GF-ish sessions at Penguicon this weekend

2017-Apr-26, Wednesday 10:19 pm
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Posted by brainwane

This weekend, April 28-30, people coming to Penguicon in Southfield, Michigan can catch a number of sessions of interest to Geek Feminism readers.

Coraline Ada Ehmke is one of the Guests of Honor (her Penguicon schedule). Ehmke “is a speaker, writer, open source advocate and technologist with over 20 years of experience in developing apps for the web. She works diligently to promote diversity and inclusivity in open source and the tech industry.” She and others are participating in a Women in Tech panel and Q&A on Saturday.

Perhaps I’ll see you at the con! Feel free to comment if you’re going to be there and mention any parties or sessions you’re particularly looking forward to.

Help needed, Problem solved

2017-Apr-26, Wednesday 11:16 pm
[personal profile] deanshot1 posting in [community profile] style_system
 I'm using style Heads Up, I was originally using my imported LiveJournal one but I wanted them to look different. 

I was wondering if there is anyway to move the Navigation link from the top of my journal to the bottom. It appears on both the top and the bottom once I go back through my journal entries but I only want to have them on the bottom not the top. 

I have no idea how to do CSS, the only thing I did know was how to put in my own header image.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Problem solved in comments.

Entry navigation

2017-Apr-25, Tuesday 08:11 pm
[personal profile] silvs_fiction posting in [community profile] style_system

I've recently moved her from LJ and I am using Practicality layout on both my journals here (both are paid for).

I would like to have entry navigation links at the top of each entry as well as at the bottom, similar to that found in the Flexible Squares Layout at LJ.

Any assistance would be very welcome. :-)

Request for help

2017-Apr-24, Monday 06:26 pm
[personal profile] herself_nyc posting in [community profile] style_system
Could one of you kind souls link me to the page where I can set the style for my reading page and posting page? I set it to Lynx, which I hate, and can't recall now how I did that.


Images auto-resize (RESOLVED)

2017-Apr-21, Friday 09:21 pm
[personal profile] prue84 posting in [community profile] style_system
Hi all. :)

I've just made the final step to import LJ to my dead DW account. I don't wish to bother with installing a custom style and picked "Argyle" theme from the ones available.

I just occurred into an issue that makes me go mad.

For years, LJ didn't resize the images in your entries, so if you have a pic bigger than the container (or even your screen), you just got the horizontal scrollbar.
Recently, though, LJ started to auto-resize them and in my LJ style they get resized to 500px. Aspect ration is respected. I was then forced to modify all my posts to add a link for the fullsize (xx_original.jpg) pic.

I should also note that in the html for the entry I always specify the width and height of every image.

On DW, though (or, at least, in the style I'm using) there is no resize. I tried to manually the code seen here and then add some variations of

.entry-content img {
max-width: 99%;
height: auto;

in the custom css, changing from "99%" to "100%" or "500px". Anyway, the point is that aspect ration is never respected, the image keeps the original height and therefore the images gets stretched.
Same post: on LJ and on DW. (put the max-width to 500px so you can visibly see the difference).

A research on google didn't help, the code above should be apparently enough. Is there any way to force the aspect ration to be mantained on my theme? I don't really want to edit every single post to change the width and height values (and doing calculations for every single image so to respect ration - see, open every image in image editor, scale to 500 and note down the new height value) and, at this point, I'm too much used to the image resized that I don't want to see the original size in the entry anymore.

I use Argyle for Crisped. My account is free.

Thank you. :)

2017 - #41, "Halting State", Charles Stross

2017-Apr-21, Friday 07:32 pm
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[personal profile] vatine

I haven't read this one as many times as maybe I should. There's some stylistic weirdness (it's written in second-person, which is to some extent, "gaming", although perhaps more the text adventures of days gone by than modern 1st/3rd megapolygon wossnames), which lingers in my memory as an initial hurdle. It's quite OK once you're reading, though. At least I find it so.

