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04 January 2020 @ 03:22 pm
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Abyssis
06 November 2014 @ 05:45 pm
I just had 2 male PhD students from my lab group insist that Elementary (which I haven't watched) is wrong wrong wrong because Watson could never be female and it makes no sense they could even consider making a male character female and it destroys the entire point of the story of Sherlock Holmes. When I asked for why precisely it was wrong the answers were 1) the main point of Watson's character is that he is supposed to be a military doctor and 2) Joan is a name only old people would have.

When I continued asking why, precisely, it wasn't okay to reimagine a classic story with a character's gender changed (and that there were female doctors in the military), it was pointed out to me that there's a reason we don't see "superwoman" or "spiderwoman" or "batwoman". I countered that there are, in fact, female versions of those super heroes I was told "not in the movies." Then they pointed out that the only way they could make Elementary more ridiculous would be to make Sherlock Holmes a woman - because who could ever believe there could be a "Sheelock Holmes"

I never did get an answer for why, well, any of this would be completely wrong or unbelievable. But I headdesked all the way back to my office.

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Abyssis
14 October 2014 @ 05:14 pm
MCU  
So I'm not really part of Marvel fandom and really not at all familiar with the comics. But I just read a spoiler for the next movie and I'm confusedCollapse )

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Abyssis
20 August 2014 @ 11:27 am
MCU  
I have been watching way too much tv and movies, so there will be a post coming about, at least, Fringe and Jericho. But for now, I saw linked somewhere an amazing new Iron Man vid by Lim: Expo by Lim It is everything that makes vidding beautiful and awesome and so very much movie-verse Tony Stark.

On that note, I know there are people here in MCU fandom. I've occasionally been craving fic in that universe, but I'm having trouble figuring out how to navigate that huge pile of fic, particularly since I'm bouncing hard off of ship-fic and that seems to be a lot of it. That and I Do Not Understand the obsession with Loki, who is a power-obsessed mass murderer and I have no interest in any story that pretends he isn't.

What I'm really in the mood for is a long, plotty character-driven fic I can sink my teeth into - relationships are okay but I'd rather they not be the main point of the story. Characters I am particularly interested in include Natasha, Hawkeye, Iron Man, and Bruce. Anyone have any good recs?

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1) Years late to the party, I've finally been watching Fringe. I now understand why all of you were raving about Olivia Dunham. I love how she's a woman in a man's world in so many ways - she has some of Sam Carter's hard edges and defensiveness and "I can take care of myself" that comes with that. But she also has stereotypically female traits that she doesn't let get in the way. She has emotions, she has a nurturing side, she's good with people lots of the time. I love that we see her protecting the men she works with about equally to them protecting her. And I love that she wears clothing appropriate to her job - pants and shoes you can believe she could run in (none of that high heel bullshit).

I also really enjoy the rest of the characters (although, I just started season 2, and CHARLIE AH). Walter is fascinating and believably broken and everyone's patience/impatience with him just works. Astrid is awesome competent and infinitely patient. They particularly do a great job with Peter (and I'm not just saying that because my inner teenager is remembering her crush on Pacey). He's smart but one of his things has clearly always been people skills and they *show* that instead of telling it in all sorts of small ways - how he finds something to divert people's attention or connect with them somehow.

I really really really hope this doesn't fall down the "J J Abrams is a hack" hole that I've placed everything else of his that that I've seen.

2) I've also been reading. A lot. I tried to read some "popular" fiction - mainstream titles that I've heard the names of or were made into movies or made bestseller lists. And they kept being terrible. Characters with no emotional depth, very little plot, flat worlds. I kept reading stories of "boring undeveloped character is unhappy with their life, makes decisions with no clear reason, has suprisingly little reaction to changes in their life, keeps being vaguely unhappy" and then the story ends. Why do people read this stuff? Why does anyone publish it?

So I gave up and went back to genre and decided to finally give a try at Jim Butcher's Dresden Files. Now THAT is plotting and world-building and characters who have motivations and care what happens to them and those around them. They have such a vivid world (plus, well, it's always fun to read something set in a city you know really really well) and are so hard to put down, I don't care too much that the main character is a misogynistic chauvinistic asshole and the author has no idea how to write women. One of those cases of turning off my inner critic and enjoying the ride.

