Monthly Archives: September 2013

Cute Animals: Animals that don’t rhyme with rat.

(by chris the cynic)

Ok, so I’ve been meaning to do one of these on wombats for a while but none of the free stock photos are wombats. Which is disappointing. Maybe something else that rhymes with rat, I thought. For example Meerkats. I know there are free stock photos of them, but before I looked I looked up “rat”. Here are some of the results I got:

Not a rat:

(It is a nutria.)

Not a rat:

(It is a water vole.)

Not a rat:

(It is a chipmunk.)

Not a rat:

(It is a squirrel.)

This week in the Slacktiverse, September 29th, 2013

(posted and compiled by chris the cynic, written by members of The Slacktiverse)

Just a minor note: if you have multiple names it helps if you say which one you want to be credited as in your email.

The Blogaround

chris the cynic wrote:

I had a bad day.  Multiple actually.  I went to a meeting where a deaf-blind hiker who has done most of the Appalachian Trail and his deaf special support person gave remarks.  It was supposed to be in honor of him finishing, but conditions forced them to turn around with 2 miles left to go.  He’ll finish next year.  My shoe blowing out lead to me talking about (my lack of) money.

I watched the first episode of Marvel’s Agent’s of Shield and jotted down notes as I did.  There are spoilers but generally vague ones.  Amazon is dumping me, so if you want to buy something on Amazon through me, so that I get a cut, do it before the 6th.  And finally, just this morning I watched a Law and Order episode which was depressing enough to remind me why I never watch Law and Order episodes.

In Case You Missed This

Silver Tyger wrote:

Strange Horizons has had a number of articles and stories lately that I think will interest others.
(I’m just going to copy and paste from their homepage.)

A non-Anglocentric understanding of science fiction and fantasy must open up the genre towards the dialectic of local and universal, rather than be aligned towards the one or the other.

(very academic, so I just skimmed it.)

Set Truth on Stun: Reimagining an Anti-Oppressive SF/F, by Daniel José Older

I asked a group of writers, editors and publishers to imagine in both practical and fantastical ways what the SF and fantasy community would look like if it was actively anti-oppressive.

Difference of Opinion, by Meda Kahn

Problem is Keiya’s brain never told her to paste her lips upright if she wants people to be nice. It’s the IQ machine. She’s been told she’d make a very good robot, all things considered.

(Meda Kahn is an autistic woman and a writer of sci-fi. She lives in Colorado. This is her first published work.) (TW: for discussion of ableism)

Also available as a podcast:Difference of Opinion

You Have to Follow the Rules, by Ada Hoffmann

So the things Mommy could not see made as much sense as anything else.

( Ada Hoffmann is an Aspie from southern Ontario who studies computer science in grad school. Her work has appeared in Goblin Fruit and in “Imaginarium 2012: The Best Canadian Speculative Writing”.)

Also available as a podcast:You Have to Follow the Rules

Things You Can Do

Ellie Murasaki wrote:
The Strange Horizons fundraising drive has passed $3K, so the next bonus content is the essay “Recentering Science Fiction and the Fantastic: What Would a Non-Anglocentric Understanding of SF and Fantasy Look Like?” by Bodhisattva Chattopadhyay. I want to read that so bad, y’all. Please donate if you’re able and willing, and please signal-boost! And hey, if it’s gotten past $4K by the time this makes a Slacktiverse post, Strange Horizons, being a nonprofit speculative fiction magazine whose guidelines emphasize that they want “Fiction from or about diverse perspectives and traditionally under-represented groups, settings, and cultures, written from a non-exoticizing and well-researched position”, is still an excellent place to give your money.

–Co-authored by the Slacktiverse Community

Open Thread: Projects

(Submitted by Silver Tyger)

What’s the latest project you’ve completed or are working on?

Deconstruction Round Up, September 27th, 2013

(by the Slacktiverse and others; collected by chris the cynic)

Ana Mardoll: Ana Mardoll’s Ramblings

Multiple Deconstructions:

bluecarrot: littledeconstruction on WordPress and Tumblr

Little Women: first post: WordPressTumblr

Chapter 3: In which Meg is repeatedly shamed for her own good: WordPress, Tumblr

Erika M. and Will Wildman: Something Short and Snappy

Fred Clark: Slacktivist

Froborr: My Little Po-Mo

RubyTea: Heathen Critique

Multiple Deconstructions:

Philip SandiferPhilip Sandifer: Writer

Please comment or e-mail us if we’ve forgotten anybody or you have anyone to add. Or if any links are broken, or if you’re linked to and don’t want to be, or if you have a pet dragon, or for more or less any reason really.

