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Oct. 22nd, 2016 11:18 am
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I'm at my parents' and Fox News and it's on mute but Donald Trump is making a speech and I can still see him waving his hands around out of the corner of my eye and there's helpful text to tell me what garbage he's spewing. (I mean, they probably just broke out the same text as his last speech. Same stuff.)

Tumblr, why are you like this?

Oct. 22nd, 2016 10:21 am
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I'm taking take a break from it. I thought I'd stay relatively isolated from the "purity policing in fanfiction" discourse. Sure, I've reblogged some of the rebuttals, but otherwise I hadn't seen much of it on my dash.

Then. THEN. One of my mutuals starts posting multiple variations that had me agog. The big ones were:
  • I'm not saying you shouldn't write this stuff. I'm just saying it's not too much to ask you not to post it.

  • You can put all the warnings and tags on it, but kids are going to do what they want. Some of this stuff can harm them. So you should look out for them and not post it.

YOU GUYS. I was this close to picking a HUGE fight. I didn't think I was the type, but apparently I am. (Haha, no, I lie. I know I am the type.) I started about a dozen replies before I just opted to close my browser instead and go for a walk.

It'd be one thing if it were a teen posting this. I give teens leeway because they're still figuring things out and I think they should have that space. But this wasn't a teen. This was a grown-ass woman who isn't much younger than me.

So I'm taking a break from that hellish blue site. A follower had reblogged one of those rebuttal posts from me and added the tag: "honestly the policing triggers me more than any upsetting content".

I feel you, follower. I feel you.

what I'm watching in October

Oct. 21st, 2016 03:03 pm
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here )

A lot of stuff ended (or stopped getting subbed thanks to viki changes) so I'm actually current on everything except Moon Lovers, so hopefully I'll get to check out Pitch this weekend and maybe get to something in my backlog.

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Oct. 18th, 2016 08:25 am
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So, CW and Hulu broke up for whatever reason, Quantico isn't on hulu this season, The Fosters and Dramafever left hulu a while back, and hulu barely adds any anime these days (not that there have been many anime I wanted to watch lately anyway). Much more of this, and I'll be throwing my money away by keeping a subscription to hulu.

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Oct. 16th, 2016 09:15 pm
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As you may remember, Crosstalk was announced, my general impression was that it was basically going to be a Bellwether rewrite except instead of spending the book shouting at clouds about fads, Connie Willis was going to spend the book shouting at clouds about modern technology.

As it happens, I was both very right and very wrong. While both Bellwether and Crosstalk feature a romance between the only two people who are somehow immune to The Shallowness of Modern Existence set against a cast of thousands of sheeple obsessed with the latest gossip/fad, it turns out Bellwether remains a much better book than Crosstalk!

Crosstalk stars Briddey Flanagan, who works at a cell phone company. What does Briddey do at the cell phone company? I have NO IDEA, because we never see her doing any part of her actual job, or in fact doing anything at the office except flee from gossipy coworkers who want to talk about her office romance with [obviously evil] dreamy executive Trent, because everyone in Briddey's office -- and, indeed, perhaps everyone in this book -- walked out of a 1960's Doris Day film.

Briddey has no friends, but she does have several family members, each of whom has two character traits:

Briddey's Aunt Oona is very, very Irish
Briddey's sister Mary Clare is a helicopter parent to her nine-year-old niece, Maeve
Briddey's other sister Kathleen has bad taste in boyfriends

You may have noticed this is only a single character trait per person. The other character trait, which they all share, is that they have no boundaries and all seem very invested in and concerned about Briddey, who literally never has a conversation with any of these people in which she is not attempting to hide from them, flee from them, or get them to stop talking to her, usually by lying to them profusely.

You might think the moral of the story would be that Briddey and her family need to learn to set some boundaries, communicate honestly, and break the cycle of increasingly complex lies! About this, you would be very, very wrong.

