Miscellany

Oct. 31st, 2014 06:55 pm
frayadjacent: Aeryn Sun in profile, looking tough and determined (Farscape: Aeryn determined)
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I finished The Peacekeeper Wars and almost immediately turned around and re-watched the Farscape pilot. I've never done that before (much as I've been tempted at times), but it's been over two years since I started the series, so I hardly remembered it. Needless to say, it held my attention much more this time around. I especially was overwhelmed with Moya feels the first time John sees her, and felt a lot of sadness/excitement for John. The part I'd remembered best was the UST filled conversation between Zhaan and D'Argo, which I very much enjoyed again.

Also, I hadn't realized that Rygel had been the one to break them out of their cells! Good for him. Now he's done like five things I approve of. (I am not a Rygel fan.)

Oh, and the PKW was pretty good too! Some silliness, but also some really fun comedy and action for Aeryn. I felt like she got more agency in the PKW than she did in, like, all of S4, so that was cool too. And I finally found out where the "shooting makes me feel better" line came from -- I always assumed it was from S1 and I'd missed it.

Um, there were a few moments that also made me very sad. I won't say which.

Also I've now watched all the Farscape vids I know about (so, like eight) and they are great. I still never know if people appreciate comments on old vids, which I then often use as an excuse to not do it, but...I might be leaving comments on some of your old vids, folks.

My Orphan Black vid is basically done, but my brain has decided that I have to color and gamma-correct basically every clip. Probably overkill, but it is *so* satisfying to adjust the black levels and see how much prettier the image becomes.

Festivids! I am Festivids-adjacent again this year, which means that if you want to squee/rant/ask for beta at me, I'm up for it!



And so it begins...

Oct. 30th, 2014 10:50 pm
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Festivids and Yuletide assignments both went out today, and wow. Neither of my assignments is what I was expecting, but I think they're both going to be a lot of fun.

Decisions, decisions, decisions...

Reading Post, 10/30/14

Oct. 30th, 2014 08:19 pm
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Reading Wednesday on a Thursday!

First of all, Yuletide assignments are out and mine is awesome. I also have plans to write a lot of treats this year, but we'll see how that goes.

Briefly, in books:

• What are you currently reading?

Continuing The Good Lord Bird by James McBride. Not a lot to add.

Started The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker. I picked this up a while back when the ebook was on sale and hadn't gotten to it, but the author is doing an event in town next week and I figured I'd at least read a chapter or two. I might just end up tearing through, though -- it's long but so far is going very fast.

Also listening to The Dead in their Vaulted Arches by Alan Bradley, which means I'm almost caught up with the Flavia de Luce series. This one goes back a bit to the very tragic roots of the first book -- which had gotten a little lost for me in subsequent installments -- and it's a bit heartbreaking to see Flavia, so smart in some ways, be so naive in others. (Yes, Flavia, you're very good at chemistry. No, Flavia, you can't resurrect the dead. Though saying this, I want a crossover where Flavia hangs with Courtney Crumrin and Coraline. They really would take over the world.)

• What did you recently finish reading?

Speaking from Among the Bones -- the previous Flavia book

The Snow Queen by Michael Cunningham -- I don't think this is Cunningham's strongest, plot or structure wise, but I love the prose and the depths and distinctiveness of characterization accomplished in a relatively small space. This has more the feeling of an oversized short story than a novel. Possibly a "for Cunningham fans only" and if your literary-fiction-to-avoid list includes "all the characters live in Brooklyn and write songs or work in clothing boutiques," "a major character has "epiphanies occur in Central Park," this checks a lot of boxes.

Hild by Nicola Griffith -- I started this in the spring and finally remembered to finish. I really love the depth of detail, in a historical world that's both exhaustively researched and wonderfully imagined; I love that I can't really tell where one ends and the other begins. I never could quite get a handle on what kind of book this was -- was it about politics, about sexuality, about coming of age? -- and I ended up liking that too. The way I read it, Hild starts out pretending to be a seer/visionary and in the process of faking so well, she teaches herself to be one. I'm interested to see where Griffith goes with the story of the adult St. Hilda that I understand is coming in the sequel.

