Relatedly, the posting window saved the following as a draft at somepoint, and I recall Brown Betty's meta on this was really very funny, so here you go:
Emily Nussbaum's lovely piece at the NewYorker The intersection of fans and Sherlock.
Brown Betty's hilarious alternate suggestions of 6 ways Sherlock's porn habits would be more believable (than "normal")
I read Joanna Russ’ rebuttal of Virginia Woolf’s analysis of EBB’s *Aurora Leigh*. Of course they would all be interested in *Aurora Leigh*. It is a lengthy narrative poem about the difficulties in being a woman writing.
Aurora Leigh, the narrator, was raised by her bookish father in Italy, then orphaned and lived with her cold aunt in England. She was close to her cousin Romney Leigh but he rejected her poetry without bothering to read it.
That book of yours,
I have not read a page of; but I toss
A rose up–it falls calyx down, you see! . .
The chances are that, being a woman, young,
And pure, with such a pair of large, calm eyes, . .
You write as well . . and ill . . upon the whole,
As other women. If as well, what then?
If even a little better, . . still what then?
We want the Best in art now, or no art.
Romney proposes but really wants a helpmeet to assist him in his social causes. Aurora refuses him. After her aunt’s death, Aurora goes off and becomes a professional writer. There’s some voice of experience stuff about how many different forms of writing she has to undertake to support herself.
Romney tries to marry a pauper and then a mean wealthy woman, and it doesn’t work out. And then he marries Aurora after he realizes he does love her.
They are to combine art, love and work for social causes. Specifically, she espouses a kind of contemporary poetry, not one set in a romantic past, but one which grapples with contemporary issues.
Beloved, let us love so well,
Our work shall still be better for our love,
And still our love be sweeter for our work,
And both, commended, for the sake of each,
By all true workers and true lovers, born.
The poem is one long meditation (like 11,000 words of blank verse)* on what it means to dedicate yourself to art, what it means to love, whether marriage and art are compatible, how female artists are treated, whether poetry should be contemporary, urgent and radical (her answer to that one was a resounding yes).
Of course this theme preoccupied EBB who wrote despite being effectively locked in a tower for twenty years by her father; of course it was central to Virginia Woolf’ life, a woman who didn’t even have what education a governess could supply and who nonetheless became a great novelist; of course Joanna Russ wanted to talk about it in *How to Suppress Women’s Writing*. It is really a privilege to hear three such intellects in conversation.
I don’t have much to add to the conversation beyond highlighting this passage.
We get no good
By being ungenerous, even to a book,
And calculating profits . . so much help
By so much rending. It is rather when
We gloriously forget ourselves, and plunge
Soul-forward, headlong, into a book's profound,
Impassioned for its beauty and salt of truth– '
Tis then we get the right good from a book.
So, EBB, Virginia Woolf, Joanna Russ – all in one long conversation.**
And some extra stuff:
Also, I was struck by some of the topical allusions. Potatoes – will they cease to exist with the potato famine?
And are potatoes to grow mythical
Like moly? will the apple die out too?
Mastadons – apparently on EBB’s mind.
Books, books, books!
I had found the secret of a garret-room
Piled high with cases in my father's name;
Piled high, packed large,–where, creeping in and out
Among the giant fossils of my past,
Like some small nimble mouse between the ribs
Of a mastodon, I nibbled here and there
At this or that box, pulling through the gap,
In heats of terror, haste, victorious joy,
The first book first.
And I like her description of a baby:
There he lay, upon his back,
The yearling creature, warm and moist with life
To the bottom of his dimples,–to the ends
Of the lovely tumbled curls about his face;
For since he had been covered over-much
To keep him from the light glare, both his cheeks
Were hot and scarlet as the first live rose
The shepherd's heart blood ebbed away into,
The faster for his love.
• Apparently longer than the twelve book Paradise Lost.
** Having written this, I remember that Russ also wrote a rebuttal of Robert Heinlein's *Farnham's Freehold* and I imagine him joining in the conversation. My goodness.
* Locate purple yarn.
* Put on clothing.
* Render my stuff somewhat more comfortably portable.
* Conventional entertainments.
I've been having fun with the little stampy thing that I have in place of pre-printed business cards. I have pages in a little notebook pre-stamped. It's a fun low-tech thing that tends to result in "ooo nifty" rather than making me look like a tool. I hope.