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Abyssis
25 June 2014 @ 10:34 pm
I think I've just discovered the problem with moving to the UK after having grown up watching Doctor Who. The slightly robotic voices on various phone systems (like I just went through setting up voicemail on my new mobile) sound a little too much like evil alien robots taking over the world.

Also, man, I think I'm due one of my periodic doses of live fandom. But I don't think I can swing the London worldcon and I vaguely looked at Vidukon but it looks crazy expensive for me to get to Cardiff. Gotta be something...

(Also, holy shit Orphan Black. That season finale is making me flail. I don't even know. It makes me miss the fannish conversation and dissection)

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Abyssis
17 June 2014 @ 10:12 am
Last night I dreamed some sort of Sports Night/Parks and Recreation crossover. Early on I remember thinking "oh, yeah, I was writing this fic!" which I realized, upon waking, wasn't true at all. And now I really want that crossover to exist...

[This is the second Parks and Recreaction dream I've had in a matter of weeks. Apparently watching Orphan Black and Orange is the New Black makes me really want to watch Leslie Knope?]

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31 March 2014 @ 09:12 am
I'm in the last stages of packing up all my stuff for the big move.

Which meant discovering my Stargate action figures had collected a lot of dust over the last few years. There is something surreal about giving SG-1 a sponge bath in the sink. Also, dust/dirt seems to stick more tenaciously to Priors. And to Cameron Mitchell. And to Vala's cleavage.

Also, why oh why, just as I'm finally moving, does the small local sci-fi con bring in BOTH Amanda Tapping and Nichelle Nichols, less than a month after I'll be gone?

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Abyssis
04 December 2013 @ 02:47 pm
There's a meme going around asking for topics to blog every day in December. And I can't commit to every day but I want to blow off some of the dust around here. I miss being active here and the community and whatnot.

So, assuming people are still reading this thing, does anyone have anything you'd like to see me talk about? Anything is fair game, though I can't make promises about getting to everything and personal stuff might be friends-locked.

I'm also open to possible drabble prompts (I miss writing non-science things) though I make no promises. I keep thinking of trying to dust off my long abandoned Stargate WiPs I still love, but it feels like a lot of effort for a dying fandom.

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So yesterday Captain Awkward asked people to post The books you always find yourself recommending. And apparently ran into some internet disagreement with the part where she asked the post to stay spoiler free, recognizing that meant not warning for possible problematic content.

She ended up adding an ETA about content warnings, etc which hit the nail on the head with every problem I've had whenever fandom talks about triggering and content warning.

Because, people have different triggers and it's impossible to capture that variety with the handful of content warnings available at AO3 or in different fic exchanges or whatnot. Or, as CA says, "Even if we’d done this right from the start, people might warn for all kinds of stuff and still miss the thing that would bother or trigger you."

I don't have "normal" triggers. I don't necessarily enjoy violence or rape in a story, but those things don't trigger me. Nobody will ever think to warn for my triggers. The first time I was ever triggered was while watching the first Star Trek reboot. There's a scene where Spock is in command of the Enterprise and Kirk thinks he should be in charge. So, in front of the crew, he manipulates Spock and uses Spock's emotions against him so he can take Spock's command from him. In the movie, this is presented as the good, correct thing for Kirk to do.

And that emotional manipulation, that taking leadership away from someone who isn't failing at it because you want it? The idea that it's a *good* thing? That triggered the hell out of me. And it took me multiple days before I even realized what was going on and why my brain was so wonky.

Last year I was watching the most recent Batman movie. And there's a scene where a character enters an apartment with a spray painted x on the door. Another character is inside, holding a framed picture with cracked glass and commenting that a family used to live there. And, bam, suddenly I was in New Orleans. But this time I knew to recognize what my brain was doing and had techniques, hard-won in therapy, to pull myself through it and be okay.

I guess what I'm saying is, triggers aren't obvious or standard and sometimes a person doesn't even know they have them until something goes off in their brain. I'm all for making it easier for someone to keep themselves safe, for people being willing to content-screen if someone asks, and I think it's great if people want to warn for common triggers. But all too often these conversations seem to assume a specific set of triggers (or equate "content I don't like" or "content that upsets me" or "content that makes me angry" with "content that triggers me" which, really really fucking not the same thing) and I see people get righteously indignant because [specific common trigger] wasn't warned for, and it makes me feel like my triggers are being invalidated. Like my triggers don't get to be real because they aren't on some specific list someone identified as the warnings that should be given.

