Avenger's Infinity War

20 April 2019 04:43 pm
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I watched Infinity War
that is just a bad movie.

The way it was filmed and framed and all only made sense if we're meant to give a damn about Thanos having feelings
like, we get multiple moments that should be about fallen heroes or something and we are instead watching his face
and it's... junk. I mean, his argument for doing the thing is junk. That should go without saying. He is a bad guy doing a bad thing, and we don't care if it hurts his feelings.
So the movie is garbage.

Also, I was bored. Actively, wandered away to get snacks, stopped half way through for a while, bored.

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I realise I've seen all the spoilers and all the crit on tumblr and I'm echoing a lot of the negative opinions here, and I guess the film makers were really invested in people seeing the movie without spoilers, so they'd say that would be a different experience. But that wouldn't answer the problem I had with it, because I wasn't expecting it to be bad in the specific ways it was bad, that still surprised me.

Also it's not just the specific plot that pissed me off, if they want to tell a story about superheroes screwing up then this was certainly one they could tell, everyone had feelings at mostly plausible moments. It's just how it was told, it seems like the writers like Thanos? And think he made any tiny bit of sense?

Which is garbage.

So this film was boring nonsense.

And this is meant to be the set up of the payoff of ten years work?


I sound mad about it but I'm mostly not? Like, this was boring, it was mean, and I had known that in advance.

If I had the stones and had concerns about finite resources I would not answer them this way. I would start with like ringworlds and other such stellar engineering meant to harness the maximum amount of energy, and then see if we ran out of space in the next few million years. Maybe use the time and soul stones to bring a bunch of people back and do that thing where you put people from different years down next to each other with enough space for them each to live on and end up with a timeline all living at once. That seems interesting. Answer the big purple idiot with a more efficient use of resources and demonstrate exactly how much more room we have.

It's so very boring to get power on that scale and use it for killing. You can do that without it. Why bother?


I am not currently thinking I need a ticket for Endgame.

Kind of sad I spent money on this one.

Star Trek: Discovery 2.14

20 April 2019 10:29 am
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And we have the second season finale in a row where I felt the build up was better than the execution, though for somewhat different reasons than I did re: the season 1 finale.

Spoilers liked the season as a whole, but this is the second ep which made me throw up my hands )
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but at least it's gone now. Plus! Less phlegm! I think my cold is going away!


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So, you know my opinion on Stuy

25 April 2019 01:15 am
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Mainly, that those schools are overrated, that test needs a serious overhaul and critical review, and that everybody obsessed with that school (and the others) seriously needs to get a grip and reconsider the life choices that brought them to this place.

But nobody ever takes my excellent advice, and so they won't stop talking about those schools, and so I keep on reading. It's like a very boring trainwreck that I narrowly escaped but not really.

With that said, I have to admire the NY Times slipping in this snide commentary in this article here: “The bureaucrats who run these school districts have swallowed hook, line and sinker the idea of racial diversity” as an essential part of education in America, added Mr. Yoo, who is best known as the legal architect of Mr. Bush’s so-called torture memos.

Man, that's some serious, if factually-accurate, shade.

On the subject of affirmative action, way in the comments to that article somebody quoted Clarence Thomas opining that affirmative action just makes people doubt the merits of blacks. I will go on the record as saying that it is neither his race nor the specter of affirmative action that makes me doubt Clarence Thomas' credentials, capacity for critical thought, jurisprudence, or ethics. In fact, I have made it a long-standing policy to support what he doesn't, just on general principle, and that policy has yet to steer me wrong. So if Clarence Thomas is against affirmative action, that is certainly good enough for me.

(No, I do not intend to get into a discussion here and now about whether or not policies intended to increase representation of some or all racial minorities are good or bad, or if they're racist against other minorities and/or any or all whites, either in the abstract or with regard to specific situations. Not nearly enough spoons for that today.)

Buffy and X-men comic reviews

19 April 2019 10:17 pm
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1. Read the latest issue of Boom Studios Buffy Comics Reboot - this is allegedly the final of the four issue arc for this year. No clue if they will continue after it?