Day was fun. Panels. Crocheting. Dinner. A rapid dash for the BART station when I checked the time. Whee!
commodorified: Ooo err posh
If anyone's interested, it's one of the jasmines I was babbling at kaberett about:
"Subject: Missing Chinese plane
Can anyone reassure me that [Sister #4] wasn't on that flight?
Automatic reply from [Sister #4]'s email:
"I will be out of the office on business travel in China from 3/4 - 3/13.
I will NOT have cell service during this time.
If you require immediate assistance, please contact your Customer Service Representative or my manager, [Manager info].
I'm sure she's fine but... yeah.
In other, less interesting news:
1.) The cat is neurotic (expected), and we're all getting used to him appearing at random under us. I know cats do this--I know--but see, our dogs do this, too, but unlike cats, they don't have preternatural moving out of the way powers, so basically, there's no point in my life I don't have bruises on my shins, just now they're not necessary a third of the time.
2.) I got to the journeyman stage in tortilla making. Two coworkers gave advice, one of them taking up a very zen approach (You'll know you're ready when you can feel the tortilla is ready) which inspired me to stare into the pan trying to becoming one with flatbread. That worked out well. However, out of three batches, my second was wildly successful, by sheer accident, and they were eaten while I was cooking them so none for storage. The problem is there's no recipe that has what I call a small batch, which makes sense, because of the amount of margarine/butter/lard/shortening you use is so small that it's hard to divide it down more. However, that means when I get it wrong, there's a lot of leftover unbaked and waiting to be badly cooked. The last batch isn't bad, but it's--very flakey, too much so, and I have yet to figure out how this one went wrong when the last one didn't since the recipes are identical.
I think it's how I'm doing the margarine/butter/lard/shortening and flour mix together. I may try to start with one cup of flour mix and the margarine/butter/lard/shortening, then add in more flour when that's well mixed. It's enough like pastry in basics--and I know basic and complex pastries, it may be my only true gift--that I'm stuck in the wrong mindset while making it and treating it like pastry, hence very flakey and not very much tortilla. OTOH, it still tastes okay, just utterly useless for wrapping around fajita meat or carne asada.
(In case you're curious, I'm not using margarine/butter/lard/shortening, just one of those at a timee, but I was originally switching, and after consultation with people who are really good at this, decided to stick to lard until I get it right, then I can judge how to use substitutes. If I get this right, a coworker has promised she'll teach me naan, but I have to get a handle on flatbreads in general first or it will not end well. Well, and I have to pay her with a batch of tortillas using shortening or something vegetarian/vegan.)
3.) In food related news, my Indian coworkers are bringing out the snack foods again to helplessly addict us all. I usually get first pick, since I mentored several of them, and also it's a subtle test of my ability to eat hot things (there was a thing with lemon peel that mostly metaphorically set my mouth on fire; they were all extremely excited about this) or random things that they refuse to name until I eat it, because I'm the kind of person that responds to that very well. The latest is a very hard rice-based--I want to say like a chip, but it's not, it's in twists not unlike a pretzel (but nothing at all like a pretzel) and it has a faint spicy undertaste that was amazing. Unfortunately, I didn't get a chance to eat any until the woman who brought it left, so my Monday will be spent finding out what it is and who I need to kill to get a bag of it.
4.) In more food-related news, we finally got a rice cooker and I'm eating rice and veggies like it's a drug. I remember someone on my flist or dcircle talking about making rice and then just mixing it with leftovers and eating it for days, and for the record, that works. I've been mixing it up with wild rice, sticky rice, jasmine rice, random rice, and orzo (I think?), but I am actually eating healthier in general now, because add a little cheese on top of everything and my God, yes. It's also nice not to have burned rice. I know there are people out there that can cook rice without a layer of burn at the bottom; I am not one of those people.
5.) In even more food related news, we got a deep fryer. I don't want to talk about how my son managed ot master chicken wings and vegetables and my chicken wings and zucchini so failed sadly, but let's just say it happened and leave it at that.
6.) I had a lot of food related news, okay? It was fucking freezing and I'm either skipping meals or eating my own weight. It's--something. Food, okay?
Experience and the ingredient list suggest that if I try to wear it I will
A) react violently
B) make at least one spouse react violently
C) smell like a brothel on payday. (That's a comment on me+Dior X Poison, not on the stuff itself)
Also D) I have more perfumes I love than I have chances to wear it.