Also, not actually reading but worth noting that I saw Gone Girl and thought it was just about perfect. I was somewhat ambivalent about the book, but I think I actually "got it" more seeing it onscreen.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

I finally got Roxanne Gay's Bad Feminist out from the library, and I'm keen to get to that one. I also have The Rosie Project for my book club but am not nearly as enthused there. Maybe it will surprise me.

Yuletide Assignment

Oct. 30th, 2014 01:47 pm
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I have my Yuletide assignment now, after a two hour delay of being unable to check due to internet connection issues in the area. This is one I'm pleased to get, as I absolutely love the source material. I was planning to rewatch it for Halloween, and I think I can do this one. It’s a scenario that I wanted to see happen myself.

I’ll get started on the rewatch tomorrow, and take notes on the scene in question that is specified in their Dear Yuletide letter.

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Oct. 30th, 2014 12:04 pm
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 Got my Yuletide assignment! v. excited. Also have at least one treat planned that I'm REALLY looking forward to.

Oh, Yuletide

Oct. 30th, 2014 10:22 am
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I am fairly sure I am writing for someone's dentist, and my prompt is very minimal, but I love the fandom and the requested characters, so I plan on going utterly hog wild with it.
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A belated online contribution to Black History Month before it ends tomorrow.

Donald Adolphus Knight, nee Brown, 1874-1949, and his wife Eliza Adelaide Knight

Donald Adolphus Knight, nee Brown, 1874-1949, was born in Sheerness in Kent. His father, originally from Guyana, was a Petty Officer in the Royal Navy and his mother was from England. He had two sisters, Mandy and Anna, who were also born in Kent. He attended the Greenwich Royal Hospital School, which had been established to educate the orphans of naval seamen and marines, where he earned three merit badges for good character. Brown left the school in 1889 and became a merchant seaman. He married Eliza Adelaide Knight in 1899 and, as she was a suffragette with a strong interest in women’s rights, he took her last name and became Mr Knight (aw, such a romantic / Romantic gesture!). He changed to an onshore job as a labourer at the Royal Ordnance dockyard in Woolwich. The Knights eventually had six children but tragically the elder three all died in the 1902 smallpox epidemic. Knight rose to the position of a foreman in the dockyard and became a celebrated hero when he single-handedly dragged a case of exploding rockets out of a depot building and so prevented a much larger explosion and probable loss of life. Donald Adolphus Knight was awarded the Edward Medal for bravery (i.e. for risking one’s own life to save others during industrial accidents, and an equivalent of the George Cross) and the Carnegie Hero Fund Medal by King George V in 1921.

ETA: One of the Knight's younger children was Win Langton.

well met in swansea

Oct. 30th, 2014 07:38 am
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i googled this morning, so i know that in fact (even though i'd never heard this before) fandom does already know. however - i shall tell you anyway. and what i shall tell you is this.

last night, my household sat down to watch episodes 4 and 5 of RTD-penned drama/comedy 'mine all mine'. in episode 5 the 15-year-old boy genius is bribed with a date with a man called ianto. 'ah,' we thought to ourselves. 'russell does like re-using names' (take 'rose tyler', as the most obvious example. she is rose of 'bob and' and tyler of 'vince' - hero of QaF). then we arrived at the bar and the camera zoomed closer to-



IANTO JONES. THE ACTUAL IANTO JONES.

who was then introduced not just as another person called ianto, but also literally as 'ianto jones'. there was genuine shriekings of surprise and delight. largely from me.

and as i said at the time, the beauty of this is that this ianto doesn't say anything really. he is just awkward. so there is nothing to disprove the idea that this is an early scene from ianto's life. which further supports the idea that the two elderly women who wander around talking about how valerie will one day know her secret destiny are in fact aliens. i mean - they did tell us their secret at the end of the episode... but it doesn't rule out being aliens.

show is good, btw. it has just gone mad, but mostly it is very good. well done russell.

