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24 May 2015 @ 08:10 pm
So, hooray, I'm being made redundant.

That's along with about 85% of my department - our roles are being moved overseas. We had the opportunity to apply for one of the retained positions, but like almost everyone else, I decided to take the package and go.

It's a new experience for me; I've never been made redundant before. I'm fortunate in that my employers are providing a lot of support, including access to an excellent career transition service, and the package is pretty damn generous. I have heard horror stories from those not so fortunate with other redundancies - this process could be a lot worse.

I have seriously mixed feelings about it all. On the one hand, this is a good prompt to go out and find a position that'll be perfect for me, and I'm in a better position to do so than I've ever been before, and I've learnt a lot in my current job about what I do and don't want from future jobs. On the other hand, I genuinely am going to miss this place; it's been hands-down the best place I've ever worked, with good leadership and colleagues.

We were notified in March that this was happening; I volunteered to stay on during the transition, so I've still had a job up until now. That ends this week; I finish Wednesday. I've applied for a few jobs so far, but haven't had any nibbles, and to be honest I don't mind the idea of taking a few weeks off and just relaxing (and working on a few projects). But the uncertainty is getting to me, especially given that I'm hoping my next job is going to be a step up, not just more of the same.

Fun times.
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24 March 2015 @ 05:35 pm
The four dozen eggs I understand, but what possessed me to order six cans of assorted cannellini beans and chick peas?

I really need to stop doing my online grocery orders after midnight. Clearly I get very strange ideas.
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21 February 2015 @ 12:10 am
Apparently I've only posted twice in the last six months. Whoops. >.< (In my defense, I've spent half of the last few months doing a new role at work, which is more challenging - and a lot more interesting, and I'm glad to have the opportunity! - but it does tend to leave me rather tired and I wind up staring dumbly at WoW all night instead of doing anything constructive.

Anyway, one benefit of my new no-longer-working-from-home lifestyle is that I tend to go to the cinema a lot more often. Tonight, we saw Jupiter Ascending. My thoughts under the cut:

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I don't really have much other news. I saw Kingsman last week as well, but I am more conflicted about it. (I loved it! but I feel sort of guilty about that!) I saw Big Hero 6 a few weeks back and enjoyed it a lot, although I saw the "twists" coming miles off.

Next cinema trip for me may well be Penguins of Madagascar, because I am easy. Chris wants to see The Seventh Son, but we'll see; the trailers haven't inspired me in the slightest. Home is coming in a month; I'm very ambivalent about it. It's not the True Meaning of Smekday; if I can make myself remember that I should be fine. And then it's a dry spell until Avengers: Age of Ultron on April 23rd - about which I am also ambivalent, but at least if it turns out badly there will be several metric tons of fanworks doing it better. :)
Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: The Prodigy - Breathe (The Glitch Mob Remix)
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26 December 2014 @ 05:28 pm
Well, I just got home from the Annual Traditional Boxing Day Watching Of The Middle-Earth Movie - on this occasion, the third Hobbit movie.

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29 August 2014 @ 07:42 pm
It is always sad to see someone have a sudden attack of being a colossal raging jerkbag. (At least, I hope it's a sudden attack. It would be even more disappointing if he's been this much of a jerkbag all along.)

This is possibly my only regret about the Internet - I find it almost impossible to consume the things I love any more without that consumption being coloured by my knowledge of the people behind the things I love. I'm not going to say that I liked it better when authors were just a postage-stamp-sized headshot on the flap of a dustjacket, but I'm thinking about it.


In other news, I'm super tired. I'm so tired that I bailed on the Pentatonix concert I was meant to go to last night - for which I'd bought tickets and all - and said "screw this, I'm just going home". It's not a lack of sleep, per se, it's just a total lack of "me" time, chill-out-at-home-and-do-nothing time. This weekend is going to be full of that sort of time and I will stab people in the eyeballs if they try to make me do things.
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07 August 2014 @ 04:47 pm
I swear I remember a scene in an MCU movie with Captain America's frozen body, on a bed or operating table. (I seem to recall it was fairly dimly-lit, blue-toned, and only very brief.) The only remotely similar scene I can find is from the start of Captain America, when the rescuers find Steve's frozen shield.

