a grand day out

Oct. 22nd, 2017 08:24 pm
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Yesterday (October 21) was the birthday equivalent of the USS Constitution. For some reason, its commemorative jaunt to Castle Island and back (propelled by a tug boat, not by sails) was Friday the 20th. I hope there were lots of people at Castle Island, because where I was standing at the end of Battery Wharf (next to the Coast Guard station, and basically where the colonial era shipyard was) there were only a couple of dozen. I suspect it was the best viewing spot - one could see them (Old Ironsides, the tug boats, the police boats, the Massport and Boston fireboats, spouting all the way) approach, pause to fire 17 times (the significance is lost on me) and then head into the Charlestown Navy yard, back home. There were hardly any people by the water at the CG station, but maybe everybody else was off guarding the coast. Most of the cannon had red plugs, like a modern toy or otherwise out of commission firearm, but one on each side fired. A physics lesson. Even from a couple of hundred yards, the puff of powder was visible before the boom. I only once heard a human voice say (yell?) "Fire," but I'm sure it happened every time.
After that, being in the neighborhood, I went by Old North to drop off something for the ringers, since I had to miss yesterday's practice, and then went into the print shop to talk about the Boston Gazette and its slave ads. The printers (Gary wasn't there) were knowledgeable and helpful. One of them suggested that I buy a book of facsimiles of colonial newspapers, but I don't really need another weighty tome in the house. Apparently more and more information is becoming available about the publishers and their slavery connections. I will try to remember to check back in a few months. The on to errands and the journey home. Altogether pleasant.
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Funny, I had assumed no one would be interested in this one. Should have known better.

contains talk of negative body image, weight and fitness )

Is this weird to post about? It feels weird to post about in a mainly fannish/media space.

I'd better do it before I think twice. Or ten times, heh.
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Lyssna på avsnitt 114 som mp3Itunes eller Soundcloud.

Vi tar bussen till Bergsjön för att prata med Aisha Ali och Ramla Abdullahi (tidigare aktiva i Tidsnätverket Bergsjön och nu drivande bakom Bergsjöns röster). Vi pratar om lokal organisering, vakter på torget, vem som får ta plats, rasism, Hyresgästföreningen och en hel del annat.

Ramla Abdullahi och Aisha Ali (Foto: Pennypodden).

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In advance of The Walking Dead‘s eighth season premiere, Sesame Street has created another one of their allusions-for-the-adults parody sketches, with Cookie Monster serving as Sheriff Rick Grimes in their parody of The Walking Dead. In “The Walking Gingerbread,” zombie cookies called “crumbies” come after Cookie Monster and devour all his cookies. Truly evil! (via Nerdist)

  • After Tyler “Evilore” Malka, the owner of gaming forum NeoGAF owner, was accused of creepy sexual behavior, more than half the moderators quit and the site went down. (via Kotaku)
  • Star Wars: The Last Jedi is projected to have the second-highest-grossing opening weekend ever, with an estimated $215 million take that would put it just below Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ record. (via Collider)
  • Netflix shared a new Stranger Things poster to get everyone hyped up for the Season 2 premiere in five days. (via CBR)

  • Like my heart, Mars has been cold and dead for far longer than anyone previously understood. (via NASA)
  • Americans are buying newspaper subscriptions at record rates, specifically to counteract Trump’s attacks on journalism, and millennials are leading the way. For all the boomer headlines that accuse us of “killing” industries, it looks like our real legacy is taking down Applebee’s and golf clubs and saving the Fourth Estate. You’re all welcome. (via Politico)
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Oct. 22nd, 2017 08:02 pm
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Wow. This weekend has been an absolute roller coaster when it comes to D&D. Rambling under the cut. )

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Oct. 23rd, 2017 12:37 am
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I think one of the reasons I ever wanted to go to college was that living on campus seems pretty ideal. Not that I ever could. And student rooms are tiny, I need more room for my books.


Walking everywhere, No Cars, places that make breakfast and other foods, small shops (probably too small but the dream has actual food supplies in it), book shops, and a really big library. Plus rooms for to be social and book games nights and so forth. And interesting stuff to study and things to do. And you can go look in the art museum whenever you want to. And just, university campus, all the useful and necessary things, no waiting.

