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([personal profile] onyxlynx May. 6th, 2016 09:15 am)
 to [personal profile] laurieopal !  Who shares a birthday with Willie Mays!  Have a really fantastic day!  Together!
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([personal profile] zulu May. 6th, 2016 09:51 am)
I joined tumblr. I dunno. It happened.

Can I follow you? I'm [tumblr.com profile] zulufic. I am such a n00b. Do people say n00b anymore? Probably not.

ETA - Man, remember when people had personal websites? Like that was crazy. I had an Angelfire website with all my fic. What a world, what a world.
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([personal profile] musesfool May. 6th, 2016 10:33 am)
So. Let's talk Captain America: Civil War. Which I saw last night with [livejournal.com profile] innie_darling and [tumblr.com profile] allofthefeelings.

The short, non-spoilery version is: I liked it a lot. It's no Captain America: Winter Soldier, but I don't think anything could be? And it does do one or two things better than that movie. I enjoyed it a million times more than Age of Ultron (though it suffers from one of the same issues I had with that movie, and if you know me, you probably know exactly what that is). But it really should have been called Avengers 2.5.

Also, FYI, there are two post-credits scenes. At least this time, almost no one in the theater left. I guess people can learn.

[tumblr.com profile] angelgazing asked me afterwards how much fic I was planning to write now, and my answer is, I don't know? I need to see it again without a lot of the OMG OMG OMG playing in my brain to figure that out.

Our audience was appropriately appreciative, I thought, cheering at various moments that required cheering. It's always nice to see a movie with an enthusiastic crowd, even though some of the dialogue got drowned out by cheers at certain points.

We also got the Rogue One trailer which looks fantastic on the big screen. GIVE IT TO ME.

Ahem.

Now onto the spoilers. This is mostly rambly bullet points because I did not get a lot of sleep last night (and what sleep I did get was full of awful anxiety dreams), so while it's mostly squeeful, there is also some complaining. *hands* Have you met me?

spoilers )

Woo! So that was a lot and I'm not certain it made a lot of sense, but I enjoyed the movie a lot and I hope you did/do too.

Now I have to stuff more envelopes. Sigh. This is the mailing that never ends.

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([personal profile] nenya_kanadka May. 5th, 2016 08:21 pm)
So right now there's a...white swan? chillaxing in our bay. O.o

It's a very nice swan, from what I can see through binoculars. (I missed the attempt to view it with a telescope.) But I did not know that swans were even ocean-going creatures. ???

(Also, is it "creature" or "being" in that last sentence? I think "being" is usually reserved for sapient lifeforms, right? But who knows, maybe this is a star-swan from Alpha Centauri. At this point, I have no idea.)

Swan! :D
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([personal profile] baranduin May. 5th, 2016 07:54 pm)
Project Runway Allstars finale spoilers under the cut.

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([personal profile] kindkit May. 5th, 2016 08:15 pm)
Here's the latest news from Operation Lie In Bed a Lot and Read All the Dick Francis. I'm still feeling a bit under the weather--not actually ill but very tired, and emotionally a bit low--so lying down + light fiction has enormous appeal.


The Edge, 1988
Main character: Tor Kelsey, investigator with the Jockey Club

This has the oddest premise I've so far encountered in Dick Francis's books: it's set on a cross-Canada train journey, a sort of luxury excursion for racehorse owners that includes some stops for races, and which also features a murder mystery performed by actors who pretend to be guests and crew. Kelsey, in search of a real villain, is undercover as an actor who's undercover as a waiter. The plot is a bit overegged, and as a result the romance subplot is even thinner and less plausible than is typical for Francis, but worth it if you like journey stories (I do). There's also an interesting brief little scene where a gay man makes a pass at Kelsey.


Straight, 1989
Main character: Derek Franklin, jockey

After his elder brother's sudden death, Franklin finds himself having to run his brother's jewel import business. This one feels like a psychological novel wrapped in, and rather bogged down by, a mystery. To some extent it's about grief--the opening scene in the hospital is intense--and to some extent about identity, the latter mostly in creepy ways that I'm not sure Francis realized were creepy.


