Zombie Trumpcare goes down again

Sep. 26th, 2017 08:31 pm
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TPM: Senate GOP Aborts Vote On Last-Ditch Obamacare Repeal Bill

They don't have the votes (ah-ha-ha-ha), they don't have the votes.

This Week in Fandom, Volume 63

Sep. 26th, 2017 01:29 pm
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This Week in Fandom: A victory for fair use, American Ninja Warrior inspired fitness, pop music stan life, and more! https://goo.gl/8Luqpa

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Sep. 26th, 2017 06:58 pm
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Dear Podficcer,

welcome and greetings! This is my first time participating in ITPE and though I have been actively doing podfic for two years, both of these likely mean you don't know me at all. So, nice to meet you! I hope this won't be the last time. Thank you for recording for me, I can't wait until I get to hear the finished product. But for now, ITPE! In general, hopefully this letter provides you with as much information you need to chose a fic to record. But if you are trying to make yourself fit to my tastes and going against your own, let me say I would much prefer that you chose a fic you enjoy! In short: Having fun yourself is the most important thing.

Regarding format, if you want to do something experimental, a chat fic, drunk podficcing or whatever: go for it! I enjoy these just as much as a straight reading. So, I'm not saying if you procrastinated you should get a wine bottle and start recording, but if that were to happen I would def enjoy the outtakes. Anyway, no pressure.

Loves: teratophilia aka monsterfucking, body horror, world building, long plotty stuff, power exchange, pining (exception: I am in love but X would never want me bc I'm ugly etc. Nope. Example of good pining: there's something here but right now we gotta focus on other stuff so this has to wait), identity porn, fake relationship, tentacles, oviposition, gen, overstimulation, tropes that are questioned or subverted (it's fine if it gets build up again tho!), fun realistic sex (e.g. stuff goes wrong, giggling, cheesy lines), crack fic, fucked up shit that is acknowledged as fucked up, hate fucking, rivals, mythology, meta fics where fanfic is written in universe, fandom aus, queer stuff

Likes: Sci-fi and fantasy aus, space, "issue" fic (e.g. x char as trans etc), fluff, humour, kink negotiation, I know everyone in 2017 is trying to write like Hemingway and I'm not saying purple prose but if you find a fic that takes risks with language and it pays off I'm in!

Mehs: au for sake of au (e.g. coffeeshop au and the only plot is getting together), marriage (especially when glorified as the end all be all of relationships I will quietly roll my eyes), A/B/O played completely straight, breeding kink, choking, straight up PWP that doesn't stand out in any way (either emotionally, plotty or kinkily), bad ends for the sake of bad ends (you gotta put the emotion into it!)

Squicks: undernegotiated or not negotiated BDSM - if the discussion is implied that's fine!, non-con that is either not acknowledged as non-con (e.g. oh, you raped me but then I liked it) or as an excuse for hurt comfort (e.g. if the fic is non-con scene then just rescue of the victim and comfort, skip it.) or glorified in narrative, miscommunication without reason (e.g. I cannot talk about my feelings. That's what's stopping me.), character death without reason/just to get some tears, too much fluffy ooc fic (this is hard bc the line is wavery. Use carefully), scat, character bashing

So, some of these contradict themselves hard, but I think that's not unusual. If you want to dig deeper, you can check my modest ao3 or my tumblr. Hopefully that should clear up any questions. In general, I won't say no to most things if it is written compellingly.


Overwatch: my main fandom right now, so buckle in! M/M first
   Genji/Zenyatta: The one I love the most! I really take it in any form. Sadly, a rare pair.
   Reaper76: Monster Gabe is a gift. Monster Jack is even better bc I am contrary to fandom norms. Same goes for Gabe bottoming! I already listed monster fucking as a wonderful thing. I love them both fighting or making up as olds. <3 Young is good as well. One caution: Gabe can be angry about the promotion, but it cannot be the only reason. I am a Gabe stan through and through, so anything with him being awesome. If the fic is all about sucking JAck's dick I'm kinda bored. Also please avoid racist characterisation (Gabe is "spicy" etc). Reaperbeans are fine, but mind the fluff.
   Luciper: My second Gabe ship and rarepair. No Lucio just rolling over though!
   Akandriel: Still here for this. While I don't stan Jack, avoid character bashing though.
   McReaper: Also a very good boat, crosses over well with Reaper76 but can have fluff overload.
   Shimadacest: I am always a sucker for fucked up incest.
   Emily/Lena/Widowmaker: Widowtracer is nice but Emily is cute as well! Threesome this please.
   Sombra/D.va: Hate fucking or becoming allies are both fine :3
   Sombra/Widowmaker: power couple!
   Mei/Zarya: The cutest and my fav  F/F ship.
   Dom!D.va/Sub!Soldier 76: I only accept domD.va, no exceptions.
   Single character pieces - focusing on the ladies and the characters of colour please
   Talon Trio/Quartet fluff and bonding. Just let them be a found family, ok??
   Meh ships:
   RoadRat: Normally I would be all over it, but for some reason I am not.