First in a series of two (so far) Scottish near-future police procedurals.

All in all, not a bad read. I should see if I have the second one in electronic or paper form.
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This was a book recommended by someone on Twitter. It is the 2014 Winner of the Philip K Dick Award for distinguished science fiction. I really enjoyed it because I like science fiction dystopia and empowered female protagonists.

In this book, there is a nurse in the hospital maternity ward in San Francisco taking care of women and babies when some unknown disease hits. Women in late pregnancy catch a fever, their babies die, and then they die. Other people in the household become infected and also die, but no one dies like the women. Eventually, the nurse catches the disease too. She wakes up in her house to a man trying to rape her. Once she escapes from the man who has broken into her house, she runs into a gay man who introduces her to the post-apocalyptic world where most people have died, and the survivors are mostly men. He does not want to stick with her because women are dangerous. They lead to fighting among men who try to take them as slaves. The unnamed midwife scavenges for the biggest pile of birth control she can find and a chest binder and disguises herself as a man as she wanders the US to see if there are any people left.

There were only two little parts that bothered me. I think someone called a motorcycle that was not a Harley a rice-rocket, and I think this is what Californians call Asian motorcycles. I wish they wouldn't. Then at the end, one character talks about someone being lynched. After reading about the violence involved in real lynchings, it was surprising to see someone discuss lynching in such a superficial way. When that character turned out to be black, it seemed like "here is the token black character discussing lynching."

The importer has (mostly) caught up!

2017-Apr-19, Wednesday 11:02 pm
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Our content importer has mostly caught up with its backlog; almost everything that's still listed as being "in the queue" are jobs that were tried, failed once or more with a temporary failure, and are waiting to try again. (The importer tries a few times, at successively longer intervals, when it gets a failure it thinks might be temporary/might correct itself later on.) This means that new imports scheduled now should complete in hours (or even minutes), not the "several days" it's been taking.

If you tried to schedule a second import while the first one was still running, at any time in the past 10 days or so, you may have confused the poor thing. If you think your import should be finished by now and it isn't, and you're seeing "Aborted" on the Importer Status part of the Importer page, feel free to open a support request in the Importer category and we'll look into it for you. (It may take a little bit before you get a response; those of us who have the access to look into importer problems have been really busy for the past two weeks or so, and I at least need a few days to catch my breath a bit before diving back into the fray! But we'll do what we can.)

I hope all y'all are continuing to settle in well to your new home!

profile: table problem

2017-Apr-20, Thursday 02:09 am
[personal profile] fueschgast posting in [community profile] style_system
I'm terribly sorry, this is probably the wrong place to ask for help, but I'm doing it here anyway because I couldn't find the right place.

The table I have in my bio doesn't display the way it should and I just can't figure out what the problem is. Is this even fixable?
ETA: To be more specific, the cell widths & heights aren't right, although they're in the table code and cellpadding is set to 0.

2017 - #40, "Saturn's Children", Charles Stross

2017-Apr-19, Wednesday 08:18 pm
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Don't know if I've reread this before, so this may genuinely be the second read.

It's, let's say, a "late-Heinlein pastiche", including, but not limited to, oversexed fembots with nipples that go spung (for plot-relevant reasons, no less).

We're in a post-humanity solar system, filled with a variety of robots, who are now all that's left of the heritage of Earth (having a completely crashed biosystem on the main planet, no human seen for at least one, maybe multiple, centuries, that sort of "left of").

When the novel start, we find our main viewpoint character Freya on one of the balconies of an upper-Venus-atmosphere flyer thing, contemplating the wisdom of letting gravity take over, since after all what meaning is there for a sexbot when she was manufactured after the last human was already gone?

Turns out, yes, there's a good many reasons to not let gravity take over.

Is it readable? Yes, on the balance. But probably not without knowing some of the specifics on which it riffs, which may or may not be what you want to internalise, but if you already had, there's worse.