Too many humans, vast majority young, too much noise, weird focus on loud music events, probably lots of stuff going on I couldnt be having with.

But as a daydream, that's what I want. No cars, big library, places to meet.

But I got a degree in a subject I'm kind of Done with, because I get bored tired fed up pointing out all the ways things continue to be the same sorts of annoying.

And I remember how difficult that was and cant even aspire to go do it again in possibly bigger classes.

I don't know how I coped with all the humans but I'm not feeling the benefit side of the cost/benefit any more.

I can think of all the reasons to not do things but then the future will continue to look like the past few years and that's really boring.

I should dream better.

Interesting things to read, people to talk to them about, and places I can get to without crossing a stupid road. Good dream.


Oct. 22nd, 2017 07:34 pm
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So... as those of you who follow me on Twitter know, I accidentally adopted a new cat last weekend. Oops?

Long story short: one of my coworkers has a teenage son who's in college. Said son adopted a cat back in the spring, decided over summer vacation that she was too much work, and left her with his parents when he went back to school. His mom is severely allergic to cats. They tried keeping her for a few weeks, but my coworker's wife ended up in the emergency room unable to breathe because of it, so the cat ended up with me somewhat unexpectedly.

(I'd volunteered to take her, on the condition that WWIII didn't break out in my apartment when I tried introducing a third cat to the mix, but it was something that was tentative and wasn't planned for at least several more weeks. Then I got a phone call last Saturday night asking if my coworker could come by the next morning.)


Everyone, meet Keyleth (also known as Kiki.)

Garrus and Percy have been fine with her from the beginning. They've definitely been more curious than anything else. She, on the other hand, has been a little more wary. At this point, she's just starting to get used to being in a new environment with two much-larger-than-her cats around. (Kiki's approximately two years old, but she's tiny. Even smaller than Tali was, which is saying something.)

So far, so good. I left them alone without shutting anyone up in the bedroom for the first time earlier today, while I played D&D over at the game store near my place, and the apartment was still standing when I got home. Kiki's still somewhat wary of Garrus and Percy, but the worst she's done is hiss and go pout under the bed for a little while before coming back out. And neither of them seems to be taking offense to it, so they're just leaving her be for a bit when she gets to that point.


Oct. 22nd, 2017 11:33 pm
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I seem to be back to sleeping during the day and being awake at night, which is a pain, and tiring, and I need to fix it, something which usually leaves me even more tired.

OTOH, after very little writing since summer, this week has produced:

First draft of a 5,500 word short story - 'Wheeler', which is deliberately structured to spin a novel out of, and is looking at the idea of whether a wheelchair user can be a space fighter pilot (which I've been noodling over for a while). I'm using Ehlers-Danlos as the disability, so it's very much write what you know. The short story is the Pearl Harbour equivalent, the novel would add the training montage and probably Battle of Britain and/or Doolittle Raid equivalents.

Plans for redrafting 'Titanium Witch', an existing 6000 word short story that targets people's behaviour towards disabled people and how wheelchairs can shape perceptions. The protagonist is a vent-dependent quad, with the SFnal element being exoskeletons as a way to move beyond that. The original plot was a fraud by her deputy, which she stumbles on while having exoskeletal problems, but I've realised I can make the story much stronger if the exoskeletal problems are actually a murder attempt (plus allowing me to deploy an EMP weapon as a plot maguffin). It will become longer as a result, I'll need several extra scenes, but I'll want to keep growth controlled. I want this rewrite done before the end of the year, but may work on it much sooner.

