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Plunny Season Now Open

Pokemon X and Y
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Because I only post here about the truly important stuff nowadays. /asshole

I just managed to get to the friend safari, but only have one friend registered so far. Anyone wanna swap codes? I'm
2509 2176 7075 .

Looking to trade or sell
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Having effectively cleaned out my manga collection (as well as a few other things), I have some stuff looking for a good home!

Trades would be wonderful, but I'll also accept money. (Probably $2/DVD, $1/book (aside from hardcover/oversized stuff), but feel free to make me an offer; I'll cover shipping over $25.) I can provide pictures of all of these if requested, but at the moment I'm too lazy to bother :P Anything that doesn't find a new home before AnimeIowa (last weekend in July) will likely be carted to the Swap Meet there, and anything remaining sold or possibly donated as volunteer prizes.

Items up for sale or trade:

Anime DVDsCollapse )

MangaCollapse )

OtherCollapse )

Things I am looking forCollapse )

Leave a comment if you're interested in any of this!

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AAAAAAAAAHHH!!!
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Esteemed readers,

GUESS WHO JUST GOT SURPRISE!PODFICCED! 8D

Stitch Two Together, as recorded by the marvelous [archiveofourown.org profile] Opalsong

This is going on my new mp3 player immediately, OMG.

Everyone else in the universe who is even remotely fond of Homestuck and/or knitting fic (with token crocheter, because even if the knitting!fic plunny overpowered my natural inclination to favor crochet there was no way I was going to let my chosen craft go completely overlooked) is encouraged to give it a listen and praise the hell out of Opalsong's recording.



And now if you will excuse me, I am off to battle the terrifying sequel!plunny that has just hopped into my thinkpan. NOT BEFORE FEBRUARY, TREACHEROUS LAGOMORPH!

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My anti-stress
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Mom and I are going to go watch Wreck It Ralph instead of sitting around the house and stressing over the election.

May I just say: BEST PLAN.


ALSO! The ever awesome Jim C. Hines is giving out a signed copy of one of his books (default is his latest, Libriomancer) to a randomly selected USian who votes today. All you have to do (aside from voting) is go to this post on his LJ or his website and leave a comment announcing that you voted. On LJ, you have the option of commenting using any of the following IDs if you don't have a LJ account: OpenID, Facebook, Google, Mail.Ru, Twitter, and VKontakte.

Yes, I already signed up for that ;) In the unlikely event that I win, I'll be turning the book right around into a [profile] fandomaid auction offer and then cursing the fact that I slept through Icon weekend.

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Superstorm Sandy Fandom Fundraiser
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Via this post on fandomaid :

On October 30th, 2012, several storm fronts off the east coast of the United States of America banded together to create what has become known as the Frankenstorm; a rare weather event that has culminated in the worst storm to hit the east coast in history.



The hurricane at the heart of it, Sandy, had already wreaked havoc on several lower Caribbean nations, causing widespread death and destruction. And now the destruction continues in parts of the United States, with severe power outages, evacuations, fires, building collapses and flooding still causing major problems. Reports of loss of life and extensive damage to property and infrastructure continue to emerge, culminating in a repair bill that is climbing rapidly towards being the highest for a natural disaster in American history.

Following successful fundraising efforts in the past, fandomaid is launching a new campaign to raise funds for any and all areas/countries/regions that have been affected by this series of extreme weather events.



My customary offer is up here; I've also got a Buy It Now offer for one of my black "floppy" cats here GONE, and may I just say that I am quite pleased with how fast they went. I'm also making Dr. Hooves available in the auction.

My heart to everyone affected by the storm, directly or indirectly.

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FYI
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I've got a ~1400 word, spoiler-iffic review of jimhines ' Libriomancer here.

Best sign y/y?
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If not the best sign at the convention this year, it is at least my favorite.

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Help for ephemere
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I'm appalled at how long it's been since I've made a charity offer. Appalled, I tell you!

From the info at [community profile] help_for_ephemere:

This is a fundraiser to benefit [personal profile] ephemere, with the aim of supporting her in the wake of her losing her job, home, and good relations with her family due to homophobia. The idea of this fundraiser was conceived by friends of [personal profile] ephemere, and is being run with her permission. Funds will go to rent, utilities, food, and medical bills.

We are accepting donations (please contact the mods via PM for more details) & are also running an auction as follows:

The auction will open for offers on Thursday, July 5.

