Star Trek: Discovery

Sep. 24th, 2017 10:13 pm
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I have seen the first episode of Star Trek: Discovery! It was good! I would watch the rest!

Spoilers )

Now please let the rest of it not suck.

Weekend uncluttering

Sep. 25th, 2017 10:00 am
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How did your weekend go? Did you sneak some stealthy uncluttering in to a spare few minutes, or did you go all out on something you've been eyeing off for a while?

Me? I spent most of my weekend at an ice-skating competition (apart from my kid competing, I'm also in training to be the set up person for the new judging tech). So my decluttering was limited to a bit of paperwork here and there. ...which actually, has been the theme of my week, although the amount of paperwork dealt with each day has varied from 'a couple of pieces of paper' to 'filled the inside bin three times over'.
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I happen to love Barbie type dolls - the odder the better. I used to collect dolls like Dennis Rodman, 90210, M.C. Hammer, Xena, and other non-Mattel dolls. Of course they all swap clothes, since I don't usually bother to keep them in original boxes. Exceptions include Dennis Rodman, who has an extra head with peach fuzz in a different color (red or green) and the Scully and Mulder set (one of my few Mattel sets.)

I still have a few of document boxes full of dolls: one box full of unboxed dolls with miscellaneous clothing and accessories at the bottom and two boxes of unopened dolls. I guess I was thinking of selling some of the boxed dolls *someday*, but mostly I like to look at them. That's why I opened so many of my other dolls.
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The How It Should Have Ended folks recently released this LEGO parody of Rogue One, in which Chirrut Îmwe takes down Stormtroopers, Darth Vader, AT-ATs and more in an escalating, wonderfully manic series of fight scenes. As the battles rages on, Jyn Erso asks, “Aren’t you going to help your friend?” but Baze Malbus simply shrugs and continues to watch the show.

As with most of the HISHE content, this video does have an underlying joke about its source material. It pokes some very exaggerated fun at how Chirrut took on the Stormtroopers single-handedly, and how at times he seemed a touch overpowered – but mostly, it’s just an excuse to have a blast watching the hyperbolic, inventive LEGO action. (And include some fun Star Wars reference and Easter eggs, of course.)

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#ITPE 2017

Sep. 24th, 2017 07:27 pm
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OMG, I can't believe it's ITPE time again. Anyway, hello lovely podficcer!

I'm listing a lot of fandoms this year bc I've been slowly breaking up with Marvel for, like, 2+ years now and haven't found a replacement fandom, I just keep trying all the fandoms to see if one will stick. Here's what I've been into lately, in no particular order.

X-Men (First Class movie 'verse): My main pairing is Charles/Erik, though X-Men Apocalypse made me yearn for Charles/Erik/Raven. I specified First Class, not because it has to be based off that single movie, but because I don't actually enjoy rivals pairings normally, so the early 2000s Charles/Erik is less interesting to me, than the closer relationship we've seen in First Class/Days of Future Past/Apocalypse. I'm not opposed to stories that are set in the earlier (later, in canon) movies, just it's a bit more hit or miss how their relationship is portrayed. My favourite tag in the fandom is Alternate Universe - Still Have Powers because I love stories that explore how the world would react to mutants and the powers that they have but the actual canon is so intense, goes to such an extreme. These AUs generally have more of a middle ground.

Marvel Netflix (without a focus on Frank or Danny): Daredevil is the netflix show I've been the most fannish about in the past. Ugh, my stupid avocados, and the awesome women! I'm not really a Frank Castle fan though and the only spark of interest I felt around him was his relationship to Karen.

Jessica Jones and Luke Cage are also awesome, though I haven't delved into those fandoms as deeply. Iron Fist... well, I mostly don't understand why they felt the need to make that show. I didn't hate it but I didn't love it like the others. I won't object if you do a Defenders podfic that has Danny present, but I'm not going to enjoy a Danny-centric story.

Marvel comics 616: I'm mostly interested in Steve/Tony centric stories from comics, though Jan is my fav Avenger, so anything with her in it is amazing! I also have some recs on AO3.

