Dear Genex Author

Jul. 20th, 2017 05:50 am
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... I am so sorry that the link to my letter is broken. I forgot that I signed up, figured I missed the date, and deleted the link.

Thank you so much for writing for me. I hope that you don't stress about it, and enjoy both the process and the result.

MCU, DC Cinematic Universe, Harry Potter )

Please note, all these are suggestions - a jumping-off point. Don't feel you absolutely must come up with the scenarios I've depicted to please me; just write the fandom and the friendship that we've matched on the way you see it, and I will love reading the result!
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Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes
  • Bruce Banner | Hulk/Clint Barton (EMH) - with filters applied, this pairing seems to have 24 works. There are several crossovers, but please provide evidence to support this nomination.

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency (TV 2016)
  • Cross & Gripps & Martin & Vogel - Under the tag 'The Rowdy 3', there are 55 works after filtering. If you nominated this, please provide evidence for rarity.

Marvel Cinematic Universe
  • Rumiko Fujikawa/Tony Stark - with filters applied, this pairing has 21 works. Leaving aside the 4 in which the tag is modified with "past" or "mentioned", this still leaves 17. If you nominated this, please provide evidence for rarity.

Mass Effect Trilogy
  • Female Shepard/Male Shepard - with filters applied, this pairing seems to have 13 works from 7 different authors. Please provide evidence (e.g. that it is a background pairing in three or more of them).

1bitHeart (Video Game), Animamundi Dark Alchemist, Blaze Union, Deadly Premonition | Red Seeds Profile, Disgaea 5: Alliance of Vengeance, End Roll (Video Game), Fate/stay night & Related Fandoms, Gatchaman Crowds

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Jul. 19th, 2017 08:43 am
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When I heard the learn’d astronomer,
When the proofs, the figures, were ranged in columns before me,
When I was shown the charts and diagrams, to add, divide, and measure them,
When I sitting heard the astronomer where he lectured with much applause in the lecture-room,
How soon unaccountable I became tired and sick,
Till rising and gliding out I wander’d off by myself,
In the mystical moist night-air, and from time to time,
Look’d up in perfect silence at the stars.

~Walt Whitman



I first encountered this poem in high school English, and I come across it again every few years. I can't explain entirely the rage it summons in me.

But maybe this is the point I wish to make. A friend mentioned the Randall-Sundrum model of the universe and I went to that wikipedia page to try to learn what that was. Pretty soon I was desperately linkhopping- I have a basic education in relativity and differential geometry, but pretty basic, and even the vocabulary I did learn at some point, it's been a decade since and I needed to refresh my memory.

So I clicked on anti-de-Sitter space and from there to Lorentzian manifold and from there to Riemannian manifold, and I want to point out something about these four articles.

The article on Randall-Sumdrum model begins "In physics" The article on Anti-de-Sitter Space begins "In mathematics and physics." The articles on Lorentzian Manifold and Riemannian Manifold begin "In differential geometry." There's that tricksy slippage between physics and mathematics Whitman is writing about. Are the learn'd astronomer's "proofs, the figures," his "charts and diagrams" a meaningful and interesting representation of the actual stars, or are they just lifeless mathematical models that lack the "mystical" potency of observing the stars with the naked untrained eye? Aside from answering this question, though, the distinction is, I think, actually important to doing physics. Because if you theorize that spacetime takes a certain shape that can be modeled by a particular manifold, and then your measurements in an experiment don't match the manifold, you have to consider two different possibilities: One, that spacetime doesn't match your theorized model, and two, that your measurements were inaccurate. But if you're a mathematician working with a manifold and it doesn't match your expectations, only your math is wrong.

So this distinction Whitman writes on matters. There are the mathematical models of the stars, and there are the actual stars themselves, and if you forget this you end up confusing the manifold with the spacetime. A physicist needs both to do their work.

Nonetheless, I feel a great rage when I read Whitman's poem, a rage at the idea that the untrained eye bestows a more exciting and therefore truer reality than the subtle delver into the measureable mysteries of the cosmos can attain through experimentation and analysis. This may be dogmatic scientism on my part, but if so, let it be!

a week of links

Jul. 19th, 2017 02:59 pm
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Australia
Tony Abbot Is Not Voldemort: or when dramatic licence overcomes accuracy.
There is no Voldemort in Australian politics. We are fortunate not to have an evil that absolute.