It does set the scene for Neptune's Brood though, so might be worth reading just for taht (not sure it's 100% necessary, though).

[done] Dreamhack maintenance reminder

2017-Apr-19, Wednesday 09:31 am
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As mentioned in my last post, I will be taking the Dreamhack server down for maintenance in 30 minutes! I'll edit this post once it starts and again when it's back up.

10:04am BST: I have restricted logins to admins and am beginning the maintenance now. This will involve a reboot and some diagnostics before opening it back up.

10:58am BST: The maintenance is done, and logins are unrestricted again!

Melbourne Two-Day Dressmaking Course

2017-Apr-18, Tuesday 10:30 pm
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Posted by Gertie

Update: Oh my goodness, the class filled up in minutes! Please stay tuned for details of the Spotlight competition (there will be two spaces given away in this class) and see this post for all my other Melbourne events. I want to meet you all! xoxo

I'm thrilled to announce that I will be offering a two-day dressmaking course in Melbourne, Australia, at the Bayswater Spotlight Store. Spotlight is sponsoring this class at a special rate and space is extremely limited. 

Here are the details!

When: Saturday and Sunday, May 6th and 7th. 9:00 am to 4:00 pm each day.

Where: Bayswater Spotlight Store

Cost: $240 AUD. You will be invoiced via Paypal once your registration is accepted; please make your payment within 24 hours to keep your space. 

Class Description: Using Gertie's Ultimate Dress Book, students will learn fit a basic bodice pattern and walk away with your own custom variation of a sleeveless dress. There will be a strong focus on fit, with everyone being custom-fitted by me. You will spend the rest of the class learning my tested techniques for sewing and pressing darts, creating perfectly neat all-in-one facing, a vintage-style lapped zipper and much more.
Your finished dress will come together using a choice of the basic jewel neckline, V-neck, or elegant narrow shoulder. Students will choose to pair with this with one of three skirts (A-Line, Three-Quarter, or Pencil) to make the dress your own.
Skill Level: This class is not suited to absolute beginners. It is for people who are confident with using their sewing machine, reading patterns, and who have completed several garments before, including at least one dress. 
Supplies: Machines are provided by Spotlight. Students must bring their own copy of Gertie's Ultimate Dress Book (copies will be available to buy on the first day of the workshop), basic sewing supplies, fabric, thread, interfacing, and a zipper. (Detailed supply list will be provided upon registration.)
How to Register
Fill out the form hereOnce your registration is accepted, I will send you a Paypal invoice via email. Please pay the invoice within 24 hours, or your space will be given to the next person on the list. 
Space is very limited, but please keep in mind that I will be doing other events in Melbourne. Also, Spotlight will be a running a competition for two more spaces in this workshop (details to come). So if you miss out, you may still win a spot!

I hope to meet you soon!

Some posts from the last year on inclusion

2017-Apr-18, Tuesday 04:32 pm
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Posted by brainwane

A sort of topic-specific collection of links from about the last year, broadly talking about inclusion in communities, online and off, especially in geek(y) spaces.

What kind of discourses and conversations do we want to encourage and have?

