Hard rec on the L'Engle-narrated audiobooks, btw. She has a lovely grandmotherly voice and great readerly affect.
I thought I'd do a post on each of the books, if people want to come talk? And I'm gonna push myself through some of the small fic I've been doing, see if I can successfully put work out sometime here. I miss putting out little fic on a more regular basis, I keep hoarding it all up into these big projects that take forever instead.
The Great British Bake Off has begun again. The first episode of the new season aired on Wednesday night. I livetweeted with the other fanpersons on my list. We all fell in love with Selasi Gbormittah. So...who is/are your favourite(s)? (A reminder of the contestants, with photos: Radio Times listing)
My favourite(s) on Bake Off this year are:
Went to a friend's house the other day, and discovered that my Melways (standard Melbourne roadmap) is out of date and doesn't have her street. I mentioned this to a few people - and they all looked puzzled and asked "But... don't you have a GPS?"
Yes. Yes I do have a GPS. And, thanks to my silly Melways, I had to pull out my GPS, dust off the cobwebs, find her street, and trust my GPS to guide me there while I blindly submitted to its knowledge, rather than knowing where the heck I was going.
Call me crazy, but I think there's something to be said for looking at a big piece of paper, and thinking "I am HERE, and I want to be THERE." It makes me feel much more in control. Especially since my GPS has been known to randomly go insane and decide I should be driving down a gravel farm track rather than the freeway.
Show Her Claws , Cordelia/Willow by brutti_ma_buoni.
fantas_magoria re-watches "The Initiative" .
Thinky thoughts on BtVS & AtS by infinitewhale.
Soundcloud podcast talks The Initiative & Pangs .
Storywonk podcast talks Intervention.
Hypable podcast talks Pangs & I Will Remember You .
Storywonk podcast talks Disharmony.
Redemptioncast podcast talks Provider.
The AVClub talks to Clea Duvall.
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I'm currently rewatching Star Trek: The Next Generation (as those who follow me on Twitter may have noticed) because I bought the bluray set as a birthday present to myself and OH MY GOD SO SHINY. The bluray remaster is unbelievable, and makes the show look like it could have been made today. It really makes me wish that B5 could get a similar hi-def treatment.
In oter news, I have 11 Imzy invites in case someone still needs one. Just give me your email and I'll send you one.
BBC: 177 critics from around the world pick 100 greatest movies of the 21st century (so far)
And it's a good list, too. So the usual bit: Italics for the ones I've seen, bold for the ones I've loved (which isn't necessarily to say I didn't like the ones I don't bold, there are only a few I actively disliked, but there's a whole grey area between "Yeah, that was a really good movie" and "HOLY SHIT YOU LIVE IN MY SOUL").
So, how about you?
100. Toni Erdmann (Maren Ade, 2016)
100. Requiem for a Dream (Darren Aronofsky, 2000)
100. Carlos (Olivier Assayas, 2010)
99. The Gleaners and I (Agnès Varda, 2000)
98. Ten (Abbas Kiarostami, 2002)
97. White Material (Claire Denis, 2009)
96. Finding Nemo (Andrew Stanton, 2003)
95. Moonrise Kingdom (Wes Anderson, 2012)
94. Let the Right One In (Tomas Alfredson, 2008)
93. Ratatouille (Brad Bird, 2007)
92. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (Andrew Dominik, 2007)
91. The Secret in Their Eyes (Juan José Campanella, 2009)
90. The Pianist (Roman Polanski, 2002)
89. The Headless Woman (Lucrecia Martel, 2008)
88. Spotlight (Tom McCarthy, 2015)
87. Amélie (Jean-Pierre Jeunet, 2001)
86. Far From Heaven (Todd Haynes, 2002)
85. A Prophet (Jacques Audiard, 2009)
84. Her (Spike Jonze, 2013)
83. A.I. Artificial Intelligence (Steven Spielberg, 2001)
82. A Serious Man (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2009)
81. Shame (Steve McQueen, 2011)
80. The Return (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2003)
79. Almost Famous (Cameron Crowe, 2000)
78. The Wolf of Wall Street (Martin Scorsese, 2013)
77. The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (Julian Schnabel, 2007)
