Fandom meme

30 Apr 2017 01:34 am
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Borrowing another meme from [personal profile] lost_spook !

Give me a fandom and I'll tell you

the character I least understand
interactions I enjoyed the most
the character who scares me the most
the character who is mostly like me
hottest looks character
one thing I dislike about my fave character
one thing I like about my hated character
a quote or scene that haunts me
a death that left me indifferent
a character I wish died but didn’t
my ship that never sailed

Dept. of Spring

29 Apr 2017 04:38 pm
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It's Still National Poetry Month

McCormick Boulevard )

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29 Apr 2017 09:37 pm
jekesta: Peter (from Franklin and Bash) sprinkles sparkling lights over Jared's head (sprinkle)
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Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

John Higgins got into the final. And half an hour before his last session I was feeling quite blah about it and like 'well he's going to get into a final which is good but he'll not win it and that's terrible and maybe I don't care, maybe it's too upsetting'. But then he won his match and got into a final and all my feelings of 'john higgins is in a final' FELL ON ME WITH THE WEIGHT OF TWENTY YEARS BEHIND THEM and I'm just all giddy and happy and beside myself. And he's still not going to win his final but I love that he's in it and I love that he's happy and I love that he's lasted forever.

I can't talk about matches when we're halfway through them generally because I feel too sick. But John Higgins basically made a lead in this match and then kept it and then won it without panicking, but also without playing well once. But then he only ever plays just better than his opponent. He basically said in his interview that he knew people were worried, but for him he'd played well against Mark Allen and then just hadn't needed to play well again, so hadn't. That is very much how he does the snookering, but it's a stupid way to live and it won't work against Selby. You can't play Selby's game against Selby, it's too tiring and awful and Selby is really good at it.

(John's cue broke yesterday and he panicked and drove for hours in the middle of the night to get a new tip put on it, and then there were road works and he didn't get back to sheffield until four in the morning and had to play again six hours later, and then again again at seven this evening. His post match interview was the most exhausted thing I've ever seen.)



Ding did not get into the final. Selby beat him and it's fine. He'll beat John too and that's also fine. Selby has turned himself into one of the greatest players ever, and none of the other people he came up with have bothered to do that and now I think he might just win everything forever unless Ding learns how to stop him. So that's Ding's new mission which he has to accept to save the world in future years if John can't save it this year (spoiler: he definitely can't).

Ding did brilliantly though, he stayed with Selby all the way through and went into the final session equal, and he matched him, and he's just grown up and real and good. It's really nice. It's like I have another ten years of snooker to care about just sitting there in him.

(Do you remember all the years when I was saying that it was appalling that the new players still let Higgins and O'Sullivan win everything, and it was like they weren't trying? Selby is the only one who eventually decided enough was enough. Very slightly I respect him for that, but also I wish he'd fuck off. The other day someone said 'players like Higgins, Hendry and O'Sullivan' and I was genuinely surprised they didn't add Selby to the list. I think he's that good now. I wish I liked him.)

Dept. of Remembrance

29 Apr 2017 02:53 pm
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Treblinka

It's almost the end of National Poetry Month. I'd meant to post this on Yom HaShoah. 

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29 Apr 2017 08:45 pm
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Today I went for a walk around Margam Park in Port Talbot and ran across a film crew filming…something or other, in what looked like a medieval village mocked up for the occasion.

This is after falling over a film crew in an arcade on my way home from work yesterday
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388 word Teen Wolf fic. So far 4 fic, 4 fandoms. This is a small Bingo with only 9 squares so half way? Almost.

Cool Headed

Luckily wolves don't mind snow. When winter never ends, this is helpful.

Plot Generator fun

29 Apr 2017 01:24 pm
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[personal profile] feng_shui_house
What's interesting about this plot generator is that it allows you the option of saving the result (it's around 120 words) and sharing the link.

Here's the generator.
http://www.plot-generator.org.uk/?i=j2fghyx

And this is the test run I did.
http://www.plot-generator.org.uk/j2fghyx/derek-hale.html

And if you don't want to click links, here's a copy of the test run )

TV

29 Apr 2017 05:39 pm
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[personal profile] elisi
Vox: Why Neil Gaiman’s American Gods is so iconic
The brilliant Starz adaptation takes Gaiman’s work into 2017.

I really want to watch this.

I also want to watch The Handmaid's Tale. There are many great articles about it, but this one struck me especially:

The Handmaid's Tale is timely. But that's not why it's so terrifying
Money quote: 'It’s a creeping sort of sexism that American women are all-too familiar with – the kind that pats you on the head instead of on the ass.'

Now I just need to work out how and how much I am willing (able) to pay...

