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Dec. 18th, 2014 01:44 am
skygiants: Anthy from Revolutionary Girl Utena holding a red rose (i'm the witch)
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For my December meme post for the 14th, [personal profile] lnhammer asked 'which witch?'

There is really only one possible answer here:



Fortunately, by the metafictional nature of the beast, this witch does in fact represent all witches. I know what my decision is, which is not to decide!

Boom!

Dec. 17th, 2014 07:56 am
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[personal profile] inkstone
[community profile] fandom_stocking is ready for your fandom stuffing pleasure!



SIGH. So my December posting has certainly gone off the rails, hasn't it? I apologize. Maybe next month.

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Dec. 16th, 2014 06:48 pm
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 The only non-awful thing about the flu is that you can get a lot of TV watching in when you aren't knocked out because of meds.

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Dec. 16th, 2014 07:05 pm
skygiants: Beatrice from Much Ado putting up her hand to stop Benedick talking (no more than reason)
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In other news I have gotten quite behind on my December meme posts! I was supposed to do most and least favorite adaptations of books for [personal profile] thady on the twelfth, but this whole weekend got eaten by holiday parties, so we'll just pretend that's today.

It's a hard question to answer though! Can I cheat and count Much Ado About Nothing as a book, even though it's a play? Because the Kenneth Branagh/Emma Thompson Much Ado is so near and dear to my heart, and so VERY MUCH my formative Much Ado, that it's really difficult for me to accept any other adaptations -- even though it has flaws! So many flaws! Kenneth Branagh cut out all of Hero's best bits of dialogue, I know, it's an awful thing, and yet! THE WORLD MUST BE PEOPLED.

Also the Christopher Eccleston Revenger's Tragedy, which if we're talking about INCREDIBLY BIZARRE adaptations of early modern theater is my favorite hands down. One of these days I'm going to picspam this DW mercilessly with screenshots from that film, and then maybe you'll all understand. MAYBE.

Oh, OK, one more thing: I haven't actually seen this yet, so it's definitely cheating, but just the fact that there EXISTS an anime adaptation of A Little Princess that's a space opera about Sarah piloting a giant mecha is ... how can I put this? The knowledge of its existence is a balm to my soul.

As for least favorites ... can we also count books adapted into other books? Because ye gods, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. YE GODS. YOU WERE SO TERRIBLE, AND YOU UNLEASHED SO MANY HORRORS.

This is a fun topic, though. I encourage everyone to come rant about least favorite adaptations, should you feel so inclined!

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Dec. 12th, 2014 03:58 pm
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I woke up this morning all eager for my 3 day weekend, went to Wal-Mart, started getting the chills, got back home and barely managed to take care of perishable before collapsing. Got up about an hour later and had a 102.2f temperature. Whee! At least I didn't have to call in sick to work? It went up to a littler over 103 but has gone down a bit since, and I've managed to stay mobile for about 15 minutes, so maybe I'll get lucky and whatever it is will pass as quickly as I came down with it.

Anyway, I typed this up a couple days ago and hadn't gotten around to posting, so I'll post it now before collapsing again.

1. Flight Rising is having another open registration window next Monday. I guess it's officially a monthly thing now. As always, I will be giving dragons to friends who join, though possibly not until later in the week, as site competitions this week might wipe me out of all dragons that aren't permanent residents in my lair.

2. Related, your pet dragons can now have PET ROBOTS. Though they were created for the highest difficulty level (so far) in the coliseum, but there are other ways to get them. But I repeat YOUR PET PIXEL DRAGONS CAN HAVE PET PIXEL ROBOTS.

3. The newest version of Return of the Condor Heroes is apparently as awful as one would expect a series advertising itself as choosing to make a rapist adorable to be. (I mean, the rape plot in ROCH has problems all over the place, but at least it doesn't think the rapist is sympathetic or likable or fassscinating, so it has that over quite a few rape plots. And also the bit where the person who was rapes finds out who really raped her and hunts him across half of China and kills him. Which probably won't happen with an "adorable" rapist.) It's ok, my backlog of shows to watch is enormous as it is.

4. Kevin Kostner's comments on racism may not be as blatantly horrific as Kevin Sorbo's, but maybe Hollywood needs to make a rule about past-their-professional-prime actors named Kevin aren't allowed to talk about race in public without someone there to kick them in the shin when they go wrong.