76. Dogville (Lars von Trier, 2003)
75. Inherent Vice (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2014)
74. Spring Breakers (Harmony Korine, 2012)
73. Before Sunset (Richard Linklater, 2004)
72. Only Lovers Left Alive (Jim Jarmusch, 2013)
71. Tabu (Miguel Gomes, 2012)
70. Stories We Tell (Sarah Polley, 2012)
69. Carol (Todd Haynes, 2015)
68. The Royal Tenenbaums (Wes Anderson, 2001)
67. The Hurt Locker (Kathryn Bigelow, 2008)
66. Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…and Spring (Kim Ki-duk, 2003)
65. Fish Tank (Andrea Arnold, 2009)
64. The Great Beauty (Paolo Sorrentino, 2013)
63. The Turin Horse (Béla Tarr and Ágnes Hranitzky, 2011)
62. Inglourious Basterds (Quentin Tarantino, 2009)
61. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer, 2013)
60. Syndromes and a Century (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2006)
59. A History of Violence (David Cronenberg, 2005)
58. Moolaadé (Ousmane Sembène, 2004)
57. Zero Dark Thirty (Kathryn Bigelow, 2012)
56. Werckmeister Harmonies (Béla Tarr, director; Ágnes Hranitzky, co-director, 2000)
55. Ida (Paweł Pawlikowski, 2013)
54. Once Upon a Time in Anatolia (Nuri Bilge Ceylan, 2011)
53. Moulin Rouge! (Baz Luhrmann, 2001)
52. Tropical Malady (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2004)
51. Inception (Christopher Nolan, 2010)
50. The Assassin (Hou Hsiao-hsien, 2015)
49. Goodbye to Language (Jean-Luc Godard, 2014)
48. Brooklyn (John Crowley, 2015)
47. Leviathan (Andrey Zvyagintsev, 2014)
46. Certified Copy (Abbas Kiarostami, 2010)
45. Blue Is the Warmest Color (Abdellatif Kechiche, 2013)
44. 12 Years a Slave (Steve McQueen, 2013)
43. Melancholia (Lars von Trier, 2011)
42. Amour (Michael Haneke, 2012)
41. Inside Out (Pete Docter, 2015)
40. Brokeback Mountain (Ang Lee, 2005)
39. The New World (Terrence Malick, 2005)
38. City of God (Fernando Meirelles and Kátia Lund, 2002)
37. Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (Apichatpong Weerasethakul, 2010)
36. Timbuktu (Abderrahmane Sissako, 2014)
35. Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (Ang Lee, 2000)
34. Son of Saul (László Nemes, 2015)
33. The Dark Knight (Christopher Nolan, 2008)
32. The Lives of Others (Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2006)
31. Margaret (Kenneth Lonergan, 2011)
30. Oldboy (Park Chan-wook, 2003)
29. WALL-E (Andrew Stanton, 2008)
28. Talk to Her (Pedro Almodóvar, 2002)
27. The Social Network (David Fincher, 2010)
26. 25th Hour (Spike Lee, 2002)
25. Memento (Christopher Nolan, 2000)
24. The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2012)
23. Caché (Michael Haneke, 2005)
22. Lost in Translation (Sofia Coppola, 2003)
21. The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson, 2014)
20. Synecdoche, New York (Charlie Kaufman, 2008)
19. Mad Max: Fury Road (George Miller, 2015)
18. The White Ribbon (Michael Haneke, 2009)
17. Pan's Labyrinth (Guillermo Del Toro, 2006)
16. Holy Motors (Leos Carax, 2012)
15. 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days (Cristian Mungiu, 2007)
14. The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer, 2012)
13. Children of Men (Alfonso Cuarón, 2006)
12. Zodiac (David Fincher, 2007)
11. Inside Llewyn Davis (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2013)
10. No Country for Old Men (Joel and Ethan Coen, 2007)
9. A Separation (Asghar Farhadi, 2011)
8. Yi Yi: A One and a Two (Edward Yang, 2000)
7. The Tree of Life (Terrence Malick, 2011)
6. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (Michel Gondry, 2004)
5. Boyhood (Richard Linklater, 2014)
4. Spirited Away (Hayao Miyazaki, 2001)
3. There Will Be Blood (Paul Thomas Anderson, 2007)
2. In the Mood for Love (Wong Kar-wai, 2000)
1. Mulholland Drive (David Lynch, 2001)
as the gentle rain from heaven (1757 words) by Snickfic
Fandom: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Relationships: Faith Lehane/Buffy Summers
Characters: Buffy Summers, Faith Lehane
Additional Tags: Watersports, Alpha/Beta/Omega Dynamics, Nonnies Made Me Do It
Every O watered the flowers at least once; it was part of the teen experience. All the movies said so. It was fine.
