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Canon: FoxTrot
Pairing: Jason Fox/Marcus Jones
Canon Level: Best Friends

They would be so adorable together! Full of first dates and first kisses and blushing and hand-holding, most likely while wearing a stormtrooper outfit. Their leisure activities would probably be even more out there as teens--rockets powerful enough to reach outer space? fixing up a car to be as close to Doc Brown's Delorean as possible?--with the additional freedom they'd get from being older, and (best) friends to lovers is forever and always a trope I want to read. Would they fight about fandom things like whether Goku could beat Superman in a fight or which edition of D&D is superior or would their fights be more typically mundane? I can't decide if I think their getting together would be easy, two friends finally acknowledging that step that's been in front of them for so long, or fraught, with them clashing against each other because they don't understand what the other wants or even what they want themselves.

Suggested reading:
It turns out that the only decent Jason/Marcus fics I've come across have been deleted off the internet, so there's nothing to go here. Sorry. (This is the first time this has happened, but it won't be the last. Ive got an "As far as I can tell, I am the only person in existence shipping these two" week to do eventually.)
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Summary: Have 90 minutes, between now and April 3rd, to kindly critique less-English-fluent writers over the internet? I'd love your help.

I work with a lot of non-US-based younger people (often high school or college-aged) who contribute to the open source community over the Internet. Many of them volunteer as coders in the hopes of getting internships that will help them with their careers. The engineering education system in some of these countries, especially India, doesn't help students develop their written English skills very much; many of these students are at a disadvantage in these competitive internship application programs because their written English has poor grammar, phrasing, and punctuation. Every year I see tons of these engineering students applying for internships, and I can see how English issues in their bug reports, commit messages, code comments, application proposals, e-mails, and chat messages make it harder for them to get their ideas across.

Some kind, nonjudgmental help would go a long way for these volunteers. And it'd help level the playing field a bit.

I've successfully run little 90-minute online writing clinics via chat or collaborative document-editing platforms like Google Docs or EtherPad, where 3-4 participants bring short writing samples and I live-edit them and tell the students how to improve. They always get a lot out of it, and I can see the improvement in their writing afterwards. And when I've had time to edit their internship proposals in depth, it's helped them think better about what they actually aim to do.

Today, one of the open source projects I care a lot about, Zulip, got accepted as a mentoring organization for Google Summer of Code for the second year in a row. I've been contracting as a community coordinator for Zulip for about a year, and I love that it's a project where we nurture new contributors inclusively and have high standards of engineering rigor. (I profiled the maintainer, Tim Abbott, in this post about kind negative code review.) We have dozens of new contributors in our chat who want to work with us, and we'll be getting more between now and the April 3rd application deadline. We won't be able to accept all of them. But they'll all come away from the application process as better engineers, and I'd like for that to include better English skills that'll help them persuade, lead, get better jobs, and have better chances of succeeding as entrepreneurs.

So if you could spare 90 minutes sometime between now and April 3rd, and if you have a knack for proofreading in English and have a tolerable internet connection for web browser-based textual chat, let me know and I can probably set something up that suits your schedule. It's fine if you've never done this before and it's fine if you're not a programmer and don't know programming jargon. I'll set up the "room", and I'll be there and you can backchannel with me. You'll be helping one of the best open source communities I know, and you'll be helping make sure non-G7 voices in STEM get heard and listened to.

Leave a comment below telling me how to contact you and anything you know about your upcoming schedule, and I'll take it from there!

Dreamwidth suggestions

Feb. 27th, 2017 02:50 pm
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[site community profile] dw_suggestions has a bunch of new suggestions for Dreamwidth improvements! It's a place to suggest things and respond to others' suggestions.

Years ago I suggested: "On the New Post and Edit pages, give the user the ability to browse freely licensed photos from Wikimedia Commons to insert into their posts." That got rejected but I think the basic idea's worth revisiting, revising, and submitting afresh. Feel free to take it up if that strikes your fancy!

Still alive

Feb. 27th, 2017 11:59 am
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I'm not doing science, but I *am* still alive. Just very busy these days so I haven't had a chance to really sit down and write stuff!