5. I started watching the Magi: The Labyrinth of Magic anime on Netflix a couple weeks ago out of boredom, and really enjoyed it. It's a shounen adventure series very, very loosely based on 1001 Nights (loosely=It uses some names and the settings sometimes look vaguely right). The main characters are Aladdin, a child magician, Ali Baba, a wanderer with A Secret Angsty Past, and Morgianna, a former slave girl with super strength and speed. It does a better job than a lot of shounen with the grander scope of things and handling a coming war between three major countries. Unfortunately, season 2, Magi: The Kingdom of Magic splits up the 3 main characters and separates them from their other friends. Ali Baba and Morgianna are MIA for most of the season (Morgianna is considerably more MIA that Ali Baba, or course...) and most of it is Aladdin learning more about magic in another country. Unfortunately, while I like Aladdin, he's way, way less interesting than Morgianna and Ali Baba (and the other supporting characters who are also mostly MIA), and the 2 friends he makes are nice and all, but the actual kingdom is BORING, as is the characters who (as of ep 20, where I am) appears to be the main antagonist. I mean, I'm still enjoying it, just a lot less than the first season, and hoping that if there's a third season, it'll be better. There are some events that are making things more interesting going on, but it's in conjunction with my caring even less about the magic kingdom and being more annoyed by the antagonist.


6. Madame Secretary is on hiatus, but at least it was given a full season. Maybe State of Affairs will seem less horrible when I'm not also watching a far superior female-lead political thriller show? (I mean Madam Secretary's politics and conspiracy plot are just as awful, but the show itself is much better written, as are the characters and their relationships.

7. I've been reading "cozy mysteries" lately, and I'd really like to know how a genre about multiple murders in a small town over a relatively brief period of time not only came to be called "cozy," but also gained a reputation for being comfort reading. I mean, they are comfort reading, and I should write up my thoughts about why some time, but you have to admit, it's a bit odd. (I suspect Agatha Christie and Rex Stout having had dozens and dozens of such books consistently in print for decades contributes some there. I mean, not just them, but they're the big ones that immediately spring to mind.


8. Taraji Henson's new series starts soon! I deliberately have not watched the preview for Empire, but based on what I've read, I'm hoping that her character is on an epic revenge quest and steal her ex-husband's music empire. *hopes*

9. I watched the pilot of The Librarians (or rather, the first 2 episodes, which were aired together because networks don't like 2 hours pilots anymore and air episodes together and confuse everyone about episode numbering). It was entertaining. Christian Kane looked very confused every time he didn't beat up 10 guys at once and Noah Wylie looked very tired thanks to his day job of fighting off alien invasions (though I'm sure he's happy that he has this lined up if it lasts, since Falling Skies's next season will be the last) And Rebecca Romjin made "WTF?" faces a lot. And, I mean, of course Matt Frewer and John Larroquette are running around being...well, themselves. It VERY much felt like a pilot for a series based on a franchise most people forgot exists, and as others have noted, it seems to want to appeal to Warehouse 13 fans, so it was a bit...off, but I'll watch more.

10. Star Wars: Rebels is on midseason hiatus, and I'm not sure who else is watching, but a few comments:
spoilery )

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Dec. 11th, 2014 04:12 pm
skygiants: a figure in white and a figure in red stand in a courtyard in front of a looming cathedral (cour des miracles)
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A month behind everyone else: I read Ancillary Sword! I think everything needs to go under an Ancillary Justice spoiler-cut here probably. )

I remember seeing a bunch of reaction posts last month that I could not read at the time; if you made one, link me? I'm very curious what everyone else thought!

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Dec. 10th, 2014 11:42 pm
skygiants: the aunts from Pushing Daisies reading and sipping wine on a couch (wine and books)
[personal profile] skygiants
[profile] alassa_irena asked me about a place I would like to go for the December meme,, and -- well, I mean, lots of places, SO MANY places, but if I could pick one place and one place alone --

-- okay, I'm down to the wire for getting this post in while it's still technically the 10th, but a picture is worth a thousand words, right?







SO BEAUTIFUL IT'S PRACTICALLY INDECENT.

I had to google 'Welsh book town' to find these, because I knew it existed but I couldn't remember the name of it. It turns out the name of it is Hay-on-Wye. I WANT TO GO THERE. The dream is real.

icons: Rosemary & Thyme

Dec. 10th, 2014 06:08 pm
meganbmoore: (nancy drew: girl detectives)
[personal profile] meganbmoore
146 x Rosemary & Thyme

r&ts1 35 r&ts2 24 r&ts2 38
 

here ) .
 

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Dec. 9th, 2014 08:32 pm
skygiants: the main cast of Capital Scandal smiling in a black-and-white photo (children of the revolution)
[personal profile] skygiants
I read an early draft of Stranger, by Rachel Manija Brown and Sherwood Smith, but that was long enough ago that by the time it came out for real I had forgotten how much I liked it!

Stranger is sent in a post-apocalyptic southern California, but the kind of post-apocalyptic where everyone's had a few generations to get used to the changes and build new towns and economic systems and pay high prices for pre-apocalyptic artifacts that provide fascinating scraps of information on that strange historical era. Also the kind of post-apocalyptic where some people have mutant powers!