Was it a deleted scene? Am I just imagining it? Can anyone help?
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28 June 2014 @ 01:39 am
Signs you've been in fandom too long (or, perhaps, just long enough):

Someone says "Oh, it's a movie with Clint!" and your first reaction is "well, Marvel hasn't made a Hawkeye movie yet, and his appearance in Thor is blink-and-you'll-miss-it, so they're probably talking about Avengers", when you realise they're talking about Eastwood, not Barton.
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16 June 2014 @ 08:25 pm
So they've adapted The True Meaning of Smekday into a movie, Home. It doesn't look much like the book, although it might be fun regardless, but wow, is their voice casting weird.

For instance, Hollywood has always had an issue with casting older actors to play younger characters (eg the mid-20s actors playing teenagers in the original Beverley Hills 90210). However, Home takes this to ridiculous extremes: Tip, the main character - who is nine years old in the book - is being played by Rihanna.

Rihanna does not sound like a nine-year-old, people.
Current Music: Salme Dahlstrom - G.L.S.
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14 June 2014 @ 07:35 pm
And now, a meme!

(p.s. i'm very tired!)

You can tell a lot about someone by the type of music they listen to. Hit shuffle on your media player and write down the first 20 songs. Then pass this on to 10 people. One rule: no skipping.

Well, I disagree that someone's musical taste tells you much of anything except their background, and I don't do the tagging thing, but here goes:

1. Storm Large - Ladylike
2. A Perfect Circle - The Fiddle and the Drum
3. Depeche Mode - Hole to Feed
4. Tom Jones with Heather Small - You Need Love Like I Do
5. Paul Mac feat. Peta Morris - Just The thing
6. A Perfect Circle - Vanishing
7. Marina and the Diamonds - Mowgli's Road
8. Robbie Williams feat. Rupert Everett - They Can't Take That Away From Me
9. Sir Mixalot - Baby Got Back
10. Portishead - Sour Times
11. Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
12. Juno Reactor - Rotorblade
13. Tori Amos - China
14. Brian Tyler & Klaus Badelt - Deo et Patri
15. Supergrass - Alright
16. Paul Kelly - To Her Door
17. Screaming Jets - Shine On
18. N.E.R.D. feat. Lee Harvey & Vita - Lapdance
19. Sarah McLeod - He Doesn't Love You
20. House of Pain - Shamrocks & Shenanigans

Seems appropriately eclectic...
Current Music: Storm Large - Ladylike
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14 June 2014 @ 07:19 pm
Jesus Christ, it's like fandom is actually trying to kill people with cuteness at this point.

To wit, a rec:

You Know How I Feel, aka, The Adventures of Bucky and Muffy the Dinosaur (4511 words) by ifeelbetter
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, Captain America (Movies)
Rating: Not Rated
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Avengers & Bucky
Characters: James "Bucky" Barnes, original dinosaur

Bucky saved a tiny dinosaur and took her home to Avengers Tower and on the way remembered how to laugh and sleep in soft beds.

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06 June 2014 @ 06:03 pm
Memery, because I'm braindead, with adjustments from the original:

Who is your Doctor?
Nine. I have great fondness for Eleven, too. I didn't much enjoy Ten - I have no objection to David Tennant, but I disliked the character and his arc and generally lost interest in the series around that time. I've never been into classic Who (though I did get a letter from Peter Davison when I was a little girl) because I'm allergic to visibly bad special effects (I don't watch classic Trek, either).

Who is your Doctor's companion? AMY POND ♥♥♥ (and, okay, Rory is alright too ;))

Who is your Batman? I... kind of dislike Batman, to be honest, partly because he's canonically a dick (caveat: not a highly educated opinion here) and particly because he's such a fanboy favourite that his existence exerts logic-defying reality-bending powers on the DC verse.

Who is your Cat Woman? No strong feelings here. (Why can't there be a Who is your Wonder Woman? question here? Stupid DC. (My answer would be Gina Torres. Or, these days, if they insist on someone younger, Gina Carano.))

Who is your Sherlock Holmes? Jonny Lee Miller.

Who is your fictional female federal agent? My own RPG characters don't count, right? ;) I'd have to say Kensi Blye, then, with an honourable mention for Sydney Bristow.

Who is your Bond? Would that I could say Idris Elba here. Daniel Craig makes an adequate substitute, though I have a great fondness for Pierce Brosnan's Bond, too.

Who is your fictional female assassin? Natasha Romanoff ♥

Who is your captain of the Enterprise? Picard. (Though Sulu's brief acting captaincy in STID was a pretty freakin' awesome cameo in the Captain role.)
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06 May 2014 @ 12:53 am
Two nights of work and I actually have thirty-eight seconds of timeline that I'm mostly happy with.