  • Nalo Hopkinson’s WisCon 2016 Guest of Honor speech: “There are many people who do good in this field, who perform small and large actions of kindness and welcome every day. I’d like to encourage more of that.” In this speech Hopkinson announced the Lemonade Award.
  • “Looking back on a decade in online fandom social justice: unexpurgated version”, by sqbr: “And just because I’m avoiding someone socially doesn’t mean I should ignore what they have to say, and won’t end up facing complex ethical choices involving them. My approach right now is to discuss it with people I trust. Figuring out who those people are, and learning to make myself vulnerable in front of them, has been part of the journey.”
  • “On conversations”, by Katherine Daniels: “I would love for these people who have had so many opportunities already given to them to think about what they are taking away from our collective conversations by continuing to dominate them, and to maybe take a step back and suggest someone else for that opportunity to speak instead.”
  • “Towards a More Welcoming War” by Mary Anne Mohanraj (originally published in WisCon Chronicles 9: Intersections and Alliances, Aqueduct Press, 2015): “This is where I start thinking about what makes an effective community intervention. This is where I wish I knew some people well enough to pick up a phone.”
  • “The chemistry of discourse”, by Abi Sutherland: “What we really need for free speech is a varied ecosystem of different moderators, different regimes, different conversations. How do those spaces relate to one another when Twitter, Reddit, and the chans flatten the subcultural walls between them?”
  • “Hot Allostatic Load”, by porpentine, in The New Inquiry: “This is about disposability from a trans feminine perspective, through the lens of an artistic career. It’s about being human trash….Call-out Culture as Ritual Disposability”
  • “The Ethics of Mob Justice”, by Sady Doyle, in In These Times: “But, again, there’s no eliminating the existence of Internet shaming, even if you wanted to—and if you did, you’d eliminate a lot of healthy dialogue and teachable moments right along with it. At best, progressive people who recognize the necessity of some healthy shame can only alter the forms shaming takes.”

How do we reduce online harassment?

  • “Paths: a YA comic about online harassment”, by Mikki Kendall: “‘It’s not that big of a deal. She’ll get over it.’ ‘Even if she does, that doesn’t make this okay. What’s wrong with you?'”
  • “On a technicality”, by Eevee: “There’s a human tendency to measure peace as though it were the inverse of volume: the louder people get, the less peaceful it is. We then try to optimize for the least arguing.”
  • “Moderating Harassment in Twitter with Blockbots”, by ethnographer R. Stuart Geiger, on the Berkeley Institute for Data Science site: “In the paper, I analyze blockbot projects as counterpublics…I found a substantial amount of collective sensemaking in these groups, which can be seen in the intense debates that sometimes take place over defining standards of blockworthyness…..I also think it is important distinguish between the right to speak and the right to be heard, particularly in privately owned social networking sites.”
  • “The Real Name Fallacy”, by J. Nathan Matias, on The Coral Project site: “People often say that online behavior would improve if every comment system forced people to use their real names….Yet the balance of experimental evidence over the past thirty years suggests that this is not the case. Not only would removing anonymity fail to consistently improve online community behavior – forcing real names in online communities could also increase discrimination and worsen harassment….designers need to commit to testing the outcomes of efforts at preventing and responding to social problems.”

What does it take to make your community more inclusive?

