August 16th, 2017
lavenderspark: (flowers)
posted by [personal profile] lavenderspark in [community profile] crochet at 03:09pm on 16/08/2017
"A welcome blanket is traditionally created to lovingly mark the arrival of a new person into the world. In the Welcome Blanket project, each handmade blanket is a physical manifestation of this celebration of new refugees and other immigrants: “Welcome to the United States and your new life here! We are so glad you have arrived.”"

The Smart Museum of Art of Chicago is asking for donations of handmade blankets (40"x40") to welcome families coming to our country (the USA), but also to try and make a GIANT blanket equal to the size of the proposed wall between us and Mexico. As a way to protest the wall.

The museum is going to display the blankets (and notes if you include one) from now until December when the blankets will be delivered to families. The deadline to send blankets to the museum is November 4.

https://www.welcomeblanket.org

Here's the start of my blanket!
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So, I have another character being drawn up (by another player) for the same game for which I posted highly detailed questions about Israel (admittedly probably too detailed) - only he's playing Russia, and he's trying to draw up a character who served in the Soviet Army as an officer semi-realistically. (It's *after* the character's military career that everything goes interesting.)

I want to write him a summary of the Soviet Army officer's career path, what service branches are available, etc., but nothing I can find tells me the basic stuff. It's all focused on generals and stuff. (Looked on Wiki, looked on Google, neither helped. I found a monograph on dtic.mil that was from 1975 and provided *some* detail, but expected me the reader to know more than I do to make sense of stuff.)

To quote his draft summary: "(1) Early life.  Born in 1959, he follows a similar course to Putin (joining the military instead, but attached as an "adviser" to one of the Soviet Bloc countries after a tour in Afghanistan which gave him a scar on his upper right arm from a Taliban attack).  He resigned with a TBD officer's rank in the middle of the 1991 coup attempt (a la Putin; he's simply younger) rather than join in the attempt (which he percieved as doomed)."

He's trying to figure it out in more detail than that, but the problem is that he (the player) and I (the GM, one of two, responsible for helping him draw up his character - he does the important work of figuring out policies and stuff, the meat of gameplay, himself) can't find anything much about anything re the company-grade and field-grade officers of the Soviet Army and how they were trained, or how their careers progressed, or anything.

In specific:

1. As the character was born in 1959, presume he enters officer training from civilian life sometime around 1977. How long is his officer training, and how is it decided whether he goes, say, infantry or airborne troops?

2. What's the career path like from initial officer training (including "what rank does he enter service at?" - the materials I can find state "Lieutenant", but the Soviet Army has 3 Lieutenant ranks!) to, say, battalion command?

3. What additional school-type training would he undergo during that career path, and at what times during his career? (I can help the player figure out good tour-of-duty mixes once I have that information.)

4. What service arms existed in the Soviet Army? I often hear of officers referred to as a "Colonel of Infantry", "Colonel of Air Defense", "Colonel of Strategic Rocket Forces" - but what are the possible options for the "of x" formula?

5. Were ordinary officers even assigned as "advisors" to Warsaw Pact forces, or only Political Officers?

I know these are really detailed questions in some regard. I'm trying to keep them general, but even the general stuff is hard to figure out. My objectives for this are:

A. Figure out what rank, highest, would have been plausible for what I'm currently thinking is a fairly obscure-ish Russian serving as a Soviet Army Officer from 1977-1991 - if the player wants lower, cool, but I as GM need to have a clue what's "too high".

B. Figure out what his career would have looked like - where would he have served, at what levels, doing what? (Especially key to figure out when he would have served in Afghanistan.)

C. Figure out if the early life posited is *plausible*.

I thus don't need to know deep details (at least not until a player requests a detailed bio of their Russian adversary from their intel people, at which point I may be back...), but only be able to work out a summary. I can do the hard part of the work myself and with the player, but I need help figuring out the foundational stuff before I begin that.

(Edited to add: Link to something Google *did* dredge up for me, and my note that what I was sent was a draft summary of the character, not a full bio. We'll be working on the full bio once we have the summary agreed to.)