And finally, after a year of sitting on them with writer-brain running in panicked don't-wanna circles, I've figured out how to address Yoon''s beta notes on 'Graveyard Shif't (my Pitch Wars novel). The motivational weaknesses on the bad guy necromancer can be addressed by making him Russian, not Haitian, and tying him into the family backstory of Aleks, the Russian-American protagonist. At the same time that solves my ever increasing discomfort that the bad guy is a stereotypical bad voodoo witchdoctor, even if I do counter that with a very empowered Voudoun Mambo consulting for the good guys. And I can address Yoon's suggestion I drop the third PoV character to concentrate on the interplay between the two leads by rewriting his scenes from Aleks' viewpoint, even the one she definitely isn't there for - teleconferences are a thing, and she's sitting in a business jet while things are happening (idiot! how did you not notice that?). And all of this means committing myself to a complete rewrite in between a month and six weeks, because I want to throw the completed re-draft at  the Angry Robot open submission window.

That's a lot of writing to do between now and Christmas, so I figure talking about it here is a way to keep me on track and logging process, which is something I've stopped doing over the last year or so.

78F - 66F : Sunny

Oct. 22nd, 2017 07:07 pm
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I couldn't sleep last night, so I didn't wake up until 2 this afternoon. Then I spent most of the day lying in bed in that depressive state between lying in bed doing nothing and being active that involves lying in bed on the phone. At 5:45 I got up to go for walkies with Donna. I caught quite a few Gen 3 and new to me pokemon, and hatched several eggs. So I guess that was a win. That's it for the day.

10/22/2017 Conlon Loops

Oct. 22nd, 2017 02:27 pm
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I left the car about 8 am under clear skies and wearing just four cotton layers, three of which were stuffed into my fannypacks by noonish. It was glorious weather. I walked up beside The Little Farm, along Loop Road, up Laurel Canyon Road, north on Nimitz Way, down Conlon Trail (graded within an inch of its life; no need for a stick at all), and back on Wildcat Creek Trail. Nothing unexpected, but it was great to hear so many varied thrush, and especially to see one. Oh, and that one baccharis with bluebirds, yellow-rumped warblers, and a male house finch.The list: )

A jerk bicyclist I met on Conlon just had to offer that I looked like I was shipwrecked. Unfortunately it took me too long to figure out what he was (probably) referring to for me to tell him to fuck off, even if I'd had the courage to do so. Indeed, I looked like I was wearing floats. I wear this in the back; it starts out holding two clif bars, two apples, and my stick, but by noonish it contains one clif bar, one apple, my stick, and two layers. In the front I wear an ancient Eagle Creek fannypack to support my bins, but it is remarkable capacious and can hold my neck warmer and a third layer, as well. You can imagine when both fannypacks are stuffed with layers I look very silly, but the alternative is not going out. What an asshole. No passing women would have commented.

It's not a complete solution, I discovered today. In the fifth hour my upper back began to get as tired and painful as ever, which is extremely discouraging, though sitting briefly at Jewel Lake did help. I was fine for five hours on the 11th, perhaps because it was cooler and I was carrying less than three layers in my packs, but that doesn't seem to me a sufficient difference.

Word Wars?

Oct. 22nd, 2017 04:09 pm
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Does anyone know a place to have word wars/sprints that isn't irc (which I can't get on) or Discord (which I'm avoiding)?

I have write or die, but some how the other people factor is really better for my productivity.

This week in writing, 10/22

Oct. 22nd, 2017 11:10 pm
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This week included my birthday (and I am still in mid-birthday-weekend-trip) so… less writing. (And I have concluded that I need to let Kinktober go because I’m just picking away for days and days at one day’s story, and missing working on other stuff, so I am pretty decidedly not in The Kinktober Spirit.)

WIPs currently active: 5, since as of this moment I’m not counting the Kinktober thing I was working on.

Words written this week: 1,725

WIPs that got no words this week: 0

WIPs that did get words this week:

Codename: Aluminum Bastard (aka broken dick epic): 142

Born in the Blood: 187, and then I got to a scene break and now I have to figure out the next scene. Oh dear. 

Slavefic #6: 176, although I may have to walk back some of it, because it’s possible I got carried away writing things in direct refutation of a frustrating comment on a previous story. Oops.

Wildly Unmanageable Ace!Bitty Longfic: 194

Jack/Bitty angsty happy ending kidfic: 734

Kinktober Day 9 (Sam/Grant, abandoned for now): 292, and finally I have to admit that writing fanfic of an original thing I wrote is crossing some wire in my brain that is making it weirdly difficult to write a PWP?? idek.

