gingicat: the hands of Doctor Who #10, Martha Jones, and Jack Harkness clasped together with the caption "All for One" (all for one)
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The characters I liked best? The bad guys. They were hard-working citizens who got screwed out of jobs that were legally contracted as theirs. So they decided to do something else, by selling alien equipment.

Context contains spoilers for a movie currently in theatres.

At the Roxy August 2009 2/12

Jul. 27th, 2017 10:11 pm
turlough: Jet Star (Ray Toro) with guitar, Making of Na Na Na video, September 2010 ((mcr) ray toro + music = true love)
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More pics from their performance at the Roxy in Hollywood, California, on 1 August 2009.

Teaser:
MCR

This way... )

At the Roxy August 2009 1/12

Jul. 26th, 2017 07:12 pm
turlough: Jet Star (Ray Toro) with raygun, Art is the Weapon video, Sept 2010 ((mcr) ray is badass)
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The first pics from their performance at the Roxy in Hollywood, California, on 1 August 2009.

Teaser:
MCR

This way... )

ComicCon July 2008 2/2

Jul. 25th, 2017 08:05 pm
turlough: Gerard Way, onstage in Birmingham, 13 Feb 2011 ((mcr) pretty pretty princess)
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The rest of the pics from a small shoot by James Dimmock at ComicCon on 26 July 2008.

Teaser:
MCR

This way... )

ComicCon July 2008 1/2

Jul. 24th, 2017 07:19 pm
turlough: Gerard Way & Brian Schechter, 2005 ((mcr) one day we'll run away)
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The first pics from a small shoot by James Dimmock at ComicCon on 26 July 2008.

Teaser:
MCR

This way... )

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Jul. 24th, 2017 07:48 am
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Good morning everyone, and welcome to Radio Free Monday!

Ways To Give:

Anon reminds us that the 2017-18 school year is coming, and [tumblr.com profile] positivelypt has a post up with links to wishlists for underserved classrooms. You can check out the list, give, and reblog here.

[tumblr.com profile] rilee16 is struggling to cover medical expenses after two head injuries last year, and has a fundraiser running to cover living expenses, previous medical bills, and a recent rent increase. You can read more and help out here.


Help For Free:

Anon linked to [tumblr.com profile] globalsextrendsproject, who are working on an independent research projected aimed at establishing whether there are global trends in stimuli for sexual arousal and the content of sexual fantasies. You can read more and reblog here or fill out the form here. I took a quick breeze through the form and it's primarily short-answer rather than multiple choice, once you get past the demographic stuff.


Activism:

[tumblr.com profile] stabulous has a post up about Welcome Blanket, a project initiated by the Smart Museum of Art in Chicago and anti-Trump craftivists. They are asking people to send handmade blankets to be exhibited at the Smart and afterwards distributed to refugees and immigrants arriving in the US. The hope is to create 3200 blankets to equal the length of the wall Trump wants to build across the US-Mexico border. You can read more at the link above, and find out how to participate at the official site, which includes activism resources whether you want to actually send in a blanket or not.


News To Know:

[personal profile] brainwane linked to Creative Commons, which is offering grants of up to USD$1000 for small projects ("Salons, campaigns, translations, e-books, printing, collaborations, and more") which grow the global commons. They want help increasing discovery, collaboration, and advocacy towards their mission. You can read more and apply for a grant here.

Anon linked to [tumblr.com profile] dr-kara's new comic available on ComixOlogy, [Super]Natural Attraction! Kara is well-known to me as a groovy artist who does cool stuff so while I haven't read this yet I wholeheartedly recommend her work. She has a rebloggable post about it here and you can buy and read it here.

And this has been Radio Free Monday! Thank you for your time. You can post items for my attention at the Radio Free Monday submissions form. If you're not sure how to proceed, here is a little more about what I do and how you can help (or ask for help!). If you're new to fundraising, you may want to check out my guide to fundraising here.

Tempe March 2008 10/10

Jul. 23rd, 2017 07:26 pm
turlough: Gerard Way facepalming, Life on the Murder Scene, 2005 ((mcr) oh shit!)
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The last pics from their performance at the Tempe Music Festival in Tempe, Arizona, on 28 March 2008.

Teaser:
MCR

This way... )
jesse_the_k: harbor seal's head with caption "seal of approval" (Approval)
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Zombie cheerleader says: "Rah rah rust!"

Zombie High motto is: "If we can't win using our brains then we'll use your brains!" ;-)


Context is a Lego cheerleader in a graveyard, among other topics

Tempe March 2008 9/10

Jul. 22nd, 2017 08:42 pm
turlough: Gerard Way in bigass sunglasses, Taste of Chaos tour spring 2005 ((mcr) not afraid to keep on living)
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Second to last batch of pics from their performance at the Tempe Music Festival in Tempe, Arizona, on 28 March 2008.