. . .

Oct. 29th, 2014 06:16 pm
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The wife of the preacher at the church I grew up in has been having various health issues off-and-on for the last few years, mostly of the chronic pain variety. When I saw her at my brother's wedding back in July, they were talking about her having to start using a wheelchair by the end of the year because she was having trouble walking because of the pain.

Last Tuesday morning (the 21st) she collapsed because her blood sugar was ridiculously low. They ran some tests, and they found cancer basically everywhere. She died a little over an hour ago, just over eight days after being diagnosed.

Fuck cancer.

Saga #24: Ahhhhhhhhh

Oct. 29th, 2014 06:48 am
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Okay, I only got to read about a third of Saga #24 before it quit loading, and I have to go to work, so I don't have time to mess with it right now, but AHHHHHHHH. This is EVERYTHING I WANT IN THE WORLD. Well, for certain values of 'everything.' I want a lot of things in this book. And it'll probably all end tragically by the end of the issue. But meanwhile, AHHHHHHHH.

*seal claps*

UPDATE: I have now read the entire issue (fyi: this is really, really not a SFW issue, thank goodness there was no one else hanging out in the adjunct cubicles...), and it is EVEN MORE EVERYTHING I WANTED. YOU GUYS. YOU GUYS.

spoilers galore )
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- HELLO ♥ M'DEARS ♥ ! You’ll be pleased to know I appear to have successfully landed back on Earth in my own era!! If you now all post pictures of yourselves in eyepatches and fascistic uniforms I’ll be very worried!!1!! /Doctor Who in-joke

Police public call post, London 10-14

- Getting Things Done Doing, exorcism: the fluffy pink unicorn of EVIL has been donated to an animal rescue charity as a toy for a rescuee. Hopefully one of the animals will destroy the unicorn of EVIL before it possesses any innocent baaaaaaby animals.

- Reading, books 2014, 107.

107. Quartet in Autumn, by Barbara Pym. Excellent, obv, and not nearly as depressing as I’d been led to believe. In fact I rather enjoyed it. My reading notes say, "themes: lonely middle aged women, and food/restaurants. How apropos [because I read much of it while sitting alone in various eateries, albeit one was an on again off again Michelin starred restaurant*, hee!]."

* For those who’re wondering: I ate a three course lunch for under £20 + drinks and optional service charge (which I paid) and consisted of 1. yummy deep fried butternut squash and parmesan cheese risotto balls (reminiscent of arancini); 2. pheasant** served with shredded celeriac, and mushrooms (the pheasant tasted like pork in marmite gravy and had supposedly been double-cooked but remained somewhat tough… although I didn’t have to pick any shot out of my teeth, and I like both pork and marmite, so whatevz and my own fault for not choosing the salmon); perfect sweet choc mousse served with a perfect sharp black cherry sorbet and blackberries that had been marinated in something fabulous. I was also offered four (!) almond and ?banana? friands with the bill.

** This was the first time I’d ever eaten pheasant that wasn’t personally assassinated by someone I know! What?! I grew up working class in a rural area!! I knew a lot of amateur poachers, m’kay?! ;-P

Back of a bus sculpture, near Tower Bridge, London 10-14

- Watching, the back of a bus: on a London bus sculpture trail.

- So, what are you doing, thinking, wondering about, reading, watching, making, or writing, that you don't usually post about?

higher further faster more

Oct. 29th, 2014 09:50 am
shinyjenni: Natasha Romanov (natasha)
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I just caught Marvel's Phase 3 announcements on twitter before I went out last night! BLACK PANTHER. CAPTAIN MARVEL. FINALLY. It's true that making one (1) film about a black man and one (1) film about a white woman is pretty much the least they could do (I was bracing myself for having to break up with the MCU based on what I feared they might announce) and yes, it's taken years and we still have years before we actually get to see these films. And yes, I am sad that we are not also getting films for Black Widow and the Wasp and more. :/ (My subject line is basically what I want from the MCU, diversity-wise.)

