[sticky entry] Sticky: meta masterpost

Apr. 24th, 2012 03:10 pm
anghraine: from the 2005 p&p: darcy standing at a piano while georgiana plays it (Default)
I've been thinking for awhile of putting all my serious meta together in some easily accessible place, since I get asked for particular links often enough, and I've posted enough that it's inconvenient to search my meta tag. It's very much a work in progress right now, but I tried to include the ones that people most often ask me about, use the most recent links, and add a brief description for each, as my titles tend to the unhelpful.

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anghraine: brightened leia from esb with a shadow (leia [shadowed])
They have an article by Rebecca Traister about how incredibly obnoxious and ill-considered the sneering ~failure of identity politics~ autopsies are, as are the left's anti-establishment rhetoric. The end is particularly good:

Because the objects of the vitriol from the left, dirtbag and otherwise, are the hardworking heart of the Democratic Party, now the resistance: the grandmothers who left their houses every morning to get out the vote; the people who took buses and carloads of volunteers to knock on doors and ring buzzers and make endless phone calls; the Black Lives Matter activists who protest the killing of their children and targeting of their communities; the women and men who provide reproductive-health access, even as the government works to roll back that access; the abortion rights and gay rights and criminal justice reform advocates who didn’t write off Hillary Clinton, but instead asked her to be better.

All of these people are facing very dark and scary days, and instead of blaming them, I want to thank them. I’ll also thank Clinton herself, now an old woman, who worked her ass off for decades to do something no woman has ever done before; and President Barack Obama, who for eight years showed us a different picture of what leadership could look like in America. Neither of their careers would have been possible without the struggles of generations of “identity politics” activists that came before them.


Nov. 25th, 2016 12:31 am
anghraine: English: a language that lurks in dark alleys, beats up other languages & rifles through their pockets for spare vocab (english)
It's 12:32 AM and the results for my GRE just came in—not the general, but the English Literature Subject Test, which is quite possibly one of the most nightmarish exams I've ever taken (230 QUESTIONS ON ALL ENGLISH LANGUAGE LIT AND SOME FOREIGN, IN THREE HOURS).

I got 670, which they say is better than 88% of people who take it. It's not amazing, but Harvard, Berkeley, etc are like "there's no minimum... but 650 is in a good ballpark." SO. OKAY.

I have an MA and went to backwater-ish schools, so ... ideally it'd be better, I think, but is a good score. And in the general GRE, my verbal score was in the 99th percentile, and my master's GPA was a 3.98 ... but my undergrad was terrible and



Nov. 12th, 2016 08:01 pm
anghraine: brightened leia from esb with a shadow (leia [shadowed])
A follower just responded to my reblog of the Vox article about white supremacist celebrations with WELL TRUMP SUPPORTERS HAVE BEEN ATTACKED TOO AND THIS ISN'T EVEN REAL VIOLENCE!!!! THO VANDALISM IS ILLEGAL

They're not a Trump supporter, just apparently that offended that an article somewhere didn't Tell Both Sides. Because if there's one thing we haven't gotten enough of, it's that.
anghraine: anakin in rots looking down; text: lost (anakin [lost])
I've been snarling on Twitter and Tumblr for hours. Right now, my head aches from crying. And, in the general scheme of things, I'll be okay. Their creepy states' rights fetish means blue states have a cushion.

But, God, heartbroken for Hillary. And particularly, for those of you outside that cushion. Take care. And in the immortal words of birdsrights activist:

anghraine: leia c. esb; text: you'll never know how tough it is to be the one who isn't chosen (leia [not chosen])
I already posted it on Tumblr, but some things cannot be confined to one platform.

Elect me, and you get “two for the price of one,” Mr Clinton says of his lawyer-spouse. And what—and what does Hillary believe?

[…]Friends—friends, this—this, my friends—this is radical feminism. The agenda that Clinton & Clinton would impose on America: abortion on demand, a litmus test for the Supreme Court, homosexual rights, discrimination against religious schools, women in combat units. That’s change, all right. But that’s not the kind of change America needs. It’s not the kind of change America wants. And it’s not the kind of change we can abide in a nation we still call “God’s country.”

—Republican National Convention, 1992


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oh my god

Oct. 23rd, 2016 11:58 pm
anghraine: picture of a small alien child with a lightsaber; text: my fandom gives lethal weapons to children (lethal weapons)
The gifts for the exchange I'm in have been revealed, and to my total astonishment I got one from the fandom I tacked on but never, for a single moment, actually expected would be fulfilled—aka baby's first fandom.