- My Spreadsheet of Evolve finally got to the point where I was ready to pop my Lucky Egg.
- 67 evolutions in slightly over 30 minutes with eight new Pokémons registered to the Pokedex gave me 74500 XP. The egg ran out just before I finished the last one. I suspect the additional time taken for the Pokedex registrations rendered it impossible to complete them all in time for doubled points.
- The orgy of evolve wasn’t quite as fun as I was hoping. Partly because I was nervous about getting them all done in time, and partly because frankly it’s boring evolving 11 Pidgeys and 12 Rattatas.
- This was mitigated by watching my trainer bompf from the end of Level 20 to nearly Level 22. That wasn’t at all tedious. :D
- Am now Level 22.
- I now have a Wartortle. Take that, Euston Station.
- Why did no one look at the Weepinbell and think “flying condom. no. bad idea. back to the drawing board”? Least Favourite Pokémon.
- I have maxed out the Bird Keeper and Punk Girl medals.
- Whenever I have grump, I go and poke the Gengar’s tummy, and then there is less grump.
In a Corner of My Soul: Angel: Fiefdom , Giles/Jenny by dragonyphoenix.
Seventh Sense , Spike/Xander by forsaken2003.
The MarySue talks "Demons in the Internet: Buffy and the Timelessness of Abuse : Identifying with Willow for all the worst reasons".
"Noir" by Missy Pena
"The Great Wave" by Missy Pena
Help me to decide, friends. Which shall it be?
It seemed prudent to rebait my traps - two in the basement and one between a wall and the fridge. Today I was checking the basement traps. One is missing. I just recently cleaned and organized my unfinished basement, so there's not a lot of places it could have gotten to. Yet it has, as I can't find the mouse and trap, but can smell it. I'm hoping the dehumidifiers will dry it out relatively quickly, as I've already looked in all the likely - and several unlikely places.
Also, check out my hockey RPF comm if you're so inclined. The goal is to get some discussion going and a place for hockey RPF discussion in namespace.
The Stress of Her Regard, by Tim Powers. I picked this up a while back because I was promised really weird vampires and also sort-of mpreg. As usual, Powers is great at weaving together lots of historical and mythological strands (although nephilim? really?). I've also gotten to an explanation of the sort-of mpreg, and it intrigues me.
However, I'm not sure I'm going to get any further, because the characters bore the heck out of me, and Powers's complete disinterest in female characters as anything but objects of horror or plot coupons is really starting to grate. (This was also a problem in On Stranger Tides, which I loved otherwise.) I think I'm just bored of male-centric stories, especially male characters as passive and lifeless as Michael Crawford.
I'm less than halfway through, and getting that far as been a lot of work. So no more, I think.
The Cloud Roads, by Martha Wells. Picked this up after many recommendations. Am only like 10 pages in, but enjoying so far! I will be sure to report back. (NO SPOILERS.)
It will be my very first trip to the UK, and I'm all atwitter. I've been asking all my ex-pat friends what I should do while I'm there. One said I should order a drink called a “shandy” since I am a light drinker, and another mentioned Scotch Egg, because bacon, but I am not convinced.
Now I ask you! I'll be in Edinburgh, Bath, and London, when I'm not in Coventry, Chester, and Liverpool. Give me your suggestions about things to see and do, to eat or not eat, and places to stay. I'm thinking near Paddington*/Kensington while in London, but I could be convinced otherwise.
I was notified that I've been nominated for a No Rest for the Wicked Awards, but I have no idea for which story or in what category, so it's mysterious AND exciting!
( It reminded me that I haven't posted links on my journal to things I've written for comms, so here goes... )
Keys and Reflections , Spike/Dawn, 'Til I Fall Last, Faith/Angel and Happy Endings , Cordelia/Angel by katleept.