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Seen at the supermarket

Oct. 29th, 2017 06:22 pm
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"Cock soup"


This supermarket also sells rosewater lassi (mmm) and century eggs, which I thought you had to go to Chinatown or wherever to get!


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Here are the Meanings Behind 19 Classic Sailor Tattoos (I have no way to verify this information, but I was interested in the picture of the 1930s German sailors meeting King Neptune. It's funny to think that during the upcoming war, sailors on both sides were still doing the same silly ritual that sailors do.)

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Oct. 22nd, 2017 11:01 pm
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This turaco is disappointed in his elected leadership.

Originally posted at stories.starmind.org.

Minneapolis Park Board, District 4

Oct. 22nd, 2017 10:01 pm
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On the ballot for Park Board District 4:

Tom Nordyke (DFL)
Jono Cowgill (DFL endorsed)


Tom Nordyke

It really takes a special kind of guy to look at the people currently in a political race, take offense at how few women have been endorsed, and decide what that race really needs is for you, a man, to add yourself to the mix.

What was a surprise to him, and others, was that the candidates who emerged with DFL endorsements — including the eight Our Revolution candidates — were nearly all men. The only endorsed woman was incumbent Steffanie Musich in the fifth district, who wasn’t backed by Our Revolution.

After seeing the convention play out the way it did, which included a fistfight between supporters of two third district candidates, Nordyke decided to run himself for district 4. He thought he could bring a measure of calm leadership to a board that seems like it might need it.

And it gets worse:

What diversity do you bring to the Park Board?

Tom Nordyke – “I was the first openly gay President of the Minneapolis Park Board. That is something I am proud of and one of the reasons I jumped into this campaign. We are seeing less diversity in this year’s local election cycle than we have in years. Regarding the LGBTQ community, we are looking at less representation in local government than we have seen in a very long time. I believe as a gay man and member of our LGBTQ community I have a unique and diverse voice to bring the Park Board.”

I mean, let’s talk about this for a minute.

(1) LESS DIVERSITY IN THIS YEAR’S ELECTION CYCLE? The Park Board is currently 100% white. In a city that’s (approximately) 20% Black, 10% Hispanic, 6% Asian, and 2% Native American, every single person on the current Park Board is a white person.

(2) LESS REPRESENTATION IN LOCAL GOVERNMENT FOR THE LGBTQ COMMUNITY? There’s this stereotype of a certain sort of (usually white, usually pretty wealthy, generally privileged) cis gay man who sincerely believes that the only queer people who really count are other white cis gay men, and … I am forced to conclude that Tom Nordyke is in this category. There are two trans people running for City Council. Devin Hogan (candidate for Park Board At-Large) is nonbinaryTequen Zea-Aida, Jillia Pessenda, Erica Mauter, Gary Schiff, Carol Becker, David Wheeler, and Tom Hoch are all LGBTQ, and I’m pretty sure I’m missing some people! How do you look at this list and feel under-represented as an LGBTQ person? Unless the only people you’re counting are Gary Schiff, Tom Hoch, and David Wheeler?

I mean, the election isn’t for another two weeks; we don’t know how many of these people will get elected, but “some” is a pretty safe bet. (Especially since Carol and David are unopposed on their ballot.)

Reading further down in that article I hit this gem from Tom:

There are a number of candidates who have tried to label the MPRB as a racist organization with no concern about racial equity or justice. That is simply not true.

On Tom’s actual website, he promises “civility” and “sane leadership” and he talks about “bring[ing] the Board together after years of acrimony” and “heal[ing] the differences with the staff.”

And, I mean, “civility” and “sane leadership” would be an improvement over the Park Board president losing her everloving shit over the fact that Nekima Levy-Pounds has shown up to speak at a meeting that didn’t have a scheduled slot for community participation. I’m not sure he’d agree with me on where things went wrong at that meeting, especially since he wants to pre-emptively dispute the idea that the MPRB has not shown enough concern for racial equity, and thinks that a board that might have one or more Black people on it is less diverse.