All auctions will open for bids on Thursday, July 12.

Bidding will be open from Thursday, July 12 at 21:00 GMT to Saturday, July 21 at 21:00 GMT (time zone converter).

Please see our FAQ for more information!


My customary offer can be found here. I know it's not a lot of time or warning, but I still want to do something if I can. If you have the means, please consider helping out!



In other donating-for-the-first-time-in-way-too-long news, I made iron count today for the first time in way too long \o/ Go, blood donation! I'll get to that three gallon mark yet!

Edit: Please excuse my slack-jawed pointing, but holy shit, you people move fast!

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Jig Pattern (finally!)
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Sorry for the wait! The crochet pattern for Jig the Goblin is finally up. I've included textual instructions on how to make his glasses, though I've not tested that part.

On a related note, jimhines , creator of Jig and Smudge and all-around great guy, is running his third annual Fundraiser for Rape Crisis Centers. There are reportedly more authors offering books for prizes than he knows what to do with, with new prizes made available to win at every $250 USD mark up through $3000, and prizes currently listed through $4000. So far, over $2500 has been raised, and eleven prizes have been unlocked to eleven potential winners. The contest is drawing-style, and you don't actually have to donate anything to be eligible, since there's raffle laws and such that are a pain to deal with, but it's a very worthy cause with some great prizes available. If you like Jig's pattern and have the means/ability, please consider participating in this fundraiser; I'm a bit strapped for cash myself (that's putting it mildly), but I'd love to see Jim run out of prizes to give away.

News!
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Guess who's in charge of the brand spankin' new accessibility department-thing for AnimeIowa? 8D That's right, you're reading her update!

Oh my gosh, I am so excited about this position ♥♥♥ It's ultra-important to me that everyone who attends AI can enjoy themselves without worrying about whether the guests or panelists will know to use the mic, or how long they'll have to wait in line to get their badge, or if they have enough room to turn around in any given area, or whether they'll have a place to pee when some inconsiderate person decides they'd really like to change costumes in the handicapped access stall - or even if they'd just feel safer peeing without having to declare a gender. These sorts of concerns should be secondary to all the potential fun at a convention, and I'm going to do my best to make sure they actually ARE.

With that in mind, I've got a bit of a to-do list:
* Dig through [community profile] access_fandom to find what sort of things people there have already suggested/implement
* Check base with the hotel staff, see what accommodations they regularly make/have available
* Make sure I've got an e-mail address up on the web site so people who need accommodations know who to contact
* Get a thread started on the forum to about the same effect
* List everything I can think of so far that I already know I need to do and get started on it
* Start asking about things I haven't thought of or just don't know the answer to yet

And now I think it is possibly time for a nap. That AI meeting may have been exhaustingly good, but it was still exhausting.

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Remember the Ladies (and other People With Uteri)
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personhood for people with uteri
[Image: Backround text is a single word: "Personhood"; foreground reads "Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness... for people with uteri. Sign the petition at Change.org." Bottom line: "autonomy | dignity | respect | the right of consent | safety | security | opportunity | access | equality"]

Click the image or here to sign the petition. Though it looks like you do have to include a street, you don't have to use your street number if you want a smidge of extra privacy.

For more information on the Personhood Amendment for People With Uteri, go here.

To post this in your own blog, copy/paste the following:


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For a fun(?) chaser, go check out the Bad Romance/Women's Suffrage video here, from the people who brought us that Too Late To Apologize/Declaration of Independence mashup. [Content Note: Video contains scenes of forced hospitalization/institutionalization and violence.]

Lyrics are available here, and I'm willing to copy-paste if you have trouble reading them on the site. I'll see if I can't get my hands on an mp3 for those who can't access YouTube.

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In other news...
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I finally finished transcribing the pattern for the European-style dragon, woo-hoo! (You may recall this dragon from here, here, or here.) Since I actually want to make money off of this pattern, I was hoping to get a few beta testers to run through it and tell me where I need to change anything.