I will mail it anywhere on the planet (it's light) ideally but not necessarily in exchange for any similar small light amusing thing that cost little or no money: makeup/skincare sample, unloved single skein of yarn, silly fannish toy from a cereal box ... I dunno. Make me an offer.
ETA: it's an atomiser, and if that's the "eau du toilette" the parfum must have a kick like a missouri mule.
I'm serious! Last year I was doing zumba two to four times a week. According to Richard Wiseman's book Rip It Up, studies have shown that dancing improves mood and memory, and effectively makes you younger. (I don't have the book to hand or I'd quote it directly.) Also, IME zumba classes tend to attract a range of friendly, cheerful, slightly dorky people, so there's a general sense of camaraderie and chattiness beforehand. The same is not as true of shadow-boxing classes.
Unfortunately, I've lost all my zumba teachers (one moved to Aussie, one changed her class times and one stopped teaching), and my knees are still messy, so I don't know how I'm going to resolve this absence in my life, but it's good to have a handle on it.
ION, the boy called this morning to say he has a stomach bug, poor thing, and I'm in that state of uncertainty where I'm telling myself I'm okay but maybe I'm fooling myself, or I am okay but I'm psyching myself out, and I can't quite tell which it is. I should probably go to the gym -- that would be decisive. *g*
And IOON, writing, omg, wriiiiting. I'm about half-way through a first draft, and it's still killing me for any number of reasons including plot and characterisation and the absence of mojo. But hey, maybe if I start doing zumba again, everything will fall into place! It could happen!
*googles for class times*
My overall reaction is: yum. This makes good pizza, with all the ingredients very flavorful and distinct. I wasn't even using top-of-the-line ingredients, just supermarket-brand canned tomatoes, supermarket-made bulk Italian sausage, and whole milk mozzarella from Trader Joe's. It makes me wonder how poor-quality the ingredients in typical commercial pizza must be.
Anyway, now for my notes.
1) I added two cloves of finely-chopped garlic to the tomatoes (note that I was halving the recipe), which makes for a very garlicky result. Fine with me, as I like garlic.
2) The browned, crumbled, drained bulk sausage worked fine.
3) Drain the tomatoes well. Really really well. I had a bit of a problem, once the pizza was sliced, with tomato juice soaking into the crust.
4) When I was shaping the crust, the dough tended to spring back and it was hard to form the little walls at the edge, even after 2+ rests. This created a further problem, in that while the dough was resting, it was also rising. So when I put it the crust into the oven to blind bake it for 10 minutes, I got OMG oven spring and had to poke the crust lots and lots with a fork to get the inside to lie flat so I could put the toppings on. Next time less yeast (I did use less than the recipe calls for, because of the altitude, but I'll cut it down further next time) and I might try executrix's suggestion of putting some semolina in the dough to make it more cooperative.
5) The crust didn't come out quite as crisp and brown as it should have, even though I ended up baking it for considerably longer than the 25 minutes the recipe suggests. I should have baked it at 450 F (partly because of the altitude, again, and partly because of my oven). Also, next time I'll blind bake the crust in the lower third of the oven as I did today, but then raise the rack to the center for baking the topped pizza so that the top browns better.
6) No doubt I'd get better results with a real pizza pan instead of a springform, because the springform is very thin, which isn't conducive to browning and crispness. Most things you bake in a springform pan, you don't want to brown or develop a crisp crust. On the other hand, using the springform does make it simple to transfer the pizza from the pan to the rack. I'm glad I didn't try to make the pizza in a 9x13 baking pan, which was my original plan before I thought of the springform. I'd never have gotten it out in one piece to cool.
7) I should also mention that I used Asiago-style cheese (from Trader Joe's and quite inexpensive) rather than Parmigiano for the cheese topping. In my case it was a matter of my budget not stretching to Parmigiano right now, but actually I think the Asiago may be a better choice. Parmigiano has subtle, rounded, nuanced flavors that would get lost in a pizza, whereas the Asiago is brasher and more pizza-y. Using Parmigiano-Reggiano here would be a waste of money, I think.
TBH I think I was still under the influence of the image of the super cute, super cool Susie Bubble running around New York in a bright orange faux fur coat. Looking like a Muppet is bang on trend!
