Everything is waiting on this damn deadline. Starting running again now that my summer cold is mostly gone. Cleaning the house. A social life. Reading or listening to or watching anything new. But whatever I have by COB Thursday is whatever I'm gonna have, so the good news is that the end is in sight.
Give me a number -- or a few! -- and I'll answer in a separate post.
1. Describe your comfort zone—a typical you-vid.
2. Is there a genre or style you've yet to try your hand at, but really want to?
3. Is there a genre or style you wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole?
4. How many vid ideas are you nurturing right now? Care to share one of them?
5. Share one of your strengths.
6. Share one of your weaknesses.
7. Point to a section from one of your favorite vids you've made and explain why you're proud of it.
8. Which vid was the hardest to make?
9. Which vid was the easiest to make?
10. Is vidding your passion or just a fun hobby?
11. Is there a section of canon above all others that inspires you just a little bit more?
12. What's the best vidding advice you've ever come across?
13. What's the worst vidding advice you've ever come across?
14. If you only could vid one show/movie for the rest of your life, which show/movie would it be?
15. Do you work mostly from start to finish, or do you vid sections out of order?
16. Do you use any tools, like clip notes or storyboards?
17. Stephen King once said that his muse is a man who lives in the basement. Do you have a muse?
18. Describe your perfect vidding conditions.
19. How many times do you usually revise your vid before posting?
20. Choose a section from one of your earlier vids and talk about whether and how you'd do it differently now. (Person sending the ask is free to make suggestions).
21. If you were to revise one of your older vids from start to finish, which would it be and why?
22. Have you ever deleted one of your published vids?
23. What do you look for in a beta?
24. Do you beta yourself? If so, what kind of beta are you?
25. How do you feel about collaborations?
26. Share three of your favorite vidders and why you like them so much.
27. Do you accept prompts?
28. Do you take liberties with canon or are you very strict about your vids being canon compliant?
29. How do you feel about smut?
30. How do you feel about crack?
31. Which is your favorite site for posting vids?
32. Talk about your current vids in progress.
33. Talk about a comment or review that made your day.
34. Do you ever get rude reviews and how do you deal with them?
Many Dracula films only provide a bat-morphing, blood-sucking monster with no glimpse at the man beneath, so hearing the words, “I want the power to destroy my enemies and save my family,” from the titular character is a bit startling. Legendary’s upcoming reboot Dracula Untold premieres October 17, 2014, and by the end of this new international trailer, you might just be rooting for the blood-eater too.
Dracula Untold retells the historical origin story of Dracula, specifically the reign of Vlad Dracula, a/k/a Vlad the Impaler, a Romanian prince who ruled the area from 1456-1462. Originally mythologized by Bram Stoker in his novel Dracula, the violent story of princes clashing through Turkish, Eastern European, and religious history all couched in the grandeur of the Holy Roman Empire continues to fascinate audiences, or we wouldn’t be getting new interpretations of it. It would seem we will see the softer side of the notoriously ruthless prince as he sacrifices his humanity to protect his beloved wife and child in the face of military aggression from Mehmed II, the Ottoman conquerer who figures in heavily to the historical story of Vlad the Impaler.
Luke Evans and Sarah Gadon will play Dracula and his wife, Morena, opposite Dominic Cooper as Mehmed II and Samantha Barks as Baba Yaga, a beautiful woman who becomes a powerful witch. Charles Dance also stars as Caligula, the Roman emperor-turned-vampire, who transforms Vlad into the creature of legend.
Dracula Untold is meant to relaunch the Universal Monster franchise so perhaps we can look forward to more darkly sympathetic action horror films in the years to come. Who would you most like to see on the big screen again? Tell us in the comments below.
Everything happens when it is supposed to happen. When the world received the Strokes in the fledgling moments of the new millennium, we were collectively coping with how to be a functional (read: non-extinct) society in a world we were months earlier expecting to implode because of Y2K and the inevitable reign-of-terror wrought by shitty desktops.
Julian Casablancas and the rest of the Strokes gave us a temporary vacuum. In a chaotic, hostile environment, the Strokes gave us neat, mapped out, clinically precise rock songs that alluded nostalgically to a familiar rock n’ roll idiom. Sure, there were sharp angles and unusual croaks, but never any distractions. It was a sound we needed to combat all external distortion.
With a single band-aid rip, Casablancas and his new band, The Voidz have embraced entropy and let all that rattling, discordant, and disquieting noise from the outside world inside the meticulously built machine he helped construct a decade ago. Stray laser beam reports and string sections all float contiguously in an antigravity chamber, and the result is really transfixing. If this 11-minute introductory track is an accurate litmus test, Julian Casablancas’ music, is, once again, a product of its own environment. And that, for better or for worse, is what we need, or at least deserve. Looking very forward to the rest of this album.