The story takes place in the relatively stable town of Las Anclas and focuses on a set of teenagers:

ROSS, a solitary teenaged wanderer with a tragic backstory and severe PTSD, who is found mostly-dead by the (semi)-friendly inhabitants of Las Anclas
MIA, a socially awkward mechanical genius whose father is the town doctor and therefore is the one who is like 'PLEASE DAD can we keep him? :D' when Ross ends up in their spare room
JENNIE, Mia's best friend who has pulled slightly away from her due to being a rising star in the local militia and very competent at everything; also, telekinetic!
YUKI, who was adopted into the town when he was a kid after his own tragic backstory, and is desperate to learn enough skills to GO EXPLORING and GET AWAY
FELICITE, the mayor's pretty daughter, all sweetness and light on the outside and private schemes and jealousy on the inside; the actual worst and also the most interesting to me!

The first half of the book is a bit slow to start, mostly focusing on setting up the town and the dynamics and the tensions that exist between people who have mutant superpowers and people that don't; eventually there's an external enemy and a climactic battle and some very effective set pieces involving murderous singing mutant crystal trees, but it's the long-term throughlines that are most interesting to me -- that, and the feeling of community, and a lot of interconnected people who know each other very well and are important to each other.

My favorite plotline is Felicité's, because at first Felicité looks like the same Pretty Mean Girl who shows up in a lot of Sherwood Smith's books, but there's layers to her that that girl doesn't usually get. The exploration of her inherited prejudice and how that affects her is INCREDIBLY interesting. Felicité's whole family is set up as antagonists and for good reasons, but they're also real-feeling people who care about each other, and about the town, which is one of the things I like best about the book.

I also love that sympathetic characters often dislike each other or misjudge each other; Yuki's simmering irritation with Ross is ... kind of delightful to me? And all the different kinds of shapes the families and relationships take (not to mention all the people of different races and cultures and sexualities both foregrounded and backgrounded; I don't think any of the protagonists is white.) Although given the fact that the Ross/Jennie/Mia triangle involves mild relationship spoilers? )

And now I get to settle in and wait for the next book like everyone else.

Continuum, The Wind Rises

Dec. 8th, 2014 08:47 pm
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 Not sure how many people are still watching it, but Rachel Nichols confirmed on twitter that Continuum is getting a final season of 6 episodes.  Which is disappointingly short, but after waiting this long for news, it's better than I expected.  (Despite its myriad of problems, I do think it's one of the better SciFi shows in recent years.)

Today I watched Ghibli's The Wind Rises, which was a beautiful movie about which I have very mixed feelings  due to the subject matter.  Viewed in isolation from world events and what came next, it's a touching movie about creation and imagination.  Viewed in context of the world outside the movie, it's a touching movie about the creation of WWII Japanese fighter planes.

spoilers about Horikoshi Jiro's personal life in the movie )
I knew what to expect going in, which is good.  Miyazaki has always had a fascination with destructive technology and war machines, but in previous movies, the protagonists have dealt with the aftermath of destruction, not the creation of the machines themselves.

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Dec. 8th, 2014 07:00 pm
skygiants: Princess Tutu, facing darkness with a green light in the distance (Default)
[personal profile] skygiants
Another day, another December meme post: [personal profile] metaphortunate asked me to talk about one thing in my life that I would most like to do that I think is impossible.

...OK the embarrassing thing about this answer is that I'm pretty sure it's Anne McCaffrey's fault, and specifically it's the fault of Dragonsdawn, which is ... not a good book, it's VERY MUCH not a good book, in fact it's in many ways a TRAUMATIZING book (NO SALLAH NO HE'S IN LOVE WITH ROCKS), but ever since I read it at the age of like ten I have really wanted to move to another planet. It would be so cool! It would be SO COOL. Like, the idea of the sense of wonder you'd get from that is overwhelming. This isn't about space, I don't actually care (I know, blasphemy, I'm sorry!) all that much about space, I've never dreamed about being in a spaceship really, in fact the idea kind of freaks me out. But being on a different planet, something totally outside of the entire range of experience on Earth, and trying to build something there -- there's something about that idea that activates my sense of wonder to the max.

And the thing is it is, like, maybe actually possible that within my lifetime, moving to another planet will be hypothetically possible. Like, what do I know? In fifty years maybe generation shipping it out will be a thoroughly feasible option. (Maybe it'll even look like the best option, or in fact the only option, but, uh, that's a depressing road to go down so let's veer away from that.) And when I was younger I would always sigh and be like, "but I have no useful skills that would make me a candidate anyway!" but ... I kind of have a semi-useful skill now, actually? EARTH-TWO WILL NEED ARCHIVISTS.