No, really. I literally do not remember a time before this; my (five-years-older) aunt handed her collection and her fangirling down to me when I was a toddler. I've never read ANY fic for it. And now!!!

anghraine: large text: feminazi; small text: because wanting to be treated like a human being is just like invading poland (feminazi)
WaPo on the current campaign:

She spent relatively little time marking out the ways she claims Trump is unfit to be president, or even comparing herself with him, and she delved happily into discussions of technical education, student debt, infrastructure spending and economic growth.

Live the dream, Hillary :)


Oct. 16th, 2016 02:44 pm
anghraine: robots against naboo background; text: when i think 'star wars' i think trade embargoes (prequels)
Got my exchange fic in a whole *checks* two hours before the deadline. I kept telling myself "it's a five hundred word minimum, how hard can that be?"

Oh right, I AM ME.
anghraine: leia c. anh; text: you don't have the buns to be princess leia (leia [buns])
[he] was assigned a young lawyer named Hillary Clinton to help defend him in court

No, actually, a lawyer named Hillary RODHAM. 

She used her maiden name, alone, for years after her marriage and Bill's first term as governor, then gave in at the realization that it was probably contributing to the wreckage of their political prospects. For a Rodham -> Rodham Clinton value of "gave in." Even this year, the tax returns she revealed list them as "Clinton, William" and "Rodham Clinton, Hillary." She'll be President Rodham Clinton to me.
anghraine: vader extending his lightsaber; text: and now for the airing of grievances! (anakin [grievances])
NYT: "For Mrs Clinton, the town-hall-style event provides her biggest venue yet to try and project a softer side"


I live!

Sep. 25th, 2016 01:23 am
anghraine: regency man holding a book; text: love, pride & delicacy (darcy)

So, for some unknown and unknowable reason, I had enormous anxiety about reminding a prof of the letter of recommendation that she had offered—offered, I might add, without my even asking her for it. I knew she had some sort of thing going on in the autumn, so by mid-September, I'd probably put it off too long. But it was then that I finally screwed myself up to sending off a "hi, hope you're doing well, hope the letter's still on, I'll be applying for my PhD programs in two months—no pressure, just a heads-up" e-mail.

Then, I got an automated message from the department that she was on sabbatical for THREE MONTHS and would be inaccessible until January. I'd worried she might be, but hadn't quite figured something that drastic. So I, you know, withered into a ball of anxiety and desperately tried to figure out other options, but didn't quite give up hope.

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anghraine: leia as rosie the riveter; text: we can do it (leia [riveter])
Despite the Fortnight of Hell, quite a few very nice things came out this week:

- On Hillary's legal work in the 70s.
- LA TImes endorses Hillary.
- Cincinnati Enquirer endorses Hillary.
- The Between Two Ferns interview. Where's our outer space librarian AU?
- Twitter thread on Hillary's irl history.
- Yes, the idea that Hillary is unfairly beloved of the media (???) is bullshit.
- Rolling Stone: Hillary vs. the Hate Machine: How Clinton Became a Vessel for America's Fury. Pretty much exactly what it says on the tin—a good long article on how, while there are genuine criticisms to be made of her, the sheer vitriol towards her is so incredibly disproportionate.

Feeling, for lack of a better word, is what drives most Americans' perceptions of Hillary Clinton, one of the most complex and resilient figures in U.S. politics, yet also, after decades of probing scrutiny, less a real person than a vessel for Americans to collectively project their anxieties, fears, frustrations and identity struggles.
anghraine: luke and leia watching a giant spiral galaxy in esb; text: the skywalker twins (luke and leia [the skywalker twins])
If you're at all like me, you already know that scientists have discovered a rocky, Earth-sized planet around Proxima Centauri, but I had to scream about it some more.


Cool red stars like Proxima Centauri are by far the most common, but of course also difficult to see. And it turns out that they tend to have planets!!

It’s awesome, because—okay, since our sample of life-supporting planets = 1, we’ve had to sort of fumble around with “well, this is what we have, and it works, soooo.” So we’ve tended to look for hulking stars like our sun, which is a pretty rare type. People thought for awhile that red dwarfs would be too cold and weird (aka not weird enough), but it’s turned out that they do have habitable zones and might be the best place to look for Earth-like planets. And they’re E V E R Y W H E R E. Proxima b is in the habitable zone around Proxima Centauri :D

Ofc, that habitable zone requires an orbit much nearer to its chilly star (apparently Proxima b orbits at 5% of the distance that the Earth does), which makes lots of things very different. It completes its much shorter orbit at ~11 days, is tide-locked, and probably gets blasted by radiation (red dwarfs tend to be tempestuous, but Proxima Centauri is pretty chill by M-type standards). On average the temperature would be ~-40 F (brr) but not if it has a good atmosphere with water, which it may or may not. It’s in a kind of odd location without much materials for formation (esp as it’s at least a bit more massive than Earth), so if it formed further out, it probably would have water, but if it formed where it is, it’s likely very dry.