In a Corner of My Soul: Angel: Baby's On Fire , OC by dragonyphoenix.
fantas_magoria re-watches "Wild at Heart" .
Buffyverse and AtSverse icons by sweet_lyri.
- The last time I posted, I was Level 17. Now I’m almost halfway through Level 20.
- After two failed attempts, I finally caught a Koffing. In an Ultra Ball.
- After a long run of getting no 10 km eggs, I ran down my egg supply last week and now have two to hatch. Terribly excited.
- I hatched a Doduo! Hilarious two-headed bobbly bird-thing!
- I caught a Kabuto, the first and only time I’ve seen one. \o/
- I’ve made a spreadsheet so I can do my evolves in an organised fashion when I pop one of my two new Lucky Eggs.
- I have, however, allowed myself the pleasure of one new evolution in the interim. I collected up almost 500 Magikarp candies, maxed out powering up a Magikarp and then Humuhumu evolved it for me.
- Y’all were right: it was totally worth the slog of catching over 100 Magikarp for that. GYARADOS
- I maxed out another medal in addition to the Swimmer: the Schoolkid, for catching 200+ Normal Pokémon.
- The medals are a good way of telling how common certain types of Pokémon are in the areas you frequent. I’m most of the way to maxing out Bird Keeper and Punk Girl, whereas I’ve yet to reach 10 on Kindler, Rocker or Fairy Tale Girl.
- Still getting out for daily Pokéwalks. Have hatched 50 eggs. Even when working on two simultaneously, with a minimum distance of 2 km - and most of them have been 5 km - that’s quite a lot of walking.
- DID I MENTION THE CP1600+ BLUE DRAGON. <3333
- Why did you sign up for Dreamwidth? I signed up during the Great Migration from LJ to DW. It was billed to me as an improved version in terms of functionality, friendliness and activity, and that has 100% proven to be the case. Being able to import my entire backlog of (then-eight-years' worth) entries and carry on mirroring everything through cross-posting has been a godsend.
- Why did you choose your journal name? I've been using nanila as an alias for about ten years, I think? Before that (1996-ish to about 2005) I used lilith.
My journal title comes from Good Omens. It's the description of Crowley, An Angel Who Did Not So Much Fall As Saunter Vaguely Downward.
- Do you crosspost? Why or why not? Yes, I still cross-post to LJ. There are a precious few people on LJ who have never left, and I don't want to lose touch with them.
- What do you do online when you're not on DW? Work. Shopping. Twitter. Gaming.
- How about when you're not on the computer? Mostly, parenting! Of both small humans and furry creatures. Also, I like running, gardening, drinking wine/whisky and tinkering with gizmos.
- What do you wish people who read your journal knew about you? I suspect those who read my journal regularly and have access to non-public postings probably know as much as they would like about me. Please correct me if I'm wrong about that!
- What is your favorite community on Dreamwidth? I love awesomeers and common_nature.
- What community do you wish was more active? I miss when capslock_dreamwidth, flaneurs and multibeautiful were more active.
- Are there two people on your reading list that you think should meet? There'd be quite a bit of overlap in a Venn diagram of my Circle's Circles. But I think two who haven't met who would get along well are forthwritten and quoththeravyn.
- Tell me about your default icon. This has been my default icon for twelve years. It was created for me by belasco from a test shot I took with my laptop camera, back when I had dreads.
- What features do you think Dreamwidth should have that it doesn't currently? Scheduled posting.
- What do you consider the five most "telling" interests from the list on your profile? "Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy", "magnetometers", "harbouring secret ambitions", "digitizing memories" and "overcoming irrational superstition".
- Do you have any unique interests on your user profile? What are they? How'd they get there? Several. Most are related to my work.
- Did you have a gateway fandom? Still in it? Why or why not? Is there a community for it on DW? I'm not a terribly fannish person, and I didn't get into journalling because of fandom. But I guess the first fandom I was interested in was Lord of the Rings.
- What's your current obsession? What about it captures your imagination? Pokémon Go and Neko Atsume. I adore collecting games, and these satisfy me aesthetically as well.