August 14th, 2017
genusshrike: Anders from Dragon Age puts his hands up (anders hands)
Title: Anything for Love (Including That)
Fandom: Mass Effect and Dragon Age series
Music: I'd Do Anything for Love, by Meatloaf
Summary: Thanks for the terrible romantic choices, Bioware

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August 13th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] cosmic_llin in [community profile] vidding at 01:07pm on 13/08/2017 under
Title: Love and Affection
Artist: Joan Armatrading
Fandom: Holby City
Pairing: Serena Campbell/Bernie Wolfe
Summary: Give me love, give me love.
Content Notes: No standard notes apply
YouTube | AO3 | Tumblr

Title: Come Hell or Waters High
Artist: Judie Tzuke
Fandom: Holby City
Pairing: Serena Campbell/Bernie Wolfe
Summary: If I feel alone, I know your heart's my home.
Content Notes: No standard notes apply
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posted by [personal profile] sasha_feather in [community profile] access_fandom at 02:20am on 13/08/2017 under , ,
Nicola Griffith:

An Open Letter to All Writing Programmes, Workshops, and Retreats (July 27, 2017)

https://nicolagriffith.com/2017/07/27/an-open-letter-to-all-writing-programmes-workshops-and-retreats

So here’s a public promise: after I have fulfilled my immediate contractual obligations, I will no longer support in any way any writing-related programme or organisation that does not have a public commitment to and specific timetable for becoming accessible. I will call on other writers to do the same.
Feeeelings: impressed
August 10th, 2017
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Mickey Rowe at Teen Vogue:
"Netflix's "Atypical" Was a Major Disappointment for Autism Representation"

http://www.teenvogue.com/story/netflix-atypical-autism-representation

In watching the show, I noticed that it seems to play into stereotypes that I’ve experienced firsthand that could have easily been avoided and that may present damaging information about autistic people. There is so much misinformation about autism in part because we nearly always learn about autism from non-autistic people, instead of learning about autism from autistic adults.
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posted by [personal profile] aurumcalendula in [community profile] vidding at 10:25pm on 10/08/2017 under
Title: Yield
Fandom: I Can't Think Straight
Music: Yield by Indigo Girls
Summary: 'my love for you is sincere'

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jesse_the_k: mirror reflection of 1/3 of my head, creating a central third eye, a heart shaped face, and a super-pucker mouth (Default)
jesse_the_k: drawings of white hand in ASL handshapes W T F (WTF)
Seems like the "Universal Translators" are always auditory, eh?

Lynne Thomas of Uncanny Magazine writes about her daughter Caitlin, who doesn't speak and communicates a lot. Lynne reviews the overwhelming privilege of the spoken word in SF:

https://www.themarysue.com/caitlin-is-not-groot/

One of the commenters points out that Marvel has a new, nonverbal, hero coming:

http://comicbook.com/marvel/2017/08/04/inhumans-black-bolt-communicates-through-medusa/
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posted by [personal profile] littlecatk in [community profile] vidding at 04:30pm on 10/08/2017 under
Title: Red Things
Fandom: Music Videos 
Music: The Kinks - Polly
Summary: Live life to the fullest. The colour red.
Notes: I would love to make a series of this kind of video, so if you want to rec me music videos, please do.
August 9th, 2017
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posted by [personal profile] dar_vidder in [community profile] vidding at 11:49am on 09/08/2017 under
Vid: Wolves Without Teeth
Music: Of Monsters and Men
Fandom: Sense8
Summary: You can follow me.

DW/LJ/AO3



Vid: The Tale of the Three Brothers
Music: Leopold Stokowski and The Philadelphia Orchestra
Fandom: Harry Potter
Summary: Hogwarts was the first and best home he had known. He and Voldemort and Snape, the abandoned boys, had all found home here.

AO3



Vid: Something Wicked
Music: Leopold Stokowski and The Philadelphia Orchestra
Fandom: Harry Potter
Summary: ...this way comes.

AO3



The 2 HP vids above that premiered at VVC were also part of a larger vid series I created over the last year that was set to the soundtrack of Disney's Fantasia. The vid series is 23 minutes in length in its entirety, but I also uploaded each vid from the series separately to youtube/AO3 so viewers could skip around or jump to a specific song/subject matter if they so desired.