But my Out of Print T-shirts should be delivered on Monday, which is super exciting! I will wear ALL THE BOOKS. And I am stalking the Uniqlo website because they've just launched a Moomin collection for kids in the UK, and maybe they will drop an adult collection too. Then I will wear ALL THE MOOMINS and everything will be awesome.
ETA: Speaking of things I mentioned on Twitter -- I retweeted a link to this web series, but I just watched the first episode and it is super interesting. It's a documentary series from the POV of a Korean-American adoptee who travels to Seoul and meets his birth family.
The first episode is up here: Part 1 and Part 2.
Come, Chip World (844 words) by shell
Fandom: Sex Criminals RPF
Rating: Teen And Up Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Matt Fraction/Chip Zdarsky, Matt Fraction & Chip Zdarsky
Characters: Matt Fraction, Chip Zdarsky
Additional Tags: Crack, This is Chip Zdarsky's fault
Chip Zdarsky and Matt Fraction have a conversation.
It's also up at Tumblr: http://shellumbo.tumblr.com/post/7887260
ETA: It occurs to me that the story's under 1000 words, so I should probably post it here, too, in case people would rather not go to a link. Or something.
( Come, Chip World )
Questions for the flist:
1. A couple of you have mentioned the India Black books. In what order should they be read? I have a gift certificate and I'll be back to reading fiction eventually.
2. Am I missing something or are there no tags or indexing available to find all of Ta-Nehisi Coates's columns about WWII? (I'm pleased to see I made some of the same choices in reading material, and have added a couple things to my already stupidly long to-read list as well, just from the couple of columns I managed to find.) His commentariat tends to be very knowledgeable about stuff but having to use a list of google search results to read from is tiresome. *is fundamentally lazy*
3. WHY DOES THIS WEEK FEEL LIKE IT'S BEEN EIGHT WEEKS LONG? I said something to my boss today about something I'd done earlier this week, except I was like, "yeah, I did that a couple weeks ago" and he looked at me funny, since it was something I not only didn't do, but COULDN'T HAVE DONE, prior to Tuesday of this week. UGH TIME. WHY SO INEFFABLE?
Something I cooked recently: Last night I finally baked the Lemon Polenta Cake I've been talking about for weeks. It was extremely easy--I put the whole thing together in the food processor, on the grounds that a cake with no wheat flour in it can't be over-mixed--and produced a delicious cake. The almond meal and polenta give the cake enough presence to stand up to the intense lemon syrup, unlike the lemon loaf cake I tried a couple of weeks back where the cake itself was sort of insipid. The finished lemon polenta cake is extremely moist (almost falling apart), extremely flavorful, and extremely extremely rich. Possibly a little too rich for my taste; I think I'll cut down the butter next time. Something about the moist richness and the dense crumbly texture reminds me of baklava, which is a good thing as I love baklava but I hate using phyllo pastry, because no matter what I do it immediately becomes dry and shatters. Anyway, another thing I'm loving about the cake is that it promises a lot of variability, since both the syrup and the batter could be spiced or flavored in many ways: lime or orange zest and syrup, grated ginger and a ginger-infused simple syrup, a lemon-basil or lemon-rosemary syrup, cardamom and saffron syrup, etc.
Something I have concrete plans to cook in the near future: Pizza! Using this recipe, except that I'm going to using uncased sausage, browned and drained, rather than sliced sausage links. The dough is rising now; I'm going to use half the dough, freezing the other half for later, and bake it in a 10 inch springform pan. This because not only don't I own a 14 inch pizza pan, but one probably wouldn't fit in my oven. And yes, I've done the math; a 10 inch pan is almost exactly half the area of a 14 inch pan. I'm excited about this project because I've never made my own pizza dough before, and also because this recipe allows me to have lots of toppings and cheesy goodness, whereas most homemade pizza recipes strive for an authentically Italian-style pizza with a thin crust and a distinctly ascetic touch with the toppings. These pizzas are no doubt excellent, but I grew up with American pizza and I want my cheese.
I'm not baking yeast bread this week, because bread and pizza dough was more than I wanted to tackle. Later on today I'll throw together a loaf of soda bread, which is easy and fast, so that I'll have something for breakfast and lunches.
Something I'm idly thinking about cooking someday: While grocery shopping yesterday I bought some split peas, so I'll be making split pea soup with those and the remaining ham hock in my fridge. That's probably the last of the really wintery things I'll be cooking for a while, because the weather here is definitely turning springlike. Speaking of which, asparagus continues to be on sale for 98 cents a pound, so I've got more of that to use in a pasta dish or a stir-fry or something. I need to try to reset my mind to spring and summer cooking.
