Hello! This isn’t an announcement for the fest, but I wanted to let everyone know that something major is occurring in our corner of fandom.
K/S Archive is closing down and currently the admins are migrating fics over to AO3 through Open Doors. If you don’t want your fics to be migrated OR already have them on AO3 and don’t want duplicates OR want migrate them yourself, please email the admins to let them know. You can find out how to do that here on the news post on home page of K/S archive: https://ksarchive.com/
It’s really sad to see an ancient site like this go but it’s good to know the content is being archived at least.
If you have content on K/S Archive, please read!!!
1. If you already have an AO3 account and have posted your Kirk/Spock Fanfiction Archive works there, please let me know your Kirk/Spock Fanfiction Archive pseud(s) and e-mail address(es) as well, so that we won’t import your stories. (There is a tutorial on the Open Doors website with instructions for mass-adding stories to the new collection on the AO3: https://archiveofourown.org/collections/ksarchive.)
2. If you don’t already have an AO3 account but would like one to import your stories yourself, please let me know your Kirk/Spock Fanfiction Archive pseud(s), and the preferred e-mail address to send the AO3 invite to. (There is a tutorial on the Open Doors website with instructions for importing stories and adding them to the new collection on the AO3: https://archiveofourown.org/collections/ksarchive.)
3. If you would NOT like your works moved, please send me your Kirk/Spock Fanfiction Archive pseud(s) and e-mail address(es) so that we will not add them. (If you would not mind them being preserved but do not want your name attached to them any longer, please let me know that too - we can orphan your works instead of leaving them behind to be deleted.)
There is also an addition regarding the handling of reviews. Read the full post currently on the homepage of https://ksarchive.com and help this fandom yeet that AO3 Spirk tag into the record books!
Good news: if you’re currently laying around and not producing anything, you are a credit to your species.
I’m an ant biologist and I’d like to point out that ants also spend a significant percentage of the time doing nothing.
Turns out sometimes the most evolutionary useful thing you can do is chill and not wear yourself to shreds, whether mammal or insect. It helps you deal with emergencies and adapt to change. Plus, you can act as living food storage!
That last part is probably more an ant thing than a human thing, but hey, live your dreams.
it’s also a bear thing, which absolutely explains me
Doing absolutely fuck-all is how antarctic sea sponges live to be over 10,000 years old, so live your best, longest, laziest life.
Remember lions? Fellow apex predators?
Yeah, they spend 16-20 hours of the day laying around, socializing, raising Cubs and napping.
The last 4-8 hours are spent hunting.
Wait wait, they’re not a primate so they don’t count.
How about Orangutans?
Well, they spend 90% of their time awake just hanging out in food-rich areas, eating fruit and leaves, socializing, raising children, and chilling.
Well, they’re not people so it doesn’t-
How about Stone Age people in Europe?
They probably worked 3-5 hours per day, every day. (Though seasonal changes in food scarcity could change that)
Laborers in ancient Egypt worked 8 hours, with an hour break at lunch. They did this for 8 days, then rested 2 days. That sounds familiar. Except… they also had regular time off for festivals and holidays, and only worked for about 18 out of every 50 days.
Artisans in imperial Rome generally worked from 6am to Noon, and then had the rest of the day off… and only worked for half the year, due to all the holidays and festivals they got off.
But that’s too easy, what about a Peasant in medieval England?
6-8 hours per day, with Sundays off, Farm workers put in longer hours at harvest time but worked shorter days in winter when there are fewer hours of daylight. Economist Juliet Schor estimates that in the period following the Plague they worked no more than 150 days a year, due to the long holidays and many festivals.
Ugh, let’s go poorer. 17th century France. Starvation was afoot for the working poor!
During the reign of King Louis XIV, the workers of France had it tough, and hunger for the poorest was a fact of life. The typical working day was as much as 12 hours long, but two hours were set aside midday for lunch and perhaps an afternoon nap. Nevertheless, the Ancient Régime is said to have also guaranteed peasants, labourers and other workers a total of 52 Sundays, 90 rest days and 38 religious holidays off per year, meaning they worked just 185 out of 365 days.
So what changed?
The industrial revolution, baybe~~
New factory owners could work their employees to the bone due to a lack of regulation and abundance of cheap labour.
The typical factory worker in mid 19th-century England toiled away for a soul-destroying 16 hours a day, six days a week, 311 days per year!
THAT nightmare became the standard by which western society began to judge “work-life balance” and anything gentler than the industrial factory’s unfettered brutality is considered “softness”
(So many people died being mangled in those machines. Hair handkerchiefs went into style during American industrialization because working women would otherwise get their hair caught in the machines, and be either scalped or be bodily pulled inside to die…. But that’s a horror for another time)
Americans in 2020 worked an average of 8.5 hours per day on weekdays, plus another 5 hours on weekends.