Dishonored: I just want everyone to be happy, ok? Post-low chaos prefered bc Idk if I can handle the hurt.
   Corvo/The Outsider: The Dreaaaam! I like them both as monster fucking and as post-DotO.
   Corvo/Daud: ok, so Daud is def a little black dress. You can combine with above, but I am meh about Daud/Outsider. Dad!Daud in moderation.
   Billie Lurk/Emily: I'm sorry Wyman, but Billie and Emily have chemistry!
   Gen: Focus on Corvo or The Outsider is awesome. On the setting as well. Other characters of interest: Aramis Stilton, Yul Khulan (An ok overseer?? How does his friend ship go), Delilah being awesome by herself and not mean to our cast. Whale!Outsider

Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell: Here we go~
   Strange/Norrell: hate relationship
   Vinculus/Childermass: Roadtrip and rom com ending, I mean!
   Childermass/Ravenking: That submission unf.
   Emma Pole/Arabella Strange
   Stephen Black being awesome!
   Childermass and Vinculus annoying each other.
   Ravenking legends and anything with the scholar-y work
   Anything about the setting or woman in it <3

American Gods: Anything is fine but really I like this so much I just want universe stuff. Also, Anansi being awesome.

Good Omens: Also almost perf as it is. Canon ships + Crowley/Aziraphael of course!

Dream Daddy:
   Hugo Vega/Damien Bloodmarch: They are the best, end of discussion.
   Anything relating to Hugo, Damien or Robert! Damien is my favourite of them all. Any Dad + Children stuff. Robert spinning tall tales while also angsting is great. Also: MARY the MVP. Anything for Mary being happy.
   Roseph: When in character it doesn't really get me. If there's demon fucking, I might be slightly interested though.
   Dadsona/Anyone: Not really for me.

Yuri!! On Ice (Otayuri): Victuuri is nice but Otayuri is where my heart lies. Focus on them.

Batfamily + Superman with Batman in any iterations: I like Gen about Gotham, the batfamily and crack like weedhorse 69. Love Cass Cain/Steph. Inter robin pairings are great. But I have an OTP here:
   Bruce Wayne/Clark Kent: I mean, I would describe what I like but really... anything mithen wrote is my gold standard and any other fic has to live up to it. The longfics especially (e.g. 36 views of Japan). Just go read all her stuff and pick one fic if you have no idea what else to do.

Mob Psycho 100: I have only seen the anime. Anyway Gen stuff with Reigen & Mob as family. Reigen as a responsible adult in general.

Fairy Tales and Legends: Bonus if not from Europe, subverting "traditional" gender roles or both. Love Baba Jaga stuff. If you do anything Japanese, please check for orientalism? If Japan is described as this magical land of everything and oh so special and exotic, skip it.

Elric of Melnibone: Elric/Arioch. Elric/Moonglum. Elric angsting around.

Otherland: I mean, anything about the setting, but also Renie Sulaweyo is the BEST. Sam/Orlando with trans Sam. Renie/Christine.

Memory Sorrow and Thorn: Gen preferred. No Simon/Miriamele for the reason that I am named very similarly to Miriamele.

Alien: Ellen Ripley kicking ass. Xenomorph cuddling or fucking someone nicely, idc how ooc. Ok, I care, but am willing to suspend a lot. No Prometheus/Alien Convenant content. Yautja are fine!

Prey (2017): Gen stuff about our protagonist please!

Engelsfors Triology:
   Minoo/Rebecka: make it hurt less, ok??
   Vanessa/Linnéa: *wailing in the distance about their perfection*
   Elias and/or Rebecka live aus.
   Erik Forslund having the worst time of his life bc FUCK HIM.

