Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Rocket Racoon and Groot as Han and Chewie.

for brett and others


Rocket Racoon and Groot as Han and Chewie.

for brett and others




The progress of Bruce and Tony’s friendship


Love those Science Bros.

I may be the only one, but I’m excite dot see Stephen Strange hang out with these two.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Improv Rambling: Talk About Anything Else But Remember Where You Are (Exercise)

This is a variation of the exercise we’ve done where you do a physical activity (sort mail, making a sandwich, working on an assembly line) and talk about anything but that thing. Because, of course, this is what we do all the time in real life.

In this version, the performers are given an activity that has extra weight/intensity. They are to remember what they doing, the energy and feeling of what they are doing but never vocally address it. Just talk about anything but that thing.

Here are some quick examples:

• Giving birth

• Defusing a bomb

• Dismembering a body

• In the middle of a museum heist

• In a sword duel

Commit to the physicality and energy of the activity and let those bleed into how you talk about anything else. Let the energy inform the performance.

Edited to add: I suppose the reverse can also be done: Talk about something super intense while performing a relatively banal task. But the the energy of what they are talking about should probably inform how they perform the task. Defaulting to the thing with the least energy would seem…less fun to me. I am sure humor could be gained from that. At other times, I’ve told people who have chosen “blasé” or “indifferent” as their *cough* emotion to just keep heightening it in their voice and physicality. It’s hard but can be done. (Not that everything, especially emotion, needs to be “heightened,” but it is one way to explore something…especially in a scene where very few strong choices have been made.


Meals with feels.


Meals with feels.

Monday, April 21, 2014
Blizzard has created a comparatively safe space in gaming, and that’s worth preserving. It may be telling that it required us to give up almost all avenues of communication when playing against random opponents, but so be it. My long sessions are made more pleasant by the calls of “Well Played,” and “Ooops” that come as I make some good decision and some poor ones, and that’s all I need from my opponents.
If it means I don’t have to hear from anyone else, I’ll gladly shut up as well.

Blizzard silenced Hearthstone players, and it made the game amazing (via wilwheaton)

Totally agree with this. Simple gestures. No one trashing on me when I misclick and look stupid. Or when I intentionally click and look stupid.

(via classicmcconnell)

I haven’t played Hearthstone but I agree with this.

Improv Rambling: Genuine

I’ve found that I’ve stopped saying “Play it real” and am now am saying “Play it genuine.” I have no idea if it is making any difference.




this list has been brewing for a few weeks and now is as good a time as any to post it. although it’s by no means comprehensive and is really only the tip of the iceberg, here are (in no particular order) 30 speculative fiction (sci-fi/fantasy/dystopian) books written by women of color

  1. Dawn by Octavia Butler
  2. Redemption in Indigo by Karen Lord
  3. Wind Follower by Carole McDonnell
  4. Mindscape by Andrea Hairston
  5. Racing the Dark by Alaya Dawn Johnson
  6. Dragon Sword and Wind Child by Noriko Ogiwara
  7. The Icarus Girl by Helen Oyeyemi
  8. Salt Fish Girl by Larissa Lai
  9. Half World by Hiromi Goto
  10. Silver Phoenix by Cindy Pon
  11. Guardian of the Spirit by Nahoko Uehashi
  12. Where the Mountain Meets the Moon by Grace Lin
  13. The Iron King by Julie Kawaga
  14. Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor
  15. Hammer of Witches by Shana Mlawski
  16. Ico: Castle in the Mist by Miyuki Miyabe
  17. Orleans by Sherri L. Smith
  18. Dualed by Elsie Chapman
  19. The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin
  20. What’s Left of Me by Kat Zhang
  21. Filter House (short stories) by Nisi Shawl
  22. Huntress by Malinda Lo
  23. Legend by Marie Lu
  24. Signal Red by Rimi B. Chatterjee
  25. The Conch Bearer by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
  26. The Island of Eternal Love by Daína Chaviano
  27. My Soul to Keep by Tananarive Due
  28. Cast in Shadow by Michelle Sagara
  29. Ascension by Kara Dalkey

update: kate elliot is not actually a woman of color and i’m confused as to how she ended up on this list :(

I see these lists go by and I always sigh because I’m not included again, and then I shrug and do nothing. And I realize I’m part of the problem for doing that. So let me include my book and others by wonderful POC women authors not on this list who write spec fic (sci fi, fantasy, dystopian)

Prophecy by Ellen Oh

Summer of the Mariposas by Guadalupe Garcia McCall

Vengeance Bound by Justina Ireland

Shatter me by Taheri Mafi

Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves

Cat Girl’s Day Off by Kimberly Pauley

Living Violet by Jaime Reed

The Hunter Kiss series by Marjorie Liu

Into the Wise Dark by Neesha Meminger

Akata Witch by Nnedi Okorafor

The Girl with Borrowed Wings by Rinsai Rossetti

The Twelve Kingdoms by Fuyumi Ono

If you see any I’ve missed, please add! I hope we can compile a more comprehensive list at some point.

making a summer reading list

Filled with shame that I have only read one of these. Reblogging for self.

(Source: lennykravitzscarf)