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([personal profile] astridv Oct. 23rd, 2014 02:02 pm)

«You and I see the world differently is all.»
«You and I aren't that different.»
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([personal profile] aris_tgd Oct. 23rd, 2014 03:24 am)
What are you reading now? The second Fortress book by C.J. Cherryh, because I am predictable! \o/ I'm enjoying it so far. Still an incredible lack of female characters, y'know? It's interesting how expectations for that changed from time of publication to now.

What did you just finish? Uh... nothing I can really point to. I've been kind of alternating between this book and trying to get writing done, so I'm going a little slower than normal.

What will you read next? See above!

I've been working at trying to get my Yuletide signup done and in order. It's tougher than I thought! I haven't really been looking at the tagset or anything up until now. I was going to go to the gym tonight and work on Yuletide tomorrow, but today my coworkers were butts and I needed to drink and eat a sandwich and vent. It was very soothing.

Here, have another meme (stolen from various places:)

Comment with a pairing/moresome/single character and I'll write you at least three sentences of porn for them. I'm totally willing to write fantasizing or wanking, what are you talking about.

Current word count on that "short, easy spite-fic:" 34k. *keyboardsmash*
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([personal profile] kerravonsen Oct. 23rd, 2014 04:48 pm)
It's interesting to compare Elementary and Sherlock; they are both good, but both quite different. Sherlock is basically AU fanfic set in the modern day; that is, it takes the characters and the plots and translates them into a universe where they take place in the modern day; some of the plots closer than others, but the characters very close to the spirit of the original; not just Holmes and Watson, but Le Strade, Mrs Hudson, Mycroft, Moriarty, Irene Adler...
Elementary, by contrast, is much more of an "inspired by"; it takes the original concept of a brilliant observant detective and his doctor sidekick, and runs with it into uncharted territory. In that way, it's much more of its own show, and needs to be judged on its own merits, not on its merits as Sherlock Holmes fanfic. That makes the two shows quite different beasties.

I've now seen six episodes of Elementary, and am still enjoying it: intriguing mysteries mixed well with good characterisation; I love how both Watson and Holmes make insightful observations about the other, observations that can be painful in their accuracy. As I said, good characterisation.
Alas (alas?) now that I've seen six episodes and sat back and thought a little, it has happened: I have discerned patterns in the plots, and thus they may well end up becoming more predictable.
spoilers will be MURDERED )
Still, I don't think that will prevent me from enjoying it.
The first Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer (links to YouTube), released officially by Marvel because someone leaked a crappy version earlier today. This was supposed to be aired with next week's Agents of SHIELD, but I don't think any of us really mind it being released early.

Marvel's reaction to the trailer leak: Dammit, Hydra.

So at least Marvel's not, like, trying to remove all traces of the trailer and trying to shame people for watching it, right? *eyes BBC Doctor Who folks*

So here's the embed of the trailer if you'd rather watch it here rather than on YouTube, also some minor spoilers for it )

Speaking of Agents of SHIELD, I am really enjoying this season, particularly Read more... )

And my favorite new show of the season is The Flash, because it's fun, happy, and Grant Gustin is freaking adorable as Barry Allen. There are still some things that they need to fix, but I have hope that they'll settle in nicely as the season carries on.
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([personal profile] naraht Oct. 22nd, 2014 07:55 pm)
Yuletide signups are open! But then you probably already knew this.

Over at [community profile] renaultx I'm keeping and updating a list of all the Renault requests with letters.

As part of the aptly named Crueltide I've declared my willingness to receive darkfic for Yuletide and offered some further details/prompts for my fandoms. While I decided not to throw my hat in the ring for Yuleporn, this one is right up my street.
I was tweaking my yuletide signup - I had to re-add Mr. Butler to my Miss Fisher's request - and I was hit with sudden confusion. Say I only offer two out of a possible 8 characters for a fandom, and someone requests Any. Can I still be assigned to write for them? That is how it used to be, and I don't want to deal with that again.