But... T'Challa was so great in Avengers: EMH and now he's getting a film! And CAROL. She's my favourite Marvel character and she's going to be in a film and based on the MCU's track record, it is probably going to be a film I will like. \o/ (Which is something that I'm a bit more worried about with DC's Wonder Woman film, to be honest: DC's storytelling priorities aren't really matching the kind of films I want to see as well as Marvel's are at the moment. Which is not to say that I think that Marvel is superior, just that I'm finding their fictional universe more congenial at the moment.)

(Actually I think DC is definitely doing better diversity-wise right now, given that their film universe is much younger than Marvel's but they've still managed to announce one film with a female lead and two with non-white leads already (also, it's just occurred to me, do we know anything about Green Lantern yet? Could it be about John Stewart? *crosses fingers*). And yeah, you could argue that they HAD to do Wonder Woman (not sure I entirely buy that, given that they didn't seem to have much difficulty doing Green Lantern as their first non-Superman or Batman attempt last time round), but they didn't have to do Cyborg and they didn't have to cast Jason Momoa as Aquaman. Also I can't help but feel that making this about DC vs Marvel (which, yes, I just did) kind of elides the fact that they're both losing: both of them are still mostly making films about white men; neither are making films about queer characters or women of colour. Though while I am in these increasingly bulky parentheses, I will pause to daydream about a world where DC and Marvel DID actually start trying to one-up one another on the diversity front. DC announces Vixen and Batwoman! Marvel makes Daughters of the Dragon and rejigs Guardians of the Galaxy so that Phyla-Vell and Moondragon are the main characters! DC makes a Renee Montoya film and an Oracle led Birds of Prey one, with ALL OF THE WOMEN in it! Marvel ripostes with Ms Marvel and Fearless Defenders! etc etc etc.)

As for the rest of the Phase 3 stuff: I will probably see and enjoy Thor: Ragnarok. I do not care about Doctor Strange or Guardians of the Galaxy. I am deeply unthrilled by Captain America: Civil War, because I am just not here for superheroes fighting each other. (Though given how much I loved Winter Soldier, I am willing to be won over.) My initial reaction to Avengers: Infinity War was "oh no, not another multi-title crossover event", but I'll probably be more excited once I convince my brain that that's not what it is. ;) Inhumans I am agnostic on: I don't really know anything about them, so I am basically balancing "why couldn't that space have gone to Black Widow" against "well, Medusa's cool, plus this opens the door for Ms Marvel".

/thoughts on superhero films

Pens 8, Devils 3

Oct. 28th, 2014 08:01 pm
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Not a typo. So, this was fun.

* Devils scored nine seconds into the game. We recovered.

* Seven Pens scored goals, including members of all four lines. (Downie scored his first as a Pen! Also: Adams!!) Twelve Pens got at least one point.

* Our power play was 3/7, and that's including the last one, which was played by the PP unit otherwise known as "the fourth line and bottom D pairing." (Announcers said Zach Sill was all grins when he came off the ice. Those were surely his first NHL PP minutes ever.) Sample sizes, regress to the mean, yada yada, but in the meantime our PP is sixteen percentage points ahead of the next PP in the league.

* And hey, our PK has killed of 18 in a row now, tying us for 12th! Not bad for a team that was worst in the league 4-5 games ago.

* All the goalies were bad. Flower was marginally less bad (0.842) than Schneider (pulled after second period, 0.783) and Clemmensen (0.700 - maybe should have left Schneider in, eh?). The difference was that our offense was having a heck of a lot more fun than theirs was.

* If we hadn't already passed the point of adding insult to injury, that final goal by Crosby on the breakaway surely did.

Kings on Thursday. I'd say they'll probably give us a harder time, but they've been losing to some pretty mediocre teams, so we shall see.

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