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musesfool wanted me to talk about Arrow's journey from fun show to fannish appointment teevee. :)
Talk about a sneak attack! I have been watching Arrow since it the beginning. First impressions? In fandom-as-relationship analogy, I considered Arrow akin to a jock who was built like a tank but was dumb as a box of hair. Good for a casual hook-up, but nothing serious, you understand. It was a CW show about a third-tier DC Comics superhero, fer crying out loud. At the beginning, the dialog was pretty dire and there was this *terrible* voice over. And it came with Lost-style flashbacks that constituted the hero's "origin story" and those were deadly, my God. I needed thumbtacks to keep me awake.
Initially, I stuck with it for totally shallow reasons. Stephen Amell, who plays Oliver Queen, was kinda fun to look at. It didn't hurt he spent a good portion of each episode training shirtless and performing all kinds of jaw-dropping physical feats (that salmon ladder should probably get the second billing). Then he'd put on tight leather pants and go have a couple of awesome fight scenes with the Bad Guy of the Week. I am not usually that big on action, but I really liked the fight scenes on Arrow from the beginning. They were well-choreographed, entertaining to watch, and Amell sure knew how to move. OK, he was rather wooden, but I've watched and enjoyed way worse actors in lead roles before. And seriously, have you seen his abs?
Then, about half way into the season 1, the show did several awesome things:
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OK, that turned into a bit of a pimping post. :) In short, I have rarely seen a show improve this much in quality in the course of a season and a half. If you are looking into catching up on something fun and lighthearted during the winter break, you could do a lot worse. *hint hint*
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Sat, Dec. 21st, 2013, 08:57 pm || takumashii:
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I'm not really up on Night Vale fandom, and pretty new to listening to the show, so it may be that all of this is very obvious! But it's been starting to get to me at a deeper level than just an amusement, and I want to think about it for a bit.
Horror fiction almost never works for me. This is because I almost never feel pleasurably scared by fiction, so all I'm left with is getting grossed out. (I don't much feel pleasurably scared in real life; don't try me on surprise parties or roller coasters.) I liked Cabin in the Woods quite a bit, but it may be the only horror movie I've ever enjoyed, and it's pretty much a critique of horror movie tropes all the way through. I most likely would have never given Night Vale a chance except that lots of people were selling it as not a horror podcast, but a humor podcast set in a horror universe.
But Welcome to Night Vale is frightening to me.
Sometimes in a pleasurable way; more often in a "I feel deeply unsettled about the entire universe and my place in it" kind of way.
I loved The X-Files when I was in high school, but it was always just fun for me -- I was too young to remember much of the Cold War, and the development of my political consciousness took place during the Bill Clinton presidency. I grew up thinking that your government might be immoral or embarrassing, and your government might have weird minor scandals, but it was all in a benign sort of way, and they were probably not competent enough to do a good job covering anything up. (I realize that for some families more right-wing than mine, Ruby Ridge and the various conspiracy theories around the Clinton administration were a big deal. But this definitely was not true inside my own little bubble.)
And so it wasn't until I was older that I started to get a sense that the government of the developed democratic country I lived in was a government that would torture people, that would ship people off to places where torture was practiced. This is a government that will kill people with drone strikes. This is a government that has the power to spy on a heck of a lot of your communications.
And I put that out of my mind, because life goes on, and I shop for groceries and go to the library and listen to NPR, because the coulds and the mights are quite far from everyday life -- though sometimes I'd listen to how they wouldn't spy on U.S. citizens, and I'd be forcibly reminded that I'm not a citizen. But there's a deep uneasiness somewhere beneath there.
That's what's much more frightening than the glow cloud or the feral dogs. It's how Night Vale is a place where horrible, horrible things happen, and the government is corrupt and power-mad and there is nothing you can do but paper over it and keep going.
I'm really not a conspiracy theorist. And I really don't think that the U.S. government is anywhere near as evil as, say, the Sheriff's Secret Police. But I'm left with a lingering sense of helplessness in the face of indifferent, and sometimes actively malevolent, bureaucracy. The government that blithely insists that the feral dogs were actually nothing but plastic bags, and nobody really got hurt, seems frighteningly plausible even if the feral dogs themselves do not. The horrible things that get papered over, not necessarily with conspiracy but with indifference and a "Look! Shiny!" news cycle, are too real.