Anyhow....my thoughts? It's steadily gone downhill, writing wise. To the point in which I've just about decided to give up on it.

spoilers )
I'm not sure what the writer is doing exactly, but I've read better fanfic (well that sort of goes without saying when it comes to the comics or any novelization of the series.) Why? Because whomever is approving the rights for these things -- doesn't perceive the series in the same way that I do, obviously. Nor has the same taste, which is saying a lot, considering how broad my taste actually is.

The problem is that the writer is not telling the story directly. She skips time.
Relies too heavily on the readers pre-existing knowledge of the series and characters (much like fanfic writers do, actually), which would be fine -- if the characters were closer in their behavior to those in the series (they aren't). And the story followed the canon, it doesn't. You can't veer that far away from canon and just skip to the fun parts in your story, without any build up. It's jarring.
Don't do this people. It's lazy writing. It's bad enough that you are playing in someone else's sandbox with their toys and getting paid for it, without forgetting to build up to your major plot points in a satisfying way.

I don't care what happens to these characters. They bear little resemblance to the one's I knew. And I have not had time to invest in their relationship with each other, to care what happens. You can't push the reader into the center of the action without some character development -- even if the characters are based (and rather loosely in this case) a television series.

If it weren't for the great art, I'd have given up a while ago. The art is the best that I've seen for the Buffy comics. It's very complimentary to the actors -- they actually look better here than they did on screen. I know, go figure.

But the writing is getting worse with each issue. Some of the dialogue is cringe-inducing. Buffy actually says the words "Jeez, Louise" - eh, no.

And while the art is great for the most part, Joyce and Drusilla do not bear any resemblance to the actors who played them. Nor for that matter does Robin Wood, but that appeared to be deliberate.

Rating? Not worth your time or the price of admission. Skip.

2. It probably would have helped if I hadn't been reading the X-men comics at the same time. In particular Matthew Rosenberg's take on Un-Canny X-men, which is superb and pretty much does all the things a good serial writer should do -- further the characters arcs, address their relationships with each other, and provide action that helps examine social issues and those relationships/emotional arcs concurrently.

I read Uncanny X-men #16 prior to the Buffy Comic, and night and day. My only quibble with Un-Canny is the art, which was uneven. It's the reverse of the Buffy comic -- great writing, very uneven art, yet still a much better comic.

They do a few unexpected things here -- which help examine what it means to be a leader and the toll it takes on people. In this issue, Cyclops has begun to question his leadership -- and decides to step down. He's basically tired of second-guessing himself all the time, and worse having everyone else do it too. He's also trying to hold his team together, and keep everyone alive. He's been trying to keep everyone alive for a while now, and failing miserably. He's lost more people than he cares to count, and most of them, people he loved a great deal. The guy is basically wallowing in grief and self-doubt. But luckily he has company -- Logan, Alex, Dani Moonstar, Shan, Rahn, Hope Summers, Banshee, Johnno, Illyana, Jamie Maddrox, are all along for the ride.
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Friday Five actually on Friday!

19 April 2019 10:58 pm
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Today's [community profile] thefridayfive questions:

1. Did you enjoy your senior year of high school?
I did! Our old band director left, who had a rivalry with the drama teacher, who also left which meant I was able to do band AND drama club without the extra IRL (and frankly immature) drama of that feud. I was drum major of the band so I got to be extra bossy. I remember dressing up for all of the pep rally week...I should probably scan some photos to share. It was a pretty good year. I just went through a bunch of cards I got when I graduated, from friends and family, and they made me feel pretty good.

2. Did you have a senior trip (high school) and were you able to go on it.
I don't think there was an official senior trip and I had no desire to go to Ocean City during "senior week". My friends and I, ever the nerd, drove out to Shenandoah National Park and camped out for the weekend. Full on roughing it. I remember hiking one day and not really factoring in that we would need to hike back and while we were trying to find our way to the campsite, I started singing Disney showtunes to keep my mind occupied. It's amazing any of them wanted to be my friend after that. We also go our first flat tire experience, my friend Amanda actually changed a tire!