(Dear non-vidders, yes, this is actually a victory. :))
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04 May 2014 @ 09:57 pm
It's days like this I really wish I had vidding friends in my city, so I could go and watch how they work their magic. It's not the technical aspects of using vidding software (that stumbling block comes later!) so much as trying to make decisions that's stumping me, and it's something I just haven't done enough vidding to have practice in.

(This thought brought to you by the realisation that I have spent all evening fucking about with this and I have exactly two clips on the timeline that I'm actually happy with. :))
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03 May 2014 @ 05:18 pm
Yay! Awesome fanvid idea! Woo! I have to wait for source material. Boo.

(Also, buying all the source material on iTunes is going to cost me about a hundred and fifty bucks. Maybe I should refrain and just wrangle with DVD-ripping instead. :/)

Anybody got up-to-date tips for DVD ripping (for vidding with legit DVDs I own, not for piracy, ie HQ viddable output required) on a Mac? It's been ages since I dealt with that.
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24 April 2014 @ 11:52 am
What I just finished reading

Veronica Mars: The Thousand Dollar Tan Line. I enjoyed this in the same way I enjoyed the Burn Notice tie-ins by Tod Goldberg (which I've been thinking about rereading) -- it's a slice of the show. There were a few odd notes (see below) but by and large, I enjoyed it. I'm looking forward to more.

And before that it was Broken Homes, the latest of the Peter Grant books, a couple of days ago. I did not expect the thing at the end! I should have, but I didn't. Probably my second-favourite of the series, after the first book, and I'm looking forward to more.

What I'm reading now

Three Parts Dead, by Max Gladstone, on the recommendation of incandescens and [personal profile] bryant. I'm not far in, and enjoying it so far, although I nearly put it down in Chapter 1 when the book did the foreshadowing thing of "X did this thing, but little did they know it would turn out to be a terrible mistake". (That thing usually makes me totally unable to read any further.) This time I persevered, with a bit of page-skipping involved.

What I'm reading next

Probably Two Serpents Rise, if I finish and enjoy Three Parts Dead. Alternatively, The War That Ended Peace by Margaret MacMillan, about which I have heard good things.


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16 April 2014 @ 07:57 pm
Well, today I finished Broken Homes by Ben Aaronovitch, the fourth Peter Grant book. I have really enjoyed the entire series, and loved the sense of place in all of them -- it's clearly written by a Londoner who is writing what he knows, which means that the sense of place is effortless rather than the writer working hard for it. (I remember an Oklahoma native saying that about the TV series Saving Grace, and my understanding of what they meant had always been academic until I read these books.)

Of course, now I don't have anything lined up to read next. I have a ton of books on my iPad, but none of them are really leaping out at me; I've been idly dipping into a whole bunch of memoirs but the fact that none of them are sticking rather suggests that I'm in a fiction mood. I've been thinking about trying the Demon's Lexicon series by Sarah Rees Brennan, purely on the strength of her fanfic, but I suspect that whatever I read next will have a hard time living up to the Peter Grant books.

Which is a problem, because I find I need books to make the workday bearable.

Any recommendations? I'm looking for stuff that's going to be readable in chunks and doesn't require a huge amount of brainpower, preferably with a good sense of humour and minimal angst. Preferably without stupid characters who do stupid things in the name of plot devices. :)
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10 April 2014 @ 11:11 pm
So I gave up doing the Wednesday reading meme after weeks and weeks of "um, all I read this week was fanfic, please don't judge me" delays, because I just wasn't reading.

However! New Job has left me with lunchtimes and breaks to occupy, my iPad mini is stuffed full of iBooks, and there's no wifi to be had. So I've been reading. :)

In the last couple of weeks I've ploughed through three of the four (so far) Rivers of London books by Ben Aaronovitch, and I have loved them. I mean, I really wanted to just sit down and read ALL OF THEM AT ONCE as soon as I got home from work on the first day I started reading them, but I've been forcing myself not to do that so I have them to enjoy at work. I have enough other things to entertain me at home, after all; I don't need to use up the best thing about my work day.

They're really great books, is what I'm saying. I probably wouldn't have done more than dip into the first one had I not remembered [personal profile] musesfool commending them in a recentish post, but I'm so glad I did. They're set in London, in a world where magic exists but is hidden from the common man. The main character is PC Peter Grant, a black London copper, and reading it feels like watching a slightly AU episode of The Bill, which is no bad thing. It's dry and funny and I've had to restrain myself from laughing my head off in the tearoom, and I'm thoroughly enjoying it. They're the kind of book that you want to recommend to everyone you know -- except in my case I'm not sure my dad would appreciate the mystery side of the stories, my mother doesn't like fantasy, and almost no-one else I know in RL reads any more.

