(posted by chris the cynic, written by members of The Slacktiverse)
The last two weeks, Storiteller‘s family has been all about fall. In An Autumn Extravaganza, she describes her family’s semi-successful trip to go pumpkin picking. Just Shambling Along describes how she turned her son into a cute little undead being and they went on his first Zombie Walk. In A Parent’s Guide to Monstrous Children, she runs down how each era of a children’s life matches up to a classic horror monster.
- Froborr wrote:
- I’ve started a new biweekly series, “The Babylon 5 that (thankfully) never was” in which I use notes and comments from Babylon 5’s main creator to try to reconstruct what the “original five-year plan” might have been, and (spoilers) gradually come to the conclusion that the show did not stick to it very well, which is a good thing because it wasn’t very good. Parts 1, 2, and 3 (content warnings: mind control, use of “rape” to refer to non-sexual violations of autonomy and consent) out of an eventual 6 are currently up.
- I wrote a retrospective of one of my favorite webcomics, Brawl in the Family, which ended last month.
- I wrote about the controversial recent Doctor Who episode “Kill the Moon.” (Content warnings: abortion, reproductive rights).
- I wrote two “Fundamentals” posts about basic ideas that underly my writing: one on my dislike of the concept of “suspension of disbelief” and one on the emotivist underpinnings of ethics.
- And for Halloween, I tried my hand once again at original horror (mostly) fiction, with Four Stories, Roughly Two and a Half of Them True. (Content warnings: implied mind control/possession, loss of wanted pregnancy, life-threatening complications of pregnancy, anti-choice hospitals/doctors.)
- chris the cynic wrote:
- In Personal Testimony I wrote about my experience with my university and why I care so much about it. The topic of the goings on was continued in a post where I described being promised and then denied an interview by the PR guy. I never did get around to talking about the Board of Trustees meeting. Maybe I should just make a dump of Facebook posts and such regarding that.
- Austerity seems to be destroying us, so I think it’s time we fight back. Thus I took the entirely meaningless step of adding T-shirts, bags, bumper stickers, buttons, magnets, and such with the slogan “Austeritas Delenda Est” to the online store I have that never sells anything.
- There was a paperwork problem that left me off my medication, which is in part where I didn’t get the regularly scheduled posts up this week and there was no open thread, but that is (hopefully) resolved.
- I wrote the first, possibly only, fragment of a thing I’ve titled, “Economic Intrigue IN SPACE!” which was inspired by the idea of someone doing, basically, what’s being done to my university in a different setting with a less ideological endgame in mind. (My university is a public university, thus government, thus killing it off is an ideological end in itself.)
- The Harrowing of Helheim, which has spoilers for Thor 2, talks about an idea I had, and would like to see, while watching the movie. I can’t go into much more detail than that without putting spoilers in the description. It involves Loki and Frigga, which if you’ve seen the movie could give you some idea of what the post is about.
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chris the cynic writes:
I’ve mentioned this before. A lot of the problems at my university could be helped a lot by an independent audit, and a lot of the things being done are illegal but the sort of illegal that only gets punished if someone sues them. Both of those things cost money, and there’s a fundraising campaign to get the money to pay for an audit and help victimized students pay for lawyers, which you can contribute to.