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Jan. 22nd, 2017 06:52 am
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[personal profile] ysobel
Okay, https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/01/21/world/womens-march-pictures.html?_r=3 is fucking awesome -- women's marches on every continent, including Antarctica.

Sometimes the world sucks, but sometimes there's stuff like this.
juniperphoenix: Eleven and River with text: "You are loved" (DW: Eleven/River)
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Cover art of a teacup and saucer

Fandom: Doctor Who
Original text: You're Just My Cup of Tea, or: Domesticity Is Setting In
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] dollsome
Reader: [personal profile] juniperphoenix
Characters: Eleventh Doctor/River Song
Length: 6:59 (6.7 MB mp3; 6 MB m4b)
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Author's summary: The Doctor, River, and teacups. Flirting ensues!

Recorded as a [community profile] fandom_stocking gift for [personal profile] such_heights (stocking here). Crossposted to AO3.


Jan. 21st, 2017 03:25 pm
nanila: wrong side of the mirror (me: wrong side of the mirror)
[personal profile] nanila
Telstar shows us how to enjoy the weekend, even though Keiki is quite ill and Humuhumu is missing her daddy, who's away on a research trip until Monday.
juniperphoenix: Al Calavicci with a heart (QL: Bingo)
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Cover art of a house in the desert at night

Fandom: Quantum Leap
Original text: In Vino Veritas
Author: dramatic owl ([archiveofourown.org profile] snarky_panda)
Reader: [personal profile] juniperphoenix
Characters: Donna Elesee & Al Calavicci
Length: 22:57 (22 MB mp3; 18.8 MB m4b)
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Author's summary: Al looks after Donna.

Note: Contains discussion of pregnancy loss.

Recorded as a [community profile] fandom_stocking gift for lightbird (stocking here). Crossposted to AO3.
purplecat: Texture by simpleandclean (LiveJournal) (Doctor Who)
[personal profile] purplecat

Cover of Skaro Issue 7 (Spring 1993) by Brian Hudd


Jan. 20th, 2017 10:43 pm
reena_jenkins: (also for podficcing)
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Title: Philia
[archiveofourown.org profile] sanctuary_for_all
Reader: reena_jenkins
Coverartist: [personal profile] reena_jenkins
Rating: G
Fandoms: Lucifer (tv)
Pairings: gen
Warnings: Feels, Family, Bonding, Friendship
Length: 00:09:22

Author's Summary: Trixie’s brow furrowed, as if she couldn’t understand why Lucifer was asking such a ridiculous question. “Because I like you. You do stuff for the people you like.”

Lucifer may be more fond of one particular human child than he likes to admit.

Download Link: You can download this podfic as an mp3 right over here (thank you, paraka, for hosting me).
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[personal profile] ysobel
a) been kinda off-grid lately -- mostly health stuff (migraines, random heart palpitations that have no apparent cause at least yet but yes I do have a doctor appointment because this is a new thing, and stuff like pain keeping me awake last night until after 6am so I only got three hours sleep and the next day or two are going to suck) -- if I've missed anything important in your lives please link / summarize / tell me where to look?

2) I had a dream the other night where I got to meet Lin-Manuel Miranda. He was very tolerant of me glomp-hugging him. idek.

iii) I "lost" all of Wednesday to writing up my newest knitting pattern, Freedom of Hattitude -- knitting drama seems to inspire me.

backstory )

D) I also made a hat for a friend. Loom knit, a smidge too small because I couldn't find the right loom, so worked in twisted rib (e-wrap+purl) for stretch.

V) ...and once my brain recovers from last night's painsomnia, I want to play with brioche loom knitting. Fear me. Or don't; whatever


Jan. 20th, 2017 04:37 pm
jadelennox: Sleepy cat (c-cat)
[personal profile] jadelennox
On the one hand, Donald Trump.

But on the other hand, there's a kitten sleeping on a pillow on my desk.
juniperphoenix: Autumn leaves (Fall)
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Cover art of Legolas and Gimli

Fandom: The Lord of the Rings
Original text: Caught by the Light
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] Muccamukk
Reader: [personal profile] juniperphoenix
Pairing: Gimli/Legolas Greenleaf
Length: 34:44 (33.3 MB mp3; 28.7 MB m4b)
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Summary: A lot of unexpected things happened at the Council of Elrond, but not even the Wise could have predicted this. Indeed, it takes Gimli the entire journey to Lothlórien to truly understand its meaning. (Legolas/Gimli soulbond story.)

