Monthly Archives: October 2013

Board Business, October 31st, 2013

(posted by chris the cynic)

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: Collections

(Posted by chris the cynic)

Is there anything you collect?  Is there anything you’d like to collect?  Are there any people in your life who collect things that you’d like to talk about?  Any collection types that you find interesting/weird/noteworthy?

This Week in the Slacktiverse October 27th, 2013

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

The Blogaround

inquisitiverave wrote:

I haven’t submitted anything to the blogaround before, but I haven’t really been blogging either.

However, I recently found a video on turning your smart phone into a microscope, and thought it was really cool.

chris the cynic

Last week I said I’d try to have a version of my “Let’s quickly cover everything I’ve done a post on so far so that I can get back into doing .hack//Sign posts,” post, this time with images, done by this week.  As indicated by the link, I did that.

Everything else was Narnia.  Edmund, Lucy, and Eustace going to C.S. Lewis to complain about the writing and three versions of what transpired at the pool that turns things to gold.  Version one was a silly thing where instead of the canonical, “Aslan mind whammies everyone into forgetting what the hell they were talking about,” he instead observed that everyone was out of character any suggested they pretend it never happened.

Version two also took away the mind whammy by making it time travel instead, time was turned back but Reepicheep was protected by the effects so that he could stop the same thing from happening again.  What made it significantly more serious, and longer, than the first is that Reepicheep and Aslan discuss the vast gulf between what those on the Dawn Treader are supposed to be doing and what they actually are doing.

The third, most serious, and longest version is one in which the heroes actually act like heroes and have been doing so for the whole time.  Thus not only is their reaction to discovering the pool completely different, but their situation is different because they’ve handled the discovery of Octesian’s bracelet, the discovery of a burned villiage, and the encounter with the sea Serpent like heroes actually would which kind of, sort of, changes everything.  (Also no mind whammy, because wtf?)

In Case You Missed This

No one submitted anything this week.

Things You Can Do

Name a good charity worthy of 50 dollars:
I [froborr] don’t know if this fits under any of the categories, but I had a request for all Slacktiversians: The condition for my brother giving me one of the iPhones he was planning on donating to charity was that I donate $50 to the charity of my choice. I need help picking a charity! Currently I’m leaning toward Planned Parenthood, because they seem to be pretty unambiguously The Good Guys… on the other hand, a friend of mine recently worked very briefly as a street-level fundraiser for them and they treated her like shit. So, any suggestions are welcome.

The Biggest Loser is not, in any meaningful way, a good show.  It promotes unhealthy practices (weight-loss through extreme dehydration is known to be something used by participants, for example), encourages bullying, sends negative messages, and so forth.  So various people have an understandably negative reaction to the fact that US First Lady Michelle Obama will be appearing on it again.  If you happen to be one of those people there is a petition for you here.  It is aimed at convincing her not to go on the show and instead, you know, talk to people who understand the damage these things do.

–Co-authored by the Slacktiverse Community

The inevitable, “I’m pushing stuff back” post

So on the good front there’s an article that’s on the verge of being done and whatnot.  There’s discussion of a new regularly scheduled post to replace one that fell out of circulation.  Stuff is happening, activity exists, stuff.

On the opposite front I’m tired, have had not the best day, and based on the (lack of) submissions to the post I was supposed to compile today (deadline about, but not quite, an hour ago) apparently no one has written anything, read anything interesting/important, or discovered anything positive that people here can do at any time in the last week.  (For those who are not completely familiar with the “This Week” posts, that’s the blogaround, in case you missed this, and things you can do in that order.)

So I’m not going to be writing a post that consists entirely of me saying, “In the past week I wrote Narnia fiction and hid under a rock so I have no idea what’s going on in the world and can’t contribute to the other two sections,” tonight.

I’m not cancelling the “This Week” post either because it has in the past been the case that people have simply forgotten and gotten stuff in a day late.  Thus the weekend post is being delayed, submissions are still open.  I’m going to see if sleep will take me and end this damn day.

-chris the cynic

Deconstruction Round Up, October 25th, 2013

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

The point of these posts is threefold:
1 To let people stay up to date on ongoing deconstructions.
(All ones on our list, including finished and stalled ones, here.)
2 To let people who can’t comment elsewhere have a place to comment.
3 To let people comment in a place where people who can’t read disqus can see what they have to say.

Ana Mardoll: Ana Mardoll’s Ramblings

Multiple Deconstructions:

bluecarrot: littledeconstruction on WordPress and Tumblr

Little Women: first post: WordPressTumblr

Chapter 7: In Which Amy Gets What She Deserves: WordPressTumblr

Chris the Cynic: Stealing Commas

Multiple Deconstructions:

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’ve found the cure to lack of money, or for more or less any reason really.

Open Thread: Infants

(Posted by chris the cynic)

There’s one in my house at the moment, hence the inspiration.  He’s half a year old now.  Anyway, the topic is infants.

Stories, thoughts, anything like that.