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  • Aug. 17th, 2017 at 6:24 PM
1) This story is a prime example of why I get so angry when people throw away their right to vote. A common argument is that it makes no difference who is in office, that nothing ever changes. There has never been a clearer example of how untrue that statement is and how downright dangerous it is to assume that. There is sanity and competence and there are mental disorders and deliberate ignorance. We are clearly living during the latter time. Read more... )

2) A bunch of shows have ended or are ending soon. Certainly Orphan Black was the most fan-oriented, though it is Broadchurch I will miss the most as I am ready to declare DI Hardy and DI Miller as one of my favorite teams ever. Read more... )

3) Then there was TURN. Read more... )

4) I noticed High Rise was on Netflix and as a friend had read the book, I thought I'd give it a try. Wow, what a messy bore. Read more... )

5) And people wonder why Hawkeye is on the Avengers team.

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  • Aug. 18th, 2017 at 12:28 AM
WESLEY: The text isn't specific about the battle.
SPIKE: But it's specific about the *name* of the vampire with a soul.
WESLEY: No, I imagine it could be any vampire with a soul...who *isn't* a ghost.
SPIKE: (scoffs) It's a bunch of nonsense. It's a bedtime story to get vampires to play nice.
WESLEY: Says you.
SPIKE: No, says Angel. Yeah. Tall-dark-and-dreary told me he doesn't believe in that Shanshu bugaboo. Says it's a sucker's game.

~~The Cautionary Tale of Numero Cinco ~~



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GROO: And that, my princess, is my story in full. When the Covenant summoned me I was vanquishing the Mogfan beast that bedevils the scum pits of Ur. CORDELIA: Uh, that's a great story. And you are a great groosalug. But, I'm not your princess. The truth is, I'm not anybody's princess. GROO: Have you not the curse? CORDELIA: The visions? Oh, yeah, I've got visions coming out of my ears, sometimes a little blood, too, but that doesn't make me a princess. That just makes me kind of weird.

~~Through The Looking Glass~~



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First as a tragedy, then as a farce...

  • Aug. 16th, 2017 at 1:43 PM
RE: ongoing horror show, err, US national and foreign politics: this is yet another reason why I find the entire Hydra in Marvel comics & MCU concept so stupid, not just in the WWII era, where the sheer logistics (or lack of same) break my brain, but also in the present day. Super-secret organization, master assassins, gadget weapons? This just isn't how fascism works. This is how fascism works. It shouts its goals to the winds and gets itself voted into power.

There is not a single member of the Republican party, nor any other voter who either elected the Orange Menace or by not voting enabled it, who can claim this isn't EXACTLY what they voted for or allowed to happen. Because Agent Orange certainly hadn't kept his views a secret. Nor did his minions.

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SPIKE: Must-See-TV. Bait's been taken. Trap's all set. The Slayer has landed. So... Hello??? Paging Dr. Owe Me One.
ADAM: She's not alone. You've failed me again.
SPIKE: Well, that's one way of looking at it.
ADAM: What's the other way.
SPIKE: Oh, come on! It's not like I wasn't trying! That's worth something, isn't it?
ADAM: I suppose. Yes. I will honor our agreement to remove your chip. (to Forrest) Take his head off.

~~Primeval (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Season 4, Episode 21)~~




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Orphan Black 5.10

  • Aug. 15th, 2017 at 12:59 PM
In which we get a LotR or Babylon 5 type of ending, and it's lovely.

Read more... )
SNYDER: Here are the terms of your re-entry, Missy. Take 'em or leave 'em. One: that you pass a makeup test of every class you skipped out on last year. Two: that you provide, in writing, one *glowing* letter of recommendation from any member of our faculty who is not an English librarian. Three: that you complete an interview with our school psychologist who must conclude that your violent tendencies......are under control.

JOYCE: I'm not sure I like your attitude, Mr. Snyder. I spoke with the school board, and according to them...

SNYDER: I'm required to educate every juvenile who is not in jail where she belongs. Welcome back.