So instead, I recommend all of them unto you, since I know you lot read. ;) Two thumbs up from me.
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02 April 2014 @ 11:43 pm
The last trailer before the movie was for Guardians of the Galaxy, and it got a lot of laughs and appreciative noises. I'm certainly looking forward to it.

My thoughts, point form, because I'm not sensible enough right now to write coherently:

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24 January 2014 @ 03:39 pm
I love AO3 - I use it all the time as a reader and on the rare occasions I write, I'm glad it's there. I'm truly grateful for its existence, and the immense amount of work that AO3 and OTW volunteers put in.

I can't help but wonder, though, at what the AO3 might have been if it had been launched as a commercial venture, using the same kind of model as Dreamwidth. What might it look like today?
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03 January 2014 @ 04:03 pm
The new Veronica Mars trailer is out.

I dunno. On the one hand, new Veronica Mars YAY. On the other hand... a love triangle? Really? As one of the core tensions of the movie? I'm so done with love triangles, and that's when the movie or show in question isn't based on them.

I'll watch the movie, of course - hell, I've already paid for it; it'd be silly not to. And it looks from the trailer as though there's a lot to love about it. I just wish they hadn't taken that path.
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01 January 2014 @ 10:41 am
Swiped from [personal profile] anoel:

What fandoms did you acquire in 2013?

Sleepy Hollow, Elementary (I can't remember if I started watching it in 2012, but let's say not), and various movie adoration (primarily Pacific Rim). Apparently "who cares about the plot, give me awesome characters and their interactions" is my thing; who knew? Oh, and Agents of SHIELD, which I'd have given up in two episodes if it weren't for the MCU tie-in, but it's improving now.

What fandoms did you let go of in 2013?

I don't know that I'd say I've "let go" of any fandoms, but I've fallen very behind on a lot of the shows I used to watch: NCIS (both flavours), Castle, Burn Notice - I have a full season or more of each of them waiting for me. I'll catch up at some stage, I'm sure.

What fandoms did you mean to get into but didn't in 2013? Why?

I don't know about "mean to" - if I mean to get into a fandom, I do. About the only thing I'm interested in that I haven't watched, at this stage, is Orphan Black. And honestly, I doubt it'll push my buttons long-term. I'm also kind of curious about Nikita, though again I suspect it won't hold me for long.

What fandoms do you intend on checking out in 2014?

Intend to? Well, I'd like to at least try out Nikita. Other than that, it really depends on what the new TV year brings.

And Captain America: Winter Soldier, of course, but really that's just part of the larger MCU fandom, I think.

At some stage, hopefully Chris and I can finish watching Babylon 5 (we ground to a halt in Season 4 due to my distaste for betrayal storylines) so we can move on to Burn Notice - I want to do a rewatch, and Chris is interested in watching with me.

What fandoms do you think you might let go of in 2014 unless things significantly improve?

I suspect I may wind up giving up on NCIS and maybe Castle - recent developments in NCIS have substantially reduced my interest in the show, and Castle's storylines post-Castle-and-Beckett-getting-together were making me uncomfortable, so we'll see how it goes.

What fandoms do you think you'll never let go of no matter how crappy they get? Why?

I'm not so faithful that I'll stick with something if it's truly crappy.

That said, there's a difference between the source material being crappy and the fandom being crappy. Even if, say, Elementary became boring rubbish, I might stop watching the show, but I wouldn't leave the fandom unless people universally followed the show's slide into crapness.

What show impressed you most in 2013?

Sleepy Hollow. Because the premise is ridiculous, and yet it's so incredibly watchable anyway - and they've thrown themselves into this ridiculous premise. This show starts where other shows jump the shark. And the strength of the characters, and the respectful casting and writing, is just a surprising joy to me.

What show impressed you least in 2013?

Agents of SHIELD. It seemed like a shoo-in for AWESOME, and yet it started out very weakly and still hasn't really hit its stride yet. I'm not giving up on it, but I don't expect much from it right now.

Your biggest fan anticipations for the New Year?