Recorded as a [community profile] fandom_stocking gift for Muccamukk (stocking here). Crossposted to AO3.

Friday's Unscientific Poll: Lego

Jan. 20th, 2017 02:55 pm
nanila: Your plastic pal who's fun to be with (star wars: k-2so)
[personal profile] nanila
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 37

How likely are you to sort your Lego?

View Answers
Mean: 4.49 Median: 4 Std. Dev 2.79
All jumbled up in a big box 110 (28.6%)
21 (2.9%)
33 (8.6%)
44 (11.4%)
52 (5.7%)
64 (11.4%)
74 (11.4%)
85 (14.3%)
92 (5.7%)
Sealed in a cabinet by The Kragle 100 (0.0%)

If you do sort your Lego, which criteria do you employ for compartmentalising it?

View Answers

7 (23.3%)

Brick type
20 (66.7%)

Set origin
10 (33.3%)


View Answers

Chuck 'em immediately
3 (8.3%)

Follow them, then chuck 'em
6 (16.7%)

Save them, just in case
22 (61.1%)

Filed in labelled folder
5 (13.9%)

Preserved in the glass cabinet with The Kragle
0 (0.0%)

My Day ...

Jan. 20th, 2017 03:05 pm
jeshyr: Blessed are the broken. Harry Potter. (Default)
[personal profile] jeshyr
This photo is emblematic of my day, basically ...

[Photo shows butter container that fell out of my pantry. The lid fell off and, of course, both the lid and the container landed upside down on the grubby lino floor. Butter is visible leaking around the edges of the container and on the floor beside it.]

It was, of course, the only remaining tub of butter we have.
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Text: The Fourth Fool Me
Series Text: 4 Minute Window
Author: faviconSperanza
Fandom: Captain America/Marvel Cinematic Universe
Pairing: Steve Rogers/Bucky Barnes
Rating: Explicit
Length: 2:04:00

Author's Summary: This is the 4 Minute Window Advent calendar for the 2016 holiday season.


Download: At AO3
Zipped mp3 file (113.9 MB) | Zipped m4b file (57.6 MB)

Parts 1-9: Also at AO3


Let's go to work.

Jan. 19th, 2017 06:35 pm
jadelennox: Wesley on Angel: Time held me green and dying, though I sang in my chains like the sea (btvs: fernhill)
[personal profile] jadelennox
Maybe we won't be okay, and maybe that "we" includes little things like "ourselves," "our democracy," and "our planet." But if we're actually at the end of all things, then dammit, I want to go down standing in the rain with you folks, us and an axe against an army of demons and a dragon.

I can't think of a better series finale for America than that.

Spike: And in terms of a plan?
Angel: We fight.
Spike: Bit more specific?
Angel: Well, personally, I kinda wanna slay the dragon.

Last shot from the Angel series finale. Gunn, Angel, Illyria, and Lorne standing in the rain.

(And if we work really hard and are really lucky, then whooo, we'll get renewed with a new showrunner!)

(I know, this metaphor is getting away from me.)

Android apps, IMEIs and privacy

Jan. 19th, 2017 02:47 pm
[personal profile] mjg59
There's been a sudden wave of people concerned about the Meitu selfie app's use of unique phone IDs. Here's what we know: the app will transmit your phone's IMEI (a unique per-phone identifier that can't be altered under normal circumstances) to servers in China. It's able to obtain this value because it asks for a permission called READ_PHONE_STATE, which (if granted) means that the app can obtain various bits of information about your phone including those unique IDs and whether you're currently on a call.

Why would anybody want these IDs? The simple answer is that app authors mostly make money by selling advertising, and advertisers like to know who's seeing their advertisements. The more app views they can tie to a single individual, the more they can track that user's response to different kinds of adverts and the more targeted (and, they hope, more profitable) the advertising towards that user. Using the same ID between multiple apps makes this easier, and so using a device-level ID rather than an app-level one is preferred. The IMEI is the most stable ID on Android devices, persisting even across factory resets.

