Shaun In The City - Bristol Part One

Aug. 1st, 2015 10:12 pm
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I've been fairly terrible about uploading photos this summer. But I finally got the ones from the first day of Shaun hunting onto to Flickr so...

Cut for photos. So many photos. )
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On a whim, I decided to get the first disc of Lois and Clark from Netflix. I wasn't sure what to expect besides baggy 90s clothes, and...wow. This is very much like Nora Ephron got ahold of the Superman franchise, isn't it? With a smidgen of X-Files thrown in, given the whole government conspiracy angle that seems like it will become a running theme?

It's completely ridiculous, the dialogue is often terrible, and the FX are awful even for 1993, but I like all the characters and I've taken a shine to Lois/Clark, because of course I have. I appreciate her "you do the fluffy women's interest stories, I'll do the hard-hitting investigative reporting" angle.

But. Two questions: How long until Lois sees the obvious, and can I skip most of the episodes until she figures it out? Better yet, could I watch them secure in the knowledge that she's known all along (because "not wearing glasses" is not an effective disguise!) and will whip it out at an opportunely awesome moment?

Because much as I like these people, I don't think I can sit through season upon season of her having to carry the idiot ball where Clark = Superman is concerned.

P.S. Your fic recs, I want them.

Gencon, interim report

Aug. 1st, 2015 02:12 pm
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I am at Gencon! I have needed much napping. Read more... )
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Do you know what is depressing? Putting in eight hours on your Saturday and then pulling out the to-do list you made and realizing you only did one thing on it. Not that you didn't do a lot of other things—you did plenty of other things! But the things! That you decided you were going to do today! Aren't done!

Clearly it is time for a DW post.

Vividcon continues to draw near with no major catastrophes in my life. I even, on Friday, exempted myself from the thing that everyone else was volunteering me to do because I would not have been able to finish it before I left and I refused to work while I was gone. I am excited—there are people coming that I haven't seen in so many years I can't even count them (I'm looking at you [personal profile] geekturnedvamp)! I've scheduled dinner only on Thursday night but it's starting to look like a lot of folks do that beforehand, in which case I may need to stand in the lobby looking harmless with a sign around my neck that says, "invite me"! ::g::

Speaking of dinner—I'm going to a dinner party tonight through MeetUp and I don't want to go. It's a group organized around the fact that we are all dykes who like to discuss things, except dykes aren't all the same and so—potentially two hours with five other women who have nothing in common except their dykehood, making awkward conversation. Yay?
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Title: defrost, debauch, destroy
Author: psocoptera
Reader: [personal profile] intransitive ([livejournal.com profile] exmanhater)
Fandom: Hockey RPF
Rating: Mature
Pairing: Jonathan Toews/Patrick Kane
Length: 5:24
Summary: Beneath the ice, dread things lie dreaming. Or listening to One Direction, whatever.

Permanent download link: (right-click, save-as) mp3 [2.5 MB]
Temporary Mediafire download link: mp3 [2.5 MB]

Or, stream at AO3

Person of Interest S4?

Aug. 1st, 2015 03:42 pm
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Dear friends who will be at Vividcon next weekend! Might any of y'all have the most recent season of Person of Interest in some form which could be shared? Inquiring minds want to know. :-)

[Fic] the taste of leather and musk

Aug. 1st, 2015 03:40 pm
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Title: the taste of leather and musk
Format: Fic
Author: [archiveofourown.org profile] tryslora | [tumblr.com profile] tryslora
Pairing(s): Hermione/Lavender (background Draco/Harry)
Rating: NC-17
Length: 2,604 words
Warnings/Contains: dominant!Lavender, submissive!Hermione, shoe/boot worship, orgasm denial
Notes: This was written for the June prompts at Daily Deviant of cunnilingus and boot/shoe fetish. I think I have found my favorite go-to femmeslash pairing. Besides, who can resist Lavender and shoes? (certainly not Hermione). Many thanks to Eidheann as always for keeping me on track. As always, I do not own the world nor characters of Harry Potter, I just like to play with them.
Summary: It’s rare that Hermione chooses her own clothes now—even this set of robes was chosen by Lavender months ago, as soon as the event was planned. But occasionally she selects something on her own as a surprise for Lavender, and these shoes were purchased and hidden away, so she could tease Lavender until the time came to reveal her particular choice.

Link(s) to the Fic: on AO3 | on DW | on LJ

[MODS: This needs a tag for pairing: hermione/lavender, please and thank you!]

Tumblr whinging again

Aug. 1st, 2015 11:34 am
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I haven't reblogged anything on Tumblr in a few days, and I noticed when I put my wilderness survival post over there that they have changed their reblog interface so now you can't edit what you're reblogging; it treats the reblog text as a unified block, so you can only reblog it as-is or delete the whole thing. (Dammit. I used to edit typos a lot, and/or quietly remove things I didn't want included.)

Still, that's not so bad -- I can see why they'd do it, at least -- but now, on a photo post it also treats any caption/attribution in the same way it treats other reblog text, which means you can remove the attribution with a single click ... and might, in fact, easily remove it by accident if you click in the wrong place.

How is it possible that every single "improvement" tumblr makes LITERALLY MAKES THINGS WORSE?

One for the women

Aug. 1st, 2015 01:08 pm
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1) Our visit to Lawrence, Kansas. Read more... )

2) A West Virginia sex worker shot and killed a serial killer who may have been at work for 20 years. We do not hear these stories often enough.