I guess what I'm saying is, I feel a need to be more conservative in fandoms I'm offering this year. A couple of my perennial offers weren't nommed (also, no Max in Batman Beyond *sadhair*! And yet Bruce Wayne is in. How even did that happen? I guess there's always one - like Wolverine last year), so I can't offer them, and I almost never say Any because I know how easy it is to be surprised by a request that unexpectedly hits the DNW button.

I still have a couple more days to think about it, I guess.


Work was busy from end to end today, and will be tomorrow as well, but just two more days and then Boss1 is leaving on 3 weeks of vacation. And yesterday when I told her I was nervous about her retiring and being replaced, she said I was valuable to the organization and while she couldn't promise anything she was pretty sure they could find a place for me if the new CEO didn't want me. So there's that. I mean, I'm still going to be anxious about it, because hello, have you met me? But it was nice to hear.


Wednesday reading meme:

What I've just finished
Arctic Rising by Tobias Buckell - a near-future eco-thriller that I wanted to like more than I did. I feel like it spent a lot of time info-dumping in ways that bordered on lecturing sometimes without providing a full cast of fully rounded characters - Anika, the protagonist, was cool, and Roo, the Caribbean spy, was interesting, but I feel like everybody else was flat.

Ancillary Justice by Ann Leckie, only a year after everyone else. I liked it, though I don't really have thoughts, per se, beyond how ancillaries are kind of like Cylons? Except worse, because they were people first, not clones engineered and grown in vats. And I guess more like Centurions than skinjobs? Also, I guess there are occasions when I'm supposed to know someone's male, but because of the default 'she' in the narration, I'm just always picturing everyone as women, and I'm okay with that.

What I'm reading now
Ancillary Sword, of course! Though I've just started it so I have nothing to say.

What I'm reading next
Why do I even keep this question on here?


The Flash
spoilers will take Things You Can't Outrun for $500 Alex )

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([personal profile] cadenzamuse Oct. 22nd, 2014 05:48 pm)
I started sociology yesterday. I'm dropping it today. My experience with my first class yesterday was that the professor was a gaslighty, controlling asshole. Well, my experience was that I was uncomfortable and wrong-footed and not quite sure why, and when I came home and described my class to T. he went, " that's incredibly manipulative and gaslighty." Content Notes: Cissexism, gaslighty fuckery )

Advice accepted only from people I know well who are yourselves QUILTBAG, mental health professionals, and/or experienced at doing the spoon-balancing act of this kind of activism.

I will totally accept cheerful things, recs for happy queer fanfiction, or other forms of gentle distraction from everyone else.


In totally other news, my C-bus people--[personal profile] forests_of_fire, [personal profile] textileowl, [ profile] finding_helena--I will be in the area next Wednesday morning the 29th for an orthodontist appointment and am happy to hang around for lunch/afternoon if any of you are free!
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([personal profile] settiai Oct. 22nd, 2014 06:16 pm)
The following action figures are still available, if anyone is interested/knows anyone who might be interested. I'm asking $12 each for the main characters, $5 each for the Axon and Cyberman, and $2 for the Toclafane, but I'm definitely willing to haggle.

First Doctor (with cane)
Second Doctor (with recorder)
Fifth Doctor (version with hat)
Sixth Doctor (in multicolor outfit)
Seventh Doctor (with umbrella)
Rose Tyler (in purple shirt with ice extinguisher)
Astrid Peth
The Master (Ainley)
Axon (monster)
Cyberman (classic)
Toclafane (open)
Toshiko Sato

Shipping costs will depend on how many action figures you're interested in.
The season finale of Manhattan got me thinking about the end game of their project. I went looking for a film I remember from years ago--a dramatized version of the events of Hiroshima from the POV of both survivors and the Enola Gay crew--but found only a BBC historical documentary on same. I watched it, and it really hit deep, no pun intended. Truly, just horrifying. For some reason, after I got done watching that, I was still on a WWII history kick re: US vs Japan, and started watching Tora, Tora, Tora. Pretty even-handed, so far, for an American film made only twenty-nine years after the events (Japanese nationals may disagree; just my observation).