Captain America: Winter Soldier. I'm sure there's other stuff too, but everything else pales next to that right now. :)
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31 December 2013 @ 12:50 am
I am home, Internets! I had a lovely Christmas with my family (now with bonus Chris!) and it was generally relaxing, apart from the actual travel portion, thankyou holiday traffic. (That thankyou was a lie.)

Things are back to normal now - Chris is back to working from the office again, which means I have the house to myself during the day, which means I can be productive again. (Chris working home was entirely lovely, but it was way too easy to distract myself with his presence. :)) I have a looot to catch up on, so it'll be valuable.


I saw The Hobbit: the Desolation of Smaug at the cinema on Boxing Day with Chris and my dad. Thoughts behind the cut: mildly spoilery.Collapse )


Other than that, I got a lovely Elementary story for Yuletide:

1, 2, 3, 4, tell me what you're looking for (1180 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Elementary (TV)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Characters: Joan Watson (Elementary), Sherlock Holmes

otherwise known as: 10 moments from Joan Watson's new life as a consulting detective, with occasional guest stars.

Entirely recommended. Thankyou, thankyou, mystery author!

I have not done any other Yuletide reading yet, apart from two or three recs of the "drop everything and read this" variety. I hope to rectify this soon!


And finally, I owe one more post for the December talking meme, but I am behind on things, and it still needs a bit of thought to articulate what I mean to say, so I shall leave that for next post. :)
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20 December 2013 @ 01:19 am
December 20: Your strangest fandom (interpret this how you will) (from [personal profile] plasmoids)

When I first thought about this, I was thinking of "fandoms for unusual or obscure things" (which generally I've not been in), and then "fandoms who behave strangely", but let's face it, every fandom is capable of doing shit that just does not make sense when viewed from outside that specific fandom. (Citations: ship wars, fandom_wank, tinfoil hattery, CrystalWank, showing fic to the actors, and all the other headdesky stuff we collectively do. Oh, fandom. ♥)

Really, though, the only way I can interpret the question to actually yield a meaningful answer is to see it as "which fandom experience has been the least typical for me?"

The answer would have to be Constantine (which is, I think, the fandom where I first met [personal profile] plasmoids). Not because there was anything unusual about Constantine itself, or the fandom, but because I was so active. I joined comms. I helped run a comm. I read everything I could find. I threw myself into every discussion I saw, and squee'd madly over the (extremely awesome) fics the fandom was producing.

Hell, I even wrote fic for it. (Not that I ever posted it.) Now that is strange. :)

Because I don't tend to write fic often, and struggle when I do, I often feel isolated from fandom - I will happily meta until the cows come home, but mostly fannish conversations happen through fic, and because I'm just a reader, I don't tend to get to have those conversations. So Constantine fandom was a very unusual (and memorable, and enjoyable) experience for me.

(And why the hell don't I have any Constantine icons on DW?!)


List of questions/days for the talking meme; prompt away!
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15 December 2013 @ 02:43 am
December 15: First fandom? Or first fannish thing you shared? (from [personal profile] st_aurafina)

This one's actually really hard for me to answer, because I'm having trouble defining "fandom". :)

I was personally fannish about stuff I loved from a young age - I remember competing with Dad on Middle-Earth trivia as a pre-teen, for example - but I didn't have many peers to be fannish with, and I didn't have the kind of aspirations that would have seen me coming up with self-insert fannish fantasies by myself (which seems to be the other common path into fandom).

[The first things I was solo-fannish about: Star Wars, LotR, Star Trek, Anne McCaffrey's various early works, and Julian May's Pliocene & Galactic Milieu series.]

And then came the internet (I'm in my late 30s, so my first access to the internet was via my father's academic staff access in my late teens, and then from my own University shortly thereafter). I found newsgroups for things I loved, of course, but for various reasons I never really got involved.

Blogging, actually, was what got me into fandom. I knew [personal profile] cupiscent from an Aussie blogging group, and followed her on LJ when she mentioned it, and she was writing in and talking about X-Men Movieverse fandom at the time. And, obviously, reccing the other good stuff she came across.

This was a revelation to me; I'd never encountered people who engaged with their fannish loves like this before. I was hooked. I loved the "what if?" nature of fanfic, the way you could pose interesting questions about characters and settings. I hadn't been fannish myself about the movie (although I'd enjoyed it a lot) until this point, but the fandom made me a fan.

So, honestly, I'd have to say X-Men Movieverse was my first fandom, in the mainstream sense, although I was fannish about a lot of other things before that. (Mostly sf/f books/movies/TV, unsurprisingly.)