MCU: My main pairings from MCU are Steve/Tony, Clint/Coulson, Clint/Coulson/Natasha, occasionally Tony/Bucky or Steve/Tony/Buck that isn't centered on Steve.
For Steve/Tony, I prefer the stories that build off the comics canon for their relationship (because I admit they are not the strongest pairing within the movie canon). I cannot deal with Civil War stories (from the movie 'verse, 616 is a different matter). My Steve/Tony MCU recs (these are pretty sparse)

For Clint/Coulson and Clint/Coulson/Natasha it's all about the competency porn for me. I love Strike Team Delta, I love them watching out for each other, I love them supporting each other, and I love them kicking ass together. My Clint/Coulson recs

Iron Man: Armored Adventures and Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes
I've watched and love both of these cartoons, and would happily receive gifts from either of these shows. EMH has the same pairings as the rest of my Marvel preferences, but also includes Clint/Hulk. AA I ship basically Tony/Anyone. :P

Moving out of Marvel...
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My main pairing for this fandom is Kala/Wolfgang, though I love all the canon pairings (including Sun/Mun and Capheus/Zakia).

Beauty and the Beast (2017)
God I really wanted to throw myself into this fandom after I saw the movie, unfortunately the fandom is not that large. ;__; I ship Belle/Adam and have no interest in seeing Gaston redeemed, nor am I into Lefou pining after him (it's fine if it's present in the story like it was in canon, but I don't want Lefou pining to be the main point of the story)

Star Trek AOS
I blame [twitter.com profile] Rjcreighton for this one. I've pretty much just done Kirk/Spock in this fandom. I have a few recs on AO3 but they're mostly really long stories so probably not useful here.

Merlin
Merlin/Arthur is my main pairing, but I'm also 100% there for canon-era slice-of-life gen, or stories of how awesome a queen Gwen was, post-show. Canon-era stories tend to be my fav, however I'm fine with AUs that take place in a different time so long as there's still magic (there are non-magical AUs that I like, but they can be more hit and miss for me, if you find a modern day non-magic AU that seems to really align with the likes I have listed below though, go for it). I tended to enjoy the potential of season 1 more than the reality of the later seasons, I'm totally there for redeemable Morgana. I have a bunch of (old) recs on my pinboard.

The Martian
Oh Mark Watney you poor goober, look what Mars has done to you. I primarily read gen in this fandom and enjoy Mark trying to cope while everything goes wrong. I'm also ok in reading pairing fic in this fandom but don't have any particular ships, the fandom skews to Mark/Beck, which I'm fine with but don't feel any great love for either. If you go the way of shipping I'd probably prefer something where it's either background or actually puts some work into making me get behind the pairing.

Terminator
I fell in love with the franchise through Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles and I adore Cameron. I also have a thing for people growing into heroes so love John Connor's characterization from SCC and T3. My ships are John/Cameron and John/Kate, though this fandom is the one I read the most gen in. I also adore crossovers with Terminator. If you can find good crossovers with this and any of the other fandoms I've listed, that would totally make my day. My Terminator recs are on my pinboard.


Things that I love (an incomplete list): Rule 63, identity porn, competence porn, trans characters, world exploration, found family, pretend dating (really, most harlequin-type storylines), angst, AUs, origin stories, power dynamics (including D/s and BDSM), emotional punches in the gut, and way more than I can think of at the moment.

I don't have many no go zones but cannibalism and killing people in a fetishized way are really hard stops for me. Related to the previous point, I mostly can't deal with zombies and am finding vampires harder to deal with too. Detailed gore on a large scale also makes me queasy and I'm not a fan of horror.

I don't enjoy stories whose plots are driven by homophobia.

As mentioned above, I'm mostly pretending that Captain America: Civil War never happened and tend to immediately back button out of anything that deals with it.