ETA: I may possibly have made myself a Bloody Mary using the juice drained off of the tomatoes for the pizza. Vodka before noon: why not?
The correct production order is (the numbers afterward are their scrambled airing order):
"You Are Here" [1.08]
"Are You Receiving" [1.03]
"The Bends" [1.04]
"Blood Brothers" [1.05]
"Simon Says" [1.07]
"Straw Man" [1.13]
With some of the scrambled episodes, it doesn't make too big a difference...but with others, it really does.
It's basically about looking for books with female characters when I was growing up in the 70s, why I wrote the Emilie books, and lack of representation.
So all this is basically why I wanted to write the Emilie books. We know now that representation of women, of POC, and LGBT characters in MG and YA books is important. But I don’t think we’ll ever really understand the real long term effect of not seeing people like you in the books that you live your life through, that give you the strength to go on, that form the only mental bulwark against a cold angry reality for so many kids. I know I was basically raised to see myself as a secondary character in my own life, and what that did to me. I have no idea how much worse it must be to see yourself as completely absent.
* If you missed it earlier this week, I had a book come out: Emilie and the Sky World
* If you're in town and are interested, I'm doing a presentation for the SCBWI: on writing SF/F for kids and teens
* I'm also going to be a guest at LeoCon on March 29, in Commerce, Texas at TAMU-Commerce.
lacigreen: rneowrails: hatefucking: ofthebrokenheartedangel: ...
Awesome protests erupted in my school today. Our student council planned a “fun” game for valentines day. They handed out paper hearts to every girl at the beginning of the day. Only the girls. If a girl speaks to a guy through the duration of the day, she has to give him her heart. Guys get five raffle tickets for every heart they collect. Girls cannot collect hearts, they only have one to give away, and guys do not have to give away anything. A gay male asked for a heart to give away to participate and was told no.
Some girls have taken this as an invitation to say things such as, quoted from twitter, “keeping the whores from talking today haha.” And boasting about “keeping their heart and not being a whore.” This has turned into an excuse to shame each other for talking to guys. And for what? A valentines game?
Rather than writing their names on the hearts and giving them away, many girls have written notes of protest on the paper hearts and are wearing them proudly as they associate with whoever they please and refuse to give the heart away.
Proud of some of the people in my school today.
males are rewarded for collecting female “hearts” and are encouraged to collect as many as they possibly can, but females are only allowed to have one heart to give away, and when they give it away they’re not allowed to play anymore
the correlation of “hearts” to how virginity/sex is treated in society is kind of eerie and definitely sexist
This is a really big deal! My elementary had us do this for Valentine’s Day one year. Girls were given a prize if they kept theirs, boys were given a prize if they got one. The boys would harass us - verbally, getting into our personal space, or pulling our hair - until we told them to stop and then they would get to take the heart. A lot of us were pretty mad about it at the time, and now that I see the implications of it, I’m even angrier.
ALL THIS COMMENTARY AND ALSO SOMEONE GIVE THESE KIDS A MEDAL
Title: Each Peach
Fandom: Bandom/Fall Out Boy
Author's summary: Pete and Patrick. Pete and Ashlee. Pete and Patrick and Ashlee...and a baby.
Download link: On MediaFire
In TV news, Motive is back. Hi, Lauren Holly. Hi. Though replacing lovely Roger Cross in the first episode with yet another white guy is not of the good. Let's hope that's a short story arc.
I have mixed feelings about Scandal. ( Spoilers are watching you from the car )
I'm also super over the man lifts the woman and holds her up sex scenes. It's boring when it's all you do, people.
Could someone who has watched the tragically short-lived Sirens UK and the very recent Sirens US tell me if I should give the US version a go?
2. Day off tomorrow! I can't really sleep in too much because I'm going to Costco with my mom and she always wants to get there right when they open at ten. But I can sleep in a little, and still, a day off is exciting even if I can't sleep in. :p
Caller: "Hi [oldname], I'm calling from [phone provider], I'm calling to ensure you're getting the maximum value from your account, is that okay?"
Me: "I'm sorry, I don't understand."
Caller: [slower] "I'm calling to ensure you're getting the maximum value from your account."