The downside of using a device-level ID is, well, whoever has that data knows a lot about what you're running. That lets them tailor adverts to your tastes, but there are certainly circumstances where that could be embarrassing or even compromising. Using the IMEI for this is even worse, since it's also used for fundamental telephony functions - for instance, when a phone is reported stolen, its IMEI is added to a blacklist and networks will refuse to allow it to join. A sufficiently malicious person could potentially report your phone stolen and get it blocked by providing your IMEI. And phone networks are obviously able to track devices using them, so someone with enough access could figure out who you are from your app usage and then track you via your IMEI. But realistically, anyone with that level of access to the phone network could just identify you via other means. There's no reason to believe that this is part of a nefarious Chinese plot.

Is there anything you can do about this? On Android 6 and later, yes. Go to settings, hit apps, hit the gear menu in the top right, choose "App permissions" and scroll down to phone. Under there you'll see all apps that have permission to obtain this information, and you can turn them off. Doing so may cause some apps to crash or otherwise misbehave, whereas newer apps may simply ask for you to grant the permission again and refuse to do so if you don't.

Meitu isn't especially rare in this respect. Over 50% of the Android apps I have handy request your IMEI, although I haven't tracked what they all do with it. It's certainly something to be concerned about, but Meitu isn't especially rare here - there are big-name apps that do exactly the same thing. There's a legitimate question over whether Android should be making it so easy for apps to obtain this level of identifying information without more explicit informed consent from the user, but until Google do anything to make it more difficult, apps will continue making use of this information. Let's turn this into a conversation about user privacy online rather than blaming one specific example.

The Randomiser: Vengeance on Varos

Jan. 19th, 2017 08:43 pm
purplecat: Texture by simpleandclean (LiveJournal) (Doctor Who)
[personal profile] purplecat
Vengeance on Varos was my favourite Colin Baker story back in the day which, to be honest, is damning with faint praise. It embodies many of the excesses of the era and redeems itself mostly through a consistency of tone and presentation, Martin Jarvis and an interesting and well-executed framing device.

Let's face it, a story set inside a "punishment dome" complete with acid baths, cannibals and a sadistic alien that leers and exults over any prospect of death and cruelty is a very Colin Baker kind of premise. I strongly suspect the story was influenced by Running Man though I don't know for sure. It's at the edge of the sort of setting any era of Doctor Who might have chosen, but it gives the appearance of relishing its more horrific moments for the spectacle rather than for the purpose they serve in telling the tale. Moreover, it lacks the lightness of touch in delivering moments of relief that other eras might have achieved. I have a feeling that Saward's vision for the show was as a black comedy. Vengeance on Varos succeeds in being dark and nasty but never really achieves (or perhaps even attempts) to be comic. It's possibly the nastiest story in this season, though at least it appears to know what it wants to do tonally which isn't always the case.

It's easy to point at what is going wrong here. Unlike a lot of the era the director isn't trying to flood the set with vast amounts of light, but even so it somehow manages to look gaudy rather than atmospheric a lot of the time. The characters with whom we are supposed to sympathise, the rebels Jondar and Areta (who are sufficiently forgettable I've just had to look up their names) are, frankly bland, dull and woodenly acted. A lot of it doesn't make sense at the "world-building" level (for instance the perils and traps of the punishment dome mostly turn out to be a) a bit rubbish and b) well-known to the audience and thus, theoretically, the prisoners). This is mostly possible to overlook, but less so the moment at the end where the price of Zeiton Seven ore rises because an alternative source has been found (my grasp of economics is shakey but I'm fairly sure the price normally drops if supply increases - assuming demand remains the same*).

On the other hand Martin Jarvis delivers an excellent performance as the Governor, invoking our sympathy while nevertheless suggesting that this is a man who has only really found the ability to show compassion and a desire to change the system now he is in a position where the system is more or less actively trying to kill him. Where Vengeance on Varos really succeeds is in the framing device. It takes the concept that the punishment dome is a form of entertainment and gives us the couple, Arak and Etta, who watch events unfolding, bicker about them, yet never take part in the action except for the obligatory votes on Governor policy. In the light of recent political upheavals some of it seems remarkably prescient. Arak desires to vote against the Governor no matter what. "What will the next one do differently?" Etta asks. "Anything, Everything," Arak more or less shrugs in return. He's voting for change without any particular interest in what the change is to. Of course it's prescient too, given that this was produced before the Internet and Reality TV, about our new ability to provide instantaneous feedback on anything and everything.