Taking out federal holidays and weekends, we work 262 days per year. Most of us get 5-9 sick days to take per year. (Yes, a fixed number, no matter how sick you really are), and usually either no paid vacation, or 7-15 days paid vacation, depending on seniority and the company. Unpaid vacation doesn’t have a max, but taking it often risks you getting fired.
Even comparing against the poorest laborers in ancient history the current working structure for humans is, frankly, inhumane.
We are mammals. Let us rest. Let us celebrate holidays and attend festivals. Let us attend to our homes and families.
Even the ultra wealthy folks who got their heads chopped off gave us more time off than this!!!
Someone in the comments said something like “humans are instinctively industrious and productive, as social creatures!”
Buddy, that’s a lie fed to you by capitalism.
In our default state, we attend to our families yes, but we also party like hell, lounge around, and make fantastic works of art just to be proud of ourselves. We made beautiful things for the joy of creating them.
Stone Age humans may have spent a couple hours hunting and gathering, but DEFINITELY spent loads of time painting every available surface. Time and weather washed most of it away, but some places like Arizona and Colorado still preserve a few of the endless murals made by ancient hands.
Evidence shows that the ancient world was COVERED in paintings and etchings - just saturated with images of birds and beasts and humans, sunsets and cool weather. We invented mythologies and painted about them. We did something impressive, and painted about it. We taught our children how to paint and lifted them into our shoulders so they could mark the ceiling.
In our most base state, humans will work enough to survive, but our instincts demand we use all other time to create art. We want to communicate. To make connections.
“Working” or “being productive” is not on that list.
Thank you for coming to my TED talk.
Normalize ancient work-life balance standards 2021
Watching my toddler figure out how to language is fascinating. Yesterday we were stumped when he kept insisting there was a “Lego winner” behind his bookshelf - it turned out to be a little Lego trophy cup. Not knowing the word for “trophy”, he’d extrapolated a word for “thing you can win”. And then, just now, he held up his empty milk container and said, “Mummy? It’s not rubbish. It’s allowed to be a bottle.” - meaning, effectively, “I want this. Don’t throw it away.” But to an adult ear, there’s something quite lovely about “it’s allowed to be a bottle,” as if we’re acknowledging that the object is entitled to keep its title even in the absence of the original function.
Fully Automated Luxury Gay Space Communism is a phrase associated with far left movements on the internet. It envisions an idealistic society where gender norms have been abolished to such an extent that there is little to no difference between gay and straight, and due to automation, luxury is available to all people.
“Queer" is “an adjective used by some people whose sexual orientation is not exclusively heterosexual.” Also: “Typically, for those who identify as queer, the terms lesbian, gay, and bisexual are perceived to be too limiting and/or fraught with cultural connotations they feel don’t apply to them.”
It’s not exactly the best memory, but it’s really a great story to tell…
When I came out as bi on my LiveJournal in 2004, the process of stalking someone on the internet and revealing personal information was basically in its infancy. I thought that my LJ was a safe space and only the people that knew about it were going to discover my revelation. Little did I know that my dad’s friend (drummer in their band) was going to reverse search me after I sent him an email about bastardizing the logo I made for the band on their website.
So at this point I have already married my high school sweetheart (a boy) and I’m not handling my orientation awakening very well to begin with since I feel a little stuck. I get a random call from my dad and he’s stumbling with his words more than usual. He eventually gets to the reason behind the call.
You know, it’s ok if you like girls too. I mean, we’re not going to be mad or anything and your mom and I just want you to be happy.
I tell him thanks and that’s pretty much the end of the conversation. Thanks now that I’m married to a boy and feeling awkward? I immediately marked all my posts as friends only moving forward.
The wild part is that my parents got mad and grounded me when I was trying to go to a potential lady friend’s hot tub party in high school. They also were indirect proponents of the whole get married and have babies gimmick but then told me that I couldn’t just move back home when things got sketchy with the husband (ex-husband shortly after).
Curiously, my dad does not respect the trans or non-binary identifying people and has been quite verbal in his opinions on the matter. I have had to give my daughter the “please don’t continue this line of conversation” eyeball glare several times since we are staying here. Not that I don’t think the conversation shouldn’t be had, just that my dad is a stubborn jackass that thinks he is right and will argue with a wall if someone told him the wall had a contrary opinion to his. He’s probably going to be messed up if he ever sees my she/they.
We already discussed my entire Spotify being appropriate, but it would have to be some classics like “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen or “It’s Raining Men” by The Weather Girls but also new jams like “I Like Boys” by Todrick Hall and “I Kissed A Girl” by Katy Perry. An excellent assortment of all facets of the Alphabet Mafia.