Spoilers for X-Men and Night Manager

May. 28th, 2016 01:43 pm
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1) I saw X-Men: Apocalypse yesterday. Spoilers )

2) Speaking of cliche scenes with an unexpected ending, the finale of Gotham. Read more... )

3) We're finally watching "The Expanse" and are about halfway through it. It was a slow start for me but I found myself getting into it around episode 3. We also finished off "The Night Manager." I can see why it was such a hit. Although there were some things about the finale that I found completely improbable, overall it was a good production with fine actors and good suspense. Spoilers )

4) HT to Petzi for this discussion about who will be the icon for rock music history in the next century. The article touches on a lot of points regarding longevity, how something gets remembered, and the ur-figure for an artistic movement. It makes me wonder about similar things regarding media fandom.

5) I'd been wondering about this, so it was interesting to see that 28% of people have never used an on-demand, online service. What's more hardly anyone knew what was meant by the term "sharing economy." Read more... )

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May. 28th, 2016 12:21 pm
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I think I will have to give up coffee again; even a small amount -- one decaf espresso in an Americano -- trims me back to six hours of sleep instead of eight, when I need eight. The difference means I have no real energy at all.

And the heat is hitting me very hard this year, along with the high pollen count.

But I have been sitting on the back step playing wood flutes in the shade, and listening to the birds. Also the chipmunk, which sounds birdlike when it is complaining (from safety in the next yard) that Beautiful is parking herself next to the back door of Chipmunk Tunnels, and is waiting for one of them to emerge. The birds are less wary of me when I am playing than they were; the grackles sit on branches in the oak, and one of the blue jays makes occasional comments but doesn't harass either of us.

My small rosebush has a large deep pink rose -- beautiful after all the rain. The climbing pale rose is starting to bud. Now, if I can find a remedy for the red aphids or whatever that are eating hell out of my mint, I could have mint tea again.

There's an almost pleasant symmetry

May. 28th, 2016 08:07 am
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Most start up businesses that receive venture capital are run by men; but when women run the start up, they receive 77 cents for every dollar that men receive.

Interesting Links for 28-05-2016

May. 28th, 2016 12:00 pm
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X-Men: Apocalypse

May. 28th, 2016 12:32 pm
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There's a scene in this movie where young Jean Grey, Scott Summers and Kurt Wagner have just watched Return of the Jedi and are discussing the Star Wars movies (I thought of [personal profile] penknife and [profile] amenirdis's old X-Men stories!), Kurt being pro Empire Strikes Back while Scott champions A New Hope, and Jean then concludes that at least they can agree that "the third one always is the worst". It's an obvious meta moment that just about gets away with it, and its charm embodies why despite this not really being a good movie I was entertained and glad as to where it left the characters.

more spoilery talk beneath the cut )

Daily Happiness

May. 27th, 2016 11:24 pm
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1. Busy day at work, but I got stuff done and managed to come home only an hour or so late.

2. We took a nice walk this evening. It's been kind of warm during the day lately, but really nice and cool at night (sometimes a bit too humid, but tonight was nice).

3. For some reason Instagram has stopped crossposting to Twitter and Tumblr. I managed to get it to post to Flickr last night and used that to link here, but tonight even the Flickr crossposting isn't working. It has no trouble crossposting to Facebook, but my FB isn't public, so I can't link images from it, and Instagram itself can only link with a huge clunky embed that I can't even get to display properly on DW. I really want to be able to crosspost my kitty pictures here, so I'm trying to figure out what's gone wrong and how I can fix it, but in the meantime at least I still have my website, so I can upload pics there and link!

looking for a fic

May. 27th, 2016 09:26 pm
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I read an HP story a while ago, a post-DH story in which a bunch of the characters, including Malfoy & other Slytherins, were treated for PTSD by a Muggle therapist. IIRC, Hermione sets up the treatment and one of the women at the clinic is a former friend or lover of Susan Bones (?).

I cannot find this in any of my bookmarks; anyone know what story this is? I thought it was by Vera Rozalsky, but I can't find it on her FFN page.

X-Men Apocalypse

May. 27th, 2016 01:52 pm
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Well, one good thing to come out of it - I like Charles and Erik much better after this movie than I did after DOFP, where I found them both so unpleasant that it killed my 'ship. I even may feel 'ship kindlings again.

This movie is odd in that, like, 90% of it is set-up - just, a terrific amount of character introduction and build. Which is sort of an awkward structure, but it also means that unlike most superhero movies, there isn't a fight sequence every 20 minutes - there's, like, dialogue instead. Which I vastly prefer. (Except for the fact that there was a guy in front of me who actually fell asleep and snored loudly throughout the movie, and I kept praying for a loud fight sequence to wake him up.)

Generally speaking, I found it pretty enjoyable. Pietro was the best part, actually, just the way he was in DOFP, and Fassbender was almost criminally attractive. Charles functioned as a classic damsel-in-distress for a little while, and that pleased me.

I don't have a lot of other deep thoughts, but my biggest complaints

Spoilers, but not huge ones )

Elizabeth Jane Howard

May. 27th, 2016 05:26 pm
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All of Elizabeth Jane Howard’s novel have been recently been republished with beautiful covers showing elegant & sophisticated women.

something in disguise then This is my copy of Something in Disguise from 1980. It’s not one of Penguin’s greatest moments.

something in disguise nowThis is the most recent edition of the same book. It's about some truly appalling awful marriages, so I can’t say the joyful cover is very representative of the content, but such an improvement.

Cool Stuff Friday

May. 27th, 2016 10:36 am
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I’ll be in Wyoming next week for Launch Pad, so there probably won’t be a Cool Stuff post next Friday.