- What are you glad you did but haven't really had a chance to post about? I did a terrible job of blogging our trip to Iceland in 2010. I have a lot of regrets about that. I did finally go through the photos and make a book for my parents & the bloke, but I never wrote it up properly. Spoiler: It was absolutely amazing
- How many people on your reading list do you know IRL? I thought it was about half, but then I counted up and it turns out to be less than a quarter!
- What don't you talk about here, either because it's too personal or because you don't have the energy? Romantic relationships (too personal). Specifics about my work (not permitted).
- Any questions from the audience? Er?
- Yes, but what are your thoughts on yaoi? I...don't have any? Sorry!
- What's your favorite thing about Dreamwidth? The positive nature of the interactions in the community. Everyone seems to make a genuine effort to be accepting of, kind to, and understanding of one another. I enjoy that very much.
( We were doing an exercise. I was answering a sequence of five questions in order to build a picture of myself at the spirit level. The task was to listen to what I knew in my heart and tell the truth. )
Peanut Butter Banana Cookies - I actually made these before I left, because I was looking for a way to use up some overripe bananas. I took them into work, where they got compliments all around. They're not especially sweet, which made for a good mid-morning snack, I guess.
Eggplant Parmesan Dip - One of my favorite lunches was rather unexpected. I ordered eggplant parmesan, expecting it to be like what you usually get - breaded and fried slices of eggplant, layered with tomato sauce and topped with melted cheese. But this was completely not that, instead all blended together more like a dip and eaten spread on delicious Italian bread. The recipe I found replicates it pretty well, although without the melted mozzarella and parmesan on top (though I have rarely found a meal that cannot be improved with more cheese, so).
Linguini with Slow-Cooked Zucchini, Basil and Cream - Another very surprising favorite meal, since I typically don't like zucchini. I honestly don't know what made me order it - it was close to the end of the vacation, and I think the rest of the menu was stuff I'd had too much of by that point, so I just wanted to try something different. Also, I hadn't had a bad meal yet, so I sort of assumed that EVERYTHING I ate was going to be good (even chicken liver and cow intestines, yes I ate those things) so why not give it a try? Anyway, the secret, according to NPR, is to cook the zucchini slowly over low heat. Could also be the pancetta, though. Anything tastes better when you put bacon on it.
Ricciarelli Almond Cookies - We had these cookies in Montalcino and my mom loved them so much, she basically demanded that I find a recipe to make them when we got home. So I did, and I made them for my mom's birthday, and she loved them, so I'm going to call it a success, even though I don't think they came out exactly like the ones we had - those were a little lighter and fluffier, while these came out a bit more dense.
Peach Bread - This one has nothing to do with Italy. I just stumbled upon the recipe while looking for something else and it looked really good. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a major fail. There was far too much batter for a standard loaf pan, so it overflowed and made a mess of my oven. I didn't even use all five peaches that the recipe called for - I cut them all up, but probably only used about four, and I can't even imagine how much it would've overflowed if I'd put them all in. And even though I left the bread in the oven for 20 minutes longer than I was supposed to, the middle of it was still soggy and undercooked. It's possible it was too wet because my peaches were too ripe, but I ended up throwing out about half of it and just salvaging the fully baked parts as a peach cobbler-y type thing. It still tasted good, but did not look at all presentable, lol.
El Sendero Luminoso
Also, he's used his massive fame to start a foundation that has projects like installing solar energy in off-the-grid areas in the US and Africa, continues to live in a van, and seems generally adorkable. I will happily spam anyone who wants with Honnold links.
He also does plenty of stuff attached to a rope (and is occasionally mildly rueful about why this never attracts as much attention); if anyone feels like purchasing a thing, I can highly recommend the wonderful (and incidentally hilarious) A Line Across The Sky, in which he and Tommy Caldwell apply their skills in pursuit of the great prizes in alpine climbing in Patagonia, despite the fact that Honnold doesn't really understand crampons.
For bonus character-interaction points with some of my favourite climber people: Alex Honnold's Welsh Slate Experience
He was doing a speaking tour of the UK, so here he is checking out the Llanberis slate, accompanied by his female bro Hazel Findlay (super-bold British trad climber) and Johnny Dawes (the Dawes).
(Do you have Bear Grylls in America? I'm not sure I even know where to begin explaining that joke.)