DW/LJ/AO3

melannen: Commander Valentine of Alpha Squad Seven, a red-haired female Nick Fury in space, smoking contemplatively (Default)
So I have this 1947 book of American crochet patterns with a lot of really styling vintage women's jackets and cardigans that I need, but the one I want to make first* uses Afghan crochet (what's currently called Tunisian). I haven't done enough Afghan to be confident winging it and I don't know anyone in RL who does Afghan crochet, so I am relying on you, DW.

Specifically, the pattern calls for a "10-inch medium hook". That is the only hook sizing information it has.

The google is being unhelpful in terms of telling me what size 10-inch Afghan/Tunisian hook corresponds to a vintage pattern's "Medium."

The gauge is supposed to 6 stitches to the inch with 3-ply sport yarn (assuming sport weight was the same in 1947) if that helps?





*it's based on a WWII-era battle jacket redone as women's crochet businesswear and called The Warrior's Jacket so obvs I need it for work and I happen to have all this khaki cotton sport yarn sitting here...
August 8th, 2017
beerbad: (wynonna earp - OTP)
posted by [personal profile] beerbad in [community profile] vidding at 05:42pm on 08/08/2017 under
Title:  I Took a Pill in Ibiza
Fandom:  Wynonna Earp
Music:  "I Took a Pill in Ibiza" (Seeb Remix) by Mike Posner
Summary:  A family curse, a magic gun, some demons, and a whole lotta feelings.  [Spoilers through 1x13]
Notes:  This is a S1 Wynonna character study vid that premiered at Vividcon 2017.  Full notes available at my vidpost.

YouTube | AO3 | Tumblr | DW | Twitter
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posted by [personal profile] beerbad in [community profile] vidding at 05:26pm on 08/08/2017 under
Title:  Not Afraid Anymore
Fandom:  Resident Evil (Extinction, Afterlife, and The Final Chapter)
Music:  "Not Afraid Anymore" by Halsey
Summary:  Alice and Claire in the eye of the storm.
Notes:  This is an Alice/Claire vid that premiered at TGIFemslash 2017.  Full notes available at my vidpost.

YouTube | AO3 | Tumblr | DW
winterevanesce: (teen wolf: fire)
Is It Safe Now?
Fandom: Eyewitness
Song/Artist: Lights Out by Virginia to Vegas
Summary: "I always feel like somebody's watching me." (Vividcon 2017 Premiere)
DW | Website | A03 | Tumblr

Desire
Fandom: Heartless
Song/Artist: Desire by Meg Myers
Summary: "How do you want me?" (Vividcon 2017 Premiere)
DW | Website | A03 | Tumblr

aurumcalendula: image of Violet and Corky's hands from the movie Bound (hands)
posted by [personal profile] aurumcalendula in [community profile] vidrecs at 01:00pm on 08/08/2017
Vid Title: Shape Of You
Vidder: [personal profile] butterfly
Fandom: Multifandom
Summary: A brief and flirtatious dip into a happier side of queer media, containing both older and newer source.
Reccer's Comments: This is really lovely!
aurumcalendula: view of Peacemaker's barrel (Peacemaker)
Title: When Sorrows Encompass Me 'Round
Fandom: Wynonna Earp
Music: When Sorrows Encompass Me 'Round by Crooked Still
Summary: "you can never really go home again"
Notes: Premiered at Vividcon 2017. Thank you to Ambrose, [personal profile] mswyrr, and skillzyo for giving me feedback on it!

AO3 | DW | tumblr | youtube
aurumcalendula: gold, blue, orange, and purple shapes on a black background (Default)
Title: Gold Dust Woman
Fandom: Xena: Warrior Princess
Music: Gold Dust Woman by Halestorm
Summary: pick up the pieces and go home
Notes: Premiered at Vividcon 2017. Thank you to [personal profile] mswyrr and skillzyo for giving me feedback!

AO3 | DW | tumblr | youtube
aurumcalendula: Due South titles (due South logo)
Title: I Just Want You to Know Who I Am
Fandom: Due South
Music: Iris by Goo Goo Dolls
Summary: 'Everyone here knows who I am Fraser, how about you?'
Notes: made for [personal profile] ride_4ever for the 2017 Vividcon Auction. I had a lot of fun making this!

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