BUFFY: So let me get this straight. I'm really back in school because the school board *overruled* you. Wow. That's like having your whole ability to do this job called into question, when you think about it.

JOYCE: I think what my daughter's trying to say is... (sing-song) Nyah, nyah-nyah-nyah, nyah.

~~Faith, Hope & Trick~~



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Remembering Her

  • Aug. 14th, 2017 at 2:23 PM
1) I've been posting various recs to [community profile] recs, but wanted to single out Stamina by runawaynun. It's an inspiring vid about female athletes with a really awesome set of notes about all the women in the video.

2) HT to Paula for these book related words, mostly because I think Angsticipation and Readgret could be used more widely.

3) The legal brief defending John Oliver has a wonderfully fun table of contents!

4) Of all the (many) stories of women being discriminated against, I think this one has to take the cake when it comes to the entertainment industry. And it was simply straight up misogyny, not even cloaked.

5) Some things seem like they ought to be connected to a fandom, even when they aren't. Case in point: "Apocalypse Dreams" by Tame Impala.

I am looking forward to Jodi Whittaker’s Doctor, but last week it hit me really badly how much I’m going to miss Peter Capaldi, and I promptly started a Capaldi era rewatch, and fell in love with the Twelfth Doctor and Clara (and Missy, and (almost) all the storylines and themes) all over again. This was when Moffat-DW really clicked for me. I like the Eleventh Doctor, I like Amy, Rory, and of course River, but individual episodes aside, I was never in love during that particular era. And that’s okay. With a canon spanning more than 50 years, you really don’t have to be all the time. But it’s really great when it happens.

Madmen and -women in boxes )

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Meanwhile...

  • Aug. 13th, 2017 at 8:03 PM
The things you learn: seems Samantha Bee of tv comedy fame is a Call The Midwife fan. A woman of taste, which is not new.:) As the unspeakable creature in the White House brings us closer to WWWIII by the tweet and finds condemming Nazis as Nazis too much of an effort, I can see why watching CdM is a good way to maintain sanity.

(Sidenote: I usually avoid calling present day people Nazis because the term is flung around far too often and sometimes in bizarre contexts - see: "grammar nazi" - but if they scream about blood and soil, give the fascist salute and throw the occasional Sieg Heil in, there's absolutely no reason to call them anything else. No more of this "Alt-Right" nonsense.)

But to return to "Call the Midwife", here's a lovely new story, a terrific portrait of Shelagh/Sister Bernadette that follows her through her life to that most crucial of years to her, 1958: life, and breath, and all things.

And here's a Black Sails rec:

The Fields of Elysium: the story of Thomas Hamilton after the 2.05 flashbacks until and including something spoilery )
Spike: "No. We're out of Weetabix."
Giles: "We are out of Weetabix because you ate it all - again."
Spike: "Get some more."
Giles: "I thought vampires were supposed to eat blood."
Spike: "Yep. Well sometimes I like to crumble up the Weetabix in the blood - give it a little texture."





~~Hush~~



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Knowing What You're Doing

  • Aug. 11th, 2017 at 7:16 PM
1) I'd be pretty amused if fanfic writers decided to take the same approach, but at least one Norwegian news outlet decided to make readers take a quiz on the content of the article they were trying to comment on before they could comment. If they had a Kudos button on that idea, I'd be trying to hammer it like a whack-a-mole. And it turns out it was a good idea for various reasons.

2) Our civilization will likely end because of "disenchanted teenage boys." They seem to be behind a lot of the fake news being spread online, (especially if we're looking at the commercial factory production of such news), harmful hacking and virus production, and, I learned thanks to Samantha Bee's last episode, the Trump election. The latter was not so much because they voted, though perhaps they did, but because there was a direct line between Steve Bannon's experience with video game players to the misinformation created for the Trump campaign.

3) I don't know how Parrot balances out the different elements that it collects data on, but I found quite a few surprises among top TV shows. Read more... )

4) I was on the Pew Research page looking up a report about demographic trends and was poking around their topic list. I found it notable that they haven't done any surveys related to TV specifically -- the few studies that touch on it are not about programming but news. Radio, similarly, has focused largely on podcasting and a bit on NPR.