On other topics: he’s solidly pro-pesticide use: “There is simply no other way right now to deal with the invasive species that clog our waters and trails and obstruct or views and access to the Lakes and River. It should be noted that the Park Board is extremely judicious about the use of pesticides. I absolutely support the goal of moving toward a pesticide free system. But to do so now would cause damage to our system that our community would not accept.” I may actually agree with him about this. I mean, my feeling here is that if we have people running things with ideas about drastic reductions, that’s totally worth a try, but there are absolutely things I’m not willing to accept as a consequence of eliminating all pesticides. If the anti-pesticide progressives sweep the board — which I’m hoping will happen, actually — I would encourage those who are on the fence to keep an eye out and speak up if this starts to create actual problems.

(My college has this little artificial lake by one of the dorms. In order to stay a lake, it requires regular dredging. While I was a student, the arb manager talked the college into turning it into a wetland instead of a lake, so they tried it. What resulted was a really foul-smelling swamp. There was a bunch of “just wait, things will get better, it takes time for habitat restoration blah blah blah.” After a year or two, the president called the arb manager in and asked, “when is this going to be nice?” The arb manager said, “what? it’s awesome, what do you mean?” The president ordered dredging the next week and turned it back into a lake. What I’m saying is, sometimes what environmentalists think is super awesome and what normal users of a system think is super awesome are two separate circles with none of that overlapping space that makes a Venn Diagram. Sometimes! Not always! But if you find that the system you wind up with is not the system you want, push back!)

Jono Cowgill

Jono Cowgill is an urban planner, with both a degree and work experience in urban planning. He’s endorsed by Our Revolution, Lisa Bender, Scott Dibble, and Andrew Johnson.

The LWV questionnaire asked this fairly convoluted question (they had 250 words, I think, to answer it):

For the past five years the Trust for Public Land has determined that Minneapolis has the best park system in the nation. Do you agree with this assessment? By what criteria do you hope the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board is measured in the next four years and what steps do you see necessary to ensure that the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board scores highly within those areas? What are your top priorities for the next four years?

Jono’s response focused on new ways we might assess the MPRB: increasing the proportion of park funding that goes to recreation programming, and increasing the proportion of contracts that go to DBE firms. (Tom’s response was a “priorities” answer — things like “finish the renovations and upgrades to Loring Park including paths, tennis courts, lighting and Berger Fountain.”) And I’m a little frustrated that Jono’s actual priorities are pretty opaque to me: he wants “parks for and by the people,” he wants a climate action plan and to move toward pesticide-free parks, and he wants “safe parks for everyone” by which he means “dynamic, intergenerational programming.” This is all pretty vague.

I like his experience as an urban planner, though.

Tom Nordyke arrived on the board in 2006 during a pretty serious ongoing meltdown over a nightmarishly bad Park Superintendent who was an old friend of Bob Fine’s. Gurban was hired in late 2003; in 2004 he was given the permanent job. Tom Nordyke came on the board in 2006; he then didn’t win re-election in 2009, and the new board that took over was the board that kicked out Gurban in 2010. I do think that Nordyke was less-notoriously-awful than some of the Park Board members of that era.

But in any case: this is not that board, and they’re grappling with really different stuff. I think electing a guy who thinks that a board would be less diverse if it gains non-white members and who is 100% confident that the MPRB is definitely not racist is probably not the person who’s equipped to resolve the issues they’re dealing with now. I would vote Jono Cowgill as my #1.

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In taking the helm of Thor: Ragnarok, Taika Waititi not only made a career leap for himself, but a huge leap for indigenous representation behind the camera. With a budget of approximately $180 million, Ragnarok is the sort of opportunity that big studios almost never hand to an indigenous director – and so Waititi used his position to include others. From Easter eggs to shadowing opportunities for indigenous filmmakers, from an opening Karakia ceremony to avoiding appropriation, Waititi worked to bring better representation and inclusion to the Ragnarok set.