And all of this is right here—I mean, Proxima is still too far to actually travel to, but it is literally the nearest star in the UNIVERSE. What are the odds??

(Maybe pretty good, idk. BUT IT’S AWESOME.)
anghraine: vader stopping a blaster with his hand; text: just another skywalker family holiday (anakin [skywalker family holiday])
Stolen from [personal profile] beatrice_otter .

Post the first line from your 25 most recent fanfics and try to find a pattern.

[A few of these are, inevitably, for my fave show The Borgias, so warning for conscious, consensual sibling incest]

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Aug. 6th, 2016 12:55 pm
anghraine: vader's pyre; text: redemption (anakin [vader's pyre])
I've gone to some effort to cut "why is YOUR FAVE popular when MINE isn't, what is wrong with people, and you could be writing/drawing/analyzing mine but you're NOT" out of my life.

Yet all the blocking in the world can't get rid of it!

I mean, sure, smallest violin for being a fan of fandom bicycle OTCs and at least moderately popular ships, but it's so profoundly annoying. That absurd Beatles argument, fandom edition.

In fact, the fandom edition is slightly worse, because it almost invariably comes with "if you'll put in effort for your fave, why not mine?" Or even worse, "if you like your fave, why don't you like mine?" Because...they're polar opposites in every conceivable way...? Why on earth would it follow that my fondness for tormented villains with some level of principle/feeling + harsh and/or dangerously temperamental heroes would translate into a fondness for wisecracking heart-of-gold companions?

I mean, I usually like them well enough, and want them to succeed and be happy insofar as I care at all, but that's—not much. I don't dislike Ron or Sokka or whomever, but I'm not really interested either. 

And while individual maps of favoured tropes vary, I think it's safe to say that "you care about X, why don't you also care about someone completely different?" is never going to be anything but irritating.


Aug. 5th, 2016 03:02 pm
anghraine: brightened leia from esb with a shadow (leia [shadowed])
There are much greater concerns with coverage of the election, but...

- Paul Ryan = Speaker Ryan
- Bill Clinton = (former) President Clinton
- Ted Cruz = Senator Cruz
- Barack Obama = President Obama
- John Kasich = Governor Kasich
- Bernie Sanders = Senator Sanders
- Lindsey Graham = Senator Graham
- Hillary Clinton = Secretary Clinton

Secretary, y'all. 

Okay, fine

Aug. 4th, 2016 02:00 pm
anghraine: text: i've had it with these motherfucking sith (samuel l. windu)
I grew up poor and still approach financial matters as we did in my childhood, i.e. avoid spending anything unless absolutely necessary. I buy groceries with the utmost reluctance, even when I’m not the one paying.

But I finally caved and got a paid account with the Washington Post. I'm increasingly disenchanted with NPR and NYT, and WaPo has been doing God's work this cycle. A dollar for this month, ten dollars a month afterwards.

Bleh. (Yet worthwhile!)
anghraine: luke with lightsaber and leia with blaster; text: children of war (luke and leia [children of war])
Tumblr user bookwormusings responded to the previous post with:

So what you're saying is that people writing and defending fantasy seem to perceive dragons as more realistic than gender equality and poc/lgbt representation?

I replied:

Rather the opposite. I’m objecting to the specific argument, made by people criticizing fantasy for being non-representative, that if authors can make up DRAGONS and MAGIC, they can make up POC and LGBT people in quasi-historical settings too!

The argument lumps marginalized people who actually existed in with universe-altering departures from reality. The existence of marginalized people is not a departure from reality. It’s what reality is and was.

On a lesser note, it’s also simply a bad argument on the writing level. The idea that if you depart from reality in one way, anything goes–it’s terrible, terrible advice that nobody with the faintest concept of good writing will accept. Fantastic settings have to be grounded in reality to work. Otherwise it’s meaningless esoterica. The issue is what’s being presented as reality, not that it is.
anghraine: leia holding a blaster in anh; text: girls & guns (leia [girls and guns])
Sometimes, it seems like every discussion about how fantasy (especially high fantasy) tends to be focused on white, straight dudes rehashes the exact same points:

Person A: It’s just being historically accurate!

Person B: …there are dragons.

Person A: Yes, but–

Person B: DRAGONS.

There’s some variation depending on which work comes up in discussion, but the basic rebuttal is “the setting includes something that blatantly diverges from the basic laws of reality; therefore, there’s no reason not to diverge from reality in much smaller matters.” I do understand it, but I … um, don’t agree. And I actually dislike it quite a lot.

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anghraine: from the 2005 p&p: darcy standing at a piano while georgiana plays it (Default)

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