In many ways, that set the tone for my engagement with fandom: with a few exceptions, I've generally entered a fandom because of the fandom, not because of the source material. Provided I know the source material well enough to understand what's going on, I'm much more likely to follow a fandom based on the kinds of fanworks you can find there - the popular fanons, the kinds of stories people like to tell, et cetera - rather than my own engagement with the source.

[The biggest exception: Avengers/MCU fandom, where I'm just as engaged with and excited by the source material as I am by the fandom.]

This is largely because I'm mostly a fannish consumer rather than producer, though, and in that light it feels more understandable. And, too, the fandoms in which I've produced fanworks (or in the case of vids, half-produced some which now languish unfinished on various hard drives) don't have substantial overlap with the fandoms I consume most avidly.


List of questions/days for the talking meme; prompt away!
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15 December 2013 @ 02:29 am
300 movies from 2013 in seven minutes.

That's some masterful editing.
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14 December 2013 @ 05:19 am
So I'm trying the Tumblr thing. Again. It frustrates the hell out of me, but missing out on half the fannish conversation frustrates me more, so. :)

If I'm not already following you, drop me a line to let me know who you are, so I can rectify that!

(I'm [ profile] ejlh. I think. I hate tumblr's account system.)

And now I'm going to bed because it's 0520 and we have the kids tomorrow today* and so of course my brain decided this was an excellent time for insomnia. Being an adult is hard enough; being an adult on three hours sleep is going to be nigh-impossible.

(* I still generally maintain that it's not tomorrow if I haven't slept yet, but given the sun is 100% up at this point I think I'll have to abandon denial just this once.)
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14 December 2013 @ 12:26 am
1. I've been reading all your adventures in growing your own vegetables, and I'm kind of envious. I'm not sure I can physically handle actual gardening, but I'm growing more dissatisfied with the fruit & veg I can get from the supermarket or greengrocers, and it's annoying going from feast to famine based on where we are in the grocery-shopping cycle. :)

I do have some hydroponics gear my folks gave me for Christmas two years ago; I just don't have the right electricity hookups to use it outdoors yet. But I will! And then I will have tasty fresh vegetables and it will be awesome.

2. In the meantime, my herb greenhouse is doing very well - I'm currently running basil, mint, chives, rosemary and a ton of parsley, and I'll be picking up a coriander plant from the parents at Christmas. It's fantastic having fresh herbs at hand all the time, and the greenhouse arrangement has stopped the possums from eating all my parsley. I could never go back to dried herbs now, and it's made my cooking a whole lot bettr.

3. I fear I may have to default on Yuletide. This story's not shaping up the way I wanted it to, and I've had a whole bunch of last minute stuff land in my lap. I don't wanna, though. :/

4. Still plenty of days left for questions for the December talking meme. Prompt away!
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11 December 2013 @ 12:08 pm
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08 December 2013 @ 11:57 pm
I really like the looks of the December talking meme, but I've held off because I really doubted I'd get prompts. That said, it looked like fun, so why not. :)

Pick a date in December and give me a topic, and I'll ramble on. I'm good at talking. It can be anything from fandom-related (specific characters, actors, storylines, episodes, etc.) to life-related to pizza preferences to whatever you want.

I reserve the right to decline prompts that I don't feel equipped to meet, but really, that's pretty unlikely.


In other news, I've been rereading the Belgariad by David Eddings, reminded by [personal profile] recessional's awesome next-gen fics. I've seen this sentiment expressed elsewhere, but many of my issues with this series would be solved if the narrative treated Polgara as scary and controlling and inappropriate instead of basically approving of her.


Also, I want to change my dw style/layout, but that means trying to find all my existing settings and save/record them because I'm changephobic and what if I hate my new choice?


And now I'm going to bed, because I've done something painful to my shoulder/neck and the painkillers are making me drowsy. Goodnight, sweet flist! (/dwircle.)


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05 December 2013 @ 11:10 am
On the one hand, yay to Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. While she's not my #1 choice, I am pretty happy with this. (I still want Gina Torres as Wonder Woman, dammit.)

