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May. 23rd, 2016 09:57 am
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Man it's so weird to be watching 3-4 shows every week that I actually want to talk to people about. Thank god they all have shorter seasons I guess.

1. Orphan Black

spoilers )

2. Game of Thrones
casting related thoughts )

WisCon40 Schedule

May. 20th, 2016 09:28 pm
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YES, Our Stories Matter: Encouragement and Support For Creators With Marginalized Identities
Friday, 4pm - 5.15pm, University C
Jaymee Goh (M), Riley, Alex Jennings, Mark Oshiro, Susan Simensky Bietila

Marginalization affects our success as creators, oppression impacts our ability to create and can grind us down. At the same time, encouragement can come in many ways, from reader comments to supporting each other as marginalized creators. Let's discuss issues like: Why do you keep creating? When do you know you've touched someone with your art? How do you recharge after a setback? How can we support each other within and between different marginalized groups? When it feels like the whole world is telling you that your story doesn't matter, where do you find the strength to pick up the pen?

The Downsides to Maker Culture
Sat, 9:00–10:15 pm, Conference 1
Georgie L. Schnobrich (M), Candra K. Gill, Jaymee Goh, Effie Seiberg

Maker culture as promoted by BoingBoing and others has a great deal of appeal to fans (robots, DIY, what's not to love?) but what are its underlying assumptions? Deb Chachra* declared that she is not a "Maker;" critiquing Maker culture as valuing certain forms of making over others (i.e. traditionally male forms of creativity like electronics vs. traditionally female forms like knitting) and which also values creation over other forms of contribution to society (like caregiving). Does it reinforce divisions based on class and entitlement as the ability to make also suggests that the maker has both the time and money to create? Does it indeed reinforce the idea that traditionally male roles are better? *See

Science Fiction in Translation
Sun, 10:00–11:15 am, Caucus
Jaymee Goh (M), Arrate Hidalgo, S. Qiouyi Lu

As Anglo SFF as a whole becomes more aware of the Rest Of The World, translation projects seem ready to see a boom. Let’s hear it from translators: how difficult is it to translate SFF concepts from one language to another? What trends are we noticing in what types of stories get translated, from which regions? What SF-nal influences are visible across borders? What can readers and editors do to increase the amount of translated fiction in the genre's magazines?

Asian Ancestresses
Sun, 1:00–2:15 pm, Conference 1
Jaymee Goh (M), Emily Jiang, Mary Anne Mohanraj

From Mulan, to Begum Nur Jahan, to Princess Shirin, to the Lady of Mount Ledang, the mythologies and histories of Asia are filled with women who tower large, rivaling the men of their times despite the unequal footing. How were their stories told to us when we were children? How did we find out more about them? What lessons can we take from their stories? And how do we re-tell them and partake in their legacies today?

Women Writing SFF, All Around The World!
Sun, 2:30–3:45 pm, Wisconsin
Jaymee Goh (M), Jackie Hatton, Arrate Hidalgo, Emily Jiang, Justine Larbalestier

A reading recommendation panel! What books would be of interest to WisCon members? Whether Anglophone, in translation, or in different languages, from Indigenous to diaspora works, let's share SFF we've read recently that encourages USian WisCon members to step out of our cultural bubbles.

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Takes afternoon naps
When not in panels, found at: POC Safer Space, and this year also at the San Juan 2017 table!

WisCon POC Dinner Reminder

May. 20th, 2016 09:26 pm
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If you're attending the POC dinner on Friday, please make sure to buy your tickets!!

Photos (Round 2)

May. 16th, 2016 04:48 am
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Last month, I spent a couple of weeks in the Scottish Highland. I would travel from one village to the next each day so got to see Inverness, Fortrose, Rosemarkie, Cromarty and some others I'm sure I have forgotten. Most of these photos are from Fortrose and Rosemarkie, my camera's battery died and I couldn't find an adaptor to charge it with.

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House of Cards

May. 15th, 2016 09:43 am
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I spent this weekend ingesting a metric fuckton of House of Cards (well, 1.5 seasons). I do not recommend this show, unless you're very hungry for really complex, quality depictions of politics (which I know some of my polisci major friends were). Kevin Spacey is stunning as usual despite his utterly ridiculous accent, Robin Wright is equally stunning but given maybe a fifth of Spacey's material to work with. Outside of Spacey's character the rest of the show ranged from incoherent (women) to deathly dull (men), for me.

Still, it has some interesting moments in season 1. Flickers of a show we didn't actually get. spoilers for s1 )

But the politics in S1 really were very good. It was like a love letter to everyone who despaired when The West Wing was popular. I also loved that the heroes are all democrats. That, too, was a hat tip and a middle finger to Sorkin. I will hopefully not be desperate enough to ever finish watching this show, as I know it gets worse and worse, but the politics in S1 were nice. It's been a long while since I've seen a good political strategist written believably, with failings and hubris and skill that's earned rather than gifted. Spacey carries a lot, I'm not sure he's enough to carry the entire season, but I did enjoy him.


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