What's next? Maybe something on Manzanar, or one of those Japanese prisoner-of-war camp films? Eesh. Perhaps those will get me over this weird tangent. War is all fear, blame-shifting, and lashing out; death and tears.
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([personal profile] watervole Oct. 22nd, 2014 08:01 pm)
 Lindsey uploaded the video to You Tube so that it would be visible to those of you who couldn't see the previous link.

It's worth the wait, even though the picture quality from the mobile phone isn't brilliant.

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([personal profile] edenfalling Oct. 22nd, 2014 02:33 pm)
Dear Yuletide Writer,

Hi, and thank you in advance for writing a story for me! I'm pretty easy to please -- unless you write a context-free sex scene, I'll be thrilled just to get a fic in one of the fandoms I asked for. *grin* But I realize that's not terribly helpful, so here's the (very!) long version. I am sorry for the tl;dr, but I like to talk about things I love and I figure more details are better than fewer.


General Information )

Okay. On to specific fandoms.


The Dispossessed )

Lucifer )

The Lions of Al-Rassan )

Black Jewels )

And that is that. :-)
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([personal profile] muccamukk Oct. 22nd, 2014 09:24 am)
Good thoughts and prayers appreciated, especially regarding a reasoned response from those with guns and those in charge of those with guns.
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([personal profile] kerrypolka Oct. 22nd, 2014 04:06 pm)
Seriously, I like AO3 fine but can anyone explain exactly what the money from the Organization for Transformative Works (fanfiction non-profit) fundraising drive is actually going to be used for? What projects will be funded? What concrete goals does the organisation have? What isn't being funded that needs to be?

The 2013 statement cites US$250k in assets, $110k in net income and $55k in expenses. I may be misreading it, and the answer to this may be somewhere I can't easily find it, but what specifically are they fundraising for right now?

All I can see in the drive publicity is 'we're nice, give us money', and again I think it's an organisation filling a good role, but I need a little more to go on before I pull out the internet chequebook.
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([personal profile] jae Oct. 22nd, 2014 08:06 am)
The other day, I used Facebook to ask a question of my various friends and acquaintances, to see if they could help me figure something out that had been puzzling me. It's the sort of thing I used to ask here all the time, as a question of the day, but I decided to ask it over there this time because there are so many more people over there these days.

I got lots of thoughtful comments that took stabs at figuring out my puzzling issue, but chatty people being chatty people, I also got all sorts of comments that branched off from the subject I'd brought up and talked about things that my question had made them think of. And words do not describe how irritated I was by this! Each ensuing comment came across as someone jumping in and saying "let me derail the conversation you want to have and get everybody to talk about the thing I find more interesting instead!", and this made me glare very intensely at the screen.

Then it struck me that this isn't just a Facebook thing--people have always done this here, too. My journal is full of tangential conversations, and I have always found them nothing but delightful. The difference, of course, is that here those conversations take place in separate threads, so even if three or four people skip merrily off behind a tangent, that doesn't necessarily imply a derailing of the original point. And here, any subsequent commenter uninterested in the tangent can just start a new thread branching off from the original post.

Which just makes me miss the days that all of the great internet discussion was happening on a threaded platform, of course (cue heavy sighing).
There was a lot to take in this episode, a lot happened, and god this show is just so good!

There were forty-three iterations of the Machine and only one didn't try to kill Harold. And of all that forty three iterations tried to kill each other (Sarah Connor would raze Harold's lab to the ground if she existed in this 'verse, that room is Sarah's worst nightmare come to life).

I'm with Harold, I'm terrified of the Machine's capabilities now but I'm even more terrified of Samaritan, I don't think Arthur Claypool ever had the foresight to make Samaritan care, or test out what would happen if Samaritan was ever in sight of other AIs.

It frightens me that an AIs response to another AI (in POI at least) is to kill the other one, and the next, is to be let free into the internet.

(It's a level of trust for Harold that he built a failsafe to free the Machine itself.)

Samaritan has fifty-eight top officials in power, and I don't think its just limited to the USA. I'm pretty sure its now global, and now the mandate of Samaritan is to find The Machine!

Another terrifying thing to consider? According to Samaritan's interface Martine is Asset No. 29.

And all of them have capabilities to go god mode.

Its not where we begin, its where we end up )


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