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Yes, it's time, once again, for [personal profile] ysabetwordsmith 's Poetry Fishbowl and this month's theme is military science fiction! Go check it out (and leave a prompt)!
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 ... and we're going PUNK! (Steampunk, that is (and, punk of other eras, too)). Go check it out!
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Cross-posted from [info]asexuality .

How Sci-Fi Makes Us More Open to Strange Forms of Sex and Sexuality

And Asexuality gets a mention! (Though, granted, they describe it as an axis point for libido...):

"Each of these variables is not an either/or situation, but sits on a spectrum. So, if asked to self-identify, the question is not “are you asexual or hypersexual” but, “on a scale of one to ten, one being no sex drive, ten being perpetual, overwhelming sex drive, how would you rate your libido?” And a number in one variable might have no bearing on another. A binary is just not enough – there is a reason the rainbow is representative of the queer community."

The visibility is getting out there, folks!  :D

Edit: [info]alias_chick , in the comments below, posted a really interesting link to a TED presentation discussing the problems of relying upon nature as a means to differentiate between people. Those interested in gender studies may wish to give it a view.


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Based on the poem "Where They're Coming From", written by [ profile] ysabetwordsmith  during her most recent Poetry Fishbowl (with the theme of "Mad Scientists"), a discussion arose concerning what might happen if a victim of bullying somehow acquired the power to stop his or her torment (I'd recommend reading the poem and the resultant conversations). During one of the discussions, I was reminded of a web comic project I had done a number of years ago (before I was even fully aware of what a web comic was). The original project was presented as a very simple website with a single panel displayed at a time, looping continuously (so it's just as endless as bullying seems to be). I present here in more of a traditional web comic form: 

(Trigger warning: bullying)

The rest of the comic... )
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In a (very) recent interview, Nathan Fillion, who played Capt. Malcolm Reynolds in the TV series, Firefly, made a comment that if he were to win 300 million dollars in a lottery, he'd buy the rights to the Firefly series and produce it for internet release. 

The response from loyal fans can be found here: Let's get the Captain his money!

You can read more about fan reaction in the following article: Internet-savvy 'Firefly' fans fly back into the fight

I've been involved in some crowd funded projects before, including helping with the production of a short documentary. This, however, if successful, would be EPIC!

Boost the signal!
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Stolen from [ profile] fayanora  (with a cunning plan, of course...)

Your results:
You are Malcolm Reynolds (Captain)

Malcolm Reynolds (Captain)
Dr. Simon Tam (Ship Medic)
Derrial Book (Shepherd)
Zoe Washburne (Second-in-command)
Kaylee Frye (Ship Mechanic)
Inara Serra (Companion)
River (Stowaway)
Wash (Ship Pilot)
Jayne Cobb (Mercenary)
A Reaver (Cannibal)
Honest and a defender of the innocent.
You sometimes make mistakes in judgment
but you are generally good and
would protect your crew from harm.

Click here to take the "Which Serenity character am I?" quiz...
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Sadly, I haven't really had much of a chance to spend much of the bonus I just got for the quality of my work. It seems I've been a little too over-enthusiastic with some aspect of my physical routine and have put my back out since last Wednesday, ironically the day before I was to attend a trial class at a local Aikido club I had recently discovered. Argh!!! Of course, having very fews options during which to spend my free time save re-enact my former life as a couch potato, I've been watching a fair number of films. Some are hidden gems; others maybe should have remained hidden.

Here's a quick run down:

Here's a quick run down: )
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So, between calls, I'm going to be attempting to roll out some sort of simple set of role playing rules to be used in a play-by-email RPG, as I've been really inspired by [info]rowyn's efforts with the game she's running and I'm thinking of starting one of my own some time in the not-so-distant future.

So far, I've decided on having 3 primary stats: Mightyness, Moxie, and Mojo. Mightyness would be cover all the physical end of things, like strength, agility, etc. You would use this score to determine: how readily one can strike a foe, amount of damage, dodging falling buildings, avoiding stepping in dog poop, etc. Moxie deals with all things mental, including hotwiring a car, researching paranormal phenomena, doing your taxes, etc. Mojo is the magic/spiritual stat and would include feats of willpower, psychic prediction, and skewing your odds of winning the lottery.