On the other hand, even the mainstream media notes that
[t]he win is tempered by the fact that she is reduced to second-tier billing, and her name does not join DC Comics' other two icons, Batman and Superman, in the film's title

DC, look at your choices, seriously.
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05 December 2013 @ 01:02 am
Cut for mild mental health talk.Collapse )

In other news, our current Shadowrun roleplaying campaign has hit awesome heights, and I'm really enjoying it. We had a hiatus for much of November due to scheduling conflicts, and it's good to get back into the swing of things. And it looks like we should be able to squeeze in another gaming session tomorrow, too, which is pure serendipity.
Current Mood: contentcontent
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21 November 2013 @ 02:35 am
I thought this episode was quite thought-provoking.

Spoilers, as usual.Collapse )
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16 November 2013 @ 12:12 am
I am really in the mood for fic with a good original character (or more!), preferably starring them or at the very least featuring them in strong secondary role(s). MCU is my current fandom of choice, but I'm panfannish at heart.

Any recs? :)
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Episode thoughts, spoilery! This may well have been the episode that sold me on the show for good.

hearts in my eyes. IN MY EYES.Collapse )

I suspect one reason why the show's not quite hitting the right notes for some members of MCU/Avengers fandom is that it's really not within the mold of the SHIELD we expect. We're used to the spy agency which exists in fanfic to provide missions for some combination of Natasha, Clint and Steve, or to provide a new challenge for Darcy Lewis to be awesome at.

And the SHIELD we see on the show isn't that agency; this is a team of monster-hunters, not operatives of a politically-active intelligence agency. I'm sure the fandom vision of SHIELD exists in parallel, really, because that's a place where people like Melinda May and Grant Ward would feel at home. But the show's lens on SHIELD doesn't feel like the agency that fanworks have primed us to expect, which isn't the show's fault, but is probably causing some cognitive dissonance. I know it did for me until I came to grips with it.

I like this SHIELD, though. I think I would like the covert spy agency version more, because I love spies and have many feelings about them (SPY DADDY ♥), but now that I have adjusted my expectations accordingly, I am pretty much okay with what we have. I can always get that other SHIELD from fanfic anyway. :)
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08 November 2013 @ 02:19 am
Disney's Marvel and Netflix Join Forces to Develop Historic Four Series Epic plus a Mini-Series Event

The Walt Disney Co. (NYSE: DIS) and Netflix Inc. (NASDAQ: NFLX) today announced an unprecedented deal for Marvel TV to bring multiple original series of live-action adventures of four of Marvel's most popular characters exclusively to the world's leading Internet TV Network beginning in 2015. This pioneering agreement calls for Marvel to develop four serialized programs leading to a mini-series programming event.

Led by a series focused on "Daredevil," followed by "Jessica Jones," "Iron Fist" and "Luke Cage," the epic will unfold over multiple years of original programming, taking Netflix members deep into the gritty world of heroes and villains of Hell's Kitchen, New York. Netflix has committed to a minimum of four, thirteen episodes series and a culminating Marvel's "The Defenders" mini-series event that reimagines a dream team of self-sacrificing, heroic characters.

This could be pretty damn awesome. I am excite.
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05 November 2013 @ 11:29 am
Haven't done one of these for a bit. Oops. :)

1. I have discovered that you can make quesadillas very quickly in a sandwich press. This is awesome news, because I love quesadillas, but I do not love cooking them because they flop everywhere. This is a total win, and means I just had a cheese-and-corn quesadilla for breakfast. \o/

2. For her 70th birthday last year, I gave my mother an IOU for two business-class plane tickets to New Zealand - four years of a transpacific relationship gave me a lot of frequent flyer points. ;) She and dad are there right now, and by the sounds of their last email they're having a lovely time.

3. My parents will be away for my birthday, so they gave me my gift early: it's a framed panoramic photo of London, taken in about 1957 from the top of the Natural History Museum. (Dad worked there before he went to University.) They have a larger version of the same photo hanging in their living room, and they got a smaller copy framed for me. This photo doesn't do it justice, thanks to the light leaking in from the adjacent window, but it's lovely.
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05 November 2013 @ 02:06 am
I kind of want to hold off on this post until more countries have seen Thor 2, but if I do, I'll forget what I wanted to say.

Spoilery for Thor 2 and Iron Man 3.Collapse )
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05 November 2013 @ 01:30 am
Volume 1 of Captain Marvel, by Kelly Sue DeConnick, is one of the nominees in the "Best Graphic Novels & Comics" section of the 2013 Goodreads Choice Awards. If you've enjoyed it, I do urge you to go vote for it!