  • “Want more inclusivity at your conference? Add childcare.” by Mel Chua and then “Beyond ‘Childcare Available’: 4 Tips for Making Events Parent-Friendly”, by Camille Acey: “I’ve pulled together a few ideas to help move ‘Childcare Available’ from just a word on a page to an actual living breathing service that empowers people with children to learn/grow alongside their peers, engage in projects they care about, and frankly just have a little break from the rigors of childcare.”
  • Project Hearing: “Project Hearing is a website that consolidates information about technology tools, websites, and applications that deaf and hard of hearing people can use to move around in the hearing world.”
  • “Conference access, and related topics”, by Emily Short: “This is an area where different forms of accessibility are often going at right angles.”
  • “SciPy 2016 Retrospective”, by Camille Scott: “SciPy, by my account, is a curious microcosm of the academic open source community as a whole.”
  • “Notes from Abstractions”, by Coral Sheldon-Hess: “Pittsburgh’s Code & Supply just held a huge (1500 people) conference over the last three days, and of course I’d signed up to attend months ago, because 1) local 2) affordable 3) tech conference 4) with a code of conduct they seemed serious about. Plus, “Abstractions” is a really cool name for a tech conference.”
  • “The letter I just sent to Odyssey Con”, by Sigrid Ellis: “None of us can know the future, of course. And I always hope for the best, from everyone. But I would hate for Odyssey Con to find itself in the midst of another controversy with these men at the center.” (This is Ellis’s post from April 7, 2016, a year before all three of Odyssey Con’s Guests of Honor chose not to attend Odyssey Con because of the very issue Ellis discussed.)
  • “The realities of organizing a community tech conference: an ill-advised rant”, by Rebecca Miller-Webster: “…there’s a lot of unpaid labor that happens at conferences, especially community conferences, that no one seems to talk about. The unpaid labor of conference organizers. Not only do people not talk about it, but in the narrative around conferences as work, these participants are almost always the bad guys.”
  • “Emotional Labor and Diversity in Community Management”, by Jeremy Preacher, originally a speech in the Community Management Summit at Game Developers Conference 2016: “The thing with emotional labor is that it’s generally invisible — both to the people benefiting from the work, and to the people doing it. People who are good at it tend to do it unconsciously — it’s one of the things we’re talking about when we say a community manager has ‘good instincts’.”….What all of these strategies do, what thinking about the emotional labor cost of participation adds up to, is make space for your lurkers to join in.”
  • “White Corporate Feminism”, by Sarah Sharp: “Even though Grace Hopper was hosted in Atlanta that year, a city that is 56% African American, there weren’t that many women of color attending.”
  • “You say hello”, by wundergeek on “Go Make Me a Sandwich (how not to sell games to women)”: “Of course, this is made harder by the fact that I hate losing. And there will be people who will celebrate, people who call this a victory, which only intensifies my feelings of defeat. My feelings of weakness. I feel like I’m giving up, and it kills me because I’m competitive! I’m contrary! Telling me not to do a thing is enough to make me want to do the thing. I don’t give up on things and I hate losing. But in this situation, I have to accept that there is no winning play. No win condition. I’m one person at war with an entire culture, and there just aren’t enough people who give a damn, and I’m not willing to continue sacrificing my health and well-being on the altar of moral obligation. If this fight is so important, then let someone else fight it for a while.”
  • “No One Should Feel Alone”, by Natalie Luhrs: “In addition to listening and believing–which is 101 level work, honestly–there are other things we can do: we can hold space for people to speak their truth and we can hold everyone to account, regardless of their social or professional position in our community. We can look out for newcomers–writers and fans alike–and make them welcome and follow through on our promise that we will have their backs. We can try to help people form connections with each other, so they are not isolated and alone.”
  • “Equality Credentials”, by Sara Ahmed: “Feminist work in addressing institutional failure can be used as evidence of institutional success. The very labour of feminist critique can end up supporting what is being critiqued. The tools you introduce to address a problem can be used as indicators that a problem has been addressed.”
  • “Shock and Care: an essay about art, politics and responsibility”, by Harry Giles (Content note: includes discussion of sex, violence and self-injury in an artistic context): “So, in a political situation in which care is both exceptionally necessary and exceptionally underprovided, acts of care begin to look politically radical. To care is to act against the grain of social and economic orthodoxy: to advocate care is, in the present moment, to advocate a kind of political rupture. But by its nature, care must be a rupture which involves taking account of, centring, and, most importantly, taking responsibility for those for whom you are caring. Is providing care thus a valuable avenue of artistic exploration? Is the art of care a form of radical political art? Is care, in a society which devalues care, itself shocking?”

Make Subjects into Links?

2017-Apr-18, Tuesday 04:46 am
[personal profile] lady_noremon posting in [community profile] style_system
I recently added the Tabular Indent layout to my DreamWidth using the [community profile] starlit tutorial, and the Tabular Indent source code from InsaneJournal. Then changing all the ""friends"" to ""read"". Everything is working really well, except the Subjects are not links for some reason? I saw on previous posts that cited Flexible Squares having this issue to use the [community profile] starlit version of the code. But as Tabular Indent isn't one of their edited codes, I'm not sure where I would change? Thank-you very much if you can help!

I would also please like to know how to have "(no subject)" as a Subject if an entry doesn't have one.

