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The good news is we have another short chapter. It's even the end of part two of the book.

Yeah, that kind of suggests bad news, too. But, hey, it's not happening to you and Winston's a bit of a prick anyway, so let's get to it.

In the last chapter, Winston fell asleep after having read the first and third chapters of "The Book", Goldstein's missive on how The Party maintains power (with some massive oversimplifications of sociology) and the true purpose of war in the current world. Chapter ten of part two begins with him waking up feeling as though he'd slept a long time, but thinking that the old-fashioned clock (which would read 8:30) indicated that it was only twenty-thirty.

We're also told that, though Julia made sure the stove was full, it's now empty of oil. And, when they look out the west-facing window, "The sun must have gone down behind the houses; it was not shining into the yard any longer."
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Planning for the Week Ahead

Sunday, July 23rd, 2017 09:35 pm
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 Tonight: Cast sigil

Monday: print paperwork, recover

Tuesday: eye doctor and register Oli for school

Wed: West Helena work

Thurs: 9-5 Michaels

Fri: Write rit, grocery shop

Sat: Michaels 9-5

Sun: Wildberry cheesecake, Lughnasadh rit

Mon: 9 AM, Houston high

[personal profile] wingedbeast
Time After Time, for those who have the bad luck to not have seen the movie and the good luck not to have seen the recent attempt at a television series, is the story of H.G. Wells and Jack the Ripper transported from their time to the (at the time of filming) present. Conflict and out-of-time drama commences.

In the movie, Doctor Stevenson reveals to his good friend, H.G. Wells, that he is the feared and infamous Jack the Ripper. Shortly after that, and shortly after discovering that said friend has really designed a real time-travel device, he uses that time-travel device to escape capture by the police.

Again in the movie, the reason H.G. Wells creates his time machine, iconic to the very one in his story of the same movie, for the purpose of going to his predicted Utopian future. Instead, he has to go in pursuit of his... the word "frenemy" actually applies.

In that future they both come to, in the movie that being approximately 1979, both are surprised by what they find. They don't find the utopia, exactly. In fact, they find a world that has, in some ways, degraded. In both versions, the Jack the Ripper character expresses, to Wells, the line that "[Then], I was a freak. Today, I am an amateur."
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Tuesday, July 18th, 2017 01:12 pm
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Someone made a Haro, equipped it with a camera, and got it onto the ISS.

...what a time to be alive!

[Lazywebs] Is there such a thing

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017 10:51 am
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...as a washer with a tail, like so: O-

Actually, about that size would be ideal.

Or should I just wire-wrap my own? Obviously not going to be a solid ring if I do it that way, but that may not be important.

...I should probably just roll my own, it'd be a pain to buy a small quantity of a weird little part like that.

Kittenshorts meme

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017 08:07 am
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Give me a character and I'll answer:

• what they'd do if they had a kitten in their shorts
• what they'd do if sent on a multi-week camping trip
• their most fabulous moment in canon
• what they'd sing at karaoke (and how they'd do)
• what they think about in the shower
• what they'd do if someone appeared claiming to be their kid from the future
• what they'd do if someone appeared claiming to be their kid from the past
• what kind of hobbies they have
• if their hair color is natural and how I know
• if this character is dead, and if so, if they can get better

RP, original, and fandom characters all accepted.
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According to Orwell's thinking, the reason for the totalitarianism that's so much worse than what had come before was because people in power (whoever those people happen to be, it doesn't matter according to his theory) reacted for fear of losing that power in the face of the very real potential for total human equality. Different jobs need be done, but such vastly differing quality of life isn't, and with that loss of the need for such differentiation comes the question of, if the powerful aren't so different, why give them the power?

According to Orwell, there are four ways to lose power.

Either it is conquered from without, or it governs so inefficiently that the masses are stirred to revolt, or it allows a strong and discontented Middle group to come into being, or it loses its own self-confidence and willingness to govern. These causes do not operate singly, and as a rule all four of them are present in some degree. A ruling class which could guard against all of them would remain in power permanently. Ultimately the determining factor is the mental attitude of the ruling class itself.