3. Was graduating (from either high school or college/university) a big thing with your family or just another day? They made a big deal out of it but it wasn't like I was the first person in my family to reach the milestone. It was expected of me - both high school and college. But my Grandparents drove down from Maine to attend so that was extra special. I don't remember much about the college ceremony, but I wasn't as engaged in college life since I commuted. High school was a bit more emotional because I knew so many people there.

4. What were you looking forward to the most after graduating from either high school or college/university?
I don't really remember. I wasn't really sure what was going to happen with my life after high school except that I was supposed to go to college. In college, I guess it was moving out with my then boyfriend (such a stupid move, but go back in time and try to tell 21 old me any different, I dare you...**facepalm**)

5. Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give your graduating self?
Don't move out with this guy. Be yourself for awhile, find yourself first. You got this.
...also, you are skinny AF and pretty hot.

Be warned: I'm working on a digital photo program for work and part of me wants to scan ALL my photos to keep them safe...this makes me want start scanning all the photos from my senior year, which happens to have been 20 years ago EEK! WTF! NO!
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so when I realized she'd never seen or heard of The Sixth Sense, I added it to our movie line-up.

She was actually surprised by the twist. This is such a novel experience, I felt I had to record it for posterity.

We've also watched Empire Records (Eva was deeply caught up in the question of whether or not Joe is actually Lucas' foster father, or if he's just fatherly) and 10 Things I Hate About you (we lost Heath Ledger entirely too soon). Also, unrelated to this all, Jenn and Eva watched Legally Blonde. I was surprised that Jenn had never seen that movie before. She was surprised that I've watched it at least seven times already. I'm not sure which fact is more surprising.


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LJ and DW tech problems

19 April 2019 03:10 pm
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Ok, something weird is going on both at DW and LJ.

1) I am logged in at DW. I am looking at my feed and earlier today I answered some comments. I try to do the same a few hours later, haven't logged out, and in two different places DW is refusing to send the replies through because it says I have the wrong password for my account. What?

EDITED TO ADD: Well the problem seems to be resolved, at least for now. Apparently the site was simply no longer accepting my password. I don't know why. When I tried logging out and back in again, it would not accept my password. I finally had to reset it to log back in, and once I did the various pages where I tried to comment accepted the new password and let the comments through. Why this happened only on other account pages and not on my own makes no sense to me (not to mention why it simply stopped accepting the password in the first place).

2) I am seeing the LJ 18+ image in all sorts of places, apparently from accounts hotlinking from the LJ gallery but also accounts I'm seeing on LJ itself. Does anyone have any idea why this is happening?
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Title: a little quickens, but much extinguishes

Author: [personal profile] grassangel
Character/Pairing: Thirteen/Missy, cameo appearances from the series 11 team
Genre: Angst, fluff
Rating: PG
Wordcount: 1747

The Doctor and the Master are bound to feel each other's emotions. They've gone through periods of delighting in this connection and through periods of denying what they feel isn't their own.
After the colony ship, after regenerating, the Thirteenth Doctor struggles to relearn how to ignore the longing in her hearts.

It works until it doesn't.

read on AO3 or on dreamwidth

crossposted to [community profile] dwfiction

Doctor Who Doom Coalition 2

19 April 2019 07:21 pm
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Today I listened to all four parts of Doom Coalition 2.
My attention span only really lasted for three of them, but the fourth had River Song so I tried listening regardless. I think it was a pretty good one but I'd gone all distracted and fiddly so I should probably have saved it for another day and may relisten to it later.

Things I like about these sets: The Doctor is positively surrounded by women, and they talk to each other a lot, about adventures and saving the day and such.
Things I do not like: The bad guys have mental health problems, and this is what makes them bad. Read more... )

So I liked the stories plenty, but I should take a break between discs and not plan a four hour listen in future.