Me: "Yes, but what does that mean?"
Caller: [tone of voice implying that she both thinks I'm an idiot and is annoyed to have to go off script] "I'm calling to go through your account with you and make sure that you're getting what you need, the payments are on track, and you're not paying for anything you don't have to."
Me: "Um, well, I'm just getting my mobile and data plan from you, and my payments are all up to date, and that's all, so."
Caller: "Alright, that's great. Have a nice day."
I wasn't trying to be mean to her. I just don't do well with phone calls. I wasn't prepared, she had a script and I didn't, I didn't know for sure that she was from my provider (she had my old name and mobile number, but that's hardly definitive) and her initial script had the distinct flavour of "I want to upsell you to another plan while pretending I'm doing you a favour. And I'm in a hurry."
But mainly, just, I was sure that "I'm calling to ensure you're getting the maximum value from your account" meant something specific, but I didn't know what that something was, and it always bothers me when that happens.
I'm sure I could get a better deal on my mobile and data plan. I know that. But there is no fucking way in hell I'm going to do that over the phone. I don't retain auditory information well (the phone conversation above is a reconstruction, not what was said word for word) and I take too long to think, and I like to cross-check everything and also take time.
Also, I doubt I could get a better deal without switching carriers, and I like that my mobile is on a different provider from my landline and ADSL, and that my landline and ADSL's ISP is served upstream by a different group from my mobile. That means that when there's an outage on one, the other might still be up. That's been useful already. And so far I have never had a billing issue with my mobile provider, and I like that. (Nor with the current ISP, actually. Previous ISP were fucking awful in that regard. Previous ISP, by the way, still spams me with unwanted outage updates for their service I haven't used in two years. I can't remove myself from the list because I'm no longer one of their users so I can't log into the interface. And tech support isn't exactly in a hurry to help me with that problem because, again, I'm not one of their users.)
Anyway, that truly dreadful TNG episode where Beverly finds out her grandmother and all the women before her in the family had a very special incubus friend came on TV this morning. Emma took one look and said: "A ghost who wants to touch her boobies? Really?"
In excellent news, HBOGO is now on the Playstation and the Roku! Whooooooooooooooo! That situation had been pissing me off for a long time. Now to finish Rome!
"You Are Here" [1.08]
"Are You Receiving" [1.03]
"The Bends" [1.04]
"Blood Brothers" [1.05]
"Simon Says" [1.07]
"Straw Man" [1.13]
Anyway, ISTG, half of the reason I never get anywhere with vidding is that by the time I get off my ass and get back to what I did last time, technology has changed.
So. People vidding on a PC. What are you using for clipping? I have VirtualDub and Ut Video Codec YUV420, as per the AMV.org guide. However, it's about four years out of date at this point, and I do not want to clip everything and then discover I've chosen the wrong codec. I know people used to point to Huffy -- is that a better option? Does it not matter, as long as it's a lossless codec? If I try to play a clip in VLC and it doesn't work, is that a bad sign?
SO MUCH MORE SENSE.
I AM EXCITE.
I AM GOING TO NEED SO MANY TISSUES FOR THIS.
I DON'T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH ALL THESE STEVE/BUCKY FEELS.
*FLINGS SELF INTO THE SUN*
It wasn't up on fandango, and I was getting anxious - the 8 pm show at Kips Bay was already sold out! - but then I checked movietickets.com and there it was. *relieved sigh*
* Captain America: the First Avenger and Captain America: the Winter Soldier only
I went to see Return of the King by myself first, because we were going to see it with my in-laws over Christmas holidays, and I knew I did not want to do that amount of crying in front of them. And it was a good decision, because I was pretty much a wreck from the scene between Galdalf and Pippin--oh, here, let's all have a cry.
PIPPIN: I didn't think it would end this way.
GANDALF: End? No, the journey doesn't end here. Death is just another path, one that we all must take. The grey rain-curtain of this world rolls back, and all turns to silver glass, and then you see it.
PIPPIN: What? Gandalf? See what?
GANDALF: White shores, and beyond, a far green country under a swift sunrise.
PIPPIN: Well, that isn't so bad.
GANDALF: No. No, it isn't.