Look, having a minefield in your brain SUCKS. It isn't fair. And it means sometimes you have to take a risk with a book or movie or, well, doing anything. But ultimately I can't expect anyone besides myself to be responsible for protecting me from that minefield. I can ask people to help, but I can't expect everyone to always be watching that I'll be okay. And it's pretty damn privileged to assume otherwise - to assume it's even possible.

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Abyssis
02 August 2013 @ 04:34 pm
So I've been watching Eureka as a short of soothing brain candy kind of show while my dissertation eats me alive. I'd watched some of it before, but now I'm actually getting beyond season 1.

You guys, this show is so damn good. It attracted me as, well, distracting brain candy that's light-hearted and fun and mostly one-off episodes. But somewhere along the way it snuck its way into my heart and I started realizing how many things it does right. Sure, the science is all sci-fi psuedoscience, but you can see real science hidden somewhere in the core. And the characters! Guys, this is a show about a town of the most brilliant people in America. And they have women and characters of color all presented naturally like they belong - nobody questions their brilliance or ability to lead a project or whatever. There are inter-racial relationships and people are tolerant of behavior that isn't always neurotypical US standard and the relationships! People act like adults and talk to each other and have complicated feelings and care about each other and have fights and apologize and it feels so realistic sometimes. And smart.

And I just watched the penultimate episode of season 4 and now it gets to be added to the list of television that has made me cry. I think Jo has landed high on my list of favorite female characters.

I also saw Pacific Rim which was predictable and ridiculous and absolutely amazing. I thought the trailers looked awful but saw so many good reviews that I decided to see it. This is definitely a big screen movie, and it delivers exactly what it promises, but it does it so damn well with just the right amount of humor and a few surprises. The whole time it kept teetering on the brink of going over the top into ridiculousness and never quite made it. It had every element you expect from the type of genre movie it was pulling from, and it never took itself too seriously, and it just nailed everything. That said, I was doing so well at suspending my disbelief - I mean, you have giant robots fighting alien sea monsters so you can't expect realism - but then mild spoilerCollapse ). Still, I definitely recommend it if you're in the mood for an enjoyable two hours in the theater where you can sit back and enjoy without your critical thinking hat. So good.

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Abyssis
14 March 2013 @ 10:32 pm
Oy  
So Livejournal today introduced a new version of the profile page. Which is hideous. And malfunctioning.

And defaults to displaying your primary email address.

Just, you know, fyi in case, like me, you'd rather not have your email address displayed to all and sundry like that.

(if you go to "manage profile" you can undo it)

If there weren't still people on LJ and not dreamwidth that I cared about, I think I'd be about ready to dump them.

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Abyssis
01 February 2013 @ 10:36 am
Hi! So, I am practically religious in daily reading all the posts on here. But I rarely remember to comment and have apparently completely forgotten how to post. But I'm still here, desperately trying to get a dissertation written and freaking out about what's next. And occasionally trying to remember how to be fannish. God, but I miss reading and writing and meta-ing and squeeing and so much about fandom. But Ben Browder is coming to our local SciFi con this April and he's one of the few SG-1 main actors I haven't ever seen and I'm thinking I'll make at least a day trip out of it.

1) I saw The Hobbit (a month ago). I enjoyed it, though not nearly as much as I enjoyed the Lord of the Rings trilogy. some spoilery thoughtsCollapse )

2) I also saw Les MIserables. TWICE! And had ALL the feels. And, really, I cannot be rational about this. The People! They Sing!Collapse )

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29 December 2012 @ 01:34 pm
1) I finally finally watched Iron Man 2. How did I not know Black Widow was in it? I would have watched so much sooner! I know they're making another Iron Man and Captain America movies, but then can they please please please make a movie where Black Widow is the lead character? I'm totally fine if Hawkeye comes to play (god, I would *love* if they did her and their backstory).

2) So I'm playing with what's involved in purchasing digital video. I had a $3 promotional credit on Amazon so I bought something and I'm pretty disgusted by the fact that even after you purchase it you cannot download the video to be able to watch it offline on your computer (you can to Kindle Fire or Ipad or various tvs and VCRs, but not just to your computer to watch on any device you own - which...why would I buy something I can't *use*?). Does the iTunes video store do the same thing? What about the Android market/Google Play?