The plot kicks off -- after several chapters illustrating how Briddey's cell phone is a terrible trial to her because her family keeps trying to CALL her on it or TEXT her on it, GOD, why will nobody leave her ALONE, clearly the problem is the technology and not, you know, the fact that Briddey doesn't know how to set boundaries and instead is engaged in a constant web of deceit and lies with everyone she knows and theoretically loves! -- when Briddey and her boyfriend [obviously evil] Dreamy Executive Trent decide to get the latest in relationship goals, a procedure that allows them to sense each other's emotions.

RANDOM FICTIONAL OFFICEWORKER: Brad and Angelina just had one of those procedures!
(CONNIE WILLIS: Look at my cool modern references! Just let anybody say that my books are out of date now --
BRAD AND ANGELINA: We're breaking up literally two weeks before this book is published.
CONNIE WILLIS: God fucking damn it!)

Alas, the nonsense science of the procedure somehow goes nonsense science wrong, and instead of sensing her boyfriend's emotions, she gains an instant telepathic connection with C.B., the genius curmudgeon with messy hair and poor hygiene who has a mad scientist workshop in the company basement and thinks communication is awful.

BRIDDEY: Oh man, the procedure's gone wrong and a dude I don't much like can now read my mind, I should tell someone --
C.B.: YOU CANNOT TELL ANYONE ABOUT THIS, EVER. Instead, how about you concoct a series of increasingly-elaborate lies to tell everyone you know and love!
BRIDDEY: Um OK but I would very much like to tell a DOCTOR and figure out a way to reverse this because I feel KIND OF LIKE MY PRIVACY IS BEING INVADED HERE, please leave me alone and don't talk to me --
C.B.: You definitely cannot tell a medical professional about this! Everyone outside of the two of us needs to think that everything is fine!
BRIDDEY: OK, I won't tell anyone, but let me repeat once more: please leave me alone and don't talk to me or listen to my thoughts!
C.B.: I've been listening to your thoughts and I can tell you're in trouble, I'm here to pick you up from the hospital and drive you home! Want to tell me your address? LOL though I mean I already know it, you can have no secrets from me!

Yeah, this is kind of nightmare territory. For the next several chapters, Briddey freaks out while C.B. consistently refuses to stop invading her mental privacy, warns her that she can under no circumstances tell anybody else the truth about anything in her life or the fact that she is in distress, literally feeds her lies to tell to her family and boyfriend, shows up frequently to rescue her despite being explicitly asked not to do so, and, to add insult to injury, constantly mansplains random facts to her about telepathy.

C.B., of course, is the romantic hero and the book goes on to justify everything he does in every respect. The more the book went on, the more I missed Bennett from Bellwether. He had no particular personality that I can recall except being mysteriously immune to fads, but at least he seemed like a pleasant human being and I expect he understood the general meaning of the word 'no.'

Spoilers under the cut )

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Oct. 16th, 2016 04:19 pm
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 I really need to watch Nirvana in Fire soon. It's been The Cdrama for over a year (and like kdrama fen, cdrama fen tend to move on the a new Big Series every season, but not this time) and now even people I follow who I don't think typically watch cdramas are watching it.  (And are commenting on things the cdrama fen usually don't? I think mostly things that we're just used to in context. Like awkward hugging, which is usually the ancient drama equivalent of a make out session on US TV, though some ancient dramas are having ACTUAL kissing scenes the last few years.)

Thankfully, all my airing kdramas and Ice Fantasy end in the first half of November, barring extensions (please no extensions!)  with only one more starting around that time, so hopefully I'll make a dentin my backlog before the Onslaught on sageuks between I think December and February. (No more airing cdramas for me after the viki debacle. Back to waiting until they're fully subbed and can be acquired elsewhere if the viki channel disappears.)