( spoilers, not particularly squeeful )
Also, here's a thing I noticed on my Life rewatch that I don't think I picked up on the first couple times: ( I guess it's a spoiler? ) While I have to say that aside from the gross and ill-advised Reese/Tidwell relationship, I don't mind Tidwell that much (though he is way too present; I liked Lt. Davis better), but I still need ALL the post-series fic where Reese moves on from him to Crews, because PARTNERS.
I also don't think I realized till this time around that the finale answers the very first question Crews asks Reese. ( spoiler ) But I am not up to the finale yet. I will probably have more to say when I get there.
I don't actually know much about the show. It's about . . . the NSA or something, US domestic spying anyway, and it's maybe kind of politically dodgy but not as screechingly offensive as, say, 24? All I really know is that there's a slashy fanvid and that one of the male leads is hot. No, not the conventionally hot Hollywood one, the other one. The formally-dressed, slightly dorky-looking one--Finch, I guess?
Advice welcomed, because apparently my fear of commitment now extends to watching a couple of episodes of a TV show to check it out.
anyway, my point is: instarec for Bamf!Pepper. I dunno who the author is, but I want to. Though s/he'll probably be a diehard Steve/Tony shipper, sigh.
What You Really, Really Want (The By the Skin of Her Teeth Remix) (1500 words) by Anonymous
Fandom: Marvel Cinematic Universe, The Avengers (Marvel Movies)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Bruce Banner/Pepper Potts/Tony Stark
Characters: Pepper Potts, Tony Stark, Bruce Banner, Jarvis (Iron Man movies)
Additional Tags: Remix, Missing Scene, POV Female Character, Character Study, Pepper Feels, Possessive Pepper, Dark!Pepper, (kind of)
The first time Pepper & Tony convince Bruce to come with them to a fundraiser, the night ends in a kidnapping attempt. Thanks to the Hulk they all escape with little more than minor injuries, but these are hardly the circumstances Pepper would have wanted for her first meeting with the big guy. After she gets her men home and safe, she rides out the inevitable reaction.
Anyway, for the posting meme I got "A post about homosexuality and Russian culture", for hobbit_feet.
And then of course I'm in hockey fandom and this is an issue hockey fandom has been curious about and I've been wanting to talk about in one way or another, and well. This happened. A lot, a lot of words.
1. We're all clear on the fact that nothing I or anyone else could ever write in a post would in fact be the sum total of ~homosexuality and Russian culture~ or any culture, yes? So, this is all obviously tidbits and partial things and so on.
2. I am not Russian nor was I ever Russian nor have I ever lived in Russia. I am a Russian speaker born and partially raised in the Russian speaking, Russia-adjacent part of Eastern Europe who was raised in a Russian-speaking immigrant community in the Middle East and consumed a lot of Russian media growing up.
3. Warnings for discussion of homophobia, gender binary language, sexual assault, political oppression.
This is going to have three parts. The first is a historical overview, to the best of my knowledge of the topic, the second is a few anecdotes of what's going on in Russian mainstream media, and the third is my personal experiences growing up in a Russian speaking immigrant community. Feel free to skip that last one, it's mostly personal anecdotes, people I've known, etc. I didn't grow up in Russia (also, please remember Russia is a huge country so anecdotes from one particular place wouldn't be indicative of every region anyway), but my community was made up of fresh immigrants from all over the former USSR, Russia included, and we consumed a lot of Russian media, so the way stuff worked for us wasn't disconnected from how it worked in Russia.
Part 1 - historical perspective
( historical perspective )
Part 2 - gayness in the entertainment industry
( gayness in the entertainment industry )
Part 3 - my Russian speaking community
( my Russian speaking community )
dailymurf: zombieirish: tedx: Watch the whole talk...
Watch the whole talk here»
Almost 20 years ago, writer Andrew Solomon fell into a deep depression. In this talk from TEDxMet, he speaks eloquently and openly about his struggle with “the family secret we all share,” but that no one wants to talk about. If you are a human or know a human, you have to watch this talk, but — be warned — you might just find yourself in tears.
I could not have said this better.
So! In the prelims, ie when people vote for a character from each fandom to go forward into the main competition, there's a theme in some of the major fandoms where a minor or former character will end up being selected, which seems disingenuous when five minutes hanging out in the fandom on tumblr, LJ, AO3 etc will make it apparent that, say, Jo Harvelle is not the most popular character in Supernatural. Some people over at the comm say that the fact she wins is just posturing by people trying to make themselves feel better about their choices. Which demonstrates a total lack of understanding about what's going on when people vote for these things and it's aggravating.