Mirrored from Jim C. Hines.

Interesting Links for 27-05-2016

May. 27th, 2016 12:00 pm
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Orphan Black 4.07.

May. 27th, 2016 10:43 am
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Show, we’re good again. You did well after last week’s meh-asco.

Read more... )

Daily Happiness

May. 27th, 2016 12:56 am
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1. Recently I've been having some Photoshop problems and wondered if maybe it was because the copy I have is literally ten years old and maybe I should get a new one. Since Photoshop is actually semi-affordable these days (at least as a treat yourself kind of thing for me), I decided to download the trial version of Creative Cloud and see how I like it. It's pretty spiffy and $10 a month is not terrible, but I also decided to check out Elements and see if I could do everything I want to in that, then maybe I'd go for that instead, since it's just a one-time purchase not a monthly fee.

As it turns out, Elements is almost okay for what I need (though I don't like the layout, even on "expert" mode, which gets it more looking like Photoshop), except it can't do TWAIN scanning!? Whyyyyy? One of the things I use Photoshop for is scanning manga, and in Elements it seems like you can only use the basic scanning interface and also have to scan a page, edit the file, then open the scanning interface again each time. Fine for scanning one photo, or even a couple, but if I'm scanning manga, I want to keep the interface open, scan the whole chapter or whatever, and then edit and save the files altogether.

So...that may be a dealbreaker for me. I suppose I could scan in my old version of Photoshop and just save Elements for editing, but idk. I may just decide to splurge for Creative Cloud. (I can always discontinue my subscription at any time.) Either way, it's been fun to play with these spiffy new versions of Photoshop and it definitely makes me not want to go back to my ancient CS3. D:

2. Some weird things were going on with my computer over the last few days, but I think things are all fixed now? For one thing, Windows Firewall, which I always turn off straight away, for some reason turned itself on the other day and started interfering with my life (like trying to block Dropbox, and messing up downloads). I turned it back off again only to have it turn itself on again after a little while. This happened several times until I finally found someone saying that rather than just setting it to off in the control panel, you can actually turn off the entire program and I followed the instructions to do that and it seems to have stuck. No idea why this happened, after years of no problems over multiple computers, but at least I found a solution.

3. I posted more manga! Not that I really needed yet another series, though honestly I am keeping up with all the stuff I'm translating really well. Go me!

4. I love this pic of the kitties so much. The angle makes Molly look like a giant, though they're really about the same size.

I love this angle. Molly looks like a giant.

Weekly Reading

May. 27th, 2016 12:04 am
torachan: karkat from homestuck looking bored (karkat bored)
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What are you currently reading?
Oops, somehow I missed like two weeks of doing this, but mostly I am still reading the same things as last time, so...

I've read a little under half of For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood, have not touched The Sweeter the Juice (which puts me at still having read only the intro), and read about one more chapter of Half World (about halfway through). All of these are books I'm liking, I just haven't been setting aside much time to read lately.

Mangawise, I'm halfway through vol. 9 of Ookiku Furikabutte. Looking at LibraryThing, I apparently read the first five volumes in 2013 and vol. 6 in 2014, then set it aside for a while. Which means that when I picked up vol. 7 last week, I had no idea what was going on or who anyone was (especially since the author has an awful case of sameface syndrome), but I got back into the swing of things pretty quickly and have been enjoying it. I don't think this is ever going to be a super favorite series, but I do like it.

What did you recently finish reading?
Vols. 7 and 8 of Oofuri. I also read all the issues of Bob's Burgers I had (so I'm now current, though I can't remember what the current issue number is).

I also did read a book! The other book I got at the library a few weeks ago was The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl by Issa Rae. I think I watched the first episode of her webseries when it first came out, but I'm terrible at keeping up with webseries, so I kind of forgot it existed. I just happened to see this on the new books shelf at the library and since I always enjoy humorous memoirs, I picked it up. It's a quick read and I did enjoy it, though I will still probably be unlikely to ever watch any more episodes of the webseries.

What do you think you'll read next?
Well, hopefully some of those books I started. ^_^;; As for manga, I think I have up through vol. 10 of Oofuri on my iPad, and then I will probably switch to something else because I'd really like to clear off some of the stuff I have on there before I load anything more on.


May. 26th, 2016 09:59 pm
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I think I have finally managed to get 98% of my fic uploaded to my AO3 account ([archiveofourown.org profile] synecdochic.) This includes most of the pre-popslash stuff that I can still stand to look at 15 years later...

Next step is going to be plumbing my old docs folders and posting the scraps of a few things I should just give up and admit I'm never going to finish. (I'm still holding out hope for some of them, but it's time to admit others are a lost cause.)

Meanwhile, I don't want to jinx it, but I've actually been (sort of) writing lately, alternating between an original novel and book 3 of Lullabye for the New World Order. I'm about 3/4ths of the way through chapter 14 of Lullabye, and this book brings us through to chapter 15. I don't want to get ahead of myself, especially since every time I do that my writing disappears again in a puff of smoke, but I'm starting to actually think the end might be in sight. (God do I miss being able to write.)

Also, for those who do not Twitter: I went on a Twitter rant about the new Captain America book and the stupid fucking things they're doing with it. (Being vague to avoid spoilers, but you probably couldn't miss the entire internet being fucking livid about it yesterday.) I put it together in a Storify if you want to read! (Subtitle: "On the heroic epic, the nature of story, the implied contract with the reader, the dumpster fire that is Marvel Comics' choice to pursue this storyline, and why indefinite copyright is harmful to contemporary myth: a cranky Twitter rant.")


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