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Oct. 15th, 2016 09:25 am
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As previously mentioned, I have been rereading Barbara Hambly's Benjamin January books. I have not yet quite reached the point where I run out of 'reread' and just hit 'read' -- there were nine published books when I first read the series in 2010, and now there are fourteen -- but I am halfway through, so it's probably a decent time to stop and take stock.

For the unfamiliar, the titular Benjamin January is a free black pianist/music teacher/surgeon who also finds himself frequently fighting crime in 1830s New Orleans. In the long-form hypothetical HBO television series of my heart, he is played by a slightly-older Okierete Onaodawan, who has proven through his pitch-perfect rendition of both Hercules Mulligan and James Madison that he can do all the instantaneous code-switching that Benjamin January requires to survive and walk the lines between the world of the wealthy free colored inhabited by his mother and sister, and the slave quarters where he is frequently required to go undercover for crime-fighting purposes.

...and it looks like I outlined the other major characters on here back in 2010, so I'm just going to link to that instead of doing it all again.

Books I have read to date under the cut )


Oct. 15th, 2016 11:08 am
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 Supergirl, Madam Secretary and Elementary have all aired their season premieres, but haven't aired anything else.  Like everyone else I know, I hated that one thing Supergirl did, but otherwise thought all 3 had good premieres.  

Rosewood is clearing the slate of last season's dangling subplots pretty fast, which is good, but makes me wonder about their season-long plans.  (One thing hasn't been resolved, but I assume they're going for a big payoff there.)  I can't say I'm enamored of the new captain, but I don't hate him, either.

Star Wars: Rebels is playing pretty heavily into building up to events in A New Hope, and has started incorporating a bit of the no-longer-canon EU into the current canon.  I doubt they'll incorporate a large amount of it (a lot can no longer be canon) but I think it's a good idea to bring some of it in.  I do wonder how much longer the series will continue? We're getting closer and closer to the OT, and while they theoretically could simply continue following the crew of The Ghost as doing things for the rebellion separate from the events in OT, Leia knows about Kanan and Ezra as of last season, and I can't see how they'd work things out so that she doesn't tell Luke about them if they're still around.  (I loved Leia's appearance last season and hope she shows up again, but it did not bode well for the crew of The Ghost in the long run, I don't think.)

How to Get Away With Murder
is doing pretty well with adjusting the big mystery of the first half of the season to being about finding out who died, not who the culprit is (hopefully the answer isn't the same).  Everyone in the show except Michaela and maybe Asher and Bonnie is on a terrible self-destructive trajectory right now, if at different speeds, and I fear for them.  Except Frank.  Frank can completely self-destruct and die and make me happy, though I will admit that this week's revelations about what he's actually up to right now is the first thing to make me just very slightly interested in the character.

For whatever reason, hulu doesn't seem to have Quantico this season.  I think I'm just going to wait for Netflix to get the full season, unless that changes.  Empire I just...kind of forgot to watch.  It's always been a show where the actors and characters were stronger than the show itself, but it lost me a lot of the time last season.  I also deliberately spoiled myself about whether or not someone died after the finale and was not pleased.  I'll probably wait until the season is over and streaming somewhere and see if I feel like watching it then.

The only new series I've tried out is Timeless, though I hope to watch the aired episodes of Pitch before hulu takes the pilot down.  I am enjoying Timeless but don't have a lot to say, aside from sideeyeing tumblr A LOT for all the people who are effectively saying that a black man pointing out how much US history has sucked for black people is comic relief.  Matt Lanter, who voices Anakin in The Clone Wars plays one of the main characters and it is SO WEIRD for him to not be animated.  (Also, cartoon!Anakin somehow looks just like both him and Hayden Christiansen.)

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Oct. 13th, 2016 09:12 pm
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I have read some great sequels this sequel season, but I think my actual favorite sequel so far is the sequel to Erin Bow's The Scorpion Rules, The Swan Riders. In fact it is probably one of my favorite books this year.