Meme Answers: MCU

29 Apr 2017 08:41 am
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For [personal profile] evelyn_b: the MCU. Which is awfully broad! There’s a lot of MCU out there and I have seen quite a bit of it (although I never did finish any of the Netflix shows). But even without them, there are still all those movies, and Agents of SHIELD, and Agent Carter (RIP! I wasn’t as fond of the second season as the first, but I still would have liked a third.)

the character I least understand

Oh, man. I love Skye a lot (have I mentioned that she and I have the exact same birthday? Not just the day but the year. WE ARE SPIRIT TWINS) but I still don’t get her swift switcheroo from “Rising Tide hacktivist” to “loyal SHIELD agent” in season one. It’s just so fast! And so completely devoid of guilt or regret! She meets up with one of her former friends one time, and then Coulson cuts off her computer access and all contact with the outside world (brainwashing 101! I’m just saying!) and she never tries again or worries about betraying them or anything. It’s like she’s forgotten her Rising Tide friends ever existed.

...and we know that SHIELD totally has the tech to make that happen. Fury used it on Coulson to make him forget the process by which they brought him back to life. I’M JUST SAYING.

interactions I enjoyed the most

Peggy Carter and Dottie Underwood’s interactions were all A++ and I will be forever sad that we won’t get to see them team up against a greater threat - not in the “You have to work with us or this exploding necklace will explode” way they worked together in season 2, but genuinely working together to fight, like, aliens.

I also loved Natasha & Steve’s friendship in Winter Soldier. And of course Steve vs. the Winter Soldier on the helicarrier is absolute gold, the fight that launched a thousand ships.

the character who scares me the most

Honestly I find the Hulk pretty terrifying and I don’t think it’s responsible of SHIELD or the Avengers to send him out on missions in anything less than a Chitauri-invasion type situation, because the threat he poses is just too great. Just look what he did in Age of Ultron: he loses control and wrecks great swathes of a city. (With Tony’s help in the Hulkbuster, of course, but that honestly only strengthens my point.)

the character who is mostly like me

Probably none of them; I am just not that badass. Even Darcy is way quicker with quips and cooler under pressure than I would be.

hottest looks character

You realize this is an impossible question in the MCU. There are so many of them and they are all so pretty, it’s completely impossible. Even just going with the movies - even limiting it to just the Cap films - how are you going to choose between Steve and Peggy and Natasha and Winter Soldier Bucky (I think he’s so much more attractive with the long hair and stubble)? You can’t do it! They’re all too gorgeous!

And it just gets worse when you bring Thor and Bobbi Morse and everyone else from every MCU thing into the mix. Too much pretty. Too much. Too much!

one thing I dislike about my fave character

Most of Bucky’s everything in Civil War, honestly. I dislike the fact that the writers went with trigger word brainwashing instead of something closer to real-world brainwashing (I realize that this is a silly complaint about a superhero sci-fi movie but I can’t help it), and the ending where he chooses to go into cryo. I realize he has every reason in the world to give up but I still don’t want him to.

one thing I like about my hated character

I ACTUALLY DO HAVE A MOST HATED MARVEL CHARACTER. I DESPITE DR. HOLDEN RADCLIFFE (the scientist who first shows up in season 3 of Agents of SHIELD) WITH THE FIERY PASSION OF A THOUSAND SUNS. He is trying to hide the fact that he is evil behind an eccentric yet harmless mad scientist veneer but I am NOT HAVING ANY OF IT ANY MORE, he is just straight up evil and views humans as chess pieces - not even chess pieces! Chess pieces have some individuality! - as checkers, flat little checkers to be moved around the board at his whim.

I will not list all the terrible things he does, because there are simply too many, but the scene that really snapped me is the one where he’s trying to manipulate Fitz by telling Fitz that Fitz is like a son to him - and then it turns out that Radcliffe isn’t even the one talking; he’s sent in a decoy robot to say all this while he scurries away out the back door. FUCK YOU RADCLIFFE.

Um. I’m supposed to be thinking of something I like about him. He’s always got a contingency plan, which is admirable in a way, or at least it would be if each contingency plan wasn’t more evil than the next.

a quote or scene that haunts me

Does “the entirety of Winter Soldier” count? I’m not sure I can narrow it down more than that. Although the helicarrier scene and “I’m with you to the end of the line” and Bucky jumping into the Potomac to fish Steve out and then leaving him on the riverbank - all of that got me in the feels.

Or the bank vault scene where Pierce is trying to explain to the asset about the importance of his world-saving mission and the asset is just “....but I knew him,” like, he doesn’t know what’s going on but he knows Pierce is not answering his question - and then Pierce just has him wiped...

a death that left me indifferent

Pietro. Honestly, I just don’t really believe that he’s dead: his power is literally being faster than bullets and then he dies in a hail of machine gun fire. And it’s so abrupt and weirdly quippy, I can’t take it seriously.

a character I wish died but didn’t

I haven’t finished season 4 of Agents of SHIELD so it is ENTIRELY POSSIBLE that Dr. Radcliffe will, in fact, die by the end. I CAN ONLY HOPE. But as of episode 12 he is still alive and I want him dead, as dead as a doornail.

my ship that never sailed

Still in mourning for the Bobbi/Simmons that never was. They had such a glorious beginning! Bobbi undercover as a Hydra agent! Threatening Simmons and then saving her life! And Simmons getting all giggly and “She’s amazing” about it!