Material Requirements:
Crochet hook for gauge of 4 double crochet per inch/2.5 cm (I used 5.0 mm/size H)
~350 yards worsted weight yarn
Scissors
Tapestry/yarn needle
Stuffing
Stitch markers (a scrap of contrasting yarn works fine)
One pair 15mm plastic eyes (optional)
Optional (for wings):
~3 feet/1 meter wire
Wire cutters
Needle-nose pliers

Knowledge Requirements:
Crocheting in the round [spiral]
Single crochet (sc)
Double crochet (dc)
Triple crochet (tc)
Slip stitch (sl st)
Front loop crochet (fl [stitch])
Increasing ([stitch] 2 in 1)
Decreasing [double crochet] ([stitch] 2 tog)
US stitch names

This is an INTERMEDIATE to ADVANCED pattern and, like many of my more recent patterns at [personal profile] hooked_on_anime, is mostly double-crochet. If you're still interested - which, gosh, I hope at least one or two of you are! - reply* here [on Dreamwidth] and we can work out the details of me getting the pattern to you. In the unlikely event that a lot of you are still interested, I guess I'm drawing the line at the first five to reply? I think that's reasonable. If you reply after that, you can be first in line to test the griffin or Asian-style dragon patterns when I get them done or something.

Thanks! ♥

* Sorry to put this right on the tail of turning anon commenting off, Anonymice; OpenID is still okay to use, though, and account creation is still open on Dreamwidth, I'm pretty sure, so you should still have a few options.

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Notice
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Due to a sudden spam surge, I've turned anonymous commenting off on DW for the time being. You should still be able to comment with OpenID. I'll probably turn anon commenting back on in a few weeks; until then, that's what's going on.

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Discussion: Marginalized Super Heroes
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[CONTENT NOTE: Discussion of all sorts of -isms and marginalizations]

Immediately after my previous post, I started wondering to myself: What sort of unique problems might a superhero of color face? After coming up with a few, I started asking myself about other marginalized groups: LGBTQIA folks, women, PWD, and people in lower income brackets were the ones that came to my mind, though that's far from a comprehensive list, I'm sure. After a little bit more thought, I started wondering what answers other people might be able to come up with, what insights they - YOU, really - could share: How many things am I missing due to my own privilege and having been raised in a kyriarchy?

In the hopes of inviting respectful discussion and observation, I decided to open a post on the subject. I hope this will generate more thought on the topic, on how intersecting identities, secret or not, will affect their life experiences in and out of costume, and ultimately that it will inspire more people to incorporate these issues directly into superhero-related media. In that light, I'd like to invite you to link this around, since the more exposure it gets, the more discussion and thinking it's likely to generate.

Note that while being respectful is required, being polite is not; I won't be here all the time, but I'll do my best to shut down any trolls as I become aware of them (knock on wood). Meta issues are welcome, but please preface them with the word "meta" in brackets and all caps like so: [META]. Thanks in advance for your cooperation, less than three!

I'll get us started here...Collapse )

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A review of Dominc Deegan, and thoughts on respect and the future
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[CONTENT NOTE: Discussion of homophobia, misogyny, racism, ablism, and transphobia, mostly in the 'passive' sense.]

Disclaimer: With only one read through under my belt on an as-it-comes-out basis, and nearly ten years' worth of almost daily comics to go through if I want to check anything, I'm probably forgetting stuff! A bunch of stuff, even. Everything in here is to the best of my memory, and I welcome corrections.

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Jig the Goblin
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Presenting: crocheted Jig the Goblin, from the series by jimhines .

I've other pics to post, but Jig gets his own entry, since otherwise it's going to be an all-you-can-eat bandwidth buffet, and I already learned the hard way that that's a bad idea. Bandwidth cafeteria is much better.

Plush Jig the GoblinCollapse )

As a reminder, the crochet pattern for Smudge (with instructions on how to make the fire) is over here. Jig's pattern is not up yet, but should be by the end of the week - feel free to bug me if it isn't. It is very similar to Dobby the House Elf's pattern, though, if you want to give alteration a try. EDIT: Jig's pattern is now up! [/edit]

As a second reminder, I've made my crochet services available for the fannish charity auction help_mindanao right over here. So if you think you'd like something crocheted by me, this is a great opportunity to get it!

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What I'm working on
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1. I've got some Adventure Time Dreamsheep icons up here at [community profile] dreamsheep. It's not nearly all the Adventure Time icons I want to make with the Dreamsheep, but it's definitely a start.

I'm also thinking of making Dreamsheep icons for Homestuck (trolls, god tier symbols/colors, kid symbols/colors maybe), Problem Sleuth (Dreamsheep in a fedora, a bowler, and possibly performing Sepulchritude), and MLP:FIM (cute marks + colors), at the very least, but finishing my Adventure Time set comes first.