Ok, this was long. Puh. Congrat if you made it through! I hope you got some ideas now. I can't wait to hear what you come up with. Cheers!

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Sep. 26th, 2017 02:47 pm
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Tonight is going to be dedicated to filling out forms for an appointment Cordelia has tomorrow. Some of the answers required will be long, and I'm thinking to ask Scott if he can get her out of the house for a while so that I can work on it . I lost the morning and early afternoon today to an appointment of my own, so she'll be home in slightly less than ten minutes. Tomorrow is a half day at school, so I won't have child-free time then to finish.

Cordelia seems happy at Skyline and not regretting giving up on Community at all.

I'm inching closer to level 11 in Ingress. I think I might be closer to that than Scott is to level 10. My current guardian portal is at 127 days, and I have two other potential guardian portals that I've been maintaining for a while. Sadly for Scott, I accidentally deleted the only key for the one I'd been recharging for him for the last forty plus days. (I think I'd feel worse about that except that he didn't care enough to try to maintain it himself.)

I spent a little time this morning looking at the Yuletide tag set. Finding things to request is always harder than finding things to offer. I wonder if it would be a terrible breach of etiquette to request something as a gift for someone else?

We went out last night to get Cordelia fitted for a rental dress for choir concerts. That was $25, payable to the choir program at her school. Then we shelled out $30 for shoes to go with the dress. I'd have felt better about that if they had samples in different sizes so that we knew what we were getting that way. Also, girl-identifying folks aren't supposed to wear flats. Guy-identifying folks can. Then we paid $15 for a t-shirt.

For some reason, going out there really smacked me hard physically. I'm not sure why. It was very, very hot outside, but Skyline is air conditioned and was no warmer than our house. I got cranky and ran out of ability to stand (I can still walk when that happens. I just can't stand in one spot without falling over). I had my left arm in a sling because I finally got the discharge instructions from my doctor's appointment back in August. I'm apparently not suppose to use that arm and hand for anything at all. I don't know that I can manage that, though.

The choir also requires that each child's family provide a volunteer on at least three occasions. The thing was that they couldn't tell me exactly what they'd expect me to do on those occasions or exactly what times I'd need to be there or really anything but the title of the event and the date. They probably had about twenty different events needing volunteers. I was near melting down, and Cordelia was horribly embarrassed by me.

I think that some part of this was that this was something for which I'd normally have taken Ativan, but it was too close in time to when I needed to take Halcion in order to sleep. I was also worried that we wouldn't get home in time for me to eat (we did, but I no longer had energy to prepare myself food, and Scott has apparently decided that he will only make me food if I ask specifically and tell him what to make).
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Connie Faddis has graciously offered to allow us to post her fic online. For now, they will be available in PDF format download. If someone wants to convert her Star Trek fic to html and post them on a fic archive, I'd be happy to put you in contact with her.

Second up: The Third Wheel  published in the print fanzine Interphase.

Two reviews from Fanlore:

  • an excellent story, 'The Third Wheel' written from McCoy's point of view, which captures well the deep-down feeling between McCoy and Spock that we all expected was hidden there somewhere (1976)

  • It also follows Connie's pattern of both De Profundis and Mojave Crossing -- starting out good, and then somehow, magically, late in the story, something inside the story fuses and melts and transforms into something incredible and breathtaking and very different. And in the last conversation between Spock and McCoy it's no longer idfic but it's a pitch-perfect moment of connection, really sincere, meaningful, and just plain lovely. Like a plot twist, except it's not the plotline that gets twisted. An emotion growth-twist? A character-relationship-arc twist? I don't know, but the ending of The Third Wheel is the most heartwarming new thing I've read in some time (2014)
You can download the fic here.

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Title: A Day In The Life…
Fandom: Torchwood
Author: [personal profile] badly_knitted
Characters: Nosy, Ianto, Jack, Owen, Team Torchwood.
Rating: PG
Word Count: 922
Spoilers: Nada.
Summary: Like every other member of the Torchwood Team, Nosy is never off duty.
Content Notes: None needed.
Written For: Challenge 204: 24 Hours.
Disclaimer: I don’t own Torchwood, or the characters.

A Day In The Life... )

"Brown Girl Begins"

Sep. 26th, 2017 10:28 am
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On Saturday, I trekked up to NYC to see the premiere of "Brown Girl Begins," a film made from parts of Nalo Hopkinson's Brown Girl in the Ring (her first novel). I'd gotten an email about it because I contributed to the fundraiser; the film was shown by the Urbanworld festival.