The last study involving blogging was from 2010. And even then it was lumped into general internet use and has been superseded by studies on social media use. Read more... )

5) I came across an article which talked about declining products that Millennials are not embracing. Diamonds were one of them, though the article actually pointed to a drop in demand from China as the main culprit, as well as the growth of synthetic diamonds for jewelry, and the issue of conflict-free diamonds. Beer consumption is also showing a slight decline with other alcohol sales stalled. (Hard to believe that one given the incredible binge drinking that goes on.) But it was the issue of napkins I found most interesting. Read more... )

Newsletter, Thursday 10th August

  • Aug. 11th, 2017 at 12:21 AM
(Spike's crypt. Buffy bursts in as Spike does his nails.)
SPIKE: Morning, sunshine. If you've come around for eggs or sausage, I'm fresh out.
(Buffy grabs the lid of the coffin he's sitting on and pulls it out from under Spike so that he tumbles backward into the coffin.)
SPIKE: Hey, careful! These are wet.

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    TARA: Do you like cats?
    WILLOW: I'm more of a dog person myself. But I'm not like, "death to all cats." Why?
    TARA: Cause I was thinking of getting one.
    WILLOW: Can you have one in the dorms?
    TARA: No, but this would be a sneaky cat.
    WILLOW: That would be cool. You mean it'd be sort of like a familiar?
    TARA: Actually, I-I was thinking it would be sort of like a pet. You know, we could ... we could name her Trixie, or Miss Kitty Fantastico, or something.
    WILLOW: And we could make kitty go bonkers with string and catnip and stuff?
    TARA: Absolutely.
    WILLOW: Fun! I'm in.
    TARA: So, you're not allergic or anything.
    WILLOW: Nope.
    TARA: Good, cause ... I want my room to be Willow-friendly.
    WILLOW: Me too.

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    Aug. 8th, 2017

    • Aug. 8th, 2017 at 9:46 AM
    Despite only eating "safe" foods last week, I had a flare up that left me miserable all week. It de-railed all the momentum I had with exercise, water drinking efforts, and keeping safe food in the house. Yesterday, 10 days after it started, I felt human so I started over.

    Again.

    I managed to walk 2 miles which took me to 12,000 steps.

    With the endorphines that generated I managed to bake egg cups so I could get enough protein with my breakfast (scramble eggs, pour over a piece of ham in the bottom of a muffin tin, bake 350 20 min), shredded up half of a rotisserie chicken, zoodled and sauteed three zucchinis (the only freaking vegetable I can eat) and made a pot of turmeric rice (chicken broth, turmeric, ginger powder, and saffron).

    Then I cleaned up the mess and congratulated myself on adulting and functioning with chronic illness. This morning, the egg cup was yummy protein goodness and I'm continuing to feel better.
    I've got to learn how to keep going through the flare ups instead of curling up into a ball and being miserable. I see the gastroenterologist again at the end of the month. Here's hoping we can get to the bottom of this. Heh, bottom

    Ubique sunt ignori stulti

    • Aug. 8th, 2017 at 2:11 PM
    In the last three days, British historian Mary Beard has been relentlessly attacked on and off twitter for pointing out that the Roman Empire wasn't populated exclusively by white people; this particular round of racism, misogyny and general vileness was started by, of all things, a five minutes BBC cartoon for children featuring some poc Romans. It would be ridiculous if it weren't so outrageous and depressingly a symptom for our present, especially considering current Trump Administration employee and long time racist nutter Alex Jones has also commented. Detailed articles on the subject here and here.

    (Incidentally, if I weren't there already, such events would completely sway me to the "representation matters" side when it comes to tv and movie casting.)

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    SpicoliVamp: N-n-n-n-no! The best part was when you ragged on her clothes. She was like, 'No! Not the ensemble!'
    Sunday: Those jeans? With the little patches? She has no one to blame but herself.
    FatVamp: I heard they're coming back.
    Sunday: Not if I kill every single person who wears them.


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