Longshot, 1990
Main character: John Kendall, travel writer and wilderness expert

Kendall becomes entangled in the family of a racehorse trainer whose biography he's agreed to write. There's a lot to like about this one, especially the family dynamics and the unusually complex way Francis handles the mystery plot. However, it is flawed by troublesome sexual politics that I wouldn't have expected from Francis.


Comeback, 1991
Main character: Peter Darwin, diplomat

This feels like more "typical" Francis than The Edge or Longshot, as Darwin, on leave and at loose ends, helps a veterinarian friend investigate a series of mysterious horse deaths during or after surgeries. It's perfectly entertaining but not a standout, except perhaps for some unusually disturbing violence.


Driving Force, 1992
Main character: Freddie Croft, owner of a racehorse transportation company

Croft tries to figure out who's been using his horse vans to smuggle, and what they've been smuggling. Again, fairly typical Francis, but with bonus points for Croft's sister (a physics professor and amateur helicopter pilot) and a sufficiently unusual love interest that it took me about 3/4 of the book to realize she was really going to be the love interest.


In general this is a good run of books; Francis's characterization has improved a lot, and they're less formulaic than the earlier novels.
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([personal profile] hannah May. 5th, 2016 10:15 pm)
Captain America: Civil War is the second movie-going experience I've had where the women's restroom line was shorter than the men's. There was a bit of crowding in the corridor along the way, guys standing around and next to each other - so I said, in a loud and pleasant tone of voice, "Are you in line for the women's restroom?"

And all the men moved to the side to let me and the rest of the women through.

Much later, walking down my street to get to my apartment - ten PM on a weeknight in New York City - I ended up a fair ways behind someone, then almost behind her, and then ended up right next to her. She had earbuds in, and I wasn't making a lot of noise or movement, but she noticed something, looked around, and noticed me, and I have never caused such a full-body shock-jump-shout like that before.

Not that causing it didn't make me do one, too.

We both laughed, and joked about it, and both got onto the elevator. And just as it got to my floor, I said, "This will make a fantastic party story if you spin it right."

She was still laughing when I left.
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([personal profile] zulu May. 5th, 2016 03:03 pm)
HahaHA, I have FOUND you, flow! Trying to hide from me, were you. I will have none of that.

...this stupid thing's going to get even longer, isn't it?
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([personal profile] musesfool May. 5th, 2016 02:55 pm)
Four more hours and finally CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR will be in my eyeballs.

Between people using appropriate tags and cuts, and tumblr savior blacklist whatever it's called now, and not being able to be on the internet much at work because it's been hectic, I appreciate not being spoiled SO MUCH, guys. ♥♥♥

See you on the flipside.

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([personal profile] baranduin May. 5th, 2016 11:05 am)
Oh lordy, I'm so hungry. We're having a Cinco de Mayo potluck at work today and the entire floor smells so tempting. I've made mango/cucumber salsa.

Never did work for a company so nuts for having potlucks. So grateful :-)

As I write this, I can smell the fajitas sizzling. Argh.

I keep opening random slow cookers to stir people's food. Just because lol.
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([personal profile] kaffyr May. 5th, 2016 09:47 am)
Happy Birthday to You, Happy Birthday to You

Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] sunnytyler001, back on May 2. I hope it was a very good birthday for you; quiet, if you wanted it to be quiet, noisy if that was your desire. I hope the coming year is very good for you!

A very Happy Birthday to the most estimable 
[personal profile] jjpor , one of the finest fic writers it's been my pleasure to meet online. He's also witty and thoughtful, so that makes him at the very least a triple threat. I hope your natal celebrations are fantastic, and that the coming year is good to you!


This began as a ridiculously optimistic attempt to make a vid in a weekend. I don't know how the rest of you do it, but I couldn't complete a movie vid in that amount of time, much less a canon of 13 episodes plus a movie.

Obviously I didn't get much done that weekend, but what stalled me out was the realization that I had nothing to say about Mal Reynolds that hadn't already been said by many of my friends. My goal was to capture Mal's transition from chaotic neutral to chaotic good, from not giving a shit as long as his ship and family were safe, to caring deeply about the 'verse and being willing to do something about it.