I knew the budget was very low, but was impressed by how much the filmmaker did with it, using repeated imagery and sparse effects, like the force-shield dome over Toronto. The actors were terrific, and I liked the costuming and minimal but effective set-dressing (bright feathers appeared a lot).

The story focused more on the mystical aspects of the obeah than on the science fictional elements, I felt. The script seemed to be aiming for a coming-of-age story, about growing into and accepting power from without and within. But overall, I thought the same ideas were repeated too often, like the movie wasn't sure I-the-viewer could figure it out.

As usual with films made from novels, I was disappointed in how little of the book's story made it into the film, even though it was billed as only part of the novel. I think if you hadn't read the book, you wouldn't get much of an idea of it beyond the baseline, 'this is a futuristic dystopia in which there are people of color and obeah in Toronto'. On the other hand, for some viewers that would be enough to get them to watch. I want people to watch! And discuss!

For those who've read the book, it focuses on the beginning of Ti-Jeanne's relationship with Tony, and introduces the viewers to some of the book's basic issues (addiction to Buff and Rudy's gang, primarily). The organ-stealing plotline was not referenced, and Ti-Jeanne doesn't yet have Baby.

I noticed the dialect from the book had been toned down quite a bit, possibly to demonstrate the generational differences between Mami/Gros-Jeanne and Ti-Jeanne. Crack had been cast as a woman, which was interesting (Rudy didn't appear).

My friend and I stayed for the panel afterwards, and the director, Sharon Lewis, mentioned she was developing the book for a television series, aiming for something along the lines of Netflix or Amazon. I think that would work a lot better than the movie did - there is way too much plot for one feature. Here's hoping all goes well and it takes off and Nalo gets money!

Drabble: Mouse Away

Sep. 26th, 2017 09:22 am
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Title: Mouse Away
Author: [personal profile] alisanne
Pairing/Characters: Draco Malfoy/Astoria Greengrass, Scorpius Malfoy.
Word Count: 100 x 2
Rating: PG
Challenge: Written for [livejournal.com profile] draco100/[community profile] draco100's prompt 27: Hogwarts.
Warning(s)/Genre: Humor, innuendo.
Beta(s): [personal profile] sevfan and emynn.
Disclaimer: The characters contained herein are not mine. No money is being made from this fiction, which is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Mouse Away )

More on the Mighty Mohawk Maneuver

Sep. 26th, 2017 01:10 pm
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Posted by Derek Lowe

So now that Allergan has pioneered the technique of avoiding patent challenges by selling said patent rights to an Indian tribe, where do we go from here? There’s no way to take that one back; we’re now an industry where people do such things, lucky us. But is this going to be a feature of the patent landscape from now on?

Good question. Steve Usdin at Biocentury has what is the most comprehensive look at the issue I’ve seen, and there are several issues in play here. What Allergan is dodging, using the Mohawks as a shield, is the inter partes review process. This is not, as the Latin name might indicate, an ancient tradition in intellectual property law. It’s a process that’s only been around since 2012, and it’s a way to challenge the patentability of an issued patent. The scope is tightly defined – it’s only for challenges under Section 102 (novelty) and Section 103 (obviousness), and it specifically addresses published prior art (which are the grounds under which such challenges are often made, anyway). The first thing to ask is whether an Indian tribe has the sovereign immunity to do such a thing, and there opinion seems pretty firm: they do.

As Usdin points out, we actually have the University of Florida to thank for the beginnings of that idea. In Covidien LP v. University of Florida Research Foundation Inc., the university, as part of the state of Florida, successfully argued that its sovereign immunity protected it, under the Eleventh Amendment, from an IPR patent challenge. This move was then used by the University of Maryland, and no one outside the world of patent law batted an eye. The Indian tribe almost certainly has similar sovereign immunity, and if Maryland and Florida can get out of IPR, then so can they.