The three secondary stats would be derivatives of the primary (just like a colour wheel!). They would include Meat, an average of Mightiness and Mojo that would represent your general ability to resist and mitigate physical damage and how long you can run to avoid taking damage in the first place. Mana, an average of Moxie and Mojo, would, for most characters, work something akin to Force points in WEG Star Wars, representing Fortune smiling upon the character and allowing him or her to do something extraordinary. For those characters capable of casting magic, it will also dictate how much magical might a character can toss around in a given period of time. Finally, there is Monay, an average of Mightiness and Moxie, which represents the character's wealth and influence. It would be used for things like bribing security guards, flirting with the sexy member of the opposite sex, and ensuring you have change for the parking meter.

I'm thinking of having stats scores ranged on a scale of 1 to 9, with 4 being average untrained human. Die rolls would be resolved by players stating a number from 0 to 3, which would be multiplied by a randomly determined 1 or -1 and then added to the applicable stat. The result would be compared to a target number or an opposing roll.

Character generation would include a few Merits and Minuses, wherewith unusual abilities and disabilities could be purchased.

That's the system thus far. I welcome any suggestions as to how they could be tweaked or expanded.

As for campaign ideas, I've got the following rolling around in my head:

1) A modern martial arts comedy fantasy based at least somewhat on the film 'Big Trouble in Little China', where bonus Mana can be earned by the entertainment value of various postings.

2) A gritty urban fantasy based on the arrival of magic into the world, in a style similar to Shadowrun, only more contemporary.

3) Something nice and postapocalyptic! This could involve a rural or urban setting (compare Mad Max to The Warriors) and may or may not involve mutation (ranging from normal humans to mutant anthropomorphic animals, a la Roadhogs). 

4) Any other idea that might just catch my fancy between now and then (whizz one by me, if you're interested).

So, any of that sound interesting?

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This astounding short fan film, produced by the Ho Brothers, features a mix of light sabers, Hong Kong martial arts film action, great cinematography and a haunting soundtrack by Hans Zimmer. Prologued by the reading of an authentic Civil War letter, the story takes place in the deep woods of a nameless planet, where a young jedi confronts his destiny in the form of a Sith warrior.  

This is among the most amazing six minutes of film footage you will ever see!  

See it here: 2o

(It gives me goosebumps everytime I watch it!)

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This week, most of my feelings and other higher brain functions seem to have been replaced by a homocidal urge to rend my pupils limb from bloody limb. Yep, I must be infected with the T-Virus from Resident Evil; it's the only rational explanation... aside from my pupils being total bastitches. So if you've missed me this week, I do apologize; I was spending a lot of my mental energy resisting the urge to bite the heads off of my 'little darlings.'  

Speaking of Resident Evil, I got to see RE: Extinction last night. For those unfamiliar with this film series, based on the popular video game of the same name, the premise is based on the escape of a highly contageous mutagenic agent, the T-Virus, from a bio-weapons research division of the shadowy Umbrella Corporation. This virus, despite desperate (and exceptionally violent) attempts to contain it, renders the planet into a barren wasteland where the last remnants of humanity battle for survival against hordes of mutagenically created 'zombies'. This film takes some of the best elements of films like Romero's Day of the Dead and post-apocalyptic classics like Mad Max and The Road Warrior and fuses them into a vivid, gritty, tension filled and action packed nightmare. The film is further enhanced by brilliant cinematography as well as good acting and a complex narrative. The creators of the film set out to generate serious innovations for this film genre and, IMHO, they've succeeded brilliantly! If you're a fan of zombie, horror, and/or post-apocalyptic films, you will thoroughly enjoy this one. Quite simply, IT ROCKS!!!

Resident Evil: Extinction Trailer: 0   

The creators of the film The Zombie Diaries also set out to revolutionize the genre by utilizing a cinema verite approach in telling a series of interconnected short stories about small groups of people attempting to cope with a world in which a rampant virus has transformed most of the human population into blood thirsty zombies. The cinema verite approach, like The Blaire Witch Project, assumes a documentary style in which video cameras carried by the characters record their actions and dialogue.

Unfortunately, the film simply lacks energy and pace and is only really watchable as a curiosity at best. In fact, I was quite zombified by the end of it. If you're looking for an entertaining zombie flick (either for chills or laughs), give this one a miss.  

The Zombie Diaries
Trailer: w

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The Post-Apocalyptic Survival Test 

Your Score: The Great Leader   

You scored 70 Strength, 77 Guile, 66 Morality, and 81 Survival Rate!