And still we go on living in this world, turning on public radio while driving home with the groceries.
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Title: Of Water and Ice: Gray Fullbuster/Juvia Lockser [Fairy Tail] - Part III
Fandom: Fairy Tail
Pairing: Gray Fullbuster x Juvia Lockser (Gruvia)
Spoilers: Chapters 1-364 (Current chapter as of 12/19/13)
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This is the third installment of the Gruvia manifesto. A third post was necessary if I wanted to update, as I reached the word limit on the others. Please read the previous parts before continuing with this one.
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To start, here are two very different links that're both related to the bulk of this post:
1) thatskeletonman (going with the Tumblr username to be safe, since I don't know for sure that linking it to the DW username is okay) proposes that the small and not-terribly-cohesive Newsflesh fandom might band together in fannish love for the first half or so of 2014, in honor of it being the year of the Rising. Currently the question is how much interest there might be, and I think it would be wonderful (no one is surprised *g*), so I'm signal boosting. *^^*
2) Also a signal boost: Allison Scagliotti is involved in a hopefully-Kickstarter-funded short movie called Little Gold Star. The Kickstarter is running until the end of January. (And so we see that the trend where Scags tells the internet, "Hey, I'm hoping to do this project!" invariably results in me throwing money at it continues.)
Given that most of you are also in fandom, I'm going to trust that at least some of you periodically run into a picture of [character/actor/place/etc. you're fannish about] that you can't quite stop looking at. For me, this translates into leaving a tab open for the picture for a few days so I can glance dreamily at it if I want to.
If you've been around my journal for a while (and several of you haven't, because I'm having one of my periodic sprees of saying hello to interesting strangers, who will perhaps not stay strangers ^_^), you know that if I were allowed to cast a single actor in a single role, it would be casting Allison Scagliotti as Georgia Mason
. (The best kind of dream-casting is the kind you acquire from the author of the source material, and when you investigate the actor's work, your whole heart cries out "YES PLEASE LET IT BE THAT PERSON". [In a nutshell, that's how I got into Warehouse 13
But while I'm a tremendous fan of Scags' work in general and see plenty of pictures of her go by, some of which do remind me of exactly why I think she'd be perfect, I think one of her recent headshot photos is only the second time where my heart skips and it doesn't matter at all
that her hair/makeup/etc. don't match the role, or even that you can see her eyes, because there, right there
, to me she could be Georgia.
(And at that, I think this is the first time I've reacted so
strongly to a current or recent photo of Scags. The other one that I've apparently imprinted on is from a movie she did when she was fourteen, which I came across when writing a fic where Georgia and Shaun were fourteen. My mental image of George at that age is so
vivid, and then I found that photo that somehow matches so much of the way I see her as a young teenager, and my heart just broke.)
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My mother had some EDT of this back in the day, and of course it's a scent most people have a passing familiarity with, but wow, putting on the vintage parfum REALLY shows just how many fragrances have been influenced by it over the years.
(Note: I'm not a Chanel person, but I was curious about the vintage 5 and 19. Lovely scents, but not the visceral connection I have with my Guerlains.)
(Which, at this point, is now every vintage Guerlain I have tried. This could get expensive.)
(More expensive, I say, recalling my vintage L'Heure Bleue habit. I have... some bottles. A couple. A few. Oh, hush.)
Sat, Dec. 21st, 2013, 01:49 pm || fantasyecho:
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Last night, had an incredible evening out with JC+A and TX! We drove to Hacienda Heights' Little Sheep Hot Pot. The 99 Ranch has hotpots for sale too. I'm so tempted to buy one. Stuff like this makes me seriously consider moving out, getting a roomie and cultivating the foodie life.
When I got home, I read Midnight Robber by Nalo Hopkinson. The worldbuilding is exquisite, but the story deeply depressing as hell. The grammar of the dialogue isn't hard to pick up. The commentary on the penal system AND on the colonialism going on is pretty subtle and striking at the same time.
I think I'll read Fiddlehead next.
