Monthly Archives: December 2013

This week in the Slacktiverse, December 28th, 2013

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

The Blogaround

Froborr wrote:
Another almost-a-month, another update on what I’ve written since last time.

I wrote about the problems with excessive, pedantic insistence on continuity and the “secondary creation” approach to fiction in Continuity Poison.

I wrote two reviews of the third Madoka Magica movie: Spoiler-Free Review: Madoka Magica 3: Rebellion, and Spoiler-Filled Review: Madoka Magica 3: Rebellion, the latter of which is already the second-most-read post on my blog.

I asked whether a particular moment in Disney’s Frozen was an instance of Male Gaze or an empowering moment of a character claiming her sexuality in Is Elsa Too Sexy?

And most recently, I discussed a common question I get with How to Be a Jewish Atheist.

chris the cynic wrote:

I did an image post showing my progressing in shoveling after a storm.  You may find it incredibly boring as it’s just repeated pictures of my house and the sidewalk in front with commentary.  On the other hand if you’re not familiar with “I started shoveling and seven days later I had a sidewalk again” weather it might interest you.

I did a post of music related to the season, almost all Christmas songs, some irreverent, embedded as youtube videos in the post.  I highly recommend that anyone who hasn’t heard Tom Lehrer’s “A Christmas Carol” give it a listen.  (It attempts to capture “the true spirit of Christmas as we celebrate it in the United States, that is to say the commercial spirit.”)  Whether you listen to that or not I encourage everyone to share seasonally related songs they consider worthy of interest in the comments to the post.

And finally I posted a story idea, with some dialogue, in which it’s decided the modern America is lacking in trickster gods so human Americans are chosen to be elevated to minor-godhood as tricksters.  Each human is under the apprenticeship (for a given value of the word) of a trickster god whose people they descend from but whose religion they do not follow.  For example, token white guy is chosen by Loki, he qualifies as someone Loki can choose because he has Norse ancestry but is not a Norse Pagan.  (American Norse Pagans already have Loki, they don’t need a new trickster.)

On the Slacktiverse itself:

In Case You Missed This

Firedrake wrote:

Why marketers fear the female geek
Seems to be a decent summary of the ideas in several unrelated posts I’ve read recently: how an anti-woman culture of advertising can grow up without anyone particularly deciding women are a bad thing.

Things You Can Do

No submissions this week.

–Co-authored by the Slacktiverse Community

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Deconstruction Round Up, December 28th, 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.

Fred Clark: Slacktivist

Froborr: My Little Po-Mo

RubyTea: Heathen Critique

Multiple Deconstructions:

Philip SandiferPhilip Sandifer: Writer (formerly TARDIS Eruditorum: A Psychochronography in Blue)

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 dragons and angels have formed a coalition of winged things, or for more or less any reason really.

Board Business, December 27th, 2013

(posted by chris the cynic)

Irregular Business

Other than holiday pressures making this the slowest week we’ve had in ages, nothing to report on the unusual side.

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.

Deadlines
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.
It is perfectly acceptable to use this as an open thread, should you so desire.

Writer Workshop

(Posted by chris the cynic)

Those of you who also frequent Ana Mardoll’s Ramblings will find this somewhat familiar… and so forth, you know the introduction by now.  Next week I’ll go back to the usual thing which was originally supposed to be temporary but I like the stability of having the same thing every time.  But for today, sorry this was late.

I debated with myself whether to have a special Jesus/Issac Newton birthday post, but then thought that the usual writing post would be fine, and if anyone got inspired by the religious figure or alchemist/bible-code-fanatic (we need a famous non-Christian thing for the day) and wrote related to that, so much the better.

Then I completely forgot to post the regular writing thread.  So here it is, more than 24 hours late.

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!

This week in the Slacktiverse, December 16th, 2013

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

The Blogaround

chris the cynic wrote:

 I ran out of heating oil, gave pointers on dealing with known liars, had the strangest conversation with the heating oil company, took pictures of what was going outside during this period, and finally got heat.

In response blanket claims about all poor people regarding twitter, phones, and internet access I wrote a post called, “On poverty, internet, and cell phones“.

And finally I asked for ideas for what I could do for fundraising.  I’d like to be able to say, “Donate to me and you’ll get something back,” but the something can’t be writing since I do, or fail to do, that regardless of money.

On the Slacktiverse itself:

In Case You Missed This

Firedrake wrote:

Changing pronouns in children’s stories:
Canadian anti-prostitution laws rejected by supreme court (Link One, Link Two)
On the basis that they do not merely regulate against nuisance, but prevent people engaged in a legal-but-risky activity from protecting themselves against those risks.

Who approved the use of torture by British agents and troops? It’s all being carefully buried.

Things You Can Do

No submissions this week.

–Co-authored by the Slacktiverse Community

Deconstruction Round Up, December 21st, 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

Erika M. and Will Wildman: Something Short and Snappy

Fred Clark: Slacktivist

RubyTea: Heathen Critique

Multiple Deconstructions:

Mouse: Mouse’s Musings

Philip SandiferPhilip Sandifer: Writer (formerly TARDIS Eruditorum: A Psychochronography in Blue)

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 deer are flying overhead, or for more or less any reason really.

Open Thread: Holy Days, Secular Days, and Normal Days

(by chris the cynic)

‘Tis the season for people to say, “‘Tis the season,” so what, if anything, do you celebrate around this time give or take, say, 20 days?