On the plus side I got many dragon things done in Flight Rising, so that was nice.
... I'm kind of bored of Flight Rising too, the Coliseum gets boring when you've got optimised dragons to play with, but I did win a really expensive battle stone today, so that was good. And my Toni dragon is level 19 now. ... though I'm feeling like teh build is out of character because I just have been using the optimised numbers Mark III and Mark V have, and really a Tony Stark type should be an Intelligence build, even if those don't seem to work as well because Eliminate is so decisive. Oh well.

Doctor Who and dragons: A good day.

Round and round

19 April 2019 02:06 pm
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It's been a while since I've grappled with the early editing stage of a longer fic, and I'd forgotten what a slog it is. Writing: it's like having kids or doing a construction project or throwing large dinner parties or running marathons.* You forget the bad bits which just encourages you to do it again. [It is not like writing a dissertation. Sometimes, once is enough.]

For me, the first third of any writing project is drafting and determining whether the idea has legs. The last third is endless tweaking, careful editing and ensuring the separate sections work together to form a coherent whole. I enjoy those stages. The middle third is editing my shitty draft into something not shitty. It is so painful.

The middle stage is when I tend to do research, to fill in gaps. (I always write first, then research.) The middle stage is when I wonder if I really want to finish the project. It's so much work. Most of what I write will be thrown out and re-written, more than once. Am I really up for that?

The questions take over. How did it get so long? Why do I have to write the expository bits in between the dialogue? The dialogue in between the meditative character bits? The world is partially built and hasn't yet fully taken over my brain. The world is partially built and keeps nagging at me to do a better job of fleshing it out.

But I have a cold and it's Passover and it's the end of a long week, so I will watch TV and read good books research and get back to writing...tomorrow.

For those who celebrate, Chag Sameach.

* Note that I haven't done all of these. Guess which one!

Urban Stories

19 April 2019 09:23 am
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1) I returned from a weekend trip to Chicago to visit a friend who has been having a difficult year. (Her father died in August, her husband 3 weeks ago). To some degree I think the weather matched the vagaries of our time together. Read more... )

2) I hadn't exactly forgotten that I'd recorded a few brief podfics years ago, but I had forgotten to add them to my AO3 account. So I corrected that this week. I had intended for it to be an ongoing thing but my free time changed a lot around the end of that year. The year before I had been job hunting and so assumed my schedule was very up in the air. A year later I realized I'd better start finding something to do because apparently the job search was not going to end as I expected. Enter the podfics and volunteering and then that new microphone got packed away just a few months later.

So I told [personal profile] shadowscast, (who has been writing again!), that I was going to try and get that rolling this year. And now I'm saying it here so that I actually do some more recordings, although after all this time I've forgotten what little I'd learned. So it may not be soon.

3) I finally saw Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse and boy was that good! I can't recall anyone who didn't say the same these past months. I do really regret that when I had the chance to see it with friends that we ended up at The Favourite instead. Not that it wasn't a good movie also, but very different, and I think we would all have had more to talk about regarding Spiderverse instead (especially since one of the group was an animator). Read more... )

4) I was thinking about how there are so many only kids of deceased parents in superhero stories. Why is this? Does it simply make it an easier story to tell because the hero has few obligations and ordinary ties? When one thinks of it, it's a very unusual story, especially in earlier decades and centuries where being an only child was a fairly unusual circumstance.

5) I just posted my 222nd rec at AO3, and it's for a fic that is as flawless as they come.

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Space Swap fic exchange reveals

19 April 2019 10:56 am
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I got a really wonderful Thor fic which I absolutely love - a fantastic look at Thor post-Ragnarok and his relationships with Loki and Valkyrie, with great character voices and insights. Do go and visit and give the author some love!

A King's Work (3929 words) by Anonymous
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Thor (Movies)
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Loki & Thor (Marvel)
Characters: Thor (Marvel), Loki (Marvel), Brunnhilde | Valkyrie (Marvel)
Additional Tags: Angst and Hurt/Comfort, Sibling Bonding, Exhaustion

On a ship full of refugees stranded in deep space, there is no opportunity for a king to be less than everything his people demand.