2. I finally got my butt on Etsy! Or, well, signed up for an account, at least. ...Can anyone tell me where the hypothetical Helpful Hints for Etsy Noobs section is? I read the TOS, privacy policy highlights, the community guidelines/dos-and-don'ts, the copyright policy, the fees overlook, and all that jazz, and now I just want a basic tutorial on how to set stuff up. Or even just a nice outline for how to arrange my profile/store data/whatever. I don't like not knowing what I'm doing. It's basically my least favorite thing after garbage politics.

3. WIPs: Tetris blanket is pinned and ready for sewing. Jig the Goblin plush is ready for eyes, tusks, and glasses (and also a loincloth and maybe Awesome Boots, but those don't involve hot glue as immediately). Griffin plush is just starting out but is looking swell so far and has the potential to be easy to adapt into a smaller dragon pattern; I'm also procrastinating on making its beak and am not entirely sure how I feel about its current neck/body drafts, so we'll see how those go. I still think it's gonna turn out awesome, though.

Let's do this thing!

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Help the Philippines!
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Over 900 people in Mindanao, Philippines, have died in the floods that Typhoon Sendong (local name)/Washi (international name) just days before Christmas. Hundreds more are missing.

Please help us in putting together donations for these people who desperately need your help.


help_mindanao

Well, you know me; I'm always eager to help out a good cause. I know money might be a little tight since a number of big holidays just ended, but please do consider taking a look around. Or maybe offer something yourself!

If nothing else, please spread the word. The community itself is in an S2 stile, comments likewise, so LJ's new default comment form shouldn't be a problem.

My customary offer is up here.

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I feel the need to let everyone possible know that Dreamwidth has a series of MLP:FIM journal themes. Mane cast plus Derpy and the CMC. (They're not just for Practicality, that's just the most concise way I know of to link to them. You can also go to the Select Style page and look up themes by [personal profile] nornoriel.)

You can all return to your regularly scheduled lives now.

Edit: Hopy shit, exactly 11,000 comments received on this journal o_O

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A possibly belated THANK YOU
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Okay, whoever all's been buying me paid time and Dreamwidth points? 'Fess up so I can less-than-three all over you ♥♥♥


While I'm on the subject of gifts, here's an actual conversation from yesterday!

Brother: I got you something you didn't expect for Christmas.
Me: Hey! I got you something you didn't expect for Christmas, too!
Mom: Does that mean you got each other the Spanish Inquisition?
All: LOL!

Later, as I was opening my present from my brother:

Me: Oh my gosh! It's the Spanish Inquisition! I never expected that!

(He actually got me the Hark! A Vagrant book. I was indeed quite surprised, and also quite pleased ♥ And I crocheted him Team Sleuth. His first plan: Pose them as a team, 'cuz shit just got IRL.)


Back to Dreamwidth Points and such!

GENERAL PAYPAL PROXY OFFER

If you are interested in someone playing PayPal Proxy for you, I would like to volunteer!
Dreamwidth is awesome and I'm sure we would all love for them to get more money! And since the "people who can buy things with a credit card rather than PayPal" and "Dreamwidth" Venn diagram bubbles don't completely overlap, I would like to offer my services as a go-between. Here's how it works:

1) You reply to this post and/or PM me to let me know you're interested, so I know who's involved
2) You send me the amount you want to spend at my PayPal account, socchan (at) gmail (dot) com (you're welcome to wait for me to respond to your comment/PM first). Please either let me know how much you're spending in a PM and/or include your Dreamwidth ID in the PayPal note thing.
3) I use that money to buy Dreamwidth points
4) I transfer the points to you; this will include the promotional bonus points unless it's January/you tell me otherwise
5) You use the points to buy nifty things on Dreamwidth

I made the same offer in the most recent news post (of pure win), which you should check out if you haven't yet.


BTW, lemme know if you find out about a fandom auction for the Philippines, okay? I wanna help out if I can :(b And for anyone in the Philippines/with family there, I hope y'all are okay and weren't hit too hard!


Edit: Content from deleted journals is disappearing on LJ. I'm not sure how to feel about this myself yet; I guess I don't remember having a lot of conversations and such with people who went on to delete their journals? Still, I'd say it's pretty important information.

Coments, at least are reported to still be showing up in S2 and custom comment pages, so the data should still be there. There's no telling how long, though, so if you want to save that sort of thing, importing and/or taking screencaps sooner rather than later would be a good idea.

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