But as an adult, even if it was offered to me as an option right now, if it was possible in all external senses today, I know I couldn't go; it's not the externals that make it impossible, it's the internals. Because the thing is, I have family and friends and a network of people I value a lot, and I know that when it comes down to it, I am completely not the kind of person who's willing to give that emotional network up for the idea of adventure and a sense of wonder. There are times when I wish I was that kind of person because then I would probably have a more adventurous life! But most of the time I'm pretty OK with it.

Man, it's personal confession o'clock I guess, if anyone else wants to talk about impossible things you would like to do then please come make me feel less embarrassed!

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Dec. 7th, 2014 08:33 pm
skygiants: Enjolras from Les Mis shouting revolution-tastically (la resistance lives on)
[personal profile] skygiants
I was supposed to write about my current feelings about Les Mis for [personal profile] melannen on the 6th for the December meme, but instead I was at a bachelorette party in Atlantic City and the hotel didn't have free internet, which means you are spared the prospect of me attempting to answer this question after having drunk several shots of vodka.

Ugh, this is very long and full of petty complicated personal feelings and MIGHT AS WELL have been written drunk anyway )

[wellness log] Week of Dec 1

Dec. 7th, 2014 09:58 pm
inkstone: Tokidoki Asian woman with the shoulder tattoo (cover girl)
[personal profile] inkstone
I contemplated posting this daily, but then I shriveled up and died when faced with the reality of actually doing so.

Instead, this will be a weekly thing, posted on Sunday nights.

Because I haven't been taking care of my body the past few months, I'm easing back into things. Transitioning into clean eating and beginning with moving my body rather than diving into an 80% clean eating diet (when I'm at my best) and picking up my hardcore yoga practice. This way I'm less likely to crumple and give up at the first hint of "failure."

The dance cardio workouts I'm doing have a calendar so I'm following that. The theory is that once my body is used to moving again, I can turn towards stilling my mind (with yoga). Trying to get my body strong while calming my brain at the same time is too much.

Monday )

Tuesday )

Wednesday )

Thursday )

Friday )

Saturday )

Sunday )

Dear DMMd Valentines gifter:

Dec. 6th, 2014 08:05 pm
cordialcount: (shingeki no kyojin › sun in snow)
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New exchange for DRAMAtical Murder (the visual novel/anime), posting in February, signups and info here!

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Dear DMMd Valentines 2015 gifter,

in general )
requests )

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Dec. 6th, 2014 12:46 am
skygiants: Sokka from Avatar: the Last Airbender points fingerguns (sokka says stay cool)
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OK, so the basic premise of Eric Flint's 1632 is as follows: an entire Appalachian town, including the heroic local chapter of the United Mine Workers of America, gets accidentally transported through the space-time continuum and dropped in the middle of Germany's Thirty Years War. HIJINKS ENSUE.

BECCA: But Eric Flint, why did this town spontaneously travel 350 years back in time?
ERIC FLINT: Oh, whatever, I don't even care. Ummmmm … aliens did it for an art project!
BECCA: …
ERIC FLINT: It was a very irresponsible art project and sometime in the future they will get their comeuppance.
BECCA: Will … the aliens ever appear again …?
ERIC FLINT: Nope! Anyway the point is the whole town time traveled, OK? THE WHOLE TOWN.

The experience of reading this book is kind of like having a background chorus of cheerleaders shouting “AMERICA, FUCK YEAH!” in the background at all times. Sometimes the cheerleaders are diegetic.

The good: OK actually it's a whole lengthy sff novel where the protagonists are almost all blue-collar or lower-class and from a rural area, which is extremely rare for the genre and cool to see! It is also actually less misogynistic than it could be – like, while there are a lot of rape threats as part of The Horrors of War and Evil German Mercenaries, all of the female characters from cheerleaders to hippie high school teachers to camp followers get agency, happy endings, and equal opportunity to murder the heck out of the bad guys of their choice with lots of lovingly described weaponry

The bad: First of all, Eric Flint does not believe Shakespeare wrote Shakespeare. But second, and more importantly, all that aside it is VERY OBVIOUS that a middle-aged white dude wrote this book.

ERIC FLINT: You know why America is great? Because Americans BELIEVE in the value of human life! Everyone in America knows their life is valuable and worth something!
BECCA: This is a really painful sentence to read right now.

The ridiculous: ...OK I'm just going to have to summarize the whole thing. I can't stop myself!

Wow, this is like 2500 words long, I'M SORRY. THERE'S JUST SO MUCH. )

icons: Sleepy Hollow

Dec. 5th, 2014 07:28 pm
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138 x Sleepy Hollow (season 1)

sleepy-hollow2-52 sleepy-hollow2-80 sleepy-hollow2-111

 

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