The titular Swan Riders are an army of UN-aid-bringers/hostage-executioners/convenient-bodies-for-possession at the service of Talis, the five-hundred-year-old manic artificial intelligence who keeps peace on earth through the use of hostage children and the occasional missile strike. In this book, our heroine Princess Greta of the Pan-Polar Alliance ends up on a wacky road trip with Talis and several Swan Riders. It's a fun time!

The Scorpion Rules is a YA dystopia -- it hits all the beats, and then it goes on to subvert most of them in a way I really enjoy, but, I mean, it's still got the shape of it. It's poured into that structural mold.

The Swan Riders launches off of The Scorpion Rules, but it is definitely not Book Two of a YA dystopia trilogy. In no way is it poured into that mold at all. Like, there is a resistance and our heroine has been adopted as a figurehead, but that's not really what Erin Bow cares about, Erin Bow is BUSY focusing on complex negotiations of humanity and artificial intelligence and sacrifice and loss of self and she just does not have TIME to conform to the standard story beats of a YA dystopia while she's at it.

(As I said on Twitter: people becoming AI! AI becoming human! IT'S A ROBOT BAR MITZVAH.

...it's not actually a robot bar mitzvah, but there is at one point a thematically significant party with cake, plus a number of angry robots in tiny boxes, SO.)

I would put The Swan Riders next to the Ancillary Justice series on my bookshelf if I was sorting my books thematically (which I don't in reality, but enjoy as a thought exercise). It's not that they're all that similar, as far as actual reading experience goes, but I would bet money that both Erin Bow and Ann Leckie read the Ship Who... series in their youth before going on to write something much, much better.

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Oct. 12th, 2016 12:25 pm
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I love how some people act like referring to Donald Trump as Donald isn’t much different from referring to Hillary Clinton as Hillary, when it’s actually the compete opposite.

We refer to Hillary Clinton as Hillary for multiple reasons. One, much like referring to the second President Bush as “Dubya” helps us to easily differentiate who we’re talking about from his father, a close family member who held the same office, referring to Hillary Clinton as “Hillary” helps us differentiate between her and her husband, who previously held the office she is currently running for. At this precise moment, referring to her as “Hillary” also helps create a presumption of victory precisely because of the “Dubya” comparison. Second, whether she intended to or not, “Hillary” has become a brand and and institution all her own. If you live in the US, it’s very unlikely that that the name Hillary makes you think of someone other than Hillary Clinton, unless you know a Hillary personally. Third, it reminds us that she became known as “Hillary” to the public because of her political career, and that she holds multiple official titles and has been awarded many honors. Like what do we call her? Former First Lady? Former Senator? Former Madam Secretary? NEVER MIND LET’S JUST GO WITH HILLARY IT’S EASIER. Love her or hate her, the name “Hillary” immediately tells you who we’re talking about, and that she’s been in politics for decades.

On the other hand,we have “Donald.” Donald who, Donald Duck? That’s the “Donald” most Americans know, and he certainly isn’t running for president. When Hillary referred to him as “Donald” during the first debate, it served two purposes. It pissed him off because he’s so obsessed with his deliberately created “Trump” brand, and it reminded us that there is no “Donald” public face. He’s held no public office and has no political experience to refer to. Expecting her to refer to him as “Mr. Trump” as if he were her political equal is ludicrous. It’s not a preference or politically allegiances thing, Donald Trump is not Hillary Clinton’s political equal, and expecting her to refer to him as such at such a major debate is absurd. Donald Trump’s entire public identity, though, is tied up in “Trump,” not “Donald.” “Donald” is no one. “Donald” is an animated duck, or that nice old man down the street who asks how school is going for your kids even though they graduated 5 years ago. The last thing Donald Trump wants anyone to be calling him on TV or in debates is “Donald,” but it’s what’s happening now.

Hillary robbed him of his brand and has his supporters and some of the media calling him “Donald” as if it’s the same as calling her “Hillary” and it has to be eating him alive.


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