There are one or two other moments where Vengeance on Varos uses the conceit that all is for entertainment well. Most notably the episode 1 cliff-hanger that ends, not with the Doctor apparently dying, but the camera feed focused on his corpse and the Governor, in the role of director, saying "and cut it, now" as the feed goes blank. The final moments are also a triumph, if a somewhat nihilistic one. As Arak and Etta observe the blank screen that is supposed to symbolise their new freedom they ponder vacantly over what they are to do now.

When I was a teenager I think I was probably as fond of dystopias as the modern teenager, though with a rather sparser supply since YA fiction, as a marketing niche, was yet to be invented. I thought very highly of Vengeance on Varos at the time and I can see now that its tone and tropes match up nicely with with those particular preferences. These days I like my Doctor Who to have more of a focus on humour and entertainment and less of a desire to imagine the unpleasant and grim. As such Vengeance on Varos looks pretty flawed (though, as I say, these are the flaws of the era). Even so it is hard to ignore that there are some things it does extremely well (where so much Colin Baker Doctor Who manages to fumble its good ideas) and somewhat reluctantly I think it remains my favourite Colin Baker story.

*Obviously the price has been kept artificially low but even so it's hard to see how discovery of an alternative source strengthens the Varosian bargainning hand.
juniperphoenix: Stars dangling from the ceiling, and a hand reaching for them (Stars (not the ceiling))
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Cover art of Deanna Troi with Alexander Rozhenko lying in her lap

Fandom: Star Trek: The Next Generation
Original text: New Days
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] cosmic_llin
Reader: [personal profile] juniperphoenix
Characters: Deanna Troi, Alexander Rozhenko, Helena and Sergey Rozhenko, Lwaxana Troi, Kurn, Beverly Crusher, Jean-Luc Picard, William Riker (gen)
Length: 25:07 (24.1 MB mp3; 21.6 MB m4b)
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Author's summary: Post-Ethics AU. Following Worf's death, Deanna struggles with her promise to raise Alexander.

Recorded as a [community profile] fandom_stocking gift for vworpvworp (stocking here). Crossposted to AO3.

December Days: Day 22: #tbt

Jan. 19th, 2017 10:11 am
nanila: wrong side of the mirror (me: wrong side of the mirror)
[personal profile] nanila
Hanalei Valley, Kauai
This is me, my mum and my grandma at Hanalei Valley in Kauai, Hawai'i, USA. I believe we have stopped at a Point of View along the road into the valley. Items of special interest in this photo: my mum's glasses, my grandma's flowery dress and my yellow bonnet.

Star Wars: Rogue One.

Jan. 18th, 2017 09:16 pm
nanila: (me: walk softly and carry big stick)
[personal profile] nanila
This is not a review.

[This post contains spoilers for Star Wars: Rogue One. Do not click the cut if you haven’t watched the film and are sensitive to spoilers.]

I saw Rogue One last week and I'm still dealing with the emotional fallout.

Actually, before I get into this: If you think the film was terrible, want to pick apart plot points, lecture me about how the story isn't deep or meaningful, argue that a having female lead is a pointless gesture in the direction of political correctness, tell me I’m not a “real” fan, or claim that casting a significant proportion of characters of colour is tokenism or that representation doesn’t matter, I have a request. Please, hold your tongue. This post is not for you.

Because the film drew me in completely. Not just because it was, in many ways, the Star Wars film I always wanted. The Force Awakens was good, centering the female lead, providing a nuanced character of colour, connecting beautifully with the characters in the original films (Episodes IV-VI). Rogue One does those things too but I got involved with this story on the level I used to when I was a kid and I'd lose myself completely in a narrative, to the point where I'd have visceral nightmares about it (as I am with Rogue One). This story felt true.

Here be spoilers. )
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