And then nothing. They barely even get a friendship. WHYYYYYYYYY.
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Thoughts on 'The Pilot' and 'Smile', whilst also looking back to Clara.

Bite-size meta: Looking vs mirroring )

Belated book reports

NSFW 29 Apr 2017 12:16 pm
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Doctor Who annuals, necessarily constrained to telling very short stories aimed primarily at 10 year olds often written by people who have never seen the show, have a tendency towards the bland and a bit rubbish, occasionally enlivened with stuff that is a bit bonkers. The annuals in the late 1970s went for the bonkers end of the spectrum with enthusiasm which these days makes them far more interesting than many of the others. As a child I recall just being very bemused by both the story-telling and the artwork which seemed to bear relatively little relation to the show I loved.

I recall the above panel clearly. The Doctor has helped a group of apparently very nice men escape from a planet on which they were trapped, only for it to be revealed that once outside the special atmosphere of the planet they revert to psychotic monsters. This panel reveals them in their monstrous state (their psychosis is never actually shown to us, were are simply told they are also psychotic). The Doctor tricks them back down onto the planet by pretending to be stranded and, despite being (allegedly) psychotically evil, they return because of the debt they owe him. They are not happy to find themselves trapped once more and the Doctor (in a detail I missed as a child) weeps as he abandons them.

It's a difficult story. Even as a child I was concerned that the Doctor accepted so easily that these creatures must be evil and I do wonder if its trying to say something about assumptions that to be ugly is the same as to be evil (a message Doctor Who occasionally strays into, much as it also has stories that assert the opposite). Given the Doctor's tears at the end I wonder if the artist also had doubts about the message the story seemed to be conveying.

All that said, it has the merit of not being remotely bland.

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29 Apr 2017 10:02 am
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I am not emotionally strong enough for today

Random Sentinel burblings

29 Apr 2017 06:23 pm
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I was doing back-ups, as a sensible computer owning person should, and I found some some incomplete and occasionally incoherent burblings as to my first impressions of season 2 of the official DVD release after my many years of watching fuzzy copies of copies. (Mind you, I was very glad to have the fuzzy at the time.) So here they are under a cut, and more or less spell-checked and grammatically improved.
Burblings, as promised )

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29 Apr 2017 07:27 am
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Sue! A long time ago I promised I would attempt to complete the set of Pros banners I'd once upon a time started making to accompany episode reviews.

No, I haven't actually finished this project, that's going to take a while longer, but I have made a few, with varying degrees of success, so I thought I'd post a first batch to be going on with, just so you know I haven't forgotten. They aren't wonderful, since a) I'd forgotten everything I ever knew about PS, and b) screencaps from a 40-year-old show don't exactly lend themselves to decent art, but I've given it a go!

Banners behind the cut )
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The one with all the quality h/c! This is the third of the four Musketeers recap/reviews I managed to complete before the project came to a halt when Life stepped in. Maybe one day I'll manage the rest!

"A man is not a commodity."



Recap/review behind the cut )
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Answer (according to [personal profile] lilacsigil): Forgive Wesley for starting another virulent plague, then get it on with a Scottish ghost.

I'm wearing my swingy teal coat today, so I'm stealth cosplaying Doctor Crusher. Bring me my hypospray, baby needs a dose of tricordrazine.

Speaking of which, that fandom meme:
1. the character I least understand
2. interactions I enjoyed the most
3. the character who scares me the most
4. the character who is mostly like me
5. hottest looks character
6. one thing I dislike about my fave character
7. one thing I like about my hated character
8. a quote or scene that haunts me
9. a character I wish died but didn’t
10. my ship that never sailed

Answers:
- Classic Doctor Who
- Leverage
- Sanctuary
- Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries
- MCU
- Person of Interest
- X-Men
- Star Trek: TNG
- Imperial Radch (by [personal profile] lilacsigil because that's more her wheelhouse than mine.)


Also, I must preserve the chatlog of the Person of Interest Crab AU. With images. Of crabs.

Yes, we can AU like champs. If only it was an Olympic sport )

So that happened, and now I will never forget Shaw the pistol shrimp.

Music meme:
2.A song you like with a number in the title
I really like 1,2,3,4 by Feist, but even more, I love this cover by Kiyomi Vella from The Voice Australia (S2). (Also, I am such a sucker for The Voice when the judges get really excited. Is it just me?)

1,2,3,4 by Kiyomi Vella )

Also, health FYI: flu vaccines are available in Australia (they were late coming and have been out of stock for a while.) If you're getting one this year, now is the time. If you have a chronic illness that puts you at higher risk of complications from influenza, like asthma, kidney disease, or if you're immunocompromised, you get it for free.

I had the quadrivalent and it gave me no trouble. ([personal profile] lilacsigil had it too, and her arm looked like it got punched by Shaw the pistol shrimp.)
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Less than 500 words- it's not that I'm deliberately writing short (even tho the minimum is only 300 words) but once a story says all it needs to, it should end.

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