In honor of the way Twitter enriches and enweirdens our lives, here are three great things I found there recently:
- HAMILTON Ham4Ham with Lil Buck 4/27/16: A Schuyler Sisters remix is the foundation for an amazing solo dance by Lil Buck. Lin joins in briefly and your humble videographer had to struggle to keep up.
- Visual Artist Pierre Jean-Louis Makes Black Women's Hair Even More Beautiful: Using the Enlight app, Jean-Louis transforms his muses into marvelous works of art, turning their natural curls and coils into some of the most alluring sceneries nature has to offer.
- Phil Collins Reshot All His Original Album Covers for the 2016 Reissues: Famed musician Phil Collins began reissuing some of his most loved albums in November of 2015 as part of a collection called "Take a look at me now..." But keen-eyed fans of Mr. Collins noticed something curious about the reissues: the Phil Collins on the new album covers looks quite a bit older.
So I've gotten four calls today from numbers without a custom ringtone (which means I'll usually ignore them) ... they have all been out-of-state area codes that I've just ignored and then listened to the voicemail. None of which has had anything to do with the job, of course: three hang-ups and one scam.
Assignments will go out May 3rd, probably around 3 pm, Eastern time. If you were planning on writing a letter and haven't, there's still time. If your letter is a placeholder and/or locked, you have time to fix that before assignments go out.
Inital pinch hits will be posted a day after assignments go out in the admin comms. I will open requests in both AO3 and txt file format on the 5th.
Not Prime Time 2016 (with schedule) | Prime Time Madness 2016
Frequently Asked Questions | AO3 exchange faq for participants | Pinch Hitting faq
Dear Prime Time Player on LJ | on DW
In a time of death, some men—the resisters, those who work hardily for social change, those who preach and embrace the unpalatable truth—such men overcome death, their lives are bathed in the light of the resurrection, the truth has set them free. In the jaws of death, of contumely, of good and ill report, they proclaim their love of the brethren. We think of such men, in the world, in our nation, in the churches; and the stone in our breast is dissolved; we take heart once more."
⌈ Secret Post #3407 ⌋
Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.
( More! )
Secrets Left to Post: 02 pages, 046 secrets from Secret Submission Post #487.
Secrets Not Posted: [ 0 - broken links ], [ 0 - not!secrets ], [ 0 - not!fandom ], [ 0 - too big ], [ 0 - repeat ].
Current Secret Submissions Post: here.
Suggestions, comments, and concerns should go here.
(There's nothing in here that could actually be considered directly spoilery for the movie. Location and characters and possibly situation, but otherwise, nope.)
( the game-changer )
Character: Ashildr/Me [unrequited Ashildr | Me/Clara Oswald, mentions the Twelfth Doctor]
Contains: non-explicit masturbation
Word Count 300
Summary: Me dreams of one person in particular detail.
Fandom: Doctor Who
Pairing: Ashildr | Me/Clara Oswald
Prompt: #057 - dream
Word Count: 300
Summary: Me dreams of one person in particular detail.
Over at the Seattle Public Library's Shelf Talk blog, Linda J discusses how she failed to keep a New Year's resolution in 2016: "I made just one new year’s reading resolution this year," she writes. "Read no books with the words 'girl' or 'wife' in the title..."
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It doesn't occur to Gerard until Frank gets there that he might be carrying some weird scent, too. He barely avoids plugging his nose before he finds out, but it turns out he doesn't have to worry. Frank smells like Frank, like cigarettes and laundry detergent and a little like Jamia's perfume. But he also smells like friend, which is something Gerard doesn't think there's supposed to be a scent for. He smells like he belongs.
Gerard shrugs off the prickly feeling at the back of his neck, trying to ignore everything the weirder it gets.
Frank sets a bag of groceries on the table as he comes in. "I figured you guys needed some shit. Ray said you got attacked by a big dog or something last night?"
"Or something," Gerard mumbles, glancing through the groceries.
- quarterturn's The Silver Sky is Turning Us to Stone
In the sciences, we've learned to separate the good work from the flawed ideas. Watson and Crick will always be acknowledged for their work with DNA (even as many of us also point out the critical contribution of Rosalind Franklin) while their unfortunate pronouncements on topics such as obesity, homosexuality, and religion remind us that even the most brilliant minds are still products of the societies from which they come.
I'm currently reading Genome: The Autobiography of a Species in 23 chapters by Matt Ridley. My previous acquaintance with Ridley has been as a climate change skeptic, and because of that I hesitated to read his book about genetics. But as I near the end of it, I have to confess I've found very little to quibble with, and nothing at all concerning his subject matter of biology and genetics. It is a bit dated now, having originally been published in 1999 before the human genome was sequenced, and updated in 2006, but it is still very, very good.
I recommend it to anyone interested in genetics and/or good science writing.