But that brings up the second question: can a sovereign entity sell such immunity to customers who want a piece of it? That seems a bit murkier, and may well be the subject of a challenge. I have no idea of the odds of success there, but I can only assume that Allergan’s lawyers (and the tribe’s) have thought about this issue already and written things in a manner that don’t make it obviously dismissible as a sham transaction. On the one hand, patent holders can sell their rights to whomever they please, on what terms they can get. But selling it to a sovereign entity because it’s a sovereign entity somehow seems different. “Somehow seems”, though, is no basis for law. Congress could, in theory, just pass a law to the effect that patents are exempt from sovereign immunity considerations, but Congress is having trouble tying its shoes these days (not necessarily a complaint), so that seems unlikely. And any such law would surely head up for an eventual Supreme Court hearing as well, to be honest.

But (in one of the most interesting parts of the Biocentury article) it appears that you can lose or waive such immunity:

. . .in 2002 the Supreme Court ruled in Lapides v. Board of Regents of University System of Georgia that “sovereign immunity can be waived when parties are consciously trying to manipulate litigation outcomes.”

In Lapides the Supreme Court was asked to consider a suit against the Georgia Board of Regents alleging that university officials violated state law when they placed allegations of sexual harassment in an employee’s personnel file. The state successfully petitioned to have the case transferred from state to federal court and then argued that the federal case should be dismissed because the state had sovereign immunity from such cases.

The Supreme Court ruled that when Georgia moved a case from state court to federal court it voluntarily invoked the federal court’s jurisdiction and, in the process, waived its sovereign immunity.

Did the St. Regis Mohawks step into the same trap when they asked the USPTO to dismiss the IPR? That argument will probably be tried out as well, and lawyers will be well paid to thrash that one out, you can be sure.

The widest question is the whole inter partes review process itself. The review is conducted not in a court, but by the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. And that’s where the arguing starts, because the worry is that the PTAB may not consider patent claims in the same way that courts do – how broadly do you interpret their language? The whole idea of having a non-judicial review of patent validity which cannot be in turn challenged in court is also an issue – and as it turns out, these very issues have been working their way through the courts themselves. There is a case coming before the Supreme Court (Oil States Energy Services LLC v. Greene’s Energy Group LLC) that argues that the entire IPR system is unconstitutional. (There are other issues with a case in Texas, which I won’t go into, but Biocentury has more).

It’s fair to say that the biopharma industry in general hates IPR, for the same reason that the generic companies love it: it makes patent challenges easier and more frequent. But you don’t see anyone poking their head up to defend Allergan in this one, either, because everyone also knows just how bad it looks to pull a maneuver like this. There’s a huge range of possible outcomes here, all the way from “IPR disappears from existence” to “everyone sells everything to Indian tribes at every opportunity”. Where we land on that scale is yet to be seen.


Note: All opinions, choices of topic, etc. are strictly my own – I don’t in any way speak for my employer

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I have to decide whether to sign up for next year's German class. Realistically, I am going to sign up for next year's German class*, but no thanks to the information about it, which makes it sound astronomically boring. This is an adult evening class, by definition going to be taken by people who are not of school/student** age and considering their exciting future career in Germany***. So why on earth does the proposed programme involve quite so much job-related stuff??? There are many interesting things in German-speaking nations, it would be nice to talk about some of them instead of time management. Here is the thrilling prospect:

It is long, so I will cut it )

Meanwhile in other language news, a much worse crisis: when I accepted Firefox's invitation to speed it up by "refreshing" it (which has indeed worked), it didn't mention that this would include getting rid of Adblocker and my add-on for pretending to be in Norway so I can watch the skiing when it is not at a convenient time on Eurosport (or I need more skiing). This would be a minor annoyance were it not that the new version of Firefox is incompatible with said widget. Aargh! Apparently there is something similar I can do with Chrome so I will try that, but I do feel that "By the way, you will lose everything you customised to make it work for you" was something they could have mentioned.

*At least once I had done the Deutsche Welle test myself to check I'm at the required level, because I'm not sure I believe it really.

**Students get much cheaper classes through the university. I could do them too, except I can't because they are when I am at work.

***There were a couple of people last year who might potentially work in Germany or Austria one day, but they would be doing so in English.

sing we now of yuletide, dear author!

Sep. 26th, 2017 07:27 pm
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- female characters driving the action, doing the stuff, getting things done
- respectful romantic relationships
- slice of life, action adventure, drama
- AU fusions into Pacific Rim or Black Jewels universes
- happy or positive endings

- Christmas/Yuletide themes (unless specifically occurs in canon)

dear author (presently just nominations and notes) )

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Sep. 26th, 2017 10:33 pm
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