Interesting Links for 27-02-2017

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Feb. 27th, 2017 05:24 am
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"It is alarming that in a series of catastrophic executive policy decisions -- the president's Muslim travel ban, his selection of Steve Bannon as his main political adviser, his short-lived appointment of Michael Flynn as national security adviser, his proposal to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem -- there seems to be a single common element: the stigmatization and provocation of Muslims. In rhetoric and action, the Trump administration has aggrandized 'radical Islamic terror' thus making what Madison called a 'favorable emergency' more likely." -- Timothy Snyder, 2017-02-26, "The Reichstag Warning"

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Canon: The Magnificent Seven
Pairing: Joshua Faraday/Vasquez
Canon Level: Coworkers

When I started this thing, I didn't quite have 365 ships on my giant spreadsheet but figured I would probably pick up some more between January and December. Then I started actually posting every day, and it turns out it takes a good chunk of my daily free time! So I thought, oh well, 343 ships will still be pretty impressive. Then I came across a fic described as having hurt/comfort with a realistic depiction of hypothermia, and I went don't mind if I do. Then I saw it was also a superpower AU, and I went definitely do not mind if I do. And then I saw that it was part five of an 88k word series and only resurfaced a week later having read everything for these two on AO3 that looked half-way readable to me plus a few things that didn't.

And I am quite glad I backed into this fandom fic-first because spoilers. ) But I've seen the movie now and enjoyed it lots and am even more down with Farady/Vasquez. Is it so wrong to enjoy pretty men in vests smirking while they fondle their guns? But no, seriously, there is something great about these two facing off against each other, both of them just daring the other to be the one to take things one step further.

Suggested reading:
Trust Falls and Probability Exercises by [ profile] kittykatthetacodemon
Shake Like Penions by [ profile] ThrillingDetectiveTales
Poor Communication by [ profile] Hazel_Athena
set it free by [ profile] itsmylifekay
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Okay, just a BRIEF rant from the chronicles of "Lanna has been desperately trying to have Less Terrible Hebrew and at least be able to converse with the younglings" (it is legit my goal for this decade of my life) (yes, decade)


Like, seriously, I keep looking at it, doing my best to parse it, and going "okay, yored must be the shoresh, right?? so yeridah... mirade... WHERE IS THAT GIMEL COMING FROM, fuck, why do I keep missing the gimel, WHERE DO YOU COME FROM AND WHERE DO YOU GO, WHERE DO YOU COME FROM, GIMMEL EYED JOE".

okay, like, *clearly* I have the shoresh wrong and all that, and I keep being aware of that and remiding myself of that, but yet still I KEEP GETTING THIS WRONG. The wrong shoresh is in my headdddddd.

idk, imma go with maalot as stairs instead. I have no idea how this all works out in common usage; I'm using a goddamn app and cross-referencing with google translate and hebrew wikipedia.

and, hilariously, this is really apt, since I hate stairs (they attacked me first! I have the scars to prove it!), so even more so, I can't remember the motherfucking word for them. I hate them but I can't remmeber what they're called. a;lkdsjf;lakjsdfs


[tech] Host in which country?

Feb. 26th, 2017 08:22 pm
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In which country should one host a website, for maximal privacy and free-speech rights?

Obviously, there are different pros and cons – one country may have very free speech but the government reads everything, another country may have no government censorship but a civil law that makes it trivial for randos to intimidate your hosting company into dropping your site – so it would be interesting to hear in more detail what precise social/legal advantages different countries have for website owners. (I'm ignoring for the moment, "Great sociolegal environment, but the whole country's internet connection is a T1 with a kink in it.")

Is there some handy reference for concerned prospective site owners, shopping jurisdictions to plant their servers in?
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Как известно, пресс-секретарь Президента Ельцина в 97-98 гг., Сергей Владимирович Ястржембский, запомнился постоянным публичным отрицанием очевидных и общеизвестных фактов.

В конце концов, он добился появления про себя анекдота:

«В Чечне был арестован пресс-секретарь Ельцина Ястржембский. В интервью, данном из тюремной камеры, он категорически отрицал факт собственного ареста»

Пишут, что пресс-секретарь Трампа Шон Спайсер, занялся проверкой мобильных телефонов сотрудников, чтобы предотвратить утечки информации.

Далее, цитирую CNN:

«He also specifically asked his staff not to leak information about the meeting or his efforts to crack down on leaks to the media, one source said.»

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Title: Burning Bright. (On Archive Of Our Own)
Author: [personal profile] lannamichaels
Fandom: Damien (TV), The Omen 'verse
Rating: PG
A/N: The title is from The Tyger by William Blake. I started this when watching episode 2 of Damien. I never made it through episode 5 and stalled out from there. I watched most of the last episode and parts of the penultimate one. In other words: I don't know anything about TV canon, don't understand Damien's tv-canon backstory, and then I mashed it up with movie stuff willy-nilly, yay. In terms of Omen 2 canon... well, I did a rewatch, but since Damien canon ignores Omen 2, I was very loose with what I took from there. But, anyway, WIP finishing! *attempts to shrug and \o/ at the same time*

Summary: Damien has always been just a little weird; Mark generally feels a little ashamed for thinking that.