Again, I'm going to disagree with, at least, Goldstein. At this point I can't be sure as to how fully Goldstein is a mouthpiece for Orwell, himself, or how deliberately Orwell may be playing around with limited perspective.
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Same old shit

Thursday, July 13th, 2017 09:31 am
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The Black Person’s Guide to Game of Thrones

Sharing mostly for this quote:
"The show is about white-on-white violence. The show is about a turf war between different gangs who want to win the ultimate prize..."

I want to make a list of things this describes, but it would go on forever.

Most of Shakespeare
Arthurian things that aren't, like, The Knights of Breton Court
Way too much fantasy.*
Every superhero movie so far**

*I was going to say "Fantasy not written for children," but this also describes way too much of that.

**With extra-special notice to F***ing Civil War, ecccchhhh. "Some white assholes (USian, obvs) get their Black Friends and some Token Women involved in a massive pissing contest..."
(I guess it might not apply to some things. Like, I have yet to see Meteor Man...)

The Case for The Karate Kid Series

Thursday, July 13th, 2017 01:55 am
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No, I'm not talking about the cartoon. I will be focusing on the original. Yes, you can thank Barney Stinson.

"The Karate Kid", for those who have seen neither the original nor the remake, is the story of a kid with a single mother moving to a new location, having the social problems associated with being the odd one out and the new kid, as well as dealing with the trouble of a violently aggressive bully. Seeing that he's going down a bad path, one elderly gentleman of Japanese descent takes it upon himself to teach the lad Karate, the same martial art as said bully.

Barney Stinson, the character in "How I Met Your Mother", popularized an interpretation of the original movie and others have taken that to heart. In that view, the lead character, Daniel, is the bad guy of the movie. The real good guy is the one that the movie would have us believe to be the bad guy, one Johnny Lawrence, the bully who, at one point, violently beats Daniel. And, I'll go so far as to say that they're half-right.
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[Garden] Notes

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 01:31 pm
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So. Hot. )

Science Fiction Can't Have Nice Things

Tuesday, July 11th, 2017 10:42 am
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This article was shared in the State of Black Science Fiction Facebook Group.


By a scientist.

The subject is of interest. But...

As much as fantasy and scifi have always been my favorite art...
as much as science is exciting and important in my life...
as much as watching The Martian felt like hanging out with college friends...

I tend to avoid things associated with "The SF community" because there are so many people who seem convinced a great voice/tone to go with is "Heinlein at his most aggressively unenlightened." Or something.

I prefer discussions of science that engage on some level with its history as a tool of white supremacy, and the effects that has on the way different cultures engage with science and with things mainstream culture decides to call "science..."

Not every article everywhere has to do that.

If you can't be bothered to avoid a gratuitous, casual, lynching reference?
Fuck you.
You are part of all the problems.
You are the reason speculative fiction can't have nice things.
All of you.

(All of us?)

[personal profile] wingedbeast
Winston Smith jumped around, so, once again, I feel free to do the same. We're still in Chapter 9. Julia returns and Winston reads the book to her.

Here we have Orwell massively oversimplifying human civilization and history.

Throughout recorded time, and probably since the end of the Neolithic Age, there have been three kinds of people in the world, the High, the Middle and the Low. They have been subdivided in many ways, they have borne countless different names, and their relative numbers, as well as their attitude towards one another, have varied from age to age: but the essential structure of society has never altered. Even after enormous upheavals and seemingly irrevocable changes, the same pattern has always reasserted itself, just as a gyroscope will always return to equilibrium, however far it is pushed one way or another.

That's a sweeping generalization, but it's hard to argue the point... if only because it goes out of its way to be as general as possible. In fact, this can be applied to the vast majority of societies that have populations over, say, twenty.
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