It's up against stiff competition, even for the fangirl vote - it's up against Matt Fraction's Hawkeye, and Avatar the Last Airbender: The Search. But I chose to vote for it as a political decision - I want Marvel to know that books about women can be a success too. Captain Marvel is an awesome book, and deserves to win in its own right, IMO; as a point-prover doubly so.
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01 November 2013 @ 04:36 pm
In MCU fanon, it seems quite common that Reed Richards is considered to be a dick.

Apart from having seen the two movies a while back, I know almost nothing about Fantastic Four. So, can anyone give me a potted summary as to why everyone hates Reed? :)
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31 October 2013 @ 11:22 pm
Not very spoilery, for Thor 2.Collapse )

I need more MCU icons, stat!
Current Music: Avicii - White Noise
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23 October 2013 @ 03:17 pm
spoilery, as alwaysCollapse )

Although this ep's storyline pushed a couple of my DNW buttons for specific reasons (which wasn't the show's fault), I can tell it's growing on me by my disappointment that there's no new episode next week. :)

Oh god, the neighbour is steel drumming again. Kill me now.
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20 October 2013 @ 01:37 am
Six times Melinda May spent time with a member of the Avengers Initiative, by Minnow. You have to be a registered member logged in at AO3 to read this, but it's so worth it. It's fabulous.
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18 October 2013 @ 03:41 pm
1. Chris's work crunch is finally over! \o/

It was getting pretty hard on me - I don't begrudge him time at work when it's needed, of course, and I'm really glad he got to sink his teeth into a satisfying project. But he worked six twelve-hour days and then two sixteen-hour days all in a row, and although I'm quite accustomed to solitude it was the worst kind of aloneness, because I couldn't just relax and do my own thing, I still had to make sure my schedule fitted into what he needed. And aloneness of that type isn't good for the brainweasels. I sort of dropped my bundle a bit on a few days... but it's over now, and we have a lovely weekend of no obligations ahead of us.

2. It is gorgeous stormy weather outside. I love the summer storms we get in Queensland, and today is shaping up to be awesome in that regard. I'd share a photo but Flickr's iOS7 app is crashy beyond belief.

3. New episode of Elementary to watch! Yay :)
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16 October 2013 @ 04:52 pm
Spoilers.Collapse )

Not a great episode, but definitely an improvement over what came before. This bodes well, I think.
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15 October 2013 @ 06:17 pm
Am I the only one getting a really strong Constantine vibe here? The history between Abby and Jenny Mills feels veeeeeery reminiscent of Angela and Isobel Dodson.

(I'm somewhere mid-ep 3 at the moment - I'm skipping through the plotty bits, and just focusing on the character interaction bits, since that's where the pleasure is, and catching up on the plot with recaps.)
Current Mood: hungryhungry
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15 October 2013 @ 10:55 am
Hello, dear writer! I hope you're excited about Yuletide and that the details I provide here are useful and edifying, not terrifying. Thankyou so much for signing up to write one of the fandoms I love, and I hope the info below is useful.

And! I apologise if my signups were less than eloquent. I am currently running on extreme sleep deprivation. I hope you can find inspiration in them anyway. :)

Before we get started, I just want to say: Optional Details Are Optional. All of the below is meant to be a guide for you, not a recipe list. I will be totally happy with a story that isn't anything I mentioned in my optional details at all. :)

If you're looking to get a general idea of what pushes my buttons, check out the rest of my journal here. My LJ is [profile] ladyjestyr, which is these days a mirror of this journal, but has a lot of older content as well. My (very sparse) fic output can be found at my AO3 account, [ profile] eleanorjane. Also, I tweet as [ profile] eleanor. Otherwise, read on!

General ThoughtsCollapse )

Whew! Okay, on to the specific fandoms:

Fandom 1: ElementaryCollapse )

Fandom 2: Agents of SHIELDCollapse )

Fandom 3: HackersCollapse )

Fandom 4: Human TargetCollapse )

Thankyou, dear Yuletide Writer! I hope I've given you some ideas and inspiration, and fear not - I will be happy just to get a story in any of these fandoms.
Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
Current Music: Infected Mushroom - Special Place
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15 October 2013 @ 10:45 am
Okay, now - now, when it is TOO LATE - I decide I do want to do Yuletide.


Oh well! I shall try and do some Treats this year, to get back on the horse, and if I can keep my nose to the grindstone this year I'll sign up next year. *nods*
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15 October 2013 @ 06:00 am
If your content is mirrored 100% from DW to LJ, would you be kind enough to let me know? I'm trying to cut down a bit on duplication and I'd prefer to do most of my f'list reading from a single service :)