I do feel slightly bad for doing this without making myself watch the whole tv canon )

January booklog

Feb. 26th, 2017 09:31 pm
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1. Clariel - Garth Nix ) Sad but also an interesting different angle on this world.

2. Across the Wall - Garth Nix ) A fairly forgettable collection, though the Old Kingdom story is good.

3. Complications - Atul Gawande ) Fascinating - I will be reading more Gawande.

4. A Tangled Web - LM Montgomery ) Very Montgomery, but not in a terribly enjoyable way. Once you lose the likeable protagonist, the rest of her worldbuilding is less fun on its own.

5. The Long Way to a Small Angry Planet - Becky Chambers ) Not at all bad, and I'll probably read the next one.

6. Stand We At Last - Zoë Fairbairns ) I really wanted to like this book, but its insistence on being endlessly miserable defeated me.

7. Seconds - Bryan Lee O'Malley ) Better than I'd remembered.

8. The Wild Shore - Kim Stanley Robinson ) The most satisfying of this trilogy, for me.

9. Americanah - Chimanda Ngozi Adichie ) I really liked this - thoroughly enjoyable mainstream literature! It's possible!

10. Toad Words and other stories - T Kingfisher ) The unusual story collection in which I like absolutely everything.

11. Cyberpunk Malaysia - ed. Zen Cho ) It's fun to read some cyberpunk that isn't all entirely American - and these were just good stories in general.

12. Spirits Abroad - Zen Cho ) These are funny, and smart, and different, and I like them a lot. So far I like Cho better at short-story length than novel, but I'm waiting to see where she goes next!

13. My Friends the Miss Boyds - Jane Duncan ) ultimately this didn't quite win me over; I'm not sure I'll read any further.

Get Out

Feb. 26th, 2017 04:19 pm
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I posted some spoilery thoughts about Get Out on FanFare at MetaFilter.

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Feb. 26th, 2017 02:38 pm
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follow up to last:

have since donned the dreaded trousers + bra, acquired coffee, and made a trip to target for toothbrushes, gatorate, lunch things, toaster waffles, a bday card for the almost-7-yo, and a housewarming card. have also added bug juice to my car.

is done adulting now?

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Feb. 26th, 2017 12:33 pm
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things I need to do:
cleaning of some sort

things I want to do:
go back to bed
snuggle a [personal profile] shadowspar
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  1. food )
  2. Also food. )
  3. Still food! )
  4. I am still chewing over last week's Elementary, and redemption arcs and chosen family and boundaries and necessities and narrative imperative in tension with multiple kinds of emotional satisfaction, and the things I find myself wanting -- superficially -- from the story, given points-of-view, and the odd and bittersweet relief at instead getting what I need. The murder plots make no sense, but then they mostly didn't ever; I am still very much here for the characters.
  5. My new CEA card arrived in the post yesterday, which means I will stop feeling faintly guilty about "wasting money" every time I go to the cinema. This is a Good Thing, given how much I'm looking forward to Hidden Figures.
  6. I'm having a really tough time writing an abstract this week, for a variety of reasons, but in the face of that I got a draft in more than 18 hours before the deadline that I was actually reasonably happy with, via the iterative-improvement approach to writing. It needs substantially rewriting, but I've demonstrated that my techniques work, and I've got reasonable confidence that the substatial rewriting wasn't in fact me wildly misinterpreting what was going on.
  7. I said no to someone, and it was fine. (And indeed several other someones, which was less fine but which left me feeling better than I would've if I'd stayed silent.) I told someone I'd screwed something up, face-to-face and more-or-less straight away rather than stewing for six hours over sending an e-mail, and it was fine. Both were really difficult, and I did them.
  8. I appear, via UCH, to have found a sustainable set of strength-building exercises to do that are resulting in measurable improvements. I'm dealing with a lot of complicated Feelings about this pretty well.
  9. Some stripy tulips were much reduced in the supermarket last week; they've been sat in a glass jar on the dining table slowly drying out and turning interesting shapes ever since, and they make me feel soothed and safe and at home.
  10. I am forever gently amused by the thing where, when A is around, we sleep under a single lightweight duvet and are frequently too warm. When he's away, I end up nesting in a pile of that duvet, my three-season much-larger covered-in-dinosaurs duvet, a weighted blanket, and a big soft non-allergenic stripy blue blanket -- and I end up comfortably warm, and with a lot of weight on me, and it's very nice to have occasionally.

Interesting Links for 26-02-2017

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