I still think this song is ideal for that story, and some of the lyric matches still make me happy -- "the wife and kids" (Inara and the rest of the crew), "everything that was inside/ I've put out in the yard" (where inside means inside Mal, his emotions, but putting it into the yard is putting his whole crew in terrible danger). I'm particularly satisfied by my music edit at the end, lining up that final strong chord with the moment Mal goes face-to-face with the Operative.



Waiting for the Storm
by Richard Shindell

I'm ready as I'll ever be
I've done all one man can
No one now will rescue me
So here I'll make my stand

The State Police, they came around
They said I should not stay
I thanked them for their kind concern
And sent them on their way

I've made my preparations
There's nothing left to do
But to sit here in this rocking-chair
Waiting for the storm

The wife and kids have gone up north
They're staying with her mom
And everything I've ever loved
Will soon enough be gone

Lately I've been thinking
This ain't no way to live
Lately I've been thinking
That something has to give

I've opened all the windows wide
I've left the doors ajar
Everything that was inside
I've put out in the yard

I've made my preparations
There's nothing left to do
But to sit here in this rocking-chair
Waiting for the storm
I finished Daredevil season 2, finally, and would appreciate fic recs for: anything Elektra, Frank/Matt or Frank/Karen (I feel like I'm gonna be lucky about the latter but not sure exactly what you want??), or any post season 2 OT3's (doesn't have to be shippy, just Matt + Foggy + Karen interacting however.)

Crossovers always welcome.

Spoilers in the comments, probably.
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([personal profile] onyxlynx May. 5th, 2016 06:08 am)
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([personal profile] kerravonsen May. 5th, 2016 09:21 pm)
Didn't have time to puree my smoothie this morning, so I had it for dinner.

* quick oats
* 1 leaf of kale
* fresh mint leaves
* boiling water
* honey
* Greek yoghurt
* low-fat milk
* Splenda

The kale was a mistake. It didn't really blend. Unlike cucumber. And of course I couldn't tell which of the green flecks were mint and which were kale. Still, it was sweet and frothy, not horrible.
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([personal profile] petra May. 5th, 2016 07:17 am)
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([personal profile] aris_tgd May. 5th, 2016 12:44 am)
So I've been home sick the last couple days and am hoping to be back on my feet tomorrow, but in the meanwhile I have done a bunch of writing, played a lot of Civ V, and watched The Girl King, a more recent take on the same Queen Christina story that Greta Garbo did much better half a century ago. So... yeah? There was actual onscreen lesbianism, but it was somehow less gay--at least, it was less raunchy and fun. Lots of pretty people angsting, but way less class. It's great to see actual lesbianism and actual history, but I wish it had been more fun.

Also, at one point she's wearing a fur coat in a sauna. WHO DOES THAT? WHY WOULD YOU DO THAT?

In other news, I'm back to reccing Hamilton fanart over at [community profile] fanart_recs, so if you want more of those, check it out!
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([personal profile] treonb posting in [community profile] theamericans May. 5th, 2016 10:27 am)
This post is intended to allow discussion of the upcoming episode, as reflected in the official show promos.

Please keep the comments spoiler free from anything not mentioned in the promos (interviews, articles etc).

Clip )

When critics start asking questions like this: Do 'The Flash's recent struggles mean Team Berlanti is over-worked? There's clearly something going on. (The answer is yes, imo. All of their shows are having the same storytelling problems right now.)

The Flash 2.20 Rupture )

Agents of SHIELD 3.19 Failed Experiments )

Arrow 4.20 Genesis )

SPN 11.20 Don't Call Me Shurley )
Not really here, honest, but I am getting a ride to where I am going and I have a phone, so.

Because of LinkedIn, which loves to tell you you know dead people, I just went and searched my personal inbox for mail from one of my best friends ever, someone who has been dead a decade this month (stroke, not even 40).

I found this in his comments on the Ep 3 trailer: "And let's be honest, this is the last chance to be a true Star Wars geek. After this it will only be re-releases and a cartoon or two."

Oh, honey. You missed so much. We had so much geeking yet to do. And you'd have loved the MCU.
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