Look around at the burnt out husk of our once great civilization. It's all yours baby! Your empire of dirt. You got high scores in all the places that matter. The world is yours. You can do with it what you will. Hail to the king baby. 639790777/Post-Apocalyptic-Survival

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Yep, I haven't posted in a while. 

A couple of weekends ago, I went to the Star Wars Celebration Europe convention in London with a friend. 'Twas my first sci fi convention of any kind and it was, ummm..., interesting... Clearly, it was an event for collectors, though the die hard fans dressing up costume made the thing quite entertaining. The Force was strong amongst them (as well as the Farce).  ;) Clearly though, if you had any form of Star Wars (or any other sci fi) merchandise to sell, this was the place to sell it. Amongst interesting things seen were: a venue selling a host of original props from a variety of films (I saw one of G'Kar's face prosthetics!), storm troopers of all shapes and sizes, the actors for both Hollys from Red Dwarf, and a fun costume competition hosted by Warwick Davis (Wicket the Ewok). The day was topped off by dinner at Chillie's with my friend. 'Twas a good day!

As for the nerfs I am herding, they're still pretty wretched. Two of my classes are shaping up a bit, but the other two are proving quite problematic. One class is filled with kids who seem wholly immature both mentally and emotionally. There is something seriously wrong when about a third of the class demands C-V-C (consonant-vowel-consonant words like cat, dog, etc.) spelling sheets because anything else is too difficult. And two of them even struggle badly with those! As for their behaviour towards one another, let's just say that the first few weeks of the next term will be spent purely on conflict resolution and anger management. 

I'm not trained as a primary teacher!

It hasn't been all bad. As I discover what does and doesn't work with my classes, I've had some better lessons with them. And yesterday proved to be an entertaining distraction. Courtesy of some additional funding made available to the school for the purpose, we celebrated cultural diversity. We had workshops on steel pan playing, Indian dance, music, French bowling games, batik and even an introduction to didgeridoo playing (led by yours truly!), amidst other events. 'Twas good fun! 

The remaining two and a half days of next week will likely be taken up by worksearches and other light stuff. I'm certainly not going to fight to get really productive lessons out of this lot! *chuckle*

There will be some improvements next term: I will no longer be in a crappy room with crappy furniture as the crew is just about finished knocking two small rooms in the English department to make a large one, I will regain use of a projector and white board setup, support will be more consistent, and I've been told that the new year 7s I'll be receiving, whilst still being pretty damn weak ability wise, are much better behaved than the lot of year 8s I now have.

Still, we're running low on TAs (they're not being as readily replaced when they leave or retire) and we're losing a vital member of the staff, our current deputy head, who is retiring this year. THAT is going to be a blow that may send the school spiraling downwards. There isn't a lot of confidence in our new head teacher. A lot of teachers are saying that they'll see how things go this term/year and, if it gets really rough, they'll be leaving. I'm currently of the same inclination. My plan will be, during the next term, to save up a ticket to anywhere and, if this ship starts sinking too fast, jump. I've already done three tours of duty in this country and I don't need to prove anything to myself; if my job gets too crappy, I'm gone.

In other news, this weekend will be spent doing a lot of cleaning, laundry and such, in preparation for my departure to Canada (east coast, not west - sorry!) near the end of next week. Yep, I'm headed back to spend time with immediate family and my grandfolks. I imagine that revisiting many of my childhood haunts will likely prove to be quite restorative to my spirit. I'm certainly going to enjoy spending some lazy days camping on the beach! 
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Yoinked from [ profile] broken_the_bear

The Great Leader
You scored 72 Strength, 73 Guile, 59 Morality, and 81 Survival Rate!
Look around at the burnt out husk of our once great civilization. It's all yours baby! Your empire of dirt. You got high scores in all the places that matter. The world is yours. You can do with it what you will. Hail to the king baby.

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You scored higher than 99% on Guile

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You scored higher than 99% on Morality

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You scored higher than 99% on Survival Rate
Link: The Post-Apocalyptic Survival Test written by Blair-bot on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test
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Courtesy o' [ profile] dancingwriter...

professor x
You are Professor X!

You are a very effective teacher, and you are very
committed to those who learn from you. You put
your all into everything you do, to some extent
because you fear failure more than anything
else. You are always seeking self-improvement,
even in areas where there is nothing you can do
to improve.

Which X-Men character are you most like?
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