or writing for me! I'm happy that we share a love for these fandoms and characters. I mean the prompts as suggestions only, in case it's helpful to have a starting point (and it’s fine to make art from my fic prompts or fic from my art prompts). If they don't work for you or if you have an idea you like better, then feel free to go with what inspires you. I don’t want this to be stressful, and I’m sure I will love what you make.

Read more... )

Arang and the Magistrate [art, fic; trick, treat]

Choi Juwal
Kim Eunoh

Read more... )

The Bureau d'Echange de Maux - Lord Dunsany [fic; trick]

Shop Owner (Bureau d'Echange de Maux)

Read more... )

The Goblin Emperor - Katherine Addison [art, fic; trick, treat]

Cstheio Caireizhasan

Read more... )

The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien [fic; treat]


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The Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien [fic; trick, treat]

Army of the Dead
The Balrog of Moria
Finduilas of Dol Amroth
The Nameless Things in Moria
Shieldmaiden(s) of Rohan
Witch-king of Angmar

Read more... )

The Silmarillion and other histories of Middle-Earth - J. R. R. Tolkien [art, fic; trick, treat]

Durin the Deathless
Original Dwarf Character
Rían of the House of Bëor
Women of the Faithful
Yavanna Kementári

Read more... )

The Sword of Welleran - Lord Dunsany [art, fic; trick, treat]


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Die Zauberflöte | The Magic Flute - Mozart/Schikaneder [art, fic; trick, treat]

Königin der Nacht | Queen of the Night
Three Ladies

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Sep. 10th, 2017 04:18 pm

GenEx works revealed

zdenka: Knife with text "We've all got knives. It's the Time of Isolation and we're BARRAYARANS" (barrayarans)
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GenEx is an exchange for fic and art about gen relationships. Works are here:

I enjoyed my gift! It's about the complicated Vorkosigan family dynamics.

Fathers and Sons (1193 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Vorkosigan Saga - Lois McMaster Bujold
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Aral Vorkosigan & Piotr Vorkosigan, Miles Vorkosigan & Piotr Vorkosigan, Aral Vorkosigan & Miles Vorkosigan
Characters: Aral Vorkosigan, Miles Vorkosigan, Piotr Pierre Vorkosigan, Konstantin Bothari
Additional Tags: Parenthood, Grandparents & Grandchildren, non-graphic reference to attempt to harm a minor, way less intense than the actual series though

Two men, a boy, and a pony. Aral Vorkosigan watches and muses.

I haven't had time to browse the rest of the collection yet, but I'm looking forward to it.
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