We Can Revive Our Story: Indigenous Australians rewriting their traditional food songs to incorporate western nutrition so their future generations can learn. An example of cultural adaptation?

Faith, Politics, and Culture
Despotism As A Function Of Absolute Capitalism: with money,
you will be "more free"?
In one respect, Buchanan was right: there is an inherent conflict between what he called “economic freedom” and political liberty. Complete freedom for billionaires means poverty, insecurity, pollution and collapsing public services for everyone else. Because we will not vote for this, it can be delivered only through deception and authoritarian control. The choice we face is between unfettered capitalism and democracy. You cannot have both.

Viome, Greece: Where Capitalism Failed: it's a little bit of an existence on the edge, but it's also a glimpse of what a society without capitalism might look like.

Again in Greece: Arabic Refugees Making The Better World In Defiance Of The Soulless West: Again, illegal, but a far better version of humanity than we frequently see in our 'civilised' societies.

"Women Should Not Teach Men" - 1 Timothy 2 In Context: A letter about a local situation is turned into a church wide blanket statement because of the pride of men. Exegesis goes back to the Koine Greek.

It's Not About Race: white people, culture, and being forced into a discussion that most of them don't even recognise is weighted.

Is Demography Destiny For Democrats? The Short Answer Is 'No'. Jason Kander, whom a political friend told me to keep an eye on, has a few interesting things to say about Demographics and the Democratic Party.

Evangelicals And 'The Left': Is There That Much Difference In Attitude?
Have you noticed how Fundamentalist preachers are always proclaiming that there’s some fuller experience of blessing available to their congregations, one they themselves have achieved but for which the listener has to keep striving (or giving)?

Well, according to Frances Lee, the Left does the same: “In trying to liberate readers from the legitimately oppressive structures, I worry that [certain] sites… are replacing them with equally restrictive orthodoxy on the other end of the political spectrum.”
An interesting perspective on 'purity culture' on the left-wing, where any failure to be absolutely progressive isn't just a place where someone has to learn, but a permanent and unchangeable moral failing that can only be responded to by outcasting.

general
Five Easy To Make Homemade Air-Conditioners... Must do this this summer!

the theory of shitty first drafts: your first draft is not the story, it's you telling yourself how the story could go. I need to finish a first draft.
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Anne of Avonlea (Sullivan Movies)
  • 'Anne of Avonlea (Sullivan Movies)' was nominated. Do you mean 'Anne of Avonlea (TV)'?

Star Trek: The Next Generation; Star Trek: Voyager
  • Please adjust the following nominations to specify holograms of one or more particular officers.
    • "Reginald Barclay/Canon Hologram of Any Enterprise Male Officer" is nominated under Star Trek: The Next Generation
    • "Reginald Barclay/Canon Hologram of Any Voyager Male Officer" is nominated under Star Trek: Voyager.

A Stitch in Time
  • Julian Bashir/Elim Garak - We are unsure that this canon is different enough from DS9 for the ship to qualify. If you nominated this, please provide evidence for rarity.

Voltron: Legendary Defender
  • Chuchule & Chulatt & Plachu & Platt - Under the tag 'Space Mice', there are 75 works after filtering. If you nominated this, please provide evidence for rarity.

The Youngblood Chronicles (Music Video)
  • Patrick Stump's Character & None - 'Patrick Stump's Character' seems to be used synonymously with 'Patrick Stump' in the fandom tag. That tag has 34 works after filtering. If you nominated this, please provide evidence for rarity.

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Title: Bad Motherboard
Fandom: The Three Body Problem (Liu Cixin)
Challenge: Prompt: #051 - Shakespeare II
Characters: Von Neumann, Qin Shi Huang, Wang Miao
Rating: G
Notes: During the tri-solar-syzygy

“Of course! The computer! We can make the motherboard with electronic elements!” Von Neumann shouted as he drifted by.

Qin Shi Huang shouted back, “Westerners always think you know best. What about this failure, then? You said you could predict the next two years.”

Wang said, “Look out! You’ll be crushed!” He gripped the telescope as it floated up, dodging black stones. Above him three suns shone hard and blistering.

“Does it matter? We’re falling up into the void,” replied Qin. “Into the bright eye of disaster.”

“But next time,” Von Neumann breathed, subtitles dancing below him. “We’ll do better.”