Dream dimensions

19 April 2019 10:00 am
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Had a dream that was mostly a lot of running around trying not to get killed by, for instance, stairs or the wires making elevators work. That was kind of tiring.

But there was also a thing with a woman and her boyfriend of four years, and they're on a train in a compartment with no strangers around, and he just asks her where she goes. And she can't tell, it's classified, so he starts telling her, about the other worlds all around us. How many are there? And she sort of gives up, tells him a tiny bit, and says it's complicated. The absolute minimum on any area they've ever found is 8 other dimensions.

Read more... )

I guess if a world has a simple system where one gate leads to one other realm, you wonder why people don't just use it. Temporal differences are a good reason but still. Making it so there's at minimum a rainbow of options, and humans have to learn how to navigate it by some kind of synesthetic perception unique to each traveller? That's not a transit route, but it could be an adventure.

I'd rather make it an adventure with no possession and far fewer dead people, but, that's the difference between dreams and writing, once awake I am in charge...


19 April 2019 10:35 am
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In the last few years, WWF Finland have installed a few live webcams in places where various wild animals spend their time, so people can learn more about their lives. Their osprey webcam now has occupants! They're filming a nesting place of a pair of ospreys, and the birds returned there a couple of days ago and have started gathering nest materials. They've also started attempting to make baby ospreys.

They're magnificent birds, and fascinating to observe. I love looking at them. If you need any proof that birds are actually dinosaurs, ospreys are a pretty good example.

Once May starts, we'll also get the biggest hit of the webcams, the seal cam... Then we'll all watch Saimaa ringed seals rest on sunny rocks to aid their molting.
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I finally got through the two published Kiranmala books.

These are solid middle grade fantasy - good mix of jokes, though-provoking-ness, adventure, and feelings. Plus some weird worldbuilding (in the best way) and social consciousness.

Two things, though. No, three things.

First, our protagonist is amazingly clueless, especially when it comes to her crush, in particular, and his feelings about her. She's clueless in other ways, too - at several points people explicitly tell her things, but she completely ignores them and then has to come across her epiphany the hard way. Only once does she realize she's done this. It's good for the reader to be a little ahead of the protagonist, but nobody wants to be this far ahead. Even when you account for the age of the target audience, this girl needs to smarten up.

Secondly, the author has clearly read The Hunger Games. Well, everybody's read The Hunger Games*, but I mean to say that the second book has a very Hunger Games vibe that was a wee bit disorienting.

Third, the refugee crisis is very topical. I think, however, that having your obvious metaphor conveyed with actual monsters that eat humans is, perhaps, in bad taste. Yes, we all get the moral that you shouldn't judge entire groups of people on hearsay and vicious rumors... but that moral is rather muddied when our main character, aside from making friends in That Persecuted Group and then having a cluebat generously applied, has also encountered several members of that same group who have hunted her and threatened to eat her. Indeed, one of her friends threatened to eat her at one point.

* For a given value of "everybody", of course.

Dept. of Fandom Stocking

18 April 2019 07:07 pm
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Well, This Was A Bit Embarrassing ....

When I was having fun with 
[community profile] fandom_stocking  this year (or actually, last year), I decided to give one person, who'd indicated an interest in historical recipes, some that were excerpted from two recipe books I happen to own. Because it was for Fandom Stocking, I decided - without looking at AO3's terms of service, more fool I - that I could put it on Archive of Our Own, because the effort was for a fannish event. 

The nice folks over at AO3 let me know today that it was a violation of their terms of service, and that I had a week to take it down. I'm embarrassed, because they're quite right (Section H clearly states that recipes are a no-no), and sad that I now have a formal warning on my AO3 account. Hopefully, that will eventually be taken out. 

So I've put the recipes here, and will let the person for who I posted them know that they can access them here or on LJ. And perhaps other folks can enjoy the recipes as well. And I've learned something out of the whole thing, so there's that.

Anyhow - enjoy!

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Foodstuffs under here. )

kill bill 2

18 April 2019 06:46 pm
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canon : kill bill vol. 2
notes : the bride a.k.a black mamba a.k.a beatrix kiddo & b.b.

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