3) Great article about men's perceptions of women's presence and how that relates to backlash against the all-female cast of the new Ghostbusters.
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Heh, so, neenaroo on Tumblr asked me if I have any tips for writing wilderness survival stories, and I completely overran the ask box and basically wrote a NOVEL about it (apparently I do!).

This is also posted on Tumblr.

I feel a little weird giving advice because I'm not really an expert on any part of this, including the writing part; I'm just a person who really loves stranding characters in the wilderness and having horrible things happen to them. :D On the other hand, I've written quite a few of these by now, so I guess I've sort of got a system.

Stories which are referenced below:
Running on Empty (SGA) (website link)
The Killing Frost (SGA) (website link)
Survivor (White Collar)
Black Water Rising (MCU)
Wing and a Prayer (MCU)

Writing wilderness survival stories - long! )

So, a summary, in bullet points:
  • Research
  • Think about what your character plausibly knows and would have with them
  • Do some kind of equipment inventory near the beginning so both the reader and your characters know what they have with them
  • Keep making things slowly but steadily worse to increase tension (they lose stuff, they get hurt, more enemies arrive, the weather worsens, etc)
  • Space out important events (make a list of possibilities if necessary) and save some of the worst stuff for last
  • Throw curve balls at the characters every time a status quo starts to be established (rainstorm! lion! rocks fall, everyone dies!)
  • Give them new stuff or new people whenever things start getting repetitive and/or you accidentally write them into a "but they could not possibly survive this" corner, but make them earn it and/or give it a major downside to make things more interesting.


And remember rules are made to be broken, and not all stories will have or need all of the above. :D
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Posted by David Futrelle

This popcorn is delicious indeed.

This popcorn is delicious indeed.

Last night was the grand premiere of The Sarkeesian Effect (Team Jordan Owen Edition), and the response from critics and audience members alike has been overwhelming!

That video of crickets has gotten more than 3,344,825 views on Youtube. That’s 371,647 times the number of people who apparently showed up at the Sarkeesian Effect premiere/#GamerGate Meetup at the Landmark Midtown Art Cinema in Atlanta last night.

Yep. According to the organizer of the #GamerGate meetup, only nine people showed. Including the director.

Meanwhile, on Reddit’s Kotaku In Action subreddit, one of the main #GamerGate hubs, the excitement was palpable.

seKotaku

Even Jordan Owen — the director of this incarnation of the Sarkeesian Effect — was uncharacteristically quiet; his reports from the premiere consisted mainly of photos of the screen, evidently his attempt to prove to the critics that, yes, the film exists.

Those last two pics seem to suggest that the insidious “Sarkeesian Effect” that gave the film its title is Ms. Sarkeesian’s uncanny ability to cause her critics to wear plaid shirts vaguely similar to her own signature look.

Online, the only people excited about the event that I could find were an assortment of popcorn-munching critics of #GamerGate. And they were mostly excited about the discovery of the official Sarkeesian Effect website.

Sorry, I meant to say the discovery of ANOTHER official Sarkeesian Effect website.

You may vaguely remember the official website, unveiled several months back, an amateurish unfinished job, with crappy graphics; the links on the front page to the film’s trailer, press coverage, Sarkeesian Effect wallpapers (!), and a list of theaters showing the film (!!) all led to this page:

comingsoon

And they still do.

Owen says that this unfinished mess of a website is still the official Sarkeesian Effect website. But now it’s been joined by a second unfinished mess of a website that also seems to be staking a claim as the official Sarkeesian Effect website. It’s not clear if this new site is the handiwork of Davis Aurini, or if Owen hired someone to put it together and just forgot about it.

Weirdly, this last option seems the most probable. Given that the site was promoting the premiere last night — a premiere of Owen’s version of the film, which Aurini had disavowed in advance — it seems unlikely that Aurini had anything to do with it.

While a teensy bit slicker than the original, the new site isn’t quite ready for public consumption. Here, for example, are the bios of some of the famous NAMES interviewed in the film.

selorum1selorum2selorum3

Yes, that’s right: Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry’s standard dummy text ever since the 1500s …

Also, Karen Straughan — the blabby FeMRA videoblogger and “Honey Badger” — is actually three women sitting next to each other.

Alas, the now-feuding “filmmakers” behind the “film” don’t fare any better themselves. In addition to giving both of them the Lorem treatment, whoever made the site also managed to misspell Aurini’s last name.

searuni

Clearly, from now on, Davis Aurini will be known as Davis-a-rooni.

Even the site’s Quick FAQs section has an impressive Lorem ratio.

sequick

And, yes, it is true that FILM starring NAME, NAME and NAME, has been featured on MEDIA.

This site, as, er, wildly optimistic about the commercial prospects of The Sarkeesian Effect as the old site, also includes a link to theaters showing the film. But instead of leading to a “Coming Soon” page, the new site links instead to …  a blank page on Google Docs.

segoog

 

I can only hope that the film itself — presumably headed ultimately for a YouTube release — lives up to this amazing website.

Sorry. I mean BOTH films live up to BOTH websites.

H/T — @tortoiseontour, who alerted me to the website and pointed out the misspelling of Aurini’s name.

 


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Fandom: Narnia
Characters/Pairing/Other Subject: The Wood Between the Worlds
Content Notes/Warnings: n/a
Medium: digital art
Artist on DW/LJ: n/a
Artist Website/Gallery: [deviantart.com profile] electricalbee / Emily Blaske

Why this piece is awesome: I love the dreamy, mystical atmosphere of this work. It fits so well with how Lewis describes the place in the book. I also love the misty light and the way reflecting it makes the pools glow. It's one of the most evocative depictions I've seen of the Wood.

Link: Wood Between Worlds

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