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Title: Spite it For My Sake
Fandom: The Strain (TV Series)
Challenge: Prompt: #051 - Shakespeare II
Characters: Dr. Ephraim "Eph" Goodweather, Dr. Nora Martinez
Rating: PG-13
Notes: Spoilers for the end of Season 3

“Seriously, Eph,” Nora whispers to him in the night, just another ghost in the apocalypse. “You know Zach did this.”

He flings the empty bottle across the room. “Shut up! It’s not his fault; he just misses his mom.”

Nora continues, inside his ear, a white worm turning and slithering in the canal. “He set off a nuclear bomb. His mom died a long time ago. All of our moms did.” She’s angry. Frustrated.

“Nora, I can’t … he’s my son,” he protests weakly, his fingers scrabbling for another bottle. “I love him. Even the … even the bad parts.”
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Title: Never Enough
Fandom: Marvel Comics (Hawkeye)
Characters: Clint Barton, Kate Bishop
Rating: PG
Notes: Neither Hawkeye or Marvel Comics belong to me etc. etc.

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The Faculty // Outward a rebel

Jul. 18th, 2017 11:41 pm
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Title: Outward a rebel
Challenge: #51 Shakespeare 2
Fandom: The Faculty / Zeke Tyler, Casey Connor
Rating: PG13
Disclaimer: of course, I don't own The Faculty, nor the characters

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Wonder Woman, Made of Clay

Jul. 18th, 2017 07:51 am
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Thing I do not understand about what people take away from Wonder Woman: "Zeus and Ares considering Diana to be Zeus's daughter"="Diana was not sculpted from clay by Hippolyta."  It's like, they assume that the whole "sculpting from clay" thing was just a lie to get away with "where the heck did you get sperm on an island with no men."

I mean, the Greek gods were "born" and came to life in all kinds of weird and wacky ways.  Athena, for example!  Athena was Zeus' daughter with Metis (and very similar to Diana of Themyscira, in a lot of ways).  How was Athena born?  She sprang fully formed from Zeus's head!  He was still her father and Metis her mother.  A bunch of Zeus's other children were at least sometimes considered to have been born through means other than sexual reproduction.  (Ares' mom may have gotten pregnant with him by eating the wrong lettuce leaf at the wrong time.  Ares was still considered a child of Zeus.)  The Greek gods just kind of went with the flow.  The people involved in your creation (whether through sex or not) were your parents.

What I'm trying to say is, everything we are told in the movie could easily be true all at the same time: Hippolyta wants a daughter so she sculpted one out of clay and prayed to Zeus.  Zeus wants a god-killer to take out Ares, and so he obliged her by flinging a lightning bolt her way or whatever, and bringing the baby to life.  The Amazons know this, but what is most important to them?  This is their Queen's daughter, their princess, the only child on the island, their Diana who was sculpted out of clay by her mother.  What is most important to Ares?  That Diana was brought to life by Zeus and is thus his daughter, and therefore Ares' sister, whether or not her birth fits into the standard "mommy and daddy have sex and nine months later a child is born" model that is the only way humans reproduce.  Ares and Diana are not humans.  They are Greek god and demigod.  Ares, in particular, scorns humans, so why would he care about human definitions of parenthood and sibilinghood?  Especially when he's trying to get Diana onside.  "Come join the family" is a lot more compelling than "come join the dude you've been taught to hate all your life for all the horrible things he's done."

As for Diana?  How does she consider herself?  What is most important to her?  That she is Hippolyta's daughter, sculpted from clay.  Yes, she was brought to life by Zeus.  Yes, that means that in the way the Greek gods thought, Zeus was her father.  She acknowledges this tie.  That means Ares is her brother.  But I bet you that when you ask her how she was born, five minutes heart-to-heart with Ares on a battlefield doesn't overturn the fact that she is an Amazon and thinks like one.  And therefore, unless you are specifically considering her role as god-killer, the fact that Hippolyta sculpted her from clay is far more important than Zeus's contribution.

Look at the battle between her and Ares.  She doesn't really ... react much when Ares starts calling her his sister.  She doesn't look, talk, or act like a person having a major identity crisis.  She's just like, "okay, you want to call me sister, sure, fine, whatever, guess that fits too, let's get on with this."  She doesn't react like "OMG, my mom LIED to me, everything I know about myself is a lie!"  It's more in line with "oh, right, yeah, from your POV Zeus's contribution is the most important, whatever."

Prompt #051 - Shakespeare II

Jul. 18th, 2017 04:34 am
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This week's prompt is a quotation from Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing: "For which of my bad parts didst thou first fall in love with me?"

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