Waititi is Māori of the Te Whānau-ā-Apanui iwi from New Zealand, and so he had some understanding of what it meant for Thor: Ragnarok to film on land that traditionally belongs to indigenous Australians. “You wouldn’t really start a movie in New Zealand without asking the local tribe to come in and bless you and send you to work with some good mojo,” Waititi told Screen Australia, “Especially if you’re on their land, you’re in their backyard.”

So on the first day of production – July 4, 2016 – he invited members of the Yugambeh mob to perform a Welcome to Country. “The studio were very receptive (and) jumped on board,” he said, “so we got some locals from the Yugambeh mob, they came in and welcomed us. And one of our Kaumātua (a Māori elder), came over to do a Karakia, a kind of open-up ceremony from my side of things as well.”

In addition, Waititi wanted to include indigenous people behind-the-scenes, such as hiring an Aboriginal company to supply water for the cast and crew. “Being Maori,” Waititi said, “it’s extremely important to me to have native presence on any film.” He also explained to Buzzfeed News: “It’s a responsibility you have to the Indigenous people. You’re coming to a country and you’re bringing money into the economy and creating jobs, but I think you have an even bigger responsibility to look after the people that have less opportunities.”

Waititi also insisted on providing creative opportunities for indigenous aspiring filmmakers. “I just said to Brad [Winderbaum], whenever I do my films I make sure we try to get any locals who might be interested in the film industry to come in and get some work experience, or just to sit around on set and see how it’s done,” he said. “Because I never had that opportunity when I was a kid.”

As a result, eight indigenous interns (attachments, in the parlance of Screen Australia) were brought on board to shadow Waititi and experts in other departments, including stuntwork and set design. The attachments were supported by Screen Australia, and you can read about all of their accomplishments here.

(NB: I couldn’t find information about how much these attachments were compensated for their time. According to the information on Screen Australia’s website, indigenous practitioners can apply for up to $10,000 in funding to support their internships – and given how heavily Screen Australia was touting this Thor: Ragnarok scheme, they’d better have given out some funding to allow low-income creatives to participate. I’m sorry I couldn’t find that info, because I know unpaid internships are a big issue in the arts.)

Cornel Ozies, a filmmaker shadowing Waititi, spoke to both Screen Australia and The New York Times about his experience. “Between takes we’d talk about his culture, my culture, stories, mythology, music,” Ozies told Screen Australia. “It was just stuff that takes that pressure off…Then there were moments where he would break down why he made choices. He’d pull up and explain maybe a situation from previous experiences that he had on other sets and what he’s learnt, and just impart that knowledge.”

Ozies also spoke to The New York Times about how he felt Waititi’s culture influenced his directing style. “If you talk about his Māori heritage, it’s big families,” said Ozies. “When you have big families, you’re going to have a lot of clashes…you pick up the skill set of being a mediator.”

Indigenous Australian and Māori actors were also hired for the cast, including Rachel House as Topaz, Shari Sebbens as an Asgardian mother, and Stephen Oliver as cousin Carlo.

Designers for Ragnarok were also inspired by the native art of Australia and New Zealand, but Waititi was careful to warn them against crossing the line into appropriation. “I was very careful in these design meetings,” he said, “You need to follow-up by saying  ‘don’t copy that, but use it as inspiration’, because the next thing you know you have 50 people who have appropriated all these like beautiful ancient designs without asking what they mean, or who owns them, or for any permission.”

Lastly, Waititi also included little Easter eggs to amuse himself and other indigenous viewers. Speaking to triple j, he revealed that the Commodore ship, which Ragnarok‘s protagonists use to escape Sakaar, is painted with the colors of the Aboriginal flag, while Valkyrie’s spaceship uses the colors of the Tino Rangatiratanga flag.

Waititi found the Easter eggs calming. “I wanted to fill it with a few in-jokes and things for Kiwis and Australians. For me, anyway, it would just ground me…so while I’m making this giant Marvel movie I could look around and go, ‘That spaceship – that’s painted with the Aboriginal flag colors. No one else knows that but us.'”

(Via Screen Australia, NITV, The New York Times, and Buzzfeed News; image via Shutterstock)

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