I wasted the day today too.
Oh! And the nightcrawlers KK bought for me from Walmart have disappeared into the recesses of the bin. Hopefully they'll help with the eatings. I'm not crazy about them though... I mean, I know it's silly to have aesthetic choices when it comes to earthworms but I really do prefer the red wrigglers better.
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You know, that one where you've uploaded, the story is finished and edited and all that, and you're going back and re-reading the Yule letter and thinking, "Christ, I'm an awful goat. Does this even fit what they asked for? Should I have referenced it when I was revisiting the source text rather than going by the memory of reading it WHEN IT WAS ASSIGNED? Oh, fucknuts."
THIS IS THE EARLIEST I HAVE EVER GOT MY FUCKING YULESTORY IN, AND I'VE MADE A HUGE MISTAKE (LIKE A BLUTH)! I HAVE AN EXTRA TWO DAYS OF FUCKING FRETTING BECAUSE I GOT IT IN IN A TIMELY FASHION. WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH ME?
Fret fret fret.
I hope it's even remotely what you wanted.
If not, mea culpa. Mea maxima culpa.
Sat, Dec. 21st, 2013, 12:30 pm || raincitygirl:
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I rewatched The Social Network recently, hence the recent fic recs. It’s a really good movie, though flawed, and seems to be aware of the casual sexism of its lead characters.
I’m about to rec a story that is hard to read, the Kept Boy AU. Not hard to read because it’s bad, far from it, but just logistically. It’s from the TSN kinkmeme, and for some reason was never transplanted onto AO3. Not sure why not, because it’s a wonderful story.
It actually kind of irritates me not knowing who wrote it, because I *totally* want to read her other work in other fandoms. But, you know, authors have every right to stay anonymous if they want to. It's not all about me. It just makes life a little more inconvenient, because you end up reading the story in about 14 million parts, because each section can only be as long as an LJ reply, although it does make use of the comment threading function very efficiently, so it's not *that* difficult to read.
It’s an AU, and it makes it obvious how damn YOUNG the characters are when the crisis hits them in the movie. In the AU, they’re 4 years older when the crisis hits, and because it’s an AU, it’s a different crisis. They deal with it a little more gracefully, and I’m not sure if that’s because the author softened the characters a tad, or if it’s simply because they’re 24 and 25 rather than 20 and 21 and have grown up a little more.
The unnamed story also finishes with the loveliest anticlimax I’ve ever read. Anticlimaxes are usually disappointing, but this one is wonderful, and feels totally earned. I’m being vague on purpose here, but I think you’ll see what I mean if you get to the end of the story. Oh, and there are two Easter eggs, that I didn't spot the first time I read the story, here and also here. But read those after you've finished the main story, or they won't make any sense.
Oh, and there is a LOT of sex in the first, say, 30% of the story. It's not a total porn-fest, there's plot, and a good one, but there's also a lot of sex. If that's not your thing, be aware that there are sections coming up later which have less sex. I mean, personally I think the sex in the story is hot, but you never know, someone might not be a fan, and might *really* be in it just for the plot. But the sex does something interesting, illustrating the passage of time and the maturation of the characters. At the start of the story, Mark is 20 and Wardo 21, and neither of them is the same person sexually that they are four years down the road. It's hard to explain to someone who hasn't read it, and I'm not explaining it well, but suffice it to say the sex isn't only there to be hot.
Getting away from the AU story, and back to the actual movie, I was reminded upon re-watching that (cutting for spoilers for TSN): ( Read more...Collapse )
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Video for Vienna Teng's "Level Up," a song I'm still obsessing on and not just because of the great breakdancing. (via)
Performance of "Fairytale of New York" in Irish, and I don't know whether it amuses me more someone translated it or that the performers play it straight-up folksinger earnest. (via)
Trailer to Noclip, a movie that I am sad is not being made because I would WATCH THE HELL OUT OF IT. Having the cheat codes to the video game that is life is an awesome premise for a YA novel -- or movie. (via)
Subject quote from "Shake It Out," Florence + The Machine.
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My story, she is posted! Huzzah.