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(For that matter, my general experience has been that there's still sort of an urban/rural divide about it, with a lot of rural/semi-rural people not really thinking too much about dealing with trash in the old-fashioned "just drop it wherever" style. We're always having to clean up after hunters and picnickers in the gravel pit. Read a book not too long ago on Montana ranching that describes how one ranch where the writer worked as a ranch hand would just bulldoze the bodies of dead cows off a handy nearby cliff. Out of sight, out of mind!)
It's a strangely difficult detail to find via googling, though.
1. the mystery involved Jane going to help Adele in boarding school and I have always been vaguely resentful that Adele did not show up at the end of the book
2. the back description seemed to indicate that Mr. Rochester was basically not in it AT ALL because Jane was gallivanting around solving mysteries and had no time for him, which is perfect as a concept for a Jane Eyre sequel. All that should ever happen in Jane Eyre sequels is Jane running around doing a million useful things while Rochester stays home and pines. A+, completely true to the spirit of the book.
3. the idea of Jane Eyre using her accomplished sketching skills for the purpose of CRIMINAL FORENSICS is, like, the best thing ever. Let's not lie. It's amazing.
...unfortunately, despite all these points in its favor, the book was not particularly good at capturing any kind of sense of Jane Eyre-ness. I feel bad saying that because the introduction explains that Jane Eyre is very personally meaningful to the author. Jane Eyre is personally meaningful to me too! I just do not think Joanna Campbell Slan's personal Jane is much like my personal Jane. This Jane, well....
JANE: Oh look, a letter from Adele! Who has been stuck at school without seeing anyone for over a year due to FIRE AND DOOM plus new baby! ... I am pretty seriously offended she hasn't congratulated me yet on the baby, I cannot IMAGINE why she wouldn't be happy about this.
ADELE, IN A LETTER: AU SECOURS AU SECOURS AU SECOURS!!!
JANE: This is mildly concerning, but probably no big deal? Everyone knows Adele is basically a dramallama.
However even though Adele is PROBABLY just being a dramallama, Jane wanders up to London anyway, where she promptly sees the body of a schoolgirl being carried out of Adele's school.
ADELE'S TEACHER: Heyyyyy yeah so Adele was freaked out about the dead girl so we gave her some laudanum and she's been passed out most of a day? It's cool, it's cool, kids get hysterical about this kind of thing!
JANE, whose backstory trauma is literally ALL ABOUT DEAD SCHOOLGIRLS: Well, all this is startling, but, I mean, you know the French and all! Definitely still not ruling out a plain case of dramallama!
So Jane wanders off again. She makes a new society lady friend. She thinks about pretty clothes, because clothes descriptions are obligatory in historical mysteries. She ponders her new social responsibilities as mistress of the manor and decides she needs to do more charity. Eventually she gets convinced to go undercover as a German teacher to solve the mystery of the dead schoolgirl, so she does that, and then does solve the mystery, which mostly consists of discovering that the victim was a horrible monster that everybody hated, because having us feel sorry for a dead teenager would be too easy, I guess.
At no point in time does she do anything that particularly reminds me of Jane Eyre. But, like, I'm trying not to judge, Jane Eyre fanfiction is super hard to write. I don't think I could pull off the quality of Jane Eyre-ness either! The thing about Jane Eyre -- or at least Jane Eyre as she is meaningful to me -- is that she's fierce and difficult and self-reliant and weird, like, HELLA weird. And how do you throw all that fierce weirdness at the Standard Historical Mystery London and make them interact? It's an interesting question but sadly I do not buy this book as an answer.
The premise of the show is that back in the 19th century, the Norse gods were feeling pretty sulky about all the Christianity in Norway, so they emigrated en masse to New Zealand. They've been slowly fading away there, having greatly reduced powers and living almost mortal lifespans. When they die, they are eventually reborn as a descendent of the original immigrants, but they don't gain their powers or learn their godly identities until they turn 21. The show follows the four Johnson brothers, the youngest of whom has just discovered he's Odin.
I've only seen 8 episodes so far, and the show is mostly racy comedy (I'm assuming the dick pun in the title is intentional, because it certainly fits) with a side order of soapy drama. But along the way the show is also questioning various versions of masculinity and exploring power and gender relations.
With lots of beer and nudity.
- Went to have some curry mee for lunch
- Also went to the office/distribution center for Supermodel's Secrets, an online beauty store. Did not know it was online until they explained it to me! They have the cute tagline of "Get Gorgeous, No Surgery!" and also they had a bra ball in stock, which is what I wanted. For my mom. So now she can stop blaming the maids for her bras going out of shape.
- Today, I'm going for LASIK surgery! Wish me luck.
Cover art by Author: reena_jenkins
Title: Tour Guide Blaine
Pairing: Blaine Anderson/Kurt Hummel
Rating: Teen and up
Summary: anonymous prompted: Blaine the distracted tour guide with a penchant for blurting out hilarious and slightly inappropriate thoughts
Download: the MP3 | Size: 9 MB or the M4B | Size: 2 MB.
Crossposted to AO3