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28 December 2012 @ 07:00 pm
1) So a while ago I started re-watching (new) Doctor Who from the start. It took me a while to get going, since I'm not overly fond of either Nine or Rose (as compared to Ten and Eleven or the other companions) but it's still fun. This week, though, I've mainlined Ten's first season. It's really interesting watching his very first episode, with him wondering outloud what sort of person he will be, and comparing that with the person he becomes over the ensuing seasons. Everything he is by the end is there in that first episode ("No second chances. I'm that sort of a man.") and you see the wonder and manic and glee and loyalty, but you also see the part of him that's getting cold and tired and jaded with what he does to Harriet Jones. All of the hard edges he has at the end are there at the beginning, they're just fuzzy and un-finished. He's a lonely man with a box and his loyalties and complicated and he's going to overstep his god complex by complete accident, on a road paved with good intentions.

2) I haven't poked at Yuletide very much (I'm scared to read the Code Name Verity fics - the idea they exist is exciting, but it would be so hard to get right), but there's a few Parks and Recreation fics which have made me very happy and lead me to re-watching some of the more heavily Ben/Leslie episodes. Is this what being a devoted shipper feels like? I also realized Ben looks a little bit like the Tenth Doctor - which might help explain my fictional character crush. I just...I love that this show is about people and they care about each other but they also screw up and just...gah. I remember several years back getting cranky when this "Leslie Knope" person was beating Sam Carter in one of those fannish final four head-to-head things. Now, I admit I would be hard-pressed to choose.

3) The last two or so weeks have been...a complicated time to be inside my head. And pretty damn lonely. If anyone has links to happy things, or really good longer podfic (Stargate, Farscape, Doctor Who, something else you think I'd like) they'd be appreciated.

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16 December 2012 @ 08:39 am
Not that I really have time to go to a movie theater right now, but my very strong desire to see The Hobbit is in sharp conflict with my very strong desire to not see the preview for the newest destruction of everything I loved about Star Trek. And usually I love previews!

Not much else to report, beyond the fact that I am so ready to be done with this semester. And I hate that I've caught up to Parks and Recreation and only get one new episode a week now. There's something fun about mainlining back seasons.

Also, starting maybe 10 days ago, every time I log in (which is usually multiple times a day), livejournal emails me a warning that my account has been logged in from an unknown location. It is starting to drive me crazy. This combined with the threatened hideous new friends page may finally push me away.

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Holy crap, you guys.

I am not generally a very romantic person and I've never been much of a shipper.

But, dear god, I ship Leslie Knope and Ben Wyatt So Damn Hard.
(to be far, I like a lot of the relationships in this show, but this one is EPIC)

The last minute of "Road Trip" nearly killed me. Or at least nearly made me fall out of my chair. Well, except I was working at my standing desk while watching it so not in a chair.

Still, dear god, the show built that up PERFECTLY with the building respect and then sexual tension and then frustration of forbidden-ness and the everything and then BAM.

Also, Rob Lowe's character will never ever ever stop cracking me up, even if I can't stop thinking of him as Sam Seaborne's crazy twin.

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11 November 2012 @ 08:51 am
Um. Hi? It's funny, I still religiously read this thing every day but I rarely comment and keep forgetting to post.

I've recently gotten myself completely addicted to Parks and Recreation. The first time I tried to watch it, I couldn't get past the first 10 minutes of the pilot. But then I randomly watched later episodes my roommate was watching, got hooked, and found it much easier to start over this time.

I just...I love Leslie Knope. I love the way this show has female friendship. I love all the crazy antics. And the characters are just...awesome. It's one of those rare shows that makes me laugh outloud at least once most episodes.

(hm, I seem to, once a year, whenever grad school gets crazy, get addicted to one 30 minute show. Two years ago was Avatar: the Last Airbender, last year was Community and now Parks and Rec. If only I could be actively fannish again...)

How's everyone else doing?

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25 September 2012 @ 01:08 pm
1) Hey people who know the UK - what can you tell me about Aberdeen?

2) I tried watching Downton Abbey and it took me 3 attempts to get through the first episode. British aristocracy has never really been my thing. What do people love so much about the show and is it worth attempting to continue?

3) I've seen a lot of excitement about Once Upon a Time which is another show I just sorta...stopped watching halfway through the season. Did the back half of the season get exciting enough to be worth going back?

Given my apparent inability to remember to watch tv, I'm impressed I'm only two weeks behind on Doctor Who.

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This might be one of the most cracktastic things I've ever watched:

Leonard Nimoy singing about Bilbo Baggins

I....I can't even.

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