Opened an Amazon box that was supposed to be saved until Christmas, oops. But within it was contained a Chromecast, and as the technologically backwards folk that we are, we've been amusing ourselves by exploring the brand new world of streaming things to your tv. I even reactivated my long-dormant Netflix account for it. Hopefully we'll be able to knock off our cable - or at least reduce it - in the near future. I loathe paying for it.
Last day of work before the winter campus shutdown was yesterday. I dug a hole, had some photography done, and tried to pretend that January won't be as crazy as it's shaping up to be. Feh. Not thinking about it now. Instead rereading a bunch of Travis McGee novels and planning to go to the gym in the next little while.
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Sat, Dec. 21st, 2013, 01:46 pm || katie_m: Huh
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I really would not have guessed Utah as the next state to approve marriage equality. I just. Utah.
(I did enjoy one half of the first couple to be married saying that his polygamous great-grandparents would be proud of him.)
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Looking for a book i read as a YA, probably 25 years ago
Heres what i remember:
- A college type person (i think american) studying welsh history from the middle ages
- thesis rejected by a panel that had a women he broke off a relationship with (i think he got caught not knowing where wales was..
- transported somehow to a king arthur style world
- i think ended up being knighted by 'spirits' in a cave at some point
Cant remember much else, don't know if anyone can help?
Separately, another story (or maybe the same one or a follow on?) where a modern person in medieval style world discovers wizard like powers. He ends up converting an ogre back to human by quoting from shakespeare, moving backwards through plays (i think from king richard to prince hal)
Sat, Dec. 21st, 2013, 12:01 pm || marydell: My tweets
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- Fri, 12:37: RT @BillieJeanKing: Honored to represent USA in Sochi and I hope these Olympics will be a watershed moment for the universal acceptance of …
- Fri, 12:40: RT @fabulousanimals: Baby Stingrays http://t.co/ETx1U2gixr
- Fri, 12:48: Canada's Anti-Prostitution Laws Struck Down By Supreme Court http://t.co/Gj4SLJj2xX via @HuffPostWorld
- Fri, 14:16: @thetrudz For your brother - not sure if it'll work where he is but I can vouch for it being a good product http://t.co/LmwUVHCdEH
- Fri, 14:18: @thetrudz It hooks to your cell with bluetooth and when the phone rings you say "answer" or "ignore" and talk on speaker - totally handsfree
- Fri, 14:18: @thetrudz My dad is recovering from a spinal injury and this is how we call him. He can't call out w/o help but can answer on his own. FYI
- Fri, 14:29: RT @RaniaKhalek: If I were @BarackObama my #newyearsresolution would be to quit: deporting ppl, drone bombing civilians & aiding Israeli ap…
- Fri, 14:35: RT @GingerJohnson_: This was yesterday on the tube: LITTLE BOY: Mummy, why has that man got nail varnish on? MUM: Because he's fabulous.
- Fri, 15:24: RT @aTasteOfSparkle: "@PastorFM: Please RT Dr. #TelekaPatrick is missing! She was abducted in MI and her car found in IN http://t.co/mpJcnY…
- Fri, 18:10: RT @TheRoot247: After failing to show up to work, a #Michigan doctor is suddenly missing: http://t.co/nFJZzW9RVb
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Thinking, as is perhaps appropriate for the time of year, about habits, and not just making these, but shedding them.
I posted a while ago about the persistence of habits beyond their use-by date.
During the course of this year I disposed of a couple of clusters of accreted practices which had grown up through a variety of reasons over the years, some of which I probably originally acquired for some specific reason no longer pertinent.
There is probably a difference between the kinds of habitual action that save one time and trouble and thinking, and habits that have just crept in (like Cordelia Aubrey's taking Papa's articles to the printer) and may even be consuming unnecessary time and energy.
One of the things I - in a sense - decluttered was my morning and evening exercise routine, when I went to a new physio who gave me a different set of things to do and as a result I not only abandoned the accumulated various exercises I had been given over a period of some years by several different physios, I also eliminated various other things which I could not remember precisely why I was doing them.
There are probably other areas where I could do something similar, but at the moment, thinking of them is about as problematic as finding time to engage in physical uncluttering, because STUFF.
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