Open Thread: Comfort Food

(Submitted by Silver Tyger)

What’s your comfort food?

Board Business, September 12th, 2013

(posted by chris the cynic)

Irregular Business

None, that I know of.  That’s… different.

Regular Business

There is no submission deadline for articles and open thread suggestions.  Send them any time.

The Submission Deadline for the weekend post is 20:00 (8PM) US Eastern Time Saturday.

Anyone who has submissions for the weekend post should send them in.  Some people wonder if they really deserve to be in the post.  The answer to that is always the same: You do.  So try not to be afraid and do try to send in submissions if you have them.

The sections of the post are as follows:

The Blogaround

Any denizen of the Slacktiverse who has posted an article to their own website since they last submitted to a weekend post is invited, enticed, and cajoled to send a short summary of that article along with its permalink to the group email. That summary and link will be included in the next weekend blogaround. This will help to keep members of our community aware of the many excellent websites hosted by other members.

Remember, this is since you last submitted to a weekend post, not since the last weekend post. For example, if the last time you submitted was a month ago, everything you wrote since then is fair game.

In Case You Missed This

Readers of The Slacktiverse can send short summaries of, and permalinks to, articles that they feel might be of interest to other readers.  These should be sent, as you might expect, to the group email.

Things You Can Do

Anyone who knows of a worthy cause or important petition should send a short description of the petition/cause along with its url to the group email.

Again, none for articles and open thread suggestions, 20:00 (8 PM) US Eastern Time Saturday for the Weekend post.  Also, if there’s a deconstruction you feel should be in the roundup, you can suggest that at any time.
In case the links don’t work: the group email is SlacktiverseAuthors (at) gmail (dot) com.

This can be used as an open thread, if you want.

Writer Workshop

(Posted by chris the cynic)

Those of you who also frequent Ana Mardoll’s Ramblings will find this somewhat familiar.  Here, as there, it was requested that there be a regular post to talk about writing projects (and other artwork-creation). Thus this post exists.

Pencil by Elisa Xyz

What are you working on? How are you feeling about it? What thoughts and/or snippets would you like to share? How does your activism work into your art? What tropes are you hoping to employ and/or avoid? Are there any questions you’d like to ask or frustrations you’d like to vent?  Writing workshop below!

Open Thread: Underrepresented Mythological Critters and Beings

(Submitted by Silver Tyger)

What mythological critter or being do you think is underrepresented?

Open Thread: Desired Pet(s)

(Submitted by Silver Tyger)

What’s a pet you’ve always wanted?

This week in the Slacktiverse, September 22nd, 2013

(posted and compiled by chris the cynic, written by members of The Slacktiverse)

As it turns out, everyone was on time but me.  Sorry.

The Blogaround

Silver Tyger wrote:

Not much this week. Adapted from Silver Adept, a post on the commenting culture at my blog.  (Basically, comment to whatever extent you feel comfortable). And I started a finished a project to hang my vintage aprons and a bit of art.

froborr wrote:

(Content Warning: Mass Killing) Hey. I don’t have much this week, since the Sunday deconstruction was a guest post, but I did write a piece on the mass killing at Navy Yard, which is about 15 minutes’ walk from my apartment.

Also my book, which compiles expanded versions of my deconstructions of the first season of My Little Pony:Friendship Is Magic and additional articles new to the book, is up for sale–here’s a list of places you can buy it so far. (No, it’s not available on the Kindle store yet. Kindle does not play nice with others, so it’ll take a little extra time to get it there. You can buy Kindle-compatible versions at Smashwords, however.)

Coleslaw wrote:

Last week I had a visit from my brother, who explained the origin of the saying, “The Whole Nine Yards“. I continued my tales of what I did on my summer vacation with the next stop, The Crazy Horse Memorial.

chris the cynic wrote:

Very little.  I wrote very little.  I wrote a short post about not writing much and a bit about a dream I had involving time travel.  A post that existed only so that I wouldn’t still be announcing a sale after the sale had ended became a place for discussion of references to Firefly, and since a place called “Placeholder Post” isn’t where you’d expect to find that I created “Whedon Stuff Post” so the conversation could have a place whose name matched it’s content.

Last week froborr wrote:

As a self-imposed challenge inspired by silliness on Phil Sandifer’s blog, I wrote a piece in which I… well, maybe you should just read it. I’m pretty proud of it.

In Case You Missed This

No submissions this week, comment on this post or email us if you have anything.

Things You Can Do

No submissions this week, comment on this post or email us if you have anything.

–Co-authored by the Slacktiverse Community