Note: Since these are things other people usually list as no gos, while I wouldn't necessarily say these as things I love, I don't mind unhappy endings and/or death fic. Related to my like of emotional punches in a gut, I like when a story can make me cry. I don't mind sad events or endings so long as the emotions ring true. So if you have a story that you think would work that has an unhappy ending or character death, go for it! I am well known as an angst muffin after all.

the common or garden anti-semite

Sep. 24th, 2017 06:37 pm
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I'm rereading Gaudy Night by Dorothy L Sayers for the first time in maybe a year, since I just switched my Audible membership over to .ca instead of .com, and the Canadian website has the rights for the book when the American website has just been promising to have it for ages but never actually being able to sell it.

In that time I've read Hannah Arendt's The Origins of Totalitarianism, which very closely details the rise of anti-Semitism in Western Europe between the French Revolution and the Second World War. Sayers is an awkward novelist in that her writing in the 1920s and 30s is sparkling in many ways, but soured a few times a book by discordant notes whenever "those people" are mentioned--Sayers seems to think that she is being very liberal-minded by mentioning Jewish people at all, much less having her characters vaguely tolerate them and discuss how a Jew might be as moral as the next fellow. (She had an unhappy early affair with a Jewish writer that seems to have affected her strongly)

I can see no situation in which they might ever have met, but still, the whole thing solidifies mentally for me into a unified whole if I imagine them at some evening party full of urbane and witty literary people, drinking and smoking and sounding clever, where Sayers is holding forth and being pleased with herself and Hannah Arendt is smoking in silence and taking down extensive mental notes for an essay later. She smiles when Sayers passes her an ashtray, but she's already plotting her revenge.
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Over the course of a year, I take thousands of pictures that I either share on Facebook or Instagram or leave to die on my smartphone’s camera roll. While the idea is that I’ll go back and look at them at some point, truth be told that rarely happens. The closest I get is when something comes up in conversation, I…

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[Fanart] Auror Training

Sep. 24th, 2017 08:12 pm
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The risk for injuries has quadrupled for Harry since Draco joined Auror training... damn that arse!

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Sooooo

Sep. 24th, 2017 05:19 pm
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NAME: Kimi
AGE: 28 (29 on October 3rd though)
INTERESTS & HOBBIES: Tom Hiddleston, Pokemon, All Time Low, 5 Seconds of Summer, Simple Plan, visual kei/J-rock, oldies music, writing, fangirling.
LOOKING FOR: Nothing special. I don't really mind because I'm accepting of everyone. :3
ANYTHING ELSE?: I lost the account info for my old DW. I think it was AdorbzFangirl or something. But yeah. I figured it was better just to start over. Keep in mind too, that I won't be very active. I'm pretty much limited to my dad's computer (on occasion) to my iPad Pro. My laptop stopped functioning properly, and if Apple can't fix it... it may be a while before I can get another one. :|

Oh! I forgot to mention that I'm autistic. There's a good chance I won't reply to other people's journals. It puts a lot of pressure on me and my social skills. I'll do my best to post on yours, but I expect the same in return. :3
So yeah.

Fanfics about Nuclear Waste Storage

Sep. 24th, 2017 06:55 pm
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This is a 10,000-year rabbit hole!

The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) was designed to store radioactive waste in Nevada. The storage area would not be safe to enter until 10,000 years had passed. Several groups of smart people came together to design warning messages that could outlive our civilization and protect future explorers. These designers knew they couldn't rely on any current language surviving that long, so they worked on landscape designs that project "this is toxic waste, don't mess!" audio/text background and four fanfics )

One of the forbidding-landscape proposals is incorporated into California, a meh dystopian novel published by a non-genre writer in 2014. If the WIPP project follows up on the experts' suggestions, elements of those proposal should be showing up in pop culture for millennia.

The WIPP-fic tag: http://archiveofourown.org/tags/Expert%20Judgment%20on%20Markers%20to%20Deter%20Inadvertent%20Human%20Intrusion*d*dd%20-%20Sandia%20Labs/works WIPP Discussions on Metafilter: )

Terror from the Year 5000 (USA, 1958)

Sep. 24th, 2017 10:59 pm
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‘From time unborn… a hideous she-thing!’

Terror from the Year 5000 is a 1958 American science fiction horror film written, produced and directed by Robert J. Gurney Jr.  It is based (uncredited) on the short story ‘Bottle Baby’ by Henry Slesar. It stars Joyce Holden, Ward Costello and Frederic Downs.