From this year's post comes the ever so charming: 1. Vote for your FAVORITE character in each poll. Stop playing. This is an Internet Competition™, not your grand stand against the patriarchy.
Excuse you, FMM mods. Everything I do is a grand stand against the patriarchy! *Night Vale voice* Everything.
And then there's this comment (contains gifs, is nsfw, may make your head explode) which includes the line FMM is not about pretending we are all better social justice warriors than we are, it's about a Deathmatch of favorites.
And I'm so annoyed because that's not even what's happening. You're not polling each fandom for their favourite character on the show, you're polling all of fandom to pick characters from a bunch of fandoms that will include shows that they have never seen or actively dislike. And that's where the voting for minor characters comes from.
With mega fandoms like SPN, and particular in the days of tumblr, although not everyone voting is an actual SPN fan, most people probably have an opinion of some kind about the show and a sense of who the characters are, and particularly with massive fandoms I think it's quite common for people not in the fandom to get invested in underdogs and the characters that the people in the fandom are terrible towards - see Martha Jones' strong polling in Doctor Who or Sansa Stark for Game of Thrones. So for any given poll, I'd argue that a decent chunk of the people voting aren't even active in that fandom, but they think that this one woman seems pretty great via tumblr.
FMM isn't a vote of fandom favourites within each fandom, it's a vote of fandom favourites via fannish osmosis. I've never watched Arrow but I'm charmed by Felicity in the gifsets. I don't particularly care about BBC Sherlock so I'm unlikely to vote for the leads, but I've seen enough to believe that Molly Hooper is a perfect human being. I really liked Peggy in the half a dozen Mad Men episodes I watched. Etc, etc. Obviously pretty much all my favourite characters are women anyway because that's how I role, but even with people who aren't quite so primed that way the point holds.
And I absolutely think that there's a larger point to be made about how all of these fantastic female characters earn very enthusiastic and fun fan campaigns during this contest but that same enthusiasm isn't reflected in the fanworks that people make, consume and rec, but jfc FMM commenters seem to be very obtuse this year. Don't make me come over there!
That just about sums up my day at work today.
Purple happily greeted "Miss Spider" when I became visible at the crowded lunch table. His colleagues were curious about who might have pranked his desk, but he knew immediately. Vacation was good for him. He looked much more relaxed.
( Miss Spider weaves a web )
Mr. Sub-tle the Events guy was MC for today's thing with the special guest. One of the other people who does events stuff and pours his whole heart and soul into it is the Turtle Guy. Much like the aforementioned Dean Pelton, the Turtle Guy is short, small, white, bald, boundlessly enthusiastic, and likes to dress up for special occasions.
So Mr. Sub-tle called the Turtle Guy up front to meet the guest, and a truly hilarious and touching scene involving a lot of glitter, a kiss on the mouth, a glomp, and some ballroom dancing ensued. I was happy to have witnessed that moment. The Turtle Guy left sparkling, and not just from the glitter.
Later, I got some time in with the guys, in the person of Purple and Mr. Zune. When they heard I was to be meeting a friend from out of town up in the city, their "have a good time" wishes gained lascivious eyebrows. I had to explain that it wasn't like that. Ah, dudefriends.
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2. I'm reading some really good manga right now! (Haha, oops. It's March and I still haven't read any books other than manga this year.)
3. It's payday tomorrow! (Well, it won't actually go through until Friday, but I'll get my check tomorrow. And hopefully the 2.5 hours of sick pay from the last pay period will be on there. I did speak with someone from HR directly and she said that it would, so I'm crossing my fingers.)
4. I say this every week, but this week's Brooklyn Nine-Nine was so good! There should be a Holt & Gina subplot every week. (But then Holt and anyone is awesome, really. Also Gina and anyone.)
Ohana Holoholo vol. 5 and Shikii no Juunin vol. 4, both of which are really good! Shikii no Juunin got off to a slowish start, but I'm really loving it now.
What did you recently finish reading?
Just earlier volumes of those two.
What do you think you'll read next?
Well, sadly I have no more volumes of Ohana Holoholo after this one, so no more of that. :( It looks like vol. six was released last month, but even if I have kiwimusume order it for me off Amazon Japan, it'll be ages before I get it.
I'll definitely be continuing Shikii no Juunin, though.