Teaser:
MCR

This way... )

3 Summaries In Need Of A Good Home!

Jul. 21st, 2017 09:53 pm
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There are still three summaries that need to have complement creators. If you are interested, or if you know of someone who is, please go here to claim a summary. And please help spread the word; we don't want these summaries to be without complements. \o/

#06

Media type: fic
Bands: My Chemical Romance
Relationships: Frank Iero/Ray Toro/Mikey Way/Gerard Way and all possible combinations thereof
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: Foursome m/m/m/m, Something Made Them Do It, Dubious Consent, Mpreg, Alternate Universe: Everyone Lives/No-one Dies, Sibling Incest, angst with a happy ending
Summary: [Danger Days: True Lives of the Fabulous Killjoys (based on music videos rather than comics)] An ordinary skirmish in the desert with dracs leads to Frank taking the brunt of a new weapon - and ends with him pregnant, furious, and freaking out. When the shit hits the fan and he gets kidnapped and taken back for interrogation by Korse, and forced to listen to the contents of the Traffic Report, something in him snaps. This fucking dystopia has gone on too long.

#13

Media type: podfic
Bands: My Chemical Romance
Relationships: Frank Iero/Gerard Way (side pairing Alicia Simmons/Mikey Way)
Rating: Explicit
Warnings: brief references to past alcohol abuse
Summary: While on tour, everyone in the band except Frank mysteriously turns into a girl. Gerard uses the opportunity to get into Frank's pants; Alicia does the same with Mikey.

#20

Media type: fic
Bands: My Chemical Romance, Mindless Self Indulgence
Relationships: Frank Iero/Gerard Way, Lindsey Ballato/Frank Iero/Gerard Way
Rating: Teen to Mature
Warnings: violence; character death; suicide (minor character, off-screen).
Summary: Western genre, set in the 1890s American West. Gunfights! Desert pursuit! Horses and pistols! Vendettas! Frank and Gerard made it through their first cattle drive together, but now Frank is gone and Gerard doesn’t know what to do. All he knows is that it has something to do with the preacher man. Turns out, Lindsey is looking for the preacher man too, but she won’t say why. Gerard has reasons enough to hate the man, but Lindsey has more—reasons that stretch back into her family, her childhood, and what brought her out west in the first place. Like the hero of any Western story, she wants revenge. Ray is a New Mexico lawman who has to decide what to do with Lindsey’s quest, and whether to allow her to bring vigilante justice to his ranching town.

Tempe March 2008 8/10

Jul. 21st, 2017 07:22 pm
turlough: Gerard Way, Spin photoshoot, 1 October 2010 ((mcr) my eyes are shining bright)
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More pics from their performance at the Tempe Music Festival in Tempe, Arizona, on 28 March 2008.

Teaser:
MCR

This way... )
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I still have to review Extra Virginity as well, but I actually liked that one, so it will take longer to compose….

One of the things I did get done yesterday between work, the ball game, and the Epic Sunburn, was finish a slim book of short stories called A City Equal to My Desire by James Sallis. This wasn’t a book that was recommended to me, which means I don’t have to feel bad about truly disliking it. I found it in a keyword search on the library website for books about ukuleles, and it has a short story called Ukulele And The World’s Pain, which admittedly was one of the better stories in the book despite still not being very good.

From what I can tell, he did pick the best story out of the book to develop into a novel, “Drive”, but it is very obviously unfinished in short-story form. Sallis has a couple of ongoing problems in the short story collection, one of which is that he tends to skip the vital information you need in order to know what the fuck is going on. And not in a “the blanks slowly get filled in” way, or in a “your imagination is more terrible” way (though there is a little of that) but just in a way where like…he says something that you understand to be vital to the story but which is missing context, then spends like a page describing the fucking diner someone’s sitting in, and by then any context forthcoming doesn’t get linked back. It’s like being in the middle of a paragraph when you hit the photo plates in an older book – yes the photos are very interesting thank you but I need to finish the thought you were sharing with me before I go back and look at them. I think maybe he thinks this is challenging the reader but it’s not, it’s just annoying and makes what are otherwise interesting premises totally opaque. I shouldn’t need to work this hard for a story about a hit man who decides not to kill a politician. 

If the book had a more cohesive theme in terms of the stories, it might be more readable – he clearly enjoys building worlds and then doesn’t quite know what to do with them once he’s built them, so if this was an entire book of “weird and different worlds” ala Italo Calvino’s Invisible Cities, I would buy in more fully and I think he would have put a little more elbow in. But it’s not. It’s mostly “here’s a really interesting world and a person living in squalor in it does something while being in it”. Also he appears to be fascinated by describing things that are shaped like pi. And a lot of times it feels like he read a wikipedia article on something and wanted to share some knowledge, so he just kind of built a half-assed story around his wikiwander. 

And all of this I would probably let go if say, it was something I was noticing in a fanfic writer, or someone who was just starting out, or someone I felt was genuinely trying to get a point across. But there’s this inexplicable sense of arrogance to the collection, a sort of smugness to it that in professional writers drives me up the goddamn wall. Stephen King sometimes falls into the same trap, where it feels like the author believes they don’t have to respect their readers because they are The Writer. 

The thing about volumes of short stories is that you keep reading it because sometimes there is a real gem. And there are one or two good stories in the volume, but I don’t know if they’re worth the rest of it. 

So my review I guess is mostly me being annoyed, but it boils down to “If you like short stories in the SFF Noir genre, give it a whirl, but if you’re bored with a story none of them get better, so feel free to skip to the next one.” 

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Tempe March 2008 7/10

Jul. 20th, 2017 06:17 pm
turlough: My Chemical Romance snuggling, NME photoshoot, October 2010 ((mcr) my downward spiral continues)
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Even more pics from their performance at the Tempe Music Festival in Tempe, Arizona, on 28 March 2008.

Teaser:
MCR

This way... )

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