Editor Dede Allen went on to have a noteworthy career editing mainstream Hollywood hits such as The Hustler, Bonnie and Clyde, Little Big Man, SerpicoDog Day Afternoon, and Reds.

American International Pictures released the film in the US as a double feature with The Screaming Skull. In the UK, it was released in a BBFC censored ‘X’ certificate version by Anglo Amalgamated as Cage of Doom.

Working in the privacy of his Florida island estate, nuclear physicist Professor Howard Erling constructs a machine that breaks the time barrier. With his assistant Victor, Howard conducts a number of experiments and successfully transports a small statue from the future.

Concerned over the vast amounts of energy needed to conduct the experiments and realizing that their unique work needs formal verification from another professional, Howard calls a halt to the research, despite Victor’s protests. The statue is then sent to premiere archeologist Robert Hedges, who runs a carbon dating test on it and discovers it comes from the year 5,000 A.D….

Reviews:

“This movie has a lot of problems: it’s cheaply shot, it’s not directed particularly well, the acting is quite poor at times, and the soundtrack has too many moments that sound like they were lifted from sitcoms. What it does have is an interesting story and some very nice touches and ideas here and there…” Dave Sindelar, Fantastic Movie Musings and Ramblings

“Some intriguing ideas are there, but the budget and crew (including most of the actors), are just not up to pulling it off. The acting ranges from wooden (Downs), to eccentric (at one point Costello, for no explicable reason, skips merrily part way down a corridor), to quite good (starlet Joyce Holden’s career in B movies and TV started and ended in the ’50s).” Brian Schuck, Films from Beyond the Time Barrier

The Terror From the Year 5000 herself also wows us with her mysterious powers of the future when she steals the face of a visiting nurse and then proceeds to hypnotize Victor with her silver fingernails! Top it all off with a scene of Hedges yawning while the professor yammers on about something and bring it all to a thought-provoking conclusion…” MonsterHunter

“The ‘mutant’ from the future was rather silly […] and what was the whole point of Angelo peeping on Claire? Did I miss something there? I must admit that I’ve never seen somebody hypnotize another by waving their sparkled fingernails in front of them. This film could have been a whole lot better with crisper direction and a tighter plot.” The Monster Shack

“Robert J. Gurney, Jr seems greatly obsessed with seeing Joyce Holden undressing (at least as much as the censorship of the day allowed him to get away with) – into her bathing costume behind some bushes, down to her petticoat to get into bed in silhouette behind the blinds of a window, as well as the servant Angelo (Fred Herrick) peeping in and later being found by Ward Costello looking at dirty magazines in his room.” Richard Scheib, Moria

Terror is only adequate in terms of production; a few of the actors do fairly good work; there’s a hangdog air to the whole movie. Most audiences probably found it of little interest, but I don’t think it deserves to be completely overlooked. It has some imagination in its conception and enterprise in its execution.” Bill Warren, Keep Watching the Skies! American Science Fiction Movies of the Fifties

Cast and characters:

  • Ward Costello as Dr. Robert Hedges (Star Trek: The Next GenerationBloody Birthday)
  • Joyce Holden as Claire Erling (The Werewolf)
  • Frederic Downs as Prof. Howard Erling (Bug; Night Gallery; The Addams Family)
  • John Stratton as Victor
  • Salome Jens as Future Woman / Nurse (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine; Tales from the Crypt; House of Evil; Seconds)
  • Fred Herrick as Angelo
  • Beatrice Furdeaux as Miss Blake
  • Jack Diamond as First Lab Technician
  • Fred Taylor as Second Lab Technician
  • Bill Downs as Dr. Blair
  • William Cost as Joe the Bartender

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Filming locations:

Dade County, Florida, USA

Trivia:

The working title was The Girl from 5000 A.D.

Offline reading:

Faster and Furiouser: The Revised and Fattened Fable of American International Pictures – Mark Thomas McGee, McFarland, USA, 1996

Buy Faster and Furiouser from Amazon.com | Amazon.co.uk | Amazon.ca

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Image credits: MonsterHunter

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