The Tags, Current Music, Subject, and such seem to not always be displaying in the same order. On my LiveJournal the order is: Tags, Current Music, Current Location, Security, Subject, Time, Current Mood. And I would like to carry it over to here. I saw in the edited Flexible Squares that they have it set-up as like paragraphs for each of those, but I don't understand how to transfer that to Tabular Indent.
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Hi all,

I'm going to need to schedule some maintenance for the Dreamhack server as I've just discovered that the quota settings haven't taken effect. I'm therefore going to schedule maintenance for Wednesday 2017-04-19, 10am BST (5am EDT, 2am PDT) (about 36 hours from now) for up to 2 hours. (It shouldn't actually take that long, but I'm reserving it just in case.)

This maintenance will involve a reboot of the Dreamhack server. I will also be restricting logins until the maintenance is done, as the nature of the maintenance means that it will need as little data modification done as possible.

I'll post again once the maintenance starts, and edit that post when it ends.

Announcing My Australia Trip!

2017-Apr-19, Wednesday 12:00 pm
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Posted by Gertie

Readers, this trip has been in the works for a while and now it's coming up FAST! In just two weeks I will be flying to the land down under to promote my new fabric line at Spotlight Stores and to do a series of dressmaking workshops.

Here is a breakdown of my workshops and other events! (Please note that some details still need to be posted in places; I will update as necessary.)


Tuesday, May 2nd, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm: Everton Park Spotlight Store, Meet & Greet and Book Signing.

Tuesday May 2nd, 3:30 to 5:30 pm: Mount Gravatt Spotlight Store, Meet & Greet and Book Signing.

SOLD OUT! Wednesday and Thursday, May 3rd and 4th: Two Day Dressmaking Workshop at Needlefruit. Please click here for all the details and to register! Two full fabulous days of fitting and sewing technique.

Thursday, May 4th, 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Drinks and Meet & Greet at Needlefruit. Register here.


Friday, May 5th, 6:00 to 7:00 pm: Bayswater Spotlight StoreMeet & Greet and Book Signing.

SOLD OUT! Saturday and Sunday, May 6th and 7th, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm: Two Day Dressmaking Workshop at Bayswater Spotlight Store. Two full fabulous days of fitting and sewing technique. Registration details will be posted in the next day or so. In the meantime, you can email me at if you are interested in this class; I will be handling the registrations.

Saturday, May 6th, 7:00 to 9:00 pm: Thread Den Q&A Evening. A fun evening of drinks, "Sew & Tell" and, chatting about my dresses, sewing patterns, books, blog and more!


Wednesday May 10th, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm: Lidcombe Spotlight Store, Meet and Greet and Book Signing

Thursday May 11th, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm: Castle Hill Spotlight Store, Meet and Greet and Book Signing

Friday, May 12th, 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm: Q&A Evening at Bobbin and Ink. The event will be live on this page at 10 am 4/19.

SOLD OUT! Saturday and Sunday, May 13th and 14th, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm: Two Day Dressmaking Workshop at Bobbin and Ink. Please contact the store for details.

I look forward to meeting all of you!

Couple of quick questions (RESOLVED)

2017-Apr-17, Monday 01:53 pm
[personal profile] gdelgiblueeyes posting in [community profile] style_system
Hiya, folks!

The (unwieldy) name is gdelgiblueeyes, but you can just call me "Blue Eyes."

My community [community profile] johnheartpaul has recently migrated from LJ to DW (ToS issue), and we've been finding the process very user-friendly and trouble-free (well, once I figured out the style settings stuff and had imported our journal's default style behind the custom CSS with the help of this link), with the minor exception of a couple of snags that I was hoping maybe style_system could help with.
  1. In comparing our profile here to our LJ counterpart, you will note that in the nav.strip, we didn't have Tags or Memories listed at LJ, and we'd like to keep it that way. Is there any way to make that work?
  2. Our custom style for the journal was designed for the new wave of LJ, where individual posts on the main page linked to a generic entry format (for example, clicking "Leave a Comment" -- or the entry's title -- on the first entry presently on my page would lead to something like this) instead of a separate page in our custom format. I'm guessing there's no way to replicate this specific experience, but viewing the comment form on a sample entry from the present DW incarnation will show you just how clunky it looks in our custom format. Anyone wanna troubleshoot how to make it look less like ass?
UPDATE: Thanks to [personal profile] healingmirth  for their help! All issues are resolved.

I basically inherited the task of porting this thing over here for mods who are way less tech-savvy, but my own skill only goes so far. Any help would be very much appreciated! (The tags are also a total guess, so anyone who knows more and runs things, feel free to put better ones on here. Thanks!)
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This book is a study of North Korean propaganda done mostly from information found in South Korea because westerners can't just walk into the Pyongyang and ask to see all the propaganda. Myers said that no one really took the study of the propaganda seriously because it is too political for the cultural journals and too cultural for the political journals.

Myers's thesis is that there is really nothing there when it comes to Juche Thought. It just does not make any sense. Kim Il-Sung was not that educated. Juche Thought was an erudite philosophy created by some people who were not really interested in creating a coherent philosophy. They needed some educated sounding nonsense to serve as philosophy. Myers proposed that the North Korean government operates under Confucian paternalism.

In early propaganda, Korea was visualized as a younger sibling to Japan. That vision of Koreans as children has made them view themselves as innocents who are under attack from outsiders. As history moved on, any assistance from outsiders was erased from North Korea's official history, and the Kims were treated as parental figures (the state is both a mother and a father but mostly a mother) that North Koreans needed. Spontaneity is seen as a positive quality in children. I found that odd in a land where people don't really have the freedom to move about.

The roundness of the Kims is seen as the childlike quality of all Koreans. But at the same time, the leaders are seen as parents giving hugs to children and protecting their people in a lot of the propaganda. Here is Kim Il-Sung hugging a little girl.

As the hardships of the 1980s and 1990s approached, there was a lot of imagery involving involving storms and waves. The storms and waves represented the outside world, and the leaders had to stand up to defend North Korea against them. Here is a picture of former President Clinton and Kim Jong-Il sitting in front of a picture of waves. Attacks from the outside world seem to strangely make the leader of the country more powerful because it gives the parent-leader purpose and support.

The penultimate sentence of this book summarizes it nicely.

"In any case, the prevalence of motherly authority figures, the glorification of 'pure' racial instincts, the denigration of reason and restraint-- all these things encourage rashness among the DPRK's decision makers just as they encourage spontaneous violence among average North Koreans."

In a lot of the propaganda, Americans look a little bit like Ebeneezer Scrooge or offensive caricatures that you might see of Jewish people. They are men with hollow eyes and large hooked noses. In the linked example, there are some hollow-eyed American soldiers torturing a Korean woman by pulling out her teeth with pliers. The woman is a wearing white which is symbolic of purity and innocence.

I found it odd that Americans looked like Jewish caricatures because North Koreans are not necessarily as critical of Jewish people as they are of American and Japanese people.
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Been a while since I read this. It's rather godo reading, but one thing leaves me puzzled, what do tibias have to do with arms? Anyway, Irene is a Librarian (yep, taht capital letter is definitely required), working for The Library (again, required), a library existing between the worlds, where time does not really pass, in some sense.

She has been given what sounds like a simple mission, go to a specified alternate and recover a book. No more, no less. Shouldn't be a problem, no?

All in all, excellent reading.

Dreamhack applications are now open!

2017-Apr-16, Sunday 10:19 am
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Apologies again for the delay on this - Dreamhack applications are now officially open again!

As I explained in my previous post (which you should read if you haven't already - there's a lot of info in there), anybody who wants a Dreamhack should apply through this form, even if you already had one before. I will, as a one-time thing, email everybody who had an account before to let them know that the service is back up and that they'll need to re-apply.

My apologies once again for the delay! If you find any issues with the service, please feel free to let me know.
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